Fritz Maurer is the owner of Maurer's Wellness Apothecary, a registered pharmacist, president of the Community Pharmacies of Indiana and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. As a Certified Clinical Nutritionist he offers symptomology surveys, nutritional counseling, metabolic and hormonal testing and human genomic profiling.
To receive his CCN certification he attended 80 hours of classes, 76 hours of home study modules, and a four hour certification test, which Maurer says is the first test he's taken in 30 years that actually meant anything. He's now required to do 20 hours of continuing education each year. Since he was certified in May 2002, he's done around 107 hours including workshops with Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., the author of "From Fatigued to Fantastic". Adding increased counseling and lab testing to his already impressive list of consulting specialties. Which includes herbal, vitamin, mineral weight loss, smoking cessation and prescription.
Maurer assesses a client's health through a symptomology survey, a test that scores areas of the body through a series of questions. The test reveals what the client is experiencing difficulties with or what they have complaints about such as stress, obesity and fatigue.
From the results Maurer can balance and correct the client's body through his expertise of natural medicines and prescription drugs. He also devises a program by teaching people to read labels, eat right and how to exercise within the realms of their bodies. These programs help the clients to feel better, sleep better and have more energy. They can also reduce the risk of disease, boost energy and the immune system, decrease symptoms and detoxify and revitalize the internal organs.
Maurer said, "My main goal is to help people and that's what I enjoy."
Human genomic testing, or genetic testing, is done with a mouth sample taken by a cotton swab to determine what genes someone has inherited from their mother, father, and grandparents and to what extent the genes have been passed down. Basic genetic testing looks at heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, premature aging and cancer. Maurer can then help prevent or slow down the development of these diseases by recommending lifestyle changes, nutrition and nutritional supplements.
"You can alter genetics with nutrition. It's proven," Maurer said.
Debbie Dennany, owner of of Olde Trail Natural Foods at 10 W. National Ave. in Brazil said that a person's health is part genetics and part lifestyle.
Although she does not have the level of training that Maurer does, Dennany is a nutritionist. She taught herself about nutrition when she used to work for chiropractor Mike Dalton. While he was out to lunch she would bury her nose in his vitamin books to study. She says there are colleges where she could get a license but the formality of a piece of paper is not important to her.
Like Maurer, Dennany enjoys helping people. She says, "The only reason I bought the store was to help people. If I had done it to make money I'd be really dissapointed."
Dennany also supports the use of supplements and says that everyone should take a good multivitamin everyday because a person cannot possibly get all the nutrients they need from food. She explains that someone could eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and still not get all the nutrients they need.
When the body lacks essential nutrients over a span of time the body weakens and it becomes harder for a person to fight infection and disease. If this carries on for too long, the brain may become lethargic and eventually the body will shrivel up. When this happens the heart doesn't pump sufficiently which may reslut in death.
Deficiencies can occur when one eats foods that don't contain vitamins and minerals that are critical to normal functioning. Which can happen when someone simply doesn't eat enough food or doesn't eat a variety of foods.
A wide variety of foods contain vitamins and minerals but some are better sources of specific types than others. Oranges are packed with vitamin C and folic acid but not much else. Milk is rich in calcium but not a drop of vitamin C. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A but white potatoes have none. Which is why it is necessary to eat a variety of foods.
On the other hand, a diet consisting of excess may also cause nutritional problems, such as obesity which is associated with diabetes, heart problems and some types of cancer. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can come from eating an excess of salty foods and is often a condition that remains undiagnosed that causes the heart to work overtime straining the arteries. This also leads to strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure.
Dennany said that things we are exposed to everyday affect us on a cellular level and that if a person takes nothing else they should at least take Vitamin C, E and A. Because they provide antioxidants, natural compounds that neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are groups of atoms that can cause damage to cells such as cigarette smoke and enviromental pollutants. If these free radicals remain undetected, they can make the cells prone to cancer-causing substances. Since antioxidants are oxygen derived they also slow the aging process.
Another reason to take supplements, Dennany added, is that not giving the body what it needs is like not putting gas or oil in your car, it will eventually stop going.