Pursuit of Health Blog

Is Paleo the Way to Go?

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines Many people ask me what the Paleo diet is all about. For the most part, it is a great way to eat! It is often referred to as the “caveman diet,” or “hunter-gatherer” diet, as it focuses on eating the way our ancestors did. There...

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Who is Monsanto: Part 2

A Comprehensive Look at the Past, Present & Future of Monsanto Part 2: Present by Senior Clinician Victoria Fisher Monsanto has come a long way from the floundering start-up company it once was. Today, Monsanto is the world’s leading manufacturer of GM seeds, and...

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Know the Risks Associated with Tattoos!

by Associate Clinician Felicia Pasquale Did you know that four out of every ten people born after 1980 have a tattoo? Tattoos come in all shapes and sizes, can be put almost anywhere, and are all the rage these days. However, how much do we know about how it is...

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Dirty Dozen vs. Clean 15

by Associate Clinician Alicia Leonhardt Have you ever found yourself in the grocery store or farmers market wondering which produce items to buy organic and which ones are safe to purchase as conventional (non-organic)? What are the differences between the two anyway?...

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Who is Monsanto: Part 1

A Comprehensive Look at the Past, Present & Future of Monsanto Part 1: Past by Senior Clinician Victoria Fisher Over the last 20 years, American agriculture has been taken over and practically monopolized by the “big bad wolf” of the biotech industry: Monsanto....

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Ketogenic Diet: Friend or Foe?

by Associate Clinician Felicia Pasquale Want to lose weight, feel more energy than you have ever felt before, and clean up your brain fog? Consider a ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet focuses on burning fat, providing your body with a steady source of energy, and...

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines There is no way around it: good food is expensive. It is definitely cheaper to eat unhealthy foods. When you are on a budget, it is important to consider where sacrifices can be made to save money. Ways to save money like buying...

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Condiments: Friend or Foe?

by Associate Clinician Kate McNerney We are a culture of flavors! We like our ketchup, mustard, mayo, hot sauce, and dressings…anything to flavor up our meals. The real questions is, are they good for us? Sadly, the majority of popular branded condiments are full of...

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Are You Always Cold?

by Senior Clinician Victoria Fisher As a clinician, one of the most common symptoms I hear about among clients is that they are always cold. For some people, being cold is just a nuisance, while for others, it’s almost unbearable. There are numerous reasons why people...

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How to Eat Healthy at College

by Associate Clinician Kate McNerney I remember the feeling of touring colleges, looking for all the pros and cons of campus life. What were the classrooms like? Do I like the dorm rooms? Are there fun activity/hang out areas? Sadly, I never thought to really hone in...

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How to Decipher Food Labels

by Senior Clinician Victoria Fisher When I was a new client, changing to the Well of Life way of eating was a daunting task. I vividly remember spending three hours every time I went to the grocery store scouring the aisles, reading food labels, and trying to figure...

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How to Eat Healthy on the Go!

by Associate Clinician Kate McNerney Life can be crazy! We all have those days, or even those weeks, where we feel like prepping, planning, and pre-thinking our meals is near to impossible. Many of my clients will come in and ask the same question: “Where can I go and...

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How Much Does It Cost to be Healthy?

by Regional Manager Rebecca Wilwert Possibly the number one reason why people hesitate to pursue a healthy lifestyle is the COST. Every person makes countless decisions each day that will impact their health, some conscious and some unconscious, but cost factors in to...

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What Does a Clinician’s Fridge Look Like Inside?

by Associate Clinician Alicia Leonhardt Sometimes clients ask what we clinicians really eat... Well, I am going to get very real with you all today and show you a photo of the inside of my refrigerator! This is not a fancy picture for you all; it is what I saw when I...

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Pumpkins: A Harvest of Nutrients

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines This time of year, pumpkins and other squash are at their peak. There are so many varieties to choose from and so many uses for them that can benefit our bodies. They are more than just decorations for the fall season! Did you...

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You Should Be a Locavore!

by Associate Clinician Victoria Fisher What is a Locavore? You’ve heard of carnivores and herbivores, but what is a LOCAVORE???? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a locavore as “a person who eats foods grown locally whenever possible.” The term was coined in 2005 by...

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School Lunches Can Be Healthy AND Enjoyable!

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines Packing a healthy lunch for your child is one thing; to have them eat it is another! There are ways to make healthy lunches exciting and delicious for your kids. If your child helps you pick things out at the store, they are more...

