Cranberries Reduce Urinary Tract Infections

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Cranberries, a staple on most holiday tables, can help women reduce their risk of urinary tract infections (UTI). A recent study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research tested the impact of consuming whole-cranberry fruit powder on women that had experienced two or more UTIs in the previous 12 months.

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LOVING LARGE: Scientists Say We’re All Connected

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by Linda Sechrist

True love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

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RUN FOR THE HOLIDAYS Stretch Your Holiday Stride During Festive Runs in December

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December offers several opportunities to lace up your running and walking shoes to relieve holiday stress and have fun. Running and quick-stepping events around the area include:

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Message Received: Conventional Grocery Chains Go Organic

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The Kroger grocery chain, with nearly 2,500 U.S. stores, including subsidiaries Ralphs, Fry’s, King Soopers and Food 4 Less, has decided to go all in on the organic food market as a followup to the 2012 release of its Simple Truth brand of organic foods.

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Festive Sips and Nibbles Vegan Holiday Treats that Everyone Loves

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by Judith Fertig

For those who like to eat plantbased meals most of the time, the holidays can present a challenge. Social occasions from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day abound, including multi-course dinners and potlucks; treetrimming and baking parties; neighborly hospitality; nibbling on treats while wrapping gifts; and gathering to watch a holiday movie.

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Gut Bacteria Linked to Toddler Temperament

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Ohio State University researchers have discovered a correlation between bacteria in the gut and behavior in toddlers. Scientists studied the bacterial microbes in stool samples from 77 girls and boys between the ages of 18 months and 27 months, while mothers filled out a questionnaire describing their children’s level of emotional reactivity.

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The Holiday Season Hasn’t Begun Until You’ve Enjoyed Tamales! At Pearl on Dec. 3

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Kick off your holiday season in traditional San Antonio-style by enjoying a tamale or two at the Pearl on Saturday, Dec. 3. The 7th Annual Tamales! celebration returns to the historic Pearl Brewery with more than 40 tamale vendors offering a wide variety of festive flavors to fit every palate.

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The Perfect Black Friday Alternative: Enjoy the 27th International Peace Market on Nov. 25-27

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The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center celebrates 27 years of community building and combating consumer culture with a weekend of socially conscious shopping. The International Peace Market (Mercado de Paz) takes place Nov. 25-27 and offers the opportunity to pass on Black Friday madness and instead enjoy artistic expression, international exchange, economic sustainability and community.

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Kelly Brogan on the Truth About Depression: Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does

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by Kathleen Barnes

Integrative medical doctor Kelly Brogan, a women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology.

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WORKPLACE WISDOM: Mindfulness in Corporate Life

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by April Thompson

The workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment.

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