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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.   

The Marylebone farmers' market in London, Unit...


              Happy belated National Food Day - which was October 24, 2011.  (more info @ foodday.org) The purpose of this day was to promote the use of "healthy, affordable whole food produced in a sustainable, humane way."  This is also the foundation of my work as a dietitian working in integrative and functional medicine, before I discuss with a client individual diet and potential supplementation advise.  In general, it should be the daily food guide for everyone, everyday.  

     "Eat whole sustainable local foods as much as possible."  This can be an easy mental guide for people to follow when they are trying to make a healthy food decision. 

     

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  •       Those who notice the real beauty surrounding them.  Look at your animals, your flowers, the trees in the forest, the color in the sky, the great people in your life.  They are all there for a reason.  Do you know why ?

                                             


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    Like many of my clients at the end of a work-day, last night I was too tired to cook, but wanted something nourishing for dinner.  I prepared a Indian Dinner in about 20 minutes that was GREAT and very satisfying!

 

                                           



It's a great time of year to "develop a better relationship with Food".  To seek fresh, local and sustainable foods such as produce and meats at the farmers markets, your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm or local natural foods store.  If you have not made the change to local or regional foods, make a goal to shop at one of these venues in the next 7 days and change your life forever.  You will feel better, have more energy and start to create the foundation to vital health.

My last blog included a call to the community to support expanding Sustainable Farming. This was actually an article I put out in the last issue of Ecolocal Living. I asked my readers to connect with a local farmer whom is active in this issue, or myself, if they had ideas to help this process. Within a week of the article, I received a phone call from a farmer with a very large gift.

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.

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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.