Sabine's Nutrition Blog
“Nutrition Meets Passion”- my tag line on my sign. I call Man and Beast My Little Shop of Love because I am sharing with you what I love. Let me give you the background of my store.
I know that deep in heart my connection to animals was the one truth I could never change. Ever since I was a little girl animals were always drawn to me and me to them. They slept with me, played with me, and followed me to school. There was an unconditional love, loyalty and friendship. This bond was innate and one that stood the test of time for my entire life.
As I grew up, I tossed around the idea of going to Veterinary School and was even enrolled in a Vet tech program but I knew that this was not the right path for me. I entered the field of Nutrition as this was also a passion for me. My life became working in the field of nutrition with a supportive role personally for animals and animal causes.
My background in nutrition is diverse, I have over 25 years’ experience, including obtaining both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nutrition as well as a comprehensive 1-year internship at major medical centers in St Louis through Saint Louis University which allowed me to sit for the national registration exam. I practiced as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutritionist, working in the Capital District, the Berkshires and Boston before returning to my home in Adirondacks. I then worked in many facilities through the Adirondacks as well as opening Adirondack Nutrition Consulting in 1999, my private practice, and Bean’s Goods in the beginning of 2003, Lake Placid’s only lasting health food store operating now under a different name after I sold it.
Over the years I continued to expand the scope of my practice to more complementary and alternative medicine and completed many trainings and certifications. Some of the bigger trainings include: Functional Medicine and Nutrition track by the Institute of Functional Medicine in, Food as Medicine and the Professional Training for Mind-Body Medicine by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and completed the Certified Food & Spirit ProgramTM created by Dr. Deanna Minich and am now a Certified Food & Spirit PractitionerTM. I most recently started a Certification Program by the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy to become a Certified Practitioner.
My private practice focus is a whole-body approach incorporating all parts of health and wellness with the tools I have learned over the years. I am extremely thankful to Dr Gordon, the founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and Dr. Deanna Minich, the founder of the Certified Food & Spirit ProgramTM, who unknowingly through grace and wisdom helped me to discover who I really am again.
As I have designed my practice to provide a whole-body approach to clients, I have also decided to nourish my own passion to do what I love to! I decided to make a change and open Man and Beast. I am passionate about having a place where you can find quality products, supplements and tools to maintain long-term health and want to share things I love with you for both people and pets. Here, at Man and Beast, I am able to integrate my love for animals and my knowledge and training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Mind-Body Medicine and Spiritual Healing all in one package!
Going back to my love of animals. I am not a vet and I am not a professionally trained animal nutritionist, but I do know what our food supply has done to humans and health and I do know what poor animal feed has done to the health of our pets. I have practiced my education, research, and training on nutrition on my pets over the years to help their ailments. This has included homemade foods, quality foods, raw foods and supplements. There has never been a local place to get what I need for my pets so I would always order my products on line and make my own foods. No one has ever offered what I offer in this area before. I saw firsthand what diet changes and quality supplements did to help my pets and am passionate about having a place where others can find these awesome quality products.
I opened Man and Beast in combination with my practice in order to provide people and pets with quality products. I recognized that people who have keen interest in their own nutritional health have the same interest in their pet’s health. So I built a business that has both.
As you walk through the store you will find natural dog and cat food and treats, including the highest rated kibbles, raw foods and dehydrated foods, professional quality lines of supplements for people and pets, inspirational books, CDs, and DVD’s on many topics of health and healing from many of my favorite health experts, personal care products free of chemicals, parabens and gluten for people and pets and much more. Many of the pets foods are humane grade that pay close attention to things such as additives, preservatives, allergens, GMO’s, hormone free, antibiotic free, grass fed, free range and cage free. My nutritional supplement lines go through third party testing and the formulas have the research behind them meeting good manufacturing practices. Man and Beast carries products with a conscious and gives back to organizations and causes. You can find products you can trust.
