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Welcome to March, 2015!
Wow, winter is almost over and spring is just around the corner. I know, it's hard to believe with all the bitter cold weather and snow that still lingers on the ground. But we have so much to look forward to in March; just think, in a few mere weeks, the trees will all be budding and instead of seeing white and bare branches, we'll be seeing shades of green everywhere! Won't that be wonderful? I'm ready to put away all these bulky clothes and feel the sun on my skin again!
St. Patrick's Day is on Tuesday, March 17th, so get ready to celebrate! Don't you know that EVERYONE is Irish on St. Patty's Day! Although Easter isn't until April this year, the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at noon on March 28th in the Louisa Town Park. There will be games, candy, face painting, and bounceables for the kids. Come out early and enjoy a fun time!
Last but not least, Daylight Savings Time begins on March 8th, so don't forget to set your clock to spring forward an hour when you go to bed on Saturday, March 7th. Enjoy your month and we'll see you back here in April!
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Sponsor Spotlight - Primp My Pet
Does your furry baby deserve pampering and nothing but the best will do? Did your best friend have a close encounter of the "skunk-kind?" Primp My Pet is the answer for these situations and everything in between! Putting your pet first is their specialty and they are extremely good at what they do!
Primp My Pet opened just over a year ago in the Town Square Plaza Shopping Center in Mineral. Karen and Zack Johnson, long-time pet owners and pet lovers, have brought personalized, professional dog grooming to our area.
The mission of Primp My Pet is simply "To provide the best care for your furry loved one and to keep them looking and feeling their best." Karen and Zack bring a host of much needed services and treatments to the dogs in our area.
It's finally March and that means Spring is just around the corner! It's time to shake off the winter cobwebs and get out of the house!
There are lots of activities and events in our area this month, from boat safety classes to concerts to the Harlem Globetrotters! If that's not enough, how about a three-ring circus? That's right, THE CIRCUS is in Richmond this month! The original Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey present their latest show, LEGENDS! That's a guaranteed good time!
Food for the Soul by Pastor Leroy Davis
Flipping Their Switch
Have you ever noticed how some Grandfathers love to give gifts to their grandchildren that make annoying and irritating noises? My father was one of those. He received great joy in giving his grandchildren birthday or Christmas gifts that made sounds that both thrilled the kids and aggravated their parents. On one particular occasion, I recall vividly the expression on the faces of my sister and brother-in-law when Dad gave my nephew that “Bongo Monkey.” He was a cute little critter that made funny noises and banged cymbals together (the monkey, not my nephew). My nephew thought “Bongo Monkey” was amazing, but his parents thought, “Paw Paw, how could you?!”
Early on in this process, I discovered that most of these noisy toys, if you looked closely, had a switch. It was usually found on the back, oftentimes hidden under a tab, or behind some Velcro. This switch usually had a “play” setting (noise at full volume and duration), a “demo” setting (noise at full volume but only for five seconds), and an “off” setting (no noise). And I, as the interceptor of these toys, could flip the switch. I intercepted the gift, and in my flipping of the switch, I changed the gift’s function.
Your Health & Wellness Advice by Dr. David G. Schwartz M.D.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE – CORE PHYSIOLOGIC PROCESS #1
This process of assimilation and elimination, which involves mainly the digestive system, is vital and basic to many other functions in the body. Problems starting there can wreak havoc in other systems, and bringing balance to this area can help normalize problems elsewhere. Correcting imbalances in this process early even when there are few symptoms can proactively stop the development of much chronic illness in the G.I. tract and elsewhere.
Before working on the 7 core processes, Dr. Bland recommends doing the baseline program explained in Chapter 12. The baseline program is based on food, exercise, stress management, environment, and supplements.
The food plan is primarily Mediterranean diet, which contains a variety of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and spices. It has plenty of fiber and omega-3 oils, is low in starches, sugars, processed foods, has no trans fats (hydrogenated oils), and no empty calories (junk foods).
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