Nutrition & Lifestyle

Baking Soda is No Ally in Raising Alkaline Levels

By By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

The use of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to quell inflammation and autoimmunity brings more risk than benefit. Dr. Russell Jaffe, developer of The Alkaline Way lifestyle program, says it is actually a harmful choice that one should avoid.

How Do Physicians Define Dietary Supplement Quality?

By Erik Goldman

The rising use of dietary supplements and botanical medicines in clinics throughout the nation begs some important questions: How do medical practitioners define quality? HPC Caught up with three leading functional medicine practitioners to find out.

Challenged by MS, the "Spice-Trekkers" Discover Their Own Culinary Medicine

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Philippe and  Ethné de Vienne an explorer by nature. He and his wife Ethné travel the world, sourcing organic spices and herbs where they’re grown. That’s their job as the owners of the Montreal-based spice company, Épices de Cru. But five years ago, when Philippe was suddenly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, their search took a very different turn--one that led to important discoveries about how to use foods and spices to alter the course of serious autoimmune diseases.

With Sioux Chef, Native Americans Rediscover Indigenous Foodways

By Ana Maria Puente, Contributing Writer

With a restaurant and catering company called Sioux Chef, an Oglala Lakota chef named Sean Sherman is helping Native American communities--and many other non-Natives--to discover the original indigenous foods of North America. Many native foods--things like cattail shoots, prairie turnips, choke cherries, prickly pears, rabbit and bison--are extremely healthy.