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Our Mission

Live in the Now is your guide to living a happier, healthier and more natural life. Our mission is to educate, empower and inspire you, so you can make the most of every day, and live life to its fullest potential. Here’s a quick overview of some of the things we believe in:

  • Living in harmony with the natural world is the best way to maintain superior health
  • A proactive approach to preventing illness is always better than treating it after the fact
  • Reducing exposure to environmental toxins is an imperative of modern life
  • Eating nutritious, sustainable food is fundamental to sustained health
  • The more information people have concerning their health, the better decisions they make
  • Pharmaceutical drugs and high-risk medical interventions should always be a last resort
  • Natural healing options should be legal, accessible, affordable for all people
  • The present moment is the gateway to health, happiness and enlightenment

Our Content

We write about the things we are passionate about — natural solutions to health challenges, political issues that directly affect human health and the environment, green living, conscious consumerism, food and nutrition, the mind-body connection, personal development and awakened spirituality.

We provide all of our content free of charge so that as many people as possible can access and benefit from it. Are you interested in a topic that we are not covering? We invite you to contact us with your ideas. Want to write for us? Get in touch with our editors.

Please note that this website is partially supported by third party advertisers. Any product advertised on this site is not specifically endorsed, recommended, validated or otherwise supported by Live in the Now.

Supporting Health Freedom

We care deeply about protecting our freedom to live a natural lifestyle and to experience optimal health and happiness. The powers that be would like to see health care homogenized, so there are as few options as possible, leaving conventional medicine as the only path for us to take. We need to work together to make sure this never happens. The ability to choose is perhaps one of the greatest freedoms of all.

Live in the Now supports the following health freedom-oriented organizations:

Voice for HOPE
Citizens for Health
The Organic Consumers Association
Alliance for Natural Health USA
The Vitamin D Council

The Live in the Now Editorial Team

Josh CornJoshua Corn - Editor-in-Chief

Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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Casie MaceCasie Terry Mace – Managing Editor

Casie studied Dietetics at the University of Maryland and now puts her passion for nutrition to use teaching people how to make healthy choices along the path to optimal, all-natural wellness. She is a Certified Nutrition Counselor and an American Association of Nutritional Counselors (AANC) professional member. An accomplished baker and an avid runner, Casie also enjoys good food and traveling to new places — especially when combined.

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Mina ShahriaryMina Shahriary – Features Editor

Mina is a natural health enthusiast, avid yoga practitioner and health freedom advocate. She has a passion for discovering and sharing strategies for achieving optimal health and longevity, and has spent the last eight years working in the natural health industry. In addition to researching health and nutrition, writing about the latest happenings in the natural health world and practicing yoga, she enjoys spending time in nature, meditating and making superfood smoothies.

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Kevin Passero, ND – Medical Editor

Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Passero has trained with some of the nation’s leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate herbal therapy, homeopathy, vitamin therapy and nutritional programs. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us. For more information, visit his website, Green Healing Wellness, or follow him on Facebook.

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Carolyn Headshot Final 600 WCarolyn Banach, MS, RD – Staff Dietitian

Carolyn has a Master’s of Science degree in Dietetics from D’Youville College and is truly passionate about the science of nutrition. She currently works as a Dietitian in the integrative health industry and is an advocate for natural wellness, nutrition education, and food policy change. She also has advanced expertise in the nutritional care of gastrointestinal disorders and is an expert on the gluten free diet. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys shopping at her local farmer’s market, traveling with her husband, reading nutrition research, walking her dog, and working on her blog, DC Wellness Scout.

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MZX_6893-Edit (2)Dr. Katy Nelson – Pet Health Editor

Dr. Katy Nelson is the mother of five – two human and three animal – kids, an avid nutrition and fitness enthusiast, and an admittedly rabid Louisiana sports fan. She is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, VA., as well as the host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington DC’s News Channel 8. A Certified Veterinary Journalist (CVJ) accredited by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists (ASVJ), Dr. Katy is the Animal Health Reporter for ABC7 News, and serves as “Dr. Pawz” on WTOP Radio. Dr. Katy is also a founding partner of PetsMove.org, a national health and fitness initiative aimed at getting people healthy alongside their dogs, and serves as a media and marketing consultant for numerous pet-related companies and media outlets.

A lover of all animals, Dr. Katy carves out time for many charitable organizations in the DC area and beyond. In early 2012, Dr. Katy teamed with Emmy-Award winning producer Judy Plavnick to form Sit. Good Girl Productions, LLC, their first production is the documentary Tell Them I Am Kind, the story of the creation of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

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Matthew Corn, DPT – Advisor/Contributing Writer

Dr. Corn is a licensed physical therapist with over 13 years of experience in physical rehabilitation and wellness. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy education at A.T. Still University, home to the first osteopathic medical college in the United States. He currently practices at The Corvallis Clinic in Corvallis, Oregon; a regional, multi-specialty health care organization with more than 100 physician and non-physician providers. Dr. Corn treats person’s all ages and a variety of musculoskeletal conditions with a practice-style that emphasizes a variety of hands-on manual physical therapy techniques. He specializes in treating older adults from the very active to those at risk of falls due to variety orthopedic and neurological conditions. Dr. Corn augments his physical therapy practice by also counseling his patients on wellness issues ranging from benefits of regular exercise, meditation for mental and spiritual health, and healthy nutrition, including nutrition supplements.

