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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.



Vegan Holiday Treats that Everyone Loves by Judith Fertig


Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline by Lisa Marshall

Uplifting Humanity plus: The Holidays

J A N Health & Wellness Issue plus: Affordable Complementary Care


20 PILATES UNBOUND New Fusions with Yoga, Dance and Boxing by Aimee Hughes



Natural Ways to Refresh and Renew by April Thompson


ON THE TRUTH ABOUT DEPRESSION Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does



by Alice Ann Saunders


Mindfulness in Corporate Life by April Thompson

Conscious Dying plus: Children’s Dental Health

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Sanctifying Everyday Life by Dennis Merritt Jones



7 newsbriefs 11 healthbriefs 14 consciouseating


20 fitbody 21 practitionerprofile 22 greenliving 24 wisewords


26 healingways 27 inspiration 27 calendar 30 resourceguide

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he November editorial theme “Mental Wellness” is a very important subject considering that one in three seniors will die from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Statistics from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America state that these numbers will escalate rapidly in coming years, as the baby boomer generation reaches age 65 Serving Central and Northern New Mexico, and beyond. In 2013, over 84,000 Americans died from Alzheimer’s according to official including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and death certificates; however, in 2016, an estimated 700,000 people with Alzheimsurrounding communities er’s will die, and the disease likely will contribute to many of those deaths. contact us Our feature article “Stay Sharp” on page 16 shares important discoveries about the prevention and reversal of Alzheimer’s disease. The article combines Publisher – Andrea Schensky Williams different natural approaches to diet and lifestyle changes. By starting in our 30’s and 40’s we can keep our brain healthy and sharp for many years to come. In505-999-1319 6612 Glenlochy Way NE spiring are the results of some of the Senior case studies that showed remarkable Albuquerque, NM 87113 improvement despite diagnosis later on in life Dr. Kelly Brogan shares similar findings in her treatment of cases of depression in the article on page 24. Again, simple lifestyle changes can make a treAdvertising Sales mendous difference. I believe that the pressure and pace of our lifestyle triggers Andrea Schensky Williams coping mechanisms such as grabbing fast food, sweets, alcohol, coffee and other 505-999-1319 substances. In the end they all lead to major inflammation in the body and that’s when we become susceptible to chronic illnesses, now proven to also affect Art Director brain health. Kurt Merkel Our local practitioners on pages 17 and 19 share valuable insights that ease anxiety, reduce stress, and help to manage mood and depression through ChiDesign and Production nese medicine and essential oils. Susan Jones It is with great sadness that we share the sudden passing of the president of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation, Larry Levine. Larry was a shining Editor light and touched those knew him in a very profound way. He practiced the gift Erin Lehn Floresca of mindful presence with everyone—whether by phone or in person. When I joined Natural Awakenings four years ago I was touched by the spiritual leaderCalendar ship that emanated from our founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman, Larry Levine Thomas Maslowski and co-founder John Voell, who left our physical world in 2013. Our Natural Awakenings family lost two significant leaders in the past four years. Perhaps they Contributing Writers Angela Melton were wayfarers sent to guide over 95 publishers in being instruments for sharing Christian Raphael information that improves our lives, and those of our children and pets—and, of Laura Shelhav, DOM course, the planet. One thing we know for sure is that Larry and John will never Laurie Pryor be forgotten. Reverend AliceAnn Melchizedek Wishing you a gratitude filled Happy Thanksgiving!

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s family of 95 magazines bid a fond farewell to company President Larry Levine, with many joining in on a call and sending notes, prayers and good thoughts prior to his passing on September 23. Levine enthusiastically contributed his all with a host of talents focused on forwarding our collective mission of providing publishers and readers with the tools needed to help us all create a healthier, more sustainable world together. Founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman honors her partner, saying, “Our home office and publishers are truly saddened to lose the beautifully loving, guiding light that Larry generously shared with us throughout the past 12 years. His impact on our lives and Natural Awakenings‘ success will continue to bless our readers. We will miss him dearly.”

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he Hypnotherapy Academy in Albuquerque will host its next 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy beginning January 30, 2017. Academy Director and lead instructor, Tim Simmerman Sierra shares, “We have developed a unique, no-nonsense approach incorporating practical, spiritual and holistic philosophies into one of the world’s most prestigious hypnotherapy training courses. Successfully completing this course makes you one of the most highly trained clinical hypnotherapists in the world.” According to Sierra, one of the primary benefits to learning hypnotherapy at the Academy is that upon completing the program students are qualified for certification with both the International Board of Hypnotherapy and the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. The Hypnotherapy Academy is licensed by the State of New Mexico Higher Education Department. Approvals include Department of Labor, Workforce Solutions, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the International Board of Hypnotherapy, and the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. Location: 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque. To register visit course-content or call 505-767-8030 or toll free at 877-983-1515. See ad, page 3.

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his year, the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe launched its new Foundational Series, offering ‘bite size’ pieces from their two-year personal leadership training: Leading by Being. The series asks the overarching question: “Who Am I?” inviting participants into an exploration of their own aliveness as human beings. What encourages lifelong learning, and where do we get stuck? Most of these one-day workshops expand upon a topic that has been introduced in the Academy’s popular Evenings of Exploration, such as “The Hidden Gift in Disorientation,” and “Why Slowing Down Matters.” Each workshop incorporates a variety of experiential approaches that invite participants to engage creatively in learning as a practice for becoming more fully alive. “We incorporate expressive arts, contemplative practices, time in nature, and a variety of somatic experiences. We also introduce you to the Academy’s learning model and some of the methods and theory central to our work. Through exercises, personal reflection and interactive dialogue you’ll discover how the intentional practice of learning can lead not only to the accumulation of knowledge and skill, but also to personal transformation,” says Aron Stern. Workshops can be taken individually, or as a whole series. For more information and to register, call 505-995-1860 or visit foundationalstudies. See ad, page 3.

Blessing of the Animals


agle Ranch Church invites animals and their human companions to a Blessing of the Animals being held November 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Albuquerque. Participants are encouraged to bring their pet or a photograph of a beloved animal. “Please join us in this joyful celebration,” invites Pastor Nico Ashe, who will conduct the blessings. “Christian Churches have a long history of Blessing the Animals dating back to St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226),” shares Ashe. “St. Francis is known for his vow of poverty and deep love for all of God’s creatures, and for many years a blessing of animals has been held on his feast day. The appreciation of animals is part of celebrating the whole web of creation.” At 10:45 a.m., there will be free holiday photos with pets along with an opportunity to meet animals at a Pet Adoption. In addition, for those who wish to contribute, a collection will be taken for Carma Pet Rescue. Location: 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd. NW, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-891-3619 or visit See ad, page 31.

