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23 THE BIONIC COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist

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une is known for many good activities, from Father’s Day to summer solstice celebrations on June 21. June 23 is Midsummer Night’s

Eve, or St. John’s Eve. St. John is the patron saint of beekeepers. It’s also a marrying month and you may enjoy these fun facts: The first full moon in June is called

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the Honey Moon. This is considered an optimum time to harvest because the hives are full of honey. The full moon is also known as the Mead Moon because honey was fermented to

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make mead. In some cultures newlyweds have traditionally consumed food and drinks featuring honey. For example, mead was popular in England at the time of the Renaissance. Honey was encouraged as an ingredient for the first month of

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married life to encourage love and fertility. Today this tradition continues; after

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couples marry they take a honeymoon. Just as three months is often a definitive point in a budding romance, it also

serves as a defining moment for me personally and professionally in my relationship with readers of this community magazine. While reflecting on the journey

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that has brought me to this point, I am overwhelmed by the warm reception

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have been humbled to discover so many people here that understand what that

Natural Awakenings is receiving in our community. Having originally set out to bring a comprehensive health and wellness magazine aimed to connect us all, I word “community” means and act on it.

The essence of what I see in Lake Norman is long-time residents and new-

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degrees; the common theme of living kindness, empathy and compassion routinely balances and even displaces personal benefit. I am truly impressed by the activities that bring awareness to important local causes. A significant number of individuals and businesses give of their time and energies in raising money for the benefit of others.

As it happens, my own passion is for helping and nurturing those that cannot

help themselves. In Lake Norman people are feeding the working poor and their children, enabling the aged and terminally ill to pass on with dignity, and supporting veterans and abused children to heal from wounds seen and unseen. The golden thread linking us together is how we love our neighbors as ourselves.

I hope you enjoy reading the magazine; this issue is a special edition focused

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Yoga and Fitness Studio Expands


hlara International has expanded its program and number of certified instructors to include a wide array of classes from gentle yoga, for beginners and those with aging bodies or recovering from health issues, to Pilates, a workout for more advanced students that want to build and maintain core strength. The studio also features a boutique with exclusive fashion items, handbags and jewelry. June specials at the studio will be focused on dads, graduates and teachers. Dads can get a 75-minute Shiva, 30-minute foot massage and a cool beverage in Ahlara’s infrared spa for $131. 2014 graduates can enjoy a 45-minute, tension-releasing, full-body Swedish massage for $49 and teachers can take advantage of an apple pedicure, featuring a frothy foot bath followed by gentle exfoliation, cuticle clean up, nail reshaping, buffing and polishing for $32. Location: 155 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville. For more Information, call 704-6620946, email or visit See ad, page 27.

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Pisces Sushi Comes to Mooresville


isces Sushi of Charlotte has opened a second location in Mooresville, with a complete Japanese menu and some fusion dishes. Japanese cooking enthusiasts will appreciate the restaurant’s sushi, sashimi and nigiri. The menu features fresh fish flown in from New York City, beef sourced from Kobe Japanese cattle and Wagyu (Japanese cattle raised in the U.S.), and locally sourced, fresh fruit. The showpiece bar area features Bob Peters, a renowned local mixologist who has tended bar in locations from classic neighborhood dives to swanky uptown spots for more than 15 years. A Charlotte native, Peters is well-known for both his creative palate and ability to entertain patrons. Location: 591-A River Hwy., Mooresville. For more information, call 704-662-0062 or visit

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Blessings to Serenity House

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erenity House held an open house last month to raise funds for the opening of a second community facility in Huntersville. Half of the initial goal was met, along with a $25,000 matching pledge. Like the Mooresville location, the new facility provides a cost-free alternative to institutional care in the final days, weeks or months of life. The facility needs nearly 45 volunteers to run during the day and several nurses for daytime and overnight operation. Serenity House is still seeking donations and volunteers to help open and run the Huntersville facility, which are expected to cost $100,000 for the first six months of operations.

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newsbriefs Greg Cartwright Returns Home to North Carolina


fter 32 years away, Greg Cartwright, LMBT, recently returned to his roots in North Carolina and started a business, Koru Touch, located at 224 Davis Avenue, in Statesville. With a core education from The Swedish Institute in New York City, Cartwright also studied Thai massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Esalen massage, a technique that stimulates the five senses and can help with chronic illness, in Big Sur, California. He is one of four certified Esalen massage therapists in North Carolina. While living in New York, Cartwright introduced his own proprietary blend for sugaring. Clients travel from out of state to attend his three-hour retreat which features a sampling of his services. With his comprehensive understanding of both massage techniques and skincare product technology, Cartwright consults with new spas to launch products and services. That five-star service, knowledge and experience is what Trump sought for his new members-only spa at Trump National Golf Club of Charlotte. Cartwright has been instrumental in its launch and will be running the spa located on Lake Norman. Cartwright uses OSEA skincare, and offers PCA chemical peels, as well as body treatments using OSEA. Floracopeia essential oils will be incorporated into the raindrop therapy. The spa will use and sell other world-class products such as Supracor, OSEA and Aromatherapy Associates. For more information, call 704-450-8928 or visit

Georgeous Glo and Blo Out Opens in Lake Norman


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ong-time Charlotte beauty services boutique Gorgeous Glo and Blo Out has opened a new studio in Jetton Village, at 19826 North Cove Road, in Lake Norman. Founded in 2010 by Ann Pipkin, a native of North Carolina who was nominated for the 2014 “50 Most Influential Women” award by the Mecklenburg Times, Gorgeous Glo and Blo Out offers a custom spray tan boutique and the area’s first blow-dry bar, as well as other beauty enhancements and services. As one of Charlotte’s most celebrated beauty boutiques, Gorgeous Glo has received many accolades. In 2011, Seventeen magazine selected the salon as one of the country’s top six spray tan boutiques and in 2013, the Miss USA North Carolina and Miss South Carolina pageants selected the studio as their official spray tan boutique. Gorgeous Glo and Blo Out incorporates two of the beauty industry’s best product lines, Infinity Sun and Bumble and Bumble, in its array of luxurious skin and hair treatments. Services include lash extensions, hair extensions, anti-aging moisturizing treatments and body contouring. For more information, call the salon at 704-997-8229 or Converse Roberts at 843696-4887, email or visit or

Wellness Cleanse and Detoxification Program


imply Nutritious Owner Corrine Lewis will present a program, 21 Days to Wellness, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., July 12, in Cornelius. The group will prepare a healthy dish to share and meet for a potluck at noon on the three Saturdays following the presentation. Participants will learn how to create fresh, new and healthy habits of eating that will help them achieve Corrine Lewis permanent changes in their lives. The program includes learning healthy recipes and how to shop for healthy foods. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in natural health sciences and will teach students to prepare foods for pain reduction, weight loss, better sleep, better digestion, increased energy, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and a decrease in menopausal symptoms for women. The program can help everyone, especially athletes at every level, to reduce inflammation, injuries and jumpstart weight loss. Cost: $125. 20 percent discount for a family member or friend of registrant. Location: 21121 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. For more information, call Corrine Lewis at 704-746-6242, email or visit SimplyNutritious See listing, page 39.

Bacchus Wine & Tapas Now Open


acchus Wine & Tapas has opened at 138 Village View Drive, Suite 107, in Mooresville. Originally from Long Island and northern New Jersey, the owners have been Lake Norman residents for five years. The restaurant gets its name from the Roman god of wine and represents their commitment to Italian culture and their passion for food and wine. Focusing on smaller plates, Bacchus offers high-quality, preservative-free cuisine with a traditional Old World style. The menu is fresco and light, featuring Spanish, Italian and Romanesque dishes. Chef Timothy Gill is a third-generation chef with 20 years of cooking experience—12 as a master chef. He is formally trained in French Polynesian, Thai and classical European cuisine. The menu features traditional and classic Italian choices with Pacific fusion items, all made with high-quality, regionally sourced, grass-fed meat, Wagyu cattle, Peruvian scallops and Venezuelan crab. Meats and cheeses are prepared using European methods and some are imported from Italy and Spain. For information about special events and live music, call 980-348-6451 or visit (704) 895-7777

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Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third


ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middleaged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients. 8

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Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure


wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.

Unconditional Love Hastens Healing


esearchers from the University of Miami found that compassionate love and faith in a compassionate Higher Power increases healing and reduces disease progression among HIV patients. They studied 177 HIV patients over a 10-year period, tracking biological measures and health behaviors and collecting in-depth data interviews. The scientists coded five criteria of compassionate love derived from the Working Model of Compassionate Love, developed by Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. The progression of HIV disease was reduced among patients that gave and received the most compassionate love. These patients exhibited both a greater level of the immune-boosting white blood cells known as CD4+ T helper cells and a reduced HIV viral load, the measure of HIV in the blood.



Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plant-based foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.

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Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame

It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than languagebased activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says.

It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by and in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five top-scoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th.


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Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source:

Honeybee Hit

Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides.

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Tips to Clean Air Inside a Vehicle We look out for the quality of the air we breathe indoors and out and we aim to drive in the most fuel-conscious manner to keep emissions down. What about the air quality inside our vehicles during necessary hours on the road? The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, nonprofit, attests that extreme air temperatures inside cars on especially hot days can potentially increase the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and release chemicals and other ingredients from new-car dashboards, steering wheel columns and seats into the interior air. Some manufacturers are responding by greening their interiors: Toyota is using sugarcane to replace plastic; Ford has turned to soy foam instead of polyurethane foam; and Land Rover is tanning its leather with vegetables, not chromium sulfate. Carbon monoxide seeping in from engine combustion can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue and even trigger asthma. The potential exists “if there’s a leak in the system between the engine and the rear of the vehicle and there’s even a small hole in the body structure,” advises Tony Molla, a vice president with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “Have the exhaust system inspected by a certified technician to make sure everything is secure and not rusted or leaking.” Also have the cabin air filter checked. Part of the ventilation system, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases in air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems and prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the interior, according to the Car Care Council. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing it every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Find a range of educational information at It’s always beneficial to have fresh air entering the vehicle when driving. Open a window slightly or blow the air conditioning on low in the vent position when not in heavy traffic. “Don’t run it on the recycle or max A/C mode for long periods to make sure you’re getting fresh outside air in and flushing out any contaminants in the cabin air,” adds Molla. Using sun reflectors and visors helps keep interior temperatures down. Check local motor vehicle departments for state policies regarding tinted windows, which can reduce heat, glare and UV exposure. It always helps to park in the shade. 

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Andropause Could Be to Blame for

Low Male Libido by Lora Hurley


ndropause is a term used to describe age-related hormone changes that occur in men. Also called low T and male menopause, the decrease in the levels of bioavailable testosterone occurs very gradually over time, so men may or may not experience typical symptoms such as low sex drive; reduced size, tone and strength of muscles; weight gain at the waistline; reduced ambition and energy; and increased fatigue. Other effects may include bone loss, insulin resistance and rising levels of prostatespecific antigens (observed through blood tests); as well as urination issues such as reduced pressure and flow and night urges. Produced in the testes and adrenal glands, testosterone is a predominately male hormone that needs to be balanced for men to have mental and physical wellness. Most men begin to notice signs of a natural decline in testosterone around the age of 40, but it can happen earlier. Other causes of decreasing testosterone include stress, allergies, blood sugar fluctuations, adipose (fat) cells, or by conversion of the hormone into an estrogen.

As noted by Tsu Tsair Chi, Ph.D., in the Journal of American Naturopathic Medical Association, this conversion occurs when men develop an imbalance in the production of the enzyme aromatase, which can transform testosterone to a form of estrogen called estradiol. Excess estrogen production in males has been implicated in a type of cell growth that can raise the risk of prostate enlargement, commonly known as benign prostate hypertrophy; it may also raise the risk of prostate cancer, concludes a May 2011 review published in Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Possible causes for low testosterone are diverse. Unfortunately, traditional medicine often treats only the symptoms, and does not identify the underlying cause. Identifying the underlying cause provides better guidance regarding appropriate treatment. 12

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Adipose tissue can also produce estrogens, according to a 2001 report in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, so the more excess weight a man has, the higher the probability that his testosterone may be converting to estradiol. In his book, Stress Without Distress, endocrinologist Hans Selye discusses how the function of the adrenal glands, which produce testosterone and other hormones, may be reduced by stress, impairing their ability to keep up with the body’s demands for production of these hormones. Emotions are not the only type of stressors; physical issues like allergies may also tax the adrenal glands. In his book, Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, Dr. Michael Lam, M.D., notes that any stress to the adrenal glands may cause imbalances of the hormones they produce, including cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), testosterone, pregnenolone, progesterone and estrogen. Testosterone production may suffer if the adrenals need to produce more of other hormones, which may occur in the case of insulin resistance or diabetes, when cortisol and insulin are in higher demand for the stabilization of blood sugar. In many cases, traditional medicine does not consider the reasons that men may have lower than normal testosterone levels. Most physicians will prescribe transdermal testosterone replacement in the form of a patch, cream or gel without finding the cause of the hormonal imbalance. Often, the symptoms improve temporarily, but later return, only to be treated with an increase in the dosage of prescribed testosterone. Beginning the process with finding the underlying cause provides better guidance regarding appropriate treatment. Dr. Lora Hurley, the owner of Hurley Wellness Center, in Kannapolis, is a board-certified traditional naturopath and certified phlebotomist with more than two decades of clinical experience. For more information, visit HurleyWellness See ad, page 31.

The ProstateSpecific Antigen Test Dilemma by James Occhiogrosso


n May 2012, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (PSTF) triggered a firestorm of debate by recommending against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing as a screen for prostate cancer. The test is used more in the U.S. than in any other country. Since its inception, the number of prostate cancer cases detected has increased substantially; now, it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American men. Most prostate cancer is relatively slow growing and non-aggressive, and the Task Force’s discouragement of routine PSA testing of asymptomatic men aims to diminish harm caused by overtreatment. On the other hand, eliminating routine testing can allow some cases of aggressive cancer to slip through, thus delaying diagnosis of a serious condition. The individual decision of whether or not to routinely test PSA is a double-edged sword that many men will need to face as they age. Most doctors routinely include a PSA test with a man’s annual physical. PSA is a blood protein that is produced only by the human prostate gland. When it falls outside a normal range, additional testing and a biopsy often follow. Many men with prostate cancer have normal PSA levels, and many men with elevated levels do not. Many benign conditions, particularly prostate infections (prostatitis) and enlargement (BPH) can cause an elevated PSA. Unfortunately, in the U.S. today, an out-of-range PSA value is often the main basis for a urologist to recom-

mend aggressive treatment, such as surgery, radiation or hormone deprivation therapy, much of which may be unnecessary and may yield side effects that seriously deteriorate quality of life. Almost every article about prostate cancer begins with a recital of the statistics of the number of deaths it causes. While scary numbers make strong media headlines, statistics about the number of men found to have low levels of non-aggressive prostate cancer are rarely mentioned. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom that analyzed data from the Prostate Testing for Cancer and Treatment trial found that only about 10 percent of prostate cancers detected by screening may be aggressive enough to pose a danger to a man’s life. The other 90 percent are not likely to ever cause any serious symptoms, and may go unnoticed for decades

without ever posing a significant risk. Thus, the strategy espoused by many clinicians—that early detection is critical for a cure—does not work well for non-aggressive cancers that can lay dormant and symptomless for decades. The caveat here is that PSA testing is still valuable if doctors and their male patients use it intelligently, with awareness of both its value and limitations. Before proceeding, a doctor should thoroughly examine a patient and discuss the pros and cons of the test, as well as the doctor’s treatment philosophy, so that the patient can evaluate his doctor’s thinking. Some doctors are willing to take a wait-and-see approach and retest several times over a few months before making recommendations. Others insist an immediate biopsy is mandatory. While a blood test is rather benign, a prostate biopsy is not. A high PSA value, coupled with an overly aggressive doctor, can cause anxiety and result in additional and unneeded medical treatment. All men over 50 should consider the PSA test as one basic but important indicator of prostate health, with the knowledge that an abnormal result should only be a warning flag that something may be wrong. Many other resources should be used wisely to determine if an out-of-range PSA value calls for further analysis. James Occhiogrosso is a natural health practitioner and author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life. Connect at 239-652-0421, DrJim@ProstateHealth or ProstateHealth

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back.


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In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

Power to Heal the Body

How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiol-

ogy responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.  

Power to Heal Emotions

“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide

world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

Power to Heal a Family

Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse

“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones,

believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.

Power to Heal the Community

Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at from Overland Park, KS.

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Story Slams

The Moth organization features true stories told live by people of all ages on The Moth Radio Hour, the Internet and at group story “slams” around the world. At, would-be storytellers find tips on how to craft their tales for a listening audience at live story slams around the world, as well as via web-

casts. They can then record a two-minute story pitch in order to be accepted as a live storyteller during a future slam.

Ask and Answer

Moving through the process Byron Katie calls “the work” uncovers the truth about the stories we are telling ourselves in order to create newer, healthier ones. First, think of a negative thought that’s worrying you, such as “I’m stuck.” Next, ask four questions about it. Is it true? Can I absolutely know it’s true? How do I react—what happens—when I believe that thought? Who would I be without the thought? Now write down honest answers, which might be something like: “I’m not really stuck, I just think I am. Deep down, I know I have the power to move forward, but am unsure about the direction or way to go about it, so I feel anxious. Without the thought of ‘I’m stuck,’ I would feel freer to find a solution.” Then, turn those thoughts around, for example, to, “Really, when I think about it, I feel much freer than when I deny or gloss over my erroneous thought.” When we turn around a specific limiting thought, we can experience the power of letting go of not only a misguided, but ultimately untrue internal story.

