The Logic of Faith

Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt

Despite today’s assault of alarming news, there is reciprocity at the heart of the universe and this good news provides us with direction and the ability to rediscover our mutual belonging. My teacher, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, has just published a lively and engaging book, The Logic of Faith, that I enthusiastically recommend to everyone who… Continue Reading

Pea Flour—Looks Good on the Label but Doesn’t Digest

Pea Flour—Looks Good on the Label but Doesn’t Digest

Manufacturers are increasingly using pea flour in the production of low-carbohydrate foods. These days you’ll find it in pasta, chips, cookies, energy bars, and even dog food. Because it’s up to 28% protein, pea flour looks good on an ingredient label, but there’s a catch. It’s indigestible. We’ll look at why this questionable practice got… Continue Reading

Biofilms and Your Health

How to Maintain Healthy Gut Flora

For proactive healthcare, a basic understanding of biofilms is a requisite. The term biofilm refers to organic life forms (bacteria, yeasts and other microorganisms) that develop an extracellular matrix or, to be more graphic, a slimy film. Biofilms are a living, self-protective community that can develop and stick to any surface—living or otherwise—that is exposed to… Continue Reading

Colloidal Silver: A Natural and Safe Antibiotic

Colloidal Silver: A Natural and Safe Antibiotic

A Traditional Antibacterial Remedy Before we had modern drugs, colloidal silver was our primary clinical antibiotic. This suspension of microscopic silver particles in water is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that speeds wound healing, treats infections, and has both antiviral and antifungal properties. Colloidal silver is regaining popularity for its ability to cure infectious diseases, including… Continue Reading

Face Reading: A Mother and Daughter Comparison

Face Reading: A Mother and Daughter Comparison

More Than Genetics Using traditional Chinese Face Reading we can decode the messages our faces reveal. As an example, let’s examine this mother and daughter photo. When your diet and lifestyle are right for you, your vital energy and innate beauty shine through unhindered. But if you’re not in balance, if there’s an energetic snarl… Continue Reading

Identify Leaky Gut with Chinese Face Reading

Identify Leaky Gut with Face Reading

DIY Diagnosis You can detect leaky gut (intestinal hyper-permeability) by looking in the mirror. Over centuries, Chinese medicine developed a sophisticated system of correspondences between outward signs and the internal organs; such as, for example, that the lower lip region reflects colon health. So take a look. If your lower lip is toned, uniformly colored… Continue Reading

Startled Into Eating Meat Again

Eating Meat Helped Resolve My Invasive Cancer As a longtime fan of yours, I remember reading that when you had cancer, you started eating meat again. I’m at a dietary crossroads myself and would love to know why you made the shift. —Syl Stenhouse, London, England In 1989, after twenty years of macrobiotics, then renowned… Continue Reading

The Tibetan Book of Health: Sowa Rigpa, the Science of Healing

The Tibetan Book of Health: Sowa Rigpa, the Science of Healing

A just published book by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, The Tibetan Book of Health, is loaded with remarkable health tips and practices. I highly recommend it to all students of alternative medicine and to everyone seeking better health. Tibetan medicine shares similarities with both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. It remains, however, a decidedly unique modality with… Continue Reading

Recovery Clothing Helps Healing

New Fabric Supports Healing Want to tap in to your body’s own healing energy? Change your clothes! Wearing clothing made with a new type of fabric can actually promote healing from within. This fabric is imbued with ceramic (yes, you read that right!) and emits far infrared (FIR) healing properties. Far infrared or thermal radiation… Continue Reading

What to Eat for How You Feel

A newly published cookbook offers practical steps to enhance your health and energy. Divya Alter’s What to Eat for How You Feel is based on a living Ayurvedic tradition and is remarkable for conveying primal, jargon-free information. The book’s recipes are vegetarian, but the information shared is relevant for all dietary preferences. What to Eat… Continue Reading

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Red Radishes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Red Radishes

This recipe is adapted, with permission, from Divya Alter’s excellent book, The New Ayurvedic Kitchen: What To Eat for How You Feel.  Brussels sprouts are one of those compelling vegetables: you either love them or hate them. With their bitter, pungent, and sweet tastes and heating qualities, Brussels sprouts and red radishes are ideal for… Continue Reading

