Friday, May 25, 2012

Practical Steps for Detoxification

Eric Wood, ND
You are invited to join us for a Webinar on June 5, 2012 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT, with Hawthorn Instructor, Eric Wood, ND on "Practical Steps for Integrating and Specifying Detoxification for You, The Individual."

 This presentation will cover concepts related to detoxification from a dietary standpoint, nutritional supplements specific to particular phases and/or problems/issues, naturopathic and medical treatments for detoxification and learning to identify if you may be suffering from issues related to toxicity (and subsequent suggestions on how to address).

Dr. Wood is a licensed naturopathic doctor through the state of Vermont and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in TorontoCanada 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. He also is an associate professor with the Mind Body Medical University of Los Angeles and is a NEI certified Neuro-endocrine-immune specialist. Additionally, he has completed additional training in advanced European detoxification techniques, European Biological Medicine, Food as Medicine, HCG weight loss and more. 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. In 2011, he joined the faculty of Hawthorn University where he is excited to contribute to the teaching of the next generation of health care educators and professionals in both the MHNE and MSHN programs.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Few Recent Hawthorn Graduates

Congratulations to all the graduates! Your successes help us fulfill our mission to be a leader in holistic nutrition education and help us all be healthier.  

Julie Mishoe
Congratulations to Julie Mishoe who recently graduated Magna cum Laude with a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education degree. Julie plans to combine her newly acquired knowledge with her past 20 years of experience as a personal trainer placing a special focus on nutrition. Her goal is to encourage people to look at their current lifestyle, including diet, stress management, and exercise, to promote nutritional changes that will improve their optimal health and wellness. She plans to team up with one of the wellness centers near her home and offer nutrition and weight management consulting. Julie's thesis, Osteoarthritis: Pain Relief and Improved Mobility Using Nutritional and Lifestyle Changes, makes a wonderful contribution to the literature. Best of luck, Julie!

J. Erin Chamerlik
J. Erin Chamerlik is to be congratulated for graduating Magna cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Erin's goal is to support the healing response of the body through food, nutritional supplements, and relaxation exercises. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin and is certified as a Medical Technologist by the American College of Clinical Pathologists. Erin teaches classes locally called, Achieving Wellness & Weight Loss as well as Reversing Diabetes with Nutrition and is the owner of Get Better Wellness, a holistic nutrition education company with a website, .
 She publishes a weekly newsletter electronically, blogs at, records a weekly podcast with Blog Talk Radio, has been featured on the radio programs Seeing Beyond and Living Better at 50+ and is a regular nutrition contributor to the on-line magazine, Living Better at 50+.  Continued success, Erin!

Carmen McGuinness
Carmen McGuinness received her Masters of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. Carmen is an experienced Montessori teacher. For over 15 years she focused on children with special needs. She currently works with children with sensory integration and autism spectrum disorders and their families. Carmen incorporates education, nutrition, listening therapy, and heart rate variability biofeedback to help every child perform at his or her highest social, emotional, and educational ability.  Carmen is to be applauded for her numerous newspaper articles, radio interviews, television appearances, and professional speaking engagements. Since 2010 she has been producing and airing web-based events on topics pertaining to the nexus of education, health, and nutrition. Her thesis, Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Mental Health, Behavior, and Learning: A Survey Study of the Efficacy of an Internet-Based Presentation to Teachers and Therapists, has added to the research.  Congratulations, Carmen!
You can read Carmen’s blog at 

Freda Neff 
Congratulations to Freda Neff who graduated Cum Laude with a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education degree.  Freda is also a certified nutritionist through the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association (NESTA) as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and is also a National Health Educator (NHE) Certified Fitness Nutritionist.  Freda is very passionate about nutrition and firmly believes that many illnesses and health issues can benefit from a balance of proper nutrition, exercise, and simple lifestyle changes. Her thesis "How to Maximize Fertility through Nutrition: The Fertility Enhancing Program" is evidence of her passion and a testament to her knowledge. To find out more information please visit  or Keep your passion alive, Freda!

Toby Luria

Congratulations to Toby Luria, a Magna cum Laude graduate of the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program.  In addition to her Master's degree from Hawthorn, Toby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations/Social Work from Cornell University.  She has been involved in the field of nutrition since 1977, through ownership of a natural food business, and through personally incorporating a whole food and holistic way of life for her family. She specializes in health transformations through education and counseling for weight management, pregnancy and family nutrition, and has been called a "blessing" by clients. She is committed to making sure the next generation has a good chance for a healthy life through supportive eating choices.  Toby's professional email is Continued success to you, Toby! 

