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Larken Bunce
Works at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
Attended Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health)
Lives in Montpelier, VT
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Here's a fat, juicy collection of student work from VCIH. Materia medica monographs to pathophysiology papers, recipes to case studies--find it here. 280 pages and FREE!
 
Integrative Herbalism, the journal of VCIH, is available free online. 280 pages of detailed herbal research. http://www.vtherbcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Journal2014.pdf …
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Awesome deal!
 
Medicinal Mushrooms with Christopher Hobss, PhD is now on sale. Watch this fascinating 2 hour recorded webinar for only $9.99 for professionals and $6.99 for students.
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Gosh, I like electron microscopy.
 
A scanning electron microscope image of spider silk glands making a thread.

Credit: Dennis Kunkel Microscopy.

HT: +Reese Jones 
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Review of 12 studies (1278 pregnancies) examining the use of ginger for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy suggest safety and efficacy. The studies included were of mixed quality, but a trend towards benefit in symptoms of nausea was found (less so for vomiting). Safety, especially at dosing <1500mg/day, appears solid.
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Incredibly lovely.
 
This beautiful firefly time-lapse video was shot over the Summer of 2013 primarily in Lake of the Ozarks, MO as well as Grand Ledge, MI.
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How to Make Plant Treatments Healthy, happy plants, photo by Cathy Skipper In this, the second article of three on the subject of herbal treatments for plants in the garden or agriculture, I am goi...
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I had a fantastic time in California teaching about mental health, but most especially camping in Los Padres National Forest with Ben Zappin and the crew at Five Flavors Herbs. We had a perfect weather stretch, amazing lushness for a dry year and outstanding camaraderie with serious herb lovers. An absolute delight. Here are some of the botanical highlights.
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Our adventurer, putting his WFR training to good use...and of course his herbal skills. Awesome read...
 
Wasso District Hospital - first week
The Wasso District Hospital serves a wide valley nestled between the Serengeti to the west and the foothills of the Rift Valley range to the east. The population here is mostly Maasai. They walk to the hospital down an access road, dressed in reds and blues...
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Recent case report of liver toxicity due to combo of chemotherapeutic drug, temozolomide, with a Chinese patent formula, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan.

I'm interested in what any of you Chinese herbal types think might have caused this (aside from idiopathic misfortune), given that the formula appears fairly benign AND is recommended for use in mitigating chemo/radiation side effects. Most are herbs we Western herbalists are using, too, so we might all take note.

To be clear, I realize that often case reports are hollow, filled mostly with tenuous correlation. This is usually my default assumption without further investigation, but I thought I'd reach out to poll folks for other possibilities.

Ingredients: Radix Astragali Membranacei, (Huang Qi), Radix Codonopsis Pilosulae (Dang Shen), Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui), Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae (Bai Zhu), Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae (Chen Pi), Rhizoma Cimicifugae (Sheng Ma), Radix Bupleuri Chinensis (Chai Hu), Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis (licorice) (Gan Cao), Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis Recens (ginger) (Sheng Jiang), Fructus Jujubae (Ziziphus jujuba mill) (Da Zao).
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Complexity and self-similarity 
 
Levels of complexity

Cells of similar structure organize themselves into different tissues, each of which carry out specific functions.
□■□More biology illustrations by Vivien Martineau: https://www.behance.net/gallery/Levels-of-Complexity/14573795

#science #biology #medicine #illustration 
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Nice reminder to consider the life cycle of the plants we're foraging, as well as the ecosystems they're part of.
 
As we get into Spring Greens foraging season, I decided to learn more about ramps...came across this informative article from NCSU and was surprised to learn that it takes ramps 5-7 years to mature from seed before being harvest-able...and that's following a 6-18 month germination period!  This article discusses propagating and sustainable harvesting of ramps.  Recommended harvest per year is 1/5-1/7 of your patch, so it can be sustainable with its growth...  
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Here's our vision for taking back control of our medicine - and healthcare, starting with the weeds growing in our backyard. 
Our vision for creating a local medicine movement that is as powerful as the local food movement. Join the conversation.
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Herbalist and Educator, Non-profit Co-Director
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Clinical herbalism; teaching, mentorship and curriculum development; writing; photography; gardening
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  • Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
    Co-Director, Faculty, Practitioner, 2007 - present
  • Goddard College, Health Arts and Sciences
    Faculty, 2006 - 2013
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Clinical herbalist, educator and herb school co-director, working towards use of traditional medicine in every home.

Lover of plants and the human spirit.
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  • Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health)
    MS, Clinical Herbal Medicine, 2005
  • Goddard College
    BA Sustainable/Traditional Medicine, 1998
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