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Why I Haven’t Owned a Television Since 2002

Why I Haven’t Owned a Television Since 2002

| October 9, 2013

Toward the end of 2001, after much contemplation and a wonderful exploratory visit to California, I made a decision to relocate from the eastern seaboard and move cross country to live on the west coast. When I arrived at my new home out west in early 2002, I made a conscious choice at that point […]

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5 Ways to Use Healing Clay

5 Ways to Use Healing Clay

| May 30, 2013

Clays such as bentonite, illite, montmorillonite and pyrophyllite are naturally occurring earthen substances that have been used for a variety of beneficial purposes by people around the world for eons. When used therapeutically in or on the body, clay has a very purifying, cleansing and healing effect. It can be safely taken internally, as well […]

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Eggs With Wilted Baby Greens & Sauerkraut Salad Stuffed Radicchio

Eggs With Wilted Baby Greens & Sauerkraut Salad Stuffed Radicchio

| May 22, 2013

The Ultimate Fresh Local Pastured Non-GMO Eggs About a year ago I started searching for some local yard eggs from pastured chickens. I looked on craigslist and over the course of the summer tried a dozen eggs from probably 6 or 8 different people in my area who are raising chickens for their eggs. What […]

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Sacred Geometry

Sacred Geometry

| May 20, 2013

Back in the late 90s I first started learning about sacred geometry, and was immediately very drawn to begin exploring the subject in greater depth. I began by reading several books on the subject, only to discover that one of the best ways of really immersing oneself in the study of sacred geometry was through […]

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7 Ways to Avoid Detox Symptoms on a Cleanse

7 Ways to Avoid Detox Symptoms on a Cleanse

| May 16, 2013

Today I’m very honored excited to have been invited by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, to write a guest post on her extremely popular blog! If you’ve ever done any kind of fasting or detoxification protocol for any length of time, you may very well be all too familiar with the various kinds of unpleasant symptoms […]

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Organic Soil Amendment Resources

Organic Soil Amendment Resources

| May 14, 2013

For the home gardener, building our soils to make them as rich and fertile as possible is generally an ongoing endeavor. During each growing season, the plants we cultivate draw out and utilize nutrients from the soil, often leaving the earth in our beds more depleted at the end of the season than it was […]

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Where Do Our Food Dollars Go?

Where Do Our Food Dollars Go?

| May 12, 2013

Here are some questions I’ve been asking myself, and wonder if you’ve been asking them too: Where do I do my food shopping? Where does the majority of the food I eat come from? Do I frequent farmers markets? Better yet, am I growing and/or raising some of my own food? Do I participate in […]

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Cordyceps Mushrooms: Ophiocordyceps sinensis

Cordyceps Mushrooms: Ophiocordyceps sinensis

| May 8, 2013

Highly prized  for millennia by herbalists and traditional healers in Asia, the cordyceps mushroom is an extremely unusual fungus with a reputation as a profoundly effective adaptogenic herb that is especially useful as a rejuvenative and for building strength and endurance in those who consume it. Elite Athlete Tonic Like most medicinal mushrooms that have […]

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Water: the Quintessence of Life

Water: the Quintessence of Life

| May 2, 2013

Splashing and coursing between the banks of mighty rushing rivers, curling and crashing in powerful spiral waves along the shores of vast oceans and seas, or bubbling forth from pristine mountain springs, water flows throughout our world and is clearly a ubiquitous and utterly essential element for all life on earth. Water streams throughout our […]

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Lion’s Mane Mushrooms: Hericium erinaceus

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms: Hericium erinaceus

| May 1, 2013

With its thin, snowy white icicle shaped spines which cascade downward to form a shaggy mass, the lion’s mane mushroom is named for its unique appearance, which resembles a pale version of a lion’s mane. Other names by which this mushroom is known include hedgehog mushroom, bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, sheep’s head, bear’s […]

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Maitake Mushrooms: Grifola frondosa

