Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM

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

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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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What Exactly are “Natural Flavors” in Candy?

October 15, 2015

Many of the ingredients in "natural flavors" aren

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If candy manufacturers were required to declare the exact ingredients found in candy, the label would read like something out of a witch’s brew:  dried beaver’s sac, sheepskin excretions, or insect excretions.  This may sound more like “trick” than “treat” but it’s true.  When it comes to the ingredient “natural flavors,” it is considered a trade secret and, as a result, does not require disclosure from manufacturers.  So, what exactly are “natural flavors” and just how natural are they?

According to the Food and …

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Monsanto May Be Involved in a 40 Year Cover Up

October 7, 2015

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared that glyphosate—the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and other pesticides—a “probable carcinogen.”  What’s more: there is evidence to suggest that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actually classified Roundup as a carcinogen thirty years ago and then mysteriously reversed the decision.  Now, there’s a new advancement in the plot to uncover the truth about glyphosate.  This time, there’s alleged evidence to suggest that, while Monsanto maintains that Roundup is safe and environmentally-friendly, t…

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Your Diet May be Shrinking Your Brain

October 1, 2015

Many common foods cause brain shrinkage and disease

You might want to rethink that cola and hamburger as these foods may be shrinking your brain.   New research in the online journal BMC Medicine found that the Standard American Diet (SAD) can cause shrinkage of a part of the brain known as the left hippocampus.  While poor dietary choices have been linked to many health concerns, including:  heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and others, this study is the first human study to link poor diet to brain shrinkage of the hippocampus.

The left hippocampus is a portion of the brain involved in memory, learning, mood regulation, and depressio…

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Your Diet May be Shrinking Your Brain

October 1, 2015

The Foods You Eat Affect Brain Shrinkage

You might want to rethink that cola and hamburger as these foods may be shrinking your brain.   New research in the online journal BMC Medicine found that the Standard American Diet (SAD) can cause shrinkage of a part of the brain known as the left hippocampus.  While poor dietary choices have been linked to many health concerns, including:  heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and others, this study is the first human study to link poor diet to brain shrinkage of the hippocampus.

The left hippocampus is a portion of the brain involved in memory, learning, mood regulation, and depressio…

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The Mushroom that Regrows Brain Cells

September 18, 2015

Photo credit:  Robert Rogers, author The Fungal Pharmacy. and professor at Northern Star College.

Regrowing brain cells sounds like something straight out of a science fiction novel, not the stuff of scientific research involving mushrooms.  After all, when we think of mushrooms we’re far more likely to think of a creamy soup or a side dish of sautéed mushrooms than healing medicines.  Yet increasing amounts of research are showcasing the medicinal properties of these fungi.

When it comes to brain health, lion’s mane mushrooms are popping up with increasing frequency in recent …

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31 Foods that Fight Prostate Cancer

August 31, 2015

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men (next to skin cancer) so it’s no surprise that an increasing number of men are worried about this serious condition.  But a new study published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology brings some good news for sufferers of the disease and those trying to prevent it altogether.

Researchers assessed men suffering from prostate cancer in South Carolina who had already undergone surgery or radiation to treat the disease but still had a recurrence of prostate cancer.  Because approximately 25 to 40% of men who receive these treat…

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10 Probiotic-Rich Foods to Supercharge Your Health

August 26, 2015

Most people know that yogurt (at least the unsweetened kind with live cultures) is a healthy option but few people consider the many other foods rich in beneficial bacteria or yeasts that help boost health.  Based on my new book, The Probiotic Promise:  Simple Steps to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out, here are 10 of my favorite probiotic-rich picks to add to your diet. 

Cheese:  Some cheeses offer probiotics, including:  yogurt cheese (made from straining yogurt through a cheesecloth to thicken it) and some unpasteurized dairy-free cheeses made through the addition of probiotic cu…

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