related websites

Hungry for more information? Here are the sites we have bookmarked on our computers. We’ve given you a bit of background on each site, so you’ll know why it’s here. So many sites, so little time – we hope you’ll visit them all. Get informed! Get involved! Get Real!

Food and Health

Maintained by former vegan Chris Masterjohn, this site contains the results of his extensive ongoing research into diet and nutrition, with a specific focus on the importance of cholesterol to our health. Well-researched and well-written, this site will be an eye-opener for many people.

“Say no to aspartame” is the message of this site. With well-researched articles, discussions of scientific abuse leading to aspartame’s wide acceptance, and studies showing aspartame’s damaging effects, this site is a comprehensive indictment of this widely used food additive.

This site features the work of Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., noted teacher (founder of New York’s Natural Gourmet Cookery School) and author (Food and Healing, Food and Our Bones, etc.). It includes well-written, thoughtful articles on a number of relevant issues, as well as books and tapes.

The website of Thomas Cowan, MD. The Fourfold Path consists of these principles: “Right diet for healing the physical body; beneficial medicines or therapies for the life-force body; healing movement and exercise for the emotional body, and effective thinking activity for the mental body.” Includes comprehensive information on diet and nutrition, feeding children, medicines and supplements.

Maintained by fertility specialist and advisor, Katie Singer, this site provides an overview of fertility awareness. Clearly written, comprehensive information on charting a woman’s fertility signals (including downloadable blank charts for personal use). Valuable information on sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition, and both natural birth control and natural infertility treatments.

Comprehensive digest of articles from the alternative press on general interest (coconut oil, wheatgrass) and controversial issues (bird flu, vaccines, mercury contamination).

Krispin Sullivan has been working in the field of nutrition for 37 years, and firmly believes that “nutrition is about food not supplements.” The site features Krsipin’s well-researched, in-depth articles on key nutrients, including Vitamin D, magnesium, potassium, protein, and essential fats.

The King Kong of alternative medicine sites, maintained by Joseph Mercola, DO (with an active practice in Chicago, Illinois). Ongoing commentaries on current articles from medical journals, as well as loads of information on diet, a free newsletter, and a variety of products (foods, books/CDs/DVDs, supplements, and numerous other health-supportive items).

Organic Pastures is a raw dairy in California whose cows are raised on grass year-round. Mark McAfee, the owner, is also a passionate advocate for the health benefits of raw milk, and an active supporter of the rights of consumers to purchase raw dairy products nationwide. The site features valuable information and articles, as well as information on purchasing the dairy’s products.

The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation has preserved the research of Weston A. Price, DDS, and kept his seminal work, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, in print. In addition, they maintain archives of the research data of Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD, FACP, as well as a number of other pioneers in nutrition research (including Royal Lee, DDS, William Albrecht, PhD, Melvin Page, DDS). The site features a comprehensive bookstore, as well as articles from its quarterly journal.

Maintained by the people who run the Wilderness Family Naturals site, this site offers a wide range of information on natural products and the ways in which they support health. Includes extensive information on coconut, probiotics/fermented foods, herbal medicine, and food as medicine.

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients has been published since 1983 as a forum for the alternative medicine community. Provides scientific information on a wide range of topics relevant to both practitioners and patients seeking alternative and complementary approaches to health.

MSG: a potent neurotoxin? This site supports its position that MSG is harmful with extensive information on the manufacture, adverse side effects, and issues connected with this ubiquitous substance. Includes “code names” for MSG on product labels, since it is often a hidden ingredient in many foods, and in-depth information on its history, marketing, claims, and much more.

Packed with information, the Weston A. Price Foundation site is essential web reading for anyone interested in the connection between nutrition and health. From the principles of sound nutrition, to specific health issues, to activism, the site is loaded with well-written articles and resources on literally hundreds of fascinating topics (many translated into several other languages). Recommendation for newcomers: take the Website Tour (there’s one for vegetarians, too).

While recipes don’t include enough healthy animal fats, overall this site is rich with information on a wide variety of important topics. In-depth guides to whole, organic and natural foods, essential nutrients, seasonal eating, an overview of popular diets, and much more.

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Consumer Issues and Activism

The Consumers Union Guide to Environmental Labels provides clear, comprehensive information on the language used on product labels (“antibacterial,” “environmentally friendly”, “free-range”, etc.). Information on certifying organizations (QAI, CCOF etc.). Clear definitions, searchable database, information on household products as well as food. Check out the label report card!

The Environmental Working Group specializes in environmental investigations, bringing to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know, and providing practical information you can use to protect your family and community. Their findings have influenced farm policy and provided ammunition for environmental and pharmaceutical change. Comprehensive database with loads of fascinating info.

Daily Grist is an online magazine covering the environment and related issues with humor, solid reporting, and common sense. Features both news and commentary, as well as articles, the opportunity to sign up for their free daily newsletter, and more.

The Global Resource Action Center for the Environment is an organization dedicated to forming links with research, policy and grassroots communities to protect the environment and preserve the future of the planet. Links to sites discussed elsewhere in this section (,, as well as to areas devoted to corporate accountability, the environment, United Nations initiatives, and other relevant topics.

