After decades of viewing daily low-dose aspirin as the standard recommendation for preventing cardiovascular disease, it seems the time for change has come. There has been ongoing discussion and study about the value of aspirin for over 30 years in both the treatment and prevention of heart and vascular diseases. For years, doctors prescribed aspirin for all patients needing to lower their risk of these diseases.

But the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association now recommend aspirin not be prescribed in the absence of known coronary or vascular disease. Instead, for most people, treatment should focus on healthy lifestyle habits, including physical activity, diet and control of factors like cholesterol, diabetes risk and blood pressure.

Aspirin therapy comes with a significantly increased risk of bleeding that can potentially offset its value for prevention of cardiovascular events. As a result, it should no longer be routinely used unless the patient has had an evaluation and discussion with their physician about the risk of cardiovascular disease and the risk of bleeding. If currently taking a daily dose of aspirin, talk to a doctor about tailoring treatment for individual needs — and about whether aspirin is still the right choice.

The era of universal aspirin therapy is over. Aspirin therapy is now reserved for select “high-risk” patients that have had open-heart surgery or stents inserted, or experienced a heart attack or stroke. But for those that don’t qualify as high-risk or already have a diagnosis of heart disease, aspirin should not be part of a preventive regime for keeping the heart healthy.

This also means a greater emphasis on starting and maintaining, those healthy habits we already know are good for us. The American College of Cardiology agrees that the most effective way to prevent cardiovascular disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation is by living a healthy lifestyle.

Preventing Heart Disease Through a Healthy Lifestyle

Eat a heart-healthy diet. A heart-healthy diet should center around vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, fish and whole grains. You should limit your consumption of red meats and processed meats, refined carbohydrates, trans fats and foods high in added sugar.

Make physical activity a priority. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. Beyond dedicated exercise time, simply try to move more and sit less throughout your day. If you’re new to exercise, find an activity you enjoy — walking around the neighborhood, group fitness classes, yoga, even gardening. Start small, but start today.

Quit smoking. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about steps you can take today to quit.

Take control of your numbers. There are many contributing factors that play a role in influencing your heart health and overall well-being. Maintain regular touch points with your primary care physician to help keep track of these key indicators: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and weight.

Take the heart disease quiz at

Michael Sills, MD, cardiologist, Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas is the co-lead of cardiology for Health Texas Provider Network. For more information, visit



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EarthxFilm presents Fantastic Fungi in the second annual Best of Fests film festival at 7 p.m., February 28, at the Texas Theatre. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg, Fantastic Fungi is a consciousness-shifting film that takes viewers on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet to the mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth than began 3.5 billion years ago.

It describes an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

Location: 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. For tickets, visit For more information, visit



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This is the last month for K-12 students to submit entries for the DART 2020 Student Art Contest. The deadline is February 28, and high school students have the option of submitting their entry online at Contestants can compete to earn a spot for their design on DART buses and trains, plus cash and other prizes. DART will notify winners by March 11. 

The contest is open to public school, private school and home-schooled students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Designs must be original work by the student and should illustrate the theme “Paint The Town ______. Ride DART.” One entry per student. No group entries are allowed. All entries must measure 11 inches high by 17 wide wide and be laid out horizontally.

The student’s name, email, grade level, school name, school address, teacher’s name, email, phone number, parent’s name, email and phone number should be easily visible on the back.

For more information, contact Jessica D. Lennon, education outreach manager, at 214-749-2582 or



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The new Dallas Multifamily Recycling Ordinance went into effect January 1 for all multi-family properties with eight or more units so residents living in those properties are now able to recycle where they live.

The ordinance supports Dallas’s zero waste goal by requiring affected property owners to ensure that tenants and employees have access to convenient recycling and educate residents about access to valet, dual stream or single stream recycling services with a minimum of one pickup per week. 

Quick Tips:

  • Items should be placed in recycling receptacle without being bagged.

  • A quick rinse will do. Don’t need to spend a lot of time or water washing out containers.

  • Pizza boxes are recyclable, but remove the side with the excess cheese.

  • To order a recycle cart, call 311.

  • When in doubt, keep it out.

When non-recyclables are mixed into the recycling bins, it can turn the whole container from recyclables to trash.

For more information visit Visit November archive to hear Waste Production: Waste Reduction podcasts of on-air broadcasts with experts and thought leaders discussing health effects of Waste disposal.