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Telling Your Pet’s Story Scrapbooks Strut their Stuff by Sandra Murphy


or many, handwritten letters bundled with ribbon, pressed flowers and fading photographs have been replaced by emails, computerized cards and digital images, with the notable exception of scrapbooks. A scrapbook, done right, is a memorabilia treasure chest. Pages are embellished, decorated and personalized to bring memories alive. Pets get to strut their stuff, too. Mary Anne Benedetto, author of Write Your Pet’s Life Story in 7 Easy Steps, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, says that no matter the species, each pet has special qualities or quirks and a tale to tell.

Liisa Kyle, Ph.D., founder of CoachingFor, in Seattle, Washington, also trains candidates for Guide Dogs for the Blind. “The pup comes to me at 8 weeks old and moves on a year or more later,” says Kyle. “It’s traditional, and a big deal, to give the dog’s new person a gift when the transfer is made. For the first pup, I made a memory book starting from his first days with us. Bright white paper behind each photo highlighted the contrast so the man, who had minimal vision, could see the pictures. People are curious about service animals, so he carries the book to show it around. It’s a fun way to educate people about the guide dogs program.” Anne Moss, owner of, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the hands-

on experience of scrapbooking; it gives them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent. “I started taking pictures of my Bernese mountain dog, Chance, when he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in pre-made greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.” Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her inlaws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan, now in college; a cousin’s daughter even took Sophie’s Halloween photo to preschool for show and tell. Whichever forum we choose, stages and phases of a pet’s life can be celebrated with a lock of hair, paw print, obedience school certificate and lots of photos. After all, a pet is part of the family. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

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us, it also eased any tensions and reminded us to laugh and enjoy the day.” Further north, in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, Angela Winfield and Lance Lyons married at another by Sandra Murphy scenic outdoor spot, this one lakeside at the historic Aurora Inn. Winfield and Lyons have been legally blind since the ages of 4 and 29, respectively. They met while learning to liver Mullins, Pekingese, walked down the aisle work with their guide dogs. “For several weeks, we took two with Katherine Austing, flower girl. Although trips a day with the dogs and trainer to learn and bond with he’s quite the social animal, Oliver became a bit restless during the ceremony because he’s used to more the dogs,” says Winfield, noting, “Lance and I bonded, too.” action than talk. Ever since puppyhood, Oliver has proved Ogden, a black Labrador and golden retriever mix, his mettle, traveling the motorwalked down the aisle with the cycle race circuit in a motor maid of honor as the flower dog. home with his owners, Rachel Riddler, a German shepherd and and Charlie Mullins. golden retriever mix, served as “Oliver does everything the ring bearer and escorted the with us, so he had to be in the groom to his position to await wedding too,” explains Charlie, the bride. Both dogs wore tuxedo a professional rider. “He’s used collars with satin buttons and to crowds.” bowties, matching cuffs and fresh Rachel’s family lives in Pennflower boutonnières. sylvania, while Charlie’s resides The couple relates amusing in Iowa. Everyone met up for the stories of a few small complicawedding at a mountain church 90 tions. Service dogs are inventive minutes from the couple’s home creatures and in this case, their contributions included unfastenin Hickory, North Carolina. “It’s ing the safety pins in order to fun to include your dog in your remove their formal cuffs and special day,” says Charlie. “For Drew and Amy Scheeler’s Yorkshire terrier, Reese

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Rachel and Charlie Mullins return them to Angela and Lance before the couple could tie the knot. Then Ogden took a nap on the bride’s train. “We heard it made a nice contrast: black dog on white dress,” says Winfield, laughing. Because Riddler wants to be near Lance at all times, they looped his leash around a table leg during their first dance as a newly married couple. “He dragged the whole table onto the dance floor!” Appropriately, the cake topper included a pair of dogs, along with the bride and groom. Winfield and Lyons rented the historic lakeside E.B. Morgan house, in Aurora, for visiting family members. “We aren’t that formal. We had local cheeses and beer, ribs and a clambake in this museum setting,” relates Lyons. The dogs fit right in. Dogs facilitate weddings in other ways, as well. In Harleysville, Pennsylvania, husband-hopeful Drew Scheeler enlisted the help of Reese, a Yorkshire terrier pup. “I couldn’t think of a better way to propose than on a dog tag with the words, ‘Amy, will you marry me?’” he says. “Reese changed our lives, and there was no way he wouldn’t be part of our wedding. He barked only once, when we kissed.” Kelley Goad, a dog walker for Ben and Lori Newman, in Seattle, met their chocolate Labrador, Milkshake, a year before their wedding, so who better to walk the dog down the aisle? Milkshake’s day started with several hours of play at a local dog park, followed by a bath so he would be sweet-smelling for the ceremony. Milkshake spent the evening before the big day at Goad’s house. Although they were friends, his nervousness at being separated from his people resulted in gastric distress. Once reunited, his upset was over, just in time for a problemfree walk down the aisle. During the photo session, Milkshake happily posed with the wedding party. “The photographer worked with us,” relates Goad. “Milkshake is solid when told to sit-stay, and when I showed him a treat, his ears perked up for the picture.” Afterwards, following a few laps through the cocktail party reception, Milkshake was ready to retire to the dressing room with a new chew for a nap. All’s well that ends well.

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to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in nature-inspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like surfboards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guard-approved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water.

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Dad & Daughter Dates Making the Most of Cherished Time Together by Clint Kelly


he ancient Greek playwright Euripides, renowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He wrote, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” Entrepreneur and life coach Greg Wright, of Austin, Texas, updates the concept of this precious relationship in Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts. He says that before the age of 30, God gave him a lovely wife; four girls, or “beginner ladies”; and a succinct mission statement: “Don’t mess up.” Possessing an overwhelming compassion and protective instinct for each of his children, Wright decided early on “to teach them the right way to date and to treasure their specialness as much as I do.” One of his chief assignments was respectfully modeling good dating habits for his daughters, a talent that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to dads. They may understand how significant a fathering relationship is to her self-worth in becoming a dauntless and independent adult, but may be uncertain how to make a proper investment spiritually and emotionally. 22

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Healthcare marketing executive David Kinard, of Seattle, Washington, invests heavily in both his son and daughter. Having grown up in a separated family with no fatherly role model, he has focused on spending time with both kids, and knows it’s especially important for a girl. “I wanted my daughter to know that I loved her for who she was and not for anything she said or did, and that she didn’t need to give her body away to find love.” He felt the best way to convey these truths was to provide dedicated time together. Wednesdays were without fail their date nights, beginning at age 4; dates are less frequent now that his daughter is 16, but even when the relationship feels at odds, dates have consistently brought them together.

“She always got to choose where we went to dinner,” Kinard recalls. “We’d sit for a long time, eat our favorite foods and play a silly card game.” They talked about anything, nothing, everything. “She glows when she talks about past dates,” he continues. “I have earned the ability to talk with her about the more sensitive subjects in her life such as boys, sex, friends and family.” Seattle Pacific University Alumni Director Ken Cornell believes that bonding through dating his two girls, ages 14 and 17, is a true privilege. He says the same is true of his wife of 27 years. “It is so important to get away from the routine, to focus on each other,” Cornell remarks. “It’s amazing what is said when we give space for a relationship to deepen.” His younger daughter believes, “It’s confidence building; it makes me stronger to be with someone who believes and has hope in me.” Dressing up on occasion, holding the door open and allowing her to order for herself show respect and make her feel treasured. Later, if she doesn’t get that same level of respect on a first date with a boy, she will be less likely to schedule a second. Cornell often worries that he doesn’t model enough of the love and honor his girls deserve. He finds grace in prayer. “I ask God regularly for wisdom and forgiveness to help me steward my relationship with my daughters and wife.” The writer’s own family of six, including two daughters, has a long history of carving out precious time for refreshing fun. It naturally evolved from movies and petting zoos when they were young to canoeing and college campus events as they grew up. “My boyfriends knew that if we were going to last, they had to impress my dad,” remembers our youngest daughter Amy, today a wife and esthetician living in Medina, Ohio. “It was important to know that my dad cared enough to engage in my life. When college life was chaotic, it was comforting to have a dad close to my heart. Our dates through the years allowed us to share stories, secrets and sorrows, and to laugh.” Clint Kelly’s books include Dare to Raise Exceptional Children.


