Healthy Concepts

Who knew that a walk to the mailbox could open up a world of nature’s surprises, showing daily whether we choose to watch them or not?

Most mornings I walk to the mailbox, not in anticipation of mail delivery, which does not happen until afternoon. I walk to see the native flower garden that surrounds the mailbox. It is a microcosm of what is happening each Midwestern season. In the spring I watch for bloom patterns. In the summer I watch for bloom visitors. In the autumn I watch for the seed pods that will bring next year’s blooms. In the winter I watch the plants fall, yet retain enough fiber to hold the drifting snow from the Northwest. Their silhouettes are dramatic.

Every day I take my camera, or I miss many of the daily changes. Through the eye of my camera I have seen things I have never seen before! The monarch caterpillar munching on a leaf moves toward the safety of the stem more quickly than I can follow. This year I saw only one monarch caterpillar, no more. Why they are missing concerns me and reminds me of climate change warnings.

One morning I spotted a small tree frog posing, immobile on a milkweed leaf. I didn’t even know tree frogs existed in this region! I’ve studied plants all my life, not the critters that use them. The camera recorded the tree frog visits, as it absorbed the sunlight, but so well camouflaged I had likely walked by its relatives for years — oblivious. This is why I walk to the mailbox every morning. Almost every trip reveals something I have never seen before. The native flower garden amazes me, entertains me and makes me smile daily.

Here are some of the reasons: Bumblebees sleeping on the spiderwort overnight, warming in the sun; mimic bees that are really flies, enjoying the nectar of asters; iridescent green bees pollinating the daisy fleabane; black and white bees with saddles of yellow pollen, sipping purple prairie clover; bright red milkweed beetles rambling up and down the swamp milkweed; black-spotted orange milkweed beetles nibbling on the butterfly weed; Japanese beetles munching evening primroses; a predator beetle sucking the life out of a Japanese beetle; (Ugh!); neons quickly waltzing from stem to stem; dragonflies clasping monarda’s dried stems; warrior beetles enjoying each other’s company on goldenrods; a camouflaged looper hiding in plain sight on a liatris; red admirals, sulphurs, hairstreaks, swallowtails, monarchs and so much more–it takes my breath away.

And every time my lens captures an insect in action, I learn more about the flower itself! The stamens, pistils, stigma are some of nature’s details I have not actively seen since peering through microscopes at school. To capture these moments in time takes patience. How many times I have snapped a photo only to have the subject fly away at last instant! Breezes come and go, too. I have learned to focus and wait for the plant to blow back into view. Some insects flit about, seemingly endlessly. With experience I have learned to be able to predict where they might land and focus on that spot — before they get there! Some days the asters, monardas or coneflowers are so heavily visited, the plants are in constant motion from continuous take-offs and landings. Sometimes my patience with my pocket camera is rewarded. Gotcha! And some mornings, I "lose" an hour or two in the surprises, the smiles and the peace that the sightings bring.

Bonnie Harper-Lore is a national board director of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. For more information, visit http://www.for-wild.org.

There has been a great amount of interest in cell salts in the past few years. In Europe the use of cell salts and facial deficiency recognition is widespread. In Germany alone there are about 60 "cell salt" organizations. The European view of cell salts originates from two followers of Dr. W.H. Schuessler and Dr. Kurt Hictcethier and Mrs. W. Sonner who established the Sonnerschaw Facial Analysis Theory in 1936. Since that time, thousands of practitioners have verified their observation that facial features reflect the symptoms of cell salt deficiencies.

What is a cell salt?

Schuessler recognized and categorized 12 cell salts. He found that there are certain essential minerals that the body requires, in proper balance, in all of its cells. We have two types of mineral reserves in the body, one to use on a daily basis, and one for emergency situations. When our body is deficient it has to dig deeper into our reserve. When we are deficient in minerals, this is reflected in the face as well as in diseases or imbalances. If these signs appear, we can use cell salts to fill our reserves. And, if there is a chronic condition, these cell salts need to be replaced in a slow, paced manner in order to replace what was used in the body’s reserve. Once the mineral needs are met, the body can once again become healthy, strong, energetic, mentally clear and at peace with others and itself.

How to use cell salts

Cell salts are non-toxic and can be taken by anyone under any condition. Many pregnant and nursing women use them with success. There are several ways to take cell salts. The most common way is to tap 2-4 pellets into the cap and drop them into the mouth. You can also put these pellets into distilled water and consume it throughout the day.

