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Create a Dog-Friendly Yard, Image: schulzie/AdobeStock.comCreate a Dog-Friendly Yard  
Plants, Paths and Play Areas to Wag a Tail  

Backyards can be sanctuaries, filled with gardens and landscaping. For homeowners with dogs, consider “dog-scaping”. It’s a term coined by landscape designer Maureen Gilmer of Palm Springs, California, who wrote the...

Baby Bites, Image: alice/AdobeStock.comBaby Bites  
Healthy Homemade Food for Tiny Tummies  

For the first year of a baby’s life, breast milk and formula are the main sources of nutrition, but as early as 4 to 6 months, a little one may be suited to try solid foods. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, when a baby consistently holds their head up, has started to...

Curbing Cancer in Cats, Image: iz phil/Unsplash.comCurbing Cancer in Cats  
Ways to Keep a Feline Healthy  

The absence of one back leg isn’t slowing down 13-year-old Cougar the cat. In fact, she is doing better than before, as that limb once had a painful tumor. Alyssa Baker Herbst, co-founder of the Autumn Farm Sanctuary, in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, was told that, even with...

Three Steps for Facing Difficult Emotions, Image: julie/AdobeStock.comThree Steps for Facing Difficult Emotions  
  

All of us can feel the impact of these uncertain and challenging times on our hearts and in our nervous systems. While there are parts of the situation that we cannot control, that does not mean we are powerless. When we’re up against...

Natural Mama, Image: wavebreakmediamicro/AdobeStock.comNatural Mama  
Holistic Approaches to a Healthy Pregnancy  

During her first pregnancy, Sarah Wallace, a former registered nurse in Atlanta, was chronically anemic. “I was so tired I would fall asleep while I was eating dinner,” she says. That pregnancy resulted in a baby with a...

Devaki Lindsey Berkson on:, Image: Devaki Lindsey Berkson on:  
Bioidentical Hormones for Long-Term Health  

Hormone scholar Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson, a nutrition and gut expert as well as a continuing education professor for medical doctors and pharmacists, frequently lectures at conferences to clarify misinformation about hormones, such as the...

Eco-Cosmetics, Image: gizele/AdobeStock.comEco-Cosmetics  
Choosing Sustainable Beauty Products  

Beauty is a $49 billion industry in the U.S. That’s a lot of plastic lipstick cases and shampoo tubes buried in landfills and breaking down into microplastics that leach poisonous chemicals into the world’s oceans and our drinking water. As consumers...

Homeopathy to the Rescue, Image: behewa/AdobeStock.comHomeopathy to the Rescue  
Create a Family First-Aid Kit   

The 200-year-old health system of homeopathy is based on natural sources and is unique in its “like cures like” philosophy that uses extremely diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural defenses...

Stay Fit with Bodywork Therapy, Image: minervastudio/AdobeStock.comStay Fit with Bodywork Therapy  
Enhance Workout Performance and Recovery with Massage  

Therapeutic massage and other bodywork modalities are well-known stress-busters, but they can also hasten recovery after a workout or injury. A little restorative TLC with a bodywork practitioner before or after exercise can combat post-workout...

Integrative Women’s Wellness, Image: anna shvets/Pexels.comIntegrative Women’s Wellness  
Five Top Health Concerns and What to Do  

Anyone walking into a U.S. hospital today will notice something that was inconceivable 50 years ago—one in three practicing physicians is a woman, and among physicians under age 35, it’s three in five. That compares to one in 14 in 1970. For women needing health care, that fact can...

Simple Steps to Detoxify Your Mind, Image: Simple Steps to Detoxify Your Mind  
Make a Fresh Start by Setting Intentions and Letting the Rest Go  

Our minds are programmed from very early times sitting around our kitchen tables. Think back to the conversations. Some of the experiences have had long-lasting effects on how life is viewed. Some have been downright painful and toxic and stifled growth. To get your power back, put your proverbial foot down, and then start anew with these simple steps...

Sheryl DeVore on Appreciating Nature and Wildlife, Image: Sheryl DeVore on Appreciating Nature and Wildlife  

As we spend more time outside for pandemic safety to exercise and reduce stress, Sheryl DeVore suggests maximizing these experiences by being more aware of the wonders we see and the need to preserve them. The award-winning author of five books on science, health and nature also writes...

Feathered Friends, Image: passakorn/AdobeStock.comFeathered Friends  
The Pros and Cons of Keeping Birds as Pets  

Kata May is a 30-inch-tall, blue-and-gold macaw. “It’s nice to come home and have a conversation with a snuggly bird,” says Joshua Luther, who took over care of the avian when he was 13 years old and she was 11. Now 17 years later, Kata May holds a...

Nature to the Rescue, Image: image courtesy of MeraikoNature to the Rescue  
Kids Come Alive Outdoors  

As Angela Hanscom of Barrington, New Hampshire, watched her preschool daughters at play, she realized that a surprising number of their friends had problems with balance, coordination and muscle weakness, conditions she was attuned to as a pediatric occupational therapist. Teachers told her that compared to past years, young children were falling out of chairs and bumping into each other and walls more often—all evidence of...

The Benefits of Planting Trees, Image: thanamatAdobestock.comThe Benefits of Planting Trees  
More Foliage Means Lower Temperatures  

Planting more trees can slow down climate change. Science magazine reports, “The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.” The Arbor Day celebrations this month make it an apt time for taking actions that benefit...

Eco-Athletes, Image: djileAdobeStock.comEco-Athletes  
Working Out with the Planet in Mind  

From human-powered gyms that generate electricity to Earth-friendly activewear, professional and recreational athletes alike are increasingly working out with the planet in mind. Taking a recycled yoga mat to class, nixing the plastic water bottle and going “plogging”—picking up litter while out for a run—are just a few examples of eco-fitness in...

Create a Nurturing Nest , Image: kelly sikkema/Unsplash.comCreate a Nurturing Nest   
  

More than being a roof over our heads, home is where we live, love and heal. This past year, we all have been reminded of the importance of having a refuge; a place that shelters not only our physical beings, but our...

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