Can You Eat on $4 a Day?

Can you eat on a $4 a day budget? I bet your $4 latte or juice you say you can’t.

But $4 is the daily budget 46 million Americans must survive on to eat, based on the allocation of SNAP, the U.S. government’s food stamps program. And millions more, including cash strapped working parents, fixed income retirees, students and grads entering the workforce, live with similar limitations.

We’re talking food and nourishment and the fact that many people don’t have enough on their plates for themselves or their families despite living in a country where food is plentiful. It’s called food insecurity defined by the USDA as “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.”

Leanne Brown

Leanne Brown

While pursuing her Masters of Food Studies at New York University Leanne Brown researched and wrote the book, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day to provide realistic dishes and meals that stay within the SNAP provisions of $4 a day. Yes, you can do it! Good and Cheap provides many healthy and delicious options as well as practical tips for purchasing and preparing food on a limited budget with limited food waste.
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Leanne first offer Good and Cheap as a free downloadable PDF on www.leannebrown.com.  After it went viral with over 700,000 downloads, she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign raising $145,000 for a 40,000-copy print run. The book’s just been published by Workman in paperback and is filled with beautiful color photos of dishes. Each recipe provides the cost estimate per serving.

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Good and Cheap is recipient of the 2015 International Association of Culinary professionals Judge’s Choice Award. Leanne Brown was named Forbes magazine 2015 “30 Under 30,” and the accolades continue to roll in from folks like  Oprah, Michael Pollan, Chef Jamie Oliver and Professor Marion Nestle.

What’s even better is that each time someone purchase a print copy of Good and Cheap, a free copy will be given to someone who needs it most. It’s a win-win on getting a great book for yourself and giving one to help another.

Leanne joins me Monday, August 10, 4pm EST on Fearless Fabulous You on W4WN.com and podcast to www.iHeart.com and the iHeartApp. Direct link to all episodes on demand: http://www.iheart.com/show/209-Fearless-Fabulous-You

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Getting Things Off My Chest: The Sixth Sense in Flavor

In the world of cooking and gustatory pleasure, the sensation of taste can be categorized into five basic categories: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. The latter is a Japanese term for a savory, stimulating sensation that is meaty but not in the “red meat” meaning of the word. Umami fills your mouth with pleasure. I like to experience all five senses when I eat and I hope to convey them as I improve my cooking ability.

But I think I have identified a sixth sense. It’s why homemade dishes you remember as a child tasted so good and why I can’t seem to replicate the same pleasurable sensation when I prepare the dish in my home. I call it “UMommy.” It’s that delicious sensation of feeling nourished and welcome. It’s that nostagic and comforting feeling that makes you dream about a dish and its aroma long after you packed your bags and headed to your new home and makes you want to recreate and share the flavor memory in your own kitchen. Everything tasted better when your mother or grandmother made it because it was made and served with love.

An example is one of my childhood favorites, squash pudding. This dish has been served at every family occasion since I can recall. Both my maternal grandmother, Rose (Mimi), and my mother made it as did the women who helped them in the kitchen.  I can’t recall a visit to Chattanooga for any holiday where a warm squash pudding wasn’t waiting for me.

Recently I was chatting up my family’s squash pudding to a journalist I met at a dinner who asked me for the recipe. Many years ago my mother typed up all the signature recipes from the women on her side of the family, along with a few from their kitchen Help, and gave them to me. I’ve kept them in a safe file box with other “important papers.” There’s Aunt Rachel’s Cheesecake, Aunt Bertha’s Cornbread Muffins, Mimi’s Noodle Kugel, Birdie’s Brisket and, of course, Sonia’s Squash Pudding. I dug out the recipe file and typed up “Sonia’s Squash Pudding” to email to the journalist. With squash abundant in the farmers markets now I decided to give it a try.YELLOW SQUASH

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It’s No Secret- Code is Key to A Girl’s Future

In a recent issue of MORE magazine entrepreneur Susan Lynne, founder of BBG ventures, an company than investments in women-owned tech startups said, “Learning to code is far more valuable than learning to speak French. Coding is a universal language. It allows you to work wherever you want.”

