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Getting to the Root Cause of Disease

It’s All About Metabolism by Linda Sechrist Attempts to tender lay explanations of how to attain and maintain better health have become fragmented and compartmentalized, with complex scientific cause-and-effect explanations of disease regularly reduced to isolated infographics and sound bites in the media. But understanding our body’s sophisticated, self-regulating, self-correcting and interdependent physiological systems, which work in collaboration with each ... Read More »

Eco-Friendly Floors

Sustainability Underfoot by Avery Mack Truly good flooring is beautiful, practical and eco-friendly. The best choices may change from room-to-room, as well as with geography, depending on family needs. Here are some key factors to consider for an optimum installation. Added Value—Hardwood Wood comes in many colors, polished to a high gloss or textured, and can be refinished when styles ... Read More »

Healthy Screen Time

Kids Can Live Healthier Using These Apps by Julianne Hale In today’s technology-fueled society, kids spend many hours of their free time staring at smartphones or tablets instead of exploring nature, riding bikes or playing outdoor games with their friends. Instead of merely imposing radical reductions in screen time, parents and caregivers can meet youngsters halfway by adding apps to ... Read More »

New Year, New You

Allowing the Real You to Be by Elizabeth Lombardo Does it sometimes feel like if we can’t do something perfectly, why should we bother doing it at all? Perfectionism feeds on such an all-or-nothing approach in following rigid self-imposed rules that can sabotage relationships, health and happiness. Instead, try adopting a “better than perfect” mindset that embraces life’s imperfections without ... Read More »

Healthy Foods, Happy Hormones

Eating Right Puts Our Bodies in Balance by Linda Sechrist Our body’s hormones work like an orchestra; when one instrument is out of tune, the entire production struggles to maintain harmony. Each plays a part in influencing the others and determining how well the whole concert works. Fortunately, our body has masterful conductors, including the endocrine system, which coordinates all ... Read More »

Live Long and Beautifully

Louise Hay on Ageless Radiance by S. Alison Chabonais A renowned leader of the self-help movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated worldwide for teaching—by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life—how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think. Her positive philosophy has sparked ... Read More »

Pet Anesthesia

Separating Facts from Myths by Shawn Messonnier Many pet parents and some veterinarians have an unnecessary fear of animal anesthesia. Addressing some misconceptions about this common medical procedure can be helpful, particularly in regard to older pets. Myth #1: Anesthesia is Dangerous Modern anesthesia has evolved into a safe medical practice since it was introduced in 1799 and uses much ... Read More »

Energy Boosters

Four Ways to Recharge by Kathleen Barnes Stress saps energy, and Americans feel stressed more than ever, with 20 percent of us experiencing “extreme stress” at least weekly, according to the American Institute of Stress. Could late night TV and the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices be the culprits? Partly, according to information published by Harvard Medical School. While all ... Read More »

Interval Training Revs Up Metabolism

Fewer Reps, Less Time, More Results by Lisa Marlene Labels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults who have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic ... Read More »

Eucalyptus Oil Inhibits Spread of TB

Many of the natural compounds in the essential oil of Eucalyptus citriodora may prevent the airborne spread of the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), according to a study from the Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. Several of the compounds in the eucalyptus oil inhibited the airborne spread of the infection by 90 percent, ... Read More »

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