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Which Birth Control Method is Right for You?

by Associate Clinician Victoria Fisher For thousands of years, men and women have gone to great lengths to prevent pregnancy. Condoms were developed around 3000 BC, spermicides were used as early as 1500 BC, and diaphragms were invented in the 1830s. But it wasn’t...

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How to Eat Like a Well of Life Clinician

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines We often have clients ask us Clinicians what we eat, and what an example menu looks like in a day. First, let me start by saying I really enjoy food! I cannot eat the same thing over and over again. I like to have fun and be...

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What is Small and Mighty at the Same Time?

by Associate Clinician Alicia Leonhardt Chia seeds are one of the hottest superfoods these days. Did you know that chia seeds come from the flowering plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint plant, and native to South America? The Mayan and Aztec cultures...

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What’s The Big Deal With pH?

by Associate Clinician Victoria Fisher Some basic facts pH is a measure of hydrogen ion concentration. An acid is a substance that can donate hydrogen ions, while a base is a substance that accepts hydrogen ions. pH scales range from 0 (pure acid) to 14 (pure base). A...

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Making Water More Exciting to Drink

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines Water is the most important nutrient in the body. It makes up 55-60% of our total body mass. Some of the roles of water are: transportation of nutrients, cushioning of bones and joints, removal of waste, flushing of toxins, and...

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How Can I Dine Out and Not Compromise My Health?

by Associate Clinician Felicia Pasquale Eating healthy and staying healthy definitely involves making changes to our diet and lifestyle. However, to make it a lifelong change, these changes or tweaks need to be adapted into our everyday life so that we can go to...

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Coconut Water – They Aren’t All the Same

by Associate Clinician Kate McNerney It seems like every time you walk through the water aisle or a health food store, there are new coconut waters popping up. They come in cans, boxes, plastic bottles, glasses bottles. They are flavored with pineapple, mango, and...

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4th of July Black Bean Brownies

by Associate Clinician Kate McNerney The 4th of July is coming quickly upon us…and invitations to picnics and social events are coming along with it. Picnics are wonderful. It’s so exciting when the invitations come...and then you see the note at the bottom that says...

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Soaked Baked Oatmeal

by Associate Clinician Alicia Leonhardt Soaked baked oatmeal is a staple in our home for our busy weekday mornings. If you make it up ahead of time, you can just place it right in the oven the morning you would like to eat it. It does take a little bit of planning...

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Fun in the Sun!

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines It’s finally that time of year - pool days, outside play, beach days... Along with these fun activities is the concern to protect your skin from the sun. Before discussing ways to protect yourself from too much sun, remember that...

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Picnic Your Heart Out!

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines It’s picnic season again! Whether it is a graduation picnic, 4th of July, or another outside celebration, you probably have an event coming up that requires you to bring a dish. Unless you are asked to bring a certain food, it’s...

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GMO Salmon May Be Coming To Your Local Supermarket!

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines Genetically modified salmon was recently approved by the FDA. It is the first genetically altered animal to be cleared in America. AquAdvantage Salmon is made by AquaBounty Technologies. They have been trying to have it approved...

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Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

by Associate Clinician Alicia Leonhardt Apple cider vinegar has many uses, from operating as a cleaning product, to making your skin beautiful, to helping your body digest foods properly. When purchasing, you want to look for a raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with...

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Need More Sleep?

by Associate Clinician Christa Haines Many people suffer not just from lack of sleep, but also quality. It is important for the body to go into REM sleep, which is a deep restorative, healing sleep. We need at least 6 uninterrupted hours of sleep for organ healing....

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The Scoop on Vitamin D

by Associate Clinician Felicia Pasquale I frequently have new clients tell me they just got their blood test results back from their doctor and their vitamin D levels are low, even though they have been taking a vitamin D supplement for months, or even years. There is...

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Allergies Are For The Birds

by Associate Clinician Felicia Pasquale Just about this time of year, my newer clients will tell me their allergies are starting to flare up. What are allergies really? Should our bodies really be allergic to pollen, ragweed, and mold? Aren’t those things found in...

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Chocolate’s Good Side

by Associate Clinician Victoria Fisher Easter is coming up this weekend, and many of us are filling our baskets with all sorts of goodies. Many Easter treats are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavors, and GMO ingredients. You don’t have to...

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Dying Easter Eggs the Natural Way

by Associate Clinician Alicia Leonhardt Believe it or not, Easter is next week! One of the most fun things to do for Easter is dye Easter eggs. First things first, if you are planning on eating the eggs you are going to dye, choose an egg that has been pasture-raised,...

