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Tasty, Healthful Rice Vinegar

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
April 13, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Vinegar has had a long and venerable history. One of the very first medicines Hippocrates treated patients with was vinegar and it was used as a healing dressing on wounds and infectious sores in Biblical times.

Vinegar can be made from almost anything that contains sugar or starch. There are wine vinegars, white vinegar and fruit and grain vinegars, such as apple cider, raspberry, pomegranate and rice.

Including vinegar regularly in the diet can increase calcium absorption[1], help control blood sugar[2] assist in weight loss[3] [4]and allow the health conscious cook to reduce fat and sodium.

Researchers believe that the amino acids in vinegar are, to some degree responsible for its therapeutic effects. These amino acids help counteract the effects of lactic-acid buildup in the body that can cause irritability, fatigue and tender, aching muscles and can also be a factor in the onset of disease. …read more of Tasty, Healthful Rice Vinegar here

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How the Plant-Based Diet Fights Cancer

By Michael Greger M.D.
February 14, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

Why do centenarians, those who live to be over a hundred years old escape cancer?

In the video, IGF-1 as One-Stop Cancer Shop you can see that as we get older our risk of developing and dying from cancer grows year by year until we reach 85 or 90 years of age and then begins to drop.

It seems that centenarians are endowed with a particular resistance to cancer. So what’s their secret?

Every day, 50 billion cells in our body die and every day, 50 billion new cells are born. There is a balance. Otherwise your body would shrink or get too crowded.

Sometimes we need growth, as with babies or during growth spurts that occur around puberty. Our cells don’t get larger when we grow; they increase in number. A child’s hand may only be made up of about 50 billion cells and may have to add a half trillion or so as they grow.

Once we’re all grown, however we don’t want a lot of extra cells hanging around. We still need our cells to grow and divide, but at that point it is out with the old and in with the new. …read more of How the Plant-Based Diet Fights Cancer here

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Cancer-Proof Your Body

By Michael Greger M.D.
February 8, 2013
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Lifestyle nutrition pioneer Nathan Pritikin was an unlikely candidate to spark a nutrition revolution. He wasn’t a doctor or dietitian but actually an engineer.

Featured in the video, Engineering a Cure, Pritikin reversed his own heart disease with a plant-based diet and went on to help millions of others. He even saved the life of my own grandmother, which is what inspired me to go into medicine.

Pritikin’s work has continued though his research foundation. Once Dean Ornish had proved that Our Number One Killer Can Be Stopped, the focus shifted from heart disease to cancer.

In the video Ex Vivo Cancer Proliferation Bioassay, I describe an elegant series of experiments in which people were placed on different diets and their blood was then dripped on cancer cells in a petri dish to see which diet was more effective at suppressing cancer growth. …read more of Cancer-Proof Your Body here

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How to Enhance Mineral Absorption

By Michael Greger M.D.
December 28, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Natural Alternatives, Vegan


Iron is a double-edged sword.

If we don’t absorb enough we risk anemia, but if we absorb too much we may be increasing our risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, infection, neurodegenerative disorders, and inflammatory conditions. Video: Risk Associated With Iron Supplements

Other conditions that have been associated with high iron intake include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and diabetes.

Because the human body has no mechanism to rid itself of excess iron, we evolved to tightly regulate its absorption. If our iron stores are low our intestines boost the absorption of iron and if our iron stores are topped off our intestines block the absorption of iron to maintain the sweet spot. …read more of How to Enhance Mineral Absorption here

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Boost Your Energy the Ayurveda Way!

By Lissa Coffey
December 3, 2012
File under: Ayurveda, Drinks, Healthy Eating, Herbs, Natural Products

Even though we may begin the day with a charge of energy, around two or three o’clock in the afternoon we may feel as though we are running out of steam.

Mid-afternoon is often a time when we feel like we need a little boost of energy to get us through the rest of the day.

Instead of reaching for a candy bar or salty snack, Ayurveda has a better solution. One that is not only good for you, but delicious as well!

Almond Energy is an energizing herbal almond beverage mix made from an original ayurvedic recipe in an easy to use blend of blanched almonds, rare herbs and raw sugar.  I like to call it my ayurvedic protein powder! …read more of Boost Your Energy the Ayurveda Way! here

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