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n the month of October we are proud to have Dr. Andrew Weil on our cover and happy to share his article “Natural Depression Treatment” on page 14. You are invited to meet Dr. Weil in person at the SIMPLE (Symposium of Integrative Medical Professionals in the Land of Enchantment) symposium being held October 13-15 in Albuquerque. It’s the first time the symposium is open to health professionals and also to the general public. On Monday., October 13, Dr. Weil will present a public forum titled “The Evolution of Medicine to Integrative Medicine” at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe (see page 8). Another important event “Leading by Being: Exploring a New Vision of Leadership” will take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on October 11. The event features conversations with Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung and Aaron Stern. The month of October is dedicated to honoring several national health celebrations: October is breast cancer awareness month and we share the wisdom about prevention and treatment by several known local practitioners such as Dr. Amit Garg, MD, with Anderson Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. Carla Garcia and Dr. Angelique Hart on pages 9 and 14. We’ll even address cancer in pets on page 23. Our article on page 18 focuses on the dynamic duo of chiropractic and acupuncture in honor of the annual celebration of national Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day and Chiropractic Health Month. If that’s not enough, our feature article addresses the greening of the urban cities in America. (see page 20). On that note, I should leave room for you to be pleasantly surprised by the other articles and exciting news briefs that will keep your October calendar busy. Happy Halloween,
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newsbriefs Bestselling Author Tom Bird Offers New Lecture Series
ODY of Santa Fe welcomes back bestselling author Tom Bird for a Writing and Publishing Lecture Series. The series consists of two new lectures on tried and true methods for breaking through writer’s block and breaking into the publishing world. The first lecture, “20 Minutes to Get Over Your Writer’s Block Forever,” is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 17. Attendees will learn to write better, more fluidly and more enjoyably than ever before. “No matter what you want or have to write, from reports to books, screenplays and articles, you can get over any resistance or hesitancy, or even the dreaded writer’s block,” says Bird. The second lecture, “How You Can Make Seven Figures through Writing/Publishing a Book,” is being held from 3 to 5 p.m. on October 18. The class is designed to offer attendees the road map needed to earn the income they have always wanted. The Writing Retreat “Write Your Bestseller in a Weekend” will start Thursday, November 6 and end on Sunday November 9. Cost: $12 in advance/$15 day of lecture. Free for the first 20 to preregister for each lecture. Location: 333 Cordova Rd. Santa Fe. For more information about the writing retreat and lectures, call 505-986-0362 or visit BodyOfSantaFe.com.
Friday Networking Lunch
riday Networking Lunch (FNL) was formed in November 2008 by a small group of entrepreneurs. It is now the largest weekly and most successful business networking organization in Santa Fe. The purpose of FNL is to assist business owners from different backgrounds, talents and expertise with their networking efforts. “Members are introduced to potential customers over
Celebrate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day
he community is invited to Southwest Acupuncture College at 4:30 p.m. on October 24 to celebrate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, an event celebrated across the nation. “Acupuncture and Oriental medicine has an over two thousand year old history, originating from China in the 3rd Century,” says Campus Director, Toni Meeks. “It gained popularity in the mid-70s in the United States when an American journalist treated for appendicitis in China was so impressed by the impact of acupuncture on his recovery that upon his return home, he wrote about it in the New York Times. Ever since, acupuncture has grown exponentially in popularity for treating many ailments.” According to Meeks, there are currently over 600 licensed acupuncturists in the state of New Mexico. “These licensed acupuncturists, credentialed as Doctors of Oriental Medicine in our state, are vital and active in maintaining health care and providing wellness for thousands of patients across the state,” says Meeks. “New Mexico is one of six states that included acupuncture as an ‘essential health benefit’ under the Affordable Care Act and most insurers cover acupuncture in the state of New Mexico.” Southwest Acupuncture College graduates complete their Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and pass five rigorous national and state exams combined to become a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Location: 7801 Academy Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Due to limited seating, attendees must RSVP by calling 505-888-8898. For more information, visit AcupunctureCollege.edu. See ad page 11.
small lunches in locally owned restaurants. The focus is to foster forging strong business connections,” explains Barbara Gates, CPA, and owner of Friday Networking Lunch since 2013. “Members are dedicated to sharing ideas, contacts and referrals to help their businesses grow.” Gates believes it is her social disposition and enthusiasm for business development that placed her at the forefront of this networking community. “My vision is to increase membership in new industries and business interests, inspire more membership involvement, and add many venues to meet, greet and eat,” she shares. Participants brought into the group mean more referrals available, so members receive credit for every member referred who joins. “The FNL website and social media sites hold member profiles,” says Gates. “Large group mixers are held quarterly with guest speakers and products and services displayed so members can meet and share in a fun relaxing large group environment.” For more information on FNL, contact Barbara Gates at 505231-7328.
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Intuitive Practitioner Training Program in Santa Fe
ntuitive healer and Certified Light Journey Guide, Chantal Fidanza, is excited to announce that her Intuitive Practitioner Training Program will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. “This is a rich program of deep self-exploration of one’s own unique intuitive language, learning to trust the messages being received from the subtle realms and to master these intuitive skills with integrity for healing,” says Fidanza. Certification will be provided upon completion of course requirements. “Certification will prepare the trainee to work with clients, if they so choose to follow that path,” adds Fidanza.
Location: 1300 Luisa Street, Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-438-1074, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit yourdivinelight.biz. See ad page 21.
Cereal Killers the Film
n the spirit bringing awareness, personal and societal change with our films, The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) is proud to present two exclusive screenings of the film Cereal Killers. The screenings will be held October 11 in Albuquerque and October 12 in Santa Fe. The film, which poses the question “what if everything you knew about nutrition was wrong,” is both informative and funny. It features world-renowned nutrition expert, Dr. Noakes, who has sold more books on his work in his native South Africa then Nelson Mandela. “It’s been said that the key to weight loss is a low fat diet. Until
now,” says President of the AFME Foundation , Lainie S. Quirk. “Not since Super Size Me has a film come along to wake up the senses, dispel the rumors and knock us right into a completely new mindset for long term health and well- being.” A Q&A session will be held after each screening where the audience will get a chance to interact with Cereal Killer Director, Yolanda Barker;
Dr. Carole Conn, head of Dietetics and Nutrition at UNM; and Laura Fox, founder of the Raw Living Expo. Attendees will gain new perspectives on the high fat, low carb, no wheat or sugar diet plan. “See how these theories are truly paving a path to weight loss as well as those afflicted by heart disease or diabetes,” says Quirk. Date/times: October 11 at 2 p.m., The KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque; October 12 at 6 p.m., Jean Cocteau Theatre in Santa Fe. For more information, visit ABQFilmx.com.
Green and Healthy Living Expo in Albuquerque
he New Mexico Green & Healthy Living Expo is being held November 8-9 at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque. The expo will showcase the newest products and services for healthy, eco-friendly and sustainable living. The event features a wide variety of vendors; live demonstrations; educational stage presentations; electronic, printer cartridge and cell phone recycling drop off, and free admission for all veterans with proper ID. “This is the first year of the expo and we look forward for the expo to grow and develop into the area’s largest premier expo for the sustainable, health, wellness, fitness and all related industries in New Mexico,” says show producer, Tracy Matthews. “Our goal is to create a unique experience as a great variety of exhibitors are expected to participate in the show, promising a good time for the entire family.” Location: 300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque. Hours: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. To enter a sweepstakes, visit Facebook. com/nmgreenhealthyexpo. For more information, visit NMExpos.com. See ad page 12. natural awakenings
Integrative Health Conference in Albuquerque
Santa Fe Soul Offers Fresh Start
he Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment (SIMPLE) is being held October 1315 at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque. The conference is a state-of-the-art symposium on integrative health with a focus on cardiology, women’s health, pain management, psychiatry, oncology, botanical medicine, palliative medicine and much more. Attendees will have access to the latest research in complementary and integrative health and preventive medicine, including lifestyle, nutrition, wellness, spirituality and stress management. For the first time, patients and community are invited to register for the conference as well. Breakout sessions are a unique part of the conference that enable attendees to pursue specific integrative medicine interests, like mind-body and spiritual care, botanic and dietary supplements, body-centered care and professional development. Dr. Andrew Weil is the featured speaker for SIMPLE 2014, as well as other internationally recognized leaders in the field. The conference will be preceded by a full day SIMPLY Botanicals workshop featuring a special session on “Cooking with Spices” with Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Arti Prasad and two separate half day pre-conference workshops on “Group Visits and Social Connection” and “Talking Medicine: The Healing Power of Storytelling.” In addition, Dr. Weil will be speaking at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe at 6 p.m. on October 13. His talk, titled “The Evolution of Medicine to Integrative Medicine” will benefit the UNM Center for Life. Location: 1901 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. For details about the event including a downloadable pdf of the event brochure, visit som.unm.edu/cme/2014/ SIMPLE.html.
anta Fe Soul Founder and Director, Robyn Benson, DOM, is excited to announce that Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health is now offering two transformative, five-day Fresh Start Programs. The “Revitalize and Thrive” program, being held November 10 to 14, is designed for those dealing with exhaustion, depression, excess weight or hormonal imbalances. Attendees will work with a comprehensive team of health experts to find breakthrough solutions to the results they desire. “The program will help you relieve stress and gain mental clarity, support your body with advanced therapies that boost energy, and build your natural immunity while revitalizing your body, brain and digestion,” says Benson. “Leave feeling uplifted, stronger and empowered with a greater vision for your life.” The “Breakthrough” program, being held December 8 to 12, is for those seeking less pain, more clarity and a significant improvement in their health and wellbeing. The program will help attendees recover their health and vitality while releasing emotional blocks, feel empowered with their self-care choices and gain insight about their overall condition while improving mental clarity. “Ultimately, the program creates the condition for each person to return to a state where they are living their life with more fulfillment, passion and possibility,” explains Benson. Location: 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E, Santa Fe. Each class is limited to 10 attendees. For more information and to register, call 505-474-8555 or visit FreshStartSantaFe. com. Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health can be found on Facebook and Twitter. See ad page 13.
