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Fall: time to get back into a routine.

I hope that your summer was rich in adventures, experiences and fun, rest, healthy foods and great friends and family to share it all with. Summer is such a wonderful time to relax and enjoy family life in a different way: no holidays to fret over, just sun, backyard barbecues, pick-up games of flag football or competing for the silliest pool jump! Bishop Desmond Tutu said it best about families: " You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." As much as we love the relaxed summer mode, our body and mind crave routine and fall is synonymous with back to school, early morning wake-up times and getting back into a rhythm. We function best according to the rhythms...

Easter sugar overload?

If you find yourself wishing you had eaten one less chocolate egg this Easter season, I am sure you are not alone! The last few weeks have been a sugar fest for adults and children alike, and the most obvious results are a lack of concentration, poor sleep, sluggish digestion and a weakened immune system. It is time to go on a spring cleaning mission and eliminate the sweet left-overs! One of the tastiest ways to do that is to embrace a few days of juicing. It is simple to do, it tastes fantastic and your cells are already smiling just thinking about all this goodness coming in! You need very few things: a good quality juicer is a must, veggies and fruits - preferably organic - and...

Spring is like a box of crayons…

Spring always reminds me of a brand new box of colored pencils: vibrant yellow daffodils, soft pink petals and blue primrose. But most amazing are all the shades of green that come up in the spring. I don't know about you, but my lawn has turned greener by the day this past week...

Is the Hippocratic Oath Hypocritical?

We love to feature guests blogs at Satya Wellness. The following is contributed by my friend and colleague Dr Patti Bartsch, PhD of Naturally Unbridled. Is the Hippocratic Oath Hypocritical? First, do no harm? What would Hippocrates Say? All medical doctors take the Hippocratic Oath which includes the phrase “First, do no harm.”  If doctors are so concerned with what Hippocrates believed, why aren’t they honoring his motto of “Let thy food be thy medicine”? Something like 6% of medical schools offer a nutrition class and in most of those it is an elective.  We know that “we are what we eat” and yet people continue to eat things that do not occur in nature and therefore have no nutritional purpose in the body; in fact they can be highly...

New Year…… New YOU!

Happy 2012! The start of a new year is always filled with great promise; it is the time we chose to start fresh, to wipe the slate clean and start a whole new drawing! Like the Etch-A-Sketch of our childhood, we have a clean canvas.We make promises to ourselves: "This year, I will keep my resolutions. I will ...

Farm tales… or tails…

Picture by Paul Cary Goldberg, Green Meadows Website Everyone has an extra special place in their life, somewhere they are likely to be found when nowhere in sight in their house. For some it may be their garage, where they can tinker in peace on an old car or it may be the local coffee shop, where they can read without being disturbed. For me, when not at the beach with my dog, I might just be at the farm. I guess you can take a girl out of the farm, but you can never take the farm out of the girl! I own a share at a local organic farm, also called a CSA, community supported agriculture. What it means is simply that I support local farming by...

What is inflammation?

  We all know the term inflammation, but what is it and more importantly, what does it do to our body?There are 2 types of inflammation: The first type is acute, in response to an invader, a twisted ankle, a cut finger. Acute inflammation is a response from the organism to speed up the healing process. This is the "good" inflammation with which we heal from infections and wounds.The second type is chronic inflammation. This is no longer helpful or useful and has turned into a disease. Dr Andrew Weil even states that chronic inflammation is at the root of all degenerative diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, allergies and many more. So, where does chronic inflammation come from?  Chronic inflammation starts at the end of our...

How colorful is your world?

About three weeks ago, the FDA announced that it would finally study the evidence that links artificial food coloring and hyperactivity in children. After having promised for decades that colored foods were safe, it seems about time that they reverse their findings. What is most amazing is the amount of time it took the FDA to accept the growing mountain of evidence! It is a well know fact that for many years, holistic practitioners have advised Moms and caregivers to cut out ALL food dyes from a child's diet when they showed signs of hyperactivity. And it works...