Natural Awakenings Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Magazine April 2023

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Battling the Bad Stuff in Air, Water and Food


How to Lower Your Foodprint


How to Repair

Muscles After Exercise


How to Enjoy Nature Safely




The Epidemic of Mold

Toxicity: Evaluation & Treatment

Precision Intestinal Oxidative Hydrotoning (PIOH®) Process

Bone Biology, Bone Graft Biology, and the Clinical Application of ScienceBased Bone Grafts

Subclinical Myocarditis: The New Pandemic

Cracking the Clinical Code-Case Studies and Effective Treatment

Protocals Integrating I.V. Ozone Therapies and Heel

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Investing in Our Planet for Better Health

This is our annual Earth Month issue. We hope you'll read it and get excited about how you can make a positive impact on the planet for yourself and for others. The world is facing a climate crisis-whether we call it that or not. We see it play out daily as an ongoing extreme weather event somewhere in the world. Whether it's devastating rainfall and flooding, extraordinary snow and ice or extreme heat and drought, the consequences are loss of life and health and the destruction of homes, jobs and livelihoods.

It's become increasingly important for all of us to make intentional choices to protect the Earth for all our sakes. Investing in the planet, environmental sustainability, green and healthy living, sustainability-whatever you choose to call it-is therefore an enlightened and necessary self-investment. Like receiving childhood vaccinations, it protects our future health and helps ensure that we can live longer, happier, more prosperous lives.

Investing in the planet is also a moral imperative. As we're told in the first book of the Bible, our instruction manual, God created the world and all living things in it, and then gave us humans the task of stewardship over the Earth. I interpret this as a call to care for the environment, to use natural resources wisely and responsibly, and to work toward sustainability. In fact, religious leaders and scholars have argued that caring for the Earth is not just a practical necessity, but a spiritual duty.

For example, Pope Francis has written extensively about the need for environmental stewardship and he argued that environmental degradation is a sin against God's creation. Therefore, investing in our planet can be seen as a way of fulfilling our responsibility to care for the world that God has given us and of working toward a more sustainable future that honors the natural order of creation.

At Natural Awakenings, we are all about the intertwined concepts of green and healthy living, which share the common goal of improving the well-being of individuals and the environment. Both practices emphasize sustainability, minimizing waste and reducing our carbon footprint.

Green living prioritizes environmental sustainability. It involves making choices that are mindful of the planet's limited resources such as cutting energy consumption, conserving water and reducing what goes into our landfills. For instance, people who embrace green living may choose to use energy-efficient appliances, take public transportation and recycle regularly. These actions all help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and air pollution.

On the other hand, healthy living means adopting habits that promote physical and mental well-being like exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, managing stress and getting enough sleep. Healthy living is also about reducing exposure to harmful substances such as chemicals, pollutants and toxins. So people who prioritize healthy living may opt to eat organic foods, use natural cleaning products and avoid smoking or vaping. Here are some green-living practices that also promote healthy living:

❧ Eating organic foods: Foods grown with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides can be harmful to our health and the Earth. By preferring organic food, we support sustainable agriculture, which helps preserve the soil and reduces water pollution.

❧ Using natural cleaning products: Many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin and respiratory system. Natural cleaning products, on the other hand, use plant-based ingredients that are safer for us and the environment.

❧ Walking or biking for transportation: Choosing to walk or bike instead of driving is good for the environment and good for our bodies. Regular exercise improves cardiovascular health, reduces stress and boosts mood.

❧ Eating a plant-based diet: A plant-based diet has numerous documented health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic illness like heart disease and cancer. It also has a lower environmental impact than a diet heavy in animal products.

There are many other ways that green living and healthy living intersect. We try to bring this relevant, actionable information to you every month in Natural Awakenings. With this issue, we delve into the health effects of toxins and share insights from local and national experts on what you can do to avoid them.

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8 Dallas Metroplex Edition 22 TOXIC OVERLOAD How to Clean Our Water, Food and Indoor Air 24 EDUCATION IS KEY TO AVOIDING TOXINS 25 A WAKE-UP CALL TO SAVE THE PLANET 26 WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE DON'T KNOW 27 SUSTAINABLE EATING Tips to Shrink Your Foodprint 30 THE WINDS OF CHANGE Young Activists Pursue Climate Justice and Green Living 32 MUSCULAR MAINTENANCE 101 How to Repair Muscles After Exercise 34 OUTDOOR SAFETY FOR PETS Helpful Tips to Navigate Hazards 32 34 Contents DEPARTMENTS 9 event briefs 10 news briefs 12 event spotlights 13 earth day events 16 health briefs 20 global briefs 24 healing ways 27 conscious eating 30 green living 32 fit body 34 natural pet 37 calendars 43 community resource guide 22

Texas State Parks Celebrate Century of Service

Texas, with 89 state parks covering more than 600,000 acres, has reached a major milestone of 100 years. Since 1923, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has been working to protect and preserve our natural resources while providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and education. A year-long celebration with special events and activities at parks will commemorate the past and look to the future of the park system.

As part of the 100th anniversary celebration, TPWD has launched a special website ( where visitors can learn more about the history of Texas state parks, find events and activities, and share their own park experiences. The department has also created a commemorative poster featuring artwork by Texas artist Kylee Dawn, which will be available for purchase at park gift shops and online.

In addition to the anniversary celebration, TPWD has several ongoing initiatives aimed at improving and expanding the park system, including the Legacy Plan, a comprehensive strategy for managing and enhancing state parks over the next 25 years, and the Texas Children in Nature program, which encourages kids to explore and learn about the natural world.

The statewide park system features iconic landscapes such as Palo Duro Canyon and Big Bend Ranch State Park, historic sites like battleship TEXAS, as well as beach access points that have supported generations of families with activities such as swimming, camping and hiking. In addition to healthy outdoor recreation options, all parks provide unique educational experiences such as ranger-led programs and interpretive displays available onsite or virtually through mobile applications or social media outlets.

The century-long commitment to land stewardship has served not only diversified wildlife habitats, but provided economic benefits to local communities by supporting thousands of jobs across the tourism sector from park operations staffs to concessionaires offering lodging accommodations and food services.

To find out about Centennial Celebration activities visit TPWD.

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event brief

New Vegetarian Chicken Products from Impossible Foods

California-based Impossible Foods is expanding its crispy, juicy chicken line with three new products: Impossible Spicy Chicken Nuggets, Impossible Spicy Chicken Patties and Impossible Chicken Tenders; all made from plants.

The nuggets and patties use a blend of custom spices that add kick to the crispy, juicy, tender bite of the brand’s original plant-based chicken recipe. The tenders feature a blend of spices in a larger, elongated shape for wraps, salad, and baskets.

All three products offer 10 to 12 grams of protein per serving and no cholesterol, as well as up to 35 percent less total fat and up to 55 percent less saturated fat compared to their animal counterparts. They also have a smaller environmental footprint, using 44 percent less water, 49 percent less land and 36 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Impossible chicken nuggets for restaurants outperformed a leading brand of animal chicken nuggets threeto-one in a blind consumer test, and were ranked superior in flavor, texture and overall appearance. The products will be available in the frozen aisle at select retail locations starting this month, followed by national availability in the coming months.

Mother’s Day Run

The37th annual Bagel Run, a Mother’s Day tradition, will take place on May 14 at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) with family-friendly activities. Run or walk in a timed 10K, 5K or Kids K Run. Participate as an individual, family or team. A virtual option is also available. All runners will receive a goody bag, shirt and finisher’s medal. Teams can create a T-shirt, wear costumes, hats or whatever they want to make the team stand out. There will be an award for best spirit/costume.

The 1k Kids K Run is for ages 4 to 12, and all registered kids will receive a T-shirt and medal. The 5K Walk/Run proceeds through a beautiful residential neighborhood along tree-lined streets and finishes on the Northaven Trail back to JCC. The 10K Run completes the same course twice. The Virtual Run can be completed any time. Track mileage using running apps such as Strava, Nike, Garmin Connect, Runkeeper, Map My Run or others.

Pick up packets from 4:30 to 7 p.m., starting May 11. Location: 7900 Northaven Rd., Dallas. Volunteers are needed. For more information and to register, call 214-739-2737 or visit JCC. org/special-evens/bagel-run.

Sharing is Caring EarthShare Texas My Earth My Texas Challenge

Nonprofit EarthShare Texas is undertaking a sustainability challenge, My Earth My Texas 2023, To allow individuals to care for their communities and the environment by participating in fun, rewarding sustainability activities. Register online, then post sustainable actions to Instagram with #MyEarthMyTexas through April 22.

Entrants can win cool eco-prizes, showcase their green pride, get involved with environmental initiatives and nonprofits or become a fundraiser for more than 30 Texas nonprofits this Earth Month.

Participants can simply complete and post sustainability actions (i.e., bike or walk to work, reuse a water bottle, skip the carwash, compost food scraps, etc.) and post a picture of the action to Instagram. Posts will be counted by EarthShare Texas and entered into drawings for eco-prizes each week.

The challenges amplify and assist the missions and work of the EarthShare Texas member network. These initiatives benefit, protect and beautify our communities, habitats, other species, and ourselves.

Registration is free. For more information, call Jordan Goodrich at 214-733-4874, email or visit

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Back In Bloom Fundraising Gala

Nonprofit Texas Blossoms will celebrate the season with the 2023 Back In Bloom Gala, presented by EarthX, at 6 p.m., April 15, at the Nick and Lou Martin University Center at Texas Wesleyan University. Texas Blossoms plants and nurtures blossoming trees across the state, and gala attendees and sponsors provide critical funding for their expanding operations. They primarily plant trees in community spaces and underserved areas, frequently collaborating with libraries and schools.

