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About Clinical Nutritionist

I am a clinical nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, certified in Nutrition Support for almost 20 years. Nutrition is a fascinating science that I will continue to study and teach! After developing a Minor in Nutrition and subsequently obtaining a Master's degree in Nutrition from Columbia University, I realized the study of nutrition can be a lifelong endeavor! I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and professional opinions with individuals who are interested in improving their health and wellbeing through nutrition.

Update on our Nutrition Consultation winner


Hi again.

Just wanted to update folks on Sally Anne’s progress, with her permission.  Since our exchange began on March 16th, Sally has lost 7 pounds and has been told she even looks thinner.  Eating frequently with adequate protein is an important step to boosting metabolism and curbing night time cravings.  She has started resistance training and is consuming more protein so she is maintaining lean body mass and losing fat tissue.  She has started a workout routine from home,  is taking targeted nutrition support supplements and has been developing menus based  on a 1200 Calorie balanced diet.  She no longer consumes products with the artificial sweetener sucralose and uses the natural sweetener stevia instead.   Sally is an excellent student, she’s quite motivated and is looking forward to having more energy to kayak and enjoy the summer.

Expert Advice for Those Who Want to Gain Weight.


Yes, as we can see from so many posts here at Metabolism.com, some folks just can’t slow their metabolism down and keep their weight up! It is true some people just have a “high metabolism”… they burn up Calories like they were a fiery furnace. My professor at Columbia University’s College of Physician and Surgeons Institute of Human Nutrition was such an individual. He was tall and thin and took part in a study where he consumed an extra 6,000 Calories per day for 2 weeks and didn’t gain a pound! This can actually be frustrating for some people and needs to be addressed as seriously as the desire for weight loss is. No one wants to just gain adipose tissue (fat) either. Most people want to gain HEALTHY WEIGHT by increasing their lean body mass/muscle. A person’s total Calorie, protein, carbohydrate, fat and fluid needs depend on their height, weight, activity, gender, age, and yes, their metabolism! Metabolic rate can actually be measured by an indirect calorimetry machine. Once we know what your basal or resting metabolic rate is, we would factor in activity and other variables. It is always important to work on a weight gain program with a nutrition professional. Nutrition plans and supplementation should be developed by a professional so that you are not led astray and given misinformation. We have had inquiries about supplements such as L-carnitine and CLA for example. Always learn the basics about a supplement and see if it is really appropriate for YOU to use. I will answer quickly about L-carnitine because it is a popular supplement. Think of a CAR… it can carry things… CARnitine is like a little car that carries fatty acids across the cell membrane and into the mitochondria where they can be burned for fuel. We are able to produce carnitine ourselves and it is found in most animal based foods. However, some people may not produce enough and functional levels can be determined by a Spectracell test (see SpectraCell.com Comprehensive Nutritional Panel). Now, that is just a little Nutrition 101 for CARnitine… there is more where that came from, and as always,

Consider having an individualized consultation!

Beth Ellen DiLuglio

Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N
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Water, Water Everywhere…Is Our Drinking Water Safe?


Nor any drop to drink.  Remember the dilemma of the Ancient Mariner?   Water everywhere but none safe to drink.  Have we found ourselves with the same dilemma?  Heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and even radioactive elements have been found in our drinking water.  What are we to do about something so essential to health?  Water is the blood of life.  Our bodies are 60-70% water and it is necessary for transport, temperature control and the basic functions of metabolism.  We can only go a number of days without it,  while we could literally go for weeks without food (not that I recommend that!).  Most folks need at least 1/2 ounce of water for each pound of body weight ( 30 mls per kilogram of body weight in metric).  Fluid needs may change with exercise, kidney function and other variables so the initial calculation is just a baseline.  But where should we get our fluids?  Purified water with lemon juice, lime juice or alkalizing minerals would be ideal.  But what about tap water?  What about it… or more importantly, what is in it!  I refer you to EWG.ORG for an assessment of the nation’s drinking water… find your city on the list!  I encouraged them to also assess the level of radiation in the water as well because we know it can factor into health risk.

