Germs. As comedian Rodney Dangerfield would have said, “They don’t get no respect!” 

In fact, before the 19th century, when people were not even aware of germs, hand-washing was just to wash off obvious grime and dirt. 

Since the “germ theory of disease” was developed by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch in 1861, society has increasingly transformed our view of germs — those we have always lived with and newer varieties to which we have inadvertently given rise — into an “us versus them” War on Germs. 

Consumer culture makes Valentine’s Day a time to receive love from outside sources. Whether it’s a partner, friend (Galentine’s Day), relative, or classmate, we’re taught to expect a material show of affection from someone else. Yet each of us is fully capable of adorning ourselves with attention, love notes, and careit doesn’t have to cost a thing! This February 14th, we encourage you to participate in Valentine’s Day festivities but with a focus on you lovin’ you. We’re excited to help you get it right!

Transitions can bring us from a place of discontent to one of satisfaction. As we embrace 2021, we’re welcoming positive change, but that idea can be a bit vague. Because we want you to achieve a healthy lifestyle, here are five ways you can improve your life this year.


  • The problem with New Year’s resolutions
  • Turning your resolutions into goals
  • Weight-loss goals, and fasting with Almased
  • Fitness goals
  • New attitude goals

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression related to the changing of the seasons, as the name suggests. For most (though not all) people it affects, symptoms begin to show up in the later fall months and tend to stay around through the colder winter months. Though sometimes called “the winter blues,” SAD typically brings more intense feelings of depression than just a minor shift in mood.