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Water: It is recommended that individuals drink half their body weight in ounces each day. thirty-seven percent of people mistake thirst for hunger because they are unaware that they are thirsty and not hungry. Reverse osmosis or purified water is recommended.

Oral health: A biological approach to dental care can optimize your health. Your body can affect your mouth and likewise your mouth can affect your body. Removing mercury filings and heavy metals from the mouth promotes higher immunity and organ function.

Food: Read the label to check for hidden sugars, canola oil, trans fats and GMOs. Adopt a Mediterranean way of eating, increasing fresh vegetables, healthy proteins, fats and limit carbohydrate consumption. Anti-inflammatory living is vital to optimizing nutrient status.

Movement: Exercise and deep breathing helps offset stress and increases endorphins, which decreases pain and boosts well-being.

Mindfulness: Prayer and meditation promote self -healing and harmony in the body.

Sleep: The body heals itself when you are asleep. It is the best supplement anyone can get. Studies show that people that sleep seven to nine hours each night live longer, healthier lives. It is recommended to stop using electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets and television) two to three hours before bed. The blue light emitted by these devices disrupts melatonin production.

 

For more information, contact Leanne Hutcherson, Naturopath, at 972-540-0726 or Leann@lh-wellness.com.

 

 

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The 2018 ozone season ended on November 30, 2018, but the 10-county region designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as moderate nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone (less than or equal to 75 parts per billion), did not reach attainment by the July 2018 deadline. Therefore, the region is being reclassified to serious nonattainment, and will now have until July 2021 to attain the standard. The EPA also designated Dallas-Fort Worth as marginal nonattainment under the 2015 eight-hour NAAQS with an attainment date of August 2021.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has several air quality programs in place to improve the region’s air quality and move us into attainment for the pollutant ozone, and many focus on education, development, implementation and enforcement of emissions reduction strategies across the 10-county ozone nonattainment area.

Air North Texas, the region’s clean air public awareness campaign, implements air quality education and outreach efforts each year. In 2018, it hosted the ninth annual Clean Air Action Day on June 22, in which North Texans were asked to do at least one new thing to help improve air quality. More than 1,000 North Texans made commitments to improve air quality.

The agency also encourages businesses, governments and individuals to implement specific clean air strategies when air pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels. The Air North Texas campaign offers examples of easy things people can do to help improve air quality, such as carpooling, using mass transit, conserving electricity and more.

The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Clean Cities Coalition works with local fleets to promote practices and decisions to reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality. DFW was one of the first regions to be designated as part of the Department of Energy Clean Cities initiative in 1995.  The Coalition hosts several events each year, facilitates clean vehicle trainings, provides updates on available funding, has frequent stakeholder-focused meetings and an annual meeting.

The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program provides financial assistance to registered vehicle owners to repair or replace vehicles that have failed the state emissions test. The program is offered to residents in nine of the 10 nonattainment counties. Since 2003, the AirCheckTexas program has replaced 36,561 vehicles and repaired 35,003 vehicles.

Engine Off North Texas is a regional initiative dedicated to reducing the impacts associated with the idling of vehicles. Efforts are focused on expanding the adoption of anti-idling ordinances and policies, researching new technologies and promoting idle-reduction campaigns across the region. To date, 28 local governments have adopted the state regulation that limits idling of heavy-duty gasoline and diesel vehicles to five minutes. To further improve effectiveness of this regulation amongst other idle reduction efforts, NCTCOG promotes enforcement measures to local governments and provides outreach materials and technical assistance to cities, counties and fleets that put these idle reduction efforts in place.

The Electric Vehicles North Texas (EVNT) program seeks to increase awareness of the availability and feasibility of EVs in the DFW area and ensure availability of resources needed to support their widespread adoption through collaboration with local governments, businesses and other interested parties. The region has more than 300 locations providing public charging infrastructure. More than 6,700 EVs are registered in NCTCOG counties as of December 2018, accounting for almost 40 percent of all EVs in the state. As the number of EVs in the region increases, EVNT looks for ways to overcome barriers to the adoption and use of this clean vehicle technology. In September, National Drive Electric Week was held at Grapevine Mills Mall and set a North Texas record for the most electric vehicles in one location. 169 electric vehicles and 627 registered attendees came to show their support for the second largest Drive Electric Week event in the nation.

