Monday, September 15, 2014

Live Greener: Pesticide’s Dirty Little Secrets

Live Greener: Pesticide’s Dirty Little Secrets

by Heidi Toy

When we think of pesticides, we focus on farmers spraying conventional crops; however, it is important to realize that our exposure isn’t all related to farm use. The US homeowner uses two to six times more pesticide per acre than do farmers. We are being exposed to pesticides on a daily basis, yet [...]

Pregnancy and Nutrition

Pregnancy and Nutrition

by Dr. Dan Czelatdko

The saying goes “you are what you eat,” and for a growing embryo and fetus, the saying is “you are what your mom eats.” A nutritious, well-balanced diet is a great gift to give your soon to be born child. The nutrition you utilize is the building block for potentially a lifetime [...]

Giving Birth Naturally

Giving Birth Naturally

by Amanda Gunderson

Lisa is thirty-nine weeks pregnant with her first child —round, radiant, and ready. When a friend asks her about the upcoming birth, she smiles and casually replies, “Oh, I’d really like a natural birth, and I don’t really want any drugs…but I’m just going to go with the flow and see what happens.”
One [...]

4 Natural Ways to Keep Your Pooch Happy

4 Natural Ways to Keep Your Pooch Happy

To Get Stickers and Burs Out of Fur:
Try organic all-vegetable shortening. To remove burs from your dog’s coat, wear work gloves (to avoid getting pricked by the burs), work a dab of shortening into the affected areas, and pry the burs loose. Shampoo your dog to remove the vegetable shortening.
To Eliminate Fleas:
Try dishwashing liquid. To [...]

Healthy Carpet, Healthy Home

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 [...]

Honeybees: What You Need to Know

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 [...]

Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

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. [...]

Go Green with Your Grub

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 [...]

Hula Hooping for Fun and Fitness

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 [...]

Healing Birds

Healing Birds

by Michael & Kathi Rock
The Irish author Robert Lynd says, “In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence,” and we have discovered that this is definitely true. Birds are clearly smaller in size than we are, but they are also much bigger in spirit, and seeing them provides [...]