Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies invites submissions for a special issue on women of color and gender equity. Due date for receipt of papers is 5/15/2013.

Deadline: 15 May 2013

Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies invites submissions for a special issue on women of color and gender equity. Due date for receipt of papers is 5/15/2013.

With this special issue, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Women’s Educational Equity Act, which provided funds for Title IX and codified women’s equality under the law in the U.S. setting forth a foundation for anti-discrimination policies and remedies as well as cultivating a language for gender equity. For this issue, we will explore the nexus between the enactment of gender equity policies, rhetorical /discursive and political strategies for empowerment, and the lives of women of color.

We encourage submissions that explore feminist commitments to the socio-political understandings of equality under the law but also conceptualize equity issues in broad terms. For example, we are interested in analyses of gender equity that both expand and challenge notions of women’s equality in formal and informal politics across educational, political and legal institutions.

We especially encourage submissions that further the journal's commitment to scholarship on women of color, third world, transnational, LGBT, and queer movements in local, national, or transnational contexts. Foremost, we are interested in those papers that situate women as racialized, classed and/or sexualized subjects, and explore the collateral effects of their experiences with equality, inequality and the varied socio-political roads necessary to attempt to realize and/or preserve that equity.

The guest editors for this issue are Anita Tijerina Revilla (Women’s Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Wendy G. Smooth (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University).

An inter- and multidisciplinary journal, Frontiers publishes scholarly, creative, and practitioner works that draw on the legacies of women of color and queer women’s political engagement and activism to interrogate women’s equity across issues including education, employment and labor, healthcare and wellness, and immigration/migration. Works must be original, and not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All special issue submissions and questions should be directed to For submission guidelines, please consult the Ohio State University Frontiers websites:


All submissions must conform to the following guidelines:

  • Works must be original, not previously published in whole or in part (whether online or in print), and not in any version under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Contact information, including the author's name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number, should be listed on a separate sheet. When emailing your submission, include this cover sheet as a separate file.
  • We request that you both email your submission and send a hard copy.
  • All permissions to use lengthy quotations or images that are not original with the author are the responsibility of the author.
Submissions are judged by appropriate members of the Editorial Staff and outside readers, a process that may take up to six months. Authors wishing their works returned to them should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their submission. If a work is accepted for publication, we reserve the right to edit it, in consultation with the author, in accordance with our space limitations and editorial guidelines. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears. Copyright for published material belongs to Frontiers, Inc. Permission to republish material printed in Frontiers must be obtained from the press. Please visit the permission to reprint page on the University of Nebraska Press website for more information.

  • Articles and literary works must be word-processed, double-spaced (including endnotes), unstapled, and accompanied by a title page. The author's name should appear only on the title page of the work.
  • Citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, with "humanities style" endnotes. Source information is provided only through numbered endnotes. This information is not given in parentheses or in a bibliography.
  • Manuscripts, including endnotes, should not exceed 14,000 words.
  • Authors must submit one hard copy of their work, as well as an electronic version in Word, WordPerfect, or rich text format, which may be submitted either as an e-mail attachment or on a disk. Include a cover sheet as a separate file.
  • One set of visual materials is sufficient for submissions of illustrations. Illustrations should not be submitted as embedded digital images.

For queries/ submissions:


Sunday, 27 January 2013

The Great Divide: The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy

The Great Divide: The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy
To avoid union opposition, the postwar temp industry exploited cultural ambivalence about middle-class white women’s work. Then it became a model for corporate America.




Here in Victoria, BC - our "leaders" are planning to spend ONE BILLION DOLLARS of public money to make Wal-Mart 'Our New City Centre'.

The story is this: A $10 Million Bridge REPAIR has been turned into a $92 Million NEW Bridge that we shouldn't have had to build for another 50 years.  Also, this project has removed a much-needed rail bridge. Removing the rail bridge has eliminated a $70 million 'rail solution' to the city's biggest traffic problem.  They are proposing instead a $950 Million LRT to Wal-Mart solution that will probably finish off our downtown and make a Wal-Mart Mall the new centre of the city.  It is amazing to watch them pull this off, with the truth going almost completely unmentioned.