How to Make and Use a Castor Oil Pack

Castor Oil Packs—An Effective Home Remedy to Boost Immunity and Reduce Inflammation If your qi doesn’t flow smoothly, the energy gnarls up and symptoms develop. A warm castor oil pack is an effective way to unscramble this energetic traffic jam. The common cause of virtually all symptoms is energy gone awry, and if uncorrected, an… Continue Reading

Under Eye Problems: Naturally Resolve Dark Skin, Puffiness and/or Hollows

If you see discoloration, puffiness or hollows under your eyes, your long-term resolution is a dietary and lifestyle upgrade. Ignore the slick ads for injectable fillers and topical treatments. Such cosmetic “fixes” fail to address the root cause and, therefore, cannot deliver long-term results. Many people—even adolescents—succumb to the con that deep tear troughs are… Continue Reading

Which Salt Is Best? Do a Taste Test!

There must be as much hype about salt as there are salt varieties. In this blog, I’ll share science-based guidelines for making the most flavorful and nutritious choices, plus a do-it-yourself home test. The first guideline for buying salt is to favor additive-free, unrefined sea salt, as it contains valuable trace minerals and is free… Continue Reading

Allergy Symptoms and Chronic Health Complaints? Histamine Sensitivity Might be the Source

Self-Test to Determine if a Low-Histamine Diet Will Help Resolve Your Health Issues. If you suffer from allergic-like symptoms, suspect hypersensitivities to multiple foods, or have chronic health complaints, histamines might be the problem. There are no medical tests for histamine sensitivity and very few health professionals identify or treat this condition. But it’s not… Continue Reading

Low Salicylate Diet for Food Sensitivities

If you have nagging health complaints, you might be one of the increasing numbers of people with sensitivities to naturally occurring chemicals in foods such as salicylates. Guest blogger Maribeth Evezich, RD, offers information on sensitivities caused by salicylates (suh–lis-uh-leyts) to help you get a handle on–and resolve–your health issues. What Are Salicylates and Where Are… Continue Reading

A Step Up from Sweet Potato Toast

Toasted sweet potato, the latest alternative to bread, has recently been sweeping the social media scene. Given the number of people on grain-free diets, this innovative “toast” now serves as a sandwich base in many a lunchbox. While popping a slice of sweet potato in a toaster wins points for cleverness, I prefer to make… Continue Reading

Pan Fried Sweet Potato “Toast”

You’re apt to find it easier and less fussy to cook a sweet potato in a skillet than in a toaster. The fat adds welcome flavor and more efficiently conducts heat to produce a more toothsome toast.See A Step Up from Sweet Potato Toast. But don’t limit yourself to sweet potato; yam, and squash that is… Continue Reading

How Often to Go? Why One BM a Day Is Best

Popular medical opinion has it that anywhere from three bowel movements a day to one every three days is normal.1 Pooh on that! Both history and science show that our biological inner clocks are innately set for one full evacuation a day. Furthermore, there’s an ideal time. Breaking the fast reactivates the digestive system and… Continue Reading

Low-Salicylate Diet

Maribeth Evezich will post a guest blog here on August 1, 2016. It includes: – What are salicylates and where are they found? – How do salicylates work and how can they be a problem? – I think I’m salicylate intolerant. Now what? – Where to get help. Do revisit us. Thanks for your patience.… Continue Reading

Stir-Fried Snow Pea Leaves with Garlic Scapes

Created by Leda Scheintaub Snow pea leaves, also known as snow pea shoots or snow pea tips, are the prelude to the pea, the tips of the snow pea vines with beautiful radiating tendrils. Their flavor profile is completely different from the pods—slightly sweet, grassy, and fresh tasting—and a moreish introduction to the world of… Continue Reading

Sanpaku Eyes Revel Low Kidney Energy According to Chinese Face Reading

 Sanpaku—or “Three Whites”—Eyes Reflect Kidney Health Just as a sparkle in the eye reveals zestful energy, a highly placed iris reveals low kidney energy according to Face Reading. When a person looks straight ahead and the white sclera shows underneath the colored iris, this is called sanpaku (a Japanese term meaning three whites) as illustrated below. Typically… Continue Reading

