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Gua Sha

People have been asking me why this venerated, ancient practice that's been used for years is suddenly so on trend. For one thing, more and more studies are demonstrating the positive effects gua sha can have on the connective tissue and the immune system.

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Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 — The 2019 Edition!

In an annual rite of spring that's not as joyful as budding trees and emerging petals, the Environmental Working Group has released its list of the Dirty Dozen fruits & vegetables most laden with pesticide residue, as well as the flip side Clean 15.

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Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs can be very effective, if a bit odd. Sometimes they aren't even plant based but are made from a variety of organic materials. Often, Chinese herbs are used in combination with other herbs to make the perfect formula. Seeking a knowledgeable herbalist is important when taking many herbs to avoid contraindications with some pharmaceuticals, supplements, and even other herbs.

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Daylight Savings Time Blues

When the clocks spring ahead and we lose an hour of sleep, our bodies can be reeling for days. Not only do you feel run down and exhausted, but it puts quite a bit of stress on the whole system.

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Workplace Eye Wellness Awareness Continues

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Awareness month. Eye health affects us all, even more as we get older. Being dependent on increasingly stronger prescription glasses or contacts, arming ourselves with reading glasses in every room, or squinting at things we used to see easily -- this progression is not anyone's idea of a good time.

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Workplace Eye Wellness Awareness

We typically think of having to protect your eyes at work if you are doing manual labor or handling chemicals. But in 2019, there is a different concern regarding eye health known as Digital Eye Strain. This has lead the oldest volunteer eye health and safety group, Prevent Blindness, to name March Workplace Eye Wellness Awareness month, bringing more awareness to the issue.

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Element Fan Mail

We often get wonderful feedback, but recently we received a terrific product review from a local neighbor, handwritten! Who doesn't like handwritten notes? Such a thoughtful, special way to share emotion and make sure your voice is heard.

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The Winter Hunch

In winter, people tend to walk around hunching their shoulders, bracing against the cold. It’s hard to avoid, but equally hard on the body.

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Reflections of a Small Business Owner

Running a business is not for the faint of heart and requires countless hours to ensure that all elements of Element run smoothly and its foundation is stable. The wellness field expands constantly, as more and more people understand the importance of taking care of themselves and investing in their health.

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Wanted: Grocery Shopping Private Investigator

With food allergies, sensitivities, gluten intolerance, and concerns about unhealthy additives on the rise, grocery shopping can feel like a mine field of hazards. Federal law mandates that labels on prepared foods declare ingredients, with a call-out to the most common (and often life-threatening) allergens: eggs, milk, fish, crustacean shellfish, peanuts, wheat, soybeans, and tree nuts.

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