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s I write this letter, I realize I’m still floating on the positive energy vibes from the Natural Awakenings publisher’s conference I attended in Orlando, Florida. During this amazing event, there were over 50 of us connecting, learning and inspiring each other. Now we are all home energized and beaming with new ideas and initiatives. Our CEO and founder Sharon Bruckman kicked off the conference re-connecting us with the big “why” of becoming a Natural Awakenings publisher. As we went around the room sharing our backgrounds and stories about how we felt driven to become publishers, we noted there was a common theme: We had all experienced a major lifestyle change. Whether we said goodbye to our corporate jobs or experienced health issues that led us to diving into natural health and wellness, we all felt the same irresistible urge to help spread the word. Many publishers were introduced to Natural Awakenings while traveling and saw the need for it in their market. In my case, I was led by divine guidance and moved from one state to another to buy an existing publication. I walked away from the conference feeling more motivated and inspired than ever about the work that we are doing through Natural Awakenings. This family of publications is a much-needed presence during these turbulent times. We seem to be facing the threat of losing so many things we have taken for granted. At stake, right now is the protection of our rivers, oceans, national monuments and the earth itself by ignoring global warming. In addition, the possibility of people losing health insurance or incurring rate increases is looming. This makes it more important than ever for us to take charge of our precious health in order to prevent illness and disease. We need to give our bodies and minds as much support as possible to cope with the stresses that are placed upon us on a daily basis. We must also do what we can to preserve our resources and protect the environment, animals and our children. And of course, now more than ever, we need to embrace the true meaning of community and learn to wholeheartedly support one another. Please look to Natural Awakenings as your “go to” resource that provides alternatives and information about living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Here are just a few of the many amazing changes you will be seeing over the next few months. • Re-design of the Natural Awakenings logo • Formatting changes inside the magazine • Access to better quality paper to improve the appearance of the magazine • Online submissions of the resource guide and calendar • More quality time with our clients by using new apps to streamline production, billing and communication • Very competitive national ad opportunities to reach an audience of over 3.5 million readers in 84 markets accessible to any business that wants to take advantage of national branding I am looking forward to sharing all these up-and-coming changes with you, my dear Northern New Mexico family. Together, we can make a big difference!

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newsbriefs Healing with Tibetan Monks


esonant Essentials is pleased to announce the Monks of the Gaden Shartse Monastery in Tibet will be offering healings, lectures, blessings and programs June 7 to 10 in Albuquerque. During the day on Wednesday and Saturday, attendees can receive a one-on-one healing with the Monks. This is a unique opportunity for a healing of the highest order. Evening programs be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday begins the evening programs with a lecture on the 6 Perfections which encompass the wisdom of ethics, patience, effort (joyful perseverance), concentration, wisdom and generosity. During Friday’s Chay Drol, the Lama will go into deep meditation and then will place colored strings and cloth on each participant’s body. During the ritual the string and cloth will be transformed to the obstacles which are hindering the participant. The Lama will then use “Wisdom Weapons” to free the participant from those obstacles. Saturday closes the program with the Empowerment Ritual of the Tara Tara, which helps to fulfill the longlife wishes of the practitioner. Location: 7413 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. For donation suggestion amounts for each event or to book a personal one-on-one healing, call Michelle at 505-453-7646. See ad, page 7.

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he next 500-hour hypnotherapy course begins June 5 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 28 countries and all 50 states to attend the school. Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra states, “Our state licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for almost 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is held three times a year and is taught in two-week modules.” 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 5.

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newsbriefs Horses and Donkeys Help Humans with Stress and Anxiety


ccording to Chantal Fidanza, Equine Assisted Coach, intuitive and owner of Unicorn Mesa in Santa Fe, “there is no issue equines can’t help us to overcome—from trauma, anxiety and PTSD to improving relationships and fostering spiritual growth. Equines have a way of helping us go deeper, engaging our senses and releasing what ails us at the most core level.” According to Fidanza, due to our fastpaced, automated culture, many of us are walking around with a constant low-level anxiety. “Anxiety is not something you can talk yourself out of; we get to the peace by connecting within. That’s what equines help us to do.” Unlike most humans, equines are completely present and in the moment. “When we face a one thousand pound equine without tack on, without expectation, we have the opportunity to connect to them and to ourselves on a deep and authentic level,” she says. “What better therapy for stress and anxiety is there?”  For more information on equine assisted sessions, monthly specials and discounted packages, visit or call 505-438-1074. See ad, page 11 and 38.

10th Annual Field to Food Event


he Center for Ageless Living in Los Lunas will celebrate its tenth annual Field to Food event, Somethin’ Pigs Happening, on June 24 at 7 p.m. on its campus in Los Lunas. “The Field to Food event is about honoring local foods that are produced within a 100 mile radius of the Center. We believe that local foods and healthy eating habits are one of the main factors to successful aging,” shares Suzette Lindemuth, director of the Center for Ageless Living. “This year the entrée menu features Roasted Pig ‘Delicious’ raised by Hanako Farms and local pears from S. Bear Farms

in Valencia County.” Proceeds from the event go to support the Field to Food Program, which grows and distributes fresh produce in season to home-bound elders in Valencia County and the Community Garden Program. The Center for Ageless Living is a unique facility that embraces and supports aging with a variety of programs and services that include family and community involvement. Cost: $45 per person or sponsor a table of 8 for $350. To reserve your ticket, call 505-865-8813 or 505-866-1936, or visit Location: 3216 Hwy. 47 S., Los Lunas. 8

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Experience a Dream Group


anet Wahl, Ph.D., CHt, will conduct a dream group on June 11 in Albuquerque. According to Wahl, many people wonder why they have dreams and what they mean. “By understanding a dream, dreamers have solved problems like piano fingerings and when to retire, made discoveries like the sewing machine or early cancer detection, created works of art like renowned artists Salvador Dali,” she says. A structured dream group helps dreamers to discover the multiple layers of meaning. The group listens to the dream, pretends they had the dream, and offers suggestions. “Because the dreamer is the only person who knows the meaning, she is always in control: she can accept or reject these suggestions and stop the process any time. Non-leading questions help the dreamer explore the life recent events that precipitated the dream,” explains Wahl. Wahl states that a typical dreamer response at the end of the session sounds like this: “It’s an amazing process. I thought I knew what my dream meant, but this group gave me so many more ideas.” Janet Wahl is an educator and provider of medical support guided imagery and ThetaHealing. Please, call 505-508-5805 for the event address. To schedule a complimentary, personalized 30-minute Dream Digging Session email Janet at janet@ More information at See ad, page 38.

Symposium on Herbs and Spices in Health and Medicine


imply Spicy: An Exploration of Botanical and Culinary Medicine in Integrative Practice is being held July 8 and 9 at Sagebrush Inn and Suites in Taos. This state-of-the-art, two-day symposium on herbs on spices in health and medicine features many presentations, including Taking the Spice Route to Health, Red Hot Medicine: Chilies for Health, Not so Sweet: Spices for Diabetes and Other Metabolic Diseases, Savoring the Effect of Spices on Brain Health and Mood, Zesty Heart Health, and Turning Down the Heat: Quenching Inflammation and Pain. In addition, a variety of informative workshops will be held including Herb Show and Tell, Herbs and Spices for Common Infections, Native American Ceremonial Herbs and Spices, Spices for Women’s Health, Medicinal Chinese Spices, Optimizing Gut Health, and How we Know through Taste.

Location: 1508 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM. For more information, contact Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development at 505-272-3942 or See ad, page 22.