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What Eggs Should I Buy?

by Associate Clinician Victoria Fisher Cage free, free range, organic…what do they all mean? How do I know what eggs are best? Do I really need to spend more money on eggs? All those labels can get confusing, and it can be difficult to know what to buy for your...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Acupuncture

by Acupuncturist Emily Urie Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that is related to the changes in the seasons. Symptoms usually start in the fall and continue into winter. The symptoms that are usually associated with fall/winter SAD can be......

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Why Is Wheat Bad For Me?

by Associate Clinician Felicia Pasquale Wheat had been around for thousands of years. Wheat is referred to as the "staff of life" in the Bible. Eziekel 4:9 says, "Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to...

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Want to Lose Weight?

by Associate Clinician Felicia Pasquale I would say one of the number one goals many clients have when coming to the Well of Life Center is to lose weight. What they don’t realize is that you can’t force the body to lose weight and keep it off if it’s not in a good...

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Protect Yourself Against EMFs

by Ottsville and Doylestown Facilities Manager Kim Cromptom We certainly live in an electronic- and technology-filled world, don't we? I confess, there may have been a moment or two in my life where I have found myself working on my laptop, playing music on my iPad,...

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The Countdown is Here!

by Associate Clinician Alicia Leonhardt There are 30 days until Christmas, the celebration of the birth of our Savior.  Within this month, we will celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, have many family, friend, and work gatherings, experience lots of cooking baking...

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No Pain, No Gain?

by Lisa Hendricks, LMT, CMLDT I'm sure you have heard the saying, "No pain, no gain." Well, this is not necessarily the case when it comes to massage. The truth is, every person is different. Some people are more sensitive to pressure than others, and there is such a...

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Is Your Smartphone Giving You Wrinkles?

by Dr. Jon Gindhart I recently came across an article that referenced a study commissioned by Yves St. Laurent, a cosmetics company, that stated that prolonged smartphone use can cause wrinkles.  I know what you're thinking...of course a cosmetics company funded this...

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A Sticky Situation

by Associate Clinician Megan Kitchie Are you a gum chewer? I used to be, too. Before I came to the Well of Life, I chewed gum throughout the day to freshen my breath, settle my stomach, calm my nerves, and after just about everything I ate. In fact, no meal seemed...

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Affects of EMFs

by Michelle Malloch Sometimes it can be difficult to believe that something is hurting your body unless you can physically see the danger or receive a harmful immediate response first hand. I think that is why it can be difficult to believe and understand the harmful...

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The Truth Behind Soy

by Associate Clinician Felicia Pasquale Many of my clients often ask me what is the best food they can eat and what is the worst food they can eat. I tell them kale is definitely the best food and soy is one of the worst. Soy carries a multitude of sins; one of them...

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Electromagnetic Frequencies

by Associate Clinician Megan Kitchie Did you ever stop to think about what happens in your body when you go to sleep at night? After a day filled with activity or rest, food choices (both good and bad), encouraging conversations and stressful moments, you lie down at...

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Do you or your children suffer from Text Neck?

by Dr. Jon Gindhart, DC How many of us use a cell phone on a daily basis? Or work on a computer? Or a tablet? Just about all of us! Text Neck is a recent phenomenon that has been attributed to the prolonged use of these devices. Text Neck is described as pain and...

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What is MLD?

Your lymphatic system can be compared to a highway. It contains over 600 “collection sites” called lymph nodes and has a network of collecting vessels more extensive than the venous system. Running through the system on a continual basis, transporting white blood...

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Going Bananas For Bananas

Bananas are a favorite fruit of many, and it's not hard to see why: bananas are inexpensive, delicious, and they come in their own carrying case! But those aren't the only reasons to add bananas into your diet. Read on to learn more about the many health benefits...

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Your Endocrine System: The Key to a Happy Body

Your endocrine system plays an incredibly important role in the health and functionality of your body. It is responsible for every hormone secreted in your body, and controls things like your sleep, emotions, metabolism, digestion, reproduction, stress response,...

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Super Foods: Sprouts

Walking through the aisles of the grocery store, it's not hard to see that much of the Standard American Diet is processed, overcooked, bleached, irradiated, genetically modified, and full of refined sugar, preservatives, pesticides, artificial colors and flavors,...

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Functional Fitness

"Functional fitness" seems to be a buzz word in health and wellness these days.  Here at the Well, health, wellness, and fitness have always been about function. So what is "functional fitness"? Functional fitness is about training and developing your body to function...

