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t’s customary to use the New Year as a launch pad to begin anew and implement changes usually in the areas of health, finance, work life-balance, relationships, etc. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to “create space” to invite new ideas and opportunities. I know when looking at some of the cluttered areas in my home that they are a physical reflection of my mind. It’s scary at times! Yes, it will be tedious. I’ll have to toss away so many things in my office, old clothes, items that moved from one home to another and delete old emails and files on my hard drive. That’s just the first step. When I refer to creating space I know I also have to work from the inside out. To keep our surroundings clutter-free takes an uncluttered mind. How do we remain focused and not so scatter brained? To begin with, we can break the habits of multi-tasking. In addition, we can avoid getting sucked into the internet and social media. The Energy Boosters article, page 21, shares an in-depth view about time management and conserving your precious energy. On the physical level a brisk walk, lifting weights, a yoga or tai chi practice can do wonders to create that feeling of calmness in our body. What comes first? Does the mind control the body or does the body control the mind? I think it’s both. Our feature article on page 12, breaks down what impacts our body systems and suggests simple changes to live longer, healthier lives. It also features tips on how to maximize time with our doctors. Creating the space early in the morning by taking time out to breathe, meditate and focus on the day ahead will support many newly forged intentions. Design your own ritual and gently ease into the day. A calm, tranquil mind will support you in achieving your goals. Design your day, week, month and year in your calendar. Creating the blue print is a big step. You’ll notice when you miss a commitment and can refocus and start anew. And don’t beat yourself up if you do need to start again; drop into your heart and forgive yourself. Speaking about heart, Louise Hay, 88 years old, is a perfect role model on how we can change our lives by loving ourselves (see page 19). Nourishing mind and body, loving life, learning and growing, giving back and moving ahead—these comprise Hay’s program for creating health, happiness and longevity. We hope you feel inspired to create the 2015 you desire. Happy New Year!

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on Jose Ruiz, New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery and Ripples of Wisdom, is combining an upcoming U.S. speaking tour with book signings of his latest work, My Good Friend the Rattlesnake: Stories of Loss, Truth, and Transformation. The event is designed to lead participants in an evening of their own self-discovery as he shares personal anecdotes and lessons learned through translating ancient Toltec wisdom into practical concepts that promote daily transformation through truth, love and common sense. Ruiz’ message intends to empower individuals to live in truth and move beyond doubt and to let go of the lies that create emotional drama, victimization and the limiting belief systems our “domestication” has programmed into us. Other themes he shares are becoming aware of confusion between “who you are” and “what you know” and how agreements have created our reality; letting go of fear of what we are without our beliefs; making new agreements that are more in line with our authentic self and attaining a happier and more rewarding life. For local tour information and to purchase tickets, call 619565-5653, email or visit MiguelRuiz. com. See ad, page 25.

Women’s Winter Retreat in Albuquerque


inter. It’s a time of going inward. A time of deep rest where the lessons of the previous year are composted in order to fertilize new, spring growth,” shares Intuitive Life Coach Emilah Dawn DeToro. “Looking for an opportunity to take a breath and look around at where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going?” DeToro is happy to announce that her 4th Annual Women’s Winter Retreat is being held on January 31 in Albuquerque. The event, facilitated by DeToro, will be “an intimate exploration of yourself—your inner world and outer expression,” she says. “Claim the successes and compost the lessons of 2014. Then put it all in the cauldron to co-create your 2015.” According to DeToro, “The cross-quarter in late January/ early February, the day halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox, is a powerful time. The intentions set at the winter solstice have been gestating through the winter and begin to come into consciousness. We are able to grasp and express these ideas and listen for what is ours to do in manifesting them.” Registration: $100, includes lunch and NM GRT. For more information, visit or contact Emilah at or 505-217-1720. See ad below.

Painting for Intuition and Awareness


t has been said that the best way to understand life is to live it,” says Albuquerque- based artist and owner of Creative Wings Studio, Debbie Purdy. “It’s a common fallacy that if we distract ourselves from what is being lived, we won’t have to feel or see things that are hard. When we let ourselves live it, it passes quickly, and leaves behind more of our potential.” That, according to Purdy, is where creativity comes in. “It is a way of being that is one step removed from the ‘real events’,” she explains. “Very much like the dream world, we can work out conflict, confusion or delusion in an efficient way.” Art students at her studio get the opportunity to experience Process Painting. “We enter a room full of color, paint pots on a table, smooth white paper on the wall, and brushes of all sizes, waiting to be handled. We start with our innocence, picking a color and seeing where it leads, with no agenda or meaning, just the relationship between ourselves, the paint, paper, images, and the others painting quietly in the room,” she explains. For more information, call 630-530-5697 or visit See ad in resource guide page 32.


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Matrix Energetics Seminar in Albuquerque


xplore your infinite potential and inherent abundance in a Matrix Energetics seminar being held January 23 to 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Albuquerque. According to event organizers, Dr. Richard Bartlett and Melissa Joy Jonsson, participants will learn to access transformation and infinite possibilities by accessing the field of the heart with the Matrix Energetics Fundamentals Intensive seminar. “Students learn how to expand beyond limiting belief systems, and how to get out of their own way by tapping into the powerful morphic field of Matrix Energetics,” says Bartlett. Attendees will get a chance to open intuitive abilities further with Unplugged, or the Spatial Clairvoyance seminar, which provides a practical and deep expansion of ME skill sets. “Students learn to intensify their intuitive abilities, engage in the process of reality creation, and explore how to accurately elicit specific information from the Morphic Field,” says Jonsson. Friday night’s opening event, The Matrix Energetics Experience seminar, is being held from 7 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Location: 201 Marquette Ave. NW, Albuquerque. For more details and to register, call 800-269-9513 or email See ad page 3.

Dealing with Difficult Experiences in Relationships


udith Harrington, MA, spiritual and emotional healer, is excited to announce that she will host Thursday evening groups starting February 5 in Santa Fe. The 8-week group will focus on dealing with difficult experiences in relationships. “We are in relationship in every part of our life; work, partner, family and friends,” says Harrington, who notes there will be channeled teaching and facilitated group interaction. Harrington, who has been channeling since 2005, has been helping people for over 35 years and transmits healing guidance from the realms of the Divine Mother. “The deepest problem everyone has is that they think they are bad, or not good enough,” she explains.  “So it is scary to open the door to real healing because they don’t want to see the darkness they imagine is inside of them.  I wish all of us could let go of that and see the world and ourselves from the heart of the Divine Mother.” Harrington has a master’s degree in pastoral counseling has been a spiritual director and teacher and practiced Vajrayana Buddhism for 20 years. Cost: $25 each week. Times: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location: 1301 Luisa St., Santa Fe.  Call 505-901-7400 for directions to Suite B. For more information visit See ad in resource guide page 32.

Awakening Your Life Force Energy


econnect with your passion and restore your sexual energy with internationally acclaimed sex and intimacy expert and author Amara Charles and Shyena Vénice during a special three-day workshop, Shiva Shakti: An Introduction to Spiritual Sexuality, being held January 9 to 11 at Santa Fe Soul. Amara is the author of Sexual Agreements and Aching to Open. Her new book, The Sexual Practices of Quodoushka, is the first to reveal the Shamanic healing practices of sex from the Nagual Tradition. Through experiential exercises emphasizing play, she introduces the six kinds of sensuous touch that bring fresh energy to one’s life. “Touch is one of the most fundamental aspects within the relationship,” Amara says. And these specific touches will deepen that connection, from the Water Touch—a washing touch that cleanses and heals—to the Earth Touch, a gentle pressing that brings vitality, and the Fire Touch, an electric touch. Attendees will enhance their lives through sexual restoration Daoist practices, awaken core aliveness, learn their lover type, and awaken the healing power of their sexual energy. Location: 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E # 3. Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-474- 8555 or email Amara See ad page 17.

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newsbriefs Tuition Incentive for January Programs


hose considering a career in massage therapy will be interested to know that the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts (NMAHA) is starting a new round of classes beginning January 5. The New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts Massage Foundation Program is a comprehensive training based on the most recent research and teaching methods. Students are guided to discover their own talents and to develop presence and connection.  Through various techniques and modalities, students learn to give a massage that is effective and feels wonderful! Starting this month, the school will start a 9- month day program and a 12-month evening program.  These schedules allow ample time for the students in the program to work, study, integrate their learning and have a life—all at the same time. Location: 501 Franklin Ave., Santa Fe.  Spaces are still available. Late enrollment ends January 19.  For those who pay in full, the school is offering 10 percent off tuition. For more details, call 505-982-6271 or visit See ad page 3.

Learn to Recognize and Trust Your Own Inner Wisdom


ntuitive Healer and Reiki Master, Chantal Fidanza, is excited to announce a program that will enable participants to recognize their own unique intuitive language, learn to trust the messages received from the subtle realms, and to master these intuitive skills for greater well-being on all levels—physical, emotional and spiritual. The program begins February 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. and runs for 10 consecutive Saturdays. “Level 1 Certification will be provided upon course completion, giving students the opportunity to continue to Levels 2 and 3 and to receive Intuitive Practitioner Certification so that they may work with their own clients, if they so choose to follow that path,” says Fidanza. Cost: $350. Location: 1300 Luisa St., Santa Fe. Space is limited. To reserve your space or for more information, call 505-438-1074, email, or visit See ad page 14.


