Viruses are one of the oldest
organisms on Earth. They consist simply of a protein envelope and nucleic
acids, which renders them unable to replicate outside of a host. Some viruses, such as influenza, can both
rearrange compatible genes and mutate on a regular basis in order to remain
Interestingly, the main benefit of
herbs is their working relationship with our own innate ability to ward off
pathogens, such as viruses. This in part is what makes herbal medicine so
unique. Although herbs provide some direct anti-viral activity, they primarily
act in a non-specific, adaptive manner.
unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it
is one of those things which give value to survival.”
Lewis, The Four Loves
these unprecedented times, it’s important for all of us to focus on positive
steps that we can take to stay healthy, not only physically, but also emotionally
and spiritually. As difficult as things may appear to be, remember that within
every crisis lie opportunities for growth and change.
This nourishing soup is a delicious way to naturally boost your immunity. Traditionally prepared in cultures throughout the world, bone broth is easily digested and provides a wealth of nutritional and immune support factors. I myself do not eat meat and promote a 85/15 ratio diet of plant foods to animal foods. When people have lost blood from surgery or other causes and/or are undergoing chemotherapy, the blood nourishment from the addition of the animal bones is specifically helpful for recovery. I have no vegetarian alternative, but you can make the soup without the animal bones and it will still be extremely beneficial and immune boosting, but less helpful for those with iron anemia. For beef alternatives, many people use elk or lamb. I understand and respect anyone that chooses not to consume this for ethical reasons, but as Ben Franklin so eloquently wrote, “A place for everything, everything in its place.”
can be great, because everybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace,
a soul generated by love.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King
brains have the remarkable capacity to adapt and change throughout our lives. This
ability to form and reorganize neural pathways in response to learning, experience,
injury, disease, or aging is called neuroplasticity.
helps the brain process sensory input along with creating suitable adaptive
responses to stimuli. Neurons must have purpose to survive, and those with weak or
ineffective connections are pruned. Through a variety of structural and molecular
mechanisms, neurons compensate for injury or disease.
Baking cookies and sharing them with friends is part of our family’s holiday tradition. This year, I created a new recipe that I’d like to share with you. It’s a delicious holiday treat (made with spelt, walnuts, and other healthy ingredients) that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do!
4 oz butter (1 stick butter)
2 oz coconut oil
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 cup oat flour
1 cup sprouted spelt flour *
½ cup Pamela’s baking mix
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ cups chopped walnuts*
1 cup shredded coconut, toasted on stove for 2 minutes, stirring frequently
Sugar and spice topping:
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cardamom
2 tsp. maple sugar
1 tsp. coconut milk powder
Soften butter and mix with coconut oil and vanilla. Beat in maple syrup and coconut sugar.
Sift oat flour, spelt flour, baking mix, and sea salt and add to wet ingredients.
Fold in chopped walnuts and coconut.
Shape into crescents and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F convection.
Bake cookies for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from oven, place on rack to cool, and using a sifter, dust cookies with the sugar and spice mixture.
I’m often asked what I consider to be the healthiest diet. Through decades of nutritional research and experimentation, I’m convinced that a diet of primarily organic, plant-based Mediterranean foods—including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, eggs, dairy products (cow, goat and sheep milk derived) and healthy fats (mostly olive oil), with fish and seafood playing a key role as a main protein source—is by far the best diet for long term health. The term “pesca-flexa-vegetarian” comes closest to describing the diet that my family and I eat.