The years have taught me many things, but chief among them is the importance of journaling in the creative process, and as substrate for reflection. I’ve maintained journals of various kinds for 20 years. This amounts to a massive amount of raw data for my life, from which I am able to write a memoir... Read More
A new study published last week examined the anti-borrelial activity of several botanical extracts against doxycycline and cefuroxime in vitro. This study was well designed and helps advance the conversation on Lyme disease and potential herbal treatments. More importantly, there are important lessons for research groups. From the abstract: In the present study, we investigated... Read More
2019 was a year of fantastic reading. Here are the standouts. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino A must read essay anthology for all members of this generation. Jia presents some of the most original thinking around online spaces, identity, and feminism that I’ve read in years. For the short version, listen to... Read More
My singular fierce passion is developing better medicine for our immune and nervous systems. Contemporary life strains these 2 systems, and conventional therapeutics are limited. Interest in immunity naturally brought me to the higher fungi. The complex mixtures of polysaccharides, terpenes, and sterols offer sculptural support for the strained, stressed, and drained immune system. Neurogenic... Read More
It’s been 3 years since I wrote about ghost pipe and harvesting ethics. During that time, the post has been shared widely on social media, contributing to a conversation about foraging ethics in our community. It’s also provoked criticism and defense. Many maintain that it’s common and justifiable to gather like other plants. I’ve been... Read More
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a promising remedy that supports many areas of health and wellness, such as pain, mood, and overall nervous system functioning. A growing evidence base and increasingly progressive medical cannabis laws have thrown CBD products into the mainstream. However, this product space is rife with vague terminology and inconsistent labeling practices, rendering it... Read More
Herb drug interactions (HDIs) have a bad reputation. Negative herb drug interactions have been unfairly emphasized, and the subject has overall served to increase paranoia and suspicion about using herbs in clinical settings. The truth is that these are largely positive–some herbs can synergize with drugs to increase their efficacy or alleviate their side effects.
Mushrooms: there are the good, the bad, and the psychedelic. Most people are familiar with the latter varieties. But another class of mushrooms have been neglected and underutilized: the medicinal mushrooms. Though they have a long history of use in Chinese, Japanese, and Eastern European medicine traditions, Western medicine is just catching up to the... Read More