Your Brain Wants You to Brush Your Teeth
with Your Nondominant Hand

Most of us perform nearly all of our daily tasks with one particular hand, whether it’s eating, turning a doorknob, or brushing our teeth. This is called hand dominance, and it’s established when we’re quite young. As toddlers (2½–3 years old), we start showing a preference for what will become our dominant hand. By focusing […]

Angry and Frustrated at WuFlu Confusion

Man leaning hands against wall

Many of us are angry and frustrated at the uncertainty, fear, and vulnerability we feel—not just from having a new virus introduced into our environment but from the sense that we are being “handled.” That we might be mistaken as weak and willing to give up our self-governance, our autonomy, and authority over our health […]

Traditional Finnish Cardamom Bread:
Breads of the World #6

It’s been ages since I’ve even thought of making Christmas breads. But now, with our world turned upside down, many of us have been making our own bread—so I thought, why not? These aromatic and spicy loaves are simple to make. Although it’s a yeast dough, the process is still uncomplicated, and your dough hook […]

The One Yoga Pose I Do Every Night

Confession time. I’m not much of a yogi. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve participated in a few yoga classes and felt great afterwards. I just haven’t made it a priority in my life. I’m more inclined to head outside for a walk or throw some punches at our kickboxing bag. However, there is one yoga pose […]

Your Spine, Your Emotions:
Why Emotions Have Everything to Do with Your Spine

It is unfortunate that the average person knows very little about the intricate makeup of the spinal column and the vertebra. But if you incur a spinal injury, it can impact your health in many ways. Paralysis, numbness, and severe pain are just the tip of iceberg. Oh, and you can even die or be […]

Can Music Improve Mental Health?

Music has been known to have positive psychological effects. At German Neuroscience Center in Dubai, a leading neurology center, we make sure to implement different techniques and strategies that help our patients cope with mental health illnesses. A 2016 study found that music can boost your mood and well-being even as it reduces stress levels. […]

Adaptability—The Key to Optimal Health

Let’s not sugarcoat things here, folks. The last three-plus months have put many of us on edge. The lockdown. Unemployment. Living in fear of a dry cough, fever, or shortness of breath. While little pieces of our routines are coming back into play, COVID-19 has changed the way we function on a daily basis. With […]

Chicken and Broccoli Divan from Leftovers

When it comes to leftovers, it often seems that the husbands rather than the children don’t want to eat yesterday’s meal. (But as I’m fond of saying, this is the meat and potatoes of another post.) My dear readers, perhaps you’re old enough to remember that ladies’ luncheons in the 1960s always served chicken divan. […]

The Right and Wrong Food for Your Dog and Cat

I’m a firm believer in offering fresh foods to our pets, yet a number of things we humans eat can be harmful, toxic, or even deadly to our dogs and cats. Unfortunately, the modern American diet is full of unhealthy, processed, and refined foods. And it only makes sense that what is unhealthy for us […]

Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoid Hassles:
How to Naturally End the Annoyance

As a semiretired health practitioner, I was recently able to give one of my close friends the name of a symptom-relieving supplement that could ease the discomfort of her annoying varicose veins—a condition that started after the birth of her third child and got worse with each consecutive pregnancy. (While my friend was grateful for […]

Lifelong Learners Live Better

When something comes up in my world, I rarely think, Okay, so this is happening now. Let’s see what happens next. Nope, I want to know more. I want to have an idea of what to expect and try to outsmart it, if only a little bit. Of course, many things in life cannot be […]

Aftermath of the Pandemic:
Lessons Learned & Going Forward

By the time this article goes public, some positive changes will have been made for getting our nation back to normal—or, at the very least, a semblance of normality. It is now late May, and the warm spring weather is more than welcome after the harsh reality of everything that transpired over the cold winter […]

Chicken Cacciatore:
One Dish, No Fuss Cooking, Huntress-Style

Ask Chef Phyllis My family loves a good chicken dish. They demand chicken breasts, although my mother always bought whole chicken and used every part. I usually make chicken breasts in the slow cooker, and though it’s good, the breasts get too dry and lack flavor after six hours in the pot. I have a […]

How Do You Know If You Have Good Digestion?

“How’s your digestion?” Without fail, this is a question I get asked whenever I see a healthcare provider who takes a more holistic approach to things. My automatic response is always, “It’s good.” And then we move on. However, because I also work at a traditional Chinese medicine clinic, I hear this question asked of […]

You Are Using Nutritional Healing—Even If You Don’t Know It!

The hardest thing about being an alternative healthcare provider isn’t that the natural methods in use for thousands of years have been replaced by drugs and surgery—although that is definitely a bitter pill to swallow (pun intended). No, the hardest part is when people tell us with complete sincerity and certainty, “I don’t believe in […]

Reflections on Baking:
How to Make a Dessert Out of Nothing at All

Here’s a novel idea: a sumptuous dessert from your already depleted pantry. And it’s easier than you ever imagined. Did your mom ever make fruit cobblers? Or perhaps a baked apple with cinnamon and raisins in the middle? Nothing is easier than a baked apple, and in my opinion, nothing appeals to the senses quite […]

Revisiting Our Definition of Nutrition

Every once in a while, I like to browse through the SRP Historical Archives looking for a random article to read. It’s inevitable that I’ll find some little gem of information that makes me go, “Now that’s interesting!” And that’s exactly what happened the other day. These articles date back more than 80 years, but […]

Conscious Autosuggestion:
How to Reset Your Negative Thought Patterns

For those of you already acquainted with the idea of “autosuggestion,” this blog post may be old news. On the other hand, it may be a good opportunity to pass this on to someone who is sick, unsuccessful, and/or depressed. If you’re not familiar with autosuggestion but still identify with these negative emotions, I invite […]