Laura attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. where she received her BS in Nutrition Science. Laura is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is certified in Oncology nutrition. Laura works in her private practice, Eating Solutions Inc. and at the Monter Cancer Center, both on Long Island.
Laura performed her dietetic internship through New York Tech's NYCOM program. She did her dietetic rotations at Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, NY. Laura is passionate about the field of nutrition.
As a teenager with acne, Laura was prescribed a broad spectrum antibiotic called Tetracycline. She took it daily for 3 years. Once she went off of it, she began to have strep throat/tonsillitis repeatedly. Laura was put on more antibiotics to treat her throat. At age 23, Laura finally had her tonsils removed as a result of constant illnesses. Laura's health problems weren't over yet1 She seemed to lack energy and constantly felt tired. It was not until she moved to California in 1990, that she went to see a brilliant doctor who diagnosed her with Systemic Candidiasis. This is a condition where the good flora of the intestines are overtaken by a yeast called candida albicans. This resulted in Laura's inability to lose weight (due to hypothyroidism), a bloated appearance, an extreme hunger and thirst and a total lack of energy.
The amazing thing was that this condition was exacerbated by all of the food choices that Laura was making. She was feeding the candidia very well by eating fruit salads, salads with vinegar, bread, drinking diet soda, etc. After following a strict yeast free diet, Laura began to lose weight and gained back her normal energy level. Her thyroid function returned to normal and she was able to stop taking Synthroid and her hormone levels stabilized.
This experience lead to Laura's decision to go back to college for Nutrition Science and become a dietitian. It was due to this food related illness that Laura's passion for nutrition blossomed. She is greatly concerned about the obesity epidemic in this country and wants to educate parents and children about healthy choices to prevent diabetes, heart disease and physical ailments that occur due to overweight. Laura is Certified in Adolescent and Childhood Weight Management.
For the past 7 years Laura has been working in Oncology. Laura has had several friends and family members pass on after their battles with pancreatic, breast, stomach and brain cancer. Laura wanted to broaden her nutrition horizons and challenge herself in an exciting, ever changing field. She has worked at the Monter Cancer Center where she shares her nutrition knowledge to help patients manage their treatment side effects and prevent cancer malnutrition.
Laura's nutrition knowledge has expanded since working in oncology and she brings that into her private practice now. All patients can benefit from cutting back on processed, high fat, salty foods and incorporate more whole foods and plant based meals. Plant based meals provide valuable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein fiber and more. Avoid nitrates in cold cuts, hot dogs, bacon and sausages which are carcinogenic. Everyone would benefit by having a plant based dinner once a week!
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