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ay is women’s wellness month at Natural Awakenings and this year’s special focus is breast health and natural childbirth. Lisa Marshall’s article Rethinking Breast Health (page 21) explains how women’s breasts change during different phases of life such as pregnancy, childbirth, menstrual cycles and hormone fluctuations. The article suggests supplemental alternatives as an option to deal with symptoms naturally. As women we’ve all worn tight underwire bras to look sexy. The pendulum for breast health is swinging the other way. These tight, often uncomfortable bras can reduce the healthy flow of blood and lymph fluids in our breast tissue. It’s time to ditch the underwire bras in favor of more comfortable bras—or better yet—no bras at all like many of us do at home on the weekends. The article also features information on implants and a quick checklist on “bust musts” for cancer prevention. There is also an inspiring sidebar about Sandy Messonnier’s triumph over breast cancer. We hope the information we share will enable you to make healthier choices. The second focus beautifully connects us with natural childbirth. It’s surprising to learn that in 1900, 95 percent of all births were homebirths with midwives. In recent years (2013) 32.7 percent of all births in the U.S. are done by Caesarian delivery and 90 percent in hospitals. Midwives deliver less than 10 percent of births. Thankfully, that trend is shifting as more women opt for natural childbirth options. For women with low risk pregnancies, at-home births are a far better alternative for mother, baby and their birthing process. Birthing centers are a great option for those who want to experience a natural or warm water birth while still having the back up of doctors and nurse midwives. Please, read the profile by Dar A Luz Birth & Health Center in Albuquerque on page 20 or visit if you live in Santa Fe (ad on page 19). As usual we are blessed with so many great events to choose from in our calendar section. One really important event is the March against Monsanto that is taking place across the country on May 23. The global brief on page 16 shares local information. It’s also a great opportunity to meet others that share your concern for personal and planetary health. Happy Mother’s Day to all that raised and care for our children!

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he New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts is excited to announce several upcoming events and classes. Events include a “Tapping into Wealth” intro evening with Ellen Shapiro being held at 6:30 p.m. on May 2. Participants will learn to improve their financial health and their relationship to themselves in this fourweek transformational group. In addition, a two-day “Craniosacral: Pelvic Integration” workshop will be held May 16-17 where attendees will learn how to release myofascial holding patterns in order to gain access to the craniosacral system. Ongoing classes include free essential oils classes on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m.; all-levels vinyasa flow yoga with Erin Giguere on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and craniosacral practice sessions from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts will also have a booth at the Green Expo being held May 16 at Railyard Farmer’s Market. Visit the Natural Awakenings calendar to learn more about each of these events. Location: 501 Franklin Ave., Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-982-6271 or visit See ad on page 2.

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elly Chisholm, financial therapist and money coach, will host a webinar entitled “Where’s My Money? How your Money Personality may be Sabotaging your Bank Account” on May 20. The seminar, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to anyone struggling with the decisions and actions they make regarding money. “Do you have money concerns?” asks Chisholm. “Do thoughts of money and financial struggles keep you up at night? The Greek expression ‘know thyself’ is vital when it comes to your personal relationship with money. ” According to Chisolm, each person has a “money personality” that is created from their history, cultural and social influences. “Your money personality dictates how, when and why you spend your money, and the critical activities of saving, investing and earning,” she explains. “Many of us carry a great deal of shame and guilt around money, which in turn affects our decisions. Knowing what your money personality is, and how it guides you, is crucial to being successful with your money, no matter what your financial situation is.” All participants will receive a bonus recording of the seminar. Cost: Free. Registration is required. For more information or to register, go to (insert link to registration page) or call 505-974-0104. See ad on page 10.

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oin fellow pioneering souls at Hummingbird Community in June for two retreats that respond to this yearning to nurture our souls and support our mutual awakening. “Something new is arising on Earth at this time,” says Hummingbird Community co-founder Katharine Roske.” Individuals all over the world are awakening to the Impulse of Evolution as their own yearning to connect with others and grow in love, creativity and expanded awareness—to become their full potential selves.” The first retreat, “Living Co-Creation” being held June 3 to 7, offers a deep immersion in the practices of cocreation. “At this retreat we will maintain a resonant field that calls forth our love-intelligence and creates an experience of expanded awareness, embodied presence and connection with others,” explains Roske. “Coming Home Together” with Barbara Marx Hubbard, being held June 10 to 14, is a unique opportunity to incarnate a deeper experience of the Divine through the potency of joining with kindred spirits committed to personal and collective evolution. “Hummingbird is the first community dedicated to conscious evolution and cocreation. It represents the heart and soul of the co-creative movement,” says Hubbard.

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fter nearly 10 years of community events and spiritual curriculum at their Camino de Monte Rey location, The Center for Inner Truth (CFIT) has landed at their new home-sweet-home in the Second Street Studios in Santa Fe. “The new dwelling is just as cozy as the old one, with a larger classroom and meeting area, but also offers a lively, creative and bustling community,” says Juli Somers, CFIT director. According to Somers, “A group of us came together recently and recommitted to the vision of CFIT. It is our belief that our not-for-profit spiritual organization offers a unique service and curriculum for people interested in expanding their consciousness in a very grounded and practical community.” An official Open House will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on May 24. “There will be refreshments, snacks, laughs and a chance to win half of our 50-50 prosperity raffle,” says Somers. In addition, five minute readings and healings will be offered from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Center For Inner Truth is now located at 1807 Second Street, Unit #84. For more information, call 505-920-4418 or visit See ad on page 28.

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newsbriefs Inaugural Angel Fire Running Adventure July Fourth


ick off July fourth weekend with the inaugural Angel Fire Adventure, Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Happy Feet Kids Run being held July 4 in Angel Fire, New Mexico. This fun, family-friendly event is perfect for a weekend getaway. Angel Fire, located in the northeast corner of New Mexico, is situated at 8,300 feet and boasts amazing natural beauty—a

true runner’s paradise. The marathon begins at 7 a.m.; the half marathon at 7:15 a.m.; and the 5K at 8 a.m. Low entry fees will be in effect through May 31 in addition to discounted Angel Fire Resort rooms, condos and activities for participants and their families. Angel Fire also offers many non-running activities to fit everyone’s needs. To register, and for more details, visit AngelFireAdventure. com.

Cancer Survivorship Conference and Celebration


eople Living Through Cancer’s 28th Survivorship Conference and Celebration is being held June 20 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque. The conference continues to grow, drawing more than 250 childhood and adult cancer survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals to attend workshops and panel discussions with experts in cancer treatment, nutrition and wellness, and lifestyle challenges. Speakers include Dr. Amit Garg presenting on The Mind and Body; Dr. Charles Wiggins, Progress of Cancer Treatment and Survival Curves; Dr. Linda Butros, Healthcare After Treatment and Survivorship Care Plans; Mindy Whetsel and Genevieve Hawk, Stress Reduction and Nutrition; and Niki Varlotta, RN, OCN, WCC, and Tracy Whitworth RN, BSN, CHPN, OCN, Sexuality and Intimacy. Childhood cancer survivors, along with their siblings and friends, can enjoy a day away from treatment and have the opportunity to play, swim, make crafts and be “normal” while under the supervision of health and childcare professionals. All Survivorship Conference and Celebration attendees receive breakfast, snacks, lunch and cake. Cost: Free for all cancer survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals and members of the community. To register, visit See ad on page 22.

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arvard Medical School researchers working at the Massachusetts General Hospital have determined that meditation can improve brain health. The researchers studied 16 volunteers that took part in an eight-week mindfulness meditation study at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. The participants conducted mindfulness meditation exercises for an average of 27 minutes a day. Before and after the trial, the subjects were given tests and magnetic resonance imaging of their brains. The researchers found that the practice of mindfulness meditation resulted in increased gray matter density in the hippocampus of the brain, an area associated with increased memory and learning capacity, plus a greater sense of compassion and introspection.

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aving a healthier partner may be one of the best things to do for our own health. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine finds that losing weight, stopping smoking or becoming more active is easier with a partner that has led the way in any or all healthy pursuits. The study authors reviewed data collected by the UK Health Behavior Research Center at the University College London that followed 3,700 couples between 2002 and 2012—most of them ages 50 and older and married. Those that smoked at the beginning of the study were more likely to quit by the end of it if their partners quit smoking, and those that were physically inactive at the beginning of the study were more likely to become active if their partners did so first. About two-thirds of the men became newly active during the course of the study. Men with wives that had lost weight were more likely to also shed pounds during the study, and women with husbands that didn’t lose weight were less likely to do so through the study period.

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In this workshop we will focus on how our interconnection with the Earth relates to our personal and collective ecological leadership. We will reflect upon our habits, practices and insights as we investigate how we live in relationship to the Earth and how we are responding to our current ecological crisis. Through qigong, creative exercises, writing, guided visualization and partner and small group work we will develop personal and collective practices and a vision for embodied and compassionate ecological leadership. This workshop is the third in a three-part series, Our Sacred Bodies, building our personal and collective capacity for ecological leadership through fostering connections between our sensual body, relational human body, and the larger Earth body.

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oin over 3.5 million people in over 600 protests worldwide in the March Against Monsanto being held May 23 in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Participants will gather at 10:45 a.m. at the Downtown Growers’ Market in Albuquerque. The march to Tigeux Park begins at 11:15 a.m. and ends at the Bees and Seeds Festival at noon. The event features music, speakers, a seed swap and bee and seed art. In Santa Fe, the rally begins at noon at the Farmers’ Market. At 1 p.m. participants will march to several key points and end at The Plaza. March Against Monsanto aims to bring awareness to GMO crops, demand labeling of all GMO foods, address global hunger, and show support for local farms, bees and biodiversity. To contribute, visit For more details, like March Against Monsanto on Facebook.

