Foundations of Health FAQs
- What foods will I need to give up?
SFHS’ nutrition therapy works by supporting the existing health-enhancing practices already in your life and increasing your awareness of other healthy food choices instead of a model of strict compliance with a narrow range of options.
- I am a vegetarian/vegan/raw foodist/gluten-free/macrobiotic/meat-eater/fish eater/dairy eater. Are you going to tell me I need to change?
- We at SFHS seek to support you from where you are at. We are not interested in trying to change your adherence to a particular food system, or other practices unless there is an eminent danger in it. We may introduce you to new concepts and practices that can increase and support your wellness, but the acceptance and inclusion of these options into your life is your choice and responsibility.
- Will I have to take supplements?
With the poor quality of topsoil that today’s food is grown in and the low density (nutrient to calorie ratio) of most readily available foods, it is a good idea for most people to add a good multi-vitamin to their health routines.
- I cannot afford to buy organic foods. Can I be healthy without buying organic?
Slowly incorporate more organic foods as they will enhance the vitamin and mineral content. It is also best for the environment to not use herbicides, fertilizers or pesticides which deplete our soil. Water and air. Better yet, start a small garden.
- I don’t have time to cook. Can I still have a healthy diet and eat out most of the time?
Yes, but you lose control over the ingredients and potentially reactive foods. There are more fresh clean local restaurants that support local farmers, and foods in season, organic and minimally altered.
- I don’t think I could ever give up desserts/dairy/cheese/eggs/fish/ice cream/coffee/glass of red wine/chocolate/meat/bread/beer. Are you going to tell me I need to do that?
I will identify which foods may be causing you the most harm and request that you eliminate for two weeks with a greater awareness of how you feel.
- I eat all the right foods, but I still have health issues. Why am I having these problems?
You may be reacting to specific foods in an inflammatory way and not notice it. We do testing that assesses inflammatory chemicals the body produces in reaction to certain foods.
- I eat better than everyone around me, but am still having health problems? What am I doing wrong?
Each of our needs are different. You may not be assimilating your foods..
- Diets have never worked for me in the past. What diet are you going to put me on?
"Diets" don't work. Food choices are not a "religion" that are about balance, awareness and mindful eating.
- I’ve had a weight issue since I was young. Is there a chance that I might have a genetic predisposition or tendency for being heavy, and I need to resign myself to the inevitable?
There are many reasons for inability to loose weight. Cultural, gender, hormonal, emotional, substituting food for lack of self love. Accessibility to non-processed foods, healthy foods. Being a certain weight is not the issue, it is your body composition. If you have an appropriate lean boy mass to fat ration you are at the correct weight.
- All my family has a high cholesterol/blood pressure, etc. Am I destined to have this same problem?
No, genes are not "set in stone". The science of epigenetics has shown that our genes expression can be changed through diet and lifestyle choices.
- My conventional doctor has me on medications. Will I have to stop taking them?
No, not in the beginning. If it is helping your symptoms with no significant side-effects I recommend continuing while we address the underlying cause of your illness. Ideally, I'd like to slowly discontinue (with the agreement of you and your prescribing doctor) synthetic pharmaceuticals substituting natural medicine and addressing diet and lifestyle issues.
- I have a disease, but my family doctor told me I don’t have to change the way I eat. Will you want me to change the way I eat?
May be. First its important to assess your food philosophy and choices. Then I look at balance (protein, vegetables, fruits and healthy oils). often food cravings are due to deprivation and food choice imbalances. It is important to focus on foods that give you pleasure and enhance your well-being.
- I hate to exercise. I can give up the harmful foods, but I never seem to be able to stick to an exercise program more than a short time. Are some people not designed to be active?
No. All of us are designed to move. In Chinese MEdical Philosophy lack of movement creates stagnation of blood and energy. It is important to combine what ever it is you might enjoy in movement, dance, walking with a friend, yoga, cycling, swimming, gardening. It is important to note that movement takes many forms, and some movement is better than none.
How are you different than other health providers?
- I believe the first principle of the Hippocratic Oath - "Fri st do no harm" should be changed to "First do good"!
- Over the past 30 years, I have integrated biological dentistry with naturopathic medicine and acupuncture.
- I feel strongly that we need to become stewards of the environment for our own health and that of our children.
- To be sustainable, healing is a process of heightened awareness and mindfulness, core principles are the essence of my healthcare philosophy.
- The permaculture core principles are the essence of my healthcare philosophy.
- Care for people, care for the planet and share the excess.
I don't have all the answers but I am well-networked in the medical/dental community, both conventional and alternative. I am amiable to working collaboratively or through referrals.