And WHO are "THEY"?  From what I can see, 'they' are Big Business and The Corporations that run this city.  Also involved are the city's Corporate-Media.  The Media makes sure we citizens are told the right stories - so we will think as we are supposed to think, and do what they want us to do.  Some Senior City Staff also played major roles, as did provincial and federal politicians.  And Our City Council.  To put it politely, they seem to have been convinced that this expensive and un-necessary New Bridge Plan was the way to go, and they manipulated us into doing what THEY wanted done.  They did not tell us the honest facts, and the correct numbers, so we could decide for ourselves.  When forced - by law - into a Referendum, City Hall used our own money to mislead us. 

Many people voted for their plan, believing that a $92 Million NEW BRIDGE was CHEAPER than a $10 Million REPAIR ... and the way the politicians and media presented the numbers, it did look cheaper.  How crazy is THAT?  And the destruction of the Rail Bridge is leading us into spending an extra $880 Million to move people AWAY from our downtown and TO a Wal-Mart Mall.  This project is creating the future of our city, and the public is simply never told what is happening.
At least, that is MY opinion.  I may be wrong but I don't think I am.  I certainly feel let-down and betrayed by this whole undemocratic process.

BUT THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT THIS KIND OF STUPID THING is happening at every level of our government and in every part of our economy and society.  The Corporations and Their Politicians and Their Media are turning us into a 3rd world Corporate Dictatorship.  We can't afford to put up with this any more, because we are already on the edge of economic, environmental, and social disaster, in case you haven't noticed. 

BUT THERE ARE SOLUTIONS: Clearly we need a media that will tell us the truth about what is going on.  And clearly we need a more democratic system of government - where an informed citizenry has a voice in what is happening.  A free press will give us the information we need to make intelligent decisions, and more democracy will give us the power to make those intelligent decisions. 

I will trust an informed public to take this country in the directions we want it to go in, and to build a sustainable future.  But I am very tired of the Corporate Lies and Manipulation and Corruption that seem to be running Canada today.  It is simply too dangerous to allow that to continue,and we have got to fix things up.

jack etkin

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Indiana University Postdoctoral Fellowship Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES)

Indiana University Postdoctoral Fellowship 
Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES)

Indiana University, Bloomington is pleased to accept applications for two Postdoctoral Fellowships for scholars in a broad range of fields, including anthropology, economics, folklore, history, political science, sociology, and area studies (e.g., American Studies, Asian American Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies). Postdoctoral fellows are an important component of the intellectual life of CRRES. The CRRES fellowship program aims to create a legacy of qualified scholars who will be positioned to address the broad issue of race and ethnicity through a multidisciplinary lens. These fellowships are designed to nurture the academic careers of scholars by allowing them the opportunity to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers, CRRES fellows, and members of the faculty in host departments. We are looking for self-motivated and highly-organized individuals who can work independently and as members of a team.

Appropriate areas of specialization include: (1) immigration, immigrant politics, and/or immigrant experiences; (2) race in electoral politics; (3) race, ethnicity, and religion; (4) health disparities, health policy, and health economics; (5) racial attitudes; (6) U.S. minorities and social movements; and (7) social inequality.

Terms of Agreement
Fellows are expected to pursue research activities associated with their primary area(s) of work, as demonstrated by conference presentations (including CRRES) and published works. Fellows will also teach two courses in their home departments in each year of their residency; are expected to participate in CRRES activities; and take part in their home departments’ colloquia and/or seminars. The positions are available for two years beginning August 1, 2013 through May 31, 2015, at a 10-month starting salary of $51,500. Each postdoctoral fellow will also receive $3,000/yr. in research support and Indiana University health benefits. Fellows are allocated office space (with basic office supplies), a computer, and printer.

Application Process
We invite applications from qualified candidates who are at the beginning of their academic careers, having received the Ph.D. in 2011 or 2012 but who do not hold tenure-track academic positions. Candidates who do not hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2013 must supply a letter from the chair of their dissertation committee, confirming the proposed timeline for completion. To be eligible, all applicants must file or deposit their dissertations no later than June 30, 2013.

Send completed applications to the CRRES office by January 30, 2013. Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, personal statement (approximately 3000 words describing their dissertation project, work in progress, professional goals and plans for publication, and proposed major field[s] of teaching), and three letters of reference, which must be sent separately and received by the January 30, 2013 deadline. If available, applicants may also submit materials demonstrating their aptitude as teachers. Incomplete dossiers will not be reviewed. Following review by the CRRES postdoctoral committee, strong applications will be circulated to relevant departments.

