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Archive for April 2017

On The Run Meals Adding Health to Every Meal

 

 

Look out for the body now and when age hits, the body will take care of itself; it is a saying that is always heard but the meaning has always been taken lightly. With genetically modified foods, soils deprived of minerals and the ever reducing fertility, the food grown on farms is constantly reducing in quality. Overtime, cooking methods have made it increasingly difficult to get a decent meal on a plate in any other place but at home. On-the-Run (OTR) meals, is a company that seeks to bring the customer the convenience of pre-cooked meals, with the care of a home cooked meal.

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Yin and Young

Yin and Young

Balance. Yin and yang. These are the basic principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that has been around and still in practice for thousands of years. It is believed that this balance is directly correlated to a person’s state of health and wellbeing. Thus achieving it depends on the individual’s own needs. Unlike Western medicine that approaches treatments for various ailments singularly, the Chinese believe that ailments are brought by different causes and each person responds to treatments differently, and therefore these must be addressed by individualized treatments and therapies according to their needs. Acupuncture has the same concept of harmony that our body is connected by meridians or paths where energy, or qi, flows, and an imbalance in energy can lead to disease (Lee and Lio, p. 111). So you may ask, can acupuncture treat acne? Is there science in acupuncture or is it only brought by tradition?

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Alzheimer’s: Prevent Memory Loss, Dementia with Naturopathic Medicine

According to a recent 60 Minutes (CBS) story, 2 of every 5 U.S. seniors that reach 85 years of age will develop Alzheimer’s Disease. I was left with the impression from the program that developing Alzheimer’s and dementia is merely random. Is that true or is Alzheimer’s and dementia, potentially preventable? As a naturopathic doctor, I believe, it is.

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Himalayan Ethnobotanical Cosmetic Pearls

Himalayan Ethnobotanical Cosmetic Pearls

In the Himalayan region of Kashmir, Pakistan, tribal women have been using medicinal plants for cosmetic purposes for generations upon generations. An article which came across my desk this week has compiled information from 310 women in 16 different villages regarding which plants are commonly used, and for which purposes.1 A total of 39 different plants are utilized, and many of them are fairly ubiquitous the world over, such as garlic and onion. Others are more specific to the Himalayan region. Within the article is a great chart from which I will reproduce a handful of these traditional Himalayan beauty techniques.

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Brain Health, Oxidative Stress & Vitamin E

Brain Health, Oxidative Stress & Vitamin E

The brain acts as a control center that regulates the human body’s biological events such as respiration and metabolism processes. When compared to other organs, the brain requires higher amount of oxygen to meet metabolic demands1 but it possesses lower antioxidant capacity. Since the brain contains a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), it is very susceptible to free radical-mediated oxidative stress that affects brain health negatively.2 Therefore, lipid soluble antioxidants such as vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols) are crucial to minimize oxidative stress

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