Healthy Concepts
Kimberly Byrne

Kimberly Byrne

Friday, 01 June 2018 01:24

Ask Nature's Pathways — June 2018

“Why doesn’t my health insurance cover alternative providers, like chiropractic? Is there anything I can do to change this?”

—Dan S., Omro

Great questions, Dan! Alternative providers can be more effective at a lower cost, so it raises the question why insurance companies often do not cover their services. One reason is cost. If insurance covered more services, your monthly premium would go up, just like if your auto insurance covered oil changes and new tires. The other reason is changing the status quo is hard to do.

One way to gain flexibility is to use health savings account (HSA) plans that allow you or your employer to put money in a tax-advantaged HSA account, that you can use to purchase alternative care. A single person can deposit up to $3,450/year, and a family up to $6,850/year. If you have Medicare, an MSA plan is another good option where you receive $2,000 or more per year that you can use for alternative care. For both HSAs and MSAs, if you do not spend it, the money rolls over each year.I also recommend shopping for your health care to make sure you are paying the best price for the best care. Ask about the cost for paying directly compared to using your health insurance plan. Don’t pay a $10 co-pay at the pharmacy counter when the medicine only costs $4.

—John Ulness, Ulness Health Insurance & Wellness • www.ulnesshealth.com

“I’m taking over-the-counter thyroid supplements because I think my thyroid is slow but I’m not sure. Could this harm me?”

—Dana T., Appleton

Thank you for the question, Dana. First of all, if you think your thyroid is slow we are talking about hypothyroidism. Let’s say for the moment that your thyroid is fine and you take thyroid supplements. What can happen? The supplement would most likely contain a glandular, thyroid gland from an animal to provide you with active thyroid hormone (T3). If the amount of glandular in the supplement is significant enough, it can lead to heart palpitations. The boxer, Mohammad Ali, lost his second to last fight because he was given thyroid hormone. He lost fat, muscle and his heart rate was elevated. While Mohammad Ali’s experience involved stronger medications than supplements, he did not have hypothyroidism and so it didn’t take much to elevate the thyroid hormone above what the body can tolerate. Thyroid supplements on an individual with no thyroid problems cause the same outcome.

Another consideration is the supplement would most likely also contain a source of iodine or iodide. It is worth noting that every time researchers have given iodine to people in third world nations to help with thyroid function, there was an outbreak of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune condition of the thyroid.

I applaud you for your proactive efforts to get well. In this case it would be better to have additional information for you to know if the supplement is helpful or actually harmful in order to avoid additional problems. I hope you find this clinical perspective helpful and your question is answered.*

—Dr. Scott Vander Wielen, Vander Wielen Health & Wellness • www.healthymetoday.com

The above content is not medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information you read in this column. Nature’s Pathways Magazine does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, please call your doctor, go to the emergency department or call 911 immediately.


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Summer is a great time of year for people and their pets to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up some sun. Just as men and women exercise caution by applying sunscreen and staying hydrated on hot summer days, dog owners must take steps to protect their four-legged friends when bringing them outdoors.

Heat stroke can pose a serious threat to dogs on hot days. Dog owners who routinely take their pets outdoors in summer must learn how to protect canines from heat stroke and how to recognize its symptoms.

What is heat stroke?

Dogs suffer from heat stroke when their body temperatures exceed 104 F and the built-in mechanisms they rely on to cool themselves - including panting - cease to function properly. But any temperature 103 F or above is considered abnormal. According to PetMD, heat stroke is a form of non-fever hyperthermia that can lead to multiple organ dysfunction.

Is heat stroke immediately evident?

Heat stroke can overwhelm dogs quickly, so dog owners should be especially diligent and watch their dogs closely when they are spending time outside on hot days. Dogs may first suffer from mild heat-related stress or moderate exhaustion before they begin experiencing the more severe symptoms of heat stroke, so dog owners should look for signs of stress or fatigue and bring their dogs inside immediately after noticing such symptoms. The consequences of heat stroke are severe, so dog owners should always err on the side of caution.

What are the symptoms of heat stroke?

Dogs that are overheating and potentially suffering from heat stroke may exhibit a number of symptoms. Such symptoms are typically easy to spot, but dog owners still must pay close attention to their four-legged friends during summertime walks or play sessions in the backyard. According to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, signs that a dog is overheating include:

  • Panting followed by disorientation and fast, noisy breathing
  • Collapsing or convulsing
  • Bright red or blue gums
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Vomit and diarrhea connected to heat stroke may contain blood. In addition, the eyes of dogs suffering from heat stroke may be glazed-over and such dogs may be unresponsive to commands, or their replies to commands may be slower than usual.

