Incredible, Edible… Hemp

Hemp is an incredible plant with interesting uses, as well as a fascinating history.

Did you know until the late 1800s, almost all of the paper in the United States was made from hemp? Even the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp. Henry Ford’s car model was made from hemp and wheat straw 1. As if the plant wasn’t versatile enough, hemp seeds were even used to treat nutritional deficiencies due to its nutritionally dense properties 2. Let’s start with how hemp is a powerhouse of nutrition.

How Nutritious is Hemp? 3
The hemp nut is high in tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E). This means that hemp nuts are a great source of antioxidants, kill free radicals, may reduce the risks of cancer and help protect your cells from damage. Hemp nuts also have a perfect balance of omega 6 and omega 3. Continue reading “Incredible, Edible… Hemp”

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Sunday Radio Show: Insomnia and Adrenal Fatigue

Join us this morning as host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Bradley Bush discuss insomnia and adrenal fatigue.

Dr. Bradley Bush, a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, is currently the Director of Clinician Affairs for NeuroScience. Dr. Bush specializes in neuro-endo-immune health, nutrition and infusion therapies. His focus is on addressing gastrointestinal and HPA axis disturbances in addition to nutritional deficiencies as a cornerstone of patient care. Dr. Bush has worked for years for manufacturers of nutritional supplements and currently sits on the board of the Naturopathic Education and Research Consortium (NERC).

Tune in today from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web.

Last week’s show was on nutritional support for cancer patients. Click to Listen.

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Dinner Tonight: Avocado Cucumber Soup

This recipe is perfect for these super hot days when all you feel like doing is sitting in front of a fan and drinking ice cold water. The crisp clean flavors of the cucumber and cilantro provide a nice balance to richness of the avocados.

It is super easy to make and very refreshing… and because it is made with avocados, it is very healthy. Avocados are a source of carotenoids, especially lutein, as well as folateContinue reading “Dinner Tonight: Avocado Cucumber Soup”

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Polyethylene Glycol & Propylene Glycol: What Are They & What are They Doing in My Moisturizer?

As a mom, I am very concerned about what I am putting on my children’s skin… whether it be shampoos, diaper creams, or moisturizers. So I thought it would be interesting to take some questionable ingredients commonly found in products we use every day and find out what they do. First up, polyethylene glycol and propylene glycol (PEGs and PPGs).

These ingredients are used in many products as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. They are also popular emulsifiers – helping to mix two products that normally don’t mix together (for example, oil and water). Most cream-based products need some kind of emulsifier in them.

There are all sorts of names for these ingredients and they are used in many products on American shelves, but their safety for use in cosmetics is controversial. There are no restrictions on the use of PEGs in cosmetics in America. In the case of propylene glycol, as with many ingredients in products, it might not be the ingredient itself that is harmful, but process it goes through before it is used in a product that is the problem.  Continue reading “Polyethylene Glycol & Propylene Glycol: What Are They & What are They Doing in My Moisturizer?”

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Media Hype Takes a Shot at Fish Oil

A study published earlier this week linking fish oil to prostate cancer has triggered a minor frenzy in the news media. In recent years, fish oil has been the proverbial “golden boy” of the supplement world, winning bout after bout and racking up benefits related to conditions from depression to heavyweights like cardiovascular disease. No surprise then that the moment a contender threatens the crown, the media is all over the opportunity to smear this truly valuable dietary component.

The study examined associations between blood omega-3 fatty acid levels and risk of prostate cancer in men. Men with higher blood levels of omega-3’s had a 71% higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer than men with lower blood levels. Study authors conclude that findings suggest that these blood fats are likely involved in prostate tumor development.

I know of no other single study for which the drawn conclusions have been more wrongly stretched, strengthened and extrapolated than this one. Media outlets twisted the result to mean that supplementing with fish oil and even eating fish could cause prostate cancer!

There are two pieces to the problem here.  Continue reading “Media Hype Takes a Shot at Fish Oil”

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July 2013