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ranio Sacral School of the Masters and Etienne Peirsman will begin classes on January 7, 2017. A total of four core classes will be offered in the month of January. As a Master of Meditation, Etienne has developed a unique teaching style over the past two decades that adds an extraordinarily compassionate and meditative depth to the methods used by the Upledger Institute and combines a practical, no-nonsense approach with the biodynamic style. Etienne has been teaching for over twenty-three years, bringing his life experience to the classroom. He has schools in Belgium and the Netherlands and teaches in North America in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington near Seattle. He, along with his late wife Neeto, is author of the book Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children, which has been translated into 7 languages. Members of the general public can study Cranio Sacral Therapy with no previous bodywork experience. This program is also excellent for professional bodyworkers, including Massage Therapists, Polarity Therapists, Rolfing practitioners, Acupuncturists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Doctors, and Chiropractors. There is no application necessary for this program. For the complete schedule, more information call 505-428-9203 and to register go to

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he OakRose Academy of Light is once again offering Masters-level Healing Institutes during the months of December, January and February. These three-day weekend Institutes are taught by the Ascended Master Hilarion and the Ascended Master Serapis Bey, channeled through their senior disciple, Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek. Students will be introduced to advanced planetary, cosmic and etheric healing modalities with a certificate of achievement granted at each level by the Masters and the Academy. “The Masters’ teachings and guided meditations promote a higher dimensional focus consistent with the Ascended Master Realm,” shares Melchizedek. Registration is by email or via the Academy’s website; tuition is $1200 per each residential Institute. In addition, an eight session Nova Earth Master Class will take place from January through April. This bi-weekly, four month online course is guided by the Ascended Masters, channeled through Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek, and is an excellent opportunity to learn at the feet of the Masters. “These master classes are an interactive, in-depth examination of Higher Wisdom teachings; where the focus is on the participants’ spiritual advancement and understanding of the Nova Earth Reality we are now experiencing,” she says. The OakRose Academy of Light is a non-profit spiritual-educational organization. For more information, including registration fees and class details, email Rev.AliceAnn@ or visit

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he all new Sacred Healing Lights Holistic Fair and Open House launches on December 3rd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Casita in Santa Fe. Attendees will have a chance to try sessions with multiple practitioners offering energy healing and body work, including Pranic Healing, Reiki, Holy Fire, sound healing, reflexology, Diamond Light Body Work, chanting, massage, craniosacral therapy and more. Intuitives will also be onsite to offer readings and inspire your own intuitive knowing. Entry is free and mini personalized sessions are $1 per minute with each practitioner Discounted coupons and gift certificates with any of the participating practitioners will be available for you and your loved ones,” shares event facilitator, Priscilla Schmidt. The Casita will also host a set of workshops titled “Going Beyond” December 2 through December 5. During these workshops, specialists in their fields will take participants on journeys through different ways of discovering and unblocking their limitations, realizing their deeper passions, aging gracefully, and incorporating healing changes. For more information, contact Priscilla Schmidt at 949648-3468 or Carly Bevans at 505-692-5359 or info@ Free, Donation & Sliding Scale.

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hen a pediatric patient is fighting through illness or injury, there can be a pain and sickness component that is not always addressed by conventional medical care. By incorporating integrative medicine modalities like acupuncture, massage, healing touch and othercomplementary services, providers at the UNM Center for Life are able to assist in the treatment of the whole child to support their healing process. Unfortunately, not all integrative services are paid by the patient’s insurance benefits. Through the UNM Center for Life’s initiative, Kids Supporting Kids New Mexico (KSKNM), funds are raised to provide integrative medical services for children fighting cancer, blood disorders, and other life threatening ailments that families normally cannot afford. The secondary benefit is to create community engagement and allow young people to help support their peers fighting and thriving through illness through the performing and visual arts. The 4th annual KSKNM Gala Performance Fundraiser will feature performances by over 200 local youth artists. The event, being held January 28 at Highland Theatre in Albuquerque, begins with a 6 p.m. show followed by a reception and dance party. Location: 4804 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque. For more information, visit or kidssupportingkidsnm.


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he human brain does not function optimally in society’s noisefilled environment. The brain, like the body, needs rest to function, and that comes with silence. A recent study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discovered that the brain is able to integrate both internal and external information into a “conscious workspace” when resting. Constant distractions and noises can detract from the brain’s ability to process critical information. Noise also elevates stress hormone levels within the brain. Research published earlier in Psychological Science examined the effects that the relocation of the main Munich airport, in Germany, had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, researcher and professor of human ecology at Cornell University, notes that when exposed to constant noise, children develop a stress response that causes them to ignore it. The study’s subjects tuned out both harmful sounds and stimuli that they should be paying attention to, including speech. Silence has the opposite effect, releasing tension in brain and body. Exposure to chronic noise can also hinder children’s cognitive development, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the European Commission Joint Research Centre; this includes language skills and reading ability. To help counter modern noise pollution, attention restoration theory suggests that individuals placed in environments with lower levels of sensory input can recover some of the cognitive abilities they have lost.

reast cancer survivors are often plagued by chronic fatigue that lasts long after their treatment is finished. They have few options to relieve the condition, but acupressure shows promise. A study published this summer in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that acupressure can significantly improve two symptoms of fatigue experienced by breast cancer survivors: sleep quality and quality of life. The researchers tested 424 women that had completed cancer treatments at least a year prior to the study. They were divided into three groups—one self-administered relaxing acupressure and another stimulating acupressure, while the control group followed a conventional care plan. After six weeks, fatigue was reduced from 70 percent to 43 percent among those receiving acupressure, with two-thirds of the women in the acupressure groups reaching levels of fatigue considered normal. The relaxing acupressure group showed substantial improvements in sleep quality compared with the conventional care group at week six, but the two groups reached parity at week 10. The relaxing acupressure group was the only one that showed improvements in quality of life, making it a reasonable, low-cost option for managing fatigue symptoms.

Heavy TV Watching Linked to Poor Bone Health


study published in the Journal for Bone and Mineral Research this summer suggests that excessive TV watching during childhood may be associated with lower bone mineral content in young adulthood. The researchers followed 1,181 children over time and measured their weekly hours of TV watching at ages 5, 8, 10, 14, 17 and 20. The bone mineral content (BMC) of each was measured at age 20. The study found that individuals that routinely watched more than 14 hours a week had lower BMC for their whole body and in their arms than those that watched less. Higher BMC helps protect the body against osteoporosis later in life. While all screen time should be monitored in children, TV appears to be the most harmful medium. A report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine studied 111 children between the ages of 3 and 8 and measured their TV viewing and other screen time, as well as their blood pressure levels. The study linked higher blood pressure with excessive TV viewing, but did not find the same link between the condition and computer usage.

ichael Schwartz, President of Michael’s Naturopathic Programs, believes that chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia and fibromyalgia are all interrelated. “I feel that because hypoglycemia is so often misdiagnosed and not dealt with from a proper point of nutrition, it ends up escalating into chronic fatigue. Also, whenever there is hypoglycemia, there will almost always be candida.” According to Schwartz, candida crowds out, and may even diminish, the friendly bacteria in the gut which manufactures B vitamins. “With no probiotics in your intestinal tract, you are not going to be able to manufacture B vitamins which are integral for energy production within the body. So, you can see the onset of the chronic fatigue,” he says. Schwartz shares that one of the key ingredients against chronic fatigue is pantothenic acid. “Also, strengthening the adrenal glands will help. Nourish your adrenals, high B vitamins and lots of pantothenic acid. Remember, you are never placed in a situation that you cannot master.”

