Health & Fitness

Bacteria’s Little Secret

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrative medicine pioneer We have been colonized, but it’s a good thing. Over the course of evolution, humans and bacteria have developed a close, symbiotic relationship. Our individual colonies of probiotic (beneficial) bacteria—called our “microbiota”—perform numerous tasks that benefit digestion, nutrition, immunity, neurological and emotional health, and […]

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What You Really Need To Know About
Health Care Reform (aka Obamacare)

After all the dust settles and democracy returns to sanity, many of us will still be left with a big question: What really is all this health care fuss about anyway, and what does it really mean for all of us? Words can be a trigger for all sorts of crazy emotions, but whether you […]

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The Power of Labeling: Preserving &
Building a Non-GMO Food Supply

by guest blogger Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project When California Proposition 37 failed to pass at the polls last November, all of us who advocate for the right to know were profoundly disappointed. However, the measure, which would have mandated labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, garnered more than 6 million […]

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Celebrate Non-GMO Month! 8 Tips for Shopping & Cooking Non-GMO

by guest blogger Caroline Kinsman, communications manager for the Non-GMO Project With the fall season comes a celebration of the harvest. It’s a perfect time to appreciate traditional, nourishing foods. But nowadays, that means thinking about some things our grandparents never had to—such as whether or not an ingredient has been genetically engineered. GMOs (genetically […]

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Shifting into Wellness

by guest blogger Karen Stewart Brown, cofounder and designer of Stewart+Brown Living in a coastal town in California, our mornings usually start off chilly. However, by late afternoon, the coastal fog burns off and the days are warm. For me, my dressing philosophy is dictated, not only by my years of working in the fashion […]

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Climate Change, Fracking, and Our Children’s Health and Future

by guest blogger Harriet Shugarman, executive director and founder of ClimateMama and a mentor and climate leader for the Climate Reality Project I feel like I live in a parallel universe. The much-anticipated United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report came out on September 27th, with dire warnings about our current […]

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8 Toxin-Filtering Houseplants

by guest blogger Maria Luci, associate editor at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen When we think of poor air quality, we often picture smoggy cityscapes and jam-packed highways, but there’s another place where we should be focusing our attention on air pollution: our own homes. Due to the airtight nature of many houses and apartments today, […]

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Yoga for an Immune System “Boost-Up”

by Holly Walck, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher There are countless studies that show that yoga improves immune functioning, most recently the one mentioned in a post here by Dr. Eliaz that describes “how yoga is actually working to benefit us on the genetic level.” The online Oxford English Dictionary defines immunity as “the […]

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