• About food

    • Should You Eat Olestra?

      Should You Eat Olestra?

      Should you eat potato chips made with olestra, the new fat substitute with zero fat and calories? Here’s my bottom-line advice: only in small quantities, only once in a while, and only if you really, really want to. True, snacks made with olestra (brand name Olean) are much lower in fat and calories than regular […]

  • Acupuncture

    • Acupuncture – The Channels and Points

      The Channels and Points The term meridian, though widely used, is misleading; ‘channel’ is a better translation of the Chinese term (ching), since the idea is that there are subtle vessels running throughout the body to connect the organs and carry chi. Diagrams of the channels represent them as if they were lying on the […]

  • Ancient

    • Overview - The Geology of Eastern New York

      Overview – The Geology of Eastern New York

      The theories of continental drift and plate tectonics tell us that the position of continents as we observe them today is a rather recent phenomenon. The continents have moved across the face of the globe for most of the Earth’s history, and the evidence for that movement and its effects are seen in the rock […]

  • Astrology

    • Life Cycle Elixirs or Planetary Elixirs

      Life Cycle Elixirs (also called Planetary Elixirs) have been made for profound changes that occur in various cycles during our lives. They have been specifically formulated to help us through those trying times in a way that is deeply profound and causes us to see the hidden meaning and depth behind these changes. In most […]

  • 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

    • Epsom Salts

      Few could argue with the soothing effects of a nice, warm bath. And when you add epsom salts, a warm bath just might be even better. What some experts say about epsom salts. How does soaking in epsom salts work to soothe sore muscles? After a hard day’s work, you might enjoy kicking back and soaking […]

  • Gardening

    • Seedling Care – Fluorescent Lights

      Cool White Bulbs (what I use): I use multiple 40 watt 4 foot cool white fluorescent bulbs to light my seedlings. The bulbs cost less than $1.00 each. The fixture to run them is ordinary cheap 2 bulb shop light fixtures that can be found for less than 10 dollars. Because I start 400 plants […]

  • Gym Shorts

    • Getting back in shape after an injury

      Last month, I broke my ankle. The cast is coming off in two weeks. How can I get back in shape without putting too much stress on my ankle? I’ve lost a lot of muscle tone. Ankle injuries can be tricky, and if you don’t rehabilitate your ankle properly, you may be more likely to […]

  • Health Conditions

    • Feeling lousy after flu shots

      I had my first flu shot a few days ago and have felt lousy ever since. Why? Unpleasant reactions to flu shots are quite common. Basically, you have been exposed to a foreign viral substance similar to that you are exposed to when you get the real flu. You feel ill because your immune system […]

  • Healthy Life

    • Citrus Juice May Fight Breast Cancer

      Every glass of citrus juice we drink may strike a blow against breast cancer, suggests a new study at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Researchers gave mice either double-strength orange or grapefruit juice or plain drinking water. After the mice were injected with human breast-cancer cells, the juice groups got 50% fewer tumors, […]

  • Herbs and Botanical Extracts

    • CALENDULA soothing and antiseptic qualities

      Parts Used: Flowers Function: Calendula flowers are most commonly used for their soothing and antiseptic qualities and are also beneficial as an anti-inflammatory. Uses: * Stimulates the healing of wounds and soothes pain * Constricts blood vessels to sop bleeding * Is beneficial for various skin diseases such as eczema, skin ulceration, acne and burns […]

  • Life and Nature

    • 20th Century achievements: a list of 26 science landmarks

      20th Century achievements: a list of 26 science landmarks

      The End of Science? One last thought on scientific progress: could scientists someday work themselves out of a job? Science seems to progress at such a great pace. And that pace seems to be steadily accelerating. Isn’t it possible that someday we’ll know everything we could possibly want or need to know? A hundred years […]

  • Lifestyle

    • Aren’t Animals Here For Us to Eat?

