Hello, I’m Kathy Harrington, Functional Medicine Nutritionist here at Bethlehem Nutrition & Wellness Center of Lehigh Valley, PA. My journey with natural health care began during my pregnancy with my first child (over twenty years ago!). Since I was unable to take over-the-counter medications, I became interested in natural alternatives, as well as the healing powers of food. During that same time, I began working in a natural health care setting. I worked in that setting (loved every minute of it) for eighteen years. As a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, I counseled patients on exercise, stretching, & eventually on natural health & nutrition. Over the years, I found my niche was coaching patients through their detox/purification programs.
Besides being passionate about nutrition, I was also obsessed with exercise. Eventually, the stress on my body from intense exercise, combined with a series of stressful life events, caught up to me. I became sick & experienced the shock & devastation of losing my health to a serious illness. It was then that I realized that nutrition is the ultimate foundation of good health.
Using my knowledge of the human body & the importance of a whole foods diet, I waded through numerous books, & vast amount of nutritional information out there, to find out what I really had to do to regain my health. It was during this time that I began working with a nutritionist who was practicing Nutrition Response Testing. What I discovered during my time of working with her, not only helped me obtain optimal health, but showed me a tangible way of practicing nutrition that got results!
Armed with a tangible framework through which to practice nutrition, I decided to turn my passion about nutrition into a career as well as fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a nutritionist. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Nutrition Science & then immediately began the Master’s of Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine program at the University of Western States. From my learning experience at the University of Western States, I have learned how to approach clients from a Functional Medicine perspective. This approach addresses the underlying causes of dysfunction, ultimately restoring true health & vitality.
I bring an invaluable blend of personal experience combined with the best nutrition education available to Bethlehem Nutrition & Wellness Center. I am passionate about the fact that nutrition recommendations need to be individualized. There is no one book or one approach that will work for every person. I also believe that the human body desires health & wellness. It has the ability to heal itself when given the correct building blocks & any obstacles towards healing are removed. The Functional Medicine approach allows me to develop individualized & effective nutrition programs to help.
Dr. John Harrington has been practicing Natural Medicine in Blairstown N.J. since the year 2000. As a Chiropractor & Nutritionist his extreme dedication to his clients has helped many people regain their health and wellness. His constant pursuit of continuing education has put him at the cutting edge of Nutrition & the Chiropractic Wellness lifestyle.
Dr. Harrington first became interested in health & wellness as a teen through his observations that some people would always seem to be sick, while others were much healthier despite exposure to the same germs & environment. He also noticed a health care system based on drugs. He thought that the body should have the ability to heal itself without them. This same ideology is shared with the Chiropractic profession, so he decided to pursue a career in alternative medicine by becoming a Chiropractor.
His health career began in 1996, after graduating from New York Chiropractic College. While practicing as a chiropractor, he noticed that lifestyle & diet were critical to achieving optimal health & wellness. He decided to study nutrition & completed his Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
In 2006, He was introduced to Nutrition Response Testing & found dramatic improvement in his own health through this unique patient centered technique. After suffering from a stubborn case of Lyme disease, he was able to fully recover using Nutrition Response Testing as a way to improve his immune system, detoxify the body, improve sleep, & eliminate brain fog, all without drugs. Intrigued, he decided to learn how to practice Nutrition Response Testing himself. After witnessing many of his chiropractic patients regain their health & his son heal from a seizure disorder, he decided it was time to practice nutrition full time. He opened the Sunrise Nutrition Center in 2009.
Dr. Harrington is passionate about helping people achieve health & vitality. He believes that our fast paced, stressful lifestyles, poor food choices, & our toxic environment all have an impact on our health & wellbeing. He recognizes that many other forms of alternative medicine such as chiropractic, massage, & acupuncture are beneficial, but without a good nutritional foundation, these therapies will not be effective in the long run.
It is exciting to see people regain control over their health through guided detoxification & clinical nutrition programs unique to each individual. Nature has an amazing ability to heal. Each of us are capable of reaching higher levels of health without adding drugs to our bodies.”