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Integrating Self, Culture & Nature


Self (Personal Health)


Food, Nutrition & Detoxification


Diet & Nutrition - The Basics

American Academy of Nutrition, nutritional education and programs. www.nutritioneducation.com
Diet & Nutrition 101, nutrition basics. www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/101.aspx
Diet & nutrition for dummies. www.dummies.com/how-to/health-fitness/diet-nutrition.html
Mayo Clinic, healthy eating.. www.mayoclinic.com/health/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/MY00431

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid.www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid


Diet & Foods As Medicine

American Dietetic Assn., largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. www.eatright.org
Arbor Nutrition Guide, online newsletter, clinical nutrition, free, easy to read. www.arborcom.com
Assn. of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, integrating medicine & nutrition. www.aanmc.org
Bauman College, training programs in holistic nutrition & culinary arts.  www.baumancollege.org
Ayurvedic Diet, takes into account a person's age, gender, constitution (dosha) & season. 
Blood Type Diet (BTD): Eat Right for Your Type, origin, principles & practice. www.dadamo.com
  BTD critical review - Blood Type Diet: Fact or Fiction? www.earthsave.org/news/bloodtyp.htm
The Cancer Project: Recipes for prevention & treatment:  www.cancerproject.org/recipes/index.php
The Daily Plate, eat smarter by tracking what you eat each day. www.thedailyplate.com
Diabetic Living, foods & recipes for people living with diabetes. www.diabeticlivingonline.com
Food Consumer, online newspaper focusing on food, diet & health issues. www.foodconsumer.org
Low Carb Diet: LC Living Magazine, advice on the low-carb lifestyle.
Metabolic Syndrome, general information. www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4756
  Metabolic Profile Self-test. www.naturalhealthyellowpages.com/metabolic/self_test.html
  Metabolic Typing Diet. www.altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/MetabolicType.htm
Nutrition Alert, nutrition research e-Newsletter, easy to understand. www.nutrition-alert.com
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, research and ed, food as prev. med. www.pcrm.org
Price-Pottenger Nutrition Fndn. (PPNF), focus on whole, traditional food. www.price-pottenger.org
Rotation Diet, a system for controlling food allergies. www.food-allergy.org/rotation.html
Treatments for Food allergies, surviving with multiple allergies. www.food-allergy.org/page2.html
Worlds Healthiest Foods, smart food choices for a healthier you. http://whfoods.org
Your Own Health & Fitness, critical, independent voice on the politics & practice of nutrition

  in health care. www.yourownhealthandfitness.org


Digestion & Detoxification

Chet Day's Health & Beyond, detoxification details. www.chetday.com/spencedetox.html
Detox.Org, information about digestion & personal detoxification. www.detox.org
Detox dietary guidelines. www.detoxyourbodytoday.com/Dietary-Guidelines.html
Detoxification Techniques. www.holisticmed.com/detox
Detox Your Body Today, from the inside out. www.detoxyourbodytoday.com
Digestive Health Basics, www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health
GAIAM Life; how to articles and videos regarding detoxification and other health processes.
Global Healing Center, 10 foods that support detoxification of the body.
How digestion works and how it can be improved, with an animated graphic showing the process
of food, from start to finish. www.whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=faq&dbid=16
Natural News, detoxification news and articles. www.naturalnews.com/detoxification.html
Pure Inside Out, eat to detoxify naturally. www.pureinsideout.com/detox-foods.html


Farmers Markets, Local Farms & Gardens, & Community Food Security

Guide to Community Supported Ag & Local Farmers' Markets - SF Bay Area Organizations:
(1) Community Alliance of Family Farmers, a movement for family-scale agriculture. www.caff.org
(2) Center for Urban Ed About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), Ferry Mrkt. Plaza. www.cuesa.org
(3) Pacific Coast Farmers’ Markets. www.pcfma.com/markets.php
(4) California Farmers’ Market Association. www.cafarmersmkts.com/guide.html
(5) Marin Agricultural Institute. www.marinagriculturalinstitute.org

