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his month’s cover features one of the most fascinating women in the self-help industry--Byron Katie. I’ve been fascinated with the work of Byron Katie ever since I first read her book Loving What Is years ago. Katie is the creator of The Work, a process of self-inquiry based on four questions that help one to identify and question the thoughts that cause suffering. For over 30 years, this simple yet powerful method has helped thousands of people around the globe choose to think kinder, more compassionate thoughts. The Work is about opening to your heart and allowing yourself to realize there is always more to the story than you’ve been telling yourself. Those stories often cause needless misery as they are based on unquestioned thoughts. As Katie so eloquently explains in her books and on her website, it’s when we believe our thoughts that we suffer. When we choose not to believe them, we don’t. We can find more joy and freedom when we choose not to believe those thoughts that cause us grief. The Work is about fully embracing all of life and being open to the reality of the world around us. If we’re upset about the state of the world today, it’s because we’re caught up in the thoughts we are allowing to create negative feelings within us. Just because somebody throws a ball at us, doesn’t mean we have to catch it. In today’s political arena, there’s so much stress, polarization and judgment of others going on right now. There’s no better time than the present to discover The Work and see how it can make things shift for you. In this month’s feature article (page 20) you can read more about Katie, who has made it her life’s work to teach others how to end their own suffering and show up with more joy in their lives. In addition, we have several amazing events coming up that will help reduce stress and improve your overall health and well-being. Those happenings include the first annual Qigong and Conscious Aging event being held August 4-6 at the Chi Center in Galisteo; the Chi Center Healing Intensive Retreat with Master Mingtong Gu beginning September 29 at The Chi Center and The Fourth Annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival taking place October 6 to 8. Be sure to mark your calendar for these events and others you will find within these pages. Wishing you a wonderful month of August!

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hantal Fidanza, Intuition Instructor & Equine Assisted Coach, announces she is offering a new 8-month Intuitive Guide Certification Training starting November 5 at Unicorn Mesa in Santa Fe, this time with equine support. “When I added equines to my healing services, I didn’t realize they would bring me right back to what I already do best and love the most—supporting others to access their own intuition,” she explains. Fidanza especially enjoys working with those who are called to work with others. “I know it’s my life path to support those who want to serve others,” she says. “As for incorporating the equines, it just makes sense to include them in the program; they naturally help us realize our intuitive gifts.” Space is extremely limited to offer maximum support to each participant. “No healing background or equine experience is necessary in order to participate,” assures Fidanza. “You just need a desire to explore your ability to self-heal and support others in their own empowerment.”

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odi Hershey will discuss and sign copies of her new book The Call of the Day from 4 to 6 p.m., August 26, at the Ark Bookstore, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The work focuses on what is taking place today spiritually and how we are called to tap into our authentic selves to individually and collectively do our part in what she asserts is humanity “moving from our familiar third-dimensional ego self into a fourth dimension soul self, with the ability to reach higher levels of awareness and consciousness.” “Now more than ever, we are called upon to qualify our lives,” says Hershey, who has been a hypnotherapist in basic, advanced and past-life regression and a psychic/intuitive reader and spiritual counselor for more than 15 years. “It is a time when we are asked to find our true soul self, which is our home—our connection to the universal life force. We are asked to open our hearts so that we are able to see all that was intended to be. This is ‘the call of the day’.” Location: 133 Romero St. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 26.

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ith heartfelt sadness, the team at UNM Center for Life says goodbye to Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Arti Prasad, and Medical Director, Dr. Mark Lee, as they move out-of-state to new adventures. The team wishes them much success and all the best in their new careers in Minnesota and Montana, respectively. As part of the transition, the team is excited to announce that Dr. Surya Pierce, who has been with the Center for Life since July 2015, will serve as Interim Medical Director. Dr. Pierce is an integrative family physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at UNM School of Medicine. He completed both medical school (2007) and residency in family medicine (2010) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI, before working with the UW Integrative Medicine Program. Dr. Pierce is certified through the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. His approach to medicine continues to be influenced by yoga therapy (yoga chikitsa), Ayurveda and Traditional Tibetan Medicine. He is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (RYT 200) and brings 20 years of daily yoga practice to his patient encounters. His principle yoga preceptors were the late Yogiraj Achala (Pt. Charles Bates) and Swami Veda Bharati. He has conducted successful community yoga classes before, during, and after his medical education. The UNM Center for Life is located at 4700 Jefferson St. NE, #100 in Albuquerque. For more information, visit See ad, page 2.

Fourth Annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival Moves Date to October


he fourth annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival, formerly promoted as a Labor Day weekend event, is now being held October 6 to 8 in Santa Fe. This multi-day celebration showcases daily meditations, yoga classes with nationally renowned instructors, hikes, farm-to-table dinners, DJ hosted pool parties, and live music. Normally held earlier in the season, event organizers amended the date to accommodate a variety of factors including weather considerations and more time to plan this year’s event. The Santa Fe Yoga Festival was founded in early 2014 by Kurt Young, a local businessman and founder of the Santa Fe Film Festival, along with Pamela Serna, a Santa Fe yoga devotee. “The opportunity to bring our yoga community together with world renowned instructors, speakers and musicians in this breathtaking location is truly exciting,” says Young. “It is the perfect atmosphere for people searching for a chance to reflect, focus on fitness of the mind and body, and soul while connecting with others.” Music is a common Festival theme. Over the last few years the group has coordinated with AMP concerts and brought in such acts Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Chris Chickering, Mental Physix and the Joey Lugassy Band as well as others. This year there will be at least a dozen acts. Movies are also a featured attraction. This year the Festival will offer a showing of The Last Dalai Lama. In addition, last year’s Wine and Chocolate Yoga, a huge hit, will be continued this year as will the annual opening farm-to-table opening night dinner. Cost: Adventure Passes, $299 and Fiesta 1 Day Passes, $199. Tickets are also available for individual speakers and events. For more information, visit

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n Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00pm the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque will conduct a special free class. Find out how you can combine your interests in practical spirituality, self-improvement, and holistic healing into a career helping people. Reserve your seat by calling 767-8030. The next 500-hour hypnotherapy course begins September 11. After completing the first 300 hours of modules one through three, students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. By also completing the additional 100 hours of module four, which covers pain management techniques and accelerated healing, they become eligible for the professional designation of certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist. Module five is a 100-hour elective that covers natal regression and past-life therapy, for a total of 500 hours of training. Students have traveled from 28 countries and all 50 states to attend the school. Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra states, “Our state licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for almost 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is held three times a year and is taught in two-week modules.”

Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love


he Cranio Sacral School of the Masters presents Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love being held August 17 to 20 in Tijeras. In this class participants will go beyond working in total silence. “You will practice the use of your ‘original voice’ and help your client to do the same. You will engage the intelligence of cells and organs and speak directly to structures inside the body. You will release blockages from around your own heart and heart protector and those of your client,” shares Etienne Peirsman, founder of The Cranio Sacral School of the Masters. “Since therapy is dependent on the love that the therapist can allow, everyone who wants to claim this ability has to make sure his/her Heart is as free and open as possible.” Peirsman shares that every illness carries a message. “Don’t kill the messenger; listen to what they have to say. Healing from cancer isn’t about fighting a war; it’s about loving yourself back into balance. Start by talking to your heart and listening to the message,” he says. Location: Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd., Tijeras. For more information, visit To register, contact Program Coordinator Leila G. von Stein at 505-503-5137 or 32 CEUs for LMTs. See ad, page 2.

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ertified energy healer Yvette López founded Sneha Blue Energy Boutique in downtown Santa Fe in 2016. She enrolled in the Intuitive Healing Training at the Center of Inner Truth in Santa Fe and the Certification Program via the Berkeley Psychic Institute. After graduating a year later, López embarked on the unfolding journey to create Sneha Blue. Sneha (pronounced Snay-ha) in Sanskrit means love and affection. “Blue is the universal color of healing and Sneha Blue is real healing made simple,” explains López Sneha Blue is the first and only yoga studio on the Plaza offering a unique variety of yoga, movement classes, workshops, energy healings and psychic readings. “We love watching people change for the better and live happier lives,” shares López. “It’s our passion to provide the opportunity to bring healthier choices to our tourist and local community.” Sneha Blue offers the best certified facilitators in Santa Fe who care deeply about the studio’s clients. López works psychically with energy allowing her to see and tap into core issues. She then applies healing work with pure source energy; supporting and maintaining physical, spiritual and emotional restoration. She offers intuitive readings, energy healings, and spiritual guidance. She has studied Kundalini and Sikhism for over nine years and continues her life-long journey to learn new ways of helping others through both Eastern and Western medicine. López also has a special connection to animals and helps with the healing or loss of pets. She is a dedicated voice for animal rights and the owner of The Pet Grrrl. See ad, page 23

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oula and massage therapist, Anna Louise Lipkin, owner of Divine Mother Massage, recently moved from Kauai to Santa Fe with her husband, Brian. “It was on Kauai that I found my calling,” she explains. “I began my training at the Sacred Birthing Doula School, a doula program with focus on honoring the sacred in all birth.” She went on to study massage at the Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork with an emphasis on Connective Tissue Massage, Structural Integration and specific awareness practices. She has also been studying CranioSacral Therapy with world-renowned teacher and practitioner, Hugh Milne. Lipkin, also a Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage practitioner, custom tailors each session to meet the needs of her client, resulting in a profound and deeply transformative integrative massage. “I work with specific focus to the connective tissue of the body to help ease pain and discomfort, which can result from alignment based issues created by stress, injury and/or trauma. With guided breath, client involved movements, and specific body/mind/heart awareness practices, together we help to bring your body into greater balance, creating more ease in motion, freedom from pain, and a greater sense of alignment.” The modalities she uses have also assisted Lipkin when working with pregnant families. “Compassionate listening, the support of healing touch, and the reverence of all birth have been poignant tools for me as a doula, and I hope to be able to support many more mamas and their families in Santa Fe and beyond,” she says.

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cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

some 26 years ago with the idea of offering products to protect people’s immune system from environmental stressors, the only EMF concerns were 60Hz fields from the wiring in homes and offices. “There were no smart phones or Wi-Fi, and cell phones and computers were just beginning to proliferate. Today, we are bathed in a sea of EMF’s, and the problem is getting worse by the year as most people want more and more powerful gadgets and phones,” he says. Naturally, EMF protection was a small part of her business at that time; now, it is the top concern of many customers. As more and more people are being pushed over the limits of what their immune system can handle, they begin having various health symptoms. “Multiple studies have shown links between EMFs and serious health problems. Many experts believe they act as a stressor to the body. Stress affects whatever an individual’s weaknesses are whether genetic, environmental or psychological.” While The Cutting Edge carries many items to help reduce the effects of negative energies, the catalog’s most popular product for dealing with EMF’s is the Total Shield, which offers three types of protection: EMF, Geopathic Stress, and HAARP (a high-altitude frequency used by the military). “For EMF, it floods an area with the Schumann Resonance of 7.83Hz, the field under which we evolved before there were any man-made energies. It works by a process of dilution, so the harmful fields are overwhelmed by the beneficial field,” explains Klapper. “For Geopathic and HAARP, the Total Shield works like a noise-cancelation device, reflecting the field back upon itself.” The Cutting Edge is located at 3201 Richards Ln., Ste. A in Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-982-2688. See ad page, 28.

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ccording to Michael Schwartz, President of Michael’s Naturopathic Programs, the immune system is our first line of defense. “The immune system has the task of keeping the body healthy by fighting pathogens, disease-producing microorganisms, or neutralizing their toxins,” he explains. “It employs the abilities of the skin, the mucous membranes, hair, cilia, saliva, urine and other natural means of waste disposal in its function of keeping the body free of pathogens.” While the immune system works constantly to keep the body free from infection, there are periods of time when the body experiences a good deal of stress. Physical stress can cause the consumption of many nutrients—nutrients that may directly affect immunocompetence. That is one of the reasons it is important that it remain well-nourished and in homeostasis. Michael’s Naturopathic Programs’ Daily Immune Factors supplement provides daily support to ensure an active and vigilant immune system. The combination of nutrients supports the manufacturing of white blood cells and other immune system components, such as antioxidants. Nutrients include: Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Zinc – specifically required for the immune system. Folic acid – involved in the production of white blood cells, the front line cells of the immune system. Vitamin E – protects fat soluble vitamins and red blood cells. B complex – vitamins for higher energy requirements when the immune system is active. Reishi – well-known for immune stimulating actions. Astragalus – has immunostimulatory action. For more information, call 800-845-2730 or visit See ad page 25. natural awakenings

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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity


study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

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esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.