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Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is director of the Climate Science Center, CEO of the consulting firm ATMOS Research and Consulting, an evangelical Christian, author of 125 peer-publications and finalist for Texan of the year, will be Bernice Butler’s guest on Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio at 3 p.m., February 22 on iHeart KXFR 1190AM. She will explore the clean energy imperative and why our current energy sources are not working.

Hayhoe says, “I don’t accept global warming on faith; I crunch the data, I analyze the models, I help engineers and city managers and ecologists quantify the impacts.” Together with her husband Andrew Farley, a pastor and best-selling author of eight books, she wrote A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, a book that untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming

She has also led climate impact assessments for a broad cross-section of cities and regions from Chicago to California and the U.S. Northeast. The findings of these studies have been presented before Congress, highlighted in briefings to state and federal agencies and used as input to future planning by communities, states and regions across the country.


Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio interviews experts and thought leaders on the impacts of environmental issues on health so that people understand we simply can’t have a healthy life without living on a healthy planet.


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Feb 11 @ 11:00 am

Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision Tour: Your Life in Focus will feature high-profile guests including Tracy Ellis Ross, bringing a full day wellness event to Dallas  starting at 9 a.m., February 15, at American Airlines Arena. Doors Open at 8 a.m. Oprah will help motivate the audience to make 2020 the year of renewal and celebrate all we are meant to be. She will also sit down for an intimate one-on-one conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC's Black-ish.

“My hope is to make 2020 the year of transformation for you—mind, body and spirit. That’s why we’re calling the tour Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus. With WW [Weight Watchers] as my tour partner, each stop features a different lineup of celebrity guests, powerhouse leaders in wellness, and people from all walks of life who took charge and created lasting change,” says Winfrey. “Say goodbye to procrastination, denial, feeling stuck and wishing for a better life. This is going to be a daylong party for everyone, celebrating all that you are—and all that you’re meant to be.”

The morning will begin with a pre-show dance party, followed by an interactive session lead by Oprah which encouraging participants to create their own 2020 action plan. Then, a speaker will motivate them with some inspired words before Julianne Hough gets everyone out of their seats with a movement workshop. Attendees will spend the day with Oprah as she shares the personal ups and downs of her wellness journey and guides them to develop their own 2020 action plan through motivating conversations, the latest in wellness research and insightful interactive workbook exercises.

The guests will share their own insights. electrifying experiences and invigorating talks. The event will also highlight inspiring individuals that took charge of their lives and created lasting change. In Dallas, Peace. Love. & Eatz, located in DeSoto, and Viridescent Kitchen, located in Plano, will be featured as go-to restaurant stops for attendees and those looking for healthy menus.

Box lunch included. Location: 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas. For tickets and more information, visit



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Along with The Recycling Partnership & Closed Loop Partners, America’s leading beverage companies will invest in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to increase the collection, recycling and processing of recyclable plastic bottles as the first region of investment under the Every Bottle Back initiative. Launched in October by the American Beverage Association (ABA), Every Bottle Back is a coalition of Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo with the World Wildlife Fund, Closed Loop Partners and The Recycling Partnership. The goal is to support the circular plastics economy by reinforcing the value of 100 percent  recyclable plastic bottles and caps and ensuring they don’t end up as waste in oceans, rivers or landfills.

Nationally, the Every Bottle Back initiative will measure industry progress in reducing the use of new plastic, invest in key regions to improve the quality and availability of recycled plastic, launch a public awareness campaign to educate consumers and leverage packaging to remind consumers that bottles are 100% recyclable. The effort includes partnering with local government and community leaders to help educate consumers on how to recycle better and decrease recycling contamination. “Our plastic bottles are made to be remade, and we are excited to work alongside communities in Dallas-Fort Worth to bolster recycling and demonstrate how innovative solutions can make a real difference for future generations,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of ABA. 

At the Balcones Material Recovery Facility, Every Bottle Back will invest $2 million to upgrade the facility, including state-of-the-art technology, such as optical sorters, machinery with artificial intelligence and robotic arms that separate recyclable plastics, along with new belt configurations to improve the processing of more recyclable materials. 

Approximately 50,000 residents will benefit from expanded recycling access in multifamily housing complexes in the Dallas Metroplex as a result of upgraded recycling collection vehicles, on-site and in-unit educational signage and outreach, new containers, in-unit bins and totes for recycling. New services will be more convenient, with recycling pick-ups available at residents’ front door.

