Vanilla Is Anything But Plain

The vanilla flower is a gorgeous orchid, shown with the dried seed pods used for pure, natural vanilla spice

The vanilla flower is a gorgeous orchid, shown with the dried seed pods used for pure, natural vanilla spice

This Enticing, Aromatic Spice Protects Your Health In Five Ways

Vanilla has an image problem. The run-of-the-mill perception is that vanilla is a plain and boring choice. Once you learn about this extraordinary spice, your appreciation may change. In fact, vanilla is a rare, expensive, and health-enhancing flavor.

Vanilla is produced from the seeds of a tropical climbing orchid that grows as a vine. Native to Mexico, vanilla was used by the Aztecs in the chocolate drink of their royalty. The bees and hummingbirds that pollinate this orchid Read the rest of this entry »

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Five Dangers of Eating Poultry

You can pay a lot of money for turkey labeled as "organic" or "sustainable," but there is no evidence this reduces the health risks of eating poultry

You can pay a lot of money for turkey labeled as “organic” or “sustainable,” but there is no evidence this reduces the health risks of eating poultry

Chicken and Turkey Are Health Risks All Year Long

Turkeys are the routine centerpiece of many holiday meals, while chickens are a common “main course” for everyday dinners. Yet when you look closely at poultry, the health dangers may surprise you, and Read the rest of this entry »

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The Easiest Transition to a Whole Foods, Plant Based Lifestyle

The Forks Over Knives Plan provides clear, practical guidance on how to achieve an enjoyable transition to a whole foods, plant based lifestyle

The Forks Over Knives Plan provides clear, practical guidance on how to achieve an enjoyable transition to a whole foods, plant based lifestyle

The Forks Over Knives Plan Keeps You On Track For Success

What if you are dissatisfied with your health? Maybe you are overweight, low in energy, plagued with headaches or sinusitis or chronic pain, on multiple drugs, or spending way too much money on the medical profession.

Then you find out your suffering and expense aren’t necessary. Hope glimmers for a real change. Maybe you saw the movie Forks Over Knives, or observed a friend regain her health on a whole foods, plant based diet, or read a science-based book on plant-based nutrition.

Here’s your problem. You are not sure how to get from where you are to where you want to be. The change may seem daunting and the food unfamiliar. You see others reshaping their meals overnight, while you are Read the rest of this entry »

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The Empty Medicine Cabinet Shows a Medication-Free Path to Healing

Dustin Rudolph is a pharmacist working to empower you to get healthy with diet, something that is highly unlikely just by taking medications that don't get to the root of your illness

Dustin Rudolph is a pharmacist working to empower you to get healthy with diet, something that is highly unlikely just by taking medications that don’t get to the root of your illness

Dustin Rudolph Teaches You the Basic Principles of Lifelong Health

Dustin Rudolph is a pharmacist who wants to see his patients regain their health and become free of medications. He wrote The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Pharmacist’s Guide to the Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food to help people looking for elusive answers about why they are sick. His book will show you a totally different approach to chronic illness – an approach that is not based on the pills, procedures, and surgery of conventional medicine.

The Empty Medicine Cabinet starts with idyllic memories of Dustin’s summers on his much-adored grandfather’s small farm in Montana. His grandfather lived what many would consider Read the rest of this entry »

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The Whole Truth Is the First Step

Howard Jacobson talks about the writing of Whole and his next steps in guiding people to reconnect with nature

Howard Jacobson talks about the writing of Whole and his next steps in guiding people to reconnect with nature

Howard Jacobson Shares What It’s Like to Work With Dr. Campbell and What the Next Step Might Be

Whole, Dr. T Colin Campbell’s ground breaking book, tells why we need to totally rethink the science of what we eat. This subject could be confusing, unapproachable, or dull for most people. It’s none of these things, in large part thanks to Howard Jacobson, PhD, who is a contributing author of this compelling paradigm changer.

Every time I read Whole, quote after quote leaps out to tell the story with powerful language and images not afraid to tell the truth. Here are a few examples:

“We “race for the cure” by pouring billions of dollars into dangerous and ineffective treatments. We seek new genes, as if the ones we’ve evolved over millions of years are insufficient for our needs. We medicate ourselves with toxic concoctions, a small number of which treat the disease, while the rest treat the harmful side effects of the primary drugs.”

