Let's talk about why "New Year Resolutions" don't work...
Myth: Hitting the gym for a solid hour of intense workouts is all one needs to be physically healthy.
Myth: Hitting the gym for a solid hour of intense workouts is all one needs to be physically healthy. Let's be real here our bodies are designed to be moving pretty regularly...
According to Dieticians of Canada “There is no single food, supplement or natural health product that will prevent, treat or cure COVID-19”. Is this really true, is that what science is showing us this far along into the pandemic?
Database of all vitamin D COVID-19 studies https://c19vitamind.com/
Database of all vitamin C COVID-19 studies https://c19vitaminc.com/
Database of all Zinc Covid-19 studies https://c19zinc.com/
Prevention & Early Outpatient Treatment Protocol for Covid-19 https://covid19criticalcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/FLCCC-Alliance-I-MASKplus-Protocol-ENGLISH.pdf
Hospital Treatment for Covid-19 https://covid19criticalcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/FLCCC-Alliance-MATHplus-Protocol-ENGLISH.pdf
Management Protocol for Long Haul Covid-19 Syndrom https://covid19criticalcare.com/covid-19-protocols/i-recover-protocol/
From unrealistic goals to the health sabotaging narratives stemming from the Body Love movement, it's time to debunk so body image myths.
When it comes to mental health, addressing all influencing factors is essential in treatment plans, watch the video to find out more.
There is a lot going on in the wellness world, great concepts and evolutions but sadly there are trends in the wellness industry that are overused, misunderstood, and abused.
Loving your body! You can be beautiful, sexy, AWESOME at any size. Body shaming in the wellness industry is wrong! I have seen healthy bodies and unhealthy bodies in all shapes and sizes. However we cannot take this to the point where we ignore the real health risks of having not enough body fat or too much body fat, it contributes to inflammation, hormone imbalances, and much more, this loving your body movement can be taken too far when we ignore health risks.
"Everything in moderation and eat what you love." This message is coming from a genuine place, dieting does not work, and we want to get that message out, but this message can be taken too far or used to justify unhealthy eating patterns. As a Nutritionist, I know what my definition of moderation is, and it varies on the food item as well as the health and lifestyle status of my client. The problem here is we all have a different perspective of what moderation is and this can lead to a lot of issues. Read my article here for a little more on the moderation topic. Eating what you love, well if you told me that when I was in my early to mid-’20s it would have been the typical North American diet full of processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats. How is that promoting wellness? We know the leading cause of most diseases is dietary, this is just poor advice all around.
Nutritional needs are individualized: Yes, we are all individuals and have different needs, tolerances, and so much more, yet there are still universal nutrition foundations that apply to ALL humans (for example free-sugars have no benefit to all of us not just some of us, and we need to eat in a way that supports a healthy gut-biome...). In my professional and personal experience when people say this to me, they are usually using this as an excuse or argument to avoid making the necessary changes they need to make or to justify fad diets (because it’s working for me…. Until it doesn’t). Most individuals assume if something is not working, they will experience symptoms, however, a lot of damage can occur without indication and are often not discovered until testing is done or it’s too late (disease can be a silent killer). Worse is when one does not want to accept the fact that what they are eating has already contributed to their ill health and instead the individual blames genetics (less than 2% of diseases are genetic) or something else.
Wellness professionals and scope of practice. It is common to hear personal trainers, media professionals/reporters, and other health or wellness professionals giving advice that is not part of their scope of practice or advice that goes beyond their generalized education, such as nutrition advice, prescribing/recommending supplements, or even giving advice on the use of botanical remedies including essential oils. As a nutritionist who has a background in sports and fitness nutrition, I was educated in physical activity and movement sciences but it was “generalized education” meaning I was literate enough to educate my clients on how important movement is to their bodies and so on, this education did not qualify me to be a personal trainer. Generalized education is used to help one educate clients/patients about another aspect that may help them attain their goals if they are on board then a referral should be made to a qualified practitioner/professional who specializes in that modality to help them.
MLM/Direct Sales in the wellness industry: If you are a professional in the wellness industry whether you are a health practitioner, personal trainer, or yoga instructor and you have brought any MLM/direct sales products into your establishment or to your clients, please reconsider. As a Nutritionist, I can tell you I have yet to see a supplements by any of these companies that are properly formulated. As a Herbalist, I can tell you the essential oils out on the market are way overpriced, the guerilla marketing, and advice being pushed is downright unethical and people have been harmed. Don’t even get me started on their lack of transparency, despite saying they are transparent they give you the run around when you ask for legit information that any responsible health professional would require before recommending a product. MLM/Direct Sales “business'” often contributes to the blurred scope of practice advice I was mentioning above. Sales representatives should not be confused for actual Complementary Alternative Health Practitioner, check credentials before taking or following through with the advice, sales reps are trained to sell products not formally consult and prescribe. If I did not convince you to proceed with caution maybe this will help!
The wellness industry is very important for a society that faces unique health challenges, and therefore it’s important we use messaging that cannot be misinterpreted and stay professional.
Dana Clark CNHP, CHC, CHN, CLE
👉“The prevailing popular nutrition advice online may increase consumer confusion, skepticism and even avoidance of dietary advice.” - This quote is from a study in the Online Journal of Public Health Informatics. The study reviewed where individuals were getting most of their nutrition advice from and the possible dangers it could pose, it showed social media was a big source. Are you guilty of seeking nutrition advice online? Do you check the credentials of the individual giving said advice? Is nutrition part of their scope of practice (you would be surprised at how many professionals speak out of their scope of practice when it comes to this topic)? Although Nutritional Sciences are advancing and have come a long way, the confusion and appearance of drastic changes in nutritional advice are mostly happening thanks to the media and the online community jumping on poor quality/biased scientific literature, cherry-picking studies to suit an agenda/view, misinterpreting the studies, creating hype for various reasons, and a list of logical fallacies... Unfortunately, this irresponsible reporting and actions have negative consequences with individuals possible harming themselves or giving up on nutritional science. This is why working with a Nutritionist is very important as well as turning off the radio, ignoring the next meme, or online article that talks about nutrition/diet/food circulating in your newsfeed are the best thing you can do for your health and stress level🧘♀️.
👉If you are tired of being confused then I can help you with my background as a Nutritionist & Natural Health Practitioner.
Dana Clark CNHP CHC CHN CLE
One of the things I do during a medical history when seeing a new client is review the current supplements they are on if any. I check to make sure they are in fact merited, there are no contraindications, and finally the quality. In most cases the quality of the supplements is not the best, there seems to be a misleading belief that all supplements on the market are made equally but the opposite is true. How does the average person know they are making the right choice when purchasing vitamins here are some red flags that you may be purchasing poor quality vitamins or “Expensive pee”.
As a Health Practitioner I don’t condone the trend to self prescribe supplements, it is always advisable to seek the guidance of a qualified practitioner a before taking any medicine, natural or pharmaceutical. Avoid seeking advice from those who sell products or your friends despite their good intent. You want to be sure you are not causing yourself or your family harm or wasting money on poor quality or unnecessary supplements.
Dana Clark, CNHP, CHC, CHN, CLE
Question: I know you are holding a detox and I am on the fence, do we really need to detox doesn't our bodies do that naturally?
Question: My 11-year-old son often gets a headache with a stiff neck. Any advice to help ease the symptoms when that happens? Or any ideas of why it is a reoccurring issue?
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