• September 9, 2019

    Ozone Therapy: Pill-Free Pain Relief

    By Dr. Ward Wagner

     

    When we are young, we tend to take our youth for granted. We don’t wake up each day thinking, “I sure feel wonderful. Not an ache or pain in my body.” It isn’t until our bodies begin to age and arthritis begins to set in that we look back on those youthful years and wish we could have our young bodies back and have that spring in our step once again.

    Many people suffer the aches and pains that come with age on a daily basis. Some feel like their medicine cabinets are beginning to look like a pharmacy. Most folks believe they have two choices: pill popping or living in constant pain. However, there are opioid-free options that not only relieve pain but also restore the body’s natural healing properties. One such treatment is ozone therapy. Though it may sound a bit futuristic, it has actually been around for a hundred and fifty years and was even used during World War I to disinfectant wounds, increase blood flow, and reduce inflammation. 

    So what exactly is ozone? 

    Most of us are familiar with the term “ozone” as it relates to the planet. Ozone is a colorless gas made up of three oxygen atoms; there is a layer of ozone gas in the earth’s stratosphere. Its primary purpose is to protect the earth from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, most of which it absorbs.

    Although ozone is a gas, developments in technology have made it possible for ozone to be injected. This method is especially effective in treating joint pain due to arthritis. It has also helped in the healing and reduction of scar tissue resulting from surgery or injury. Studies have shown that intra-articular injections of ozone significantly decrease pain intensity in patients with mild to moderate arthritis and improve their function. 

    We live in a time where technological advancements make it possible for us not only to live longer lives but also to live stronger lives. Never in the history of mankind have we had a greater level of understanding or more advanced abilities than we do right now, endowing us with the capacity to tap into natural sources for the healing and benefit of our bodies.

    If you suffer from joint pain, inflammation, or scars that are a result of injury or surgery, ozone therapy could be the “anti-aging” agent you’ve been waiting for. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your options to see whether ozone therapy is your ticket to a long, healthy, pain-free life. Contact my office, Dixie Chiropractic, at 435-673-1443. 

     

    J Clin Diagn Res Published online 2017 Sep 1. Therapeutic Efficacy of Ozone Injection into the Knee for the Osteoarthritis Patient along with Oral Celecoxib and Glucosamine. Xu Feng and Li Beipinghttps://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320759.php

     

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  • September 9, 2019

    Five Principles of Healthy Weight Loss

    By Dr. Edward Prince 

     

    It happens to all of us. The summer ends, and we become less active. Then the holidays arrive, and we overindulge in that gift bag of chocolate-covered superfruit. By the time January rolls around, the scale is showing some bad numbers, so we resolve to hit the gym (and Costco subtly fills the isles with exercise equipment). As spring arrives, the weight is still with us, and we vow to get swimsuit ready by summer. 

    The weight gain/weight loss cycle I just described is sometimes difficult to break. However, if you are carrying around extra pounds, losing weight is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Let me illustrate this point with an orthopedic example: Research has shown that the forces experienced across the knee joint with simple stair climbing can be as high as seven times your body weight. Ten pounds of extra weight can lead to seventy pounds of extra stress on knee joints! This eventually takes its toll, wearing out the protective cartilage in the joints and leading to arthritis. Excess weight also raises blood sugar, raises cholesterol, and increases your risk of diseases, which can lead to a number of health complications.

    In today’s fast-paced and social-media driven world, losing weight can often seem confusing and perplexing. Last week, a woman asked me, “With so many diet plans available, which one do you recommend?” As a physician and surgeon, I am frequently asked this same question by many of my patients. Here are my key principles for losing weight and becoming healthier:

    1. Consume fewer calories than the energy you expend each day.
    2. Exercise daily (or six times a week).
    3. Use technology devices and apps to keep you on track.
    4. Reduce portions and limit snacks. 
    5. Change your lifestyle.

    If you want to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take into your body.  Plain and simple, right? However, this requires some effort. You need to look at each food you eat and add up the calories. Although this process takes time, it is well worth the effort as you learn what ingredients are in the foods you eat and what you can safely consume each day to lose weight. (Unfortunately for me, chocolate-covered superfruit is not a low-calorie food!)

