The Business of Health

 

The Food Pyramid That Made Us Fat (Update)

A brief synopsis of how the USDA paired up with food manufactures to increase their sales, while giving no thought as to how it would effect the American people. Find out the two food groups to take out of your food intake.

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Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take?

There is a two-hour web video you may watch for FREE, or give a financial donation.  This video informs about how our universe works on a vibrational level to who is operating the U.S's medical healthcare industry, and ends with ideas how each of us can support a new way of living: thriving.

A Place at the Table: One Nation. Underfed.

"Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all."

Food, Inc.

"In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here."

SiCKO

"SiCKO, [the documentary by Michael Moore,] is a straight-from-the-heart portrait of the crazy and sometimes cruel U.S. health care system, told from the vantage of everyday people faced with extraordinary and bizarre challenges in their quest for basic health coverage.

In the tradition of Mark Twain or Will Rogers, SiCKO uses humor to tell these compelling stories, leading the audience to conclude that an alternative system is the only possible answer."

How Lighting a Candle Can Help YOU

With a simple glance at the flame my mind traveled to that birthing woman. In less than a second I was sending her strength, compassion, resilience and healing for her, her baby and those supporting her.

Strength for Birth

We may see with our eyes what a strong birthing woman looks like; it’s common to wonder- what's really behind her strength? Is it mostly physical or mental or both?

Unfolding Trust

I sat in silence. The white robes surrounding the table to the point I could no longer see my baby.

Tough Mudder or Tough Mother?

Seven million people are paying to experience extreme pain; yet over 60% of women are numbing themselves during the natural process of childbirth.

Birthing is a Big Deal

She shifts into a mother bear caring for her baby cubs. Wisdom behind her eyes shines as her perspective on life deepens to a level she never knew existed. Her body forever changed as she miraculously carried and birthed her child(ren).

Obtaining an Immunization Waiver is Easier Than "They" Want You to Think

You have the freedom to make health care decisions for yourself and individually per child. Popular media, the government, and the CDC would like you to trust that this new rule in Michigan is a completely new process for parents who are inclined to opt-out or delay immunizations. It's really not all that new... they just threw in a couple more inconvenient steps for parents.

My Kids Met Their Grandma

As the days grew closer to our family leaving for Colorado I just wanted to be there already. I felt like a dancer on the wings of the stage waiting to go out into the spotlight. There was nothing more I could do to prepare.

Birth Planning Made Easy

Why create a Birth Intentions worksheet? It helps your providers (doctor/midwife, nurses, doula, friends, and family supporters) understand you have: educated yourself on the process of birthing...

Elise's Yoga Background

Throughout my life, from my earliest days as a child, I strived to do better, and be better. There was always room for improvement... until I took my first yoga class.

Three Foundational Qualities You Want In Your Yoga Teacher

The yoga industry has quickly become saturated with new yoga teachers, Insta-Yogi's, and know-it-all's. As a whole this is not a bad thing. Concern arises when students put all their faith and ability into one teacher... and don't know anything about that teacher - especially their yogic background...

Baby Formula (Homemade)

This stuff is amazing! It was easy to order all the ingredients. All the ingredients are whole-food (no synthetic anything, no chemicals, no artificial food dyes, no hormones - all wholesome, nutrient rich supplements to nourish a growing baby.) It only takes about 20 minutes to make 36 ounces. She LOVED it, and THRIVED on it!

Nutrition

Nutrition can be an all-encompassing word. Start simple: Eat live foods: fruits and vegetables Eat protein: organic, grass-fed, or fresh caught...

Meditation

There are a variety of meditation styles, just like yoga practices and workouts. Everyone can meditate...

Preventative Care

Prevention is the most valuable tool to be working with in regard to your health. Ensuring your body and mind are running most efficiently and effectively will keep you out of the doctor's office, and out doing whatever it is you enjoy!

Affirmations and Quotes

Place inspiring affirmations and quotes throughout your home, work space, vehicle, bags or anywhere else you can find a place for a post-it note. By doing so, you learn these phrases so that the unconscious mind begins to automatically associate an affirmation or quote wherever you are without consciously reading it.

Mother Blessing

A Mother Blessing allows a group to gather together to support the mom-to-be to open up mentally, emotionally and spiritually through this inspired blessingway tradition for the most sacred of journeys… childbirth into motherhood...

Mom and Baby Yoga Benefits

Receive encouragement from a mom who's been there, plus other moms who are going through postpartum recovery with you! This practice encourages healthy post-baby weight-loss, along with releasing tension...

Beauty Resources

Local, eco-friendly, humane and everything else you care about. These companies are on the wave of the universe by offering quality products without worry of harm to ourselves, innocent animals, and the environment...

Prenatal Yoga Benefits

Outside of the endless benefits of yoga, a prenatal yoga class is the perfect place to begin yoga or continue your practice learning how to incorporate your growing belly into your regular practice... and most importantly for the labor and delivery processes.

Milk Truths

Explore these websites and articles to find out what benefits raw milk will bring to you...

Cleaning Companies & Products

It is well worth it when you know it's okay for your crawling baby to put their mouth on the floor or table after it's been clean, because you used safe, real ingredients...

Furniture and Bedding

Finding the right furniture and bedding for your space, just got harder. Now you know not only does it matter what it looks like, but that it is non-toxic. Here's a few ideas...

You Are What You "Yoga"

In the practice of yoga we tend at go to the classes that fulfill our favorite parts of ourselves. Those who enjoy a busy day with things to do, typically enjoy a flowing practice. Those who enjoy a day of meditation, rest and stillness typically enjoy a slower practice...

Gel Manicure Dangers

Gel manicures are hot right now, but what makes them so great? Not much outside of non-chipping, lasting about three weeks, and having the perfect finish. The possible dangerous side-effects...

Avoid Artificial Food Dyes

Artificial food dyes are in just about everything - especially in children's foods. Artificial food dyes have been linked to multiple health problems...

Benefits of Yoga

The practice of yoga offers countless advantages. The following are some of the most basic and important - no matter where or when you begin practicing... yoga knows no age or boundaries to experience these life-changing benefits...
About Elise

I'm a RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) and RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher) rooted in the Hatha tradition, and the Samkhya philosophy; however I attend a variety of classes, like Kundalini. I’m living my dharma (purpose) by creating a community to assist women during the rite of passage into motherhood through the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual qualities of the yoga practice.

In addition to yoga, I'm a mom of two beautiful children and have many interests including Feng Shui, Reiki, alternative healing methods, harnessing my intuition and whatever else inspires me along the way!

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