Category Archives: Guest Bloggers

5 Health-Boosting Spices You Should Stock in Your Pantry

In the battle to find a healthy balance between eating food that’s good for you and food that tastes great, you have a secret weapon: your spice rack. To avoid the temptation of foods loaded with sugars, salt, and/or fats, a well-stocked spice rack and kitchen pantry can give you a serious advantage. Why is […]

Are You a Vitalist or a Mechanist? Find Out Here!

Among the sweeping range of health and nutrition resources you’ll find at Selene Rive Press—including the hundreds of free articles the SRP Historical Archives—a common theme ties everything together. But this theme is not as simple as the broad, poorly defined concepts of “nutrition” or “health.” For example, ask any group of people how they […]

Food Allergies and Sensitivities: Homeopathy to the Rescue!

I don’t take it for granted that everyone has an understanding of homeopathy, so let’s start at the beginning. Homeopathy is the practice of compounding small doses of natural substances from plant, animal, or mineral sources into remedies. A fundamental tenet of homeopathy is the “Law of Similars,” meaning a substance that creates a particular […]

Turmeric Flatbread: A Delicious Way to Get Turmeric into Your Diet

Turmeric—especially its yellow pigment, curcumin—has become a popular supplement in recent years, and for good reason. Rarely does an herb exert its health benefits so broadly and effectively throughout the whole body. If you’re looking for general preventative and health maintenance strategies, or if you have specialized health concerns, I recommend it daily. The clinical […]

6 Healthy Eating Tips for Beginners

Where do I even begin? This is the first question that anyone starting their path to healthy eating must answer—including myself. Learning how to eat healthy can be intimidating when you’re just beginning. I grew up as one of eight children, which meant my parents were more focused on providing enough food rather than the […]

Honey Pear Health Bread

In 1971, my mother, Christie Whaley (then Phillips) was an artist just getting her feet underneath her a few years out of college: a new wife, newly arrived in New York City after a lifetime in the Southern states, newly initiated into hippie counter-culture and anti-war activism. As an artist, she was still experimenting with […]

The CSA and the Fickle Consumer- Part 1

Reprinted with permission from author, Rebecca Thistelthwaite, and LocalHarvest. I have written about community-supported agriculture (CSAs) before and so haveprevious writers at LocalHarvest. CSA farming is truly at the core of what LocalHarvest does connecting consumers with farmers in a mutual relationship of reciprocity. But times are changing. Consumers have an ever broadening expanse of options to locate […]

10 Self-Care Moves You Can Do at Your Desk

Many of us live busy, demanding lives. Sometimes we wonder if we can juggle it all and still keep our high standards without becoming a nervous wreck. It’s important to know how to step back from the grind and just reconnect with ourselves. Self-care isn’t just a luxury for beach vacations; it’s something we should […]

Progress, Not Perfection: Stay on Your Self-Health Path!

I’ve always been an all-or-nothing kind of person. When I do something, I go ALL in, full throttle. I’ll push myself as hard as I possibly can to finish what I’ve started. This has been a great quality in my life, and I’ve accomplished a lot of difficult goals because of it. However, there’s a problem: the “nothing” in […]

11 Tips for Getting Great Results with Herbs

Because of the amazing healing capacity of herbs, I’ve been able to regain my health after a serious battle with lupus and other autoimmune diseases. Knowing what I’ve been through, friends and family often come to me with their questions. What herb should my aunt take for her lupus? What herb can I take for […]

Whole Versus Parts: Why Whole Food Feeds Us

Originally published in Nutrition News and Views, Vol. 20, No. 2, March-April 2016, “Whole Versus Parts” will be featured in the third edition of Judith DeCava’s The Real Truth About Vitamins and Antioxidants, available from Selene River Press in 2019. Many supplement makers, food fortifiers, and scientists would like us to believe that our bodies […]

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: New Research on Why We Sleep

Matthew Walker’s important new book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams offers readers an in-depth discussion of why we spend a third of our lives in bed. In lively and personable language, he explains all of the latest research about sleep and dreams. Scientists at several top universities have discovered that […]

10 Killer Anti-Inflammatory Supplements to Beat Chronic Pain

If there’s one thing I see a great deal of in my chiropractic clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, its chronic pain. Whether it’s joint pain, the pain of arthritis or fibromyalgia, or low back pain, what they all have in common is inflammation.   What Is Inflammation?  Many people think of inflammation as a bad thing, but in truth it’s a natural response from the immune system that helps protect […]

Meal-Planning Myths That Block Your Way to Good Health

If you’re interested in health and wellness, there’s a good chance that you’ve been hearing more and more about the benefits of meal planning. Not only does meal planning help you reach your health and wellness goals, but it can also reduce how much you spend on food. That’s because one of the primary goals […]

Missing the Green Papaya Salad

The first time I ordered a green papaya salad I was out to lunch with some coworkers. It was a hot summer day and a salad sounded good. But when it arrived, I was mystified…where was the papaya? The waitress explained that the white thin strips were the papaya. Hmm. It wasn’t what I was […]

8 Ways to Start Taking Better Care of Yourself

These days, it feels as though we’re all in the midst of a self-care crisis. “Me time” almost always means looking after other people, focusing on workplace projects, or dealing with issues that aren’t related to our emotional, physical, and mental needs. In fact, we constantly tell ourselves that we don’t have enough time for […]

Antinutrients: Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Them

There seems to be a lot written about “antinutrients” in the diet-blogosphere these days, especially by those who have aligned themselves with ancestral or low carb diets. Usually antinutrients are discussed in terms of why they should be avoided. I mean, really, they’re called antinutrients, aren’t they? If nutrients are good, then it’s obvious that antinutrients […]

5 Energy-Boosting Alternatives to Coffee

Do you schedule your day around your access to coffee? Does your energy crash after your caffeine hit, making you desperate for an afternoon nap? Well, we have five healthy, energy-boosting alternatives that will keep you moving. But first let’s discuss why you might want to make changes to your coffee habit. How Much Is […]