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Pomegranates should be your new year resolution

Pomegranates and their ruby-like seeds are one of the fruits that define the Middle East, or at least the Levante side of the Middle East. Even though suspect pomegranate seeds were traced to an outbreak of hepatitis this past summer in the United States (organic fruit at that!), we have to let bygones by bygones.

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Turmeric Heals The Way Drugs Do, Only Better

There are two good reasons for cooking with turmeric. The first one is that the spice’s attractive yellow color and pungent flavor satisfy the sense of having eaten real food. The second, as folk wisdom has always known, is that it’s good for you. Our previous post on turmeric vs. arthritis offers a wide view […]

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Make Kombucha Tea At Home

For centuries, kombucha lovers have been drinking the fizzy tea beverage and claiming amazing health benefits from it. Some people are now making hard kombucha… this is kombucha with alcohol. The origins of kombucha tea are veiled in ancient history. Some say that man first brewed tea with a “mother” kombucha culture in Korea. Others […]

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Turmeric Helps Conquer Arthritic Inflammation

In the Middle East, now is the time to buy fresh turmeric root for freezing or planting. Fancy a turmeric smoothie? That’s how my husband gets his daily dose of the deep-yellow, pungent root. When his doctor took him off anti-inflammation medications, I cast around for a natural way to help him cope with the […]

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Bedouin folk medicine by Miriam Aborkeek

I had the pleasure of meeting this enterprising Bedouin woman, Miriam Aborkeek while on a Bedouin home stay and personal tour with Yeela Raanan of Bedouin Experience in Israel. Here’s Aborkeek’s story about her natural cosmetics company Desert Daughter: Once, Bedouin women roamed with the seasons, foraging for plants and helping graze animals where the rains […]

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Wild ways to travel the Middle East

You can visit travel websites for all-inclusive holidays where you can find week-long or two-week sun holidays in Sharm, Sinai; You can also find loads of ways to  hang out in Agadir, Morocco at exclusive resorts; but not every all-inclusive option can give you the right eco spirit you are aiming for. Normally planning an eco […]

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Study Links Fluoride to Cardiovascular Disease

New study shows connection between fluoride consumption and hardening of the arteries. Our previous post on fluoride brought up some startling facts on the dangers lurking in our water. Water laced with fluoride, that is. The list of ills associated with fluoridated water is long and scary: Alzheimer’s, asthma, cancer, arthritis, thyroid dysfunction are among […]

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Top 6 Freaky Foods To Avoid

Human hair in bread, arsenic-laced holy water, and chemically-treated veggie burgers are among the top 6 freaky foods to stay away from. Step on in to learn more. Over the years we have covered a host of freaky food and water-related stories that have the power to turn even the most adventurous eater into an […]

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Environmental Chemicals Pack The Pounds On You

It’s not just excess calories anymore. It could be that environmental chemicals are ordering your body to put on the pounds. We  live surrounded by synthetic chemical substances. They’re in our food, our soaps, in hundreds of thousands of things we handle daily. Like parabens, a preservative found in moisturizers and bath products. Exposure to […]

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Wet Cupping or ‘Hijama’: The Ancient Art of Healing

From Aztecs and A-list celebrities, the ancient healing practice of cupping has such a diverse fanbase and illustrious history that it’s hard to credit one culture with its conception. The practice is believed to date back to thousands of years with evidence of the method amongst medicinal traditions of the Egyptians, Chinese and Greeks. The […]

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Nightshades: Vegetables To Be Careful With

Have you ever thought of a potato as possibly harmful? Along with tomato and eggplant it has that potential What do tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant have in common with tobacco? They are all part of the Nightshade family. Many salads call for their use, including the Middle Eastern eggplant dish Baba Ghanoush, however, despite […]

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5 Vegetarian Myths To Counter Die-Hard Carnivores

Long-standing myths about the deficits of vegetarianism are herein debunked. Good news! Going vegetarian won’t leave you with a protein deficiency or put you at risk for developing gout. We’re going to put those rumors to rest so that you can stop wondering and worrying and get started down the road to better health. Myth […]

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Natural herbs for sensual health

Tinamarie brings us another installment of eco-friendly supplements that spice up the bedroom In a recent column on male sexual stimulants, we created an eco-sexy list of non-pharmacological supplements purported to increase a man’s libido and overall sexual well-being and performance. Here, we focus on natural ways to get a woman’s love-gears in motion. First, […]

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Foraging Wild Weeds on Your Windowsill: Grow Chickweed

It’s easy to cultivate chickweed (a vitamin powerhouse) on your windowsill for a quick springtime salad. Karin went foraging in her backyard, but wasn’t sure which weeds were edible. One of the most prevalent edible weeds thriving now in the Mediterranean is chickweed, Stellaria media if you want to get botanical about it. Its flavor […]