Angela Goodwin, board president of Texas Blossoms, says, “It costs nearly $100 to purchase a tree, but the costs don’t end there. We remain committed to nurturing our trees well after they’re in the ground,” said . “We’ve already planted nearly 1,600 trees and we water every one of them regularly. It costs about $750 to water all our trees per watering route. We couldn’t protect our trees and serve the community like we do without the support of our generous donors.”

General admission tickets are $50 at with the option to make an additional donation. To become a gala sponsor, call Goodwin at 817-913-0502, email or visit

City of Dallas Launches Whole Home Program

Whole Home Dallas online hub connects homeowners to existing programs that offer financial assistance, rebates and tax incentives. The goal is to help residents withstand extreme weather events such as life-threatening heat waves and historic freezes, as well as lower utility costs, increase energy efficiency and reduce pollution. Dallas City Councilwoman Paula Blackmon, chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Committee, says low-income residents suffer disproportionally from the effects of climate change.

The site is sorted into three main categories: weatherization, energy efficiency and renewable energy, with links to current income-based assistance programs, as well as rebates and tax incentives. Weatherization improvements refer to upgrades like caulking, weatherstripping, insulating, installing energy-efficient windows and repairing or replacing doors. Energy efficiency improvements include purchasing Energy Star appliances and light bulbs, programmable thermostats and smart plugs. Renewable Energy contains a guide to solar incentives. They also recently launched a Green Job Skills pilot program aimed at residents working in the building industry, offered in partnership with Santa Fe Community College, has room for up to 50 applicants program.

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EarthX Congress of Conferences

EarthX, now in its 13th year, will offer more than a dozen conferences (several free) from April 20 through 23 at Fair Park, in Dallas.


Environmental Justice: Highlights ways people can become involved with key issues facing our region and our nation.

Hemp: Showcases the farming and production of hemp-based products and technologies, as well as blockchain utilization and carbon capture in the hemp industry.

Rocky Mountains: A a strong basis of economic sectors that include agriculture, rangeland, outdoor recreation and tourism.

NextGen: An area geared to ages 15 to 25 wishing to get involved in the environmental movement, with interactive workshops and panels.


Built Environment: Topics include federal policy and project funding, and the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on the building sector and resilience in Texas. April 21.

Climate Adaptation: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment process, ocean and climate science, extreme weather events, the U.S. Climate Ready

Nation plan and more. April 22.

Energy: A wide range of topics affecting the energy industry.

Farm, Ranch, Forest, Land: A conference on conservation efforts and the future of Texas lands. April 21.

Island Resilience Forum: Island leaders from around the world discuss solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. April 22.

Latin America: A bilingual program with a slate of Latin American speakers. April 21 and 22.

Wildlife Conservation: Topics for this conference showcase innovative conservation efforts and include sessions on combating change through conservation. April 22.

E-Capital Summit: An invitation-only conference tackling some of the world’s greatest investment and business opportunities in sustainability, resilience, conservation, clean technology and climate technology. April 20 through 22. To request an invitation, email

Corporate Impact Summit: An invitation-only conference of more than 100 executives, advocates, investors and funders

shares candid insights and ideas. April 20 21. To request an invitation, visit Future500. org/summit.


Blue Speaker Stage: Learn about the health and future of our oceans and water at this highly interactive stage of scientific and environmental leaders.

EarthxTV Interview Stage: Guests will enjoy their favorite personalities from EarthxTV as they interview environmental speakers, present show snippets and meet with fans.

Green Speakers Series Stage: Speakers will discuss environmental and sustainability issues. Topics include Parks for Downtown Dallas, Understanding Pollinators, American Red Cross: International Humanitarian Law, and The Three Sisters and Food Secure Communities.

Latin America Pavilion Stage: U.S./Latin America collaboration will be showcased. Guests will enjoy panels with leading Latin American NGOs, political leaders from across the globe and academic thought leadership. Organizations such as the United Nations will convene additional conferences onsite during EarthX2023.

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This year’s Earth Day theme—Invest in Our Planet—reminds us that it is not enough to merely celebrate our ancestral home for one day. We are called upon to dedicate our time, money and talents year-round to ensure a sustaining and just world for generations to come. The motto also calls attention to the economic realities and opportunities of the climate crisis. It is no wonder that EarthDay. org, the global organizer of this annual event, decided to keep the same theme as last year, thus underscoring a continuing need to bring global

economies together in harmony with the environment.

“In 2023, we must come together again in partnership for the planet. Businesses, governments and civil society are equally responsible for taking action against the climate crisis and lighting the spark to accelerate change towards a green, prosperous and equitable future. We must join together in our fight for the green revolution, and for the health of future generations. The time is now to invest in our planet,” advises President Kathleen Rogers.

Surmounting the climate crisis is within reach if we all take action. The time is right for innovators to bring planet-saving ideas to market, and for consumers to stop supporting brands that are socially and environmentally irresponsible—instead, spending money with businesses that take the Earth’s future seriously.

In the voting booth, citizens have the power to elect leaders that will help build a green economy through regulations, incentives and partnerships with the private sector. We can press our congressional representatives to support clean energy jobs and move away from the doomed fossil fuel economy.

There are many ways to make a difference in our daily lives, too. We can eat sustainable foods, pick up trash while on a run, participate in beach cleanups, reduce our use of plastic, write our representative, switch to solar power, take reusable bags to the grocery store, drive an electric vehicle, compost, go pesticide-free, plant a pollinator garden, support local farmers, eat less meat, purchase secondhand clothing, use environmentally friendly cleaning products, turn off lights when not in use, take shorter showers and so much more. Learn about all of the ways to make a difference at

This year, join one of the empowering events here in North Texas and meet planet-loving people that are ready to push up their sleeves, vote with their pocketbooks and dedicate their time to a healthy, equitable and prosperous future on Earth.


Earth Day Festival – 10 a.m. Join River Legacy Nature Center as we celebrate Earth Day with guided nature walks, story times, crafts, activities, demonstrations and more. River Legacy Nature Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington.

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Woods and Wetlands Trail Run –7:30-10 a.m. Help us celebrate Earth Week, support LLELA’s habitat and wildlife restorations in our annual 4.5mile trail race Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Register:

Earth Fest + Community Clean Up – 9-11 a.m, cleanup; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., fest. Local vendors, food, storytelling, crafts, live performances, kids’ activities, free trees for Cedar Hill residents and more. Free. Alan E. Sims Recreation Center, 310 E Parkerville Rd, Cedar Hill.

Earth Day Celebration – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Perfect place to spend time with your family learning about the wonders of our environment and participating in fun crafts. Giving away free trees while supplies last. Kirby Creek Nature Center, 3303 Corn Valley Rd, Grand Prairie.


Oak Cliff Park Earth Day – 12-5 p.m. Features a diverse line-up of entertainment, environmental education booths and green vendors along with food and fun for the kids. Lake Cliff Park, 300 E Colorado Blvd, Dallas. OakCliffEarth


Earthx2022 – Apr 19-23. Expo, conference, festival. The largest green gathering on the planet held around Earth Day in April to celebrate progress, impact and innovation. It creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought, exploration and experiential learning. Fair Park, Dallas.


Earth Fair – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feature informational booths and interactive activities from student organizations, campus departments and community partners. Learn about alternative energy options, organic gardening, habitat restoration, local food production, waste reduction and more. UT Dallas, Student Union Mall, 800 W Campbell

Rd, Richardson. Sustainability.


Earth Day Recycling – 9-10 a.m. Celebrate Earth Day with Republic Services as we learn recycling tips and practice good recycling habits, including interactive activities. Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch Lake, 1700 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton. Registration required:

Texoma Earth Day Festival – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A community-wide, free, fun, family event where ordinary people learn practical things to improve the health of the planet, their children and themselves. Free admission. Sherman Municipal Grounds, 405 N Rusk, Sherman.

Take Flight on Earth Day – 10 a.m. Spend the beautiful day outside with us as we make and fly our own kites. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets welcome. $5/person. Bob Cooke Park, 2025 Craig Hanking Dr, Arlington.

Earth Day Market – Apr 22-23. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This Earth Day, visit the garden for locally made, Earth-friendly or sustainable goods. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. Dallas

ColorPalooza – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors show off their artistic abilities, watch skilled artists create one-of-a kind sculptures and paintings, and learn how to better care for the Earth and make their homes more environmentally friendly. Free admission. Some activities carry a nominal charge.

Old Town Lewisville. Lewisville

EarthFest – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit environmental education booths to learn how you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle and explore Coppell Nature Park. Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park, 367 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell.

Earth Day 2023: Kendra Scott and Keep Southlake Beautiful – 1-3 p.m. 20% of purchases made during 1-3 p.m. on Earth Day will go back to Keep Southlake Beautiful to support our various tree programs. Kendra Scott, Southlake Town Square, 324 Grand Ave E, Southlake. ExperienceSouth


University of North Texas EarthFest – 4-6 p.m. Includes live entertainment, local vendors and student organizations, food and educational activities. EarthFest aims to be a lowwaste event featuring recycling and composting. Library Mall (Union 314 & 333 if rain). earthfest.


2023 Spring Trash-Off and Recycling Drop-Off – 8:30-11 a.m., Trashoff; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Recycle drop-off; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Festival. Items accepted include: paper for shredding, clothes/housewares, electronics, pens/pencils/ markers, plastic bags and film, eyeglasses, metal hangars, medicine disposal. Flower Mound High School Parking Lot, 3411 Peters Colony Rd, Flower Mound.

Earth Day Mansfield Festival – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Features a wide range of Earth-friendly activities including educational opportunities, butterfly release, children’s activities, music and entertainment, food vendors, natural product vendors and a painted rain barrel silent auction. Free. Chris W. Burkett Service Center, 620 S Wisteria St, Mansfield.