The following is a brief synopsis of cell salts and facial recognition correlation:

Calc Flour: blue lips, brown-black shading around eyes, white flakes, transparent tips on teeth, reflective shine on face, cracked lips, raised wrinkles.

Calc Phos: facial skin is white and waxy in appearance around eyes, ears, nose and forehead. Paleness, small lips, translucent tips on teeth, stretched skin on cheeks.

Calc Sulph: facial color is alabaster white/paleness in appearance.

Ferrum Phos: chronic whole face paleness, blue/black circles under eyes, acute red cheek, forehead and ears, hung-over or sleepless appearance, inflamed skin.

Kali Mur: Milky red or blue/purple shading acne, roseacea or red spider veins, chicken skin.

Kali Phos: sunken temples and cheeks, overall grey coloring, dull eyes, bad breath.

Kali Sulph: brown to yellow on entire face, typically around the mouth, liver spots, age spots, freckles.

Mag Phos: general chronic facial redness or acute blushing.

Nat Mur: lower eyelashes, large pores on nose, cheek, chin or forehead. Dandruff, dry skin, puffy cheeks, red border on hairline, inflamed eye lids, spongy or bloated appearance, bell-shaped nose, sweaty or greasy skin.

Nat Phos: general red to yellow coloring on the nose, mouth, forehead, chin and cheeks. Combination skin, cholesterol deposits of raised yellow pimple-like growths around the eyes, blackheads, pimples, upper lip wrinkles, fatty deposits, dry or greasy hair, greasy or sweaty.

Nat Sulph: general green coloring to a bluish-red to chronic red, indications on the nose, bags under the eyes, yellowish sclera, bad smelling gas.

Silicea: bald head, shiny nose, vertical wrinkles that start by the ears, sunken eyes, crow’s feet, glassy or polished shine, sensitivity to light, fingernail problems.  

This article is not intended to treat or diagnose disease. Please consult your physician.

Bernadette Goodine, N.D., and blood microscopist owns Down To Earth Nutrition and Massage, 2331 Velp Ave., Ste. M, Green Bay. For more information, call (920) 434-2073.

"When you play it safe, the only thing you learn is how to live within the limit of your own fear."

— David Neagle

Are you holding yourself back in your life? Holding yourself back from all that is possible for you? We are expansive spirits that are here to grow and expand, not stay stuck in the old for years and years. If you don’t grow and move forward you will begin to feel the consequences of not growing.

Here are some of those consequences:

1. A feeling of frustration. You get irritated easily.

2. You feel like a victim, that outside forces are holding you back. Really it’s you holding yourself back.

3. You feel depressed and hopeless and have a hard time connecting with the amazing joy of life.

4. You feel anxious and don’t know why (you have gifts that you have come to share and if you don’t you will feel anxious because this energy wants to be expressed, not held back!)

5. You feel bored. There is no excitement or passion in your life.

6. You envy others and their lives. You think, "Why can’t my life be like that?"

7. You feel confused about your life direction. (Confusion can be a cover for fear. If you are confused it gives you a reason to stay stuck and not take the risks you need to in your life.)

Did you recognize some of these in you? One of the first steps to stop holding yourself back is to recognize you are doing it and getting clear about how it’s affecting your life.

You are not going to have the joy, passion and fulfillment that is available for you if you continue to make the choice to hold yourself back. So clearly state to yourself, "I am holding myself back and it is causing this in my life… (and list these things out)."

Look at this and make a clear, conscious decision to begin to not hold yourself back anymore, that you are willing to step through your fears into your aliveness and joy. Feeling fear will not kill you; it is a temporary protective mechanism that will subside as you continue to move forward in your life. As my mentor says, "Fear is not truth," so do not treat it as that. Do not treat it as a signal to stop but to keep moving forward.

Remember your time on earth is limited (this is not a dress rehearsal) so you may as well stop holding yourself back and go for what you really want — now!

Shelley Riutta MSE, LPC is a holistic psychotherapist in private practice specializing in transformational individual counseling, presentations, groups and workshops. For more information and to get her free workbook "What Do You REALLY Want: Finding Purpose and Passion in Your Life," visit http://www.RadiantLifeCounseling.com or call her at (920) 265-2627.