Can heat stroke be prevented?

Though dogs can suffer heat stroke even on mild days, dog owners can take precautionary measures.

  • Alter routines. Walking can be great exercise for dogs, but on hot days dog owners can walk their dogs when temperatures tend to be at their most mild, such as in the early morning hours or evenings when the sun is setting or has already set.
  • Limit play time. Dogs generate heat when playing and exercising, and their body temperatures may rise considerably on hot summer days. To reduce dogs’ risk of heat stroke, limit play time on hot days.
  • Don’t travel with dogs. Temperatures can be unbearable inside vehicles, so dog owners should not take their dogs along when running errands on hot days.

Dog owners must be especially mindful of their dogs’ behavior on hot days. Protecting dogs from extreme heat can safeguard them from heat stroke, which can be fatal. 


Source: MetroCreative Connection.

When I have thought about life coaching in the past, I always assumed there was an event that must have occurred to cause the person seeking it to lose direction and need help. Or, that the person didn’t know which path to take in the midst of a big decision. Because of this, I didn’t think a life coach would necessarily benefit me.

Then I met Lisa Klarner, a certified career coach and life coach as well as anxiety educator and author. I’m open minded, but I also consider myself to be happy and don’t feel particularly lost about anything; however, I ended up learning so much about myself that I can’t speak highly enough about the experience.

Our session began even before meeting in person. Lisa sent me a couple of links with evaluations she asked me to fill out a few days prior to our session, so she could examine those before we met. I personally loved this as it made me feel like our time together would be well-organized and efficient. In other words, we wouldn’t be wasting time.

The first was the Success GPS Assessment that Lisa explained would help see, at a high level, the barriers that may be holding me back from moving forward in life. The second was the CORE Map Assessment, which was a multi-dimensional personality test to provide me with the ability to recognize and capitalize on my natural strengths, to gain insight into the personality traits aligned with my true nature. The two combined only took about 30 minutes for me to complete on my own before my session with Lisa.

I loved this “homework”! It felt very valuable to me to go through and answer questions about myself. Plus, it was fun. Have you ever seen those “Which fruit/cartoon character/animal are you?” personality tests on social media? This felt like that but included actual scientific methods, so I knew there was purpose in filling them out.

I met Lisa in her cozy space in Appleton and instantly felt comfortable. Lisa has a very calming voice, and a presence that I couldn’t describe as being more perfect for her profession as a life and career coach. Lisa offers a 30-minute complimentary session called the Coaching Discovery Session that allows you to understand your stress and/or anxiety, gain insight into what coaching is and how it could benefit you and potentially discover areas of your life that may be holding you back.

I was able to experience the Complete Introductory Coaching Session that began with the above and lasted about 2 hours (the time flew by!). Lisa and I went through the results of the two evaluations I had done prior to seeing her, and I have to admit, I was nervous. I was honest and vulnerable while filling them out, so to have someone know that my flaws include being impatient and putting a lot of weight on others’ opinions was intimidating! However, Lisa analyzed the results in such a way that made it feel completely natural and even exciting.

Her research and preparation before our session was so noticeable during this portion. She used the CORE Profile Report to discover which of four temperaments I am strongest and weakest in: Commander, Organizer, Relater and Entertainer. Because of the evaluations I filled out and our subsequent conversation in person, she was able to determine how I see myself and also how I’m functioning in the world (they’re often different!). Lisa explained a few times that the goal was to discover when you feel “in flow” and when you don’t. We often develop skills and coping patterns that may not align with our natural temperaments. It’s important to examine these to live as our authentic selves and not feel drained. For example, I discovered being organized and task-oriented is a skill I possess when I need to, not my natural state. I’d much rather focus on people.

With Lisa’s guidance, we determined that I am a Relater/Entertainer, which is an Introverted-Feeling-Intuitive type as opposed to the other functions like Sensing and Thinking, for example. We talked a bit about what this meant, and how it might — or should — affect choosing a partner in my life. Everything she said seemed so logical as we examined it together. I love my job at this point but can certainly see why someone who may be struggling with their career could benefit from a Career Strategy Session with Lisa. During the session, your personality, strengths and weaknesses are explored, so the path to finding your true calling regarding your career with Lisa is a clear fit.

A few days after our meeting, Lisa sent me a follow-up email with even more information and a link to review the reports we discussed in person, along with a couple of others that delve even further into my personality type. The thorough nature of the whole experience made me feel like I was working with someone who genuinely cared about me and my journey. I felt so special before, during and after our life coaching session.

