Nutrition and Wellness Services (NWS)
Providing nutrition educational and consulting services for the attainment of optimal wellness. NWS is located in Columbia, MD and serves the Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania areas.
Nutrition RecommendationWhat is the best nutritional strategy to transform your health, attain optimal wellness, reach and remain at ideal weight, normalize risk factors, strengthen your immune system, optimize your digestive system, and balance your hormonal systems? We have reduced our recommendation down to just 6 words:
1. Avoid Processed Food
2. Eat Real Food
Real Food Nutrition Classes
Nutrition and Wellness Services Real Food Life Course
The Healing Power of Real Food
A one year program
Offering two new classes per month
Program started September 12, 2013 at Owen Brown Community Center
Sept 12 The Healing Power of Real Food
Sept 19 Dangers of Processed Food (Part 1)
Oct 10 Dangers of Processed Food (Part 2)
Oct 17 Real Foods and Where to Find Them (Part 1)
Nov 14 Real Foods and Where to Find Them (Part 2)
Nov 21 Vitamin D: How to Prevent Colds and Flu This Winter
Dec 5 Diabetes: Preventable, Controllable, Curable (Part 1)
Dec 12 Diabetes: Preventable, Controllable, Curable (Part 2)
Jan 9 Weight Loss: Real Food Solution (Part 1)
Jan 16 Weight Loss: Real Food Solution (Part 2)
Feb 6 Gut Health: Real Food Solution (Part 1)
Feb 13 Gut Health: Real Food Solution (Part 2)
Mar 13 Heart Health: Real Food Solution (Part 1)
Mar 20 Hear Health: Real Food Solution (Part 2)
Nutrition and Wellness Services Real Food Life Course
• Two classes per month for an entire year• Incremental education and implementation
• Stay focused on your health and wellness goals
• Complete health transformation• Normalize risk factors (cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, insulin)
• Lose weight without trying by eliminating hunger, cravings and addictions
• No dieting and no diet food
• Reduce healthcare costs by 75% or more
• If you are well, you have no need for over-the-counter or prescription medications
• Real prevention by eliminating the cause not treating symptoms
• Optimal wellness for a lifetime
• Feel better, sleep better, look better, perform better, think more clearly, more energy
• Optimize your metabolic, enzymatic, digestive, immunologic, hormonal, and neurologic systems
All with the healing power of real foods!
April Classes at Owen Brown Community Center
April 10: Vaccination: Top 25 Questions and Issues
Thirty years ago children were expected to get a few vaccines but today children are required to get
• 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6
• 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18
and pharmaceutical companies have 250 additional vaccines in the pipeline.
What are the top 25 questions and issues regarding vaccines?
• Safe and effective?
• What's in a vaccine?
• How many is too many?
• Risk vs benefit
• Mandatory vs choice and informed consent
• Vaccine exemptions
• VAERS - Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
• Vaccinated vs unvaccinated
• Can you be fired from your job for not getting a flu shot?
and much more ...
April 17: Consumer's Guide to Milk: Including Raw Milk
• Raw milk - The Healing Power of Real Food
• Raw milk - retail store sales allowed in 10 states but not Maryland
• How do you get raw milk if you live in Maryland
• What is a Cow-Share or Herd Share - is this available in Maryland
• Can you freeze raw milk?
• The difference between raw milk and pasteurized milk
• Asthma and allergy
• Pasteurized milk and food allergies
• A look at industrial milk
• Fermented/cultured milk
• Milk from grassfed/pastured cows vs feedlot/CAFO cows
• Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rGBH)
and much more ...
May Classes at Owen Brown Community Center
May 8: Dental Health: Real Food Solution
The foundation of good dental health is not superficial external treatments like brushing, flossing, mouthwash and fluoride but nourishing the body from within with nutrient dense real food. In this class you will be introduced to a concept that you probably have never been informed about.
Cavities are the result of constant exposure to depleting processed foods and external treatments cannot overcome the weakening of your internal metabolic, nutritional and hormonal processes that regulate dental health and lead to the development of cavities. Replace these depleting processed foods with nutrient dense real foods, minerals, fats and oil soluble vitamins and activators. It is even possible to remineralize and “heal” cavities and avoid the drill. But our goal is to prevent dental deterioration and not get to the point where you have to remediate the first sign of a cavity.
If you are tired of the endless battle of cleanings, scrapings, x-rays, cavities, fillings, gingivitis, crowns, and root canals and are ready to take charge of your dental health – here is your chance to begin a new direction in your dental health with the healing power of real food.
May 15: Dental Health: Fluoridation and Mercury• Is fluoride toxic?
