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@Work: As a Matter of Fact Wellness Center

Oct. 28, 2004 – To hear Dino Joseph tell it, there's nothing that can’t be made better with a good colonic.
"The most miserable people on earth are constipated. Just look for the signs," she said. The signs are many, according to Joseph, but include bad breath, cold hands and feet, tension, fatigue, allergies, indigestion, chronic headaches, irritability, nervousness, nausea, depression – the list goes on.
At Joseph’s business, As a Matter of Fact Wellness Center, she performs colonics using filtered, temperature-controlled water for an inner cleansing of the last five feet of a person's digestive tract. "After I clean them out I teach them to eat. People want to lose weight and this is the way to do it," she said. She teaches lifestyle changes using food and herbs, which she says are the best medicine.
"You are what you eat. Any doctor will tell you – you can reduce high blood pressure by changing your diet," Joseph said.
Joseph is a certified colon hydro-therapist, nutritionist and registered nurse. Although her own diet consists mostly of raw foods, she understands not everyone can or wants to cut out cooking altogether. She teaches her clients something called "cycle nutrition," which is eating certain foods only at specified times of the day. She’s even written a cookbook about it called "Uncooked Foods."
For you carnivores out there, the best time to eat meat is in the afternoon, she said, but "the more you can stick with raw vegetables the better. If you're talking about raw foods, most people just think salads. You can be very creative with raw vegetables. I always marinate them with lemon or limes, and I use a lot of bulgur as a meat substitute. I even make pies and treats and desserts with raw stuff," she said.
The raw foods diet is just coming into the mainstream, but Joseph has been practicing it for years, and says it makes a significant difference in your health.
"I don't talk about anything I don't do myself. I am the 'guinea pig.' Everybody wants the quick fix, and there's nothing quick out there," she said.
Joseph's journey into nutrition started when her son, now 45-years-old, suffered from asthma as a child. "I was trained from the South to eat soul food. My son started eating nothing but vegetables, and we stopped taking him to the hospital with asthma attacks. We all started eating healthy," she said.
It was only a matter of time before Joseph started counseling others on their nutrition and performing colonics. She’s been in business now for 30 years.
Joseph also hosts a radio talk show on WGOD 97.9 FM every Monday at 4 p.m. and every Thursday at 11 a.m. Her show, "As a Matter of Fact," covers natural health issues, diet and coping with stress.
To make an appointment with Dino Joseph for colonics or nutrition counseling, or for a copy of her cookbook, call her at 775-5417.

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