American Community Garden Assn., building community by gardening. www.communitygarden.org
Bay Localize empowers grassroots leaders to make our communities resilient. www.baylocalize.org
California Food & Justice Coalition, changing the food system at local level. www.CAFoodJustice.org
California Food Policy Advocates, increasing access to nutritious & affordable food. www.cfpa.net
Chez Panisse Fndn., educating and empowering youth about food. www.chezpanissefoundation.org
Civil Eats, a collaborative blog about food policy & the culture of eating: www.civileats.com
Community Garden, support. www.communitygarden.org/learn/starting-a-community-garden.php
Community Food Security Coalition, socially just & sustainable food systems. www.FoodSecurity.org
Eat In's, a movement directed towards eating together as a community: www.eat-ins.org
Garden for the Environment, composting & gardening: www.gardenfortheenvironment.org
Food First/Inst. for Food & Dev. Policy, eliminating injustices causing hunger. www.FoodFirst.org
The Oakland Food Connection: food, community and culture. www.foodcommunityculture.org
Online garden resources that are good for the environment: www.organic-landscaping.com
SF League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG), urban-gardening. www.grassroots.org/usa/slug.shtml
Sustainable Table, celebrates local food; community thru food. www.sustainabletable.org/home.php
USDA, food safety & inspection service. www.fsis.usda.gov
Wellness City Challenge, healthy school lunch, food labels, etc. http://wellnesscitychallenge.com


Food Supplements, Herbs & Natural Pharmacy

Florecopeia, essential oils, aromatic remedies & plant=based health care. www.floracopeia.com
Natural & Alternative Treatments, 200 different conditions & treatments (conventional & natural).
Natural Pharmacy, provides each patient with information about the safety and effectiveness
of traditional prescription drugs, and natural/holistic therapies. www.ericsnaturalpharmacy.com
Natural Herbs Guide, herbs, remedies, medicine and supplements. www.naturalherbsguide.com
Natural Herbalism, herbal remedies & dietary support. www.naturalherbalism.com/Herbal_Uses
NPI Center, info for professionals in nutraceutical, cosmetic, & food industries. www.npicenter.com
Skin Deep, cosmetic safety database: environmental working group. www.cosmeticsdatabase.com
Vitamin Diary, guide to using vitamins, herbs, minerals & supplements. www.vitaminsdiary.com


Food Hazards, Quality & Safety

Alliance for Bio-integrity, preserving safety of food & environmental health: www.biointegrity.org
Campaign to label genetically engineered food: www.thecampaign.org
Children’s Environmental Network (Mothers & Others) www.cehn.org/cehn/resourceguide/molp.html
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment's (CHE). www.healthandenvironment.org
The Environmental Working Group: food hazards in the industrial food systems. www.foodnews.org
Food declaration for healthy food & agriculture. www.fooddeclaration.org
Food & Water Watch, know your food, know your water. www.foodandwaterwatch.org
Food Routes: introducing us to our food; from seed, to farmer & beyond. www.foodroutes.org
GE Food Alert, GE food concerns from the Inst. for Ag & trade policy. www.gefoodalert.org
GM Watch, latest news on issues of genetically modified (GM) food & crops. www.gmwatch.org
Mothers for Natural Law, push food safety to the forefront of public awareness. www.safe-food.org
National Organic Program, production, standards for organic agriculture. www.ams.usda.gov/nop
Not Milk, claims about the unhealthy side of milk & milk products. www.notmilk.com
Organic Consumers Assn, public org for health, justice, sustainability. www.organicconsumers.org
Refresh, health blog on supermarkets, wellness & sustainability. www.whrefresh.com
Wasted Food, avoid wasting your food. www.wastedfood.com


