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s we are rapidly approaching the month of March more people are experiencing the symptoms of allergies, including myself. I was never susceptible to allergies until I moved to New Mexico four years ago. I find myself wondering if I now belong to the people with” allergies”. I have been feeling congested and sneezing for weeks with an irritating cough. I refuse to be on antihistamines on a continuous basis because of the various side effects. I took the Food Intolerances Questionnaire on page 18 and scored a whopping 25. Please, join me in taking the questionnaire. If you score above 18, then take action. The positive results may be more energy, less brain fog and bloating, weight loss, lowered allergy symptoms, better digestion and more. Of course, you can get a blood test in person or online to find out faster. Our eye-opening article offers a couple of free options. The simpler one is to eliminate the foods that you think you’re allergic to for three weeks. Usually those are the foods we crave and eat on a regular basis. Then you re-introduce them one by one back into your diet. Your body will have a reaction if it’s one of your specific allergy causing foods. Another version is JJ Virgin’s approach which eliminates seven food categories for three weeks. She states that most people feel so great afterwards that they decide to continue eliminating (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. There are other approaches listed as well. Tying in with the topic above Albuquerque is very fortunate to host a national conference which educates people on a “Plant-based Nutritional Approach to Prevent Disease” coming up in in May with over 33 speakers. As a magazine, we introduce our readers to different alternative approaches that support health and wellness including a plant based diet. To be vegan is a choice and for many a journey and process. People prefer a vegan diet for many different reasons. One thing we know for sure is that a diet with a predominance of veggies and fruits versus meats reduces fat and inflammation in the body which is the basis for chronic illnesses. Aside from strictly vegan there are combination options such as vegetarians that eat eggs and dairy or pescetarians that will consume fish but no meat. In the end, we should listen to our bodies. We can start by regularly consuming fresh cooked meals versus processed foods to move in the right direction. With Spring approaching I invite you to get out and learn something new. Here are only a couple of options, such as the introduction to The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: Cross-Cultural Shamanic Arts for Personal and Planetary Renewal on March 18, see page 6, the grand opening on March 17 of Sacred Garden, a medical cannabis dispensary offering plant based medical options on page 7 or the experience of a Holotropic Breath Retreat hosted by the Academy for the Love of Learning on March 13 in Santa Fe, see page 23. Wishing you Spring Fever (without allergies) and new beginnings in March, when we officially kick off Spring,

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eceive profound wisdom teachings and powerful initiations into cross-cultural shamanism and the shamanic arts in the apprenticeship series with Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (PMT) Teacher Phyllis Clay, Ph.D., sanctioned by don Oscar Miro-Quesada. The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: Cross-Cultural Shamanic Arts for Personal and Planetary Renewal is a five-part series of intensives that aligns the traditional teachings of Peru and the wisdom of its heritage with the needs of the present day. “Providing a comprehensive foundation and profound initiation through ceremony and practice into the living heart and soul of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition, this powerful apprenticeship series will help you cultivate a deeper relationship with nature and the unseen world and offer multiple opportunities for self-exploration, empowerment and profound personal growth,” says Clay. The series is open to all who desire to be of service to themselves, their families, their community and Mother Earth, whether they are long-time mesa carriers or new to the tradition. For more information, contact Phyllis Clay at 505-918-4388 or See ad, page 3.

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acred Garden, one of the leading licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Santa Fe will open a 2nd store with 7 new jobs at the popular Green Jeans Farmery complex in Albuquerque.  A Grand Opening celebration will be held starting at noon on March 17. “Patients from Albuquerque have been asking me over the last six years when Sacred Garden will open in the Duke City. The time is right to bring our exceptional medicine and customer experience to patients in need,” said Zeke Shortes, co-founder and president of Sacred Garden. “I’m excited to be part of the Green Jeans community, a fun, vibrant destination that our patients will enjoy visiting.” Sacred Garden has always strived to produce medicine of the highest quality and variety for their loyal customers. In addition to quality product, the dispensary offers an inviting environment; a friendly, knowledgeable staff; and broad selection of concentrates, tinctures and delicious edibles all produced in-house. Sacred Garden is staffed with a registered nurse and medical doctor to consult with patients about their particular medical needs.   Location: 3600 Cutler Ave. NE, 2nd floor, Albuquerque. Hours: Sunday to Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. For more information, call 505-348-5599 or visit See ad, page 3.

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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 and spices in health and medicine is designed for physicians, nurses, dietitians, physician assistants, pharmacists, naturopaths, UNM faculty and community members. By the end of the symposium, participants should be able to delineate core concepts related to purity and standardization of food supplements, herbs and botanicals and their usage and safety with conventional medicine. Plenary presentations will include 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, and more. Activities will include interactive spice demos, cooking demonstrations and a healthy recipe contest. For more information and to register, visit education/cme/2017/simply-spicy.html. See ad, page 3.

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arbara Welcer, founder of Energy Medicine RN and Healing Touch course instructor, excitedly shares that 17 students participated in her Healing Touch Level 1 class that was held in February. “It was an amazing class. Healing Touch Levels 2 and 3 are coming up soon,” she shares. “These next classes bring depth to your energy practice using techniques that expand on neck and back issues, an hour-long healing sequence and developing extra sensory perception.” According to Welcer, the Healing Touch Program differentiates itself from other energy programs with its standardized, multilevel, continuing education program which adheres to rigorous standards of the American Nursing Credentialing Center. “The program is open to all who have an interest in energy therapy and a desire to engage in their own self-care,” she says. Barbara Welcer has over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine working in hospital settings, out-patient clinics, community centers, and private practice.   Nurses and massage therapists receive 16 continuing education credits. Healing Touch Level 2 will be held March 11 and 12 with instructor Mary Duennes from Cincinnati, Ohio; Level 3 takes place April 29 and 30 with instructor Vicki Smith from Las Vegas, Nevada. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Register early to reserve your space. Contact Barbara Welcer at 248-882-1706 or visit See ad, page 6.

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Veggie, Fish and Nut Fats Preserve Heart Health

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utein and zeaxanthin are known key carotenoids for eye health, filtering out harmful high-energy esearchers from the Harvard School of Pub- blue wavelengths of lic Health, in Boston, used light and helping to data from previous studies protect and maintain cells comprising to discern the association the eye. The human between dairy and animal body does not make fats and cardiovascular disease enough of either nutri(CVD) in American adults. ent, so we must get them from supplements or food sources The study reviewed dairy fat and such as kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, corn, other fat consumption data using validated food-frequency green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans and eggs. questionnaires from more than 43,000 men and 175,000 Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, women during three different studies, each spanning at least investigated the relationship between levels of lutein and 20 consecutive years. Of the subjects studied, 14,815 develzeaxanthin and cognitive function. They measured the levels oped some form of CVD, close to 7 percent of the total. of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean The researchers found that replacing dairy foods with age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs foods containing polyunsaturated fats—primarily found in of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher vegetables, nuts and fish—in just 5 percent of a subject’s levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that diet reduced the risk of CVD by an average of 24 percent. the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming But replacing the same percentage of dairy fats with other these nutrients leads to better brain function. animal fats increased the incidence of CVD by 6 percent.


