Thursday, December 29, 2011

“The only possible guarantee of the future is responsible behavior in the present. When supposed future needs are used to justify misbehavior in the present, as is the tendency with us, then we are both perverting the present and diminishing the future.” Wendell Berry

Monday, December 5, 2011

Empowering Fertility through Nutrition

Please join Kaayla Daniel, PhD, CCN for a webinar presentation on Empowering Fertility through Nutrition.

Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN 
Are you craving caviar, oysters, organ meats, cream and other high-fat, high-cholesterol, hormone-producing foods? Should you avoid processed, packaged fast foods or a low-fat, high-soy, plant-based diet? Dr. Daniel will discuss environmental estrogens, endocrine disruption and natural sex hormones this Tuesday 12/6/11 at 4pm PST.

Kaayla T. Daniel earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Anti-Aging Therapies from the Union Institute, and is a certified clinical nutritionist by the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists. She is known for her ability to outrageously and humorously debunk nutritional myths.

Dr. Daniel is the author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food, a popular speaker at Wise Traditions and other conferences, Vice President of the Weston A. Price Foundation and recipient of its 2005 Integrity in Science Award, and serves on the board of directors of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Her website is

If you missed the live presentation you can still listen to the recorded webinar! Visit Hawthorn University's Webinar Archives and click on the link to access this and other no cost webinars! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Greetings from Hawthorn

Chanterelle Mushroom 

Rain is beginning to fall, the storms from Northern Alaska are starting to sweep down the Pacific Northwest coast, trees have dropped their colorful leaves, the creek is heading towards the river, the river towards the ocean, salmon are battling up stream to spawn, mushrooms are sprouting and the light is slight. Time to gather and celebrate, to share convivial spirits and stay warm.
Some use the holiday times to pause and make time for quiet introspection, to reflect on the year passing; on actions, accomplishments, goals and dreams. There is much to be grateful for. A commitment to educational achievement at Hawthorn University is not undertaken lightly and success is part of the rich experience we celebrate with you.
It is also a wonderful time to nourish deeply. May there be peace on earth and in each of our hearts.  May your table be abundant and delicious.
Happy Holidays from Hawthorn!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Introducing Janet Ludwig, Ph.D.

Janet Ludwig, Ph.D.

Please join us in welcoming Janet Ludwig, Ph.D. to the Hawthorn University Faculty.

Janet Ludwig was awarded her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Nutrition from the University of Arizona. Her research expertise involves determining how diseases can be improved or prevented by nutrition. She is particularly interested in determining the molecular and cellular mechanisms of the inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, allergies and damage resulting from ischemic heart conditions. The administration of trace metals, such as zinc, and how they influence these conditions is being studied. She is author of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented her findings at National Symposia. 

She has been Dean of Sciences at a nurse anesthesia school and she is an Adjunct Professor at a regional university where she teaches onsite and online.

Janet was a fellow in Cardiovascular Disease Training Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center and won a Research Career Development Award; National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood.

We welcome Dr. Ludwig’s expertise in human and international nutrition and on the role of nutrition in human performance and wellness to Hawthorn University and look forward to her contributions to the scholarship of the University, our students and faculty.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Misled Athlete - Effective Nutritional Strategies

Carl Germano, RD, CNS, CDN

“You are invited to join us on November 15th, 2011 at 4pm PST as we host Carl Germano, RD, CNS, CDN for a webinar entitled “The Misled Athlete – Effective Nutritional Strategies Without the Need for Steroids, Stimulants or Banned Substances.” 

If you missed the live presentation you can still listen to the recorded webinar! Visit Hawthorn University's Webinar Archives and click on the link to access this and other no cost webinars! 

For decades, athletes have been the target for nutritional products with the hope they will make a difference between winning and losing.  At the expense of being misled, athletes have suffered from irreparable damage from steroids and hormones as well as the side effects experienced from excess stimulants and certain tainted supplements.  In addition, the tremendous stress of strenuous exercise and its contribution to oxidative stress, inflammation, fatigue, muscle damage and transient immune suppression sets the stage for viewing the athlete in a very different way – the athlete as patient!  This lecture will provide a comprehensive plan for addressing the multiple nutritional needs of the athlete above and beyond the marketing hype of excess protein, stimulants and steroids.  The link between the stressor of exercise and the importance of proper recovery through diet manipulation and use of legitimate nutritional supplements will be reviewed.  Essentially, to successfully address the ravages of intense physical activity, we must nutritionally assist the athlete to recuperate better and help prepare their bodies for the next workout or performance.