Maitake Mushrooms: Grifola frondosa

| April 26, 2013

Commonly called ‘hen of the woods’  or ‘sheeps head’ in the west, in Japan the maitake is known as the ‘dancing mushroom.’  One reason for this name derives from a legend that in ancient times those who found maitakes growing wild in the woods would dance with joy upon discovering them because they were worth […]

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Salmon – Buy Wild Caught or Don’t Buy It At All

Salmon – Buy Wild Caught or Don’t Buy It At All

| April 25, 2013

Today I’m excited to share that an article I wrote is being featured as a guest post at Real Food Forager! The other day I watched an incredibly moving documentary entitled Salmon Confidential, (linked below) which reveals some of the shocking controversies surrounding the practice of salmon farming in British Columbia, Canada. The film documents […]

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Reishi Mushrooms: Ganoderma lucidum

Reishi Mushrooms: Ganoderma lucidum

| April 24, 2013

The reishi mushroom is perhaps the most well known and revered of all medicinal mushrooms. In the far east it has been used for at least two thousand years, and probably much longer, particularly in China where its benefits were documented in the ancient Chinese text, the Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica, also know as the […]

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Microbial Phobia – or Why I’m Not Obsessed With Sanitizing

Microbial Phobia – or Why I’m Not Obsessed With Sanitizing

| April 20, 2013

Microbes – they’re everywhere! Myriad species of bacteria and other microbial life thrive nearly everywhere on our planet, including in and on our bodies. They live on our skin as well as in our mouths, throats, stomachs, and intestines; in our noses and sinuses; and even in, on and around our private parts. These miniscule […]

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Nutrient Dense Foods for Health and Healing

Nutrient Dense Foods for Health and Healing

| April 17, 2013

The term ‘nutrient dense foods’ essentially refers to whole, wholesome, minimally processed foods that come from the earth just as, or very close to the way nature made them. Foods that are nutrient dense are good sources of the vital nutrients our bodies need to thrive, including things like essential fatty acids, amino acids, (proteins) […]

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Chaga Mushrooms: Inonotus obliquus

Chaga Mushrooms: Inonotus obliquus

| April 16, 2013

Appearance Of all the fungi we know as medicinal mushrooms, chaga, which has been dubbed the “King of Medicinal Mushrooms”, is probably the strangest looking of them all. If you were walking in the forest and came upon one, you might not even notice it because it doesn’t at all resemble any other mushroom with […]

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Shiitake Mushrooms: Lentinula edodes

Shiitake Mushrooms: Lentinula edodes

| April 12, 2013

Shiitake mushrooms surely rank among the world’s most delicious culinary delicacies. Their meaty, somewhat exotic flavor is deeper and far more complex than that of the more common plain white button mushrooms, and their unique woodsy flavor combined with their ease of cooking and versatility make them a very popular choice for the discerning gastrophile. […]

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Handcrafting Medicinal Mushroom Remedies

Handcrafting Medicinal Mushroom Remedies

| April 11, 2013

Although there are a number of high quality supplements derived from medicinal mushrooms available for sale, many people prefer to craft their own homemade herbal remedies themselves by hand. If you are skilled at wild mushroom identification, you may wish to harvest your own medicinal mushrooms from local woodlands nearby where you live. **Please note […]

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Conscious Herbal Medicine Crafting

Conscious Herbal Medicine Crafting

| April 10, 2013

Long Tradition of Handmade Herbal Medicines Once upon a time there was no such thing as supplement companies that manufacture large quantities of herb materials into bottled encapsulations or tinctures, or even boxed or bulk dried teas. For a very long time indeed, people gathered their own herbs from nature, or perhaps cultivated and harvested […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Remarkably Effective Myco-Adaptogens

Medicinal Mushrooms: Remarkably Effective Myco-Adaptogens

| April 6, 2013

Adaptogenic Herbs Medicinal mushrooms are considered to be tonics or adaptogens. What does it mean to be an adaptogen? An adaptogenic herb is one that both helps us to adapt more effectively on various levels to the stresses of life, and also adapts intelligently to our own physiology. Adaptogens are also primarily balancing to the […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms and Trees