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The Holistic Approach to Breast Awareness
Breast Screening Breakthrough
by Dr. Carla Garcia
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everend Mother Kim Denise Miller, operations manager at the Holistic Medical Church Clinic in Tesuque, is an advocate of holistic healthcare. “The holistic approach is an allinclusive approach assessing and addressing overall health and wellness though integrating body, mind and spirit,” she explains. “Breast awareness is simply being aware of what is normal for you and recognizing changes to your breasts by selfexamination.” According to Miller, reducing inflammation in the body, eating a healthy diet and avoiding toxins are a few ways a woman can help prevent the development of breast cancer in her body. She also notes that breast cancer has been closely tied to estrogen exposure and imbalance. “Estrogen pollution is present in plastics, canned foods, household products and pesticides,” she says. Reverend Mother Dr. Angelique Hart, MD, at the Holistic Medical Church Clinic specializes in hormone balancing, pain management and detoxification therapies. “An at-home saliva test kit will show the times of each day when your hormones are out of balance,” she says. “We can balance your hormones to eliminate estrogen dominance.” The pair also suggests thermography screenings and breast massage. “Your body has the power to heal itself and we are here to assist you in your personal your holistic journey of breast awareness,” adds Miller.
uzanne Somers’ two most recent books Knockout and Breakthrough both recommend thermography as a safe and effective method for breast screening. Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD, has said that thermography will become the “gold standard” in breast screening within the decade. Following the change in breast screening recommendations released in late 2009 and reports of increased risks from cumulative radiation with annual mammograms, this endorsement of thermography is truly a breakthrough. A thermography test only takes minutes to complete. There is no body contact and no radiation of any kind. Once a baseline has been established a comparison study is performed annually. It is painless, radiation-free and is completely non-invasive. How it works The DITI (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging) camera registers heat and creates an image, similar to the way a photo camera registers reflected light and creates a picture. Imaging heat is important because temperature variations are an indication of changes in blood flow associated with inflammation, lymph congestion or the beginning and progression of tumors. DITI can detect and record physiological changes years before there is any clinical evidence of disease. Thermography is a valuable procedure for alerting a doctor to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease. It offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through breast self-examination, doctor exam or mammography alone. The earlier an abnormality is detected, the better the treatment options are. Treatment for early breast pathology can be as simple as dietary or lifestyle changes. For anyone with breast concerns, a thermographic image demonstrates that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” For an appointment or questions, call Dr. Carla Garcia at 505-271-6608 at the Thermography Center, 4550 Eubank N.E. Ste. 105, Albuquerque.
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healthbriefs The Three Ways to Restore Health T
he team at Obsidian Health & Wellness in Albuquerque believes there are three ways to truly influence health. “Accounting for and restoring information of the body is critical to health. Information is how the body directs energy and without it, energy would move chaotically,” says Berjé BarrowKaiser, NES health certified practitioner and owner of Obsidian Health & Wellness. According to Barrow-Kaiser, the three ways include rejuvenating the body’s energy and restoring its proper flow, re-imprinting the body’s information back to its blueprint for optimal functioning, and rebuilding the body’s biochemistry. “Every health therapy or philosophy, from chemistry to energy medicine to physical therapy, all influence health in one of the above-mentioned ways,” explains Barrow-Kaiser. “By looking at and correcting all three aspects of the body—its energy, information and physiology—we can reverse any downward spiral in a person’s health and build momentum in an upward spiral toward total wellness.” Location: 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd., Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-715-3452 or visit ObsidianHealWell.com. See ad page 13.
A New Direction for Neti Pots U
sed for centuries in Asian cultures to support nasal health and eliminate toxins from the nasal mucosa, neti pots have recently become popular in the Western world and are recognized for their value in preventing and relieving sinus infections. Typically, a mild solution of unrefined sea salt and purified or distilled water is poured from one nostril through the other to flush out unwanted mucus, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite, points to a powerful new paradigm that helps neti pot users deal even more effectively with infection: a regimen of aqueous, colloidal silver and soothing herbal and plant extracts. Frank recommends using the neti pot with a colloidal silver wash that is retained in the nostrils for several minutes. “Bacteria and fungus stick rather well to the nasal mucosa and few are flushed out with simple saline flushes,” he explains. “Most of these nasty pathogens adhere to the mucosa with what is called a biofilm. Within this slime layer, they are well protected and thrive in the warm moist sinuses, so a small saline bath once a day doesn’t bother them much. However, colloidal silver disables certain enzymes needed by anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungus, resulting in their destruction. And, unlike antibiotics, silver does not allow resistant ‘super bugs’ to develop.” He also suggests soothing the sinuses with restorative herbal decoctions. Calendula, plantain and aloe contain vital nutrients that soothe and heal, while Echinacea root and grapefruit seed extract offer antimicrobial benefits. Frank emphasizes the importance of using a neti pot safely and responsibly and warns against table salt, which can irritate nasal membranes, and tap water, which may contain contaminants. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit MyNaturesRite. com. See ad page 22.
What Doing Conceals, Being Reveals T
he self-awareness movement of the 20th Century was like a giant aquarium and it is pretty apparent that this aquarium is falling apart. We can observe that traditional leadership and financial models cannot handle this new energy which requires self initiation and regeneration. This is a great opportunity for humanity, yet so many of us are too busy don’t that we don’t notice this chance to swim out and leave behind the old. It’s time to open up to a new way and take responsibility for our contribution to the larger whole. We can self-initiate and engage with regenerative energy in many ways including the applied study of Tantric numerology, kundalini yoga and meditation. We can also learn to identify force fields of energy by observing the Purusharthas, also known as the four aspects of human life. Being mindful of the four aspects—dharma artha, kama and moksha—can help us be more present in our daily lives. Once we are more engaged in our own lives, we are better able to swim out and contribute to the lives of those around us. Kirn and Dr. Guruchander are the founders of Purest Potential. They offer a complete regenerative system for reciprocal contribution. For more information, call 505-982-6369 or visit MyPurePotential.net. See ad page 21.
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An Interview with John VanAuken by Wanda Barrows
John VanAuken is one of the directors at the Edgar Cayce organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment and the author of more than 20 books and manuals. For over 40 years he has led retreats, workshops and seminars on topics including spirituality, dreams, meditation, prophecy, ancient mystical practices and Edgar Cayce’s concepts.
some length, giving many techniques for raising the spiritual forces to higher levels of vibration and consciousness.
spiritual forces better than we do today. How is that possible given evolution?
WB: Are you making a distinction between spirit and soul?
JVA: Cayce stated that there was involution into matter of the sons and daughters of God, called the morning stars in the book Job. This is why archaeologists are finding so many ancient megalithic structures around the planet that are so perfectly constructed and aligned to celestial events.
JVA: Yes, and Cayce did also. Spirit is the life force, while soul is the individual entity with its unique memories, thoughts, desire, energy, vibrations and motivations. All have spirit, the life force, but each has their own story and complex of being, their unique soul. WB: In some 27 other books, you write about how ancient cultures knew the
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anda Barrows recently connected with VanAuken regarding his new book, Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within Us. WB: Tell us about your new book. JVA: As a college student, I saw inequity all around me and this really bothered me. I read the best-selling book on Cayce called Many Mansions. Views of how past lives and karma affects our present life interested me. About the same time, a professor instructed us to write a paper on a mystery. This was the mystery for me and I got an “A” on the paper. I have read most every book about Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet. And though the initial “hook” that got me into the Cayce volumes was reincarnation and karma, it was the mystical, magical spirituality that filled his discourses that ultimately became my soul’s meat and potatoes. The last year has been spent writing about these spiritual forces. WB: What did Cayce say about the spiritual forces with us—the theme of your book? JVA: Cayce saw us as spiritual beings temporarily incarnating as physical beings. He taught that the purpose of this life is soul growth. He gave many details about the spiritual forces that are latent with us, just waiting to be awakened. In my book I cover these at natural awakenings
Natural Depression Treatment Courtesy of Dr. Weil’s book,
Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being.
epression is one of the most common types of mental disorders, affecting about 340 million people worldwide. Interestingly, about half of all cases of depression go undiagnosed and untreated, yet depression is the most treatable form of mental illness. Depression occurs in all age groups, social classes and cultures. It is far more common in women, affecting 25 percent of women versus about 10 percent of men. Additionally, depression also affects one out of every 20 teenagers. It is very important to make a distinction between situational depression, which is a normal reaction to events around us, and clinical (also called endogenous) depression, which is triggered from within and is not related to external situations. Situational depression is quite common and normally follows stressful situations or losses. Rather than suppress these feelings, it is best to work through these periods with help from psychotherapists or counselors. Clinical depression is a medical diagnosis and often requires other forms of depression treatment.
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Symptoms and Causes The core symptoms of depression include: • A sullen mood • Feelings of hopelessness, guilt and anxiety • Loss of interest in things that used to be pleasurable • Change in appetite • Change in sleeping patterns • Inability to concentrate • A lack of energy or feeling rundown Clinical depression can be triggered by a recent loss or other sad event, but then grows out of proportion to the situation and persists longer than appropriate, affecting your emotional health. While there are many theories about mood disorders, the actual causes of depression remain unclear. The current branch of medicine that addresses depression, psychiatry, is deeply founded in materialistic thinking, and believes that all mental problems stem from imbalances in brain chemistry. Hence, its total commitment to the use of drugs. While
it seems likely that some cases of depression may result from deficiencies or excess neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, it makes equal sense to suggest that mood disorders actually result in disordered brain biochemistry. Those with a family history of depression are much more likely to experience its effects at some point in their lives. In addition, there are several factors that can precipitate depression: • A recent loss or sad event such as the loss of a job, bereavement or social isolation • Side effects of certain drugs • Infections such as AIDS, mononucleosis and viral hepatitis • Pre-menstrual syndrome • Rheumatoid arthritis • Certain types of cancer • Neurological disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease • Nutritional deficiencies of B12 or B6 Recommended Lifestyle Changes for Depression Treatment In Buddhist philosophy, depression represents the inevitable consequence of seeking stimulation. The centuries old teachings suggest that we seek balance in our emotional health and lives, rather than continuously striving for the highs, and then complaining about the lows that follow. Its basic recommendation encourages the daily practice of meditation, and this is perhaps the best way to address
the root of depression and change it. This requires long-term commitment, however, as meditation does not produce immediate results. • Exercise. For more immediate, symptomatic depression treatment, there is no better method than regular aerobic exercise. Numerous studies have demonstrated the efficacy of a daily workout for improving emotional health and boosting self confidence. I recommend 30 minutes of continuous activity, at least five days a week for best results. • Check your meds. Make sure you are not taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications that contribute to depression. Avoid all antihistamines, tranquilizers, sleeping pills and narcotics if you have any tendency toward depression. You should also be cautious about the use of recreational drugs, notably alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, downers, marijuana and ecstasy. These substances may provide a temporary sense of relief, but are likely to intensify depression to dangerous levels if used regularly. • Cut caffeine. Addiction to coffee and other forms of caffeine often interferes with normal moods and can aggravate depression. • Try acupuncture. This modality has proven itself to be very useful in treating several mood disorders, including depression. • Seek professional help. Find a psychotherapist, mental health professional or grief counselor who can help you explore the elements contributing to your depression and facilitate recovery. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be especially helpful. • Anti-depressant medications. Speak to your physician to determine if you are a candidate for antidepressant medication. Proceed with caution, however, as an analysis by British researchers published in February, 2008, suggested that many commonly
prescribed anti-depressant pharmaceuticals have limited effectiveness.