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hio State University researchers have discovered a correlation between bacteria in the gut and behavior in toddlers. Scientists studied the bacterial microbes in stool samples from 77 girls and boys between the ages of 18 months and 27 months, while mothers filled out a questionnaire describing their children’s level of emotional reactivity. The study found that positive behavioral traits occurred more frequently in children with the most diverse types of gut bacteria. These included mood, curiosity, sociability and impulsivity. The correlation was particularly strong in boys. Lisa Christian, Ph.D., a researcher with the Ohio State Institute for Behavioral Medicine research, and her co-author, Microbiologist Michael Bailey, Ph.D., plan to use the information to help uncover some mysteries related to the origin of chronic illness. “There is substantial evidence that intestinal bacteria interact with stress hormones; the same hormones that have been implicated in chronic illnesses like obesity and asthma,” explains Christian. “A toddler’s temperament gives us a good idea of how they react to stress. This information, combined with an analysis of their gut microbiome, could ultimately help us to detect and prevent chronic health issues [from developing] earlier.” Source: Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science


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Strain mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth; then add the nut milk back into the blender. Add all other ingredients and blend at a high speed until thick. Note: If using a regular, slower blender, re-warm the hot chocolate on the stove top. It may not be as thick and frothy but will taste good. Courtesy of Sophia DeSantis,

Vegan Holiday Treats that Everyone Loves by Judith Fertig


or those that like to eat plantbased meals most of the time, the holidays can present a challenge. Social occasions from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day abound, including multi-course dinners and potlucks; treetrimming and baking parties; neighborly hospitality; nibbling on treats while wrapping gifts; and gathering to watch a holiday movie. Because so much is happening in such a short period of time, people often revert to serving traditional foods such as Aunt Mary’s cheese ball or Grandma Daisy’s three-layer chocolate bars. These vintage recipes, however, can be laden with processed ingredients. Foods that signaled holiday cheer ages ago need a tweak or two to satisfy

today’s health-minded friends and family members. With traditional flavors of the season like aromatic spices, fresh rosemary and chocolate, plus a plantbased philosophy, family favorites can get a new twist. Natural Awakenings asked cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers from around the country to help us celebrate wonderful holiday moments, big and small. Adding a plant-based nibble or sip not only helps party hosts stay on track, it also helps keep guests from over-indulging, so that everyone ends up enjoying themselves even more. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.

Frothy Hot Chocolate with Pistachio Milk Cozy up and indulge in this thick, creamy and rich hot chocolate made with whole food ingredients. Yields: 2 servings Pistachio Milk ½ cup raw shelled pistachios 2 cups filtered water 14

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Cocoa ½ to ¾ cup unsweetened baking cocoa or cacao powder ¼ to ½ cup date paste 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Dash Himalayan pink salt For the pistachio milk, soak the nuts overnight in a bowl of water. Rinse before placing them into a

Beer-Miso-Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas Any favorite beer will work. Yields: 2 to 4 servings

1 (15½ oz) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and set aside 1 Tbsp sriracha 1 Tbsp organic miso paste (any color) 1 /3 bottle of beer Black and white sesame seeds Dried chili to taste Smoked salt for garnish to taste Preheat the oven to 375° F. Whisk wet ingredients until mixed well. Toss mixture with chickpeas. Place mixture on baking pan and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking and stirring periodically until mixture is evaporated and chickpeas begin to get color; beware of burning. Garnish with sesame seeds and dried chili, maybe a little smoked salt. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,; Derek is

Truffle Spiced Popcorn This wicked, fresh, piping-hot popcorn is kissed with a simple blend of rosemary, onion and truffle oil.   Yields: 9 cups 2½ Tbsp grapeseed oil A bit less than ½ cup popcorn kernels 1 Tbsp truffle oil 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast ½ Tbsp onion granules ½ tsp fresh rosemary, minced Sea salt to taste   On medium heat, warm the oil in a large saucepan with a lid. Remove from the stove and add all kernels in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Cover for 20 seconds to allow all the kernels to become coated and reach equal temperature so they all pop at once.

Spiced Pepitas These crunchy pumpkin seeds are lemony, salty, spicy and zesty, all at the same time. A handful of these toasted tidbits whets the appetite. Yields: 2 cups 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest 1 Tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ancho chile powder ½ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp sugar (optional)

Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and shake to redistribute the seeds, and then bake for another 3 minutes. Pull it out to shake the pan again. Then finish baking for 1 to 2 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds are crispy and golden without burning them. Transfer to a cool baking sheet and cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Courtesy of Sandra A. Gutierrez,; author of Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America.

Preheat the oven to 375° F. In a medium bowl, toss together the pumpkin seeds, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, cumin, pepper, coriander, chile powder, cayenne and garlic powder.

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Place the covered pan back on the heat and shake it while it’s on the burner. The kernels will slowly begin to pop; once they start, crack the lid slightly to let out a bit of steam. Continue shaking the pan over heat until the popping stops. Remove from the stovetop immediately and pour all popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with truffle oil, nutritional yeast, onion granules, minced rosemary and sea salt. Shake and mix well before serving. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,

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mental toxins and harmful drugs— and attack them simultaneously. It’s a stark departure from the classic, often unsuccessful, one-pill treatment approach. Of the 244 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012, all but one failed. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole. You still have 35 leaks,” says Bredesen, who believes his synergistic approach—the Bredesen Protocol— can likely make Alzheimer’s drugs work better or render them unnecessary. Skeptical colleagues point out that Bredesen’s paper described only 10 case studies, not a clinical trial. “It is intriguing, but not enough to make by Lisa Marshall recommendations to physicians or patients,” says Keith Fargo, Ph.D., direcchanges. Within three months, family slow descent into dementia tor of scientific programs and outreach members reported marked improveseemed inevitable for a 66-yearfor the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s ments in his memory. At 10 months, old man that had been misplacAssociation. “The current consensus in brain scans revealed his hippocampus ing his keys, missing appointments and the scientific community is that we do had grown 12 percent. struggling at work. He failed doctor-adnot have a way to reverse dementia.” “Such improvements are unprecministered cognitive quizzes and tested While agreeing that a larger edented,” says Bredesen, who described study is needed, Neurologist David positive for a gene variant linked to an exponentially higher risk of Alzheimer’s this and nine other hopeful cases in a Perlmutter, of Naples, Florida, whose disease. A brain scan revealed scattered provocative paper published in June in bestsellers Brain Maker and Grain the journal Aging. “These are the first ex- Brain promote nutritional changes clusters of sticky, amyloid plaque—a amples of a reversal of cognitive decline for supporting brain health, considhallmark of the disease. His hippocamin pre- and early Alzheimer’s patients.” pus, or memory center, had shrunk to ers Bredesen’s study revolutionary. rank in the lowest 17 percent of men “To reverse Alzheimer’s in one patient Addressing the Sources his age. is monumental, much less 10,” says Bredesen is among a small but grow Told there wasn’t much that Perlmutter. ing group of researchers, physicians, could be done, he sought the help of They recently presented together caregivers and patients challenging the at a conference organized by Sharp University of California, Los Angeles conventional wisdom that the road to Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, Again Naturally, a New York nonprofit dementia goes one way, with no cure a neurologist and founding president that educates patients and caregivers or repair of damage done. They argue of the independent Buck Institute for about natural means of slowing and that the key to both prevention and Research on Aging. He recommended reversing cognitive decline. reversal, at least in early stages, is to After losing her mother to Ala personalized, 36-point plan, includpinpoint its numerous drivers—from zheimer’s, the nonprofit’s co-founder, ing a high-fat/low-carb diet, intermitnutritional and hormonal deficiencies Jacqui Bishop, 74, stopped her own tent fasting, strict sleep schedule, select and exposure to infection to environdietary supplements and other lifestyle Continued on page 18.