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Stores Filled with Toxic Products HealthyStuff, a project of the Michiganbased Ecology Center, in collaboration with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions (CHS), has released a report, A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Discount Retailers are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals, about toxic chemicals found in dollar store products. It includes test results for 164 dollar store products such as toys, jewelry, school supplies and household items and found that 81 percent contained at least one hazardous chemical above a level that generates concern. The campaign sent a letter to the CEOs of the four largest dollar store chains, including Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and 99 Cents Only, urging them to stop the sale of these unsafe products, especially to communities of low-income and ethnic families that already live in more polluted areas and food deserts, and adopt policies that will instead protect both customers and their own businesses. Combined, these discount chains have annual sales totaling more than $36 billion and operate more stores nationally than Walmart. The CHS is asking for a comprehensive set of reforms; communities need to let dollar store chains know that they want safer products and join local and national efforts advocating for nontoxic products. Scroll to Dollar Store Report at Healthy for the complete test results. Take action at


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Companies Slowly Embrace Sustainability The 2015 State of Green Business report (Tinyurl. com/2015GreenBusinessReport), which assesses the environmental performances of companies worldwide, along with the trends to watch, is produced by GreenBiz, in partnership with Trucost. Collectively, companies have been nibbling at the edges of challenges such as climate change, food security, ecosystems preservation and resource efficiency. One measure of corporate engagement going forward will be proactive involvement on political issues that could accelerate the transition to a low-carbon and more sustainable economy. It remains to be seen whether companies can afford to sit on the sidelines, letting the political process unfold, or worse, play defense against changes that might roil their status quo. 2015 will be an interesting year on multiple fronts, especially with the launch of the new sustainable development goals at the United Nations (UN) in New York this fall, along with UN climate talks in Paris in December. Both will be tests of corporate engagement and resolve in driving the kinds of change many of their CEOs publicly call for. The reports’ findings of companies’ progress in greenhouse gas and emissions, air pollutants, water use and solid waste production are all leveling off or even declining.

ecotip Raised Right Organic Flowers Honor Mom and Mother Earth The Mother’s Day tradition of gifting mom with flowers, including such perennial favorites as lilies, orchids, tulips and roses, can be practiced in a sustainable manner. Buying organic varieties protects workers, families and the environment. Flowers grown with conventional techniques contribute to the contamination of groundwater and streams through fertilizer and pesticide runoff that can also threaten animal species. Many of the cut flowers are grown in South America, where farms continue to use pesticides that are restricted in the U.S. and cited as highly toxic by the World Health Organization. provides several helpful tips on bringing joy to mom on her special day in eco-friendly ways: Grow Your Own. Buy organic bulbs or seeds in consumer seed catalogs and retail racks or online from reputable sources that include Children can then grow their own flowers to make them mean even more. Tips for natural weed and pest control, environmentally friendly watering, making raised garden beds and more are posted at Buy Local and Organic. Support local communities and save shipping costs and energy by purchasing chemical-free organic flowers from a local farmers’ market or community supported agriculture. Online retailers like and LocalHarvest. org/organic-flowers.jsp offer U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic flowers. Ask Local Florists to Go Organic. Find out if local florists purchase any organic and local flowers, and if not, request that they do so. Also, eschew plastic wraps and vases for eco-friendly flowers to avoid toxic ingredients and the carbon manufacturing footprint. Fun options to hold and showcase the gift include old, recycled Mason and glass jars and bottles or an artistic vase from an estate sale or antique or thrift shop.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved cyantraniliprole, a new systemic pesticide that is toxic to bees, for agricultural use and has set allowable residue limits on almonds, berries, leafy vegetables and milk. The EPA also approved it as a seed treatment, so it may show up in GMO (genetically modified) seeds in the future. Cyantraniliprole has been proven to cause liver toxicity, and the EPA notes that it also alters the stability of the thyroid as tested on laboratory rats. Although the agency maintains that the pesticide is not a direct thyroid toxicant, any indirect effects on this glandular function are likely to disrupt the endocrine system. As its current endocrine disruptor screening program is still in the process of validating tests, EPA registration of the new active ingredient is questionable. Source:

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Our True Identity Surpasses Any Disease by Eric Nelson


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et down off your cross.” Harsh words, especially coming from a longtime hospital chaplain when the woman she was addressing had just learned she was cancer-free. Regardless, “Within two minutes, she started retelling the story of her diagnosis, surgery and chemo,” recounted Debra Jarvis, affectionately known as “The Irreverent Reverend”, during a TEDMED talk in Washington, D.C. “She was using words like suffering, agony, struggle... and ended with, ‘I felt crucified.’” It was then that Jarvis asked this woman to do what would likely require more of her than anything she’d done before. Over the years, Jarvis has observed the tendency for us to identify ourselves by our wounds as “survivors” of something that does not and should not define us. “What if people decided to claim their trauma as an experience, instead of taking it on as an identity?” she queries. “Maybe it would be the start of defining ourselves by who we have become and who we are becoming.” As Jarvis well knows, there are, in her words, “powerful forces” pushing us to do just the opposite. In 2005, she found herself in the same position as her friend, having recovered from cancer and trying to sort out what it all meant. “We don’t all have to start a foundation or write a book,” to

claim meaning for ourselves, she says. “Maybe we make one small decision that can bring about a big change.” For some, this has meant exchanging a disease-prone view of themselves for a more inspired outlook. Too often, though, mustering the humility to adopt such a perspective can seem just as difficult as climbing down from whatever tortuous experience we’re clinging to. Yet, it’s essential. As those familiar with the Bible know, a central event of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, was followed by his even more compelling resurrection, a term that thought leader Mary Baker Eddy describes as “spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality, or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.” The good news is that such transformation is not exclusive, but available to anyone. Whether it’s at the urging of a chaplain or another counselor or our own divine inspiration that’s encouraging us to move on, we owe it to ourselves to begin discovering who and what we really are. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Petaluma, CA, who writes on the link between spiritual consciousness and health. Find more articles at


Giving Birth Naturally Conscious Choices Lead to Less Intervention by Meredith Montgomery

moms seek out a midwife’s services because they don’t want to repeat the conventional hospital experience that accompanied their first baby’s arrival. When actress Ricki Lake gave birth to her second child in her home bathtub with the assistance of a midwife, she felt empowered by doing it on her own terms. “Giving birth wasn’t an illness, something that needed to be numbed. It was something to be experienced,” she says. When women let their bodies naturally lead, labor can last as little as 20 minutes or as long as two weeks, and the spectrum of pain intensity is equally broad. A healthy prenatal lifestyle that prepares a mom-to-be for a natural physical, emotional and spiritual experience of childbirth is highly beneficial.

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abor and delivery is a natural process that can be enjoyed. “It’s not something to be afraid of,” says Mel Campbell, author of The Yoga of Pregnancy. “It’s a wonderful and beautiful experience. We need to remember that the body is designed for giving birth.” Natural childbirth uses few or no artificial medical interventions such as drugs, continuous fetal monitoring, forceps delivery or episiotomies (cuts to enlarge the vaginal opening). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 32.7 percent of deliveries were by Cesarean section in 2013—most performed in situations where a vaginal birth would have posed a relatively low risk to the health of mother and child. Entirely natural childbirth is now rare here compared with other countries, but that wasn’t always the case. In 1900, 95 percent of all U.S. births took place in the home; when more moved to hospitals here in the early 20th century, midwives still typically handled the delivery in other countries, sometimes without a doctor present. In America, obstetrics became a profession and a doctor-attended birth in a hospital was promoted as a safer alternative. By 1938, half of domestic births took place in hospitals, and by 1960 it rose to 97 percent. Currently, midwives attend less than 8 percent of births here, and fewer than 1 percent occur outside a hospital. Natural labor and delivery in a hospital is possible, but, “It’s hard to have an unmedicated birth in many hospitals if you don’t know your rights, understand your physiology and have a doula by your side helping you avoid unnecessary interventions,” says Ina May Gaskin, a pioneering midwife and author of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Key factors to discuss include fetal monitoring, intravenous tubes and the option to eat or drink during labor.

“Pregnancy’s not the time to overexert yourself; let go of the temptation to overachieve and instead practice breathing and mindfulness,” advises Campbell. “If you’re experiencing morning sickness, try to embrace it and how it serves you. By doing so, you’ll be more in tune with your body. These lessons are gifts you can take with you into labor.”  She reminds women that the baby is always getting nourishment from all that mom eats and breathes in, and also feeds off of her feelings and emotions. “The more we can feel at peace with ourselves and incorporate the baby into our being, the more we feel a connection and union,” she says. “It’s vital that you let your body’s innate wisdom be your guide and respect any cues it may give.” Campbell guides expectant mothers through a yoga

Benefits of Home Births

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ar a Luz Birth & Health Center is Albuquerque’s only nationally accredited freestanding birth center. “We focus on natural and no or low intervention birth where women are encouraged to birth the way that feels best to them,” says founder Abigail Lanin Eaves, CNM. “We specialize in water birth and facilitating optimal support that is individualized for each mother.” Prenatal care, labor support and birth, postpartum and newborn care is attended by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and designed to be family centered. According to Eaves, a birth center is a home-like environment that supports women in their natural birthing process. The environment in the center shifts the focus to birth being a normal life process rather than a medical event. However, birthing centers utilize any intervention necessary that is appropriate for out of hospital care such as oxygen, suction, emergency medications for mothers and babies, as well as CPR equipment. Dar a Luz currently has four CNMs who provide prenatal, labor and birth support, postpartum, newborn and lactation care. CNMs are trained in the normalcy of pregnancy and birth, health promotion and disease prevention and to recognize when something is no longer normal. “Our CNMs are available 24/7 to all of our clients,” assures Eaves. Dar a Luz has 10 other staff members including three registered nurses who work in the clinic and attend births, two full-time administrative staff, four educational instructors and one licensed mental healthcare worker. Dar a Luz also offers comprehensive well women care including Pap smears, annual exams, STD screening and treatment, and pre-conception counseling. “We offer many classes that focus on childbirth education, breastfeeding and newborn care as well as free support groups that include groups for new parents, birth trauma, or pregnancy or infant loss,” adds Eaves.

practice that embraces the changes occurring each trimester. For example, a more physical practice in the second trimester utilizes the surge of energy to build stamina and strength, while opening the heart, hips and pelvis. Complementary relaxation techniques for labor include breathing practices, visualization, meditation and massage. When a mother isn’t connected to monitors and tubes, she’s free to experiment with positions and props such as balls, bars and pillows, plus a warm shower or bath. If a hospital birth is planned, Gaskin notes that labor often slows once a woman leaves the comfort of home, and recommends laboring at home as long as possible. There is no way to predict the course of labor and delivery when women let nature take the lead. Campbell, a mother of three, says, “I tried to focus on the intention of what I wanted for my birthing experience, while also surrendering expectations, knowing that I would have whatever type of birth I was supposed to have.” She adds, “The breath is the most important thing—it keeps us in the moment, helps us to relax and supports us through labor.” While the home birth option is important to America’s new generation of trailblazing women, it’s also significant on a macro level. Gaskin explains, “It’s hard for staff to change routine practices in hospitals but home births make innovation possible.” Home births demonstrated that women don’t require routine episiotomies and have shown how maternal mobility and position changes can help labor progress and free badly stuck babies (earlier methods often injured mother and child). Gaskin has found, “Wherever and however you decide to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, mind, body and spirit for the rest of your life. No one should have a home birth who doesn’t want one, but it must be one of the choices.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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RETHINKING BREAST HEALTH Natural ways to keep breasts smooth, pain-free and firm, while reducing the risk of cancer. by Lisa Marshall


e’ve been conditioned to narrowly define breast health in terms of pink ribbon campaigns, cancer awareness marches and cold, steel mammography machines. Nearly 30 years after anticancer drug maker Imperial Chemical Industries (now AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals) established the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 1985, many women have come to equate healthy breasts with cancer-free breasts, and assume the most important thing they can do is undergo regular screening. But amid this chorus, some women’s health advocates are striving to get a different message across: There are a host of steps women can take to not only fend off disease in the future, but keep their breasts in optimal condition today. “We need to change the conversation about our breasts from how to avoid breast cancer and detect it early to how to have healthy breasts and enjoy them,” says Dr. Christiane Northrup, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Yarmouth, Maine, and author of the new book Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being.

