Free Coaching Session with Any Nutrition Coaching Purchase Through Oct. 31

If you’ve been thinking of signing up for a nutrition coaching program, now is the perfect time to do it. When you sign up for any nutrition coaching program from now through October 31, 2009, you will receive an extra 45-minute coaching session absolutely free. That’s a $100 value! The offer is good for the Get Started Personal Attention Nutrition Coaching Program, the Rebuilding a New You Nutrition Coaching Program, or the Diet and Lifestyle Makeover Nutrition Coaching Program. (New clients, click here. Clients who have worked with me before, click here.)

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Gluten Sensitivity May Be a Factorin IBS, Researchers Suggest

by Melissa Diane Smith

People with gastrointestinal symptoms who test negative for celiac disease have long known that they are apt to get a diagnosis of “irritable bowel syndrome” (IBS) from a doctor rather than a diagnosis of gluten sensitivity. But gluten sensitivity provides a trigger that can explain at least part of the spectrum of symptoms that constitutes IBS, a group of doctors from the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute in Canada and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota propose.

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Two Stories about Gluten Sensitivityin LA Times are Signs of Progress

by Melissa Diane Smith

(Opinion) – It used to be that I was the only one writing about non-celiac gluten sensitivity, a condition largely dismissed by mainstream doctors. Major newspapers wouldn’t come close to touching the subject. Now, seven years after my Going Against the Grain book came out, the Los Angeles Times, a newspaper with a circulation of three-quarters of a million people, has run a story “Gluten sensitivity: A long road toward discovery” and a follow-up story a few weeks later, “Going gluten-free – for many reasons.”

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SPECIAL REPORT: Gluten Causes Symptoms Because It Damages Nerves, Gluten Sensitivity Specialist Says

by Melissa Diane Smith

Ever wonder how gluten can cause such a wide array of symptoms in so many different people? Dr. Rodney Ford, a doctor from Christchurch, New Zealand who is known as “Doctor Gluten,” just may have the answer – that gluten causes symptoms, in both celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, by directly and indirectly injuring nerve networks that control various organs and systems in the body.

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‘Food, Inc.’ Focuses on the Needfor Food Independence

Just a week before we heard about more food recalls and the continuing obesity crisis, the documentary “Food, Inc.” opened in the United States, warning us of those hazards and more from our current industrialized food system. The movie is now showing in select cities across the country. Readers of this blog already are in the know about many problems in our commercial food supply, but director Robert Kenner wanted to make a film that brought the subject to people who haven’t thought about the food they are eating and what we all can do about it.

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Changes to the Going Against the Grain Group, Nutrition News & Notes

What they say about people burning out from writing a blog is true! It’s even more true when someone writes two blogs, writes a monthly magazine column, speaks, and nutritionally counsels and coaches clients. Because of that, I wanted to let you know about a few changes I have made to two of my services.

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