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Researchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with vinegar and sugar, made in shallow plastic tanks. When a colony of bacteria and yeast is added, the material grows on the top of the liquid’s surface, where it can be harvested and dried. The researchers have successfully used the material to make prototype garments, including shoes and a vest. It’s 100 percent biodegradable, so when the fabric gets wet, it softens and becomes less durable; in very low temperatures, it can become brittle. Young-A Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University, in Ames, says, “Fashion, to most people, is an ephemeral expression of culture, art and technology, manifesting itself in practial form. Fashion companies keep producing new materials and clothing, from season to season, year to year, to fulfill consumers’ desires and needs. Think about where these items eventually go. They will take up tremendous underground spaces of the Earth, like other trash.” Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, another faux-leather product made from pineapple leaf fibers as a more sustainable and cruelty-free alternative. She acted after seeing how leather tanneries operate. Source:

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The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation (TODASTW) is holding its annual national event on April 27, offering new toolkits and activity guides based on this year’s theme of Dependability at The group assists businesses, families, schools and organizations throughout the year initiate their own special work day for children and mentees. Each year, more than 3.5 million American workplaces open their doors to about 39 million employees and their children on TODASTW Day. “Human resources and marketing professionals are typically responsible for creating this day within their companies,” says Carolyn McKeucen, the foundation’s executive director. “We provide templates and automated planning elements to save them time while ensuring success for planners and participants.”


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Making a Cuppa More Planet-Friendly A Gallup poll last year reported that 64 percent of U.S. adult coffee lovers consume one or more cups daily and the average number of cups quaffed each day is 2.7. We can express our affection for both java and the Earth by following these eco-tips. 4 Forego the convenience of single-cup, plastic pod makers like Keurig. As Mother Jones magazine recently reported, only 5 percent of current pods are made with recyclable plastic, and even those, having hard-to-remove aluminum tops, pose recycling challenges. Keurig plans to make all of its pods recyclable by 2020. 4 Many other simpler coffee-making devices maximize energy use by facilitating more servings and reducing waste. recommends the Moka Pot, a pressure-driven aluminum stovetop brewer; the Chemex Coffeemaker, a funnel-shaped glass unit with a wooden collar; the Canadian wood product Aeropress; an old-fashioned vacuum pot with two glass chambers connected by a thin neck; and a traditional non-electric stovetop percolator. 4 Some coffee farms exploit their workers, paying subsistence wages, damage rainforests and use unsustainable farming practices. Jake Carney, co-founder of, founded Lucy’s Bru, an organic whole-bean coffee that’s exclusively shade-grown under fair trade conditions, sustainably farmed and free of harsh fertilizers and pesticides. 4 Reuse steel and aluminum coffee cans. details how they can make effective dehumidifiers for damp basements when filled with salt; soak paint brushes in thinner solutions; store items in a garage or work space; and serve as a spot lawn or garden seeder after punching holes in the bottom. The website also lists ways that coffee grounds can be used as a beauty, cleaning, deodorizer and dying agent. 4 Use better filters at home. Instead of paper, single-use filters, INeedCoffee. com suggests reusable or unbleached, biodegradable alternatives such as the Medelco cone permanent filter and a French press. 4 For to-go drinkers, many coffee shops and restaurants will pour fresh brew into mugs that patrons bring in. Keeping a clean spoon in the car can save on plastic stirrers.

California Outlaws Single-Use Plastic Bags California’s ongoing ban on single-use plastic carryout bags, approved by 52 percent of voters, is setting a notable precedent for other states. A coalition of environmental groups, grocers and others are collaborating, and Mark Murray, of Californians Against Waste, welcomes elimination of the 25 million plastic bags that pollute California every day, threatening wildlife. In 2007, San Francisco first banned plastic shopping bags, setting off a movement that led nearly half the state, including its biggest cities, to do the same. Although the legislature passed a statewide ban on plastic bags two years ago, paper bags are still for sale at grocery stores and other outlets for a nominal fee.

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“Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an

FEARLESS EATING unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, in adults and children, often including potentially, the onset of some diseases. hives, rashes and itching, can range Theories of what causes leaky gut from being annoying to life threatenare diverse and sometimes contradicing. For extremely sensitive people, the tory but experts recommend consulting tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee a medical professional if one suffers sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain from food sensitivities. Each individual medications like penicillin can cause is unique, so there is no “blanket solusuch a sudden strong allergic reaction tion” for everyone. that it results in anaphylaxis, which Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often makes breathing passages swell shut. If caused by an imbalance in “good” and untreated, such extreme allergies can “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes even prove fatal, which is why people called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can with severe allergies carry the antidote be brought on by the use of antibiotics, epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. antibiotic residues in meats and dairy Food allergies are diagnosed by products or a diet high in sugar and blood and/or skin testing under the super- processed foods. vision of a medical professional, usually Most interesting, he believes, a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or natu- is the discovery that glyphosate, the ropathy. Effective treatment, which must active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed be customized to the individual, typically killer Roundup used on genetically entails avoidance of allergy triggers. modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, Fortunately, food allergies that contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune Massachusetts Institute of Technology response are fairly rare, particularly scientists in a study published in Interin adults. disciplinary Toxicology. They conclud-

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omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wideranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies

Food allergies seem to be plaguing America’s children now more than in the past. We know that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, once standard lunchbox fare, have become a no-no. They’re often outlawed by schools to protect the students that experience extreme peanut allergies. The symptoms of food allergies 16

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ed with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna, last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kid-

neys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin. Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog and the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s

Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches

People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with

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gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at

1. I need a cup of coffee or another caffeinated pick-me-up to jumpstart the middle of my morning or afternoon. _____ 2. I crave baked goods, pasta and other high-sugar impact foods. _____ 3. I have difficulty falling asleep or I awake during the night feeling anxious and struggle to get back to sleep. _____ 4. My bowel movements occur infrequently (less than one a day), which can sometimes be painful and involve straining. _____ 5. My mood can change swiftly and I take out my crankiness and irritation on coworkers and family members. _____ 6. I want to lay my head down on my desk mid-morning or afternoon because I have little motivation to remain productive. _____ 7. During meetings or conversations I zone out and struggle to concentrate for long periods of time on my work. _____ 8. After eating a big meal, I’m hungry and craving more of what I ate several hours later. _____ 9. Doing routine and important tasks takes all the energy and initiative I have. _____ 10. Even as an adult, I struggle with acne, rashes or blotchy skin, even though I use expensive skin cream. _____ 11. I head to the bathroom or step outside after a meal because of gassiness, bloating or other uncomfortable gut issues. _____ 12. The smell of a scented candle, perfume and detergent bothers me. _____

