When I went to California in November for my grand nephew’s bar mitzvah, I also interviewed Betty Kamen, who holds a PhD. in nutrition. Actually, I had met Betty almost 30 years ago when she interviewed me on her talk show in New York City. The topic was about becoming a mother at an older age. I had given birth to a third child at 41 years, 14 years after my second child. (In 1979, 41 was considered “old” to be a mom.)
After the interview, we kept in touch sporadically via phone and email, so when I interviewed Betty, the intervening years melted away. Betty is a petite, lively woman in her mid-80s who still has a zest for life. (The picture taken in her home shows Betty’s dazzling smile.) As a nutritional expert, she has influenced many people with her books and her website (www.betty kamen.com), the latter of which provides one concise, healthful hint in each postingÃ¢â¬Â¦very easy to digest…a nutritional nugget. Check it out for more information on Betty’s background.
When Betty and her husband Sy lived in New York, they were photographers, but then she was able to have her own talk show on health, and eventually went back to school in her late 50s to obtain her PhD in nutrition, to give her credentialsÂ in the health field. Her PhD. thesis on nutrition during pregnancy became a book published by Prentice-Hall and Betty was off and running as a nutrition expert. However, the AMA took her to task when she stated that a deficiency in folic acid could cause problems in pregnancy. The AMA disputed that, only to find out later that Betty’s research was accurate.
Then, she and Sy made a midlife decision to move to California to be near her then first grandchild. Betty continued with her writing and speaking engagements all over the world, especially Southeast Asia, where she noted that there seems to be more interest there than in Europe. She no longer travels, but she told me her entire upstairs is filled with her books and files spread out everywhere. (I could identify with that!)
Betty has published several books, most of them self-published, because she found a ready source for distributing her books and could maintain control over the content. They are available through Betty on her website printed above.
Before leaving their lovely home by the water, I asked Betty and her husband Sy what I could tell older women about pursuing their dreams, even at midlife. Her answer and Sy’s agreement was: Don’t let anybody tell you you’re too old. Just do it!Â
See, Betty really is an expert!