• About food

    • Boy, What A Lemon!

      This time of year, TV is loaded with commercials showing children coming in from the frozen tundra to the warm comfort of a hot, steaming bowl of soup. Well, soup is a “comfort” food, and it does warm you from the inside out – but it doesn’t PERK you up. Dark, cold gray days scream […]

  • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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: Cultivation, Harvest and Improvement

      Porphyra: Mastery of Porphyra life history led to selection at the gametophyte stage, followed by inducing spore release from mature fronds of high quality material by lowering temperature, increasing light levels or lengthening daylight hours. Spores germinate a bore into shells which are them used as “seeding” nets. Suspend nets in water from poles with […]

  • Earth secrets

    • Planet Hunting

      One of NASA’s next big space telescope projects could be an orbiter designed to search for planets as small as Earth orbiting other stars. Sometime around 2015, scientists want to launch a major space observatory on the scale of the Hubble Space Telescope. But it won’t be looking at stars. In fact, it’ll be designed to […]

  • Gardening

    • Saving Seeds – Selecting parent plants

      “Healthy soil produces healthy plants and healthy seeds.” So states Robert Johnston in Growing Garden Seeds. As founder of Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a thriving supplier of high-quality seeds in Maine, he should know. “When raising garden seeds, this healthy condition is potentially passed into future generations, improving the quality of the seed and, hence, the […]

  • Gym Shorts

    • Ab Toss Catch and curl

      Ab Toss Catch and Curl

      Pick up a ball for a new way to work your abdominal muscles. Here’s how to do the ab toss catch and curl correctly: Ab Toss Catch and Curl Lie on your back with your heels about three feet away from a solid wall and your knees slightly bent. While holding a medicine ball or […]

  • Health Conditions

    • Prostate Cancer

      Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

      The detection of prostate cancer has been revolutionized by the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. This test has enabled doctors to detect prostate cancer at a very early stage, even before symptoms occur. The prostate specific antigen is a small protein molecule produced by the glands of the prostate that normally joins the seminal fluid. […]

  • Healthy Life

    • Diet by the Book

      Atkins, Sears and Shapiro are right up there on the bestseller lists with authors Clancy, King and Steel. The popularity of diet books continues to soar, so we decided to check out a new one on the shelves: The Metabolic Typing Diet (Doubleday, 2000) by William L. Wolcott. Tester: Lori Davis, 41. “I exercise every […]

  • Herbs and Botanical Extracts


      Parts Used: Flower. Function: The active constituents in red clover are thought to reduce the risk of cancer, especially breast and prostate cancer. Red clover also contains many vitamins, especially B group vitamins. Uses: * Traditionally red clover was used for coughs, congestion, water retention, for skin conditions and as a tonic. * More recently […]

  • Life and Nature

    • The Gilboa Forest

      The Gilboa Forest

      Flash floods are hardly unheard of in the Catskills. Our mountains commonly stand in the way of weather patterns, forcing rising air masses to generate sudden thunderstorms. A heavy downpour, in the upper, narrower valleys of the higher Catskills, can quickly overwhelm the drainage system and raise the levels of the streams. Schoharie Creek has […]

  • Lifestyle

    • For designer Barbara Barry, the home is sanctuary

      For designer Barbara Barry, the home is sanctuary

      Barbara Barry stands behind her belief in the home as sanctuary, striving to create islands of calm through the interiors and home furnishings she designs. For Barbara Barry, being a “master of one’s domain” has become a personal mantra, one that grew out of her belief that the home is one of the few environments […]

  • Medical Folklore

    • Pre-Conquest Mexican medicine (2000 B.C. to 1521 A.D.)

      History Mexican medicine developed from approximately 2000 B.C. to 1521 A.D., the time of the Spanish conquest. Although the Spanish conquerors systematically destroyed the great Aztec libraries, making it difficult to identify exactly which practices came originally from which of the Mexican cultures, the Olmecs, Toltecs, and later the Zapotecs and their Mixtec conquerors are […]

  • Moms and kids

    • Weight loss for new moms

      My son is eight months old and I have been working out regularly for about two months. I started out with a body-shaping workout but switched to walking 20-30 minutes a day at my doctor’s recommendation. I try to avoid fat in my diet, but I don’t want to cut too much on my calorie […]

  • Mystic and Mysteries

    • The Real Jesus

      When I read the Bible, I understand the big picture. This is because I am willing to look closely at the details and interpret them with a twenty-first century mindset, not a 2000- to 4000-year-old one. The multitude of angels, lights, fire, clouds, and pillars from heaven that the authors thought so important to write […]

  • Natural Food

    • Broccoli raab

      Broccoli raab (Brassica rapa, subspecies parachinensis) resembles sparsely budded broccoli stalks and is related to the turnip. Although the bitter taste has never been a favorite in North American cuisine, this vegetable is often used in Italian or Chinese cooking as it adds an aggressive zest to pasta and potato dishes, or with spicy curries […]

  • Natural Lifestyle

    • Asian Traditional Food Diary: JAPAN

      “We sell our life in order to get more convenient life,” observes Norihiko, “Of course technology is helping us, but what is the use of technology if we die?” he questions. Journey with this mother-daughter team each week as they explore various vegetarian diets from all over the planet. By looking at the nutritional habits […]

  • Natural Remedies

    • MDs with muscle – Osteopathic Medicine

      If you’re basically comfortable with conventional care, but wish your physician relied a little less on prescription drugs and a little more on hands-on healing, a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) or osteopathy may be the way to go. Osteopathic physicians (osteopaths) graduate medical school, complete residencies and pass certification exams just like MDs. They […]

  • Raw Food

    • Cream of Spelt

      Ingredients: 1/2 cup spelt 1 1/4 cups filtered water 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup silken tofu 2 tablespoons Brazil nuts 1/4 fresh pineapple, diced 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 2 tablespoons protein powder 1. Bring spelt and salted water to a boil. cover and cook over low heat until tender, about 1 1/4 hours. […]

  • Recipes

    • Prepare your own smoked salmon

      Help! I presently have a large ½ salmon in my fridge. I want desperately to smoke it, but have no idea how to do it or what ingredients are needed. Can you help me? If ever you find yourself with a “large ½ salmon” in your refrigerator, count your blessings and get ready to cook. […]

  • Science

    • Saturn’s Rings

      In Ocboer of 2002, the Cassini spacecraft took its first picture of the planet Saturn. The picture shows Saturn’s trademark — its glorious rings. Philip Nicholson: A lot of us … who work on the rings became fascinated by them partly because they’re just so beautiful and so elegant. And that hasn’t gone away. That’s Phillip […]

  • Vitamins and Supplements


      Function Used by the body to produce red blood cells, helps to absorb food, helps the body to build protein, helps in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Vitamin B12 also helps to protect and enhance the nervous system.) Natural Sources Brewers yeast, dairy products, soy products, alfalfa and seaweed – kelp, dulse, kombu, nori. […]

  • 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

    • Best time to exercise

      Q: Does it matter what time of day or night a person exercises? I am more motivated to exercise or get things done at night, after I have completed my day and put my son to bed. A: The best time of day to exercise depends entirely on you. You’re only going to stick with exercise if […]

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