The foundation of modern dentistry includes some of the most toxic elements known to man – fluoride and mercury. Why?
• Have you read the fluoride warning on the side of your toothpaste box?
• Where does the fluoride that is dumped into the public water supply come from?
• What communities in Maryland do not add fluoride to the public water?
• How many children and teens have fluorosis – fluoride toxicity?
• Which cities do not fluoridate their public water?
• “Silver” fillings are 50% mercury• Why do they call them “silver” or amalgam fillings and hide the fact that they contain mercury?
• Why is mercury still being used?
• How do you safely remove mercury fillings?
• Holistic dentistry
Find out how to be fluoride and mercury free.
Winter 2014 Classes at Howard Community College
Real Food Body Transformation ChallengeFor seven years the 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge has helped people lose weight, normalize risk factors and accomplish health and wellness goals. This class has been renamed the Real Food Body Transformation Challenge to identify the central guiding principles: 1. avoid processed food and 2. eat real food. Concerned about health? Want to make a change? Learn about the healing power of real food. In this class you will evaluate your health, set goals, learn and implement a real food diet and exercise program, reevaluate and report. The winner will be chosen by the class based on accomplishment of individual goals. It’s a competition with no losers, only winners. No dieting, no pills, no procedures – just real food. Taught by Jim Pirisino, a board certified and licensed nutritionist.
Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Mar 4, Mar 25
Nutrition 2014: Weight Loss
Our number one nutritional concern is weight loss which is not surprising since almost 3/4 of American adults are overweight. Since weight gain carries an elevated risk for a long list of ailments and chronic diseases including heart disease and diabetes, the first step in correcting our health is weight loss. But why is it so hard to lose weight and keep it off?
Weight gain is the first sign that our metabolic, digestive and hormonal systems are not functioning properly. To lose weight, we have to correct the underlying problems. In these classes, you will learn what the real cause of weight gain is, how to replace the foods that cause metabolic stress with foods that nourish, how to heal and regenerate the body leading to steady, long term and permanent weight loss. No more yo-yo dieting, no pills, no procedures. Taught by Jim Pirisino, a board certified and licensed nutritionist.
February 11, 18, 25, 2014
Nutrition 2014: Gut HealthAll disease begins in the gut. (Hippocrates) Why are so many people, including children, teens and young adults, suffering from mild to severe digestive and gut health problems? These problems include acid reflux, food sensitivities, food allergies, diarrhea, constipation, yeast infection, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn’s. Leaky gut health problems can even manifest beyond the gut as autoimmune problems, skin conditions and the emerging realization of the gut-brain connection (GAPS). Take control of your health and promote optimal wellness from the inside out. Using a whole, real, living, probiotic, nutrient dense foods based approach to optimal wellness and vibrant digestive health, to heal and seal the gut wall, and build a strong immune system. No pills, no procedures – just real food. Taught by Jim Pirisino, a board certified and licensed nutritionist.
April 8, 22, 29, 2014
To register for these HCC classes: (HCC will update their website with the Winter Class Schedule the first week of December)http://coned.howardcc.edu/Courses/lifestyle_and_leisure/wellness_body_mind_spirit.html
Classes at Owen Brown Community Center
Heart Health: Real Food Solution
The main dietary factor leading to the development of heart disease is refined carbohydrate not fat.
The main developmental pathway leading to heart disease includes refined carbs (sugar, flour), hunger/cravings, addiction, weight gain, high insulin, insulin resistance, elevated risk factors caused by high insulin, obesity, diabetes, heart disease
The standard recommendations of low fat, low saturated fat and low cholesterol as practiced by those who promote processed foods and diet processed foods have all led to increased heart risk not reduced heart risk because:
1. low fat = high carb Low fat is the misinformation which has fueled an epidemic of obesity and diabetes – the conditions with the highest heart disease risk
2. high carb leads to high insulin, insulin resistance and the development of heart risk factors – high blood pressure and high cholesterol (specifically small dense LDL)
3. low saturated fat and low cholesterol recommendations led to the ironically ill-fated recommendations for processed foods and processed diet foods containing margarine or trans fat which causes heart disease
4. low saturated fat and low cholesterol also led to recommendations for “heart healthy” processed foods and processed diet foods high in refined polyunsaturated omega-6 vegetable oils which are pro inflammatory, damage blood vessels and increase risk for heart disease
The main concern for heart disease is inflammation not cholesterol.
