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  • Garden Herbs: Attractive, Tasty, and Surprisingly Useful

    05/29/2012 6:14:45 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 9 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | May 29, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    A plant part valued for its medicinal, culinary, or aromatic qualities, for centuries herbs have been used to make medicines, add flavor to foods, make teas, mask odors, and attract bees and other pollinators into the garden...
  • Seed Source Listing

    01/10/2012 10:15:49 AM PST · by orsonwb · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 10, 2012 | The How Do Gardener
    An alphabetical listing of 40 sources of Seeds, Transplants, and Bulbs for Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Grains, Grasses, Ground Covers, Vines, Fruits, Sprouting, Trees, Wildflowers, and much more. Many are Open-pollinated, Non-GMO, Organic, and Heirloom varieties. Most offer a Free Catalog.
  • What Secrets Do Ancient Medical Texts Hold?

    05/13/2011 9:32:18 PM PDT · by Palter · 13 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | May 2011 | Megan Gambino
    The Smithsonian's Alain Touwaide studies ancient books to identify medicines used thousands of years ago In 2002, Alain Touwaide came across an article about the discovery, some years before, of a medical kit salvaged from a 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany. Divers had brought up a copper bleeding cup, a surgical hook, a mortar, vials and tin containers. Miraculously, inside one of the tins, still dry and intact, were several tablets, gray-green in color and about the size of a quarter. Touwaide, a science historian in the botany department at the National Museum of Natural History, recognized that...
  • Big Pharma scores big win - Medicinal herbs will disappear in EU

    09/21/2010 9:43:24 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 32 replies
    gala-health.com ^ | September 12, 2010 | Heidi Stevenson
    It's almost a done deal. We are about to see herbal preparations disappear, and the ability of herbalists to prescribe them will also be lost. Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle to wipe out all competition. As of 1 April 2011—less than eight months from now—virtually all medicinal herbs will become illegal in the European Union. The approach in the United States is a bit different, but it's having the same devastating effect. The people have become nothing more than sinks for whatever swill Big Pharma and Agribusiness choose to send our way, and...
  • Your right to choose vitamins and other supplements could end this year (ALERT)

    02/04/2005 1:55:31 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 25 replies · 1,988+ views
    Your right to choose your vitamin, mineral and other supplements may end in June-August of this year (2005). After that U.S. supplements will be defined and controlled by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (Food Code) is setting the supplement standards for all countries in the WTO. They will be enforced by the WTO and will over ride U.S. laws. The U.S. President and Congress agreed to this take-over when the WTO Treaty was signed. Violations are punished by WTO trade sanctions. CODEX drastically restricts vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements. CODEX...
  • Cloves are the best natural antioxidant

    03/16/2010 2:35:54 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies · 530+ views
    Using spices eaten in the Mediterranean diet as natural antioxidants is a good way forward for the food industry, given the beneficial health effects of these products. This has been shown by researchers from the Miguel Hernández University (UMH), who have put the clove in first place. Researchers from the Miguel Hernández University have identified cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) as the best antioxidant spice, due to the fact they contain high levels of phenolic compounds, as well as having other properties. "Out of the five antioxidant properties tested, cloves had the highest capacity to give off hydrogen, reduced lipid peroxidation well,...
  • Disappointing McCain Push to Ban Supplements & Herbs

    02/17/2010 1:35:58 PM PST · by molybdenum · 101 replies · 1,546+ views
    Resistnet.com ^ | 2-15-10 | Mary Conley, MNH, ND
    Once again herbalists, health food consumers, and those who wish an alternate choice for their own healthcare decisions are under fire. It seems John McCain of all people wants to ban supplements and herbs from health food stores and in commercial establishments. This is an extreme disappointment. John McCain had stood by the Conservative base in opposing all things Obama, but this seems to be a huge jump on the Obama bandwagon that is limping along to take our health freedoms away. Maybe its time for McCain to retire? Please contact your reps to oppose this. ttp://www.resistnet.com/profiles/blog/
  • Hazards: A Warning on Mixing Herbs and Medicine

