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Do you believe in Holistic Medicine? Aromatherapy?

Holistic Medicine is defined as the art and science of treating the whole body rather than treating conditions and symptoms. I personally had to venture down this path many years ago when I developed carpal tunnel. It was a dark period in my life but I managed the pain with traditional medicine and then tried acupuncture. What I found comforting was the fact that the Acupuncturist took an entire 2 hours with me to determine the best course of treatment. I felt that this had to be the way instead of traditional procedures for pain management. I soon began to heal and because of this my entire lifestyle changed.

Opening up different possibilities, I thought..hmmm~ if it worked so well for my pain what about my moods? I am a firm believer that one scent can make your day or relax you just before bed. Enter in~ Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is also a part of holistic medicine which is defined as the practice of applying the healing benefits of essential oils.

How Houston Co. Ranks Healthwise

Have you seen the 2011 national health rating for your county? 

Houston County is ranked 17 out 156 counties in the state of Georgia.

You can see how Houston County compares nationally and statewide in arenas such as mortality, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, as well as in physical environment.

Farmers Market Open Saturdays

The Farmers Market in Perry is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

You can find the market behind Perry Arts Center on Macon Rd.

Learn about the rules and regulations of becoming a vendor.

Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Tips for Traveling with Your Pet


On a typical warm sunny day, you may find yourself driving your car with the windows down while your dog is peering out the window – wind blowing in his face.  This may appear to be harmless however, it is not safe practice.

While we all love to see the shiny nose of a dog sticking out of a car window, the reality is that your pet's eyes could be injured by debris and other dirt in the air. Moreover, a passing squirrel or another dog or cat could prompt your pet to jump out of the window – a serious and often fatal mistake.

Summertime means vacation and road trips with friends and family. Taking your pet along for the ride could make vacation memories all the more special. Here are some tips on traveling with your pet that will help get your vacation off to a great start.

Hot Weather Tips for your Furry Friend

Hot Weather Tips for your Furry Friend

Please follow these guidelines to protect your companion animal when the mercury rises.

*Overheating can kill an animal. Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, since even with the windows open, a parked car, truck or van can quickly become a furnace. Parking in shade offers only very short term protection, as the sun shifts during the day. When traveling, carry a gallon thermos filled with fresh, cold water.

 *Don't force your animal to exercise after a meal in hot, humid weather. Always exercise him in the early morning or in the evening.

 *In extremely hot weather, don't leave you dog standing on the street, and keep walks to a minimum. He is much closer than you to the hot asphalt, and his body can heat up quickly. His paws can also burn, since they are not protected by shoes.

Houston Eighth Graders Attend Health Forum

More than 2,000 teenagers attended the Teen Health Forum at the Fairgrounds in Perry.

Eighth graders from all Houston County middle schools and private schools attended the event.

They learned how to make the right decisions when faced with peer pressure and other major issues that can impact their futures.

The day consisted of guest speakers who talked about issues such as alcohol, drugs, sex, health and nutrition, and much more.

Johnathan Harkins from Bonaire Middle School says he was shocked by what he didn't know.

Harkins was one of many students who say they learned a lot from the forum.

"I think this will help me and my other students to just know that it's not a joking matter and that it's serious, and that if they learn about the consequences, then they can be protected and be careful," said Alison Tribble.

Relay for Life

Houston County's Relay for Life is set for May 13 at National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 127 teams were registered.

See more about Houston County's Relay for Life.