Spring semester begins March 4th!

Spring semester begins March 4th!

January is supposedly the most depressing month of the year, but I have always liked this month. Contrary to its usual association with the god Janus, the farmers' almanacs of ancient Rome tell us that January is named after the goddess Juno, consort of Jupiter. In the Indo-European tradition, Juno is equated with Lakshmi, the Vedic goddess of love and prosperity. Given that we have the fullness of the year before us, it seems right to me that January represents fruitfulness and abundance. In this spirit, please let me extend to you my wishes for a happy and prosperous 2015! Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been as active in social media, or sending out much in the way of newsletters as of late. First off, let me apologize for not keeping in touch more frequently. The latter part of 2014 was an extremely challenging year for me and my family, when the health of my parents, both of whom are suffering from life-threatening illnesses (cancer and Parkinson’s), suddenly took a … [Read more...]

Basic fermentation skills

Here is a video we developed for the Food As Medicine Online Learning Program on the subject of fermentation. We are currently developing a library of practical, how-to videos for students enrolled in Food As Medicine, covering all the elements needed to properly use both food and herbs to prevent and treat disease. … [Read more...]

Free preview of Food As Medicine

Free preview of Food As Medicine

Here is a free preview of lesson three, of the Food As Medicine Online Learning Program. Altogether, the Food As Medicine Online Learning Program consists of thirteen video/audio classes, providing a detailed review of nutrition, from a scientific and holistic perspective. In addition, the program offers a weekly Q&A that is recorded, instructional videos, student forum and assessment materials. To learn more about the program please click on this link for more information. … [Read more...]

Free preview of Inside Ayurveda

Free preview of Inside Ayurveda

Here is a free preview of Lesson One from the Inside Ayurveda Program. Registration for Inside Ayurveda is now open, for classes that begin March 4, 2015. The Inside Ayurveda program consists of twenty video/audio classes that provide for a detailed review of the theory and practice of Ayurveda, in addition to the 612 page Course Notes. As well, the program offers a weekly Q&A that is recorded, student forum and assessment materials. To learn more about the program please click on this link for more information. … [Read more...]

Let them eat salt!

Let them eat salt!

If you have been keeping abreast of the news lately, you might have come across a news story that highlighted a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), which found that salt consumption wasn’t associated with an increase in systolic blood pressure in either men or women, after controlling for factors like age (1). Given that health authorities have been saying for years that salt increases the risk of hypertension, these recent findings are another wrench in works for low-salt proponents. This is not to say that very high salt consumption is safe. There is good evidence that reducing salt intake from 9-12 g per day, in large part from eating junk food and prepackaged foods, to less than 7 g per day, does promote a significant fall in systolic blood pressure (2). The problem is getting a handle on what exactly this means, particularly when these same changes seem to have no effect on lipid levels, and the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is at b … [Read more...]