Lisa B. Nelson, MD

Lisa B. Nelson, MD

Lisa is a longtime advocate for community wellness. She serves as medical director of the nonprofit Nutrition Center in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and has led numerous public workshops that underscore the connection between food and health. She and her husband are practicing family physicians. Lisa Nelson received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, and completed residency in family medicine at Boston Medical Center.
Posted on March 8th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Sugar: America’s Favorite—and Most Dangerous?—Drug

In early 2012, Kripalu’s Healthy Living department held a series of lectures for the community on nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Because I focus primarily on the prevention of diabetes and other chronic disease, the topic of my talk was sugar. When I came up with the title—“Sugar: America’s Favorite and Most Dangerous Drug”—I was intending to be [...]

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Posted on September 2nd, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Cardiometabolic Syndrome: Are You At Risk?

I recently had the pleasure of listening to Hilary Galivaltis give a talk on Ayurvedic medicine to a gathering of nutritionists, therapists, nurses, and physicians at Kripalu’s Nutrition Intensive for Health Professionals program. As a Western-trained physician, what I appreciate about Ayurvedic medicine, and indeed, most ancient healing arts, is the coherent framework they provide [...]

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Posted on August 19th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Medical Insights

For Better Heart Health: Start and Break the Daily Fast

There is much ado over a recent study released in the July edition of Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association. Entitled “Prospective Study of Breakfast Eating and Incident Coronary Heart Disease in a Cohort of Male US Health Professionals,” this study found that men who skipped their morning meal had a 27 percent [...]

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Posted on April 4th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Science of Willpower

I saw a lovely young woman, whom I’ll call Cathy, in my office this week. She was there to discuss her inability to lose weight. After discussing the basics—and benefits—of a whole-foods diet, I recommended she meet regularly with a nutritionist. She shrugged and said, “My problem is willpower. I don’t have any—never did. That’s [...]

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Posted on September 18th, 2012 by in Healthy Living

Better Bone Health: It’s All About Balance

Want to keep your bones healthy and strong? If you’re paying attention to the news these days, the word on bone health can feel pretty discouraging. Bisphosphonates, the first-line therapy in treating osteoporosis, have been linked to serious side effects, such as atypical femur fractures, osteonecrosis of the jaw, and even esophageal cancer. More recently, a European study showed an increase risk of heart attacks in those who take calcium supplements. But don’t lose hope! Better bone health can be simple to achieve and maintain. The key is balance.

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