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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD

International Best-Selling & 20-Time Book Author

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Should You Soak Dried Beans?

February 13, 2018

Adding beans to your meal is a great way to boost nutrition.

We’ve all been taught to soak dried beans before cooking them. After all, the digestibility of them improves, or at least that’s what we’ve been taught. More recently, people have jumped on the don’t-soak-your-beans bandwagon. To soak or not to soak? That’s the fundamental question of cooking le…

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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon

January 19, 2018

Cinnamon gives foods and beverages a healthy and delicious boost.

Who doesn’t love a sprinkling of cinnamon on fresh apple pie or atop a chai latte?  It’s just one of those spices that tastes fantastic.  But taste is not the only reason to love cinnamon.  Here are 10 more reasons to love this super spice:

1. Numerous studies show that cinnamon regula…

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14 Ways to Cook with Essential Oils

November 3, 2017

The Miracle Healing Power of Your Body

November 2, 2017
autumn fruits and vegetables
It's time to re-frame health and healing. We have all been taught that health is the absence of a disease or syndrome (syndrome actually just means a collection of symptoms for which the cause is unknown). We're given diagnoses that reflect symptoms or diseased tissue, not an explanation as to…

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3 Proven Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat

March 4, 2017

give your sore throat the boot

We’ve all experienced the dreaded sore throat--that first sign of some nasty virus that has invaded our body.  It’s that moment we wait with baited breath that it won’t turn into some awful viral infection that takes over our body for days or even weeks.  To help you eliminate a sore throat and po…

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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 c…

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  E…

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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 (incidentall…

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What Exactly are “Natural Flavors” in Candy?

October 15, 2015

Many of the ingredients in "natural flavors" aren

Photo Credit:  antpkr FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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”…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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 mo…

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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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