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ver the course of one to four weeks in Retreat, students of Wisdom Healing Qigong Intensives offered by The Chi Center, learn a natural healing science, process, and protocols that have been proven successful through decades of testing at the medicineless Zhineng Qigong Hospital in China.  Qigong is a well-documented timeproven practice that improves the flow of Chi (energy) inside the body. Chi (sometimes spelled Qi) maintains life processes through the exchange of energy with substances like air, food, sensory experiences, and universal energy. Retreat attendees learn to incorporate methods of inducing and attracting Chi through movement, sound and vibration, and using the mind’s intention — practices they can use for a lifetime of well-being. Those who benefit from Wisdom Healing Qigong are often working with serious physical or emotional diseases; stressed, depleted, full of anxiety, or depressed; wanting to strengthen their endocrine and immune systems; caregivers of their family or others who have disease; and/or those seeking powerful tools for self-healing, awakening, or expanding their professional capacities.  Modern research reveals that Qigong training and practice activates the body’s natural abilities to heal.  Qigong initiates relaxation responses, decreasing heart rate and blood pressure; alters neurochemistry profiles moderating pain, depression and addictive cravings, as well as optimizing immune capability; enhances the efficiency of the immune system through increased rate and flow of lymphatic fluid; improves resistance to disease and infection and increases the efficiency of cell metabolism and tissue regeneration; coordinates right/left brain hemisphere dominance promoting deep sleep, re-

duced anxiety and mental clarity; and induces alpha and theta brain waves that reduce heart rate and blood pressure, thus facilitating relaxation, mental focus, and even paranormal skills. If you’d like to consider attending the next Chi Center Healing Intensive Retreat that begins September 29, 2017, check out all the details at  You can participate from 1-4 weeks. There you’ll find dates, photos, videos, research data, pricing, and testimonials from Retreat attendees who often return several times per year to develop deeper levels of wisdom and healing!  Some live-stream options may be available. Call 1-800-959-2892, Email admin@

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Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to

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Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now

dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”


ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

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combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”, Continued on page 16.

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Food Healing to Conquer any Disease by Jeff Primack What if Clogged arteries and Parkinson’s were caused by the same oxidative force? Free radicals in food are the real villain and lack an electron, thus robbing electrons from healthy cells causing cholesterol to crystalize and the brain to form plaque. Oxidation is the death mechanism. What turns an apple brown is the same force hardening brain in dementia and Parkinson’s. Luckily, God has a plan for our healing with food as medicine. ELIMINATING FRIED FOOD is more important than being organic. Top scientists of “International HNE Club” published their latest findings that cholesterol hardens when oxidized by free radicals. French fries in America were found to possess extreme levels of free radicals, HydroxyNonEnal (HNE). In addition to causing cholesterol hardening, HNE radicals, high in all fried foods, cause DNA oxidation which leads to replication of cancer cells instead of healthy cells. Butter, coconut and olive oil produce less free radicals when heated. These oils are made of saturated and monounsaturated fats that don’t oxidize easily. Canola and soybean oils have more polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are unstable oxidizing faster. Aside from cooking oils, we get free radical exposure being near car exhaust and factories. Only a high-phytochemical diet can give us effective protection from radical oxidation in our bodies. Humans can run marathons looking for a cancer cure, yet by avoiding fried oils and eating superfoods we can reverse cancer. While I place a heavy emphasis on foods to detoxify, the real effects come from rebuilding blood and reversing oxidation with electron-dense pigments.

Pigments are colorful due to having DOUBLE BONDS, which contain four electrons that can be used to “quench radicals”. Neutralization of free radicals by electrons in food pigments is the best way to avoid disease. For instance, black sesame seeds contain melanin, a pigment stored by the Substantia Nigra in the brain where dopamine is made. Colorful pigments in hair signal fertility and many foods are proven by science to regrow hair, such as red onions and red apples. RED carotenoids neutralize free radicals 2x faster than Orange and 4x faster than Yellow! There is a hierarchy and RED is best. Not only do they protect against sunburns, but eye health, vision and fertility are restored by eating them. Egg yolks have 1mg of lutein per yolk to give it that vivid yellow. Spinach has 10x more lutein than egg yolks by weight, however recent science shows the egg was far more bioavailable. Cooked carrots are shown to have greater blood plasma absorption of betacarotene than raw in humans. I suggest both raw and cooked to obtain maximum benefits. Since learning the importance of RED carotenoids I’ve made Pepper Paste hundreds of times! I have a pepper problem…We give fresh “Primack Pepper Paste” samples to every person who attends Qi Revolution. Unfortunately, people can’t buy it yet, but we show everyone how to make it. Tomato paste, sauce and ketchup are next best sources. Claudia Gabrielle MD, Ivy league educated doctor, says she learned more on Food-Healing at the Qi Revolution than in medical school! We invite you, the seekers of truth, to be educated and learn Food as Medicine. Jeff Primack has taught qigong for 20 years to over 50,000 people at Qi Revolution conferences. He is the author of Conquering Any Disease, a science-supported medical textbook endorsed by doctors that give food functions and protocols to help people reverse epidemic diseases of today. See ad, back cover.

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reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from

legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grassfed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

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Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about 16

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the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools,

Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential ~ Judy Seeger. continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as researchbased education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping




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Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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Thermography for Safe Breast Health Screenings by Kathryn Ater


t seems there are always “new” breast cancer screening guidelines and controversy surrounding them. Assessing the risks and benefits of mammography seems to be ever changing these days. What is clear from many studies is that radiation to the breast tissue on an annual basis does increase breast cancer risk. The amount of increased risk varies, but with so much advanced technology available, it seems smart to begin using mammograms only when indicated instead of as a standard yearly screening tool. MRI and ultrasound are structural exams used in conjunction with mammograms to gain more information. All can be useful when indicated. Some are cost prohibitive.

Thermography A safe adjunct offering a physiological (active) picture of breast health versus a structural (static) picture of breast

health is thermography. When used in combination with mammography, manual exams, ultrasound or MRI, thermography can give us a more complete picture of what is happening in the breast tissue. Thermograms use symmetry, vascular patterns and thermal measurements to create a risk assessment of the breast. There is no compression, radiation or risk to the patient. This is a safe screening tool that may be used annually or as often as needed. Thermography is safe to use for patients with breast augmentation of any type, recent surgery or patients who are pregnant or nursing. Thermograms can also be used to assess breast health following radiation therapy or mastectomy.