We prefer materials to be sent electronically to Materials sent by mail should be sent to Pamela Braboy Jackson, Search Committee Chair, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Indiana University - Schuessler Institute for Social Research 209, 1022 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Information about the center can be found at:
Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer strongly committed to excellence through diversity. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.

Monday, 21 January 2013

A Cat's 200-Mile Trek Home Leaves Scientists Guessing

A Cat's 200-Mile Trek Home Leaves Scientists Guessing
Cats are not migratory animals, yet there are anecdotal accounts of amazing journeys. Here is one that can be documented.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Girl of My Dreams By GAIL COLLINS

Right after Christmas, Te’o told his coach that a woman who sounded like the dead girlfriend had called him to say she wasn’t deceased after all. The coach told the higher ups, and Notre Dame hired an outside firm to investigate the case. When an exposé broke on the Web site Deadspin, the school’s athletic director, Jack Swarbrick, held a press conference to tearfully announce that the investigation showed that Te’o was the victim of a “very elaborate, sophisticated hoax perpetrated for reasons we can’t fully understand. But it had a cruelty at its core.”
This all occurred a couple of years after the Notre Dame team was involved in a genuine tragedy when a freshman from a neighboring girls’ college reported she had been sexually assaulted by a football player. The school did not order up an outside investigation. In fact, there appeared to be no investigation at all. After a period of dead silence in which she received a threatening text from another player, the girl died from an overdose of medication. Nothing else happened. Writing this week in The Washington Post, Melinda Henneberger, a Notre Dame graduate, noted that “my alma mater held the kind of emotional news conference for the fake dead girl they never held for the real one, Lizzy Seeberg.”
Game’s over. Notre Dame loses.

Friday, 18 January 2013

2012 5 most search herbs NCCAM
January 2013
In 2012, over 3 million visitors came to NCCAM’s Web site seeking information on complementary health approaches. Though many people were looking for information on particular health topics or specific modalities like acupuncture, yoga, and meditation, the majority was seeking information on specific herbs and botanicals.
This issue of the Digest highlights the top 5 searched-for herbs that led visitors to our site:
  1. Evening Primrose Oil
  2. St. John’s Wort
  3. Fenugreek
  4. Echinacea
  5. Aloe Vera
These herbs and botanicals are widely marketed and readily available, often sold as dietary supplements. However, the scientific evidence available to assess safety or efficacy of each of these products is quite variable. In some cases, there is limited evidence to support a product’s use, while in others, evidence identifies significant safety concerns, fails to suggest efficacy, or is insufficient.  Because of this variability, consumers and health care providers should carefully review the available information before deciding to use a specific product.

FI smart notice of imminent hard drive failure

Well after a week of warnings the computer did refuse to start for 12 hours. Then after 3 chkdsk fix processes it limped back to about 40% performance but refused to recognize many processes. Now Windows is crawling through the files and fixing them - moving slower than a snail.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Human - Animal Studies

ASI's Human-Animal Studies Newsletter for January 2013

New HAS Opportunities

The Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University is seeking a PhD student in the area of Applied Ethics to begin in the fall of 2013. Qualified candidates should have a BA or MA in Philosophy or closely related discipline and have interests in genetics and ethics, particularly in the area of environmental, agricultural or animal science. Applicants must apply and be accepted to the graduate program in Philosophy at TAMU to be considered for this position. Candidates should also submit a cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements, outlines qualifications, and highlights research interests and skill sets and a resume/CV to Dr. Clare Palmer, Department of Philosophy, Mailstop TAMU 4237, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4237 or to

The Animal Welfare Trust is currently seeking applicants for the 2013 Student Grant Program. The grant provides up to $5,000 per recipient for graduate students to work on an independent research project under faculty supervision or for an unpaid position within an established organization. Internships can be for a summer, semester, or year-long duration. Applications are due on March 1. Details about the grant program, the application process, and information on past recipients can be found at

The Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute (CHCI), a leader in animal welfare and advocate for chimpanzees, is currently taking applications for their Summer 2013 Apprentice Program. Graduates, undergraduates, and post-graduates from various academic backgrounds and all nationalities are encouraged to apply. The dates of the program are June 23-August 16. The program fee is $1,900 and there is a nonrefundable $25 application processing fee. The costs do not include housing (available on campus) and transportation. A course in ASL is highly recommended but not required. For more information on the program and the application please see or contact Bonnie Hendrickson at The deadline to apply is February 22.

