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Kelly Dorfman
Kelly Dorfman is a clinical nutritionist who works collaboratively with other medical professionals to help people with complex medical problems. She is the author of Cure Your Child With Food (Workman 2013), a columnist for Living Without magazine and a popular speaker/workshop leader. Click here to buy the book:

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Entries by Kelly Dorfman

The 5 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Multiple Vitamin

(10) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 7:52 PM

If you are one of the 40 percent of Americans taking multiple vitamin/mineral supplements or are thinking you really should take a dietary supplement, be sure to avoid making one of these five common mistakes when buying.

1. Assume they are all pretty much the same. ...

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One Morning at the Farmer's Market

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 1:17 PM

There was a new stall at our local farmer's market so I had to check it out. Some of the items were advertised as organic and on the corner of the table was a big basket of corn. Over the last few years several people in the food biz have...

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David and Goliath: The Food Safety Version

(13) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 9:22 AM

When my kids were little, I conscientiously bought and fed them beautiful, bright orange farm-raised salmon at least once or twice a week. In the late '90s, it was an amazing value at $7 or $8 a pound. I could squeeze heart-healthy fish into my tight food budget and feel...

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Eating Wheat Again, Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 3:17 PM

I thought I was finished writing about gluten sensitivities, but just when I was ready to move on to untrodden fields of waving grains, the plot thickened. The story so far is more people are reacting to gluten-containing foods. Some grumpy types still hold the opinion that the newly-emerging gluten...

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Eating Wheat Again

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 9:53 AM


Have you noticed how many people seem to be avoiding gluten these days? The increasing numbers of people reporting symptoms from consuming gluten-based foods is not a fad. Most experts claim the epidemic of gluten reactors is because the wheat of today is...

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How a Nutritionist Became Interested in Medical Marijuana

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Although I went to high school and college in the '70s, I never tried or was even vaguely interested in pot. I am fairly certain my best friend at the time put himself through college growing the stuff, and we had a tacit agreement not to talk about it. In...

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When Media Reports Distort Study Findings

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 3:58 PM

I spent the last few months fielding questions about the latest media flurry concerning a food or supplement that was allegedly bad for you. In this particular case, the supplement was fish oil and the worry was prostate cancer. Titles like "Omega-3 Supplement Taken By Millions "Linked to...

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Eating at Whole Foods for Less Than $11 a Day

(9) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 12:57 PM

I was chatting with my husband and he mentioned that he recently read 50 percent of people in this country used food stamps at some point during the last year. My husband is the not-prone-to-exaggerating sort, but I had a hard time believing this horrifying statistic. "Why is this not...

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The Other Reason So Many Kids Are Picky Eaters

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 1:48 PM

"It is really weird," Colin's mother reported. "He will like and eat something for weeks and then suddenly say that it tastes bad or it is making him sick. He has to be making that up, right?"

Massey's mom had a different experience with her 9-year-old restrictive eater. "She...

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A Case of Chronic Mouth Sores

(5) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 10:20 AM

Five-year-old Mallory had always been the drama queen in the family. The middle of three children, there was never a dull moment when she was in the room. "She is the most stubborn person I know," claimed her mother, who then glanced meaningfully toward her husband. I had thought Mallory's...

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Reducing Cancer Risk for Pennies a Day

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 11:00 AM

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month found that taking a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement (without iron) was associated with an 8 percent reduced cancer risk among men.

The study followed 15,000 male medical doctors with an average age...

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Weightism: The Real Reason We Are Failing at Weight Loss

(10) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 3:02 PM

Recently, an agent called to see if I wanted to be a guest expert on childhood obesity for a new TV show. I had a lot of fun during TV segments while on book tour, so my first impulse is always to say "yes." This time, I murmured my regrets....

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Corn: New Worries About an Old Favorite

(13) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 12:20 PM

I am starting to worry about corn. It started a few years ago when I noticed allergic babies in my practice were beginning to react to the infant formulas designed for them. These specialty products are made from basic protein building blocks (amino acids) rather than pre-digested milk...

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Does This Aspartame Make My Butt Look Fat?

(64) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 11:35 AM

In April, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study linking diet soda consumption to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Nobody blinked or cared because this research was just going to be thrown on the pile of allegedly conflicting studies about the safety of...

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Do You Have One of the Most Common Nutritional Deficiencies?

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 2:30 PM

"Look at these cracks," 26- year-old Mitchell directed my attention to an irritated sore exactly at the corner where his two lips met. "Can I do anything about them because they hurt?"

Absolutely, I assured him. Those distinctive cracks when they appear only at that spot are called cheilosis or...

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When Breaking Your Diet is Against the Law

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Last weekend I took the train from New York to Baltimore. I am sad to report that in my experience, Amtrak has been working hard to catch up with the airlines in making travel as annoying and difficult as possible. Having arrived an hour and a half ahead of schedule,...

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Is This Floor Gluten-Free?

(8) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 11:16 AM

I was standing in the cosmetic aisle of the co-op with another health care practitioner when a bright-eyed clerk approached us. "You will be happy to hear," he reported enthusiastically, "that our shampoos are gluten-free."

As he walked away, Hannah whispered, "Isn't it funny that suddenly things that never contained...

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Fifty Shades of Grey: The Nutrition Footnotes

(6) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 4:11 PM

My writer friend Catherine and I were discussing books. "I had to get a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey," she reported. "Everyone is going on and on about it but I don't see what all the fuss is about."

I had not heard about the fuss...

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Let Them Eat Slime

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 5:36 PM

"I am reintroducing meat into my diet," Marilyn nervously announced. Despite an almost perfect diet chock full of vegetables, legumes and whole grains, a well-known doctor convinced her she needed to adopt a low-grain Paleolithic diet. Marilyn had avoided meat for health reasons, but now she was adding...

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Why 'Brain Support' Should Be on Your 'To Do' List

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 4:24 PM

I was writing down my "to do" list yesterday. Here is what I have so far:

  1. Pay daughter's college tuition bill
  2. Make dentist appointment.
  3. Visit Dad before he forgets who I am.

The last one has been on the list for several weeks now. Like so many in the squished-like-a-bug...

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