After a bit of a hiatus due to a move from Oklahoma to Texas, I'm back in business! Yes, I'm now accepting clients at my new studio, "Pilates Plus At The Knolls". If you are interested in feeling, looking and performing your very best, contact me now to discuss how I can help you make this a reality in your life!
My clients often ask me questions about nutrition. The advice I give is often contrary to what many dieticians, nutritionists, and so-called nutritional "experts" have to say. For instance -- I don't advocate eating anything that is what I call "new-fangled" or "fad" products (I don't want to even call them food, because for the most part they aren't!). These products include anything labeled diet, low calorie, lowfat and/or non-fat. Soy products are another on the list my don'ts that up until recently, have been touted as a sort of miracle food by most "experts". And don't even get me started on vitamins and supplementation! There are many other areas where my advice to clients conflicts with widely-held beliefs about what constitutes a good, healthy diet, even among "experts". Why? Well, unfortunately most nutritional "experts" today have been trained and in effect brainwashed over the last 20-30 years to believe things about nutrition that just aren't true! The brainwashing, as I call it, occurred as big agricultural businesses and pharmacuetical companies came on the scence, got those in the medical community to not only buy products they were selling, but buy the propaganda/misinformaton used to sell those products as fact. Yup, the medical community, for the most part bought the whole kit-and-kaboodle and then passed it on to then-medical students as fact in educational institutions around the country. And what has been the result? Instead of getting healthier from eating these foods, we got fat and sick! Obesity is now the number one health concern facing the medical community today. Indeed the myriad of problems that directly stem from obesity are out of control. Things like: type 2 diabetes, congestive heart disease, cancers of every sort, obstructed sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, asthma, allergies, liver/kidney failure, gastro-intestinal diseases, endocrine disorders, reproductive disorders, nuerological disorders, pulmonary disorders, oncological diseases, psychiatric disorders, urological problems, and the list goes on. Of course there were those in the medical profession who, knowing better, didn't buy into the nonsense being accepted by most others. Unfortunately, their voices were (and still are) drown out by the the sheer numbers of those who, unfortunately, did accept fiction as fact. The good news is that recently, some of those who held onto well-documented nutritional truth these past 30 years have managed to begin having their voices heard above the din and there has begun the start of a backlash against the junk that has been fed to us, literally, during the course of the past 30 years. That said, I'm providing a list below of individuals who have bravely held onto and continued to espouse truth regarding nutrition. They are the doctors, nutritionists, dieticians, and researchers I go to to get my nutritional information from. The list is a bit long as along with each person's name I've provided a bit of information on their background/area of specialty; but I'm betting if you are still reading this blog you are truly interested in finding where you can get correct nutritional information and won't mind.:)
That said, here's the list:
- Andrew Weil, M.D. – American physician, best-selling author, speaker & integrative medicine thought-leader. Dr. Weil is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine which attempts to integrate alternative and conventional medicine. Twice on the cover of TIME magazine, Weil was named as one of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans in 1997 and one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005. Weil is the author of 10 best-selling books including “Eating Well For Optimum Health”, “Natural Health, Natural Medicine”, “Healthy Aging” and “Why Our Health Matters”. According to the San Francisco Examiner, Weil has become "The voice of reason in a deeply divided world." He is the founder and Program Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (formerly the Program in Integrative Medicine), which he started in 1994 at the University of Arizona. He received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. Weil has received a number of professional awards including the Institute for Health and Healing’s 2006 Pioneer in Integrative Medicine award and the John P. McGovern Award from Smithsonian Associates in 2005.
- Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D. – Danish independent researcher, member of various international scientific organizations, and a former private medical practitioner in Sweden. Since 1990 alone, Ravnskov has published over 80 scientific papers critical of the Diet-Heart Idea, proposing new hypotheses and also showing that "the successful dissemination of the diet-heart idea is due to authors systematically ignoring or misquoting discordant (contradictory) studies". He was the first to suggest that the positive effect of statins may be due to other effects than cholesterol-lowering (a view which Ravnskov notes has gained widespread acceptance). In a meta-analysis of cholesterol-lowering trials published in the British Medical Journal in 1992, he demonstrated that coronary mortality was not lowered by cholesterol lowering, but total mortality was increased. With the popularization of the internet in the late 1990s, Ravnskov saw the opportunity to inform the general public of his findings and, in 1997, published selected sections of his internationally acclaimed book, The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol cause Heart Disease, on the world wide web. According to the search engine Direct Hit (since acquired by Ask.com in 1999), Ravnskov's website soon became ranked as one of the top ten most popular websites about cholesterol. In 2003 he published a review of the many studies that have shown low density lipoprotein (LDL) to be protective against infections, and put forward the hypothesis that high cholesterol, rather than promoting atherosclerosis, in fact may protect against it. Ravnskov continues to actively investigate scientific communications on cholesterol and heart disease for misinformation, and in the British Medical Journal in October 2005 refuted statements contained in a July 2005 paper on coronary heart disease in Poland, printed in the same journal. His latest book, "Ignore The Awkward! How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive", has been published in three languages to date. His credentials: Graduated 1961 from the University of Copenhagen with an M.D. 1961-1967 various appointments at surgical, roentgenological, neurological, pediatric and medical departments in Denmark and Sweden. 1968-79 various appointments at the Department of Nephrology, and the Department of Clinical Chemistry, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden; 1975-79 as an assistant professor at the Department of Nephrology. 1973 PhD at the University of Lund. A specialist in internal medicine and nephrology. 1979-2000 private practitioner. Since 1979 an independent researcher. Honored by the Skrabanek Award 1999 given by Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland for original contributions in the field of medical scepticism. Honored by the 2007 Leo-Huss-Walin Prize for Independent Thinking in Natural Sciences And Medicine. Member of: International Science Oversight Board, editorial board of Cholesterol, and editorial board of Journal of Lipids. Director of THINCS, The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics.