Cholesterol is an important nutrient necessary for
• Synthesis of testosterone and estrogen
• Bile and digestion
• Vitamin D production
• Cellular structure and function, skin and cell wall
• Organs, bones, brain and heart health
Total cholesterol and LDL bad cholesterol have very little correlation with heart disease (50% of those who have a heart attack have high cholesterol and 50% have low cholesterol – no correlation)
Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome explains the heart risk factors associated with insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes and these risk factors include TG (triglycerides), HDL (good cholesterol), obesity, diabetes risk and blood pressure. Fat, total cholesterol and LDL bad cholesterol are not risk factors for Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome.
The most important cholesterol related risk factor is TG/HDL, which directly correlates to weight gain, insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
To control all of these risk factors, your TG/HDL should be between 1-2
Statin Drugs• There are over 300 reported side effects
• 60% of people prescribed statin drugs discontinue use due to side effects
• The main side effects are muscle deterioration – the heart is a muscle
• Statins prescribed to prevent heart attacks can cause damage to the heart
• The second most prevalent statin side effects – cognitive, memory, dementia
• One of the side effects of statins is diabetes (the highest risk factor for heart disease)
• Statins not only block the production of cholesterol, but also Coenzyme Q10
• If you take statins, it has been recommended that you supplement with CoQ10 (100mg ubiquinol, 2x/day)
New Guidelines on cholesterol and statins were released in November 2013 by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. These new guidelines no longer recommend that physicians treat patients with cardiovascular disease by trying to get their LDL bad cholesterol below 100mg/dl or below 70mg/dl because they found no evidence that this improves atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
What this means is that trying to get your LDL below 100 or below 70 does not work as a strategy to lower risk of heart disease. In fact the new guideline specifically says to treat if your LDL is greater than 190.
Here are the general guidelines from Nutrition and Wellness Services• Avoid processed food
• Eat real food
• Avoid refined carbohydrate (sugar, flour)
• Avoid low fat, low cholesterol
• Eat good fat (real foods from healthy grassfed/pastured animals – butter, eggs etc)
• Avoid bad fats (trans fat, refined vegetable oil, fat from industrial feedlot animals)
• Control blood sugar and insulin 24hr/day
• Exercise (weights, resistance training)
• Track and keep TG/HDL between 1-2
• Supplement with Omega-3 (1000-1500mg EPA+ DHA)
• Supplement with Vitamin D (2000 – 4000IU)
Here are the recommendations from cardiologist William Davis, MD (Wheat Belly) who reports that he has virtually eliminated hearts attacks in his cardiac patient population. This strategy can not only prevent heart attacks but also reduce existing plaque:• No sugar/grain
• TG <60, HDL >60, small LDL <10% total LDL (TG/HDL = 1)
• Not being significantly overweight
• Having a normal blood sugar
• Having a normal blood pressure
• Omega-3 supplementation (3000mg EPA/DHA)
• Achieving Vitamin D goals >50 (between 60-70)
• Having normal thyroid status (TSH <1.5) and
• T4 and T3 upper half of normal
Good reference available at Howard County Library:The Great Cholesterol Myth
by Jonny Bowden, PhD and Stephen Sinatra, MD
If you are interested in taking the Heart Health Classes, email rg (@) nutritionws.com. We will let you know when the next class is scheduled.
Diabetes – Preventable, Controllable, and Curable
Empowering you with the knowledge to defeat diabetes at all stages
I don’t have diabetes. Why should I take this class?The time to take this class is:
• before you develop diabetes
• before you develop pre-diabetes
• before you develop all of the complications and health issues
Who should take this class? Do you have pre-diabetes? Are you on the road to diabetes and heart disease?
• suffer from occasional or chronic hypoglycemia
• feel bad after a meal or snack
• experience hunger, cravings, addictions
• have a relative with diabetes
• have hormonal issues (PMS, PCOS…)
• have yeast infections
• have high cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar
• have sleep issues
Are you• fatigued, tired – especially 1-2 hr after a meal
• addicted to sugar
• concerned about heart disease
Diabetes• 1/3 of all adults are already diabetic or pre-diabetic
• this progressive process takes 10-20 years to develop (how far along are you?)
• children, teens and young adults are getting Type 2 Diabetes (once called adult-onset diabetes)
• the longer you let it progress, the more damage
• the longer you let it progress, the more stringent/diligent you will need to be to control/prevent complications
• stop your progression to diabetes and heart disease - they are linked
• identify and eliminate the cause
• control blood sugar and insulin 24 hours per day
Other Popular Classes
Real Food Body Transformation Challenge (12 Week Body Transformation Challenge)12 hours of classroom instruction. In the reality show format, you will assess your current health status, set goals for this class and long term goals, profess your goals to the class, learn how diet and exercise can transform your health and your life and put what you learn into action. Winner is chosen by the class and is the person who has achieved the most to attain their goals
Nutrition: Gut Health
All disease begins in the gut (Hippocrates). Why are so many people, including children, teens and young adults, suffering from mild to severe digestive gut health problems? Take control of your health and promote optimal wellness from the inside out. Using a whole, real, living, probiotic, nutrient dense foods based approach to building vibrant digestive health, heal and seal the gut wall, and build a strong immune system.
