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Vape—Your Teens’ New Training Bra

by Kelly Martinsen Vape … the word is everywhere. In fact, it’s a noun and a verb. And if you are like me, a parent of teens, I imagine you are wondering what this thing—which smells like cotton candy and is inhaled through a fancy (often bedazzled) pen-like item—is all about and just how safe it is. Vape pens, also ... Read More »

Women Rule the World Part 2

We had such a wonderful response to our “Women Rule the World” May feature, where we shared photos and quotes from women business leaders and healers found right here on “The Island,” that we were encouraged to introduce our readers to some more of these remarkable and inspiring women! “The most rewarding part of owning a yoga studio is helping ... Read More »

The Fertility Diet  

When it comes to fertility, the most important factor is diet. Following a fertility diet is going to boost both egg and sperm quality and improve both mental and physical health.   When preparing for a baby, allow three to six months for your eggs to receive the full benefits of any dietary changes. By committing to an organic, non-GMO diet; eating ... Read More »

Publisher’s Letter: How is your Time Spent?

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me while I looked around for my possibilities.” –The Bangles 😉 The months of May and June for me are busy ones. Too busy, really; they are filled with both end-of-the-year ceremonies and obligations and summer planning. Beginnings and endings. The use of time and the planning of time. Time. Time is so ... Read More »

Open Your Eyes to a New Kind of Treatment for Macular Degeneration

by Mats Sexton, LAc, DiplAc More often than not, when people are diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease such as macular degeneration, they are told by their ophthalmologist, “There’s nothing you can do.” However, nothing could be further from the truth. The growing field of Chinese medicine ophthalmology can be a savior for vision. While most people associate Chinese medicine ... Read More »

Targeting Diet- and Exercise-Resistant Fat

“Despite going to the gym and eating a balanced diet, many women—and men—have those stubborn fatty areas of the body that remain,” says Gary S. Kasten, DO, FACOG. It can be quite frustrating for people that lead a healthy, active lifestyle, yet still gain or retain weight. Unintentional weight gain—weight gain that results even though activity levels and food/liquid consumption ... Read More »

What Is Functional Medicine (Part 2)?

Last month, we discussed the differences and basics of true functional medicine/nutrition and what seems to be the popular trend in health care. “Holistic” and “wellness” can mean almost anything (I’ve seen a plastic surgery center referring to itself as a wellness center). In mainstream medicine, taking blood pressure medicine for high blood pressure is a step toward wellness, which ... Read More »

Yoga for the Health of It

Yoga serves the body in several ways. Many health practitioners recommend yoga as an easy yet important means of combating stress and a way to stimulate bones. Assuming the body is getting enough calcium, yoga will encourage the bones to retain calcium through the exerting of pressure, leading to more production of bone mass. Yoga helps with bone health better than some ... Read More »

Letter from the Publisher: Leading by example

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I couldn’t stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”  –Mark Twain I am going through the whole “ignorant” stage with my brood. Oh, they love me and are respectful ... Read More »

A Living Donor Story—10 Years After   

by Dan Martinsen This is a story of family and faith—about positivity in the face of adversity. It is about two “warrior angels”: my wife, Doreen Schmidt Martinsen, and my sister-in-law, Kelly McGrath Martinsen. It is, sadly, also about our country’s continued failure to respond to the acute need for registered organ donors. And it is the story of the ... Read More »