Heal Yourself with Food

The Western diet places heavy emphasis on commercial animal proteins and processed, grain-based carbohydrates that have a low nutritional value. This way of eating is often referred to as the Standard American Diet (SAD) — a fitting acronym. In addition to drug-filled animal products and pesticide-laden produce, the SAD is often full of processed food […]

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Foods That Help Fight Alzheimer’s

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. That number could triple by 2050. The disease is far-reaching, often creates life-threatening stress for caregivers, and is invariably fatal. It is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. And while […]

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How Spices Work Like Medicine

I’m one of those cooks that combines whatever I find in the fridge or pantry without a plan. I’ll throw spices and foods together like a mad scientist, kind of how I did in Organic Chemistry in 1987 (hoping I wouldn’t blow up the lab). Recently, I went to my first cooking class, “Secrets of […]

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The Healing Pharmacy In Your Garden

For countless years, traditional healers have taught the benefits of easing illness with a healthy lifestyle and the use of herbs and botanicals. But don’t think you have to get all your herbs from a jar. Many remarkable healing herbs are growing in your yard. Herbs and spices can be picked a few steps from […]

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Natural Muscle Relaxers and Soothers

Dear Pharmacist, I went on a hike that was way too steep and long. My muscles don’t recover quite as fast as when I was younger.  What can I do or take?  –H.N., Boulder, Colorado Answer: If it were me, I’d take a hot bath with Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oils. The […]

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Natural Ways To Protect Against Hair Loss

There are many factors that can contribute to hair loss, and many of us assume aging is the main culprit. People are more prone to losing hair strands in the winter, most likely due to dry scalp and less circulation in colder months. But while more than half of Americans 40 and older experience some […]

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Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk With The Right Foods And Supplements

If you’re concerned about developing memory and cognitive problems as you age, you have good reason to be worried. Each year, more than 7.5 million people worldwide are diagnosed with some form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. Most troubling is that these numbers are skyrocketing along with rates of obesity, diabetes and […]

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Fight Inflammation With Food, Supplements And Lifestyle

Inflammation has a bad reputation, but it can be a good thing, too. When the body is injured or invaded by pathogens, inflammation represents one of the first lines of defense. The pain, swelling and redness result from the body focusing its energy to heal itself. But inflammation certainly has a dark side. Acute inflammation […]

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Natural Ways To Fight Arthritis

More than 37 million Americans are living with some form of arthritis, and chances are you or someone you love experiences this degenerative condition. One of the most debilitating types, rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack joints and tissues, resulting in serious pain and swelling. The number of […]

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When to drink more water

With the weather heating up, one of the most overlooked, yet dangerous, heath issues is dehydration. Whether it’s because of a busy schedule or simply not having fresh, filtered water on hand when you need it, chances are that you simply aren’t hydrated enough. As your body gets used to chronic dehydration, you lose your […]

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