Friday Oct 13 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Are you frustrated getting no answers to why you have chronic bloating and gas pain, diarrhea, achy joints, brain fog, and are always tired? What if ... more »


Friday Oct 6 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Air pollution is associated with 200,000 deaths each year in the U.S. The death toll is even higher in India and China, both countries where air ... more »


Friday Sep 29 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

If the world’s most famous anti-aging expert told you there were five sure ways for you to live longer, would you listen? All medical experts, ... more »


Friday Sep 22 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Supplement prescribing can be difficult. Even for doctors trained and experienced in clinical nutrition and functional medicine, getting the right ... more »

Why I Chose a Plant-Based Diet

Monday Sep 11 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Your biggest decision in health is what kind of diet you’re going to choose. I call this a decision because it has, at some point, to be a ... more »


Friday Sep 8 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

For my patients, getting tested for C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is as necessary to disease prevention as flossing your teeth or getting your LDL ... more »

Product Review – Vega SPORT Sugar Free Energizer

Thursday Sep 7 2017 | by Jeff McGovern

I have been a buyer and researcher of new food items and supplements in the Health Food & Supplement Industry for the past 15 years. During that ... more »


Friday Sep 1 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Working with a doctor to make an optimal wellness plan may seem out of the question, but perhaps it’s time for you to make it a priority. Making ... more »


Friday Aug 25 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Fermented beverages hold a magical place in human culture. But is that magic too dark? Alcohol is too prevalent in American culture. With the rising ... more »


Friday Aug 18 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Losing weight is hard to do. For some, it’s a mysterious process. You may eat little. Exercise a lot. Still, no pounds shed. If you lose ... more »


Friday Aug 11 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You ordered a blood lipid panel and found your LDL was 149 mg/dL. You’ve read that’s too high. You know that the doctor on your health insurance ... more »

Why Eliminating OIL Boosts Energy, Mood, and Digestion

Tuesday Aug 8 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

One of the most common questions that I get is: why don’t you recommend oil? What about coconut oil? Or extra-virgin olive oil? Or flax seed ... more »


Friday Aug 4 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

There is no definitive blood test to determine if you or a family member has Alzheimer’s disease. But, some new tests look promising. A ... more »

The Latest on Alcohol

Monday Jul 31 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Everybody knows that too much alcohol is bad for health. But there’s this myth that “moderate” consumption is good for health, prevents deaths ... more »


Friday Jul 28 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

When I opened The California Clinic of Natural Medicine in San Diego in 1985, Californians were socially progressive, but the California Medical ... more »


Friday Jul 21 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Phenolic compounds found in plants are nature’s antioxidants and detoxifiers. Many phenolics have other health giving properties like lowering ... more »

The Top 10 Myths About Eating Fruit

Saturday Jul 15 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Fruit is a symbol of “health food,” yet it’s also the one natural food that’s vilified the most by many trends of the natural health ... more »


Friday Jul 14 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

What’s the best bug spray to take when you travel? How about keeping mosquitos away in your backyard? Because I’ve conducted fieldwork in the ... more »


Friday Jul 7 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

When doctors want to find what’s wrong with you, they order blood tests and scans. Blood tests are safe. But because there are many types of ... more »


Friday Jun 30 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

More than half of Americans have high cholesterol levels. A quarter of adults in the U.S. take prescription statin drugs to lower cholesterol. Statin ... more »


Friday Jun 23 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Annoying prostate inflammation called prostatitis, with or without low-grade infection, affects between 64-86% of men at some time in their lives. ... more »


Friday Jun 16 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The accepted belief is that we get all the vitamin D we need from sunlight. But does the sun make enough? Vegetarians and vegans believe they get ... more »


Friday Jun 9 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Type II Diabetes plagues nearly 30 million Americans. The number with prediabetes is even worse, with an estimated 86 million Americans affected. A ... more »

How To Effectively Counter The Harmful Effects Of Antibiotics

Friday Jun 2 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

There is no doubt that antibiotics save lives, but what’s the best way to counter the damage to our microbiome when we have to use them. My mother ... more »


Friday May 26 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Whether you’re concerned about the food you eat, your daily habits, your hormones, or your heredity – blood tests offer vital insight ... more »


Friday May 19 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

One of the most common questions that my patients ask is about my position on childhood vaccination. I’m not dogmatic on either side. I see the ... more »


Friday May 12 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Two of my patients are fraternal twins in their late forties. Each has a cluster of ailments including chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism; and other ... more »


Friday May 5 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Dave, a solidly built Harvard-educated Wall Street trader, had made a fortune. But, in the process of making his wealth, he’d lost his health. By ... more »


Friday Apr 28 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

My first encounter with healthy older adults was in Alaska. The winters are long in the Bering Sea just below the Arctic Circle. During the darkest ... more »


Friday Apr 21 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

For the health conscious, probiotics should factor high on the list of essential supplements and crucial foods. Most know that probiotics, friendly ... more »


Friday Apr 14 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Who is not familiar with gluten, the protein in wheat that causes severe digestive complaints? In fact, gluten triggers severe reactions for the ... more »


Friday Apr 7 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Nature fights back. Just outside of Manhattan, with its billionaires and trendy chic eateries, the forest – cut back centuries ago – has regrown. ... more »


Friday Mar 31 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

There’s more to your lipid blood test panel than total cholesterol. Your doctor will emphasize that keeping your cholesterol and LDL levels within ... more »


Friday Mar 24 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You can instantly test your pH in urine and your nitric oxide level in saliva, or markers like white cells in urine just from a slip of paper. Why ... more »


Friday Mar 17 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

One of the most common questions my patients ask is if they have mercury toxicity. But, I’ve found that though some have traces of mercury by urine ... more »


Friday Mar 10 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Avoiding mucus forming foods is trendy, but should you cut out dairy and foods associated with increasing mucus? Do dairy products, and other foods ... more »

Is Soy Really Bad for Us?

Monday Mar 6 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

Let’s have a debate about soy! What?! “You mean, you’re doubting the fact that soy is a horrible so-called “health” ... more »


Friday Mar 3 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

A healthy way to prepare for springtime is with a liver cleanse and gallbladder flush. According to natural medicine, keeping bile fresh and the ... more »


Friday Feb 24 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Low back pain affects nearly everyone at some time during their lives. Only 5 to 10 percent progress to chronic low back pain. Along with influenza ... more »

The Full Guide to Staying Super Healthy While Traveling

Wednesday Feb 22 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’ve traveled to over 35 countries, from modern cities to remote islands in the developing world. My goal is not to add more countries as a badge of ... more »


Friday Feb 17 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You haven’t felt well in months. There is a gnawing pain in your belly. Most days you have a low-grade headache. You wake up in the middle of the ... more »


Friday Feb 10 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Dehydration is a serious problem, but mostly preventable . Every year, hospitals charge about 5.5 billion dollars treating emergency room visits for ... more »


Friday Feb 3 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The flu season is well underway and will last through May 2017. Because influenza viruses mutate fast, every year is different. This makes it hard to ... more »


Friday Jan 27 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Vitamin B12 is critical for health. Without enough B12, red blood cells do not mature correctly. B12 is necessary for DNA synthesis. A low B12 level ... more »


Friday Jan 20 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The symptoms of a cold subside on their own in a one week or less. Symptoms of seasonal flu take a little longer. In a few weeks, you’re ready ... more »


Friday Jan 13 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Every January half of the population of Canada leaves the frigid north for warmth and sunshine. The other half head south in February. In January, ... more »

The Evil Potato

Monday Jan 9 2017 | by Frederic Patenaude

  One of the first foods that someone on a diet learns to avoid, by well-meaning friends, relative, doctors, and diet books, are potatoes. ... more »


Thursday Jan 5 2017 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

New Year’s Day signifies a new beginning. But is it truly new? January 1 is the start of an annual cycle. You would think that since it’s the ... more »


Friday Dec 30 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We’re half way through the annual flu season. Fall and winter 2016 were relatively mild for the number of cases of influenza. But in mid-December, ... more »

How to Create an Awesome Fresh Coffee Fruit Shot

Friday Dec 23 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Food scientists tag the humble coffee fruit as nature’s most powerful super food. Will you soon see organic coffee fruit in the frozen section of ... more »

Should We Avoid Hybridized Fruits and Vegetables?

