South Central WI Archive
October 2012

October 2012

Healthy living is more than eating right and exercising. 
It’s a whole state of mind, as I’ve learned from so many of our enlightened advertisers. Tending to our spirit and our mind is a key part of overall health. I have always understood the importance of a healthy mind, but not so much the spirit. For me, spirituality has always meant religion, but there is a distinction: spirituality seems to be more of what your inner soul is about. It is more of an inner worship, tending to your “self.”

Thinking about the people in my life, I feel as though the ones who always have a positive demeanor and outlook – even in the face of adversity – have that peace of mind and spirit. That person who, when you think of them, conjures up that smiling face in your mind. I had a friend, Chris, who was that person for me, and did she ever teach me a lot! So unfairly, she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. How helpless you feel when you hear the news. But that girl remained her positive self and fought through it. (I still see that smiling face and those twinkling eyes when I think of her.) What an example for the women/girls in her life!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an effort to “promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.” Organizers want to empower women to take charge of their own health and commit to regular screenings. Need some motivation? The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 225,000 new breast cancer cases in women in the U.S. in 2012.

Tending to your overall health is made a bit easier when you keep an open mind and educate yourself. We have so many great articles to help you on your way. Dawn Matlak presents her case for re-localizing herbalism and re-localizing our healing. Jack A. Erb gives us an overview of super foods – what we need to eat. Dr. John M. Haase discusses the facts around human growth hormone (HGH) and the benefits of raising our levels. These are just a few examples of what we offer you this month. Please read on for more!

In honor of those who have lost their brave fights with breast cancer, encourage all of the women in your life to get screened this month, even yourself!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the foremost cause of death for people in North America. A cancer diagnosis can be life-altering. Although there are many successful treatments for cancer, there is no definitive cure. Plus, certain cancers continue to be more ominous than others. According to the Centers for…
If you’re thinking about getting one, now is the time to go shopping. If you have one, now is the time to get it tuned up — before the cold weather hits. Gas fireplaces can be a real economical source of heat, light and ambience. They can also be troublesome,…
Super foods? Sounds enticing, to say the least. Let’s take a look. Super foods are typically not part of the Standard American Diet, which includes a high percentage of caloric intakes from processed foods, such as: Refined sugars, including high fructose corn syrup. White flour, white rice and other processed…
Areola repigmentation is a specialty area of tattooing that requires advanced experience as well as technique. This procedure helps improve the appearance and self-esteem of both women and men who have undergone breast surgery. Areola repigmentation techniques can “create” an areola after breast reconstruction, minimize the appearance of scars, or…
There are many health benefits associated with vegetarianism. Research indicates that vegetarians have lower levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and obesity rates are generally lower among vegetarians than their meat-eating counterparts. In addition, vegetarians have reduced incidences of type 2 diabetes and lower blood prevssure than meat eaters. However, unless their…
Your liver is the most important organ in the body. A healthy liver is essential for a healthy life; it has a profound bearing on mental and emotional states, physical health, longevity and the quality of virtually every body function. As the body’s main detoxifier, the liver is vitally important…
If you are like me, you have lost weight many times only to gain it back. I started my weight loss journey 16 months before being introduced to a health coach. During that 16 months on my own, I did what I had learned from past weight-loss successes and only…
Burn baby burn! Research has proven that a pound of muscle burns 30 times more calories than a pound of fat. That’s why it is absolutely essential that you preserve your muscle mass while ridding your body of those undesirable fat pounds. Let’s burn some fat! Did you know that…
There’s something very serene about the drive to Spring Green in the fall. The rolling hills, the dazzling color, the crisp, clean air; it is nature at its finest. Upon arrival, the tranquil, supportive, small community welcomes you as one of its own. What sticks out initially is a unique…
Bioregional herbalism teaches us that the plants around us are often edible and medicinal. In fact, you may have recently purchased them in tea or pill form, while they are right there, growing near the water’s edge. “Even in the jungle of cityscapes, amidst the mesh of barbed wire and…
Caring for others, especially if you happen to be a woman, comes very naturally. But caring for yourself can be a difficult thing to justify when that sounds, well, selfish. Stop and think for a moment about that speech flight attendants give before takeoff. They always tell you to put…
Many cultures, both East and West, historically have embraced a form of healing touch with roots going back centuries, even millennia. There’s evidence in Egypt of foot and hand rubbing depicted in the Tomb of Akmenthor, BC 2330. Hippocrates wrote in 460 BC, “The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly…
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