Medicinal Mushrooms and Trees

| April 4, 2013

Mother Nature, with her multifarious organisms and ecosystems, is a complex, interwoven tapestry comprised of the countless interrelationships between all living things. Gaia herself is akin to a living symphony. She is a gestalt consisting of a complex aggregation of myriad biodiverse life forms that are all interconnected with and interdependent upon one another. Some […]

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Liver Cleansing and Support

Liver Cleansing and Support

| March 30, 2013

The liver is one of the most versatile of all our internal organs. One of its many functions is as a filter and cleanser of the blood, making it a vital pathway of detoxification and an integral part of our body’s intelligent design for keeping itself cleansed and healthy. Unfortunately however, our livers were never […]

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Bees’ Brains, Pesticides, Big Agra & Big Pharma

Bees’ Brains, Pesticides, Big Agra & Big Pharma

| March 28, 2013

Bees are Dying, the Planet is Polluted, and People are Sick! Honeybees are among our most important pollinators, and are vital to the production of much of our world’s food supply. Studies on bees and bee behavior have shown that not only are these incredible insects able to navigate miles away from their hives to […]

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Demystifying the Fungal Kingdom

Demystifying the Fungal Kingdom

| March 23, 2013

The Mystical Mushroom Mushrooms seem to have always evoked in us a sense of the mystical. They bring to mind a sense of enchantment and transcendent realms where magical, otherworldly beings like fairies, elves, trolls, sylphs and nymphs reside. The classic, whimsical image of an enchanted mushroom house in the forest may be familiar to […]

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Autism Statistics Now 1 in 50: Why the Alarming Increase?

Autism Statistics Now 1 in 50: Why the Alarming Increase?

| March 20, 2013

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that what interests me most is the investigation and understanding the underlying root causes of ill health, and finding ways of addressing and resolving them. So today when I read that the CDC had recently released its latest data indicating that the rate […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Nature’s Ancient Healing Allies

Medicinal Mushrooms: Nature’s Ancient Healing Allies

| March 19, 2013

Along my journey of researching holistic approaches to healing and wellness I’ve come across a wide variety of pretty amazing and astonishingly effective substances, practices, products, protocols and herbs. However when I first started studying and learning about the therapeutic benefits of medicinal mushrooms, it soon became very apparent that I was investigating something very […]

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The Oral-Systemic Body Health Connection

The Oral-Systemic Body Health Connection

| March 15, 2013

Tomorrow, Saturday March 16, I’ll be giving a presentation in Redmond WA on the connection between oral health and the systemic health of the body. Below is a brief overview of a few of the subjects I’ll be addressing in this talk. The health of our teeth and gums can have a profound effect on […]

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Oil That Heals – Castor Oil Packs

Oil That Heals – Castor Oil Packs

| March 14, 2013

Castor Oil Known as “The Oil That Heals” and also “Palma Christi,” (or palm of Christ) castor oil is an ancient remedy that has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine and by folk healers the world over for a variety of healing, therapeutic pain relieving, and cleansing applications. It was perhaps most famously recommended in […]

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Detoxification – From the Outside In

Detoxification – From the Outside In

| March 12, 2013

Each and every day presents us with a new opportunity to make better, more conscious choices that result in a healthier, cleaner and greener life – not only for ourselves and our families, but also for the wider planet at large. Household Cleaners One very important and practical way of doing this is for us […]

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Personal and Planetary Purification and Transformation

Personal and Planetary Purification and Transformation

| March 9, 2013

It was back in 1972 during NASA’s Apollo 17 mission to the moon that the classic photograph of the earth from space, known as the “Blue Marble,” was first taken. The effect that this iconic image – that of a deep cobalt blue sphere swathed in copious wisps of white clouds, set against the inky […]

