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Ann Louise Gittleman

Ann Louise Gittleman is undisputedly The First Lady of Nutrition.

As a nutritional visionary and health pioneer, she has fearlessly stood on the front lines of diet and detox, the environment, and women’s health. Described by Self Magazine as one of the TOP TEN NOTABLE NUTRITIONISTS in the United States, today thousands of nutritionists, health coaches, and practitioners have benefited by her courageous example. Decades before the Paleo, Ketogenic and Vegan diet trends, Ann Louise Gittleman was the very first to proclaim that obesity and diabetes were caused by a lack of the right type of fat and excess of the wrong kind of carbohydrates. She was the first nutritionist to write about the perils of gluten—way back in 1988—and discuss the blood type theory in 1996 boldly stating that one diet may not be right for every body. She revolutionized dieting in her international best seller The Fat Flush Plan by proclaiming the liver was the body’s primary fat burning organ (and detoxifier) She’s also been a tireless crusader for women by offering natural solutions to menopause and perimenopausal symptoms decades before anybody else in her award winning Super Nutrition for Women, Super Nutrition for Menopause, and Before the Change. She also led the charge against the hidden hazards of cell phones and WIFI electrogmagnetic radiation in her groundbreaking Zapped. The following are just a few highlights from her impressive career:

The Early Years

The 1970s

Ann Louise’s passion for health and healing were evident from the beginning. After graduating from Columbia University, she served as the Chief Nutritionist of the Pediatric Clinic at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and later as a bilingual nutritionist for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food program at Hill Health Center, a Yale University satellite health clinic in New Haven, Connecticut. She was also affiliated with the first holistic health center in Connecticut, Deepbrook Associates, under the direction of Dr. John Rhinehart and began a decades-long nutritional practice.

The 1980s

She quickly became a leader for thousands of up-and-coming nutrition educators when she became the Nutrition Director of the renowned Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, California. After leaving the Center, she became the head of the nutrition department for Cookline, Inc., a forerunner of today’s Internet recipe sites which turned the telephone into a living library of recipes, advice, and know-how from some of the world’s finest cooking instructors and nutritionists. In 1987, she became the Nutrition Director of the Human Environmental Bio-Toxic Reduction Center in San Diego, California. For the next ten years, she served as the Director of Nutritional Outreach for the American Academy of Nutrition in Corona Del Mar, California.

The 1990s

Always a believer and staunch supporter of health freedom, in the early 90s she spearheaded a rally in Santa Fe, New Mexico prompted by pending legislation to expand the power of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate dietary supplements. Her “Health Warrior Freedom Rally” caught the attention of US Representative Bill Richardson who became a strong advocate for the passage of the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA legislation).

The 21st Century

Ann Louise forged new ways of thinking about obesity throughout her career. In 2002, she rocked the diet world in her book The Fat Flush Plan (a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller) which spawned a family of five Fat Flush related books and numerous products. The most recent book in the Fat Flush series, Fat Flush for Life (2010), was chosen by Time magazine as one of the “top 10 notable new diet books” in 2010.

Many A-list movie stars, producers, political figures, a ballet troupe, and a former secretary of state have credited Fat Flush for their dramatic weight loss and renewed wellbeing. In 2003, Ann Louise and a weight loss contestant appeared on the popular television show The View, for a month of weigh-ins in which Fat Flush competed with two other diet programs for weight loss results. Consistently, in each segment, the Fat Flush candidate lost the most weight.


Prophetic Words of Wisdom

Over two decades ago, Ann Louise predicted the global “diabesity” epidemic that currently affects up to 1 in 2 Americans and nearly 70-80 percent of some populations worldwide.

She was the first to proclaim that obesity was caused by a lack of the right type of fats and excess of the wrong kind of carbohydrates. In her first book Beyond Pritikin (1988, 1996), Ann Louise predicted that the popular fat-free carb-rich dietary model was actually creating weight gain, sugar cravings, food allergies, fatigue, and type 2 diabetes. She was the first nutritionist in the nation to shed the spotlight on essential fatty acids and explain why Americans are over-fat yet undernourished. Beyond Pritikin also uncovered the hidden problem of gluten intolerance—which has grown into a huge health concern today with the publication of many books that connect gluten and modern wheat production with obesity and brain dysfunction.

