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“The human body is the universe in miniature. That which cannot be found in the body, is not to be found in the universe. Hence the philosopher’s formula, that the universe within, reflects the universe without. It follows therefore, that if our knowledge of our own body could be perfect, we would know the universe.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Artemis in the City Blog

Are You Pouring On the Pounds?

Posted: Wed, Sep 9, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

"Are you pouring on the pounds?" In an effort to encourage New Yorkers to cut back on sugary beverages, the New York City Health Department is urging New Yorkers to think about the sugar-sweetened beverages they are drinking. The image used in the new public service campaign ad is a soda, sports drink or sweetened ice tea beverage that is turning to fat as it is being poured into glasses. The main message is, "Don't drink yourself fat." This campaign is another great effort by New York City to help improve the health of New Yorkers while sending a message to the world that it is a health conscious city. To read the recent August 31, 2009 press release click here.

Since 2002, New York City has consistently passed bills to improve the health of its city and is continuously working hard to show America what it takes to create a healthy city. In 2002, New York City became one of the first major cities to ban smoking in bars and in restaurants. Just four years later, with help from leaders in the field of nutrition such as Walter Willet, MD, PhD Chair, Department of Nutrition at Harvard University and the support and efforts by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and its students and alumni, as well as the help from many others, the use of trans fats in food was pushed to the forefront of New York City's health agenda. In December 2006, New York City's board of health voted to ban the use of trans fats by restaurants and bakeries with the full ban on trans fats going into effect by 2008.

New York City is known as the first city to ban trans fats, but the small community of Tiburon in Northern California, just outside of San Francisco,

Help End Factory Farming

Posted: Thu, Sep 3, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

Last week while I was shopping at a book store, the cover of the latest August 31, 2009 edition of Time Magazine caught my eye. I couldn't help but notice it because there on the front cover is a large photo of a package of hamburger meat, one of the most dangerous products in our food system. In the middle of the package of hamburger meat is a warning label which reads, "WARNING: This hamburger may be hazardous to your health. Why the American food system is bad for our bodies, our economy and our environment - and what some visionaries are trying to do about it." The cover further implies through its title "The Real Cost of Cheap Food," that behind America's food system and corporate farming practices, there have been great costs at all levels, not only to the health of Americans but also to the health of our planet.

Seeing the subject of factory farming positioned on the cover of Time is a positive sign that people are now finally listening to these visionaries who have been out there on the front lines for years educating and warning the public of the consequences of industrialized farming practices that are not sustainable or honorable and that go against laws of nature. This article is further support for a small few who have been fighting a tough battle against very powerful industries, including our own government, in order to protect the health of people, our environment as well as the quality of life for livestock animals and to preserve the integrity of real food.

You might have thought that the quality of food would have been a priority and would have at least mattered to our policy makers in government,

Summer Update

Posted: Tue, Aug 18, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

Happy August!

I hope you are surviving the hot summer weather. To help you keep cool, please check out my website recipe section that just launched in May 2009.

I have posted a few new healthy recipes such as Cucumber Ginger Lemonade, Glowing Goddess Green Juice and Healthy Spring Rolls with Almond Sauce. All are made with raw foods which are very cooling and detoxifying. Click here to go to the recipe login page.

This year has really gone by so fast and it is hard to believe that there are only four more months left in 2009. Time flies when you are having fun!

I have enjoyed meeting so many of you at the various Artemis in the City events and health fairs. It has been a magical summer teaching people about food and helping them heal. When you have time, click here to read some of my new client testimonials.

I have added a new toll-free number, 866-330-5421. No matter where a person lives within the United States, they can give me a call for free. Please let your

Interview with Behavioral Scientist Amy Hale

Posted: Wed, Aug 5, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

Danielle Heard, MS, HHC, founder of Artemis in the City was recently interviewed by fellow Columbia University Alumni, friend and behavioral scientist Dr. Amy Hale.

Dr. Hale is interested in individual and environmental health and wellness. She writes a blog tiled "Making The Easy Choice...Sustainably." In her blog, Dr. Hale focuses on issues such as healthy living, individual wellness, the environment and sustainability.

It was an honor to be interviewed by Dr. Hale. Please click here to read the interview, "You Are What You Eat: 'Live' Foods Give Life, Reverse Disease."

You can also follow Dr. Hale on Twitter, click here!

Three Decades to a Sick Nation

Posted: Mon, Jul 13, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

Over the past 30 years, we have made changes to our nations' food supply that are greater than any other period in human history. We have moved our country away from traditional food and into a world of factory farmed and factory produced food that is not only harmful to our environment but is killing Americans.

Today, there is very little food in our grocery stores that is real food and that is healthy to eat. People now think that food comes in boxes with hundreds of different ingredients. When eaten, these foods slowly poison people until they develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, auto-immune system diseases, and many other serious diseases including obesity. This poor quality food is creating enormous health care costs.

Across America is a sea of fast food and restaurant chains that are serving the same meals in a thousand locations. How can they do this? They accomplish this by creating cheap, prepackaged food that contains a toxic mixture of sugar, chemicals and preservatives. The food is nutrient-poor and the meat products are made from animals that have been raised inhumanely and not sustainably. The food is then cooked in harmful disease causing fats such as hydrogenated oil which is high heated and used over and over again.

Our government has allowed for this to happen to our society through legislation.

