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From paid social media trolls who pose as regular people to media reports on a new “wonder” drug, astroturfing has reached a level in our society where it is increasingly hard to separate fact from fiction. At every turn, consumers are bombarded with carefully crafted messages on TV, online, and in print that are designed …

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I made this graham cracker pie crust you see pictured above for the very first time to use with a no bake cheesecake recipe that my husband loves. A family friend developed it and generously shared it with me. She lives in Australia and uses Granita biscuits (cookies) to make the crust instead. Graham crackers …

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Laparoscopic surgery is clearly a wonder of modern medicine. Who would have thought that such a wide variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures could be performed with the assistance of a video camera as the surgeon’s “eyes”, several thin instruments, and only tiny incisions needed on the patient? Gall bladder removal, appendicitis, gastric bypass, hernial repair, or …

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One of my favorite hot drinks especially in the morning is dandelion coffee. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy this rich, delicious beverage as dandelions are springing up everywhere. You probably picked at least one as a child, blew on the feathery white seed head with all your might, and perhaps made a wish! …

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The Tribeca Film Festival was in the news in a big way in recent days when festival co-founder and celebrity actor Robert De Niro caused a media firestorm with his controversial decision to screen the documentary VAXXED. VAXXED is a film is about the Centers for Disease Control’s involvement and cover-up of research demonstrating a causal …

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Creamed honey is considered the crème de la crème of raw honey, often costing a premium whether you buy it plain or flavored, directly from a local beekeeper or off the shelf at the healthfood store. From a practical standpoint, I’ve always preferred creamed honey to liquid honey because it makes less of a mess in …

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A favorite fermented beverage in our home is homemade root beer. Root beer is a healthful and very traditional North American beverage brewed with sassafras bark (Sassafras albidium) or sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata). If you like hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, you will find sassafras trees growing wild nearly everywhere you go. A handful of sassafras …