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study from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, has linked autism spectrum disorder with prenatal exposure to organochlorine chemicals. The researchers examined 1,144 children born in southern California between 2000 and 2003 with mothers that had enrolled in a state-sponsored prenatal screening program. Blood tests were taken during their second trimester of pregnancy, a critical time for neurodevelopment, to measure exposure to organochlorine chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and pesticides such as DDT. These compounds were banned from production in the U.S. in 1977, but remain in the environment. It’s well known that they can cross the placental barrier, impacting neurodevelopment in fetuses. The researchers selected participants based on previous health diagnoses: 545 children with autism spectrum disorder and 181 with intellectual disabilities, plus 418 free of both issues as a control group. They found a 50 to 82 percent increased autism risk in children with the highest levels of four identified PCB compounds in utero, based on which ones were present. “The results suggest that prenatal exposure to these chemicals above a certain level may influence neurodevelopment in adverse ways,” says Kristen Lyall, Sc.D., assistant professor in the university’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, promising further related studies.

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clinical trial from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine found that participants in a six-day, ayurvedicbased, well-being program showed metabolic improvements in blood tests for inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk (CDR) and cholesterol levels. Study participants consisted of 119 healthy men and women between the ages of 30 and 80. Sixty-five experienced a panchakarma program, a detox and rejuvenation protocol involving a vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga, massage, herbal therapy and other healing therapies. The other 54 served as a control group. Blood was analyzed before and after the test period. The researchers, led by Dr. Deepak Chopra, found measurable decreases in 12 phosphatidycholines (cell-membrane chemicals) associated with cholesterol, inflammation, CDR and Type 2 diabetes risk. They acknowledge that due to the short duration of the trial, the immediate changes were likely attributable to the vegetarian diet; more research is needed to determine the complementary role of the other therapies. “It appears that a one-week panchakarma program can significantly alter the metabolic profile of the person undergoing it,” remarks Chopra. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

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by Michael Schwartz ne of the results of the holiday season is water retention or edema. It can result from several things, but it generally stems from an imbalance in the potassium-sodium relationship. Stress can easily disturb this balance. It depletes nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. When calcium is depleted, the potassium-sodium ratio is disturbed, causing water to be retained. A person under stress will gain five to fifteen pounds of water weight almost immediately. This extra water weight puts additional strain on the heart muscle and joints. Stress is the result of how you respond to what you see and hear.  People have a tendency toward doubt and fear. This energy influences them to become more enmeshed in the material plane as a sense of security. Symbolically, water retention represents holding on to material things, on one level, to provide security. Security in material reality is fleeting; one day you can have money, the next day be unemployed and at the mercy of external forces. Remember, you are never placed in a situation that you cannot overcome and master. Should you find yourself in tough straits, think back on that old adage about lemons and lemonade...and get squeezing. Water retention has its own nutritional requirements and symbolic interpretations. Both potassium and vitamin B-6 are fundamentals for balance and harmony in the material plane. Symbolically, both share the same energy, and that energy is regulation.

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esearchers from Ohio State University, in Columbus, started with data from 6,432 participants in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, conducted in 1979, to study the impact that early job satisfaction has upon health as we age. The new study examined reports of job satisfaction on a scale of one (dislike very much) to four (like very much) for participants between the ages of 25 and 39. Then they compared the responses to mental and physical health reports measured after the participants turned 40. Those that reported low job satisfaction throughout their 20s and 30s exhibited higher levels of emotional problems, depression, sleep problems and excessive worry. Individuals that started out satisfied with their jobs but became less satisfied over time also faced sleep and anxiety difficulties, but exhibited less depression. The participants that reported increasing job satisfaction in their 20s and 30s reported fewer mental health problems. The correlation between physical health after 40 and early job satisfaction was not as strong, but university associate professor of sociology Hui Zheng notes, “Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older.” natural awakenings

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Recirculating Jet Air Linked to Illness Aerotoxic syndrome is the medical term for the illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircraft, and it’s causing that ailment, plus the permanent disability and even death of airline employees and passengers. Whistleblowers have been met with ridicule and termination. The problem has been called the “asbestos of the airline industry” by critics. French scientist Jean-Cristophe Balouet, Ph.D., who discovered the syndrome in 1999, thinks it may have already affected 250,000 pilots, cabin crew and passengers worldwide. In 1963, aircraft moved from drawing fresh air into the cabin to “bleeding” part of it from the engines. The synthetic oil used by jets contains organophosphates used in pesticides and nerve gas, and was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for residential use in 2001 because of known toxicity. The byproducts of these carcinogenic organophosphates can also include aldehydes and carbon monoxide. Airplane seals wear out and there are no chemical sensors onboard aircraft to detect fumes—only noses to detect the “dirty sock” odor. The Aerotoxic Association continues to push for air quality detectors on all planes and the Cabin Air Quality Act sponsored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein. For more information, visit Aerotoxic.org.

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Julia Schopick on Effective, Affordable Medicine by Randy Kambic

What are some of the most significant natural alternatives you report on in Honest Medicine? The ketogenic diet is one standout because it was the standard of care for children with epilepsy in the 1920s— until pharmaceutical companies began to produce lucrative anti-seizure medications; then its use diminished through a lack of proponents in the 14

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medical field. Its use was revived in the 1990s due to the efforts of Jim Abrahams, a Hollywood writer/director, father of a child with epilepsy and one of my heroes. I found small studies that proved that the ketogenic diet successfully stops children’s seizures nearly 70 percent of the time. This highly effective alternative has none of the negative side effects of antiseizure drugs. Most doctors aren’t in favor of the diet approach and instead often prescribe affected children up to three or four meds as an easier option. The diet follows Hippocrates’ dictum, “Let food be thy medicine.” Another standout is intravenous alpha lipoic acid, pioneered since the 1970s by Dr. Burt Berkson, who used it mainly for end-stage liver disease and diabetic neuropathy. He saved many people from needing liver transplants with infusions of this powerful, versatile antioxidant. photo by Keith Peterson

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ollowing up on the success of her bestselling book Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for LifeThreatening Diseases, Julia Schopick plans to spread awareness of the efficacy of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) in treating autoimmune and other ailments later this year with a new book co-authored with professional writer Don Schwartz. Her first book, endorsed by many leading integrative health practitioners, earned the top National Indie Excellence Award for Alternative Medicine. It taps into nearly 200 scientific studies, with her research into innovative treatments driven by a quest that she and her late husband both believed added 15 years to his life after a terminal prognosis at age 40. The former English teacher at Long Island University and Virginia State University, now an Oak Park, Illinois resident, has contributed to the American Medical Association publication AM News, writes online and print guest columns and shares her journey in media interviews.

Did anything surprise you? I chose to include effective treatments that are non-toxic and inexpensive. I didn’t realize that several of them were effective for many different conditions. For example, LDN has been used since the mid-1980s to treat autoimmune diseases, of which there are more than 100; it also treats some cancers and AIDS. Research shows good results for conditions as varied as multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

Parkinson’s, because all of them have an autoimmune component if they are not directly autoimmune diseases. Similarly, the ketogenic diet is now being studied as a treatment for cancers, especially brain tumors, brain injuries, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Intravenous alpha lipoic acid is also used to address autoimmune diseases, some cancers and other conditions.

