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In the recommendations section, you'll find suggestions for tools and cooking utensils, recommended cookbooks, and resources for workshops and cooking schools. No health food store in your neighborhood? You'll also find excellent sources for mail-order ingredients that may be hard to find where you live. If you'd like to be considered for any of these listings, please e-mail me.

By David Bruce Leonard

We are conducting a vast toxicological experiment in which our children and our children's children are the experimental subjects. - - Dr. Herbert Needleman

Genetically Modified Organisms: What is GMO Food Doing to Us?
As a holistic nutritionist I have been struck by the radical increase in immune, gastrointestinal, and fertility issues that seemingly healthy people are presenting in my office. Over and over again I have educated clients that “convenience” in food has a very high price tag attached to it, and that ultimately the cost of local and organic food...

The Mobile Guide to Healthy Eats
We live in a mobile world, and eating well in our travel-oriented universe can be really hard unless you plan ahead. For all of you who struggle to maintain balance on the road, we've got some great suggestions. And no, you don't have to pack an extra suitcase full of food!

The Dirty Dozen and The Fresh Fifteen
To be, or not to be? Organic, or not organic? Some fruits and vegetables are traditionally very low in pesticides and can be purchased from a "conventionally grown" source. Others, like berries and apples and greens, are particularly vulnerable to poisons. What should you buy organic? What is safe from a conventional grower?

Sound Healing: Meridians
An obvious first question might be: What does sound healing have to do with macrobiotic cooking? Macrobiotic lifestyle is about longevity, and longevity in great part depends on keep our energy moving and flowing, a concept understood for thousands of years by Asian medicine. Food, breath, water, and the practice of opening the energy channels (meridians) of the body all contribute to energy flow. Sound healing is an ancient art, and existed in global cultures since the dawn of humanity.

More On Cheap Eats: Stretching Your Whole Foods Dollar
I’ve done quite a bit of writing on eating a whole foods diet economically. Will we spend more than we would in a standard supermarket? Perhaps yes, because in theory the cost of producing many sustainably grown ingredients is higher. Yet if we look at the carbon footprint of shipping food half way around the world, the story begins to shift.

Books on Food and Healing
The following are some of my favorite books on food and healing for those of you who would like to learn more about the physical science behind macrobiotics and other whole foods diets.

Macrobiotic and Whole Foods Cookbooks
I collect cookbooks and find that I use them mostly to get ideas. I have included both macrobiotic and great vegetarian cookbooks here, because you can find some great ideas in the vegetarian books listed here.

Recommended Restaurants New York City
Check back often, as these recommended restaurant listings will be updated and expanded regularly. I’m including establishments that have macro-friendly options on their menus.

Macrobiotic Schools and Instruction
The following are a few of the many respected teachers and institutions that provide instruction in macrobiotic cooking.

The GMO Maelstrom of 2011
In the maelstrom of activity surrounding the Organic Consumer Alliance’s (OCA) incendiary accusation that the CEOs of Whole Foods (WF), Stonyfield Farm and Organic Valley (OV) collectively caved in to Monsanto, I received communications from both Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farms asking for fair airtime on their side of the story.

Mail Order Resources and Supplies
The following are some reputable mail order resources for people who don't have ready access to quality whole foods or macrobiotic supplies.

David Bruce Leonard, L.Ac.
David Bruce Leonard is a licensed acupuncturist, master herbalist, martial artist and author of two books. He holds a master's degree in Chinese Medicine and teaches plant medicine in the Hawaiian islands. Leonard is an active ecologist and environmentalist, and for nearly 2 decades has been helping people heal from a five element approach.

David Wolfe and the Longevity Now Conference
Living foods educator David Wolfe is a dedicated advocate for health information and empowerment. His biannual Longevity Now Conference in Costa Mesa, California is an exciting opportunity for newcomers and professionals alike to gain cutting edge information on advances in the field of longevity, peak performance and anti-aging. Read on for a...

Cheap Eats: How to Make the Most of Your Whole Food Dollar on A Tight Budget
There’s no question that eating well can be more expensive than eating poorly. My clients often ask how they can eat well without breaking the piggy bank, and there are a number of things we can do to offset our food costs.

Travel Tips for the Whole Foods Human:
Unless you land on one of the coasts, or in a country with wholesome culinary traditions, eating whole foods while traveling can be a daunting undertaking. A business trip or vacation can take us into many environments where the food supply is limited and/or downright unhealthy. So what to do?

To Supplement or Not to Supplement: Navigating A Trillion Dollar Industry
Clients often ask what I recommend in terms of vitamins and supplements, and there is no quick and easy answer to that question. Most of us can really benefit from a boost now and again, and some of us need extra support if we are dealing with particular health challenges, exceptional stress levels or an inadequate food supply.

BPA: Bisphenol A, The Plastic Poison
BPA is a toxic chemical contained in plastics used to line aluminum cans and in hard clear polycarbonate plastic containers. Polycarbonate plastics and most cans leach BPA into food and water, and as such represent potential serious health threats to humans. Plastic containers marked on the bottom with PC and/or #7 should be avoided if at all...

Stanford University Study: Organic vs Conventional
This week the NY Times, along with a number of other newspapers, published an article referencing a Stanford University Department of Medicine study which states that organic food has “no obvious health benefits” over conventional produce and meats. By presenting conventional produce as a safe and equal brother to organic, Stanford is...

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