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Bluebonnet Festival

TheEnnis Bluebonnet Trails Festival will be held from April 14 to 16, celebrating 71 years as the home of the official Texas Bluebonnet Trail, designated in 1997 and Bluebonnet was designated the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas. From April 1 through 30, Ennis showcases more than 40 miles of mapped driving trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club.

In Ennis, bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas, typically peak around the third week of April, but may can vary due to weather conditions and terrain, so please check ahead. The Ennis Welcome Center will be open seven days a week in April (closed Easter Sunday).

On April 14, the festival opens with arts and crafts vendors, tasty food and kids’ activities on the streets of downtown Ennis from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wine Wander and Wildflower Walks at Kachina Prairie. Justin Ross & Deadwood Revival perform at 5:30 p.m. King George goes on at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Check ahead for more information, call 972-878-4748 or

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A new study published in Molecular Psychiatry has shown that eating more fermented foods and fiber daily for just four weeks significantly lowered perceived stress levels. Forty-five participants with relatively low-fiber diets were split into two groups.

One group met with a dietitian that recommended a psychobiotic diet, which included six to eight daily servings of fruits and vegetables high in prebiotic fibers, such as onions, leeks, cabbage, apples, bananas and oats; five to eight daily servings of grains; three to four servings of legumes per week; and two to three daily servings of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha. The control group received only general dietary advice based on the healthy eating food pyramid.

The group following the psychobiotic diet reported feeling less stressed compared with those in the control group. Moreover, significant changes in the level of certain key chemicals produced by gut microbes were found in these participants. Some of these chemicals have been linked to improved mental health, which could explain why the participants reported feeling less stressed. The quality of sleep improved in both groups, but those on the psychobiotic diet reported greater sleep improvements.

Screening Children for Anxiety

After a systematic review of 39 studies to evaluate the benefits and harms of screening for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents aged 8 to 18, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a group of disease prevention and medical experts assembled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, now recommends that primary care physicians perform such screenings, even if there are no signs or symptoms of anxiety.

A common mental health condition in the U.S., anxiety disorder involves excessive fear or worry that manifests as emotional and physical symptoms. In children and adolescents, it is associated with impaired functioning, educational underachievement and an increased likelihood of a future anxiety disorder or depression. The 2018-2019 National Survey of Children’s Health found that 7.8 percent of children and adolescents aged 3 to 17 had a current anxiety disorder.

USPSTF recommended using screening questionnaires to identify children at risk, noting that studies show that children with anxiety benefit from treatments that may include cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy. They also concluded that there is insufficient evidence to assess children 7 years old or younger.

Exercise for the Brain

Researchers in the UK compared the effect that different types of daily movement had on overall cognition, memory and executive function. Their study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, reported that replacing sitting, sleeping or gentle movement with less than 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity (brisk walking, bicycling, running up and down stairs, aerobic dancing, jogging, running or swimming) can protect the brain and improve working memory and executive processes like planning and organization. The intensity of the exercise matters, and study participants that engaged in light physical activity, rather than more vigorous activity, saw declines in cognitive performance. However, light activity is still more beneficial than sitting, the scientists found.

The data for these findings was taken from the 1970 British Cohort Study, an ongoing survey that tracks the health of a group of UK-born adults. The group of nearly 4,500 participants consented, at age 46, to wear an activity tracker and complete verbal memory and executive functioning tests, and they were followed from 2016 to 2018.

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Pomegranate May Offer

Skin and Gut Benefits

Pomegranate fruit has been widely used in traditional medicine, and a new, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine looked at the effects of taking pomegranate extract for a period of four weeks on different aspects of skin and gut health. Using facial imaging, researchers found the group that received the pomegranate extract had significant reductions in wrinkle severity and a decrease in the rate of forehead sebum excretion. They also found beneficial effects to the gut-skin axis, noting that participants in the pomegranate extract group had a higher abundance of Eggerthellaceae in the gut with accompanying wrinkle reduction. The scientists concluded that the skin benefits from pomegranate extract may be due to the potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of phytochemicals, as pomegranate contains more than 100 bioactive constituents.

Possible Links Between Veggie Diets and Depression

Plant-based diets have been associated with several health benefits, but not much is known about their effects on mental health.

A new Brazilian study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders surveyed more than 14,000 people between the ages of 35 and 74 for a period of six months and found that those following a vegetarian diet were twice as likely to have a depressive episode than meat eaters, even when other lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity and micronutrient intake were taken into account. The nature of this correlation between vegetarianism and depression is still unclear, and more research is needed.

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patient actually stops breathing. With UARS, an obstruction causes an arousal, and then the individual begins breathing again. Other issues include tongue ties, deviated septum in the nose and nasal valve issues.

There is not a good diagnostic tool for proper diagnosis for UARS, as current sleep tests either diagnose a patient with apnea or no apnea. Individuals with UARS are then misdiagnosed as just snoring or idiopathic hypersomnia (excessive daytime sleepiness). In adults, UARS can be successfully treated a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device and even orthodontic expansion.

sleep lab and get hooked up with wires while someone watches them sleep, or they can take a home sleep test wearing a watch with a sensor on the chest that monitors breathing, snoring, oxygen levels, sleep cycle and body position.

Many airway issues originate in the mouth. The most common are sleep breathing disorders (SBD) that encompass snoring, upper airway resistance (UARS) and sleep apnea. Most people think that snoring is normal, but there should never be any noise with sleep. UARS is like a patient is breathing through a thin straw at night, which leads to sleep fragmentation and multiple arousals. The difference between UARS and sleep apnea is that the

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue falls back in the throat at night and causes a patient to stop breathing or take a partial breath. Left untreated, it can result in heart attacks, strokes or even death. It way cause a patient’s sleep cycle to be disrupted multiple times during the night, which leads to fatigue and daytime sleepiness. OSA is also linked to heartburn, high blood pressure and diabetes. Patients can get tested one of two ways; they can go to a

The most common cause of SBD is not having enough room for the tongue in the mouth. Think of a patient’s airway as the driveway, their mouth as the garage and their tongue as the car. The car needs enough room in the garage so that it isn’t falling back into the driveway. Our tongue needs enough room in our mouth so that it doesn’t fall back in our airway at night, causing snoring and possible sleep apnea.

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Insect-Inspired Drones Build Structures

Two London-based roboticists, Mirko Kovac and Robert Stuart-Smith, have developed new technology that mimics the way bees work together to build a structure. They used two free-flying drones to build a human-sized tower. The “build drone” carried expanding foam and sprayed it in slow, steady circles to form layers, while the “scan drone” surveyed the structure and identified spots where the last layer was either too thin or too thick, and it then created a plan for the build drone to even things out on the next pass to keep the structure straight and sturdy.

In a second demonstration of the technology, the drones made a cylinder the size of a large round cake using a cement-like material. The duo exhibited a great deal of precision in stacking the material to within millimeters.

The team plans to take the drones outdoors to deal with the elements and add to the complexity of the objectives and number of drones involved. If the technology can be perfected, these collaborative construction drones could be used in places where it is difficult for humans and heavy machinery to reach, like the tops of buildings, remote pipelines and disaster areas.

Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Batteries

A Swedish battery manufacturer, Northvolt, in partnership with Stora Enso, one of the largest private forest owners in the world, has developed a battery for electric vehicles (EV) with an anode made of sustainably raised and harvested wood instead of graphite, paving the way for battery production from a renewable source.

The partners figured out a way to extract lignin, a carbon-rich natural binder that comprises up to 30 percent of many trees, and turn it into a material they call Lignode. According to Stora Enso, by replacing graphite or copper anodes with Lignode, lithium-ion batteries will offer faster charging and discharging, higher cycling stability and more efficient performance in low temperature.

More than 50 percent of the EV’s carbon footprint comes from the manufacture of its battery—both in sourcing raw materials and producing the component. Mining graphite is an expensive and labor-intensive process that requires considerable resources that come from parts of the world where workers’ rights are inadequately protected. While Northvolt’s battery is not on the market yet, this development, along with others like solid-state

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Invasive Wild Hogs Pose Numerous Threats

There are approximately 6 million non-native, feral pigs in the United States. They destroy an estimated $2.5 billion in crops, pastures, forests and livestock each year across 35 states and jeopardize endangered species, including the Florida panther, green sea turtles and red-cheeked salamanders. But their greatest threat may be the potential to carry disease to humans, domesticated hogs and other animals.

The pigs were brought to the Americas from Europe as early as the 1500s. They reproduce quickly, with up to two litters of four to 12 piglets every 12 to 15 months, and can grow to be five feet long and weigh more than 500 pounds. Feral swine can carry a long list of pathogens, including leptospirosis, brucellosis, swine influenza, salmonella, hepatitis and pathogenic E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture describes swine as a “mixing vessel species”, meaning that they are susceptible to human viruses and have the ability to create novel forms of those diseases. Human risk to known and new pathogens is greater from feral swine than other wildlife due to our proximity to them and their large numbers. Hunters and farmers are at greatest risk. Anyone that handles feral swine should wear rubber gloves and avoid fluid exchanges.

Gas Stove Pollution Goes Unnoticed

A new study published in Environmental Science & Technology finds that gas stoves frequently leak dangerous pollutants into the kitchen. A team from PSE Health Energy collected samples from 159 gas stoves across California and sent them to a laboratory for analysis.

The researchers found 12 pollutants in total, and four of these gases—benzene, toluene, hexane and m- or p-xylene—were present in 98 percent of the samples. Most of the stoves leaked at least a little, even when they were turned off.

