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ur home sits on the west side, up the ridge from the flight path that airlines use coming into Oahu. Each day, we imagine the thousands of tourists arriving on the island filled with the excitement of a dream vacation. That was us, 31 years ago, arriving for our honeymoon, the trip that resulted in our determination to make Oahu our home. While living here is a dream come true, day-to-day reality is a bit different from being on vacation, where fun and relaxation are all that’s on the agenda. The demands of creating, publishing and distributing the magazine keeps us very busy. In April, Natural Awakenings Hawaii successfully completed the steps to become a Blue Zones Project Participating Organization. The Blue Zones Project helps communities develop healthier lifestyles and is based on a world-wide study of places where people routinely live to be 100 years old. For more details, see the article on page 9. We also achieved Better Business Bureau Accreditation with an A+ rating— the highest possible—based on more than a dozen factors. These achievements support the development of a healthier and more robust community and the growth of Natural Awakenings Hawaii magazine as well. April also brought news that the cost of producing our magazine will increase due to new government-imposed tariffs on printing paper. With so much going on, it’s easy to be so focused on work that we lose sight of taking time to play. To help overcome that tendency, we have decided that we will intentionally pretend to be tourists whenever we get the chance. We started by driving into Honolulu on a Friday afternoon to see the Friday evening fireworks. We sat among the tourists, glowing with sun and vacation joy, and the excitement was contagious. Now, when we travel around the island, we make sure to pull into scenic turnoffs and stop to browse in little gift shops, just to take a moment to cherish the unique opportunity it is to live in paradise. We have a beach date coming up soon as well. This month’s edition has great articles about women’s health and natural health options for everyone. In preparing for this edition, we reached out to the community and asked for insider information about topics related to women’s health. The response was great, and we are sure you will enjoy the insights being offered. There are articles about women’s oral health, osteoporosis, headaches, oriental facials, yoni steaming and girlfriends. And be sure to read Lani Kwon’s article about “Making Family Ties Work through Co-Parenting and Parallel Parenting.” We will be at the Body Mind Spirit Expo at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6. Please be sure to stop in and say hello. We love meeting our readers! In gratitude,

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tissue mobilization along with treatments such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation or taping are effective in relieving pain and restoring muscle and joint function. Stroke Recovery: Physical therapy helps regain function and movement that can be lost during a stroke. By strengthening weakened body parts, gait and balance can be improved. Stroke patients can also achieve improved independence by learning new movement techniques. Sports Injury Recovery: Physical therapists are specially trained in understanding the ways that different sports can increase risks for various injuries. This knowledge is used to design appropriate recovery and prevention exercise programs to ensure the safe return to a sport. Dr. Elam is a graduate of `Iolani School, where he earned academic and athletic scholarships to attend the University of Redlands. While attaining his bachelor’s degree in physical education, he was drafted into the US Army. As a trained Army Medic, he was part of running the 25th Division sports programs and was the Army-Hawaii weightlifting division’s outstanding lifter and division record holder in the discus. He returned to `Iolani as an assistant football and head track and field coach, and subsequently an assistant football coach at Pearl City High School.

Getting You Back to Living Life


By Karen Charron

lam Sports Oahu is a family-owned clinic that was cofounded by Reid Elam, PhD, DPT, ND, ATC, CSCS. Elam’s mission is to serve active families in Hawai`i by providing extraordinary care and service in the areas of physical, massage and aqua therapy that includes natural human movement and holistic wellness counseling. Here are some of the situations and conditions that physical therapy is effective in treating: Women’s Health: Physical therapists offer specialized care for pregnancy and post-partum health, breast cancer, bowel issues, lymphedema, pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. Mobility: Anyone having mobility issues, including trouble standing, walking or moving, can benefit from physical therapy. There are stretching and strengthening exercises to help restore movement, along with properly fitting individuals with a cane, crutches or other assistive devices or orthotics. Physical therapists customize the care plan based on an individual’s life style to maximize performance and safety. Balance Improvement: One of the first things that physical therapists assess is an individual’s balance. People who are challenged with balance issues are at an increased risk for falling. Exercises designed to improve balance and coordination are prescribed. Pain Management: There are a multitude of therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques that aid in the reduction or elimination of pain. The use of joint and soft

Some of Dr. Elam’s notable accomplishments include being a research scientist at NASA in their Space Biomedical Institute, receiving his master’s degree in biomechanics from the University of Oregon and his PhD in exercise science from Oregon State University. He also earned a post-doctoral research grant from National Institute of Health in Geriatric Rehabilitation and conducted Hawai`i’s first professional football combines for the IPFL, SFL and Arena 2 football leagues. Anyone wanting to improve natural and functional mobility, whether recovering from an illness, surgery or other difficulty, can contact Elam Sports O`ahu for more information about their facility and the programs offered. Elam also encourages contacting them for a tour of their facility to explore the different ways they can help you get back to having fun and enjoying life. Location: 91-1027 Shangrila Street, Building 1867, Kapolei. For more information, call 808-674-9595, email or visit See ad, page 29. May 2018


Mother’s Day at Waimea Valley


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here’s no better place to take that special mother to honor her on Mother’s Day than a brunch at Waimea Valley. Nestled in the heart of Oʻahu’s renowned North Shore, the lush, green meadows, world-class botanical gardens and breath-taking waterfall are like nowhere else on Oʻahu. Enjoy a family-style Mother’s Day brunch by Ke Nui Kitchen in the Pikake Pavilion with a halau hula performance. Then after brunch, enjoy a stroll through the magical botanical gardens and visit the falls. Free admission to the Valley with brunch reservations. Brunch prices: $52.95 for adults and $26.50 for keiki. Location: Waimea Valley Road, Haleiwa. Reservations available at or call 808-638-7766. See ad, page 39.


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Two Locations: 1090 Keolu Dr, #110, Kailua, and 1960 Kapiolani Blvd, #110, Honolulu. For more information, call 808-425-4080 for Kailua and 808-260-9795 for Honolulu. You can also visit them on the web at See ad, page 48.

Location: Eating House 1849 Waikiki, 2330 Kalakaua Ave #322, Honolulu. For more information and to register, call Brandi KianaJo at 808-393-5527 or visit See ad, page 13.

ed Light Kailua is announcing the grand opening of the Red Light Healing Center in the McCully Shopping center, in Honolulu. In addition to red light therapy, this new center is offering massage, Reiki and cupping. Red Light Therapy is a relaxing and energizing treatment that delivers the natural healing and rejuvenating benefits of a specific range of light that does not contain ultra violet rays. It’s a safe, non-invasive treatment that uses no chemicals and has no harmful side effects. The benefits of red light therapy accumulate with each treatment. This means that with every 20-minute session, patients will see additional results. The long-term benefits have been shown to lower blood pressure, relieve body aches and pains, reduce stretch marks, scars and acne, and improve the strength of hair and nails. Both locations are open seven days a week. Their website features convenient on-line booking where sessions can be purchased individually or as part of a package. They offer new clients a complimentary first red light therapy session that can be scheduled on their website by choosing the option “New Client’s Click Here” or by calling them. Gift certificates for Red Light Therapy sessions are available, and are a thoughtful Mother’s Day, graduation or other occasion gift.


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ay marks the one-year anniversary of Girlfriends! - a soulful networking experience for women. It inspires self-reflection for personal and professional development, while providing the opportunity to network with like-minded women. Girlfriends! is a monthly event hosted by Brandi Kiana-Jo and positive, impactful people called Empowering Leaders. The celebration of Girlfriends! happens when women spend time together uniting authentically. Every month, Girlfriends! features a topic that leads women in self-reflective discussions and fun activities. This month, the topic is about Girlfriends! and what makes the event unique and heartwarming. Every month is experiential, and this month has writing exercises, movement and lots of activities about love, happiness, business and inspiration. Co-leading the May event are Empowering Leaders Gloria Payoyo, a fashion consultant; Lee Yen Anderson, a transformation mentor and owner of The Scentsible Tribe; and Caroline Jalayahay, a market partner of Monat from Maui. They will share their stories about how they started their journey with Girlfriends! as guests and how they view the difference between being a guest and leading with empowerment. Cost is $25, which includes pupus, a drink, gifts and supplies. This month's event, on May 26 from 3-6 p.m., is held at Eating House 1849 Waikiki, a perfect place to have Girlfriends! as it presents a level of class and creativity in a modern place, serving locallysourced ingredients that support our local farmers and friends.

Workshop on Saturday, May 5, at the Wahiawa Botanical Gardens, 1396 California Ave, Wahiawa. Check in is at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. Seating is limited and registration is required. Email BluezonesProjectWahiawa@ to register.

Blue Zones Wahiawa Making Strides in Community Health


lue Zones areas are places in the world where people live to be 100 years old at an astonishing rate. Dan Buettner, a National Geographic explorer, recognized that people living in places like Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Loma Linda, California; led vibrant, active and usually long lives. Dan’s team documented the findings of the eight-year longevity study and identified the traits that are common in these longevity hot spots. The traits are categorized as follows: Move Naturally: Enhance health by promoting physical activity in communities, homes and workplaces. Right Outlook: Balance a sense of purpose with periods of calm. Eat Wisely: Use the 80 percent rule to stop eating before becoming too full, along with make wise food choices with verbal and symbolic reminders like smaller plates for smaller portions. This is combined with eating a diet that is highly plant-based and (unless religiously restricted) moderate drinking of wine. Belong: Have a sense of community with engagement and focus on loved ones and participate in a faith-based community. These traits are the basis for the Blue Zones Project, a globally recognized community well-being improvement program. Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA) brought the Blue Zones Project to Hawai`i in 2015 to support their vision to make the state an even healthier, happier, and more vibrant place to live. There are eight communities in Hawaii that went through a competitive selection process to be chosen for the Blue Zones project. On Hawaii Island, the East and North areas along with Windward Oahu’s Koolaupoko area began their Blue Zones Project initiatives in 2015. These communities were joined in 2017 by Oahu’s Kapolei/Ewa, the 4Ms (Manoa/Makiki/McCully/Moiliili), Wahiawa, Wailuku/Kahului, and West Hawaii on Hawaii Island. The criteria for community selection is based on the area’s sense of community, strong commitment and readiness to do the work of becoming a certified Blue Zones Community. The project is organized through community engagement initiatives, spear-headed by a local support team that follows scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health, and happiness. The goal of an initial three-year launch is to create vibrant communities and boost the well-being of the residents. The overarching goal is to build a program that can sustain the improved wellbeing beyond the three-year initiative. Each community works with schools, grocery stores, restaurants, worksites, faith-based organizations and policy leaders to improve the accessibility of healthy choices. The Wahiawa Blue Zones Project is planning a Purpose

For more information on Blue Zones Project in Hawaii or to learn how to participate, visit You can follow Wahiawa’s activities on Facebook or Instagram @ BZPWahiawa or via email



Accountability Consulting

few years ago, having an accountability partner was very strange to Juli Womack, the founder of Powerful You, Accountability Consulting. She felt it was a bit invasive and initially was very uncomfortable with it. “I felt restricted from being my private self and justifying why I didn’t get things done,” she explains. It was an eye-opener for her and she started seeing the value of checking in with someone that actually cared about her goals. With all the challenges in her life, she had someone who consistently cheered her on and called her out when she needed it. There are many people that are focused and strong-willed and may not need an accountability consultant. However, Juli believes that most folks would benefit from one. “After seeing the value of having my own accountability partner, I wanted to support those that are too busy and help them make themselves a priority,” says Juli. “Being accountable to another party allowed me to move forward, feeling a little more accomplished each time I reached a goal. It made me realize how I was getting in my own way with excuses and fear. Having an accountability consultant gave me the structure I needed to get closer to my purpose of helping others,” she explains. Her gift of being able to connect with people allows her to offer private, customized consultations and identify short-term goals that move people closer to achieving their long-term goals. She encourages small changes, concentrating on developing behaviors that better serve her clients. “It’s exciting to see people discover the power that they already have and start feeling more confident about reaching their goals,” she says. Find out how to add accountability into your busy life and get results that matter to you! Connect with Juli at (808) 228-3573 or email at See ad, page 19.

