New book: A New Kind of Normal

Several years ago, author Bev Smit’s health decided to go on a long walk. Its destination is unknown, but it is still walking. She noticed that she did not feel well after eating, so she started to investigate the complex relationship between the foods she ate eat and the way she felt. She started a series of experiments with her own diet and saw immediate improvement when she removed common culprits such as gluten, dairy, yeast, sugars and soy from her food choices. But as liberating as this information was, she was bored with the limited choices these restrictions presented.

As a true food lover, she didn’t find plain rice and carrots all that satisfying. She started a personal quest for food that was not only good for her but tasted good as well. This was the beginning of her long journey to A New Kind of Normal.

This guide represents the culmination of her independent research. She covers the basics of nutrition, including the roles that carbohydrates, calories, fats and protein have on the body. She also provides a simple meal plan for those seeking to follow a balanced, healthy, gluten-free lifestyle. The recipes she includes are easy to make and completely adaptable to a variety of dietary restrictions. She proves that it doesn’t necessarily take a medical degree to know a bit more about how the human body works.

Smit was born and raised in Victoria and now lives just a few hours north of where she was born. Until illness forced her retirement, she ran her own sewing shop for twenty years. For more details visit:

New book – Wheat Belly

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Wheat BellyA renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as “wheat”—and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.

Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.

William Davis, MD, is a preventive cardiologist whose unique approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the founder of the program. He lives in Wisconsin.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Rodale Books (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609611543
ISBN-13: 978-1609611545
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches

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New Book Unveils the Role Gluten Plays in Major Ailments

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Restorative Remedies LLC today announced a new book, “Gluten Nation” — exploring the many ways gluten can wreak havoc in the lives of well over 20 million Americans who are gluten sensitive. The book retails for $17.95 US, $19.12 Canada, and is available on Amazon and at  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. “In the world of science and medicine, it is widely known that wheat is the primary cause of celiac disease, a debilitating chronic inflammatory disease affecting the intestine. What is not so widely known is that gluten sensitivity runs a spectrum — only the worst cases becoming celiac disease,” says Jackie Townsend Konstanturos, CEO of Restorative Remedies and co-author of “Gluten Nation.” “This grain of pain is a contributing factor in many illnesses, including autoimmune diseases, arthritis, autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia and more.”

The book is coauthored with Alex Shikhman, M.D., PhD. Dr. Alex, as his patients know him, is one of the leading clinicians and researchers in the field of rheumatology. A former member of Scripps Clinic Division of Rheumatology and a faculty member of the Division of Arthritis Research at The Scripps Research Institute, Dr. Shikhman is the founder of the Institute for Specialized Medicine and heads the Science and Medical Group at Restorative Remedies.

The nutritional guidance for the book was provided by Mary Lyons Collard, MS, RD, RCEP. Mary is a registered dietitian, board certified in sports dietetics, and certified as a registered clinical exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine. She has over 22 years’ experience as a dietitian.

Along with case studies based on true stories and the science of gluten sensitivity, “Gluten Nation” will give the reader a clear step by step path to getting started on their gluten-free diet. Also included are recipes that are not only gluten-free, but also delicious.

About Restorative Remedies

Restorative Remedies is a gluten-free company that offers 37 natural supplement products in eight categories: Immune Support and Inflammation, Metabolic Pathways, Muscle and Nerve Health, Bone Support, Cartilage Support, Gastrointestinal Support, as well as Vitamins and Minerals. All supplements are gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free and are packaged and tested in the United States in accordance with FDA requirements and GMP protocols using the strictest quality control procedures. They are made in America and are housed in a temperature controlled gluten-free facility in San Diego.

Restorative Remedies LLC, founded in 2007, brings highly effective, condition-specific products to market through its online store and through selected professional healthcare providers. Restorative Remedies is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. For more information on the company and its complete line of natural products, please visit or call 1.877.216.9605.