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Ask The Herbalist: Causes of Men's & Women's Health

We reached out to one of our local, recently graduated Clinical Herbalists, Shelly Olson - owner of SO Herbal, to help define general health complications among the sexes. Shelly and I were in the same herbal courses, taught by local Herbalist Nicholas Schnell through North Star Herbal Studies program located in Four Winds Natural Healing Center. Early on, I had to stop my herbal courses, however my education continued as my wife is also a Clinical Herbalist and I will forever be exchanging theory and ideas with her, learning and being pulled deeper into the Herbal world. Shelly continued her education through the 3-year intensive and has now received the official title as Clinical Herbalist - ready to change the world...

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Ask the Herbalist: Compare and Contrast Men's & Women's Health

Generally speaking, men and women have very different, yet similar, health concerns. The state of imbalance does not favor one sex over the other, however the different sexes may be prone to certain imbalances based on diets and expected social standards. The environment in which we live in (and grow up in) has a high impact on our overall well-being, especially mental health. I always believe that the first step in a healthy approach to living is a healthy mental-state of well-being. My mom, who has been a nurse of many kinds over the years, has always told me “If your perspective towards life is happy and healthy, then your physical health will follow” and I believe this whole-heartedly. My...

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The Arrival of Spring

Spring is here!!!  I can hardly contain my excitement.  While I’ve grown to appreciate all of the seasons, I can’t resist picking my favorite – yes, it’s SPRING!!!  Perhaps it’s my fondness of tiny fluffy bunnies and chicks, or early spring bloomers like tulips, crocuses and bloodroot, or maybe that my birthday is in spring.  In a rare moment, the vernal equinox arrives on the prairie with unusually warm temps and sunshine. I start this special day with my morning ritual of coffee and quiet on my back porch.  Geese fly overhead, pairs of cardinals are joined in song by a few brave robins, who’ve returned to their summer home in my back yard.  The connections to the natural flow...

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Ask The Herbalist: Liver & Gallbladder Function

The liver, by far, is the most abused organ of the body. With stress, hectic lifestyles, coffee to stimulate us, alcohol to bring us down, diets lacking real nutrition, and staying up all hours of the night, our poor livers are bombarded left and right. It takes the brunt of our bad choices, to protect the rest of the body from harm. Like a soldier in a war, it fights to keep us healthy. If the liver is strong enough to withstand all our torment, imagine what it could for you if the war ended.

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Veterinary Alternatives

“At Five Elements Veterinary Alternatives, our mission is to provide and integrative approach to improve the wellness, comfort, performance, and longevity of your animal companion. Our treatment strategies are based on philosophy that the body contains the innate ability to heal itself. The therapeutic modalities that we offer – chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbs, rehabilitation therapy, and nutritional counseling – simply help remove barriers to natural healing and allow the body to return to balance. Our veterinarians are also well-grounded in Western veterinary medical practice and seek to add a rational, professional approach to alternative therapies with proven results.

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