Nutrition and Supplements • B vitamins. The B vitamins, especially folic acid and vitamin B6, can be helpful in mild depression, and you should know that B vitamins can increase the efficacy of prescription antidepressants. • St. John’s wort. St. John’s wort is an herbal remedy that has long been used in Europe as a treatment for mood disorders. Standardized extracts have shown an effectiveness equaling Prozac in the treatment of mild to moderate forms of the disease. It should not be taken with anti-retroviral medications, birth control pills, or antidepressant medications, especially SSRIs like Prozac or Celexa. Try 300 mg of an extract standardized to 0.3 percent hypericin, three times a day. Its full effect will be felt in about eight weeks. • SAMe (S-adenosy-L-methionine). Has the advantage of working more quickly than St John’s wort. Use only the butanedisulfonate form in enteric-coated tablets, or in capsules. Try 400 to 1,600 mg a day on an empty stomach. • Fish oil. Recent preliminary studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may be helpful in maintaining a healthy mind. I think that reasonable doses of fish-oil supplements (1,000 to 2,000 mg per day) might be useful in addressing mild depression. Fish oil is an excellent source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential fatty acid found in nerve and brain tissue. • In addition, follow a well-balanced diet and include an antioxidant multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs for all the essential nutrients. If you would like more information, go to www.drweil.com natural awakenings
Cancer and the Body-Mind Connection An Interview with Dr. Amit K. Garg by Andrea Schensky Williams
was introduced to Amit K. Garg, MD, faculty member at the renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas who currently practices at the Presbyterian MD Anderson Radiation Treatment Center in Albuquerque, during the 27th Cancer Survivorship Conference held by People Living through Cancer this past June. His presentation at the conference titled the “Body Mind Connection in Cancer” captivated the audience. In honor of October Breast Cancer Awareness I wanted to speak with Dr. Garg more in depth about his view points on the body-mind connection in cancer.
AW: As a traditional radiation oncologist what inspired you to look at the body-mind connection in cancer? Curiosity. I have always enjoyed pondering the big mysteries in life that everyone has to deal with at some point or another. Questions like, is there anything more? What happens when we die? What is the meaning of life? I would say it is my curiosity and introspection about life that was applied to my work. The subject of cancer naturally lends itself to such abstract questions because much about this disease remains unknown, yet it is a leading cause of death and suffering worldwide.
from doctors that don’t share the same curiosity? I try to appreciate the different energies and innuendos that are happening between a patient and myself. I realize that interactions with a patient can have an influence on how they feel and ultimately how their body actually responds—as crazy as that may sound. If we postulate that there is potentially a physiologic consequence of a social interaction then it becomes very important to focus on these energies between people. There is something called the “therapeutic potential” of the patientprovider relationship. This therapeutic potential can be maximized and it can be minimized. Traditionally, when we focus on numbers and statistics, it’s minimized. However, a patient’s psyche can be influenced toward the positive as well as towards the negative.
AW: How do you think your interaction with patients may be different
AW: In other words, if physicians set the stage for really positive interaction, then patients may be more open to embrace the treatment and the treatment may have more healing influence?
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At the conference, you mentioned the placebo effect. The study stated that there was a minimal difference in healing effects that patients had with the placebo versus traditional medicine. Is that possibly proof that there is another component to healing other than medication? DOC: Absolutely! It proves that there is a meaning response. Placebo has been given a bad name. “I received a placebo” has a very negative connotation. We as physicians and providers can actually help patients to help themselves through this concept of a meaning response. AW: Can you give examples what placebos could be? What types of placebos would doctors prescribe? Placebo can be a pill, a procedure, acupuncture, a conversation; it can be a discussion about prognosis framed in such a way that even a patient who fears the inevitable or who fears side effects of their treatment can overcome those fears. It’s amazing how such subtle changes in the way we express the risk of these side effects can influence their course of treatment and we see that every day. And that can be considered under the realm of meaning response or placebo effect. AW: How can awareness of stress and diet alter the experience of
women with breast cancer? DOC: Studies show that stress can be defined as a negative emotional state or pressure in the mind whether from the perspective of the physician or the perspective of the patient. We know that high stress levels can have a negative impact on the body. This basically opens the door to this cliché we call the mind-body connection. What we accept in our daily lives as being stress does have a profound impact on our health. In my approach to the subject of diet and exercise—simplicity is key. Enjoy food and have moderation in your diet. There is no food that is so healthy that you should be eating it all the time without preference to other food groups. And likewise there is no food or substance that is so unhealthy—maybe with a few exceptions that common sense will dictate—that it should be avoided at all costs if they are enjoyable to eat. The same goes for exercise. You know if you’re raising your heartbeat for at least 30 minutes 2 to 3 times a week, then it’s going to have an influence on your long-term health. Exercise not only influences the body directly but it influences the mind, as we know. You feel so much better mentally after exercise and this has been proven many, many times.
AW: What is your recommendation for exercise after cancer treatment? DOC: Listen to your body and try not to overdo things. When you do physical activity, it should be because you want to do it. It’s all kind of connected to a balanced approach of viewing health and disease. In respects to the cancer patient, it’s okay to go slow and be gentle with yourself. It doesn’t make sense to force yourself to be more active than you’re ready for after treatment. That’s dangerous in fact and could lead to more problems.
AW: There was a recent study by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center that yoga and meditation have a positive effect on recovery. DOC: This topic comes up often with
the patients. The whole purpose behind this area of inquiry is that anybody can benefit from spending more time on their inner self. We can all appreciate that there is an inner self that within the quietest chambers of our own psyche is able to be fathomed and able to be observed and this is what concentration and focus is. Regardless of whether you are at work or driving a car, or whether you’re doing anything, the very act of concentration itself is therapeutic. And this is the message of these studies.
AW: What is your viewpoint on obesity? DOC: To address a behavior and lifestyle component of obesity it is right in the heart of this mind-body connection. I’m big on personal responsibility. Yes, they could have stress in their lives, yes there could be multiple reasons why one eats more than their counterparts— but it’s all controllable. And it may seem like it’s not but it absolutely is. And this is the heart of the mind/body connection—personal responsibility for what can be changed in your own body through your own decisions that are made.
when caught very early, with essentially a low risk of long-term adverse effects on quality of life. So why would one not want to do that? AW: Will healing always involve technology or will it eventually lead to alternative methods? DOC: What we know is that technology will always be a part of healing. It’s not one or the other. As we go forward, it’s going to be an integrative thing. There are more and more people that understand that medicine and healing doesn’t end with your last doctor’s visit or your last treatment. It goes far, far beyond that. The main point I want to convey is that we as physicians and providers can do a lot worse than to help people help themselves through their own innate energies and powers and this is really what I’ve realized over time.
AW: How do patients accept responsibility for their own health? DOC: Accepting responsibility for one’s own health—to any degree—by definition cannot be done by anyone else. It has to make sense to yourself and it has to be something internalized. This is part of the whole mixing in with the meditation and the yoga. It has to be internalized in order to be effective.
AW: I think that’s an important point you just made, that this responsibility of the patients is an ongoing thing. We have to take that responsibility all the time to keep our mind and body in balance. DOC: That’s right. Anytime you have a health problem, however minor, you may think, oh what should I do? Should I go to the doctor? Should I call someone? The last place we usually go to is our own assets. We’re at the tip of the iceberg of understanding truly what is in us and the significance of the connection between our subconscious or unconscious mind and our body. It’s very exciting stuff.
AW: Are there times when traditional and integrative therapies could counteract each other? DOC: I’ve seen patients who see an alternative cancer doctor or seek advice elsewhere and are somehow convinced that they would be better off not pursuing standard treatments that have proven excellent outcomes. There is a false perception by some that standard therapies are useless when compared to what’s available in the alternative or integrative realm. This is very dangerous. We can cure greater than 80 to 90 percent of cancers—especially breast cancers—
Dr. Garg, a board-certified radiation oncologist, received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and has been in practice for 5 years. Not only does he specialize in the treatment of diverse cancers, his areas of interest also include the body-mind connection in regards to disease. He practices at the Presbyterian MD Anderson Radiation Treatment Center in Albuquerque and can be reached at 505291-2506 or agarg@ mdanderson.org.
bottom expanding completely around the waistline. Pause momentarily and exhale through the nose or mouth for three seconds, gently contracting the abdomen to help expel the air. Practice this whenever needed to ease stress or for five minutes daily to establish a slower, deeper breathing pattern.
The yoga breath ujjayi, or oceansounding breath, is achieved by slightly constricting the throat muscles and gently lifting the glottis, so that a soothing hiss is produced when the breath is drawn in through the nose. Dr. Richard Brown, an integrative psychiatrist, associate professor at New York’s Columbia University and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath, explains the benefits. “Ujjayi creates resistance to air flow, triggering receptors deep within the lungs’ alveoli, which allows more oxygen to be delivered to the cells. It also stimulates the vagus nerve input to the brain, which promotes calmness and clear thinking.”
overdoing it, instructs Brown; three rounds of 15 to 20 breaths are sufficient for healthy individuals.
Anxiety attacks often generate feelings of breathlessness, and fixating on each inadequate inhalation reinforces panic. Winkelman recommends 4-2-10 breathing, a technique that emphasizes elongating exhalations. Inhale through the nose for four seconds, hold for two, and then slowly release the breath for
up to 10 seconds. Lee explains that after several breaths, the brain will start to shift from reactive emotional thinking to rational problem solving. “Concentrating on the breath makes it hard to think about the future or rummage around in the past,” says Lee. “It keeps you in the moment, intimately in touch with the mind, body and emotions.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.
A recent study from the journal Pain Medicine found that deep, slow breathing, combined with relaxation, effectively diminishes pain. “The nervous system represents a physical or emotional trauma in an unregulated pattern of signals,” says Brown. “But the mind and breath can wash away and rewire that pattern.” Practice target breathing, a technique derived from qigong, by inhaling deeply into the belly and visualizing the breath as a ball of energy which upon exhaling can flow to the place in the body needing healing, advises Lee.
