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Pearls of Wisdom from Ann Louise Gittleman

This past week at my Open House we discussed Ann Louise Gittleman’s latest masterpiece Radical Metabolism. We were blessed to have Ann Louise join us live via Skype. She reviewed the key concepts which make her new approach to healthy eating “radical” and then we were treated to a thirty-minute Q & A session. Ann Louise offered a few pearls of wisdom which I will share below.

Let’s start with what makes Radical Metabolism so radical. As usual, Ann Louise is rewriting the rules of nutrition. Even with all the efforts to eat clean, avoid gluten, and drinking lots of bone broth and Kombucha, we still struggle with our overall health. The book discusses the use of specific foods to drive digestion and metabolism, support the gall bladder and thyroid, burn fat and strengthen muscles. You learn how to reduce exposure to toxins that are in some of the popular “healing” foods and to clean up your kitchen. If you are interested in nutrition and care about your long-term health, I urge you to read this book! To order your own copy click here: RADICAL METABOLISM

Pearl #1 – Iron and Ferritin

Ann Louise discussed how excess iron may be at the root of a variety of health problems. Her advice is to get your ferritin level checked. Ferritin is a measure of stored iron in your blood. It is different than the basic iron level that is typically done in a blood test. “Normal” ranges for men are 20 to 500 nanograms per milliliter and for women 20 to 200 nanograms per milliliter. As you well know, “normal” does not mean “healthy.” Ann Louise recommends ferritin levels less than 100. Where do we get excess iron and ferritin from? We get excess iron from meat, cookware, and iron fortified foods.  Coffee, wine, and dairy BLOCK iron absorption furthering the problem.

Pearl #2 – The Importance of Cookware

Ann Louise stressed while what we eat is very important, just as critical is how we cook our food! She advises to avoid aluminum in all forms. Do not use aluminum foil in cooking, use parchment paper instead. Do not use aluminum in cookware and you need to be aware that aluminum is often hidden in cookware such as stainless steel. Pure stainless steel is fine. She explained a simple test to check your cookware. Use a magnet – if the magnet sticks it is pure. Aluminum is non-magnetic, so the magnet will not stick if aluminum is in the pot.

Here’s some brands and types of cookware she recommended: Saladmaster for stainless steel; Romertopf for glazed clay; and Le Creuset for enameled covered cast iron.

Pearl #3 – Tea and Coffee

One of the biggest surprises of the night was Ann Louise’s response concerning green tea! She stated that it and other conventional teas, such as black, white, and green (non-herbal) accumulate fluoride. The only form of tea she liked was Oolong.

Coffee was also discussed. This is another topic where you get a variety of opinions from nutrition experts. Ann Louise believes there are many health benefits to coffee, particularly to charge the metabolism. It is important to recognize that some people cannot handle caffeine. You may be one of them, such as I am. She does place limits on daily consumption and the sources. Coffee must be organic, and she recommended Purity Coffee as the cleanest available.

Pearl #4 – Bitters

A key part of charging your metabolism is the use of bitters to aid digestion. She advised they be consumed 20 minutes before a meal. To learn more about bitters please read the book.

Pearl #5 – Grapefruit

To charge metabolism and fuel weight loss Ann Louise recommended to each ½ of a pink grapefruit before each meal.

July 2018 Newsletter: The Sure Fire Way to Lose Weight

Happy Fourth of July!! I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far. As this newsletter reaches you I am in Seattle, Washington and soon Idaho on vacation.

The office is closed from June 29 until July 6.

I will be having a 2-day Flash Sale upon my return!

Flash Sale July 6 and 9 Only – Cleanse and Weight Loss Kits

There’s still time to drop a few pounds and clean up before the summer gets into full swing! In celebration of my return from vacation I will have a 2-day only Flash Sale on Design for Health cleanse and weight loss kits that I have in stock. SAVE $15 on: 14 -Day VegeCleanse Plus Detoxification Program, 14-Day PurePaleo Plus Detoxification Program, VegeMeal Plus Lean Body Program (Vanilla and Chocolate), Detoxification Support Packets, and Weight Loss Support Packets.

