Alternative Healthcare Interview: Registered Dietitian

beth March 26, 2013


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Recently, I was given the awesome opportunity to interview the lovely Kristen Pardue, RD. She was gracious enough to answer the questions we asked (many of which I took straight for you guys) and give us an inside look at her job and what it can do for you:

As a Registered Dietitian, what is your job?

As a Registered Dietitian, my job is to focus on the impact of foods on the human body. RD”s promote wholesome habits and counsel people on how their food choices affect their health.

What should you look for when choosing a Registered Dietitian? How do you find one who specializes in holistic/integrative as opposed to mainstream?

When choosing a Registered Dietitian, I believe it”s important to find one who takes a real food approach to health and nutrition. Just like not all doctors are created equal, not all dietitians are created equal either. Honestly, the best way to find a holistic/integrative dietitian in your area is to Google “Integrative Dietitian, Your City, State.”

 As far as schooling is concerned, how long does it take to become a registered dietitian and then get certified in integrative nutrition?

As far as schooling goes, I got my bachelors of science in dietetics and nutrition, and then completed a year long dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.  Upon completion of the internship, I took the RD exam to be a registered dietitian.

What”s the difference between RD and someone who is certified nutritionist?

The difference between an RD and a nutritionist is that to be an RD, you have to have completed the proper schooling, internship, and passed the RD exam whereas anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. The title isn”t strictly regulated like the RD best online casino title is.

What types of conditions can one seek help from you for?

Patients can seek help from me for a multitude of conditions. Anything from skin problems to cancer. I take a very natural, real food approach to healing. I like to focus on healing the gut as all disease begins in the gut.

What is the financial investment comparable to?  (Are most Registered Dietitians covered by insurance, affordable for self-pay, required frequently?)

As far as financial investment goes, if you see a dietitian at a hospital, insurance covers it, but when it comes to seeing a private practice dietitian, unfortunately insurance doesn”t always cover these services because it”s usually considered “preventative.” Many private practice dietitians charge out of pocket for their services and sometimes, patients” insurance companies will reimburse them.

If you could give readers one piece of advice, what would it be?

As a Dietitian, if I could give readers one piece of advice to apply to their lives, it would be to be their own health advocates. If you”ve read “My Story” on my blog, you know that I got really sick a few years ago with autoimmune symptoms and no doctors would listen to me or try to figure out what was causing all of my pain and severe symptoms. They just wanted to treat my symptoms. I had to take matters into my own hands to heal my body naturally. I believe that everyone is responsible for their own health-you know your body better than anyone else. I also want to tell readers that you don”t have to live in pain the rest of your life. Healing is possible, and it starts with what you”re feeding your body. People underestimate the power of food in their bodies. Food can either heal you or poison you, so choose wisely. 🙂

Do You Have Any Other Questions? Have You Ever Seen An RD?

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  1. So what do RD’s do as far as math?


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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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