Brown has co-authored a review in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine describing the neurophysiological basis and clinical benefits of yogic breathing on depression and post-traumatic stress. Bhastrika, or bellows breath, is a mood-lifting technique wherein one inhales vigorously through the nose while raising the arms above the head, fingers extended, and then forcibly exhales through the nose while pulling the elbows down alongside the ribs with fingers closing gently. Avoid natural awakenings
Combining Chiropractic and Acupuncture Energizes Health
hiropractic manipulation of the spine has long been a remedy for structural malfunctions such as aching backs and recurring headaches. Today, chiropractors are also treating neck pain from stress, plus tight shoulders and numb fingers from long hours of computer use. An increasing number of them are now incorporating acupuncture into their arsenal against disorders once treated by chiropractic alone, with great success. “What if you had a nail in your foot? You can do anything to try to heal it, but until you pull the nail out of your foot, you’ll still have a recurring problem,” explains Dr. James Campbell, owner of Campbell Chiropractic Center, in East Brunswick, New Jersey, a certified diplomate and incoming president of the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture (ABCA). “Like removing the nail, chiropractic removes the mechanical problem and opens the way for acupuncture to stimulate healing,” Similarly, a chiropractic adjustment removes obstructions and opens acupuncture meridians to facilitate quick healing, “sometimes even immediately,” says Campbell. “Instead of having the needles in for 20 to 30 minutes, I can actually use a microcurrent device to access the meridians in the ears or on the hands and get the same results in five to 10 seconds.” He notes that relief can be both fast and permanent because the healing energy currents are able to circulate freely throughout the body.
became a Kansas City chiropractor after acupuncture healed a back injury shortly after World War II. An acupuncturist smuggled prohibited needles into Yennie’s Japanese hospital room in the sleeve of his kimono for treatments that ended with Yennie’s hospital discharge marked, “GOK,” meaning in the doctor’s opinion, “God only knows” how the intense back pain was healed. While Yennie went on to teach judo and establish five judo-karate schools, his greatest achievement was bringing the two sciences together in the U.S. He founded both the Acupuncture Society of America and the ABCA, affiliated with the American Chiropractic Association. Certification as a diplomate requires 2,300 hours of training in the combined modalities.
Combining the two modalities has been practiced for more than 40 years, although awareness of the enhanced effectiveness of doing so has been primarily realized in the eastern half of the U.S. The dual therapy is the brainchild of the late Dr. Richard Yennie, who initially
Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Kleker, of Aspen Wellness Center, in Fort Collins, Colorado, is also a state-licensed acupuncturist. “I can tailor treatments to whatever the individual needs,” he says. For patients experiencing pain after spinal fusion surgery, with no possibility of any movement in their spine, Kleker finds that acupuncture helps manage the pain. “We can commonly get the person out of the chronic pain loop,” he says. He also finds the combination helpful in treating chronic migraines, tennis elbow and other chronic pain conditions. “When I started my practice in 1981, few chiropractors knew anything about acupuncture, let alone used it. Now there are more and more of us,” observes Kleker. Both Kleker and Campbell are seeing increasing numbers of patients with problems related to high use of technology, facilitating greater challenges for chiropractors and new ways that adding acupuncture can be valuable.
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Notebook computers and iPads have both upsides and downsides, Campbell remarks. Users can find relief from repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome by utilizing portable devices. However, he is treating more patients for vertigo due to looking down at screens or neck pain from lying in bed looking up while using the devices. “Blackberry thumb”, which refers to pain caused by texting, responds especially well to a combination of chiropractic manipulation of the thumb to free up the joint and microcurrent or acupuncture needles to enhance energy flow in the area,” advises Campbell. Prevention is the best cure for these problems, says Kleker. He routinely informs patients about proper ergonomic positions for using traditional computers and mobile devices. He also suggests exercises to minimize or eliminate the structural challenges that accompany actively leveraging today’s technological world. In addition to chiropractors that are increasingly adding acupuncture to their own credentials, an increasing number of chiropractors have added acupuncturists to their practices. Therapy combining chiropractic and acupuncture has yet to be widely researched, but one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2012 reports the results of two acupuncture treatments followed by three chiropractic/acupuncture treatments for a women suffering from long-term migraine headaches. The migraines disappeared and had not returned a year later. Other studies show the combination therapy offers significant improvements in neck pain and tennis elbow. Campbell relates a story of the power of chiropractic combined with acupuncture, when his young son that was able to walk only with great difficulty received a two-minute treatment from Yennie. Afterward, “My son got up and ran down the hall,” he recalls. Locate a certified practitioner at American BoardOfChiropracticAcupuncture.org/ about-us/find-a-diplomate. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
r. Michael Pridham, owner of Equilibrium Chiropractic in Albuquerque, has made it his mission to promote health and wellness in the community and bring about equilibrium in his patients. He achieves his goal using myriad techniques including chiropractic adjustments, myofascial therapy, meridian therapy, corrective exercises and homeopathic trigger point injections. Dr. Pridham is one of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and performs Department of Transportation physicals for commercial drivers’ licenses. As a chiropractor who cares about utilizing the most advanced chiropractic techniques, Pridham has years of training, expertise and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches and other related conditions originating from the spine. “Chiropractic care under a trained professional can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve total health or wellness,” says Pridham. In addition, Pridham uses Oriental medicine-based acupressure techniques to help his paitents achieve well-being. “Eastern philosophy is based on thousands of years of detailed observations describing patterns in the body using language based on concepts that can be visualized such as the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood,” he explains. “Our organs can be thought of in terms of the five elements. The channels of energy flowing through each organ are known as meridians. Disturbance of these meridians leads to dysfunction within the body.” “We recognize that every single one of our patients is a whole person,” adds Pridham, “and we use our expertise to help them reach total health and wellness.”
Chiropractic Conservative care for pain management yields effective results National Chiropractic Health Month, celebrated in October, looks at the importance of joint health at all stages of life, and what people can do to keep their joints functioning properly. The annual celebration is an outreach program of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
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and Los Angeles, applying innovations to everything from streetscapes to stormwater infrastructure. “The failures of the old, decaying urban and suburban models are evident,” says Bennett. “We’re now learning how to do it well and create environmentally sustainable, peoplecentered districts.”
CITYSCAPES Urban America is Going Green in a Big Way by Christine MacDonald
oday, buzzwords like “sustainability” and “green building” dominate discussions on how to overcome the unhealthful effects of climate change, extreme local weather events and pervasive pollution. Now, a growing body of research indicates an unexpected upside of living greener; it
not only makes us healthier, but happier, too. It’s all helping to spread the “green neighborhood” idea across the U.S., from pioneering metropolises like New York, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, to urban centers like Cincinnati, Detroit and Oakland, California.
A sustainable, or “eco”-city, generally runs on clean and renewable energy, reducing pollution and other ecological footprints, rather than on fossil fuels. Along with building entire ecocities, developers also are striving to replace hard-luck industrial pasts and turn problems such as depopulated urban cores into opportunities for fresh approaches. “We are having a major rethink about urban development,” says Rob Bennett, founding CEO of EcoDistricts (EcoDistricts.org), a Portland-based nonprofit skilled in developing protocols for establishing modern and sustainable city neighborhoods. The group has recently extended help to seven other cities, including Boston, Denver
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The concept of home is undergoing a radical makeover. From villages of “smallest houses” (usually no bigger than 350 square feet), to low-income urban housing complexes, people interested in smaller, more self-sufficient homes represent a fast-growing, increasingly influential segment of today’s housing market, according to experts such as Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House. Google reports that Internet searches for information on “tiny houses” has spiked recently. Economic freedom is one factor motivating many to radically downsize, according to Bloomberg News (Tinyurl. com/TinyHouseDemand). Cities nationwide have overhauled their building codes. Cincinnati, for example, has moved to the forefront of the eco-redevelopment trend with its emphasis on revamping instead of demolishing existing buildings. Private sector leaders are on board as well; a transition to buildings as sustainable ecosystems keeps gaining ground through certification programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the “living building” movement begun by Seattle’s Cascadia Green Building Council has gone international.
Walkability is “in” these days, along with bike paths, locavore shopping and dining and expansion of public destinations, all of which draw residents out to meet their neighbors. This “new urbanism” is evident in places like Albuquerque’s emerging Mesa del Sol community and Florida’s proposed Babcock Ranch solar-powered city. While public and private sectors are involved, residents are the catalysts for much of the current metamorphoses. Whether it’s a guerrilla gardener
movement—volunteers turning vacant lots and other eyesores into flowering oases—creative bartering services or nanny shares, people-helping-people approaches are gaining momentum. The Public School, an adult education exchange that began in Los Angeles in 2007 and has since spread to a dozen cities worldwide, the Seattle Free School, the Free University of New York City, and Washington, D.C.’s Knowledge Commons all have taken the doit-yourself movement into the realm of adult education. The latter offers more than 180 courses a year, most as free classes offered by and for local residents encompassing all neighborhoods, with topics ranging from urban foraging and vegan cooking to the workings of the criminal justice system.
Upgraded Transportation With America’s roads increasingly clogged with pollution-spewing vehicles, urban planners in most larger U.S. cities are overseeing the expansion of subway and light rail systems, revamped street car systems and even ferry and water taxi services in some places. Meanwhile, electric vehicles (EV) got a boost from four New England states, plus Maryland, New York, Texas and Oregon, which have joined California in building networks of EV charging stations, funding fleets of no- or lowemission government cars and making green options clearer for consumers. If all goes as planned, the nine states estimate that 3.3 million plug-in automobiles could hit the streets by 2025. Mass transit, biking and walking are often quicker and cheaper ways to get around in densely populated urban centers. Car sharing, bike taxis and online app-centric taxi services are popular with increasingly car-free urban youth. Boston’s Hubway bike-sharing program addresses affordability with a $5 annual membership for low-income residents. One common denominator of the new urbanism is an amplification of what’s considered to be in the public welfare. Through partnerships among public and private sectors and community groups, organizations like EcoDistricts are developing ways to help communities in the aftermath of natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes,
seasonal flooding and water shortages. Coastal cities, for example, are grappling with ways to safeguard public transit and other vulnerable infrastructure. Designing for better public health is a central tenet of sustainability, as well. Active Design Guidelines for promoting physical activity, which first gained traction in New York City before becoming a national trend, intend to get us moving. Banishing the core bank of elevators from central locations, architects substitute invitingly light and airy stairwells. Evolving cityscapes make it easier for commuters to walk and bike. Tyson’s Corner, outside of Washington, D.C., has made sidewalk construction integral to the overhaul of its automobile-centric downtown area. Memphis recently added two lanes for bikes and pedestrians along Riverside Drive overlooking the Mississippi River, while Detroit’s HealthPark initiative has many of the city’s public parks serving as sites for farm stands, mobile health clinics and free exercise classes.
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Clean Energy The ways we make and use energy are currently being re-envisioned on both large and small scales. Solar cooperatives have neighbors banding together to purchase solar panels at wholesale prices. Startup companies using computer algorithms map the solar production potential of virtually every rooftop in the country. However, while solar panels and wind turbines are rapidly becoming part of the new normal, they are only part of the energy revolution just getting started. In the past several years, microgrids have proliferated at hospitals, military bases and universities from Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, to the University of California at San Diego. These electrical systems can operate in tandem with utility companies or as self-sufficient electrical islands that protect against power outages and increase energy efficiency, sometimes even generating revenue by selling unused electricity to the grid. While still costly and complicated to install, “Those barriers are likely to fall as more companies, communities and institutions adopt microgrids,” says Ryan Franks, technical program
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way to a growing local food movement that’s beginning to also reach into lowincome neighborhoods through mobile markets, a kind of farmers’ market on wheels, and an explosion of urban gardens and city farms. Ohio City Farm (OhioCity.org) grows food for in-need residents on six acres overlooking the Cleveland skyline. In Greenville, South Carolina, the Judson Community Garden is one of more than 100 gardens in the downtown area, notes Andrew Ratchford, who helped establish it in a neighborhood four miles from the nearest supermarket. Giving residents an alternative to unhealthy convenience store fare is just one of the garden’s benefits, Ratchford says. “We’re seeing neighbors reestablish that relationship just by gardening together.”
While cities nationwide have long been working to augment their recycling and find more markets for residents’ castoffs, many are becoming more sophisticated in repurposing what was formerly considered trash. Reclaimed wood flooring in new homes and urban
compost-sharing services are just two examples characterizing the evolution in how we dispose of and even think about waste. We may still be far from a world in which waste equals food, as described by environmental innovators William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their groundbreaking book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Nevertheless, projects certified as cradle-to-cradle are cutting manufacturing costs and reducing pollution. For example, carpet maker Shaw Industries Group, in Dalton, Georgia, reports savings of $2.5 million in water and energy costs since 2012, when it improved energy efficiency and began using more renewable material in its carpet tiles. Shaw is spending $17 million this year to expand its recycling program. Stormwater runoff is a pervasive issue facing older cities. Many are now taking a green approach to supplementing—if not totally supplanting —oldfashioned underground sewage systems. Along with creating new parks and public spaces, current public spaces are
often reconfigured and required to do more. Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Portland, among others, are instituting carefully planned and built green spaces to soak up rainwater and cut down on runoff into sewer drains—taking motor oil and other pollutants with it. Using revamped sidewalk, parking lot and roof designs, plus rain gardens designed to filter rainwater back into the ground, municipalities are even successfully reducing the need for costly underground sewer system overhauls. The proliferation of rooftop gardens in places including Chicago, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C., and new green roof incentives in many cities nationwide further exemplify how what’s considered livable space is expanding. Altogether, eco-cities’ new green infrastructure is saving cities billions of dollars and improving the quality of life for residents by adding and enhancing public parklands and open spaces, a happy benefit for everyone. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit ChristineMacDonald.info.
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New Cancer Test for Dogs Detects Illness in Time for Effective Treatment by Shawn Messonnier
et owners often ask if there’s an accurate, inexpensive way to test dogs for cancer before they develop clinical signs of it. A diagnosis early in the course of the disease is crucial for beginning effective treatment and better outcomes. Until recently, the answer to their question was no. As a result, most owners have remained unaware of the problem until the cancer was well advanced and had spread throughout the pet’s body. While chemotherapy can help some pets, the treatment is unable to heal most of them due to the advanced stage of most diagnosed cancers, which typically already have been active for six to 12 months or longer. Early diagnosis would allow both traditional and natural therapies to be more effective. In some cases, chemotherapy might not even be needed, because natural medicines such as astragalus, essential fatty acids, mushroom extracts, ginseng and green tea may be able to reverse the cancer at its earliest stages. Fortunately, dog owners can now secure an accurate early diagnosis using a new blood panel costing less than $200, including lab processing, that enables veterinarians to detect cancer and other inflammatory diseases before a pet becomes ill. The tests provide valuable information about the dog’s health before overt signs of disease are observed, damage occurs and treatment options become more limited
and expensive. Early detection tests for cancer in cats will be available soon. The tests measure several aspects of cell irregularity, including abnormal cell division and systemic inflammatory activity, by detecting any increased levels of thymidine kinase and C-reactive protein in the pet’s body. A study by California’s Veterinary Diagnostics Institute’s VDI Laboratory applying the new blood panel tests to 360 dogs followed their incidences of cancer and other serious diseases for up to a year. The researchers found that nearly all of the cancers that occurred were detected four to six months prior to the pet showing outward signs. Because the cancers were detected early and treated before the pet became overtly ill, costs to the pet owner were greatly reduced and the effectiveness of cancer treatment improved. The new cancer screening tests, which are designed to be part of a routine wellness plan, constitute the most comprehensive single blood diagnosis available in monitoring overall canine health. It’s just as important to check the vitamin D status of canine patients. Low levels contribute to increased incidence of cancer and infectious diseases, according to a study published in the journal Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. Supplementing vitamin D levels is easy and inexpensive and may help reduce the incidence of serious disease later in life. While the new blood panel tests have been shown to be highly accurate in early cancer detection, any test can miss it if the number of cancer cells is too small. Therefore, pets with negative test results should be retested every six months, while positive results prompt further diagnostic tests and initial treatment. Pets with cancer also benefit from these tests because they allow the vet to fine-tune a treatment plan and determine when a cancer may be coming out of remission. The screening is recommended for all dogs 5 years of age and older. Only a small amount of blood is needed and results are available within a few weeks. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.
An A for Apples
It’s a Top-Ranked Superstar Fruit by Tania Melkonian
utrient density—an acknowledged characteristic of apples—is considered the most significant qualification for a superfood. “It’s one of the healthiest foods,” advises Case Adams, from Morro Bay, California, a naturopathic doctor with a Ph.D. in natural health sciences. Apples’ antioxidant power alone could elevate it to status as a superior superfood. Eating apples could help ward off America’s most pressing yet preventable, chronic illnesses, that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cites as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Morwenna Given, a medical herbalist and Canadian member of the American Herbalists Guild, from Toronto, explains why and shares an analogy, “The normal metabolic processes of oxida-
tion produce reactive oxygen species (free radicals) with unpaired electrons that hunt and steal partner electrons from the body’s cells. Imagine an electrical plug wherein the grounding wire has been eliminated or compromised. There is nothing to prevent a surge or fire.” This is comparable to what happens to a body impacted by a poor diet, lack of exercise, stress and illness; its healthy grounding is compromised. When the overall damage to cell structure overwhelms the body’s innate antioxidation defenses, conditions are ripe for disease and accelerated aging. Foods high in antioxidants, like the apple, help to neutralize the damage and heal bodily tissues. Flavonoids—like the quercetin just beneath the peel—are another of the apple’s powerful nutrient part-
ners, notes Adams in his book, The Ancestors Diet. So, even when making applesauce, including the peel is vital. With the exception of vitamin C, all other nutrient compounds remain intact when the fruit is cooked. Subtle differences in polyphenol levels exist among apple varieties, according to Linus Pauling Institute testing. Polyphenol compounds ultimately activate the fruit’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Northern spy, Fuji and especially red delicious varieties are the richest in antioxidants; empire and golden delicious harbor relatively low levels. “Some older varieties that had lost popularity with large-scale commercial farmers are now being grafted again, thanks to a return to organic practices,” remarks Meredith Hayes, schools and student nutrition senior manager at FoodShare, a leading North American food security organization. Note that conventionally grown apples top the Environmental Working Group’s list of 48 fruits and vegetables tested for pesticide residue (ewg.org/ foodnews/list.php). That’s yet another sound reason, along with better taste and nutrition, to go organic.
“The purpose of any seed is to replicate the species,” explains Given. “The pulp around the seed protects and feeds the seed until it’s burrowed into the soil and germinates. Older species evolved to be protective of their seeds to survive against pests and other insults. Commercially grown produce, however, has generally bred out the secondary metabolites that house so many of a plant’s nutrients.” It helps to know that imperfectlooking food has potentially synthesized more sugars and nutrients in response to stress in order to survive, making blemishes or irregular shapes more appealing as consumers discover the core value of non-homogenized fruit. By recognizing and appreciating the apple during this season’s harvest, we honor its versatility, affordability, broad availability and culinary flexibility. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator in Southwest Florida. Connect at EATomology.com.
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October Astrology Forecast submitted by Mickey McKay
any changes are in store for the month of October, as this month will feature two eclipses and Mercury’s retrograde cycle. Mercury will retrograde on October 4 as he begins his journey back from the constellation of Libra into the previous constellation of Virgo. He will re-enter the constellation of Virgo on October 16 where he will remain until November 4. Mercury will once again line up with the storm planet Rahu in close proximity creating a time of financial uncertainty from October 19 to 22, as Mercury’s alignment with the storm planets will take place between two October eclipses. Rahu and Ketu, the planets of storm and shadow, changed constellations two months ago. Rahu moved into the constellation of Virgo, while Ketu moved into the constellation of Pisces. As storm planets they bring storm and conflict, leaving a shadow of a doubt in their wake. If your Vedic Sun, Moon or rising sign is in Virgo, or if your Vedic Sun, Moon or rising sign is in Pisces, the storm planets will now be challenging you. This is a perfect time for natives of these constellations to take up yoga or enroll in a meditation class to reduce those increased disturbed feelings. October 8 will feature a total Lunar Eclipse at 21 degree of the constellation of Pisces, and a partial and final Solar Eclipse in the constellation of Libra at 6 degrees. If your Vedic Sun, Moon or rising sign is in Pisces or Libra then these eclipses bring a rocky month for those natives. Those born under the Vedic Sun sign, moon or rising sign of Libra or Aries will finally start to experience relief when the transits of Mars and Saturn have concluded come November, as the extremely negative planetary patterns you have experienced for the last year and a half will ease up come the holidays. Visit Mickey McKay’s website, VedicAstrology.us.com, for more information.
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calendarofevents THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 Obsidian Health and Wellness Check – 10:30am2:30pm. Activate body’s healing potential. Restore energetic coherence within the body field with NES Feel Good Infoceuticals. Design personal energetic first aid kit. Obsidian Health and Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452. Harvest Fair and Market Garden – Oct 2-Oct 4. 6-8pm/Thurs, 9am-4pm/Fri, 9am-4pm/Sat. Visit our booth at the fair. The organic Living Room (EarthGift Herbals, Martha’s Body Bueno and Magik Fingers Happy Toes massage). Free refreshments and shopping. Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd, Los Altos Park. Albuquerque. Info: 505-288-2233.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 The New Mexico Conscious Entrepreneurs Weekend – Oct 3-5. Wisdompreneurs announcing their first event. Theme: Wholeheartedness, Community and Success. Four events: A Conscious Marketing Panel, Intro to Wisdompreneurship, Conscious Entrepreneurs Potluck and CommunityBuilding Evening, and Wholehearted Presence: Women, Community and Conscious Entrepreneurship. Event is co-sponsored by the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. Santa Fe. RSVP: 505474-2998. Paul@wisdompreneurs.com. Info: www. Smore.com/g4er3. Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 – Oct. 3, 4, 5, 31 & Nov. 1-2. 9am-5pm. LifeCycles and LifeStyles offer a practical set of disciplines that lead to excellence and depth in the human experience. Discover the mystery and gain the mastery of every cycle of life. Study with the master, Yogi Bhajan, with a video class and meditation. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St, Santa Fe. 505-982-6369. Misha Bio-Energy: Energy of Life at Work – 7-9pm.Misha begins his talks by explaining his healing abilities and then responds to questions from the group about health, wellness and healing. Free. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 Active Isolated Stretching – Oct 4-5. 9am-4pm/ Sat and Sun. Incorporates the ground-breaking work of Aaron Mattes to create an effective bridge from bodywork to client involvement; a combination of 12 easy-to-learn movements developed from a dance background. 12 CEs. $250 includes stretching rope and books. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS 2. 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Register: 505982-6271. www.NMHealingArts.org. Integrated Synergy Therapeutics New Practical Oriental Medicine for Chronic and Acute Pain – Oct 4-5. 9-6pm/Sat. 8:30am-5:30pm/Sun. Learn an innovative technique Integrated Synergy Therapeutics. Receive immediate results in clinical practice. $315. Southwest Acupuncture College, 7801 Academy NE, Bldg. 1, Albuquerque. 505-888-8898. Courageous Crossing Womyn’s Healing Circle – 10am-6:30pm. With Maria Yraceburu, LLd, author and elder. Our priority to implement earth practices with the ultimate goal of moving womyn past the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, into a life filled with laughter, self-esteem and trust, through conscious acts of empowerment. $55 Taa-naash-kaa-da NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com
Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. www.Meetup. com/Taa-naash-kaa-da. Cold & Flu Prevention – 1-1.30pm. With Ben Stoops, Clinical Herbalist. Learn great ways to prevent colds, flu and other respiratory problems throughout the winter season. Discover what supplements are used for which purposes and how to wisely put together a winter wellness plan. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave, NE Albuquerque. 505-796-0387. Psychic Faire – 1-3pm. A reading can provide clarity and insight into the energy, patterns and belief systems that are shaping one’s life. Get a neutral reading to help gain clarity and discover next steps on one’s journey. $10 per reading. Drop-in. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Preregister: 505-920-4418. www.CenterForInnerTruth.org.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 Special Prosperity Kundalini Yoga Practice – 5am-7:15am. Kundalini yoga and meditations to generate more prosperity in one’s life. Free. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. 505-982-6369. Free Yoga Class & Community Potluck – 10:30am/Free yoga class. 12-1:30pm/potluck. Grand opening. Meet and greet staff. Offering morning, noon and evening yoga classes Mon-Fri. Prices $5-$15. Learn from ABQ’s finest yoga teachers offering mixed-level, alignment-based flow styles and specializing in various fields including yoga therapeutics, children and family yoga and more. Yoga at The Source, 1111 Carlise SE, Albuquerque. Details: www.TheSourceABQ.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6 Limpias Offered – 8am-2pm. Curanderas, Traditional Healers. Rita Navarrete Perez and Tonita Gonzales offering Limpias, energetic cleansings, for the Santa Fe Community. $35 suggested donation. 30-min sessions. Limited space. Register early. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, next to Kakawa Chocolate House on Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. 505-820-6321. Sacred Ceremonies – 3:30-6:30pm. Discover traditional Meso-American Ceremonies as Curanderas, Traditional Healers, Rita Navarrete Perez and Tonita Gonzales focus on the history and modern day practice. Learn to incorporate them into daily life, spiritual practice, special occasions and the importance of the four directions and elements. $45. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, next to Kakawa Chocolate House on Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. Preregister: 505-820-6321. 2014 Nova Earth Fall Master Classes – Oct 6, 20, Nov 3, 17, Dec 1, 15. 6-9pm MST. Rev AliceAnn’s Fall 2014 series of Master classes assist individuals to: assess their energetic frequencies, create a platform for co-creating new-earth modalities, realize one’s own potential for living in a higher dimensional focus and practical guidance from the Ascended Masters that she channels. Classes conducted biweekly on Mon night via teleconference. AliceAnn: 505-490-8855.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Miracle Mantra Kirtan Recitation – 5am-1pm. Free. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. 505-982-6369. Details: www.PurestPotential.com.
Spirit of Place: Drawing Santa Fe – Oct 7-28. 9am12pm. Weekly. Individuals cannot know a place until they have drawn it. Participants draw in several off the beaten path locations in Santa Fe. Learn to see the city with new eyes, capture its unique character and allow the artist within to emerge. $ 60. Registration: 505-424-7725. www.MireyaCirici.com.
Hindu, Buddhist, Mystical Christian traditions and more. Participants will have experiences from the prayers along with a plethora of mystical prayer styles to draw from. $100 for series. Scholarships available upon request. Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. 505- 467-8336. www. CentersofLight.org.
Mogadao Qigong Class –12-1pm. Practice sacred physical movement to enhance qi, health and vitality. Class combines seated, standing and floor exercises. Diane Chase, Magadao Institute Qigong Guide. $10. 505-715-3452. Obsidian Health and Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452.
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META-Health Presentation – 6-7:30pm. New approach to a path of healing begins with 12 questions that address organ, stress, emotion, belief associations that assist people in reaching their health and wellness goals. Free. Obsidian Health and Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 Simplifying Social Media for Business – Oct 8, 22, 29. 12:30-3pm. aBeansTalkSocial has teamed up with DOM Robyn Benson, founder of Santa Fe Soul to create a Self-Care workshop series for small business this fall. $20pp workshop. Buy five get one free. Santa Fe Soul. Details: 505-984-8733. Special Full Moon Kundalini Yoga Class – 6-7:15pm With Kirn and Guruchander. Class passes apply. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. 505-982-6369. Details: www.PurestPotential.com.
THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 9 Reclaim Your Voice and Tell Your Story – Oct 9-30. 4-6pm. Weekly. Reclaim memories, feelings and experiences and see life as a source of inspiration. Reconnect deeply within, free personal imagination and find one’s unique voice. Santa Fe. $40. Registration: 505-424-7725. www.MireyaCirici.com. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program – Oct 9-Nov 27. 5:45-8pm. Eight-weeks. Learn how to meditate to reduce stress, manage chronic pain, lower blood pressure and reduce worry, anxiety and depression: Course includes weekly sessions, day retreat, course book and a four CD set of guided meditations. $290. Mention Natural Awakenings receive a 10 percent discount. Free e-info packet available. UNM Center for Life. 505-615-1547. Register: Michelle@themindfulcenter.com. Praying with the Mystics Series – 7-9pm. Sevenweeks. Explore and experience prayers of the mystics from multi-faith traditions, including Sufi,
savethedate A Conversation with Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung & Aaron Stern – 7pm. Leading by Being: Exploring a New Vision of Leadership. A showcase of the wisdom of experienced leaders and explore the questions: What would healthy, balanced, regenerative leadership look like? Where do we see that leadership already happening in the world today? What does a new paradigm of leadership look like? $100 premium seats - subsidizes scholarship seats for young leaders in New Mexico. $35 all other seats. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe. 505- 988-1234. www.TicketsSantaFe.org. Healing Waters: Engaging the Lymphatic System for Maximum Health – Oct 11-12. 9am-4pm. Learn about the physiology of the lymphatic system and principles of manual lymphatic drainage. Students leave with skills to incorporate lymphatic massage into their existing bodywork practice. Blake Walton. $190. 12 CEs. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Register: 505982-6271. www.NMHealingArts.org. How To Beat The Sugar & Gluten Blues – Oct 11.10am-2pm/first session at center. Sat Oct18 & 25/ second and third sessions provided online. Join Nicole White, Certified Holistic Health Coach. Learn how to curb sugar and gluten addiction and gain health and well-being back. Feel energized, think clearer, release allergies, heal, reduce medication intake and notice a release in weight and bloating in three weeks. Class includes: Understanding the effects of sugar and how it affects mood and more. Registration fee: $180. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ste NE, Ste 100. Albuquerque. 505-6151547. Register: Michelle@themindfulcenter.com. Intro to Self-Healing Class – Oct 11 and 18. 10am3pm. Connect with a deeper sense of self. Learn tools to quiet and focus the mind. Shift emotional states and thoughts by releasing blocked energy. Meditation, healing and personal transformation
moves one along their path. $120. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Preregister 505-920-4418. www.CenterForInnerTruth.org.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 Light Workers Teleconference – 7-9pm. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters of Shamballa will speak, give a brief discourse on current ascension progress, lead a guided meditation and answer questions. All light workers welcome. Limited street parking. Donation: $22 door or via PayPal. Santa Fe. OakRose Academy. Directions, Rev AliceAnn: 505-490-8855. Teleconference callin number: 619-326-2772, AC: 7325118.
