• About food

    • Stocking Up

      Some people who prefer meatless meals like to go all the way, avoiding even stock or broth made from animal products. If you’re among them, replace the chicken broth called for in recipes with vegetable broth. You can buy it in some supermarkets and at health-food stores. Or you can make your own, using the […]

  • Acupuncture

    • Frequency of treatment

      In chronic disease (for which acupuncture is most appropriate) treatments are generally given at intervals of 1 or 2 weeks at first; later the intervals become longer. It is undesirable to treat more frequently because of possible delays in the appearance of improvement; it takes at least a week for the response to the first […]

  • Ancient

    • Ancient Egypt - Abydos

      Ancient Egypt – Abydos

      Abydos is a sacred part of Egypt as it is symbolically important to the god Osiris. Osiris was a very powerful god and represented resurrection and eternal life. He is perceived as the supreme god, and was revered in life as well as the afterlife. As death was taken very seriously by the ancient Egyptian […]

  • Astrology

    • Allen Telescope, Part 2

      The SETI Institute is using off-the-shelf parts and techniques borrowed from automobile manufacturers to build a new kind of telescope. More on this less expensive but powerful telescope… Dave DeBoer is a researcher with the SETI Institute in California. He and his team are designing and building a new kind of telescope that’ll be used to […]

  • Beverages

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  • Botany

    • The Herbal Menopause Book

      The Herbal Menopause Book

      Oh dear… a book by a female herbalist written for womyn about womyn’s stuff. Anything a guy says may be regarded prima facie as partially or wholly suspect; but the author kindly submitted a copy to the Herbal Bookworm for review – so, somewhat daunted the Bookworm rises to the challenge…. The two outstanding features […]

  • Earth secrets

    • Melanin causes the spectrum of colors in skin

      There’s an incredible range of skin and hair color in people from around the world. And it’s caused almost solely by a single pigment called melanin. How does one color do it all? How is it possible to make all of the colors of the human body out of the single pigment melanin? Melanin is […]

  • Gardening

    • Planting To Encourage Wildlife

      Both urban and rural landscapes have potential for maintaining a favorable habitat for songbirds, rabbits, squirrels, quail and other wildlife. Attracting wildlife can have many benefits for the homeowner beyond esthetics because many birds help reduce the insect pests that attack flowers, lawns, gardens and people. There are many human-made devices for attracting birds but […]

  • Gym Shorts

    • Runners: adding a rest-day walk

      I am a 12-year-old runner who can run a 7:10 mile. I was wondering how long and how fast would I need to walk on the days I don’t run to get benefits. (Normally, I run for about 15 minutes.) Currently, I’m training for a 1.5-mile race, but my doctor won’t let me run every […]

  • Health Conditions

    • Protect your bones: treatments for osteopenia

      Q: I have been diagnosed with osteopenia of the spine. I believe it’s like pre-osteoporosis; is that true? Also, what treatment options do I have besides synthetic estrogen? I have recently started eating tofu and drinking soy milk. What else should I do to ensure that this doesn’t progress? A: Osteopenia is a potentially pre-osteoporotic condition […]

  • Healthy Life

    • The Grass is Greener on the Roofs

      Greenroofs are coming of age. Ironically, our ancestors have long used greenroofs. Most of popular of which are the hanging gardens of Babylon. Original inspiration came from Iceland as sod roofs and walls were used traditionally for years and used in all Scandinavian countries. People usually say, “The grass is greener on the other side.” […]

  • Herbs and Botanical Extracts

    • DAMIANA improve hormonal or sexual problems

      Parts Used: Leaves. Uses: * Damiana was traditionally used by the indigenous peoples of Central America as an aphrodisiac, energy tonic and to improve hormonal or sexual problems. * More recently damiana has been used for depression and has been known to help with constipation, asthma and bronchitis. Guidelines: Take 3 cups damiana tea daily […]

  • Life and Nature

    • Bee Culture: Frames

      The public frequently refers to them as “racks”, but we know them as frames. They are the wooden structures in which honey bees build comb thereby making a piece of comb rigid enough to handle without fear of it breaking. Sounds simple enough. I mean how complicated could it be to put four pieces of […]

  • Lifestyle

    • Call Your Doctor Right Now If You Used Fen-Phen or Redux

      Did you use the diet drugs fen-phen or Redux before they were taken off the market last fall? Have you been checked yet for signs of heart or lung disease? By now, you probably know that fenfluramine (the “fen” in fen-phen) and dexfenfluramine (trade name Redux) were pulled from the shelves, but you may not […]

  • Medical Folklore

    • What is “Medical Folklore”?