It’s that time of year again. The wind has howled past your skin many times, and the heat from inside has sucked every last drop of oil from your skin. Yep, you must live in Wisconsin. Although we are blessed with mild, humid summers, winters in Wisconsin have us running in search of a moisturizer that will do its job. Dry, cracked fingers are usually a tell tale sign that we need help…urgently.

Now comes the tricky part. Most of us reach for our pretty smelling lotions in hopes that it will quench our skin’s thirst, and it does, for a minute. However, the alcohol in most commercial lotions will inadvertently dry our skin even more, stripping what little we have left.

So what do we use? The key to a good moisturizer in Wisconsin is one that has three components.

One, it is a humectant vs. an anti-humectant. For example, petroleum is an anti-humectant. It wicks moisture away from your skin. Although it may momentarily "quench" your thirsty skin by lubricating, it is in no way different from wrapping plastic wrap on your skin. No moisture exchange is taking place and certainly no hydration is occurring. Olive oil on the other hand, is a humectant. Its rich, satisfying oils are quick to help draw moisture to your skin, even after all the oil has soaked into your skin. It is a continuous moisturizer all day long.

The second key to a good moisturizer is that it contains no alcohol. We all know the effects of hand sanitizers to our dear medical community. Many of the nurses who wash frequently and follow up with many doses of hand sanitizer show early signs of eczema. Alcohol is added to many commercial lotions because of the length of time it sits on a store shelf waiting for you, in some cases, up to 2 years before you bring it home. All that time it needs to fight off any possible bacteria it may have been exposed to. With all-natural products you are in luck. Most lotion crafters forgo the alcohol found in commercial products. This has so many added bonuses. Perhaps when you’ve had a cold and blew your nose raw you have witnessed firsthand when you reached for the lotion to hopefully quench when instead you feel the burning of alcohol. It is so nice in Wisconsin wintertime to have an alcohol-free moisturizer to rely on.

Lastly, the key ingredient to a good moisturizer would be one that contains high amounts of fatty acids and lipids. You can moisturize all you want, but if your lotion doesn’t contain fatty acids and lipids, it isn’t replacing what your skin vitally needs that has been taken away from you. Fatty acids and lipids are what are generally missing from a person with psoriasis or eczema. They can be found in rich nutty oils like cocoa butter, mango butter or avocado oil. These oils have the ability to add elasticity to skin, helping to end the cracked fingers or chronically dry skin some of us experience in Wisconsin winters.

A lot of lotion crafters will follow these guidelines as a given in the homemade cosmetics industry. All of the oils mentioned are healing rather than just lubricating. Nature made some pretty amazing homeopathic remedies that work well. Take advantage of them. At a pretty low cost you can find relief from the harsh Wisconsin winters that plague our skin every year. You can now be an outdoor enthusiast with beautiful, unparched skin.

Caitlin Brotz is the owner of Olivü 426, a small boutique located in downtown Sheboygan. Caitlin originally started Olivü when her friend was burned while building a snowmobile track to practice on. Needing a lotion and lip balm that would help heal rather than just lubricate, Caitlin was given the lip balm recipe from St. Mary’s Burn Unit in Milwaukee. Now Caitlin helps others find ingredients that help soothe their skin. At Olivü you can make your own bath and beauty products, customizing with your own herbs and fragrances. Or visit her Web site to design your products online at http://www.Olivu426.com.

All types of tea (green, black, and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant are steamed to produce green tea.

What green tea is used for

Green tea and green tea extracts, such as its component EGCG, have been used to prevent and treat a variety of cancers, including breast, stomach and skin cancers.

Green tea and green tea extracts have also been used for improving mental alertness, aiding in weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels and protecting skin from sun damage.

Green tea is usually brewed and drunk as a beverage. Green tea extracts can be taken in capsules and are sometimes used in skin products.

What the science says

Laboratory studies suggest that green tea may help protect against or slow the growth of certain cancers, but studies in people have shown mixed results.

Some evidence suggests that the use of green tea preparations improves mental alertness, most likely because of its caffeine content. There are not enough reliable data to determine whether green tea can aid in weight loss, lower blood cholesterol levels, or protect the skin from sun damage.

NCCAM supports studies to learn more about the components in green tea and their effects on conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Side effects and cautions

Green tea is safe for most adults when used in moderate amounts.

There have been some case reports of liver problems in people taking concentrated green tea extracts. This problem does not seem to be connected with green tea infusions or beverages. Although these cases are very rare and the evidence is not definitive, experts suggest that concentrated green tea extracts be taken with food, and that people should discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner if they have a liver disorder or develop symptoms of liver trouble, such as abdominal pain, dark urine or jaundice.

