Salad Recall



The presence of a dead bat in packaged salad bought from a grocery store in Florida is being investigated by state health officials and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Two people said they ate some of the salad before discovering the bat, which was sent to the CDC rabies lab for testing. However, the bat was too deteriorated to determine if it had rabies.


The risk of rabies among the two people who ate the salad is low, but they were advised to begin rabies treatment, the CDC said. No similar cases have been reported.


Due to the incident, Fresh Express on April 8 issued a recall for Organic Marketside Spring Mix sold in clear containers with the production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR  2017 located on the front label.


The recalled salads were distributed only to Walmart stores located in the Southeastern region of the United States. All remaining packages of salad from the same lot have been removed from stores. People who bought the recalled salad should not eat it and should return it to the place of purchase, the CDC said.



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Foods, Health and Disease, Uncategorized

Natural Remedies for Anxiety




Currently, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, and affect 40 million adults, or 18 percent of the country’s population.

A person who suffers from anxiety will often focus on future prospects and become overwhelmed with fear that everything will turn out badly. These feelings can restrict a person’s ability to work, maintain relationships, or leave the house. The condition also may come with side effects that resemble health disorders, such as sweating, shaking, increased heart rare bowel issues, and hyperventilation.

Instead of treating the symptoms of anxiety with drugs — like Lexapro, Luvox, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Cymbalta and Effexor — try treating mild symptoms with these seven natural remedies. Passion flower, ashwagandha, St Johns Wart, lemon balm, 5-HTP, chamomile and meditation have all been proven effective in studies, and each have unique benefits.

For example, a recent randomized, double-blind study from Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania Medical Center examined patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks. The results showed a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking a placebo.

See the graphic below to find out more about natural remedies for handling anxiety and stress.



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Rx to Wellness, Uncategorized

Heal the Cause


Why Supplements Often Work BETTER Than Drugs

Many chronic health problems are actually caused by nutrient deficiencies. Instead of taking drugs to cover up the symptoms, why not correct the deficiency and solve the real cause of your symptoms.

Your body is designed and adapted to work with the natural healers found in foods. These natural molecules help your body repair, restore, and revitalize itself the way nature intended.

Supplements are concentrated forms of the natural molecules found in foods. Your body knows exactly how to use them. They work in a much more balanced way to help solve the real cause of disease, instead of just relieving the symptoms. That’s why vitamins and supplements are…

Nature’s Targeted Healers

For example, you’ve probably heard about resveratrol. It’s the remarkable phytonutrient found in grapes and red wine. Studies show that it can extend the lifespan of lab animals by an incredible 60%. And many experts believe it’s the “secret weapon” that keeps French peoples’ hearts healthy despite their rich diet. Now you can take a supplement and get the equivalent resveratrol of 26 bottles of red wine in a single pill!

Or maybe you’ve heard about the cancer-fighting power of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. They’re rich in a nutrient called diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM is shown to stop cancer cell growth by 90% in lab tests. But now you can get the DIM content of up to…

Nine Pounds of Broccoli IN A SINGLE PILL!

Do you see the power of these targeted healers? You would never want to drink that much wine or eat that much broccoli in one day—even if you could afford the cost! Supplements make it convenient, practical and cost effective to get concentrated forms of nature’s most powerful healing nutrients.

Every single year there are more than 14 million preventable cases of heart disease, 1.3 million preventable cases of cancer, and more than 500,000 preventable strokes, and many thousands of other preventable diseases in the U.S. alone. With the right nutrition, many of these deadly diseases could have been completely avoided. For example, consider…



The problem with conventional cancer treatments is that they often kill healthy cells too. That’s why this next vitamin cure is a great weapon in the fight against cancer. It’s selenium, a potent antioxidant mineral.

Your body uses selenium to create a crucial cancer-fighting enzyme called glutathione peroxidase. This enzyme can selectively seek out and kill cancer cells, but leaving healthy cells alone!

Clinical studies show that taking selenium leads to 66% fewer prostate cancers, 50% fewer colorectal cancers and a 50% decrease in lung cancer deaths.

But beware! You read a supplement label and see that it contains selenium. That’s good, right? Not so fast! There are different types of selenium. Some forms of selenium are shown to be potent cancer fighters. But not all kinds of selenium work.


What REALLY Works for Lowering Cholesterol Naturally?

Many of my patients would love to lower their cholesterol without drugs. After all, the drugs give them a wide range of troubling side effects.

You hear of all sorts of “natural cures” touted for cutting cholesterol, but now a new clinical study shows what works and what doesn’t:

What DOES NOT WORK: There’s little evidence supporting the use of “guggulipids”, “policosanol”, and cinnamon.

What DOES Work: Red yeast rice was shown to effectively lower people’s deadly LDL cholesterol. But a vital fact that virtually no one else will tell you is this: The Wrong Type Could Be


So although red yeast rice is indeed a powerful natural way to lower your cholesterol, you need to choose your brand carefully.

