• About food

    • Be Smart About Eggs

      Is there room for eggs in a healthy diet? You bet your frittata there is! Even the American Heart Association says that three or four eggs a week are permissible. The main objection most people have to whole eggs is the cholesterol content (about 213 mg. in a large egg). A secondary concern is the […]

  • Acupuncture

    • Yin and Yang

      Yin and Yang

      Yin-yang polarity is at the core of TCM. The terms yin and yang are impossible to translate. Originally yang meant the sunny side of a slope or the north bank of a river, while yin meant the shady side of a slope or the south bank of a river. These meanings were later extended to […]

  • Ancient

    • Buddhist iconography

      Buddhist iconography

      In Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist deities are divided into four principal gropes:NYORAI,BOSATSU,TEMBU,AND MYOO.Each group has a specific vocabulary of costume, stance, and symbolic gesture represented in paintings and sculpture, and individual deities within each group have additional identifying attributes. A nyorai is a Buddha and is generally shown in plain monk’s raiment,without decoration.Among the nyorai are […]

  • Astrology

    • What causes a lunar halo?

      What causes a lunar halo?

      “I saw the moon . . . and way out away from it there was what seemed to be a perfect circle of light. What might have caused that lunar halo?” Well, we get a lot of reports of these sorts of observations — halos around both the sun and the moon. They form when […]

  • Beverages

    • Hababeri Sherry

      The habanero pepper is 30-50 times hotter than a jalapeno. The flavor, if you can get past the heat, is fruity and distinctive. This “cooking sherry” brings forth the flavor and reduces the incendiary impact to provide a delicious seasoning. 1 bottle sherry 1 fresh habanero pepper The selection of sherry is important. Christian Brothers Golden Sherry or Hartly & […]

  • Botany

    • HERBS FOR KIDS

      HERBS FOR KIDS

      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

    • Sea Level Rising

      The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that — on average, in the past century — sea level rose 10 to 25 centimeters — that’s 4 to 10 inches. Scientists agree that sea level has been rising since Earth’s climate began to warm at the end of the last ice age. But the rate of sea […]

  • Gardening

    • HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A KING PROTEA?

      HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A KING PROTEA?

      On the inside is a good place to be as the weather cools and skies turn gray. Specifically, on the inside at the National Arboretum where a huge display of some of the most fascinating flowers in the world are on show (free) now through November 16, 9 am to 4:30 pm, seven days a […]

  • Gym Shorts

    • Build arm muscles after carpal tunnel

      I love to exercise, but I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome since an auto accident. I’d like to build the muscles in my arms. What exercises can I do safely? Before doing any arm exercises, check with your doctor to make sure that you don’t have a more serious problem. Also, ask her if it […]

  • Health Conditions

    • allergi conjunctivitis

      Allergic Conjunctivitis Symptoms and Solutions

      Allergies to grass pollen, house dust, mold or cosmetics result in the following symptoms: itching eyes burning and watery eyes swelling of the tissues around the eyes runny nose and sneezing Treating Allergic Conjunctivitis Apply a cold, damp washcloth to the eyes to relieve itching and reduce swelling. Try over-the-counter allergy eyedrops or pills to […]

  • Healthy Life

    • Eat Well: Drink Alcohol Wisely

      Drinking alcoholic beverages is not taboo. In fact, alcohol in moderation may have some health benefits. The key word here is “moderation.” Medical experts say women — who metabolize alcohol differently than do men — should have no more than one drink a day. And men should have no more than two drinks a day. […]

  • Herbs and Botanical Extracts

    • ROSE used for women’s problems

      Parts Used: Petals and fruit. Uses: * Traditionally essential oil of the rose was used for women’s problems, especially irregular menstrual cycles, heavy menstruation, depression, grief, post-natal depression and sadness. Rose oil was widely used in perfumes and cosmetics, however due to its price, it is now often replaced with synthetic rose fragrance. * Rose […]

