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Eating Foods by the Season for Health

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD. Cultures throughout the ages have celebrated the return of spring after a long, harsh winter by eating the first new greens available. Native Americans took advantage of fresh, wild plants to supplement their winter diets of dried foods; foraging in woodlands or near streams could bring in an entire meal […]


Artichoke – a thistle bud for health

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Why do people eat artichokes? Is it a love for mayonnaise dip?  Boy I hope not, what about the opportunity to have warm garlic butter dripping from your fingers? …. Hummm maybe.  Artichokes are a native to the Mediterranean region, and they play a major role in the regional cuisine. […]


Parsley – More than a pretty garnish

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Many of us grew up seeing parsley as the attractive green garnish on dinner plates. The vibrant taste and wonderful healing properties of parsley are often ignored in its popular role as a table garnish.  Parsley is so much more than a pretty garnish or filler plant in the garden. […]


Oregon Grape – valuable plant to have around

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD For those who live in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the mountainous areas, we are familiar with the holly-like shrub with yellow blossoms and purple berries clusters – Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) or also known as mountain grape, and holly-leaved barberry. As the name might indicate, it is also the […]


Old Fashioned Broth for Health Makes a BIG Comeback

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Many long-time readers of this column know I collect old cookbooks.  My oldest cookbook is European and American Cuisine by Gesine Lemcke from 1895. On the title page is the following statement – “Beauty, Health, and Happiness depend upon the kind of food we eat.” This sentiment changed profoundly by […]


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) […]


Liver simply amazing

Published May 19th, 2010 in Liver Health

Liver simply amazing By Tammera J. Karr, MSHN, CNC, BCIH, CNW, CNH Most of us spend very little time thinking about our liver or any internal organs for that matter. In our pursuit for longevity, research talks about the brain and heart; and for good reason, but the livers vital role is as critical to […]


Is There Any Use for Nontraditional or Alternative Therapies in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease?

Published December 27th, 2007 in Liver Health

Is There Any Use for Nontraditional or Alternative Therapies in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease? by Nathan M. Bass, MD, PhD Is There Any Use for Nontraditional or Alternative Therapies in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease? by Nathan M. Bass, MD, PhD There has been a substantial increase in the use of so-called complementary and […]


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