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Prioritizing Sleep for Health and Well-Being

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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.

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Austin Kung Fu Master Applies Unique Background to Teaching

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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.

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Learning to Focus and Concentrate

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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.

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Light the Way to Better Health

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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.

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Prediction: Rainwater Harvesting Is In the Future

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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.

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Dance Beyond Halloween at Dia de los Muertos Celebration

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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.

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The Health Benefits of Ren Shen— Better Known as Ginseng

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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.

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The Impact of Technology

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by Nancy Rush

Today we are surrounded by amazing conveniences and efficiencies all provided by technology, which continues to grow at an amazing rate. Yet some may ask if there is a downside to all of this wonderful technology.

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Early Detection a Key Tool in Breast Cancer Prevention

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are many strateg ies that women can use to increase the odds of keeping their breasts healthy as they age. In addition to eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep, it is recommended that self-exams be performed monthly in the shower and clinical breast exams and screenings be carried out through a physician.

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Sage Smudging: Ancient Herbal Ritual Can Banish Negativity

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by Ashley Wearing

Sage smudging is an ancient art and ritual widely practiced by Native Americans to rid a space of negative energy. The process involves burning sage and fanning a feather toward the spaces in your home that have energy debris, which is a buildup of negative energy caused by arguments, a loss in family, divorce and anything that causes stress and keeps the energy stagnant in one’s space.

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