Hi! I’m Raena

My earliest memories are wrapped in the aroma of bacon! The smell permeated our house when I was a child growing up in the South in the ‘50’s. In addition to bacon for breakfast, we fried everything in the leftover grease, which we saved in jars. We fried chicken in bacon grease, pork chops, and potatoes and then made gravy from the drippings! So, looking back on that, it is astonishing to me that I wound up in the field of natural health. Some natural inclination or intuition led me down a healthier path, thank goodness—hypertension and strokes are common in areas where that kind of fat is eaten on a regular basis. Now it’s good fat like olive oil, flax seed oil and EFAs that predominate in my diet, along with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals.

The big payoff for me at this stage of my life—early 60’s—is that all of my annual tests come out normal. Not only that, when I am asked the typical question during my exam: “And what medications are you taking?” I can smile and say, “NONE.” Thanks to the path I’m on of keeping my body healthy with the help of Mother Nature, and thanks to the information I gather from interviewing leading authors and scientists in this field for iHealthTube.com, I’m in the fortunate position of being drug-free.

Here's A Convenient Way to Fight Fat AND Fatigue!

Friday, October 4, 2013 by Raena Morgan

Too Fatigued!

It's a common complaint: fatigue! Our motorized, mechanized American lifestyle seems efficient at getting us around but often fails to energize us. What a paradox! An interesting article in the July 22, 2013, issue of First for Women magazine was entitled "The Alkaline Water Cure for Tiredness." It cited a recent study that indicates that as many as 90% of women are clinically dehydrated, regardless of how much water they drink. The culprit—our water supply—is allegedly too acidic...

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Sweet Potato Power: How Alkalizing Sweet Potatoes Fight Inflammation

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Raena Morgan

When we think of sweet potatoes, very often we are reminded of Thanksgiving and a sweet potato casserole with brown sugar, marshmallows and cinnamon that looks something like the picture at right (credit: myrecipes.com). While cinnamon is gaining a good reputation these days for helping control blood sugar, marshmallows and brown sugar continue to remain high-carb villains! Furthermore, the acidity of the two takes away from the natural alkalinity of sweet potatoes. They are also rich in...

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The Issue of Acidity: Everything True... Is New Again!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by Raena Morgan

Back in the early part of the 20th century, a psychic healer by the name of Edgar Cayce emphasized the need to prevent the body from falling into an acidic state due to the many negative health repercussions an acidic pH level created.

Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in 1877, Cayce moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia , where the A.R.E (Association for Research and Enlightenment) was established as a center for Cayce's healing and psychic work. Cayce was known as the "Sleeping Prophet," as he went...

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Can Gluten Sensitivity Mimic IBS Symptoms?

Thursday, January 13, 2011 by Raena Morgan
There are a growing number of books addressing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) these days, suggesting that the condition is becoming more prevalent. And there are a variety of approaches for healing, or at least controlling, intestinal distress and discomfort.

For example, in “Overcoming IBS,” by Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz, the BRAT diet is presented. Easy enough to remember, it stands for Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast. These fiber rich foods have been shown in studies to help those who suffer with...Read More »

Calories in—Calories Out: Reviewing the "Twinkie Diet"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 by Raena Morgan
twinkiesIn order to lose weight one must take in fewer calories than one burns. This diet theory has been around for a long, long time, and a Professor of Nutrition at Kansas State University, Mark Haub, recently put it to the test. He went on what he referred to as the Twinkie Diet for 10 weeks and lost a whopping 27 pounds!

As a veteran of many diets, I found going back to this basic premise a very intriguing experiment indeed. Haub’s “snack-centric” diet was meant to prove that weight loss can be...Read More »

How to Fight Invisible Electromagnetic Pollution!

Friday, October 29, 2010 by Raena Morgan
Every day, in a myriad of ways, we are exposed to and inundated by EMFs—electromagnetic fields. In her new book, Zapped, best-selling natural health information author Ann Louise Gittleman draws our attention to all the electronic innovations that have made our lives so much more convenient but simultaneously surround us with what she calls invisible, toxic electro-pollution! And it’s not just the obvious things that come to mind like cell phones and computers. No; your toaster, coffee maker,...Read More »

Another Weight Loss Challenge: Obesogens (Chemical Weight Loss Saboteurs)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 by Raena Morgan
BallardStreet.comOh no—not another obstacle to achieving any kind of normal weight! As if dieting weren’t hard enough already, chemical agents known as obesogens are now said to be thwarting those efforts, too. Here’s the latest theory: according to a White House report back in May of this year, there is a class of chemicals that are making Americans fat, as well as sabotaging the valiant efforts of dieters everywhere to lose weight. These chemicals are known for disrupting the endocrine system in our bodies...Read More »

The Food Industry’s Three Point Compass: Sugar, Fat and Salt

Thursday, July 29, 2010 by Raena Morgan
The End of Overeating – Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite” is a scathing exposé of the commercial food industry researched and written by Dr. David Kessler, the former head of the FDA. This is the same gentleman that went after the tobacco industry and who sought, and managed to get, nutrition labels on the food we purchase in supermarkets and elsewhere.

Concerned about America’s obesity epidemic, Kessler began to take an investigative look at “Big Food,” as he calls it. He...Read More »

Histamine Intolerance and Food Allergies

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 by Raena Morgan

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Janice Joneja, Ph.D, RD, for some health videos on iHealthTube.com regarding food allergies and histamine intolerance. Dr. Joneja is a nutritionist and the author of several books, one of which is “Dealing with Food Allergies.” Currently she is working on a book specifically dealing with histamine intolerance, which often gets confused with food allergies; a good example would be dairy.  Interestingly, Dr. Joneja says that people may be more than just...

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Diets and Supplement Strategies for Type 2 Diabetes

Friday, July 9, 2010 by Raena Morgan
While we are all aware that there is an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in this country, we don’t always know how best to combat it. Research scientist Dr. Joseph Evans was a guest recently on “The Wellness Hour,” a weekly natural health and nutrition radio show I co-host. He has over 25 years of experience and development in natural products and pharmaceutical interventions for insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Dr. Evans has published over 40 scientific papers on this subject and he...Read More »