    Counting the number of calories you burn each day is a little more complex, but there are various tech items available to help with this. Activity trackers (think Fitbit or other similar trackers) measure your heart rate and account for your height, weight, and age to determine an accurate calorie output. I use mine every time I workout. It helps me gauge my effort as I watch my heart rate go up and down. 

    Apps can help track your successes or point out your shortcomings. One app I am familiar with is My Fitness Pal, which allows you to enter calories from food and exercise and does the math for you. The My Fitness Pal app will help you set a weight-loss goal and tell you how much of a calorie deficit you need each day in order to lose a set amount of weight.  

    Strava is an app that will track you as you walk, run, or cycle. It will tell you how far and how fast you have gone and will keep track of where you have traveled, comparing your time with previous times you have traveled the same route. It also estimates calories and automatically communicates with the My Fitness Pal app. 

    Here are a few additional tips that might help you out:

    • Reduce your portion size at home by filling your plate as usual. Then, remove twenty percent of the amount on your plate.
    • Leave the table a little early so that you don’t pick at the extra food.
    • Hydrate. It fills your stomach with a zero-calorie substance.
    • Exercise in the morning. This sets your metabolism a little higher and helps burn more calories throughout the day.
    • Eat plenty of vegetables. No one gains weight eating vegetables.
    • Eat the low-calorie foods on your plate first. If you don’t finish it all, you will be leaving the high calorie foods on your plate.

    Finally, when you lose the weight, you absolutely must adopt new habits as a lifestyle in order to keep the weight off. You cannot go back to your previous habits and expect to keep the weight off. This is why people who have lost weight gain it all back. Making a lifestyle change is worth it! Once you’ve lost the weight, you are going to look better, feel better, and be healthier. What is more, you may never have to come to my office to discuss joint pain issues!

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  • September 9, 2019

    The Incredible Power of Love

    By Brigit Atkin

     

    Years ago, I had the privilege of working with at-risk students in a local middle school. It was one of the most challenging yet fulfilling jobs I’ve ever experienced. There was one boy in particular who will forever stand out in my mind as a student who cried out for the love he craved—love that was missing in his young and troubled life. This boy was literally thrown into my classroom one day. He was in trouble for drawing gang symbols on his paper during class. He was hostile and put in a corner by an officer where he was isolated from everyone else. Even though I couldn’t see him, I could feel his loneliness as well as his desperate need to be loved. It was an overpowering feeling, and I wrestled within myself about how to best help him.

    I noticed that this boy’s lunch account had no money in it. I also deduced that his parents were newly divorced and seemingly preoccupied with new romances. This teen had been forgotten at one of the most vulnerable times of his young life, and his behavior showed how much he needed to belong and to be loved. That day, I reached out in the only way I knew how; I went outside to some vendors and bought him lunch. At first, he wouldn’t accept it, but after some time, he ate the lunch that was offered. I could feel his protective emotional walls come down a bit and silently prayed for further opportunities and success. On my end, it felt good to make a difference in another person’s life. I could feel my own heart grow and my ability to love increase.

    We are designed to love and to be loved. Without it, we will literally die from the inside out. Many times we withhold love from others without consciously being aware of it, and this is usually because we are hurting emotionally ourselves and not receiving the love we need. We cannot give from an empty well, so we first start with loving ourselves. One way to start loving yourself is to go back in the timeline of your life and forgive old hurts. You might do this through therapy, energy work, prayer, or meditation. Forgive yourself for the dumb things you’ve done, and forgive others for the hurt they have caused you. It’s so important to remember that other people hurt us because they themselves are hurting. This might help in the forgiveness process. 

    Because love is always an act of giving and receiving, make sure you are reaching out to others. I promise that everyone around you is in need of something you have to give, whether it’s a kind word, a sincere compliment, or any other act of service and love. Just assume they need it!  Love, especially patient love, can thaw the coldest of hearts, can break down the thickest of walls. Love heals the core of our being, our very soul. This is where we feel, think, and make decisions. When this part of us is injured, it doesn’t function properly. Love heals the mind and heart and helps them work together. Love heals the perception of ourselves as well as the way we see others. The power of love can even heal the body! In certain circumstances, hospitals often hire people to hold and rock newborns in their nurseries. There are many documented cases of newborns who were born prematurely, who were struggling with physical ailments, or who were failing to thrive but were brought from near death to a thriving state because of consistent, loving touch. Never underestimate its power! 

