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Institutional food sucks! Guest Heretic, Chef Alison Negrin Brings Healthy Food To Healthcare

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Chef Alison Negrin on the Nutrition Heretic podcast talking about institutional food

Chef Alison Negrin on the Nutrition Heretic podcast talking about institutional food

Our guest heretic today is the hardest working woman in nutrition, Chef Alison Negrin a Consulting Chef, Culinary Instructor, Sustainable Food Consultant, and an advocate for Farm to Institution programs. In today's show,  Chef Alison talks about how she became involved in improving institutional food, the challenges involved, as well as the successes and future of nutritious and sustainable hospital menus.

Alison graduated from UC Berkeley with a BFA in fine arts, California Culinary Academy as a professional chef, and the Bauman Institute of Holistic Nutrition with a certificate in nutrition consulting. She is a lifelong learner and has finished various certificate programs to include Cornell University and the Culinary Institute to increase knowledge of nutritional healing. Alison has served on the board of directors for the non-profit organization, Wellness City Challenge for 5 years. The organization works to mobilize community resources to educate communities around health and nutrition.

You can connect with Chef Alison through her website, Chef Alison Negrin & Associates,Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Highlights from today's episode on bringing healthy food to healthcare:

08:12 ~ Chef Alison's aha moment when she knew that something needed to be done to bring real food to healthcare settings.

14:36 ~ Joining forces with Healthcare Without Harm.

19:09 ~ Leveraging cost with sustainable farming methods while working with large food vendors on contract.

23:24 ~ Challenges for finding and retaining hospital chefs, and an innovative solution.

43:16 ~ The changing roles of doctors and hospital leadership in improving hospital nutrition.

49:05 ~ Chef Alison's consultancy services.

53:35 ~ The surprising reason many chefs leave restaurants for hospitals.

Chef Alison Negrin bring healthy food to healthcare on the Nutrition Heretic podcast with Adrienne Hew

Chef Alison Negrin bring healthy food to healthcare on the Nutrition Heretic podcast with Adrienne Hew

Is Aspartame Safe for You? Side Effects of Aspartame

Is Aspartame Safe for You? Side Effects of Aspartame

Is Aspartame Safe for You? Side Effects of Aspartame

For a long time, authorities have known the health risks associated with and side effects of aspartame. In fact, the FDA refused approval of this toxic substance for 16 years after its accidental discovery (it was originally a peptic ulcer drug) due to compelling evidence of its role in brain tumors and several other health disorders.

Interestingly enough, shortly after current Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, became CEO of G.D. Searle Company and the day after Ronald Reagan took office, FDA commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes approved aspartame over objections by the FDA Board of Public Inquiry. Hayes was appointed to the post by the Reagan Administration. Shortly after its approval, he went to work for Monsanto subsidiary NutraSweet on a 10-year contract for $1000 per day.

Today, 75% of food additive-related health complaints to the FDA are concerning aspartame. At one point, the NIH estimated about 170 side effects associated with it. Currently the FDA only recognizes 92 side effects of aspartame.

Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:

