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🍓National Strawberry Month: Why Choosing Organic Is So Important For Your Health🍓

May is National Strawberry Month and a great time to celebrate the sweetness and versatility of strawberries in their peak season, but did you know that strawberries consistently rank high on the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” report for pesticide residues? In “The Metabolic Approach to Cancer” Dr. Nasha stresses the importance of eating organic foods – and growing your own – whenever possible to avoid exposure to carcinogenic pesticides and the heavy metals they contain, and this is especially true with strawberries! 

The Importance of Organic Strawberries

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes an annual “Dirty Dozen” report, highlighting produce items with the highest pesticide residues. Strawberries consistently top this list, meaning that conventionally grown strawberries often contain multiple pesticide residues, some of which may be harmful. According to an article on, for the 2024 report, the EWG analyzed 47,510 samples of 46 fruits and vegetables, finding that 75% of conventional produce had pesticide residues. For strawberries, fungicides like fludioxonil and pyrimethanil, which can disrupt endocrine function and harm reproductive health, were among the most frequently detected chemicals.

The Metabolic Approach to Cancer

For those following the metabolic approach to cancer, the importance of choosing organic produce cannot be overstated. In her book, “The Metabolic Approach to Cancer,” Dr. Nasha Winters discusses how ingested carcinogens—from food, water, and medications—harm the gastrointestinal tract on their way down. If not destroyed by gastrointestinal fluids, these carcinogens are absorbed and transported by the blood to internal organs where they wreak havoc.

Worldwide, the rates of digestive tract cancers have exploded. For instance, Cancer Research UK reported that esophageal cancer rates in men rose 50 percent over the previous twenty-five years in the United Kingdom, with high rates also prevalent in China and Iran. These cancers have been directly linked to the preservation of food using synthetic nitrosamines.

Modern conventional agricultural practices frequently use carcinogenic pesticides and heavy metals. While eating organically may seem expensive, the carcinogens found in our modern food and water supplies—in produce and meat items, as well as artificial preservatives and colors—are very dangerous to our health. Heavy metals such as cadmium, arsenic, and nickel, all Group 1 carcinogens, are often used in pesticides and can contribute to genetic damage and impair DNA repair pathways.

The USDA’s Pesticide Data Program documented more than fifty different pesticide residues on conventional lettuce, three of which are known or probable carcinogens. Unfortunately, you can’t simply wash these chemicals off. If it’s not organic, there are cancer-causing pesticides on your “healthy” salad.

Benefits of Eating Organic

By choosing organic strawberries, you can avoid exposure to these harmful chemicals. Organic farming practices prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, leading to cleaner, healthier produce. Growing your own strawberries organically is another excellent way to ensure you’re eating the safest and healthiest fruit possible.

EWG’s Clean Fifteen

In addition to the Dirty Dozen, the EWG publishes the “Clean Fifteen” list, which includes items with the lowest pesticide residues. Foods like avocados, onions, asparagus, and cabbage generally have fewer pesticide residues, making them safer to consume even when conventionally grown.

Enjoying Strawberry Season Safely

This National Pick Strawberries Day, enjoy the season by picking and consuming organic strawberries. By making informed choices, you can savor the sweetness of strawberries while protecting your health and the environment. Happy picking!

Visit the “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™,” for more information about EWG’s analysis of the latest fruit and vegetable testing data from the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration.

To learn more about the Metabolic Approach to Cancer book, click here.

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MTIH Awarded $500,000 from Azzi Agnelli and John Frieda Charitable Fund for Cancer Research

The Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health (MTIH) is proud to announce the receipt of a $500,000 grant from the Azzi Agnelli and John Frieda Charitable Fund, a sub-fund of the Master Charitable Trust. This significant financial contribution is earmarked to support the groundbreaking research initiatives at MTIH’s research lab, opening in Phoenix, Arizona.

