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am always excited about the opportunity to start fresh in the New Year. From a psychological standpoint, January is a great time to re-promise and make changes to reach our goals and dreams. The fatal flaw with New Year’s resolutions—and most goal-setting, for that matter—is that we don’t set realistic goals. Better to set goals you’re able to keep and inspire you to move forward than to fail from the get go. How about this resolution suggestion? In 2018, make it a point to stop doing things you hate to do. Below are some simple tools to help keep us all going for the entire year. Write down your goals. Writing is the beginning of connecting with your dreams. Usually they are in the areas of health, finances, business and relationships. It’s good to list your new desires and then support them with practical initiatives that will move you closer. For instance: “wanting to exercise on a regular basis.” Maybe you’re bored with your routine and an initiative could be a variety of activities such as the gym, a fun class, walking, etc. Review your goals daily. This is best done first thing in the morning or the night before to keep our busy minds focused on our priorities without straying. Visualize it. A vision board is a great tool that subliminally reminds us of our dreams. Just get a large piece of cardboard and decorate it with cutout pictures of your dream vacation, the dollars you wish to have in your bank account, images of health and wellness, etc. Hang it in a prominent area in your home to keep influencing your subconscious mind. Give thanks daily. Be sure to thank the Universe for all the positive things that happened during the day. This is often best done before going to sleep or upon arising. Even giving thanks for things before they materialize activates our subconscious mind. Take advantage of technology. We order food, look for jobs or real estate using technology, so why plan life-changing New Year’s resolutions without digital backup? Here is a helpful link from Business News Daily for the most common apps that help with attitude improvement, setting goals, increasing motivation, saving money, getting healthier or reading more: And on another inspiring note, Natural Awakenings is starting the New Year with a new look! We started with the revamping of our logo in the 4th quarter and are making sweeping changes to the interior via new graphics, larger images, and fresh new fonts. Natural Awakenings’ continued effort to publish the most cutting-edge information about preventive, health promoting and graceful aging techniques, technologies, products and services has landed our magazine as the fifth ranking publication in the U.S. To this, I offer my heartfelt thanks to all of our readers. I’m excited that you’ve decided to help kick off the New Year with us. This month’s issue has so many wonderful articles and briefs on natural stress relief such as massage, float therapy, walking, hypnotherapy, CBD, energy healing, herbal steam baths, yoga and qigong. Welcome to this wonderful new year! Let’s throw away old worries and start anew.

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Sacred Gardens are Growing


acred Garden founder Zeke Shortes is excited to announce the opening of two more medical cannabis dispensaries to fulfill the increasing patient population in New Mexico. In addition to moving their Green Jean’s dispensary, located at 3600 Cutler Avenue, to the first floor, Sacred Garden is opening a second Albuquerque dispensary at 616 San Mateo NE . “We will be sharing the building with Albuquerque Integrative Medicine (AIM), who issues medical cannabis cards to people in need,” shares Shortes. “Be on the lookout for our Sacred Garden sign.” Sacred Garden will also open a new location in Las Cruces on January 5. “We are excited to begin serving patients in southern New Mexico at our dispensary located at 642 South Alameda in Las Cruces. We are also partnering with AIM at our Las Cruces dispensary, making it convenient for patients to obtain or renew their medical cards and purchase medicine at the same location,” explains Shortes. Sacred Garden is proud to continue providing excellent patient consulting and high quality cannabis, and cannabis-infused products to a larger patient base. “In addition to growing our own medical cannabis, we have an extraction lab that produces our very own concentrates, a certified kitchen that makes all of our own edibles, and a lab that creates most of our tinctures and topical products,” says Shortes. For more information call Santa Fe at 505-216-9686 and Albuquerque at 505-348-5599 or visit See ad, page 3.

CranioSacral Therapy Classes Begin this Month


tienne Peirsman, founder of the Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, announces that classes will begin on January 6. A total of four core classes will be offered during the month. As a meditator for more than 40 years, Peirsman has developed a unique teaching style over the past two decades that adds an extraordinarily compassionate and meditative depth to the methods used by the Upledger Institute and combines a practical, no-nonsense approach with the biodynamic style. Peirsman has been bringing his life experience to the classroom for over 23 years. He has schools in Belgium and the Netherlands and teaches in North America in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, near Seattle. He, along with his late wife Neeto, is the author of the book Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children, which has been translated into seven languages. Members of the general public can study CranioSacral Therapy with no previous bodywork experience. This program is also excellent for professional bodyworkers, including massage therapists, Polarity therapists, Rolfing practitioners, acupuncturists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, doctors and chiropractors. For the complete schedule and more information, call 505-553-5137. To register, visit No application necessary for the program. See ad, page 3.

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anta Fe-based medical intuitive Ananda Mayi is offering a Spiritual Healing package to help others start the New Year off on the right foot. The package, available to her current and new clients, includes five one-hour sessions. “The price is for three sessions as I will be giving away the first two sessions included in the package as your New Year’s Gift,” she shares. Sessions can be held in person or over the phone. As a medical intuitive with a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and over 20 years of experience in holistic healthcare, Mayi is honored to be of service to the people of New Mexico. She is available in person every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wellness Center located at 1418 Louisa Street in Santa Fe. “Please reserve your spot early as this is becoming a very popular package,” she says. Call Ananda Mayi at 505-501-0501 to schedule your appointment. See ad below.

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Learn about Legislation with Women’s Empowerment Group


n January 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Well Woman Life is hosting its monthly meetup at the New Mexico State Legislature in Santa Fe. Well Woman Life is a group of women who aim to inspire, support and empower others. During this informative event, attendees will learn about the issues they care about, learn about lobbying, and how to make an impact. Speakers include Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse and lobbyist Vanessa Alarid. “It is important to educate ourselves so we can make informed decisions. Understanding the governmental process makes it easier to have our voices heard,” says Giovanna Rossi, founder of Well Woman Life. “Our speakers are incredible women and the more people they can share their knowledge with, the more we can make an impact.” Rossi has extensive experience with the legislative and policy process having held senior staff positions in the New Mexico State Senate, served as a lobbyist for a statewide women’s health and rights organization and as Governor Richardson’s women’s health policy advisor. “ In light of the recent sexual harassment stories in the news, I think it’s more important than ever that women be empowered to use their voices,” she shares. For more details visit See ad, page 29.

