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?
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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?