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March 2013

March 2013

The anticipation is growing … spring is just around the corner!

For most of us, cabin fever is in full effect, and we are more than ready to “cure” this winter boredom by getting outside and interacting with nature. Ah, the joy of what’s to come!

For now, though, we can make use of our expanding daylight hours and growing supply of energy by decluttering our surroundings. Sure, it sounds like just another chore, but there are actually health benefits to this activity. Experts say disarray can cause stress, while clean can facilitate calm and peace of mind in our lives. Check out some reputable health and wellness websites for more information on the therapeutic effects of decluttering!

March is the month we observe National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. There is so much to learn in this area; consider researching these topics before things get too busy outside! You’ll find some helpful tips and resources on the academy’s website (http://eatright.org).

We have so many great articles to share with you this month. Marcia Simler educates us on gluten intolerance and symptoms we should be aware of. Dr. Wade Anunson explains why we should rethink our use of antibiotics. Laura Schuch shows us how loving ourselves makes us better able to handle our challenges and achieve health and success. And, there’s much more, so please read on!

Enjoy the anticipation of spring, and take some time to prepare for your healthy future!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

One of the most costly issues this time of year is lost work or school time due to illness. In 2005, 69 million workers missed days due to illness, to the tune of 478 million days lost, totaling $260 billion of lost economic output that year. Much of it is…
The foundation for success in ANY area of life, including attaining your health and fitness goals, is having a healthy self-image and loving yourself. This does not mean having an inflated ego or being narcissistic; those are entirely different than having a healthy amount of self-esteem. Loving yourself causes a…
What is leaky gut? Leaky gut refers to a situation where the intestinal membranes have been damaged by inflammation so they cannot filter out toxins as effectively. This allows toxins to be absorbed into the blood stream, thus irritating the rest of the body. What causes leaky gut? Leaky gut…
It’s obvious isn’t it? We need food, water, clean air, a thriving planet, peace and, as Burt Bacharach and Hal David remind us, “love, sweet love.” Easy question, easy answer. End of story? Hardly. More difficult than knowing what we need, is knowing how to get what we need. This…
The dog’s world, though technically the same as yours and mine, is perceived very differently by your canine species than it is by the human species. Your dog makes sense of the world through his nose; while you and I primarily use visual cues. A dog’s sense of smell is…
  Having a brush with death can certainly give you new perspective on life. Some who’ve had such an experience even go on to devote the rest of their lives to contributing to the greater good. One such gentleman is Ken-Adi Ring, CHt, CI, LMT, of Madison. At the age…
Dowsing is an ancient art with roots going back to all manner of people and cultures. Divination, which means to have perception by intuition, instinctive foresight or unusual insight, is another appropriate name for dowsing. Historically it has been known as the process of using L-rods or pendulums to search…
Gluten intolerance is a malabsorption syndrome caused by a reaction to gliadin, a gluten protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. People with gluten intolerance cannot digest this protein and, as a result, suffer from various bowel abnormalities. Are you gluten intolerant? You could be if you suffer with…
The essential mineral magnesium is at last developing a much-deserved spot in the good health limelight. It is known to play a part in at least 400 reactions in the body that are necessary for everything from maintaining bone health and muscle function to regulating blood sugar levels and metabolizing…
Just like Alice gazing through the looking glass, things are not always as they appear. Metabolism is not just about a simple process of calories in vs. calories out. It is the centerpiece of our own personal energy infrastructure, the driving force behind converting inputs to our body into the…
Having a green home isn’t just about the building materials. It’s also about how you care for your home. Does it make sense to build a green home or sustainably remodel your home and then add toxins to it? That’s what many homeowners do when they clean their homes. According…
It’s a fact: chemicals are everywhere today. It’s most alarming though, when you consider the products you use to care for your children. Unfortunately, numerous studies show that disposable diapers — the very first product most of us buy for our children — pose a risk to them. Disposable diapers…
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