HN4U Blog

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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Essential Oil Use on the Rise

Published May 19th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Over the last year more and more clients are asking me about essential oil use for the prevention of super bugs and illnesses. The use of essential oils for health dates back to beyond the ancient Egyptians. Herbal medicine has been used for more than burial and religious rites, it [...]

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Show a Little Leg

Published May 12th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Lamb is a staple food throughout the world including Turkey, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and countries of the Middle East. In the U.S., per capita consumption of lamb is much lower than in the rest of the world. Half of all lamb consumed in the U.S. is imported, and [...]

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Chemophobia & Other Food Nonsense

Published May 5th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

I’m about to make a confession – There are times I have no clue as to what to write this column on. This week was just one of those times. The clock was ticking, and the deadline was at hand, and still I had no inkling, shimmer or clue. Then [...]

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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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Bag’s, Box’s, Can’s and Jar’s

Published April 21st, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

For years I have repeated the line to clients about clean the “bags, boxes, cans and jars” out of your diet, and more times than not I hear the response – “but there are healthy foods in those containers”. But are they really what we think they are. Journalist Joanna [...]

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The Flu and Prevention

Published April 14th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

This year, that flu “vaccine will only reduce your risk of ending up in the doctor’s office with the flu by about 23 percent. The vaccine was developed nearly a year ago in February, 2014, and it’s not an ideal match for H3N2, the strain of the virus prevalent this [...]

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Build Muscle

Published April 7th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

One of the most feared events for the elderly is a fall and the breaking of a hip, leading to a lengthy and sometimes fatal stay in a hospital. When I say fatal I don’t mean because the hospital did something wrong, however complications can occur outside of their control. [...]

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Compounding Pharmacies – Your Right to Medications Under Attack Again

Published February 23rd, 2015

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 [...]

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