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University invites applications for the new Abby Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies. This is a one-year nonrenewable fellowship. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy, show evidence of teaching potential, and be able to participate constructively in departmental and collegial activities. Recipients are expected to reside in Kingston, teach a university course in animal studies, and to collaborate in developing initiatives related to the promotion of the analysis and understanding of animal rights. The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000, which includes remuneration for teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject. Applications are due by February 1. For more information, click here or contact Prof. Kymlicka.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Public Health Systems Research Interest Group Annual Meeting Student Scholarships

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 03:38 AM PST
Call for Applications: Public Health Systems Research Interest Group Annual Meeting Student Scholarships
The Public Health Systems Research Interest Group Annual Meeting will be held on June 25-26 immediately following AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in Baltimore. Ten student scholarships will be awarded to attend both meetings, including travel support and a presentation opportunity.
Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) is a field of inquiry examining the organization, financing, performance, and impact of health systems -- defined as the constellation of governmental and non-governmental actors that influence population health, including health care providers, insurers, purchasers, public health agencies, community-based organizations, and entities that operate outside the traditional sphere of health care.
The student scholarships will recognize graduate students who demonstrate potential to contribute to the field of PHSR through promising research. The scholarship program is intended to highlight the diversity of research interests that broadly constitute PHSR, which is unified in its focus on population health. The National Research Agenda provides examples of information needs and research questions in the areas of workforce; organization and structure; finance; and technology, data, and methods. For the 2013 meeting, the PHSR IG is especially interested in selecting student work that investigates the public health systems' contribution to population health outcomes, including timely research related to the transforming health system.
Scholarship recipients will receive $1,500 to be put toward registration and travel to attend the ARM and the PHSR IG Annual Meeting. Students will have an opportunity to present their research during the PHSR IG Meeting's poster session, and will compete for an Outstanding Student Poster Award. Masters or doctoral students engaged in research that shows potential to advance our understanding of public health systems are encouraged to apply.
Application Guidelines:
To be considered for this scholarship, students must be enrolled in a masters or doctoral program and engaged in promising research. The Deadline for applications is March 1, 2013. To apply, students must submit the following:
A completed 2013 Student Scholarship Form. Applicants must paste answers to these questions into the form:
What are your career goals? How can attendance at the ARM and PHSR IG Meetings benefit the pursuit of your career goals?)
An abstract for a poster to be presented at the PHSR Interest Group Meeting. (This research may be in-progress.)
A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or research project director.
The selection committee will judge applicants based on the following criteria:
Quality and relevance of research
Potential to contribute to the field of PHSR and to inform population health improvement efforts
Support of faculty member or research project director
Instructions for Submitting Applications:
The online form must be completed by March 1, 2013
The abstract must be pasted into the online form. It should include the following sections: Research Objective, Study Design, Population, Findings, Conclusion, and Implications. The abstract is limited to 500 words, starting the word count with the Research Objective section.
Faculty/research director recommendations must be emailed (directly from the faculty/research director) to by March 1, 2013.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

anti science against Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson, Mass Murderer?

The creation of an anti-environmental myth

By Aaron Swartz
Sometimes you find mass murderers in the most unlikely places. Take Rachel Carson. She was, by all accounts, a mild-mannered writer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service--hardly a sociopath's breeding ground. And yet, according to many in the media, Carson has more blood on her hands than Hitler.
The problems started in the 1940s, when Carson left the Service to begin writing full-time. In 1962, she published a series of articles in the New Yorker, resulting in the book Silent Spring--widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The book discussed how pesticides and pollutants moved up the food chain, threatening the ecosystems for many animals, especially birds. Without them, it warned, we might face the title's silent spring.
Farmers used vast quantities of DDT to protect their crops against insects--80 million pounds were sprayed in 1959 alone--but from there it quickly climbed up the food chain. Bald eagles, eating fish that had concentrated DDT in their tissues, headed toward extinction. Humans, likewise accumulating DDT in our systems, appeared to get cancer as a result. Mothers passed the chemical on to their children through breast milk. Silent Spring drew attention to these concerns and, in 1972, the resulting movement succeeded in getting DDT banned in the U.S.--a ban that later spread to other nations.
And that, according to Carson's critics, is where the trouble started. DDT had been sprayed heavily on houses in developing countries to protect against malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Without it, malaria rates in developing countries skyrocketed. Over 1 million people die from it each year.
To the critics, the solution seems simple: Forget Carson's emotional arguments about dead birds and start spraying DDT again so we can save human lives.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Ethnoveterinary medicines used for pets in British Columbia