Red and Green VegFest Comes to Albuquerque


ed and Green VegFest is being held July 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The event features yoga, vegan food and lifestyle vendors, cooking demos and more. Attendees will get a chance to learn about all aspects of veganism, health, diet, animal sentience and healing the planet. Speakers include Jean-Christian Jury who will discuss the evolution of vegan foods around the planet, Dr. Ankur Gupta with his talk on The Bugs in Our Gut, JL Fields demonstrating a healthy vegan air fryer, Karla Reyes and Victor Flores talking about the ease of being vegan even with kids, and many more. “Veganism is catching on and more and more people are turning to a plant based diet, for the planet, themselves and the animals,” says event organizer, Nancy Arenas. Location: 401 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque. For more information, a schedule of events and vendor list, and to register, visit See ad, page 32.

Hershey to Sign New Book in Santa Fe


odi Hershey will discuss and sign copies of her new book The Call of the Day from 4 to 6 p.m., June 10, at Ark Books, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The work focuses on what is taking place today spiritually and how we are called to tap into our authentic selves to individually and collectively do our part in what she asserts is humanity “moving from our familiar third-dimensional ego self into a fourth dimension soul self, with the ability to reach higher levels of awareness and consciousness.” “Now more than ever, we are called upon to qualify our lives,” says Hershey, who has been a hypnotherapist in basic, advanced and past-life regression and a psychic/intuitive reader and spiritual counselor for more than 15 years. “It is a time when we are asked to find our true soul self, which is our home—our connection to the universal life force. We are asked to open our hearts so that we are able to see all that was intended to be. This is ‘the call of the day’.” Location: 133 Romero St. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 28.

Belly Button Healing for Natural Pain Relief


ain can refer to any discomfort we feel in the body such as headaches, joint aches, foot pain, lower back aches, etc. Chronic pain is caused by a buildup of daily stress in our lives that manifests in the body. In a vicious cycle, chronic pain causes a continued stress response, which then causes physical and emotional responses to stress, which then circles back to chronic pain. Belly Button Healing directly stimulates the vagus nerve through the small intestine under the belly button. It is the vagus nerve that activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which triggers the “rest-and-digest” mode for the body. The rest-and-digest characteristic of the parasympathetic nervous system causes the muscles around the stress point to naturally relax, and therefore, release the pain held in the body. It is recommended to use the simple Belly Button stimulation technique 2 to 3 times a day for only five minutes. Belly Button Healing is a regular part of Body & Brain Yoga classes. There are three locations in New Mexico. Visit See ad, page 19.

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ntuitive sciences are used to explore the individual in a fully holisitic manner. Holism incorporates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the being to bring about equanimity. This is a unique and powerful exploration of the individual with the ability to bring balance and harmony. Local medical intuitive, Ananda Mayi, founder of The Institute for Ascension, works with all aspects of her clients to first create a palette of balance to then begin the work of higher consciousness. “This is a profound healing on all levels of health and well-being,” she says. “The individual is not only seen, but aspects that are out of balance receive Grace to bring equilibrum and harmony at the highest levels.” According to Mayi, a medical intuitive has the ability to not only see imbalance, but bring healing to aspects of an individual that are out of balance. Mayi has this gift, one of Divine sight, and uses it to facilitate health in a profound way. “One’s issues are worked with through Divine Grace to bring them the aspect of Peace. This is a subtle but dynamic way to awaken the flow of Love Consciousness,” she explains. “Intuitive sciences are an adjunct to one’s own medical care, not a substitute,” adds Mayi. Ananda Mayi works with all aspects of the individual: mind, body and soul. She utilizes medical intuitive arts, spiritual healing, holistic health care, transpersonal psychology. To book your free introductory session, visit See ad, page 13 and 38. 10

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Ginger Relieves Infected Root Canals


esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.




High-Intensity Workouts May Keep People Coming Back


study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with regular exercise. Jennifer Heisz, lead author and assistant professor in the kinesiology department, observes, “Enjoyment during the first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for preventing dropouts.” Researchers divided 40 sedentary, healthy adults into two groups. One participated in HIIT, which consists of short bursts of intense exercises, followed by lowerintensity recovery periods, for six weeks; the other group performed ongoing moderate exercises. The researchers discovered that while both groups started out with equal enjoyment levels, the HIIT group enjoyed their workouts more as they gained strength, while the moderate group reported unchanged or decreased enjoyment levels.

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leep apnea is a serious health problem in which the sleeper can stop breathing as often as 30 times an hour, according to a National Institutes of Health study. According to Master Herbalist Steven Frank in Sleep Apnea: A New Approach to an Emergent Problem, Apnea is the result of a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm that can occur during the transition from initial semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep prior to REM sleep. “After a short period of time, the brain realizes the need to breathe and forces a rapid inhalation, dragging any sagging soft tissues into the airway and disturbing the sleep cycle,” he says. Conventional medicine usually addresses sleep apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or surgery. Using such a device can be costly and cumbersome, as well as uncomfortable, creating its own form of sleep disruption. “Natural herbal solutions like lobelia, thyme and camp bark can intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm, increase the gastransfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct the propagation of the signal and so providing relief. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit NaturesRiteRemedies. com. See ad, page 3.

ike other androgens, testosterone produces or stimulates the development of secondary male characteristics apart from the testes, referred to as masculinization. Although testosterone is the “stuff” that makes men “act like men,” women also produce and utilize this androgen in lesser amounts. Testosterone stimulates metabolism and increases muscular strength. It accelerates tissue growth and stimulates blood flow. It is essential for normal sexual behavior and normal growth and development of male accessory organs. It also affects many other metabolic activities. All steroid hormones in humans, including testosterone, are derived from cholesterol. Although it is a steroid hormone, testosterone relies on other hormones to activate its production. Support for testosterone production includes vitamin C which has a conenzymatic function in the metabolism of amino acids and biosynthesis of steroid hormones. In addition, pantothenic acid plays a role in synthesizing choline, cholesterol, phospholipids and steroid hormones. Niacin supports the synthesis of fat and cholesterol, the raw materials used for testosterone production, and arginine, an essential amino acid, is a building block for enzymes, hormones, vitamins and structural proteins. Submitted by Michael’s Naturopathic Programs. For more information, visit or call 800-845-2730. See ad, page 31 and 39.

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Banning Bags Is Making a Difference Governments worldwide are taking control of a pollution problem with bans on different forms of plastic, including shopping bags. The Indian state of Karnataka has completely banned the use of plastic. No wholesale dealer, retailer or trader can now use or sell plastic carrier bags, plates, cups, spoons, cling film or even microbeads. San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags in 2007, and in 2014 it banned plastic water bottles on city properties. Since then, they have included Styrofoam and thermocol (polystyrene). Hawaii introduced a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2015. Coles Bay, Tasmania, was the first town in Australia to ban disposable plastic bags in 2003, using 350,000 fewer than in 2002. Ethiopia, France and Morocco have followed suit. It’s all part of a global movement to protect the life of oceans and other bodies of water.


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Vegetarian Protein Options on the Rise Last year, the United Nations International Year of Pulses recognized dry peas, lentils and chickpeas because they are affordable, nutritious and have a low eco-footprint. New, innovative, plant-based proteins will extend the options. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition reported that vegetarians can save at least $750 annually over meat eaters by reducing or replacing consumption of animal products and switching to sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. The Impossible Burger simulates the sizzle, the smell and the juicy first bite of the real thing to rave reviews. The similar Beyond Burger is a hit at Whole Foods Markets. Tyson Foods is investing in the protein alternative company, Beyond Meat, and launching a $150 million venture capital fund to support plant-based foods. Some large German meat producers are also seeking to diversify with plant-based versions of traditional meaty favorites.


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Next Generation Water Summit in Santa Fe


he inaugural Next Generation Water Summit is being held June 4 to 6 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe. This first-of-its-kind national event will feature three educational tracks, two keynote speakers and an expo. The Summit will begin with the Green Expo, an exhibition presented by the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce. Three tracks will focus on emerging policy development, building design and construction, and water conservation tools and technologies, respectively. “The unique aspect of this event is the integration of field professionals into policy development and design,” says Green Builder Coalition Executive Director Mike Collignon. “Making our communities sustainable in the long term given predicted drops in renewable surface water flows, and resilient to short term and long term impacts from the effects of climate change, are critical issues across the Southwestern United States, as well as many other regions around the world,” says City Councilor Peter Ives. “The City of Santa Fe is honored to host the Next Generation Water Summit, which is designed to continue the dialogue on how we can and must do more with less water.” Location: 201 W. Marcy St., Santa Fe. For more information, visit Facebook. com/SantaFeGreenChamberOfCommerce or email See ad, page 30.

