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The Hidden Risks of Women's Preventative Health Care For most of my life, I’ve followed doctors’ recommendations for preventative healthcare. I started getting annual PAP smears before I was even sexually active. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) Dentists have...
How often do you take medicine? How often do you give acetaminophen to your kids? Is illness and pain the result of an acetaminophen deficiency or something that needs our attention so that we can...
Is organic makeup worth the money? Not always . . . But don't let that deter you from reducing your exposure to...
Learn why I don't race for the cure, I run from the cancer. Seriously, get rid of the Secret if you want to be Sure . ....
Read 5 Questions with Colleen Kachmann in Fort Wayne Business People. Colleen Kachmann is a Fort Wayne native, proponent of healthy living, mom of four and now she can add author to her growing list of roles. She earned her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry Education from...
Dr. Kachmann continues his interview with me for Mind, Body & Spirit on Comcast 57. We discuss why I chose to call the book Life Off the Label, food laws and public policy, and what GMOs are and why we need to avoid them. If you missed part 1, here's a...
Dr. Rudy Kachmann and I discuss the first 50 pages of my book, Life Off the Label. He encouraged me to write the book four years ago. We discuss the writing process and delve into food addiction, Big Food, why we are fat and why exercise is not the cure. This is a...
If two identical seeds are planted, one in fertile soil and sunlight, the other in a sandy toxic dump, does DNA explain the results?
We got egged last night. I’m guessing it was in retaliation for the fact that I didn’t pass out candy to Trick or Treaters.
How would you feel if your children were offered cigarettes and encouraged to smoke? Junk food and candy are just as harmful and addictive . . . maybe more. Yet we pass our candy like it’s a treat. Have we been tricked?
My diet consists of mostly vegetables. I eat no processed food or animal products. I exercise. I do yoga. And I was shocked to discover that I am just as much at risk for heart disease as a smoker. Have you heard of the sitting disease?
Picasso advised, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Unfortunately, the line between art and anarchy is easiest to see in hindsight.
Announcing our intentions before we know how things will turn out takes courage.
Breath is the gift of life. When we work with the breath, we create the space to experience each situation in life as pure potential and positive karma. When we fall into unconsciousness breathing patterns, we become reactive, confused and disheartened.
Learning to notice and properly respond to our own breath allows us stay centered, grounded and in control of our actions, words and even thoughts. Unless you’ve got time for a nap and a snack, a temper tantrum will not lead you to peace.
There are a variety of breathing techniques that will do everything from relax to invigorate us. Some are simple and instinctual. Others take effort and experience. Like any form of exercise, repetition makes us stronger and more efficient. And like music, the silent pauses are just as important as the harmonious sound.
The breath is a conduit to both the mind and the body. If the breath is agitated and unbalanced, so are the mental and physical processes.
Hyperemesis gravidarum occurs very early, usually before 5 weeks, and causes excessive vomiting. This can lead to dehydration and nutritional deficiencies, and create a cycle that is difficult to break.
In 1990, Monsanto submitted rBST, a genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, for approval to the Canadian government.
Fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut are essential to gut health. Commercial brands are pasteurized, which kills the probiotic microbes. In less than 30 minutes, you can make a supply that lasts up to six months.
Teenage son rebels against vegan mom with the ultimate raw vegan diet.
MSG makes you fat. And sick. And it’s in everything.
Is beef safe? Do you want the truth?
How to save money on organic food.
Homemade DIY Bread Starters: Sourdough, Fruit, Potato & Sweet
We need to teach nutrition in schools and follow it up by modeling good nutrition to children throughout the schools, from PTA events, to the cafeteria, to the snacks at sporting events, classroom celebrations etc.
Today is my daughter’s 13th birthday. In honor of our time together, I reflect on the gift her life is to me.
The side effects of acetaminophen are a little more complicated than an upset tummy.
I am not my kids’ benefit coordinator. Letting them get away with not doing homework sends a message: “That’s ok. I didn’t think you could do it anyway.”
We are all forced to interact with people we’d rather not. Sometimes we need to repair relationships with people we love when toxic tailspins threaten our family. Relationships are living entities and must be nurtured. Even despite good intentions, sometimes we just have to let go and move on. But when that’s not possible or desired, these 8 empowering strategies will repair relationships. Stop the circular conversations and start fresh with a positive approach.
Diet and lifestyle have a direct effect on the aging. We all age. The question is: do you want to age fast or age well? Don’t we all deserve to enjoy our retirement years?
Until we address the underlying beliefs that limit our behaviors, we will be stuck in an unconscious cycle of self-fulfilling prophecy. By accepting our flaws, we perpetuate their hold on us.
Anyone that’s been through a divorce knows the emotional battle that has been waged prior to deciding to end a marriage. And putting an end to the suffering, for both parties, deserves only one comment.
Negative emotions get the best of us–meaning they cause more problems than they solve. Learn how to use your energy to your advantage and sustain happiness regardless of the circumstance.
Real food doesn’t come in a package. Food imposters are cleverly designed to trick you into eating and buying more. Learn how to tell the difference so you can lose weight and live long!
The faster you transition to a plant-based diet, the more likely it is that you will experience a detox symptoms. Anticipating withdrawal and detox symptoms is essential to success.
The problem with plastic is that it’s made from petroleum. Plastic leaches into our food and water with toxic consequences.
How do you get kids to eat good food? Trick them, of course. Sneaky pizza may look like the real deal, but it’s so nutritious that you’ll have to act like you don’t want them to eat it…
We don’t inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our kids. Sustainable living is the only way to ensure our children have a future.
Hosting a green birthday party is less expensive, simple to plan and far more rewarding than the typical alternative. Showing our children that their future is not disposable is the best gift we can give.
Do whatever it takes to get kids to eat more vegetables. It’s a life or death issue that requires pre-meditated parental strategy.
Organic farmers pay to prove they aren’t polluting our food and environment. Conventional farmers get subsidies to spray away! But the organic certification process is part of a broken system.
Overeating is not an emotional malfunction. Learn how food addiction affects most of us and how you can free yourself once and for all!
Happiness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Happiness is not a blessing, it’s a choice. You are whatever you think you are.
“Drive-thu’s kill more people than drive-by’s.” Robert Finley. Bad food kills good people.