  • Life and Nature

    • Big Bend National Park

      Big Bend National Park

      The full moon rises high and clear over the Chihuahuan Desert. It’s autumn in the late 1700s. A couple of centuries from now—at the end of the 20th Century—the full moon at this time of year will bear the benign name Harvest Moon. But, in the 1700s, the inhabitants of northern Mexico call this the […]

  • Lifestyle

    • Aging Skin: Blast To The Past

      INTRODUCTION There’s a new weapon in the arsenal against aging. In the last few years, doctors have developed lots of techniques to help us look younger than our age. Now as Dr. Dean Edell reports, the latest wrinkle involves a blast of sand. DEAN EDELL, M.D. “One look in the mirror and many of us […]

  • 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

    • Calcium for lactose intolerant kids

      My two-year-old daughter vomits and has diarrhea every time I give her milk to drink. She eats cheese and splurges on ice cream. This does absolutely nothing to her. Is there a chance someone can be lactose intolerant to milk, but not milk products? Your observation is a good one! Many children who are intolerant […]

  • Mystic and Mysteries

    • Search for a frozen killer, Part I

      Search for a frozen killer, Part I

      In 1918, the Spanish flu swept across the globe. The first victim died in the spring of 1918, then thousands more in the fall and winter. Soon, doctors all over the world were battling a highly contagious, lethal flu. It hit hard and fast. Schools and public places were closed. Many made vain attempts to […]

  • Natural Food

    • Sprouts: The Perfect Winter Vegetable

      I defy winter behind the tomato soup cans in my pantry. The sprouts hidden away in my kitchen are full of life even when cold weather brings my vegetable garden to a halt. Grown indoors, at room temperature, in the dark, sprouts grow no matter what winter brings. Sprouts, edible seedlings, are usually grown from […]

  • Natural Lifestyle

    • Should you try a supplement?

      Cholesterol-reducing supplements could be worth a try in the following situations: 1. You have borderline-high cholesterol (total cholesterol 200 to 240 or LDL cholesterol 130 to 160) but no known heart disease. “For people with cholesterol between 200 and 240 who’ve tried diet and exercise already, these supplements are a logical alternative,” says David Heber, […]

  • Natural Remedies

    • Grummar for diabet

      Q: Has anyone heard of an herb called Grummar or something like that? Someone I work with heard it is effective for controlling blood sugar, both in diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Any info would be helpful. A: Gurmar (gur = sugar mar = killer) is an Ayurvedic herb also known as Gymneme sylvestre. It contains […]

  • 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

    • TERIYAKI TEMPEH

      Tempeh is a delicious food made from soybeans. Other grains are often included, and a culture similar to acidophilus is added. A nutritious mold binds the beans and grains and the result is a very high-protein food. Down to Earth sells many different varieties of tempeh. Basic tempeh: 1 pkg. tempeh of your choice 3 […]

  • Science

    • Minimum mass to hold an astronaut in orbit?

      “How little mass could an object in space have and still hold an astronaut in orbit around itself?” We put your question to scientists who plan space missions to the asteroids, our solar system’s least massive worlds. They said that any two bodies in isolation can orbit each other because bodies with mass attract each […]

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    • POTASSIUM for normal muscle and nerve tissue function

      Function Potassium is used by the body for normal muscle and nerve tissue function, including normal heartbeat. Potassium helps to control the body’s water balance, blood pressure and the transfer of nutrients into cells.) Natural Sources Potatoes, whole grains, cheese, blackstrap molasses, avocado, garlic, bananas, milk, yogurt, legumes, figs, raisins, nuts, yams, brewers and torula […]

  • Walking Tips

    • Pace for the vertically challenged

      Setting a pace with a taller (or shorter) partner This has driven me crazy for years. A walking speed of 4 miles per hour is considered a great workout speed for most walkers. But, at 4 miles per hour on our treadmill, my husband is taking a nice slow stride, while at the same speed I’m […]

  • 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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