Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, ROHP

International Best-selling & 16-Time Book Author, Board-Certified Doctor of Natural Medicine, Registered Nutritionist, Herbalist

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Dispelling the Myths about Probiotics

Discover the truth about probioticsThe other day I was flipping through a medical journal which touted probiotics as the “supplement of the year.”  I opened my e-mail inbox only a few hours later to find a news story showcasing probiotic-rich foods as the “health food of the year.”  It seems probiotics and probiotic-rich foods have earned their rightful place in the health and nutrition world. 

But it seems there is almost as much misinformation about probiotics as there is mention of these beneficial microbes.  As a probiotic researcher for 25 years and author of the soon-to-be-released book, The Probiotic Promise (DaCapo, January 2015), I’d like to shed some light on the facts and expose the fiction.  Be sure to subscribe to this blog as I’ll be sharing critical information over the weeks and months ahead—information that you can use to improve your health and quality of life.

Before I start tackling the essentials about probiotics, let me introduce myself a bit further.  I am a board-certified doctor of natural medicine, registered nutritional consulting practitioner, and registered orthomolecular health practitioner.  As the author of 16 books including several international best-sellers, many readers count on me for practical, no-nonsense health information.  Unlike many health sites on the internet, I have the clinical experience and health background to provide accurate information in my blogs.  You wouldn’t buy the plans for your dream home from an architectural coach; I think you should be as selective about where you get your nutrition and health information.

So, what exactly are probiotics?  Probiotics are living microorganisms that bestow health benefits when ingested in food or supplement form.  The first myth I regularly hear is that probiotics are “beneficial bacteria.” While it is true that probiotics count many beneficial bacteria in their numbers that is only part of the story.  Probiotics can also include other types of beneficial microbes.  Some beneficial yeasts are an example. 

Immediately when I say “beneficial yeasts” someone immediately pipes up that yeasts cause yeast infections.  Beneficial or probiotic yeasts DO NOT cause yeast infections and may even help boost your immunity so your body is better able to fight harmful yeast infections.

Stay posted.  I’ll be sharing lots more news you can use and helping you to get the facts straight on probiotics.  If you haven’t already subscribed to this blog, I hope you will. You can subscribe here.

Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, ROHP is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose books include:  60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, The Ultimate pH Solution, and Healing Recipes. She is the publisher of the free e-magazine World's Healthiest News.  Subscribe to receive health news, tips, recipes and more.  Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.  Learn more about her work on her website DrMichelleCook.com.

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Herb Helps Smokers Kick the Habit

You’ve probably trampled on a weed that could help you kick the smoking habit.  The North American wild herb, plantain (Plantago major), helps reduce cravings for cigarettes.  That could be one of the main reasons it is being used in many commercial smoking cessation products. 

Growing on lawns, between sidewalk cracks, and in wild spaces alike, plantain is regularly killed by grass aficionados in search of lawn perfection.  This is not the same plant that produces banana-like fruit also known as plantain found in tropical destinations.

Not only does plantain reduce cravings for cigarettes, it also reduces lung inflammation and helps to clean out the lungs.  Available as a tea, tincture (alcohol extract), a quit-smoking spray, or as a dried herb in many health food stores, it is easy to take advantage of its health-promoting properties. 

If you choose the dried herb, simply add one teaspoon to a cup of boiling water, steep for at least 10 minutes then drink before you reach for a cigarette.  Many people find they’ll be butting out soon afterward since the craving is gone.  You may also feel like you’ve had enough before you finish that cigarette.

Plantain is also used my natural medicine practitioners to reduce bronchial congestion, laryngitis, lung irritations, coughs, toothaches, ulcers, digestive complaints, gout, and kidney infections.

If you choose the tincture or quit-smoking spray, follow package directions.  Usually you’ll want to take the plantain just prior to lighting up. Of course, you should always consult a qualified health professional prior to using any new product.

Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, ROHP is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose books include:  60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, The Ultimate pH Solution, and Healing Recipes. She is the publisher of the free e-magazine World's Healthiest News.  Subscribe to receive health news, tips, recipes and more.  Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.  Learn more about her work on her website DrMichelleCook.com.

 

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