Northeast Wisconsin
May 2011

May 2011

Confession: I like to have a tan.

Now, I realize the stigma attached to tanning is akin to admitting you smoke, but hear me out. I'm no "tanorexic." I'm religious about applying sunscreen and I try not to overdo being out in the sun for long periods of time. Still, tans do happen and, like many people, I feel I look better with a little color. We all have our weaknesses.

But after talking to Dr. Victoria Negrete this month for our cover feature, I am resolving to be even more sun smart. Skin cancer cases are on the increase and while survival rates also increase when the skin cancer is detected early, I don't want to be another statistic. Another part of it is, frankly, vanity. At my age, there's no reason to tempt fate in terms of wrinkles, sun spots and the like. Be sure to read our feature article and all the great sun-smart tips Dr. Negrete has to offer. They're easy to do and they could save your life.

Of course, there are tons of other great articles in this month's issue of Nature's Pathways:

Think your dog or cat can communicate with humans? Then check out Average Jane's recounting of the exchange between her dogs and a respected animal communicator.

Do you equate childhood obesity with child abuse? If you see a child who's severely overweight, does it anger you? Make you sad? Make you blame the child's parents for supporting unhealthy eating habits and an inactive lifestyle? Or is it none of your business? It's a compelling subject that Tony Bednarowski addresses this month. Let us know what you think.

Do you have arthritis? Even if you don't, you probably know someone who's affected by it. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, as designated by The Arthritis Foundation, the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Contributors Lani Herner and Jane Hestness offer their perspectives on the subject.

These are just a handful of the many articles that we have for you this month.

Happy reading!

What is the "little voice" inside? Is it intuition? Your spirit guide or guardian angel? God's voice? Perhaps it's all of that. It is definitely instinctual and more perceptive than our regular conscious, logical and thinking mind. As we enter into times of stress and trouble (Egypt and the Mideast…
As a personal mantra, I spell gentle with a "j" as J-e-n-t-l-e. It's a personal reminder, based on my name and my coaching practice, to be Jentle with myself and others: family, friends, clients, strangers, nature, political figures, etc. Being Jentle can bring you the same effectiveness, if not more…
If you've noticed that your stomach and intestines — sometimes called the "gut" — aren't working right, you know how serious it can be. Problems with digestive function can manifest themselves in very unpleasant ways; fatigue, anemia, ulcers, gastritis, bloating, nausea, inflammatory bowel conditions, and even allergies and autoimmune diseases.…
In previous articles, I have talked about the many options available for those of us in search of a solution for thinning hair. Thinning hair affects the majority of us at some point in our lives — some sooner than later — and can bring with it psychological discomfort and…
Sitting in an airport with a long delayed flight, I begin to look around and ponder the nature of my fellow travelers. Who are they, where are they going, what do they do? These are all questions that come across my mind as I observe. With a quick glance one…
Breast cancer affects one out of eight women, making it imperative every woman understands not only detection, but treatment options. Proactive planning can greatly improve outcome and accelerate a woman's journey to a healthy psychological and physical recovery. Every woman, regardless if they have been diagnosed with breast cancer, should…
Diamonds are a girl's best friend. Diamond in the rough. Diamonds are forever. It doesn't matter which clique is your favorite, you will love Herkimer diamonds. Herkimer diamonds are actually not diamonds, but a unique form of quartz in which the configuration of crystallization is a double-terminated crystal. This pseudo-diamond…
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have definitely evolved over the past 50 years. Originally used to treat deep-sea divers in their recovery from "the bends," today patients are even seeing benefits with allergies, autism, arthritis, stroke, cancer and more. Scientists have learned that the dramatic increase in blood oxygen levels during the…
Mantra meditation is a powerful tool to help connect us with the spiritual wisdom and energy of consciousness. It is a celebration of spirit in which we experience our essence as joy. Laxmi is the mother energy of the world, the embodiment of this life's essence as beauty, youth, abundance…
This month I was going to talk about my workout in great detail but I'd like to switch that up by talking about the benefits of fasting. Fasting has been around for thousands of years and has been used for spiritual clarity, overall health, mental acuity and sometimes as a…
I remember vividly that day in 2001 that I sat in the exam room in my grubby construction clothes. I had been swinging a hammer for eight hours every day as a laborer on a bridge-building crew. Two months into the job, my hands had stopped functioning properly. I was…
The BBB constantly gets calls from consumers about problems with the purchase of used cars. When buying a used car, you must know what you can and cannot expect in order to protect yourself. The first step is to always check out the dealer at www.wisconsin.bbb.org! Most complaints concern warranties.…
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