Please stop at My Little Shop of Love and see firsthand how Nutrition meets Passion. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer as much as I love introducing you to it all.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell you about Man and Beast!
Sabine Weber, MS, RDN, CDN, CFSP
Integrative and Functional Nutritionist
Owner and Operator of Man and Beast &
Adirondack Nutrition Consulting
183 Newman Road
Lake Placid NY 12946
The Nutritional Supplement Industry
~Out of Control or in Control~
Information Presented by Sabine Weber, MS, RDN, CDN, CFSP
Who is controlling the supplement industry? Who is supposed to keeping consumers safe? As a Private Integrative and Functional Nutritionist, I often use nutritional supplements with my clients. It is very important that I trust the companies I recommend and that they are safe for my clients. As was made clear in a recent FDA report on June 17, 2014, the supplement industry is out of control! The general population who is buying and using supplements don’t know what they are buying or how to choose a safe supplement. In order to insure that the supplements you are buying are what you think they are and that they are safe you can certainly rely upon the advice of a qualified professional, or you can educate yourself to make the right decisions on your own. This article discusses the extent of the problem and how one can determine what is actually in the supplements you are buying.
The FDA Report Cautions Against Certain Weight Loss Supplements
The FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the following weight loss supplements because they were found to contain drugs. The supplement Sliming Diet was found to contain sibutramine. Sibutramine, the active ingredient in the obesity drug Meridia, was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 because it can increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some individuals, and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This drug may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking. The supplement Sport Burner was found to contain fluoxetine. Fluoxetine is an FDA approved selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, and other conditions. SSRI drugs are associated with serious side effects including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures, and can interact with other common medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which can cause ventricular arrhythmia or sudden death.
Supplements Recalled Years Ago Still Contain Hidden Drugs and are Still on the Market. Why? What Went Wrong?
A recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that many nutritional supplements contain drugs and other substances that are not supposed to be in these supplements which include steroids and prescription drugs. They also may include substances that have been banned by the certain sports organizations, like the International Olympic Committee. Some supplements may contain substances or ingredients that cause an athlete to test positive for banned substances, even though they have not taken the banned substance.
On October 21, 2014, a report in JAMA reported that almost 10% of the supplements that have been recalled over the past few years are still on the market and many still contain the drugs found in their initial recall. There were 274 supplements recalled between 2009 and 2012, and 27 were still available for purchase online as of 2013. Of those still kept on the market 67% were found to contain one or more pharmaceutical drugs. Eighty-five percent of the sports enhancement supplements tested were still contaminated with drugs like anabolic steroids. Sixty-seven percent of the weight loss supplements tested contained drugs such as the weight loss drug sibutramine, which is banned entirely from the market (not just banned in competitive athletics) or the prescription antidepressant fluoxetine. Twenty percent of the sexual enhancement supplements contained prescription medications like sildenafil.
With these types of scary things happening in the supplement industry you may wonder- How Are Supplements Regulated?
The United States began regulating Dietary Supplements under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) which establishes legal definitions and label guidelines. Dietary supplements are under the review of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but are regulated differently than conventional foods and drugs. Under the DSHEA, manufacturers have a responsibility to validate the safety of their products and for determining that any representations or claims made about their products are supported by adequate evidence to show that they are not false or misleading. The FDA can take action to remove or restrict the sale of a supplement only after it has been on the market and been shown to be unsafe.
A little about how the FDA monitors Supplements
On June 25, 2007, the FDA established a regulation entitled Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) In Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling, Or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements. The Dietary Supplement cGMP rule requires those who manufacture, package, label, or hold a dietary supplement to establish and follow current good manufacturing practice to ensure the quality of the dietary supplement and to ensure that it is packaged and labeled as specified in the master manufacturing record.