      In its broadest sense, “folk medicine” can be used to refer to such things as holistic medicine, midwifery, and medical beliefs and practices unique to individual family traditions. A stricter interpretation of the term may exclude traditional practices such as those procedures commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. Regardless of how […]

  • Moms and kids

    • How to cure a junk food addict

      For the past three years, my 9-year-old son has eaten little besides french fries. He sometimes tries yogurt, commercial fruit snacks, orange-type drinks, popcorn and other crunchy snacks. Usually he eats only what he wants and refuses anything else. His doctor says he’s healthy, and although my son takes Ritalin to treat his attention deficit […]

  • Mystic and Mysteries

    • Will Frozen Ship Killers Always Be A Threat?

      Will Frozen Ship Killers Always Be A Threat?

      Today, thanks to radar technology, the risk posed to ships by icebergs is a lot better than it was in 1912. But these building-sized blocks of glacial ice remain a major threat to some of the most important ships and structures we have in the Atlantic Ocean. According to Colin Stock, an Environment Canada iceberg […]

  • Natural Food

    • Cooking With Herbs: Basil

      Basil is an especially easy annual herb plant to grow. Look for seed to sow in the vegetable garden or perennial bed next spring. Although it does not reseed in my yard it’s worth the effort to purchase seed every year. There are oodles of varieties available. In a copy of Shepherd’s 2012 Garden Seed […]

  • Natural Lifestyle

    • Walking rural roads safely

      I’m a 40-year-old woman with a baby and two teenagers. I’m very frustrated because we recently moved to a rural community. The town has busy two-lane roads with no shoulder. I haven’t met many people yet, nor do I have someone to watch my toddler. Any ideas on how I can get walking again? The […]

  • Natural Remedies

    • Rapid Pulse – Tachycardia

      Q: Hi, I am 25 and have a problem with my pulse. It’s on average 20 to 30 beats per minute faster than normal. It pounds after I eat stuff…even very small meals. It’s fast when I wake up and when I try to exercise. It is very difficult to live with this and I […]

  • Raw Food

    • Hearty Oats With Nuts & Raisins

      Ingredients: 4 pears (1 cup of juice) 1 cup of water 1 cup of rolled oats 1 banana, sliced 1/4 cup of raisins 1/4 cup of chopped unsalted black walnuts 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract dash of ground cinnamon Juice the pears. Set aside 1 cup of juice. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the water […]

  • Recipes

    • Pesto Bread

      Pesto: Fresh Basil (about three bunches, remove the big stems) 3 or 4 garlic cloves Salt and pepper (To taste) Olive oil (enough to make a paste) Grated Romano cheese (about a cup) Blend in a food processor Spread the pesto on slices of warf style sourdough bread. Place on cooking sheets and bake at […]

  • Science

    • Does frost fall from the sky?

      Does frost fall from the sky?

      “In Chicago . . . my car windshield is often covered with frost first thing in the morning . . . but no frost accumulates if I leave the car under a carport or in the garage. So it seems that the frost must fall from the sky yet there’s nothing perceptible that’s falling. Does […]

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    • Folic acid alerts

      I have been taking large amounts of Folic Acid (up to 10 mg a day). Recently, I read that high doses of Folic Acid can cause nerve damage. Yet, I was told that the recommended daily allowance was not enough. Am I taking a dangerous amount? Folic acid supplementation should always include vitamin B12 supplementation […]

  • Walking Tips

    • Foot Cramps and Circulation Problems

      When walking causes foot cramps I’ve been walking for two weeks now and I am having problems with my feet! I find that they fall asleep and when I try to walk over 3.5 mph they have severe cramps. What’s wrong? I don’t know what’s wrong, but I would suggest several things. Check your shoe […]

  • Weight Loss & Fitness

    • Taking precautions during cold-weather walking

      Cold days are here. Do you know the best ways to exercise and stay safe? For most people, it actually may be safer to exercise outside in cooler temperatures than on hot, humid days. Your body heats up as you walk, so in warm weather you’re getting a double dose of heat. In cold weather, […]

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