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A Sure Path to Wellness, Vitality & Resilience—at Any Age! “If we focus on prevention, we won’t have to work so hard down the road fixing our bodies from disrepair and disease…the way to avoid this is to raise our level of wellness.” by Sedena Cappannelli


ometimes great things get slipped under our noses, in the disguise of a challenge. Over 25 years ago while living in Los Angeles this happened to AgeNation CoFounder, Sedena C. Cappannelli. “I hit a bottom in all areas of my life—physically, emotionally and mentally. I prayed for a way out of my pain and knew that to find it I had to surrender and do whatever I could to regain my health and balance,” she explains. That’s when she was led to qigong and began what was to become a diligent practice of this Eastern energy system. “In fact, in a matter of a few months my health had begun to turn around and I was experiencing a sense of wholeness and energy that was as surprising as it was remarkable.” In the years since, she has discovered that qigong is a true remedy for chronic discomfort, pain and the trauma of life, her own and many others. “Unlike symptom management, this energy practice helps us to release the underlying blockages, tension, and cause of disease,” says Cappannelli. “Qigong practice also helps us to open our energy flow so that a deeper level of health, joy and well-being can come back to us.” As a result, it also now forms the basis for her Enlivened Ageing programs that combine qigong, contemporary and 14

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integrative energy, longevity and life strategies, and personal development skills. “As co-founder of AgeNation, this essential wellness component is also part of our work of informing, inspiring and providing solutions for ‘people who weren’t born yesterday.’ I’m also thrilled to have qigong reinforced and deepened in my practice and my life just this last year with the incredible support of Master Mingtong Gu, a new Santa Fe resident and an internationally recognized qigong master,” says Cappannelli. “For this reason, my husband, George, and I are excited about our new collaboration with Master Mingtong on Qigong and Conscious Aging. It’s a new series of webinars and live events that we believe will serve as an empowering catalyst and movement for people in the second half of life to age wisely and well and to thrive,” explains Cappannelli. “It’s another important step in our commitment to provide our AgeNation audiences with the best possible tools and solutions. We also both know first-hand that Master Mingtong’s powerful ancient wisdom teachings of Qigong can truly improve health and happiness for us all.” The launch of Qigong and Conscious Aging has begun with a free series of three webinars featuring Mingtong, George and Sedena Cappanelli: Reclaiming our Vitality, Resilience and Personal Power; Practices for Reconnecting to Your Joy, Passion and Purpose to Create a Legacy You Love; and July’s webinar will focus on Conscious Aging and Conscious Dying. To register for these free webinars and receive a Natural Awakenings discount visit


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he first annual Qigong and Conscious Aging Conference is being held August 4 - 6, 2017 at the new Wisdom Healing Qigong Center in Galisteo. The conference will integrate the work of world-class wisdom keepers, authors, and experts and a vibrant practice of qigong. Together these leading-edge insights, skills, and practices for navigating the second half of

life will also support those in younger generations who want to be proactive about their health and learn about the world they are inheriting. The list of presenters so far includes Dr. Judith Orloff, Father Richard Rohr, Joan Borysenko, Andrew Harvey, Dr. Gregory Shushan, Master Mingtong Gu, George Cappannelli, Sedena Cappannelli, Nathan Crane and others. There will be live panels, inspiring films and videos, uplifting music, wonderful food, and outstanding accommodations for those who want to stay at the Chi Center, and more. “The conference is an innovative and enlivening opportunity for you to discover transformational aging techniques that will bring greater vitality, resilience, and well-being into your life,” says conference facilitator, Sedena C. Cappannelli, co-founder of AgeNation. “It will be a special time for you to receive actionable steps for living a healthy and vibrant life; to manifest more of the dream you were born to live, and to connect with deeper joy, self-acceptance and love, creativity, purpose, and meaning.” To register and receive a Natural Awakenings discount for the Conference coming up in August, visit www.ChiChenter. com/QCAConf2017. Sedena C. Cappannelli is an award-winning author, speaker, Conscious Aging expert, Life Wellness coach and co-founder of AgeNation. She is passionate about supporting people to embrace their highest potential, regardless of age. Call 505-4706295 or email For more information on AgeNation and co-founders, George and Sedena Cappannelli go to

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treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

CHRONIC PAIN Natural Ways to Feel Much Better by Kathleen Barnes


ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according 16

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to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.  

Watch Out for Opioids

Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are

“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

What Helps Relieve Pain

Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain.


Go Natural for Effective Relief

Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at


Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain.

Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps

replenish energy and heal muscles.

Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.

Immunity—Dysfunctional immune

systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.

Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies, op-

timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa,

Yogic Breathing Brings Relief


n ancient yogic breathing practice, or pranayama, is used to rebalance the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Maud Nerman strongly recommends alternate nostril breathing for those that experience chronic pain caused by physical or emotional trauma. Here’s a basic practice: n After folding the middle two fingers of the right hand down, press the right nostril closed. n Inhale to the count of four. n Hold both nostrils closed for a count of eight. n Release the right nostril and exhale to a count of eight. n Repeat on the other side. n Continue for at least three minutes, alternating sides throughout. natural awakenings

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Massage Therapy to Treat Chronic Pain


olin Hart, owner of Body and Mind Wellness Center in Albuquerque, shares that he opened his business to address the needs of those seeking out therapeutic massages. “Researchers have spent a lot of time understanding what causes chronic pain and how to get relief. Typical origins of chronic pain vary widely. Common causes include sports and work related injuries, stress induced pain, and medically related conditions. There are a variety of ways to manage chronic pain—including natural therapeutic massage,” he says. “At Body and Mind Wellness you can find a full array of therapeutic massages under one roof.” According to the 2011 American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Consumer survey, of those receiving at least one massage in the last five years, 40 percent reported they did so for healthrelated conditions including pain management. One modality that Hart recommends is Neuromuscular massage therapy. “Neuromuscular therapy is a program of recovery from both acute and chronic pain. This approach brings balance between the musculoskeletal and nervous systems,” he says. “And you can experience this type of treatment at our center.” Location: 2305 San Pedro Dr. NE, Ste. D2, Albuquerque. To find out more or book your appointment call 505-382-3406 or visit See ad, page 4 and page 39. 18

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California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.

Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a

“meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

How to Tap Away Pain


apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight” stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it:

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Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck). Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to 10.

Compose a statement about it (e.g., “Even though I have intense neck pain today, I deeply and completely accept myself”).


Using one or two fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop” area on the outer edge of the other hand while repeating the statement three times.


* chin * inner collarbone * under arm * top of head

While repeating, e.g., “intense neck pain,” using firm, but gentle pressure, use either two or four fingers to tap these areas, on either side, five to seven times in sequences as follows:


* side of eyebrow * side of eye * under eye * under nose

Source: The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, by Nick Ortner; instructional video at

Refocus on the original problem and rate its intensity. Restate what you’re feeling, as needed.

