by Jeanne Strauss
Food is many things to humans. If we only ate for our physical needs, we could maintain perfect weight and eat only highly nutritious foods. The challenge is we’re also emotional creatures, so we often eat in response to our feelings. When we fail to take our emotions into account, we can’t successfully change our poor eating habits. The foods we eat change our brain chemistry temporarily, and this soothes our emotional state. That soothing effect is why food can be addicting.
Children in grades 1-2 and grades 3-5 can learn a lot about the Ice Age, about keeping our bodies cool and all about water during three separate weeklong summer camps at the Witte Museum in July and August. All three camps have a “coolness” theme that ties them to the Witte’s new “Discover the Ice Age” exhibit that began in May and continues through Sept. 7.
by Lane Vail
In terms of discipline, natural fathering is neither tough nor timid, punishing nor permissive. The mindful dad is calm, connected and capable. He’s able to harness introspection and observe himself as he parents, because he focuses more on managing his own behavior than that of his kids.
by Linda Sechrist
Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certifi ed neurologist and recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to addressing neurological disorders, has recently released Brain Maker, the latest in a series of books on brain health. This medical advisor to the Dr. Oz Show demonstrates how brain problems can be prevented by adopting lifestyle changes that nurture the bacteria living in the digestive system.
Explore Realism, Clay, Animation and the Ancient World
If you have an artistic child between ages 5 and 11, check out summer camp options at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Four camps are offered in late June and July:
Get Real with Realism – June 22-26 for ages 9-11. Students will enhance their drawing and painting skills through a variety of techniques, tools and media. The class will draw inspiration from the museum’s contemporary and American art collections.
by Kai-Chang Chan
Goji berry, also known as Wolfberry, has been enjoyed for thousands of years in Asia, both as a fruit and as a health supplement. This bright red berry is usually sundried for preservation purposes, and it has a mild, sweet taste. The goji berry is a member of the Solanaceae, or nightshades, family of flowering plants. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the whole goji berry plant provides healthful benefits.
An international team of scientists has confirmed that consuming berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, mulberries and raspberries can signifi cantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
by Kathleen Barnes
Today’s rates of male infertility and sexual dysfunction suggest that low testosterone is rapidly becoming a national problem.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine epidemiologists estimate that 18.4 percent of all American men over the age of 20, totaling 18 million, have reported experiencing erectile dysfunction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 7.5 percent of all sexually experienced men under 45, or more than 4 million, have consulted a fertility doctor, suggesting it’s a serious problem among younger men.
Of the 19.6 million veterans in the United States, approximately 3.6 million have a service-related disability, 7.6 percent are unemployed and they collectively make up 13 percent of the adult homeless population, according to the Independent Voter Network.
Grand Opening Celebration Takes Place June 27
Lovers of crystals, jewelry, incense and spiritual and metaphysical books have a new destination: The Crystal Mystic, located near Loop 1604, just west of Lockhill Selma in north central San Antonio. Billed as “San Antonio’s newest metaphysical store,” The Crystal Mystic offers a wide assortment of crystals, books and jewelry and hosts a monthly drumming circle. It also offers intuitive counseling, spiritual development and Reiki.
Owners of The Crystal Mystic are Francine Cantrell, Edward Cantrell and Jason Korthauer, who are all passionate about helping people connect with Divine energy and light and follow their Divine path. The Crystal Mystic opened in May, but the offi cial Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will include door prizes, vendors and an evening drumming circle.
The Crystal Mystic is located at 4703 Shavano Oak, Ste. 100. For more information, visit www.thecrystalmystic.com.