Are you finding that people are increasingly moving away from drugs and, if so, why? Yes. The norm used to be that patients followed their doctors’ orders without question, which routinely entailed prescription drugs. Today, people are realizing that drugs often come with horrendous side effects. Consider, for instance, that ads for some injectible treatments for autoimmune diseases caution against side effects of cancers, including lymphomas. A side effect of some multiple sclerosis drugs is a serious brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML. People are listening closely, reading and researching their health issues, and don’t want risky side effects, especially when safer options are available.

In dealing with chronic illnesses, how crucial is it for caregiver and patient to maintain a positive, optimistic attitude? Multiple studies, like those referenced in Mind Over Medicine, by Dr. Lissa Rankin, and Radical Remission, by Kelly Turner, Ph.D., show that a positive state of mind is crucial to healing. One of the benefits I report in my book is that patients and caregivers will do even more research looking for alternatives when doctors tell them nothing else can be done. And many find healing treatments; there are many such cases reported in my book. I like the African proverb, “When you pray, move your feet.” Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.


states of awareness to extend caring and willing service out to others and the world. The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Cross-Cultural Shamanism (PMT) is a vehicle for people from all walks of life who are fascinated by the beauty of the natural world and derive great sustenance from being part of an earth-honoring spiritual community where they can blend their own spiritual practice with ancient rituals and ceremonies and re-discover how to live in harmony and balance with our earth. There are many shamanic traditions, and the PMT is derived specifically from Peruvian lineage and original sources of shamanic wisdom and practice. Clay: Where did the name Pachakuti Mesa Tradition originate and why did you choose it?

An Interview with Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, Originator of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Cross-Cultural Shamanism

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don Oscar: The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition derives primarily from two sources of aboriginal or original practices in Peru, my country of origin: Northern Coastal and Southeastern Highland or Andean. Sanctioned by my mentors to carry these two lineages into the world, I fused them together, forming the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. In the language of my ancestors, the Inca people, Pachakuti, means “world reversal” or “cosmic transformation.”

Clay: How would you describe the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition • of Cross-Cultural Shamanism to someone unfamiliar with the word “shaman” or “curandero”? • don Oscar: A shaman is a person who cares deeply about the entire earth community and taps into non-ordinary

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it is an altar ground, a ceremonial space in which world transformation takes place, both on a personal and a planetary level. A pachakuti is a change, a major transformation, requiring us to tap into our internal resources to

introduce this very rich tradition through the Apprenticeship Series. What led you to that decision?

don Oscar: First, when I received my sanction from don Celso Rojas Palomino, our people thought traditional practices were impractical, discredited them, and even persecuted the practitioners. At the knowing that, after the storm, comes the calm; and we are able to time I was apprenticing, it was illegal start life anew after that great, chal- to practice the shamanic arts and don Celso was convinced that, if our people lenging moment. saw the people from developed nations Even though we typically create our respecting these arts, they would realize own pachakuti experiences, it can that it must be good medicine and want seem as though the changes are coming to learn these practices themselves. And from an outside source. To be able to he was right. Shamanism is becoming ceremonially ritualize the experience a global, cultural phenomenon, provides extraordinary release. As a recognized as both a spiritual practice Pachakuti Mesa initiate or practitioner, and a ceremonial life-way that can be you are able to help people going of great service to healing the pain and through a change by bringing them suffering in the world. into your own Pachakuti Mesa sacred Yet, I was taught orally and I adhered space and modifying their experience to that oral tradition. The reason I’m through various means learned in the sanctioning others to introduce this Apprenticeship Program. rich tradition through the Pachakuti Being able to harness moments Mesa Tradition Apprenticeship Series is of great change and transformation because it became clear that I personally and contain them within a sacred, could not be the only one initiating ceremonial ground empowers people into this art. There was so much the individuals going through the pachakuti, providing release of tension interest and so many were seeking this experience that a group of people, and anxiety. including yourself, who have heartfelt The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition is dedication to this work because it had a vehicle for people from all walks of been transformative in their own lives, life who are fascinated with capacity were meant to take this out into the of the beauty in the natural world to world. So, over a series of months, I assist in their own personal/spiritual prayed deeply about it and called upon growth and change; in the growth and don Celso in my dreamtime and on my transformation of others; and in the care and feeding of our beloved planet. home altar ground until it became very, very clear that this work must spread and that the people, such as yourself, Clay: In the last several years you who had been in my circles for so many have begun sanctioning teachers to •

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moons had been thoroughly prepared to carry this to the world. Clay: I’m excited and visualizing this community being stretched and becoming more inclusive, while at the same time staying really grounded in and true to the tradition. don Oscar, what would you say to encourage others to explore and embrace this in-depth shamanic journey into the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Cross Cultural Shamanism? don Oscar: I would remind them that we are divine beings that have a place in the sustaining of beauty and healing grace upon whichever world plane or some other trans-dimensional reality; makes no difference. We are all together as a family—a cosmic tribe. Anybody who understands what I have just said will experience a re-membering—a coming back into membership as a united, peaceful, earth-honoring, planetary family. There is nothing more rewarding, more nourishing, more healing than sharing that awareness with others in circle, such as Pachakuti Mesa Carrier circles, in which everyone else is a your fears, doubts and insecurities are medicine to everyone; where you never have to hold back from showing your true self—whether in moments of deep pain and anguish or in a blissful/ transcendent awakening. Honesty, truth, integrity and a befriending of our shadow; a support of taking our personal inventory is always lovingly encouraged in our circles. I cannot think of any better medicine in the world than that opportunity. Clay: Thank you, don Oscar, for the richness of this lineage and for the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Apprenticeship Series. Phyllis Clay, Ph.D., a sanctioned teacher of the Pachakuti Mesa PMT Apprenticeship Series in Albuquerque, February 24 to 26. To enroll call 505-918-4388. For more information visit HeartOfTheHealer.org. See ad pages 15 and 8.


4 Tips to Ensure Your Financial Future Post Divorce

by Kelly Chisholm omen, divorce and finances; all three words are controversial and all three come with their own challenges, and let’s face it, this combination can be brutal—but it doesn’t have to be. Add the word excellence, successful or independent to that mix. Make it any better? When you’re going through a divorce, learning as much as you can about your personal finances is the most important thing you can do. Even 10 minutes a day can save you from making huge financial mistakes. If you are the one who tends to family finances, you have an advantage—you are already thinking independently; you just need to take the next step. In her book Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money, Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., stresses that minding your own money and making your own financial decisions is the key to success. Your money mindset is the chicken to your golden egg. Remember to pay yourself first by putting a set amount or percentage from every paycheck right into a savings account.

