Cod Liver Oil: A Historical Perspective

Oil from the liver of Gadus sp. (particularly G. morhua, or Atlantic cod) has helped humankind for centuries—in the tanning of hides, as a fuel for lamps, in liquid soaps, and even as a base for the red ochre paints frequently used on buildings in … [Read more...]

Has Gelatin Always Been a Big Deal?

Many of us were first exposed to gelatin through a Jell-O jiggler, or, for the more adventurous kids, through glue! However, neither Jell-O nor glue is something typically associated with optimal nutrition or healing. Yet, the key ingredient in both … [Read more...]

Making an Informed Decision on Vaccinations

The recent measles outbreak has left both parents and doctors with more questions than answers regarding vaccinations. The issue of vaccines is complicated by concerns about the possible hazards of some of the ingredients used in the vaccine … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Unhealthy Foods This Holiday Season

“Bet you can’t eat just one!” This slogan became famous as commercial potato chip sales began to soar in the 1960s and it continues to be popular today. It’s true, that tasting those crunchy, salty, processed morsels, loaded with trans fats and … [Read more...]

Five Keys to a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

’Tis the season for parties, dinners, out-of-town guests, and lots of get-togethers with friends and family. But along with such merriment can come increased stress, anxiety, weight gain, colds and flu. The good news is that there are some simple … [Read more...]

Caveman Vs. Caveman: Differentiating Paleo, Primal & Traditional Diets

If you can’t find yourself identifying with a caveman or have no idea what your great-great-great-grandparents had cooking over the fire, words such as “paleo,” “primal,” or “traditional diets” can be rather intimidating—and easily misconstrued. With … [Read more...]

History of Epigenetics

Ever wondered why you learned about genetics in school, but heard little, if nothing about epigenetics? It's because this field was not really well established until the 20th century, and it continues to grow and change. Here is what you need to know … [Read more...]

Pottengers Cats: Early Epigenetics and Implications for Your Health

The human genome project, launched in 1990 and concluded in 2003, was a large-scale American initiative that sought to uncover the secrets within our human genetics. (Graham, Kesten, and Scherwitz) While the project made several key discoveries, it … [Read more...]

Top 3 Nutrition Myths Disproved by Epigenetics

Epigenetics, as explained here, is an emerging field of study that has dispelled several notions related to nutrition and our health that modern medicine has assumed to be true. Below are what we believe to be the top three health myths that the … [Read more...]

Food Labels: What They Reveal and Conceal, Part 4

ACCURACY OF NUTRITION INFORMATION The Nutrition Facts Label gives a summary of the estimated nutrient levels in a food, based on the specified serving size. Manufacturers originally used their own discretion in setting serving sizes, which often … [Read more...]