Dieticians Don’t Have All The Answers Posted on March 27th, 2012
Recently I was asked to comment on a “healthy recipe” by an Arizona dietician. I find dietician and Cordon-Bleu educated chef, Michelle Dudash way off base with her recipe in the Arizona Republic: Oven-Baked Cheese Sticks with Marinara Sauce. Dieticians don’t have all the answers as is clearly revealed in this recipe. My mother was a dietitian. I grew up on home-made whole-wheat bread, yogurt and lots of cheese. I suffered horribly for years from constipation, respiratory problems and recurrent ear infections. If my mother had known about common food allergies as well as her wealth of knowledge about good nutrition, I would have been a much healthier child. Many people consult with nutritionists and dietitians. These people can be very knowledgeable about fat grams, calories, dietary requirements of vitamins and minerals as well as a wealth of important information but, they are still missing the “food allergy” piece. Common food allergies are: dairy, wheat, soy, corn and yeast – all foods which comprise the bulk of the American diet. No wonder we have so many health related problems! If I wanted to convert this recipe, I would have used “gluten free” bread sticks and tangy pecorino or sheep Romano cheese grated on the top – then go ahead and dip in the marinara sauce!
Pollen Misery Posted on June 4th, 2010
If you’re like millions of allergy-sufferers, this is not a good time of year for you. Bad enough that the temperature is rising and the mold count is high, the trees are in full bloom and you can’t see the leaves for the tears in your eyes. You are not alone. According to Richard Lockey, the director of Allergy and Immunology at the University of South Florida, 20 percent of the nation’s population is affected by pollen and 5 percent of them need some sort of medical intervention. Symptoms can include runny nose, sneezing, hives and wheezing. People stay home from work because their eyes are so swollen. It’s like having a bad cold for several weeks. What’s a person to do? Take the burden off the immune system. Take everything out of the equation that could be considered “offending” – even the cat! Try to avoid mucous forming foods like dairy products and wheat products during allergy season. Give cheese and yogurt a wide berth. Consider taking the feathers off the bed and replacing bedding with hypoallergenic, polyester fiberfill pillows and comforters. Homeopathic remedies such as mold, yeast and dust drops can be useful. I have my own formulation called “No Wheeze” which has proved to be a life-saver for many. Use an air purifier during allergy season. Consider an interesting form of treatment called N.A.E.T., an allergy desensitizing technique devised by Dr Devi Nambudripad. If used selectively, I have seen it work for certain allergies.
Schizophrenic Child Featured on Oprah Posted on October 6th, 2009
If you thought that your children were a handful try being the parents of Jani Schofield a seven-year-old girl from Valencia California afflicted with schizophrenia, a complex mental disorder. Imagine having to cope with a child who hears voices, acts aggressively, is constantly demanding and for whom there is no known cause or cure. Jani was featured today on Oprah and there is no doubt that her parents are trying every option to help their daughter. Medication is keeping her relatively stable but as I watched the program, I noticed several clues. As a health educator and medical intuitive a number of environmental factors that could have a significant bearing on her condition caught my attention.
I noticed carpet on the floor (chemical out-gassing) a room full of plastic toys (environmental toxins) fast food eaten in the car (food allergies) juice (high sugar) and Kool Aid tubes (chemicals and additives) all a burden on the immune system and known to cause behavior problems in certain, very sensitive children.
Where is the wisdom and the logic of helping a child and not taking in to account offending foods and chemicals? I would urge this family to investigate Orthomolecular Medicine which is nutritional medicine and review the work of Dr Doris Rapp MD., Pediatrician specializing in Environmental Medicine. Jani can be helped. Maybe she might be on medication for the rest of her life but I have seen children greatly improved by dietary changes and chemical avoidance.
Milk Sales Decline, Health or Business Decision? Posted on August 18th, 2009
According to a recent article in The Economist, there is a crisis in dairy farming. Since January 2008, milk prices have fallen by nearly half from $20.50 per hundredweight (45kg) to $11.40 as global demand has dropped significantly and milk intended for export has spilled back in to the domestic market. I would like to think that this is a sign that people in large numbers are beginning to realize that cow’s milk may not be a healthy product for everyone but the drop in milk consumption it is more likely a case of hard-hit dairy farms being subsidized through the USDA.
As an allergy-testing technician, nutritionist and health expert I see thousands of people with milk allergies – runny noses, clogged ears, stomach aches, breathing problems and weight gain not to mention puffy eyes and snoring. I would urge the farmers to consider raising goats or sheep. The milk and cheese from these animals is well tolerated. New born infants respond well to goat’s milk when they are shown to be allergic to cow’s milk. My book The Body Knows: How to Tune in to Your Body and Improve Your Health offers information about environmental sensitivities and the case for food allergy avoidance.
Allergies at The White House Posted on June 1st, 2009
If you’ve been listing to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs lately, you’ll notice that he appears to be suffering from seasonal allergies.
The visible signs of seasonal allergies are “thickness” in the voice, puffiness in the face, itchy, red and runny eyes, a plugged nose, plus labored breathing which sounds like a bad cold.
This is the plight of millions of people as the earth turns warm, flowering plants come into bloom and the mold count soars.
What to do. First STOP consuming cow dairy products. Take a “breather” from the “moo” when the pollen and mold count is high. Dairy products are an assault on an already over-loaded respiratory system. Build up your immune system. Take the stress off the body, meditate, eat right and take appropriate supplements. Wait for dry weather when symptoms usually subside. In the meantime, take a look at my book “The Body Knows – how to tune in to your body and improve your health” for more information on seasonal allergies and how to control them.