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nxiety has energy. It can feel like a chaotic electrical current coursing through your body with nowhere to go. These three calming techniques treat anxious energy as if it is an electrical current, and transform that energy by directing, grounding and regulating it. 1. Lightning Rod: Extend your arms upward in a Y position. Imagine all of the anxious energy is being captured by your arms like an antenna. Next, imagine that your torso and legs are a rod extending down deep into the ground. Visualize sending the energy in your arms down through your body and into the earth, breathing deeply until you feel the anxiety has subsided. 2. Full Body Grounding: Find a comfortable place on the ground outside and lay down on your back. Close your eyes and notice the vibration of the anxious energy moving through your body. Now bring your awareness to the vibration of the earth beneath you. Continue lying down, breathing deeply, until you feel your vibration sync up with the earth’s vibration. 3. Energy Spiral: Close your eyes and notice if the anxious energy has a spin to it. What direction is it rotating? Clockwise, counterclockwise, forward or backward? Now visualize slowing down the speed of the spin gradually until it comes to a complete stop. Take a few deep breaths, and then visualize yourself spinning the energy in the opposite direction, slowly until you find a rate that feels steady and controlled. Laurie Pryor, MA, LMHC, offers counseling and EMDR at her office located at 2011 Botulph Rd., Ste. 100 in Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-695-8223, email lauralyn.pryor@ or visit

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frightening decline by changing her diet and getting her thyroid hormone levels under control via supplements. Now she’s helping others do the same. She says, “We are trying to change the conversation from one of despair to one of hope.”

Mending Body and Brain

Key to Bredesen’s approach is the notion that instead of being one disease, Alzheimer’s consists of three sub-types with distinct drivers: inflammation or infection; harmful environmental exposures; and/or lack of neuron-nurturing hormones. To determine which one to target, he tests patients for blood-sugar, inflammation and hormone levels, heavy metals and critical nutrients such as D and B vitamins. Then he crafts a personalized plan. He notes that the 10 years it can take to progress from subtle decline to full-blown Alzheimer’s provides a huge opportunity. “Ideally, we want people to come in when they have mild impairment or are asymptomatic,” says Bredesen, advising that tests be done for the APOE4, or “Alzheimer’s gene” in one’s 40s. “People have not wanted to know in the past because they’ve been told there is nothing they can do about it. We completely disagree.” One way to stay cognitively sharp is to eat fewer carbs (which boost blood sugar) and eat more fat, says Perlmutter. “There is a clear relationship between elevated levels of blood sugar and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.” One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked 2,067 healthy adults for seven years and found that the higher their average glucose level, even if they weren’t diabetic, the more likely they were to develop dementia. For instance, those with a level of 115 milligrams per deciliter were 18 percent more at risk than those measuring 100 milligrams per deciliter. A 2012 study published in Neurology followed 266 adults for four years and found that those with higher blood sugar saw certain areas of the brain shrink 6 to 10 percent more than those with lower blood sugar. Gluten can also be problematic, advises Perlmutter, 18

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when it’s inflammatory and driving brain degeneration. In contrast, good fat, like that in avocados, fatty fish, coconut oil and walnuts, serves as a foundation for neurons and an efficient, clean-burning fuel source for the brain. This is particularly helpful in someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s, says Bredesen, because the disease can make it harder for the brain to use sugar for fuel. In some cases, both doctors recommend an extremely low-carb, or “ketogenic” diet (fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day). Starved of carbohydrates, the liver produces fat-like compounds called ketones, a brain-fuel source shown to stimulate growth of new neural networks. Bredesen also recommends 12 hours of fasting each night, with zero food intake within three hours of going to sleep. Fasting promotes a process called autophagy, by which the brain essentially cleans itself of damaged cellular material. Eight hours of sleep is also vital. According to University of Rochester research, the space between brain cells opens up during sleep, allowing cleansing channels of fluid to flow more freely. “If you were operating your house 24/7 with no time to rest or clean, it would be disastrous,” says Bredesen. “The same is true of your brain.” Also, they say, keep teeth clean because bacterial infections, including those in the gums, have been shown to hasten formation of neuron-killing plaque. Also critically examine the prescription drugs being ingested. A recent study of 74,000 people published in JAMA Neurology found that regular use of heartburn drugs like Prilosec and Nexium increased dementia risk by 42 to 52 percent. Meanwhile, anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and statin drugs prescribed to manage cholesterol have also been linked to increased dementia. “We see ‘statin brain’ all the time,” observes Perlmutter, who says once patients go off the drugs, they tend to get better.

tients that assert that they’ve reversed dementia actually suffered from something else, like sleep apnea or depression. Bredesen stands by his research, asserting that the 10 patients in his paper had all been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or its precursors. One 69-year-old entrepreneur that was planning to close his business after 11 years of mental decline is now expanding it. A 49-year-old woman that scored poorly on neuropsychological tests showed no signs of cognitive decline when she was tested again nine months later. In all, more than 100 people have participated in the program. “We have people that are four-and-a-half years out and doing very well,” he says, noting that such strategies aren’t likely to work for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s. In some cases, the results may be more subtle, but for those caring for a sick loved one, any positive progress means a lot. Paul Tramontozzi knows. After his father, then 75, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, the New York City financial advisor attended a Sharp Again Naturally meeting seeking advice. “I was skeptical, but when the answer you get from everyone else is, ‘There’s nothing you can do,’ you become more willing to listen.” He took his father off his cholesterol medication, fed him spoonfuls of coconut oil daily and put him on a specific supplement regimen. His balance improved and he could participate in family outings again. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be able to take Dad to a restaurant for his 80th birthday, I would have said, ‘No way.’ But we did.” Tramontozzi says his father isn’t cured, but the advice he obtained facilitated more time together and insights on how to avoid a similar fate. “These are all things a healthy should be doing right False Hope or Sound Advice 37-year-old now anyway. I just wish we’d found Fargo says researchers are keenly interout earlier.” ested in many of the ideas in Bredesen’s paper. Although it’s too early to Lisa Marshall is a freelance health endorse them, numerous studies are writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at underway. But he wonders if some pa-

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raditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It is based on how qi or vital energy flows throughout the body. Qi is not something that we see. It’s something that flows through 14 meridians/pathways throughout the body and is accessed through acupuncture. It’s something that when slowed down or blocked, by lifestyle and/or body constitution, can develop into any health complaint from low back pain to depression. TCM includes many modalities of treatment such as acupuncture, auricular therapy, herbal therapy, cupping, moxibustion, tuina (massage) and/or dietary recommendations. In Chinese Medicine, depression is associated most frequently with the liver meridian. But it could also be due to the spleen, heart and kidney meridians as well. This means that one or more of these meridians have an energy imbalance. A Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) can determine the pattern of imbalance by using several diagnostic methods. These include doing a comprehensive health history, tongue observation and pulse palpation. Acupuncture is the most common method we use in treating depression. One common concern among those considering acupuncture is whether or not the needles hurt. Acupuncture needles are very thin, which makes insertion light and painless. Most people never even feel the needles when they are inserted, and while some may feel a slight sensation, pain is rarely associated with acupuncture treatments. Laura Shelhav, DOM, is one of four Doctors of Oriental Medicine with UNM Center for Life. To make an appointment or for more information, call 505-925-7464 or visit

