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Eating Disorders

Guest Heretic, Razi Berry Talks About Her Heart Revolution Summit

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Razi Berry on the Nutrition Heretic Podcast with her Heart Revolution Summit Razi Berry is our guest heretic this week as she talks about her journey through recovering from anorexia and bulimia in her teens, to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue in her 20s, and how a stressful job led to infertility.  Follow her story to discover how it led to her discovery that naturopathic medicine accepts the mind body connection, and how the Heart Revolution Summit encompasses this.

Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, and Razi is taking the lead in bringing the latest research to you.  Listen in to find out how.

Razi Ann Berry is the founder of NaturalPath (thenatpath.com) and publisher of the award-winning journal Naturopathic Doctor News & Review  Razi recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia with naturopathic medicine and overcame infertility naturally. This healing journey was the catalyst for her decade’s long work empowering millions of people and practitioners to embrace the philosophies of naturopathy. She is also the host of TheHeartRevolution.org and The Natural Cancer Prevention Summit. Razi lives in Scottsdale, AZ  where she homeschool her two daughters.  You can also follow her on Facebook.

Questions For Razi and The Heart Summit Revolution:

  • How did Razi get into the health area, and heart disease in particular?
  • Is loss a contributor to heart attacks?
  • What are 3 surprising connections to heart disease?
  • What can people explore as potential help for existing heart disease?

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Modern Eating Disorders Part Five: Finding Your Salvation

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At the end of Part Four of this series, I commented about finding a solution to the myriad of eating disorders that are plaguing our society. I also suggested that moderation is a farce…and I maintain that it is. In a previous article from a few years back I looked at how most people today view moderation when it comes to their diet. In short, the moderation lecture is usually given just before someone is about to stuff their face with an anti-Food item that does little more than temporarily satisfy a sugar, alcohol or caffeine craving.

To my mind, the only way that we can really tackle this issue of eating disorders is to surround ourselves with more Food, not less and to revere and respect it for the many virtues it has and all that it enables us to do. Think about it. Until a little over 100 years ago, for all of humankind’s existence the only food were those things that came out of the ground or otherwise were raised in nature. These foods have kept our species thriving on the planet — and healthfully so — for millenia.

However today, we are wooed by fancy packaging and guys and gals in lab coats telling us that many of those things were responsible for early death. Meanwhile, they urge us to trust some other packaged good that has only been on the scene for a few decades and, in more cases than not, have not been tested for it’s impact on health. While my vegetarian friends have bought this falsified information hook, line and sinker, my paleo friends take the opposite extreme unwilling to acknowledge the role that grains and dairy have served man over the past 10,000 years thus throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

To my mind, the best models we can follow are those of successful societies. When we do so, it is important do it with an open mind and be careful not to impose our own desires and expectations upon the information they still hold.

For example, the tiny island nation of Cuba boasts one of the largest numbers of centenarians on the planet despite having a diet high in pork (especially the fat), grains and alcohol — they smoke a lot more than most people too. However, when this info is shared by government dietitians, the recommendation is always to reduce the fat and meat intake in favor of beans which are “healthier” even though Cubans have proven that eating a lot of pork with its fat can be quite healthful! Same goes, coincidentally for the traditional diets of the French, Italians, Cretans and even the Japanese! Where the diet differs from the official government recommendations, the diet is altered to be more politically correct.

I, too, was guilty of this at one time. Having lived in France and working in a French newspaper, I have long had a relationship with French culture. Over the years, my female French friends have shared with me their diet tips. Twenty plus years ago when they were telling me how they stay slim, I thought they were nuts. After all, my government sources told me that fat wasn’t good, drinking unlimited amounts of water was good and exercise would cure all. But what I found in these women is that they all did the exact opposite and easily weighed about 20-30 lbs less than I did on average. How could I have been so blind??

The sad part is that with the speed of information and different pacts being made between governments, people around the world are slowly but surely adopting the American disdain for food. And with it comes disease and dysfunction. My hope is that these people will wake up sooner to recognize their heritage and embrace the wisdom of their forebears.

