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 […]

STAIRSTEPS TO HEALTH: Martha Mosseller, left, a participant in the YWCA Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Program, receives coaching from fitness associate and personal trainer Jackie Robertson. Photo courtesy of YWCA

Exercise and a healthy diet help prevent Type 2 diabetes

Buncombe County, like much of the nation, has a diabetes problem. The disease was ranked as the 10th-leading cause of death in the county in the 2015 Community Health Assessment, an annual gathering of data from residents to determine local wellness in relation to state and national averages. While there are numerous reasons why this has become an […]