I would recommend everyone consider meeting with Lisa. Not only have I gained clarity about my authentic self, but it was such an enjoyable and calming experience that I would return just for that sense of peace. 


620 E Longview Dr, Appleton • 920-659-0142

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www.LKcoachingandconsulting.com

For more information about life coaching and living the life of your dreams, read Lisa’s June article.

Children in North America will spend, on average, more than 900 hours attending school in a given year. The average school year in the United States lasts 1,016 hours, the equivalent of 42 continuous days. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, many developed countries begin their academic years in September and end them in June. Some, like Australia, feature four terms with two-week breaks in between each term. Others go to school for most of the year - with various holiday breaks in between - and then get the bulk of their time off during the summer.

As much time as kids spend in school, there will be times when they are left to their own devices, and during these times it’s easy for them to forgot classroom lessons. Sometimes called “summer learning loss” or “summer slide,” this forgetfulness sees many students fail to retain all of their lessons over prolonged breaks from school. Studies indicate that students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer compared to their performance on the same tests at the beginning of summer. Anywhere from between one to three month’s worth of educational achievement can dissipate during prolonged breaks from the classroom. To help ensure that those hard-earned lessons are not so easily forgotten, parents can help children remain intellectually engaged in various ways over school breaks.

  • Stick to a schedule. Try to maintain a schedule similar to school, with children waking at the same time each day and going to bed at similar hours. This will make it much easier to get back into a routine when a new school year begins.
  • Encourage reading. Set aside time for reading each day. All it generally takes is 15 to 30 minutes of reading per day for kids to remember their vocabulary lessons and maintain their fluency and comprehension skills. Children may enjoy picking their own books rather than having a required reading list.
  • Keep a math book handy. On long car trips or rainy days, children can do a few math problems to keep their skills sharp. This will help keep learning loss to a minimum. Math workbooks may be available at bookstores, or parents can look online or ask a teacher for a summer to-do packet.
  • Plan educational trips. Vacations and day trips can be fun, entertaining and educational all at the same time. Science centers, museums and living history locations can bring to life information learned in the classroom, even on family vacations.
  • Learn at camp. Many children attend camp for a portion of their school breaks. Look for camps that do not simply babysit children, but engage them through enrichment activities.
  • Take a class. Children and families can learn together by exploring new skills. Enroll in something educational and enjoyable, such as a music or dance class, a STEM seminar or something else that engages the mind and body. This gives everyone a chance to learn something new and have a great time together as a family.

Parents and educators can reduce lesson loss over school breaks by encouraging families to remain intellectually engaged in any way they can. 


Source: MetroCreative Connection.

North Wind Renewable Energy is a solar power system design and installation company that organized in 2007 in Stevens Point. Our mission is to educate people on the numerous benefits of solar power and to deliver clean solar electricity to the utility grid in order to help people take concrete steps to combat climate change and resource depletion, to enhance energy security in their own lives and to make a wise financial investment in their energy future.

To our mission, we have installed over 350 solar electric systems throughout Wisconsin, with a total capacity of over 3.2 megawatts. That is a lot of solar panels! We install small and large systems, residential and commercial — all customized to our customers’ energy goals, space limitations and budget. Everyone uses electricity differently, everyone has a different solar resource and everyone has a different budget. Through education and consultation, we find that happy mix that works for you. Yes, solar does work in Wisconsin. Let us show you how solar can work for you.

Being a solar installer makes North Wind unique. But what really sets us apart from others?

In 2016, we began the process of transitioning to a worker-owned cooperative. We saw the opportunity to solicit long-term commitment from key employees and to build wealth on their behalf, to improve governance, management and decision-making and to build strong relationships with like-minded businesses and organizations in the communities we serve. We completed the transition in April of 2017.

Today, we have ten worker-owner members; they are the head of departments, electricians, sales people and installers. All have exactly one vote and one share in company equity. We believe this model benefits not only our employees, but also our clients by ensuring that everyone involved in your solar installation is invested in your best interests.

Going forward, shared decision making will take into account a more diverse set of perspectives on how we should grow and what we want to invest in, whether that be better benefits, new asset purchases or new services or offerings. Long term, we can look at North Wind as more than the sum of its parts. Members can join and leave with well understood terms and equity can be built and allocated to align with changes in membership as they evolve.

In general, we believe cooperative businesses are better able to weather the ups and downs that small businesses face in challenging markets. We think worker owned cooperatives provide a unique opportunity for rural communities to maintain vitality and diversity in their small business community and to attract and retain quality employees. Most importantly, co-ops support a long and happy relationship with their customers. 


North Wind Renewable Energy Cooperative

1626 West Pearl Street, Stevens Point

Phone: 715-630-6451

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Check out some of our installations at www.northwindre.com

Most of you have probably heard the excitement and buzz around building and living in a tiny home. While most of us aren’t planning on moving into a tiny house anytime soon, we can apply tiny living concepts to our life to reduce our environmental impact and energy footprint in a big way.

While reading this article, imagine living in a tiny house with a water tank and a finite amount of electricity saved in a battery or natural gas available. How would living with finite resources impact your energy usage? Try to imagine living in a tiny home and turn saving energy into a fun game.

Typically, the largest energy hogs in a home come from heating and cooling, lighting and your washer/dryer. A few easy tips for saving costs in heating and cooling include getting a programmable thermostat to keep your home comfortable when you’re there and adjust when you aren’t or when you’re sleeping, installing low-flow fixtures or fixing water leaks to reduce water heating costs, or turning down your water heater a couple degrees. To save energy used in lighting, install CFLs or LEDs. If buying an energy efficient washing machine is out of the question, try washing in cold water. All your actions can add up to make a big difference. If you can believe it, you can save energy without changing any of your lifestyle patterns.

Think about all the unused appliances in your home that are plugged into the wall right now. Contrary to what you might think, these appliances are using power, even if they aren’t turned on or being used. These are called phantom loads. Before I tell you some of the common phantom loads and the energy wasted, write down or make a mental list of the phantom loads for your home and take a guess at how much power they are using and the yearly cost.

Here are a couple examples of how much power your common appliances draw when they are not actively being used:

Household appliance/Product

Average watts used

(Rounded to nearest

whole number)

Mobile phone charger (On, charged)

2

Clock / Radio

2

Computer display, LCD (On)

28

Power tool, cordless, ready, charged

8

Set-top box, DVR, on, no recording

38

Coffee maker

1

DVD player, off

2

Microwave, ready, door closed

3

Televisions, off

5

Total

89 watts

Numbers based on measurements from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: http://standby.lbl.gov/summary-table.html.

If you assume the above appliances are plugged in for 24 hours per day, that is 14,952 watt hours per week or 15 kW per week. Using the average price per kW hour in Wisconsin from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, at $0.11, that costs you around $86 dollars a year.

You don’t need to make any lifestyle changes to save this energy. A couple easy solutions are to unplug devices when you aren’t using (at least the big users) or utilize power strips where you have many culprits together, like in your office (computer, monitor, speakers, printer, etc.) or kitchen (coffee maker, toaster, microwave, etc.). Saving small amounts of energy can add up to make a difference and reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bill.

To read more about how to save energy and find resources to take the next step, check out The U.S. Department of Energy website: www.energy.gov/


Reference: https://www.eia.gov/electricity/state/Wisconsin/.

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 00:53

Aurora’s Apothecary LLC

Aurora’s Apothecary’s retail location is at 1607 N Richmond St in Appleton. They have been in Appleton for over a year.

Before having a store in the big city, they were selling in Morrison, Wisconsin out of an old stone General Store. This location is still their headquarters where they grow all of their plants and make all of their products.

Owner Melissa “Aurora” Adlebush started her interest in herbs at the young age of 14, nurtured by her grandparents’ passion for plants. And that’s just what she has today: a passion for plants!

She readily shares her knowledge of the healing plants when she teaches her many classes or leads meetings with the Fox Valley Herb Society of which she has been president for over 10 years.

If you visit the Appleton store, you will probably see Aurora’s husband, Kevin. He will greet you with a free cup of tea and a full tour of the shop for newcomers.

There is so much to see at the store. Besides their handmade herbal remedies and body products, you will find hand blended herbal teas, and the biggest blending bar in the Fox Cities where you can blend your own oils and make your own products. Aurora likes to cater to the DIY herbalist by carrying a wide array of bottles, jars, bases for body products, bulk herbs, oils, and other ingredients.

In the downstairs area, you will find crystals, gemstones, jewelry, leather journals, tarot cards, books, incense, singing bowls, clothing, and belly dance attire. Upstairs is the classroom and a private room for the healers and psychic readers that set up frequently. Many different classes are offered from gardening and herb classes to bath bombs and belly dance.

There is also a private yoga studio with drop-in classes offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Check the Unknown Yogi Facebook page for details!)

Aurora’s Apothecary prides themselves on their hands-on approach to the business, from growing the herbs to making the products and even designing the labels that go on each item.

Many of her classes are hands-on too. She runs a yearlong apprenticeship program where students are able to get out into the field to really get to know the plants that surround them every day.

Check them out on Facebook! This is where you will find all their classes listed as events. They also make fun informative videos on their YouTube channel (Aurora’s Apothecary), and have a website with classes listed and some of their products available.

If you can’t make it to their store, you can find them at farmers markets, festivals and street fairs near you, as they sell at many of these events all year long and all over the state.


Aurora’s Apothecary LLC

1607 N Richmond Street, Appleton

920-430-7846

www.aurorasapothecary.com

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When life gets busy and chaotic it can be easy to put off things that you know deep down inside you shouldn’t. For me, that was scheduling my regular dental checkup. I’ve been even more conscientious about my health lately, so when I realized I was overdue, I decided to give holistic dentistry a try because it doesn’t solely focus on teeth and oral care but also how it relates to overall health. For instance, studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and heart health. Diabetic patients have higher rates of periodontal disease. It’s hard to overlook these connections.

I booked a new patient exam with Dr. William J. Twohig at Twohig Natural and Holistic Dentistry in Weyauwega. I chose them because their mission sounded exactly like what I was looking for: “A biological approach to dentistry that is a blend of clinical practice, sound scientific knowledge and the traditions of natural healing.”

During the first part of my exam, their dental assistant, Kelly, examined my teeth and asked if I had any concerns. She noticed that my vertical bite measurement was off by about 2 mm. She explained that this can cause a host of problems such as headaches, head and neck alignment issues, and even posture imbalances. Very few people have the perfect bite, but if you suffer from some of these issues it may start with your teeth. I never would have guessed that and had never had it pointed out to me before. She did a thorough exam while explaining the process in a manner even I could understand.

After the exam, Dr. Twohig discussed with me their findings and answered all of my questions. Happily, things were pretty good and I did not need major work, but he gave me things to watch out for and explained other topics related to holistic dentistry that were on my mind. I could tell he spent a great deal of time studying and educating himself and his staff on current, modern practices in dentistry. Next, I went on to meet with their hygienist, Linda.

I mentioned that I had missed a checkup or two so there was more to clean this time around. She didn’t make me feel guilty about it, which was very welcomed. She used gentle tools and the ultrasonic scaler, which gets your teeth and gums super clean. I was happy to find out that they don’t use any fluoride in their tooth polish. After the cleaning my gums were a little tender due to my neglect and having to do a deeper cleaning, but I knew it was exactly what I needed. And I was super excited to experience their ozone treatment. It was amazing! Any tenderness I had was gone soon after. Ozone therapy has been used overseas but I am so glad it is now available in the U.S. Ozone therapy eliminates bacteria so it is excellent for people with gum disease, it promotes faster healing and can even help promote demineralization of the tooth surfaces, helping dentistry to become less invasive. I noticed a difference immediately.

There were several things I really enjoyed about my visit to Dr. Twohig’s office. I loved the staff — everyone was friendly and so knowledgeable. They could answer all my questions as soon as I asked them. They also give you a lot of handouts to help patients make informed decisions on their care such as silver/mercury dental fillings, fluoridation and oxygen/ozone in dentistry. I like feeling informed and in control of my decisions and that Dr. Twohig and his team are there to help guide the way. You can bet I won’t miss another appointment!


Twohig Natural and Holistic Dentistry

417 Ann Street, Weyauwega

920-867-3101

www.facebook.com/TwohigDental

 

Monday, 30 April 2018 18:31

Learn the facts about feline leukemia

Sharing one’s life with a companion animal can be a testament to a person’s capacity to love and offer affection. Millions of people welcome cats into their homes, enjoying their playful antics and cheeky personalities. While cat owners should be aware of the many responsibilities associated with caring for cats, they also need to educate themselves about feline leukemia, a common and infectious disease.

Feline leukemia virus, or FelV, is one of the most common illnesses affecting cats. The Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine says that FelV affects between 2 and 3 percent of all cats in the United States. Infection rates can be higher in cats that are ill or at high risk. In fact, FelV is second only to trauma as the leading cause of death in cats.

Although WebMD states that FelV can result in fatality in 85 percent of persistently infected felines within three years of diagnosis, education can help pet owners recognize risk factors and symptoms and possibly reduce rates of infection and death.

