Happy Halloween From Village Green Apothecary

Village Green Apothecary would like to wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween!

Here are some tips to ensure that your little ones have a fun and memorable time.

1. Only go to houses that have lights on.

2. Never eat any candy before it is thoroughly inspected.

3. Add reflective taping to costumes so that your children are easily seen.

4. Have fun!!

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Sunday Radio Show: Chronic Stress and High Cortisol Levels

Host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Erin Stokes will be discussing chronic stress and high cortisol levels.

Dr. Erin Stokes, ND received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr Universityin 2001. The focus of her practice at Lotus Naturopathic Clinic in Boulder, Colorado is postpartum health and wellness. She truly enjoys educating others, and has taught Western Pathology and Psychology of Healing at Southwest Acupuncture College. Dr. Stokes is the Director of Education at MegaFood.

Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web. Our shows are streamed everywhere.

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Tired? Tips For Fighting Fatigue

I am exhausted! By far, this is the most common concern I hear from men and women alike. Fatigue can be very difficult and discouraging to deal with, and also extremely tough to treat because there are so many possible causes including lifestyle, diet, and stress.

The most obvious and seemingly simple reason for fatigue is a lack of sleep. As a general rule, we want to be aiming to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Following these tips, will also help you get a more restful sleep so that you are more energized during the day.

But what if you have a condition that is hijacking your ability to have a good night sleep? Continue reading “Tired? Tips For Fighting Fatigue”

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Get Rid of Head Lice Naturally

I don’t think there is anything that parents fear most, than their children coming home with head lice. Just thinking about is making my skin crawl! Unfortunately, millions of kids contract these teeny tiny blood sucking lice every year.

Head lice lay tiny teardrop-shaped, whitish eggs in shells called nits. The nits attach to individual hairs with a tough, gluey cement, making them impossible to remove with ordinary shampooing. After a seven- to 10-day incubation period, the nits hatch, leaving behind a dull gray casing. They mature within a week and start the cycle again.

Lice are very contagious and spread through direct contact. So when kids lie together or touch heads, or when their toys touch or when they share hair brushes lice can be spread easily. And, then guess what…they spread it all over the house when they come home.

Although lice do not carry disease, they are super itchy and uncomfortable for those that are affected.

Since fall seems to be the time of year that lice spread, here are some handy tips to help decrease the likelihood of your child bringing them home. Continue reading “Get Rid of Head Lice Naturally”

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How Stress Impacts the Way You Look, Feel and Live

How does chronic stress show itself? We see it in the form of digestive problems, irritability, insomnia, unstable mood, skin disorders, aging, weight gain, fatigue, poor wound healing, muscle tension and strain, back and neck pain, upper respiratory infections, a suppressed immune system, a range of diseases and more. The list is endless.

Many of us combat the symptoms of stress by using self medicating behaviors such as overeating, binge eating behavior, emotional eating, mindless eating, overspending, drinking, smoking and other reckless behaviors designed to numb, calm or distract us from our stress.

The only effective way to deal with stress is by first understanding how your body reacts to stress through ways like shallow breathing as opposed to deep and relaxed, poor digestion, overheating, sour stomach, muscle tension, etc. Once that’s identified, it’s important to identify the stress trigger (the people, place, action, event) which causes you stress. Once you’ve found that answer, you may want to accept the idea that the stress trigger probably won’t change…but the way you handle it can.

Of course, when it comes to reducing our stress, we can simply start saying “no” more often and take on less. So much of our stress is self imposed based on expectations we’ve designed for ourselves. Unfortunately, this extreme pressure can’t help but take a toll on the way we look, feel and live. Also, when we find ways to take on less we are often better able to stay true to what’s really important to us.

How can you stress less? I’d love to know. Please comment and share!



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Our Bloggers

  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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  • Margo Gladding
    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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  • Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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  • Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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  • Debi Silber
    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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  • Teri Cochrane
    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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  • Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
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  • Susan Levin
    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
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  • Rob Brown
    Dr. Rob Brown
    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
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October 2011