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Picnics and Parties

by Associate Clinician Victoria Fisher It’s that time of year when we’re all invited to picnics, graduation parties, and Fourth of July celebrations. And that means the all-American barbeque is right around the corner. And who wants to be left out or insult their...

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Spring Into Action!

Well, spring is in the air, and summer is nearing closer... it's time to get that body moving!  Whether you walk, run, dance, or bike - get that heart pumping!  Start by moving your body just 20 minutes a day; it will thank you!  20 minutes can oxygenate your blood,...

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How To Eat Seasonally In Winter

Eating seasonally is easy and enjoyable in the spring and summer months, when garden vegetables abound and the orchard trees and bushes are heavy with ripe fruit.  However, while things look a little more bleak in the winter, you still have some delicious choices to...

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Christmastime Is Here!

As you are trying to navigate your holiday parties and get-togethers while still making wise decisions as it relates to your diet, why don’t you try some of these delicious Well of Life Approved dishes! Spinach Artichoke Dip 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained...

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Become Battle Ready!

The holidays are just around the corner! Unfortunately, so is cold and flu season. Your doctor (or employer, or school, or next-door neighbor) may be recommending the flu shot, but is that the right choice??? Flu shots (also available in a nasal spray) are formulated...

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A Healthy Bump

Are you trying to get pregnant? Are you thinking about getting pregnant in the next year or two? Well, you may be surprised to know that there is more that goes in to getting pregnant than just sperm + egg = baby. Or at least there should be. A woman’s body goes...

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Good Local Restaurants

We all like to eat out now and then, but finding a restaurant that serves up tasty, healthy choices can be a difficult feat. Hopefully this list can help you out. Here are some great restaurants in the area that use fresh, local, or organic meats, fruits, and...

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Food Facts: The Free-Range Egg

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Ok, so we don't actually have the answer to that question.  My guess is the chicken.  BUT, we do have some great information for you about those dichromatic ovoids that we call eggs.  More specifically, the  free-range egg....

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Vacation Time!

Are you going on vacation this summer? Do you want to know how to stay healthy while still enjoying a break from your everyday routine? Follow these tips from our “How to Vacation the Well of Life Way” lecture to ensure you come home feeling relaxed and refreshed! Do...

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Two Easter Sides

Try out one or both of these great recipes for your Easter Dinner!!! Carrot Bisque 6 pounds carrots, peeled and diced into 1/2" chunks 1 large onion, chopped 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons curry powder 1 teaspoon sea salt Black pepper,...

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Storing Your Fruits and Veggies

Do you ever wonder how to store all of your healthy, delicious fruits and vegetables?  Here is a guide to help you make sure to get the most out of every bit of produce. Apples: Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They give off a lot of ethylene gas, so do not...

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Loving Your Liver

The liver is one of the busiest organs in your body.  Weighing in at around 3 pounds, it is the largest organ inside the body, and it is responsible for an estimated 500 functions.  Among these are converting the thyroid's hormones for use in the body, processing the...

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Chemical Body

 January 1st serves as the starting point for many diets, exercise programs, and overall body improvements.  The phrase "New Year, New You" brings to many hope and a renewed determination to become a better version of themselves.  However, let the...

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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

This recipe is a great choice for any holiday party you will host or attend.  Just be sure to make a lot, because they go fast! Ingredients: 12 medjool dates 12 1/2-inch cubes manchego cheese 6 pieces uncured bacon, cut in half Preheat broiler.  Make a slit in the...

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A Note From Tony: Cold and Flu

The cold and flu season is here - are you ready?  Most people know that viruses enter our bodies through the mucous membranes.  We either encounter them from another person coughing or sneezing, or by touching an object that has the virus on it.  Then we touch our...

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What the Frack?

We have recently become aware of a potential health concern spreading through our area, and we would like to pass the word on to you. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a relatively new method of releasing petroleum, natural gas, or coal seam gas from from rock...

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Become a Locavore!

The autumn season presents a great opportunity to explore local farms and orchards that offer fresh food and produce with exceptional flavor, nutrients, and beauty. The greatest advantage to eating locally grown fruits and vegetables is that they are harvested at peak...

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Healthy Halloween?

Halloween leads all other US holidays in candy sales, beating Easter, Christmas, and Valentines Day by a wide margin.  So how do you keep your family on track when you're trying to avoid sugar, while also avoiding any tantrums thrown by disappointed children?  Read...

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Fall Fruit Cobbler

4 ripe Bosc pears 6 McIntosh apples 3/4 cup dried cranberries 1 teaspoon grated orange zest 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup sucanat sugar 1/4 cup spelt...

