Whether decluttering the home because of a planned move, or just because it’s Spring and time for renewal, removing unused items and unwanted emotions can open up energetic space for new material and spiritual possibilities. Where to begin? The job can seem daunting yet starting small and making a little progress

Galveston Bay Foundation is hosting Bay Day Festival, its signature Earth Month event and a day of free fun for kids and adults, on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kemah Boardwalk. The critters who live and thrive in a healthy Galveston Bay will be featured

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer.  Capturing rainwater will help protect lawns and gardens during periods of drought, save homeowners money. One rain barrel can conserve approximately 1,050 gallons per year! Galveston Bay Foundation’s Rain Barrel Program works to conserve water

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris

A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of

The silent system that works to keep the body healthy, strong, and energetic, the lymphatic system, is mostly ignored unless edema (swelling) develops. Yet regular lymphatic drainage massage (LDM) can help this important system function at it’s best, providing higher levels of energy, increased immunity, and fewer aches and pains. Lymphatic

On February 16-18, international nonviolent communication trainer, somatic coach and Aikido instructor David Weinstock will lead an experiential workshop to teach participants emotional, physical, and linguistic techniques for transforming old reactions into resources for connection and healing. The workshop is for individuals or groups interested in connecting to the wisdom of

Discolored or damaged teeth can cause a person to avoid smiling, or even talking. A beautiful smile, made possible by teeth whitening or veneers, often results in increased confidence and better self-image, which helps a person initiate and develop more relationships, as well as perform better in their jobs and

Most people go on vacation hoping to de-stress enough to be able to approach their life from a better place when they return. Because patterns of thought and emotional baggage are still present, any relaxation from vacation quickly vanishes. Zilla Adams, owner of the Energetic Wellness Center in Seabrook, has

On Saturday, February 10 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., Dr. Kun Wu, founder of the Ching Chi Institute, will present the “Energy Realization Program.” Dr. Wu, a cancer researcher for many years, abandoned his medical career to find an energetic cure for his fibromyalgia. Through years of intensive subtle energy research and

It’s that time of year again, open enrollment for Medicare patients (open until Dec 7th) and everyone else (open until Dec 15th). In conjunction with the League City Chamber of Commerce, Shari Ferguson, Independent Agent with J. Macpherson Insurance & Financial Services, LLC, will be providing a free informational seminar

Learn more about Bodhi Essential Oils & Wellness.  Mere steps away from the Kemah Boardwalk is Bodhi Essential Oils & Wellness, a delightful and peaceful shop offering therapeutic- grade essential oils, an oxygen bar, and a wide variety of metaphysical tools. Owner Melinda Auten is well-versed in DoTerra essential oils, and

The skin is the largest organ of the body, so what goes on the skin is vitally important to health. It can be difficult to find products with natural ingredients, which are especially important for the sensitive skin of new babies. Max & Madeleine products use the most natural ingredients that

Two Wake Forest School of Medicine research studies on the effect of high resolution, relational, resonance-based, electroencephalic mirroring (HIRREM, also called Brainwave Optimization®) on both migraines and insomnia showed clinically relevant and statistically significant reduction in frequency and severity of migraines and insomnia. Island Brainworks in Galveston is one of the

Most women have some degree of back, shoulder and neck pain. Often this is caused by the connective tissue surrounding the muscles (fascia) binding muscles together that are supposed to be working separately. This causes pain as other muscles try to accommodate the imbalance. Rolfing (structural integration) is a process of

The Chartres-style labyrinth, hand-built by church and community members on the grounds of Unity Bay Area Houston in League City, will be dedicated on Sunday, May 7 at 1 pm. This beautiful labyrinth, open to the community, is a place to connect with nature in a meditative way. Labyrinth walking, an

A study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract

A study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires

Researchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered that expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant can reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels

Telomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. In human beings, multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women

Researchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half

Researchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work

Local governments and hotels are struggling to come to terms with the growing phenomenon of Airbnb room rentals, which help residents find short-term paying guests that often provide an economic lifeline to help them pay their bills, rent or mortgage. It’s an affordable, convenient and comfortable alternative for travelers. Critics claim

Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating

Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines;

Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar

Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the

Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is

California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good news, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled,

The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles, including seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10

The Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New

April is Child Abuse Awareness/Prevention Month. CASA of Galveston County hopes to raise awareness and funds towards their goal of serving 100% of abused and neglected children in Galveston County with specialized advocacy. CASA of Galveston County, a 501 (c)3 non-profit, recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers that are appointed by

What could be more Earth-friendly than water? Instead of using harsh chemicals, harness the power of dry steam to safely and easily clean just about anything. Ryan Dandridge, of 340 Steamers, is the local distributor for the EVapor 3000i household steam cleaner, which uses super-heated dry steam to destroy bacteria

The 24th Annual Tour de Braz Bike Ride, presented by Associated Credit Union of Texas, will be held Sunday, April 23rd and is a BP MS 150 recommended ride. With a choice of 10, 34, 50, 68 and 100 mile routes, it is the perfect ride for all types of

A study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one

A study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity

A 2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body

Researchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular

Ruopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four

Barefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program

We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossom-rich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation reports that butterflies are

Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains

According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are

In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global

When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep certain vehicles off city streets,

Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of

Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact

The practice of community acupuncture is a grassroots movement intended to greatly increase access to acupuncture and widen its use in our increasingly complex health care system. In China, the community model is the traditional way of practicing acupuncture, so this helps to bring the community feel to the West. At

Yoga has been proven to improve osteoporosis, a disease of weak and thinning bones that make fractures more likely. Yoga is both an isometric and a weight bearing exercise, two important components in improving bone strength. This 4-week series at The Yoga Haven in Galveston trains students in specific yoga postures

In late November, Channel 2 investigators reported that hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, has been found in high levels in Houston’s drinking water, with Houston ranking third in the country for high levels of this cancer-causing substance. Studies show that cancer rates start to rise at 0.02 ppb (parts per billion), and