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savethedate Symposium of Integrative Medical Professionals in the Land of Enchantment (SIMPLE) – Oct 13-15. Dr Andrew Weil is the featured speaker for SIMPLE 2014 and other internationally recognized leaders in the field. Preceded by a full day of SIMPLY Botanicals workshop and two separate half day pre-conference workshops on Group Visits, Social Connection and The Healing Power of Storytelling. Open to all health care professionals, patients and the general public. Register: 505-925-7464. http://som.unm. edu/cme/2014/SIMPLE.html.
savethedate Dr Andrew Weil Public Forum: The Evolution of Medicine to Integrative Medicine – 6pm. Benefits UNM Center for Life, a Preventive and Integrative Medicine Clinic Tickets $20. Lensic Theatre, 211 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe. Tickets/information: www. Tickets.TicketsSantaFe.org. Inner Work Circles for Spiritual and Personal Growth – Oct. 13-Nov. 3. 6:30-8pm. Four-week workshop series with Elissa Heyman to explore inner resources and free up creative self-expression. Gain practical and personal insight, self-confidence and techniques to access one’s higher self. Psychic insights, creative process work and spiritual healing included. $185/mo. Kruger Building, 227 E Palace, Ste T N, Santa Fe. Preregister: 505-982-3294. Elissa@ElissaHeyman.com. www.ElissaHeyman.com.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 14 Attracting Perfect Customers – 9-10:30am Mountain time. Coaches, speakers, healers, transformational entrepreneurs. Learn a new strategy for making choices and attracting customers, based on what is important to each participant. 90-min. $27. Strategic Attraction in Action Teleclass. 505-4745348. www.PerfectCustomers.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 Buddhist Perspectives on Care at the End of Life – 8:30am12:30pm. Join Dr Betty Kramer in this enlightening workshop. Learn the Buddhist philosophy and psychology about death and dying and what comes after. $50. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Intro to Myofascial Release: Learning Beginner’s Mind as a Bodyworker – Oct 17-19. 9am-5pm. With David Lang, LMT #1442, RMTI #I-0197, MTPT, COMT. Myofascial therapy is a tradition recognized by the western medical establishment as a viable massage treatment protocol. Gain hands-on information to recognize trigger points and assist clients with a broader base of knowledge. $350. CEs. Prerequisite class: Massage license (LMT) or equivalent Massage Certification. NMAHA. Register: 505-982-6271. Santa Fe Trail Photo Walk – 1-5pm. One-third mile. Discover historic information about this land. Learn how to photograph ancestral orbs and light plays from a modern perspective using earthspirit photographer, Lynda Yraceburu’s diktashoon techniques. $40. BYO camera. Wear good shoes Taanaash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. www.Meetup.com/Taa-naash-kaa-da. Earth Renewal Fire & Drum Ceremony. – 5:307pm. Promotes empowerment, health and wellness through the exploration, expression and overall experience of rhythm. No musical experience is necessary and all ages and levels of development are encouraged to participate. $10-$15 donation. Taanaash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. www.Meetup.com/Taa-naash-kaa-da. 20 Minutes to Get over Writer’s Block Forever Class – 6-8pm. All classes can be attended for free, but advance registration is a must. Free to the first 20 to register. $12 advance. $15 day of incl tax. BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe. Register: 928-203-0265. Info: www.TomBird. com. Info@TomBird.com. Conscious Movie Night – 7pm. Presentation of Where do we go Now? A dramedy about women trying to stop war. Discussions after the monthly movies are engaging and thought provoking. Free. Donations welcome. Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. 505 467-8336. www. CentersofLight.org.
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savethedate Lessons for the Living, Being with Dying – Oct. 18 & Oct. 25. 8:30am-5:30pm. Experientially in circle, learn how to nurture oneself and others during this sacred, natural process. Denys Cope and Cori Hetzel, hospice nurses. $150. Gentiva Hospice, 5600 Wyoming Blvd, Albuquerque. 505-321-2199.
RMTI #I-082. Discover a fresh look at Ethics in the Bodywork workplace. Explore what it means to be a team player in spa or health center or simply in one’s field. Learn to notice if one is not a team player and how to change that. Topics include: favoritism, stealing clients, stretching boundaries, striving to please employers and more. $60. 4 CEs. NMAHA. Register: 505-982-6271. Chinese Medicine Approach To Winter Health – 1-1.30pm. With David Salgado DOM. Learn more about this form of healing and how simple remedies can boost the immunity. Find out how easily it can be integrated into one’s regimen to help address winter health issues. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave. NE Albuquerque. 505-796-0387. How You Can Make 7 Figures Through the Writing/Publication of a Book Class – 3-5pm. All classes can be attended for free but advance registration is a must. Free to the first 20 to register. $12 advance. $15 day of incl. tax. BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe. Register: 928-203-0265 Info: www.TomBird.com. Info@ TomBird.com. A Shamanic Sound-Journey Healing Event – 7:30-9:30pm. Join Patricia White Buffalo, musician playing the Native American drum, rattle and flute and as a Shamanic Sound Healer, chanting ancient rhythms, she creates trance states for healing and awakening. She brings her love of music and shamanism with its power to heal. $10 suggested donation. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 Ethics of Unconditional Love: Ancient possibilities for a kinder, Life-sustaining World – 9am3:30pm. Explore outside the box of our culture and see what gifts are there. Join Barbara Culbertson in learning to step out of one’s limitations and open the door to possibilities that cannot be imagined from inside the box. $50 open to the public. 6 CEs for Licensed Massage Therapists. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Introduction to the Great Healing of the Gypsies: Vas Pesh – 1-5pm. According to gypsy palmistry tradition lines of the hand are a great transformation and vitality renewal. What does Vas Pesh mean and how can it change the nature of our everyday lives? Participate in this introduction to hand walking and explore why this simple modality is being presented and how it can facilitate health in one’s life. $35. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-4141583. www.Meetup.com/Taa-naash-kaa-da.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 Soul without Shame Book Study – 7-8:30pm. Byron Browns book will be used as a guide to liberate oneself from the judge within. Discussion along with many practical and useful techniques to assist the members of the class to release themselves from the constant voice of the critic. Class limited to six participants. $50 six-weeks. Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505 467 8336.NM. www.CentersofLight.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21
Ethics – 9am-1pm. With Carla Cross, LMT #0009,
NES WellNES Presentation – 6-7:30pm. Based on the principle that energy and information control biology. Science proves there is a regulating field of energy and information that operates in the physical body at the subcellular level. This is called the human body-field and had been researched for more
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than 30 years. Free. Obsidian Health and Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 Past Life Clearing, Present Day Healing – 6:308:30pm. Meditation workshop will help identify karmic patterns in relationships, health issues and any life situations. Exploration of past-life experiences can assist in releasing fears and negative beliefs. Retrieve soul energy from other times and more fully live one’s life. $25. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Preregister 505-920-4418. www.CenterForInnerTruth.org.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day – 4:306:30pm. Observe a variety of acupuncture modalities, learn about popular Chinese herbs, meet students, staff and faculty and learn about the Master of Oriental Medicine program. Limited seating. Free. Southwest Acupuncture College, 7801 Academy NE, Bldg 1, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-888-8898.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 Free Halloween Carnival and Flu Shot Clinic – 8:30am-12pm. Let the CFL team show participants a splendidly ghoulish time. Flu shots available. Carnival games for the kids and snacks. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-615-1547. Register: Michelle@themindfulcenter.com. Ethics for the Male Bodyworker – 9am-1pm. With David Lang, LMT #1442, RMTI # I0197, MTPT, COMT. According to the AMTA 20 percent of massage therapists are men. Let’s gather and discuss where we are as a profession and how we can be supportive and thrive as massage therapists. Discussion on regulatory information and how we fit into the industry as a male therapist. $60. 4 CEs. Register: 505-982-6271. Thriving With Fish Oils – 1-1.30pm. With Linda Love, Herbalist. discover the many benefits of fish oils for heart/cardio, brain/cognitive function, sports and injury recovery. Learn what supplemental products are available and how to choose between them. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave. NE Albuquerque. 505-796-0387.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 Spiritual Cinema Circle – 5-7pm. Experience films of inspiration and motivation with thoughtprovoking, uplifting stories that almost never make their way to local theater. Enjoy full-length features, documentaries and short films and discussion with other participants. Free. Obsidian Health and Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 Structural Yoga Therapy Weekend Workshop – Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Nationally acclaimed yoga therapist and educator JJ Gormley at Karuna Yoga Therapy Center. For yoga teachers interested in yoga therapy or trained yoga therapists. Exploration into the application of yoga therapy for structural issues. Includes lecture, discussion, mock and live case studies and opportunities for hands-on practice. Attend for a single day or the entire weekend. CEUs available. Info: Laura Vanderberg: 307-899-3147. Laura@ ScienceHolisticEnterprise. Herbal Use in Magic – 6-7:30pm. Curious about how herbs have been used in rituals and what magi-
cal properties they possess? Erin Galiger discusses this aspect of herbs. Learn basic principles of magic, how colors, numbers, days of the week, plants and elements play a part in herbal magic and the magical properties and uses of specific herbs. $15 Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, next to Kakawa Chocolate House on Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. Preregister: 505-820-6321.
plan ahead MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Upcoming Mindful Eating and Living Program (MEA) – Nov 3-Dec 8. 5:45-7:45pm. Six-week program. Had little to no long term success with weight loss and exercise programs? Use food to deal with stress? Always on a diet? Learn the clinically proven techniques of mindfulness meditation and how to direct these skills toward weight and healthy eating issues. $250 includes food for in-class eating exercises, a course book and a three CD set of guided meditations. Free e-info packet available. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ste NE, Ste 100. Albuquerque. 505-615-1547. Register: Michelle@ themindfulcenter.com.
Source, 1111 Carlise SE, Albuquerque. Details/ classes/times/costs: www.TheSourceABQ.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Healing Touch Level I Program – Nov 15-16. 8am-6pm. Nursing-based continuing education program for registered nurses, physicians, body therapists, counselors, psycho-therapists, other health professionals and individuals desiring in-depth understanding and practice of healing work using energy based concepts. A study toward a certificate of completion in Healing Touch (HT). Attend both days to receive certificate of Level 1 completion. $365 includes materials. Early bird rate available. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ste NE, Ste 100. Albuquerque. Albuquerque. Info, Barb: www. Bawelcer@unmmg.org.
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Winter Solstice, Ecstatic Dance Celebration at Yoga at The Source – 10:30am/free ecstatic freestyle dance class. 12-1:30pm/potluck. Celebration of the completion our first season of classes. Our teaching cooperative offers regular yoga classes at sliding scale prices $5-$15. Yoga at The Source, 1111 Carlise SE, Albuquerque. Details: www.TheSourceABQ.com.
Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreat. Nov 6-9. 4-9pm/Thurs; 7am-6:30pm/Fri-Sun. Early-bird registration special. BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe. Register: 928-203-0265. Info: www.TomBird.com. Info@TomBird.com.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
savethedate John of God: Miracles and Mysteries – Nov 7-8. 7-9pm/Fri; 10am-4pm/Sat. With Casa guide Kelsie Kenefick MPS, LMHC. Be inspired, learn about and experience, the healing of John of God. $65 advance donation. $75 door. Santa Fe Soul. Register: www.JohnOfGodBoulder.com/ santafe.html.