Cancer as a Metabolic Disease

Since its inception as a nonprofit organization in 2020, MTIH has been at the forefront of shifting the cancer research paradigm from traditional genetic-based approaches to exploring metabolic pathways that consider cancer as a metabolic disease. Recognizing that the roots of over 90% of cancers lie in modifiable lifestyle and environmental factors, this paradigm shift paves the way for more personalized and effective treatment strategies.

Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, Executive Director and Co-Founder of MTIH, author of “The Metabolic Approach to Cancer,” and a noted authority on integrative metabolic cancer care, emphasized the significance of this grant: “The $500,000 donation from the Azzi Agnelli and John Frieda Charitable Fund is not just a financial contribution—it’s a catalyst that will enable groundbreaking advancements in cancer treatment. This support allows us to deepen our investigation into how metabolic processes influence cancer and to develop targeted, non-toxic therapies that promise to improve patient outcomes substantially.”

John Frieda shared his enthusiasm for their involvement: “We are immensely proud to support the MTIH in their pioneering efforts to redefine cancer treatment. Our decision to fund MTIH reflects our commitment to advancing healthcare solutions that are not only effective but also compassionate. We are inspired by their dedication to exploring metabolic pathways in cancer care, and we are eager to see how this grant helps unfold new possibilities for cancer treatment, recovery, and prevention.”

While this grant marks a significant achievement, continued support is crucial for sustaining, expanding, and expediting these research efforts. For more information on how to contribute or get involved, visit or contact


About the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health

The Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Tucson, Arizona, and the organization’s mission is to restore health for people with cancer and other metabolic diseases through research, education, advocacy, collaboration, and healing. For more information, visit

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Person doing yoga on the beach, text that promotes international metabolic health day on October 10

International Metabolic Health Day to be held on October 10

On October 10, 2023, a groundbreaking event will take place that will change lives and pave the way for a healthier future. Dr. Nasha Winters and the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health are proud to announce that they are partnering with metabolic health leaders and advocates across the globe for the first International Metabolic Health Day. This initiative, which will be a yearly event, is aimed at raising global awareness and support for metabolic health and research.

Data from a study released in 2022 paints a grim picture – only 6.8% of American adults have optimal metabolic health. From diabetes, obesity and heart disease, to cancer, Alzheimer’s, mental health, and autism spectrum disorder, the impact of metabolic health is undeniable. International Metabolic Health Day is a call to action for individuals, organizations, and communities to come together and support groundbreaking research, foster innovation, and revolutionize healthcare approaches while promoting awareness of the true driver of the pervasive problem plaguing us all.

“Metabolic health is the foundation upon which our vitality and resilience are built,” said Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, co-author of the “Metabolic Approach to Cancer,” and Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health. “When our metabolism operates at its best, it supports balanced blood sugar levels, proper immune function, reduced inflammation, and it prevents us from going into the disease process. It is the key to preventing and managing chronic diseases and improving longevity. By championing metabolic health today, we can create a tomorrow where individualized health solutions are the norm, preventing disease before it begins.”

Mark your calendars for October 10, 2023, and join us in celebrating the inaugural International Metabolic Health Day. Together, we can champion metabolic health, support pioneering research, and create a completely new kind of healthcare system – one that prioritizes personalized well-being for every individual on the planet. For more information about sponsorship and collaborative opportunities and how you can be a part of the movement for a healthier world, visit

About the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health

The mission of the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health (MTIH) is to restore health for people with cancer through Research, Education, Advocacy, Community, and Healing (REACH). Our mantra of “Test, Assess, Address™ – Never Guess” is the motivation for our drive to discover novel biomarkers to assess the success or failure of any medical treatment. We are committed to establishing an ecosystem that fosters translational scientific and clinical collaboration, drives cutting-edge metabolic research, leverages advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence, prioritizes education, and creates a supportive network of clinicians, diagnostic centers, treatment facilities, prevention programs, and wellness clinics. Together, we will shape a future where innovation, collaboration, and patient empowerment intersect to unlock unprecedented possibilities in healthcare. For more information, visit


Man on mountain, looking out. Metabolic Health Day logo and a quote about metabolic health from Dr. Nasha Winters.

