Nutrition Dynamics with Bettina

Welcome to Adipsy’s Nutrition Dynamics Blog. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Bettina Newman, RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, and the Adipsy Board of Directors. I have enjoyed a most diversified 42-year career in nutrition. Early on, I worked as a research dietitian in a national laboratory, as a clinical dietitian in healthcare facilities, and as a university adjunct instructor. A major career highlight was a chance meeting with the late Dr. Robert C. Atkins, who hired me on the spot and went on to become my mentor and friend of 25 years. The fact that Dr. Atkins was such a vanguard of nutrition shaped my entire perspective and career. I was one of the first dietitians in the country to establish a private practice, which I enjoyed for more than two decades. I am currently employed as a writer and technical support representative for XYMOGEN, a manufacturer/distributor of dietary supplements that are sold exclusively through licensed healthcare practitioners who are trained in functional medicine. Although I have never specialized in counseling cancer patients per se, my current position has very often led me to research the role nutrition plays in reducing cancer risk as well as in supporting the body when it is challenged by cancer and/or conventional cancer treatments.

The invitation from Adipsy to write a monthly blog delighted me and led to much thought about the kind of information to share. As I perused websites, I found a plethora of wonderful dietary advice for cancer risk reduction and recipes to put the information into action, as well as tips to manage the side effects of treatment. I do not want this blog to be a repetition of information already found everywhere. I would like to use it to make you aware of the research-backed power of nutrients, herbs and other nutritional armamentaria that functional medicine practitioners employ to support patients who are at high risk for cancer, battling cancer, or who have survived cancer and want to stay healthy. I plan to share interviews with functional medicine practitioners and technical specialists about a particular nutrient or combination of nutrients for healthy cell lifecycle and immune support. I also welcome reader requests for topics.

The information presented in future blog articles—whether it comes from me or one of my guests—should never be construed as a recommendation to substitute for or add to any of your own health-care provider’s recommendations. In each monthly Nutrition Dynamics blog, I hope you will find clinical pearls, a study, or other information you will be eager to share with your own healthcare provider.

I look forward to introducing my first topic next month. Please come back to visit!  Bettina 

The above information, comments and opinions are for educational purposes only. At no time should it take the place of individualized evaluation and treatment recommendations provided by a qualified and licensed healthcare practitioner in the context of a clinical relationship. Practitioners should evaluate the above information using their expertise coupled with each patient’s individualized assessment.