HEALTH

Are Sugar and Carb Addictions Real?

Don’t Take Carbohydrate Addictions Lightly I was caught off guard last week in an interview with Andree Clearwater, of Gill, Massachusetts, when she mentioned her addiction to sugar.  Andree is thin, healthy, and meticulous about what she eats.  Yet here she was describing an addiction that once dominated her, and still tempts her from time to time.  As I listened, ...

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Holidays are About More than Good Nutrition

Consider these fine gift items available from the same company that brings us plant derived trace minerals for you and your soil. Enjoy a remarkable selection of coffees, teas, chocolates, spices, and other great products. Contact Mary to learn how your purchases support the growth of small farms and healthy food networks.    

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Stress Management with Nrf2 Activation

When stress exceeds our ability to cope, it impacts every area of our life.   Diet and lifestyle changes that reduce our exposure to stressful situations while improving our ability to cope with stress are both critical stress management tools. Why diet?  Because at the cellular level, stress creates an abundance of free radicals-a condition known as oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress ...

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Five Important Health Facts Your Doctor Never Shared With You

1. Doctors Don’t All Take the Hippocratic Oath. I learned about the Hippocratic Oath from my parents, who believed all physicians took a Hippocratic Oath that bound them to serve the patient and “do no harm.”  Only recently did I revisit this information.  I learned that only about 11% of contemporary physicians even take the oath.  Furthermore, the oath itself ...

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Chemical Dependencies That Are Impacting You!

Thinking Beyond Opioids and Street Drugs Chemical dependency is often viewed narrowly, as dependence on drugs. The phrase itself conjures up images of meth labs in trailer parks, and homeless addicts shooting heroine in dark alleys.   But most of us know deep inside that this is only one tragic aspect of a much deeper problem.  In recent years, we are ...

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Where Are LV Herbs Coming From?

Knowing Where Your Food Comes From is Fundamental – Shouldn’t the Same Apply to Herbs and Supplements? Not so long ago, a majority of consumers held fast to images shared in grade school about farm animals grazing in lush pastures, and chickens scratching outdoors.  We thought these settings were where our food was coming from.  People today are awakening to ...

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Is Your Smart Phone Damaging Your DNA?

  How Tropical Storm Allison Blew Me into the Cell Phone Age As a newly hired postdoc, I joined the cell phone age in the year 2001.  I was not an early adopter.  While many of my colleagues and extended family already wore phones daily, I had delayed my entry into this corner of the technological world.   The stipend I ...

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Rendering Tallow to Make the Most of Naturally Fed Beef

Natural Beef is Simply Too Good to Let Excess Fat Go to Waste! Naturally grazed and fattened beef that has never been exposed to high density feed lots or supermarket distribution systems is one of the best kept secrets on the market.  I buy mine from a custom meat processor named Joe.  I’d tell you where his shop is, but hey,  some secrets ...

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Fast Relief for Sneezing and Sniffling

Essential oils offer a pleasant, popular, and microbiome friendly approach to dealing with common discomforts, such as those associated with seasonal allergies. This essential oil mix can be prepared at home, and can be used either topically or for oil pulling to ease discomforts associated with colds, hay fever, and allergies*.   LLP Relief Mix is a simple home remedy ...

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Nobel Assembly Highlights Lysosomes and Long Term Research

The Announcements of Nobel Prizes represent current events that are changing our the world around us.  This year’s announcement of an award to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discovery of the genes and mechanisms relevant to autophagy (a recycling system within the cells) offers an excellent introduction to important cellular organelles most of us learn little about in school:  vacuoloes and lysosomes. ...

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