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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. […]


Watercress – Traditional Food for Health

by Tammera J Karr, PhD Watercress is an aquatic leafy green plant that is a close cousin to mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula. Watercress tastes much like the wild Miners lettuce of the Pacific Northwest. Watercress has been cultivated in Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas for millennia, for use as both food and medicine. […]


WHEN THE AIR GETS BAD CONSIDER HOREHOUND

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD Poor air quality increases the risk of chest and sinus infections. I have a small herb garden in my yard; it consists of those herbs that thrive on abuse. One such herb is Horehound. Some of you may be old enough to remember horehound candy drops; others may remember a […]


BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD It has finally happened – winter and the cold bite of it’s breath has found many of us. Cold weather also brings with it high calorie foods and sedentary habits.  With the glut of holiday commercials highlighting decadent sweets, beverages, and hot food we are subconsciously lead down a dangerous […]


CLEANING HOUSE – BY REGULARLY DETOXIFYING

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD An effective detoxification program will not ask you to make any dramatic lifestyle and dietary changes. Healthier food and lifestyle choices are generally made on a subconscious level. Once the body begins to eliminate toxins, it will naturally start craving foods that will nourish it at an optimum level. That […]


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 […]


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) […]


It is beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD One of the magical things about this time of year are the smells – cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, ginger, fruit fillings and festive colors swirled around on cookies. Many of these powerful aromas stimulate memories and affect brain chemistry in positive ways. All of these spices that add to […]


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 […]


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