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MARCH 24, 2017 FARM TO TABLE

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This is not a new movement but one in which more people are talking about.

Farm-to-table (or farm-to-fork, and in some cases farm-to-school) is a social movement which promotes serving local food at restaurants and school cafeterias, preferably through direct acquisition from the producer (which might be a winery, brewery, ranch, fishery, or other type of food producer which is not strictly a “farm”). This might be accomplished by a direct sales relationship, a community-supported agriculture arrangement, a farmer’s market, a local distributor or by the restaurant or school raising its own food.

This past weekend I was in Philadelphia for work and social related events. One of my friends is part of this social movement of only eating at farm to table restaurants.

A restaurant we visited on more than one occasion is called Russet. Russet is located at 1521 Spruce Street in Philadelphia. It was a nice walk from our boutique hotel called the Alexander Inn.
I had a perfectly cooked fresh water trout. Delicious
My friend , loved his fish dish Perfect size dish; perfect flavors
We went back the second night for grass fed steak-
From appetizer to coffee was superb. I can’t wait to go back next time in Philly.

For those that drink, BYOB, of course, a great selling point, and it’s proximity to Merriam and Kimmel theatres as well It is also close to Tavern on Camac where you could join in the signing of Broadway hits.

Until tomorrow…

MARCH 23, 2017 CAT’S CLAW

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Uncaria tomentosa ( Cat’s Claw) is becoming more prevalent in its use due to its anti inflammatory effect of Lyme and its co infections. I feel it is not only used for the tick borne infections but any infection. especially  EBV ( Epstein Barr Virus)
It has many uses but its main effect is an immune system stimulant. It has been used to treat a variety of symptoms ranging from neurological to digestive issues. I have used it to treat Bell’s Palsy as well as Crohn’s Disease.

I had great success combining and using with   St Johns Wort ( Hypericum )  to treat the neurological side effects of Shingles.

I do not find the taste as bad as some say. I have combined it Sasparilla and Willow for its anti inflammatory effect. You can make a pot of this tea add lemon and 1 teaspoon of raw honey to make it tasty.

Until tomorrow…

MARCH 22, 2017 RASPBERRY LEAF

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The leaf of this plant is extremely useful It is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins which make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps, and improving sleep during pregnancy. The specific combination of nutrients in Raspberry Leaf makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. It strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles which some midwives say leads to shorter and easier labors

Raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine to treat canker sores, cold sores, and gingivitis in persons of all ages and anemia, leg cramps, and diarrhea.

I use Raspberry Leaf ( Rubus udaeus ) as an ingredient in a gastrointestinal tea. I have reformulated my gastrointestinal tea many times, but always have included raspberry. It works well with Slippery Elm and Marshmallow.

It is not only for women. I use it for men as a general detoxifier
and great for inflammation . In men, I add it to any herbal formula for prostatitis.

Another key point is combining this herb with any nervine to take the edge off- It is easily combine with passion flower, skullcap or even California poppy.

Until tomorrow…

MARCH 21, 2017 STRESS

Each of us must protect ourselves from stress and the ever changing world. I prefer not to dwell on the negative in the media. You must find a way to cope; you must move forward

I have accomplished moving forward over different periods in my life over different stressors by meditation and prayer.  Personally, this year has been very challenging for me  Recently I have found a new spiritual healer who has helped me a great deal.

I have found a different type of meditation breathing . I view my adrenaline rushes when I am stressed as a sign to change. I tell myself I am needed on this planet not for others only, but for ME. I am a useful human being with purpose.

As I read in Anthony Williams book, I not only have a purpose. I have a purpose-plus. I am engaged on a different level above what I am used to. Since I have gratitude that I touch individual’s lives, which can be demanding I need this purpose – plus in order to stay healthy.

We all need to stay healthy. Find a type of meditation and pray that suits you. Not only decide about it – you need to do it !

Until tomorrow…

MARCH 20, 2017 BPH AND HERBS

Eric Yarnell is one of the foremost herbalists in the United States,. I have listening to him lecture for many years . I had read many of his books. I even recommend his botanical and homeopathic flash cards for my students at the College of Naturopathic Medicine University of Bridgeport . This article is always worth repeating. It appeared in HerbalGram, the publication of the American Botanical Council.

