The Heart of the DASH and Mediterranean Diets: Fruit and Vegetables

Some of the best fruit and vegetables are now in season. Here are some tips to help you make the best choices. The deepest colors are the healthiest. Paler shades are typically lower in nutrient density. Amazing how nature provides… Read More

Natural Approaches to Quiet Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s attempt at damage control. Specialized fighting cells are called into duty and a host of chemical alarms sounded that call for additional cellular troops to enter the battle. Obviously, this defense system can be a life-saver… Read More

New Science to Help Lower Your Blood Pressure, Naturally!

“Beyond Medication and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure”is the enticing title of a recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association. This report examines methods other than medication or supplements for blood pressure control. These strategies are recommended… Read More

Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, Omega-3 Booster, and More

Turmeric been used in Indian cooking for thousands of years-both for culinary and medicinal purposes. New research has revealed the wisdom behind this ancient practice, with turmeric shown to have potent anti-inflammatory properties with possible benefits ranging from arthritis to… Read More

Lifestyle Counseling: A Missed Opportunity

Op-Ed by Stephen Devries and Andrew Weil  Published in the Huffington Post in response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that stated: “Clinicians may choose to selectively counsel patients rather than incorporate counseling into the care of all… Read More

Low Carb vs Low Fat: Digging Deeper

Diet studies generally provoke a feeding frenzy among nutrition camps: every group chews off the parts of the results they like best (ie. those that support their previously held opinions). Let’s go behind the headlines to the actual study: Very… Read More

Truth in Olive Oil

Olive oil is recognized internationally as the signature flavor of the Mediterranean diet, adding both taste and nutritional benefits. Guest contribution by Carol D’Anca MS, CNS, LDN: Olive oils’s  designation as a  “heart healthy oil” refers to it’s exceptional composition… Read More

Calcium Supplements and Heart Health

1 of 4 US adults take calcium supplements. The wisdom of this strategy has been called into question with recent studies suggesting that calcium pills may increase heart risk by up to 30%. In contrast, calcium contained in food has… Read More

Surprising Foods That Lower Blood Sugar

A Spoonful of Cinnamon Makes the Sugar Go Down –   Did you know that as little as 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day can lower your blood sugar by 6% ? A great addition to oatmeal, cereals, yogurt… Read More

Keeping Statin Side-Effects Above the Radar

Statins can help save lives. But the benefits come with a price for some who experience life changing problems that are never suspected as being drug related. Statins are clearly one very important part of a prevention program for those… Read More