Healing Chronic Back Pain by Giancarlo Solimano and Myrrh de Marmion


or many years Giancarlo Solimano suffered from chronic back pain from scar tissue that had formed as a result of disc herniations during his twenties. He explained that, as a triathlete, his hips were tight and his body was ‘as stiff as a board.’ The other factor that contributed to his back pain was his ‘inability to go with the flow,’ to experience grace, acceptance and enjoyment of himself and his achievements. “Fear and insecurity are big components that contribute to back pain,” Solimano explains, adding that when he started practicing yoga in the early 90’s he felt a unique sense of general well-being and slight relief of his back pain “My back was still sore after practicing but the pain was ‘different.’ It didn’t feel like the ‘stabbing pain’ I’d had for many years.” Although practicing yoga definitely helped his back pain, it still hurt. He had heard from many people that yoga could heal your body and mind. But after 10 years of practicing he wondered what he was doing wrong. All of that changed drastically when Giancarlo hurt himself a second time. He herniated three discs in his lower back and the pain was so intense he had to call an ambulance to take him to the emergency room. Even with pain medication, he could barely walk and his hips would not align with his spine. “Sitting and sleeping were unbearable,” recalls Giancarlo. While meeting with two orthopedic doctors to discuss his care plan, one of the doctors wanted to do surgery right away. The other doctor, a younger member of the health care team, disagreed. He reasoned that, as an athlete, Solimano’s body would be able to absorb the herniations. Confused and frustrated, Solimano had wanted the surgery so he could ‘get over the pain as soon as possible and move on with his life.’ But out of that frustration, he suddenly understood something very clearly about his back

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pain. “Our bodies have the ability to heal and are always trying to communicate with us. The issue is we’re not always listening; we don’t know how to listen, or we simply don’t have time to listen,” he explains. “Our minds don’t want to slow down, connect and feel our bodies. Our minds don’t want to take an introspective journey and find out our emotional state. Our minds just want to keep moving forward enjoying the constant influx of stimuli we are used to.” After meeting with the doctors, Solimano realized he was the one in charge and even though he wanted the pain to go away, he decided to befriend it and to take time to allow his body to heal. He recognized that his body was screaming for help and chose to dedicate all his efforts to support its healing. He researched how to treat lower back pain through yoga, worked with a couple of physical therapists, and in a month 70 percent of the pain was gone. He also increased his meditation practice which helped to calm his mind and increase his ability to connect with his body and emotions. Solimano became so fascinated by his ability to heal himself without surgery that he dedicated a large part of his yogic path to researching the intelligence of the human body and how to support it to be free of pain. He received his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Tias Little, and studied Therapeutic Yoga and in-depth yoga philosophy and movement with Aadil Palkhivala, master yogi and long-time student of B.K.S. Iyengar. Solimano now offers classes, workshops and intensives at Blue Moon Yoga in Santa Fe, and also offers private sessions as well. “I am a living testimony that our bodies can heal themselves if we support and befriend them. It’s my passion to help others heal themselves, naturally,” he adds. For more information on Giancarlo Solimano’s classes, visit HotYoga-SantaFe. com. See ad, page 39.


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NAET Treatments for Pain by Dr. Marilyn Chernoff


ain has been known to occur ever since life began and various philosophers of particular times have come up with different definitions and explanations for pain while they were helping the sufferers help or manage pain. Hippocrates described pain as an imbalance in the body humors: Plato, Aristotle, Galen and Descartes all had different theories about pain.

Acute Versus Chronic Pain

Pain can be described according to its cause, physiologic description (neuropathic, visceral or somatic), and/or temporality (acute or chronic). The distinction between acute and chronic pain is no longer considered primarily a function of how long the pain lasts. Instead, acute pain is described as pain that usually has an identifiable pathology and predictable prognosis. Examples of acute pain are a sprained ankle or ear infection. These types of pain usually resolve once treated and healed. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is generally of unclear pathology and unpredictable prognosis, and can be caused by countless diseases, syndromes, injuries, or surgeries. Chronic pain tends to last longer than six months—beyond the expected course of healing.

Impact of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain negatively impacts all aspects of an individual’s life, including emotional, vocational, financial and social elements. The entire family may be dramatically affected, and many feel isolated because they can no longer work or must drop out of their normal activities, thus further isolating themselves from friends and family. 20

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Various therapies and pain medications are available today. Some of them can really be called “wonder” drugs; they work like magic for some people. But others don’t work as well. And some people can’t seem to get any relief no matter how powerful the medication is. In most cases, acute pain responds best to pain medication and pain management therapies. As soon as the pain is relieved, the treating doctor is happy. The patient is happy, until the next episode arrives. Even though he/she might have been examined by the best pain specialist and prescribed the most expensive medication, why did it return? One of the major concerns is why pain goes away in some people but stays on in others for days, weeks, months or even years in spite of medication and extensive therapies.

NAET Treatments for Pain

Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) is a revolutionary technique that utilizes chiropractic acupuncture, points and meridians along with kinesiology to permanently desensitize a person to an allergen. When an allergic individual encounters an allergen, it can cause blockages in certain organs, cells or systems, which causes allergic symptoms. NAET clears these blockages by reprogramming the nervous system and neutralizing the body’s immune mediators, thereby permanently desensitizing a person to the allergen. Any allergen can be treated in this way including nutrients, environmental, parasites, infections, fungus and more. NAET testing procedures can track down the cause of many pain conditions including acute pain like migraines, sudden abdominal pain or tension headaches. In addition many chronic pain conditions can also be addressed like fibromyalgia, food sensitivities, irritable bowel syndrome, cluster headaches, joint pain, lower backaches, myofacial pain, peripheral neuralgia, PMS, post-surgical pain, skin disorders, and more. Once the cause is determined, elimination of the cause through NAET is possible. Dr. Chernoff received a B.A. from Hunter College of the City of New York, a M.Ed. from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Holistic Health. When she retired she became a board-certified Naturopath (C.T.N.). With 31 years of experience in alternative medicine with focuses on iridology, botanical medicine, and naturopathy, she is a uniquely qualified Medical Intuitive and a NAET Practitioner. She has offices in Albuquerque, NM; Boulder, CO; Encinitas, CA; and San Luis Obispo, CA. She can be reached at 505-292-2222 or See ad, page 37.

CranioSacral Therapy for Chronic Pain

Medical Support Hypnotherapy for Pain Dilution

by Leila von Stein

by Christian Raphael


iken our nervous system to the roots of a plant. Just as the roots need water for the plant to reach its fullest potential, so our nerves need cerebrospinal fluid for the body to function properly. Our central nervous system—our brain and spinal cord—is surrounded by three protective membranes, the outermost of which is responsible for containing the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The cerebrospinal fluid continually bathes the brain and spinal cord in a wave-like motion and from them, a network of nerves branch off, extending all the way to the tips of our fingers and toes, the peripheral nervous system. While the primary function of CSF is to cushion the brain and serve as a shock absorber for the central nervous system, CSF also circulates nutrients and chemicals filtered from the blood and removes waste products from the brain. This closed circuit system functions impeccably at birth, but over time gravity, injuries and trauma (both physical and emotional) compress on and constrict the CSF. When our nervous system isn’t getting “the water” it needs, our body begins to suffer. Pain is the result. Left unaddressed, chronic pain may follow. CranioSacral Therapy uses a gentle touch to release physical and emotional imbalances and restrictions, allowing the central nervous system (and by effect, the peripheral nervous system) to perform optimally. Ultimately, CranioSacral Therapy restores the space the CSF needs to move freely. As a result, clients experience pain relief, stronger immune function, and an enhanced sense of well-being. This modality is highly effective in treating a number of disorders including chronic neck and back pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), scoliosis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome (TMJD), and chronic fatigue, as well as disorders of the central nervous system and traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Leila von Stein began practicing yoga and meditation in 2004. She traveled all over the world from Russia to Tasmania and settled on the path of holistic medicine with a course in Shamanism. She now practices Ayurveda and Marma Therapy, Massage and Bodywork, and Cranio Sacral Therapy. Contact info: See ad, page 13.


