Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Candy Makeovers + Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Alternatives to Halloween Candy

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I’ve received a few inquiries from my patients and readers requesting recipes for healthier versions of their favorite Halloween treats! I’ve found a few recipes that would be a healthier alternative for an occasional treat!

Homemade Twix Bars 

Homemade Vegan Kit Kat Bars

Homemade Rolos

3 Ingredient Halloween Apple Bites

Vanilla Bean Coconut Butter Cups with Chocolate Peanut Butter

For those of you looking for non-candy treats to hand out to trick-or-treaters, check out this article!20 Ways to Do Halloween Without Candy

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News You Can Use – October 22-29 2012

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“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 for the week of October 22-October 29 2012!”

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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HealThy Mouth Summit

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Recently, I posted an article that discussed the dangers of fluoride. I received several inquiries from both readers and patients, asking for a list of reliable resources for information about dental health. Next month, there is going to be a free online summit that will feature an expert panel of dentists, doctors, nutritionists and authors that will be providing cutting edge information to help you attain optimal dental health.

For more information about the HealThy Mouth Summit and for FREE registration be sure to check out: www.healthymouthsummit.com!

Show Notes: Genetically Modified Foods, Obesity and Eating Disorders

For those of you that tuned into the podcast last night, you all know that we had to cut the show short last night due to an unexpected bout of food poisoning. I’m on the rebound today, starting to feel much better!

There was a lot of important information that I had planned on covering on the show. I’m sure it was information that you wanted to hear! This post will cover the information that I did not get to go over in the show last night. I will be doing another podcast about genetically modified foods on Tuesday November 6 at 7:30 pm ET. I will discuss all the information below and take your questions live on the air!

Are Genetically Modified Foods Really Safe?

Why Do We Have Genetically Modified Foods in the United States?

How Can I Protect Myself and My Family from Genetically Modified Foods?

What is Proposition 37?

What Additional Resources are Available if I Want to Become a More Informed Consumer?

Are Genetically Modified Foods Really Safe?

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.

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Why Do We Have GMOs in the United States?

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.

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How Can I Protect Myself and My Family From GMOs

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 the top ten at-risk ingredients:
    • Zucchini
    • Cotton
    • Canola
    • Aspartame
    • Dairy
    • Corn
    • Papaya
    • Soy
    • Yellow Squash
    • Sugar (derived from sugar beets)
    • 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.

“The Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. We investigate and report their risks and impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.

Founded in 2003 by international bestselling author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, IRT has worked in more than 30 countries on 6 continents, and is credited with improving government policies and influencing consumer-buying habits.

IRT’s work comes from a dedicated team of subject experts, consultants and staff who generously donate their time and experience. In addition, IRT employs media experts, social network campaigners, writers, graphic designers, communications specialists, fundraisers, outreach professionals and support staff, who operate both at our headquarters in Iowa, and from virtual offices in the US.

IRT’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America mobilizes citizens, organizations, businesses, healthcare professionals, and the media, to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of GM foods.”

The Institute for 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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What is Proposition 37?

On the November 6 2012 ballot, Californians will be voting on whether the food industry in California should be required to label genetically modified foods. If passed, the law will:

  • Require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or
    animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
  • Prohibit labeling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as “natural.”
  • Exempt foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically
    engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered
    ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.

There are companies that have donated money to fight against the law, and other companies that have donated money to support the law; over $34,000,000 has been donated by those opposed, over $4,000,000 has been donated by those supporting. On the opposing side, the top five contributing companies include: Monsanto, Pepsico (which also manufactures Naked Juice and Izze), Coca-Cola (which also manufactures HONEST Tea, Odwalla, and Simply Orange), ConAgra (which also manufactures Lightlife and Alexia), and General Mills (which also manufactures Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm Organics, and Larabar). On the supporting side, the top five contributing companies include: Dr. Joseph Mercola, The Organic Consumers Association, Nature’s Path Organic, Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One, and Lundberg Family Farms. You can view all contributing companies on the Cornucopia Institute’s website.

What Additional Resources are Available to Become a More Informed Consumer?

The Institute for Responsible Technology has recently released a documentary about genetically modified foods called ‘Genetic Roulette‘. This documentary is available to view online for FREE until October 31st, thanks to generous donations from to Nutiva, Bragg Live Food Products, Kamut, Frey Vineyards, Organic Pastures Dairy, EO Products, Berlin Natural Bakery, and Leo Younger. This documentary is a must-see for all!

“When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.

After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.

This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.”

Another way to stay informed is through my website! I often feature trustworthy news articles in my weekly “News You Can Use” posts. These are some of the recently featured articles:

Six largest pesticide corporations funding effort to try to defeat GMO labeling Proposition 37

Don’t celebrate yet, but a grassroots victory against GMO deception is now inevitable

Children born to parents who eat GM wheat may DIE before age five, warn scientists

Monsanto, Pesticide Companies Contribute Another $5.5 Million to Kill GMO Labeling Initiative

Why PepsiCo Is Fighting GMO Labeling in California

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News You Can Use – Oct 15-22 2012

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“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 for the week of October 15-October 22 2012!”