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f you have ever taken medication for emotional and mental health you’re not alone. Over 70 million Americans spend more than $2.3 billion each year on drugs designed to balance mood. And many more have refused these drugs either because they don’t seem to help, or because of the long list of potential side effects. Some people have found a more natural way to maintain emotional balance by using essential oils—also known as aromatherapy. Our sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than any of the other human senses, and it is the most effective and efficient way to address mood and memory issues since the human brain is designed to use aroma to soothe and balance itself. Here are just a few of the essential oils that are most commonly used for emotional balance: • Anxiety – basil, cassia, cilantro, cinnamon, cypress, frankincense, juniper berry, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, vetiver, wild orange. • Depression – bergamot, geranium, lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, ylang ylang. • Grief – bergamot, clary sage, cypress, geranium, lavender, lemon, lime, Roman chamomile, vetiver. • Mental exhaustion – basil, clary sage, eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, wild orange. • Sleeplessness – clary sage, lavender, Roman chamomile, vetiver, ylang ylang. • Stress – basil, cedarwood, citrus oils (including bergamot, lemon, tangerine and wild orange), clary sage, frankincense, lavender, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang. Inhaling the aromatic compounds in essential oils causes the brain to release specific chemicals. Many studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of using essential oils to manage mood. A Mood Management workshop will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, November 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. RSVP with Angela Melton, Energy Medicine Practitioner and Aromatherapy specialist, or schedule your free assessment with free sample at 505-310-1790.

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creates a wonderful feeling of overall well-being; the exercise is done in a balanced manner on all planes and is coordinated with conscious breathing. Plus, it doesn’t cause injuries, it prevents them.”

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“Through focus and breath awareness, Pilates, not unlike meditation and yoga, helps you become more aware of your body, which makes you more comfortable in your own skin,” says January. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, “Change Your Posture, Grow Your Confidence, Follow Your Dreams,” shares the results of her Harvard University research, which demonstrates how people that assume what she calls “power postures” actually change the chemistry in their brains, boosting confidence on many levels. Pilates is recognized as a highly effective way to improve posture.

Helps Coordination and Rehabilitation Many dancers and professional athletes access the therapeutic qualities of Pilates to help them recover from injuries and enhance balance and coordination. Anderson remarks, “With a qualified teacher, Pilates can be applied as a post-rehabilitation modality once post-

surgery physical therapy is completed, to further strengthen the body. Elite athletes such as professional dancers, baseball and football players, ice skaters and equestrians are also finding ways that Pilates can strengthen and assist them with their performances, well-being and injury prevention.” One of the ways that Pilates helps is by affecting body fascia. “Muscles work together, not individually, within the fascia, and the best way to change the muscle is through resistance,” says January. “It’s why Pilates uses spring tension, resistance bands and even jumping. Pilates improves balance and coordination because all the muscles work together. The entire body is learning how to dance in unison with itself.”

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Boosts Immunity “The more I committed to a regular Pilates practice, the more I noticed I wasn’t getting sick as often,” says January. “Pilates helps boost the immune system through reducing stress, a well-known contributor to disease. It’s accessible to people of all ages. You don’t have to be flexible or strong to begin, just willing.” She offers this advice to beginners. “Check out all the local studios to see what they offer. It’s best to start out taking classes twice a week with a certified teacher for two to three months. That’s easy to commit to. Then you can see if Pilates is right for you.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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While busy people tend to put off selfcare, there are treats to suit any schedule or budget—from getting a quick manicure or pedicure at a neighborhood eco-nail salon to visiting a yoga or wellness center. For a quick, healthy pick-me-up, visit an organic juice bar. Opt for businesses that feature fresh, whole ingredients rather than pre-mixed powders or sugar-laden juices; to give the immune system an extra lift, add a natural booster shot of ginger or turmeric. Most

grocery stores now carry cold-pressed juices that can pack as much as six pounds of produce into a single bottle. An honored ritual that continues to restore spent spirits is drinking a cup of tea. Whether sipped at home, as part of a British high tea featuring Earl Grey or as part of a traditional Japanese green tea ceremony steeped in Zen, tea time allows us to slow down and savor the moment along with the aromas in our cup. Also, antioxidant-rich tea is fortifying. Salt room visits, another healthy pleasure that has spread throughout the U.S., dates back 150 years to an indigenous Polish practice. Research indicates that salt therapy, or halotherapy, can help improve conditions such as asthma and allergies and support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems (see SaltRoomPampering). Universally restful salt rooms also offer a unique sensory experience. Another highly accessible way to treat body and mind is to move in a joyful way. Consider taking up a playful new class for de-stressing and stretching such as trapeze yoga, conscious dance or any other dance. Aerial yoga, using suspended trapezelike supports, helps lengthen the spine and strengthen muscles in ways not easily achieved on the ground. Dance delivers health and fitness bonuses in the midst of having fun. If we’re not in the habit of pampering ourselves, it’s time to stretch our beliefs about what we deserve. We’ll find bliss is an attainable luxury. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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Kelly Brogan on the Truth About Depression

Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does


What’s your stand on the illness model of medicine and how you arrived there? My training as a conventional doctor was predicated on a disease care model that offers patients only one solution—a prescription. We have never had a shot at true wellness, having handed over our health to corporations loyal to their shareholders, rather than to us. Conventional medicine is based on the notion that we are born broken and need chemicals to feel better; the body is a machine that needs recalibration; and doctors always know what they are doing. After investing thousands of hours researching what would aid my own journey back from health challenges, I saw how we have been duped. 24

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What’s the link between women, high blood sugar, diabetes, obesity and depression?

When I meet a patient that complains about irritability, anxiety, foggy thinking, fatigue and insomnia, I visually Health is our natural plot her day-to-day symptoms on a state, and we can restore mental graph. I find that the sugar rollit by natural means. ercoaster accounts for the vast majority The way to prevent and of diabetes, obesity, depression and reverse illness is to comother symptoms troubling my patients, municate with the body especially women. in a language it under Sugar disturbs mental health in stands. It’s so simple, yet at least three ways: It starves the brain society considers it an by causing blood sugar highs and lows act of rebellion to conthat can eventually cause insulin resissider this kind of lifestyle. tance, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease; promotes inflammation, which Which science is closely linked to depression; and supports your derails hormones by raising levels of conclusion that the stress hormone cortisol in the body’s antidepressant drugs don’t effort to balance blood sugars. work for most patients? Depression also has roots in thyTaking an antidepressant for depression roid imbalances, which are common in is like taking a Tylenol for a shard of women more than 40 years old, and in glass in your foot. Wouldn’t you rather food intolerances, especially to gluten, just remove it? Antidepressants don’t soy and corn, that can affect the brain work the way we think they do and in unpredictable ways. come with risks, including impulsive violence and debilitating withdrawal. Is there a general protocol They also can distract from an opportuthat seems to work best? nity to identify the real cause of sympWhile there are no quick fixes, I see toms, one that is entirely reversible, in turnarounds every week because I my experience. help my patients see the benefits of Selective serotonin re-uptake simple choices like avoiding wheat inhibitors like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and wheat products. You need a month and Lexapro are commonly prescribed of serious commitment to quit sugar, to treat depression by boosting seroalcohol, coffee, wheat and dairy. Then tonin levels. There are many studies you discover you aren’t an irritable, debunking their use and effectiveness. tired, forgetful person, which is its own The 2012 Ottawa Hospital Research incentive toward feeling better. It’s the Institute study led by Paul Albert, basis to make choices with your own Ph.D., concluded, “Direct serotoninfully informed consent. Applying such enhancing effects of antidepressants disturb energy homeostasis and worsen information leads to long-term change and healing. symptoms.” As far back as 1998, Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., an expert on the Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous placebo effect at Harvard Medical natural health books, including Food Is School, published a meta-analysis of Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the the treatment of 3,000 patients, find- Garden. Connect at

by Kathleen Barnes ntegrative medical doctor Kelly Brogan, a women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology. That’s why conventional antidepressants generally don’t work. She instead prescribes eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in order to rebalance all body systems. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression annually affects 15.7 million adult Americans, or about 8.3 percent of the population.

