TIPS FOR A STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY: Plan Ahead to Reduce Stress for Children with Sensory or Other Special Needs


by Dr. Zach Petter, DC

If you have children with sensory issues or other special needs, you know that the words “stress-free” and “holidays” don’t often go together. You’re not alone; for many families, the holidays can be the most stressful time of the year. However, with some careful planning and preparation, children with sensory issues and other special needs can enjoy a stress-free holiday season. The following tips and strategies can help the whole family enjoy the season.

Continue Reading

USAA’s Behemoth San Antonio Office Building Earns Gold for Being Green


Most of San Antonio-area residents know USAA – they bank there, are insured there or know someone who works there. But many may not know just how “green” the Fortune 200 financial services company is. A recent recognition illustrated that fact when USAA’s McDermott Building in San Antonio earned LEED Gold certification for its green and sustainable practices. LEED certification is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Continue Reading

Walnuts Strengthen Sperm


Adding a handful of walnuts to a man’s daily diet might just increase the chance of pregnancy for couples with fertility problems. Scientists attribute male infertility as the central issue in 30 to 50 percent of the 70 million couples worldwide experiencing such difficulties.

Continue Reading

Mindful Meditation Relieves Inflammation


A new University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows that meditation, a proven reducer of psychological stress, can also lessen stress-caused inflammation and thereby relieve the symptoms and pain of certain diseases. Long-term stress has long been linked to inflammation, an underlying cause of many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, bowel disease, asthma, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Continue Reading

The Miracle of Midlife: Being Exactly Who We Need to Be


How would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations.

Continue Reading

Artists Unite for Fundraiser Benefiting Planned Parenthood


Audacious Exhibit Continues Through Nov. 22

Move over Austin City Limits, there's a new show in town. A group of San Antonio artists have created the Audacious City Limits Redux, an art exhibit running through Nov. 22 to benefit Planned Parenthood.

Continue Reading

History Comes Alive! Living History Festival at Herff Farm on Nov. 16


Good old-fashioned fun comes to the Herff Farm during the Living History Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16. The free event runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and includes storytellers and historians sharing their knowledge of early European settlers in the Boerne region.

Continue Reading

Options Abound for Healthy Thanksgiving Meals

There was a time not long ago when healthy holiday meal options were hard to find in the Alamo City. Thankfully, those days are securely in the past. Health-focused residents who don’t want to prepare their own healthy holiday meals have several noteworthy options:

Continue Reading

Fast Track to Personal Growth: Transform Your Life with Mentors, Books, Workshops and Online Courses


by Bess J.M. Hochstein

Our capacity for self-examination distinguishes us from other animals. We feel compelled to ask: “Who am I? What am I here for? How can I attain my full potential?” The quest for answers has engaged humans for millennia.

Continue Reading

Bamboozled: Bamboo Fabric a Product of Greenwashing


At least one dealer in sustainable products has taken a stand against bamboo fabric, which most people associate with bamboo lumber, a rapidly renewable resource that requires fewer pesticides to grow than other crops. Laura Mathews, of Eco Promotional Products, Inc., in Washington state, cites the Federal Trade Commission’s report: “The truth is, most bamboo textile products, if not all, really are rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals. 

Continue Reading