Carl Germano, RD, CNS, CDN is a registered, certified/licensed clinical nutritionist. He holds a masters degree in clinical nutrition from New York University and has over 30 years experience using innovative, complementary nutritional therapies in private practice and in product development.  For the past 30 years, he has dedicated his efforts to research and product development (medical foods, functional beverages and dietary supplements) for the nutritional  supplement industry, where he has been instrumental in bringing cutting-edge clinical and sports nutritional substances and formulations to market. Today, he continues his efforts in product development and research and is responsible for providing the industry with the next generation of clinically important nutraceutical ingredients. (

In March 2011, Carl launched his new book The Misled Athlete: Effective Nutritional & Training Strategies Without The Need For Steroids, Stimulants of Banned Substances (  In addition, he is the author of the bestselling books:  Nucleotides, SOD, Natures Pain Killers, The Osteoporosis Solution, The Brain Wellness Plan, Rhodiola Rosea.  He continues to practice progressive nutrition at The Nutrition Therapy Center in New York (

To participate online click here and follow the online registration instructions. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

About Hawthorn Instructor Karen Lyke

Hawthorn Student
Georgette Schwartz
recently sent the following email.
Good morning. I wanted to tell you how amazing I think my education from Hawthorn has been. I have gone to many different conferences presented by the "leaders" in nutrition; IFM, IAACN, NANP, and Metagenics. I am completely prepared for the material that is presented and much of the information, I already know! Thank you!!!I would also like to tell you how amazing Karen Lyke is as a professor. She challenges me to learn more and for that I thank her. I'm fairly close to finishing my MSHN and feel extremely prepared to guide people. Best Regards, Georgette Schwartz

Instructor Karen Lyke, MS in Human Nutrition, is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), and is a Diplomate in Advanced Nutritional Laboratory Assessment (DANLA) . She sees her role “as guiding and stretching the students.  The guiding helps them get the key info firmly so that they can speak about it easily and apply it confidently. The stretching prompts them to play with the material and go beyond the basics, enhance their fluency with it, activating momentum toward learning even more.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Optimal Nutrition for the Weekend Athlete and What to Eat in the Weeks Leading Up to the Race

You’re invited! Please join us for a webinar with Hawthorn University Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program graduate Irene Durham, MS, today, Tuesday November 1st, 2011 at 4pm PST.
Irene Durham, MS
 Across the country, triathlon and marathon participation are at an all-time high. For the most part, participants in these challenging events are highly motivated and disciplined. However, lack of good nutrition can damage race-day performance and can lead to long-term injuries and health problems.
Many nutrition programs for weekend athletes focus on race or event day nutrition. However, what an athlete eats and drinks during the weeks and months leading up to the event is actually more important than what he or she eats on race day. This webinar will focus on the role of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water on physical performance; alkaline/acidity balance and how to prevent some of the acidity associated with heavy training; supplements reported to help with performance and prevent muscle fatigue; dietary approaches for reducing muscle pain; and race or event day nutrition. Case studies will be presented. 
Irene Durham recently completed the Masters in Holistic Nutrition program at Hawthorn University. Prior to studying nutrition, she was a medical writer who developed continuing education programs for physicians and other healthcare professionals. Irene serves on the Education Committee for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and she sees clients at her company, Head First Nutrition.
To participate online and to view the live webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.
Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.

If you missed the live presentation you can still listen to the recorded webinar! Visit Hawthorn University's Webinar Archives and click on the link to access this and other no cost webinars! 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Are Your Children Spinning Tonight?