San Francisco Bay Area - Food & Community Festivals

Berkeley International Food & Wine Festival. www.berkeleyinternationalfoodfestival.com
Om Organics, food and farm events. www.omorganics.org/page.php?pageid=164
SF Street Food Festival, celebrate food and vibrant communities. www.sfstreetfoodfest.com
Slow Food Nation, events focusing on sustainability & healthy living. www.slowfoodnation.org
Slow Food USA, events supporting good, clean & fair food. www.slowfoodusa.org


San Francisco Bay Area - Healthy Restaurants & Eats

Alive, sophisticated vegetarian dining & catering (SF). www.aliveveggie.com
Ananda Fuara, a vegan restaurant satisifying both inwardly & outwardly. www.anandafuara.com
Beautifull, healthy & convenient prepared food that is fresh, natural & whole. www.beautifull.com
Cafe Gratitude, where food & people are a celebration of aliveness. www.cafegratitude.com
Farmer Brown, real food, locally grown & sustainable soul food. www.farmerbrownsf.com
Greens Restaurant, a beautiful SF bayside vegetarian dining experience. www.greensrestaurant.com
Harvest & Rowe, a place for a quick but healthy bite. www.harvestandrowe.com
Herbivore, a vegan restaurant offering an international menu. www.herbivorerestaurant.com
Millenium, classic organic, GMO-free food from sustainable farms. www.millenniumrestaurant.com
Mixt Greens, environmentally responsible fine food. www.mixtgreens.com
Plant Café, healthy ingredients providing utmost in taste and nutrition. www.theplantcafe.com
Plutos, fresh salads, cooked food & open environment. www.plutosfreshfood.com
Smart Alecs, healthy (somewhat) fast food. www.yelp.com/biz/smart-alecs-intelligent-food-berkeley
Weird Fish, locally grown vegetables, & fish farmed sustainably. www.weirdfish.com


Vegetarian & Vegan Diet & Philosophy

Animals & Society Institute, science, ethics & compassion. www.animalsandsociety.org
Animals Voice Magazine, helping animals, and people who defend them. www.animalsvoice.com
Beyond Vegetarianism, reports from veterans of vegetarianism, raw food diets, veganism,
fruitarianism, and instinctive eating. www.beyondveg.com
Change.org, animal rights in focus. www.animalrights.change.org
Compassionate Action For Animals, ed. to reduce suffering of farmed animals. www.exploreveg.org
Farm Sanctuary, end cruelty to farm animals & compassionate living. www.farmsanctuary.org
Go Vegan Radio, first and only Vegan Radio Show. www.goveganradio.com
In Defense of Animals, defending the rights, welfare and habitats of animals. www.idausa.org
Just Eat Veggies, providing multiple reasons to just eat veggie. www.justeatveggies.com
McDougall Health & Med Ctr, better health w/ balanced vegetarian cuisine. www.drmcdougall.com
Super Vegan, made for vegans by vegans. www.supervegan.com
Veg News, vegan, vegetarian, animal rights and ecology resources. www.vegnews.org
Vegan.com, recipies, articles, and all things Vegan. www.vegan.com
Vegan Society, living free from animal products. www.vegansociety.com
Vegan Yum Yum, fabulous recipies and beautiful photography. www.veganyumyum.com
VegDining.com, online guide to vegetarian restaurants around the world. www.vegdining.com


Water & Health

Bottled Water - The Story of Bottled Water (7 min. documentary). www.storyofstuff.com
Food & Water Watch, know your food, know your water. www.foodandwaterwatch.org
Miracles of water, hydrotherapy of disease & injury. www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/water.htm
Tapped, a film about the role of the bottled water industry and its' impact health, climate change,
pollution and our future. www.tappedthemovie.com & www.youtube.com/watch?v=72MCumz5lq4
Water Fluoridation, CDC, proponent of public fluoridation: www.cdc.gov/FLUORIDATION
Opponents of fluoridation: Second Look, review of research. www.slweb.org/fluoridation.html
Water: How much should you drink every day? www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
Water Prescription, the harm caused by dehydration & the role of water in health.


