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Water ~ it is what you can’t see that may damage your health

Published April 10th, 2019

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD

How much time have you spent thinking about water?

If you are a rancher, farmer or avid gardener, odds are more than the average person. As I drove down the North Umpqua following several days of down pouring rain on snow, I thought about the milk chocolate water and gave [...]

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Time Change and Spring Fatigue

Published March 23rd, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Over the two weeks, I have heard countless clients complain over the time change. The following days have been the land of zombies in some folks minds. Additionally, spring is upon us and with that; tree, grass and flower pollen. Spring is a time of rebirth, and rebounding energy, or [...]

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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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Eating Spring Foods and in Season for Health

Published February 26th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Cultures throughout the ages have celebrated the return of spring after a long, harsh winter by eating the first new greens they can find. Native Americans took advantage of fresh, wild plants to supplement their winter diets of dried foods; foraging in woodlands or near streams could bring in an [...]

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Edamame – green soy beans

Published February 22nd, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

On a recent road trip, we shared a bowl of Edamame with family at a restaurant – I didn’t tell my husband what it was, but waited to see if he would try something new. The brave, intrepid food explorer came out, and it want long till he was sucking [...]

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Cast-Iron Cookware ~ Beyond Camping

Published February 15th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Over the last two weeks, I have been working from our RV, while my husband was busy working away from home. During these internet-phone free times, I get to thinking and exploring, both of which usually lead to spending money. This time I got to thinking about, how I should [...]

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Why Change isn’t Always for the Best

Published February 12th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

How is it that for centuries our ancestors consumed large quantities of high-fat foods and never fell victim to the health challenges of contemporary generations? To answer this, we must look at the lifestyle, food and preparation methods commonly used by past generations. I have a small collection of antique [...]

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Ticked off News

Published February 5th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

There is no way around it – Ticks are just plain nasty. The very mention of these little bugs makes the skin crawl for many. According to the Centers for Disease Control, ticks in the United States can carry and transmit over 16 pathogens to humans. Lyme disease is the [...]

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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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Lets Hear it for Real Fat!

Published January 29th, 2019

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Fats are hydrophobic. In other words, fats repel water. Even oil-based emulsions like mayonnaise rely on a third party to hold each tiny droplet of oil in suspension—egg yolk, mustard, or certain starches are common choices. Despite what some folks tell you, food fried at higher temperatures actually absorb more [...]

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