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Confidence is key You are going through a lot. You may be angry, scared and unsure of the future. All of these feelings are natural. Remind yourself daily that you are a strong woman. Say affirmations in the morning and evening: I am beautiful. I am smart. I will succeed. These will help tremendously with your outlook. Women, divorce and finances—that doesn’t even sound that bad, and when you throw in some research, confidence, savings and a huge dose of self-love, you are sure to soar. Kelly Chisholm is the President and Clinical Director of Albuquerque Family Counseling, a Board Certified Sex Therapist (CST), a Board Certified Clinical Counselor (LPCC), a Certified Relationship Specialist (CRS), and a Financial Therapist and Money Coach. Contact her at 505-974-0104 to schedule your complimentary, personalized 30 minute Financial Discovery Session. For more information, visit AlbuquerqueFamilyCounseling.com. See directory listing page 30.

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What is Leaky Gut?

by Cece James and Jessicca Kumaalla eaky gut is a huge topic in many health talks these days. Millions struggle with this condition—many completely unaware that they have it. Leaky gut contributes greatly to increasing rates of immune system dysfunction and overall lack of health. It affects digestion and ultimately leads to a full system breakdown, chronic inflammation, disease and even death. The lining in the gut is an essential barrier designed to allow absorption of essential nutrients and to keep harmful substances from passing through to the other side. This barrier is made up of a permeable mesh-like membrane, with very tiny holes throughout. These holes are perfect to let just enough digested juices through, to be taken into the body, absorbed into the cells, and made into energy. When leaky gut is present, the gut lining “net” has even bigger holes. Not only is the body losing precious nutrients through those holes, but undigested food particles, bad bacteria and other pathogens, toxins, chemicals and environmental poisons. This causes intestinal inflammation and the gut stops absorbing vital nutrients like B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and iron, triggering an immune response. This can ultimately lead to autoimmune disorders. Healing the gut is crucial at this time and proper nutrition is one place where we can make the biggest difference in overall health. Jessicca Kumaalla LMT, CWK, HHP, and Cece. James BS, CWK, HHP, co-owners of The Institute for Holistic Living in Albuquerque, invite all to learn about their Holistic,Living Expert & Holistic Nutrition. Specialist Dual-Certification Program. For more information see ad page 19 or visit InstituteForHolisticLiving.com.

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THE DARK SIDE OF GLUTEN-FREE LIVING Most People Benefit from Gluten

by Judith Fertig ales of gluten-free products bloating, brain fog and joint pain, when reached $973 million in 2014 and they ingest gluten. According to the are projected to grow to $2.34 Center, as many as 7 percent of Ameribillion in 2019, according to Packaged cans, or 18 million people, fall into Facts, a market research publisher. this vague category, due to a far less Many such products cost more than understood immune response distinct their gluten-based counterparts. from what’s linked to celiac disease.

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The latest study, published in the American Medical Association publication JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the number of Americans with celiac disease remained relatively stable from 2009 through 2014 at about 2.7 million. Meanwhile, marketers for gluten-free products report about 40 million consumers. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten causes issues such as intestinal damage, anemia and fatigue. Those afflicted improve when gluten is removed from their diets and their intestinal tracts heal, according to the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. Those with a non-celiac gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy also experience a range of symptoms, including NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

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The many Americans unaffected by gluten may want to avoid gluten-free products, says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition. The bestselling author of How Not to Die, Greger founded the educational nonprofit NutritionFacts.org and is a founding fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. “Just because some people have a peanut allergy doesn’t mean everyone should avoid peanuts,” says Greger. “Some evidence suggests that a gluten-free diet may adversely affect gut health in people without celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy.” He cites a small study published in Gut Microbes which found that a one-month, gluten-free diet may hurt gut flora and immune function, potentially precipitating an overgrowth


Impact of Self-Diagnosis

Self-diagnosing a gluten issue can delay a doctor’s accurate assessment, cautions Greger. “We diagnose celiac by looking for the inflammation caused by gluten in celiac sufferers. If they haven’t been eating a lot of gluten, we might miss diagnosing the disease. Thus, instead of being on a gluten-free diet, we want celiac suspects to be on a gluten-loaded diet, such as four to six slices of gluten-packed bread daily for at least a month before they come in for a diagnostic exam.” Studies are ongoing and information continues to evolve regarding the pluses and minuses of a gluten-free diet. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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of harmful intestinal bacteria for those on gluten-free diets. The gluten components that cause problems for the wheat-sensitive may act as prebiotics and feed good bacteria for the rest of us, says Greger. “Wheat bran contains the important wheat-based prebiotic arabino-xylan-oligosaccharide,” explains Case Adams, a Morro Bay, California, naturopath and author of The Gluten Cure: Scientifically Proven Natural Solutions to Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivities. “It feeds the probiotics that produce enzymes which help break down gluten and gliadin proteins.” Researchers from Pennsylvania’s University of Reading conducted multiple studies showing that arabino-xylanoligosaccharide derived from wheat bran increases beneficial bifidobacteria populations in the guts of humans. It is disappointing that a number of highly publicized studies done on celiac patients have been inappropriately applied to the general population, notes Adams. Gluten may also boost immune function. In a study published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, researchers found that after less than a week on a diet with added gluten protein, subjects experienced significantly increased natural killer cell activity, which could improve their ability to fight cancer and viral infections. An earlier study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that high-gluten bread improved triglyceride levels better than regular gluten bread. Plus, Greger says, avoiding gluten means missing out on all the fiber, B vitamins, trace minerals and other nutrients from whole grains like wheat, barley and rye. A whole-grainrich diet has been repeatedly shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer in studies from such institutions as the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. “Most gluten-free processed foods are not made with nutrient-rich, health-protecting whole grains,” adds Katherine Tallmadge, a Washington, D.C., registered dietitian, nutrition coach and author of Diet Simple. Ingredients such as potato starch and cornstarch with little nutritional value typically help take the place of wheat flour. “The gluten-free label has little to do with nutritional value.” French fries and many candies, for example, are naturally gluten-free.

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WEIGHT-LOSS

SABOTEURS Tackling Obesity’s Hidden Causes by Lisa Marshall

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at less, move more. These words have been the cornerstone of diet advice for decades, leading millions of Americans to greet the new year with vows to cut calories and hit the gym. In all, one in five U.S. adults are dieting at any given time, according to the international market research firm The NPD Group, and 57 percent would like to lose 20 pounds or more. Yet few will reach that goal. One survey of 14,000 dieters published in the International Journal of Obesity found that only one in six had ever been able to lose 10 percent of their body weight and keep it off for a year. Another study, published in the last year in Obesity, followed up with 14 contestants from the 2009 TV reality show The Biggest Loser and found that despite efforts to keep their eating and exercise habits on track, 13 had regained significant weight since the competition. Four are heavier now than before participating on the show. 20

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Diet experts say the battle of the bulge has been exceedingly hard to win for one clear reason: We’re oversimplifying the solution and underestimating the saboteurs. “We’re learning that it’s not as simple as calories-in and calories-out,” says Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, physician specializing in functional and nutritional medicine and author of Why You Can’t Lose Weight. Research reveals that everything from food allergies to hormone imbalances and disruptions in gut bacteria can subtly undermine the best-laid weight management plans. Working out too much or eating too little can also backfire. Even a mean boss or a cold workplace cubicle can factor in. Certainly, diet and exercise are key, experts emphasize. Yet, if we’re doing all the right things and still seeing disappointing numbers on the scale, there’s still more we can do. Here are some common weight-loss saboteurs and what to do about them. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

Bite into a food we’re sensitive to and our body switches into “fight-orflight” mode. It stores fat and water, releases histamines that widen blood vessels and inflame tissue, and cranks out stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine that make us want to eat more of that food. “You literally get a high so that you crave more,” says Smith. She notes that unlike true allergies, which can prompt an immediate reaction, food intolerances often manifest subtly over several days. When we are repeatedly exposed to a food we’re sensitive to, we feel bloated and sluggish, regardless of the calorie count. Allergy medications can also prompt weight gain, in part by boosting appetite. One study by Yale researchers found people that regularly ingested antihistamines like Zyrtec and Allegra were far more likely to be overweight than those not using them. What to do: First, cut out the most-craved foods. “If someone tells me they just cannot live without cheese, I assume they are allergic to it,” says Smith. Or, try an elimination diet. Ban common allergens like milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten (if possible, try sticking to only rice and lamb—two hypoallergenic foods—for four days). Then reintroduce other foods slowly and monitor the results. To combat seasonal allergies naturally, try vitamin C, quercetin and butterbur supplements.