I filed that one in the back of my mind. Growing up as a teen the word “code” was usually associated with “secret” and “Morse” and the only languages offered in my high school were Spanish and French. Today “code” means the language of technology, and it goes far beyond gigabytes, search engine optimization and other common tech lingo. It’s a language I wish I knew better in a world still dominated by male executives and tech geeks.

According to The New York Times, “Women account for just 6 percent of chief executives at the top 100 tech companies,” and “they create only 8 percent of venture-backed startups.”

But not for long. Thanks to organizations like Women Who Code women are getting a foothold and leg up in technology. Women Who Code is a global not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is dedicated to inspiring women toward excel in technology careers through education, advocacy, development, community and consulting. Over 30,o00 members and growing Women Who Code has executed over 2,000 events around the world and has a presence in 18 countries. The organization’s website and online community provide a place to network, exchange ideas and showcase women in technology whose work is purposeful, productive and promising.

Elizabeth Ferrao, Women Who Code NYC

Elizabeth Ferrao, Women Who Code NYC

Elizabeth Ferrao, a software engineer on Time Inc.’s New Product team, co-founded Women Who Code NYC in March 2014 with web developer Estella Madison Gonzalez. On Monday, August 3, she joins me on Fearless Fabulous You! to discuss why learning  computer code is important for women, the reality that technology literacy is essential to every business, and programs offered by Women Who Code to support and advance the careers of women in technology.

“WWCode has helped me discover that I am good at something I didn’t think I would be good at and has helped me make real friends and connections with amazing women. It has also helped me realize I am NOT the only woman over 40 who is learning to code or looking to change careers.” – Beginner & Member WWCode San Francisco

Whether you are just getting your feet wet in the tech world, have a daughter whose career future will depend on being computer literate or curious to connect and learn more, please tune in to hear from Elizabeth. Monday, August 3, 4pm EST on Fearless Fabulous You! www.W4WN.com Show will be available on www.iHeart.com and the iHeart App. Direct link: http://www.iheart.com/show/209-Fearless-Fabulous-You

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When the Glass Is Greener

I finally took the plunge.

After reading about the benefits of juicing from wellness warriors like Kris Carr and Joe Cross, and to prep for my radio interview with Daily Greens Founder Shauna Martin, I decided to give it a try.

First I had to find the juicer. David had purchased a Breville when I was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago thinking we (he) would juice my way to better health. I don’t recall ever using it.

I forgot we actually had a juicer and tried to liquefy fruits and vegetables in my KitchenAid blender. But there was too much debris floating around after I finished including bits of stems and leaves and something that tasted like plastic wrap that was probably from the bottle of coconut water I carelessly opened and added. I concluded that blenders are better for making smoothies and frozen daiquiris.

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Once David reminded me that we owned a juicer and dug out the Breville from the back of the cabinet, I gave it a try. I started with my least favorite raw vegetables: celery, kale and carrots. I figured if they were liquefied I might enjoy them more. I added a mango for sweetening and lemon juice and ginger for flavor balance.  Once I got on a juicing roll I tried fresh peaches. One kind of fruit is plenty for sweetening the tang of the vegetables.

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OK, I get it! It was easier than expected and fun to try different flavor combinations. I loved the pure flavors and the energetic “high” from drinking fresh juice. Well, the “high” is a bit of an exaggeration. It was more like a feeling of knowing you learned something new and actually enjoy that involves being in the kitchen. Usually I only drink fresh juice when we’re on vacation, most often orange or grapefruit juice. Maybe the “high” was feeling (sort of) like being on vacation.

