One of the more popular “fad” diets that has popped up in the last decade is the pH diet, or acid/alkaline diet. The idea behind it is that the human body needs to operate at a very specific pH and that many of the foods that make up the modern diet lower that value and, as a result, the blood becomes more acidic. Not quite to the levels of the xenomorphs from the fictional Alien universe, but enough to cause an overall negative impact on general physical health, organ function, and mental state (including issues like fatigue, anxiety, and depression).
Seeing as the weather outside has taken a turn for the frightful, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about something that could make those cold days and nights a little more delightful. A simple fix that can help prevent headaches, ease neck and shoulder tension, lessen your odds of catching a cold, and generally keep overall health and comfort protected during these chilly times. And the best thing about this solution? It’s cheap, flexible, and offers a chance for some personal expression in the process. So what is this magical fix that can offer so many benefits? I am, of course, talking about one of my favorite cold weather health solutions: the scarf.
One of the most common questions people ask their medical practitioners, especially those of us on the alternative side, is “What’s the best diet for me as an individual?” It’s easy to tell why they might be confused. In the last several years, there has been a greater emphasis on eating foods that fall under very strict restrictions with the idea of minimizing negative food reactions. Vegetarianism, Veganism, Paleo, Atkins, Gluten-free – it’s no wonder people are confused. Well, I’m sorry to say that I don’t have those answers for you. What I can offer is a different way of looking at food and how it interacts with your body. By incorporating a few simple ideas into how you think of food, you will have tools available to help you determine which foods should become staples, which foods to avoid, and which foods you can indulge in, but only every once in a while.
It would be fair to say that caffeine is the most commonly used stimulant in today’s world and is consumed in a variety of forms. Historically, most cultures developed a form of caffeine that was linked to the plants found in the geographic area where that culture was located. Continue reading
Back when I was still a Caveman Medicine practitioner-in-training, I decided to compile all of the single herbs they taught in herb class into an easily searchable, alphabetical format. Now, with the proliferation of tablet devices and phones that can read and store PDF files, I revisited this project and have decided to make it available to all of you. Continue reading
With the recent revelation that celebrity chef Paula Deen has entered into a contract with diabetes drug manufacturer Novo Nordisk, it seems like a good time to examine why it is exactly that traditional dishes such as those popular in the Southern and Midwestern states are so bad for people living in today’s America. Continue reading
Preface: The following advice is not intended for those who adhere to a vegetarian diet for moral, religious, or dietary reasons. People who have made a formal decision to remove meat and animal products from their diet have often made the proper substitutions to ensure that they are getting all of the nutrients they need. This article is predominately aimed at individuals who consider themselves omnivores, but for whatever reason have chosen to remove red meats from their diet. Continue reading
The modern world offers a lot of options that were never available to humans of the past. However, as with most modern advances in the name of convenience, there are often unacknowledged reasons why the humans of the past did things differently that had nothing to do with their lack of access to modern technology and transportation. Continue reading
A lot of the questions that are posed to alternative practitioners have to do with food and diet, partially because of the growing obesity epidemic, but also because there are more books and theories being added to the mix of dietary advice on an almost daily basis. Continue reading
When it comes to the simplest, cheapest, and most abundant form of liquid refreshment in the world, there seems to be a lot of confusion. Some of the most common questions include “Why do I need to drink water?”, “Coffee and beer contain water: does that count?”, and “How much should I drink?” Continue reading