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Mind-Body and Beyond

Mind-body is now a common phrase—mind-body-spirit too—and these are welcome signs of changing attitudes and growing awareness. Not too long ago, people mostly viewed mind and body as separate. The credibility of doctors who spoke about psychosomatic or mind-body illness was denounced. We may now be ready for the next step. However, to prepare, briefly consider four common conditions: arthritis, ... Read More »

The Green Journey into Herbalism

When did it happen to you—the plants on the side of the road caught your eye. You may have wondered aloud; What plant is that? Is it medicinal? How can I use it?  Today, plant lovers can download an app to aid in proper identification.    Using the botanical name to research a plant is essential in discovering its chemical ... Read More »

Cancer-Free with the Gonzalez Protocol

A quarter of a century ago, I found myself with a rare tumor in my lung that had spread to my liver. Not many people can write a sentence like the previous one, as few survive a liver metastases for more than a handful of years. I was extremely fortunate to find a newly established doctor in New York, who ... Read More »

Building Bridges between Eastern and Western Medicine

The Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation (TCMWF) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to educating both the public and healthcare practitioners about the natural healing wisdom accumulated over thousands of years in China. Through educational programs, publications, online and practitioner resources, TCMWF advances the practice and integration of authentic traditional Chinese medicine in Western culture. They bring to Washington D.C. their 12th ... Read More »

An Herbalist’s Approach to Cancer

Supporting the health of a person diagnosed with cancer, using both modern and traditional medicine, is a touchy subject requiring us to rethink cancer. As an herbalist and nutritionist, my own hesitations were abandoned when I learned my aunt was diagnosed with stage four cancer. I immediately began researching her specific cancer and how medicinal herbs and foods might help. ... Read More »

Recipes for Rethinking Cancer

Fruit Compote Recipe – A tasty, easy-to-digest way to get your daily dose of fruit, with aromatic spices to help soothe nausea and aid digestion. Add to oatmeal, yogurt or eat all by itself. Ingredients: 6 cups of any organic stone fruit, chopped (apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums, nectarines)  2 cups of organic fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, ... Read More »

Unplug to Plug In with Children

A 2013 Organic Trade Association study reports that more parents buy organic food for their children and 81% have at least tried it. The industry grew from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010. Parents are clearly being more conscious than ever about what goes into their children’s bodies to help them grow and develop. Yet in my ... Read More »

Manage Your Carbon Footprint and Cut Your Home Energy Bills

Each month the District welcomes approximately 1,000 new residents. With a steady growth in population comes a steady increase in energy consumption—but what is being done to keep energy costs low and to manage the city’s carbon footprint? In the District, organizations such as the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) are helping local residents and businesses save energy and ... Read More »

Thoughts in August – a letter from the publisher

The shock of cancer hits every family in some way. Several years ago, my step-sister died of stomach cancer, after having battled (and beat, we thought) breast cancer a decade before. There have been many friends and co-workers over the years who have had to confront a similar devastating diagnosis. Each of their stories has rattled me in some way ... Read More »

Elmo-free Shopping

In an unprecedented move, MOM’s Organic Market hopes to eliminate the stress that comes from shopping with small children, by refusing to sell products with cartoon characters on the package design. Parents can safely stroll the aisles of all MOM’s stores without worrying whether their toddlers will be screaming for packages with Elmo or Dora the Explorer. MOM’s CEO Steve ... Read More »