Massage Therapy: One of the Fastest Growing Careers


ccording to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” In 2018, the Santa Fe School of Massage (SFSOM) offers exciting opportunities for career change! Visit www.santafeschoolofmassage. com to learn about the 700-hour massage therapy program, and advanced programs including Integrative-Palliative Care for Massage Therapists, Neuromuscular Therapy Certification, Pre-and Perinatal Education, and the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Training. There are also many dynamic Continuing Education classes. SFSOM has been a leader in the field of bodywork education since 1979 with over 1500 graduates practicing worldwide. According to Director Lonnie Howard, “we are committed to providing innovative and evolving programs that give professionals the highly tuned education needed for the world of modern bodywork.” A 2016 graduate, Oliver Knudson, reflects, “What I thought I would get from school was a new career, but what I also got was a road map for the rest of my life.” Call to make an appointment to visit the school and see if this might be a good career for you.1091-A Siler Road Santa Fe, NM 87507 505-982-8398. See ad page 17. 8

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he next 500-hour hypnotherapy course begins January 22 at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque. 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 29 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.” Location: 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque. To register, call 505-767-8030 or toll free at 877-983-1515 or visit See ad, page 3.

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ids Supporting Kids New Mexico (KSK-NM) presents Superheroes: a Benefit for the UNM Pediatric Integrative Care Fund being held February 3 at the Hiland Theatre in Albuquerque. The 5th annual gala performance fundraiser will feature performances by over 200 local youth artists at 6:30 p.m. followed by a cocktail reception and dance party. “When a pediatric patient is fighting through illness or injury, there can be a pain and sickness component that is not always addressed by conventional medical care,” explains KSK-NM Founding Director, David Lang. “By incorporating integrative medicine modalities like acupuncture, massage and other complementary and alternative medicine services, providers at the UNM Center for Life are able to assist in the treatment of the whole child to support their healing process.” Unfortunately, says Lang, not all integrative services are paid by the patient’s insurance benefits. Through the UNM Center for Life’s initiative, KSK-NM, funds are raised to provide integrative medical services for children fighting cancer, blood disorders, and other life-threatening ailments that families normally cannot afford. The secondary benefit of the initiative is to create community engagement and allow young people to help support their peers fighting and thriving through illness through the performing and visual arts. All donations are tax-deductible. The School’s financial statement is available upon request. Cost: $25 for performance/$50 for performance and gala. Location: 4804 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque. For more information, visit or kidssupportingkidsnm. See ad, page 11.

Now Offering Canine and Feline Iridology


re you at a loss regarding the direction you should take to improve or maintain your health or the health of your loved ones to include your furry family members?” asks Marcia Briseno, founder of Wholelife Wellness in Albuquerque which now offers canine and feline iridology consultations. Iridology provides a non-invasive, painless and economical means of looking into the body and can be used in conjunction with any other system of analysis available. “Knowing your iris structure helps improve your genetic line through nutrition and lifestyle modifications,” says Briseno. According to Briseno, iridology is an external eye analysis that reveals one’s current level of health and genetic predispositions. “The eye has a reflex connection to tissues and organs in the body via the nervous system,” she explains. “Visual information is sent to the brain from the eyes by way of the optic nervous system. In the same manner, information is sent to the eyes about the overall condition of the organs and tissues in the body.” Wholelife Wellness offers a two-visit Human External Eye Analysis for $105 and a two-visit Canine/Feline External Eye Analysis for $45 ($35 if clear photos of the iris and whites of eyes are provided). For more information, call 505-582-9296 or email Website: See ad, page 39.

Holo-Synchronous Energetic Technology Systems Event


he Albuquerque Holo-Synchronous Energetic Technology Systems (HoloSETS) seminar is being held January 27 to 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Airport in Albuquerque. Attendees will get to learn Holo-SETS directly from world-renowned consciousness technology thought leader Dr. Richard Bartlett, founder and instructor for The Institute for Harmonic Resonance Technology. The seminar embodies Dr. Bartlett’s 25 years of knowledge and the wisdom of his master teachers and combines the Master Energy Dynamics (MED) and Master Harmonic Resonance Technology (MHRT) courses into a unique and easy to access format that will allow attendees to go deep into the path of the physiology of the body. Students will learn to work with conditions and patterns and how to apply specific solutions and modules to create a new, healthy and vital state of being. There is no prerequisite required to attend this course. Dr. Bartlett is the developer of Matrix Energetics, Master Energy Dynamics, and Holo-Synchronous Energetic Technology Systems and the author of several award-winning books including Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation. He holds a doctorate in chiropractic from Parker Chiropractic College and a degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University.  Cost: early bird tuition is $650; after 1/12/18: $700. Location: 2601 Yale Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque. For more information, contact Kay Sassani at 800-368-0973 or or visit January 2018


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Daily Produce Servings Prevent Early Death

Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

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AEROBICS KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.



Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.

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event spotlight ment, Prana Vinyasa Yoga, discourse, chanting and ritual, Vasant Lad and Shiva Rea will guide participants in the living practices of Ayurveda and yoga that support vitality. “Experience the power and grace of Ayurveda and yoga to heal the body, mind when anxiety and stress seem to overpower daily living,” says Maria Garre, Director at the New Mexico School of Yoga. Shiva Rea. ees will experience juicy pranama (sacred) progression yoga sequences for balancing the body in inspiring ways. Various the wisdom of how to nourish ojas, (our vitality); as well as how empowerment.” and divine teacher brings grounded and rooted knowledge of Ayurveda as a Veda. Participants will be delighted in the authentic delivery of meditation, breathing, chanting and spiritual

Ayurveda and Yoga for Healing and Balance in a Stressful World by María E Garré


he New Mexico School of Yoga is honored to host and bring together two luminaries in Ayurveda and Yoga, Vasant Lad and Shiva Rea, for a weekend event being held March 16 to 18 at Tamaya Hyatt Regency, located in Santa Ana Pueblo, in Bernacombined insight of Ayurveda and Yoga to Bring Healing and Balance in a Stressful World in this nourishing and awakening weekend that will help attendees balance the stress of life.

