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 literal brain food—for both us and our four-legged friends.​ Yesterday my dogs, Razz and Scotty, ate something in the woods. You really don’t want to know what it was, but it resulted in some not-too-surprising results. And while you don’t...
June 17, 2015
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You probably thought that once you graduated high school—and certainly after college—your days of acne-covered skin were over. But if you still struggle with an oily T-zone and recurring blemishes, you’re not alone: 60 million adults in the United States suffer from acne, 20 million of which will experience permanent scarring. A few months ago, I began taking a skin-specific supplement to address adult acne. In all fairness, I don’t suffer from severe breakouts like many of my peers—but occasionally, zits do seem to pop up out of nowhere (I’m super diligent about washing my makeup off at night, cleansing thoroughly in the morning, and not touching my face with my hands during the day, so I’m often clueless as to the cause) and, in particular,...
June 03, 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 continues the conversation on herbal supplements. Last week, Organic & Natural Health Association submitted a consumer petition to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the federal rule book for ingredient suppliers of herbs and other dietary supplements....
June 02, 2015
Below, P.D. Kai Swigart, PhD, MFT—better known as Dr. Kai—offers Part IV of a five-part series of guest blogs that will address holistic health and healing. Vibrational Elevation I believe that we must elevate our vibration to the highest material world level before consciously ascending upward into the spiritual world. This means that we need to overcome unresolved core personality issues, their defenses, and their habituated thoughts, words, and actions. It means that we must overcome the bondage of physical and mental illness through non-resistance, non-judgement, and non-attachment. It means that we must recognize and rise above the human ego and its distractions. (Ego stops intelligence from perceiving the truth and instead imposes its own...
May 28, 2015
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When Suzanne Somers hit the entertainment scene in the late 60s and early 70s, the world had not completely addressed the dangers of hidden toxins invading nearly every inch of our environment. Today, our exposure to unnatural chemicals and other hazardous substances is at an all-time high. And although many are aware of these invisible dangers, only a handful of the population is actively trying to do something about it. In light of the release of Suzanne’s new book, TOX-Sick (Crown Publishing, 2015), Natural Solutions caught up with her to talk about how she and her family have been able to overcome sickness, and what they’ve done to go on living healthy, natural lives. NS: Specifically pertaining to your own health, what inspired you to write this book? Did you suffer...
May 26, 2015
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More than 75 percent of our planet is covered in oceans, and in that water resides 80 percent of all living things on earth. The ocean is simply unmatched when it comes to biodiversity, which is largely still unexplored. With that magnitude of coverage, overfishing doesn’t seem possible, does it? The United Nations estimates that more than three-fourths of the planet’s stock of fish are fished to their maximum limits or have already been exhausted. Many marine scientists believe that overfishing is the biggest threat to the ocean’s environment—even more so than climate change or pollution. Because of the extremity of our current fishing model, a 2008 study published by the journal Science estimates that if commercial fishing continues at this pace, all of the...
May 26, 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 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