Must Reads

April 2017 Issue

Use ‘Mirroring’ when Meeting New People

By Celeste DeCamps Walking into a room full of strangers is a nightmare for many people. It feels like you’re back in high school and no one wants to ask you to dance. Building an instant rapport with people is a daunting task, and it’s hard to figure out how to do it quickly and make a positive first impression. ... Read More »

Think Earth Day Every Day

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might ... Read More »

The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

Being an empath is the new normal. “The Empath’s Survival Guide” is a perfect guide book. Now people will know how to cope with being highly sensitive and empathic in their everyday lives without developing exhaustion, compassion fatigue or burning out. This book is fabulous and so timely. Everyone needs this book! Empaths are sponges who absorb other people’s emotions ... Read More »

Join the Green Revolution

by Catherine Manning As a busy mom, I have learned the hard way that “self-care is not selfish.” To protect ourselves, we must establish and maintain healthy habits and commit to them, even during busy times. Investing in our health pays great dividends. Life throws up its challenges, but with a healthy body and mind, we are more likely to breeze through them. To that end, ... Read More »

Barefoot Running Improves Technique

Ditch the Shoes for Better Form Barefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would ... Read More »

Drinking More Water Improves Food Intake

Impacts Overall Calories and Nutritional Value Ruopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four parts of the ... Read More »

Chelation Cuts Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Researchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to ... Read More »

Sage Linked to Cognitive Health

Helps to Preserve Mental Function A 2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive ... Read More »

Toxin-Free Farmlands Rise to 4.1 Million Acres

According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted ... Read More »

Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa

Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least ... Read More »