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Jacob Teitelbaum, MD – Contributing Writer

Dr. Teitelbaum, also known as “Dr. T,” is an integrative physician and one of the country’s foremost experts on fatigue, sleep and pain management. The SHINE treatment program he developed for combating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia and related conditions has helped hundreds of thousands of sufferers reclaim their health and vitality. Dr. Teitelbaum is the Medical Director of the National Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and author of the best-selling books, From Fatigued to Fantastic!, Beat Sugar Addiction Now! and Pain Free 1-2-3. Visit his web site, http://www.endfatigue.com, to learn more.

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Gale Maleskey, MS, RD – Contributing Writer

Gale Maleskey, MS, RD has spent over 20 years working as a professional writer specializing in healthy lifestyles, food and nutrition, alternative medicine and medical consumerism. She has been a senior editor for Prevention Magazine, writing and editing their most popular columns and full-length feature articles. She is a clinical dietitian and author of seven books, including Nature’s Remedies, Energy Forever and Vitamins and Minerals: Questions You Have, Answers You Need. She maintains a private practice in nutrition counseling in Bridgewater, New Jersey. For more information, visit GaleMaleskey.com.

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Maggie Spilner – Contributing Writer

Maggie Spilner is an expert on the health benefits of exercise and walking. She was a senior editor at Prevention Magazine for 17 years, writing a monthly walking column, newsletter and annual Walking Club Magazine. Maggie is considered an expert on lifestyle changes that encourage wellness and longevity. She has covered numerous topics including asthma, workplace wellness, arthritis, weight loss and stress reduction. She is the author of three books on walking, including Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking for Health and Walk Your Way Through Menopause. For more information, visit Maggie’s website, Walk for All Seasons.

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Lissa Butler – Contributing Writer

Lissa is an herbalist and women’s health expert. Her passion for plant-based medicine and holistic nutrition led her to obtain a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia School of the Healing Arts, which helped her to gain a more well-rounded understanding of herbs in both the scientific and traditional contexts. Lissa has dedicated her life and career to two main pursuits: educating people about the healing powers of herbs, and helping women take control of their health and well-being. Her passions led her to train as a doula, or birth assistant, and to found her company, Nature’s Breath Herbal, LLC.

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John Phillip – Contributing Writer

John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and diet, health and nutrition researcher and author with a passion for understanding weight loss challenges and encouraging health modification through natural diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation. John’s passion is to research and write about the cutting edge alternative health technologies that affect our lives. Discover the latest alternative health news concerning diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and weight loss at My Optimal Health Resource.

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Derek Noland – Contributing Writer

Derek is a technical writer and editor with 10 years of experience in the healthcare field, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Delaware. He is a contributing author on a number of textbooks in the medical field, ran a nuclear cardiology licensing course, and has written a variety of other pieces from online training courses to medical software manuals. Derek pursues his personal interest in health and wellness by playing multiple sports and running marathons. An insatiable traveler, he spent 16 months working and living abroad while traveling through South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

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Carey Rossi – Contributing Writer

Carey Rossi is a writer and editor with 10 years of experience covering all aspects of nutrition and fitness. She was the editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition, a shopping magazine for natural living, and the founding editor of Muscle & Fitness Hers. In addition, her work has appeared in Muscle & Fitness, Looking Good Now, Healthy Family, Vegetarian Times and Natural Health. She is the author of No More Diets Ever, Lose Weight the Natural Way.

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Doug CookDoug Cook, RD, MHSc, CDE – Contributing Writer

Doug Cook is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator. He practices a holistic and integrative approach providing science-based guidance on food and diet along with nutritional supplements and natural health products where appropriate. He is regularly called upon by the media to help make sense of the latest nutrition and food issues and other hot topics making the news. He writes a popular newspaper column where he deconstructs the manufacturers’ marketing angle, nutritional and health claims of various food products. He also co-authored Nutrition for Canadians for Dummies (Wiley 2008).


Rebecca Jennings – Contributing Writer

Rebecca Jennings is currently working towards fulfilling various science prerequisites in order to gain admittance to a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine program. Previously, her passion for nutrition and natural health had led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition; however, after a year of study, a desire for a more comprehensive study of science and natural medicine led her to change course and begin studies to become a Naturopathic Doctor. Rebecca enjoys researching and staying on top of the latest news and trends in natural health and nutrition. She maintains an active lifestyle by practicing yoga, pilates, cycling, hiking and traveling. Follow Rebecca on Twitter.

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Mary West – Contributing Writer

Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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BBryan Aldeghiryan Aldeghi, CLSC – Contributing Writer

Bryan Aldeghi, CLSC, is a College Transition Coach with the Integrated Pathways Center for Personal Growth. The transition from high school into college and from college into the working world is a challenging time for students, parents and families. By working with the dynamic Integrated Pathways team, Bryan helps clients ease the journey, through enhanced communication, goal completion, and increased self-awareness. Other team members focus on managing stress through Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Massage, and Bodywork. A local beekeeper, Bryan is a graduate of Vassar College and is currently working on his Masters of Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. To learn more, contact Bryan directly at BAldeghi@IntegratedPathways.net or visit www.IntegratedPathways.net.

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Special Guest Writers

Jean Carper – Anti-Aging Expert & Best-Selling Author

Jean Carper is a New York Times best-selling author, award-winning medical journalist, contributing editor to USA WEEKEND Magazine and a leading authority on health and nutrition. She is the author of 24 books. She is also a well-known consumer advocate and has received an “excellence in journalism” award for her groundbreaking book, Stop Aging Now!, from the prestigious American Aging Association, made up of leading academic and governmental scientists who investigate the causes of aging and how to slow it down. You can learn more about Jean Carper at JeanCarper.com.

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Terri Cole – Psychotherapist & Transformation Coach

Terri Cole, founder and CEO of Live Fearless and Free, is a licensed psychotherapist, transformation coach, and an expert at turning fear into freedom. For almost two decades, Terri has empowered celebrities, professional athletes, and individuals alike through television, radio, and other media appearances, speaking engagements, workshops, and a thriving private practice to redesign limiting mental blueprints. Her holistic approach to transformation recognizes the interdependency between a healthy mind and body. Terri’s strategies combine practical psychology, thought innovation, and harnessing the power of intention, to create sustainable change. She has a unique ability to take complex theories and translate them into actionable steps you can implement into your daily life. A cornerstone of Terri’s practice, meditation, was the impetus for her recently released guided mediation CD “Meditation Transformation”. After contributing to Kris Carr’s best-selling Crazy Sexy Cancer book series, Terri is now working on her first solo project, Flip Over and Float, documenting her proven 6-step formula for turning fear into freedom and pain into purpose. In Fall 2012, she will begin hosting a Hay House radio show, giving listeners who are swimming upstream easy tools to flip over and float.

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Harry Preuss, MD, MACN, CNS – Nutrition & Weight Loss Expert

Harry Preuss, MD, MACN, CNS, is a pioneer in the field of human nutrition, and is one of the world’s foremost experts on the use of dietary supplements to combat obesity. Dr. Preuss is a tenured professor at Georgetown Medical Center, a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and a certified nutritional specialist with more than 300 medical papers to his credit. He is also the past president and a master of the American College of Nutrition (MACN) and past president of the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialist (CNS). He is the author of author of Alternative Cures, Maitake Magic, The Prostate Cure and The Natural Fat-Loss Pharmacy.

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Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD – Nutrition & Vitamin D Expert

Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D. is Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics; Director of the General Clinical Research Center; and Director of the Bone Health Care Clinic and the Heliotherapy, Light, and Skin Research Center at Boston University Medical Center. He has helped increase awareness in the pediatric and medical community regarding vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. population, and its role in causing metabolic bone disease, and osteoporosis in adults. Dr. Holick serves on a number national committees and editorial boards and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and written more than 220 review articles and has acted as editor and/or co-editor on eight books.

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John Jacob Cannell, MD – Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council

John Cannell, MD, is the founder and executive director of the Vitamin D Council, a non-profit working to create awareness of the global epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. The vitamin D Council is dedicated to spreading the word about the importance getting adequate vitamin D through a combination of sun exposure, supplementation and food sources. Dr. Cannell is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a physician with 30 years of experience in general medicine. Dr. Cannell’s work in nutrition led to several discoveries about the overlooked need for vitamin D, and inspired him to create the Vitamin D Council in 2003 to promote the vital need for supplementation with vitamin D3.


Dr. Branam Dr. Steve Branam, DDS – Dentistry & Oral Health Expert

Dr. Branam graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1972. He completed two years of additional training in pediatric dentistry at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN., where he received his Pediatric Specialty Certification in 1974 with special emphasis in child growth and development and orthodontics. After practicing children’s dentistry in the U.S. Army, he established private practice in Oregon, OH in 1976. Since 1977 he has been on the Courtesy Staff and faculty at the Medical college of Ohio (MCO) teaching pediatric dental techniques to dental and medical residents. Since 2000 he has also been on the attending staff at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center.