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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.

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

The Health Benefits of Friendship

Here’s another fun one, folks: apparently this Thursday July 30th is International Day of Friendship! The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. I

Radishes: A Versatile Underdog

With its peppery, almost spicy flavor, radishes may not be one of the most popular garden vegetables—but they are one of the most nutritious. For centuries, radishes have been used in Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat fever, sore throat, bile disorders, inflammation, and bacterial and fungal conditions.

2 Surprising Solutions To Gut Trouble

Stomach trouble is one of those issues that can be quite hard to pin down. Because the gut is so interconnected with our diet, our mental health, and so much more, it can be hard to tease apart what exactly the source of our sour stomach is—and, more importantly, what

What Makes Nuts So Good For Your Health?

From breakfast to dinner to snacks, tree nuts are popular across the globe. They can be eaten whole (fresh or roasted), in spreads and butters, used as a source for gluten-free flour, and blended into smoothies or dessert recipes. Nut oils are used for cooking and are even found in

The Dangers of Gut Imbalance (And 4 Things You Can Do About It)

What is the microbiome? The human body is home to over 100 trillion microorganisms, the majority of which are found in the gastrointestinal tract–also know as the “gut.” Taken as a whole, this community of microorganisms, their genes, and the functions they encode are referred to as “the microbiome.” During

Can Procyanidin Ease Allergy Symptoms?

Allergy sufferers suffer. And they are always on the lookout for something safe and effective to relieve—and even prevent—symptoms. If you’re looking more powerful and natural ways to fight your sniffling symptoms, consider a powerful antioxidant called procyanidin, which eases allergy symptoms. Most of us are aware that antioxidants are