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July 11 - 14, 2016 Sagebrush Inn Taos, NM Pre-Symposium Chair and Speaker - Mary L. Hardy, MD Keynote Speaker - Victoria Maizes, MD Banquet Speaker - Mark Blumenthal, Founder & Executive Director, American Botanical Council Plenary Speakers - Brent A. Bauer, MD; Anjali Bhagra, MBBS; Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, CCFP; Stephen R. Devries, MD; Mikhail Kogan, MD; Victor S. Sierpina, MD Special workshop For more information contact UNM Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development Modern Medical Meditation & Alzheimer’s Prevention by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD Phone: 505-272-3942 •

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newsbriefs Next 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course begins June 6


ind out why people have traveled from over 26 countries all 50 states to attend the hypnotherapy course at Hypnotherapy Academy in Albuquerque. “Our state-licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for almost 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is held three times a year and is taught in two-week modules,” says Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra. After completing the first 300 hours (Modules 1-3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. By also completing Module 4 which covers pain management techniques and accelerated healing for 400 hours, students are eligible for the professional designation of Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist. Module 5 is an elective which covers natal regression and past life therapy, for 500 hours. Location: 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque. To register visit or call 505-767-8030 or toll free at 877-983-1515. See ad page 11.

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linical Herbalism courses through UNM Continuing Education keep the spirit of traditional and age-old holistic medicine practices thriving in the modern world. Herbal medicine is an emerging field offering many professional opportunities as a health and wellness entrepreneur, holistic health practitioner, wellness coach, a teacher, herb cultivator, and more. Due to popular demand, the UNM Continuing Education department has expanded their certificates into Clinical Herbalism Level 1 and Level 2, and Ayurveda. They are ideal for students interested in practicing herbalism in communities, as well as with family and friends. Students are introduced to herbology and Materia Medica with basic science knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. Enroll early online at or by calling 505-277-0077. For more details, email See ad page 14.


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Messages from Spirit Monthly Group


anelle Becklund with InnerSpiral Hypnotherapy will offer her next monthly “Messages from Spirit” group on May 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Source. Topics will include channeling messages from spirit and loved ones, Tarot and intuitive readings, and using hypnosis to connect with the higher and intuitive self. “The purpose of the group is to explore different ways to connect with spirit,” says Becklund, who will offer messages while creating the space for group members to gain confidence in connecting with their own intuition. Becklund also offers individual and group sessions for hypnosis, channeling, mediumship, energy healing, Tarot and intuitive readings. She has the ability to connect with loved ones and guides on the other side. “I’m very sensitive to energy and am able to connect with energies in people’s homes and settings where there may be earthbound spirits,” says this practitioner who uses her intuition along with a unique form of alchemy, regression and energy healing in the sessions. “The use of alchemy and healing is effective in treating issues related to trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, confidence and relationship issues.” Cost for monthly group: $10. To RSVP, call 505-321-4121 or visit See ad page 13.

6th Annual Survivorship Event


he Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project (GCAP) will host their 6th annual survivorship event Beauty in all the Colors on June 18 at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque. This inspiring fundraising event celebrates the survivorship of women with gynecological and breast cancers and features educational seminars by highly acclaimed Albuquerque oncologists, a fabulous fashion show with survivors as models, a luncheon and a silent auction. GCAP was created for women with gynecological cancer and provides support with cancer education, group support and other assistance during treatment. The foundation relies on generous donors to help raise funds which will help women with gynecological and breast cancers through cancer treatment and beyond. “We are looking towards you, as a local business owner or individual to help our event be a success,” says Amy Gundelach, Founder and Director. There are several ways for the community to become involved. “You could join us for a fabulous lunch and other festivities, sponsor a cancer patient to attend, or donate items for the silent auction or other in-kind donations,” says Gundelach. Location: 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 505-610-9300 or visit

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Discover Chumpi Illumination in Two Day Class


leanora Amendolara of the Sacred Center Mystery School in New York will bring her class “Illuminate Your Reality, Activate Your Soul” to Santa Fe’s Puerta de la Luna June 18 and 19. Over two days of experiential learning, participants will be introduced to the Peruvian Chumpi stones and the pioneering healing system called Chumpi Illumination as well as muscle testing and other advanced spiritual practices. The class is led by master healer, teacher, and Sacred Center founder Eleanora Amendolara. She is the author of the Chumpi Illumination: Gateways to Healing and Transformation. The principles in this foundational book are expanded upon in the upcoming training. According to Amendolara, “The Chumpis have been used by the shamans and the indigenous peoples of the Andes for hundreds of years. We use these powerful sacred tools to create inter-dimensional gateways that promote healing at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.” Students will learn self-healing techniques and also have the opportunity to practice with others. This class is appropriate for practicing healers as well as individuals interested in physical and spiritual transformation. Artisan carved Chumpi stones will be available for sale to class participants. Class registration is limited. Visit for details or call local event organizer Jeraldine Peterson-Mark at 505-795-7281.

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What is the International Board of Hypnotherapy?


s an ever-increasing body of research lends greater scientific credence to the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy to assist patients in accelerating their healing, controlling pain and facilitating recovery from medical procedures, more and more patients and medical professionals are looking for ways to incorporate these benefits in the health plans they are designing. Yet, with no governmental oversight and a broad variance in training and even in the theory behind the practice of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, a caveat emptor approach to a field that has long been misrepresented by the media makes hypnotherapy seem unapproachable to many patients and healthcare providers. The International Board of Hypnotherapy (IBH) exists to regulate and maintain a demonstrated level of professional training, ability, reliability and ethics in the hypnotherapy community, so that healthcare providers and their patients can make use of the power of the subconscious mind with the guidance of competent professionals who know how to work with the healthcare system. The International Board of Hypnotherapy has set rigorous requirements for certification so that consumers, health and counseling agencies, clinics and hospitals can rest assured they are getting a qualified practitioner when employing an IBH Fellow. Some Services IBH Provides to the Community: • Physician to physician consultation on the benefits and strategies for the use of medical hypnotherapy as an adjunct to medical treatment and general patient care. • Provision of a registry of medical support hypnotherapists for placement with physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, hospitals and medical clinics. • Education for medical personnel and hypnotherapists in medical hypnotherapy methods.

Other support for members: • Support and conduct research in the application and efficacy of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. • Continuing education for member support including: • IBH physician consultation • Registry placement for Fellows • Monthly teleconference • Annual symposium • Continuing Education The Annual International Board of Hypnotherapy Symposium is being held in Albuquerque, May 13-15. For more information, call 505-767-8030, email certification@hypnotherapyacademy. com or visit symposium.html.

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7th Biennial Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals


he 7th Biennial Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment (SIMPLE) is being held July 10 to 14 at the Sagebrush Inn and Suites in Taos. Event organizers are excited to hold this event in the picturesque town of Taos, nestled within the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in beautiful northern New Mexico. The 2016 SIMPLE program will host many distinguished and expert speakers who will provide like-minded learners with the latest original research and updates in the field of complementary and integrative medicine including physician wellness, self-care, nutrition, geriatrics and palliative care, herbs and botanicals, medical cannabis, mind-body medicine, and so much more. In addition to the educational opportunity, the conference schedule allows attendees the chance to enjoy mornings with family and loved ones while experiencing the magical quality that Taos has to offer. Enjoy hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, white water rafting through the Rio Grande Gorge, hot air ballooning in the endless blue skies of Taos, or visiting the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow being held July 8 to 10. “You’ll want to take time to visit the historic buildings and museums, attend a live concert in the Taos Plaza, and enjoy the quaint shops and art galleries,” says conference chair, Dr. Arti Prasad, Professor and Chief of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Integrative Medicine, and the Founder and Executive Director of the UNM Center for Life. Cost: Open to patients and community at a special rate of $150. For additional information and to register, visit simple.html. See ad page 2.



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How Life Lessons are Revealed through Sharing Stories


eriditas Master Labyrinth Teacher Jo Ann Mast will facilitate a workshop entitled Stories Shape and Change our Lives on May 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Aldea Community Center in Santa Fe. This creative workshop uses the labyrinth as a tool for personal growth and greater self-awareness. Attendees will learn how stories shape them and their perception of the world. “We invite you to come celebrate and share your stories with us on our journey to the center of the labyrinth. Bring a personal story fragment to this experiential workshop that includes walking the Aldea Labyrinth, journaling, art expression, small group discussion and plenty of time for reflection,” says Mast. Fee: $45 cash or check. Bring own lunch. Location: Aldea Community Center, 58A Avenida Aldea, Santa Fe (Directions will be provided). For more information and to register, contact Jo Ann Mast at 303-717-4772 or or Siobhan Hancock at 619-952-4934 or sabhan33@gmail. com. The workshop is a Veriditas pre-qualifying workshop. Five CEU’S available for New Mexico counselors and social workers, including Play Therapy. See ad page 15.

