HN4U Blog

Over the Counter & Prescription Pain Relievers

Published March 8th, 2016

by Tammera J Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH

In July of 2015, the FDA announced it would be strengthening its warnings on non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), updating what is already printed on many NSAID labels about the drugs’ increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The updated labels will include warnings that serious side effects [...]

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Let’s Talk Recycling- off the beaten track

Published March 4th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH

I am of the generation that from grade school on we were spoon fed the importance of recycling. The “Give a Hoot Don’t Pollute” slogan was on television and handouts from school. We saw the commercial where a lone tear slipped from the Native American elder man’s eye [...]

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Getting the Most from Our Foods

Published February 26th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH

I have had clients say to me, “ I know what foods to avoid – but I am not always sure of what foods I should be eating”. I think this is a problem for most of us, we are bombarded by advertisers telling us about drugs, and [...]

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By the Sea

Published July 8th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

This last week I got to spend several days on the Oregon Coast – that meant enjoying the foods that are local of course.

Shellfish is one I have liked in small doses, primarily scallops and shrimp, but this year I have become a raw oyster lover, especially when they [...]

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Summer Foods and Other News

Published July 1st, 2015

By Tammera J. Karr. PhD

As summer gets into full swing with graduations, weddings, potlucks, and picknicks, we reach for favorite foods, that add flavor to summer. What is a picnic without potatoes salad or a crisp, refreshing cob salad topped with slices of eggs and flavorful ham? As I was scanning through research articles, [...]

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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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Munching through the Woods

Published June 18th, 2015

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Like many we spend our spring and summer weekends stomping around in the woods of Southern Oregon. This spring I was introduced to the flavorful wild green locally known as Miner Lettuce. As my husband came up to me hunched over a clump of green vegetation, he saw me pluck [...]

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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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