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September 2016 Newsletter
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"Who was the first guy that looked at a cow and said, I think I'll drink whatever comes out of those things when I squeeze them?"
- Bill Watterson, American cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbs

Dairy, you decide!! 
I thought this would be a nice follow up to my three-part series on fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
Female mammals nourish their babies with their own milk and stop after a relatively brief period of growth.  After this time, young mammals never again show any interest in milk, nor do they have access to it.  Humans are the only mammals who continue to consume the milk of another mammal into adulthood.  So it begs the we really need dairy?
It is worth acknowledging that dairy is not an essential part of the human diet, and, in fact, most adults around the world do not consume it at all. Most of them can't because  they are lactose intolerant, which means they lack the digestive enzymes needed to digest dairy.  Dairy sensitivity can present as menstrual pains, asthma, brain fog, mucus, and a wide range of allergies with symptoms such as skin conditions and mood swings.

Modern methods of dairy processing are cause for concern.  The typical cow produces milk for 300 days after giving birth.  In an attempt to keep daily production levels high, the industry began widespread use of bovine growth hormone, BST, a controversial, genetically engineered growth hormone that is injected into cows to increase milk production.  The manufacturers of BST claim the hormone has no adverse side affects on animals or humans, but many experts disagree.  Canada and the European Union have banned its use.  In order to maximize milk production, dairy cows are kept pregnant most of their lives on commercial and organic farms.  During pregnancy, female cows' hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, go sky-high and these hormones are present in their milk.  There is concern and evidence that high hormone content in dairy products is linked to high rates of breast cancer among women in America.

If you eat dairy, I strongly suggest eating organic.  The organic cow is raised on open pastures and is grass fed.  Their natural diet contains no added hormones, chemicals or antibiotics.  Studies show that organic milk contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E, and antioxidants.

Contrary to popular belief, dairy does not prevent osteoporosis or bone fracture by boosting calcium intake.  In fact, numerous studies have demonstrated that countries with the highest intake of dairy, such as the United States, Sweden and Holland have the highest incidence of osteoporosis and fractures, while countries with the lowest dairy intake, such as Japan and South Africa, have the lowest rates of osteoporosis and fractures. 

Healthy bones need calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, boron, copper, manganese, zinc, and many vitamins.  An excess of calcium without these other B vitamins and minerals can actually increase the likelihood of fracture.  Vegetables high in calcium, such as collard greens, bok choy, and sea vegetables also contain an abundance of magnesium and other minerals.  Eating a good amount of green vegetables, whole grains and sea vegetables can provide all the essential calcium needed for the human body, without the negative side effects of dairy.
 - Institute for Integrative Nutrition

"Ah, September!  You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul...but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October."
              - Peggy Toney Horton, Author of Somewhere in Heaven my Mother is Smiling

September is here....a time for fresh starts. 
Dairy always sparks a lot of controversy.  Some say that pasteurized, low-fat dairy is healthy and should be consumed two to three times daily, while others claim that raw, full-fat dairy is a health food.  And then others insist on no dairy at all.  Around 60% of the world's population is somewhat lactose intolerant.  Below is an overview of some factors to consider when deciding whether or not dairy is right for you.

- may be treated with antibiotics to kill potentially harmful bacteria
- high in calcium, magnesium, protein, and other nutrients essential for bone health.
- high in protein and therefore very satiating
- may contain harmful contaminants from antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides.
- cow feed may be genetically modified
- high levels of retinol may weaken bones
- may encourage prostate and ovarian cancer.
- free of synthetic hormones, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and GMO's
- cows must eat grass and have four months of pasture access
- studies show higher vitamin E, omega-3, antioxidant, and beta carotene levels

- still contains naturally occurring growth hormones
- some types undergo UHT treatment (heating to 280◦ F) to kill bacteria, some of which may be beneficial
- UHT treatment causes a different flavor due to lactose caramelization
- pasteurization and irradiation kill pathogens and bacteria that may be harmful
- fortified with vitamins A and D which may help the absorption of calcium
- pasteurization and irradiation kill potentially beneficial bacteria
- homogenization ruptures fat molecules, causing the milk to turn rancid
- high levels of retinol may weaken bones
- retains beneficial bacteria
- tastes fresher
- contains enzymes such as lipase, which may aid in digestion
- contains original vitamins and minerals
- may contain pathogens and bacteria
- must be consumed within one week of bottling
- prohibited in many countries and areas of the U.S.

