Chicken Soup: A Bowl Full of Science

I just learned something that blew my mind! But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself…Show of hands: how many of you are familiar with the old wives’ tale about making your loved ones chicken soup when they get sick? Everyone’s hand is up, right? Well, what if I told you this isn’t just an old […]

Tuna: Source of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids or Cause of Mercury Poisoning?

Ever hear this: “I don’t eat tuna because of the risk of mercury poisoning”? Many clients enter our clinic with symptoms of mercury toxicity. They also show signs of essential fatty acid deficiency, especially of the omega-3s commonly found in tuna and other saltwater fish. So what’s a person to do? Let’s clear the air […]

Stuffed Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Pear, and Rosemary

Winter squash are in abundance right now, and with the multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors, the possibilities to add them to our weekly meal rotations are endless. Two of my personal favorites are delicata and sweet dumpling, each similar in taste and texture. Besides their flesh being sweet and creamy, they are also […]

Top 5 Food Survival Tips for Staying on Your Diet During the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is almost here—and so is the first wave of invitations to holiday parties and gatherings with friends and family. It can be a rough time for those of us who want to stay away from certain foods or who favor a certain type of food preparation. Unless you’re planning to host all of these […]

Doggie Diapers? No! Vasculin? Yes!

Abby enjoying the snow. by Samantha Prust with Tracie Hoffman, Vet Tech. My husband Dave and I rescued a 13-year-old shepherd mix named Abby. She is, of course, the sweetest, cutest, best dog in the universe. She is a member of our family, and we’re lucky to have found her. Unfortunately, older dogs don’t have […]

Sunchoke Gratin Dauphinois

Cool crisp days and chilly nights evoke a yearning for rib-sticking comfort foods. Few things are more satisfying than a succulent, rich dish of layered potatoes, cream, and cheese. This week, I was fortunate enough to get a hold of some freshly dug sunchokes, so I thought I would prepare a unique twist on a […]

Make Exercise a Priority, Even When You’re Traveling for the Holidays

The holidays are a busy time of year when our regular exercise routine can easily go by the wayside. How do you make sure your physical activity level doesn’t plummet during the season, even when you’re traveling? Our holiday travel always involves a visit with family, which means I can’t take advantage of a hotel […]

High-Level Nutrition: An Introduction to Catalyn

Released in 1929, Catalyn was the first multivitamin formula ever made. This article will explain the history and philosophy behind this simple, yet powerful, product. Catalyn contains every nutrient the body needs to function. When it was introduced, researchers had not yet discovered most of the vitamins and minerals we’re familiar with today. Whenever a […]

Spicy Asian Beef and Bell Peppers with Fresh Herbs

As the hours of daylight really start waning, I often find myself compelled to eat dinner much earlier than usual. I jokingly call it “senior-citizen time.” However, though home-life tends to slow right down each autumn, all other daily activities keep at a relatively steady pace. Essentially, this means that there is actually less time […]

What Have You Done for Your Lymph Lately?

 When was the last time you paid attention to your lymphatic system? If you’re in the same boat I was in about two years ago, you probably answered, “Um, what exactly is my lymphatic system?” It’s not that I woke up one morning and said, “Hey, today I think I’ll do something nice for my lymphatic system.” […]

Honey as Cough Suppressant

Specialists at the American College of Chest Physicians report that cough syrups don’t work. If anything, these products may have a negative impact on your health. Popular cough syrups include expectorants to increase mucus flow and decongestants to decrease mucus flow. They also include dextromethorphan (DM) to suppress a cough by shutting down the reflex […]

Whole-Grain Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

I seriously debated presenting any pumpkin recipes in this blog. After all, the ubiquitous vegetable is certainly not lacking in publicity these days; it’s whirled into spiced lattes, nestled in ravioli, whipped into silken soups. I hesitated jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon, concerned that adding yet another pumpkin recipe to the vast collection may only […]

How to Handle the Horrors of Halloween Candy

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday. I don’t enjoy being scared, and I definitely don’t enjoy the movies and stories of the season. Growing up on the farm, we never went to town to trick-or-treat—we hopped in the car and drove around to our neighbors’ houses instead. I was always so envious of my […]

Think Beyond the Bowl

Pet foods don’t give your animals all the nutrition they need! How do I know this? As a veterinary technician, I meet with hundreds of experienced veterinarians in Colorado and throughout the country. Most of them tell me they’re encountering more cases of allergies, GI problems, and cancer today than they did 20 years ago. […]

QuickStart Your Nutrition Practice, Part III: Patient Education, Communications & Staff Training

One may think that running a business in the world of personal health is very cut and dried, and it would be if you were the only one in the market offering your particular services to patients. However, there is this issue called “competition,” which means you are not competing against one other health practice […]

Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad with Pecans and Parmesan

If I had to name one vegetable that sends most folks running, it would be Brussels sprouts. Unfortunately, what creates this stigma is incessant overcooking that releases sulfuric compounds. It’s really too bad because Brussels sprouts are quite delicious and extremely good for you. They are also coming in to their peak season right now. […]

Sleep: 40 Winks of Good Health

It’s been several years since I’ve had the daily, glazed-over look of a sleep-deprived new parent. But I can still recognize—and sympathize—with other new moms and dads from a mile away. You see them now and then out in the world. In the grocery store, they may ask where the bananas are, even if they’re […]

Autoimmune Reactions: Part of Every Chronic Condition You Treat

When he first heard of this odd new concept of autoimmune reactions in the body, the father of modern immunology, Nobel Laureate Paul Ehrlich, was so aghast that he dismissed the theory out of hand, calling it Horror Autotoxicus. Almost a half century would pass before Dr. Royal Lee and colleagues discovered the phenomenon anew […]

What do you mean I have a leaky gut?!

Intestinal hyperpermeability, otherwise known as leaky gut syndrome, is a very real problem that health practitioners are discovering in their patients who are suffering thanks to years of bad dietary choices. If you are a practitioner who has patients with leaky gut syndrome or metabolic syndrome or you’re trying to get a better understanding of […]

Superior Nutrition: Portuguese-Style Marinated Sardines

I was lucky enough to get my hands on some freshly caught sardines this week—and they caught me quite off guard. I’d never dealt with the whole fish before. Come to think of it, I’d never done anything but pluck them from a can. But when a client requested fresh sardines, I finally realized what […]