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What is Food?

Published November 12th, 2014 in Alternative Perspective

by Tammera J. Karr, Ph.D. Have you ever really asked the question “What is Food?” Many may already be making rude noises thinking what a silly question, everyone knows what food is. Humor me here and ask as I did this question to students, the answers may surprise you, or not. When I ask “what […]


Can Openers & Storage Containers

Published November 5th, 2014 in Alternative Perspective

By Tammera J. Karr Ph.D. October is our last big hurrah for gardens and warm weather out here in the Pacific Northwest. It is the time of harvest throughout the nation, apples, pumpkins and root crops are gleaned from the soil. The leaves on the trees begin their kaleidoscope of color change from green to […]


Potassium do you need it?

Published October 10th, 2014 in Minerals & Vitamins

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD I have a growing number of older clients on “no salt” diets, taking potassium supplements. This raises alarm bells with me due to the very important balance between these two minerals. Often times when I query clients on what foods they are eating to replace their potassium, the only food […]


Taking a Look at Food Labels & Oregon Measure 92

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Over the last few weeks, I have been receiving calls from clients and readers on the question of GMO, and the pending vote on Ballet Measure 92, here in Oregon. To be clear, I have never supported the use of GMO ingredients in food for man or beast. However, this […]


Is Fluoride in Private Wells Causing an IQ Decline?

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD When I saw this headline in the Scientific America magazine from August 20th, 2014, I was suppressed for two reasons. The first is this magazine hasn’t been overly receptive of information of this nature over the last few years. The second reason is the controversy over fluoride in general. Like […]


What You Should Know about Your GI System- part two

Published September 22nd, 2014 in Digestive Health

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD Growing up as a kid on a ranch, we had fresh milk from the cow most mornings. Milk was my preferred drink for most of my young life, but as I grew older and had a family milk lost it’s appeal. Partly due to my husband’s extreme milk and dairy […]


What You Should Know about Your GI System- part one

Published September 15th, 2014 in Digestive Health

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD Here in America we like to abuse our digestive tract with processed fats, sugars, caffeine, artificial colors and sweeteners, medications and stress. Digestive disorders are placing a “growing burden” on Americans, causing an unprecedented number of clinic visits and hospitalizations, says Stephen Bickston, an American Gastroenterological Association fellow and professor […]


Barbecue –lip smacking good

Published September 8th, 2014 in Blog, Bon Appetit - Just Plain Good Food

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD When I think of barbeque, it generally involves a sticky sweet, sometimes spicy sauce smeared on ribs or hamburgers. As I do not have a sweet tooth or care for sweet sauces, and the cuts of meat it is most commonly used on, I haven’t spent much time exploring the […]


Potluck – Pea’s and Carrots

Published September 1st, 2014 in Blog

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Over the fourth of July, I attended a potluck at a friend’s house. This got me to thinking about the foods we look forward to and not so forward to at summer gatherings. As I mulled this over, a very nice elderly couple came in with their offering of Peas […]


Inflammation and the FDA

Published August 18th, 2014 in Alternative Perspective

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Inflammation is a sore subject these days, yes the pun was intended. Every year more individuals come to me with chronic inflammation concerns. Most of these folks can and do successfully reduce their inflammation through diet and lifestyle modifications, myself included. Why is this more than just a physical sore […]


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