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The Bitter Tastes of Spring

The taste of bitters is now gaining culinary respect and taking its rightful place in our meals

The Bitter Tastes of Spring

Herbalists and other healers have long championed the bitter taste of certain herbs and garden greens. Yet the majority of North Americans still shun these essential foods, preferring salty and sweet over the equally important sour and bitter.

On this side of the Atlantic, it’s all too common to see ‘greens’ like ruby red... Read more »

Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson founded the Health Recovery Center for treating alcoholism & drug addiction

Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson founded the Health Recovery Center for treating alcoholism & drug addiction

Depression-Free Naturally

Taking prescription antidepressants, downing a couple bottles of booze, shooting up or sniffing street drugs – all of these can ultimately let loose... Read more »

All drugs, without exception, deplete nutrients; this in turn can lead to new health problems

All drugs, without exception, deplete nutrients; this in turn can lead to new health problems

How to Survive Western Medicine

Before you read the rest of this article, know that the use of prescribed drugs can be life-saving or highly beneficial on a short-term basis. The... Read more »

What you can do to boost your immune system against common bugs and the 'flu

What you can do to boost your immune system against common bugs and the 'flu

Boost Your Defences Against the ‘Flu

According to my recollection, last year at about this time at least a dozen of my patients contracted influenza shortly after getting the ‘flu shot.... Read more »

Food allergies may be a hidden cause of chronic inflammation in joints

Food allergies may be a hidden cause of chronic inflammation in joints

TREATING ARTHRITIS NATURALLY: Osteo versus Rheumatoid

Joint pain is a common complaint that shows up at the doctor’s office every day. Arthritis is a general term meaning inflammation in the joints. Is... 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 »

Now that we have nutraceutical technology, the potential for beauty is unlimited

Now that we have nutraceutical technology, the potential for beauty is unlimited

Feed Your Beauty

If you want to increase your odds of staying youthful, and reverse the factors that are causing your body to age, then I have some helpful advice. Now that we have nutraceutical technology, the potential for beauty is unlimited. Indeed, the ability to turn back our ‘biological clock’ has never been more available.

When you learn about the... Read more »

To ensure healthy and optimal digestion, we must support our digestive ‘fire’, says Julie Daniluk

To ensure healthy and optimal digestion, we must support our digestive ‘fire’, says Julie Daniluk

Stoke Your Digestive Fire to Boost Your Energy and Clear Inflammation

As the raw food movement gains enthusiasts worldwide, you will often hear them say that raw food is best for health because it is highest in nutrients. Technically, this is correct because raw food is higher in enzymes and vitamins than processed food. But for those with digestive problems, the nutrients in raw food can be hard to absorb and... 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 »

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 »

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 – Benefits of Spring Bitters; Curing Depression and Addiction Naturally

With the joyous momentum of spring’s arrival, we throw open our windows and breathe in the fresh air. That is, if we can find some fresh air amid the truck exhaust, cell phone towers, and homes off-gassing chemical laundry detergents. Since we know that air pollution has been linked to cancer and diabetes, how can we survive this daily toxic... Read more »

MD's Expert Opinion

It has often been falsely reported that Vitamin C causes kidney stones

(Editor’s note: This month we bring you the first segment of Dr. Rona’s feature on Nutrition Myths, which covers the first two... Read more »

Health News Briefs

Vitamin B-3 makes retinal cells more resilient to the pressure-induced damage behind glaucoma

VITAMIN B-3 MAY HELP PREVENT GLAUCOMA – New research suggests that vitamin B-3 may help prevent glaucoma. (There is currently no... Read more »

Homeopathy & Fatigue

Homeopathics are energetic stimulants that can nudge our healing power to start the recovery process

While no one can make a definitive case for what causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, homeopaths believe that we all come into this... Read more »

Risks to Microbes

If you have a gut imbalance, you may want to avoid alcohol and sucralose, and take a good probiotic

Few people are truly aware of how important the balance of their gut flora is to their overall health and wellbeing. Some may... Read more »

Community News

As part of the Big Carrot's free lecture series, David Wang, ND will give a talk on April 20

FREE LECTURES AT THE BIG CARROT

Every Thursday evening, the Big Carrot natural food market hosts free lectures by a... Read more »

Sacred Journeys

imagine how it FEELS to be in a world where all beings are respected and nurtured

Here we stand at the prow of a new year, and already we can feel the currents of change ahead of us. From a numerological... Read more »