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"I would like to thank Deirdre Paulson for the amazing transformation the LEAP program has provided to me.  I was experiencing diarrhea, itchy skin, and belly fat on a "healthy" diet, and realized something was wrong.   After learning how to follow the LEAP program with Deirdre's help, my complaints on the Initial Patient Consult form went from 123 down to 27.  My diarrhea has been eliminated, and 5 inches are now gone from my stomach and waist.  The program was easy to follow with Deirdre's support and attention and I am amazed how quickly it worked.  I am now introducing foods that I was sensitive to before with no disturbances now.  I can't thank Deirdre enough for the positive health changes I've been able to make." 

MJ., 79, Chesapeake, Va.

What is LEAP?  Lifestyle, Eating, And Performance

LEAP is a nutrition protocol that is used in conjunction with the MRT (Mediator Release Test) to help your body heal from certain types of inflammation.  The MRT helps to determine the location (better health) that you are trying to reach, while the LEAP protocol is the set of driving directions, using the fastest route to get you there!  


Medical Conditions Where Food Sensitivities Can Play a Primary or Secondary Role



Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Functional Diarrhea


Crohn’s Disease

Ulcerative Colitis

Microscopic Colitis

Lymphocytic Colitis

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome




Autism Spectrum Disorders




Restless Leg Syndrome



Inflammatory Arthritis


Atopic Dermatitis



Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Interstitial Cystitis




Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


How does food cause my inflammatory symptoms?

"A variety of triggering mechanisms trigger reactions in various types of white cells leading to the release of proinflammatory and proalgesic mediators, such as cytokines, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins. Mediator release and cellular reactivity ultimately results in subclinical and clinical inflammatory effects manifesting in a variety of clinical conditions and symptoms."

How do my food sensitivities develop?

Many factors can affect the development of food sensitivities.  These include, but aren't limited to: poor digestion, unbalanced gut flora, chronic stress or severe trauma, immune system overload, and genetics. 


Why MRT?

"Food and food-chemical sensitivities have clinical characteristics that make it very challenging to identify trigger foods. For example, symptom manifestation may be delayed by many hours after ingestion; reactions may be dose dependent; because of a breakdown of oral tolerance mechanisms, there are often many reactive foods and food-chemicals; even so-called anti-inflammatory foods, such as salmon, parsley, turmeric, ginger, blueberry, and any “healthy” food can be reactive."  


The MRT is the starting point.  It identifies the best possible combination of foods to eat to start your healing process.  It takes the guess work out so that you can start feeling better sooner.  It is individualized to your specific sensitivities so you can treat a root cause and not just symptoms.  


Click here for more information on the MRT.  


Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the LEAP protocol.  

Click here for a fee schedule.











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