Boo! To-Do: Join the Safer Halloween Movement


Halloween can be safe, economical and eco-friendly fun. Crusader costumes remain popular this year, but with a tutu twist. Avoid long skirts or capes that can trip up children and instead recycle a princess tulle skirt from a thrift shop into a shorter frock.

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School Haze: EPA Helps Schools Cut Bus Emissions


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping finance the replacement or retrofitting of older school buses in public and private school fleets to reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality. Owners can install catalysts and ventilation systems to reduce emissions by up to 25 percent or replace older buses with newer ones that meet the latest highway emission standards.

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Diabetics Improve Using Sesame and Rice Bran Oils


Research published in the American .Journal of Medicine found that treating people with a blend of coldpressed sesame oil and rice bran oil significantly normalizes blood glucose levels. Testing involved 400 men and women for eight weeks, including 300 that had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by replacing cooking oils in their diet with a blend of sesame and rice bran oil.

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Bright Idea: Incandescent Lights Reinvented as Eco-Friendly


Older incandescent light bulbs have been phased out in many countries because they waste huge amounts of energy as heat, but scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported in Nature Nanotechnology that they are finding a way to recycle the waste energy and focus it back onto the filament, where it’s re-emitted as visible light.

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Sweat Can Transfer Happiness


Research published in Psychological Science, the journal of the Association for Psychological Science, has found that positive moods can be transferred from one person to another via human sweat. The scientists from Utrecht University, in the Netherlands, tested 12 young men and 36 young women.

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Enjoy Fun Celebrating the Sun at Solar Fest 2016 on Nov. 5


Free off-the-grid fun for the whole family is back with Solar Fest 2016. Organized by Build San Antonio Green, this annual fun and informative event serves as San Antonio’s only one-stop information center for everything related to solar energy.

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Organic Rally: October is Non-GMO Month


The Non GMO Project is sponsoring National Non-GMO Month in October. Observed since 2010, the program seeks to increase education and awareness about the growing presence of unlabeled genetically modified (GM/ GMO) food products and ingredients.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH: Awareness, Assistance Still Needed; Yoga, Chanting, Meditation Provide Healing for Victims


by Deborah Charnes

The first of the yoga sutras is ahimsa. It means do no harm, non-violence. Yet, we see and hear violence everywhere we turn. We become numb to it, accepting it as normal. Radhanath Swami, in his latest book, The Journey Within, points to the false ego as being the culprit for domination and exploitation.

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India’s Festival of Lights—Diwali— Returns to the River Walk on Nov. 5


San Antonio brings the bright lights of India to the River Walk with the celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights (or Deepavali). This ancient Hindu festival is celebrated each autumn and is the biggest festival in India.

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SORE THROAT SOOTHERS: Natural Remedies Help Kids Heal


by Kathleen Barnes

The household is settling for the night when the 5-year-old cries out, “My throat hurts!” “There’s no need to panic,” says Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, in Pecos, New Mexico, an integrative physician and chief medical officer of Weil Lifestyle.

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