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Revitalize and Thrive in 2015


anta Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health is offering the community a fresh start in 2015 with the center’s Revitalize and Thrive program. Dr. Robyn Benson, DOM, Santa Fe Soul founder and director, says, “There are times in life when we need help getting back on track. Being tired, wired and overwhelmed is a modern day epidemic. Sometimes taking that leap of faith is the step you need to take to ensure your vital and vibrant future.” Benson goes on to state that there is nothing better than starting off the New Year with a brand new way to optimize one’s health and live life to the fullest potential. “Our overstimulated minds demand too much of our exhausted bodies. A relentless cycle of chronic fatigue—often overpowered with stimulants–-keeps you spinning, yet still drained and perhaps off your right path,” she explains. “If this sounds like you, this program will change your life.” Visit to get in touch with a faculty member today. For more information, call 505-474-8555. See ad page 17.


Detox Your Beauty Box


new year is upon us, and many of us are going forward with fresh and inspired plans for healthy and loving selfcare. We know the importance of ingesting clean and wholesome foods to nourish our bodies and consciously choose foods to optimize our health,” says Jodie Cunningham, RN-BC, CCM, and independent consultant for Beautycounter. “Now ask yourself, are you as conscious in choosing clean and wholesome skin and personal care products?” According to the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep database, the U.S. federal government has not passed a law regulating ingredients used in personal care or cosmetics since 1938 and has limited or banned the use of just 11 toxic chemicals. Many of these toxins are not disclosed on labels, but are hidden under the labeling of “fragrances” or are naturally occurring heavy metal contaminants in mineral pigments used in the making of colored cosmetics. “As an integral part of your quest to be as healthy as possible, reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. Take control over what you can, and make a conscious choice,” says Cunningham. “Detox you beauty box and enjoy peace of mind while giving yourself healthy and loving-self-care.” For more information, call 505-238-8829 or visit




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healthbriefs Phototherapy Reduces Knee Pain

Research from Brazil’s Universidade Nove de Julho has confirmed that pulsed lasers and LED therapy applied during treatment can significantly reduce knee pain. The 86 patients that participated in the study were divided into two groups; one received 12 treatments using super-pulsed red laser and infrared LED phototherapy and the control (placebo) group received 12 treatments using non-therapeutic phototherapy instruments. The patients given therapeutic phototherapy reported feeling significantly less pain, beginning with and continuing after the tenth treatment through a one-month follow-up visit, and showed improved quality of life compared with the study’s placebo group.

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specially during the holiday season, we eat more often from food that has been sitting out for some time. Mayonnaise in noodles, egg and potato salads and unwashed fruit can deliver sickening doses of numerous bacteria. Turkey and chicken can be a significant source of Salmonella. Even lettuce and spinach in salads can harbor E. coli. In fact, the CDC estimates that 50 million Americans each year get sick from foodborne illnesses. As many as 3000 people will die. How is the FDA going to protect you from home-cooked meals? With 50 million reported cases a year, can they protect you at all? There is something that you can do to protect yourself. Laboratory testing and clinical studies have shown that a strong enhanced, aqueous silver colloid will kill E. coli, Salmonella, Staph and other food-borne bacteria. Drinking 1 ounce, waiting 30 minutes and drinking another ounce can stop even the most severe occurrence of food poisoning without antibiotics. This technique has been shown to be so effective against Salmonella Typhi that it was recently delivered for humanitarian aid to numerous health clinics in Haiti. You can enjoy eating this holiday season and throughout the new year and protect your family from food poisoning. Have your enhanced aqueous silver colloid on hand (or in your purse) so that you can administer the antidote at the first signs of stomach pain or belly ache. The sooner, the better. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad, page 30.


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Low Magnesium Levels Linked to Kidney Disease


study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that people with low levels of magnesium in their blood have a significantly greater risk of chronic kidney disease. The researchers correlated the blood levels of magnesium in 13,226 people ages 45 to 65 with the incidence of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease among them. Subjects that had blood serum magnesium levels below what is generally considered the normal range (0.7–1 millimole per liter) were associated with a 58 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease and a 139 percent increased risk of end-stage renal disease. Abnormally low levels of magnesium may result from a number of conditions, including inadequate intake of serum magnesium due to chronic diarrhea, malabsorption, alcoholism, chronic stress and the use of medications such as diuretics. Foods rich in magnesium include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas and figs.

Yoga Breathing Helps Ill Kids’ Lungs


esearchers from Brazil’s University of São Paulo have found that hatha yoga breathing exercises can significantly improve lung function in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that often ends in premature death from respiratory failure. The average age of the 26 children that completed the study was 9-and-ahalf years old. Participants were taught how to perform hatha yoga breathing exercises and instructed to perform them three times a day for 10 months. The researchers performed spirometry [breathing] tests before, during and after the study period. At the end of the 10 months of practice, the scientists found the breathing exercises improved both the children’s forced vital capacity (the volume of air that can forcibly be blown out after full inspiration) and forced expiratory volume in one second (the volume of air that can forcibly be exhaled in one second after full inspiration).


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For healthy eaters, Super Bowl parties’ bent toward rich, calorie-laden foods compete with our desire to shed some holiday pounds and return to regular diet regimens. Whether supplying eco-beer selections for guests or bringing refreshments to a gathering, armchair players can score green points both in terms of natural ingredients and supporting the domestic economy and environment.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s plant in Chico, Cali fornia, uses 10,000-plus solar panels and a large on-site water treatment facility for recycling and conserving water. “It’s the number one ingredient in brewing,” says Sustainability Manager Cheri Chastain. “You can generate more energy, but you can’t make water.” Other American microbrews deploy varied eco-solutions. Dave’s BrewFarm, in Wilson, Wisconsin, for instance, obtains most of its energy via a wind-powered generator. Goats “mow” the grass outside the Anderson Valley Brewing plant in Boonville, California. Odell Brewing Company, in Fort Collins, Colorado, practices waste reduction and recycling and uses renewable energy sources. The 100 percent wind-powered brewery also encourages employees to bike to work and/or carpool, and uses biodiesel-powered delivery trucks (the biodegradable fuel emits 78 percent less CO2 than standard fuel). Five of the 2014 Good Food Awards’ winning beers— exceeding the criteria of recycling water, local sourcing and banning genetically modified ingredients—are Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, Virginia; Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon; Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, California; Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pennsylvania; and Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eugene, Oregon ( offers information on many other U.S. craft breweries that operate in sustainable ways, including the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, New York; New Belgium Beer, Fort Collins, Colorado; and the Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, Ohio. If none of these brews is yet a current favorite, seek them out at a specialty beverage retailer that stocks from multiple regions in order to score a touchdown for us and the Earth. Some just may become part of local fans’ first-string beverage “team” after the game is over. 

Coming Full Circle: Some Grand Immensity A Contemplative Training in the Art of Dying with Sanchi Rita Lawler This training is for anyone who has completed the introductory Coming Full Circle within the past 4 years. You are invited to journey into the simple truth and extraordinary transformative power of the Dying Process. It is an opportunity to re-vision and remember our place in the web of life and to for participants of Modules I and II only celebrate each other in our shared potential and joyful expressions.

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This past August, 12 nationally recognized functional medicine experts participated in the country’s first online Metabolic Revolution Summit to discuss the importance of recognizing the dots that connect the majority of today’s chronic diseases—high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer and even infertility. All of the panelists pointed to the root cause that links them all—the craze for a highcarbohydrate, low-fat diet starting in the 1990s combined with a sedentary lifestyle. When several complex conditions exist simultaneously, medical science refers to them as a syndrome. Regardless of how such intricate interrelationships become manifest, all of these syndromes have early-stage signs that include inflammation, high blood sugar and insulin resistance, which can affect metabolic health.

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It’s All About Metabolism Getting to the Root Cause of Disease by Linda Sechrist


ttempts to tender lay explanations of how to attain and maintain better health have become fragmented and compartmentalized, with complex scientific cause-and-effect explanations of disease regularly reduced to isolated infographics and sound bites in the media. But understanding our body’s sophisticated, self-regulating, selfcorrecting and interdependent physiological systems, which work in collaboration with each other and inform us of the body’s status by means of symptoms, deserves a whole-systems frame of reference. Stepping back from immediate concerns to grasp the bigger picture allows for rethinking the Western approach to health. A perspective that connects all the dots works best, beginning with the foundation of wellness—the functioning of 73 trillion cells that are organized into a variety of tissues, including interconnected systems of organs. Optimally, they function together harmoniously to achieve homeostasis, the overall chemical and energetic balance that defines metabolic health.

The Reign of Metabolism

Many perceive the role of metabolism as limited to determining energy expenditure via the number of calories burned per day, but it does much more. Metabolism actually encompasses thousands of physical and chemical processes that take place in the functioning of every cell, the building blocks of life; healthy cell function produces proper endocrine (hormonal) functioning, influencing homeostasis.


