Healthy Concepts

Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy (QNRT) is based on the foundational principle that the brain and the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body. Any unresolved emotional stress, past or present, is understood to affect the nervous system in an adverse way that may lead to physical, mental and emotional breakdown. This fact is critical in understanding QNRT.

Most of us have experienced an “adverse emotional stress” either directly or indirectly, during our lifetime. QNRT associates common experiences such as sleeplessness, anxiety, nervousness, fatigue, soreness and gastrointestinal complications with past adverse emotional stress events. This is a prime example of the mind body connection.

The principle of QNRT are supported by the findings of the ACE (adverse childhood experience) study as it relates to future symptoms, behaviors and illnesses.

An example of an adverse childhood experience is abandonment. The fear those you love will leave you. Loss of love early in life. Difficulty connecting to others. Abandonment is a trauma marker that can be reset, so the brain can neurologically reorganize and create the ability to move forward in a calm peaceful state. 

In the lower level of a modest-looking office building, directly next to the Appleton Post Office and just a few blocks behind the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, you will find a 3,000 square foot subterranean oasis called Komorebi & Co., a new massage therapy, bodywork, waxing, and esthetics studio. While Komorebi & Co. is a new player in the Fox Cities wellness scene, they are already making their footprint in the community as an establishment committed to natural and organic ingredients, and dedicated to a culture of inclusivity.

“What makes Komorebi & Co. different is the fundamental character of our business. All body types, all gender identities, all skin colors, all sexual orientations, all beliefs and all backgrounds are invited to use Komorebi & Co. services and products. We believe everyone deserves access to serenity and health in a judgement-free environment,” the company’s founder, Michelle Vandeyacht, says.

As an ingredient enthusiast with a deep-rooted commitment to animals and the environment, Vandeyacht, a successful massage therapist and esthetician in her own right, is well-qualified to bring you the absolute best that this industry has to offer.

“Another major difference that we are proud of is that all of our products are 100 percent vegetarian, free from chemicals and gluten, and nothing is ever tested on animals. We can also tailor nearly every service to a vegan lifestyle and successfully work around allergies and sensitivities. We carefully select product lines of the highest quality after extensive research into each product brand, as well as the ethics and business practices of the particular company. We are keen on partnering with companies who share a common ethos, all while taking the guesswork out for our clients.”

Komorebi’s approach to skin care starts with ingredients that clients can pronounce. “We believe in achieving results without added ‘garbage’ ingredients. Our skin care line, ilike Organics, was chosen because of sustainable farming and harvesting practices, ecological and social responsibility, and their cruelty-free affirmation. The entire line uses whole, raw fruit and vegetable pulps, and is free from GMOs, synthetic preservatives, artificial coloring, synthetic thickening agents or other controversial ingredients. We think ingredient transparency is of unequivocal importance.”

Komorebi & Co. offers distinctive services and products available at a price point consistent with that which can be expected in the Fox Cities. The facility has five treatment rooms, a dedicated together/couples massage room, as well as a large classroom space available for public events. As the new year approaches, Komorebi & Co. will be expanding their product and service menu to include a variety of organic body wraps, an all-natural Australian wildflower makeup line called Zuii, an infrared sauna, and more educational and wellness classes and offerings for the community.

Other amenities include: free off-street parking, gift cards, easy online booking, and corporate and special event on-site chair massage.

All of the services at Komorebi & Co. are provided by licensed, insured and well-qualified staff. The massage therapy team alone has amassed over 40 years of experience and dedication to their field. They care, listen and treat you with respect for the duration of your visit and are big on client education. Komorebi & Co. is an Appleton Downtown, Inc. business, is a member of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and looks forward to partnering and making connections with other area organizations and businesses.

“I am proud to serve the community through this entrepreneurship, and humbled to do so while surrounded by some of the Valley’s best therapists,” Michelle says. 

All new clients to Komorebi & Co. can enjoy $10 off their first massage or organic facial service!


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920-312-6707

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In Part I of this article in last month’s issue of Nature’s Pathways Magazine, I talked about the tools and steps to help get you started reading an astrology chart like a pro. Now if you want to go even further, take a look at the sign position of the ruler of that sign that has so many planets and add that to the equation.

For instance, if the person whose chart you’re looking at has three planets in Capricorn, then also take a look at Saturn (the ruler of Capricorn).

