HEALING SPACE: “The body follows the mind," says Linda Silwedel, a holistic resource nurse in the Mission Health's cancer program, of integrative approaches. Massage, for example, helps patients come "back to that nice, wonderful relaxed state, and that allows the body to heal more effectively and work with the cancer treatment plan so much better."  (Pictured: Silwedel and Kimberly Christenso; photo by Cindy Kunst)

Local providers increase use of nontraditi­onal treatments

In this town, if you haven’t had an acupuncture appointment, massage, energy-healing session or herbal consultation, it’s more than likely you know someone who has. Modalities that were once thought of as hokey, or at least incompatible with the Western medical model, are becoming less alternative and more mainstream — so much so that Mission Hospital, Park […]

SIMPLE CELEBRATIONS: Apple stack cakes made with locally accessible ingredients like sorghum, buttermilk and dried apples were among simple but delicious dishes traditionally served on Appalachian holiday tables. Photo by Tim Robison

Preserving tradition: Appalachia­n Food Storybank collects tales of mountain meals

Lester and Marietta Crayton of Asheville have been married for 70 years and grew up on farmland that is now the Oakley community in East Asheville. Marietta recalls going barefoot all summer and that when fall came, she gathered chestnuts to sell to the grocery man so she could buy shoes in Mars Hill for school. The Appalachian Food Storybank has been collecting stories like these since 2011. (photo by Tim Robison)

Park Ridge Health announces events for Sept. 8-14

From Park Ridge Health: Event Summary for 9/8/14 – 9/14/14 Please call 855-PRH-LIFE to register for any Park Ridge Health events. Wellness on Wheels Screenings Free Cholesterol Screenings Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening. For best results, fast overnight. Monday, September 8 10:30 a.m. – […]

Smokey Mountain Veterans Stand Down a success

Press release from Charles George VA Medical Center:  Last year Macon County, N.C., local Mark Schuler attended a Stand Down event for Veterans in Asheville and was impressed by the service it provided to Veterans so he contacted the Charles George VA Medical Center Homeless Program Coordinator Allison Bond and asked her about getting together to sponsor […]

Park Ridge Health South Asheville to host Grand Opening Celebration September 4

Press release from Park Ridge Health: Hendersonville, N.C. (Aug. 20, 2014) – Park Ridge Health will host a grand opening celebration at its new South Asheville campus on Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Park Ridge Health South Asheville is located immediately off of I-26 at Exit 37. “This grand opening is going to be very […]