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13. Walking or moving around can create cramping, achiness or joint pain. _____ 14. I develop headaches that prevent me from enjoying the moment and leave me scrambling for a pain reliever. _____ 15. Even though I don’t have other cold/flu symptoms, I suffer from a scratchy throat or sinus trouble. _____ 6. I eat all the right foods in moderation, exercise religiously, and yet struggle 1 intensely to lose every pound. _____ Total Score: ______

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18 or above – You most likely struggle with food intolerances that create many unpleasant symptoms and stall fat loss. By removing the seven target foods for just three weeks, you’ll see these symptoms disappear and the scales will start moving again. 10 to 17 – You display some of the symptoms that food intolerances can trigger. You would greatly benefit from eliminating target foods to lose symptoms and those last few pounds. Below 10 – While you suffer few of the symptoms brought about by food intolerances, you could still benefit from the same regimen. Even the healthiest person can take their game up a notch and ditch those last few stubborn pounds. Source: The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin


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oil or aloe to soothe and soften affected skin—plus Echinacea to boost the immune system. She uses ginger or peppermint to counteract nausea. “Many people think an allergic pet should be switched to a lamb and rice diet. In some cases, that makes dry, itchy, skin worse,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to know what they are allergic to before trying out new foods or herbal remedies. Find a holistic vet to work with.” by Sandra Murphy Morgan often prescribes a mixture of herbs for the best results. “I like licorice because it works like a steroid ather than routinely giving drugs cially prepared or home to dogs and cats cooked, the number of without the side effects. Probiotics help keep gut bacteria and the immune to relieve dry, itchy, ingredients can subsystem healthy. Parsley works well for skin or food allergies, consider stantially extend a test dry, itchy, skin caused by a blood defimore gentle natural alternatives. period. Each item must As with people, knowing be completely avoided for ciency, or imbalance. “Parsley brings a protein, as well what an animal is allergic to about six weeks for an ac- as several vitamins, to the party,” notes is key to finding the right curate assessment. Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition remedy and preventing Environmental allerblogger in Marysville, Washington. “It’s future outbreaks. gies, which a natural anti-inflammatory and also With dogs, encompass great if your dog’s breath needs a freshabout 20 percent of everything ness boost.” She suggests rosemary and itching and scratchunrelated to thyme as ingredients in an antibacteing can be attributed to food infood, range from common grasses rial, antifungal salve; she mixes these gredients. Symptoms can show to inhaled pollutants. New carpets essential oils with extra virgin coconut up as early as 5 months or as late or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighoil and beeswax to create paw balm. as 12 years old, often combined with bor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are Morgan reminds us that essential inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic among the culprits that can cause an oils can be harmful, even life-threatear infections are often traced to food allergic reaction. Common symptoms ening, for cats. “If Kitty has itchy skin, allergies. are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, lavender tea can be used as a rinse on “If a pet is suffering mightily, see sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, cooperative cats,” she suggests. “For a your veterinarian for shots or pills for vomiting or diarrhea. less cooperative feline, chamomile tea immediate relief. Then ask the vet to Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner as a drink or as leaves mixed into the allergy test for the specific problem,” of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, food soothes itches.” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her Dohmen cautions, “Herbs and other owner of Purple Moon Herbs and practice to alleviate food and envihomeopathic remedies or flower essencStudies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t ronmental allergy symptoms. “They es are medicine and should be given as a something you can do yourself. I’ve can be tinctures or poultices; one prescription by a qualified veterinarian.” seen pet owners use what worked for herb or a blended mixture. Some are a friend’s dog and make their own pets applied externally, some internally.” sicker, despite research and good inten- Giving the proper dosage for the size Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis tions. What works for one pet won’t of the pet is vital. FreelanceWriter@ necessarily work for another.” She particularly likes While food elimination dula for hot spots, despite its odor, testing works, it’s a long because it’s antifungal, process that must be done antibacterial and antiwith precision. “If your viral, followed by pet even just nibbles witch hazel to dry the eliminated food, them, and then you have to start coconut all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commer-


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magine an exercise system that strengthens the body enough to be used in training world-class athletes, stretches more safely than any form of yoga and expands the core training concepts of Pilates into natural full-body movements like those used in everyday reaching and walking, along with jumping and swimming. This is the Gyrotonic system,” says Angela Crowley, a Gyrotonic master teacher, trainer and exercise spa owner in Coral Gables, Florida. A former gymnast and dancer, Crowley took to the Gyrotonic approach after being severely injured in an automobile accident. “Traditional physical therapy only addressed certain aspects without bringing me back to normal,” she says. “Running and yoga felt intolerable. Gyrotonic exercises became a perfect bridge. I was able to rehabilitate safely while challenging myself to return to normal expectations and now, beyond.” The system of fluid movements leverages specially

designed equipment that can be customized for every individual. “The Gyrotonic system combines elements from many different modalities into three-dimensional, circular movements. A primary focus is on all the different motions of the spine and how to create rhythmic, flowing movement within the entire body,” says Stefani Schrimpf, Gyrotonic instructor and studio owner of Physiques, in Overland Park, Kansas. “The exercises strengthen, lengthen and stretch muscles, while stimulating connective tissues around the joints. They also improve balance, flexibility and coordination. This system allows you to push beyond specific limitations and to isolate and fine tune movement skills,” says Schrimpf. While a Gyrotonic workout has similarities to yoga and Pilates, it is also unique. According to Melissa Jutras, a Pilates instructor, weightlifting coach, personal trainer and gym/studio owner of Big Blue Strength, in Lexington, Kentucky, “Hatha yoga is a series of static postures, whereas Pilates and Gyrotonic movements focus on flow, using equipment to enhance core strength, stability, control, coordination and flexibility. The difference is that Gyrotonic exercises works on three dimensions with every circular movement, like the body naturally moves. It uses weights and a pulley system, whereas Pilates is more linear and uses spring tension.” Jutras believes the Gyrotonic system, Pilates and yoga all complement weightlifting and strength training, affording a mind-body balance. “The body then experiences low- and high-threshold exercise, low-intensity and high-intensity, weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing activity,” she says. Crowley sees the Gyrotonic approach complementing virtually any activity. “The exercises help practitioners learn how to move more efficiently, easily, powerfully, gracefully and successfully in every facet of life.” The method is also offered without equipment in the form of Gyrokinesis, a flowing class done on a chair, mat and standing. This affordable option can be practiced independently at home. “My youngest client is 7, my oldest is 94,” relates Crowley. “We have clients that have become bored by repetitive exercise and enjoy the limitless variations of movements that keep both their minds and muscles alert. We have chronic pain clients that have exhausted other medical options and are improving their ability to function more optimally and enjoying their lives again.” Both Schrimpf and her husband, Juan Trujillo, teach the Gyrotonic method. “Our greatest reward is the feedback we get. Once people try it, they’re hooked,” she says. “It transforms how people think about movement and brings a sense of joy and accomplishment. They feel their joints becoming more supple and balanced, and find their bodies responding well to the natural movement patterns.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at


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octor of Osteopathic Medicine Joseph Mercola has practiced as a boardcertified family physician for more than 30 years. His educational website,, has been the most visited natural health site for the past 12 years, with 12 million unique visitors each month. His three New York Times bestsellers include Effortless Healing.

