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Yoga for Your Eyes

The idea that certain eye movement patterns can correct vision abnormalities, such as near- or farsightedness, has been around since the 1920s—and while there’s no scientific evidence to support those claims of correction, exercising the eyes does have other health benefits. The eyes are supported by bands of muscles called

Digital Devices & the Health of Your Eyes

We’re in a new age of convenience and connectivity—and with it comes new health concerns. Our eyes are in front of digital screens more than ever for both work and play, from smart devices and computer monitors to televisions and movie screens. People of all ages are complaining of eye

Billberry vs. Blueberry

So what’s the difference between a billberry and a blueberry? They’re both blue. They’re both tasty. And they’re both good for you. But compared to their more well-known sibling, wild-grown European bilberries (also known as Vaccinium myrtillus) are more intensely sweet and have much more delicate skins. Bilberries are a deep

What is Adventure Therapy/Wilderness Therapy?

As we continue our deep dive into the various types of nature therapy, we find ourselves at adventure therapy, also known as wilderness therapy or experiential therapy. So what exactly is it? Adventure therapy is hands-on and experiential therapy that usually (but not always) takes place outdoors. Activities like camping,

Our Planet and Climate Change

There’s a fantastic and groundbreaking new nature series out recently on Netflix called Our Planet. It’s narrated by the inimitable David Attenborough of Planet Earth and Blue Planet (clearly he’s got a niche!). But what makes this new show so exciting—and so different from those that have come before it—is how it acknowledges and shows

What is Ecotherapy?

Like nature therapy, ecotherapy is one of those inscrutable buzzwords that is trending more and more these days. There’s a huge amount of misinformation and confusion surrounding this term, in part because many people using it seem to think that ecotherapy is interchangeable with nature therapy. But in fact, while

What is Forest Bathing?

Chances are you’ve heard the term forest bathing before, but you don’t know exactly what it means. If the term “forest bathing” conjures up thoughts of a nice porcelain bathtub smack dab in the middle of the forest for you, you wouldn’t be alone, but you’d also be slightly off

What is Nature Therapy?

The following is adapted and condensed in part from this published interview. Nature therapy (and nature-based therapy) are buzzwords that you might have heard being thrown around more and more these days. This cutting-edge field has remained out of the mainstream so far because people haven’t figured out what it

Nature therapy and virtual reality for pain relief during flu vaccination injections

Happy to have our letter on nature therapy and virtual reality for pain relief during injections for flu vaccination published in the Wall Street Journal: credit to Zoë Silverberg and Mark Silverberg Md @Sansum Clinic for their creativity and imagination, and dedication to pediatric health. More information on this pilot program on

Black Currants, Your New Favorite Forbidden Fruit

Among the most nutritious of berries, Black Currants (Ribes nigra) were once a forbidden fruit in the United States. The berries were susceptible to hosting a fungus that killed white pine trees and were banned for that reason. Fortunately, pines have made a comeback—and as the ban on black currants didn’t

National Spinach Day and the Many Healing Powers of Spinach

Finally, it’s everyone’s favorite holiday of the year: National Spinach Day! Spinach has gotten a bad rap for a long time, although it’s made a comeback recently as more and more people espouse this superfood’s many health benefits. So what’s the real story on spinach—average green or culinary medicine superhero?

The Surprising Health Benefits of Pineapple

Who can resist the juicy, vibrant flavor of a sweet and tangy pineapple? Apparently, not many of us—this prickly plant often ranks as one of America’s most in-demand tropical fruits. But beneath its rough exterior, the pineapple is hiding more than just flavor. There are many health benefits to eating

The Power of Potassium for Muscle and Nerve Function

Potassium is a mineral that, once inside the body, operates as an electrolyte and becomes essential to the maintenance of proper neural and muscle function. In partnership with sodium, it helps maintain fluid volume and pH balance, and creates what’s known as a concentration gradient that assists in heartbeat regulation

Diet Can Help Lift Depression

Several years ago, a woman named Barbara came to me for help with weight loss. At the time, she was 52 and she had gained nearly her age in weight (42 pounds) over the previous year. She was a biology professor and she’d been passed by for tenure for a

Top 10 Ways Nature Can Heal You: SlideShare

 We all have a connection with nature and living things… Explore 10 ways nature can help you heal with Dr John La Puma.

‘Tis the Season for: Soups!

I find soups especially satisfying this time of year. They’re warming, as nutrient packed as you want them to be, and since they’re the original one-pot meal, typically pretty simple to put together. Below, you’ll find three of my favorite soup recipes, which you can follow to a tee or

How to Protect Your Gut from NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDs (pronounced phonetically, as in “N”said), are non-opioid painkillers that can help produce relief from a number of maladies. My patients use them to treat muscle aches, back pain, arthritis/joint pain, menstrual cramps and more. Many options such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin are

Broth: Health Benefits Approved by Mom

From Mom’s best health advice – to top doctors everywhere – soup broth tops the list of healing foods to eat when you’re feeling sick or simply need a soothing, light and nutritious meal. Varieties of soup broth include vegetable, fish, chicken, beef and bone broth without meat. A broth

How to Make Your Own Electrolyte Drink

Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, that are found in your bodily fluids. They perform many important functions including helping to balance pH; transporting nutrients into cells and waste out of them; and ensuring nerve and muscle cells are working properly. In the absence

Taking an Antibiotic? How Probiotics can Help

It’s fairly common knowledge that antibiotics kill some of the health-promoting bacteria that live within your gut’s complex ecosystem. Taking a probiotic supplement can support the way gut flora work together to keep that ecosystem – and you – at the healthiest. Antibiotics are used to kill both the pathogenic