HERBAL TRADITIONS: Red Moon Herbs provides many local herbal remedies that support the immune system and help fight chronic inflammation. Photo by Jack Sorokin

Asheville-area providers recommend ways to reduce inflammati­on and boost immunity

“It’s important to understand that not all inflammation is bad,” says Dr. Martha Cottrell, an Asheville-based physician and lecturer on immunity. She’s one of several wellness advocates who encourage simple, everyday wellness strategies to reduce chronic inflammation now and prevent more serious illness later. “Inflammation is the body’s natural mechanism for protecting itself,” says Cottrell. “But it […]

COFFEE TALK: Friends Mary Scarborough, left, and Alex Perry, right, visited and ranked 30 Asheville coffee shops last summer. Here, the two share a laugh outside of Odds Café in West Asheville.

Asheville Coffee Crawl project showcases local brews

Summer vacation can create more free time than some college students know what to do with. But last summer, Alex Perry and Mary Scarborough, 19-year-old sophomores at Berry College in Georgia, turned their downtime into an opportunity. The pair decided to visit and rank 30 coffee shops in the Asheville area and created a website with their results — ashevillecoffeecrawl.com. “I […]