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...]

Food As Medicine launched!

Food As Medicine launched!

Since Food As Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food was published in 2011, we have received countless requests for it to be turned into a distance learning course. We appreciate that you can learn only so much from the written word, and with this in mind, have developed the Food As Medicine Online Learning Program that will bring to light the principles and practices of using food as medicine. The course itself is divided into twelve, highly detailed recorded webinars, and includes a copy Food As Medicine (2014 edition), on-demand instructional videos, an online forum, assessment materials, and every week while the semesters are running, participation in a 90 minute Q&A webinar with Todd Caldecott for an entire year. If you register for the Food As Medicine Online Learning Program before September 15 the cost is $445, but then increases to its regular price of $495 (including shipping). The new semester for the Food As Medicine Online Learning Program begins October 2. Make … [Read more...]

My take on E3 Live during pregnancy

My take on E3 Live during pregnancy

Several months ago a patient in her first trimester of pregnancy asked me about a new product called E3Live® BrainON®, and was wondering if this product was safe her to take. Many of her friends were taking it, and she was wondering about a convincing testimonial from an Evita Ramparte on the E3Live® website. I went through my entire pregnancy drinking E3Live® Enhanced with BrainON, which kept my mind alert, awake and positive. I gave birth to [a] very healthy baby boy. I am breastfeeding, and I believe it is thanks to E3Live® that I have plenty of milk and no post-partum depression. We're in good spirits and good health. Besides, I have already lost all the weight I gained in pregnancy! As a wellness journalist, I am often asked whether E3 is safe for pregnant and nursing moms. On the bottle, it's written: 'Consult your physician.' Unfortunately, few physicians know about this beautiful gift of Nature. Naturally, they are afraid to recommend something they have not stud … [Read more...]

Dealing with cold and flu season

Dealing with cold and flu season

(pictured above Ligusticum canbyi)  Well, it's that time of year, and people are dropping like flies. Why is it that almost everyone succumbs to sickness during that fall, and how can we prevent it? From the perspective of medical science, a cold or flu is caused by one of over 200 different viruses, most commonly one of the rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, influenza viruses or the adenoviruses. Typical symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and fever, and while most people get better in about seven to ten days, some symptoms can last up to three weeks or longer. While the science isn't clear, it is generally thought that susceptibility to viral infection occurs during this time due to factors such as decreased humidity, which increases viral transmission rates by allowing tiny viral droplets to disperse farther and stay in the air longer, as well as the fact that most of use spend more time indoors, which enhances viral transmission. But apart from that, medical … [Read more...]