US Hospitals Serve Toxic Food to Patients

Posted: Sat, Jul 11, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

This might look like a typical healthy breakfast to you (cereal, blueberry muffin, low-fat milk, orange juice, jelly and margarine), but to those of us who have studied nutrition from an alternative healing perspective, this is a nutrient-poor, highly refined and denatured breakfast that consists mainly of simple carbohydrates, refined sugar and bad fats. This breakfast is not healing or health supportive and is the type of toxic meal that can lead to many chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity and cancer.

This meal was served to my mother this morning while she was being treated as a hospital patient at Good Shepherd Medical Center. My mother, who is a diabetic and kidney dialysis patient, is trying to recover from a gall bladder attack. After serving my mother this high sugar breakfast, the hospital server then asked her if she would like pork or chicken salad for lunch. The hospital then planned to serve my mother a meal containing saturated fat. Saturated fat is a known cause of gall stones. A meal consisting of animal fat and other unhealthy fats could potentially cause another gall bladder attack. What is even more disturbing, is that the hospital staff could not identify the ingredients of the food. 

This food is unhealthy even for a well person to eat. It is also dangerous for people to eat food without knowing what ingredients have been added. This is especially so for people who are sick.

It is not surprising to see this type of food served in hospitals since it is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and the American Dietetic Association.

Aspartame - Why Take the Risk?

Posted: Sat, Jun 27, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

A couple of months ago, while I was in the checkout line at the grocery store, I noticed the products in the basket of the woman next to me. I am always curious to investigate and discover what a person chooses to feed their body. What initially drew my attention to her cart was the overflowing boxes of green tea in her basket. Seems like a good healthy choice - right? But why was she buying so many boxes of the same green tea product?

I asked her if I could see one of the boxes of green tea in her basket. Listed in the ingredients was the artificial sweetener aspartame which is also known as NutraSweet and Equal. Now most people who choose to drink green tea, do so for its health supportive properties. I was completely shocked to learn that a green tea product contained aspartame, which is a known excitotoxin and is considered by many reputable experts to be a chemical poison. I realized that this woman must not know the truth about this artificial sweetener, and that there is still an important need to educate the public about aspartame.

Why was this woman buying so many boxes of green tea with aspartame? Excitotoxins like aspartame and MSG are used in food products to enhance flavor. They affect the brain and actually make people crave and consume more of them. I left the store that day knowing that I must speak out again against this deadly chemical poison.

Food as Medicine

Posted: Fri, Jun 19, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

On June 11, 2009, Danielle Heard, MS, HHC, of Artemis in the City was featured in the health section of the Longview News-Journal. The article titled "Food as Medicine," was written by the Longview News-Journal's health and business editor, Mike Elswick.

It was an honor to be interviewed by Mike and really appreciate and thank him for his time spent interviewing, researching, writing and creating such a great article. In addition to the article, the Longview News-Journal published two healthy recipes from the Artemis in the City recipe section of the website.

If you would like the opportunity to read the article, please click on the article link "Food as Medicine" to open a pdf version. The file is 5,135 KB and will take a minute to download. If you would like to print the article you will need to adjust the print size to fit your paper. Enjoy!

Additionally, if you are interested in attending the upcoming event "Sweet Misery - A Poisoned World" documentary film showing on aspartame, which will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 6:30 PM in Longview, TX, please RSVP! For a full description, please click on the event link above. Hope to see you there!

Interview on the Scene

Posted: Wed, Jun 17, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

For those of you who are not in the East Texas area and were unable to watch my recent television interview, I have managed to convert the interview into a video format that is viewable on the Internet.

It was an honor to be asked by Jan Statman to be a guest on her local television show, Scene. Jan is a very talented artist (painter), writer, instructor, talk show host, friend and anything else she passionately dreams up. Jan is originally from the Bronx, New York and graduated with a fine arts degree from Hunter College in New York City. Though she has lived for many years in the small East Texas town of Longview, Jan has continued to produce world class art which is exhibited throughout the United States and is owned by many art collectors.

Scene is a local talk show that Jan produces to encourage the arts and culture in the community. Scene airs each week on Channel 26 in Longview and Kilgore, Texas on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7:30 PM. The scheduled air times for my interview are Wednesday, June 10 and 17 and Thursday June 11 and 18 at 7:30 PM. The interview is also scheduled to run at random times throughout each day through June 25, 2009.

Open the full article to see a larger video with volume control.

Building a Meditation Labyrinth for Robbins

Posted: Sun, Jun 14, 2009
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC

I will never forget the night that my dear friend Robbins Davis and I were talking and he informed me that he had started to wear a kilt. My response was with shock and concern that he would wear 'a skirt' in East Texas. He assured me that all was cool and sent me photos and funny videos of the Utili Kilts that he was wearing. From then on I loved and admired seeing my friend in his stylish kilts.

Robbins was a wonderful and very special person. He was unique, creative, talented, funny, kind, sensitive, caring and accepting. He was also extremely intelligent and you would never know that he had suffered a brain injury in an accident while in high school. Robbins would have to remind me and would ask that I call him or email him reminders because he was not good with remembering. In fact, it was his injury that led him to wearing kilts to keep his body cool and to applying dark black eye-makeup around his eyes to prevent him from having migraines. He cared less about what people thought and overtime developed himself into a well loved home-town hero. Everyone that met Robbins loved him. He was often referred to as the pirate because his stylish garb reminded people of Johnny Depp's character Jack Sparrow in the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean."


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