Gluten Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo 2017

2-gfafexpo-dal2017-natawkngs-235x235The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, a lifestyle show focused on providing gluten-free food samples, education by health practitioners and other products for people with gluten issues and various food allergies, takes place in Dallas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 28, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 29, at the Dallas Market North Hall.




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Learn Sustainable  Garden to Table Skills The School of Permaculture

Learn Sustainable  Garden to Table Skills The School of Permaculture (SOP) is offering a Whole Systems Gardening class over two weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 19, 20, 26 and 27, at their suburban location in Plano. Founder and owner Nicholas Burtner says, “Gardening is not just about putting plants in the ground, the same way architecture is not only concerned with plumbing. Our comprehensive course gives you the skills and hands-on experience that make up the cyclical series of events we call gardening.” Continue Reading

The Newcomers Guide to Gardening in North Texas


The Newcomers Guide to Gardening in North Texas event, held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., September 16, at the at Collin College Higher Education Center, is designed for Texas transplants, those new to gardening or people that just want to learn more about how to be a successful gardener. Continue Reading

Improving Air Quality in North Texas

IAir North Texas - NCTCOGn 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated 10 counties in North Central Texas as failing to meet the 2008 eight-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Residents can work together to improve the region’s air quality by making small, impactful changes in behavior on June 23, Clean Air Action Day, sponsored by Air North Texas, a regional campaign and partnership that seeks to improve North Texas air.

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Free Nerve Screening for Children

nb_healthworks-christy-img_4215-crvs-adjDr. Christy Porterfield, co-owner of HealthWorks, in Plano, has recently completed specialized advanced pediatric training, and will be holding an open house with free screenings for children up to 13 years old from 9 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m., May 31.

The purpose of the screenings is to help discover nerve inflammation, which Porterfield says can be difficult to diagnose in a child because it often hides behind other health problems like fussiness, a clicking or popping shoulder, inability to sleep, frequent colds or illness, digestive difficulties or reflux.




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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life

fs_0517_pregnantwoman_200267435“ A woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth.

Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.”

Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

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The Unseen Trauma of Birth

sb_traumaofbirth-asby-img_8641-adjPregnancy and birth are two of the most beautiful and miraculous events any woman will experience. Our bodies are designed to develop and then usher the baby into the world through the birth process. However, anyone that has seen a birth can attest to how traumatic it can be for both Mom and baby.

Tauma to the infant occurs as the baby is displaced from the fetal position, and then extended and forced through the birth canal. This alone is traumatic, but often some form of invasive intervention such as induction, C-section, vacuum extraction or forceps is required, adding more trauma to the event.

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Guidelines to Successful Natural Motherhood

sb_alina-pregnancy-pixabay-woman-1246318-adjAny pregnant mother’s biggest wish is to have a health baby, and child’s health starts with Mom’s health. There is a growing trend of children having more chronic conditions like allergies and behavior challenges, and one way to reverse and stop this is to make sure that mom’s health is optimal, even before conception. The three pillars of health maintenance: diet, exercise and stress management, are more important than ever for a woman that wants to give birth. Here are some easy-to-follow lifestyle guidelines that can maximize a woman’s chances of having a thriving baby.





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Reflexology Exhibits Many Healing Benefits

article-dorey-reflexology-pic-from-her-ad-adjReflexology is the study and practice of working the reflexes of the feet and hands or ears that correspond to other parts of the body. It is based on the principle that there are reflex points connected to every organ and gland in the body.



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