Alternative Medicine

  • Creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

    Weekly Recipe: 

    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    1 cup thinly sliced carrot

    1 small onion, thinly sliced

    1 gala apple, peeled, thinly sliced

    2/3 cup thinly sliced celery

    5 cups butternut squash (halved, scoop seeds, and cubed)

    3 1/2 cups of organic low-sodium vegetable broth

    1 bay leaf

    1/2 teaspoon of salt

    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    1 cup light coconut milk

    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

    1/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds

    Use a large pot and add oil, carrot, onion, apple, and celery. Cook gently until tender, reducing heat as needed to prevent browning (12 to15 minutes). Add squash, broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes until squash is fork tender. Add milk and vinegar and simmer an additional five minutes.

    Remove soup from heat and discard bay leaf. Ladle half of the soup into the blender, cover, and gradually turn up to high speed for 30 seconds or until smooth. Add more broth from the pot if mixture is too thick. Pour soup into another container and purée remaining soup. Combine both soups in the pot and reheat. Pour into serving bowls and garnish with hulled pumpkin seeds.

  • Almond Banana Pancakes

    Weekly Recipe: 

    2 ripe bananas

    1 egg           

    1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter

    Mash the bananas, add the egg, and mix well. Warm butter in a pan and pour batter into small cakes. Brown on each side and serve warm. Recipe courtesy of

  • Gluten-Free Chesapeake Crab Cakes

    Weekly Recipe: 
    Serves 8

    1/2 cup almond aioli [or curried almond aioli]

    1/2 cup almonds, natural, ground fine

    1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

    1 egg

    1 teaspoon flaxseed, ground fine

    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

    3 tablespoons parsley, rough chop

    1/3 cup almond meal

    1 pound crab, jumbo lump

    32 lemon wedges

    canola oil, as needed

    parsley, finely minced, to garnish


    Almond Aioli

    2 cloves roasted garlic

    4 tablespoons almond butter, roasted

    1 egg

    1 tablespoon kosher salt

    1/8 cup fresh lemon juice

    1/8 cup champagne vinegar

    3 cups almond oil

    1/4 cup cold water


    Almond Curried Aioli

    16 ounces almond aioli

    1/2 cup scallions, washed and sliced thin

    1/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain

    1 tablespoon Madras curry powder

    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

    Combine almond aioli, ground almonds, Old Bay seasoning, egg, ground flaxseed, Dijon mustard, and parsley in a medium-sized bowl and mix together until well blended. Gently fold in sliced almonds and jumbo lump crab meat. Form mixture into 16, 1 1/2 ounce cakes and sear in a sauté pan over medium high heat with canola oil for three minutes, 1 1/2 minutes per side. Finish in 375 degree oven for two minutes. Serve immediately with two on a plate garnished with two lemon wedges and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

    For almond aioli, add the first six ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Purée until smooth. While puréeing, slowly add almond oil, alternating with water to achieve desired consistency. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

    For almond curried aioli, combine all ingredients and stir to incorporate evenly in a clean stainless bowl. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

    Recipe courtesy of the Almond Board of California.


  • Health Tips: Risk Factors Predict Childhood Obesity

    High birth weight, rapid weight gain, and having an overweight mother who smokes can all increase the risk of a baby becoming obese later in childhood, according to research by experts at The University of Nottingham. The study was published in the latest edition of the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

  • Health Tips: Meditation May Reduce Death, Heart Attack, and Stroke in Heart Patients

    African-Americans with heart disease who practiced transcendental meditation regularly were 48 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die from all causes compared with African-Americans who attended a health education class over more than five years, according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

  • The Whole Body Approach

    Unfortunately contemporary American society is transfixed by the idea that masking medical problems is far better (and easier) than actually digging down to the roots of the dilemma and starting the healing process there.

    When pills and surgery are not enough
    By Amy Vergin
  • Cholesterol: Who needs it?

    The actual relationship between cholesterol and heart disease is complex, a moving target.

    Uncovering the true lurking killer behind heart disease
    By Adam Swenson
  • A Personalized Plan Is the Key to Weight Loss Success

    Most of us have lost weight by dieting only to gain it back again. The problem with diets isn’t that they don’t work, it’s that they don’t last.

    How to calm cravings, remove temptations, and learn to prioritize
    By Stan Spencer, PhD
  • The Truth about Gout

    While gout has been called “the disease of kings,” those afflicted feel anything but royal.

    Origins, Symptoms, and Natural Remedies
    By Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
  • Testing for Candida Yeast Infection

    Candida albicans is a yeast that occurs commonly in the body, and is not a problem in and of itself. The overproliferation of candida, on the other hand, can lead to unexplained discharge, itchy vagina, digestive problems, poor energy, depression, and excessive skin irritation.

    Going beyond standard laboratory methods
    By Eric Bakker, ND