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Using saunas for depression | Can a sauna session yield lasting improvement?

By | May 22nd, 2018|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|

There are many limitations to the current use of antidepressants, from lack of effectiveness to difficulty in withdrawal. For many people with depression, medication isn’t the answer. There is a real need for alternatives to medications.  One such treatment that you may be surprised to read about is the anti-depressant effects of sauna use. […]

Spiced sun-dried tomato spread recipe | Foodie Friday

By | May 18th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Fast Friday, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

Keeping in our “dip” mode a little longer, here is the third dip – (really more of a spread) recipe this month. We’ve had beet and feta, artichoke and almond, and now this is a spiced sun-dried tomato spread. […]

Using saunas for detoxification | Sweat out those heavy metals and toxins

By | May 15th, 2018|Cancer prevention, detoxification, disease prevention, Research|

While the past couple of weeks we have looked at research regarding sauna use with specific health conditions, today let’s look at its use for more general health benefits.  I think one of the most well-recognized benefits of using saunas is for detoxification, through increasing sweating. […]

Artichoke and Almond dip recipe | Foodie Friday

By | May 11th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

Last week I shared a beet and feta dip or spread recipe. In the same mode, here is an artichoke and almond dip that can also be used as a spread, or piled on a baked potato, or used in many different ways. […]

The effects of saunas on cardiovascular disease

By | May 8th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Stress reduction|

Last week we looked at a study investigating whether sauna use could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This week, let’s look at the potential effects of sauna use on cardiovascular disease (CVD). […]

Beet and feta dip recipe | Foodie Friday

By | May 4th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

Move over hummus. It’s time to try something new! This beet feta dip is not only vibrant in color, but also in flavor.  And it’s versatile, as it can be used as a spread too, for sandwiches, toast, or crudites. […]

Can saunas lower Alzheimer’s & Dementia risk?

By | May 1st, 2018|disease prevention, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Stress reduction|

Following on from last week’s blog post about the general health benefits of sauna, today I want to look further into a large study on whether saunas lower Alzheimer’s and dementia risk.   […]

Mediterranean roasted red cabbage salad recipe | Foodie Friday

By | April 27th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|

Last week I shared a recipe for roasted red cabbage slices or “steaks”. You can eat these hot or use left-overs cold in a dish, like today’s recipe for Mediterranean roasted red cabbage salad. Hot or cold, the roasting brings out a sweetness in the cabbage. […]

Health benefits of sauna use | Finnish sauna culture

By | April 24th, 2018|detoxification, disease prevention, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Stress reduction|

Most people don’t like to get hot, apart from when on a sunny vacation. We work hard to keep our environment pretty well controlled. But periodically increasing our core temperature is actually healthful. Saunas are a great way to do this.  Let’s find out more. […]

Roasted red cabbage slices | Foodie Friday

By | April 20th, 2018|Breakfast, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|

Become a vegetable butcher and make some roasted red cabbage steaks! “Steaks” makes it sound really meaty! No wimpy veg dishes here! AKA roasted red cabbage slices.  Give it a try.  […]

Eating fish, cognition, and sleep | How are they interconnected?

By | April 17th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, Research, Sleep, vitamins and minerals|

We all know that eating oily fish provides us with a good source of omega 3 fats.  Greater fish consumption has been seen to be associated with improved cognition among children, and also with improved sleep.  So is the improved sleep responsible for the improved cognition? Let’s look at the connection between eating fish, cognition, and sleep. […]

Extending our Healthspan rather than lifespan | TEDxSalon in San Rafael

By | April 13th, 2018|Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

We read about many advances in medicine and lifestyle medicine research which offer the promise of extending our longevity.  But our real goal should be extending our Healthspan, rather than just lifespan. We want to increase the years we are healthy, not just add more years to our lives when we have chronic diseases. […]

Is tamoxifen right for you? New genetic-based guidelines help answer the question

By | April 10th, 2018|Biomarkers, Breast cancer, Cancer prevention, detoxification, Empowerment, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Research|

New international guidelines have been published about how genetics guide Tamoxifen use, specifically polymorphisms in the gene CYP2D6. Let’s see what our genes can tell us. […]

Beet and honeycomb salad | New food Friday

By | April 6th, 2018|Basics, Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, New Food Friday|

Do you use fresh honeycomb in your recipes? I think visually it is very appealing, as well as nutritionally. You don’t need a lot but it is a great way to add a little bit of sweetness.  Try this beet and honeycomb salad and see what you think. […]

Pleasure versus happiness | Is our pursuit of pleasure detrimental to our happiness?

