Need to Quit Wheat & Gluten?

I just graduated from the top Certified Gluten Practitioner (CGP) program in the world!

I began studying gluten-related disorders in 1985 due to life-long problems with eating wheat (something I did daily in my Dutch-American family the first 29 years of my life). In 2010, research led me to the work of world -renowned gluten specialist, Dr.Tom O’Bryan. Thankfully, Dr. Tom ( developed a practitioner course to teach doctors and other health practitioners about gluten/wheat sensitivity, celiac disease, and related autoimmune disorders. In this course I learned that many gluten symptoms remain silent for years, that gluten KILLS people, and that gluten is the basis for at least 300 autoimmune diseases.

As a CGP, I can now offer you the newest state-of-the-art blood testing to give you definitive answers to these questions: Am I celiac? Am I non-celiac but still gluten sensitive? I am allergic to wheat but not to gluten? Can I eat wheat? If I cannot eat wheat, can I still eat barley and rye? What is the difference between being allergic to wheat or sensitive to gluten? Can I eat wheat once in a while without harming my body? Do I have intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”)? Continue reading




A gluten intolerance is the body’s inability to digest or break down the gluten protein found in wheat and certain other foods and products. Gluten intolerance (or gluten sensitivity) can range from a mild sensitivity  to full-blown celiac disease. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, about 1 out of every 133 Americans has celiac disease. This is a severe autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten consumption that can damage the small intestine. And another 18 million Americans are estimated to have NCGS: “non-celiac gluten sensitivity” ( ) Continue reading

Voted among top area P.T. studios

I’m pleased that Van Halsema Pilates was voted one of the Top Physical Therapy Clinics in Santa Monica in the 2015 Patients’ Choice Awards!

Here’s the official award information:

Top Physical Therapy Clinics in Santa Monica

Congratulations to Van Halsema Pilates for winning the 2015 Patients’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica Physical Therapist

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CoEnzyme Q-10: Clearing up the Confusion

Many of us already have heard about Coenzyme-Q10, the natural antioxidant synthesized by the body, found in many foods, and available in supplement form. It comes in two forms: ubiquinol, the active antioxidant form, and ubiquinone, the oxidized form, which the body partially converts to ubiquinol. Continue reading

Minerals: Our Source of Life

Minerals are perhaps the most important groups of nutrients human beings require. Unlike some vitamins, for example, minerals cannot be made inside the body and must come from our diet, supplements or drinking water. Minerals regulate most bodily functions by participating in all chemical compounds in our bodies. They also form the structure of the body.
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Help! Fructose or Glucose?

Craving a handful of super sweet Medjool dates or those juicy strawberries from the farmers market?  Enjoy, but careful!  Your fructose consumption should be kept at 15 to 25 grams per day. Continue reading

Rheumatoid Arthritis Got You Down?

More than 2 million Americans are affected by a type of arthritis called Rheumatoid Arthritis.  RA is one of more than 80 autoimmune diseases, each one having its own set of symptoms.  RA causes joint inflammation that results in pain, deformity, fatigue, problems with range of motion, and resulting depression. Continue reading