    02/08/2010 10:21:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 222 replies · 1,695+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 9, 2010 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Researchers are warning that popular herbs and supplements, including St. John’s wort and even garlic and ginger, do not mix well with common heart drugs and can also be dangerous for patients taking statins, blood thinners and blood pressure medications. St. John’s wort raises blood pressure and heart rate, and garlic and ginger increase the risk of bleeding in patients on blood thinners, the researchers said. Even grapefruit juice can be risky, increasing the effects of calcium-channel blockers and statins, they said. “This is not new research, but there is a trend toward more and more use of these compounds,...
  • Herbs 'can be natural pesticides'

    08/17/2009 10:56:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 852+ views
    bbc ^ | Monday, 17 August 2009
    Common herbs and spices show promise as an environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides, scientists have told a major US conference. They have spent a decade researching the insecticidal properties of rosemary, thyme, clove and mint. They could become a key weapon against insect pests in organic agriculture, the researchers say, as the industry attempts to satisfy demand. The "plant essential oils" have a broad range of action against bugs. Some kill them outright while others repel them. Details were presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington DC.....
  • Healing spirits, A shaman helps clients with a variety of problems

    09/05/2008 7:36:49 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 637+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | 08.26.08 | SARAH SCHILLACI,
    Jose Juarez is a shaman, a Mesoamerican healer from a village in Mexico. He owns a botanica, called New Age Store Leecatzin, in Clifton's Botany Village. In the background an Aztec drawing represents life, strength and prosperity, with a reminder to rem A shaman helps clients with a variety of problemsAlbert Ponce had a broken spirit. Life for the 25-year-old Clifton resident had recently hit a bumpy patch. He couldn't land a job working in an office. He didn't want to settle for a retail job, or working in a factory; he wanted to make use of his business...
  • Abortion and Contraception: Old Lies

    07/31/2007 7:29:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 862+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 10, 2007 | Pete Vere
    Growing up Catholic, I knew theologically that my church forbade abortion and contraception. Although the church's stand on abortion was self-evident in my opinion, I didn't really understand why she took such a hard line on contraception until I found myself judging annulment cases on a Catholic marriage tribunal. With few exceptions, I could trace every marital breakdown to the couple saying "no" to the fertility with which God had blessed them. Shocked, I began to research the history of abortion and contraception in my spare time. I was interested, both as a canon lawyer and a pro-family journalist, in...
  • House, Senate seek FDA regulation of tobacco

    02/17/2007 4:56:02 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 46 replies · 1,010+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 16, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    House and Senate lawmakers of both parties introduced sweeping legislation Thursday to subject tobacco to the kind of safety regulation that applies to medicines and food, and said prospects for action were the most favorable in years. "This bill is long overdue, and this is the year, I believe, that regulation of tobacco by the Food and Drug Administration is going to become law," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), a longtime nemesis of the tobacco industry who heads the Government Reform Committee. "If this gets to the House floor, [its passage] will be [by] a very large margin,"...
  • Iran unveils Aids herbal remedy

    02/03/2007 5:49:04 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 702+ views
    Tehran - Iranian health minister Kamran Baqeri Lankarani announced on Saturday that Iran's scientists have produced a herbal medicine to boost the human body's immune system against HIV/Aids. "The herbal-based medication, called Imod, serves to control the Aids virus and increases the body's immunity," Baqeri Lankarani was quoted as saying on state radio by the official news agency IRNA. "It is not a medication to kill the virus, it rather can be used besides other anti-retroviral drugs." The drug was made after five years' of research and had been tested on 200 patients, said IRNA. It said the drug was...
  • Ancient Book of Herbs Used in the War on Bacteria

