LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

Joel Shuler

I’ve been mulling over a report that came out in late May from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the 2014 American Fitness Index. It’s an annual report that measures the “health and community fitness” in America’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. The report is intended to help city leaders and organizations understand strengths and shortcomings so that they (and we) can “advocate for policy changes and investments necessary to make improvements.”

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New Healthy Frozen Meals Now Available from Koch Ranches: Frozen Meals Provide Nutritious Options for Busy Families

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 Just in time for the new school year, Koch Ranches, which owns the Gourmet Country Store, is introducing a new product line intended to help busy families enjoy healthy, nutritious meals. Their new line of gourmet frozen meals gives schedule-crazed families fast, healthy meal options that are much more nutritious than the plethora of processed fast-food options.

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Pine Bark Extract Reduces Perimenopausal Symptoms

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Research published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine confirms that pine bark extract can significantly reduce symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, including restless legs syndrome and hot flashes. For three months, 170 perimenopausal women were given 30 milligrams of Pycnogenol patented pine bark extract or a placebo twice a day.

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TAROT NOW: The Two of Wands

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 There are so many places we ought to be, so many things we need to do. While many of them are mundane, some are things we’ve dreamed about but haven’t done yet. We’re not even engaged in them, much less working to complete them. Those goals and dreams look too far away.

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Ashwagandha Herb Mutes Bipolar Disorder, Lowers Stress

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The ancient ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) shows promise in reducing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, according to two recent studies. For eight weeks, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute gave 500 milligrams per day of ashwagandha extract or a placebo to 53 patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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2014 Regional Eckankar Seminar Happening in Boerne Aug. 8-10

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The annual regional Eckankar seminar takes place in Boerne Aug. 8-10 this year. Hundreds of spiritual seekers will gather at the Boerne Civic Center for two days and three evenings of events focused on broadening each participant’s spiritual development. The seminar theme is “Adventures in the Light and Sound of God.”

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Sperm Killer: Monsanto Roundup Herbicide May Cause Gene-ocide

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled to allow Roundup herbicide residues in food at concentrations a million times higher than levels already shown to be carcinogenic in cell research. Now a new study published in Free Radical Medicine & Biology adds to a growing body of research implicating the herbicide’s main ingredient, glyphosate, at concentration ranges well within the EPA “safe level” for food, in inhibiting male infertility.

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Eastern Remedy for Osteoarthritis: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture Can Help Ease the Pain, Promote Healing

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by Kai-Chang Chan

Osteoarthritis is a common disease that affects millions. Osteoarthritis is due to damaged cartilage caused by trauma or gradual destruction over a period of years. This degraded cartilage is found mainly in hand joints and weightbearing joints such as the hip, knee, neck and lower back.

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Birth and Breastfeeding Alliance Hosts “Latch On SA” Event, Aug. 2

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“Breast is best” is the mantra for many local moms and moms-to-be. Learn more about breastfeeding and overcoming some of the challenges with breastfeeding at the Latch On SA event hosted by the Birth and Breastfeeding Alliance on Saturday, Aug. 2, at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.

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Strength in Numbers: It Takes a Village to Feed the World

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Organizations worldwide are working to create a more sustainable and just food system. Food Tank lists 101 organizations to watch in 2014 (Tinyurl.com/FoodTank100). All are vital in creating a better food system.

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