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How Our Beloved Squash Powders Came to Be

From all of us at Dr. Cowan’s Garden, we wish you a happy and healthy new year.   We are grateful that you welcomed us into your lives this past year, either by using our products or simply by reading our newsletter. This coming year, we intend to take our young business to a new level.  We are planning more products (including more wild-harvested ones), working to eliminate shortages and growing a network of small, organic farmers.  We are building out our own kitchen, connecting with foragers and streamlining and improving our techniques.  Now, however, I want to turn back a little and reflect on one of our first “flagship” products to coincide with our $5-off sale on Winter Squash Powder. During our early...

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Chaga Mushrooms: Nature's Blueprint for Cancer Prevention

Two of the things I probably loved the most as a teenager were sports and Russian novels.  My favorite novelist was Dostoyevsky, and at one point my sister claimed that I had morphed into the underground man. Another favorite was Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who wrote the supposedly autobiographical account  The Cancer Ward, in which the main character had been sent to Siberia by the Soviet state and contracted an aggressive skin cancer.  As a result of the cancer, he was exiled to the cancer ward, a gruesome place where Siberian prisoners were sent to die with essentially no medical care, not even pain medications.   Understanding the desperate situation he was in, he escaped from the cancer ward and found refuge in an...

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Horseradish: A Nutritional and Medicinal Standout

My earliest memories of horseradish come from childhood and our annual Passover dinners.  I remember Passover as my favorite holiday, probably because of the feast that was the highlight of the holiday.  It was the only time of the year my entire family gathered in one place to celebrate with a special meal. Starting perhaps in my teenage years, I have the distinct memory of eating small, thin pieces of horseradish root as part of the festive bitter-herb sandwich.  Starting then and continuing into adulthood, I would think every year at Passover time, “wow, this horseradish is really good, I should eat it more often.”   Then, the following week I would purchase a prepared horseradish product, or perhaps look for a...

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Seeking the "Light" Plant

At a certain point every autumn, one experiences the light receding.  I notice it when I have to turn on the “headlights” on my bicycle on the ride home after work.  Sometimes I notice that the growth of the garden plants slows to a crawl; other years I just notice a tendency to want to sleep more and be less active.  In any case, the cause is very clear: the light is receding and the darkness is growing.  This experience, of course, is one of the meanings of both the Christmas and Hanukah stories, both of which teach us about overcoming the darkness both within and outside of us.   As we approach the darkness this year, I would like to introduce...

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A Thanksgiving Gratitude: How the Heart Looks Out for Us

Perhaps the best part of writing a book is receiving letters and emails from people suggesting that I look into some aspect of the subject that they're excited about.  As many of you know, my heart book, Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, has been out for about three weeks, and the new ideas are rolling in. One of them, a remarkable insight about the heart sent to me by a doctor in Europe, I share here not only as inspiration about the amazing heart, but also as a gesture of gratitude because the heart is so intimately connected to this emotion. Thanksgiving week is the perfect opportunity to share my gratitude with all of you who have stood by us through our...

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