North Texas is growing, with an expected population of 10.7 million by 2040, an increase of 3 million new residents over the next 20 years. More residents mean more homes, and an increased need for water, energy and transportation infrastructure. Conserve North Texas is a regional clearinghouse of resources, tools and case studies related to water, energy and transportation efficiency topics.  It is hoped that the general public and private industry, along with the public sector will also find these resources valuable.

For information on these programs and many of the other initiatives being implemented at NCTCOG, visit nctcog.org/trans/air/programs.

 

 

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At the Big D Climb, the biggest in North Texas, participants race up 70 stories of stairs at Bank of America Plaza, in Downtown Dallas, to raise money for blood cancer research. January 26 will mark the event's 11th year and the goal is to sell out the climb and raise more than $350,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. More than 1,000 raced last year to raise close to $300,000.  The Opening ceremony begins at 7:30am at the Bank of America Tower in downtown Dallas.

Those that don't want to try it alone can form a team and challenge friends, family and co-workers to a race you to the top by using the “create a team" link on the registration page. Racers must be at least 7 years old to participate. For safety reason, children are not able to be carried.

Location: 901 Main St., Dallas. For details, visit lls.org/pages/ntx/bigclimb.

 

 

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The Dallas Mavericks have launched Lympo, the nation’s first blockchain fitness app that motivates people to exercise and be healthy, and the first of its kind that rewards users with crypto tokens that can be exchanged for premium products.

Lympo is developing a blockchain-based ecosystem that will integrate a community of users, personal trainers, gyms, fitness apps, wellness businesses and health insurers. It also leverages the popularity of wearable fitness devices to record activity and enables users to earn tokens for staying active. The Mavs will be one of the first teams in the NBA to accept cryptocurrency for tickets and merchandise, and Lympo has decided to set up their U.S. headquarters in Dallas.

Under their partnership, the Mavericks and Lympo will work together to form the Mavericks Fitness Team, a group of fitness ambassadors that will host fitness events and activities for Mavs fans throughout the year. Lympo will also be the presenting sponsor of Mavs Fit Night, which will be held during a 2018-2019 season home game.

For more information, visit Mavs.com.

 

 

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Now that flu season is upon us, it’s a good time to discuss dog flu. While people flu is pretty common, the good news is that dog flu is actually quite rare. Still, as a dedicated pet parent, it’s a good idea to have a working knowledge of the dog flu, especially because many conventional veterinarians may try to pressure owners into having their dog vaccinated against this viral disease, even if it is at low risk.

Canine influenza (dog flu), is a highly contagious viral infection affecting dogs (and very rarely) cats. Currently there are two strains of canine flu, H3N8 and H3N2. Influenza viruses are able to quickly mutate and give rise to new strains that can infect the same or even different species.

Clinical Signs

Dogs can have mild or severe cases, and the milder cases resemble kennel cough that may last for several weeks and occur in most infected dogs. Typically, many veterinarians describe dog flu as a “really bad case of kennel cough!” Some dogs, mainly those more severely affected, will also be lethargic, have a fever and show respiratory signs such as sneezing, have discharge from their eyes or nose, and of course, coughing. Clinical signs typically appear one to five days after exposure to the virus. Although most dogs recover without incident, deaths due to dog flu have been reported. 

Canine influenza is transmitted through droplets/aerosols containing respiratory secretions from coughing, barking and sneezing. Dogs in close contact with infected dogs in places such as kennels, groomers, day care facilities and shelters are at increased risk of infection. Canine influenza can also be spread indirectly through objects (food and water bowls, etc.) or people that have contacted infected dogs. Most dogs exposed to dog influenza virus become infected, with approximately 80 percent developing clinical signs of disease.

Diagnosis

While flu resembles other respiratory illnesses, testing is needed to confirm the disease. At present the most reliable way to diagnose canine influenza is through blood tests taken several weeks apart. However, the virus can also be detected on swabs from the nose. Treatment must begin while awaiting lab results, as it’s generally expected that the lab tests confirm the diagnosis rather than make the initial diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment for canine flu is typically supportive, including fluid therapy and antibiotics as needed. From a holistic perspective, immune support is critical. Maintaining adequate blood levels of vitamin D3 (via lab testing) may reduce the chance of infectious, inflammatory and cancerous diseases, and is used for treatment. Vitamin C provides antioxidant and immune support. Anti-infectious and immune-supporting herbs such as Oregon grape, goldenseal, echinacea, marshmallow, astragalus, cat’s claw, ginger, lemon balm, oregano leaf and olive leaf are very good. 

Prevention

Vaccination is available for both strains of dog flu. It can reduce the risk of a dog contracting canine influenza, but as in people, vaccination may not prevent an infection, yet reduce the severity and duration of illness. 

This vaccine (two initial doses given three to four weeks apart with annual revaccination if needed) can be safely administered to healthy dogs that are more than 6 weeks old. The vaccine reduces the severity of the symptoms of canine influenza, but does not prevent infection. Vaccinated pets are less likely to develop lung lesions, have reduced days of viral shedding and are also contagious for fewer days.

The canine influenza vaccine is not recommended or needed for most dogs. In general, the vaccine is intended to protect dogs at risk for exposure to the canine influenza virus, which includes those that participate in activities with other dogs or are housed in communal facilities (boarding and training facilities,) particularly where the virus is prevalent. Consulting with a veterinarian can determine the risk of exposure and whether vaccination is appropriate.

Conclusion

Dog flu tends to be a rare disease, moving slowly through the canine population. Supportive care, antibiotics when needed and immune-supporting supplements, including vitamin D3, ensure the best chance of cure.

For more information  visit PawsAndClawsAnimalHospital.com. 

 

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It’s no secret that our jobs and our lives are stressful, and the holiday season multiples this. Nearly eight out of 10 employees in America regularly experience physical symptoms of stress at work, which they carry home with them and can have negative effects on our health and relationships, including high blood pressure and depression.

One way to mitigate stress and enhance physical and mental health is through mindfulness: the secular, science-based practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Recent studies highlight the benefits of mindfulness for reducing stress and anxiety levels, encouraging positive emotions and bolstering social connections and emotional intelligence—all of which we need when trying to cope with the work week and holiday busyness.

When we’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, here are some simple ways to use mindfulness to pause and reset.

Breathe. We may not have time to sit for a 10-minute mindfulness meditation, but we always have time to take a deep breath or two. When we are stressed or distracted, we tend to take shallow, hurried breaths. The next time we notice ourselves getting frazzled, breathe deeply into and out of the lower abdomen. Breathing in this way massages your vagus nerve, which calms the central nervous system, and takes us out of “fight-or-flight” mode.

Move. Sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day can make it easy to forget that the mind and body are connected. Stay aware of your body by moving once per hour. Get up and stretch at the desk or add a few extra steps to the walk to the restroom. Perhaps a coworker is even open to having a walking meeting.

Practice single-tasking. While far from commonplace in the digital age, dedicating all our focus to one task at a time is actually the most efficient mode for the brain. Even if we can only prioritize single-tasking for 30 to 60 minutes, we can use that time to focus all our brainpower on our top priority task.

Listen. When we are stressed and overwhelmed, it’s easy to forget that our lives are made up of moments. Connections with those around us are what make these moments memorable. We can always take a moment to ask a coworker, friend or family member how they are doing and listen wholeheartedly to their response. To stay present while in conversation, practice maintaining awareness of our own body and breath as we listen. Listen with open, engaged body language and attempt to understand our conversation partner, rather than to fix their problem or share our own agenda. Mindful listening can transform relationships and bring more meaning to life.

Practice gratitude. Practice being extra aware of the good things in life by pausing to be grateful during the day, even if it’s something as small as a coworker that made us laugh or a nice cup of coffee or tea. A positive attitude will enhance productivity and keep our stress levels down.

STOP. When we notice being stressed or frantic, that is actually a moment of mindful awareness. Instead of fighting against stress or strong emotions, stop and take a mindful pause: take a few deep breaths; observe our experience (thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations); and proceed with something that will support us in this moment.

Bringing mindfulness to our life and work is a lifelong journey. Research studies show that even one mindfulness meditation or mindful pause can lower our stress levels and boost mood. Start incorporating these mindfulness tips into our day for enhanced productivity and overall well-being.

 

Dorsey Standish is the chief mindfulness officer at Mastermind Meditate, in Dallas. Her teachings combine neuroscience research with her experiences in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and silent meditation retreats. For more information about Mastermind applied mindfulness trainings, visit MastermindMeditate.com/programs.

 

 

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Air North Texas, our regional clean air campaign, recognized five local cities and organizations for their efforts to improve air quality throughout the 2018 ozone season, which ended November 30.

Dallas received the Arlo Ambassador Award for advancing the Air North Texas message with their campaign mascot, Arlo the Airmadillo. He is a native North Texan who loves playing outdoors and visiting local sights while being affected by asthma. Dallas branded its air quality alert emails and social media messages with Arlo and featured him in a Clean Air Action Day promotional video made with the help of children at the Mindbender STEAM Summer Camp.

