Alternative Medicine

  • The Internal Cleanse

    The human body performs countless amazing functions every day, so it should come as no surprise that it is perfectly capable of cleaning and filtering out impurities. However, because of the overwhelming amount of toxins that we are exposed to daily, many in the medical community agree that an internal cleanse is now essential for optimal health.

    Ridding the body of today’s toxins
    By Del Williams
  • Indian Greens

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
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    SERVES 4

    8 cups stemmed and chopped Swiss chard, in bite-size pieces

    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds

    ¼ teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds

    1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

    ½ teaspoon turmeric

    ¼ teaspoon curry powder

    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Sea salt

    1 cup canned diced tomatoes, juices reserved

    1 cup canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and mixed with a spritz of lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt

    ¼ cup coconut milk

    ¼ teaspoon Grade B maple syrup

    Put the chard in a large bowl, add cold water to cover, and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds and sauté until they begin to pop. Immediately stir in the ginger. Add the chard, turmeric, curry powder, pepper, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons of the juice from the tomatoes. Sauté for two minutes. Add the chickpeas and tomatoes and sauté for three minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and maple syrup and serve immediately. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson; Photo Credit: Leo Gong.

  • Tapping into the Subtle Human Energy Field

    We all seem to take energy for granted—except, maybe, for those moments spent filling our gas tanks or paying our heating/cooling bills. When it comes to our bodies, however, the only time we may notice our energy level is when it is not up to par.

    Attaining whole health and preventing disease
    By Mark Mincolla, PhD
  • How to Make Yoga Part of your Routine

    You know the drill. Wake up. Get the kids up. Make them breakfast. Get them ready for day. Whether you’re sending them off to school or preparing for play dates, it’s hard to find a moment for yourself. If you can barely squeeze in a shower during the week, how can you find time for a personal yoga practice?

    Creating space for a personal practice
    By Kristin Henningsen, MS, RYT
  • Muesli

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
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    MAKES 1 SERVING

    1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

    2 tablespoons raisins, unsoaked

    1 tablespoon chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans, unsoaked

    2 teaspoons sunflower or pumpkin seeds, unsoaked

    2 teaspoons maple syrup, whole cane sugar, or coconut sugar (optional)

    1/2 cup Strawberry Cashew Yogurt

    1/4 cup fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries

    Put the oats, raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds, and optional maple syrup in a small bowl. Toss gently to combine. Serve with Strawberry Cashew Yogurt and berries. For soft muesli, soak in 1/4 cup of water for 8 to 12 hours at room temperature. Source: Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet, images courtesy of Warren Jefferson

  • All About: Lavender Tea

    What it is: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is an herb with a very strong scent. It is common in lotions, baking, detergents, perfumes, and tea.

  • Primal Eating (In a Nutshell)

    Primal eating is booming. The rationale behind it is simple: Our genome hasn’t changed much over the past 10,000 years, but our diet now is very different from what we’re adapted to, leading to a glut of chronic disease. Here’s a quick guide to primal foods:

    Primal supplements

  • Stress: Know Your Signs

    April is Stress Awareness Month and experts have spoken out about the damaging effects stress has on the body. Even those illnesses that just won’t seem to go away could, in fact, be caused by underlying stress. Do you know the signs of stress? If not, here are a few to look for and to bring up to your healthcare profes­sional at your next checkup:

    >> Anxiety

  • Secret Sauce and Positive Side Effects in Whole-Person Care

    Those who grow up experiencing medicine and medical treatment as pharmaceuticals, di­agnostic procedures, and surgery can have trouble with the idea of “positive side effects.”

    By John Weeks
  • Veggie Power: 3 Juice Recipes to Fight Cold and Flu

    According to the latest CDC Flu Activity & Surveillance report, flu is widespread in 25 states so far this season. As for the common cold, the CDC estimates that more than one billion of us will suffer from it in 2014.

    By Michael T. Murray, ND