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Underperforming Thyroid

The thyroid serves as a key metabolism regulator, dictating how efficiently the heart beats and muscles contract, how quickly the body turns nutrients into energy, and how well we burn off stored fat. When thyroid hormone production falls, metabolism can also decrease by as much as 40 percent. Yet as many as four in 13 women suffer from a thyroid hormone deficiency, says Toronto naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, author of the new book The Hormone Boost. “You can diet and exercise until you are blue in the face, but if your thyroid is out of balance, you won’t achieve the body you’re looking for,” she says. “It’s a common cause of weight gain.” What to do: Get tested for levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and, if possible, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) also. TSH signals the thyroid to make more T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone that is converted into T3, the form the body is able to use. Abnormal blood levels of any of these can impact metabolism adversely, and a TSH test alone may be unable to identify a problem, caution Smith and Turner. In some cases, medication may be required. Otherwise, move to embrace lifestyle habits that reduce stress levels, because the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit thyroid function. Get eight hours of sleep; sleep deprivation also impairs thyroid function. Eat lots of fiber, which helps the body eliminate excess estrogen and other thyroid-damaging metabolic byproducts. Also, stock up on foods containing tyrosine (almonds and avocadoes), and selenium (Brazil nuts). In some cases, if an iodine deficiency is at play, a doctor may suggest iodine supplements or iodine-rich foods like kelp and sea bass.

Imbalanced Gut

The trillions of microorganisms in our gut have a profound impact on our ability to maintain a healthy weight, says Dr. Raphael

Kellman, a New York City physician practicing functional medicine and author of The Microbiome Diet. “The gut bacteria are the gatekeepers of the calories that enter our body,” he explains. Research shows that certain species of bacteria aid in the metabolizing of carbohydrates, while others help break down fats and protein. Some turn on genes that fight inflammation; others influence how well the body responds to insulin. Diversity and balance of helpful bacteria species are keys to health. “If changes in the percentages of certain bacteria occur, the microbiome loses its ability to help us maintain a healthy weight,” says Kellman. In one landmark 21st-century study by University of Colorado researchers, swapping the gut bacteria of a skinny mouse with that of an obese one made the skinny mouse gain weight. What to do: Go easy on antibiotics, which can wipe out gut bacteria diversity. Load up on fermented foods like kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt. Eat lots of inulin-containing plant fiber to give desirable bacteria something to chew on, and consider taking a probiotic supplement until weight loss and health goals are achieved.

Overdoing Diets

As The Biggest Loser contestants learned, losing too much weight too fast can bring metabolism to a screeching halt; the body, coaxed into starvation mode, moves to conserve fuel and store fat. “If you try to lose weight by drastically slashing calorie intake and going crazy on the cardio machines, you’ll do more harm than good,” says Turner.

Performing intense cardiovascular exercise such as running, cycling or swimming for more than 45 minutes can make cortisol levels surge, accelerating muscle loss and impairing the immune system. That’s counterproductive because muscles burn calories at rest, too. Consistent over-exercise can also prompt the stressed body to respond in a fight-or-flight fashion, storing more belly fat and leading to the “skinny but fat” body composition common among models and marathon runners, she says. Skipping meals can prompt the key thyroid hormone T3 to fall off too, further slowing metabolism. Plus, six weeks into a restrictive weight-loss program, levels of the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin also start to decline, killing motivation and fueling cravings. The result is a weight plateau or even weight gain. What to do: Unless walking, limit workouts to 40 minutes, advises Turner. Instead of slogging away at a steady pace on the treadmill, try intervals (short, high-intensity efforts separated by brief rest periods), which have been shown to boost both fat burning and cardiovascular fitness. For example: five-minute warm-up, one-minute run at fast pace, one-minute run at moderate pace, repeat 10 times, five-minute cool-down. Also, incorporate strength training into three workouts each week. Include some fat, protein and carbohydrates with every meal. If insisting on counting calories, shoot for 450 to 500 per meal and 150 per snack for women; 500 to 600 per meal and 200 to 300 per snack for men. Every week to 10 days, enjoy a carb-loaded “cheat meal” such as pancakes or pasta; it supports any languishing thyroid and feel-good hormones, gives associated neurotransmitters a jump-start and keeps us from feeling deprived.

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risk of packing on pounds due to an overly cold environment. “When the body is cold, it adapts by laying down insulation, which is fat,” he says. Even without eating extra calories, if we’re constantly cold at work, as 31 percent of women are according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, we tend to gain about a pound or two per year, says Hedge. Other research, conducted at Northwestern University, in Illinois, shows that workers exposed to more light in the morning weigh about 1.4 pounds less on average than those toiling in windowless cubicles. The suspected reason is that morning light triggers a cascade of hormones that positively impact appetite and metabolism. Another study, by Ohio State University researchers, found women that experienced a stressful event at work or elsewhere and then ate a fat- and calorie-laden meal the next day burned 100 fewer calories from that meal than non-stressed workers. by Meredith Montgomery What to do: At work, move the desk toward a window or at least take he latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows an a walk every morning. Bring a space annual expenditure of $30.2 billion in out-of-pocket costs for complementary heater, extra sweater or hot tea fixings. health approaches, benefiting 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, After an ultra-stressful workday, eat and representing about 10 percent of out-of-pocket U.S. healthcare costs. Insurance especially healthfully that night. rarely covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in full. As provider networks shrink, premiums rise and the future of healthcare reform remains uncerLisa Marshall is a freelance health tain, health-conscious consumers yearn for innovative ways to afford this kind of writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at care. LisaAnnMarshall.com. See ad, page 22.