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COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly

benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the

center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating athome recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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FEET How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life

Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

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ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.

Practical Tips

Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking.

Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says. Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

Creative Tips

Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, 24

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Let your feet speak for an important cause and sign up for an awareness walk. Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin. Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says cofounder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’”

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Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack

Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.


o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemicalfree garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey


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reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says

We all need to be responsible for our own space; a custodian of the land. Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

Foraging 101 by Chaya Foedus 4 Start small. 4 Get permission before picking on private property. 4 Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used. 4 It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking. 4 Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo. 4 Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a surprise allergic reaction. 4 Make a day of it. Enjoy the outdoors, learn more about native plants and invite kindred spirits along on the hunt. Source: Adapted from

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hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum ( He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a traditional lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemon-pepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to self-reliance is different for each person.”

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e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear.

He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at Learn more at


ing to the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry think tank. Parents should consider various points of view and develop contingency plans.

Return to Childhood

Rearing kids presents the opportunity to reread favorite childhood books and disappear back into imaginative worlds.


A.A. Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books) and J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) first wrote for their kids. We may also be inspired to play an instrument or take up an art form learned as a child while encouraging our children in their music or art lessons.

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The Fatherhood Factor

How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott


ecoming a father is one of the most defining benchmarks in a man’s life. In their research, University of California-Berkeley Psychology Professors Phil Cowan, Ph.D., and Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D., found that when asked how important each aspect of life felt over a two-year study period, childless men surveyed showed a significant increase in the “partner/lover” aspect. But young fathers squeezed that facet into a smaller life space to accommodate the significant increase in the “parent” element. Here are a few highlights from what relevant studies by Oregon State University, in Corvallis, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Switzerland’s University of Zurich say about how fatherhood changes men.

Confidence and Pride

Having a close relationship with our child helps build mutual confidence

and self-esteem. Turning a child’s tears into laughter and feeling proud when he does well confirms that we’re on our way to being a successful father. Albeit briefly, a child may even share our tastes in culture, entertainment and other areas before mapping his own individuality, but some common attitudes and interests will remain.

Patience and Humor

When something goes wrong, we can take it seriously and try to change things, or roll with it and laugh. Doing the latter can increase compassion for our own and others’ mistakes.

Flexible Thinking

Early on, it may be nearly impossible to differentiate the needs of our child and partner from our own. In reality, needs are to varying degrees in opposition, thus imposing frustrations and sorrows and forcing mutual adaptation, accord-

Raising kids produces a heightened awareness of others’ perspectives, reports University of Delaware researcher Rob Palkovitz, Ph.D. Many guys admit that they were somewhat selfish and self-centered before having kids, because having people depend on you and putting their needs before yours doesn’t come naturally. (Palkovitz notes that marriage alone doesn’t trigger this realization.)

Changing Values

Becoming a father prompts a hard look at one’s fundamental beliefs and values. Our view of what seemed harmless when we were younger, like not caring about money or possessions and potentially harmful lifestyle choices, changes completely when there’s a family to support. We see the world differently. Our health and well-being are no longer just personal concerns; they’re integral to our family. Interestingly, more mature new fathers—having had more time to hone their philosophy of life—report less of a need for fresh soul-searching than younger fathers. Superdad Armin Brott has been building better fathers for a decade through his blog, bestselling books and American Forces Network radio show. Learn more at and

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inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel

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all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and ecofriendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai by April Thompson


orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from selfimposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.


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What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it?

We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?

The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

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Outdoor Cinema Series, Here Comes the Boom PG – Movies on the Boulevard. Enjoy movies under the stars. All movies are shown on a inflatable “blimp” screen. Weather permitting, movies begin at dusk. Free. Refreshments available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs & blankets. Movies on the Boulevard at Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Dr, Cornelius. For weather conditions, call PARC’s Weather Hotline at 704-896-2460, x 290.

MONDAY, JUNE 2 Lowe’s YMCA After-School Programs – All School Year, ages 4-14. Registration for after school programs is ongoing and you can sign up for one month or the entire school year. Special pricing for those that qualify. 704-716-4000. YMCACharlotte. org/lowes. Lake Norman YMCA After-School Program Registration – Keep kids active and happy this summer. When you bring your child to YMCA summer camp, you’re tapping into an expert summer camp resource committed to providing a high-quality, age-appropriate experience. We are passionate about quality and safety. Summer 2014 Camp runs from June 16-August 22. 21300 Davidson St, Cornelius, NC. 704-716-4400. lakenorman. Summer Camps at Carolina Raptor Center – Varying times. Kids for Conservation Summer Day Camp provides hands-on learning and encounters with the environment. $200/week/child. Deposit of $100 reserves a spot or pay in full during registration. Camps limited to 30 participants/week, Raptor Keeper’s Camp is limited to 15 campers. 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC. 704-875-6521. Camps run June 16 thru August 15.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 TRYMCA Triathlon Training – 6-7:30pm. June 3-August 22. Tues & Thurs. TRYMCA is a triathlon training program designed to help train for first “tri” or improve speed and endurance. The perfect prep for the annual Lake Norman YMCA Triathlon in August. $265/members, $295/program participants (includes Triathlon registration fee and all open water swims). 21300 Davidson St, Cornelius, NC. 704-716-4400. lakenorman.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Movies in the Park – 6pm. Begin at dusk. Outside entertainment featuring popular family movies. Drinks/popcorn too. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Show up early for exciting pre-movie entertainment and giveaways. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC. Middle School Madness – 8-11pm. The hang out for 6th-8th graders. Middle Schoolers can enjoy games, a dance floor, socialization, competitions and more. Always the first Friday of the month. $5/ members, $8/nonmembers. Lake Norman YMCA,

KIDS: Kid’s Intuitive Discovery Series – 10am2pm. Linda Thunberg leads an open discussion group to empower children to attune to his/her gifts with love. Moms, Dads or other adults welcome. Limited to 16 kids. Bring snack or box lunch. $20, ages 9-16, $10 for other siblings. OUR Place 19900 S Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius, NC, Register:, Classes@

21300 Davidson St, Cornelius, NC. 704-716-4400.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 5K Run and Walk for Clean Air – 8am. Clean Air Carolina is ready for the 5th Annual 5K Run & Walk for Clean Air. We pledge to make our 5K environmentally responsible by recycling, no disposable water bottles and promoting online registration. A Clean Air Partner Pavilion will showcase the vision of a healthy future. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd, Huntersville, NC. 704-307-9528. Register: Vessel Safety Check – 10am-2pm. The U.S. Power Squadrons offers safety checks of vessels. USCGCertified Vessel Examiners are trained to conduct an exam of vessels’ safety equipment and provide info to further safe boating. 704-489-8313. USPS. org/lakenorman/ Vessel. Safety decal awarded when pass inspection. Boat Rack Marina, 7865 Spinnaker Bay Dr, Sherrills Ford, NC. Patrick Phelan; 704-4898313. Level One Energy Therapy: Santegrity with Lily Nagy – 12-3pm. Learn how to channel focused healing energy to clean and balance this natural flow between physical, emotional and mental realms. $155. Ahlara International, 155 Joe V Knox Ave, Mooresville, NC. 704-662-0946. Ahlara Run Over Cancer 5K – 5-5:45pm/Registration. 6pm/evening race. Awards will immediately follow the race. Registration/$25 for adult participants, $15/under 12. Includes an official Run Over Cancer 5K T-shirt. Raffle, silent auction, and bake sale. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Statesville Soccer Complex, 2012 Simonton Dr, Statesville, 704-657-1957., Jessica Cook; 704-450-5711, Abby Wilson; 704-880-0122. Whitewash – 7pm. Award winning drama. 17+ A desperate snowplow operator struggling to survive in the harsh wintry woods of rural Quebec, wrestling with his conscience after accidentally killing a neighbor.” Studio-C Cinema specializes in art, independent, documentary, and foreign films. Cornelius Art Center in the Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St. Cornelius, NC. Doors open 6:15pm, complimentary beer and wine tasting reception. Tickets:

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Private Karmic Astrology Readings – 10am5pm. With Susan Reynolds. Karmic Astrology is different from traditional. As a Karmic astrologer, she is able to read a chart and see visions of past lives and explain how those are impacting current life. $100/hour. Provide birth date, birth time and place upon registering. Ahlara International, 155 Joe V Knox Ave, Mooresville, NC. 704-662-0946. Essential Oils 101 – 6:30-8:00pm with Michelle. Awaken senses, discover the therapeutic power of all-natural essential oils distilled from flowers, stems and bushes of plants right from the farm. Learn to detoxify the environment by replacing chemicals with essential oils that will immediately improve family’s health. $10. Pre-registration required. A New You Body Works, 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville, NC. 704-902-0997.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Half-Price Far-Infared Ozone Sauna – 8am-4pm. Can burn up to 900 calories/session, boost immune system, relaxing and oxygen therapy for inside and outside the body. $37.50/pre-registration required. 704-938-1589 to reserve a spot. Hurley Wellness Center, 1807 S Main St, Kannapolis, NC. Hurley

