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Freshen Up Your Spring Menu with Plant-Based Meals

Spring Greens and Peas Soup blends dandelions, spinach, kale, and peas

Freshen Up Your Spring Menu with Plant-Based Meals

The first green spikes poking through winter’s crusty grip seem to be my trigger for initiating all sorts of gritty tasks like cleaning cupboards and lightening up closets. It’s as if some trace of ancient genes deep within me responds to the changing light, the shifting of the earth’s axis, and I instinctively seek vacuum,... Read more »

The Link Between Obesity and the Human Microbiome

“In 2002, 231 million Europeans attempted some form of diet. Of these, only one per cent will achieve permanent weight loss.” ~ From a confidential... Read more »

Vitamin C, B5, Quercetin, and NAC are among nutrients recommended for relieving summer allergies

Vitamin C, B5, Quercetin, and NAC are among nutrients recommended for relieving summer allergies

My Top 5 Summer Survival Strategies

 “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”  ~ John Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley: In Search of... Read more »

Low blood sugar, caused by a combination of sugar and caffeine, is a common cause of sleep disorders

Low blood sugar, caused by a combination of sugar and caffeine, is a common cause of sleep disorders

HELP FOR INSOMNIA

When I entered medical practice in 1978, there was no such thing as a Sleep Disorder Clinic. Yet the past 38 years have changed all that with waiting... Read more »

Restoring intestinal microbes with probiotics can alleviate the behavioural signs of ASD

Restoring intestinal microbes with probiotics can alleviate the behavioural signs of ASD

AUTISM EPIDEMIC

We are in the midst of what can only be described as an epidemic of autism. When I first started my medical practice in 1979, autism was a relatively... Read more »

Unlike drugs, NHPs have never killed anyone. The same cannot be said for most painkillers.

Unlike drugs, NHPs have never killed anyone. The same cannot be said for most painkillers.

PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT DRUGS

“Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable.” – R.D. Laing

Your muscles and joints hurt all over but you... Read more »

Calendula Officinalis is an herb that is available in ointment form, suitable for treating wounds

Calendula Officinalis is an herb that is available in ointment form, suitable for treating wounds

Herbal Essentials for Outdoor Living

Now that the warm weather is here, most of us will be spending a lot more time outdoors playing, working or just hanging around. All of this outdoor activity is not without its perils. Cuts and scrapes, bites and stings, bruises and strains, sunburn; you name it, it’s bound to happen at some point. This month I will be focusing on some of the... Read more »

Among its many benefits, Chickweed is used to treat eczema

Among its many benefits, Chickweed is used to treat eczema

CHICKWEED AND NETTLES

Spring is a great time to watch your greens grow. The aesthetically beautiful Chickweed and potent Stinging Nettle are two great additions to your garden — and life — to incorporate this season. Watch the Chickweed blossom into beautiful star-shaped flowers, while producing a powerful punch of vitamins and minerals.

Stinging nettle is also filled... Read more »

Almost 90% of the population suffer mild to moderate degree of hypothyroidism; approx 90% are women

Almost 90% of the population suffer mild to moderate degree of hypothyroidism; approx 90% are women

Nourishing the Thyroid

The thyroid is considered by many to be the body’s major powerhouse gland. In this article, we will explore the nature of, and need for, specific nourishment regarding the thyroid. Keeping it healthy is key to its ability to perform its various and vital functions.

Located below the Adam’s  apple, and wrapped around the  trachea (windpipe), are... Read more »

20+ different bioactive compounds are found in chaga mushrooms, some with activity against cancer

20+ different bioactive compounds are found in chaga mushrooms, some with activity against cancer

Chaga Mushroom and Cancer

“He could not imagine any greater joy than to go away into the woods for months on end, to break off this chaga, crumble it, boil it up on a campfire, drink it and get well like an animal.... Just as a dog goes to search for some mysterious grass that will save him….” (from Cancer Ward, by the Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn)

The scientific... Read more »

Lavender is an aromatic herb that has a mild tonic influence on the female reproductive system

Lavender is an aromatic herb that has a mild tonic influence on the female reproductive system

Uterine Fibroids and PCOS

One of the unfortunate realities of life in the 21st century is the increase in occurrence of chronic diseases. The increasing levels of stress associated with our modern lifestyle and environmental toxicity can impact our lives in many significant ways.

Of particular concern is the influence of these factors on the health of our nervous and... Read more »

From Our Blogs

Woodford Files – Shimmy with the Season; Ease Your Insomnia; The Vital Role of Your Microbiome

It is now known that antibiotics can wipe out our life-supporting microbiome for up to a year

At this time of year one can’t help but feel grateful to be alive. As the sun turns up the heat in our hemisphere, the birds are singing, streams are gurgling, and plants are budding. As nature shimmies and shakes with the season, so too does our inner terrain gurgle and flow with the movement of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes collectively... Read more »

Healing the Thyroid

I am grateful that the initial diagnosis of thyroid disease led me to research the underlying cause

Every challenge creates an opportunity for growth and transformation. At the age of 31, I was diagnosed with thyroid disease... Read more »

Insect Repellents

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil performed well as a botanical insect repellent in a Florida study

Spring and summer are seasons that we look forward to because we get to spend more time outdoors. But along with the fresh air... Read more »

Testosterone Boost

Supplements that increase testosterone include maca root powder, saw palmetto, and B-complex

Most of us know something about the challenges that women endure when going through menopause, but how many of us have given any... Read more »

Health News Briefs

Raspberries are potent for reducing cardiovascular risk, healthy liver function and bone health.

Raspberries Have Strong Metabolic, Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Six separate studies have been released simultaneously, all pointing... Read more »

Eating Disorders

In some cases, feelings of inadequacy, and subsequent dieting, can lead to an eating disorder

Her handshake was flaccid, and she struck me as being sweet, shy and anxious. She was an emaciated 27 year-old mother of an... Read more »

IBS & Colitis

TCM utilizes a combination of Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and diet to clear up IBS and colitis

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is also referred to as spastic colon, nervous bowel, or irritable colon. This condition is... Read more »