Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM

International Best-Selling & 20-Time Book Author, Board-Certified Doctor of Natural Medicine

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Should You Actually Feed a Cold and Starve a Flu?

November 11, 2016

Should You Feed a Cold and Starve a Flu?

Most of us have heard the old adage, “feed a cold and starve a fever.”  But have you wondered whether there is any truth behind the sentiment?  Yale University professor and author of a new study published in the medical journal Cell had that thought.  He wondered whether eating during a cold or flu would impact the immune system’s ability to fight the infection so he and his team of researchers set to work to put the strange saying to the test, not just with cold and flu viruses but other infections as well.

Does Eating Impact the Outcome in Food Poisoning?

First the resear…

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5 Great Herbs to Soothe Your Nerves

November 4, 2016

Discover 5 Herbs that Soothe Your Nerves--from best-selling author of BE YOUR OWN HERBALIST & 60 SECONDS TO SLIM, Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook

Are your nerves frazzled?  Are you feeling stressed out?  Or, are you suffering from migraines or neuropathy pain?  Show your nerves some love with these soothing herbs:

 

Feverfew for Migraines and Headaches

This delicate flowering plant contains potent medicine, particularly when it comes to soothing the nervous system.  Perhaps that is why it has been in use for over two thousand years, when Greek physician Dioscorides recommended feverfew for inflammation.  Since then we’ve learned a lot about feverfew’s many other healing properties and its effects on the nervous system. …

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4 Halloween Herbs for Year-Round Health

October 31, 2016

Halloween herbs for year-round health

“Double, double toil and trouble.  Fire burn and cauldron bubble,” chanted the witches of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as they added ingredients to their brew.  While an eye of newt and tongue of frog may not interest you there are a few other herbs that are fitting for both Halloween and great health.  Here are a few of my favorite Halloween herbs (based on their names) that are great year-round:

Devil’s Claw—With a name like “devil’s claw” pain wouldn’t dare mess with this herb.  And that’s a good thing for anyone suffering from it.  Devil’s claw is one of the most effective…

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6 Super-Healing Herbal Medicines to Start Using Now

October 27, 2016

Echinacea is a powerful immune-boosting herb

There are thousands of herbs, many with proven medicinal properties, and many still left unexplored by scientists.  It is difficult to choose only six herbs to keep at home because there are so many amazing medicinal herbs, but the following help ensure that you have a fairly well-rounded stash for a variety of health needs.  Herbs like dandelion, Echinacea, garlic, peppermint, and St. John’s Wort can be grown and used fresh.  All of the following herbs can be used in dried form, ready to make your own herbal medicines and body care products.  I’ve included the scientific names for the her…

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The Spice that Kills Breast Cancer Stem Cells

July 28, 2016

Research shows that ginger kills breast cancer stem cells.

Who doesn’t love ginger cookies or spice cake?  The signature ginger flavor adds a delightful taste to almost anything to which it is added.  But taste is not the only reason to love this amazing spice.  Not only is ginger a delicious addition to food, it is also one of the best natural medicines around.  And, now there is more reason than ever to turn to ginger for its impressive healing abilities:  research shows that this spice sensation kills breast cancer stem cells.

While cancer is made up of a range of cells, its stem cells have the ability to self-renew and give rise to a…

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A Guide to Cutting Sugar Out of Your Diet

July 18, 2016

 

Let’s face it:  we are seriously addicted to sugar.  Since the 1950s the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), informs us that our per capita consumption of sugars like sucrose (table sugar) and high-fructose corn syrup increased 43 pounds, or 39 percent, between 1950-59 and 2000.  Each American consumes an average 152 pounds of sugar annually – the equivalent of 52 teaspoons of added sugars every day.  That amount does not include naturally-occurring sugars found in fruit, vegetables, legumes, and grains.  While sugar manufacturers continue to feed off our addiction, claiming …

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10 Reasons to Love Beets

July 14, 2016

 

Beets are among the best superfoods.  They are packed with nutrition and healing properties.  Not counting their delicious taste and incredible versatility, here are 10 reasons to love these delicious darlings of the vegetable kingdom.

Lowers High Blood Pressure:  New research on June 30, 2016 in the medical journal Nitric Oxide found that drinking beet juice significantly reduced high blood pressure.  That’s great news to the more than one billion global sufferers of hypertension.  In another study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension found that raw beet juice was mo…

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25 Ways to Get More Fermented Foods in Your Diet

March 9, 2016

Fermented foods

Most people know that fermented foods build great gut health, but a growing body of research shows that they build strong immunity, brain health, heart health, and more.  As a result there are more reasons than ever to eat more fermented foods.  Check out my blogs “9 Reasons to Love Sauerkraut” and “The Surprising Foods that Alleviate Anxiety” to discover several reasons. But, if you’re like many people you may not know how to get more fermented foods into your diet, outside of yogurt with fruit or sauerkraut on your favorite hot dog.  Here are 25 of my favorite ways to get more fe…

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The Holiday Spice that Boosts Mood, Fights Depression

December 16, 2015

Nutmeg boosts mood, has anti-cancer properties

Who doesn’t love the taste of ground nutmeg over a holiday hot chocolate or latte?  It’s not only the classic eggnog spice, it’s perfect in spice cookies and other holiday fare.  While delicious holiday treats may be enough reason to enjoy nutmeg, research shows that it may help boost moods and help us deal with depression and sadness, which are also unfortunately common this time of year.  According to the World Health Organization, depression is the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide.

In a study published in the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, researchers found t…

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Peoples' Tribunal Charge Monsanto for "Crimes against Humanity and Nature"

December 3, 2015

Monsanto to stand trial for crimes against humanity and nature

In an announcement made at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, Monsanto will stand trial for ecocide and crimes against humanity and nature.  The trial will take place next year at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands on October 16, 2016 (incidentally and aptly, on World Food Day).  Dozens of international food, agriculture, and environmental justice groups, including:  Millions against Monsanto, the Organic Consumers Association, Regeneration International, and IFOAM Organics International—an umbrella organization of over 800 affiliated org…

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