“Evolution has thankfully programmed us to seek out and enjoy Read the rest of this entry »

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How Important Is It to Eat Breakfast?

Studies show that children who eat breakfast outperform their hungry school mates

Studies show that children who eat breakfast outperform their hungry school mates

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy People

Skipping breakfast is tempting for time management, especially if you’re still sleepy, worried about arriving at a meeting on time, or getting children dressed and out the door with homework in tow. Yet years of research with both adults and children in the U.S., Europe, and Australia show that eating breakfast is important for health and energy levels. When you look at your productivity across Read the rest of this entry »

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What Dr. Milton Mills Knows Can Save Your Life

Dr. Milton Mills travels around the country presenting surprising information about what humans should eat, and why

Dr. Milton Mills travels around the country presenting surprising information about what humans should eat, and why

He’ll Even Give You $10,000 To Prove He’s Wrong

The astonishing information never stopped as I watched Dr. Milton Mills give three talks on whether humans were made to eat meat. Here’s a handful of examples. Only herbivores – animals who live solely on plants – have an appendix. Only herbivores can suck up liquids. Carnivores, who have much larger mouths and an entirely different facial structure, have to lap up water. A three hundred pound lion can eat over 57,000 calories in one meal and then not eat for seven to ten days. On the other hand, herbivores foraging for whole plant foods can’t consume enough calories at a time to make it through a Read the rest of this entry »

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The Wildlife Massacre That Ranchers Want to Hide

The Center for Biological Diversity's graphic carries a powerful message on the destructiveness of eating meat

The Center for Biological Diversity’s graphic carries a powerful message on the destructiveness of eating meat

The Center of Biological Diversity Shows the Best Way to Save Wildlife Is a Change in Diet

The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit that has protected more than 500 endangered species and 220 million acres of their habitat, is an organization that is taking on the most unpopular truth in the environmental movement.

The Center’s newsletter, Endangered Earth, says it best in advocating their new Earth-friendly Diet Campaign. “You have at least three chances a day, every day, to save wildlife. Choose to take extinction off your plate.” You do this by pledging to cut your meat consumption by at least one third – and the less meat you eat, the better.

The Campaign’s site, TakeExtinctionOffYourPlate.com, shows how animals raised for food directly compete with wildlife for land and resources, such as food and water. Ranching business people are behind the shooting, trapping, and poisoning of millions of animals a year. Why? These wild animals threaten Read the rest of this entry »

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Carnivorous Plants Can Tell You What to Eat

Carnivorous plants are so strange that they can trigger fear. But person-eating plants are the stuff of low-budget science fiction, not reality

Carnivorous plants are so strange that they can trigger fear. But person-eating plants are the stuff of low-budget science fiction, not reality

Why Do Some Plants Consume Insects?

Here’s a situation I’ve run into many times. Me giving a presentation: “Plants are the base of the food chain on planet earth. Do plants eat animals, or do animals eat plants?”

Someone in audience: “What about the plants that eat insects?”

Okay, let’s figure out this question. What about these carnivorous plants? Do they upset the foundation of the food chain idea? And what lesson do they hold on whether you should eat meat?

SURPRISING FACTS ON CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

Plants need both energy and nutrients to survive and grow. All plants, carnivorous or not, get their energy from the sun. Using the process of photosynthesis in leaves, they convert sunlight into energy that is stored in chemical bonds. This energy is used both by plants for their own processes and by animals (which cannot directly harvest sunlight for energy and must rely on plants, either directly or indirectly).

Nutrients needed to build plant cells are mainly Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Fruit Make You Fat?

Fruit sampling is a farmers market favorite for kids and their parents as well

Fruit sampling is a farmers market favorite for kids and their parents as well

Fears of Fruit Flood Ill-Informed Diets

Controversy swirls around the question of whether people who are overweight should eat fruit. On the one hand, this food is regarded as the embodiment of health, unprocessed and rich in vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and other beneficial substances. But then there is the myth that Read the rest of this entry »

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