- Thomas Cowan, M.D. – Cowan graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire where he practiced for 17 years before relocating to San Francisco in 2003 where he has continued his private practice for the past 8 years. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He is the principal author of the book, The Fourfold Path to Healing. He writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the Foundation’s quarterly magazine, and frequently lectures and speaks throughout the United States and Canada.
- Ron Schmid, N.D. – A naturopathic physician in practice for over 30 years, Schmid is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and has taught at all four of America’s naturopathic medical schools. He’s the former Clinic Director and Chief Medical Officer at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the author of “Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine” and “The Untold Story of Milk”.
- Mary Enig, Ph.D. – Enig holds an M.A. from the American College of Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. She was a faculty research associate at UMCP with the Lipids Research Group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1984 through 1991. She has published scientific papers on food fats and oils and is a former editor of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. She was a Licensed Nutritionist in Maryland from May 1988 to October 2008. An expert of world renown in the subject of human nutrition, she is know for her position on the roles fats play in diet and health and has promoted skepticism towards the widely held view that high saturated fat diets lead to heart disease. Enig advocates for a diet based on whole foods and rich in certain saturated fats, such as those found in coconut oil and butter. She has been published in a number of leading professional medical and nutrition journals and is the co-author of two cookbooks: Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats; and Eat Fat, Lose Fat: Lose Weight and Feel Great with Three Delicious, Science-based Coconut Diets. Enig is the co-founder, vice president, and board-member of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
- Ted Beals, M.D. – Beals is a Pathologist, Health educator and Administrator. He is the retired National Director of Pathology & Laboratory Services, Dept. of Veterans Affairs. He has retired from his practice in the Veterans Health Administration and faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School. Since retirement he continues his years of biomedical research, now focusing on dairy safety and foodborne illnesses. He is an international consultant and educator on the medical aspects of agricultural product safety. He is a lifelong advocate for organic principles, sustainable and local agriculture and the nutritional and medical values of nutrient-dense foods. Beals is active in promoting the rights of farmers to provide and consumers to obtain milk and other locally-produced fresh unprocessed foods.
- Dr. Joseph Mercola, D.O. -- Board-certified in family medicine and chairman of the family medicine department at St. Alexius Medical Center for five years. Mercola is trained in both traditional and natural medicine. Mercola has been published in a number of professional medical journals including: The British Medical Journal, The Canadian Medical Journal, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal American Osteopathic Association, and the Western Journal of Medicine. A New York Times Best Selling Author, Mercola was also voted the 2009 Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, and has been featured in TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Today Show, CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl Attkisson, The DR. Oz Show, The Doctors, and other major media resources. Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1972-1976; Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine 1978-1982; Chicago Osteopathic Hospital 1982-1985; Board Certified American College Osteopathic General Practitioners July 1985; State of Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon.
- Cherie Calbom, M.A. -- Calbom has practiced as a clinical nutritionist at St. Luke Medical Center, Bellevue, Washington, and as a celebrity nutritionist for George Foreman and Richard Simmons. Known for her work with juicing and health, her juice therapy and cleansing programs have been popular for more than a decade. She is the author of 17 books including the bestseller Juicing for Life, with 2 million books sold in the US and published around the world in 23 countries. Calbom has had feature stories in USA Today, New York Post, First for Women, Quick & Simple, Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Newsweek, New Body, Fitness, McCall’s, Shape, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Oxygen, and Natural Health.
- Dr. Don Colbert, M.D. – For over twenty years, Dr. Colbert has practiced medicine in Central Florida. He is currently board certified in Family Practice and Anti-Aging Medicine. Colbert offers seminars around the nation covering a variety of health and nutrition topics. Colbert is also a "New York Times "Best Selling Author who has written over 40 books including: “Toxic Relief”, “Eat This And Live”, “Seven Pillars of Health”, and “What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You” and has been featured on Fox News, ABC World News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, BBC, Readers Digest, News Week, Prevention Magazine, and many others. Colbert received his M.D. from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in Tulsa, OK.
- Dr. Weston A. Price, D.D.S. – A Dentist from Cleveland, OH whose 1939 book, Nutritional and Physical Degeneration, describes the fieldwork he did in the 1920s and 1930s among various world cultures, with the original goal of recording and studying the dental health and development of pre-industrial populations including tribal Africans and Pacific islanders, Inuit, North and South American natives, and Australian aborigines. The book contains numerous photographs of the people he studied, and includes comparison photographs of the teeth and facial structure of people who lived on their traditional diet and people who had adopted or grown up on industrialized food. In certain instances it was possible for Price to examine and photograph traditional and industrialized eaters from the same family. More than 50 years after Weston Price's death, food activists Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig founded the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) in their words to: “disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price....Dr. Price's research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.”
