Guest Blogger

Happy, Healthy Aging…Part 3

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Guest Blogger, Natural Aging, Nutrition | 0 comments

By Maureen McDonnell, RN  “Aging”, as Betty Davis once said “is not for sissies”, and I agree.  Healthy, happy aging is not about looking 40 when you are 60 or 60 when you’re 80.  It’s more about applying common sense strategies in order to stay sharp, minimize one’s chances for developing heart disease and cancer and doing what we can to keep our bones and immune system strong.  More importantly, it’s about feeling vital, having fun and enjoying life!  Contrary to what most of us have been conditioned to believe, now more than ever, healthy aging is a real possibility! So, while we practice positive thinking and calming our minds, we also need to remember to take our...

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Happy, Healthy Aging…Part 2

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Guest Blogger, Natural Aging | 0 comments

By Maureen McDonnell, RN Since most of us now understand and accept the concept that our thoughts and attitudes determine a great deal about our reality, I’ve decided that the typical negative belief system regarding aging (namely physical and mental decline) is no longer a part of my mindset.  “Isn’t that just being naïve?” you might ask.   Not really…I am keenly aware of the indisputable fact that:  no one gets out of this life- alive!  However, studies are now showing that individuals who live long, healthy lives are typically ones who have a positive view on aging, have worked at minimizing stress, eat and live close to nature and make a conscious decision to be...

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Happy, Healthy Aging…Part 1

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Guest Blogger, Natural Aging | 0 comments

By Maureen McDonnell, RN Welcome guest blogger, Maureen McDonnell!  Maureen has been a holistic, nutritionally-oriented RN for 37 years.  She is the health editor of WNC Woman Magazine, the Medical Coordinator of the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer in New Mexico, the cofounder of Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet (   Maureen spends her days researching, writing and presenting on ways we can optimize our health by consuming nutrient-dense, whole foods, reducing our exposure to toxins and practicing happiness. She lives with her husband H in the amazing mountains of North Carolina and is blessed with 7 grandchildren.  Over the next couple of weeks Maureen...

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Stretching – THE Ignored Component to Health & Wellness

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Functional Medicine, Guest Blogger | 0 comments

Tara Johnson, featured in Dr. Deanna’s Healing Handook, is a guest writer on the blog this week!  Tara is a Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine.  She is the owner of Get Fit for Life where her goal is to help clients set goals, work a plan and adapt their behaviors to live a full and fit life. Exercise is an important part of staying healthy, but Tara is here to remind us that stretching is a critical component for a healthy body.Stretching may be the most important aspect of physical fitness and the most neglected. Stretching has two components – flexibility and elasticity. Flexibility is the body’s ability to move...

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