Movement, Exercise & Fitness

Movement, Exercise & Fitness

Alive, Canadian site on fitness, nutrition & natural health therapies. www.alive.com
Body Zone, move & be well: intelligent life-habits & posture exercise. www.bodyzone.com
Dummies.com, health & fitness links. www.dummies.com/how-to/health-fitness/fitness.html
Advancing Women, Exercise & fitness info. www.advancingwomen.com/exercise/index.php
Exercise tips & fitness trends. http://exercise.about.com
Everyday Health, info on fitness & exercise. www.everydayhealth.com/fitness/basics.aspx
Healthier US, physical fitness, prevention, nutrition, healthy choices. www.healthierus.gov
Medline Plus, fitness tools. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/exerciseandphysicalfitness.html
Men’s Health, information on men’s health & fitness. www.menshealth.com/men/fitness
MedicineNet, Education for fitness, exercise, and healthy living. www.onhealth.webmd.com
Team In Training, runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers & tri against cancer. www.teamintraining.org
WebMD, fitness program. www.webmd.com/health_and_wellness/fitness_and_exercise.htm

*Local Resources
511.org, comprehensive Bay Area bicycling information. http://bicycling.511.org
ALaVie Fitness, bootcamps, training, nutrition & body therapy for women. www.alaviefitness.com
BayTrailRunners, beginner and intermediate trailrunning courses. http://baytrailrunners.com
SF Bay Area Hiker, trail index, tips and blog. www.bahiker.com
SF Bay Trail, 500-mile shoreline trail around the Bay. http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov
SF Bicycle Coalition, safe, efficient, and green ways to move around the city. www.sfbike.org
CA Roundtable on Recreation, Parks & Tourism, outdoor rec in CA. http://calroundtable.org
East Bay Regional Park District, Trail Challenge, trails to fitness. www.ebparks.org/node/1274


Optimal Fitness & Peak Performance

Fitness Mgt. Magazine, resource for fitness facilities. www.fitnessmanagement.com
Health & Fitness Tips, new developments fitness. www.health-fitness-tips.com/index.htm
Kinesiology Connection, kinesiology as health care. www.kinesiology.com.au
Optimal Performance Institute, a college for fitness professionals. www.opi.edu
Top End Sports, sport science, fitness testing & athletic resources. www.topendsports.com


Physical Activity & Fitness for Kids & Teens

BAM!—Body and Mind, information for healthy lifestyle choices for 9-13 y.o. www.bam.gov
Children and Nature Network, reconnect children & nature. www.childrenandnature.org
Fun and Games.org, games, activities & resources for children & youth. www.funandgames.org
Fun fitness activities to keep kids healthy & fit. www.fitnessandkids.com
Health, fitness & nutrition tips for kids and teens. www.kids health.org
Backpacking Network, hiking and backpacking with kids. www.backpacking.net/kids.html
Kids Games, list of favorite children’s games. www.gameskidsplay.net
Things To Do, info on things to do throughout the U.S. and Australia. www.thingstodo.com
Tufts’ Child & Family Web Guide, health & fitness activities. www.cfw.tufts.edu
Child Development Institute, play & exercise guide. www.childdevelopmentinfo.com
WE CAN-Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition. 8-13 y.o. www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan
Songs for Teaching, Action Songs. www.songsforteaching.com/movement.htm
YMCA, health and well-being programs for children and adults. www.ymca.net

*Local Resources
Bay Area Hiker, Hiking with kids in the Bay Area. www.bahiker.com/kids.html
CA Healthy Kids Resource Center, loans health education material. www.californiahealthykids.org
CA State Parks, Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24952
CA State Parks, Children in Nature Campaign. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24914

*Mentors, Media & Reading
American Heart Association, Scientific Position on Physical Activity and Children.
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, “How much physical activity do children need?”
Mayo Clinic, “Fitness for Kids: Getting your children off the couch”.
PBS: “Children & Physical Activity”. www.pbs.org/teachers/earlychildhood/articles/physical.html



