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Give Rover a Rubdown

Massage Keeps a Dog at Peak Health BY KAREN SHAW BECKER Animals have performed massage on themselves or others since the dawn of time through natural grooming behaviors,” reports the Northwest School of Animal Massage, in Vashon, Washington. “Any animal’s quality of life can be enhanced with massage.” Therapeutic Massage Results “Maintenance massage is great for helping your pet stay ... Read More »

Kristi Nelson on Why Gratefulness Brings Happiness

BY APRIL THOMPSON Kristi Nelson has dedicated her career to leading, funding and strengthening organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Today, at the helm of the Network for Grateful Living, she is helping awaken thousands of people around the world to the life-changing practice of gratefulness. Co-founded by Benedictine monk, teacher and author David Steindl-Rast, the network offers educational ... Read More »

Nurturing Creative Kids

Hobbies Engage and Grow Healthy Kids BY MARLAINA DONATO Unplugging with creative and fun activities fosters skills that can last a lifetime. Studies published by the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis show that participating in performing and visual arts enhances children’s social skills and emotional processing, builds confidence and improves academic aptitude. “Not every child ... Read More »

Safe Drinking Water

Home Systems to Purify H2O BY JIM MOTAVALLI Americans trust bottled more than tap water, but that confidence might work better if reversed. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors tap water for more than 90 contaminants, and it must meet the strict standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Nationally ... Read More »

Supercharge Your Immune System

Natural Ways to Stay Healthy BY KATHLEEN BARNES Like many other health conditions, challenges to our immune systems are on the rise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 26.5 million adults and kids have asthma, 50 million have allergies and up to 20 percent get the flu each year. Catching a cold is common, with ... Read More »

Integrative Approaches Enhance Healing

BY MARLAINA DONATO Modern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition. Training requirements for chiropractors ... Read More »

Rebooting Libido

Exercise Rekindles Desire BY MAYA WHITMAN  Because exercise delivers so many benefits, it’s not surprising that one of them is increased libido. A low sex drive can affect either gender at any age, and contributing factors include hormonal changes, daily stressors and certain prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, short-duration bursts of exercise work ... Read More »

The Rise of Blue Zones in America

Places that Encourage Healthy Living BY AVERY MACK  Dan Buettner’s book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living easier” paradigm, resulting in the improved well-being of residents. “Add more ... Read More »

Donna Karan on Fashioning Healthful Change

by April Thompson As a style icon, humanitarian and pioneer of conscious consumerism, Donna Karan has elevated fashion to a platform for change throughout her career, using her celebrity status to raise funds for AIDS research in the 1990s and more recently venturing into alternative health care. Karan’s first collection under her signature label DKNY, which debuted in 1985, aimed ... Read More »

United Palace of Spiritual Arts

Historic Manhattan Theater Fosters Spirituality, Creativity and Personal Growth The United Palace of Spiritual Arts— housed in the fourth-largest theater in Manhattan, seating nearly 3,400 people—is fast becoming a major center of spiritual celebration, creative expression and personal growth says Spiritual Director Rev. Heather Shea. “The United Palace fuses culture, entertainment, the arts, and spirituality in new and transformational ways,” ... Read More »