Measurable heat Most breast cancers create increased activity in the breast tissue. Increased blood flow creates measureable heat. Engorged blood vessels and new blood

vessels can be viewed and monitored using thermography. Much of the value in thermography is in comparison to previous thermograms over time. We can see when the terrain of the breast tissue begins to shift, possibly creating a favorable environment to foster abnormal cell growth. This gives us time to be pro-active with whole body health and breast health. We have the chance to change the environment before abnormal or “weird cells” become cancer. Thermography in conjunction with conventional structural exams leads to less false positives, fewer unnecessary biopsies, less exposure to radiation, and less psychological harm to the patient.

False Positives The CBC in Canada reported on November 21, 2011, that a recent study by the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care estimated that screening 2,100 women every two to three years for about 11 years would prevent one death from breast cancer. But it would result in 690 women having false positives that would lead to unnecessary follow-up testing, including 75 women having an unnecessary breast biopsy. In the United States studies have estimated that up to 70 percent of biopsies are benign. Thermography can help us intervene when intervention is necessary and radiate the breasts only when necessary.

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Weekend Retreat Explores the Essence of Self by Marianne Murray


ho are you? What is the nature of the ‘you’ with whom you identify day in and day out as you move through life, probably without a second thought? Much as you may attempt to define yourself by what you do, what you believe, and what you love, do you ever truly get to capture the essential, elusive, unique qualities that make you, you? The fundamental question: ‘Who am I?’ is one that for millennia has fascinated and haunted philosophers, artists and poets, as well as spiritual practitioners from all over the planet and, more recently, scientists. When we inquire deeply into the nature of being—piercing through the thicket of beliefs, ideas, desires, roles and images—what is it that we discover? What, you may be asking, is the value of asking this question? At the heart of the Academy for the Love of Learning’s work is the belief that we human beings have an innate urge to learn and grow—to transform. In order to do this, we not only have to accumulate new knowledge and skills; we must also free ourselves from beliefs and habits that keep us small, and restrict our capacity to be changed. We need to dis-orient in order to orient in new and expansive ways—opening to connection, curiosity and wonder. Taking on this inquiry invites a profound and experiential learning about the deepest essence of personhood. Who are you, really? By exploring qualities within ourselves that are not readily known to us through our familiar sense of identity, we can liberate creativity and compassion, and

release the effort to become someone other than who or what we are. We may also discover that what we thought of as ‘I’ proves to be simply a transient experience, and then awareness shifts to a deep quality of presence in which the spacious, unencumbered sense of self arises moment to moment out of the sea of Being. During the weekend of September 22 to 24, Academy for the Love of Learning Founder, Aaron Stern, and faculty member, Marianne Murray, will be leading a weekend retreat inviting participants into a dynamic exploration of this most essential question of human being-ness. This retreat is designed as a powerful passage—held with warmth, respect and even some humor. We invite insight along with the experience of profound stillness: resting within your own presence. Taking place at the Academy’s beautiful Seton Village campus, this spacious retreat is organized around individual and interactive contemplative sessions, developed from the ‘Who Am I?’ meditation form created by the great Indian sage, Ramana Maharshi. These sessions are woven together with creative practices using art materials, music and movement, and reflective processes such as writing and walking in nature. Essential to the depth of the experience is the supportive community of the group. For information about this retreat, and other programs at the Academy for the Love of Learning, visit or call 505-995-1860. See ad, page 7.

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A Conversation with Byron Katie by Giovanna Rossi


enowned author, educator and public speaker, Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has made it her life’s mission to teach people how to end their own suffering. Her insight into the mind is consistent with leading-edge research in cognitive neuroscience, and The Work has been compared to the Socratic dialogue, Buddhist teachings, and twelve step programs. The Work is a simple yet powerful process of inquiry that teaches how to identify and question the stressful thoughts that cause stress. It was developed by Katie after a long depression. “I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being,” she writes. “Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.” People who do The Work as an ongoing practice commonly report alleviation of depression, decreased stress, improved relationships, reduced anger, increased mental clarity and more energy with a new sense of ongoing vigor and well-being. Giovanna Rossi: I wanted to start with a quote from your book, Loving What Is. You write “go inside and find your own happiness. To experience what already exists within you. Unchanging, immovable, ever-present, ever


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waiting. No teacher is necessary. You are the teacher you have been waiting for.” What do you mean by that? Byron Katie: I went to the world for answers like ‘What do you do about this?’ ‘How can I that?’ ‘What do you do?’ ‘What do you think?’ And it was a lot of depression in the end for me, specifically. Eventually, I found the answers inside. There was a moment it became so clear to me to just question everything I believed about my life, other people’s lives, what I thought about other people, to question what was running through my head. All of a sudden everything shifted. It shifted dramatically but every time I would question my assumptions, the things I was so sure about were true, it would turn around. It would flip and show me a world I had no access to otherwise. So that’s what I do. I invite people to, above all else, question what you think; to continue to question what you think.

GR: And that is really hard to always bedoing that! And that’s why you have thesefour easy questions to guide people. Can you walk us through those? BK: Yes. And the reasons for the questions. It really is a practice. It’s something we just get very still with and sit in and even meditate on. It is a practice until these questions become obvious. For example, what if I had the truth “he betrayed me?” Maybe I had that thought 30 years ago, maybe last

week, maybe it was 40 years ago. It doesn’t matter in time. If the thought is still occurring to me and it’s taking my attention and has the slightest negative tone to it, I would question it. I would mindfully go back to that time and place where I really passionately believed it. And I would stay there and say “he betrayed me.” I’d close my eyes, get still, and ask “Is it true?” That’s the first question. Then I’d ask the second question: “Can I absolutely know it’s true he betrayed me?” And then I would meditate on that and stay there and watch the images that show up. So then I am just witnessing my thoughts. “I was so absolutely positive.” “We even broke up over it.” “My life was ruined over it.” Can I absolutely know that it’s true that he betrayed me and that my life was ruined over it? And then, whether the answer is a yes or no, I move to the third question: “How do I feel when I believe those thoughts?” I notice, in that situation, how I reacted when I believed that thought. And I see how hurt I was and how it affected my life, how it colored everything. After witnessing that, we experience a lot of things we thought we didn’t want to see that really heal us from the past in that third question. After witnessing that, I then go to the fourth question: “Who or what would I be without the thought ‘he betrayed me’?” It’s colored completely differently. I see him defensive, upset. I see he doesn’t want to lose me. I see things in this moment that I did not see then. And then I invite people to do the “turnaround.” “He betrayed me” turns around to “I betrayed him” which is the opposite of what I believed. I see the ways I betrayed him, from little tiny things that I thought didn’t matter at the time and I just sit in our lives together when I was believing that and how it cost me that relationship. And then another turn around: “I betrayed me.” And, with my eyes closed, I sit with that and see, in that situation, how I betrayed me. This work is for the brave and the bold but I don’t know of another way to free myself. Every time I think of him today, I think of him with such love and connection. That is a past I feel at peace with as opposed to hurt and wounded. Anytime I think the thought “someone’s betrayed me” I giggle and laugh and say, “Well, I’ll consider that later when I have time to sit down with it because I know the mind so well. So, that’s the work. Judge your neighbor, write it down, ask four questions, and turn it around. And, it is a practice.