Sharon Ellis is a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Sharon in collaboration with the Center for Holistic Development in OmahaNebraska, has started the Omaha Whole Health Cooperative. After being in the work force for 20 years and giving health tips to everyone who asked and would listen, her passion for health and nutrition was awakened. She was inspired to continue her education, graduate, and help others make positive changes in their life by providing information, encouragement, and support related to health and nutrition. Her thesis, Are Artificial Sweeteners a Good Choice? reflects her enthusiasm and educational accomplishment. Continue your good work, Sharon!

Amy Murphy graduated with honors from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Amy has been a 4-H Youth Extension Educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension for almost two decades and has created and delivered a variety of programs to youth and adults. Her personal battle for optimal health led her to work with an alternative health care practitioner to uncover the reason behind years of debilitating fatigue and illness. Amy reports that Hawthorn’s education, focusing on organic whole foods and biochemical individuality, resulted in her experiencing a health revolution.
Amy’s passion lies in helping others realize what food they should eat, how to create meals, and how to prepare foods so that they can experience a new life of energy and vitality. Her thesis, Educating Food Service Personnel to Implement Healthier School Lunches, personifies her professional goals of working with local school districts and school lunch programs to facilitate healthier menu options as well as working with local farm producers for seasonal products. Thanks for doing this important work Amy!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes by Implementing a Whole Food Diet and Lifestyle Changes

Please join us on Tuesday May 15th, 2012 at 4pm pacific / 7pm eastern as we host Hawthorn University graduate Erin Chamerlik, MS, MT (ASCP) for a webinar entitled “Reversing Type 2 Diabetes by Implementing a Whole Food Diet and Lifestyle Changes.”
 Erin Chamerlik,
Erin Chamerlik will be discussing current information on type 2 diabetes, a disease that has doubled over the past 15 years.  The Centers for Disease Control estimates one in three people will have the disease by 2050.  Efforts are traditionally focused on treating the key symptom, elevated blood glucose levels, with medication that lowers glucose while at the same time raising insulin levels.  This archaic approach ignores the many nutritional and lifestyle changes that can be implemented to address the root cause of diabetes, the standard American diet and lifestyle choices.  
The great news is that significant reductions in hyperglycemia and reversal of symptoms of type 2 diabetes, is possible with a comprehensive approach utilizing an individualized whole food diet, a comprehensive supplement program and lifestyle changes that address stress, sleep, exercise and environmental toxins.
Erin will share a highly successful approach to reversing type 2 diabetes and bring current research gleaned during her master's thesis work at Hawthorn University.
Erin Chamerlik, MS, MT (ASCP) holds a Masters of Science Degree in Holistic Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin and completed a Medical Technology internship at Rockford Memorial Hospital, working in the field of hematology and chemistry. She was board certified by the American Society for Clinical  Pathology.
Erin is the founder of Get Better Wellness, a holistic nutrition education company in Antioch, IL.  She is passionate about helping people Get Better through a systematic approach to healthy living involving nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle choices.  She specializes in community education, using a straight-talking humorous style to help people sort through the confusing messages regarding nutrition to reach their optimal health and wellness goals.   

Erin has developed programs and materials to help individuals learn how to incorporate simple strategies to improve health and wellness.  She delivers nutrition education through individual and group classes, consultations and coaching.
Erin calls herself "The Real Food Revivalist" and uses many avenues to bring the Real Food message to people everywhere. She records a regular podcast to iTunes called Get Better Wellness Radio.  You can read Erin's posts on her blogspot, or like her Facebook page at , she tweets at!/GetBetterDiet  and writes an electronic newsletter a few times a month.
To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.


This webinar "Reversing Type 2 Diabetes by Implementing a Whole Food Diet & Lifestyle Changes" with Hawthorn graduate Erin Chamerlik, MS, MT (ASCP) is now available online in the Hawthorn University Archives! Click here to watch the webinar:

Here is a sample of the feedback we received: 
  • Excellent presentation.  Thank you!
  • Great info
  • Really enjoyed the information, especially the "Eat by the Meter."
  • I found this webinar to be very informative and very well presented. Thank you.
  • This could have easily been a two-part webinar.  I would have liked some actual meal suggestions.
  • I appreciated hearing current information about the subject.
  • Great!
  • I really enjoyed the recommendations in this webinar.
  • Excellent presentation
  • Excellent in every way!
  • Enjoyed the presentation very much. Will send the link information to a friend who is diabetic.