Monday Dec 19 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

I recently received the following question from a reader: “How do I buy fruits and vegetables that are closest to the way our ancestors ate them? I ... more »

Eating Raw While Traveling

Saturday Dec 17 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Eating 100% Raw or Not? Some people, for various reasons, make the 100% raw diet the most important focus in their lives. So if they went on a ... more »

How to Hack Your Astonishing Microbiome

Friday Dec 16 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

What is the most exciting frontier in human science? Thousands of scientists, doctors, medical journalists, and natural health practitioners agree. ... more »


Friday Dec 9 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

My patients often report that particular foods, usually wheat or dairy but others as well, makes their symptoms worse. It is a common misconception ... more »

Food Combining Way Simplified

Monday Dec 5 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Whenever I throw celery in a fruit smoothie, or add oranges in a salad, people ask me “But wait… isn’t that against food combining ... more »

5 Sure Fire Ways to Know if You Have Hashimoto’s

Friday Dec 2 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

If you happened to get diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you might also have Hashimoto’s. Why is it important to know the difference between them ... more »

My Top 10 “Health” Gift Ideas!

Monday Nov 28 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Every year, I post my top 10 list of “health” gift ideas. This might be an excuse to give yourself something  for all the hard work ... more »

Why I Can’t STAND the Word “Carb”

Sunday Nov 20 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

The last time I heard Dr. Oz or some other diet guru utter the word “carb,” I think I blew up a fuse. Whenever I hear this buzzword, you can see ... more »


Friday Nov 18 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Arguably, humans are the most dangerous animal on Earth. But, which creature causes the most sickness and the greatest number of deaths due to ... more »

Acne Sufferer Healed by Raw Vegan, Fruitarian Diet

Monday Nov 14 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

                Interview with Ted Carr, by Frederic Patenaude I met Ted Carr while living in Vancouver. I ... more »


Friday Nov 11 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

If catching influenza provides stronger immunity against the flu than vaccination, why do pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, and ... more »

You Don’t Need Another Juice Fast

Monday Oct 31 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

A friend of mine recently went on a juice fast. She felt stressed out, tired, and thought that it might help her.    She went on a juice fast, felt ... more »


Friday Oct 28 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

In 1985, when I was completing hospital rotations in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Shanghai, I was introduced to the importance of boosting ... more »

My Top 7 Most Essential Kitchen Gadgets

Monday Oct 24 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Whether you are on the raw food diet, the vegan diet or a healthy, whole food, organic diet, you probably spend some decent time in the ... more »


Friday Oct 21 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

What you eat matters. Certain foods improve or disrupt your health. For example, iodine is an essential component of thyroxine, necessary for healthy ... more »


Friday Oct 14 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The flu season started this month and will last through May 2017. Influenza viruses like cooler temperatures when more people gather together indoors ... more »

Winter is Coming

Monday Oct 10 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

How to Beat the Winter Blues It’s happening, yet again! Winter is coming… Don’t be caught off-guard this time. Have you started the most obvious ... more »

Why French People Are Thin (Hint: It’s Not Their Diet)

Monday Oct 10 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

This year I’ve been doing some traveling, mostly in Europe. This brought me to some interesting realizations about some cultural differences in ... more »

Sugar Is Your Friend

Sunday Oct 9 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

In the last survey we sent out to our readers, I noticed a lot of questions about sugar that I want to answer today. In recent years, quitting sugar ... more »


Friday Oct 7 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

I discovered the Life Extension Foundation (LEF) in the 1990’s and have been a physician affiliate ever since. Among its many cutting-edge ... more »

Water Controversies, Part 1: Organic Minerals, Alkaline Water, Distilled Water and Health

Wednesday Oct 5 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

We know that water is of great importance. The surface of the earth and our bodies are made up of approximately 72% water. Although water appears to ... more »

Time to End the 8-Hour Sleep Myth!

Tuesday Oct 4 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

“For tens of thousands of years, before the introduction of artificial lighting, most humans thought that what the pushers of sleep meds promise ... more »

Are Grains Really Healthy to Eat?

Saturday Oct 1 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Should you eat grains? The debate rages on in the diet community, and many people are still confused about the role of grains in the human ... more »


Friday Sep 30 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The bright yellow spice turmeric is called the golden nutraceutical. And it is the latest morning super food shot of Manhattan supermodels and ... more »

Why I Live in a City (vs. the Country)

Monday Sep 26 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Four years ago, I got divorced and moved from the beautiful city of Vancouver, back to my hometown of Montreal. Before that, I had spent many years ... more »


Friday Sep 23 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Conditions of the prostate gland are to men what breast cancer is to women. But, in some ways, prostate problems are worse. Besides cancer, there is ... more »


Friday Sep 16 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Vitamin D, a rising star of nutritional supplements, gets even brighter. Scientific evidence keeps mounting to support that idea that low vitamin D ... more »

How to Really Benefit from a New Amazing Youth Pill

Friday Sep 9 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Are NAD+ boosters a new fad or the latest scientific anti-aging breakthrough? Aging results in many changes to all body systems. The accumulative ... more »

Say No To Breakfast or Dinner – The No Breakfast Plan

Wednesday Aug 31 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Years ago—115 years, to be precise—a medical doctor named Edward Hooker Dewey wrote a book called No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting Cure. I own ... more »

7 Things I Discovered While Traveling the World

Monday Aug 29 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’ve been an avid traveler for most of my adult life, and in 2009-2010 I took a 9-month trip around the world with my ex-wife. I don’t ... more »

Why Screens Really Wreck Your Sleep and How to Correct It

Friday Aug 26 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  Late night browsing binges, endless emailing, perpetual texting, and video gaming, or even reading the news on your computer before turning in ... more »

He Laughed At My Salad, But I Didn’t Care

Monday Aug 22 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

A couple of weeks ago I was out of town on business and needed to grab a bite to eat. I spotted a health food restaurant that offered a giant buffet, ... more »

How to Effectively Cure Your Painful Acid Reflux

Friday Aug 19 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Americans are prone to heartburn. In fact, about 44 percent of Americans experience at least one heartburn attack per month. Our high fat, fried and ... more »

How to Overcome the Urgent Risk of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Friday Aug 12 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  Pernicious anemia is a very dangerous disease. The hallmark of pernicious anemia is chronic vitamin B12 deficiency, but it is an autoimmune ... more »

10 Urgent Facts About Zika Fever You Need to Know

Friday Aug 5 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  I wrote my first post about Zika virus on January 30, 2016. I was sure Florida would become ground zero for Zika infection in the United ... more »

Is Being a Health Expert Bad for Your Health? How Health Gurus Die Young

Tuesday Aug 2 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

It’s a rather shocking observation that health gurus — those who write diet books and give advice on how to live healthy longer — ... more »

How to Balance the Miracle Benefits and Risks of Coffee

Thursday Jul 28 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  The 21st-century buzz is that coffee – a 5,000-year-old energy drink – stimulates and heals. But is coffee good or is it bad for your ... more »

The 2-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream You Must Try

Monday Jul 25 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Making this raw vegan ice cream will blow your mind. First of all, it’s so easy, you can make it in just a few minutes. You only need a minimum ... more »

Why There Is an Urgent Need to Have Your Blood Tested

Thursday Jul 21 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You wouldn’t expect a carpenter to repair your house without a tape measure. Imagine your carpenter sawing away by guesswork! So why do some ... more »

5 Essential Kitchen Gadgets I Love

Friday Jul 15 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Over the years, I’ve tried many different kitchen gadgets, but only ended up using a few on a regular basis. Here’s my top list. 1) The ... more »

Exposed: How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Cancer Cures Myths

Monday Jul 11 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Cancer is a frightening disease. No matter what method doctors use to treat it, cancer is incredibly difficult to cure. The reason it is so ... more »

How We Found the Best Sunscreen

Wednesday Jun 29 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

This is a great article we received from our friends at  I have included the link to their full article, which includes the links to ... more »