Are you giving out M&Ms and dried fruit (like the White House) or buying back the candy, like a dentist in California, who is paying $1.00 a pound. Will your children's behavior be affected by the food dyes and additives?
In March the FDA released documents suggesting that yes artificial food dyes can effect behavioral changes in children. The FDA did not deem that additional information on labels would be beneficial to consumers. Today a FDA panel is again looking at the issue of food dyes and hyperactivity in children. In the UK these food dyes have already been banned. 
Should we apply the precautionary principle? Is there proof the dyes are safe? What's your solution?
Is the candy making your children spin? 

Food Facts reports that Pop Tarts, sold in both the US and the UK have a different formula. See the comparison here

On the other hand consider the wonderful orange pumpkin that says "I'm rich in caroteniods, Eat me!"  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hawthorn Welcomes New Faculty!

Please Join Hawthorn University in welcoming new faculty members, Dr. Marci Scott and Dr. Eric Wood. We look forward to their contributions.  

Dr. Marci Scott 

Dr Scott graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic medicine with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2005.  She is passionate about helping others achieve more optimal health through clinical nutrition, which she has pursued through her professional roles as a naturopathic doctor and health educator.  She has enjoyed working both in private practice and established medical practices.  Currently residing in North Carolina, her areas of interest include insulin resistance and diabetes, preventive medicine, adrenal function, gastrointestinal health, and environmental medicine.

Dr. Eric Wood, ND, MA
Dr. Wood is a licensed naturopathic doctor through the state of Arizona and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada where he completed specialty rotations in HIV/AIDs care, sports medicine, and cancer.  He received additional training at Harvard University’s Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, completed a fellowship through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society’s Physician training program and volunteered and observed at notable integrative cancer treatment centers while in school including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the Issels Clinic, and Medicor (Canada).  Since graduation, he has worked with some of the leading supplement companies in integrative medicine including Neuroscience Inc. and Life Extension, where he currently serves as a staff physician specializing in oncology and infectious disease.  He also is an associate professor with the Mind Body Medical University of Los Angeles and is First Line Therapy and is a NEI certified Neuro-endocrine-immune specialist.  He is a member of the Florida Naturopathic Physician’s Association and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and was previously a certified personal trainer in Canada.  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Its Food Day!

Eat something good, nourish yourself, maybe share a meal.  Ponder what fair food means to you.

Reclaiming control of the food system from corporate producers is one of the tenets of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

What is the state of our commercial food supply?
Have our farms been monopolized? Mother Jones names names.

Are there more frequent recalls of poisoned food?
Navina Khanna is an organizer of the Food & Freedom Rides that took place this summer. Quoted in an article by Andrew Leonard of Salon she says,
“If the 20 million people in the food chain all were paid well, that would probably revitalize our economy … and people would actually be able to afford good food.”
Read more in Salon  
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy weighs in on the agriculture markets particularly hard hit since Wall Street's deregulation. Read about it here

Monday, October 17, 2011

Are you Tired and Wired?

Learn something new while sitting on your sofa.

You’re invited to a Hawthorn University webinar tomorrow, Tuesday October 18th, 2011 at 4pm (Pacific) with Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP for a presentation on Adrenal Health.  

Nutrition professionals are beginning to see the results of our society's mile-a-minute lifestyle.  Reports of fatigue, sleeplessness, inability to slow down, irritability and foggy thinking are just a few of the related symptoms.  Understanding all the pieces of how to support the healing of adrenal dysfunction is critical for practitioners today.  Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP presents on adrenal dysfunction; identifying the causes, and creating a plan to heal adrenal dysfunction.

Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP co-founded Women to Women in 1983 with a vision to change the way in which women's healthcare is delivered. In her practice, Marcelle undertakes an integrative approach which not only treats illness, but also helps women make choices in their lives to prevent disease.
Marcelle earned a BS in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire School of Nursing, a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her MS in Nursing from Boston College-Harvard Medical School. She is certified as an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Nurse Practitioner Association and American Holistic Nurses Association.
Marcelle serves on the Advisory Board for the Integrated Healthcare Symposium, as well as the renowned Hoffman Institute. Marcelle has served as Medical Advisor to Healthy Living magazine, writes a bi-monthly newsletter from, and lectures on a variety of topics -- including weight loss resistance, infertility, stress and illness, and adrenal dysfunction.  She hosts a weekly radio show, Core Balance for Women's Health on   Marcelle published her first book, The Core Balance Diet, in 2009 and her second book, Are You Tired and Wired? in 2011.