The natural gas used in stoves is comprised mostly of methane and other hydrocarbons and gases. Before it is delivered into homes and business, most of the non-methane gases are removed and a strong-scented chemical is added to alert people to possible leaks. The leaks studied by the California researchers were not substantial enough for people to notice this rotten-egg smell, but they could still expose users to harmful and potentially cancer-causing pollutants. Those with gas stoves are encouraged to turn on their exhaust fans whenever they are in use.

Rebuilding Coral Reefs With Sound

Rapid ocean warming and other effects caused by climate change have stressed and degraded corals around the globe, and scientists have been studying ways to rebuild, manage and conserve these vital ecosystems. A new Australian study published in Journal of Applied Ecology tested whether playing certain sounds underwater at reef restoration sites could boost the recruitment of oysters and enhance their habitat-building activities. Australia’s flat oyster is a key reef-building organism targeted for restoration efforts.

Previous studies had shown that the sound of healthy reefs differs from that of damaged reefs. Using inexpensive marine speakers, the researchers reproduced the sound of a healthy reef at four sites across two of the largest oyster reef restorations in Australia and compared the results to areas that did not receive this soundscape enrichment. The sonically enhanced areas resulted in the presence of more and larger oysters that formed more three-dimensional habitats atop the reef restorations. The scientists propose that the use of marine soundscapes during early stages of new reef restoration projects could reduce the cost of habitat recovery.

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Toxins are in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chemical Substances Control Inventory shows the magnitude of our potential exposure, listing more than 86,000 industrial chemicals that are manufactured or processed in this country. Despite regulations and safety protocols, a number of these dangerous compounds run off into waterways or are released into the atmosphere. Food manufacturers use some of them to preserve or beautify their products.

“We live in an increasingly toxic world, and the best defense against becoming overwhelmed by toxins is limiting what we take in as much as possible,” emphasizes Paul Anderson, an integrative and naturopathic clinician and co-author of Outside the Box Cancer Therapies. While our bodies are not designed to handle the accumulation of industrial chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals

and radiation that seep into our personal space, we can take measures to reduce the assault and protect our health.

Filter Drinking Water

“For the health-conscious individual, toxins in the water is the top threat often overlooked or inadequately addressed,” says Rajka Milanovic Galbraith, an Illinois-based functional medicine practitioner, noting that drinking water is packed with chemicals like per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (also known as forever chemicals), solvents, pesticides, metals, bleach and radiological contaminants such as uranium and cesium. These substances can cause cancer, reproductive health concerns, and kidney and liver problems.

“I have treated hundreds of patients who have restored their health and are already eating and living clean by properly filtering their water, but sometimes, even when using a very expensive water filtration system, people will still find high levels of contaminants like MTBE [methyl tertiary-butyl ether], an additive in unleaded gasoline that is banned in several states,” Galbraith says. “Reverse osmosis typically filters most hazardous chemicals from your water, but they can be pricier. An inexpensive alternative are the filters from Clearly Filtered, which reportedly remove 99 percent of MTBE, among many other chemicals.”

“Everyone should try to filter their water with any means available, from a carbon block pitcher to the most aggressive method using a reverse osmosis water filter under their sink. Given the state of municipal—and well—water and the amount we need to

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clean our bodies and brains every day over a lifetime, we need to get this right,” advises Aly Cohen, M.D., an integrative rheumatologist, founder of The Smart Human and co-author of Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World.

Read Food Labels

“For the individual newer on their health journey, I would say food additives are the ‘hidden’ environmental exposure that is a serious cause for concern, contributing to autoimmune diseases and from a metabolic standpoint, think weight gain, obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes,” Galbraith says. “These additives are used to increase palatability, shelf life and texture and can include some you may have heard of, like sucralose, citrate and carrageenan, and others you may not have, like carboxymethylcellulose and polysorbate-80. Carrageenan is common in many nondairy milk alternatives that have made their way into coffee shops.”

According to Galbraith, the most effective way to steer clear of food additives is to avoid or greatly minimize the consumption of highly processed foods. She recommends eating whole foods, especially for those dealing with chronic health issues or experiencing signs or symptoms of an ailment. She also encourages people to read food labels and avoid products with artificial colors, carrageenan, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates and nitrites, polysorbate 80, propyl gallate, propylparaben, methylparaben, sodium benzoate, potassium benzoate, tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) and titanium dioxide.

“You are what you eat!” Cohen exclaims. “Eating clean food, without synthetic chemicals that break down the protective microbiome of the gut, is critical to the health of our immune system and our mental health, so we should try to eat whole, unprocessed foods that are USDA [U.S. Department of Agriculture] Certified Organic whenever possible.”

Improve Indoor Air

According to the EPA, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.” The Environmental Working Group offers a comprehensive blueprint at that identifies dangerous chemicals found indoors (from lead, asbestos and flame retardants to volatile organic compounds, antimicrobial agents and radon) and recommends actions to clean up our sanctuaries.

“We can lower our toxic burden by decreasing the chemicals in the air that we breathe, and that begins by reducing the junk we bring into our homes,” Cohen remarks. “Start by removing air fresheners, perfumes, bug sprays, scented cleaning and laundry products, and by opening the windows daily, adding lots of plants and possibly adding an air filter for those who live in cities and areas with poor air quality.”

Madiha Saeed is a holistic, functional and integrative doctor in Naperville, Illinois, and director of education for Documenting Hope and KnoWEwell.

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Education is Key to Avoiding Toxins

he toxic effects and danger of a chemical to our health depends on the shape of the molecule and whether it will dissolve in water or only in oily substances like fatty tissue. It also depends on the exposure amount and frequency. Individual characteristics, lifestyle choices and organ weaknesses affect the symptoms, and other important factors such as age, sex, underlying health issues and previous history chemical exposure all come into play.

The liver and kidneys are involved in the processing chemicals and individuals vary in their ability to metabolize them. They may be stored in fatty tissue or the blood, and some metals can be stored in the bone. The chemicals are ultimately eliminated through the bowel, sweat and saliva. Even otherwise healthy people can be affected by a central air system, travel in a car on an expressway or breathing the air of neighbors.

Chemicals are found in household cleaning products, laundry detergents, personal care products, cosmetics, clothing, bedding and permeate almost every aspect of life. As we age, or as our toxic body burden increases, we may begin to experience

subtle symptoms. Without changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of the cause and effect of our choices, mild discomforts can blossom into pain and illness requiring treatment. Symptoms such as joint pain, arthritis, indigestion, irritable bowel, heart arrhythmias, esophagitis, attention deficit disorder, diabetes, headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, forgetfulness and an increasing sensitivity to the world can be related to environmental toxicity.

Chemicals are used in food production, food processing and as food preservatives. Our homes can be heated and cooled with central air systems which recirculate air through ductwork. Homes are well-insulated, decorated, scented and furnished. Lawns are fertilized and use pest control. Water has been treated with chemicals, and chemicals from other sources can affect the purity of ground water.

Make organic food choices. Avoid toxic building and repair items. Whole house water purifiers or filters for homes and countertop or under-sink models for apartment dwellers ensure safer drinking and cooking water.

Central air HEPA filters are important to clean air circulating in the home. Portable air purifiers with HEPA and charcoal filters are helpful as room air purifiers.

Education about less-toxic choices can become vitally important. Indoor air can vitally affect our entire body, as can structural problems due to wind and rain, termites and carpenter ants. Inspections and testing of the home by certified personnel may be necessary to detect water intrusion and moisture into attics, walls and voids. This measure is designed to prevent exposure to any health problems related to mold and the chemical mycotoxins some produce.

In choosing a physician, consider their knowledge of lab analyses, as well as choices for treatment and recovery. The goal is improved health of mind, body and spirit.

Carolyn Gorman is a health educator widely recognized in the field of environmental medicine and allergies and the author of Fungus, Mold and Mycotoxins and other books on toxins affects on health. For more information, visit

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A Wake-Up Call to Save the Planet

We are reaching a critical threshold of toxins on Earth and our air, soil and water are making us sick: 12.6 million global death a year are now due to environmental toxins, according to the World Health Organization reports. People worry about the recent COVID pandemic, but what many do not realize is that we are living in a pandemic of chronic illnesses. These include autoimmune disease, allergies, eczema, asthma, diabetes, obesity, hormonally-related conditions such as thyroid disease, fibroids, enlarged prostate, infertility, cancers, degenerative brain diseases including Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson. This dramatic increase in chronic health conditions is directly related to our environment.

Over the past two decades, deaths caused by modern indoor and ambient air pollution have increased by 66 percent, driven by industrialization, urbanization, population growth and fossil fuels. Air pollutants (112,000 chemical toxicants present in our environment with 250 pounds produced daily) are linked directly to heart and lung disease, stroke and lung cancer. These pollut-

ants include particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and lead. Recent studies show higher levels of exposure to particulate matter are associated with risk of developing long COVID, especially for people with asthma.

Microplastics are now ubiquitous and ingested daily. Some studies have determined that a typical person may ingest as much as five grams per week of microplastics, which is equivalent to a plastic credit card. Plastics comprise two main groups: bisphenols and phthalates. The bisphenols family, consisting of BPA, BPF, BPAF and BPS, are present in 95 percent of Americans. These are industrial chemicals found in in store receipts and food contact materials, polycarbonate products and epoxy resins. Bisphenol A and its metabolites cross the placenta. Fetuses and newborns have a limited ability to metabolize bisphenols and exposures have been found to affect neurodevelopment and brain function.

Phthalates, known as plasticizers, are used to make polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, and are found in plastic wrap, fragrances,

plug-ins and personal care products. PVC can be found in vinyl flooring, adhesives, medical IV bags and tubing, automotive plastics, shower curtains, raincoats, rubber duckies, soft plastic toys, mini-blinds, mattresses, furniture and building materials.