Five Things an Accountability Consultant Will Do: 1. Keep you on track, getting past the distractions 2. Give honest feedback, advice you need to hear vs. want to hear 3. Create awareness, making room for better choices 4. Be a good listener to ideas, problems, solutions 5. Challenge you, pushing through the anxieties of uncomfortable May 2018


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Osteoporosis the Silent Disease

Get Support from the Right Supplements


one is a living tissue, and when healthy, it undergoes continual renewal. It’s the body’s primary reservoir of the calcium needed for a wide variety of the body’s biological processes. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that occurs when bones lose density and become porous. The result is bones that become weak and break easily. It’s called a silent disease because often the first indicator of osteoporosis is a broken bone. Osteoporosis was long viewed as only affecting aging women. It’s now seen as a multifaceted disease driven by interrelated factors. Hormonal imbalances, oxidative stress, elevated blood sugar, inflammation and other metabolic syndromes can all contribute to the development of osteoporosis. Pharmaceuticals often neglect treating the multiple factors responsible for osteoporosis and therefore have had limited success. Some have serious side effects as well. Fortunately, clinical trials have found that micronutrients support bone health and prevent atherosclerosis, a condition related to the same factors as osteoporosis. Supplementing with Vitamin K, D and trace minerals, has been shown to improve bone metabolism and potentially protect against osteoporosis. Ronda Pitcher, owner of Healthy Lives Naturally, is a Life Extension representative residing on the North Shore of Oahu. Life Extension has been at the forefront of groundbreaking medical research for more than 35 years, funding more than $175 million for anti-aging and disease research resulting in superior-quality, premium, nutritional supplements. Life Extension's recommendation for osteoporosis prevention is a multi-targeted approach that includes: regular resistance exercise, weight loss, stress reduction and bioidentical hormone restorations; and strategic use of nutritional supplements that promote healthy bone protein formation, reduce inflammation and oxidant stress, and supply adequate amounts of trace and utltratrace minerals. Navigating the vast array of supplements available on the market can be overwhelming. Ronda can assist in this journey. She has access to the Life Extension health advisory group for questions and support as needed to determine the best formula based on current and past concerns. Rhonda will also be making Life Extension products available at Waialua Fresh, 67-071 Nauahi St, in Waialua. Location: Waillua, HI. For more information visit Email or call 808-3485454. See ad, page 33. The information provided is for information purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for your physician or other health care professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. 10

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Oriental Facials Help You Look Good & Feel Good, Inside & Out!


rue beauty is a reflection of good health. When we feel healthy, balanced and vibrant, our inner beauty will shine from our eyes and skin. Facial acupuncture focuses on improving facial health, but it’s actually a treatment for the whole body. It’s a holistic therapy that slows down the face’s aging process by stimulating collagen and increasing blood flow, while delivering additional benefits to the entire body. The face tells a story about one’s health. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each area of the face relates to different organ systems and emotions. Licensed acupuncturist, Soraya Applegate, begins a treatment with a full TCM diagnosis. Then, by focusing on the correct meridians in the body, she uses facial acupuncture to stimulate the body’s natural processes of cell reproduction, immune function and hormonal balance. Many people receive cosmetic acupuncture treatments for its anti-aging benefits, specifically to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The goal of facial acupuncture is to improve internal health while also reducing these unwanted signs of aging on the face. The gentle insertion of tiny needles in specific acupoints on the face improves the quality and luster of the skin, as well as diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment works by increasing the circulation of oxygen and blood to the face, while also stimulating the collagen/elastin, so the face looks younger and more vibrant. While the face is rejuvenating externally, meaningful health changes are occurring internally. The results include feeling stronger and healthier. Facial acupuncture enhances the natural, healthy glow of one’s inner spirit which, in turn, appears visibly on the face. Acupuncture can help us age in a healthy, more vibrant and balanced way. An oriental facial at Soulistic Holistics Hawaii is a blissful beauty treatment that includes acupuncture, jade roller therapy and acusonic facial massage. Jade rollers were traditionally used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and clear fluid congestion by increasing lymphatic drainage. Jade remains cold while in contact with the skin—this helps close the pores and tighten the skin. Experience the benefits of this non-surgical face lift! If you want a natural way to treat signs of aging, while increasing your health and wellbeing, schedule a treatment with Soraya at Soulistic Holistics Hawaii. Soraya Faris Applegate is a licensed acupuncturist and is also studying for a Doctorate in Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine. She is the owner of Soulistic Holistics Hawaii, in Kaneohe. For more information, call 808-7213083 or visit See ad, page 33.

Yoni Steam Day Spa Rated in the Top 5 Women’s Spas in Honolulu on Yelp – 5 Stars!


omen are constantly juggling so many roles as wife, mother, student, sister, friend and more, that they seldom have time to just relax in their own womanhood. Yoni Steam Honolulu, in Kapahulu, is specifically set up to help women relax and connect to their divine feminine. Women from all over the world are excited to experience this new kind of day spa. The tranquil atmosphere, colored in shades of azure blues and linen whites, together with the soft pillows and natural wood décor, sweep away thoughts of the world outside and provide a perfectly peaceful spa setting. Women come here to connect to themselves through the ancient practice of yoni steaming. Yoni is Sanskrit for “sacred temple” or pathway—more specifically the vagina. It’s the symbol of the divine mother, the sacred place that we all come from. Yoni steam has been used for centuries in many cultures as a time-honored tradition. It offers great benefits for women, whether experiencing maladies or looking for a way to honor self, relieve anxiety and feel empowered. Yoni Steam Honolulu offers this treatment in private, tranquil, linen rooms on specially designed chairs. A handcrafted

organic herbal blend is chosen based on an individual’s goals. The gentle, organic, herbal steam helps women address challenges they may be facing, such as mild-to-severe menstrual cramps and irregular periods, general fatigue, vaginal dryness, BV, menopausal symptoms, painful intercourse, as well as other conditions women often accept as normal, but rarely talk about. The warmth of the mild, organic, herbal steam stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities. The result is a healthier, more relaxed and balanced connection to self. This noninvasive treatment provides a purification and release of stored up negative energy, even if not facing a challenge. Many women report that they experience deeper, more restful sleep, a euphoric body glow and a sense of peace and calm after a yoni steam. Women across the globe are taking ownership of their personal health. A yoni steam is a way to for a woman to love and nurture her body. It’s also great way for a woman to connect and bond with all the women in her life. Natural Awakenings readers can schedule an appointment with Yoni Steam at a special reduced rate. Instead of the regular price of $99, just mentioning Natural Awakenings will reduce the price to $45 (cash). Location: 619 Kapahulu Ave., Ste.204, Honolulu. To schedule an appointment, call or text 808-853-0959. For more information, visit See ad, page, 17.

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Tension Headaches:

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Appears as a dull, aching pain in the head with a sensation of tightness or pressure across the forehead or on the sides and back of the head. There may be tenderness on the scalp, neck and shoulder muscles. Tension headaches have been shown to be brought on by tense muscles in the neck and shoulders, poor posture, stress, and fatigue.

