Alternative Perspective

The Power of Vitamin C & Essential Oils

Published March 14th, 2020

by Tammera J. Karr

The history of essential oils is intertwined with the history of herbal medicine; in most ancient cultures, people believed plants to be magical, and for thousands of years herbs were used as much for ritual as they were for medicine and food.

The Atlantic magazine highlighted the antimicrobial qualities of plant [...]

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When the Flu Comes Knocking

Published March 4th, 2020

by Tammera J. Karr

Often we catch the flu because our immune systems have been worn down by poor eating habits, stress, long hours and overindulging. This may be one of the reasons, so many folks come down with the flu following the holiday season.

All the news is about the Coronavirus – as we [...]

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Change How You Think About Resolutions

Published February 13th, 2020

by Tammera J. Karr

Every year I have clients tell me they made a New Years’ resolution to eat better, lose weight, and exercise more. And like clockwork, there’s, and my resolutions are so far down on the priority list by February that there is no motivation to drag them to the top again.  Why [...]

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Lets Talk Plastic and Plastic

Published January 25th, 2020

by Tammera J. Karr

The first synthetic polymer was invented in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt as a substitute for ivory. By treating cellulose, derived from cotton fiber, with camphor (both naturally occurring substances), Hyatt discovered a plastic that could be crafted into a variety of shapes and made to imitate natural materials like tortoiseshell, [...]

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Rhetoric and Food

Published January 10th, 2020

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

For those of us who have lived around agriculture, we know the problems with the modern food system is not with the farm or the volume being produced. The waste, cruelty, and denaturing of our food happens after the farm when it enters the mega-industrial machine of Big Food. Sustainability [...]

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Box of Crayons

Published December 5th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD  

Nature is filled with color, and as I watch the vibrant changed to trees and plants, my thought turn to crayons, which lead to making choices. Do you remember when you got that first box of crayons? The first box of crayons came out in 1903 and contained eight [...]

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A Wider View adds Clarity

Published November 21st, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD  

Like so many who are in the health care and academic modalities, reading – like every word on the page, kind of reading – morphs into expert skimming. A personal challenge this year has been to return to actual reading with a book, not a tablet, phone, or computer [...]

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New Season and New Foods for Health

Published November 14th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD  

Fall surprised us all with a venture into winter earlier than anticipated, not only are the trees turning a crayon box of colors, the farm stands, and markets are bursting with hearty calorie-dense foods and savory immune-supporting roots. Fall is often our favorite time of year, and it [...]

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Editorial – Freedom of Choice Versus Vaccinations

Published March 5th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Our story begins with three men, heads together on a street corner, one wealthy and dripping with power, the next puffed chest, ingratiating smile and impotent and the last an obvious thug, muscle for hire. Down the walk enters a woman who looks at the world through rose-colored glasses, all [...]

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Editorial – The Ant and Grasshopper

Published February 1st, 2019

The Aesop Fable of the Ant and Grasshopper has been on my mind a lot the last few weeks as the Federal Furlough of over 800,000 individuals like my husband goes on. I reflected on this story:

“In a field one summer’s day, a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. [...]

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