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Sign the Petition to Label GMO Foods!

Do you really know what’s on your plate? Tomorrow’s Halloween, but many consumers are actually getting tricked all year round. Even if you try to make healthier food choices, there’s a dirty secret that the big agricultural companies don’t want you to know about.

Your plate may contain “Frankenfoods” that are not found in nature. Genetically engineered foods are created through bioengineering and can be made from inserting genes from one species into another. (Think fish genes added to tomato genes.) These combinations are intended to bring out desired traits, ward off pests, or withstand herbicides and pesticides used in their cultivation.

The problem is that genetically engineered foods are unlabeled, so you don’t know you’re eating them. And most Americans are eating them every day. In fact, genetically engineered ingredients are in 75% of the foods on America’s supermarket shelves.

Though the FDA deems these foods “Generally Recognized as Safe,” GMOs have never been tested, so no one knows for sure what effect they’re having on our bodies.

Worst of all, GMOs have also been linked to toxic and allergic reactions in people, and to sickness, sterility, and fatalities in livestock. They have also shown to be linked to damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals.

While many European and South American countries have outright bans against genetically engineered foods in their regions, America doesn’t even label GMO foods as such.

What can you do?

Celebrating Our Vibrant Community at the October Live Conference

This past weekend, Integrative Nutrition students from all over the country – and the world! – came together in New York for our live conference, while thousands more tuned in via live stream.

We are so proud and grateful for the enthusiasm, curiosity, and talents of our diverse community. That’s why we asked six exceptional students and graduates, chosen for their social media savvy, to share their conference experience on our blog. Get IINspired by their perspective, and then share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Katie Langenhoven
This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference that took place in New York City without leaving my home here in Maryland (isn’t technology awesome?). One thing that struck me about the conference was the unity found among a large amount of diversity. I relish the relationships, knowledge and wisdom I have gained through the loving and supportive environment from a school which is so much more than simply a nutrition school. I am excited to be a wave in the ripple of health, support and encouragement washing all over the world!

Integrative Nutrition Live October Conference

This past weekend, more than 500 students came together from across the globe – and thousands more tuned in online - to celebrate the Integrative Nutrition community and advance our knowledge of health and wellness.

With an exciting roster of speakers, including Marion Nestle, Joy Bauer, Neal Barnard, Daphne Oz, and Terry Walters – as well as a number of successful grads and fitness professionals – the conference was vibrant, energizing and IINspiring.

IIN’s founder and director, Joshua Rosenthal, led an intensive reflection on primary food and opened a discussion about students’ intentions, addressing how the conference could inspire them to meet those goals. He also revealed the new IIN Plate and announced the upcoming launch of Wellness Today, a one-stop website for all your health and nutrition needs.

Nutrition News: Organic Produce Found More Nutritious, Sleep Deprivation Hinders Weight Loss, and more…

That Stanford study on organic food that caused such a ruckus? Some researchers at Newcastle University in England found contrary evidence in a similar study - namely, that organic produce is more nutritious. (New York Times)

Missing out on a full night's sleep affects more than your energy and your immune system. Research reveals that our fat cells also become metabolically groggy, meaning that sleep deprivation can make losing weight even more difficult and may even contribute to obesity. (CNN)

Jared Koch, 2005 graduate and founder of Clean Plates, weighs in on our intimate, but dysfunctional relationship with food, as part of a new series, "Conscious Palate" for Take Part.

Food Day—It's Time to Eat Real!

One week from today – Wednesday, October 24th – marks the second annual celebration of Food Day. Here at Integrative Nutrition, we are proud to be a Food Day partner - and to encourage our community to get involved and eat real! Here is some background on the event - as well as suggestions for how you can get involved - from Food Day Campaign Manager, Lilia Smelkova.

Food Day is an annual, nationwide celebration and a movement towards more healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. This year, there are more than 2,000 Food Day events all around the country, including festivals in Baltimore, New York City, and Savannah, and a conference on “The Future of Food: 2050” in Washington, DC.

You're Invited: See Integrative Nutrition LIVE (Again!)

Did you get a chance to join the live broadcast of our September conference?

We gathered in New York City with 800 students from 10 countries around the world, and for the first time ever, another 5,000 tuned in online!

It was an amazing weekend of energy and inspiration where we learned from Integrative Nutrition Founder and Primary Teacher Joshua Rosenthal; Ayurvedic expert John Douillard, DC; New York Times food writer Mark Bittman; medical ethics authority Bernie Siegel, MD; and other fantastic speakers.

Our second conference of the season is coming up this weekend and we want you to join us again via Live Stream!

Health Coach Stars on Hit TV Show “The Doctors”

While the curriculum at Integrative Nutrition teaches students how to launch an entrepreneurial health coaching business, our students come to the program with a number of different skills. These diverse backgrounds in healthcare, business, or even the performing arts have led our graduates to pursue dynamic, influential careers in a wide range of fields.

This week, we highlight the success of Melanie Woodrow, a television reporter and yoga teacher who used her IIN education to launch an exciting TV career in health and wellness. She recently became the investigative reporter for the hit show, The Doctors!

What led you to discover Integrative Nutrition?

I was working as a television reporter at a local news station and teaching yoga. The Health Coach Training Program was a way to bridge the gap between my love for all things related to health and wellness and my passion for investigative reporting.

Nutrition News: Why We All Should Care About Prop 37, How Likely You Are to Respond to Exercise, and More…

It's one thing to vote with our forks. It's another thing entirely for the food movement to turn actively political. But activist Michael Pollan says now is the time to show Big Agriculture that we mean business when it comes to labeling GMOs. Here's why we all should care about California's Proposition 37.

Research suggests that certain bodies are more responsive to the benefits of regular exercise, and now there's a genetic test. The test only measures physical fitness, however, and not the long-term psychological or health benefits that regular exercise can have for all of us. (TIME)

A sugar-sweetened beverage tax may be "the single most effective measure to reverse the obesity epidemic," according to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But if that doesn't convince you, here's more on the soda tax debate. (New York Times)

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen

Welcome to the latest in our Integrative Nutrition Reviews series, where we consider books, movies, and other media related to health, food, and personal wellness. Want to suggest something for us to review? Post it in the comments!

We’ve all known someone who has been affected by cancer. Though there are many aspects of this terrible disease that still remain a tragic mystery, thankfully researchers now know that many forms of cancer can be prevented simply by eating whole foods, exercising regularly, and making healthy lifestyle choices. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to learn and empower all of us to take charge of our own health and adopt habits conducive to a long, happy life.

But what if you or someone you love has already been diagnosed with the “Big C”?  Are there any ways you can take matters into your own hands? That’s exactly what Integrative Nutrition graduates Annette Ramke, Class of 2010, and Kendall Scott, Class of 2009, did when the they were diagnosed with cancer. Kendall is a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor diagnosed at age 27, and Annettte survived breast and ovarian cancer, with her first diagnosis at 36. Together they’ve just released Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen, an inspiring cookbook and guide designed to help people not only survive, but thrive, during cancer – from diagnosis through intense treatment and beyond.

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