Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Is the American Dietetics Association Overreaching?

Should consumers be limited to nutrition information coming from the ADA - an organization funded by food and beverage manufacturers?  Michael Ellsberg writing for Forbes magazine reports on current activities of the ADA.
He asks the question, “Should consumers have access to a wide array of different nutrition counseling choices/philosophies, among a wide array of professionals with differing credentials, or should the American Dietetics Association have strong legally-enforced say in who may or may not compete with the specific group of nutrition professionals it represents?”
You can read the entire article here.
In response to the activities of the ADA, the Alliance for Natural Health USA has created a site called, which is monitoring the ADA’s activities and supports the following position.
“The practice of dietetics is one of the many different modalities of nutritional therapy. Dietitians—and particularly the Commission on Dietetic Registration—should respect and compete with other nutrition professions and licensing bodies in the marketplace, and should not subvert competition by creating a government-sanctioned monopoly through legislation.”
Members of the ADA are voicing their discomfort with the ADA's willingness to enter into partnerships with any food company or trade organization, regardless of the nutritional quality of its products. Can  companies buy legitimacy with an ADA sponsorship?
RD Andy Bellati writing in the Chicago Tribune said the following, “I feel embarrassed and insulted by these partnerships,” Andy, said in an email. “These sorts of unions (which give unwarranted legitimacy to Coke, PepsiCo, and Hershey's nutrition messaging) drag the credential through the mud.”
(See full article here.)
The ADA is not transparent about its finances (Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), has asked the ADA for a listing of their payments from the pharmaceutical, medical device, and insurance industries,) and it would be helpful to know how much the food companies are paying the ADA for legitimacy.  Our children are bloating on soda and junk food and developing obesity related diseases. Then the ADA licensed RDs come in with recommendations for those suffering from type 2 diabetes. As Anthony Bourdain said recently, “It’s like breaking someone’s leg and then profiting by selling them a crutch.”
Take action and voice your opinion on the Really Eat Right website 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Zinc and Inflammation

Please join us on Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 4pm pacific as we host Hawthorn University faculty member Janet Ludwig, PhD for a webinar entitled “Zinc and Inflammation.”

Zinc deficiency affects nearly 2 billion people in the developing world resulting in growth retardation, hypogonadism, immune dysfunction and cognitive impairment.  Additionally, the roles of this divalent cation in the human body have not been clearly elucidated, since the essentiality of zinc has only been known within the last 50 years. However, it has been clearly documented that the supplementation of zinc improves many conditions such as; acute diarrhea in children, the common cold, infections in the elderly, oxidative stress and generation of inflammatory cytokines. Janet Ludwig, Ph.D. has worked in this area of study specifically modifying cellular injury by zinc supplementation.
This presentation will explore the following areas in order to begin to understand the therapeutic role of zinc in many inflammatory conditions:

•             Zinc roles in the body-metalloenzymes
•             Zinc as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
•             Membrane stabilization by zinc
•             Inflammatory diseases ameliorated by zinc supplementation.

Janet Ludwig, PhD
Janet Ludwig, PhD has worked in the area of zinc and inflammation for more than 25 years. She was at the Division of Surgical Biology at the Arizona Health Sciences Center studying zinc and cell injury induced by alcohol and carbon tetrachloride, an effective hepatotoxin. Additionally, she studied the mechanisms and structural identification of the potent class of inflammatory mediators, Platelet-Activating Factors (PAFs), at the Department of Pathology, University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She has taught courses in inflammation, biochemistry and nutrition at various Universities. She also travels to Bangkok, Thailand to give nutritional advice in a non-governmental organization that aids in improving the conditions for impoverished women and their children. Currently she is on the Hawthorn University faculty.

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nourishing Traditional Diets

Study the principles of nourishing traditional diets with courses designed in conjunction with Kaayla T. Daniel PhD, CCN, Vice President of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Improve your health and the health of others while developing critical thinking skills and adding to your professional achievements. Courses include the following:

·         Introduction to the Principles of Healthy Traditional Diets
·         Fats, Oils, Cholesterol, and Fat Soluble Vitamins
·         Myths and Truths About Vegetarian Diets
·         Dirty Little Secrets of the Food Processing Industry
·         The History, Science and Politics of Real Milk

Regular Tuition for each course in the program is $300.00. As a special offer you will save $100 on each course in the Weston A. Price Foundation series if you begin the course before 5/31/12. Books not included, audio/visual materials free. Students must be members of or join the Weston A. Price Foundation. These courses are designed to be completed in eight weeks when students dedicate 9 to 15 hours a week to reading, viewing online materials, and preparing for the online examinations. For more information about the course click here .