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scenic and peaceful backdrop as well as the seclusion of the Rio Grande Cottonwood Forest to connect to the healing of the earth weekend retreat for yoga students, spiritual seekers, ayurveda lovers and teachers. Yoga teachers have the option to apply for advanced study credits through the New Mexico School of Yoga. A native of Southern California, Shiva Rea is an author, global teacher, activist and educator. Calling upon her studies at UCLA’s world arts and culture department, she is a leading innovator of ric bhakti roots of yoga, Krishnamacharya’s teachings and a universal, quantum approach to the body. She is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways. Shiva Rea is the creator of Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Yogadventure Retreats, Yoga Trance Dance for Life, Moving Activism for 1,008,000 Trees, Global


Mala Project. Rea is also an active contributor to Yoga Journal, Mantra Magazine, Yoga Plus for Joyful Living, Sounds True and LA Yoga. She is the author of Tending the Sacred Fire in 2015. A native of India, Vasant Lad served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAM&S) degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. Lad has extensive training in both allopathy and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda. In 1984, he founded the Ayurvedic Institute, a prestigious learning center for Ayurveda which is now located in Albuquerque. hundreds of articles and other writings, Lad is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. He travels nationally and internationally to teach about Ayurveda and train doctors, practitioners and students. He has written 11 books and textbooks on Ayurveda as well as hundreds of articles and other writings. With over 500,000 copies of his books in print in the U.S., his work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Cost: $425 early bird by January 15; $525 regular rate. For more information, visit See ads page 12 and 13.

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hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 14

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Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

Our Brain on Stress

Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by

eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “ elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book tion to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. B are other foundational foods for stressresilience, says Storoni, because they can

replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus which, according to and studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering

tory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on satutraumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stress-related illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivaexcess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

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of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says.

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ne of the largest contributors to distress and disease in our bodies is stress. Our bodies weren’t designed to operate at the elevated levels of stress that we put them through. So many of us are constantly operating in the “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous system. This hyper-aware state can be great in the short term but very detrimental in the long term. When we are in this state, our nervous system rarely gets to go into a deep “rest and digest” parasympathetic state. This deeply nourishing time is when our body focuses on repairing and feeding our cells. Without it, we get more and more run down, we get sick, and we get more anxious because our system is stuck in a state of hyperalertness. When we are chronically stressed our bodies often forget how to get relaxed. Then we have trouble sleeping, our minds are constantly spinning, and our bodies are restless. This can create a state of chronic fatigue. There are many ways to help reduce stress and its effects on our bodies: diet, exercise and mediation are all vital components. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is also a great way to help reduce stress and retrain our bodies on how to access that deep parasympathetic state. CST is a gentle, noninvasive, manual therapy that works with our craniosacral system. Because the craniosacral system includes structures of the central nervous system—the skull, cerebrospinal fluid, the membranes of the brain and spinal cord—it’s easy to see how CST can have a positive impact on the stress response and relaxation. During a session, many people report feeling a sense of calm that they have never felt before. After several sessions, the body can be retrained on how to get back into the parasympathetic mode, naturally, on its own.

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LSW: Let’s talk about your opening scene in the new documentary The Pathological Optimist. AW: I think the opening scene had me doing yoga.

LSW: It made me think “we’re just getting a glimpse into who he is and it’s just authentic.”

AW: I just fell in love with yoga and it was a wonderful way of not only getting physical exercise but, also, it was much more spiritual. I realized that the yoga mat is a place where you could stop thinking about the world and let the cares and troubles of everyday life just disappear for an hour or so and revitalize you and help you to deal with things. So I just got more and more into it. I’ve been called to teach yoga to the autism community, to children and young adults affected by autism. For me, it’s been a wonderful journey and I feel better now than I have felt in a very long time.

Lainie Sevante’ Wulkan: I really wanted to talk to you about your life beyond the media spotlight and what it means to walk the path of consciousness—a path of total transparency. I’ve seen what it’s like to have the media suddenly turn your life in an entirely different direction. What was it like for you?

Andrew Wakefield: We all have choices we’ve faced and we can go one way or another and we don’t fully anticipate the consequences. But I was faced with a compelling story from parents of children who had been extensively damaged by vaccines… and there was a clear pattern of what was going on. And I was confronted with the Dean of the medical school who said “if you continue this work, this vaccine safety research, it will not be good for your career.” And I had a number of my colleagues in pediatrics as well who said something that really, to this day, perplexes me. And these were eminent pediatricians that said we Northern & Central New Mexico

LSW: But that was their own perception of how they believed you would be perceived. Correct? Or they knew that to be a fact?

AW: As pediatricians, the statement stood that we cannot be seen to question the safety of the MMR vaccine and so that was the point at which I had to make a decision—do I work with public health and the pharmaceutical industry or do I work with the children who have no voice but who have been damaged by these vaccines and until proven otherwise. And so, that was the crossroads.

ainie Sevante’ Wulkan, host of Zeta Global Radio on BBS Radio Network, recently caught up with Andrew Wakefield, former medical researcher, author and filmmaker to find out more about the man behind one of the most highly controversial topics of modern medicine—the possibility of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Wakefield, a Britain expat currently living in Austin, Texas, was brought into the media spotlight as one of the co-authors of a notorious 1998 paper published in The Lancet, a renowned U.K. medical journal, suggesting this connection. Since then, he has since become the face of the anti-vaccination movement. In 2016, Wakefield released his provocative documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe. He is also the subject of director Miranda Bailey’s recent documentary film The Pathological Optimist.


cannot be seen to question the safety of the MMR vaccine. That wasn’t a medical view or a scientific viewpoint. That was purely self-preservation.

