Brain Body Connection

Chocolate – more than Candy

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Millions of people worldwide love chocolate in all its many forms. This food of the “gods” comes from the cacao trees. The most common variety of cocoa comes from the Forastero making up 90% of the world crop. The rarest variety Criollo is sought after by artisan chocolate makers. The […]


Over the Counter Pain Medications – dangerous effects on more then the liver

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Open a medicine cabinet, first aid kit or a car glove box, and likely acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol ™), a pain reliever and fever reducer, will be there. It might be a store brand in a pill, gelcap, or liquid. Acetaminophen is found in a startling number of over-the-counter (OTC) […]


Eat Your Nuts

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD One of my favorite nuts is pecans for baking and cooking. They are softer and do not cause canker sores in the mouth like walnuts can. The buttery rich flavor of pecans makes them one of the most popular nuts native to American. They are rich in nutrients, minerals, and […]


Stepping Into The Hornets Nest – Elder Care part 4

By Tammera J Karr, Ph.D., FAAIM, BCIH, BCHN   ©2016 Many of you may have childhood stories like my husband and father of baldfaced hornet encounters.  When these stories are being told, there is always someone who steps in the nest first who walked away relatively unscathed, while others are repeatedly stung and attacked. Dealing with […]


Elder Care – none of this was in the owners manual!

Part Three We have had numerous road trips to central California since March 2016 to help elder family members. But in May, we brought the Aunt and Uncle home with us. During this time, our focus has been on their needs and helping them regain some of their mental and physical strength. The care of […]


Elder Care – Nutrition, Sleep and God’s Grace

Part Two by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH Two years ago, we said yes to an elderly family member when they asked if we would help them when the time came. We knew from past experience that this could mean trying times for both our elder family members and us, some of you like […]


Elder Care – before you say yes

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH Part One Life is ever changing, and with it are unexpected surprises and challenges. This spring has reminded me of this, as an elderly Aunt and Uncle have moved back to the west coast and have been needing help getting settled. This event has reminded me of the […]


Noise ~ you just can’t get away from it.

Published June 6th, 2014 in Brain Body Connection

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD © 2014 Holistic Nutrition for the Whole you Have you ever stopped to really think about the noise in your life? We routinely grump about the new or louder noises coming from our refrigerator, freezer or air filters. But I really didn’t get Noise pollution till spending a week in […]


B12 Deficiency-Affects 43% of those over 65

Published June 18th, 2012 in Brain Body Connection

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH In May of 2012 I attended the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) Conference in San Francisco. The first day of the conference I heard from an emergency room nurse- Sally Pacholok, RN, BSN and co-author of the book, Could it be B12? An epidemic of misdiagnosis. The […]


Brain Food!

Published February 27th, 2012 in Brain Body Connection

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH Brain food is a terrific example of what we can do every day and with every meal to change not only how smart we are but how likely we are to develop age related brain dysfunction. Cultures throughout the world incorporate food into their “health care plan”, since […]


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