If you missed the live presentation you can still listen to the recorded webinar! Visit Hawthorn University's Webinar Archives and click on the link to Dr Pick's Adrenal Health Webinar to access this and other no cost webinars! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Promoting Healthy Foods

Food Day is coming up on October 24th and the Center for Science in the Public Interest has prepared a Terrific 10 and a Terrible 10 - Lists of the Best and Worst Aspects of America's Food Scene. You can view the list and read more about the Center's activities online here.

Want to know more about Food Day events?
Log on to read how you can support the following goals:

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Are Your Children Educated Consumers?

Because Ronald McDonald can say anything he wants to get children to buy his products now that the federal government has opted for a hands off policy regarding proposed voluntary guidelines for food marketing to children. (see earlier post on this).

Marion Nestle has been exploring the issue of marketing to children in depth on her Food Politics Blog and also links us to the written testimony that Professor Dale Kunkel, from the University of Arizona is offering the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and Subcommittee on Health today. You can read it here.

More details on the hearings and who is speaking at OBAMA FOODORAMA 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Think you’ve got the right to know?

Should GMO foods be labeled?
This Sunday, October 16th is World Food Day and the Organic Consumers Association is sponsoring a day of action for mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods in the U.S. 

You can join the group Millions Against Monsanto and sign an online truth in labeling petition here. Or click here for a the map of events near you.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

School Lunch Smorgasbord

Anonymous school lunch blogger Mrs. Q has come out of the closet this week. She documented her son’s school lunches online and in pictures on her blog Fed Upwith Lunch. That’s the foul news. The good news is its not like that everywhere.

Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception writes about the Appleton Wisconsin high school which replaced their cafeteria's processed foods with wholesome, nutritious food and the corresponding change in students who became calm, focused, and orderly. Students had conducted experiments feeding mice junk food.  Read the results here

And Chef Jamie Oliver is currently sponsoring a wall of shame/ fame, where you can rate the best and worst student lunches. Upload your school lunch photo to Jamie Oliver wants to see your school lunch.

The Organic Consumers Union has been sponsoring a proactive responses with their Appetite for a Change Program which has the following Four Goals 
STOP spraying toxic pesticides on school property, playgrounds and in buildings, and convert to integrated pest management practices.
KICK junk foods and junk food ads out of our schools.
START converting school lunches to healthier menus, using locally grown and/or organic and transition to organic ingredients (no pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, irradiation or genetically engineered ingredients). Offer vegetarian options. 
TEACH kids about healthy food choices and sustainable agriculture through school garden projects and curriculum materials. 

How about you? Do you think the school lunch program deserves a change?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gluten Free Diet Plans on Hawthorn’s Tuesday Night Webinar

Have you attended a Hawthorn Webinar yet? You're invited to join us tonight at 4pm PST / 7pm EST as we host Hawthorn graduate Marjie C. Andrejciw, MT (ASCP), MS, NC for a one hour webinar entitled “Gluten Free Diet Plans: How to Make a Tasteful, Sustaining Transition”.

If you need to be on a gluten free diet Marjie will help you answer the questions, "What is there to eat?” and “How will I enjoy eating out with friends?” In this lecture, Marjie will talk about what foods to eat, hidden ingredients, challenges and obstacles, how to make gluten free foods taste good, how to handle restaurant dining, and most importantly, the health benefits of remaining on a gluten free diet. Included with this lecture is a resource handout for living gluten free.

Marjie C. Andrejciw is a Holistic Nutritional Counselor and a Defeat Autism Now! practitioner. She specializes in chronic illness with an emphasis on autism. Marjie practices the Weston A. Price philosophies and is a member of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP).

Marjie earned her master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University, and has over 10 years experience in the clinical laboratory as a certified Medical Technologist. She is an honorable discharged veteran of the United States Air Force. Marjie's practice is Circle of Life Nutrition, LLC. She recently complimented her practice by opening a retail store which carries only gluten and dairy free products. “Marjie’s Gluten Free Pantry and Food Co-op” was established in May 2010 and is located in the historic downtown district of Fenton, Michigan. Marjie also teaches classes and gives presentations on a regular basis.