Migraine Headaches:

Headaches, Vertigo and Neck Pain Dr. Timothy Luke Can Help


r. Timothy Luke, of Hoʻōla Chiropractic, is offering a free initial consultation for readers of Natural Awakenings Hawaii. He’s reaching out to help people that are experiencing headaches, vertigo and neck pain through treatment with spinal manipulation therapy. Recent clinical trials, by the University of Maryland Medical Center, show that spinal manipulation therapy through chiropractic care can help treat migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine. Studies also suggest that chiropractic manipulation can reduce tension headaches. The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College conducted a study involving 729 participants, 613 of which received chiropractic care. Their outcomes ranged from good to excellent, indicating that it’s a positive and beneficial headache remedy. In addition, researchers reviewed 9 studies that tested chiropractic care for tension or migraine headaches and found that it worked as well as medications in preventing these headaches. During any given year, about 50% of the world’s adult population experiences a headache. Ninety percent of those people have experienced a primary headache, which includes tension, migraine and cluster headaches. Primary headaches are known to recur and consist of pain or pressure in the forehead or at the base of the head around the neck, usually getting worse as the day goes on. The following description of the three types of primary headaches will help to define and differentiate the symptoms. 12

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Described as a very intense, throbbing pain, often on one side of the head, these are most commonly experienced by women. Migraines are frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. The intense pain from a migraine can last a few hours or even a few days. The cause of migraines is not fully known but could have a genetic component. People have reported that certain foods, drinks, changes in sleep, stress, activities, or changes in the weather can trigger a migraine. Migraines can also be accompanied by vertigo, though vertigo can occur in people without migraines.

Cluster Headaches:

These are less common than tension and migraine headaches but are often described as more painful. They can last for weeks or months and often recur in the same season each year. The pain from a cluster headache is described as extreme, burning pain, usually on one side of the head. In addition to working with people who have headaches, Dr. Luke has successfully helped people that are experiencing vertigo, a balance disorder that makes it feel like the room is spinning when standing still. Vertigo can be all consuming and interfere with day-to-day life. Vertigo is an inner ear condition that can be triggered by a virus that causes the structure deep inside the ear (the labyrinth) to become inflamed or by an inner ear problem called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), where calcium crystals in the inner ear become dislodged, sending false messages to the brain that the body is in motion. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults experience vertigo at least once in their lifetime, with women more likely to experience it than men, according to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Patients that are experiencing neck pain and stiffness can also benefit from an examination, evaluation and treatment. Hoʻōla Chiropractic uses state-of-the-art, low-radiation, digital x-ray equipment that provides exceptional image quality. They also provide thermography and conduct a detailed history review of each patient. Dr. Luke carefully and thoughtfully chose the name Hoʻōla which means to “bring life” or to “bring healing” for his practice to honor his Hawaiian heritage, and to reflect his vision to provide exceptional health care for the people of Hawai’i and to ultimately create a healthier community. Location: 1357 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 1007, Honolulu. For more information and to schedule a free initial consultation, call 808772-8284 (be sure to mention Natural Awakenings Hawaii) or visit their website at, See ad, page, 15.



Pillow Self-Talk Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping by Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui


sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


What are three things I am grateful for?

It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths.

Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.


What is one thing I would do differently?

Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested.


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Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels. 14

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U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.

Yoga Soothes the Blues Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depression that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation.


New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidencebased alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D.

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New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure


Don’t let headaches, neck pain or vertigo control Your Life! Jeffrey Alameida, Community Program Manager for the Blue Zones Project, Wahiawa (left), presents Beckie and Bud Kowalski, publishers of Natural Awakenings Hawaii, with their Blue Zones Project Participating Organization certificate.

Natural Awakenings Hawaii and Wahiawa Lions Club Become Blue Zones Project Participating Organizations


n April, Natural Awakenings Hawaii completed the steps to become a Blue Zones Project Participating Organization. The Blue Zones Project is working towards creating a healthier environment for the well-being of our community where we live, work and play. We are honored to be a part of this growing movement and fully support the actions that are designed to provide us with healthy opportunities, making is easier for us to eat better, move about town more naturally and become more socially connected. The Wahiawa Lions Club also became a Blue Zones Project Participating Organization. Their certificate was presented at their annual benefit breakfast held at the Kaala Elementary School on April 8, in Wahiawa. All proceeds of the event go towards their community service projects, such as scholarships, the Veterans Day parade and much more.

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1357 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 1007 - Honolulu Heidi Tsuneyoshi, President of the Wahiawa Lion Club, said “We are proud to support the Blues Zones Project, helping people make healthier choices in what they eat and becoming more active.” Carolyn Hayashi, Secretary, echoed the sentiment: “We supported the Blue Zones Project from the start, promoting a healthier community for seniors and kids.” For more details about the Blue Zones Project, see page 9.

Jeffrey Alameida, Community Program Manager, Wahiawa (blue shirt) presents Wahiawa Lions Club members with their Blue Zones Project Participating Organization certificate.

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global briefs

Waterborne Drugs

Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

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Inspiring Messages that Surprise

Artistically decorated rocks featuring inspirational messages are turning up in Mobile, Alabama, and along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline as part of The Kindness Rocks Project ( Anyone can paint rocks and “plant” them for someone else to discover. Likewise, everyone is invited to hunt for kindness rocks. Those that find a rock are free to take it, plant it somewhere else or leave it for someone else to find. The grassroots movement was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through the random placement of the rocks in public spaces. The goal is to encourage others to find creative ways to reach out and brighten someone else’s day unexpectedly, whether it’s through kindness rocks, love notes or random acts of generosity.


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All That Glitters Sparkly Microbeads Face Ban

Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

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Obsolete Packaging Grocer Shuns Plastic Trays

The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.


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Women Warriors

Africans Unite to Save Rhinos

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit May 2018


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Co-Parenting or Parallel Parenting? How to Make Family Ties Work

Assuming that most families care about one another and want to have loving relationships, there are two options to consider: Co-Parenting and Parallel Parenting. “Co-parenting describes a parenting situation where the parents are not in a marriage, cohabitation, or romantic relationship with one another,” explains Gaspard. There’s frequent in-person contact and sharing of parental duties in co-parenting, and there must be a respectful relationship between parents to make this arrangement work well. Effective communication is important to maintain positive interactions and to be certain children do not feel torn between parents. “Parallel parenting allows parents to remain disengaged with one another while they remain close to their children. They remain committed to making responsible decisions (such as medical or education), but decide on the logistics of day-to-day parenting separately.” In parallel parenting, there is an almost business-like structure, with little or no personal interaction between parents, perhaps even having an intermediary (like a mediator or counselor) draft in writing any changes that occur in plans, rather than having the parents engage in verbal communication. This form of parenting can also be successful, especially when the parents are not capable of courteous communication or still have unresolved conflicts that make it difficult to be around the ex-partner.

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n Hawai’i, it’s not unusual to find multigenerational family members, as well as extended relatives, living together under one roof. This is due not only to the high cost of living and lack of affordable housing, but also to cultural and ethnic traditions that value family interconnections above all else. Even so, parents today face challenges our predecessors never imagined. Primary among these concerns is taking care of keiki (children), as well as kupuna (elders), while balancing paid work (often two or three jobs to make ends meet) outside of the home. Add to this the additional dynamics of divorce and blended families – where children and step-parents combine to form new families – and contemporary parents are called upon to engage in a heightened level of caregiving, but with far less time available to them. So how can modern-day families make it all work? According to Terry Gaspard in “Studies show that conflict is what creates the most pain and anguish for children after their parents split, and that keeping parental disagreements to a minimum is a key aspect of helping kids become resilient.” Divorce itself is not necessarily harmful to kids; it’s the fighting.

Depending upon the communication styles and level of comfort for each parent, one or the other parenting style could work well. The Co-Parenting Self-Assessment (see sidebar) helps to determine what would work best. Bear in mind that this may change over time, as the children grow, and the family adjusts to the needs of every member in each household. Remember, the main goal of each of these parenting models is to work together, though in different ways, to do what’s best for the family, and to provide love and support to each member of the family, including the caregivers. Lani Kwon, MA, supports people in achieving their highest potentials, specializing in life redesign. She is a transformational life coach and the founder of Creating YOUR Calling® LLC. Lani is a professional keynote speaker and is currently a faculty member at Happiness U, Quantum Institute International and Still and Moving Center. She also co-parents her son with her ex-husband and best friend. For more information, call 808-594-7950, email or visit See ad, page 35.


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• Is communication easy or strained? • Is there agreement on most important decisions, or is there often conflict? • How are disagreements handled? • Are communications fair and equitable or unfair and biased? • Is caregiving and financial support provided equally? If the majority of answers to the above questions is, “We get along fine!”, coparenting would work well. Co-parenting involves: • Keeping the focus on the children and/or other relatives that need care, while also being flexible and making sure neither parent burns out. • Maintaining open and honest, yet polite, communication directly between parents. • Being fair and willing to compromise. • Never placing the children or other relatives in the middle of disagreements. If the above statements indicate: “We can’t get along, no matter how hard we try,” then parallel parenting would work best. In parallel parenting it is important to: • Maintain professional boundaries and perhaps enlist an objective intermediary to help draft plans and agreements. • Maintain a business-like relationship in which caregiving needs are met • Do not share personal details with the other parent or have your children or other relatives do so. • Keep your agreements in writing and make any changes in writing, so miscommunications do not occur. • And never place the children or other relatives in the middle of disagreements.

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As ambitious folks undertake spring cleaning, questions arise about what is and isn’t recyclable, as well as how to do the right thing on an ongoing basis. The world can benefit from our efforts: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that every ton of recycled paper saves the energy equivalent of 322 gallons of gasoline, while a ton of aluminum cans saves 21 barrels of oil. Putting the wrong items into a recycle bin demands extra time and effort at local facilities. We can test our knowledge by taking this short true or false quiz. Please note that local standards may vary, so check for specifics. 1. Both paper and plastic bags are recyclable. 2. All paper in the form of phone books, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper and paperboard, is recyclable. 3. Cardboard pizza boxes can be recycled despite absorption of grease and food residue. 4. Aluminum, steel and tin-plated cans can all go in the recycling bin. 5. Some of these items are recyclable: Styrofoam food containers and cups, used paint cans, sewing needles, non-empty aerosol cans, garden hoses and clothing. 6. Recycling broken glass is the same as intact glass. 7. It’s easy to recycle a broken or outmoded cell phone or laptop computer. 8. It’s vital to recycle office and other paper. See answers on page 37

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It isn’t just retirement expectations that cause problems. Different expectations can plague a relationship at any stage. “Every couple can find their stress points if they begin to understand what they want out of life,” Beverly says. “Even the simple things like a disappointing anniversary or a disagreement over how to spend a bonus check come down to partners having different expectations.”

“It’s useful to work with someone that can help each partner more deeply understand their own expectations and those of the other person.” ~Beverly Craddock

Missing: My Kind Loving Husband Manage Expectations for Happiness by Randy Hampton


ike so many clients, Linda (not her real name) arrived at her appointment with the feeling that she just wasn’t happy anymore. As Linda talked to relationship coach and hypnotist Beverly Craddock, it became clear that Linda’s unhappiness was a side effect of the slow erosion of connectedness in her marriage. “When we got married, he was this amazing, caring, loving man,” Linda said. “And the kids grew up with an amazing dad. But these days, he’s more interested in the news than in us. He couldn’t keep his hands off me when we got married. Now, I rarely even get eye contact from him.” Linda’s complaint was one that Beverly has heard over and over again. “The early stages of a relationship are all about the brain being flooded with feel-good chemicals like dopamine,” Beverly explains. “Love is easy when the chemicals are flowing, but over time, all relationships require the conscious decision to love the other person.” While many marriages survive through the stages of acquiring stability and having children, they become challenged by the transition to retirement and an empty nest. “One of the key problems in long-term marriages is that the couple reaches a point of different expectations,” Beverly says. “The wife is excited to finally have more time to spend with the husband that she missed greatly during the hard-working years of providing for kids. The husband is typically tired of working and is looking toward retirement to spend time on hobbies or personal interests.”