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Well Woman Life Launches Podcast


ell Woman Life is proud to launch The Well Woman Show as a podcast on iTunes. Host Giovanna Rossi interviews women leaders, executives and entrepreneurs about their lives and their road to becoming and being who they are today. “Do you ever feel like you need to be Wonder Woman to get everything done and be the awesome powerful women you know you can be? Well, you’re not alone. We all need to remember to use our superpowers—the ones we already have but don’t use all the time, says Rossi. Toward the end of the show, in a segment called Superpowers for Success, she asks her guests about their superpowers and the answers are unbelievably powerful. The podcast features guests such as Nina Simons of Bioneers, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising, La Donna Harris of American for Indian Opportunity, and Miriam Ortiz y Pino of More Than Organized. You can listen to the Well Woman Show every Wednesday at Well Woman Life also hosts Well Woman Drinks, a supportive, social event for women to connect and share their successes and challenges. Well Women Drinks is held every third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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Your Sacred Ambition Live Event


our Sacred Ambition Live Event: Lead from Your Divine Power so You Can Do Well While Doing Good is being held August 4 to 6 in Albuquerque. During this three-day event, attendees will learn how to articulate their sacred calling and embody their sacred ambition; join the tribe of leaders, visionaries and world servers dedicated to shifting old paradigms; clear away what is standing in their way; realign their ambition and power to what is most sacred; and stop playing small and putting their big dreams on the back burner. “Do you long to share your gifts and talents openly—in a big way—so you can serve others authentically from the full power of who you are?” asks Rebecca Skeele, founder of the third annual Your Sacred Ambition event. “Are you holding yourself back because you have not found the authentic way to bring forward that dream in service to the greater good? Your heart-felt soul-stirring impulse to share your talents in a bigger way comes from the greatness of who you are.” “Find the support you need to take your steps and manifest your sacred ambition,” adds Skeele.

den Energy Medicine practitioner Angela Melton is pleased to announce two upcoming classes on supporting hormones naturally. The first class, Yoga and Essential Oils is being held at 7 p.m. on May 18 and the second class, Energy Medicine and Essential Oils at 6 p.m. on May 19. “I’ve had my own challenges staying balanced, and I’ve helped a lot of other women tame the hormone monster. I’ve seen success regardless of the stage of life women are in because the tools I teach will support hormonal balance at any level,” says Melton, who learned that pain usually indicates an excess of energy after she discovered Eden Energy Medicine. For 20 years I had very smooth cycles, with no problems while on birth control. I decided to give my body a break from the chemicals and my periods got heavier and the cramping increased. I tried acupuncture, which helped but was inconvenient, and muscle relaxers which clouded my mind but didn’t stop the pain. “I energy tested and determined my own protocol: perform a daily energy routine to keep my basic energy systems strong, resilient and able to bounce back quickly; sedate the kidney meridian to sedate all the yin meridians; and sedate the stomach meridian to sedate all the yang meridians.” Additionally, Melton incorporated certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils which she says took it to a new level. “I apply the women’s blends over my abdomen, kidneys and liver to support my body and balance hormones naturally. I now have my life back and can enjoy it pain free without being drugged,” she explains. “With these natural tools I took back my power!” Call 505-310-1790 for a free consultation. RSVP to events is required. See details in calendar of events. See ad back cover.

Cost: Early enrollment special until May 31, $197 and bring a friend for $97. For more information, call 505795-4751 or visit RebeccaeSkeele. com/your-sacred-ambition-2016. See ad page 4.


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Erase Limiting Beliefs with Access Consciousness Bars


hat if you could change the thoughts, feelings and emotions that limit you with ease? What if a relaxing body process could change you... and the world?” asks Janice Biondo, founder of Access Your Mojo! Biondo says it’s possible with the use of Access Consciousness Bars. “Access Bars are 32 points on the head that, when lightly touched, can erase your limiting points of view about everything. It’s very nourishing for your body and being,” she says. “A few benefits of getting your bars run are: eliminates stress, erases negative thinking, quiets the mind, improves health and clears upsets.” According to Biondo, clients lie down fully clothed on a massage table or lounge chair while she gently touches various points on their head for approximately five minutes each. During a session, it’s not unusual for clients to drift off into a deep, relaxing sleep or feel like they’re in a deep meditation.


Protect Your Skin this Summer by Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh


ummer is a busy time for everyone—even for teachers who get a much-needed break from June to August. Summer lets you catch up on rest, relaxation, vacations and family time you missed during the school year. While out and about in the sun this summer, it’s extremely important to protect your skin. Though the sun does wonders for the soul, it wreaks havoc on the skin. And the New Mexico sun is harsher and more damaging than other climates. Hydration is extremely important for the skin, as well as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, etc. It’s also important to remember to protect the neck and chest, too. The sun damages the skin, causing it to look dry, wrinkled and loose. Pigment changes known as sun spots occur and severe sun damage can lead to skin cancer. Preventative measures are the best way to keep the skin healthy, including skin resurfacing for existing sun damage. Skin resurfacing removes layers of damaged skin, revealing healthy skin free of blemishes, lines, wrinkles, and other flaws. Skin resurfacing is non-invasive and highly customizable for each patient’s skin condition. Skin resurfacing methods include CO2 Laser Resurfacing, Microdermabrasion, Emerge™, HydraFacial™, Protégé Elite by BTL and many other treatment options. These treatments remove dead skin cells, blemishes, pore debris, blackheads, reduce fine lines and exfoliate the skin. Years of acne, scarring, sun damage or hyperpigmentation can be erased in minutes – allowing new skin to shine. Many of these procedures can also be performed on the neck and chest, giving your entire facial region a younger look. Before you head back to a busy school year, take some time for you and experience healthy and rejuvenated skin. Treatments are quick and painless with no downtime.

To learn more, call 505-310-3764 or Contact Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh at New Mexico Facial Plastics for a consultation to visit See ad page 39. discuss how your skin can look as young as you feel. Call 505-888-3223 or visit

Journey to the Center of the Labyrinth

Sunday May 15, 2016 • 9:00am to 2:30pm Facilitated by

Veriditas Master Labyrinth Teacher - Jo Ann Mast Life lessons are revealed through Story.

Come celebrate a short personal story using the labyrinth as a process for greater self growth & awareness. The experiential workshop includes, music, art expression & more. Bring a Lunch FEE: $45 (cash or check)

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Jo Ann Mast: 303-717-4772 - or Siobhan Hancock: 619-952-4934 - Aldea Community Center, 58A Avenida Aldea, Santa, Fe NM 87507

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A PhysiologicallyBased Psychotherapy for Trauma and Psychological Distress by Laurie Pryor


ave you tried psychotherapy but hit a block around certain problems? EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) may be able to resolve issues that have not been responsive to traditional talk therapy. EMDR is highly effective in treating post-traumatic stress, but can also be applied to other issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, addiction, and chronic pain. Disturbing events, whether a car accident or being shamed by a parent, can get locked into the brain and body with the original image, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Certain situations can then trigger the fear and beliefs associated with the original event. EMDR uses bilateral eye movement, sound, or touch, to stimulate information related to the event and helps the brain reprocess and integrate the memory in a less distressing way. It is thought that our brain naturally uses bilateral eye movements during Rapid Eye Movement sleep to process and integrate experiences from that day. EMDR replicates that process in a state of conscious awareness. The EMDR therapist guides you through the process and your brain automatically does all the work. EMDR is designated as an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Laurie Pryor, MA, LMHC, psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner, has an office at 2011 Botulph Rd., Ste. 100, in Santa Fe. She can be reached at 505-695-8223 or by visiting See ad page 13.


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recent study by researchers at the University of La Plata, in Argentina, has found that most of the cotton hygiene products on the market contain the chemical glyphosate, widely used in agriculture as an herbicide. According to a recent World Health Organization statement, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. The researchers purchased samples of cotton gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products including tampons and sanitary pads from stores in the La Plata area. Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s lead researcher, recounts the results: “Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze, the figure was 100 percent.” Marino adds, “In terms of concentrations, we saw that in raw cotton, AMPA dominates, with 39 parts per billion (PPB), followed by 13 PPB of glyphosate. While AMPA is absent in the gauze, the material contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.” The research was presented at the 2015 national Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns, in Buenos Aires.

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raniosacral therapy has finally grown up. Through the years, we have seen different approaches created and different schools of thought arise. All these approaches have one thing in common, they all use more or less the same techniques or non-techniques. When you look at osteopath and founder of craniosacral therapy, Dr. William Sutherland’s practice, you can observe that after discovering all of his techniques, he started to drop all doing and became more silent and subtle. In other words, over the course of five decades, he went from bio-mechanical to bio-dynamic Understanding the mechanics of the tissues and the systems will give you the confidence and intent needed for you to be able to rest in Sutherland’s adage, “Be still and know.” As a craniosacral therapist and a teacher, I have always felt that the people who came to me were drawn by their bodies, by their hearts, to meet me and make the deepest of connections possible—a meeting of the hearts. The heart is always empty and the heart is also always full. Whenever a student is ready, whenever a lover is ready, at exactly the right moment, the master will appear. This is what craniosacral therapy brings to us after we have done the necessary practice. A craniosacral therapy student will encounter the master, who always resides right there in front of you, invisible because of the veil of “therapy”, invisible because of the veil of techniques and ego. But once the student or teacher becomes the midline, the master will reveal itself. Then,

one is ready to go beyond the expression, “Be still and know.” The appearance of the master is a truism in every true spiritual search. For us this master is hidden in the emptiness of the mid-line; it is the ‘Light of oneself’. This has happened and will happen over and over again. It is simply called the practice of meditation. To go beyond “therapy” is to meet craniosacral therapy in its essence, the fullness and emptiness that will always be at the heart of things. You are that heart. Your client, your student, is that heart. Your practice will become your practice of meditation. So for all of you who have arrived exactly in the mid-line, who realize that we are the center of the universe, let’s explore a few words that come out of that emptiness. The Master I want to introduce to you today is Tilopa. He lived around 1,000 AD and just like Buddha, was born in the eastern part of India intoa royal family. He is known for his six words of advice: “Hitting the nail on the head.” Those words could come straight out of a craniosacral therapy teacher’s deepest understanding, once he/she has gone beyond “therapy.” So Tilopa is our first craniosacral therapy advisor. His words certainly point the way and hit the nail on the head. To read this article in full and learn about Tilopa’s advice and the Cranio School of the Masters in Santa Fe, visit and See ad page 22.


onception and pregnancy have become increasingly more difficult and challenging for women in the last few decades. One of the main reasons for this is due to the increased amount of stress that women have in their daily lives and how this stress affects their bodies. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) works with the nervous system and is one of the best ways of relieving stress from the body and strengthening the body’s ability to take better care of itself. CST is a gentle hands-on approach that works through the craniosacral system to alleviate a range of disorders and to improve health. It works very well with women trying to get pregnant, during pregnancy and postpartum. CST helps prepare a body for giving birth and helps remove trauma from the body that may be preventing pregnancy or lead to complication during birth. It helps the mother and unborn child connect at a deeper level and helps them both prepare for the easiest and best birthing experience. During postpartum, it assists the mother in her physical and emotional recovery and can be done while holding the newborn to help deepen the mother/ child bonding. Jonathon Moore is the founder of Blue Buddha Bodywork in Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-252-1691 or visit See ad page 13 and 38.

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The number one culprit for low libido in women is subpar physical health, says Steelsmith. “To be capable of fully enjoying pleasure, you need a healthy body.” Carrying excess weight can both erode self-esteem and lead to reductions in a woman’s natural circulating testosterone, a critical hormone that by Lisa Marshall helps ignite pleasure circuits in the female brain and increase sensitivity in the clitoris. Being underweight can result in fatigue and low sexual energy, diminished production of excitatory brain chemicals and low levels of estrogen, key for keeping a woman moist. Meanwhile, Steelsmith explains, excess stress can prompt the body to “steal” from libido-boosting hormones like progesterone in order to make more of the stress-hormone cortisol. High blood sugar can drive down testosterone, while high cholesterol can clog pelvic blood vessels, dulling sensation. Depression, diabetes and thyroid disorders are other major libido killers, first month on the market in 1998. Yet says Clayton. “If you treat them effecseveral months after its launch, only nderlying health issues aside, tively, you may see big improvements.” about 1,000 women had tried Addyi a hectic schedule packed with Women seeking to improve their and many doctors declined to prescribe work deadlines, kids’ sportsexual health should first try to achieve it, due to its lack of widespread efficacy ing events and household chores can a healthy weight via diet and exercise, and possible adverse side effects, inleave little time for intimacy. Letting Steelsmith says. She recommends an cluding low blood pressure and fainting that pattern go on too long can become organic diet rich in complex carbohywhen combined with alcohol. a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it drates (which keep blood sugar bal “This is a complex problem that phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. anced), lean protein (a precursor to requires a complex solution,” says Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia desire-related neurotransmitters) and Honolulu-based naturopathic physipsychiatry professor, neurologist and good fats (which help keep vulval cian Laurie Steelsmith, author of Great author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to tissues lubricated). the Quest for Intimacy. Exercise—another circulation Despite what hyper-seductive female Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the booster—is also key. Do it before a Secrets of Natural Medicine. “For most media stereotypes suggest we believe, scheduled hot date for even better women, drugs are not the answer.” She in the real world, 39 percent of women results. One 2014 study of 52 women notes that for men, boosting libido is feel they lack sex drive, and nearly half found that those that worked out prior to largely a matter of boosting circulation experience some kind of sexual dissatisan anticipated romantic encounter had and blood flow to the penis. But for faction, according to a survey of 32,000 significantly increased sexual desire. women, desire for lovemaking stems women published in the journal Obstetfrom an interplay of emotional, interrics & Gynecology. About one in eight women are significantly distressed about personal, hormonal and anatomical Pamper Femaleness drivers that make lack of desire harder it. “The truth is, many of us don’t have Many women avoid sexual encounters to “treat”. great sex lives,” confirms Clayton. for fear of sparking a urinary tract or The truth is that many simple, ef Sprout Pharmaceuticals introduced vaginal infection. This becomes more fective, non-drug approaches exist. As Addyi, aka filbanserin, last fall; the common after age 40, as estrogen Boulder, Colorado, marriage therapist first prescription drug to address low wanes and pelvic tissue thins and Michele Weiner Davis puts it, “There’s libido in women. Some heralded the dries, leaving it more vulnerable to no reason why a woman wanting a microbial invaders. Because semen is controversial medication as “the little more robust sex life cannot have one.” alkaline, it changes a woman’s vaginal pink pill,” seeing it as the female verpH, allowing unfriendly bacteria to sion of males’ blue Viagra pill, which thrive, says Steelsmith. Continued on page 20 a half-million men purchased in its

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Crazy Habits of Dharma Love By Amara Charles


erhaps you’ve noticed how having major secrets or lying in your intimate relationships keeps you hooked in a karmic-merrygo-round that isn’t very merry. It’s no fun getting caught in loops where nothing seems to change, old irritations insist on rearing up and you can’t help adding insult to injury. Such is the way of a karmic relationship. The only way to shed the weight of karma and step on a path to creating a dharma relationship is start seeing transgressions for what they are. And here’s the kicker: whether you’ve made or have been the target of a transgression (as in being the cheater or being cheated on), it doesn’t matter. Either one keeps you dragging through karma going round and round. Dharma relationships are radically different, and the habits you start to ingrain are a lot more fun. It’s not that you suddenly escape conflict, get rid of all irritation or that you have

the best sex ever right away. You do, however, start to play by rules that bring you into a different world. In karmic relationships you get to tell stories of woe for all they’re worth: nothing. Karmic relationships are built on racking up debts and keeping them in play until someone pays up. The trouble is, when you are stuck in karmic loops, you are the one who pays the most. In a dharma relationship, you turn the story around. You don’t have to ignore transgressions, in fact, you see them more clearly. In dharma, you stop trying to get others to see their wrongs the way you see them. Instead, you look carefully at your own. What are you looking for? Your real motivations behind your actions. When I look only at my part in any situation—no matter how completely justified I feel, I remove the pressure from the other. This is a crazy good dharma habit to practice. Many times, if I can turn my attention inward instead of outwards—and own my own faults, it’s contagious. It has even worked with

people who seemed to have “done me wrong” in a big way. It seems to cause people to take a good look inside too because I have. I am giving space for others to reflect on their own parts without ever asking them to do that. It’s such a relief giving up the habit of trying to get things to go my way. This is one of the crazy habits of dharma love that inspires honesty. Rather than demanding or expecting it, you get ruthlessly honest with yourself first. I’ve noticed owning my stuff like this leads to some rather earth shattering, mind blowing, romantic sexy love. Dharma love, after all, is wisdom. Highly acclaimed sex and intimacy expert Amara Charles has facilitated Quodoushka spiritual sexuality programs around the world since 1989. Her bestselling book The Sexual Practices of Quodoushka is inspiring men and women everywhere to become more caring, creative lovers. Visit AmaraCharles. com. Complete article at

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Five Common Libido Killers Birth Control Pills: Oral contraceptives can boost levels of sex hormone-binding globulin, which attaches to desire-promoting testosterone, making it harder for the body to access it. Antidepressants: Numerous antidepressant medications have been shown to decrease libido, but leaving depression untreated can kill sex drive even more; consider natural alternatives. Smoking: It impairs circulation to genitals. Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers sexual response. Caffeine: Excess caffeine can erode levels of testosterone, which is vital for driving desire. Sources: Laurie Steelsmith, ND, and research studies

Nature’s Libido-Enhancers L-arginine: Boosts blood flow to sexual organs. Can be taken in supplement form or applied topically. Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng): Considered a sexual tonic in Chinese medicine for its ability to stabilize sexual energy over time; also used to address vaginal dryness. Epimedium (horny goat weed): Said to stimulate nerves in genitals, support adrenal glands and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals. Phenylethylamine: Sometimes referred to as the “romance chemical”, this stimulant and mood elevator is naturally released in the brain when we have an orgasm, exercise or eat chocolate; also available in supplement form. Maca: A Peruvian root used for centuries in that country to promote sexual energy, Maca is said to boost production of libido-boosting hormones. Source: Laurie Steelsmith, ND


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Her advice: Always go to the bathroom and urinate after intercourse, and use natural lubricants, like vitamin E. For some women, she also recommends low-dose, prescription estrogen cream or suppositories. If an infection occurs, try to treat it naturally, avoiding antibiotics, which can spark yeast overgrowth. Instead, Steelsmith recommends using tea tree oil, goldenseal, or probiotic douches or suppositories, available online and at health food stores. Kegel exercises are a famous aid, involving clamping down as if interrupting urine flow, before releasing and repeating. This not only help fends off urinary incontinence and infection, it also strengthens and firms pelvic muscles, rendering enhanced enjoyment for both partners.

While most women assume that they need to be in the mood first, research by University of British Columbia Psychiatrist Rosemary Basson suggests that in some women, desire only comes after physical arousal, especially by a loving partner that takes the time to meet her needs. “I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said to me, ‘I’m not in the mood, but once I get into it, I surprise myself, because I have a really good time,’” says Weiner Davis. She’s not advising women to make love when they really don’t want to, but rather to be open to it even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. “A lot of women feel like the house has to be clean, with the kids asleep and free of distracting noises,” she says. “Sometimes, just do it.”

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Clayton points out that while 42 percent of women experience either low sex drive or satisfaction, fewer than 12 percent are really bothered by it. “Some women experience great grief and loss about this. They say, ‘It used to be a part of my life and now it’s gone.’” For some in this subset that are unable to find relief via lifestyle changes, she would recommend Addyi, said to boost desire by changing brain chemicals. On the other hand, many women don’t need to take any action at all. “If someone has low sex drive and it doesn’t matter to them or their partner, it’s not a problem.” That said, the benefits of attending to an affectionate, healthy sex life can go far beyond the bedroom, improving overall health and strengthening relationships, notes Steelsmith. Sex burns calories, increases circulation, releases calming and painkilling hormones like prolactin and prompts production of the “bonding hormones” vasopressin and oxytocin. “When you are in a loving relationship and you express that love through your body, physiological changes occur that can help you bond more deeply with your partner,” she says. “The more you make love, the more love you make.”

Research has shown that over time, frequent lovemaking actually causes structural changes in certain areas of the brain as new connections form and sex-related regions grow stronger. Stop, and those areas atrophy, making physical intimacy feel awkward once it’s resurrected. A sexless relationship can also be emotionally devastating for the person, often the male, that wants more contact, says Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. “For the spouse yearning for touch, it is a huge deal,” she says. “It’s about feeling wanted, attractive and loved.” In her practice, she often sees couples that are mismatched in how they wish to demonstrate and receive love. Often, the woman wants to feel close emotionally before she can feel close physically. For the man, physical intimacy is a conduit for opening up emotionally. When both keep waiting to get what they want, the relationship suffers. She counsels couples to deliberately make time to address both partners’ needs. Schedule a long walk or intimate dinner to talk over feelings; also schedule sex. “Some people say, ‘Oh, but that’s not spontaneous enough,’” says Weiner Davis. “But even if you put it on the calendar, what you do with that time can still be spontaneous and playful.”

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What is Libido and how can it guide us?

ever, be distributed in such a way that it stops activating our sexual drive center. Consciously or not, we have developed different priorities and put our energy toward other aspects of life. But this doesn’t need to be the end of the story. We can choose to reintegrate our sexual center. For lovemaking to be fulfilling in the long run, it helps to let go of old scripts that were written by (usually unspoken) expectations, “shoulds” or by fixations on a certain outcome—and sometimes, all of the above. Sex is the ultimate here-now-all-that-we-are-present event. Our body is the ultimate guide in presence. Our inner body can show us where we are energetically, emotionally and mentally. by Isa Magdalena Now we’re back to libido and how it can guide us in daily love and life. The libido paradigm teaches a tool, the Libido Compass, which allows us more conscious choices ibido is the energy that in how to use our life force, how to access it, and how makes us tick. Libido to distribute it in our body-mind-soul. For most people turns us on; it activates it’s easy to become familiar with the Libido Compass as our lust or our instinctual sex an inner map, because it’s a natural part of us; it’s based drive. But libido also ignites all on ancient Eastern science, using the “inner centers of other human realms: our love, perception,” each of which has its own vibration, color, power, creativity, expression, consciousness and expression. The more we can eminspiration and spirituality. If libido is stepped body each realm, the more fully alive we feel. In sex, the upon, it will turn us off to some degree in one or more more we occupy of our Self, the more we can share with areas, which may be why Sigmund Freud, who introduced another person and the more choice of expression we have—from arousal, to play, to love, to meditation. Western culture to the concept of libido, came to the conclusion that many of our psychological problems stem from the suppression of libido. Isa Magdalena is a certified somatic Other terms for libido are life force, sexual energy, sex coach and educator in Santa Fe vital energy, creative energy and Kundalini Shakti, to and Taos, She has taught sexualityname just a few. The idea that sex equals energy is big spirituality in the US and Europe because we don’t live in the good old “sex-is-for-procresince 1992. Her book is called ation-only” times anymore. Thanks to birth control, most ‘Libido, Where Sex, Science people face the complexity of sex and love-making as a and Spirit Meet’ - A Map of way of relating for many other reasons. Full Spectrum Sex. For more Many of us, women especially, reach a time when we information, call 575-751-0032 or feel that we no longer have libido or can’t seem to find visit Complete it anymore. There is a list of reasons why we can feel this article at way, but technically speaking, we can’t run out of libido, or we wouldn’t be alive anymore. Our libido can, how-



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Solutions for a Sluggish Thyroid Keying in on Iodine


by Kathleen Barnes

t seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a throttle, the gas pedal for all metabolic functions in the human body,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of San Rafael, California, author of Thyroid Mind Power. If the thyroid is a driving force of human physiology, then iodine is its key fuel, says Dr. Robert Thompson, of Soldotna, Alaska, author of What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid. “Every single cell in your body depends on thyroid hormone, and the thyroid depends on iodine for proper functioning.” “Without sufficient thyroid hormone, we have low energy, slower metabolism, lower immunity to illness and impaired repair and maintenance of bones and joints,” explains Shames. After testing thousands of patients in his practice, Thompson estimates that 90 percent of North Americans are iodine deficient, citing what he calls “epidemic

proportions” of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) with symptoms comprising obesity, fatigue, brain fog, irregular or absent menstrual periods, hair loss and heat and cold intolerance.

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Estrogen: Hypothyroidism is overwhelmingly a women’s disease, with women five to eight times more likely to suffer from it than men, according to the American Thyroid Association. “Estrogen inhibits the body’s natural ability to absorb and utilize iodine,” says Dr. Jorge Flechas, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, who specializes in thyroid disorders. “We find three periods in life when women need more iodine: at puberty and during both pregnancy and perimenopause or menopause. It’s because estrogen levels tend to fluctuate wildly at those times, neutralizing the ability of iodine gained through select foods to balance thyroid and other hormones.” Flechas prescribes iodine supplements for most women at all three stages of life. Toxic halogens: Iodine belongs to a group of halogens that includes chlorine, bromine and fluorine, three chemicals that are both toxic to the human body and block its ability to absorb Continued on page 24


rier (i.e. “leaky gut syndrome”) and poorer gut health, which further potentiates the systemic inflammatory process leading to more autoimmunity. This cycle cannot be broken without simultaneously treating both the gut and the thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid health is also interconnected to adrenal health. The adrenal glands produce cortisol along with other hormones related to our stress response. Many situations such as chronic infections, food intolerances, environmental toxins, blood sugar imbalances, and psychological stress can cause chronically elevated stress hormones which can suppress thyroid function in many ways. Chronic stress will reduce Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) by depressing hypothalamic and pituitary function further degrading immune By Dr. Thomas Krieger Fritsch barriers like the above mentioned leaky gut, making cells less responsive to thyroid hormone and causing widespread hormone imbalances (estrogen/testosterone) he thyroid gland is on every cell, tissue and which circle back causing further thyroid sometimes referred to organ in our body. In hormone dysfunction. Thyroid health canas a sentinel gland, hypothyroidism we see not be achieved without addressing the meaning that it is sensitive symptoms that are reflec- triggers of the stress response. to changes in the body’s tive of a relative slowThyroid health is also interconnected internal environment. ing of cellular activity: with insulin resistance and metabolic synThe thyroid is intertwined mental fog, depression, drome. Metabolic syndrome occurs when with all the systems of the dementia, weight gain, there is insulin resistance, hypertension, body and its dysfunction is constipation, dry skin, high cholesterol and triglycerides, abdomioften a reflection of another hair loss, cold intolernal obesity, and inflammation, and is a system under stress. With ance, irregular menstrua- significant risk profile which can lead to a the rapid changes in our tion, musculoskeletal cardiovascular and cerebrovascular event. daily environment, it should pain, infertility, etc. The large fluctuations in blood sugar that be no surprise that thyroid As a result of the ultimately cause insulin resistance increase dysfunction directly affects an estimated standard approach, some patients sufferthe autoimmune destruction of the thyroid 50 million Americans every year, and ing from hypothyroidism fail to achieve gland, and increase stress hormone promany of the top selling prescribed drugs long-lasting resolution to their symptoms. duction perpetuating the effects discussed are related to the treatment of hypothyroid- Typically, symptoms fail to resolve because above. In turn, the decreased thyroid ism and cost American consumers billions there is no attention paid to the root hormone activity perpetuates the insulin of dollars each year. The majority of people cause of the dysfunction and therefore the dysfunction, blood sugar fluctuations and struggling with a thyroid disorder are process driving the disease continues to weight gain. Again, to break the cycle, the women (approximately 1 in 8), with hyworsen. Thyroid function is interconnected thyroid and metabolic syndrome need to pothyroidism (decreased thyroid hormone with other systems in the body therefore be treated simultaneously. activity) being the most common type. the reasons for the autoimmune process Thyroid health is interconnected to Standard treatment for hypothyroidism or thyroid hormone dysfunction can be many other factors: nutrient deficiencies, is thyroid hormone replacement therapy multidimensional. gluten intolerance, other hormone imbal(THRT) in the form of synthetic thyroxin For example, thyroid health is intiances or sources of immune dysfunction, (T4-called Levothyroxine), which is the mately connected with the health of the and sleep, to name a few. Ultimately, if inactive form of thyroid hormone. Studies gut. One cannot be healthy without the you are still suffering from symptoms of show that the majority of hypothyroidother. Inflammation and autoimmunity are hypothyroidism after treatment, it is likely ism, around 90 percent, is autoimmune often broadcast by immune dysregulation because the root-cause of the disease has in nature, reducing the thyroid’s ability to originating in the Gastrointestinal Associnot been addressed. produce hormone. However, the autoimated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT). The GALT mune process is ignored because most makes up about 80 percent of the immune Dr. Thomas Krieger Fritsch practices at Taos doctors have no effective way to intervene system. This autoimmune process will lead Chiropractic Health Center in Taos. He can in this process. to less circulating thyroid hormone. Lower be reached at 575-758-8498 or by visiting The nature of thyroid disease is reflec- levels of thyroid hormone, consequently, See ad page 2. tive of thyroid hormone’s direct influence will lead to a dysfunctional intestinal bar-

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A Few Drops of Detoxified Iodine Can Change Your Life Give Your Body the Natural Boost it Needs Causes of Iodine Deficiency The Hidden Deficiency { The Best I Ever Felt }

Radiation Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

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iodine, explains Thompson. “They’re everywhere, in our air, water and food. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them,” reports Shames, a longtime advocate in the movement against the common practice of adding fluoride (a derivative of fluorine) and chlorine to municipal water. Fluoride is also added to many brands of toothpaste. Bromide is part of almost all commercial flour and flour products, as well as soft drinks. Shames offers an historic insight. “Fluoride was once used to slow down an overactive thyroid, as recommended by the physicians’ bible, the Merck Manuals. Now we’re putting it in the water supply and wondering why we have a mushrooming epidemic of low thyroid incidence.” Food: “So-called ‘iodized’ salt doesn’t contain much usable iodine, and neither does pink Himalyan sea salt,” Shames cautions. We’ve known that our soil is deficient in essential minerals such as iodine since at least 1936, when a special U.S. Senate report concluded that our soil was already severely depleted. “This simply means that when we grow produce, the plants cannot extract these vital nutrients from the soil for us—including iodine—if those nutrients aren’t there in the first


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Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.A Growing Epidemic

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place,” says Thompson. If anything, he adds, U.S. soils have become even more sterile in the 80 years since the report and, “Factory farming and the use of genetically modified (GMO) crops, Roundup herbicide and synthetic chemical fertilizers have undoubtedly worsened the situation.”

Sources of Iodine

It’s difficult to include sufficient natural iodine in our daily diet unless we follow a Japanese-style diet that includes lots of seaweed and saltwater fish, says Shames. Other food sources are shellfish, turkey, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, legumes, cranberries and strawberries. There is little agreement about the optimal levels of iodine people need. The U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains that we need 150 micrograms a day, but iodine advocates are quick to point out that a person eating a typical Japanese diet (where hypothyroidism, or low thyroid activity, is rare) ingests 12.5 milligrams of iodine each day—83 times the amount recommended by the government. Shames recommends getting an iodine lab test (available without a prescription at to determine exact needs. Thompson recommends potassium iodide and sodium iodide

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Thyroid Toxins to Avoid Fluorine/fluoride n Fluoridated toothpaste n Unfiltered municipal drinking water n Some bottled teas n Teflon pans n Mechanically deboned chicken Chlorine/chloride n Virtually all municipal water n Swimming pools, spas n Poultry chilled in chlorinated water to kill bacteria n Chlorine bleaches and other conventional household cleaners Bromine/bromide n Flour and flour products, except those labeled “unbrominated” n Soft drinks n Pesticides with methyl bromide n Plastics n Fire retardants in children’s nightwear and some furniture n Spa disinfectants Source: What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid, by Dr. Robert Thompson.

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Kristin Near:

Passionate about Natural Beauty


ristin Near is a Holistic Esthetician whose passion is bringing out the natural beauty within her clients. “That’s what I do every day at Botanica Skin and Brow Studio,” says Near, who founded Botanica to give her clients one-on-one care that transforms their skin and enhances their lives. “I ask my clients not just about their products, but their life. What is their daily environment like? Their lifestyle, diet, sleep? How can we incorporate skin care and makeup to improve their life? I see myself as their private skin care trainer.” Near assesses her new clients’ facial products and makes recommendations to maximize the benefit from their skin care routine. “So many people have a huge collection of products but don’t know how to use them,” she says. “When you’re knowledgeable about what you’re using, your results are much better and you enjoy the experience. Nurturing yourself like that is a priceless gift.” After working with various skin care lines for 10 years Near reconnected with her first spa love, Dr. Hauschka. She mastered the line’s European rejuvenating facials, which incorporate lymphatic stimulation using small dry brushes. Each facial includes a warming sage foot soak and lavender and lemon organic cotton compresses. For corrective treatments, Near is trained in micro-current facial rejuvenation. Microcurrent uses low-level rhythmic electricity and light to tone and contour the face. For texture challenges she offers Rhonda Allison brand enzyme and chemical peels. Other services include chemical peels, brow shaping and threading, brow and lash tinting, hair removal, and makeup applications/lessons. Botanica Skin and Brow Studio is located inside Endpoint Wellness and shared with acupuncturist Dr. Geoffrey Hayes and massage therapist Kai Theophilis.


FACIAL FITNESS Exercises to Tone Your Face and Neck by Kathleen Barnes


ravity takes its toll as years pass, and many women find themselves bemoaning crow’s feet, frown lines and turkey necks that make them look older than they feel. Experts point to the loss of “fat pads” in the cheeks, bone loss around the eye sockets and cheekbones and overall weak muscles as potential contributors to facial aging. Natural exercise programs designed to reverse these unpleasant signs of aging comprise a new fitnessfor-beauty trend. “Face and neck muscles somehow have been left out of mainstream fitness programs,” observes Denver esthetician and massage therapist Grace Mosgeller, who addresses this void with her series of eight FaceFitnez audio and video exercises. “If you tone the muscles of your face and neck, the skin attached to those muscles firms and tones as well, creating a natural youthful look.” Muscular stress—the good kind—is at the core of facial fitness, says Mosgeller. She cite’s Wolff’s Law, a wellknown medical theory that bone grows and remodels in response to the tension or muscle engagement put on it. “Regular facial exercise works the muscles to correct the loss of both muscle tone and bone Location: 2730 San Pedro Dr. NE, Ste. B2, density and build collagen. It might be Albuquerque inside Endpoint Wellness. For called the equivalent of push-ups, pull-ups more information, call 505-235-7254 or and abdominal tucks for the face.” visit Carolyn Cleaves, owner of Carolyn’s


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Facial Fitness, in Seabeck, Washington, near Seattle, a former college professor, developed a facial exercise program for herself upon detecting early signs of aging. With the help of two primary care physicians, she designed a routine that includes 28 basic exercises that target all 57 facial muscles. “As we get older, we lose the underlying layer of fat just beneath the skin, and as a result, we look old and tired,” says Cleaves. She agrees that exercising the face actually helps rebuild lost bone, enlarges the muscles and also builds collagen. A study from the University of Rochester, in New York, confirms that loss of bone mass can start in women as early as age 40. It starts in men 16 to 25 years later. Mosgeller’s facial exercises work to fade wrinkles and lines and firm up sagging flesh, yielding visible results in as little as two weeks of dedicated training. She says, “Within six to nine months, it’s possible to look five to 10 years younger than when you started.” Her claims are verified by Dr. Carol Lipper, in Denver, who states, “I’ve done the exercises and they work. The trouble is compliance. It’s a lot of work.” She confirms that she saw improvement in her droopy eyelids after just two or three weeks of adhering to Mosgeller’s workouts.

“It seems that every three months or so, I see another leap in results and a younger look,” adds Cleaves of those using her program. Here are a few crucial areas to target, with just a few of these experts’ recommended remedies.

Cleaves’ Crow’s Feet Eliminator: Place fingertips on top of the head, thumbs resting near the corners of the eyes. Shut eyes tightly and slide thumbs toward the temples for a count of five. Repeat 10 times. Mosgeller’s Rx for Droopy Eyelids: Place index finger on top of a closed eyelid, and then lift fingers up and slightly to the outside. Blink hard and hold. It’s preventive, as well as curative, says Mosgeller, so those over 45 should repeat this 100 times a day, while younger individuals should repeat 20 to 50 times a day. Mosgeller’s Frown Line Eraser: Pull brows apart with fingers and hold for two seconds. Repeat 50 to 100 times up to six times per week. This is meant to relax and tone the muscles, not build them. Cleaves’ Turkey Neck Buster: Tilt the head back slightly. With palm facing the neck, grasp under the chin with a wideopen hand and slowly slide hand down to the collarbone; hold there while counting to 10. Repeat five times daily.

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loria Crume, a Hollywood School of Beauty graduate, has been a licensed esthetician and manicurist since 1995. She has extensive salon and spa experience as well as experience in a facial plastic surgery clinic. “It is my desire to provide exceptional skincare by choosing the best treatment and skincare product for each individual. I have a passion for education, not only for myself, but for my clients as well,” says Crume, who keeps up-to-date on all things related to skincare, so that she can pass along all she learns about new modalities, treatments and products to clients. “I want them to have the best information to choose the most effective treatments and home care products for their faces, hands and feet.” Crume is well-known for her facial massage. “A client once said that it felt like I had extra soft pads on my fingers. Most clients fall asleep during the massage portion of the facial,” she says. With that in mind, she is currently learning the principals of Meridian Facial Massage which smooths wrinkles and folds in the underlying facial fascia, eases inflammation and reduces muscle tension. This Native New Mexican is a member of ASCP (Associated Skin Care Professionals) and NCEA (National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors and Associations).

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How to Reboot Your Eating Habits Small Shifts Can Drop Pounds and Gain Health

Food Thought Habits

by Judith Fertig


ur food habits are often just that—mindless, repetitious eating behaviors. Some serve us well; others, not so much. Natural Awakenings asked experts to serve up many doable small changes that can add up to big shifts. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the John S. Dyson professor of marketing at Cornell University and author of Mindless Eating, changing just one lifestyle habit can eliminate two or more pounds each week. By changing up to three habits, we may lose more weight. At a minimum, we will likely improve the quality of the food we eat overall.

Food Choices

Consider starting the day with a new coffee habit. Dave Asprey, of Los Angeles, author of The Bulletproof Diet, uses organic coffee, brews with filtered water and blends the hot coffee with a pat of unsalted, grass-fed butter, a fat high in vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and a small spoonful of a coconut oil that doesn’t congeal at room temperature. Unlike a drive-through latte with sugar and carbohydrates, he maintains that this type of coffee, “makes you feel energized, focused and full for hours.” Asprey takes a biohacker’s approach to natural biology-based ways to maximize physical and mental performance. Buying Behaviors New York City writer Chris Gayomali Wansink advises that having the only tried Asprey’s recipe for two weeks. Alfood on our kitchen counter be fruit though it didn’t curb his appetite, he says encourages healthy snacking. At work, he felt more alert and “ready for life.” he suggests lunching away from our Upgrading the foods we love is desk to discourage mindless eating. also possible, says David Wann, of At restaurants, order half-size entrees, Golden, Colorado, author of Simple and then add a maximum of two items, Prosperity. “Too often, we economize such as soup and bread, salad and side on food when we should be buying the dish or an appetizer and dessert. best quality, freshest organic food we He recommends using a food can,” he says. shopping strategy to fill the cart with Rebecca Miller, who lives near better food. With hunger sated first, Kansas City, Missouri, took Wann’s chew on a natural gum while shopping; advice and cut costs in other ways init discourages buying junk food. Secstead. To her delight, she found that the ondly, habitually fill the front of the cart fresher, better-tasting food prompted her with produce. “We eat what we see,” to eat less, but eat better. “I lost seven he says. pounds in two weeks,” she says, “and I


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didn’t feel like I was on a diet.” Eating a big salad for lunch is a habit that author Victoria Moran, host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan online radio show, has adopted in her New York City home. She fills a big bowl with leafy greens, in-season vegetables, avocado and a light dressing. “This will set you up for the rest of the day,” says Moran. Pam Anderson, a mainstream food blogger in Darien, Connecticut, agrees. Six years ago, she lost 50 pounds and credits having a big green salad for lunch—one of her many small food habit changes—with helping her maintain a healthy weight, despite frequently testing and sampling recipes.

Doing too much for other people and not enough for ourselves can make our internal voice whisper, “I need comfort,” a thought that can generate overeating. In The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, Anderson suggests we ask ourselves what other triggers are prompting poor food habits. Upon reflection, we can prioritize emotional and physical health with planned, smaller, varied, healthy, delicious meals; it’s a habit that works for her. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., a psychologist in Lake Forest, Illinois, and bestselling author of Better Than Perfect, assures, “If we fall off the healthy eating wagon, it’s not failure, it’s data.” She believes reaching for the chocolate chip cookies in the vending machine after a stressful morning should be viewed from a scientific standpoint, not via our inner finger-pointing judge. “What are the factors that influenced our decision: stress, hunger or a desire for distraction? That’s great information,” says Lombardo. She proposes that we can then prepare to counter a future snack attack with handy healthy bites, a mindfulness break, a quick walk outside or other naturally healthful stress-relievers. Changing our food habits, one at a time, can help us live better going forward.   Judith Fertig is the author of awardwinning cookbooks and blogs at from Overland Park, KS.


Christie Brinkley Shares Her Secrets to Lasting Beauty Why She Still Looks Terrific After 40 Years as a Model


Why did you become a vegetarian at age 14?  When I was 13, I picked up a book from the nightstand in my parents’ bedroom called Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer. I happened to open to a page with a highly graphic description of Midwest slaughterhouses. What I read turned my stomach because I loved animals and wanted no part in this inhumane system. I swore at that moment I would never eat another piece of meat and have not done so since. For the past 49 years I have enjoyed the resulting good karma in the form of healthful benefits from avoiding the antibiotics, growth hormones and fats associated with a carnivorous diet. 

