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Moringa for Respiratory Health

If you’re into “superfoods,” you may already know about Moringa. While Moringa is a superfood known to treat malnutrition in various cultures, you might be surprised to learn that its greatest impact is actually for respiratory health. This clinical 2008 study has shown that the leaves and pods from the

Natural Medicine for Seasonal Allergies

Ah, springtime! We welcome the pleasant weather, the scent of new blossoms, and opening our windows to the rush of fresh air. But along with that, we invite in pollen, grass, mold, and spores. For those who are allergic, our bodies launch a major immune response designed to flush out

How Phytonutrients Benefit Health

An interesting question that people commonly ask about food and nutrition: Is there that much difference between foods grown 30 years ago and foods grown today? The answer is YES. Decades ago, conventionally grown fruits and vegetables were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us

Quarantine Chef: Have You Tried Canning Yet?

At this point in your self-isolation journey, you might have tried a number of new things: home-gardening, regrowing veggies from scraps, making your own bread from scratch. But have you tried canning yet? Canning is a wonderful way to provide your family with nutritious food from your garden all year

How to Make Your New Home Garden Organic

Nobody likes social distancing, but one of my personal favorite “silver linings” to this moment in time is how many people are turning towards home gardening. Starting a home garden is great for so many reasons—it’s good for your mental and physical health, it gets you outside, and it helps

Sweet Basil: Beneficial for Health, Home, and Garden

A favorite herb in many types of cooking, basil—particularly Italian sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum)—is a nutritionally potent herb, beneficial for health and home. Include basil in your diet, home medicine kit, and your garden (easy to grow: check out these two organic seedlings, shipped to you free, Clovers Garden Sweet

10 Ways to Reduce Your Stress

This Thursday, April 16th, is National Stress Awareness Day. A lot of us might be more aware of our stress than ever these days. We’ve got more stressors—and more time to ruminate on them. But as you probably know, ruminating endlessly on your stress is a surefire way to feel worse, not

Why You Should be Eating More Onion

With so many of us stuck in quarantine or social distancing, we’ve had to get creative with the types of vegetables we pick up from the store. A lot of us have pivoted away from leafy greens to hardier veggies that will stay good in a dark cupboard or crisper

Celebrate Nurses This World Health Day

Today is World Health Day, and according to the World Health Organization, this year the mission will be to “celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy.” Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women,

Maca Root Meets High Energy Demands in Athletes

Maca root (Lepidium meyenii Walp) is a cruciferous root vegetable prized by the indigenous Andean people as a remedy for stress, improving energy, and enhancing libido in men and women. Popularly known as “Peruvian Ginseng,” Maca is in a class of herbs known as adaptogens, which help the body adapt

Sauna Therapy: Sweat Out the Toxins

During times of high stress, especially physical stress, the body is in danger of accumulating metabolic build-up. Add to this all the toxins that get into the body through soil and water, the food supply, the air we breathe, and medications we take, and you’ve got a perfect storm of

Scarcity and the Crisis Standard of Care

With 15 colleagues in my Harvard Medical School Media and Medicine intensive (made longer by the coronavirus, and more intensive too) co-signing and editing, I wrote an Op Ed for USA Today on the coming scarcity of ventilators and critical care resources, including clinicians themselves. The National Academy of Medicine