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Friday After Five Summer Concert Series – 5:308:30pm. Offering entertainment to Statesville’s residents, neighbors and visitors. Concerts run from May thru September and feature music of all styles. Downtown Statesville on W Broad St, in front of Mitchell Community College. Wine, beer, soft drinks & food will be available for purchase. Bring chairs. No pets/coolers. 704-878-3436. “Treasures of the Collections” Exhibit Opening – 6-8 pm. The exhibit runs through Aug 29. Iredell Museums features an exhibit from the museums’ permanent collections. One piece is an original pen and ink drawing by Salvador Dali. There also will be beautiful period clothing, paintings and more. 134 Court St, Statesville, NC. The Court Street Gallery opens: Sat, 10am-1pm, beginning June 14. 704-873-4734.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 CPR and First Aid – 8:30am-12:30pm. The YMCA offers training to members and the community. The American Safety & Health Institute programs in First Aid and CPR can be tailored to the needs of specific groups and individuals. $15/member ,$24/ program member, CPR Certification, (Must be 12+ years). Ryan Swengros; 704-716-7309. Ryan.

42nd Street –Thru June 19-28. Call for time. A story of hard work and love. It celebrates Broadway and the people on it. Focusing on an inspiring girl, Peggy Sawyer, and her journey to stardom. The Armour Street Theatre, 307 N Armour St, NC. 704-8927953. Davidson. Hands On with an Aeroponic Tower Garden – 6-7:30pm.With Michelle. Grow organic fruits and veggies in the back yard, patio or porch. Grow 20+ plants in three square feet of ground space. No weeding, no dirt and no green thumb required. Free. A New You Body Works, 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville, NC. 704-902-0997.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Foster’s Frame & Art Gallery - Gallery Crawl – 6:30-8:30pm. Foster’s Frame & Art Gallery Gallery Crawl featuring art by various artist. Foster’s Frame & Art Gallery, 403 North Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC. 704-948-1750. FostersFrame@,

Charlotte Symphony Concert at McGuire Nuclear Station – 8:15pm. McGuire Nuclear Station hosts the Charlotte Symphony Concert on the lawn. Bring chairs, picnic or blankets. Snacks & drinks will be available through the East Lincoln High School’s Band Booster. Free. 13339 Hagers Ferry Rd, Huntersville, NC. The EnergyExplorium, 980-875-5600.

MONDAY, JUNE 23 Birds and Beasties – 8:30am-4:30pm. Camp is June 23-June 27. Ages 7-10. Learn about all things avian. Experience life from a bird’s eye view with activities about neotropical migratory birds, habitat and ecosystems. Nature hikes, bug investigations, canoeing and raptor-caching will bring out the adventurer in every child. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC. 704-875-6521. Numerology – The Story behind the Numbers – 10am-12pm. Discover the meaning of numbers in your life with Linda Thunberg. OUR Place, 19900 S Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius, NC. $15. Register:, Classes@

KARE Introduction – 6-8pm. With Jamie. KARE ( Kryst Architecture Restoration and Embodiement). Class includes an auric field shielding and clearing technique. Free class, donations welcome. Preregistration required, two hour free class. A New You Body Works, 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville, NC. 704-902-0997.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Field Trip For Kids – 10am-3pm. Meet Linda at Jetton Park entrance gate for a hike and lunch in nature. Discover nature, animal communication, senses, intuition and working with the elements. Parents or Guardians suggested. Bring a snack or boxed lunch. $20/1 child, $10/additional siblings., Breath Exploration – 6:30-8:00pm. Therapeutic Breathwork is a body-mind therapy that utilizes conscious, connected breathing. Bring water/yoga mat or blanket. $10. Pre-registration required. A New You Body Works, 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville, NC. 704-902-0997. A Return to your Joy - Group Regression – 6:309pm. Master Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, Linda Thunberg, will expand your view of Hypnotherapy, explain how Regression works, and help you to remember your joy. $30. OUR Place 19900 S Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius, NC. 704-237-3561.Register:, Classes@

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Big Day Celebrity Bartenders Event at Alton’s – 5:30pm. Big Day at the Lake puts kids in Big Brothers Big Sister out on Lake Norman for a day of fun, recruits “Bigs” for BBBS and raises money for the organization. Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails, 19918 N Cove Rd, Cornelius, NC. 704-655-2727.

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Kids Triathalon – 2pm; Races 2-4. 5pm; Race 1. Registration closes: 3 Days (72 Hours) before event. Swim, bike and run. Course difficulty varies upon ages. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Dr, Huntersville, NC. Info: Jones Racing Company,,





4th & 5th Grade Fun Night – 8-10:30pm. 4th and 5th graders, ages 9-11, will love these evenings designed specifically for them. They will see friends from school and the community but will also have the opportunity participate in group activities. $5/ members, $10/nonmembers. Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St, Cornelius, NC. 704-716-4400.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 SHAPE Diva Dash – 9am-4pm. The SHAPE Diva Dash is a women’s-only 5K obstacle run in which obstacles challenge runners along a 3-mile course. Divas wear creative costumes, feather boas, fluffy tutus and sparkly bling to make the race all the more memorable. Create a team or go solo. $55. Enter AXLOCAL, get $10 discount online. Riverbend Farm, 12150 McManus Rd, Midland, NC. Create the Life that You Want & Deserve – 10am-4pm. Create the rest of the year that you want and deserve through guided group hypnoses and powerful belief changing exercises. Linda & Gary Dobson – 2 life coaches. $75. OUR Place, 19900 S Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius, NC. Register:, Classes@ Salisbury Pride Festival – 11am. 4th Annual Salisbury Pride Festival has live music, food, dancing, venders and much more. Get involved now by becoming a sponsor, vendor or volunteer. E Fisher St & S Lee St, Salisbury, NC.

Dream Workshop – 6:30-8:00pm. Dreams are a wonderful tool for spiritual growth and enlightenment. Learn how to make sense of your dreams, analyze and improve dream recall. Discover the symbolic nature of dreams. Apply this learning to your life. Bring a list of dreams you are currently having, or have had, to gain clarity. $20/person. Pre-registration required. A New You Body Works, 246 Talbert Rd, Moorseville, NC. 704-902-0997.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 Movies on the Boulevard at Kenton Place, Hotel Transylvania PG – Approx. 8:30pm. Enjoy outdoor movies under the stars. All movies will be shown on inflatable “blimp” screen. Weather permitting, movies will begin at dusk. Free. Refreshments available for purchase at each showing. Bring lawn chairs & blankets. If conditions are in doubt, please call PARC’s Weather Hotline at 704-896-2460, x 290.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 2nd Annual Cam Newton 7 vs 7 Football Tournament – 9am. 2nd Annual Cam Newton 7 vs 7 Football Tournament. The tournament will be on Thur, June 26 & Fri, June 27. The tournament will be a great experience. Hough High School, 12420 Bailey Rd, Cornelius, NC. Kim Beal, 919-270-9082., Masanori Toguchi (AD at Hough High), 704-499-1854. MasaNori.Toguchi@ NC USTA Adult Tennis State Championships – See website for schedule. The biggest tennis tournament to ever be held in the Lake Norman region. Contact Travis Dancy; 704-987-3300.

Volunteers,, contact StateVolunteers@lnta. org. Interested in sponsorships, contact Cheryl Mendenhall; 980-722-1640.



