Minerals & Vitamins

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 […]

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 […]

Unexpected Surprises & Salt

By Tammera Karr, PhD My life does not transport me into the Metropolitan world much, however every once in a while I  journey to the hustle and bustle of a city. I was recently in Portland Oregon, my states largest metropolitan area, and for a change I had time to explore; a large gap in […]

Ya can’t beat Beet’s

Published July 30th, 2014 in Eat for Health, Minerals & Vitamins

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD What are your memories of beets? Mine is sugar, canned and pickled, with a side of greens on the plate. For me the greens were and sometimes is still the only edible part of the plant, but as a kid and adult I had family members who loved beets in […]

Summer, Sunburns and Salt

Published July 29th, 2013 in Eat for Health, Minerals & Vitamins

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCIH, BCHN, Certified Gluten Practitioner Every so often there is a media blitz on the dangers of a high salt diet, but they always seem to leave out the number one source of salt in the American diet is processed foods, diet sodas and fast food. The reports go on […]

Ferritin Equation

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD. BCHN. BCIH No one knows your body and health better than you do, if you are exposed to information that empowers you in taking back control of your health, and as an informed consumer do so, the job of your primary healthcare provider just got easier, because you are doing […]

Phosphorus and Your Kidneys

Published September 12th, 2012 in Blog, Minerals & Vitamins

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD., BCHN ©2012 I was asked to accompany a client to an appointment with their doctor to be a second set of ears and to help them remember more of the information and of course afterwards to talk about that information and share any insights. What I learned about Kidney Disease […]

Salt Vindicated-a personal case study

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH In 2005, I thought I was developing hypothyroidism; I was tired, overweight, with high triglycerides, and muscle pain, all symptoms. I was eating real food, but I was under a lot of stress. Remember I have said several times over the last three years that stress is the […]

CoQ10 ~ formula for health

Published February 8th, 2010 in Minerals & Vitamins

CoQ10 ~ formula for health Be warned CoQ10 may give you heart failure when you see the price tag…  With that in mind, understand the American diet is sadly lacking in almost all nutrients, especially those that we were able to get from organ foods over 50 years ago. Be warned CoQ10 may give you […]


Published February 8th, 2010 in Minerals & Vitamins

Niacin Nicotinic Acid is a specific form of Vitamin B3.  Nicotinic Acid supplements are manufactured by oxidizing Nicotine – this is not a cause for alarm as Nicotinic Acid is not associated with any of the toxic effects attributable to Nicotine. Niacin is a member of the water soluble B- vitamin complex. The amino acid […]

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