If their Saturn is in Sagittarius, you can say that the person will manifest the typical Capricorn tendencies of shrewdness, ambition and being skeptical a lot; but that they do those things in a Sagittarian context, i.e. they travel the world, are a little bit arrogant, or they are involved in spiritual and religious organizations.

Working with planetary aspects:

At this point do not be concerned about trying to incorporate the aspects between planets. Just talking about the planets themselves will produce such a wealth of information that the person probably will be fully occupied digesting what you have told them. Aspects are secondary to sign and house position, anyway; the fact that signs are trine, square or opposite each other, the significance thereof will come out in the sign/house interpretation. If you want to know how to use aspects, follow this procedure:

Aspects from the malefic

When you see aspects from malefic (“misfortunate”) planets, a square or opposition, you can also say that there are going to be blocks, problems and overall difficulties in the life of the person in expressing those sign energies.

For instance, if a person has a couple planets in Libra; if they receive a square or opposition from Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus or Pluto, then you know that there will be difficulties in successfully expressing the Libran harmony and pleasantness.

  • Mars creates impatience and impertinence
  • Saturn produces pessimism and deviant behavior
  • Neptune produces confusion, delusions and false feelings
  • Uranus produces extreme dissatisfaction
  • Pluto produces off-the-deep-end obsessions and compulsions

You don’t have to spell it out in great detail; in fact, ask them a question to elucidate on how they experience that difficulty. Remember feedback is extremely important in being able to help a person, and your non-astrological people skills will come in here. The astrological chart is best looked at as a jumping off point for greater self-understanding, and getting an idea of what’s coming up in the future.

Trines and sextiles from malefic planets produce less turbulent, but potentially workable manifestations of planetary energies. The feeling of ease that they produce, however, can allow subtle problematical issues to perpetuate, which can flare later on.

Positive/negative chart manifestations

Positives and good luck in life areas will be seen in the chart in cases where planets are in the signs that they rule, such as when Jupiter is in the sign of Sagittarius or Pisces (which it rules). Then you know that life experiences in that life department for the person is probably going to be good, or possibly even exceedingly good.

The same would be if Mars was in Aries, Saturn in Capricorn or Venus in Taurus. Remember that there are two positive astrological dignities: rulership and exaltation. Alternatively, the two negative astrological dignities are debilitation and fall. Positive here means good fortune and ease, negative means problematical in its expression and plagued by anxieties.

Aspects from the benefic

Positives and reinforcement of planetary energies are also seen in aspects or conjunctions with Venus or Jupiter (which are natural benefics).

For example, if you see that Mercury in a person’s chart is in Taurus and it receives an aspect from Jupiter, then you know that Mercurial energy in the person’s life is expanded and uplifted by the influence of Jupiter. Venus disposing Mercury (ruling Taurus, the sign Mercury is in) does much the same, plus adds an element of personal charm to the planet in question.

Squares and oppositions from Venus or Jupiter tend to produce wasteful and extravagant manifestations of the other planet’s energies.

Another neat trick to know is that a planet in a chart expresses itself best when it is in the middle ten degrees of a sign, that is from 10 to 20 degrees, and even more powerfully so in the region around 15 degrees. If the moon was at 14 degrees Virgo, the tendency to be practical, studious, and fastidious will be a very powerful force in that person’s life. (Note: this technique works best when you use the sidereal zodiac, such as used in Vedic astrology.)

Conclusion

Don’t end up overwhelming the person you’re trying to help, just give them a few nuggets of information that they can let their minds process in their own time.

If you can really help someone with one relatively small point, they are really going to appreciate you and come back to you more than if you only succeed in confusing the heck out of them with your “full chart synthesis,” which more than likely is going to come out as “full chart foolishness.”

If you try the technique outlined in this report you may be surprised to see how easy chart interpretation is, and at the gratitude you’ll receive.

Your job is not to tell them everything like you’re an amazing magician, but to help them to understand a few bits and pieces of themselves so they can put together the big picture on their own — a much better way to do it and still retain their friendship.

 

Back when I was 30, I answered most of my medical history questions with a “no.” Does anyone in your immediate family have a history of diabetes? No. Does anyone in your family have a history of breast cancer? No. Fast forward 20 years and now the answer is “yes.”

