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Recipe – Tomato and Chorizo Frittata

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- Tomato and Chorizo Frittata - Eggs are good in the morning and for dinner too. A frittata is a different way to dress up your eggs and use up vegetables in a delicious dish. The vegetable ingredients I use here can be switched out for your favorite veggies like cauliflower or broccoli. The milk [...]

Potty Talk – Is Gas & Bloating a Problem?

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- Potty Talk - Is Gas & Bloating a Problem? - Hang tight, this article might make you uncomfortable, but it addresses something many people suffer from but few understand how to address: the health of your interiors. If you or someone you know suffers from gastrointestinal distress, please read on and learn about these real and [...]

Recipe – Thai Chicken Coconut Soup, Tom Kha Gai

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- Thai Chicken Coconut Soup, Tom Kha Gai - I can’t get enough of certain types of ethnic foods. My family loves Thai and Middle Eastern, along with anything that is ‘authentic Chinese’. Once you have a taste for these highly complex flavored foods it’s hard to eat bland American foods again! I am sharing [...]

Are You Pressured Up?

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- Are You Pressured Up? - In this article, I discuss high blood pressure, a common problem for many people. New research shows that what we have been told for years—that salt causes hypertension—may not be so accurate. I also offer some workable alternatives to slashing sodium in your diet. High blood pressure (hypertension) is quite common [...]

Recipe – Amazing Steak Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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- Amazing Steak Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing - I love a good steak salad, especially when the greens come from my own garden. That is not possible right now, since we are a foot deep in snow, but you can always count on the local grocer for a really nice selection of ingredients for a [...]

What’s Wrong with Superfoods?

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- What's Wrong with Superfoods? - How is it that some of the healthiest foods in the world can be so unhealthy, and even devastatingly destructive for some people? I’m not talking about deadly food allergies, I’m referring to oxalates. These molecules, found in plant foods in varying levels, are usually not a problem for most people, [...]

Recipe – Chicken Malabar

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- Chicken Malabar - If you are ever in a situation where you need an amazing dish for a dinner party and you are short of time, this dish is the bomb! I got this recipe from a friend about 20 years ago and it has stood the test of time. I start it the [...]

Oh! but, Grandmother, What Foggy Brains you Have!

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- Oh! but, Grandmother, What Foggy Brains you Have! - Reduced brain function does not have to be a natural part of aging. Certain foods—sugar in particular—can cause damage to our brain’s tissues and speed up cognitive decline, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. This New Year, I challenge you to reduce your sugar consumption and [...]

Recipe – Broccoli Chicken with Creamy Cheese Sauce

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- Broccoli Chicken with Creamy Cheese Sauce - A client and friend of mine passed this recipe on to me a number of years ago, and it has become a family favorite. It is high in fat – good for keeping your energy even, and long lasting. My daughter Amelia has perfected it, and with [...]

Eat Well and Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

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- Eat Well and Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday - It is particularly difficult to eat well this time of year. In this article, I share some strategies to prevent over-consumption and holiday weight gain—strategies that will also dramatically reduce your stress! The holiday season is my favorite time of year, but for many of us it [...]

Recipe – Kalene’s Stuffed Peppers

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- Kalene's Stuffed Peppers - In the late summer and early fall I always have a huge abundance of bell peppers, onions and tomatoes in my garden, as I am sure many of you do! Here is a creative and delicious way to use up those extra veggies. No matter who I serve my stuffed [...]

The Fight of the Bumblebee

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- The Fight of the Bumblebee - The humble honey bee is a crucial part of our food system. But, mysterious bee deaths are causing colonies to collapse and our agriculture to be threatened. Read on to learn why this is happening and what you can do to help. I have been following the humble bee [...]

Are Food Supplements Really Necessary?

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- Are Food Supplements Really Necessary? - Supplementation can cure chronic disease and boost your overall health. Our food supply has fewer nutrients in it now than ever before and many people can benefit from improving their diet with organic, food-based supplements. The supplement business is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. [...]

