Who We Are
Siri Khalsa, Founder and Editor in Chief
Siri Dharma “Siri” Khalsa became interested in nutrition while still an elementary school teacher. (She says she owes it all to Adelle Davis’ Let’s Eat Right.) After receiving her Life Time Teaching Credential from the State of California, she retired early from teaching and worked for several years writing freelance.
It was during that time, she was invited to create an educational handout for a large independent health food store, and Nutrition News was born.
Ms. Khalsa received her B.A. from California State University at Long Beach. Her MA in psychology is awaiting her thesis. She has taught Kundalini yoga and vegetarian cooking classes for the University of California at Riverside, psychology at Cal State San Bernardino, and theater arts at Cal State Long Beach. She continues to write and lecture widely on health and nutrition.
Siri tells her own story:
“In 1976, I was asked if I could write some copy for a local health food store. I did. That copy soon turned into my first newsletter, ‘Sugar: No.1 Murderer’.
Within months of the launch of Nutrition News, a new community formed around the possibility of being healthy. That community reflected back to me my gift for encouraging people to take a stand for their health and inspiring them to take on healthy behaviors to transform the quality of their lives.
It all started with two friends who were my graphic designers. They worked for a big printing company. I sent them the text for my next newsletter about vitamin C. They were going to produce the newsletter from design through printing and publishing.
When they called me, they were astounded. They reported that every person who came in contact with the newsletter during production (and some who just got the news by word of mouth) went to the local health food store and bought a bottle of vitamin C. The proofreader, the graphic artists, the printer, the shipping department and even the owner of the print company all followed suit.
The amazing thing about this is that most of these folks had never set foot in a health food store before. They certainly had never before in their lives purchased a nutritional supplement. This was 1976 and natural products was a very ‘hippy’ , fringe idea. The term ‘health nuts’ was used to describe us.
The success of the newsletter is based on the continuing impact it has on the reader. My husband calls it the ‘Nutrition News Effect‘.
My intention is to inspire you to reach your own optimal health
by taking personal responsibility for your wellness and
making powerful health choices in your life.
The Nutrition News Effect comprises a wonderful web of relationships. Of course, this includes our subscribers. In addition, there are creative collaborators, vendors, affiliates, partners, practitioners, deep thinkers, and every other lover of life playing the “Is It Healthy?” Game.
Thank you for the privilege of sharing your life and your good health.
Gurumantra Khalsa, Publisher
Gurumantra “GM” Khalsa’s interest in nutrition began in the 60′s while a student at the University of Wisconsin. In 1979, he read his first issue of Nutrition News and was instantly hooked. Through mutual friends, he was introduced to Siri Khalsa the writer and begged for a subscription.
At that time, individual subscriptions were not available. Ms. Khalsa said she only sold her newsletter in bulk quantities to natural product stores. After a series of phone calls with more reasons why she should send him her newsletter, she relented
provided he agree to send her 12 self addressed, stamped envelopes.
His persistence and his suggestions about how to make Nutrition News more readily available, resulted in an offer to move to California and take on that responsibility.
Having bigger ideas and larger ambitions than that, Mr. Khalsa married Ms. Khalsa in 1982. The following year he became the publisher of Nutrition News and began a new life chapter that included health, passion, creativity and gratitude.
He remains an enthusiastic reader.
“If reading her newsletter could do that for me, imagine how it could impact your life.”