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Join us on our Facebook Discussion Group, Herbal Knowledge Keepers.

  • Regular updates on some of the highlights being added to the database.
  • Your questions answered
  • A place to share your experiences with plant medicine
  • Make suggestions for topics covered by the Herbal Knowledge Keeper’s show.
  • Much more… it’s THE place for community.

Botanicals and Your Bones – Herbal Knowledge Keepers

Herbalism through Space and Time, with Anne Merrill in Berlin

Hypothyroid & Hashimoto’s – Herbal Knowledge Keepers Episode 3

Dementia Covered on Herbal Knowledge Keepers

Medical Marijuana & Intro to Database (Herbal Knowledge Keepers)

The first episode of Herbal Knowledge Keepers is here! The first hour offers an introduction to the database. In the second hour we continue our exploration into medical marijuana, especially the shift towards legalization of medical marijuana with guest, Abbie Testaberg from Whole Plant Technologies.

Coming Soon! Weekly Live Broadcast

The database has grown into something like a “Google Earth” of the plant kingdom and healing. In building a community of healers around the this project, Shamana Deerwomon (a well-known internet broadcaster) came up with the idea of hosting a weekly internet show (initially on YouTube Live) to update folks on what’s new, explore existing regions and invite callers to ask questions. Viewers will watch to see how the database is used to answer these questions.

The show is called, “Herbal Knowledge Keepers”, scheduled for Friday at 3pm. Recordings will be posted here and in the database itself. The database is the product of many many researchers and practitioners, all searching for the best solutions to health problems and, especially, inspiration for living in wellness. It tells the story of humanity’s relationship with Nature.

Initially, the show will be recorded while Deerwomon and I experiment with the tech side of things. But it ought to be live by October at the latest.

I’ll be teaching a couple of classes at the upcoming Moonflower Herbfest at the end of October so we may wind up skipping a show.

I’m excited with the addition of a collaborator in this project, Melanie Lamb, who may join us for one of the first broadcasts. Melanie has an amazing story of being seriously damaged during a botched lumbar puncture. Failing to get the medical care she needed, nearing death, she took matters into her own hands and learned how to restore her health by natural means. She’s become an international figurehead for pain relief in such horrendous conditions as Arachinoiditis and as an advocate for patients. Learn more about her and her work here.

Artificial Sweeteners

Most users of the database know better than to use artificial sweeteners…and have friends or clients that use them and may even be addicted to them. So this is where having scientific facts at your fingertips comes in handy. Instead of “aspartame isn’t good for you”, try mentioning the study showing a causal relationship between aspartame and brain cancer…or choose another study, like the ones showing that diet soda cause weight gain.

Notice the range of serious health conditions that can be aggravated or caused by these chemicals!

A new section on these artificial sweeteners was added today to the section on “Toxins”. Here are a few screen shots:

The database section on Artificial Sweeteners

The section on Artificial Sweeteners

A portion of the info panel for Aspartame is shown below:

Some of the studies on health effects of Aspartame

Some of the studies on health effects of Aspartame


Announcing New “Making Herbal Medicine” Section

A new section has opened up for making all kinds of  natural remedies and products (colored bright yellow). So far it includes basic preparation methods, harvesting guidelines, herb storage info, help for measurements including conversion of grams to ounces, creating herbal formulas and products for hair and skin.

Products for home and garden are coming soon.

Here are some screenshots:

Opening view of The Basics in Making Herbal Medicine

Opening view of The Basics in Making Herbal Medicine

Categories in "Basic Preparations"

Categories in “Basic Preparations”

Categories in "Cosmetics - Hair & Skin Preparations"

Categories in “Cosmetics – Hair & Skin Preparations”

Categories in "For Hair & Scalp"

Categories in “For Hair & Scalp”

Thinking About Gene Testing? Think Twice

Have you noticed the trend towards gene testing to nail down exactly which nutrients YOU require? Or which drugs you really need to avoid? Perhaps to get to the bottom of mysterious symptoms or, gasp, find out if you have a variant gene predisposing you to disease?

Before you spend your money (or, definitely, if you already have) take a spin through the database section on Genetics.

database genetics

interpretation of human genomesAn important lecture from the Broad Institute was added today called “Medical Interpretation of the Human Genome”  which reveals serious gaps of knowledge about the clinical relevance of having a gene variant. It turns out that many of the gene variants don’t pose much, if any, risk to health. The ones to pay attention to are identified as causing monogenic diseases, these affect 30 million people (1:10) in the US.

Dr. Rehm explains that the genetic testing done by such companies as LifeGenetics (you’ll find them posted along with other testing labs under Genetic Testing) to determine what you should eat isn’t based on solid scientific evidence.

She discusses key challenges, for example, there are no standards or a resource to document the validity of gene-disease relationships ready for clinical use. Labs differ in their interpretation of gene variants so  there needs to be a massive effort in data sharing to improve our knowledge of DNA variation and consistency in variant classification.

The good news is that this massive data sharing among institutions has begun and  is now resulting in some public databases. So, if you get tested, you  can plug in a gene variant and find evidence for its potential role in your health. You’ll see that the genetic databases are posted in our genetic’s section. Dr. Rehm is part of a group called ClinGen (linked in the Genetics info panel). Its funded by the NIH  to create an authoritative central resource that defines the clinical relevance of genes and variants for use both in medicine and research. Already there are over 400 people from 90  institutions involved in this project. Results are to be shared in publicly available databases. Here’s snapshot of their mission:

ClinGen Resource