Keefe Harrison, chief executive officer of The Recycling Partnership, says, “Our efforts as part of the Every Bottle Back initiative in Texas will increase access to recycling and educate citizens about what is and isn’t recyclable.”

The North Central Texas Council of Governments public service campaign, Know What to Throw, will educate residents across 230 communities about how to decrease contamination of valuable recyclable materials like PET bottles and aluminum cans. Cart-to-cart outreach and educational materials on how to recycle and cut down on contamination of recyclable materials will be available to residents in more than 232,000 homes in Fort Worth.

For a more information, visit and

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The Dallas Cowboys are leading the way in disposables and sustainability practices at AT&T Stadium. In 2019, it initiated limiting straws in beverage service. In 2020, straws will be completely eliminated from beverage service in general concessions, where the majority of disposables are eco-friendly and biodegradable. AT&T Stadium also has a permanent, venue-wide recycling program.

The stadium was built using recycled materials, water-efficient plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient systems and lighting. The stadium’s 18 custom escalators use variable frequency drives that are 50 percent more energy-efficient and can send energy back into the stadium’s power grid.

Legends at AT&T Stadium closely monitors food sales to minimize waste, tracking fan purchasing habits based on the time of the game, the time of year, the weather and the visiting team. The timing of a football game—whether it is at noon, 3 p.m., or 7 p.m., determines the quantity of food. Partnerships with local charities make sure that any and all remaining food is donated to serve community needs and not put in landfills or wasted.

An ORCA system ( processes and converts food waste into greywater that is safely discharged into the municipal wastewater system, diverting approximately 85,000 pounds annually of food waste from landfills and reducing methane gas production.

AT&T Stadium sources thousands of pounds of organic produce annually from the Paul Quinn College WE Over Me Farm, and reviews all farms for responsible and humane practices. At least five concessions carts at every event are devoted to certified USDA organic and healthier items. Vegan and vegetarian items are featured throughout the building.

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EarthX and North Lake College will host an evening to explore the idea of what makes a “smart city” smart, from 6 to 8 p.m., February 6, at the Coppell Biodiversity Center. Participants will learn how new technologies and open access to data is transforming our communities, enhancing quality of life and sustaining our resources for future generations.  

Smart cities embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), and utilize communication technologies and strategies across all community needs and daily living. The audience will hear from expert speakers from business and government about smart initiatives in our region like 5-G, autonomous vehicles, open data, building sensors, biodiversity meters and more, as well as network with like-minded individuals, meet and learn from local experts and begin to implement practical ideas. 

Other DCCCD-EarthX Sustainable U events include UN World Day of Social Justice at Eastfield College on February 20; Trees and Native Landscape at Brookhaven College on March 26 and Future of Recycling at Mountain View College on April 3. 

Admission is free with registration at Location: 367 Freeport Pkwy., Coppell. 



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Signs of cognitive disorder (doggie and kitty Alzheimer's) include altered sleep-wake cycles, barking/meowing aimlessly, staring into space, getting stuck in corners, not recognizing owners, not hearing owners, acting unaware of surroundings, altered appetite and acting confused.

There is no specific test for cognitive disorder; this is a rule-out following an exam and blood and urine tests. Other diseases can present similar signs, including age-related vision/hearing loss, thyroid disease and adrenal disease. These other conditions must be excluded, as they are easily treated/cured with different treatment than cognitive disorder. Pets with cognitive disorder tend to be middle-age and older (10 years and up; for some larger dogs, 5 years and up)

Natural therapies include phosphatidyl choline/serine, fatty acids, antioxidants and ginkgo biloba. Approximately 75 percent of affected dogs and cats showed improvement with these above therapies and closer to 98 percent improve due to earlier diagnosis.

There is probably not a cure possible for true cognitive disorder, but if pets stay on treatment, they act normal. These treatments are natural and safe when properly prescribed at the correct doses by a holistic vet.

Prevention includes early supplementation with specific supplements, depending upon the patient, and reducing inflammation in the body. Inflammation damages the brain; it is easily detected with blood testing and can be reduced with proper diet and reduced dependency on chemicals/drugs/vaccines.


Authored by Shawn Messonnier DVM, owner of Paws & Claws Holistic Animal Hospital, in Plano. He practices functional medicine, Chinese and Western herbology, homeopathy, homotoxicology, nutritional therapies and acupuncture.



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