COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES, SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES, AND FAT (OH MY!)

Many people confuse simple and complex carbohydrates. The digestive tract quickly absorbs simple carbohydrates such as white sugar, white flour, and corn syrup. Blood sugar levels skyrocket, and the body converts any excess sugar into fats and cholesterol. Many of the...

Qi gong: Vitalizing Body, Mind, and Spirit

Our bodies respond not only to physical medicines but also to the more subtle energetic realms that provide the “juice” or “qi” [CHEE] that sustains our lives. Without this enlivening force, our bodies would be nothing more than sacks of bones...

Body Composition: How Much Do You Really Weigh?

(With excerpts from “But My Doctor Never Told Me That!”: Secrets for Creating Lifelong Health¬†) Judith L. Boice N.D., L.Ac. Opening a sleepy eye and stepping on the scale in the morning tells you how much you weigh but provides no information about the...

Cranberry Juice Treats Cystitis and More

Long touted as a folk remedy for cystitis, recent research explains why cranberry juice helps both treat and prevent bladder infections. Cranberries block E. coli, the most common bacterial cause of bladder infections, from attaching to the bladder wall.1,2 Elderly...

Inflammation and Chronic Disease

Judith Boice, N.D., L.Ac. You likely are very aware of the symptoms of acute inflammation. After falling on your knee, for example, you may experience pain, swelling, redness and heat in the area where you landed. These acute inflammatory symptoms are designed to...

Fats and Oils

Essential fatty acids Despite its maligned media image, fat is one of several vital nutrients in our diet. We need fats for many important functions in the body. Cholesterol, for example, is the building block for all of our reproductive hormones. Cholesterol and...