Sharol Tilgner

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Who is Sharol Tilgner?: I am an herbalist, licensed naturopathic physician, farmer/gardener, teacher and herbal medicine maker. My mission is to inspire and empower you with the healing wisdom of herbs. Learning about herbs gives us a tool to live a vital and energetic life. I have spent much of my 58 years wildcrafting, growing, preserving and using medicinal herbs. I am a fourth generation Oregonian, an organic/biodynamic farmer, physician, and herbalist. I teach others to grow, and preserve their food and medicine and stay healthy via natural methods. I reap tremendous joy from teaching people to take charge of their health care. Writing is one of the best ways to reach people, and share my knowledge as a physician/herbalist/farmer. I use blogging, books, free website information and classes as a way to share tools, as I endeavor to co-create a beautiful world.
Dr. Tilgner's past includes director of the Portland Naturopathic Clinic pharmacy, molding an old cattle ranch in Cottage Grove, Oregon into an organic herb farm and founder and prior owner of the herbal manufacturing company Wise Woman Herbals. She also founded the Pacific NW Herbal Symposium, The NW Herb Fest, was the editor of Herbal Transitions and associate editor of Medical Herbalism. She has produced 2 herbal videos entitled Edible and Medicinal Herbs, Volume 1, and 2 " and is author of the books , "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth", "Herbal ABC's,the Foundation of Herbal Medicine" and "Herbal Formulas."
Dr. Tilgner is a nationally known speaker who prior to becoming a farmer, lectured at medical colleges and conferences across the United States. She is an herbal consultant to both physicians and the herbal industry.
Roseburg, Oregon
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Hello Dorit, So sorry I am seeing your post after the event. It ended at midnight last night, so too late to find out what was going wrong. I hope you figured it out.
3 months ago
Responding to those who said thank you: It is my pleasure. I hope you enjoy it. I think it is treated as a normal kindle book which means you can loan it out to a friend for a couple weeks at no cost also. Don't ask me how to do that though, as I don't know. I am sure you can find it online if interested.
3 months ago
The kindle books can be read in other manners as you are finding, but most people use the free kindle app that can be downloaded on the same page as where you get the free book. Getting the kindle app on your computer, tablet or phone allows people to have the book as long as they want.  As Nicole mentioned, you do need an Amazon account to download the app and book. It sounds like you clicked on the kindle unlimited members button. There is so much on the page that it is confusing. On the right side of the page you should see an orange button that says buy now with 1-click. Above that button it should say Kindle price $0.00. When the free period is over it will not say $0.00 any more and will change to $9.99. So, only click on it while it says $0.00 above the Buy Now button. If you need the app. It is to the right of the book photo, below the kindle box. It says "read with our Free App". Click on it and it should take you to a page where you can tell them what electronic devise you need an app for. Click on the app and download it before clicking on buy now and things will go smoother.
3 months ago
Regarding the idea that Amazon might be charging fees for the free app you download to read the book, I did not have that happen to me. I downloaded one of their kindle apps to make sure my book looked okay on it, and two years later have never been charged a fee for that app. Perhaps they are secretly getting data off my computer as you say through the app. but I have not seen any signs of it, nor has my computer expert reported anything like that. However, if you are worried about them collecting data from the app. I would suggest for your own sanity, to simply not download the app.
3 months ago
Hello Tom,

Don't worry Tom,  Jeff Bezos makes no money on you getting a free book through Amazon.  This is why they don't allow people to give books away for very long or for very often. They probably hope you will continue to get other paid books with kindle after getting that free book, but you don't have to do that.

3 months ago
Herbal Medicine: 190 Herbs To Know And Use" - 760 page kindle book - free for 4 days.

Mark your calendar so you do not miss this opportunity.

This e-book is available on Amazon as a kindle book for free to everyone, April 1st starting at 12:00 AM PDT - April 4th ending at 11:59 PM PDT, 2022. (Friday thru Monday)  through a special limited offer program at Amazon.

