Articles from: September 2013

The Humble Apple May Ace Cancer

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Apples are among the world’s most healing superfoods, thanks to their abundant fiber and heart-healthy nutrient properties. New research shows that an apple a day may also help keep cancer away.

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Learn About Living “Off the Grid” at Solar Fest 2013 on Oct. 12

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One of San Antonio’s favorite solar and greenfocused events returns Oct. 12 at Olmos Basin Park for Solar Fest 2013. Hosted by Solar San Antonio, it’s a great event to learn about everything happening locally with solar power and connect one-on-one with people installing solar technology and with homeowners living with solar setups.

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Weightlifting Lowers Heart Disease and Diabetes Risks

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Fewer than 10 percent of Americans regularly lift weights, but perhaps more of us should, according to a study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Scientists at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, found that weightlifters had a 37 percent reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors linked to heart disease and diabetes. 

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Schools Go Green: Homework, Lunch, Buses Get an Eco-Makeover

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With paperless homework, bookless backpacks, zero waste lunches, plastic-free filtered water and classrooms without walls, today’s parents and teachers are bringing eco-friendly ways to schools and giving students an early appreciation of the importance of environmental health.

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FAT FIGHT: Like Us, Pets Must Eat Right and Keep Moving

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by Dr. Shawn Messonnier

Obesity, a severe and debilitating illness, is the most common nutritional disease in both animals and people. The latest survey of 121 veterinarians in 36 states by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and corroborating American Veterinarian Medical Association data reveal we have 80 million fat cats and obese dogs; that’s more than 58 percent of dogs and 52 percent of domesticated cats. “Pet obesity remains the leading health threat to our nation’s pets,” says Dr. Ernie Ward, APOP’s founder, from the organization’s headquarters in Calabash, North Carolina.

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SUGAR MONSTER How Sweet It Isn’t

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by Kathleen Barnes

“Am I a sugar addict?” There’s an easy way to tell.

“If you have to ask yourself, you are,” advises Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a renowned integrative physician in Kona, Hawaii, and author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! 

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ORGANIZE!: How to Choose the Right Professional Organizer

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by Helene Segura, MA Ed, CPO®

A professional organizer can literally change your life and help create improvements in your physical, mental and emotional health. But first you need to find the right one, a qualified, experienced professional organizer. Knowing how to do that is important.

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Rethinking Tooth Decay: The Surprising Connection Between Nutrition and Cavities

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by Dr. Paul Wilke

The cause of tooth decay has baffled scientists for centuries. At first decay was blamed on “tooth worms.” Then it was thought to be the hardness of the enamel. More recently the “acid attack theory” blamed acid from acidic drinks or from bacterial plaque feasting on sugary foods and drinks as the cause. This is the most widely accepted concept taught in dental schools. Another theory, backed by almost four decades of research, seems more accurate.

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Jog or Walk to Live Longer

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A slow jog around the block a few times a week can prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study monitored 1,878 joggers for 30 years and found that 44 percent of these subjects are less likely to prematurely die from any cause than non-runners. Males and females that continued to jog regularly added 6.2 years and 5.6 years, respectively, to their average lifespans.

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Exercising Your Brain

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by Josh Taylor

Our brain has the amazing ability to compensate for times when it is under stress or deteriorating. There is a book entitled “Spark” by Dr. John J. Ratey that talks about this very thing. In the book, Dr. Ratey tells the story of a nun who had severe Alzheimer’s that deteriorated much of her brain. Because she continued learning and teaching, her brain was able to compensate for the areas that had begun to atrophy.

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