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a plastic derivative, are in flame retardants, stain repellents used in furniture, artificial fragrances, carpeting and non-stick cookware. They are called “forever chemicals” as they do not break down in the environment. PFAS are associated with low sperm quality, low birth weight, cancer and kidney disease.

All these chemicals are known as endocrine disrupters, because they interfere with hormone receptors in the body, including insulin, estrogen and thyroid hormones. They have been called “obesogens” as they increase fat in the body and also called “xenoestrogens” due to mimicking estrogen.

To stop this pandemic of pollutant contamination and chronic illness, the most important step is deciding where we spend our dollars. What we buy creates the demand. Start by using stainless steel containers and glass for food and water storage, never heating food in plastic bags or cartons; avoid flexible plastic water bottles, nonstick cookware and flame- and water-resistant coatings on carpets, furniture and clothes. Stop using artificial plug-ins and artificial scents. Start using natural forms of fragrance from flowers, citrus,or pure organic essential oils. Use carbon air filters in the home and car and change them regularly.

The Environmental Working Group ( has information on water quality, PFAS in the community and chemical-free alternatives, plus lists of foods to avoid with the highest pesticide content. Safe organic lawn and bug control helps lower use of herbicides and pesticides. is a resource. Chemical-free building materials can be used in the home: websites for information include GreenBuildingSupply. com and the

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We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

It has been well established that the myriad products and processes which comprise our modern world have unintended byproducts or consequences that take a toll on public health in both obvious and subtle ways. As we learn more about their causes and remedies, a plethora of scientific research continues to provide valuable clues and information. But the ensuing glut of data can be daunting, and a simple, introductory roadmap is required for further inquiry.

What toxins are doing to us

• Weight gain

• Hormone imbalance

• Fatigue and poor energy

• Sleep disturbance

• Inflammation and joint pain

• Chemical sensitivity

• Mood disorders and anxiety

• Gut disorders

• Autoimmunity

• Allergies

• Body odor

• Bad breath

Where our toxins are hiding

• Food

• Water

• Air

• Cosmetics

• Hair products

• Cleaning products

• Body products

• Perfumes and colognes

• Pesticides

How we can facilitate detoxing

• Lymphatic massage

• Red light therapy

• Deep tissue massage

• Sauna

• Steam

• Colonic therapy

• Dry skin brushing

• Aromatherapy baths

• Exercise

• Deeper sleep

Why we should consider active detoxification

• Clear out excess toxins and waste your body may have stored

• Boost your body’s immune system and help reduce inflammation

• Clear the body of heavy metals and other pollutants

• Reduce fatigue and improve sleep

• Assist with balancing hormone levels

• Enhance the body’s ability to lose weight

• Improve vitamin and mineral absorption

• Help to improve mood and decrease irritability

• Reduce gastrointestinal disturbances and food sensitivities

• Restore the body’s own natural detoxification ability

Phyliss Gee, M.D. is a board-certified gynecologist practicing in Dallas since 1986, as well as founder and medical director of Willowbend Health & Wellness. In Plano. For more information, visit

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Knowing which foods have the least environmental impact is not always easy. Organic blueberries are considered Earth-protective because no pesticides were used to grow them, but if they were shipped from California to a Florida grocery store, the transportation represents a steep carbon footprint. And if we waited too long to eat those blueberries and had to throw them away, all of the resources spent on producing those fruits were wasted.

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To get a fuller picture of our food-related environmental impacts, we need to take into consideration the many variables associated with the production, transportation and consumption of food, and that’s where the “foodprint” comes in—a barometer of eco-friendliness. There are many ways to calculate a foodprint; lists a few automated calculators and food quizzes that can help. Here are noteworthy examples:

n compares the carbon emissions associated with different meals—ranging from bean soup (lowest CO2 emissions) to a Philly cheesesteak (highest).

n offers a questionnaire about a person’s food choices and follows up with tips to reduce their foodprint.

n calculates the foodprint of specific foods like dairy or seafood by asking about the origination and destination of the food to determine transportation emissions, and by asking the consumer to self-report their percentage of waste to calculate the loss of natural resources.

How to Reduce Our Foodprint


When shopping for groceries, consider buying from food producers that support environmental stewardship, sustainability and regenerative farming practices in their production systems. A list of third-party certifications that can help identify responsibly manufactured foodstuffs can be found at


Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, owner of Sound Bites Nutrition, encourages her clients to eat local, seasonal produce. “[It] spares the environment, as it doesn’t need to be flown across the country, reducing fuel costs,” she explains, adding that local produce is generally more nutritious and cost effective.


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 30 to 40 percent of the available food supply is wasted. While there are many reasons for food loss at all stages of production and deliv-

ery, consumers can have a major impact in reducing how much food is wasted.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides advice for properly storing foods in the refrigerator: leafy veggies go in the high-humidity drawer, while most fruits should be placed in the low-humidity bin. Some fruits like apples and avocados release ethylene gas and can cause nearby produce to spoil, so they should be stored separately. Wash berries just before eating them to prevent mold. Store potatoes, onion and garlic in a cool, dry, dark and well-ventilated place. Freeze bread, meat or leftovers that won’t be eaten before they spoil.


According to Registered Dietitian Lauren Panoff, one way that consumers can benefit the environment is by transitioning to a more plant-predominant lifestyle. “Plant foods utilize far fewer natural resources than industrial animal agriculture, which is also one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases and drivers of Amazon deforestation,” Panoff explains.

Patricia Kolesa, MS, RDN, founder of the Dietitian Dish, notes, “Plant-based proteins tend to be more affordable and can be stored longer than your animal proteins, helping reduce food waste.”

Nutritics, a food information company, offers a list of the highest-ranking foods when it comes to sustainability, considering inputs like water usage, carbon emissions or capture, land usage and nitrogen storage capabilities. Their list includes mussels, beans, lentils, peas and other legumes, mushrooms, seaweed, cereals and grains, and organic fruits and vegetables.


Perfectly fresh food that the family has decided not to eat can be donated to people in need. Visit to find a nearby soup kitchen or food bank. Compost scraps and spoiled items to divert them from landfills. For composting instructions by the USDA, visit

Ana Reisdorf is a registered dietitian and freelance writer with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of nutrition and dietetics.

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1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

1 cup green cabbage, finely shredded

1 cup purple cabbage, finely shredded

½ cup carrot, finely shredded

¼ onion, sliced

½ cup peanut butter

3 Tbsp coconut aminos

2 Tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp garlic

Salt to taste

Konjac noodles (optional)

Sesame seeds

In a skillet, heat one tablespoon of sesame oil. Add the sliced onions and cook until softened. Add shredded chicken, cabbage, carrot, coconut aminos, remaining sesame oil, garlic and salt to taste. Once the cabbage has wilted and cooked, add the



1½ cups cooked sushi rice, cooled

3 sheets nori paper


1 lb boneless, skinless wild-caught sockeye salmon, cubed (can substitute with mussels)

2 Tbsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp honey or maple syrup

½ tsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp coconut amino teriyaki sauce

Salt to taste


¼ cup avocado mayo

2 tsp sriracha sauce

1 tsp coconut aminos


½ avocado, diced small

2 tsp black sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350°. Cook rice according to package instructions and set aside to cool. Mix spicy mayo ingredients and set aside.

Serve hot, sprinkled with

Mix salmon ingredients and set aside. Cut each nori sheet into four equal squares.

Line a muffin pan with unbleached muffin liners. To each nori square, add about 1 tablespoon of rice and top with the salmon mixture. Transfer the filled squares to the muffin pan. Bake 15 to 17 minutes for salmon or 7 to 10 minutes for mussels. Allow the sushi bites to cool slightly and top with avocado, sesame seeds and a drizzle of spicy mayo.

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Born in the mid-to-late 1990s up to the early 2010s, Generation Z environmental activists agree that urgent action is needed to achieve climate justice, and they’re willing to do what it takes to get results. “Climate and environmental justice and environmental racism are very big concerns among youth, whether or not they are youth of color. It’s not just about energy, water or air—it’s also very much about people,” says Ana Garcia-Doyle, executive director of One Earth Collective. The Chicago nonprofit inspires action, facilitates learning and promotes environmental justice through annual programs like the One Earth Film Festival and One Earth Youth Voices, a summit designed to give voice to the next generation’s environmental concerns.

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Teens Take Charge

Marin Chalmers, a sophomore at Oak Park River Forest High School, in Illinois, and member of One Earth’s Youth Advisory Council, has been participating in the One Earth Young Filmmakers contest since the seventh grade. Her short documentary, Sondaica, is about wildlife and ecosystems.

Chalmers credits One Earth with helping her connect with people that normally would not be involved with climate activism. Her peers share in the understanding that there’s a climate crisis. “The Earth is breaking,” she explains. “We need to fix it. Everybody needs to do a better job of taking action.” Getting people to pay attention is challenging, Chalmers laments, especially given America’s overwhelming dependence on automobiles and the lack of public transportation. “A lot of people want to help, but just don’t know how,” she notes. “Some people don’t have the financial ability to make environmentally sound choices.”

Although individual action can help mitigate climate change, 16-year-old Sebastian Delgado, a Revolutionary Youth Action League (ROYAL) volunteer, blames polluting, profit-driven corporations for the climate crisis. “The biggest threat to our climate and people of color is capitalism,” he explains. “We need a new economic system that’s not based on profit.”

ROYAL volunteers like Delgado collaborated with Marlene Brito-Millán, Ph.D., an ecology assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago, and Dr. Bryan Ramson, a nuclear physicist and research associate at Fermilab, to craft a social justice plan that incorporates climate town hall meetings to raise awareness and develop action plans. According to Delgado, even when concerned citizens contact their elected representatives, leaders can be slow to act. “Climate change has been happening for decades, and we’re still dealing with the same issues,” he remarks, adding that bold ideas and unwavering action are needed when government officials won’t listen to their constituents.

