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hyroid health is one of the themes for this month’s issue, the theme is personal for me as a 15-year thyroid cancer survivor. I remember the diagnosis like it was 15 years ago (smile). You never forget that moment when a doctor tells you that you have cancer. I’m not a “why me” type person so I didn’t spend time questioning my fate, instead I made a task list and started to educate myself on all things thyroid related. I remember my doctor in Colorado telling me how lucky I was to have thyroid cancer because it was the easiest form of cancer to have, I remember wanting to punch him but I didn’t. Weeks after surgery to remove my little thyroid, I remember the nurse coming at me in a hazmat suit with a canister containing a radioactive iodine pill and telling me to swallow it. I remember her instructing me to roll my windows down on the drive home because I was toxic as hell. I remember her telling me I couldn’t hug my dog for a week. The thyroid affects everything in your body – brain health, gut health, heart health, bone health, metabolism, mood and more. It is located in the throat chakra which governs expression and communication and is the point of passage for energy between the head and body. Master Hongik from Body and Brain Yoga would remind us that we want a cool head and warm gut, the energy passes through the neck to disseminate throughout the body. If there is a blockage in the throat area, the energy stays congested in the head which is not good. Take a look at one of our feature articles - “The Happy Thyroid: Seven Ways to Keep It Humming” as well as a personal article from Dr. Christi Alsop of Santa Fe Soul to learn more about what your thyroid does and how you might take better care of it. Stress reduction and sleep are critical so give our “Chasing ZZZs” article a look for how you might restore your body. And, enjoy our article by April Thompson on “Zenful Eating: Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude”. Three of the nation’s top Zen chefs share their wisdom about being grateful, present and peaceful at mealtime – just in time for Thanksgiving! With Big Gratitude,

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Homeopathic Treatment for the Common Cold


e all know about the common cold and we’ve all had one. But interestingly, the common cold is really not very common at all. That is, no two colds are exactly alike. They can start out stuffed or runny, sneezing or wheezy or all of these during the cycle of the cold. That’s why even with all the scientific and medical advances we’ve had over the past century, no one has discovered “a cure for the common cold”. Classical homeopathic treatment is very patient-specific, just as no two people are alike, no two colds are alike. Treatment is individualized by the cold sufferer and remedy selection is based on his/her symptoms; unlike over the counter cold medications. At best, over the counter cold medications are designed as a “one size fits all” only to lessen the severity until the cold goes away without changing the system as a “whole”. Often when treating colds with homeopathy, two or three individual remedies (given at separate times) will be required to completely clear the cold. One remedy will be given at the onset or during the early stages and as the symptoms change, a second picture may follow. Treating colds homeopathically is easy and a number of effective remedies are available at most health food stores. In order to select the correct remedy, one must observe the cold sufferer’s symptoms and match them as close as possible to a remedy picture. Generally, several pellets under the tongue of a 30c potency will do. Many remedies can be purchased for less than $7.00 each, can be used many times, and will last for years if stored safely. Laurie D. Wheeler, DiHom, CCH, DipGem, C.Ht., is a practitioner and wellness counselor certified in Homeopathy and Past Life and Between Lives Soul Regression. She has been in the healing arts for 25+ years and works both by phone and in-person. Laurie was the creator and host of a live radio program “Journey into Wellness” and founder of a non-profit holistic clinic for veterans in Maine. Laurie can be reached at or office phone (505) 772-0970. For Laurie Wheeler’s symptom questionnaire and corresponding homeopathic remedy list; visit our website at Natural

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ealing your thyroid is a journey. I should know I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. It is in remission now but my thyroid journey started 21 years ago after my first child was born. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) my path of discovery included applying my knowledge of natural health such as, diet therapy and supplements, to help support and heal my thyroid. You know where the thyroid gland is located, right? It is at the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple (larynx). The two lobes are shaped on either side of the windpipe (trachea). A healthy thyroid gland would not protrude or be outwardly visible on someone’s neck.  Th thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system. Its main purpose is to produce hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate, as well as, heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance. In order to fully function, it must have a balanced supply of iodine from a diet. There are several ways your thyroid gland can get sick. You might have heard of these disorders: Hyperthyroid, Hypothyroid, Grave’s disease and Autoimmune. The two most common are Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroidism in adults’ results in decreased metabolic rate. Symptoms include fatigue, intolerance of cold temperatures, low heart rate, weight gain, reduced appetite, poor memory, depression, stiffness of muscles and infertility.  As a DOM, I can recognize Hyperthyroidism in patients when they tell me they have an intolerance to heat, weight loss, increased appetite, increased bowel movements, irregular menstrual cycle,

rapid and irregular heartbeat, palpitations, tiredness, irritability, tremor, hair loss and retraction of the eyelids resulting in a ‘staring’ appearance. Some triggers for the thyroid to malfunction have been oral contraceptives, antibiotics, acid blockers, toxin exposures, virus, chronic stress. Here are some simple solutions to get you started on your journey to a healthier thyroid: Diet therapy - Avoid wheat and dairy. Do a self-test for these and other food allergies. Vitamin therapy - Zinc, seleomethionine, iodine, tyrosine, and vitamin b’s

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Take Hibiscus to Fight Breast Cancer Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is much more than a brilliant scarlet tropical flower: New laboratory research from Canada’s University of Windsor found that a hibiscus flower extract selectively kills off triple-negative breast cancer cells. This is one of the most difficult to treat types that affects 15 to 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Hibiscus is particularly effective when combined with chemotherapy, researchers say, and works as well with very low doses of the chemicals as with higher doses. The flower’s low toxicity and precise targeting of cancer cells also offers hope for long-term treatment. Previous studies have shown hibiscus to be effective on prostate cancer, leukemia, gastric cancer and human squamous cell carcinoma.

Eat Organic to Shed Insecticides Switching to organics has quick payoffs, reducing agrochemicals in the body by 94 percent within a month, Japanese researchers report. They tested the urine of study participants looking for six neonicotinoid insecticides and another substance generated as a result of their decomposition in the human body. “I think the research results are almost without precedent and are highly valuable in that they present actual measurement values showing that you can dramatically reduce the content levels of agrochemicals in your body simply by changing the way you select vegetable products,” commented Nobuhiko Hoshi, a professor of animal molecular morphology with the Kobe University. Another study from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley studied 16 children and showed that one week after switching to an organic diet, malathion pesticide urine levels were reduced by 95 percent; clothianidin pesticide levels by 83 percent; and chlorpyrifos pesticide levels by 60 percent.


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Say No to the Third Cup of Joe to Avoid Migraines Caffeine has been the subject of controversy among the one in six adults worldwide that suffer from periodic migraines: Some say it triggers symptoms, while others report it wards them off. A new study from Harvard and two other teaching hospitals of 98 migraine sufferers used six weeks of daily journals to investigate the link and found that drinking up to two servings of caffeinated beverages a day had little effect, but three or more raised the odds of a headache that day or the next. Among people that rarely drank such beverages, even one or two servings increased the odds of having a headache that day. A serving was defined as eight ounces or one cup of caffeinated coffee, six ounces of tea, a 12-ounce can of soda or a twoounce can of an energy drink.

Dance to Improve Quality of Life With Dementia Older people with dementia, often viewed as being passive and immobile, responded to simple dance movement lessons with visible humor and imagination and reported a higher quality of life after six sessions, say researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. The 22 participants between the ages of early 60s and mid-90s had dementia ranging from mild to advanced. They took 10 weekly classes in which the music was “reminiscent” and the movement routines were intuitively easy. “Positive responses such as memory recalling, spontaneous dancing and joking with each other were observed in every session,” reports lead author Ting Choo.

