Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Make Friends with a Farmer

Yesterday was Occupy Our Food Supply Day and many online commentators were highlighting the problems with corporate control of our food.  Anna LappĂ©  and Willie Nelson  explain why it matters. (click here for full story)
Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, the destruction of soil fertility, the pollution of our water, and health epidemics including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even certain forms of cancer. More and more, the choices that determine the food on our shelves are made by corporations concerned less with protecting our health, our environment, or our jobs than with profit margins and executive bonuses.This consolidation also fuels the influence of concentrated economic power in politics: Last year alone, the biggest food companies spent tens of millions lobbying on Capitol Hill with more than $37 million used in the fight against junk food marketing guidelines for kids.
Dentist and Food Activist Dr Susan Robin who also gives specific examples here of what areas we need to address. 

But I found most heartening the remarks by Michael Ableman writing for RainforestAction Network

The occupy movement has reminded us all of the economic disparity that exists in our world and for this I sincerely thank them. But if we are going to focus on what we are for, as much as what we are against, we should occupy our land, re-occupy our soils with life and fertility, our communities with good food. We can march on Wall Street, or we can continue to work quietly and diligently in rebuilding the real economy, the one based on soil and sunlight and communities working together to grow food.

So get to know your Farmer. Even the USDA is getting involved.
 On Wednesday 2/29 via live webcast the USDA will unveil the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, and highlight USDA's support for local and regional food opportunities.

You can participate live by asking questions on Twitter to @usda and using the hashtag #KYF2 or click here for more information. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tea with Occupy Our Food Supply

It’s Occupy Our Food Supply Day so I think about my tea while drinking it.  The Meyer lemon comes from a small tree that’s overwintering in the greenhouse and the honey is local organic star thistle honey. But what about the ginger, it’s organic, but has it been irradiated entering this country? Can I scrape it off?  

Meanwhile here’s a small roundup of what’s going on online:

Dr. Vandana Shiva has this to say,
We must Occupy Our Food Supply because corporations are destroying our seed and soil, our water and land, our climate, and biodiversity. Forty percent of the greenhouse gases that are destabilizing the climate right now come from corporate industrial agriculture. Seventy percent of water is wasted for industrial agriculture. Seventy-five percent of biodiversity has been lost due to industrial monocultures. Read her full statement here
And click here for Robin Shreeves’ list of 7 things you can do today from your own kitchen to stand with the Occupy Our Food Supply movement.

Vernie who blogs at Real Food Farming had this to say,
Here is my hope for the “Occupy Our Food Supply” movement.
  • That people will commit to buy from a farmer for more than one day.  I hope that they will commit to it every day.  If you plan to eat it, plan to know who grew it.
  • That our society will see work as a privilege, not drudgery or a punishment.The ability to labor is a gift…we need to start unwrapping and using it.
  • That everyone who believes that good food is important will “occupy” their own space and plant a garden.  Whether it’s in one little terra cotta pot in the kitchen window, a plot in a local empty lot, or in your own or a friends backyard, plant some seeds, get your hands dirty, and add some human life value to your land.  You’ll reap a harvest greater than good food.  The ancient Greeks believed that the real harvest of the soil is the human soul.
  • That everyone who is opposed to the strong-arm, bullying tactics practiced by some of the Big-Ag corporations will stop buying their products.  Just stop.  If we refuse to buy it, maybe they’ll stop trying to shove it down our throats.

And Christopher D. Cook writing for Alternet suggests:

Pass a 2012 Farm Bill that not only ends subsidies for corporate agribusiness, but that reinvests public money in an economically diversified, ecologically sustainable and more locally-oriented food system. It can be done. Shift the agribusiness subsidies to fund small and mid-sized organics; subsidize smaller-scale organics, and living-wage jobs in organic farming; create public investments for local and regional sustainable agriculture, both rural and urban; stop all food industry mergers today; and ban corporate representatives from all aspects of government food policymaking-no more corporate lobbyists and advisors deciding our nation's food, farming, and nutrition policies. No more revolving door between government and agribusiness. Period.
More to come, but first off to the greenhouse to pick a salad. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Few Recent Hawthorn Graduates

Congratulations to all the Hawthorn Graduates. We delight in your successes!