Medicinal Bone Broth Recipe with Chinese Herbs

When bone broth is made only from bones, you’ve got a medicinal tonic. To further kick up this recipe’s value, add vegetables and potent Chinese medicinal herbs. Of the 13,000 herbs listed in the Chinese pharmacopoeia, here are the top eleven used for bone stock plus a broth recipe. Their invaluable healing properties both sweeten and… Continue Reading

Fermented Turmeric Tea

Medicine from Scratch To enhance turmeric’s medicinal wallop, ferment it. In five minutes of your time (plus two days to ferment), you can create a base for a month’s supply of tasty and healing fermented turmeric tea. Best known for its characteristic bright orange-yellow color and as a signature ingredient in curry, turmeric is the… Continue Reading

Face Color Different than Neck Color

Dear Rebecca:  The color on my face is much darker than my neck, it’s not from a tan and it didn’t used to be this way. It makes me look weird. What can I do? –Tonya Dear Tonya:  You’re right, skin color can change and I’ll tell you how to regain your normal color. But… Continue Reading

White Line Around the Lips

Dear Rebecca: I’m 20-year-old college student, and I’ve had a white line around my lips for many years now. Some days it is more noticeable than others, but it’s almost always there. And for the past nine months, there’s been a white spot near my lips. This affects my self-esteem and confidence level so much. Can… Continue Reading

When Gluten Free Isn’t Enough

Dear Rebecca: I started keeping a food diary as you suggested. It was really, really awful. It was too embarrassing to show anyone. I was grazing the entire day until supper, my one square meal. I was feeling stuck. So I said to myself, “I need to be gluten-free. I’m going to go gluten free.… Continue Reading

Swollen Lips

Does swelling below your lower lip make it jut out like a ledge? If your lips appear swollen, consider that those lip ledges weren’t there in your high school photos. And you won’t find swollen or discolored lips in classical art or in photos prior to the 1950s. Indeed, the historical norm for lips is that… Continue Reading

Healthy Way to Enjoy Seaweed

Better Than Chips I used to indulge in potato chips and am delighted to report that this is past tense. I now opt for a savory and phenomenally healthful treat that’s equally crunchy. Thanks to toasted seaweed (which happens to be among our most nutrient-dense plants), I don’t miss packaged chips. Toasted sea palm has… Continue Reading

The Healthiest Way to Enjoy Saffron

Sun Tea–A Double Shot of Sunshine Likened to liquid sunshine, saffron tea is luminous, golden and uplifting. It’s smooth with a subtle floral flavor and the delicate lift that it gives makes me reach for it often. It’s the anticipation of that lift that has me setting a shot glass filled with water and a… Continue Reading

How to Prevent or Resolve Autoimmune Disease

If you suffer from progressively worsening symptoms that baffle your doctor, or if you’re diagnosed with a chronic or strange-sounding disease, then odds are it’s autoimmune related. In autoimmunity, your immune system mistakenly attacks your healthy cells. Autoimmune disease (AD) refers to a varied group of illnesses that involve every system; they are chronic, debilitating… Continue Reading

Dandelion Hearts (Crowns)

The top of a dandelion’s taproot, its heart or crown, is a tasty nibble that, while money can’t buy, is free for the taking. In texture, color, and taste dandelion hearts are reminiscent of the base or heart of a head of celery, only with a light bitter-sweet dandelion essence. Adorning the crown are pearl-sized nascent buds,… Continue Reading

Roasted Daikon Soup with Dandelion Greens

From The Whole Bowl: Gluten-free, Dairy-free Soups and Stews, by Rebecca Wood and Leda Scheintaub. Countryman Press, 2015. While the dandelion greens found year round at the greengrocers work well in this soup, for a special springtime delicacy, I encourage you to forage dandelions so that you can also feast on their hearts and buds. Early… Continue Reading

A Buyers Guide to Stainless Steel Cookware

People frequently ask me what stainless steel cookware line I recommend. My first response is to think twice before buying a full line. If you own a 21-piece set of cookware, I’ll wager that two or three of those pots get regular use but that the other pieces are crammed in the back of an… Continue Reading