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Get Your Nap On

You may think naptime is just for kids, but studies are showing that napping can have great benefits for adults as well!  Check them out below... Napping Enhances Your Memory Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley as well as the University of Haifa in...

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What Is Whole Food Nutrition?

If you are a client of the Well of Life Center, you have probably heard us refer to our supplements as "Whole Food Nutrition."  You may have wondered what exactly this means, and why we feel they are so important.  Read on for what Standard Process, maker the whole...

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A Note From Kate

Have you ever wondered why "dieters" are encouraged to eat veggies and protein and ditch the grains?  It is not to make their lives miserable.  It is actually to minimize the work load of the digestive process.  The less the body needs to work to break food down, the...

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Zucchini Bread

Are you wondering what to do with all of the zucchini growing from your garden?  Or maybe you just love zucchini bread.  Either way, read on for a great, Well of Life Approved recipe for delicious zucchini bread.  Make it as is, or add other nuts, dried fruit, or even...

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What About Water?

If you are a client of the Well of Life Center, you should know the importance of drinking water.  Your body, being make up of 75% water, may need more water than you realize to function properly; in fact, your daily requirement of water is half of your body weight in...

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Food Facts: Soaked Nuts

Did you know that the healthiest way to eat nuts is by soaking them raw first?  The process of soaking raw nuts removes their naturally-occurring enzyme inhibitors, whose presence makes digestion difficult and sometimes uncomfortable or painful.  Soaking nuts also...

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Creamy Coleslaw

Try this great Well of Life Approved recipe for your 4th of July picnic! Ingredients: 4-5 cups green cabbage, shredded 1 cup safflower mayonnaise 1/3 cup agave nectar 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon mustard Dash of salt Optional: shredded carrot and red...

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Food Facts: Raw Dairy

A very common question we get asked here at the Well is, "What is raw dairy, and why do you recommend it?" Raw dairy products are made from milk that has not been pasteurized.  The pasteurization of milk was instituted in the 1920's, and it involves a process in which...

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A Note From Jon: Chiropractic Techniques

Since my chiropractic techniques are very gentle and do not involve any twisting or cracking of the spine, I always get asked by my patients what I think about "those guys" who do.  First, a properly given adjustment delivered at the right time and to the right...

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Beauty From The Inside Out

Do you want that glow of health and radiance that make people wonder what you do for it? It goes deeper than what you put on your skin! Ageless beauty comes from giving the body the proper nutrition on a cellular level. Read on for some tips on everything you should...

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A Note From Michelle: Posture

by Massage Therapist Michelle Young It's time to start thinking a little differently as to what position we hold our bodies. Let us begin with our driving posture. Reevaluate your current hand position, head and shoulder position, and the distance at the legs. So...

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Food Facts: Coconut Oil

What is coconut oil, and what do I do with it? We have heard this question over and over from our clients. Most people are, unfortunately, either uninformed or misinformed about the great benefits of coconut oil, and there are many! Coconut oil comes from the meat of...

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A Note From Victoria: Why I Chose the Well

Growing up, I planned on being a doctor or a researcher in pharmaceuticals. I wanted to help people get better.  My life took a different path, and I became a nurse, but still with the intention of helping people. I even turned to modern medicine for my own health...

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Strawberry Romaine Salad

Are you looking for a delicious salad to complete your Easter dinner?  Try this great Well of Life Approved recipe! Strawberry Romaine Salad 2 Tablespoons agave nectar 1/3 cup sliced almonds 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and torn 1/2 cup green onions, sliced 2 cups...

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A Note From Jon

This my opening blog, and I wanted to first talk about my decision to join the Well of Life as their chiropractor.  I had been practicing in my own solo practice for 6 years when I was introduced to the Well and decided that it was time to combine forces and offer my...

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Cooking Techniques: Steaming Vegetables

You may have heard us recommend that one of the best ways to cook your vegetables is by steaming them.  Steaming retains your vegetable's taste, texture, and, most importantly, nutritional content while cooking.  It also usually keeps the vegetables crisper and is...

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Food Facts: Honey

Did you know that honey is considered the only food that never goes bad? Archaeologists have discovered honey in ancient Egyptian tombs, and have reported it edible! Honey, produced by honeybees from the nectar of flowers, has many beneficial qualities. Throughout...

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Welcome, Friends!

Welcome to the Well of Life blog! Here, you will find tips, recipes, notes on wellness, or just thoughts from our clinicians, all aimed at helping you along your “Pursuit of Health”. Thanks for joining...

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