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Spring with a splash of Easter color

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD The familiar dyed Easter egg, which annually rolls along lawns and frustrates little children armed with colored wicker baskets, is a carryover from the pagan holiday which preceded the Christian holy day.  Easter has a close association with food. The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and spring, […]


Kidneys – they don’t need to roll any stones

Published March 22nd, 2016 in Blog, Digestive Health, Inflammatory Illnesses

by Tammera J Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH Over the years, the one health challenge that motivates the most to implement immediate dietary changes is kidney stones. No one wants to live through the pain of passing stones a second time. While many have experienced the pain of kidney stones, some may not realize the potential […]


Thoughts of bread- the need to kneed

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Recently, I watched the Michael Pollan documentary on Netflix ® “Cooked.” I have read most of Mr. Pollan’s work over the years and like his writing style, and subject matter. This was the first time I had seen one of his films – and it is inspiring, not only to […]


Over the Counter & Prescription Pain Relievers

Published March 8th, 2016 in Blog

by Tammera J Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH In July of 2015, the FDA announced it would be strengthening its warnings on non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), updating what is already printed on many NSAID labels about the drugs’ increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The updated labels will include warnings that serious side effects […]


Let’s Talk Recycling- off the beaten track

Published March 4th, 2016 in Alternative Perspective, Blog

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH I am of the generation that from grade school on we were spoon fed the importance of recycling. The “Give a Hoot Don’t Pollute” slogan was on television and handouts from school. We saw the commercial where a lone tear slipped from the Native American elder man’s eye […]


Getting the Most from Our Foods

Published February 26th, 2016 in Alternative Perspective, Eat for Health

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH I have had clients say to me, “ I know what foods to avoid – but I am not always sure of what foods I should be eating”. I think this is a problem for most of us, we are bombarded by advertisers telling us about drugs, and […]


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 […]


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