Recipe – Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

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- Horseradish Mashed Potatoes - I first tried this version of mashed potatoes at a local restaurant. My girls couldn’t believe how delicious they were and would always ask to go back there to eat more! I didn’t have their recipe but decided I could make my own version since my garden is chock full [...]

When Healthy Foods are Not Healthy for You

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- When Healthy Foods are Not Healthy for You - Both food allergies and food sensitivities can cause big problems but the differences between the two are complicated. In this article I explain the importance of recognizing and addressing food sensitivities, which can lead to a healthy recovery. In my practice, I see plenty of people [...]

Recipe – Kalene’s Summer Fruit Salad

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- Kalene's Summer Fruit Salad - I have been making this salad for about 30 years. It is always a success and everyone loves it. It is totally acceptable to use as a dessert, it is that good! You can use any fruit you have on hand during the summer months, but I prefer not [...]

The Bad Fat

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- The Bad Fat - Not all fat is bad! Trans fat, hydrogenated through chemical processing, is toxic. In this article, I will discuss how trans fats are created and why they are so dangerous, as well as offer some wisdom on health-promoting fats that can reverse the damage. Trans fats have been in the media [...]

Recipe – Avgolemono; Chicken Lemon Soup

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- Avgolemono; Chicken Lemon Soup - This is my version of Avgolemono, a fabulous summer soup of Greek origin. I’m a huge lover of lemon and chicken together so this dish really speaks to me. It is absolutely delicious! I am unable to tolerate gluten and find in my practice that most of my clients [...]

Big Pharma: A Big Problem

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- Big Pharma: A Big Problem - Many of us, as patients and consumers, do not understand the details of our anatomy. Our complicated physiology is difficult to understand! Our bodies are complex and, as consumers, we tend to take ignorance or confusion and turn to the “experts” rather than educating ourselves. It is tempting [...]

Autism: A Brain and Gut Connection

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- Autism: A Brain and Gut Connection - I believe freedom from dealing with chronic sickness and health issues should be a birth right. However, we have more things than ever to consider if we desire a healthy life in our modern-day world. Our children now struggle with conditions the children of 20 years ago did [...]

Candida, A Huge Problem for Many People

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- Candida, A Huge Problem for Many People - In our gut biome, thousands of microbes live in harmony but when this balance is disrupted, innocuous microbes can become a serious problem. One microbe in particular—yeast—is especially troublesome. Many doctors only recognize yeast in the form of nail or toe fungus, as a yeast infection or [...]

Recipe – Carrot Ginger Soup with Orange Zest

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- Carrot Ginger Soup with Orange Zest - This is a super easy, super tasty and super nutritious soup! It is high in flavor, and the bright orange color tells us it is high in beta carotene. The best part is that it can be served chilled for a nice spring meal, or hot [...]

Nature’s Medicines

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- Nature's Medicines - Herbs and spices are the original medicines of human beings. Historically, they were used to heal sickness and prevent illness. The benefits of consuming foods made with herbs are too many to count but include: warding off cancer, heart disease and diabetes, improving immune function, fighting colds, keeping our metabolisms functioning properly, [...]

Nutrition and Acne

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- Nutrition and Acne - Acne is a skin problem that affects so many of us. We have accepted it as a part of the teenage experience, but why is it that some teens get terrible acne and others get away without having to suffer at all? And, why does it follow some of us into [...]

Healthy Eating for Your Skin

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- Healthy Eating for Your Skin - Our external covering is the body’s largest organ but, due to lack of accurate information, it is often the most neglected. Nutritional deficiencies and stress are two of the quickest ways our skin gets damaged as we age. As stress begins to wear on our bodies, many of us [...]

Recipe – Turmeric Chicken and Rice

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- Turmeric Chicken and Rice: Taken from Food & Wine Magazine - I don’t remember when I found this amazing recipe, but it is absolutely delicious, and I cook it all the time! I realize the list of ingredients may seem long to those of us who like it short and easy, but it [...]

Turmeric, an Ancient Medicine

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- Turmeric, an Ancient Medicine - In keeping with my theme about the medicinal properties of spices and herbs, this article will provide some information on one of the most important and helpful spices on the planet. If there is a king of spices, turmeric has to be it. Tumeric is popular in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, [...]

