It wasn't long ago that herbs — the leaves, roots, berries and bark of plants — supplied the medicines of the world, gathered throughout history, usually by women, to treat just about anything you can name.
For people who have complex, life-threatening problems, it isn't always possible to manage their pain without powerful narcotics, which adversely affect their presence of mind and quality of life and may accelerate disease.
Americans spend a fortune on skin care and health and beauty products. Many of these countless potions and lotions are aimed at women, though men use them, too. We've all seen the commercials claiming that ongoing application of a particular product will slow aging and wrinkle development, or even make them disappear before our eyes.
We hear a lot about studies, theories and celebrities espousing the best diet for us. Thousands of books and opinions tell us what foods are best, how much we should eat and how to lose weight faster — with less sacrifice — than anyone else.
I recently held a Skype consultation from my office in Ashland with a deaf client in Florida who has breast cancer. It was fascinating to use video technology while her husband sat next to her signing what I said.
The National Cancer Institute defines neoadjuvant therapy as treatment given as a first step to shrink a tumor before the main treatment, often surgery. Examples of neoadjuvant therapy, according to NCI, are chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.
Despite a growing consensus that cardiovascular disease is a "food-borne" illness, many physicians are ill-prepared to advise patients on what they should eat to best protect them from heart attack or stroke.
Natural-foods chef and nutrition counselor Roanne Lewis confesses that she loves to eat. And who doesn't?
One of the more complex things about working with people who have challenging, chronic health conditions is putting together a cohesive plan they can execute and integrate into daily life.
Consumers have learned to recognize and avoid a host of processed-food foes: monosodium glutamate, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, myriad preservatives and a variety of "artificial" ingredients.
Remember hoodia, a South African desert plant with appetite-suppressing qualities? Or how about Olestra, the fat substitute that was supposed to give us a leg up for weight loss? Those products are now in the trash heap of weight-loss silver bullets.
I got the bug for foraging wild foods and mushrooms when I was in my mid-20s. At first, I went on some organized forays with a teacher and naturalist, "The Wildman" Steve Brill. He led groups through New York City parks. I continued seeking out wild foods and medicinal herbs, in part to enjoy nature and solitude and to spend time hiking with friends.
Americans waste a staggering amount of food. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans generate nearly 30 million tons of food waste each year, roughly 12 percent of our total waste stream. Approximately 30 percent of food available for consumption is squandered.
A craving for salty foods isn't necessarily unwholesome. Such a compulsion could be the body's dietary plea in times of stress.
Care for a family member with breast cancer compelled Kim Neto-Phillips to prepare raw, organic fruit and vegetable juices in weekly batches for more than a year.
I'm a fortunate 43-year-old to have a pair of grandparents still alive. My mom's folks are over 90 and just had their 70th anniversary. They've been through a lot.
Green tea is one of many medicinal plants we've prepared as infusions — herbs steeped in water — and imbibed over the millennia.
In Sharon Johnson's mind, eating to improve mental function is a no-brainer.
Heart disease used to be considered a man's problem, but women have closed the gender gap.
The fruits of honeybees' labors add to a wholesome human diet and augment our natural pharmacopeia.
Want to improve your fitness? Here are two simple suggestions that can produce remarkable results.
Dietary change is an age-old technique for purifying the body. Add nutritional supplements, elimination methods and mental imagery, and you have a powerful combination for detoxification.
Good nutrition is getting a close look by eye doctors, and with good reason. It may lead to better vision and it's something people can control.
Nutritionists routinely advise people to "eat from the rainbow," meaning they should consume a range of colorful, richly pigmented foods.
"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea," wrote Bernard-Paul Heroux (www.quotegarden.com/tea.html).
The holidays invite excessive eating. But once the turkey, ham and all the trimmings are consumed, many are stricken with a distinct discomfort in their bellies or chest, a feeling probably caused by acid reflux.
Holiday feasts should be harvest celebrations grounded in the bounty of late-fall and early-winter produce. But too often they revolve around fats, sugars and processed starches.
Arecent study suggesting that reducing sodium in your diet can lead to a slight increase in cholesterollevels has come under fire by local cardiologists who continue to plead with patients to leave the salt shaker in the cupboard.
The greatest myth about calories and losing weight is this: The less you eat, the more you lose. The human body is not so simple. It's built for the complicated work of survival. It kills foreign invaders, digests all kinds of things that we throw into it. It tries to make sure that we have the energy we need and much, much more.
You can beat belly fat on a full stomach — as long as you choose the right foods. Making simple substitutions, such as the greens you use in your salads and the snacks you munch in mid-afternoon, can help blast away excess chub. Here are some simple swaps for a flat belly and strategies for cutting calories while keeping hunger at bay.