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The other day, I was in a very busy, crowded restaurant. While waiting for my food, and looking at all the kids, grandparents, tiny babies and grown-ups who were swarming the place, I saw a boy, totally involved in picking his nose. I couldn’t bring myself to watch what he did with whatever he got out, but his picking did make me start thinking about the coronavirus, a germ which is spreading around the world. 

Tea I

Jun 28, 2014

6/28/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:" According to archaeologists, human use of tea,  Camellia sinensis, goes back 500,000 years.  The flavonoids in tea are more effective antioxidants than Vitamins C or E - they seem to boost immunity and protect against cavities and ultraviolet rays. More research is needed to find out if tea's flavonoids protect against cardiovascular disease and certain kinds of cancer.

American Ginseng

Jun 21, 2014

6/21/14: This week on "The Plant Detective:"  Even today, many elderly Chinese still prefer a good ginseng root to health insurance. American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is used to aid digestion, treat diabetes, boost immunity, and balance qi, or life energy.


Jan 17, 2014

January 18th, 2014: Elderberry is an immune-booster, an antioxidant more potent than vitamin C, a stress reducer, and a powerful anti-viral. As they say in Austria:  “Tip your hat to the elder.”