Junie Norfleet (left) and Cissy Majebe are leaders of the local and statewide acupuncture community. Photo by Leslie Boyd

N.C. Acupunctur­e Board files suit to end ‘dry needling’ by physical therapists

An argument over a definition is headed to the courts as acupuncture practitioners in North Carolina contend the practice of “dry needling” by physical therapists constitutes acupuncture without sufficient training and is illegal. “Both involve the use of FDA-regulated acupuncture needles,” says Cissy Majebe, founder of the Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Clinic in Asheville. Also cofounder and […]

EARTH FRIENDLY FOUNDATIONS: Using a variety of new technology and state of the art building practicies, green builders around WNC and bringing sustainable construction concepts to the forefront of design. Photo courtesy Alembic Studios.

Green building thriving in WNC despite legislativ­e threats

Amid a hostile legislative climate in Raleigh, innovative, sustainable design and construction are flourishing in Western North Carolina. The WNC Green Building Council was founded in 2001. Since then — and despite an unstable housing market — local interest has grown steadily, says Maggie Leslie.

PAINTING A NEW DAWN: Aurora Studio members join founder Lori Greenberg (center) in creating a healing community that supports both making art and being well. Photo by Lisa Sarasohn

Aurora Studio artists share healing in community

Aurora Studio founder Lori Greenberg says the artists displaying their work in Aurora’s Sept. 10-20 group show at Asheville Area Arts Council’s Grove Arcade Gallery (1 Page Ave., Suite 144) are some of Asheville’s “hidden treasures.” Such treasures are hidden no more. The show, Aurora: A Healing Light, features artists whose mutual support sustains their psychological well-being, social […]

NO FEAR: With her book, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, Leanne Brown aims to empower people on tight budgets to feel confident in creating flavorful meals from simple ingredients.

Small budget, big flavor: An interview with cookbook author and food activist Leanne Brown

Good food doesn’t have to be expensive. That’s the message of Leanne Brown’s new cookbook, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, which is aimed at empowering people on very tight budgets to cook food they love. Brown visits the Asheville area on Friday as part of MANNA FoodBank’s calendar of Hunger Action Month events.

BREAKING BARRIERS: Managed care organization Smoky Mountain LME/MCO and several regional health care providers are working to bring an integrated care model to WNC, beginning with a comprehensive care center at 356 Biltmore Avenue. Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain LME/CMO.

No wrong doors: Integrated health care program offers one-stop solutions

Unless you’ve just emerged from the wilderness after several decades, chances are you’ve heard some of the roiling discussions going on across the country concerning the current state of the health care system. Whether it’s presidential candidates working on a policy speech or an individual making home budgeting decisions, implementing a comprehensive health care reform […]