Alternative Medicine

  • Health Tips: Sleepless Nights Tied to Junk Food Cravings

    Sleepless nights impair the brain’s frontal lobe, which controls complex decision making. They increase activity, however, in the brain centers that respond to rewards, according to a recent study from UC Berkeley. Corresponding to this, the study authors also noticed that subjects strongly favored unhealthy snack and junk foods when running on low sleep.

  • Health Tips: Nutrients for Neuropathy

    Neuropathy is nerve damage or disease that can occur throughout the body. Diabetes in the advanced stages can cause neuropathy in the feet and lower legs. Fortunately, there are clinically-tested, safe, and effective nutrients that can make a big difference and offer hope for those with diabetic neuropathy.

  • Health Tips: Need Some Get Up and Go?

    Do you find your desire to exercise waning in the winter months? Check out some blogs or websites of people who have done what you’re attempting and let their success be an inspiration. is a great blog to start with. Dorothy Beal is an overweight smoker turned marathoner and cover model for Women’s Running.

  • Improving the Quality of Life in Long-Term Eldercare

    Our aging society has a large and rapidly growing population of elderly people. Many have incurable, debilitating conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that require long-term care.

    Treating elders like people, not patients
    By Donald H. Ford, PhD
  • What’s On Our Reading List

    The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution

    (Penguin Group, 2013) by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

  • Risk and Reward: What You Need to Know to Control Arthritis

    Arthritis has been with us forever, it seems. It’s a disease you may remember your grandparents complaining of (or, more likely, bearing in silence). It’s nothing exotic or rare, just the accumulation of wear on joints.

    Or so we thought. New discoveries, however, are undermining some of what we once took for granted about this all-too-common debilitating condition.

    By Adam Swenson & Amy Vergin
  • Breathe Easy

    Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disturbance problems in America, giving 25 million Americans a tired and irritable start to the day, not to mention the health consequences of long-term sleep deprivation.

    Understanding and correcting sleep apnea—naturally
    By Steven R. Frank
  • Health Tips: Potato (The Next Generation)

    If you want to show yourself a nutritionally enlightened trendsetter this year, consider either replacing or supplementing the mashed potatoes with mashed sweet potatoes.

  • Wild Mushroom Risotto

    Weekly Recipe: 

    Wild Mushroom Mixture

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1/2 cup finely diced onion

    1 clove garlic, sliced

    1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms

    1 cup sliced oyster mushrooms

    1 cup sliced maitake mushrooms

    1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon black pepper


    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1/2 cup finely diced onion

    1 clove garlic, sliced

    1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

    1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

    1/2 cup white wine

    5 cups water or low-sodium vegetable stock

    3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

    2 teaspoons salt

    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    In a large pot or sauté pan, heat the oil for the mushroom mixture over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, mushrooms, and thyme and sauté to soften, five to eight minutes. Season with the salt and black pepper, transfer to a bowl, and reserve. To the same pot, over medium heat, add the oil for the risotto. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme and cook until soft, about three minutes. Add the rice and toast for two minutes. Pour in the wine and cook one minute, scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Add two cups of the water or stock and turn the heat to high. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat back to medium. Allow the risotto to simmer, stirring every two minutes, until the liquid reduces by half. Add two more cups of water or stock and repeat. Add the remaining one cup of water or stock and stir frequently until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice but the rice is still loose. Add the wild mushroom mixture back to the pot, stir in the nutritional yeast, and season with the salt and black pepper. Serve immediately. Source: The Vegucation of Robin by Robin Quivers

  • Stuffed Artichoke

    Weekly Recipe: 

    2 artichokes

    4 ounces crab meat

    2 tablespoons crème fraiche

    1 tablespoon lemon zest

    1 tablespoon chopped chives

    1 teaspoon olive oil

    Salt to taste

    Frisée to garnish (curly chicory or endive)

    Cover the artichokes with water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 to 45 minutes or until the outer leaves of the artichoke can easily be pulled off. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, cut the artichokes in half and remove the inner choke (or heart) and bristles with a spoon. In a bowl, combine the crab meat, crème fraiche, lemon zest, chives, and oil. Mix well and season to taste. Stuff each artichoke half with two tablespoons of the crab meat mixture. Plate and garnish with frisée. Source: Peruvian Power Foods by Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD