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Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An Elders' Herbal

An Elders' Herbal: Natural Techniques for Promoting Health and Vitality by David Hoffmann

David Hoffmann's complete guide to healthy aging addresses the unique concerns of people approaching fifty years of age and older.  A medical herbalist for sixteen years, the author has developed a wide variety of herbal treatments that focus on prevention and promote longevity.  He also offers specific herbal remedies for minor and more serious conditions, including hypertension, insomnia, bronchitis, varicose veins, and arthritis.  While these preparations are powerful healing agents, they produce none of the unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects often brought on by synthetic drugs.  By applying their natural healing properties, we can minimize our dependence on conventional medical treatments while shoring up and strengthening our immune systems.  The book's Materia Medica, listing more than 150 herbs by both common and Latin names, specifies which part of the plant to use, actions and indications, preparation methods, and recommended dosages.

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