Making a Diagnosis is Less Important Than Asking These 2 Questions

August 11, 2011
By Frank Lipman, MD

After 30 years of practicing medicine, I have learned that for any chronic illness or ailment, treating underlying imbalances and dysfunctions is more important than making a diagnosis and naming the disease. Ultimately, asking the right questions is more important than giving a label to a set of observations. This is because most if not all chronic problems, from heart disease to arthritis, migraines to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), depression to fatigue, usually have multiple factors… Read More >


I ♥ My Brain

August 10, 2011|22Comments|

For many reasons I am in love with my brain, your brain, the brain. Yet until recently, I’ve known next to nothing about the most phenomenal organ in my body. Thanks to Jill Bolte Taylor’s book, “My Stroke of Insight,” I am on a new mission: Know thy brain. In doing so, I have a hunch that I will come to know myself at a deeper level. Have you read this book? If not, I… Read More >


Let’s Talk About Alcohol

August 5, 2011
By Leslie Carr Psy.D.

Plenty of resources exist for those of us who identify as alcoholic (Alcoholics Anonymous [AA] is free and world-wide, for example, and there are countless books available on the subject of addiction), but this post isn’t about that. This post is for those of us who probably don’t qualify for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse or dependence, but could stand to explore our relationship with what I like to call “Social K-Y.” Let’s face it:… Read More >


Help Your Healer Heal You

August 3, 2011
By Guest Blogger

The role of the patient has changed dramatically over the last several centuries. The Industrial Revolution created labor specialization and division in all spheres including healthcare. Suddenly, there was not one doctor but many subcategories responsible for different parts of the body. The structure of healthcare also changed significantly: hospitals became more accessible and seeing a doctor doesn’t require traveling long distance. Living in the wilderness without access to immediate medical help, our ancestors once… Read More >


Hypnosis and Your Journey to Wellness

August 1, 2011
By Guest Blogger

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a perplexing illness with no rhyme or reason. Some people get better; others do not. I am one of the ones who has never gotten my life back, or at least not yet. I have had some good years, but never in the past 26 years have I been without chronic exhaustion, pain, migraines or other strange body symptoms. Over the years, I have tried homeopathy, naturopathic remedies, different diets, acupuncture,… Read More >


Vitamin D – Oh, How I Love Thee!

July 29, 2011
By Jacki Glew MS RD LDN

You know you’re a nutrition nerd when you have a favorite vitamin. Mine is vitamin D. Until recently, no one thought to measure vitamin D. Why? Because it was thought to only be good for building bones … yawn. All of a sudden, vitamin D sprang out of nowhere and was all over the place. Why? Well, people finally paid attention to information about vitamin D that surfaced. Did you know that low vitamin D… Read More >


Turn Those Kids Upside Down for Fun, Focus, Confidence and Calm

July 28, 2011
By Guest Blogger

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when kids used to run out of the house after breakfast, then scoot home when the street lights came on in the evening. I know, because I lived that time. Activity-filled days for kids have been replaced by hours of watching videos and playing computer games. And when summer comes, that’s where the majority of the day is spent – staring at a screen. But there are… Read More >


Five Ways You’re Addicted to Sugar But May Not Know It

July 21, 2011
By Guest Blogger

It’s true! Some of us were born sugar lovers and we search high and low to get our hands on the sweet stuff, while others of us unknowingly feed a hidden addiction. For most of my adult life, I was a raging sugar addict but didn’t know it. My mindless consumption of sugar manifested in a handful of sneaky ways. Check out my tips for combating the five most common ways sugar sneaks into our… Read More >


Raw Food Strategies for Your Family

July 14, 2011
By Guest Blogger

Raw food is a plant-based diet consisting of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, sprouts, fermented foods, seaweed, live water, herbs and more. By definition, raw food is not heated above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw food includes lots of fresh dishes and also foods that can be made in a dehydrator. Crackers, breads, cookies and things like kale chips can be made in a dehydrator. However, if you don’t have one, you can still make so… Read More >


Detoxification Through Yoga

July 12, 2011
By Guest Blogger

Yoga is a powerful system that can be applied in many different ways to produce various health-enhancing effects. As a yoga teacher and lifestyle expert, I have traveled the world for almost a decade studying and teaching these profoundly simple and effective techniques that can heal the body, restoring it to its natural state of radiance and vibrant health. One key to creating radiant skin and health is sweating, which purifies the cells, eliminating toxins… Read More >


