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Turn up the heat

Walking into a room filled to the brim with computer equipment and the scent of coffee, one would not expect the place to hold a man who pursues a lifestyle of organic gardening.

Many people in today’s world have come to rely on over-the-counter medications. Robert Kelly, who is an IT specialist at City College, feels there are other methods such as the organic healing recipes he uses with peppers.

Kelly and his fiancée, Davise Fletcher, use peppers for their family business and for healing purposes. Kelly and his family believe in the medicinal properties of the peppers.

In general, Kelly tries to stay away from man-made products and feels his peppers hold medical properties that have the potential to heal the common cold.

“It helps, we believe, the ear, nose and throat when you have a cold,” Kelly says. “It seems to clear that up a lot quicker than over-the-counter.”

According to Kelly, the key chemical component in the peppers healing abilities is capsaicin. Capsaicin acts as a catalyst, so it helps your body absorb other medicines.

At the moment, Kelly and his fiancée are only using the medicine for themselves to treat the common cold and its symptoms, such as a runny nose and sore throat.

Students at City College feel that Kelly and Fletcher’s methods are inventive and agree with their approach to healing.

“I think using more of a holistic type of approach to illnesses is better,” says Stephanie Oliveira a physical therapist assistant major at City College.
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“I’m all about using peppers for healing,” says Dez Mann, a nursing major.

Kelly and Fletcher gather these peppers from all over the world. Also, now that Kelly has moved to a larger piece of land, he hopes to expand and not just use the peppers for culinary and healing purposes.

The key time for Kelly is the fall. During this time they harvest the peppers, dry them, grind them then turn them into the recipes.

“I don’t really understand or know how she came up with the recipes, but I know that they’re really good,” Kelly says.

The ingredients Kelly knows to use with the peppers are sea salt, garlic and parsley. However, Kelly wishes to start growing garlic and parsley because it’s very expensive to buy these organic foods at stores.

Overall, Kelly’s experiences have been really good. “I always wanted a garden,” says Kelly. “When I was a kid at my mom’s house, I put in a few carrots and some other things that did last for a little while, but you know, you’re a kid.”

Now that Kelly has his own garden with Fletcher he is truly able to do what he has always wanted to do owning his own holistic business.

For more information students can visit Kelly’s Web-site at

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