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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Next Step Forward with Windows

We've been hearing a lot about Windows 10 over the last week and we've had the Technical Preview running in our office for almost 4 months. There are numerous features with which we are already quite excited. What we learned this week is even more impressive.

Windows 10 is marking a shift in the Operating System world, and is slated to finally be a realization of what developers have been struggling with for years. Many of us are familiar and frustrated with the hassles of integration between our traditional computers and mobile devices. Windows 8 was a huge leap forward in that regard, being able to install an app on a Windows phone and having a similar app in the traditional Windows 8 computer. The process was far from perfect, and pretty clunky; if you did something inside a desktop program, it probably wouldn't transfer over to the mobile version, and vice-versa - then on top of that, for example, IE has a program version, as well as an app version --- and they won't work the same, and didn't really talk well with each other.

In Windows 10 we start to see a much more "cross platform" approach to computing. I use "cross platform" loosely as it is truly not the case. To be technically correct, it is planned to truly only be "cross device" as the operating system on each device will be the same and developer will only need to tweak code to allow for the specifics of each: screen size/resolution, processor, audio, accessories... There are still questions about how Windows 10 will work with ARM devices, but the hope is there.

Along the same lines, console and desktop gamers have been struggling with the separation of worlds as well for years. Gaming consoles have been separated across networks from each other and from computer gaming. With Windows 10, Xbox Live will help bridge the gap; not only giving access to your games from Windows as well as your Xbox, but also having the ability to use your computer as a direct DVR, or even stream your game directly from your Xbox One to your Windows 10 tablet or PC.

Besides the more "traditional" devices, Microsoft also unveiled two new devices: Microsoft Surface Hub and Microsoft HoloLens.

Have you ever wished your tablet was bigger? How does 55" or 84" sound? This is not a smart TV, the Microsoft Surface Hub is a fully integrated system with cameras, sensors, mics, and speakers, designed for ink and touch interaction. So much more than a digital whiteboard, the Surface Hub will turn basic business meeting slideshows into fully interactive presentations with Windows 10 at its core. We've seen similar ideas in TV shows for a while, this is one amazing practical application.I'm excited to see where this goes.




What would a new OS be without a flare for the futuristic? Demoed earlier this week was Microsoft HoloLens. Google recently announced the shuttering of the consumer-end project of Google Glass. Microsoft stepped in and more than filled that space. While a bit aesthetically undesirable, HoloLens could be a major step forward as well. Imagine a 3D computing experience where you can not only overlay hologram computing on top on the real world, but in HD, surround sound, and completely wireless. Interaction by hand and voice is just the beginning.

We also get to look forward to Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant coming to PCs and tablets, and code-name "Project Spartan" the new web experience for Windows 10.

I would be greatly remiss if I didn't mention the biggest news unveiled this week. "Windows as a Service" will be getting a lot of attention as we approach the full release of Windows 10. 

Firstly, because it marks a shift in the PC operating system upgrade approach. Microsoft is looking to release new features and enhancements as soon as they're ready, not waiting for the next big release. This should make the question of "What version are you running?" a thing of the past.

Secondly, and possibly the biggest news, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade in the first year after launch, from not only Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Phone, but also from Windows 7, the most popular desktop operation system in the world (NetMarketShare). According to some studies, if everyone takes advantage of it, this could provide Windows 10 an almost 70% market share in the desktop market.

This is definitely some exciting news from Microsoft, and we will be watching it very closely. The big question is...
Is Microsoft now back in the game?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Boosting your and your Computer's Immune System during ChristmaHanaKwanzikaYuleSolstic

December News

Happy ChristmaHanaKwanzikaYuleSolstic...

