Passive Medicine?

Passive  Medicine –  The patient sits / lays there and takes the medicine or treatment prescribed.  The doctor alone figures out what the patient needs. The patient’s input is not appreciated and is considered a distraction. Possibly, the patient’s body is diseased and cannot recover and then the use of drugs will enable the patient to exist, but never truly thrive.  Active Medicine –  The patient and the doctor have a dialogue. The patient has valuable input on their condition and the doctor has knowledgeable questions that can help them pinpoint the causes and solutions to the health condition. The patient can learn and practice techniques and life skills (exercises, cooking, etc.) that enable them to stay healthy on their own.  A key component of this type of medicine is figuring out WHY the health problem started in the first place, and what can be done to ensure it completely heals and doesn’t return.  Through this style of medicine, the patient can achieve higher states of well-being:  truly achieving happiness, energy, and relaxation.  And they know how to keep themselves and their families happy. Now, knowing these differences, why do you think so many people opt for passive...

Natural Quick Remedies

We’re ingrained at a young age to reach for an Advil or Tylenol when we have a headache.  We get a Midol with period cramps.  A Tums when we eat too much of the wrong foods.  Zirtec when the pollen is high. The problem with medications is that they’re too strong.  And anything that strong is going to come with a side-effect.  Even really strong herbs come with side-effects.  And medications are all derived from herbs.  When an herb has been found to be effective in treating something or having a particular impact on a bodily process, the pharmacist finds a way to derive the active ingredient from that herb, synthetically manufacture it into a large dose, and patent it.  Then sell it to you for too much money. If you want to make healthier choices for your body, knowing how to treat the common ailments with natural means is a good first step. For natural remedies to “work” on your body, you need to live a “natural” life:  doing your best to make healthy food choices, drinking enough water, getting enough rest and exercise, etc. Beyond that, there are some tricks and tips that can refine your healthy existence. TURMERIC – for inflammation, pain, or skin problems, keep some turmeric paste on-hand to make a cup of turmeric tea.  Just a small scoop of paste, stir into hot water with or without tea.  You can substitute oat, almond, or hemp milk for the water to make it into a turmeric latte as well.  Yum!!  *For best results, stay away from “curcumin,” which is a derivative of turmeric, and...

Recipe: Springtime Vegetable Bowl

Ah, spring! Time to spring clean our homes and our bodies too.  Things move faster in the spring, and our bodies want to move faster too.  To enable this, lightening up the diet and including more veggies is the perfect way. Since this is considered seasonal cooking, you can find any of these food (in the northern hemisphere) at the farmer’s market or organic section of your grocery store this time of year. For those of you with food allergies, no worries.  Just eliminate what you’re allergic to (for example, eggs, nuts, grains, etc.)  The recipe will still work!  Ingredients: 1 cup brown / wild rice of quinoa 2-3 cups bone broth 4 medium-sized carrots 2 cups crimini mushrooms 1 large bunch of arugula olive oil red wine vinegar 2 free-range eggs 1/4 cup pecans butter sea salt and pepper Preheat oven to 425. Prepare rice / quinoa according to its directions:  making it with 1 tsp of sea salt and using bone broth instead of water. Cut carrots into 1/2″ thick rounds.  Slice mushrooms in half.  Toss in 1 T oil, and pinches of salt and pepper.  Arrange on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time. Wash arugula and dry thoroughly.  Chop or tear into bite-sized pieces. Roughly chop pecans. Toss arugula, pecans, 2 T olive oil, 1 T vinegar, and pinches of salt and pepper to taste together in a bowl. Bring a sautee pan to medium high heat.  Add 1 T butter to the pan when it gets hot.  Crack eggs into the pan, reduce heat to medium, and...

What Your Sweet Cravings Are Telling You

When you’re craving sugary snacks, it’s possibly a signal from your body that it’s deficient in some nutrient, and oftentimes, our brains turn towards sugary things to satisfy that physical need.  NOTE:  The physical needs often feel emotional in nature.  That’s just how our brains interpret things. CHROMIUM If you’re diabetic (type II), you’re probably deficient at some level in chromium.  Signs of chromium deficiency include glucose intolerance, high blood sugars, peripheral neuropathy (tingling or numbness in the fingers or toes), and mental confusion. Good sources of chromium include sea vegetables (try seaweed chips if you haven’t already!), mushrooms, beets, nutritional yeast (you can sprinkle this on popcorn – delicious!), broccoli, grapes, dried beans, liver, and chicken. PHOSPHORUS Signs of phosphorus deficiency may include anxiety, irregular breathing, fatigue, joint stiffness, numbness, osteoporosis (calcium deficiency) and changes in weight.  Excess phosphorus in the form of phosphoric acid from drinking soda can lead to craving sugar and alcohol as well.  Both excess and deficiency of phosphorus inhibits absorption and use of calcium in your body. Good sources of phosphorus include chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. SULFUR Signs of sulfur deficiency include obesity, muscle pain and inflammation, fungal and bacterial infections, and heart disease and other forms of muscle wasting like Chron’s disease. Good sources of sulfur include dark leafy greens like broccoli and kale, garlic, eggs, onions, meats, nuts, and seafood.  In theory, most reasonably healthy diets should contain enough sulfur, as we only need very small amounts, but sulfur is lost when foods are broken down and then reassembled, as they are with...

Easy Winter Dish

  My 3 philosophies for cooking are (in order of priority): EASY – If it’s hard to make, I ain’t makin’ it. DELICIOUS – If you don’t like veggies, maybe… it’s because you’re not cooking them right.  Even healthy food should taste good.  Which brings me to the last point – HEALTHY – Seasonal and organic veggies.  Organic, free-range and local meats.  Healthy fats.  Low carb.  No sugars or refined grains.  You’ll probably never see a vegan recipe on my site, not because I’m opposed to eating vegan meals, but because … butter… Here’s a perfect winter recipe to try.  It’s a one-sheet pan dish and will warm up your house nicely too. INGREDIENTS: 1 lb organic, grass-fed ground beef or lamb 1 T seasoning (or just sea salt and pepper is fine) 1 bunch of organic broccoli – use the real stuff, not frozen (it tastes SOOO much better) 1 large sweet potato 1/2 head of cabbage olive oil and red wine vinegar INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 400.  Cut broccoli into small (approximately 1″) florets.  Peel sweet potato (optional) and cut into 1/2″ chunks.  Mix the vegetables with 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil and a large pinch each of salt and pepper.  Arrange the vegetables flat onto the sheet pan and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  While those are roasting – Put the ground meat into a bowl and mix (use your hands!) with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, or 1 teaspoon seasoning spices.  Form into golf ball-sized balls, approximately 12 of them. After the vegetables have cooked for 10 minutes, flip them around...