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Under The Microscope: Rose Petals

6 May 2019

Nowadays roses are mostly used for Bachelorette ceremonies and hipster lattes, but once upon a time roses, and their fruit, rose hips, were widely used as medicines....

Cissus quadrangularis: the Fever Fighting, Pain Preventing, Diabetes Defeating Supplement?

14 Aug 2017

Cissus quadrangularis is a plant which belongs in the grape family, has red berries, and green or yellow flowers. Cissus quadrangularis is also the name slapped across a lot of supplements that...

Is Hyaluronic Acid All Hype?

29 Jun 2017

A quick search of Amazon for hyaluronic acid turns up thousands of products, from liquid serums to pills to creams that make a variety of claims. Balms and serums seem to focus on hyaluronic acid’s...

Fenugreek and Sotalone

20 Mar 2017

If you have eaten curry, you have probably tasted fenugreek. The seeds of this plant as well as its fresh leaves are commonly used as ingredients in curries. They are added for taste but they also...

Bacopa Monnieri

20 Mar 2017

Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine. When our early ancestors foraged for plants to eat, they encountered some that had benefits other than curbing hunger. Maybe it was pain relief from...

What are Bach flower remedies?

20 Mar 2017

Bach flower remedies have been around for close to a hundred years and were the brainchild of Edward Bach a British physician. Actually, there doesn’t seem to have been much “brain” involved in the...

Is “Vibe” vitamin-mineral supplement the miracle people claim it to be?

20 Mar 2017

Unfortunately there are no dietary miracles. What Vibe, produced by the Eniva Corporation, does have is a lot of hype. The scientific adviser to the company (which he actually founded) is Dr....

What Is The Role of Iodine in Thyroid Function?

20 Mar 2017

“Take a dose of seaweed or burnt sea sponge twice a year!” That was the ancient Chinese remedy for goiter. Almost four thousand years ago Chinese medical writings described the troublesome swelling...

Homeopathy: The Controversy Ensues

20 Mar 2017

Homeopathy is a controversial “alternative” practice. In 2012, Dr. Joe expressed his views in a series of columns in The Montreal Gazette - Homeopathy: Delusion through Dilution - which triggered a...

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