How to Boost Your Nitric Oxide for A Healthy Heart

Friday Jun 17 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  If you are looking for the common causes of disease insufficient nitric oxide (NO) would be at the top of the list. Nitric oxide (NO) – not ... more »

How to Defeat the New Superbug With Immune Boosters

Friday Jun 10 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  Do you know of someone who contracted an infection and died from it? Most of us have. And, if you haven’t yet, you will. I’ve known ... more »

Making Health a Priority

Friday Jun 3 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

What does it mean to “make health a priority?” I often hear in different situations that health is the most important thing in life. People often ... more »

How to Choose The Best Test for Your Biological Age

Thursday May 26 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Dr. Mark Tager approaches the stage at the recent American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine world congress held in Hollywood, Florida; pauses for less ... more »

What Superfoods and Supplements I Take Daily

Tuesday May 24 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

  The other day, I received a question regarding the recent series “The Truth About Cancer“. “You’ve always said that ... more »

How to Diagnose and Correct Magnesium Deficiency

Friday May 20 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Magnesium deficiency is an under-diagnosed cause of many common ailments. Though clinical magnesium deficiency is rare, suboptimal levels are ... more »

How To Avoid The Wrong Cancer Diagnosis

Friday May 13 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

    More people die from medical errors, including misdiagnosis, than are killed in car accidents. What can you do to avoid getting the ... more »

This Is the Way to Activate Your Master Metabolic Molecule AMPK That Will Help You Live Longer and Healthier

Friday May 6 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  Ever wonder why you still feel tired even after overhauling your diet? You eat organic locally-grown foods, juice at least twice a week, ... more »

5 Urban Legends of Health

Monday May 2 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

A lot of popular advice is wrong. Many half-truths and fallacies become “facts” even several decades after we’ve debunked them. It annoys ... more »

How To Fast on Your Own – Discover the Benefits of Water fasting and Juice Fasting

Monday May 2 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Learn how to fast on your own, and discover the health benefits you will experience from water fasting or juice fasting for 24 hours, up to 7 ... more »

22 Amazing Nutritional Benefits Of Remarkable Quinoa

Friday Apr 22 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The journey to the land of quinoa begins at the San Pedro market in Cusco—the Incan capital city and gateway to Machu Picchu—at over eleven ... more »

5 Natural Remedies to Cure Dementia

Monday Apr 18 2016 | by Erica Silva

Humans are not immortal. As time passes, humans age and this means their whole bodies go through the process of aging too. One of the many ... more »

How To Make The Best Whey Protein Shake For More Energy

Friday Apr 15 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

    Supplementing your diet with a personalized protein shake will make a significant difference in your health, energy, and body ... more »

How To Lower High Cholesterol With Proven Natural Medicines

Friday Apr 8 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  Cholesterol gets treated like a four letter word. But does it deserve the bad rap? Cholesterol is a crucial molecule in the body, so before ... more »

How To Cure Food Allergies With Natural Medicine

Friday Apr 1 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Lela didn’t appear sick. When I first saw her in the waiting room, I thought she was a medical sales representative. But, she was there as a ... more »

Why Cuba Is The Next Most Interesting Thing In Natural Medicine

Tuesday Mar 22 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

In the 1960s – the decade when John Lennon sang songs of peace and love, and John Kennedy clamped on the embargo – I wanted to cut sugarcane with ... more »

40 Things I Learned At 40

Monday Mar 14 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Fred at 21 in the “Early Days” with David Wolfe and Stephen Arlin Guys, my 40th birthday is approaching (this weekend)! No big deal you ... more »

How To Maximize Your Glutathione Levels

Friday Mar 11 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Scientists have not yet found the body’s master molecule, but glutathione comes close. Your body’s cells are full of molecules that perform the ... more »

How To Cure Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika Fever With Papaya Leaf

Friday Mar 4 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Can leaves from the common papaya treat tough viruses like Zika? Chikungunya and Zika are scary because they are nasty viruses without an effective ... more »

The Best Mayan Super Foods To Improve Your Diet

Wednesday Mar 2 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

For ages, the ancient Mayans ruled Central America and much of the Caribbean. They dominated the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico with their intricate ... more »

Restaurants are Ethnic-Flavored Oil, Sugar and Salt

Monday Feb 29 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

In a presentation by Dr. Michael Klaper MD, restaurants were compared to being “ethnic-flavored oil, sugar and salt.” He said ... more »

How Not To Die – Book Review, Michael Greger

Monday Feb 29 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

How to Avoid Dying… Of the many things that can happen in life, dying isn’t anyone’s favorite. You have plenty of manuals of “how to live ... more »

Update on “No Oil”

Thursday Feb 25 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

My last article on “Why no Oil” caused quite a stir. I’ve been called names, and I quote: “You are as dumb as they come,” and other names I ... more »

5 Life-Changing Lectures (Advanced Study Weekend Review)

Monday Feb 22 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last weekend, I attended the “Advanced Study Weekend” organized by Dr. McDougall. He organizes this event twice a year and I have attended many ... more »

Natural Umami: How To Make Your Foods Yummy and Healthy

Friday Feb 19 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Why don’t health foods taste better? It’s easy to make them more appetizing, healthier, and nutritious with a few simple culinary tips. At the ... more »

How To Enhance Your Microbiome For Optimal Health

Friday Feb 12 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

In 1983, I was a young doctor just getting started practicing natural medicine in San Diego. Even in natural medicine, we hardly knew anything about ... more »

What You Need To Know About The Mosquito That’s Spreading Zika Virus

Thursday Feb 4 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  Nature’s perfect transmitters of infectious diseases are mosquitos. One of the crueler ones is Aedes aegypti that carries dengue, ... more »

UW Radio #343 Coffee & Kale with Kevin Gianni

Thursday Feb 4 2016 | by Jeff McGovern

Recently Kevin was interviewed about his new book Coffee and Kale, by our friends at Underground Wellness. It is a very “raw” and real ... more »

Twelve Things You Need To Know About Zika Virus

Saturday Jan 30 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The World Health Organization is very concerned about the explosive spread of Zika virus. Because Zika is associated with neurological complications, ... more »

How To Treat Sore Throat With Natural Medicine

Friday Jan 29 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  We’ve all experienced it. The winter months come on cold and windy, and sooner or later you get a swelling and burning pain in the back of ... more »

How To Optimize Your Diet With Powerful Phytochemicals

Friday Jan 22 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  Diet comes first. Then supplements. Next, include natural phytochemicals to optimize your health program. Phytochemicals are specialized ... more »

The World’s Most Relaxing and Stress-Reducing Music 

Monday Jan 18 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’m a huge music lover, and every day I must get my fix. My tastes are quite varied: from Bach to the most cutting-edge, uncompromising, modern ... more »

How to Win an Argument About Nutrition

Monday Jan 18 2016 | by Frederic Patenaude

When I decided to become a vegetarian at the age of 18, I naively thought that because I “saw the light,” everyone around me also would. “If ... more »

The 10 Most Important Dietary Supplements Every One Needs

Friday Jan 15 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

        Should you include supplements in your New Year’s health plan? Why do professional athletes and bodybuilders take ... more »

Juicing Vs. Green Smoothies: the Final Word

Friday Jan 8 2016 | by Guylaine Lacerte

I am frequently asked what is best, juicing or blending your vegetables for health. There are great benefits for both and both fill different ... more »

4 Rules That Will Protect You From Sidetracking Your Health

Friday Jan 8 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

For every journey, a good map and a trusted guide make all the difference between getting to your destination or becoming sidetracked. Along with an ... more »

The Newest Peruvian Super Food Is Rainbow Colored Mashua

Friday Jan 1 2016 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The newest of Peruvian super foods is one of the Andes oldest and most unusual.  I’ve lived and traveled in Peru for more than twenty years ... more »

How to Cure a Cold Quickly

Tuesday Dec 29 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last week, I got sick with a pretty nasty bug! Thankfully, I managed to recover very quickly using a counterintuitive method I’ll talk about in a ... more »

Learn How To Boost AMPK Activation And Live Longer

Friday Dec 18 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The FDA dusts off an old medicine used for type II diabetes and approves a scientific study to find out if metformin really can protect people ... more »

Top 10 Peruvian Super Foods To Enhance Your Diet

Monday Dec 14 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  Peru is a treasure house of healthy foods with a wealth of amazing super foods. After weeks in a remote region of the Peruvian Andes, I ... more »

Wanted: the Western Diet

Saturday Dec 12 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I remember the first time I came across the word “SAD Diet” while reading a health book. I smiled when I discovered that it meant “Standard ... more »

5 Desert Island CDs From a Classical Music Maniac

Tuesday Dec 8 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

What would you bring to a desert island? This fun question comes up once in a while, so I might as well share my list of music I could not live ... more »

Ode to Kevin Gianni – Happy Birthday!

