HN4U Blog

Healthcare Freedom verse Special Interest Clubs

Published May 23rd, 2017

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Late Sunday night I received an email that announced an Oregon Legislation Policy that impacts your Healthcare Freedom of Choice. Am I an alarmist? When it comes to restrictive dietary wording laws in any state, I would have to counter with no. Over the last five years, we have [...]

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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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Old Fashioned Broth for Health Makes a BIG Comeback

Published March 5th, 2017

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Many long-time readers of this column know I collect old cookbooks.  My oldest cookbook is European and American Cuisine by Gesine Lemcke from 1895. On the title page is the following statement – “Beauty, Health, and Happiness depend upon the kind of food we eat.” This sentiment changed profoundly by [...]

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All About Sadie – adventures with a redheaded girl dog

Published February 26th, 2017

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

It has been a while since I have looked into the world of pet nutrition, so when I came across an article written by Michael Waxman titled “What’s your dog eating?”,  It caught my attention. I have been struggling with what to feed our girl dog, Sadie; she has put [...]

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Over the Counter Pain Medications – dangerous effects on more then the liver

Published February 19th, 2017

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) [...]

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Holistic Nutrition News

Published January 31st, 2017

Edition 20 -Vol1 2017

What are Lectins and are they bad for me?

What are “lectins” and why should you pay attention to them? Lectins are a protein that can bind to cell membranes. Lectins offer a way for molecules especially sugars, to stick together without getting the immune system involved, which can [...]

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Eat Your Nuts

Published December 31st, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

One of my favorite nuts is pecans for baking and cooking. They are softer and do not cause canker sores in the mouth like walnuts can. The buttery rich flavor of pecans makes them one of the most popular nuts native to American. They are rich in nutrients, minerals, and [...]

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It is beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

Published December 24th, 2016

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 [...]

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When Stress Comes a Knocking

Published December 22nd, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Well, the holiday season is here, and yes, I say Holiday because there are over 29 holidays between now and the first week of January depending on if you are Jewish, Christian or anyone else. As many of you read this, the hustle and bustle of preparing for Thanksgiving will [...]

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Are the “What If’s” fueling your stress

Published October 14th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

August brought to a close 15 years of working in a clinical office location in my closest town. To get to this office, I traveled 120 miles round-trip three days a week, through all four seasons. More than once the highway was closed due to forest fires, high water, rock [...]

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