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engaging them in their own healing process. One popular approach is practiced by Durango, Colorado, Doctor of Chiropractic James Forleo, author of Health is Simple, Disease is Complicated: A Systems Approach to Vibrant Health. He starts by educating people about the basic functioning of the major body systems involved in their specific health challenges. “To maintain metabolic health, no one should overlook that the body’s intelligence works 24/7 to solve multiple problems simultaneously, including balancing their metabolism. The more complex the pattern of symptoms, the more systems are involved. Whether a single or group of symptoms indicate metabolic dysfunction, it means that numerous systems that rely on healthy cells are unable to perform their normal functions,” explains Forleo. For example, blood sugar issues, excess circulating insulin and buildup of excess glucose stored as fat can lead to metabolic dysfunction. The pancreas, thyroid and gastrointestinal tract—primary glands in the endocrine system that plays a major role in balancing body chemistry by secreting hormones directly into the circulatory system—are negatively impacted. Well-functioning adrenals are necessary to balance blood sugar and one role of the pancreas is to produce insulin. When five of the eight major organ systems—immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive and endocrine—are impacted by metabolic dysfunction, a more holistic and systemic approach to health can provide a broader understanding of how they interrelate, and why preventive measures can preclude having to later pursue ways to reverse serious chronic diseases.

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Lifestyle Factors

Functional medicine’s integrative approach to metabolic health is based on proper nutrition and regular exercise. “The inflammatory agents present in much of the food consumed at each meal in the standard American diet—highglycemic refined carbohydrates, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats—are the biggest offenders,” says Forleo, who notes that the body instead needs good fats, such as those obtained from olive and coconut oils. Factors over which we can exercise some control— physical activity, stress, sleep, diet and circadian rhythms— all play roles in metabolic health. Unfortunately, “We are moving further away from our ancestors’ healthier diet and lifestyle. We’re overfed and undernourished because we’re no longer eating for nutrition, but for entertainment,” remarks Doctor of Chiropractic Brian Mowll, the medical director of Sweet Life Diabetes Health Centers in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He characterizes metabolic dysfunction as the ultimate problem because it’s the doorway to many other ailments. “A hundred years ago, infectious diseases plagued humanity. Today and in the future, it’ll be metabolic disorders such as obesity, cancer, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders and other endocrine problems, diabetes and Type 2 diabetes,” predicts Mowll.

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Pioneering integrative doctors are connecting the dots that point to the root causes of the majority of today’s chronic diseases. Wellness Center, in Naples, Florida, conducted a one-year study of patients to identify their health issues via blood work analysis. Eighty-nine percent of the men, women and children showed evidence of insulin resistance. This often-overlooked metabolic condition affects how the body processes glucose, a simple sugar and the body’s primary fuel, making gaining weight easy and losing it difficult. Treated with proper diet, lifestyle changes and supplements, plus medication in advanced stages, Cederquist found that metabolic dysfunction is reversible. She explains that long-term insulin resistance can lead to fatty liver disease, high blood sugar and eventually, diabetes. It also directly affects cholesterol levels and can induce triglycerides, high blood pressure, low HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol), increased waist circumference and heart disease. In Cederquist’s young adult patients, metabolic dysfunction was also associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a cause of infertility. Germany’s Dr. Wolf Funfack, a specialist in internal and nutritional medicine and creator of a well-regarded metabolic balancing program, noted that insulin resistance both increases the production of stress hormones and blocks production of the anti-inflammatory hormones that slow the aging process. Funfack’s all-natural, personalized nutrition plan, backed by more than 25 years of scientific study, is designed to bring hormonal balance, optimize health and lead to long-term weight management.

Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, author of Metabolic Cardiology, goes a step further. He believes that metabolic dysfunction involving cells, hormones and inflammation encompasses the molecular-based essence of all disease. He observes, “Individuals diagnosed with several conditions can leave a doctor’s office with three or four prescriptions, rather than the one solution for reversal and prevention—a healthy lifestyle and non-inflammatory diet to offset and neutralize weight gain, blood pressure elevation and other abnormalities such as high blood sugar.” Mowll agrees that many conventional healthcare practitioners don’t address the root cause of metabolic disorders or provide lifestyle interventions. “They simply reach for the prescription pad,” he says. This growing problem presents an opportunity to educate the entire populace. Bestselling Virgin Diet author JJ Virgin, who characterizes the human body as a “chemistry lab,” adopts an easy-tofollow nutritional and fitness approach for metabolic health. She recommends eating the types of healthy fats found in

How to Talk with a Doctor by Carol L. Roberts


any patients, both men and women, have a hero-worshipping attitude toward their physicians and can be intimidated during visits. They may feel it’s impolite to question a doctor, even to get information needed to make critical decisions for one’s self or a loved one. Some doctors seem to have forgotten they are still just people with a medical degree. Patients should remember this if they encounter any perceived aloofness or arrogance. Too often, such an unhelpful attitude may be acquired along with professional experience. Getting ready for a visit to a doctor often entails following instructions, but should also include preparing questions you want answered. If a serious health issue has surfaced, such as an abnormal lab test or a diagnosis that requires treatment, make key questions count: “Where did this come from? Is there anything I can do for myself? What is the recommended treatment? What are the expected effects and unintended side effects of the proposed treatment? Are there alternative forms of treatment? Can I speak to one of your patients that has undergone this treatment?” Then, do online research upon returning home. The Internet has placed the entire library of medicine at our fingertips. Sift out the science from the hype, refine questions and go back for deeper answers. Get a second opinion from another medical doctor or naturopath (some states license them) or doctor of Oriental medicine (acupuncture and herbs). No matter if the proposed treatment is as seemingly simple as a course of antibiotics or as serious as surgery, question it before automatically submitting to a diagnosis and drug prescription. Each of us is the only person on Earth with the unique vantage point of living inside our body. We shouldn’t let anyone label us as depressed if a sick body says otherwise, that “It’s all in your head,” if it’s real, or that there’s no cure. That’s

wild fish, raw nuts and seeds, coconut, avocado and olives. Virgin prefers the clean, lean protein of grass-fed beef and wild fish, plus low-glycemic lentils and legumes and plenty of low-glycemic fruits like raspberries, blueberries, pears and grapefruits. Low-glycemic vegetables on her list include green peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, onion and eggplant. “When you eat this way, there’s a slow release of sugar, and insulin remains at lower levels,” advises Virgin. As in any systems theory, the whole must be understood in relationship to the parts, as well as the relevant environment. Experts agree that it’s paramount to take an expanded, systemic approach to metabolic health, rather than fixating on only one or two aspects at a time. Metabolic health—from basic cells to the most sophisticated of organized systems—can only be achieved and sustained when the whole system is healthy. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings and host of the online Metabolic Revolution Summit. Visit her website for a free audio sample.

where alternative medicine usually begins and miracles can happen. The best results come from standing up for ourselves. Dr. Carol L. Roberts practices integrative medicine at the Perlmutter Health Center, in Naples, FL ( She is a founding diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.

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A New Life’s Resolution: Intentional Living for 2015 and Beyond! by Valeria Alarcón


re you ready to commit to living an intentional life starting 2015 and beyond? There is a momentum that comes with the energy of the New Year, often motivating us to making various promises in the spirit of the New Year’s resolution, with the common dwindling follow through. How about taking a new approach this New Year with an intentional commitment to a ‘New Life’s Resolution’? A New Life’s Resolution gives the momentum of a long-term commitment to self; to take great care of our precious self and our precious body because we love ourselves. Self-love is fundamental in creating and reaching optimum health, happiness and vitality. However, first we have to get to the “why” factor, for instance why do we want to live a happier, healthier life? Our “why” factor is what will fuel our daily commitment, motivation and enthusiasm in our daily intentional living. At the core of our intentional living is the ultimate journey toward self-love and self-care. Why is self-love critical to living an intentional life? Because if we make choices based on superficial motivations the effects will only be temporary but if we make choices that are deeply seeded in health promoting and self-loving ways then the effects will be long-lasting.  Living an intentional life means living in full-awareness of your daily

choices, with deliberate and conscious actions, from a place of self-love. Thus, here is a simple New Life’s Resolution Formula that will support you in achieving long-term commitments by cultivating the following: Self-love: Means being true to yourself, accepting and forgiving yourself, being deliberate and conscious about how you want to create and live each day, taking 100 percent responsibility over your life and actions, being grateful for how you are blessed, celebrating your accomplishments and knowing that you are miracle and a divine expression of life. Healthy Belief Systems: Assess and address beliefs that are self-limiting and sabotaging. How you think and feel about yourself and others will either hinder or enhance your quality of life. Choose thoughts, feelings, core values and self-loving language that will enhance your quality of life and that of those around you. Self-care: Take care of your precious body by choosing health-promoting foods, keeping hydrated and maintaining physical movement. Commit

to sweating at least 30-minutes a day. Ensure deep sleep by cultivating healthy sleeping habits and stress-management release through meditation, HeartMath tools for well-being or yoga. A Supportive Tribe: Who are the mutually loving, supportive and encouraging people in your life? Take inventory of who is “who” in your life and cultivate strong bonds in creating a support system that will be emotionally present and mutually caring. By cultivating your New Life’s Resolution formula you will see how life begins to unfold with more ease and grace and that all your commitments to living a healthier, happier life are taking root because you’ve committed to making intentional acts of self-love. Living intentionally means loving yourself and life fully and unconditionally. Let’s begin 2015 living with an intention towards creating the life you have always wanted. Valeria Alarcón is a Holistic Health Coach and Advocate AADP, whose mission is to inspire, educate and empower individuals who are committed to reclaiming life and vitality through health and wellness. As a cancer survivor Val knows what it takes to reclaim life and vitality, and she is delighted to be of support to her community. For more information visit