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Beverly recommends that each partner understand their own desires, then they must share them. Often expectations that are shared can be met because the other partner is willing to compromise or do something to make the other person happy. Understanding and sharing expectations can prevent many of the arguments that most couples face. “Working as a relationship coach can be easy at times, because it’s easy to see the problems from outside the relationship,” Beverly explains. “Having a hypnotist’s understanding of the subconscious mind also means we can take the dilemmas a few steps further. We can help clients probe why they have those expectations and how the desires are attempting to help them achieve something good or avoid something bad.” The subconscious mind is tasked with self-protection. From providing immediate reflex responses to managing the automatic functions of the body, the subconscious is constantly protecting. It’s also fueling our expectations as it seeks out joy and attempts to avoid pain. “It’s useful to work with someone that can help each partner more deeply understand their own expectations and those of the other person,” Beverly concludes. “Sometimes a fresh perspective can help both partners rediscover the magic that was present early in the relationship.” When Linda understood her own expectations and where they originated, she was able to communicate more openly with her husband. His actions changed a bit and he became a client. Linda and her husband are now finding the right balance of expectation and exploration that lets them both be more comfortable, happy and fulfilled. When partners feel fulfilled, they are better at naturally meeting the expectations of their relationship, just like they did in the beginning. Beverly Craddock is a master hypnotist and owner of Hawaii Hypnosis Center, and a certified relationship coach at Hawaii Relationship Coaching. Her relationship ebook, The Heart and the Head, is available for free at Randy Hampton is a writer, social scientist, hypnotist and blogger living in Honolulu. See ad, page 40.

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with argon gas between the panes. They also include NEAT glass which makes water sheet off for easy cleaning and maintenance. Service: Diamond Head Windows are installed by a trained staff, not sub-contractors, to ensure the windows look great and last a lifetime. Diamond Head Windows also has a full-service department to provide support for anything from a broken window to an operational issue. Anyone interested in seeing what replacement windows can do for their home should contact Neal "Diamond" Roggenkamp at 808-838-9082. He’ll be happy to visit and take the mystery out of the details about replacement windows, as well as assess the home’s current windows and discuss the best options for replacements that will add value and comfort.

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)

How Gender Effects Oral Health


Dr. Dennis Nagata Weighs In

r. Dennis Nagata, of Landmark Dental Group, wants women to be aware that they face different oral health concerns than men. Women’s health is affected by changes in reproductive hormones that bring about changes in their body, including their mouth. These changes are often overlooked. However, because of the frequency of dental visits, dentists are in a unique position to utilize gender and age-related care to improve oral health. Each phase of a woman’s life presents different levels of hormones. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause all affect how the gums respond to plaque. Some of the ways that the different phases of a woman’s life affects oral health include: Menstruation — Some women find that just prior to their period, their gums swell and bleed. Other women may experience cold or canker sores prior to their period. Hormonal Contraceptives — Birth control, such as the pill, shot, vaginal ring, or hormonal intrauterine device, can raise the levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone which can make gums sensitive, red or swollen. Pregnancy — Gingivitis often occurs during pregnancy, where gums become irritated by dental plaque buildup on the teeth. Prenatal tooth care is important to help avoid red, inflamed and bleeding gums. Menopause — Oral symptoms during menopause can frequently include dry mouth, red or inflamed gums, oral discomfort or pain, burning sensations and altered taste. Osteoporosis — Bone loss in the jaw has been shown to occur when women suffer from osteoporosis. This can lead to tooth loss when the bones that support teeth lose density. There are other aspects of a woman’s oral health that a dentist can provide support for. In addition to overall dental health, Dr. Nagata provides diagnosis and treatment for the following conditions: 22

Dental function relies on the temporomandibular joint. Improper jaw movement because of a bad bite can create inflammation and muscular strain, prompting pain that is referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Women have been shown to be more likely to seek help for symptoms of TMD and orofacial pain. Though doctors are not sure why this is so, studies have drawn a correlation between estrogen and pain in jaw joints. Some people believe it could also be related to the difference in the jaw joint structure between men and women. Dental examination can provide a proper diagnosis. There are exercises and remedies that can include using an oral appliance. New technology, like TEKSCAN which measures forces on the teeth, helps with the diagnosis and adjustment of the bite to balance the forces evenly when biting.

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All snoring is abnormal. It’s caused by obstructed breathing. Though it can start at any age, the incidence of snoring does increase with age. Weight gain and loss of muscle tone can be the reason that aging increases snoring, however, even children are known to snore. Women may start snoring during menopause due to hormonal changes, including decreased progesterone. Snoring can also be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is a serious medical problem. Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) is another form of obstructed breathing, though not as severe as OSA. The causes of both conditions are similar—a naturally narrowed air passage, the position of the tongue during

sleep or collapsing fatty tissues in the throat. With both conditions, sleep is disrupted, and the result is not feeling refreshed in the morning. This can lead to chronic fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness. The major difference between OSA and UARS is OAS involves pauses and decreases in breathing. UARS rarely includes these symptoms, but instead involves difficulty in breathing through the obstructed airway. Also, OSA is often found in overweight individuals and is more likely to affect men. UARS can affect normal weight individuals and men and women equally. A thorough diagnosis is required to determine the best course of treatment which can include a laser treatment called Nightlase or using an oral appliance to help reduce and sometimes eliminate snoring. Anyone looking for a dentist that is aware of all aspects that can affect oral health can contact Dr. Dennis Nagata for a consultation.


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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 24

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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

Resistance to Change

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

It’s a Marathon

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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, includ-


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ing Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL?

One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work.

Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on?

Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey?

It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

How do emotions influence health and healing?

Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin,

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Historical Overview

New Standard of Care

During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when


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in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to

treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at



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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony

after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.”


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ore U.S. landmarks are now highlighting eco-friendly practices, demonstrating that history can be preserved while incorporating sustainability.

Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. 32

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, California A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of power-up lights.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona New buildings are LEED certified and shuttle buses are fueled by compressed

Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring AnheuserBusch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, and Ground Zero Museum, New York City “The area housing the Liberty Bell is limited. We installed our ActivePure technology that reduces 99 percent of surface microorganisms and 90 percent of airborne microorganisms,” says Kevin Hickey, president of Aerus, LLC, in Dallas. “It keeps germs from spreading in crowded situations.”

ActivePure is also in place at the Ground Zero Museum. “The nature of the artifacts often caused itchy eyes and coughs,” Hickey recalls. “We donated freestanding units and saw improved air quality the next day.”

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Statue of Liberty, New York City Cooking oils are repurposed as bio-diesel fuel here, annually diverting an average of 10 tons of waste from landfills. More than 6,000 pounds of coffee grounds from serving visitors and staff are composted. Lady Liberty has been 100 percent carbon neutral for 12 years.

South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Since 2001, the Aquarium has recycled everything from cardboard and paper to wine corks and ink cartridges. Charleston Harbor water fills the saltwater fish tanks, and landscaping using less-thirsty native plants reduces freshwater use. While enjoying visits to America’s landmarks, it’s gratifying to realize so many are adopting eco-friendly measures. Connect with the freelance writer via

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udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to


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include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

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children are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.” Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding.

