• About food

    • What do we know about maize

      It is one of Europe’s purchases of the New World. It is used long before the potato and tomato, substituting ingredients that already existed for the preparation of “polenta” and especially the buckwheat, which was almost identified with and from which came the name “turkish wheat.” The Mayas, Aztecs and the Incas ate corn that […]

  • Acupuncture

    • Non-pain uses of TENS

      TENS can be used to relax spastic limbs in multiple sclerosis. The electrodes are placed over the femoral or sciatic nerves. For some unexplained reason it does not seem to work in spasticity from other causes. Prof. Kaada, a Finnish neurologist, has described the use of TENS to increase the peripheral circulation to treat ulcers […]

  • Ancient

    • Egyptian Stonehenge predates the pyramids

      Egyptian Stonehenge predates the pyramids

      Some 20 years ago, in the Egyptian desert about 100 kilometers west of Abu Simbel, Fred Wendorf noticed a group of large stones on the site of an ancient lake bed. Reasoning by their appearance that they must have been brought there at some time in the past, he began excavations. What he uncovered was […]

  • Astrology

    • Meteor Trails

      Meteor Trails

      Dust particles left behind by comets crash into Earth’s atmosphere and heat up due to friction with the air. That’s when they become glowing meteors. At what altitude do meteors become incandescent? Meteors are dust particles from space. They become incandescent — or glow — almost as soon as they hit Earth’s atmosphere. Some meteors such […]

  • Beverages

    • Vanilla Extract

      I’m presently making my own vanilla – do not know if you can use brandy. I used 2 cups of SKY vodka* and a vanilla bean. I put both into a jar, covered and let steep. After 5 weeks, I added another vanilla bean. It seems to be just fine – a bit weak at […]

  • Botany

    • Algae: What properties are exploited?

      Indigestibility: Many kelps are largely indigestible. Inert material for delivery of medicinals. Inertness: Diatom fossils used embalming compounds, enamel polishes. Diatomaceous bricks ordered by Emperor Justinian to build the dome of the church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul in AD 532. Reduces glossiness in paint. Adsorption: Diatom fossils (Bacillariophyceae Limestone – diatomaceous earth) used to […]

  • Earth secrets

    • What is a “glory?”

      How does the bright ‘rainbow appearing’ ring that appears with of a shadow of a large jet form on the clouds below? That colored ring is called a glory. Glories are commonly seen while you’re traveling by airplane near the level of the clouds. To see one, you need to be sitting so that the […]

  • Gardening

    • Integrated Pest Management: Tips for April

      Check hemlocks weekly for woolly adelgid hatchlings. To spot the small insects, tap a branch sharply over a piece of white paper. You will see the small, brown, oval adelgids moving slowly on the paper if they are present. Chart the number of crawlers you see each week and spray infested trees with horticultural oil […]

  • Gym Shorts

    • Take the ache out of weight lifting

      Weight training and joint pain I’ve been doing biceps curls with a 3-pound dumbbell, and now my right elbow is hurting. What should I do? It is great to hear that you’re training with weights. Unfortunately, some moves may stress joints more in certain people. For example, I get pain in my elbow joint if […]

  • Health Conditions

    • Migraine Headache

      Dealing With a Migraine Headache

      Though you may never have experienced a migraine headache, it’s likely you have heard from others about the terrible pain and discomfort they cause. If you become oversensitive to light and sound, you may have a migraine. Migraine Headache Symptoms extreme throbbing pain, often starting on one side of the head nausea and vomiting visual […]

  • Healthy Life

    • Raising Healthy Veggie Kids

      Claire, a dear family friend and neophyte vegetarian with 2 non-vegetarian children aged 12 and 13 years, brings home for them some of the commercial meatless barbeque I buy, every chance she gets. One day, we went shopping at the Vegetarian Grocery. There, she feasted on the wild varieties of shrimpless shrimps, fishless fish, squidless […]