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

The 54th annual meeting of the Society for Economic Botany

We are now accepting abstracts for our annual meeting. The 54th annual meeting of the Society for Economic Botany will gather June 28th through July 3rd  2013, at Plymouth University in Plymouth, southwestern England.  Abstract submission will be open through April 1.  Visit THIS SITE to make your submission.
Field trip touring KEW on Thursday, June 27th.
The Council meeting is on Friday, June 28th. There will be additional field trips planned for this day.
Sir Ghillean Prance will open the invited symposium, “What is Our Message – And Are We Getting it Across?”.
Paper and symposium presentations begin on Saturday, June 29th and continue through Tuesday, July 2nd
This year the conference features an included mid-conference all-day field trip to nearby Eden Project ( on Monday, July 1st. To promote more active participation and interaction during the conference, hands-on workshops, discussions, or in-town mini-trips will be available on several afternoons.
You will have the choice of booking University dormitory rooms or rooms at a special conference rate at the local Jury’s Inn through conference registration, and of course you may always book your own hotel.  Prices for housing will be finalized and announced shortly.  Registration will open in February.  Plan now to make this special trip and join your SEB family in exploring and celebrating ethnobotany!

Explore Plymouth University: (
Explore the town of Plymouth: (

Wishing you a very happy new year!
Bill Dahl, Executive Director
Society for Economic Botany

Mission: To foster and encourage scientific research, education, and related activities on the past, present, and future uses of plants, and the relationship between plants and people, and to make the results of such research available to the scientific community and the general public through meetings and publications.

Society for Economic Botany
4475 Castleman Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
Ph. 314-577-9566, Fx 314-577-9515

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Mary Seacole to be removed from curriculum

Michael Gove dumps Mary Seacole

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has bowed to the detractors of great Victorian Mary Seacole, and removed her from the National Curriculum.
Gove has stated that students should learn about traditional figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Winston Churchill.
Truth is, Michael Gove would find it difficult to find a history teacher who sacrificed teaching either Winston Churchill or Oliver Cromwell for Mary Seacole.
Seacole’s detractors such as William Curtis of the Crimean War research have called the interest in Seacole, ‘a disgrace to the serious study of history’.
This view along with Gove’s says more about their own prejudices rather than illuminating, educating and inspiring children of all races.
Seacole’s story is much more than about the Crimean war where she made her name.  It is a story of endeavour, great bravery, but perhaps above all it is  about how an ordinary woman, with no privilege, and no support from the nation she served, became so revered by the army class she administered  and the British public.
On her own volition, Seacole left her native Jamaica for London to sign up as one of Florence Nightingale’s nurses. She was refused both a ticket to travel, and when she eventually found another steamer that would take her, she was also then refused by the British establishment to help the nursing efforts in the Crimean war.
Undeterred she made her own way to Balaclava a town in Crimea, in the Ukrain and set up her own  brand of resting place and nursing home  for the injured British soldiers very near the front line.
Word soon got back to London about this courageous woman, who it was said would be dodging bullets to get men to safety. Her contemporary at the time Florence Nightingale poured scorn on Seacole’s unconventional methods, including allowing dying and very sick men to have a ‘tipple’.  However, these very brave men loved Seacole, and after the war had ended, when they heard that she had fallen on hard times rallied to support her.
What makes this story fascinating is that it wasn’t just the officer and army class that sought  to help Seacole  after the war. It was estimated that more than 80,000 people came out to pay tribute to this woman.  When was the last time that amount of people –the size of Wembley stadium full, came to pay tribute to an ordinary woman?  I can’t remember either.
By any standard Seacole was a great Victorian, that a creative teacher can wrap around subjects such as  the Crimean war, nursing, racial prejudice, and  above all that great human endeavour, particularly  by an extraordinary ordinary woman.  A simple yet valuable lesson that seems to have been lost on our Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Simon Woolley

Friday, 4 January 2013

Mushroom extends lives of dogs with cancer

Mushroom extends lives of dogs with cancer

Religious Freedom and Women's Health — The Litigation on Contraception — NEJM

Religious Freedom and Women's Health — The Litigation on Contraception — NEJM

Inspire Health Research Updates for January 2013

Research Updates for January 2013
Dear Reader:

