Articles from: January 2016

Key Signs We’re Approaching a Defining Moment


by Dennis Merritt Jones

Our authentic self is constantly trying to get our attention so it may be more fully expressed. When we set our intention to genuinely evolve, we naturally begin to pay attention and see how redefining moments appear as needed. They are drawn to us sequentially to support us in the process of staying the course on our pilgrimage, each one a perfectly aligned portal in space and time, opening and closing, creating whatever experience is required to guide us to heightened awareness of our authentic self.

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It’s Easy to Be Green At Home and on the Road


by Avery Mack

“Living green means living well, using what you create with minimal waste,” says Mike Bond, an ecologist and bestselling activist author in Winthrop, Maine. Here, he and other savvy sources share tips to go ever greener in ways that are painless and affordable.

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A Probiotic Can Keep You Healthy, Naturally AND Boost the Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine


by Dr. Lawrence Hoberman

There are trillions of good bacteria in our bodies that help fight against diseases and viruses. Cold and flu season is here, and with it come additional stresses such as of lack of sleep, germs and fluctuating outside temperatures that can wreak havoc on our immune systems. This can also offset the balance of good versus bad bacteria that affects overall health. Fortunately, there are a few basic things a person to can do to prevent the onset of the flu, things like avoiding crowds, drinking lots of fluids, exercising regularly, getting a flu vaccine, washing hands often, getting at least seven hours of sleep each night, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

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The Right Vet for Your Pet: Animals Thrive with Gentle, Safe and Natural Approaches


Pet parents have many criteria to consider when choosing a healthcare provider for their prized pet, and among the most vital is trying to find a doctor that uses holistic therapies, because the advantages are many.

Wellness care is more than vaccines. While many conventional vets consider giving vaccines and flea medications to all of their patients to be their best form of wellness care, holistic vets know these aren’t always necessary and can potentially be harmful.

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SUPER SOUPS: New Twists on Old Favorites Heal, Nourish and Soothe

by Judith Fertig

Winter season soups on chilly days can warm us, both body and soul. Whatever our food preferences or time constraints, some new twists on traditional favorites will satisfy everyone’s taste buds—with an accent on healthy pleasure. Here’s where to start.

Reinventing the past. From her Colorado mountain home, Jenny McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen, celebrates the wisdom of traditional foodways, making nutrient-dense, healing soup broth from bones, water, vegetables and seasonings.

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Drive-Thru Vegan Amy’s Opens Organic Fast Food Restaurant


California now hosts the nation’s first Amy’s Organic Drive-Thru restaurant, in Rohnert Park, with a vegetarian menu sporting veggie burgers, salads and dishes served in both regular and vegan varieties. Ingredients are sustainably grown and GMO-free (no genetically modified ingredients).

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WEIGHT LOSS: Shedding Pounds is Easy – Keeping Them Off Requires Lifestyle Changes


by Sarah Treat

Here’s an easy question for most readers: What’s the most popular New Year’s resolution? The answer, of course, is losing weight. Another question, this one a bit harder: What percentage of people successfully achieve their New Year’s resolutions? According to www., only 8 percent. Yikes!

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Vitamin E and D Supplements Reduce Alzheimer’s and Falls Among Elderly


 Two common vitamins are making headlines in medical research. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that supplementation with vitamin E may reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The five-year study followed 561 Alzheimer’s patients and included a placebo and the pharmaceutical drug memantine.

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ANCIENT HEALING A Brief History of Acupuncture


by Christanne Spell

Modern-day practitioners of acupuncture are occasionally asked, “Does it work?” It’s a fair question for people who have only been exposed to Western medical practices that are prominent in our conventional U.S. medical system. Many Americans have never experienced acupuncture, so many put it in a category of hocus-pocus remedies.

Acupuncture enjoys a rich history that stretches back some 2,500 years, much longer than conventional forms of medical care and treatment.Ancient acupuncture and moxibustion hieroglyphs inscribed on bones and tortoise shells date back more than 2,500 years.

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New Braunfels Celebrates the Arts at “Art – Life’s Inspiration” on Jan. 24


Join the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council for an evening of honoring the arts in the community through song, dance and prose. Dinner with the Arts at the New Braunfels Civic Center will feature performances and presentations by S.T.A.G.E. Bulverde, Circle Arts Theatre, Comal Community Band and many more local artists.

Dinner with the Arts takes place on Jan. 24 from 5-8:30pm. The New Braunfels Civic Center is located at 385 S. Castell Ave. in New Braunfels. For ticket information, contact Candace Southmayd at 830-822-2079. For more information, visit