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Pure Foods Doctor - Shelley H Lane
1340 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA, 94025
(650) 332-4732

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Weston A. Price Foundation

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism and supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. There are many chapters of the WAPF in the Bay Area as well as all over the country. Think about joining up and becoming part of this growing food movement, bringing back food to the way it was meant to be.

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181 34bca91dd27e68ad52d0e2bfI first became inspired by food watching my grandmother Minnie produce the most satisfying traditional Eastern European cuisine in her New York City restaurant in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She wowed the crowds and seemed to take utter joy in the pleasing the palates of her customers.

Unbeknownst to me, a childhood fascination would take me on a journey of food exploration, along with my generation of people searching for balance in food. From cupcakes and mac and cheese, to vegetarian cuisine, to gourmet, to whole foods, to traditional Chinese medicine nutrition, I finally meshed with traditional real food that heals.

When I began life on my own, I engaged more deeply with food and food preparation, feeling I was guided by my early years in my grandmother’s kitchen. Initially I was interested in cooking gourmet cuisine, saved Bon Appetit type magazines, and used the Joy of Cooking as my bible. I wanted to create beautiful tasty dishes and experiment with foods of other cultures. I also began to understand cooking as an expression of love and caring for whoever you are cooking for.

When the early health food stores opened, I was exposed to whole grains, which I had never seen before. The “gourmet” was a lot of white products -- white sugar, white flour, cornstarch, and other processed foods. The object of cooking was more about gaining a certain effect without regard for the nutritional value or the potential danger of the ingredients. Gradually, we experienced a growing awareness that our food was not as pure as it used to be, and people were getting sick from it. Farmers markets were opening and people were becoming discerning about the source of their foods

Once I understood the difference between gourmet and organic nutritious food, I wanted to blend the two. I experimented with cookbooks like the “Joy of Cooking” and I would tweak the ingredients to use more wholesome ones -- whole grains, honey, aluminum free baking soda, etc. I thought that I knew everything about cooking healthy foods but I was in for a rude awakening!

My first exposure to real traditional food, other than what was in my grandmother's kitchen, was in my training in traditional oriental medicine. Here, a culture went far beyond “Jewish penicillin”, and truly embraced food as medicine. The concept that your food could be your poison or your medicine was foreign to me and forced me to look at food in yet another way. Acupuncture college was not a cooking school; concepts of healthy eating were just principles that were taught. This idea of food as medicine goes totally contrary to a culture that thoughtlessly devours all manner of substances that have absolutely zero nutritional value.

My real experience with nutrient-dense traditional foods came after my second child.

Yes, our children are our teachers. It was the gift of having a special needs child that opened the door to yet another level of thinking about food. I thought I was feeding my children only the best organic foods and shielding them from the horrors of junk food and still I was missing so very much. My grandmother had utilized some traditional methods, but even her generation had begun to rely on some processed foods.  One would have to go back to the Old Country to find the real traditions that have been lost in modern times.

I learned about the wisdom of the Weston A. Price Foundation (www.westonaprice.org) and the GAPS protocol -gut and psychology/physiology syndrome, (www.gaps.me), from a friend who changed her diet and had recovered from cancer. After searching many years for solutions for my child, a door was finally opened that would lead to positive results. I have continued to use the nutrient-dense foods in my family’s diet and I educate my patients in this protocol as well. The commonality of "food as medicine" and "all disease begins in the gut" is embraced by both Oriental Medicine and Nutritional Therapy.

I have been practicing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine since 1984 and became certified, June 2014, as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) with the Nutritional Therapy Association, (nutritionaltherapy.com), and became a Certified GAPS Practitioner with Natasha Campbell-McBride in September 2014.

Most recently, I have become certified with the BioIndividual Institute (bioindividualnutrition.com) as a BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner with additional training in the Nourishing Hope Course for ADHD, Autism and Healthy Children. As new research unfolds, I continue to take courses to stay abreast of the current research.

Recently, after being in private practice in Santa Barbara County for over 30 years, I moved with my family to the San Francisco Bay Area. As I establish my practice here, I continue to work with clients with my online program and teach classes to guide people to real food diets to reach their best self. My goal is to teach people how to create a ready supply of healthy tasty nutritious food, even on a budget and with time constraints.

As a founding member of NutriAlliance, I am very excited to work in concert with this dedicated group of practitioners who are on a path to bring our food culture back to normal.

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Member

  • California State Oriental Medicine Association
  • Acupuncturists Without Borders
  • Nutritional Therapy Association
  • Weston A Price Foundation- Member/past Chapter Leader SYV (WAPF.com)
  • Price-Pottenger Foundation
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