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

The purpose of this blog is to educate people so that they can make informed decisions about their health. I answer burning questions about natural medicine and discuss research findings that can better support wellness. I invite you to join the discussion!

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Posted on September 7th, 2011 by Dr. Sabine Thomas
Category: Diet and Nutrition No Comments »

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.

Posted on September 1st, 2011 by Dr. Sabine Thomas
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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.

Posted on April 25th, 2011 by Webmaster
Category: World Health No Comments »

Ying Yang SymbolTraditional Chinese medicine (TCM) refers to a total body method of healing.  There are two main concepts: the body is a complete organism and the whole organism should be treated, and diagnosis and treatment can only be done after carefully evaluation of all symptoms.

TCM is believed to have started around 4,000 years ago in the area that is now known as China.  While this form of health care is common in Asia, Russia, and parts of Europe, it has a much smaller, but growing, following in the U.S.

Posted on April 25th, 2011 by Webmaster
Category: Diet and Nutrition 2 Comments »

VegetablesWhen people look at the nutritional content of foods, they tend to concentrate more on calories, protein, fats and vitamins. Most of the time, people forget to consider the dietary fiber content of foods. In recent studies, it was shown that in America alone, less than half of the population gets enough fiber in their diet.

Taking in enough fiber will greatly improve your natural health and well-being. Here are some facts that you have to know about dietary fiber.

Posted on April 24th, 2011 by Webmaster
Category: Health and Wellness No Comments »

kiwiEvery day one or two health foods are flooded into the market claiming superior health benefits. Almost every month, bookstores will stock up on books that sell health and dieting programs. On the TV, exercise programs and exercise machines are advertised to keep healthy and fit. The fact is all of these works, the question is, is it really needed?