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November 2012

November 2012

Giving thanks.

For many, just the word November conjures up thoughts of Thanksgiving Day. One of the best things about this holiday, besides the family togetherness, is that it forces us to take a day to stop and think about all of the good in our lives. The commercialism isn’t too overwhelming, there’s no pressure to buy gifts to show our gratitude and, if you’re not the one cooking for a houseful, it can be a restful, peaceful day in an otherwise hectic world.

We all have many things to be thankful for, though some of us are much better at acknowledging and expressing that gratitude. One thing I think many of us who enjoy good health often overlook is just that, our health. Unless we’ve had a medical issue of our own or in our family, it can be easy to take our health for granted. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of reading many articles from business owners who have devoted their lives to sharing with others services or products that cured them of their ills. Now they know how to show their gratitude!

Let’s consider showing our appreciation for good health by lending our attention to this month’s national awareness conditions, including: Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and stomach cancer. It’s an opportunity to take action by becoming an advocate or volunteer, making a donation or maybe just being more supportive of those not as fortunate with their health.

I am happy to share some wonderful articles with you this month. Alexandria Binkowski educates us about auriculotherapy, healing by way of the ear — something that may be new to some of you. Jennifer Nowicki shares the long history and many health benefits of yerba mate; you may want to try the tea! Will Allen reminds us that it’s still growing season at Growing Power and that nutritious, locally derived fare is available for the holidays. And, there’s much more, so please read on!

Best wishes to all of you and your families as you continue to make healthy choices in your lives. Please take some time to express your gratitude for at least one good thing this Thanksgiving. I appreciate all of you who read and contribute to this “bountiful” publication!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

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I’m writing this article to shed some light on the power, side effects and limitations of acupuncture. More importantly, I’m writing this to inform you of the opportunities and benefits that acupuncture offers. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine Acupuncture is one of eight components of the broader term known as Oriental…
One of the most relaxing and sought out personal care services is massage. And it’s always a wonderful experience going to a spa, isn’t it? The benefits of massage are numerous! Everyone has stress in their lives. Since every body is different, people carry their stress differently and in different…
At Growing Power, food is viewed as a major universal element that has the ability to draw people together, regardless of their background, culture or socio-economic status. When it comes down to it, everyone needs to eat. The Fall and Winter holiday season is especially a time to rejoice and…
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Vicki Rabe Harrison has a passion for animals and has devoted her life to promoting the importance of good nutrition for our furry friends. Customers at Victoria’s Pet Nutrition Center & Boutique, a Fond du Lac mainstay for the last 11 years, as well as those of her online store, VictoriasAllNaturalPetHealth.com,…
Low-level laser therapy is a non-invasive, surgery-free, drug-free treatment option to help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain, as well as to help speed up the healing process in pets. This “newer” technology has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating injuries, post-surgical pain and many chronic conditions. A non-surgical…
I have trained in Tai Chi Chuan for years and, as any martial artist can attest, one of the prevalent instructions given, especially to beginners, is “relax.” Ironically, most people hear this and think, “But I’m already relaxed!” The truth is that most of us do not know what that…
Auriculotherapy, also called auricular therapy, ear acupuncture or auriculoacupuncture, is a treatment based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem of the entire body represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Physical and emotional conditions are treated by stimulation of the surface of the ear.…
Yerba mate tea is steeped from the South American subtropical tree called yerba mate, which is a species of holly. The Guaraní people and also some Tupí communities in southern Brazil and Paraguay were the first to cultivate and use it. Consumed as a beverage, yerba mate is also used…
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