How to Prevent Kidney Stones Naturally


This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health, and staff nutritionist and content manager for You can learn more about Laura by checking out her blog or visiting her on Facebook. Anyone who’s had a kidney stone will tell you that they’re one of the worst medical problems you can ever experience. Kidney stones are a common and painful chronic condition seen in otherwise “healthy” patients, and one of the most… Read More

Review: The Paleo Manifesto


There are a lot of Paleo how-to books out there, and many more coming down the pipeline on a regular basis. You have “paleo” cookbooks telling you what to make for dinner, “paleo” exercise books telling you how to move, and even books on how to throw the best “paleo” social event. And I’ve already announced that my own book is coming out in December, which I am confident will be a valuable resource for… Read More

Health Lessons from International Cuisines: The Nordic Countries


The Nordic countries (including Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland) are well known for having some of the healthiest and happiest populations in the world. Sweden consistently maintains one of the world’s highest life expectancies, and Forbes, Bloomberg, and others have featured all five countries on lists of ‘the world’s healthiest countries.’ Many have attributed their good health to the Nordic diet. As with most of the countries we’ve talked about so far, the Nordic… Read More

The Roundup


Here is The Roundup, Edition 14, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past A great study was just published illustrating the gut-skin-immune connection and the ability of probiotics to influence that axis. The authors discuss the vicious cycle of inflammatory gut disease, where inflammation leads to leaky gut, which leads to more inflammation, and so on. The inflammatory cytokines produced by this inflammation in the… Read More

Health Lessons from International Cuisines: Africa


Most researchers agree that early Paleolithic humans lived in Africa. It has even been suggested that the bulk of our evolution as homo sapiens occurred in Africa, where our biological needs for certain nutrients such as omega-3 fats, vitamins A and D, and minerals like iron and zinc were established. Ironically, however, the ‘traditional African diet’ I’m examining today is about as far from what we could call a ‘Paleo diet’ as you can get.… Read More

Meet My Ranchers: Freestone Ranch


I’ve written previously about the importance of choosing locally raised animal products whenever possible. It’s better for your health, for the animals, for local economies, and for the planet. My family buys a quarter of beef and side of pork every 6-9 months from Freestone Ranch, a sustainable ranching operation about an hour and fifteen minutes north of San Francisco. Their beef and pork are far superior to anything we ever bought in the store… Read More