It’s funny, as my parents got older and my siblings and I grew up all of a sudden the things they hid from us all those years started to come out. I know now I have a history of alcoholism, diabetes, stroke and cancer running in my family. It all started when my father, who has since passed away from cancer, thought it best to inform me that I should really heed my doctor’s suggestion that I get a colonoscopy at age 50 since both grandparents on my mother’s side had colon cancer. That was surprise number one. He then let it slip that my aunt (his sister) had breast cancer followed by a stroke. Surprise number two. Of course, that was when I pressed him for more dirt on the rest of the family lineage and all the other surprises came out. I took my notes, and wasn’t really too concerned until my mother found a lump in her breast in 2011 and passed away in 2013, possibly from complications of breast cancer and the other health issues. This was closer to home for me than some distant relative in another state that I never knew.

Since I have always been an avid reader, I was aware of thermography as a viable means of detecting the early stages of breast cancer. Thermography uses infrared thermal imaging, which finds thermal abnormalities in the area being scanned. For instance, cancer cells multiply faster than normal cells and cancer has a blood supply, which shows elevated heat. There is an increase of temperature in those areas that will show up in a scan before the cells would be discovered by a self-exam or mammogram. It sounded only logical to me to give it a try.

I scheduled my appointment with Chris Haase, a certified clinical thermographer and the owner of Valley Thermography in Appleton. Chris informed me over the phone what to expect at my appointment and what not to do before a breast scan: things like applying deodorant, oils or participate in brisk exercise, which would raise my core body temperature.

At my appointment I filled out a brief health history form. Then I was given privacy to change into a gown, and sat still for about 10 minutes to allow my body to adjust to the room’s temperature. After that, all I had to do was sit on a stool behind a curtain and either put my arms on my hips or raise them, sometimes pivoting the stool for side images. Chris took her time making sure she was getting good, accurate images and then in no time at all it was over. She then took time to show me the images and go over what the doctors would be looking for.

It was noninvasive, pain free and easy. The best part was not being exposed to unnecessary radiation, which actually increases the risk of breast cancer in the first place! There were no awkward poses, cold machines, painful compressions or standing topless in front of a stranger. I was quite pleased with the total experience. Especially when my results were emailed to me the next day and showed my results were “within normal limits.” Anyone who has ever read a medical report knows that it can be impossible to understand the terminology used, but this report was easy to read.

I will be making thermography a part of my preventative care to years to come! 


Valley Thermography

1111 N Lynndale Dr #202, Appleton

920-380-1365

www.valleythermography.com

When it comes to financial services providers, people in northeast Wisconsin are met with no shortage of options. That’s why Thrivent Financial — a Fortune 500, not-for-profit financial services organization — treats finances differently. Thrivent guides its members to be wise with money and live generously, which results in healthier money habits and stronger communities.

Thrivent first opened its doors in 1902. More than 100 years later, it continues to serve its Christian members with a wide range of insurance, annuities, personal retirement accounts and investments.

To make the best possible plans and recommendations for his clients, Thrivent Financial Representative Troy Beck believes it starts with understanding a person’s unique goals.

“I have a passion for educating people and making sure they understand the ‘why’ behind the decisions they are making,” Beck says. “No matter what your financial goals are, achieving them requires preparation. I’ll take time to understand your values and identify what’s most important to you, then I’ll provide financial guidance that connects those values with your finances.”

In addition to building strong relationships, Thrivent cares for its members by supporting their most passionate causes. Thrivent provides members with seed money for generosity-based projects through the Thrivent Action Teams program, donates charitable outreach dollars to churches and nonprofits through Thrivent Choice® and builds and repairs homes through a special partnership with Habitat for Humanity called Thrivent Builds*.

According to Thrivent Financial Representative Dan Voss, a fear of not having enough money can sometimes get in the way of generous giving. He says this same misconception can also hold back a person from meeting with a financial representative.

“It’s not about how much money you make, it’s about how you manage it,” Voss says. “Building an invaluable relationship with a financial representative is not an end goal — it’s a starting point and support system to help you reach those goals.”

As a question of time, Voss and his colleagues say that it’s never too early to start that relationship. Instead of waiting until an emergency arises, they recommend planning ahead for them.

“Financial decisions should never be made under stress or distress,” Thrivent Financial Representative Stacie Patchett says. “Make a long-term plan with a representative when life is running smoothly. Then, when life deals you a tough hand, you already have a good relationship in place with someone you trust to make decisions together.”