LSW: I really receive that in what you’ve been through on this journey that you’ve had to maintain some sort of practice to stay grounded and in your center. AW: One of the things I came to terms with is the fact that it’s not about you. They focus on you. They attack you, they insult you— but it’s not about you. Once you realize how insignificant you are, it becomes extremely enlightening. It’s a relief. You look up the night sky and the universe is massive, absolutely extraordinary, and you realize how tiny, how irrelevant you are to everything. A lot of people would find this challenging; I find it absolutely liberating. Once you realize it’s not about you at all, you’re just irrelevant, then you can get on with the job.

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Chronic pain sufferers often find relief from floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind, enables them to better visualize improved performance.

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Floaters can fall into what sleep specialists call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “eureka” problem-solving moments in the tank. Floating is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits. Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at See ad, page 17. January 2018



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edicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: powdered protein mealreplacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing for proof of ingredients. Although both are regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, there is no legal distinction between dietary supplements and nutraceuticals, yet each serves different purposes. Dietary supplements, comprising vitamins, minerals and/

or herbs and botanicals, are intended to enhance wellness among healthy adults. Nutraceuticals encompass nutrients, foods or parts of foods used as medicine to provide health benefits beyond nutrition and combat chronic disease. Some of the most popular formulations involve botanicals like ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and echinacea. “Medical foods, formulated for dietary management of a specific medical condition for which nutritional needs are unmet by a normal diet, are regulated under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983,” explains Bill Shaddle, senior director of medical education at Metagenics, Inc. “Our nutraceuticals and medical foods are supported by verifiable science that provides solid evidence regarding the therapeutic benefits produced by ingredients in our products.” The word nutraceutical, blending nutrition and pharmaceutics, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, the founder and

chairman of the nonprofit Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, in Mountainside, New Jersey, which promotes clinical research and development of dietary supplements and foods specifically for their health benefits. Reputable companies that manufacture private-label nutraceuticals, such as Metagenics and Xymogen, among others, research and develop products for functional nutrition and quality. While such products are solely distributed through partnerships with healthcare professionals such as medical doctors, nutritionists and pharmacists, some of the evidence-based, professional-grade formulas are available through online physician websites. Metagenics and Xymogen collaborate with institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine in conducting clinical research that demonstrates how their formulas impact healthy aging, cognitive function and overall health.

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as compromised gut function, age-related muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceuticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrient-deficiency diseases.

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Xymogen is strictly a physician’s line of nutraceuticals, explains Cheryl Burdette, a doctor of naturopathy and director of clinical research and outreach for the company. “In our

manufacturing process, to avoid contamination and validate ingredients, every batch is third-party assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at

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n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.”

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youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more appropriate, so there’s more control of how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are now available at many grocers.

Rethinking Family Plates “A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Daemon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washington, D.C., naturopathic physician and author of Eat More Plants. “They are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods

diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.”

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Breakfast and Snacks Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and nitrate-free sausage. “I also recommend steel cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, lownutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of

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No Sugary Drinks “There’s a strong correlation between sugary drinks and overweight, obese children,” observes Palmer. “I recommend that parents remove all sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice boxes from their children’s diets. Water and unsweetened seltzer water are great alternatives.”

Palmer notes that many eating patterns are set before a child turns 3, so limiting all sugary drinks, including juices, is an important component of teaching young children healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime. Studies suggest a strong link between obese children and obese adults, so for parents concerned that their child’s cute baby fat has turned into something more, the time to act is now. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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he City of Santa Fe has recently updated the recycling program to include all plastics. Visit the City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division’s website, SantaFenm. gov/trash_and_recycling for up-to-date information on what can be recycled in Santa Fe. Where do I recycle? 1. 1142 Siler Road (City Complex) 2. 118 Murales Road (Fort Marcy Parking Area) 3. 4009 Lucia Lane (Behind the McDonald’s on Airport Road) 4. Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station (2600 Buckman Road) Open Monday-Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. -City Curbside Recycling You can recycle all paper, plastic and metal that is approved on the abovementioned website for City Curbside Recycling. Glass must be in a separate bin and plastic and metal containers can be placed with paper in your blue mixed recycling bin.  If you have more material than can fit into your mixed recycling bin, please use another container to hold the paper and mark it “Recyclable” and place it next to your full blue bin.  In commercial recycling, paper can be mixed with the non-glass recyclables (plastics and metals), and shredded paper should be tied off in a plastic bag. -Santa Fe County Solid Waste and Recycling Division operates seven solid waste transfer stations around the County.  All solid waste transfer stations, or convenient centers, accept tires and offer recycling and trash disposal.  A few transfer stations accept large appliances, green waste, and motor oil for recycling, but check to see which ones accept it first. For more information, contact the City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division at 505- 992-3010 or visit trash_and_recycling. 26

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Kick the Plastic Habit Choose Earth-Friendly Alternatives by Avery Mack


rocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the environment, with more created daily. Annually, the equivalent of five grocery bags of trash for every foot of coastline worldwide enters the oceans, killing 100,000 marine animals. A 2016 World Economic Forum report says that by 2050, the world’s seas could contain more plastic than fish. At the 2017 Our Ocean Conference, the Ocean Conservancy and its partners announced a $150 million preventive plan. “This is a major breakthrough for trash-free seas,” says Susan Ruffo, the conservancy’s managing director of international initiatives. “Our research found improved waste management in Southeast Asian countries [Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China] can halve plastic going in the ocean by 2025.” When the United Nations launched the Clean Seas campaign in 2017, Indonesia pledged $1 billion to reduce plastic waste by 70 percent within eight years through education, taxes on plastic bags and investing in alternative products. Increased awareness is

crucial to buy and discard less, create alternatives and recycle more to support the planet’s overall health.

