Many of us have been incited to concern, even fear,  about cholesterol levels.  There has been an enormous media and medical push to reduce cholesterol levels in the past two decades. 

There are 2 main types of anemia — iron deficiency, where the red blood cells are too small to “magnetize” sufficient oxygen to the cells, and so-called pernicious anemia, where the red blood cells are too big to fit through the capillaries, our tiniest blood vessels.  Iron-deficiency anemia is more common, particularly in younger people.  If you are a woman with iron-deficiency anemia, I would suspect you have heavy periods, which is a major source of chronic blood loss for women.  If you have iron-deficiency anemia but do not have heavy menstrual periods, you need to get a work-up to figure out where the bleeding is coming from: start by checking your urine and stool for microscopic amounts of blood (any ND or other healthcare provider in your area can help you with this). Tannins bind iron, so if you like to drink tea, especially black tea, make sure you do not take your iron supplements or iron containing foods within 2 hours of drinking black tea.  Meat and seafoods are the best dietary sources of iron.  If you prefer...

written for NDNR (www.ndnr.com) and published Feb 2008 Heart disease is the leading cause of the death in the U.S. The World Health Organization estimates that 17.5 million people died of CVD in 2005, representing 30% of all global deaths. Of these, 7.6 million were due to coronary heart disease and 5.7 million were due to stroke. It is also a major cause of disability. The risk of heart disease increases as the population ages. A man over age 45 of a woman over age 55 has a greater risk of heart disease than younger folk. Another known risk factor is having a close family member who had heart disease at an early age. Heart disease kills six times more women than breast cancer (Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2006 Update. Dallas, Texas: American Heart Association; 2005) but only 30% of women (from a 1997 national survey) recognized CVD as a leading cause of death.  The Red Dress Campaign, kicked off in 2005, raised this awareness to 55% although disproportionately more of this increased awareness was in white or well...

If you are considering a 5 day “spring cleanse” here is a shopping list and recipes for 5 days of fresh juice — which, along with water, will be all you “eat” for those 5 wonderful days. If your bloodtype is O or B and you typically require at least 50 grams of protein daily for optimal wellbeing, you may consider adding home-made “bone broth” using an organic chicken carcass, celery, onions, garlic, ginger, etc. or a similar clear broth from simmering a fresh fish head.  For making juice from the fresh organic produce I like the good old Champion juicer, also the “Juiceman” juicer, but there are many good ones out there. Shopping list: 25 pound bag of #2 organic carrots (not the prettiest, but perfect for juicing) 10 pound of organic beets 10 packets of organic celery stalks 10 pounds of organic apples 5 pounds of organic pears 2 pineapples cilantro, basil, parsley, mint, ginger, garlic, lemons for juicing Day One: morning drink: 4 apples, 1 pear, a little basil and a little ginger noon and evening drinks:...

Would you benefit from cleansing? Yes, if you: Smoke Are regularly exposed to environmental toxins Drink less than a litre of water daily Drink soda pop, coffee or alcohol Eat processed foods such as white flour baked goods and candy Crave junk food Are tired, constipated, bloated and lack focus Have sticky or malodorous bowel movements Have pasty skin or dark circles under your eyes Have blood sugar problems Have unstable emotions Have unsatisfactory libido or sleep Are over or under-weight Use prescription or recreational drugs regularly If you peruse natural health news, you certainly have read the word “detox” lately.  You may have heard about how “body burden” of unnatural chemicals is higher than ever before. Industrial run-off into our rivers, pharmaceutical pollution flushed down toilets, burning fossil fuels belching into the air, fake food, plastic everywhere — all of this and more comprises an enormous burden for our internal self-cleansing systems. The amazing human body has several mechanisms by which to rid itself of non-nutrients which come in daily through our nose and mouth. We process food across...

Origanum vulgare (Oregano) is native to Greece, but mostly produced today in Turkey. Like all mints, the plant has a squared stem and is extremely aromatic. Oregano loves hot dry weather and grows well at high altitudes also. The active ingredients, found in the leaves, are the volatile oils thymol and carvacol. These oils have a complex, strong, and pleasant odor. Oregano is often thought of as a “pizza” herb. The medicinal qualities of oregano fall into two major categories: bronchial dilation and anti-microbial activity. Many volatile oils will help to clear congested sinuses or even a chest cold. You could drop a few drops of the concentrated oil into the bottom of a large bowl, put in a few cups of hot water and situate yourself over the bowl, under a large towel, so you can breathe in the “fumes” of the oil coming up in the steam. Be very careful never to put concentrated volatile oils, and this certainly includes oregano, directly against mucus membranes (inside of nose, mouth, vagina and especially not in the eyes). You could...

There’s a new wave in testing people for a so-called “body burden” of industrial chemicals in their blood stream.  The results are shocking.  A family with two young children in Oakland, CA

Abnormal lipids (fats) in the blood are considered one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of premature death.  Conventional wisdom has been to evaluate blood lipids after abstaining from food for 12 hours.

“Stress” produces very real physical, mental and emotional changes, which are cummulative. Severe stress can cause permanent damage. So, it’s certainly a good investment in your health to reduce stress. A major stress chemical is cortisol, which is produced by the outer “cortex” of the adrenal gland.

There are many approaches to weight loss; it is a multi-million dollar industry in our land of plenty. The bottom line is to eat fewer calories than you expend daily, but not drastically fewer, until you’re happy with how you fit into your clothes, then resume a diet and exercise program that will maintain the desired weight. You can dress up weight loss with grapefruits, or cabbage stew, or Hoodia, but really, the only thing that works is to burn more calories than you’re eating. Regular, preferably daily, exercise is a must; and a brisk 45-minute walk is a terrific choice.Make sure to commit to a movement program that you enjoy.Exercise not only burns calories, but gets you away from the fridge, stimulates blood flow, improves tissue oxygenation and the overall sense of well-being, and promotes lymphatic drainage which will help rid the body of toxins.Dean Ornish, MD (new age cardiologist) says “Walk your dog every day, even if you don’t have one.”A basic comprehensive detox program is very helpful with weight loss.Drink plenty of fresh, pure water. At least...