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Mushrooms: Medicinal Confetti

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by Robert Luby, MD

Mushrooms have been used for over 4000 years in Chinese medicine, but their value has only been recognized in the past few decades in modern allopathic, or mainstream, medicine. A significant reason for this delay concerns what I have dubbed the “Magic Bullet vs. Magic Confetti” conundrum.

Allopathic medicine is prone to develop therapeutic medications with a single, potent, and well-characterized “active ingredient”. Each of these agents tends to exert one of the following three effects 1) kill cells (e.g., cancer drugs and antibiotics), 2) block the function of a physiologic pathway (e.g., any of the “anti-drugs”, anti-hypertensives, anti-inflammatory, antacids, etc.), or 3) replace a deficient substance (e.g., thyroid hormone).

Fine-Tuning the Mediterranean Diet

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Asparagus

By Robert Luby, MD

From a scientific point of view, the Mediterranean Diet (MD) is the most-studied of any dietary plan. Research has shown that adherence to the MD may reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality (death from heart disease), the incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and the risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. All told this leads to lower overall mortality, or stated positively, a longer life expectancy.

April's Health Genie: Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

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Dear Health Genie,

I recently came across a recipe that called for chia seeds as an egg substitute. Is this the same chia that I used to make Chia Pets in my youth? What else can you tell me about chia seeds?

Sincerely,
Chia-quisitive

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September Health Genie: Energy Support

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Licorice Root
Licorice Root

Dear Health Genie,

The summer has gotten the best of me.  After my vacations, long summer days, and outdoor activities, my energy is zapped.  I have a hard time waking up in the morning and am easily fatigued, both mentally and physically.  I want to refrain from multiple cups of coffee and energy drinks.  What are some natural remedies to increase my energy?

In need,
N.R.G. Boost

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Kombucha

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Kombucha

By Cristi Nunziata, Herbal Education Coordinator

You may think that kombucha is not your cup of tea, but if you haven’t already, there are many reasons that you may consider giving it a try. As a healthier alternative to soda, kombucha is fizzy and comes in a variety of flavors. Two brands are made locally, KIS and Aqua Vitea. You may also learn to make this healing beverage at home.

It is believed that kombucha dates back to the Chinese empire of the Tsim-Dynasty in 221 B.C. It was then passed on to Japan and finally India, Russia, and other Eastern countries. It was a popular beverage in World War II when black tea and sugar were sparse. Kombucha has been passed on from person to person for thousands of years and continues to be a popular beverage to this day.

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