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Cancer & Immune Health

Protect Your Immune System Starting RIGHT NOW

Protect Your Immune System Starting RIGHT NOW

| December 6, 2014 | Reply

This is the perfect time of the year for lots of things, but getting sick shouldn’t be one of them! Unfortunately, preparing for the holidays can leave us so busy we forget to take care of ourselves. I speak from experience. What seems like a lifetime ago, I burned the proverbial candle at both ends…

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High Blood Pressure and Salt

High Blood Pressure and Salt

| October 24, 2014 | Reply

If you have high blood pressure, you are most likely restricting your salt intake. While you should always follow your own physician’s advice, a new study says that salt may not be so bad for your heart’s health after all. Can that really be true? The recent study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, involved data…

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Promising New Cancer Detection Test

Promising New Cancer Detection Test

| September 6, 2014 | Reply

I don’t want one. You don’t want one. Nobody wants one. But even more important, nobody wants colon cancer and the best way to detect it is by a colonoscopy. There may be hope on the horizon for those who absolutely will not get one. The FDA just approved Cologuard—a new, at-home, noninvasive test for colorectal…

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Chronic Illness

Sweet Things-Why You Really Need to Cut Back

Sweet Things-Why You Really Need to Cut Back

| November 8, 2014 | Reply

If you think you are doing yourself a favor by consuming artificial sweeteners versus sugar, think again. New studies show these sweeteners may be taking a toll on our gut health. Published in the September 17 issue of Nature, the Israeli study showed that eating just an average amount of saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose (say, some…

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Have a Heart–A Healthy One!

Have a Heart–A Healthy One!

| October 8, 2014 | Reply

Did you know that more than 41 million women in America have heart disease? And that more women than men will die from it? In fact, it’s the leading health problem that kills women (not cancer—a common myth). But the good news is that just five healthy lifestyle guidelines—moderate alcohol, a healthy diet, daily exercise,…

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This Chinese Herb May Help Lower Blood Sugar

This Chinese Herb May Help Lower Blood Sugar

| August 8, 2014 | Reply

Did you ever have a blood glucose test that indicated you were “prediabetic”? A prediabetes diagnosis indicates that an individual has elevated blood sugar levels, but his or her glucose levels are not high enough to have developed type 2 diabetes. In a recent Chinese study, participants were treated with a Chinese herbal mixture called Tianqi.…

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Energy

The Blue Blah Blues of Winter and How to Cope

The Blue Blah Blues of Winter and How to Cope

| November 24, 2014 | Reply

We experienced our first measurable snowfall this day. There were kids outside playing more than shoveling, and a small snowman was erected on my front lawn (by the child sent out to shovel). As the flakes were flying, so were we, searching for snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, and scarves. The joy and happiness permeated…

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High Anxiety – Get to the Heart of the Matter

High Anxiety – Get to the Heart of the Matter

| September 2, 2014 | Reply

At one time or another in our life, something is going to cause most of us anxiety. Not every person will handle a situation the same way, nor will they react similarly. How you handle what life throws your way could make a huge difference in your health and happiness. So what do you do…

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Mind Body Connections with QiGong

Mind Body Connections with QiGong

| July 26, 2014 | Reply

Have you considered that your mind/spirit/body may not all be working together? Think about practicing Qigong. It can be done anywhere and you do not need a gym membership to do it. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made…

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Nutrition

Junk Foods–Are They Killing You?

Junk Foods–Are They Killing You?

| November 17, 2014 | Reply

This is a busy time in your life. Who has time to make three square meals a day from scratch? Who is willing to do such a monumental task as this in this day and age? Not so long ago, a generation or two ago, it was the norm to have everything we consumed as homemade.  It…

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Dish Up This Sweet Potato Recipe

Dish Up This Sweet Potato Recipe

| September 29, 2014 | Reply

Perhaps one of the best ways to throw Vitamin A into your diet is to consume sweet potatoes. Even to this day, an essential side dish on the family Thanksgiving table is the little blue glass baking dish heaped with canned, mashed sweet potatoes. The blue baking dish is never used for any other purpose than the sweet potatoes, which…

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Quick and Delicious Recipes for One

Quick and Delicious Recipes for One

| August 25, 2014 | Reply

You say it’s hard to cook for just one person. It doesn’t have to be! Along with cooking in quantity and freezing in batches, there are recipes out there that are easy, nutritious, and very tasty that can be adapted for just you. Fresh tomatoes from your balcony? Pair them with a delicious baked glazed chicken…

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Fitness

Prepare NOW for New Years Resolution Fitness

Prepare NOW for New Years Resolution Fitness

| November 20, 2014 | Reply

Nine months or so ago, I committed myself to get in shape for the coming year. Finally, at the end of summer, I decided to act on that commitment and joined a kettle bell class. I was going to cram three seasons of fitness into one six-week session and come out a dress size slimmer…

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Movement Inspires Creativity Inspires Movement

Movement Inspires Creativity Inspires Movement

| August 10, 2014 | Reply

When you think of fitness, what immediately comes to mind? Is it running, weight lifting, walking, yoga, or all of the above? Structured movements, reps, and good form help these activities to be effective in your quest for health, but there is another way to keep moving and allow for meditation at the same time. Although…

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Runners Beware-Do a Marathon the RIGHT Way

Runners Beware-Do a Marathon the RIGHT Way

| May 23, 2014 | Reply

Each year, more and more folks are getting out there signing up to run marathons. This is fantastic news, but before you sign up to get your 26.2 bumper sticker, be aware of the prep you should complete before tying your running shoes and hitting the trails. It’s a LOT of work and a worthy accomplishment,…

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Insights

Trick? or Treat! Alternatives to Sugary Treats

Trick? or Treat! Alternatives to Sugary Treats

| October 20, 2014 | Reply

In the very near future, it will be time to hand out treat bags to the multitudes of individuals ringing doorbells and uttering the password, “TRICK OR TREAT!” Not content to just hand out a boring old lump of chocolate (who wants that anyway?), I love to fill small sticker-adorned zippered plastic bags with various…

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Stress Effects You Might Not Have Considered

Stress Effects You Might Not Have Considered

| October 6, 2014 | Reply

Anxiety and stress are the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic internal alarm that goes off when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a difficult situation. We are designed to respond to these triggers, which can help us focus on solving problems, stay alert, and also to protect ourselves. But left unchecked, the old fight or…

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Fall Wellness Planner

Fall Wellness Planner

| September 24, 2014 | Reply

Times they are a changin’…well, seasons are for many of us at least. Cooler weather and the changing of seasons, coupled with kids back in school bring many more opportunities to bring germs to each other. Now’s a great time to stock up on remedies to have on hand for a variety of maladies that may present…

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