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Meditation Versus Medication:

A Mindfulness View of Today’s Health Care System by Reverend AliceAnn Taylor


oday we are quite literally bombarded by an overabundance of medical and pharmaceutical choices. So many wonderful advancements have been made in medical science in our lifetime. But what about the downside of the myriad of choices we face every day? One can hardly avoid the intensity of commercial medical advice, never mind you may not have any of the illnesses that are being promulgated via TV, media, advertisement and so forth. Yet, it’s difficult to choose what is best when faced with a serious or even terminal illness, much less our typical worries over our health. So what makes us healthy and how do we maintain a state of wellness that is commiserate with our fast-track lives? Rushed and always busy, we find ourselves eating what we can fix in a minute or two, or, worse, we stop at fast food joints or so-called affordable restaurants. We cut our sleep-time in favor of the work or worry that constantly plagues us; and we exercise with an intensity of purpose that robs us of our peace and harmony. But what are we getting when we eat on the run or short shift ourselves from much needed sleep and exercise? To put it mildly, we are creating our own demise. Time is the biggest culprit in our society, especially the common idea that “I just don’t have the time.” But there is a cure that works in all cases. When you begin your day mindfully, with a view toward the fulfillment of Joy in your daily life; and when you can make the time to meditate quietly at home before you begin your day, just the peacefulness of your own Divine nature, then, and only then, will you find a respite from your hurleyburley fast tracked life. Once one is focused on the True Self, the Self within that is always and forever ‘Divine’, then there is a real opportunity to avoid much of the medical madness that has taken humanity by storm. If you listen to some, there are always steps to proactive

Once one is focused on the True Self, the Self within that is always and forever ‘Divine’, then there is a real opportunity to avoid much of the medical madness that has taken humanity by storm. health care that necessitate a shot or prescription. So often, though, health is a mental state rather than a medical state. If you acknowledge the wisdom of your Soul, indeed acknowledge its existence, you have a very good chance of living your entire life pill-free. This is where daily meditation comes in handy. If you can discipline yourself to sit in meditation for 20 to 30 minutes on a daily basis, reflecting on your True Inner Self, you will improve your health enormously in a matter of months. Your body has a tremendous facility for self-healing and well-being once the True Self (Soul) has been realized. Add to this a mindfulness diet and appropriate exercise and sleep for your body, age and ability, then you have already written yourself a promising prescription for good and long-lasting health. Now, let me be clear, if medical intervention is really needed, it is an excellent solution for acute care. But again, wisdom and discernment should help you be proactive in every medical decision. Meditation will always guide you, as it is your True Inner-Self, your God-Self Reality that will help you make an informed decision. So relax, wake up to joy every morning and pursue a life tempered by meditation over medication. Take time to see the sunrise/sunset and bring your Heart-Mind into its own perfection. Reverend AliceAnn Taylor, PhD, OM, UNM, is an ordained priest of God and a Transpersonal Psychologist. She is the founder and principle minister/channel of the OakRose Academy of Light, a non-profit spiritualeducational organization. For more information, visit or call 505-490-8855. For the full length article visit See ad, page 9. natural awakenings

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WORKPLACE WISDOM Mindfulness in Corporate Life


by April Thompson

he workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment. Rooted in Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, most workplace mindfulness programs have stripped the techniques to a secular form more appealing to skeptics or adherents of other religions. The key practice—simply known as “sitting” or meditation— involves focusing our attention on our thoughts, breathing, emotions or bodily sensations for a set time period, while the term mindfulness refers to the ability to be aware of the present moment, whether meditating or in a business meeting. While Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Aetna and General Mills have instituted formal mindfulness programs, Michael Carroll, meditation teacher, executive coach and the author of Awake at Work, says that the mindfulness revolution has been largely seeded from the ground up. It’s emerged through people exploring the practices in their personal lives, and then bringing them to work.

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years ago while seeking solace during a traumatic time. Today, Gallo does three short sits a week and occasionally participates in 10-day retreats. Whitcraft doesn’t offer meditation to employees, but Gallo says mindfulness enables her to be available to her staff and solve problems without getting “swept off my feet so easily by all the desires, agendas and emotions confronted at work.” Carroll cautions that it’s not about trying to eliminate our own or others’ emotional agendas or personal biases at work; rather, individuals use mindfulness to become more conscious of and relaxed about them. “Meditation helps develop agility in viewing… to self-regulate, drop fixed mindsets, become self-aware,” explains Carroll, who has coached university presidents, CEOs and nonprofit executives in mindful leadership techniques. “You learn things from a competitor’s perspective or pick up on social cues you may miss if you instead had a fixed lens on a situation.”

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monthly group meditation practice or use company meditation rooms for individual practice. The health services company also offers the course to its member companies throughout New England. To date, more than 12,350 people in 174 companies have participated, encompassing varied fields from higher education and health to finance and technology. A survey of employees showed that initially 99 percent felt it was a good use of their time; another taken six months later found that 87 percent were still using the techniques. HPHC informatics analyst Stephanie Oddleifson, who took the course nearly 10 years ago, says it transformed her way of thinking and behaving in the workplace and furnished a set of practices she uses every day. In times of conflict, “I was so quick to make up stories in my head and jump to conclusions previously,” she says. “Now I’m able to pause before responding and observe my thoughts without getting caught up in them. I can diffuse tense situations with humor and not take things personally.” Additional research substantiates the anecdotal evidence for meditation’s workplace benefits. In 2015, scientists from Canada’s University of British Columbia and Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology compiled data from 20-plus neurology studies, finding significant correlations between meditation and areas of the brain related to capacities for self-regulation, introspection and complex thinking. A Rice University study specifically found a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness, job performance and employee retention. While workplace mindfulness programs vary and may incorporate helpful talks, encouraging readings and group discussions, Healey and Carroll both caution that reading or talking about mindfulness or meditation is no substitute for the practice itself, which many find challenging. “You won’t taste the benefits just reading about it,” remarks Healey. “The practice will come into play come showtime.”

