Planet Fat

In keeping with Green Living Journal’s Spring 2018 theme of “Be the Change”, I refer readers to an interesting series published in the New York Times titled “Planet Fat” which started in September 2017. It’s relevant to the reader who wants to be informed of changes in our world food chain and its impact on … Read More.

Herbs for a Change

Great Grandma M used to say, “You are what you eat”. Perhaps she said that as she saw her four daughters move away from farm life with all the great natural fruits, vegetables, and meats to live in towns where food would be very different. With all the health problems brought on now-a-days by what … Read More.

Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference 

[ September 21, 2018; September 22, 2018; September 23, 2018; ] Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference 
Camp Sealth, Vashon Island, WA 

September 21 – 23 2018 

Join a village of wild women meeting once again in the forest at the edge of the Salish Sea.
Learning, celebrating, connecting, transforming…
Herbal Wisdom 
Wise Woman Ways 
Nourishing mind, body, heart & soul while uplifting a woman’s spirit…

Bring A Friend!
Mother, Daughter, Grandma, Auntie, Niece, Sister, Cousin…herbalist, ethnobotanist, midwife, nurse, … Read More.

Healing Power of Cannabis Conference

[ September 15, 2018; September 16, 2018; ] Healing Power of Cannabis Conference 
Vermont College of Fine Arts 
Montpelier, VT 
September 15 – 16, 2018 
“Aiding Health Care Providers, Medical Professionals, Herbalists, Growers and the General Public make responsible, effective, and educated decisions regarding the medicinal applications of Cannabis” 

Attendees will learn from expert presenters in over 20 workshops focused primarily on medicinal applications, organic cultivation, and preparation of high-quality medicinal Cannabis products. 

There … Read More.

American College of Healthcare Science Holiday Open House

[ December 15, 2017; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. ]
On Campus Holiday Open House
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 5005 SW Macadam Ave, Portland OR 97239
Join ACHS & The Apothecary Shoppe for some holiday cheer!
11-11:30 a.m. – Experience how easy it is to craft your own tea blend and make your own tea bags for holiday gifts
12-12:30 p.m. Aromatherapy blending … Read More.

The Trouble with Research (Part 2)

In a previous article about “The Trouble with Research’” I wrote about the infuence of industry groups who fund research in order to advance their viewpoint. Independent research is great, but when it’s funded by an industry group, the lines of independence become blurred. Researchers need funding, so when large contributors call, it’s hard to … Read More.

They Too Shall Garden

Murderers, child sexual predators, heroin dealers, identity theft perpetrators, robbers and burglars. Perhaps not the ‘type’ you would want living near you. But they do. We delude ourselves by believing that we are surrounded by law-abiding citizens who have driver’s licenses and car insurance, pay taxes and obey all the rules.
Eventually, many of them are … Read More.

American Herbalists 28th Symposium

[ October 5, 2017; October 6, 2017; October 8, 2017; October 9, 2017; ] 28th Annual Symposium Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton October 5 – 9 
The American Herbalists Guild is holding its 28th Annual Symposium, at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Oregon. The Symposium hosts some of the world’s leading herbal educators delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine. The Guild believes that … Read More.

The Trouble With Research (part 1)

In a previous edition of the Green Living Journal I wrote about ‘The Trouble with Natural’, in which I explained that ‘natural’ has no defined meaning from the USDA or the FDA. This term often used in food marketing gives the consumer no real information for decision making.
I will address sponsored food- based research, which … Read More.

The Trouble With Natural

Natural foods have been popular with consumers for a long time now, and both consumers and food businesses have been interested in their appeal. Seems natural enough – why not eat naturally and avoid unnatural (or added chemical) ingredients?
Problem is – there is not universal agreement on just what is a “natural food”. The term implies … Read More.