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Fall Allergies Can Get You Stuffed

By Elizabeth McMillan, CNS, LDN Fall can be a miserable time for those who suffer from allergies. As nighttime temperatures begin to decline, ragweed begins to release its pollen. Ragweed is among the most common of allergy irritants. Fall allergy sufferers may also experience allergies due to mold and dust mites. When the body encounters an allergen, the immune system ... Read More »

The Rise of Blue Zones in America

Places that Encourage Healthy Living by Avery Mack Dan Buettner’s original 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 ... Read More »

Illuminate Festivals are Back

If you’ve ever wondered about trying reiki, acupuncture, massage, healing crystals, intuitive readings, astrology, essential oils or tarot (and more), the upcoming Illuminate Festivals, held throughout the region, are a great place to start. Illuminate Frederick will be held on October 20, at the Clarion Inn Conference Center. Illuminate Solomons will be held on October 27, at the Hilton Garden ... Read More »

Healthy Joints that Last a Lifetime

Joints have many different functions and therefore come in many different sizes and shapes. They are perfectly suited to the job they do. There are hinge joints, ball and socket, gliding and pivot types. All have different functions and all of course—have limits. When joints are overtaxed or injured, the body goes into repair mode by creating an inflammatory response ... Read More »

Zero Waste Lifestyle

Ways to Make Far Less Trash by Avery Mack In manufacturing, a zero waste policy means designing products so that all resources are used or reused. It’s a concept Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, embraced for her family a decade ago in Mill Valley, California. “My goal ... Read More »

Forever Flexible

Keep Joints Naturally Healthy by Lisa Marshall Creaky knees, sore hips, shoulder pain or a stiff neck can be a thing of the past. Thirty-seven percent of American adults 18 and older suffer from arthritis – a catch-all term for a dozen varieties of joint disease—according to the nonprofit Arthritis Foundation. One in two men and two in three women ... Read More »

Waste No Water

Communities Get Creative in Urging Conservation by April Thompson As freshwater becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on lawns and yardscapes. Yet simple solutions ... Read More »

A Kinder Heart

Cultivating a Life of Compassion by Amy Leigh Mercree The path to mentally transcending the world’s intrusive bustle is to be compassionate with our self and others. It begins in a relaxed heart from which emanate daily thoughts, words and deeds. Here’s a helpful centering exercise. Sit or lie in a quiet spot for about 10 minutes with eyes closed ... Read More »

Natural Beauty is Not Only Skin Deep

by Allan Tomson and Pam Snyder A person who is considered a natural beauty can be defined as someone who is conscious in making healthy choices; including in the movement, rest and renewal they participate in and the food they eat. If you live well, your body will radiate with natural beauty—you will have a twinkle in the eye and ... Read More »

The Keys to Natural Beauty

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar, ND Every day, toxins come straight at us from many directions. The two most important areas of your life that need a serious detox are your food and beauty products. By going clean and green as much as possible, you minimize your chances of dis-ease. In our current environment, minimizing toxic load, endocrine disruption and dis-ease ... Read More »