This will be on a first come first serve basis, so if you are interested please respond to this email and let me know what kit you would like and what day you will pick it up. I will get back to you with your cost before Friday July 6.

New Articles for July and August

The newsletters for this month and next month feature articles summarizing several excellent books I recently read. You will learn about the exciting and hopeful work of two medical doctors (Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. Dale E. Bredesen) who are preventing and reversing three of the most prevalent health issues we face today. Dr. Jason Fung is proving this with Type 2 diabetes and Dr. Dale E. Bredesen is showing this with Alzheimer’s disease. As you would expect they are facing criticism and ridicule from others in their profession, yet they have the real cases to support their success.

This month the newsletter features Dr. Fung and next month will feature Dr. Bredesen.

Why My Supplements Work

Common questions I hear from my clients are: Why do you use supplements in your practice? How did you choose these specific products and companies? And why are supplements not FDA approved?

One of my mentors, Dr. Davis Brockenshire, put together a short video which answers these questions and more. I am sharing it with you as what he says applies to my practice and I carry the same product lines as him. Click the link to watch the video and get the answers to these commonly asked questions.


The Sure-Fire Way to Lose Weight

As a holistic nutritionist, it is important for me to provide my readers and clients with information to improve their health and to share this information with others. Much of this information is not readily available, may be considered controversial, or is dismissed by the main stream as anecdotal or not supported by science. Yet the truth is that many people have benefited and there is real science to back it up.

I recently came across the work of Dr. Jason Fung, a Toronto based specialist in kidney diseases who treats patients with end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis. Most of them are obese and diabetic. While some may consider his work controversial, I have seen the results of his advice first hand in addition to the success stories he provides.

According to Dr. Fung, Type 2 diabetes is fully reversible and preventable and he does this without using medications or surgery. The key is to control the insulin resulting from the diet and to do that using intermittent fasting.

For the rest of the article click here:

New study demonstrates the effects of intermittent fasting on body weight and metabolic disease risk factors in obesity

From the Designs for Health blog:

Intermittent fasting has become increasingly more popular over the past few years to support weight loss, insulin resistance, and aging. However, there have been limited human clinical studies on this topic. Now, in a new study published last Friday in Nutrition and Healthy Aging, researchers demonstrated the benefits of intermittent fasting in obesity.

This was a 12-week study that included 23 patients 25 to 65 years of age. They all had a BMI ranging from 30 to 45 kg/m2, were non-diabetic, did not smoke, had no history of cardiovascular disease, had a sedentary to light active lifestyle, and were not on any weight loss, lipid- or glucose-lowering medications.

For the rest of the article click here:

Client Success Story: This Time The UTI Did Not Come Back

“It is empowering to work with Bernie and learn ways to help your body when it needs support. Recently, I had a urinary tract infection and was given a round of antibiotics from my primary care doctor. I reluctantly took them and felt better. Two days after I had finished the course of antibiotics the UTI had returned, and my doctor was ready to prescribe a second round. I knew this would not be good for my body so I reached out to Bernie. He was able to identify what was needed to kill the bacteria and support my health overall. I felt better quickly and Bernie was helpful and accessible throughout the process. It was such a relief to know that I helped my body heal naturally.” L.E.

July 2017 Newsletter: Some of the Latest “Nutrition” Claims in the Press

Summer is here and a Happy Fourth of July to everyone. I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend. This month has flown by as Susana and I have moved into our new residence. Nothing like a move to keep you busy! As such, I don’t have an original article this month, however, I have three interesting articles I want to share.

I’m sure many of you either saw or had a friend or relative question your devotion to coconut oil as a health food as the American Heart Association came out this past month with a hit piece. Or the British Medical Journal saying that unless you are celiac you shouldn’t avoid gluten or you won’t get enough whole grains in your diet. Or what will happen now that California has declared glyphosate is linked to cancer. See below for more details.

RXBARS are here! I am not carrying RXBARS in the office. I sell them by cases of 12. They are $24 plus tax. You can mix flavors to create your own case. If you are interested, please let me know.

Reminder – the next Open House is scheduled for July 20 at 7:00 PM. The topic is digestion: signs of poor digestion, how digestion is supposed to work, how digestion can be compromised, and what to do about it. It should be another interesting session.

Coconut Oil is Healthy
Coconut oil is not healthy and never has been healthy, or so says the USA Today as a mouthpiece for the American Heart Association. Of course we know better, but just for kicks, here’s what they said:
And here’s our side of the story:

Gluten is Not Healthy
The prestigious British Medical Journal reports that only people with celiac need to worry about consuming gluten. For everyone else, it’s all in our imagination. Plus, if we don’t eat gluten, we won’t get all the whole grains that are supposedly so healthy for us. We know that to our body these whole grains are carbohydrate and that means they are sugar, and too much sugar leads to inflammation and subsequently heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases. However, the authors of the study concluded, “The avoidance of gluten may result in reduced consumption of beneficial whole grains, which may affect cardiovascular risk. The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged.”

Here’s our side of the story:

Glyphosate (RoundUp) Causes Cancer
This is also from the USA Today, but tells us that California has added glyphosate, the key ingredient in RoundUp to its list of cancer causing agents. But what will they do about it? Not much – perhaps require a label!!
Here’s the story:

I hope you all enjoy these articles. As you can see we must always be aware of how things get reported in the mainstream media.

Again, have a great holiday weekend.

April 2017 Newsletter: Four Hot Topics of Natural Health

Thanks for all the enthusiasm for last month’s Open House! It was awesome! Somehow we got all 30 people comfortable in the office. Also special thanks to my wife, Susana, for suggesting the idea and then preparing all the yummy and healthy food for the event!

We had great discussion and learning related to four topics:

First, we talked about the importance of the lymphatic system for proper drainage of waste and toxins from the body. While I was tongue-in-cheek with my yoga pants remarks, it is a valid point. Tight yoga pants (as well as other tight clothes) restrict the flow of lymph. Over time this can cause a wide variety of health issues from increased toxicity. We demonstrated some simple muscle testing techniques to see if additional lymph drainage support was required. If you want more information on this check out the March 2017 newsletter.

Second, we learned about auto-immune disease. We learned what causes it and what can be done from a natural perspective to prevent and reverse these diseases. Look for a feature article on this topic in next month’s newsletter. If this is relevant to you now and you would like to learn more now about a natural solution please call the office and schedule an appointment.

Third, we talked about the importance of the brain and the nervous system to overall health. Without proper balance in these systems it is difficult for complete healing to occur. We demonstrated some simple muscle testing techniques to see if the brain and nervous system are balanced. And, we saw which supplements can help bring the body back to balance.

Fourth, we learned about the nutritional deficiencies caused by hormone based birth control methods and how these specific deficiencies are strongly associated with depression, low energy, and thyroid issues which seem to affect significant numbers of women. Please see the article below for more detail on this topic.

I am pleased to announce the next Open House which will be Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 PM at my office. I’m planning to discuss two topics which emerged from feedback from the Open House. They will be Graceful Aging for Women and Men and The Anti-Inflammatory Diet.

Nutritional Deficiencies Caused by Hormone Based Birth Control
What you will read below is how the nutrients depleted by hormone based birth control pills play a major role in overall health and may be directly responsible for some of the issues experienced by the women using them including: depression, low energy, and thyroid issues.

Birth control is big business! It is marketed for a variety of purposes to women aged 10-60! They are claimed to make periods “regular”, “lighter”, or “less painful”; to relieve menstrual headaches; to control endometriosis; to clear acne; to help with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome; to help with peri-menopausal changes; and “may lower” ovarian and endometrial cancer risk. Whether or not they live up to these claims is highly debatable.

These oral contraceptives are marketed as “hormones”, but they are not natural – they are synthetic estrogens and progesterone. As such, they do not act the same of natural hormones. In fact they are suppressing the normal cycle, not “regulating” it. They create a false period. One of the ways the female body clears toxins is through the monthly shedding of the uterine lining. This “false period” creates the condition where there is less cleansing of toxins.

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Improving Health One Client at a Time

I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn from the best and do my part to pass it along to my clients. It is a joy to see my clients improve their health.

