Designed Clinical Nutrition

Are all vitamins and supplements the same?


Designed Clinical Nutrition is not ‘over-the-counter’ vitamins.  Over-the-counter vitamins are pharmaceutically engineered chemical fractions of vitamin structures reproduced in a laboratory. They are not “whole food” and the body does not actually recognize these as anything even vaguely beneficial.

Because they are not made from whole foods, over-the-counter vitamins lack the essential synergistic elements normally present in WHOLE foods.

An example of a whole food could be carrots.  Carrots are high in Vitamin A Complex.  A “complex” is something made up of many different parts that work together.  Synthetic vitamin A does not contain the whole “Vitamin A Complex” found in nature.  They synthesize the one component, beta-carotene and call that Vitamin A. The same is true with Ascorbic Acid which is only one tiny fraction of Vitamin C.

If one actually were deficient in any of the components of Vitamin A Complex, one would be wise to seek out a supplement that was made from whole foods that were rich in this complex – such as carrots – not from chemicals re-engineered in a laboratory to look like one minuscule fragment of the Vitamin A Complex that has erroneously been labeled as “Vitamin A.”

In other words, the body is not stupid. You can’t give it an eggshell, call it an egg and expect it to nourish the body like a whole egg. It is just a fragment and will not have the same effect, if any.


Designed Clinical Nutrition is exactly that:

Designed : Especially prepared  and based on a specific plan.

Clinical: Pertaining to the results gotten in clinical use (In this case- actual practice on hundred’s of patients over many years)

+ NutritionReal Food, designed by nature, to enable the body to nourish and repair itself and grow healthfully.

It is whole foods in a tablet, capsule or powder that are concentrated in a vacuum, cold-process system that preserves all of the active enzymes and vital components that make it work as Mother Nature intended. These real food supplements have been designed to match the needs of the body, as determined by the positive response shown when tested against the active Nutrition Response Testing® reflexes that are found on your individual Nutrition Response Testing® analysis.  These are nutrients you are simply not getting, or not assimilating, in your current diet.

These deficiencies may be due to your past personal eating habits but it is for sure due, in some large extent, to the lack of quality in the foods commercially available in grocery stores or restaurants today.

What about “Natural” Vitamins?

Vitamins that are being used all over today generally only need to have a small percentage of their actual content derived from natural sources to be labeled “natural”. The fact is if your vitamins are not derived from whole foods they often make you even more deficient and nutritionally “out-of-balance.” They can create other health problems because they do not contain all of the co-factors found in nature that make the vitamins work.

Inherently flawed scientific studies done with these fractionated, synthetic vitamins repeatedly “prove” that vitamins don’t do much good for anyone! That is completely true when you are talking about these pharmaceutically-produced chemical compounds. With whole food, live vitamins or supplements its an entirely different story


1. Through an analysis of your body’s reflexes, we help you to determine the exact nutrients you need to supplement your diet, in order to bring about balance and better health.

2. We make these highly concentrated therapeutic formulations available to you in tablets, capsules or in powdered form to “supplement” your current diet.  That’s why they are called “food supplements.

3. Since the supplements are meant to supplement and restore nutrients your body hasn’t been getting through your normal diet and eating habits. The supplements and Designed Clinical Nutrition program are only one part of your full Natural Health Improvement Program.  Depending on your individual situation, we will also require that you make some specific changes in your diet, eating and exercise habits so you can fully restore your health and maintain it for life.

How are these whole food supplements produced?
One example of a Designed Clinical Nutrition supplement that we use is called Catalyn.  This product is produced by starting with a wide variety of carefully chosen organically grown vegetables, taking the water and fiber out using a vacuum, low heat process – without heating or cooking the vegetables, and then utilizing the concentrated food to make a bottle of Standard Process brand Catalyn Tablets.

The key to this whole procedure is the way it is done, using the Standard Process method devised by Dr. Royal Lee.

  1. Standard Process’ nutrients are derived from plants grown on their own farms, in soil free of pesticides – and no chemicals are ever used. The PhDs check the soil before the seeds are sown, to make sure of the fertility of the soil – even the weeding is done by hand.
  2. The machinery involved in the processing of these products is made of glass and stainless steel only.
  3. The temperature used in processing harvested plants is never raised above the point of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so that the active ingredients are not cooked; they remain active and alive. They have a very long shelf life without preservatives of any kind.

Your vitality, health and energy are derived from live food.  Most foods today are dead – or are not really foods at all –  they’re highly processed pseudo-foods like boxed cereals, canned vegetables, soda pop, “convenient” food, etc.

Anyone can easily see the difference between these dead, devitalized, pseudo-foods with synthetic or isolated vitamins and nourishing, live real food supplemented with whole-food based Designed Clinical Nutrition.

There is a great deal of technology and know-how behind what we do. Having been designed through decades of clinical use on tens of thousands of patients, and on patients from many different types of health care practitioners, you can be assured that Nutrition Response Testing® is capable of evaluating and solving your health concerns.

A complete Nutrition Response Testing® analysis can be done on each patient on each subsequent visit, thereby revealing the next layers of dysfunction so these can also be addressed and corrected.

In this way, each patient gets a completely individualized handling, in the correct sequence for his or her body. Very much like opening a combination lock, you must use the right numbers in the right sequence and in the right direction at the right time – then the lock falls open.

By following the correct sequence as revealed through Nutrition Response Testing®, you don’t “shot-gun” your diet or supplements.  With a correctly done Nutrition Response Testing® analysis, we can determine the correct food supplements for you – designed to give your body the best possible chance of getting well and staying that way.

