A row of gleaming Mason jars lines the kitchen countertop and reflected from within is a spectrum of vibrant colors. Magenta beets, orange carrots, and deep purple cabbage will soon reach their peak of perfection and be ready for consumption.
This scene has largely been lost in today's kitchen. The once-common art of home fermentation has been replaced by the convenience of modern, processed food. The loss holds perhaps a detrimental cultural implication, but potentially more deleterious is the impact on our health. Fortunately, a current resurgence of interest in fermented foods is reversing this trend. With how simple and healthful they are, it makes more than a little sense.
Fermented foods date back millennia and were used by traditional cultures primarily as a method of food preservation. It proved to be a critical means of providing food security to early indigenous populations. Yet, the process of fermentation also can enhance a crop's nutritional status . . . Read More
It is a different idea, the notion that we might be able to cultivate greater personal charisma, yet this seems to be within reach. The dictionary defines charisma as "compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others." If heightening your charm is appealing, Hypnosis (and self-hypnosis) is proving to be a pleasant and powerful way to accomplish that . . . Read More
a wide-ranging culprit
Most people don't know the name of this body part, but we all know the symptoms it can cause when it malfunctions. Sudden neck or back pain for no reason. Constipation or diarrhea. Even those "raccoon" dark circles under your eyes.
What do they have in common? They all can be caused by the Ileocecal Valve. Located between your belly button and your right hip, the . . . Read More
ancient medicine anew
Once upon a time, long, long ago in a land far, far away . . . should perhaps be the opening to the story of Ayurveda (pronounced "ah-yer-vey-duh"). It is, after all, said to be 5,000 years old (documented in ancient texts, but handed down orally before the written word). And at 8,000-plus miles, India certainly qualifies for being distant.
But far from a fairy tale, early Ayurvedic practitioners regarded it as the cumulative body of health knowledge . . . Read More
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