Digestive Health

Stepping Into The Hornets Nest – Elder Care part 4

Published July 17th, 2016

By Tammera J Karr, Ph.D., FAAIM, BCIH, BCHN   ©2016

Many of you may have childhood stories like my husband and father of baldfaced hornet encounters.  When these stories are being told, there is always someone who steps in the nest first who walked away relatively unscathed, while others are repeatedly stung and attacked.

Dealing [...]

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Kidneys – they don’t need to roll any stones

Published March 22nd, 2016

by Tammera J Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH

Over the years, the one health challenge that motivates the most to implement immediate dietary changes is kidney stones. No one wants to live through the pain of passing stones a second time.

While many have experienced the pain of kidney stones, some may not realize the potential [...]

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Rhubarb, oh so mouth watering

Published June 25th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

This last week I picked up my first CSA (community supported agriculture) box from Big Lick Farms – regular at the Roseburg and area farmers markets. I filled my cooler with heads of lettuce, radishes the size of golf balls, snap peas, chard, bok choy, sweet strawberries and rhubarb.

This [...]

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Plantain Weed for Health

Published June 8th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Plantain is a persistent weed in gardens, on lawns and even in driveway cracks in the Pacific Northwest. But plantain is one of the most medicinally powerful “nuisance” plants in gardens and yards not being taking advantage of for health, perhaps to our detriment. The green leaves and small, stalk-like [...]

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The Dreaded Dandelion

Published June 1st, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

It is spring, and along with all the gardening and grass mowing, comes weeding. Americans spend millions on weed killers to eradicate dandelions from yards and ball fields every year. The health challenges of all the chemicals being placed on soils, and eventually into water systems is [...]

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Buckwheat – a pioneer food

Published May 31st, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Buckwheat is not related to wheat, nor grass even a type of grain. Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb. Because its seeds are eaten, it is referred to as a pseudo-cereal.

Common buckwheat was domesticated and first cultivated in inland Southeast Asia, possibly around 6000 BC, and [...]

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Pro-biotics to the Rescue

Published January 12th, 2015

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 [...]

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Is Fluoride in Private Wells Causing an IQ Decline?

Published September 29th, 2014

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD

When I saw this headline in the Scientific America magazine from August 20th, 2014, I was suppressed for two reasons. The first is this magazine hasn’t been overly receptive of information of this nature over the last few years. The second reason is the controversy over fluoride in general.
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What You Should Know about Your GI System- part two

Published September 22nd, 2014

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Growing up as a kid on a ranch, we had fresh milk from the cow most mornings. Milk was my preferred drink for most of my young life, but as I grew older and had a family milk lost it’s appeal. Partly due to my husband’s extreme milk and dairy [...]

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What You Should Know about Your GI System- part one

Published September 15th, 2014

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Here in America we like to abuse our digestive tract with processed fats, sugars, caffeine, artificial colors and sweeteners, medications and stress. Digestive disorders are placing a “growing burden” on Americans, causing an unprecedented number of clinic visits and hospitalizations, says Stephen Bickston, an American Gastroenterological Association fellow and professor [...]

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