Cheese Facts and The Human Microbiome

Updates on the health benefits of cheese and current data on human microbiome research and findings.

Weekend action: speak up for public health

As I posted last week, the New York Times has a handy guide to how to participate in politics. The American Public Health Association (APHA) also has a guide, Speak for Health, specifically focused o

The Trump Administration’s support of infant formula v. breastfeeding

By this time, you have no doubt heard about the Trump Administration’s attempts to stop the World Health Organization from promoting breastfeeding.  Incredible but true. Here is a brief timeline of

This Just In: Your Starbucks Order Will No Longer Come With A Plastic Straw

It’s the last straw for the beverage giant. This Just In: Your Starbucks Order Will No Longer Come With A Plastic Straw

Pork Barrel Politics: Trade and Other Issues

Pork.  I love the term.  It reeks of politics. Pork’s Trade Problem I’ve been following the pork industry’s problem with the Trump Administration’s trade policies with much interest. We impo

Food Navigator’s collection of articles on “healthy fats”

Fat remains in the news.  Which ones are health, and which not?  FoodNavigator-USA collects its articles on the topic.  My thoughts:  Beyond that, food fats are mixtures of monounsaturated, polyun

Cheese, Poop and Tequila Not Necessarily in that Order

This week we have a friend in cheeses, shining a light on your poop (literally), tequila for bone growth and new information on Vitamin D.

Beverage Daily’s roundup of articles about—Beer!

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Here’s Beverage Daily’s latest MONTHLY BEER SPECIAL: AB InBev CEO: ‘Beer needs to play the natural card more’:  Beer is all about natural ingredients: and tha

Weekend Reading: Food Citizenship (I’m in it)

Ray Goldberg.  Food Citizenship: Food System Advocates in an Era of Distrust. Oxford University Press, 2018. As should be obvious from this cover, I have a special interest in this book.  For more t

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National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

The National Human Genome Research Institute conducts genetic and genomic research, funds genetic and genomic research and promotes that research to advance genomics in health care.

13 Unexpected Ways to Fit In Cardio

Sneaking cardio into daily life can save time and improve fitness, sometimes on par with the benefits of a scheduled sweat session. And more time getting moving in our daily lives means less time sitt

Tariffs induce trade retaliation. Ouch.

This administration’s tariffs on steel and other imports have induced the affected countries to retaliate, particularly by targeting agricultural products. China has already targeted pork products (

It’s Okay To Change Your Big Dreams

It’s been nearly five months since I’ve written a blog post. For someone who used to write one every week, […] It’s Okay To Change Your Big Dreams

Food and Recipes: All About Honey

Honey’s been used to heal wounds, ease allergies and sweeten things up for centuries. What is it? Where does it get these special powers, and can it really do everything it gets credit for? Food and

Weekend Reading, 7.15.18

Toward the end of this past week, I found myself grappling with a couple of missteps—or errors, or mistakes, or whatever you’d like to call them. Small things, but substantial enough to make me fe

It’s July 4. What better time to participate in politics. Here’s how.

The New York Times has issued a splendid guide to how to use the political process (behind a paywall, alas) to get what our country needs. The guide covers how to vote, lobby, get information, show up

Big Soda strong-arms California: no more soda taxes for 12 years. Shame!

In 2017, Jennifer Pomeranz and Mark Pertschuck published an article in the American Journal of Public Health titled State Preemption: A Significant and Quiet Threat to Public Health in the United Stat

Rebooting food: technological solutions to world hunger

Lots of people are worried about how we are going to feed people in the future and are thinking about possible solutions to problems of world hunger.  Hence: Rebooting Food from the Thomson Reuters


I’ve got a secret for ya, mama, and it’s right here in this sheet of paper.Frankly, even I'm surprised by what’s inside this. It still all seems a little unreal. Sometimes I wonder, WHAT AM I D

School Lunch Ideas ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿง€

Here's our main lunch set: ice packs: water bottle: cloth napkin: lunch cont

IT'S MATING SEASON! ๐Ÿ™ˆ (Valencia, Spain with Kids)

Get 3 Things for Thursday โžœ pregnancy week-by-week โžœ http://MamaNatural.comValencia, Spain is an awesome city to visit! We checked out the central market (and played sp

10 Signs and Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is an illness caused by consuming foods or drinks that contain harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites. It’s extremely common, affecting an estimated 9.4 million Americans each year (1

The 8 Healthiest Berries You Can Eat

Berries are small, soft, round fruit of various colors — mainly blue, red or purple. They are sweet or sour in taste and often used in preservatives, jams and desserts. Berries tend to have a good n

The MIND Diet: A Detailed Guide for Beginners

The MIND diet is designed to prevent dementia and loss of brain function as you age. It combines the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet to create a dietary pattern that focuses specifically on brain

5 Reasons Why Creatine Monohydrate Is the Best

Creatine has been studied extensively as a dietary supplement for many years. In fact, more than 1,000 studies have been conducted, which have shown that creatine is a top supplement for exercise perf

12 Mistakes to Avoid on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet

A balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can provide many health benefits. These diets have been associated with weight loss, better blood sugar control, a decreased risk of heart disease and a lower risk

It Cost WHAT? (Epic Meal in Naples) ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿ‘

Get 3 Things for Thursday โžœ pregnancy week-by-week โžœ http://MamaNatural.comRestaurant: Trattoria Da Nennella Da NennellaVico L

Do Glucosamine Supplements Work for Arthritis?

Glucosamine is a popular dietary supplement used to treat osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease caused by insufficient regeneration of cartilage in joints, most often in the knees a

9 Gluten-Free Grains That Are Super Healthy

Gluten is a protein found in certain types of grains, including wheat, barley and rye. It provides elasticity, allows bread to rise and gives foods a chewy texture (1, 2). Although gluten is not a pro

Why Bifidobacteria Are So Good for You

There are trillions of bacteria on and in your body, and they’re extremely important for your health. One of the most important types is called Bifidobacteria. These beneficial bacteria digest dieta

13 Greek Foods That Are Super Healthy

In the 1960s, Greeks were living longer and had lower rates of chronic disease than the rest of the world. This is likely due to their diet, which was full of seafood, fruits, vegetables, grains, bean

The GAPS Diet: An Evidence-Based Review

The GAPS diet is a strict elimination diet that requires its followers to cut out grains, pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbs. It’s promoted as a natural treatment for people wit

Mediterranean Cruise... with kids! โ›ต ๐Ÿ‘ซ ๐Ÿค” We’re vlogging our travels and have a NEW video up today about our 7 day Mediterranean cruise. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŽโ›ต๏ธSee highlights from the South of France, the tiny country Mon

Overnight flight... with kids! โœˆ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ซ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Our family was blessed with a trip through some beautiful Mediterranean areas—the South of France, Spain and Italy. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น We haven’t left the country for years, and it’s been

Healthy & Organic Grocery Haul! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ†๐Ÿณ Here's our food haul for this week! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ†๐Ÿณ What looks familiar to you??? What olive oil do you buy? Let me know in the comments!Catch up with me on Facebook - I post tons

Busting into Babies ะฏ Us! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿš€

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๐Ÿ˜‚ 1st vs. 2nd Pregnancy ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Grocery MEGA Haul + Meal Photos Here are my family's groceries from last week, plus photos of most of the meals we made! Which of these products or recipes look familiar to you???Catch up with me on Facebook


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