Pilates Fitness Journal, pilates online exercise magazine. www.pilatesfitnessjournal.com
Pilates for Beginners: getting started. http://pilates.about.com
Pilates Insight, online resource for information on Pilates’ fitness. www.pilatesinsight.com
Pilates Method Alliance, brief history of Pilates. www.pilatesmethodalliance.org
Stott Pilates, a main source for everything Pilates. www.stottpilates.com



Feathered Pipe Ranch, enriching mind, body and spirit. www.featheredpipe.com
Moving into Stillness, yoga community and discussion forums. www.movingintostillness.com
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center SF, yoga & spiritual development. http://sfyoga.com
The Yoga Group, information on yoga for people living with HIV/AIDS. www.yogagroup.org
Therapeutic Yoga, yoga for recovery & living with illness/injury. www.therapeuticyoga.com
Traditional Yoga Studies, yoga philosophy and practice. www.traditionalyogastudies.com
Yoga Dancer, Asana Index—extensive collection of yoga postures. www.yogadancer.com
Yoga +Joyful Living Magazine, conscious living, social regeneration. www.yogaplus.org
Online yoga classes, free instruction right from your computer. www.yogaclass.com
Comparison of yoga & pilates. http://healing.about.com/od/pilates/a/yogavspilates.htm

See Also: Art & Creativity, Biofeedback Training, Body Therapies, Consciousness Studies & Spirituality, Exercise & Fitness, Food & Nutrition and Herbology & Plant Medicine


Stress & Mind-Body Health

Managing Daily Stress - Overview

American Institute of Stress. Clearinghouse of info on stress. www.stress.org
American Psychological Association. Scientific, prof. org. representing psychologists. www.apa.org
Assoc. for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Mind-body research & edu. www.aapb.org
eMax Health, health forum interfacing mind, body & environment. www.emaxhealth.com
Hardiness Institute, cognitive, social & lifestyle support for life. www.hardinessinstitute.com
Help Guide, releasing stress, burnout, coping tips, emotional health, etc. www.helpguide.org
Lifeskills: coping w/ stress. www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm
Holistic Online, integrative approaches to mind-body health. www.holisticonline.com
JUST A MINUTE, break and recover your core self (1 min). http://just-a-minute.org/movie.html
Life Matters – resources for managing stress symptoms and living well. www.lifematters.com
Life Positive, resources for healthy living. www.lifepositive.com
Mayo Clinic stress assessment. www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-assessment/SR00029
Mayo Clinic, stress basics & resources. www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-management/MY00435
Mind Tools, job/work stress management resources: www.mindtools.com/smpage.html
International Stress Management Assn., promoting research & public ed (UK). www.isma.org.uk
National Inst. of Mental Health (NIMH), Public Info. & Communications. www.nimh.nih.gov
Optimal Health Concepts, stress help & emotional wellness. www.optimalhealthconcepts.com/Stress
Prevention Institute, nutrition, physical activity & public health. www.preventioninstitute.org
Quality Health, resources for managing stress and healthy living. www.qualityhealth.com
Simple Living Network: www.simpleliving.net, www.pathtofreedom.com
Stress management articles: causes, effects & practical resolutions. http://stress.about.com
Stress in Relationships. www.stresscure.com/14dycure/chapt10.html
Stress Release, anxiety & panic recovery resources. www.stressrelease.com


Emotional Self-Care

Energy Anonymous, 12 step network for emotional recovery. www.emotionsanonymous.org
Go Ask Alice, Q & A’s about emotional health issues. www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/Cat4.html
HeartMath, free services: heart-centered daily quotes, IQ Tips, etc. www.heartquotes.net
Help Guide, emotional trauma. www.helpguide.org/mental/emotional_psychological_trauma.htm
Burnout signs & prevention. www.helpguide.org/mental/burnout_signs_symptoms.htm
Stressors, stress symptoms & long term effects. www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_signs.htm
Instinct to Heal, natural approaches to stress, anxiety and depression: www.instincttoheal.org
Livestrong, preventing burnout. www.livestrong.com/article/14719-preventing-burnout
Manage Your Thoughts/“Self Talk”. www.pe2000.com/anx-selftalk.htm
Mind & Life Institute, dialogue between science and Buddhist traditions. www.mindandlife.org
Stress management & emotional wellness links. www.optimalhealthconcepts.com/Stress
Yoga Movement for mind & body. www.yogamovement.com/resources/howyogacalms.html


