Understanding Whole Food Nutrition
The Lee philosophy vs. Pharmaceutical Nutrition
Few areas in health are as misunderstood and fraught with misinformation as the field of diet and supplementation. Conflicting fad diets sprout monthly. And despite 50 years of irrefutable research to the contrary, almost everyone still believes in the theory of free radicals and oxidative stress, and the in value of antioxidant supplements. The truth is just starting to emerge in mainstream awareness that synthetic vitamins are quite harmful, but no alternative is offered, other than the less-than-useful “consult your doctor before taking supplements, and eat a balanced diet.” The American Medical Association recommends a daily multivitamin for all, while confirming its harm in JAMA. And the manipulators behind the curtain may even be attempting to eliminate all supplementation as a health option. American health continues to decline, and the solution is simple, readily available and unspoken.
This is a foundational seminar in applying the whole foods philosophy to clinical nutrition. Dr Royal Lee, the greatest nutritionist the world has ever seen and one of the founders of the field, offered truths about food and supplements that modern research has only begun to catch up with in recent years, some five decades after he spoke them. This approach combines an ideal diet of organic, minimally processed, locally-grown food, with food- and plant-based nutritional and botanical supplementation. The seminar deftly compares this with highly processed foods and synthetic “nutraceutical” supplements, which comprise most modern nutritional therapy, and which have only made people sicker. It reveals the antioxidant myth as the lie that it is, and explores some of the mountainous evidence of its harm. The seminar ends with a practical approach to incorporating a superb, time-tested combination of natural medicine formulas for foundational patient care.
Seminar Goals & Objectives
- Learn of the history of clinical nutrition
- Understand the difference between synthetic vitamins and food concentrates
- Discover the health risks associated with chemical vitamins
- Appreciate the compatibility of food supplements with herbal medicine, and the incompatibility of synthetic nutrients with herbal medicine
- Gain knowledge of a practical approach to incorporating whole-food supplements into a clinical practice
Dr Michael Gaeta’s purpose is to create a world of vital, resilient people who find fulfillment through positive contribution, and choose a lifestyle of “nature first, drugs last”. To do this, he works with natural health professionals who want to improve their patient care and practice success.
Michael holds licenses in acupuncture, dietetics-nutrition and massage therapy, and is a doctor of acupuncture in Rhode Island. He earned his MS in acupuncture from the New York College of Health Professions, where he was a faculty member for ten years.
Michael’s teaching is informed by 27 years of successful clinical practice. He co-founded Acupuncture for Veterans, which provided free treatments in New York City. Michael is past president of the Acupuncture Society of New York, earning awards for State Association President and State Association of the Year. He appeared on the CBS Early Show and NBC News, and has trained over 15,000 clinicians since 1993. His wellness radio show attracted over 100,000 subscribers. Michael's first career was as a pianist.
With Richard Schmitt, DC, he launched the first online video education service for Standard Process patients, expertnutritionadvisor.com. With 12 guest faculty, Michael offers the Clinician’s Mastermind Circle (cliniciansmastermind.com), a one-year certification program in natural functional medicine and practice success.