In the 1970s, anyone but an idiot was listening seriously to the emerging evidence that sugar was a major killer. The really smart ones didn’t get at all distracted by the saturated fat story (I’ve campaigned that we need saturated fat for brain health for over 40 years). The major star of this emerging science […]


    Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has a long and illustrious history. Indigenous to southeast Asia, this close relative of turmeric remains a common ingredient in Asian and Indian recipes, an excellent addition to teas, and is even featured in many specialty candies. The benefits of ginger are far more than culinary. For thousands of years, the powerful […]


    Fungi are a rum bunch: we can eat some and they are delicious (cèpes, chanterelles, truffles); others are deadly (Deathcap (Amanita phalloides), Avenging angel, Autumn skullcap). Some even make fabulous medicines (Lion’s mane, Turkey tail, Shiitake and Maitake). Delicious cèpes, one of my favorite culinary mushrooms Deadly Autumn skullcap (Galerina marginata), destroyer of livers! Some […]


    Learning how to take care of your emotional health is absolutely crucial to your physical and mental well-being. Unfortunately, the value of a strong emotional foundation is usually the least of our concerns, the last to receive needed attention. Is Happiness Truly Attainable? While “thinking happy thoughts” is based in good intentions, true happiness requires […]


    “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”  —Woody Allan, Comedian When your Mum passes, it’s a special event in life. Gosh, even if you don’t happen to like her, you can’t get away from the fact that she is your mother; she made you. Did you know […]


    Hypertension is a silent assassin that may give you no warning before shoving you violently into a life-threatening heart event. Since heart disease is the #1 killer in the world, finding natural ways to lower high blood pressure is critical to your health. Many causes of high blood pressure – poor diet, lack of exercise, […]


    The pollution you’re exposed to in the modern world seems to be everywhere. Air pollution, water pollution, unknown (or undetected) toxins in the home and workplace, pesticide use, and so much more bombard your system day after day. Then there are the “safe” compounds that are deliberately utilized in your life that are completely toxic […]


    That seems a funny thing to say, when the very name spreads terror, but it’s true! Cancer has a great deal to teach us about health. Cancer is what happens, basically, when your health gets wrecked. It’s not a death knell but it is a wake up call, telling you things have gone very wrong […]


    Could Acetaminophen be the Cause of ADD / ADHD and even Autism?

    Earlier this year (20th Jan newsletter) I called your attention to the possible cause of ADD, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder as a result of acetaminophen (Tylenol in the USA; Paracetomol in the UK and elsewhere). This is not a new idea. Evidence has been gathering. We all want to blame vaccinations; but is that valid? In the […]

    What You Need to Know About Telomere Benefits

    Telomeres are protective “helmets” found at both ends of your chromosomes. It’s a pivotal part of your base DNA that offers protection from deterioration. Each time your cells divide and replicate, these tiny caps gradually shorten until they disappear entirely. They limit how many times a cell can divide. When the protective benefit of telomeres […]

    The Power of Knowledge & The Real Purpose of Life

    Last week I quoted a lady whose motto is “The purpose of life is living.” I’d like to add that the purpose of living is to learn. We could never stay as newborn babies; that would not suit the human temperament. Humans instinctively want to learn, to grow, to become wiser. It could be argued […]

    Why You Need to Have a Good Attitude Toward Aging

    Aging might be a natural part of the human experience but it isn’t always a happy part. Your attitude toward aging can affect the severity and speed of getting older. North Carolina State University found that being upbeat in the face of challenges faced when aging made their participants more resilient and better equipped to […]

    Attitude of Mind & The Longest Survivor of Lymphoma

    August is the time of the Edinburgh Festival, in Scotland, and a good time for me to catch up with my friend Hunter Walker (see photo, which was just before the cloudburst!). I have known Hunter for over 20 years. He is a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, possibly the longest surviving in the world. Between […]

    Meadowsweet – A Natural Pain Reliever Throughout History

    In a world filled with those who suffer from chronic pain, pharmaceutical companies (and illegal drug suppliers) are making a killing. Prescribed drugs have a fairly short lifespan in the treatment of pain. The doses get ever stronger, the effects gradually lessen, and the potential for addiction is incredibly high. When patients no longer find […]