Sunday, April 14, 2024

Inspiring a Healthy Lifestyle

We all would like to start the New Year on the right foot. Listen to your heart, slow down and remember to live your truth. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one!” – Brad Paisley

Here’s some good advice from Dr. Robert Rakowski of the Natural Medicine Center in Auston, Texas: “Live right, think right, eat right, exercise and drink right.” For more information on Dr. Rakowski, check out his website

Woolly Petals, 41 Main Street, Blairstown dispenses health tips, as well as unique fiber goods and expert flower arrangements. Photo by J. Major, Nov. 2022

2023 Recommendations for a Healthy New Year from Woolly Petals owner and health product expert, Ed Ball:

According to Ed Ball, owner of Woolly Petals, a local health distributor, gift shop and florist on Main Street in Blairstown, “No disease lives in a healthy body with a healthy immune system. An herbalist told me 90% of diseases start in your head and your emotional body.”

A positive mindset and stable emotional outlook can ward off negative health issues and promote a happier lifestyle in general and create an overall better community experience.

“Ninety percent of colon cancer is due to a poor diet of eating fats, processed foods and meats all day,” Ball said. “Change the diet to healthy fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains and see what happens.”

Woolly Petals is currently moving to the mall on Route 94 in Blairstown that currently houses Tractor Supply Co. Follow them on Facebook as they will be opening their new store mid-January.

Ball recommends Wellness N-A-Cetin as a staple for your immune arsenal. It promotes a healthy anti-inflammatory response and antioxidant support, which are both intimately linked with immune and respiratory health. Plus, it offers high potencies of zinc and vitamins C and D3, which support the production and stamina of critical immune cells. Recommended one tablet with each meal.

An immune booster advised by Woolly Petals. Photo by MB Journe, Dec. 2022

Product Recommendations from Nature’s Harvest of Main Street, Blairstown:

Neil Prsad, owner of Nature’s Harvest, 28 Main Street, Blairstown, also offered these helpful product tips for maintaining good health. Photo by MB Journe, Dec. 2022
Ultimate Probiotic by Natural Factor: It supports a positive balance of microflora, helps maintain a healthy immune system and digestive strength. Take one capsule three times a day with each meal. Photo by MB Journe, Dec. 2022

• Anti-V Formula with botanicals is designed to help strengthen the immune system’s ability to avert and combat damaging elements in your surroundings. This formula also contributes to the overall well-being by helping the circulatory system filter out impurities, as well as help the body’s beneficial bacteria, such as intestinal flora, to flourish. One dropper full is recommended daily.

Whole Earth & Sea products are vegan and gluten free. They use Isura approved laboratory tests for over 600 substances to ensure the best ingredients go into their products. They make women’s and men’s 50+ formula. The vitamins contain brain-supporting and heart-healthy nutrients such as niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, calcium and magnesium. Two tablets are recommended daily. Photo by MB Journe, Dec. 2022

A note from the author of this article:

Happy New Year! May your days start with a smile and your nights fill you with gratitude for all the possibilities just waiting for you to discover! Think good thoughts, speak good words, do good deeds!

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.