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Sustainable Skiing

Hot Habits

From mountain peaks to base lodges, many alpine ski resorts are working to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. Skiers will discover that sustainability is the watchword at a growing number of facilities, with a focus on reducing energy usage and cutting back on waste. In Vermont, Killington Resort uses four offsite solar farms, as well as the AllEarth Solar tracking system that rotates panels using GPS technology to produce enough energy to run all the lifts for the resort and nearby Pico Mountain for the entire season ( To prepare for this winter, Bromley Mountain upgraded its snowmaking system with state-of-the-art, variable-frequency drive motors to conserve energy. Stratton Mountain Resort will now offer drinking straws by request only and feature a bamboo option; retail shops have switched to bags made of 100 percent recycled paper. Aspen Snowmass, in Colorado, has begun using a dirt-based pipe at its Buttermilk section to reduce snowmaking, saving more than $15,000 in electricity and 4 million gallons of water each year. Winter Park has installed a small wind turbine at the top of Parsenn Bowl to power its lift shack there. Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Purgatory are among the many resorts in the state that offer carpooling incentives for skiers ( After pledging in January to expand on energyefficient operations, seven state ski trade associations—Ski Vermont, Colorado Ski Country USA, Ski Utah, Ski California, Ski Areas of New York, Ski New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association—along with 70-plus other organizations and companies of the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership gathered on Capitol Hill in May to “advocate for immediate and bipartisan climate action, specifically, putting a price on carbon” ( Families can forego the expenses, travel time and Earth impacts of alpine skiing by turning to the crosscountry version. A few inches of snow and strapping on longer, thinner skis can transform a flat or gently hilly park, wooded trail or spacious backyard into a quiet, serene, eco-playground. “This low-impact exercise delivers amazing cardiovascular benefits, works all the major muscle groups, challenges your balance, keeps your joints healthy and is good for your mental health,” according to

Phoenix, which had 128 days at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit last year, is one of the hottest and fastest-warming cities in the U.S., and most American cities are expected to drastically heat up in the next decades with heat waves and triple-digit days. In the Valley of the Sun, work and play are shifting into the cooler hours. Neighborhoods are active at dawn and dusk when residents hike, jog and paddleboard. Last year, heat caused or contributed to the deaths of 182 people in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. Ariane Middel, a professor of urban climate at Arizona State University, says, “We are almost a living laboratory. We can test strategies and see different ways to keep adapting and mitigating. By the time it gets hot in other places, they can take what we have learned here.”

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Abandoned Crops

Economics Drive Farm Food Losses

Farmer Cannon Michael left more than 100 acres of ripe cantaloupes unharvested last year because he couldn’t sell them for enough to cover the cost of labor, packing and shipping. According to a new study from Santa Clara University, in California, about one-third of edible produce remains unharvested in the fields, where it rots and gets plowed under. Most research on food loss and food waste has focused on post-harvest, retail and consumer levels. The new study offers a far more accurate look at on-farm food loss by relying on in-field measurements. ReFED, a coalition of nonprofits, businesses and government agencies that fight food loss and food waste, estimates that 21 percent of water, 18 percent of cropland and 19 percent of fertilizer in the U.S. are dedicated to food that is never eaten.

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Gun Control in India Goes Green

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Moms Launch Eco-Friendly Certification

The nonprofit (MAA) has launched its Moms Across America Gold Standard, a multi-tiered verification program for food, beverages and supplements that creates a simple, trustworthy resource for consumers while encouraging best practices by suppliers. It will be awarded to those brands that have achieved superior levels of organic practices and eco-friendly procedures, and is intended to make it simple for people to choose the healthiest products and use their wallets to take a stand against unhealthy alternatives and unethical business practices. The standard also provides a path for companies that know better and do better to prosper by shifting the buying power of millions of dedicated mothers behind their products.

Jaws of Life

California Bans Fur Trapping

California has enacted a ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 prohibits commercial and recreational trapping on both public and private lands. Legislators are considering proposals to ban the sale of all fur products, including fur coats, and to outlaw the use of animals in any circus in the state, with the exception of domesticated horses, dogs and cats. 12

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In a northern India district, regulators require that applicants for gun licenses, in addition to normal background checks, must plant 10 trees and submit selfies as photographic evidence of having done so. To mark World Environment Day in June, Chander Gaind, the deputy commissioner of the district of Ferozepur in Punjab State, had an idea. “I thought about how much Punjabi people love guns,” he says. “We receive hundreds of applications for gun licenses from this district every year. Maybe I could get them to love caring for the environment, too.” India has more than 3.3 million active gun licenses. Tajinder Singh, 47, a farmer in the district, says he wants to protect himself from wild animals and bands of armed robbers.

Methane Matters

Fracking Linked to Global Warming

As methane concentrations increase in the atmosphere, evidence points to shale oil and gas as the probable source, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to stop regulating it. New Cornell University research published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, suggests that the methane released by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has different characteristics than the methane from conventional natural gas and other fossil fuels such as coal. About two-thirds of all new gas production over the last decade has been shale gas produced in the U.S. and Canada, says the paper’s author, Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology: “If we can stop pouring methane into the atmosphere, it will dissipate. It goes away pretty quickly compared to carbon dioxide. It’s the low-hanging fruit to slow global warming.”

Species Setback

The U.S. Department of the Interior is effecting significant changes that weaken how the Endangered Species Act is implemented, a move critics fear will allow for more oil and gas drilling on land that is currently habitat-protected, and will limit how much regulators consider the impacts of the climate crisis. The changes affect how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration consider whether species qualify for protections, as well as how the agencies determine what habitats deserve special protections. It could make it more difficult to factor in the impact of climate change on species.

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In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have. ~Cindy Davies

CHASING ZZZZZs How to Put Insomnia to Rest by Marlaina Donato


ossing and turning most of the night while obsessing about the need for sleep is a torture we all go through every now and then, but for the 40 percent of Americans dealing with current or chronic insomnia, it can be a regular nightmare. In fact, 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. The causes are multi-faceted: stress, pharmaceutical side effects, hormonal imbalances, chronic pain, anxiety and too much caffeine all fuel the insomnia loop. Add to that the overstimulation from 24/7 technology, social pressures and unresolved emotional pain, and it’s easy to see why long, hard, sleepless nights have become a worldwide epidemic. The effects are profound. Compromised sleep not only leads to decreased quality of life, malnourished relationships, a heightened risk of accidents and inferior job performance, but also lowered immunity and chronic inflammation, raising the odds of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with depression also experience sleep deprivation, and many antidepressant medications can disrupt the ability to fall asleep and dream. However, a number of natural and holistic approaches can provide lasting 14

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results without undesirable side effects. Along with tried-and-true methods like acupuncture, therapeutic massage and changes in diet and exercise, the National Sleep Foundation recommends mindful breathing and meditation. New options are emerging to help foster quality sleep, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), non-psychoactive CBD oil and lifestyle changes supporting a healthy circadian rhythm.

Body and Mind, a Tangled Web

Psychological, emotional and physical health all play a role in our ability—or inability—to get a good night’s rest. “Not sleeping well is a sign of a deeper imbalance that needs to be addressed. So, if we’re masking the problem with medication, the underlying cause remains unaddressed,” says Elina Winnel, a sleep coach who works online with clients at “Insomnia is a complex issue that has psychological components, but is also affected by deeper mechanisms, including an imbalance between the two main branches of the autonomic nervous system.” The intricate connection between emotion and sleep-robbing stress hormones explains why insomniacs are often caught in an undertow of racing thoughts and preoc-

cupations. Says Winnel, “Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring.” Stress also depletes vitamin B and magnesium levels necessary for quality sleep, she adds. Cindy Davies, owner of the Holistic Sleep Center, in Ferndale, Michigan, has similar views on the role emotion plays in troubled sleep patterns. “We’re chronically suppressing our feelings throughout the day. Our inability to address these emotions culminates in a night spent in bed awake with fears and worries,” she says. “Pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion can help defend ourselves against dealing with feelings or memories, but impairs our ability to sleep restfully or restoratively.”

