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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.

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

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

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