Category Archives: Tips from the Traditional Cook

My Favorite Edible Weeds: A Lesson in Nutrient Dense Wild Foods

Are you one of those eccentric people who’ve earned the title of “health nut” or some other such name that puts you outside of the mainstream? If you are, your eating choices probably include whole grains, grass-fed beef, and pastured eggs. And if you’re a true health nut, I guarantee that at some point in […]

GRIEF: There’s Sunlight After the Storm (Healing Remedies for Sadness)

We often regard conversations that deal with sorrow, sadness, or grief as negative and unpleasant. However, we all experience grief at one time or another. And although it’s no bowl of cherries, it’s nevertheless a normal part of an emotionally healthy life. Yes, understanding and processing this emotion properly is vital to an overall happy, […]

Learn How Healing Tonics Can Energize, Tonify, and Boost Your Immunity

Have you ever stood in front of your fridge only to realize you’re not even hungry and have no interest in cooking? Do you find yourself eagerly searching the shelves but nothing piques your interest? If you’re anything like me, a dismal mental slump may accompany this moment of the blahs! Even the health-minded among […]

Instead of Opioids: The Best Life-Coping Herbs to the Rescue!

After watching a particular broadcast regarding our current opioid epidemic, it occurred to me that holistic practitioners need to step up and recognize the incredible amount of chemical substances people are taking as if they had no side effects. I simply have to ask what we can do to help. The sad part of this […]

Reflexology: Why You Should Pay Attention to Your Feet

This may come as a surprise, but your feet hold a vast and wonderful network of pathways that help keep you feeling at your optimum. The practice of reflexology, which is the gentle manipulation of certain parts of the foot, has led to many cases of healing when nothing else works. If you want to […]

Dying to Be Beautiful: Yes, Your Cosmetics Might Kill You!

A shocking statistic: In his book Dying to Be Beautiful, Peter Lamas cites a statistic from the National Cancer Institute estimating that 20 percent of cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among women may be associated with commercial hair dye products. This is the same type of cancer that claimed the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who, […]

Learning to Cook Nutritious Foods: Simple, Yet Seemingly Overwhelming

In recent months I’ve had the privilege of spending three to four hours every Tuesday morning with a very bright, helpful lady. It seems that at times providence is just plain serendipitous! This was certainly the case one Sunday after church when a member of our small parish politely asked if she might come visit […]

Healthy, Gluten-Free Grains, Seeds, and Grasses (And No, Almond Flour Isn’t One of Them!)

In July of 2014 I wrote an article titled “To Gluten or Not to Gluten,” which was published in the Summer 2014 issue of Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. To say that it received a huge response, both positive and negative, is an […]

Bitters! A Super Gut Remedy: A Bitter Herbs Primer

In our far distant past, probiotics, prebiotics, fiber from heritage grains, pesticide-free homegrown vegetables and fruits, and yes, bitter herbs, were all just a normal part of our daily diet. I honestly doubt that our ancestors understood the excellence of the foods they ate! It’s just the ways things were. And then… Then came the […]

Baby Shower: The Best Gifts for This Very Special Occasion

A new life! What a special gift! In just a few weeks, I will be become a great aunt. The excitement is exceptionally wonderful as there’s not been a new baby in our family for some years. When this latest addition was announced a few months back, I was in a real quandary about what […]

Yikes! Plaque in My Arteries: Keeping the Arteries in Tip-Top Shape

Are you ever surprised by some of the choices your closest family members or friends make in the attempt to avoid supposedly artery-clogging cholesterol? In recent conversations with friends who know I’m a retired nutritionist with access to natural, effective techniques to staying healthy—and, of course, a broad-based knowledge of foods and supplements that can […]

Does Chiropractic Really Work? Don’t Knock It Till You Try It!

During a recent encounter with a very sick lady who’d tried everything to resolve some serious health issues, I gently suggested that she see a chiropractor and even recommended one in particular, Dr. Lowell Keppel, because I knew he was in her area. I explained that Dr. Keppel, as a Standard Process mentor, teaches his […]

Recipe Copyright Law: A Simple Guide to Keep You Legal

The popularity of natural remedies featured in food blogs, ebooks, and other online endeavors has taken the world by storm! Before the internet, we simply subscribed to our favorite food and herbal magazines. And with the help of our well-worn library cards, we stockpiled the latest and greatest cookbooks from our favorite recipe authors. I’m […]

The Longevity Secret, Part II: Nourishing Anti-Aging Techniques

In “The Longevity Secret, Part I,” I took the time to address what noted doctor and scientist Hans Selye discovered was the number one deterrent to living a longer, more successful, and stress-free life. That being the case, I would like to suggest that you go back and read the first part before continuing on […]

The Longevity Secret, Part I: Will You Age Fast or Slow? Your Choice!

Attention readers: This is the first part of a two-part blog post. Sign up here to receive the Selene River Press newsletter so you don’t miss the second part of “The Longevity Secret,” which includes nourishing anti-aging techniques. Have you perchance noticed that anti-aging products and services are one of the fastest growing markets, not […]

Building Your Own Health Portfolio: Is Money Really the Best Investment?

I recently recalled an event from the long distant past, when I was waiting for a good friend to pick me up for some fun. Not having the time to start any particular worthy project, I turned on the TV. I should mention that my television time, both then and now, is very limited. Other […]

Inflammatory Foods: How to Replace These Pain-Producing Poisons

In talking with others, I’ve frequently find that when we experience pain of almost any kind, we often look for pain relief that works within minutes. Convenience and speed seem to be the priority. And too often, our first choice is one of the more devastating over-the-counter drugs. You may have guessed that I’m referring […]

End of Year Review: Wanna Have a Much Better Next Year?

I’m one of those people who thinks it’s wise to take stock, with brutal honesty, of myself and my life at year’s end. Yes, I retreat to a quiet place where I can concentrate and take a serious look into my life. I reflect on my spending habits, on the time I wasted, on the […]

Forgetfulness: Are You Afraid You’re Losing It?

The subject of becoming forgetful as we age isn’t new. It’s a secret worry we all feel as we search for lost keys or forget what we went to the kitchen for. The fear of ending up with lost memories in a nursing home is enough to send anyone into a mental meltdown!  Sadly, we’re […]

How About Some Spiritual Nourishment? My Thoughts on Prayer

In a recent blog post, I interviewed David Thomson, a medical hypnotherapist. After I completed the interview and wrote up my findings, it was suggested to me that I should also consider doing an article on prayer. Well, dear readers, although I don’t consider myself an expert on this complex subject, I can nevertheless say […]