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Bauman, Ph.D. is a respected nutrition consultant at
Partners in Health in Cotati, CA with research interest in cancer and
immune dysfunction. He is the author of Nutrition
and director/instructor at the Institute for Educational Therapy. Ed
can be heard on KSRO radio (1350 AM) in Northern California from
1:00-2:00 pm the first Tuesday of each month. For more information,
call (800) 987-7530 or visit www.iet.org.
The Institute of Educational
Therapy (IET) was founded in 1983 by my
close friends and colleagues, Jim Spira and Francis Dreher. Our
mission has been to provide state licensed health education training
and integrate this approach into mainstream health care. Education in
movement, breathing, eating and communication provides a grounded
foundation for on-going personal growth and recovery from illness.
IET offers comprehensive Nutrition, Hypnotherapy and Addiction
Therapist Training Programs.
I came to California from Western Massachusetts in 1976 to teach
whole foods nutrition at the Berkeley Holistic Health Center. It was
evident to me that diet and nutrition was a major piece of the
conventional health care pie that was largely missing in action.
While the health food movement of the 1970s and 1980s raised public
demand for unprocessed natural food, training for health
professionals in nutrition remained limited, out-dated and largely
anti-natural. In 1982, I wrote the first Nutritional Consultant
curriculum approved by the State Board of Education.
My early mentors in the field, Drs. Bernard Jensen, Paavo Airola,
Ann Wigmore and Michio Kusi, based their teaching on the healing
properties of natural foods, juices, teas, broths and food condiments
taken with an attitude of gratitude and love. This remains at the
core of IET's nutritional healing programs. But is this sufficient?
For persons with complex, persistent problems, further information is
helpful. Individualized assessment of biochemical needs and
environmental sensitivities offer valuable insight into
slow-to-resolve complaints or iatrogenic (medically mismanaged)
illness. I am indebted to Jeff Bland, Ph.D. and the HealthComm group
for introducing the tools of functional metabolic testing, worldwide
nutritional research, and protocols for periodic detoxification and
adjunctive nutrient support, which I sue with clients and teach to
clinical nutrition students.
Health is learning to successfully adapt to change. Experience,
intuition and critical intelligence must be cultivated to help us
filter the toxins of commercial culture. IET students are presented
with principles of health, not dogma. Classes are dynamic, practical
and hands-on, with references to case histories as well as text.
Un-learning bad habits precedes incorporating better ones. We teach
individuals to consider health options, conduct research, make
informed choices, and observe the consequences of behavior. A
refreshing spirit of cooperation, trust and affirmation characterize
the IET learning process. We strive to cultivate knowledge from
information, and wisdom from knowledge. Improving health outcome is a
learning process for all involved, not a prescription or procedure.
Failure to learn about self-managed health contributes to aggravated
injury and illness, depression and exhaustion.
Variety is the spice of health education. Health education is
important to persons in all walks of life, at all ages, in all
circumstances. Too often, individuals hold onto out-dated, incorrect
information, or they become one dimensional in their approach.
Community classes in a wide variety of areas can provide a health
consumer or practitioner with current validated information and
IET presents seminars at our campuses in Cotati, Berkeley, Santa
Cruz and Palo Alto which include Organic Gardening, Gourmet
Vegetarian Cooking, Herbal Preparations, Women's Health, Homeopathy,
Oriental Medicine, Ayurveda, Iridology, Reflexology, Mental Health,
Aging and Addiction Counseling with Hypnotic Techniques. An
innovative, self-paced home study program is available for those at a
distance, or unable to attend classes regularly. A six-day Vitality
Fasting Retreat will be held in Mendocino, California this Summer to
practice rejuvenation in the Shenoa garden of edible delights.
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