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My name is Nonie De Long and I’m an orthomolecular nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and student of homeopathy. I came to understand the value of nutrition when my young son became seriously ill. By the tender age of 7 he was extremely violent, paranoid, obsessive, tangential, and incapable of learning or self-regulation and was given his first mental health diagnosis. He was unable to attend school or enjoy normal activities and mainstream medical interventions only made him more ill. After years of searching, I found orthomolecular psychiatry and it transformed him – and our lives – and drew me in. The change was miraculous. I returned to school to study this incredible medicine and now operate a clinical practice where I use nutritional and orthomolecular interventions (incorporating herbs and homeopathics where indicated) for mental, emotional, and physical health issues. My vision is to create a truly integrative and supportive mental health care system in Canada to facilitate dignity and quality of life for those troubled by mental and emotional illness in our society.

ROHP, RNCP, CNP, FDN

Nonie De Long

Orthomolecular Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Herbalist, Writer, Student of Homeopathy


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Orthomolecular & Functional Medicine


Functional / Orthomolecular Medicine is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness by examining the unique bio-chemical pathology of each patient through various lab and clinical data, then individually tailoring interventions, including diet and professional grade dietary supplements, to help rebalance and restore healthy function to the body. I was taught how to implement it by its founder, Dr. Abram Hoffer. To this I add FDN training with Reed Davis, a passion for herbal medicine, longstanding experience with mental illness and addictions, and continuing studies in homeopathy. At HOPE Health, I offer you the most integrative direction for your mental, emotional, and physical health woes.

Got More Questions?

  • What is a nutritionist?
  • What is an orthomolecular nutritionist?
  • What is functional medicine?
  • What is herbalism?
  • What is homeopathy?
  • What is the cost?
What is a nutritionist?

A nutritionist is someone who believes that the nutrients and toxins you consume affect your health deeply. Consequently they teach people which foods are healthiest, how to find them, how to read labels to avoid lesser ingredients, and how to prepare the foods to be delicious and enjoyable.

You want a nutritionist who knows how to determine your metabolic type, assist with testing for food intolerances, increase your tolerance to said foods, test for hormonal and intestinal imbalances, and create a dietary plan that is customized to your needs based on these and other factors.  A nutritionist should never diagnose illness (candida, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, etc.), recommend a one size fits all approach to food, recommend severe detoxification programs, or advise regarding pharmaceutical medications or treatments. These are over simplistic or beyond the scope of our training and ultimately indicate a poor understanding of nutrition and how to re-establish and maintain health. A nutritionist should help you focus on building robust health NOT overcoming disease or losing excess fat. Those are just natural byproducts of radiant health!

In short, you want a nutritionist who will work with your preferences and lifestyle, with your chosen therapies and physicians, and with your goals and body type. You should see noticeable improvements in your health within 3 months. I have never had a client whose health is not greatly improved, if not completely turned around, within 6 months.

Clients are always amazed that I make food that tastes great! I take traditional foods and reinvent them to make them healthy AND delicious. Eating healthy does not have to be boring or bland!  Sign up for a cooking class to learn how easy it can be!


What is an orthomolecular nutritionist?

An orthomolecular nutritionist is someone who uses nutrients in supplement form as an adjunct to foods for optimal health. Food alone is not enough when people have long standing imbalances (disease) due to poor lifestyle or compromised digestion and assimilation, or due to hereditary weaknesses in specific organs, giving them greater than normal need for certain nutrients. Furthermore, our depleted soil does not create foods that are nutritionally optimal today. Thus, supplements targeted to address imbalances in biochemistry can be very beneficial.

I believe orthomolecular medicine is the medicine of the future. We will use food and food based nutrients as first-line medical intervention rather than dangerous, outrageously priced, addictive, and suppressing pharmaceuticals wherever possible. As a nutritionist I am uniquely informed and impassioned about orthomolecular psychiatry and nutrition because it is the doctor who developed orthomolecular psychiatry, Dr. Abram Hoffer, who tutored me in how to use it to successfully treat my son.


