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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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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. . .

GMO food – what is the controversy really about? Are genetically modified foods harmful to our health?

gen_mod_tomato The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. Animal studies indicate the potential for significant health damage from genetically modified foods, such as:
  • Organ damage – liver, kidney, spleen and GI tract especially
  • Accelerated aging
  • Infertility
  • Increasing levels of food allergies
  • Skin damage


What does genetically modified really mean?  Genetic fragments of DNA from one organism are inserted into the DNA of another organism, usually from a different species.  This is done to make the plant resistant to herbicides and pesticides so these chemicals can be freely sprayed on weeds to boost the crop production.  The immune system recognizes the altered genetic material as “foreign” and sets up an allergic response to it.  This can trigger inflammatory changes in many organ systems, leading to chronic conditions such as mentioned above.

top_ten_genetically_modified_foods What crops are affected?  Soybeans, corn, sugar beets (now allowed legally to be called “sugar” and put into foods), cotton, wheat, milk and dairy products from cows injected with growth hormones. 

What is the response?  GMO foods have been outlawed in most European countries as well as Australia and New Zealand.  Japan and Korea have outlawed the importation of genetically modified wheat.  There is a major effort in the US to require labeling of GMO foods so people have a choice.

Best way to protect ourselves?  Buy organic dairy and wheat products, decrease the use of processed/canned/packaged foods, and learn more here. . .

Click here for a GMO Shopping Guide


Use it or lose it! 32% reduced risk of dementia if you keep your brain very active! 48% greater risk if you do not. Wait! There is more. . .


active-brainA study published in the journal Neurology, described in HealthDay, explains the amazing finding that “one-third of people die in old age with little or no signs of problems with thinking, learning or memory, yet when brain autopsies are done, they actually have clear evidence of Alzheimer's disease” -Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D., professor, neurological sciences and behavioral sciences, Rush University Medical Center)"They [technically] have the disease, but it's not expressed clinically.”

brainHow does doing intellectually challenging activities save your brain function?  Professor Wilson explains “The brain tries to constantly adapt to the challenges it's asked to do. [It] is experience dependent.  Activities that are sustained are going to impact its structure and function. And cognitive circuits that are elaborately structured and functioning very well are able to adapt when the inevitable onslaught of aging occurs."

So how can we do this? Start quilting, tying flies, going birding. Learn Morse code or Italian!  There are thousands of interesting hobbies to develop that engage your brain in learning activities – that include a combination of challenges and the need to focus and concentrate. READ!  Read every day.  Learn something new every day.  Crosswords or Sudoku are okay, but not enough.

And move…daily physical activity is a critical factor as well.

Here’s to saving our brains.  Read on. . .


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