Yarnell E. Improving men’s health with botanicals. Altern Complement Ther. June 2016;22(3):120-124.

Yarnell reviews some of the best-supported herbs to prevent and in some cases treat men’s major health concerns.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is experienced by “all men, if they live long enough,” and whether or not symptoms ever develop, saw palmetto (Serenoa repens, Arecaceae) fruit is inexpensive, easy to use, has a low risk of adverse effects, and may help prevent or delay BPH. While meta-analyses of studies of saw palmetto in symptomatic BPH suggest the herb is only minimally effective, in other trials it was as effective as the drug finasteride and worked synergistically with it to shrink the prostate. Trials specifically exploring its usefulness in young, symptom-free men are needed, but even in their absence, Yarnell recommends saw palmetto as a preventive measure for men beginning in their 30s and early 40s.

Pygeum (Prunus africana, Rosaceae) bark “produces no action different from” saw palmetto, but comes from an endangered African tree, whereas saw palmetto grows wild and abundantly in Florida in the United States. Yarnell discourages use of pygeum because of this sustainability issue, while suggesting that, if cultivated, pygeum could be sustainable for use in Eurasia and Africa.

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae), the second best-researched herb for use in BPH but less understood, appears to work in completely different ways. In combination with saw palmetto, stinging nettle relieved symptoms long term as effectively as finasteride. However, it should not be used by men with symptomatic BPH, as it is a diuretic and can worsen symptoms. While not studied for prevention, Yarnell finds it sensible to use stinging nettle for that purpose.

Until tomorrow….

After BPH symptoms emerge, in addition to saw palmetto, stronger spasmolytic herbs may be called for, such as khella (Ammi visnaga, Apiaceae) fruit. However, if the prostate reaches a weight of > 50 g, either chemical 5α-reductase inhibitors, surgery, or even stronger spasmolytics may be needed.

Most botanical agents that can reduce the risk of prostate cancer, and specifically of aggressive prostate cancer, are actually foods. Pomegranate (Punica granatum, Lythraceae) fruit contains ellagitannins converted by the gut microbiota to major therapeutic compounds such as urolithin A, with numerous anticancer effects in the prostate gland. While it is not known whether pomegranate can prevent prostate cancer, it is a very safe treatment for men with low-grade cases. In a meta-analysis of epidemiological studies, higher intake of garlic (Allium sativum, Amaryllidaceae), and to some extent other Amaryllidaceae family members, significantly reduced risks of prostate cancer. Not all epidemiologic studies have reported a protective effect, but many studies have found that garlic destroys prostate cancer cells in vitro. Soy (Glycine max, Fabaceae), and to some extent other Fabaceae family members, contain isoflavones, protein, and the Bowman-Birk protease inhibitor that inhibit prostate cancer. Clinical trials, case-controlled studies, and epidemiological studies variously report that soy foods, especially tofu, and the isoflavones genistein and daidzein, lower risks of prostate cancer. While this evidence continues to mount, it does not account for individual legume response. Specific gut flora is needed to convert daidzein to S-equol and genistein to 5-hydroxy-S-equol in order for legumes to exert a protective effect, and these organisms are not available in any supplement or fermented food. People of Asian descent who eat traditional diets produce the most equol. Dairy products may encourage equol-forming bacteria and antibiotics may destroy them.

MARCH 17, 2017 – 4 LEAF CLOVER

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WHAT IS A FOUR LEAF CLOVER ? The term is also often used for the wood-sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) and Oxalis tetraphylla.  There are ten thousand 3 leaf clovers for every four leaf clover. This  suggests a possible recessive gene appearing at a low frequency. Alternatively, four-leaf clovers could be caused by somatic mutation or a developmental error of environmental causes.

I always looked for a four leaf clover when in my own yard or a friend/family members yard. As it is my name day I always wanted to find one. My mother had a memory box ( an old print box ) In one of the boxes was a charm of a four lead clover. It was an actual 4 leaf clover under a glass

The first leaf represents hope, the second stands for faith, the third is for love and the fourth leaf brings luck to the finder. A fifth leaf represents money, but there is no meaning as yet for the sixth leaf and above.

Happy St Patricks Day 3-17-17

Until tomorrow…