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Why you should embrace the role of industry dietitians

A dietitian makes a difference by working with a supplement company.

MLHS1.jpgMichelle Latinsky is a Toronto-based registered dietitian and the manager of nutrition education at Jamieson Laboratories, where she has worked for the past 10 years.  In this role, Michelle leads all nutrition communications programs, acts as a media spokesperson, and educates consumers and healthcare professionals about natural health products and their therapeutic use. Michelle is also a long-time Executive Committee member of the Dietitians of Canada Business & Industry Network (DCBIN). You can reach her at, connect on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @mlatinskyRD.

I have a confession to make – I work in industry promoting supplements (natural health products).

Dietitians often ask me how I can feel comfortable working in this area. Their beliefs are that there is not enough evidence to support their use, that they don’t really work, and that we can get all the nutrients we need from diet alone. 

However, I’ve been working in this area for a long time now, and I’ve come to see things in a different way. continue reading

An enlightening dietitian sorts the science from science fiction

A dietitian addresses misinformation in the media.

RosieHS1.JPGRosie Schwartz is a consulting dietitian and author of The Enlightened Eater's Whole Foods Guide. Her passion for enlightening her clients with real evidence-based information led to her series of Enlightened Eater books. Rosie has been writing about enlightened eating for more than 20 years and is currently a columnist for Parents Canada and Diabetes Dialogue magazines. She is also a frequent contributor to the Medical Post newspaper. Visit her website, or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Enlightened eating can indeed be a daunting task. We are constantly bombarded with confusing nutrition messages. Studies about nutritional issues are often reported in the media without any context and consequently, can add to the confusion. Sorting the science from the science fiction has become increasingly difficult. My blog, Enlightened Eater, allows me to address these issues head on and engage with my readers and clients directly. 

I recently addressed an interview of Nina Teicholz, the author of The Big Fat Surprise, on CBC's The Current. continue reading

A dietitian takes action: Responding to misleading nutrition information via a letter to the editor

Tanis-Headshot.jpgDr. Tanis Fenton – Registered Dietitian and Epidemiologist – is best known for her work as Evidence Analyst for DC’s Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition, Nutrition Research Lead for Alberta Health Services and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Fenton has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts, which have advanced dietitians’ collective understandings in challenging practice areas. Dr. Fenton was recently named a 2014 DC Fellow – congratulations Tanis!

Reading a health column in Reader’s Digest (Canada), a popular health and lifestyle magazine sold in grocery stores, I saw recommendations for cleansing. They suggested reducing food intake to a minimum and relying on juices only for up to 8 days, to gain the benefits of reduced “exposure to toxins and allow certain organs, such as the liver, to rejuvenate” (April 2013). There were 3 authors to the article, a yoga instructor whom provided quite reasonable advice, a medical doctor, and a Nutritionist, the latter two whose responses were concerning. continue reading

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