Her book Your Body Knows Best (1997)—which was spotlighted in Newsweek magazine—was one of the first to discuss the blood type/weight theory and boldly stated that one diet may not be right for every body—an idea that is only now becoming widely accepted.

In Ann Louise’s classic Guess What Came to Dinner? Parasites and Your Health (1993, 2001) she warned of the “uninvited guests” lurking in food, water and daycare centers, and how to prevent, treat and diagnose them. The book gave birth to an entire industry of parasite and colon cleansing programs.

As a tireless crusader for women of the baby-boomer generation, she brought menopause out of the closet and offered natural alternatives to synthetic hormones for menopausal symptoms in Super Nutrition for Menopause (1993, re-released as Hot Times, 2005).

Ann Louise identified peri-menopause as a new stage of life (between PMS and full-fledged menopause) and fully discussed the importance of bio-identical hormones in her New York Times bestseller Before the Change (1998, revised and updated in 2003). Ann Louise appeared on the television show Dr. Phil to discuss the book with Dr. Phil and his wife Robin McGraw. A fan of Ann Louise’s Peri Zappers, Robin said, “I researched and read everything that I could find in the bookstores and on the Internet. I researched doctors daily, and tested everything and found that everything worked for me, was in her book.”

In 2005, Ann Louise appeared on 20/20 which featured her Fast Track Detox Diet, a book that presented the relationship between weight gain and toxins in the environment, a concept which foreshadowed the science behind “obesogens” that is coming to the forefront today. Her book quickly became a USA Today bestseller and was excerpted in many popular magazines.

Her controversial book Zapped (HarperOne, 2010), once again illuminates an emerging and critical health risk: the invisible hazards of electropollution. Zapped is a step-by-step manual for fortifying the body, detoxifying the home, and protecting yourself and your family from the invisible hazards of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

While conservative reviewers have called Zapped “biased” and “pseudo-scientific,” in 2011 the World Health Organization declared radiofrequency electromagnetic fields produced by cell phones, Bluetooth, cordless phones, Smart Meters, baby monitors, and WiFi to be a Class B carcinogen like DDT and asbestos. In addition, in 2012, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine issued a position paper on Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Field Effect on Human Health which stakes a strong stand that society must acknowledge the biological effects of EMFs, educate the population about wireless technology risks, and develop safer technology. The group is an international association of physicians and professionals.


Media Presence

A savvy and dynamic presenter, Ann Louise has been a keynote speaker for Estee Lauder, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the American Menopause Foundation, AARP, Learning Annex, Hadassah, National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), Lucent Technologies, Murad International and countless other organizations.

She has appeared on 20/20, Dr. Phil, The View, Good Morning America, Extra!, FitTV, The Early Show. In addition, her work has been featured on ABC, CNN, PBS, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CBN, Fox News, and the BBC. In 2007, she appeared on an extremely popular infomercial, World’s Greatest Treasury of Health Secrets hosted by Hugh Downs.

She has served as a celebrity spokesperson and formula developer for many of the leading companies in the health foods and network marketing industry—including Vitamin Shoppe, Balance Bar, Spectrum Oils, Barleans, Himalaya, Carlson, Essential Formulas, Tonalin, BeautiControl, Mannatech and Uni Key Health Systems.

Her work has been featured in a myriad of national publications including Time, Newsweek, Glamour, In Style, Good Housekeeping, Ebony, USA Weekend, Parade, O Magazine, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Seventeen, Fitness, Cosmopolitan, The Ladies Home Journal, In Touch Weekly, First for Women, Woman’s World, Men’s Fitness, All You!, New York Post, The Townsend Letter, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The National Enquirer, The Dallas Morning News, New York Magazine and The Hartford Courant.


Engaging Health

Today, she continues to dedicate herself to carving out new landmarks in functional and integrative medicine. Her latest e-book, Eat Fat, Lose Weight, hit the “top 10” in its category on Amazon. She is a popular speaker on internet summits and is actively involved with videos and her blog, Ann Louise is continually forging ahead into new health frontiers. She sits on the Advisory Board for the International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology, the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc. and Clear Passage, Inc.