This link: will take you to Amazon where you will see the free offer. Don't worry, you don't have to be a kindle unlimited member to use the free link during these 4 days. On this same page to the right, you will see a big yellow box that says "buy now with 1-click". Above this box, it should say Kindle price $0.00, save $9.99. Click on the "buy now with 1-click" and it will be downloaded to your kindle application on April 1st-4th, 2022. No worries if you don't have kindle, you can download a free app. by clicking on "Read with our free app" to read the book on almost any electronic device. This app. can be downloaded on the same Amazon page as this book,  and it is easiest for you if you download the app first before clicking on the free kindle book.  

This should be all the data you need, but if not, go to for the details on how to download this book for free. Remember, it does not start until April 1st and ends on April 4th, 2022.
3 months ago
I have grown beans for many years. I find fresh beans (in the first year) are so much tastier and vital than even 1 year old plus beans. I don't even like them much at 3 years. I usually store them in 1 gallon glass jars with tight fitting lids, but still I notice them losing vitality after a year. The one year beans also srpout better and grow better than 3 year old beans. Again, they just seem to have more vitality.  I have never had store bought beans that taste as good as my home grown beans, but I have purchased beans from other organic farmers who's beans taste great.  It was mentioned that beans have constituents in them that can be problematic, but soaking for a minimum of overnight (I usually soak 12-24 hours) and cooking them thoroughly helps to remove the phytates, lectins and enzymes that seeds such as beans contain.  The following information on these constituents is taken from an article on reactions to corn that I wrote, but it is pertinent here too. The whole article is rather long and the rest of the article not listed below does not relate to beans. I have only included data that has some relationship to the phytates, lectins and enzymes found in seeds, including beans. If you are interested in the corn article in total you can find it at
Phytate, or phytic acid is mostly found in the outer hull of seeds. It is in a variety of plant products with them predominating in  whole grains, beans, and also found in nuts. Any actual food item that could be used as a seed to grow a new plant is suspect of having a lot of phytic acid.

Phytic acid is the primary storage compound of phosphorus in seeds. It is strongly negatively charged and the phosphate in phytic acid strongly binds to metallic cations of calcium, iron, postassium, Magnesium, Manganeese and Zinc, making them insoluble and thus unavailable as nutritional factors. Phytate mainly accumulates in protein storage vacuoles as globoids, predominantly located in the aleurone layer (wheat, barley and rice) or in the embryo (corn). During germination, phytate is hydrolysed by endogenous phytase(s) and other phosphatases to release phosphate, inositol and micronutrients to support the growing seedling.

The process of fermentation, and sprouting can be used to remove phytate from corn and other seeds. Nixtamalization of corn has also been shown to reduce phytates.

Enzyme Inhibitors
Just as seeds contain phytates, they also contain enzyme inhibitors. These enzyme inhibitors inhibit seeds from sprouting but they also inhibit our digestive enzymes. This can lead to all manner of mild or serious digestive problems. These enzyme inhibitors prevent the seeds from sprouting until just the right conditions come along. The right conditions are usually water, warmth, and slight acidity such as found during fermentation. So, just as with phytates, soaking, or fermentation can remove enzyme inhibitors.

I mentioned above that corn has been found to contain prolamins called Zein, that cause allergy reactions similar to gluten. They are lectins and it is important to know that humans can be benefited or made ill by different types of lectins. Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins that are present in both plants and animals. The prolamin lectin in corn appears to be causing an allergic reaction in some people. They are known to interact  with the brush border of the intestine (which may impact cell viability and/or barrier function in addition to allowing transport of the toxic lectin into the body); and they are biologically active once they enter the body.

Most grains contain a prolamin similar in structure to gluten, and zein, such as orzenin in rice or avenin in oats. These prolamins contribute to the cross-reactivity experienced by so many with a gluten sensitivity, and yet grains that contain them are often used as gluten-free alternatives.

Besides corn, lectins are found in other grains, (especially wheat and wheat germ), quinoa, rice, buckwheat, oats, rye, barley, and millet, all legumes, including dried beans, soy and peanuts contain these potentially toxic lectins. Dairy is another source and some think this is due to feeding cows/goats grains rather than being entirely grass fed.