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New Year, New You When ‘Good Enough’ Is Perfect by Elizabeth Lombardo


oes it sometimes feel like if we can’t do something perfectly, why should we bother doing it at all? Perfectionism feeds on such an all-ornothing approach in following rigid self-imposed rules that can sabotage relationships, health and happiness. Instead, try adopting a “better than perfect” mindset that embraces life’s imperfections without guilt or shame. A clean enough house or a good enough job is in many ways better than perfect. Here are helpful approaches to reframe the internal discussion. Remember what matters. In planning a big birthday party for her husband, one wife was so stressed trying to manage every detail that she had to stop and ask herself: What is most important—having everything look perfect, or having a fun party they would enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives? Thinking about our values keeps things in perspective and perfectionism in check. Perfection isn’t likable. We often try to be perfect to gain other people’s attention and approval, but no one wants to be around a person trying to be someone they aren’t. No one’s life is perfect. Social media often present idealized versions of people’s lives. Few post about fighting with their partner or coping with an unhappy infant; we most often hear about vacation

adventures and baby’s first word or step. We can avoid feelings of dissatisfaction by avoiding comparisons with others. It’s not failure, it’s data. Rather than personalize a perceived failure, take it on as an opportunity. If a New Year’s resolution to work out more isn’t kept, ask why: Is the exercise location too far away or is the class schedule inconvenient? It feels better to adopt a more successful strategy than to beat ourself up about falling short. Perfectionism is a treadmill. People often think, “I’ll be happy when I weigh this or achieve that,” always seeking the next level of self-improvement. Appreciating who we are right now is a path to happiness. Perfectionism is a learned behavior, and anything learned can be unlearned at any age. As we continue to strive for excellence, we can learn to embrace what’s good. Take a perfectionist self-assessment quiz at Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the author of Better than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love plus A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. Connect at natural awakenings

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FOODS The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum by Linda Sechrist


ur body’s hormones work like an orchestra. When one instrument is out of tune, the entire production struggles to maintain harmony. Each plays a part in influencing the others and determining how well the whole concert works. Fortunately, our body has masterful conductors, including the endocrine system, which coordinates all of the glands and the hormones they produce. “Players” include the adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, pineal, pituitary, reproductive and thyroid/ parathyroid glands. “A healthy endocrine system is essential to making hormones in appropriate amounts throughout our life,” says Theresa Dale, Ph.D., a naturopathic doctor who practices as a traditional naturopath and clinical nutritionist in Oxnard, California, and has authored Revitalizing Your Hormones. “For example, when the ovaries shut down after menopause, the adrenal glands continue producing progesterone and other essential hormones.” Dale, dean and founder of the California College of Natural Medicine, further assures that contrary to assertions from some conventional medicine reports, the body is able to produce necessary hormones throughout our entire life. Hormones function as chemical messengers that commute through the bloodstream as part of the information

superhighway that connects the brain to the DNA managers of the body’s cells. “Hormones communicate with chemicals produced by the brain called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which greatly influence energy levels, moods and other bodily functions such as moving memories from short- to longterm storage,” explains Dale. For 20 years, she has seen patients with critical hormonal imbalances respond to her recommended threemonth, endocrine-rebuilding diet, comprising three daily meals of steamed, sautéed and raw foods, fish, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus two raw vegetable or seed snacks. The regimen strives to balance metabolism, cleanse the body, restore immune function and revitalize the endocrine system. Kokomo, Indiana, resident Sylvia Egel, national director of coaching and education for Metabolic Balance, a personalized nutrition plan to balance metabolism and hormones, optimize health and increase energy at any age, agrees that hormones can be restored and balanced via proper food selections. “Our lifestyle and dietary choices strongly affect our metabolism and hormonal health, as do stress levels and sleep patterns. Eating at the wrong time, in the wrong place or in the


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wrong order, and even poor combinations of healthy foods, can be almost as problematic as eating junk food,” says Egel. She also warns against snacking, emotional eating, eating on the go, skipping breakfast and waiting too long between meals. Diana Hoppe, author of Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You, an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Diego, California, who leads clinical trials related to women’s health at the Pacific Coast Research Center, also sees firsthand how what we eat directly affects our hormones. She attests that our bodies need a balance of three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat. “But for 20 years, we have been advised to decrease fat intake in favor of fat-free options that have been detrimental to us, because we need fat to produce hormones and maintain healthy hormone function. Certain fatty acids and cholesterol serve as building blocks in hormone production and cellular function, especially the reproductive hormones of estrogen and testosterone,” says Hoppe. Food can be medicine for hormones. One of the most important hormone-balancing fats is coconut oil, which heals skin, increases metabolism and supplies a quick source of energy. Egg yolks are a good source of choline and iodine, essential to the production of healthy thyroid hormones, plus are rich in vitamins A, D, E and B-complex vitamins. Avocados have lots of healthy fat that helps absorb and utilize nutrients. Nuts and seeds, olive oil and salmon are all rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that help stabilize hormone levels. Eating the right foods and incorporating healthy fats into meals increases overall energy, reduces hormonal fluctuations and helps us feel more balanced. Says Dale, “The majority of individuals are surprised to learn that hormone health doesn’t depend on age, but rather on a complex of factors, like the air we breathe, the water we drink, the quality of our diet, good sleep and adequate exercise, plus the relative health of our relationships and emotional life—and that’s just for starters.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.


Louise Hay on Loving Yourself to Ageless Health by S. Alison Chabonais


renowned leader of the self-help movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated worldwide for teaching—by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life—how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think. Her positive philosophy has sparked an industry and her Hay House publishing group. Nourishing mind and body, loving life, learning and growing, giving back and moving ahead—these comprise Hay’s program for creating health, happiness and longevity. At 88, she continues to travel for business and pleasure, embracing vital, joy-filled days with a thankful smile. Her new book, Loving Yourself to Great Health, co-authored with Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, explains how she’s taking all she knows to the next level.

Why does first applying love and forgiveness to yourself make a happy, healthy and long life possible? Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want. A healthy and happy life is rooted in self-love, and forgiveness is an act of self-love. It all comes down to how you think and treat yourself. What we give out we get

back, so it all starts with us. Remember, no matter what the problem is, there is only one answer: loving yourself. Start with small steps and be gentle. If you start there, magical things will happen.

How do you manage to engage in a stream of loving affirmations 24/7? Practice, practice, practice! Slowly, bit-by-bit, start each day with a loving act towards yourself. Loving affirmations and worrying about things take up the same amount of time; you still get the same things done along the way, but worrying creates stress, while affirmations will brighten your life. It can be exhausting if you fight the shift and make it difficult. If you make kindness to yourself and others a simple part of everyday life, it isn’t exhausting at all.

What are some key elements to crafting a life experience that supports and nourishes ageless being? Choose thoughts that bring love into your life and laugh a lot. Say yes to life and the magic it brings. I trust that life will bring me exactly what I need, and part of that is realizing that I don’t need to know everything, because life brings me people like Ahlea and Heather. A third of our life is spent eating, and it’s natural awakenings

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essential that we know the best way to do this. Start your day with water and an act of self-love. Eat real food; seasonal, organic, natural foods are a positive affirmation to your body. Poop every day, figuratively and literally. Learn to listen to your body and its wisdom. Choose exercise that you love and that makes you feel good.

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Also, go on a media diet. Filter out from your consciousness any messages that say you are not good enough or that separate you from the beautiful and lovable person you are. Surround yourself with like-minded people that share good news and love to laugh.

The core belief founding your lifework is that every thought we have is creating our future. Is scientific research now supporting that? When I began teaching people about affirmations, there wasn’t any science to support it, but we knew it worked, and now studies verify that. I particularly love Bruce Lipton’s scientific research showing that we are not controlled by our genes because the genetic blueprint can be altered through positive changes in our beliefs. I hear reports every day of how people are healing their lives by changing their thoughts through cultivating self-love and personal affirmations. They are seeing healing of autoimmune diseases, obesity, addictions, post-traumatic stress and many other so-called incurable illnesses. It’s amazing what happens when you are kind and loving to yourself.

What is your secret to aging gracefully through the years? It’s simple. It’s about getting your thoughts and food right and having fun along the way. If you are thinking positive thoughts but feeding yourself processed, unnatural or sugary foods, you are sending yourself mixed messages. Feed yourself nourishing foods and think loving thoughts. Any time you don’t know what else to do, focus on love. Loving yourself makes you feel good, and good health comes from feeling good.