Yucatán Turkey Thigh and Yucca Stew 

While bone broth is indeed a tasty and healing ingredient, here’s a shortcut. Cook meat on the bone, as in this Yucatan Turkey Thigh and Yucca Stew. Then  you’ll create both the stock and the stew and only have one pot to wash. From The Whole Bowl: Gluten-free, Dairy-free Soups and Stews, by Rebecca Wood and… Continue Reading

Smoky Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Thrilled to be guesting with Be Nourished this month and to whet your appetite for our upcoming cookbook, The Whole Bowl: 50 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Soups and Stews, with this highly flavored, warming soup. The Smoky Parsnip and Sweet Potato soup gets its smoke from chipotle and a back note of allspice adds rounded depth. Earthy… Continue Reading

Uneven Pigmentation Around Lips

Geographically speaking, your lips top off your digestive tract. As much as they play a key role in your social identity, they also reveal the condition of your whole gastrointestinal system. So if you have developed vitiligo, irregular or blotchy skin color around your mouth, this mirrors problems below. Look at your childhood photos and… Continue Reading

Corn Tortillas Recipe

As virtually all nonorganic corn products are GMO, making your own tortillas with organic masa is a prudent—and tasty—choice. Thankfully, quality organic masa is now available (organic products are free of genetically modified organisms). Of the various types of gluten-free bread, here’s why homemade tortillas are unparalleled. When making tortillas, you turn them twice on… Continue Reading

Millet Polenta Cakes with Zucchini, Daikon, Cherry Tomatoes, and Cilantro-Miso Pesto

Reprinted with permission from Cultured Foods for your Kitchen by Leda Scheintaub. Photo by William Brinson. This recipe is an extension of the Fermented Millet Porridge concept (and a riff on the French-style chickpea flour–based bites known as panisse); after you’ve made your porridge, you pour it onto a baking sheet to firm up, then… Continue Reading

Fermented Millet Porridge

Reprinted with permission from Leda Scheintaub’s Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen Millet becomes surprisingly thick and creamy when it’s fermented (see Three Reasons to Soak, Sprout and/or Ferment Grains) and then cooked, making it a satisfying breakfast option for folks who are dairy free and those just looking to add more whole grains into their… Continue Reading

Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen: 100 Recipes Featuring the Bold Flavors of Fermentation

Here’s a truly great cookbook, Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen: 100 Recipes Featuring the Bold Flavors of Fermentation, by Leda Scheintaub (Rizzoli), 2014, 192 pages. While this book offers readers new to fermenting plenty of entry points, more accomplished cooks will find ideas for expanding their repertoires. Just as fermentation transforms food with a natural alchemy, Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen opens up… Continue Reading

Discoloration Around the Eyes

While black or blue skin below the eyes is commonplace today, even more prevalent is irregularly colored skin near the inner corner of the eyes. Have a look in the mirror; you’re apt to sport colors in this region. It’s your body’s way of communicating important information. Here’s what this means according to Chinese Face… Continue Reading

Why It’s Hard to Go Gluten and Dairy Free

Science now explains why going GFDF is so hard. We’ll look at that, and then the encouraging news: If you tried going without but backslid, you still have made inroads in realizing your GFDF goals. But first take a few seconds and imagine feeling utterly content. You’ve nary a suggestion of pain or suffering. You’re… Continue Reading

Teff Waffle

Almost chocolate in color, this gluten-free waffle tastes unlike any wheat waffle ever made.  It has a nutty, satisfying flavor and is substantial in character while remaining light in texture.  One taste and you may never again settle for a wheat waffle. You’ll find this recipe and other gluten-free quick bread recipes in my award… Continue Reading

Eyes Reveal Marijuana Abuse

It’s a given that marijuana has medical value. While the drug’s efficacy for muscle spasms and other concerns is not questioned, let’s consider its recreational use. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), abuse of stimulants like cannabis have a negative impact on the kidney and nervous systems. Facial analysis of the eyes illustrates this point… Continue Reading

Protect Yourself from Radiation with This Superfood

As Fukushima radiation nears our west coast shoreline, here’s one obvious and practical precaution to take daily: Eat foods that will protect you. Conversely, avoid the foods that increase your absorption of radiation. Unquestionably, the best food is seaweed; you’ll find other top foods listed below. And what about the seaweed itself, you might ask.… Continue Reading