Some brands contain vastly different amounts of the key active ingredient lovastatin. Perhaps even more important is that some incorrectly fermented types may contain a chemical called “citrinin” that is very toxic to the kidneys.


Reverse Heart Disease and Clean Out DEADLY ARTERY PLAQUE!

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. For too many victims, their first symptom is a fatal heart attack. A key cause of heart attacks is the build-up of deadly plaque in the arteries. For example, research has shown that phytomenadione can prevent the “vascular calcification” that leads to heart attacks and strokes.



Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for people in their senior years. The macula is the tiny yellow spot near the center of the retina in the back of your eyes. It controls the central field of your vision.


Thankfully, clinical studies have proven that a few natural supplements can help halt the effects of macular degeneration. One of the most effective is Zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is a “carotenoid” found in highest concentrations in the central maculae in the retinas of your eyes.


The New Arthritis Cure That’s Spelled “ASU”

“Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables” (ASU) is the collective name of a new breed of natural pain-relieving supplements. People take them to reduce pain and inflammation in the knees and hips, and to reduce deterioration of these joints. ASU is the newest effective arthritis treatment. Studies show that it can relieve arthritis pain, repair damaged cartilage, and reduce the need for painkillers.

In France, it’s available only by prescription; but over here, you don’t need a prescription.


Did you know that some 100 million North Americans suffer from some type of chronic joint pain? Plus, many suffer deadly side effects from painkilling drugs. The prescription painkiller Vioxx® was taken off the market after it caused some 60,000 fatal heart attacks. And over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin kill over 16,000 Americans every year from stomach bleeding.

But when you treat your joint pain with natural supplements, instead of just covering up the symptoms, you…


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Diets and Weight Loss, Foods, Uncategorized

Low Carb Substitutes for Pasta



Low Carb Substitutes for Pasta

Watching your calories and carbs doesn’t mean you can’t get a pasta fix. There are plenty of lower carb alternatives to regular noodles.


Spaghetti Squash

This one might be a no-brainer, since spaghetti is in the name, but it’s still greatly underappreciated. You can bake it until soft, or even nuke it in the microwave for a fast fix. Then just scrape out the noodle-like strands with a fork. A cup of the cooked strands has only about 40 calories.

Spaghetti squash is full of fiber and other nutrients, and it’s incredibly versatile — fantastic with low-fat marinara, pesto, or cheese sauce. It’s even good simply tossed with a little light butter and topped with grated Parm.


House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute

I’ve been a big fan of this soy-based swap for years. You can eat an entire bag of noodles for just 20 calories. (Yes, you read that right!) Ounce for ounce, regular pasta contains 10 times as many calories. You do need to drain and rinse Tofu Shirataki thoroughly (It comes floating in liquid), but it’s absolutely worth the effort. And these noodles don’t require any cooking; they just need to be heated. You can stir-fry them, or just toss ’em in the microwave (blot excess liquid, if you do). Bonus? They come in a variety of shapes: spaghetti, angel hair, fettuccine… even macaroni. Here’s a tip, though: Don’t confuse Tofu Shirataki with regular shirataki noodles.

The added tofu really improves the texture.



Surprised to see eggplant on this list? Well, when you’re craving lasagna without the starchy carbs, eggplant is your best bet. Cut it lengthwise, soften it up in a skillet, and replace some (or all) of your lasagna noodles with the slices. The result is a towering serving of lasagna with a fraction of the calories.



To keep your lasagna low in fat, use light cheeses and low-fat sauce.



Zucchini ribbons are an amazing fettuccine alternative. Here’s how to make them: Use a vegetable peeler to peel zucchini lengthwise into super-thin strips, rotating zucchini around as you go — and you’ve got noodles! Since zucchini is a summer squash, this swap is perfect in picnic-ready pasta salads.


Broccoli Cole Slaw

Broccoli cole slaw is a blend of shredded broccoli, carrots, and red cabbage. It’s packed with vitamins and high in fiber. And get this: You can eat four cups of it for about 100 calories. Just steam it in the microwave or cook it in a skillet with a little water. I like it with low-fat marinara sauce or seasoned-up canned crushed tomatoes. It’s also great in saucy stir-frys.


Bean Sprouts

If you’re into Asian-style noodle dishes, bean sprouts are the perfect swap for you. They tend to take on the taste of whatever they’re cooked with — add soy sauce or teriyaki sauce to impart major flavor. Like broccoli slaw, these can be cooked in the microwave or a skillet. Each cup of raw sprouts has about 30 calories. They cook down to about half the volume, so start with a few cups. Make sure to mix it up with Tofu Shirataki, too.


Call us if you need help starting a low carb diet.  You cannot go cold turkey with carbs, that can cause more problems for you down the road.


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