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Rethinking the nature of Nature

I write frequently about a symbolic, iconic figure — Mother Nature — ultimately mother to us all. At this time of year, we bid farewell to the year past in the person of Father Time, symbolized by another iconic bearded figure in robes bearing a scroll. We also bid farewell to unpleasant events that occurred …

Natural alternatives to antidepressants

The holidays can be a rough time of year. Especially if you’re susceptible to depression. So today, I thought I’d take a moment to share some suggestions about how to naturally keep your spirits up at this time of year. Antidepressant drugs fail 6 out of 7 patients I often report of the dangers and …

Bean there, done that

I often report on the important role of legumes (beans) in the diet. Legumes are highly nutritious foods that also benefit the environment. Bacteria that grow on the legumes’ root nodules fix nitrogen from the soil. The bacteria “feed” the nitrogen to the legumes. This extra nitrogen means that legumes have more amino acids, protein …

Constipation could signal bigger health problems ahead

Constipation is a modern-day problem. And natural medicine considers it a risk factor for many chronic health problems. Mainstream medicine, on the other hand, does not seem to take it as seriously as they should. It’s all part of paying attention to diet, nutrition and digestion — or not. Recent research links constipation with two …

Tell your doctor to stop dancing the Alzheimer’s tango

Two taxpayer-subsidized “Decades of the Brain” research projects failed to produce a single viable treatment — much less a cure — for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Mainstream medicine still doesn’t even know how to precisely diagnose AD, as I’ll explain in a moment. Instead, they dance around all the wrong diagnostic findings. And they only focus …

Boost your mood with the spirits of the season

When you hear have “a cup of cheer” this holiday season, it may be more than just a figure of speech. A new study shows that when clinically depressed people have a few drinks, it actually makes them feel better. This flies in the face of the “conventional wisdom” that alcohol acts only as a …

There’s no place like home for the holidays

Just in time for the hectic holiday travel period, studies show that frequent flyers have high amounts of mental, physical, and social stress. Considering that stress is the No. 1 contributing factor in any number of chronic diseases, it’s no wonder researchers have also found that long-distance travel can cause serious health issues. In fact, …

Eat, drink, and be merry this holiday season

Most of us worry about putting on unwanted weight at this time of year. But we should all just relax a little and enjoy the holiday feasting. In fact, recent scientific evidence confirms the many health benefits of carrying a little extra weight. One hundred years ago, doctors wouldn’t have thought of this finding as …

Tame holiday indigestion naturally with three potent plants

This holiday season, I hope you have the good fortune to enjoy some good food and good times with good friends and family. Of course, I urge moderation. But even the most sensible among us will sometimes overindulge during the holidays. If that happens to you over the next couple weeks, here’s my advice: Skip …

New study reveals the key to happiness at the holidays

If you still have the good fortune to gather with parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles during the holidays, you could actually learn something about being happier. A new study found that people become progressively happier as they get older. Despite the aches and pains that accompany aging, it appears that mental anguish actually diminishes. This …


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