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So, lesson learned. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I know, I wrote several weeks back that “Liquid Diets Are Not My Cup of Tea.”  And they’re not. I believe everyone should Just Chew It!  But, if you are going liquid, go fresh; and if you don’t like your veggies raw or cooked, try drinking them. Mix it up a bit with fruits and flavors, and in the evening add a favorite spirit for a delicious cocktail. I’ll take a glass of fresh fruit and/or vegetable juice any day over a soda, and the price is right. These days purchasing cold pressed juices from carts or retailers can run $8 or $9 a bottle.

Now let’s see whether adding a daily fresh juice to our regular diet of vegetables, fruits and fish measures up to the claims of glowing skin, clearer eyesight, more energy, a more robust libido, managed weight and overall well-being. A balanced diet coupled with exercise and plenty of sleep will achieve the same goals. But, I have to admit. I like playing with my food!

Now, what do we do with all this pulp?

Want to learn more about juicing? I met Shauna Martin, Daily Greens, at the Summer Fancy Food Show. A sister breast cancer survivor (as is her sister, Tamara), Shauna turned to juicing and a vegan diet for her health. I’m a fan of her line of cold pressed Daily Greens juices and hemp milks and am trying some of her recipes from her Daily Greens cookbook. Shauna joins me on Fearless Fabulous You! July 27, 4pm EST. www.W4WN.com and www.iHeart.com.

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This Young Mom Kicked Cancer in the (Gr)ass Going Green and Clean

Walking the aisles of the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show this year I was on the prowl to find healthy and delicious foods made by people with an inspiring story and mission. I found it in Shauna Martin, Founder of Daily Greens™.

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Shauna Martin, Daily Greens

Shauna is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed on July 28, 2004, at the age of 33, the date of her son’s birthday. Just three weeks later her younger sister, Tamara, was also diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31. Two sisters are diagnosed at an early age with breast cancer with no family history. How could that be? Both sisters tested negative for the BRCA genetic mutations. Doctors told them they probably would never know the cause. But, trust me, you always wonder why.

Shauna wondered about the environment she grew up in. Living in Puerto Rico and Arkansas she enjoyed fresh vegetables from local farms and gardens. Her grandmother always said, “Make sure to wash off the poison!” Could it be the chemicals sprayed on the plants she wondered? While many may link certain cancers and other illnesses to exposure to pesticides and herbicides and tainted food supplies, the issue is still a “hot potato” in medical science and big business. A common statement is “More research is needed to establish scientific based evidence and a direct correlation.” However, digging around you’ll find information like this and you can’t help but wonder:

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However, compared with the general population, the rates for certain diseases, including some types of cancer, appear to be higher among agricultural workers, which may be related to exposures that are common in their work environments. For example, farming communities have higher rates of leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and soft tissue sarcoma, as well as cancers of the skin, lip, stomach, brain, and prostate.

Even though no one set of risk factors explains these higher cancer rates, the range of environmental exposures in the farming community is of concern. Farmers, farm workers, and farm family members may be exposed to substances such as pesticides, engine exhausts, solvents, dusts, animal viruses, fertilizers, fuels, and specific microbes that may account for these elevated cancer rates. However, human studies reported to date have not allowed researchers to sort out which of these factors may be linked to which cancer types.

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Getting Things Off My Chest:  Not In My Backyard

The text from a friend in New York came in at 11:25 a.m. on July 16. “Did you hear about the shooting in Chattanooga? It’s at a naval facility. It’s still happening. Thought you’d want to check in with your mom.”

I was at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street in New Orleans attending Tales of the Cocktail. The crowd was lively as you would expect at a massive cocktail conference. I read the text and felt strangely disoriented. I stepped into a small courtyard to make a phone call to my mother and check breaking news in Chattanooga.

A gun man was shooting military personnel and police offers in Chattanooga. There was a no-fly zone over the airport. National news was reporting a possible “act of domestic terrorism?” How could this be happening in Chattanooga? Not in my home town. Not in my backyard.

I hear soldiers have been killed at a naval facility and military recruitment area off Amnicola Highway by a lone gun man, also killed. I pray the gun man is not a deranged soldier shooting unfriendly fire, that he’s not a white man killing black men or a black man killing white men, that he’s not a Muslim radical killing U.S. military men. I don’t want to see either domestic terrorism or horrific hate crimes anywhere and especially not in Chattanooga. Not in my home town. Not in my backyard.