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Friday After Five Concert Series – 5:30-8:30pm. Whether you like beach music and country or blues and rock and roll, enjoy a night of music. Beer, wine, soft drinks and food will be available for purchase. Bring chairs. No pets or coolers. Downtown Statesville, W Broad St, in front of Mitchell Community College. 704-878-3436.

tuesday Your Karma Center for Yoga and Wellness – 9am, Gentle Yoga, 10:30am Yin Deep Stretch Yoga, 12pm PiYo Strength, 5:30pm Yahweh Yoga, 6:45pm Hatha Yoga with Yoga Nidra. Drop-in: Adult Yoga $10. 195 W Statesville Ave, Mooresville. 704-6637188.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Public Boating Class – 8am-5pm. The America’s Boating Course is for anyone interested in boating safety. All boaters follow the same nautical regulations, and courtesies of the sea. $45. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion St, Cornelius. Bob Yannacci; 516-547-7737. Pre-registration required at lakenorman. Most insurance companies offer 10% discount to ABC Graduates. courseboatsmart.htm. CPR and First Aid – 8:30am-12:30pm. The American Safety & Health Institute programs in First Aid and CPR are available and can be tailored to specific groups and individuals. $15/member, $24/program member, CPR Certification (Must be 12+ years). All classes are held at Sally’s YMCA, 1601 Forney Creek Pkwy, Denver, NC. Contact; Ryan Swengros, 704-716-7309. Ryan.Swengros@ 10th Annual Troutman Independence Day Parade – 11am. Enjoy a small-town parade. Afghanistan veterans will be honored as the grand marshals. Full day of activities, Independence Celebration festival and ending with a fireworks display. Starts at Iredell County Fairgrounds, 630 N Main St, ends 1.4 miles at American Legion Hall 304 S Main St, Town of Troutman, 704-528-7600. Info@Troutman, Fourth of July Firework Festival – 5-9:30pm. One of the most popular and fun public events hosted by DABA, the annual fireworks show celebrates independence and community with a fireworks show that draws thousands of spectators. Vendors, food, battle of the bands. Free. Volunteers needed. Buy raffle tickets for many items, winners announced at 9pm. $1/ticket. Tim Orrell; 704-491-0834. Symphony in the Park – 6-8:15pm. Presented by The McIntosh Law Firm .WDAV, 7 pm: Prelude, 8:15pm: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Celebrate America. Fireworks following performance. An evening with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at the Bailey Road Park Bandshell. Children’s activities and concessions. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road Cornelius, NC 28031 To volunteer, Mindi Stoner; 704-892-6031 x 192. Charlotte Symphony Concert at McGuire Nuclear Station – 8:15pm. McGuire Nuclear Station will host the Charlotte Symphony for a concert on the lawn of the EnergyExplorium. Pack a picnic, bring blankets or chairs. Boaters may anchor in the Energy Explorium’s cove at the southern tip of Lake Norman. Snacks and drinks will be available through the East Lincoln High School’s Band Booster Club. Free. The EnergyExplorium, 980-875-5600. Hailey.

EB Pro and Ion Cleanse Footbath Half-Price Happy Hour – 10-11am. Detoxify, relax and rejuvenate from the inside out. Benefits include: increased energy, boosted immune system, better sleep. $25/ Pre-registration required. Hurley Wellness Center, 1807 S Main St, Kannapolis. 704-938-1589.

monday Monday Morning Meditation – 9-9:50am. Bringing like minds and hearts together; this once a week period of stillness may be just what you need to start each week with a happy sigh. $5. The Nook. 19621 W Catawba Ave, Cornelius. 704-896-3111. Your Karma Center for Yoga and Wellness – 9am; Flex and Flow Yoga/Pilates, 10:30am; Yoga Therapy, 12pm; Hatha Yoga, 6:30pm; Hot Baptiste Yoga. Drop-in: Adult Yoga/$10. 195 W Statesville Ave, Mooresville. 704-663-7188. EB Pro and Ion Cleanse Footbath Half-Price Happy Hour – 10-11am. Detoxify, relax and rejuvenate from the inside out. Benefits include increased energy, boosted immune system, and better sleep. Pre-registration required. $25. Hurley Wellness Center, 1807 S Main St, Kannapolis. 704-938-1589. Monday Meditations – 11am. With Kevin. Begin the week with a short intentional meditation, then a release meditation. Free. Bring blanket, water and loose clothes. Love offerings welcome. A New You Bodyworks, 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville. 704-9020997. Meditation with Leslie Wells – 6-7pm. Join Dr. Leslie Wells for this non religious event using practical tools for enhanced balanced living and for accessing greater health of your physical body, mind, and enhanced awareness regardless of your religion or spiritual practice. $10. Ahlara, 155 Joe V. Knox Avenue, Mooresville. 704-662-0946. Pathways to Intuition – 7-9pm, 3rd Monday of the month. Ever make the statement: There has to be MORE than This Learn how to align your heart to your soul’s desire to be a spiritual being having a physical experience. $15. OUR Place 19900 S. Main St. Suite 5, Cornelius. 704-237-3561. Classes@ Trivia Nite – 7:30pm. Summit Coffee 128 S Main St, Davidson. From now till forever. www.summit or 704-895-9090.

Morning Intuitive Development Group – 10am12pm. 2nd Tues of month. Join Linda Thunberg to discover the process of intuition; empower innate intuition and abilities. Awareness, Meditation & Practice. All levels welcome. $15. OUR Place, 19900 S Main St Ste 5, Cornelius. 704-237-3561. Earth Fare Good Olde Days – 4:30-7:30pm. Let Earth Fare take you back to the Good Olde days with an old-fashioned chicken dinner. Rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes and veggies. Eat in or to go. $7. Earth Fare, 14021 Boren St, Huntersville, 704-875-3122. Crystals, Stones and Humans – 6:30-8pm. 1st Tues of month. Bring your favorite crystals and stones to share. We will work with grids and participate in shamanic crystal journeys. Amanda Todd or Nancy Petrozelli will facilitate. Love Offering. OUR Place, 19900 S Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius. Call or email. 704-237-3561. Simply Goddess – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues of the month. Amanda Todd’s Women’s Group focusing on awakening, empowering and affirming the feminine spirit. Come to either or both. Suggested donation $5-$15. OUR Place, 19900 S Main St, Ste 5. Register at Monthly PTSD Support Group – 7pm. Last Tue of the month. This group is designed to help individuals who experienced traumatic events and how to cope in everyday life. Peer to peer support group. Traumas can be caused by an accident, severe illness, assault, crime, emotional distress, military service, grief and loss. A New You Body Works, 246 Talbert Road, Mooresville. Joni Stone. 704-732-0707. Joni@ Charlotte Motor Speedway Hosts the Summer Shootout Series – Times TBA. June 3 thru July 29. Legends Car and Bandolero racing, also special attractions, and fireworks extravaganza night. $7 for adults, children under 13 admitted free with a paying adult. $30/night includes a camping spot at the speedway with full hookups call 704-455-4445. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, 704-455-3200.

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Statesville Rotary Farmers’ Market – 7am-noon. Locally grown fresh fruits and produce in-season. East Sharpe Street, Statesville. 704-878-4371.

Half-Price Far-Infared Ozone Sauna – 8am-4pm. Can burn up to 900 calories per session, boost immune system, relaxing, and oxygen therapy for inside and outside the body. $37.50 pre-registration required, please contact us to reserve your spot. Hurley Wellness Center, 1807 S. Main St. Kannapolis. 704-938-1589.

North Mecklenburg Farmers’ Market – 7amnoon. Cornelius Elementary School, 21126 Catawba Ave, Cornelius. 704-336-2561. Bowen/Body Reset Clinic – 10am-12pm. With Dr Mosher. Bowen/Body Reset is changing lives. Call for appointment, walk-ins also welcome. $40/ person. Senior discounts applied 60+. A New You Bodyworks, 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville. 704-9020997. Lunch in the Lot – 11am-2pm. We will be featuring some of LKN’s & CLT’s tastiest food trucks. Be sure not to miss lunch from some of the area’s best “restaurants” on 4 wheels. Bella Love. Family Night at Kabuto Lake Norman – 4:309:30pm. To provide healthy and entertaining dining experience for families is our goal. With purchase of one adult Hibachi dinner, get one child’s free. One child/family. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Kabuto Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar, 16516 Northcross Dr, Huntersville. 704-655-0077. Conversations – 7-9pm. 2nd Wednesday. Who are you now? How is the shift affecting your life? Discussion and meditation. Suggested love offering $5-15. OUR Place, 19900 S Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius. Call or email. 704-237-3561. Classes@ Evening Guided Meditation & Automatic Writing – 6:30-8pm. This class will align your intuition, Spirit Guides and Source! Become empowered and then more empowered, exploring consciousness. $20. 19621 W Catawba Ave, Cornelius. The Nook. 704-896-3111.

thursday Coffee with Veterans – No Charge – Free Coffee For Veterans. Richard’s Coffee Shop / Welcome Home Veteran Military Museum. 165 N. Main Street, Mooresville. Open to the public every day! 704-663-0488. Your Karma Center for Yoga and Wellness – 9am; Gentle Yoga with light foam rolling added,

10:30am; Slow Flow Yoga, 5:30pm; Restorative Yoga/Gentle Yoga, 6:45pm; PiYo Strength. Drop-in: Adult Yoga/$10. 195 W Statesville Ave, Mooresville. 704-663-7188. Lunch Time Meditation – 12pm. With Kevin. Clear your mind and replace it with love, gratitude, peace and harmony. Be led in this meditation with gentle peaceful wisdom. Love donations welcome. A New You Bodyworks, 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville. 704902-0997. Troutman Depot Farmers Market – 3:30-6:30pm at 137 S Main St. The Market will operate from April 18-September 26. 704-491-5415. Thirsty Thursday’s Wine Tasting – 6-9pm. Enjoy live music. Daveste’ Vineyards, 155 Lytton Farm Rd, Troutman. 704-528-3882. Wine Tasting – 7pm. Explore Wines from around the world at our catered tasting. Wine Shop & Music Room. 202 N Main St. 704-663-5445. Open Mic Night – 7:30-11:30pm. Kadi Fit Studios hosts an evening of local entertainment and drink specials. Bella Love will feature LKN’s and Charlotte’s creative artists in a collaborative setting. $5/cover. 21+. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St, Ste 6, Cornelius. Live Music at Risto’s Place – 8pm-12:00am. Risto’s Place Food & Spirits, 123 N. Center St. Statesville. Come enjoy live entertainment in the lounge at Risto’s Place in Downtown Statesville. Contact Sheryl Toukola., 704-872-5557. Shag Night – DJ Dance Party – 8pm. River City Bar & Grill, 155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville. 704-696-8322. Live music – 8-11pm. From now till forever. Summit Coffee, 128 S Main St, Davidson. 704-895-9090. Live Music – 9:30pm. It’s always a fun-filled night with lots of good friends, good music and good vibes. Never a disappointment, and sometimes there’s a cool surprise or two! The Bathtub Gin, 166 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704-658-0958.

