Linda J Fels NTP, RWP
(360) 510-5962
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My Story
In December 2008, I was diagnosed with a gallbladder completely stuffed with gallstones! I was urged to have it surgically removed. Instinctively that didn't sit right with me. Why was my body producing so many gallstones? What was out of balance? Would removing my gallbladder solve the underlying problem? I needed to find those answers. So I refused surgery and began a journey which eventually led to my certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and beyond.
 
My journey began at a meeting of the local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter. A friend had been suggesting for months that I needed to change my diet. Here I found a group of people dedicated to properly prepared, nutrient dense whole foods like our ancestors ate. They had rejected the processed, artificially flavored, genetically modified industrial food that is now common in our world. Although I had been eating organic food since my teens, I had succumbed to artificial sweeteners, highly processed soy products, the fear of saturated fat and over reliance on grains. I began to learn about truly nutrient dense foods like homemade broths; fermented foods like raw sauerkraut; pasture-raised meats; and the proper preparation of seed foods, like sourdough breads and soaked then dehydrated nuts.
 
At the same time I researched anything I could find on gallstones. I learned about gallstone flushes and used them to rid my body of the gallstones. I still needed to figure out how to stop them from forming and to stop my other intestinal issues. I began attending the annual Weston A. Price Foundation conferences every November, reading as much as I could, and experimenting in my kitchen. I trained with Jeffery Smith of the Institute of Responsible Technology to give presentations on the dangers of genetically modified foods. I became more involved with the local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter by creating a website for them (see www.BellinghamRealFood.com ).


Through trial and error I began to feel better, stopped gaining weight and found a true passion for nutritional information. 
 
But it still wasn't enough. . .


I searched for a nutritional education program that matched my new passion. Although I was learning a lot, I seemed to have holes in my knowledge and wanted a good foundation from which to draw. My research led me to the Nutritional Therapy Association, located a few hours away in Olympia, Washington. The program looked perfect for me - a good foundation in nutritional science based on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, M.D. The school emphasizes the biochemical individuality of each person, so no one diet works for all. They also stress the importance of proper digestion to breakdown and absorb the nutrients we work so hard to obtain. The course also included hands-on work with clients to hone our skills. I earned certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) in October 2012.


Since starting my practice in November 2012, I have continued to expand my education.

Learning never stops and neither does the release of new findings in the dynamic field of nutrition.
 
 
In late 2013 and early 2014, the big topic in the nutrition world was toxins and how people who were eating the right foods were still not losing weight or resolving their health issues because of a buildup of toxins.  I spent 4 months researching various "detox" and "cleanse" programs.  I was looking for an effective cleanse program with clean ingredients, good tasting products which was easy to follow for my clients.  In March I partnered with a company I still use today. 

Also in 2014 I studied a muscle testing technique called ENAT (Energetic Nutritional Assessment Technique) which gives me tools to pinpoint possible underlying causes of symptoms and make better recommendations for specific foods and supplements.

In September 2015 I completed certification as a GAPS™ Practitioner. GAPS™ stands for Gut & Psychology Syndrome™ , a condition identified by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain.

In March 2017 I became certified as a Restorative Wellness Practitioner, Level 1. This advanced course in adrenal health, digestion and special diets now allows me to offer functional lab testing, removing more of the guess work when trying to determine the underlying mechanisms affecting clients' health.  This is an exciting new chapter in my practice.

I am also a RESTART® instructor offering a 5-session group classes that is part nutrition education, part sugar detox and part group support.  Look for more classes in 2018!
 
I am passionate about sharing this knowledge with you. I am still on my own journey, constantly improving what I eat and discovering which foods work best for me and my clients.

Let's journey together toward optimal health!