Healthy Breasts, Healthy Body

In adolescence, breast changes are the first to signal the arrival of womanhood. When she’s aroused, a woman’s nipples harden and change color. When a woman gives birth, her breasts fill with life-giving milk. “In all these ways, your breasts are deeply connected to your femininity, compassion and sensuality,” says Hawaiian Naturopathic Doctor Laurie Steelsmith, co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health. Because

breasts are extremely sensitive to hormonal fluctuations throughout the body, they can also serve as a barometer of overall health. “If you’re having chronic breast symptoms, it can be your body’s wisdom saying, ‘Help. Something’s wrong.’ Women need to listen.” While some premenstrual swelling and tenderness is normal, exaggerated or persistent pain is often a sign of systemic estrogen dominance in relation to progesterone. It’s common in the years leading up to menopause, but can also hint at impaired thyroid function, because low levels of thyroid hormones have been shown to boost estrogen in breast tissue, advises Steelsmith. Large, fluid-filled cysts or fibrous lumps, while non-cancerous, can also be a reflection of overexposure to harmful chemicals and toxin buildup, combined with poor lymph flow, notes Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, an integrative physician in Greensboro, North Carolina. “If a woman has lumpy, bumpy breasts, they probably contain too many toxins, and those toxins are primarily estrogenic.” Addressing such symptoms is important not only to relieve discomfort, but also because excess estrogen can fuel future cancer risk, says Vaughan. Any new, suspicious lump should be evaluated by a professional. Also, severe breast

tenderness combined with nipple discharge could be a sign of infection or a problem with the pituitary gland, so it should also be checked. But typically, subtle natural healthcare steps can go a long way toward restoring breast wellness. For nipple tenderness, Steelsmith recommends chaste-tree berry (175 milligrams [mg] of powdered extract or 40 drops daily). The herbal supplement mimics naturally occurring progesterone in the body, helping to counter estrogen dominance. Vitamin E (400 to 800 international units [IU] per day) and evening primrose oil (1,500 mg twice a day) have also been shown to alleviate breast tenderness. For fibrous or cyst-filled breasts, Vaughan advises supplementing with iodine (up to 12.5 mg per day via kelp, seaweed or oral tablets) or applying an iodine solution to the breasts at night. A key constituent of thyroid hormones, iodine helps the liver convert unfriendly forms of estrogen into friendlier forms and flush toxins out of lymph nodes in the breast. Also, steer clear of chocolate and coffee, because caffeine is believed to interact with enzymes in the breast, exaggerating pain and lumpiness. Also consider ditching the bra, says Vaughan. Brassieres can constrict lymph nodes and

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hinder blood circulation in breasts, locking toxins in and aggravating fibrocystic symptoms. The link between bras and breast cancer risk remains hotly debated, with one 2014 U.S. National Cancer Institute study of 1,400 women concluding unequivocally that, “There’s no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer,” while smaller studies from the United States, China, Venezuela, Scotland and Africa suggest a link. Vaughan, the founder of BraFree. org, says the science is compelling enough that she has chosen to keep her own bra use to a minimum and advises her patients to do the same. “Obviously, there are certain sports where you should wear a sports bra and there are certain dresses that only look right with a bra,” says Vaughan. At a minimum, avoid wearing a bra to bed and steer clear of underwires and overly tight bras that leave red marks. “This is not about guilt-tripping women into never wearing a bra. It’s about wearing a bra less.”

Beautiful Breasts Naturally

Too small or too big, lopsided or riddled with stretch marks… it seems almost every woman has a complaint about the appearance of her breasts. That’s a problem, says Northrup, because, “Healthy breasts are breasts that are loved. We have to stop beating them up.” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of women getting breast implants for cosmetic reasons ballooned from 212,500 in 2000 to 286,254 in 2014. Physicians—including Northrup—claim that modern implants don’t, in the majority of cases, promote disease

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like older silicone implants did. Yet even plastic surgeons warn that having implants should be fully thought out, and at some point they’ll probably have to come out. “They are manmade devices, and are not intended to be lifelong. At some point, you will probably have to have further surgery,” says Dr. Anureet Bajaj, an Oklahoma City plastic surgeon. Bajaj notes that implants can rupture, forming scar tissue and lending irregular shape to the breast. Often, as a woman ages and her body changes, the larger breasts she chose in her 20s no longer look right and may cause back and shoulder pain. In some cases, implants can also lead to loss of nipple sensitivity. For these and other reasons, 23,774 women—including actress Melissa Gilbert and model Victoria Beckham—had their implants removed in 2014, often following up with a breast lift (using their own tissue) to restore their shape. Vaughan sees breast implant removal as a wise and courageous choice to restore optimal breast health. Better yet, don’t get implants in the first place. “There are a lot of other things you can do to improve the appearance of your breasts,” she advises. Vaughan recommends breast-perking exercises like dumbbell bench presses and flys that tone the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts, making them more resilient and look larger. To prevent or reverse sagging, she again urges women to go bra-free. “We have ligaments in the upper outer quadrant of our breasts called Cooper’s ligaments, and they’re responsible for holding our breasts up. Just like your muscles atrophy when you put your arm in a sling, your Cooper’s ligaments atrophy if you wear a bra all the time.” In one unpublished, yet highly publicized 2013 study, French Exercise Physiologist Jean-Denis Rouillon measured the busts of 330 women ages 18 to 35 over a period of 15 years and found those that regularly wore a bra had droopier breasts with lower nipples than those that didn’t. In another, smaller, Japanese study, researchers found that when women stopped wearing a bra for three months, their breasts perked up. Those worried about stretch marks also have options. They can be a sign of inadequate copper, which promotes collagen integrity and helps skin stretch without injury, says Steelsmith. If rapid weight gain is occurring due to adolescence, pregnancy or for other reasons, try taking copper supplements or applying a topical copper spray on the breasts. Remember to massage your breasts daily, not only as a “search and destroy mission” for early detection of cancerous lumps, says Northrup, but as a way to get waste products flowing out and loving energy flowing in. “It concerns me that women feel pressured to think of their breasts as two potentially pre-malignant lesions sitting on their chests,” Northrup says. “These are organs of nourishment and pleasure for both ourselves and others. We need to remember that, too.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Bust Musts for Cancer Prevention by Lisa Marshall


ccording to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 will die annually of the disease. But at least 38 percent of those diagnoses could be prevented via diet and lifestyle changes, affirms the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). “For decades, the dominant public message about breast cancer has been about early detection,” says Medical Doctor Robert Pendergrast, an associate professor at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, and author of Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk with Foods You Love. “Screening is important, but not nearly enough attention is being paid to prevention.” Here’s what we can do to keep cancer at bay or from recurring. Eat more veggies: Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, are loaded with indole-3-carbinol, or I3C, a potent anticancer compound that helps break down excess estrogen and convert it into a more friendly, or benign form, says Steelsmith. One study in Alternative Medicine Review found that women that ate high amounts of cruciferous vegetables were 30 percent less likely to develop breast cancer over 30 years. I3C can also be taken as a supplement (300 milligrams [mg] per day). Eat more fiber, especially flax: Fiber, via whole grains, fruits and vegetables, helps flush out toxins including unfriendly estrogen. Flax contains cancer-fighting compounds called lignans, which block the effects of excess or unfriendly estrogen on cells. Drink less alcohol: Alcohol boosts estrogen levels in women and is broken down in the liver to acetaldehyde, a known toxin that causes cancer in laboratory animals, notes Naturopath Laurie Steelsmith. According to the AICR, a woman that has five drinks per week boosts her risk by 5 percent. Two or more drinks per day boosts such risk by more than 40 percent.

Skip the barbecue: Charring meat produces carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines. A study of 42,000 women, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that those that routinely ate welldone hamburger, beef or bacon had four times the risk of those that opted for medium or medium-rare.

Keep weight in check: Excessive estrogen, which lives in fat cells, fuels cancer risk. According to the AICR, a woman with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 (obese) has a 13 percent higher risk of cancer than a woman with a BMI of 25 (slightly overweight). Spice up life: Curcumin from the turmeric plant has been shown in many studies to have potent immune-boosting and anticancer properties, reactivating sleeping tumor-suppressor genes that can kill cancer cells. De-stress: Growing evidence that includes studies from Ohio State University suggest that stress can boost the risk of breast cancer and recurrence, plus heighten its aggressiveness by altering hormones and impairing immunity. One study from Finland’s University of Helsinki followed 10,808 Finnish women for 15 years and found as much as double the rate of breast cancer among those that had experienced a divorce or death of a spouse or family member. Drink green tea: It’s loaded with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent antioxidant believed to suppress new blood vessel growth in tumors and keep cancerous cells from invading healthy tissue.

