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Massage more than a luxury

by Michael Ryan, Marquette School of Therapeutic Massage Massage isn’t just a way to treat yourself after a long, hard day at work. Studies have shown it to be beneficial for stress relief and to ease sore muscles after a workout, among a multitude of other things. With such a broad topic, we’ve brought it […]

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Steeped in goodness

by Jackie Stark On a cold winter evening, there’s few things better than curling up in a favorite chair with a blanket, a book and a mug filled with something steaming hot. For some people, that mug contains hot cocoa or coffee (decaf, depending on the hour). For others, it’s a comforting cup of chamomile tea, […]

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Woman beats cancer, without standard treatment

by Frank Farwell Ever since she was a child, Mary Ewalt wanted to be a doctor. A brain or heart surgeon, to be exact. When the time came for college, however, her family’s college investment plan fell through, and so did her dream. Next thing she knew, she was married, had a child and the […]

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The essentials on essential oils

by Rachel Bennett Crafty mom blogs, morning talk shows, biblical references and news of medical breakthroughs and fads—what essential oils are, where they come from, which to use and how is a hot topic these days. Recorded distillation of essential oils as we know them goes back a thousand years. What is old is truly “new” […]

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Walking for mind, body and spirit

by Lillian Heldreth Late on a crisp, cold morning, I set out on my daily walk. The sun, though low at this time of year, sheds brilliant light on new snow. Tracks reveal that the neighbor’s cat has paid a visit, that ground-feeding birds have been busy under bird feeders, and that squirrels have been hoping […]

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Meditation for wellness and well-being

by Jessica Juntunen Meditation, even if we have never practiced it, is a concept that is now familiar to many of us. Since ancient times and practiced in many forms around the world, meditation has existed as an applied science to support mental, physical, emotional and/or spiritual well-being. Meditation has become a common topic in […]

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Yoga: It’s not just for the ladies

by Jim Pennell If you’re a man who finds himself in a yoga class, the first thing you might notice is there aren’t very many men in a yoga class. Accurate percentages are hard to determine, but the general consensus is that 75 to 80 percent of the 21 million people practicing yoga in the United […]

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Training Day

by Leonard G. Heldreth In the not-too-distant past, most people would have considered having a personal trainer to be an extravagance, someone hired by a Hollywood studio to help female stars lose weight so they could slide into gorgeous gowns or slinky swimsuits. A man hired a personal trainer to build muscle quickly to compete in […]

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Start small for success

by Erik Lennartson Try new things, mix it up a little,” said Grace Petschauer, assistant managing director at Lake Shore Fitness Land and Water. Holidays have you full of food and beer from 2015? According to Grace, who has a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness management and a master’s in psychology, it’s not hard to […]

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Functional medicine offers holistic view of healthcare

by Jackie Stark With an average of 15-minutes spent with a physician during a doctor’s visit, most patients are in and out, likely with a prescription in hand to help with whatever is ailing them that day. A multitude of factors have contributed to the short amount of time patients spend with their doctors and the […]

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An exercise in healthier eating

by Katherine Larson For years, a family favorite for wintry months was a chili recipe torn from a local newspaper. Featuring black beans and butternut squash, it has a robust flavor that defies winter’s bitter blasts. And at first, it appeared to be reasonably healthy, at least by avoiding the fatty ground beef that turns […]

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