CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2002 |
Dropping into Francisco Dario's cantina in a remote canyon southeast of this tourist resort can be perilous. As the gray-haired jack-of-all-trades invites visitors into the establishment built in the shadow of Mt. Pico del Diablo, he warns them not to tap on a jar containing an angry rattlesnake. But he doesn't seem too nervous about filling a shot glass with a wooden ladle full of the crude and fiery spirit tequila con vibora. Rattlesnake tequila.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1994
County health officials warned Monday of the possibility of contracting a potentially fatal bacterial infection from a Latino folk health remedy made up of dried, ground rattlesnake. In recent months, three people in Los Angeles County have died of a severe bacterial infection caused by a species of salmonella commonly found in reptiles, according to the Department of Health Services. Two others have been hospitalized.
February 23, 2004
Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest first began using cascara sagrada, or sacred bark, hundreds of years ago. When dried and aged for a year, the bark of Rhamnus purshiana, a tree related to the California buckthorn, becomes an effective stimulant laxative, meaning it causes the intestinal muscles to contract. The plant's active ingredients are found in some over-the-counter laxatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1989 |
Consider hot pepper spices. Mexican chili. Hot Hungarian paprika. Cayenne pepper powder. They all come from the fruits of a family of plants called capsicums. Use of capsicums as seasonings dates back to 7000 BC, according to Mexican artifacts. In 1841 the Swiss traveler Tschudi encountered meat spiced with peppers while traveling in Peru. He wrote that, after a few spoonfuls, "the mouth starts to burn like glowing coal."
June 30, 1988 |
Dr. Jacques Benveniste has an "unbelievable" problem. The French allergist has produced experimental results that other scientists find difficult, if not impossible, to believe. In essence, he has observed a biological effect produced by solutions so dilute that, theoretically, they contain nothing that could cause the effect. Taken at face value, the work suggests that the solution has some form of bizarre "memory" of substances that it once contained.
November 23, 1987 |
She is known as the "Beverly Hills medicine woman," and comes complete with shoulder pads, Mercedes-Benz and a long, blond mane that could send even Linda Evans back for more Clairol. Yet Lynn Andrews--who has spent much of the last 15 years studying with indigenous shaman women all over the world and produced five best-selling books on those adventures of spiritual self-discovery--is hardly your standard Westside shopper/luncher/dilettante. Not anymore.
February 25, 2003 |
The eight fruit bats are trying to sleep, but it's not easy. At midday, they dangle from a stick alongside one of the busiest streets of this teeming city. The bats hang head down, their feet and mouths bound tightly with rubber bands. Passing cars, buses and motorcycles belch so much smoke that the pollution at street level exceeds any smog alert standard. The bats' little ears twitch amid the cacophony of honking horns and revving engines. But these bats are not destined to suffer long.
July 11, 2001 |
Some popular herbal medicines can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people undergoing surgery and should not be taken before an operation, according to a review of research released Tuesday. Echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St.
January 16, 1994 |
From "The Guggle Muggle" to "The Nasty Tea" to "The Recipe," Southern Californians have a pharmacy full of home cures that they claim stop colds and flu dead in their tracks. As we crawl and cough alongside you during this, one of the ugliest flu seasons in a decade, we make no guarantees that any of these remedies remedy.
December 14, 1990 |
The young woman leaning over the glass countertop at Botanica Cristo Rey in East Los Angeles is distraught. With her baby at her feet, she explains that her philandering husband finds her unattractive. He hits her when she confronts him about his cheating--and she is in desperate need of a remedy for her deteriorating marriage. "This is war," shop owner Juanita Alvarez whispers as she beckons the customer to come closer. There is a store full of ammunition to consider.