Monday Dec 7 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

First meeting of Fred, Kev and Annmarie in 2009 Today, someone deserves a little praise and attention. Because today… my good friend and grand ... more »

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Health Minded Folks

Tuesday Dec 1 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Every year, I post a few ideas for Christmas gifts. This may give you great ideas to give a health-minded gift to someone you love, or very likely be ... more »

The Argument Against Paleo Diet

Friday Nov 27 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

As I’ve said before I’m not a big fan of the Paleolithic diet (shortened as the Paleo diet). Nowadays, the Paleo diet is a sort of a ... more »

Does Fungal Infection Cause Alzheimer’s?

Friday Nov 20 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

  A new study raises an interesting question: Does fungal infection, often associated with overuse of antibiotics, trigger Alzheimer’s ... more »

What Is Your Ultimate Island Paradise?

Tuesday Nov 10 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Hiking on the North Shore of Kauai On Monday I wrote about my fantasy of moving to an island paradise. Although I never quite realized it, I ended up ... more »

He smoked, drank scotch, yet lived to 100

Tuesday Nov 10 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Everybody I know, it seems, has a relative who lived a fairly unhealthy lifestyle and yet lived a long life. “My grandfather smoked, drank scotch ... more »

7 Common Exercises You Could Be Doing Wrong

Tuesday Nov 3 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

You’ve probably done these exercises since high school, but you could be making mistakes that lead to injury. You’ve probably done a few squats in ... more »

How To Beat Cancer By Adding Phytochemicals To Your Diet

Friday Oct 30 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

It seems the emperor of all maladies has mastery over all that we eat, breathe, and drink. The most common question my cancer patients ask is why do ... more »

Are Grains and Gluten Really Bad for Your Health?

Tuesday Oct 27 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

The gluten-free diet may be popular, but is it healthy for everyone? Over the past few years, the gluten-free market has exploded. Between 2009 and ... more »

Is Chicken the New Health Food?

Monday Oct 26 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

In the past few years, chicken has acquired a sort of “health food status”. Poultry is no longer a delicacy to be eaten on special occasions, ... more »

Raw Pad Thai: The most popular potluck dish

Wednesday Oct 21 2015 | by Melissa Andrews

Potlucks are occasions when everyone whips out their favorite (and most impressive) dish. It’s a chance for people to showcase their culinary ... more »

How to Store Food in the Fridge So It Lasts

Tuesday Oct 20 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

What’s the best way to store food in a refrigerator to keep it fresh? Apples in the bottom drawer, tomatoes up top, fish in the middle. Or should ... more »

3 Super Smoothies: Sweet, Savory, & Seasonal

Monday Oct 19 2015 | by Trent Golden

Smoothie recipes, especially the standard ‘green’ variety are a dime-a-dozen these days.  So last week when presenting for the local ... more »

Is Cooked Food Toxic? A Reply to Roger Haeske

Monday Oct 19 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Roger Haeske, in 2008, at 41. Hasn’t aged too much since then. Roger Haeske is one of the best examples of a successful long-term raw foodist. ... more »

3-Step Natural Approach to Soothing Arthritis Pain and Stiffness

Tuesday Oct 13 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Arthritis can cause not only pain and stiffness, but disability. Are there any natural approaches that work? Arthritis can start out as just a few ... more »

5 Dietary Recommendations That Will Make You Slimmer and Healthier

Friday Oct 9 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

It seems everyone knows the basics: don’t smoke, drink less alcohol, eat less meat, avoid sodas, and pick up fiber levels. The issue now is ... more »

Stay Healthy on 15 Nutrient-Rich, Affordable Foods

Tuesday Oct 6 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

When you’re on a budget, you can still eat healthy if you’re careful about your choices. Can we really eat healthy on a budget? That’s been up ... more »

How to Forgive Those Hard-to-Forgive People in 2 Steps

Sunday Oct 4 2015 | by Trent Golden

Forgiveness: The Secret Key to Holistic Thriving My Dad is a rigid man. He is a muscular ex-Marine and devoutly religious man. He values discipline, ... more »

Do Fitness Trackers Help In Achieving Your Health Goals?

Friday Oct 2 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Do FitBits and other trackers really live up to the hype? I recently bought the Fitbit Charge HR. It’s the third fitness tracker from Fitbit, and ... more »

The Chipotle Method

Thursday Oct 1 2015 | by Matt Jager

When I first went plant-based, I spent an embarrassing amount of time, energy, and money preparing meals. Because I was transitioning from a standard ... more »

The Best Natural Solution for Performance-Based Anxiety

Tuesday Sep 29 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

If herbs and nutrients don’t help calm your anxiety, you should give meditation a try. A few weeks ago, I talked about the herbs and supplements ... more »

From Fat Vegan to Skinny Bitch

Monday Sep 21 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

In my last two articles, I summarized my notes from the most recent health conference I attended, the Advanced Study Weekend organized by John ... more »

What I Learned At the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend (Part 2)

Friday Sep 18 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

This is the second installment in my series on the Advanced Study Weekend by Dr. McDougall. For the first part, click here. Dan Buettner – The ... more »

These Five Doctors Can Change Your Life (McDougall Event Review)

Wednesday Sep 16 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last weekend, I attended the “Advanced Study Weekend” organized by Dr. McDougall. He organizes this event twice a year and I have attended ... more »

Goat Milk or Cow’s Milk? Neither Is Best!

Friday Sep 11 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

After my last article on dairy “Raw or Not, Dairy Isn’t Healthy,” I’ve been accused of not taking into consideration the differences between ... more »

Aloe: The Humble Super Food Gets Better And Better

Friday Sep 11 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Every one knows aloe is great for soothing a sunburn. For thousands of years it’s been the preferred remedy for skin irritations, including burns, ... more »

Raw or not, Dairy Isn’t Healthy

Tuesday Sep 8 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’ve noticed recently enat dairy products seem to be making a comeback in the Paleo community and in other alternative health circles. Dairy is ... more »

How I Travel the World for Free (Almost)

Friday Sep 4 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

When I was young, I wanted to travel. My parents had subscribed for years to National Geographic, and they kept piles and piles of the magazines in ... more »

Pectin Supplements: Are They Worth It?

Friday Sep 4 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The next big thing in heart health is natural galectin-3 inhibitors from citrus pectin. When I was a farm boy in rural New England, oranges were a ... more »

Can Stress Cause Your Hair to Turn Gray?