National Organic Standards Board Votes to Reject More Synthetic Additives in Infant Formula

Recess Helps Students Do Better in School

The worst everyday air pollutants — and what they do to our bodies

Average cholesterol level drops in U.S.

Six largest pesticide corporations funding effort to try to defeat GMO labeling Proposition 37

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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This Week’s Podcast! Genetically Modified Foods, Obesity and Eating Disorders!

Join us Tuesday October 23rd at 7:30 pm ET as we talk about Genetically Modified Foods, Obesity and Eating Disorders! We’re going to talk about the dangers of Genetically Modified Foods, and trends we are seeing in patients in treatment for obesity or eating disorders. We’ll also be sharing some shopping tips and some of our favorite resources!

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Podcast: GMOs, Eating Disorders, and Obesity

Join us Tuesday (October 23) at 7:30 pm ET as we talk about Genetically Modified Foods, Obesity and Eating Disorders! We’re going to talk about the dangers of Genetically Modified Foods, and trends we are seeing in patients in treatment for obesity or eating disorders. We’ll also be sharing some shopping tips and some of our favorite resources! TUNE IN HERE!

Dial 646-378-0494 to ask your questions ON THE AIR! You can also email your questions in!

Hosted by Dr. J. Renae Norton; clinical psychologist and director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Hyde Park, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Genetically Modified Foods: Are They Safe?

Currently in the US, it is estimated that 70% of processed foods on our grocery store shelves contain genetically modified ingredients. Are these genetically modified food safe? I’ve done some research, and this is what I’ve found! READ MORE.

The Health Effects of Genetically Modified Coffee

This year coffee consumption in the United States has jumped ahead of soft drink consumption by more than 10%. The United States imports 35% of the world coffee bean supply to keep up with our consumption of over 400 million cups of coffee per day OR 4500 cups of coffee per second. The increasing popularity of coffee shows no sign of stopping; in 2010 56% of Americans consumed coffee, now in 2012 64% of Americans enjoy the beverage. How healthy is it to consume that much coffee? How are coffee bean farmers keeping up to our demand? READ MORE. 

Documentary: Genetic Roulette

The Institute for Responsible Technology recently released a new documentary, “Genetic Roulette”. This documentary is available to watch FREE online for the month of October!

“When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.

After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.

This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.” 

Dr. J Renae Norton’s Center for Eating Disorders & Related Problems

drnorton@eatingdisorderpro.com

 

Eating Disorders & Obesity: Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D

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The majority of the patients I see in my practice today (whether obese, anorexic, bulimarexic, or bulimic) are diagnosed with having a vitamin D deficiency by their family physician. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with reduced immune system function, 17 different types of cancer, heart disease, psychological disorders, neurological disorders, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, bone loss, muscle mass loss. Typically, when a patient’s blood test* comes back from the lab showing a deficiency in vitamin D, their physician prescribes them a vitamin D supplement. Is there a difference between the vitamin D supplement that is prescribed, the vitamin D that is sold at health food stores, and the vitamin D we obtain naturally from food and the sun? What is the best source of vitamin D?

If your physician writes you a prescription for vitamin D and you take it to the pharmacy, your pharmacist will hand you a bottle of vitamin D2 (or ergocalciferol). Vitamin D2 is a synthetic form of vitamin D that is derived from fungal sources using ultraviolet radiation; it REALLY shouldn’t be allowed to be called a vitamin, it’s more like a franken-vitamin! Synthetic vitamin D is less biologically active than natural forms of vitamin D; it takes the body 500% longer to convert synthetic vitamin D into a usable form. In addition to prescription vitamin D supplements, vitamin D2 can be found in “vitamin-enriched” foods, such as milk. There has been research done that looked at mortality rates for people who supplemented using vitamin D2 versus vitamin D3; it was determined individuals that supplemented with vitamin D2 had a two percent relative risk increase.

If you go to the health food store and pick up a bottle of vitamin D, you will likely be buying vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol). Vitamin D3 is a natural form of vitamin D, it’s usually derived from either lanolin or cod liver oil extract. It is much easier for the body to convert vitamin D3 into a usable form. The study that compared mortality rates for those supplementing with vitamin D2 versus vitamin D3, individuals that supplemented with vitamin D3 had a six percent relative risk decrease. The Vitamin D Council recommends vitamin D3 for the treatment of vitamin D deficiency.

