Tag archive for Wellness

The Dirty Secrets of Processed Food

The Dirty Secrets of Processed Food

Katherine Reid, Ph.D. is a biochemist and founder of the nonprofit organization Unblind My Mind, whose mission is to raise awareness about what’s in our food, and how it might contribute to the diseases plaguing Americans.

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Dr. Motyka’s Functional Medicine

Dr. Motyka’s Functional Medicine

Dr.Motyka is able to spend more than 15 minutes with each patient through monthly subscriptions that provide unlimited time and her cell phone number.

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Can Acupuncture Treat Addiction?

Can Acupuncture Treat Addiction?

The tattoo-covered young man on my left is afraid of needles. With a genuine seriousness on his inked face, his polite trepidation sends a ripple of laughter around the living room, where nine of us lounge on chairs and couches.

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Getting Spine Issues Straight

Getting Spine Issues Straight

Standing as straight as possible in Dr. Michelle Bean’s chiropractic office at the Santa Cruz Chi Center, I’m surprised to hear the following: my right shoulder slopes lower than my left and my head and neck tilt a bit in the opposite direction.

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The Truth About Spirulina

The Truth About Spirulina

On a recent layover in Chicago, I found myself standing in the smoothie line at the airport, dazed, jet-lagged, and craving kale. Or anything green. I’d been away from California too long.

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Local Author Takes on Cancer Fight

Local Author Takes on Cancer Fight

I haven’t even known Fred Reiss for a full minute, and I’m running my hands through his hair. To my surprise, it really is “baby soft.” And with a mind of its own, like dandelion fluff drifting atop his six-foot frame. If it wasn’t attached, it would surely float away.

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The Truth About Hangovers

The Truth About Hangovers

One drink to remember, another to forget. And the next thing you know, you’re waking up on a floor somewhere at 2 p.m., with a crinkled Taco Bell wrapper in your pocket and no recollection of how it or you got there.

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Kids’ Yoga Catching On

Kids’ Yoga Catching On

On a recent Friday afternoon, I sat inside Luma Yoga in downtown Santa Cruz, waiting for a busload of six to nine-year-olds to arrive from Santa Cruz Montessori school; a field trip to practice mindfulness through yoga.

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Biochemist Pushes for New Approach to Autism

Biochemist Pushes for New Approach to Autism

By asking the question ‘what are we eating?,’ Reid claims she’s been able to completely manage her daughter Brooke’s autism.

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Chocolate: “Crack for Nice People”

Chocolate: “Crack for Nice People”

Chocolate is loaded with flavonoid antioxidants—more than green tea, red wine, or an apple. This justification alone seems to defend the private euphoria of a square (or entire bar) here and there, right?

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