• About food

    • pannerone cheese

      Pannerone cheese

      Production area: in Lombardy area and particularly in Lodi. It has a straw-colored pasta, slightly pitted, with not too intense aroma and a very maerked flavor and characteristic. It contains a fat content of about 56%. Ripens at the end of 7 days and can be consumed between day 8 and the second month, after […]

  • Acupuncture

    • TENS for pain relief

      Although transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is not strictly speaking acupuncture, there is a good deal of overlapping with acupuncture and probably some common ground in the ways they work. TENS is primarily used for the relief of pain although it can be used in other circumstances also. TENS machines put out pulsed current at […]

  • Ancient


      The venerable Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, performing his study in the deep Prajnaparamita (perfection of wisdom), thought thus :”There are the five Skandhas, and these he considered as by their nature empty (phenomenal)”. “O Sariputra,he said,” form here is emptiness,and emptiness indeed is form. Emptiness is not different from form, form is not different from emptines. What […]

  • Astrology

    • The History of the Leonid Storms

      Leonid meteors have been observed for over a thousand years, and sometimes this shower does produce storms. Arab astronomers mention a prominent display in 902 A.D., and the German naturalist Baron von Humboldt wrote in 1799 that meteors from the constellation Leo fell “like snowflakes” from the sky. On November 17, 1833, however, something extraordinary […]

  • Beverages

    • italian wine styles

      Italian Wine Styles

      Red or Rosso Rosso is Italian for “red.” According to DOC law, Rosso indicates the wine was made from specific, approved grapes. This varies from zone to zone. White or Bianco Bianco is Italian for “white.” According to DOC law, Bianco indicates that the wine was made from specific, approved grapes. This varies from zone […]

  • 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

    • The frequency of lunar and solar eclipses

      The frequency of lunar and solar eclipses

      Lunar eclipses take place at full moon — when the Earth goes between the moon and sun, and Earth’s shadow falls on the moon. We talk about the frequency of lunar and solar eclipses. A reader writes, “Several of my students asked me questions like, ‘Why isn’t there a lunar eclipse during every full moon, […]

  • Gardening

    • Apple Varieties

      John Chapman was the real name of Johnny Appleseed. In the early 1800′s, from western Pennsylvania through Ohio and into Indiana he planted what was literally a boat load of apple seeds. Where is someone like that when you need a good Secretary of Agriculture? Fortunately, the question of what varieties of apples can be […]

  • Gym Shorts

    • Running shoes for weak arches and achy shins

      What are good running shoes for a female with poor arches and achy shins? I am currently wearing Nike Air Pegasus with an insole, which has helped my arch problem but not my shins. Any suggestions? No two feet are alike – including your own. That makes it difficult to recommend shoes. What feels great […]

  • Health Conditions

    • diabetes

      DIABETES causes, symptoms and treatments

      Description * Diabetes is a disease in which there is too much glucose in the blood. There are several types of diabetes including the two major types: – Diabetes mellitus – type 1 diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes. Accounts for about ten percent of diabetes cases and occurs mostly in children. Type 1 diabetes occurs […]

  • Healthy Life

    • Smoking tied to impotence after prostate cancer treatment

      SAN ANTONIO (Reuters Health) — Smoking increases the risk of impotence in patients who receive radiation treatment for prostate cancer, according to a report from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “A history of current or past tobacco use impacted significantly on the potency rate,” Dr. James C. Wurzer said during his presentation […]

  • Herbs and Botanical Extracts


      Parts Used: Berries. Function: Saw palmetto has diuretic and antiseptic properties. Uses: Saw palmetto is used for cystitis, benign prostate enlargement (BPH), coughs, asthma, colds, congestion and poor appetite. Guidelines: 320 mg daily of saw palmetto extract in capsule form is used for BPH, otherwise use according to label instructions. Interactions: Always seek advice from […]

  • Life and Nature

    • Biofilms with Bill Costerton

      Bacteria that invade our bodies can do some surprising things — they form complex communities and talk to each other with chemical signals. Today — a scientist who’s using that information to develop new ways to fight back. Bacteria cause many chronic illnesses in humans — from children’s earaches to cystic fibrosis. New kinds of […]

  • Lifestyle

    • Gelatin Alert!

