Northeast Wisconsin
December 2015

December 2015

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are here, and have a tendency to take over the month of December. Weekend plans, concerts and baking days fill our calendars. Snow days and twinkling lights are reintroduced in our neighborhoods. There’s so much nostalgia surrounding these days that a lot of us wish they would last forever.

The hustle and bustle and overall “fullness” of the month can also sometimes be overwhelming and stressful, but the small reminders of the simple joys that fill the air bring us right back to the feel-good aspect of it all.

Gratitude is important all year round, but is seemingly most abundant during this season. We at Nature’s Pathways have a lot to be grateful for, and can’t help but feel especially lucky to be able to share community experts and their wisdom with readers around the state. Our December issue holds what the holidays do: different perspectives, advice, knowledge and an overall solidarity in its mission to help those around us.

We hope you feel the same this season.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Nature’s Pathways.

Public perception that breast cancer is only identified by lumps detected through self-examination or routine mammography may prevent thousands of women from receiving an early diagnosis and the care they need. Although lumps are the most common symptom associated with the disease, women should recognize that breast cancer can produce…
Two types of chamomile have been used for health conditions: German chamomile and Roman chamomile. While the two kinds are thought to have similar effects on the body, the German variety is more commonly used in the United States and is the focus of this fact sheet. Chamomile has been…
Between decking the halls, visiting family and attending holiday parties, it may seem like there is little time to maintain a workout routine during the holiday season. While the holiday season is an especially busy time of year, men and women who plan and stay dedicated to their routines do…
Ingredients: 1 pound butter, softened 2 pounds (8 cups) white flour 6 eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 packet yeast or 1 cake yeast, 2/3 ounce 2 cups milk (or enough to make dough sticky) Fruit filling: Your choice of poppy seed, apricot, nut, cherry, prune, apple —…
Most of us have heard the song made popular by the Frozen movie, “Let it Go!” You might even know it by heart or have watched your little ones repeatedly perform an outstanding home concert. As they sing to the top of their lungs, you see them transform into the…
December is a busy time of year! Cookies to bake, food to prepare, guests to entertain, cards to send and gifts to purchase and wrap. All of this holiday activity can add up to a lot of extra waste. As we countdown to the holidays, consider these tips to “evergreen”…
Like it or not, the season’s craziness is upon us once again, with marketing blitzes, the next “best” sale that we must not miss, holiday parties and many other potential stressors. We cannot change the commercialism that pervades our culture today, but we can change how we respond to it.…
The Facebook page looks like many others. A smiling family sits side by side on a bench in front of their older, two-story house. Visitors to the Give the Gift of Hope-Broeniman Family Fund page learn that this loving, close-knit family struggles every day with medical issues most of us…
Exchanging gifts with loved ones is one of the joys of the holiday season. But it can be challenging to reign in holiday spending when your shopping list is especially lengthy. Fortunately, there are many ways for holiday shoppers to cut costs this season. Create a limited gift exchange. Speak…
Colds and flu are the most common complaint of the winter season. Both are caused by viruses and both can be avoided, or at least the frequency and severity can be reduced with optimal nutritional supplementation. In this article I will discuss prevention of colds and flu. Next month I…
In 1993 a study was launched called the Women’s Health Initiative. The study enrolled over 160,000 women aged 50-79 into a number of randomized clinical trials, testing the health effects of hormone therapy, dietary modification, calcium and vitamin D supplementation. The study’s goal was to look at the beneficial effects…
By Judith Rogers This year you can make the holidays more meaningful and joyful by learning a simple mindfulness practice called mindful listening. We use many of the same skills as we do with mindfulness meditation. We are going to focus on listening to another person while being completely present…
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