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August 2011

August 2011

Ever have a "gut feeling" about something? It means to trust your instincts, or to follow your intuition. As humans, we often experience this feeling. But it can be a challenge because we don't necessarily understand what it means. According to a study published in the Association for Psychological Science (2011, January 5), "the trustworthiness of our intuition is really influenced by what is happening physically in our bodies."

The study's authors found the link between gut feelings and intuitive decision making to be stronger in people who were more aware of their own heartbeat. For some individuals, being able to 'listen to their heart' helped them make wise choices, whereas for others it led to costly mistakes, according to an article in ScienceDaily (Trust your gut ... but only sometimes. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 10, 2011).

Michaela Torcaso is a woman in tune with her intuition, which she developed at a young age and continues to nurture. As the owner and founder of TIBIA Healing Center in Madison, her life's work is dedicated to helping others do the same. The center provides unique, effective training to those who want to tap into their intuition and gain or enhance their ability to work with energy. Check out her story on page 22.

Switching gears... what do you know about your cholesterol? We sure hear a lot about it in the media — what foods are "bad" for you, which drugs are best at lowering your levels, etc. It can get pretty confusing. But Dr. Rebecca Georgia with The Family Clinic of Natural Medicine in Madison offers some great information on how to manage cholesterol naturally. There are a number of things you can do to take charge of this area of your health. Be sure to read her article on page 10.

Finally... it's hard to believe August has arrived. Pretty soon (if not already) we'll be confronted with back-to-school sales and other events designed to prepare us for the upcoming school year. Savor these last days of summer. Get outdoors, enjoy the bounty of the farmer's market and take the time to stop and smell the marigolds, as it were.

As you know, in Wisconsin, summer's practically a "blink and you miss it" season. Enjoy it while it lasts!

(Imagine) the possibilities... Have we forgotten who we are, or better yet, where we have come from? As we journey through life, we find ourselves struggling with the everyday events of our ego. What I mean is that society spells out for us at a very early age that we…
With all of the TV ads out there for cholesterol-lowering drugs, you may be asking yourself many questions about your own cholesterol levels. A good question to start with is: what is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty-like substance produced in the liver, intestines and other various organs of the body…
The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks migraines as one of the top 20 causes of years of healthy life lost to disability, and migraines is but one of many headache disorders. Migraine pain is caused by vasodilation (enlargement of the blood vessels) in the cranial blood vessels while headache pain…
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Genital sweating is not something most people are comfortable talking about. But the reality is that millions of men and women are affected by it. The good news is that not only do we talk about genital sweating — we also treat it. Aside from the embarrassment and the discomfort,…
Everyone faces challenges in life, and Michaela Torcaso has endured more than her fair share. From childhood sexual abuse, to failed marriages and the deaths of two of her beloved brothers from suicide and AIDS, Torcaso knows firsthand that such traumatic events can challenge one's beliefs — in themselves, others…
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Pets are prized pals in many households. However, guests invited over for a special occasion who are not as enamored with animals may not be anxious about sharing party space with Fido or the family feline. In such instances, it's up to the host to make guests feel more comfortable.…
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a natural technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. It's based on the concept that "life force energy" flows through us and around us. If our life force energy becomes low or out of balance, we are more likely to become sick or feel stress. If…
Maybe you've seen the bumper sticker: "Life's the School ... Love's the Lesson." Recently, I saw a possible companion sticker: "Oh no — not another learning experience!" When is life's school challenging for you? And what might you want to learn? For me, it's challenging when I'm out of patience…
How would you like to pay $4 a day to heat your home? Heating with pellets is the way to go if you are interested in saving money, reducing your workload and improving the quality of living in your home. Today's pellet stoves are efficient, good looking and low maintenance,…
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