- Kaayla Daniel, Ph.D., C.C.N. – Daniel received a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences and anti-aging therapies from Union Institute and University, OH and is board certified by the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. Daniel lectures extensively and gives workshops which focus on prevention and treatment of a number health concerns such as osteoarthritis, anti-aging, heart disease, ADD/ADHD, and menopause through proper nutrition. Daniel is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation Board Of Directors. She has released a book titled: The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food.”
- Adelle Davis, M.S. – B.A. from University of California at Berkeley, dietetic training at Bellevue and Fordham Hospitals in New York, post graduate work at Columbia University and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Masters of Science degree in Biochemistry form UCLA. Davis became a consulting nutritionist in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Palos Verdes, California. Davis was one of the pioneers in the fledgling field of nutrition during the mid-20th century. She advocated whole unprocessed foods, criticized food additives, and claimed that dietary supplements and other nutrients play a dominant role in maintaining health, preventing disease, and restoring health after the onset of disease. She was a well-know and sought after speaker at medical seminars, universities and other venues. Her books include: Optimum Health, You Can Stay Well, Vitality Through Planned Nutrition, Let's Cook it Right, Let's Have Healthy Children, Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit, and Let's Get Well. In some of these works Davis included numerous accounts of the dietary recommendations she had made during consultations, and the results that were obtained by those who followed her advice. Her personal analyses of the published reports of clinical studies of humans and laboratory tests of animals were also the basis for some of the dietary advice contained in her books, and she included a multitude of references to these reports. "Adelle Davis was a pioneer in the health movement," according to Dr. Linus Pauling, recipient of two Nobel Prizes and author of several books on vitamin C. "She was essentially correct in almost everything she said." A 1990 article in Natural Food and Farming magazine, which examined Adelle Davis's teachings in the light of more recent medical research concluded that "Today's scientific findings both substantiate and expand upon a number of her teachings", and that "Today's research shows that she was indeed ahead of her time... and largely right as well". Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont who was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry at the time, included the following statement in a press release in 1998: “One of the pioneers of the movement toward healthier eating—Adelle Davis—raised many food safety and health issues based on her own research. Her views were not accepted by the scientific community at the time. Now the weight of medical evidence — including former Surgeon General Koop’s Report on Nutrition and Health — has vindicated her views." On January 10, 2000, the online magazine Insight on The News presented the results of a reader survey in which hundreds of thousands of people responded. Among the many categories was "Scientist of the Century". Adelle Davis placed sixth among such notables as Thomas Edison, Edward Teller, George Washington Carver, Albert Einstein and Luther Burbank.
- Naomi Baumslag, M.D., M.P.H. – Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical School and president of Women's International Public Health Network. She is an expert in public health and has been an advisor to many international agencies. of the author of over 150 journal articles and 15 books including Milk, Money and Madness; Mother and Child Health; and Passport to Life. She received her MD from Witwatersrand University Medical School, Johannesberg and her MPH at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore.
- Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D., MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (nutrition) --
Campbell-McBride graduated with honors as a Medical Doctor in 1984 from Bashkir Medical University in Russia. She gained a postgraduate degree in neurology at the Moscow Medical University and a postgraduate degree in human nutrition at Sheffield University, UK.
Campbell-McBride founded and is senior partner at the Cambridge Nutrition Clinic, UK. She specializes in using nutrition as a treatment, and has become recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in treating children and adults with learning disabilities and other mental disorders, as well as children and adults with digestive and immune disorders. She is the author of Gut And Psychology Syndrome and Put You Heart In Your Mouth! She is a Member of The Society of Authors, is a regular contributing health editor to a number of magazines and newsletters, and is a keynote speaker at many professional conferences and seminars around the world.
- Lee Clifford, M.S., C.C.N. – Clifford holds a masters in nutrition and is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. Formerly on staff at the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, she is currently on staff at the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Suffern, NY. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovation Medicine Education Fund (FAIM Ed) and serves as the director of the Education Committee and Speakers Bureau. She is also on the advisory board of the Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
- Beverly B. Teter, Ph.D, F.A.C.N., C.N.S. -- Teter received her B.S. degree in chemistry from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. and her Ph.D in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. She has studied the chemistry, biochemistry and metabolic effects of trans fatty acids for nearly thirty years. She was the first researcher to report the effects of these isomeric fatty acids on milk fat in mice, cows, and women. Most of the data on trans fatty acids that are presented in the USDA food composition tables came from the research laboratories at the University of Maryland under contract with the USDA. She has published numerous research papers and authored several book chapters and white papers dealing with fatty acid composition and metabolism and holds two patents with three others pending. Teter is on the board of directors for the American College of Nutrition.
- William Campbell Douglass, II, MD is Editor-in-Chief of Real Health Breakthroughs and author of six books including The Milk Book.
- Sara Bachman Ducey, MS, CNS, is a college professor specializing in nutrition focusing on improving health, cognition and emotional wellness through food and nutrients.
- Mike Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an environmental scientist with expertise in the assessment of effects of contaminants in the environment, including interest in endocrine disrupting compounds and trace metals. He is an expert on the effects of phytoestrogens in soy products and on sudden infant death syndrome.
- Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude and received his medical degree from Cornell University in 1983. He has been treating cancer with nutrition since 1987 in New York City. Dr. Gonzalez has an NCI - NCCAM trial underway at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
treating pancreatic cancer using his nutritional program.
