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THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM:The endocannabinoid system influences nearly every bodily function. Without endocannabinoids, many normal processes begin to go awry. Not long after the first cannabinoid was isolated from the cannabis plant, scientists discovered the human body produces similar substances. These endogenous (naturally occurring in our bodies) cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids, are neurotransmitters that perform a wide range of functions in the human body. From regulating pain to reducing anxiety, cannabinoids and their receptors play a huge

CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a chemical compound found naturally in the cannabis plant. It is...

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What are some of the hot health terms you are reading about today? Is it your gut flora? Inflammation? The power of sleep? All those are in the news and on our minds. Just what does gut flora have to do with our health? Well, the feature product for this month is a product called Just Thrive. At the natural products conference we were able to talk first hand to the folks behind this company and did we learn a lot!! Just what makes this probiotic different from everyone else has everything to do with what kind of organism it is--to begin with its a spore. This means it doesn't degrade in our stomach but gets further down to our intestines where it can actually become therapeutically effective!

HUMAN: These strains originate from a...

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This past fall Dirk and I were able to attend a conference full of ecofriendly, environmentally sustainable, no animal testing natural food and supplement products. While there we found a product that we were especially excited about – Brain Armor! With an aging population and increasing information on sports relates brain injuries, brain armor is filling the demand for natural health products focused on brain health.

What is BRAIN ARMOR and what does it do?

Brain armor is an Omega 3 fatty acid formulation to promote healthy brains! Brain armor is a clinically proven, evidence-based nutritional formulations designed for the sole purpose of building strong, healthy brains through improved structural integrity and enhanced cognitive performance. People with low...


Dirk and I were recently able to attend a conference full of ecofriendly, environmentally sustainable, non-animal tested, natural food and supplement products. We were inspired by so many of the products there and the stories of them - the "WHY" they were created and the passion behind them.

One example is a new product that we now carry from the natural products EXPO “SNOOOZE.” The creator found himself suffering from a lack of concentration that he attributed to a lack of sleep; upon further research and support from a lot of friends and family who were also suffering he came up with a combination of herbs that has been helpful for many folks. Its Ingredients include sleep inducing herbs: Passion Flower, Valerian, Lemon Balm and Lime Blossom.

We all know sleep...

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Nobody likes to get sick, and it’s even more frustrating when it could have been avoided. One of the best ways to avoid getting certain infections is to get vaccinated against them. This is especially important for children, older adults, and other people with immune systems that may not be at their full strength.

Two of the most common sicknesses that can be prevented with vaccines include the flu, and certain types of pneumonia. A study by the CDC estimates that over 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu each year, and over 500,000 people visit the emergency room each year for pneumonia.

The flu is a constantly changing disease that often changes from one flu season to another, which means that last flu season’s vaccine often will not be effective for...


How many of us truly understand what happens to the body and brain with addictions? I attended an eye-opening conference in May on substance use disorders that gave me additional insight into the physical basis of substance use disorders. The conference opened with speakers providing information

on the changes in the brain that occur with addiction. Sessions highlighted how people with substance use disorders are NOT choosing to continue their lives this way, but changes in the addict’s brain chemistry make it very challenging to get free of addiction. When addiction occurs physical changes take place in the chemical pathways in the brain and body and receptors also change in quantity and quality. Even genetics begin to change over time and with continued generational...


Many of us have had some sort of addiction touch our lives, whether it was in our own history or the history of a loved one. I recently attended a five day APhA Conference on Substance Use Disorder in Salt Lake City Utah and I learned that none of us are alone in the ways addictions touch our lives but I also learned how little so many of us truly knew about it. At the end of each day we attended an Alcoholics Anonymous or an AA meeting, then Narcotics Anonymous or NA meeting, and finally an Al-Anon meeting. Many of us knew what AA and NA were but very few of us knew that Al-Anon was a support group for people that had loved ones suffering from substance abuse disorders and helped participants navigate through the grief, anger, self-blame, and other complex emotions that...


An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled, usually by steam or water, from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other parts of plants. Most are clear, but some are amber or yellow. They are inhaled and applied to the skin through massage or baths.

Because the essential oils are so sweet-smelling, many people suppose their value is essentially one of charm and fragrance, but this is a mistake. Modern scientific research has proven that essential oils are potent, with remarkable medicinal properties. These substances are very complex in their chemistry, and very powerful.

Examples of essential oils and their uses include:

  • Lavender—addressing stress, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and depression
  • Geranium—calming and balancing...

Walking down the vitamin aisle can be daunting. With hundreds of options, how do you know which to take? The answer is: It depends. Your body has different needs at each age. Here’s how to select the right vitamins to support your health at every stage of life.

Age: 20s and 30s. Getting plenty of bone-boosting supplements like calcium, magnesium and vitamin K is important because your bones don’t reach their peak mass until your late 20s to early 30s. The CDC recommends that women in their child-bearing years take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily to support a healthy pregnancy.

Age: 40s. Omega-3 fatty acids can help fight the inflammation and cognitive decline that begins after age 40, according to The Arthritis Foundation. A...