Indian runner ducks have been used in Asia for thousands of years to control pests. Now they’re being used in a South African vineyard to eat snails that damage the vines. On the Vergenoegd Wine Estate, in Stellenbosch, South Africa, about 1,000 of the well-behaved quackers parade twice a day into a vineyard to rid it of pests, as they have done for at least 30 years.
Research from Poland’s Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, in Lodz, has determined that a pulsed-frequency electrotherapy treatment can significantly improve the functional abilities of multiple sclerosis patients.
Hoist a Beer or Two for the San Antonio Food Bank During the 11th Annual San Antonio Beer Festival on Oct. 15
Many people may not realize that beer can actually be good for you, so long as it is not over-consumed. The healthful benefits of beer include anti-cancer properties, decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases, increased bone density, prevention of dementia and coronary disease, digestive system support, anti-ageing properties, as well as treatment for diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, osteoporosis and hypertension, according to Organic Facts (www.organicfacts.net).
What began as a one-day event in 1987 has blossomed into a four-day celebration of Texas and Americana music, specialty beer and wines, food and handcrafted items. The Gruene Music & Wine Festival Oct. 6-9 marks its 30th year with a long weekend of activities, entertainment, tastings and giveaways.
In 2010, chronic disease accounted for 86 percent of all healthcare spending; four years later, the cost of treating heart disease alone totaled $315.4 billion, including medication and hospital care. At the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, medical students are learning cooking skills to better advise patients on regaining and maintaining their health through nutrition.
by Avery Mack
The United Nations warns that water use is outpacing population growth two to one. At this rate, two-thirds of the world will face water stress by 2025, meaning fewer crops, fewer jobs and higher food prices. “Globally, 3 million people, mostly children, die each year due to waterrelated issues,” says Sister Dorothy Maxwell, of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, in New York.
by Randy Kambic
A resounding chorus of research shows that the traditional three “Rs” of essential early education should also encompass an M for music. Playing instruments prior to and during school years can put children on a tuneful path to lifelong benefits.
Improving the quality of education in our area starts with conversations. That’s why The DoSeum is hosting a special Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 23. The annual luncheon hopes to spark conversation about ways to improve the quality of education in San Antonio and support community development and growth.
by Judith Fertig
We all have good intentions to eat more fruits and vegetables, and it’s easier if we start with just one plant-based meal a day—lunch. Natural Awakenings has enlisted the help of vegan lunchbox experts to help us all enjoy easy-tomake and colorful feasts good for home, office, school and on the road.
Lots of Garlic Hummus
Yields: 4 servings
Accented with the tangy taste of fresh lemon juice and a bit of heat from the chili powder, this is an easy, readymade sandwich spread for a lunchbox.