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  • Thanksgiving Gratitude

    by Paula Gallagher | November 20, 2018

    gratitudeThanksgiving should be about family, friends, good food... and most of all, gratitude. And being thankful can actually be good for you! According to the book Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), Robert A. Emmons, PhD, cites numerous studies that indicate happiness comes from feeling grateful.

    We tend to believe that happiness comes from what happens, such as what we buy, what we achieve, and where we go on holidays. But according to Emmons, it doesn’t work that way. He says that happiness comes from gratefulness. Read more

  • Happy Halloween from Village Green!

    by Paula Gallagher | October 31, 2018

    Most mornings can be chaotic, but when Halloween lands on a school day, it is even more so. Watching the joy in my kids faces as they see their costumes transform them into what they had imagined makes it all worth it. I, along with everyone at Village Green Apothecary, would like to wish all the trick-or-treaters a very safe, fun and happy Halloween.

    Here are some tips to ensure that your little ones have a fun and memorable time.

    1. Only go to houses that have lights on.

    2. Never eat any candy before it is thoroughly inspected. Read more

  • Truths About Living a Healthy Life

    by Teri Cochrane | August 15, 2018

    healthy-lifeSince the completion of the human genome mapping work, genetics has become a hot topic – specifically what it means for living a healthy life.

    Genetics has begun to play a major role in healthcare decision-making for both providers and patients. Providers are now taking genetics into account when prescribing viable treatments for their patients. And who could forget Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo radical bilateral mastectomy after finding out her genetic predisposition to hormone-mediated cancers?

    While our genetics influence our response to food, the opposite also holds true: Read more

  • First Aid Kit for Traveling

    by Paula Gallagher | August 1, 2018

    travel-first-aid-familyIn the summer we try to head to our cottage every weekend to unwind and relax from the hectic week. Although, beautiful and serene, it is also a bit remote. With the nearest pharmacy, hospital or urgent care over 1 1/2 hours away, we learned early on when our first child was born how important it is to have on hand a first aid kit for traveling that includes items you may need in case of emergencies. Having these things even when you are close to medical care is still a good idea!

    Here is a list of items that I believe every parent/caretaker should have on hand Read more

  • Blue Zones Q-and-A: Eating and Living Like the World’s Longest-Lived People

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | July 17, 2018

    quinoa-saladDan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author, discovered the five places in the world – dubbed Blue Zones™ – where people live the longest, healthiest lives. He will present his findings at the Physicians Committee’s 6th Annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine on August 10, 2018, in Washington, DC. You can learn more about ICNM here.

    What nutrition tips from this research should healthcare professionals bring to their patients?

    Dietary surveys done in all five Blue Zones™ over the past century reveal that the diet associated with longevity is 95-100% plant-based, Read more


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