Articles from: August 2016

The Garden Cure: Natural Sanctuaries Heal Body and Spirit

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by Sandra Murphy

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir


Since ancient times, gardens have been employed as a place of healing for body and spirit. Japanese healthcare providers prescribe shinrin-yoku, meaning, “walking in forests to promote health” or “forest bathing.”

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Jad Abumrad, Creator of Award-Winning Public Radio Program Radiolab, Presents at Trinity University on Sept. 18

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The Mind Science Foundation welcomes Jad Abumrad, MacArthur Fellow and host of the award-winning Radiolab, to San Antonio on Sunday, Sept. 18. Abumrad will present a multi-level lecture in Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium that’s designed to stimulate thought and discussion on what it means to be creative, to innovate and to dive into the art, science and philosophy of uncertainty.

Attendees will hear the personal story of how Abumrad created a new aesthetic in the world of journalism, and they will also enjoy a clinic in the art of storytelling. The presentation will include audio clips, still images, video and live sound manipulation.

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program and podcast that is currently second in popularity to “This American Life.” Radiolab has evolved into an open-ended radio laboratory where dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects merge into informational and entertaining documentaries. Abumrad also works as a composer and re-mixer.

The Mind Science Foundation is based in San Antonio and offers opportunities for residents to explore the vast potential of the human mind in a scientific manner, for the betterment of humankind.

Mind ScienceThe lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. with a Q&A following at 7:30. The event is free and open to the public. Laurie Auditorium is located at One Trinity Place on the campus of Trinity University. For more information about Jad Abumrad’s visit to San Antonio and about the Mind Science Foundation, visit

Toxic Trinkets: Low-Cost Jewelry May Harbor Cadmium

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In recent years, the European Commission has banned cadmium in all jewelry sold in Europe, but those shopping for low-cost jewelry in North America from popular fashion chains may be wearing products made with cadmium, a heavy metal that can be particularly toxic for kids.

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San Antonio’s Annual Salute to Jazz— Jazz’SALive—Returns Sept. 17, 18

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San Antonio’s official jazz music festival celebrates another year of musical talent at the newly renovated Travis Park on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18. Participate in 33 years of tradition, free of charge, and enjoy award-winning national, regional and local talent with diverse styles of jazz, as well as festival food, vendor wares and local crafts.

Find a collection of art and music in Art Alley from professional and amateur artists. Peruse through live art displays and let the kids have fun at the Children’s Symposium, which features four areas of music study. A Kid Zone will also be available with a designated play area, games, moon bounce, and arts and crafts.

Jazz’SALive is sponsored by San Antonio Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide enhancements to San Antonio parks.

For an entertainment lineup and more festival information, visit

Salt Air in the City: Salt Rooms Soothe Allergies and Skin Conditions

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by Avery Mack

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal or year-round nasal allergies. Additionally, 56 million suffer from eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs may help, but aren’t a cure. Salt therapy can be a gentler, all-natural solution for easing associated symptoms. 

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JUST WALK: 22 Minutes a Day Boosts Well-Being

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by Randy Kambic

Even mainstream media have picked up on the many physical and mental benefits of walking, including weight loss, reduced stress, increased energy and better sleep, and that’s only the beginning. These additional compelling effects may well catalyze us to consistently step out for a daily walk, understanding that cumulative steps count, too. For more inspiration, check out this month’s race  walking event at the Summer Olympics.

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Aromatherapy Soothes Allergies

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Research from Korea’s Chung-Ang University has found that inhaling aromatherapy infusions comprising a combination of sandalwood, frankincense and ravensara for five minutes twice daily significantly reduces symptoms of allergies after seven days.

The researchers tested 54 men and women, half of which were tested using a placebo of almond oil. Total nasal symptom score (TNSS) and rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaire (RQLQ) results were both significantly lower in the aromatherapy group. TNSS scores decreased by more than half and RQLQ scores decreased by more than 60 percent. Scores for fatigue and sleep quality also improved in the aromatherapy group.

“These findings indicate that inhalation of certain aromatherapy oils help relieve perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, improve rhinitis-specific quality of life and reduce fatigue in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis,” Chung- Ang University’s Seo Yeon Choi and Kyungsook Park explain in their paper.

Labor Fest 2016 Offers Three-Day Music and Unity Festival, Sept. 2-4

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Labor Fest San Antonio is all about community, unity and music. This three-day multicultural music-and-more festival takes place during Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-4) and provides families “Bigger and Better” entertainment that unites and entertains the local community.

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Good Reads: Fiction Readers Have More Empathy

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The love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys and experiments. The results indicate that readers of fiction are more empathetic toward others. By engaging with a story, they are temporarily placing themselves in a character’s shoes, thus fostering empathy in real life, and literary reading amplifies this effect.

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Barnet Bain: How Creativity Can Save the World – Fresh Thinking Challenges Rigid Mindsets

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by Linda Sechrist

Filmmaker Barnet Bain’s credits include writer/director of Milton’s Secret, due out this fall, starring Donald Sutherland and Michelle Rodriguez and based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, producer of the Oscar-winning What Dreams May Come, executive producer of the Emmy-award nominee Homeless to Harvard and writer/producer of The Celestine Prophecy movie. Now, as author of The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work, he offers tools that everyone can use to develop a creativity practice designed to move us beyond our unconscious hand-me- down worldview, escape mental and emotional straightjackets and unlock great reservoirs of imagination.

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