Sunday, 01 December 2013 21:21
By Joe Romano,
What we're also discovering is that Insurance is complicated to buy.
— Barack Obama
GreenStar is a natural foods co-op. We have a commitment to health. We try to supply healthy foods in as natural a state as possible. But even with the best of self-care, sometimes our members need medical care.
In America, health care isn't free. As a result, not all of us can afford it. Ithaca Health Alliance fills the gap in some instances, but not in every instance, and not outside of our community. Our president has championed and won the fight to ensure that all Americans can get the care they need, but he has been having a bad month or two. Most of it has been about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.
President Obama deserved the heat: first the website didn't work and then some of the people who liked their insurance were forced to give it up, even though he promised they wouldn't be. If that weren't enough, the enrollment numbers are in, and they are so low that, well, they stink. But if you are like many people, you may not know what the whole thing is all about. And starting next month, all Americans are going to have to comply. So let's go over the main parts of it: we'll keep it really simple.
Friday, 01 November 2013 15:37
Isn't positive thinking supposed to be a wonderful thing? It's a positive thing, right? So why does the term make me bristle? Somehow positive thinking evokes for me some hyper-cheerful type with a teeth-baring smile, strained cheeks, a painful handshake, and a strong propensity for sweet denial. Makes me want my old cynical self back.
But I won't have her. I traded in my not only cynical but also depressive, dark, miserable, underachieving self almost a decade ago when years of often halfhearted searching (amazingly) brought me to a new way to look at my thoughts ... which led me to a new way of thinking ... which led me to see the world and people and myself in much friendlier terms. For the record, though this article isn't about that, the powerful form of self-inquiry I discovered and, more important, applied and keep applying, was The Work of Byron Katie. You can learn all about it by visiting www.thework.com or by reading Loving What Is.
Here's one of the most pivotal things I ever heard Byron Katie explain: anytime that you believe anyone or anything outside of you can keep you from your well-being, you're a victim. Gulp. I recognized myself instantly as a habitual victim constantly pointing outward (to insane politicians, greedy corporate types, bigoted neighbors, loved ones who didn't understand me, family whose needs drained me, the economy, not enough time) that made it impossible for me to be peaceful, content, and creative. In bumper sticker terms, I was more into "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention" than "Live the life you love" or "I'd rather be here now." With a new awareness of victim mentality, I made it my business to catch myself in any victim talk or thought and to speak or think again.
Friday, 01 November 2013 13:52
By Andrea Levine and Abbe Lyons
"You saved my life. The Free Clinic really saved my life." Ithaca Health Alliance (IHA) Clinic Coordinator, Valarie FitzRandolph, hears thanks and praises like this often. This time it was from a patient who'd been living with unmonitored high blood pressure and no health insurance. He came to see a doctor at no charge and left with a prescription for an inexpensive blood pressure medication.
Full of excitement, another patient told us her blood pressure has gone down and her mood has improved since using herbal medicine. She loved her free appointments with and botanical remedies from 7Song, Herbalist and Director of Holistic Medicine at Ithaca Free Clinic. She reports that she felt like a new person, thankful and hopeful. Still moving through financial and health struggles, she continues to use the Clinic's medical care, counseling, and financial advocacy. She is grateful for the integrated approach to health care. These services are made possible largely by local financial and volunteer support.
Support the Ithaca Health Alliance at GreenStar's Cash Registers
Would you like to be part of this vital force in local health care? Together, as Health Allies, we can sustain the Health Alliance in this effort to equalize access to health care for uninsured and underinsured community members.
The first of November will mark the start of our "Give Thanks for Health Care" register fundraiser at GreenStar. Please ask your cashier to add a donation to your everyday and holiday purchases. If you have access to affordable care, you can help make it possible for those who don't. If you can't afford care, you can still help support services for others and use them yourself as well. All money raised will help ensure that these services continue for our neighbors in Tompkins County and beyond. As one Health Ally says, "It's great to know that these resources are available — just in case."
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New in Wellness
Body and hair care from John Masters Organics is on sale this month, and check out seasonal organic cotton clothing.
Does your wardrobe need an update before heading back to school? Not only are we introducing new GreenStar T-shirts (represent your local co-op in style!), but we've also expanded our offerings from Pact, a Fair Trade organic-cotton apparel company that donates 10 percent of its profits. We've gone from socks to camisoles, T-shirts, leggings, and yep, underwear. And did you make it to the beach yet? If no, fear not! Just grab a bottle of Sea Mist from John Masters Organics to give you that "beach head" look right here in Ithaca. Also try their Zinc and Sage Shampoo and Conditioner (a staff favorite), or the Blood Orange and Silk Protein styling gel, a stellar styling product for curl definition without the crunch. John Masters Organics features some of the cleanest body care products in the industry, with loads of organic ingredients — and all their hair and facial care products are on sale this month at 20 percent off.
By Steve Nicholson
Scientists have confirmed that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world’s energy needs for a full year.
We live off-the-grid, in the hills of Caroline, NY. We have a small, 820 watt photovoltaic array, and a tiny, 600 watt wind turbine. Our high performance windows, state-of-the-art insulation, and energy-efficient lights and appliances allow our family of four to lead...