Expanding Footprint

Lacking space, technology and equipment to transform waste into reusable materials, U.S. municipalities typically ship it to a sorter for processing elsewhere; often to China, where new regulations restrict what’s accepted, leaving trash haulers scrambling. Although recyclable, these are the worst plastics: #3, Polyvinyl chloride, used in plastic wrap, toys, squeeze bottles and packaging for peanut butter, contains lead and phthalate esters (chemical compounds) that affect development of testosterone, according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. #6, Polystyrene, in Styrofoam, plastic utensils and disposable or carryout containers, is toxic to our brain and nervous system; ask what restaurants use. #7, Polycarbonate, found in the lining of canned foods, sports drinks, juice drinks, ketchup bottles and clear sippy cups, contains bisphenol A (BPA), a proven endocrine disruptor.

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Recycling weakens plastic grocery bags, necessitating double-bagging to avoid spills. Average families annually accumulate about 1,500 plastic bags, with 99 percent ending in landfills, as litter or stuffed in the pantry, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Worldwide, many countries ban or tax bags. “Annually, 50 billion water bottles are sold globally, including 30 billion in the U.S. That’s 1,500 individual water bottles thrown away per second,” says Deanna Latson, co-founder of ARIIX, which makes water purification systems, in Bountiful, Utah. “One filter can purify the equivalent of thousands of them a year.” The U.S. annual bottle recycling rate is 23 percent. Beth Terry, of Oakland, California, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, offers 100 tips at, including this planet-saving advice: 4 Opt for bar soap instead of liquid, soap nuts in lieu of plastic-packaged powders, and baking soda and lemon or vinegar rather than sprays to clean. 4 Ask the butcher to wrap meat in paper, forgoing trays and plastic wrap. 4 Buy fruit and vegetables at farmers’ markets; return containers for reuse. 4 Turn out-of-fashion garments into cleaning rags; skip plastic scrubbers. 4 Carry reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags. 4 Avoid over-packaged frozen foods. 4 Use glass jars for leftovers and storage. 4 Buy kitty litter packaged in paper. 4 Choose stainless steel pet food and water bowls. As a substitute, glass is endlessly recyclable, but facilities are few. Find resource centers at “Plastic innovations stop at invention and don’t follow through to end-oflife solutions,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, in Trenton, New Jersey. It accepts both basic and difficultto-recycle waste including pens, laboratory waste, cigarette butts, art supplies, small auto parts, bathroom cleaning waste, toys, candy wrappers and coffee pods (

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Tell companies when products have excessive or harmful packaging. In Delray Beach, Florida, Saltwater Brewery created biodegradable, safely edible wheat and barley six-pack rings to replace traditional plastic rings that are hazardous to wildlife. Restaurants routinely provide fresh plastic straws with refills. BYOS (bring your own straw), whether plastic, stainless steel

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or paper, and let management know why. Americans daily discard 500 million plastic straws ( “Consumers are willing to change if options are available,” observes Szaky. “Manufacturers need to offer high-quality, reusable products designed for reuse equal or superior in value to single-use, disposable items.” Connect with the freelance writer via

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City Greenery Boosts Public Health

Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities. To read the white paper, visit

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Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon— increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. January 2018



Small Changes Make a Difference

10,000 Steps and Counting Keep Moving to Stay Fit


by Kathleen Barnes

e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real objective is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.

Making 10,000 Steps Possible For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-toworkout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and 28

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has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, Tudor-Locke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”

Exponential Health Benefits Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: 4 increased heart health 4 lower blood pressure 4 stronger muscles 4 improved balance 4 weight control 4 natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories.

Counting Up Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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on Why Science Finds Faith a Healthy Choice by April Thompson


hysician Harold G. Koenig, an international authority on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine, has dedicated his career to understanding the relationship between faith and health. Koenig, who has surveyed the scientific literature, shares the mounting evidence linking the power of faith to better health and well-being. Koenig struggled for three decades to determine his life’s purpose before a spiritual transformation in 1984 set him on a Christian path. “As I’m able to surrender my will and follow God’s lead, I’ve found an increasing flow of blessings. Even in those times when I’m self-centered, the blessings continue. I can only attribute it to the incredible undeserved grace and mercy of one who understands and forgives,” he says. He’s the director of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, an associate professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, and author of nearly 50 books. Titles include The Healing Power of Faith, The Handbook of Religion and Health, and the recent You Are My Beloved. Really?, musings on the nature of divine love.

What maintains people’s faith in the face of worldly adversity? Adversity can increase people’s faith; when things are going well, people don’t feel the same urgent need for religion. Why do hurricanes happen? Why do people experience chronic pain? When someone is in the midst of challenges, there is no easy explanation, even though there can be many answers. Sometimes all you can do is to have faith that a good God reigns, despite appearances. That can lead to a sense of well-being and spiritual purpose, even in the midst of bad material experiences. How you’ve dealt with life prior to a challenge matters. If you follow a spiritual 30

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path and practice, when bad things happen, you can lean on your foundation of faith; you’re better prepared. Once you’re in the middle of it, all you may feel is the pain and a desperate desire to get rid of it. One of the most precious gifts we have as humans is the freedom to choose. We can be selfish and strictly pleasure-seeking, or we can be kind and altruistic. We can turn toward or away from our divine source.

What have you concluded from decades of studying the relationship between faith, prayer and health? Our research and that of many other major academic institutions, including Harvard and Columbia universities, shows that people of strong faith enjoy better social, physical and mental health, all else being equal. It drives healthy behaviors and attitudes, which leads to better health. A person’s religious beliefs and spiritual practices affect them across their lifespan. It begins in utero, based on parental behavior and care, and shows in the

sense of trust we have as infants. In this way, parents’ faith-based moral values also can favorably affect their children’s levels of stress, depression and drug use later on.

Is there a tension between the yearning for scientific certainty and the intuitive nature of faith? I feel that tension constantly as a scientist and a believer. I’m always challenging myself; you have to be objective as a scientist, to observe without reading into things. But the wisdom of the scriptures has endured through thousands of years, applied by believers through the ages in many different groups and cultures. About 80 percent of Americans today believe in God, nearly 90 percent in a higher power, and 84 percent of the world’s people have religious faith. Such faith must serve some kind of function for it to have persisted throughout the millennia. There is much that is still unknown, and may not be knowable from a scientific perspective. You need to use common sense and intuition. It requires a leap of faith, but once you do it, everything falls into line—though I admit as a scientist I keep trying to understand things from a rational perspective.