Beck, Voss and Patchett welcome in anyone who wishes to feel more secure in their financial future. To get started, you can reach out to these financial representatives with the contact information below, or find a financial representative near you at www.connect.thrivent.com

Troy Beck

W2719 Brookhaven Dr. Ste. C1 Appleton, 920-423-3898

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Stacie Patchett

4321 N. Ballard Rd. Appleton, 920-628-3700

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Dan Voss

4321 N. Ballard Rd. Appleton, 920-628-5500

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* Thrivent member activities, such as Thrivent Action Teams, Thrivent Builds and Thrivent Choice, engage Thrivent members and Thrivent Member Networks in charitable activities, furthering Thrivent’s mission and its purposes under state law. You should never purchase or retain any insurance or annuity products simply to be able to participate. Participation is subject to applicable Terms and Conditions. Terms and Conditions available at Thrivent.

Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.

Hearing loss usually develops gradually, making it difficult to notice in many cases. People often suffer from impaired hearing for years before receiving the treatment they need. The average patient, in fact, waits seven years before seeking help. Untreated hearing loss leads to a number of potentially serious mental and physical health problems, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, anxiety and deteriorating physical health.

It’s important to understand the links between your health and your hearing. By staying aware of your overall physical and mental health, you are better equipped to detect a hearing loss early. This allows an audiologist to treat your hearing loss more efficiently and effectively.

Following the Signs

In order to recognize a hearing loss in you or a loved one, you need to know the signs and symptoms. Some typical behaviors amongst people with hearing loss include asking others to repeat themselves, zoning out during group conversations, struggling to hear women and children and turning up the volume on the TV and radio. There are also a few health problems that may indicate a hearing problem:

  • A ringing in the ears. This symptom, called tinnitus, affects approximately 50 million Americans. It can indicate a number of health problems and is often a sign of hearing loss.
  • Depression. As hearing loss develops, it becomes harder and harder for the person affected to connect with the world around them. As hearing and communication abilities decline, it can cause withdrawal, sadness, stress, anxiety and self-doubt.

Knowing Your Risk

Many health issues and treatments can cause hearing loss, and it’s important to understand if you are at risk so you can get your hearing tested regularly. There are more than 200 ototoxic medications known today, and they have all been directly linked to auditory system damage. Some of the most common ototoxic over-the-counter and prescription drugs include certain antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, loop diuretics, anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain relievers and salicylate pain relievers like aspirin.

Several health and medical problems are also directly linked to hearing loss. These include Meniere’s disease, diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, certain autoimmune disorders and infections including herpes, influenza, measles, mumps, syphilis and meningitis. 

 

It’s now two and a half years that I have been writing articles for Nature’s Pathways Magazine. I’ve always enjoyed educating others about the benefits of nutrition. Nature’s Pathways has passionate and educated readers, and I have enjoyed writing articles for your consideration. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well.

We live in a time of unprecedented access to information. One might think that it would be easier to learn the truth about any topic. But while we have access to more than enough information, we don’t often have access to reliable and accurate context. People are more confused than ever. So I thought that in this last article I would give you my bullet points of advice for going forward. These are the important things that could be foundational in your thinking. Of course these are simply my opinions and I have found them to be very helpful.

  • Distinctions matter. It’s the details that reveal the difference. This is your process of discovery as you pursue better health, you must dig deeper to understand human health and nutrition. The more you know the better choices you will make. Better choices lead to better outcomes.
  • The single most important first change people should make is to improve omega-3 and omega-6 balance. Our cells cannot function properly without sufficient omega-3. Everything else works better with a proper omega-3 level. (You can test for this.)
  • Seek out better food and better diet. Make it a principle to reduce refined sugars, grains and fats. Move away from packaged foods and prepare more meals at home. Buy cleaner food when you can.
  • With regard to medications: We are highly overmedicated in the U.S. We willingly take every drug that is prescribed because we think our health is at risk. The truth is that many of the drugs we take for common conditions do not lead to better health outcomes. I believe that many of the challenges people have may actually be attributable to the chronic use of medications as the only solution for health challenges.
  • Nutrients are not drugs. Nutrients don’t treat disease. Nutrients nourish the structure and function of your body. Don’t think disease; instead think nourish your cells, tissues and organs. It is through providing your body with targeted nutrients that regeneration and maintenance can take place. Better functioning leads to less disease.
  • Question everything, at least at first. We all need others we trust. Be it our doctor, mechanic or nutritional advisors, we all need services and products. So make sure to do your due diligence upfront. Reliable providers want their customers to be informed. Once you develop a knowledge base it gets easier. But in the beginning, look for the distinctions.
  • Be flexible. As you explore your nutritional options, be willing to learn and change. Do the best you know at any given point. Be willing to experiment and try different or new products. Then pause and evaluate your outcomes. Adjust and make changes as needed. Proceed and then reevaluate. Make changes and proceed. Over time your nutritional program becomes more and more suited to you.
  • Watch out for medical claims. By law, nutritional companies cannot make disease claims (with very few exceptions). If products are promoted to cure, treat or prevent disease, these are disease-treatment claims and they are illegal and unlikely to be true. I do not trust any company who either does not understand the law or is willing to ignore it. This is a red flag for me.
  • Nutritional supplements are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Good companies willingly follow FDA Good Manufacturing Practices and provide truthful information. But there are many companies that operate illegally until caught. There are many ways products can be subpar and/or adulterated. You should vet the companies that get your business.
  • Transparency and certifications. This is an important emerging trend. Being transparent means that companies share their distinctions with their customers. One important component of this is third party certifications. These might include non-GMO, organic, vegan, kosher, sustainable and so on. Certifications can help you make distinctions. Certifications help companies prove that they are committed to various standards.