While meditation may be on the upswing in the workplace, it was a battle to legitimize it, according to Tara Healey, program director for mindfulness-based learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). A longtime meditation practitioner, Healey started the Mind the Moment program a decade ago while serving as an organizational capacity building consultant. Surveys had shown that employees were overwhelmed and dissatisfied, but lacked the skills to rectify their situation. “The leadership said, ‘Great, let’s do it, but not tell anyone,’” relates Healey. She notes that meditation, a core component of her multifaceted mindfulness course covering everything from workplace stress to mindful listening, wasn’t accepted in the workplace at that point. Today, 30 percent of her company’s 1,050 employees have completed a six-week class introducing them to the power of mindfulness; Connect with April Thompson, of some go on to participate in a guided Washington, D.C., at


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The Art of Blessing Sanctifying Everyday Life

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Process Painting Classes – Through Dec 7. 1-4pm. Explore, the innermost ranges of creative expression using paint, brush and paper. Engage the process, no skills or talent required as creativity flows and transformation occurs. Debbie Purdy facilitates. $195, materials included. Creative Wings Studio, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Mexico Body & Brain Centers Open House – Nov 3, 4. 9am-7pm. Gut Health demonstrations will be offered. A 50% off discount on all private introductory sessions scheduled that day ($15). Call ABQ NE 797-2211, ABQ NW 792-5111, or Santa Fe 820-2211.

The New You in Old Clothes – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to be a new and better you without taking up old habits. Domo Geshe Rinpoche will discuss how to transform when friends and family are uncomevery fair flower and thank God for it as fortable letting go of the old you. $15. White Conch Dharma Center, Body Santa Fe, 333 W Cordova Rd, a cup of blessing.” Santa Fe. 262-370-5974.

by Dennis Merritt Jones


ost blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about conferring a blessing—it’s simply confirming the presence of God, divine Spirit, at the center of that which is being blessed. Masters, teachers, sages and saints from every spiritual tradition have used blessings as a way to consecrate, sanctify, purify and heal. Wedding ceremonies, memorial services, christenings and everything in-between have at one time or another been blessed. Anyone can offer a blessing. Ernest Holmes, author of Science of Mind, defined a blessing as constructive thought directed toward anyone or any condition. He says, “You bless a man when you recognize the divinity in him.” When things are good, it can seem easy to neglect the practice of blessing ourselves and others. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in

We can always bless what’s good in our lives, but blessings can become even more meaningful if we remember to bless the bad times as well, when we most need to remember the truth that good is present then and there, too. Getting in the habit of embracing daily blessings is a good spiritual practice as we evolve and go forth and bless our world as we have been blessed. It’s a matter of remembering that the real blessing has already been bestowed; the gift of life itself. Take a moment to contemplate this and seal it in consciousness by silently affirming, “I am blessed and I am a blessing.” I Am is a name of God. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy in introducing her seminal work, Science & Health, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.”

Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, is the author of Your (Re)Defining Moments, The Art of Uncertainty and The Art of Being, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality for 30 years (

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Healing Touch Level 1 Class – Nov 5, 6. 8am-6pm both days. Learn about techniques and meditations to encourage the movement of energy, healing ourselves and others; works in conjunction with traditional medicine. Beginner to advance welcome. 16 CEs for nurses and massage therapists. $325/ through Oct 21, $365/after. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Barbara Welcer: 248-882-1706. Make Spa Gifts with Essential Oils – 10am12pm. Make your own therapeutic and organic foot and body scrub, body butter, bubble bath, body wash, bath salts, bath bombs, & essential oil candles. Free. Versatile Vitality Yoga Studio, 4100 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque. 505-310-1790.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 FOOD DRIVE AT ELLEWELL – Nov 7, 14, 21, 28. 9am-8pm, Bring in a non-perishable food item and receive 10% off our services, which include chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and yoga therapy. ElleWell, 933 Baca St, Ste C, Santa Fe. 505-629-3116.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Tapping Into Freedom - EFT Level One – 9am5pm. Heal and empower yourself! Learn to release fears, blocks, trauma and PTSD by tapping acupoints. As seen on Oprah, the View and Larry King. Very effective, good results guaranteed. $95 advance, $125 at the door. 505-315-7397. Office of

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Wisdom Circle 2.0: A Year of Inspiration for Teachers – 4:30-6:30pm. A full-year of monthly, intensive teacher learning program that provides space and facilitation to inspire, support and hold accountable a cohort of teachers who seek to affect changes in their schools through experiments in teaching and leading. Free with registration. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

Ageless You: Vitality, Resilience & Youthfulness – 1-5pm. Learn simple, yet powerful exercises to tap into the power of regeneration that includes greater wellness, vitality and youthfulness. A PowerPoint presentation as well as handouts. $78, eligible for UNM employee tuition remission. UNM Center For Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque. Sedena Campanelli: 505-470-6295. Register:

ABQ’s Second Saturday: What you Absolutely Need to Know About Divorce – 8:30am-12pm. Non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process. $30/online at $35/cash or credit card at door. Office Alternatives, 4801 Lang Av- Tools for Inner Gardening – 6:30-8:30pm, A enue NE, #110, Albuquerque. Kelly Chisholm: presentation about the process of learning to honor, accept and appreciate oneself; learn tools to 505-974-1358. release the unworthiness that keeps us from realMastering the Art of EFT - Level Two –Saturday izing our divine nature. $20, Resonant Essentials, & Sunday, Nov 12-13, 9am-5pm. Learn advanced 7413 Menaul, Albuquerque. RSVP: 530-410-2567. techniques for overcoming resistance, treating trau- ma, healing issues in yourself and others. Improve school & sports performance, intuitive abilities, confidence and self-esteem. Very effective, good results guaranteed. $300 advance, $350 at the door. 505-315-7397. Office of Mary Baca, 5827 North Fourth St, Albuquerque.


Well Woman Drinks – 5:30-7:30pm. A supportive, social gathering to share our challenges and successes as women leaders, entrepreneurs, mothers, daughters and sisters. Guest speaker every month. Free/ members and first time guests; cash bar. Well WomManaging Your Weight with Yoga – Nov 12, 19. an Life, 505-620-6030. Woman Life and Giovanna 10-11:30am. Use yoga postures to help support Rossi of the Well Woman Show on KUNM 89.9fm. the body in weight management and loss. Gloria Info, tickets: Drayer also teaches the techniques of mindful eating and mediation to encourage love of the body Fall Mentor and Tutor LeAP Workshops – and mind. $30/both classes. Register, Michelle: 6-9pm. Designed for volunteer/mentors from the Inspire Santa Fe program, and is open to others in505-925-4551. cluding Communities in Schools, Big Brother Big Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Regress to a past Sisters, the Interfaith Coalition for Public Educalife where you will discover, access and activate tion, Monte del Sol Charter School’s Mentorship a positive inner resource to benefit you and other Program. Free with registration. Academy for the people in your life today. Group session. $50. Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Cen- Fe. 505-995-1860. tral Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – 9:30am-1 pm. Animals and their humans are invited to a Blessing of the Animals, followed by free holiday photos with your pet. Free. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd, Albuquerque. 505-8913619. Self-Healing Meditation – 11am-12pm. Brief demonstration of Healing Touch, the energy therapy, followed by a self-healing meditation. Easy to share with family and loved ones. Free, space limited. La Jolla Healing Touch, 2074 Galisteo St, B-4, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-570-4514. Pamper & Prepare for the Holidays – 3-5pm, Try some soothing herbal teas, experience a relaxing hand and arm massage, enjoy sampling in a home atmosphere. Pamper yourself, meet old and new friends and learn about ways to minimize the stress of the season. Free. For more information, please contact Jane Wotton at nyrorganicjane@ or tel/text 203-733-2680. Organized by Jane Wotton & Kristin Kurtz, private home, Santa Fe.


