Local Interest

Whiten Teeth

the Natural Way by Amanda Persuitte Many people are unaware that most commercial whitening and oral hygiene products and costly professional whitening treatments do not yield lasting results and are generally damaging to teeth, gums and nerves. Chemical-based, unnatural bleaching agents affect the outer layer of teeth, but don’t actually remove stains or improve the […]

Endangered Species

Under Siege by Christian Hunt Within the past two years, a disturbing trend has developed. Fueled by special interests, more than 150 bills or riders have been introduced to “modernize” the Endangered Species Act (ESA), effectively weakening and undermining the world’s strongest law to protect threatened and endangered animals of all kinds. Seen by many […]

Up In Smoke

The Uphill Battle to Pass a Medical Marijuana Law in North Carolina by Kimberly Lawson According to a recent poll from Elon University, 80 percent of people in North Carolina support passing a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Mary (whose name has been changed for this story) is one of them. For […]

In The Moment

The Benefits of Staying Mindful During Pregnancy by Kimberly Lawson Sumanah Khan first started practicing yoga in 2012, soon after her final heart surgery as a transplant recipient. She calls the work to become a teacher at Yoga One “one of the most physically and emotionally challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.” So when […]

A Nose For Yoga

Exploring the Benefits of AromaYoga by Hal Smith   When Eko McHugh first heard about AromaYoga™ being offered in Charlotte, she was intrigued but did not know what to expect. “I had been practicing yoga and using essential oils but did not know you could combine them for a powerful experience,” she said. AromaYoga™ combines […]

Think Earth Day Every Day

by Sandra Murphy The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and […]

Real Studies on Nature’s Antihistamines

Are Nothing to Sneeze At by Mary Lehman Millions of people have been there: every tree in town bloomed overnight, their allergies seem to have tripled and they find themselves standing in a store looking for a natural product that might reduce the symptoms. What to try? Actually, the best thing to put at the […]

The Eyes Have It

Cluster of Ocular Melanoma Cases in Huntersville Reveals Early Detection is Key by Kimberly Lawson When people meet Vicki Kerecman, they have no idea she can’t see out of her left eye. More importantly, they would never know she had battled against one of the rarest forms of cancer-and won. In 2011, the Huntersville nurse […]

Gut Reaction

Dr. Michael Smith Talks Food Sensitivities by Kimberly Lawson We all have food sensitivities—even the healthiest among us. The problem is that most people don’t even realize they’re living with them. “It tends to be the things we’re eating every single day, so we’re always reacting,” says Dr. Michael Smith, a naturopathic physician who’s been […]

Sacred Passage

Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey by Linda Sechrist When properly viewed, the thresholds of all of life’s transitional moments can be both emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Whether it involves marriage or birth, job loss or illness, gleaning insight from the experience can yield fresh perspective on how to live life more fully today, […]