With today’s overload of conflicting health information—and the temptation to self-diagnose—how can we accurately assess our status in terms of optimal wellness? One of the major principles I strongly embrace is to listen to your body and adjust your lifestyle based on the feedback it’s providing you. The seven clinically proven gauges I advise you to assess now and continue to monitor every six months or so are fasting insulin level (normal is less than five micro-international units per milliliter of blood; ideal is less than three); vitamin D level (normal is 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter); waist-to-hip ratio (ideal for men, 0.8; for women, 0.7); body fat percentage (fitness level for women is 21 to 24 percent; for men, 14 to 17 percent); HDL to total cholesterol ratio (ideally 24 to 30 percent or higher); blood pressure (ideal numbers are 120 over 80 systolic/diastolic without medication); and uric acid level (ideal is three to five milligrams per deciliter). It is important to get these levels 22

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checked, because it is impossible to know without testing.

In your opinion, what is the greatest health risk Americans face today and what can we do about it right now? I’m convinced that for the typical American, the most important health step to take is to stop drinking soda, sports drinks, fruit juices or artificially flavored and sweetened waters and replace them with pure water. Most people are now aware that sodas are laced with processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, but many don’t know that their favorite sport and vitamin drinks contain these sweeteners plus a host of frightening extras, including toxic chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, phthalates, BPA [bisphenol A] and disinfection byproducts.

What role do carbohydrates play? Carbs are a far dirtier fuel than fat and generate far more reactive oxygen species than fat. Some 70 years of following low-fat diet recommendations has resulted in the vast majority of dieters losing the ability to burn fat as their primary fuel. One of the most powerful strategies to regain this ability is to start a practice of regular intermittent fasting, restricting your eating window to six to 14 hours a day and fast the rest of the day. Of course, you will want to replace

a high net carb intake, or total carbs minus fiber, with healthy fats such as those in avocados, coconut oil, seeds and nuts. Avoid industrially processed omega-6 vegetable oils like corn, soy and canola.

Because an indoor, climatecontrolled, sedentary lifestyle may lead to slowly developing chronic disease, what changes do you suggest we make? Spending time outside with bare feet in contact with the ground even for short periods can yield significant benefits. It’s even better to do it with the sun shining on your bare skin. The Earth is an abundant source of free electrons, and when the sun shines on your skin a vital biological circuit forms that helps transfer energy to water throughout the body, which serves as a cellular battery. Albert Einstein won a Nobel Prize for describing this process, called the photoelectric effect. Reducing the length of time sitting each day and regularly moving is even more important for most of us than getting regular exercise. A good rule of thumb is to stand up every 15 minutes or so.

What can we do better to maintain optimal health?

Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. The problems with carrying excess weight are more than aesthetic. At the root of obesity is mitochondrial metabolic dysfunction. Metabolic disorders go hand-in-hand with many of the chronic diseases plaguing Americans in record numbers—including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia and cancer—according to numerous studies such as research by the Centers for Disease Control and the Center for the Study of Chronic Metabolic and Rare Diseases, at George Mason University. The most potent strategy to address such metabolic dysfunction is to make a strong commitment to reaching and maintaining a personally healthy level of body fat. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

the Academy’s retreats twice yearly, “Holotropic Breathwork is an experiential, transformative process that invites a gentle but profound encounter with our internal territories.” Stan Grof, the creator of Holotropic Breathwork, calls it a Technology of the Sacred. “When we do this work at the Academy, we contextualize it as experiential learning: there is something that we are each in a process of learning that lives uniquely within ourselves. The experience of the breathwork session is a way to open fully to what is within ourselves that is ready to be explored, whether it is something that needs to be known and healed, or a deep insight, or a feeling to be expressed,” explains Murray. “We place a strong emphasis on the integration process that follows the breathwork session, supporting participants to recognize what is being learned, and how the learning is happening— what capacity is growing—as well as ways to foster the ongoing learning and integration following the workshop.” The Academy’s work rests on the idea that human beings have a natural inclination to learn and to keep growing and transforming. “The focus of our work is on reconnecting with this learning impulse, which so often becomes dishis spirit of exploration and self-discovery is at the core of engaged, lost or forgotten through our experiences in childthe Academy for the Love of Learning’s mission: Learning hood, education and the intensity of social pressure ‘to do’ as a practice for awakening. As we ‘wake up,’ our view of life rather than ‘to be.’ The idea is that staying awake to learning is transformed and we no longer see ourselves or our world is, in fact, a practice that is vital if we are to really engage in quite the same way. Holotropic Breathwork is a method with life,” says Murray. that can evoke this sort of transformative experience. According to Academy faculty member Marianne Murray, Location: 133 Seton Village Rd., Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-995-1860 or visit a certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator who organizes

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“I appealed to classmates by asking, ‘How do you want to be remembered? Why not choose to be viewed positively, as leaders?’” says Gregory, who later became a spokesperson for NO BULL Challenge. To date, the challenge has received 600 submissions, garnering 23 million impressions through digital and social media, the vehicles of cyberbullies. A recent graduate of Dayton, Ohio’s Wright State University, Gregory has spoken to about 45,000 students in 27 states

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late social norms, such as LGBTQ youth, and the other revolves around status struggles,” reports Felmlee. “In the latter case, bullies are vying for popularity, recognition and self-esteem. Those with higher social status may be attacked because they’re viewed as competition.” Cyberbullying’s impact can exceed face-to-face aggression, as offensive remarks can spread far and fast, and live online in perpetuity instead of fading away, observes Felmlee. Gregory adds that it can also affect students’ ability to learn when some skip school to avoid tormentors.