    The story I mentioned at the beginning doesn’t have a happy ending. The boy was removed from the school before I had any more interaction with him, and it haunts me still. I see him on the arrest list from time to time, and my heart breaks each time I see it. That boy had potential, and at a time when he needed love most, it wasn’t aptly given to him. He is a valuable soul, and I hope and pray that he is given the opportunity to know that one day. Maybe there is someone out there who will cross his path and will have the opportunity to extend love to him in a way that will break down his walls and heal his heart, allowing him to see his true worth. I know this can happen, and I know that if it does, it will change his life. 

    Seek opportunities to love others. Start with yourself and your family members. The one who is acting out the most is very likely the one who needs the most love. Be patient and diligent, then watch for all the ways they become who they are truly capable of becoming. Love is that powerful!

     

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  • September 9, 2019

    Ten Percent Tour de France

    By Jay Bartlett

     

    Riding your bike should ultimately be about having fun. Yes, it’s a workout. Often, it is challenging and can even be hard and painful at times. But at the end of the ride (or within a day or two after finishing a big event), you should be able to say you had fun. It’s the reason most people ride bikes, and if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong!

    Fun obviously comes in different forms for different people, and accepting a challenge that can potentially be hard and a bit painful can still be filled with many fun moments.

    A couple of months ago, my girlfriend Steph came up with the idea of riding ten percent of the miles of the Tour de France each day. That averages out to be about ten miles a day, the longest ride being fourteen miles and the shortest ride being two miles (the day of the individual time trial during the Tour de France). Not big miles really, but the challenge is the frequency of the rides: twenty-one days in a row with only two rest days! 

    “Have fun with that,” I thought. But as we talked about the “rules” of the game, I became hooked. This did sound like fun. After all, I’d be watching the Tour on television anyway, so what better way to get motivated to ride every day?

    We thought about doing all of the stages on mountain bike trails, which would be a cool way to do this “grand tour,” or trying to throw in ten percent of the climbing as well (there was a lot of it in this year’s race). But because of the logistics of our jobs, the care of our dog Penny, or just the vagaries of daily life, we decided to keep it loose and hit the miles in any way we could manage. Some days were indeed on dirt and some were on pavement. We even rode several of the short mile days on our old-school Schwinn three-speed cruisers to add to the challenge and to keep it fun. That’s the cool thing about a project like this; it’s so unofficial! Make your own rules. Miss a day? Make it up at the end or add the miles to the next day. Do it in the dirt? Do it all on the road? Ride your fastest or just go for a ride? It’s your tour and your rules.

    As I write this on day twenty-one, the pro peloton is making its way into Paris for several laps around the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees for one last sprint finish to end this year’s Tour and crown its winners. We’ll be waiting for the evening temps to cool a bit so we can finish our Ten Percent Tour in St George’s slightly less historic and glitzy downtown, where we’ll ride through several roundabouts and climb a parking garage or two to simulate the final stage and our victorious finish of Le Petite Tour, as I call it. Unfortunately, it’s also Sunday, so we can’t get any champagne to celebrate, as is the tradition. I suppose sparkling water will have to do!

     

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  • September 9, 2019

    The Truth about Food and Supplements

    By Bentley Murdock

     

    Over two thousand years ago, a wise philosopher (who also happened to be a master herbalist and wholistic nutritionist) gave the world a timeless key for unlocking the treasure of perpetual healing: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

     

    Hippocrates understood the critical importance of granting our bodies the daily essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals they desperately require. And furthermore, he was well acquainted with our most trustworthy source of those same nourishing gems: clean, whole plant foods.

     

    Unfortunately, “food” is far too relative a term in our highly processed world. Just because something is being eaten doesn’t deem it nourishing or nutritious. Even calling a certain food organic is only as credible as those making the claim. In my opinion, the majority of America’s booming “food” industries are simply food-like substances that are carefully engineered to taste great, last forever, and cost almost nothing. Thanks to America’s growing and insatiable appetite for these so-called “foods,” our once reliable healthcare system has slowly turned into a multi-trillion-dollar “sick-care” industry.

     

    The largest piece missing from most eating habits is the sheer absence of clean, whole plant foods. Most people are under the grand illusion that they can somehow replace all the fruits, veggies, legumes, herbs, grains, nuts, and seeds that they should be eating every day with powders, shakes, pills, and gummy vitamins. The first question to ask yourself is, “How much of the food I eat every day is coming from clean, whole plant foods?” A sobering moment that can help you answer this question is to take a picture of all your groceries right before you put them away and simply survey in your mind what you and your family consume on a regular basis.

    Most of what the body needs can be obtained by eating a balanced diet of plant foods: fruits, veggies, legumes, herbs, grains, nuts, and seeds. Keep it simple, and get back to the basics (the kind of meals with which your grandparents were likely very familiar). Surviving turns into thriving when we finally get back in touch with doing more of our own “food processing” in our own kitchens.

     

    When it comes to nutritional supplements (another multi-billion-dollar industry), there is an overwhelming presence of fad-driven, trendy, social-media fueled hype. To be honest, it wasn’t that long ago when the only supplements available to any of us were the herbs and spices we could either grow or find. The sad reality about the industry today is that, in order to cut costs, the majority of the products out there are loaded with synthetic filler ingredients and toxic chemicals of every kind. As a direct result, we are the ones who have to deal with symptoms such as liver and kidney failure.

     

    There are wonderful products out there, and it’s up to each of us to do our own research and find companies with owners who care deeply about the health and well-being of their customers. If you start with a comprehensive blood panel, you’ll know exactly what you currently have stored up and what’s missing. There’s no sense in taking supplements you don’t need or avoiding supplements that could be saving your life. For more information about in-home phlebotomy (blood draw) services, call (866) 396-8742, or e-mail Aloha@HealisticVitality.com.

     

    Here are a few phenomenal (un-sung hero) vitamins and mineral supplements which I confidently recommend:

     

    • Lyposomal Vitamin C (Simply Potent brand)
    • Vitamin B Complex (Garden of Life/Vitamin Code brand)
    • Vitamin B12 (MaryRuth Organics or Garden of Life brand)
    • Vitamin D (MaryRuth Organics or Garden of Life brand)
    • Collagen Builder (Garden of Life /MyKind Organics brand)
    • Omega 3, 6, 7, 9 EFA (Mary Ruth Organics brand)
    • Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc (Living Calcium/Garden of Life brand)
    • Liquid Minerals (Floradix brand)

     

    I love Michael Pollan’s simple take on achieving physical healing and overall wellness: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

     

    Living by this daily regimen as a foundational start would create a whole world of difference for those who choose. And when supplementation is necessary (which it is), choose the cleanest, most reliable plant-sourced brands you can find. Your body deserves to be running with all of its vitals and essentials topped off.

     

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  • September 9, 2019

    The Other Side of Fear

    By Jasher Feellove

     

    Fear. The word triggers a physiological and emotional response. We may fear failure, or we may fear success. In either case, we fear the unknown. 

    High performers refer to fear as stress. The media uses fear to garner attention: “If it bleeds, it leads.” To psychologists, fear speaks to the instinct of “flight or fight,”  but the way of the warrior is to make peace with fear and death since our deepest heartfelt desires and greatest hopes are on the other side of a little thing we call fear.

    Fear is an emotional process. It cannot be be resolved through intellectual means. Because humans have the propensity to experience such great polarities of emotions, we must cultivate a practice which can pacify and hedge us—as best we can—from the destructive nature of opposing forces. In yoga, this practice is referred to as the Namaskar: making peace with all polarities.

    The only way to stop reacting to fear is through incessant practice. It is import to practice and maintain a healthy equilibrium of body and equanimity of mind. Nevertheless, training and practice create stress proactively in order to retrain one’s reactions. Rooting out fear by constantly placing oneself in uncomfortable environments is a powerful way to live a life of choice. In this, one chooses their course predicated on preference, not as a reaction to fear.

    Some weeks ago, while in Malta, I decided I wanted to go cliff diving on the island of Comino. The beautiful island’s position in the Mediterranean Sea made for an idyllic view. Looking down into the ocean, my legs became numb and my palms became heavy. “Why bother?” I thought to myself. “I can always come back and do it on another trip.” I began reasoning within my mind: “Then you will have a reason to come back!” Other thoughts, dreadful thoughts, started to sprout. Yet the desire to jump persisted within me. A flicker of courage shone through. I came to the realization that I had to make a decision—to take a leap. 

