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What You Should Know About Zika Virus

Until recently, most people had never heard of the Zika virus; since the 1950's it had been relatively contained to specific areas in Africa and Asia. Now, Zika is spreading rapidly throughout the Americas and the Caribbean after a massive outbreak in Brazil, and the World Health Organization has declared it an international public health [...]

Water Kefir – Homemade Probiotics Made Easy

By Shannen Irwin, Office Manager I recently had the pleasure of attending an intriguing lecture on the benefits of probiotics, presented by our registered dietitian, Maria Hepler. During the hour-long presentation, she covered the importance of replenishing and maintaining good bacteria in the gut, and demonstrated how to make homemade water kefir - a probiotic [...]

Probiotics And Gut Health, A 3-Part Video Series

[youtube id="loJOHAAYjAY" width="750" height="438" autoplay="no" api_params="" class=""] Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria and yeast that support gastrointestinal health, urinary tract health, favorable cholesterol levels, and the immune response. Watch Maria Hepler, RDN, CLT discuss the growing body of research that demonstrates how these fascinating microorganisms benefit our bodies. Topics of discussion will include: - Factors affecting [...]

What to Do When Painkillers Don’t Work

By Elizabeth Shimer Bowers As first seen on EverydayHealth.com. For managing chronic pain, opioid drugs may not be the answer. Here are ways to find relief without relying on a prescription. Doctors prescribe more painkillers today than they ever have — writing three times as many prescriptions for opioids as they did 20 years ago, [...]

Is It Safe to Keep Taking Your Pain Reliever?

Why No Pain Pill Is Totally Safe By Julia Westbrook As first seen on RodaleNews.com. We break down the hidden side effects of three common pain meds. It's time to reevaluate how we deal with pain. Pain meds, even the ones that are easily available or ones we think of as safe, can have unintended [...]

Managing Chronic Pain With Mind-Body Therapies

If you have chronic pain, there is now an important reason to add a regular yoga or mindfulness practice to your daily routine. Chronic pain causes inflammation in the brain and can lead to a loss of gray matter. The areas of the brain that control self-awareness, emotions, memory and learning can all suffer when [...]

Yoga Rooms Offer Respite at Busy Airports

Attention yogis! You may think that the airport is the last place you could find a moment of tranquility, but in an effort to make airline traveling a less stressful experience for its customers, a handful of airports are trying to change that perception. In 2012, San Francisco International Airport made history by being the [...]

Maria’s Anti-Inflammatory Cooking Demos

[youtube id="ig3DO89ta7Q" width="750" height="438" autoplay="no" api_params="" class=""] In this video series, Maria Hepler, Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, explains the 3 major components of the anti-inflammatory diet: 1) controlling your blood sugar, 2) identifying common food ingredients that may be triggering the inflammatory process in your body, and eliminating them, and 3) adding an abundance of healthy, anti-inflammatory [...]

Beyond Mindfulness: The Emerging Science of Consciousness, 3-Part Video Series

[youtube id="MUC7FUiP2qI" width="600" height="350" autoplay="no" api_params="" class=""] Mindfulness is enjoying a great deal of attention from the scientific community of late. And indeed, the practice of mindfulness – of training attention to rest in the present moment – is nothing less than vital to creating a fulfilling life. But it is only half of the [...]