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Yoga for Your Eyes

May 14, 2019
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

Digital Devices & the Health of Your Eyes

May 14, 2019
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

Billberry vs. Blueberry

May 7, 2019
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

What is Adventure Therapy/Wilderness Therapy?

May 7, 2019
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?

Our Planet and Climate Change

April 30, 2019
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

What is Ecotherapy?

April 23, 2019
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

What is Forest Bathing?

April 16, 2019
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

What is Nature Therapy?

April 9, 2019
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

Black Currants, Your New Favorite Forbidden Fruit

April 2, 2019
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

National Spinach Day and the Many Healing Powers of Spinach

March 26, 2019
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

The Surprising Health Benefits of Pineapple

March 19, 2019
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

The Power of Potassium for Muscle and Nerve Function

March 8, 2019
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

Diet Can Help Lift Depression

February 28, 2019
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

Top 10 Ways Nature Can Heal You: SlideShare

February 22, 2019
 We all have a connection with nature and living things… Explore 10 ways nature can help you heal with Dr John La

‘Tis the Season for: Soups!

February 14, 2019
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

How to Protect Your Gut from NSAIDs

February 8, 2019
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

Broth: Health Benefits Approved by Mom

February 1, 2019
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

How to Make Your Own Electrolyte Drink

February 1, 2019
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

Taking an Antibiotic? How Probiotics can Help

January 28, 2019
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

Nature Therapy: A Green Rx for PTSD

January 24, 2019
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone subject to a huge stress, but veterans have it the toughest. More than a quarter of U.S. veterans of recent wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) have

Lemongrass: A Mind-Body Herb

January 20, 2019
You may think of lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) only as an ingredient that adds a mild citrus and floral flavor to many Southeast Asian dishes. But this tropical grass has a lot of biochemical

Nature Therapy: A Green Rx for High Blood Pressure

January 20, 2019
Dozens of peer-reviewed studies show that being outside quietly in nature lowers blood pressure, cortisol levels, heart rate and stress for days, not just momentarily. Even viewing plants has been

Nature Therapy: A Green Rx for Diabetes

January 11, 2019
Air pollution is estimated to cause 150,000 U.S. cases of diabetes annually. But plant leaves remove toxins, dust and microorganisms from the air. Be careful about food and plastics: many plastics

Co-enzyme Q10: Vital to Energy Production in the Body

January 11, 2019
Very rarely is a substance so important – and prevalent – in the human body as is Co-enzyme Q10. As critical as it is, however, our body’s ability to make CoQ10 peaks at about age
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