Triumph Over The ‘Big C’ by Lisa Marshall


hen Sandy Messonnier was diagnosed with breast cancer, she faced scary treatment decisions as doctors pressured her to consider all means available. “I was more afraid of the treatment than the cancer itself,” says Messonnier, 52, of Plano, Texas. “I kept feeling like I was being lumped into one big category of all women that got breast cancer, rather than treated as an individual.” With the help of her holistic veterinarian husband Shawn Messonnier, Sandy took a more measured approach, blending conventional and complementary medicine in an individualized protocol the couple describes in their

book, Breast Choices for the Best Chances: Your Breasts, Your Life, and How You Can Win the Battle! After careful consideration, Sandy opted for two lumpectomies three weeks apart, instead of a mastectomy, to remove the small tumor. The second one was done to clear up a few remaining cells indicated by a biopsy. Meanwhile, she took supplements including green tea and coriolus mushrooms to impede the spread of the cancer cells. Several tests helped determine if she needed chemotherapy and the optimum dose for some of her supplements. The results

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prompted her to decline chemotherapy and opt for a brief stint of radiation while taking the supplements quercetin and curcumin to help combat the fatigue and other side effects. Afterward, she cleansed her body with homeopathic mistletoe, herbal milk thistle and other detoxifying supplements. Then she began the work of keeping cancer at bay. “A lot of doctors never talk to you about what you are going to do after the poisoning [chemo], the burning and surgery,” she says. “Rather than taking a cancer-fighting drug, I chose to be more mindful of what I do with my body.” Her regimen called for committing to keeping up with the healthy diet, plus regular walks, yoga and Pilates that she believes helped keep the cancer relatively mild to begin with. But she also made some life changes to address the one thing she believes may have driven the outbreak in the first place—stress. She made peace with her mother, which reduced a lot of stress, began to cultivate a spiritual life and now takes time to meditate or walk when she feels even lightly stressed. She also vowed to keep the fear of recurrence from overwhelming her. “Many women never stop worrying about it,” she observes. “That is toxic energy you are putting back into your body.” As of this October, Messonnier will be five years cancer-free. Her advice for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer: “Chemotherapy, radiation and mastectomy are not among the right choices for all women. There are other options, depending on the type of cancer. Don’t be so fearful that you make hasty decisions you don’t need to make.”

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A Mother’s Guide to Natural Childbirth by Meredith Montgomery


etermining the best birth setting for a mother necessitates sound planning. If an unmedicated birth is a goal, these insights may help in making decisions. Home birth takes place in the comfort of home, typically with the assistance of a midwife, and is suitable for a healthy woman with a low-risk pregnancy. She is able to wear her own clothing and eat as she pleases. Because monitoring of mother and baby is done intermittently, she is free to move around. Confirm the midwife’s certification with the American Midwifery Certification Board and confirm the midwife’s training and experience; ask how many home births she’s attended and which obstetricians she consults. Discuss the signs and symptoms that might necessitate a move to the hospital and how quickly it can be done. While a midwife’s fee is often far less than the cost of a hospital birth, not all insurance companies cover home births. A birth center provides personalized, family-centered care in a homelike environment for healthy women. Practitioners follow principles of problem prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention and cost-effectiveness. A certified nursemidwife typically delivers the baby, but the collaborative practice team also

includes obstetricians, pediatricians and other specialists. Mothers experience personal freedoms similar to a home birth, and tubs for water births are usually available, plus other birthing props such as squatting bars, stools and balls. The center should be accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Birth Centers. Inquire what the protocol for care will be if complications arise, learn what the center’s charges for care cover and confirm if the family’s insurance policy will pay for the services provided. A hospital generally has access to the latest medical technology, making it a preferred option for medium-to-highrisk pregnancies. With proper preparations, an unmedicated birth is possible in this traditional setting. Investigate their rates of Cesarean births and episiotomies and the determining parameters. To allow for an active labor, request intermittent fetal monitoring, avoid intravenous fluids and ask about the availability of birthing props. Become familiar with hospital policies, such as who can be in the delivery room and whether the baby will stay with mom after the birth. If a nurse midwife is not on staff, consider hiring a doula to assist in preparing for and carrying out the family’s birth plan.

Qigong Healing and Universal Oneness: An Interview with Jeff Primack, Founder of the Qi Revolution Conference


nterviewer Kathy Rivera Wallace, TV talk show host who regularly interviews leading wellness experts, recently caught up with qigong teacher Jeff Primack. Primack, who has studied with qi masters from all over the world and has taught more than 50,000 people at live Qi Revolution conferences across the U.S., will be coming to Santa Fe June 13-16 for the largest qigong event in the Southwest.

KRW: I found the qi so life-changing. Can you outline the overall essence of qigong for newcomers? JP: The first goal of qigong is to absorb external qi in the air we breathe and live inside of. Breathing techniques and grace-

ful movements harness and absorb this energy directly. Your personal energy is internal qi and this builds up quickly with practice and eventually “Overflows the Dan Tien.”

KRW: I attended the Qi Revolution conference before and was blown away seeing so many different types of people practicing together. What makes learning qigong in big groups more powerful and what do you think has allowed you to reach such a large audience? JP: Where two are more are gathered a unified qi field exists. Qigong breaks through people’s doubt with a tangible magnetic force. When a few thousand people practice qigong in a convention center ballroom…the group energy from all the focused people make the qi far stronger than what we can achieve alone. The most spiritually profound practices are breathing exercises that deliver a type of euphoric high from the oxygen and energy absorption. Part of our success in sharing qigong comes from the use of video-animation and specialized music allowing people to feel and connect to qi powerfully, which is the most important factor. natural awakenings

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KRW: You’re currently teaching a foodhealing class with Claudia Gabrielle, MD. How does the medical community respond to your teachings on using food to reverse specific diseases? JP: To be honest, when I first began teaching Food-Healing in 2005 there was less interest from physicians than now. Due to more scientific studies now backing the food-protocols I’ve shared the last 10 years, I have a lot more attention from doctors and have certified many in our Conquering Any Disease Food Healing system. Dr. Claudia is a practicing IvyLeague physician who is currently suggesting components of our food healing protocols to interested patients. As a family practice doctor having seen over 70,000 patients, Dr. Claudia brings wisdom and feels it is time to change people’s health at the food level. KRW: When I attended the Qi Revolution my favorite posture was the “Qi Ball”. I felt like I was carrying a magnetic orb of energy. What significance does this posture have? JP: Our hands are like mirrors reflecting light back and forth. The Qi Ball posture is 10 times stronger if palms are aligned correctly, i.e. not having one palm more forward. Learning to align your hands/ body allows you to build a higher magnetic charge, which most people get excited about. Kids are especially drawn to the Qi Ball and a few schoolteachers that I’ve trained share it in their classrooms. Aside from feeling cool, the qigong postures are shown to improve energy and resolve health issues. KRW: How can everyday people use qigong to reach their full potential?

Qi profoundly increases mind focus, because it changes us on the deepest level possible, the vibrational level. This everpresent force of qi belongs to no religion, yet is spiritual and available to all people willing to learn skillful breathing. Reaching our highest potential or enlightenment begins with being in charge of our own vibration and emotional state. KRW: How does food affect a person’s qi vibration, according to your teachings? JP: Eating raw fruits and veggies give us enzymes with lots of qi, however it is a source of dampness in Chinese medicine. Qigong views digestion like a cauldron of water boiling over a fire. If you put too much water/raw foods in the pot all at once it will take longer to boil. By not eating unto fullness and cooking we access more energy and qigong focuses on improving this “digestive fire”. Eating a high-phytochemical diet that is rich in deep colored foods, electron-abundant antioxidants and cooking with saturated fats is suggested.

JP: More than simply collecting qi, the gong is a change in our discipline and character. Awakening to God/nature’s presence in our daily lives is greatly supported by realizing we are energy.


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Laura Prepon’s Journey to Health Home Cooking, Organics and Massage Are Key

In Life and Business

by Gerry Strauss

How do you manage to consistently eat local organic food instead of fast food? My mother was a gourmet chef and an advocate of organic food, so we always had amazing meals growing up. Eating organic produce that’s in season locally seems to help me assimilate nutrition more readily. Whenever I can, I also try to tap into biodynamic agricul-

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rom That ‘70s Show to Orange is the New Black, actress Laura Prepon has long been considered by TV audiences to be a welcome image of health. Yet Prepon’s recent discovery that she’d been falling short in nourishing her body as effectively as possible has set in motion a complete redirection of lifestyle, from her diet to fitness routine. Now working on a book about clean living and eating due out next year, Prepon has rededicated herself to educating us just as much as she’s entertained us through the years.

ture, which takes an even broader holistic approach to food production and nutrition. I view GMOs [genetically modified foods] as toxic to the system.

As a selftaught chef, I like to cook at least 80 percent of my food at home and bring meals to work so I don’t stress about food during the day. It feels good to get people together in the kitchen and I’ve taught friends how to cook healthy foods in simple ways, so they now bring their own meals with them to work. It’s all about preparation, so that you’re not just grabbing something on the run. Knowing what’s going into the food we’re eating is important.

Why do you include a lot of soup in your diet? With all of the GMO food sprayed with chemicals in the typical American diet and the other environmental toxins everyone has to deal with, our gut flora, intestines and bodies in general are

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becoming compromised. Ten years ago, few had even heard of gluten allergies unless you had celiac disease, which was rare even then. Now, everywhere you go, there’s a gluten-free option. I love eating soup because the healthful ingredients I use are broken down completely, so the body can immediately assimilate needed micronutrients, which help heal us from the inside out. I’m talking about homemade broth from grass-fed beef bones, so you get the marrow; I’m partial to knuckle bones. I always have soup broth in my refrigerator.

What’s key to your ability to

naturally stay healthy and fit in the midst of an intense schedule of work and travel?

for medicating as a way to avoid listening to and addressing our body’s real needs?

I love modalities like acupuncture, massage … all of that. I fully believe in keeping energy flowing to benefit the functioning of all our organs.

I do. That’s why I study Eastern medicine, because I feel that Western medicine treats problems and Eastern medicine prevents problems from happening. I grew up in a family of doctors and “full-on” Western medicine and respect the medical community. Unfortunately, these days, most people are continually medicated and they’re not getting better. As a society, we tend to just take a drug to handle a symptom instead of addressing the actual cause of the problem.

As school kids, we learn about the circulatory system and central nervous system, but who knows much about the lymphatic system? It’s extremely important, and people are starting to get the idea. Activities like yoga, swimming and bouncing on the trampoline can help.

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Natural Steps to Nurture Immunity by Shawn Messonnier


ith pets, as with kids, vaccine safety and necessity are likely concerns. While holistic veterinarians tend to minimize the use of vaccines, their strongest stance is against unnecessary vaccinations. The point is to immunize only when it’s needed by individual patients while maximizing natural immunity. In the late 1970s, amid the discovery of the canine parvo virus, vets saw many puppies under 4 months of age suffer from this mysterious disease and die or be euthanized. Once a vaccine was made, we rarely saw pets dying from the parvo virus or parvoviral infection. So, in certain cases, vaccines can be life-saving. However, unnecessary and multiple simultaneous vaccines can also be life-taking, which doctors rarely mention. The truth is that only minimal vaccines are needed for dogs and cats

over the course of a pet’s life. No pet needs all of the vaccines that are currently manufactured, and none needs vaccines every six to 12 months. Pets do need veterinary checkups once or twice a year to screen for diseases affecting the liver, heart, kidneys, lungs and gastrointestinal and urinary systems, as well as cancer. Blood and urine testing, including blood testing for undiagnosed cancer, is vital, easy and inexpensive (every six months for pets 5 years and older and annually for those that are younger). A good protocol is akin to that developed by Dr. Jean Dodds, founder of Hemopet, of Garden Grove, California, a holistic veterinarian and an expert in animal vaccination and immunology. Her system involves administering limited vaccines to puppies and kittens based on their individual needs, and not more often than every three weeks for those younger than 8 weeks. Following this course, by 4 months of age the pet has been injected with four to six vaccines, compared to double to triple the amount supported by vaccine manufacturers and administered by breeders and most conventional doctors.

Such a judicious, limited vaccine protocol offers protection against the diseases that are the most lethal to the puppy or kitten while doing no harm to its natural immune system. As needed, individual pets may also receive a natural detoxification protocol to minimize vaccine reactions. Antioxidant supplements can boost the immune response, as well. Adult pet patients can also be given blood titer testing instead of vaccines. This measures the animal’s individual antibody responses to prior immunizations or common disease exposure and assures us the pet has adequate immunity against a specific disease. All of this assures the pet owner that the pet is protected against infectious diseases without the risks of annual multiple vaccinations. In most cases a protective titer is maintained for many years, which preempts disease and further reduces the number of vaccines the animal receives over its lifetime. Titer testing costs less than $100 for three common infectious diseases, is safer than routine immunization, protects the immune system, prevents vaccine reactions and assures owners, vets, boarding facilities, groomers and day care facilities that it’s safe to introduce the pet into such environments. This approach of minimal vaccinations is a prime reason holistic veterinarian patients tend to be healthier and live longer than the average pet, with even larger dogs regularly living in good health up to 15 to 20 years of age. Holistic veterinarians perform limited vaccines supplemented by titer testing to ensure levels of care that meet accepted standards. They base their approach on supportive science from institutions including the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners to provide safe, proven, ongoing immunity for patients. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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Finders Keepers

Upcycled Décor

by Avery Mack n Take cash to garage sales. Flea markets are more apt to take credit cards. Discounts may by possible with cash, which saves the seller the transaction fee.

Old and Oh-So-Stylish by Avery Mack

Search the words recycled, repurposed and upcycled on Pinterest, Etsy or any search engine to picture results ranked from simple-to-do to how-in-the-world astonishment. Light fixtures can be made from almost anything. Cookie jars and books turn into lamps, wine bottles become a chandelier—go homespun or industrial, follow a theme or incorporate a hobby. Freshen lamp shades using old sewing patterns, vintage fabrics or ribbon applied as découpage. A coat of paint transforms tacky, tarnished brass chandeliers into elegant décor. At a flea market, look for boxes of stainless forks, knives and spoons— avoid costly sterling silver that can tarnish. A drill, frame, wiring and bulb later, we can have an intriguing hanging light or lamp. Combining a chafing dish, silverware and assorted tea cups in a chandelier creates artful lighting.


Chairs are plentiful in garage and whole-house sales, flea markets and on Craigslist. Sometimes all that’s needed

Old dressers and desks are frequent throwaway finds. Often big and bulky, scratched and ugly, it’s easier to set them out for pickup than list them for sale. Paint can transform a desk that shows its age into a welcome addition to a home office. For added interest or to hide imperfections, découpage with maps, postcards, kid’s artwork, pages from beyond-repair cookbooks or old sheet music. Need a shelf above the



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n Negotiate. It’s expected and half the fun. But don’t offer an offensively low price. Ask, “What is the best you can do on this?” Then, making a slightly lower counteroffer is often acceptable. n Although the general theory of, “Buy it when you see it,” is sound advice, be prepared to walk away. n Set a budget and stick to it, especially at an auction. Smartphones can help research what price to offer. n Watch for posted signs around town; search “garage sale finder” or “flea market finder” (there’s an iTunes app for that). Locate auction and estate sales the same way, as well as in a local newspaper. Churches and organizations like the Veterans Administration, Elks Lodge, Lions Club and Scouts often organize sales as fundraisers. n Shop early for the best selection. Shop late for the lowest prices.

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is a coat of paint and fun fabric. New cushions, bought or made, are easy upgrades. Recovering a padded seat only requires the right amount of fabric and a sturdy staple gun. Mismatched chairs, painted a neutral color and redone with the same fabric, turn a mishmash of styles into a coordinated set. Chevron (zig zag) or checkerboard patterns in black and white are popular—understated, yet posh. Bright colors in a pop art style or 70s florals brighten any room and give the owner style points. Benches created from a bookcase, shortened dresser or car parts can be padded or plain and incorporate storage capacity. A child’s bench may have been a skateboard in its former life. When buying reclaimed wood, ask about its origin; factory pieces might still retain unhealthy contaminants. photo courtesy of Lit for a Queen/Etsy


ld furniture used to go to college dorms and student apartments. At graduation, it was moved to the curb to be picked up by incoming students or the trash man. Now, with the influx of TV shows like Flea Market Flip and American Pickers, the DIY Network, HGTV and complementary books and magazines, vintage and mid-century recyclables barely touch the curb before being reinvented. Lighting, storage and seating provide ample opportunities for one-of-a-kind creations of imagination, vision and innovation.

desk? A pair of old shutters works well; cast iron brackets add flair. Matching or complementary paint colors will make the pieces look like they belong together. Broken pieces of furniture can live on if cobbled together. A coffee table’s sturdy legs and frame, an old window and a little paint combine to furnish a unique table with built-in storage. To protect fragile glass and create an even surface, top with a sheet of Plexiglass or sturdy beveled-edge glass. Look beyond what is there and imagine what it could be. Ideas are everywhere, especially with spring cleanouts, garage sales and flea markets. Expect upcycling to become an obsession, because everything will become a possibility. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at


and ages 40 and 50, and my weight stays steady, some 60 pounds less than it once was,” she says. “Every year when I put away my winter clothes and get out my summer clothes, they fit.” Her eating strategy is easy, too. “Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,” says Moran, “mostly green with splashes of other bright colors from vegetables and fruits.” She eats green veggies in several ways. She makes her own green juices—one favorite combines celery, kale, apple and lemon juice. She also adds tender greens like romaine or spinach to smoothies that might also contain fruit and citrus juice. She steams greens with plenty of garlic and makes big salads. “I bought my salad bowl at a restaurant supply house,” Moran exclaims. Salads get an oomph factor with a selection of avocado, pumpkin or hemp seeds, mushrooms, chickpeas or red beans, artichoke hearts, chunks of steamed yam and sautéed tofu or tempeh. Moran cites benefits of more

EATING SKINNY Why Vegans and Vegetarians are Naturally Trim by Judith Fertig


e read the labels touting low sugar, carbs, fats and calories. We try this and that diet, hoping the pounds will melt away. Yet more than a third of U.S. adults, nearly 80 million of us, remain overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta. The problem might be that we’re getting the wrong advice. While most weight-loss plans focus on reducing calories, recent research shows that vegan and vegetarian dietary patterns can result in more weight loss than those that include meat, without even emphasizing caloric restriction. Scientists at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, point to their study, How Plant-Based Do We Need to Be to Achieve Weight Loss? Study participants were divided into five groups, according to eating style, from vegan to flexitarian to carnivore, and monitored for an eight-week period. At the end of the evaluation, those that followed an entirely plantbased diet achieved the greatest weight loss. Study leader Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., notes, “Many researchers agree that vegan eating styles are tied to lower BMI [body mass index], lower prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and less weight gain with age.” Can it really be that simple… eat more plants and lose weight? “Yes,” says clean food coach Jeannette Bessinger, of Newport, Rhode Island. “Most people could benefit from eating more vegetables.” Co-author of Natural Solutions for Digestive Health with Naturopath

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ~Michael Pollan Jillian Sarno Teta, Bessinger advises her clients to start by eating more green, leafy vegetables. Vegetables contribute to weight control in several ways, says Bessinger. They fill us up and help calm cravings. Plus, when plants become the bulk of what we eat, we naturally consume fewer high-fat, high-calorie foods. For an easy appetite-control strategy, Bessinger suggests having a cup of vegetable soup about 10 minutes before a meal. “It shuts off your appetite valve and you’ll eat noticeably less,” she says, while still feeling full. She also recommends slowing down and being mindful when we eat. Vegetables help us do that. “It takes two-and-a-half minutes to eat a piece of cheesecake, but much more time to eat a big salad,” she says.   For New York City-based Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and The Good Karma Diet, losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle became easier once she adopted a vegan diet. “I’ve been through life and loss

Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath. For something to be delicious, you have to be present to savor it; and presence is in attention and in the flow of breath. It begins in the mouth, and then it connects our heads to our bodies through our throats and into our lungs and tummies, a beautiful, connective cord of air. ~Anne Lamott

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energy to do more physical activity and “feeling really good” as additional outcomes of her dietary shift. Sophie Uliano, a Los Angelesbased natural beauty expert and author of the new Gorgeous for Good, agrees, believing that eating a vegan diet 80 percent of the time can pay dividends in weight loss, well-being, energy and beauty. “Most of the time, eat clean and healthy,” she recommends. “It’s not a diet. It’s a ‘live-it’, a way of life.” Uliano recently asked two colleagues on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show to try eating vegan, while also eliminating gluten,

alcohol, caffeine and refined grains. The pair lost weight, gained energy and improved their skin tone. “Transformation comes in a series of small, consistent decisions over time,” concludes Bessinger, eating salad instead of cheeseburgers and vegetables instead of fries. For natural weight management, “Make strategic, long-term changes in stages that you can actually sustain over time.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Flexing Our

MUSCLES Weightlifting Makes Us Fit,

Healthy and Self-Confident by Debra Melani


omen who shy away from the traditionally male-centric weight rooms might want to reconsider. Standing their ground amid the deadlift bars and iron plates could lead to a host of unimagined benefits. Research has found that among other things, hoisting dumbbells can amp up the fat burn, ward off some common diseases and make women stronger, both inside and out.

