Category Archives: Inspiration

A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Though Mom is often on our mind, finding a special something to honor her might leave you scrambling. Gifts don’t have to be too costly to feel meaningful, thoughtful, and genuinely useful. I like my friend Melissa Schmallenberger’s advice for gifts: Get something consumable or go with an experience. I’ve got several suggestions for you. For…

Why Taking a “Screencation” is Better Than a Vacation.


Researchers say that most Americans spend 70% of their waking hours staring at some sort of digital screen. (I’ve seen a few reports with even scarier numbers, like 90%.) First thing in the morning, all day long at the office, waiting in line at the grocery store, even in the bathroom stall, (come on, admit…

10 highly motivating reasons to drink more water.


Drinking more water.    It’s one of the simplest, cheapest, and most immediate ways to upgrade your physical appearance and overall health. Yet, millions of people walk around in a state of near-constant dehydration. I see it manifest in my patients as dry, flaky skin; chapped lips and nosebleeds. Whether it’s due to plain old…

Hair growth vitamins, oils, meds and treatments—do any of them really work?

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Recently, a friend showed me a website for a popular brand of vitamins that, supposedly, help your hair to grow, grow, grow. Just about everyone wants thick, shiny  hair. It’s considered a marker of beauty, virility/fertility, and attractiveness in our culture. “What’s the deal with these?” she wanted to know. “Do they work?” It’s a good question!…

Setting a big goal? You might want to keep your lips zipped


‘Tis the season for resolutions, intentions and goals for the coming year. Many of us have an ambivalent relationship with goal-setting, maybe because we so often disappoint ourselves. Common sense suggests that when you’ve got a big goal, like committing to a new workout routine, eating better, losing weight, or perhaps writing a book or…

10 ways to fall asleep fast


It’s 2:48am. You’re completely awake, tossing and turning, wishing you could slip into slumber because your alarm clock is scheduled to go off in just a few hours. You’ve got an immensely busy day tomorrow, and you can’t afford to be sleep-deprived. But for whatever reason, you just can’t fall asleep…   We’ve all been…

What is “clean eating” and should you bother trying it?


During the holiday season, food is a major part of the celebration. Sometimes it becomes a guilty pleasure and we might wonder how to counter that inherent guilt. We might even start to think about our next diet. When it comes to food and nutrition, there’s always a trendy “buzzword” diet of the moment. In…

Dancing for the health of it


A few years ago I had the pleasure of hearing my friend Cris Linnares speak about her journey back to health through movement, especially dancing. The warm-blooded Brazilian native described her first winter in North Dakota, the birth of her daughter, subsequent baby blues and her father’s passing as “the perfect storm.”  She was down,…

Never Let Them See You Sweat: What to do if you sweat too much.


Summer is winding down, and it’s been a hot one. Deodorants and anti-perspirants have been a very necessary part of most people’s morning ritual. Sweating is usually a good thing. It helps us keep our temperatures normalized, and minimizes risk of heat stroke. Our best friends, dogs, can’t sweat, so they try to keep up…

TED talks are good mental nutrition.


Gandhi once said “Live as though you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Our community got a good dose of healthy learning last week, when speakers with bold ideas graced the TEDxFargo stage. Explorers, gardeners, doctors, film-makers, philanthropists and artists shared their passions and purpose with hundreds of attendees….