ain is processed in the brain and sent to the corresponding location in the body where it is expected. You can dilute pain by using the power of your creative subconscious mind. By using a simple visualization technique, you can associate comfort with discomfort and by doing so increase the amount of comfort that you were feeling in a specific area. Let’s say that you have a feeling of discomfort in your right knee. Take your mind into your body and notice what color the discomfort is in the right knee. Often it will be red, even black or muddy brown. Next, direct your attention to a place in your body where you’re feeling comfortable. Notice what color that comfortable feeling is. Often it is blue, yellow or white. Now, imagine, sense and see the comfortable color blending or flowing into the uncomfortable area thereby diluting the uncomfortable color.  For example, if the discomfort is red, and the comfortable color is blue, that area in the knee where you are focusing your attention will turn purple. Imagine that area becoming increasingly more purple and turning more and more into that blue comfortable color. Open a ‘trap door’ in the bottom of your right foot and allow the mixture of colors to flow out and away from you. Keep sending comfortable blue color into that area until it is pure blue and comfortable, allowing for all the uncomfortable mixture of red and blue to flow out and away. Now, close the trap door.  Note: This highly effective medical support process should not be used in place of medical intervention if it is needed. Christian Raphael, a graduate of the Hypnotherapy Academy of America completed 500 hours of Clinical Hypnotherapy Training receiving his Certification as a Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist and an additional 100 hours of training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). He is a Fellow of the International Board of Hypnotherapy. Schedule your complimentary 20 minute consultation at or call 505-918-6555. See ad, page 4. natural awakenings

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Backyard Pizza Party Grill Scrumptious Pizzas and Flatbreads by Claire O’Neil


ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill. Here are a few pointers using a backyard charcoal-style approach, with Section of Integrative Medicine, Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development, and American Botanical Council

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“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive

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oil on both sides, and then grilled and topped with any number of vegetable mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough—healthy grain, if preferred—cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivoreean’,” she says.  

Tiny Pizzas with Big Flavor

Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,” advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

Pizzeria Recipes

Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow.   1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz)   Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside.   Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inchdiameter circle.   Line a baking sheet with parchment pa-

per. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil. Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks.   Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the ricotta and sprinkle with one-quarter of the Pecorino Romano. Cover and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with 1 cup of arugula.

Pinch of red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 tsp) For the bruschetta: 8 slices (½-inch-thick) of Italian country (or gluten-free) bread 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil   For the sautéed broccoli rabe, in a large skillet on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons of water and add the broccoli rabe and garlic. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the red pepper flakes and salt. Adjust the seasonings to taste.   For the bruschetta, prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush each slice with the olive oil and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it has good grill marks.   Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the wilted broccoli rabe on each bruschetta and serve warm.

Thai Shrimp Pizzettes with Coconut and Chiles Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Bruschetta Yields: 8 servings Hearty greens such as broccoli rabe, kale, Swiss chard and spinach are interchangeable here. A quick sauté until greens are wilted keeps dark colors brilliant. Pile the greens, still dripping with olive oil, atop the toasted bread for an appetizer or delicious side with pasta or pizza.   For the sautéed broccoli rabe: 8 oz broccoli rabe, chopped 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp kosher or sea salt

Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Green curry paste, available in the Asian section of the grocery, contains green chiles, lemongrass and other tasty seasonings. Ingredients include enough shrimp for nibbling before scattering the bulk of them on the pizzettes.   For the green curry coconut sauce: 1 cup fresh or canned coconut milk, well shaken 2 tsp green curry paste Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tbsp)   For the shrimp pizzettes: 1 lb large shrimp (31 to 35), peeled and deveined Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing

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1 lb prepared pizza dough, whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro For the green curry coconut sauce, stir together the coconut milk, green curry paste and lime juice in small bowl. Set aside.   For the shrimp pizzettes, soak 8 (12-inch) bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.   Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Thread the shrimp onto the prepared skewers and brush with olive oil.   Grill shrimp over direct heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until firm, opaque and pink.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inch-diameter circle.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza base for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks. Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect heat side.   Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the green curry coconut sauce. Cover and grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the topping has melted.   Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with grilled shrimp and cilantro.   Source: Patio Pizzeria, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig; adapted, with the permission of Running Press.


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abilities are welcome and will enjoy the personalized support. During the retreat, attendees will learn the movements, sounds, meditations and visualizations of Wisdom Healing Qigong while engaging in a daily intensive practice that will release blockages and open them to deeper levels of physical, emotional and energetic healing. “You will develop and embody essential practices in retreat so you can continue the practice at home,” explains Master Gu. The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong is located in the majestic high desert south of Santa Fe in Galisteo, New Mexico. This beautiful 79-acre resort is a perfect archetype of The Land of Enchantment with peaceful landscapes, dazzling sunsets, and starry nights. The grounds include two labyrinths, outdoor fireplaces, fountains, a pond and waterfall, and paths for reflection and hiking. Workshops are held in the beautiful circular Kiva set into the earth that replicates traditional ceremonial sites. “As soon as you arrive, you can feel the same healing energy of the land that the native people of this area have been feeling for thousands of years,” says Master Gu! Participants can stay in guest quarters at the retreat center or can be very comfortable commuting daily for the duration of their retreat experience. For more information, visit 2017Retreat. Call 1-800-959-2892. Email

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ne in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear.   Also concerning is that the rate of shingles is on the rise, according to a multidisciplinary review of relevant literature by PLOS, a nonprofit open-

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access science publisher. The cause may be widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. A decade-long Australian study published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that as its use rose, so did the incidence of shingles. Shingles is acknowledged as being far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthcare website, reports shingles can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss and blindness.

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Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment.    In a double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year followup of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious  adverse effects. 


Acupuncture: In a Chinese

study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly

divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent. 


Tai Chi: A study in the Journal

of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cell-mediated immunity to the virus compared to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health. In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over

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Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug. After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were painfree, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to 83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia.   Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at

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or centuries, the cultural norm of the husband bringing home the bacon while his wife tended the home front tipped the scales of relationship power firmly on the side of the man. Culture has taken enormous strides in the past few decades, however, and has left an entire generation of women expecting more balance in their relationships—but not really sure how to achieve it. Women in the workforce has helped, but that isn’t a practical solution for every family. And when Mom is the breadwinner while Dad stays home with the kids, the problem is often amplified.

Be Honest About Your Expectations

Similarly, it can be easy to feel like you shouldn’t have to do any housework on the weekends when you spend your days making the money that houses, clothes and feeds the family. While you should help each other out, expecting things that you didn’t explicitly agree on will only set you up for disappointment in the future.

Make Money Decisions Together Of course, you talk about the big things—buying a new home, when and how to get the car fixed, saving for retirement. But even the small decisions, such as how often you should go out to eat or how much to spend on school clothes for the kids, should be a joint decision. Only one of you may make the money, but how it is spent affects you both. A stay-at-home mom or dad can easily feel powerless when they are financially dependent on their spouse. Communicate about your needs and expectations, and that fragile balance can bring harmony to your relationship rather than drive a wedge through it.

Whether your work situation is about to change or you simply feel like the balance of power in your relationship needs to be more balanced, the two of you need to have an honest conversation about what you expect from each other and from yourselves. Clarifying—and finding a way to agree on—expectations now can head off problems in the future.

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Green Car Buying Tips Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings by Jim Motavalli


hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with everlarger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam

Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”

Getting a Green Bargain

Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the

high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.  

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With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.

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Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron

The power (204 horsepower) and zero-to-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, fourcylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.

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Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in Toyota Highlander the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although there’s a small fuel-economy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cell-powered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at

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Two fun ways to use tennis courts for fitness are showing big increases in popularity.

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Complete Guide to Winning Pickleball (PickleballTournaments. com). “If it isn’t operating normally, when more pressure is applied it can strain the elbow and wrist.” Swimming, especially backstrokes, is advised because therapists regard water as a friend of shoulders. “Sixty to 70 percent of the people that play [here] are retired,” says Steve Munro, owner of the West View Tennis Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also sees the sport as a nice transition for older tennis players. Pickleball was invented in Washington’s Bainbridge Island in 1965 by then Congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell. Along with the Pacific Northwest, some other major pockets of popularity include Chicago, Phoenix, southern Utah, Orange County, California; and Collier, Lee and Miami-Dade counties, in Florida.