- Fred Kummerow, PhD, is the author of over two hundred scientific papers, many focusing on the dangers of trans fatty acids. In 2010, the 94-year-old University of Illinois veterinary biosciences professor emeritus filed a petition with the FDA to ban trans fats. He still conducts research at the Burnsides Laboratory at the University of Illinois.
- Max Gershon -- In the late 1920s, Max Gerson, M.D., began observing that cancer could be cured with nutrition in tandem with systemic detoxification. Charlotte Gerson writes: "Dr. Gerson found that the underlying problems of all cancer patients are toxicity and deficiency. One of the important features of his therapy was the hourly administration of fresh vegetable juices. These supply ample nutrients, as well as fluids to help flush out the kidneys. When the high levels of nutrients re-enter tissues, toxins accumulated over many years are forced into the blood stream. The toxins are then filtered out by the liver. The liver is easily overburdened by the continuous release of toxins and is unable to release the load... Dr. Gerson found that he could provide help to the liver by the caffeine in coffee, absorbed from the colon via the hemorrhoidal vein, which carries the caffeine to the portal system and then to the liver. The caffeine stimulates the liver/bile ducts to open, releasing the poisons into the intestinal tract for excretion." The Gerson Therapy is not specifically a cancer treatment but rather a metabolic treatment, one that cleanses while strengthening the body's ability to heal itself. Not surprisingly, the program is effective against a wide variety of serious illnesses. Dr. Gerson's approach has been shown, for over seven decades, to greatly improve both quality and length of life in the sickest of patients. There is no higher compliment possible than this summation by the great Albert Schweitzer, M.D., Nobel Prize laureate: "I see in Dr. Max Gerson one of the most eminent geniuses in medical history."
- Andrew W Saul, Ph.D. – Therapuetic Nutrition Specialist, Saul has been a consulting specialist in natural healing for over 20 years and editor-in-chief of Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. He was on the faculty of the State University of New York for nine years, and taught nutrition, health science and cell biology at the college level. He has studied in Africa and Australia, holds three state certificates in science education, and has twice won New York Empire State Fellowships for teaching. Saul has authored over 100 publications and seven books and is a veteran lecturer.
- Ian Brighthope, Prof., M.D., M.B.B.S., D.Ag.Sci -- President of the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine. Professor Brighthope is a medical doctor & surgeon with over 20 years of practical clinical experience. He has specialized in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, with a particular interest in heart disease, psychiatric disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, arthritis, asthma, food and chemical sensitivities, diabetes and cancer.
- Victor Zeines, D.D.S. -- Zeines is a clinically trained dentist who has been practicing holistic dentistry for over 25 years. He has a masters degree in nutrition and has studied acupressure, kinesiology and chiropractic care. Zeines believes that poor nutrition is one of the major causes of tooth decay and gum disease which is a precursor to chronic disease and can be reversed with improved nutrition and supplementation.
- Patrick Holford -- Holford is one of Britain's leading nutrition experts. Patrick is a pioneer in new approaches to health and nutrition, specialising in the field of mental health. In 1984 Holford founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in London, with his mentor, twice Nobel Prize winner Dr Linus Pauling. Holford believes that vibrant health and resistance to disease can be achieved through optimum nutrition.
- Dr Gert Schuitemaker, M.D. -- Dr Schuitemaker is a traditionally trained Medical Doctor and Pharmacologist. He is the founder of the Ortho Institute of Europe and President of the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Dr Schuitemaker believes we must first look at how we can help the patient through nutrition and supplementation before any type of medical treatment begins.
- Arnaud Apoteker -- Biologist and organic food specialist, Arnaud is the head of the anti-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Greenpeace campaign in France. His passion for food which is clean, healthy and good for you, occupies his life. His profession makes Arnaud uniquely qualified to give us his perspective on the many benefits of organics and the hidden dangers of genetically modified foods.
- David Wolfe, M.S. – Wolfe holds a masters degree in nutrition and is considered a leading authority on Raw Food and Superfoods. Author of seven best selling nutrition books and a highly sought after health and personal success speaker, David has given over 2000 live lectures in the past 15 years. Wolfe co-starred in the documentary film Food Matters which takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better.
- Roger Kies, N.D. – Dr. Kies holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Tulsa, OK and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Kies practices medicine in San Antonio, Texas. I have personally consulted with and sought out Dr. Kies’ expertise in the areas of supplementation on numerous occasions. My husband and I both take whole foods supplements prescribed by Dr. Kies.
- Joel Salatin -- American farmer, lecturer, and author of a number of books including Salad Bar Beef and The Food Buyer’s Guide To Farm Friendly Food. Salatin's 550-acre farm is featured prominently in Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma and the documentary films, Food, Inc. and Fresh. Known as “America’s Most Influential Farmer” his unconventional farming practices have brought tremendous attention to sustainable, healthy farming. Salatin spends over 100 days a year traveling across the country lecturing and giving demonstrations at colleges, universities and to environmental groups.