By | April 3rd, 2018|Book review, Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Research|

I attended a lecture by Dr. Robert Lustig last week. He was discussing the differences between pleasure and happiness. […]

Lemony lentil soup | Foodie Friday

By | March 30th, 2018|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Soups|

I don’t know how your weather is, but here, spring has started out with rain.  So this warming but vibrant lemony lentil soup is comforting when you look outside and see the rain coming down. […]

Thyroid stimulating hormone levels and Melanoma

By | March 27th, 2018|Cancer prevention, disease prevention, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment|

The thyroid gland is in our neck and most melanomas are skin cancers.  So is there really a connection between these two things? Let’s take a look at the research on TSH and melanoma. […]

Vegetable flatbread recipe | Foodie Friday

By | March 23rd, 2018|Basics, Fast Friday, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

This vegetable flatbread recipe is an easy way to increase your veggie intake. The vegetable is an integral part of the flatbread but doesn't give it a strong flavor. And the recipe is gluten-free and egg-free. Inspiration I've been enjoying [...]

Using your brain to figure out pain | Pain symptom diary for joint and muscular pain

By | March 20th, 2018|Lifestyle Medicine, Movement|

This post is not about how pain is in our head. It’s about how paying attention to the pain and exploring the circumstances around it can help us figure out the root cause: Using our intelligence to put the pieces together. […]

How much copper do we need? Can we get it from food?

By | March 16th, 2018|detoxification, disease prevention, Food, vitamins and minerals|

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the importance of copper for our health. It is involved in so many areas of our metabolism and health. We also covered copper deficiency and what symptoms are associated with it. Today we’ll look at how much copper we need and good copper food sources. […]

The importance of copper | Signs of copper deficiency

By | March 13th, 2018|detoxification, disease prevention, Immune system, vitamins and minerals|

Copper is essential for the functioning of our bodies. It is required for over 30 different chemical reactions including our antioxidant defense system. Copper deficiency is now seen to be more common than previously thought.  […]

Pomegranate and apple cider vinaigrette dressing | Foodie Friday

By | March 9th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, vitamins and minerals|

Here’s a quick, easy pomegranate salad dressing recipe made using pomegranate juice for all those health benefits we’ve been discussing lately. […]

What is in pomegranate juice that has health benefits? Does it vary depending on how we prepare it?

By | March 6th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, prostate cancer, vitamins and minerals|

What exactly is in pomegranate juice that makes it good for our health? Should we be making our own at home? Or is it OK to drink commercially made pomegranate juice? The pomegranate juice polyphenols are the key to its health benefits. Let’s find out more about them. […]

Enjoy pomegranates six different ways | Beyond fresh pomegranate and juice.

By | March 2nd, 2018|Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Fundamentals on Fridays, New Food Friday, vitamins and minerals|

Our fresh pomegranate season is short. It’s normally November through February. Pomegranates are one of the few fruits that we can’t get year round. Find out six different ways you can use pomegranates so you can reap their health benefits year round.  […]

Pomegranate juice for cardiovascular health

By | February 27th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, nutrigenomics, Research|

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in adults. The majority of cardiovascular disease results from atherosclerosis.  Millions of people take medications to try to combat or prevent atherosclerosis. So why don’t we hear about the powerful effect pomegranates can have on our arteries and cardiovascular health? […]

Pomegranate health benefits and nutritional facts | Why we should be eating more pomegranates

By | February 23rd, 2018|Breast cancer, Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Fundamentals on Fridays, vitamins and minerals|

Pomegranates are such beautiful fruits. That wonderful ruby color of their seeds/arils. I love using them in both savory and sweet dishes for that rich color and jewel-like appearance. But they are so much more than pleasant to look at. They are packed with nutrients and micronutrients, providing a wide range of health benefits. […]

How many balls are you juggling? Tune-in to your juggling skills daily

By | February 20th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Fast Friday, Fundamentals on Fridays, Lifestyle Medicine, Stress reduction|

I vividly remember learning to juggle. I was staying with my sister and got chickenpox and felt too ill to drive home. So I spent my days learning to juggle. In my case, being ill made me learn to juggle. But more often, it’s the other way around. Trying to juggle too much can make us ill. […]

Drinking mineral water for the minerals | Can mineral water really be an important calcium source?

By | February 16th, 2018|Fast Friday, Food, Fundamentals on Fridays, vitamins and minerals|

Last week we looked at some good non-dairy food sources of calcium. But there was one I held back for this week. And it’s a favorite of mine. Today we will look at mineral water as a calcium source in the diet. […]

Do we need a photo album in our medicine cabinet? Love as our drug of choice

By | February 13th, 2018|Empowerment, In treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Research|

In honor of Valentine’s day, let’s consider love as our drug of choice!  UCLA researchers have found that instead of bottles of painkillers, maybe we should be putting a photo or photo album in our bathroom medicine cabinet to help reduce pain. What? Can photos reduce pain? […]

Do you get enough calcium in your diet? Calcium food sources

By | February 9th, 2018|Food, Fundamentals on Fridays, vitamins and minerals|

Getting enough calcium in your diet is often a concern, especially for post-menopausal women. This is particularly true if they are not eating dairy. So where should we be getting our calcium from if not dairy or in addition to dairy?  […]

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