Upcoming Events for Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen – Jan. 24 & 25

Hello all my Healthy Nugget Group!

I am so excited to have finally taken the plunge and activated the Healthy Nugget email address – healthynuggetlr@gmail.com. I hope to set up a resource page in the future, but as usual everything takes time. 
Our next events are right around the corner this coming weekend. 
On Friday  we will have a super bowl themed dinner. 
Saturday you guys are in for a treat! My dear friend Tessa Melancon who is a retired sociology professor will be speaking to us about the Sociology of Food and Eating. We have been discussing this topic many times and she and I think you will enjoy the fruits of her research and insight, as well as her and her husband’s journey to health.  

The schedule is as follows: Please RSVP by sending me an email stating your intention(s) no later than Thursday noon, and let me know which event(s) you plan on attending. Again, that new address is healthynuggetlr@gmail.com. You may also email me at that address requesting to be added to the email list. 
Our next Cooking Class is this Friday January 24, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 PM Location : second floor Baptist classroom (near the Breast imaging center) located in the Hickingbotham Center, 9500 Kanis Rd. Cost: $15 (or use your prepaid card) 
Saturday lunch: When : Saturday January 25, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Where: My office  Pediatric Gastro Associates 1515 South Bowman Rd (on the left just past the skating ring)    Cost: $15 at the door  (or use your prepaid card) 
Happy eating !!! Maryelle 

Reminder: Payment options:  You will have 3 options.    1.  Pay at the door 15$ per event (class or lecture)    2.  Pick up a DISCOUNT CARD and purchase 9 events (pay $15 at the door) and get the 10th one free. If you bring guests you can fill your card faster! (10% discount)    3.  Purchase a PREPAID CARD for $120 for 10 events. I will sign the card each time you use it. Couples you can use the same card and if you bring a guest you can use it too so you and your guest will benefit from the discount. (20% discount) 

The Plant Strong Club Jan. 6, 2020 Meeting


Our next meeting is just around the corner – tomorrow night, in fact. We’ll be meeting at Natural Grocers at 6 p.m. and we’re eager to hear from Marina Ivanovsky, one of our members who was recently certified in lifestyle medicine! She’s going to share about a conference pertaining to same which she attended where Drs. Michael Greger and McDougall presented, as well as describe exactly what is involved with lifestyle medicine, and answer any questions we may have. Marina’s bio:

Marina Ivanovsky MSN, APRN, FNP- C

Marina Ivanovsky is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified  by American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a diplomat of American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She is an active member of American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine. 

Since graduating from UAMS in the top of the class she has worked in Family and Aesthetic healthcare settings for over 17 years taking care of patients with chronic and acute illnesses. 

Marina’s passion for optimum health and desire to address the underlying cause of chronic disease of her patients led her to become interested in Lifestyle Medicine and Plant Based Whole Food Nutrition. 

For the last two years she has been working with patients to prevent and reverse chronic disease, reach their ideal body weight and achieve maximum balance by using an evidence – based lifestyle medicine approach. 

Marina practices what she preaches and enjoys sharing her recipes with patients, taking them on grocery store tours and spreading the word about optimizing health in the Arkansas community. 


Much gratitude to Quinyatta Mumford for an excellent presentation last month. Click here for access to her handout re Assessing Your Life Balance and Curvy Consciousness, and here for more information on her website. We also heard some exciting news from Stephanie Spencer and Alicia Watson regarding their upcoming program Plant Based Transformation for Beginners. Click on the link for details and to register.


Lots of other whole food, plant-based lifestyle activities happening, including a livestreaming presentation by Dr. Michael Greger Evidence-Based Weight Loss. Click here to purchase a ticket. Please go to our calendar, click on any events of interest, and find links to details. And, let me know if I’ve missed or mis-reported anything. (Picture of calendar – links not active here)

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To your health and well-being!

Kellie & Cathy

Healing Dose of Optimism: The Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2019 Will Have You Cheering – from the Good News Network

In just one year, scientists managed to regrow tooth enamel; use stem cells to restore blindness; and identify molecules for fighting the worst cancers.

From zeroing in on different cancer cures to restoring vision and hearing to the blind and deaf—2019 was a year filled with medical breakthroughs.

While some of these accomplishments may be varied in their stages of research, each notable study is just one more milestone towards treating some of humanity’s most debilitating conditions.