CAM therapies still deemed “unproven” by traditional changes, which can prevent or reverse 70 percent of health concerns, cannot be communicated in 10 minutes.” insurance companies gave Gray a second chance at life. Following remission, she began a 20-year search for alternative medicine insurance. Finding none, in 2014, she created Medical Cost-Sharing For generations, Christian communities have operated health GreenSurance (MyGreenSurance.com). Serving people that proactively care for their health care sharing ministries (HCSM) to collectively share the cost and prefer natural medicine as primary care, GreenSurof each other’s medical bills as an alternative to outside insurance developed an evidence-based and science-backed ance. Members are exempt from current Affordable Healthlist of 40-plus covered CAM modalities, including thercare Act (ACA) mandates. mography, energy therapy, biofeedback, essential oils and Liberty HealthShare, a nonprofit HCSM chartered by homeopathy. It also covers conventional medical and the Mennonite church, believes that everyone has the right emergency care. to practice religion as they see fit. Their members share a Enrollees of the member-owned organization are supcommitment to personal health and sharing in the burden of plied third-party payer information for provider direct billing health expenses with others that have these values. once the member’s out-of-pocket amount is met. They use “Many in the functional and integrative medical arenas any state-licensed provider and the program is often more also believe in these principles,” says Tom Blue, of Richmond, affordable than traditional insurance. Virginia, a director with The Institute for Functional Medicine. GreenSurance is currently investing resources to “Cost sharing feels very familiar; you present your card to broaden consumer access to the tax advantages of a health your provider, but there’s no set network of providers, which is spending account (HSA). H.R. 1752 would allow enrollees in any healthcare-sharing program to open an HSA. “Simply, favorable for those seeking more progressive forms of care.” Expanding upon this model, Blue worked with the com- we’re a co-op whose members empower us to create an pany to create its Liberty Direct program (LibertyDirect.org). exempt program that protects members from ACA penalties and traditional health insurance,” says Gray. “More, we’re Individuals pay an annual membership fee plus a monthly a grassroots movement for change.” share amount. After fulfilling their annual unshared amount Krisel notes, “Doctors too, are livid about the current of out-of-pocket expenses (similar to a deductible), particistatus of America’s healthcare system. Be vocal about what’s pants’ healthcare costs—including approved naturopathic important to you. The more voices heard in Washington, the and alternative treatments—can be submitted as expenses to more change we’ll see.” be shared by the group. Liberty Direct provides financial advantages to DPC Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf practitioners and patients by subsidizing membership fees; Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com). it favors nutrition over chronic prescription dependence by reimbursing physician-prescribed nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical expenses under the same terms. Members must be in good health with a lifestyle that plus: Children’s Dental Health helps sustain wellness, including good nutrition, exercise and Our Readers Are Seeking abstinence from tobacco use and drug and alcohol abuse. Providers & Services for Hospice, Estate The program also accepts approximately 7 percent of Planning, Burial Advice & Holistic Dental Care applicants on provisional terms when pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes can be improved through lifestyle changes. They pay an extra fee per month to cover the cost of a health coach; when they achieve their goals, they become full members paying regular rates. plus: Holistic Eye Care “The economics are staggering,” says Blue, who used to pay $760 a month for insurance with a $12,400 deductOur Readers are Seeking ible and now pays a monthly share of $449 with a family Providers & Services for Addressing Dietary Concerns unshared amount of $1,500. HCSMs are affordable because & Natural Vision Care of restricted overhead budgets. Plus, they appeal to naturalhealth conscious clients and can decline unsuitable applicants. “This concept of communal cost sharing works—Liberty’s share amounts decreased in 2013 and have not changed since,” comments Blue.

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Holistic Dermatology Inner Health, Radiant Skin by Linda Sechrist

Holistic skin care practices are simple, healthy and sustainably good for people and the planet because they follow nature’s example.

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edical Doctor Alan M. Dattner, a 35-year pioneer in the field of holistic dermatology, faithfully follows nature’s principles in supporting skin health. His book Radiant Skin from the Inside Out: The Holistic Dermatologist’s Guide to Healing Your Skin Naturally maps out how skin reflects the body’s healthy or unhealthy organs and systems. Finding the internal root cause of problems on the skin, the body’s largest organ, takes time to investigate. Dattner, who practices in New York City and New Rochelle, New York, and considers himself a “skin detective”, says that although his forensic work continues to expand, he still begins his sleuthing by compiling a detailed and comprehensive history that yields clues for solving health puzzles and points him in the direction of what’s causing problems. Some patients with acne also have symptoms of bloating, gastrointestinal issues or chronic bowel disease. Others may have traveled to another country where they contracted diarrhea from a parasite or foreign bacteria that upset their intestinal microbiome. 24

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skin, another organ of elimination,” says MacKenzie, who practices in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. “When constipation leaves toxins to be reabsorbed into the blood and recirculated through the liver, the body, out of desperation, seeks ways to get rid of toxins through the skin. This can result in eczema, psoriasis, rashes, boils and acne,” notes MacKenzie. In TCM, the facial redness of rosacea originates in a heating of the blood caused by toxicity. An inflammatory condition of excess energy and toxicity in the stomach travels upward through the stomach energy meridian that runs from the eye to the second toe. It’s supposed to flow downward through the mouth, throat and intestines and out. Elina Fedatova, cosmetic chemist, aesthetician, owner of spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and formulator of Elina Organics, addresses skin as an aspect of a whole healthy body. Her product line is created wholly from organic plant extracts and essential oils, made in batches every two weeks. These purely natural products can be ingested without harmful effects. “Formulas are made using holistic principles and adjusted for each season,” says Fedatova. She agrees with Dattner, “Protecting skin from the inside with a nutritious diet that benefits the entire body is vital, as important as keeping the skin’s surface clean.” In caring for skin from the outside, a gentle exfoliation that can be done at home three times a week using a honey mask is the first step. Skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, dull appearance. Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are necessary elements of a complete facial skin care regimen, as is a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. “Using skincare practices and products that follow nature’s example are the perfect external complement to good internal health,” says Fedatova.

Skin outbreaks can also be the result of food sensitivities or food allergies. “I make patients aware of the issues underlying their skin problems so that they understand the connection between internal health and skin. Then they can make conscious food choices,” says Dattner. Diet is a critical aspect of healthy skin. Food sensitivities can cause inflammation that can show up on the skin, he explains. Dattner incorporates several diagnostic techniques and remedies from other medical traditions, including herbal, homeopathic and ayurvedic. A tongue diagnosis he uses is taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He uses Applied Kinesiology to refine his therapeutic choices as the results align with his knowledge of dermatology, immunology and integrative medicine. Janice MacKenzie, acupuncture practitioner, teacher and author of Discovering the Five Elements: One Day at a Time, views the skin as a third lung, because it breathes. “If the organs of elimination aren’t workLinda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ing well—large intestine, liver and kidney—then toxins leave through the ItsAllAboutWe.com. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com