- Sally Fallon, M.A. -- A journalist and nutrition researcher with a B.A. in English from Stanford University and an M.A. in English from UCLA, Mrs. Fallon is the co-founder and president of The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to "restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism." She co-authored two cookbooks with Weston A. Price co-founder Mary G. Eng: 1.) Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats; and 2.) Eat Fat, Lose Fat: Lose Weight and Feel Great with Three Delicious, Science-based Coconut Diets. These well-researched, though-provoking guides to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Ms. Fallon and her colleague Dr. Enig are frequent contributors to holistic health publications. Their work is widely respected for providing accurate and understandable explanations of complicated subjects in the field of nutrition and health. Several articles on the dangers of modern soy products have generated intense controversy in the health food industry. Ms. Fallon is also editor of WAPF’s quarterly magazine, founder of A Campaign for Real Milk (realmilk.com), and president and owner of NewTrends Publishing.
- Eric Schlosser – Schlosser is an American journalist and author known for his investigative journalism. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American History from Princeton University and earned a graduate degree in British Imperial History from Oxford. Schlosser started his career as a journalist with The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts. He quickly gained recognition for his investigative pieces, earning two awards, National Magazine Award and the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for his investigative journalism within his first two years of work. Schlosser's investigative journalism has appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Nation. Schlosser is best known for his bestselling book, Fast Food Nation, an exposé on the unsanitary and discriminatory practices of the fast food industry and highly acclaimed documentary film Food Inc. which explores the way the American food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Owen Gleiberman, film critic for Entertainment Weekly, wrote "I'm not generally in the habit of praising documentaries for being good for you, but Food, Inc. is more than a terrific movie—it's an important movie, one that nourishes your knowledge of how the world works (or, in this case, has started not to work)."
- Michael Pollen -- American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. His book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, describes four basic ways that human societies have obtained food: the current industrial system, the big organic operation, the local self-sufficient farm, and the hunter-gatherer. Pollan follows each of these processes—from a group of plants photosynthesizing calories through a series of intermediate stages, ultimately into a meal. Along the way, he suggests that there is a fundamental tension between the logic of nature and the logic of human industry, that the way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world, and that industrial eating obscures crucially important ecological relationships and connections. On December 10, 2006 The New York Times named The Omnivore's Dilemma one of the five best nonfiction books of the year. On May 8, 2007, the James Beard Foundation named The Omnivore's Dilemma its 2007 winner for the best food writing. It was the book of focus for the University of Pennsylvania’s Reading Project in 2007, and the book of choice for Washington State University’s Common Reading Program in 2009-10. In 2008 Pollan was a consultant for and co-starred in the documentary film Food Inc. His recent work has dealt with the practices of the meat industry, and he has written a number of articles on trends in American agriculture. He has received the Reuters World Conservation Union Global Awards in environmental journalism, the James Beard Foundation Awards for best magazine series in 2003, and the Genesis Award from the American Humane Association. His articles have been anthologized in Best American Science Writing (2004), Best American Essays (1990 and 2003), The Animals: Practicing Complexity (2006) and the Norton Book of Nature Writing (1990).
Sorry for having been so negligent in my blogging, but it has been for a good reason. The military has deemed that my husband and I have fulfilled our mission here in Oklahoma and have informed us they are moving us to a new duty station in San Antonio, TX in July. As such I have been extremely busy wrapping things up with clients here in Oklahoma, packing up our house for the move, and making all the necessary arragements in Texas. We will arrive in Texas on July 20th. I will take the first couple of months to settle in, but come the first of October I will begin accepting new clients once again. I will provide more information for potential clients as the date nears. In the meantime, I will continue blogging about various health and fitness topics. To all of my Oklahoma clients and students -- thank you for trusting me and allowing me to help you reach your fitness goals! I wish you all much success in all your future endeavors. To all my prospective Texas clients and students -- I am soooo looking forward to working with you and helping you become the best you can be!!!
Exercising outdoors is, for me, almost always so much more enjoyable and preferable than exercising indoors – provided, that is, I have properly equipped and prepared myself for the undertaking. With great weather (no longer too cold and not yet too hot) most days and everything in full bloom and so beautiful to look at, Spring is the perfect time to reap the rewards exercising outdoors can provide. In order to maximize your efforts outside and ensure you have a safe and fun workout this Spring and on into the summer, keep in mind the following: 1.) If possible, avoid exercising outside between the hours of 10am and 2pm when the sun’s rays are strongest. 2.) Make sure you are well-hydrated before as well as during your exercise session as the elements (sun, wind, humidity, dryness, etc.) will dehydrate you much faster than when exercising in a climate controlled indoor area. This means making sure you are drinking sufficient amounts of water beginning the night before, continuing to do so throughout the day prior to your exercise session as well as during exercise. There are a number of companies that specialize in manufacturing lightweight, ergonomically friendly hydration systems (camelbacks, water belts, water bottles and everything in between) specifically for exercising outside. Whatever mode of hydration you choose, make sure you are consuming about a cup of water every 15 minutes of exercise and increase that amount as you expose yourself to more and stronger outdoor elements. (Next month I will devote and entire blog to hydration for athletes with much more detail about timing, amount, and best methods to hydrate for optimal performance.) 3.) Always wear a full spectrum sun-block lotion and lip balm, some sort of a hat and full spectrum sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from damaging UV sun rays. Wearing sunglasses will also help protect your eyes from any wayward debris that might be floating in the air or kicked up from a passing car, lawn mower, sprinkler, fellow exerciser or even wildlife (yes, I have actually had the unfortunate experiences of running with my dog and having her inadvertently splash mud into my unprotected eye – not fun). 