What about bottled water?  Bottled water is water in a bottle, period.   You must look further to learn exactly how and if it has been purified.  Some bottled water simple states that it is from a “municipal source,”  basically tap water!  Although bottled water must meet certain standards, just as tap water must, they may not be removing all undesirable contaminants.  We collected drinking water samples at RPHP and found radioactivity was greatest in samples within 20 miles of a nuclear power plant.  The water 40 miles away had less radiation but after reverse osmosis, almost all the radiation was removed.  That is why I encourage people to be sure their water is purified/filtered by either reverse osmosis or distillation.  Because that does remove ALL minerals, along with the radioactive ones, I am sure to supplement appropriately with minerals and trace elements.  Again, everyone’s needs are different and someone with decreased kidney function would not supplement unless guided by a healthcare practitioner.  Bottomline… be sure to get enough clean alkalized water to support your health and metabolism!

Dr. Oz may have the tools he needs right in his pocket!


We all hope that our healthcare providers will do their utmost to remain updated on the latest and most progressive treatments and data available.  I am hoping that Dr. Oz will use the tools that I literally slipped right into his pocket at St. Mary’s Hospital during a Children’s Pavilion dedication.  The DVD I gave him was the news coverage of the link between low level radiation and childhood cancer, including the brain cancer clusters in Port St. Lucie and Miami Florida.  Being in Palm Beach County is especially high risk because we are in between the two nuclear power plants and we have a relatively high level of rainfall.  The rain brings the radioactive elements down to ground level where they leach into drinking water and into crops.  The combination of radiation and agricultural chemicals has an even more insidious affect.  The cancer clusters in West Palm Beach are following the same pattern.
The evidence is overwhelming and I was hoping to educate Dr. Oz on the subject so that he could use his public voice and television personality to shed light on the issue.  I provided him with the website for Radiation.org and a direct phone number for follow up.  Perhaps we can give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that he has been studying the issue in depth and will use his public appeal to begin to really address the underlying causes of childhood cancer.

We all hope that our healthcare providers will do their utmost to remain updated on the latest and most progressive treatments and data available.  I am hoping that Dr. Oz will use the tools that I literally slipped right into his pocket at St. Mary’s Hospital during a Children’s Pavilion dedication.  The DVD I gave him was the news coverage of the link between low level radiation and childhood cancer, including the brain cancer clusters in Port St. Lucie and Miami Florida.  Being in Palm Beach County is especially high risk because we are in between the two nuclear power plants and we have a relatively high level of rainfall.  The rain brings the radioactive elements down to ground level where they leach into drinking water and into crops.  The combination of radiation and agricultural chemicals has an even more insidious affect.  The cancer clusters in West Palm Beach are following the same pattern.

The evidence is overwhelming and I was hoping to educate Dr. Oz on the subject so that he could use his public voice and television personality to shed light on the issue.  I provided him with the website for Radiation.org and a direct phone number for follow up.  Perhaps we can give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that he has been studying the issue in depth and will use his public appeal to begin to really address the underlying causes of childhood cancer.

Radiation Poisoning Remains a Concern in 2010…… by BethEllen DiLuglio


As a clinical nutritionist and author, it can be difficult to prioritize issues and actions.  For several years, my number one concern is the fact that radioactive elements, known to cause childhood and adult cancer, osteoporosis, anemia and immune deficiency, are regularly released into our air and water.  I first learned of this iniquity in 1997 when I became involved in the RPHP “Tooth Fairy Project” at the suggestion of Dr. Ernest Sternglass.  Dr. Sternglass is an author, director of RPHP and professor emeritus of Radiological Physics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Tooth Fairy Project.

The study basically measures radioactive Strontium 90 (Sr90) in children’s teeth and in drinking water supplies.  Strontium is an essential nutrient important to bone structure and health.  The radioactive form, Sr90, can be taken up into teeth and bones where it basically radiates the bone marrow.  This constant bombardment damages red  blood cells and white blood cells (the foundation of our immune system!).  Its breakdown products can also travel to other organs such as the brain, pancreas, breast and prostate.  The resulting anemia, immune deficiency, osteoporosis,  leukemia and other types of cancer can be easily predicted.

The cancer causing effects of radioactive nutrients is well known, and led the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to recommend that counties close to a nuclear power plant stock Potassium Iodide to be taken as a protective measure in the event of a nuclear accident.  Saturating the thyroid with the natural element should prevent the radioactive iodine from doing as much damage.

Dr. Sternglass discussed the health effects of low level radiation in his article about childhood cancer in the June 1963 issue of the journal Science. CLICK HERE to link to the article abstract.  Dr. Sternglass presented his paper and findings to President John F. Kennedy and Congress in 1963.  Awareness that Strontium 90 could cause cancer and other health anomalies contributed to a partial Nuclear Bomb Test Treaty between the USA and USSR.
I do hope that they stop releasing these harmful radioactive elements, but until they do, I recommend a few things to reduce your exposure.

