by Bruce Wayne Meleski
Too many American adults accept poor sleep as part of modern life, which has transformed the way we sleep. Artificial lights allow us to work 24/7. There are the stressors of urban living and sedentary jobs that make it difficult to relax and expend the energy necessary to sleep efficiently.
by Sheila Julson
Joe Schaefer, Ph.D. and founder of Austin Kung Fu, was a rising star in the science field during the 1990s. As a doctorate candidate in neurophysiology at the University of Texas – Austin, he was awarded Young Researcher of the Year in 1996 and had penned articles published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Yet he walked away from it to follow his long-time passion—sharing the physical and mental benefits of kung fu and tai chi with others.
Human brains are highly attuned to any blip on our sensory radar because that’s what ensured our survival. An area called the locus coeruleus is especially responsible for churning out neurotransmitters to the limbic system that tell the brain how to respond to stimuli and whether or not it’s supposed to be calm or on high alert. Even memories of events can trigger this physical stress response in our bodies.
Matt DeBow, author, inventor, consultant and public speaker on the subject of light and its effects on health and medical applications, will give four lectures throughout Austin on an advanced holistic treatment that uses light to heal the body naturally. The first talk will be at 7 p.m., October 25 at Peoples Rx; the second talk will take place at 7 p.m., October 27 at Peoples Rx North.
The recent heavy rains serve as a reminder that it’s wise to be ready to capture and store rainwater for droughts we know will come again. A good place to learn about the beauty, benefits and many ways to harvest rainwater is at the seventh annual Rainwater Revival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 5, in Dripping Spring.
Ecstatic dance is for everybody, and from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. November 2, there will be a community dance celebrating Dia de los Muertos—the Mexican holiday known as Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a joyous celebration of life and honoring family and friends departed. The family-friendly event will also highlight the move of Ecstatic Soul Sessions’ mid-weekly community dance from East Austin to their new location in the 78704 neighborhood.
by Kai-Chang Chan
Ginseng is an important traditional Chinese herbal remedy. It is one of the most popular natural tonics and has been shown to possess many intriguing health properties including a protein anabolic effect, anti-tumor activities and an inhibitory effect on tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ginseng can tonify yuan qi (the source of energy), the lungs, spleen, promote the generation bodily fluids, relieve thirst, calm the spirit and even improve brain functioning. Clinical research has shown that ginseng can promote cardiac function, treat hypertension, treat diabetes mellitus, treat sexual dysfunction and may treat cancer.