SKY HIGH A Simple Gaze Invokes the Infinite by Sandy C. Newbigging

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magine being outside on a sunny day, looking at a clear, blue sky. It’s natural to feel calm and wonderful while contemplating this expansive view. Then a solitary bird flies across our field of vision. Noticing it takes our attention away from the stillness of the sky to instead track its movement as it flies by. Then we start thinking about the bird: “I wonder where it’s coming from and going? Why is it alone? Has it lost its mate?” At that point, we are no longer feeling calm, but concerned. Inside of each of us, right now, there is a “big blue sky” of awareness with all kinds of “birds” flying around, including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and anything in the external world that catches our attention.  Attaining a consistent inner calm is possible by learning to be more interested in and attentive to the conscious awareness that is calmly observing what’s going on in our thinking, emotions, bodily sensations and life. We can live permanently engaged with this awareness and the inner dominion it contains instead of being helplessly caught up in the content of our own or others’ thinking or emotion, which are often conditioned by the world to be more negative than positive. As we mature in this skill, we discover that such awareness is always still, silent, peaceful, powerful, unlimited and infinite. It reflects who we really are as opposed to who we think we are. Through practice, it becomes our natural way of being and we awake to an excellent way of living To experience this, try the Gently Alert Attention Wide Open (GAAWO) technique. Look at something that’s straight ahead while simultaneously letting the gaze gently open up wider, looking neither left nor right, using passive peripheral vision. Now do the same with up and down, so gentle alertness encompasses an even greater scope. As we do this, we will likely notice that our thoughts are stilled and we feel more present, calm and quiet than a moment earlier. This simple technique works for everyone. By playing with it regularly, we can discover that a sense of peace never leaves us; rather, we leave our innate, peaceful center when we focus on and feel the to and fro movements of our mind. Exchanging typical thinking for staying in a conscious state of awareness helps us to unchain our being from limiting views and perspectives, so that we live more freely. Sandy C. Newbigging is the creator of Calmology principles and techniques, including the transformative GAAWO. He offers a 12-week Calmology foundation course at CalmClan.com. Connect at SandyNewbigging.com.

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Functional Medicine for Pets Why the Best Vets Use It

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any pet owners have chosen functional medicine for their own care, so they logically turn to it for their four-legged family members, as well. Most veterinarians are still unfamiliar with this approach to pet health care and may even discourage its use because they see it as being out of synch with conventional ideology. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging patients and doctors in a partnership designed to improve health. This evolved practice better addresses individual needs than a traditional approach that focuses on illness and treating disease rather than restoring overall health. By shifting from an allopathic platform to a more holistic, patient-centered one, functional medicine addresses the whole pet, not just a set of symptoms.

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Why Functional Medicine

The system of medicine practiced by most vets is geared toward acute care of a severe trauma or a climax in illness that necessitates urgent diagnosis and treatment. They typically apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or perform surgery to treat the immediate problem or symptom. This approach works well for pets experiencing a crisis, but isn’t appropriate for restoring health when animals have chronic disorders. It also doesn’t help them to at least live comfortably with incurable problems without the side effects

often caused by extensive administration of medications. Conventional veterinary science lacks the proper tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases, it doesn’t take into account an individual’s unique genetic makeup or exposure to toxins such as too many vaccines, drugs or environmental chemicals. Functional medicine always focuses on the unique nature of the patient; there is no “one treatment fits all” mentality. Functional medicine vets are specifically trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet and naturopathic remedies to both treat and prevent these illnesses. They can ably help the increasing number of pets suffering from complex, chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies, arthritis, seizures, bowel and bladder problems and immune system disorders. Functional medicine best addresses these concerns because it involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of ailments and emphasizes customized care. The goal is to promote health as a positive force well beyond the absence of disease. It’s possible for many pets to appear to be healthy while specialized, noninvasive testing shows underlying issues that

must be addressed if illness is to be prevented. Conventional medicine either doesn’t offer such testing or ignores minor abnormalities, placing the pet at risk for developing serious and potentially irreversible problems.

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An integrative, science-based healthcare approach considers interactions in the pet’s history, physiology and lifestyle that might lead to problems. All of the diagnostic and treatment modalities are based upon proven scientific principles and follow evidencebased medicine to yield the best results in terms of total function. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “holistic” or “complementary” healing methods. The focus is on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets and detoxification programs, using drugs only when necessary as a last, rather than a first, resort. This whole-pet approach allows doctors to choose whichever therapies are best for each patient. Holistic vets see many patients for which conventional medicine has proven ineffective. Sometimes conventional doctors back away from offering treatment, either because the pet is “too old,” the treatment is “too expensive” or the results are unlikely to be “satisfactory.” Functional medicine can help many of these so-called hopeless cases, return pets to health and often heal disease after principles of functional medicine have been consistently applied to the pet’s everyday lifestyle. Finding a functional medicine vet is challenging, but worth the effort. Focusing on the individual needs of a pet ensures the optimum chance for achieving and sustaining proper health. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Linkup – 7-8:30pm. Celebrate the new year with intention that arises from within during ceremony. Bring a drum, rattle, sticks, bell, stringed instrument, voice, etc and an open heart to receive an intention that will serve body, emotions, spirit, mind and heart. Uptown Area, Albuquerque. Call for directions, Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388. SynthesisIntl@aol.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 Make Love Your Vibration – 6-8:30pm.Connect with spirit to get into a love vibration to clear energetic, psychic, mental, emotional and ancestral blocks to receive love. Individual and/or group clearings will occur. $20. Soul Medicine Healing w. Janice Noehulani, The Source (blue room), 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. 505-636-0019. JaniceNoehulani.com. Archangel Channeling with Donna Carol – 6:15-7:15pm. Renowned clairvoyant medium and energy healer Donna Carol will channel a loving message and powerful healing energy from the archangels. Coffee and tea service at 6. $20. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-515-5088. CrystalHealer555. Wixsite.com/donna-carol.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Cranio Sacral Basics w/Etienne Peirsman – Jan 7-10. 9am-6pm each day. Listen and feel inner movements of a person’s body. Connect to cranial rhythms and see how they impact the body. Study fascial intelligence, diaphragm releases and cranial lifts. $575. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. CranioMasters.com. Archangel Mini Readings – Jan 7, 8. 1-3pm. Learn more about your destiny or karma, or just get an angelic point of view. Book a 15-min archangel mini-reading with Donna Carol and save 20% off hourly rate. $25. 12801 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505515-5088. CrystalHealer555.Wixsite.com/donna-carol.

MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Messages from Spirit – 6:15-7:30pm. Group will explore ways to connect with spirit though meditation, oracle and tarot cards, channeled messages and mediumship. $10. Danelle Becklund’s office, The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505321-4121 or DanelleBecklund@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 Awareness Through Movement Series- – 12:301:30pm or 5:45-6:45pm. Class can lead to improvements in comfort, flexibility, posture and overall performance and can fine tune your ability to listen and pay attention to yourself and the way you move. $15/session, $75/six-week series. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. UNMmg.org/clinics/cfl/. Wisdom Circle 2.0: Inspiration for Teachers – 4:30-6:30pm. A full-year, intensive teacher learning program that provides space and facilitation

133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

Wellness Tai Chi & Chi Gung Series – 7-8:30pm. Often called moving meditation, Tai Chi promotes a peaceful harmony between mind and body, builds physical flexibility and enhances balance and coordination. Chi Gung combines breathing techniques. $15/ class, $110/8-week series. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. UNMmg.org/clinics/cfl/.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 ESSENTIAL OILS 101 – 6:30-8pm. Learn to incorporate essential oils into your everyday health and wellness, with a focus on the top ten essential oils every house should have. Free. Casa Verde Salon Spa, 5113 Comanche Rd, Albuquerque. 505881-0464. Donna@casaverdespa.com.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Santa Fe School of Massage Open House – 12-2:30 pm. Learn about the full-time or parttime 700-hour massage therapy programs, Polarity Energy Practitioner Certification and the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Training. Enjoy complimentary bodywork and light refreshments. Free. Santa Fe School of Massage, 1091-A Siler Rd, Santa Fe. 505982-8398. SantaFeSchoolOfMassage.com.

savethedate SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Meditation and Healing Class – 3-5pm, Learn an effective meditation technique utilizing psychic tools for releasing unwanted energy and directing energy flow in the body. This class provides tools for a lifetime. $150/ six weeks. 505-920-4418. RevJuli@gmail. com. CenterForInnerTruth.org. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe.

