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November 25th, 2015

We live in a great country where we can get any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year. That’s good news and bad news for us. It’s good because it’s a sign of abundance. It’s not so good because in all that abundance, we have lost touch with what’s in season—and how foods change and shift from cold to warm weather. We eat strawberries at Christmas and beef stew in the summer and wonder why our bodies are uncomfortable in the weather of any particular season. Mother Nature has blessed us with a great variety of foods that are constantly changing, constantly providing us with...

November 23rd, 2015

November 21, 2015

Mr. Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Philadelphia Eagles
NovaCare Complex
One NovaCare Way
Philadelphia, PA 19145


Dear Mr. Lurie,

I was driving down I-95 past our gorgeous (and green) Lincoln Financial Field when I saw it: not one, but two billboards (and that was just driving south) blaring that Dunkin Donuts Sweet Black...

November 20th, 2015

If you watch television for more than 30 seconds, you’ll see an ad for a diabetes drug, with discouraging language for people trying to manage this lifestyle disease on their own. The implication is clear. You can’t manage Type 2 diabetes with diet and lifestyle alone. You need whatever drug is being featured to regain control.

Why would pharmaceutical giants want you to believe anything else? Type 2 diabetes has become a multi-billion dollar industry—yes, industry--with jobs and companies deeply invested...

November 19th, 2015

Nutmeg is one of the signature...

November 17th, 2015

I decided to write about...

November 13th, 2015

Surveys tell us that more than 100 million turkeys are eaten each year in America, 46 million of which will be the center of Thanksgiving feasts. Yikes!

Besides the karmic debt incurred with eating animals, what are the real risks of eating turkey?

How much time do you have?

Donald Schaffner, PhD, an extension specialist in food science from Rutgers University says this, “Change your mind-...

November 13th, 2015

The headlines blared from every national (and international news outlet): “Processed Meat Causes Cancer, says WHO.” The World Health Organization now says pretty definitively that eating processed meat such as sausages and ham causes cancer, while unprocessed red meat may also be carcinogenic.

The WHO's cancer research unit now classifies processed meat as "carcinogenic to humans" based on evidence from hundreds of studies, and linked it specifically to colon, or colorectal, cancer.


November 13th, 2015

At the time of year when we are thinking about gratitude and compassion, this weighs heavy on my mind. I was talking to someone I love and adore, respect and admire. I was so upset after our conversation I thought my head would explode. Maybe it’s me, but the attitude he displayed showed me arrogance underneath the supposed compassion he professed.

He went on and on about the word vegan and its proper use. You may say, huh? I did. I joke about not being “vegan enough” for most vegans. I think it may be true, sadly. Apparently...

November 13th, 2015

Honey…truffles…wine…all hailed as food of the gods at some point in world history. No food, however, is more deserving of the title than chocolate, the aromatic, creamy, rich,...

November 9th, 2015

With colder weather just about here (and the holiday season already looming), people naturally begin to think more and more about cooking.  We see article after article, advertisement after advertisement, talking about the joy of the feast, from preparation to table setting to serving. 

One of the best things about colder weather is...