Grain and Soy Fed
- less time and space is needed for grazing, allowing higher quantities to be produced quickly.
- high in omega-6 fatty acids (excessive omega-6 intake relative to omega-3 is not healthy)
- grain and soy creates digestive problems in cows
- lower in vitamin D3
Grass Fed
- contains five times as much conjugated lineoleic acid, which is shown to protect the heart and aid in weight loss
- high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids
- cows are grazing animals, and grass is their natural diet
- high in vitamin D3
- requires more space and time for pasture-grazing
Low-Fat and Skim
- lower in calories and fat, especially saturated fat, which contributes to high cholesterol
- some claim low-fat dairy products can deplete the body of vitamins A and D
Full Fat
- Fat may aid in digestion of fat-soluble vitamins
- high in saturated fat, which contributes to high cholesterol
- high in calories, may promote weight gain

Calcium Content in Dairy and Non Dairy Foods

Cow's Milk               291 mg
Yogurt                       252 mg
Human Breast Milk  33 mg

Sesame Seeds            1160 mg
Sardines                       371 mg
Amaranth                     267 mg
Collard Greens             250 mg
Kale                              249 mg
Almonds                       234 mg
Parsley                          203 mg
Dandelion Greens         187 mg
Mustard Greens            183 mg
Salmon                         167 mg
Watercress                    151 mg
Chickpeas                     150 mg
Beans                            135 mg
Pistachio Nuts               131 mg
Tofu                               182 mg
Figs                                126 mg
Sunflower Seeds            120 mg
Buckwheat                     114 mg
Beet Greens                     99 mg
Spinach                            93 mg
Swiss Chard                     88 mg
Soybeans                          60 mg
Leeks                                52 mg
Broccoli                            48 mg
Cauliflower                       42 mg
Brussels Sprouts               36 mg

Calcium content of foods based on 100-gram or 3.5 ounce portions. Source: Agricultural Resource Service.

Natural Diet
Many consider cow's milk to be one of the most ideal foods nature provides, particularly when prepared in traditional ways, such as culturing.  Others question the idea of drinking milk of another species. Humans, like other mammals, produce milk for a specific purpose - to feed their own offspring until they are ready for solid food.  Milk from a cow is designed to make a newborn calf grow rapidly in only a few weeks, causing many to believe that it's not ideal food for humans. Additionally, pregnant cows are often milked, resulting in human consumers drinking milk high in hormones.

Animal Treatment
Some small farmers treat their cows humanely and allow a more natural relationship between mother cow and calf.  However, large industrial milk factories often subject their cows to filthy living conditions. Animal mistreatment at factory farms is well documented.  Some also question the ethics of impregnating a cow for milk production and taking away her calf shortly after birth (often for slaughter to sell veal) in order to maximize economic profits.

Animal agriculture is a major contributor to global warming and pollution.  In addition, vast amounts of natural resources are used for dairy production. Globally, agriculture accounts for 60% of nitrous oxide and 50% of methane emissions.  The dairy sector contributes 4% to the total greenhouse gases worldwide.  Some argue that we could feed many more people at lower costs if resources were used to grow crops for human consumption, rather than for meat and dairy production.  Others believe that in some cases the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, which could be mitigated if the grazing land and animal waste is carefully managed.  By seeking out and purchasing from small, local farms, you can help support the farms that are producing dairy responsibility.
Dairy-Free Options

Rice Milk: Rice milk is made from blending brown rice and water.  It contains more carbohydrates than cow's milk and has a lighter taste and texture.  Commercial varieties usually add some type of sweetener and fortify the milk with calcium, iron, and B vitamins.
Almond Milk: Almond milk is made from ground almonds.  It contains no lactose or cholesterol but is high in natural fats.  Commercial varieties usually contain added vitamins, vanilla, and sweeteners, but unsweetened varieties are also available.  You can also make nut milks with other nuts, including hazelnuts, walnuts, and Brazil nuts.
Coconut Milk: Coconut milk is a naturally sweet, white liquid made from the meat of a mature coconut.  This milk is very rich. 
Oat Milk: Oat milk has a creamy taste that comes from blending cooked oats and water.  It is naturally high in fiber and low in protein.
- Institute for Integrative Nutrition


Exciting Upcoming Events with Dr. Getson


Flourish Radio Show with

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Philip Getson will be the guest speaker on Flourish on
October 12, 2016 from 11am-12pm 
The topic is
 Breast Thermograms vs Mammograms 

If you miss the live broadcast it will be archived on HayHouse 

Click HERE to Go to HayHouse

Learn to flourish in all areas of your life with guidance from Dr. Christiane Northrup. You'll be treated to a series of conversations between Dr. Northrup and a number of extraordinary minds, such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Richardson, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and others.  This bestselling author and women's health specialist, and her diverse lineup of guests, offer insights and inspiration for how to create vibrant, healthy, pleasurable lives vs simply avoiding disease.  Whether you hear someone discussing past lives, poetry, or the new research into cellular healing - you'll hear it threaded together into the practicality, pleasure, and wellness for which Dr. Northrup is renowned.

