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It’s harder to breathe easy these days. You may think indoor air quality is an issue only in developing countries where particulate matter from the burning of biomass such as wood or charcoal was estimated to result in 1.5 to 2 million deaths in the year 2000, but...read more
It’s winter in Wisconsin. The nights are long and the days are cold. With the glow of the holidays past, we hunker down for the deep freeze and think warm thoughts of lush gardens and summer days at the beach. The cold can give rise to stagnancy. We socialize less,...read more
Note to the reader: Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is often abbreviated as SIBO, but because the focus of this article is on small bowel obstruction, which is abbreviated as SBO, I have chosen to not use the former abbreviation for the sake of clarity. From the...read more
One of the new players in the holistic treatment of cancer is a compound called Gc protein-derived macrophage activating factor (GcMAF). As the name implies, this naturally occurring protein activates macrophages, an innate element of immune function, but...read more
You may not think the mundane act of breathing could be a powerful influencer of health and disease but there are many instances where a breathing pattern disorder is a major contributing factor to chronic illness. The rate, depth, and intensity of...read more
We have an opioid and gun violence epidemic in the United States. At the root of each lies addiction, and in some instances, mental illness. Going deeper, at the very core lies insecurity and a lack of social connectedness which must be acknowledged in order to heal...read more
The practice of consuming clay is prehistoric, with references to its medical use documented by Hippocrates. Bentonite is the most common form of medicinal clay available, sold as a liquid or in pill form, and is used as a base for some prescription medicines....read more
Co-authored with Marcin Baranowski The ethics of eating meat extend beyond the ascribed relations of humans to livestock and humans to game. Life consumes life, and as omnivores, we cannot separate ourselves from this fundamental, underlying ecological truth. As...read more
Hunter-gatherer societies valued organ meats over muscle meat, often reserving them for the pregnant and breastfeeding women of the tribe. Mature modern cultures with refined culinary traditions also praise the delicacy of organ meats.read more
Coffee has been a traditional drink of equatorial peoples for hundreds of years. Its dark roasted flavor and stimulant effect has drawn countless adherents to the church of buzz, and with it, a sizable market of coffee-related paraphernalia. Our relationship with...read more
Essential oils are an ancient medicine. They have not been used as long as herbal medicine (given the technology of distillation necessary to derive the oil) but their roots are still very old, with documented use by Islamic physicians in the 12th century and...read more
Magnesium oil is a super-saturated solution of magnesium chloride in distilled water. Applied topically, when it dries it can feel chalky on the skin as some minerals precipitate out of solution while being absorbed into the body. It is an inexpensive remedy with a...read more