Headaches -- Mind-Body Approaches to Tension & Migraine Headache

Everyday Health. www.everydayhealth.com/headache-and-migraine/mind-body-techniques.aspx
Mayo Clinic. www.mayoclinic.com/health/migraine-headache/DS00120/DSECTION=12
National Headache Foundation. www.headaches.org/consumer/educationindex.html
Tension Headaches.com, remedies for tension headaches: www.TensionHeadaches.com
Headache causes, types and treatments. www.relieve-migraine-headache.com



Acupressure Online, how acupressure works and various treatments. www.acupressureonline.org
Am. Massage Therapy Assn., art and science of massage therapy. www.amtamassage.org
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. www.abmp.com
Essential oils & message. www.aworldofaromatherapy.com/essential-oils-massage.htm
Holistic Online, research: benefits of massage. www.holisticonline.com/Massage/mas_benefits.htm
Massage Therapy, information about massage & bodywork. www.massagetherapy.com
Massage Therapy Benefits. types of massage; benefits. www.massage-therapy-benefits.net
Pointfinder – Online Acupressure Guide. http://med.stanford.edu/personal/pointfinder
Self-Massage, tips, techniques and products. www.nwhealth.edu/healthyU/chillOut/self.html
Self-Massage - YouTube videos, ie. www.youtube.com/watch?v=duSNnBnqFts&feature=related
Types of massage. www.holisticonline.com/massage/mas_types.htm


Relaxation & Meditation

Abdominal Breathing, for relaxation and energy. www.amsa.org/healingthehealer/breathing.cfm
Autogenic Training, intro & contrast w/ Progessive Rx. www.guidetopsychology.com/autogen.htm
Autogenic Training, a practical guide in six easy steps. www.welz.us/Autogenic.pdf
Breathing Exercises w/ Dr. Weil. www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00521/three-breathing-exercises.html
Breath Relaxation, info on relaxation and breathing. www.euronet.nl/users/dixhoorn
Committee for Stress-Free Schools, American University study of effects of meditation on
college students. www.stressfreeschools.org/research/american_university.html.
Harvard University Medical School, Mind Body Medical Institute. www.massgeneral.org/bhi
Meditation Not ZZZ. Experience the focusing of attention and zen. www.do-not-zzz.com
Meditation Center, instructions for meditation, centering, etc. www.meditationcenter.com
Meditation: Take a stress-reduction break. www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070
My Daily Yoga, Simple yoga exercises you can do at the computer. www.mydailyyoga.com
Positive Pause, sequence of peaceful words and images. www.positivepause.com
Progressive Muscle Relaxation, basic guide. www.rci.rutgers.edu/~rccc/Relax.htm


Work Related Stress

Hardiness Institute, cognitive, social & lifestyle support for work & life. www.hardinessinstitute.com
Help Guide, managing workplace stress.http://helpguide.org/mental/work_stress_management.htm
Natl. Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, work related stress. www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/stress
Time management & stress. http://ub-counseling.buffalo.edu/studytime.shtml
Workplace Stress Test, NW National Life Insurance, with its research on workplace stress offers this
brief test. www.gshrconference.org/.../NVoth%20Workplace%20Stress%20Test.pdf
Workplace stress. www.stressfocus.com/stress_focus_article/managing-workplace-stress.htm

See Also: Art & Creativity, Biofeedback Training, Body Therapies, Consciousness Studies & Spirituality, Exercise & Fitness, Food & Nutrition and Herbology & Plant Medicine

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