4.) Dress in clothing designed for outdoor exercise that wicks moisture from your skin (i.e. -- no cotton) and allows your skin to breath so that your body can effectively regulate core temperature. (In warm weather this type of clothing enables your body to cool itself down whereas in cooler weather it enables your body to hold heat.) A bonus: very often this type of clothing is also constructed of fabric with UV ray protection built in to help further protect your skin from damaging sun rays. Also remember: light-colored clothing will help keep you cooler than dark-colored clothing. 5.) If you choose to exercise outside when it is particularly hot or you have issues with overheating, pack a Ziploc baggie with some ice and put it in a pocket, your waistband, under your cap, in your socks (you’ll have to wear sturdy knee-highs or compression socks) or hold them in your hands (some athletes will even wear thin gloves to pack ice in so they don’t have to “hold” it). Even simply wetting a cloth in ice cold water and placing it on your head or draping it across the back of your neck and leaving it there while you exercise will go a long way toward helping you stay cool. There are several companies out there that make exercise clothing with special pockets designed to hold ice packs to keep you cool while exercising. These companies can easily be found through a Google search. 6.) Pay attention to pollution levels in your area. If you live in a city that suffers from high pollution, consider wearing a protective face mask while exercising outside (similar to the kind you might wear when ill and needing to be in a public place). Also, the more you can exercise away from traffic and construction areas, the better. As much as I hate to say it though, on especially high pollution days, it may be best to stick to your indoor workout. 7.) If you suffer from allergies, pay attention to high pollen count days and use the same precautions as described above for pollution. Prescription and/or over-the-counter allergy medications are usually very effective in mitigating symptoms for most allergy sufferers who choose to exercise outside. Just be aware that these medications take about a week to kick in and become effective and must be taken on a regular basis – not just on the days you want to exercise outside. Of course, always consult with your physician before taking any medications and discuss any possible side effects the medication might have. 8.) Always run or walk facing traffic, never with traffic coming from behind you. This allows you to see someone who isn’t paying attention to the fact you are there and gives you the opportunity to jump out of the way should the need arise rather than getting “schwaked” from behind. 9.) If you are exercising at dawn, dusk or at night be sure to wear light colored clothing as well as reflective gear such as a reflective belt and/or a head lamp/light that clips onto your cap or visor. A light that either clips on your cap or visor or a hand-held light is also beneficial at night for the fact that it will allow you to illuminate your path so you don’t trip or stumble on uneven surfaces or something unexpected. I know many people who have stumbled and/or fallen while walking/running in the dark without a light because they were on a path they thought they knew well and/or encountered a surprise (i.e. fallen branch, rock, new crack in the pavement, dead animal – yes, really) they didn’t expect! Keep the above tips in mind and you can expect to have a great outdoor workout most everytime! Enjoy!
Hello Everyone! Just wanted to let you all know about a fantastic, all-natural health and beauty product a client of mine (thank you, Kim) recently turned me on to. The product is called "Crystal Body Deoderant Stick". It is made from 100% natural mineral salts which eliminate odor by leaving an invisible protective barrier against odor causing bacteria versus traditional deoderants which contain harmful chemicals (such as aluminum chlorohydrate) designed to simply mask odor. It is fragrance free, non-sticky, non-staining, leaves no white residue and can be used by both men and women. It is endorsed as a safe, effective deoderant by cancer treatment centers and medical professionals worldwide, has been rated #1 by the Environmental Working Group for having the safest ingredients among natural deoderants and among mainstream commercial deoderants, and has won multiple awards. Crystal is not tested on animals and is 100% completely safe for the environment. I admit I was skeptical at first but have testing it for several months now and have since become a believer. So too has my husband, who normally opts not to wear deoderant due to the staining it causes on his shirts. However, after seeing the great results I had, he tried it too. We now each have one for our gym bags and one for home. Crystal sells its products through over 20,000 stores across the US and Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. the U.S. Log on to their website at: www.thecrystal.com to learn more about this product as well as where to buy. To your health -- Jenny
Happy St. Patrick's Day! It has been a while since I have had time to blog and for that, I apologize. The good news is it has been because I have been very busy helping people get healthy and fit! Anyway, I would like to share a couple of things with you today about how to do a proper abdominal crunch. Although there are a million and one exercises that can be done to strengthen and tone the core (which are also much more effective than the crunch), the good old crunch is by far still one of the most popular abdominal exercises people use to try to tone and strengthen their midsection. Now don't get me wrong -- the crunch is a bona fide exercise that does have a place in your fitness regime, IF it is used in conjuction with other core exercises and IF it is done correctly. Unfortunately, most people rely on the crunch as their sole abdominal strengthening exercise but worse – they perform the exercise incorrectly. By performing the exercise incorrectly they are not failing to benefit from the exercise as they should, but are very likely creating neck and lower back issues for themselves as well as building their abdominals in a way that will make them stick out even futher! Yes, you heard me right. If performed incorrectly, you can actually train your abdominals to be very strong, but bulge out -- not the effect most people are striving for. So how do you perform a crunch correctly? First you need to understand a little about your abdominal anatomy. There are several layers of muscles which make up your abdominals – the rectus abdominus, the transverse abdominus, the pelvic floor muscle, internal obliques and external obliques. The crunch primarily targets the rectus abdominus -- the muscles which when toned and body fat is low gives a person that “six pack” look. These muscles are attached to the front of your pubic bone and run vertically up to your sixth thoracic rib and are the primary muscles used to flex your body forward (chest toward your knees). In order to truly isolate these muscles and hence, work them correctly, you must also