What if we really are what we eat?

Clinical nutritionist and author Kathryn Parslow has been studying and working with thousands of patients in the field of nutrition for more than a quarter century.

She’s got a Ph.D, and she worked for many years with the famed M.D. Jonathon Wright of the Tahoma Clinic in Seattle. Over the past five, she’s been putting in research for her book on one of our nation’s biggest enemies — the American diet.

“It’s terrible what’s happening, and nobody knows,” Parslow said. “Parents don’t know that they are killing their kids by loading them up with Coke and Twinkies.”

Eighty-eight percent — that’s 88 percent — of Americans over the age 65 have a least one chronic health condition, the advance description of Parslow’s book “Surviving the High Tech American Diet” begins.

The book is set to hit shelves nationwide Nov. 16.

Parslow surmises that many of those conditions have been gained from a lifetime of the American diet and in her book, she lays out scientifically proven answers to the American health crisis. It seems to give some sort of twisted credence to that snide remark from the playground — “You are what you eat.”

From ailments like headaches to killers like heart disease, Parslow says nature’s oldest medicine holds not only the cure but also the key to prevention.

And that medicine, interestingly enough, is food.

But only the good stuff.

“What we’ve got going on with our food, it’s called big food,” Parslow said. “There are four or five major corporations that own all the food ... and it’s all about the bottom line.

“I think that we as responsible parents and grandparents, we need to just say no to the corporations, turn off the T.V., get back in the kitchen and feed our families whole food,” she added. “I don’t know any other way around it.”

KATHRYN PARSLOW will be giving a nutrition workshop and signing copies of her book “Surviving the High Tech American Diet” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Silverdale Library, 3550 Carlton St. and again at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Poulsbo Library, 700 Iverson St. Info:,

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