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Grow Your Own Healing Garden – Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen August 2012

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Grow Your Own Healing Garden – Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen August 2012

The next time you go to a pharmacy, take a look at the shelves behind the counter. They’re packed with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of drugs, all designed to cure what ails us. The key word here is cure, meaning fixing something that is wrong. However, we are slowly relearning what ancient medicine has taught for ages: The best solution to a health problem is to prevent it in the first place. And if we do develop a health condition that isn't immediately life threatening, our first approach should be the gentlest one. Many conditions can be prevented or remedied with lifestyle adjustments, and diet tops the list. By now, we should all know that eating healthy—reducing fat, salt, and alcohol, increasing fruits and vegetables—can have a profound impact on our health. But there are other dietary resources that can stave off disease and improve overall health. Specifically, common medicinal herbs and other botanicals can complement or even replace the pharmaceuticals in our medicine cabinet. As an integrative physician, I rely on herbs and botanicals to help promote optimal health. Medicinal herbs have evolved to provide a variety of beneficial natural compounds, such as antioxidants and phytonutrients, which support good health in numerous complex ways. But these are simple, easy-to-find natural remedies, many of which flourish right in our own backyards. This is, of course, the best natural pharmacy: a garden full of vital, living remedies rich in healing properties. In fact, many traditional herbalists insist that our best medicine can be found growing closest to us, fresh and in season.

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Natural Remedies for Prescription Ailments – MSN Healthy Living October 2012

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Natural Remedies for Prescription Ailments – MSN Healthy Living October 2012

Doctors are handing out more pharmaceutical drug prescriptions than ever, a practice that has prompted new drug-issuing guidelines and a call for more conservative prescribing. The new guidelines, published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, call for physicians to think beyond drugs, treat underlying causes, and focus on prevention instead of reaching for the prescription pad right away. In addition, the recommendations ask doctors to only prescribe one new drug at a time, to monitor the patient closely for harmful side effects and to be generally skeptical of new drugs. "Avoid seduction by elegant molecular pharmacology; beware of selective drug trial reporting," the guidelines warn. In other words, be an old-school doc. We're not saying all pharmaceutical drugs are bad. In fact, many are lifesavers. But doctors could also ease many patient ailments by suggesting natural remedies that have been used for centuries with fewer side effects.

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Are Fat and Cholesterol Bad for Breast Health?

Posted on May 15, 2011 | 1 comment

Are Fat and Cholesterol Bad for Breast Health?

By now, many of us know that maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial to our overall health. In America especially, poor diet and obesity are the number one enemy to public health, with innumerable studies linking a western diet to an increased risk for many serious health issues.

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Live a Heart Healthy Life

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 | Comments Off on Live a Heart Healthy Life

Live a Heart Healthy Life

According to the CDC, a coronary event occurs in the United States every 25 seconds. This sobering statistic is indicative of the unhealthy state of American hearts, both for men and women. Becoming aware of what you can do to maintain and promote a healthy cardiovascular system is the first step to proactively caring for your heart health.

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