GR: It’s called The Work and it’s interesting you named it that because it is work. You have to focus on it and really do this to get to the other side. BK: It takes willingness. Anyone with an open mind can do this work, but that is the requirement. For some of us we have

to be tired of the pain. We need to have tried everything else, maybe. I know in my life I had. And some of us are just curious to know the truth. We don’t have to be hurt and miserable to do this work. We never know what we’re going to find in it and it’s fabulous, from one end to the other. I wouldn’t leave home without it.

GR: To have such a loving acceptance of ‘what is’ is amazing. How have you handled things like people passing away in your life? BK: You know I’m just not at war with life. When your mind is open, your heart is open. I just meet it all with whatever is there authentically without pretending or hiding. I get to watch my life as it unfolds as it happens.

GR: What does success mean to you? BK: Being happy in my life. I’m freed up to live a life where I can help and be available to others. Whether I’m alone or with people there is always something to contribute.

GR: When was the moment where you knew that you were really good at what you do? BK: Rather than being good at what I do I’d say I’m simply authentic versus being fake.

GR: What does authenticity look like or mean? BK: No fake news. In fact, we take assumptions out of our heads when we look at the four questions and turn around like in the example “he betrayed me.” It is only half the truth. I betrayed him, I betrayed myself, and I can find many ways he was completely loyal. And that was painful to sit in all those years ago. I have a very open mind and I invite people to experience their own authenticity that is just waiting to show itself. These questions are way of inviting them in. Giovanna Rossi is thefounder of Well Woman Life.To hear the full interview, visit 075show.To learn more about ByronKatie, visit natural awakenings

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins


n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.

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Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a

medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.


Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.


Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.


Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.


Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

The Proper Pillow by Randy Kambic


he right natural pillow is a key component to restful sleep. In fact, pillow comfort and support are as critical to good sleep as the proper mattress. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) (, 91 percent of Americans say that a good pillow is key to their sleep quality. Investing in a high-quality, supportive pillow can be transformative, both personally and professionally. The RAND Corporation calculates that poor sleep among U.S. workers annually costs the U.S. economy some $411 billion. Replace old, worn-out pillows. Pillows can harbor dust mites and their excrement, dead skin cells and bacteria that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. If a pillow is clumping, losing support or yellowing, replace it, says Michelle Fishberg, co-founder of sleep wellness company Slumbr ( “Quality, properly sourced, down and feather pillows can be comfortable for those that like classic, soft pillows. Buckwheat and natural latex pillows each have unique qualities promoting better sleep. Buckwheat is therapeutic for back pain, all-natural and hypoallergenic, and reduces snoring for some,” advises Fishberg.

Pillow care. The NSF suggests using pillow as well as mattress protectors; PureCare mattress ( is their official source including a range of down pillows and its MiteTight protector. Organic cotton covers are kind to people and the planet. likewise advises using a protective cover to extend pillow life. Don’t dry clean pillows, because chemicals and heat can do damage. A down pillow can be washed, but it’s best to have it professionally cleaned by a down specialist every three to four years. Or wash them at home no more than twice a year on the delicate cycle, alone in a large or commercial washing machine, to avoid breaking down the down’s natural oils and structure. Latex pillows can be occasionally hand-washed with mild detergent and air-dried flat. Don’t wash buckwheat pillows—if the hulls get wet, pour them into a fine mesh bag and air-dry them in the sun.

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The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.” 24

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“I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on

Guests enjoy appetizers and cocktails at a Dinner on the Farm event at Primrose Valley Farm, in New Glarus, Wisconsin. prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean “We strive to completely

source our produce from the farm.” The veteranowned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a MooGrass Band performance at huge piece of property in Dinner on the Farm event at Sandhill the countryside,” Parker Family Farms, in Brodhead, Wisconsin. notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year ( Foodshed-AllianceFarm2Fork). It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eightcourse, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates.

Explorers’ Heaven Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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related to emotional and cognitive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice. Parents of the one in 45 children diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outside-the-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifaceted nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for healing. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, consultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks and writes at to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise

parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wanting to help both their own two sons with developmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies. “If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals the maximum opportunity to experience independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz. He cites an example of a young boy with an avid interest in folding clothing. His parents learned how to create a meaningful job for him by creating a simple small laundry business from the family garage. Although at the beginning he was only asked to fold clothing (which he already expressed interest in), his father now accompanies him around the neighborhood to pass out business cards and promote his service. Being in business has helped him grow as a person. “Begin by assuming your child is competent and make it possible for them to follow their passion and create a future they can be proud of,”

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advises Boaz. Shining lights are leading the way. With her father’s help, Carly Fleishman, diagnosed at the age of 2 with nonverbal severe autism, wrote a book by striking one computer key at a time that described living in a mind and body afflicted with this condition. Still nonverbal, she hosts a YouTube radio show on which she interviews celebrities via a device that turns keystrokes into verbal language. Kerry Magro, with Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy organization, answered the question, “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults?” in his TEDx talk, one of his many media ventures. Chris Varney, an “I can” advocate for children’s rights, won rave reviews for his TEDx talk, “My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts Wrong.” Such powerful stories specifically relate how parents, grandparents and helpful friends forged networks that freed them and their afflicted children of the inhibiting stigma of autism and enabled them to realize their fullest potential. A bedrock philosophy in supporting ASD and other special needs children is to assume they are competent and learn to see them through God’s lens, rather than the lens of the world.


Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate by Arielle Ford


ust as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade. The underlying vibration or feeling of a place reflects the home’s energy. Whatever has happened there since its beginning, including arguments, illnesses or times of loneliness, have all left an unseen layer of negative energy. You could say that the walls “talk”. To begin preparing our home to welcome a mate, first remove the clutter. Piles of magazines, stacks of unshelved books and excessive furnishings are blocking and keeping in old energy and preventing good, clean new energy from flowing. Be sure to remove all photographs and souvenirs that are reminders of past lovers; throw them away or put them in a box away from your home. These daily, unconscious memory triggers keep you stuck in the past. Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. Next, it’s time to dispel the unseen energies. The fastest, easiest method is the Native American technique of smudging. The smoke will purify the space. Light a piece of white sage on a

small plate and when it is smoking (not flaming) run the smoke up, down and around every room, closet, door and window frame throughout the entire home. Alternatively, on a sunny day, open all the doors and windows and, applying a broom and imagination, sweep out the old energies. Just as nature abhors a vacuum and calls in matter to fill the empty space, so making space in our home assists in calling in love. Consciously create “space” by placing an empty nightstand on “their” side of the bed, plus have at least one empty dresser drawer waiting for them. Create inviting space in a closet and clear a shelf in a bathroom cabinet. If we have a two-car garage and have been parking in the middle, pick a side and begin only parking on “our side”. The most essential ingredient to “feathering the nest” is a strong intention to remove any old, outdated, limiting or negative energies that may be preventing love from finding its way to our door. Once free from unwanted clutter and obstructions, it becomes our sanctuary of vibrant, attractive energy. Arielle Ford is the author of 11 books, including Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate and The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her latest, Inkspirations: Love By Design, is a transformational coloring book. She lives in La Jolla, CA. Learn more at

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How Changing Your Thinking Changes Everything by April Thompson


or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies—a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years NORTHERN NM SANCTUARY

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What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

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How do the mental constructs we attach to our experiences affect outcomes of health and well-being? Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But

science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.

How have you seen these principles play out in your own life? My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain. Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Community Drum Circle – 6-7:30pm. Join a community drum circle. No experience necessary. Drums and refreshments will be provided. Free. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd, Albuquerque. 505-373-4558, EagleRanchChurch@ Archangel Channeling – 6:15-7:30pm. Clairvoyant medium Donna Carol will channel a loving message and powerful healing energy from the archangels. Coffee and tea service at 6 pm. $20. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-515-5088. CrystalHealer555.wixsite. com/donna-carol

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Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence – 9am-6pm. Learn to increase the flexibility of the cranial base and allow the brain to function within the maximum space available. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Psychic Fair – 12-5pm. Intuitive readings $20 ($1/min); astrology $1/min; soma pi healing $15; chakra balancing/aura cleansing $20. Lectures every hour on the ½ hour on up-coming classes. Check website for details on readers and topics. Free. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-453-7646. Michelle@

Annual Seton Birthday Celebration – 2-4:30pm. The Academy celebrates with the opening of a new art exhibition in the Seton Gallery. Special Guests: Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations. The event is in honor of Ernest Thompson Seton’s 157 birthday. Free. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

savethedate TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 Free Class -Activate Your Mind Power – 7pm. Tim Simmerman Sierra, director of the Hypnotherapy Academy will teach this free class about practical spirituality, selfimprovement and holistic healing. Learn about helping people heal through hypnotherapy. Call 505-767-8030 to reserve your seat. Hypnotherapy Academy of America, 2132 Osuna Rd, NE, Albuquerque.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Deep Dive Workshop: You’re Not Sabotaging Yourself – 5-8pm. Jocelyn Campbell, certified Enneagram instructor, will dispel the myth of selfsabotage and help get clear about what underlies almost all behavior change issues. Learn to get desired outcomes. Free. Well Woman Life, 609 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque. From Messy Dating to Joyful Relating – 7-9pm. Relationship experts, Douglas and Eileen Barber will host a Relationship Workshop for singles and couples on how to have amazing relationships. Love Offering. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. RSVP: 512-839-5232.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 Cranio Sacral Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love – 9am-6pm. Engage cellular intelligence and speak directly to structures inside the body. Release blockages from around your own heart and those of your client. $595. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137. Unity Santa Fe Healing Hour – 6:30-7:30pm. Good Vibrations Transformative Healing Hour features meditation, singing bowls, and gentle therapeutic touch, reiki, or non-touch vibrational healing. Remote healing offered for those at a distance. Love offering. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. 505-989-4433.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Intuitive Explosion – 1-3pm. Learn about your gifts and new ways of accessing your intuition. Reinvigorate your life and loose the drama by getting in touch with your inner guidance. $18 intro offer. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-453-7646. Michelle@resonantessentials. com.

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savethedate SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 New Mexico Hempfest – 12-9pm, New Mexico’s premiere hemp festival supporting and celebrating the economic impact of medical cannabis and industrial hemp. The festival will feature presentations from industry leaders, as well as exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services. These vendors are licensed producers, dispensaries, nutrient companies, medical clinics, health and wellness providers and more. Free, $1 parking. Weekly Alibi. Call 505-346-0660 or email

MONDAY, AUGUST 21 Maya New Moon Manifestation Meditation – 6-7 pm. A guided meditation to connect the Maya moon goddess Ix-Chel and sacred Earth mother to harness the power of the divine feminine, the new moon, and Venus to aid in manifestation for the upcoming month. Free. Pathways to the Divine.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Cranio Sacral Brain 2 – 9am-6pm, Understand connections, motoric and sensory tracks and how to restore balance. Explore the homeostatic processes and release them from static charges. $695. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137. Screening of What The Health – 7pm. What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe.

savethedate SATURDAY, AUGUST 26-27 Medical Cannabis Symposium – 8am-4:30pm. Two days of cannabis education taught by medical and industry experts. Attend all classes for a certificate of completion. Register online at or email info@ Embassy Suites by Hilton, 1000 Woodward Pl. NE., Albuquerque.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Horses & Donkeys Helping Humans 1/2 Day Retreat – 12-4pm. Relax, de-stress and embrace joy, ease and well-being in tranquil setting supported by loving equine friends. Space intentionally limited, reserve yours early. $125/by Aug 12, $160/ after. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, San Marcos Area, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074.

