Digital Detox: Unplug to Cut Stress, Up Success


Whether it’s extreme texting, tweeting, Googling, posting or blogging, the phenomenon of being caught in the web of the Web is real. Rationalizations range from coping with today’s information overload to fear of missing out (FOMO). Yet, detriments of such continual digital connectedness range from the stifling of family and social bonds to a lack of life skills that only face-to-face communication fosters.

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Constipation Equation: It’s No Joke When the End of the GI Tract Needs a Little Help


by Jason Gourlas, PA-C

This is not the most pleasant subject, but we’ve all been there. Constipation affects millions of Americans each year. We spend over $700 million a year on laxatives alone, and more than a million prescriptions are written annually for medications to treat constipation.

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Safer Sleep: People and Planet-Friendly Fire Retardants


An ultrathin film that consists of polymers found in crustacean shells could be an environmentally friendly alternative to the flame retardants used in bedding and sofas. Mattresses and furniture cushions are typically made of highly flammable polyurethane foam; to meet fire safety guidelines, manufacturers treat the foam with fireretardant chemicals. 

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Stalking the Self: An Indigenous Way to Self-Awareness & Responsibility


by Hal Robinson

Native teachers have taught me through stories how to live in this world in a peaceful way. This is my personal story and maybe a “teaching story” about learning from someone I call “enemy.”

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Table Label: Chipotle’s Identifies GMO Ingredients


Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GM or GMO) used as ingredients in any food, the Chipotle Mexican Grill national fast food restaurant chain has chosen to do so, on the way to eliminating them from its menu altogether.

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Superpower Kids’ Immune Systems: Natural Health Experts Share How


by Jenna Blumenfeld

Many experts admit there is no definitive reason that people sniffle more during colder months. Some speculate it’s because we’re spending more time indoors and missing out on resupplying vitamin D, which makes us more susceptible to disease. Others say that when the temperature drops, the body uses more energy to stay warm instead of to fend off infection. What health practitioners do know is it’s possible to maintain immunity naturally with diet, lifestyle and a proper whole foods supplement routine. Consider these tips from three experts to stave off illness and shorten its duration.

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Rosemary’s folkloric reputation for improving memory has been validated by science. UK researchers at London’s Northumbria University found that when the essential oil of rosemary was diffused into a room—a method practiced in aromatherapy—it enhanced participants’ ability to remember past events and remind themselves to do tasks planned for the future, like sending an anniversary card.

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Grocery Store Mindfulness: How to Remember the Grocery Bags (And Other Things)


by Helene Segura, MA, Ed, CPO®

One of the themes of this issue is MINDFULNESS. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of “mindful” is awareness of something that may be important. Synonyms of mindful include aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible.

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Alamo Olive Oil Company Opens New Store in North Star Mall


As the holiday season approaches, North Star Mall will be a busy place. Area shoppers now have a new reason to plan a stop at North Star: Alamo Olive Oil’s new store near the North Star Food Court. Olive oil makes a great healthy holiday gift, and the incredible variety of options available through Alamo Olive Oil makes the new store a mustgo destination.

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Tanning Beds Invite Melanoma


As summer tans fade, some might feel tempted to use tanning beds to keep a “healthy glow”, but they may be less than healthy. A recent multi-country meta-study published in the British Medical Journal confirms that exposure to a tanning bed’s intense doses of ultraviolet light significantly increases the risk of cutaneous melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.

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