My mind wanders to Chattanooga National Cemetery a short drive from the scene of the shootings where graves of fallen soldiers lay with veterans from several wars. It’s a beautiful and peaceful area where I go to visit my father. I envision his grave stone emblazoned with the words “Duty Honor Country” shaking at the news of the killings, first in anger and disbelief and then with tears of sorrow. The grave cries out, “Not another killing of soldiers in a peaceful setting. Not in Chattanooga where old battlefields lie dormant. Not in the town I called home for more than 50 years. Not in my backyard!”

I read the shooter is Muslim. He attended University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where my mother also teaches. I never even knew Chattanooga had a sizable Muslim community. But why wouldn’t it? The city has changed since my youth. It’s grown and become progressive, setting an example for other revitalized boom towns. It’s now “Gig City,” the “Most Livable City,” “The Best Outdoors City,” “The Best Place To Retire.” People of many backgrounds now quietly live side by side in a City of Opportunity.  And now as of July 16, it’s another town scorched in the summer heat by what has been referred to “An Act of Domestic Terrorism.” This can’t be Chattanooga. Not my hometown. Not in my backyard.

I lived in New York City when the September 11, 2001, attacks occurred. I felt the shock of watching the World Trade Center towers fall, the anguish of the people searching for news of loved ones and the disoriented feeling that settled over me and my city in the days…and months…that followed. How could this happen in our backyard?  I moved out of New York City in 2014 to a small town in the country where I feel safe, where I believe terrorists wouldn’t attack and armed guards don’t patrol the streets.  I always believe that town might as well be Chattanooga, a place I always felt safe. An “act of domestic terrorism?” Not in Chattanooga. Not in my hometown. Not in my backyard.

I read the statement from the shooter’s family, “There are no words to describe our shock, horror and grief. The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved.”  They’ve lived in the Chattanooga community for over 25 years where they probably felt safe and welcome. I read the comments from some readers in response to the statement. There is such anger and animosity. “Your response is too little too late.” Send them all back to their country!” “Get out!” “We don’t want your type here, not in our backyard!”  These expressions of hatred can’t be happening in Chattanooga. Not my hometown. Not in my backyard.

People call this “homegrown terrorism.” I don’t get any of this. “Homegrown and local” in my world are supposed to be positive: “Homegrown” vegetables and fruits are good. We support local businesses and local farmers. Homegrown and local are supposed to mean good things to create positive change and nurture goodness, not “homegrown terrorism.”

You don’t think about “homegrown terrorism” sprouting in small towns and cities like Chattanooga, Charleston or Oklahoma City. It’s already too much to bear in Boston and New York.  But I guess bad seeds can be planted in any backyard. We need to learn to weed out the hate and build fences to mend and be stronger not create barriers of fear and animosity. We hope this will not happen again, but sadly we know it will in someone’s hometown. Hopefully not again in my backyard.

I want to thank those of you who reached out. Even though I reside in New York, Chattanooga will always be my hometown.

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How To Eat Like a Greek Goddess

The Greek economy may be in turmoil, but the Greek diet is healthier than ever. International renowned Chef Maria Loi joins me July 13, 4pm EST on Fearless Fabulous You! to discuss her 12 Pillars to eating healthy using fundamental and simple recipes that are fresh and flavorful from her book The Greek Diet.

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The Greek Diet by Chef Maria Loi and veteran health journalist Sarah Toland offers a path to healthy eating that is not only sustainable but also completely satisfying and enjoyable. A few things I love about Maria’s approach:  Yes, you can, enjoy good coffee and wine, both in moderation, and everything tastes better with fresh herbs and spices and good olive oil (preferably Greek!). Maria shares her creamy recipe for real Greek yogurt. Just don’t get her started on the “Greek yogurt” that we buy in supermarkets (like I do and eat daily!).

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As a Brand Ambassador for the Hellenic Chefs Association, Maria makes many appearances and has cooked at the White House. She owns highly acclaimed restaurants in both New York City, Loi Estiatorio, and Greece, Kouzina, located in the idyllic seaside of Nafpaktos.  She also hosts the public television series “Cooking at Loi.”

As busy as she is spreading the message of the Greek diet and way of life, Maria takes time for philanthropy. She is Founder of Elpida (“hope”), a foundation to support children with cancer. When I recently had lunch with two friends at Loi Estiatorio, Maria quietly slipped out of her chef’s whites into street clothes to head uptown to a hospital to hold two Greek babies with cancer.

How does she manage it? I suspect her healthy diet keeps Maria from running on empty. I like to eat the Greek/Mediterranean way whenever I can. The Mediterranean Diet is considered one of the healthiest. It’s been a successful way of eating since ancient times. No trends. Just a simple, common sense approach.

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Getting Things Off My Chest: Pardon Me for (Not) Apologizing

 

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Do women apologize too much? According to several articles including one recently in The New York Times by Sloane Crosley (June 23, 2015), women say “I’m sorry” more than they need to and far more than men do.

Excuse me for asking (whoops!), but why is that? One study  reports that “men apologize less frequently than women because they have a higher threshold for what constitutes offensive behavior.” So men can be boorish where women are polite to the point of being overly apologetic.

I agree that many of us apologize too often for reasons that don’t really matter.  As in “I’m sorry to bother you.” Or, “Pardon me, but….” We should all just own up for our actions, live without regrets and fear no one’s opinion.  Our best offense is good manners and our worst defense is belittling ourselves by apologizing too much for the wrong reasons.

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I prefer to live my life unapologetically with no excuses. Mistakes are made, and you learn from or in spite of them. A little confrontation builds character. People may disagree with you or put you down, but a person with a strong character can take it on the chin and spin it into something better.

It doesn’t mean I believe apologizing makes you weak when it is for the right reason. It takes a strong person to deliver an appropriate apology. I’ve been on both the delivering and receiving ends of apologies this past week. How to apologize effectively and when is an apology necessary have been on my mind. There is a skill to delivering an effective apology.

Here are three ways to apologize with tact:

The “Nip it and Zip It” Apology: If something happened that you truly regret, simply say, “I’m so sorry, How can I make this up to you or rectify this matter.” Nothing more needs to be said, and usually the offended party will accept. Just make sure your response is timely so the person does not fester in frustration. Recently I wrote a complaint letter to a hotel manager about stay where I was very dissatisfied. The manager responded with an apology within 24 hours and offered me an upgrade on my next stay plus 5000 hotel points, I was satisfied. Case closed.

The Artful Apology: The artful apology is a diplomatic dance step that appeases the offended party without actually apologizing (as in you don’t feel an apology is warranted but you know it will make the other party calm down.) The artful apologist delivers a tactful response: “How unfortunate (horrible, upsetting, etc.) this must be for you.  How can I help rectify the situation to satisfy you?”An artful apology is much like a fake orgasm. You deliver a convincing expression, satisfy the other person, hope you were convincing and finish up knowing that a little effort on your part can make someone happy.

The Backhanded-Apology: But why should you apologize to anyone just to placate them? What if you disagree with their complaint? This is the backhanded-apology. You volley back a response that isn’t quite an apology and put the ball in their court. Such as: “I hear your concerns loud and clear. I understand you are upset and unhappy. What will make you happier?”

However you choose to apologize, or not,  keep your response short and simple. This isn’t the time to trip over words and bungle your message. The words some people find most difficult to say with true conviction are “I’m sorry.” Yet they speak volumes when it matters.

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Do you feel women apologize too much? Do you?

Have you ever faked an apology? Was it accepted?

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Getting Things Off My Chest: Waving Pride On and Prejudice Away

Pride has been a word on everyone’s lips this week and for several reasons. In a landmark decision the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a national right to same-sex marriage. The rainbow colors of pride, equality and acceptance have flooded Facebook and national monuments. The flag has been waved proudly in marches throughout the country on Gay Pride Day.

