• About food

    • Rice used in rituals of marriage and birth

      Since a long time ago rice has been intricately interwoven with culture, food and economy in many countries. The Kachins of Northern Myanmar (Burma) are said to have been sent forth from the Earth’s center and given rice seeds, then guided to a beautiful country of perfection where rice grew well. Rice is also part […]

  • Acupuncture

    • The effects of acupuncture

      Once the needle is inserted a number of things may happen. The effects of acupuncture are well known and applied nowadays. Local effects of acupuncture You may feel a resistance to twirling the needle. What produces this effect is not known, but it is a common finding and is sometimes called ‘muscle grasp’. It can […]

  • Ancient

    • The Piltdown Forgery

      The Piltdown Forgery

      The Question of Human Origins What does it mean to be human? What makes us different from the rest of the animals on this planet? Are we humans really just highly evolved apes? These questions have dogged us humans since we were first aware of ourselves as somehow unique from other animals. In 1859, an […]

  • Astrology

    • Astrobiology Grant

      Researchers are competing for grants in a relatively new field — astrobiology. We’ll talk with the head of one team that plans to search for life in some harsh places — deep in caves and up in the clouds . If you were going to build a house, or start a business, you wouldn’t do […]

  • Beverages


      “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James, “The Portrait of a Lady” The tea manking it usually it’s an opportunity for a ritual in our lives, a ritual meaning that we need to release ourself and observe our reactions when we […]

  • Botany



      Phytotherapy in Paediatrics by Heinz Schilcher Natural Healing for babies and Children by Aviva Jill Romm Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants by Mary Bove There are (at least) two things going on here. One is quite simply information about how herbs can be used in children’s healthcare. But when taken together these […]

  • Earth secrets

    • Some thoughts on the road to hibernation in space

      Have you ever dreamed of visiting a planet circling another star? The trip might take so long that you’d need to undergo some form of hibernation. Someday, humans might travel to planets around other stars. But such a trip might take longer than a human lifetime. One solution might be to put astronauts into cold hibernation […]

  • Gardening

    • Burdock produce spiny great seedheads

      I’ll also be deliberately growing burdock this year. I grew burdock once deliberately years ago then, never having seen it grow before, assumed it was a particularly tough weed and kept hoiking it out year after year — once burdock seeds it can be very hard to get rid of. Then, suddenly, last year I […]

  • Gym Shorts

    • Walking on treadmills vs. the sidewalk

      Are treadmills better than the sidewalk? I have been an avid walker for about 4 years now and I enjoy it. In the winter I use a treadmill, and I wonder if the impact on my joints is harder on a treadmill, or when I am out walking in my neighborhood? Actually, it depends on […]

  • Health Conditions


      Description * There are several types of hair loss or alopecia including: Androgenetic alopecia – male pattern baldness, the most common form of alopecia. Alopecia areata – where hair falls out in patches. Alopecia totalis – the loss of scalp hair. Alopecia universalis – the complete loss of all body hair. Causes * It is […]

  • Healthy Life

    • Caring for a Colicky Baby

      Caring for a Colicky Baby

      Colic is not a disease, nor a digestive disorder. It’s defined by crying – hours of inconsolable crying. Generally speaking, a baby with colic is one who cries virtually non-stop for three or more hours each day. A colicky baby typically will cry this way at least three days a week, often at the same […]

  • Herbs and Botanical Extracts

    • KELP for obesity, ulcers, constipation and thyroid problems

      Parts Used: Seaweed leaves. Function: Kelp is high in vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Uses: Kelp is used for a wide variety of conditions including obesity, ulcers, constipation and thyroid problems. Due to the high vitamin and mineral content of kelp, it is of great benefit to the brain and nerve tissue of the spinal […]

  • Life and Nature

    • Monarchs - The Great Migration

      Monarchs – The Great Migration

      The fourth and final generation of Monarchs for the year emerge from their pupae around late summer. External natural cues, perhaps the waning length of the day and cooler temperatures, cause a change in their bodies; their reproductive organs are immature, they are in a state of reproductive diapause. Unlike their parents that lived for […]

  • Lifestyle

    • Isn't Meat One of the Major Food Groups?

      For lions and tigers and bears, perhaps. But humans are not biologically built to eat animal flesh- not with our soft fingernails or teeth, and most certainly not with our long digestive tracts. In fact, animal flesh contains so much indigestible protein and so little fiber that humans have great difficulty expelling animal flesh from […]

  • Medical Folklore


      Agave - leaves were used by the Aztecs to cure dysentery. Alder [Alnus] – used as an astringent on wounds by many tribes. Also used against cramps by the Penobscot and for ague by the Onondaga. Alum Root - used for wounds and sores by many tribes. The Menominee used it for diarrhea. Angelica [Angelica atropurpurea] – used by […]

  • Moms and kids

    • When should a child drink whole milk?

      At what age can my child start drinking whole milk? The ideal source of nutrition for healthy infants is human milk. Iron-fortified commercial infant formulas, created to closely resemble mother’s milk, are an acceptable alternative for mothers who cannot or choose not to breastfeed. Cow’s milk, while well-suited to calves, is not suited to infants; […]

  • Mystic and Mysteries

    • Modern City Found on Mars! NASA Database Yields Secrets!

      Modern City Found on Mars! NASA Database Yields Secrets!

      This article makes the argument, based on photographs from a NASA database and my own enlargements of those photographs, that there is a large modern city found on Mars. An additional, and not necessarily mutually exclusive, argument I make is that some of the photographs in the NASA Mars Viking database appear to have been […]

  • Natural Food

    • The "Buzz" in Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

      Ever wondered how much caffeine is in chocolate-covered coffee beans? A mere 10 pieces (about 1 oz.) contain 100 calories, but here’s how much caffeine they have, compared to other common foods:   ITEM AVERAGE CAFFEINE (MG) 10 dark-chocolate-covered arabica coffee beans (1 oz) 15 Brewed coffee (5 oz cup) 115 Diet Coke (12 oz […]

  • Natural Lifestyle

    • Vegetarianism Around The Globe: Venezuela

      In ancient times, these islands were the shelter for both the pirates and the explorers “, says our friend Maria Sabrina de Iturriaga, a 35-year-old manager of a small family-owned pasteleria (pastry shop) from Caracas (capital city). When they ran into a storm in the sea, here they took cover. Venezuela is located at the […]

  • Natural Remedies

    • What About a Prescription Drug?

      Taking a prescription drug instead of a supplement should be doctor’s orders for most people with high cholesterol and heart disease. Large studies now prove that cutting cholesterol quickly and dramatically with these medications reduces the risk of heart attack and death in such patients by 30% or more, says Anne Goldberg, MD, professor of […]

  • Raw Food

    • Cream of Rice With Peaches & Honey

      Ingredients: 3 peaches (3/4 cup of pulp) 1 1/2 cups of water 1 cup of unsweetened soymilk 1/3 cup of cream of brown rice cereal or farina 2 tablespoons of light-colored honey (clover, tupelo, or wildflower) 1/2 cup of chopped dates 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract dash of ground nutmeg Juice the peaches. Set aside […]

  • Recipes

    • Cannellini Bean Pate

      Cannellini Bean Pate

      Servings: 4 Preparation Time: 1:00 Categories: Cooking Class, Appetizers Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation 1 – 1/2 cups white beans canellini, dry 1 piece kelp (kombu) 1 tablespoon garlic roasted 1/4 teaspoon thyme 1/4 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Soak, change water and cook the beans. Save liquid for other stock needs. Process all ingredients. […]

  • Science

    • What happens if you break a magnet in half?

      If you break a magnet in half, will each piece still have a north and a south pole? Magnets do have north and south poles. For example, Earth’s magnetic poles currently lie close to the north and south geographic poles, around which the planet turns. Within a magnet, individual atoms carry their own north and […]

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    • What should we know about chromium

      • An essential mineral in extremely small concentrations; organic chromium is an active ingredient of a substance called GTF (glucose tolerance factor), with B3 and amino acids completing the formula. • Walter Mertz first discovered that chromium was a trace nutrient in 1955. • Chromium was determined to be essential for animals in 1959 by […]

  • Walking Tips

    • Walking with Plantar Fasciitis

      I’m frustrated. I have to lose 60 pounds. I’ve always fought my weight, but it’s been coming on faster the last ten years. I am 52 years old. I want to walk, but I have Plantar Fasciitis in both feet. I know it’s because I pronate, but I pronate because the excess weight changed my […]

  • Weight Loss & Fitness

    • Armand Tecco’s Evaluation and Plan for Jen

      Assessment Form for Jen First Name: Jen Gender: Female Age: 31 Height: 5 feet, 5 inches Weight: 150 pounds MEDICAL HISTORY 1. YES NO X Has your doctor ever said you have heart trouble? X Do you frequently have pains in your heart and chest? X Do you often feel faint or have spells of severe dizziness? X Has a […]

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