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May 2017

May 2017

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. And if that’s the case, it’s going to be a beautiful and fragrant month! And it’s a good thing because when I asked family and friends – of all ages – what their favorite part about this month is, almost all of the responses entailed spending time outdoors:

  • Mother’s Day
  • Bike rides/walks/running outside
  • Memorial Day camping
  • Playing golf
  • Trout fishing

Heading outdoors not only simply feels good, it’s also great for our mental state.

According to Dr. Susanne Preston, a Clinical Mental Health Counseling instructor at South University, “the fresh air and sunlight have the largest benefits… for example, with increased exposure to natural sunlight, incidents of seasonal affective disorder decrease… the vitamin D in their skin helps to elevate their moods… spending time in nature has been associated with decreased levels of mental illness, with the strongest links to reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, in addition to increased self-esteem.”

Our cover story this month highlights an area company that offers a pet (and people!)-safe option for lawn care to enhance our time outdoors and give us peace of mind about our environment — Valley Organics swaps the traditional toxic method for natural and organic care, perfect for all of our favorite spring activities.

Enjoy!

In Wisconsin, one of the most appreciated components of the spring season is “fresh air.” Opening our windows, seeing and feeling the sun shining, and the refreshing scent of the outdoors brings us back to life after a long winter. In the beginning, the transformation is slow as trees and…
“Our deep respect for the land and its harvest is the legacy of generations of farmers who put food on our tables,preserved our landscape and inspired us with a powerful work ethic.” —James H. Douglas, Jr. The April issue of Nature’s Pathways outlined some benefits of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)…
Hawthorn is a flowering shrub or tree of the rose family. It is native to Europe and grows in temperate regions throughout the world. Historically, hawthorn has been used for heart disease as well as for digestive and kidney problems. It has also been used for anxiety. Extracts from the…
Ingredients Serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish 3/4 to 1 pound seedless cucumber, washed and chopped into chunks 2 thin scallions, or 1 regular scallion, thinly sliced 1 large avocado, pitted and diced 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt Juice of half a lime, plus more…
Do you ever feel like you’re shouting underwater? Like no one understands what you’re trying to say? Or maybe you get mad when people can’t keep up with your thought process in a given project. Perhaps you would just like to know how to be a more effective communicator in…
With the cost of hearing devices ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 a pair, patients often ask us, “What’s wrong with the less expensive ones?” The answer is nothing. In fact, budget hearing devices might be the perfect choice for you. The only way to find out which is best for…
Sabamba Alpaca Ranch is about to celebrate 10 years in business. Our business has been made up of three key components over those years. Each of these parts plays a vital role in the total overall business plan: a fiber producing livestock farm, which works on product development/sorting and grading…
The gut or microbiome is becoming an increasing area of interest and study. It has been estimated that we have over 100 trillion bacteria in our gut. Wow! Lots of tiny but mighty creatures making up what is called the microbiome. As around 80 percent of our gut makes up…
Buying health insurance has become very expensive. For many years, most of us received health insurance through our employer’s group plan. We paid little or nothing toward the premium and out-of-pocket costs. We never got a bill, because the group health insurance plan paid it. To show you a perspective…
Welcome to the world of beekeeping! Now that your bees have arrived and you’ve installed them into your Langstroth hive, you’re good to go, right? Not quite. If you installed your bees into your hive on brand new equipment, these first several weeks are very vital. You see, the bees…
Ask anyone in Victoria Cavataio’s family and they will tell you she’s a natural caretaker. “Victoria has always been selfless,” her cousin Otto Panzenhagan III said. “She’s the first one to lend a hand.” Now Victoria herself needs a hand, and Otto has found a way to help her through…
Our environment is full of toxic chemical compounds. If we could see the harmful chemicals we would probably freak out. It can be mind numbing to consider the scope of the problem. Most of us are powerless to change our circumstances so that we could somehow escape exposure. The baby…
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