“Thank you so much!! Your care is tremendous and I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you!! Thanks again!!”

Nutrient Deficiencies Caused by Hormone-based Birth Control

Note: This article is not intended as a debate about birth control. It is intended to offer education regarding nutritional deficiencies that are known to be caused by the use of hormone based birth control. Most medications have known associated nutrient depletions. There are multiple books available on this subject. While the books are helpful in listing the depletions, they do not discuss the ramifications of these deficiencies. The purpose of this article is to take that next step and help individuals make better informed decisions. If you use or intend to use this form of birth control, you may want to consider nutritional supplementation.

What you will read below is how the nutrients depleted by hormone based birth control pills play a major role in overall health and may be directly responsible for some of the issues experienced by the women using them including: depression, low energy, and thyroid issues.

Birth control is big business! It is marketed for a variety of purposes to women aged 10-60! They are claimed to make periods “regular”, “lighter”, or “less painful”; to relieve menstrual headaches; to control endometriosis; to clear acne; to help with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome; to help with peri-menopausal changes; and “may lower” ovarian and endometrial cancer risk. Whether or not they live up to these claims is highly debatable.

These oral contraceptives are marketed as “hormones”, but they are not natural – they are synthetic estrogens and progesterone. As such, they do not act the same of natural hormones. In fact they are suppressing the normal cycle, not “regulating” it. They create a false period. One of the ways the female body clears toxins is through the monthly shedding of the uterine lining. This “false period” creates the condition where there is less cleansing of toxins.

There are numerous known side effects including headaches, vomiting, unclear speech, dizziness, weakness or numbness in arms or legs, chest pain, coughing blood, shortness of breath, rash, heavy bleeding, blood clots, stroke, leg pain, altered vision, stomach pain, loss of appetite, tired, weak, fever, swelling, and depression. In fact, many women quickly discontinue usage due to these side effects.

It is likely that many of these side effects are associated with the nutrient depletions. Following is a very brief description of the key impacts of some of these nutrients:

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): These have many functions, but a major one is the tryptophan pathway. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and a precursor to melatonin and serotonin. Melatonin is a key anti-oxidant and important for sleep; serotonin is important for mood. Depression is associated with lack of serotonin.

Vitamin B2 is also an integral part of enzymes involved in oxidation reduction reactions that drive cell respiration. What does that mean? It is critical in our cell making energy for our body. It also supports the function of antioxidant enzymes and interacts with the other B vitamins. It promotes a healthy immune system and regulates the activity of 50 of our enzymes.

Vitamin B6 plays an important role in our metabolic reactions, specifically amino acid metabolism (making proteins for your body to use in building itself) and glycogen utilization (blood sugar control). B6 also acts as a co-enzyme for 100 other enzymes that play key roles in many biological processes. It is also involved in supporting the production of hormones and neurotransmitters – the chemicals that are directing all your body’s activities.

Vitamin B9 (Folate): Folate is key to the process of methylation which covers just about everything our body does – from clearing of toxins to energy production to neurotransmitter regulation to DNA replication. Folate is critical to the metabolism of nucleic acids and amino acids. Because of this, it supports overall growth and development and blood cell formation and supports normal growth of the fetus.

Vitamin B12: Shortages of B12 can cause anemia. B12 is a cofactor for two, yet very important enzymes. One is used for methionine metabolism. Methionine is an essential amino acid. The other enzyme aids in producing energy from proteins and fats. Overall B12 supports the nervous system, promotes the maturation of red blood cells (hence the tie to anemia when deficient in B12) and other cells, and supports bone and joint health.

Vitamin C: Many functions, chief among them immune system support. Vitamin C is also involved in forming collagen which is in our connective tissue. It also facilitates iron absorption and assists in cholesterol metabolism. So it is helping the blood, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.

Zinc: Many functions, main co-factor in many biological processes plus immune system support. Zinc supports the formation of many enzymes and insulin. The same insulin we need for blood sugar control. It also assists with wound healing, reproductive organ growth and development, and metabolism of phosphorus, carbohydrates, and proteins. Putting it simply – zinc helps many body processes work.

