Articles from: February 2015

26th Annual Earthwise Living Day Focuses on “Sustainability 101” on March 7


The longest-running annual environmental event in Bexar County returns to the Leon Valley Community Center on Saturday, March 7. Earthwise Living Day will focus on “Sustainability 101” and will feature demonstration booths for everyday eco-friendly living.

The family-friendly event will feature a variety of specialty vendors demonstrating organic cooking, food preservation, organic gardening, creating electricity from bicycles, rainwater harvesting and more. Enjoy a children’s recycled art activity, children’s musical presentations and free trees from City Public Service (while they last!). The event will include a recycling drop-off center for wine bottle corks, clothing, computers, electronics, scrap metal and expired medications.

Earthwise Living Day takes place Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Leon Valley Community Center, 6427 Evers Rd. For more information, visit

Even Modest Drinking Raises Risk of Heart Disease


Contrary to the hypothesis that moderate drinking can be heart-healthy, a new study published in the British Medical Journal indicates that even light to moderate drinking increases the risk of heart disease.

In a large, randomized meta-study, researchers examined patient data from 261,991 European adults derived from 56 studies. Participants were classified as nondrinkers, light drinkers, moderate drinkers or heavy drinkers. The researchers also used a gene variation to determine alcohol intake—a genetic marker that indicates low alcohol consumption of less than 10 milliliters (about a third of an ounce) per week.

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Joel Shuler

I’m a runner. I’ve run pretty consistently for the better part of the last 30 years. I try to squeeze in a run at least 4-5 days a week. Nothing too spectacular – you won’t find a “____K” sticker on my car, regardless of how far I’ve run. I don’t do it for bragging rights, medals or T-shirts. For me, it’s part addiction, part selfish obsession. Running is my alone time, my de-stress, mental health time. I don’t “train” for specific distances, and I rarely participate in large running events. I enjoy the peace of just being alone with my thoughts, my breath and the sound of my steps and stumbles.

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Business Spotlight: LIFE WELLNESS CENTER

EDITOR’S NOTE: Life Wellness Center is a relatively new treatment destination in north central San Antonio. We asked Samantha Vez, wellness consultant and community relations coordinator at the center, to share information about the center and the services available.

How do you describe Life Wellness Center to someone who has never heard of your practice before? At Life Wellness Center you’ll find a friendly and caring environment. We are a group of highly trained wellness consultants ready to help you with any physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or circumstantial condition. We use state-of-the-art technology that enables us to adjust the highest levels of consciousness to improve or boost the blueprint of your life so that you can experience happiness, wholeness and the most positive outcomes possible.

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“Get Outdoors!” Event Celebrating Area Outdoor Activities and Environmental Awareness Takes Place on March 7


It’s the perfect time of year to get outside in San Antonio, so make plans to participate in the 7th annual Get Outdoors! event on Saturday, March 7, at the Mission Park Pavilion. Organized by the San Antonio River Authority, National Park Service and Bexar County, this free event offers families the chance to learn about the wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities in the greater San Antonio area.

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Learn about Ancient Incan Medicinal Remedies from Dr. Manuel Canales, March 20-22 and 27-29 at Jackson Ranch


Dr. Manuel Canales from Peru studied at medical schools in Chile, Spain and Cuba and was already a licensed naturopath before he became fascinated by pre-Incan and Incan remedies. Through his interest, Dr. Canales gathered thousands of remedies during his journeys through the tallest mountains of Peru and surrounding countries.

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New Local Training Option for a Career in Health Care: Local College of Health Care Professions Adds Physical Therapy Technician Program


Adds Physical Therapy Technician Program The local branch of the College of Health Care Professions is starting a new program this month that offers the opportunity to work alongside physical therapists, physicians, chiropractors, athletic trainers and other medical and health professionals.

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Life Coaching Certification Workshop March 28, 29 Offers the Opportunity to Expand Your Professional Skillset

Candy Barone

Learn how to launch an exciting and rewarding new career as a life coach or how to expand on your existing coaching skills and client base. The Certified Coaches Federation (CCF) will conduct a two-day intensive workshop on March 28, 29 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites on the San Antonio River Walk.

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LIVER HEALTH: Essential Oils Can Help Support a Healthy Liver


Most of us are aware that the liver detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs within the body. You may not be aware of how important the health of your liver is to how you feel. Your liver performs more than 500 tasks that keep you feeling great.

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HAPPY MEALS: Eating Healthy Foods Fights Off Depression


by Lane Vail

Advertisements for antidepressants abound, yet a recent analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the benefits of treating mildly or moderately depressed individuals with these drugs “may be minimal or nonexistent” compared with a placebo. Most physicians agree that at least part of the prevention of and recovery from depression can be addressed through diet.

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