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Most youths don’t report cyberbullying, feeling embarrassed, afraid the situation by April Thompson will get worse or doubtful of remedial hether it’s a damaging rumor in school assemblies. action. “Schools need to step up their Nancy Willard, director of Embrace response to bullying, make it known posted on Facebook, a humiliating photo shared on Civility in the Digital Age, headquartered that it won’t be tolerated, set clear poliin Creswell, Oregon, believes that such cies and enforce them,” counsels GregInstagram or a threatening text, cyberinitiatives, which shift schools from bullying is increasing among today’s ory. Because most bullied youths don’t youth. A 2015 Cyberbullying Research punitive approaches to making bully- speak up, parents need to communicate Center study of middle school students ing incompatible with accepted social openly with kids and be aware of their found that 43 percent had been target- norms, are the only way to bring lasting online activities, advises Felmlee. ed, while 15 percent admitted to being change. “We need to cultivate a climate Willard notes that it’s also imporwhere being hurtful is contrary to a online bullies. Meanwhile, students, tant to address the bullies themselves school’s expressed values. Most young through understanding their motivation, parents and teachers are combating people don’t like to see their peers being and then persuading them to accept cyber-aggression with initiatives to hurtful and admire those that stand up responsibility and take steps to rectify make the phenomenon socially unacto peers and have them make amends,” harm. “This should be about reparation, ceptable in schools. says Willard. The educator’s website, not punishment.” Gregory’s high school, offers free materi- film assures bullies that it’s never too Grassroots Action als with concrete steps for students and late to make amends. Tyler Gregory, 23, attended a small, teachers to foster positive school enviinsular high school in rural Ohio While it can be hard to stand up to where bullying was problematic. As a ronments. bullies, caring peers can easily express senior with younger siblings approachsupport. “Bystanders have the power Protecting the Vulnerable ing their high school years, he aimed to change the atmosphere,” agrees Cyberbullying isn’t limited to attacks to change the local culture to make Gregory. “Kindly approaching a student on unpopular kids that lack satisfybullying uncool. being picked on who may feel alone Gregory decided to make a movie ing peer relationships. It’s seven times and ashamed goes further than most more likely to occur between current to submit to the NO BULL Challenge, students realize.” or former friends and romantic partners a national organization that provides Those affected by cyberbullying students a platform to develop and dis- than between strangers, according to a also can cut off their aggressors, sugstudy led by Diane Felmlee, professor of gests Gregory. “The ‘block’ button is seminate materials that spark dialogue about such troubling issues. Challenges sociology at Pennsylvania State Univer- powerful. Cyberbullies want to see a sity. Felmlee’s research further found that reaction. Blocking them from social ranged from teaching himself filmnon-heterosexual youth are four times as media exchanges or texting takes away making and persuading students to participate to mustering the courage to likely as their heterosexual peers to be their power.” cyberbullied, while popular kids are also present the project to his school. He Connect with freelance writer April achieved the transformation he sought, frequently targeted. Two social dynamics seem to be at Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at beginning with 70 students participatwork: “One involves individuals that vio- ing in his production.



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an stress really affect your skin? The experts say it does. Research in the skin care industry finds that stress could age your looks by as much as 10 years. Thankfully, it is possible to protect your skin from high stress. Below are seven easy to incorporate suggestions for stress and your skin.

1. Clean your skin daily: Even if you are overly tired or stressed, don’t forget to cleanse. Research shows that the skin’s barrier is best protected by applying a good emollient to damp, clean skin. Facial oils are great for this, providing a concentration of nutrients. Include foods like berries, leafy greens, salmon, avocados, raw nuts and seeds into your diet as they are particularly high in antioxidants. 2. Exercise: We all know the importance of exercise for our body. It’s just as important for the skin. Even a quick walk around the block helps your lymph system clear out toxins and improve oxygen delivery. 3. Get happy: Releasing endorphins for just 20 minutes a day can help you look more radiant by triggering a beneficial path of chemistry in your body. One way to ensure this is by making self-care an important part of your daily routine. 4. Manage your stress: In order to manage your stress, you need to identify it. The first step is to recognize what you’d like to change in your life and make steps to do it. 5. Get good quality sleep: Ideally a person needs three to four REM sleep cycles per night to help repair and rebuild the immune system. This means you’ll need at least seven hours of sleep. 6. Learn the power of saying no: Setting limits and boundaries can lower your stress levels. With love in your heart, state the reality of any situation that might not be suitable for you. 7. Share: People need people so be sure to stay connected. Whether you talk to a friend or seek counsel from a professional, remember, we’re all in this together. Susan Nichols is a master herbalist and a managing partner of maxandjane and its parent company Jemez Mountain Flowers. She has over 30 years’ experience formulating for the nutraceutical industry. She is recognized for her expertise in biochemistry and botanical products, especially skin care. For product information visit maxandjane. com. See ad, page 6.

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Holistic Eye Care Taking the Whole Body into Account by Linda Sechrist


he “old wives’ tale” about eating carrots for healthy vision wasn’t wrong, but fell far short of a holistic approach to eye health. Today’s holistically trained healthcare providers and ophthalmologists believe that properly maintaining the marvelous phenomenon of eyesight requires taking into consideration genetics, diet, toxin exposures, life environments and our belief systems. “The body does not work as a series of parts in isolation, but as a dynamically integrated living system,” says Marc Grossman, a doctor of optometry, licensed acupuncture physician and co-founder of Natural Eye Health, in New Paltz, New York. “The reductionist method of referring each symptom to the domain of a particular specialist, isolated from the whole person, is slowly being replaced with a complementary view of health care that may include acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are beginning to look at each person as an integrated being.” Progressive health providers now consider dietary preferences, general exercise regimens, environmental factors and physical, emotional and mental issues, as well as an individual’s particular symptoms, in determining treatment strategies. “To improve vision, the condition of the whole person needs to be addressed,” says Grossman, whose books include Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Homeopathic Doctor Edward Kondrot’s practice at Healing The Eye & 26

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other health problems. Having a family member with eye disease may mean you’re genetically prone to having that condition as well, but living a healthy lifestyle may prevent the gene from being activated,” advises Kondrot. Viewing the condition of the eyes as a reflection of whole body health means that lifestyle and diet choices play major roles. The Vision Diet and supplement program recommended in Grossman’s Natural Eye Care has been shown to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes of study participants by five to seven millimeters, which generally equates to 10 to 15 percent. In general, a diet high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and sulfur-bearing amino acids can be helpful. Foods containing such nutrients include garlic, onions, beans, spinach, celery, turnips, yellow and orange vegetables, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, apples, oranges and tomatoes. Other dietary and lifestyle options recommended by Grossman are daily drinking one pint of juice made from mostly green vegetables and drinking eight to 10 glasses of purified water to keep eyes hydrated. Managing stress and doing palming and other eye exercises, such as those found at Tinyurl. com/ComputerEyeStrainExercises, as well as daily aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes, are also beneficial. Additionally, Kondrot’s use of multimodal protocols such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, homeopathy, and detoxification can be applied to reverse visual loss. Kondrot advises that avoiding foods that trigger allergic reactions is important. “A study of 113 patients with chronic simple glaucoma showed an immediate increase in pressure in the fluid inside the eye when they were exposed to foods to which they were allergic. Take up meditation, yoga, tai chi or any other practice that helps you manage stress and relax,” he advises. “Some consider glaucoma a stress-related condition.” The best strategy for healthy eyes is to have regular eye examinations. Early detection and prompt treatment can prevent significant vision loss.

