What Does a Respiratory Therapist Think of Nutrition?

Lauren is the sole female in her house of four, an entrepreneur and an outspoken individual. When she isn’t working at her Respiratory Therapy private practice, she is usually found in a barn with her horses, helping her family on their certified organic beef ranch or with her two active little boys.


Lauren, what do you think the government should be focusing on within the realm of public health and policy?
I think that the big thing the government could do is more education towards nutrition and disease prevention. As a Respiratory Therapist we’re seeing a huge epidemic of obesity hypoventilation syndrome, so something that could be alleviated with a bigger budget for nutrition education for the public.

We then drifted off into a side conversation on Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome which is also known as Pickwickian Syndrome. I had never heard the term before and I had hit a soft spot, Lauren is extremely passionate about this.

Do you think one person can make a difference in public health policy change?
Yes, but it has to be the right person. They need to be persistent squeaky wheel and have the right message. One person can change the world.

If you could get any message out to the general public about food what would it be?
Try to make small short term choices as far as health and nutrition goes. Down the road that will turn into good long term change in your life.

So Lauren, what is your favorite food that other people may consider to be unhealthy?
I don’t think any of it, I think it would all be considered healthy (She then took a moment and spoke about moderation).

Who is your favorite person to cook with?
I have three boys in the house, what do you think? I love to cook when the kitchen is quiet and I have it all to myself.

Does your job get in the way of what you eat?
No. (It was an instant and confident answer).

If you were going to be stuck on an island, that isn’t PEI, and you could bring an unlimited supply of 4 food staples, what would they be?
Quinoa, Eggs, Sweet Peppers and tomatoes. (She said this quickly and assuringly. It’s another vote for eggs on the island!)

Lauren is a healthy individual who believes in organic food, quality time with her family and making small changes for long term health.

Lauren’s family business doesn’t have a website yet but they’re called the Dexter Cattle Company and they’re located in North Milton, Prince Edward Island.

After I hung up Lauren emailed me the following quote:

“Don’t underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.” -Leroy Hood

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