Secretory IgA binds lectins and protects us from them, but some people do not make secretory IgA, and some mycotoxins which are too often associated with corn and other grains, have been shown to decrease production of secretory IgA.

There is data suggesting that lectins are also inactivated by soaking, sprouting, cooking (high temps like boiling) and fermenting.
5 months ago
I have used Gymnema sylvestre with both Type I and type II diabetics. Type II diabetics often don't need Gymnema though. I find other herbs, diet and exercise usually all that is needed.  In Type I diabetics it has been helpful in lowering the amount of insulin they need and also stopping the erratic blood sugar changes seen in what is called  a "brittle diabetic".  I have not seen anyone come off their insulin.  I would be worried about someone attempting to lower their insulin by using Gymnema though, unless they did it in conjunction with their practitioner while watching their blood sugar closely. You might work with a naturopathic physician or a functional medicine physician who should both know this herb, and could help you with your situation, not only perhaps by use of this herb but also with other ideas specific to you.

Here are a couple research articles one with Type I and one with Type II :  

Some researchers have theorized that the beta cells are being regenerated and it is possible, but we don't know that at this time. Most of the research on Gymnema has been small trials and not exactly up to par with what is usually accepted as best scientific practices unfortunately. Therefore, some people simply ignore them.
6 months ago
Hi Judson,

I just posted that article you were interested in on my website at The short rundown is that parasitic worms, or helminths, as most researchers call them, are used to modulate the immune system and the digestive flora. There is a lot of research around this strange topic and a lot of benefits are gained for those with robust immune systems causing them inflammatory issues. We coevolved with these worms and it was only recently that many of us increased our hygiene and no longer have them on board. It is also recently that we have had an explosion of autoimmunity, and allergies. Studies have found countries where there are more worms have less autoimmunity.  

I cover some of the more commonly studied worms. Here are a few of the key points:

Helminths in general have been found to help with a variety of inflammatory conditions, allergies and various autoimmune disease.

They have been shown to have specific mechanisms by which they modulate immunity of the host.

It has been theorized that some of our immune inherited genes may make us more prone to needing helminth association. Therefore, certain individuals would be more helped by helminths. It is not as if everyone needs them. Northern Europeans appear to have a more robust immune system and often in this case do well with worms.

Using worms that stay in the lumen of the digestive tract make this type of therapy look safer and more appealing in my opinion.

When using hookworms for treatment there is a specific subspecies, NA457 that is used.

Many people with autoimmune diseases are using drugs that they find  cause them a lot of side effects that are hard to live with. I think we should further investigate the use of parasitic worms to treat autoimmune diseases and spare individuals these terrible side effects.

Helminths may have a future treating a number of afflictions from histamine over-expression and SIBO to multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. They may change the entire face of autoimmune treatment and other inflammatory disease in the near future.

Safety concerns about using helminths are being addressed by use of specific Genus, species and even subspecies as well as controlling dose.  Using those parasites that do not reproduce in the host has been key to choosing the specific types of worms used.

If you check out the article and are interested in it, you will also find Dr. Nenninger's book on the use of hookworms fascinating. There is a link to it if you want to read it also. He has had a lot of personal experience using them on him and his family who all have servere autoimmunity. He has also had quite a bit of experience using them with his patients.

I realize there is a huge ick factor to get by with this therapy, and drug companies are trying to copy various proteins the worms make and they plan to provide them as drugs to people with autoimmune diseases. However, the worms appear to be more like conductors of our immune system and gut flora. Although, the drug proteins might help, I wonder if they would ever be able to reach the state of finesse that some of these worms offer in their minute to minute modulation of our flora and immune system. Natures methods even in the case of parasitic therapay may offer much more than a drug ever could.
7 months ago
This book is free for two days this coming weekend on December 4th and 5th through a special option Amazon has given to authors of ebooks. The details for how to download it are available at my website at this link:  
7 months ago