Resetting Inherent Rhythms

Circadian rhythm, our biological clock, is a cellular marvel that is affected by light and internal changes in temperature. Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, explains that it’s helpful to have a circadian rhythm aligned with societal norms so that we’re sleepy at bedtime and active during daylight hours. “When a person’s circadian rhythm is delayed, they will have trouble falling

asleep at a regular bedtime, and when it’s advanced, experience sleepiness too early in the evening and then [have] early morning awakenings.” Circadian rhythm regulates digestion, cellular repair, hormones and many other functions. It also slows down the metabolism during night hours, helping us to stay asleep. “The circadian rhythm can be disrupted by many factors, including traveling to a different time zone, shift work and exposure to blue light late at night while binge-watching your favorite series,” says Winnel. Our natural hormonal rhythms are wired to release melatonin at certain

times, allowing us to rest frequently during the day. Davies explains that an adult’s body is designed for periods of rest every 90 minutes. “Most people don’t have the opportunity to rest every 90 minutes, but if we were able to, we’d be going to bed in a state of rest, instead of exhaustion,” she says. Our bodies start producing melatonin around 9 p.m., when we should already be winding down, but too often we push ourselves to stay up to watch TV or have “me-time”, says Davies. “In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.” Herbalist and licensed psychotherapist Jenn J. Allen, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania,

Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring. ~Elina Winnel

Sleep Tips

For healthy circadian rhythm and melatonin cycles, try:

4 Shutting off all screen devices, including the TV, two hours before going to bed 4 Going to bed when you get that 9 p.m. slump and just taping a favorite show 4 Walking barefoot and feeling the earth 4 Spending quality time outside in sunlight, preferably in a natural setting 4 Taking nourishing baths with natural soaps, lavender essential oil or herbs 4 Designating certain time slots to not answer the phone or answer emails 4 Exercising regularly and not within three hours of bedtime 4 Taking a break from work every 90 minutes for two minutes of slow, deep breathing 4 Breaking the caffeine habit by replacing coffee and tea with healthier alternatives

For emotional components of insomnia, try:

4 Going on a “worry fast” for five or 10 minutes, and then practice doing it for an hour or a full day 4 Reserving time with loved ones for in-person conversations and get-togethers 4 Checking in with yourself and acknowledging all emotions and fears without judgment 4 Setting aside ambitions for a day to recharge 4 Sleeping in without guilt—shopping and running errands can wait 4 Choosing not to compare your life with others

adds, “People spend up to 10 hours a day on electronic devices, which directly impacts melatonin production and stimulates the fight-or-flight response system in the brain.”

Two Sides of Every Brain

Smartphones and social media have piled even more on our plate, even if we enjoy them. “We’re expected to be constantly ‘on’ and reachable 24/7,” observes Winnel. “This leads to an excessive reliance on our sympathetic nervous system and difficulty switching brainwave states from beta—associated with alertness—to theta and delta, which we experience during sleep. Through practice and specific exercises, it can become easier for us to reach the state of mind needed to nod off.” To support healthier sleep patterns, Winnel emphasizes the importance of using both hemispheres of the brain while awake. “Particularly in our professional lives, logical and rational processes are rewarded, while creativity is seen as optional. This can cause a chronic imbalance in the way we use the two hemispheres of our brain. Optimal sleep requires equalized functioning in the neurological structures that are unique to each hemisphere.” Mindful breathing and alternate-nostril yogic breathwork can also bring harmony to both hemispheres of the brain and promote deep relaxation.

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Chronic pain can also prevent sound sleep. Allen stresses, “It’s important to understand what is actually causing pain and what type of pain it is. Some chronic pain comes from postural issues or injuries, so massage, chiropractic or gentle movement like yoga can help to drastically reduce the intensity of pain.” Identifying nutritional deficiencies and supporting the nervous system is also key. “Plants work both physiologically and energetically. Gentle nervine herbs like oats or chamomile can help to soothe the nervous system, and are effective for children and teens. Adaptogenic plants are known historically for helping the body to resist physical, chemical or biological stresses. Tulsi and ashwagandha, when taken consistently, can be useful in helping November 2019


adults to combat stress,” Allen says, reminding us to also check with a healthcare professional to avoid contraindications. Going for that extra cup of coffee during the day or pouring a drink or two in the evening are habits that only exacerbate sleep issues. “Caffeine suppresses our body’s ability to feel tired, not by giving us energy, but by increasing the production of adrenaline and suppressing the production of melatonin. Alcohol, like some prescription medications, can interfere with our ability to fall asleep, sleep deeply and experience dreaming states,” cautions Davies. CBD oil derived from the cannabis plant is an effective pain-reducer and helps to regulate healthy sleep patterns. Cannabidiol (CBD), which does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical substance in marijuana responsible for inducing a high, is available as capsules, inhalers and tinctures.

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elcome to the digital age, where budding gym rats, former couch potatoes and schedule-challenged fitness freaks are finding new ways to get in shape. These days, virtually anyone with a smartphone or Wi-Fi connection can connect with a yoga video, a spin class or any number of personal exercise experiences. Some folks are wearing devices that calculate distance and monitor bodily functions—then post it all to social media. Private trainers are offering online workout routines with motivational emails and text messages, while some gyms include online training as an add-on to membership or leverage technology to provide classes to consumers globally. Virtual fitness is growing in leaps and bounds. The use of health and fitness apps has more than tripled since 2014, and three-quarters of active users open their apps at least twice a week, according to Flurry Analytics. Yet, it’s not for everyone. Erin Nitschke, Ed.D., of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the director of educational partnerships and programs at the National Federation of Professional Trainers, is monitoring the upsurge in virtual fitness and believes it will take time to perfect the options. “While virtual training may be a best practice for a certain population of users, it may be a barrier to others,” she says.

Accessible, Flexible and Affordable The convenience and affordability of virtual training has some clients thriving on their ability to marry technological tools to fitness goals. They can log in anytime, anywhere, even while travelling; take a variety of classes from famous trainers for a fraction of the cost of in-person sessions and receive emails or texts that provide encouragement to reach the next level. For those new to exercising, virtual training eases self-consciousness. It’s an opportunity to learn the basics and begin the process of toning up at home before venturing into an unfamiliar environment where everyone seems to know what they’re doing. In this respect, virtual training can serve as a gateway to establishing a fitness routine that eventually leads to the local gym. “One of the most frequent reasons people cite for not maintaining a regular exercise habit is lack of time,” says American Council on Exercise President and Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., of Redmond, Washington. He points out that virtual tools and devices may help eliminate some of those time barriers, allowing people to get quality workouts.

But some people go to the gym or attend fitness classes because they enjoy the social connection more than the sweat. Nitschke says that social support can be a predictor of success, so it’s possible that virtual training can have a negative impact. Bryant agrees. “There are different fitness personality types, and some need the live and in-person experience.” Bryant points out that gyms and trainers often request health information and fitness goals beforehand to provide clients a more customized program. In-person instruction also has the benefit of immediate feedback to ensure safe, effective and proper technique. Erika Hetzel, a Pilates instructor and personal trainer in Dane County, Wisconsin, believes that virtual workouts are fine for people that have attended classes enough to know the exercises and have good body awareness. “For beginners, hands-on cues and modifications are important, especially if there are any contraindications for exercise.” She carefully monitors her clients for form and doesn’t plan to offer virtual training because it’s impossible to give clients bodily adjustments. “It leaves trainees at risk of not getting full benefit or getting hurt,” Hetzel says. “An effective workout is about the quality of the movements.” Bryant says that instructor interaction is a plus; however, the best virtual workouts give detailed instruction and regression or progression of all moves, allowing participants to choose an appropriate intensity level.

