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June 22nd, 2015

Summer means strappy sandals, t-shirts and sundresses; long weekends picnicking at the beach and…road trips!!!!

But wait. Can those of us dedicated to healthy living survive out there on the road and return home with our health intact?

Yup…as long as we know how to sidestep some potential landmines lurking along the road.

I’m talking fast food…plant-based or not. I have read article after article about the ‘vegan’ options available to us at fast food joints, like vegan burritos at Chipotle Grill (proudly going GMO-free…sort of…) or vegan pizza at Pizza Hut and Papa John’...

June 15th, 2015

Do you remember when we first heard about the sinister Avian Flu in 2003? We panicked. The news covered this new bird disease incessantly. China and its Avian Flu became synonymous with illness and fear.


Now this disease (in a morphed form) is affecting poultry in about 20 states, forcing the slaughter of more than 45 million birds, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The disease’s expansion across our country has caused more than 200 outbreaks among chickens, turkeys and other birds.

June 8th, 2015

It’s that time of year. As I type this, I am looking out my window into my little city garden just overflowing with life. A couple of days of unseasonable warmth followed by some soaking rain has created a haven of green lushness…my mint is poised to overtake the space with my heirloom grape tomato plants shooting to 5 feet in height, heavy with blossoms. My eggplant,...

June 1st, 2015

The stories vary, like any legend, I guess (true or not; legend or not…). Some accounts say Coca Cola was introduced on May 6, 1886 and some say June 6, 1886. Either way, this iconic brand is coming up on its 130th anniversary of the year one little beverage changed everything…for better or for worse, depending on your view.


Coca Cola was invented by John Pemberton, a pharmacist who seemed to fail at every attempt to make money inventing drugs. He decided to try his hand at the beverage business since soda fountains were gaining in popularity.  Some innovative...

May 26th, 2015

Not necessarily. Look, I want to go on record as a gluten fan. I love whole wheat flours; I love baking bread and sweet treats. Sure I can work within gluten-free guidelines and a generous percentage of our at-home macrobiotic diet is naturally gluten-free. I also think there’s a real role for gluten in a healthy diet (should your condition allow for it).


I am no gluten basher.


And so while gluten-free eating can be deliciously healthy when your diet consists of gluten-free whole grains, lots of veggies, beans,...

May 18th, 2015

Eat This Now!

Arugula…A Most Tender Green

For most of us, spring brings thoughts of crocuses popping their pretty little heads through frozen soil…or tulips and daffodils waving lazily in the delicate breeze…or the first warm sunny days teasing us into summer.  For me, spring brings back childhood memories of arugula…yes, you heard me,...

May 18th, 2015
By Bill Caradonna, R.Ph., N.D.
(Note from me: As many of you know, I am a deeply committed advocate of Vitamin B-12 and have written about my own experiences on several occasions. I decided to ask an expert to give us his thinking about this vitamin so essential to human health.)
A half-century ago, doctors commonly administered vitamin B12 shots to their patients. As prescription drug development and use increased, vitamin B12 use declined. As Naturopathic physicians have re-emerged in the health care picture, so has vitamin B12 use...
May 18th, 2015

Now before I give you fodder to give up gluten ‘just because,’ let me go on record as saying that I think we eat way too much of this protein in our modern diets (just like we do with most protein…). In the  macrobiotic way of eating, flour products are considered supplementary to our daily fare of whole grains, veggies, beans,...

May 18th, 2015

We live in changing times. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal Americans have become ‘serial snackers’ with 48% of us skipping meals, in favor of snacks at least three times a week.


In this culture of grab and go eating, the reigning champion of the modern table is the snack bar. The snack bar lands in the top tier of most popular snack foods with yogurt and bakery items.



May 12th, 2015

One of the questions I am most asked is how to convert gluten-containing desserts into gluten-free treats that…well, not to put too fine a point on it, actually taste great. We have all had those gluten-free desserts that taste like sand or glue…or have a completely unpleasant aftertaste from all the gums used to hold the pastry together. It’s enough to make you swear off sweets!


It takes some doing, I will tell you that. As an avowed gluten fan, I tried to gloss over the whole gluten-free dessert thing. But then I realized I was missing out on an entire way of creating food...