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July 2017

July 2017

Fireworks represent celebration. I’ve seen them at weddings, lavish birthday parties and, of course, in commemoration of Independence Day. There’s a reason “ooh” and “ahh” are synonymous. Big, bright and loud is bound to garner attention and respect, and that’s exactly what they do. Who isn’t at least a little impressed with the beautiful bursts reserved for warm summer evenings?

Our July cover featuring Island Lavender Company — the fun animation, bright colors and fireworks — screams happiness and festivity. And that’s exactly what it feels like too.

Summer tends to be the season it’s easiest to revert back to feeling carefree and childlike. Swimming pools, camping, fairs and festivals, ice cream trucks (yes, they still exist!), and family vacations abound. These activities and the great weather help take our minds off the hard stuff, the adult side of things. They remind us of our childhood summers and although we likely didn’t know it at the time, spending time concentrating on our happiness.

Focusing on emotional health and self-care is equally significant as adults, but we must be mindful of the process. On page 14, Nicole Wettemann discusses how it is natural to want to avoid going through transitions, but that it may be just what we need to move forward.

Going through obstacles and growing older is inevitable, but losing a sense of wonderment doesn’t have to be. So when you’re watching fireworks this month, think about when you saw them for the first time: take a moment to gaze in admiration and appreciation.

There are few things that conjure up a universally pleasant response; thus, they get all the glory. It’s easy when the object can be used in virtually any and every capacity: as a sweet and savory food product, an herb, a popular essential oil, a simple yet satisfying scent, a…
“Our deep respect for the land and its harvest is the legacy of generations of farmers who put food on our tables,preserved our landscape and inspired us with a powerful work ethic.” —James H. Douglas, Jr. June 21 marks the official start of summer, the beginning of three wonderful months…
For many homeowners, summer is all about staying cool. But that comfort comes with a hefty price tag. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners cost homeowners more than $29 billion a year in energy costs. While that’s often money well spent, there are ways to stay cool…
Government? Insurance companies? Doctors? Hospitals? Employers? Or should it be us, and our families and friends working with health professionals to decide how we spend money on health care? This is part of the debate that is moving through our government legislative process as the U.S. House of Representatives have…
Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. Known as the “plant of immortality,” aloe was presented as a funeral gift to pharaohs. Historically, aloe vera has been used for a variety of purposes, including treatment of wounds,…
Ingredients 2 large zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch diagonal slices 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning (or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and oregano) 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste) 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon olive oil…
Cryotherapy of Wisconsin has been open in Northeast Wisconsin for almost two years. In that time, they have helped thousands of people feel better by reducing or eliminating their chronic pain. Many clients feel relief in as little as two sessions, and praise the benefits of cryotherapy in helping them…
SHEBOYGAN, WI — When we think of Sheboygan, we think about a feeling. It feels like adventure, wholesome tradition and home. Hugging the shoreline of Lake Michigan is a quaint town with rich heritage and a welcoming community. It’s the ideal mix of Midwestern values with the essence of an…
When the weather is warm, our natural inclination is to go outside. Many popular summer activities can be hazardous to our ears due to high decibel levels. Prolonged exposure to the sounds of lawn mowers, power tools, motorized vehicles, sporting events, concerts and fireworks can all lead to irreversible hearing…
In my last article I discussed gut health and the importance of the microbiome as it pertains to health, and the role in leaky gut or intestinal permeability. Today I would like to delve into food sensitivities as this can be a factor in pursuing improved gut health. Food sensitivities…
I never thought in January that by June I’d be writing my third story featuring Lyme disease. I had never met anyone with that diagnosis. That’s exactly the problem. Many of those suffering from this insidious disease have never been properly diagnosed. When those infected by Lyme and co-infections carried…
“Everything that you’re going through is preparing you for what you asked for.” —Unknown In early June, my 11 year old celebrated his transition ceremony to middle school. His elementary teachers called it the “Movin’ On Up!” ceremony complete with camera phone crazy extended families, the obligatory memories slideshow and,…
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