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(Posted 11:30 a.m., Dec. 20)
Orléans gluten-free guru
makes a splash on
Dr. Oz Show

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Onlne

Kathy Smart poses for a picture with Dr. Soram Khalsa on the set of The Dr. Oz Show in September. Photo supplied


Orléans healthy living consultant and gluten-free guru Kathy Smart got to meet two of her idols recently during a taping of the popular Dr. Oz Show which was broadcast on CTV on Dec. 21.

The episode, dealing with integrative medicine and nutrition, was actually taped in September.

The taping was a dream come true for Smart who met not one, but two of her idols in Dr. Oz and fellow guest Dr. Soram Khalsa who is one of the leading practitioners of integrative medicine in the United States, and author of "The Vitamin D Revolution".

"They heard I was a big fan of Dr. Soram and that I was one of his success stories, so they interviewed me for about 30 minutes," says Smart. "At the end of the interview they asked me if I could fly down to New York and do the show. So, of course, I said yes, absolutely."

Smart was interviewed on a Saturday and two days later she was on a plane to New York where she was picked up by limousine whisked off to a hotel in midtown Manhattan. She also received $60 a day for spending money and spent the rest of the day shopping and taking in the sites.

The next morning a limousine took her to 30 Rockefeller Plaza where they tape the show. After going through wardrobe and make-up, she waited in the Green Room and watched the taping on a monitor until she was brought on to the set..

"I was unbelievably excited and nervous at the same time. I was about to meet two of the people I've always dreamed about meeting," says Smart.

A nutritionist, author and TV host in her own right, Smart first learned about Dr. Soram during a visit to a bookstore several years ago.

"I was at a bookstore and I was kind of struggling with my health and saw his book so I bought it. After that I went online and I started listening to his podcasts and began applying his principles to my own diet and found they were benefiting me," says Smart, who was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis at the time and is know problem free.

Dr. Oz interviewed Smart for about an hour and a half, during which they talked about Dr. Soram's principals and how they managed to change her life. They also talked about Smart's own work in promoting gluten-free food.

At the end of the interview, Smart went through several yoga positions with Dr. Oz and Dr. Soram.

The entire 90-minute interview will edited down to two or three minutes.

When the taping was done, Smart seized the opportunity to give Dr. Oz a hug and a kiss on the cheek.

"He kind of took my breath away a little bit, He's very good looking in person," says Smart.

After the taping, she went tbackstae where she was able to talk to Dr. Soram at more length.

"Meeting DR, Soram was as big a deal for me as meeting Dr. Oz. Honestly. He has helped me so much and he is so sweet and generous. What an amazing man," says Smart. "He's the man who taught me you can change your life if you change what you eat one one bite at a time."

Before heading to the airport for her flight back to Ottawa, Smart had her picture taken with the integrative medicine guru, which she now counts among her most prized possessions along with the Dr. Oz coffee mug she got to take home as a parting gift.

The whole experience was a dream come true for the Orléans resident..

"I'm still pinching myself," says Smart.

Since launching her book "Live the Smart Way" in 2011 and getting her own TV show of the same name on Rogers Channel 22, Smart has continued to build up a loyal following while picking up a few accolades along the way.

She was among 50 people who were honoured at the CTV Amazing People Awards in October and she was a special guest speaker at the W3 Women - Wisdom - Wellness event at the Shenkman Arts Centre in September.

More recently she was nominated in seven different categories in the 2012 Best in Canada Natural Health Awards. The results will be released early in the new year.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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