Superfood Stew

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This is an excellent, hearty, nutrient-dense soup that will warm your stomach and nourish your body; the root vegetables and dark, leafy greens make this an especially good winter-time soup that’s really more like a stew. This is great comfort food without the guilt! I make a pot of this a few times a season and I can get 3-4 meals out of it.  But then I’m a growing boy   Enjoy! (makes 6-8 servings) Ingredients: 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive … Read More

The Truth About the Flu Vaccine

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This installment serves as my annual public service message regarding the flu vaccine. Every year there is a huge push through the media and our health practitioners to get the flu vaccine. And the majority of us just go along and trust these advocates’ assertion that the vaccine is safe and will prevent you from getting the flu. But when you look at the data, as I have summarized below, you will see this is simply not true.   So why … Read More

Latest Trends in “Health Beverage” Market

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This past weekend I attended the East Coast Natural Products Expo in Baltimore. It is the largest trade convention in my industry and is the place to be if you want to learn first-hand what is happening and what is coming around the corner in the natural products world. There were over 1,500 exhibits that attracted over 20,000 industry members like myself from over 80 different countries. It is quite overwhelming even for the veteran of this spectacle that I … Read More

How Important is Organic?

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This is really a question of perspective and relativity. The short answer is organically grown produce is better for our bodies than conventionally grown produce. This fact is essentially indisputable. The pesticides sprayed on our foods are predominantly toxic chemicals and the jury is still out on the impact of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), but do you want to wait around for someone to tell you, “Oh, by the way, that GMO food you’ve been consuming for the last 10 … Read More

Maximum Benefit from Minimum Calories

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This entry is NOT about counting calories. I have never really been a proponent of calorie counting for two reasons: 1) While it is relatively easy to count your calorie intake using calorie counting apps and books, it is very difficult to track calorie output. This is because each of us burns calories at a different rate and even within that some of us burn fat more efficiently than others, whether at rest or during activity. That metabolic rate is … Read More