  • Herbs and Botanical Extracts

    • Use Basil to banish the fatigue and protect the house

      In the tradition of the people’s, many medicinal plants are used both for the protection of people and homes and animals. Tilia, willow, basil, mistletoe or fir branches, all keep caught in Crowns to icons, on the threshold of top of the house or gates. Some of these herbs were used by the witches in the performance […]

  • Life and Nature

    • Brain Mapping

      If you spread out your brain’s cerebral cortex, it’d be the size of a large pizza. It fits in your skull because it’s crumpled up. And your brain’s pattern of folds is more individual than your fingerprints. The main structure of your brain is called your cerebral cortex . . . And you use different […]

  • 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

    • Gods of Sickness and Healing

      A multicultural list Aesculapius – Greek god of healing Agni – Vedic god who caused fever Ashakku – Babylonian demon of fever Eshu Elegba – African trickster god, source of witches’ power to cause sickness Imhotep – Egyptian god of healing Innana – Babylonian goddess of fertility Mata – Northern Indian goddess who causes smallpox […]

  • 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

    • Ghost Busters: Energy Cords

      Energy cords are like umbilical cords, except they exist on different energetic and dimensional planes. They can be very thin, or very thick, and can appear as very light or very dark streamers coming out of your energy fields/bodies. They can be superficially hooked onto you (there is a deeper reason why they call prostitutes […]

  • Natural Food

    • Garlic-Roasted Salmon That's Easy, Healthy and Delicious

      If you’ve been avoiding fish because it seems like a hassle to cook, or because you’re accustomed to the fatty, breaded variety, take salmon to heart. Your heart will thank you for it. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are widely hailed for their potential to lower the risk of heart attack and […]

  • Natural Lifestyle

    • Peru: Land Of Contrasts

      Peru is sometimes considered a land of great extremes, a land of great contrasts. For example, the climate is very hot in one part and very cold in another part. The landscape ranges from the snow-capped Andes Mountains to steaming jungles on the western foothills; from thick, green forests to dry, rugged desert along the […]

  • Natural Remedies

    • What are and how can be used poultices?

      Poultices are soft consistency preparations obtained from plants sprayed and mixed with water to obtain a paste. The final product is put between two thin strips of cloth, to be more easily applied and removed. The paste obtained must not be neither too soft nor too hard. When it is applied on the affected place […]

  • 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

    • Pasta: dieter's friend or foe?

      Q: I recently ate at a restaurant that offers a low-fat pasta primavera with a lemon-flavored sauce. It was delightful! How would I recreate this sauce? When I experiment, it turns out too thin and bland. I am trying to avoid the fatty cream sauces and eat a healthful diet. A: Whenever I scan a restaurant menu […]

  • Science

    • Satellites and Disease

      On the use of satellites orbiting Earth in helping to stop the spread of disease. For example, malaria is carried by a certain kind of mosquito. Nearly two million people, mostly children, die of this disease every year. And about 90% of cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Epidemiologists are now using satellite data […]

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    • Nutritional Supplement - Chromium - Which is better for the body?

      Nutritional Supplement – Chromium – Which is better for the body?

      I am interested in, first, signing up when you offer subscriptions, and second, finding out about the confusing marketing hype over such nutritional supplement as METrx, Chromium Picolinate, Creatine, Thermogenics”, L-Glutamine, Whey vs. Egg protein (which is better for the body?), etc. I ask this because I work out 5-6 times a week, using a […]

  • Walking Tips

    • Do Fast Tracks and Airwalkers Measure Up?

      How do airwalkers and fast tracks rate? What do you think of Fast Tracks and Airwalkers as part of a walking program? I have both and also walk four miles 4 to 5 days a week, but I’m still not losing any weight. How long would I have to work out on these walking machines […]

  • Weight Loss & Fitness

    • Hunger – Curbing Bean Salad

      High fiber fills you up Long-term energy Quick and easy one-dish meal Intense flavor satisfies your tastebuds Salad ½ c. canned black beans (drain and rinse before measuring) ½ c. canned red kidney beans (drain and rinse before measuring) 1 c. frozen cut green beans, thawed ¼ c. chopped green onion ¼ c. chopped red […]

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