Monday, 01 December 2014 01:00
By Kristie Snyder,
Ithaca has become the kind of town where you can put an entirely local meal on the table with ease, year-round. For those who wish to extend their locavore lifestyle beyond the kitchen, and share its bounty with others, GreenStar offers a great collection of local gift items. Whether you're looking for gifts as part of a Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other holiday celebration or simply to show appreciation for the host of that terrific party you just got invited to, we have an abundance of offerings that keep your dollars in the local community.
Though you can find local treasures in almost every aisle, our Wellness Department anchors the gift selection at the West-End store. Along with the fantastic array of Fair Trade gifts from around the world (profiled in this month's Gift Guide insert), local mainstays such as cards, pottery, soap, and candles abound.
For the bodycare lovers on your gift-giving list, look for soaps from Avital's Apiaries, 17th Century Suds' new Ithaca Soap line, Aromatic Traditions (based in Elmira), and Syracuse Soapworks. Soap is something everyone can use, but for bodycare that goes beyond simply getting clean, Avital's offers bath fizzies, winter balms (especially welcome for those who suffer from the dreaded winter dry-skin itchies), and even a men's wet-shaving set, packed with everything a guy needs for an old-fashioned shave, including a hand-made shaving mug.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00
By Ken Zeserson
Understanding Quantum-Touch is like trying to grab a handful of water. You dip your hand in; you feel the water; you grasp the water; when you pick it up to look at it you don't see anything — but your hand is wet. Quantum-Touch officially came into being through the work of Richard Gordon, who studied an intuitive healer, Bob Rasmussen, for 22 years. He observed how Bob achieved results, carefully documenting what he saw. In 1999, he published "Quantum-Touch: The Power to Heal." As he puts it in the introduction: "Employing only a very light touch ... you can profoundly accelerate the body's own healing response. The effect is so immediate and extraordinary, you can actually see bones in the body spontaneously realigning themselves with only a light touch."
As strange as this seems, Amanda York, a local Quantum-Touch practitioner, has witnessed the phenomenon many times during her years of practice. "The technique uses the biological phenomenon of entrainment," she says, "which refers to organisms synchronizing to an external stimulus. Fireflies' flashing is one example. Even the pendulums of grandfather clocks will synchronize in just a few days, if sharing a common wall. As the practitioner raises his or her level of chi, the client's body responds by raising its level, which allows for faster healing." Chi, or prana (in Yoga practice), is commonly known in most of the world as "life force energy," or that which precedes physical manifestation. In the West, as author Richard Gordon has wryly noted, we call it "woo-woo."
Sunday, 02 November 2014 02:25
By Ammitai Worob
According to the census bureau, the largest growing age demographic in the US and worldwide are centenarians — folks living past 100 years old. Do you think you'll live past 100?
Would you want to live that long? If you're like most people, the answer doesn't have much to do with chronological age, but on how you would be able to function, physically, mentally, and socially. If we're likely to live a long time and we want to make sure we're healthy to enjoy those years, how do we do it?
First, let's ask: "How do we know if we're healthy?" Most people's answer would be simple — they'd say that if they feel healthy, they are healthy. But what about the tens of thousands of people walking around with breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, and so on? They probably don't have any symptoms, but clearly they aren't healthy. So we get mammograms, prostate exams, colorectal exams, blood labs, and more. With these early detection measures we should have terrific health outcomes, right?
It's not news to most of us that despite exponentially outspending any other country when it comes to "health care," here in the US we are literally crippled by our poor health. Unsustainable cost aside (and this is obviously a major issue, but beyond the scope of this short article), we continue to see rising numbers in almost every lifestyle-related chronic disease: diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancer, several types of mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease.
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It's time to protect yourself from the sun's rays. We've got an array of safe, healthy sunscreen brands for all ages.
Here in Wellness we're constantly looking for safe, healthy products for you, and our search extends to sun care. How, in the sea of sunscreens, do you make an informed decision? Shop at GreenStar! We stock a vast array of sunscreens that use minerals instead of chemicals with questionable data attached to them. Your body will far prefer zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to block those UV rays. We choose awesome brands — Badger, Goddess Garden, and the new Caribbean Solutions and Elemental Herbs — all of which have top ratings from the Environmental Working Group. They use non-nano minerals, which means larger particles that won't absorb into the skin, and thus cannot cause a transdermal mineral overdose. Not only are our sunscreens healthy for adults and kids alike, they're also biodegradable and reef-safe (for you more coastal travelers). So stop by the Co-op on your way to the lake or swimming hole. Your skin — and the whole ecosystem — will thank you!
GreenStar recently installed 18 solar panels on the roof of the receiving area on the southern side of the store, and as of mid-September, they’re providing clean, renewable power to the store. The 4.05 kW grid-tied system, installed by Ithaca’s Renovus Energy, is made up of 18 SunPower 225 Watt panels. The system is designed to generate an average of 11.1 kWh per day, or 4,038 kWh per year. Of course, energy production is both weather- and seasonally-dependent. General Manager Bini Reilly estimates that the system should provi...