Recipe: Banana Oat Bran Muffins

Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free
YIELDS: 12 muffins


  • 1 ½ cup oat bran
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp Sucanat (dried cane juice)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small organic apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 3 speckled bananas
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp organic raisins
  • cup water
  • Organic coconut oil spray

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Recipe: Zucchini Pops

YIELDS: 5 servings

Recipe - Zucchini PopsINGREDIENTS:

  • 5 small zucchini with full blossoms
  • 4 oz soft goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup whole grain flour
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Nasturtiums (edible, peppery flowers) for garnish

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What Should I Eat?

by Daniele Hargenrader

It is a question that we ask ourselves on a daily basis: “What should I eat?”

It doesn’t have to be complicated. Overthinking things can often be one of the worst practices, as it often leads to inaction instead of making progress toward our goals. These simple principles will help anyone learn how to confidently make the important recurring choice of what to eat to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Animals as Medicine

by Julie Ann Allender

Animal-assisted therapy—also known as pet therapy—brings a lot of questions to mind. Many people think it means working “on” animals. It is not unusual to have a new patient call and ask if they can schedule an appointment to “fix” their dog or cat.

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Keep Kids Germ-Free This Summer

by Renata Myers

Whether playing indoors or out, online or off, germs accumulate everywhere kids touch. Keep an eye on these places that carry hidden germs and take the following simple steps to keep kids healthy all summer break.
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Getting in Shape in Your 50s

by William J. Strimel

Even for those who haven’t exercised since high school gym class, it’s never too late to start. According to the Arthritis Foundation, it now appears that exercise—specifically, resistance training—actually rejuvenates muscle tissue in healthy, older adults.

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Could Integrative Medicine Be the Answer?

by Adriana Moise

We are fortunate to live in a country with exceptional acute care. Our trauma hospitals have the best physicians and capabilities of treating the most complicated and life threatening conditions. We pride ourselves on advanced medical and pharmaceutical research. Despite these wins, the field of integrative medicine is on the rise.

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Business Spotlight: Remarle Provides Natural Skin Relief

by Alyssa Capel

Renee LeMasney, creator of Remarlé Natural Skin Care, believes that smooth, healthy skin can be a reality for everyone—naturally. What began as a search for relief for her own skin ailments became a business when she began selling her homemade skin products at local farmer’s markets in 2012. A sufferer of eczema and dry, sensitive skin, she knows better than anyone that the right products can do wonders for the skin. In her case, they were products she created and tested herself—free from harsh and harmful chemicals.

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Time for a Trip to the ‘Tickle Doctor’

Pediatric Non-Needle Acupuncture

by Paolo Propato and Grace Rollins

When a little one is faced with a chronic health issue, conventional medicine often leaves parents with few non-pharmaceutical options. Recurring ear infections, colic, GERD, constipation or diarrhea, asthma, allergies, eczema and hives, ADHD, sleep disorders and low immunity are among the common issues parents see in their kids today. Without knowledge of safe, natural medicine approaches, parents are faced with either medicating their kids, or feeling like they are neglecting the problem—and their children—by doing nothing.

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Three Fever Myths Every Parent Must Know

by Julie Lachman

When a child is sick and uncomfortable with a fever, a parent’s natural instinct is to make him or her feel better. What many parents do not know is that some of the most common therapeutics for fever can actually sideline recovery.

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Why Waldorf?

by Stephanie Smith

A Waldorf education at River Valley Waldorf School prides itself in educating the head, hands and heart. It inspires. A visit to a first grade “main lesson”—the first two hours of the day when the primary content is delivered—would reveal children variously clapping, stomping, singing, writing in their main lesson books, painting and drawing. They are obviously inspired. But how, exactly, is this done? How does a Waldorf school approach teaching differently from its public and private counterparts?

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Product Spotlight: Drink to Better Health

by Audrey Chen

It isn’t a secret that water is essential to good health. As the body is made up of 60 percent water, drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids which aid digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature. Drinking water has also been touted to help with bowel function, allow the kidneys to process toxic waste, energize muscles and help with calorie control.

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