Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, ROHP

International Best-selling & 17-Time Book Author, Doctor of Natural Medicine, Nutritionist, Activist

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How Nature Rewires Your Brain and Reduces Mental Illness Risk

July 22, 2015

Taking a nature walk can boost your mental health.

Have you had your daily dose of trees, flowers, and shrubs?  No, I don’t mean in the form of herbal medicine, although there are countless studies supporting the use of herbalism in our daily lives.  I’m referring to spending time communing with nature.  We all know that spending time in nature …

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Is an Anti-Cancer Wonder Drug Growing on Your Front Lawn?

July 5, 2015

If you walk past my home you’ll know if from the dandelions that grow rampant on the front lawn.  While neighbors continue to douse the yellow flowers with pesticides, like Monsanto’s Round-Up, which have been shown to cause cancer, I prefer to let the resilient and prevalent flowers grow.  That…

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The Food that Cuts Your Risk of Premature Death by 20 Percent

July 2, 2015

Eating nuts regularly could lengthen your life.

Here’s some news to go nuts about.  Exciting research found that simply adding one food to your diet could drastically slash your risk of dying.  According to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine eating nuts could save your life.  The researchers found that  eating a ha…

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Carotenoids Show Promise for Cancer

June 5, 2015

Apricots are an excellent source of carotenoidsCarotenoids are a group of phytonutrients (plant nutrients) that provide the yellow-orange-red pigments found in foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, mangoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, papaya, peaches, squash, and other similarly colored foods. You may have heard of beta-carotene, lutein, and lyco…

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The Little-Known Herb that Combats Allergies

May 25, 2015

The herb perilla has been scientifically proven to aid allergies

It’s that time of year again:  the season of itchy eyes, sneezing, runny noses, and breathing troubles for anyone who suffers from allergies.  While it is tempting to run for the decongestants and anti-histamines and lock yourself indoors, Mother Nature offers help in the form of a little-known …

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13 Foods that Fight Allergies

May 8, 2015

There are many naturally-occurring plant compounds called phytonutrients that assist with allergies.  The main ones include:  anthocyanin, curcumin, hesperetin, and quercetin.  Don’t worry about remembering their names.  I’ve listed the food sources of each below.  Of course, if you have a food …

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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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The Surprising Natural Remedy for Allergies

April 10, 2015

Probiotics can help alleviate allergy symptoms.

Aaaa-choo.  It’s that time of year again for allergy sufferers.  You may be surprised to learn that probiotics are among the best natural remedies for allergies.  If you’re hooked on antihistamines, decongestants, and desensitization shots you might be inclined to think there is little value in …

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EPA Classified Roundup as Carcinogen 30 Years Ago…but Mysteriously Reversed Decision

March 30, 2015

EPA Banned Roundup as Carcinogen then Mysteriously Reversed its Decision

Scientists and environmentalists have been saying that the world’s most common weed killer, known as glyphosate, or Monsanto’s Roundup, is a carcinogen for decades.  Last week, the World Health Organization report indicated that, indeed, glyphosate it is a probable carcinogen.  Now there’s …

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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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The Complete Guide to Gluten-Free Flours

March 5, 2015

Experiment with gluten-free flours to find what works best for baking

Are you trying to eat gluten-free but confused about gluten-free flours?  You’ve come to the right place. From amaranth to teff, I compiled the following guide to 13 different gluten-free flours to make light work of gluten-free baking.  And, if you’re looking for a great guide to gl…

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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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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 mo…

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