Tennis Goes Cardio

Participants of Cardio Tennis, a Tennis Industry Association program, benefit from high-intensity, aerobic, interval training, using functional movement to run to return shots and move around the court in preparatory footwork drills. It also increases stamina and endurance, which enhances both regular tennis performance and overall fitness. According to (which includes a sample video), men can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in one, hour-long class; women, between 300 and 500. Estimates put the number of players currently engaging in such clinics at 1.82 million nationwide. “Tennis is a chief component of Cardio Tennis, but it’s much more. It’s a group fitness activity, a major workout

that increases the heart rate,” says Chris Ojakian, a global Cardio Tennis trainer and executive director of racquet sports with Elite Racquet Sports, of Marina del Rey, California. They manage and operate tennis programs at facilities nationwide. A session often consists of a five-to-seven-minute dynamic warm-up including stretching, tossing tennis balls and light tennis play; more tennis lasting 10 to 12 minutes, including “cardio blast” sideline activities like quick footwork drills and jumping jacks when changing sides; 30 minutes of point-based tennis games with constant rotation of players and more cardio blasts; and a five-to-10-minute cool down. “Participants are moving during the times they’d be waiting their turn to hit the ball in regular tennis clinics, and it works on the kind of quick footwork that’s done in competition,” explains Ojakian, the 2011 U.S. Professional Tennis Association California Pro of the Year. Sessions, which also include party music and heart rate monitors, are “so fast paced and fun, people often can’t believe when they’re over,” he enthuses. “It accomplishes so much in one hour.” Larry Carlat, of Venice, California, editor in chief of, credits participating in Cardio Tennis sessions with Ojakian twice a week and a healthier diet in the last three-plus years for losing 25 pounds. “You’re never standing still for more than a couple of seconds, and my footwork has improved,” says the 20-year tennis player. “Chris also provides tennis tips during classes. It’s fun and run!” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance editor and writer, including for Natural Awakenings magazine.

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hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree

that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at

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affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

Calcarea carbonica

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This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

Kali carbonicum

Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain Six Remedies for Relief by Shawn Messonnier


oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip 34

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and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.

Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the

Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.

Rhus toxicodendron This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.

Ruta graveolens Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.


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FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: Part 2 of 5 – Jun 2-4. Cross cultural shamanic arts for personal and planetary renewal, Apprenticeship Series Part 2: A Balance of Power (Transforming the Present). $275. Info, Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388. ARCHANGEL CHANNELING – 6:15-7:30 pm. Clairvoyant medium and energy healer, Donna Carol, will channel a loving message and powerful healing energy from the Archangels. Coffee and tea service at 6pm. $20. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-515-5088.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Clarifying Meditative Work - A Fresh Look – 2-5pm. Explore how meditative work sheds light on our concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Tradition-neutral, a la Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Toni Packer. $2/donation. Wat Temple, 145 Madison NE, Albuquerque. 505-2810684. The Overcome Anxiety Clinic – 5-7:30pm. A natural approach to overcoming anxiety. Learn tools to reprogram the nervous system and break the cycle of anxiety. Includes manual with self-regulation tools, postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation techniques, nutritional tips, insomnia busters and more. $250 for 8 week clinic. Sani Yoga.

savethedate SUNDAY JUNE 4 Santa Fe Green Chamber Expo – 9am-4pm. More than 60 exhibits by green sustainable companies. Classes on food, water nexus, energy, rainwater systems, green building code. Free. Information: SFGCC, Glenn Shiffbauer, Glen@ 505-428-9128. Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 W Marcy St, Santa Fe.


Travel Sketchbook Journaling – 9am-12:30pm. Explore natural and urban places with a sketchbook and camera or photo device. Learn to make picture essays that tell the story of your travels and daily life. $85. UNM Continuing Education. 505-277-0077. Celestial Awakenings/Barter in the Park – 1-6pm. Public invited to bring to Haynes Park barter items valued between $40-$200 (limit 2/no clothing) for trade dollars. Food, music, games, face painting and more. Free. 5%/cash transaction fee. New Mexico Trade Alliance, 2006 Grands Blvd SE, Rio Rancho. 505-715-2889.


Mindful Yoga and Meditation – 4:30-5:45pm. Gentle yoga postures emphasizing alignment are combined with breath and body awareness, meditation and relaxation. $95. UNM Continuing Education,, If This Were My Dream – June 6, 13, 20, 27. Dream sharing/exploration sessions using dream researcher Montague Ullman’s magical process of exploring dreams together. $20/session. Info, Dr Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 Tibetan Monk Healings of the Gaden Shartse Monastery – 9am-4pm. Personal healings are done on a one-on-one basis. This is not only a great opportunity but a wonderful experience. Proceeds support the Gaden Shartse Monastery. $75 suggested donation. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP to get on the schedule: 505-453-7646. LOVING MESSAGES FROM SPIRIT – 6:308pm. Danelle, along with other guest mediums, will deliver messages from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating is limited. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP 505-321-4121. Natural Childbirth Series – 6:30-8:30pm. Five week series for expectant parents planning a natural birth in any setting. Covers the physiological process of birth, comfort measures and coping techniques, common interventions, postpartum recovery and more. Register online or by phone. $175 per couple. Inspired Birth and Families. 505-232-2772. Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Link Up – 7-8:30pm. A time for mesa carriers to gather in community to link up with mesa carriers worldwide and locally. Free. Directions & details, Dr Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388.


Healing Lifestyles for Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes – Thur Jun 8-Jul 13. 6-7:30pm. In this 6-week series, Nicole White, holistic health practitioner, guides you through healthful, healing options to relieve Type II diabetes symptoms and sugarrelated issues, naturally. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. RSVP Michelle Hale: 505-925-4551 or The 6 Principles – 7pm. Lecture by the monks of Garden Shartse Monastery, direct line of Dalai Lama lineage. The 6 Perfections encompass wisdom of Ethics, Patience, Effort (Joyful Perseverance), Concentration, Wisdom and Generosity. $10-$15 suggested donation. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-4537646.


CHAY DROL – 7pm. Healing ritual/personal blessings of the Chay Drol, the literal translation of which is “to make free of obstacles.” It is to remove obstacles which hinder our spiritual enlightenment. $20 suggested donation. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646.

Movement, Meditation & Expressive Arts for Women 18+ – 3-5:30pm. Workshop includes gentle yoga, qi gong, dance/movement and expressive art. Using gentle movement, music, meditation and art, you will be able to access core thoughts, emotions, and insights in a safe, supportive environment. Wear clothing suitable for working with water-based paint and pastels, and come scent-free for those who are chemically sensitive. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. RSVP Michelle Hale: 505-925-4551 or Tara Tara Empowerment – 7pm. Experience the empowerment ritual of the Tara Tara, known particularly practitioner. The particular Tara Tara empowerment will be made known on the night by the Lama. $20 suggested donation. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 Discover the Meanings of Your Dream – 2-4pm.Dreams allow spiritual, emotional and physical healing.What is said in the private Albuquerque Dream Group stays in the dream group. Consistent membership builds trust so members discover more layers of meaning in dreams. For the event address call 505-508-5805. Membership or

savethedate MONDAY, JUNE 12 Meet Amma in Santa Fe – June 12-15. Mon, free program, 12pm; Tue - Thu, retreat, preregistration required; Thu, free program, 7pm. Meet Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader, revered for her are warmly invited to meet Amma and receive her individual, heartfelt hug. Please arrive 90 minutes before the program to receive a free token if you would like to receive Amma’s embrace. For registration and tour information visit Amma Center of New Mexico, 505982-9801. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe.

