Solar Socket: Portable Power from Any Windowpane

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 The Window Socket, a new device that attaches to any window using a suction cup, provides a small amount of electricity to charge and operate small devices from its solar panel.

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23rd Annual Run & Walk for AIDS Happens Sept. 14

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Several hundred runners and walkers are expected to gather at the Blue Star Arts Complex early on Sept. 14 for the 23rd Run & Walk for AIDS, benefitting the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. The 5K run and 2-mile walk is one of the foundation’s largest funraisers; teams and individuals are invited to participate.

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DEEP-HEALING YOGA: Release Trauma, Build Resilience

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by Sarah Todd

When a woman separated from her husband last fall, she tried hard to shut down her emotions. A 30-year-old working mother of two young boys, she felt she couldn’t afford to be sad or angry, even as she contemplated divorce. But something shifted when she began taking yoga classes in her town in northern Michigan. “It was my one place to relax and let go,” says Emily, who asked that her real name stay private.

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Yoga in Motion Celebrates New Ownership with Grand Re-Opening Sept. 7

Terry Ruel

During the past decade, countless San Antonio residents found a sanctuary and path to greater physical, mental and emotional wellbeing at Yoga in Motion, founded by Effie Wood, one of the treasured “grande dames” within the local yoga scene. When Wood announced her retirement earlier this year, Yoga in Motion faithful lamented the closing of her Castle Hills studio.

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“Green” Dry Cleaning in San Antonio: True Green Offers Earth-Friendly Alternative

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The dry cleaning industry doesn’t have the most environmentally friendly reputation. Perchloroethylene (known as “perc), classified by the EPA as a carcinogen, remains the most commonly used dry cleaning solvent.

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Rethinking Umbilical Cord Clamping

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The Manchester Guardian reports that childbirth experts in the United Kingdom are urging the National Health Service (NHS) to reverse its policy on early clamping and cutting of a newborn’s umbilical cord. 

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Good Food on a Tight Budget: Tips to Get Top Value from Each Dollar

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by Kathleen Barnes

For many, the recent economic downturn has affected the way we shop for food. Even families that cook dinner at home most nights are struggling to afford the ingredients to make healthy meals, says Laura Seman, a senior manager for Cooking Matters, a national program that educates families in need about reaping the most from local food resources.

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Nasty Stuff: Monsanto Weed Killer Contaminates Food

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A peer-reviewed Massachusetts Institute of Technology report published in the scientific journal Entropy points to evidence that residues of glyphosate, the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, manufactured by Monsanto and sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food.

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Go Plastic-Free – Game On: Ways to Shrink Our Footprint

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by Randy Kambic

Looking around us, we see plastic everywhere.

Besides the customary food and product packaging, plus store bags, consider all the nooks and crannies of our lives that plastic now permeates: eating utensils; baby and pet toys; computer keyboards and accessories; pens; eyeglasses; athletic footwear; backpacks; lighters; beauty care and pill containers; household cleaning bottles; ice cube trays; shaving razors; tool handles; hairbrushes and toothbrushes—even some facial scrubs, shampoos and chewing gum.

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Preventing Seizures: Natural Dog Remedies Can Out-Do Drugs

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by Dr. Shawn Messonnier

People often seek out a holistic veterinarian due to concerns about conventional medications. One new client recently inquired about her 3-year-old female poodle diagnosed with epilepsy last year. The traditional veterinarian’s prescription for phenobarbital was helping to control the seizures, but the owner questioned the long-term consequences of feeding her pet the drug for the rest of its life. Surely, she thought, there must be a natural alternative.

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