These quality standards established by the FDA help ensure their identity, purity, strength, and composition. These standards are designed to prevent the inclusion of the wrong ingredient, the addition of too much or too little of an ingredient, the possibility of contamination, and the improper packaging and labeling of a product. The cGMP apply to all domestic and foreign companies that manufacture, package, label or hold dietary supplements, including those involved with the activities of testing, quality control, packaging and labeling, and distributing them in the U.S. The cGMP is supposed to ensure manufacturers produce unadulterated and properly labeled dietary supplements.
In addition, several independent organizations offer quality testing and allow products that pass these tests to display their seals of approval. These seals of approval provide assurance that the product was properly manufactured, contains the ingredients listed on the label, and does not contain harmful levels of contaminants. These seals of approval do not guarantee that a product is safe or effective.
With all these rules in place, one would think that we would be safe. In cases such as previously reported, safety was not determined until this supplement was on the market. One way to protect yourself is to be sure to buy supplements from a qualified professional who understands the depth of the problems involving adulterated supplements and can guide you in making the right selection. The following are things you can do to inform yourself in making the right selections.
Consider the following claims when questioning a supplement. These can be Red Flags:
Claims that it is quick and easy
Uses testimonials from "real users" to promote the advantages
Claims it's fine for everyone
States it has been used for centuries or millions of years
Belittles the medical or scientific community
Has a secret or special formulation that no other company has
Supplement Safety- Ask Yourself?
Is the Supplement Safe?
Check Consumer Lab and FDA website for recalls, withdrawals and safety alerts.
Is the Supplement Effective?
Check reputable databases such as PubMed and Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database.
Review literature to determine if claims made are credible.
Is the Supplement Likely to be free of Contamination?
Check reputable sites to see if the supplement is free of contamination which includes Consumer Lab, NSF, United States Pharmacopeia, and Informed Choice.
Has the Supplement gone through Third Party Testing?
Make sure that whoever you buy your supplements from has verified that the company uses a 3rd party verification to ensure that cGMPs have been met. It may say that it has been independently tested for authenticity, potency, solvent residue, gluten, herbicide & pesticide residue, heavy metals, aflatoxins, stability and bacteria, yeast and mold counts. It also may use a code like NSF, USP, NPA, TGA, FDA or that cGMPs have been met.
The following are references to research and review supplement safety and effectiveness:
Consumer Lab- www.consumerlab.com
NSF International- www.NSF.org
Informed Choice- www.informed-choice.org
US Pharmacopeial - www.USP.org
Office of Dietary Supplements-www.ods.od.nih.gov
It is important that you work with a practitioner who understands dietary supplements and can help you find reputable companies to ensure they meet cGMP. The reason why I carry nutritional supplements and many of my professional colleagues carry nutritional supplements is because the professional lines we carry have been tested by third party verification and have been shown to be free of contaminants. It also important to ensure that you understand any drug-nutrient interaction or drug-drug interactions, as well as appropriate doses, and that it is safe for you to take. The term "natural" doesn't always mean safe. A supplement's safety depends on many things, such as its chemical makeup, how it works in the body, how it is prepared, and the dose used. Even the supplements that have the USP code and meet cGMP may not be an ideal supplement. For example the forms used, the fillers in it, or the formulation may not have the therapeutic value as a quality supplement or may not be appropriate for you.
To achieve the benefits of Nutritional Supplements, please work with a practitioner that understands supplements. I have both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nutrition and have been trained in Functional Nutrition with extensive training on the use of supplements. I am available for Supplement Makeovers to help you ensure that you are safely supplementing.
Feel free to contact me at:
Sabine Weber, MS, RDN, CDN, CFSP
Adirondack Nutrition Consulting
Information obtained from: National Institute of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, FDA, Emerson Ecologics, and SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition)
All my old posts have been deleted and I'll be starting a new monthly blog! I hope to keep it exciting ad interesting for you. Lot's of fun things happening in the world of Nutrition and Mind-Body Medicine. Don't hesitate to send mean e-mail and ask me a question about something you would like me to write about.
Be well, Sabine