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I’m happy for my friends whose lives are positively impacted. I am also respectful of those whose personal or religious beliefs cannot accept it. We live in a nation of freedom of speech and – more now than ever- freedom of choice.

This same week a symbol of southern pride, the Confederate flag, has unfurled a flurry of reactions following the tragic shootings at a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. A photograph of the murderer holding a Confederate flag was widely circulated.

Growing up in the South I understood the Confederate flag to be an historical symbol of the War Between the States. But I also grew used to seeing the Confederate flag on merchandise in souvenir gift shops, as well as shelves stocked with Mammy dolls and images of little black boys sucking on slices of watermelon. They all became pieces of southern kitsch and not much more. “Dixie” is still a beloved anthem in the south and it always will be.

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But this week made me more sensitive to what the sight of a raised Confederate flag and related imagery could mean to someone of African American descent.  As someone with Jewish heritage I’d be uneasy seeing a flag bearing a swastika, which sadly still happens. I’m growing more uneasy each time I see ISIS militants waving their flag because I fear where it can lead.

Flags can be strong symbols of peace and pride, power or hate, independence or dominance. What I’ve learned from this week is the importance of pride and respect for peoples’ beliefs, whether you agree or not. I’ve also learned freedom of speech and the right to choice do not mean unleashing a torrent of disparaging comments, supporting bigotry or choosing to act unlawfully to harm another person.

This July 4th the American will be waved at events around the nation, and we remember what our Founding Fathers fought for: independence to become our own sovereign nation with inalienable rights. I share this sentence from the Declaration of Independence to drive home the principles for which so many people still continue to fight for today:

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Hopefully the lessons learned will be that history bears respecting but not necessarily repeating.  Symbols and stories of the past are foundations that help shape and build our present and future. Times change and we have to adjust to keep up. Life, liberty and especially the pursuit of happiness mean many things to different people, but we all want the right to choose and define our terms of happiness . Flags are easier to pack up and switch out, but closed minds are sometimes harder to open.

Do you feel images of the Confederacy flag images should be removed from shelves and displays? Please share your thoughts at my  page,  facebook.com/fearlessfabulousmelanie,  or in the comments section of this blog.

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Fearless Fabulous You! How Homeopathy Can Help You

I’ve been curious about alternative and complementary medicines after researching my books and studying integrative nutrition.  One that fascinates me is homeopathya system of natural medicine dating back over 200 years. It is very common in Europe where its originator, Samuel Hahnemann, created the word “homeopathy” from the Greek words for ‘similar suffering’ referring to the ‘like cures like’ principle of healing.” Ref:  http://www.homeopathyschool.com/. Benefits can alleviate side effects from traditional Western medicine, strengthen your immune system, help healing and reduce pain, among other conditions.

You probably have seen all sorts of homeopathic essences, gels, creams and pellets at your local health foods store. But do you know what homeopathy is, how it works and what conditions it can treat? And is it right for you or a family member?

Noted homeopath, Dr. Lauri Grossman, joins me June 29th on Fearless Fabulous You, 9:28pmET, to explain how homeopathy works, provide examples of how you can treat different summer ailments from bug bites to sunburn, and what conditions respond well to homeopathy.  Lauri serves as Chair of the Department of International Affairs at the American Medical College of Homeopathy where she frequently gives lectures. She has also taught at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

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Dr. Lauri Grossman, Homeopathic Specialist (photo: Steve J. Sherman)

Lauri’s  journey into studying homeopathic medicine came after she experienced first-hand how a treatment helped her infant son, David. She became a lifelong student in various alternative medicines and is also a licensed chiropractor. But she was drawn most to homeopathy and pursued her medical studies both in the USA (Cornell University) and Europe (Hahnemann College of Homeopathy), and she has become an authority on homeopathy. You can watch her full story here. Continue reading