Plant Intelligence – A Philosophical Discourse on Cognitive Awareness in Plants

PLANT INTELLIGENCE A GARDEN CHAT Dr jillian stansbury “A system is cognitive if and only if sensory inputs serve to trigger actions in a specific way….”  From an article on Artificial Life, Polytechnic Institute, Massachussets   Meanderings on Phytophenomenology Higher plants represent about 99% of the eukaryotic biomass of the planet. Plants are certainly successful as a life form, which itself...
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HIBISCUS AND VASCULAR HEALTH – Research Summary

HIBISCUS AND VASCULAR HEALTH © Dr Jillian Stansbury High flavinol plants have been discussed in the herbal literature for several decades now, with an emphasis on broad anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activity combined with virtually no toxicity and an overall nutritive quality. The research on antioxidant and inflammatory activity will not be presented here as these activities have been well...
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THE APIACEAE FAMILY – Medicinal Plant Research Summary

THE APIACIAE (UMBELL) FAMILY ©  Jillian Stansbury ND The Apiaceae Family (Formerly Ubellifereae Family) includes over 300 genera and over 3,000 species. The family is most abundant in the northern hemisphere, though can be found worldwide. The common carrot, Daucus carota, subspecies sativus is probably the most well known, most widely cultivated and most important Apiacea species economically,...
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POWER OVER PROZAC – The Use of Herbal Medicines to Withdraw from SSRIs

POWER OVER PROZAC –  The Use of Herbal Medicine to Withdraw from SSRIS Jill E Stansbury ND WEANING FROM PHARMACEUTICALS ANTIDEPRESSANTS SSRI Withdrawal Long-term use of SSRIs leads to down regulation of serotonergic activity, as the tissues adjust to the presence or elevated serotonin levels. Withdrawing from SSRIs too abruptly can lead to many unpleasant symptoms, and can even be...
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PETASITES FOR PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

PETASITES FOR PAIN AND INFLAMMATION © Dr Jillian Stansbury There are between 15 and 20 species in the Petasites genus and all have been used for pain, inflammation, and allergic hyperreactivity. Petasites species are large-leaved, moisture-loving woodland plants native to temperate woodlands of northern Asia, Europe, and North America. Petasites species are sometimes referred to with the general...
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PHYTOESTROGEN BASICS

PHYTOESTROGEN BASICS © Dr Jillian Stansbury Phytoestrogens are natural compounds from plants that are able to bind to estrogen receptors and elicit a variety of hormonal effects. Because many types of breast and prostate cancer involve altered and excessive hormonal stimulation of these organs, phytoestrogens may be an important tool for improving hormonal balance in these cancers.  ...
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