First and foremost try to remove the Sr90.  Dr. Sternglass told me that REVERSE OSMOSIS and DISTILLATION will both remove Sr90 from drinking water.  To replace any minerals, be sure to eat lots of mineral rich foods (grown from healthy, nutrient rich soil).  I use Willard Water with Lignite for a trace mineral source.

Secondly, consume lots of antioxidants from FOOD SOURCES such as fresh, vine-ripened fruits and vegetables to protect against free radical damage from the radiation.  Antioxidant superstars include pinto beans, blueberries, prunes, raisins, cranberries, pomegranates, kiwi fruit, red bell pepper, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli just to name a few! CLICK HERE for a list of 277 foods analyzed by the USDA.  See, they are paying attention!  You can also get a pamphlet from the AICR on antioxidants. CLICK HERE to see the PDF or visit AICR.ORG.   Ingestion of seaweed such as kelp appears to be protective as well.

If you are not eating the MINIMUM 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day or are still working toward the RECOMMENDED 9-12 servings per day, consider a personalized NUTRITION CONSULTATION with me!

Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N

Good News About an Old Enemy….Cholesterol!…….. by Beth Ellen DiLuglio M.S., R.D., C.N.S.D., C.C.N., LD/N


Why is everyone picking on cholesterol !?  It is certainly one of the most misunderstood, demonized molecules that our bodies make!  It is so important as a precursor to many important molecules in our bodies and even acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory!  We produce cholesterol on an ongoing basis, for an ongoing reason.  If we make too much or eat too much cholesterol, a feedback loop will kick in and slow down production for most people.  Cholesterol drugs called “statins” triger that feedback loop and inhibit cholesterol production.  Unfortunately they reduce production of squalene and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) as well  so people on statin drugs often experience side effects such as muscle cramping and exhaustion.
You must be asking why would we produce cholesterol when drug companies are telling us it is bad for us, so let’s review “Cholesterol 101”.  We are able to convert cholesterol into “vitamin” D, bile acids, cortisol and other vital hormones including DHEA, progesterone, testosterone and estrogen. Cholesterol is incorporated into our cell membranes and is one of the primary lipids in brain tissue! Does that sound like a poison to you?  OF COURSE NOT! Cholesterol is clearly vital to our health.
I put “vitamin” D in quotes for emphasis and to get your attention. Vitamin D is actually a hormone, but that’s another lecture!  It is produced from cholesterol in the skin, in the presence of UV light from the sun.  We can make up to 10,000 units of vitamin D with 30 minutes or so in the sun.   Vitamin D has several target organs including the central nervous system, GI tract, immune system, pancreas and reproductive organs.  Vitamin D is thought to protect us from tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and even some cancers!  Make sure you are making or taking plenty of the “sunshine vitamin”!
What about “bad” or “good” cholesterol?  People like to call LDL a “bad” cholesterol but that is actually misleading.
The liver produces cholesterol and sends it out for delivery on the “LDL bus.”  It can be delivered to the cells that need it at the time.  The “HDL taxi” will pick up left over cholesterol and return it to the liver for recycling or disposal.  Be aware that LDL and HDL can become elevated in response to toxins such as organic solvents, pesticides, heavy metals or even dry cleaning fluid!  Elevated blood lipids should be completely assessed before any drug therapy is initiated!
There is one “bad” cholesterol and that is OXIDIZED cholesterol.  This can lead to a cascade of events that build up plaque in our arteries.  So, how do we prevent OXIDATION?  ANTI-OXIDANTS of course!  Vitamin C and full spectrum natural Vitamin E are especially important.  No wonder why a deficiency of Vitamin C (master antioxidant) can lead to a type of heart disease known as  atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries).  Apparently heart disease and atherosclerosis are not “statin deficiency” diseases after all!
P.S., eat the yolk of your eggs.  Not only do they contain cholesterol that should kick in your feedback loop, but they contain important nutrients such as choline, B12, vitamin E and even vitamin D!
So there, I hope you’ve started to fall in love with cholesterol.  I just had to defend that vital, yet defenseless molecule! Stay tuned for more !  Clinical Nutritionist Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N.  Metabolism.com