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Cacao: Nature's Perfect Medicine

For those of you who have followed me long enough, talks about the downside to commercial cocoa and cacao products are common. In fact, I do still only use raw cacao very sparingly, if at all, preferring ceremonial grade cacao because of its…
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Birth Control Pills and Antidepressants: Like a Hand in Glove

It shouldn't be news to most of us by now but hormonal contraceptives, aka birth control pills or "the pill" cause a myriad of side effects. Many doctors refuse to acknowledge this fact but hormonal contraceptives are inextricably linked to…
gua sha for face

TCM Spotlight: Facial Gua Sha for Radiant Skin

What is gua sha??  ‘Gua Sha’ has been a staple in the homes of Chinese peasants as well as in the clinics of Chinese medics for thousands of years. These days it is gaining popularity as a beauty and anti-aging treatment, with all…
buckwheat risotto
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Anti-aging Recipe: Buckwheat Mushroom Risotto

I don't know about you but at this point in Winter, I am ready for Spring sunlight, clothing, and definitely food.  I'm tired of the starchy dishes.  I'm tired of the meaty dishes.  I'm simply tired of all the heaviness and truly…
glowing skin
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5 Secrets of Glowing Skin at Any Age

Glowing skin is possible at every age! The holy grail of every woman I know is glowing skin that is healthy and beautiful.  I get so many emails every month asking about how to eradicate acne, clear hyper pigmentation, shrink pores, lighten…
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7 Steps to Radiant Wellbeing

It's not been very long (and still continues to some extent today) conventional medicine looked at the body as a machine whose parts would inevitably break down until it could no longer be repaired. In nutrition school and studying biochemistry,…
liver health, your thyroid and Hashimotos
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Your Liver, Thyroid and the Hashimoto's Connection

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder/disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland.  Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is also called Lymphocytic Thyroiditis.   When the body is healthy the immune system protects…
what are biofilms
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The Trouble with Biofilms

This winter I developed a sinus and upper respiratory infection from hell.  I'm serious.  I could not get better!  One week turned into three and three turned into three months.   At first, we thought it was a run of the…
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Top 10 Foods to Spring Clean Your Skin from the Inside Out

Can changing the way you eat mean younger skin? Spring means "new beginnings" and that means skin should shake off the hibernation phase of winter and glow with newfound vitality......  in theory, of course.   Yes, there is more sunlight…
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How I Thrive in the Sun: Kypris Pot of Shade Heliotropic

It's a particularly HOT HOT HOT  summer season in Lebanon this year and, seemingly, everywhere I am traveling, the moment I get there, it seems that it has heat wave ensues and the sun blasts down on me like a sausage under the grill.…