Chia Pudding – My New Obsession

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We’ve been hearing a lot about chia seeds lately…you know, the ones that grow into plants on “chia pets”. These seeds are actually packed with health benefits. I recently spotted a new product in the dairy section of Whole Foods, “Chia Pods”.  I tried all 3 flavors, mango, blueberry and banana, and the only one […]

Apple & Toasted Walnut Salad w/ Dijon/Maple Dressing

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I LOVE this salad so much that I make it almost every week! It’s a great way to get your greens and it’s so simple to throw together quickly using whatever you have on hand.  The sweet-sour flavor combination of the maple syrup and the vinegar is delicious and can be adjusted to suit your […]

Is Acid Reflux Caused By Too Much or Too Little Stomach Acid?


As we age, the vast majority of us will need MORE stomach acid, not less.  I remember hearing a gastroenterologist say that acid reflux can result from both too much or too little hydrochloric acid (HCl). It was hard to believe after having been bombarded with drug commercials constantly saying we have too much acid […]

Clues From Nature That Look A Lot Like Body Parts


I’ve always been amazed by the intricacies of the human body and its ability to heal itself when provided with adequate nutrients.  Many foods seem to look like the body parts that they may in fact be good for.  Whether you believe this is by design or just coincidence, it’s certainly interesting to think about. […]

Packing a Healthy School Lunch


This morning when I went to pack my daughter’s lunch for school, I found a few surprises that were purchased when my husband and daughter went to the grocery store last night.  I took a deep breath since I’ve only been talking about healthy choices for a lifetime and clearly things looked very different.  You’d […]

Good Soy-Bad Soy


Having spent many years as a researcher, I feel that it’s wise to look objectively at both sides of every controversy before drawing a conclusion.  I have to admit that I can’t read a claim without checking out the facts–I think it’s in my DNA. If soy wasn’t so important to people, then we wouldn’t […]

Spring Rolls


Spring rolls are a fun way to enjoy your veggies.  Once you get the hang of making them, you can create your own version with your favorite fillings and sauces. Put your own spin on them and experiment with different dipping sauces.  In my opinion, it’s the sauce that makes them really special. This blog […]

Health Tips From The Professor: The Seventh Generation Revisited

When I was a young man I read an article called “The Seventh Generation” in Organic Gardening magazine. That article was based on the old Indian admonition to consider the effects of everything we do on the seventh generation of our descendents. The article was written before the environmental movement had co-opted the seventh generation […]

Are Artificial Sweeteners safe in soft drinks? Coke says yes

Coca-Cola ad to defend artificial sweeteners Turns out it’s not just sugary soft drink sales that are declining, but diet drinks, too. So a new Coke ad tries to defend the safety of its diet drinks. (Photo: Tom Pennington, Getty Images) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Coca-Cola is taking offensive against diet soft drink critics Ad says 200 […]

Eat to Defeat Inflammation

Posted by Pamela Riggs on Jul 17, 2012 in Natural Nutrition The first nutrition course I ever took in college changed my life. I was absolutely fascinated to learn what vitamins and minerals were and how important they are for good health. It was also about that time I finally understood what Hippocrates meant when he said, “let […]