September 1, 2017, 2017
We are delighted to shine the spotlight on former Executive Committee member, Ryan Whitcomb, as this month's Featured Member! Ryan is a registered dietitian and Certified LEAP Therapist specializing in digestive health. He is the owner of GUT RXN Nutrition, a virtual private practice based in Jersey City, NJ. Ryan previously served on the Executive Committee of DIFM as the Volunteer Chair and when he's not healing the masses, can be found recovering in child's pose.
What is your area of practice and how do you incorporate integrative and functional nutrition into your work?
My primary focus is in non-IgE food sensitivity reactions, which encompasses many common conditions like IBS, celiac disease, eczema and others. I became certified in LEAP therapy in July 2014 and have been working with this population ever since. LEAP is a great example of how I incorporate integrative and functional nutrition into my practice, since it uncovers the root cause of a patient's imbalance. In fact, LEAP can be considered the first "R" in the 5R program - the removal of inflammatory triggers. Conventional medicine barely recognizes the role of the diet in the pathogenesis of disease. When it does, practitioners feel comfortable telling their patients to eat more fruits and vegetables, but in IFN, there's so much more to it than that. Sometimes fruits and vegetables are either the cause or an underlying factor in someone's pain! I also believe we are all biochemically individual and treat my clients accordingly with genetic testing, when appropriate. This is a great way to see what's going on under the hood and initiate an intervention based on their genes and current signs and symptoms. Why wait for disease to appear if we can prevent (or at least delay) it?