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John La Puma MD is the leading physician voice for culinary medicine and nature therapy and an expert in well-being and nutrition.

Magnesium Helps You Meet Physical Demands

Magnesium is well-known for the role it plays in the structure and function of nerves and muscle tissue. And it’s absolutely essential for nearly every chemical reaction that takes place in the body. Why do we need magnesium? Magnesium is especially helpful for helping you meet physical demands. For example,

Exercise is Medicine

The evidence couldn’t be clearer: Exercise is the best prescription for a healthy life. Exercise aids in the prevention of chronic disease, enhances brain and nervous system function, and helps us manage stress at every age. It’s so potent for our well-being that many medical organizations are now educating physicians

How to Build Your Immunity Against the Coronavirus, Naturally

How to build your immunity against the coronavirus, Naturally: because coronavirus is novel, much more contagious than common colds and can survive on surfaces for nine days, depending on the surface, we have much work to do in fending off this nasty virus. For many people, it is a matter

Vitamin D Achieves Mainstream Medical Acceptance

It’s only within the last decade or so that a Vitamin D supplement became widely accepted by the conventional medicine community. Today, it’s one of the most highly regarded supplements in both natural and conventional medicine and viewed as essential to good health. What prompted the change? Vitamin D made

Coconut Oil or EVOO? The Healthy Truth

Depending on who you believe, coconut oil is either a nutritional miracle food or pure poison. Nearly 70% of Americans view coconut oil as a health food—but only about 37% of nutritionists view it that way. Coconut oil is 88% fat, most of which is saturated fat. However, the structure

Arsenic in Rice: Which Rice is Safest?

From Asian cuisine to gluten-free and other special diets, rice is a staple food for many people. But is it healthy? Depending on where it is grown, rice can contain one of the world’s most toxic elements: arsenic. Arsenic can be passed into the human body and build up in

From Ancient Herb to Modern Medicine

Did you know just how many of today’s modern medicines were actually first part of “folk” apothecaries, often handed down from ancient knowledge? Take the heart medication digitalis (aka digoxin), for example: it’s extracted from the dried leaves of the purple foxglove plant (digitalis purpurae) and used to strengthen heart

8 Tips to Becoming an Informed Consumer of Health Information

Eat this, not that! Eat that, not this! One day a certain supplement or medication is great for you, but a week later you’re being advised not to take it… With so much confusing (and often conflicting) information flying around, how can you become an informed consumer of health information?

What I Taught at Harvard: The Science of Nature as Medicine (Video)

This is the 40 minute invited “The Science of Nature as Medicine”, guest lecture (zoom video) to Harvard’s “Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine” course I taught in January 2020, with 20 minutes of questions. Many of the references for the studies I cite can be found in the Nature Therapy Primer

Keeping a Diet Diary

There are dozens of reason why you’d want to keep a diet diary. Whether you need to monitor eating habits to manage a health condition or because you want to lose weight, keeping a diet diary is a powerful tool for gaining insight about what, when, and why you are

Planning for Your Best Health in 2020

Welcome to 2020. A new year and new—or renewed—resolutions. We’re two weeks in now, which is a crucial time that can make or break those resolutions we set back on the 1st. So it’s important to be planning for your best health in 2020 now. Whether you’re determined to manage

Festive Figs and Their Health Benefits

One of the most ubiquitous foods during the festive holiday season is the fig. After all, have you eaten figgy pudding at any other time of the year? ​​​​​​​ Thankfully for us, festive figs are a very healthy fruit with a plethora of health benefits. Fig antioxidants can enrich lipoproteins