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self off from the flow of energy in your home and become exhausted,” says the Tustin, California, feng shui expert. “When I ask a client to take half of the stuff off a shelf and then ask how it feels, they almost always take a deep breath. The clutter literally chokes off breath and vitality.” Solution: “Clear out what isn’t needed,” counsels Carter. “Keep a balance by

ENERGY BOOSTERS Four Ways to Recharge by Kathleen Barnes


tress saps energy, and Americans feel stressed more than ever, with 20 percent of us experiencing “extreme stress” at least weekly, according to the American Institute of Stress. Could latenight TV and the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices be the culprits? Partly, according to information published by Harvard Medical School. While all light stimulates the brain, the blue light from electronic devices and some eco-light bulbs disrupt circadian rhythms, prevent production of melatonin and block deep, healthful, restorative sleep. Fortunately, there’s an easy remedy, say Harvard experts: Seek abundant exposure to bright natural sunlight, and then turn off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime. Some experts even suggest wearing orange-colored goggles for the last two waking hours to neutralize the energy-sucking blue rays. Here are a few more energy thieves and ways to neutralize them.

Avoid Energy Vampires Problem: We all know someone that exhausts us, according to Dr. Judith Orloff, Venice Beach, California, author of the new book, The Ecstasy of Surrender. Maybe he or she talks endlessly about personal matters, is incessantly negative, a gossip or a guilt-tripper.

Solution: “Take control. Get in the driver’s seat,” advises Orloff. “Create a circle of positive people around you. Stay calm and centered. Distance yourself from energy vampires and if they’re family, limit time spent with them and establish boundaries.”

Recognize Time Leeches

Problem: We fall into the black hole of Facebook or cute kitten videos. Hours pass and we fall behind in more productive activities and then feel drained and groggy. Solution: Time management is essential to preserving energy, says Orloff. Limit time spent on social media. Check email once or twice a day instead of every 15 minutes. “The Internet is addictive, almost like a drug,” explains Orloff. “When you’re online, your energy is cut off and you become a zombie; you’re not in your body. Take a technology fast. Talk to your mate. Make love. Go for a walk in the woods. See your best friend.”

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making it a habit when bringing new things into a home or work environments to let go of a comparable number of old things at the same time.” Beware of clutter creep, the slow accumulation of energy-sapping clutter, she says. “I believe the lack of energy so many of us experience is a nearly undetectable, chronic energy drain that seems slight, yet over time becomes a big problem.”

Stop Electromagnetic Pollution Problem: We are all surrounded by energy-draining electromagnetic fields (EMF) from myriad electronic devices and systems in homes and offices, plus cell phone towers and transmission lines. All of these operate on frequencies that can be major energy drains, says Carter. Japanese research physician Ryoichi Ogawa found that 80 percent of his chronic fatigue patients were frequent users of electromagnetic technologies (Omega-News).

More Ways to Recharge Take a walk. A brisk 10-minute walk gets the cobwebs out and neutralizes the four o’clock energy slump, says Dr. Judith Orloff. Just spending time outside is a simple, time-tested way of boosting energy. Recent Scottish research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine confirms the energy-enhancing power of nature in general, noting that people that live near trees have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Just Say No. “’No,’ is a complete sentence,” says Orloff. “You don’t have to be mean or angry about it; just firmly say ‘No,’ when someone asks you to do something you don’t want to do or because you already feel overcommitted or overwhelmed. You don’t have to explain or make excuses.” A commitment isn’t necessarily final either, remarks Orloff: “If you dread it and can’t delegate it, renegotiate the earlier agreement.”

Solution: Minimize indoor exposure to

EMFs by using land lines with corded phones, power strips and shutting off electricity to nonessential appliances when not in use. “I’ve been preaching this for 20 years,” says Carter. Protecting sleep space is a primary consideration. “Make sure no beds are near electrical outlets and cell phones. Get rid of cordless phones, which are like mini cell towers, right there in the house,” she adds.


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The easiest solution, Carter says, is to put bare feet on bare earth for 15 to 20 minutes a day. “It will pull some of that excess EMF charge right off of you.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at



FLOORS Sustainable Beauty Underfoot by Avery Mack


ruly good flooring is beautiful, practical and eco-friendly. The best choices may change from room-to-room, as well as with geography, depending on family needs. Here are some key factors to consider for an optimum installation.

Added Value–Hardwood Wood comes in many colors, polished to a high gloss or textured, and can be refinished when styles change. “Timber used to float downriver to the sawmill and not all of it arrived. We salvage logs from the bottom of the Penobscot River for flooring and other products,” says Tom Shafer, co-owner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “Our wood is as fresh as the day it was cut decades ago.” Cold water preserves the resource and adds a natural patina. Removal of the estimated 700,000 cords of underwater wood will help restore the waterway’s natural eco-system. Note: Wood can scratch or dent and be susceptible to water damage. Even recycled wood might not be eco-friendly. “Wood reclaimed from manufacturing plants can contain machine oils, harsh chemical residue, lead paint or asbestos,” explains Shafer. “Know where it came from; follow the chain of evidence.”

High Traffic, Pets, Long Life–Linoleum

Linoleum is made from linseed oil, wood powder, resins and ground limestone. Mineral pigments provide rich color throughout, which prevents paler worn spots. A personalized pattern may include borders using linoleum sheets or tiles. It’s long-lasting, durable, fireresistant, biodegradable, has no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) and repels dirt and dust. Note: Vinyl, made from unnatural chlorinated petrochemicals, won’t wear as well or last as long as linoleum.


Bottles recycled into glass tile reflect light, brightening smaller rooms like the bath. Long-lasting ceramic or porcelain tile has no VOCs, is easy to clean and won’t host germs, bacteria or dust mites. Note: Look for lead-free glazed tile. Glass tile may be cost-prohibitive for larger spaces. Most tile can be slick when wet; texturing increases safety.

Child-, Pet- and Elder-Friendly, Warm and Comfy–Cork Cork is lightweight, flexible and can mimic stone, granite, tile, marble and wood, while providing comfortable cushioning. “Cork assumes the ambient temperature in the room, keeping feet warmer. It holds up to dogs, too,” says Tim Tompkins, a Portuguese Cork Association committee member in Greenville, South Carolina. “Cork is both healthy for the consumer and sustainable for the environment.” Note: Due to its cushioning nature, heavy furniture or high-heeled shoes may make indentations.

Wood-Like and Sturdy–Bamboo

Bamboo generally regrows in three to five years, is twice as hard as red oak and can be stained almost any color. Edge-grained bamboo, banded together, turns flooring into a statement. Note: “It’s shipped from Asia and may have formaldehyde glues and durability problems, so shop carefully,” advises David Bergman, a New York City green architect and author of Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide.

Long-Wearing Classic Look–Stone Travertine, limestone, granite, slate and marble are all stone flooring options. Stone can increase home value, has a

classic look and is a piece of history that adds to any décor, although it’s not a renewable resource. Cork or nonpetroleum-based laminated floors can give the look of stone without destroying an in-situ natural resource. Note: Large blocks of stone are cut at quarries and transported to processing plants, cut into slabs and transported to a processor to be cut again, shaped and polished before being shipped to the store—a big carbon footprint.

The Great Imitator–Concrete Easy-to-clean, durable concrete never needs to be replaced. Small repairs can be patched. Large repairs, such as a broken pipe beneath the surface, may require refinishing the entire floor to match the stain color. Some homeowners have created a faux rug using other stain colors to disguise the repaired area. Finishes can make concrete look like hardwood, painted tile, carpet, marble or granite, including terrazzo options. For an entryway, homeowners can design a custom welcome mat, perhaps incorporating a family crest, monogram or motto. Finishes can be textured to varying degrees to increase foot traction. Note: Ensure the structure is sturdy enough to bear the extra weight of concrete. It feels cold underfoot in winter and cool in summer. Epoxy coatings don’t let concrete breathe, so any moisture emanating from the concrete slab will be trapped. Test for the moisturevapor emission rate; problem areas can include sections covered by furniture. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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abels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called highintensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults that have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic dysfunction due to a high-sugar diet that causes spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels and eventually contributes to insulin resistance. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Obesity, the benefits of doing HIIE at least three times a week for two to six weeks include reduction of abdominal body fat, improved aerobic and anaerobic fitness and lower levels of insulin resistance. In a separate study, Norwegian researchers examined the impact that different types of exercise programs had on individuals seeking to reverse metabolic dysfunction, an overall chemical imbalance largely attributed to insulin resistance. They concluded

that despite producing similar effects on body weight and blood pressure, the aerobic interval training group also showed greater improvement in insulin sensitivity, aerobic capacity and highdensity lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol) than those performing continuous moderate exercise. They also exhibited lower blood glucose (sugar) levels. Another beneficial HIIE characteristic is that it involves markedly fewer exercise repetitions and less training time. JJ Virgin, a fitness and nutrition expert and author of The Virgin Diet, recommends incorporating burst-style and resistance training for fast, lasting fat loss and improving insulin resistance. Best of all, you can do these exercises in minutes a day. “Burst exercise means working out in short intense bursts of 30 to 60 seconds, coupled with one to two minutes of active recovery time, moving at a lower intensity that allows you to catch your breath and lower your heart rate,” she explains.

