The Paleo Diet – A Brief History


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Eating Paleo

Tammy Olson brings more than two decades of employee benefits experience to her position as vice president of client relations at Hixme. Outside of work, Tammy Olson supports various community organizations and focuses on maintaining her health by exercising and following the Paleolithic diet.

Although the origins of the Paleolithic diet date back thousands of years, the Paleo way of eating as it is known today is only a few decades old. In the mid-1970s, gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtin first used the term “Paleo diet” in his book The Stone Age Diet, which promoted a pre-agricultural way of eating that includes meats, organic fruits and vegetables, and other non-processed foods.

By the late 1980s, the scientific world began taking the concept of the Paleo diet seriously, thanks to researchers such as Dr. Boyd Eaton. Eaton’s now-classic 1985 paper “Paleolithic Nutrition: A Consideration of Its Nature and Current Implications” substantiated the benefits of the modern-day Paleo lifestyle and led to additional research into the diet.

It was found that, in addition to promoting weight loss, this way of eating can help lower blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels. The diet is also associated with improved energy levels and better overall cardiovascular health.

Paleolithic Diet Basics

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Eating Paleo

Tammy Olson, vice president of client services at Hixme, enjoys cooking in her free time. Tammy Olson’s prefers healthy cuisine and also leans toward Paleolithic or paleo dishes, which are made from the foods that would have been available in nomadic pre-agrarian human societies.

In paleo nutrition, processed foods, grains, and sugars are significantly reduced if not eliminated, and adherents tend to prefer getting the elements of these they do eat from sources that would have been available to ancient human beings, such as fruits. The paleo diet, thus, consists primarily of vegetables, lean meats, nuts, and seeds. While paleo nutrition was not developed as a weight loss aid, many of those who have implemented a paleo diet report shifts toward a healthy weight.

Some variance exists in implementations of paleo. Some adherents to the Paleolithic diet, for instance, consume dairy products and legumes in moderation, while others claim that these items should be avoided, as they would not have been available to early humans. While most meats are considered fine in a paleo diet, some choose to avoid cured or processed meats such as deli meats or bacon.

Revolutionary Treatment Performed by CHLA Surgeons


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CHLA Vision Center

Tammy Olson, the vice president of client services at Hixme, has spent more than 20 years working in the employee benefit and health insurance industries. Dedicated to helping her community, Tammy Olson supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

In March 2018, the CHLA Vision Center completed the country’s first-ever gene replacement procedure for a genetic retinal condition. Although there are seven hospitals in the US that have received approval for this therapy, CHLA is the only one with two full-time pediatric retinal surgeons on site, Thomas C. Lee, MD, and Aaron Nagiel, MD, PhD. The hospital also houses the Center for Personalized Medicine, where patients can undergo genetic testing to determine if they are candidates for this new therapy.

The groundbreaking procedure was performed on an adult with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a type of retinal degeneration disease. An inherited condition, LCA manifests during childhood and often results in total blindness. It is typically caused by a mutation in RPE65, a gene in the retina that detects color and light. The new procedure replaces RPE65, thus restoring the patient’s vision. It is administered to one eye at a time and patients must wait one week between treatments.

CHLA’s Neurological Institute


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Neurological Institute

For over two decades, Tammy Olson has working in the insurance industry. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she serves as the vice president of client services at Hixme, a health insurance company that provides plans to employers and individuals. Dedicated to supporting health programs through her personal life as well, Tammy Olson supports organizations such as the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

Recognized as one of the US News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, CHLA works with over 500,000 pediatric patients each year. These patients receive care through the organization’s many programs, including the Neurological Institute.

Treating conditions such as deafness, medically intractable epilepsy, and brain and spinal cord tumors, the Neurological Institute works with children ranging in age from newborn to young adult. The comprehensive care team at the institute uses advanced surgical solutions and services when treating patients, thus improving outcomes for children with these types of conditions.

The Neurological Institute also stands out for the multiple specialists that practice under one roof, with patients having access to social work, physical therapy, psychiatry, and neurology services. In addition to CHLA’s main campus on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, the hospital maintains outpatient neurology centers in Santa Monica, Arcadia, Encino, Valencia, and South Bay.

The Dietetic Internship from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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Dietetic Internship

Drawing on more than two decades of experience in employee benefits consulting, Tammy Olson serves as vice president of client services at Hixme, which seeks to enhance freedom and protection for workers through innovative models. Alongside her career, Tammy Olson supports the work of organizations such as the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

A registered nonprofit founded in 1901, CHLA provides more than $200 million worth of pediatric health services to children and their families every year. The hospital also offers a diverse range of educational offerings and internships.

In collaboration with the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, CHLA provides nutrition training for dietitians planning to assist children with disabilities. The hospital’s dietetic internship employs the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Interdisciplinary Training Program.

Interns in the CHLA dietetic program cooperate with those being trained in other disciplines in order to round out their education. They learn about policies in the field as well as how to work with mothers and their children and how to implement diets for these children.

For more information about this internship or other opportunities, visit

CHLA’s Mary Duque Juniors Group


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Mary Duque Juniors

Tammy Olson serves Hixme, a health insurance agency, as a strategic healthcare reform consultant. Ms. Olson has worked as an employee benefits consultant at medical and healthcare institutions for more than 20 years. In addition to her professional activities, Tammy Olson makes charitable contributions to medical service providers, including the Mary Duque Juniors of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA).

For the past 37 years, Mary Duque Juniors has functioned as an associate of CHLA, one of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the United States for nearly three decades, according to US News and World Report. The Mary Duque Juniors group provides CHLA with a variety of financial and volunteer services. It has raised more than $1.3 million since its creation.

The group offers general support to the hospital as well as focused fundraising activities for initiatives such as the Associates Endowment for Advancing the Development of Neurosciences at CHLA. To learn more about Mary Duque Juniors or to support the hospital, please visit or

What Is Swimmer’s Ear?

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Swimmer’s Ear

With 19 years of business management experience, Tammy Olson provides large corporate employers with a balanced outlook on technology and individual employee choice-benefit options leading to reduced employer administration oversight and cost savings. With a bachelor of science in business and marketing, Tammy Olson currently serves as a strategic healthcare reform consultant for Hixme. In her free time, Ms. Olson likes to stay physically active by swimming.

A popular form of staying physically fit, swimming is an exercise that requires the participant to be submerged in water. When water, sand, or small debris enter the ear canal, bacteria or fungus may grow and irritate the inner ear causing swimmer’s ear.

Also known as otitis externa, this condition is the infection or inflammation of the passage from the outer ear leading to the eardrum, and commonly occurs among swimmers and those have been in water. Other factors that may cause swimmer’s ear are excessive ear cleaning, hearing aids, and eczema.

Symptoms of swimmer’s ear include pain when chewing, feelings of pressure, itching, or a yellow-brown discharge from the ear. Severe cases may cause redness or swelling both inside and outside the ear.

Visual examination of the ear canal by a clinician with the use of an otoscope can help diagnose otitis externa. Treatment of the condition can be accomplished with prescription eardrops, preventing further exposure to moisture, and over the counter pain relief medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen.