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Taste Matters: We Process Our Vegetables the Same Way Savvy Home Cooks Do

Taste Matters: We Process Our Vegetables the Same Way Savvy Home Cooks Do

May 13, 2019

The first of the three core principles that underlie all we do is increasing the vegetable diversity in your diet to include all the colors, growth habits and parts of the plant.  This strategy assures that you will avail yourself of all the many disease-preventing nutrients that plants have to offer. 

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Can We Coax Extinct Species Back Into Existence?

Can We Coax Extinct Species Back Into Existence?

May 06, 2019

About a dozen years ago I heard a farmer present the results of his work on his decades-old biodynamic farm in Australia.  He showed slides of the massive pit they had dug in which they laid dozens of cow horns filled with manure, which were used to “enliven” the fields.  He shared how they made the biodynamic preparations that are at the heart of the biodynamic process.  These preps stimulated calcium uptake by the plants, as well as root and fruit development, and others strengthened the plants against various diseases.   But the main thing that stuck with me were the slides he showed of an insect on his farm that had been declared extinct a decade earlier.  

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Calcium-Rich Cholla Buds Help Us Re-Connect to Traditional Ways

Calcium-Rich Cholla Buds Help Us Re-Connect to Traditional Ways

April 30, 2019

One of the first things one learns when switching to a traditional diet is that eating an authentic, traditional diet involves a lot more thought and preparation than one is typically used to.  My guess is that most people decide what they are going to eat for their next meal either right before mealtime, or, at most, when they shop the day before. Not so when one eats a traditional diet.                                       

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Diversity, Soil and Plant Health Are Everything When It Comes to Health

Diversity, Soil and Plant Health Are Everything When It Comes to Health

April 23, 2019

The other day I saw an advertisement from the University of California at San Francisco medical center that invited us to imagine a world without disease.  The ad’s message was that because of the diligence, innovation and bold experimentation going on at UCSF, we are on the verge of such a utopian existence.

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You’re Helping Us Be a Healing Force in the World

You’re Helping Us Be a Healing Force in the World

April 16, 2019

This week, Dr. Cowan’s Garden turns three years old.  To a certain extent, businesses and institutions follow the same general guidelines as the lives of individuals.  At three years old, the hope is the new emerging company is able to stand on its own two feet and develop its own identity.

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Spring Gardening Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

Spring Gardening Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

April 08, 2019

This is my favorite gardening time of the year.  Spring has finally arrived in Northern California, and the long, cold rains have abated.  While the winter rains have stimulated a lot of weed growth, the garden has a fresh, new look, with young, healthy, vibrant plants that haven’t peaked yet.

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Introducing Citrus Salt, Our Winter-Time Version of Pepper Salt

Introducing Citrus Salt, Our Winter-Time Version of Pepper Salt

April 01, 2019

In the deep winter months, it can be difficult to eat seasonally. That's exactly what I was thinking about in mid-February. It was then that my little Meyer lemon tree finally produced a few lemons ripe enough to eat. So, I decided to make a salt similar to our Pepper Salt, but made in the opposite season. 

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The Tenacious and Hardy Burdock Root Helps Us Clear ‘Toxic Heat’

The Tenacious and Hardy Burdock Root Helps Us Clear ‘Toxic Heat’

March 25, 2019

Modern medicine does not speak about disease or treatments in such descriptive terms.  Rather, modern medicine tends to be all about measures and numbers rather than the experience of the ill person. 

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Our Horseradish Is a Descendant Of an Old European Variety

Our Horseradish Is a Descendant Of an Old European Variety

February 26, 2019

The folklore of horseradish was that the pungent sulfur element “cleansed” your liver.  In modern-science terms, we would say that the sulforaphane chemicals in the horseradish root improve both phase 1 (bagging the garbage) and phase 2 (taking the garbage out to the curb) detoxification pathways in the liver.

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Ashitaba Makes Its Own Ketones, the Best Fuel for the Brain

Ashitaba Makes Its Own Ketones, the Best Fuel for the Brain

February 20, 2019

Recently, in researching the remarkable health benefits of the ashitaba plant, it has come to my attention that ashitaba, unlike most plants, actually makes its own ketone esters.  These are called chalcones and are thought to be the healing agent of the plant.

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Plants’ Life Energies Withdraw Into Their Roots in Winter

Plants’ Life Energies Withdraw Into Their Roots in Winter

February 11, 2019

Rutabagas, a traditional European, hardy, storage food, are known for their high sulfur content, an important nutrient in detoxification pathways. They’re  characterized by a spicy flavor and strong resistance to frost damage.  Celeriac is in the parsley family and has been bred to produce large, strongly flavored celery roots.

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The Only Medicine a Human Being Needs

The Only Medicine a Human Being Needs

February 05, 2019

They show that turmeric/curcumin has beneficial effects on everything from the stem cells that give rise to malignancies, to improving cognitive function in people and laboratory animals.  Turmeric/curcumin reduces inflammation, supports cellular metabolism, supports people with neuro-degenerative illness and even improves athletic performance.

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