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“In a year’s time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family, my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful” — Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA

“The way of the future of absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA

“The forethought, experience, openness, philosophy and preparation provides all the tools, thought process, and confidence to begin and succeed as an iRNPA.” — Leta Gill, RN, iRNPA

“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA!  If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you!  Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long

“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course!  It is truly intensive but so worth it!  I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can.  All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” —  Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor,


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An apple a day… Remember that? Well, an apple a day can keep the heart doctor away. What?



apple-heart-healthDr. Robert DiSilvestro of the Ohio State University reports on a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods that  in research with healthy, middle-aged adults, consumption of one apple a day for four weeks lowered by 40 percent blood levels of a substance linked to hardening of the arteries. 

ldl-cholesterol-down-arrowApples lower blood levels of the “bad” cholesterol which plays a central role in inflammation and damage to the lining of our arteries which leads to “hardening of the arteries” also known as atherosclerosis.

Dr. DiSilvestro, lead researcher in the study and professor of human nutrition,  explains that “We got a tremendous effect against LDL being oxidized with just one apple a day for four weeks.

How does this work? Apples have antioxidants in them called polyphenols.  They scavenge or neutralize free radicals – those particles that cause so much damage through inflammation and creating the effect that causes “ldl” to lead to atherosclerosis.

A report published in Life Extension Magazine, drawing upon dozens of research studies explains:

  • Polyphenols derived from apples have powerful effects on preventing and even reversing the effects of oxidation, inflammation
  • Apple skins contain a unique polyphenol, phloridzin, that has powerful, multi-targeted effects that can help to reduce the damage caused by high blood sugar
  • These effects produce measurable results in preventing chronic, age-related conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood sugar, and even serious infections. 

One more thingeat organic apples only!  Apples that are not organic have high levels of pesticides.

Want to learn more while you’re slicing up that apple?






Do you need Vitamin B12? Just how helpful is this vitamin and what does it do?




The amazing role of B12:

• Reduces homocysteine which in turn reduces cardiac risk

• Plays an important role in the production of energy from fats and proteins

• Supports in the production of red blood cells and the oxygen carrying ability of red blood cells

• Maintains healthy nerve cells

• Helps in the production of DNA and RNA – your body’s genetic material (still produced all the time we are alive as cells need to replace themselves)

• Supports healthy immune functioning

• Plays a role in maintaining a healthy mood

• May reduce the risk of breast cancer (with folate)

• Increases sperm counts

vitamin-b12-benefits1So who might need to supplement with B12?

•  Vegans, vegetarians who also don't eat dairy or eggs -- vitamin B12 is found only in animal products

• People with low stomach acid or problems absorbing nutrients due to conditions such as inflammatory bowel conditions (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), pancreatic disease, people who have had weight loss surgery

• People with an infection of h. pylori in the stomach lining

• Those with HIV

• The elderly

• People with nervous system disorders

What kind is best to take?  There are 3 main forms: cyanocobalamin, hydroxycobalamin, and methylcobalamin.  Methylcobalamin is most easily absorbed and used.

b12_foodsWhat foods are rich in B12?  

• Clams, oysters and mussels, octopus, crab and lobster

• Wild salmon, tuna, caviar, mackerel, herring, sardines, trout

• Organic liver

• Beef

• Eggs

• Lamb

• Cheese

Want to learn more?

Do you really need a multivitamin? The American Medical Association announced in 2002 that all adults should take a multivitamin to prevent chronic illness.


multivitaminDr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Oz also recommend taking a good multivitamin each day.  This, along with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, will help to maintain you optimal level of health.  Your diet should include at least 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruits each day – preferably fresh ones.  If not fresh, work with frozen rather than canned (lower in nutrients).

What if you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables already?  Isn’t that enough? 
Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows.  Research from the Kushi Institute reveals that from 1975 to 1997 there were significant drops such as:

  • calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27%
  • iron levels down 37 %
  • vitamin A levels reduced by 21%
  • vitamin C levels down by 30%


Consider this: A woman in 1951 would have gotten the RDA (Required Daily Allowance) for Vitamin A from 2 peaches.  Today?  She would need to eat 53 to equal this!

A study led by Donald R. Davis, PhD, at the University of Texas in Austin, demonstrated that farming for a higher yield per acre almost always resulted in lower nutrient levels in the fruits and vegetables – vitamin, mineral and protein levels reduced from 5-40%.

What can we do?  Eating organic produce helps; soil is routinely supplemented at a higher level than in industrial farms. Studies indicate, for example, that organically raised tomatoes high significantly higher levels of lycopene and Vitamin C. 

Take a good multivitamin.  Good vitamins cost more than inferior ones so beware of the low discount brands.  Plant based multivitamins are more readily absorbed than synthetic-based vitamins, though they may cost more.

We will investigate how to pick the best multivitamin for you and your family in an upcoming article.

As always, read on to learn more. . .

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