Insomnia Fix: The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation – Part 1 by Tamara Hoerner

Could you stay awake for 11 days? In 1965, Randy Gardner, a 17-year old high school student stayed awake for 11 days and 24 minutes or 264.4 hours, to study the effects of sleep deprivation. This is the longest documented case of intentional sleep deprivation without stimulants. After just 2 days, Randy struggled to remain read more…

Agriculture as a Cause and a Cure of Climate Change: Consumer Choices that Mitigate Global Warming – Part 1 by Gretchen Kurtenacker, MS, MLS(ASCP), MT(AMT), NTP(NTA)

Part 1: The Problems Figure 1. Global average temperature, (NASA, 2018) Introduction The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), predicts, based upon current levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, that temperatures will increase to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels sometime between 2030 to 2052, (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC], 2018). We have read more…

Mindful Eating in 5 Simple Steps by Kira Whitham

If you’ve ever sat and scrolled through your Facebook feed while eating, or scarfed down a meal between meetings, then this article is for you. We all know just how important a high-quality diet is, and that what we eat affects our health. But there is one nutritional component that is often overlooked: mindful eating. read more…

Blackberry Cran-Apple Crumble by Amy Panetta, MA, NC

There is just nothing like a warm apple crumble on a crisp autumn day! This recipe provides for a wonderful opportunity to consume local produce since apples, as well as blackberries and cranberries, are now in season in the Northern Hemisphere. While it is possible that blackberries were in season earlier in your area, this read more…

Pacific Northwest Salmon: Wild vs. Farmed and What about that Fukushima Radiation? – Part 1 by Gretchen Kurtenacker, MS, MLS(ASCP), MT(AMT), NTP(NTA)

In part one we will look at the wild vs. farmed controversy. In part 2 we will review the radiation levels following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. We hear about the benefits of eating fish our entire lives. According to the Washington State Department of Health (WASDOH), fish provides us with lean protein that comes with read more…

Pacific Northwest Salmon: Wild vs. Farmed and What about that Fukushima Radiation? – Part 2 by Gretchen Kurtenacker, MS, MLS(ASCP), MT(AMT), NTP(NTA)

In part one we concluded that while there are issues, some of which may be worse in some areas of the world, farmed fish in the Pacific Northwest are relatively non-toxic and nutritious for the budget conscious as well as beneficial for restoring wild populations. In part 2 we will review the radiation levels following read more…

The Carbohydrate Debate – Part 2 by Andrew Aussem

In part one of The Carbohydrate Debate, we discussed some of the benefits of ketogenic and low carbohydrate diets as well as some of the possible drawbacks of ketogenic diets specifically. However, we did not discuss what amount of carbohydrate is best for us. Hint…it depends on biochemical individuality. Carbohydrate Quality vs Quantity To further read more…

The Carbohydrate Debate – Part 1 by Andrew Aussem

“Carbs make you sick and fat” is a common thing to hear with the recent growing popularity of ketogenic and low carbohydrate diets. But other experts insist that carbohydrates aren’t bad and our brains and body need them to operate optimally. Funny enough, not having a consistent answer about carbohydrates is one of the only read more…

5 Simple Ways to Ease Tension and Lower Stress Hormones by Amy Panetta, MA, NC

While we want to take better care of ourselves, we may struggle to find the time as we juggle the many commitments we have to our family, work, friends, and community. We often press on, sometimes even balk at the concept of self care, and cast aside the voice inside of us that is trying read more…

Trying to Manage it All? How Stress Can Affect Our Health by Amy Panetta, MA, NC

In our society, it has become a normal practice to “do it all” and balance the pressures of earning an income, success in our career, managing a home, taking care of children, and nurturing a relationship. Because of this, we feel stressed out, tired, wired, mentally foggy, and weighed down with worries, as well as read more…