Fun Food Facts, Part 1: Surprising origins of popular modern foods and snacks

There are many fun food facts: surprising origins of popular foods and snacks we enjoy today. These fun food facts are surprising because their origins are not at all what we moderns might have thought. Take PASTA, for example. We usually relate pasta’s origin to Italy. But the regions which today we know of as […]

Ginkgo Biloba is the oldest tree on earth

Ginkgo Biloba today is known for the many medicinal benefits of its leaves and nuts. But not many people know that the Ginkgo Biloba is the oldest tree on earth. Scientists date the ginkgo biloba to 200 million years ago, existing side by side with the dinosaurs. “It is a living fossil,” says botanist Peter Crane, […]

Ancient health practices—Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ancient health practices from thousands of years ago are being increasingly incorporated into today’s conventional medical establishments. The Department of Complementary-Alternative Medicine at Medical University of South Carolina, reports that according to a 2013 study of 3,200 western physicians, more than 50 percent planned to begin or increase use of alternative (natural) medicines. The survey was […]

Chinese hospitals announce huge reduction in antibiotics use

Back in 1994, in the book The Coming Plague, health and science writer Laurie Garrett warned that “improper use of antibiotics” would lead to the rise of an era of superbugs—bacteria that have become immune to the antibiotics used to treat them. Today the future seems to have arrived. The mainstream medical industry is finally […]

Alfalfa, the ancient health treasure

It’s humbling to acknowledge that alfalfa, the ancient health treasure, was recognized as such by civilizations thousands of years before we modern humans woke up to its value as a human nutrient—not just animal food. Dried alfalfa leaf has been found in Turkish and Iranian ruins dating back 6,000 years, and in Turkish medical writings 1300 BC. In […]

Allergy-fighting foods

In many parts of the world it’s the beginning of allergy season, with its accompanying congestion, runny noses, watery eyes and sneezes. Countless people dash off to the pharmacy to purchase synthetic antihistamines, when actually a well-balanced diet would prevent or limit the miserable symptoms. Here are some of the most potent allergy-fighting foods: Foods rich […]

The amazing history of rice

The common rice (Oryza sativa), is not only one of the oldest, but also the most extensively cultivated of all grain cereals. It is the staple food for about half the world’s population. It is the central food for the Far East, where, fish, fowl, meat, vegetables and condiments are considered only garnishes for the […]

Old American Indian remedies still good today

It is unknown just how ancient peoples, including American Indians, determined the medicinal properties of the plants that surrounded them. But what has been learned is that these early Americans followed principles similar to the Yin and Yang of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Modern science has verified the medicinal properties of many of these ancient remedies. For example, […]

Your organs and the Chinese Body Clock

Most of us have little knowledge or interest in what’s going on inside our bodies—unless we have pain or other problems. But Traditional Chinese Medicine may have had some ideas long in the past. Modern natural health advocates have just discovered—and tried—the information on the Chinese Body Clock, explaining the body’s organs (Qi), and a […]

‘Functional foods’ that combat cancer cell growth

Believe it or not, we all have potential cancer cells in our body. The difference between those that grow and those that don’t greatly depends upon what we put in our bodies to prohibit cancer cell growth. We have many specific enzymes, proteins and coding within the immune system that may be activated to kill […]