Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Please Support the Wisconsin Consumer Choice and Wellness Act

Consumer Choice and Wellness Act

As many of you know for the past several years we've been battling the Dietitians attempts to gain monopoly power concerning nutrition. Should they do so Wisconsin residents would lose their rights to choose the practitioner they would like to work with. In addition, thousands of current providers would lose their jobs. So far we have been successful, but they continue to work the Legislators. During this same period of time we have been working on our own freedom of choice bill to protect all alternative health care providers.

The time is now! We have a golden opportunity to get some positive health care Legislation in Wisconsin, since we have several legislators that are willing to champion our cause. We urge you to call, not only your legislator but as many as you can as often as you can, and urge everyone on your list to do the same. We are being heard by the Legislators in Madison, now they WANT to hear from you.


LRB 2331/1

Circulating for Co-sponsorship in Madison

Act Now & Call your lawmakers now and ask they to sign on

Find Your Legislators at Link Below


Reasons to co-sponsor this legislation LRB 2331/1.
LRB-2331 Consumer Choice and Wellness Act

1. Is non-partisan - Those of all political persuasions are affected equally. The Wisconsin Health Freedom Coalition (WIHFC) has a diverse makeup of political liberals and conservatives seeking freedom of choice in health care.

2. Is locally sponsored - Besides numerous Wisconsin individuals, the largest advocate is the Wisconsin Health Freedom Coalition which is comprised of Wisconsin residents, with the assistance of an attorney from Minnesota.

3.Is for the "little guy" - It is not crony-capitalism legislation, with sponsorship from large corporations with vested interests. Supporters are almost exclusively from small and independent businesses and those helped by them.

4. Is non-monopolistic - Instead of seeking to control the whole field of dietetics and nutrition, it seeks to protect those involved in various nutrition related practices and businesses who do not practice in an area requiring licensure.

5.Reduces costs to health care insurance providers because fees are primarily out of pocket.

6. Protects an economical alternative with low costs that are pennies on the dollar compared to conventional medicine.

7. Protects a safe alternative where clients experience virtually no negative side effects when compared to those treated with drugs and other medical procedures.

8. Maintains public access to natural and nutritional healing protocols

9. Provides a platform in which to practice complementary and alternative health services.

10. Provides protection from frivolous charges being brought for giving everyday common sense advice and services that do not harm.

Please urge your lawmaker to consider signing on as a co-sponsor

Video explains reasons for co-sponsorship (First Video, Diane Miller JD Discussing the Details of Our Draft: Advance to 25 minutes ): http://wihfc.com/consumer_choice.html

Thanks again for your time and please call.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Ten Foods to Have in Your Healthy Diet - It's Apple Season!

Every nutrition consultant has their list. So, here is mine. They are in no special order. They are all healthy foods that I recommend you eat on a regular basis, unless you are allergic. These foods emphasize what lacks in many American diets – vegetables and fruit for vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals to fuel our metabolism, and healthy fats that are sources of Omega 3’s and vitamins A, D, and K.

Blueberries are one of the strongest antioxidants according to its ORAC value. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity and is the rating system used to compare the antioxidant power of foods. Oxygen radicals, better known as free radicals, are destructive molecules found naturally in the body that can damage cells and DNA. We need to include sufficient antioxidants in our diet to effectively neutralize them. Blueberries also have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. All berries are great sources of antioxidants. Blueberries freeze well so you can use them year round.

Apples also have lots of antioxidant power and we all know the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples have other benefits. They are a great source of pectin which helps to lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels. And when I talk about apples, I mean the whole fruit. Apple juice is mostly sugar, lacking the fiber you get from the whole fruit. Now is a great time to get local apples – fresh and delicious!

Kale is a leafy green vegetable loaded with Vitamin K, calcium, iron, Vitamins A and C, protein, and fiber. It is best steamed or lightly stir fried. Leafy greens should be a staple in your diet. Others to try are Swiss chard, beet greens, mustard greens, collard greens, and spinach.

Quinoa (keen-wah) is a gluten free whole grain so it is an excellent choice for those who have gluten allergies or are gluten intolerant. It can be made into flour and used in cereals, breads, and pastas. It is loaded with minerals that we need for a healthy metabolism - calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron. And a great source of fiber.

Almonds are a healthy source of good fat, protein, and dietary fiber. They make an excellent snack (please, just a handful). They contain no carbohydrates. The main nutrients are phosphorus, Vitamin E, and magnesium. Other nuts for your short list are walnuts and pecans. And men, don’t forget your pumpkin seeds – a great source of zinc for prostate health.

Wild salmon is the way to get our Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory. Salmon is a great source of protein as well. Avoid farm raised or Atlantic salmon. What makes wild salmon healthy and red in color is what it eats in the wild – krill and shrimp that are loaded with antioxidants. Farm raised salmon is not naturally red, a food dye is added. Other good fish sources include sardines, mackerel, eel, and tuna.

Avocado is a fruit, and one of the few fruits that contains fat. It has oleic acid, better known as Omega 9, which lowers blood levels of triglycerides and cholesterol. It also has Lutein, an antioxidant, which is great for eye health. Avocado is a great source of fiber, potassium, folate, Vitamin A, and beta-carotene.

Kefir is one that you may not have heard of. It is a lacto-fermented dairy product. Think of it as drinkable yogurt. Similar to yogurt it contains beneficial bacteria which aid our digestion. However, it also contains beneficial yeast, which can do battle with Candida. Your best bet is to buy plain versions and add your own fruit. If you have a dairy allergy you can use coconut milk or coconut water kefir.

Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat and the best oil to use when cooking food. It maintains its properties from high heat. Most other oils oxidize from heat, increasing free radicals. Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid. That means it is metabolizes faster and is used for energy by the body, and not stored as fat. It also contains lauric acid which is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, and is known to be good for the thyroid gland.

Butter is also a healthy saturated fat, particularly when it is organic and comes from a grass fed cow. It contains the fat soluble vitamins E, K, and D. It also has CLA (conjugated linolenic acid) that helps fight weight gain and butyric acid which is anti-viral and anti-cancer. For those with an allergy to the dairy protein casein, ghee (clarified butter) is an equally healthy option.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He has offices in Theinsville and Glendale. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (262) 389-9907, e-mail bernie@brwellness.com or go to www.brwellness.com.