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Healthy Nation Coalition is lucky to have dedicated members and supporters who will keep you updated on current issues in food, nutrition, and food policy. In addition to the HNC website,, consider bookmarking the following websites and blogs:
Kimberly Hartke at Hartke is Online
Pete Ballerstedt, PhD at Grass-Based Health
Robert Su, BPharm, MD at Carbohydrates Can Kill
Valerie Berkowitz, RD
Adam Kosloff at Why Low Carb Diets Work and Caloriegate
Adele Hite at Eathropology
Dr. James Carlson & Dana Carpender at Your Doctor’s in the Kitchen
For more, see our new Resources page.

Agriculture and Health

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 | Activities, Audio

As we restrict carbohydrate consumption, we have to increase the intake of fat and protein, at least some of them from animal sources. With careful studies, we have found that what we feed animals is an important factor of the quality of animal-based foods in terms of protein and fat. In addition, during the last decade, more people are paying a premium for organic foods including animal-based foods. It should be an interesting question for all of us to explore if organic foods are worth the money. Dr. Ballerstedt received his doctorate degree in forage production and utilization; nutrition. He is a writer, speaker, researcher, and practitioner in his specialty. He created a website, “Grass Based Health”, in March 2010. Admittedly, as a physician, I do not have a vast knowledge of agriculture. I am very excited about having this unusual opportunity of interviewing Dr. Ballerstedt. I‘ll definitely ask him many interesting questions concerning agriculture and health. Please come and join me in listening to Dr. Ballerstedt’s discussion on this important topic.

Grass-Based Health

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 | Activities

It’s almost time for the Ancestral Health Symposium. I’m looking forward to seeing friends, meeting lots of folks, and listening to so many of the people I’ve been learning from these past few years. I’ll be presenting a poster on Saturday, August 6th. A marvelous way to celebrate my birthday!

The title of my poster is “Grass Based Health: The Big Picture.” My take-home point is that a human diet based on animal products – particularly those from ruminant animal – is far more “sustainable” than plant based diets.

Country Pasture/Forage Resources Profiles – United States of America

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 | Activities

Dr. Pete Ballerstedt is co-author of this informative document.

The United States of America (also referred to as the United States, the US, the USA, or America) is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to the east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific (see Figure 1.1). The country also possesses several territories in the Caribbean and Pacific (Wikipedia). The 48 contiguous states lie between about latitudes 24–49oN and longitudes 67–125oW. The population estimate for July 2011 was 313 232 044 with a growth rate of 0.963% (World Factbook). The largest city is New York – Newark with a population of 19.3 M; other major cities are Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Washington DC. With an area of 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) the USA has land boundaries with Canada of 8 893 km (including 2 477 km with Alaska), and with Mexico of 3 141 km. In terms of total area, the USA is third in the world in size behind Russia and Canada with China fourth.

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Review: Shifting the Paradigm

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | Activities

What does a clinician need to know about low-carbohydrate (LC) diets? This review examines and compares the safety and the effectiveness of a LC approach as an alternative to a low-fat (LF), high-carbohydrate diet, the current standard for weight loss and/or chronic disease prevention. In short-term and long-term comparison studies, ad libitum and isocaloric therapeutic diets with varying degrees of carbohydrate restriction perform as well as or better than comparable LF diets with regard to weight loss, lipid levels, glucose and insulin response, blood pressure, and other important cardiovascular risk markers in both normal subjects and those with metabolic and other health-related disorders. The metabolic, hormonal, and appetite signaling effects of carbohydrate reduction suggest an underlying scientific basis for considering it as an alternative approach to LF, high-carbohydrate recommendations in addressing overweight/obesity and chronic disease in America. It is time to embrace LC diets as a viable option to aid in reversing diabetes mellitus, risk factors for heart disease, and the epidemic of obesity.

The most important nutrition document in the US

Monday, May 16th, 2011 | Activities, Audio

Learn how The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a governmental description of what constitutes a nutritious diet, has become a political tool of the US Department of Agriculture. Listen to how the USDA operates under a large conflict of interest — they must maximize the sale of American farm products, mainly wheat and corn, while providing guidelines for what Americans should eat. This typically means that their definition of “nutritious” is crafted to coincide with what the farmers grow despite the negative impact on our health.

This is the story told by someone in the trenches — an expert in nutrition who has your health as her number one concern. Listen and be amazed. You’ll be outraged at what you hear.

What to Eat When You’re Pregnant … and Why.

Sunday, May 1st, 2011 | Activities, Audio

Learn how to choose food during your pregnancy that keeps you healthy and prevents your baby from becoming overweight as a child or developing diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure as an adult! Moreover, you’ll hear from a mom and a nutritional researcher why this is so. Join us and hear how to eat a guilt-free diet that is good for you and your baby!

Adele Hite — Link to:

A nutrition education breakthrough!

Saturday, April 16th, 2011 | Activities

Valerie Berkowitz, RD develops “The Stubborn Fat Fix Study Guide” for Registered Dietitians, who can now receive Continuing Education credits for learning how to help people through a reduced-carbohydrate approach to health. Poster session at North Carolina Dietetic Association Conference Adele Hite presents information on the lack of science behind the Dietary Guidelines.

Press Conference in Response to the Release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans National Press Club

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 | Activities

Members of the Healthy Nation Coalition respond to the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines at a press conference sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Sally Fallon Morrell:
Weston A. Price Foundation

Morton Satin:
The Salt Institute’s Response to the 2010 Guidelines

Adele Hite:
The USDA’s Pyramid Scheme

Peter Farnham:
Nutrition and Metabolism Society

Pam Schoenfeld, Registered Dietitian:
A Dietitian’s Response to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines

Dr. James E. Carlson B.S.,D.O.,M.B.A.,J.D.: