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Researching Mexico's Traditional Medicines & Foods

a profile of Dr. Leslie Korn

Dr. Leslie KornDr. Leslie Korn is a researcher, educator and clinician-healer specializing in complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) and indigenous healing methods, who has been conducting research in the Bahía de Banderas and Cabo Corrientes regions since 1973.

Having practiced Nutritional Therapy, Polarity Therapy, and Massage and Bodywork for 10 years before she returned to graduate studies in conventional methods, Leslie now integrates the best of both worlds.

Dr. Korn has a PhD in Behavioral Medicine from the Union Institute, a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard, where she specialized in tropical medicine, a Masters degree in Health Psychology, and was a Clinical Fellow and Faculty in Psychology and Religion at Harvard Medical School where she taught CAM for the treatment of PTSD.

As director of research at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, a non-profit American Indian organization, Leslie focuses on the intersection of indigenous science and biomedical science and the revitalization of traditional foods and healing methods of west Mexico and the Pacific Northwest and leads cooking, health and healing seminars.

As a 2009-2010 Fulbright scholar in Mexico, Dr. Korn is exploring the effects of tourism and development on indigenous women’s medical practices. The co-author (with Dr. Rudolph Ryser) of Preventing and Treating Diabetes, Naturally: The Native Way (DayKeeper Press, 2009) and Medicinal Plants of the Jungle/Plantas Medicinales de la Selva (DayKeeper Press, 2010) Leslie is married to a gentle spirit, and has three fabulous stepsons and two magical canine retrievers.

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Leslie Korn Vinegar for Mental Health

Fermented foods are an essential part of good mental health. For example, vinegar helps to reduce anxiety and depression. Making vinegar is a fun family activity, and it can be made with almost any fruit. One of my favorites is pineapple, based on the traditional indigenous Mexican recipe, called 'Tepache'.

Leslie Korn Health Benefits of Cannabis

When I arrived in Mexico, one of the first remedies the women of the village taught me was macerating 'mota' (aka Mari-Juana) in alcohol and using it as a liniment. This was the first of many healing plants I learned about and still use in my healing practice.

Leslie Korn Herbs for Sleep and Immunity

The Leslie Korn Institute for Integrative Medicine shares some of the best herbal medicines for fighting infections and dealing with pandemic stress that is backed by indigenous science and biomedicine in a free report that is now available online, and can be downloaded for future reference.

L Korn Free Native Roots Video Course

The non-profit Center for Traditional Medicine, in collaboration with Eat the Change and the Center for World Indigenous Studies, has launched a free video course for teens, their parents, and educators that explores the application of Indigenous science and wisdom to the problems of climate change.

Leslie Korn Immune Support Soup Recipe

The need to enhance our immune function increases this winter as we face being indoors more and subjected to increased exposure to Sars CoV 2. Thus, it's important to integrate immune-boosting foods, herbs, and nutrients into our diets. Enjoy this simple soup to get an easy start on your self-care.

Leslie Korn CWIS Mexico Online Auction

The CWIS Center for Traditional Medicine, which has provided free health care to Indigenous peoples in Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, for over 40 years, has organized an online auction to help carry out their mission. Up for bid are unique items that make great holiday gifts.

Leslie Korn Diet Benefits Problems

The benefits and problems of paleo, vegan, gluten-free and keto diets are determined by a complexity of genetic/cultural/environmental factors. There is no one right diet for everyone; there's the good, the bad and the ugly with all of these, depending upon the individual.

Leslie Korn Apple Hazelnut Tart Recipe

Dr. Leslie Korn shares the recipe for a sweet apple hazelnut tart that's simple to make and ideal for a gluten-free dessert. And it's healthy, too! Hazelnuts are rich in healthy fats and support brain function. Apples, along with the pectin, is an ideal food for easy digestion.

Leslie Korn Healthy Candy Recipe

Junk food is tempting but it's bad for our mental health. If we focus on a nutrient-dense, personalized diet, our mind and body will thank us. As an alternative to junk food, Dr. Leslie Korn shares one of her favorite healthy chocolate-coconut recipes.