Will you recommend a doctor?

PCRM does not offer a physician referral directory. However, the American Holistic Medical Association does offer such a directory.

Are there natural approaches to menopause?

Women can make many dietary and lifestyle changes to ease the pain and discomfort of menopause without the side effects of estrogen. For example, switching to a vegetarian diet is better for your heart and bones than estrogen prescriptions. Learn more about a natural approach to menopause.

Is it possible to lower blood pressure with diet? If so, how?

Changing the way you eat can lower your blood pressure and reduce or eliminate the need for medication. You can lower your blood pressure by reducing the salt in your diet, eating more low-sodium vegetarian foods, losing weight, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco, and becoming physically active. People who follow vegetarian diets typically have lower blood […]

Is it true that some foods are addictive?

Studies suggest that cheese, chocolate, sugar, and meat all spark the release of opiate-like substances that trigger the brain’s pleasure center and seduce us into eating them again and again. These foods stimulate the same opiate receptors in your brain as heroin or morphine but to a much lesser degree. Drugs used to block the […]

Is the Atkins diet healthy/safe? What about other low-carb diets?

The Atkins diet and other low-carb fad diets, which are high in fat and protein and severely restrict carbohydrates, are not healthy approaches to losing weight. High-fat, high-protein diets are associated with many health risks, ranging from mild (constipation, headache, and bad breath) to significant (impaired kidney function, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer). The […]

Are carbohydrates bad for you? Is it OK to eat carbohydrates if I am trying to lose weight?

There is a myth that pasta, bread, potatoes, and rice are fattening, but nothing could be further from the truth. Carbohydrate-rich foods are perfect for permanent weight control because they contain less than half the calories of fat, which means that replacing fatty foods with complex carbohydrates automatically cuts calories. It’s important to remember to […]

What’s the best diet for weight loss?

Both short-term and long-term, the most effective weight loss comes from avoiding animal products and keeping fats and vegetable oils to a minimum. In addition, it helps to keep the natural fiber in the foods you eat. This means eating whole-grain bread instead of white bread, brown rice instead of white rice, and plenty of […]

What is the best way to get vitamin B12?

Individuals following a vegan diet can easily meet their vitamin B12 needs by consuming a variety of vegan foods, including vitamin B12-fortified breakfast cereals, soymilk, and meat analogs. Some brands of nutritional yeast, such as Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula, are a reliable source of this vitamin. Most common multivitamins also contain B12. Learn more […]