CRANIO SACRAL FOLLOW UP TO BASICS CLASS: Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – Jan 1215. 9am-6pm each day. Learn cranial rhythms and neutral touch; the unwinding process of the head, neck and extremities; use meridians to open the heart and release the lungs; direct a healing flow. $575. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. CranioMasters.com.

Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Regress to a past life where you will discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people in your life today. Group session. $50. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555.

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ABQ’s Second Saturday: What you Absolutely Need to Know About Divorce – 8:30am-12pm. Non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process. $30 registration fee. One Executive Center, 8500 Menaul Blvd NE, 3rd fl conf rm. Kelly Chisholm: 505-974-1358. Bit.LY/2blwejU.

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

LeAP for Mentors and Tutors – 9am-12pm. LeAP (Learning as A Practice) workshops, designed for tutors and mentors of young people, blend theory, experience and conversation to improve teaching skills and promote reflection. Free. Academy Campus, Seton Village, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

Early Bird Deadline to Save $600 – 9am-5pm. 700-hour Part-Time Massage Certification Program Mar 1, 2017-Apr 12, 2018. Early Bird Discount application must be received on or before Jan 18 and deposit made on or before Feb 1. Santa Fe School of Massage, 1091-A Siler Rd, Santa Fe. 505-982-8398. SantaFeSchoolOfMassage.com.

Reiki 1/11 Certification – January 14,15.10:30am-6pm both days. Get certified in the healing touch of Usui Reiki. Support your Growth and Healing, Empower your Goals, Achieve more Balance in your life. Open to everyone. Reiki I $125, sliding. Reiki I/II $325, payments available. Santa Fe Reiki and Energy Healing, The Casita: The Healing House, 311 Camino Alire, Santa Fe.505- 3950746. SantaFeReikiAndEnergyHealing.com.

Benefits And Challenges Of A Whole Food Plant-Based Diet– 6-8pm. Participants will see the research about a whole food plant-based diet, learn to address blocks to attitudinal and behavioral change, and learn the practical application in healthy foods. $150/8-week series. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. UNMmg.org/clinics/cfl/.

Channeling 101 with Donna Carol – Jan 14, 15. 1-5 pm. Learn to channel spirit guides of the light and your loved ones. Get connected to spirit guides by Archangel Gabriel. This is a weekend of intensive training. $195. 10723 Edith Blvd, NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-515-5088. CrystalHealer555. Wixsite.com/donna-carol.

LeAP for Mentors and Tutors – 6-9pm. LeAP (Learning as A Practice) workshops, designed for tutors and mentors of young people, blend theory, experience and conversation to improve teaching skills and promote reflection. Free. Academy Campus, Seton Village, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 El Otro Lado in the Schools Gathering – 4:307:30pm. A workshop of reflection and sharing for teaching artists and teachers in the El Otro Lado in

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies And Intelligence – Jan 21-24. 9am-6pm each day. Increasing flexibility of the cranial base allows the brain to function in the maximum space available, releasing an avenue of intelligence unavailable before due to lack of space. $575. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505428-9203. CranioMasters.com. Introduction to the Pachakuti Mesa – 9am-12pm. An introduction to the enriching Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (PMT) five-weekend apprenticeship series begins Feb. Leave with the tools to begin your own journey in service to all our relations. Uptown Area, Albuquerque. Call Phyllis Clay for reservation, directions and equip list: 505-918-4388. SynthesisIntl@aol.com.

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Healing Touch Certificate Program – Feb 4, 5. 8am-6pm both days. Course allows persons with varying backgrounds to enter, acknowledge previous learning and further develop concepts and skills in energy-based therapy. $365, notebook included; preregistration required. Eligible for UNM tuition remission. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. Barbara Welcer: 248-8821706. BarbWelcer@yahoo.com.

Karuna®Reiki HFII Master Teacher Certification – Feb 25, 26, 27. 9:30am-5:30pm all days. Connect with a Deeper, Purer, Softer Reiki. Receive Nine New Symbols, learn Chanting and Toning and how to use Crystals with the finer vibrations of this feminine quality of Reiki. Prerequisite: Reiki Master. $1125, payments available. Santa Fe Reiki and Energy Healing, The Casita: The Healing House, 311 Camino Alire, Santa Fe. 505-3950746. SantaFeReikiAndEnergyHealing.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Early Bird Deadline to Save $600 – 9am-5pm. 700-hour Full-time Massage Certification Program Mar 22 - Sep 29, 2017. Early Bird Discount application must be received on or before Feb 8 and deposit made on or before Feb 22. Santa Fe School of Massage, 1091-A Siler Rd, Santa Fe. 505-982-8398. SantaFeSchoolOfMassage.com.

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Cranio Sacral Talking to the Heart and the Birth Of Love and the Birth of Love – Jan 26-29. 9am6pm each day. Learn to engage the intelligence of organs and speak directly to inside body structures. Release blockages from around your heart and heart protector and the client’s. $595. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. CranioMasters.com.

Reiki 1/11 Certification – Feb 11, 12. 10:30am-6pm both days. Get certified in the healing touch of Usui Reiki. Support your Growth and Healing, Empower your Goals, Achieve more Balance in your life. Open to everyone. Reiki I $125, sliding. Reiki I/II $325, payments available. Santa Fe Reiki and Energy Healing, The Casita: The Healing House, 311 Camino Alire, Santa Fe.505- 395-0746. SantaFeReikiAndEnergyHealing.com.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 5:45-8pm. Learn to meditate to reduce stress, manage chronic pain, lower blood pressure and reduce worry, anxiety and depression with the MBSR eight-week meditation program with Michelle DuVal. $350, materials included. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. UNMmg.org/clinics/cfl/.

Ageless & Awake – 1-5pm, Discover transformational energy techniques to help connect with your best self at any age and maximize healing, lifelong vitality, beauty, longevity, and balance in mind, body and spirit. $78. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. UNMmg.org/clinics/cfl/.

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Skills Sampler – 6-7pm. Meet CfIT staff and sample basic techniques used in classes/workshops. Experience methods for grounding and becoming aware of how energy circulates in the body. Sample meditation for being present in the body. Free. Center For Inner Truth. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 10 Reiki Master HFII®Teacher – Mar 10, 11, 12. 9:30am-5:30pm all days. Move into Mastery. Receive the Reiki Master and Holy Fire II®Symbol. Become more Confident working with Reiki. Increase Awareness of its properties. Teach Reiki 1/11 & Master after. $825, payments available. Santa Fe Reiki and Energy Healing, The Casita: The Healing House, 311 Camino Alire, Santa Fe. 505-395-0746. SantaFeReikiAndEnergyHealing.com.

ongoing calenders daily Hot Vinyasa Classes – 9-10:30am. Mon, Fri-Sun. Hot vinyasa flow. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778. Info@bluemoonhotyoga.com. HotYoga-SantaFe.com.