What are You Eating?

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- What are You Eating? - In this new year, I would like to promote a new way of thinking about food. I want to bring awareness to the ways America’s culture of convenience food is destroying our health and wellness. I want to encourage a different perspective and a more accurate picture of how [...]

Recipe – Masala Chai Tea

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- Masala Chai Tea - In India, chai is a commonly consumed beverage. Each chai vendor creates a different and unique version. Chai is now available here in America too, but when you make your own you can create a much better tasting version, and you can tweak it to your own taste. Other spices [...]

Three Important Spices you really Shouldn’t Live Without

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- Three Important Spices you really Shouldn’t Live Without - Simple and easily available, spices are nature’s medicine. They have been a part of the human experience for millennia. Drugs certainly have a place in our modern society to cure some rare and dangerous diseases but I don’t believe drugs should be used nearly as [...]

Recipe – Avocado Pomegranate Salad with Cumin-lime Dressing

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- Avocado Pomegranate Salad with Cumin-lime Dressing - This salad is gorgeous, delicious, and refreshing and takes advantage of the abundance of pomegranates available fall through January here in Utah. Pomegranates are high in antioxidants and other nutrients like vitamin A, C, K and B vitamins, along with calcium, potassium, copper and manganese. This salad [...]

Are GMO Foods Destroying our Health?

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- Are GMO Foods Destroying our Health? - GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are rampant in modern agriculture. Much of our clothing, fuel, food and many of the products we use contain GMO corn, cotton, canola and/or soy. Genetic modifications have been used to create disease and drought-resistant crops that yield greater returns than other crops* [...]

Are you running on Empty?

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- Are you running on Empty? - Magnesium is a fascinating mineral. When I was young, I used to buy a pack of Wint-O-Green LifeSavers®, not just because I loved the taste but also because the magnesium contained in this candy creates a spark when you apply pressure. I liked to go into a dark [...]

A Rejuvenating Magnesium Bath

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- A Rejuvenating Magnesium Bath - Do you feel stressed? Are you struggling with a quick temper and finding it hard to see humor in your life? You could be low in magnesium, the mineral that is known for creating calm. Studies show that around 80% of us are! To combat the nasty symptoms of [...]

Recipe – Purple Cabbage Sauerkraut

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- Easy Purple Cabbage Sauerkraut - Keeping a healthy digestive tract depends in part on how diligent you are at putting healthy bacteria back into your gut on a regular basis. Our ancestors fermented many of their foods to preserve them, when refrigeration was nonexistent. Foods that were commonly preserved in this manner included vegetables [...]

A Gut Feeling: How the bacteria within directly affects your health

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- A Gut Feeling: How the bacteria within directly affects your health - Recently, the human microbiome has become a popular topic in science magazines and other published literature. The microbiome is the reason we are alive and we are just starting to understand how important the bacteria we carry in and on our body [...]

Recipe – Caprese Salad

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- Caprese Salad - This salad is what summer tastes like! It’s quick and easy and the ingredients are readily available in the summer. The combination of fresh flavors will get you tons of compliments if you serve it at your next summer BBQ. I took it to a pot luck picnic with friends from [...]

Sunshine on my Shoulders

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- Sunshine on my Shoulders - There is nothing I enjoy more than spending some time in the sun. I remember as a teenager spending the day at the beach with friends, getting a lovely tan, feeling so relaxed and calm. Did I use sunscreen? No, there wasn’t such a thing. But I would walk [...]

So Wrong for so Long: Cholesterol is Really a Super-Nutrient

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- So Wrong for so Long: Cholesterol is Really a Super-Nutrient - I regularly talk to clients about cholesterol and I find that many are confused and even deceived about its importance in the human body. Cholesterol is so important that we manufacture it in our body in multiple places, including the liver and small [...]

Recipe – Avocado Chocolate Pudding

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– Avocado Chocolate Pudding – Anyone who knows me knows I am not a proponent of sugar (my kids have called me the Sugar Nazi). But there are occasions when a dessert is appropriate, and for that occasion, I have a recipe for a chocolate pudding made with the healthiest ingredients possible. You might be [...]