Michelle Fletchall

Michelle Fletchall graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. She has been studying nutrition and its impact on the health of the body, mind, and spirit since 1996. Michelle shares her yoga training and Hawthorn degree with others as a food psychology coach, certified by Marc David and the Spencer Institute. She combines all three disciplines in her clinical practice. Michelle is honored to have the opportunity to assist clients as they discover a balanced relationship with food and movement firmly anchored in a positive sense of self.

Paula Martinac

Paula Martinac graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Paula spent the first 20 years of her career as a writer, editor, and journalist, until a cancer diagnosis forever changed the way she viewed health and wellness. Although she survived cancer through conventional surgery and medicine, she thrived thanks to nutritional healing and complementary treatments. She recently launched her practice as a nutrition coach at The Nuin Wellness Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., and she also writes regularly for Livestrong.com, the Lance Armstrong Foundation website, on nutrition and health topics. Her special research and coaching interests include stress-busting, cancer prevention and survival, healthy aging, and women’s health issues. Paula's website is www.nutritionu.net , and she blogs at nutritionu.wordpress.com .

Kathy Conery
Kathy Conery received her Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. She has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for several years in a private practice as well as in two community acupuncture clinics in Princeville, Kauai. Kathy's thesis, Immune System Modulation as a Primary Treatment Focus for Auto Immune Disorders and Allergies, is evidence of her knowledge and belief that food is the best and first medicine.  Her website is www.kathyconery.com/nutrition.html . Keep up the good work Kathy!

Amanda Codd
Amanda Codd received her Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. Amanda has been formally trained as a research neuroscientist. She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and an M.Phil. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, England, in 2003. Since then, she has worked in many scientific capacities, including a cognitive neuroscience research lab studying the effects of meditation on the brain. Amanda is currently working as a clinical writer for a non-profit healthcare research institution, ECRI Institute, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. In this role, she analyzes evidence on emerging healthcare technologies. Her interests in holistic nutrition stem from her interests in neuroscience and involve the effects of food on the brain, and the effects of the brain on food choices.

Tracey Fox
Tracey Fox has a background in commercial interior design and has worked for one of the top firms in the country.  She has a family and despite all her activities managed to successfully complete the Nutrition Consultant Certificate program with highest honors (summa cum laude).  Tracey is passionate about holistic nutrition and the power food and lifestyle have of the wellbeing of individuals.

Neal Caldwell graduated from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program to achieve his goal of guiding "each individual through the world of holistic nutrition, functional exercise, and lifestyle changes." Neal graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and began his career in the health, exercise, and teaching industry. He launched Dunamis Fitness to help educate and guide people through the world of nutrition and exercise and takes the time to listen and encourage each individual to meet their goals and to start the healing process in their body from the inside-out. In addition to all of Neal's accomplishments and affiliations, he is to be applauded for over 13 years as a physical education teacher.
Visit Neal online at http://caldwellpe.com/ and http://dunamisfitness.com/tag/neal-caldwell/ .

Danielle Ryan
Danielle Ryan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program.  Her business, Samana Wellness is centered around improving clients' physical digestion of nutrients and their mental, emotional, and spiritual digestion of life experiences into grater levels of consciousness. Danielle blends her studies of yoga, Ayurveda, holistic nutrition, psychology, anthropology, and adventure therapy into her work as a wellness coach and transformational retreat leader on the island of Maui. She leads cleanses, teaches classes and facilitates workshops throughout the US, empowering her clients to discover and maintain Whole Life Health based on their own unique needs. Her guided meditations, nutrition consultations, wellness challenges, and other services are available both in person and from a distance via Skype or telephone. More information about Danielle's practice is available online at www.Hawaii-Yoga-Retreats.com.

Kathie O'Connell is a Nutrition Consultant certificate program graduate.  Kathie has worked for many years in the health food industry.  She believes strongly in personal wellness and helping others develop individualized eating protocols and exercise plans to support a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.  As a nutritional consultant and culinary professional, Kathie plans to use her Hawthorn education to work as a Nutrition Consultant within her local community, partnering with health food stores, food co-ops, chiropractors, physicians and her Village Health Dept.

