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All About Growing Asparagus

When you see asparagus standing tall and proud in neat displays at your local grocery store, you might have a hard time imagining how it is grown. It may seem even harder to imagine you could grow it in your own vegetable garden.While growing asparagus takes patience — about three years to be exact, to ensure vigorous growth and plant maturity — it is not as difficult as you may ....

Following the Advice of Ancient Philosophers Can Make You Happier

For many, happiness is elusive at best and at times near impossible. There's always something (or someone) pushing our buttons, making us feel less than joyful. According to Barbara Fredrickson, a psychologist and positive-emotions researcher, most Americans have two positive experiences for every negative one.While that sounds good and well, this 2-to-1 positivity ratio is barely enough to get by ....

Cholesterol Isn't the Problem in Heart Disease; Inflammation Is

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in nearly every cell of your body and is essential to good health. Your body uses it to make hormones, protect your cell membranes, digest food and manufacture vitamin D after exposure to the sun. Your liver manufactures most of the cholesterol your body requires from nutrients extracted from your food.Animals use cholesterol in much the same way. Th ....

The Hidden Health Hazards After Flooding

Across the world, countries have experienced significant changes in weather patterns in the past decades.1 Recently, the southern U.S. coastline was again hit with category 4 hurricane winds, dumping over 50 inches of rain on Texas.2 People in Louisiana are still digging themselves out of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and experts expect Houston may experience the s ....

Simplifying the School Search Finding the right fit for your child

In some communities, the options for kids’ schooling abound. From home-based to city-run, baby-signing to multilingual, along with specializations in music, art, sport, or yoga, how do parents make the right choice?Soon after learning I was pregnant with my first daughter, came the many wonderings and worries about childcare and schooling. The options felt dizzying: home-based to city-run, baby- ....

Fire Retardants Found in Furniture and Gym Mats Implicated in Infertility

Couch cushions, carpeting, mattresses, children's items, electronics and yoga mats are just a few examples of sources that expose you to toxic flame retardant chemicals, many of which have been linked to serious health risks, including:InfertilityBirth defectsNeurodevelopmental delays,1 reduced IQ2 and behavioral problems in childrenHormone disruptions3CancerIn fact, flame retardant chem ....

The 11-Year Old CEO Why creative kids are so awesome

Can kids be entrepreneurs? With a marketable skill, a passion for helping others, and the right support system—absolutely.Ella Psaila seems like a normal 11-year-old. She loves bacon, moustaches, and ....

Can You Really Call This ‘Clean Meat?’

What do agricultural giant Cargill Inc. and billionaires Richard Branson and Bill Gates have in common? They’re among a group of investors who have given, so far, $17 million to Memphis Meats — a startup company that’s growing meat (beef, chicken and duck) from animal cells. No actual animals are involved, just their cells, so the idea is that one day environmentally (and ethically) devastat ....

Natural Remedies For Kids

Keep your family healthy this new school year. Learn all about preventive strategies and natural remedies for common childhood ailments from a naturopathic physician and children’s health expert.During the crazy back-to-school days of September, families are gearing up for what feels like a new year. Both parents and children alike are adjusting to new schedules, and getting sleep routines and n ....

The Strange Connection Between Vision Loss and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease, a severe form of dementia, affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans;1 200,000 of which are under the age of 65. According to recent data, Alzheimer's disease kills more than half a million Americans per year,2 making Alzheimer's the third leading killer in the U.S., right behind heart disease and cancer.Since there's no conventional cure, i ....

Cinnamon Health Benefits Proven

Even if you rarely cook or bake, if you have anything in your cupboard in the way of spices, cinnamon is probably one of them. The warming, fragrant powder harvested from the bark of a tropical evergreen bush not only is tasty in a plethora of dishes both sweet and savory, but has a long history of use as a medicinal. Ayurvedic medicine originated in India more than 3,000 years ago.Maharishi Ayurv ....

Who’s the Boss?

Teaching your children responsibility is one of the backbones of parenting. Why, then, is it so difficult to know how much is too much, and how soon is too soon? Sometimes the hardest thing for an adult to do is to let their child grow up.My son is starting high school … like … now.He is two months from being a teenager.What sort of internal monologue does this create for me?“It means he is ....

The Harmful Effects of Electromagnetic Fields Explained

I’ve often noted that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are a pernicious, hidden health risk. But exactly how does this kind of microwave radiation damage your health? Martin Pall, Ph.D., has identified and published research describing the likely molecular mechanisms of how EMFs from cellphones and wireless technologies damage plants, animals and humans.1,2 ,3,4Pall has a b ....

Vitamin C Stops Cancer

There are continual advances in science (as well as always some controversy), but new research supporting vitamin C's potential in preventing the advancement of several forms of cancer is some of the most promising and remarkable that's emerged in a while.More specifically, vitamin C may stop leukemia stem cells from multiplying, which could prevent certain forms of blood cancer from advancing, th ....

‘Crapshoot’ — How Sewage Contaminates Our Food Supply

The documentary, “Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes,” produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 2003, investigates an important aspect of human life you likely give little consideration: sewage.  Do you know what happens to the water and other items after you flush the toilet or run water down the drain?If you’ve never stopped to consider what happens after you turn off the f ....

Natural Remedies For Kids

Keep your family healthy this new school year. Learn all about preventive strategies and natural remedies for common childhood ailments from a naturopathic physician and children’s health expert.During the crazy back-to-school days of September, families are gearing up for what feels like a new year. Both parents and children alike are adjusting to new schedules, and getting sleep routines and n ....

The Magic of Dance The love of movement and music

As ancient as fire, dance has always been a part of human culture. It’s at the core of rituals and celebrations all over the globe. Everyone can benefit from experiencing the heartbeat of dance, especially kids.“Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle. And the dance is a celebration of that miracle.”—Martha GrahamTamara Daw ....

If You Enjoy the Taste of Nutmeg, You’ll Probably Love Its Essential Oil, Too

Early European explorers had traveled all over the world to find spices such as nutmeg with good reason. Nutmeg, or Myristica fragrans, isn't just a popular ingredient for cooking. It also possesses therapeutic properties, which made it a part of ancient cultures that include traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.1Today, nutmeg is very much present in the alternative health scene. As a ....