Recipe – Homemade Mayonnaise

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- Homemade Mayonnaise - Some of the unhealthiest foods we consume are in the form of condiments. I make this wonderful homemade mayonnaise because I don’t want to eat what is available in the grocery store. Commercial mayonnaise is full of unhealthy oils and other ingredients that can contribute to inflammation and other health issues. [...]

Wheat’s Role with Inflammation

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- Wheat’s Role with Inflammation - This is a companion article to my Four Reasons we have Inflammation post. Inflammation is such an important subject it requires further discussion. In this article I am going to give you the low-down on the food that causes the most inflammation in the body: wheat. Wheat has been called the [...]

Recipe – Homemade Deodorant

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- Homemade Deodorant - My friend Michelle Gallegos makes all her cleaning supplies and personal cosmetics from scratch. She shared with me her recipe for an excellent homemade deodorant. This is a companion post to my May 2015 post on inflammation and its causes (See Four Reasons we have Inflammation). It is a great alternative [...]

Four Reasons we have Inflammation

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- Four Reasons we have Inflammation - Inflammation is a huge health concern and we are now learning that inflammation is the root cause of many disease processes, including major diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Not all inflammation is bad—it is necessary to initiate wound healing and activate the immune system—but when it [...]

Three Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

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- Three Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight - When people find out I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, they often ask me why they cannot seem to lose weight. They are doing all the right things, they think, but the weight is not coming off! When I start asking questions, it often becomes clear that [...]

Cheezwatch by Sook-Yin Lee

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Cheezwatch - A humorous photo journal of a piece of processed cheese. As reported on NPR and CBC Radio in March of 2015, see Cheezwatch, by Sook-Yin Lee, a woman who left a slice of processed cheese stuck to the outside of her front door window and watched it age over a period of 1 [...]

The Healing Power of Ordinary Foods

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- The Healing Power of Ordinary Foods - In my practice, I see firsthand the healing benefits of eating nutrient-dense whole foods. I start with a client whose health is declining and begin the detective work, asking question about all aspects of their lives, and in the process gather evidence as to why their health [...]

Recipe – Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

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- Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (low carb) - Sometimes we just need some comfort food, and mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food, right? But what if you are watching sugar intake? Remember potatoes are high in sugar — one moderately sized potato has as much sugar as a 1/4 cup of white sugar! A really [...]

Deep Fried Toxins

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- Deep Fried Toxins - For the last seven years, the nutrition community has focused on eliminating trans fat from our diets. Primarily found in packaged and processed foods, trans fats have been proven to increase unhealthy cholesterol levels in the body, reduce heathy cholesterol, and lead to heart disease. In 2013, the FDA released [...]

Recipe – Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup

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- Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup - I am passing on my absolute favorite recipe to you with this one – this recipe can heal all that ails you! I tasted something like this once in a restaurant, and went to work right away to recreate it. I think it turned out better than the [...]

The Wisdom of Our Ancestors

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- The Wisdom of Our Ancestors - Many of my clients ask me whom they should rely on for accurate nutrition advice. Navigating the sea of information coming from the media, nutrition professionals, and alternative healthcare providers can be completely overwhelming. Our government publishes its own nutrition advice through the USDA—advice that is often contradicted [...]

Food Additives – At What Cost?

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- Food Additives – At What Cost? - I have been wanting to write about the importance of choosing foods that are additive-free. Additives include fillers, food dyes, preservatives, and other chemicals added into foods for various reasons. We ingest enormous amounts of these added chemicals in processed foods, but foods considered ‘natural’ like fresh [...]

Dangerous Food Additives Table

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– Dangerous Food Additives – Download a printable list of food additives to stick on the back of your pantry door. These are substances you should not be putting into (or onto) your body, as they have been linked to Hyper-activity, Asthma, and Cancer. Stay safe by reading labels when purchasing foods, cosmetics, etc. […]

Recipe – Thai Chicken Drumsticks

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- Thai Chicken Drumsticks - I am always looking for good recipes that satisfy, and store well in the fridge for a few days. My family knows they can reheat this dish and it will taste great! Combine it with an easy green salad and you have a balanced meal.  And I don’t have to [...]

