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What Exactly is Amish Chicken?

What exactly is Amish Chicken?

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“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes. My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

Lately, more and more supermarkets are carrying a variety of brands of “Amish chicken”. What exactly is Amish chicken? Is it as good as organic, free-range chicken? When we think of chickens raised on Amish farms, we think of chickens raised on a family farm that are able to run in and out of the coop freely to roam freely in green pastures. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

The New York Times interviewed Ariane Daguin, co-owner of D’Artagan, a supplier of Amish chicken to New York restaurants and markets. When asked what was meant when chicken was labeled as being “Amish”, she responded that it is simply “a marketing ploy, it doesn’t mean anything…..the mystique of the Amish Label comes from it’s aura of naturalness”.

In many cases, Amish chickens are not raised in a free-range environment. They still lead fairly confined lives as free-roaming chickens. Free-roaming chickens are typically provided natural light, feed, water and ventilation, and are free to roam, as long as it is within the four walls of chicken coop. There aren’t any clear regulations set on what type of living conditions farmers have to provide to their free-roaming chickens.

Be careful of companies that claim that most of the farms that supply them are Amish-owned farms. Note, the label doesn’t say most of the chicken comes from these farms. They could use 60 family-owned Amish farms, but then use two factory farms for the remainder of their required supply. They might get a few thousand chicken from the Amish farms, but a much greater number of their chickens would be coming from factory farms. It’s also important to note that most Amish chicken is not actually processed by the Amish, but alongside factory-farm chickens at USDA-inspected industrial processing plants.

You might notice the packaging on your locally available Amish chicken states that the chickens are raised on all vegetarian diets. This sounds comforting at first, I mean who would want to eat chicken that has been raised on a diet of beef, pork, or even worse chicken…it’s just not natural! Vegetarian-raised chickens are typically provided with feed that is comprised largely of soy and corn. These are two of the most genetically-modified foods in the United States (for more information on the dangers of GM foods, be sure to check out my recent post “Genetically Modified Foods: Are They Safe?”.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to play it safe and stick to free-range, organic, pastured chicken.

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News You Can Use – June 17-24

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update!”

Cities’ efforts to make exercise easier pays off

How California’s GM Food Referendum Might Change What America Eats

What Secret Ingredients are Lurking in Burger King’s New Bacon Sundae?

Eating Disorders and Weight Worries Plague Women Over 50

New Report: Cereal F.A.C.T.S. – Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score

Kids’ Cereals are Healthier, Ads Aren’t: Study

Obesity Stokes Rheumatoid Arthritis With More Than Just Extra Weight

Resilience and Eating Disorders

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Maji and Mongo’s Road Journal – Maji and Mongo Bootcamp!

Dr. Renae Norton of the Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity and Ryan Gettys of GoNative Fitness held a bootcamp for 45 Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati children at Hahana Beach in Mariemont on June 8th. Rope pulls, a scavenger hunt, Hula Hoops and Frisbees kept everyone laughing or sweating and generally having a great time.

The outing was sponsored by the Norton Center, GoNative Fitness and Hahana Beach in honor of Dr. Norton’s new book release “How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch“. Here’s some photos from the event!

Maji and Mongo Scavenger Hunt

Getting ready for the Maji and Mongo Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt in the Sand

Maji and Mongo Hula Hoop Contest

Hula Hooping!

Maji and Mongo Hula Hoop Contest

Hula Hoop Fun!

Maji and Mongo Tug of War

Tug of War with the Little Kids

Maji and Mongo Tug of War

Tug of War with the Big Kids!

 

Maji and Mongo Rope Climbing

Rope Climbing - these kids were fast!

 

Maji and Mongo Rope Climbing

Rope Climbing!

How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch! Book reading.

All the kids, regardless of age, loved How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!

Maji and Mongo Bootcamp Prizes

End of day bootcamp award ceremony!

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News You Can Use – June 10-17 2012

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your news update!”

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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Maji and Mongo’s Road Journal

Greetings! I’m hitting the road with Maji & Mongo to spread awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic and to provide inspiration for children to be more active. First stop? Waterstone Barnes and Noble in Cincinnati, Ohio for a book signing and book reading! Here’s some photos of the days adventure! Enjoy!

Signing a copy of 'How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!'

 

 

Chatting with one of Maji and Mongo's newest fans!
'How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!'

Book reading of 'How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!'

Reading 'How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!' at Barnes and Noble

I’d love to do a book signing and reading in your city! Be sure to get in touch with any suggested stops on our tour!

 

News You Can Use! June 3 – 10 (part ii)

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your news update!”

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Twitter @drrenae

Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

© 2012, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2012, Dr J Renae Norton. http://edpro.wpengine.com’

Maji and Mongo in the Media!

 

I am excited to announce that Maji & Mongo’s first magazine appearance! My friends at ChopChop Magazine have included it in “Things We Love!”. ChopChop’s mission is to educate kids to cook and be nutritionally literate, empower them to actively participate as health partners with their families, and help establish and support better eating habits for a lifetime of good nutrition. You can read their review of the book here!

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Genetically Modified Foods – Are They Safe?

GMOs. Are they safe?

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“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes.  My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

Currently in the US, it is estimated that 70% of processed foods on our grocery store shelves contain genetically modified ingredients. The FDA reports that there are no differences between GMO and non-GMO foods; their policy states that “the agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way”. Later, FDA documents were made public during a law suit that showed that statement was untrue. The FDAs own scientists repeatedly requested that the FDA complete long-term studies, due to concerns of increased allergens, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems.  Michael Taylor, the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods, repeatedly overruled the scientist’s recommendations. It should be noted that prior to working for the FDA, Taylor was a Monsanto attorney and later a Monsanto vice-president. Currently, if a biotech food company “believes” that their genetically modified “creations” are safe, they can put the food in our food supply without reporting it to the FDA. Many biotech food companies don’t feel they should have to be responsible for ensuring that their foods are safe. In a New York Times Interview, Monsanto’s Director of Corporate Communications stated that “Monsanto should not have to vouch the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) strongly urges consumers to avoid genetically modified foods. Studies link GMOs with toxins, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, accelerated aging, and death. The Institute for Responsible Technology has listed many of these studies on their website, here are just a few of the findings of that they list:

  • Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants
  • Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
  • More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
  • Testicle cells of mice and rats on a GM soy change significantly
  • By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
  • Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity
  • Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
  • Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
  • The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
  • Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.

Why do we have GMOs in the United States, when some countries like Europe are virtually GMO-free? It’s all about the “tipping point”. A tipping point is “the critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development”. Europe hit the tipping point in April 1999, enough consumers stopped buying GMO foods to hurt the industry. Within one week of hitting this tipping point, all major food producers committed to ending the use of genetically modified ingredients in their products. These same companies are still using genetically modified ingredients in their US products. According to author and GMO expert Jeffrey M. Smith, if 5% of the US population refused to purchase genetically modified foods, major food manufacturers would no longer use genetically modified ingredients. Smith reports that there are several reasons that we have not hit the tipping point in the United States:

  • the American population has not been educated on genetically modified foods
  • American consumers don’t know which products contain genetically modified ingredients, due to lack of labeling

According to a poll completed by CBS and the New York Times, if genetically modified foods were labeled today, 53% of Americans would not purchase the labeled products. Smith predicts that even if 9 out of 10 of these Americans did not follow through with refusing to purchase these products, it would still be enough to reach our tipping point in the United States.

Without food labeling, it’s overwhelming to even begin removing all genetically modified foods from our diets. According to Smith, there are four tips to protect ourselves from genetically modified foods:

  • Buy organic foods
  • Avoid at-risk ingredients such as soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar derived from sugar beets, zucchini, crooked-neck squash, and Hawaiian papaya
  • Buy products that are labeled as being non-GMO
  • Buy products that are listed in a non-GMO shopping guide

The Institute for Responsible Technology is an excellent resource for obtaining reliable information about avoiding genetically modified foods. Founded in 2003 by Jeffrey M Smith, the goal of the organization is to stop the genetic engineering of our food supply. Responsible Technology has created an iPhone app to help consumers protect themselves from GMOs. The organization has also created a GMO Education program that provides a wealth of information about genetically modified foods such as:

  • The health risks associated with genetically modified foods
  • A shopping guide
  • The environmental dangers imposed by genetically modified foods
  • A physician’s guide
  • Tips on determining whether a product is genetically modified based on package labeling
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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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Sources:

Smith, Jeffrey M. (2008, November). Everything You HAVE TO KNOW about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods. Speech presented at The Weston. A. Price Conference, San Diego, California.

GMO Health Dangers. (n.d.). Institute for Responsible Technology. Retrieved from the homepage of http://responsibletechnology.org/.

GMO Education. (n.d.). Institute for Responsible Technology. Retreived from http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/.

Pollan, Michael. (1998, October 25). Playing God in the Garden. The New York Times.

News You Can Use – June 3-10 2012

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your news update for the week of June 3 – 10 2012!”

Anxious Girls’ Brains Work Harder

Are ‘Healthier’ Fast-Food Kids’ Meals Actually Healthy?

Tired? Sleep Deprivation May Affect Your Food Choices and Anxiety Levels

City Kids Have More Food Allergies, New Study Finds

Why Do Some People Blame Themselves for Everything?

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

“For the past 10 years, I have noticed a connection between childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in my clinical work as well as in my research.  As part of my mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to US children, I find it important to provide both by readers and clients with relevant informative articles.”

In my radio interview “The Weight of Childhood Obesity” on the Underground Wellness show, I had the privilege of speaking to Sean Croxton’s listeners about my new children’s book ‘How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!’. One of the callers to the radioshow asking for information on how to improve the quality of food served in their local schools. I recently discovered an program founded by Jamie Oliver, that is doing just that!

“More must be done to invest in an all-round food education for our kids; one that includes learning about where food comes from and how it’s grown as well as the hands-on experience of cooking in the classroom. I strongly believe that teaching our kids these life skills gives them the best start in life, for their own health, the health of their kids and their kids’ kids. And if our kids are also getting a tasty, nutritious meal at lunchtime, their prospects are even better. It’s been proven time and time again during the last five years that a healthy school meal improves a child’s ability to learn and do well at school. We can’t ignore that; we must continue to feed our children better, even better. We must invest in our kids; they are the future and they deserve it.”
-Jamie Oliver

Food Revolution was started by Jamie Oliver upon receiving thousands of letters from Americans that were worried about the quality of food their kids were being served at school and the risks associated with these foods; including obesity, diabetes, behavioral problems, and poor school grades. The mission of Food Revolution is to replace processed and junk food with freshly cooked meals that are made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, cooked from scratch by properly trained cooks in well-equipped kitchens. Oliver points out the importance of not blaming the school cooks for the quality of food served in our schools. Budget restrictions limits the foods and kitchen tools they have access to, they are doing the best job they can do with the resources they’ve been provided.

In Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk, he discussed how Food Revolution improved food quality in a school in Huntington, West Virginia; at the time West Virginia was the unhealthiest state in America. He became an ambassador to the school cooks, helping them find local sustainable foods and arming them with additional training in the kitchen. He also worked with the children in the school, providing them with food education; currently the average American elementary school child only receives an average of 3.4 hours of food education per year….that’s less than most kids watch TV each day!

The Food Revolution website offers support, and many useful tools for parents and teachers that want to start a Food Revolution in their child’s school.  Be sure to visit the website at www. jamiesfoodrevolution.com to take advantage of the support and tools they provide.

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