Author: Amber McKenzie

Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile Opens Second Location in Kendall Yards

Amy Barker and Daniel Pringle, owners of Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile, are opening a second store in Kendall Yards at 1206 West Summit Parkway, in Spokane. Barker is a certified professional dog trainer. They bought the original Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile, located at 5608 South Regal, Suite 100, in 2013. “We consider it an honor to serve our customers and their pets with the highest-quality nutrition, food and products available on the market, and believe this is our way to nurture the human-animal bond,” says Barker. “This mission has grown over the past four years, driving us to expand...

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HeartMath Course Available in Coeur d’Alene

Rebecca Knight, owner of Blue Sky Services, is a certified HeartMath coach in Coeur d’Alene. She is offering the HeartMath Revitalize You! course from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays for four weeks beginning October 28 through November 18. This course has produced proven results in reducing stress, increasing vitality and improving overall well-being. “My mission as a HeartMath coach is to help people cut through the chaos of their daily lives and identify the triggers and stressors that are inhibiting their success and life goals,” says Knight. “With the holiday season approaching, we are entering a very stressful and...

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Backpacks Affect Spinal Health in Children

Spinal pain in children due to increased weight and increased time carrying a backpack is on the rise. A study out of Italy reports the average child carries a backpack weighing more than 20 percent of their weight, and 60 percent began to experience back pain as a result. This has been shown to cause an increase in wear and tear on the vertebrae and discs of the spine, as well as indirect trauma by reducing the natural curvature of the spine as the child leans forward to accommodate for the heavy weight of the backpack. The American Chiropractic...

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Thermal Images Reveal Smartphone Dangers

Digital thermal images can be used to demonstrate the damaging effects of wearing a smartphone using infrared cameras that record radiant heat waves that come to the surface of the skin. When there are problems under the surface, the body produces heat showing the presence of disease, inflammation or increased blood flow to fight infection. Smartphone radiation has a powerful impact on the body, and wearing the device or carrying it in a pocket is strongly discouraged. As a unique test of physiology in women, risk assessment thermal imaging can provide indications of disease many years before a mass...

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7Roots Guides Clients Through Life After Loss

Cyndi Rai Guides Clients Through the Pain of Grief and Loss Cyndi Rai, owner of 7Roots and Energy Massage & Reflexology, in Liberty Lake, has experienced the deep impact of grief; she lost her only son to suicide in 2016. “I am fortunate I had the tools I needed to work through the pain and grief of losing my son,” she says. Rai, a massage therapist, reiki master and Chopra-trained meditation teacher notes. “My dream to open 7Roots and create a healing space where people working through grief and loss can come and learn the same tools I utilize...

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