• Connect the Dots

    There is a common childhood game called “connect the dots.” To begin, there’s a page covered with many numbered dots in what appears to be a very random display. Children draw a line from one numbered dot to the next and, as they do, a picture emerges.

    How to reach optimal health with every body function
    By Nancy Angelini and Thomas Dadant
  • New Hope for Binge Eating and Weight Management

    Millions of people struggle with appetite control and eating disturbances—but food addictions cannot be resolved with willpower alone. Those who suffer from chronic overeating are left on an anguishing rollercoaster ride of difficult emotions, social challenges, and destructive physical consequences.

    Controlling Appetite With Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
    By James Greenblatt, MD, with Virginia Ross-Taylor, PhD
  • Feel Sexy and Healthy in Every Stage of Life

    It’s natural that our bodies and brains change as we age. For many women, concerns associated with aging and menopause can range from wrinkles to energy levels to healthy sexual function. Studies show that women are more likely than men to be surprised by sexual challenges as the result of aging. Kathleen Van Kirk, PhD—known simply as Dr.

    By Kathleen Van Kirk, PhD
  • Are Environmental Toxins Fueling Type 2 Diabetes?

    Many of us first encountered diabetes in grade school when one of our classmates had the disease. We listened in shock as they described their daily regimen: glucose monitoring, multiple insulin injections, a rigid diet.

    By Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
  • Forget Memory Loss Myths

    People may joke about “senior moments”—those times when their memory suddenly fails, and they are unable to come up with the name of their boss or the time they are supposed to meet for dinner. The truth is that throughout our lives, there will always be times when our memory fails us.

    Memory loss is not inevitable
    By Gary Null, PhD
  • Sugar Feeds Cancer

    The next time you’re tempted by the candy aisle, you may want to abandon your grocery cart and run in the opposite direction. In a study at the National Institute of Public Health in the Netherlands, researchers found that cancer risk more than doubled for those patients who regularly consumed sugar. The message is simple: Sugar feeds cancer.

    How your sweet tooth fuels the disease
    By George L. Redmon, PhD, ND
  • July 4th

    This Fourth of July, enjoy the explosion of fireworks, but don't let all the treats blow up your diet, says a Kansas State University dietitian.
    Amber Howells, director of the coordinated program in dietetics offered by the hospitality management and dietetics department in the university's College of Human Ecology, says moderation is key.

    Dietitian shares tip to keep the Fourth from adding five to your waistline
    Dick Benson
    July 4th
  • Mac-oh-geez!

    Weekly Recipe: 
    This dairy-free delight tastes like comfort food without packing on the pounds. Bake as-is, or add chicken, broccoli, carrots, or peas for a heartier dish. Serves 4-6.


    >3 to 3 ½ cups dried cut pasta (e.g. macaroni, penne)


    ½ cup raw Brazil nuts

    3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    1 medium clove garlic

    2 teaspoons arrowroot powder

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    ½ teaspoon onion powder

    ¼ teaspoon (rounded) dry mustard

    1 cup water

    1 ½ cups plain nondairy milk, unsweetened

    1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (optional, if omitted add extra milk)


    ¾ to 1 ¼ cups dry whole-grain breadcrumbs

    ½ tablespoon olive oil

    Couple pinches sea salt

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees, then start cooking pasta. While pasta is cooking, blend all sauce ingredients in a blender or in a deep bowl with an immersion blender. When pasta is almost tender, fully drain (don’t rinse). Mix noodles with sauce, and immediately pour into a lightly oiled 8 x 12 inch baking dish. Mix breadcrumb toppings in a small bowl, then sprinkle over top of casserole. Cover with foil and bake for 17 to 18 minutes. Then, remove foil cover and bake another 5 to 7 minutes or until topping is golden brown and crisp. Don’t over-bake or the sauce will get too thick. Remove from oven and place casserole on a trivet—not on top of oven because residual heat from the oven will continue to thicken the sauce. Source: Let Them Eat Vegan! 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family by Dreena Burton. Available from Da Capo Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2012. Learn more at plantpoweredkitchen.com.


  • Peanut Butter, Grape & Chocolate Snack Bites

    Weekly Recipe: 
    For a no-bake dessert that will please kids, parents, and their taste buds, give these bite-size chocolate balls a try. Makes 30 balls.

    ¾ cup low-fat crunchy peanut butter

    ¼ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes

    1 cup oats

    1 tablespoon ground flax seed

    2 teaspoons honey

    3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Heat peanut butter in a microwave about 25 seconds, until thinned out. Remove from microwave and stir in grape juice. Add oats, flax seed, honey, chocolate chips, and vanilla; stir to incorporate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Using a teaspoon or a melon baller, form mixture into balls. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool again for at least 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Source: Robin Plotkin, RD, LD, robinsbite.com

  • Medical Coexistence

    Many Americans equate the term traditional medicine with the current Western, pharmaceutical medical model. We go to the doctor, complain about our ailments, fill our prescriptions, and file insurance claims. Though it’s now the norm, many are not aware that this Western form of medicine has only existed for a little longer than two centuries.

    Can traditional medicine find a place in the current medical model?
    By Nancy Angelini and Thomas Dadant