Grand Prairie is the Air North Texas Partner of the Year after implementing a yearlong comprehensive outreach and communications plan centered on Clean Air Action Day, a regionwide event held on the first Friday of every summer to call attention to the actions individuals can take to improve air quality.

Grand Prairie built community and employee engagement through social media posts, air quality alerts, city newsletters and participation in local events to help raise awareness about air quality throughout the year. These efforts culminated with Grand Prairie’s Clean Air Action Day activities, including an art contest for city staff and the city’s annual corporate Clean Air Challenge. Industry leaders Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo and Siemens participated in the challenge, along with local employers such as Fruit of the Earth and Texas General Hospital.

Cedar Hill was awarded for outstanding initiative by featuring Air North Texas in a number of creative campaigns, community events and educational forums. Highlights include EarthX, the region’s largest Earth Day celebration, as well as events in Cedar Hill such as the city’s Earth Day and Environmental Collection Day programs, the I Love Clean Air campaign and the Cedar Hill ISD Back to School Rally.

Hood County Clean Air Coalition (HCCAC) set the standard for clean air advertising in 12 counties. Three public service announcements to promote clean air commitments ran daily on Granbury TV in March, and a PSA encouraging individuals to commit to clean air actions at home aired regularly on local radio stations. The coalition also published ads in two local magazines.

Plano received the award for outstanding outreach for using both traditional and digital strategies to engage residents and businesses. Programs and presentations for local businesses and city employees and volunteers emphasized the steps North Texans can take to improve air quality. SEED, Plano’s Sustainability and Environmental Education Division, partnered with other Air North Texas members to install air quality monitors at two local high schools, providing students the opportunity to learn about the science behind air quality. Plano also featured Air North Texas content on its sustainability and environmental homepage, Live Green in Plano, on social media and numerous city publications.

Air North Texas is one of many strategies designed to improve air quality in the nine North Texas counties striving to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards for ozone pollution. Air quality affects health outcomes and helps preserve the region’s quality of life and economic vitality.

For more information, visit AirNorthTexas.org.

 

 

 

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Our health is always our most precious resource, but the holidays amplify its importance as we strive to support and provide for the members of our immediate and extended families, coworkers, friends and charitable causes. Because science continues to document the fact that stress is a leading cause of ill health, it makes sense to avoid it proactively for the benefit of all, including ourselves. Here are a few tips to bring about that state of mind.

  • Be thankful for all blessings.
  • Don’t allow stress to steal away joy.
  • Laugh and celebrate the gift of life.
  • Volunteer time or resources to help someone less fortunate.
  • Write down three goals to achieve in the new year and commit to completing them.

 

For more information, call 972-212-4341 0r visit KetamineHealthTX.com.

 

 

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  • Minimize sugar, which has been shown to suppress the immune system for several hours after consumption.
  • In baking during the holidays, use natural alternatives to sugar such as coconut sugar or xylitol.
  • Wash hands frequently, especially before eating.
  • Have kids bathe or shower after getting home from school and change into lounging or play clothes.
  • After a long winter day in the office, adults can shed work clothes for lounging clothes to avoid bringing home the germs, and put those garments right into the laundry.
  • Take immune support supplements such as vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, elderberry and probiotics.
  • Get plenty of rest and fresh air.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, which can send approximately 100,000 germs up to 25 feet.
  • Stay home if sick, and do not send kids to school if they have a bad cold

 

For more information, call 972-294-0808 or visit HealthyKidsPediatrics.com.

 

 

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A Dallas tradition for more than 20 years, the Generational Group Dallas Jingle Bell Run is a festive, family-friendly event that includes a nighttime 5k race, one-mile fun run and lively post-race party on December 20 at the Hilton Anatole. All proceeds benefit The Trinity Strand Trail and the Mavs Foundation. Participants come dressed in their spirited holiday attire and will also be given a pair of jingle bells and glow sticks to "jingle all the way" through the race. Carolers and music are placed along the race course.

In 2002, a group of dedicated individuals formed the Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail to spearhead the planning, construction and enhancement of a 7.8-mile, non-motorized hike and bike trail along the original Trinity River watercourse in the heart of the Dallas Design District. This trail will connect the Katy Trail to the Trinity River and provide Dallas citizens access to the Southwestern Medical District, Dallas Market Center, downtown and Uptown Dallas, Stemmons Corridor businesses and the Dallas Design District.

Cost is $15 to $45. To register, visit DallasJingleBellRun.com.

 

 

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