Author Archives: Maria Atwood, CNHP

Fish Broth and Your Thyroid!

Fish Broth

It’s often the case that once you watch a movie or read a book the second time around, you notice new things that you simply didn’t catch the first time around! It’s a crazy phenomenon, but that’s just what happened to me recently when I reread Nourishing Broth by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. […]

Render Your Own Nutrient Dense Beef Tallow

Beef Tallow

I’d venture to say that fats, good and bad, have been one of the most talked about, written about, and discussed subjects in the last few years. Many people are still absolutely sure that saturated fat causes heart disease, cancer, and numerous other damaging problems related to plaque. From the studies of Dr. Royal Lee […]

The Eye-Brain Connection

Eye parts

I’ve needed to wear glasses since my very early childhood, but I’ve never done anything for my eyes except obediently get my yearly exam and leave with a stronger prescription than the one before. That habit abruptly stopped last year when I was visited with a serious inflammation in my left eye. The sudden redness […]

Cuppa Medicinal Tea: Growing a Medicinal Herb Garden!

Medicinal herb garden

Herbal remedies are possibly the most sought-after natural alternatives to harmful drugs and antibiotics. And guess what? They work. Yes, herbs really do help us heal and maintain our well-being. If you’re interested in growing a medicinal herb garden, this article is for you. Even if you don’t garden, you can still get the benefits […]

The YUCK Factor: I Will Not Eat Organ Meats!

Organ meats

Are you like the many people who have the “Yuck Factor” when it comes to eating organ meats? Is your reaction, “Oh no—don’t even show me that stuff! I will not eat it or even look at it! Yuck!” Yes, organ meats, also called offal, are foreign to many of us, but learning to love […]

The Warming Power of RNA

RNA warmth

If you have a consistently low body temperature below 98.6°, you may need the warming miracle of RNA (ribonucleic acid). Many of us aren’t aware that paying attention to our body temperature is one of the most important things we can do to help resolve numerous health issues. A person with a consistent low body […]

Precious, Ancient Liquid: A Primer on Essential Oil

Essential oils

My fascination with essential oils began many years ago, when I was making a meal that included lots of jalapeño peppers. Absentminded as to the power of essential oils, I proceeded to cut and scrape out the seeds with my bare hands! Within a few minutes, they were literally on fire with a type of […]

Coconut Oil for Dental Health and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Teeth X-Ray

A recent journey into the book Stop Alzheimer’s Now, by Dr. Bruce Fife, ND, led me to start telling everyone, everywhere: please read this book! There’s almost too much wonderful information to describe, so I won’t even try except to recommend that you read it and take it to heart. But for now, I want […]

Chronic and End Stage Illness: How You Can Help

End Stage

Do you have a chronically or terminally ill person in your life who you’d like to help but simply don’t know how? Do you ever wonder what you can do to make that person feel better or encourage him or her to hang in there? Years ago, after starting my small nutritional practice, I hoped […]

Super Raw Tips for Flavorful Ferments


I am deeply interested not only in your health individually but in the efficiency and welfare of your families. It is particularly important in these times of industrial and financial stress that children shall not suffer defects, which may mark and handicap them for their entire life. —Dr. Weston A. Price So wrote the author […]

Consistency: The Link to Profound Success in Any Field

We don’t need to be creative at a master level to gain benefits; we need only lose ourselves in the passionate involvement of whatever it may be that entrances us. Whenever we do something we love, the energy we tap into is more powerful than science’s arsenal of drugs. —Anatomy of an Illness, Norman Cousins […]

Let’s Take a Closer Look at Calcium

Few supplements are taken as often—and used as improperly—as calcium. Dishonest peddlers have made millions of dollars by hyping this precious mineral. They give false hope to those who suffer from calcium deficiency, which creates a real dilemma for many holistic practitioners. In this short educational presentation, I’ll explain why. I have to admit that […]

In Memory of Jerry Brunetti—1950–2014

Jerry Brunetti is known to many of us that are members of the Weston A. Price Foundation; he was also an honorary board member of the foundation. He was a highly demanded lecturer and speaker, both nationally and internationally, on topics that included soil fertility, animal nutrition, and livestock health. He passionately proclaimed to his […]

Gifts with Real Benefits

The first Christmas after my mom passed away, I went through her boxes and found lovely crochet handiwork that I loved and cherished dearly. I carefully pulled out one of the more beautiful pieces and packaged it to give to a member of the family, who sent me a thank you note in return. However, […]

Relaxation: The Cure-All Vitamin

Some years back I saw a survey of several thousand people who were asked what they considered their greatest blessing. The majority indicated “A good night’s sleep!”   I don’t disagree. Thinking back to when I was privileged to meet Sally Fallon Morell for the first time, my most poignant memory is proudly holding onto […]

Senior Nutrition: Can We Truly Have Wellness as We Age?

I recently received a letter from a lifelong friend, and it was so poignant that I thought to share parts of it with my readers. As she related her current conditions to me, I could identify with her to some degree, but fortunately not to the full extent. For the purposes of this blog post, […]

The Real Thanksgiving Story…and Some Great Nourishing Traditions Recipes

Among the many things I’ve read over time that left a big impact on me, there’s one I’ve been saving to share with my readers. It’s about one of our most loved American traditions: Thanksgiving.  A big thanks to Richard J. Marbury for bringing us up to date on what the first Thanksgiving was really […]

Holistic Practitioners: Teachers, Movers, and Shakers

A career in holistic health—could it be in your future? Having just returned from the super charged Standard Process seminar Back To School for Doctors 2014, I simply had to blog on the experience. With the mind-boggling advances being made in the holistic health field, Mark Anderson spoke about things that one could only dream […]