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So this one goes out to Haywood County NC, but especially Maggie Valley folks.  If you don’t already know, there is a new health conscious store in Maggie Valley called Wild Market.  It is on the south side of Soco Road in the middle of a shopping strip.  Leslie Larsen and her daughter Samantha Stewart opened Wild Market this summer.  A friend of mine told me I needed to go there so I took the cue and stopped by.  Leslie welcomed me like I was one of the family.

She has been working in natural health for over 10 years and really knows her stuff. She has been doing her own research into health and natural products for over 16 years and you can really tell that this is a passion of hers.   While I was there, for an hour no less, I saw her help many customers find what would best  suit them.  She explained each item and gave tours of all the products they carry.  As she took the time to describe her products to me something she said stood out, she said “I’ve had this burning desire in my heart to set up a community resource store that focuses on education and quality products.  My passion is to reveal to the community how powerful, effective, simple and affordable natural solutions can be.”  I can totally stand behind this because it’s mine too!

She carries a full range of high quality supplements and homeopathy , which you would expect.  Plus they have  wonderful snacks ranging from Epic bars to gluten free and vegan items.  Oh and of course they have  some Waynesville Soda Jerks soda.  But they also carry a wide range of locally made artisan items.  They are passionate, not only about health, but also supporting local businesses and sustainability.  I love that they carry items that hikers may want on their way up the mountain; from hiking sticks to protein bars.

One of my favorite items is the nail polish, by a local woman named Tina, called “Faerie Made.”  It is non toxic and works like a charm.  Don’t tell anyone but I have now had the same polish on my toes for over a month.  It’s amazing!  And yes I have bought them as Christmas gifts.  Wild Market also carries other natural made products.  The reason this is so important to me is because I believe that what goes on our body is as important as what goes in our body.  It only takes 26 seconds for products we put on our skin to enter our blood stream.

I give a talk called , “Detox Your Life Naturally” where I go over many different pollutants in our beauty products, cleaning products, foods, air and drink.  I am sure you can imagine that this talk is overwhelming with all this horrible information about what these toxins can potentially do to our bodies, including hormone issues, neurological issues and even cancer.  But what I try to stress to people and my patients is that they should pick the things that are important to them and begin changing one thing at a time.  I have been doing this myself and most of my skin and hair care is now natural.  It did take time to find the products I like the best.  I had never gone as far as nail polish.  Now I have the best nail polish in town and it’s guilt free!

Seriously, stop by and tell them Dr. Sparks sent ya.  You’ll be happy that you did.

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