Articles from: November 2016

Message Received: Conventional Grocery Chains Go Organic


The Kroger grocery chain, with nearly 2,500 U.S. stores, including subsidiaries Ralphs, Fry’s, King Soopers and Food 4 Less, has decided to go all in on the organic food market as a followup to the 2012 release of its Simple Truth brand of organic foods.

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Festive Sips and Nibbles Vegan Holiday Treats that Everyone Loves


by Judith Fertig

For those who like to eat plantbased meals most of the time, the holidays can present a challenge. Social occasions from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day abound, including multi-course dinners and potlucks; treetrimming and baking parties; neighborly hospitality; nibbling on treats while wrapping gifts; and gathering to watch a holiday movie.

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Gut Bacteria Linked to Toddler Temperament


Ohio State University researchers have discovered a correlation between bacteria in the gut and behavior in toddlers. Scientists studied the bacterial microbes in stool samples from 77 girls and boys between the ages of 18 months and 27 months, while mothers filled out a questionnaire describing their children’s level of emotional reactivity.

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The Holiday Season Hasn’t Begun Until You’ve Enjoyed Tamales! At Pearl on Dec. 3


Kick off your holiday season in traditional San Antonio-style by enjoying a tamale or two at the Pearl on Saturday, Dec. 3. The 7th Annual Tamales! celebration returns to the historic Pearl Brewery with more than 40 tamale vendors offering a wide variety of festive flavors to fit every palate.

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The Perfect Black Friday Alternative: Enjoy the 27th International Peace Market on Nov. 25-27


The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center celebrates 27 years of community building and combating consumer culture with a weekend of socially conscious shopping. The International Peace Market (Mercado de Paz) takes place Nov. 25-27 and offers the opportunity to pass on Black Friday madness and instead enjoy artistic expression, international exchange, economic sustainability and community.

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Kelly Brogan on the Truth About Depression: Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does


by Kathleen Barnes

Integrative medical doctor Kelly Brogan, a women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology.

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WORKPLACE WISDOM: Mindfulness in Corporate Life


by April Thompson

The workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment.

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Chemical Testing Consumer and Animal Protections Update


The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a new federal law that restricts animal testing and requires regulators to develop technology-based alternatives. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which insisted non-animal tests be used whenever possible and established a precedent for developing animalfree testing, including vitro and silico (computer simulation) methods.

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Make Some Noise During Family Art Play: Drumming Around at the McNay on Dec. 18


The McNay Museum invites families to a day of art play and musical fun during Family Art Play: Drumming Around on Sunday, Dec. 18. From 1-4 p.m. families will enjoy making noise and exploring costumes, rhythms and instruments inspired by different cultures in the Orientalism: The Middle East Onstage exhibit.

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Thanksgiving Lite Turning the Tide for Turkeys


Turkeys and Thanksgiving go together for 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation. Each year, more than 46 million turkeys provide the entrée for gatherings, yielding leftovers for sandwiches, stew, chili, casseroles and turkey burgers.

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