Going Against the Grain of What You Think You Know About Nutrition

If you’re a little confused about nutrition, you have a right to be: Much of what we’ve been told about nutrition is just plain wrong. I plan to set the record straight in my author talk, “Going Against the Grain of What You Think You Know About Nutrition,” at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., in Tucson, Arizona.

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No GMOs the Focus of This Year’s
Natural Products Expo West

by Melissa Diane Smith

If you think few people care about non-GMO foods, it’s time to get that idea out of your head. Natural Products Expo West, the country’s largest natural products convention, which took place March 8-11, 2012, was abuzz with people talking about no GMOs in many different ways.

Natural Products Expo West is usually a good indicator of what’s coming in natural food stores and grocery stores throughout the country. At this year’s Natural Products Expo West, there were numerous lectures on GMOs, education about the federal and California GMO labeling initiatives, several companies saying they are in the process of taking the GMOs out of their products, and countless new Non GMO Project Verified food products. In fact, there are more than 6,000 products in the Non GMO Project now!

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One of My Clients Saved Thousands
of Dollars in Medical Costs Last Year

by Melissa Diane Smith

I covered my client Marcia’s dramatic changes in her health after going grain free and avoiding genetically modified foods last year in Nutrition News & Notes. I knew Marcia had wide-ranging improvements across the board in her health but I didn’t think much about how much money she was saving by not needing to see doctors nearly as much as she previously did before working with me. Recently during a coaching session over the phone, Marcia told me that she saved more than $7,000 last year in medical expenses, and together with her husband with whom I also work, they saved $12,000 in medical expenses last year!

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Gluten Free for Pets

by Melissa Diane Smith

More dog and cat owners are tossing out conventional kibble and feeding their pets against the grain.

A few years ago Melissa McLean Jory’s dog Fairbanks was so sick he couldn’t even lift his head off the ground. After he was diagnosed with autoimmune conditions and severe intestinal problems, Melissa, a nutritionist who has celiac disease, became convinced that Fairbanks had gluten intolerance, too. She shifted him to a completely grain-free diet, and Fairbanks regained his weight and health fairly quickly. Now, if Melissa gives him a dog biscuit that contains gluten (found in wheat, rye and barley), her dog immediately experiences health trouble, such as gastrointestinal problems, skin rashes, and reduced energy. “I believe without the dietary changes, he wouldn’t be here today,” Melissa says.

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