Nutrition: Diabetes Awareness and PreventionType 2 Diabetes (T2D) has reached epidemic levels.
The message is that diabetes (T2D) is preventable, controllable and curable.
Awareness – learn how the disease develops, the risk factors and the consequences.
Prevention – learn the diet and exercise lifestyle guidelines that get you off the road to diabetes and heart disease and onto the road to optimal wellness.
Diabetes – Just Say No
Nutrition: Nourishing Traditions
We are compromising our health with convenience foods and processed foods.
Where are the real foods that will guarantee healthy babies and children, that will help us maintain proper weight, that will build strong immune systems to fight and prevent disease, that will provide us with our ultimate goal - optimal wellness? Take control of your health, your weight, and your life by replacing your current diet of lifeless, chemical based processed foods with a nutrient dense traditional diet, using Sally Fallon’s book, “Nourishing Traditions” as your guide.
Nutrition: Weight Loss
Our number one nutritional concern is weight loss which is not surprising since 67% of American adults are overweight. Weight gain is the first sign that our metabolic, digestive, and hormonal systems are not functioning properly. To lose weight, we have to correct the underlying problems. In this class you will learn how to replace the foods that cause metabolic stress with foods that nourish, heal and regenerate the body leading to steady, long term and permanent weight loss. No more yo-yo dieting, no diet foods, no pills, no procedures.
Nutrition and Wellness Services Resource Guide
You have decided to give up processed foods and transition to a real food dietary regimen. But supermarkets are nutritional wastelands of processed foods. Where can you find real foods?
It is not easy, but there are many resources available if you know where to look. Use the Nutrition and Wellness Services Resource Guide to find the best and most nutritious foods. Resources are provided in the Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania areas. Products, services, support, supplemental information and resources are listed for the pursuit of optimal health and wellness.
Nutrition and Wellness Services Food Guide Workbook Learn how to evaluate foods. The surprising facts about the foods you eat every day will amaze and appall you at the same time. Foods, food labels and Ingredients lists are presented for each food category. Foods are segmented into four categories. Processed foods are categorized as either Bad or Better, while Real foods are categorized as either Good or Best. You will not see meaningful benefits until you transition your foods from Bad and Better to Good and Best. "Diet" foods are processed foods and will not help you achieve your goal of optimal wellness.
All Classes 7:00pm – 8:15pmOwen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
April 17: Consumer’s Guide to Milk: Including Raw Milk
The basic nutritional recommendation from Nutrition and Wellness Services is:
• Avoid Processed Food• Eat Real Food
Industrial, supermarket, pasteurized, homogenized milk is a processed food.
This presents us with a fundamental problem – is America’s staple dairy product a processed food and no longer the foundation of a healthy diet?
Pasteurized milk is the number one allergenic food in America and has been losing market share for the past 20 years.
In this class you will be given the Consumer’s Guide to Milk Chart that categorizes milk choices today from supermarket milk to organic milk to raw milk.
Which version of milk are you comfortable consuming and providing to your family?
You decide. This is your decision. Make an informed decision.
Raw milk may not be right for you but you need to understand what it is and how it compares to supermarket milk and organic milk.
In fact, milk may not be appropriate for you at all. There are many other forms of milk based dairy that can be consumed instead – yogurt, kefir, butter, cream, whey, buttermilk, cottage cheese, cheese, cream cheese etc.
You cannot make an informed decision without understanding how milk has changed from the 1950’s to today.
How has milk changed? We will go over all 25 ways that milk has changed.
Fluid milk is not the only issue here. Many processed foods contain milk and dairy components.
Is processed milk and processed dairy impacting your health?
An introduction to raw milk will be included:• what is the law pertaining to raw milk
• where can you obtain raw milk
• what are the benefits of raw milk
• what are the risks of raw milk
How does your decision on dairy impact:• gut health
• allergy, asthma, sinus, ear infections
• digestive health
• food insensitivities
This is your one chance to learn about the issues surrounding of one of our basic foods.
Jim Pirisino, MS, CNS, LDNNutrition and Wellness Services