by Bryan L. Frank, M.D.
Staying healthy while traveling abroad can be challenging. For many conditions, natural remedies work as well or better than pharmaceuticals and have side benefits, rather than side effects. For years, while most medical and missionary teams, as well as those on
Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. In addition to the experience of other cultures and sightseeing, traveling can be transformative, especially when it comes to our health.
There is an area called Vedda, in Sri Lanka, where diabetes—a common ailment
by Joshua Guess
Six years ago, I serendipitously started a microgreens business to fund my aquaponics interest, which was originally inspired by the documentary FRESH. It was the beginning of a paradigm shift for me about food production, delivery and customer choice. Chefs were really interested in the
by April Morford, DC
Sarah was in a car accident that left her feeling sore and tired most of the time. As a nursing student, she didn’t have time to deal with the constant struggle of neck and back pain or unrelenting headaches that didn’t let
“My teeth hurt.”
Bren Harris froze in astonishment when her 8-year-old son, Zach, urgently spoke these words in the produce aisle of their local grocery store this summer. Her nonverbal son, who is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), was catapulted into a sudden and unexplained
by Michele Menzel, ND
Humans all over the world have been fermenting food since ancient times. There is evidence that people were making fermented beverages in Babylon around 5000 B.C. Writings show that leavened bread in ancient Egypt dates back to 1500 B.C. and that milk
by Sheila Julson
While basic chiropractic care can help bring lasting health of the mind, body and soul, chiropractic doctors Kevin Morford and April Morford, the husband and wife team of Chiropractic Now, realize that some people need a little more. Using their personal healthy habits
Provision Kitchen, in Oklahoma City, has partnered with Provision Organic Farm, a local U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic farm, along with other local farms, to offer fresh local ingredients on its seasonal menu. Harvested at peak nutrition and chef-prepared, the restaurant’s menu features flavorful, nutrient-dense
Natural Awakenings magazine’s October Environmental Stewardship Award goes to Nourished Food Bar, in downtown Oklahoma City. Offering nutrient-dense, plant-based food in a grab-and-go setting, Nourished Food Bar’s menu features delicious food that is free of the most common allergens.
Grab-and-go food requires disposable products, a tax
Monat is offering a new product, Eye Wonder Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum. Formulated with clinically proven natural ingredients, this product helps the body build strong lashes and brows. Capixyl strengthens and conditions while Fision KeraVeg18, a vegetable-based alternative to animal keratin, strengthens and improves
The 16th annual Oklahoma City Holistic Health Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 28, and from noon to 6 p.m., October 29, at the GSO Community Center, in Moore. Featuring the theme Imagine the Possibilities, this free event allows participants
Herban Mother is now open at 607 NW 28th Street, Suite A, in Oklahoma City. To celebrate, the store will host a Grand Opening Party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 21. The event will highlight many brands and exclusive products, including manufacturing partner
Retired Board-Certified Professional Counselor Patti Stice has created a monthly meetup group for lightworkers—highly sensitive empaths that can sense energy and are trusted by many. The next meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., October 17, at Radiant Living, in Oklahoma City.
Norman Cultural Connection, a local nonprofit organization, will host a weekend African Drumming and Dance Workshop with Gordy and Zoe Ryan from October 6 to 8. The inclusive environment will be tailored to all skill levels.
Sponsored by the Norman Arts Council Grant Program, the
The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major
Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states
Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about
The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel,
Innovative, moveable mini-houses, tents and wagons are gaining advocates amid a trend toward traveling light with style. Designs range from the functional to the outlandish, and also encompass forms of transport from tugboats to tractors. The four-wheeled Collingwood Shepherd Hut wagon has a shingled exterior
Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, communities with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public. It employs 12 computer tablets with
The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic.
Food retailers are aiming to cut plastic and cardboard packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using high-tech laser “natural branding” and creating huge savings in materials, energy and CO2 emissions. Pilot projects are underway in Europe with organic avocados, sweet potatoes and
Retirees are volunteering at hundreds of nationally protected lands. They staff visitor centers, do maintenance, clean up debris and remind visitors to keep food items secure from wildlife. Last year, volunteers outnumbered National Park Service staff about 20 to one, expanding the financially strapped agency’s
Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give
by JUDITH FERTIG
Eat, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually.
Whether we’re on
by JIM MOTAVALLI
Now is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
It’s a boom period for solar—a record
by MEREDITH MONTGOMERY
Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits.
For youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom—rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated
by GINA MCGALLIARD
Sensory isolation in a floatation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent improved health. A 2014 study published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry investigating the effects of a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants, showed it
by MARLAINA DONATO
Renowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life.
While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to
by KAREN BECKER
In 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended
by DEBORAH SHOUSE
Want to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement,
by LINDA SECHRIST
In 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed
Glennon Doyle Melton
Plenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow.
That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what
by Ted L. Cox
Kindness toward others is the bedrock of all spiritually based morality. When expressed outwardly, it is easy to understand—either we are or we are not kind to other people. Inward kindness (reflective kindness), directed toward the self, for many people is another
by Martha McQuaid
After almost two decades of practice, I have yet to master anything on my yoga mat; as my practice has matured, I have learned that the pose is not the point. In yoga, there is nothing to achieve; there is only practice. We
Like seeds breaking and turning into plants, we encounter events in our lives that crack our shells and expose the inner core of our humanity. While these events can seem overwhelming, it is possible to see them as a growing experience if we adhere to
Many individuals seek validation, approval and acknowledgment from the people around them, comparing looks, actions, abilities, possessions and more with others. Getting comfortable with our abilities, looks and feelings helps us to stop looking for approval outside of ourselves and work toward self-acceptance.
Over time we
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. There are references to frankincense, hyssop, myrrh and cinnamon in the Bible, and the Egyptians used herbs and oils for medicinal purposes.
Essential oils are distilled from plants and highly concentrated. While most scented products, such
One of the most important jobs of a parent is to respect their children as individuals, guiding them and loving them for who they are. The challenge is finding the special rhythm and qualities of each child, helping him/her grow into the individual that he/she
by Joshua and Allison Guess, owners of Rooted Farm
Aquaponics—a system of aquaculture in which waste produced by aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water—has inspired people to start planting microgreens: a close cousin to the sprout, which are
by Trinity Mays
As I move along on life’s journey, I continue to gain an understanding of the importance of maintaining balance and harmony. Every day, I discover more of my Cherokee heritage, and I’m learning the rituals and ceremonies of my ancestors, and how they