Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, ROHP

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

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Blog posts : "nutrition"

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…

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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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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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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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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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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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7 Halloween Superfoods

October 30, 2013

If you’ve been loading up on candy and treats that seem to be Discover the Halloween superfoodseverywhere this time of year, you might be ready to enjoy some real Halloween superfoods.

Black Rice—Witches aren’t the only ones who can sport black this time of year, so can your dinner plate.  If you haven’t tried this ancient grain…

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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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January 9, 2013

It’s time to follow the lead of Hawaiians who are working  to evict  Monsanto from their land…and for good reason.  Monsanto and other corporations have been leasing land from schools for experimentation with genetically-modified seed and pesticides.  The organization Hawaii GMO Justice has initi…

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Why 40 is the Best Year of My Life

January 3, 2013

Next to marrying my husband, turning 40 was the best thing I ever did.  Why I Love Being 40Unlike many women I know, I am not shy to share that eight months ago I arrived at what I consider a huge milestone in my life. 

Maybe I cherish this age because I wasn’t always sure I would get this far in life.  You see by …

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Buckwheat: 11 Reasons to Love the Unsung Superfood

September 19, 2012

Unrelated to wheat, buckwheat is actually not a grain at all, but a seed of a plant related to rhubarb.  As is often the case with seeds, buckwheat’s nutritional value surpasses grains.  Here are 10 reasons to explore and love this unsung superfood.

It is low on the glycemic index, prevent…

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The Natural Sweetener that Makes People Fat

September 14, 2012

There is a sweetener found in most packaged, prepared, and processed food that is touted as “natural” and “healthy” but is actually contributing to obesity, high blood pressure and other health issues.  Its names are harmless-sounding but don’t be fooled.  This sweetener goes by the name…

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15 Natural Options for Depression

May 15, 2012

Everyone feels down at some point, usually as a reaction to difficult circumstances but clinical depression goes far beyond that.  In such cases, a person experiences a prolonged sadness that is out of proportion with the apparent cause. The physical and psychological symptoms affect a person’s …

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Energy Drink Slashes Belly Fat by 77%

May 3, 2012

Forget Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, and the other so-called “Energy Drinks” that line the refrigerators at every convenience store these days.  Not only are they loaded with stimulants, most are usually packed with artificial ingredients and high fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners.  If you…

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7 Reasons to Eat More Beets

March 14, 2012

People either love beets or they hate them, mostly because they haven’t discovered all the wonderful ways to enjoy beets.  I, personally, am in the LOVE BEETs camp.  I still remember the first time I ate them as a child.  I wanted them every day after that.  Whether you already love them, or just ha…

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Beat Spring Allergies with Bacteria

March 12, 2012

It may sound odd that bacteria can actually reduce allergy symptoms.  But, certain bacteria can reduce inflammation in the body, improve nutrient absorption, and reduce nasal and sinus symptoms linked to allergies.  Of course, not just any bacteria will do. 

Research by scientists at the Os…

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12 Reasons to Love Quinoa

March 7, 2012

A staple of the ancient Incas who revered it as sacred, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is not a true grain, but a seed.  Surprisingly, it is related to spinach and Swiss chard.  If you’re not already enjoying this delicious food, here are 12 reasons to start.

1. Unlike most grains quinoa is a …

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TV Ads Linked to Childhood Obesity

March 2, 2011

An impressive new study was released in the American Journal of Public Health linking television viewing to childhood obesity.  Australian researchers reviewed television food advertising throughout Australia, Asia, Western Europe, and North and South America, to determine the researchers assess…

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