Using these principles will help you be more successful as you develop your nutritional program. The best program is the one that works for you. That is your process of adventure and discovery. 


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We often think of stress as a bad thing: we are “stressed out” because we have too many things to do and it leads to a feeling of burnout or fatigue. But good things can also cause stress: a new home, new baby, vacation, family coming home for the holidays. This kind of stress, also known as eustress, is a positive form of stress that can have a beneficial effect on health, motivation, performance, and emotional well-being. When we are in a state of eustress, endorphins are released. These are the same chemicals that are responsible for “runner’s high” — they make us feel good! However, sometimes even these good stressors add up and eventually the scale is tipped so that we experience too much of a good thing and we burn out.

So, how do we tip ourselves over to eustress from distress in this busy, commercialized and yes, downright stressful time of the year?

First, let’s take a look at what is involved with stress and stressors. There are important stress hormones that our bodies produce and use when they need them, such as in an emergency situation. These hormones are epinephrine and norepinephrine, and they are often referred to as the “fight-or-flight” hormones that are released when the body is under extreme stress. During this type of stress, much of the body’s energy is used to combat imminent danger, and these hormones help the body muster the energy it needs to either stay and fight or take flight. The neat thing about these hormones is that as soon as you stop needing them, they stop being produced — they don’t hang around in your system causing havoc, instead they go away once the crisis has been averted.

There is a third hormone, however, that isn’t so accommodating. Cortisol is consistently being created and released by the adrenal glands in response to minor stressors. The problem with this is that unless you have a physical way of releasing stress — moving, physical activity, dare I say exercise? — the levels of cortisol continue to build up in your body. Eventually, the adrenal glands become fatigued. Some common signs of chronically elevated cortisol levels include mood swings, forgetfulness, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and weight gain. Sound familiar? We tend to shrug this off by saying stress is a part of life, but chronically high cortisol can be quite dangerous to your health.

One of the ways to seek support for our bodies in times of chronic stress is to utilize adaptogenic herbs. As their name suggests, adaptogens help the body adapt to stress, regardless of its cause, by normalizing cortisol levels and supporting those tired, overused adrenal glands.

In addition to lowering cortisol and supporting adrenals, research suggests that adaptogens: have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; naturally enhance our mood by working to lower anxiety; have antidepressant properties; help normalize the immune system, the nervous system, and blood sugar metabolism; and, improve energy, stamina, muscle tone and strength.

Perhaps the most important of the adaptogens is ashwagandha (withania somnifera), an herb that has long been used in the Ayurvedic tradition, and in more recent decades has been adopted into Western herbal practice. It is thought to be one of the most effective adaptogenic herbs for lowering cortisol levels, with both calming and energizing effects. Recent studies have shown that ashwagandha may be effective in reducing anxiety, while its anti-inflammatory properties have shown promise in studies linked to rheumatoid arthritis. In one trial, it was found to increase four immune system cells, indicating a change in immune cell activation.

Ashwagandha isn’t necessarily the tastiest of herbs, so finding good ways to disguise it in great-tasting, healthy foods is a fabulous way to incorporate this adaptogen into your daily life.

Note: This information is not intended to suggest that you should replace any current treatment with ashwagandha. Always discuss your care with your trusted health care provider.