How much of anti-aging do you believe is tied to mental and emotional health? Growing old gracefully is all about the positive energy that you use to power through your day and project to others. Happiness is a youthful quality and a smile is always our best accessory; it’s also been proven to release feel-good endorphins. When you take good care of yourself by eating right and exercising, you naturally feel better about yourself. If we’re feeling down, stressed or depressed, we’re tempted to eliminate exercise, which is the very thing that could lift us up and make us feel better. The more we move, the merrier we are. 

by Gerry Strauss

upermodel extraordinaire Christie Brinkley looks as amazing in her 60s as she did when she first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated nearly 40 years ago. In a new book, Timeless Beauty, Brinkley reveals her anti-aging secrets, many of which involve reliance on healthful foods, a positive attitude, exercise and good skin care. Much of what she’s learned is reflected in her line of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare. Here, she shares some highlights of how she keeps her mind and body healthy.

lucky that as a model, my career has naturally kept me aware of the amount of sugar I consume, limiting its effects on skin and overall health as well as weight.

Was it tougher to maintain your natural standards as your career became filled with travel and tight schedules? Because you also recognize After I first became a the importance of treating vegetarian kid living at the body well from the outhome, I soon conside and from the inside, what vinced my family to go other practices do you apply?

vegetarian, too. I read a lot of books to learn how to replace meat protein with healthier choices. Through the early years, as I continued to learn about options, I tried many kinds of vegetarian, macrobiotic and vegan approaches. Once I started modeling in seashore locations, it seemed natural to me to add bits of fresh fish and some dairy; so for the most part I have been a lacto ichthyo variation of vegetarian. I raised my children as vegetarians, and recently my daughter, Sailor, and I took the next step to become mostly vegan. I allow myself a little mozzarella and an occasional salmon dish when my body is craving it, because I think we need to listen to what our body needs. After the environmental disasters of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, made worse by toxic dispersants, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown that pumped radioactive isotopes into the Pacific, I am extra-cautious about the salmon I choose and don’t eat other seafood. I’m

With everything we know about how the sun can damage our skin, it’s crucial to use a moisturizer with a broad ultraviolet spectrum blocker of both UVA and UVB rays to prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmented spots. I created my own skin care line that offers an SPF 30 broad-spectrum moisturizer that also defends against infrared rays [IR], which represent more than half of the sun’s damaging rays that reach Earth. IR emissions also come from manmade objects such as computers and cell phones. Beyond that, I wanted a product that takes advantage of our body’s own circadian rhythms, using special peptides that help the body build collagen and elastin as we sleep and repair. Using a gentle exfoliating scrub is also key, a step many people overlook; I’ve included it in my daily skin care routine for 30 years. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever How to Profitably Give Unwanted Stuff a New Life by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist


ach American discards an average of 4.4 pounds of personal garbage a day according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep reusable items in circulation.

Assemble Merchandise

In assembling merchandise from all around the house, make it a family affair, with everyone contributing things to consider together. Before putting any item in the “keep” pile, ask: How long have I lived with this? How often did I need it? How often will I use it now and in the future? Check with neighbors and friends to see if they want to join in a multi-family sale likely to draw more potential buyers.


Getting the word out is essential. Place a yard sale listing in a local newspaper, either for free or a small fee. Free online posting is available at and GarageSaleHunter. com. Also, post flyers (on recycled paper) seven to 10 days before the sale along busy streets in the community. On the event day, make sure that large, bright signs in the neighborhood lead buyers to the sale. Reuse cardboard from old boxes to save money and recycle signs and flyers afterwards. Cindy Skrzynecki, of Minneapolis, who has monitored the phenomenon, notes, “Shoppers tend to equate the size of a sign with the size of a sale, so a few large, well-placed signs may draw more people to you than several smaller signs.” Skrzynecki says that holiday weekends or weekends that coincide with popular local events are excellent because, “You’ll provide a fun activity for people that stay in town.” 

The cleaner the better. Make sure all items are presentable. Make items visible. Arrange a display that’s catchy and organized. Use tabletops and bookcases; even improvised surfaces can work, such as plywood atop buckets. Show clothing effectively. Hangers are better than folded piles that get messy. Does this thing work? Have an extension cord handy so people can test electrical devices, and provide a measuring tape for furniture and other large items. Have batteries on hand for testing items like flashlights or electronic games. Label things that don’t work and price accordingly for those that know how to fix things or strip parts. Ensure the price is right. All items should be clearly priced via a small sticker; buyers quickly tire of asking and sellers may not recall earlier answers. For multiple sellers, use a different colored sticker for each, remove the stickers as items sell, and use the totals from the stickers to divide profits at day’s end. Use creative labeling. Provide buyers with uses for odd items. Sunny Wicka, author of Garage Sale Shopper, says, “Sales can be made solely by suggesting a novel use.” Also spark the shopper’s imagination by combining art supplies— like old magazines, papers, markers, paints and knickknacks— on a table labeled “Great for Art!” or group household items, crates and blankets labeled “Going Away to College?” Prepare for early birds. Yard sale pros arrive early to scour sales for the best deals. Be prepared to bargain or else make it clear that prices are fixed via a few friendly signs. After the initial rush, consider accepting bargain offers. During the final hour, consider cutting prices in half.

Ready, Set, Sell

Summer and early fall are good times for yard sales. Make it exceptional, a place where people will have fun and want to hang around (more browsing time often means more purchases). Play upbeat music, set up a children’s play area and maybe a kids’ lemonade stand as cool drinks help keep shoppers refreshed and cheerful. Consider sharing the fruits of family hobbies such as homemade items, plant cuttings or herbs in hand-painted clay pots and cut flowers. Shoppers appreciate such personal touches.

Arrange for the Aftermath

Arrange a charity donation pick-up beforehand to truck away leftover items. The Salvation Army and Vietnam Veterans of America regularly move still useful items into welcoming homes. For those that enjoy throwing yard sales, consider organizing charity yard sales in the community. Engage a local place of worship, neighborhood association or school to help people recycle their old stuff while also raising funds for worthy causes.

Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a frequent contributor to Green American magazine (, from which this was adapted. For more tips, visit YardSaleQueen. Set Up How items are displayed is important. Here’s how to make old com/yardsale.htm. stuff as attractive as possible to buyers.


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photos in the center of the board and reinforce its verity by daily repeating it. Pride of place: Prominently display the board where it will be visible throughout the day. The more time we spend with our board, the more movement we’ll make toward our goals and the faster they’ll become our reality. Activate: Sit with the board and connect with its opportunities. Visualize being, doing, having and experiencing everything shown, as if they are already an intimate part of daily life. This living, breathing idea grows with us, and a companion gratitude journal can support us in acknowledging our progress.

Picture Your Future

Jayne Morris is the author of Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success, from which this was adapted. Learn more at

Creating a Vision Board Makes Dreams Real


by Jayne Morris

ision boards, a powerful tool for transformation, comprise a collage of pictures, phrases, poems and quotes that visually represent what we would like to experience more of in life. Building one works to uncover hidden desires and inner guidance that help clarify the details of a roadmap to our future. Anyone can create one in a few hours. The layout may be intuitive, placing pieces where feelings direct; circles within circles like a mandala; or in titled, pie-shaped segments arranged in the form of a wheel. Board basics: Choose a large piece of poster board, corkboard or canvas the size of an unfolded newspaper. Gather pens, scissors, glue or pins, sticky tape and a current selfie. Gather 10 to 20 magazines ranging from women’s and men’s fashion, health and fitness to hobbies, house and garden and travel, including animals representing specific character traits. Pick topics that resonate, uplift and inspire, energize or bring relaxation. Beauty salons, libraries and community centers like to clear out old issues; an alternative is to assemble images by using a computer. Prepare a space: Find a quiet, relaxing spot, free of disturbances and distractions. Mindset magic: Let go of ought-tos, shoulds and musts. Rest assured that feeling the desire to be good, to do good or have something good in our life means we can make it happen, even if we do not yet know how. Flick, snip and stick: Have fun seeing what jumps out and catches your attention while riffling through the magazine pages. Clip and place these images in a pile, and then sort out those that feel really right. Arrange: Experiment with the positioning and relationships of words and images until it feels good. Take a photograph as a reference. Affix pieces either so they can be repositioned or permanent, leaving spaces to symbolize an openness to receiving more ideas. Purpose Statement: Play with words that describe desired values and qualities to eventually shape an inspiring affirmation representing cherished personal aspirations for the year ahead. Place this next to the selfie and other key personal

Wise Words by Linda Kallish


omen's health issues are at the core of any society's well-being. Those issues involve adequate rest and sleep, correct exercise, a healthful diet, proper supplementation and a positive approach to life. While these are essential to a woman's well-being, there is one factor that can wipe out all the good these other factors can have—stress. Perhaps, one of the greatest gifts women today can give themselves is the realization that stress is a chosen reaction to an event or circumstance outside of themselves. Their response to that condition lies within themselves. It is their choice. They choose to rest or not, to exercise or not, to sleep a sufficient number of hours or not, to eat in a healthy manner according to their own body needs or be led by outside influences, to supplement with living and necessary supplements or to use dead and unnecessary ones—or none at all. They also choose their reactions to life’s events. Choice is the source of our power as women and as thinking, rational human beings. Stress controls our lives and, therefore, our health only if we let it. We choose to control stress by right thinking, right actions, right choices. Who is going to take care of the ones we love if we do not take care of ourselves first? Indeed, who will take care of us if we do not take care of ourselves first? Events will happen. Our response to those events is our choice and our responsibility and, ultimately, our power. Linda Kallish, ND, LMT, is the founder of Combined Therapeutics Wellness Center located at 9301 Indian School Rd, NE, Ste. 101, in Albuquerque. She can be reached at 505294-4805 or by visiting See ad page 39. natural awakenings

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Stressed-Out Pets Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety by Sandra Murphy


hile most American pets live on easy street, with meals, treats, exercise outings and affection provided, the good life also poses challenges—dogs and cats can get stressed. “Basic stress is fear-based. Separation or isolation anxiety requires in-depth training,” says JennaLee Gallicchio, a certified separation anxiety trainer who uses scientific and hands-off techniques at her All Stars Dog Training, in Bedminster, New Jersey. She authors a bestselling series that was launched with The Secret to Getting Your Dog to Do What You Want. A drug like Reconcile, the pet version of Prozac, looks like a quick fix, but can bring many harmful side effects. Laurel Braitman, Ph.D., of Sausalito, California, bestselling author of Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, estimates that 70 million U.S. dogs are given the same drugs their humans use for anxiety or depression. Considering the potential dangers, such drugs should only be used briefly as a last resort with veterinary supervision to ensure the proper dosage based on age, size and temperament. There are more natural and safer alternatives.

Common Stressors

Dogs hear sounds at four times the distance we do; cats hear even better. Thunderstorms, fireworks, traffic, TV, music and children can unnerve them. Add in a new home, baby, another pet or anticipation of car rides associated with fear of the veterinarian and even normal-

ly mellow pets can get upset. Irregular work hours undermine established routines. Pet or human health issues, plus household drama, add special reasons to fret. Pets separated from their litters too early can experience anxiety as adults.

Stress Less Strategies

“Let your dog have a space where he can retreat when he’s had enough,” advises Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. She recommends Bach’s Five Flower Formula, diluted chamomile essential oil or a pet-safe tincture of the Chinese herb skullcap for additional relief. Dogs like routine. “Regular exercise helps, including two, 20-minute daily walks. A tired pet is a happy pet,” Osborne says. “Walks can eliminate stress and anxiety by 50 percent for you both.” “Cats need exercise that mimics hunting; cats stare and plan, stalk or chase, pounce and grab,” says Marci Koski, certified by the Animal Behavior Institute and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions, in Vancouver, Washington. “An indoor cat’s prey drive can be met with interactive toys.” A place to climb or hide and a window with a view will help as will periodic playtime catching moving toys; with nothing to catch, a laser pointer’s red dots are frustrating for a cat and a potential danger to its eyes. “Two of my large dogs were anxious during a three-day power outage,” says Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition

blogger at, in Marysville, Washington. “I add Ewegurt, a sheep’s milk yogurt, to their food to calm them when needed.” Clicker training rewards desired behaviors. “Ralphie, an Italian greyhound mix, was protective, but also fearful; before going outside, we’d practice sit, stay and come using a click/treat. Now he sees other dogs without reacting,” relates Katrina Wilhelm, a naturopathic physician and owner of, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It works when someone knocks on the door, too. Soothing music covers the sounds of storms and fireworks, counsels Lisa Spector, an award-winning concert pianist in Half Moon Bay, California, who creates the Through a Dog’s Ear clinically tested music series to relieve pet anxiety, inclusive of cats. “Although many holistic animal lovers want natural stress relievers, few think of auditory options,” she says. Getting kitty into her carrier to go to the vet isn’t always easy. London’s Simon Tofield, animator and cartoonist for Simon’s Cats videos and books, suggests making the crate comfy and leaving it out so the cat gets used to it; keeping it out of reach of curious dogs at the vet’s office; and only opening it upon arrival in the exam room. His local vet staff explains more at

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“Stressors for dogs and cats are different. As a veterinarian, I explain situations from the animal’s perspective,” says Jennifer Quammen, with the Grants Lick Veterinary Hospital, in Butler, Kentucky. “I say, ‘From the cat’s point of view…’ As the animal advocate, I feel it’s my professional obligation.” “We bring pets into our world and expect them to adjust. Dogs, in particular, try so hard,” says Spector. They need our attention, shared activities and most of all, our understanding. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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ABQ's Second Saturday: Everything You Need to Know About Divorce – 9am-12pm. Non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to and adhere to our guidelines. survive the divorce process. $25/cash or credit card at door. One Executive Center, 8500 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-974-1358. Register: FRIDAY, MAY 13 WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 Our Existence After Life – 7-8:30pm. Course covers the matter of afterlife communication for beginners. There is no religion or philosophy behind the book or class. $45. Segara Residence, 7813 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077.

TUESDAY, MAY 5, Heroes Night for Young People – 7-9:30pm. Yoga, Dance, Energy Martial Arts Breathing and Meditation for Young adults ages 18-40: Strengthen your physical body & calm your mind through yoga, tai-chi, meditation, dance, partner exercise, principle education. Free. Body & Brain Yoga, 6300 San Mateo Blvd. NE #C3, Albuquerque, 505-797-2211; 1644 Alameda Blvd. NW, Albuquerque 505-792-511.

SATURDAY, MAY 7 Kenny Chavez' 10th Annual Cinco de Mayo Folk Art & Music Festival – 9am-4pm. The Festival will feature 40 artists, 3 fabulous bands and a Wild Fiesta Apron Contest. This is a FREE event. La Parada and Farm & Table, 8917 4th Street NW, Albuquerque.

savethedate Art Groove, Free Your Mind and Shine Zeta Global Radio & Radio Non Profit proudly presents a music, art and photography event in honor May’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Extraordinary art exhibitions from world renowned artists from LA, NY, Hawaii and Florida and local artists. Grand finale performed by world famous celebrity speed painter Michael Ostaski with the production of Rock n Art Fusion.

May 13 • 5-9pm.

Cost: $20 For more info or to buy tickets, visit, or join active event page on FB

Access Consciousness Bars – 10am-3pm. Would you enjoy relaxing, unwinding and feeling good? Tortuga Gallery, downtown ABQ Visit the Access Bars booth at the Mama's Minerals Alternative Health Fair for a 10-minute stress-release session. Free. Mama's Minerals, 800 20th St NW, International Board of Hypnotherapy Symposium Albuquerque. 505-310-3764. – Attendance of the 2016 Symposium will satisfy Introductory Workshop at Creative Wings Studio the 2-year CEU requirement for recertification. – 10am-4pm. Longing for the return of your creative IBH Members $400; Non-IBH Members $450. self? Reengage creative passion and connect with For more information, call 505-767-8030, email intuition. Skill and talent not required. $45. Debbie or visit Purdy: 630-530-5697. Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. 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. Group session. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. The Frugal Household – 1-5pm. Learn to save money and reduce the dyes, fragrances, and other chemicals in your house by making your own laundry and cleaning supplies. $105. Barnes Studio, 46 Peralta Blvd, Peralta. Registration: 505-277-0077. Life Songs: I Saw the Mystery – 7pm. Lifesongs concerts are the culmination of months of creative collaboration between elders, artists, community members, youth and people in hospice. This performance celebrates the extraordinary alchemy of intergenerational creative exchange. $10-$100. Tickets: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco St. Santa Fe. Info: 505995-1860.

MONDAY, MAY 9 Using Hypnosis for Stress Reduction – 6:157:30pm. 1st Mon. Featured for the monthly group. $10. The Source. RSVP: 505-321-4121.


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savethedate Heart Health 5k -1 Mi Family Fun Run & Walk Hosted by the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation. Fun for the whole family.

May 14 • 8am.

Cost: $35 per adult/ $15 for kids 12 and under 505-440-8799 To register go to www.runningguru/event/ hearthealth5k Starts at Vessel Health 10601 4th St. NW, Albuquerque.

Cranio Sacral Pelvic Integration – May 14 & 15. 9am-6pm. Sometimes adequate work on the craniosacral system first needs work with the ilio-psoas complex, other pelvic muscles, neck muscles, or the diaphragm. Learn techniques to release the myofascial holding patterns. $325. 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. Circles Of Hope Gynecological Cancer Survivors & Caregiver Group – 10-11:30am. 2nd Saturday of each month. Light Breakfast. For new location contact Pat Belletto. Healing Clinic for Caregivers – 2-4pm. We are all caregivers in some capacity. Receive a 10-15 minute energy healing to clarify and strength your gifts, responsibilities and boundaries in this rich realm of human relationship. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. Appointment: 505-920-4418.

SUNDAY, MAY 15 Lightworkers Teleconference – Join the teleconference and in-home gathering, where the Ascended Masters will offer up-to-the-minute status on humanity’s upliftment, share the teachings of the higher realms, and answer personal questions. OakRose Academy of Light. Info: Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943.

savethedate Celebrate Stories & Walk the Labyrinth An experiential creative workshop and labyrinth walk with Veriditas master labyrinth teacher Jo Ann Mast; includes walking the outdoor Aldea Labyrinth, journaling, art expression, small group discussion and plenty of time for reflection.

May 15 • 9am-2pm.

Cost: $45 Jo Ann Mast: 303-717-4772 Aldea Community Center 58-A Avenida Aldea, Santa Fe

MONDAY, MAY 16 Group Readings – 6-8:30pm. Ten- to fifteen-minute readings – messages, general information, mediumship. During the readings the group of participants will be bathed in a stream of light energy for healing and wellness. Bring an object to make a connection with the reader. $20. WithInLight Energy Therapies & Insight, 3620 Wyoming Blvd, Ste 224, Albuquerque.



Meditation and Healing Class – 6-8pm. Six-week course. Meditate with simple-to-use visualization techniques for ease and clarity. Practice giving and receiving spiritual healings. Take your life and personal growth to the next level. $150. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. Appointment: 505-920-4418.

Yoga for Back Care – 4-5:15pm. This is the perfect antidote for weak, weary backs. Class focuses on strengthening back muscles to enhance alignment and stability. $105. High Desert Yoga-Nob Hill, 4600 Copper Ave NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 Shamanic Journey Drum Circle – 6-8pm. Attendees will travel to the spirit realms to meet totems, guides, teachers and allies, and be instructed in the process of journeying. Utilizing monotonous, rhythmic tones people can travel inwards to traverse time, space and realities to find guidance and peace. $35. WithInLight Energy Therapies & Insight, 3620 Wyoming Blvd, Ste 224, Albuquerque. Yoga and Essential Oils for Hormone Balance – 7-8:30pm. Yoga complemented by therapeutic essential oils. $15. New Mexico School of Music, 136 Washington St SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: Darci 505-249-3036.

THURSDAY, MAY 19 Energy Medicine and Essential Oils for Hormones – 6-8pm. Learn simple techniques and use essential oils to support natural hormonal balance. Free. Empowering Energy Medicine, 1420 Carlisle Blvd NE, #105, Albuquerque. Empowering Energy Medicine, 1420 Carlisle Blvd NE, #105, Albuquerque. RSVP, Angela: 505-310-1790.

SATURDAY, MAY 21 Thriving Through Cancer – 11am-2pm. Join Val Alarcón, integrative nutritionist /health educator for an empowering educational retreat on how to thrive through a cancer diagnosis. Receive immune boosting nutritional support, identify gentle ways to detox and turn your fears into opportunities. Please bring a yoga mat, comfortable clothing and note pad. If under treatment, please consult with your physician prior. Fee $50. Contact Michelle at mmhale@ or 505- 925-4551. UNM Center For Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque. Reiki: An Introduction – 1-4pm. Learn about Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, its history, levels of training and practical applications. $40. UNM Continuing Education South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077. The Libido Compass – 1:30-4:30 pm. PRESENTATION. Understand the relationship of Sex & Spirit, Safety & Stress, Lust & Love, Power & Prayer, Sensuality & Creativity, and more. Learn how Libido moves inside your body! Space is limited, please reserve! The Amazing Body, 1807 Second St, Ste 83, Santa Fe.