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savethedate Explore Ancient Mysticism, Methods of Enlightenment and Your Star Traveler Self – 9:30am-4:30pm. John Van Aucken presents images and details about Edgar Cayce’s ancient world, Atlantis, Lemuria, Egypt, one’s soul journey and more. $108 door, $98 ARE members and seniors over 62. Advance registration save additional $20. Wanda Barrows: 505-8900878: 800-333-4499. www.EdgarCayce.org/ fieldconferences.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Free Yoga Class & Community Potluck to Kick off the 40-Day Yoga Challenge – 10:30am/free yoga class. 12-1:30pm/potluck. 30 yoga classes in 40 days. Be immersed in a yoga practice and receive the benefits of increased health, happiness and vitality. All welcomed at this free event, even if attendees don’t partake in the 40-day challenge. Yoga at The
Sunday Service – 9:30am. Service begins with a powerful meditation and concludes with an enormously transformative mystical communion. Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. 505 467-8336. www.CentersofLight.org. Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. 2nd and 4th. Exploring and sharing our paths to consciousness. Potluck following the service. Everyone of all paths welcome. Free. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Pre-register 505-9204418. www.CenterForInnerTruth.org. Qigong in the Park –11am-12pm. With certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Supports optimal health and well-being. Free. Robinson Park, 8th & Central, downtown Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. www.QigongInThePark.com.
monday Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Awareness – 9am10:15am. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breathwork. All levels welcome. First class free. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Gentle Yoga Chi – 5:30pm-6:45pm. Michal teaches conscious awareness, being present to the journey of mind, body and breath combining several yoga traditions, along with qigong, breathing, and imagining creating full body-mind experience. $15 drop-in. Five classes $10 with $50 payment. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Monday Night Mindfulness Meditation – 7pm. 30-min guided meditation applying mindfulness techniques for healing and renewal. Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. 505 4678336. www.CentersofLight.org.
tuesday Traditional Internal Martial Arts – 9-10am. With Shifu Eric Wright. $10. Class packages available. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Beginner’s Tai Chi – 5:30-6:30pm. With Sifu Jill L. Basso. Tai Chi Chuan is a slow moving, meditative, martial art good for health, relaxation and self-defense. Monthly fee: $48 four classes. Single class: $15 drop-in. Monthly class fees collected on the first class of each month. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733.
wednesday Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Awareness – 9am10:15am. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breathwork. All levels welcome. First class free. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am12pm. With Allison Lasky. Taoist, Yogic and Shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12. 1st class free. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg. 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. www.AllisonLasky.com. Free Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30pm. 2nd and 4th. 15-minute energy clearing. Release tension, energetic blocks, relax in a meditative environment and get a next step on life’s journey. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. www.CenterForInnerTruth.org.
thursday Traditional Internal Martial Arts – 9-10am. With Shifu Eric Wright. $10. Class packages available. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Gentle Yoga Chi – 5:30pm-6:45pm. Michal teaches conscious awareness, being present to the journey of mind, body and breath combining several yoga traditions, along with qigong, breathing and imagining creating full body-mind experience. $15 drop-in. Five classes $10 with $50 payment. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733
friday Friday Networking Guest Lunch – 11:45am-1pm. Learn about Friday Networking Lunch and decide whether it would be a good marketing referral community for your business and services. Hear from current FNL Members about how FNL has benefited their businesses. Barbara Gates. 505-231-7328. BarbaraGates@fnlsantafe.com.
saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. With certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Supports optimal health and well-being. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. www.QigongInThePark.com.
communityresourceguide CHANNEL REVEREND ALICEANN SAUNDERS, PHD
Channeling: Ascended Masters: Serapis Bey, Hilarion & Kuthumi Santa Fe, NM 505-660-5278 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. Rev.AliceAnn@OakRose.net OakRoseAcademyOfLight.com The Ascended Masters and the Spiritual Hierarchy of Earth help, guide and foster humanities upward path to Oneness. As Teacher, healer, priest, Rev. AliceAnn can help you find your Spiritual Direction in life and help you make the transition to transcendence.
EDUCATION NEW MExICO ACADEMY OF HEALING ARTS
501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe, NM 505 982-6271 www.nmhealingarts.org Massage Foundation, Polarity Therapy, Dual Massage/Polarity, Craniosacral Certification, Continuing Education, Community Health Classes, Free Lectures, Space Rental. Your partner in natural healing since 1981.
INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS GALAYA-INTUITIVE RESOURCES Santa Fe • 505-466-3764 Toll-Free: 1-888-326-0403 ConsultGalaya.com
F i n d C l a r i t y, I n s i g h t a n d Inspiration! Intuitive readings, Coaching and Animal Communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.
MASSAGE THERAPY NATHAN SUTTON, LMT 4256 505-603-0330 Santa Fe
Providing therapeutic bodywork since 1996. Enjoy 85 minute sessions in Thai Massage, Deep & Nurturing Swedish or Energy Work. Also skilled in neuromuscular reeducation and myofascial release.
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PETS MARTY’S MEALS, INC. Sandra Bosben 1107 Pen Road 505-467-8162 firstname.lastname@example.org www.martysmeals.com
Local hand-made raw and gently cooked natural and organic pet food for dogs and cats. We also carry bones, tripe, jerky treats and raw goat milk. Optimize your pets vitality through the food-health connection.
PSYCHIC PROTECTION TRAINING BEAR AND RAINBOW, LLC
Bear and Rainbow, Shamanic Instructors 505-310-2864 email@example.com High achieving healers, are you struggling with getting drained and taking on clients’ sicknesses and psychic attacks? R.E.H.A.B. Psychic Protection Courses allow empowerment, impact, vitality, and impact. Call now for your Psychic Protection Breakthrough Session.
PSYCHIC & TAROT READINGS SPIRIT TO SPIRIT
Lisa Pelletier 505-927-5407 Center for Inner Truth 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Santa Fe PsychicLisaP.com Energy readings & healings. Your spirit shows my spirit what to attend to. I meditate beforehand, clearing my mind and focusing my consciousness into a neutral, intuitive place. Past lives, aura reading & clearing, what validates and supports your growth, questions, next steps. Guided meditation in grounding. Recording of reading emailed.
PSYCHOTHERAPY LAURIE PRYOR, MA, LMHC
Counseling, Psychotherapy & Mediation 505.695.8223 www.lauriepryor.com Holistic, integrative psychotherapy individually tailored to your needs. Discover wholeness of mind, body, heart and soul. Discover renewed meaning. Discover your own inner guidance and wisdom. Discover freedom and empowerment. Affordable rates..
VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS BELL LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS 800-333-7995 ext. #2294 www.BellLifestyle.com
Formulated natural health supplements intended for pain control, urinary health, preventive illness, virility, stress relief, weight control and other common conditions.
YOGA & HEALING PUREST POTENTIAL
Yoga Santa Fe & GRD Health Center 505-982-6369 Santa Fe, NM www.mypurepotential.com Offering Kundalini Yoga Classes, Yogic Energy Healing, Numerology Readings, Chiropractic Care, and 10 Body “Deep Peace” Treatments. Dr. Guruchander, Kirn, and the team of yoga teachers and healers offer practices and healing sessions to help you awaken and claim your deepest and purest potential. Balance, heal, and remove unwanted energetic blocks and live with great vitality, courage, and happiness.
OBSIDIAN HEALTH AND WELLNESS 505-715-3452 obsidianhealwell.com 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd NE
Alternative Integrative Health. Create the change and restore health at it’s source with NES Total Wellness system. Re-assess, rejuvenate, re-imprint and rebuild.
classifieds HEALING SESSIONS & TRAINING CHANTAL FIDANZA - YOUR DIVINE LIGHT – Specializing in helping you to release blocks and negativity, ease physical pain and discomfort, and recognize the messages your Higher Self is speaking to you for your greatest joy. Offering Reiki Treatments, Intuitive Healings, Workshops, & Intuitive Practitioner Training. Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master, Certified Light Journey Guide. Call for a FREE 30-minute Intuitive Reiki Healing Session: 505-4381074, yourdivinelight.biz
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS CMOGADAO QIGONG • YOGA • SACRED DAOIST SEXUALITY – A Sacred Daoist School and Practice Temple in the Railyard District of Santa Fe. See class schedule at www.mogadaoinstitute.com
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BRINGING MORE THAN HOMEWORK HOME By Ryan Hogan It’s that time of year when we’re sending our kids back to school. Unfortunately, while schools are good places to learn they are great places to catch a disease. In fact, children’s Upper respiratory illnesses (URI’s) cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness in the US. Luckily, there are a few things you can do at home to help reduce the chances of your child getting sick at school this year.
sanitizer before eating snacks, lunch and after using a shared computer mouse, pencil sharpener, water fountain or other community objects. Now, most people know we need to wash our hands, but one thing most people don’t really relate their health to is nasal hygiene. Using a saline spray with xylitol, such as Xlear Nasal Spray, is safe for all ages. Research has shown this natural sweetener is useful in preventing bacterial otitis media (ear infections), among other upper respiratory problems that are most likely to occur in fall and winter months. Additional xylitol studies have also shown a significant reduction in asthma attacks when a xylitol nasal spray is used on a daily basis. Xylitol affects nose and throat bacteria in two ways:
HOW? Before we talk prevention, we need to know how infection spreads. Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses and bacteria that are transferred from person to person. URI’s increase in fall and winter as we spend more time crowded indoors. All it takes is one sick child, going to school for the spread to begin. Small droplets from a child’s cough or sneeze travel through the air and land on surfaces like desks, doorknobs and people. These germs are easily spread when someone touches the contaminated object and then proceeds to touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults, so they’re more vulnerable to these germs. Washing your hands and your nasal passages and also keeping their hands away from their nose, eyes and mouth are the most preventative habits to form at a young age.
• Decreases the adherence of harmful bacteria on their surface cells. • Stimulates the body’s own natural defense system Since the average American child has six to ten colds a year, using a xylitol nasal spray is a safe and effective way to promote better upper respiratory health, year round. FINAL HEALTHY TIPS In addition to frequent hand-washing, teach your child some other school health basics: • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. • Give your child a package of tissues to keep in his or her desk. • Encourage your child not to share water bottles, food or other personal items.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Our best defense is to stop cold germs where they breed. Good hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, handling trash and prior to touching food to help eliminate germs. Soap and water should be used for 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). Using alcohol-based hand cleaners is also effective. Remind your child to use the
• Ask your child’s teacher to include hand-washing time before lunch or snacks. • Have your whole family practice nasal hygiene and the use of xylitol saline spray like Xlear. Even with all of these tips, your kids are bound to come down with something over the course of the school year. We all get sick at some point or another, forming healthier habits and maintaining a positive attitude is all we can do as parents. For more information, please visit www.xlear.com. natural awakenings
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