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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CALMING ANXIETY THROUGH YOGA: Say No to N20 and Yes to “OM”

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by Deborah Charnes

In the first 30 years of my life, I probably had 30 cavities filled, all without Novocain. While many dread a root canal, to me it is just another procedure. However, my last one was complicated. The oral surgeon did several sets of X-rays and told me that there was a 40 percent chance that he would not be able to access the severely twisted roots.

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NEUROFEEDBACK: Stabilizing Your Brain Can Improve Your Life

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by Susan Denny

Are you wanting to help your child concentrate better before the next school year begins? Or, are you having trouble sleeping due to what I call “busy brain?” Maybe you know someone who is struggling with impulsive anger or irritability. These are all descriptors of behaviors that occur due to maladaptive brainwave patterns.

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“Hoedown” Supports Hill Country Primate Sanctuary, Aug. 2

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Primates cast off from the pet trade and biomedical research institutions have a sanctuary in Bexar County at the Primarily Primates facility near Boerne and Leon Springs. You can support the sanctuary and the primates living there by participating in the Aug. 2 “Hoedown for the Primates” at Green Vegetarian Cuisine in the Pearl Brewery.

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