Berlin Materia Medica

there is no such thing as “good for you”

Q: Is (a particular food) good for you? A: Argh. I know you are asking a quick yes/no question, but I can’t answer in good conscience with anything but an essay. First off, the whole question of whether something is good for you is about the relationship between you and the thing. Goodness does not […]

on the other hand

One of my favorite things about studying other languages is coming across words that don’t translate neatly and directly. I’m fascinated by the fact that people who speak different languages approach the world with such different tools for making sense of it. Sometimes I find a word or phrase that works so much better in […]

sitting at the feet of Dr. Lad

Today a student in my German class asked if I knew a little about Ayurveda. I said I did and found myself telling her about when I went to Albuquerque to take a workshop taught by Dr. Vasant Lad. On my walk home afterwards I reflected on the conversation, intrigued by how the experience has […]