Articles from: August 2013

“Green” Dry Cleaning in San Antonio: True Green Offers Earth-Friendly Alternative


The dry cleaning industry doesn’t have the most environmentally friendly reputation. Perchloroethylene (known as “perc), classified by the EPA as a carcinogen, remains the most commonly used dry cleaning solvent.

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Rethinking Umbilical Cord Clamping


The Manchester Guardian reports that childbirth experts in the United Kingdom are urging the National Health Service (NHS) to reverse its policy on early clamping and cutting of a newborn’s umbilical cord. 

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Good Food on a Tight Budget: Tips to Get Top Value from Each Dollar


by Kathleen Barnes

For many, the recent economic downturn has affected the way we shop for food. Even families that cook dinner at home most nights are struggling to afford the ingredients to make healthy meals, says Laura Seman, a senior manager for Cooking Matters, a national program that educates families in need about reaping the most from local food resources.

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Nasty Stuff: Monsanto Weed Killer Contaminates Food


A peer-reviewed Massachusetts Institute of Technology report published in the scientific journal Entropy points to evidence that residues of glyphosate, the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, manufactured by Monsanto and sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food.

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Go Plastic-Free – Game On: Ways to Shrink Our Footprint


by Randy Kambic

Looking around us, we see plastic everywhere.

Besides the customary food and product packaging, plus store bags, consider all the nooks and crannies of our lives that plastic now permeates: eating utensils; baby and pet toys; computer keyboards and accessories; pens; eyeglasses; athletic footwear; backpacks; lighters; beauty care and pill containers; household cleaning bottles; ice cube trays; shaving razors; tool handles; hairbrushes and toothbrushes—even some facial scrubs, shampoos and chewing gum.

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Preventing Seizures: Natural Dog Remedies Can Out-Do Drugs


by Dr. Shawn Messonnier

People often seek out a holistic veterinarian due to concerns about conventional medications. One new client recently inquired about her 3-year-old female poodle diagnosed with epilepsy last year. The traditional veterinarian’s prescription for phenobarbital was helping to control the seizures, but the owner questioned the long-term consequences of feeding her pet the drug for the rest of its life. Surely, she thought, there must be a natural alternative.

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Thriving Through Human Contact


by Dr. Kathleen Quinn, MD

Most of us love that feeling of peace we get when we hug a loved one. The truth is all human beings need to be stroked, cuddled and touched with warmth, affection and approval. The need is present across our lifespans.

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Collateral Damage: Disappearing Wild Pollinators Spell Disaster


The perilous decline of domestic honeybees due to the widespread occurrence of colony collapse disorder continues to make news, but wild bees and other insects are often overlooked, even though they are twice as effective in producing seeds and fruit on crops, according to a study of 41 crops in 600 fields worldwide by Argentina’s research network, CONICET.

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Run With the Animals For the San Antonio Zoo on Sept. 6


Find your inner animal and grab three friends for this fun 8-mile relay race. The HEB 29th “Animal” Zoo Run, set to take place on Sept. 6 at Brackenridge Park, raises money to help fund the zoo through donations received from runners and sponsors. 

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ADHD, or is it?: Psychiatric disorder or chronic environmental toxicity


by Barry Smeltzer The top diagnosed condition for children in the U.S. is now attention- deficit, hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). More than 5.1 million U.S. children now have this diagnosis, 13 percent of all children in America. About 4 percent of adults also have ADHD, according to studies.

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