A Campaign for Real Milk, a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, has as its goal the return to humane, non-toxic, pasture-based dairying and small-scale traditional processing. State-by-state resources for raw dairy products (and statutes governing their sale), both in the U.S. and worldwide, as well as comprehensive information on the health benefits of raw dairy products. See the site map for links to numerous relevant and interesting articles.

The Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural is a non-profit organization that supports small farmers, with a special focus on minority farmers and farmworkers. They advocate for fair prices for farm goods, as well as farming practices that maintain the health of the environment and deliver safe, health food to consumers. The organization runs a number of innovative programs to support their goals.

In-depth site with extensive information on the concept of sustainability. What does it mean? What are the issues involved? How do you shop for products that truly support it? How do you interpret the terms manufacturers and food processors use on labels? Clear, informative, in-depth information on these and related topics.

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Children’s Health

CHEC’s mission is to inform parents and all those concerned with the welfare of children about preventable health and development problems caused by exposures to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities.

A site devoted to “uncensored information about vaccines and their effect on our children.” Excellent FAQ, state-by-state information on immunization laws, and more. A well-balanced, information-packed site on this controversial issue.

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Food and Community

The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. With over 325 member organizations, CFSC offers educational programs, a series of publications, and many opportunities for community involvement.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. This easy-to-use site contains extensive information presented in a clear, straightforward fashion.

The website of the Organic Trade Association, “OTA’s mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.” In-depth information and more on: events, organic standards, GMOs, food safety, publications, public policy, and news.

Slow Food is an international organization dedicated to restoring and maintaining food biodiversity; encouraging agriculture that respects the environment, people, and the quality of the food grown; and celebrating the pleasures and diversity of the foods of the world. The organization has local chapters (called convivia), a magazine (The Snail), and a university in Italy.

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Sustainable Farming

The site maintained by the noteworthy publication of the same name. Acres USA is a rich resource for information on issues facing today’s organic and sustainable farmers. The site also features an outstanding bookstore, with books (and audio tapes, videos, and DVDs) on alternative medicine, pest control, eco-agriculture, gardening, biodynamics, homesteading, and much more.

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (covering the Central Coast of California) is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice. The organization sponsors community programs, maintains a Farm to School program, and publishes a local food guide.

The Cornucopia Institute is dedicated to the fight for economic justice for the family-scale farming community. Through research, advocacy, and economic development our goal is to empower farmers both politically and through marketplace initiatives. The Organic Integrity Project is a corporate watchdog, ensuring that organic farming methods retain their standards.

The Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources at Wilson College (PA) maintains a directory of CSA programs and related articles and news items. It publicizes CSA (including making brochures, videos, and slide shows available), conducts a biennial census, and co-sponsors a biennial CSA conference. Extensive links to national and international organizations and additional resources.

Their goal: To eliminate factory farming in favor of a sustainable food production system which is healthful and humane, economically viable and ecologically sound. Lots of links to additional resources, news clips, and action items. Check out The Meatrix and the sequel, The Meatrix II!

The National Farm to School Network is a collaborative project with the goal of strengthening and expanding activities in states with existing programs and assisting others that do not yet have programs. Clickable map lets you locate Farm to School programs state by state. Links are provided to numerous articles on related topics, as well as to workshops and other relevant events.

LocalHarvest maintains a definitive and reliable “living” public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Feaures an extensive searchable database allowing users to locate farms, stores, restaurants and other sources of sustainable food in their area. The site also has information on CSA farms (community supported agriculture), farmers markets, and events.

An Australian organization with labs in the U.S. (click on the links for Oregon and New York); they work with individual farmers (and home gardeners, too) to measure the quality and quantity of soil organisms, guiding clients to build life in the soil, the basis for growing healthier plants.

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Citizens for Health is a national nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to broaden health care options, create an integrative health system based on wellness, and support individual freedom health choices. Lots of information on ways to get involved with current issues affecting consumer choices.

A noted consumer advocate and author of a number of books, including Home Safe Home, Ms. Dadd provides a clear, easy-to-read database of information and resources for a host of non-toxic products for home, garden, and office.

THE source for information on kefir. If you want to know the history of this wonderful cultured dairy product, or where to find kefir grains, or what to do with it besides drink it, or how to make other kinds of kefir (water kefir, for instance), this is the resource.

Nothing to do with food or nutrition, but it’s a useful site if you donate money to charitable organizations. It evaluates the financial health of America’s largest charities, and lets you see how much of the money they raise actually goes to charity – and how much to administration, fundraising, etc.

Maintained by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, the home page features a simple “calculator” to allow you to gauge the amount of mercury you may have eaten over the course of a week.

Mother Earth News has been around for decades, and it’s as relevant to people interested in maintaining a healthy, sustainable lifestyle now as it ever was. The site contains archival material on renewable energy, natural health, organic gardening, and fuel economy.

The Cancer Prevention Coalition maintains this site, whose mission is “Fighting for a safer environment at home, in the community, and at work.” Click on the “Avoidable Exposures” link for comprehensive information on contaminants not listed on food, household product and cosmetic labels. Once you read about genetically modified milk, be sure to click on the Real Milk site!

The alternative to the Quackwatch site, this site is maintained by consumer advocate Tim Bolen. A rather inflammatory site, it nonetheless does a convincing job of countering the nasty Quackwatch investigations. In fact, it shows them to be little more than mainstream vendettas against potentially life-saving alternative medical and dental techniques.

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