Wellness Center, which he founded in Zephyrhills, Florida, embraces traditional and alternative therapies. He uses microcurrent, ozone therapy and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord in treating serious eye disease. Kondrot, the author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, systemically understands the eyes as windows to overall health. For instance, his perspective is founded on the fact that a balanced diet is one of the best preventive measures for maintaining eye health. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies are easily determined under the scrutiny of his holistic biomicroscope. According to science published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic spinal manipulation may also contribute to normal vision; in one case study, 20 treatment sessions helped an individual recover the function of optic nerves and normal vision. It’s generally accepted that chiropractic adjustment realigning the spinal column allows the nervous system to function properly, reduces tension and frees up the body to better transport blood to locations such as the eyes. Additionally, the second vertebra below the skull contains nerves that affect the eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves and sinuses. Common eye conditions generally develop so slowly that they may Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer not present noticeable symptoms until deterioration has become severe. “Many for Natural Awakenings. Connect at factors can affect our eyesight, including

The Eyes: The Windows to your Soul and your Health by Marcia Briseno


ach set of eyes is beautiful, precious and unique to its owner. There is a saying, “The eyes are the window to the soul.” Yet the eyes reveal so much more including your body’s constitution, levels of health, and transitions that have taken place throughout life according to the way you have lived. As research progresses, it is becoming clear that the eyes project the mental, emotional and spiritual aspect of an individual, even providing insights into one’s personality. To help the body bring itself back into balance, each of these areas must be addressed. Treating physical symptoms without addressing these other areas may drive the issue deeper into the body, even if symptoms seem to improve. The patterns in the iris and sclera—identified by the use of iridology and sclerology—brings understanding to the causes of physical imbalances and chronic conditions long before they manifest. Iridology is a study of the iris which observes colors, pigmentation, fibers, openings in the fibers, and the shape of the pupil. The observations reveal genetic health tendencies, acquired imbalances, and even emotion/mental/personality tendencies. Sclerology is a study of the whites of the eyes which observes the red markings, raised structures, colors and pigmentation which in turn reflects current imbalances and congestion within the body and its organ systems long before a condition manifests itself. An eye analysis is a helpful tool when it comes to your managing your health. The information gleaned can help you make informed decisions to ensure a better quality of life moving forward. Marcia Briseno’s office is located at 600 Central Ave. SW, Ste. 107 in Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-582-9296 or visit See directory listing, page 34.

3 Reasons You May Not Budget…and How to Change by Kelly Chisholm


here are many reasons people choose not to budget. While they may seem like valid reasons, no matter what your financial situation, budgeting is an important step in your financial health. Knowing the reasons behind why you don’t budget will help you move forward with creating a plan. Below are the three of the most common reasons why people don’t budget. Luckily, there is a solution to everything.

1. Budgeting is difficult. Difficult means different things to different people. Is it difficult because you lack confidence? Hate math? Possess emotional baggage? All of these are valid reasons, but not impossible to work through. Solve this issue by identifying exactly why you find budgeting difficult. Then, create a plan of action: take a budgeting class, research software and phone apps, or find a financial therapist to guide you through the process. 2. Fear of what you may find. Fear is a guiding factor in many decisions people make. Knowledge is power. It may be difficult the first few times to see how much, or how little, money you currently have in the bank. However, knowing exactly how your funds are spent helps control spending and saving in the future. Thinking of budgeting this way will empower you to move past the fear toward greater financial health. 3. You don’t think you need to. Why? Because you always have money left at the end of the month! It’s a great problem to have, but doesn’t mean you don’t need a budget. You never know what the future holds and having a safety net in savings helps alleviate financial stress when unexpected events occur. Your personal health and dreams are also important. Set goals on how you want to spend your money and what you want to save for. By doing so, you’ll have more motivation to sit down with your budget each month. Kelly Chisholm is a financial behaviorist/advisor at Smarter Money Solutions. Contact her at 505-974-1358 or email kelly@ to schedule a complimentary, personalized 30 minute Financial Discovery Session. More information at natural awakenings

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particles, a predictor of cardiovascular disease. Instead, it makes existing LDL particles larger, a fairly benign situation in regard to such disease.

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Fat doesn’t even make you fat, claims Mark Hyman, a well-known medical doctor in Lenox, Massachusetts, and author of Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health. “The theory that all calories have the same impact on your weight and metabolism remains one of the most persistent nutrition myths,” says this practitioner of functional medicine who points out that we’ve been sidetracked by wrong thinking. “Eating fat can make you lean. Healthy cell walls made from highquality fats are better able to metabolize insulin, which keeps blood sugar better regulated. Without proper blood sugar control, the body socks away fat for a rainy day. The right fats also increase fat burning, diminish hunger and reduce fat by Judith Fertig storage,” he notes. n an era of too much information, recent analysis confirmed this finding Whole30, a 30-day diet revolving the role of fats in our diet has been a with the refinement that saturated fats around clean eating, also emphasizes victim of not enough information. To- increase both types of cholesterol. How- healthy fats. Devised in 2009 by Dallas day’s turnaround in nutritional thinking ever, the latest research from the journal Hartwig, a functional medicine practiacknowledges natural fats as being vital BMJ shows that saturated fat does not tioner and certified sports nutritionist, to heart health and weight loss. increase the number of LDL, or “bad”, and Melissa Hartwig, a certified sports

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A recent metastudy in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American College of Physicians, concluded that saturated fat does not appear to increase heart disease risk, overturning almost 60 years of accepted medical thought. The researchers analyzed data from 76 studies involving more than 600,000 people and found that those that ate the most saturated, or “bad”, fat did not show a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those that ate the least. Note that processed trans fats remain a villain, still deemed a risk to heart health per the metastudy. The misleading information began in the 1950s, when Physiologist Ancel Keys, Ph.D., discovered a correlation between diets high in saturated fats and higher cholesterol levels. Soon, the lowfat diet was born.  In 2000, further research introduced the concepts of good and bad fats. More 28

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Prime Sources of Healthy Fats Functional medicine physician Mark Hyman suggests that we include four to five servings of fat in our diets every day. “In the last five years, the scientific evidence has been mounting that high-fat diets outperform low-fat diets for weight loss and for revising every single indication of heart disease risk, including abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and inflammation,” he says. Each amount listed indicates a serving size. Nuts (a handful of walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts or cashews) Seeds (a handful of pumpkin, sunflower of flaxseed) Most plant-based liquid oils (one

tablespoon of olive, safflower, sesame, avocado, macadamia, grape seed or walnut oil) Fatty fish (4 ounces of salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, tuna or trout) Avocado (one-half to one avocado) Extra virgin coconut oil (one tablespoon) Organic coconut milk (one-quarter cup) Olives (one-quarter cup) Grass-fed animal butter, clarified butter or ghee (one tablespoon) Aim to eat fats that remain liquid (not solid) at room temperature; it’s a sure sign of heart-healthy, unsaturated fats. Source: Adapted from Eat Fat, Get Thin, by Mark Hyman, M.D.

nutritionist, the program aims to reduce inflammation, detoxify the body and reset metabolism. The Salt Lake City, Utah, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Whole30 recommend healthy fats to keep us full and rev up metabolism. Recommended healthy fats include coconut milk and oil, avocados, olive oil, organic ghee (clarified butter) and raw nuts. Josh Axe, a natural medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist in Nashville, Tennessee, recommends the healthy fats contained in avocados, organic butter and ghee from grass-fed cows and goats, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds. “Butter’s experiencing a comeback as a healthy fat as its benefits become more widely known,” says Axe. “The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in butter help the brain function properly and improve skin health.” Ghee, an ancient Indian version of butter, is lactose- and casein-free, while being loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, says Axe. These vitamins are best absorbed by the body when they’re in a fat substance and then stored in the gastrointestinal tract, keeping metabolism and digestion on track, he notes. Ghee’s high level of vitamin K2, best known as a natural blood coagulator, “also helps strengthen bones, while the fatty acids found in it improve digestion and reduce inflammation.”

