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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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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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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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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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Mycelium: Underground Forest Steward

Mycelium: Underground Forest Steward

| April 2, 2013

Of all the animals, trees, plants and other organisms living on earth, many scientists consider the  largest single living thing in the world to be a huge Armillaria ostoyae mycelium located in Oregon state. This massive fungal organism spans over an area of approximately 2200 acres, and is estimated to weigh more than 600 tons. […]

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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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The Role of Fungi in Nature

The Role of Fungi in Nature

| March 27, 2013

Fungi are among the greatest and most powerful transformers of our planet. Transposers of Matter They act as the intermediaries between death and life by disassembling decaying, dying and dead organic matter. The fungus dismantles this material on a molecular level and transmutes the complex physical forms of that which is no longer alive, breaking […]

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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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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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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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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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Soil Demineralization and Remineralization

Soil Demineralization and Remineralization

| February 11, 2013

Due to the petrochemical-driven industrialized factory farming agricultural techniques that have been used so rampantly on vast amounts of land in recent times, soils the world over have become drastically depleted of many trace and macro minerals, as well as other nutrients, during the past century. Studies show that the nutrient content, and particularly the […]

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Food Sovereignty – MUST SEE VIDEO

Food Sovereignty – MUST SEE VIDEO

| February 7, 2013

A couple of days ago I was sent a link to a series of 4 brief but powerful videos, embedded below, featuring an interview with a very wise and insightful woman by the name of Claire Hope Cummings. Claire Hope Cummings is an environmental journalist whose primary areas of focus include the political, environmental, social, […]

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WA State I-522 Labeling of GMOs

WA State I-522 Labeling of GMOs

| February 1, 2013

Turns out I live in one of the most politically progressive states in the US! In Washington state: raw milk is legal for human consumption and is available for sale in a variety of retail stores small quantities of cannabis are now legal to possess and use for recreational purposes medical marijuana has been legal […]

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Gut Dysbiosis

Gut Dysbiosis

| January 24, 2013

A properly functioning gut is populated by billions, perhaps even trillions of different strains of symbiotic cultures of bacteria and other microbes that perform at least three very important functions. In a healthy body these microorganisms: Help to break down and assimilate the food we eat into a size and form that can be readily […]

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Unfathomable

Unfathomable

| December 17, 2012

My perception of the harrowing, devastating and unfathomable occurrence last week in Newtown CT, where the lives of so many adults and innocent children were taken so violently in a matter of moments by a madman, is that it is nothing short of a blaring alarm. Yet another in a growing and deeply disturbing series […]

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Human Health

Human Health

| December 7, 2012

Human Health is dependent on: • the Energetics underlying material manifestation • the quality of the Earth’s Elements • Non-industrialized, Sustainable Agricultural practices • Food Sovereignty to choose the most nutrient dense, uncontaminated foods • the Health of the Soil in which our food is grown • the Health of the Plant based foods we […]

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Category Mania!

Category Mania!

| December 6, 2012

Categories Galore! When I first set out to create this blog I never envisioned that it would turn out the way it did, with such a huge list of sub-categories! As I began to build the site I found there were more and more subjects I wanted to include. And today there are well over […]

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Supporters of GMO Labeling

Supporters of GMO Labeling

| December 3, 2012

Below is another graphic showing those companies supporting and opposing the mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients in our food supply> Click on the image to enlarge:   To see another graphic of those supporting GMO labeling scroll down to see the second pie chart on this page: http://organicconsumersfund.org/label/prop-37-funders.cfm  Vote with your money when making purchases […]

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Corporate Opponents of GMO Labeling

Corporate Opponents of GMO Labeling

| December 1, 2012

Click on the link below to check out a Comprehensive Boycott Guide, compiled by Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper, listing all the parent companies (including their numerous corresponding sub-company brands) that oppose labeling of GMO foods and contributed financially to defeat CA Prop 37 – mandatory labeling of foods containing GMOs: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26638.cfm For a more graphic depiction of […]

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Commodity Based Agriculture

Commodity Based Agriculture

| November 28, 2012

Our Corn, Soy and Canola Based Food Supply    Three of the largest food commodities, upon which a tremendous amount of our conventional food supply is based, are corn, soy and canola. Toxin Laden, Nutrient Depleted Foods and Processed Food Ingredients These same three crops, because they’re almost always industrially raised, are among those that […]

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Debunking the No-Fat Low-Fat Mythos

Debunking the No-Fat Low-Fat Mythos

| November 26, 2012

The Fat-Free Dietary Debacle   We’ve been massively misled – nay, outright lied to – about the dangers and lack of benefit of consuming traditional, saturated animal fats. The truth is that as long as they’re derived from animals that are raised and fed properly, such fats actually very healthy for us. This whole business […]

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Awakening

Awakening

| November 17, 2012

Cultivating greater and greater levels of awareness and consciousness about the truth of what’s detrimentally affecting human health here on planet earth in the 21st century.   Photo credit Photo credit    

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Video Clips – from my talk at the Radical Mycology Convergence

Video Clips – from my talk at the Radical Mycology Convergence

| November 13, 2012

On Saturday, October 20, 2012 I gave a presentation on medicinal mushrooms at the Radical Mycology Convergence near Port Townsend, WA. Here are a few clips:  

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