A Beginner’s Reference to Magnesium: An Essential Mineral for Proper Body Functioning

Posted in Minerals on November 30, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: Having a sufficient level of magnesium in your body is clearly beneficial, while depletion can be detrimental to your health. You can eat it or pop it, or do both. Consuming minerals (and vitamins and enzymes) from whole food sources first, sets a solid foundation. As in all foods and nutritional supplements, quality matters. Opt for pure and clean—organic, grass-fed, pastured—and avoid fillers, additives, antibiotics, and other chemical processing.    Written by Read More »

Recycling Your Plastic: Getting to the Heart of the “Matter”

Posted in Recycling Plastic on November 23, 2023

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  “Solid wastes are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society. This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health problem.”    ~ Jimmy Carter, 39th U.S. President   By Jennifer Wolff-Gillispie HWP, LC   After the first fully synthetic plastic was produced in 1907, many industries began to take a look at this invention that could Read More »

Fluoride From Your Water, Food, and Toothpaste May Be Disrupting Your Inner Ecosystem

Posted in Fluoride on November 16, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: Whether you came from the baby boom, Generation X, or millennial time period, from your first days to today, you’ve likely been consuming fluoride, in your water supply, your food, and in your toothpaste without your consent. Touted as prevention from tooth decay, and pushed by dentists across the globe, it’s been nearly impossible to escape exposure. However, there’s a reason why you see fluoride-free toothpaste on the store shelf, and why Read More »

Microdosing With Psilocybin and MDMA for Anxiety, Depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posted in Microdosing Psychedelics on November 2, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: There’s a tendency to attach yourself to past beliefs—what seemed morally “right or wrong” then; what made sense previously. The thing is … that way of thinking doesn’t allow for the way life’s nuances evolve. Research in the fields of mental and physical health, medical interventions, and natural healing modalities, reflect change. Be willing to step away from groupthink, and judgments that don’t serve the greater good. Take a look at what Read More »

Heads-Up! The Commercially-Made Wine You Love to Drink Boasts a Cluster of Hidden Chemicals

Posted in Wine on October 26, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: It’s a human tendency to label, categorize, and make judgments. Living in a paradigm of good vs. bad, right vs. wrong, and positive vs. negative, etc., keeps you operating in a realm of duality. The missed opportunity with this perspective lies in the multitude of gray areas that also exist. If you’re willing to move toward non-duality, far beyond the acceptance of only two opposite “truths,” you begin to see everything interconnected Read More »

Natural Antibiotics vs. Rx (Medical Prescriptions): Helping You Make an Informed Decision

Posted in Antibiotics on October 19, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: Infections can be serious, and even deadly. It’s to your discretion, in combination with your integrative practitioner’s knowledge, what road to choose. As always, there is no “one way,” or “right way” when it comes to your health and medical care. There is merely making the best decision you can in the moment, and keeping your beliefs in high regard. One theory that weighs in as a moderate approach, suggests starting with Read More »

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): The FDA’s Newest Health Food

Posted in Food-Health on October 12, 2023


  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: For years, you’ve sought out Chinese food restaurants that don’t use MSG because you heard it was bad for your health. Whatever was in that mysterious “chemical” wasn’t as important as simply staying away from it. But what if this substance was lurking in places you didn’t know, and making its way into your body without your consent? And now the FDA says … go for it—it might not be that bad Read More »

“Do This; Do That” or Else: Pressure From Family, Friends, and Society to Abide by Mainstream Culture

Posted in Mental Health on September 28, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: Feeling “emotionally squeezed” can be debilitating—so much so, you feel trapped in a perception of impending difficulty, with no escape. From where did this monster arise, you may have asked yourself? Whether it stemmed from external forces, and you feel pinned to the wall amidst other people’s adamant opinions, or held captive by the workings of your own mind, climbing out of the deep well of this “Alice in Wonderland”-esque rabbit hole Read More »

An Exposé on Sunlight: Bathe, Avoid, or Find a Middle Ground?

Posted in Sunshine on September 21, 2023


  “I've found that there is always some beauty left - in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”   ~ Anne Frank, “The Diary of a Young Girl,” 1947   By Jennifer Wolff-Gillispie HWP, LC   Do sunny days remind you of fun childhood adventures; playing in the park on warm, clear afternoons, or splashing in pools to find refuge from the summer heat? Depending on the region you grew up Read More »

Plant Toxins: How These Antinutrients May Be Injuring You

Posted in Food-Health on September 14, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: Smart nutrition includes letting go of doctrine-thinking. The decades-old ideas you’ve clung to may be applicable now, or conversely, may not be worthy of your commitment any longer. Are you open to discoveries in the field of health which may include researchers shining new light on old beliefs? In the case of eating plants and their babies (seeds), of the 435,000 unique land plant species, some are of more concern than others. Read More »

