Thursday, July 24, 2014

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 [...]

Your Own Set of Antioxidants—Better Than a Vitamin

Your Own Set of Antioxidants—Better Than a Vitamin

by Heidi Toy

Health resides in the cell. If you have healthy cells, you will have healthy tissue and healthy organs. Simply, the cell is where the action is at!
The cells of our body have to deal with a host of nasty threats. Things such as viruses, bacteria, and infection are just some of the perils [...]

Why We Need Earth Day

Why We Need Earth Day

by Dr. Michael Court D.C., N.M.D.
Every day should be Earth Day. Now is the time to become intentional about taking care of Earth by recycling, eliminating waste, and reducing chemicals. In the same manner, we must be deliberate about what goes inside our bodies. Despite the many toxins in our soil and our water and [...]

Earth Within

Earth Within

by Kenton Whitman

What if the best thing you could do for Earth had nothing to do with recycling your aluminum cans or reusing plastic bags? In our personal lives and as a culture, we’ve made enormous strides in cleaning up, reducing our consumption, and recycling our plastic, glass, and metal. Yet many of us feel [...]

The Better Option: Cloth

The Better Option: Cloth

by Morgan Fedderly

We have all heard the nursery rhyme that claims that little boys are made of frogs, snails, and puppy dog tails. This of course, then leads into the claim that all girls are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Stop right there.
I have a baby girl, and I can attest to that last [...]