Magnesium: Many functions and most people are deficient even without being on hormonal birth control. Magnesium aids in enzyme activation; helps metabolize blood sugar; supports healthy nerve and muscle function; assists in forming bones and teeth; and plays a role in nucleic acid, protein, carbohydrate, and fat synthesis.

Tyrosine: A building block of thyroid hormone. Shortage of tyrosine can then lead to low thyroid symptoms.

Selenium: Many functions, among them converting thyroid hormones from storage form (T4) to available form (T3) and for breast health. Selenium supports a healthy immune system response, prostaglandin production (hormone precursors), and healthy reproductive, pancreatic, and thyroid functions.

CoQ10: A key nutrient for energy production in the mitochondria.

It is evident that the nutrients depleted by hormone based birth control pills play a major role in overall health. When we look at three main health concerns of women today (depression, low energy, and thyroid issues) there is a very strong association between these symptoms and the nutrient being depleted by birth control pills.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at, call (262) 389-9907 or go to

January 2017 Newsletter: Start the Year with a Cleanse Plus: Purify the Body, Mind, and Soul and begin a Smart Exercise Program

Wow! That’s a long title for the newsletter, but it certainly is a great way to start the New Year!

If you’re like me (yes, me too!) It is time to get back on track from the Holidays. Drop those few extra pounds and cleanse the body with the 21 Day Purification Program. Susana and I will be starting it (January 14) upon our return from vacation and we’d like you to join us. For those who do, I have a very special offer – in fact the best incentive I’ve ever offered! See below for the details.
Not sure if you need to do the cleanse or not? Well, take this quick questionnaire to see:

Above, I also mentioned purifying the mind and soul, and starting a smart exercise program. I’ve mentioned these two books in the past and if you haven’t had a chance yet to review them, I strongly recommend it! They are: Body by Science by Doug McGuff, MD and John Little and The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson. I’ll tell you more about them below.

But for those who can’t wait here’s a quick summary.
1. Do the 21 Day Purification Program and take advantage of this great offer!
2. Read the book Body by Science to learn how exercise impacts the body.
3. Read the book The Emotion Code to learn how to “release your trapped emotions for abundant health, love and happiness.” (That’s on the book’s cover.)

Of course if you do not have time to read the books, no problem as you can review my past blogs that summarize the books.

Cleanse Special Offer
I have a special offer this month for the Standard Process Purification Program. It is such a great offer, that I can’t even mention it here. But, I’ll tell you this – it is the largest incentive I have ever offered.
Please call or e-mail if you are interested, so I can tell you the price and we can arrange for you to pick up your kit!

Body by Science
In the past I’ve written a few articles about exercise. I’ve told you about PACE and PACE Express from Dr. Sears, BurstFit by Dr. Axe, and the Xiser stepper to name a few. All of these techniques are similar in they promote what is called “burst training” or “sprint training” and now “HIT” (high intensity training). All work off a similar premise – the human body was not designed to run a marathon and the average person does not have to spend hours upon hours exercising to get in shape.

In fact, they even boldly state that being fit is not necessarily the same as being healthy and that many people over-exercise which has negative impacts on their health. This has been my experience with many of my clients. They come to me and say, “I don’t get it. I work out every day with my trainer and I keep gaining weight.”

Body by Science explains all the whys behind this. It provides the research and the science behind how exercise impacts the body. Here’s a link to the web site: There are videos, blogs, and other helpful information. I highly recommend it.

Here’s the links to my blog articles summarizing the book:
Getting Started With Body by Science:
The Cardio Myth:
Exercise and Hormones: Fat Burning (Yes) and Fat Storing (oh no!):
It’s In Your Genes: Ten Factors That Influence Exercise Outcomes:

The Emotion Code
As many of you are aware, there is more to the body than just the pure physical – there is the emotional and the spiritual as well. True health is not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mind and soul. There is a wide source of literature and studies supporting the role of emotion in our health. It is the basis for a variety of “energetic medicine” type practices.

The Emotion Code focuses on Dr. Bradley Nelson’s work with his chiropractic patients not only on their physical level, but on their emotional (and spiritual) level as well. He has found how emotions create the physical symptoms of his patients and by clearing the emotions the patient returns to health.