Feline leukemia transmission

FelV only affects cats and cannot be transmitted to people or other animals. FelV is passed from one cat to another through bodily fluids, including blood, saliva, and to some extent, urine and feces. Kittens can contract the disease in utero or through their mothers’ milk. Fighting among cats and grooming one another are among the most common ways that the infection spreads.

Cats that live with other cats of unknown infection status and those who are allowed to roam around outside unsupervised are at a higher risk than others.

Signs of infection

In the early stages, FelV may produce no symptoms. However, Cornell’s Feline Health Center says that, over time, cats’ health will begin to deteriorate, and they will exhibit periods of illness and then wellness. Signs of the disease can include:

  • Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and mouth (stomatitis)
  • Infections of the skin, urinary bladder and upper respiratory tract
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Seizures, behavioral changes and certain neurological disorders
  • Loss of appetite
  • Progressive weight loss
  • Poor coat condition
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Persistent fever

If not conquered by the cats immune response, the virus can cause diseases that can be lethal, such as a form of cancer of the blood cells called lymphoma. Leukemia and anemia are other fatal results of this incurable condition.

Prevention and detection

The only confirmed way to protect cats from FelV is to prevent their exposure to infected cats. Blood testing can determine if feline leukemia is present in an animal. Although there are some therapies to help with symptoms, currently there are no cures for FelV. Vaccination may help, but it is not guaranteed to prevent FelV.

Feline leukemia is a threat to all cats. Highly contagious and pervasive, FelV should be a concern for cat owners whose cats are at elevated risk of contracting the disease. 

Monday, 30 April 2018 18:11

Ask Nature's Pathways!

If there’s one thing we value at Nature’s Pathways — maybe even more than connecting readers with local businesses (and that’s hard to top!) — it’s education.

Sometimes the feedback to the bountiful advice in our pages elicits specific questions. Below our experts give you the answers...

“Are there any “safe” artificial sweeteners? I have read terrible things about aspartame and sucralose.”

—Wendy S., Appleton

Sadly, the answer is emphatically no. Human, animal, experimental and other studies show artificial sweeteners can be just as bad and maybe even worse than regular sugar. Whatever you do, stay away from artificial sweeteners. I recommend giving up aspartame, sucralose, sugar alcohols such as xylitol and maltitol, and all of the other heavily used and marketed sweeteners unless you want to slow down your metabolism, gain weight, and become addicted to the “taste” of sweet. The bottom line is you can’t outsmart Mother Nature, and stay away from artificial sweeteners. Fooling your brain into thinking you are getting something sweet plays dirty tricks on your metabolism. Artificial sweeteners disrupt the normal hormonal and neurological signals that control hunger and satiety (feeling full). As a clinical nutritionist, I’d recommend using a little stevia if you must, as this is a sweetener extracted from the leaves of the plant species stevia rebaudiana.

—Kim Stoeger, Nutritional Healing LLC • www.nutritionalhealingllc.com

“What is a good natural remedy for congestion due to a cold?”

—Katie M., Green Bay

When I have a cold, the one thing that makes me tempted to turn to an over-the-counter drug is nasal congestion because it is so annoying and disruptive. Thankfully, there are several natural options that support the immune system without side effects. Especially effective with this year’s influenza were elderberry products.

Look for herbs like andrographis, echinacea, elderberry (sambucus), goldenseal, oregano oil and olive leaf. In addition, combination formulas that include vitamins C and D and zinc along with some of these herbs can be extremely effective, especially when taken at first symptom. Some popular options include ViraPro from Terry Naturally and U-Mune from Utzy Naturals. Don’t forget to rinse your nasal passages twice daily with a good salt solution. My favorite is Baraka Essential Oil Infused Salt Rinse.

—Theresa Groskopp, Natural Healthy Concepts • www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com

“What are the best foods to eat for inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis?”

—Ken S., Greenville

I recommend my patients to linger in the produce section while grocery shopping picking out anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables. Traditionally the deeper the color the better for nutrients, and pick a rainbow of colors to increase a variety of healthy choices. Shopping the perimeter of a store will help to avoid the highly processed boxed products that contain common inflammatory ingredients, specifically sugar and wheat. Some people have found some success avoiding a group of foods in the nightshade family: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, etc. for rheumatoid arthritis.

—Dr. Amy Nussbaum-Schubbe, Nussbaum Chiropractic • www.nussbaumchiropractic.com


The above content is not medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information you read in this column. Nature’s Pathways Magazine does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, please call your doctor, go to the emergency department or call 911 immediately.

 

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