Thank you so much for coming along with me on this ride. I apologize for taking so long to get it out there. If you have any reflections on this series, I’d love to hear your input on it. Please leave your comments below


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Modern Eating Disorders - Part One: The War on Food

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When I was growing up in the 1980s, the eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, was frequently in the news. Schools and parents were inundated with information about how to spot the warning signs of the disorder in (mainly) young women who were literally killing themselves to have the perfect body. People with anorexia succumb to severe dieting techniques such as refusing to eat, taking diet pills, taking fiber pills and exercising too much. No matter how thing, an anorectic always sees him or herself as fat.

Many people blamed the fashion industry and in particular the rise of super skinny models — starting with “Twiggy” — as the driving force behind this form of mental illness. Campaigns were even launched attempting to encourage the industry to hire more average-sized models. Somewhere along the line — perhaps with the rise of obesity — these attempts failed and into size zero clothing is still the goal for many women.

During the 20 years in between, paralleling the rise of obesity, Big Agriculture, Big Pharma and their little brother Big Health Food made huge strides to clutter our media with fear-based, fake studies about the dangers of meat, milk, fat, eggs and many other real and nourishing foods. And we have been experiencing this War on Food ever since. Not to worry though, with each warning was a recommendation for some new replacement not food that they were promoting. For a long time prior to this new campaign, we already had several not foods on the market such as corn oil, margarine, artificial sweeteners and breakfast cereals, but the modern campaign launched the appreciation for synthetic food replacements into the stratosphere.Fast forward to the year 2000 and eating disorders are back in full force. The strange thing though is that they are fully supported by both the government, the Dietetics Association and medical professionals.

With these new food guidelines, a whole new generation of not foods were ushered in. Soy burgers and meat fillers went from nasty to “healthy and delicious” almost overnight; canola (a genetically modified seed even when “organic”) became an acceptable replacement for olive oil, which was one of the few real foods that was still recommended as being healthy; and highly processed replacements for everything from eggs to dairy products have become common place.

One of the tricks used to push these items on us is to associate them with higher intelligence and as well as nature by giving them names that imply that they are in tune with nature or exotic, unspoiled corners of the earth. Smart Balance, Earth Balance, and Kashi are good examples of this tactic in action. Who wouldn’t want to automatically be considered a “more evolved” human being by doing something so easy as heading to the nearest grocery store to pick up a few of these items?

Before I discovered the foolproof way to eat for myself and my clients, I bought into a lot of what the media was pushing. I increased my soy consumption, ate a nearly vegetarian diet, and reduced my fat intake to almost nothing. I bought many of the miracle foods sold in health food stores not even questioning their safety. And it nearly killed me. My already frail health began to weaken further. I suffered from bleeding eczema from head to toe, I could no longer digest my food and experienced bloating and gas on a daily basis, I became hypoglycemic, developed a thyroid problem, gained weight, had asthma and seasonal allergies and became so depressed living like this that I was on the verge of suicide.

What saved me was to ignore the media hype and begin to eat a diet loaded with the “unhealthy” foods, I had previously tried so hard to avoid — well-cooked meals containing as meat, milk, fat and/or eggs along with a variety of vegetables, starches and a bit of fruit — the kind of diet that humans have lived on for centuries, but in the modern era learned to vilify, even if only because it was “old-fashioned”. Almost overnight, all of my health problems began to heal themselves from the inside out. The most notable was the first month when my skin cleared by at least 50% and I shed 10 lbs without even trying.

The weird thing is that as I and many others who had been following the “smart diet” realized that it didn’t work and began to enjoy real food in a sustainable way, others who previously did not care at all about their health began to turn towards a variety of ultra-low fat “smart diets”. But what these smart diets have evolved into is not unlike what is seen in anorexia nervosa. People have become wholly obsessed with a variety of “smart diets” primarily for ideological reasons — a way to “one up” their friends and families. Although many feel that their diet also has health benefits, they often refuse to acknowledge that their degrading health could be a consequence of following an avoidance-based diet long term.