Green tea and green tea extracts contain caffeine. Caffeine can cause insomnia, anxiety, irritability, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea or frequent urination in some people.

Green tea contains small amounts of vitamin K, which can make anticoagulant drugs, such as warfarin, less effective.

Tell all your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

Sources: Green tea. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed at http://www.naturaldatabase.com on July 8, 2009.

Green tea (Camellia sinensis). Natural Standard Database Web site. Accessed at http://www.naturalstandard.com on July 8, 2009.

National Cancer Institute. Tea and Cancer Prevention. National Cancer Institute Web site. Accessed at http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/pressreleases/tea on June 3, 2010.

Sarma DN, Barrett ML, Chavez ML, et al. Safety of green tea extracts: a systematic review by the US Pharmacopeia. Drug Safety. 2008;31(6):469–484.

SOURCE: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health

With the start of the New Year, many people are making resolutions to live a more active, healthy and wellness-oriented lifestyle. Intentions and desires to change our old, worn-out habits and patterns are ineffective until we address and monitor our thoughts.

Oftentimes, what many of us fail to factor into the equation is the power of our physical bodies over our minds and spirits.

Old habits, patterns, stories and ways of being locked into the musculature and posture of our own bodies prevent us from being fully available to the opportunities and possibilities of the present. Our histories are held in our fascia — the continuous web of connective tissue that supports and penetrates all muscles, bones, veins, nerves and organs of the body. The fascia is a conduit for the protective mechanism of the nervous system and will thicken or shorten in response to trauma, injury or repetitive stress. This constriction and armoring serves a great purpose as it protects the affected area from further damage. However, once the injury has healed, the remaining holding pattern affects functioning of the entire body. The body is pulled out of alignment and the relationship with gravity suffers.

Rolfing® Structural Integration is a system of soft tissue manipulation designed to balance and align our bodies so that we can have a healthier relationship with gravity. A Certified Rolfer™ helps a client heal this relationship to gravity by balancing the body around a vertical line. Through the process, a Rolfer™ facilitates release of body stories and the accumulation of armoring or chronic tension patterns that can later manifest as chronic pain, joint wear-and-tear, limited mobility, decreased flexibility or inability to process stress.

When our bodies are not fully comfortable moving about the world, properly grounded, or confidently inhabiting the space they need to inhabit, this unease can affect our emotional and spiritual being on multiple levels. By uncluttering our physical bodies, we regain spaciousness, lightness and ease within our minds and spirits. By aligning our bodies, energy can flow more freely throughout all of our systems and we can find better grounding. A restored relationship with gravity can help us to become the beings that we are meant to be.

Victoria L. Huss is a Certified Rolfer™ and owner of New Possibilities Integration LLC, located inside Empower Yoga in Appleton. She finds joy in helping people unfold and find freedom from rigidity and chronic pain. Victoria offers free 30-minute consultations. For more information, contact her via phone at (920) 427-7653 or on the Internet at http://www.wisconsinrolfing.com. Rolfing® is a registered trademark of the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration.

"Tiny Fingers Itch for iPhone," a USA Today story published Nov. 8, 2010, features Charlotte, age 3, "who began mastering her mother’s iPhone two years ago." Her mother reports, "She would sit there, unlock it, then there was no stopping her." The story continues, "She’s still going full speed ahead, finally landing on one of her favorite apps, an animated video of ‘The Wheels on the Bus.’ As the famous children’s song plays on and on, she opens and shuts the bus doors, makes the bus driver’s arm rise and fall, moves the windshield wipers back and forth. All with the flick of her finger."

We. Just. Don’t. Know.

The USA Today story changes directions: "When asked about what effect these devices have on children’s attention spans, reading ability, and social behaviors, Liz Perle, editor in chief at Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based non-profit that helps parents manage the media and technology in their kids’ lives, is brutally honest: ‘We. Just. Don’t. Know.’ Perle says what’s happening today is the biggest experiment ever conducted on our children, in real time, and with no information. We don’t know the long-term implications." Expert Dr. Keith Black cautions: "We do not have enough evidence now to say that (a wireless device) is a safe device." Another doctor writes, "Children begin using mobile telephones very early in life, and they are showing unprecedented infatuation with the devices resulting in excessive usage. All this while their growing tissues and organs are more susceptible to the type of damage that we have seen in research...What will happen to these young people after a lifetime of use? No one knows exactly, but the predictions based on today’s data are dire."

