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A Note from Your New Publisher

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Glad to Be Here

As we enter the dog days of summer in Central Texas, gratitude helps take our minds off the heat. I am grateful for the ice cream truck’s warbling music, diving into a favorite swimming hole now and then and spending precious hours with family inside a cooled house. Amidst daily demands such pleasures can be fewer than we hope, but oh-so-welcome.

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Pet Adoption Creates Special Bonds for Special Needs

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by Ericka Miller

At the Austin Humane Society (AHS), the longest-standing no-kill shelter in Austin, animals with special needs are quite common. Opening our hearts and homes to pets with special needs can be one of the most rewarding types of animal adoption because we are truly saving a life that in many other cities across the country would be at risk.

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Be as Happy as a Pup

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by Lisa Sullivan

One beautiful lesson dogs teach us is to be present in the now. Dogs are frequently happy because they aren’t too concerned about many things in life. That’s not so easy for humans. We have things to do, bills to pay, families to take care of and more, but there are research-proven ways to tap into our happiness. One of those is to focus on our character strengths.

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Integrative Approaches to Kidney Dysfunction

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by Maoyi Cai

Western physicians are sometimes confused by a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis of a patient with so-called kidney deficiency, because the renal function tests ordered by the physician for the same patient have shown normal results. The question lies in how kidney deficiency in TCM is related to renal insufficiency, or failure, in Western medicine.

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Play Big at Camp Atta Girl!

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by Lisa Sullivan

Women from all over Central Texas can find their power, voice, strength, courage and laughter at Camp Atta Girl! which takes place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 18 at Camp Lucy, in Dripping Springs. Camp Atta Girl! is a one-day retreat for women, filled with self-discovery, happiness, music, dancing and movement—all at a beautiful, fun and campy location. Read More

Finding Connection with Horses

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by Kelly Jones

Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. On the flip side, strong social connection leads to a 50 percent increased chance of longevity. Social connection strengthens your immune system (research by Steve Coles shows that genes impacted by social connection also code for immune function and inflammation), helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression. ~Psychology Today
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Obtain Better Health Through the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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by Matthew McCurdy

The anti-inflammatory diet harnesses the power of phytochemicals in plant-based foods to reduce chronic inflammation. It is a pattern of eating, not calorie-counting or food restriction, that promotes vitality, optimizes weight and prevents many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, many cancers and Alzheimer’s. The diet incorporates raw, cooked, mashed and ground foods that humans have eaten for thousands of years, and it excludes foods with added sugar, salt and oils high in omega-6 fatty acids. The whole food, plant-based, Mediterranean and Asian diets are examples of anti-inflammatory diets. High fat, high carb, Atkins and Paleo can be anti-inflammatory diets when they employ plant-based proteins, low glycemic carbs and healthy omega-3 fats. Read More

Conscious Uncoupling: Can Lessen the Pain of Breaking Up

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by Noelle Davis

Breakups are tough. They can leave us feeling heartbroken, angry and even empty inside. Conscious Uncoupling is a healthier way for people to separate, versus the more common painful breakup that leaves both partners wounded at their cores. Designed to minimize the hurt and resentments of separating, Conscious Uncoupling is a process that allows each person to leave the relationship with dignity, compassion and respect for self and each other. Read More

Glamping in a PleniSphere: Glamour in the Great Outdoors

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Glamping combines glamour and camping, and it allows one to experience all the close-to-nature goodness while still having access to creature comforts such as a comfortable bed and a climate-controlled space. Glamping is often done in a PleniSphere, a stylish, durable, nontoxic canvas home suitable for full-time or part-time use. Unlike a tent where one is roughing it, the PleniSphere’s 10-foot-high ceiling, ample windows and vertical walls are designed for luxurious comfort. It includes a bathtub, a queen-size bed, on demand hot water and air conditioning. Read More