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Channeling 101 – 1:30-5:30pm. Two-day workshop. Learn to channel spirit guides of the light and your loved ones. Experience the channeled state as you connect to spirit guides through Archangel Gabriel; w/ clairvoyant medium Donna Carol. $199. One Accord Realty Building, 3924 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-515-5088. CrystalHealer555.

plan ahead SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Cranio Sacral Babies and Small Children – 9am6pm, Learn techniques to help restore alignment and correct imbalances relating to the birth experience. Communicate with the intelligence of babies. $645. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

savethedate FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6-8 Fourth Annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival – Featuring a multi-day celebration of daily meditations, yoga classes with nationally renowned instructors, hikes, farm-to-table dinners, DJ hosted pool parties, movies and live music. Early bird passes $199 thru 9/30; Adventure Passes and Fiesta 1 Day Passes will be on sale for $99. After that, ticket prices rise to $299 and $199. Tickets are also available for individual speakers and events. For more information visit

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Intuitive Guide Certification Training w/Equines – Ten Sundays through June 17, 2018. Program will attune to divine selves and deepen inner knowing to use to empower others via our intuitive healing practice. Training employs earth energy as well as equine guides to inform our unique gifts and strengths, and remove anything holding us back from manifesting our dreams and the expression of our light. Certification provided upon completion. Space limited, reserve now. 20% tuition discount by Aug 31. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, dba Your Divine Light. 505-438-1074.

ongoing calenders daily Horses & Donkeys Helping You – by appointment. Release pain, trauma, heal relationships, deepen self-trust, increase well-being, creativity and abundance. $180/90 minute session, $125/new client special; discounts for seniors, veterans, session packages. Unicorn Mesa, LLC. 505-438-1074. Support@ Morning Vinyasa w/Mari – 6:30-7:30am. Mon, Wed. For details go to the website or call. The Remedy Day Spa, Hyder Park, 700 Pershing NE, Albuquerque. 505- 265-9219. Hot Hatha Yoga – 9-10am, Tues, Thurs. $15 or class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. 505-795-7778. Info@ Hot Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:30am. Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat. $15 or class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 505-795-7778. Promotional Group Mat Classes – 6-7pm. Mon, Tue, Wed. $15/single class, $150/10 classes, $300/20 classes plus get one class free. Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Ste O, Santa Fe. 505-995-9700.

ongoingcalenders Promotional Group Reformer Classes – Tues, 6-7pm; Wed, 5-5:55pm; Thurs, 6-7. $21/single class, $210/10 classes, $420/20 classes plus get one class free. Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Ste-O, Santa Fe. 505-995-9700. Hot Vinyasa Flow – 6:15-7:15pm. Mon, Tue, Thur. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info: 505-795-7778.

monday Morning Vinyasa w/Mari – 6:30-7:30am. For details go to the website or call. The Remedy Day Spa, Hyder Park, 700 Pershing NE, Albuquerque. 505- 265-9219. Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm. Online radio show helps listeners understand why they do what they do, eliminate stress or handle it from a position of strength. Listen to: Unity.FM/program/ SpiritualNaturopathy.

wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and animal communicator, offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and pets. Appointments: 505-466-3764. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation.  $15, free/first class.  Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. Mindful Eating and Living – Aug. 9-Sep.13. 5:457:45pm. Participants learn a clinically proven new approach of mindfulness to hone their skills toward healthy eating and weight issues. $250/classes, food, course book and guided meditation CDs. Registration, Michelle Hale: 505-925-4551. MMHale@unmmg. org.

thursday Hot Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. Tues, Thurs. With Giancarlo. $15 or class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 505-795-7778.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Through Sept 14. 5:45-8pm. Comprehensive study and practice of mindfulness meditation: how to reduce stress, manage pain, help with sleep issues, addictions, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression in our daily lives

classifieds YOGA STUDIO/MEDITATION ROOM FOR RENT- In quiet, upscale massage and wellness center. Centrally located near Menaul and San Pedro, NE. Rent space for only $35/ hour. You provide the Yoga/Meditation Instructor. Bathroom and Shower facilities.Body and Mind Wellness Center, 2305 San Pedro Drive NE, Suite D2. 505-382-3406.

and more. $350/one day retreat, course book and 8 guided meditations. Registration, Michelle Hale: 505-925-4551. UNMMG. org/clinics/cfl/mindfulness.html.

friday Energy Movement – 10-11am. For details go to website or call. $15/intro lesson. Body & Brain, 6300 San Mateo Blvd NE, #C2-3, Top of Form Albuquerque. 505-797-2211.

Community ELDOA Class – 10-11am. ELDOA is a treatment for general back pain, arthritis, intervertebral disc compression, proprioceptive difficulties and pathology, scoliosis and articular lesions, and a large influence on the postural system. $10, or punch card options available. Awakened Center for Holistic Health. 505-639-4087. AwakenedNM.

Basic Yoga – 10-11:10am. Gentle and fun exercises for all ages and capabilities to help energy flow, relax the brain, free the mind and restore the body. Includes deep meridian stretching, core strengthening, meditation, and cool-down. Body & Brain Yoga & TaiChi, RSVP: 505-797-2211. Albuquerque@

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, and is easy and fun to do; w/certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.

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Dr. Marilyn Chernoff, PhD, ND, M.Ed Albuquerque 505-292-2222 •

Dr. Marilyn is a world-renowned healer; a medical intuitive who uses her knowledge and abilities to diagnose and treat children, adults, animals locally and globally (through long-distance healing). Specializing in allergies, pain, injuries, headaches, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, PTSD and others. By utilizing advanced biofeedback, the body’s pharmacy will heal itself. “BE THE HEALER YOU ARE”.


Clear out what’s holding you back, clean up relationships, and live your life from a powerful place of ease and grace. I can help you! See ad, page 32.





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Pet Readings. Communicate with your animal companions. Receive insight into your pet’s thoughts and feelings. Understand and facilitate changes in your pet’s behavior. 19 years experience Phone Consultations and House Calls.


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A unique blend of advanced CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, find relief and balance in mind, body, and spirit. Specializing in Treatment, Conception and Pregnancy, Trauma Work, and Chronic Depletion. See ad, page 28.


New! Destiny & Love Cards. Find the deeper answers you seek to the important questions in your life! Through the combined wisdom of astrology and psychology, you will be given significant insights from “the best of both worlds.” Rio Rancho astrologer providing in-depth astrology consultations for adults, couples, and parents. Forecasts, personal insights, relationships, career, relocation, spirituality, and more. FREE 15-minute telephone consultation!


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505 508 5805 • Albuquerque

Your dreams answer questions, concerns, worries—sometimes worries you don’t know you have. Your mind is working at night to resolve issues. Contact me for a free 30-minute session to demonstrate how your dream answers your concerns. Learn the steps to discover the messages in your dreams.