What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is orthomolecular medicine by a different name. A functional medicine practitioner uses various laboratory diagnostic tools as well as clinical assessment tools to determine biochemical imbalances in the body, using a scale that is more sensitive than that of M.D.’s which allows them to detect the beginning stages of disease or dysfunction before it reaches the threshold for formal diagnosis. This enables the practitioner to address health concerns before they are full blown and difficult to turn around. Functional medicine has great results treating health imbalances that only offered palliative care and are not corrected by mainstream medical care because it addresses the root imbalances driving disease.

My clients are tested via hair, serum, saliva, breath, and urine analysis (as needed) and receive a very detailed printed explanation of any imbalances and treatment recommendations.


What is herbalism?

Herbalism is the study and use of herbs medicinally. It’s ancient and most of the world’s population still uses herbal medicine as the primary form of medical care. Herbal medicine is very gentle, yet potent, and many pharmaceuticals are derived from active ingredients in plants. For example, nattokinase from natto is used to remove plaque from arterial walls. Red yeast rice extract is used to do the same. The active ingredient in aspirin is taken from willowbark. Saw palmetto contains an ingredient known to shrink the prostate by impacting DHT. Red clover rids the blood of excess testosterone and is great in balancing teen hormonal issues in males. There are thousands more examples.

I love using herbs because they are so gentle yet effective and I create custom herbal teas and tinctures for clients to address imbalances and weaknesses and improve health conditions naturally – without dangerous side effects.


What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is an entire medical system, with its own medicines. It’s based on the law of similars, that is, like cures like and the philosophy of minimal dose. The medicines are used to stimulate the vital force within the client to overcome the disease on their own and these medicines can be used for acute and chronic illness, as well as to palliate at end of life or during trauma. It takes a good degree of skill and mastery to prescribe successfully, but when a homeopath is successful the results are truly astounding.

No other system of medicine is as powerful or gentle, in my clinical and personal experience.Because of this varied toolkit, I am uniquely able to help people with complex health issues. I have used homeopathy clinically for over 10 years, but am now studying to become a registered homeopath. As a result you can access my homeopathic services at a very low rate while I do my internship. I have limited spaces to fill for this. Contact me to learn more.


What is the cost?

I work with clients for a minimum of 6 months to address 1-2 health problems. Most health problems can be significantly improved in that time, For complex mental health, addiction, and autoimmune issues the client will see results in that time but another 6 months may be necessary to rebuilt great health. Weight loss time frames depend on the amount of weight to lose and the drive of the client to follow through and make recommended changes. But excess weight loss is always a byproduct, never the ultimate goal in good health.

The initial fee is $500 – including the assessment, supplement directions, nutrition outline, and herbal direction. Required testing is extra, as needed. Clients then pay $100 per month (minimum 6 months) to work together to implement the outline.

We check in bi-weekly and clients are given weekly audio/video learning tools and recipes – to help implement changes at home. Clients are also able to participate in cooking classes I offer at half cost and host no cost cooking classes in their home with 5 paying participants. At the end of the 6 months clients are equipped with accurate information to address their health concern. They know how to read labels, how to avoid and substitute for unhealthy foods, how to source ethical meat, how to meal plan, prep, and cook, and how to use supplements and superfoods.  They will have addressed 1-2 health concerns and will have improved body weight and mass, and notice improved energy and mental/ emotional health. Clients are encouraged to retest to assess changes in biochemistry and direct supplementation going forward at the 6 month mark, but it is not mandatory. At this point clients have all the tools to master their dietary health on a day to day basis.

All prices are subject to applicable taxes.

Herbal and homeopathic remedies, supplements, and in person classes are extra, but evaluations and recommendations for these will be included in the fees. Some health care plans include nutrition expenses under preventative health care and many cover homeopathic services once I achieve my designation.

I offer walk in services for low income Torontonians at specific community centres in the GTA. For a list of these these locations, please contact me.



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