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bee quest integrative doctor KohlstadtNutrition Journal publishes Hopkins Research: How can we get middle schoolers excited about learning nutrition? Dr. Kohlstadt and researchers at Johns Hopkins Center for Human Nutrition have a ready answer – youth leaders! Their findings published in this week’sNutrition Journal are the first where high school students invent, from start to finish, an online nutrition intervention for 10 to 12 year old preadolescents.

The study harvested a bumper-crop of nutrition-themed projects as diverse as geocaching, pottery, African culture and sports journalism from high school student leaders. This gave researchers a clue to solving another challenge in online nutrition education: How can we engage the senses of smell and taste, and create a social context for healthful food selection using digital media? Again the answer is youth leaders.

The scientific basis posits preadolescents perceive high school age peers as credible and relatable. Peers therefore have a unique opportunity to engage early adolescents in positive health behaviors through nutrition learning such as that recommended by the U.S. Institute of Medicine, who found that academic testing scores improve with 20 hours of nutrition education per year.  Now there’s a peer-to-peer intervention that can potentially engage preadolescents in social, multisensory food experiences using the sight-sound platform of digital technology.

“This project demonstrates the exciting opportunities available when we combine peer-to-peer learning and digital technologies. Tapping into social networked learning is motivating for youth. Most importantly, when learning moves online, geography is no longer the primary factor determining who has access to information and learning experiences – making the reach of any intervention virtually limitless!” says 2015 Fulbright Scholar Kerry Rice, Ed. D, Past Chair at the Department of Educational Technology, Boise State University.

In the scientific paper, titled “Youth Peers Put the ‘Invent’ in NutriBee’s Online Intervention” authors Ingrid Kohlstadt MD, MPH and Joel Gittelsohn, Ph.D. report that 19 of 27 (70%) of selected youth from 12 states and diverse backgrounds, created an online curriculum comprising 10% of NutriBee’s 20-hour intervention. All 19 online projects modeled 1 or more of NutriBee’s 10 positive health behaviors; 8 evoked the chemosenses; 6 conveyed food texture; and 13 provided social context. Additionally, peer leaders perceived career advancement and service learning benefits.

To view the online interactive nutrition materials the youth leaders developed visit , with applications for Bee Quest 2016 opening in September.


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Contributing Writer for TIME Magazine Health. As a key opinion leader for integrative medicine, Dr. Kohlstadt was honored to be invited to be a writer for TIME Magazine Health. TIME Online has 50 million viewers monthly, and her articles are read by subscribers and viewers both nationally and internationally. To read Dr. Kohlstadt’s articles in TIME Magaine, click here.



Nutrition Doctor Ingrid Kohlstadt MD, MPH New Book: Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients Image

Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients 2nd Edition CRC Press December 2012 Food and nutrients are the original medicine and the shoulders on which modern medicine stands. But in recent decades, food and medicine have taken divergent paths and the natural healing properties of food have been diminished in the wake of modern technical progress. With contributions from highly regarded experts who work on the frontlines of disease management, the bestselling first edition of Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients, Food and Nutrients in Disease Management effectively brought food back into the clinical arena, helping physicians put food and nutrients back on the prescription pad. Board-certified in General Preventive Medicine, Ingrid Kohlstadt MD, MPH has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. Guided by Dr. Kohlstadt, this authoritative reference equips clinicians with the information they need to fully utilize nutritional medicine in their practice. Written by doctors for doctors, Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients, Second Edition reunites food and medicine. Buttressed with new evidence, leading physicians on the frontlines of disease management apply the latest scientific advances to the clinical practice of medicine. Each chapter offers adjuncts to standard care, fewer side effects, improved risk reduction, or added quality of life. Reviews “an extraordinary evidence-based information source for the treatment and prevention of disease. … essential to the library of any clinician who wants to optimize their patients’ health.”Erminia Guarneri, MD, FACC, Founder and Senior Consultant, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, California “an excellent in-depth review of the evidence to support the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention. … Dr. Kohlstadt has pulled together a wonderful array of scientists and clinicians who have brought the science and practice of medicine into one compendium.”Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, Director, General Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; President, American College of Preventive Medicine “This is not just a second edition, this is volume II—filled with new chapters, topics, updates, authors. … The consistent and practice-friendly format give the book a uniform, accessible feel, all to the credit of a strong editor, Dr. Kohlstadt”John C. Pan, MD, Clinical Professor, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, The George Washington University Medical Center Click Here for more information


