by Tracy Adler
Every April 22nd, when Earth Day rolls around once again, we see the public renew its interest in protecting the environment and finding practical solutions for sustainability. There are benefit concerts, clean-up days, and eco-rallies; all dedicated to spreading the word on ways everyone can help preserve our planet's natural resources. However, one way we can all help is right there in front of us, every day. It's the food we choose to eat, and how we choose to eat it...
by Leo Babauta
I’ve been trying to change my life for the better for awhile now, including simplifying, getting fitter and healthier, and trying to get greener — and in the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of researching into reducing my carbon footprint as well.
And while there are hundreds or even thousands of things we can do to reduce the resources we consume and the emissions we produce, I’ve been focusing on three areas that have the biggest impacts...
Exercise & Fitness
by Diane Cesa
Happy Yoga Month everyone! Unfortunately, when I started my yoga journey, there was no Yoga Month. I had little in the way of yoga awareness, so I had to unleash my curiosity and hunt around for information...
Editor's Note: This is a wonderful guide to online resources for Kundalini classes and information...
by Bret Glass, MA
Scratching behavior for cats is a natural form of self-expression that satisfies multiple needs associated with health and well-being. Scratching provides a natural manicure that strips the outer sheath, or layer of the claw, for hygienic purposes; allows stretching of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons for health and vitality...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Almost half of all pet cats in the United States are declawed. Bret Glass offers a fabulous fortress, education and alternative resources to help cats keep their claws. Join Bret's Go Pro-Paw Movement, or add a suggestion for 100 ways to keep from declawing your cat.
Animals & Pets
Editor's Note: Dr. Alan Greene provides resources for parents seeking information on raising children in a healthy, earth-friendly environment. For more information visit www.DrGreene.com.
Eco-Products & Services
by Linda Melos, ND
Silver amalgam dental fillings are actually only 35% silver. 50% or more of the amalgam is mercury – which is the 2nd most toxic metal on this planet, and the most toxic non-radioactive metal. The manifestations of chronic low-grade mercury poisoning tend to start 3 to 10 years after placing mercury in the mouth.
Editor's Note: This article explains some of the history of amalgam fillings, what they are made up of, and signs that they may need to be removed. Dr. Melos also offers some great resources on where we find more information about mercury exposure.
by Carol Lawrence
Parenting is not an easy job but in my opinion it's the best job anyone could ever have. The children of today are the future of tomorrow. Today we have so many more tools available and so much more knowledge than when our parents were raising us. Such as the fact that our thoughts and emotions have a huge impact on our bodies...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Conscious parenting is really connecting with parents these days as they are searching for new and creative open ways to raise their children. We are thrilled to see this happening. We've been writing publicly about conscious parenting topics since 2009. Both of us raised our families in this manner when there was no conscious parenting resources to pull from. Here's an older article from the vault. We'd love your feedback and to hear your thoughts.
Family & Parenting
by Marilyn Scholl
Cooperative Development Services has developed a model for the development of food cooperatives – Four Cornerstones in Three Stages. The model is based upon the four cornerstones of vision, talent, capital, and systems that are each within three stages of food co-op development: organizing, feasibility and planning, and implementation. The four cornerstones comprise the attributes of a successful start-up within the three stages. The vision of Food Co-op Initiative is to support faster and more efficient start-ups by providing assistance and resources all the way through the development process.
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