How Avocado Orchards are Impacting the Monarchs

The annual migration of the monarch butterfly is an amazing phenomenon. As the weather gets colder, swarms of monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico where it is warm all year, but there is now a new threat to their winter habitat. In the small farming town of Apútzio de Juárez, there is a desire to grow avocado,…

Maxcine takes a break in the Goldenrod

Maxcine Working to Save Monarchs and Pass on Work Ethic to her Family

With the striking contrast of orange, white and black, the Monarch butterfly is considered by many, the most beautiful of all the butterflies. It also happens to be one of the most common butterflies in North America. However, the existence of Monarch butterflies is being threatened. The increased use of herbicides and urban sprawl have…

4 Old Myths About Sports Injuries

When it comes to treating sports injuries some people rely on opinions in lieu of sound medical advice. Unfortunately, improper treatment can lead to complications or further injury down the road. Here are 4 common MYTHS associated with injury and the FACTS that will help you get back on the road to recovery. MYTH # 1: No pain, no gain — Although some…

Think before you Spray: The Chemical/Health Connection in your Food

Some people believe that chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are the answer to dealing with insects and weeds in their gardens. Some farmers and home gardeners apply them to crops for a better yield, not really understanding the long-term effects on consumption. These chemicals now have a different reputation than once believed because they threaten the environment and…

Weeding Out: 5 Tips to Maintain Your Veggie Garden (And Your Sanity!)

Veggie gardens are a source of nutrition and enjoyment, but when it comes to maitnenance and weeding, it can be real work. Many vegetables and herbs are also host plants for caterpillars and bring in the pollinators, which increases the harvest. Dill weed is one important plant for butterflies that you may have growing in your veggie garden. From host…

How Pain Affects Your Mood

Chronic pain can interfere with every aspect of your life. In addition to being a physical sensation, pain is an emotional condition that can affect your thoughts, mood, and behavior. When pain is chronic it can cause depression and other mood and anxiety disorders. A comprehensive plan for managing your pain should include taking care…

How Cold Weather Can Affect Joint Pain

Many patients who suffer from joint pain feel especially uncomfortable during cold weather. Although the research is not conclusive, most experts and patients agree that any change in barometric pressure can trigger joint pain or headaches in some people. It is likely that the nerve endings in the tissues surrounding the joints become tight or…