Crisped Dulse

If you’re new to seaweed, this simple recipe is a tasty way to start a good habit. As with all seaweed, dulse helps prevent your body from absorbing radioactivity. Dulse has an almost bacon-like aroma and flavor, and when crisped is pleasantly chewy, rather like potato chips. As a stand alone,  add a squeeze of… Continue Reading

Ceramic–The Healthiest Cookware

Since the 1980s I’ve cherished 100% ceramic cookware. To understand why, let’s consider roasted marshmallows. Some folks like to quickly toast/scorch the outside of their marshmallows, while others carefully slow-roast their soft little pillows until the heat deeply penetrates the core, enhancing the flavor throughout and—careful now—melting the sticky goodness right off the twig. Because… Continue Reading

Chicken Broth

Here’s an easy recipe for chicken broth that’s high in minerals, collagen and glycine. To read about its astounding health benefits see: Bone Stock. Enjoy it straight as an energy tonic or add it to soups, stews and sauces. The longer you cook the bones, the more minerals are extracted; however, excessive cooking and/or high heat… Continue Reading

Vegetable Stock

Your own stock outshines any commercial stock in terms of  the energy it imparts and the pleasure it delivers. Why’s that? Really ponder the indignities that one carrot would encounter going thru a commercial size factory to be spewed out as product with a shelf-life of more than 18 months. As commercially prepared foods are… Continue Reading

Cranberries–A Potent Kitchen Medicine

See The small, dry and intensely tart cranberry is second only to its cousin the blueberry in disease-fighting antioxidants. The remarkable anti-inflammatory properties of cranberries make them an excellent kitchen remedy for arthritic pain and infection. They quell damp conditions and so can help resolve overweight, organ prolapse, food sensitivities, varicose veins, edema, candida-type yeast… Continue Reading

Cranberries for Health

See  Fermented Cranberry Relish The small, dry and intensely tart cranberry is second only to its cousin the blueberry in disease-fighting antioxidants. The remarkable anti-inflammatory properties of cranberries make them an excellent kitchen remedy for arthritic pain and infection. They quell damp conditions and so can help resolve candida, edema, cysts, lumps and tumors. How do… Continue Reading

Fermented Cranberry Relish

Fermentation is the secret to this fresh sweet and sour cranberry relish. If you haven’t yet made a cultured food, let this foolproof recipe be your gateway to tangible kitchen magic. Yes, you can effortlessly transform the flavor and healthfulness of basic ingredients into a superior product. I delight in the simplicity of this recipe… Continue Reading

Buckwheat Crepes—Gluten and Dairy Free

For a thin but robustly flavored crepe, buckwheat has no peer. And talk about versatility! As an entrée or a sweet you can enjoy these tender flatbreads for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and they’re great in a packed lunch. For a savory dish, roll or fold in a filling such as sautéed kale and spinach… Continue Reading

Kasha Tabouli

For a refreshing—and gluten free—tabouli, substitute either kasha or quinoa for the more traditional bulgur. Kasha will yield the most substantial, hearty and robustly flavored grain salad. Whereas milder-flavored quinoa will best mimic bulgur in terms of texture. Either grain makes a first class tabouli. Serves 4 2 cups boiling stock or water 1 cup… Continue Reading

Variable Skin Color Above Mouth

Blotchy or Discolored Skin Above The Mouth Discolored skin above the mouth is a readout for digestive disorders. As the photos below show, when something is going on in your gut, the skin color surrounding your mouth announces it. Off-colors include white, yellow, red, blue, green or grey and each color suggests a different inner… Continue Reading

Cherry Bounce

It’s cherry season, and because these rubies are not great shippers or keepers, now’s the time to indulge. Here’s an easy recipe that transforms the essence of cherries into a tasty liqueur that is also a medicinal tonic. Historians note that in September 1784 George Washington packed a canteen of cherry bounce for a trip… Continue Reading

Cherry Pie Recipe

For all the pleasure it brings, homemade cherry pie isn’t difficult to make. And it’s something that money can’t buy. Use sour (tart) cherries which become creamy and tender with a bright, refreshing tangy flavor and a vividly clear pink juice. Whereas cooked sweet cherries turn mushy and color to a muddy purple. If you… Continue Reading

