Health Basics


The website of Andrea Stevens, M.S., C.N.S., C.M.T.A. Clinical Nutritionist

Using Whole Food Nutrition and Digestive System Health to Achieve your Health Goals Naturally

  • Consultations specializing in Digestive System Dysfunction and Children with Neurological and Developmental Disorders
  • Speaking Engagements on a variety of topics involving food and the digestive system, including "Dietary Strategies for Autism and ADHD", "Food Sensitivities and Intolerances", "Dietary and Digestive System Health Considerations in Regulating Seizures"

Nutrition Philosophy & Focus

Our primary goal is to assist clients in achieving the highest degree of health possible for themselves and their families. Drawing upon up-to-date scientific findings as well as forgotten but highly valuable knowledge – which includes old-fashioned methods of food preparation – we enjoy helping others to use natural ways to support their health and avoid illness and disease. Prescription medication, with its highly undesirable side effects, should not be the first or primary method of addressing ill health.

The human body is wonderfully designed with countless mechanisms to stay healthy and balanced. If we can provide the body with all the natural raw materials (an abundance of nutrients, pure water, clean air, and love and intimacy among them) that it needs, as well as support the elimination of waste material and toxins, the body can heal many conditions and increase its levels of health, energy and vitality.

Essential Nutrients in… Waste out!
This is a model that all living organisms follow in order to thrive and flourish.

Before turning to over-the-counter and prescription medications – which primarily suppress symptoms instead of address the underlying causes of dysfunction – understanding, and then supporting, the natural processes of the body will often result in a marked decrease or elimination of those symptoms. Symptoms are nature’s way of calling our attention to problems in the body. Perhaps we are meant to listen to those signals and then correct the habits in our lifestyle that contribute to the underlying dysfunction (which then results in specific symptoms). These habits usually involve failing to provide the body with enough of the raw materials it needs, and hampering its detoxification, or waste removal, pathways.

The answer to our health problems doesn’t lie in treating (suppressing) symptoms, but in addressing the causes – which are generally some combination of nutritional deficiencies and waste buildup within the body.

Two major concepts govern our approach. The first is that of biochemical individuality, which states that no two people are exactly alike and, therefore, no one dietary program is best for everyone… the Metabolic Typing philosophy addresses this. Secondly, we believe – as most physicians did prior to the mid 20th century – that overall health is directly dependent upon the health of the gastrointestinal or digestive tract… the Body Ecology approach addresses this.

We hold a firm belief in the inherent power, wisdom, and uniqueness in each of us. Eating natural, unaltered whole foods grown or raised in a healthy and socially responsible manner, along with proper digestive system-processing of those foods, are key to achieving optimal health, energy and vitality.

 We need to Understand the BASICS of Body Functioning and the BASICS of Health-Supporting Food in order to Achieve BASIC Good Health.

Specific conditions which can be successfully treated through Whole Food Nutrition and Optimal Digestive System Functioning include:

Overt Digestive Problems

  • Infant and Child Feeding Problems
  • Reflux/GERD
  • Food Sensitivities, Allergies, Intolerances
  • Heartburn/Indigestion
  • Bloating/Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea / Loose Bowel Movements
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Systemic Problems Related to an Underlying Unhealthy Digestive System

  • Candidiasis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hypactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other Behavior and Learning Problems
  • Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Autoimmune Conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • “Mysterious Medical Maladies” – conditions unable to be successfully diagnosed or treated within the traditional healthcare system

Prevention of Health Problems and Disease

  • Pregnancy Preparation
  • Pregnancy
  • Graceful Aging
  • Optimal Levels of Energy, Vitality and Health


Health Basics LLC
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