Wellness & Learning

Wellness & Learning covers all things fitness and wellness in creative and inspiring ways that resonate with people living in a mountain community. This story can stretch beyond sports into the greater outdoor realm.

Antibiotic Resistance

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Since 1943, when pharmaceutical companies began mass-producing antibiotics, our lives have been made immeasurably easier. Thanks to these drugs, we no longer have to worry about dying from pneumonia, succumbing to dangerous staph infections, or wondering if we’ll survive TB. After all, we live in a time when curing an infection is only a prescription away. Right?

Radon

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Did you know the Sierra Nevada has some of the highest levels of the radioactive gas radon in California and Nevada?

The Family Dinner:

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It's more than just a meal

MSG: The Hidden Additive

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MSG could be in your food without your knowledge.

Bead for Life

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Bead for Life was started by an American woman named Torkin Wakefield, who accompanied her husband – an AIDS doctor – to Uganda. One fortuitous day, Wakefield met a Ugandan woman rolling beads in the sun, and purchased a couple of the woman’s necklaces. The effort snowballed into the non-profit group called Bead For Life, which now has almost 400 members and is helping Ugandan women buy food, medicine, homes -- supporting themselves and their families.

Say What?

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Summer concerts in Tahoe are great occasions to be outdoors, listen to amazing bands, and socialize with friends. They’re also prime opportunities to permanently damage your hearing. I know what you’re thinking: 'I go...

Boost endurance and immunity with these

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Practical Wellness
Linda Lindsay delves into the herbal side of amazing aptogens that boost immunity and improve your mental and physical performance.

Polycarbonate Plastic

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Number 7 may not be so lucky

Six Myths That Don’t Hold Water

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Here’s a look at the origins — and truths — behind six popular water myths.

Antibacterial Soaps

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Practical Wellness
Numerous studies have shown that triclosan, the active ingredient in antibacterial soap, is no more effective at preventing infections than plain soap and water. In the larger picture, triclosan (and its cousin triclocarban) pose serious and unacceptable risks to human health and the environment.