The Significance of a Chin Crease

An Aquired Chin Crease Indicates Compromised Energy according to Chinese Face Reading If your chin sports a horizontal wrinkle, then it’s time to conserve your energy and reduce unnecessary activity. Historically such lines were observed on the elderly or people who had squandered their root vitality, and so it’s aptly termed a “retirement line.” (Unless, that… Continue Reading

How to Cook without a Recipe

Recently while cooking a community meal, my friend Lynne was excited to prepare a favorite broccoli dish. But as we didn’t have one of the ingredients on hand, toasted sesame oil, Lynne lost confidence in her ability to prepare the broccoli. I suggested various alternative seasonings, but as she couldn’t imagine how they would taste,… Continue Reading

May Day Stew

If you think that stew is strictly a cold-weather dish, surprise yourself otherwise! This gorgeous spring stew uses tender veggies at their flavor peak. The ’taters and turnips become earthy-sweet, and the colorful green asparagus and peas become brighter. This winsome dish is a light and satisfying first course. This recipe makes perfect use of… Continue Reading

Cold Quell Tea

At the very first sign of a flu or cold here’s a recipe for beating it. Note it’s important to drink this tea within the first 24 hours of onset, for, as my acupuncturist Leslie Shanai, Lic.Ac. writes, “Once the disease has gotten a good foothold ginger tea will no longer be effective. It may… Continue Reading

The Steamed Veggie Hype

Sure, steaming is a healthy, quick and easy cooking method. But if you bought the line that “steamed veggies are most healthful” I’ve got some lovely news for you: To heighten dining pleasure as well as the medicinal and energetic properties of foods, using diverse cooking techniques is best. Here are two reasons why. Vive… Continue Reading

Hostage to Blueberries

If you’re eating blueberries regularly because you’ve been told they’re a superfood, then you may have been duped. Yes, blueberries have a great nutritional profile. Yes, they may play a role in disease prevention. But let’s use our critical intelligence. A frequent serving of blueberries is nothing to write home about and certainly not worth… Continue Reading

Gluten Free but Still Not Feeling Your Best?

Three Steps to Identify Food Allergies If you have cut gluten from your diet but still have health complaints, then I have important news for you. Here are three likely reasons that you are still suffering from the various symptoms that eating gluten-containing foods can trigger. 1. For 100% results you must give up gluten 100%. The… Continue Reading

Thai-Style Turkey Meatball Noodle Soup

Taken from The Whole Bowl, by Rebecca Wood and Leda Scheintaub Most traditional meatball recipes contain both wheat, in the form of breadcrumbs, and dairy, often Parmesan cheese. I’m happy to report that neither is essential to a great meatball: They aren’t needed to hold the meatballs together, and without them there are no fillers… Continue Reading

Carrot Soup with Garlic Chips

As yummy tasting as it looks, this recipe is free of both gluten and dairy. Here’s the secret for transforming this great everyday carrot classic into a dairy free dish: blend a small amount of white rice with the soup. This provides the thickness and creaminess we’re after in a cream-based soup (a clever trick to employ… Continue Reading

Sweeteners to Avoid

Be savvy about harmful and healthful sweeteners. Here’s a list of the three kinds of sweeteners to avoid along with their various brand names. You’ll find details for those to favor at Quality Sweetener Guidelines. Armed with the information below about the “bad” sugars, you can now ignore various marketing claims for “natural” cane sugars and all sugar… Continue Reading

Bust Bad Food Habits

If you’re ready to tackle your bad food habits, there’s relief at hand. It’s free and takes just a split second. Here’s the assignment: Next time you are reaching for the chips (or chocolate, or pizza, or whatever) imagine taking a snapshot. End of assignment. Put a lot of detail into your mental photo: the… Continue Reading

Quality Sweeteners

First, the good news: Quality sugar is part of a healthy diet! So your opportunity is to discern the good sweeteners from the bad ones and then to enjoy natural sweeteners occasionally rather than daily. For details about why to avoid  agave, fructose, noncaloric sweeteners and many “natural” cane products like muscavado, see Sweeteners to Avoid. Here’s… Continue Reading