Greening Urban Areas

In Austin, a predominantly Black neighborhood on the west side of Chicago,

two 20-year-olds, Cortez Dean and Ethan Horne, work at paid internships in an urban farming program called Austin Grown, which raises chickens and maintains gardens with vegetables and native pollinators.

A collaboration between One Earth Collective and BUILD Chicago, a nationally respected youth development organization, Austin Grown serves urban communities where fruits and vegetables are hard to find. The organization also offers gardening and healthy eating classes to the public.

Dean is learning firsthand how climate change adversely affects farms, gardens and forests where food and medicinal plants are grown. During a summer heat wave, he witnessed a sewer pipe explode, filling his neighborhood with a powerful stench, and he worries that aging infrastructure will contaminate their drinking water.

“People assume there’s time to solve climate change, but we’re not slowing things down. There’s a lot of work to be done,” Horne says, noting that food deserts disproportionately affect communities of color. “There are lots of areas with no grocery stores, or stores that only offer chips and candy, but no fruits and vegetables.”

Dean and Horne concur that gardening provides needed green infrastructure and nutritional food to underserved populations. “I didn’t fully understand climate change until I put my hands into the soil.

When you do that, you’ll see Earth for what it is—and the damage we’ve done to it,” Dean says.

Activism on University Campuses

Originally from Waukesha County, Wisconsin, 21-year-old Grace Arnold feels lucky to have attended two schools with strong environmental programs and student engagement. At the University of Vermont, she participated in marches against fossil fuels and joined lively discussions about climate-related racism at the Social Justice Coalition. Now a student at University of Texas at Austin, she is enrolled in environmental studies classes and notes, “Students are forming environmental clubs. I’m grateful to again be surrounded by people trying to get their voices heard.”

Arnold was a social media volunteer for Plastic-Free MKE, a Milwaukee-based organization dedicated to reducing single-use plastic waste. She credits social media as a powerful tool that helps her generation reach people and organize activism. “Climate change is intertwined with social, economic and political issues,” she relates. “But small actions can make big impacts— and voting is a powerful thing.”

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In any fitness regimen, rest and muscle recovery are just as important as strength training or cardio workouts. Allowing our body to heal micro-tears and inflammation after strenuous exercise readies muscles for subsequent training sessions. By strategically planning a muscle recovery regimen, we optimize performance and reduce injury risk.

Key factors that affect recovery time include workout intensity and duration, stress, sleep and nutrition. Workouts that are longer in duration or higher in intensity require a greater amount of recovery time. High stress levels can increase cortisol and adrenaline, and consistently excessive levels of these fight-or-flight hormones have been shown to impact the body’s ability to repair. If we are chronically deprived of proper sleep (at least seven hours every night) our muscles will suffer. And a poor diet is akin to using broken tools to fix something. Following a healthy, well-balanced and protein-focused eating plan can significantly improve muscle recovery time.

Here are a few scientifically proven approaches that promote tissue repair. A solid, muscle-recovery plan should include one or more of these techniques.


Earthing is the practice of connecting with the Earth’s surface energy by going barefoot outside. Also known as grounding or barefoot healing, recent studies suggest that this practice

can promote muscle recovery. One study that divided 32 healthy young men into either a grounded or sham-grounded group found that the grounded participants had significantly greater concentrations of neutrophils and platelets, which are essential for pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses.

In another study, researchers wanted to observe the impacts of grounding on immunity, focusing specifically on delayed onset muscle soreness. Results suggested that being grounded considerably lessened pain levels and altered circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, as well as various chemicals related to inflammation.

“The feeling of being grounded will calm your mind and center your body,” says Anthony Roumell, a personal trainer, gym

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owner, gymnast and long-time proponent of earthing. But there’s more to grounding than a clear head. He explains, “Our entire cellular system charges with free electrons when we connect to the earth. Studies suggest that these free electrons act as antioxidants in the organism, neutralizing the inflammation response.”

Jonathan Jordan, a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach and grounding practitioner, advises, “Simply getting off computers or devices and going outside has immediate benefits. Just taking a break, being outside in nature with sun and fresh air lowers the fight-or-flight response. My clients who take the time and practice this for just a few minutes during the day all see great benefit to their health and in their workout programs.”


Another way to improve muscle recovery is by hydrating properly. Staying adequately hydrated before, during and after a workout helps the body flush out toxins, reduce inflammation and promote muscle repair. Hydration is more than just drinking water. We also need electrolytes such as sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which can be found in natural sources like coconut water, fruits and vegetables. Electrolytes can also be found in sports drinks, but make sure to choose brands that do not contain sugar, preservatives or food coloring.


Having a balanced meal before and after a workout is important for muscle recovery. Eating the right foods can provide the essential nutrients needed to repair muscles. Healthy examples include protein like poultry, wild-caught fish, eggs and grass-fed protein powder; carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, quinoa, oats and dark leafy greens; and fats like avocados, nuts, seeds and medium-chain triglycerides, known in the market as MCT oil.


Massage increases the oxygen-rich blood flow in muscles and may decrease lactic acid buildup—a condition that causes soreness and puts a damper on proper exercise. Consider getting periodic massages from a welltrained professional. A good massage can encourage muscles to heal faster. Self-massage using a foam roller, trigger point balls or our own hands can also be helpful. To promote better blood flow, compression clothing designed to apply pressure to certain parts of the body may also be helpful.

Contrast Therapy

Contrast therapies involve alternating between hot and cold, such as taking a hot shower followed by a cold one. A related muscle-recovery technique is whole-body cryotherapy, which involves exposure to extremely cold temperatures for a very short

amount of time, usually one or two minutes. “Learning how to embrace the discomfort within the cold and heat has had a profound change on my life,” Roumell says. “Contrast therapies will reconnect you to the power of your mind, your breath and your belief in your body’s magnificence. After all, when you are finished sitting in a 34-degree tub for two to 10 minutes, what could possibly be much harder in your day?”

David J. Sautter is a professional fitness writer for KnoWEwell and Natural Awakenings.

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With nicer spring weather, pets will likely spend more time outside. Whether lounging in the backyard, taking a walk around the neighborhood or venturing out to a dog park, our awareness of potential dangers is important. Despite the risks, there is no reason to keep pets cooped up. With diligence, protecting our furry best friends can become second nature as we safely enjoy the great outdoors together with our pets.

Home and Yard

A fenced yard might seem like a safe space for pets, but that is not always the case. “Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are just a few of the toxic substances that could be in a pet owner’s yard,” explains veterinarian Alex Schechter, of Burrwood Veterinary, in Royal Oak, Michigan. “These substances can harm dogs and cats if they are consumed or come into contact with a pet’s skin.”

A 2013 study published in Environmental Research found that dogs exposed to

professionally applied lawn care pesticides had a 70 percent higher risk of developing canine malignant lymphoma than dogs that were not exposed to these products.

Schechter recommends that pet owners choose non-chemical lawn management methods that are safe for pets, like neem oil or diatomaceous earth. “Reduce the use of chemicals by using organic farming practices or natural fertilizers,” he says.

Veterinarian Dwight Alleyne, an advisor at Betterpet, cautions that a yard might be home to plants that are poisonous to pets. “Some of these plants could include lilies, sago palms, tulips and oleander,” he advises. “It is important for pet owners who have a backyard to be able to identify any potential hazards before leaving their pet out unattended.”

Neighbors’ Yards

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, mouse or rat poison is a popular pest control choice that kills by causing excessive bleeding. Use of this

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product can be extremely dangerous to pets if they ingest either a poisoned rodent or the poison itself. Schechter warns, “If you see bait stations or dead rats, those areas may have been treated with a rodenticide.” He advises pet owners to have a conversation with their neighbors, suggesting the use of snap or electronic traps as more humane and less toxic alternatives.


Coal tar sealants used on driveways contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may pass through skin or be inhaled. In large amounts, PAHs can irritate eyes and breathing, and several PAHs are carcinogenic in humans. Avoid sealing driveways with any coal tar products. When out for walks, pet owners should keep their dogs off other driveways, as well.

Outdoor Excursions

Dog parks carry several risks, including exposure to intestinal parasites. A 2020 study found that 85 percent of the 288 dog parks sampled had at least one dog infected with gastrointestinal parasites like Giardia, hookworms, whipworms or roundworms. These parasites can be transmitted when dogs eat or sniff poop.

“It is recommended that your dog is on a monthly heartworm preventative, which can help protect against common parasites that they may encounter,” says Alleyne. If a dog regularly visits dog parks, a vet can perform a fecal exam to identify and treat any intestinal parasites that the dog may have contracted.

When visiting ponds and lakes, beware of blue-green algae bacteria, which commonly proliferate in freshwater bodies, particularly during summer months. Dogs can ingest algae by playing in or drinking the water, or when licking their paws. In large quantities, algae can be toxic to dogs (and humans). Because algae are not always visible, keeping dogs leashed around bodies of fresh water is best.

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Spring Plant Sale – Apr 7-8. 2-6pm, Fri; 9am2pm, Sat. Features expert staff on hand to answer all your plant questions and help you find the plants that will work best in your yard. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Ft Worth.


Catch the Rain: Rainwater Harvesting – 6:307:30pm. Learn simple techniques on how to divert, store and use one of nature’s best resources for the garden. Free. Virtual.


Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7pm. Meeting topic TBA. Zoom.


Herb Your Enthusiasm: Herb Gardening Essentials – 6-7:30pm. Learn about everything from design and plant selection, proper soil prep and planting techniques, and transition to the many uses of our favorite herbs inside and outside the home. Free. Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr, Ft Worth.

