Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Why so Essential?

As integrated medical care providers, we are often asked by patients how to optimize their health through what we like to call “food as medicine”. One of the most common questions we get is “What are essential fatty acids and why are they so important for optimal health? “ Essential fatty acids are also know […]

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“Where did this egg come from?” How to source eggs 101

The other day one of our patients here at the clinic said to me “how do I know what is actually good for me to be eating – I mean, what’s the difference between a pastured egg and a cage-free one? And, is organic really important….and is an organic chicken better than a free-range one? […]

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Snacks or Treats? Heading Back to the After School Dilemma

School is just about to start up again and one of the questions I hear often is “what’s a good and easy after school snack I can feed my children?” Good question. First off, let’s define what a “snack” is…. dictionary.com words it as; a small portion of food or drink or a light meal, […]

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Healthy Eating on the Road

It’s that time of year again – holidays at the airport, in the hotel, out of the car and the hardest place of all – in other people’s homes!  Well meaning to be sure – but it’s a common lament that “Aunt Harriet” just doesn’t understand gluten intolerance and is crushed that you won’t partake […]

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Macaroni and cheese…but isn’t it supposed to glow in the dark?

Watching the news this morning there was a clip about on an Internet video that’s gone viral featuring two moms who are speaking out against the artificial food coloring added to a popular brand of boxed macaroni and cheese that gives it that fluorescent glow…  Good for them!  Let’s bring some attention to this subject […]

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What’s for Breakfast? Thinking Outside the (Cereal) Box

Many people are challenged by or simply not excited about breakfast. They may feel limited with their choices, not have enough prep time or generally think it’s not that important. Even if we have the best intentions, we often turn to our quick standbys like cereal and milk or toast and jam to fuel us […]

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Kick that cold with a few kitchen staples

‘Tis the season for runny noses, sore throats, headaches, coughing, and brain fog.  Yay!! Before you race to Walgreens, peek in your kitchen for some traditional Chinese herbs, masquerading as common foods.  You’d be surprised by the number of “regular” foods and spices that are used in Chinese herbal medicine.  I had an adorable Chinese […]

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Vegetables Galore: Only Slight Deception Required

Your eyes meet your plate. Pupils dilate to accommodate a cornucopia of impossibly bright colors. Freshly steamed vegetables explode with oranges, greens, reds; a masterpiece that only Mother Nature could create. Your salivary glands prepare to devour a medley of beta carotenes, antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber. Your cells hum in excitement for the vitality they […]

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Check out this great cookbook!

I love books – and I’ll confess, cookbooks are a particular obsession of mine.  It’s one indulgence I have that my husband never seems to have a problem with!  In fact, next to bicycling – food is a shared passion in our marriage and the kitchen is a hub of activity in our home. I think […]

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Nutrition Mission: Improve your Health through Food

When you hear the word “nutrition,” what comes to mind for you? The FDA food pyramid?  A bottle of vitamin and mineral pills?  Your mother telling you can’t leave the table until you’ve eaten all your spinach?  Commonly, when we think of nutrition we think “borrrrring!”  We think of the foods we should be eating […]

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Guidelines for Healthy Eating: Nature Cures HealthChat Podcast

Listen to: the HealthChat on Healthy Eating, in honor of National Nutrition Month.

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Avoiding the Holiday Binge

___________________________________ Years ago there was a popular commercial on television selling a well-known fizzy tablet designed to aid an over-acid stomach condition. Often there was portrayed an over-weight, middle-aged man in a tee shirt, scruffy faced and disheveled, lamenting over his exploit of over-eating. “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” was his sighing […]

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Soaking your grains, nuts and seeds

If you’ve been to one of our nutrition classes, then you probably know a thing or two about soaking and sprouting. It’s one of the ways we like to show people that it’s not hard to eat well, it just takes a bit of planning. Maybe right about now you’re thinking, “time? Who has any more of […]

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Acai: Hype or Health?

We’re examining superfoods again here at Nature Cures Clinic. Today we’re taking a look at the massive marketing campaign that’s surrounding one little Brazilian berry, acai. When it comes to foods that contain high levels of antioxidants, acai is the popular new kid on the block. Lab studies show the fruit to contain high levels […]

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Naturopathic Views on Diet and Nutrition

Listen to Diet and Nutrition Podcast Dr. Greg explain how our nutrition and diet affects things like inflammation, which has been linked to almost every chronic disease.  They will also discuss how you can eat in a way that will promote optimal digestion, an important component of a healthy body.

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We Dig Our Graves With Our Forks

Listen to We Dig Our Graves With Our Forks In this podcast, Portland naturopathic doctors, Dr. Greg Eckel and Dr. Greg Nigh explain to you what you should be looking at when you are choosing what to put into your body and the effects it will have.  The saying is true, they say, and the […]

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Osteoporosis Podcast

Listen to: Osteoporosis Podcast

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Naturopathic Views on Artificial Sweeteners

Listen to Artificial Sweeteners Podcast In this podcast, Nature Cures Clinic founder, Dr. Greg Eckel and colleagues discuss the impacts that artificial sweeteners have on the body, due to the disturbing way these sweeteners are produced.  They discuss the specific sweeteners and the symptoms that can be associated with the ingestion of these sweeteners.  They’ll […]

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