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If you spend time enjoying nature during any season other than the middle of winter, and prefer to avoid painful sunburn as well as repel ticks, mosquitoes (or any other small insect), there are some “natural” ways to accomplish these goals. Reading about experience wi...

This important mineral is necessary for normal, healthy body functioning. Magnesium is naturally occurring in ground water (e.g., well water); however, in the 21st century, we tend to use reverse osmosis, and drink triple-filtered as well as distilled water for many re...

According to Merriam-Webster, a “craving” is defined as “an intense, urgent or abnormal desire” for something. We throw the term around loosely, as if it is negative, throughout the day. However, can ‘cravings’ be used as a wellness tool? Yes. In fact, understanding cr...

Spring is upon us, although it seems the chilly air still needs to get the memo. As the weather warms up, blossoming trees and flowers might trigger allergies; clothing becomes lighter in weight, fabric and color; and awareness of winter pounds might set off a stress r...

In the game of life, we are dealt cards, and those are the ones we play with, from birth to earth.  Or are they? Do we have a choice? To some degree, we do. We can choose our friends, but not blood relatives. The trick is to know which friends to choose and which famil...

Here we are, nearing the end of flu season. Or are we? If you live in the Northeast United States, chances are your blood levels of Vitamin D3 are a bit low. If so, studies indicate you might be more susceptible to viral infection, including the flu, than if your Vitam...

January 18, 2019

Welcoming the New Year can be a bittersweet experience, particularly if one has suffered a loss. Whether it is a furry family member, a significant other, job situation, or relationship break-up, emotions run high. Why, then, would we set ourselves up for yet another r...

December 14, 2018

Communication can unite or divide, depending on how it is initiated and received. For example, if a sincere apology is met with a dismissive statement by the recipient, humble efforts are shredded, generating negative vibrations. This missed opportunity is an example o...

November 17, 2018

Holidays ideally represent generosity of spirit and comfort for all. However, oftentimes stress and anxiety surround what should be a time of festivities and a celebration of love. Why is that? And what can be done about it?

Expectations may be mismatched. How wonderful...

October 26, 2018

Throughout this article, which focuses on the effects of strained relationships and our responses to them, the reader is invited to challenge thoughts shared, and encouraged to contact the author to contest any assertion. Thanks in advance for your interest.

Defining ‘V...

October 13, 2018

By Nancy Iankowitz | RN, DNP, FNP-BC


Choosing a life partner often reflects who we are at the time and may offer insights into who we wish to become. If we choose a person who is ahead of us in certain respects, we may hope to self-improve. Since growth is part of any...

September 15, 2018

In the August issue of The Pawling Record, I addressed the concept of thoughtfulness and kindness and and how romance – or simply showing consideration – facilitates the flow of positive energy. This article takes that premise one step deeper into the self-healing real...

August 19, 2018

Is the word “romantic” just another way of saying “thoughtful”? Let’s examine that possibility. If one is considerate to a life partner with whom affection, in the form of physical contact including hugs and kisses, is shared, then taking the other’s feelings and prefe...

We live in an age of abundance and infinite choice. But this wealth of opportunity can be deceiving – even bad for your health. When it comes to a balanced life, do you ever wonder if we have “more medicine” but “less wellness”? Do you, in your own wellness experience,...

Can food impact mood? Most certainly. When we feel a “bad mood” coming on from an obvious trigger (such as a deep disappointment) we may reach for a high carbohydrate food. Why? Because the brain wants to boost some neurotransmitters that suffer from the emotional upse...

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