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...]

The FODMAPS diet

The FODMAPS diet

Over the past couple years I have heard practitioners and patients refer to the FODMAP diet as a way to resolve chronic gut issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In a nut shell, the FODMAP diet refers to the reduction or elimination of foods that contain various long-chain sugars found in foods such as cereals, pulses, root vegetables, and fruits (see this list). Specifically, the term FODMAP is an acronym devised by researchers at Monash University in Australia, referring to foods that contain "Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Disaccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols".  According to proponents of the FODMAP restriction diet, as well as similar diets such as the Specific Carbohydrate and GAPS diet, many of these sugars aren't properly digested. As a result, they are utilized instead by some of the bacteria that naturally inhabit our intestines, leading to their enhanced growth and fermentation, causing symptoms such as gas, bloating, colic, and diarrhea. Many people following a F … [Read more...]

DSBM website launched!

DSBM website launched!

Welcome to the official website of the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)! Founded last year (2012) by clinical herbalist Todd Caldecott, we are in the process of putting together a comprehensive clinical training program that will transform the way natural medicine is both taught and practiced in North America. With close to 20 years of clinical and educational experience in both North America and abroad, as well as several years serving on the Admissions Review and National Examination committees for the American Herbalists Guild, our founder Todd Caldecott understands well the needs and requirements of students and practitioners. These experiences led him to create the DSBM Mentorship Program, which will allow students with otherwise busy lives to flexibly pursue the highest level of natural health education, utilizing a combination of distance learning tools, webinars, personal consultation, learning adventures, and group intensives.  Utilizing this digitally-enhanced … [Read more...]