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Emily Sarah Elizabeth Isaacson (born December 11, 1975) is a Canadian postmodern poet, nutritionist and international humanitarian. One of the independent scientists who published the food sources for and named the "essential glyconutrient"(EGN) in nutritional medicine, she was best known for the development of international communication based on these eight cellular sugars.
Isaacson is the founder of Holistic Vision International.. Her work in establishing a holistic mental health alongside the late Dr. Abram Hoffer, father of orthomolecular medicine, served to protect the human rights of mental health patients, offering alternatives in treatment. Isaacson was one of four "Practitioners in the Pithouse" at Xa:ytem Longhouse in 2009, and has taught at the Mission Friendship Center on nutrition, local food banks, high schools, and conferences for teachers. Isaacson has successfully integrated her cutting edge research as an independent scientist on essential sugars into a practical dietary program as well as teaching nutrition from a color-based perspective in both clinical and community settings.
Emily Isaacson was nominated for the community achievement award in 2010, and served on the board of the Mission Arts Council, and the Fraser Valley Poets Society in Abbotsford. The Emily Isaacson Institute  was founded in 2005 to preserve her art and writings, her legacy and lifework.
Emily Isaacson was born in Windsor, Ontario to a Presbyterian minister, and is both German (on the paternal side) and Scottish (on the maternal side), with a Scottish Coat of Arms. Isaacson was the second eldest of five children. As it was a devoutly spiritual household, she was christened in the Presbyterian church. Isaacson continued the habit of churchgoing throughout her growing up and adult years, and of her spiritual life, was later hailed a mystic after the order of St. Clare of Assisi. She attended services in her growing up years and adult life in seven denominations, including eight Vineyard Churches.
Emily Isaacson began writing poetry at age ten, where she lived not far from the sea on Vancouver Island. She was first published at age thirteen for her poem, "The Wild Madonna". A prolific and dedicated poet, she penned over 800 poems over five years for her epic work, which contained her collected poems in three volumes, The Fleur-de-lis, published in 2011 by Tate Publishing. Isaacson went on to publish five more books of poetry, publishing over 1,800 poems in eight volumes as a postmodern poet of Canadian birth.
Emily Isaacson spent her early childhood in Windsor, Ontario where her father built the brick community Presbyterian church in Forest Glade. She began French Immersion at age two, and was taught by nuns at a French Catholic School, St. Therese. At age six, her family moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where they lived near the university. Emily was taught private piano and ballet lessons, and finished her Royal Conservatory piano and theory up to Grade 9. Her music teacher from age ten onwards encouraged her the most in the pursuit of music, and was a respected concert pianist. Emily would ride her bicycle to music lessons each week, along the sea road, to her instructor’s house, where she braved the grand piano.
Emily was in French Immersion until high school, which influenced her later French poetry, and upon graduation from Pacific High School won the French award. She had many friends, the best of which was young and affluent Miss Sylvia Hordyk. A few years later, she was a bridesmaid at Sylvia’s wedding to a young minister, Kevin Seibel.
Emily Isaacson worked for a year, following high school, at the newly opened in-patient treatment program of Montreux Clinic, located in a mansion in downtown Victoria. She had suffered from an eating disorder herself during Junior High School. Her work with eating disorder patients, under director Peggy Claude-Pierre, inspired her to pursue a degree in nutrition. She left home at eighteen to travel to the mainland of the Fraser Valley and continued her education at Trinity Western University for three years, taking biology, psychology, music and French. Emily also studied English literature and creative writing, doing a directed study in writing with a professor she respected and admired, Lynn Szabo. Szabo continued to be an influence on Isaacson throughout her writing life, fine-tuning her writer’s voice, and offering her encouragement without much editorial criticism.
Isaacson then continued her studies at Bastyr University of natural medicine in Seattle, Washington. Her independent research while at the university course led her to later integrate new data on carbohydrate into a dietary program that became the basis for her teachings to aboriginal people groups and her humanitarian organization. Emily finished her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 1999.