Making a Virtual Connection Logging in with a high-speed internet connection, gathering required equipment in advance and possessing self-motivation might prevent getting discouraged. However, overconfidence can lead to injury, so being fully aware of limitations is essential before taking a dive off the recliner directly into a series of lunges. For social butterflies, a reallive friend to login with may be necessary to make virtual training fun. Fitness training may be forever changed by technology, but Nitschke says it remains to be seen if fitness professionals can respond to individual learning styles to foster success and elevate the fitness client’s virtual experience. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Contact her at November 2019


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The Happy Thyroid Seven Ways to Keep It Humming


by Ronica O’Hara

uch of our day-to-day wellbeing—how energetic we feel, how clear our thinking is and how our body processes food—is governed by the activity of the butterflyshaped, thumb-sized thyroid gland at the base of the throat. When it’s working as it should, life is good. However, about one in eight Americans suffers from a malfunctioning thyroid, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to face the consequences. It’s a delicate balancing act. A thyroid that produces too few hormones makes us feel sluggish and constipated. We gain weight easily, have muscle cramps and experience heavy periods. Hypothyroidism, as it’s called, is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility and autism in newborns. A 2013 study published in Annals of Neurology found that pregnant women deficient in thyroid hormone are four times more likely than healthy women to produce a child with autism. If the thyroid produces too many hormones, we suffer from hyperthyroidism with a racing heart, irritability, light periods, unexplained weight loss and insomnia; it can lead to hardening of the 18

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arteries and heart failure later in life, according to a study in Circulation Research. The good news is that there are simple and effective strategies that can optimize thyroid function and avoid these potential health setbacks, say experts. Their recommendations:


Keep up mineral levels. The thyroid needs iodine to churn out hormones, and usually iodized salt or sea salt with natural iodine can supply most of our daily needs of 150 micrograms. Sardines, shrimp, seaweed, yogurt, eggs and capers are also rich in iodine. However, too much of a good thing can tip the balance in the other direction, so practice moderation with super-charged iodine foods like cranberries: A fourounce serving contains twice the daily requirement. In addition, our thyroids need selenium (one or two Brazil nuts a day will do it) and zinc (nuts, legumes and chocolate) to function optimally.


Eat fermented foods. About 20

percent of the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into active hormone (T3) takes place in our gut,

which makes “good” bacteria critically important. Andrea Beaman, a New York City health coach and author of Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, recommends probiotics like cultured vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut and sourdough bread, as well as prebiotics like root vegetables, plantain, burdock and dandelion root.


Filter drinking water. “Fluo-

ride and chlorine are elements that can block the absorption of iodine into the thyroid,” says Elizabeth Boham, M.D., a functional medicine doctor at the UltraWellness Center, in Lenox, Massachusetts. A reverse-osmosis filter or a high-end pitcher filter will remove chlorine, as well as fluoride, which British researchers have linked to a 30 percent higher rate of hypothyroidism.


Detox cosmetics. Phthalates are

endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in cosmetics, nail polish and shampoos; they are also in plastic toys, and 3-year-old girls exposed to phthalates have shown depressed thyroid function, Columbia University scientists report. Research cosmetics and find toxin-free alternatives at the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. (


Wake up easy. About 85 per-

cent of thyroid diseases involve an underactive thyroid, says Beaman, adding that it is often the body’s pushback against frenzied, stressful lifestyles: “The thyroid is literally slowing down—our body is saying, ‘Slow, slow, go slow.’” For a low-key start to the day, she suggests not using an alarm clock if possible, and then doing some long, slow stretching and

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Do yoga asanas. “Poses such as plow pose, fish pose,

boat pose and cobra can improve blood circulation to the thyroid gland, which is imperative for its health,” says Stacy Thewis, a registered nurse, certified wellness coach and gut-brain expert in Mellen, Wisconsin. In a study in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 22 women with hypothyroidism that practiced yoga for six months needed significantly less thyroid medication. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at


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o verify a possible thyroid condition, consult a doctor, endocrinologist, functional medicine doctor or naturopathic doctor. Ask for a range of tests, not only the standard thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test, but also free T4, free T3, thyroid antibodies for autoimmune reactions, and thyroidreleasing hormone (TRH) tests for a full picture. The standard pharmaceutical approach for hypothyroidism, the most common condition, is the synthetic hormone levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid) that boosts T4 production; but it can cause depression and weight gain, researchers at Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center report in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Ask also about Armour Thyroid, derived from animal thyroids, that contains both T3 and T4, and is often preferred by functional medicine doctors. Other testing can uncover a reaction to gluten, which is often linked to thyroid dysfunction. “For many with thyroid issues, gluten can provoke an autoimmune response via celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and health coach Amanda Wikan, of Petaluma, California. If a celiac test is negative, she suggests trying a six-week, gluten-free diet and watching afterward for any signs of non-celiac sensitivity such as headaches, bloating, gas or brain fog.

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Kenneth Davis on Learning From the Last Global Plague by Randy Kambic


long with annual flu season warnings, there’s more news than usual on the dangers of microbes and transmittable diseases, including recent domestic measles outbreaks and the rise of resistant bacteria from the improper use of antibiotics. In his latest book released earlier this year, More Deadly than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War, Kenneth C. Davis describes the worldwide epidemic that killed millions only a century ago and warns of a potential relapse. Davis is also the author of In the Shadow of Liberty, an American Library Association Notable Book and a finalist for the Youth Adult Library Service Association Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. His New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Don’t Know Much About book series for both adults and children makes many, sometimes esoteric facts and figures on history, The Bible, the universe, geography and other subjects come alive. Davis is a TED-Ed educator whose lectures are globally available online.

What inspired you to tackle this deadly subject?

My editor had the flu and mentioned that

her grandmother died of the Spanish Flu. I said that’s a fascinating subject. She said if you ever want to write about it, I’d love to know, and it was around the time that I was beginning to think about the 100th anniversary of the flu and the end of World War I. These were two extraordinary moments in modern human history that many people don’t understand.

What makes the Spanish Flu epidemic relevant today?

It was the most extraordinary pandemic in modern times, the worst since the Black Plague. So many aspects of the story can teach us lessons, like the role of propaganda that created the circumstances that allowed the flu to flourish, politicians ignoring sound science. In Philadelphia in September of 1918, the health commissioner was warned not to allow a big parade that was meant to sell war bonds. He did, and 200,000 people crowded the streets. Two days later, there was not a hospital bed left in the city. It was that sudden and explosive gathering of mass numbers of people that lit the fuse for a tremendous flu bomb to explode. It’s important to understand the connection between science and history. Often, we treat history as a collection of

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dates, battles and speeches, and we don’t connect with what was going in the scientific and medical world, but these things are always closely linked together. Disease has always been more deadly than war, and that makes it more relevant than ever, because there are crises and conflict zones all over the world today. The situation is ripe for that explosion of another infectious disease.

Should we take for granted that some health risks of the past have been totally eradicated via modern medicine?

We should not. It’s dangerous to be complacent. All too often, there’s a cost in disregarding sound medical advice—what we know to be true—because we might have heard something else, and this is truer than ever with social media. The nature of the flu virus, of infectious diseases, is that they change, evolve and mutate rapidly like the Spanish Flu did.

Why do you write, “Another pandemic is a distinct possibility”?