The book explains it all and gives the reader the tools to release their trapped emotions. Here’s a link to his website for more information. Warning – he’s selling all kinds of stuff which is usually a red flag for me, but all you really need is the book – so if you’re interested just start there before you go crazy buying stuff!!

And, over the next few months I’ll offer more insight in the newsletters as well. Here’s the link:

Happy New Year! My best wishes to you, your family, and your loved ones for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!


September 2016 Newsletter – Does Your Cell Phone Give You A Headache?

Does Your Cell Phone Give You A Headache?
Whenever I use my cell phone and hold it by my ear I get a headache within a few minutes. Several months ago I got a new car equipped with Bluetooth. The first time I used it I got a headache. Recently I had to install a new router in my home office and guess what – all of a sudden I got headaches near the computer. If you are like me you are sensitive to EMFs. These are electromagnetic fields.

According to Dr. William Rea, Director of the Environmental Health Center in Dallas, Texas, sensitivity to these is becoming a major health problem of the 21st century.

EMFs are creating major challenges for many people in today’s world. Some are forced to live completely “off the grid” while others like myself are fortunate enough that are some solutions that help us get by on a daily basis. What can you do about it? The place to start is education and that is the purpose of this month’s newsletter.

Are You Being Zapped?
One of the best resources for learning about EMFs and other sources of electromagnetic pollution are from my friend and mentor Ann Louise Gittleman. A few years ago she wrote a book called Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution. I highly recommend you read it. It explains what electromagnetic pollution is, where it comes from, and what you can do about it.

As Ann Louise says, “The very technological innovations that have changed our lives are also exposing us to an unprecedented number of manmade electromagnetic fields that are impacting us on a biological level. Low level, non ionizing invisible radiation is surrounding us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, playing havoc with our bodies. And for some, electropollution has even reached the point of toxicity, creating a whole host of seemingly unrelated symptoms including cortisol spikes, irritability, hyper activity, insomnia, nervousness, chronic fatigue and more serious illness.”

For more information about Zapped, products to protect against EMFs, and Ann Louise Gittleman click here

Get Yourself Grounded with Earthing
Another excellent resource for information comes from The Earthing Institute. As they say, “Throughout time, we humans have sat, stood, strolled, and slept on the ground – the skin of our bodies touching the skin of the Earth. And throughout time, such ordinary contact served as a conduit for transferring the Earth’s natural, gentle negative charge underfoot into the body. You see, we are bioelectrical beings living on an electrical planet.

Modern lifestyle has disconnected us from this primordial charge. Earthing, also known as grounding, is the landmark discovery that the disconnect may make us more vulnerable to inflammation, pain, stress, poor sleep, and illness. Ongoing research is demonstrating clearly that reconnecting with the Earth upholds the electrical stability of our bodies and serves as a foundation for vitality, health, and healing. In an age of rampant chronic inflammation and disease, “grounding” ourselves provides a natural, simple yet powerful path to better health.”

Their website offers a wide variety of information and Earthing products. Click here for more information

Are You in Line with Natures Frequencies?

A third source of information and products is Nature’s Frequencies. This is a company I was referred to by another mentor of mine, Dr. Joe Teff. I am a distributor of their products as I’ve found they are very helpful for clients with EMF issues. They make products that are wearable on the body and that can be placed on the item emitting EMFs.

On my phone I have the EMF cell phone chip. I am so sensitive that even with the chip I can only have a short conversation before getting a headache, but the chip helps so that I can use the phone on speaker.

The EMF cell phone chips solved the router problem as I put the chips on the wires coming into the routers. No more headaches in the office!

Unfortunately I have not resolved the car and Bluetooth issue as of yet other than not using the feature.

Nature’s Frequencies has some other interesting products that I’ve used myself and have tested with clients. I’ve had the most success with the Sleep Chip. I have samples of the Sleep Chip and the Headache & Migraine Chip that I’m looking for volunteers to see how they work. So, if you’re interested let me know.

To learn more about Nature’s Frequencies and their products click here

August 2016 Newsletter – It’s The Summer: Enjoy the Sun

As usual, the summer seems to be flying by. But, there is still time to enjoy it!