use other abdominal muscles to support and stabilize your spine while you are doing the crunch. If you don’t, you have effectively “turned off” the rectus abdominus muscles and no amount of crunches in the world will help you get the six pack you are looking for. Not only that, but again, you run risk of lower back injury and can actually build abs that stick out even further. To find and activate these assisting muscles, lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor about hip distance apart. Begin by rocking your pelvis away from you (by arching your lower back) and then rocking your pelvis toward you (like you are trying to press your lower back into the floor). Do this a few times to find your range of motion then settle somewhere in the middle into what we call neutral spinal position. If you are in the correct position you will feel your sacrum, the big flat bone at the base of your spine just above your buttocks, very flat and firm on the floor. (There will be a slight curve in your lower back, perhaps just enough to slide your hand or fingers under, but nothing excessive). You can test if you are in the correct position by placing the heels of your palms on your hip bones and then angling your index fingers toward your pubic bone so you are making a diamond shape in between your hands on your lower abdomen. The diamond shape should be flat or level; meaning that if someone were to set a cup of water in that diamond shaped area, it would neither spill onto your chest nor between your knees. This is the position you want to keep your lower spine in the entire time you are performing the crunch. For years exercisers were told to press their lower backs into the floor or mat during the crunch, but that is INCORRECT. Your lower spine should stay in this neutral position throughout the whole exercise. Next, you want to maintain a connection where the rectus abdominus muscle connects to your ribs. So think of your ribs being knit or sewn together and do not allow your chest to “pop” or your upper back to come off the floor in an arched manner at any time during the exercise. Do so, and you have completely shut off your rectus abdominus muscle. Next, keeping the back of your head flat on the floor begin to trace large circles on the ceiling with your nose. Notice the lengthening you feel in the back of your neck near the base of your skull every time your nose is pointing toward your navel. After several circles stop your circle when your nose is pointing toward your navel (remember – back of the head remains on the floor). This is the position your neck needs to stay in throughout the whole exercise. Hands can be crossed on the chest or GENTLY cradling the back of the head. Now you are in the proper position to begin the exercise. As you exhale, keep the lower spine in neutral, your ribs knit together and your neck in that lengthened position and begin to flex or bend right at the sternum. As you exhale through pursed lips, think about a corset tightening around your waist and drawing your tummy down toward the floor (the exhale through pursed lips will help you activate the proper muscles to achieve this) while being very careful not to tilt your hips and change your lower spine. This is hard to do and will take some practice – especially if you have been tilting your hips and jamming your lower back into the floor during this exercise for years. And whatever you do, do not push your abdominal muscles out as you fold or flex forward as this is what will cause you to build your abdominals out and look like you have a really cool beer gut rather than toned abs. The range of motion will not be very great and at most you will probably only get the lower portion of your shoulder blades maybe an inch or two off the floor, however, that is all you need! Make sure you are not pulling on your neck with your hands if your hands are behind your head (you really should not be able to see your elbows except maybe slightly out of your peripheral vision) and your gaze is on your knees – not at the ceiling as was taught for so many years. (Again, try to feel the lengthening in the back of your neck.) Once at the top end of your range of motion, inhale as you lower your upper body toward the ground only as far as the top of your shoulder blades touch the floor and no further. Then exhale and flex up again. If done correctly, it will not take many crunches to reach fatigue (usually 10-30 depending on your current level of strength), however a couple sets of 10-30 done correctly is all you need to do. If you are doing more you are almost definitely doing them wrong and simply wasting your time and energy. In the words of Joseph Pilates, founder of the Pilates exercise method that stems almost totally from core strengthening and control, “A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortions.” TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS: If you are having trouble resisting the urge to jam your lower back into the floor and take your lower spine out of neutral, bring your legs to a 90 degree angle with the floor (tabletop position where your thighs are vertical to the floor, your knees bent and your shins parallel to the floor). This will make the exercise easier to complete properly until you have the strength to keep your feet on the floor while maintaining neutral spine. Also, if you are having trouble finding/keeping your neck in the correct position, lie on a towel, flexible mat or even a flat exercise band lengthwise. Leave enough of the towel/mat/band to grab onto with your hands above your head and bring the towel/mat/band with you as you flex into your crunch position. Does this until you have the strength/body awareness to keep your neck in the correct position throughout the exercise without aid. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, remember: the crunch is just one exercise that can be included in your core strengthening/toning repertoire – but should definitely not be the only one! To truly have a strong, toned and functional core you must work the obliques, the pelvic floor, the transverse abdominus, and yes, the rectus abdominus through a variety of movements including rotation, lateral flexion and spinal extension. Google some of these words in conjunction with each other such as, “lateral flexion core exercises” or “rotational oblique exercises” and see what you find. Or if you have the ability, schedule a few session with a certified Pilates instructor who, as a specialist in core strengthening, can give more exercises that will not only help you strengthen and tone your core but will take into account any anatomical or postural issues that need to be addressed in your core as well. Good luck and happy exercising! J
Hello and Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are off to a good start this year. :)
Before I dive into the subject of this blog, I'd just like to say I apologize to anyone who tried to read the 4th and final blog on the series "Fit Through The Holidays" but were unable to see anything. Apparently something crazy happened and everything I wrote got deleted after I submitted it. I didn't realize it until I got into my account just now to write this blog. Sheesh. Because it had to do specifically with the holidays and the holidays are now over, I will just save it for next year and move on with the new blogs. Speaking of which ....