Emily Isaacson became a holistic nutritionist upon graduation from Bastyr and began working as a nutritional counselor with eating disorder patients in Edmonds, Washington. Her success in curing clients was so apparent that she was offered a promotion, but due to her health, decided to move back to her native country of Canada. Her parents, by this time, has also moved to the mainland and bought a country home in the district of Mission, in the mountains of British Columbia.
Emily married in 2001, in Deroche B.C., in a meadow ceremony with many of her family and friends present. She wore a hand-embroidered dress of cream muslin, purchased from a dress shop in Victoria. Emily lived in Maple Ridge for three years, but maintained a very reclusive lifestyle while continuing her writing. The couple then separated for three years and she moved back to her family’s home in Mission, until she divorced in 2007.
Emily Isaacson resumed her work as an independent nutritionist, opening her own office and created ‘The Rainbow Program’ originally to treat children with ADD. The Rainbow Program is non-numerical nutrition and is not focused on numerical values such as calories, grams of protein or individual vitamins, but instead encourages people to eat one serving of each color each day to obtain all the necessary nutrients. This non-numerical nutrition program for depression, ADHD, and the prevention of eating disorders, incorporated her findings on essential glyco-nutrients for cellular communication and the foods containing these fibers for immune function. Isaacson further utilized this for teaching workshops at the local food bank, counseling in her private practice, and influencing students at the local high school to better nutrition by her eating disorder prevention initiative.
Isaacson's scientific accomplishment led her to the development of a food system that referred to the essential component of soluble fiber for cellular communication. She as an international nutritionist, named the molecule the "essential polysaccharide" or and "essential glyco-nutrient" (EGN). Prior to this the eight polysaccharides for immune regulation and function could not be referred to as necessary for human consumption. Found in foods such as beans, gums, oat bran, barley bran, rice bran, breast milk, and sea vegetables, these bitter polysaccharides regulate immune function, preventing auto-immune disorders. Emily created a research centre online as the basis for teaching other nutritionists, dieticians, and naturopaths about this important scientific discovery. What she had originally termed ‘The Institute of Christian Medicine’, later became ‘The Emily Isaacson Institute’ in 2005, with its primary focus being Holistic Vision Canada, and secondarily, the treatment of women's health issues with natural progesterone using state of the art testing.
The Emily Isaacson Institute was founded in 2005, located in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. The Emily Isaacson Institute is dedicated to literature, the arts, and medicine, in the tradition and ways of the natural earth, preserving the legacy of Emily Isaacson and her healing modality, nutritional science.The Emily Institute is engaged in inspiring youth to become guardians of the Sacred Circle, using restorative justice principles. Isaacson has trained in Restorative Justice in both Mission and Abbotsford, and teaches others on the road of reparation using circle keeping.
At Holistic Vision Canada in 2009, an early board of directors was formed, with world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Abram Hoffer, the father of orthomolecular medicine. This effort was part of the formation of a holistic mental health for First Nations in Canada. Although still on the board at his death in May 2009, his partner Francis Fuller took over his practice, and Holistic Vision Canada continued. Under the direction of Emily Isaacson at 34, who pioneered the establishment of an International Mental Health Code, they founded the parent humanitarian organization Holistic Vision International.
Emily Isaacson continued her work of full-time writing poetry for three years from 2005–2008, and by within a decade had published eight poetry books, one novel, one art book and one illustrated children’s book, ‘Little Bird’s Song’, a rare book in its field about the nature of self-actualization and healing. Little Bird was a success locally with teachers, counselors at TWU, First Nations workers, and orphanages overseas. Isaacson served on the board of directors of the Mission Arts Council from 2007–2010, as well as The Waterhouse Foundation later to become The Clay Road Foundation, which under her direction led to the purpose of furthering the development of youth via the arts.
