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Home-Made Healing Salve

Autoimmune disease often comes with a whole host of skin issues… check out this homemade healing salve that soothes away itchy rashes associated with eczema, psoriasis and even hives.     In a blender combine equal parts (1-2 tablespoons) of the following: turmeric chopped (fresh is best) aloe vera (fresh if available) coconut oil lemon juice add ½ -1 teaspoon …

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Super-Hero Spotlight: Shelly Labovitz

Shelly is one of those people who you might suspect simply has more hours in the day than the rest of us because she manages to accomplish so much!  In fact, I would even be tempted to say, that alone, is her “superpower”, but her true Super-Hero strength is her endless compassion and tireless efforts for humans and animals alike. Earning her …

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Super-Hero Spotlight: Val Hughes VanRheen

When I first met Val, it was impossible not to notice her contagious smile and carefree attitude, she is pure sunshine! It wasn’t until after we got deeper into our friendship that I learned that Val hasn’t always had the luxury of being so buoyant. In fact, just a few years ago, Val was struggling big-time with an autoimmune disease …

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Super-Hero Spotlight: Tracie Willis

This week’s, Superhero Recipe is called the Green Goddess. Tracie Willis, put this on the menu of her landmark restaurant, Chocobanana, long before Green Smoothies were hip and trendy. It continues to be one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Tracie Willis is a “Green Goddess” in her own right. Tracie isn’t just a fan of natural whole …

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Just Passing Through the Land of Veganville

Veganism, and the lifestyle that often accompanies it, is all the rage these days. There are celebrities endorsing vegan products, and even super-hilarious spoofs on SNL. You know that once something becomes satirical, it’s officially mainstream. In addition to being a hip and trendy way of life, it’s clearly the choice to forego animal products that is the core of veganism. Nowadays, there are …

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Love Your Liver

The liver is definitely the most under-appreciated organ. It takes care of so much and receives so little recognition. It serves as the primary gateway between what we ingest and the rest of our bodies systems. It is responsible for sifting through absolutely every nutrient we consume. That’s right, everything we put in our mouths, whether it be food or drink, nutritious or not, …

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The Guilt-Free “No”

When we are dealing with chronic illness and desperately need rest, not to mention a lot less stress to heal, it is critical we carve out the necessary time to treat ourselves well. We all know that means having to say “no,” more than we say “yes”. And yet, in spite of knowing this, we still say ‘yes’. As a result, we …

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Would You Eat Your Makeup?

It’s hard to believe at times, but the fact is, putting harsh chemicals on our skin is just as bad as eating them. My rule of thumb is, don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. Our skin, which is our largest organ absorbs everything it comes in contact with. That means every time you apply …

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The Yeasty Beasty of Candida

Candida Albicans, or candida for short, is a yeast that exist naturally in the body. The problem with candida occurs when this yeast becomes overpopulated and seeks to infect other areas of the body – creating a systemic infection. The actual manifestation of this infection is frequently characterized by the presence of overwhelming tiredness, recurring yeast infections, and digestive problems. Besides an amplified “toxic” feeling, patients …

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Dear Body, A Love Letter

Dear Body, You and I have not always had the best relationship. I have taken you for granted, called you names like “fat” and “ugly”. I have abused you with alcohol, crappy food, too much sun, too little sleep and expected you to perform perfectly, regardless. I have placed blame on you for being sick and causing me terrible pain. …