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Dr. Nasha Winters to speak at the Symposium for Metabolic Health/Low Carb USA

Dr. Nasha to Present on Light, Metabolic Health & Cancer at San Diego Symposium

Dr. Nasha Winters to speak at the Symposium for Metabolic Health/Low Carb USAThe Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health (MTIH) is thrilled to announce that Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, renowned author, researcher, and expert in integrative cancer care, will be a distinguished speaker at the 8th Annual Symposium for Metabolic Health (SMH).

The conference, which is open to the public and practitioners, will take place from August 17-20, 2023, in San Diego, and there are In-Person and Livestream registration options available. And, MTIH followers can take advantage of a special discount code, DrNasha, which will provide a 20% discount on tickets, low-carb meals, and optional CME credits for all attendees. To register, click here.

About Dr. Nasha’s Presentation

With her extensive knowledge and experience in integrative cancer care and metabolic health, Dr. Nasha has been a sought-after presenter at Low Carb USA events, and this year’s SMH Symposium will feature a dedicated session exploring the connection between cancer and metabolic disease. Dr. Nasha will be among the esteemed presenters in this session, focusing on the interplay between light, metabolic health, and cancer. Her presentation will shed light on the vital role of factors such as circadian rhythms, screen-based blue light, sleep patterns, and more.

“We often overlook key drivers of metabolic health or disease, and light is at the top of that list,” Dr. Nasha said. “In our discussion, we will explore how humans, as light sensing beings, can shape our health through exposure to different wavelengths of light.”

Dr. Nasha will highlight the significant societal shift towards an indoor lifestyle, characterized by minimal time spent outdoors and excessive screen time, and the profound impact of these changes on our mitochondrial health, which can lead to a range of conditions, especially in the context of cancer.

Expressing concern about the escalating rates of metabolic disease and obesity, Dr. Nasha emphasizes the urgent need for action.

“We need to make our message and our approaches crystal clear in order to outpace the misinformation that exists,” Dr. Nasha said. “And we really need to give patients the ability to assess their own metabolic health, and to take charge of themselves and recognize they’re far more powerful than they’ve been led to believe. Ultimately, we have to change everything, from our food supply to our education to our medical system to our insurance system.”

The 8th Annual Symposium for Metabolic Health will take place from August 17-20, 2023, in San Diego, and all followers of MTIH can take advantage of a special 20% discount on tickets, low-carb meals, and optional CME credits by using the code “DrNasha” during registration. For more information, and to register, click here.

About Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO:

As a global healthcare authority and best-selling author, Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, has dedicated her career to integrative cancer care, consulting with physicians worldwide and educating professionals on the clinical use of metabolic therapy. She has developed comprehensive educational programs for healthcare institutions and the public, promoting the integration of vetted integrative therapies in cancer care to enhance treatment outcomes.

Dr. Nasha’s personal journey with cancer over the past 32 years has transformed into a mission to support others facing similar challenges. Through her influential books, “The Metabolic Approach to Cancer” and “Mistletoe and the Emerging Future of Integrative Oncology,” she has empowered individuals seeking prevention and ongoing treatment options for cancer.

About the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health:

The Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health (MTIH) is revolutionizing healthcare by utilizing a metabolic approach to treat cancer and other complex metabolic diseases. Guided by Dr. Nasha Winters’ pioneering “Test, Assess, Address – Never Guess™” methodology, we prioritize comprehensive testing and assessment to gain deep insights into the metabolic terrain of each patient. This allows us to tailor targeted interventions that directly address the underlying factors contributing to disease progression. 

Through our education programs, we are empowering healthcare professionals, patients, and communities with a deep understanding of metabolic processes; through our patient grant programs, we are working to ensure equitable access to resources for cancer patients; and through collaboration and interdisciplinary research, we are driving advancements in metabolic therapies, catalyzing positive change in cancer care and healthcare. Our vision is a future where personalized metabolic approaches will be the standard of care – transforming lives, and offering hope and healing on the path to wellness. For more information about the Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health, visit or email

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