133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe, NM 505-995-1860

The Academy for the Love of Learning stimulates and supports the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in Santa Fe through ongoing programs and free monthly Evenings of Exploration. See ad, page. 7.

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, page 5.


Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074

Offering Equine Assisted Coaching, Intuitive Guidance, & Intuitive Guide Certification Training with Equines at my peaceful Santa Fe location. Gentle intuitive guidance with powerful equine support helps you to overcome fears, release trauma, heal your relationship with yourself and others and embrace the joy and ease that are your birthright. Monthly Specials, Discounts for Veterans, and Discounted Session Packages available. See ad, page 23.


Eriene Iris 417 Orchard Dr. (off Paseo de Peralta), Santa Fe 505-500-7667•

Enter a magical space where the flowers and oils await you! Hundreds of flower essences and a great supply of various essential oils, including oils directly from Egypt. You have the option to create your own flower essence blends & oils. I can assist you in different selection methods and I specialize in creating personalized flower essence and essential oil combinations to meet your individual needs.


Institute for Ascension Medical intuitive Art • Santa Fe 505-501-0501 •

The Foundation is dedicated to Awakening Consciousness and bringing balance and harmony to the mind – body - spirit. The Institute for Ascension and Medical intuitive Arts are both within its preview. New Spiritual Blog See ad, page 19.


5113 Comanche Rd. Albuquerque NM 87110 505-881-0464

Casa Verde is an Aveda lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa. We offer hairstyling, cuts, natural hair color and facials. We can make your hair and skin look stunning in a welcoming professional environment. See ad, page 29.


Amethyst: A Healing Space 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 808- 639-7534

Offering Connective Tissue Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, Structural Integration, and Craniosacral Therapy. Doula Services also available. Healing from the Heart.

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4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste 100 Albuquerque NM 87109 505-925-7464

An Integrative and Inter-Cultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues, using a vast array of ancient and modern techniques. A state of the art Integrative and Intercultural center, emphasizing prevention and wellness along with disease management. NOT-FOR-PROFIT. See ad, page 8.


Offering Intuitive Guide Certification Training & Intuitive Healing Sessions (both with and without equines) at my peaceful, mountain-view setting, or via phone. Everything I teach I continue to walk on my own path and offer with the intention of empowering others to merge with their divine light and to trust their own guidance and inner wisdom. Special support for empaths, those particularly sensitive to energy. Discounted Session Packages for ongoing support available. See ad, page 23.


600 Central Ave. SW Suite 107 505-582-9296 • Albuquerque

Your eyes reveal important information as it relates to genetic predispositions and your overall wellbeing. Understanding what your eyes reveal will guide you toward making the appropriate choices for optimal health. Call for an appointment.


The Source, 3532 Anderson Ave SE, ABQ, NM 87106 505-636-0019

I love to use my Psychic/Spirit Gifts to help people manifest the love and life of their dreams. I often do this by helping my clients open up their knowing and awareness, raise their energetic frequency and learn to use their own Gifts so they can continue helping themselves.

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Barbara Munoz, LMT #4955 • 505- 883-1212 9204 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 4 - Albuquerque

Massage is an investment in your health. Ocean Blue Medical Massage offers Medical massage, Deep tissue and Swedish Relaxation massage. We will bill your insurance. Discounted massage packages available. Treat yourself to better sleep, more energy and inner calmness.



New Mexico’s largest community owned 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, page 16.


Spirit mediumship, psychic readings, animal communication, medical intuition, akashic records and energy healing. Sessions help optimize physical and emotional wellness, with clarity and peace.


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Programs combine advanced constituents , such as ChromeMate®, OptiZinc® and Gugulipid® with traditional & contemporary herbs. Michael’s® extensive line includes gender and age specific products, including Michael’s Factors of Life® targeted nutritional programs. Over 80 products in various categories including minerals specialty items. See ad, page 25.

Michelle Vidal 7413 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 505-453-7646

Resonant Essentials has 3 beautiful event/classrooms at below competitive rates. We fit up to 40 people with tables and chairs in our large space or reduce your cost with a smaller space. Rates start as low as $30.00 for 2 hours. Our referral program is set up to earn free rental space and/or classes. Refer 3 get yours of equal value free! Call or email Michelle today to get started. See ad page 12.


Life changing bodywork which restores the natural alignment of the body to feel grounded, empowered, and at ease. Be free of chronic pain with RESULTS THAT LAST. See ad, page 8.




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505-216-9686 1300 Luisa St. Ste.1, Santa Fe 3600 Cutler Ave. NE, Abq

Sacred Garden takes pride in growing cannabis as a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drug therapies. Applicable for a wide spectrum of medical conditions, cannabis has assisted the health of countless people. We offer many different delivery methods, such as flowering buds, edibles, concentrates, oils, tinctures, and salves. Our heart-based staff will help you find what works best for you and your needs. See ad, page 2.


THE HIDDEN GIFT. Painful feet are often an indication that reflexology can help…with foot pain and overall health concerns.

Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian. Healthy foods, main dishes, soups, vegan specialties, quiche, salads, gluten free-delicious breads & amazing Feel your Vibrance with beautiful Art, Food and Music! See ad, page 30.


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Well Woman Life Community supports a global community of women to connect to their superpowers to achieve their highest level of fulfillment and well-being! See ad, page 25.

Jan Walker, Healing Practitioner 505-835-5440

Anyone can benefit from a Reiki Healing Treatment, whether one is dealing with the daily stresses of life or a major health challenge. Reiki’s restorative qualities bring warmth, calmness, balance and a sense of well-being.Foot Reflexology relieves stress and tension, improves nerve and blood supply, and helps the body to normalize. Reiki Classes offered every month.

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We recognize your face, know your name, help you improve your practice through individual attention. Hot Vinyasa Flow, Interval, Restorative, more.

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3 Day Profound Training $149 sharing what others charge thousands for in Qigong, Breathwork, Food-Healing, Tui Na Massage and more... Learn about Foods that destroy health and which foods help reverse specific diseases. Learn Breathing Techniques that dissolves stress and negativity with powerful energy. Learn 3 Levels of Qigong Healing to improve blood circulation, digestion and mind focus. Attended by over 50,000 people since 2005, QI REVOLUTION is designed to unlock your healing power and create your best life. These teachings give you energy using only the most effective Breathing Techniques, Qigong and Food-Healing practices for a strong body.

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