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Healing Touch Clinic – 2-5pm, See how Healing Touch can benefit you, your friends, and your family in a private, 20-minute session the Healing Touch clinic. Call for appointment. Free. La Jolla Healing Touch, 2074 Galisteo St, B-4, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-570-4514.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 An Evening with the Ascended Masters – 7pm. Lightworkers who live close to Santa Fe are invited to attend. Come 10-15 minutes early to meet and greet your fellow attendees. Donation requested at the door. Access Code: 7325118. Oak Rose Academy of Light Center, 80 Canada Del Rancho, Santa Fe. 605-475-6711.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Transformational Breathwork – 1-2:30pm. Release stress, stuck emotions and blocked energy from the body. Experience a greater peace and deeper connection of body, mind, and spirit through a guided conscious connected breathing. Paid Entry, $20.00. Call 505-920-4418 or email revjuli@gmail. com. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe.

Sacred Aromatherapy Workshop – 2-4pm, Learn the benefits of anointing with pure essential oils to support natural healing processes and enhance the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 5:45-8pm. connection to the divine. Free. Versatile Vitality Yoga An eight-week course that leads participants Studio, 4100 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque. 505-310through a uniquely comprehensive study and prac- 1790. tice of mindfulness meditation: what it is, how to do it in our daily lives to reduce stress, man- WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 age pain, help with sleep issues, addictions, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and more. Creating your Lifesong – 6:30pm-9pm. Be upInfo, registration, Michelle DuVal: 505-6151547. lifted by the creative process; participants will be guided through a group songwriting process, using story exchange, movement, poetry and music. Free with registration. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe. 505-9951860.



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Foundational Studies Evening of Exploration – 9am-5pm. Exploring the Stories We Live By. What sits between the words: Listening and Sharing. Our stories – personal and collective – give meaning and definition to our lives. They shape us: our presence, our relationships. $50. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

plan ahead SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 An Evening with the Ascended Masters – Dec 18. 7pm. Lightworkers who live close to Santa Fe are invited to attend. Come 10-15 minutes early to meet and greet your fellow attendees. Donation requested at the door. Access Code: 7325118. Oak Rose Academy of Light Center, 80 Canada Del Rancho, Santa Fe. 605-475-6711.

Cranio Sacral Basics – Jan 7-10. 9am-6pm. Learn to feel and connect to the basic cranial rhythms and see how they impact the body. Learn how to give a full basic session. $575. 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203.

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Cranio Sacral Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – Jan 12-15. 9am-6pm. Explore deeper cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. Learn the unwinding process of the head, neck and the extremities. $575. 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-4289203.

Early Morning Vinyasa – 7-8am, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. Warm vinyasa. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778,

An Evening with the Ascended Masters – Jan 15. 7pm. Lightworkers who live close to Santa Fe are invited to attend. Come 10-15 minutes early to meet and greet your fellow attendees. Donation requested at the door. Access Code: 7325118. Oak Rose Academy of Light Center, 80 Canada Del Rancho, Santa Fe. 605-475-6711.

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daily Hot Slow Mo’ Flow Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm, Mon, Tues, Thurs. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778, Hot Vinyasa Classes – M/T, 9-10:30am; M, 6:157:45pm. Hot vinyasa flow. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778, Info@

Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence – Jan 21-24. 9am-6pm. Learn to increase the flexibility of the cranial base and allow the brain to function within the maximum space available. $575. 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428- Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, 9203. celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live Cranio Sacral Talking to the Heart/Birth of streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616. TransitionLove – Jan 26-29. 9am-6pm. Learn to engage the intelligence of cells and organs and speak directly Hot Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:30am. Hot vinyasa flow; to structures inside the body. Release blockages bring towel and water. $15, pass. Blue Moon Hot from around the heart and heart protector and those Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778, Info@bluemoonof your client. $595. 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. Worship at Eagle Ranch Church – 9:30am. Services are centered on the Bible. Whatever tradition you come from and wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd NW, Albuquerque. Info: 505-8913619. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2



Sacred Healing Lights Open House Events Rejuvenate, refresh and feel supported, empowered and at peace. Going Beyond Workshops, including transcending limitations, self-care, aging well, breath work, meditation, honoring intuition, wholeness, gratitude and more. Sound Healing. Activities for individuals, the family and children to light everyone’s spirit. Donation and sliding scale. Sacred Healing Lights at the Casita. Priscilla Schmidt: 949-648-3468. Carly Bevans: 505692-5359.

savethedate MONDAY, JANUARY 30 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course Begins – Accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy taught in two-week modules. After completing the first 300 hours (modules 1-3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque. Register: 877-983-1515.

Meditation Service – 10-11am, 2nd & 4th Sunday. In this hour-long service we explore a topic through guided meditation, inspirational reading, music, and the opportunity for personal sharing. Free. Call 505- 920-4418or email Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe.

monday Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm. Online radio show helps the listener understand why they do what they do, eliminate stress or be able to handle it from a position of strength. Listen to:

monday, wednesday, friday Promotional Group Mat Classes – 6-7pm. $9, packages available. Pilates Santa Fe, Suite-O, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. 505-995-9700.

tuesday Lifesongs Community Creative Ensemble – 2-3:30pm. An intergenerational creative collaboration between community members, and artists utilizing music, movement, poetry, storytelling and other

tuesday, wednesday, thursday Promotional Group Reformer Classes – Tues, 6-7; Wed, 5-5:55; Thurs, 6-7. $18, packages available. Pilates Santa Fe, Ste-O, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. 505-995-9700.

wednesday Restorative Wednesdays – 6:15-7:15pm. Restorative flow class with Bea Vise focuses on deep release of the body for relaxation. $15 or class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 505-795-7778. Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and animal communicator, offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and pets. Call for appointment. Info: 505-4663764. 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. $15, free/first class. Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Wednesday. Staff and students help you with healing a specific problem or just bringing your energy into greater harmony. Free. Call 505920-4418 or email Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe. Radio Non-Profit – Hosted by Lainie Sevante’ Wulkan. Hear about NM non-profit organizations featured and paired up with national and global NPOs doing incredible work for their communities. Listen in.

thursday Make Friends/Make Art – 10:30-11:30am. For children of all ages to tap into their creativity with this fun weekly art session. Free. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd, Albuquerque. 505-891-3619.

saturday Yoga and Tai Chi Open Classes – 10-11am. Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation. Free/first visit. Body & Brain, Albuquerque. Details: NE 505797-2211, NW 505-792-5111, Santa Fe 505-8202211. Zeta Global Radio – Now listened to in 50+ countries, ZGR focuses on authors, filmmakers, musicians, artists and emerging leaders that consciously shape our world today and making a powerful impact.

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The Academy for the Love of Integrative therapeutic Learning stimulates and supmassage, Core Synchronism, ports the rebirth and renewal and Classical Homeopathy. of learning and education in Personalized treatments for Santa Fe through ongoing all ages. Injury, pain, stress programs and free monthly and health management; Evenings of Exploration. See ad on page 5. tailored to fit your individual needs.



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Heart-centered, mindfulnessbased, eclectic and integrative counseling utilizing Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy and EMDR. Come experience true peace & fulfillment. Sliding Scale.



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Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy is a herbal practice & apothecary specializing in Ayurveda and Clinical Herbalism. We carry a wide variety of herbs, tinctures, distillates & preparations and we fill custom orders.




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High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek Santa Fe, NM 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. 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 non-denom-inational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth. See ad, page 9.


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