Kirk Patrick has studied natural health since 1997 and has helped many people heal themselves. He has published over 40 articles that have appeared on multiple natural health websites.

Soybean Pros and Cons

While soybean products can be a healthy part of a vegetarian or traditional diet, there are several pitfalls to watch out for.  One factor is whether the soybeans are genetically modified.  Another is where they were grown (some companies who pose as organic purveyors refuse to disclose their sources).  Especially important in considering soybean pros…

Growing Heirloom Pole Beans in the Home Garden

With the arrival of spring, it’s time to start planning this year’s garden.  While tomatoes are the most popular garden item, they are difficult to grow from seed as they must be started indoors, often requiring grow lights. However, the second most popular garden item is extremely easy to grow – Pole Beans! Pole beans require little…

Top Ten Natural Ways to Remove Heavy Metals

Toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and uranium are pervasive in much of the environment. While it may not be possible to completely avoid exposure, there are many safe, organic and affordable products that help detoxify and eliminate these toxins from the body. This article will explain ten such examples. 1) Bentonite (Clay)…

Top Plants for Liver Cleansing Part II

  The key to optimal health is optimal liver function. Responsible for detoxification and digestion, among many other tasks, the liver is the largest internal organ in the body (the skin is the largest organ overall). The liver is also one of the fastest growing organs in the body, and it can even regenerate itself…

Top Ten for Detoxification and Fasting

Spring has traditionally been the season for detoxification and cleansing. Throughout the ages, humans and animals have emerged from their winter dormancy to find themselves malnourished. Having gone months without any vegetables, they needed to seek the remedies provided by nature, many of which blossom in spring. Certain plants and compounds greatly increase the productivity…

Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine

Even if you don’t like seafood, your local sushi restaurant features an array of medicinal plant-based foods that regularly accompany each meal. This article will highlight ten healthy vegetarian items commonly found in Japanese cuisine along with their key health properties. Part I – Seaweed Products * Dulse – Palmaria palmata (Palmariacea) A red seaweed,…

Top Five Herbs That Promote Kidney Health

  While many herbs are popular for liver and colon health, the best herbs for kidney maintenance are not as well known in Western medicine. Anyone suffering nausea, loss of appetite, stunted growth, dry skin, sleep disorders, concentration problems, or puffy eyes should consider a kidney flush. This article will review five plants traditionally used to…

The Mediterranean Diet Explained

Well-known for promoting longevity, the Mediterranean diet is based on a wide spectrum of popular and healthy foods. Bordering some 21 countries including France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Syria and Turkey, the Mediterranean is a large sun drenched area where life abounds.  While most individual nutritious ingredients of the diet have long been the…

Wild Pacific Salmon Explained

While most consumers have learned that wild salmon is preferable to farm-raised, there are many other variables to consider. Even after ruling out Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead Trout, there are still 5 species of Pacific Salmon, and each goes by several names. Additional factors such as environment, fat content, and processing can make all the…