WNC Wellness review

Asheville thrives as regional center of integrative medicine

"People from across the country now travel to attend Asheville's herbal medicine and massage schools, something economic development groups want to promote, along with the city's abundance of alternative medicine practitioners." — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Are you overdosing on dairy?

"Everyone knows calcium-rich dairy foods are important for building strong bones and protecting against osteoporosis. Right? Wrong, says Amy Joy Lanou, an assistant professor of health and wellness at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the co-author of the new book Building Bone Vitality." — [newschannel5.com]

Asheville-area residents make run on potassium iodide pills

"Nature's Pharmacy had sold out its 600-capsule supply of potassium iodide by Tuesday, and on Wednesday was making 6,000 more capsules after getting some of the last of the raw chemical available." — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Study: Tai Chi helps fight depression among the elderly

"It turns out, not only does performing this ancient Chinese mind-body exercise while taking escitalopram help older adults reduce their depressive symptoms and achieve remission, it also improves quality of life, memory, cognition and overall energy levels. ” — [TIME Healthland]

UNCA student plans to run 100 miles in 24 hours for cancer

"'Cancer is such a huge problem these days that even if you're not affected now, you will be at some point in your life. Either you could get it, someone in your family could get it, or one of your close friends could get it,' he said. 'While I don't have any personal attachment to it yet, I figure it will be there someday and I want to do something to help it now.''" — [The Blue Banner]

Knowing symptoms of diabetes can save lives

"The key to lowering cases of diabetes and preventing deaths from the disease is changes in behavior, health professionals say." — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Dog walkers more likely to reach exercise benchmarks

"Man's best friend may provide more than just faithful companionship: A new study led by a Michigan State University researcher shows people who owned and walked their dogs were 34 percent more likely to meet federal benchmarks on physical activity." — [Michigan State University]

Red Cross offers pet-health workshop April 16

“Make no mistake about it; Asheville is an animal lover’s town. We’ve got bakeries for dogs, hand-sewn locally made toys for cats, Dog is Love bumper stickers adorning our cars. But how many of us could save the life of one of our furry friends if we had to? That’s why the Red Cross of WNC is offering a one of a kind Pet First Aid with CPR course [on] Saturday, April 16.” — [Asheville Red Cross]

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About Wade Inganamort
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