Average Jane

Average Joe/Jane

Hormone replacement therapy for women has been a controversial topic ever since the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative study (WHI), which was halted in 2002. This was a government run study that found an increased risk of stroke, heart disease and breast cancer in women taking a combination of…
As an avid reader of Nature’s Pathways — this magazine — I know just how much varied information is out in the world about the holistic, natural approach to health. There’s a lot! I love online shopping for its convenience, and I try to research products before I purchase them.…
I admit, I am getting older. We all are. Time has been pretty good to me but during the last few years I have been struggling with the usual issues we face once we cross into that last half of life on this earth. I have always been diligent about…
Floating, also known as sensory deprivation and float or flotation therapy, is by no means new on the wellness scene. People have been floating for decades, and research shows health benefits can include pain and stress relief, help with insomnia and injury recovery, not to mention its meditative quality. When…
When I have thought about life coaching in the past, I always assumed there was an event that must have occurred to cause the person seeking it to lose direction and need help. Or, that the person didn’t know which path to take in the midst of a big decision.…
When life gets busy and chaotic it can be easy to put off things that you know deep down inside you shouldn’t. For me, that was scheduling my regular dental checkup. I’ve been even more conscientious about my health lately, so when I realized I was overdue, I decided to…
Yoga has been gaining more and more popularity over the years, and there are many reasons for its top spot. It’s a great workout, and also has a mind/body/spirit component I’ve been trying to focus on in my everyday life. I have taken a few classes here and there, but…
In honor of February being National Heart Month, I scheduled a vascular screening for the first time. I heard about a new procedure to help heart patients called External Counterpulsation (ECP) and went to Heart Failure Survival Center of America’s (HFSCA) Appleton location to see if I qualified as a…
After 28 years of marriage, my husband (“Joe”) and I found ourselves in unchartered waters when the youngest of our 4 children left the nest. We aren’t quite experiencing the sadness of empty-nest syndrome, but it has given us time together without all the distractions and noise that having a…
Back when I was 30, I answered most of my medical history questions with a “no.” Does anyone in your immediate family have a history of diabetes? No. Does anyone in your family have a history of breast cancer? No. Fast forward 20 years and now the answer is “yes.”…
I am on a journey. Not a “pack your bags” journey across the miles but a physical and spiritual journey to discover different modalities of healing for my well-being. Having had a fairly long and at times bumpy life, there are times I wonder: why did I do that, say…
I had the opportunity to attend a Rejuvenessence mediSpa (R-mediSpa) soiree in June and learned about some great skin care products that do not contain the usual harmful ingredients found in the majority of skin care and makeup lines on the market today. After happily using the Skinbetter line and…
“The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.” —Billy Graham After years of feeling pretty well, sticking to a good diet and a semi-consistent exercise program, I started to notice a sense of “blah” — small aches and pains that didn’t seem strong enough or…
In everyday life, it’s the little things that matter most: holding the door open for someone, paying a stranger a genuine compliment and in general simply showing respect. There are several ways to do so, but one of the best ways (and often the least thought of) is making sure…
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