Plant medicine: 28,000 medicinal plants have now been identified by modern scientists

Plant medicine: 28,000 medicinal plants have now been identified by modern scientists. New analysis from 128,000 scientists representing twelve countries has been made public by Kew Gardens at Britain’s Royal Botanical Gardens in London. Actually, since early times plants have provided the medicinal remedies of the human race. The whole structure of modern pharmacopeia is […]

Put on your thinking cap and consider these quotations about life, health and our planet

Put on your thinking caps and consider these quotations about life, health and our planet. While the following quotations comprise a different format than is usual here, they are appropriate to our mission of presenting important health issues for your consideration. *There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.—Mohandas Gandhi *What is the […]

Bullet point health briefs: super-agers, sleep, hot peppers and blue corn

What do super-agers, sleep, hot peppers and blue corn have in common? Recent  scientific studies are discovering new information on how they all have a lot to do with our health and well-being. *Super-agers are the lucky seniors who retain their memory, mental sharpness, and thinking skills for much longer than their peers. A team at Northwestern […]

The predicted life expectancy in the U.S. is the lowest among developed nations. Why?

According to a recently released high profile study conducted jointly by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO), the current and predicted life expectancy in the U.S. is the lowest among developed nations. Why? Researchers looked at lifespans in 35 industrialized countries and found that American lifespans appear to be slowly lowering, as lifespans […]

Saving bees versus profits, politics and power

The importance of saving the continuously diminishing honeybee populations may seem like a no-brainer. However, that vital issue has become a battle of saving bees versus profits, politics and power. And even science. The mysterious bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) began more than a decade ago. At first, science working with government were regarded as the ‘saviors’ of bees. But […]

Government requires real milk to be labeled “imitation milk” if it doesn’t contain additives

In a unanimous decision on March 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vindicated Ocheesee Creamery’s free speech rights when it reversed a district court’s decision that prevented the creamery from telling its customers the truth about the products it sells. Ocheesee Creamery is a small, all-natural dairy farm located in rural […]

The various types of vitamin K and their many functions

The various types of vitamin K and their many functions may come as a surprise to many people. Obviously we have an alphabet of vitamins—A, B, C, D and E, but no vitamins F through J. So why K? Maybe it is because vitamin K, long known by Germans for its importance in natural blood clotting, was derived from […]

Bullet point health briefs: Beans, weeds and microgreens

We present Beans, weeds and microgreens (as well as other health-related topics) in this brief format in the hope that readers will do further research on these issues that affect us all. ** Meals based on legumes such as peas and beans are more satiating than pork and veal-based meals, according to a study by […]

A prophetic look at food today from the 1970s

A prophetic look at food today from the 1970s comes from a book called Eating in America, a history by Waverly Root and Richard de Rochemont, published in 1976. The authors talk about the multinational holding corporations and holding companies which owned so many of our food processing supplying companies and were proud of their success. […]

The USDA mission started as nutrition for pioneers, changed to regulation and welfare

The USDA mission of nutrition from pioneer to modern days has undergone many transformations. Created in the late 1800s, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture distributed seeds appropriate to the many and varied climatic conditions of the vast and sprawling United States. But of course about half the U.S. population in those days were involved in agriculture to some […]