Bamboozled: Bamboo Fabric a Product of Greenwashing

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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. 

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GREEN COOKING: Green Vegetarian Offers Vegan Cooking Class in Time for the Holidays

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Preparing a vegan option for a holiday linked historically with turkey meat can be a daunting task. The vegetarian and vegan experts at Green Vegetarian are hosting a Thanksgiving vegan cooking class on Nov. 19 to help take the stress out of satisfying vegan family members and friends.

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LIGHT IT RIGHT: Florescent Light Affecting Your Health? A Filter Could Help

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by Joel Shuler

Something we’re exposed to every day could be negatively impacting our health, causing migraines, draining our energy, triggering lupus flare-ups, epileptic episodes and attention deficit issues, and affecting our ability to concentrate and focus.

The culprit may be hovering just above your head: Florescent lighting. Championed for it’s long life and energy-saving properties, florescent lighting now dominates most internal environments – homes, schools, hospitals and health care centers and workplaces. Continue Reading

Holy Eco-Crisis! Deadly Fungus Destroying Bat Colonies

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White-nose syndrome, a disease spread by a soil fungus, G. destructans, and thought to have been carried to North America from Europe, is devastating bat colonies in the U.S. and Canada. First identified in 2006 in a population of common little brown bats in a cave 150 miles north of New York City, the malady has claimed 98 percent of the bat population there by causing them to awaken prematurely from their normal hibernation and then die from lack of food and exhaustion.

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Take the FitCitySA Fitness Challenge!

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At Natural Awakenings, we’re big proponents of “active living,” which is why we encourage you to participate in the FitCitySA Fitness Challenge. San Antonio has made great strides moving from “fat” to “fit,” but we can all still eat a little better and exercise a little more. Launched by the Mayor’s Fitness Council, the fitness challenge is designed to get you and your family healthier through physical activity.

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Strength of Spirit: CTRC Information Series Focuses on Spiritual Strength in Fighting Cancer

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San Antonio’s Cancer Treatment Research Center (CTRC) hosts a free monthly information series, and it’s one of the best resources for cutting-edge information covering all aspects of cancer treatment. The November series, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. in CTRC’s Mabee Conference Room, will be especially interesting. The topic is “Harnessing Your Strength of Spirit in Fighting Cancer.”

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DOG SPORTS: People & Pets Play Well Together

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by Sandra Murphy

With most exercise programs, while his person works out, a dog stays home alone, counting squirrels outside the window and wishing Animal Planet wasn’t a rerun. How about bringing some of that exercise home so the pet gets fit, too?

John E. Mayer, Ph.D., a Chicago clinical psychologist and author of Family Fit, maintains that, “Fitness works best as a group event, including the family dog. They love to participate in many things, so be creative. Try swimming, touch football, jumping rope, rollerblading, tag or hideand- seek.”

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DON’T HIT THE “WALL” : Calculating Your Calorie Needs Helps You Finish Strong

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by John A. Ruibal, MS, RD,C SSD, LD

Nutrition plays an important role in how well and how long we can exercise. What you need to determine is how much fuel or calories you need before working out and how much you need to put back in your body after your workout.

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Controlling Inflammation: Global Spices and Foods Provide Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

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by Dr. Michael Wargovich, PhD

Scientific evidence suggests that chronic inflammation is associated with increased risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other diseases. Although inflammation is part of the body’s natural defense system and healing process, when it is prolonged it can damage the body’s tissues.

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Grapes Grapple with Metabolic Syndrome

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It’s high season for grapes, and consuming any variety of this sweet fruit—red, green or black— may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference, in Boston. Natural components in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for this benefit.

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