Try to be like the turtle—at ease in your own shell. ~Bill Copeland

The Bella Love Art Crawl – 5-9pm. 2nd Friday. Cornelius Cultural Arts Group invites everyone to experience the monthly art crawl that features the area’s innovative artisans. Live performances, food trucks and events at local businesses. Free. Find us on Facebook, Cornelius-Cultural-Arts-Group Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St, Cornelius. 704-577-1283. Mooresville Artist Guild – 6-8pm. 2nd Fri. An artist reception in the renovated Historic Mooresville Depot Visual Arts Center. Off Interstate 77 and less than 40 minutes from uptown Charlotte. 704-6636661. Corner of Main and Center. 103 W Center Ave, Mooresville. Music On Main 2014 – 6-9pm thru October. 1st Friday. Outdoor Concert Series, Mooresville Town Hall. Family-oriented concert series on the lawn of Town Hall in downtown Mooresville. Bring blankets or chairs. Town Hall lawn. 413 N Main St, 704-6623336. Metaphysical Movie Night at OUR Place – 6:309:30pm. 2nd Fri of month. Check out for this month’s movie night. Bring the family & snacks for a fun evening. Love offering. OUR Place 19900 S Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius. Mingling on the Greens Concert Series – 7-9pm. Enjoy an outdoor concert series at Birkdale Village in Huntersville. Free. 8712 Lindholm Dr, Huntersville. 704-895-8744. Live music – 8-11pm. From now till forever. Summit Coffee, 128 S Main St, Davidson. 704-895-9090. Live Music at Risto’s Place – 8pm-12:00am. Risto’s Place Food & Spirits, 123 N. Center St. Statesville. Come enjoy live entertainment in the lounge at Risto’s Place in Downtown Statesville. Contact Sheryl Toukola. 704-872-5557. Live Music & Karoake – 8pm. River City Bar & Grill,155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville. 704-6968322. RiverCityBar Live Music – 9-11pm. See website for schedule. 202 N main Wine Shop & Music Room is located in downtown Mooresville. 704-663-5445. Live Music – 9:30pm. It’s always a fun-filled night with lots of good friends, good music and good vibes. Never a disappointment, and sometimes there’s a cool surprise or two! The Bathtub Gin, 166 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704-658-0958.

saturday Statesville Rotary Farmers’ Market – 7 am-noon. Locally grown fresh fruits & produce in-season. East


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Sharpe Street, Statesville. 704-878-4371. North Mecklenburg Farmers’ Market – 7amnoon. Cornelius Elementary School. 21126 Catawba Ave, Cornelius. 704-336-2561. Davidson Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. MayOctober. 120 S Main Street, Davidson. Next to Davidson Town Hall, between Main and Jackson. 704-400-0880. Denver Market – 8am-12pm. Rock Springs Elementary School. 3633 Hwy 16 N. 704-736-8452. Mooreville Farmers’ Market – 8am-noon. Every Saturday from April thru October. Located in the community parking lot off of N Main Street on the corner of Church Street and West Iredell. This is located directly behind Fifth Third Bank. 704662-0270. farmersmarket/info. The Huntersville Growers’ Market – 8am-12pm, Enjoy the best local farmers have to offer including fresh produce, meats and more. Main & Maxwell Park is at the center of Huntersville. From I77, exit 23; go East approximately 2 miles to Maxwell St, North on Maxwell to the corner of Main. 704-7662220. Pick Your Own at Carrigan Farms – 8:30am-7pm. Crops available that we pick or you pick. Apples begin Labor Day weekend and last a few weeks and then once October starts its pumpkin time. 1150 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville. 704-664-1450., Community Music Blugrass – 9am-12pm. Richards Coffee Shop and Veteran’s Museum. 165 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704-663-0488. Welcome Metaphysical Men’s Group – 9:30-11:30am, 2nd Saturday of the month. Exclusively for men. Gary Dobson, CCP, CHt will facilitate a group meditation and discussion of metaphysical topics. OUR Place, 19900 S Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius. Registration. Suggested love offering $10. 704-237-3561. Mooresville Museum – 10am-2pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. llluminating our past, interpreting the present, envisioning our future. See recent acquisitions, exhibits and artifacts from Mooresville’s past and present. 132 E Center Ave, Mooresville. 704-6631873. TheMooresville Crystal Readings – 12-4pm. Joni Stone offers personal readings using her crystal for healing your mind, body and spirit. Clear balance and focus your intentions. $45. By appointment only. A New You Bodyworks, 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville. 704-9020997. Vulture Feedings – 12:30-1pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Vultures are smart. The Raptor Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of these birds. Free with regular admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville. Carolina Sacred Path Retreat – 1-4pm. Second Saturday Gathering. Our mission is to provide a place where people can come to dream, explore, learn and teach in a sacred and safe environment as they travel their spiritual path. See website for this months topic. Sacred Path, 292 State Park Rd, Troutman. Tour de Food – 1:30-4:30pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Take

a tour of Davidson and sample the finest culinary delights. Tour starts at the Old Cotton Mill now The Brick House Tavern, 209 Delburg St, Davidson. LisaSchnurr. 336-406-6294. Davidson.htm.

Worship at THE COVE – 9:30 and 11:15am. You are invited to worship at THE COVE Church. Statesville High School-MacGray Auditorium, 474 N Center St, Statesville. 704-655-3000.

Downtown Mooresville Cruise-In – 4-8pm. 1st Sat. Downtown shines with chrome and glitter during the monthly Cruise-In. It’s a great chance to show off your car and chat with other car enthusiasts. Free. Broad St, Mooresville. Downtown

The Gathering – A New Kind of Church. 10am11am. We honor the uniqueness of each person’s experience of our Source, and the Biblical understanding that the word of God is written on our hearts. Ahlara, 155 Joe V. Knox Avenue, Mooresville. 704-662-0946.

Mingling on the Greens Concert Series – 7-9pm. Enjoy this outdoor concert series. Free. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Dr, Huntersville. 704-8958744.

Unity Church of Lake Norman – 10am Celebration. Spiritual not religious, warm and welcoming, participative Sunday celebration experience. Support for wherever you are on your spiritual path. 19900 S. Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius. 704-267-5498.

Live Music – 8-11pm. From now till forever. Summit Coffee, 128 S Main St, Davidson. 704-895-9090. Live Music & Karoake – 8pm. River City Bar & Grill,155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville. 704-6968322. RiverCityBar Live Music – 9-11pm. 202 North Main Wine Shop & Music Room is located in downtown Mooresville. See website for schedule. 704-663-5445. Live Music – 9:30pm. It’s always a fun-filled night with lots of good friends, good music and good vibes. Never a disappointment, and sometimes there’s a cool surprise or two! The Bathtub Gin, 166 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704-658-0958. Live Music – 10pm-1am. George Pappas Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville. 704-6642695.

sunday The Bridge – 9, 10 & 11am services. Connecting God and the community. There is a place for you at The Bridge. Church of the Nazarene. Life Groups, Services, Pre-School, Teens, Seniors. 704-6644216 2940, Charlotte Hwy, Hwy 21, Mooresville. Worship at THE COVE – 9:30, 11:15am, 6pm. You are invited to worship at THE COVE Church. 197 Langtree Rd, Mooresville 704-655-3000.

