December 2009

The Wind from the North….

December 31, 2009

I’m in San Antonio for the holiday season visiting my parents. This evening the wind is blowing so hard from the north that my mother had me take her Christmas wreathes down from the front doors lest they be blown away. For those of you not experienced in the ways of the Central/South Texas winter, […]

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Chinese Herb in Cancer Study Already Banned in U.S.

December 23, 2009

Saying Chinese Herbs Cause Cancer Equals Bad Science Recently the article Alternative Medicine Warning: Some Chinese Herbs May Increase Cancer Risk came to my attention.  The Fox News report reviews an academic article published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Having more than a passing interest in Chinese herbal medicine, I chased down […]

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It’s Here…

December 21, 2009

According to the local report, mountain cedar pollen has arrived in central Texas. It’s low now, but there’s going to be more. Thursday the count is expected to be high due to dry, windy weather conditions. What this means for cedar fever sufferers: sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, nose and ears, headache, and generally feeling rotten. […]

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Somebody stop me….

December 19, 2009

Give me your sneezing, your feverish glows, Your huddled coughers yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your snotty nose. Send these, those suffering cedar fever to me, I lift my green bottle to your woes! What can I say? I am a bad poet with dreams, and possibly a budding satirist. But I […]

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Decompress, decompress, decompress

December 16, 2009

I have been talking a lot about cedar fever season lately.  But as I notice the stress of Christmas has gradually moved my shoulders and ears together, I would like to remind everyone, including myself, this is a great time to try some Decompress drops.  Here on the Herbalogic team, we often flipply summarize, “Decompress […]

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It’s Cold?

December 10, 2009

By Central Texas standards, it’s a cold day here in Austin. The forecasted high is 48 degrees. While it is true that I spent 5 years living in Chicago (forecasted high of 12 degrees) and 5 years living in Boston (40 degrees is close to 48 until you factor in the wind), it is also true […]

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Sing along- cedar pollen’s coming to town

December 9, 2009

Juniper pollen has shown up on the allergen reports in the Austin area.  Juniper is like a cousin to cedar pollen (a better mannered, well behaved cousin that has the decency to wipe his muddy boots on the door mat before walking across your freshly washed floor). But people who are allergic to juniper pollen are also usually […]

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The Great Spam-tastrify of 2009

December 6, 2009

Damn it Jim, I’m an herbalist, not a web admin. Oh wait, turns out that as fearless leader and would-be blogger, sometimes I have to try on other hats. Here’s the deal- I didn’t have the spam filters set correctly on the blog, but now I think perhaps I do. But the only way I could […]

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