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Holistic Veterinary Care Focuses on Pet Wellness

Monday, 31 August 2009 12:19

By Dr. Karen Gellman
Most pet owners love their vets, especially ones who have helped them throughout the lives of their beloved animals.  But, wow — how a trip to the vet has changed in the past twenty years!  Modern veterinary medicine is following the same path as human medicine — innovative drugs, high-tech imaging and testing, genetic research, etc. Many of these advances are consumer driven.  If owners know that a person can be helped by a particular treatment, they want it for their animal.  Top veterinary clinics are now performing organ transplants, chemotherapy — all the amazing things you find in human hospitals.

Interestingly, though, recent human health care research is showing that many high-tech medical practices are not only less cost-effective, but have less successful outcomes than practices that use fewer tests, but emphasize better communication between doctors, and focus on the whole patient, rather than the test results.  In conventional medicine, we have become slaves to statistics — treatments and prognoses are determined by published infection rates or survival percentages.  This is intended to give a greater precision in predicting health outcomes.  But if your own dog is diagnosed with cancer, what is more important — how correct your vet is on his survival time or maximizing his health so that his cancer can be a condition, not a death sentence?

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Eating Tips for a Safer and More Active Summer

Friday, 31 July 2009 15:18

By Aaron Lambert

When you’re out biking, hiking, gardening or doing other outdoor activities, wouldn’t you like to feel your best? Wouldn’t it be nice to be full of vitality day after day, no matter how much energy you expend during the summer months? Wouldn’t it be great to have a dynamic body that is  more resistant to fatigue, cramping and dehydration? Is it even possible to reach these goals, especially if you are currently not in the best shape of your life?

 It is definitely possible for you, your kids, family members and anyone else you know to create and maintain a body that has the “get up and go” to allow full enjoyment of summer activities. The catch, though, is that you will have to work at it. The goal is to develop eating habits that provide your body with nutrient-dense foods that furnish the genuine replacement parts, in the form of minerals, nutrients and vitamins, needed for the body to achieve and maintain excellent health. Below are some of the habits and foods that we recommend specifically for those who plan on being active outdoors.

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Alternatives to the Holiday Sugar Rush

Wednesday, 26 November 2008 08:11

By Aaron Lambert

We’ve all heard it.  We are all aware of it to one degree or another.  Even so, let’s just hear it one more time: We Americans eat too much sugar.  Old, young, male or female, it doesn’t matter.  Sugar is present everywhere in the diets of most people.  Go ahead and read the ingredients of the packaged goods in your house.  It might be listed under the name high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), evaporated cane juice or fruit juice, but it’s still sugar. Sugar is added in one form or another to breads, cereals, soda, canned goods, baked goods, pre-made meals, processed meat, ketchup and sports drinks.  Even if you drink natural fruit juice, you’re drinking pure fructose (a sugar).

The estimates of sugar consumption range from 170 to 220 pounds per person per year.  That is an enormous amount, considering that adults should have only about two teaspoons of sugar in their blood at any one time.  We have all heard the reports about the epidemics of diabetes and obesity.  Children as young as eight years old are now being diagnosed with diabetes type II.  Diabetes II is a dangerous chronic illness that generally results from the over-consumption of sugar.  In effect, the pancreas burns out and the body can no longer produce enough insulin, which is needed to get sugar into your cells.  Obesity, too, is a growing problem.  The consumption of so much sugar provides the body with more calories than it needs, and so it stores the excess as fat.  Both obesity and diabetes II increase the probability of incurring additional chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease.

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New in Wellness

Local Body Care is Blooming

Anna Stratton,
Wellness Manager

norabloomWe're stocked with great new products —new organic, non-GMO protein powders, natural facial care, and nail polishes.

We've got lots of amazing new products in the Wellness Department to keep spirits up as the winter drags on. Garden of Life has introduced a brand-new protein powder that is 
USDA-certified organic, non-GMO verified, and grain-free (that means no gritty rice protein!), in four new "smooth" varieties: vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and energy (the latter enhanced with Guayaki Yerba Mate). Are you a devotee of Garden of Life's Raw Fit? Try their new chocolate and vanilla flavors — deliciously classic! In face care, we've added some luxurious products from local Norabloom Botanicals: Chamomile Foamy Gel and Aloe & Shea Crème cleansers; velvety moisturizers in Dandelion or Hibiscus. Remember Hugo Naturals? They're back by popular demand! We're happy to be once again stocking this body-care company's ultra-clean, chemical-free, and gluten-free shower gels and body lotions. Do keep an eye out for their new nail polishes — coming soon!

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    By Kristie Snyder, 

    GreenLeaf Editor

    Solar-panelTompkins County is famous for its cloudiness. And it's quickly becoming famous for something else — renewable energy. Despite all those clouds, there's plenty of sun and wind, and more and more Tompkins residents are figuring out how to curb their fossil fuel consumption with a variety of sustainable energy approaches, from the tried-and-true to the purely experim...

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