Two easy examples of this are sprinting to burst and then walking to recover, and running up stairs to burst, and then walking down them to recover. “This should be repeated for a total of four to eight minutes of highintensity bursts per session. Overall, this

will take 20 to 30 minutes,” says Virgin. She notes that the increase in stress hormones that occurs during HIIE are counteracted by the simultaneously raised levels of anabolic-building hormones. “Short bursts train the body in how to handle stress and recover.

Repeated intense bursts raise the lactic acid level, which in turn raises growth hormone production and supports fat burning. The research is clear that the more intense the exercise, the bigger the metabolic benefit is afterward.”

The Skinny on Glycemic Foods by Kathleen Barnes


hose wanting to reduce carbohydrate intake by eating foods with a low glycemic index based on their impact on blood sugar levels might consider using newer tables that instead measure glycemic load, suggests New York City Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Susan Weiner. She explains that the glycemic index only considers how quickly sugars from food are released into the bloodstream. The glycemic load charts a more accurate accounting of the amount of carbohydrates in an actual serving, rather than the 50-gram (1.76-ounce) portion used in calculating a food’s ranking on the glycemic index scale of 1 to 100. “Glycemic load is a better indicator of how a carbohydrate food will affect blood sugar in realistic portions, especially in combination with other foods, including proteins and fats,” advises Weiner. Here are a few compelling comparisons:

Food/Snack Carrot Watermelon Graham crackers Baguette Snickers bar Cornflakes Baked Potato

Glycemic Index 35 (low) 72 (high) 74 (high) 95 (very high) 51 (medium) 93 (very high) 111 (very high)

Glycemic Load 2 (low) 4 (low) 14 (medium) 15 (medium) 18 (medium high) 23 (high) 33 (high)

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Both the family and the veterinarian need to feel comfortable with treatments. Ask questions before submitting an animal to any anesthetic or surgery or other medical procedure. Talk with the veterinarian about using this gentle, natural approach to help relieve any concerns if a pet needs sedation or anesthesia. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

PET ANESTHESIA How to Make it Safe and Easier on Everyone by Shawn Messonnier


any pet parents and some veterinarians have an unnecessary fear of animal anesthesia. Addressing some misconceptions about this common medical procedure can be helpful, particularly in regard to older pets.

Myth #1: Anesthesia is Dangerous Modern anesthesia has evolved into a safe medical practice since it was introduced in 1799 and uses much safer drugs than earlier versions. Still, all medications need to be approached cautiously for the welfare of all individuals connected to its use. Both injectable anesthetic drugs and inhalant anesthetic drugs (gases) can be used safely if properly chosen for a specific condition, accurately dosed and continuously monitored.

lasting from several hours to a day or more following a procedure shouldn’t occur. Lower-quality anesthetic drugs injected during discounted spaying and neutering procedures may produce such prolonged recovery periods. It’s safer to use a high-quality, quick-acting, short-term injectable anesthetic, followed by gas anesthesia for anesthetic maintenance, during surgical procedures, including for spaying and neutering. Patients wake up quickly following surgery and can be sent home fully awake soon afterwards.

Myth #3: A Pet is Too Old

When a high-quality medication is properly administered, a groggy state

No pet is too old for proper medical care. Because older pets don’t metabolize some drugs as well as younger ones, the correct anesthesia must be chosen for the pet’s age and current state of health or medical problems. Too often, pets haven’t received proper care, especially dental cleanings and tumor removals, because their current veterinarian has deemed them too old for anesthesia.


Myth #2: Grogginess is a Given

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PRINCIPLES OF HOLISTIC ANESTHESIA by Shawn Messonnier n Each patient is unique and has unique anesthetic needs. n Giving the least amount of anesthesia needed ensures the safest possible procedure. n Analgesics are used to minimize discomfort and meet anesthetic needs. n Some anesthetic drugs may be used to minimize the depth of anesthesia obtained. n Light levels of anesthesia are preferred for minimally painful procedures. n Carefully monitoring the patient during anesthesia helps ensure a good outcome. n Patients should wake up from anesthesia immediately following the procedure. n Patients are sent home immediately following anesthetic recovery. n An older pet can be safely anesthetized by a holistic vet as part of its anti-aging care.


no idea how the information pertains to them. The award-winning app “allows children to input their age, gender and level of physical activity to measure their individual caloric need,” says De Wulf. “When they choose a food to ‘smash’ and see that eight grams of sugar cubes are in a can of soda, they’re able to process healthy food information.” Smash Your Food features audio/ video of actual food smashing. “Kids are sensorial and different kinds of learners. It’s more effective than using cartoon images,” she observes. It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store.

An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away Keep Kids Engaged in Healthy Living by Julianne Hale


n today’s technology-fueled society, kids spend many hours of their free time staring at smartphones or tablets instead of exploring nature, riding bikes or playing outdoor games with their friends. Rather than just imposing radical reductions in screen time, parents and caregivers can meet youngsters halfway by adding apps to their handheld devices that provide tips on healthy eating, exercise and behavior. Here are five that are fun for kids and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Super Stretch Yoga HD. Super Stretch is the primary character in this yoga adventure in which players are encouraged to, “Create a peaceful, balanced life by living a NAMASTE mission: Nothing is impossible; Always be honest; Make the world a better place; Act with kindness; Share with others; Trust and believe in yourself; and Enjoy and have fun.” Creator and founder Jessica Rosenberg, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, explains, “I translated a curriculum that I’ve been using for kids into an ‘edutainment’ app that combines gaming and real-life kids

as characters that bring yoga to life.” Players are challenged to master the skills presented by each of the game’s 12 main characters, increasing awareness of breathing and other aspects of how the body works, plus promoting self-esteem. Free in the iTunes App Store. If, the Emotional IQ Game. An adventure game inspired by If, a well-known poem by Rudyard Kipling, players go on a quest through Ziggurat, a fantasy world where they enlist energy creatures called Vims to rid their avatars of dark energy. Youngsters are challenged to complete missions using emotional language. The character traits required to complete the tasks include patience, teamwork and other skills that help kids build emotional intelligence. Free in the iTunes App Store. Smash Your Food. Nutritionist Marta De Wulf, from Bellevue, Washington, felt compelled to develop her innovative app when she realized that while kids understand that certain foods contain too much sugar, fat or carbs, they have

Oh, Ranger! Park Finder. Instead of vaguely suggesting that kids put down their electronic devices and head outdoors, why not ask them to choose an adventure for the whole family? Using the Oh, Ranger! Park Finder app, kids can search for nearby outdoor recreation areas from a comprehensive database of national parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management sites and U.S. Army Corps recreation areas. Kids can further seek out specific activities from 20-plus categories that range from birdwatching and hiking to boating and camping. Free in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Kids Making Healthy Choices. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that rates of childhood obesity have doubled in the past 30 years. This kid- and parent-friendly app is designed to help. It springboards from San Diego, California’s Merilee Kern’s children’s book of the same title. Embedded via an e-reader, kids can play games, print coloring sheets and explore healthy recipes while parents check out the news section and resource page for links with information for keeping youngsters healthy. “Surveys show that parents often don’t realize that their child has a weight problem,” notes Kern. “It’s important to discuss this topic within the family, and the app helps facilitate this in a non-threatening, helpful way.” It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store. Julianne Hale writes and edits for Natural Awakenings franchise magazines and blogs about motherhood at

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calendarofevents FRIDAY, JANUARY 2

Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 6-6:30pm. Actively explore our inner worlds, experience more divine love, a feeling of peace and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. Eckankar Center, 2501 San Pedro NE, Ste 113, Albuquerque. 505-265-7388.

savethedate Evening Of Self-Discovery And Transformation with Don Jose Ruiz – New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Agreement and Ripples of Wisdom. In his Toltec Rattlesnake Book Tour he shares personal anecdotes and lessons learned through translating ancient wisdom into practical applications of truth, love and common sense. For local tour information:


Intentional Living 2015 and Beyond – 5:30pm. Learn how to cultivate deliberate commitments to self to start living the life one has always wanted. With Val Alarcón, Holistic Health Coach and Advocate AADP. $25 at door. 317 Aztec St., Santa Fe. RVSP via email:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 Full Moon in Cancer – 5-6:30pm. A sanctuary of Sound Mind Meditation with gongs, bowls, chimes & bells to help access your highest state of consciousness. We also offer custom made, one-of-akind prayer beads to support your spiritual practice. Everything needed will be provided. $20. 1807 Second St., Studio 80, Santa Fe. RSVP/directions/ info: 480-766-6535.


Free Introduction to Hypnotherapy – 7-8:30pm. Transform your perception of the world and accelerate your personal and/or professional performance. Strengthen your day-to-day natural ability to live a balanced, meaningful and productive life. 819 Vassar Drive NE. Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. www.Christian Raphael Hypnotherapy.


Shiva Shakti: An Introduction to Spiritual Sexuality for Singles & Couples – 7-10:30pm/Fri; 9am-10pm/ Sat; 9am-3pm/Sun; Jan 9-11. With Amara Charles and Shyena Venice. In a safe (no nudity) environment learn how to use sexual energy for increased intimacy, spiritual connection and pleasure beyond imagination. Workshop is for couples, singles, straight, gay, You! $495. Santa Fe Soul. Register/ details:


Craniosacral: Basic Class –9am-6pm. Jan 1013. Listen & feel the inner movements of a person’s body. Connect to basic cranial rhythms and study fascial intelligence, all diaphragm releases and cranial lifts. Learn how to give a full basic cranial session. 32 CEs, NCBTMB Approved. $575. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271.


