Got a chance to catch up with Dr. Arseneau (aka Tina) this weekend and got some good insight on some of the topics affecting nutrition for us today. Tina will be writing for the K-Tip Fit Club on a regular basis.
How did you get interested in natural medicine topics?
I have been interested in health since I was young and have always stayed active with sports and dancing. A few years ago I heard about the ‘eating for your blood type diet’ and my mom gave me a book called Eat This and Live. I really began to think about where my food comes from. Then I saw Food Inc. and Food Matters and my passion for food and natural health topics really took off. I started reading and watching everything I could find on these topics and couldn’t believe how much sense it all made, and that I had learned nothing about these topics while in pharmacy school.
What do you want readers of your blog to gain?
I am hoping to spark interest in the topics I discuss in people who did not know they had an interest. I feel like this is information I had to seek out on my own and was not readily available to me, so I want to ensure others have access to this information. I really hope my blog will be able to help people.
What are some topics you may think differently about than the general public/health care field?
There are many of them – Lyme disease, use of fluoride in drinking water, mercury fillings, cancer (use of CT scans, mammograms, Gerson diet, chemotherapeutic agents), artificial sweeteners, genetically modified ingredients, importance of organic eating, MSG, gluten, autism, and controversies with vaccines.
What are some of your other interests/passions?
Traveling, dancing, cooking, spending time with my dogs, and being involved in volunteer work
What are the biggest challenges facing our food supply?
Big corporations like Monsanto taking over and threatening the business of smaller farmers who are trying to do the right thing. I think pesticides and genetically modified crops are a big problem and hope organic farmers can continue to prosper in the current environment.
You are a pharmacist, don’t you endorse medications? Where do you draw the line between the need for modern medicine and being a naturalist?
I would say I am not your typical pharmacist! I think that there definitely is a time and place for medications; however, they are overused in our medical society at this time. Instead of asking why a patient has a certain problem and fixing the actual problem, we give a medication for the symptom. This doesn’t stop the source of the problem so the patient needs to be on the medication long term or the problem comes back. However, it is not solely the fault of physicians – many patients find it easier to take a pill every day then to make lifestyle modifications, so it is a vicious cycle. This leaves people who are seeking to fix the actual problem and to use natural options with very limited information and support.
For more info and exciting topics on nutrition be sure to check out Tina's blog: www.tinaspharm.com
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