Reed Davis is a Double Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) and Certified Nutritional Therapist (CNT) and a popular expert in functional lab testing and holistic lifestyle medicine. He is the Founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) and the FDN Certification Course with over 4000 graduates in 50 countries. Reed was the Health Director at a Wellness Center in Southern California for over 10 years. And with over 10,000 clients, is known as one of the most experienced clinicians in his field. Reed serves as an advisor to the Board of American Natural Wellness Coaches Board and the American Association of Natural Wellness Coaches. He lives in the US and when not teaching the FDN Certification Course and helping his graduates build their practices, he is usually found landscaping his property or riding motorcycles.
When Reed was 19, he happened upon a book called Healing Ourselves and was fascinated by what he read. Reed actually started out in environmental law working to protect the environment, but in 1999, he turned his focus to protecting people through better health. He wanted to help people take their health back into their own hands.
Reed was taking nutrition classes and became very interested in running lab work to see what he could figure out from the body through labs. He recalls one client who had gained around 40 pounds and was struggling with some depression because of the medication she was on to help with chronic hives. Reed ran some lab work on her and found that she had some food and environmental sensitivities. Just nine days later, she stopped taking the medication she was on for hives. She was able to work out and also take hot showers again without triggering a reaction of hives.
So I spent 10 years learning how to identify healing opportunities. And those ended up being a constellation, a very recognizable pattern.Reed Davis
Reed also recalls a story of a boy who was struggling with ADD. His mom was frustrated because they wanted to either get him out of school or start him on Ritalin, neither of which his mom wanted to do.
During the 10 years he worked in a clinic, Reed ran more labs than any other practitioner. In fact, he even had a lab director ask him once how many practitioners he was running labs for. He learned to identify what he calls “healing opportunities” within HIDDEN issues.
- Energy Production
- Nervous System Balance
Reed explains, “It actually becomes pretty simple to just look for the healing opportunities in those areas, and then apply the principles of health.” Showing his clients what is out of balance, but also, what they can do about it.
After working 10 years in the clinic, Reed started going into public libraries and other places to teach. Reed was encouraged by the lab director he was working with, as well as many others, to teach more and more. The fact that he loved teaching didn’t hurt either.
Reed shared that the first time he taught what would later become the FDN program, it was basically a weekend seminar with a 200-slide PowerPoint presentation to 20 people. But, those 20 people kept going back for more because there was so much to learn.
The Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Program is now a 10-month program that includes anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. It’s a mentorship where you run all the labs on yourself and then go through 13 mentoring sessions. There is an oral and written final exam to gain certification.
The program includes 16 modules and then practitioners are trained in the method of looking for those healing opportunities within the HIDDEN framework mentioned above. Practitioners are also taught how to do metabolic typing, so they can help their clients find just the right diet for them. They’re also taught protocols and supplementation for clients as well. Reed calls this the D.R.E.S.S. for success path.
- Stress Management
By going through this process with each client, practitioners are able to help people who have maybe been to a number of doctors or other health practitioners, and are still struggling with their health.
Reed explains that this program is not for everyone, but if someone has a background or interest in health and is passionate about helping people, the program may be a great fit for them. This is very true for nurses, as nutrition is a great path for nurses looking to leave traditional healthcare, but still help people with their health.
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioners are well-respected in the field of nutrition and are also able to make a good wage. The program also teaches how to set up your business and work from home (or wherever) to build a referral-based waitlist practice.