What are the pathways by which spirituality contributes to health? Science supports firsthand experience; that the virtues instilled by a religious path ultimately lead to better decision making, relationships and greater well-being. They help to neutralize negative emotions. These benefits accrue through adulthood and yield fruit into old age. The coping mechanism that spiritual practices provide is also important. It helps us to tolerate and navigate difficult situations and integrate meaning and purpose into daily life. I don’t think science can prove to us that faith leads to divine healing. But through natural mechanisms alone, ones that we can understand and study, tremendous evidence exists to show that it benefits health and maybe even longevity. Connect with freelancer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.


Be Grateful for Everything

Gratitude deserves its positive buzz. When we’re grateful, our energy changes and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.


Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.


Step Beyond Routine

Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.


Help Others Receive the Miracles They Pray For

Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.


Trust Intuition

When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at

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Natural device stops a cold before it starts

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.


ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked

again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL


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Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.

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A Day for Claiming the New Year – 1-5pm. Create a storyboard that will help you let go of the past and claim the possibilities of a new year. Artists


Loving Messages from The Other Side – 6:308pm. Intuitive medium Danelle Becklund delivers messages of love from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating limited. The Blue Room at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-321-4121.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Cranio Sacral Basics – Jan 6-9. 9am-6pm. Listen to and feel the inner movements of the body by connecting to the basic cranial rhythms. Learn to give a full basic session. 32 CEUs. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-5035137.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9 Moving Toward More Youthful Mobility – 12:30-1:30pm. A 4-week series of Feldenkrais lessons. By exploring early actions like rolling over or crawling, one might touch up on the building blocks of more complex adult activities. $15/ class, $45/4-week series. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. Getting To Know YOUnity – Jan 9, 10. 6-8pm. Two part informational class w/Rev Brendalyn Batchelor. Learn about Unity teachings and what USFe has to offer you on your spiritual path. Free. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, SF. 505-989-4433.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 Moving Toward More Youthful Mobility – 5:45-6:45pm. A 4-week series of Feldenkrais lessons. By exploring early actions like rolling over or crawling, one might touch up on the building blocks of more complex adult activities. $15/ class, $45/4-week series. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 Cranio Sacral Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – Jan 11-14. 9am-6pm. CS Follow-Up. Explore deeper cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. Unwind the head, neck and extremities. Use the meridians to open the heart. 32CEUs. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6-7 Tire Amnesty Day – 8 am-4:45 pm. Residents can take up to 8 tires per day this weekend to the Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station (BuRRT). Free 2600 Buckman Road, Santa Fe.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 Transitions Radio Magazine (TRM) – 9-10am, Mark Landau discusses his book, “End the Fight,” how to resolve our trauma, terror, rage and pain; and reclaim the love we are! Part 1. Free. Transitions Radio Magazine, KBAC 98.1, and on the web at Free. 505-670-1167.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Metaphysics For a Complicated World – 1-3pm. Metaphysics is the science and study of all. Learn advanced principles. Topics include creation, civilizations, judgment karma, spirit teachers/guides and more. Free intro class; RSVP to ensure adequate hand-

fun, and life-changing. $25; includes all supplies and snacks. Near Uptown and Coronado Mall. RSVP by January 6 to reserve. Dr. Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 Transitions Radio Magazine (TRM) – 9-10am, In Part 2, Mark Landau discusses his book, “End the Fight,” how to resolve our trauma, terror, rage and pain; and reclaim the love we are! Free. Transitions Radio Magazine, KBAC 98.1, and on the web at Free. 505-670-1167. Energetic Wellbeing Fair – 1-5:30 pm. Unity bepractitioners who will introduce their energy therapies and offer 30 minute treatments to experience Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Sound Healing, Forgiveness Noetic Balancing, Qi Gong, Nutrition, or personal exercise training. Cost: 0-$30. Unity Spiritual Center of Albuquerque, 8722 Candelaria NE. 505292-1998. Psychic Fair – 12-5pm. Intuitive readings $20 ($1/min); astrology $1/min; soma pi healing $15; Turkish cup reading $20; spirit portraits by donation – call for appointment. Energy medicine session $30/30 min; and more. Free. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646. Energy Management Telecourse – 1-2:30pm. Support for discerning and trusting guidance, managing overwhelm for those sensitive to energy, navigating relationships, and anchoring the higher vibes in everyday life. Practice accessing your highest wisdom and your own unique answers. $200, $160/sign up by Dec 31. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, dba Your Divine Light. Telecourse. 505-438-1074.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 Healing Lifestyles for Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes – 6-7:30pm. A 5-week online course. Be guided through healthful options to relieve Type II diabetes symptoms and other sugar-related issues. Learn to control blood sugar, increase energy and reduce cravings. $279 for course; $30 paid directly to instructor for materials. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 Loving Messages from The Other Side – 6:308pm. Intuitive medium Danelle Becklund delivers messages of love from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating limited. The Blue Room at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-321-4121.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence ibility of the cranial base and allow the brain to function optimally. Release a new avenue of intelligence. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

– 12 Saturdays, Jan 6-June 24, 12-3pm. Do you feel called to use your intuitive gifts in service (with or without equines)? We will employ tive strengths, and release anything that stands in the way of your highest vision. No healing or equine background required. Support for all aspects of setting up your intuitive healing practice provided. Space limited to provide maximum support to all trainees. Call Chantal for more info or to reserve your space. Payment plan and pay-in-full discount available. Unicorn Mesa, LLC dba Your Divine Light. 505-438-1074.

save the date MONDAY, JANUARY 22 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course Begins – py taught in two-week modules. After completwith the International Board of Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque. Register: 877-983-1515.

save the date FRIDAY, JANUARY 26

200 HR Yoga Teacher Course – 5pm. Six-month Yoga Alliance 200 HR Hatha Yoga program meets once per month. Teach what you love. Comprehensive, professional training in yoga, philosophy, anatomy and more. $2250 with payment plans. New Mexico School of Yoga, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE.

save the date SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 Holo-Synchronous Energetic Technology Systems – Jan 27-29. 9am-5:30pm. The HoloSynchronous Energetic Technology Systems course embodies Dr. Richard Bartlett’s 25 years of knowledge and the knowledge of his master teachers. Learn to work with conditions and patterns; modules to create a healthy state of being. $650/ early bird tuition, $700/after Jan 12. Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Airport. (800) 3680973.;

save the date MARCH 16 – MARCH 18 Vasant Lad + Shiva Rea Yoga and Ayurveda Weekend – 9am-5pm. This soulful weekend ever, to co-lead a magical weekend for personal transformation. Bathe in yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom to heal and balance the stress of life. $425 to $525. New Mexico School of Yoga, 4515 Burton Ave, Albuquerque. 505-508-1331. /Calendar/Vedic-Wisdom-For-Enlightened-Living/.

