Herb research, conifer recipes, favorite blog/podcast and the wicked problem of Lyme disease and chronic infections. 
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Hi <<First Name>>,

Of the many observations I've had in the post-election season, it's the alarming disdain for intellectualism and science, where subjects like climate change and evolution are treated as opinions as opposed to facts. In these times, be thoughtful. Examine your biases and assumptions. Fact check stories on social media. Do one thing everyday to expand your understanding of the world. That's my wish this month. Also: be excellent to one another

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Favorite blog: Brainpickings

An inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness, spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more.

Favorite podcast: OnBeing

On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.

Herb research news

Rosmarinic acid (from Rosmarinus off. and other herbs) stimulates liver regeneration through the mTOR pathway in a mouse model. [Link]

Withanolides (particularly withaferin A) from Withania somnifera inhibited TLR4-activated innate inflammatory signaling pathways (MAPKs and NF-κB) in bone marrow-derived macrophages. [Link]

Does adrenal fatigue exist? I believe so, but a recent systematic review says otherwise. 

ICYMI: The Wicked Problem of Chronic Infections and Lyme Disease

Lyme and other chronic infections are challenging our understanding of infectious diseases and the immune system. Herbal medicine the potential to contribute to this area of great need. But we're at a fork in the road - how will we contribute new immune therapies and unravel the wicked problem of chronic infections? Click here to read this month's blog post. 

Book pick - The Gene: An Intimate History

I love the writing of medical oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, and this book does not appear to be a let down. Head over to Renee's Reading Room on Goodreads to join the party. 

I have also been Composing a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson, as well as Mary Oliver's new book Upstream. I have been known to cope with stress by purchasing and reading books. My library certainly increased in size this month... 
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