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  • Getting the Language Right

    My present home in Puerto Rico has made news lately with its significant debt problems. The island’s leaders are trying to find solutions. One hears them talking on the radio or TV news or sees them editorializing about the solutions for nuestro pais—“our country.”

    From Medical Industry to a System for Creating Health
    By John Weeks
  • Wanna Soak Up the Sun?

    Relaxing in the warmth of a summer day not only feels great, but it’s also an excellent way to raise your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is needed to maintain strong bones. This important nutrient also helps muscles to move, nerves to communicate, and the immune system to fight off infections.

  • 6 Ways to Ease Headache Symptoms

    The first week of June is National Headache Awareness Week, so before you reach for prescription meds, consider a more holistic approach to curbing those nasty headaches.

    For a tension headache:

    >> Apply peppermint oil on your hairline.

    >> Make ginger tea by taking ginger root and adding it to boiling water.

  • Attack of the Autoimmune Disease

    You may hear a lot of buzz on the topic of autoimmune diseases, but what exactly does that mean? Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the body. According to womenshealth.gov, 23.5 million people living in the US suffer from autoimmune diseases.

  • 5 Numbers to Know By Heart

    A visit to the doctor can be overwhelming. Between finding the right office, figuring out insurance forms, and that sick kid coughing next to you in the lobby, you might feel more stressed out than you were when you booked your appointment. Then comes the doctor lingo and all the numbers. If you find yourself wondering: “What does this even mean?!”—you’re not alone.

  • Buttered Spinach

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    SERVES 4

    2 large bunches young spinach (about 1 ¼ pounds)

    1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    ½ teaspoon finely ground unrefined sea salt

    ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

    2 hard-cooked eggs, minced

    Trim the spinach of any tough stems or veins, then coarsely chop the spinach leaves. Toss the spinach into a large, heavy stockpot. Set it on the stove over medium-low heat, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until wilted. Drain the wilted spinach in a colander, and press it down to remove any excess liquid. Return the pot to the stove, add the butter, and melt over low heat. Toss in the spinach. Stir in the salt, white pepper, and minced egg, then serve. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Nourished Kitchen written and photographed by Jennifer McGruther

  • Sweet-and-Sour Asian Cabbage and Kale

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
    SERVES 4

    1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons tamari

    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

    1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup

    1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

    1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    4 cups stemmed and chopped lacinato kale, in bite-size pieces

    Sea salt

    2 cups shredded red cabbage

    1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

    Put the tamari, lime juice, maple syrup, toasted sesame oil, and ginger in small bowl and stir to combine. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the kale and a pinch of salt and sauté for four minutes. Add the cabbage and another pinch of salt and sauté for two minutes. Add the tamari mixture and cook until tender, about two minutes. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve immediately. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson.

  • Team Up with Tea!

    Tea-based cocktails are showing up on drink menus nationwide as mixologists experiment with new ways to tap into the natural flavors found in this delectable, thirst-quenching beverage.

  • Keep Your Peepers!

    According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people worldwide are considered to be visually impaired. 65 percent are 50 years old or older. Here are some ways to prevent and ease the loss of sight:

    >> Eat veggies rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, such as squash and carrots.

  • Mooo-ve Over, Conventional Milk

    Researchers found some organic milk contains more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than regular milk. The secret is in grass-fed, hormone-free cows, which allows the milk’s protein level to increase and helps balance the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Too much omega-6 is linked to cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular complications, inflammation, and autoimmune diseases.