Listen to all past episodes of this Podcast when you join the Wisdom Community!

Flourish can be heard every Wednesday from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PST.
Join Dr. Philip Getson at the International Functional Medicine Association coming in November!
Functional Medicine Association Conference
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30313
The conference starts Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:30 AM and ends Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

Saturday November 12, 2016 2:00-3:00 pm Dr. Getson will be discussing: Thermography and the Detection of Breast, Thyroid, and Neuromuscular Abnormalities

For more information go to: or call 1-855-500-AFMA
The mission of the American Functional Medicine Association (AFMA) is to support the education and integrity of functional medicine by providing the highest level of scientific information to support this field of medicine through medical education conferences.  The organization consists of physicians, Osteopaths, pharmacists, scientists, Naturopaths, Chiropractors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
AFMA continues to provide an amazing line-up of speakers who will lecture on a variety of functional medicine topics.  Many utilize functional medicine laboratory testing, medical devices, compounded prescriptions, and nutritional supplements daily in their medical practices. 

Join Dr. Philip Getson and the Holistic Moms community for a free lecture
 "Honoring and Empowering the Divine Feminine"
 at Whole Foods in Marlton at the cafe on October 5, 2016 @ 6:45 PM

The Holistic Moms Network™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. Living healthy and living green is not an endpoint, but an ongoing journey.  No matter where you are on your parenting or holistic living journey, you are welcome at HMN!   We are a diverse and open-minded community, a place where your choices are respected and where you can learn and become informed!  Many of us are new to this journey, others more experienced.  Wherever you are, you can benefit from the wisdom, support, and resources that Holistic Moms have to offer!

Thank you, Dr. Michael Rothman, for an incredible, informative, and thought provoking August 2016 webinar. 

Please join us on Wednesday,
September 28, 2016 
7-8 p.m.

Kate Motz, CHHC, will be discussing "How Food Sensitivities can Sabotage Your Health."  A familiar, centuries-old saying "one man's food is another man's poison" simply states that different people can have very different reactions to exactly the same food.  Has it ever occurred to you that fatigue, abdominal discomfort, headaches, even aging skin could be due to food sensitivity?  There is increasing evidence that food sensitivities are more common and have a wider and more varied impact on our health than previously realized. Consideration of food sensitivities is a critical component of any comprehensive approach to good health.

Kate an Integrative Nutrition Coach received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Click here to register! 

The following are two timely and much needed upcoming summits.
There is so much confusion these days regarding supplementation and cleanses and detoxification.  

Tune in, you won't be disappointed!

This event is dedicated to helping you determine what you need to separate "claims" from "truths", customize your needs, and make proper decisions at the store or online. All reasons not to miss The Medicinal Supplements Summit, online and free from September 12-19, 2016!
Click here to register!

Every day, more people become aware of the absolute necessity to detoxify in order to prevent and possibly overcome chronic illnesses. Yet, few have a comprehensive detox plan, or access to experts in the health industry who can help build one.  If you have health problems, chemical sensitivities, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and/or weight issues, take the time to learn if chemicals and toxins in your environment could be the cause!
The Detox Project experts will help you:
  • Identify proven culprits contributing to disease
  • Dispel myths about detox
  • Save money (and time) when detoxing
  • Understand why cleanses are not addressing toxicity
  • Learn the detox practices of the world's top holistic doctors
  • And more!
This once-in-a-lifetime gathering of experts will discuss the modern day toxicity crisis, explore the plague of chemical toxicity, uncover surprising exposures, and lay out the best ways to detox.  By the end of this event, you should be able to to assemble a personal plan for awareness, assess your toxicity and begin a lifestyle transformation!

Click here to register!!


Come on out to our 5th annual walk and meet Dr. Getson, representatives of RSDSA, and other RSDers!!! 
We support each other, give each other
Not only do we need to come together for ourselves, but to RAISE AWARENESS!
All proceeds go to RSDSA for support, education, and hope for everyone affected!
If you can't walk the 3.2 miles around Cooper River, there is a shorter track which is only 1/4 mile around
Bring your family, friends, neighbors, doctors, and 
anyone else you can think of!

Where: Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, NJ
When: September 10, 2016.  Registration begins at 8:00 AM; the event kicks off at 9:00 AM.
Registration:  $25.00 in advance or $35.00 the day of the race.  Note: T-shirts are not guaranteed the day of the walk/run. Click here to register!

Questions: Contact Dawn Hesser via or at 856-261-8854

Disclaimer:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in this newsletter is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The contents of this newsletter are based upon the opinions and research of Liesha Getson and Health Through Awareness, unless otherwise noted. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. The information in this newsletter is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Liesha Getson and Health Through Awareness. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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