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classifieds CLEAN MID-CENTURY HOME! ALLERGIES? THIS ALBUQUERQUE HOME IS FOR YOU –This beautiful 1947 home has been renovated with the allergy sufferer in mind. 3/1 and 1/1 with two car garage. Enclosed backyard perfect for pets. Beautiful coved ceilings, original hardwood floors, new Pella windows, new metal roof, new HVAC, copper pipes, huge finished basement and magnificent views of Sandia Crest and sunsets. Great walkability to schools, parks and shopping. Call Ed Smith at Re/Max Select, 505 263-4423, or look online: MLS# 903044. $350k. See ad, page 22. PRIVATE CLASSROOM FOR RENT.In a quiet, upscale massage and wellness center. Centrally located near Menaul and San Pedro, NE. Rent space for only $25/hr. You provide the instructor. Bathroom and Shower facilities. 4K TV Monitor. Body and Mind Wellness Center, 2305 San Pedro Drive NE, Suite D2, Albuquerque.505-382-3406.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 Transitions Radio Magazine (TRM) – 9-10am, In Part 3, Mark Landau discusses his book, “End the Fight,” how to resolve our trauma, terror, rage and pain; and reclaim the love we are! Free. Transitions Radio Magazine, KBAC 98.1, and on the web at Free. 505-670-1167. Intuitive Explosion: Class #1 – 1-3pm. Intuition brings in the light of truth. Learn more, strengthen your spiritual core. Reinvigorate your life and lose the drama during the energy shifts. Free intro class; must RSVP for handout purposes. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love – Jan 25-28. 9am-6pm. CS Heart. Engage the intelligence of cells and organs and speak to them directly. Release blockages from the heart and heart protector. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-503-5137. Wellness Wednesdays at True REST Float Spa – 9am-7pm. Join Wellness Cucina with Private Chef Celestina Brunetti. Schedule your 60 minutes Float Session and come in ready to enjoy yourself! We will be providing excellent treats and New Year’s eating tips! True REST Float Spa, 6400 Holly Ave NE, Ste K, Albuquerque. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) –Thursdays, 5:45-8:00pm. This 8-week MBSR course leads participants through a uniquely comprehensive study and practice of mindfulness meditation: what it is; how to do it; and how it enables health and healing. $350/includes course book, meditations and an all-day retreat. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 Healing/Message Circle – 10am-2pm. Experience the new circle of healing for mind, body and spirit. Intuitive readings $20 ($1/min) Donna Carol Martens, Barbara Fox, Dominion Tarot; Michelle Vidal. Release all negativity through Limpia Healing by Margarita Martinez, $45. Free. Resonant


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Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646. Michelle@ResonantEssentials. com. ResonantEssentials.Net.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 Well Woman Advocacy Day 2018 – 9:30am-6pm. A full day in Santa Fe at the NM State Legislature to advocate for issues you care about, and hear from speakers including Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. After that, Well Woman Drinks at Rio Chama. $55. Well Woman Life, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe. Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Hormones – 6-7:30pm. A 5-week online course. Learn what foods to eat to naturally balance hormones, increase energy, stabilize moods, increase the quality of sleep and release stress and anxiety. $279 for course; $30 paid directly to instructor for materials. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551.

plan ahead SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Reiki Class – 9:30am-4:30pm. Become a certified healing practitioner in this powerful, life-changing class. Reiki master Jan Walker has been teaching all levels of the Usui method since 1993. $175; preregistration required. St Thomas Episcopal Church, 425 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-835-5440.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Drumming Circle and PMT Link Up – 7-8:30pm. Come join with others as we open ourselves to the vibrations of drum and rattle. Drums and rattles will be available or bring your own. Free; near Coronado Mall and Uptown. For directions and information call Dr. Phyllis Clay: 505918-4388.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Cranio Sacral Basics w/Etienne Peirsman – Feb 10-13. 9am-6pm. Listen to and feel the inner movements of the body by connecting to the basic cranial rhythms. Learn to give a full basic session. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505503-5137. Intuition 101 Telecourse – 1-2:30pm. What is intuition and how do I know when have it? Learn simple techniques for accessing and discerning your inner guidance, as well as support for empaths, those sensitive to energy. $80, $95/after Jan 20. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, Telecourse, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074. Support@

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 NM Wellness Symposium – 8am-4pm. Experienced practitioners will be talking about the natural and integrative medicine therapies used in their practice and how they can benefit you. Crossdisciplinary panels focus on sharing diagnostic and treatment protocols. Early bird $35 plus tax. DoubleTree by Hilton, 201 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque.

and rattles will be available or bring your own. Free; near Coronado Mall and Uptown. For directions and information call Dr. Phyllis Clay: 505918-4388

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Intuitive Guide Certification Training, with Equine Support – 12 Sat. 12-3pm. Do you feel called to use your intuitive gifts in service (with or without equines)? Connect with both earth energy and equines to identify and strengthen intuitive gifts. No healing or equine background required. All aspects of setting up a practice is provided. Space is limited. Call Chantal for pricing, details, to reserve space. Early bird discount. Unicorn Mesa, LLC. 505-438-1074.

