A Life-Changing Vacation

Many people who travel to distant lands have such a fine time that they never want to leave. AIM Preferred Member Joanna Kruszona is one of those people. In December 2001, Joanna left her home in Poland for a well-earned holiday in Australia … and stayed there. During her travels, she met Carmel O’Rourke, AIMContinue reading “A Life-Changing Vacation”

A Miracle for a Little Lilly

Shared by Linda Pretorius, AIM Preferred Member We adopted two tiny kittens that were not in very good shape. I took them home, fed them a good meal and then gave them a bath to get rid of their fleas so that we could at least handle them. Two days later, the smallest kitten weContinue reading “A Miracle for a Little Lilly”

The Benefits of Folate

It’s a fact that folate is important for women before, during and after pregnancy. An increased intake of this B vitamin helps to prevent birth defects, fuel rapid growth and fortify breast milk. Recent research indicates that folate for fathers-to-be is important as well. A study published in 2019 examined the data collected on 108Continue reading “The Benefits of Folate”

The Outbreak of Psoriasis

Around the world, 125,000,000 people suffer from psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that comes and goes but is never completely cured. The cause is believed to be a malfunctioning immune system. Overactive T cells that normally protect the body begin attacking healthy skin cells. The result is thick, scaly, red patches of skin that canContinue reading “The Outbreak of Psoriasis”

When Your Immune System Attacks . . . You!

The immune system is your body’s defense against attacks from organisms or substances that can make you sick. The primary defenders in this protective system are your white blood cells, leukocytes that include phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes envelop and destroy invasive elements, such as bacteria, dust and viruses. Lymphocytes remember invaders, allowing your body toContinue reading “When Your Immune System Attacks . . . You!”

AIM to Beat the Summer Heat

The heat is on in North America! As temperatures rise, energy levels lower for most people. But hey! It’s summertime. You get to spend more time being physically active outdoors. At the same time, the heat makes you sweat, so you need to replenish with water to avoid dehydration. Perspiring also makes you lose electrolytes.Continue reading “AIM to Beat the Summer Heat”

Hats Off to Ruth Coble

Back in July of 1990, a future “Queen” became an AIM Member in North Carolina. Today, Ruth Coble is Queen of the Greensboro chapter of the Red Hats Society, which connects like-minded women who help to enrich people’s lives. BarleyLife Xtra has enriched Ruth’s life, so she shared her story as follows. I was bornContinue reading “Hats Off to Ruth Coble”

BarleyLife for Pets

Shared by Mary Brubaker, Preferred Member Have you ever considered that BarleyLife might be helpful for your four-legged friends? Neither did I until we had this predicament with our four-month-old golden retriever, Lily. Upon letting her out of the barn one morning, I was surprised to see her face all swollen up. Whatever could haveContinue reading “BarleyLife for Pets”

CoCoa LeafGreens for Allergies

Shared by Rose Stoltzfus, AIM Director In January 2015, our 11-year-old daughter, Laura, became really sick. We took her to the doctor, who said she had bronchitis. A prescription antibiotic—amoxicillin—was prescribed, and she got better. But a couple weeks later Laura was sick again, so the doctor gave her a stronger prescription. Before she finishedContinue reading “CoCoa LeafGreens for Allergies”

March On with BarleyLife

March 20 is a turning point. In the Northern Hemi­sphere, the date officially marks winter turning into spring. The return of green marks the former winter landscape with new leafy growth and the promise of fresh greens from gardens and farms. Three days before the first day of spring is green-themed St. Patrick’s Day. MarchContinue reading “March On with BarleyLife”