starrylightsStarrylights are hand-made, hand-painted luminaries (each one is deliciously different).  We are so lucky to have found Beth, whose creations these are!  With a votive candle lit inside, they dance by day and create a light show by night. … Debra

FishermanI love Nova Scotia Fisherman’s Xtreme Skin Care lotion really works for dry hands.  Oh, did I forget to mention that it smells nice too? … Gregoria

Putting your money where your mouth is

From a local on-line newspaper, Patch: “MIT graduate Shiva Ayyadurai’s offer is simple: If the Monsanto Company can disprove his claim that there are ‘no safety assessment standards’ for genetically modified organisms (GMO), he will give the agro-giant a $10 million building that he owns in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“That’s how strongly the inventor believes in the alleged danger of unregulated GMOs.”

Chestnut Artichoke Bites

Seggiano-roasted-artichoke-heartsChestnuts have been cultivated and eaten for more than 6,000 years in China, and more than 3,000 years in Europe. In his book, Biotechnology of Fruit and Nut Crops, author Richard Litz, writes that the Greeks claimed chestnuts superior to almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts. In the 16th century, Italians referred to chestnuts a “grain that grows on a tree,” and they were survival food in mountain regions where little else would grow.

Raw Cacao Frosting

CacaoWant a yummy frosting at the holidays? Want a decadent dip for nuts or dried fruit? For apple or pear slices? Try this and you’ll go yum. Don’t be afraid to eat coconut; it contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently in the body than other fats. They are a good, quick source of energy, and some researchers claim the MCTs have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Healthy A to Z

This month, the lazy Health Writer will relax and luxuriate by not doing research, not using complete sentences, not justifying or explaining his recommendations, not citing sources, and not going into depth. Enjoy!

Acne: zinc, 30 mg twice a day; plus Oregon Grape Root 1,000 mg also twice a day.

Bruises: to resolve existing bruises, arnica cream topically. If you bruise easily, take a daily herbal formula to strengthen the microvasculature, containing plenty of rutin and/or OPCs.

Canker Sores: DGL (which stands for deglycerrhizinated licorice), chewable tablets. Nibble off a bit of the tablet, and push it against the sore with your tongue. Repeat 5-6 times a day.