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Thursday, September 7 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
Lost Seasonality and Overconsumption of Plants: Risking Oxalate Toxicity

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In the context of a global food system and 24-hour retail groceries offering every imaginable food 365 days a year, the dictum to “eat more plants” may be dangerous to human health due to unaware excessive consumption of oxalates. Dramatic increases in calcium-oxalate kidney stones, and functional problems with digestive health, neurotoxicity (sleep, brain function), inflammation (pain, autoimmunity, cellular stress, fatigue), and connective tissue instability (osteoporosis, arthritis, vulnerability to injury) are all consistent with increased oxalate toxicity. Learn how modern food choices and meal patterns create the conditions for accumulation of oxalate in the body, and how oxalates create metabolic havoc. This session explains how modern foods and medicines increase susceptibility to oxalates; makes the case for careful attention to oxalate consumption; dispels the notion that all vegetables and seeds are healthy and safe to eat on a regular basis; and introduces the therapeutic benefits of a low-oxalate diet.

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Sally Norton

Sally K. Norton received her BS in Nutrition from Cornell University and her Master’s in Public Health Leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her career in health promotion includes designing and delivering programs in the inner city; research on health issues in poor rural communities... Read More →

Thursday September 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:10pm PDT
210 Kane Hall