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Confessions of a Foodie: Subliminal Sabotage

April 15, 2014 By: Vanessa Craddock

You know the trick.  You’re watching a good movie and you suddenly feel hungry. Out of nowhere, you go to the concession stand and return with an armload of food wondering what happened. It’s the old theater trick where they insert a quick frame of food or drink in the film, picked up only by…

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The Vitamin D Story: Bones & Whole Health

March 18, 2014 By: Barbara Downes

Vitamin D is every bit as important as we hear, in fact it is more a hormone than a nutrient.  Its effects are far and wide into every organ and system of the body.  It gets converted and used in many different ways, each vital to its target tissue. Let’s explore D itself and see…

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Is It Spring Yet?

February 19, 2014 By: Ron "Commish" Swanson

Last time I wrote, I was talking about the virtues of a new yoga class I had started to attend. This was particularly surprising since I am not usually attracted to attend exercise classes, preferring to go my own way and at my own pace. By the beginning of spring, I was looking forward to…

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Confessions of a Foodie: After the Holidays

January 15, 2014 By: Vanessa Craddock

“So, did your ‘lazy girl’s food confessions’ really work for you?” I cringe when I realize some people think I’ve been promoting an easy way to get your size and health back in shape. This past year, my life has been nothing short of constant motion; devoting at least an hour a day to full…

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Strengthen & Nourish Your Heart

December 22, 2013 By: Barbara Downes

Getting heart smart is not as easy as it sounds!  There is a lot of misinformation being touted by experts who are not quite engaged at the front lines of health, but in a pharmaceutical lab.  In fact tens of millions of cardiac patients are not told how to prevent heart attacks and fight heart…

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How to Paint a Target on your Back

November 8, 2013 By: Ron "Commish" Swanson

First order of business, this blog is to thank Corinne Williams for her suggestion to try yoga in order to increase flexibility. I have just completed my second class and, without exaggeration, I am more aware than ever before of the fact that I think I am so very much closer to being a statue…

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Confessions of a Foodie in Europe

November 1, 2013 By: Vanessa Craddock

I was a woman on a mission, and with any mission, you show up prepared.  You wouldn’t go to a gun fight without a gun, throw a pool party without a pool, or vacation in Paris without fine dining.  Not if you are me.  So, I needed a plan. The internet had plenty of websites…

Doctors Notes: Inflammation

October 24, 2013 By: Barbara Downes

Inflammation is the basis of all the –itis’es in the body:  pericarditis, retinitis, fasciitis, epicondylitis, arthritis, gastritis, vasculitis, etc..  This list goes on and on, and the process seems to sell a lot of over-the-counter drugs because inflammation is common and it hurts, but those drugs are hurting us more! From a functional perspective, I…

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Confessions of a Foodie – Part VI

October 18, 2013 By: Vanessa Craddock

A few great exercise sites I found most useful, and clicked into my “favorites” file were: NIH Health Guide WebMD American Heart Association:  Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults Lynne Brick’s The NIH Health Guide tops the list because it explains in the most useful way, the “all you should know about exercise and…

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Time to Set New Goals

October 11, 2013 By: Ron "Commish" Swanson

When it comes to exercising, I have not consciously set goals. I reasoned that sometimes I want to exercise more and sometimes I don’t, so why artificially “force” myself to do it? That’s what I have been telling myself anyway. Thinking back on the last few years, I had been setting goals for myself and…

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