To participate in and view the online webinar click on the link below and follow the online registration instructions:

Please Note: Participation is limited to the first 100 attendees.

If you missed the live presentation you can still listen to the recorded webinar! Visit Hawthorn University's Webinar Archives and click on the link to Gluten Free Diet Plans to access this and other no cost webinars! 

Monday, October 3, 2011

The $5 Challenge

Slow Foods reports that the $5 challenge has reached the White House. Read about it on the Slow Foods USA blog

Hawthorn students took on a similar shopping challenge in late 2008 and reported about it. Hawthorn students can visit the University Webinar Archives on your student portal for The Frugal Shopping Challenge, a two part webinar that took place on 2/3 and 2/10/09.

New York Times food writer and chef Mark Bittman also asks this question of the moment in his recent oped “Is Junk Food Cheaper?" where he opines that
The alternative to soda is water, and the alternative to junk food is not grass-fed beef and greens from a trendy farmers’ market, but anything other than junk food..
What's your opinion? Is home cooking almost always superior? Can you eat well at $5 a portion? 
Does it depend on what staples you have in your pantry? 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Grants for Teaching Children about Health

 The blog Obama Foodorama which blogs on Everything about White House Food Initiatives from Policy to Pie reports on The Chefs Move to Schools program:
The Chefs Move to Schools program, run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will help chefs partner with interested schools in their communities so together they can create healthy meals that meet the schools’ dietary guidelines and budgets, while teaching young people about nutrition and making balanced and healthy choices.
The Culinary Trust is granting funds for culinary professionals to help our children eat right by teaching them about food, nutrition and cooking. You can apply for a $200 to $3000 grant. ObFo reports; 
Children touching, tasting, and enjoying whole foods. 
"Culinary professionals may seek funding for any program that promotes health and wellness in schools. For example, the grant may be used to plant a garden, teach a class, promote or create a wellness program for students or parents or assist in creating a school curriculum that focuses on healthy eating." 
Click here for more information about The Culinary Trust and to apply for a grant. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Should there be standards for marketing "healthy" foods to children?

Last week the UN General Assembly held a UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The Summit focused on the four most prominent non-communicable diseases, namely, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. They also looked at the issue of food marketing to children. Bloomberg news reported that the 
"stake for the makers of snacks, drinks, cigarettes and drugs is a market with combined sales of more than $2 trillion worldwide last year."
Click here to see the full text  of the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases adopted by the UN.

The food industry seems to be taking a proactive approach to guarding the status quo. Marion Nestle's excellent food blog Food Politics put out an urgent call to action this morning about having standards around what items can be marketed as "healthy" to children? Read the full post

Marion Nestle is disappointed in the UN  resolution. Read her take on the subject on her blog Food Politics

Applesauce for Fall

Pink Pearl Apple
Its fall here in the northern hemisphere and the leaves are turning colors, apples are ripening and fall harvests are being gathered, stored, shared and enjoyed. So lets start with something sweet:

How to make Applesauce:
Pick the apples. In this case from a “Pink Pearl” apple tree, a variety developed by Albert Etter around the turn of the last century. It has a light yellow slightly waxy skin with a pink blush inside. Not good keeper apples, as they go mushy fast, but they make a delicious pink applesauce that freezes well.
Pick and sort the apples. Throw the ones that aren’t keepers over the fence to the deer. Wash and cut up the apples, discarding any bad spots or worms and the core.
Place in a wide, heavy bottomed soup pot with a small amount of water and cinnamon. Bring to a boil then let simmer, stirring frequently until apples are mushy. Put into a food mill and turn the crank removing the skins and breaking down the apples to sauce consistency. Eat some warm, refrigerate or freeze the rest. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Welcome to the HUB - Hawthorn University’s Blog

The HUB will feature food and nutrition news, highlight new and interesting food and nutrition blogs and naturally talk about our Hawthorn student and instructor news. You’re invited to join in and partake.