Health Notes

Fermented Foods: Nutritional Alchemy and the Fountain of Youth

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

To learn more about Fermentation, please sign up for our Lacto-Fermented Sodas, Sourdough Bread, and Kombucha classes offered this month.

June's Health Genie: Treating Sunburns

Aloe

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.
 

Dear Health Genie,

I forgot to apply my sunblock before heading out on the lake this past weekend, and now I am sunburned! Can you give me any recommendations for taking the heat out of my skin and helping it to heal?

Thanks in advance,

Badly Burnt

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Wild Greens

Wild Nettles and Miner's Lettuce

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Robert Luby, MD

Mother Nature has a way of taking care of our nutritional needs year-round. After the winter root cellar is bare and before the summer vegetables abound, where can we turn to find fresh local foods brimming with vitamins, minerals, and fiber? After the citrus season has waned and before the summer fruits and berries burst onto the scene, where can we find fresh local sources of polyphenols, flavonoids, and antioxidants? The answer is greens: spring greens, bitter greens, and wild greens.

November's Health Genie: Sleep

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

What tips can you give me for healthy sleep? Sometimes I experience a night when I feel restless or do not sleep very deeply most of the night even though I am tired. It frustrates me throughout the night and my lack of sleep drags me down the next day.  

Sleepless in Shelburne

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Mushrooms: Medicinal Confetti

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

To learn more: Sign up for our "Medicinal Mushrooms for Health and Vitality" class on Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

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).

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