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Foods That Help With Stress and Anxiety

By Guest Blogger   |  16Comments|

Most of us are under tons of pressure lately. Whether it’s health, finances, climate change, politics, family or all of the above getting you down, these are tough times. But there is a way out of it. Taking a pill is the way a lot of people are coping with anxiety and high levels of stress. The bad news is most of the time those pills don’t work or cause side effects that suck. And… Read More >


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Raw vs. Cooked: Which Is Better?

By Jennifer Reilly RD LD   |  15Comments|

As a dietitian and cheerleader for all green and life-extending foods, there’s one food I absolutely can’t wrap my fork around: raw broccoli. I eat kale right from the stalk and down wheatgrass shots with an ear-to-ear smile. But when it comes to broccoli, it’s got to be steamed, roasted or sautéed. So the question arises, am I killing my broccoli, and is it even worth it if I can’t juice or chomp it in… Read More >


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More Food Doesn’t Necessarily Mean More Nutrition

By Brendan Brazier   |  11Comments|

As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, the desire to eat is an authoritative one. A basic primal instinct, appetite is among the most powerful human desires. It has served us exceptionally well for many thousands of years. As soon as the body begins running low on nutrients to fuel movement or rebuild body tissue, it sends a chemical signal from the brain to induce appetite, resulting in the consumption of food and an influx of nutrients (or… Read More >


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The Happy Seed – Hemp’s Healing Properties

By Alexandra Jamieson   |  10Comments|

May 2-8, 2011, is the second annual Hemp History Week, a nationwide public education campaign designed to renew strong support for hemp farming in the United States. Even before the official founding of this country, the hemp plant (Cannabissativa L.) and its products played an important part in the growth and prosperity of the European transplants that rooted themselves here. Hemp’s beneficial uses, including making paper, ropes for shipping, cloth, as well as a variety… Read More >


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Staying Green and Healthy When Time Is Running Short

By Gena Hamshaw CCN   |  14Comments|

Time management: it’s the quintessential predicament of contemporary life. Social critics, journalists and statisticians remind us that for all of our “time-saving” technology, we seem to save very little time. They’re right: time is the single thing we all wish we had more of. This year, at the ripe young age of 28, I decided to go back to school to for a post-baccalaureate degree so I can begin medical school in 2014. I am… Read More >


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Nutrition Intuition for Kids

By Guest Blogger   |  21Comments|

by Gretchen Tseng We all have an inborn nutrition intuition, and it is up to us to decide whether to listen to it. In our current culture, unless we actively pay attention to it, our nutrition intuition slowly fades away as we are bombarded with the Standard American Diet (SAD) of processed food, fast food and the incessant advertising for both. When children are very young, they stop eating when they are full, just as… Read More >


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Big Nutrition for Small Bodies

By Alejandro Junger, MD   |  15Comments|

Virginia Woolf said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” and I couldn’t agree more. Especially when it comes to kids. Fresh, whole, unprocessed, low-sugar fuel is like filling a vehicle with premium gasoline (or better yet, with sustainable butynol); it runs better, cleaner, faster, and lasts longer. Not that children are necessarily to be compared to cars, but it’s a commonly used metaphor in the food world… Read More >


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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Foods

By Guest Blogger   |  33Comments|

by Natalie Duhamel So you want your kid to eat healthy foods, but they just want pink, green and blue cereal with stars and marshmallows. What to do? Kids are all about the fun factor. Think about it: When was the last time you heard a kid turn down fun in favor of something that’s good for them? Even kids who like things that are good for them (like reading, for instance) regard them as… Read More >


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Sharing Your Diet and Lifestyle Changes

By Guest Blogger   |  26Comments|

by Kim Kleinman Everyone wants to change, but everyone fears it, too. Changing the status quo stretches us and the people around us, and like a rubber band, SNAP! Reaction! You probably have your own issues with change. Wouldn’t it be great if the people around you would help you get past the anxiety that comes with creating a new lifestyle? Of course it would. But what can you do if the people around you… Read More >


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Hey, Soy – Let’s Be Breast Friends Again!