It is always best to discuss supplementing with vitamin D3 with your doctor, especially if you have sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, or lymphoma. The Vitamin D Council recommends a daily dosage of 1000 IU of vitamin D3 per 25 lbs of body weight; if you weigh 150 lbs, the recommended dosage would be 6000 IU per day. If your lab test shows that you are vitamin D deficient, each additional 1000 IU will usually producse a 10 ng/ml increase; if you weight 150 lbs, and your vitamin D test shows your vitamin D is 40 ng/ml, you would take 6000 IU per day PLUS an additional 2000 IU to be in the middle of the optimal range. The Vitamin D Council considers:

  •  a vitamin D level of < 50 ng/ml to be deficient
  • a vitamin D level of 50-70 ng/ml to be optimal
  • a vitamin D level of 70-100 ng/ml to be ideal if being treated for cancer or heart disease
  • a vitamin D level that is > 100 ng/ml to be excessive

In addition to taking a vitamin D3 supplement, there are several other sources of natural vitamin D that you can take advantage of. The best source of vitamin D is exposure to sunlight, but the amount of sun exposure that is considered safe is not usually enough to prevent and treat disease. There are also foods that are rich in vitamin D, such as eggs, organ meats, animal fat, cod liver oil and fish, but if you are vitamin D deficient it may be difficult to get vitamin D to an optimal level with food alone. In order to properly metabolize vitamin D, it is important to make sure you are getting sufficient magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin A, zinc and boron.

*it’s important to make sure your vitamin D levels are checked using a test called 25(OH)D as opposed to 1,25(OH)D. 25(OH)D is a better overall marker of vitamin D status.

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Sources:
 Test Values and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D: How to Determine Your Optimal Dose

 

News You Can Use – October 8-15 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 weekly news update for the week of October 8-October 15 2012!”

Exclusive: Nestle to cut sugar and salt in breakfast cereals 

Labeling Works! Trans Fat Consumption Down 75% in 10 Years

Don’t celebrate yet, but a grassroots victory against GMO deception is now inevitable

When you peel an orange, don’t throw away the white part under the skin: Bioflavonoids help fight cancer and obesity

Anorexia Nervosa: Not Just For Women!

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone 5

Exercise May Lead to Better School Performance for Kids With ADHD

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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Tonight’s Podcast – Eating Disorders and Insurance Coverage with Lawyer Lisa Kantor

Tune into tonight’s podcast (at 7:30 pm ET) as I talk with Lisa Kantor, a Los Angeles lawyer and partner in Kantor & Kantor LLP. Lisa Kantor represents people denied health benefits for treatment of both physical and mental illnesses. Most recently, Ms. Kantor has focused her efforts litigating insurance company denials of coverage for residential treatment of eating disorders. Kantor & Kantor is the only law firm in the country with a distinct eating disorder practice staffed with lawyers and other professionals experienced in the specific needs of people who have been denied benefits for eating disorder treatment.

In 2007, she won the first published eating disorder decision in California in which the court applied the state’s mental health parity law to beneficiaries who sought treatment outside California. In August 2012, she won the first federal court ruling that determined health plans must pay for all medically necessary treatment for mental illnesses, including residential treatment.

Ms. Kantor was named a Top Woman Lawyer by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and an Attorney of the Year by the San Francisco Recorder. She received a “Special Recognition” award from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation and a California Women Lawyers’ Woman of Distinction Award.

TONIGHT’S show starts at 7:30 pm ET! You can listen live  HERE!

You may also listen by phone by dialing 646.378.0494. This is the same number that you can use if you have questions for Lisa, just press “1” when prompted.

This is a podcast you don’t want to miss!

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Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

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In 2010, Newman’s Own funded a pilot program at the Seattle Children’s outpatient Adolescent Medicine Department. The pilot program was implemented to evaluate the effect of yoga on eating disorder treatment outcomes among teenagers receiving outpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).The study involved 50 girls and 4 boys between the ages of 11-21; 29 participants were diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, 9 participants were diagnosed with bulimia nervosa, 15 participants were diagnosed with EDNOS. Participants were randomly divided into two groups. One group received standard care; standard care involved appointments with a physician and dietician every other week which monitored weight/height, vital signs, body mass index, nutritional habits, and menstruation status. The second group of participants received yoga instruction plus standard care; yoga instruction involved one hour of one-to-one individualized viniyoga, semi-weekly. Participants were evaluated at the beginning of the study, at the end of the study, and one month after the study via Eating Disorder Examination (EDE), Body Mass Index (BMI), Beck Depression Inventory, State Trait Anxiety Inventory, and Food Preoccupation questionnaire.

Immediately after yoga sessions, participants experienced a significant decrease in their preoccupation with food; this was evaluated using the Food Preoccupation questionnaire.  Although both groups experienced a decrease in EDE scores, the group that received yoga plus standard of care exhibited greater decreases in symptoms of their eating disorders. At the 12-week follow-up, the EDE scores non-yoga group had returned to baseline; this was not the case with the yoga group. BMI remained stable for both the yoga and non-yoga group; participants with anorexia nervosa did not lose weight, participants with bulimia nervosa did not experience rapid weight fluctuations. Based upon the results of the study, the researchers concluded that individualized yoga does hold promise as adjunctive therapy to standard care. The full results of the study can be viewed HERE.

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