Such pandemic diseases are often diseases of crowds. We live in a world that’s more crowded, where high-speed transportation is much more readily capable of spreading a pandemic. When we have a world in which scientific risks and informa-

tion is disregarded, that’s when we have the possibility of another pandemic. Then there’s climate change. We are living in a world that’s wetter and warmer. This breeds the possibilities for more disease. When we weaken guardrails, when we don’t fund science and disease prevention properly, we take great risks.

What do you think about the stronger enforcement of vaccinations because of measles outbreaks?

We’ve had the largest outbreak of measles in decades, and it’s a disease we thought we had pretty much defeated a long time ago. But because of the spread of misinformation, rumors and unverified scientific medical information, we have a dangerous outbreak of measles in this country. People have traveled to places where there were no vaccinations, then return home. This is a clear and very present danger of the “anti-vaxx” movement, as it’s called. It ignores long-established, peer-reviewed science over decades and unfortunately, we are in a time when someone with a megaphone or microphone or another platform can reach a lot of people with a lot of very dangerous information. We ignore sound science at great peril. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance writer and editor.

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ZENFUL EATING Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude by April Thompson


n Zen monasteries, the head cook (known as the tenzo) is one of the most important positions a monk can hold; Eihei Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, one of the longest-established sects of Buddhism, said this is “because the position requires wholehearted practice.” In the 13th-century volume Instructions for the Zen Cook, Dogen wrote, “In preparing food, it is essential to be sincere and to respect each ingredient, regardless of how coarse or fine.” Rituals around food are an important element of Buddhism, as with many spiritual traditions. But we don’t have to be a Buddhist or a practiced meditator to learn how to cook more mindfully, enjoy meals more fully and eat in better balance. “Cooking can be a meditation. We cook with all our senses: We taste, touch and listen to determine if the pan is hot enough. You just have to be mindful,” says Jean-Philippe Cyr, author of The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes. “Cooking is an act of love and generosity, so cooking should be done with care—taking the time to consider the ingredients and overall flavors of the meal, storing the vegetables properly, paying

attention while you chop. These things are the foundation of a great meal,” says Gesshin Claire Greenwood, an ordained Zen priest in San Francisco. Greenwood trained in Buddhist monasteries in Japan for more than five years, experiences she draws from in her recent memoir and cookbook Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Buddhist Temples. While vegetarianism is encouraged in all schools of Buddhism and most monasteries abstain from meat, it is not a strict requirement. Cyr, a vegan and practicing Buddhist of 20 years, takes seriously the concept of ahimsa, or “do no harm”, as a chef. “Veganism and Buddhism share the common value of compassion—compassion towards animals, as well as the Earth. Climate change caused by meat consumption causes a lot of harm, too,” says Cyr, of rural Quebec, Canada. The “middle way” is an important Buddhist principle in the kitchen—striking the balance between indulgence and deprivation—the “just enough” in Greenwood’s cookbook title. “It’s important to use enough salt so that the food tastes good, but not so much that it’s overpower-

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ing. When we shop for food or eat a meal, we can also pay attention to when we’ve had enough,” she says.

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Mindful eating can open up a beautiful new relationship to food, says Jan Chozen Bays, a Zen Buddhist priest and co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery, in Clatskanie, Oregon. “This country is in an epidemic of out-of-balance eating. People are stressed out and fearful about eating, but cooking and eating should be inherently pleasurable human activities,” says Bays, the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. “In Zen practice, mindful rituals help us learn to be present and peaceful during meals.” Mindful eating is not about restrictions, but rather about curiosity and investigation—an adventure for the senses, says Bays. “Research shows that diets don’t work, as they rely on external sources rather than helping you to go inward and tap into the innate wisdom of your body.”

Tuning In at Mealtime Rushing through meals mindlessly, we’ve become deaf to our body’s own signals of satiety, says Bays. “Go to the supermarket when you’re hungry, and head to the perimeter where the real food is and stop and ask your body, ‘Would you like oranges? Would broccoli be good for us?’ Tune into your cellular hunger,” she says. At the Great Vow Zen Monastery, the first morning meal is conducted in silence, along “with a prayer to bring gratitude for the food and to all living beings whose life flows to us in our food,”

says Bays, adding that research shows ceremonies and moments of reflection lead to more mindful, healthy eating. “Instead of talking on the phone, try cooking in silence. Drawing your awareness to details like the smell of basil, the color of tomato and the touch of the spoon brings so much richness to the act of cooking,” says Bays. Such a focus leads to a sense of appreciation for the ingredients of meals and life, says Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center. “Making a meal is an active extension of our ‘sitting’ (meditation) practice.” Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at

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ere are a few simple tips from Buddhist priests and cooks on making mealtime more mindful. Have a mid-meal gut check, suggests Jan Chozen Bays. “When your stomach feels three-quarters full, have a conversation with a friend or have something to drink before continuing to eat. Often you will find after 20 minutes you are actually full,” says the author and priest. Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center, suggests setting a phone timer in the kitchen to mark it as a practice time to tune into the senses. “Try to slow down and notice what’s happening as you cook. Try to stay with the sensory experience and not judge everything, like whether the carrot is cut right. It can be a very relaxing and peaceful way to work in the kitchen.” Make the first few sips or bites of a meal mindful, spending the first few moments in silence if possible, says Bays. “Working quietly with that pile of carrots or onions, you have space to focus on just one task,” adds Merk. Incorporating all of the five tastes of Buddhism—salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (savory)—is another way to bring meals in balance, according to author and priest Gesshin Claire Greenwood. “Having all of these flavors represented makes a meal feel balanced and satisfying.”

Cooking Like a Zen Master Buddha Bowl Cookbook author Jean-Phillippe Cyr says, “I love bowl recipes: they’re generous and colorful, and they let us get creative. Layer grains or cereals, vegetables, legumes and dressing, and voilà! That’s all there is to it.” Pumpkin seeds are an incredible source of protein, and tahini contains more protein than milk. Healthy cooks will be sure to keep this tahini dressing recipe close, because they can use it in everything.

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Drizzle with oil, then season with salt and bake for 30 minutes. Place the ginger, garlic and salt in a mortar (preferred) or blender, then mash the ingredients together.

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½ tsp turmeric 1 clove garlic, minced 8 cups vegetable broth 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes 1 (19 oz) can green lentils, rinsed and drained 2 yellow-fleshed potatoes, peeled and diced 2 carrots, diced 1 Tbsp harissa paste 3 bay leaves Salt and black pepper, to taste In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil, then add the onions and sweat for 4 minutes. Add the mustard seeds, celery seeds, cumin, coriander, oregano, turmeric and garlic. Continue cooking for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaves. Serve hot. Excerpted with permission from The Buddhist Chef, by Jean-Phillippe Cyr.

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ENOUGH FOR ALL In Pursuit of Grateful Living


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rateful living is the awareness that we stand on holy ground— always—in touch with mystery. Jewish sages interpret the words of Genesis 3:5 in a way that is of great relevance to grateful living. “Take off your shoes; the ground on which you stand is holy ground.” The soles of your shoes are leather—dead animal skin. Take off the deadness of being-used-to-it and your live souls will feel that you are standing on holy ground, wherever you are. It is pretty evident that greed, oppression and violence have led us to a point of self-destruction. Our survival depends on a radical change; if the gratitude movement grows strong and deep enough, it may bring about this necessary change. Grateful living brings in place of greed, sharing; in place of oppression, respect; and in place of violence, peace. Who does not long for a world of sharing, mutual respect and peace? Exploitation springs from greed and a sense of scarcity. Grateful living makes us aware that there is enough for all. Thus, it leads to a sense of sufficiency and a joyful willingness to share with others. Oppression is necessary if we want to exploit others. The more power you have, the more efficiently you can exploit those

below you and protect yourself against those above you. But grateful people live with a sense of sufficiency—they need not exploit others—thus, oppression is replaced by mutual support and by equal respect for all. Violence springs from the root of fear—fear that there may not be enough for all, fear of others as potential competitors, fear of foreigners and strangers. But the grateful person is fearless. Thereby, she cuts off the very root of violence. Out of a sense-of-enough, she is willing to share, and thereby tends to eliminate the unjust distribution of wealth that creates the climate for violence. Fearlessly, she welcomes the new and strange, is enriched by differences and celebrates variety. Grateful eyes look at whatever is as if they had never seen it before and caress it as if they would never see it again. This is a most realistic attitude, for every moment is indeed unique. Adapted from an interview, with Brother David Steindl-Rast that originally appeared in Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center. For more information, visit ABetterWorldThroughGratitude.