Burn Calories When Resting

Aerobic activity can burn more calories while doing it (e.g., 14 to 16 per minute when running), but strength training prolongs the burn, even when resting afterward, according to Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., of Quincy, Massachusetts, who publishes widely on the topic in scientific journals, magazine articles and books. Women will burn fewer calories while pumping iron than when running (between eight and 10 calories a minute), but because of weightlifting’s action—traumatizing muscle tissue and forcing it to rebuild—muscle recovery requires increased expenditure of energy, and thus calories, when the person is at rest. The research shows a revvedup burn of between 5 percent and 7 percent for three full days after a workout, says Westcott, who developed the exercise science major at Quincy College and has reviewed and directed strength-training research for more than 25 years. “On average, a woman burns an extra 100 calories a day by having done 30 minutes of strength training twice a week. That’s an extra 3,000 calories a month, or nearly an extra pound of fat she can burn.”


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Additional “free” calorie burning comes from the after-burn effect. By initiating the anaerobic, rather than aerobic, system, weightlifting requires more energy just to return to the resting state. “So, after you finish a workout, you will burn approximately 30 percent of the amount of calories you burned during the workout in the first hour afterward as your body transitions back. It’s a bonus of resistance training.” “It’s like there’s a furnace inside you,” says Naturopathic Doctor and CrossFit instructor Holly Lucille, of West Hollywood, California. The more buff a woman becomes, the more fat she burns. “It can help minimize that natural effect of slowed metabolism as you age and control body weight,” she notes. To maximize the burn, eat a healthy combined protein/carb snack within an hour of the workout, advises Jen Hoehl, a personal trainer in New York City, who says, “Adding amino acids helps the muscles rebuild more efficiently.” Westcott agrees, adding that 90 percent of studies he’s reviewed concur that about 25 extra grams of protein such as a Greek yogurt, more for heavier men, just before or after a workout, enhances fat loss, bone strength and lean muscle gain.

Don’t Fear ‘Hulk’ Bulk

Experts agree that it’s impossible for women to look like the Hulk character of comic book fame. “They don’t have enough anabolic hormones, such as testosterone,” Westcott explains. “Our team has written 26 books on strength training, with not one title exclusively for women. The muscles are exactly the same for both genders, so the same training works, but women will just get toned, not bulky.”

To build muscle and become toned absent injury, create a full-body routine, balance muscle groups targeted in workouts, and progress properly through increased weight loads. “I train a lot of tiny girls that deadlift 225,” Hoehl says. One tip: Don’t overeat, a mistake many women make when starting out. “Often, people will be hungrier, and they lose track of what they eat or think, ‘Now I can reward myself,’” Lucille explains. “You have to figure out what your new normal is. Eat lean, clean protein.” All three experts agree that braving the free-weight area boosts success at toning and trimming the whole body. “If you use free weights, you use your core and more muscle groups to help stabilize both the weight and your body, which is often standing,” Hoehl explains, versus machines that are often worked while sitting, and generally exercise only one targeted muscle group at a time.

Recover Muscle

Weightlifters also slow Mother Nature’s habit of stealing muscle during aging. “Women lose an average of five pounds of muscle per decade after age 30 until menopause, when the rate increases even more,” Westcott says. Studies have found that during a woman’s first six months of twice-weekly weight training, she can rebuild about one-quarter pound of muscle per week, he says. Because becoming stronger makes everything from chores to other kinds of workouts easier, women become firmer, fitter and more self-confident, Lucille observes. Independence rises, along with self-esteem. “As with all things in life: If you push against resistance, you get stronger,” she says. “That’s true both mentally and physically.” Note: Experts recommend using a certified trainer or weightlifting class to get started. Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at

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Weekend Painting Workshop – May 1-3. Longing for the return of your creative self? Join facilitator Debbie Purdy in a 3-day process painting workshop. Reengage your creative passion and connect with your intuition, without regard to technique, skills or meaning. $295, $260/with a friend. Creative Wings Studio, just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-5305697.


Gathering of Healers – Workshops and private healing treatments. Vendor spaces available. $100. For details contact Shirley Shaan at 505-715-2889. Holiday Inn & Suites by the Airport, 1501 Sunport Place, Albuquerque. Free Composting Workshop – 9am-4:30pm. Open to all. Bernalillo County Extensions Service Office, 1510 Menaul Blvd, Albuquerque. 505-929-0414. Pre-register: Bollywood Club Invasion – 7pm-12am. Evening of community and dance. Eastern and Western dance rhythms, astrology readings, chair massage, henna tattoos, Indian bazaar. Savory treats, beverages and Indian chai for sale. Proceeds benefit charitable projects of Amma Center NM. $15, $7/ children under 12. Sanbusco Market Center, 500 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe. Tapping into Wealth with Ellen Shapiro – 6:30pm. Intro Evening May 2. The group will meet May 14, 21, 28 & June 4, 6:30-8pm. Use the powerful Taping into Wealth processes along with EFT to improve your financial health and income AND your relationship to yourself in this 4 week transformational group. $150; $120 if registered by 5/8. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Ellen Shapiro: 973-655-1745.


Wind Eagle Speaks – 10:30am. Speaker for Sunday message Dance of the Sacred Feminine and Masculine Within, and an afternoon workshop – 2-4:30pm – a ceremonial experience of Becoming Water and Awakening the Dragon. Love Offering. Unity, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. 505-989-4433. Intro to Mandala: Circles of Wholeness – 3-5:30pm. Learn the basics of creating luminous, meditative mandalas as a spiritual practice and for energy healing. No experience or training needed. $20, materials provided. Santa Fe. Suchinta: 571422-6734. Full Moon Gong Voyage – 5pm. $20. Reservations required. Call DeeDee at 480-766-6535. The Gong Studio, 1807 Second St, Studio 80, Santa Fe.


Transformative Medicine Presentation – May 6 & 20. 6-7:30 pm. An approach to healing that addresses how traumatic experience processes through our thoughts to our beliefs, our emotions and organs, resulting in certain stress or disease states. Free, space limited. Obsidian HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-715-3452.


Pamper the Mother – May 8, 9. Fri, 2-6pm; Sat, 10am-4pm. Special sale for anyone who is, or has,

a mother. Refreshments and unique gifts. Custom baskets. The Organic Living Room, 1924-F Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-288-2233.


Dancing by Moonlight – 7pm. Academy for the Love of Learning features elders & staff from the Santa Fe Care Center, students from the Santa Fe Waldorf School, community members of our Lifesongs Creative Ensemble, the 7th Wave Choir, singers from The Santa Fe Opera’s Young Voices, the UNM Dolce Suono Choir, Lifesongs artists & House Band. $10, children free. Lensic Performing Arts Theatre, 211 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe. tickets.


Mandala: Circles of Wholeness – 3-5:30pm. Create inner light and wholeness mandalas. Prerequisite: Intro to Mandala. $25, materials provided. Santa Fe. Suchinta: 571-422-6734. Email


Women’s Moon Lodge – 6:30-9:30pm. With tlish diyan elder, Maria Yraceburu. Womyn’s spirits, womyn’s energy and womyn’s health. Women’s Moon Lodge was founded so that women could share their love of earth. Bring your drums & rattles. Suggested donation $35, no one turned away. 24 hr. RSVP required for our preparations. Taa-naash-kaada Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. MeetUp. com/Taa-naash-kaa-da


Intro To Self Healing Class – 6:30–8pm. Empower yourself as you enhance your life and spiritual path. Learn how to: Meditate with easy visualization techniques and psychic tools, quiet the mind, and experience true mindfulness. Create your life consciously. Pre-register, six Tuesdays May 12-June 16. $135 (bring a friend, $110 each). Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, Unit #84, Santa Fe, 505-920-4418.


NES Total Wellness Demonstration – May 13 & 27. 6-7:30 pm. NES Total Wellness System is designed to read, communicate with, and correct distortions in the energy of the human body-field. With NES ProVision you can visualize the body’s bio-energetic systems. Free. Obsidian HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque., RSVP: 505-715-3452. Bluegrass Camp – May 13-17, 2015. Learn the basics of bluegrass on your choice of five instruments, along with ensemble playing, lead and harmony singing, performance and song writing. $450-$900 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. Bluegrass & Red Mesas: ARTful Rhythms – May 13-17, 2015. Create with water-based materials amidst sweet sounds of Bluegrass. Spend mornings learning techniques to either draw or paint the majestic. Evenings offer demos, conversations. $350-$800 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. Birds of Ghost Ranch – May 13-17, 2015. Whether beginning or an experienced birdwatcher, learn and observe the birds of Ghost Ranch and the region. Relaxed, leisure walking, all-day field trips return

mid-afternoon. Evening presentations. $350-$800 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. Walking the Land: Enchanting Herbs for Health & Wellness – May 13-17, 2015. Walk the beautiful landscape of Ghost Ranch and learn from the plants. View plants as allies, explore plant lore, energetic qualities and methods to extract medicinal properties. $350-$800 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000.

FRIDAY, MAY 15 Lunch and Learn: Cleaning Naturally – 121:30pm. A healthy method to clean yourself and your home with non-toxic essential oils and other chemical-free alternatives. Free; gift if you RSVP. The Organic Living Room, 1924-F Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-288-2233.

SATURDAY, MAY 16 Craniosacral: Pelvic Integration – May 16 & 17. 9am-6pm. To adequately work on the Craniosacral System a practitioner needs first to learn techniques to release the myofascial holding patterns to gain access to the CS System. 16 CEs. $325. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 505-982-6271. Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Powerful two-hour group session. Regress to a past life and discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit oneself and other people in one’s life today. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. Empower Your Inner Healer – 2-5pm. Topics: introduction to your body computer and body-mind communication. $30. Santa Fe. Suchinta: 571-4226734.

