Compounding Pharmacies – Your Right to Medications Under Attack Again

Published February 23rd, 2015 in Alternative Perspective

by Tammera J. Karr We are not all the same – thank goodness, and for mega-pharmaceutical company’s and industrialized medicine that creates a problem solved by compounding pharmacies. The standardized dosage approach works well some of the time for some of the patients, it does not however take into account many factors that affect how […]

News in the New Year 2015

Published February 15th, 2015 in Alternative Perspective, What's in the News

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Yale University reported on January 5, 2015 that, The common cold virus can reproduce itself more efficiently in the cooler temperatures found inside the nose than at core body temperature, according to a new study. This finding may confirm the popular yet contested notion that people are more likely to […]

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 […]

Older than Metallurgy, and Far Better Tasting

Published January 5th, 2015 in Gluten Free Eating

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Bread is older than metal; even before the bronze age, our ancestors were eating and baking flat breads. There is evidence of neolithic grinding stones used to process grains; but the oldest bread yet found is a loaf discovered in Switzerland, dating from 3500 BC. Since California’s gold mining days, […]

Tasty Fermented Foods

Published December 29th, 2014 in Bon Appetit - Just Plain Good Food, Eat for Health

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD On weekends when my dad was home, he always made breakfast, and most of the time it was the same thing; Pancakes made with beer instead of buttermilk or water. Now this has nothing to do with my dislike of most breakfast foods – but when you’re a kid it […]

Christmas Eve and Traditional Meals

Published December 23rd, 2014 in Bon Appetit - Just Plain Good Food

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Tis the season to be jolly, and eat and eat and drink ourselves Merry. Many of us consider mountains of cheese, crackers, summer sausage, cookies, pies, bread and candy – holiday foods, along with ham, turkey, roast beef, potatoes….. but is it really traditional? The idea of what do others […]

The Amazing Cranberry – an all American food

Published December 20th, 2014 in Bon Appetit - Just Plain Good Food

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD With thanksgiving behind us it is far from the end of the preparation and enjoyment of cranberries. The bright red color and vitamin C rich tang has added a pizazz to poultry, pork and fish throughout American history. The cranberry, along with the blueberry and Concord grape, is one of […]

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 […]

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