Sustainability But Make It Fashion – 6-8pm. Sustainable fashion blogger Niha Elety will talk about the intersection of textiles, culture and BIPOC communities and how we can implement Earth-friendly practices in our own daily fashion and consumption. $15, free/Dallas College students, faculty and staff. Dallas College North Lake Campus, 5001 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving. Tinyurl. com/3jtdd2yh.

What Color Means to a Bird – 7pm. Dr. Mark Hauber will explain many facets of the role that color plays in the lives of avian species including how they perceive color differently from humans, how their vibrant feather and egg colors are created, and how avian color vision affects their eating, mating, and parenting behavior. Zoom.


Catch the Rain: DIY Rain Barrel Class – 10am12pm. Learn simple techniques on how to divert, store and use one of nature’s best resources for the garden. We’ll also pour through the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting and how it can reduce the effect your stormwater has on the environment. Free. Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, 3310 Collins Rd, Denton.


New Irrigation Technologies – 9-11am. Learn about new irrigation technology that allows you to control your system remotely and components that help reduce, flow, pressure and better and more accurately apply water to your lawn. Virtual.

Spring Japanese Festival – Apr 22-23. 9am5pm. Festival includes cultural demonstrations, performances, unique shopping opportunities and traditional foods. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Ft Worth.

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Carrollton Runners Club Mile + 5K – 7:30am. A low-key 5K and 1-mile race every last Sun. McInnish Park, 2335 Sandy Lake Rd, Carrollton.

and sitting meditation followed by brief sharing. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 810 We Arapaho Rd, Ste 98, Richardson. 972432-7871.

Meditation Mondays via Zoom – 7-8pm. Meditation Mondays focuses on the practice and the experience of various forms of meditation. Free. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106.


Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification

– 9-11:30am. Participate in meditation, chanting and readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification; 10-11:30am, Service. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

Gentle Waves – 9:15-10:15am. A healing meditative practice that moves very slow and intentional. Gaia Flow Yoga, 3000 Blackburn St, Ste 140B, Dallas. Register:

Celebration Service Live – 11am. Meditation, music and lessons on YouTube live: Unity on Greenville Dallas, TX or Love offering. Unity on Greenville, 3425 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-826-5683.

Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club –2:30pm. 4th Sun (Jan-Sept). Each meeting includes a special speaker presentation covering many topics of interest to local gardeners. Free. North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas. 214-363-5316.

Sunday Meditation – 3:15-4:15pm. With Lynne Patterson. Class offers many meditation techniques and styles, with a focus on mindfulness and open awareness. $10. Yoga Mart, 2201 Tucker St, Ste 101, Dallas. 214-238-2433.

Online: Ananda Yoga Sadhana Practice – 5:157:30pm. Also Thurs. Time to recalibrate and center through this transformational practice based on the yoga teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-2489126.

Online: Awakening Heart Meditation – 5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871. DallasMedita


Online: Zen to Go – 12-12:45pm. Mon-Thurs. An oasis in the middle of the day offering walking

YES: A Young Adults Meditation Fellowship – 7-9pm. A meditation series for young adults in their 20s and 30s. Each evening will include a beginner-friendly walking and sitting meditation, Dharma teachings and refreshments afterwards. Donation. Dallas Meditation Center, 810 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 98, Richardson. 972-432-7871.


Hot Yoga 201 on Zoom – 6:15pm. Open to all levels. This flowing-style class links the fundamental asanas (poses) of yoga linking body, mind and breath with music. Yoga4Love Studio Cabin, Ovilla.

Online: Meditation for Everyone – 7-8:30pm. Classes are great for beginners that want to learn to meditate and great for more experienced meditators that want to expand their meditation. Must register:

Online: Metaphysics and Meditation –7-8:30pm. Manifestation and mysticism: 2 sides of the spiritual coin. Let us practice together, while diving more deeply into universal principles and spiritual living. Open to all. Free. A Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 115, Dallas. 972-866-9988.


ImpactNights – More info: Inclusive-Economy. org/impactnights.

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Online: Celebrate Recovery – 6:30pm. A safe community to find support, hope and freedom from the struggles and realities that we all face through transitions, hurt, pain, loss or addiction of any kind. Free. First United Methodist Church, 777 N Walnut Creek Dr, Mansfield.

Dallas Vegan Drinks – 6:30pm. Meets the 2nd Thurs each month at various veg-friendly locations for fellowship. Currently postponed.

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The Little Sit – 6am. If you want to learn how to identify the birds of North Texas, the Little Sit is the perfect way to start. A group of dedicated birders meet once a month at the end of Pad H on the West side of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-7862826.

Meadow Bird Walk – 7:30-9:30am. Birders of all skill levels welcome. A variety of birding habitats explored, and an excellent cross section of North Texas bird species can be counted. Free. Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve, South gated entrance, behind intersection of Bass & Roberta drs, Plano.


Hike + Write Workshop – 10am-12pm. A beginner’s class where we will discuss the elements of a journal and how to practice mindfulness in nature so that you can begin recording observations of your own. $10. Thrive Nature Park, 1951 S Valley Pkwy, Lewisville. Registration required:


CCMGA Spring Plant Sale – 9am-1:30pm or sold out. Choose from hundreds of varieties of beautiful plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, grasses and succulents. Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 CR 166, McKinney.


Online: Friday Meditation Happy Hours –5:30-6:15pm. Sessions begin every hour. Release stress with breath and gentle movements as you withdraw from the external and begin the journey within 15-min guided meditation. $10/session.


Morning Bird Walk – 7:30-8:15pm. 3rd Sat. Join Trinity River Audubon Center for a monthly bird walk and enjoy the grounds and our amazing feathered friends. $10. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. Registration required:

Coppell Farmers Market – 8am-12pm. Yearround market. 768 W Main St, Coppell.

Morning Tai Chi – 8:30am. Join Tai Chi Chuan instructor George Deerfield for this interactive class in developing strength, balance, improved breathing. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas.

Second Saturday Guided Hike – 8:30-9:30am. Learn about our surrounding habitat while you enjoy a hike. All ages. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. Registration required:

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Baby Classes – 6-7pm. Classes are held virtually online lead by our top AID instructors utilizing state of the art visual aids and activities to keep it fun and engaging while presenting the latest evidenced based material on each topic. $35/class. Child

Guided Trails – 10-11am. Experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Heard Sanctuary. Led by our trained guides, spend 45-60 mins hiking our unique landscape. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. Heard


Rain Barrels 101 – 12-1pm, webinar; 6-7pm, in-person. Geared toward first-time users, learn how to properly install, use and maintain your rain barrel(s). Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. 972-7694130. Register:


Early Bird Walk – 8-9:30am. Led by Master Naturalist Jack Chiles, weather permitting. Free. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. FriendsOf

Zip Line Day – 9am-12pm. Guests climb a 23-ft tree to our zip platform then proceed to a 487-ft Zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-registration required. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

Second Saturday Presentation at HNWR –10am. Hummingbirds with Dr. Wayne Meyer. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. Friends

The Refuge Rocks – 10am. Ages 5-10. Nature Journals for Little Explorers. Free. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Registration required: 903-786-2826 or


Thrive Nature Walk – 9-10:30am. A family-friendly guided walk to connect with nature and the outdoors. Thrive Nature Park, 1951 S Valley Pkwy, Lewisville. Registration required:


Webinar: Garden Green, Keep It Clean –12-1:30pm. Will cover a range of residential landscaping practices that promote water quality and healthy growth, including: soil amendments, responsible weed and pest control, irrigation and more. Free. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.


Plant Sale – Apr 22-23. 9am-5pm, Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. A huge selection of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens such as natives, hardto-find herbs and well-adapted plants. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. Heard

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Grapevine Farmers Market – 9am-6pm, Sun; 8am-8pm, Mon-Sat. Eat healthy with locally-grown produce and products. 520 S Main St, Ste 203, Grapevine. 817-527-7446. Farmers

Horizon UU Worship Service – 10:30am-12pm. Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton. 972-492-4940.


Dairy Farm Tours – Mon-Sat, by appt only. Experience life on a dairy farm with an educational tour including how and what cows are fed, the benefits of grass-crop based feed (silage), the milking parlor, bottle feeding baby calves along with the learning the benefits of drinking raw milk vs pasteurized milk. Everyone gets samples of milk. $7/person age 2 & up. Circle N Dairy, 2074 County Road 446,

1st Saturday Nature Walks – 10am-12pm. Monthly naturalist-led nature walk. Each season at LLELA is different, and we never know what we’ll find. All ages. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or

Star Coyote Events – Monthly events include gong, Tibetan bowl and crystal bowl sound journeys, shamanic journey with a drum dance, kid’s energy and creativity events, and a Wed morning class series. Please see the calendar at for the exact dates and times as they change each month or call 469-344-6484.


Frisco Fresh Market – 10am-4pm. Also Sat, 8am-4pm. Frisco Fresh Market, 9215 John W Elliott Dr, Frisco. 844-776-2753. FriscoFresh

Sunday Celebration Service Agape Center for Spiritual Living – 10am, meditation; 10:30am, service. Noah’s Event Venue, 5280 Town Square Dr, Plano. Rev Lee Wolak: 972-468-1331.

Sunday Worship: Unity Spiritual Center of Denton Service – 10am, coffee; 11am, service. Unity takes spiritual principles and makes them practical in your life. 6071 New Hope Rd, Krugerville. 214-453-0218.

Sunday Brunch –10am-3pm. Serves up farmto-table shared plates, 72 taps (wine & craft beer), and a welcoming atmosphere to create a unique dining experience. Craft & Vine, 310 S Oak St, Roanoke. 817-464-8181. CraftAndVine. Restaurant.