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Womyn’s Monthly Open Ceremony – 1-5pm. Maria Yraceburu, LLd, author and elder. Open to all womyn and girls desiring knowledge and experiential work with the multi-faceted aspects of earth healing in ritual. These are not drop-in circles. Advance notice before the day of the ritual is required. $55. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. Must RSVP: 505-414-1583. Taa-naash-kaa-da.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 ECK Worship Service – 10:30-11:30am. Services focus on an aspect of Eckankar and features a reading from ECK works, singing HU, talks, music & group discussion of spiritual principles. Services followed by fellowship and refreshments. All faiths/ beliefs welcome. Free. Eckankar Center, 2501 San Pedro NE, Ste 113, Albuquerque. 505-265-7388. Make a Personalized Flower Essence Combination for the New Year – 11am-12:30pm. Erin Galiger discussing various selection methods for choosing flower essence combinations. Create a personalized essence combination includes a .5oz bottle. Additional bottles $5 each. Up to three essences per bottle. All materials provided. $15. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Santa Fe. Register: 505-820-6321. Winter Wellness – 2-3:30pm. Tired of taking medications that don’t work with unpleasant side effects? Discover how essential oils and other all natural products improve the immune system. Take control of your health with nature’s medicine. Free. Reserve seat and receive a free bottle of Wild Orange oil. The (organic) Living Room, 1924 Juan Tabo Blvd, Ste F, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-259-2161.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 META-Health Presentation – 6-7:30pm. Acknowledges the intelligence of the body-mind in the healing process. New approach to a path of healing begins with 12 questions that address organs, stress, emotion and belief associations to assist people in reaching their health and wellness goals. Free. Obsidian Health and Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. Preregister: 505-715-3452.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 Six-week Process Painting Class – 1-4pm. Facilitated by Deborah Purdy. Expand your creativity, release creative blocks, unfold periods of transitions. Attend and paint without regard to technique, skills or meaning. Enjoy self-expression and self-exploration with increased intuition. $45. Creative Wings Studio, E of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 Craniosacral: Follow Up to Basic Class, Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – 9am 6pm. Jan.15-18. Explore deeper cranial rhythms and neutral touch. Learn the unwinding process of head, neck and extremities. Use meridians to open heart and release lungs. Use energy to direct a healing flow. 32 CEs, NCBTMB Approved. $575. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 EarthRenewal Fire & Drum Ceremony – 5:307pm. Facilitated by Maria Yraceburu, founder of

Yraceburu EarthWisdom eco-spiritual community. Promotes empowerment, health and wellness through the exploration, expression and overall experience of earth. No musical experience necessary. All ages and levels. BYO drum and intentions. Donation. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. 505-414-1583. Taa-naash-kaa-da.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 Introductory One Day Process Painting Workshop – 10-4pm Facilitated by Deborah Purdy. Expand your creativity, release creative blocks, unfold periods of transitions. Attend and paint without regard to technique, skills or meaning. Enjoy self-expression and self-exploration with increased intuition. $195. Creative Wings Studio, E of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. TRE™ - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises – 1-3pm. Innovative method for life long self-healing and trauma recovery. Learn about the psoas muscle and the body’s tremor response. $48. Body Balance Yoga Studio. 3705 Westerfeld Dr NE, Albuquerque, Pre-registration is Required. 505-463-2043. Past Life Regression – 3–5pm. In this powerful 2 hour group session, you will regress to a past life where you will discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people in your life today. Cost $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store. 525 Central Avenue NE. Albuquerque. 505-918-6555

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 Introduction to the Great Healing of the Gypsies: Vas Pesh – 1-5pm. Ancient wellness practice and gentle energy movements. Increase energy, productivity and vitality. Strengthen the immune system and heal (dis)ease. Enhance mental clarity and emotional stability. Reduce stress. Develop a deeper connection with the living universe. $40. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. 505414-1583. Mind-Body Cleanse Workshop – 2-3pm. Join Jennifer Duggan, Health Coach and Natural Therapeutic Specialist as she leads this free workshop for people who are interested in detoxing the body with healing foods as well as the mind of negativity and limiting beliefs. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque 505-265-5900. Light Workers Teleconference – 7-9pm. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters of Shamballa will give a brief discourse on current ascension progress and lead a guided meditation and answer questions. All light workers welcome. Limited street parking. Donation: $22 door or via PayPal. Santa Fe. OakRose Academy. Directions, Rev AliceAnn: 505-490-8855. Teleconference callin number: 619-326-2772, AC: 7325118.

MONDAY, JANUARY 19 Fresh Start : Revitalize & Thrive – Jan 19-23. 7am-6pm. Being “tired and wired” is a modern-day epidemic. Our over-stimulated minds demand too much of our exhausted bodies. A relentless cycle of chronic fatigue overpowered with stimulants keeps us on a damaging treadmill just trying to keep up. Our healthy, natural rhythms become lost in a world of artificial choices and skewed priorities. Cost/details/location:

TUESDAY. JANUARY 20 New Moon in Capricorn – 5-6:30pm. A sanctuary of Sound Mind Meditation with gongs, bowls, chimes & bells to help access your highest state of consciousness. We also offer custom made, one-ofa-kind prayer beads to support your spiritual practice. Everything needed will be provided. $20. 1807 Second St., Studio 80, Santa Fe. RSVP/directions/ info: 480-766-6535.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22 Intro To Self-Healing Class – 6:30-8pm. Struggling with relationships, money, health or changes in the world? Learn a grounded form of meditation using psychic tools and visualization techniques. Quiet and focus mind, deepen in mindfulness skills and learn a method for releasing the old. $100 for four Thursdays. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Preregister 505-920-4418. Book signing for “M-Joy Practically Speaking: Matrix Energetics and Living Your Infinite Potential” – 6:30pm. With Melissa Joy Jonsson. Page One Books, 5850 Eubank Blvd NE, Ste B-41, Mountain Run Shopping Center, Albuquerque.


savethedate Transform Your Life With Matrix Energetics® – 7- 9pm. Free & Open to the Public. Matrix Energetics® merges the science of subtle energy & quantum physics to produce instantaneous & life long transformation at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Easy-tolearn techniques and strategies for enhancing all areas of life. Hilton DoubleTree, 201 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque. 800-269-9513. www. Craniosacral: Free Info Evening – 6 8pm. With Etienne Peirsman. An exploration of craniosacral therapy and an overview of his 724 hour certification. As an instructor, he has had over two decades of experience teaching craniosacral therapy in Europe and the United States. He speaks directly to the heart of each student. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 2015 KOB 4 Health & Wellness Fair – Sat., 1/24 9am-5pm & Sun.1/25 9am-4pm. Healthy Advice from more than 200 Wellness Experts. Don’t miss the largest and most comprehensive Health Fair in

savethedate Tr a n s f o r m Yo u r L i f e W i t h M a t r i x E n e r g e t i c s ® – Jan 24-26. ME Fundamentals Intensive + ME: Unplugged Spatial Clairvoyance. Advanced courses may have prerequisites. Open to students of any background, whether you are a healing practitioner or have little or no medical or wellness training. Certified practitioner programs available. Hilton DoubleTree, 201 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque. 800-2699513.

New Mexico. Adults $5. Children 12 and under are free. Expo New Mexico charges $5 for parking. Lujan Exhibit Hall - EXPO New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque. Craniosacral: Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence – 9am-6pm. Jan. 24 -27. During childbirth pressures on the skull hold base of brain and platelets of head into fixed positions. Without intervention this position remains the rest of our lives. Increase flexibility of cranial base and allow brain to function within the maximum space available. 32 CEs, NCBTMB approved. $575. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-9826271. Psychic Reading Faire – 1-3pm. A psychic reading is a look at a soul. Gain clarity on present time situation and get ideas for next steps in one’s life. Find out what is unconsciously affecting one’s creation space and how to move beyond limits. 15-min readings on any topic. Bring a friend. Drop-in. $10 each. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, 505-920-4418.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 10:3011am. Actively explore one’s inner worlds, experience more divine love, a feeling of peace and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. Eckankar Center, 2501 San Pedro NE, Ste 113, Albuquerque. 505-265-7388. International Live Conversation with Interstellar Friends – 11-12am/MST. The Pleiadian group, Laarkmaa, speaks on the illusion of time and current energies. Participants may ask questions during the call. $15. Register/info: Spiritual Cinema Circle Potluck – 11am-4pm. Films of inspiration and motivation with thoughtprovoking, uplifting stories. Enjoy full-length features, documentaries, short films and discussion with other participants. Free. Space limited. Obsidian Health And Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Preregister: 505-715-3452. Mood Management with Essential Oils – 2-3:30pm. Explore the healing effect of aromatherapy on stress, anxiety, depression and fear. Learn more about essential oils and how specific oils can improve one’s mental and physical health. Reserve seat and receive a free bottle of Wild Orange oil. The (organic) Living Room, 1924 Juan Tabo Blvd, Ste F, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-259-2161.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27 NES WellNES Presentation – 6-7:30pm. Learn more about the NES Total WellNes System. NES Health is based on the principle that energy and information control biology. Science proves there is a regulating field of energy and information that operates in the physical body at the sub-cellular level. Free. Obsidian Health And Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. Preregister: 505-715-3452.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 Craniosacral: Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love – 9am-6pm. Jan 29- Feb 1. Practice the use of the original voice for oneself and clients. Engage intelligence of cells and organs and speak directly to structures inside body. Release blockages from around heart and more. 32 CEs, NCBTMB approved. $575. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-9826271.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 Women’s Winter Retreat – 9am-5pm. Join Emilah Dawn DeToro for an intimate exploration of one’s inner world and outer expression. Claim the successes and compost the lessons of 2014. Put it all in the cauldron to co-create 2015. Early Bird rate $80 by Dec 31. $100 after. The Source, 3536 Carlisle Blvd. SE, ABQ. Register: 505-217-1720. TRE™ - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises – 1-3pm. Innovative method for life long self-healing and trauma recovery. Learn about the psoas muscle and the body’s tremor response. $48. Body Balance Yoga Studio. 3705 Westerfeld Dr NE, Albuquerque, Pre-registration is Required. 505-463-2043.

