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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.

Find Out What You Really Want Before 2021 with Shadow Journaling

As the year comes to a close, a lot of people are taking this time to take stock and make plans for the future. But how can you set yourself up for success in the new year if you don’t really know yourself or what you desire? The best way

What is Light Therapy?

What if I told you that the right kind of light could help cure your depression, improve your sleep, and even mitigate the symptoms of dementia? Welcome to another installment in my “What is Nature Therapy?” series, part of my goal to create a compendium of well-researched scientific blogs on

Is a High Protein Diet Unhealthy for Your Kidneys?

Healthy kidneys can efficiently process protein. However, over-consuming protein can add unnecessary strain on these organs. If you have risk factors for kidney disease, or have an undetected problem, the strain created by consuming too much protein could result in a serious acute or chronic kidney disorder.   What do

8 Reasons to Love Your Kidneys (and 5 Ways to Keep Them Healthy)

Healthy kidneys are essential—not just for the urinary system but for the entire body. They remove waste and help maintain the body’s internal environment (also known as homeostasis). Unfortunately, not everyone has healthy kidneys—and very few people are even aware when there’s a problem. In fact, 33% of adults in

Organic Bone Broth for Wellness

There was a time when all soup broth was made fresh, with vegetables, herbs, meat, and the bones from the animal, be it fish, poultry, or steer. But as soup became a canned convenience food, bones were often left out of preparation. Today, bone broth has made a resurgence for

Natural Approaches to Managing Osteoarthritis

“Oh, my aching joints!” There’s good reason why we hear this so often. Osteoarthritis, known as OA, is the most common musculoskeletal disease in the world and a prevalent factor in work absences, temporary or permanent disability, hospital admissions, and use of pain-management drugs. While OA can develop in any

Mudding: An Ancient Treatment for Stress and Pain

Imagine lying on a massage table, a thick layer of mud smoothed across your skin with long deep strokes to help it sink in. For thousands of years, traditional medicine has considered “mudding” (aka a mud bath or mud wrap) therapeutic for the skin, joints, muscles, and the mind. Today,

What is Hydrotherapy?

Long-time readers of this blog know that I’m a huge advocate for nature therapy. In fact, the biggest problem I have with nature therapy? Not enough people know about it… including hydrotherapy. I’ve made it my mission to change that by writing informative deep dives on the various diverse kinds

Using Herbs in a Regenerative Way

Assessing your consumption and making choices based on actual need is essential to being a good steward of Earth’s resources. Regenerative use of herbs means researching how the plants are sourced, harvested and stored and determining what you will use in a reasonable amount of time. Choose readily available, easy-to-grow

Why Reading is Medicine

We’re all familiar with the cozy feeling of being curled up with a good book, be it a thrilling novel or a vicarious adventure through ancient history told with just enough spice to make you forget you’re reading about true events. What you may not know is that reading is

Ditch Sustainable Agriculture for Regenerative Agriculture

You’ve definitely heard about sustainable agriculture or sustainable food systems before. Sustainability is a popular idea amongst environmentally conscious folks and can be applied to food, health, nature, industry, and more. The general idea behind sustainability is to leave your little corner of the world no worse for the wear

What Your Gallbladder Does & How to Keep it Healthy

On the right side of your abdomen, just under the ribcage, is the gallbladder. A small pear-shaped organ, it supports the body’s detoxification process and, working with other organs, is crucial to the digestion of certain foods, particularly fatty foods. The gallbladder connects to the liver and small intestine via