Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, ROHP

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The Spice that Boosts Memory in Just One Hour

February 24, 2015

Research shows curcumin boosts memory in one hour.Now there’s one more reason to enjoy your favorite curry dish.  Turmeric, a spice commonly found in many Indian curry dishes, has been found to improve memory and cognition in as little as one hour.

While conducting the research for my upcoming book 60 Seconds to Boost Your Brain Power (Rodale, 2015), I came across an exciting study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study explored the effects of one of turmeric’s active ingredients known as curcumin on sixty healthy adults aged sixty to eighty-five to determine whether the spice has any short- or long-term memory or cognitive effects.

Conducted at the Swinburne University …

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St. John's Wort for Much More than Depression

February 18, 2015

Do you think that the herb St. John’s Wort is only helpful for depression?  Think again.  This herb, which is one of the most widely researched herbs on the planet has been found to be helpful for many other conditions, ranging from obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety to cancer.

The following dosages are based on Mayo Clinic recommendations, with the study-proven products or a product that is similar to one used in the studies, listed wherever applicable:

Anxiety: 900 milligrams of St. John's wort, taken by mouth twice daily for several weeks.

Cancer:  0.05-0.50 milligrams per kilogram of hypericin (one of the active ingredients found in St. John’s Wort), taken by mouth for…

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The Mushroom that Shows Great Promise against Cancer

February 13, 2015

When we think of cancer in our Western world, we tend to think of harsh chemicals or toxic radiation as the treatments.  But promising new research published in the journal Phytomedicine suggests that we might want to give serious consideration to the humble mushroom cordyceps that quietly rears its head deep within our forest floors. 

Photo credit: Terry Willard

Cordyceps (cordyceps militaris) is also known as caterpillar fungus and has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine as a lung and kidney tonic and for loss of stamina, fatigue, shallow breathing, wheezing, and as an aphrodisiac.

According to the Phytomedicine study on human leukemia cells, a compound found i…

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Monsanto Funds World-Leading Nature Conservation Organization

February 12, 2015

During the holidays about a decade ago I went in search of what I thought was the perfect gift for my husband Curtis.  Since he is an advocate of the environment I bought an acre of “protected” land through The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  The organization calls itself “the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.”  It seemed like a good fit particularly since the organization claims to “protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.”  Now, I regret my decision and here’s why.

According to the Organic Consumers’ Association, The Nature Conservancy has…

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Is Your Starbucks Habit Making You Fat?

January 5, 2015

Some Starbucks beverages contain more sugar than cola.When we think of fattening foods most of us think of fast foods, decadent desserts, fried foods, or TV dinners.  We’re far less likely to consider our Starbucks habit as the reason for our spare tire, muffin top, or those extra pounds we’re carrying around.  Yet, many Starbucks’ beverages contain more fattening sugar than a comparable soda, which everyone knows are loaded with sugar.  A can of Coke contains 39 grams of sugar, which is an extremely high amount of sugar even for a full day’s meals. 

So just how much sugar are you getting in your favorite Starbucks beverage?  I hit the nutrition information on the company’s site to find out.  Here is the sugar content in some of …

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Proven Aromatherapy for Weight Loss + Fat-Burning Oil Blend

June 3, 2014

Smelling your way thin may sound too good to be true but according to exciting at Niigata Univrsity School of Medicine in Japan, certain scents trigger weight loss.  According to the study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine, the smell of grapefruit and lemon activates the body’s ability to burn fat while suppressing further weight gain.

Other research at the Department of Nursing at the Wonkwang Health Science College in Korea found that abdominal massage with specific essential oils reduced belly fat in post-menopausal women.  The scientists divided women into two groups.  Study participants massaged their own abdomen twice daily for 5 days each week and continued for the du…

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5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

April 29, 2014

Have you tried “everything” to lose weight but no amount of calorie counting and healthy eating is making the scale budge?  You’re not alone.  This is the situation for many people, especially women over age 35 who are particularly vulnerable to some hormonal changes that can challenge our best efforts to get slim.

According to Dr. Cobi Slater, PhD, DNM, CHT, RNCP, ROHP, author of:  The Ultimate Candida Guide and Cookbook: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating Disease Causing Yeast and Revolutionizing Your Health! “The most common systemic imbalances that lead to weight loss resistance in women and men are connected to the extremely delicate symphony of hormones.  The key players a…

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Detox Your Car in 10 Simple Steps

April 11, 2014

Detoxify to help you stay healthier.I just bought a small used utility truck.  After months of scouring the marketplace and test-driving vehicles it reminded me of just how many chemicals most people use in the maintenance and upkeep of their vehicles.  Here are 10 ways to detox your car based on my new book, Weekend Wonder Detox (DaCapo, 2014).

Avoid Car “Air Fresheners” – Whether it dangles from your rear view mirror or plugs into your heating and cooling vent, most air fresheners are saturating you in toxic chemicals. This includes the occasional spraying of household air fresheners in your car as well. Find out more about these nasty products in my article “What’s in that car air freshener?”  There are compani…

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11 Things You Really Need to Know about Caffeine

March 10, 2014

Caffeine has pros and cons.Is caffeine good or bad for your health?  It may come down to who you are and your health situation.  Before you decide if that coffee, tea, or energy drink habit is right for you, consider the following 10 things you really need to know about caffeine:

The Sliding Caffeine Threshold

Everyone is different and so is our caffeine-tolerance.  One person’s perfect amount is another person’s nerve-rattling, hand-shaking, can’t-sleep-at-night amount.  What’s right for you depends on many factors like whether you metabolize caffeine slowly (it stays in your system longer), whether you’re on medications that slow the rate of caffeine metabolism (such as the birth control pill which tends to doub…

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14 Reasons to Ditch Diet Soda

February 10, 2014

Diet Soda is not a healthy option.Before you take another sip of that aspartame-laden diet soda, here are 14 reasons to rethink that drink:

1.  Only one year after aspartame was approved by the FDA, its own task force learned that some of the original data showcasing aspartame’s safety had been falsified to hide results showing animals fed aspartame had developed seizures and brain tumors. The artificial sweetener was never recalled.

2.  Ironically considering its name and reputation as a "diet" drink, drinking diet soda is more likely to make a person fat.  It is linked to a 34% increase of metabolic syndrome, along with its telling symptoms of high cholesterol and abdominal obesity.  Just two cans of diet soda daily…

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