From the Get It! Guide: A close look at the trash collected in Asheville was shocking — 26 percent of our waste is compostable matter, 18 percent is recyclable and 56 percent is true waste, fit only for the landfill. With the city alone producing over 22,000 tons of trash a year, what is the cost of all that waste. And what is it going to take for us to reduce it?
From the Get It! Guide: John Mahshie says he realized the value of the exercise, healthy eating and time spent in the sun that comes with farming — and what that could mean for veterans experiencing isolation or even suicidal thoughts as they struggle to reintegrate into civilian life. “It’s a natural fit for this sort of healing,” he says.
What is unique about Raga music and the experience that it offers listeners? The first thing a singer of Hindu music does is to tune his tampura to give one chord, and while he tunes his tampura, he tunes his own soul.
If you think your day is busy, try keeping up with Keynon Lake. Lake parlayed his pro basketball and sports medicine experience into a career with Buncombe County Health and Human Services, where he is a community service navigator and prevention social worker. Driven to address the questions raised by his line of work, Lake penned the book My Daddy Taught Me That.
At first glance, the 600-square-foot Bicycle Thrift Shop looks like a cubbyhole for discarded jerseys, muddied cleats and bikes that have been down a few trails. But a closer look reveals a gold mine for cycling enthusiasts on a budget who are looking to gear up. The money raised from sales supports Trips for Kids WNC, a nonprofit that helps kids get […]
From the Get It! Guide: Allison Casparian has spent her entire adult life working in food. But it wasn’t until she experienced her own personal health crisis that she realized the power of nutrition and wellness.
Every Sunday this month, Wu Gong Fu Tea will host a Tea Meditation and Sound Journey workshop that will pair a traditional tea service with live music. Charles and Jenny Wu will lead participants in two hours of meditative reflection removed from the chaos of modern life.
When Kim Brophey was a kid, she was fascinated by Lassie, the collie who wowed TV audiences for decades with her intelligence and heroic rescues. These days Brophey, who owns The Dog Door, is bringing that kind of doggy derring-do to Asheville, training service animals to help people with disabilities and consulting with clients about dogs with behavioral challenges.
North Carolina could conceivably be one of the next states to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes, according to a report by higherperspective.com.
Interested in having a conversation about what’s going on in health care over a cup of coffee or tea? You can tune into Health Care Café, a radio show hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life every Monday evening.
From the Get It! Guide: Joshua Young faced a difficult transition upon his release from a seven-year prison stint. “I said, ‘Joshua, what are you really going to do with your life?,’” Young recalls. At Green Opportunities, Young found the fair chance he needed to rebuild his life.
“We need to educate people to understand that plants can, indeed, take care of themselves without people getting in the way,” asserts Elaine Ingham, an iconic figure in organic farming and a world-renowned soil microbiologist who is returning to Western North Carolina for two upcoming engagements later this week.
Asheville ethnobiologist, herbalist and educator Marc Williams recently joined Xpress in the test kitchen at Selina Naturally in Arden to discuss herbal teas and ways certain herbs can help us nurture love in our lives.
We expect cardiac patients to fit a typical risk model: older, with a family history of heart problems, a poor diet, under high stress and a tobacco user. But what happens when someone who is the picture of perfect health suddenly needs cardiac rehabilitation?
Usually when dogs lie down flat, their ears also flop down — but not Bree, a certified therapy dog. Her ears stand up straight, pivoting toward children’s voices as they read at the Waggers and Readers program at the South Asheville-Oakley Public Library. On Feb. 14, Bree, a 10-year-old German Shepherd, was on the job with her […]
“Stones are truly as fundamental as it gets,” says Sarah Thomas, owner of Clarity Acupuncture and Clarity Stone Medicine, who has been studying Chinese medicine and the applications of stones in healing for the past eight years. “Indigenous cultures of the past such as the Taoists and Native Americans realized that everything in nature had a purpose […]
Since its initial construction in 1937, 15,524 people are said to have completed the thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail — “2,000-milers,” they’re called. Inspiration behind embarking on such a physically and mentally challenging journey varies from person to person, but deep down it satiates core human needs for renewal and a reconnection with nature.
One day in massage school Teresa Eidt “saw” the inside of her client’s abdomen. “I was in awe. I was shown a cancerous ulcer on the internal wall of her abdomen,” she says. “My career changed at that moment.” Eidt went on to become a medical intuitive — a healer who can see a client’s energy. Tammy […]
Park Ridge Health wants people to know that heart health isn’t just a concern for geriatrics. “Our focus today is targeting younger women with education,” said Maya Kommimeni, MD, of the cardiology unit at Park Ridge Health. “Heart disease is becoming a larger problem with younger women due to diabetes and obesity.” In observance of […]
Our survey results about mind-body medicine show that 76 percent of respondents provide mind-body therapies. Respondents report a wide variety of mind-body therapies used in their practices. The most frequently provided therapies are shown below. Meditation is the most frequently provided mind-body therapy, followed by mental health, energy work and yoga. Meditation is a good example […]
The world headquarters for ChiWalking/Running occupy a quaint two-story house adjacent to Interstate 240 in downtown Asheville. “People think we’re a $5 million or $10 million business. We’ve had people come from other countries and they’re like, ‘This is it?’” says Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiRunning. Danny Dreyer, her husband and ChiRunning co-founder […]