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A Green Night’s Sleep for Travelers
Pioneers Show the Way to Eco-Friendly Stays
by Avery Mack
W“When your company motto is 'true to nature’, you have to follow through,” says Tom Tabler, director of sales and marketing for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. “We look at everything, from the biodegradable ink pens in the guest rooms to the...
Revel in Blissful Indulgences
by APRIL THOMPSON
From freshly picked cherries to moonlit hikes, summer offers endless free gifts. Its lingering daylight reminds us to step outside, take a deep breath and savor life’s simple...
Banish Acid Reflux
Eating Alkaline Can Cure the Burn
by LINDA SECHRIST
Nearly everyone has some reflux, the upward backflow of the stomach’s contents into the esophagus connecting the stomach with the throat, or even up into the throat itself. When it occurs more than twice a week, reflux can progress from a minor irritation causing heartburn to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or...
Crazy, Sexy, Savvy, Yummy
by JUDITH FERTIG
IIn summer, when many fruits, herbs and vegetables are at their peak, it makes sense to harness their power for the family’s benefit. “Some people flock to plant-empowered living for better health, others because of their spiritual beliefs, to support animal welfare, respect the environment or best of all, because it...
Letting Kids Just Be Kids
They Thrive on Natural, Unstructured Fun
by MADELINE LEVINE
WWell-meaning attempts to fill a child’s summer with enriching activities may do more harm than good. Why not let kids just be kids...
Relishing Raw Food
Supermodel Carol Alt on How Eating Raw Keeps Her Vibrant
by BETH BADER
CCarol Alt characterizes the latest stage of her 30-plus-year career as a “perfect storm of busy,” including the launch of her latest book, Easy Sexy Raw, and her roles in Woody Allen’s film, To Rome with Love, and the HBO documentary, About Face, exploring the relationship between...
Six Ways to Eat Safe
The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More
by MELINDA HEMMELGARN
Hot fun in the summertime begins with fresh, sweet and savory seasonal flavors brought to life in al fresco gatherings with family and friends. As the popularity of farmers’ markets and home gardening surges onward, it’s time to feast on the tastiest produce, picked ripe from America’s farms and gardens for...
Hypnosis and the Use of Neuroplasticity
Understanding the Brain's Amazing Abilities
by Frank Garfield and Cheryl Beshada
NNeuroplasticity is the latest flavor of the month in medical circles as science once declared that once brain cells were damaged they could not ever be repaired. We now know that the brain has an amazing ability to build bridges, bypasses and...
Liver and Adrenal Issues Share Symptoms
by DR. SHAWN MESSONNIER
Adrenal and liver diseases can commonly plague pets, with adrenal problems occurring more often in dogs but routinely misdiagnosed, and liver disease more frequently present in cats....
Chances are, unless you got your cat from a breeder, you may not know where your cat’s ancestors came from. Now, there’s a way to find out by using a Cat Ancestry Test offered by...
In Howard VanE's new book, Doggie Love! Why We Love Dogs So Much, readers will explore the divine connection with furry friends through pictures and words. Doggie Love is a celebration of...
Dad & Daughter Dates
Making the Most of Cherished Time Together
by CLINT KELLY
The ancient Greek playwright Euripides, renowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He wrote...
Coloring Our World
How Hues Can Help and Heal
by JUDITH FERTIG
While humans have long appreciated nature’s chromatic displays, it wasn’t until 1666 that Sir Isaac Newton proved that white light from the sun refracted through a prism separates into the individual bandwidths we perceive as...
Doing Good During Time Away
by AVERY MACK
Ken Budd, former executive director of AARP and current editorin-chief of Currents magazine, says, “I was approaching 40 when my dad died suddenly, and at the funeral, I heard people say how he’d...
Being Happy from the Inside Out
by JUDITH FERTIG
“Happiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling....
Walk This Way
Step Up to Barefoot Benefits
by RANDY KAMBIC
Barefoot walking conjures images of children playing in open fields and families strolling on a beach, yet it can also embrace many other settings as part of a...
The Fatherhood Factor
How Raising Children Changes Men
by ARMIN BROTT
Becoming a father is one of the most defining benchmarks in a man’s life.
In their research, University of California-Berkeley Psychology Professors Phil Cowan, Ph.D., and Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D., found that...