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Summer is prime time for enjoying the outdoors. But more often than not, there's a dark cloud hanging over that backyard barbecue: bugs – and especially mosquitoes. These blood-seeking fun busters expertly follow their senses right to your skin. But if you can repel them with one quick application of bug spray, then what's the concern? It turns out that many old-fashioned bug sprays contain neurotoxic ingredients that may increase cancer risk. But, worry not – there are plenty of nontoxic essential oil blends that repel the bugs, without the […]

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ― Hippocrates If you don’t know where to start when it comes to taking your first steps towards natural health, this comprehensive guide can help. This article is full of health tips, trends and natural health wellness information. I’ll explain how your daily lifestyle choices can create optimal health – or take away from it. These include making positive decisions about how and what you eat, your physical fitness habits, and the products you buy […]

If eating healthy and nutritious food is important to you, then you need to know exactly how to tell the difference between organically grown and conventionally grown produce. One way is by knowing how to read price look-up, or PLU, codes. PLU codes, which are printed on the tiny stickers you’ll find stuck to apples, bananas, and other types of produce, are identifying numbers that provide information about produce. Deciphering PLU codes is an easy way to tell if food is organically grown or conventionally grown.[1] (more…)

According to guidelines set by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure.[1] If you don’t have high blood pressure yourself, chances are you know someone who does. Being aware of high blood pressure and hypertension is critical. When left undiagnosed, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, or other dangerous health conditions. The first step towards preventing or mitigating the risks of high blood pressure is recognizing the issue. While it is often […]

I received an email from my friends at The Corse Farm in Whitingham, Vermont. They've been in operation since 1868 and have been using responsible, sustainable methods for a number of years. As you probably know, many organic farms are small, family run operations that do not have the deep pockets that the large, corporate-conglomerate farming operations do. They are organizing a trip to Washington to join Environmental Working Group and Organic Valley to fight for a farm bill that's about expanding access to healthy, affordable food for everyone.? (more…)