THURSDAY, JUNE 15 Sacred Container: A Women’s Group – 5:307:30pm. Meeting every other week; group explores safety, belonging, nurturing, support, authenticity and expression through dialogue and art journaling. $15-20. Mother Root Studio, 1413 2nd St, #4, Santa Fe. 505-252-2215.

Gandhi Movie (1982) – 7:15-9pm. Screening of the


achievement was to create a new form of peaceful protest, showing how a non-violent movement can change the course of history. $8 suggested donation. Santa Fe Community Yoga Center, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste B1, Santa Fe. 505-216-1750.

Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Powerful two-hour group session. Regress to a past life and discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to ben-

Tibetan Monk Healings of the Gaden Shartse Monastery – 9-11am. Personal healings are done on a one-on-one basis. This is not only a great opportunity but a wonderful experience. Proceeds support the Gaden Shartse Monastery. $75 suggested donation. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP to get on the schedule: 505-453-7646.



Key Ways to Spiritually Heal Infertility – 10-11am. Learn about the spiritual aspects to heal fertility issues. Discover the potential blocks preventing conception. Also learn ways to align mind, body and spirit to call in your baby. Free. Healing with Elaine. 505-218-6884.

Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 Healing Your Lower Back Pain – 11am-12:15pm. Four week series connects you to your body’s innate intelligence through stretches and exercises to precise instruction from Giancarlo Solimano. $120. Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. 505-795-7778. $120. Blue Moon Yoga, 505-795-7778.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23 Senior Education Fair: Marijuana 101 – 10am12pm. Sacred garden medical dispensary invites all to participate in conversation on marijuana and CBD lectures: cancer, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. Please rsvp. Free. Green Jeans Farmery, Sacred Garden ABQ, 3600 Cutler Ave. Ne, Ste 12, Albuquerque, 505- 348-5599. Cecilia@sacredgardennm. com.

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Ancient Qigong Healing Techniques: Workshop – Jul 1-2. 1-5pm both days. For medical practitioners and healers of all paths and levels. Daoist practices to enhance any healing art. Learn to focus Qi and infuse treatments with power for health and transformation. $125. Santa Fe Community Yoga Center, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste B1, Santa Fe. 505216-1750.

Maya New Moon/Venus Meditation – 6-7pm. Join author and Maya seer John Kralovec for a Maya New Moon/Venus meditation to understand the cosmic forces of the upcoming moon cycle, release the old WEDNESDAY, JULY 5 and set intentions for the upcoming period. Call in Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Link Up – 7-8:30pm. An opportunity to be part of a community of mesa carfor FREE: 319-527-3182. riers to learn from each other and share our muSolstice Celebration: Tibetan Kirtan - Chant- tual and unique experiences. Free.Directions & deing – 7:15-9pm. A Tibetan solstice celebration: tails: Dr. Phyllis Clay 505-918-4388. harmonious group chanting with Jane Barthelemy, accompanied by guitar, crystal bowls, Tibetan sing- SATURDAY, JULY 8 - 11 ing bowls. Sherpa chai and Tibetan snacks included. $8 suggested donation, Santa Fe Community Yoga Cranio Sacral Basics – 9am-6pm. Learn to feel and Center, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste B1, Santa Fe. connect to the basic cranial rhythms and see how they impact the body. You will learn how to give a 505-216-1750. full basic session. $575. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137. SATURDAY, JUNE 24 The Power of Being Present – 9am-5pm. How does slowing down increase your capacity to respond consciously instead of reacting unconsciously to what life brings? $75. Academy for the Love of SATURDAY, JULY 15 Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-9951860. Massage Therapy Career Open House – 12The-Power-Of-Being-Present/2017-06-24/. 2:30pm. Considering a career as a licensed massage therapist? Learn about the school’s philosophy and approach. Enjoy a 15 minute massage, light refreshments and school tour. Free. Santa Fe School of Massage. RSVP: SATURDAY, JUNE 24 505-982-8398, Center for Ageless Living Field to Food Event – 7pm. Somethin’ “Pig’s “ Happening, the “Pear” fect Meal. Join us for our 10th Annual fundraiser THURSDAY, JULY 13 - 16 for Sustainable Communities for Senior Care. Cranio Sacral Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – Featuring local food and wine from 100-mile 9am-6pm, Explore deeper cranial rhythms and the radius of the Center. This event supports local neutral touch. You will learn the unwinding process fresh produce for home bound elders. For full of the head, neck and extremities. $575. Blue Desert menu and tickets email Suzette@nmagelesslivHale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. or call 505-865-8813. $45 per person, 505-503-5137. table of 8 $350. Center for Ageless Living, 3216 State Highway 47, Los Lunas, NM 87031. SATURDAY, JULY 17 Herbal Remedy Garden – 9am-1pm. Whether you have a big backyard or a small balcony, you can grow herbs you need to help maintain health and wellbeing. Receive a wide range of herbal information. $45. UNM Continuing Education. 505-277-0077.





Silent Nontraditional Meditation: 1-7 Day Retreat – Daily schedule of sittings and dialogue. Nontraditional and flexible approach. Silent listening, deep opening, healing, in a safe group setting. Near Albuquerque in a national forest lodge. $60/day, $290/week; includes food, lodging. Camp Patten, Hwy 14, Tijeras. 505-2810684.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24-25 Cranio Sacral Pelvic Integration – 9am6pm, This class will cover assessment strategy, technique application, and a holistic presentation of working with the pelvic girdle. $325. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. Screens & Skateboards – 6-9pm. A night of Skate Fashion, and Live Screen Printing; includes food, drinks, music and lots of interactive art and fun. The Remedy Day Spa, 113 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque. Details, Mandy: 505- 265-9219.



Cranio Sacral Brain 1 – 9am-6pm. Develop the skills to harmonize the symmetry of the brain for optimal integration. You will learn to use neural stem cells to repair damaged areas. $695. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.


Culinary Tour of Italy – 6-9pm. Italy’s regions are rich with delicious, culinary ingredients. Go on a of Italian cuisine. $59. UNM Continuing Education,,


El Otro Lado Experiential Training – 8am-4pm. Learn about the power of story to transform our communities, based on the El Otro Lado curriculum that contains 17 bilingual experiences. Attendance is required for both days. $575/includes training, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, snacks and materials with a pdf of the curriculum guide. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-9951860. El-Otro-Lado-Experiential-Training/.


Southern Indian Vegetarian Cooking – 1:304:30pm, Learn to prepare two veggie dishes: sagu, a medley of veggies in a spiced coconut-cilantro sauce; second is a mildly spiced preparation of potatoes and onions. $59. UNM Continuing Education. 505-277-0077.

savethedate JUNE 30 - JULY 27 The Healing Intensive Retreat w/Master Mingtong Gu – 1-4 week options. Focused training retreat for people facing health challenges of body, mind and emotions. Based on the approved effectiveness of Wisdom (Healing) Zhineng Center Retreats in China, this retreat allows you to directly access your inner medicine of mind, body and heart through the ancient wisdom of energy practice. You will be guided directly by Master Gu, a world-renowned teacher and healer in Wisdom Healing Qigong. Starting at $1975. The Chi Center, 20 minutes South of Santa Fe in Galisteo, NM.

savethedate AUGUST 4,5,6 Qigong & Conscious Aging Conference – The conference will integrate the work of world-class wisdom keepers, authors and experts and a vibrant practice of qigong. The list of presenters includes: Dr. Judith Orloff, Father Richard Rohr, Joan Borysenko, Andrew Harvey, Dr. Gregory Shushan, Master Mingtong Gu, George Cappannelli, Sedena Cappannelli, Nathan Crane and others. Live panels, ing accommodations at the Chi Center. To receive a Natural Awakenings discount visit ChiChenter. com/QCAConf2017. For more information, call 505-470-6295 or email Wisdom Healing Qigong Center, 40 Camino Vista Clara, Galisteo, NM 87540.

