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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
A Consumer's Guide to Herbal Medicine

with Steven Karch
Monday, April 4, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Steven Karch will discuss Herbal Medicine at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011.

A Consumer's Guide to Herbal Medicine Dr. Karch will explain why no one should experience guilt pangs for completing a meal with a piece of fine chocolate accompanied by a full bodied red wine, because both foods contain valuable health benefits. His lecture, entitled "A Consumer's Guide to Herbal Medicine," draws on material found in his book with the same title. This book discusses more than 50 of the most commonly used herbal remedies.

According to Dr. Karch, the many common herbal medicines are used because they contain compounds called flavanoids, the chemicals that give most plants their color and create the annual display of autumn leaves. Flavanoids are classified as anti-oxidants, which are the body's principle defense against vascular damage and some of the most common forms of eye diseases.

In terms all can understand, he will describe how anti-oxidants work and discuss the various plants that contain flavanoids. He will explain the history, traditional uses, proven effects and possible side effects of these natural medicines. As time allows he may also include a mention of some other beneficial plants. His book can be found at and through Gualala's bookstore, The Four-Eyed Frog.

A part-time resident of The Sea Ranch for twenty years, Dr. Karch has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters that mostly relate to the effects of drug abuse on the heart. He has studied and worked in both the United States and England.

He is the North American editor for the Journal of Clinical and Forensic Medicine and in 2006 was elected a fellow to the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in London. He has testified as an expert at important trials in the United States, United Kingdom and around the world.

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