    01/18/2007 8:59:47 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 27 replies · 1,076+ views
    MedGadget ^ | 17 Jan 2007 | MedGadget
    The history of medicine is a rich and fascinating topic which has very little relevance to non-geeks... until now! Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have published a paper in the BMJ, which used an ancient herbal text as a guide to finding novel drugs. Apparently they stumbled onto an antibiotic that can wipe out some of the more stubborn strains of super bacterias. Here's more from the press release: A unique Mayo Clinic collaboration has revived the healing wisdom of Pacific Island cultures by testing a therapeutic plant extract described in a 17th century Dutch herbal text for its anti-bacterial...
  • The Wines And Herbs In The Land Of Pan

    12/29/2006 4:56:39 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 563+ views
    Kathimerini ^ | 12-28-2006 | Stavroula Kourakou
    The wines and herbs in the land of Pan A survey of ancient Greek sources reveals the surprising properties of certain wines that continue to provoke the curiosity of scholars today A parody of Circe offering Odysseus wine that contains a magical herb that will make him behave like an animal. Hermes has given the ancient Greek hero another herb called moly so that Odysseus is not seduced by Circe. Medical historian Sevasti Karahaliou says moly must have been an anti-aphrodisiac. (From an early 4th century BC Boeotian cup, Ashmolean Museum.) By Stavroula Kourakou (1) In early December, the interdisciplinary...
  • Your Freedom To Use Vitamin And Herbal Supplements May Be In Jeopardy (H 6168, S 3546)

    12/07/2006 9:35:20 AM PST · by technomage · 133 replies · 1,803+ views
    HealthKeepers ^ | Congress
    For those interested in your continuing freedom to choose when it comes to supplements, please read the following and visit the site listed: Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act This bill will create similar requirements for foods, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients as are required for drugs. This will cause foods, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to be considered the same as drugs, and will give the Federal Drug Administration the right to regulate them.
  • Authorities ask why hallucinogenic herb is legal

    05/26/2006 1:11:43 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 76 replies · 6,878+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 05/26/2006 | Karen Grace
    A herb that makes you hallucinate is perfectly legal in Texas. The drug is sold without a prescription, and medical experts say it's dangerous. At the Gas Pipe in Austin, Purple Sticky Salvia is sold for $20, along with a list of safety instructions on how to smoke it. However, some argue that the list is not enough — the product should be banned by state and federal governments. Purple Sticky Salvia is an all-natural hallucinogen, made from native plants used in landscaping. In Mexico, it has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. "It is something that I think...
  • Michael Savage LIVE Thread May 8, 2006!!!

    05/08/2006 3:06:46 PM PDT · by lormand · 42 replies · 1,533+ views
    5/8/2006
    What is Savage going to talk about today? < read to yourself in Jacky Mason tone > Hate Rush? Hate Hannity? Hate O'Reilly? Why other Talk Show Hosts don't talk about important issues? Bringing Dogs to Work? Book Deal? How to make money off website? Marinara Sauces? Shining statues as a kid?
  • Savage LIVE Thread Wed. May 3, 2006

    05/03/2006 3:01:38 PM PDT · by fishtank · 52 replies · 1,357+ views
    Gettin' ready!!!!
  • Lonely Park Death Called Pagan Suicide (WI Master Herbalist Dead)

    12/10/2005 6:48:18 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 74 replies · 3,898+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | December 10, 2005 | George Hesselberg
    Hilary Karnda, a holistic healer and herbalist, told her friend Nov. 2 she was going to a send-off at Wildcat Mountain State Park and she needed a ride. She didn't tell her friend she was going away to die. Pagan symbols found with her were the only clues investigators had to who she was when hunters found her body in the woods off Highway 131, in the park but not along a trail, on Thanksgiving Day. Karnda, 64, died of exposure to the Wisconsin November cold, Vernon County Sheriff Gene Cary said Friday. "There was no indication of fatal illness,...
  • Take action today to support DSHEA

    06/09/2005 9:01:44 AM PDT · by dvan · 4 replies · 230+ views
    Citizens for Health ^ | 6/8/2005 | Patrick McGrath, Associate Director
    You might have heard rumors about the international rulemaking process known as Codex Alimentarius, or "Food Code". This July, food safety regulators from all over the world will meet in Rome to decide upon global guidelines for the vitamin and mineral trade. Support world health. Support access to dietary supplements Codex is a little-discussed process -- but one that is establishing the world's regulatory model for vitamins, minerals, and eventually all dietary supplements. TAKE ACTION! Promote health choice worldwide. Tell the U.S. Codex delegation and Congress to make our law, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the international...
  • Some Supplements Can Damage Eyes

    10/21/2004 1:24:18 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 39 replies · 1,688+ views
    Yahoo! News - Health Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 21,12:18 PM ET | By Alison McCook
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many herbal remedies and nutritional supplements can damage the eyes, including some alternative therapies that are used by people trying to correct eye problems, new research reports. According to a review of reported cases and medical literature, commonly used supplements including chamomile, ginkgo biloba, licorice, vitamin A and echinacea can cause a myriad of eye problems. Study author Dr. Frederick Fraunfelder explained that supplements become dangerous to the eyes when people take them in large doses. They can cause problems including severe conjunctivitis, eye irritation, retinal bleeding and temporary loss of vision, the study found....
  • Herbal Supplements and alternatives are under attack!! Take Action

    06/04/2004 7:39:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 45 replies · 1,188+ views
    Herbal alternatives are under attack. Download and print flyers. The flyers urge consumers to tell their congressmen and senators to attend the JUNE 17th Herbal Alternatives Congressional Briefing to learn the truth about herbs & health. It is critical that Congress attends this briefing because: HERBAL ALTERNATIVES ARE UNDER ATTACK. News headlines misinform and mislead decision makers. Products you depend on for your health could soon be banned. MANY CAPITOL HILL STAFFERS AND POLICY MAKERS DO NOT UNDERSTAND NATURAL HEALTH INDUSTRY ISSUES. Since DSHEA was passed in 1994, about 50% of Congressmen and Senators and 80% of Congressional aides have...
  • Herb Curb If Mark McClellan wouldn't use ephedra, why should you?

    01/02/2004 4:23:12 PM PST · by RJCogburn · 10 replies · 239+ views
    Reason ^ | January 1, 2004 | Jacob Sullum
    Last February, Mark McClellan, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, conceded that "serious adverse events from ephedra appear to be infrequent." Yet at the end of December, he announced that the FDA planned to ban all dietary supplements containing the herbal stimulant, saying they pose "an unreasonable risk." Casual observers could be forgiven for assuming that McClellan had changed his mind in light of new evidence. But nothing has happened during the last 10 months to indicate that his initial assessment of ephedra's hazards was off the mark. In fact, even as the FDA insists that "consumers should...
  • 'Hillarycare' Approach to Nutritional and Health Supplements Spells Trouble for Consumers

    08/13/2003 5:26:50 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 1 replies · 185+ views
    'Hillarycare' Approach to Nutritional and Health Supplements Spells Trouble for Consumers, Says Project: FANS 8/13/03 8:00:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Joe Giganti, 703-928-9695, Joe@VeritasMediaGroup.info, for Project: FANS WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement of Project: Freedom of Access to Nutritional Supplements on the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2003: "Instead of the Senate adding yet another new law to the books, creating more government bureaucracy, and increasing American's tax burden as a result, they should fully enforce the current law," stated Beth Clay, director of Project: FANS. "To do that properly we need...
  • Authoritative New Web-Based Resource: About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products (supplements, etc)

    01/08/2003 10:22:57 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 3 replies · 226+ views
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center ^ | Jan 8, 2003 | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    A unique web-based resource about herbs, botanicals, and other products has been launched to provide medical practitioners, as well as the general public, access to comprehensive information about these products. "Use of herbs and related agents has grown tremendously in popularity, but until now there was no easy access to current, comprehensive information about these agents," says Barrie Cassileth, PhD, Chief of Integrative Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Information on this site explains the effects, side effects, drug interactions, and other details of each product listed as well as links to scientific research. "Vitamins, herbs and other products are...