Ingrid Kohlstadt MD, MPH and Linda Frassetto, MD Collaborate: American Family Physician (Cover Article) 
Treatment and Prevention of Kidney Stones: An Update by Frassetto L, Kohlstadt I (December 1 2011 Vol. 84 No. 11)

Abstract: Kidney stones are associated with chronic kidney disease. Preventing recurrence is largely specific to the type of stone (e.g., calcium oxalate, calcium phosphate, cystine, struvite [magnesium ammonium phosphate]), and uric acid stones); however, even when the stone cannot be retrieved, urine pH and 24-hour urine assessment provide information about stone-forming factors that can guide prevention. Medications, such as protease inhibitors, antibiotics, and some diuretics, increase the risk of some types of kidney stones, and patients should be counseled about the risks of using these medications. Managing diet, medication use, and nutrient intake can help prevent the formation of kidney stones. Obesity increases the risk of kidney stones. However, weight loss could undermine prevention of kidney stones if associated with a high animal protein intake, laxative abuse, rapid loss of lean tissue, or poor hydration. For prevention of calcium oxalate, cystine, and uric acid stones, urine should be alkalinized by eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, taking supplemental or prescription citrate, or drinking alkaline mineral waters. For prevention of calcium phosphate and struvite stones, urine should be acidified; cranberry juice or betaine can lower urine pH. Antispasmodic medications, ureteroscopy, and metabolic testing are increasingly being used to augment fluid and pain medications in the acute management of kidney stones. Full text available only to AFP subscribers.


Food and Nutrients in Disease Management (CRC Press, Jan. 2009) Ingrid Kohlstadt MD, MPH Editor

  • Presents nutritional information, recommendations, and support for specific conditions and diseases
  • Includes research on nutrient-drug interactions, nutrient-gene interactions, and disease-specific interventions
  • Consists of 59 disease-specific chapters covering pathophysiology, clinical information, and nutritional intervention
  • Emphasizes scientific evidence for whole foods and dietary patterns over isolated, supplemental nutrientsNutritional counseling is taking on a larger and larger role in healthcare, especially with the management of chronic conditions and diseases. However, many medical practitioners lack sufficient disease-specific nutrition information and the in-depth understanding that allows them to integrate nutrition into specific treatment plans. Including research on nutrient-drug interactions, nutrient-gene interactions, and disease-specific interactions, this valuable resource incorporates nutritional medicine into clinical practice, emphasizing scientific evidence for whole foods and dietary patterns. Each chapter details how food and nutrition influence pathophysiology, presents relevant clinical information, and offers nutritional interventions and recommendations.

Click Here to listen to Dr. Kohlstadt’s Audio Digest Interview for Food and Nutrients in Disease Management.

Click Here to read the Chicago Tribune article about this book. “Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, …is creating a groundbreaking medical nutrition book to help doctors treat disease.” -Julie Deardorff, Health Editor, Chicago Tribune.


About Scientific Evidence for Musculoskeletal, Bariatric, and Sports Nutrition: Click Here to Preview Inside this Book (Table of Contents, Excerpt, Index, and Back Cover) Review This outstanding and scholarly text is timely and very pertinent to clinicians involved in the primary and surgical care of patients with nutritional issues of every type. With the text’s multiple excellent and concise graphs and extensive lists of current and reputable references the reader can easily refer to it for very helpful and detailed data in structuring a preventive health and wellness plan for patients from the most sedentary to the elite athlete. Of particular interest is the overall appreciation of nutritional, metabolic, growth and development, and neuroendocrine interrelationships affecting the health and human performance of all ages. The editor deserves an A plus for this innovative and very stimulating contribution to 21st century medical knowledge. The editor’s notes found throughout the book are particularly insightful and well timed. – Robert R. Sholl, M.D., FAAFP, Founder and president of the Wellspring Health Center and Wellspring Family Medical Associates, endurance athlete, world ranked marathon time in senior division, and past chairman, Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, State of Maine Dr. Kohlstadt and her team of gifted scientists and clinicians have written a textbook that meets the most rigorous demands for an evidence-based textbook on the nutritional needs of the musculoskeletal system. …The central importance of providing the body with optimal nutrients is clearly demonstrated in this meticulously researched text. …Clinicians practicing all specialties who treat the musculoskeletal system can feel confident in using the recommended nutritional interventions to enhance treatment outcomes. …The authors, under Dr. Kohlstadt’s expert guidance, have performed a tremendous service to all of us who strive to practice the best medicine possible. – Susan Lord, M.D., Clinical assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, and adjunct assistant professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University School of Medicine; associate director of Professional Education and director of Nutrition Programs for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine Book Description A reference for the evidence-based integration of nutrition into medical treatment, this book discusses clinical recommendations for optimizing muscle, bone, and fat metabolism based on biologic rationale, animal studies, epidemiology, clinical trials, ongoing research initiatives, and food industry statistics. The text explains how new technology can be incorporated into practice, elaborating on nutraceuticals with effects similar to medications. It highlights the importance of nutrition in the treatment of fibromyalgia, sarcopenia, steroid-induced muscle hypertrophy, obesity, osteoarthritis, gout, post-bariatric surgery, anorexia, osteomalacia, toxicity, and more.

