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, […]

From the Battlefield to Breathwork

Upcoming Qi Revolution Offers Renewal for Veterans by Jeff Primack Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures and breathing techniques. Because of its ability to stop mental thinking immediately and encourage the mind to become energy aware, the practice is especially beneficial for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. A […]

Weight-Loss Saboteurs

Tackling Obesity’s Hidden Causes by Lisa Marshall Eat less, move more. These words have been the cornerstone of diet advice for decades, leading millions of Americans to greet the new year with vows to cut calories and hit the gym. In all, one in five U.S. adults are dieting at any given time, according to […]

Affordable Complementary Care

Alternatives to Insurance Cost Less by Meredith Montgomery   The latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows an annual expenditure of $30.2 billion in out-of-pocket costs for complementary health approaches, benefiting 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, and representing about 10 percent of out-of-pocket U.S. healthcare costs. Insurance rarely covers […]

Healthy and Wealthy

Staying Well On A Budget-Naturally by Michelle Bense With the new year comes plenty of old advice. Everywhere we look, there are reminders to join the gym, stop eating junk food, get a juicer, take new supplements, only eat organic—i.e. more expensive—and devote time and energy to consciously making a whole set of different choices. […]

Transforming Tattoos

Haylo Healing Arts Lounge Shifts the Stereotype of Permanent Ink by Kimberly Lawson Long before red hearts with the word “Mom” in the center became popular body art, people turned to tattooing for healing. The second oldest evidence of tattooing can be found on the body of a 5,300-year-old mummy named “Iceman,” and its purposes […]

Heal Adrenal Fatigue Naturally

Practical Ways to Regain Vitality by Linda Sechrist Fatigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of […]

Loving Large

Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist True love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal […]