About Dian Freeman
Certified in Clinical Nutrition, Master Holistic Health Counselor, MA, former Doctoral Candidate at Drew University , Madison, NJ
Founder and teacher of the nutrition school, Wellness Simplified, which has graduated over 850 students in over 15 years
Dian has decades of clinical experience with thousands of clients
Dian's interest in studying the traditional healing arts began in the seventies leading to a certification in Clinical Nutrition. She used that training to advise friends, family and clients on a part time basis .
Over forty years ago, she had contracted an illness that was misdiagnosed by medical doctors for several years. By the time the correct medical treatment was initiated, her health had deteriorated dangerously as the medical protocol only served to degrade her health to a life threatening degree.
Over time, by initiating many holistic protocols, she did bring her illness under control and has successfully managed it ever since. In doing so, she attended courses given in cities all over the United States to gain the knowledge to bring her good health back.
Those who knew her when she ws ill and watched her transformation back to good health began asking for her advice for themselves and their loved ones. Dian's advice and personal attention served them well. Her referral list kept growing and led her to a new full-time consultation business. As her business expanded and her experience and reputation grew, she began teaching classes locally, was often asked to lecture at conferences and symposiums and developed a nutritional certification course which she has been teaching for over 15 years with over 850 graduates.
Today Dian shares her knowledge through lectures, classes and private consultations. She considers it a success when her clients and students no longer need her but have learned how to maintain their own good health. She believes that the more one knows about one's own body, the more probable one will correctly maintain it and share what they learn with others.
"Good health habits can be contagious. We should
all learn how to keep our vital systems in balance
so that we might express our unique biological,
intellectual and emotional
gifts to the fullest."
Spotlight Article 2018 Featuring Dian Freeman
Natural Awakenings Magazine
By Staff Writers Joe Dunne, Kathy Tarbell and Melanie Rankin
Dian's Wellness Simplified
Published September, 2018
Sometimes we meet people whose accomplishments are so vast and eclectic that it's hard to comprehend their total scope without referencing something visual, such as climbing a mountain or navigating stepping stones. Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman is one such person. From living around the globe with her Air Force family to settling in New Jersey, Freeman never saw a mountain she couldn't climb. She never turned away from stepping stones that appeared before her, even when she couldn't see where the path would end. In fact, traversing those stones taught her that often it's the unexpected side step that takes us where we need to go in our journey.
Freeman's early journey, while accomplished, seemed about as far away from nutrition as she could get. She worked as a designer of corporate parks and homes, which led to specializing in the art of putting the “final jewelry” on houses by stylizing walls, shelves and such. She was also an artist on canvas, painting in five different styles under five different names as she provided art to decorators and art galleries that ultimately wound up in corporate offices and collections. She also painted commissions, with some of her oversized canvases hanging high in the vaulted ceilings of homes in the Hamptons and New York.
During this time, however, Freeman was not well, physically. She went to traditional medical doctors and received what turned out to be a misdiagnosis, and her health didn't improve. She had questions about her health issues, and in pursuing answers, she ventured onto familiar stepping stones, beginning a new path in her life-one that would become her life's work.
Through research and education, Freeman pursued knowledge of the human body-blood, cellular system, skeletal make up-and, most importantly, the interactions of good nutrition and its effects on various diseases. She explored how nutrition, when properly applied, works to prevent disease, improve health, strengthen the immune system and support the human body and mind. Most significantly, she discovered that her understanding was not in harmony with mainstream health care professionals.
As Freeman gained numerous degrees and certifications in the use of supplements and herbs instead of drugs and surgeries, she applied that knowledge, not only did her health improve, but she also found herself increasingly helping others that were in positions similar to hers-they were ill, and they weren't getting better. She became so busy helping others manage their chronic health conditions through private nutritional consultations that she found herself without the time to do much else. Freeman now counts more than 5,000 clients in her client database.
In the late 1980s, Freeman decided the best way to share her knowledge widely was through an educational business. “This was way before the internet,” recalls Freeman. “I was seeking events at which to speak and places where I could lecture. I spoke at spas, gyms, local PTA meetings-if someone would listen, I was talking nutrition.”
Freeman also began teaching classes on nutrition, which organically led to creation of her own company, Wellness Simplified, and her Nutrition Certification Program, eventually providing graduates with certification as a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Freeman has graduated over 850 students, recently moving to a larger facility to accommodate demand. The courses invite those from all walks of life-mothers that want advanced knowledge to protect the health of their families, individuals seeking information for personal health conditions or desiring a new career path. Her course has included both average people and medical and naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, dentists, physical therapists, massage therapists and many others interested in holistic health.
Each year, Freeman conducts two, 6-month courses on nutrition. The next training course begins in October, and it will not be surprising if all 60 available seats are filled. More than a course in nutrition, her program teaches a way of life, a behavior change, self-responsibility and a new awareness.
Even as she teaches others, Freeman continues down that stone path she discovered so many years ago, pursuing a doctorate in medical humanities at Drew University. She also plans to teach art in Wellness Simplified's expanded classroom space as a form of stress relief and artful meditation.
“Take care of yourself, understand the systems of your body and plug into the principles of good health,” advises Freeman. “The more I have learned, the more I believe that nutrition is just pure common sense.”
Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman teaches a nutritional certification course for the CHHC, Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She also teaches certifications in advanced nutrition and a teachers certification for those who are qualified to teach her courses. Dian holds seminars, lectures widely and has a private nutritional consultation practice. Her offices and school, Wellness Simplified, are located in SMMUS BODY MIND studios in Morristown, NJ.
Dian may be reached at 973 267-4816 or by email ay Dian2@WellnessSimplified.com
Published in Six editions of Natural Awakenings, September 2018
Morris, CityBergen, Hunderton, CityHudson Counties, NJ plus Bucks County and Lehigh Valley, PA
Written by Staff Writers Joe Dunne, Kathy Tarbell and Melanie Rankin
To promote health self-sufficiency through education
It is our intent to guide others towards a new "norm" in healthcare and to mentor them as long as needed. Many medical methods, pharmaceutical paradigms and surgical solutions only serve to mask health problems with therapies designed to insure doctor dependency. These treatments often do not address the causes of ill health or premature aging. The human body was designed to repair itself and given the right natural tools it can do so, even under today's adverse conditions.
By using modern scientific studies, historical therapies, traditional remedies and energy medicine we hope to educate others to the dangers of being guided by medical and chemical solutions and toward greater knowledge of how their bodies' work and how to self-repair. Through the exposure of how the practices and products of the medical, pharmaceutical and food industries often sabotage common sense efforts toward healthy living, we hope to empower others, through education, to make better decisions about maintaining their own health and well being.
"Informed consent can be effectively exercised only
if the patient possesses enough information
to enable an intelligent choice"
About Accreditation to be a Nutritionist
or a Naturopathic Practitioner
There is no overall national governing body for certifying or licensing nutrition or naturopathy. No privately attained certifications are recognized in this State, NJ, or nationally. Which is a fact we wish to continue because when the State or the Nation gets involved, they set out criteria that all certified or licensed people must follow. When this happens, the creative art of a practice goes out the window as all practices become standardized. I encourage and teach creativity in the art of healing. There are some States that license and certify nutritionists, but those licenses and certifications are given by, tested by and the criteria is determined by that State's requirements alone.
All people working as drug-less practitioners in holistic health are considered Naturopaths. Certifications and doctorates as nutritionist or naturopaths can be bought on-line by anyone taking an open-book test. These un-trained folks are rarely successful. There is no association, American or otherwise, that is accredited in the fields of nutrition, holistic health, naturopathy or alternative care although several people have websites claiming to be credited authorities. They accredit themselves. As we know, anyone can purchase a website and claim anything they wish. I will be opening my own such site to validate the certifications I award. However, these certifications will be awarded only to those taught in-class by the people I have trained to teach. No on-line or open-book courses will be awarded these certifications.
The only accredited Naturopathic Doctors, ND, are trained in a college or university setting for four years and are accredited by the AANMC, Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, the most famous of these being Bastyr University on the West Coast and The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. These potential NDs must complete four years of in-person classes that require additional internships before a doctorate is awarded. Their training is very technical, scientific and clinical. These college and University trained ND's are taught the use of pharmaceutical drugs when needed and some states license ND to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs. There are many quickie courses and open book tests that award the ND on-line. These are not university trained people and often never had any in-class training, certainly not for four years. All NDs, accredited or not, are taught to treat their patients in a clinical fashion...that is, to chase symptoms. They answer each physical problem by prescribing a supplement or a drug to target only that problem.
When I attained a certification in clinical nutrition, I was trained in clinical modalities as well, yet I use only about 10% of that training in my practice because there is little of it that I found useful. Clinical is all about chasing symptoms, usually by using man-made nutraceuticals. I teach to look for the cause and to balance the system with natural products and practices (with fewer nutraceuticals) instead of simply addressing symptoms. Once it is nourished we must trust the body to sort things out. I teach to feed the body the nutrients it has been missing with food and supplements, then step back and trust the body to follow its brilliant design...to fix itself. If, after a while symptoms do not abate, then we can chase those symptoms down with the supplements that help the body right itself.
Today, with the exception of the AANMC colleges and universities, the only accredited nutrition courses are taught by and for dieticians in mainstream American universities. Only a few short years ago, these universities taught real nutrition, that is, how to use food and supplements therapeutically to treat imbalances and illnesses. But, the pharmaceutical/medical establishment put a stop to that by adopting dieticians as their 'nutritionists' and usurping nutritional training. What I teach in my certification courses does not relate to any dietetics training. Dieticians are now calling themselves 'medical nutritionists' which is an oxymoron in my experience and opinion.
I consider what I do and what I teach to be the opposite of that of a dietician's training. I teach from my experience using many effective drugless methods to find the source of dis-ease and to bring the body back into balance by using a combination of the many natural and energetic tools available.
In this field, it is the experience and number of clients a practitioner has seen that is the factor that delineates their effectiveness and their value as a qualified teacher. I teach from my decades of experience with thousands of clients. There are no modern books that have been written that cover what I teach. I will find time to write one soon....Dian
Brenda and LuAnn working in Crystal Healing room 2010
Kerry and Diann
Dian with Bibi and Andie
Any information from Dian's Wellness Simplified is not intended to replace competent medical advice.
It is offered for educational purposes only.
All information is based solely on our research, opinion and/or experience and is not meant to be prescriptive.