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Click Video Above to view Dr. Kohlstadt’s Medscape Webcast Video Editorial entitled: “Good Primary Care is Obesity Medicine.” (Introduction by George Lundberg, MD)

Click Here to view Dr. Kohlstadt’s Medscape Webcast Video Editorial entitled “Safeguarding Muscle During Weight Reduction.”


Journal articleSystematic Review of Drug Labeling Changes That Inform Pediatric Weight Gain by Ingrid Kohlstadt MD, MPH and M. Dianne Murphy, MD. This study systematically reviews the database of pediatric drug labeling changes for relevance to clinical decision-makingaround childhood weight gain. This review quantifies pediatric drug research’s potential impact on the obesity epidamic using a metric distinct from the medical literature. Click here to read this publication online.



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PickNIC “100 Best Brown Bag Lunches” Dr. Kohlstadt is pleased to announce the completion of her latest publication entitled PickNIC. PickNIC is an acronym for Pick Nutritious Ingredients Cost Effectively. From the Preface: Simplifying nutritious  The ember that sparked PickNIC was a rapid succession of requests I received in 2013 from kids, parents, grandparents and doctors.  Each request had simplicity at its core. Youth participating in a nutrition engagement program wanted nutritious foods that appealed to them. They also wanted to be more involved in family food preparation. Parents were asking for simpler solutions which took less time and less money.  Grandparents sought to help improve children’s health, and they wanted to do so in ways that would be viewed as supportive. Several doctors in primary care and preventive medicine and two Johns Hopkins medical students initially voiced their request for practical tools to guide their patients’ food selection.  One benefit of crowd-source funding this public health initiative is that it provided us additional texture on PickNIC’s anticipated users. Health care professionals of many specialties are among our backers and supporters.   Exploring the components of best PickNIC stands for Pick Nutritious Ingredients Cost-effectively.  It was developed as a public health initiative to simplify and energize the brown bag lunch.  Since brown bag lunches are generally served cold and forego refrigeration for a few hours, taste at room temperature and food safety were emphasized. There’s no one store where all of the PickNIC foods could be found. The PickNIC team sought ethnically diverse cuisine and journeyed off-the-beaten-health-trail. Foods needed to taste good to most taste-testers. The voices and savory sentiments of taste testers were highly considered, especially the opinions of the youth.  Then, each entry has been vetted by a leading authority on nutrition and food safety.   Reaching 100 We selected 80 foods suitable as an entrée for a brown bag lunch. Forty are home packed and need overnight refrigeration. Forty do not need overnight refrigeration which allows them to be mailed as care packages or placed in lockers.  Also, ten entrées are snack bars. The food technology advances have diversified the selection of healthful snack bars. Our list includes 10 beverages and 10 desserts.   Using this resource PickNIC is a resource for new ideas, practical tips, and cost and time saving solutions.  It is not a metric for the best foods for any one individual. Remember that foods that are not listed in PickNIC may be very nutritious.  PickNIC selected among nutritious foods for taste, appeal, practicality and cost, not only nutritional value. The 2014 edition is the inaugural PickNIC.  The PickNIC team welcomes suggestions for future editions.


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