By the Sea

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD This last week I got to spend several days on the Oregon Coast – that meant enjoying the foods that are local of course. Shellfish is one I have liked in small doses, primarily scallops and shrimp, but this year I have become a raw oyster lover, especially when they […]

Summer Foods and Other News

Published July 1st, 2015 in Alternative Perspective, Eat for Health

By Tammera J. Karr. PhD As summer gets into full swing with graduations, weddings, potlucks, and picknicks, we reach for favorite foods, that add flavor to summer. What is a picnic without potatoes salad or a crisp, refreshing cob salad topped with slices of eggs and flavorful ham? As I was scanning through research articles, […]

Rhubarb, oh so mouth watering

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD This last week I picked up my first CSA (community supported agriculture) box from Big Lick Farms – regular at the Roseburg and area farmers markets. I filled my cooler with heads of lettuce, radishes the size of golf balls, snap peas, chard, bok choy, sweet strawberries and rhubarb. This […]

Munching through the Woods

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Like many we spend our spring and summer weekends stomping around in the woods of Southern Oregon. This spring I was introduced to the flavorful wild green locally known as Miner Lettuce. As my husband came up to me hunched over a clump of green vegetation, he saw me pluck […]

Plantain Weed for Health

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Plantain is a persistent weed in gardens, on lawns and even in driveway cracks in the Pacific Northwest. But plantain is one of the most medicinally powerful “nuisance” plants in gardens and yards not being taking advantage of for health, perhaps to our detriment. The green leaves and small, stalk-like […]

The Dreaded Dandelion

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD It is spring, and along with all the gardening and grass mowing, comes weeding. Americans spend millions on weed killers to eradicate dandelions from yards and ball fields every year. The health challenges of all the chemicals being placed on soils, and eventually into water systems is a topic for […]

Buckwheat – a pioneer food

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Buckwheat is not related to wheat, nor grass even a type of grain. Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb. Because its seeds are eaten, it is referred to as a pseudo-cereal. Common buckwheat was domesticated and first cultivated in inland Southeast Asia, possibly around 6000 BC, and […]

Essential Oil Use on the Rise

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Over the last year more and more clients are asking me about essential oil use for the prevention of super bugs and illnesses. The use of essential oils for health dates back to beyond the ancient Egyptians. Herbal medicine has been used for more than burial and religious rites, it […]

Show a Little Leg

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Lamb is a staple food throughout the world including Turkey, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and countries of the Middle East. In the U.S., per capita consumption of lamb is much lower than in the rest of the world. Half of all lamb consumed in the U.S. is imported, and […]

Chemophobia & Other Food Nonsense

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD I’m about to make a confession – There are times I have no clue as to what to write this column on. This week was just one of those times. The clock was ticking, and the deadline was at hand, and still I had no inkling, shimmer or clue. Then […]

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