Herbal Viagra?

Probably the best thing Lamar Odom has done since giving the Lakers a couple decent seasons as a backup forward is bringing to light the dangers of taking unreliable herbal supplements. Let’s be clear: Mixing cocaine and sketchy herbal supplements, like former NBA player Odom reportedly did recently, is never a good idea. Sources claimed Odom used several doses of a so-called “male enhancement” herbal tonic before collapsing in a Nevada brothel. And while there undoubtedly are some supplements that are beneficial and effective, it’s unlikely that they will be found at the counter of your local gas station or bordello.

There are two diametrically opposed medical systems at work in America and the rest of the Western world. One can…

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Grab Your Nuts

If my casual observation and deduction holds true, we may be in for quite the winter. Squirrels in my neighborhood are gathering copious amounts of nuts and stashing them everywhere. Do they know something about the weather that we can only guess? And on the human side, it’s no wonder that pecans, Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and other nutty buddies find their way to our diet in the winter months. At a time of year when we need nutrient-dense, high energy foods because of the chill in the air and onset of brutal weather, nuts are just that: power-packed nuggets of protein, fat and nutrients.

Nearly all true nuts have redeeming value when it comes to nutrition and health…

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Tick-Tock, Body Clock

In case you haven’t noticed, the worm has turned. It’s not summer any longer and the nights are filled with chill. It makes for great sleeping weather but seasonal change is something the body must respect, whether your conscious mind realizes it or not.

As much as conventional medicine ignores it, the human body is indelibly stamped with the mark of Nature and as such, is obligated to follow Nature’s rules. That includes the adaptation that seasonal change dictates. As sure as birds migrate, bears hibernate, squirrels aggregate, the human animal is subject to the season. Though the body may be telling you what to do, it will only succeed if you pay attention to it. So, listen up.

The…

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Immune Boosters

A few issues ago, we exposed flu shots for what they are: a largely ineffective, money-making scam. [link] And although very few Americans die of influenza each “flu season,” it is statistically sound to cite an increase in respiratory ailments during the colder months of winter. The seasonal stress on the immune system can leave a body vulnerable. And there are significant steps one can take — aside from the hocus poke-us of a jab with a sharp needle — that can boost the immune system naturally.

Ask a friend for help.  A visit to your family chiropractor or acupuncturist for a tune-up can work wonders for the immune system. For my money, I go for just the chiropractic…

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Your Tongue Can Save the World

So you want to save the planet? You recycle plastic and consider your carbon footprint but don’t know exactly what that means or how to change your shoe size. You want to leave a better place for your kids so you try not to waste water or electricity, you carry a designer tote bag to the store. But really, how much impact can you have doing laundry with “green” detergent, driving fewer miles, using LED bulbs or buying that gas-sipping eco-car to visit the recycling center? The truth? Not much. The greatest thing you can do to save the planet is to put your tongue to the task. What you choose to eat has greater impact than any other choices…

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Flu Shots

Each autumn we start hearing tales of employees being either peer-pressured or mandated to get jabbed with an ineffective and dangerous vaccine. You know, if I weren’t such a mellow guy who meditates twice a day, seeing all these “Get Your Flu Shot” signs would really piss me off. That indelicate and crass declaration aside, it’s time to look at the insane notion of buying into the media/corporate/government/Big Pharma hype of the seasonal flu vaccine.

Cut to the chase. Just look at the problems surrounding the flu vaccine: 1) It’s ineffective. It does not protect you from getting the flu. 2) It’s dangerous. 3) Look at who is pushing you to get shot: Grocery stores, pharmacies, drug companies and government…

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Just Can It!

At farmers markets and in home gardens across the region, produce is poppin’ at a prodigious rate. Summer’s bounty is the tastiest and most nutritious right now so we’re facing a dilemma: how do we take advantage of it? Seems we have two choices. We could either try to eat everything at once or figure out a way to keep some of it around for eating later. The answer is to preserve the peak of the harvest for later enjoyment.

There are five common methods to keep real food on the table for autumn and winter months: drying, salting, canning, freezing and doing nothing. All are easier than you might think and when done well, are far better than buying…

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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