MAY 21, 28, JUNE 4, 11, 18, 25 Yoga, Tai Chi, & Meditation – 10-11am. Free introductory classes. Call your nearest branch for more information. In Albuquerque NE 797-2211, NW 792-5111, Downtown 262-2211, In Santa Fe: 820-211

SATURDAY, MAY 28 Herbal Remedy Garden – 9am-1pm. Class offers a wide range of herbal information about growing the herbs you need to help maintain health and wellbeing. $45. McFarland Garden, 46 Pinon Heights Rd, Sandia Park. Registration: 505-277-0077. Gentle Ways to Detox – 11am- 2pm. Join Val Alarcón, integrative nutritionist and health educator for an educational workshop on the health benefits of juicing. Learn how juicing can support digestive health, improve metabolism, balance sugar levels, increase energy and support gentle detoxification. Fee $50. Please contact Michelle at mmhale@unmmg. org or 505- 925-4551. UNM Center For Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque.

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Next 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course Begins Accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy taught in two-week modules. After completing the first 300 hours (Modules 1-3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy.

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JUNE 12-18 Summer Solstice Meditations with the Ascended Masters – Jun 17-20. Annual online summer solstice morning and evening meditations conducted by the Ascended Ray Masters of Shambala through their clear voice channel, Rev AliceAnn Melchizedek. OakRose Academy of Light, 80 Canada Del Rancho, Santa Fe. Info: Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943.

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Amma will offer free public programs and a paid retreat at Buffalo Thunder.Visit to stay posted. Meet Mata Amritanandamayi, spiritual leader, humanitarian and visionary. Millions worldwide have been comforted by Amma’s heartfelt hug, been inspired by her practical initiatives to address global issues, and her message of selfless service. You are warmly invited to meet Amma and receive her individual, loving embrace.

Discover the groundbreaking healing system, Chumpi Illumination. Learn the art of muscle testing from master healer, teacher, and alchemist Eleanora Amendolara.

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Puerta de la Luna 546 Harkel Rd, Santa Fe

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 505-610-9300 • Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe

June 18-19 • 10am-4pm

Cost: $255 Registration: 505-795-7281

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 Summer Solstice Ceremony of Life – 6pm. Annual summer solstice service, followed by a potluck dinner. OakRose Academy of Light, 80 Canada Del Rancho, Santa Fe. Info, Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943.

Cranio Sacral Basics – Jul 9-12. 9am-6pm. Learn to feel and connect to the basic cranial rhythms and see SATURDAY, JUNE 18 how they impact the body. Learn how to give a full Healing Touch Level 2 Class – Jun 18-19. 8am-6pm basic session. $575. 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. both days. Learn about the energy field, techniques 505-428-9203. and meditations to encourage movement of the energy, healing ourselves and others; works in TUESDAY, JULY 12-AUGUST 16 conjunction with traditional medicine. Beginner Awareness Through Movement® – 6-7pm. Arrive to advanced welcome. UNM Center for Life, 4700 towards a greater awareness of yourself by explorJefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: Barbara ing movement. through gentle lessons. Benefits may include more options in movement and self-use; Welcer 248-882-1706. increase in balance, range of motion, and flexibility; and decrease in tension and pain. Cost: $15 per class; $75 for 6-week series. Contact Michelle Hale at or call 505-925-4551.


6th Annual Survivorship Event Beauty in all the Colors

Hosted by The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project (GCAP) this inspiring fundraising event celebrates the survivorship of women with gynecological and breast cancers. Featured are educational seminars by highly acclaimed Albuquerque oncologists, a fashion show, a luncheon and a silent auction.

June 18

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 505-610-9300

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Cranio Sacral Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – Jul 14-17. 9am-6pm. Explore deeper cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. Learn the unwinding process of the head, neck and the extremities. $575. 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203.

TUESDAY, JULY 19 TurtleWomyn Camp: Seer's Night of Destiny Ceremonial Relevance – Jul 19-23. A camp of special visioning wherein the magical experience beings. Enter Crystal Woman Ridge Portal through the Great Moon Quest and be transported to other time dimensions and revelations beyond. Solo questing in nature. With diiyin Maria Yraceburu. Pre-registration required by May 19. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas.


savethedate Your Sacred Ambition Live Event Three days dedicated to YOU and your great work in the world. If you have a big dream in your heart and are looking for an authentic way to bring it forward, find support and embody that sacred calling, this event is for you.

August 4-6

Cost: $197 by May 31st & Bring a Friend for $97 505-795-4751 Http:// Tamaya Hyatt, Albuquerque


savethedate Crossing Over with John Edward 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.

July 13 • 7-9pm

Cost: Tickets available at, or by phone 1-800-514-3849 Albuquerque Marriott 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque

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Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence – Aug 13-16. 9am-6pm. Learn to increase the flexibility of the cranial base and allow the brain to function within the maximum space available. $575. 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. Cranio Sacral Talking to the Heart/Birth of Love – Aug 18-21. 9am-6pm. Learn to engage the intelligence of cells and organs and speak directly to structures inside the body. Release blockages from around the heart and heart protector and those of your client. $595. 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. Annual TurtleWomyn Hat'ii Hoya Camp: Women's Earth Camp – Sept 21-25. Discover teachings on a land of miracles that become real as relationships are created and we search for our roots. Our worlds merge, leading us on an adventure. Women from puberty up welcome. Registration ends Aug 21. Includes tuition, materials, camping and meals. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas.

ongoingcalenders sunday Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616.


Psychic Development Class – May 10-Jun 7. 7- 9pm. Learn to identify psychic abilities, and explore energy healing. Practice guided meditations to remain grounded, balanced, and connected to our higher selves. Explore a variety of psychic techniques. $150/5 weeks. WithInLight Energy Therapies & Insight, 3620 Wyoming Blvd, Ste 224, Albuquerque.

Spiritual Happy Hour – 10am. 2nd & 4th Sun. Each service explores a topic through meditation, inspirational readings, hands-on healing and music. Potluck following the service. Everyone welcome. Free, donations accepted. Center For Inner Radio Non-Profit – Hosted by Lainie Sevante’ Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. Wulkan. Hear about NM non-profit organizations featured and paired up with national and global npos Every Day is Earth Day – 10am-3 pm. Includes: doing incredible work for their communities. Listen outdoor medicine walk (labyrinth, medicine wheel, in. or Santa Fe Trail); Light hiking; Earthwisdom talk; Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal ComEarthway ceremony; making relations potluck; and munication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and time resting on Mother Earth. All ages. $10-20/ animal communicator, offers practical solutions donation for adults. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. for health, relationships, career, business and pets. 505-414-1583. Info: 505-466-3764.


Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, yogic & shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12, free/first class. Allison Lasky. Blue Moon Yoga, Evening Pilates Mat Class – 6-7pm. Mo/We/Fri. A 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. new group of mat classes, all levels welcome. $90/10 505-984-8733. class pass (11th class is free). Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Creative Wings Classes – Through June 8. 1-4pm. Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-9700. Reengage your creative passion and connect with your intuition. Skill and talent not required. Classes are a convenient way to tap into creativity without the commitment to a longer workshop. $195. 630-530-5697.



Spiritual Healings and Clairvoyant Readings – 5:30-7pm. Drop in for a short energetic tune up as you release unwanted energies and reset at your own vibration. Receive communication and support for your current growth. Free/healings, $10/15-minute readings. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Clever Senoras Walking Group – 6:30pm. We walk Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. at a different location each week so we can see different and new areas in Albuquerque. Each walker Well Woman Drinks – 5:30-7:30pm. 3rd Wed. A is given a pedometer to help keep track of your steps supportive, social gathering to share our challenges on the walk and on other days when you may want to and successes as women leaders, entrepreneurs and walk on your own. For more info contact Pat Belletto executives. Spend an reflecting and connecting and leave feeling empowered and rejuvenated. Hosted at by Well Woman Life and Giovanna Rossi of the Creative Wings Classes – Through June 7. 6-9pm. Well Woman Show on KUNM 89.9fm. Info, tickets: Reengage your creative passion and connect with your intuition. Skill and talent not required. Classes are a convenient way to tap into creativity without Evening Pilates Mat Class – 6-7pm. A new group the commitment to a longer workshop. $195. 630- of mat classes, all levels welcome. $90/10 class pass (11th class is free). Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de 530-5697. Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-9700. Pranic Healing Clinic – 6:30-8pm. 1st & 3rd Tue. Experience no-touch clearing of congested energies Nia Class – 6-7pm. Nia is a barefoot technique and and energizing and balancing of the energy body. a blending of modern & jazz dance, aerobics, martial Free. First Unitarian, Social Hall, 3701 Carlisle Blvd arts, yoga and body integration therapy. $9/class; $30/4-class card. For more information, call MiNE, Albuquerque. Rita: 505-298-4823. chelle Hale at 505-925-4551. UNM Center For Life, 4700 Jefferson Street NE, Albuquerque. Pilates Reformer Class – 6-7pm. Tue &Thu. A new group of reformer classes, all levels welcome. $180/10 class pass (11th class is free). Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-9700.

Pilates Reformer Class – 6-7pm. A new group of reformer classes, all levels welcome. $180/10 class pass (11th class is free). Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-9700.

friday Intuitive Healing Sessions/Readings – By appt. Embody your higher self for greater clarity, health, freedom, joy, empowerment, peace. Chantal Fidanza, intuitive healer, Reiki master: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe (San Marcos Area). Evening Pilates Mat Class – 6-7pm. A new group of mat classes, all levels welcome. $90/10 class pass (11th class is free). Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-9700.

saturday Intuitive Practitioner Certification – Starts Sept. 3. For those ready to answer the call to be sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ empowerment. Chantal Fidanza, intuitive healer, Reiki master: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe (San Marcos Area). Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Enjoy a vitalizing Qigong practice with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-6811924. Zeta Global Radio – Now listened to in 50+ countries, ZGR focuses on authors, filmmakers, musicians, artists and emerging leaders that consciously shape our world today and making a powerful impact. May 18, 2016 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

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