The gym is a great place to get in shape; unfortunately it can be a breeding ground for germs and sickness if you are not careful -- especially during the winter. Here, therefore, are a couple of easy yet very important things you can do to greatly minimize the risks.
1.) Make sure you wipe down cardio equipment with sanitizing spray or wipes both BEFORE AND AFTER you use the equipment. Many people remember to be courteous and thoroughly wipe down the equipment after they use it, but most don't which means when you jump on the machine to use it chances it's pretty germy. So take the extra few seconds and wipe down the areas of the machine you will be touching -- especially with your hands -- before you start your cardio session.
2.) Refrain from touching your face or head with your hands while working out. People have sweat all over stuff; touched things with hands they haven't washed after using the restroom, blowing/wiping their noses, coughing/sneezing, touching the soles of their shoes, and goodness knows whatever else they came into contact with even before getting to the gym (money, something on the ground, etc.); and of course, simply spreading germs they come into contact with on the equipment as they move around the gym. So whether you wipe sweat from your brow, buggers from your nose, fix your hair, or scratch an itch with your hands while working out -- you are setting yourself up for getting sick big-time! And it doesn't matter what type of equipment you are working on. Even if you are just doing mat exercises, you still had to touch the mat to get it on the floor where you wanted it and chances are you touched the floor when you set it down too. If you are on weight machines you are picking up germs from others left and right every time you get on a new machine (and washing your hands or sanitizing your hands in between each machine is simply not practical.) Even if you are on cardio machines and you have followed tip #1 and sanitized the machine before you are using it, the sanitation liquid may very well have been watered down to the point it is no longer effective in an effort to stretch dollars -- trust me, I've worked in gyms a long time and have seen it all too often! It you find you have to touch your head or your face, do so with your arm or go get a clean paper towel to use. If you are on a cardio machine, find you sweat a lot and can't stand the feeling of sweat running down your face but don't want to (no should you) stop your cardio workout just to go get a paper towel, try wearing a sweatband, bandana, or some sort of cap to help prevent sweat from running down your face. Better to look a little dorky than get yourself sick! Remember you are at the gym, not a fashion show -- no one who is truly working out will be looking glam, nor are they really too concerned with how others look at that point either. And finally, please don't make the mistake of thinking that by using the towel you have been carrying with you throughout your workout to wipe your head/face is going to be safe because at some point you did set it down somewhere and now it too is contaminated.
3.) Wash your hands thoroughly BEFORE you leave the gym. When you are done working out the first thing you need to do is head straight to the bathroom and wash your hands. Don't dig around in your gym bag, find your keys and then go to the restroom to wash your hands -- and absolutely do not get in your car and drive home to wash your hands there unless you want to be disinfecting everything you touched en route (your keys, your steering wheel, stick shift, door handles, anything you touched at home before you made it to the restroom to wash up, etc.). Take the extra 2 min and just do it at the gym.
4.) In cool weather, dress warmly before going outside to your car. Even better, take a shower at the gym before you leave. (My own practice is almost always to shower at the gym because it is easier and faster to just strip and shower there rather than taking time to bundle up (in the process getting more clothes sweaty and dirty for more laundry later) and then still having to take a shower once I get home. It saves time, is easier and considerably lowers my water bill each month.) I know some people have a "thing" about showering in public places either because they feel the locker room is dirty or they are not comfortable about baring their bodies in public. Yes, locker rooms -- even in the most posh clubs -- are most likely very dirty as anyone who has watched a 20/20 or 60 Minutes investigative T.V. program on the subject knows. So here's what you do -- always wear shower shoes or flip flops in the locker room and in the shower, never lean against or touch the walls of the shower stall, and bring your own soap, "scrubby", shampoo and conditioner rather than using any supplied by the gym. Simple as that. For the modest, most gyms do have shower curtains and even private little dressing areas either right next to the shower or near the shower area undress/dress. The bottom line is: whether you opt to shower and bundle or bundle and shower later -- just be sure to bundle. And be sure that if you do shower at the gym and wash your hair to either wrap your head in your towel or put on some sort hat before going outside.
5.) Never put your shoes in the main compartment of your gym bag. Even shoes you only wear in the gym and not outside because remember: the gym is a dirty place in and of itself. By putting any shoes in your bag you will only be contaminating anything else you put in the bag with them or after them. Solution: Lots of gym bags these days actually have separate shoe compartments built into the bag which are great and solve the problem. Or you can do what I do: I have carabineers (small clips originally used by mountain climbers but which now can be found in most sporting goods stores and even many drugstores) clipped to the outside of my gym bag which I clip my workout shoes and shower shoes to so I don't have to carry them separately (I've got enough to juggle) but don't put them inside my bag either.
6.) Lastly, try to get in the habit of washing your gym bag out from time to time. This is probably the least important of all the tips I have given here, but it can still help. You don't need to be neurotic, but a wash or a wipe down with Clorox bleach sheets every couple of months will help keep everything you put in you bag or put your bag on or in (your house, your car) much cleaner and less likely to spread contamination.