Shedding some light on bone broth

Shedding some light on bone broth

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a little out-of-touch when it comes to popular trends, particularly in the field of natural health and wellness. Partly this is because I'm too busy, but it's also because my inattention is quite deliberate. I have never found much solace in the crush of the crowd, preferring wide open spaces - both physically and conceptually - and the opportunity to connect with others in a thoughtful fashion. In contrast, most popular trends are planted and watered by marketers, who use advertising and social media as fertilizer to pray upon the public's hopeful naiveté, spinning the mystery and exoticism of products and practices far removed from their original context. A good example of this are many of the superfoods that I recently reviewed on my blog. But some popular trends arise from grassroots practices, like the goji (gouqi) berry (Lycium barbarum), long used in Chinese medicine to nourish yin, to benefit the eyes, liver, blood, and fertility. What the mar … [Read more...]

12 culinary herbs… a free lecture

12 culinary herbs… a free lecture

Come join us on March 15th for 12 Culinary Herbs You Can't Live Without, a casual and engaging evening with author and veteran practitioner Todd Caldecott. During this free lecture, Todd will introduce you to twelve important culinary herbs that everyone should know, providing a detailed review of their nutritional and phytochemical properties, as well as their culinary and medicinal uses. In this class, you will learn: how to cook with these 12 herbs what foods they go best with how to prepare and use them as a medicine. Date: March 15th, 2016 Time: 6pm PST There is limited space available for this lecture, so register now! … [Read more...]

Ayurveda In Nepal: free lecture

Ayurveda In Nepal: free lecture

I was introduced to the Bajracharya medical tradition of Nepal by my colleague Alan Tillotson, author of the highly acclaimed One Earth Herbal Sourcebook. Alan had met the late Dr. Mana Bajra Bajracharya somewhat by chance when he traveled to Nepal in the early 1970s, suffering from the effects of poorly controlled type 1 diabetes. Through Dr. Mana's skill Alan was restored to health, and since that time, Alan maintained an ongoing relationship with Dr. Mana until his death in 2001. Known locally and internationally for his healing skills, Dr. Mana authored over 40 books on Ayurveda, and in 2000, Alan asked me to help with the publication of these works. In 2009, I finally traveled to Nepal to meet Dr. Mana's son, Vaidya Madhu, and shortly thereafter we published the first of Dr. Mana's work as Ayurveda In Nepal. This book is detailed compendium of the traditional theories and practices employed by Dr Mana, drawing from the 800 year old medical tradition that he inherited as part of … [Read more...]

Putting an end to seasonal allergies

Putting an end to seasonal allergies

I am fortunate to live on the edge of Pacific Spirit Park, and on my daily walks through the forest with my dogs, I have been noticing the unmistakable signs that spring is on its way. Not just the crocuses, snowdrops and burgeoning cherry blossoms in my neighborhood, but taking advantage of the open forest canopy of late winter, the leaf buds of bushes such as elderberry and salmonberry are just starting to open. With climate change being exacerbated by El Nino, the early arrival of spring in much of North America and Europe is welcome respite from a long cold winter, but at the same time, brings with it the dread of seasonal hay fever sufferers. Beginning around now, trees including alder, birch, aspen and poplar begin to pollinate, followed later in spring as it warms up by grass, weeds and mould spores. As a (former) long time allergy sufferer myself I have a lot of compassion for those of you that suffer from seasonal hay fever. But at the same, I experience considerable … [Read more...]

New semester begins March 23

New semester begins March 23

Happy new year! Let us all hope that 2016 brings us all closer to good health and happiness. To that end, we are delighted to announce that the Spring semester at the DSBM begins in March, with Inside Ayurveda starting on March 23rd, and Food As Medicine on March 24th. Please scroll down for more details. Ayurveda Summit Last fall I was asked to be part of the Ayurveda Summit, and was interviewed by Dr. Eric Grasser on the application of Ayurveda in every day life. You can still access these recordings, but if you missed them, here is some of the feedback: Thank you Todd – you provided deep insight and ignited my curiosity. My earlier revelation from my day about ayurveda was…"Ayurveda is designed to maximize your potential in all aspects of life; to enhance your ability to do what you are here to do; to connect you with your highest expression of your unique gifts. Ayurveda is the Ultimate User's Manual for Resilience." I feel that you confirmed what I was sensing. What a gift Tod … [Read more...]