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There is Grace in Times of Uncertainty. 

We are living in a time of tremendous change and "overwhelm" -ONLY if we allow the overwhelm to come over us.   Many feel we're headed toward a brave, new frontier, and are now literally creating the tools for navigating this unknown landscape moment to moment. I see this all around us.



We see people of all ages creating change in ways we have never seen before.  Young children raising money for others in need, physicians creating culture change for health and healing (more to come in future blog), many celebrities establishing their own charities and or foundations, or have joined other.  TV shows - like Celebrity Apprentice, are giving back millions.  And we could go on and on.  At a community level in Saratoga, we see fund raising and awareness weekly.  Tomorrow I will be exhibiting at the Autism Awareness Fair at Skidmore College.  For the first time in our area, people will see information on how to resolve autism symptoms simply by moderate diet changes.

Kudos to Dr. Oz for taking the step to present the practice of Functional Medicine on national TV on January 13th, 2012 !  Four physicians whom are pioneers in Functional Medicine were chosen to be on the show.   This is a very progressive practice that  focuses on looking beyond symptoms to treat the actual cause of your condition. 

One of the physicians on the show, Dr. Hyman, is a local MD from the Berkshires whom I have used as a specialist.  Both he and I had many chronic conditions that appeared to all be created by an over abundance of mercury in the body. I have essentially resolved more than 10 chronic health conditions, all directly related to mercury toxicity.  

It will support people with obesity to receive nutrition counseling from qualified professionals.

In a recent decision memorandum by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity (CAG-00423N), CMS determined that potentially lifesaving and risk reducing preventive services for Obesity could only be furnished by primary care providers in the primary care setting (i.e. MDs, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians' Assistants). Interesting that all these practitioners are also part of the care team for surgical /obesity patients or patients treated with pharmaceuticals.  None of them qualify as nutrition experts.   

I recently received an interesting e-mail from my "Aunt Rosemary." It is something I thought you would enjoy reading.  It speaks of friends, and I will add family, as our    "Vitamin F. " It resonated so much with me. 

I am grateful for the variety of friends i have that come from all walks of life in their work,  education,  economical backgrounds, and locations where they live their life around the globe.  I have met and remains friends with people known internationally, nationally to those known and not known locally.  We are all fortunate to have the capacity to be open to these connections that enrich our lives, touch our hearts and help us know more about our souls and where we fit in this world.

On this blog, I especially want to thank you, my blog friends, many of whom i do not know,  for continually following my writing, and contributing to the success of the blog.  This month the numbers were over 1,500 visits, and over 3,000 pages reviewed. ( I always plan to send out a weekly blog.  Sometimes it is a little later than that :)

Here is a copy of the e-mail, with a few minor personal changes:)
Plus  Additional info on deciphering if your "Nutritionist" is credible. 


The American Dietetic Association (ADA), the worlds' largest and oldest organizations for food and nutrition professionals with more than 72,000 members, has made a progressive shift in creating a new name.   

This is part one of a two part article. Both were blogged on the same day.

The Function of Farming Determines the Function of You

The Farm -to-Fork ("Farm-to") movement is one of many programs, which is evidence of a paradigm shift in how we think, grow, purchase and use food.
Sprouted from the desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve the health of our land and ourselve's, the sustainable farm movement is amongst the fastest growing business in the world.

Healthy Food access, by all accounts, by now should be viewed as a foundational birthright. So why are so many of us still without access to it ? Because there isn't enough local, sustainable farms to serve us. If you purchase organic foods from your local supermarket, you purchase foods with little nutritional value. These foods are picked way before the ripened state; the state of highest nutritional value. SO they are pretty "dead" in terms of nutritional life. You are also supporting the area where it came from - thousands of miles away, not your local area. In essence, you're really not getting anything for the purchase of it.


Indian diets are high in vegetables, low in animal proteins and have very little to no additives, and/or processed foods. Indian spices add a variety of exotic tastes and experiences in each dish. The spice mixes included the 5 main tastes of sweet, sour, hot, salty, and bitter. The best places to purchase spices are in special Indian or Asian grocery stores.


I recently was under the care of a dentist who describes his practice as a "holistic" practice. The foundation of a holistic practice is to be truly interested in the care of your patients. My experience turned out to be anything but.

FREE Initial Nutritional Counseling Session - with a local Registered Dietitian - offered by Hershey and American Dietetic Association ADA. 

Did you know that New York State has more mineral springs than any other state in the Union .... that the first Natural Health Food Store was in NY state ? The first health "clinic" was formed in New York State. The first department of "Chaplain and Spiritual Care Services" was in Clifton Springs, New York. The practice of Naturopathy started in New York. Dr. Simon Baruch, MD - father of hydrotherapy, was a NY City based physician in 1881 and started his studies with our springs here in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Mary Beth McCue Saratoga Nutrition ConsultantMary Beth McCue RD, LDN, CDN - Integrative Nutrition Consultant

Rebalance your mind, body and soul with tools and advice from nutritionist Mary Beth McCue. For more than 20 years, Mary Beth has helped many optimize their health and resolve unique chronic health conditions relating to weight, digestion, food intolerances, energy & metabolism, depression, inflammation, aging and more. She has initiated a variety of first time programming in corporate, community, collegiate, National Spa & Retreat Centers, Rehabilitation Farms and Organic Farms, and more. Mary Beth was appointed by the CEO of a large Health Care Organization to initiate an Integrative Health Model. This programming successfully continues today.

Nominated as "Dietitian of the Year" while working for the largest employer of Dietitians in the world, Mary Beth McCue is a Licensed and Certified Nutritionist who specializes in Integrative and Functional Medicine Concepts. She is amongst a very small percentage of nutritionists in this field whom have dedicated their professional education and training with organizations such as Harvard Medical School, The Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and the American College of Sports Medicine. Mary Beth is an avid hiker, biker, and skier. Strength training, yoga and her black lab help keep a check on the daily balances. Learn more at www.SaratogaNutrition.com.