  • Natural Options for Cold & Flu... Simple and Highly effective ways of boosting yours and your families Immune System
  • a Holiday Treat: Golden Milk
  • New Wellness Tools coming: ...Addictions, Conflict and Stress Beware!
  • Holiday Virus Season: Be careful when opening emails!
  • Finding Holistic/Greener Businesses in the Twin Cities
  • More Upcoming Events around Town
  • Natural Awakenings article: Happy Feasting to All - Tasty Rituals that Deepen the Holiday Spirit

It's all over in the news... "the Flu is up this year" and they are saying that the Flu Vaccine is considerably less effective than in years past. Keep in mind, we won't ever tell you not to get a vaccine as this is not the type of medicine we offer here (unless we see that your immune system maybe compromised, than we highly suggest you talk more indepth with your allopathic doctor first before, or waiting until it appears that your system can actually handle the vaccine better), we focus more on how can You have a stronger immune system with or without vaccines, so your body can do what it is innately designed to do, and that is to keep You healthy.

Below are some tips that we use here, and SchaOn recently used when he got the cold/flu, which only lasted about 48 hours.

Some tips:
  • Reduce stress (duh) - a Moist-Heat Liver pack in the evening goes a LONG way in reducing stress and boosting the immune system.
  • Elderberry has been clinically shown to reduce the sick time of Influenza A & B from 7 days to 4 days. Elderberry also makes it harder for the virus to spread from one cell to the next. We have 2 throat lozenges here in the clinic that contain Elderberry for this exact reason.
  • Zinc is crucial mineral that helps to boost the immune system. Zinc is also contained in these lozenges.
  • Oscillococcinum is a Homeopathic HPUS remedy that can be taken when you first start getting sick, and helps to reduce the duration of the cold and flu. We have some in-stock here, or you can also order it via the online dispensary and have it at your door in 2 days.
  • Epsom Salt Baths are a great way of getting magnesium into your system (and there's tremendous benefits to magnesium). Additionally, this helps to get your lymph to move which helps maintain a healthy immune system and clean the cells. Additionally, the hot water helps to bring your temp up helping to kill off more of the viruses.
  • Do you have a temp? Try to maintain that and don't try to break it right away, unless it's really high (over 105 F) or if it's lasted more than 2 days is when you want to start getting concerned. Part of the normal immune response is to create a fever to kill off the viruses, and allowing the innate ability of your body's own defenses goes a LONG way in maintaining a healthy immune system for life.
  • We have the Immune Support Audio therapy here in the office and it's only $10/session. Worried about getting us sick? Don't worry, we wipe down the doors handles with Silver Hydrosol (avail. via the online dispensary), as well as put it into the humidifiers and air diffuser. Additionally, we also add Immune Supporting Essential Oils and Herbs into the air... and if we do happen to get sick, we have pretty strong immune systems and heal pretty quickly.
  • Feel you need a little more than the Audio therapy? We also have a some fantastic Colorpuncture therapies to help when you're under the weather. Acute Sick Care appointments are $44 for non-members, or $22 for Monthly Wellness Members.
  • Also, you can't forgot the Vitamin D3. Some naturopaths recommend 25,000 IU for 3 days when first getting sick.
  • Additionally in the clinic, we also have Immune Support tablets by Banyan Botanicals, Trikatu by Organic India (helps move slow digestion --- good pooping is important for healthy immune function), Triphala (high in Vitamin C), as well as Ashwagandha to help maintain strength.
  • For a Cough, you can also try: 1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon with 1 tsp Raw Unheated Honey in Hot Water and drink. Raw Unheated Honey helps boost the immune system as well as heats stuck mucous. Cinnamon is high in Anti-Oxidants and has other good immune support effects.

Golden Milk


This is a favorite of ours during this time of year:
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Raw Unheated Honey
Bring Milk, Cinnamon, Turmeric and Cardamom to a soft boil. In the cup, add the Honey, then pour the heated delight, stir and enjoy! For more information about the benefits of this treat, check it out on Joyful Belly.


New Tools are on their way!


Esogetics has come out with some new fantastic tools and we are lucky enough to be able to bring some of them to you in the next few weeks!

The first new tool is the Esogetics Synapsis Wave Machine that includes new programs for Addictions, Long Gamma and Power Nap. The Synapsis machine helps in bringing back healthy brainwaves. We'll have more information about this awesome new tool in the next newsletter!

