Healthy Carpet, Healthy Home
by Abbie Burgess Quick, look down at the floor. Do you see carpet? No matter how beautiful that cushy floor covering is, it hides an ugly secret: it’s made from oil, and each year billions of pounds of carpet are dumped in landfills. Carpet can also harm your indoor air quality and the overall health of your home, as it traps dust and chemicals tracked in from outside and releases the toxic chemicals that new carpeting is often treated with. Luckily for conscious consumers, eco-friendly options are growing. Bonnie Feltz, co-owner of interior design firm Department of Interiors, Ltd. in Eau Claire, ...
Honeybees: What You Need to Know
by Amber Erickson Gabbey Even though you can’t legally have bees in Eau Claire proper, Drew Kaiser is working to change that. Looking to cities like Madison as an inspiration, the Eau Claire chapter of Save the Bees, spearheaded by Kaiser, is hoping to pass ordinances to legitimize urban beekeeping and small family apiaries. While there isn’t a current ordinance banning honeybees in Eau Claire, it is considered illegal based on the understanding of other ordinances. Culturally, we’re beginning to understand just how much honeybees matter and the dire situation of the species. Honeybees, often considered a nuisance by worried neighbors, are ...
Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine
by Jodi Ritsch As a physician board certified in family medicine as well as integrative holistic medicine, I often meet people that are STRESSED. Whether life is handing them a series of challenges or they have a natural disposition of viewing the glass as half empty, stress often times affects their health as well as relationships. What if there were a simple, inexpensive drug that could counteract the bad effects of stress? Would it sell like hot cakes? Would people visit me at The Joyful Doc Clinic in Menomonie just to try the prescription? I bet they would. And what if ...
Go Green with Your Grub
by Lucie Patrick With the summer months quickly approaching, the Chippewa Valley will soon be filled with an abundance of fresh, local produce. Because food is the fuel for our bodies, it is important that we choose wholesome products that are beneficial for both the earth and ourselves. Community supported agriculture (CSA) allows local citizens to fuel their bodies with wholesome, natural foods while supporting sustainability and the local economy by choosing products from local farmers. Community supported agriculture pairs community members with local farmers and provides them with weekly shares of food. To participate in a CSA program, each member must ...
Hula Hooping for Fun and Fitness
by Ilona Udvari With the onset of warmer weather, we are all dying to get outside, shed our layers of cold-weather clothing, and kick up our heels a bit. The parts of us that were once well hidden are begging for sunlight, and the secrets of our winter and holiday indiscretions are soon to be front-page news. I used to be disheartened considering the number of crunches it was likely to take to get me looking and feeling good for summer, but now I just smile. Though not for lack of trying, I could never sustain a love affair with ab ...
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