Health And Wellness

Laura G Owens on April 19th, 2018

In a quiet, distant voice I tell my husband Mark that I want to die. Not exactly dead, I clarify, but not this. I tell him not to worry. I tell him love, guilt, duty will always matter more. I promise. But he has to understand, he has to reconcile what I’m saying with the fact that […]

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Laura G Owens on February 12th, 2018

  You’ve You’ve probably noticed the small disclaimer on every salt package, “This salt supplies iodide, a necessary nutrient,” or “This salt does not contain iodide, a necessary nutrient.” But have you ever wondered why? Iodine is a trace element essential for a number of critical functions in the body, including fetal brain development, immune support, and […]

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Laura G Owens on March 29th, 2016

Image credit When I was pregnant nineteen years ago I wish my doctor had warned me I might be at risk for postpartum depression. Her words wouldn’t have freaked me out, they would have helped me cope when the darkness did indeed hit. I wish during my 6 week check-up (when I was at my […]

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Laura G Owens on February 24th, 2016

A few summers ago my husband, daughter and I were swimming in the Gulf of Mexico at Indian Rocks Beach when my daughter said, “Mom, what is that red rash on your back?” I reached my fingers around and felt a two by two sore bumpy patch in the left middle of my back. “Oh […]

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Laura G Owens on April 1st, 2015

Live Happy magazine reports that Costa Rica ranks as one of the happiest places on earth across a number of happiness index scales (Ranked number 1 out of 151 countries by the Happy Planet Index, HPI). When I went a few years ago, among the many places I’ve traveled, Costa Rica in particular, left a […]

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Laura G Owens on March 31st, 2015

The happiness movement is in full gear with piles of positive psychology research and even a happy magazine (“Like” Live Happy magazine on Facebook for daily tips to amp up your smile). Most of us already sense how we can get happy but now research backs what our gut’s been telling us. Live Happy tips: […]

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Laura G Owens on August 13th, 2014

I couldn’t figure out why I woke up this morning still thinking about Robin Williams. My husband offhandedly asked me yesterday why he thinks he did it, and maybe he asked me because no one can grasp why this beautiful brilliant man who made us snort laugh took himself from his family and fans. Or […]

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The now world famous sunshine vitamin is more than merely a nice have, ultimately D converts to a hormone and hormones have the power to unlock a long list of processes in your body — I mean long.  Made primarily from your skin’s exposure to sun or through supplementation, if you’re low in D you […]

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Laura G Owens on November 4th, 2013

Updated: April 6th, 2015  Adding mammogram or not? Now, I’m not sure. Why I changed my mind and had a 3D mammogram last year: Last year I spoke to a nurse at my imaging center and told her I stopped doing mammograms because I didn’t want repeated radiation (beyond what we all get day to […]

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Laura G Owens on September 19th, 2013

Healers heal with more than their medicine. Bedside manner sinks into our reactive minds and cells and makes a difference – Laura This summer at the beach I found out I had the dreaded shingles (Here’s my shingles story and how I got rid of this nasty crud). I’m 47ish, healthy and not under extreme stress. My case […]

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