By Jacki Glew MS RD LDN   |  23Comments|

Soy. That little three-letter word that strikes fear into the stomachs of so many. Why are we so afraid of soy? Well, I bet you’re asking … What’s so great about soy? The soybean is the only bean that is a complete protein on its own. It has lots of good stuff like phytic acid that can bind dangerous heavy metals, alpha-linolenic acid that helps control inflammation and isoflavones like genistein and daidzein that help… Read More >


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Slow Food in a Fast Food World

By Guest Blogger   |  10Comments|

There is a movement taking the nation by storm: the slow food movement. With the release of several foodie films over the last decade, including the 2009 documentary “Food, Inc.,” coupled with a growing genre of foodie books such as Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” and Marion Nestle’s “Food Politics,” people are paying attention – finally! – to the food they eat. So what exactly is slow food and how you can you begin… Read More >


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Keep Your Immune System Healthy This Winter

By Guest Blogger   |  4Comments|

With winter comes the solstice, holidays, friends and families; there also comes cold, stress, sugar and often illness. To make sure we enjoy all the beautiful and magical offerings of the winter season, it’s important to keep up with our health in some really easy and right-at-our-fingertips ways. So how do we stay vital and bug-free during winter? It can start with making a promise to yourself that self-care will be high on your list… Read More >


Anti-McDonald’s Commercial Could Save Lives

By Neal Barnard, MD   |  16Comments|

Sometimes doctors have to be a bit blunt in order to make a point. My organization recently produced a TV spot that shows a dead man on a gurney clutching a half-eaten cheeseburger. The golden arches appear above his feet. The ad ends with the words, “I was lovin’ it.” The commercial has aired in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, and it has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on YouTube. This ad is definitely… Read More >


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Your Genes Don’t Determine Your Fate

By Mark Hyman MD   |  13Comments|

The decoding of the human genome at the dawn of the millennium carried the hope and promise of the beginning of the end of human suffering. However, after more than a decade of intense exploration of the human genome, the burden of human disease and suffering has only increased across the globe. Heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as allergic and autoimmune disorders, have all continued to skyrocket. Hope has given way to disappointment… Read More >


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Does Sugar Feed Cancer?

By Guest Blogger   |  23Comments|

Does sugar feed cancer? Well, yes and no. Um, OK – yes. All cells use sugar – aka glucose – for their primary fuel source, so sugar does indeed feed all cells. But if you’ve ever had a PET scan, you know that before you get your scan, you get to drink a lovely shake of radioactive glucose or get an injection of a similar concoction. Cancer cells are very greedy; they like to gobble… Read More >


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Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies: What’s Going on With Our Kids?

By Kenneth A. Bock MD   |  18Comments|

I want to begin my first post here by talking about something that is very basic to the perpetuation of our society: our children. The specific question I want to ask is simple but key: What the heck is happening to our kids? Why am I starting with this question? Let me give you some background information. In the United States and other industrialized, developed nations, epidemics of malnutrition and common childhood infectious illnesses are… Read More >


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The Quick and Easy Way I Helped My Kid Cut Dairy

By Guest Blogger   |  31Comments|

Here is the story of why and how I removed dairy products from my now 7-year-old son’s diet, and one great suggestion on how to make healthy substitutions work in your life and in the lives of your favorite peeps. My son’s name is Riley, but this story starts with me … no shock there! In 2007, I removed all dairy products from my personal food intake. Prior to this action, I drank a little… Read More >


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President Clinton’s Momentous Intervention in the Health Debate

By Dr. T. Colin Campbell   |  9Comments|

These are momentous times for sharing with the public the exceptional benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. By now, many people have seen President Clinton’s comments on CNN and elsewhere about the dramatic turnaround in his personal health when he adopted this dietary lifestyle. Some of us have been doing research, clinical practice and writing about this dietary lifestyle for many years, sometimes having to overcome considerable skepticism (my own experience in experimental research… Read More >


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Voting with Our Food Choices

By Wayne Pacelle   |  2Comments|

In September, the House Energy and Commerce Committee conducted a hearing on this summer’s massive egg recall, and witnesses included the owners of the factory farms that spawned the salmonella crisis and a couple of the downstream victims – consumers who ate foods containing eggs contaminated with salmonella and nearly died. The testimony of some of the victims was chilling, and it even prompted one congressman, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, to declare he’s now switching… Read More >


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3 Causes of Illness (and 10 Tips to Overcome Them)

By Guest Blogger   |  20Comments|

Some people who eat a very clean diet think that a “perfect” diet = perfect health. It would be easy to believe that if you just maintain an extra clean diet most of the time, all bodily ills can be avoided. Unfortunately this is just not the case. While what you do and don’t eat plays a huge role in how good you feel, it is not the only factor in staying symptom- and disease-free.… Read More >