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Elder Care – none of this was in the owners manual!

Published June 27th, 2016

Part Three

We have had numerous road trips to central California since March 2016 to help elder family members. But in May, we brought the Aunt and Uncle home with us. During this time, our focus has been on their needs and helping them regain some of their mental and physical strength. The care of [...]

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Elder Care – Nutrition, Sleep and God’s Grace

Published June 20th, 2016

Part Two

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH

Two years ago, we said yes to an elderly family member when they asked if we would help them when the time came. We knew from past experience that this could mean trying times for both our elder family members and us, some of you [...]

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Elder Care – before you say yes

Published June 13th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH

Part One

Life is ever changing, and with it are unexpected surprises and challenges. This spring has reminded me of this, as an elderly Aunt and Uncle have moved back to the west coast and have been needing help getting settled. This event has reminded me of the [...]

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Spring with a splash of Easter color

Published March 24th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

The familiar dyed Easter egg, which annually rolls along lawns and frustrates little children armed with colored wicker baskets, is a carryover from the pagan holiday which preceded the Christian holy day.  Easter has a close association with food. The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and spring, [...]

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Kidneys – they don’t need to roll any stones

Published March 22nd, 2016

by Tammera J Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH

Over the years, the one health challenge that motivates the most to implement immediate dietary changes is kidney stones. No one wants to live through the pain of passing stones a second time.

While many have experienced the pain of kidney stones, some may not realize the potential [...]

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Thoughts of bread- the need to kneed

Published March 15th, 2016

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Recently, I watched the Michael Pollan documentary on Netflix ® “Cooked.” I have read most of Mr. Pollan’s work over the years and like his writing style, and subject matter. This was the first time I had seen one of his films – and it is inspiring, not only to [...]

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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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