Friday, 01 July 2011 18:35
By Becca Harber
In 2009, my friend Susie Kossack told me that a non-invasive exam existed called "thermography," used to check breasts for signs of cancer. At 59, I was instantly curious, as I'd consciously chosen not to have mammograms. I was concerned that the cumulative radiation from repeated exams would increase my cancer risk, and I'd rarely chosen to receive other X-rays over the years. The idea of my breasts being painfully smashed down during the procedure was also repellent to me. I learned online about Dr. Pamela Howard, a certified thermal imaging technician who comes to this region to offer thermography.
I was told to schedule two exams several months apart to establish my baseline of "normality," assuming no unusual spots showed up initially. After that, annual thermal exams (TEs) are recommended to check for changes. During the first exam, the patient is photographed from six angles. Her health history and photos go to a medical team trained in interpreting TEs. They send evaluative comments to the patient and her doctor or health practitioner. Dr. Howard also reviews the reports herself if requested. If the results indicate possible conditions, she'll also make referrals, including to holistic practitioners. The total cost for breast thermography is $175. Full body TEs cost more.
Friday, 15 April 2011 21:07
By Cassandra Leveille,
Kash Iraggi-Wiggins, the owner of Balance Aromatherapy, conveys a sustained, intimate knowledge of her products — where they are sourced and what blends of oils and herbs constitute the final product.
Kash started making aromatherapy products twenty-seven years ago, when her daughter, Phoenix, was born. Balance Aromatherapy sprang from her concern about the potential harmful effects of using conventional skin-care products on her daughter's skin, as the cosmetics industry is not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.
"A lot of people are conscientious of what they put in their bodies, but not what they put on their bodies," Kash said.
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New in Wellness
By Lisa Marsella,
Garden of Life offers raw, vegan, and soy-free protein powder, on sale during the month of May.
There's a growing demand for plant-based protein powders without soy. When demand rises, so does supply. Many companies will jump on the protein bandwagon, and I'm sure we'll see protein added to everything from cereal to bottled drinks. But all protein powders are not created equal. Garden of Life offers a very unique product that's raw, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO verified, and certified organic. You may find all those labels on other good-quality protein powders, but you won't find another made from all sprouted grains. Sprouting the grains first makes them more digestible and renders the nutrients more bioavailable. Grains, like other seeds, contain enzyme inhibitors that prevent digestion — nature's way of ensuring the distribution and sowing of seeds by critters. Garden of Life RAW Protein comes in four flavors: natural, vanilla, chocolate, and vanilla chai. It's on sale through the month of May at $24.99, and we're giving away a free shaker cup with each purchase, while supplies last!