Children most zapped

Ann Louise Gittleman, author of "Zapped — Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t be Your Alarm Clock," (copyright Oct. 2010) writes, "I will say it again: the younger and smaller an individual is, the more at risk." Swedish brain tumor specialist Lennart Hardell, M.D., Ph.D., concurs: "A child’s brain is extremely vulnerable to cell phone radiation, absorbing microwaves at 3.3 times the rate of adults... Since children’s cells are rapidly dividing, they are also more susceptible to genetic damage leading to disruption of cellular function, cell death, tumors, and compromised immune and nervous systems." (Total Health, Vol. 27) Note: A cell phone or other wireless hand-held device is really a radio that sends information signals on waves to a base station sometimes several miles away. To cover the distance, the signal is pushed by a burst of power which is the source of radiation we are most concerned with. The farther the base station, the more power needed to carry the signal; the more power, the more radiation generated–and the greater the danger.

Tell Congress that children are at stake

Concerning inadequate U.S. safety standards and no pre-market testing of wireless technology, author Ann Louise Gittleman writes, "Blanketing much larger areas, long distance WiFi or Wi-MAX, the multibillion dollar wireless network involving Clearwire, Google, Sprint and Time-Warner will undoubtedly affect even more people in the future. Consumers really need to ask Congress for pre-market health testing before allowing the rapid expansion of this kind of ‘WiFi on steroids.’ We have the power to change our environment to make it more livable and sustainable — not only in our own but in our communities. So, even more important will be demanding Congress to take action to fund independent EMF research and repeal Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act, so that state and local governments no longer have their hands tied in trying to protect human health from unwanted exposure. Who knows what new sources of electropollution will arise in the future?"

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Harmony Café, a program of Goodwill Industries North Central Wisconsin, is a safe and peaceful place that celebrates the diversity of people, offering a place to exchange ideas and activities. It’s open to people of all ages and conveniently located in the heart of downtown Appleton, at 233 E. College Ave.

Many people in the community are familiar with this treasured establishment, having visited for different reasons, whether it’s to meet a friend for a cup of coffee, see a unique program, or hear some live music. Many businesses and community organizations take advantage of its two meeting rooms (one with seating up to 30 people and the other up to 10) and it’s common to see parents chatting while their children play nearby. Students can often be found taking advantage of the cyber café and its free WI-FI while they surf the Internet while sipping a cup of coffee.

As the second half of its name says, Harmony Café also offers a wide variety of tempting food and drink options. I was excited for the opportunity to shine the spotlight on my favorite café, as I feel it truly is one of those ‘hidden gems’ of the Fox Cities. As a vegetarian, I have eaten at Harmony Café many times due to its impressive vegetarian/vegan menu options. On a recent visit I was accompanied by a non-vegetarian friend, who was willing to share his opinion on some of the other delicious menu items.

The environment at Harmony Café is warm and welcoming. It’s located in an old building downtown that has had a number of tenants through the years so there’s a lot of history within those four walls. The exposed brick and wooden floors, as well as many original architectural details, contribute to the cozy atmosphere.

As a non-profit coffeehouse, all sales income goes to Goodwill Industries of NCW, which is used to offer innovative and impactful programs to the community. Harmony Café composts all coffee grounds and filters and much of its food waste. It also uses recyclable cups and environmentally friendly cleaners, and aims to support sustainability programs and initiatives in the community. In addition, the organically-grown coffee beans are roasted locally for the freshest cup of coffee. Through Fair Trade, the farmers who grow the beans receive a fair price for their beans. Patrons of Harmony Cafe can feel good knowing they help support locally owned and operated businesses, farmers in other countries and the environment.

On a recent visit to the Café for lunch, I ordered a walnut burger. This homemade vegetarian delicacy is topped with fresh spinach, vine-ripened tomato, sweet red onion and creamy mayonnaise on toasted ciabatta, although on this particular day I opted for fresh salsa instead of mayo. I also had a bowl of a delicious homemade veggie soup. Typically this is what I get when I eat at Harmony Café, as it’s my favorite meal there.

However, the next day I had to go back and enjoy the sunflower sandwich. This sandwich is a delicious sunflower/artichoke spread with cheese, sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Despite the absence of meat, it is extremely satisfying!