In this issue, Jacot and colleagues reported that breast cancer patients treated with
chemotherapy were found to be deficient in vitamin D, with corresponding changes in the
regulatory mechanisms of bone homeostasis. Flynn and Reinert found that a diet enriched with
olive oil (rather than a low-fat diet) was better for weight loss in breast cancer survivors. Hwang
and colleagues concluded that patients with lung cancer can benefit from exercise training. Fujiki
and colleagues found that green tea may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer and its recurrence.
Adler and Hansen found that cancer patients can be taught safe acupuncture to reduce the
severity of chemotherapy-induced nausea. Wong et al. reported that an acupuncture-like
treatment may be helpful for radiation-induced xerostomia (dry mouth) in patients with head and
neck cancer. Zaenker et al. found that mistletoe improved the quality of life and metastasesfree
survival of colorectal cancer patients. In our study of the month, Proctor et al. confirmed
the findings of existing literature - that the Glasgow Prognostic Score has value in routine
assessment of cancer patients, regardless of tumour site.



Click here to read January's Research Updates

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Thursday, 3 January 2013

gingerbread in post-Christmas sales

Yes Christmas is over but where I live there seems to be a lot of packaged gingerbread treats for sale. Here is some info on ginger from Marilyn Zink, the herblady
Ginger - the Digestive Spice
This aromatic spice is best known for its use on the gingerbread man at Christmas time.
I love the story of the gingerbread man – fast as fast can be, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.
Well, we all know what happened to the saucy little fellow, don’t we?
When we use ginger for the festive season, we tend to use it as the powdered spice in baking and of course to make the gingerbread house.
The first gingerbread houses were made in Germany, becoming popular with the tale of Hansel and Gretel when the two lost children stumbled  across the gingerbread house known as the Hexenhauschen or Witch House, as the evil witch lived there to catch and imprison children.
The large pieces of gingerbread are known as Knusperhaeuschen (houses for nibbling at).
Whew! That one’s a mouthful to say.
The first ginger cakes were brought to Europe by the Crusaders returning home in the Middle Ages.
They soon became popular with different varieties of the gingerbread cakes appearing throughout Europe with sweet, dark, spicy, soft or crusty varieities.
They became so popular, in fact, that guilds were formed which gave bakers exclusive rights  to make and sell bread.
The famous 'Christkindlesmarket' became known as the 'Gingerbread Capital of the World' in Nuremberg, Germany.

Ginger is best known for its anti-nausea effects and for helping with digestive problems.
Candied ginger is one great way to enjoy the healing effects of ginger during the festive season.
The word ginger comes from the zingiber, which according to Sanskrit means horn-shpaed based on the shape of the rhizomes or root stalks.
Learning about ginger is a great way to use herbs in An Herbal Christmas.
Read about it today or get a copy for a friend.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Diet and Healthy Aging — NEJM

Diet and Healthy Aging — NEJM

Ethnoveterinary medicines used for horses in Trinidad and in British Columbia, Canada.

J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2006 Aug 7;2:31.

Ethnoveterinary medicines used for horses in Trinidad and in British Columbia, Canada.


University of Victoria, Environmental Science, British Columbia, V8W 3P5, Canada.


This paper investigates the commonalities in ethnoveterinary medicine used for horses between Trinidad (West Indies) and British Columbia (Canada). These research areas are part of a common market in pharmaceuticals and are both involved in the North American racing circuit. There has been very little research conducted on medicinal plants used for horses although their use is widespread. The data on ethnoveterinary medicines used for horses was obtained through key informant interviews with horse owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys, grooms and animal care specialists in two research areas: Trinidad and British Columbia (BC). A participatory validation workshop was held in BC. An extensive literature review and botanical identification of the plants was also done. In all, 20 plants were found to be used in treating racehorses in Trinidad and 97 in BC. Of these the most-evidently effective plants 19 of the plants used in Trinidad and 66 of those used in BC are described and evaluated in this paper. Aloe vera, Curcuma longa and Ricinus communis are used in both research areas. More research is needed in Trinidad to identify plants that respondents claimed were used in the past. Far more studies have been conducted on the temperate and Chinese medicinal plants used in BC and therefore these ethnoveterinary remedies reflect stronger evidence of efficacy.