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daily Horses & Donkeys Helping You – by appointment, Let the horse or donkey of your choice help you to release that which no longer serves and embrace clarity, self-trust, well-being, joy. $215/2 hr session; Jan buy one get one free. Unicorn Mesa, LLC. 505-438-1074.

Transitions Radio Magazine – 9-10am. Celebrating the Voices of Love and Presence for 34 years. Whole Brain Radio with insightful, empowering interviews and stimulating and relaxing music tracks. Shows archived at Free. KBAC 98.1 FM. 505-670-1167.

monday Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm CT. 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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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Drumming Circle and PMT Link Up – 7-8:30pm. Come join with others as we open ourselves to the vibrations of drum and rattle. Drums


Five Seasons Medical Qigong Class – 5:30-7pm. Medical Qigong for health in body, mind and spirit. Graceful movements are so easy, anyone can do them. Free consultation to scan health priorities and track progress for students who buy a 10-class card. $15/drop-in, $90/10-class card. Five Seasons Medicine, Santa Fe. 505- 216-1750. Jane@ DONATION YOGA CLASS – From Jan 8. 5:457pm. All levels vinyasa yoga class. Explore healing movement and music to bring balance and connection to the body and mind. Flowing movement to decompress and destress. $5/suggested donation. New Mexico School of Yoga. 505-508-1331. Register@

tuesday Free Consultations – 10am-5pm. Free 30-minute consultations for first time clients of medical intuitive Ananda Mayi. She has a desire to be of service to those in need. The session is all inclusive and focuses on hidden causes of distress. Private session by appointment. Santa Fe Wellness Center, 1418 Luisa St, Ste 4, Santa Fe. 505-501-0501.

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 & 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.

Five Seasons Medical Qigong Class – 5:30-7pm. Medical Qigong for health in body, mind and spirit. Graceful movements are so easy, anyone can do them. Free consultation to scan health priorities and track progress for students who buy a 10-class card. $15/drop-in, $90/10-class card. Five Seasons Medicine, Santa Fe. 505- 216-1750. Jane@ DONATION YOGA CLASS – 5:45-7pm. All levels vinyasa yoga class. Explore healing movement and music to bring balance and connection to the body and mind. Flowing movement to decompress and destress. $5/suggested donation. New Mexico School of Yoga. 505-508-1331. Register@

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. Five Seasons Medical Qigong Class – 9:3010:45am. Medical Qigong for health in body, mind and spirit. Graceful movements are so easy, anyone can do them. Free consultation to scan health priorities and track progress for students who buy a 10-class card. $15/drop-in, $90/10-class card. Five Seasons Medicine, Santa Fe. 505- 216-1750. Jane@


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”.


Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. • Albuquerque 505-303-0976

How would you live your life differently if you really understood your unique soul path? Together, ancient astrology and modern psychology can reveal the most profound of insights about your personal growth, relationships, career, spiritual development, and more. Begin now to direct your life more powerfully!


4001 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Ste C 505.234.4165 | fx 505.359.2206 com/cognosypharm

Chiropractic is the medicine. The healing is from the body. Chiropractic removes interference from the bodies systems and enables the healing to be retained. Let the Healing Begin!


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 21.


1413 2nd Street #4, Santa Fe, NM 87505 505-252-2215 Welcome Transformation & Change into your life with Grace & Ease. Art Therapy & Counseling Services, EMDR, Sand Tray, Noetic Balancing and Women’s Groups.

DREAM ANALYSIS 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 3.


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 ads, pages 20 and 38.


Eriene Iris Santa Fe, NM 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.

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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 7.


3620 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Ste L-10, ABQ 505- 435-1565

Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist; Fellow with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. 500 hours of training in Integrative Hypnotherapy at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America. Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Natal & Past Life Regressionist. See ad, page 5.


Santa Fe, NM 87501 808- 639-7534

Aloha! Integrative Massage consists of a combination of Connective Tissue Therapy, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, and Craniosacral Therapy. Helps to relieve pain and induces deep relaxation.


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

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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 11.


Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074 •

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 ads, pages 20 and 37.


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.

MASSAGE BODY AND MIND WELLNESS CENTER 2305 San Pedro NE, Suite D2 Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-382-3406

Body and Mind Wellness Center now provides Thai Massage and Reiki Healing !!

Experience the healing benefits of Traditional Thai Therapy and Reiki Energy Work. Thai Signature Massage: Traditional Thai massage is a unique healing art that combines stretching with massage of the muscles, tendons, pressure points and meridians. Reiki Healing: Experience this Japanese technique to balance, body, emotions, mind and spirit. See ad, page 24.


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.


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 3.


ABQ/Santa Fe/Gallup •

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 21.


1142 Siler Rd, Santa Fe 505- 955-2215 •

Keep Santa Fe Beautiful is a not-for-profit organization 501 (c) (3). Through our fundraising, Keep Santa Fe Beautiful is able to coordinate and implement community improvement projects to maintain our beautiful city. Our events include: two city-wide cleanups (one in spring and the other in fall); an electronic collection day; household waste collection; Recycle Santa Fe sponsor; and allocating money to help fund entry way signs for the city and programs for beautification, litter control and recycling projects. See ad, back cover.



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


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. Reiki Classes offered every month. Foot Reflexology relieves stress and tension, improves nerve and blood supply, and helps the body to normalize.


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 22.


Connect with your heart in the enchanted forest of Carson! This beautiful retreat is near Taos, designed for you to deepen your connection with nature. See ad, page 20.

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Santa Fe, NM 970- 222-2710 •

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 6.


4500 Silver Ave. SE, ABQ 505-639-3401 •

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 13.


Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-582-9296

Today, we receive information overload in regards to our health and the health of our loved ones. Iridology is the study of health via the examination of the iris, whites of the eyes, cornea, and pupil. An iridology consultation provides information about your health that allows for informed decisions to be made. Call or email for an appointment.


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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 29.

YOGA NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF YOGA The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE, ABQ 505-588-1331

Yoga + Ayurveda Certification Programs. Offering Prana Vinaysa Flow and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and Therapy Training. Workshops, Certifications & Retreat Programs. Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance. See ad, page 12.

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