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I am Dr. Marie-Sabine Thomas, a trained Naturopathic Physician and a fellow at Bastyr University Research Institute.

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Posted on January 17th, 2013 by Dr. Sabine Thomas
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While money doesn’t grow on  trees, the future of a country’s physical and economic landscape certainly depends on its vegetation.  Such is the case of several medicinal trees and plants we continue  to re-discover on the island nation of Ayiti (Haiti).  The island is a veritable source of botanical treasures. Botanical treasures that can contribute to sustainable economic growth, overall health and reforestation efforts.

Anecdotes from elders and stories from traditional healers, complement contemporary medical and scientific knowledge of these plant treasures that further confirm that folkloric roots should not be altogether ignored. The richness of  the knowledge of indigenous and traditional medicines throughout the world,  is not passed down to younger generations. So, countless easy to grow plants and  fruit trees that could support and generate health are no longer being planted or are cultivated at a rate of near extinction.
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Posted on April 23rd, 2012 by Dr. Sabine Thomas
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After spending a long time inspecting the ingredients on all the snack bar choices in the local food store, none of them -or at least their ingredients-justified a purchase to satisfy my craving.  They had too much sugar, lacked good protein and contained many ingredients that had no nutritional value.  However, I will be the first on to share that munching on a healthy and nutritious bar is an great way to curb mid-morning or mid-afternoon cravings. So imagine my let down when I can’t find the bars with the right crunch and combination. 

With the help of nutritionist extraordinaire Ms. Syreeta Bernal, I have decided to make my own collection and I am sharing the nutritious fun with you. This by the way is a quick ploy to get other family members to chime in and create their own bar “menu” by choosing their own ingredients.
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Posted on November 18th, 2011 by Dr. Sabine Thomas
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Posted on September 7th, 2011 by Dr. Sabine Thomas
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September is whole grain month. This is the perfect time to venture out and try a new grain: Quinoa.

What is Quinoa?

If you have never heard of Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), you are in for a treat. It is a tiny but whole grain that originates from South America. This nutrient-rich and complete protein grain is drought resistant, and can grow well in poor soils without irrigation or fertilizer. It’s been designated a “super crop” by the United Nations, for its potential to feed the hungry poor of the world. This  recently rediscovered ancient grain was once called “the gold of the Incas,” who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors.  I feel I should let you in on a little secret  that even though we call quinoa a grain it is actually the seed of a plant related to beets, chard and spinach. So the leaves of the quinoa plants are also edible.

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Fruits and VegetablesListen up! You should never forego buying fruits and vegetables if the only kind you have access to, are not organic. Is it better to buy them organic? Of course! Luckily, in this shoe string economy, we have a choice over the types of fruits and vegetables we can purchase even if they are not organic. The Environmental Working Group is an organization that investigates the amount of pesticides in fruits and veggies. They have come up with two main lists; the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen.
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