Could Diindolylmethane (DIM) Protect Against Cancer?

Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a compound found in “cruciferous” vegetables such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli. Scientists think these crunchy vegetables may help protect the body against cancer because they contain diindolylmethane and a related chemical called indole-3-carbinol (I3C).   DIM helps balance the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. When the body breaks down estrogen, for example, it can form either a […]

Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Right For You?

When experiencing menstrual changes – from PMS to menopause – women are often confused about the differences between natural, synthetic and bioidentical hormones. With more than 48 million women going through “The Change” at the same time, it’s important for them to understand their choices and whether or not they need Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Natural Hormones come from a plant, mineral, or […]

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is likely the most recognized and widely practiced modality in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Over the past 25 years, the most dramatic increase in use has been in America, second only to China where it’s a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, when you experience illness, it’s because there’s an imbalance in your life force, or Qi […]

Mercury in Seafood

Many of us know about mercury contaminated fish. Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin, harmful to the developing brains of fetuses, babies and young children,  as well as adults. Functional medicine and environmental medicine views mercury and other toxic metals as one of the major risk factors in the development of chronic medical illnesses such as autoimmune diseases, cardio-vascular diseases and even cancer. However, […]

Wherever You Shop: Say NO to GMO Foods!

From farmer’s markets to grocery stores, to shop with confidence about avoiding GMO foods you need to shop smarter. Here’s how: When in doubt, Go organic. The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of GMOs. Look for the USDA Organic Seal on labels for produce as well as meat, dairy, eggs and fish. Look for the non-GMO Project logo. This third-party verification […]

GMOs in Your Food: The Facts You Need to Know

Did you know that FDA doesn’t even test genetically modified foods to make sure they’re good for you? According to them, it’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure their GMO products are safe. If you’ve paid even a little attention to food industry news, you know there’s huge concern over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in our food supply. It’s estimated that more […]

Go Wild with Dandelion Greens

You might not want dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) grow across your lawn, but you definitely want to make them a part your healthy diet. For centuries, the sunny yellow dandelion, its greens and roots, has been embraced across cultures for its culinary and medicinal uses. Dandelion roots contain several compounds beneficial to health, one of which is bitter taraxacin, which stimulates digestion. The […]

Detoxification – Path to Greater Health – Part 2

Detoxing Boosts Your Health Following a detox program suited to your personal needs supports the body’s natural cleansing process and boosts your health in many ways: Allows digestive organs to rest Stimulates the liver to process toxins more efficiently Promotes movement of bowels Improves circulation Enhances sweating, which facilitates release of impurities Restores vital nutrients and energy to the body 6 Things […]

Detoxing: Strengthening Your Body’s Defense Team – Part 1

Detoxification is a natural healing process that incorporates resting, cleansing, and nourishing the body from the inside out. By eliminating toxins, then fueling your body with healthy nutrients, a planned period of detox can strengthen your body’s natural “Detox Team” and help maintain optimum health. Holistic physicians and proponents of detoxing suggest following a detox plan at least once per year, with […]

Garlic: Good for Your Heart!

It may not smell like a lily, but Garlic (Allium sativum) is an edible bulb from the lily family. Fondly known to herbalists as “the stinking rose”, for centuries, there has been many traditional medicine uses for Garlic, including treatment of skin conditions, immune support, antimicrobial and, to reduce risk for cancer and heart disease. In fact, Garlic is one of the […]