Traditional Hatha Yoga (Hot) – 9-10am, Tues, Thurs. focuses on physical, emotional and spiritual balance. $15or class pass. Blue Moon Hot Cranio Sacral Allowing Expression and Listening Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778. Info@blue– 9am-6pm, This training addresses TMJ dysfunc- moonhotyoga.com. HotYoga-SantaFe.com. tions and opens up the muscles and tendons of the jaw, tongue, hard/soft palate and ears. Learn how to relieve dysfunctions from dental interventions like braces, implants, and negative input from others. Fee $645.00. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, 140 A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. Email info@craniomasters.com or 505- 428-9203. CranioMasters.com. Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming and archiving. 505-4662616. TransitionsRadio.com.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Introduction to the Pachakuti Mesa – 9am-12pm. An introduction to the powerfully enriching Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (PMT) five-weekend apprenticeship series begins Feb. Leave with the tools to begin your own Journey with the Pachakuti Mesa in service to all our relations. Uptown Area, Albuquerque. Call Phyllis Clay for reservation, directions and equip list: 505-918-4388. SynthesisIntl@aol.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Apprenticeship Series: The Call to Heal (Releasing the Past) – Feb 24-26. This first of five apprenticeship workshops initiates participants into the Pachakuti Mesa. Participants will explore the three worlds of the Andean cosmovision, sacred sound, ritual language, healing, curanderismo, and the inner world of the ukhupacha. Uptown Area, Albuquerque. Call Phyllis Clay for reservation, directions and equip list: 505-9184388. SynthesisIntl@aol.com. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

Worship at Eagle Ranch Church – 9:30am. Services are centered on the Bible. Whatever tradition you come from and wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd NW, Albuquerque. Info: 505-891-3619. EagleRanchChurch.org. Sunday Meditation Hour – 10-11am. 2nd & 4th Sunday. The service explores a topic through guided meditation, inspirational reading, music, and the opportunity for personal sharing. Free. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505- 920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org.

monday 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


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tuesday Lifesongs Community Creative Ensemble – 2-3:30pm. An intergenerational creative collaboration between community members and artists, utilizing music, movement, poetry, storytelling and other media to share experiences and create new work. Free. Santa Fe Care Center, 635 Harkle Rd, Santa Fe.

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. ConsultGalaya.com. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breath- work and meditation.  $15, free/first class.  Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. AllisonLasky.com. Wednesday Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Whether it’s something specific that needs healing, or just want to bring your energy into greater harmony, staff and students use intuitive skills to help you enhance your well-being. Drop In. Free. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org.

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What if you could change the thoughts, feelings and emotions that limit you with simple ease? What if a relaxing and simple healing modality could change you and the world? Access Bars are 32 points on the head, when lightly touched, erases your limiting points of view about everything. It’s nourishing for your body and being. Come experience it for yourself! Call to learn more.

ASTROLOGY Astrological Consultations Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. 505-303-0976/847-452-3198 www.MyCelestialStar.com

Rio Rancho astrologer providing in-depth astrology consultations for adults, couples and parents. Forecasts, personal insights, relationships, career, relocation, spirituality, and more. FREE initial 15-minute telephone consultation!

CORRELATIONS BODYWORK

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

EVA LIPTON-ORMAND, LMT #5866, CLT, CHOM, CCSP, NTS 505-266-6558 correlations.bodywork@gmail.com   www.correlationsbodywork.com

Manual lymphatic drainage and complete decongestive t h e r a p y, i n t e g r a t i v e therapeutic massage, Core Synchronism and homeopathy. Individualized treatments for pain, stress, inflammation and emotional issues. All ages welcome.

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CELESTIAL AWAKENINGS

Restorative Yoga at Blue Moon Yoga – 6:157:15pm. Deep release and relaxation. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, Santa Fe. 505-795-7778. HotYoga-SantaFe.com.

COUNSELING

A unique blend of advanced CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, find relief and balance in mind, body, and spirit. Specializing in Headache Tre at ment, C oncept ion and Pregnancy, Trauma Work, and Chronic Depletion. See ad, page 12.

EDUCATION HYPNOTHERAPY ACADEMY OF AMERICA™

2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 505-767-8030 www.HypnotherapyAcademy.com 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.

ACADEMY FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING

133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe, NM 505-995-1860 www.ALoveOfLearning.org 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 19.

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HAIRSALON & SPA CASA VERDE SALON SPA

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Casa Verde is an Aveda lifestyle Program.You will get 2 Hair Salon & Spa. We offer certifications at the end of hairstyling, cuts, natural hair the training; Holistic Living color and facials. We can make Expert (HLE) and Holistic your hair and skin look stunning Nutrition Specialist (HNS). in a welcoming professional environment. See ad, See ad, page 19. page 4.

FINANCIAL PLANNING MONEY PSYCHE

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HERBAL MEDICINE SONIA MASOCCO PHYTOTHERAPY

11930 Menaul Blvd NE, Ste 214, Albuquerque Holistic financial planning for 505- 296.5737 women Specializing in women’s www.soniamasocco.com financial transitions- marriage, divorce and death Call me for your complimentary discovery session to understand your money better and plan for the future. See article page 17.

FLOWER ESSENCES & ESSENTIAL OILS EMPRESS ESSENCE Eriene Iris

417 Orchard Dr. (off Paseo de Peralta), Santa Fe 505-500-7667 www.EmpressEssence.com

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

INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS GALAYA-INTUITIVE RESOURCES Santa Fe • 505-466-3764 www.ConsultGalaya.com

Find Clarity, Insight and Inspiration! Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Comm-unication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.

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 INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE different selection methods and I specialize in creating personalized flower essence and essential oil UNM CENTER FOR LIFE combinations to meet your individual needs.

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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 livingaslove.org. See ad, page 15.

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Yo u r e y e s r e v e a l i m p o r t a n t 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.

LOVE & LIFE COACH SOUL MEDICINE HEALING - JANICE NOEHULANI 3532 Anderson Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-663-0019 info@janicenoehulani.com www.JaniceNoehulani.com

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.

MYSTERY SCHOOL REVEREND ALICEANN SAUNDERS, PHD

High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek Santa Fe, NM 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. Rev.AliceAnn@OakRose.net www.OakRoseAcademyOfLight.org The OakRose Academy of Light is a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and non-denom-inational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth.

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Offering “Tools for Inner We are real people just Gardening”---coaching and like you, coming from classes for women interested in a variety of increasing self-love and backgrounds, with acceptance and reconnecting various interests! Join us as we explore life in Christ with the creative child inside. together!

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Re-balance to maximize your inner potential. Enjoy a deep state of rest and relaxation that brings about peace, joy and clarity of being. Healing sessions, Life Coaching, Business Mentorship, Certifications in Usui, Karuna®, Holy Fire® and Animal Reiki through Master Teacher.

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