The Brain-Body Connection–How Neurofeedback Helps

By Shannon Traphagen “Life presents us with a variety of challenges, emotional and physical that impact the brain-body connection. It’s all interconnected.” Dr. Kathy Calabrese, a licensed family and marriage therapist, received her PH.D. from the University at Buffalo before becoming certified in neurofeedback therapy from the

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Get Your Produce Fix with Fresh Fix

By Shannon Traphagen Organic food sales are setting records as more mainstream Americans fill their shopping carts with everything from farm fresh eggs to grass fed meats, and one local company is making it both convenient and affordable. Fresh Fix, located in Buffalo, offers the highest quality

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Understanding Depression and Suicide

By Shannon Traphagen Junior Seau, L’Wren Scott, Robin Williams, and just this week Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade–what do these individuals have in common? Unfortunately, they all took their own lives due to mental health struggles. Kate Spade, fashion designer icon, and billionaire had been battling with

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Couples that Play Together Stay Together

by Shannon Traphagen Life gets busy, and when it does, demands pile up, work hours increase, and family schedules and obligations take a toll. This is often when time for fun gets pushed aside, causing a strain in our relationships. However, according to the American Psychological Association,

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Federal Meats–Like Family to Customers

By Shannon Traphagen Local butcher shops are becoming few and far between, but many people are beginning to wake up to the values of shopping small and local. Buffalo communities and those seeking an alternative to the big box stores are part of a growing market that

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Maple Trees–Not Just for Making Maple Syrup!

By Shannon Traphagen Along twisting country roads, fields of green stretch for miles. Bright red barns dot the landscape, and wind mills turn slowly, towering in the distance. These scenes are just a few of the many pleasures that one enjoys when entering maple farm country. Western

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The Genius of the Jacobs Institute

by Shannon Traphagen A new TV show aired recently called Pure Genius, in which a Silicon Valley entrepreneur partnered with a progressive chief of staff to build a medical hospital. The show brought together engineers, surgeons, researchers, and start-up companies, working together and using 3-D printing and

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A Heavenly Experience!

by Shannon Traphagen Imagine being transported to Polynesia in the time it takes to get to The Spa at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino or the Spa at Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino, and depending upon where you are coming from in Western New York, it won’t

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Benefits of plant-based medicine

By Shannon Traphagen Across cultures, herbal medicine is a part of our human heritage. Herbs are an important tool in conventional medicine throughout Europe, Asia, and India, and have been used since the 1800’s. In the early 1900s, American doctors commonly used naturopathy, homeopathy, and other holistic

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What You Don’t Know About Olmsted Parks and the Conservancy that Supports them

by Shannon Traphagen We all know that active, outdoor lifestyles contribute to leading healthier lives, and the Western New York region is fortunate to have access to the beautiful Olmsted park system. Believe it or not, Olmsted was the first urban park system ever designed in the

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