Honey Carmel Corn with Roasted Almonds

In minutes you can healthfully satisfy a sweet tooth with this no-fuss recipe. 1 cup honey or maple syrup (or a combination) 4 quarts popped corn, unsalted 1 cup roasted almonds In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring honey to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, without stirring, until mixture reaches 270 degrees Fahrenheit… Continue Reading

Ceramic Coated and Non-Stick Cookware are Toxic

Ignore the Slick Advertising for Non-Stick A non-stick, synthetic surface on cookware, is less durable than the underlying metal and is therefore reactive and toxic. With use, the coating will pit, scratch and wear off from the pan and into your food.  Don’t be seduced by advertisements for nonstick cookware. And don’t despair; there are safe,… Continue Reading


A simple truth is that beyond middle age, our bones lose density. There’s no need to panic or to feel betrayed by this natural process. But whether you’re in your 20s, 60s or beyond, here’s a time tested way you can proactively maintain optimum bone health. This useful model for regarding osteoporosis, or a thinning… Continue Reading

Mango Sorbet

Cooling and lush this sorbet is easy to make and couldn’t be more healthful. If you’ve got children around, enlist their help. Makes 3 cups. 2 ripe mangos, about 1 ½ pounds 2 tablespoons honey or to taste ¼ cup apple or other fruit juice or water 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Fresh mint sprigs… Continue Reading

Fruit Kvass

The historic Russian beverage kvass is traditionally made by fermenting rye bread,  and often fruit, into an invigorating and effervescent drink. It’s currently marketed in Russia as a patriotic—and more healthful—soft drink alternative. My version is an ambrosial grain-free nectar that’s oh-so-easy to make. What does it taste like? A tangy blend of sweet and… Continue Reading

Fig Compote

Serves 3 Here’s a delicious dessert or breakfast dish. Simply plump dried figs and then simmer until tender. This dish needs no adder sweetener, but you may dress it up with a dollop of crème fraiche or a grating of nutmeg 6 ounces (1 cup) dried figs, woody stems removed 1 cup apple or orange… Continue Reading

The Art of Fermentation

If you are interested in the connection between health and diet, here’s some important news. Sandor Katz’s new book, The Art of Fermentation is the first definitive guide on fermented foods with recipes taken from around the world. Today its rare for a cookbook to become adorned with the splatters and smudges that accumulate on real… Continue Reading

ADHD (ADD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

If you feel unsteady on a stairway, you grab the banister to steady yourself. Likewise, if your child’s (or your) brain chemistry is off-kilter with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), favoring healthy foods supports equilibrium. ADHD describes individuals who have trouble with concentration, impulse control and, in some cases, hyperactivity. They find that eating a… Continue Reading

Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Inflamed tissues signal trouble and are a marker for pain and illness. Below is a listing of the top anti-inflammatory foods, along with common sense help to avoid chronic inflammation. But first, to better understand why some foods increase inflammation, let’s examine the nature of inflammation. Recall having a little scratch that became pink and… Continue Reading

Hay Fever Free

It’s hay fever season and how many times have you moaned (and sneezed) about that darn pollen! So why is it that your swollen eyelids and other allergic responses get worse every year but the amount of pollen remains constant? While pollen may be the trigger, it’s taking the bum rap for the underlying issue… Continue Reading

Boost Your Immunity: Protect Yourself from Bacteria, Viruses and Other Parasites

Bacteria, Viruses and Other Parasites in Children and Adults If your immune system is challenged, the odds are that you’re harboring more parasites than just bacteria and viruses. Low immunity invites additional parasites including: fungi, yeast, pinworms, tapeworms, flukes, roundworms and/or intestinal parasites. You can get rid of pinworms and their cronies and you can… Continue Reading


Here are natural remedies to help you glide through menopause. The strategies I discuss below can help shift uncomfortable hot flashes toward mild and enjoyable ripples of energy. As a woman’s ovaries retire from active production around the age of 50, her body’s hormone production adjusts. Just as puberty signaled an increase in estrogen hormones,… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong with Wheat?

Nothing’s wrong with wheat or any whole food. That they’ve nurtured countless generations for eons proves their value. Plus, they’re versatile and many of our favorite and most tasty foods contain wheat.  So what’s the fuss? The answer is not about the wheat or another allergen; rather it’s about your digestive system. If you’re not… Continue Reading

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