Monday Aug 24 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

My dad rocked the most impressive head of hair and was very proud of it. At 55, you had to look hard to find a single gray hear in his abundant ... more »

What to Order at a Restaurant: the Healthiest Options

Sunday Aug 16 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Eating at a restaurant can be a disaster, health-wise! However, with some planning, you can “limit the damage” while enjoying ... more »

The Rules for Eating Out: How to Enjoy Restaurants Without Compromising Your Health

Monday Aug 10 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Restaurants can be tricky on a raw food diet, or any diet, for that matter. When I was eating 100% raw, I avoided restaurants almost entirely. I ... more »

5 Ways Your Mind Fools You When It Comes to Weight Loss

Tuesday Aug 4 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Your brain has a devious way of tricking you into failing when it comes to weight loss. Used to be we thought weight loss was just about eating less ... more »

10 Ways to Get Your Gut—and the Rest of You—Healthy

Friday Jul 31 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Your colon is the doorway to health. The key to getting in may be closer then you think. I just swallowed a capsule containing 50 billion living ... more »

Get Control of Blood Sugar Levels the Natural Way

Thursday Jul 30 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

You can help reduce blood sugar levels with certain foods and supplements. I have a friend whose father has suffered with type 2 diabetes for years. ... more »

How to Build Willpower

Sunday Jul 26 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

We each have our own weaknesses. For me, it’s coffee. I’ve quit drinking caffeine,on so many occasions that I can’t count them ... more »

The Shortest Path to Health May be a Long Journey

Friday Jul 24 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Slow healing, as opposed to quick fix prescriptions and fast medicine, is nature’s sure way of returning to balance. We all know that the antidote ... more »

Stressed? Bust It with These 7 “Real” Solutions

Thursday Jul 23 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

There are a million recommendations for how to reduce stress—which ones really work? “Just breath deeply. You’ll feel better.” “Here, ... more »

The Truth About the Seafood You Love

Tuesday Jul 21 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Omega-3 fatty acids are good for you, but contaminants aren’t. Which seafood types are safest? Those healthy omega-3 fatty acids can potentially ... more »

How to Restore Life & Radiance to Dull, Dry, and Thinning Hair

Friday Jul 17 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Hair is a living, ever-growing tissue. As living tissue, hair requires a consistent supply of nutrients every day. What do my patients often complain ... more »

7 Ways to Stop Work from Destroying Your Health

Thursday Jul 16 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Studies show that work can be very bad for our health, and can even increase risk of disease and death. Most of us admire the hard-working ... more »

Where Do You Draw the Line on Caffeine?

Tuesday Jul 14 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Some caffeine may be good for you, but how much is too much? It wasn’t that long ago that the general perception of caffeine was negative. Recent ... more »

A Para-Cyclist with a Rare Genetic Disorder Explains Everything – Exclusive Book Excerpt

Monday Jul 13 2015 | by Kevin Gianni

Below is a THIRD excerpt of my upcoming book: Kale and Coffee: A Renegade’s Guide to Health, Happiness and Longevity – Stay tuned for the ... more »

The Answer to Your Unknown Health Condition: from a New Blood Test?

Friday Jul 10 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Finding a viral cause for chronic illnesses is like working with a giant jigsaw puzzle. The real cause is invariably hidden deep within the immune ... more »

My Contaminated Kitchen Cabinet: A Surprising Result (Exclusive Book Excerpt)

Friday Jul 10 2015 | by Kevin Gianni

Below is a SECOND excerpt of my upcoming book: Kale and Coffee: A Renegade’s Guide to Health, Happiness and Longevity – Stay tuned for the ... more »

Do Sunscreens Really Help Protect Against Cancer?

Thursday Jul 9 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Sunscreens may not offer the protection we thought they would. Sunscreens cause cancer! Sunscreens don’t protect against melanoma! Sunscreens are ... more »

15 Ways to Curb Late-Night Cravings

Tuesday Jul 7 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Stop your brain from sabotaging your weight-loss goals! The majority of the evidence says that eating after 8:00 isn’t good for us, for a number of ... more »

Sick From Healthy Food: Exclusive Book Excerpt by Kevin Gianni

Monday Jul 6 2015 | by Kevin Gianni

Below is an excerpt of my upcoming book: Kale and Coffee: A Renegade’s Guide to Health, Happiness and Longevity – Stay tuned for the ... more »

5 Surprising Ways to Increase Productivity When You’re In a Slump

Thursday Jul 2 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Is there a way to stay productive even when you don’t feel like it? Things are clicking along. You’re getting a lot done. Your business is doing ... more »

How to Deal With Jet Lag – My Best Strategies

Wednesday Jul 1 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

The worst jet lag I’ve ever experienced was when I flew to Bali in 2005. It was my very first trip to Asia, and I flew directly from Montreal. It ... more »

What Makes Your Brain Happy (and Why We Do Stupid Things With Our Health)

Monday Jun 29 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’m currently reading a book with an interesting title (and most interesting content): What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do The ... more »

Can Weight Training Really Boost Metabolism?

Thursday Jun 25 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Is it really true that we can “boost” our metabolism? One really frustrating thing about getting older is that the eating habits that have served ... more »

“Grain Brain” Review

Monday Jun 22 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

After my last article, my readers asked me if I could review the book Grain Brain. This popular book by Dr. David Perlmutter has been talked about a ... more »

The IV Cocktail Lounge: A Better Way To Take Your Vitamins Or High-Priced Fad?

Friday Jun 19 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You’ll pay a lot for intravenous nutrient cocktails. Are they worth it? IVs are super trendy. In Miami, you can get IV cocktails with names ... more »

Organic vs. Conventional: A New Review of the Pros and Cons

Thursday Jun 18 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Is organic food really better for you? Organic food is always better, right? According to sales, yes. They increased by 11 percent between 2013 and ... more »

What is the World’s Healthiest Diet?

Monday Jun 15 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

A few weeks ago, I promised to share my thoughts on what constitutes an “ideal diet. So here it is… When I say “ideal,” I’m ... more »

15 Natural Ways to Lower High Blood Pressure

Friday Jun 12 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

It was a pleasant late morning in early summer about twenty years ago when an 83-year-old man came to see me for high blood pressure. He had been on ... more »

3 Practical Ways to Restrict Calories and Potentially Live Longer

Thursday Jun 11 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Could significantly reducing your daily caloric intake really help you live longer? Science is shouting about the benefits of reducing calories. Could ... more »

5 Super Foods That Grow In My Garden: Why tradition respects the daily use of superfoods to complement a healthy diet.

Friday Jun 5 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Superfood: Noni I get up early in the morning, face the rising sun, and stand quietly in my garden. It feels good. In the evening, I watch the sunset ... more »

10 Foods and Herbs to Calm Your Anxious Mind

Thursday Jun 4 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Regular intake of some foods and herbs may help tame symptoms of anxiety. Most of us face anxiety in our lives every now and then. It tends to come ... more »

Product Review: Zojirushi Rice Cooker

Wednesday Jun 3 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

In a previous article I talked about a kitchen gadget that I use on a regular basis: the Instant Pot, which is an automatic pressure cooker that I ... more »

The Myth of the Mediterranean Diet

Monday Jun 1 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

If there is one diet myth I am so tired of hearing, it is the so-called health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. It might sound a bit outrageous at ... more »

Ten Reasons To Ignore Your Doctor: More and More People Distrust Traditional Medicine and For Some Very Good Reasons

Friday May 29 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The biggest obstacle standing in the way of patients getting the best healthcare is their doctor. Once upon a time, those who went to doctors were ... more »

Are Colonics and Enemas Helpful or Harmful?

Thursday May 28 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Just how often does your colon really need to be cleaned? I haven’t reached the age where I need to think about colon cancer screening yet, but my ... more »

Eating a “Boring” Diet Is A Key to Success

Wednesday May 27 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

It may come as a surprise to hear me say that one of the keys to success on any diet is a certain degree of “boredom,” which ... more »

How To Know The Biodiversity Of Your Microbiome

Friday May 22 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Want to know if eating fried cicadas or grasshoppers will improve your gut biodiversity? If you want to know what’s going on in your gut, get ... more »

The 21 Day Habit Myth

Monday May 18 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

A few years ago, I was inspired by the concept that “it takes 21 days to form or break a habit.” So, I created my own 21 Day Challenge. The 21 Day ... more »

Biohacking: Can Cutting Edge Citizen Science Improve Your Health And Maximize Performance?

Friday May 15 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Interested in maximizing your biological potential, enhancing human health, personal performance, and happiness? Do emerging technologies and a ... more »

Instant Pot Review: What I Think After 6 Months

Saturday May 9 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

  The second most important kitchen item that I use after my Vita-Mix: the Instant Pot. What appealed to me about instant pot is it’s an ... more »

Do B12 Shots Really Increase Energy?