My date that day enjoyed a very popular sandwich called The Tillman. The Tillman features turkey, bacon, spinach, cheese and a delicious artichoke spread and is served on a fresh ciabatta. His comment to me was, "Is it possible to fall in love with a sandwich?" Judging from the look on his face, in this case, I think it is!

Salad lovers covet the garden fresh salad creations, which are served with a fresh baguette. Items from the Fresh Gourmet Harmony Creations menu include a grilled prime rib sandwich, or The Spicy Italian, which includes deli sliced ham, salami and pepperoni with pepper jack, vine-ripened tomato, banana peppers and garlic oil on ciabatta, served hot or cold. The Diversity features creamy peanut butter, bacon, crisp granny smith apple and alfalfa sprouts and is served on wheat berry bread. The CranApple Rosemary Chicken Salad includes cranberries, crisp granny smith apples, fresh rosemary and romaine lettuce piled high on a fresh buttery croissant.

You’re not limited to lunch, however. Breakfast items are also served and include toasted English muffin egg sandwiches, omelets and Belgian waffles. Fresh frozen fruit smoothies are a nice alternative to a breakfast meal, or are a great afternoon pick-me-up.

The bakery is fantastic and includes homemade baked goods and vegan options, too. My personal favorite is the Morning Bar. They also offer a kid’s menu and a number of sides to round out a meal.

Harmony Café is one of my favorite places to order lunch, as well as visit at night to listen to music while enjoying a homemade chai latte. In addition to its Appleton location, Harmony Café is open at 1660 W. Mason St., Green Bay.

Stop by to see the fantastic friendly staff and enjoy falling in love with a sandwich.

Discover Asian Cuisine without leaving Appleton

All of us at GingeRootz (gin-ger-roots) invite you to discover the origin of Asian cuisine through our traditional recipes. We not only offer authentic Chinese dishes, but also flavors from Thailand, Japan, Korea and other Pacific Rim countries. You have our assurance that all dishes are prepared from the highest-quality ingredients. Along with our vegetarian options, we also offer a gluten-free menu and most recently introduced our Sushi menu.

In addition to our traditional Asian cuisine, we offer gracious service combined with a warm ambience. Our restaurant was designed with an emphasis on comfort and intimacy. It’s no surprise that we were the winner of this year’s Golden Fork Award and the Best of the Valley for Best Asian Cuisine.

Our elegant, yet casual, restaurant is a perfect meeting place for a group of friends, a date or entertaining clients. For larger parties, our Temple Room can easily accommodate up to 40 guests. We also offer a full catering service on and off premises.

Join us for lunch or dinner 7 days a week from 11am – 9:30pm Sun – Thu and 11am – 10pm Fri & Sat. We are located at 2920 N. Ballard Road, Appleton. We can be reached at (920) 738-9688 or find more information at http://www.gingerootz.com.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has become a go-to treatment for many athletes. Some professional athletes are now advocates for hyperbaric treatments after seeing what it can do for them. They are looking to enhance their performance, have more endurance, be more alert and also recover from injuries faster. That being said, most non-athletes wouldn’t mind having more energy and faster healing, either.

How can it help you?

In this safe and increasingly common treatment, the patient is given oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. The increased levels of oxygen in the body trigger the cells to become more efficient, giving the entire body better circulation. This can help patients to reach their personal health goals such as faster healing and increased mental clarity.

Is it right for you?

It is best to check with your physician before beginning treatments. Receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy for certain health conditions may be covered by your insurance. If treatments are not covered, free-standing hyperbaric clinics like Green Bay Hyperbarics are a convenient choice and allow you to take charge of your health. A typical treatment is 90 minutes in duration and modestly priced. A series of treatments may be recommended for optimum results.

Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or even a "couch potato" who simply wants to feel better and have more energy this year, you may want to try hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

For testimonials and case studies, check out http://www.hbotreatment.com and http://www.greenbayhyperbarics.com. Green Bay Hyperbarics is located at 2372 S. Oneida St., Green Bay. Call to schedule a free hyperbaric consultation today at (920) 499-0670.

Angela Saunders is a hyperbaric assistant at Green Bay Hyperbarics. the first free-standing hyperbaric facility in the area. Jeff Smet is the Hyperbaric Therapist at Green Bay Hyperbarics and offers free consultations. For more information call (920) 499-0670 or visit us on the web at http://www.greenbayhbot.com. For more extensive information on conditions that are treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy visit http://www.hbotreatment.com.

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