Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, ROHP

International Best-Selling & 18-Time Book Author, Board-Certified Doctor of Natural Medicine

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The Truth about Xanthan (and Many Gluten-Free Foods)

August 19, 2015

Is your gluten-free bread safe to eat?

If you’ve read the labels on packaged food lately, chances are good that you’ve seen xanthan gum listed on the label.  And, like most people you probably hesitated, wondering, “what exactly is xanthan gum?” and then wondered whether you should purchase this food product.  To help you make your o…

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South African Herb Has Potent Anti-viral Activity

May 4, 2015

Umckaloabo shows potent anti-viral activity

A South African herb known as Pelargonium sidoides (Umckaloabo) which has been used and approved for the treatment of respiratory conditions like bronchitis has been studied for its antiviral effects with excellent results.  The research published in the journal Antiviral Research showed that U…

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Not Lovin’ It: How Much Salt is in that McDonald’s Meal?

May 1, 2015

We all know that there is a lot of salt in fast food but just how much sodium is in that McDonald’s food you’re eating?  I’ve compiled a list of some common foods to give you a sense.  Keep in mind that most experts recommend getting less than 2300 mg of sodium per DAY (not meal!) and that anyon…

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The Mushroom that Shows Great Promise against Cancer

April 28, 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 it…

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The Herb that Alleviates Menstrual Cramps Better than Advil or Motrin

April 15, 2015

Research shows fennel seeds help PMS pain

Every woman who has ever experienced painful menstrual cramps knows the importance of pain relief.  For some women cramps can be mild while others experience debilitating pain that can affect their ability to work, attend school, and participate in athletics or social activities.  Dysmenorrhea—t…

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Super Healing Sauerkraut--The Ancient Superfood

March 12, 2015

Sauerkraut is simple to make.I was probably only a few years old when I first tasted sauerkraut.  Like most people, my first taste also involved a hot dog and mustard.  But I immediately loved its unique sour and tart flavor.  Later in life I began experimenting with many sauerkraut combinations, including my favorite on…

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The Herb that Relieves Pain Better than Prescription Medication

March 10, 2015

Turmeric has potent anti-pain propertiesHere’s some exciting news for pain sufferers:  new research shows that an herbal extract is more effective than acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nimesulide—a potent prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) at alleviating pain. 

The study reported in the Journal of Pain R…

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What You Need to Know about Kefir

March 4, 2015

Just add fruit to kefir for a delicious, healthy beverageMost people know about the health benefits of yogurt but few have even heard about kefir (pronounced ke-FEER).  In many ways it is like a drinkable form of yogurt but offers even greater health benefits than yogurt.  Like yogurt, kefir is typically a cultured milk product (although there a…

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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

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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.

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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 conse…

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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 (D…

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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…

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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 ani…

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7 Ways to Lick Your Sugar Cravings for Good

October 23, 2013

Do you want your ice cream, cake, and your candy too?  Kick Your Sweet Tooth for GoodNow you can lick those sugar cravings for good with natural foods, nutrients, and food timing tricks.  Here are 7 ways to send your sweet tooth packing:

Saffron:  Research shows that an extract of the spice saffron (Crocus sativus) gets to th…

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15 Easy Ways to Detoxify Your Body Today

October 16, 2013

Every now and then I read or hear someone say that the body Detoxifying Your Body for Great Health is Easydoesn’t need to detoxify.  This is an appalling statement since the body cannot live without effective and efficient detoxification, which needs to occur in the lungs, liver, skin, intestines, kidneys, lymphatic system, and other areas of t…

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Death by Coca-Cola

October 9, 2013

A New Zealand woman, Natasha Harris recently died due to excessive Coca-Cola consumption (at least in part).  The New Zealand coroner ruled that the woman's death was partially attributed to the 10 litres of Coca-cola she drank daily.  The coroner also indicated that Coca-Cola could not be held liab…

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11 Ways to Boost Your Lymphatic System for Great Health

September 25, 2013

The lymphatic system, or lymph system as it is also called, is a system made up of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland, and tonsils. It bathes our body’s cells and carries the body’s cellular sewage away from the tissues to the blood, where it can be filtered by two of the body’s main deto…

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8 Surprising Reasons to LOVE Bacteria

February 1, 2013

Just over a year ago I did an article on 20 Reasons to Love Bacteria.  Exciting new research is showing that there are even 8 Reasons to LOVE Bacteriamore reasons to love probiotics and to add them to your health regime.  Here are 8 more reasons to love probiotic bacteria:

Urinary Tract Infections

New research in the Arc…

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9 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy

January 23, 2013

Boosting your energy doesn’t have to cost a lot or feel like work. Just by learning a few simple tricks you can have a great impact on your energy for the rest of your life.  

1.  Start the day out with the juice of one lemon squeezed into pure water. Not only do lemons contain over 20 anti-can…

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