Human Consumption of Microplastics: 2023 and Beyond

Posted in Microplastics on September 7, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: When has a society gone too far—opting for convenience first, driving so-called “advancements,” and allowing corporate greed to override the health of its people and environment? With innumerable particles of toxic plastics lining the streets, toppling over in our landfills, submerged in the oceans, and breaking down in our bodies … You could say collectively, we have bypassed the wellness of our ecosystems, as we attempt to backtrack to safety.   Written Read More »

“Other Ingredients” in Your Nutritional Supplements? Drum Roll … “No, Thank You”

Posted in Nutritional Supplements on August 31, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: Here’s a tip that will save you time when sourcing your nutritional supplements: Skip straight away to the section on the facts label that says “other ingredients.” If you see fillers, binders, preservatives, additives, or sugars, etc., put them back on the shelf. Same goes with purchasing on the internet—don’t let that product hit your cart. When you do see cleaner “other ingredients,” such as water, sunflower lecithin, or extra virgin olive Read More »

Chiropractic Medicine: Crossing the Bridge of Immunity

Posted in Chiropractic Medicine on August 24, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: If you thought chiropractic care was solely for relieving neck, back, and other musculoskeletal pain, you may not be aware of the wider health implications in this field of medicine. Certainly, the need to pay attention to your “immunity,” has been lit up with a huge spotlight over the last few years, during and post-”pandemic.” Chiropractic treatment carries the potential to bridge the gap between proper joint alignment, and the vitality of Read More »

Vaping AKA E-Cigarettes: How Your Body Receives These Substances

Posted in E-Cigarettes on August 17, 2023

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  “All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.”    ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, American Professor of Medicine   By Janey Bibolet Ward   Chances are if you grew up in the United States in the 70’s, you munched on candy cigarettes and cracker jacks from the snack shack during summer little league games, or swimming at the public pool. It was normalized as innocent fun Read More »

The Ingredients Lurking in Conventional Baby Formula Could Be Detrimental to Your Child’s Health

Posted in Baby Formula on August 10, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: It’s a shame to have to worry about inferior ingredients unknowingly festering in your baby’s food source. Understandably, while you may feel overwhelmed, and would rather not have to traverse through the multiple nooks and crannies of the latest health scare, or processed-food nightmare of “what’s in it now?” … The details of the food your little one consumes at this precious stage of life are not to be skirted over.     Read More »

Money and Medicine: How Pharmaceutical Companies Are Profiting From a “Sick” Narrative

Posted in Big Pharma on August 3, 2023

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SUMMARY: It’s easy to portray the pharmaceutical industry as the hero (during the pandemic) or the villain (profits over health). The reality is more complex, and whichever camp you fall into, know that it’s not black and white for everyone. This article examines a handful of factors, both systemic and psychological, in American society today, that shape an environment where Big Pharma thrives, while the population’s health continues to decline.   Written by Carter Trent Read More »

Conventional Insect Repellents: Bug Sprays That Pose a Danger to You and Your Environment

Posted in Insect repellent on July 27, 2023

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SUMMARY: Summer sun means exposed skin—happy news for mosquitos, their blood-sucking brethren, and other bug buddies. Under these conditions, you may be tempted to reach for that convenient bottle of insect repellent. However, after learning about the ingredients, and health impacts from these potent bug sprays, you can decide for yourself if they’re right for you and your family, or if there might be a healthier way to hide from these irritating insects.   By Rick Read More »

Ingredients That Cause "Side" Effects: Hold On to Your Hat!—It’s an Avalanche

Posted in Ingredients Side Effects on July 20, 2023

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  EDITOR’S SUMMARY: “Side” effects. As in … not the main event. Like hors d'oeuvres or appetizers. No … better yet—a mere garnish, likened to a whimsical sprig of parsley laying on the side of your dish; certainly unworthy of your concern. This is the spell Big Food wants you to be under, and the narrative they need you to believe to keep making their big bucks. However, invisible as these effects and symptoms may Read More »

Early-Onset Cancer: Investigating Rising Rates in Folks 50 Years and Younger

Posted in Cancer on July 13, 2023

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  EDITOR'S SUMMARY: Cancer—the development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably with the ability to spread throughout your body; infiltrating and wreaking havoc on your tissue and organs. With the degree of Big Chem bombardment, from soil to sky and everywhere in between, in literally every area, nook and cranny of society, how could rates of cancer, i.e., “sick cells,” NOT increase in a domino effect?   Written by Carter Trent Edited by Nicki Steinberger, Read More »

Recognizing the “Smart Meter” as a Contributor to Your Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) Exposure

Posted in Smart Meters on July 6, 2023

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  EDITOR'S SUMMARY: Smart meters have been normalized as the new-ish energy readers in neighborhoods near and far. Regardless, that doesn’t mean exercising caution should be overlooked when it comes to their electromagnetic frequency (EMF) toxicity and your health. Out of sight, out of mind is clearly not the “smartest” way to deal with this predicament.    Written by Kathryn West Edited by Nicki Steinberger, Ph.D.   It’s convenient getting rid of the need for Read More »