There is no application fee for these courses. To register click here. For more program information visit Hawthorn University Online

In addition to the Weston A Price Foundation, Dr Daniel also serves on the Board of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Dr. Daniel’s website is   She blogs at . 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

You’re Invited To a Webinar

Please join us online on Tuesday April 17, 2012 at 4pm pacific as we host Hawthorn University graduate Karen Roth, MS, NC for a webinar entitled "Balancing Female Hormones the Holistic Way & How to Find Your Professional Niche." 

Karen Roth, MS, NC will talk about how she found her niche and how she works day to day with women to balance their hormones with diet, lifestyle and herbal supplements. She will share her lab testing/forms and also share with us how she was trained by and certified to run her program by Dr. Joseph Collins, author of Discover your Menopause Type.  This program can benefit women who suffer from hormone imbalances, migraine headaches, and more.

Karen Roth holds a Master's of Science Degree in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. She earned her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine. Karen shares her knowledge to empower her clients and to help them take control of their health with food choices that best support their specific health condition and specific metabolic type. She is a believer that every ill health condition can benefit and possibly improve from a solid foundation of healthy foods choices.

Karen specializes in helping women of all ages restore hormonal balance the natural way through building a solid foundation of healthier foods choices, healthier lifestyle choices, then further supporting them with herbal formulas that are non-pharmaceutical. She is strong believer in the need for personalized health care.

Karen is one of a growing number of international health care professionals who have been trained and certified in Menopause Type® Management. She does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to symptoms of hormone imbalance. Once a woman's menopause type is identified, a safe and natural customized plan is created.

Karen maintains a clinical nutrition practice in Valencia and Sherman Oaks, CA consulting with clients both locally and across the country. She is an active member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, the American Holistic Health Association as well as the Menopause Type Network®.

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

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and available on the student website under archived webinars and also under the Webinar Archives section of the Hawthorn website for the public benefit.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University's philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hawthorn University Welcomes Dr. Bianca Garilli

Hawthorn University is pleased to welcome to the faculty Dr. Bianca Garilli, a former US Marine turned Naturopathic Doctor. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Maryland and her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.
Dr. Garilli specializes in treating patients with chronic illnesses through natural and nutritional modalities. In her practice Dr. Garilli specializes in the treatment of chronic conditions such as cardio-metabolic concerns (high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, blood sugar dysregulation), gastrointestinal issues, chronic headaches/migraines, female hormone balancing, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Dr. Garilli often sees children as well – usually for issues of ADD/ADHD, autism and a multitude of other chronic health conditions including allergies, eczema, chronic earaches/respiratory/immune problems, and gastrointestinal concerns.
Dr. Garilli has completed advanced training in the DAN! (biomedical approach to autism treatment) protocol, First Line Therapy by Metagenics for cardio-metabolic conditions, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy training through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).  She has also done extensive self-study on major topics in nutrition including the GAPS diet, Eat Right For Your Blood Type, Paleolithic diet, vegetarian/vegan diets, low-carb/glycemic index eating, Weston-Price philosophy, specific food-sensitivity diets including GFDF diets, allergy-elimination/detox protocols, Ayurvedic/ TCM approaches to eating and much more.
Dr. Garilli has been on staff at the University of California at Irvine as volunteer clinical faculty and as a practitioner at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine (SSCIM). She consults with Metagenics, a nutraceutical company for educational program development and professional consultations and was a co-creator of the Live Longer, Live Better Program for UC Irvine’s integrative medical center.
In addition to treating patients, Dr. Garilli loves educating on the topics of health and wellness. She has been a speaker at various universities and medical colleges in the US, is an avid lecturer within her community and frequently contributes articles to various healthcare journals and publications. 
Dr. Garilli lives with her husband and two beautiful and amazing children in the Sacramento, CA area. She loves to cook, garden, read and, after her family’s recent purchase of six baby chickens, she has dubbed herself an “emerging urban farmer.”
Can’t wait to hear about the further adventures of the baby chicks…
Welcome Dr. Garilli !