As part of her ongoing correspondence with the Royal Monarchy, many of her poems, over 600 pages worth, had been sent to Prince William over a period of three years, in the form of several bound and self-published books, including The Oracle, and The Black Swan. He encouraged her work, and praised her lavishly. Although at the debut of her writing career she wrote for W.W. Norton with the desire to compile a curriculum of poetry, she switched to Tate Publishing after acquiring a literary agent in New York. The editor of the Norton, upon receipt of her initial manuscript, wrote Emily saying, "I admire your deliberate style and language, and am impressed by your ambition." She later signed with Tate publishing. The book was published in three volumes, containing over 800 poems in English and French.
Skylarks and Daffodils
Known as the Poet of St. Clare during her lifetime, Emily Isaacson began writing poetry at age ten, and was first published at age thirteen for her poem, “The Wild Madonna” in Unicorns Be. Her stylistic and idealistic work distinguished her poetry and prose as both unsentimental and forthright, an unequivocal commentary on human nature. Although, her self-described style was “skylarks and daffodils,” her postmodern voice addressed both human suffering and a transcendent victorious outcome. Her modern appeal in the authenticity and universalism of her art remained singular. Her early poetry would be evidenced in The Fleur-de-lis, in the “Oracle of the Stone”, compiled works from age thirteen through her university years, inspired by various books and magazines. Her later style was culturally rich and described the literary landscape, while distinctly of European descent in both her proud characterizations and honest romanticism of royalty, in the realm of both passion and politics.
Emily Isaacson lived not far from the Poor Clare Monastery as an adult, and was a frequent visitor of not only the convent, but the Mission graveyard outside its gates, and the cathedral of nearby Westminster Abbey whose seminary housed the monks of St. Benedict. Although Emily desired on more than one occasion to enter the convent confines, her freedom was never compromised in this way, and she continued her writing as a member of the evangelical church. Eventually in 2013 she published a book of poetry detailing her relationship to the convent telling a story in prose-poetry of a young nun, called Hours A From A Convent. By this point, she had published over 1,000 poems.
The sisters of the Poor Clare convent were among those that had read her writings almost in their entirety before their eventual publication. Their impression of her was one of a sacred individual, whose work contained a prophecy that had first appeared in 1430, one of unprecedented magnitude. The Legend of the Fleurs de Lys told of a manuscript discovered to have been sent in the Middle Ages. This work of writing commemorated the marriage of the Duke of Bedford to Anne of Burgundy, and was given as a Christmas gift to their nephew, nine-year-old Henry VI in 1430. (The British Library, Add. MS 18850, f.288v).
Emily Isaacson served as a Professional Photographer of British Columbia (PPABC)from 2009-2011 with yearly Clay Road Gallery exhibits, modelled after Gaudi, of her unique analogue fine art captures of the local countryside. From 2004, she had been preferential to this art form following a car accident in 2004 and eventually went on to teach creative writing and art theory at local galleries. In 2010 she exhibited her work at the Mission Art Gallery (MAC). Her photographs in both color and black and white had the austere quality of paintings. The Clay Road Tapestry Series online was created to display her talent and multimedia websites produced by The Emily Isaacson Institute to visitors.
Isaacson was nominated for a literary award with the Abbotsford Arts Council in 2013, and was nominated for the Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate Award in 2015 in Abbotsford, B.C. She published A Familiar Shore in 2015, a book of free-verse and prose-poetry on the topic of healing from cancer using aboriginal medicine. Her first novel was released on Valentine's Day of the same year. The thirty years of writing poetry, the founding of a holistic Institute, and her dedication to the arts establish her as a desired mythic presence, both prolific and distinctly Canadian poet.
- 1. The Mission Record, June 2013.
- 2. The Mission Record, October 2007.
- 3. The Mission Record, October 2009.
- 4. The Abbotsford Times, June 2012.
- 5. The Abbotsford News, April 2011.
- 6. The Fleur-de-lis, Tate Publishing, published 2011.
- 7. The Abbotsford News, April 2013.
- 8. A Familiar Shore, Tate Publishing, published 2015.