Healthy Levels of Fat

“If you’re active, about 40 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates, another 30 percent from protein and the other 30 percent from fat in general,” says Axe, adding that this has the added benefit of helping prevent arteriosclerosis. “Some people may consume a greater percentage of healthy fats if the goal is to become a fat burner.” “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss and health,” Hyman reminds us. “Low-carb, higherfat diets work for most people, but for some, they may not be optimal in the long term.” Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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very life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our life story is filled with suspense: Big and little decisions affect our storyline, including the relationships we choose, our goals, how we live and the ways we nourish ourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How we tell our story matters. We are constantly sifting through competing narratives to make sense of our world for ourself and others. Whether we consider ourself a heroic figure overcoming obstacles or a tragic victim of destiny often depends on how we choose to read the text of our life and tell our story. Creating a personal myth is a fundamental way we find meaning. We are always the protagonist, with supporting characters providing love and assistance and antagonists posing challenges that push us beyond our comfort zones. Rather than narcissism or navel-gazing, the more intimate we become with our own story, the more we realize that everyone has an equally valid and vital narrative in which they are the central character. Understanding that everyone is on their own story journey can help us establish connection and empathy. In every myth, the protagonist has a character arc; a particular way they mature and develop due to shifting tides in their life story. Similarly, each of us is on an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery with choices about how

to respond to situations, conflicts and happenstance. By reframing our lives as personal growth adventures, we can adapt to plot twists and view unexpected difficulties as opportunities for self-transformation. With gusto, we can reclaim and shape our personal narrative through choice and voice. Thinking of ourself as the main character in our story can help us shift to novel perspectives on situations we repeatedly face. Instead of staying stuck in the same old storyline, try asking: If I were a character in a novel or movie… n What would I hope the hero would do when faced with these circumstances? n What actions or outcomes would I prefer as the observer of this story? n What might this situation be teaching the star? n How might the protagonist maximize this situation, perhaps becoming a more compassionate, caring, creative or stronger person? n Why would a benevolent author place this character in a particular situation? With imagination and well-directed self-inquiry, we can step out of our story, check out the landscape and determine whether to stay on our current path or go in a different direction. We can then transform obstacles into opportunities to break bad habits and improve character to become the real hero of our own living, evolving story. Kim Schneiderman is a New York City psychotherapist and author of Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life. Visit

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SATURDAY, MARCH 11 ABQ’s Second Saturday: What you Absolutely Need to Know About Divorce – 8:30am-12pm. Non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process. $30 registration fee. One Executive Center, 8500 Menaul Blvd NE, 3rd Fl Conf Rm, Albuquerque. Kelly Chisholm: 505-974-1358. Bit.LY/2blwejU.

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Tools for Intuitive Healing – 10am-12pm. This six-week class uses a practical effective form of meditation for grounding, release and directing energy flow in the body. These tools are life changers. $150/six weeks. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920Healing Touch Certificate Program Level 2 – Mar 4418. 11,12. 8:30am-6pm both days. Instructor Mary Duennes from Cincinnati, Ohio. Course for students who have completed Level 1. Learn how to do a full one-hour healing sequence and choose appropriate energy techniques. 16 CE’s. $365, notebook SATURDAY, MARCH 18 included; preregistration required. Eligible for UNM Introduction to the Pachakuti Mesa Tratuition remission. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefdition – 9am-12pm. Utilizing an altar-like ferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. Registration Barbara arrangement called a mesa, the Pachakuti Welcer: 248-882-1706. Mesa Tradition offers powerful opportunities to awaken to the potential of the unseen LeAP: Learning as a Practice – 9am-5pm. Do world. You will leave this introduction with you approach life with curiosity and a passion to the tools to begin your own transformative discover who, what and why? Explore and redisjourney with the Pachakuti Mesa. Uptown cover your natural learning impulse. $75. Academy Area, Albuquerque. Reservations, directions, for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, equipment: Phyllis Clay 505-918-4388. Santa Fe. 505-995-1860. Register:


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MONDAY, MARCH 20 How to Remember Dreams – 6:30-8pm. Janet Wahl, PhD, shows the benefits of dreams and how to remember them. Take home the 10 tips to recall dreams and a dream journal template. Free. North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-508-5805.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 T’ai Chi Ch’uan - Traditional Yang Style Long Form: Beginners – 6-8pm. This course teaches the first section of the traditional Yang Family Style 108 movement long form of T’ai Chi Ch’uan: the most widely practiced form of T’ai Chi in the world. $90. UNM Continuing Education North Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077 or Revealing the Pattern – 6:30-9pm. Do you respond to circumstances through habit or choice? Join an exploration of habitual patterns and the wisdom – and freedom – that they may reveal. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505995-1860. Register:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Start a Massage Therapy Career – Since 1979, students have enjoyed small class sizes, dynamic curriculum, personalized attention and support from dedicated faculty and staff. 700-hour FullTime Massage Certification Program Mar 22 - Sep 29, 2017. See website for tuition information; early bird discounts available, Santa Fe School of Massage, 1091-A Siler Rd, Santa Fe. 505-982-8398. Esoteric Dreaming: The Gateway to Other Dimensions – 1-3pm. Dreams are a powerful tool for spiritual awakening and development. This workshop will help you develop your skills to access your higher consciousness. $10. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 757275-4071. Ageless You – 1-5pm. Uncover new energy through clarifying dialogue, inspiring examples, transformational aging techniques and hands-on skills; engage in interactive processes, meditation and regenerating exercises to increase vitality, resilience and coherence. $78. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505925-4551.


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SUNDAY, MARCH 26 TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATHWORK – 1-3pm. Release stress, stuck emotions and blocked energy from the body. Experience a greater peace and deeper connection of body, mind, and spirit through a guided conscious connected breathing. $20. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

for those who missed the Feb 24-26 PMT I. $275. Info: Phyllis Clay 505-918-4388.


