Minted pea and avocado dip recipe | Foodie Friday

By | May 25th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Fast Friday, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

To end May’s month of blog dip recipes, here is a twist on guacamole: minted pea avocado dip. The addition of the peas and mint not only adds to the taste but also to the nutritional impact with lots of phytonutrients from the peas.  […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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

By | February 6th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Sleep, Stress reduction|

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.  […]

Children’s night lights | What about their melatonin? | Fundamentals on Fridays

By | February 2nd, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Fundamentals on Fridays, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

I frequently write about melatonin and its many impacts on our health and its importance for sleep. And maybe you are making some changes and sleeping better. But what about your children or grandchildren? Do they sleep with a light on or do you keep the door open and a hall light on? Are they scared of the dark? […]

T.A.S.T.E. Workshop March 11th | Join us for the Digestion Dance

By | January 30th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Movement, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction, vitamins and minerals|

We seem to be bombarded with opinions about WHAT we should be eating, from low fat to ketogenic, from vegan to paleo, and all the other variations on offer. But little attention is paid to HOW we eat.  I’m running a one-day TASTE workshop in March to explore the “how” of eating. I’d love you to join me. Here’s what we’ll be covering. […]

Brussels Sprouts Hash & Eggs recipe | Foodie Fridays

By | January 26th, 2018|Breakfast, Cancer prevention, detoxification, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks|

Brussels Sprouts are a great winter vegetable. Here’s a way to use them for breakfast, brunch or lunch – as a hash with some eggs.  […]

The effect of Vitamin D levels on survival after colorectal (bowel) cancer

By | January 23rd, 2018|colon cancer, disease prevention, In remission, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Research, vitamins and minerals|

Vitamin D deficiency is implicated in several common diseases, including cancer. Most cancer-related vitamin D studies focus on it’s potential in cancer prevention, but today we’ll look at the effect of vitamin D levels on recurrence of cancer – specifically colorectal cancer.  […]

Five fast flu preventers | Fast Friday

By | January 19th, 2018|disease prevention, Fast Friday, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Prevention is better than cure. Let’s look at how to avoid getting this horrid flu that seems so prevalent. Here are five flu preventers. […]

Play social games for brain health and more

By | January 16th, 2018|Cancer prevention, Community, disease prevention, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Play|

We’re all familiar with the concept of doing puzzles to help support our brain health, especially as we age. But why not add another dimension and make it social.  Play a game with someone else instead of a solitary activity, and there will be many more gains.  […]

Power vegetable drink | Elevate V8 juice to V10-S2-F1 power drink to get your daily veggies

By | January 12th, 2018|Basics, Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Immune system, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

I think we all know that eating vegetables is good for us. All that fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients. But sometimes it’s difficult to eat as many as we want in a day.  How about taking V8 juice and making it better?  Today I’ll show you how to make a personalized power vegetable drink. […]

The importance of meal timing for our circadian rhythm and health

By | December 19th, 2017|Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Empowerment, Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|

Cues for our circadian rhythm come from our environment. The dominant cue is light and darkness. But another significant cue is the timing of eating.  Let’s find out more. […]

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