Karen Howard, CEO and executive director of the Organic & Natural Health Association, has spent more than 30 years working with Congress, state legislatures, and healthcare organizations to develop innovative healthcare policy and programs. She has held a variety of executive positions, including serving as professional staff for a Congressional committee, and has policy expertise in the diverse areas of integrative and complementary medicine, managed care, healthcare technology, and mental health. Here, she discusses the changes to the nation's food policy. The times, they are a changin’, as the song goes—and so too are the consumers and companies that serve them. In this reported era of the One-Percenters and the shadow of corporate rights, a tipping...
May 19, 2015
Below, P.D. Kai Swigart, PhD, MFT—better known as Dr. Kai—offers Part III of a five-part series of guest blogs that will address holistic health and healing. Material World Symbolism When we accept that the material world is an illusion intended to point us to the spiritual parallels within—and if we understand the significance of the seven colors of light and life—it becomes an evolutionary adventure to discover the many ways this knowledge is embedded, at all levels, within our earthly experience. Such revelations may validate our pre-existing realizations regarding this knowledge. Consider the rainbow itself, or the fact that all natural light, when unzipped by a prism, becomes these seven primary colors. When observed through a prism, our sense...
May 11, 2015
Karen Howard, CEO and executive director of the Organic & Natural Health Association, has spent more than 30 years working with Congress, state legislatures, and healthcare organizations to develop innovative healthcare policy and programs. She has held a variety of executive positions, including serving as professional staff for a Congressional committee, and has policy expertise in the diverse areas of integrative and complementary medicine, managed care, healthcare technology, and mental health. Here, she sheds light on the conversation surrounding herbal extracts. There has been considerable conversation regarding herbal extracts these days, courtesy of the Attorney General of New York who recently launched an investigation into herbal products. Attorney General (AG)...
May 06, 2015
When it comes to heart and bone health, are you forgetting about this important nutrient? Below, Dennis Goodman, MD, a board-certified cardiologist and author of Vitamin K2: The Missing Nutrient for Heart and Bone Health, let’s us in on this little-known secret to great health.   One thing most people will do to support their bone health is take a calcium supplement. While this is important—our bodies cannot produce calcium on their own—too much calcium in the body can have negative effects, such as depositing in the arteries and blood vessels to cause calcification, which can lead to hardening of arteries and blockages (atherosclerosis). This calcification causes stiffening that puts a strain on the cardiovascular system....
May 01, 2015
Below, P.D. Kai Swigart, PhD, MFT—better known as Dr. Kai—offers Part II of a five-part series of guest blogs that will address holistic health and healing.   Color rays create and maintain life. Cosmic color rays, vibrating at particular frequencies, form the subtle and gross material creations, allowing them to become animated and function on physical, emotional, mental, and conscious levels. The higher vibrational frequencies of conscious infinite light comprise the infinite pools of coexisting possibilities from which creation occurs. To intentionally create, we must elevate the vibration of our consciousness and focus our belief-based attention on our desires. To master this process, we may need to learn more about the sevenfold vibrations of light and...
April 27, 2015
Karen Howard, CEO and executive director of the Organic & Natural Health Association, has spent more than 30 years working with Congress, state legislatures, and healthcare organizations to develop innovative healthcare policy and programs. She has held a variety of executive positions, including serving as professional staff for a Congressional committee, and has policy expertise in the diverse areas of integrative and complementary medicine, managed care, healthcare technology, and mental health. Here, she discusses the "natural" and "organic" labeling. It’s finally spring in Washington DC, heralded by the blooming of our amazing cherry blossoms and, for my husband and me, the time to clean up our WWII Community Garden. As people were bustling...
April 22, 2015
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I’m writing this blog so you all can remember me as who I am today: happy, healthy (for the most part), and satiated. Come tomorrow morning, you might not recognize angry-famished-monster-me, for I will be starting a 10-day cleanse in which pizza and Thai takeout are not allowed. This particular cleanse, brought to us by our friends at Purium Health Products, is based on the idea of a “superfood” diet. The cleanse includes: >>The Power Shake – 3 shakes daily >>Super Amino 23 – 5 tablets daily >>Apothe Cherry Juice – 1 ounce before bed, daily >>Super Lytes – 3 tablets daily >Super CleaseR – 4 tablets daily   The makers of the cleanse claim that participants will see a result of up to 20 pounds of...
April 15, 2015
Karen Howard, CEO and executive director of the Organic & Natural Health Association, has spent more than 30 years working with Congress, state legislatures, and healthcare organizations to develop innovative healthcare policy and programs. She has held a variety of executive positions, including serving as professional staff for a Congressional committee, and has policy expertise in the diverse areas of integrative and complementary medicine, managed care, healthcare technology, and mental health. Here, she discusses the consumer relationship with corporate America. From Orlando to Anaheim and back again, Global Pet Expo, Natural Products Expo West, and Ingredient Marketplace keep people on planes and smartphones chirping. In these examples, the primary objective is sales...
April 14, 2015
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If you’re an early gym-goer like me, you know that the struggle to wake up before the sun is completely, totally real. My alarm chimes at 4 a.m. every morning; the sound is familiar—part of my daily routine—yet I can find so many excuses to stay in bed, snuggled in the sheets and pillows and blankets, for an extra couple of hours.                                      For example: I’m exhausted. My shins hurt. I have an ingrown toenail.                                      Or: It’s Monday. It’s Friday. However, despite these excuses, I still manage to get up...
April 10, 2015
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GMO: You’ve heard the term in the news, in passing with friends and family, and as you’re browsing for food in the grocery store; but what does it mean? A genetically modified organism (GMO) is, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “an organism whose genome has been altered in order to favor the expression of desired physiological traits or the output of desired biological products.” By the genetically engineered process, the organism is modified to “enhance” it for desired qualities such as insect, herbicide, fungal and viral resistance, as well as improved taste and storage. In order to create such a plant, the organism’s genetic makeup is altered by adding a different gene—sometimes several—into a plant’s original...
April 08, 2015