Farmageddon: Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost: Topsoil an Endangered Species by Michael Braunstein Go find a plot of earth that’s never been sprayed or fertilized. Preferably find one that appears verdant and rife with life. When you dig it, you should find earthworms, bugs, crawly creatures. And those are just the ones you can see with the naked eye. […]

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Food or Not Food

Food or Not Food by Michael Braunstein Okay, let’s keep this really simple. Humans need food to survive. We should all know that. But do we all know what “food” is? It appears not because we consume tons of material that is made to look like food, smell like food, even sometimes taste like food. […]

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants by Michael Braunstein There’s an irony about the terms “alternative medicine” and “traditional medicine.” They are used exactly backwards. Ask the average American to describe “traditional” medicine and they’ll tell you it is the kind found at the behemoth hospital centers. It’s where  medical doctors use drugs, surgery and […]

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Drink Up: Hydrate for health

Drink Up: Hydrate for health by Michael Braunstein Our planet, our Spaceship Earth, is made up of three-quarters water, H2O. By some amazing coincidence of creation, the human body reflects that quota. We are also 75 percent water. Replenishing what is lost through perspiration and respiration during a hot summer day is essential. And for […]

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“Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.”

“Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” by Michael Braunstein Legend has it that the movie “Twins” was pitched to producers by a summary written on the back of a business card: “Movie idea: Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger are twins.” That was enough. In Hollywood it was a practice we perfected. Since Hollywood is the […]

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Here’s the Beef

Here’s the Beef by Michael Braunstein If you’re like most folks in America, you’re still a carnivore and this time of year nothing excites you more than the thrill of the grill. The temperate weather and the longer days serve well to whet the appetite for sizzling steaks, bountiful burgers and yummy yardbird over the […]

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Let’s Review

Let’s Review: To Remind by Michael Braunstein They say, “You can buy ‘em books and send ‘em to school but…” Well, the sentiment expressed therein would certainly coax someone to repeat the message. Finding by personal experience that not everyone reads every Heartland Healing column every time one comes out, there may be informational nuggets […]

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Petal to the Metal

Petal to the Metal: Dining on Daisies by Michael Braunstein Friend Anna had a problem. It’s springtime and she couldn’t decide what to plant in the small space bordering the front porch. I suggested a couple rows of Swiss chard so she could have greens for the kitchen. “I want something pretty, with colors,” she […]

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Depression: Why Not

Depression: Why Not by Michael Braunstein Do not be confused by the graphic. Do not mistake Mufasa from the “Lion King” fable as an icon of depression. But his image is there for a reason soon to become apparent. In the Disney movie, the departed Mufasa appears to his son, Simba, in a vision during […]

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