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ANTIQUES RISING Discovering the Green in ‘Brown’ Furniture by Yvette C. Hammett


ast food and fast fashion are common in this amped-up world. There’s also fast furniture—the kind that often comes in a box, assembly required. It’s made of particle board held together by toxic chemicals; it is often flimsy and it’s consuming forests at an alarming rate. But millennials love it. That’s why they’re sometimes called the IKEA generation. “Your grandmother’s big sideboard and armoire are hard to sell,” says Todd Merrill, owner of the Todd Merrill Studio, a furniture and design gallery in New York City. “We have changed the way we live. Our houses are laid out differently— no more formal dining rooms. I think people are less inventive about how to repurpose, reuse and restore.” Grandma’s treasures, once passed down for generations, are largely passé. The new word for antiques is “brown furniture”; prices have plummeted 60 to 80 percent in two decades, say industry experts. The youngsters want no part of them, even though they are hand crafted out of solid wood extracted from old-growth forests that took centuries to mature. Large retail chains cater to strong consumer demand for disposable furniture, and it is driving a great deal of deforesta26

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tion, according to the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT). IKEA’s own figures show that it uses 1 percent of the world’s commercial wood supply a year to manufacture these throwaway pieces. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 9,690 tons of furniture—both fast and slow—ended up in the nation’s landfills in 2015, the latest year for which statistics have been published. The trend is at odds with millennials’ notable environmental sensibilities—and they do put a premium on authentic, handmade items and companies with social impact—so experts say the tide may be turning. Like the growing Slow Food movement, “slow” furniture enjoys a sense of character and provenance that doesn’t come in a box. When Merrill opened his furniture studio in 2000, it consisted of half pristine antiques and half mid-century modern furniture. He quickly saw a trend of people snapping up the mid-century and leaving the handcrafted antiques behind. “I pulled things out of trash heaps in the Upper East Side. People came in and started snatching up all the vintage modern.” Merrill’s vintage offerings now focus on mid-century modern and

upcycled, repurposed furnishings, something the millennials have taken to. The kids will continue to come around, he says. “If you go around Brooklyn, people are reusing and recycling antique furniture. With the antique market hitting bottom, it is hard to ignore it. As it bottoms out, kids are going to come back to these things.” There can be a cool factor in reusing something that is old, unique and odd, he added. “Oddity and ugliness is kind of in fashion right now.” Alex Geriner, of Doorman Designs, in New Orleans, began upcycling out of necessity. He had little money to furnish his 19th-century apartment. His need quickly became a business when the furnishings he created out of old wood pieces began flying out the door. “I think for millennials—I am a millennial—they want something with a story tied to it, some sort of bigger meaning. My generation is all about experiences. If they can say, ‘I found this in a dumpster’ or ‘in a roadside flea market,’ any story is an investment for millennials.” Terry Gorsuch, whose side business in Dolores, Colorado, Rustique ReInvintage, involves salvaging old theater chairs, church pews and other novel items, upcycling them and selling them for a tidy profit, says, “There is nothing special about a coffee table from IKEA. All our pieces have a story. They’re from a 1936 theater or an 1895 Grange Hall where farmers and ranchers met.” Gorsuch says he already has some “hipster” millennials buying items like old lockers or other odd pieces that they mix and match. “When you take something and put it back to use, you get a feeling of satisfaction,” he says. “The informality of today allows for the mix-and-match thing,” Merrill says. “Take an old door and repurpose it … Put it up in your house or upcycle it into a table. “What we are missing in our homes is character,” he says. “Repurposing is a very good thing to do.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. Connect at

calendar of events FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1-3 Cranio and Creative Facilitation (for CS Therapists) (multi-day) Combine the power of both cranial work and the artistic process to open the sense of internal freedom. Use a variety of drawing and painting exercises and methods to access and express emotional and energetic states. Practice and use shamanic reasoning to access subconscious and unconscious problem-solving techniques. $600 LOCATION: 38 Pine Haven Road Tijeras 505-503-5137 www.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Equines Helping Empaths Retreat 12:00-4:30 PM Specifically for Empaths: Overwhelmed or drained? Sensitive to others’ emotions, and often relationship “caretaker?” Are boundaries a particular challenge? I’ve been there! I’ll teach you to align with and amp up your light to feel more energized, joy-FULL, and less permeable to other energies all with equine love and support. $125 / person / $99 Early Bird Sign Up while space available LOCATION: Your Divine Light at Unicorn Mesa Santa Fe / Lone Butte 505-438-1074 info@YourDivineLight. biz

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Tarot Discussion 11:00-12:30 PM Come and join us for a casual discussion about the Egyptian Tarot and it’s Astrological correlations. Pluto rules the Fool and Mercury rules The Magus or Magician. Learn how can we transform ourselves as The Fool into the Magician using The Magus tarot card and doing a seven-card spread. LOCATION: 2119 Gold Ave Albuquerque 505-234-1682 ChurchofLight@

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Spiritual Awakening through Meditation Classes 7:00-8:30 PM Science of Spirituality will be hosting Awakening through Meditation, a four classes about learning to tune out the ceaseless background noise of the world, access the peace you find within yourself in meditation, and discover your real power-thepower of your soul. Free LOCATION: 901 Edith, SE Albuquerque 630-530-5697 studiopaint@

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Money Magic Energy 1:00-5:00PM Discover how to attract the gifts of the Universe. Bring your life into abundant flow. Attract prosperity and abundance with simple steps. Feng Shui Consultant Connie Knudson brings to you simple steps to create more flow and attract prosperity with simple, practical steps you can implement right away. Bring an unused candle in gold or white. Wear comfortable clothes and a snack for mid-afternoon. $48.00 The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, in the Blue Room, across from the coffee shop. https://www. OR www.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15-17 Cranio and Creative Facilitation (multi-day) Combine the power of both cranial work and the

artistic process to open the sense of internal freedom. Use a variety of drawing and painting exercises and methods to access and express emotional and energetic states. Practice and use shamanic reasoning to access subconscious and unconscious problem-solving techniques. $600 LOCATION: 38 Pine Haven Road Tijeras 505-503-5137

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Epicure Healthy Cooking Class 6:30-8:30 PM Epicure will be visiting Albuquerque, NM as part of their #100MillionReasons Tour. Join us for a live cooking class, learn about our Good Food. Real Fast.™ movement, and how you can help change lives by being a Good Food Ambassador! Plus, you’ll get to hear from key home team members. FREE LOCATION: 6901 San Antonio Dr NE Albuquerque 505-720-9957 EpicMealsABQ@