      If candies are chewy, wobbly or elastic, it’s usually because of the presence of partially hydrolyzed protein called collagen. In simple English, gelatin. A friend of mine really loved to eat these colorful, wobbly, chewy and strange-looking candies. She called them different names, according to their shape and color. I was with her once when […]

  • Medical Folklore

    • Theory of the Four Humors

      Abstract The Theory of the Four Humors centers around the belief that the body is made up of four fluids: blood, phlegm, yellow bile (or choler) and black bile. The proportions of these fluids dictated the health and disposition or temperament of a person. This theory evolved further to include major organs, seasons, elements and […]

  • Moms and kids

    • Toddler speech development

      Toddler speech development Both my neighbor and I have 18-month-old babies, but her baby speaks more words and enunciates them better than my baby does. My doctor told me not to worry, that my baby doesn’t have a hearing problem and he’s developing normally. Could my neighbor’s baby really be so advanced? In a word: […]

  • Mystic and Mysteries

    • China’s snow man

      A Chinese scientific expedition will set off this month on a search for human-like ape-men in remote mountain areas of central China, the Xinhua news agency said Wednesday. The scientists hope to capture one of the creatures — dubbed China’s “Big Foot” — or at least find evidence to prove its existence, the agency said. […]

  • Natural Food

    • Peru: Inca Health food vs. Creole Cuisine

      Today, the daily life of the Indians in the highlands of Peru and some other neighboring countries (such as North Chile, Bolivia, South Colombia and Ecuador) has remained very much the same through the centuries. “As far as traditional diet, the Inca heritage is still evident today”, says our friend. The highland Indians’ diet still […]

  • Natural Lifestyle

    • Vegetarianism Around The Globe: TAHITI

      “If you eat the native Tahitian food, you will not have diseases like the ones that are very common today. A Vegetarian diet is far better than a meat diet.” Nobody knows the origin of the people of Tahiti. One theory holds that the original Tahitians came from Peru. Another theory holds that they came […]

  • 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 Amaranth

      Ingredients: 1/2 cup amaranth 1 1/4 cups filtered water 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup silken tofu 1 palmful cashews 1 palmful raisins 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 2 tablespoons protein powder How to prepare: 1. Bring amaranth and salted water to a boil. Lower heat and cook covered until tender, about 25 minutes. Let […]

  • Recipes

    • French Twist – Skinny Pretzels

      Pretzels and ballpark-style mustard (the bright yellow stuff) are like Martin and Lewis – a fantastic team, but not necessarily for life. Sometimes change is good! So pop a frozen, nonfat frozen pretzel in the microwave for 30 seconds, then shred about a teaspoon of Parmesan cheese over all those brown bumps and swirls. Back […]

  • Science

    • Cool Sounds

      Most modern refrigerators use chemicals called Hydro-Chloroflurocarbons — or HCFCs. If these chemicals leak into the air, they act as greenhouse gases. They’re thousands of times better at holding in heat than carbon dioxide. That’s why scientists at Penn State University are developing more environmentally friendly refrigerators. Instead of using HCFC’s, the new fridges use […]

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    • MAGNESIUM ensure smooth transmission of impulses

      Function Magnesium is used by the body to ensure smooth transmission of nerve and muscle impulses, protects the arterial linings from damage, is used as a catalyst for enzymes such as those involved in the production of energy, helps to build bone tissue and is used in the metabolism of carbohydrates and minerals. Magnesium is […]

  • 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

    • Winter workout motivation

      Q: Finding the energy to exercise is getting more difficult as the days get darker and colder. Do you have any suggestions on how to jump-start my workouts despite the dreary weather? A: You’re definitely not alone. The attraction to the couch just seems to increase as the temperature drops. Not to mention all the yummy holiday […]

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