This month’s newsletter has three features. First, there are so many areas where the “natural health” world and the “mainstream health” world seem to clash. It is not only regarding what foods to eat, whether or not to vaccinate, but also what to do about the Sun. The “mainstream” view is to put on lots of sunscreen and you’ll be protected from sunburn and skin cancer. The “natural” view is that all this sunscreen is likely contributing to skin cancer, sun exposure is good for our health, and there are ways to protect ourselves from overdoing it. I feature a couple of articles below from the “natural” side of the debate.

Second, one of my favorite nutritionists and mentors is Ann Louise Gittleman. I’ve mentioned her several times in the past. One of the sun articles is from her and she had another very interesting article this past month about the link between medications, nutritional deficiencies caused by the medications, and then the resultant additional symptoms suffered. This particular article looks at the link between birth control pills and depression.

Third, I have another wonderful testimonial from a 25 year old female who had a lingering parasitic infection.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter.

Have Fun in the Sun

As mentioned above, sun exposure is one of those areas where the “natural” and “mainstream” worlds seem to clash. In “Sunscreen Savvy” Ann Louise discusses how the sun is an important nutrient and how to safely get your sun. You can read the article here:

Another of my favorite sources of “natural” information is GreenMedInfo. Here’s a link to their feature about the benefits of sun exposure:

Birth Control Pills and Depression
From Ann Louise Gittleman, “I have been concerned—no, make that worried—about the nutrient depletion impact of meds for years. Many anti-depressants can make us fat while others impact our ability to exercise (like statins). So—to get the low down on which class of drugs might be making us depressed, I turned to my friend the Natural Pharmacist Ross Pelton who wrote The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook a number of years ago.

In it, I was astounded to learn that oral contraceptives are downright dangerous because they deplete more nutrients than any other class of prescribed meds. When I learned Ross had also written a book called The Pill Problem, I asked him to weigh in on how women can protect their health from the side effects of oral contraceptives.” Click here to read more about what Ross Pelton told Ann Louise:

“The Bumps and Indentations are Gone”

Hello Bernie!

I’m terribly sorry I forgot to respond to your email. Anyways, all is well with me! I had some severe discomfort and pain towards the end of my stay in China (probably 3 months)…I believe that it actually had to do with the parasite finally leaving my body.

Thank you so much for checking in! I will definitely contact you should I have anymore concerns regarding foreign invaders!

Oh also, those bumps that were once on my arms and backs of legs are completely gone now. And the indentations on my nails are also gone!

May 2016 Newsletter – Three More Nutrition Myths Busted

I hope everyone caught my April Fool’s newsletter headline from last month! I know I got a few of you!!!
This month I’m continuing the theme from last month with three more nutrition myths busted!
Hope you enjoy.

Nutrition Myths Busted – Part 2

Here’s the continuation from last month’s look at the seven nutrition myths that I come across on a daily basis. Most of them are unfortunately still widely accepted in the mainstream medical and media worlds (and some even in the “alternative” medical world). Most of these topics I’ve written about. Since this is a newsletter and not a book I will cover each one briefly and then provide links for your further reading. For your convenience I’ve kept the links from last month.

1. All calories are created equal.

2. Cholesterol causes heart disease. Website:

3. Artificial sweeteners are safe. Website:

4. Soy is a health food. Weston Price Foundation website:

5. Eating animal protein causes cancer (The China Study).
This is one of my favorites as it illustrates the use of selected data to support a point of view while completely ignoring other findings from the same study. For all the details click here: In addition to getting adequate protein, vegetarians and especially vegans may be at risk for other nutritional deficiencies as well. This article highlights those:

6. Antioxidants are essential nutrients.
This is quite simple. An antioxidant is not a nutrient. It protects the nutrients in plants. So, yes, blueberries are high in antioxidants, but they are high in nutrients and that is what is important! To better understand the subject click here:

