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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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Confused about the latest controversy with vitamins? All is not as the headlines say.


thumbs_up_downMark Hyman, MD, a leading clinician of Functional Medicine and renowned educator, cautions us that “The recent media hype around vitamins is a classic case of drawing the wrong conclusions from good science. “ He explains several flaws with the recent study:

Hormone replacement was not taken into consideration. Women in the study who also took hormone replacement therapy were more at risk already for increased rates of cancer and heart disease and strokes (remember the Women’s Health Initiative study that clearly linked hormone replacement therapy to these.) 

Iron should not be given to older women. Older women should never take iron unless they have anemia. Iron is a known oxidant and excess iron causes oxidative stress and can lead to cardiovascular disease and more

Patient background was ignored. In this observational study (watching behavior and its effects, not intervening with specific therapies) it was not known why people started supplements; perhaps these older women started taking the vitamins because they were already at risk with heart disease or cancers or other chronic illness

The population was not representative. The study looked only at older white women – clearly not representative of the whole population. This makes it impossible to generalize the conclusions

Forms and quality of vitamins were not identified. There was no accounting for the quality or forms or dosages of the vitamins used.  Taking vitamins that have biologically inactive or potentially toxic forms of nutrients may limit any benefit observed


A realistic comparison between vitamins and other medications as cause of death was not made. 0ver 100,000 people die every year from properly prescribed medication in hospitals. These are not mistakes, but drugs taken as recommended.  The study does not show the medication effect in the women who died

This recent observational study confuses, not clarifies.  Dr. Hyman urges “Please, be smart, don’t stop taking your vitamins.  Every American needs a good quality multivitamin, vitamin D and omega-3 fat supplement. It is part of getting a metabolic tune up.

Learn more about this controversy here. . .

Myths About Osteoporosis! Is it a normal aging process? No! What? Let’s look more closely:



Susan Brown, PhD, a bone health nutritionist and educator, explains myths surrounding osteoporosis.  We’ll look at the most common ones here and you can read further to protect yourself.

Myth #1: Osteoporosis is a function of aging

“Most individuals do lose bone mass as they age. But simply losing bone does not equal osteoporosis. The remaining bone of a healthy aging woman is strong and capable of constant self-repair. This bone, though lower in mass, should be able to withstand the stresses and strains of daily activity.

In osteoporosis, bone loss goes beyond that of normal aging. It is a condition in which bone becomes excessively fragile due to a loss of both mineral and protein matrix. . . when the body attempts to compensate for factors interfering with its normal biochemical balance. Some of these factors include poor nutrition, lack of sunlight exposure and low vitamin D levels, high caffeine intake, lack of exercise, inflammation, an acid-forming diet, the use of various prescription medications, and chronic stress.

Myth #2: Osteoporosis is caused by low calcium intake

Living mature bone is about 60 percent calcium compounds and about 40 percent collagen (a fibrous protein). Notice that the calcium is in combination with many other minerals and needs specific co-actors to be healthy.  These include magnesium (malate form), Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, zinc, copper, manganese, boron, potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and strontium.   Calcium alone is not the answer.

Myth #3: Once bone loss occurs, it is impossible to rebuild bone.

Bone is dynamic, living tissue that constantly repairs itself. Similar to the cells of our skin, bits of old, worn-out bone are replaced by fresh new bone regularly. Tiny microfractures occur daily and are healed through a several-week process of bone repair. When full fractures occur, our bones spontaneously heal and generate new bone. Equally, we have a capacity to rebuild lost bone mass.  Bone can be rebuilt with the normalization of proper nutrition and supplementation plus regular physical activity.

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Iodine is back in the news! What is in your salt shaker is not enough! So why do most people need more? Breast, prostate and thyroid health to begin…


saltReverse fibrocystic breast disease?  Many research studies have demonstrated that proper levels of iodine can effectively reverse this condition.

Iodine is critical to human health. It forms the basis of thyroid hormones and plays many other roles in your body: in the salivary glands, brain, cerebrospinal fluid, gastric mucosa, breasts, ovaries and a part of the eye also concentrate iodine. In the brain, iodine is found where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced, and in the area associated with Parkinson’s disease.

David Brownstein, MD, a national leader in iodine research, has tested over 4,000 patients in his clinic. His findings have been shocking — 96.5% tested low for this critical substance.


Perhaps you've never heard of bromine. In the 1980's, bromine replaced iodine in the baking industry. Bakers used to use iodine to condition their dough, but in replacing it with bromine, put the nation at risk of low iodine levels and all the conditions associated with that. Even worse, bromine interferes with the utilization of what iodine we do have in our bodies.

Additionally, due to poor farming techniques, deficiencies of iodine and other minerals in the soil have increased. Obviously, crops grown in iodine-deficient soil will be deficient in iodine.

Iodized salt is a poor source of the compound iodide, because it is not very bio-available for the body.

A simple urine test…   Ask your physician to do an iodine challenge urine test to see if you are low in iodine.  If you are, it is a simple – and inexpensive – fix.

Iodine contains many cancer-fighting and cancer-preventing properties. For one thing, iodine has been shown to cause apoptosis (or cell death) in breast and thyroid cancer cells. Plus, iodine functions as both a strong antioxidant as well as an oxidant in the body. This dual effect makes it a strong anticancer agent.

Iodized salt is a poor source of the compound iodide, because it is not very bio-available for the body. 


Additionally, due to poor farming techniques, deficiencies of iodine and other minerals in the soil have increased. Obviously, crops grown in iodine-deficient soil will be deficient in iodine.

And iodine deficiency is not only due to inadequate intake.

It's also due to the toxic substances we're exposed to on a daily basis, including compounds such as bromine, fluoride and chlorine. These toxic halogen compounds that have wormed their way into our bodies force iodine to compete for limited binding sites to work its magic.

Perhaps you've never heard of bromine. In the 1980's, bromine replaced iodine in the baking industry. Bakers used to use iodine to condition their dough. But in a flash of poor reasoning, the industry began to question the safety of using iodine in bakery products. So they went with bromine instead. This meant less iodine in our diets.

Even worse, bromine interferes with iodine utilization in the thyroid and other areas iodine concentrates in the body. Plus, it's a known carcinogen.

Learn more here. . .

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