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Spreading the Word About Therapeutic Carbohydrate Restriction in Tennessee

By Chris S. Cornell | July 28, 2021

Amanda Decker Purchases 4,000-Square-Foot Building for Her Growing Metabolic Health & Weight Management Clinic When we last spoke with Amanda Decker, MSN, FNP-C, MHP–a nurse practitioner working for a respected medical group in rural Tennessee—she had recently become one of the very first to receive the Metabolic Health Practitioner (MHP) accreditation from the Society of…


“Stay Off My Operating Table” —Philip Ovadia, MD

By Chris S. Cornell | June 24, 2021

Cardiac surgeon who used carbohydrate restriction to overcome obesity & restore metabolic health is now helping patients avoid heart disease & surgery Over the past 15 years, thousands of people have found their way onto cardiac surgeon Philip Ovadia’s operating table. “Far too many of those surgeries could have been avoided,” laments Ovadia, who has…


He’s Helping Patients Find Metabolic Health on Chicago’s South Side, Now Dr. Tony Hampton Aims to Help the SMHP as Chair of Outreach Committee

By Chris S. Cornell | June 10, 2021

Ever since he discovered the many benefits of therapeutic carbohydrate restriction (TCR), Dr. Tony Hampton has been using this knowledge to help his predominantly African American patients on Chicago’s South Side. The Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners (SMHP) recently announced Dr. Hampton has been named chairman of the organization’s Outreach Committee, which has been formed…


Dr. Ben Bocchicchio to Deliver Grand Rounds Presentation on June 5

By Chris S. Cornell | June 3, 2021

Monthly Grand Rounds presentations are one of the many benefits of being a member of the Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners. These presentations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month and are  presented exclusively to SMHP members. If you’re not already a member of the SMHP, you can learn how to join the…


Why ‘Therapeutic Carbohydrate Restriction’ (or ‘Reduction’) May Communicate the Message Better than ‘Keto’ or ‘Low Carb’

By Chris S. Cornell | May 10, 2021

Adele Hite, PhD, MHP, RDN, weighs in on the importance of the words being used to define the low-carb space We’ve recently seen a noticeable increase in the use of the terms therapeutic carbohydrate restriction and therapeutic carbohydrate reduction (both abbreviated with the letters TCR), to describe the low carb way of eating, particularly when…


When COVID-19 Shrinks Away, Our Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic Will Still be Growing

By Nicholas Norwitz | April 20, 2021

One year ago One morning, a little more than a year ago, I remember taking my dogs out to go pee. As I stood by the side of my house, I heard a voice screaming. When I turned my head, I saw my neighbor two houses away angrily chastising me for not wearing a mask…


When the Standard of Care Failed Her Son, Raffi, Miriam Kalamian had to Search for Her Own Answers

By Chris S. Cornell | April 14, 2021

SMHP Board Member Continues Push to Make Therapeutic Carbohydrate Reduction an Accepted Option for Cancer Patients Miriam Kalamian, EdM, MS, CNS is a nutrition consultant, educator, speaker and author specializing in the implementation of ketogenic therapies, and she’s a founding board member of the Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners. Miriam’s focus on helping people use…


Transforming Lives Through Therapeutic Carbohydrate Reduction

By Chris S. Cornell | March 24, 2021

Amanda Decker, a nurse practitioner in rural Tennessee, becomes one of the first to receive MHP accreditation from the SMHP Like a growing number of practitioners, Amanda Decker, MSN, FNP-C, MHP, became frustrated when she came to the realization a few years ago that many of her patients were getting sicker, despite her best efforts…


“Nutrition was the missing link. It’s brought the joy back into my profession. This is my passion now.”

By Chris S. Cornell | February 26, 2021

Andrew Oswari, MD, MHP, who used ketogenic diet to reverse his own diabetes and now uses it to treat patients, becomes one of first to receive MHP accreditation Last month, Dr. Andrew Oswari became one of the very first practitioners to receive the Metabolic Health Practitioner (MHP) accreditation from the new nonprofit, the Society of…


“It turned my life around, and it restored hope, where I absolutely had none…” —Nick Norwitz, PhD

By Chris S. Cornell | February 20, 2021

Harvard Medical School student used ketogenic diet to reverse life-threatening illness; becomes one of first practitioners accredited by the SMHP We’ve long been aware of the epidemic of obesity and metabolic disease facing countries across the globe, and of the many ways therapeutic carbohydrate restriction can be used to reverse the devastating effects of both.…