profileimageI began my journey into healthy living as a young mother in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, pregnant with my first child and searching for answers to raising healthy infants and children.

While reading about the founding of Ohio, I stumbled across a history of the Indian populations who, during the centuries before Columbus’ arrival, inhabited the “frontier” near the Ohio River. This book contained a remarkable glossary of  flora that had been used by the American Indians for generations. These indigenous natives had exploited vast numbers of natural herbs, barks, trees, shrubs, fruits and plants as part of a healthy diet and used many to effectively heal their wounds and cure their illnesses.

An environmental scientist neighbor of mine graciously spent many weekends over the following months, tramping through the backwoods of Ohio with me, together discovering and collecting these natural herbal wonders of Mother Earth. Upon discovering the vast bounty of our precious earth that has sustained all life for millions of years, I was hooked!

Ohio woodlands

Ohio woodlands

During the ensuing decades, my footsteps traveled through exciting and demanding employment in the Western medical field while raising three rambunctious boys, and teaching university courses while completing my education in forensic, nutritional, medical, and environmental anthropology.

After completing my master’s degree at the University of Florida, I worked at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. as Director of Plastination and was responsible for the largest worldwide collection of birth defects and deformities. I still see those rows of hundreds of bottles filled with the unfortunate remains of nature’s mistakes.

I realized then that the birth of a live, healthy infant is truly a miraculous event! These experiences only increased my interest in the consequences of our dietary choices and the environmental impact of our nation’s past and current business and farming policies. This passion was strengthened by reading books such as Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, What’s Gotten Into Us? by McKay Jenkins, Biocidal by Ted Dracos, and The Next World War by Roy Woodbridge.

museumWhile working in the National Museum of Health and Medicine, my knowledge of, and fascination for, human life expanded, my skill and confidence in public speaking improved, and my knowledge of business negotiation and management in the creation of a medical laboratory only increased my commitment to make a difference in the lives of all American families.

Pursuing my dream to complete my doctoral education, I returned to the West, teaching in four different universities while I finished graduate school. My dissertational research in Hidalgo, Mexico was focused on the indigenous Otomi Indian women and their babies, observing and recording their dietary intake, their sociocultural behaviors, their lifestyle challenges, and especially their remarkable ability to successfully breastfeed their babies in a harsh desert climate.

One consequence of this data collection was the publication of my doctoral dissertation (Adaptive Responses of Lactating Desert Women to Scarcity, Gabrielle Hodson, Ph.D., University of Utah doctoral dissertation, 2011) providing statistically-significant evidence for the natural ability of desert women to conserve their physical energy, even while sleeping, enhancing their ability to breastfeed their infants, despite having access to scarce water and minimal food, and retaining sufficient energy for the production of this miracle food for their babies – breast milk!

These strong mothers fed their babies with confidence and raised beautiful healthy children living on foods provided naturally by the earth, including beans, maize tortillas, verdolagas [purslane] and quelites [pigweed]. Most importantly, I was curious to know what I could learn from this ancient people. What lessons could they teach us in how to survive the coming decades of global warming and climate change?

Otomi grandmother

Otomi grandmother, 2006

As I watched these humble women waking early each morning before dawn, trotting with their buckets of masa from the grain mill along the narrow dirt paths to their homes, arranging and stoking the morning fire, and preparing and cooking the tortillas and beans to sustain their families for the day, I began to understand this time-honored rhythm of life, a harmonious and balanced existence of humans in nature bringing peace to their hearts and a contentment to their family hearth and homes.

As a young girl, I read ancient scriptural advice concerning healthy dietary choices and wondered why the modern human diet had changed so dramatically over the last two hundred years. How did we evolve from a simple gatherer of the earth’s natural nutritional offerings to a people who now rely almost exclusively on artificial, laboratory-created, un-natural products of modern mass food production?processed_food

In the wake of a rapidly changing world, in an era of exponentially exploding populations, we now face an existence characterized by epidemic levels of congenital disorders, childhood brain tumors, rare cancers, epidemic numbers of people suffering from depression, ever-increasing autoimmune disorders and devastating suffering. What were the circumstances that led us to where we are today? Choices made in the recent human past that, at the time, seemed to be convenient, saved time, increased comfort, or made our lives easier have in actuality made us more susceptible to illness, less responsive to our children and families, and have resulted in a people who work harder over longer hours for less money, have less time for their families, who have abandoned the responsibility of their own health, and who are now being financially crushed under an exploding burden of health care cost!

After teaching for more than 20 years, many of my students encouraged me to share my knowledge of healthy living. A lifetime of eating an organic whole food diet and raising an organic garden with fruit trees, leafy greens, lacinato kale, collards, turnip greens, mustard greens, squashes, heirloom tomatoes, and beans in a century pioneer home has sustained my continuing good health allowing me to pursue a successful career in education and business.

organic apricots from our home garden

organic apricots from the Hodson home garden

Throughout my adult career, I have founded businesses in computerized medical transcription and maxillofacial replacement services. I was the administrator of three different medical orthopedic practices and managed a crippled children clinic. I was a national museum laboratory director, and recently had the energy and passion to run for political office in my home state of Utah. But, most importantly, I am a devoted mother of four beautiful and healthy children.

After 35 years of nutritional research and experience, I established Hodson Custom Diets, LLC, to meet the needs of people who earnestly want to know what to eat to obtain optimum health and live a long and healthy life. A whole food diet is one aspect to an alternative therapeutic lifestyle medical approach that eliminates and prevents chronic disease through healthy lifestyle changes.

The Hodson Healthy Living Club offers a complete nutritional perspective based on ancient human dietary knowledge for all health disorders for just $12.97 a month. JOIN TODAY to gain access for 12 months to a complete Ayurvedic analysis to determine your body dosha (body type) and the status of your imbalance. After determining your dosha and the health disorder you identify, you will have complete access to all meal plans, recipes, 7-day menus, shopping and kitchen pantry hints and specific instructions for exercise, meditation, and restful sleep using a lifestyle medical approach to achieving optimum health. In addition, you will gain access to endocrine disruptor and excitotoxin information for those products and ingredients to avoid, food-combining charts to improve digestion, and whole food pyramids for the specific health disorders.

You may also schedule an appointment with Dr. Hodson and obtain a more personalized complete Ayurvedic diagnostic evaluation with more specific nutritional and nutriceutical assistance in the care of specific health disorders for an hourly consultation charge of $75.