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Living Long and Well
Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth

by Melinda Hemmelgarn

At age 29, Betty Holston Smith, of Rockville, Maryland, weighed more than 200 pounds, smoked cigarettes and ate processed junk food. Now, almost 79 years young, she is a vegan ultra-marathon runner and an inspiration to anyone wanting to age well.

Smith’s story underscores the findings of researchers that have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life. Some of these factors—heredity, for instance—are beyond our control. However, the most critical ingredient seems to be our daily habits.   Read More

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Tidying Up That Bucket List
Deciding What We Really Want

by Carl Greer

Many people have a bucket list of things they want to make sure they experience in this life. Tidying up that bucket list when it no longer reflects a person’s values and deepest desires makes sense.

When reviewing our bucket list, we might feel inadequate or embarrassed because we haven’t accomplished what we thought we would. It’s okay if a goal is no longer as exciting as it once was. Guilt, frustration or embarrassment about what’s been lingering on a bucket list for years might be signs that it’s time to dream different dreams.   Read More

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Gut Check
Feeding the Immune System

by Julie Peterson 

Reducing stress, sleeping enough, exercising and getting sunlight are all known strategies for improving the body’s ability to protect itself from harm. However, the most important factor in building a rock-star immune system is nutrition. Here is a guide to the care and feeding of the inner fortifications that fight off disease, supporting long-term wellness.  Read More

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Immune-Boosting Recipes
Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup

Turmeric is the darling of the anti-inflammatory spices. For best absorption, it should be combined with pepper. This soup gets its creamy texture from coconut milk, but other nondairy milk can be used instead. Read More

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Ask these 5 questions before you buy CBD! 
by Pricila Rodriguez 

Finding a CBD product that you trust can be a risky task these days. Ever since the CBD boom in Houston you can find CBD nearly everywhere! You might have heard of a CBD product recommend¬ed by your best friend or sister but how do you know what you are really getting? No fear! Here I’ve complied 5 questions that I believe will allow you to make a more informed decision about the CBD you purchase. 
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Letter from the Publishers


It’s a new year and with that come new opportunities, new challenges and of course, changes. One of the biggest changes in the magazine is the new digital offerings. While we will continue to be a print magazine,growth and new offerings will be in digital forms.  Read More

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affirming naturally: I am and always will be enough

by Doyle Ward

You have more than 55,000 thoughts each day. Many are the same thoughts over and over again. Every single one is an affirmation; this also includes everything that you say. By reducing your negative thoughts and words and increasing the positive ones, you can reshape your life.  Expecting a better day helps to create a better life. The only place we have to take action or make changes is the present  moment.  Read More



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Bill Moyers on Covering Climate Now

by Julie Marshall

Bill Moyers, an American icon of broadcast journalism, continues to inspire generations through his political commentary, documentaries and award-winning books, including the landmark 1988 PBS series Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth. Beginning his career at 16 as a cub reporter in Marshall, Texas, he went on to earn more than 30 television Emmys, as well as prestigious career awards in film and televisionREAD MORE

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Raising Environmentalists
Teachers Prep Kids for the Future

by Yvette C. Hammett

Educators have switched from preaching to kids about environmental degradation to using hands-on lessons to get K-12 students not only interested in the world’s environmental priorities, but also actively participating in solutions, maybe even seeking out related careers. READ MORE

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Green Therapy
Ecopsychology and the Nature Cure

by Ronica A. O’Hara

For clients of family therapist Christian Dymond, the path to wellness begins on his 10 acres of woods and meadows in Milton, Vermont, walking alongside him, sitting by a babbling brook, watching squirrels gather nuts or the sun slowly set, breathing in the piney air. “There is a sense of safety that comes from being in the forest,” Dymond says. “Safety is necessary in order for the client to open up and share themselves with another human being.” Children, too, readily respond: “Getting a child outside into nature can bring life back into their eyes. Every day I see this happen.”READ MORE


Natural Healing for Hands
Getting a Grip on Pain

by Marlaina Donato

Most of us take our hands for granted until buttoning a shirt or opening a jar becomes a daunting task. Getting a grip on that pain and loss of function with holistic solutions can be a game-changer. Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as repetitive motion syndromes like carpal tunnel are commonly linked to hand and wrist pain, and effective treatment relies on identifying the underlying cause. READ MORE

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When Older Pets Get Quirky
Dealing With Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

by Julie Peterson

As dogs and cats get older, they may slow down or have other physical issues. Some experience cognitive decline which resembles Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It presents differently in every pet and can include numerous symptoms that begin gradually, sometimes just seeming like quirky behavior instead of a disease.READ MORE

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When Workouts Don’t Work
Why Less Is Sometimes More 

by Marlaina Donato   

Exercise is a proven component in losing weight and preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but not all exercise regimens yield the same results for everyone, especially when daily stress is a factor. While workouts are often intended to reduce the body’s physiological response to mental and emotional stress, exercise itself can serve as a physical stressor that exacerbates the problem. This delicate balance revolves around the stress hormone cortisol.READ MORE


Cloth Versus Disposable Diapers 
The Bottom Line on Eco-Friendly Baby Care

Taking care of newborn babies in an eco-sustainable way can have a significant impact on both our environment and the little ones’ health. reports that disposable diapers, made from a blend of plastic and wood pulp and often encased in additional plastic, remain for an estimated 200 to 500 years, and that a baby uses between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers before being potty-trained, generating 18 billion diapers annually in the U.S. alone.  READ MORE

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