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Why Ride Share Vehicles Should be Fragrance-Free by Gretchen Kurtenacker

You know the scene, your heading out somewhere and so request an Uber or a Lyft. Two minutes later the car arrives. You open the door and are punched in the face by the exceedingly potent “air freshener”. As you roll down the window you spy the 15 scented cardboard evergreen trees hanging from the read more…

Captivating Capsicum by Dr. Andrea Pryce, N.D. (Hawthorn Faculty)

November is National Chili Pepper Month! Most people are well aware of the benefits of a whole foods diet. Eating foods in their natural state can provide a wide variety of quality nutrients and health benefits, but it can be challenging to try new foods and to know how to use them in a flavorful read more…

Top Hints for a Healthy Halloween by Dr. Andrea Pryce, N.D. (Hawthorn Faculty)

Ahhhh October…the kickoff to the holiday season and arguably the sweetest time of the year! A time when children look forward to dressing up and gathering candy by the bucketload and devouring their fill much to the chagrin of their parents. But with the rising childhood obesity epidemic, many parents have concerns with the amount read more…

The Benefits of Breastmilk by Stephanie Buck, Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Birth Doula

Currently, the trending phrase is ‘fed is best’, which is understandable if one cannot breastfeed due to illness, a mastectomy or other infections. However, these types of sayings tend to equate the nutrition of breastmilk to formula. Research has shown that children who have been breastfed verses formula fed have lower mortality rates, protection against read more…

Insomnia Fix – Part 3: Sleep Deprivation and Cardiovascular Disease by Tamara Hoerner

I was 14 years old when my paternal Grandmother died of her 5th heart attack. I remember going to the hospital to see her, not knowing it would be the last time. My family was there, as she grabbed my hand and told me she loved me. After I left the hospital, all the adults read more…

Insomnia Fix – Part 2: Obesity and Sleep Deprivation by Tamara Hoerner

Have you ever sat on the couch, in the middle of the night, watching late night infomercials or old movies, while munching on potato chips because you can’t sleep? Most people can relate to this image to some degree. Insomnia and late night eating go hand in hand and are quite common. Unfortunately, coping with read more…

Insomnia Fix – Part 1: The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation 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…