savethedate AUGUST 10, 11, 12 Your Sacred Ambition Annual Live Event - Three days dedicated to you and your work in the world. If you have a big dream in your heart and are looking for an authentic way to bring it forward, find support and embody that sacred calling, this event is for you. $325 through June 15, then $425. $150/Luminary Experience. Hotel Chaco, 1998 Bellamah Ave NW, Albuquerque. Info: 505-795-4751. RebeccaESkeele. com/your-sacred-ambition-2017 505-795-4751.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12-15 Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence cranial base and allow the brain to function within the maximum space available. $575. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

savethedate THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 Massage Therapy Career Open House – 6:309pm. Considering a career as a licensed massage therapist? Learn about the school’s philosophy and approach. Enjoy a 15 minute massage, light refreshments and school tour. Free. Santa Fe School of Massage. RSVP: 505-982-8398, Admissions@

ongoingcalenders daily Horses & Donkeys Helping You – by appointment. Release pain, trauma, heal relationships, deepen selftrust, increase well-being, creativity and abundance. Free Consultation. Discounts for New Clients, Packages, Seniors, Veterans, Sliding Scale. BUY 1/GET 1 FREE, $180 per 90-minute session. Must book by June 30. Unicorn Mesa, LLC. 505-438-1074. Hot Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. Tues, Thur. With Giancarlo. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. 505-795-7778. Hot Vinyasa Classes – 9-10:30am. Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 505-795-7778.

Hot Vinyasa Flow – 6:15-7:15pm. Mon, Tue, Thur. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info: 505-795-7778.

sunday Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 33 years in broadcasting. The voices, content and music of Presence. Online, live streaming and archiving. 505-466-2616.

monday Morning Vinyasa w/Mari – 6:30-7:30am. For details go to the website or call. The Remedy Day Spa, 113 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque. 505- 2659219.

Yoga for the Rest of Us – 12-1pm. Class is designed to meet your needs, whether you are new to yoga or have practiced before. All levels welcome. $85. UNM Continuing Education., Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm. Online radio show helps listeners understand why they do what they do, eliminate stress or handle it from a position of strength. Listen to: Unity.FM/program/SpiritualNaturopathy. Yin Yoga w/Mari – 7-8:15pm. Yin Yoga focuses on the slow opening of the fascial layer of the body while stimulating our energetic organ systems. The benefits are enormously healing for your entire wellbeing. No prior yoga experience required. The Remedy Day Spa, 113 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque. 505- 265-9219.

wednesday Morning Vinyasa w/Mari – 6:30-7:30am. For details go to the website or call. The Remedy Day Spa, 113 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque. 505- 2659219. 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. Tai Chi – 10-11am. For details go to website or call. $15/intro lesson. Body & Brain, 6300 San Mateo Blvd NE, #C2-3, Top of Form Albuquerque. 505797-2211. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breath- work and meditation. $15, free/first class.  Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-9848733.

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

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, and is easy and fun

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

to do; w/certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. Basic Yoga – 10-11am. For details go to website or call. $15/intro lesson. Body & Brain, 6300 San Mateo Blvd NE, #C2-3, Top of Form Albuquerque. 505-797-2211. Community ELDOA Class – 10-11am. ELDOA is a treatment for general back pain, arthritis, intervertebral disc compression, proprioceptive difficulties and pathology, scoliosis and articular lesions, and a large influence on the postural system. $10, or punch card options available. Awakened Center for Holistic Health. 505-639-4087. AwakenedNM.

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

Dr. Marilyn is a world-renowned healer; a medical intuitive who uses her knowledge and abilities to diagnose and treat children, adults, animals locally and globally (through long-distance healing). Specializing in allergies, pain, injuries, headaches, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, PTSD and others. By utilizing advanced biofeedback, the body’s pharmacy will heal itself. “BE THE HEALER YOU ARE”. See article, page 20.


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



505-466-3764 • Santa Fe

Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. • Albuquerque 505-303-0976|847-452-3198


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


From a meditative space, I look for pertinent information to help you remove blocks that keep you from living the life you want. I complete the reading with a healing, replacing old beliefs and energy patterns with new ones that align with your current goals. I absolutely love this work, and I’ve been helping people this way for 20+ years. See ad, page 26.

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Santa Fe 505-252-1691

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 4.


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.


505 508 5805 • Albuquerque

Your dreams answer questions, concerns, worries—sometimes worries you don’t know you have. Your mind is working at night to resolve issues. Contact me for a free 30-minute session to demonstrate how your dream answers your concerns. Learn the steps to discover the messages in your dreams. See news brief, page 8.


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

The Academy for the Love of Learning stimulates and supports the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in Santa Fe through ongoing programs and free monthly Evenings of Exploration. See ad, page. 13.

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HYPNOTHERAPY ACADEMY OF AMERICA™ 2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 505-767-8030

Accelerated Hypnotherapy 500 hour complete Training for Certification in Hypnotherapy. Experiential Education Format. Scope of Practice Protocols. Free Introductory Classes. Support after Graduation. Medical Hypnosis Training. See ad, page 5 and news brief, page 7.


Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074

Offering equine assisted coaching, intuitive guidance and Reiki both distance and at my peaceful Santa Fe location. Support for releasing grief, trauma, physical pain, healing your relationship with yourself and others and embracing the joy and ease that are your birthright. Sliding scale and discounts for seniors, veterans, equine assisted coaching packages and first-time sessions. See ad, page 11 and news brief, page 8.


Kelly Chisholm 505-974-1358 • Albuquerque

Holistic financial planning for women Specializing in women’s financial transitions- marriage, divorce and death Call me for your complimentary discovery session to understand your money better and plan for the future. See article on page 28.


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

Enter a magical space where the flowers and oils await you! Hundreds of flower essences and a great supply of various essential oils, including oils directly from Egypt. You have the option to create your own flower essence blends & oils. I can assist you in different selection methods and I specialize in creating personalized flower essence and essential oil combinations to meet your individual needs. 38

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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 13 and article, page 10.

HAIRSALON & SPA CASA VERDE SALON SPA 5113 Comanche Rd. Albuquerque NM 87110 505-881-0464

Casa Verde is an Aveda lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa. We offer hairstyling, cuts, natural hair color and facials. We can make your hair and skin look stunning in a welcoming professional environment. See ad, page 5.

HERBAL MEDICINE SONIA MASOCCO PHYTOTHERAPY 11930 Menaul Blvd NE, Ste 219 Albuquerque 505- 296-5737

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


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 22 and news brief, page 9.


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

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


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

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

MASSAGE BODY AND MIND WELLNESS CENTER 2305 San Pedro Drive, NE, Ste D2 Albuquerque | 505-382-3406

SPECIALTY MASSAGES MADE AFFORDABLE! Full spectrum of therapeutic massages under one roof. THAI SIGNATURE *SHIATSU *REFLEXOLOGY *MYOFASCIAL THERAPY *NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE *DEEP TISSUE*SPORTS MASSAGE* CRANIOSACRAL MASSAGE *REIKI HEALING *CORE SYNCHRONISM. Introductory Special $42.50/hr. Yoga Studio/Meditation Room available for Rent. See page 4 and article page 20.


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

Julie Glassmoyer, CR 505-414-8140

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 heartbased staff will help you find what works best for you and your needs. See ad, page 31.


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Programs combine advanced constituents , such as ChromeMate®, OptiZinc® and Gugulipid® with traditional & contemporary herbs. Michael’s® extensive line includes gender and age specific products, including Michael’s Factors of Life® targeted nutritional programs. Over 80 products in various categories including minerals specialty items. See ad, page 31 and health brief page 11.


Jan Walker, Healing Practitioner 505-835-5440

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



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 24.



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

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

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 and news brief, page 7.


826 Camino de Monte Rey, A5 Santa Fe, NM

natural awakenings

We recognize your face, know your name, help you improve your practice through individual attention. Hot Vinyasa Flow, Interval, Restorative, more. See article, page 19.

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