Eye

  • blindness in one or both eyes

  • decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision

  • decreased night vision

  • pain in one or both eyes

  • decreased tears

  • trouble with contact lenses

  • bulging eyes

Ear

  • tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound

  • severe intolerance of noise

  • marked hearing impairment

Neurologic

  • epileptic seizures

  • headaches and migraines

  • dizziness/unsteadiness

  • confusion and memory loss

  • severe drowsiness and sleepiness

  • paresthesia or numbness of the limbs

  • severe slurring of speech

  • severe hyperactivity and restless legs

  • atypical facial pain

  • severe tremors

Psychological/Psychiatric

  • severe depression

  • irritability

  • aggression

  • anxiety

  • personality changes

  • insomnia

  • phobias

Chest

  • palpitations,

  • tachycardia

  • shortness of breath

  • recent high blood pressure

Gastrointestinal

  • nausea

  • diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools

  • abdominal pain

  • pain when swallowing

Skin and Allergies

  • itching without a rash

  • lip and mouth reactions

  • hives

  • aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

Endocrine and Metabolic

  • loss of control of diabetes

  • menstrual changes

  • marked thinning or loss of hair

  • marked weight loss

  • gradual weight gain

  • aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

  • severe PMS

Other side effects of aspartame

  • frequency of voiding and burning during urination

  • excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating

  • increased susceptibility to infection

Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all?, death

  • irreversible brain damage

  • birth defects, including mental retardation

  • peptic ulcers

  • aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets

  • hyperactivity in children

  • severe depression

  • aggressive behavior

  • suicidal tendencies

Additional side effects of aspartame, which may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Epstein-Barr

  • Post-Polio Syndrome

  • Lyme Disease

  • Grave’s Disease

  • Meniere’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • ALS

  • Epilepsy

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

  • EMS

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Lupus

  • non-Hodgkins?Lymphoma

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Now that you’ve read the dangers of aspartame, I hope you have resolved to eliminate it from your diet once and for all. Be patient because aspartame just happens to be highly addictive as well.

When ending your love affair with aspartame, switching to another artificial chemical compound such as saccharin or Splenda,® is not a good idea. Highly refined sweeteners like agave syrup, corn syrup, white sugar (including organic sugars like Florida Crystals) or fruit juice concentrate are not the answer either.

So what are some healthy foods to eat instead of aspartame and these other synthetic sweeteners? One excellent choice is stevia, which comes from the dried leaves of the South American plant of the same name.  It has been used for centuries without ill effects and does not cause blood sugar to spike.

If tolerated or not contraindicated by your health regimen, small amounts of whole food sweeteners like raw honey, real maple syrup, Rapadura and molasses may be occasionally used.


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.

One Major Cause of Infertility Your Doctor Doesn't Know About

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There are many reasons why women and men today suffer from infertility. Unfortunately, when people seek the cause of infertility from their doctors, they are told that diet has nothing to do with it. Instead they are often given options that entail dangerous drugs and artificial manipulation of their hormones.

If you’ve been reading this blog, then you realize that our modern diet has a lot to do with the current infertility epidemic. The way we eat has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. But it’s not only whether or not we eat meat, fat or vegetables that contributes to the epidemic. And the problem goes even farther than eating junk food. In fact, what I’m about to tell you will demonstrate how we often harm our fertility by making what we believe to be eating a healthy diet.

So what healthy foods cause infertility? You may not recognize them as healthy foods when I tell you what they are because you aren’t told to look at them that way as a group, but you’ll see what I’m talking about when I break it down.

In a word, GMOs are a major cause of infertility. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are patented seeds developed by chemical companies such as Monsanto to resist anything from drought to the most potent herbicides. Part of the profile of many of these seeds is that they cannot reproduce. Furthermore, in animal studies, they have found that upwards of 20% of all animals studied were infertile. Infant mortality was increased five times in second generation animals and by the third generation, many animals were sterile!

Since humans have a longer lifespan we haven’t seen the sterility yet, but we are seeing an increase in infant mortality in the US — even though we haven’t gotten into the second generation of people eating these GMOs.

So where can you find this cause of infertility? The major GMO crops are soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed as over 80% of these crops grown now are genetically modified. The percentage is rapidly approaching 90% as it is a well-known fact that these crops cross-breed with conventional crops.

But it doesn’t stop there, now crops such as Hawaiian papaya, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and crookneck squash are also being grown as GMO. Like their other GMO cousins, these crops are also a known cause of infertility in animals and so, in humans as well.

So if you do nothing else for your fertility, make sure you avoid these foods. You are not paranoid to question GMO safety in light of all the deleterious effects they are known to cause. Note that soy, corn and cottonseed are often used as feed for animals, so be sure that your source of meat, eggs and dairy is also free of these harmful substances.


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.