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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD

International Best-Selling & 20-Time Book Author

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The Proven Remedy that Fights 6 Kinds of Cancer

March 16, 2017

Myrrh resin essential oil has been found in research to have anti-cancer properties.

Myrrh—the resin from the small, thorny myrrh tree—has an ancient history of use as incense, in meditation rituals, as well in medicinal use for many ailments, from fighting infections to healing skin conditions.  Modern research is proving what the ancients seem to have known:  that myrrh is potent natural medicine.  And, we’re learning it has even more medicinal properties than originally believed, including potent anti-cancer properties.

Research in the medical journal Medical Diversity assessed the power of myrrh resin (also known as myrrh essential oil) against six kinds of cancer (lung, cervical, breast, skin, kidney, and colon).  The myrrh extract showed significant ant…

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4 Proven Natural Remedies for Anxiety

February 26, 2017

Many essential oils have been found to be effective for alleviating anxiety.

If you suffer from anxiety disorder or occasionally experience panic attacks you might want to consider 4 natural remedies that have been found to be effective in treating these conditions, without the side effects of anti-anxiety drugs.  Here are 4 essential oils that are proven anti-anxiety remedies:

Bergamot Essential Oil

In a study published in the medical journal Phytotherapy Research scientists found that inhaling the essential oil of bergamot had a pronounced anti-anxiety effect.  According to their research, bergamot seemed to work by reducing the body’s stress hormone production.  Excessively high levels of stress hormones are contributing factors in anxiety.  Additionall…

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4 Reasons to Love Lavender Essential Oil

February 16, 2017

Lavender essential oil is very soothing.

I visited an organic lavender farm a few summers ago. About a half a mile down the road I knew I was close as I could smell the fragrance wafting through the air. The rolling hillside was full of stunning, silvery-green and purple lavender plants. While I’ve never been to France, I imagined this is what the French countryside must look and smell like. I felt immediately transported to a peaceful place. How much was linked to the actual aromatic effects of lavender or the natural beauty of it in this lovely environment, I’ll never know. Either way, it was an experience to remember.

While lavender is an obvious visual and olfactory indulgence, its value goes far beyond these sensory…

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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 researchers explored the effects of eating on mice suffering from food poisoning, or the bacterial infecti…

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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 …

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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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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 med…

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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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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 Sauerkra…

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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 …

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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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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 I…

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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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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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