Alternative medicine refers to those practices that are neither commonly taught at US medical schools nor commonly available at US healthcare facilities. Alternative medicine most commonly includes healing modalities like yoga, meditation, ayurveda, acupuncture, herbalism, osteopathy, aromatherapy, biofeedback, massage, homeopathy, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine.
The idea of a radical librarian, or the library as a radical place, may seem odd to some. People often think of librarians as nice, helpful people or as middle aged women with reading glasses and tight hair buns who shush noisy patrons. But the idea of a librarian or a library as a radical person or place is not usually brought to mind. Yet the modern public library came into existence as the result of nineteenth century populist/progressive thought.
Today's society is in a continuous search for the quick fix to problems. We eat fast food, and food prepared at home is often prepackaged and full of preservatives. Have you eaten a school lunch with your child lately or taken the time to read the lunch menu when you write the check for her or his lunch ticket? It seems that your child may get the same nutritional value from a stick of margarine. What happened to the days of home-grown vegetables from the garden and the smell of tomatoes simmering on the stove, waiting to be canned, and consumed over our long Minnesota winter? What happened to the onion poultice grandmother used to tame a bad cold? When did the rush begin? When did we begin to forget all that the earth has to offer us naturally?
Using plants for life's little accidents is simple. Listed below are a few common, easy to find herbal plants to include in your first aid kit.
For some, developing new skills and talents helps them become more attractive to employers. It may even lead to people outside the bartering community paying for that service. Improving skills also helps barterers feel better about themselves. Whatever skill you offer, whether it's as simple as walking a dog or just visiting with someone, all are valued as much as any other service. Another benefit of bartering: cost savings. Membership is free. And you're able to help reduce expenses because you're paying with time and energy instead of dollars. For some, especially the elderly and disabled, these savings are important. Often, cutting costs through bartering allows them to stay in their homes longer. Participants can also help those in need by donating their credits to them.
Everyone can be a community investor. It's easy. For example, did you know that your checking account could help low income families buy affordable homes? Did you know that your IRA could help create jobs in impoverished communities? Community investors have discovered that they can combine their banking and investing with their desire to help build healthy communities both here and abroad. Community investors are people who bank, save and invest in community development financial institutions or CDFIs.