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October 2005 after the first frost and summer grasses had turned brown.  The growth of winter grasses was delayed by the drought.


This is the Home Page for our quick-read nutritional health column for regional newspapers. If you have a local publication that might want to carry it, let us know or pass the link onto them.

“So God Made a Farmer”

Column #14

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.

That was Paul Harvey’s opening line in his famous 2.5-minute speech at the November 1978 Future Farmers of America convention in Kansas City, MO. You can hear his moving presentation HERE.

Toenail Fungus: “Foot ‘n Mouth Disease”

Column #13

Over 10% of all adults develop Toenail Fungus at some time in their lives. The fungus thrives beneath the toenails because that location is usually dark, moist, and warm. It begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of a toenail. As the fungal infestation grows deeper, the nails become brittle, discolored, inflamed, and may crumble at the edge. It may affect more than one nail but usually not all of them.

Can Food Compete with Pills?

Column #11

Oregonians are proud of their values and beliefs in education, wellness, and the environment yet they are popping Methadone, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone like candy. Fully 25% of Oregon’s four million residents take prescription opioids.

It’s estimated that 20% of Oregonians are in pain. Their addiction to pain medication has gained so much traction that in 2010 deaths from prescription opiods were about five per 100,000.

Feeding People Like Livestock

Column #10

Marketers and commentators have changed the original meaning of the “Paleo Diet.” It never meant one should exercise, hunt, or eat exactly like a caveman. Nutritional scientists originally used it to describe the chemistry of man’s diet prior to grain farming. They would say the “Paleo Diet” differed from the chemistry of today’s modern diet and then explain the negative impact those changes have had on health. The Paleo emphasis today is more on lifestyle than food chemistry.

Crohn’s Disease: Diet Dominates

Column #9

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) says medication and a five-food-group diet can help control these diseases leading to “a full and rewarding life.”  Then it says 70% of Crohn’s victims will require surgery which initially makes symptoms disappear. But 30% of them experience recurrence of their symptoms within three years and up to 60% within ten years, so surgery is not a cure. That’s “a full and rewarding life”?

Reversing Cognitive Decline

Column #8

This column is about reversing, not just preventing, cognitive decline!

I’ve been ridiculed by nutritionists, medical professionals, and the media for suggesting Alzheimer's Disease (AD) victims could improve their mental function with diet. They say it’s impossible and not appropriate to give false hope to people who are already suffering.

Fat or Sugar?

Column #6

Sugar, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” America’s love affair with sugar is unprecedented. In 1822 per capita consumption of sugars was five pounds per year. Today it’s 150 pounds because of the ubiquitousness of sugar, corn syrup, other syrups, and honey. This is deplorable yet some researchers claim sugar has benefits!

Fungus Among Us

Column #5

Few people read the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. That’s unfortunate because it publishes important research related to human and animal infections and their consequences for health and well-being.