Friday May 8 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“B12 injections are useful when you need them, but unless you’re B12 deficient,you’re not likely to get a quick ... more »

The 8-Hour Diet: The Best Time to Eat to Trick Your Body Into Losing Weight

Thursday May 7 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Recent studies suggest it’s not how much we eat, necessarily, but when we eat it that could be contributing to weight gain and disease. Weakest time ... more »

Eat More, Not Less

Monday May 4 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

In the realm of diets, usually the advice is in the form of a “do not eat” list. A raw food diet forbids cooked foods. A Paleo diet may forbid ... more »

5 Superfoods That Actually Live Up to the Hype

Thursday Apr 30 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

These five superfoods won’t break the bank, but they will provide great health benefits. Last week we talked about five superfoods that are more ... more »

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” Book Review

Wednesday Apr 29 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

It’s easy to say that something’s changed your life. In fact, this catch phrase is becoming a little overused. Attending this seminar ... more »

What Percentage Raw Is Right for You?

Thursday Apr 23 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

A reader writes: I don’t think any sort of fixed ratio is “best.” Learning to tune into intuitive guidance and release any guilt, shame or fear ... more »

Don’t Be Fooled by These 5 Miracle Elixirs…Ahem, Superfoods

Thursday Apr 23 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Which superfoods are mostly super-hype?I just finished performing in a production of “Sweeney Todd.” (I played the French horn in the pit ... more »

Why French People Are Thin

Monday Apr 20 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

oI recently spent a few weeks with French people while on a trip to the South Pacific. Even though French is my first language, I am not French. I am ... more »

Fasting One Day a Week

Saturday Apr 18 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I recently started fasting one day a week — either a juice fast or a 24-hour water fast. Intermittent fasting is becoming popular, especially ... more »

Scholarship Spaces for our New Course Available

Thursday Apr 16 2015 | by Kevin Gianni

Quick note: the Course “How to Succeed With Your Alternative Health Business” is now available here.    In 2009, Annmarie and I were in ... more »

Will Somebody Please Turn Off the Lights?

Thursday Apr 16 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Too much artificial light has been linked with obesity, diabetes, and cancer. I spend about two weeks each year on the Pacific Coast, in a little ... more »

The Top Five Health Mistakes I Made

Monday Apr 13 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I often hear: “I’m confused when it comes to the amount of information available in the alternative health space.” So many so-called ... more »

Optimize Your 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D Level To Improve Your Chances of Preventing and Surviving Cancer

Friday Apr 10 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Vitamin D, the rising star of nutrients, gets even brighter. Scientific research on vitamin D includes more than 62,000 published studies, and more ... more »

Too Much Water, Not Enough Water—Why I Think We Need to Drink More

Thursday Apr 9 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Recommendations are mixed, but I think on the whole, most of us can benefit by drinking more water. It’s a natural miracle worker: plain old ... more »

“I Collect Bad Wines”

Saturday Apr 4 2015 | by Kevin Gianni

You always find interesting Ted Talks. One that I recently watched was by Ric Elias, a singer and songwriter who described his near-death experience ... more »

Is There Such A Thing as Aging Gracefully?

Friday Apr 3 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

All old people have been young, but no young person has ever been old. This biological and chronological fact is at the root of one of life’s ... more »

The One Way You May be Able to Save Your Brain from Alzheimer’s

Thursday Apr 2 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Another study shows meditation protects the aging brain—is it time to work it into your daily routine? My grandmother lived until she was 93 years ... more »

How to Keep the Digestive Juices Flowing

Saturday Mar 28 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

As discussed in my previous article, it’s very common after a “detox diet” (raw foods, paleo, juice fasting, etc.) to experience ... more »

What Happens When Rawfoodists Cheat on Their Diet

Thursday Mar 26 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

This is a dilemma that every person who has seriously dabbled with raw foodism, fasting, juice cleansing and even other restricted diets — has ... more »

The Truth About Juice Fasts: The Sweet Spot and the Danger Zone

Thursday Mar 19 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

A juice fast may help jolt you into healthier eating, but it can also be dangerous. They’re trendy. They’re supposed to be healthy. But do they do ... more »

Soy: Superstar Health Food or Really Bad Idea?

Thursday Mar 12 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Studies have shown mixed results on soy—should we avoid it or not? In a 2011 survey, about 81 percent of consumers rated soy as healthy. About a ... more »

What I Buy at Costco

Saturday Mar 7 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I must admit that I have a love-hate relationship with Costco. I get all excited when it’s time to go on a shopping spree at Costco. But I also ... more »

The Neurological Consequences of Celiac Disease: Can Gluten Affect the Brain?

Friday Mar 6 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Among the most puzzling of all conditions associated with Celiac disease are ones that affect the nervous system. Can gluten sensitivity or Celiac ... more »

5 Reasons Why Slow Runners are Smarter

Thursday Mar 5 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Could it be that slow runners live longer in the end? You know the tale. The tortoise, weary of the hare’s constant ridicule of his slow-moving ... more »

I Didn’t Want to Die

Saturday Feb 28 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last month I was on the island of Maui for a vacation. I took the obligatory snorkeling tour trip, and on the boat met an interesting character: ... more »

Is It Safe to Put the Salt Shaker Back on the Table?

Thursday Feb 26 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

New evidence suggests we’ve been all shook up over salt for no reason. If you have heart disease in your family, you know the drill. Put away the ... more »

How to Do a Five Day Juice Fast

Tuesday Feb 24 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Last Friday, I completed a five-day juice fast! I’ve done a bit of fasting and cleansing over the years, but my last juice fast was back in ... more »

How to Live (Comfortably) on $56-156 a Month for Food

Tuesday Feb 24 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

  This article is not how-to manual on how to eat for the rest of your life on the $56 a month for food. I did it in my 20s for a while, on a raw ... more »

5 Reasons to Add Astragalus To Your Anti-Aging Supplement Plan

Friday Feb 20 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Can adding astragalus to your nutritional supplement program reverse aging and keep you alive for 142 years? There’s no single test that tells how ... more »

Could Kale Cause Thyroid Problems?

Thursday Feb 19 2015 | by Colleen M. Story

Is it possible that too much kale could be bad for you? American novelist Edna Ferber was quoted as saying, “Perhaps too much of anything is as bad ... more »

Should You Fire Your Doctor? Three Tips On How To Find A Good One

Friday Feb 13 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

“You’re looking for a good doctor, I’m looking for a good patient.” – Dr. Bernard Jensen For years, I had a sign above the door to my clinic ... more »

Kevin’s Definitive Guide on How to Travel Healthy

Saturday Feb 7 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

If there’s anyone who’s qualified to write a guide on traveling healthy, it’s us… We were on the road for 2 years in our RV (and by plane) ... more »

The Measles Epidemic: Is Vaccination The Only Alternative?

Friday Feb 6 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Last week, one of my patients from Southern California, a thoughtful single mother of two boys 8 and 10 years old, emailed me a frantic note ... more »

Can These Compounds Help You Live Longer? New Longevity Drugs

Friday Jan 30 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Since the 1990s, I’ve been studying the biology of aging and traveling the world looking for ways to reverse the effects of aging. When we’re in ... more »

Thyroid Problems Becoming More Common: 3 Blood Tests to Take

Friday Jan 23 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

There is no reason for people with thyroid imbalance to go undiagnosed. There’s a lot of concern about thyroid health. There should be! It’s a ... more »

Healthy and Not-So-Healthy Supplements for Your Cat : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Thursday Jan 22 2015 | by Kevin Gianni

Seriously, he’d prefer a bit of tuna. Does your cat need nutritional supplements? It’s a question that vets get asked more often these ... more »

The Best Way to Improve Your Sleep: All the Best Advice Summarized

Monday Jan 19 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

I’m not a good sleeper — never have been. When some people proudly exclaim that they fall asleep like a baby every night and wake up the next ... more »

A Bad Flu Is Rising: Influenza Update Winter 2015

Friday Jan 16 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Last week, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC, publicly announced that this season’s main flu strain—H3N2—is a bad one. For the first ... more »

Can Your Cholesterol Be Too Low? Challenging the Paleo View on Cholesterol

Wednesday Jan 14 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Some people, when they follow a low-fat vegan diet or a RAW diet, come back with interesting blood test results, with cholesterol levels so low that ... more »

To Lose Weight, It’s Critical to Know Your “Why”

Friday Jan 9 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Do so many people fail at achieving their resolution goals because of lack of willpower, because they can’t make the time to exercise, or because ... more »

Rethinking Fruit – Should You Limit Fruit? Maybe Not

Monday Jan 5 2015 | by Frederic Patenaude

Weekly fruit haul. The most recent find: seeded muscat grapes from Spain!   It seems that every recent diet book I have looked at lately seems to ... more »

Are You Making the Right Health Decisions? How to Tell

Friday Jan 2 2015 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We haven’t been taught how to use statistical thinking in our daily affairs, including our health. People often make bad choices when it comes to ... more »

Dry January: Is It Worth It?

