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Solutions for a Sluggish Thyroid

Keying in on Iodine It seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a ... Read More »

The Eyes Tell Our Story

How Integrative Doctors See Into Whole-Body Health LINDA SECHRIST To poets, the eyes have long been known as windows to the soul. Systemically trained ophthalmologists, optometrists and functional medicine doctors see these organs as a potential indicator of high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies, as well as sites for potential glaucoma and macular degeneration. The connection between ... Read More »

Your Mouth Tells a Story

Functional Dentistry Connects Oral Health to Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease LINDA SECHRIST The focus of functional medicine—whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the ... Read More »

Heavenly Scents

How to Make Your Own Natural Oil Fragrances   By Kathleen Barnes Awhiff of sweetness can communicate a personal signature of tranquility, alertness or romance, or it can cause a bout of miserable sneezing, wheezing or nausea for those in the vicinity and even the unwitting wearer. Commercial Chemicals “When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product label, read ... Read More »

Natural Facial Essentials

Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story At age 25, Paula Begoun, author of The Original Beauty Bible and other bestselling books on skincare, makeup and hair care, read her first label on a skincare product she was using. Although she’d tried many different products to control her acne and eczema since age 11, she hadn’t thought about the contents, which ... Read More »

Natural Mood Boosters

Safe Alternatives to Antidepressants Sadness darkens the world of the 16 percent of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression and the untold millions more that try to cope without a formal diagnosis, according to a University of Colorado study published in Clinical Therapeutics. Just as daunting, an estimated 30 million Americans take prescription antidepressant drugs for premenstrual discomfort, chronic pain and anxiety, ... Read More »

The Vaccine Push

Mandatory Laws vs. Personal Choice   LINDA SECHRIST   Front-page headlines about questionable research, corporate manipulations, purchased politicians, medical cover-ups and whistleblower reports have left Americans feeling hoodwinked and skeptical. According to a new Pew Research Center study, the public doesn’t trust the information they’re fed on issues such as genetically engineered crops and now, mandatory vaccines. The current state ... Read More »

Rethinking Recovery

Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions LISA MARSHALL Through 15 years of alcohol and prescription drug addiction, one prominent Virginia business owner tried it all to get clean: three inpatient rehab centers; talk therapy; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), spending roughly $200,000 in the process. “I would follow through for about a year, and then start to feel like ... Read More »

Love Your Greens!

For seasonal eaters, farm market shoppers and members of community supported agriculture, vegetable greens have become a normal part of everyday diets. Recognized as the most nutrient-rich group of veggies, they deliver multiple benefits. Greens are a top source of vitamin K, essential to bone health, and are abundant in vitamins A, B (especially folic acid) and C. They deliver ... Read More »

Listen Up! Natural Ways to Treat Summer Earaches

Water-based fun for children this time of year can sometimes lead to infections in young ears, which have smaller Eustachian tubes for draining moisture from the ear canal. Combined with summer’s heat and humidity, plus frequent immersions in aquatic settings, a child’s moist, warm inner ear environment is ideal for symbiotic growth of fungus and bacteria, according to Dr. Neil ... Read More »