    My situation was similar to that of an inexperienced diver who instinctively feels a fear of crushing his body by the impact of the water after a leap from a high springboard. However, after a few dives, his fear disappears. This is what a diver-student must know well if he wants to make any real progress: Take a leap. There is no algorithm for experience. Meditation is good. Prayer is good. Taking action is best. Just for a moment, let your body take the stance of feeling fearful. What is your posture? Most people hunch their shoulders forward, fold their arms across their chests, or assume a similarly contracted position to shield the heart, fear having triggered the need to be on the defensive. Sit up straight. Stand up tall—even when you don’t feel like it. Emotions follow state. State not only is where we live physically but also is our state of consciousness. As long as we deny or ignore fear, it will hold us captive, emotionally frozen, and unable to move forward. Trying to run away from, ignore, or stop fear will simply create more tension. It is transformed only when we can turn around and face it, get to know it, release resistances and fixed ideas, and speak with our own voice.

    Get outside of your own comfort zone and habitual state by doing the following:

    1. Do a small act of kindness every day. In other words, go out of your way to serve another person, creating a positive karmic deposit.  
    2. Once a week, do something that frightens or terrifies you. Go outside of the realm of usual experience, and plunge into the abyss of the unknown. Fear holds us back but only until we set into it with the full weight of our being. 

    The first step is taking one. Love opens up all possibilities where no path was visible before. Courage lives in the heart. 

     

    Namaste.

     

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  • September 9, 2019

    Why Is It Important to Add Tea to Your Health Care Regimen?

    By Wade Bohrn and Mindi Jensen of Tea Thyme Boutique

     

    Most of us know that drinking fresh tea is a healthier option than drinking soda and other sugary alternatives, but how can we keep it interesting and more enjoyable throughout the entire year? One trick is to buy quality tea in amazing blends. Tea comes in thousands of delicious flavors! Here are a few examples:

    Cotton candy, raspberry, rhubarb green tea – Passionfruit, grapefruit rooibos – Ginger-peach green tea – Cream-flavored Earl Grey black tea – Pomegranate herbal tea – Blood orange herbal tea – Sweet orange mate – Hot or cold Matcha tea

    There are so many more! Be creative and muddle some limes, strawberries, blueberries, mangos, peaches, or herbs into your concoction! Or add cream to make your tea rich and savory.

    Herbal, non-caffeinated tea is a perfect way to stay hydrated! We all struggle with keeping hydrated in the summer heat, and in the winter, we forget to drink as much water as we should. Herbal tea is a satisfying way to flavor your water.

    Additionally, herbal tea is nature’s medicine. Made with brilliant blends of wildcrafted and sustainable herbs, teas can be carefully crafted to fit your body’s needs, whether you are experiencing insomnia, inflammation, decreased immune function, constipation, skin disorders, and more.

    Green, black, rooibos, and mates are rich with antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress. They can provide minerals (potassium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium, nitrogen, etc.) and vitamins (A, C, E, etc.). These teas promote a healthy heart, support healthy cholesterol levels, provide mental clarity, help maintain healthy glucose levels, and are anti-inflammatory.

    Are you dieting or just simply watching your calories? Tea is basically calorie free! It can provide energy, making it a great pre-workout boost. Green tea has been shown to especially spark your metabolism! At Tea Thyme Boutique, we also offer handcrafted custom gift boxes and unique tea accessories for one-of-a-kind thank you or holiday gifts. As you might already know, CBD is becoming wildly popular, and products are popping up everywhere. Come and experience the widest selection of CBD products in southern Utah at Tea Thyme Boutique.

     

    Tea Thyme Boutique  237 N. Bluff St. #D – St. George, UT  84770

    www.teathymeboutique.com – FB: @teathymeandgifts – 435-619-9958

     

     

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  • September 9, 2019

    Discovering Greater Zion

    By Lyman Hafen

     

    “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  

    – Marcel Proust

    I recently stopped at a store on Telegraph Street between the cities of St. George and Washington.  As I waited at the sales counter, I looked out the glass door to the east and caught a perfect view of Zion’s West Temple standing majestically on the far horizon. Though I’ve looked at the West Temple thousands of times before, something about this new and fresh perspective made my jaw drop and my blood race.