14 Ways to Combat Corporatitis

July 11, 2011
By Frank Lipman, MD

In my integrative and functional medicine practice, hardly a day goes by when I don’t see several patients suffering with a touch of corporatitis maximus (CM). While you won’t find CM defined on Wikipedia or easily searched on Google, you will find it lurking in the minds and bodies of stressed-out, over-extended, over-committed employees of corporations, everywhere. So what exactly is CM? Well, to be honest, it’s a catchall phrase I use to describe the… Read More >


5 Easy Steps to an Alkaline Diet

July 7, 2011
By Guest Blogger

As we all know, Kris is a huge fan of the alkaline diet (see here, here and here). In her Top 15 Crazy Sexy Diet Tips, her second most important tip is to “Learn about pH, the acid/alkaline balance, and say goodbye to the standard American diet (SAD), acidic diet in favor of alkaline foods.” However, I know from experience that this is easier than it sounds. In this little tutorial I want to make… Read More >


Meditation: What It Is … and Isn’t

July 6, 2011
By Sharon Salzberg

When I first returned in 1974 from studying in India, I’d commonly find myself at a party or in a social situation where someone would ask me, “What do you do?” When I replied, “I teach meditation,” I’d more often than not hear them say “Oh,” as they sidled away. The implication of their reaction was very clear: “That’s weird!” Nowadays, largely because of scientific research into meditation’s effect on the brain and immune system,… Read More >


Raw vs. Cooked: Which Is Better?

June 24, 2011
By Jennifer Reilly RD LD

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 >


Seven Ways to Beat Allergies Naturally

June 22, 2011
By Michelle Schoffro Cook PhD

Aaa-choo! ‘Tis the season for Kleenex, eye drops and decongestants. Allergy season is upon us. Its symphony can be heard in the refrains of sniffles, sneezes and nose blowing. If you suffer from the wide array of seasonal allergy symptoms such as fatigue; sinus congestion; itchy eyes, nose or throat; or watery eyes, don’t let a high pollen count get you down this summer. Here are seven natural ways to beat allergies from my latest… Read More >


How to Choose Health (Especially When You Don’t Feel Like It)

June 21, 2011
By Guest Blogger

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: I don’t always feel like getting on my yoga mat. Or making dinner. Or shaking it at the gym. Or … well, I think you get my point. Sometimes I am too busy, or don’t feel well or just darn don’t feel like it. You see, I spent a long time dieting. I know a lot of people say that, but sometimes it’s hard to know… Read More >


How to Stop Attacking Yourself: Nine Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease

June 17, 2011
By Mark Hyman MD

Inflammation is a “hot” topic in medicine. It appears connected to almost every known chronic disease: from heart disease to cancer, diabetes to obesity, autism to dementia and even depression. Other inflammatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis and autoimmune disease are increasing at dramatic rates. As physicians we are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids and increasingly more powerful immune-suppressing medication with serious side effects.… Read More >


Chocolate’s Startling Health Benefits

June 14, 2011
By John Robbins

The food police may find this hard to take, but chocolate has gotten a bad rap. People say it causes acne, that you should eat carob instead, that it’s junk food. But these accusations are not only undeserved and inaccurate, they falsely incriminate a delicious food that turns out to have profoundly important healing powers. There is in fact a growing body of credible scientific evidence that chocolate contains a host of heart-healthy and mood-enhancing… Read More >


Does Suppressing Our Emotions Cause Dis-ease?

June 13, 2011
By Guest Blogger

By Lynn Zavaro In 1984 Louise L. Hay wrote a small little book called “You Can Heal Your Life.” Since that day over 35 million copies have been sold around the world and she owns what is now the biggest publishing company in the self-help movement. Louise’s principles were simple, yet groundbreaking: We create every so-called “illness” in our body. The movement has taken it even further to suggest that suppressed feelings can cause dis-ease… Read More >


Do We Really Need to Detox?

June 8, 2011
By Tracy Piper

Can you remember all the junk food you have eaten in your life? From childhood, high school and through college? All the environmental and chemical toxins we have come in contact with? Now, imagine a magical potion taking them all away, washing us squeaky clean and making us new as a baby. Sadly, there is no magical potion, but there is hope. We can revitalize our body and our cells, reduce our toxic load and… Read More >