Noted Nutrition Expert and Health Educator to Talk at the Hudson School April 25th 7-8pm – Open to Public
Noted Nutrition Expert and Health Educator to Talk at the Hudson School
April 25th 7-8pm – Open to Public
Laura Lagano, a registered dietitian, nutrition expert and health educator who espouses a holistic approach to healthcare called functional medicine, will speak at the Hudson School. Her talk is scheduled for April 25, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Open to the public – $10 non-Hudson families, $7 Hudson parents, Hudson students may attend free of charge.)
In her lecture, “The Lowdown on Detox: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Detox Diets and Cleanses,” Lagano will discuss the popular detoxification diets that millions of Americans have tried — for good or ill. She’ll clear up the popular misconceptions that many people have about detox diets.
Lagano will precede her talk by giving audience members a short questionnaire to determine their “toxic load” level. She’ll then demonstrate recipes that enhance detoxification and discuss foods and supplements that support it. She’ll also explain why she practices functional medicine, which entails getting to the route of a patient’s problem and treating the underlying causes of his or her dietary problems, rather than simply the symptoms of the problems. Her brand of nutrition counseling, she says, represents a marked departure from conventional dietetics and healthcare. By investigating the antecedents and triggers of a disease or dietary problem, she treats the whole person, not simply a set of symptoms.
“Most people have known someone who is on a detox diet,” says Lagano, whose office is Hoboken. “People who eat only fruit or follow the Master Cleanse or drink green juices all day. Yet these diets make many people ill and, even worse, send some to the hospital.”
Detoxification is a natural bodily process, says Lagano. Yet the problem is that we live in a world filled with toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the products we use to clean ourselves and our houses and, perhaps most perniciously, in the foods we eat.
“We need to start thinking about how to properly facilitate the active process of detoxification,” says Lagano. “Popular culture would have us believe that detox is a noun. It’s not: It’s a verb.”
Lagano has written for periodicals such as Cooking Light, Environmental Nutrition, and The American Nurse and has been quoted in The New York Times, Child, Glamour, and Food Arts. She is a former New Jersey Dietetic Association media rep and food spokesperson and has appeared on CNN, the Food Network and Fox.
She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from SUNY Oneonta and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is a doctoral candidate in Health Education. She is both a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutritionist/Dietitian (New York State). She has immersed herself in the world of food, nutrition, and healing for over 30 years. (more information can be found at www.lauralagano.com)
The Hudson School, a small, independent school for grades 5-12 accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, was founded in 1978 by Suellen Newman. A community of scholars, it offers academically motivated and creative children a rigorous and broad college preparatory curriculum. The school’s need-blind admissions policy assures that its doors remain open to the families of every qualified child regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For information about the admissions process, please contact Mrs. Newman, founder and director, at 201.659.8335, ext. 107, or visit http://thehudsonschool.org/.