Ashwagandha Date Treats

Recipe from Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

Recommended eating: 2-3 per day • Yield: 40 balls

Ingredients

1½ cups pitted and chopped dates

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/3 cup ashwagandha powder

2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (plus extra for rolling)

¼ cup tahini

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoon orange extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon ginger powder

Directions

  1. Soak pitted dates in 2 cups hot water for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain dates well.
  3. Place dates and remaining ingredients into a food processor. Blend until it forms a consistent paste.
  4. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll the paste into teaspoon-size balls and roll in coconut.
  6. Store in refrigerator and eat within one week. 


References: “Anxiolytic-Antidepressant Activity of Withania Somnifera Glycowithanolides: An Experimental Study.” Bhattacharya, S.K., Bhattacharya, A., Sairam, K., and Ghosal, S. Phytomedicine. 2000.

“Efficacy & Safety Evaluation of Ayurvedic Treatment (Ashwagandha Powder & Sidh Makardhwaj) In Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: A Pilot Prospective Study.” Indian Journal of Medical Research. Kumar. G., Srivastava, A., Sharma, S.K., Rao, T.D., and Gupta, Y.K. 2015.

“Adaptogens in Medicinal Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging, and Chronic Disease.” Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions/Bear. Yance, D.R. (2013).

“Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods & Remedies That Heal.” Carlsbad, CA: Hay House Inc. de la Foret, R. 2017.

No one wants to think about it, but it’s again time for cold, snow and ice. Weather experts predict a very volatile winter for northeast Wisconsin during the 2017-2018 winter, with temperatures fluctuating 30 to 40 degrees in just a few days. Frequent changes like that make it difficult to plan for activities and what to wear. Too many layers and you’re dying from heat, too few and you’re an ice pop!

Luckily, Mother Nature has provided humans with a wonderful solution: alpaca clothing! Alpaca fiber has a hollow core. In cold weather, that air pocket retains body heat and provides a protective barrier of warmth. Alpaca fleece has even been used in subzero temperatures to prevent emergency communication electronics from seizing up. Sounds perfect for Wisconsin’s extreme winter weather. Clothing made with alpaca fiber works just like the insulation in your house — it keeps your body temperature regulated for comfort.

If you wear alpaca as your base layer, you will discover that you will need less layers, even in temperatures that are not constant. For example, when wearing alpaca long johns you will find that you are comfortable indoors as well as outdoors. Alpaca clothing does not have to be bulky and thick in order to keep you warm. You can be warm and pretty. Alpacas come in 22 natural colors and shades. Black is the most difficult to source while white is the most common. White alpacas tend to have a softer “handle” because of their finer fibers. White fiber also takes dye very well. This makes white fiber the first choice for many designers. So, while you won’t find a pink, blue, green or gold colored alpaca in someone’s barn, you will find lovely colored hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters and blankets made from dyed alpaca fiber.

Although relatively new in the U.S. market, South American designers have been utilizing alpaca in their clothing for years. As North Americans, Europeans and Asians learn to value the amazing properties of this fiber, demand is increasing. This has led to more stylish designs and better quality finished products. Clothing designer Ralph Lauren has just announced that the U.S. Olympic athletes will be wearing winter accessories, gloves, hats and scarves made from U.S. grown alpaca!

Alpaca long johns are the perfect solution for everyone. They are especially helpful for linemen, city workers and outdoor enthusiasts who spend a great deal of time in the extreme cold weather. Senior citizens can also benefit greatly from wearing them. As we get older we also get colder. This is caused by a decrease in blood flow throughout our bodies, which is part of the natural aging process. Lightweight alpaca long johns will regulate your body temperature far better than traditional long johns. They can be worn all day long. Not only will seniors be kept warm and comfortable, but they can even lower the heat setting in their homes. This will result in cost savings. According to the Alpaca Owners Association, alpaca fiber is also considered hypoallergenic. It is not scratchy and is a renewable resource as alpacas are sheared annually.

Alpaca clothing is the perfect way to be prepared for our Wisconsin winters! 

Ingredients

Strawberries

A banana

Cottage cheese

A black gel icing pen

Directions

  1. Take the top off a strawberry (i.e. the leaves)
  2. Slice a second slice from the top of the strawberry
  3. Slice a disc from a banana
  4. Spread one side of the banana with cottage cheese (relatively thick, as this will become the beard)
  5. Place the strawberry slice on a serving plate
  6. Add the slice of the banana on top, cottage cheese side down
  7. Take the gel icing pen and add 2 dots on the edge of the banana slice to look like eyes
  8. Place the remaining part of the strawberry on top as Santa’s hat
  9. Repeat for as many Santas you wish to make! 
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