Sugar is Not Your Friend

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- Sugar is Not Your Friend - Sugar. It is a huge part of the American diet. Humans love their sugar, so much so that the slave trade thrived hundreds of years ago for the sake of growing, harvesting, and processing this sweet, addicting substance. Unfortunately, it is a very dangerous substance. It is terribly [...]

Simple Remedy for the Common Cold

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- Simple Remedy for the Common Cold - There was a time when treatments for illness and disease could be published for the public’s benefit. Sometimes the treatments were valid and worked well, and sometimes they were not so successful. Today it is against the law to promote anything as a treatment that has not [...]

Is Eating Raw Good for You?

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- Is Eating Raw Good for You? - There has been a big buzz lately about eating most if not all of our foods raw. Let’s consider this dietary lifestyle. Is eating all your food raw healthy, or is this just another fad diet taken to an extreme? Why Raw? The raw foodists like eating [...]

Recipe – Bone Broth

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- Bone Broth as Medicine - Bone broth is one of the healthiest foods you can consume. In today’s world, soup is rarely, if ever, made from real bone broth. The art of making delicious soup can be transformed by making your stock from the actual parts of the animal most people don’t want [...]

Tooth Decay: A Different Perspective

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- Tooth Decay: A Different Perspective - I have been thinking about tooth decay for quite awhile, and I feel it is time to offer a different perspective. I was taught as a child that cavities were caused by not brushing well enough–that if you brushed often and with meticulous care, you would not get [...]

Losing Weight

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- Losing Weight - It’s not just cut and dried. You would think if you ate less and exercised more, you could take off those few (or maybe not so few) extra pounds. It’s the law of thermodynamics. You eat a calorie, you burn a calorie, and your weight stays the same. You eat a [...]

Sunshine for Vitamin D

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- Sunshine for Vitamin D3 - So you think sunshine is dangerous - think again! We all need sunshine! We evolved in sunshine and fresh air and we are dependent on sunshine for our very existence on every level. Somehow the benefits of sunshine have been forgotten. We now favor sunscreen made with unhealthy chemicals and [...]

Recipe – Cultured Vegetables

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- Cultured Vegetables - I always like to have cultured vegetables available in my fridge – ready to enjoy at a moment’s notice! Here is an easy recipe to follow to be sure your cultured vegetables are always the freshest possible, all natural, and organic. Use any vegetables you want – the vegetables listed below [...]

What People are Saying About Kefir

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- What People are Saying about Kefir: Taken from The Body Ecology Diet  - Kefir has many important benefits for the entire body. It completely stops your cravings for sugar. Imagine the benefits! (See my article Sugar is Not Your Friend.) It aids digestion of all foods and has a toning effect on the intestines, [...]

The Link between Hormones and Weight: a Rat Study

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- The Link between Hormones and Weight: A Rat Study - In the 1970’s, scientists decided to do research on the interaction between hormones, appetite, and weight. Using rats for their study, they surgically removed the ovaries from female rats to see what would result. The result was that the rats became ravenously hungry and [...]

The AMA’s Outrageous 1995 Edict – Fat Will Make you Fat!

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- The AMA’s Outrageous 1995 Edict – Fat Will Make you Fat! - The height of absurdity regarding the topic of fats occurred when the American Medical Association (1995) released a pamphlet suggesting that humans can eat anything, including sugar, candy, soda, etc. as long as it was low in fat. “To control the amount and kind [...]

Real Nutrition vs. Political Nutrition

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- Real Nutrition vs. Political Nutrition - Some of us don’t know the difference between real nutrition and political nutrition. What really feeds and nourishes the human body? Trying to find real answers can be discouraging. There is a tremendous amount of misinformation that has been accepted in our culture as truth. My daughter has [...]

Low Carbohydrate Food List

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– Low Carbohydrate Food List – Vegetables & Greens Included are: Alfalfa and bean sprouts All types of lettuces and arugula Asparagus Bamboo shoots Beet greens Bok Choy […]