Chandra Bivens Carty began her career with a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida. It was there that she developed a love for food engineering. As a lab tech she ran quality analysis on peanut milk, she tested pecans from Georgia for pesticide contamination and as a student she experimented with eatable caseines. After graduation she completed an internship before passing a registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian.
She worked as a pediatric dietitian at Grady Hospital before specializing in oncology research at Emory. During her 15 years at Emory she participated as a research nutritionist in numerous National Cancer Institute studies. In the early eighties the focus was adjunctive nutrition during chemotherapy in advance cancers such as non-small cell lung cancer, Dukes D colorectal Ca and Head and Neck Ca. Research teams from Emory, Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, University of Toronto, UCLA, Harvard made up a consortium. The results of those early studies suggested that aggressive nutrition support may be detrimental to the survival of the cancer patient. There were too many unknown variables. In the nineties the research focus at Emory switched to prevention. Women who were diagnosed with Stage 1 and 2 breast cancer were randomized to a controlled diet or a very low fat diet. The relationship between a high fat diet and breast cancer had been established.
The purpose of the study was to investigate if post-menopausal women could reduce their dietary fat to 20% of there total diet. The result of the study indicated that the women did lower there total fat intake as long as they met with there nutritionist. However, long-term maintenance did not occur.
During her years at Emory she completed a Masters of Medical Science Degree. Her thesis research involved comparing the serum carotenoids in women diagnosed with benign breast disease or Stage 1 cancer. She concluded that there was a strong correlation between benign breast disease and serum carotenoids. Although, her study was small she suggested that there be more research involving food high in the carotenoids.
After leaving Emory, Chandra opened her own private office. Her dream was to use her research skills and knowledge to help individuals in the community. Mirroring her career, her consulting services expand the lifespan from infants to adults. Although it may seem broad, her focus is on conditions that require a nutritional intervention to manage a medical condition.
Individuals who want to utilize adjunctive nutritional therapy to help control their medical conditions are the clients best identified to work with Mrs Carty.
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