In the present day, the War on Food has taken on a life of its own. People base their eating decisions on avoiding certain foods instead of enjoying real foods. For example, many people focus on avoiding all animal foods. This may sound harmless enough, until you realize that the mainstay of such a diet is highly processed not foods made of soy, hemp, almonds, rice, canola, agave and other things that must be extruded, fumigated, bleached, heated to high temperatures and more just to come across as reasonably palatable at the kitchen table. For others, grains and other starches are the devil and signify the downfall of all humanity. The latter generally at least tries to stick to real foods, however, many times following this diet can also lead to imbalances when they try to emulate their old comfort foods within the context of what they will permit themselves to eat. People are more confused now than ever to the point that food has become an inconvenience as well as a source of pain and self-loathing.

It is no coincidence that along with these eating disorders comes rises in autism, allergies, deformities, cancer, diabetes, obesity, infertility, depression and a variety of other health problems that plague modern society. Follow along with this series as I reveal the truth about fad diets and their impact on your health and mental and social well being. You’ll also learn why most people’s definition of moderation backfires 100% of the time. This series will help you to put an end to the confusion of what you should put in your mouth by focusing on what your body wants, not what the media, the doctors and dietitians say you should eat.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Eating Disorders in Children

Eating Disorders in Children

Eating Disorders in Children

Eating disorders in children are on the rise. Is this any surprise? With more and more parents switching to unhealthy extreme diets such as vegan, macrobiotic, low fat and raw food, what hope do our children have to develop a normal relationship with real food?

Since people first began to understand the prevalence of these disorders in the 1980s, it was thought that they were on the decline. But today, anorexia and bulimia are on the rise in many groups including those who experienced very little incidence in the past, namely minorities, males and pre-teens.

Children today are pressured by their parents not to exhibit the normal chubby growth pattern their bodies are designed to take on. Mistaking it for obesity, parents put them on restrictive diets which inevitably end up consisting mainly of high sugar, processed, nutrient poor foods — or at least foods from which the nutrients are poorly absorbed as is common in macrobiotic and raw food diets.

It is a shame that eating disorders aside, many of these children will not outlive their parents. Many will be left infertile and with psychological problems.

No matter how you look at it, the only way to tackle the problem of childhood obesity as well as eating disorders in children is to reintroduce wholesome, real foods such as whole raw dairy, meat and eggs into our homes again. A few minutes in the kitchen each day will teach our children to respect food and the beautiful body it creates for them.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Modern Eating Disorders: Eating Disorders in Children

Modern Eating Disorders

Modern Eating Disorders

Growing up in the 80’s, anorexia and bulimia were two eating disorders that were coming to light. Girls of my age (primarily Caucasian) were made aware of the warning signs and were taught to be proud of our bodies. Dieting for girls in their early teens was discouraged. While many girls still succumbed to the desire to be ridiculously thin, the campaign against dieting saved many girls from self-destruction.

For a while, it seemed that anorexia and bulimia were on the decline. Today, however, eating disorders are on the rise once again. But this time it’s worse. The campaign against childhood obesity and constant dieting amongst many adults has parents spreading paranoia to their children. The result? Pre-teens, males and minorities are now the newest groups who have  begun to starve themselves on the quest for the perfect body.

It is a shame that parents are not better educated about the nutritional needs of their children. Infants and small children should be chubby and sturdy respectively. This extra fat ensures adequate bone growth not only in length, but in integrity. This fat also serves as insulation for the body and internal organs. Unfortunately, parents confuse this normal type of fat for obesity.

The worst part is how parents are teaching their children to avoid obesity. Instead of steering them towards nourishing foods of our ancestors such as meat, butter and eggs, they are filling children with non-nutritive foods such as processed fruit juices and low-fat meals or extreme diets such as vegan and macrobiotic. This way of eating robs children of the very nutrients they require to grow healthy and strong with broad faces and free of psychological disorders.

As parents, I believe it is our place to honor our children first by giving them the appropriate tools (food) to thrive and second to accept them for who they are. Teaching our children to fear their bodies and fear food will only make their lives more difficult as they grow up. Embracing the right eating habits prior to conception is the best way to ensure that they develop into happy, healthy adults.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.