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15-16 Missing! The Secrets of Psychic Detection with Candace Lord and Marya OMalley (multi day) Have you wondered how psychics can help solve a crime? How do they do it? Here’s your opportunity to find out with psychic mediums, Candace Lord and Marya OMalley. Fri., 11/15/19, 6-8 pm and Sat. 11/16/19, 9am-4pm. For those who have some awareness of psychic or mediumship abilities. Tickets: $144 before 10/15/19; $177 after LOCATION: 2500 Menaul Av. NE Albuquerque (505) 318-2128 https://www.candacelord. com/classes-workshops

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Clarifying Meditative Work - A Fresh Look 2:00-5:00 PM Explore how meditative work sheds light on our life concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Tradition-neutral, a la Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Toni Packer. Sitting and group inquiry. Albuquerque. Full 7-day retreat offered in June. $2 LOCATION: 145 Madison NE Albuquerque 505-281-0684 orders@cuttsreviews. com

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Sagittarius Sunday Service 11:00-12:30 PM Jupiter rules Sagittarius and the beginning of the festive holiday season. Jupiter is about expansion, abundance, and counting our blessings, which is what we celebrate for Thanksgiving. Sagittarians are playful and love long distance travel. Come and join us for this Sunday Service and Thanksgiving potluck afterwards. LOCATION: 2119 Gold Ave Albuquerque 505-234-1682 ChurchofLight@light. org

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 ThanksLiving Potluck 12:00-2:00 PM ThanksLiving Potluck! Please bring an 8 serving dish to share that has no animal products (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs or honey) along with the recipe (for those with allergies and those wanting to prepare the dish). Also bring a place setting (plate, utensils and cup) for each attendee. Donations LOCATION: 1420 Cerrillos Rd Santa Fe 505-690-1859 livegan@ events/265258287/

special event SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Reiki level 2 Class – Usui Lineage

10am – 5PM. Become an advanced certified Reiki Healer in this life changing class. Must have Reiki Level 1 training experience to register for this class. Learn how to harness this powerful technique that promotes healing emotionally, physically and spiritually. Our Reiki Master Teacher has more than 15 years’ experience! To register call now at 505-382-3406 or email us at Body and Mind Wellness. One day seminar November 3rd. Tuition $225.00 LOCATION:. 2305 San Pedro Drive, NE Albuquerque 505-382-3406.

save the dates SATURDAY JANUARY 11, 2020 - JUNE 2020 

Empowered Empath & Intuitive Guide Training. Saturdays 12-2pm. This unique and deeply transformational 6-month training is designed for those sensitive to energy, whether you wish to start your own intuitive healing practice, or simply desire to master your own energy. Includes one-one mentorship plus spirit-renewing, equine-assisted retreat time in Santa Fe. For personal growth with professional certification option. Call for Tuition Options LOCATION:  Your Divine Light Weekly Tele-course / 3 Retreats in Lone Butte / Santa Fe 505-438-1074  info@

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Equines Helping Empaths Retreat 12:00-4:30 PM For Empaths or Anyone interested in embracing your light for YOU: Gift yourself some retreat time with horse and donkey love, wisdom and support and learn tools to embody your light for stronger boundaries, more energy, greater joy and less permeability to energies that do not support your highest vibration. $125 / person / $99 Early Bird Sign Up while space available LOCATION: Haozous Rd. Santa Fe / Lone Butte 505-438-1074

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Free Meditation Classes on the Light 7:00 PM There will be a series of meditation classes in Albuquerque on Wednesday nights for the new or experienced. Meditation on the light, called Jyoti meditation will be introduced, as well as discussion of various means of supporting a meditation practice. You can attend one or all sessions. All sessions are free. Science of Spirituality, nonprofit. LOCATION: The Unity Studio 4013 Silver Ave. Albuquerque (630)530-5697 Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, Yogic & Shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength & awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork & meditation. $15, free/first class. Allison Lasky. Jo Ann Yoga, 1324 Grandpa’s Ranch Lane, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733,

thursday Thursday After Hours 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Join us every other Thursday to explore healing tools for self-healing. Biweekly, interactive discussions will focus on topics and tools we can use daily to assist us along our healing journey. Each week, you will take away a new tool for your healing toolbox. $10 LOCATION: Prana Blessings 1925 Rosina St C Santa Fe 505-772-0171 pranablessings@gmail. com Intuitive Development Circle Divine Connections Circle is ongoing 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:00 pm to 7:55 pm, 9301 Indian School Road NE, ABQ, Conference Room. Informed beginners to advanced intermediate intuitives, psychics, and mediums are welcome. Only those who sort for the positive please. Pre-register by text or email to start. $11 per session Rev. Marya OMalley 9301 Indian School Road NE Albuquerque (505) 318-2128 connect@

community resource guide ASTROLOGY CHURCH OF LIGHT

2119 Gold Ave SE, Albuquerque 505-247-1338 • Learning your personal astrology is fun in the casual environment of our discussion group. We blend Hermetic Astrology with Egyptian Tarot. Beginners thru advanced are all welcome. Donations accepted. Come join us on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at 11am for a lively discussion of what makes you unique! See our ad for more detail.


Leila G. von Stein Jesse R. Thomas Escobosa, NM • Offering classes and sessions in Massage and Bodywork, CranioSacral Therapy, Ayurveda and Marma Therapy and Reiki. Space also available for groups.


1300 Luisa St, Ste 4, Santa Fe 505-257-3733 3600 Cutler Ave (Green Jeans), ABQ 505-336-0900 642 S Alameda, Las Cruces 505-300-0154 •

We’re proud to offer the highest quality earth-based medicine and high frequency wellness products for human and animal health, healing, growth and evolution. We provide certified organic full-spectrum regionally-sourced CBD (cannabidiol) products, essential oils, flower and gem essences, stones and semi-precious gems, high frequency tools, sound healing supplies, artwork, clothing, jewelry, books and other wellness products. See our ad for more detail.


Kerry Dawson, Wine Consultant 347-344-1197

Offering clean-crafted wines from small family vineyards around the world. No added chemicals, sugar or sulfites. Wine as nature intended, delivered to your door.


Cranio Sacral Therapy (808) 639-7534, Santa Fe Craniosacral, the art of holding, listening to, and unwinding the central nervous system, like a deep exhale for the body, mind, heart, and spirit. A nourishing practice of stillness that today’s busy bodies need. New client special, $50 for an hour treatment.


Deep Craniosacral Healing Work 505-918-1524 • Albuquerque Heartful touch helping you move through difficult spaces: stress, anxiety, sleep issues, back/neck/shoulder/hip pain, headaches, recovery from lingering illness/injury, all things emotional, and much more!!!


Insight Healing Arts 505-919-8296 - Santa Fe

Are you ready to attract sustainable love that lasts? Contact me to discover and transform the patterns that are keeping you from experiencing the relationship you want.


Janice Moranz, MD 505-417-3787 – Albuquerque

Cannabidiol (CBD) helps with arthritis, digestion, seizures. Dropper bottles and creams. Order from the website or call me. For your Family and Pets.


Health & Wellness Coaching Jessica Bell, CHWC - Rio Rancho 845-392-0343

Sometimes we do not have the tools to be healthier and happier. Let me coach you through your health & wellness journey. As a health and wellness coach, I will help you through the process of creating a vision for your health and overall wellbeing. By developing the vision you can start to manifest a healthy mindset and together we can sort through habits and strengthen those that match your goals.


Innovative and Life Changing Continuing Education classes for LMT’s and AP’s. Hands on classes with a passionate teacher. Learn the skills to help your clients on a deeper level and grow your practice. Nationally Approved Provider since 2008 (NCBTMB # 451366-10), New Mexico # 9128 and NCCAOM # 167242. Wellness classes available for non- healthcare individuals. Proprietor Sandy Chestnutt 575-779-4253 • Taos It’s my heartfelt desire to provide a secure, safe, clean and happy environment for people to board their horses. I believe when your horses are your family, knowing that they are in a place that provides the same premium care you’d provide yourself is of the highest value not worth compromising. We’re a small boarding barn operated with a big heart. Permanent or seasonal. Large professional size arena • clinicians welcome.