plan ahead MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Start Date 500-hour Accelerated Hypnotherapy Certification Course 2015 – This class is filling fast, it’s already over three quarters full! Let us if you want us to hold a seat for you.Hypnotherapy Academy of America™, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Suite B, Albuquerque. Call: 505-767-8030.


Intuition Training, Level 1 – 1-4pm. 10-weeks. Develop a deep and rewarding relationship with one’s inner wisdom. Experience greater well-being, spiritual awareness, empowerment and joy in every area of life. Facilitated by Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Certified Light Journey Guide, Reiki Master. Space limited, reserve early. Level 1 certificate provided upon completion. $350. RSPV: 505-438-1074.


savethedate John Edward - Live in Albuquerque – 7-9pm. A John Edward “group” event or seminar is reading intensive. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. No one attending any John Edward event is guaranteed a reading. Tickets available at or or call 1-800-514-3849. Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque.


sunday Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose & Co-Hosts. Celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. For guest and sponsorship call 505-466-2616. Online, live streaming & archiving of all shows at Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. Exploring and sharing our paths to consciousness. Special topic each service. Potluck following. Everyone of all paths welcome. Free. 2nd & 4th Sun. of the month. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Preregister: 505-920-4418.

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Qigong in the Park –11am-12pm. With certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being. Easy and fun. Free. Robinson Park, 8th and Central, Downtown, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.

monday Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Awareness – 9-10:15am. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breathwork. All levels welcome. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Gentle Yoga Chi – 5:30-6:45pm. Michal combines several yoga traditions, along with qigong, breathing and imagining to create a full body-mind experience. $15 drop-in. Five classes $10 w. $50 payment. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733.


9-10:15am. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breathwork. All levels welcome. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, Yogic and Shamanic practices cultivate combined with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12. 1st class free. Allison Lasky. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733.

thursday Embodydance: Dancing Your Journey from the Inside Out – 6:30–8:30pm. Gathering together in ecstatic dance provides an opportunity to drop into profound connection with self, community, the world, with Source. $12. Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe. 575-770-1228.


Beginner’s Tai Chi – 5:30-6:30pm. With Sifu Jill L. Basso. A slow moving, meditative, martial art good for health, relaxation & self-defense. Monthly $48/ four classes. Single class $15. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Pranic Healing Clinic – 6:30 -8pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. Experience no-touch clearing of congested energies. Energize and balance the energy body. Free. First Unitarian, Social Hall, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE. Albuquerque. Rita: 505-298-4823.

wednesday Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Awareness –

Friday Networking Guest Lunch – 11:45am-1pm. Learn about Friday Networking Lunch and decide whether it would be a good referral community for your business and services. Hear from current FNL Members about how FNL has benefited their businesses. Barbara Gates. 505-231-7328. Intuitive Healing Sessions – Discover how to connect with your own divine guidance. Connect with your higher-self to find clarity, insight, healing & peace. By appointment with Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Certified Light Journey Guide, Reiki Master. Santa Fe. 505-438-1074. www.

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saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. With certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Supports optimal health and well-being. Easy and fun. Free. Altura Park, Morningside and Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. Flash Kundalini Yoga in the Park! – 2-3pm. Every 2nd and 4th Sat. Workout for the mind, body and spirit. Free/exchange. Robinson Park, Central and 8th. Albuquerque. 505-604-4076. Self-Healing with Earth Energy Classes – 2-4pm. Remove energetic blocks, heal physical & emotional imbalances, create greater well-being. With Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master, Certified Light Journey Guide. $25/one class/$80 four consecutive classes. Santa Fe. 505-438-1074. www.

classifieds SCHOOL MILAGRO HERBS is now accepting students for our 2015 Herbal Certification Program! Our Foundations in Herbalism program is a 250hour, 8-month (April-November) immersion designed to teach the foundational principals of herbal medicine, medicine making, botany, and ethical wildcrafting. Pick up your application in person or download from www.milagroherbs. com. Email: Limited to 12 students only. 419 Orchard Drive, Santa Fe. 505- 820-6321

Leg Relaxer Relaxes cramped muscles in legs and feet. Calms over-active nerves that cause ‘jumpy legs’.

Respiratory Relief A power antimicrobial that kills bacteria, fungus and virus. Use with a nebulizer to knock-out any respiratory infection and persistent coughs.

Food Poisoning Food Poisoning Relief (AKA “The Antidote”) doesn’t mask the symptoms, it kills the bacteria and fungus that cause the problem, effectively terminating food poisoning. It can relieve the condition within an hour. Keep it available at all times!

Back & Neck Relief

This power herbal lotion relaxes muscles while it quells the pain. Great for pulled muscles, stiff-necks and aching knees.

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communityresourceguide BODYWORK bluebuddhabodywork

Sante Fe

A unique blend of CranioSacral t h e r a p y, S o m a t o E m o t i o n a l Release and therapeutic bodywork, find relief and balance within your mind, body and spirit. Specializing in Headache Treatment. See ad on page 6.

BUSINESS COACHING Attracting Perfect Customers

Alan Hickman 505-474-5348 or 505-795-5100 GET CERTIFIED in Strategic Attraction™ Planning. A step-bystep sales and marketing process that people from all over the world have used to build Heart-Centered $MILLION businesses, write books, create on-line produces that sell, and global business and communities that are making a huge difference in the world.

CREATIVITY Creative wings Studio

Debbie Purdy Parkland Hills/ Nob Hill area 630-530-5697 When we paint without concern for technique or content, the intuitive self is revealed, and creative blocks are released. Connect with your creative freedom.

HEALING WISDOM Judith Harrington M.A.

Santa Fe 505 9017400 Sessions via Skype also Transforming suffering through – compassionate wisdom – releasing negative energies – insight into unconscious beliefs – support through channeled energy medicines. 35 years working with individuals, couples and groups. Call about groups forming in January.

INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS GALAYA-INTUITIVE RESOURCES Santa Fe • 505-466-3764 Toll-Free: 1-888-326-0403

F i n d C l a r i t y, I n s i g h t a n d Inspiration! Intuitive readings, Coaching and Animal Communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.


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

PETS EDUCATION New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts

501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe, NM 505 982-6271 Massage Foundation, Polarity Therapy, Dual Massage/Polarity, Craniosacral Certification, Continuing Education, Community Health Classes, Free Lectures, Space Rental. Your partner in natural healing since 1981.


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Marty’s Meals, Inc. Sandra Bosben 1107 Pen Road 505-467-8162

Local hand-made raw and gently cooked natural and organic pet food for dogs and cats. We also carry bones, tripe, jerky treats and raw goat milk. Optimize your pets vitality through the food-health connection.

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email or call 505-999-1319.

Psychic Readings PSYCHIC READINGS & SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE Lisa Pelletier 505-927-5407 Energy Readings & Healings in Santa Fe

Your spirit awakens in resonant, gradual but steady ways as information is given in the form of color, symbol, story, amusement and non-judgment. Grounding gently guides you into — and past lives inform — your present. Receive an aura reading & clearing, learn what validates and supports your growth, ask questions, choose next steps. Recording emailed.

Keri Ports

Animal & Human Psychic/Medium (213) 999-9098 Sessions available in person, phone or Skype Private psychic/medium readings for people and pets, guided chakra meditation, and group readings. Messages from spirit are guidance for your soul so you can fulfill your Divine purpose!

SKIN CARE/BEAUTY Jodie Cunningham

Beautycounter Consultant 505.238.8829 Chic and luxurious, yet safe and effective skin care and personal care products for you and the entire family. A new line of color cosmetics scrupulously tested for heavy metals, setting a new standard in the industry.  Explore the website and call to schedule your consultation.

WELLNESS CENTER Obsidian Health and Wellness 505-715-3452 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd NE

Alternative Integrative Health. Create the change and restore health at it’s source with NES Total Wellness system. Re-assess, rejuvenate, re-imprint and rebuild.

Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico January 15  

Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico New Mexico edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.

Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico January 15  

Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico New Mexico edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.