      Animals are not here for us to eat. True, they are not as intelligent as humans, but does this mean that humans should exploit them? Or rather, should humans take care of them, just as they should take care of the Earth? Animals are sentient beings. They feel and experience emotions, pain, and suffering. If […]

  • Medical Folklore


      History Assyrian/Babylonian medicine developed in Mesopotamia from 3000 B.C. to 1648 B.C. The Babylonian doctors operated within a culture that believed in fearsome gods who used illness to punish people for their sins. These gods included Nergal, god of plagues, Namtaru, the sick-maker, Ashaku, fever demon, and Pazuzu, demon of sickness. The gods were capricious […]

  • Moms and kids

    • When to expect the first tooth

      My child is nearly 11 months old and has yet to have his first tooth. He eats Stage Three baby foods and many table foods. He “gums” bread and crackers. My mother tells me that I didn’t get a tooth until I was a year old but I am still concerned. Should I be? The […]

  • Mystic and Mysteries

    • Ghost Busters: Implants

      Due to the fact that we exist on many different dimensions, having a number of different bodies, it is more than possible that we are being influenced by these dimensions and the beings that dwell in them, more than we realize. How could this occur ? If there is a break or lack of integrity […]

  • Natural Food

    • Mustard in traditional medicine

      Since antiquity, the black mustard and white mustard plants are known as being good especially in the Mediterranean part. At first they were using primarily as a vegetable, replacing successfully the spinach. Black mustard has entered among the herbs only for several centuries. It was recognized as an oil plant, from the plants being extracted […]

  • Natural Lifestyle

    • Brazil: Land of so Much Food Variety

      With the rice and beans, the traditional Brazilian diet also included vegetables – – all kinds, including kohlbi, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and greens. Tofu is also a regular part of the Brazilian diet. “We are now in the fifth generation of Japanese immigrants and in Brazil, tofu is very much widely accepted”, says Sandra. There […]

  • Natural Remedies

    • Kidney disease & hypertension

      Q: My husband has recently been diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy (kidney disease). He is eventually going to need to have a kidney transplant. His creatinine, bun, hematocrit, etc. are all high or low. Does anyone have have information on herbs/vitamins that could help? A1: One of the best, and safest, kidney tonics is nettle leaf. I either […]

  • Raw Food

    • Raw Food Recipes – Cream cheese

      Cream cheese with green angelica Ingredients: 150 g angelica leaves, nettles 50 g, 250 g of fresh cow cheese, a large water onion, 1 bunch of parsley, dill, 10-15 black olives, 1 teaspoon of powder of herbs and spices, a teaspoon of powder of pollen, 8-10 slices of bread, 50 g butter, bran. Preparation: finely […]

  • Recipes


      Rose petals embedded in ice cubes will give a festive note to any punch bowl. Fill an ice-cube tray halfway with water and freeze it. Place a rose petal on each cube, anchor with a teaspoon of water and freeze again. Then fill completely with water, and freeze until needed. So this special cubes will […]

  • 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

    • SELENIUM powerful antioxidant that prevents the oxidation of fats

      Function Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that prevents the oxidation of fats, which can lead to atherosclerosis. It works synergistically with vitamin E in its antioxidant role protecting the immune system from damage caused by free radicals and to produce antibodies. Selenium helps to maintain a healthy, elastic skin and supports the health of the […]

  • Walking Tips

    • New Athletic Shoes That Give You Blister

      I recently purchased a new pair of walking shoes. I like them, but there is one problem – I have blisters. Can I correct the problem by using insoles or thicker socks? I read that the best socks are those with a little wool for wicking moisture away from the skin. Any comments? It’s hard […]

  • Weight Loss & Fitness

    • Preparing your body for a marathon

      Q: I will be doing a three-day, 55-mile walk in October to benefit breast cancer. I’m currently walking about an hour a day. Can you offer any suggestions for preparing to walk such a long distance? A: It sounds like you’ll be walking about 18 miles each day. Depending on how fast you walk that comes […]

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