Burning Down the Trees

January 12, 2011

I am not now, nor have I ever been allergic to cedar pollen. To understand any of the rest that follows here, you must be clear on this point. On a rare warm June day in historic Cambridge, Massachusetts, I found myself wandering the streets enjoying the all too elusive sunshine. Just hanging around, eating […]

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Are You Allergic to Cedar?

January 3, 2011

I often hear people wondering if their allergy symptoms are caused by cedar pollen. The definitive answer is available via scratch test from a doctor who specializes in allergies. But a pretty good hint might come from how bad your symptoms are relative to cedar pollen levels. Have a look at the graph below (you can click […]

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Sorry Rudolph

December 22, 2010

Various forms of deer antler show up in Chinese herbal medicine prized for supporting good circulation, encouraging healthy tendons and bones, and tonifying Kidney Yang, or, as my father puts it, “helping with old man disease.” You know, creaky knees and junk that don’t work quite as readily or well as it used to. A family […]

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The Prices Keeping Going Up. But Why?

December 17, 2010

Every month our friends at NuHerbs Co. put out an e-newsletter. Some months I am lucky enough to be one of their featured authors. This is one of those months. Have you been wondering why the prices of Chinese herbs, and everything else from China, have been going up? Here’s the answer: The Revaluation of […]

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There Are Worse Ways to Spend an Evening

December 6, 2010

Today I stepped a little out of character. I spent an hour trying to win concert tickets. One of the local stations is having a special 20th anniversary concert featuring some musicians my husband and I both love plus free barbecue.  But they aren’t selling tickets, they have to be won. Sadly they aren’t determining winners […]

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If It’s on the Internet, It Must Be True

December 2, 2010

I found this on a random Facebook page under the heading of 18 Health Tricks to Teach Your Body. Trick number 5 is: Clear Your Stuffed Nose Forget Sudafed. Here’s an easier, quicker, and cheaper remedy to relieve sinus pressure: Alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows […]

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Know your Pharmacist, Love your Pharmacist

December 1, 2010

My grandfather embodied awesomeness. He always ate the results of my culinary misadventures, regardless of how over-cooked, over-salted or fundamentally ill-conceived, and told me they were tasty. Everywhere he went he helped to brighten people’s days, even if it was just in the mere act of truly listening to their stories of life’s disappointment. And […]

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Shop Local. Yes, But How?

November 24, 2010

Lots of folks want to shop local, but are stumped as to how to go about it. To be sure, the big box stores have made it easy to shop, well, in the box. But thanks to the participation of fine retailers like our friends at Live Oak Pharmacy in Shop Local Saturday it’s easier […]

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