    After the sales transaction was complete, I pointed out the view to the store manager and told him what a unique and amazing vantage he had of Zion right out his store window.

    “I’ve never noticed that before,” he said.

    “It’s the West Temple of Zion,” I said.

    “That’s nice,” he said. “I’ve never been there.”

    As I walked out the door, I was tempted but did not tell him how many hundreds of people I see every day who have travelled halfway around the world to see what was standing right in front of him. 

    When I was growing up in St. George in the 1960s, our town park was just three blocks up the street from my house. Today, it’s known as Vernon Worthen Park. Back then, we just called it The City Park. And that’s exactly what it was, although we weren’t exactly a city at the time. It was a full square block of open space covered by a bright green carpet of grass and shaded by a canopy of countless towering trees. That block once contained the municipal swimming pool, tennis courts, an artfully designed barbecue area, swing sets, slides, a merry-go-round, and teeter-totters. It was a kids’ paradise, and you could play there from sunup to sundown, breathing in the magical moistness of that cool green carpet at your feet, running and rolling and yelling and shading-up for a rest with a sharp blade of grass between your chapped lips—until your mom drove up and called out from the car window, reminding you of your chores still unfinished at home.

    As a kid, I had no idea of the financing, the politics or the foresight that went into preserving and maintaining that special place in the middle of town.

    It was just there. Mine for the taking. A kind of birthright.

    I remember our family driving through Zion National Park when I was very young. Dad would have been behind the wheel of our turquoise Ford Fairlane and mom in the front seat with him. And my little sister and I would have been up on our knees (in the days before seat belts), wide-eyed, in the back seat taking it all in. As we passed through Springdale, I remember watching the buildings pass by—the houses, the motels, the curio shops, and the service stations. And I remember the feel of my father’s fingers under my chin as he reached his arm back over the seat and lifted my point of view from ground level up and up to the towering sandstone ledges of the canyon and even further up to where the high horizon broke against the purple sky. Along that stark skyline, I saw, for the first time, the turrets, towers, and spires of those magnificent castles in the clouds.

     

    Even today, a half-century later, I still feel my little-boy heart swelling in my chest.

    “Whose place is this?” I asked my dad as we drove up the switchbacks in the canyon.

    “It’s yours, and it’s mine,” he answered. “It belongs to every American.”

    Though I didn’t understand it then, that was my introduction to the concept of public space, to the idea of parks set aside for the benefit of all. I took that concept for granted much of my life.

    Perhaps when it finally hit home for me was the day I rode an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City. From the viewing deck near the top of that amazing building, I looked up and down Manhattan Island and saw perhaps the greatest concentration of human activity on earth. I was overwhelmed by the mass of humanity in such tight quarters. And then my eyes settled on the giant rectangle of green in the middle of that island: Central Park. A sigh escaped from deep inside me as I considered the beauty and tranquility of that awesome open space smack in the middle of such a gray and dense metropolis.

    What a concept.

    Here in southwestern Utah, we’re blessed that so many of our citizens and leaders have understood this concept over the years. They’ve been willing to stick their necks out, put their reputations on the line, and create the kinds of parks and open space we enjoy today. From that old City Park in my boyhood neighborhood to Zion National Park, we are the beneficiaries of scores of public spaces, including municipal, state, and national parks. From ballfields to hiking parks, from desert reserves to petroglyph sites. From pickle ball courts to horseshoe pits to river walks and picnic spots. From Zion to Parashant to Pipe Spring and Cedar Breaks. From Snow Canyon to Sand Hollow to the trail heads in Pine Valley. You’d be hard pressed to find a greater or more diverse number of developed, maintained, and well-managed parks and open spaces anywhere on earth.

    The French writer Marcel Proust said, “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  I have travelled the world and seen plenty of beauty and magnificence on this planet, but I’ve never been more moved by any of it than I was a while back when I looked with new eyes through a glass door on Telegraph Street.      

     

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  • September 9, 2019

    Elf the Musical

    By Lisa Larson

     

    Since its 2003 debut on the silver screen, the film Elf has become a must-watch Christmas movie tradition for many people. All the magic of the movie is now coming to life on stage with more music, more dancing, and more festive fun in the heart-warming production of Elf the Musical at Tuacahn this holiday season.

