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Calories from Quantity to Quality – Who’s Counting?

The modern system for measuring the caloric value of foods was pioneered by Wilbur Olin Atwater, a professor of chemistry at Wesleyan University from 1873 to 1904. Along with colleagues he constructed the Atwater-Rosa calorimeter and through a series of experiments conducted mostly on students, laid the foundation for the modern system used to assign […]

Ginkgo Biloba: A Prehistoric Healer

Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest plants in existence, as it is believed to have been unchanged for the past 270 million years.  This living fossil, which has no close living relatives, is a resilient plant, having survived several mass extinctions and was apparently the only living tree found near the epicenter of the […]

The Healing Power of Lavender

Lavender, a flower from Provence France, isn’t just something pretty to look at; it turns out lavender is quite a medical powerhouse with no contraindications or adverse interactions when used with other herbs or medications.  For centuries lavender has been used to calm nerves, cure headaches, insomnia, and gastrointestinal issues, but more recently other uses […]

A Vicious Circle: Antibiotics Destroy Gut

It has been known for a long time that antibiotic use not only kills targeted infections, but also leads to the development of drug resistant super-bugs and also permanently kills good bacteria, such as that in your gut.  However, evidence from a study in the popular journal Nature indicates that, the process of permanently killing […]