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In light of Earth Day approaching, I’m calling all fashionistas to reduce your carbon footprint by checking out some eco-friendly clothing brands and designers. But buyer beware: Some companies that claim to offer “organic” or “sustainable” clothing might be frauds—throwing around the term “green” just to hop on the trendy eco bandwagon. Legitimate, environmentally-friendly, and sustainable clothing goes beyond organically-grown materials, too. International labor laws, fair and ethical working practices, and the product's impact on our planet are also things to keep in mind when purchasing anything labeled “sustainable.” Here are a few American designers with fair practices and clothing you can count on...
April 17, 2014
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When I was a kid, I absolutely loved spaghetti. I ate it the messy way, of course: twirling the pasta around my fork until a giant noodle ball formed, then shoving said noodle ball into my mouth and leaving crusty remnants of red sauce in the corners of my lips. Kids love messy foods—or, they somehow manage to make non-messy foods into messy foods—and I was no exception. I just could not get enough spaghetti. One day, someone tried to feed me lasagna. (I don’t recall exactly which family member attempted this feeding. Probably my grandmother.) To be brief, this did not go over very well with my childhood self. Although obsessed with spaghetti, there was absolutely no way I was about to eat some wavy-noodled, crumbly-white-cheese concoction that looked like steamy,...
April 09, 2014
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The Modern Steam Shower: What You Get When You Combine a Waterfall with a Sauna Have you ever wondered how the modern shower came into being? If you’re still scratching your head, look back to the last time you saw a waterfall. That roaring mass of water, plunging from a height, was the earliest shower in human civilisation. Many people would spend hours gazing at the majestic waterfall. No one does that for the humble shower – unfortunately. Several people would associate the Roman Empire with conquests, chariot races and fierce emperors. However, not many would credit it for contributing to the popularity of saunas or steam baths. The Ancient Roman baths served as important backdrops to various community and social functions. Natural hot springs supplied the water for...
April 08, 2014
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America’s craft beer craze is in full-swing and shows no sign of slowing down. The Brewers Association estimates there are more than 2,400 craft breweries in the US, which is up from 89 in the late 70s. So when sitting down for a cold brew at your local pub, or browsing aisles of beer at the liquor store, why not consider expanding your craft beer palette? Organic beers are not only friendlier to the environment and your own body than what we might consider a traditional cold one, but they also harness the fresh and delightful flavors of certified organic, and usually locally grown, fresh ingredients. Organic brewers stress that going green won’t have to mean compromising those rich and unique flavors you know and love from your favorite craft brewers. Because like Jack...
March 31, 2014
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As I begin a new adventure with the Alternative Medicine and Natural Solutions family, it is with great pleasure that I bring you my personal wellness blog, which will focus on my own journey to a better and healthier lifestyle. My first blog inspiration came via dinner party in which a dear friend of mine put a new vegetarian spin on one of my all-time favorites—spaghetti and meatballs. The Italian in me had her doubts, but after tasting this rich and delicious meal made with spaghetti squash, lentil meatballs, and a homemade, creamy red sauce, I decided I had to share this recipe with the world. Enjoy. Spaghetti Squash Roast whole squash at 375 degrees for 90 minutes. Poke holes in the squash so it doesn’t burst while baking. When squash is soft, cut in half lengthwise...
March 27, 2014
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Welcome to The Natural Suite, a home for all things naturally sweet. As a new addition to the editorial staff of Natural Solutions and Alternative Medicine, I’ve created The Natural Suite to provide readers of the magazines with supplementary information. Using this direct connection to readers, The Natural Suite will be an informative and entertaining space filled with everything from innovative recipes to personal health endeavors to fun and fit facts.   How appropriate, then, to begin with a discussion of popular natural sweeteners. Whether they are trying to lose weight, prevent disease, or just generally make healthier choices, many people are swapping their processed table sugar for sweet alternatives found naturally in nature.   >>Agave Nectar: Extracted...
March 24, 2014
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I would like to take a moment to welcome you to a new blog section we are creating. Each day our editorial team reviews hundreds of topics, resources, books, and products to include in our print publications. Unfortunately we do not have space to report on all of this information. We have decided to create editorial blogs to share more of this information. Based on responses and your requests for information we can better format our editorial content. We hope that you find these blog posts timely and informative. My first blog will discuss recent guidelines published in the March 19, 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine concerning clinical guidelines for the use of statin therapy for the treatment of cholesterol (what a mouthful). These guidelines adopted by The American...
March 22, 2014