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Designed Clinical Nutrition (DCN)


Dr. Buettner has always been committed to wellness and chiropractic.  She is committed to learning and continually explores new pathways to healing; incorporating into her practice only those treatments that she deems will provide the best benefits to her patients’ overall health.   Designed Clinical Nutrition is one of those avenues.  It is based on Nutritional Response Testing ™, an analysis of the body’s reflexes that determines the exact nutrients the body is lacking and what supplementation is needed to restore balance and better health.

Should you choose to participate in the Designed Clinical Nutrition program, it is important that you understand what Nutritional Response Testing™ is, how it works, and how it will benefit you, as it constitutes the basis for Dr. Buettner’s Designed Clinical Nutrition recommendations.  Otherwise, when Dr. Buettner checks your body’s responses utilizing Nutritional Response Testing ™ you might find it strange, because it is probably different from anything you may have experienced before.

Chiropractic recognizes that the body has the innate power to heal itself.  Most people merely lack the knowledge and skills to take control of their own health needs.  Dr. Buettner’s goal is to provide her patients with that knowledge and the tools to maintain and improve their health by teaching people to be aware of the impact their choices and lifestyle have on their lives and health.

Her approach to wellness integrates chiropractic adjustments, designed clinical nutrition, weight management, stress management, ergonomics, and rehabilitation including stretching and strengthening exercises.


Care starts with a thorough health history and exam to identify the causes of symptoms and to show what people can do to address the root of the problems.


What is Designed Clinical Nutrition (DCN)?

DCN is a holistic treatment plan that utilizes nutrition and whole food supplements to correct underlying deficiencies or imbalances that cause the body’s autonomic nervous system response to be active.  By following the program you enable your body to regain its ability to restore normal function, improving your health.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

DCN dietary and supplementation guidelines are tailored to each individual’s needs as indicated by his/her body responses at the weekly health assessments.  Once an area is strengthened, the body may reveal another layer in need of support.  This is why reassessments are important.


Vitality and energy are derived from live food.  Most foods today are dead - or are not really foods at all - as in boxed cereals, canned vegetables, soda pop, etc.  Next time you buy something other than an organic fruit or vegetable, take a look at the ingredients.  A majority of food products today contain massive amounts of sugar, corn syrup, and other items that most of the population may not be able to identify.  You can readily understand the difference between dead, devitalized pseudo-foods, with the synthetic or isolated vitamins on the one hand, and Designed Clinical Nutrition and a diet of real foods, on the other.


DCN does not include any ‘over-the-counter’ (OTC) vitamins.  Most OTC vitaminsare pharmaceutically engineered chemical fractions of vitamin structures reproduced in a laboratory.  OTC vitamins need only to have a small percentage of their actual content from natural sources to be labeled “natural”. Because they are not made from whole foods, most OTC vitamins lack the essential synergistic elements normally present in whole foods.   When they are not derived from whole foods, they may create other health problems because they do not contain all of the co-factors found in nature. 


What are “whole foods”?  They are foods that have been grown or produced without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers and that have undergone very little processing.


One of the nutritional companies that Dr. Buettner works with is Standard Process. For an entertaining, in-depth explanation of this aspect of vitamins and other nutritional supplements, watch the video below.


Standard Process supplements are derived solely from whole food organic plant and animal products.  The body can assimilate them much more efficiently to restore wellness to your body on the cellular level because of their natural formulation.

- Standard Process nutrients are developed from plants grown on their own farms in pesticide free soil.  No chemicals are ever used.

Ph.D.’s check the soil’s fertility before the seeds are sown.  Even the weeding is done by hand.

- The machinery involved in the processing of these products is made of glass and stainless steel.

- The temperature used in processing harvested plants is never raised above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so that the active ingredients are not cooked; they remain active and alive, and have a very long shelf life.

- The whole food tablets, capsules or powders are concentrated in a vacuum, cold-process system that preserves all of the active enzymes and vital components that make them work as they were biologically intended. They are derived from real food and have been designed to match the needs of the body, as determined by the positive response shown when tested against the active NRT reflexes that were found on your individual NRT analysis.  These are nutrients you are simply not getting, or not assimilating, in your current diet.  While these deficiencies may in part be due to your past personal eating habits and routines, they are also due to a large extent, to the lack of quality in the foods commercially available in grocery stores or restaurants today.

If you want even more information, visit www.StandardProcess.com


What is NRT?

The underlying principle of NRT is that the body is run by chemical and electrical signals that are sent from (and back to) the brain via the spinal cord and the fluid nervous system. 

NRT is a structured, non-invasive analysis of the body’s autonomic nervous system response in order to determine the underlying causes of visible and non-visible health degeneration.  

There are two parts to the autonomic nervous system:  the sympathetic (“fight or flight” and the parasympathetic (“rest and digest”).  Both systems operate automatically, without conscious control, at the same time, and have an effect on every organ and body part.  When either system becomes imbalanced, or overly stressed, symptoms may occur.  Symptoms may range from minor to severe, sub-clinical to clinical.  

Instead of treating a specific symptom or condition, Dr. Buettner uses whole food supplements and nutrition to design a personalized natural health improvement program that fuels the organs and sympathetic and parasympathetic systems of the body in need of support.   This process gives the body the building blocks it needs to regain its ability to heal and correct itself naturally; allowing your body to function properly.


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