Tuesday Dec 30 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

A health catch phrase you might hear these days is “Dry January.” Many people use the month of January as a period of abstinence after the ... more »

Getting Back on Track: The Science of New Year Resolutions

Monday Dec 29 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

On Christmas Eve, I had a busy day. I committed to two consecutive dinners: one with my family and one at a friend’s place. Because many of my ... more »

Melatonin: The Goldilocks Hormone

Friday Dec 26 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

No one knows how long melatonin as been around, but the guess is about 700 million years. Austria is a beautiful country of hills and lakes, ... more »

Is 10 Minutes of Daily Exercise Enough? Make Your Healthy Minutes Count

Friday Dec 19 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

It seems that for health, the range of exercise—there’s always the proverbial range—is between 30 to 90 minutes daily for at least five days a ... more »

Chikungunya Disease Sweeps the Caribbean, Moves Into Florida

Friday Dec 12 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Viral infections (like Chikungunya, caused by mosquito bites) are spreading around the world at an alarming rate. Expect more, not less, over the ... more »

Walk a “Kevin Block” with Me

Thursday Dec 11 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

When I was young, my mother was often away. She was a single mom, a flight attendant and needed to work to support my brother and I. My father had ... more »

Is It OK to Eat Sugar? The Sugar Debate Heats Up : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Thursday Dec 11 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

Bread fruit isn’t sweet (it’s also the size of your head!), but does it matter — for your health — how sweet a fruit is? Ah, ... more »

4 Ways Sugar Messes with Your Mind

Wednesday Dec 10 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

You know too much sugar can pad your waistline, but did you know it can also affect your mood and memory? Too much sugar in your diet can lead to ... more »

Curb the Urge to Snack with These 7 Tips

Monday Dec 8 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Too much snacking can derail your weight loss goals. You’re hungry. You just ate an hour or so ago, but you’re hungry. At least, that’s what ... more »

Smarter Smart Pills: Can Nutritional Supplements Make Us Sharper?

Friday Dec 5 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Nootropics tune up our brains and can prevent brain aging. The brain is amazingly complex. Without its intricate network of nerves, immune cells, and ... more »

Fight Arthritis Pain and Inflammation with These 7 Foods

Wednesday Dec 3 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Broccoli is one of the many foods that can help relieve arthritis pain and inflammation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states ... more »

Could Your Pepsi Shorten Your Life as Much as Smoking?

Monday Dec 1 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

If you’re regularly drinking soda, you could actually be shortening your life. You already know that sodas aren’t good for you. But a recent study ... more »

Five Tips to Help You Stay Healthy Through the Cold Season

Friday Nov 28 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Don’t fall victim to the cold or flu—stay healthy this winter with these five tips. If you base your health on the seasons, spring is the time ... more »

Exercise: At What Age Should You Back Off On High Intensity Training?

Friday Nov 28 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

The chances that you’ll experience serious cardiovascular consequences in your senior years are much higher than for younger people who engage in ... more »

Improve Your Chances of Avoiding Breast Cancer with These 7 Foods

Wednesday Nov 26 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Studies have found that beans can be powerful protectors against breast cancer. Studies have already linked a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, ... more »

Lead, Mercury, Arsenic in Your Body—10 Tips to Flush the Toxins Out

Monday Nov 24 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

We’re all exposed to heavy metals—learn how to protect yourself. Lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic—these are the four most concerning heavy ... more »

It’s Time To Rethink Our View on Vaccination

Friday Nov 21 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We need a wiser approach to vaccines, and parents need a better understanding of the benefits and risks. In the late 1950s, Polio—a contagious, ... more »

The One Food You Need to Eat to Avoid the Flu This Season

Wednesday Nov 19 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Studies show that shiitake mushrooms have powerful immune-boosting properties. We’ve officially entered the cold and flu season. You may have ... more »

Add This to Your Smoothie to Detox, Improve Digestion, and Help Prevent Cancer

Monday Nov 17 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Dandelion greens should be in your green smoothie! A recent survey reported that nearly a third of Americans are leery of green juices, with 28 ... more »

The First American Immortal— The Alluring Promise of a Few More Years

Friday Nov 14 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

One of life’s last great decisions we’ll have to make is what will we do about aging. It’s just a number. But, when it’s a number connected ... more »

5 Spices That Boost Your Cancer-Fighting Power

Wednesday Nov 12 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Studies show that spices are gallant warriors in the battle against cancer. “A growing body of research—primarily lab studies—is now zeroing in ... more »

7 Fun Ways to Burn More Calories On Your Walk

Monday Nov 10 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Walking is great exercise no matter how you do it, but you can up your calorie burn with these tips. If you weigh about 160 pounds and you walk at a ... more »

Why Some Vegans Crash and Burn

Saturday Nov 8 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

After our podcast on people coming out as “ex-vegans,” I’ve been getting some questions from readers who are not sure whether a vegan ... more »

5 Teas That Help You Drop a Few Pounds

Wednesday Nov 5 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Peppermint tea helps promote easy digestion, which may help you lose a few pounds. If you’re trying to lose weight, you may have already cut back on ... more »

Raw Milk: It’s Good for You, Right? : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Monday Nov 3 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

So what is the deal with raw milk… All good? All Bad? Or somewhere in between… I probably address raw milk about every 5-6 months, but ... more »

Dragon’s Blood: Amazonian Herb Becomes Prescription Drug That May Treat IBS

Friday Oct 31 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Sangre de Grado, an ancient rainforest medicine, has found use in the modern world. I first learned about Sangre de Grado, often referred to as ... more »

Is it OK to Shop at Trader Joe’s for Your Food and Produce? : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Monday Oct 27 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

Can’t find produce this fresh at Trader Joe’s. (White Pineapple in Quepos, Costa Rica, in 2009) My mom loves Trader ... more »

The Aging Gut: Do Probiotics and Supplemental Fiber Help Us Live Longer?

Friday Oct 24 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

One thing we know for certain, a healthy gut prevents disease and promotes longevity. As we age, all parts of our body get old with us, including the ... more »

3 Secret Weapons Against Stress, Inflammation, and Insomnia

Tuesday Oct 21 2014 | by Shelli Stein

Stress, inflammation, and lack of sleep shorten your telomeres—which can shorten your life. Three protectors help you overcome the effects. You ... more »

7 Natural Ways to Beat the Fall/Winter Blues

Monday Oct 20 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

The change of seasons can make us feel blue. Try these 10 tips to put a smile back on your face. It’s the fall season. How do you feel? Maybe you ... more »

Ebola Ground Zero—Should We Worry?

Friday Oct 17 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

We are no longer at a viral crossroads. Severe viral infections are threatening our health, now. A viral fire is blazing in Africa. Half of every one ... more »

Got Migraines? Try Meditation—Study Shows It Helps

Wednesday Oct 15 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Migraines not only cause pain and suffering, but stress, job problems, and insomnia. Might meditation help? The Migraine Research Foundation states ... more »

Depression: A Mental Illness or Digestive Disorder?

Monday Oct 13 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Depression may have more to do with our “gut feelings” than we thought. After Robin William’s death in August 2014, the issue of depression was ... more »

Is Curcumin Really The All-in-One Solution?