View other Hawthorn alumni online at http://www.hawthornuniversity.org/alumni.html

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Defeating Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Without Drugs

Please join us on Tuesday February 21st, 2012 at 4pm pacific as we host Terry Wahls, MD for a webinar entitled “UP from the Chair:  Defeating Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Without Drugs.”

We are privileged to have Dr. Terry Wahls as a presenter at Hawthorn University.  In 2003 Dr. Wahls was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Her body ravaged by secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, Dr. Terry Wahls spent nearly four years dependent upon a tilt-recline wheelchair.  Now, thanks to the intensive, directed nutrition and neuromuscular electrical stimulation protocols she developed, Dr. Wahls now rides her bicycle to work.

Dr. Wahls will tell us the compelling story of how she recovered from debilitating, progressive multiple sclerosis using food as her primary medicine.  She'll discuss her struggles to find meaning as she became dependent, and her rediscovery of basic science leading to an unexpected outcome from self-experimentation. She will also discuss her current research with others using the Wahls Protocol™.

"Hoping to find something to arrest my descent into becoming bedridden, I used PubMed.gov to begin searching the scientific articles about the latest multiple sclerosis research. Night after night, I relearned biochemistry, cellular physiology, and neuroimmunology to understand the articles. Unfortunately, most of the studies were testing drugs that were years away from FDA approval. Then it occurred to me to search for vitamins and supplements that helped any kind of progressive brain disorder. Slowly I created a list of nutrients important to brain health and began taking them as supplements. The steepness of my decline slowed, for which I was grateful, but I still was declining. "In the fall of 2007, I had an important epiphany. What if I redesigned my diet so that I was getting those important brain nutrients not from supplements but from the foods I ate? It took more time to create this new diet, intensive directed nutrition, which I designed to provide optimal nutrition for my brain. At that time, I also learned about neuromuscular electrical stimulation and convinced my physical therapist to give me a test session. The results stunned my physician, my family and me: within a year, I was able to walk through the hospital without a cane and even complete an 18-mile bicycle tour. Getting my life back was a gift I did not believe was possible."

Dr. Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A., where she teaches internal medicine residents in their primary care clinics.  She also runs clinical research and have published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts, posters and papers. She has brought together an interdisciplinary team to conduct clinical trials using intensive, directed nutrition and neuromuscular electrical stimulation to combat advanced Parkinson's disease and secondary and primary progressive multiple sclerosis. She is also committed to helping the public learn about the connection between the foods we eat and the health we have or do not have and lectures nationally and regionally on the use of intensive, directed nutrition to restore health.  The Food as Medicine lecture series hosted by the Kirkwood Community College and New Pioneer Food Cooperative has transformed the lives of many people.  Terry lives in Iowa City with her spouse, Jackie, and has two children.

She is the author of: "Minding My Mitochondria 2nd Edition: How I overcame secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and got out of my wheelchair."  She also has many CD's on Food as Medicine and on the use of dietary intervention and neuromuscular electric stimulation. Her websites are:  www.terrywahls.com  and www.mindingmymitochondria.com

Fifty percent of the profits from the sales of the lecture DVDs and audio CDs is used to support clinical research in the area of nutrition, meditation, massage, exercise and neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the setting of progressive multiple sclerosis.

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Introduction to Eating Disorders

You are invited to join us for a webinar with Hawthorn faculty member Elizabeth Pavka, PhD, RD, LD/N on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 4pm PST.
Elizabeth Pavka
Dr. Pavka has worked in the field of foods & nutrition for more than 30 years. Her initial exposure to eating disorders in 1988 involved working as a nutritionist in a hospital with a residential, in-patient program for women with eating disorders. Since then she has worked with clients of all ages who wanted to walk the path to better health in relationship to their food. For the past 7 years she has volunteered with THE Center, a non-profit organization of professionals, parents, & women in recovery who are dedicated to helping others.
This presentation will explore
·         Anorexia nervosa
·         Bulimia nervosa
·         Binge Eating
·         Anorexia Athletica
·         Orthorexia
As a nutrition provider, you will learn some ways to identify eating disorders, and get screening questionnaires.  When working with people with eating disorders, it’s important to use a team approach.  Dr. Pavka will also provide resources so that you can study further. 
To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.
Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.