Digestive Health

Are the “What If’s” fueling your stress

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD August brought to a close 15 years of working in a clinical office location in my closest town. To get to this office, I traveled 120 miles round-trip three days a week, through all four seasons. More than once the highway was closed due to forest fires, high water, rock […]


Fermenting Adventures in an RV

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Recently my husband and I decided late summer was a good time to learn how to ferment drinks and vegetables. A little background: Naturally fermented beverage products called Kombucha, Ginger Beer, and water Kefir are all the rage. Even general purpose markets are now carrying some form of fermented drink. […]


To Can or Not? A look at home canning, freezing and fermenting foods

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Few things get your tongue’s attention faster than where sweet and tart meet in the heart of a ripe peach, or that zest in the seasoned grilled zucchini that came from your garden.  Those generous squash or tomato plants that keep on giving have left many folks googling recipes.  But […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Pro-biotics to the Rescue

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD There is confusion over what is a probiotic versus an enzyme, and what are prebiotics.  These are questions I answer on a regular basis and for the general consumer, the confusion often persists due to advertising language. “The Immune System comprises all structures and processes that are involved in defeating […]


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