Heart Health

The Nutrient Power of Beets

Published June 15th, 2020

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, CNW, CGP

In my home, we had canned and pickled sugar beets with a side of greens. For me, the beet greens were (and sometimes still are) the only edible part of the plant, but many people love beets in all their forms.

The first significant benefit of beets [...]

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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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HIDDEN TRUTH ABOUT HEART DISEASE AND SUGAR

Published November 17th, 2018

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD

As we move full swing into the Christmas season, we are exposed daily to a barrage of messages – messages for the newest drugs, insurance companies, commodities, and festive food and beverages representing joy, happiness, acceptance, and security. Sugar is a significant player in the holiday foods that fuel memories [...]

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Eating Spring Foods ~ Asparagus

Published May 15th, 2018

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD.
©2018

With spring weather comes seasonal foods like asparagus. This is one of those foods harvested from fields and meadows across Greece to Ireland, providing critical food-based nutrients for many with methylation challenges. Today we are learning more about the MTFHR gene that approximately 40% of the nation’s population. [...]

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Artichoke – a thistle bud for health

Published April 2nd, 2018

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. [...]

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POMEGRANATE – TOP THREE SUPER FOOD

Published February 21st, 2018

by Tammera J Karr, PhD

I love pomegranates, they are one of the few foods I can eat every day for months and never get tired of the flavor. When I was a kid, pomegranates were only available during the Christmas and New Year season in rural Eastern Oregon. Today they are available in fresh, [...]

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Chocolate – more than Candy

Published March 12th, 2017

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Millions of people worldwide love chocolate in all its many forms. This food of the “gods” comes from the cacao trees. The most common variety of cocoa comes from the Forastero making up 90% of the world crop. The rarest variety Criollo is sought after by artisan chocolate makers.

The [...]

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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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Hawthorn: an Herb Worthy of Consideration

Published April 28th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Ms. T, a lady who works in my office swears by hawthorn for anything to do with your heart and circulation. As with many things this inspired me to look into the history and use of hawthorn berry – was it a herb worth adding to my arsenal, and what [...]

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Feed the Heart – fruit of the vine and chocolate in the news.

Published April 8th, 2014

Dark Chocolate may not be your preferred type, but new research supports maybe it should be.

It might seem too good to be true, but dark chocolate is good for you and scientists now know why. Dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of [...]

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