So without any further ado, let’s give it up for the top ten health and medical breakthroughs of 2019.

Continue reading here: Healing Dose of Optimism: The Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2019 Will Have You Cheering

Pitfalls On A Plant-Based Diet – Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple by Michael Klaper, M.D.

Dr. Michael Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine.

He is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title (to be announced in 2018), as well as numerous DVDs and Videos on Demand, a series of “Healthy YOU Webinars,” and dozens of articles.

A source of inspiration advocating plant-based diets and the end of animal cruelty worldwide, Dr. Klaper contributed to the making of two PBS television programs Food for Thought and the award-winning Diet for a New America movie based on the book of the same name.

Dr. Michael Klaper teaches that “Health Comes From Healthy Living” and is dedicated to the healing and flourishing of all living beings and our planet. Dr. Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (1972), served a medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada with additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and in obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco.

As Dr. Klaper’s medical career progressed, he began to realize (true to what science is bearing out today) that many of the diseases his patients presented – clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), obesity, adult onset diabetes, and even some forms of arthritis, asthma, and other significant illnesses – were made worse or actually caused by the high sugar, high fat, high salt, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).

See Dr. Klaper’s 73-minute DVD and Video On Demand, “Salt, Sugar and Oil: Could Your Favorite Flavors Be Hurting You?”

Accordingly, Dr. Klaper resolutely believes that proper nutrition (through a whole food, plant-based diet) and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and, in many cases, can make the difference between healing an illness or merely treating its symptoms.

To learn how to truly thrive on a plant-based diet, see Dr. Klaper’s 99-minute Video On Demand, “Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet.”

In addition to his clinical practice and private consultations with patients, Dr. Klaper is a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice.

Dr. Michael Klaper served as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research from 1992 through 2015, during which time he conducted a study focusing on people who ate a completely plant-based (vegan) diet.

Best and worst diets for 2020, ranked by experts, with a popular one near last By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

(CNN)Who won the 2020 battle of the diets?

For the third year in a row, the well-researched Mediterranean diet KO’d the competition to win gold in US News and World Report’s 2020 ranking of best diets. The report, released Thursday, is now in its 10th year.
“The hallmarks of a ‘best’ diet include balance, maintainability, palatability, family-friendliness, sustainability, along with healthfulness. The Mediterranean diet gets check marks in all of those boxes,” said Yale University Prevention Research Center founding director Dr. David Katz, who was one of 25 judges on the U.S. News and World Report panel.
“It’s no surprise that the Mediterranean diet remains the No. 1 best diet overall,” said nutritionist Lisa Drayer, a CNN contributor. “It’s easy to follow and offers a healthy eating lifestyle. “
The Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes simple, plant-based cooking, also captured first place in best diet for healthy eating, easiest diet to follow, best plant-based diet and best diet for diabetes.
Meals from the sunny Mediterranean have been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart, a lower risk of dementia and breast cancer, and longer life, along with a reduced risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.
The diet focuses on eating less red meat, sugar and saturated fat and more Omega-3-rich fish and olive oil. Red wine can be enjoyed in moderation and socializing with friends and family during meals is part of the prescription.


Some People Say Beans And Whole Grains Are Not Our Natural Food And We Were Meant To Eat Animal Products? How About Oils? Joel Kahn, MD

Joel Kahn, MD, of Detroit, Michigan, is a practicing cardiologist and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Medical School and trained in interventional cardiology in Dallas and Kansas City. Known as “America’s Holistic Heart Doc”, Dr. Kahn is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and maintains sub-specialty board certification in Cardiovascular Medicine. He was the first physician worldwide to complete the Metabolic Cardiology curriculum in conjunction with A4M.com/MMI and the University of South Florida.

Dr. Kahn has authored scores of publications in his field including articles, book chapters and monographs. He writes articles for MindBodyGreen, Thrive Global, and Reader’s Digest and has five books in publication including Your Whole Heart Solution, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses and The Plant Based Solution. He has regular appearances on Dr. Phil, The Doctors Show and Fox 2 News. He has also debated plant diets on the Joe Rogan Experience and has been featured with Larry King Live in a recent heart special. He has been awarded a Health Hero award from Detroit Crain’s Business. He owns 3 health restaurants in Detroit and Austin, Texas.

Dr. Kahn can be found at http://www.drjoelkahn.com.