7. There is no way to reverse Type II diabetes.
Type II Diabetes is about lifestyle or as I like to say TMS (too much sugar). Cut the carbohydrates to 30 per day, that gets the blood sugars back in balance, and no more diabetes. I noticed I haven’t written a specific article on this in the past, but in researching I did come across a few of my rants against the American Diabetes Association and their magazine Diabetes Forecast. For your enjoyment you can click on the following links:,, If you know someone with diabetes an excellent book is by Dr. Richard Bernstein called The Diabetes Solution. He also has an excellent and informative web site. Even more so for those with Type I Diabetes. Here’s that web site:

Beware: All Calories Are Not Created Equal

Many diet and exercise programs are based on us “counting calories” and assuming all calories are created equal. This is a false and perhaps dangerous presumption. You’ll soon see why it is false. And it is dangerous because it leads to the notion that you can eat whatever you want as long as you are within certain calorie ranges.

This notion goes back to the 1870’s and the scientific finding of the First Law of Thermodynamics. We learn from Wikipedia, “The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can be transformed, i.e. changed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed. It is usually formulated by stating that the change in the internal energy of a system is equal to the amount of heat supplied to the system, minus the amount of work performed by the system on its surroundings.”

This theory was applied to the human being. We knew we got energy from food, but the question was how much and from what foods. This resulted in two myths. The first being it didn’t matter what we ate as long as we got calories; and second whatever calories we consume through eating we need to burn through activity otherwise these calories will store as fat and we will gain weight.

Food scientists were able to assign specific calories to specific foods through the use of a new breakthrough – the bomb calorimeter. Basically, this device measures heat flow in water from the burning of a specific substance. The change in temperature in the water is then converted into calories.

So this leads us to the key question. Does our body really work like a bomb calorimeter? And, are all calories used for energy and therefore the same independent of the food we eat?

As far as a calorimeter goes, I think we can all conclude that our body does not operate that way. But let’s assume that it does. If so, does it treat all calories equally? While you will see many studies supporting the notion that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie let’s take a logical view of this. A hardboiled egg has 75 calories. Approximately one half of a slice of bread or a bagel has 75 calories. Perhaps one bite of a donut or a piece of cake has 75 calories. Could it really be that these 75 calories would have the same impact in your body? I don’t think so and shortly you’ll see why.

Let’s go back to the calorimeter for a minute. Here’s what was discovered and agreed upon: 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate and protein and 9 calories per gram of fat. Simple conclusion – eat too much fat and you get fat.

Well, to start with, not all the figures hold up to further scrutiny – especially the fats! Different fats have different amounts of associated calories depending upon saturation levels. Polyunsaturated fats have 9.1 calories per gram, animal fats range from 6.5 to 8.0 calories per gram, while cocoa butter (the most saturated of fats) has 5.5 calories per gram. This is significant. I’ve written previously on the benefits of saturated fat, and yet it is these fats that have been so vilified that actually have less calories than the unsaturated oils we have been told are so healthy! The true fact is that the more saturated the fat, the fewer calories.

Now let’s look at carbohydrates. I’ve written many times that to your body carbohydrates equals sugar. All carbohydrates (both “simple” and “complex”) are broken down into simple sugars. To do this the body uses a process called hydrolysis. Basically water is added to a reaction. This causes total mass to increase which actually creates more calories! So, simple sugars really do have 4.2 calories per gram, yet starches (the more complex carbohydrates) have 4.44 calories per gram. Also note that soluble fiber has 2.0 calories per gram. What does this mean? We are getting significantly more calories per gram of carbohydrate than we may think, especially from a high fiber whole grain!

Now for the grand finale! This whole theory assumes that all calories we consume are used for energy. This too is not true. Protein is used for a variety of body building functions. In fact very little protein is used for energy. Therefore, these calories really don’t count. Think about the Atkins diet. It includes lots of protein, yet people lose weight. In fact they are told to eat as much as they want and still lose weight. Next, let’s look at fat. Fat too is used for other functions besides energy. So, in reality, only some of these calories truly count. And here’s the important point – it is only carbohydrates where all the calories count! Many studies have shown that the number of calories is insignificant compared to their composition. People can gain or lose weight on calories ranging from 1000 to 4000 calories per day. It is all about how much fat, protein, and carbohydrate were in the diet!

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at, call (262) 389-9907 or go to