Earth Day Celebration – 10am-4pm. With special presentation from 10:30-11:30am by author, teacher and healer Dr. Szuson Wong. The Earth Care Team of Unity Spiritual Center of Albuquerque hosts treatments by energy workers for earth and personal healing. For more information call MONDAY, MARCH 27 303-807-7299. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 CanDiscover Messages in Your Dreams – 6:30-8pm. delaria NE, Albuquerque. Janet Wahl, PhD, demonstrates how to associate dream metaphors with life events. Experience the dream group process to uncover layers of meaning. Bring a dream. Free. North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave NE, AlbuWEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 querque. 505-508-5805. Lecture with Guided Meditation – 7-8:30pm. A lecture with guided meditation TUESDAY, MARCH 28 on the Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda will be presented by Brother BhuPilates: Reformer – 7-8:30pm. Learn the Pilates manada of Self Realization Fellowship. Free. classical method in the exact way that was develSt. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, oped and intended by Joseph Pilates. In this course, 601 Montaño Road NW, Albuquerque. 505you will learn the Pilates method of body condi298-3640. tioning as a system. $325. Shedden Pilates, 4200 Lomas, Ste A, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-2770077 or SATURDAY, APRIL 29


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Healing Touch Certificate Program Level 3 – Apr 29,30 8:30am-6pm both days. Instructor Vickie Smith from Las Vegas, Nevada. Course for students who have completed Level 1/2. This course includes; development of Higher Sense Perception, sequencing of healing techniques, working with guidance, self-healing, and self-development. 16-18 CE’s. Early bird special $340 if paid in full by April 1; $365 thereafter. Notebook included; preregistration required. Eligible for UNM tuition remission. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. Registration Barbara Welcer: 248-882-1706.

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HORSES & DONKEYS HELPING HUMANS – 12-4pm, Gift yourself an unusual and empowering experience. Explore anything you wish to heal or manifest in a tranquil, supportive setting, assisted by equine friends. $80/prepaid; space limited. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, San Marcos Area, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074.



SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Sacred Art & The Divine Feminine – Apr 1 & 2. Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. Anita Rodriguez & Elizabeth Brownrigg offer a cross-cultural creative workshop exploring The Divine Feminine within and without. No experience necessary. Meals included. All are welcome. $250. Vista Verde Retreat Center, Carson. Preregister: 575-758-2758, or


SUNDAY, APRIL 30 The Divine Feminine Way Conference – 8am-7pm. Speakers, energy transmissions, harpist & vocals, vendors. Connect to The Divine Feminine Way which is creating our destined new reality, a heaven on earth existence. Rejuvenate with optimism, excitement and powerful information. Reception evening prior with music, meditation, hors d’oeuvres and meet the speakers (separate entrance fee). $88 early-bird, $99. Courtyard by Marriott. 505-473-2800.

Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Link Up – 7-8:30pm. A time for mesa carriers to gather in community to link SATURDAY, MAY 27 up with mesa carriers worldwide and locally. Free. HORSES & DONKEYS HELPING HUMANS Directions, details: Phyllis Clay 505-918-4388. – 12-4pm, Gift yourself an unusual and empowering experience. Explore anything you wish to heal or manifest in a tranquil, supportive setting, assistSATURDAY, APRIL 15 ed by equine friends. $80/prepaid; space limited. Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: Part 1of 5 – April 15-16. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, San Marcos Area, Santa Fe. Cross cultural shamanic arts for personal and plane- 505-438-1074. tary renewal, Apprenticeship Series Part 1: The Call to Heal (Releasing the Past). This is a makeup workshop

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Shearollins@mac. greater harmony, staff and students use intuitive edge and abilities to diagnose and treat com. children, adults, animals locally and skills to help you enhance your well-being. Drop globally (through long-distance healing). In. Free. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Hot Fundamental Vinyasa – 6:15-7:15pm. Tues, Santa Fe. 505- 920-4418. Specializing in allergies, pain, injuries, Thur. With Bea. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot headaches, chemical sensitivities, fibroYoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778. Info@blue- Basic Philosophy of Metaphysics – 6-8pm. myalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, PTSD and Metaphysics looks at information gathered from ers. By utilizing advanced biofeedback, the body’s pharscience (physical), religion (emotion), and phi- macy will heal itself. “BE THE HEALER YOU ARE”. losophy (spirit), to formulate truth in accordance ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR with each individual’s level of understanding. $30. Resonant Essentials. 505-453-7646. Michelle@ GALAYA INTUITIVE RESOURCES 505-466-3764 • Santa Fe Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, cel- Restorative Yoga at Blue Moon Yoga – 6:15- ebrating 33 years in broadcasting. The Voices, Con- 7:15pm. Deep release and relaxation. $15, Pet Readings. Communicate with your tent and Music of Presence. Online, live streaming class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 826 Camianimal companions. Receive insight into and archiving. 505-466-2616. no De Monte Rey, Santa Fe. 505-795-7778. your pet’s thoughts and stand and facilitate changes in your pet’s Sunday Meditation Hour – 10-11am. 2nd & 4th behavior. 19 years experience Phone Sunday. The service explores a topic through guidConsultations and House Calls. ed meditation, inspirational reading, music, and the opportunity for personal sharing. Free. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505- 920ASTROLOGICAL 4418. Seniors Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Experience low CONSULTATIONS impact, gentle yoga which brings strength and tone for the 55+ crowd. Chair yoga can also be done. Led by Doug MacLeod with 30+ yrs expe- CELESTIAL AWAKENINGS rience. Mats available, reserve now. $4. Resonant Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. • Albuquerque Essentials. 505-363-6999. Michelle@resonantes- 505-303-0976|847-452-3198 Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm. Online radio show New! Destiny & Love Cards. Find helps listeners understand why they do what they the deeper answers you seek to the do, eliminate stress or handle it from a position of important questions in your life! strength. Listen to: the combined wisdom of asturopathy trology and psychology, you will be given significant insights from “the Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Qigong supbest of both worlds.” Rio Rancho asports optimal health and well-being, and is easy trologer providing in-depth astrology and fun to do; with certified Qigong instructor consultations for adults, couples, and parents. Forecasts, Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside Foundations of Herbalism Course in Santa personal insights, relationships, career, relocation, spiriFe – A six-month immersion designed to teach & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. tuality, and more. FREE 15-minute telephone the foundational principals of herbal medicine, tion! medicine making, botany and ethical wild crafting. The Milagro School of Herbal Medicine. De- Community ELDOA Class – 10-11am. ELDOA CLAIRVOYANT READINGS tails: 505-820-6321 or is a treatment for general back pain, arthritis, intervertebral disc compression, proprioceptive difficulties and pathology, scoliosis and articular REVEREND ELIZABETH BROWNRIGG 575-758-2758 Lifesongs Community Creative Ensemble – lesions, and a large influence on the postural sys- tem. $10, or punch card options available. Awak2-3:30pm. An intergenerational creative ration between community members and artists, ened Center for Holistic Health. 505-639-4087. From a meditative space, I look for utilizing music, movement, poetry, storytelling and pertinent information to help you other media to share experiences and create new remove blocks that keep you from work. Free. Santa Fe Care Center, 635 Harkle Rd, Infertility & Adoption Support Group – 10living the life you want. I complete 11am. Support group for anyone at any stage of Santa Fe. the reading with a healing, replacthe infertility and/or alternative family building ing old beliefs and energy patterns journey who is seeking support, understanding, with new ones that align with your encouragement and resources. Donation, $5-15. current goals. I absolutely love this Mother Root Studio, 926 Baca St, #5, Santa Fe. work, and I’ve been helping people 505-252-2215. this way for 20+ years. See ad, page 6. Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and animal communicator, offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and pets. 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