It is possible to reverse disease and achieve true health

Many people we see in our practice have eaten themselves into their current state of ill-health, to one degree or another. The deficiencies or imbalances lead to a breakdown in resistance, or immunity, and a loss of the ability to cope with environmental stresses (chemical, microscopic, or otherwise).

The good news is that with Nutrition Response Testing® and Designed Clinical Nutrition it possible to reverse the process and achieve Total Health Restoration.

Parasites In You?

Ahh, yes. I said PARASITES. I’m sure visions of evil worm-type creatures come to mind but alas, this is not how they all are. There are small parasites which are one-celled organisms and large parasites which are egg laying.  Regardless of which type, they are both detrimental to your health as they are not symbiotic creatures meaning they benefit, you lose.  Parasite infestations are also WAY more common then you would think.  You don’t have to travel to a tropical island or third world country to pick up one, they are living right in your back yard or more likely in your pets.  Here are likely places we pick them up (or more often their eggs):

parasites, Traverse City, Nutrition Response Testing®, Dr. Jena Hullman, DC


Water is the primary way parasites infect humans. For example, over 50% of our lakes, river streams and creeks are infected with the protozoa parasite Giardia Lambia. This parasite is not killed by chlorine and is steadily finding it’s way into urban areas with “treated” drinking water. Symptoms of an infestation include, diarrhea and cramping that lasts for over a week and is most often misdiagnosed as the stomach flu.
ALSO when swimmers have parasites and they swim in places with others, the water is then contaminated with eggs from their bodies. It only takes a very small amount of swallowed water to become infected.

You can obtain parasite eggs from other humans very easily. Since most infections come from the anal-oral route think about this – someone has parasites, they use the restroom, do not wash their hands afterwards, then they sit down and use the salt shaker on the restaurant’s table – they have just deposited microscopic eggs onto this object. You are the next person to sit at this table and use the salt shaker – you then lick your finger or even put your hand to your face – you are now the new host to parasites. Parasite eggs can live under human fingernails for up to 2 months. Think of how many common objects you come into contact with on a daily basis. Even more common infections come from kissing, holding hands, sharing eating utensils and of course, sexual contact.
Usually if one family member is a host to parasites, the entire family is infected.


By petting or grooming animals, you are picking up eggs that pass from them to us via hands, nose and mouth. ALSO parasite infected fleas and ticks and parasite infected animal feces are concerns. This is why walking barefoot where animals have defecated is a major source of parasite infections – especially when you CAN’T SEE the actual animal feces – you just happen to be walking where they have been before. THINK about this – when your pet (or someone else’s) licks their anus, they are depositing thousands of eggs onto their tongues – then they lick you and those eggs have just been transmitted to their new host. YOU. Pets and domesticated animals are not the only ones spreading parasites – mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, lice and all other biting insects transmit protozoa (one cell) parasites to humans.


Undercooked meats are a very high source of parasite infections. Commercial pork products are also notorious for infections – bacon, ham, pork chops, cold cuts, hot dogs, etc. Also cuts of meat such as beef, lamb, chicken and fish contain parasite eggs. Sushi (raw fish) alone contains eggs and larvae of several species of parasites. We trust the cattle, pork and chicken producers to keep their livestock wormed on a regular basis, but it is noted that over 50% of animals that go to slaughter are parasite infected.

Unwashed fruit and vegetables are also a big source of parasite carriers.  With a huge demand for fruit and vegetables, we Americans import 30 billion tons of food per year. Some of this food comes from countries where animal manure and human feces are used as fertilizer. This practice greatly increases the spread of parasites. The practice of eating out is also on the rise. Salad bars, infected food handlers, and improperly washed fruits and vegetables are all sources for parasites.


In our modern age, world travel is a way of life for many. These travelers are bringing home parasites that were once almost unknown in America. Airplanes are a great source for parasite transmission. It’s very common for a family to go on vacation and bring back uninvited guests with them. We also have a huge influx of refugee and immigrant populations who are bringing us their countries’ parasites.


Internal parasites and their waste products can reduce food absorbtion by causing inflammation of the intestinal wall. Food might also get stuck resulting in excessive toxins, smelly farts, bad breath and bloating. If organs such as liver and kidneys cannot get rid of the toxins, then poisons might get out through skin causing skin problems and hair loss. Damaged nervous system and stress hormones give origin to insomnia. Some bloodsucking worms leave open wounds resulting in darker feces. The loss of blood can cause iron deficiency, anemia and dizziness. Other symptoms caused by parasitic infections include (but are not limited to):

  • loss of appetite
  • chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • urinating problems or pain
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • headache
  • immunodeficiency
  • itching
  • jaundice (yellowish eye whites and skin)
  • joint pain
  • memory loss
  • muscle pain and spasms
  • nausea or vomiting
  • rash
  • shortness of breath
  • stomach pain
  • swelling
  • sweating and grinding teeth while sleeping.

Wow! I know this can be disturbing news, but don’t fret. With Nutrition Response Testing®, Dr. Jena Hullman, DC will check to see if parasites are an underlying cause of your symptoms or why you just can’t seem to get better.  It’s not hard and it’s not painful. You would be surprised by how many people she has found with parasites and how drastically their symptoms have changed after clearing them out with natural supplements and/or homeopathics!  What are you waiting for?! Call Big Beautiful Life today and get checked.  231. 421.9189

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