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10 Wild Food Menu Ideas – Part 2 of 2

10 Wild Food Menu Ideas – Part 2 of 2

| March 5, 2013

This is part 2 of a two part series called “10 Wild Food Menu Ideas.” Click here for part 1. 6. Fiddlehead Ferns– These tightly coiled, early young unfurled fronds of various species of wild ferns which sprout in the spring have long been considered to be a rare delicacy among aficionados of gourmet foods. […]

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5 Forms of Magnesium for Internal Detoxification

5 Forms of Magnesium for Internal Detoxification

| March 4, 2013

Identified with the number 12 on the periodic chart of the elements, magnesium is an alkaline metal that is among the top 10 most abundant minerals, not only on earth, but in the known universe. Magnesium is also one of the primary macro-minerals essential to human health It’s used by every cell in the body, […]

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10 Wild Food Menu Ideas – Part 1 of 2

10 Wild Food Menu Ideas – Part 1 of 2

| March 1, 2013

Wild foods are those harvested directly from Mother Nature which have not been cultivated, hybridized, raised or grown by people. Why is adding wild foods to our diets such a great idea? Because animals and plants that grow wild are by and large much healthier, stronger, more vigorous, hardy, and in many cases more nutrient […]

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Impact of Caesarians and Formula on Infant Gut Flora

Impact of Caesarians and Formula on Infant Gut Flora

| February 26, 2013

A study entitled “Gut microbiota of healthy Canadian infants: profiles by mode of delivery and infant diet at 4 months” was published earlier this month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). This study provides clear evidence for what many of us have known for some time: that the mode of birth, as well as […]

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The Art of Tea Brewing

The Art of Tea Brewing

| February 25, 2013

Tea making is the ancient practice and art of using hot water to draw out and release both the flavor as well as the myriad other beneficial and health promoting components of various different kinds of herbaceous materials. Although there are numerous legends associated with the origins of making tea, one of the most enduring […]

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Bees Detect Flowers’ Subtle Electrical Fields

Bees Detect Flowers’ Subtle Electrical Fields

| February 22, 2013

What remarkable and fantastic little creatures bees are! They’re such a vitally integral aspect of the environment. And due to their profound impact as pollinators on the fertility and productivity of plants, bees are of particularly crucial importance to the success of our food chain. A study published yesterday online in the magazine Science called […]

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Top 5 Natural Remedies For Your Holistic Medicine Cabinet

Top 5 Natural Remedies For Your Holistic Medicine Cabinet

| February 20, 2013

Over the years, as I’ve learned more about holistic methods of treating illnesses and injuries and applied what I’ve learned practically, the contents of my medicine cabinet have evolved significantly. Nowadays, rather than a slew of pharmacy purchased over the counter products and medications, the vast majority of what you’d find if you took a […]

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The Perfect Formula for Healthy Gorgeous Houseplants

The Perfect Formula for Healthy Gorgeous Houseplants

| February 18, 2013

Ok, I admit it. I’m kind of a houseplant nut! I just love growing, tending to and being surrounded by green things, both outdoors and in. So the number of potted plants in my house at any one time is often more than a couple of dozen. I’ve been cultivating indoor plants for most of […]

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I’ve Been Invited to Speak at the Mother Earth News Fair!

I’ve Been Invited to Speak at the Mother Earth News Fair!

| February 15, 2013

Very exciting news! I’ve just this week been invited to be a speaker at the upcoming Mother Earth News Fair taking place in Puyallup, WA this June! According to their website, the anticipated attendance at this event is 15,000 humans! Although there are multiple stages at the venue, (so there’ll be multiple presentations going on […]

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Am I a Modern Day Heretic?

Am I a Modern Day Heretic?

| February 13, 2013

The other day, just as I do every few weeks to say hello and catch up, I phoned my dad who lives quite some distance from me and is turning 90 this year. Fortunately my father’s mind is as sharp as ever and he’s in remarkably good shape for a man his age. He’s always […]

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