    While you’re nestled inside the cozy indoor Hafen Theatre, you’ll be transported to the North Pole and New York City as you follow the journey of Buddy the Elf, who discovers his true parentage and ultimately tries to restore the Christmas spirit to everyone he meets.

    “I cannot overemphasize how clever and funny this musical is,” exclaimed Peggy Hickey, director. “It’s shockingly uplifting, even for any ‘bah humbuggers’ that might be out there. From the tap-dancing elves to the expertly-crafted music and lyrics, it’s just a sparkly, jolly holiday treat that is fun for everyone.”

    The illuminating nature of this holiday show is due not only to the cheerful music and brightly colored costumes but also to the inventive and creative set design. The LED backdrop in the Hafen Theatre, under the “brilliant” design direction of Hana Sooyeon Kim, transforms the set into a children’s pop-up book. “Her work is just dreamy,” Hickey said.

    Outside the theater, the annual Christmas in the Canyon sets the tone for additional holiday memories. With thousands of lights illuminating the red rock canyon and the smell of hot cocoa wafting through the air, it’s pure magic—before, during, and after the show. 

    Come and be part of a delightful Christmas tradition with Elf the Musical, running November 21 through December 21, in the Hafen Theatre at Tuacahn. Tickets start at just $24. Log onto www.tuacahn.org for more information. 

     

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  • September 9, 2019

    What Might Be Missing from Your Financial Strategy?

    By Todd Francis Johnson, Northwestern Mutual

    While the ’90s were a time of growth and prosperity, more recent economic events have reminded us of the importance of protecting what we have, which is why it may be time to consider a product that’s often overlooked in the financial planning process: life insurance.

    It may not be trendy, but life insurance brings a lot to the table when it comes to stability and peace of mind. Of course, there are the obvious benefits. If you pass away, it can help your loved ones pay off funeral expenses and debts, maintain your family’s lifestyle, and pay for your children’s college educations. But some policies offer other features that can help you later in life, too. These policies can be used to supplement retirement income, pay off debt, or create a legacy when you’re gone.

    So why don’t more financial professionals recommend life insurance as part of a financial strategy? Well…it’s a bit misunderstood, and there’s a tendency to oversimplify it. It’s a common misconception that term and permanent insurance policies are your only choices. Although these are the two basic types of life insurance, it doesn’t mean it’s an either/or situation.

    With permanent life insurance, the death benefit is paid to your beneficiaries whenever you pass away. The premiums don’t increase over time, and it accumulates cash value that grows on a tax-deferred basis. That cash value can be used for anything you want. You could purchase more insurance, help pay for a college education, or supplement your retirement income. The possibilities are endless.

    Term insurance, on the other hand, provides a payout only if you pass away within a certain period of time. The premiums typically increase whenever you renew your policy, and it has no cash value. Initially, the premium for term insurance is considerably lower than permanent insurance, but in the long-run, the net cost may eventually be lower with permanent insurance.

     

    What Might Be Missing From Your Financial Strategy?

    How do you know whether you should have term or permanent life insurance? What meets your needs depends on many factors: What do you want to protect? How long will you need the insurance (just a few years or as part of the legacy you leave your children, grandchildren, or charity)?  How will your life (and insurance needs) change over time? What can you afford? It’s also very important to remember that no one product can cover all possible circumstances. While it might make sense for some people to have all term or all permanent life insurance, it’s possible that you’d be best having a combination of both. You could split evenly between them, have more of one than the other, or plan to convert term to permanent in the future.  

    There are a lot of possibilities and no one-size-fits-all solution. So, what’s the best way to figure out what life insurance options are best for you? Get help from a financial professional. A good one will help determine what role insurance should play in your personal financial plan and won’t just push a product on you. They’ll realize that your financial security is a big deal and that their relationship with you is long term. They’ll ask you what goals you’re working toward, they’ll help you figure out a strategy to reach them, and they’ll keep working with you year after year to make sure that your plan is keeping up with your ever-changing life. 

    Article prepared by Northwestern Mutual with the cooperation of Todd Francis Johnson. Todd Francis Johnson is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and its subsidiaries. Financial Representative is an agent of NM based in St George, UT. To contact Todd Francis Johnson, please call (435) 628-8248, e-mail at todd.johnson@nm.com, or visit the website at toddjohnson-nm.com.

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