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Spiced sun-dried tomato spread recipe | Foodie Friday

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

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

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. […]

By | May 11th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

The effects of saunas on cardiovascular disease

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

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?

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

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. […]

By | April 27th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|0 Comments

Health benefits of sauna use | Finnish sauna culture

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

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.  […]

By | April 20th, 2018|Breakfast, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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. […]

By | April 6th, 2018|Basics, Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, New Food Friday|0 Comments

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

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

Lemony lentil soup | Foodie Friday

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. […]

By | March 30th, 2018|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Soups|0 Comments

Thyroid stimulating hormone levels and Melanoma

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

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 [...]

By | March 23rd, 2018|Basics, Fast Friday, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

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

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. […]

By | March 20th, 2018|Lifestyle Medicine, Movement|0 Comments

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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? […]

By | February 27th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, nutrigenomics, Research|0 Comments

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

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

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?

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

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? […]

By | February 13th, 2018|Empowerment, In treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Research|0 Comments

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

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?  […]

By | February 9th, 2018|Food, Fundamentals on Fridays, vitamins and minerals|0 Comments

A boat with many anchors | How many anchors need to be raised for health

Maybe you have been trying different approaches to restore your health or optimize your health. but it hasn’t quite paid off yet. Don’t give up. Consider a boat with many anchors.  […]

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