Articles from: May 2015

PET VACCINE ALTERNATIVES: Natural Steps to Nurture Immunity


by Shawn Messonnier

With pets, as with kids, vaccine safety and necessity are likely concerns. While holistic veterinarians tend to minimize the use of vaccines, their strongest stance is against unnecessary vaccinations. The point is to immunize only when it’s needed by individual patients while maximizing natural immunity.

In the late 1970s, amid the discovery of the canine parvo virus, vets saw many puppies under 4 months of age suffer from this mysterious disease and die or be euthanized.

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KIDS LOVE VEGGIES: How to Instill Healthy Lifelong Habits


by Clancy Cash Harrison

Starting at conception, the early years of a child’s life are a perfect window of opportunity to establish a foundation of healthy eating.

Want a child to love veggies? Here are simple tips parents can practice in the first three years to establish lifelong good eating habits.

Start early. We all know that eating healthy during pregnancy will help a baby grow, but many may not realize that an infant can taste flavors in utero and through breast milk.

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Senior Fitness Corner: Four Simple Exercises You Can Do from the Comfort of Your Home


by Milissa Scott

If you are like most women over age 50, you feel like your body has turned against you. Your hands feel weak, your brain feels foggy, your energy level is low, and sometimes you feel unsteady on your feet. You know that you need to be more active, to exercise more. But oh my goodness, where to start? A “big-box” fitness center is uncomfortable and intimidating, and options like boot camp, Zumba or cross training are completely out of the question. Don’t feel bad; I can assure you that you are not alone.

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Beneficial Bacteria: Newborn Exposure to Good Bacteria, Probiotics Can Protect Against Health Issues Later in Life


by Dr. Lawrence Hoberman

Newborns and gut bacteria are rarely part of the same conversation. In my decades of medical experience and research focused on beneficial gut bacteria, I’ve learned how important newborn exposure to bacteria can be to health issues and conditions later in life.

Whether a baby’s delivery is natural or by Caesarian section, both mother and baby benefit from maintaining a healthy balance of beneficial gut bacteria. However, for C-section deliveries that can be a big problem as key bacteria may be missing.

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Flexing Our MUSCLES: Weightlifting Makes Us Fit, Healthy and Self-Confident


by Debra Melani

Women who shy away from the traditionally male-centric weight rooms might want to reconsider. Standing their ground amid the deadlift bars and iron plates could lead to a host of unimagined benefits. Research has found that among other things, hoisting dumbbells can amp up the fat burn, ward off some common diseases and make women stronger, both inside and out.

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EPA Blooper: Bee-Toxic Pesticide Approved


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved cyantraniliprole, a new systemic pesticide that is toxic to bees, for agricultural use and has set allowable residue limits on almonds, berries, leafy vegetables and milk. The EPA also approved it as a seed treatment, so it may show up in GMO (genetically modified) seeds in the future.

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SA Tomorrow Planning Process Offers Citizens the Opportunity to Help Shape San Antonio’s Future

How do you prepare for 1 million new neighbors? Well, you plan ahead, and you get as many smart, creative people involved as possible. That includes you! You may not be aware that an enormous planning effort is under way to plan the future of San Antonio for the next 25 years, and your input is needed.

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EATING SKINNY: Why Vegans and Vegetarians are Naturally Trim


by Judith Fertig

We read the labels touting low sugar, carbs, fats and calories. We try this and that diet, hoping the pounds will melt away. Yet more than a third of U.S. adults, nearly 80 million of us, remain overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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Weight Gain in Moms Lowers Toxins in Newborns


Many expectant mothers try to know about everything they put into and onto their bodies as multiple studies are finding that infants are exposed to toxins during pregnancy. A new study of 325 expectant mothers has determined that the baby’s exposure to toxins in the womb decreases when the mother’s weight gain during pregnancy approaches the guidelines recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2009.

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Best-Selling Author Gregg Levoy Shares Insights on the Nature and Nurture of Passion on June 2

Gregg Levoy

Event at Pearl Stable Is Part of the Mind Science Foundation’s Distinguished Speaker Series

Author and lecturer Gregg Levoy travels to the Alamo City on Tuesday, June 2, to share insights from his new book, Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion. Levoy is the best-selling author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life. In his latest book, he tackles the topic of passion, what inspires it, what defeats it, how you lose it and how you get it back.

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