Friday Oct 10 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Curcumin extract is an ancient Asian medicine that’s becoming an integrative medicine star. Turmeric is getting lots of press. And I’m not talking ... more »

7 Foods to Help You Control Your Appetite

Wednesday Oct 8 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Craving an ice cream shake? Try eating an apple first— it may satisfy your appetite and reduce your intake of calories. A 2013 survey based on ... more »

Green Smoothie Red Alert! Are Green Smoothies Actually Bad for You? : Exculsive Renegade Health Article

Monday Oct 6 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

My exchange with Rio, promising this article… A while ago, I received a Facebook message from Rio… He was concerned. Here’s what he ... more »

Chlorophyll Juice: Separating Myth from Fact

Monday Oct 6 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Chlorophyll juice is popular in the juicing world, but is it really the source of all those health benefits? You may remember talking about ... more »

Citrus Pectin—the New Therapy for Cancer & Heart Disease?

Friday Oct 3 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Pectins (derived from the white part under all types of citrus fruit peels) have traditionally been used as thickening and stabilizing agents for ... more »

4 Foods to Avoid After 50—and 5 to Eat More Of

Wednesday Oct 1 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Lunchmeats have been linked with an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Avoid after 50! Let’s face it—things change ... more »

Scholarship Results

Tuesday Sep 30 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

As you may have heard, on October 6th, next week, we’re starting our long-awaited course on “How to Succeed With Your Alternative Health ... more »

Last Chance for Scholarship

Monday Sep 29 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

As you may have heard, on October 6th, next week, we’re starting our long-awaited course on “How to Succeed With Your Alternative Health ... more »

10 Natural Ways to Strengthen Your Nails

Monday Sep 29 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Forget harsh, chemical treatments—you can have strong, pretty nails through natural methods. Even if you’re not obsessed with the latest nail ... more »

Purple Bamboo Salt: Is It The Best Salt on Earth?

Friday Sep 26 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Researchers have found bamboo salt useful for viral infections, allergies, sinusitis, dental and gum disease, and diabetes. First there was the ... more »

4 Healthy Foods that can Easily Pad Your Waistline—and Low-Cal Alternatives

Wednesday Sep 24 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Though hummus helps fight cravings and may lower cholesterol, it can also pad your waistline. Sometimes healthy foods get a pass in the diet books. We ... more »

Do What You Love — How to Succeed With Your Alternative Health Business

Tuesday Sep 23 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

We’ve got a great audio for you today! Click the play button to start the audio: Click here for the MP3 During the call, we mentioned that ... more »

7 Foods/Beverages That Can Help You Sleep—and 5 That Keep You Awake

Monday Sep 22 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Tart cherry juice is one of the many things that will help you fall asleep. Sleeping pills are not good for you. Recent studies have linked them with ... more »

Still Sick? When Going Gluten-Free Is Not Enough

Friday Sep 19 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

You’ve gone gluten-free, but you’re still not feeling well. What gives? Every morning when I first come in to the clinic, I look at my ... more »

New Giveaway: Scholarship for “How to Succeed With Your Alternative Health Business”

Wednesday Sep 17 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

Quick note: Share your comments below this post to be entered for a free scholarship in Kevin’s next course “How to Succeed With Your ... more »

Add 3 Years to Your Life—By Performing This Exercise for 5-10 Minutes a Day

Wednesday Sep 17 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

A recent study shows that runners—regardless of how fast or far they run— live longer than non-runners. What if by performing just one exercise ... more »

Over 60? It’s Time to Be a Morning Person

Monday Sep 15 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

A recent study reports that older people do best tackling their hardest projects in the morning. I’ve always been a night owl. Even as a kid I was ... more »

Five Reasons Why You Don’t Want Your Cholesterol Level To Get Too Low

Friday Sep 12 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Is cholesterol the enemy of heart health? Can our levels get too low? It takes a gigantic shift in thinking to turn the idea of a bad molecule into a ... more »

8 Breakfast Foods that Help You Turn Back the Clock

Monday Sep 8 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Add these foods to your breakfast menu to help keep yourself looking and feeling young. How would you like to start your day off by helping your body ... more »

IBS and Abdominal Discomfort—Have We Incorrectly Blamed Gluten?

Friday Sep 5 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Why is it that after ten thousands of years of agriculture, we don’t know what foods work best? Bethany, a single mother of two, was in pain. She ... more »

How Raw Foodists Get Sick: 10 Deadly Outcomes for Otherwise Super Healthy People

Thursday Sep 4 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

10 Things That Can Kill or Injure Otherwise Super-Healthy People Most people in Western countries die of lifestyle-related diseases. The biggest ... more »

Another Reason to Consume Probiotics—It May Prevent Fatty Liver Disease

Wednesday Sep 3 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Sauerkraut is a good source of healthy probiotics—which may protect your liver. It used to be that only alcoholics had to worry about fatty liver ... more »

Trick Your Fat Cells Into Shrinking

Tuesday Sep 2 2014 | by Shelli Stein

Can you really get rid of fat cells? If there’s one topic that many of us think about but don’t quite understand, it’s fat loss. So let’s see ... more »

3 Reasons to Avoid the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet—and 7 Ways to Make it Healthier

Monday Sep 1 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

The all-you-can-eat buffet may be tasty and inexpensive, but it can also be extremely unhealthy. Buffets can be a great option. Everyone can get ... more »

Throw Out Your Back? 8 Tips to Help You Recover : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

Saturday Aug 30 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

When you “throw out” your back, it may feel like it, but usually nothing has actually moved out of place. According to the American ... more »

Achiote: Does This Peruvian Superstar Plant Medicine Deserve the Hype?

Friday Aug 29 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Though achiote is not yet readily available in U.S. markets, look for it soon in your local health food store. After a jolting, eight-hour dusty ride ... more »

12 Reasons Why Sodas are Horrible for You, & Healthy Soda Recipes!

Wednesday Aug 27 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Regular sodas are horrible for your health, but you can make your own healthy alternatives! You know sodas aren’t good for you. So you take one of ... more »

7 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Fat—and What Fats are Healthy

Monday Aug 25 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Recent studies have shown that low-fat isn’t always the best. But what fats should you have in your diet? Mainstream nutrition convinced us for ... more »

Green Medicine: How the Rainforest Heals

Friday Aug 22 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Mountain rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon along the upper Urubamba River. For urban dwellers, the forest has a sense of otherworldliness. And for ... more »

Your Outlook on Life Could Increase Your Risk of Dementia

Wednesday Aug 20 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

New study shows: a cynical attitude can increase your risk of dementia. Do you tend to think the worst of people, expecting they’ll probably ... more »

The Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Gift Basket Giveaway

Tuesday Aug 19 2014 | by Kevin Gianni

We have an exiting giveaway for you! As you may know, although Renegade Health was my first health-project, the Annmarie Gianni Skincare company that ... more »

Stressed? How to Test Your Adrenal Gland Function

Tuesday Aug 19 2014 | by Shelli Stein

Too much stress can throw off your adrenal glands, leading to other health problems. Did you know that your adrenal glands can be the source of ... more »

7 Surprising Benefits of Owning a Pet

Monday Aug 18 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Studies show that pets can boost your mood, make you more attractive, and even help you live longer. If you own a pet, you already know they’re good ... more »

Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

Sunday Aug 17 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Go the supermarket and you’ll find perfectly round apples, oval or oblong eggplants, flawless oranges, and zucchinis free of the weird ... more »

Zinc: The Keystone to Immunity

Friday Aug 15 2014 | by Dr. J. E. Williams

Oysters are one of the best natural sources of zinc. Zinc is the keystone for healthy immune function. Getting enough dietary zinc is required ... more »

What Hollywood Thinks of Vegans, Juicing Enthusiasts, and Fruitarians

Wednesday Aug 13 2014 | by Frederic Patenaude

Hollywood is full of clichés and stereotypes. Watch an old movie with Clint Eastwood, like “Dirty Harry,” and you might notice how all the women ... more »

7 Reasons Why Smoking Marijuana May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Wednesday Aug 13 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Though medical marijuana has some health benefits, regular use can also cause serious health problems. Medical marijuana (cannabis) is gaining steam. ... more »

Is Organic Milk Healthier? Best Options for You

Monday Aug 11 2014 | by Colleen M. Story

Is organic milk really better for you than conventional? A new study reports on the issue. For years the debate has been ongoing—is organic really ... more »