Entries by Carl Thompson


Carl Thompson has been a freelance health and medical journalist for more than three decades. He specializes in natural alternatives to the synthetic products of the pharmaceutical industry, and is a research writer for BerryPharma ®, an Italian company that produces standardized berry extracts for medicinal uses. His work has appeared widely in both consumer and professional health trade publications internationally. His most recent book is "Inflammation: A Closer Look at What Drug Companies Do Not Want You to Know," about a drug-free approach to managing arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.

Black Currant: Natural Rescue from Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The epidemic of Alzheimer’s takes an enormous toll. The disease ravages the brain, robbing people of memory and awareness, and disconnecting them from those they love. And it’s increasing: according to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is now the 6th leading… 0 Shares |

Anti-Oxidant Rich Elderberry Can Help with Weight Loss

Effective, safe weight loss is not just about dieting. It’s about maintaining a healthy lifestyle: nutritious meals, and most often, regular exercise. But sometimes the ability to stay active can be hampered by obstacles like injury or fatigue — and… 0 Shares |

Mother Nature at the Gym: Blackcurrant Sports Drinks Pack a Punch

You’re at the gym working out, building up a killer thirst and running low on energy, and you gulp down a big-name sports drink, ingesting an artificial mixture of chemicals, coloring and sugar — lots of sugar. Or instead, you… 0 Shares |

Boost Your Immunity Naturally — with Elderberry

Battling a serious disease, such as cancer, is sometimes a matter of weighing the odds: potent, life-saving treatments may come with their own set of risks and side effects. A bout of chemotherapy or radiation may leave the body in… 0 Shares |

Elderberry and Echinacea: Double the Healing Power

Take two natural remedies — elderberry and Echinacea — both of which have proven healing abilities, join them together, and the result is a powerful therapeutic combination. That’s the conclusion of a new study conducted in the Czech Republic. It’s… 0 Shares |

Nerina Strawberries: A New Superfruit

As we continue to discover more about the amazing health benefits of natural ingredients, and the power of modifying our diet for our well-being, fruit — especially red berries — have long been the focus of study. Strawberries are now… 0 Shares |

European Elderberry and Type 2 Diabetes: a Natural Blood Sugar Modulator

Do European elderberry flowers have the ability to naturally modulate the blood sugar levels associated with type 2 diabetes? A growing body of scientific evidence suggests it. The discovery may help the millions of Americans suffering from the disease. Type… 0 Shares |

Healthful and Delicious Elderberry Liqueur

The curative properties of elderberry have been well documented since Ancient Greek and Roman physicians wrote of its abilities to kill viruses and bacteria. But elderberry is also a delicious ingredient, and has been used to make everything from elderberry… 0 Shares |

Elderberry’s Curative Properties

Relief from colds and influenza might be as simple and natural as taking an extract of the ripe fruit of the European elderberry tree (Sambucus nigra L.). Numerous studies, a sampling of which are described below, continue to demonstrate the… 0 Shares |