The second new tool that we are getting in is called theBody Disc, or also goes by "the Slice of Earth" (pictured to the left). This is the third crystal disc and goes along with the Love Disc (Disc of the Heart), as well as the Dream Disc. This disc features the sacred geometry of the "Flower of Life". The Earth Disc is the optimal medium to reactivate the communication between the body’s cells. It can be used in any situation. As it is assigned to the body and thus to the cellular consciousness, it relates to blockages of all cellular structures. The application of this disc is particularly suited to the Esogetic segmental zones of the body and resolves blockages gently. SchaOn, to say the least, is very excited to add this to his tool kit.

Lastly, SchaOn will be attending the Esogetics Update Seminar on January 11th and will be learning the latest Holistic Health therapies to be released from Germany, and so he won't be seeing clients on Sunday, Jan. 11th or Monday, Jan. 12th.



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It's THAT time of Year again: Holiday Virus Season


The Holiday shopping season has begun, "Early Black Friday Deals", "Get A $200 Macy's Store Credit" (a recent scam event on Facebook stating Macy's was giving away thousands of in-store credits worth thousands of dollars with over 29K people duped), and more. Phishing scams and virus exploits are at their high during this time of year, which roughly runs from the middle of November to the end of April (Holiday Shopping through Tax Season).

Be very cautious with any links that you click on in emails, or things you like, share or "join" on Facebook and other social media sites. Tips for staying secure during this time:
  • Hover over links - does the site say something like https://www.thecompanyname.com or is it something like https://companyname.someothersite.com, or maybe www.somethingsimple.pz? If it's not the company's official website, more than likely, it's not them and instead a phishing scam
  • When you click a link, what does the address bar at the top of the site say?
  • If you are entering credit card information, or logging into a site, does the site have an HTTPS at the beginning with a lock symbol? If not, don't do it! You can also click on the lock symbol to make sure everything is secure on that site.
  • But the site has a security emblem on the webpage saying it's secure. Don't do it. There are things called Cross Site Scripting vulnerabilities that can redirect your information elsewhere, and you won't know till it's too late.
  • Read last years article "The Busy Computer Seasons: a Virus Writer’s dream!"
  • Get a Computer Tune-up --- helping to make sure everything is up-to-date, Virus Scanners, OS Updates, Software, etc.
Schedule a Computer Tune-Up for November

Happy Feasting to All

Tasty Rituals that Deepen the Holiday Spirit

The holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Meanwhile, the media teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.

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Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?”

Upcoming Events

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Find a massive amount of Local, Holistic & Green events online
, from multiple sources, all in one place via the Twin Cities Holistic Directory.


The Twin Cities Holistic & Greener Directory was created to be an affordable online resource for small and local businesses within the Twin Cities Metro region who are more holistically minded and focused on greener options and services.

Are you a small business owner? Make sure to get listed! It's fast, easy and affordable!

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*As always, these statements (or any other in our newsletters, etc), have not been evaluated by the FDA. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's THAT time of Year again: Holiday Virus Season

The Holiday shopping season has begun, "Early Black Friday Deals", "Get A $200 Macy's Store Credit" (a recent scam event on Facebook stating Macy's was giving away thousands of in-store credits worth thousands of dollars with over 29K people duped), and more. Phishing scams and virus exploits are at their high during this time of year, which roughly runs from the middle of November to the end of April (Holiday Shopping through Tax Season).

Be very cautious with any links that you click on in emails, or things you like, share or "join" on Facebook and other social media sites. Tips for staying secure during this time:
  • Hover over links - does the site say something like https://www.thecompanyname.com or is it something like https://companyname.someothersite.com, or maybe www.somethingsimple.pz? If it's not the company's official website, more than likely, it's not them and instead a phishing scam
  • When you click a link, what does the address bar at the top of the site say?
  • If you are entering credit card information, or logging into a site, does the site have an HTTPS at the beginning with a lock symbol? If not, don't do it! You can also click on the lock symbol to make sure everything is secure on that site.
  • But the site has a security emblem on the webpage saying it's secure. Don't do it. There are things called Cross Site Scripting vulnerabilities that can redirect your information elsewhere, and you won't know till it's too late.
  • Read last years article "The Busy Computer Seasons: a Virus Writer’s dream!"
  • Get a Computer Tune-up --- helping to make sure everything is up-to-date, Virus Scanners, OS Updates, Software, etc.