Northeast Wisconsin
April 2010

April 2010

"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

The saying doesn’t refer to practical jokes and pranks on April Fool’s Day, but rather the practice of doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. For example, getting fooled into thinking there’s a magic panacea to your weight woes — that consuming pills or downing the latest celebrity-endorsed potion will make the pounds melt away, regardless of what you eat or your activity level.

Of course, as rational human beings, we know these things don’t really work and that they’re not healthy. Or that they could even be dangerous. But desperate people will do desperate things when bathing suit season looms. It’s what this country’s multi-million dollar diet industry thrives on.

Here at Nature’s Pathways, we believe in eating good tasting, nutritious food and taking care of your body with a sensible exercise routine. This month, certified nutritionist Tony Bednarowski lays out some solid and scientifically based research in "Nutrition 101." Hairstylist and salon owner Josif Wittnik details the correlation between good nutrition and hair loss. Dr. Rick Vander Heyden talks about why it’s better to get your nutrients from healthy foods vs. lab-produced supplements. Karmen Smith gives us the lowdown on the current media target, sugar. Average Jane reports on her positive experience with two different approaches to yoga, a philosophy and discipline for the mind and body that people have benefited from for thousands of years. (These articles may not be as sexy as a headline that shouts "Get a bikini body in 7 days," but we’re more about sensible than sexy.)

Our feature article this month details one woman’s experience with menopause and how — after seeing various practitioners who all endorsed the same conventional treatments — she finally found relief, and happiness, by seeing someone with a different approach. That person is Randi Mann, certified nurse practitioner and menopausal medicine expert, and the owner of Wise Woman Wellness, De Pere. Be sure to read the article on page 34. You’re also invited to check out the clinic’s open house on May 1, where you can meet Mann and her team and learn about her individualized treatment approach to midlife transition.

Until next month…

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Most people lose 50 to 100 hairs per day, but dramatic hair loss can be a very traumatic experience. There are a number of reasons as to why we lose our hair, including: Poor nutrition Inadequate protein or iron in the diet, or poor nutrition from fad or crash diets…
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The most logical source of nutrients should be your food. Up to the last century or so, foods and herbs were the only source of nutrients people consumed. However, our current food system is not really working. Why are so many chronic diseases increasing so rapidly when supposedly we are…
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