Guar Gum: Finally, A Healthy Food Additive

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 29 seconds Finally! There is a food additive that is actually derived from a plant rather than an army of genetically-engineered bacteria. Guar gum is derived from a legume (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) commonly called the cluster bean. Eighty percent of the world’s production of this food emulsifier comes from India. […]

Why Ayurveda Treats You and Not Your Symptoms

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 55 seconds Lately I’ve been noticing more and more researchers commenting on the notion (an Ayurvedic notion, by the way) that many health issues – such as cholesterol or sodium levels – are not one-size-fits-all. They are suggesting that there is a component pertaining to the individual consumer that […]

Episode 21: The Chocolate Effect


Date: Monday, June 8th Time: 5:30pm MT (4:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Central, 7:30 Eastern) Register here to receive reminder emails for this live video podcast! Everyone seems to have a love affair with chocolate. Some maybe more than others. In one study, women preferred chocolate to sex! There are over 300 chemicals in chocolate that have […]

Recovering from the Low-Fat Era

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Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 36 seconds After almost 60 years of being told that cholesterol is “Public Health Enemy No. 1,” along with an overwhelming amount of science debunking the “cholesterol theory,” (2,3,4) the prestigious Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which sets the FDA’s Dietary Guidelines, has decided that cholesterol is no longer a […]

Edible Flowers Annual Guide


Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 10 seconds With spring upon us, wild flowers, lilacs, violets, pansies, chrysanthemums, daisies, and other blooms explode onto the scene, taking over gardens, fields and mountain sides as if they were here for a reason, perhaps screaming, “Eat me!,” or at least, “Look at me!” We all know that […]

Episode 20: Getting Back Into The Kitchen with Emma Frisch and John Douillard


Air Date: Monday, May 11 at 5:30 pm MT Join us for the airing of a lively and inspiring video podcast between Emma Frisch, Food Network Star, and Dr. John. Emma asks Dr. John questions she has as a nationally recognized chef regarding seasonal eating, harvests, food microbes, emotional eating, local versus global, the medicinal […]

Move Saffron To Your Medicine Cabinet

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 18 seconds Saffron may be the most prized spice, according to Ayurveda. Harvested from the stigmas of the Crocus sativus flower, recent research is giving credibility to why our ancestors used to compare saffron’s value to gold. (1) Numerous studies suggest that saffron offers a wealth of health benefits […]