Worship at New Hope Missions Church – 10am. Our worship is contemporary and informal, with messages that are authentic and applicable to your life. Lake Norman Dance Gallery, 443 Williamson Rd. 704-928-5390. Private Healing Sessions with Sandra Grace Brooks – Starts June 1 through June 9. Also on Sunday June 11. Call to register private Healing Sessions with Sandra Grace Brooks Xraniosacral attunement, chakra assessment and repair, migraine clearing, hypnotherapy, quantum healing and energetic clearing. New Client $165.00, Exisiting client $140.00. Ahlara International, 155 Joe V. Knox Rd, Mooresville. 704-662-0946. Pick Your Own at Carrigan Farms – 11:30am5:30pm. Crops available that we pick or you pick. Apples begin Labor Day weekend and last a few weeks and then once October starts its pumpkin time. 1150 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville. 704-664-1450., Kelly@ Mingling on the Greens Concert Series – 4-6pm. Enjoy this outdoor concert series at Birkdale Village in Huntersville. Free. 8712 Lindholm Dr, Huntersville. 704-895-8744. Concerts on the Green – 6-8pm. 1st and 3rd Sun thru September. Addition of June 8 & July 4 Concerts on the Village Green in Downtown Davidson at the corner of Main St and Concord Rd. Davidson Public Library 119 S Main St, Davidson. Free. Rain or shine. Food/beverages available for purchase. Coolers and picnics are welcome. 704-892-7591.

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June 2014


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Cristin Gregory, MSOM, Dipl OM, L.Ac. 21121 Catawba Ave, Cornelius 704-655-7324 Cristin treats a wide variety of conditions such as pain management, depression, autoimmune conditions, anxiety and insomnia. A combination of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Medical Qigong and natural supplements are offered. Patients are encouraged to participate in their own healing process and to work as a team to find the most optimal treatment strategy. Wellbeing offers both private and community acupuncture visits. See ad, page 15.


Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville 704-902-0997 Providing healthy choices to our community for wellness. Alkaline water club memberships available. Bring your containers and fill them up with the healthiest water you can drink to raise the alkaline in your body. Call or stop in for details. See ad, page 5.


246 Talbert Road, Mooresville, NC 704-902-0997 A New You Body Works offers ONDAMED Biofeedback system and Aqua Chi Detox Footbath to reduce pain and inflammation, while boosting your energy. Detox protocols are essential to balancing your body’s system and functions. Whether your an athlete, recovering from surgery or illness, or always on the go. Investing in your health is essential to providing the strongest possible foundation for your strength and overall wellbeing. Convenient online booking system.


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DOG GROOMING A NEW YOU ZEN DOG SALON 250 Talbert Rd, Mooresville 704-491-2450 or 704-902-0997

All-natural, stress-free, kennelfree dog grooming. Specializing in senior and special needs dogs of all ages. One dog family at a time by appointment only to keep it stress free; no drop ins. Average appointment time is 2 hours per dog; get a massage next door to us and save money when booked together. Ask for details—call or book online.

GLUTEN-FREE JOHNNY BRUSCO’S NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA 129 Gateway Blvd, Mooresville 704-799-9261

Mooresville has a new pizzeria that offers a glutenfree, 10-inch pie. They can accommodate special dietary needs and are willing to make all customers happy. Open Sun-Thurs, 11am10pm; Fri and Sat, 11am-11pm. Located off I-77, Exit 33. Turn right onto Rte 21. Take first left onto Gateway Blvd. Restaurant is located on the left.

DAVINO’S QUEENS PIZZA 484 A River Hwy, Mooresville 704-799-1493

Authentic Queens Mom and Pop Neighborhood Pizzeria right here in Lake Norman. Offering a gluten-free, 12-in pie. The freshest pizza out there. We make our own dough, sauces and dressing from scratch. MonThur, 11am-9pm. Fri and Sat, 11am-10 pm. Delivery within five miles. Located off I-77, exit 36 right across from Lowes. Dine in or out. Call ahead and they will have a pie freshly made to sit down and eat.


1545 Shelton Ave, Statesville 704-380-2365 Seafood, meats, produce, plants, and more. Statesville Market strives to offer seasonal produce from local and regional r e s o u r c e s . We s e e k natural, organic foods freshly grown and harvested from our community. Check our website for season availability. At Statesville Market & Exchange, you’ll taste the amazing quality on the table when you select fresh seafood and grass fed beef and bison from our local market. We’re right next to Statesville Glass & Mirror; just down from Wagner Hardware and Habitat Restore.

HORMONE COMPOUNDING HEALTHSMART PHARMACY 108 Leaning Oak Dr, Mooresville 704-658-1184

HealthSmart Pharmacy can fulfill all of your pharmacy needs. Specializing in compounding hormone replacement therapy and much more. See ad, page 31.


Linda M. Thunberg, MHt Our Place, 19900 S Main St, Ste 5, Cornelius Elemental Healing, 5200 Park Rd, Ste 200, Charlotte 704-237-3561 Transpersonal Hypnotherapy allows you to go beyond the ego, bringing Spirit into your therapeutic session. Group or individual sessions are available with Linda Thunberg, Certified Master Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. Weight Loss, Stress, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Soul Advancement, Regressions, Life Progressions. See ad, page 25.


Amy Bernstein, LCSW, CH 709-22 Northeast Dr, Davidson 704-252-1568 “Improve your Life through the Power of your Mind!” Amy offers counseling for children and adults, as well as Hypnosis, Emotional F r e e d o m Te c h n i q u e s a n d Sandplay therapy. She specializes in helping clients relieve anxiety and depression, release the weight, become more confident and improve health. All clients receive a customized CD/ mp3 of their hypnosis sessions.

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN DR. LORA HURLEY, ND, CTN, CPT ANCB & ANMCB Board Certified Traditional Naturopath, ASPT Board Certified Phlebotomist, Certified in Lymphatic Detoxification & Clinical Microscopy 1807 S Main St, Kannapolis 704-938-1589

Wellness Healthcare Provider & Educator. Medically Educated, Clinically Trained, 20+ years experience. “Whole Body Detoxification”, “Treating people; not symptoms, nor disease”, “Find the cause of your complaints.” See ad, page 31.

NUTRITIONIST CORRINE LEWIS, CNA, CFA, BS NATURAL HEALTH SCIENCES Certified Nutritional Advisor Certified Family Herbalist Simply Nutritious LLC 21121 Catawba Ave, Cornelius 704-746-6242

I am your personal Health Concierge and Nutrition Guide. I educate, encourage and provide solutions for the food challenges faced every day. I will show you how to cook delicious, nutritious meals and how to eat healthy on any budget. Eating habits affect overall health, lifestyle and body. Ready to create better habits, with ease and without being hungry? Call today to create the health you’ve always wanted and deserve.





Rev. Dr. Marsha G. Cook, Heidi E. Kent, M.A. 19621 West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius 704-896-3111 Do you want to dump your stress, eliminate depression, clear the negativity from your life? Come to The Nook and experience a Clearing the Grid © . A unique, private, spiritual counseling session that eliminates the negative charges attached to the stories of your life, this exclusive and exceptional healing method promises to take you where you have never gone before. Be daring, be bold, be whole. See ad, page 21.

A New You Wellness Store 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville 704-902-0997

Featuring locally made organic skin care by Cindi’s Sacred Garden, Kaliana, homeopathy, ear candles, sage sticks, essential oils, healthy herbal teas and coffee, self-care books, crystals, organic food coop, and we are always supporting local artists in the area on consignment. If we don’t have it we can order it for you. Just let us know. Store hours, 10am-5pm, Mon-Sat. See ad, page 5.



ERYT500, RYT-200 596 Perry Rd, Troutman 704-990-6178


19621 West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius 423-300-8618 Palmistry is a tool for predicting the future and understanding who you are. Each human hand contains a unique and personal story. Let this master palmist discover yours. The Nook is located off of Catawba Ave., behind the Walgreens on Bethel Church Road. Call for info.

Small group classes and individual sessions. Multi-certified teacher with decades of experience, A “Teacher’s Teacher” offering instruction in a peaceful farm setting.



THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE A NEW YOU BODY WORKS 246 Talbert Rd, Mooresville 704-902-0997

With a team of certified massage therapist and energy practitioners, using a blend of intuition and a variety of healing therapies, you will quickly see why we are, the best wellness center in the LKN area, for healing your mind, body and spirit. Prices start at $65 or less with membership or package. Ask about senior, veteran and child discounts. Call or book online. See ad, page 5.

Yoga classes, yoga therapy and integrative counseling with holistic wellness emphasis. Present Moment Wellness, LLC, seeks to assist with restoring & enhancing balance in your life, helping to navigate the current challenges you may be facing, and help grow more fully and completely as a person. Integrating traditional counseling approaches with yoga and mindfulness-based practices can help to improve how the body, mind and spirit connect and move you to an improved overall sense of well-being. Individual counseling or yoga therapy sessions available as well as yoga group classes.

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June 2014




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