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I am a new reader of Energy Times and yours is the most informative health publication I have read in a long time. After reading “Savoring the Vegan Life” in the January issue, I have made a decision to go from vegetarian to vegan. The in-depth interview with Alicia Silverstone was very inspiring and uplifting. PS: Do you have a page on Facebook?
Thank you for letting us know how much you appreciate the interview with Alicia Silverstone. The main point of the article is that Alicia believes adopting a vegan diet—one in which no animal products of any kind are consumed—doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. “Most people who don’t know vegan or vegetarian diets will automatically go, ‘I don’t want to be a vegetarian; it’s too hard,’” said Alicia, who has written a book called The Kind Diet (Rodale), when we talked to her. “I want them to know...that you could really be happier and healthier if you just take these baby steps in this direction.”
What’s In a Name?
I have heard of Malaysian ginseng. What is it?
“Malaysian ginseng” is a bit of a misnomer. The plant in question is Eurycoma longifolia, a small evergreen found throughout Malaysia and Indonesia. In southeast Asia it’s known as Tongkat Ali or Pasak Bumi; in the West it is also known as long jack. It has been used in traditional medicine as a male aphrodisiac and vitality booster (in addition to fighting malaria and high blood pressure), usages that have been supported by lab studies. According to other research results, long jack may help reduce anxiety and has shown some anticancer properties.
This Month’s Web Extras
As you read this issue of Energy Times, don’t forget to look for the Web Extra boxes like this one; they indicate the presence of extra material on our website, www.energytimes.com. Web Extras for this month include natural ways to ease headaches and breast pain, kitchen herbs you can grow at home and additional items in our Natural Market section. You’ll also find a Web Extra in our story “Defining Organic” directing you to a question on our blog.
While you’re at our blog you can also enter our monthly contest. This month you can win a Canus gift set that includes a variety of goat-milk beauty products. (Note that we need your email address to notify you if you win.)