Buddhist Sangha Online – 7-9pm. The meeting of Horizon’s Buddhist covenant group. Meditation and study of the 8-Fold Path. Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church:


Mystic Mandala Meditations – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided by Vijay Moksha. A non-denominational mindfulness practice to evolve consciousness; to go beyond the mind using the mind itself.


Blackland Prairie Raptor Center First Saturdays – 10am-2pm. Meet raptors up-close. Take guided prairie hikes. Kids activities. Bring a picnic lunch. Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, 1625 Brockdale Park Rd, Lucas. Erich Neupert: 972442-7607.

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2nd Saturday Bird Walk – Sept-June. 8-9:30am. Helps beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. Included in general admission; free/Heard Museum members. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972562-5566.

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Thyroid medication: why less really is more


The thyroid gland regulates metabolism by releasing hormones called thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). When the thyroid underperforms, it causes everything in your body to work less efficiently. This is known as hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism affects more than 30 million American adults and is five to eight times more common in females.1 By conservative estimates, one in eight women will develop hypothyroidism.1

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This makes up 75-85% of hypothyroid cases. Oftentimes, people with Hashimoto’s struggle to find a medication or treatment plan that works for them and continue to suffer through symptoms like:

• Fatigue

• Feeling cold

• Losing hair

• Gaining weight

• Depression

While there are many treatment options for hypothyroidism, not all are created equal. Selecting the most appropriate one is vital to managing this disease.

What can interfere with hypothyroid therapy?

Some commonly used prescription drugs that can interfere with thyroid medication absorption and efficacy:

• Antacids

• Lithium

• Amiodarone

• Antibiotics

• Antidepressants

• Dopamine agonists

• Colestipol

• Cholestyramine

• Estrogen, testosterone

Thyroid hormones: T3 and T4

The two hormones to remember are T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine). T4 circulates throughout your bloodstream and is stored in your tissues until needed. Once your body finds a need, it converts T4 into T3. Establishing the exact levels of T4 and T3, and determining if the conversion process is working normally, are critical to designing the best treatment approach.

While most healthcare providers understand the critical nature of T4 to T3 conversion, many fail to recognize the factors that affect this process. These include:

• Nutritional deficiencies/excesses

• Autoimmune diseases

• Gastrointestinal diseases such as celiac disease, acid reflux, or irritable bowel syndrome

• Use of interfering medications like proton pump inhibitors (Nexium® and Prevacid®, for example) or H2 blockers (Tagamet®, for example), which inhibit the dissolution and absorption of thyroid hormone tablets

• The body’s own obstacles to converting T4 to T3

Some people continue to suffer from hypothyroid symptoms despite being on medication for years. But with some effort, patients can work with their doctor to find an approach that works for them.

Some commonly used nutraceuticals that can interfere with the absorption of thyroid medicines:

• Iron

• Calcium

• Magnesium

• Chromium picolinate

Some foods that can interfere with absorption of medication:

• Soy products

• High-fiber/high-bran foods

• Calcium-enriched foods/beverages

Digestive complications or diseases such as celiac disease, autoimmune gastritis, and irritable bowel syndrome can also complicate thyroid hormone therapy.

Make sure to discuss with your doctor all of your medical conditions, medications (both prescription and nonprescription), and nutritional supplements before starting or switching thyroid hormone therapy.

Dr. Raquel Espinol graduated with honors and received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Sonoran University of Health Sciences (formerly Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine). She struggled with her own thyroid condition, which was not successfully managed until she discovered naturopathic medicine and worked with a naturopathic doctor to control her condition. This firsthand success inspired her to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine specializing in thyroid diseases.

Dr. Espinol works with men and women addressing thyroid conditions, hormone imbalances, and weight loss. She is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Montana.

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Common choices for treating hypothyroidism

The most common treatments for hypothyroidism include T4 monotherapy with levothyroxine, natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) aka “glandular thyroid,” and a regimen of T4 and T3 medications taken together. Figuring out the best option for you may take some time. See the accompanying chart for pros/cons of commonly used hypothyroidism therapies.

T4 monotherapy


• Current standard of care for hypothyroidism

• Proven safe and effective

• Available at all pharmacies

• Usually low cost


• GI conditions, medications, sensitivities to excipients/ inactive ingredients in tablet formulations can interfere with absorption and tolerability

Natural desiccated thyroid (NDT)


• Contains both key thyroid hormones: T4 and T3

• An option for people who need supplemental T3


• Derived from thyroid glands of pigs – an issue for vegans

• NDT therapies are tablets that contain excipients or “fillers”

• The T4:T3 ratio contained in NDT tablets is 5:1 – different than the normal human ratio of these hormones

• Can lead to cardiac problems like rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and feelings of anxiety

• It comes from pigs and may contain porcine antigens, which may be problematic for some people

• Not all pharmacies carry NDT products. Not all insurance carriers pay for them

Combined T4 and T3 medication therapy


• Consistent potency

• Can be an option for those in need of supplemental T3

• Available at most pharmacies


• Two separate medicines that need to be taken daily. T4 is taken once a day; T3 may be recommended in multiple daily doses

• Some insurance plans may require two medication copays

• T3 can be risky for some patients with cardiovascular conditions. Some patients can experience heart palpitations and other side effects

Malabsorption and drug underperformance

Most thyroid hormone therapies come in tablet form. These contain inactive ingredients such as wheat starch (gluten), talc, lactose, sugars, and dyes that help hold the tablet together, but also can impede the absorption of their active ingredient, which results in suboptimal or inconsistent levels of thyroid hormones. When this happens, many patients often believe they need to change medication rather than address the factors that contribute to their therapy’s poor performance. They turn to their physician for new therapies in the hope that these can provide long hopedfor relief from their symptoms.2

Nutritional support

Nutrition can play a role in managing hypothyroidism. However, few patients can treat hypothyroidism with nutritional supplements alone. Some examples of helpful nutritional supplements include inositol, nigella, B vitamins, and selenium. However, excess amounts of certain nutritional supplements can also lead to hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Always tell your physician about all drugs and supplements that you are currently taking as well as your soy, fiber, and non-animal product intake.

Thyroid treatment: sometimes less is more

Less is often more when it comes to hypothyroid treatment. Tirosint®-SOL (levothyroxine sodium) oral solution is a unique liquid hypothyroid medication made with only three ingredients. It contains no fillers or other ingredients that can irritate your stomach or lead to poor drug absorption. Because it’s a liquid, it doesn’t need to dissolve in your stomach like a tablet or capsule before your body starts to absorb it. It’s not made with any ingredients sourced from animals, and it’s easy to swallow and comes in precise monodose ampules that can be conveniently stored for travel. You can pour it into a glass of water and drink it, or you can squeeze the contents of the ampule directly into your mouth.

Since Tirosint-SOL consists of just water, glycerol, and levothyroxine, it’s a very simple yet effective solution for treating hypothyroidism. This is important to me. Additionally, I want to ensure my patients have consistent access to the thyroid medication that works best for them. That being said, Tirosint-SOL has a generous coupon program and low-cost mail-order option to help patients without insurance or with high insurance copays/ deductibles. These can be found on the product’s website.

So, which treatment is right for you?

Share your answers to the following with your physicians so they can work with you to pick the right option for you:

• Have you been treated for hypothyroidism and are dissatisfied with the results?

• Do you want a simpler approach?

• Do you need a drug that is free of excipients like gluten, dyes, lactose, and preservatives?

• Do you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or another GI condition?

• Problems swallowing?

Please see Important Safety Information on the following page or toward the back of this issue, and Full Prescribing Information at

References: 1. American Thyroid Association Website. Accessed December 8, 2022. 2. McMillan M, et al. Results of the CONTROL Surveillance Project. Drugs in R&D. 2015;16(1):53-68. PM-01-22-0089

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• Thyroid hormones, including TIROSINT-SOL, either alone or with other therapeutic agents, should not be used for the treatment of obesity or for weight loss.

• In euthyroid patients, doses within the range of daily hormonal requirements are ineffective for weight reduction.

• Larger doses may produce serious or even life-threatening manifestations of toxicity, particularly when given in association with sympathomimetic amines such as those used for their anorectic effects.


• Hypersensitivity to glycerol

• Uncorrected adrenal insufficiency

Warnings and Precautions

• Cardiac adverse reactions in the elderly and in patients with underlying cardiovascular disease: Initiate TIROSINT-SOL at less than the full replacement dose because of the increased risk of cardiac adverse reactions, including atrial fibrillation

• Myxedema coma: Do not use oral thyroid hormone drug products to treat myxedema coma

• Acute adrenal crisis in patients with concomitant adrenal insufficiency: Treat with replacement glucocorticoids prior to initiation of TIROSINT-SOL treatment

• Prevention of hyperthyroidism or incomplete treatment of hypothyroidism: Proper dose titration and careful monitoring is critical to prevent the persistence of hypothyroidism or the development of hyperthyroidism

• Worsening of diabetic control: Therapy in patients with diabetes mellitus may worsen glycemic control and result in increased antidiabetic agent or insulin requirements. Carefully monitor glycemic control after starting, changing, or discontinuing thyroid hormone therapy

• Decreased bone mineral density associated with thyroid hormone over-replacement: Over-replacement can increase bone reabsorption and decrease bone mineral density. Give the lowest effective dose

Limitations of Use

• Not indicated for suppression of benign thyroid nodules and nontoxic diffuse goiter in iodine-sufficient patients

• Not indicated for treatment of transient hypothyroidism during the recovery phase of subacute thyroiditis

Adverse Reactions

Adverse reactions associated with TIROSINT-SOL are primarily those of hyperthyroidism due to therapeutic overdosage including: arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, dyspnea, muscle spasm, headache, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, tremors, muscle weakness, increased appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, heat intolerance, menstrual irregularities, and skin rash

For Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning, visit

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