This is Not April Fool's - April 2013 Newsletter

This Is Not An April Fool’s

With each monthly newsletter I like to have a central theme.  Earlier this month I was discussing my upcoming nutrition workshop scheduled for late June (at Sangha Yoga in Kalamazoo, MI) with my wonderful host Karina Mirsky. As I explained the outline she said something like, “Can you talk about The China Study or Superfoods or antioxidants?  You know, all that stuff that is in the news and everyone is talking about.”  I usually touch on these topics indirectly, but don’t necessarily feature them.  And, I do get asked frequently about those subjects along with my other favorite the acid alkaline issue.  At that point I was inspired.  I realized I should have articles about those topics.  So I got busy and began to write some articles that I could post on my blog, use as the basis for discussion at the workshop, and share with you over the next several months. 

Back to this month’s theme.  I was going to call it “Questions I’m Frequently Asked.”  But, then I realized I would send this out April 1.  And then it hit me.  These topics are the “April’s Fools” of nutrition.  They sound real good until you delve in a little deeper.  Then you realize you have been tricked and your wallet has been lightened!

It also got me wondering about the actual origins of April’s Fools Day.  Guess what - naturally no one knows for sure.  The Internet research I did came back to the same stories.  This seemed to be the best one: http://www.snopes.com/holidays/aprilfools/origins.asp.

For a full list of my upcoming workshops click here: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2013/03/rosen-wellness-2013-events.html

What Did The China Study Really Study?

One of the most frequent questions I get as a nutrition consultant is, “What do you think of The China Study?”  For those of you unfamiliar with it, this is a book written by T. Colin Campbell, PhD in 2006 which encourages a vegan diet (no animal sourced food) and inspired the recent documentary Forks Over Knives.  The premise of the book and the movie is that all animal foods are dangerous and are the underlying cause of today’s leading killers - heart disease and cancer.  It is further claimed that these can be prevented or even cured by avoiding all animal products and eating a diet consisting of only whole, unprocessed plant foods.

The China Study quickly became the “Bible” of the vegan and vegetarian communities.  It was the undisputed proof that meat was bad and plant-only was good.  While the book contains many well-referenced arguments, upon closer inspection it becomes clear that many of the claims result from selecting and manipulating the data that fits the hypothesis, rather than an unbiased analysis of all the information collected. 


Nutritional Risks for Vegetarians

As I have written before there are many theories about what makes a proper human diet.  And, what makes it more confusing is that you can always find a study to support each theory (such as The China Study).   One of the main arguments is whether or not humans should eat meat.  From my personal experience and that of my clients I believe that we should.  Yet at the same time I believe that a vegan or vegetarian or plant based diet can be very good for someone for a particular period of time.  It can be healing.  

However, there are possible nutrient deficiencies that may occur in some vegetarians from not eating sufficient animal product.  The purpose of this article is to present that information. 


Spring is Here – Time to Cleanse?

Yes, it appears that Spring is finally here!  With that comes Spring cleaning.  This is one of the most popular times to do the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Program.  I know I’ll be doing it later this month beginning April 22.  If you’d like to join me, or get a head start, let me know as I have a special offer - $25 off for a first time cleanse and $15 off for my experienced cleansers!


Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.