SUNDAY, MAY 17 Learn to Meditate with Babaji 7-9:30 pm. Come learn and practice meditation with a True Master. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and receive personal blessings. Programs are free, donations appreciated. Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez. Information:  Ivy 505-466-7662. New Moon Voyage – 5pm. Celebrating with two gong players and eight gongs. $35 per person (a reduced rate, usually $20 per person per gong player). Reservations required. Call DeeDee at 480-766-6535. The Gong Studio, 1807 Second St, Studio 80, Santa Fe. An Evening with the Ascended Masters – 7-9pm With Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek. Receive clear, up-to-date guidance about nova earth and ascension from the ascended master-teachers. Teleconference: 619-326-2772, access code 7325118. 109 Michelle Dr, Santa Fe. 505-4908855.


savethedate Learn to Meditate with Babaji – 7-9:30 pm. Learn and practice meditation with a True Master. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and receive personal blessings. Programs are free, donations appreciated. Old Town Farm, 949 Montoya St. NW, Albuquerque. Information: Al 505-307-8892.

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Transformative Medicine Presentation – 6-7:30 pm. See May 6 listing. Free, space limited. Obsidian HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-715-3452.


Where’s my Money Workshop – 11:30am12:30pm. Free one hour seminar. “The Wealth Within: Mastering your Money Personality”. Reserve your Money Discovery Session now. Register at 505-974-0104.


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Healing Service: Therapeutic Touch/Vibrational Healing – 6:30-7:30pm. Experience either healing touch, vibrational healing or sitting in sacred silence, followed by mental remote healing for all those unable to attend. You will leave feeling refreshed and replenished. Love offering. Unity, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. 505-989-4433.


Santa Fe Soul Anniversary Celebration – 11am4pm. Celebrate 10 years of Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health. Spa day 11am-1pm, sample therapies from Center practitioners; dance and healthy food from 1-4pm, music and family fun. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. Info: La Montañita Co-op: March Against Monsanto – 11:30am-3pm. Ends at Bees + Seeds Festival, a family-friendly interactive environment, open to all: live music and activities for children including making a seed mural and planting seeds to take home. Bring extra seeds for a seed exchange. Downtown Growers’ Market. Opening/Clearing Your Energy – 1-4pm. Through guided meditation, gentle movement and integrative breath work explore where limiting energy is held. Create openness and flow to align with life, joy and manifesting abilities. Registration required. $40. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Unit 84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

MAY 23-25

Women in the Dirt – Need a break from town. Want a little wild life? Camping. Bring your own food & garden tools. We’ve got an outdoor kitchen. We’re will work the gardens and enjoy each other’s company. Free event. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583.


Spiritual Cinema Circle Potluck – 11am-4pm. Films of inspiration and motivation with thoughtprovoking, uplifting stories. Enjoy full-length features, documentaries, short films and discussion with other participants. Free, space limited. Obsidian HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-715-3452. Second Street Spirit: Open House – 12-2pm. Meet for the first time or visit us again at our new space: refreshments, snacks, laughs and a chance to win a raffle. Five-minute readings/healings 12:30-1:30. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Unit 84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. Family Constellations Circle – 2-6pm. Guided by the Knowing Field, a supportive and caring group, and assisted by a trained facilitator, helps individual members explore issues rooted in hidden ancestral/ generational dynamics in the family system. $30. Santa Fe. Suchinta: 571-422-6734. ChiSuchinta@ The Goodbye Gong Voyage- 5pm. Last Voyage until we reopen in our new undisclosed location this Fall. Reservations required. Donation only. Call DeeDee at 480-766-6535. The Gong Studio, 1807 Second St, Studio 80, Santa Fe.


Let’s Talk Gratitude – 8am-8pm. Call Antonia Montoya for a gratitude connection: she will offer support, guidance, encouragement and a smile or a laugh. If you are having a difficult day, she will share a blessing. Connect over gratitude. Free. Info: 505-333-9336. talkgratitude. Practical Solutions for Safe Wireless Technology – 6-7:30 pm. Learn the health issues of wireless technology. Solutions, plus mitigating products to combat electronic pollution, will be discussed. Free. La Montanita Co-op, Community Room, 913 W Alameda, Santa Fe. Jennifer: 505-780-8283.


NES Total Wellness Demonstration – 6-7:30 pm. See May 13 listing. Free. Obsidian HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque., RSVP: 505-715-3452.


Natural Meditation: Full Immersion in Effortlessness – 12-3pm. People equate meditation with trying: to concentrate, to clear the mind, to create some experience. But sages and Buddha teach that meditation is effortless, like water flowing; you settle naturally into your core. With Dean Sluyter, A Guide to effortless meditative practice. $40. Everyday Center for Spiritual Living, 1519 Fifth Street, Santa Fe. 505-629-9633.

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Salsaerobics – 5:30-6:30pm. Lose weight and get in shape as you exercise to the Latin beat. Learn basic Latin dance steps such as salsa, cumbia, cha cha, mambo, merengue and more. $95. Baila! Baila! Dance Studio, 2801 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-277-0077. Pilates: Reformer – 6:30-8:00pm. Learn the Pilates method of body conditioning as a system. Class primarily uses the reformer as the foundation of the method. $325. Shedden Pilates, 4200 Lomas, Ste A, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-277-0077.


Yoga: Sunrise Practice – 6:30-8am. Wake the body and start the day: ease into the practice by going inward, connecting with the breath; gently lengthening the spine, warming the muscles and opening the joints. $125. High Desert Yoga–Nob Hill, 4600 Copper NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-277-0077.


Living Co-Creation: Accelerating Our Mutual Awakening – June 3-7. Deepen in the practices of co-creation in a resonant field that calls forth our love-intelligence and creates an experience of expanded awareness and embodied presence. $275-$425/food, $260-$420/lodging; camping/ indoor accommodations. Hummingbird Community, Mora. 303-877-4341. RSVP:


Modern Dance Techniques for Fitness – 6:307:45pm. An invigorating and thorough dance workout with movements based on contemporary modern dance; an exciting, multicultural, performing dance art form. $75 UNM Continuing Education North Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-277-0077.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6 Our Sacred Bodies Workshops: Body Of Self – 1-5pm. Explore how we dwell in our bodies, experience our sensitivity, sacredness, and how this relates to the world that we live in. First in a three-part series, Our Sacred Bodies, builds our personal and collective capacity through fostering connections between our sensual body, relational human body and the larger Earth body. $40/all three workshops $100. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe. Call Kim at 505995-1860 or email


savethedate Coming Home Together: A Communion of Pioneering Souls – This sacred gathering with Barbara Marx Hubbard will use the power of the resonant field to raise consciousness to a higher frequency in service to personal and collective evolution. $275-$425/food, $260-$420/lodging; camping/indoor accommodations. Hummingbird Community, Mora. 303-877-4341. RSVP:


savethedate Communicating Living Love Workshop – 7:30 pm. Have you noticed when you turn to love everything falls into place? Discover what Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness founder and spiritual advisor John-Roger shared with us in his lifetime of work. Facilitated by MSIA spiritual director John Morton. Unity Church, Santa Fe. $15, $8/ages 13-17. Ann Folks: 505-984-8069.

Boxing Boot Camp – 6-7pm. Muscle conditioning exercises to provide you with the ultimate circuit workout. Burn 400-600 calories in a variety of classes that may use jump ropes, boxing drills or free weights. $110. Rosales Karate & Kickboxing Academy, 3208 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque, RSVP: 505-277-0077.

two one-on-one horse sessions on relationship building in May Monday’s or Tuesday’s. First Group Field Trip on June 30th, 10am-3pm. Two more oneon-one horse sessions are personally scheduled by you on a Monday or Tuesday in July; the final group field trip is scheduled for August 11th, 10am-3pm. Full registration required, $280. All ground work. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. Yraceburu. org/Women.html.




Angel Fire Adventure – Marathon 7:30am, Half Marathon 7:45am, 5K: 8:30am.   Angel Fire, located in the Northeast corner of New Mexico is situated at 8,300 feet and boasts amazing natural beauty – a runner’s paradise! Gemini Virgo Productions, 480646-3366. For registration go to angel-fire-adventure-marathon.

savethedate Qi Revolution – June 12-16. Participants receive a world class education with live music and animation. Qigong makes your energy strong and builds energy using breath & movement. Learn breathing exercises that deliver a full body vibration in 45 seconds, qigong exercises that create a highly-tangible healing energy and a proven Food-Healing system entitled Conquering Any Disease. $149. Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St., Santa Fe.

SATURDAY , JULY 11 Our Sacred Bodies Workshops: Body Of Humanity – 1-5pm. Explore how we bring ourselves to our interpersonal relationships. Second in a three-part series, Our Sacred Bodies, builds our personal and collective capacity through fostering connections between our sensual body, relational human body and the larger Earth body. $40/all three workshops $100. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe. Call Kim at 505-995-1860 or email


savethedate AMMA: Meet Mata Amritanandamayi – The humanitarian and spiritual leader brings a message of selfless service and equality for all. Meet Amma and receive her individual, loving embrace. Free programs Sat 10am and 7pm, and Tue 7pm; numbered tokens distributed 90 minutes before free programs. Preregistration required for June 21-23 retreat. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe. 505-982-9801.

MONDAY, AUGUST 6 Your Sacred Ambition Live Event - Aug 6-8. Is something calling you to step forward and lead from what you hold most sacred? Does doing well also mean doing good for others and the world? Discover your sacred ambition and how to live it. $197/thru May 31, $297/ after. Info: 505 984-1739.


FRIDAY, JUNE 26 Reconnection and Renewal: A Women’s Weekend – June 26-28. Renew your spirits through silence, creativity, movement, dialogue and council practice in beautiful natural surroundings. Guided by Maia Duerr and Katya Lesher. CEUs available. $25/tuition, meals. Upaya Zen Center, 1404 Cerro Gordo Road, Santa Fe. 505-986-8518. Register at


Our Sacred Bodies Workshops: Our Body Earth – 1-5pm. Focus on how our interconnection with the Earth relates to our personal and collective ecological leadership. Third in a three-part series, Our Sacred Bodies, builds our personal and collective capacity through fostering connections between our sensual body, relational human body and the larger Earth body. $40/all three workshops $100. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe. Call Kim at 505-995-1860 or email

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Suchinta Abhayaratna, Th.D. Transpersonal / Transformational Psychologist

Awaken and Reclaim Your Inner Healer. FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSION 571-422-6734

Individual Sessions & Group Workshops: Holistic Self-care, Mandala Art as Healing & Spiritual Practice, Family Constellations, Reiki & Karuna Reiki. natural awakenings

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2nd & 4th Tue. Support group for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses. Free. 2098 Calle Ensenada, Santa Fe. 505-242-3263.

Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose & Co-Hosts. Celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. For guest and sponsorship call 505-466-2616. Online, live streaming & archiving of all shows at Qigong in the Park – 11am-12pm. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being; it’s easy and fun to do. Qigong instructor: Loretta Shiver. Free. Robinson Park, 8th & Central, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.

monday Gentle Yoga Chi – 5:30-6:45pm. Learn conscious awareness, being present to your journey of mind, body, breath. Several yoga traditions are combined with qigong, breathing and imagining to create a full body-mind experience. $15. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-5019300. Essential Oils – 6:30pm. Please bring someone who might benefit from learning more about essential oils. Free, space limited. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin, Santa Fe. RSVP: Sarah Valencia: LivingEnergyTherapy@

tuesday Yoga – 1-2pm. Vinyasa flow open to all levels. Please bring your own mat. $7. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 505-982-6271. Taos Cancer Support Group – 5-6pm. Support group for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses and caregivers. Free. Diamond Plaza, 118 Este Es Road, Suite G, Taos. 505-242-3263. Beginner’s Tai Chi – 5:30-6:30pm. Tai Chi Chuan is a slow moving, meditative, martial art good for health, relaxation and self-defense. $48/monthly, collected at the first class of each month. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 518-929-1161. Santa Fe Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm.

Sunday, May 3rd - 5pm Full Moon Gong Voyage


Reclaim Your Voice – Through May. 6-8pm. Explore creative language through writing, storytelling and art. See your life as a source of inspiration; trust your intuition, imagination and creative flow. Class is challenging, safe, nurturing and fun. $10. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. Mireya: 505-424-7725. Craniosacral Practice Sessions – 6-8:30pm. $10/cash. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 505-9826271. Intro to Self Healing – May 12 through Jun 16. 6:30–8pm. Learn to meditate with easy-touse visualization techniques and psychic tools; quiet the mind, experience true mindfulness and create your life consciously. $135, $110/with a friend, each; preregister. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Unit #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. Pranic Healing Clinic – 6:30-8pm. 1st & 3rd Tue. Experience no-touch clearing of congested energies and energizing and balancing of the energy body. Free. First Unitarian, Social Hall, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Rita: 505298-4823. Joy In Everyday Life – Through Jun 2. 7-9pm. Course includes video teachings from Shastri Holly Gayley, meditation instruction, practice and discussion. As meditation practice expands, we discover the confidence to go forward on the journey. Albuquerque Shambhala Meditation Center, 1102 Mountain NW, ABQ. 505-717-2486. Albuquerque.

wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication Sessions with Galaya – 9am5pm. An intuitive, life coach, medium and animal communicator. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and one’s pets. By phone or in person. Appt/info: 505-466-3764. Intuitive Healing Sessions & Reiki – Gain clarity, remove energetic blocks and negativity, strengthen your energy field, heal physical and

Sunday, May 17th - 5pm New Moon Voyage 2 Gong Players, 8 Gongs



Sunday, May 24th - 5pm DONATION 2 Players, 8 Gongs



until we reopen in our new, undisclosed location sometime this Fall!

Call DeeDee at The Gong Studio in Santa Fe


Reservations required.


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emotional imbalances. Sessions offered by Chantal Fidanza, intuitive healer, Reiki master. $120/90-minute with Chantal alone, $60/with a trainee present. The Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe. 505-4381074. Qigong & Healing from Within – 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic & shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breath work and meditation. $12, free/1st class. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer for this support group for women with a breast cancer diagnosis. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-242-3263. Spiritual Healing Clinic – 6:30-7:30pm. Drop in for a 15-minute energy clearing on whatever you are working on. Release tension, relax in a meditative environment and get on your journey. Donations. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Unit #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

thursday Shamanic Painting – Through May. 1-3:30pm. Explore your inner world under a light trance produced by drumming. Discover the magic and mystery within you and learn to express them in your art. $60. Audubon Center, Upper Canyon Road, Santa Fe. Mireya: 505-4247725. Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Vinyasa flow open to all levels. Please bring your own mat. $7. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 505-982-6271. Tapping into Wealth – Through Jun 4. 6:30-8pm. Use the powerful Taping into Wealth processes along with EFT to improve your financial health and income and your relationship to yourself. Even if you’ve done the work already, prepare to be surprised. $120/by May 8, $150/after. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Ellen Shapiro: 973-655-1745.

friday Moreno Valley Cancer Support Group – 5:307pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. Support group for cancer

survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses and caregivers. FREE. 40 West Ridge Road, Angel Fire. 505-242-3263.

saturday Intuitive Healing Sessions & Reiki – By appointment. Gain clarity, remove energetic blocks and negativity, strengthen your energy field, and heal physical and emotional imbalances and pain. Call for more info or to reserve your session. 1300 Luisa St, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074. Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being; it’s easy and fun to do. Qigong instructor: Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. Cancer Survivor & Caregiver Support Group – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer and The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project for support groups for survivors and caregivers of all cancer types. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-2423263. Earth Energy Intuition Classes – 12-3pm. Learn to receive earth energy to connect unwaveringly with your inner knowing and to heal yourself physically, emotionally and energetically. A practitioner certification program and mentorship available. $175/4-week intro course. The Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074.

communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email or call 505-999-1319.

New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts

501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe, NM 505 982-6271 Massage Foundation, Polarity Therapy, Dual Massage/ P o l a r i t y, C r a n i o s a c r a l Certification, Continuing Education, Community Health Classes, Free Lectures, Space Rental. Your partner in natural healing since 1981. See ad on page 2.

ART & CREATIVITY Creative wings Studio

Debbie Purdy Parkland Hills/ Nob Hill area 630-530-5697 When we paint without concern for technique or content, the intuitive self is revealed, and creative blocks are released. Connect with your creative freedom.

BODYWORK bluebuddhabodywork

Sante Fe 505-252-1691

Hypnotherapy Academy of America™ 2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 505-767-8030

Accelerated Hypnotherapy 500 hour complete Training for Certification in Hypnotherapy. Experiential Education Format. Scope of Practice Protocols. Free Introductory Classes. Support after Graduation. Medical Hypnosis Training. See ad on page 5.


A unique blend of CranioSacral t h e r a p y, S o m a t o E m o t i o n a l Release and therapeutic bodywork, find relief and balance within your mind, body and spirit. Specializing in Headache Treatment. See ad on page 37.

BUSINESS COACHING Attracting Perfect Customers

Alan Hickman 505-474-5348 or 505-795-5100 GET CERTIFIED in Strategic Attraction™ Planning. A step-bystep sales and marketing process that people from all over the world have used to build HeartCentered $MILLION businesses, write books, create on-line produces that sell, and global business and communities that are making a huge difference in the world. See ad on page 8.

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1708A Highway 84, Abiquiu, NM 87510 505-685-1000

Magnificent red rock landscape on 21,000 acres hosts workshops & retreats in themes of spirituality, art, sustainability, Southwest & more. Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tours, Hiking, Massage, Anthropology Museum & Tours, Paleontology Museum & Tours, Movie Site Tour, Horseback Riding, Challenge Course & Climbing Wall, Labyrinth & Karesansui Garden, Gift Shop, Lodging, Camping. 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe. See ad on page 28.

Health & Human Services The CanDO! Project

3411 Candelaria Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 505-289-6971 Cancer distress is over! The CanDO! Project provides FREE resource navigation, financial & emotional support for women with cancer to reduce distress for better health outcomes. See ad on page 22.

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communityresourceguide HYPNOTHERAPY Rev. Maggie De Vore, CHT 505-465-1546

Rev. Maggie De Vore is an internationally trained Hypnotherapist who works with groups and individuals in their spiritual and emotional education and evolution.

INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS GALAYA-INTUITIVE RESOURCES Santa Fe • 505-466-3764 Toll-Free: 1-888-326-0403

F i n d C l a r i t y, I n s i g h t a n d Inspiration! Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.

INTUITIVE Readings PSYCHIC READINGS & SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE Lisa Pelletier 505-927-5407 Energy Readings & Healings in Santa Fe

Lisa reads your current growth cycle, the layers of your aura, and any information that your higher self would like you to hear. Past lives inform your present. Receive an aura reading & clearing, learn what validates and supports your growth, ask questions, choose next steps. Recording emailed. Lisa holds sessions at The Center for Inner Truth’s new location at 1807 2nd Street, #84, in Santa Fe.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Obsidian Health and Wellness 505-715-3452 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd NE


The OakRose Academy of Light is a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and nondenominational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth.

See ad on page 2.

Natural/Organic Food Market La Montañita Co-op Natural & Organic Food Market ABQ/Santa Fe/Gallup

New Mexico’s largest communityowned natural & organic grocer, with locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup. All our stores are open to the public. You don’t have to be a member to shop, but if you are, you’ll save even more. La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices and a strong local economy. Stop by and shop with us today! See ad on page 16.

Psychic Readings Keri Ports

Animal & Human Psychic/Medium (213) 999-9098 Sessions available in person, phone or Skype • Private psychic/medium readings for people and pets, guided chakra meditation, and group readings. Messages from spirit are guidance for your soul so you can fulfill your Divine purpose!

See ad on page 2.

Northern & Central New Mexico

Jodie Cunningham

Beautycounter Consultant High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek 505.238.8829 Santa Fe, NM 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. Chic and luxurious, yet safe and effective skin care and personal care products for you and the entire

Alternative Integrative Health. Create the change and restore health at it’s source with NES Total Wellness system. Re-assess, rejuvenate, re-imprint and rebuild.



family. A new line of color cosmetics scrupulously tested for heavy metals, setting a new standard in the industry.  Explore the website and call to schedule your consultation.


Stephanie Jaeger PO Box 3257, Corrales, NM 87048 505-898-6540 Wo r l d r e n o w n e d e d u c a t o r Stephanie Jaeger works with survivors of abuse/trauma to move Beyond Surviving into a life of thriving through her workshops and retreats.


9577 Osuna Rd NE Suite J 505-294-8227 Wellness Center focuses on Age Management. We offer a Non-drug option for reversing and preventing Osteoporosis, improved strength, balance and pain reduction. Call for consultation. See ad on page 32.

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