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Burdock Root: A Living Picture of Transformation

 By Tom Cowan, M.D. The last time I wrote about burdock root, I highlighted its prominent role in most of the famous herbal formulas for cancer. Today, I want to highlight the other main benefit of burdock root, which is its effect on the skin. In folklore, burdock root is said to be a blood “purifier,” which has a detoxification effect on the skin.  In traditional Chinese medicine, burdock is “said to improve skin quality, texture and cure eczema.” So, I was interested to see whether either of these reputed effects is backed up in the more conventional scientific literature.  In fact, many interesting studies on burdock are listed on PubMed. The first study showed that an alcoholic extract of burdock root...

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Why Burdock Root Is in Many Famous Herbal Cancer Formulas

By Tom Cowan, M.D. First, I must confess that none of the burdock root in our Burdock Root Powder is from our garden in Napa.   (It comes from a small, Northern California organic farm.) For those of you who are gardeners, you are probably smiling to yourself, knowing full well why I decided not to convert the beautiful Napa garden into a burdock field.   Burdock is nothing if not tenacious. Once this perennial plant establishes, you will never get rid of it.   Yet, and this is a huge “yet” for us, burdock root is one of the most therapeutic foods that we know. Used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, traditional European medicine and then enthusiastically adopted in...

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Vegetables' Chloroplast Excretes the 'Heavy' Water

By Tom Cowan, M.D. Two studies published in major peer-reviewed medical journals within the past decade should be, in my opinion, major breakthroughs in the use of natural medicine in the treatment of chronic disease.   The first, published in The Journal of Cancer Therapy in 2011, showed that men with stage 4 prostate cancer who drank deuterium-depleted water had a mean survival time of 11.02 years as compared to historical norms of about 18 to 24 months.   The second study, published in the prestigious journal Medical Hypothesis in 2016, indicated that a ketogenic diet improves cellular energy generation because of metabolized fats’ ability to generate deuterium-depleted water in the tissues. So, what is deuterium-depleted water, and why are these studies...

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Carrots' Unique Cancer-Fighting Chemical

Almost everyone, of whatever age, knows and loves carrots.   To introduce our new Carrot Powder today, I'll share my most memorable encounters with carrots, which came decades ago as I was learning to garden and to become a doctor. From my earliest gardening days, I realized something that I believe to this day: The ability to grow carrots separates a really good gardener from the noncommittal gardener.   Carrots are extremely sensitive to both the quality of the bed preparation and the care one uses to tend the young seedlings. First, the bed must be completely level and a uniformly fine texture. Rocky or clumpy beds will produce poor results. Second, how you seed the bed matters. I’ve heard other gardeners say, if...

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The Many Gifts of Our Maui-Grown Turmeric

To introduce our Turmeric Powder, I want to share with you the first time I heard about the use of turmeric as a medicinal plant, which was in the early 1980s.  It was at that time, when I was first exposed to anthroposophical medicine and the work of Rudolf Steiner, that I learned about the medicines Steiner called the “dorons,” the group of medicines that includes cardiodoron, hepatodoron, choleodoron and others. “Doron” means “gift” to the heart, liver, gall bladder, etc. Steiner’s concept was to strengthen the activity of the various organs by using these new medicines, rather than to just treat disease.  It is the lack of health of the most important organs in our bodies that underlies most, if not...

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