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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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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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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. …

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4 Foods That Make Me Sick!

There is really no denying that the foods we eat on a regular basis play a significant role in our health. In the U.S., toxic ingredients are used in the majority of foods that fill our supermarket shelves. These ingredients are cause for serious alarm. We are just beginning to learn the consequences these foods have on our health. The fact is, chronic disease is on …

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Put an End to Weird Diet Labels

There is so much conflicting information out there about which ‘diet’ is best. It seems each week there is a new one to choose from and a new label that comes with it. Are you “team vegan” or “team oco-lacto”? Sadly, it has become almost militant, being made to feel like you have to choose a side, defend it with your life, and even don the …

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Medication vs. Natural Remedies

You might have a hard time accepting the idea that we don’t have to live in a medicated world, but that we choose to. The heart of the matter is that instead of proactively thinking about prevention, we choose to treat the symptoms of underlying health problems, as we have been told, with medication…We, as a culture, want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and …

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The Spoon Theory

A dear friend of mine sent this to me shortly after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus. It was a God-send and I continue to pass it along every chance I get. The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino www.butyoudontlooksick.com My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating …