Dressed-Up Veggies with Sumac, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese

Sumac is a fruit with a lemony taste. Used as a spice in the Middle East, the berries are ground into a purple powder that not only adds flavor, but eye appeal. It’s lovely with salads or meats, or as a garnish on hummus or rice.

Traditionally, sumac was used as a medicine for things such as promoting healthy digestion, easing upset stomachs, and reducing fevers. Today, research has found sumac to have antimicrobial properties, and in one experiment, when it was added to the drinking water of animals, their DNA oxidized less.  It can also simply be used on the table as a condiment to replace salt and pepper.

Building Strength and Vitality with China’s Premiere Fire: Deer Antler

A guest column by Tyler Gisleson

Deer and elk antlers are the fastest growing bone/organ in the entire mammalian kingdom: these amazing horns grow and fall off in an annual cycle (every year!) The most dominant and sexually active male stags produce the largest crown of branchy horns atop their majestic heads. The ancients saw this natural magic as a powerful symbol of regenerative strength. This is why the people of China and Korea have used antler as food and medicine since recorded history to promote strength & virility.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TMC) deer antler is a profound and legendary tonic herb, held in the same regard as Ginseng and Reishi mushroom. It is said to be the "Premier Fire" or the "No. 1 yang jing substance" in the entire TCM pharmacopeia (yang being the fiery, male, strengthening aspects of the herb; jing being the physical life essence in our bodies). Traditional uses for deer antler include treating low back pain, weak knees, infertility, senility, premature aging, exhaustion, impotence, and arthritis amongst many more. In a healthy body, it can promote or enhance physical athleticism, longevity, strength, beauty and willpower. [editor’s note: wow!]

Five-Minute Coconut Curry

March always seems a month of bluster and storm, just before spring, when you crave food that is warming, fragrant and all in one pot. I made this recipe for some friends recently, and they loved it. If you have the ingredients on hand, it really does take only five minutes to put in the pot.

Don’t worry about using coconut; it’s not bad for you. Here, we’re using a full-fat canned coconut milk with no additives; full-fat so you get the beneficial, special medium-chain triglycerides (fats) that burn efficiently in the body and that are satisfying and energizing too. So here goes…

Shingles, Cold Sores, Mono, Chicken Pox and Herpes

The title says "shingles, cold sores, mono, chicken pox, and herpes," but that's a little misleading. Actually, shingles, cold sores, mono, and chicken pox are all different types of herpes infections. But since most people hear "herpes," and think only of sexually transmitted diseases, I'm giving this article a title that hopefully won't scare too many people off.

How herpes works: Viruses — all viruses, not just herpes — don't really "do" much as they float around the bloodstream or in the tissue fluids. They don't eat. They don't generate energy. They don't move under their own power. They don't attack anything. They just… float. That is, they float until they manage to stick to a host cell and get inside. Inside the cell is where they reproduce, and do their damage. 

Viruses – all viruses, not just herpes — are unable to reproduce on their own. Instead, they trick their host into doing it for them. Once inside a host cell, the virus splices its DNA into the host’s DNA. So when the machinery of the host cell does its normal job and transcribes its own DNA, the viral DNA gets transcribed along with it. (It's sort of like sneaking couple of pages into a stack of papers someone is about to run through a Xerox machine).