This book is the ONLY cook book on the market using vegetarian meats exclusively. People care about one thing, TASTE. These recipes are absolutely delicious.

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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.


Matthew G Kreitzer PhD DOM Santa Fe & Albuquerque • (505) 428-0114

Holistic Medicine at its Finest. Treating complex medical conditions with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Homeopathy, Thermography and Jyotish. Massage and Energy Work by Leahn Cox, LMT. See our ad for more detail.


Improve your diet, lifestyle and attitude. Using evidence-based holistic principles learn how to develop a personal plan for health and wellbeing. Initial 30-minute consultation FREE.


Over 22 years providing utmost personalized care. Long lasting results for challenging issues. Qualifications include: LMT, Neuromuscular Therapist, Kinesiologist, LifeLine Practitioner/ Instructor, BodyTalk Practitioner/ Instructor, Reiki Master. NCBTMB License# 157929-00, New Mexico License # MT9128


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LAURIE WHEELER, DIHOM, CCH, DIPGEM WellnessWithin (505) 772-0970 • Santa Fe

Homeopathy, Gemmotherapy, Rife therapy, shamanic healing/ coaching, medical intuition, soul retrieval and flower essences. You may be facing some type of emotional or physical pain with minimal understanding or relief. I’ve worked for over 24 yrs. with success in these modalities. Working with people of all ages - young and older, from colds to cancer - and specializing (but no limited to) the endocrine system.  See ad and monthly calendar event. See our ad for more detail.


Julian Jonas, CCH 505-557-6470 Homeopathy offers anyone in need of health care the potential of a deep and lasting cure. JULIAN JONAS, CCH, has practiced natural medicine for over 30 years with a special emphasis on constitutional homeopathy. The Center for Homeopathy of Northern New Mexico reflects this experience as well as his ongoing pursuit of a deeper understanding of the art and practice of homeopathic medicine. The Center also offers adjunctive therapies in nutrition, herbal and A.R.T. Now accepting new patients. Video or phone consultations as well as free 15 minute preliminary consultations are also available. Visit CenterforHomeopathy. com for testimonials and more information.





Cate Clark, LMT Albuquerque - 505-401-4015 Lusciously Integrated Hot Stone Massage to melt away the over-stimulations of a frantic world! Fragrance-free and non-judgmental, your Sea of Tranquility is located east of Old Town in quiet, historic neighborhood. Empathic Bodywork and Highly Sensitive Massage since 1991. 


505-466-3764 • Santa Fe •

Find clarity, insight and inspiration! Intuitive readings, coaching and animal communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.In-person and by phone consultations available by appointment.

INSPIRATIONAL TOURS LIGHT THE SPARK, LLC Alice Arlete Simao  773-849-6441 - Santa Fe

Inspirational trips planned for you - Love Yourself Up! Experience the healing powers of this enchanted land. Indulge in loving activities carefully chosen and planned for you. Experience a unique blend of activities designed to nourish body, mind and soul.


Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074 - Santa Fe • Offering Intuitive Guide Certification, Tele-courses, Intuitive Healing Sessions, and Empath Support (both with and without equines) at my peaceful, mountain-view setting, or via phone. Everything I teach I continue to walk on my own path and offer with the intention of empowering others to anchor their divine light and trust their own inner wisdom. Special support for empaths, those particularly sensitive to energy. Discounted Session Packages for ongoing support available. See our ad for more detail.


Your Authentic Life Coaching & Counseling 505-231-5353 - Santa Fe • In this beautiful yet busy world, experience unique transformation, where authenticity and self-care serve as your compass; compassion and curiosity guide your way. Sessions connect people with their optimal selves via inner guidance, creative process, the natural world, and/or other sentient beings, including horses. (Unmounted. No experience needed.) Phone, Skype and in person. See our ad for more detail.


Susan Anderson-Warren LMT #7942 New Location: East Mountains off Hwy #14 505-914-0662

Enjoy a massage that will leave you relaxed and ease your aches and pains. Susan specializes in trigger point release and deep tissue massage. Swedish, CBD, Reiki, Pregnancy, Stretching, Recovery Massage also available.


505-216-9686 1300 Luisa St, Ste 1, Santa Fe 505-257-3733 3600 Cutler Ave (Green Jeans), ABQ 505-336-0900 616 San Mateo Blvd. NE, ABQ 505- 257-3747 642 S Alameda, Las Cruces 505-300-0154 Sacred Garden takes pride in growing cannabis as a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drug therapies. Applicable for a wide spectrum of medical conditions, cannabis has assisted the health of countless people. We offer many different delivery methods, such as flowering buds, edibles, concentrates, oils, tinctures and salves. Our heart-based staff will help you find what works best for you and your needs.


LaGina Glass 505-772-0171 Santa Fe Metaphysical Shop and Healing Hub. Offering products and services for healing support. Spaces available to rent for events, classes, workshops, meetings and or private healing.

NATURAL BEAUTY REVIVAL SUGAR WAX & SKIN CARE The Ancient Art of Beauty 505.345.0033 Albuquerque

Focused on using result oriented wholesome products and services for facial skin care and hair removal. Sugar Wax hair removal is the ancient technique of removing body hair. Sugar Wax is gentle on the skin and tends to have longer lasting results over conventional wax. Facial treatments include gua sha, cupping, therapeutic facials, electrical modalities and dermaplaning. Call for an appointment today.


Santa Fe Soul Center For Optimal Health 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, East Bldg #3 Santa Fe • Regenerative medicine is the reverse of aging and degenerative disease. It’s the science of boosting healing naturally in damaged tissues and in under-functioning endocrine and immune systems. This is being achieved with nutrition therapy, stem cells and oxidative medicine (ozone and high dose vitamin C IVs). It also includes restoring healthy joints, hair growth, skin rejuvenation and sexual function with your own platelet rich plasma (PRP). See our ad for more detail.


720-633-4740 - Santa Fe BA, Contemplative Psych.

Integrative holistic healing. Experience a unique blend of therapies which unite the cornerstones of wholeness to help you achieve mental, physical, energetic, and emotional health.



“Inès performs intuitive readings and toning to open the heart, through the gift of sound and clairvoyance. Ready to heal the past?  Remove blockages?  Gain more clarity? Trust yourself, and life?  Call now for a special - three sessions for $233. 


970-222-2710 - Santa Fe Life-changing bodywork which restores the natural alignment of the body to feel grounded, empowered, and at ease. Be free of chronic pain with results that last! Also offering Craniosacral Therapy and therapeutic massage. See our ad for more detail.



505-243-3363  - Albuquerque          15 minute free consultation, (note, fragrance free) 

I sing healing. With the help of my ancestors - mighty singers! - my wordless singing is magic that connects the material with the spiritual, easing depression and anxieties. Soothing and comforting for grief, loss, overwhelm. Sensing the vibrations your body and soul need, my singing voice can bring you back into harmony again, unifying body and mind, heart and soul.

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Well Woman Life Community supports a global community of women to connect to their superpowers to achieve their highest level of fulfillment and well-being! See ad, page 21.



Coryelle Kramer is known throughout the country as a prolific Professional Intuitive. She utilizes her psychic abilities, her guides and the ancient tarot in order to see and relay answers on such subjects as: career, love life, relationships, life purpose, current situations and future outcomes.Her readings are always giving with compassion and can be uplifting, empowering, honest, fun and extremely accurate. See our ad for more detail.


Susan AndersonWarren

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Seven years without a cold?

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