“It is key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push

to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.” Don’t nag. “We all want children to

develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.”

Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you

correct or redirect a child in front of others, they will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

Maintain good habits. Evenson em-

phasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life.

Be patient with yourself. “No one is

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Time spent with cats is Exercise s beloved and never wasted. Some cats enjoy compatible leashed walks, pre~Sigmund Freud pets, indoor cats senting opportunities provide emotional, to mindfully enjoy nature and make mental and physical benefits. friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity can be tapped Companionship using do-it-yourself treat disLoneliness is never a problem with a cat pensers and toys or inventive around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter games. changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Improved Health Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family TheraTalking to kitty can py, in Newport Beach, California. “Being make a bad day comforted by a cat helps with depression better. A lap cat and isolation.” prompts enforced While at Indiana University timeouts and Bloomington Media School, Jessica excuses to nap. Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate Petting reduces professor at Donald P. Bellisario Coltension and lege of Communications at Pennsylstress. Aimee vania State University, in University Gilbreath, exPark, discovered watching cat videos ecutive director isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more of the Michelson energetic and positive. With some 94 Found Animals million YouTube tales of cat advenFoundation, in Los tures online, there’s no lack of available Angeles, points to a mood boosters. 36

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study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found.

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hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve

your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

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Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says.

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Serious Eats food writer Joshua Bousel uses only six ingredients to make a deliciously easy Grainy Mustard: yellow and brown mustard seeds, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, kosher salt and an optional pinch of brown sugar. Learn how at WholeGrainDijonRecipe.

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Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at

More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at

the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at SeasonalAnd, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar (

Superfood Popcorn Seasoning

Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pint-size jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

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DIY Condiment Recipes THE Green Sauce

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“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.” Yields: about 2 cups

Plant-Based Ranch Dressing “Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water

1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 1 jalapeno pepper 2 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ white onion 1 cup filtered water Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Courtesy of Kim Campbell, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at

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It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks. Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely. Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months. Courtesy of Angela Cooks, who blogs at

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Smoking Cessation Info Night – 5:30-6:30pm. Want to stop smoking, but find yourself struggling to do so? RSVP today to attend an information night to learn more about using hypnosis to overcome the habit. $10 (your guest is free). If you decide to sign up for the program, you’ll save 10% off your session. Only those attending this special event will save. RSVP at least 2 days in advance as seats are limited; first-come, first-serve. Hawaii Hypnosis Center, 765 Amana St #503, Honolulu. For more information and to RSVP, call 808-221-7353 or visit See article, page 20, and ad, page 40.

Living Through Dying –5:30-8:30pm (18 hrs total). Join Laura Miner, CT, Eldercare coach and End-of-Life Midwife, and learn about using death as a teacher for thriving in life. This course is an experiential journey to move you deeply into awareness of your own inevitable death. It will explore ways in which wholeheartedly facing our dying can lead to more fully embracing living. You will be gently led to contemplate your mortality in order to gain more clarity on your true purpose, your priorities, and the part of you that will live on. Through practical, action-oriented practices and exercises, this course will prepare students to openly discuss the topic of death and dying, and help their clients live authentically and deal peacefully with the inevitable. $375 plus tax, includes textbook and materials. Quantum Institute International for Holistic Health, University Plaza, 931 University Ave, Ste 208, Honolulu. To register, call 808-988-4440. For more information, visit QuantumInstituteIntl. org. See ad, page 27.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Blue Zones Purpose Workshop – 10am-noon. Register for this Wahiawa Blue Zones Project meeting to discuss “What’s My Purpose”. It’s been shown that people with purpose live longer, happier and more productive lives. Whatever your role is within your community, begin adding years to your life and life to your years. Check-in starts at 9:30am. Free. Wahiawa Botanical Gardens, 1396 California Ave, Wahiawa. To sign up, or for additional information, contact us at BlueZonesProjectWahaiwa@ See news brief, page 9. World Labrinth Day – 4-7pm. Join Kumu Pohakuola, Stone Whisperer, for a special openhouse event in honor of World Labyrinth Day. Experience the Ho'omana Healing Heart Labyrinth, inspired by the spirit and wise ones of the mountains. $ Love donation appreciated. Waianae. For more information and to obtain the address, call or text 808-551-0900 or visit See ad, page 38.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 – SUNDAY, MAY, 6 Shiatsu –9am-3pm (12 hrs total). Join Joshua Jensen, LMT for Shiatsu, a manipulative therapy developed in Japan. Shiatsu incorporates techniques of anma (Japanese traditional massage), acupressure, stretching and Western massage. This therapy is considered holistic because it treats the whole person instead of a specific medical complaint. All types of acupressure generally focus on the same pressure points and energy pathways, but may differ in terms of massage technique. Students will learn the fundamentals of Shiatsu on different parts of the body in sitting and lying postures, and how to modify the moves from the floor to the massage table. They will also learn proper body mechanics to keep them safe and healthy. $235 plus tax. Quantum Institute International for Holistic Health, University Plaza, 931 University Ave, Ste 208, Honolulu. To register, call 808-988-4440. For more information, visit See ad, page 27.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Momona Mornings – 9-11am. Waimanalo Market Co-op is inviting everyone to their community mornings every second Saturday of the month. Come enjoy the local vendors, foods, crafts, music and more. Free for vendors and public admission. Waimanalo Food Coop, 41-1029 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo. For more information, call 808-6907607, email or visit Talking to Stones Workshop – 2-7pm. Kumu Pohakuola, Stone Whisperer, will facilitate this class, which begins with learning how to listen to the messages of your crystal/stone—the stone selected through spiritual guidance. The class will end with a sunset ceremony blessing of you with your crystal/ stone from class. Small group, so reserve early. $65 ($35 for repeat attendees). Waianae (address provided upon paid registration). For more information or to reserve a spot, call or text 808-551-0900 or visit See ad, page 38

SUNDAY, MAY 13 Mother’s Day Brunch at Waimea Valley – 10am. RSVP for a special Mother’s Day brunch at Waimea Valley. Enjoy a family-style brunch by Ke Nui Kitchen in the Pikake Pavilion with a halau hula performance. Then after brunch, enjoy a stroll through the magical botanical gardens and visit the falls. Free admission to the Valley with brunch reservations. Brunch prices: $52.95 for adults and $26.50 for keiki 4-12 yrs. Waimea Valley Road, Haleiwa. Reservations available at WaimeaValley. net or call 808-638-7766. See news brief, page 8, and ad, page 39.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Learn Self-Hypnosis – 4-5:30pm. Learn how the mind works and how you can gain more control over your life. Learn a mind-body-spirit approach that combines the benefits of meditation with the power of self-hypnosis to help make positive changes in your life. Imagine freeing yourself from the stress, negative programming and painful emotions from the past. Imagine living in the moment and never overreacting again by getting too angry, frustrated or sad. Imagine being able to “program” yourself for success! $125 (includes workbook and 1 followup session with the group). Hawaii Hypnosis Center, 765 Amana St, Ste 503, Honolulu. For more information and to register, call 808-221-7353 or email, or visit See article, page 20, and ad, page 40.

FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, MAY 25 – JUNE 2 Healing with Crystals – Fridays 5:30-9:30pm, Saturdays 9am-3pm. (20hrs) Join Danielle Paulon for this course that delves into the activation of the chakra system with associated quartz stones. Students will gain experience in working with the Laying on of Stones, discussion of The Power Stones, Crystal Healing Therapeutics, stones to release negative energies and practicing Crystal Healing. Each person will be giving and receiving crystal healings, as the foundation of this course is experiential. Students will be taught how to do a full healing session using crystal methodology. $395 plus tax. Quantum Institute International for Holistic Health, University Plaza, 931 University Ave, Ste 208, Honolulu. To register, call 808-988-4440. For more information, visit See ad, page 27.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 Girlfriends! – 3-6pm. Celebrate women empowerment with like-minded women at Girlfriends! a soulful network experience. We’ll do fun and creative activities that allow you to create meaningful relationships authentically in small groups of entrepreneurs and aspiring leaders. Leave inspired to partner and uplift others. Led by Empowering Leaders Gloria Payoyo, Lee Yen Anderson, Caroline Jalayahay and Brandi Kiana-Jo. This month’s event is held at Eating House 1849 Waikiki, 2330 Kalakaua Ave #322, Honolulu. It’s a perfect place to have Girlfriends! as it presents a level of class and creativity in a modern place, serving locallysourced ingredients that support our local farmers and friends. RSVP. $25. For more information, call Brandi Kiana-Jo at 808-393-5527 or visit See news brief, page 8, and ad, page 13.

THURSDAY, MAY 31 Waimea Valley Moon Walk and Dinner Buffet – 8-9pm. During the full moon, go to Waimea Valley after dark to experience it like never before. For this special night, the Proud Peacock restaurant will provide a dinner buffet of fresh, local ingredients by Ke Nui Kitchen. Dinner buffet is from 6pm to 8pm; $34.95 for adults, $17.50 for children 4-12 years old. Buffet price includes admission to the Moon Walk. (Moon Walk admission is $10 if not having dinner.) Walks can start from 8pm to 9pm. You must exit the Valley no later than 10pm. (For your safety and to make your walk enjoyable, please review the FAQ section on our website.) For dates and menu, and to register for dinner, visit See news brief, page 8, and ad, page 39.

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sunday Kundalini Gong Bliss Class – 10:15-11:15am. Join Soraya Faris Applegate, of Soulistic Holistics Hawaii, every Sunday for Kundalini Gong Bliss. Experience this dynamic form of yoga to awaken awareness and stimulate energy flow. Breath, movement, meditation and focus help energize and support the body. Appropriate for all abilities. This class will also be taught with the gong and end with a gong relaxation. $18 (drop-in single class, packages available). Open Space Yoga, Diamond Head Studio, 3106 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu. For more information or to register, visit YogaOpenSpace. com. See ad, page 33. Student Massage – Noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30 and 6pm. Come experience a massage by one of the Quantum Massage School students. $35. Parking validated. Quantum Institute International for Holistic Health, University Plaza, 931 University Ave, Ste 208, Honolulu. Individuals can now book massages, lomilomi, reflexology and Reiki directly on For more information, call 808-988-4440. MAE-3065. See ad, page 27. Yoga Gong Bliss – 6-7:15pm. Yoga Gong Bliss classes with Soraya Faris Applegate. New on the windward side! $10. Aloha Yoga Kula, Aikahi Studio, 38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua. See ad, page 33.

tuesday Student Massage – 10am, 11:30am and 1pm. Come experience a massage by one of the Quantum Massage School students. $35. Parking validated. Quantum Institute International for Holistic Health, University Plaza, 931 University Ave, Ste 208, Honolulu. Individuals can now book massages, lomilomi, reflexology and Reiki directly on For more information, call 808988-4440. MAE-3065. See ad, page 27. Kaʻiwi Scenic Shoreline Cleanup – 4-6pm. Join 808 Cleanups to clean up debris along the beach. Invasive plant and fishing line removal is also tackled as time permits. All cleanup supplies will be provided. Wear sturdy, fully enclosed shoes to protect your feet. Meet in the Kaʻiwi parking lot by 4pm (past Sandy Beach, before Makapu’u Lighthouse). For more information, call Michael Loftin at 808-892-3464. If you haven’t already, please fill out an insurance waiver form before attending this event at



Keiki Day – 9am-5pm. Waimea Valley hosts Keiki Day with free admission for kama`aina keiki 12 years old and younger. Special activities include Hawaiian games, keiki hikes and crafts, music, art and more. 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. For more information, call 808-638-7766 or visit See ad, page 39.

Free Breakfast at Ryoin on Eames – 10am-1:30pm. Join Julia Estrella and the folks at Ryoin on Eames for a free breakfast every Sat. After breakfast, the group will have the opportunity to hear about healthy farming techniques that go beyond organic practices. Learn more about this community outreach group and see how you can participate. Free. 1777 Eames St, Wahiawa. For more information, call 808-852-1892.

Yoga Gong Bliss – 6:45-8pm. Yoga Gong Bliss classes with Soraya Faris Applegate. New on the windward side! $10. Aloha Yoga Kula, Aikahi Studio, 38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua. See ad, page 33.

thursday Tao Healing Session – 9:45-11am. Join Quantum Institute International Director Lucky Thornton for a unique class of movement and energy awareness. Mixing elements of tapping, yoga, and movement meditation, the session energizes, renews and refreshes mind, body, and spirit. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. $7 donation requested. Parking validated. Quantum Institute International for Holistic Health, University Plaza, 931 University Ave, Ste 207, Honolulu. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 808-988-4440. See ad, page 27. Tasty Thursdays – 5-7pm. Sample the items from all departments and see why our products are so special. Whole Foods Kailua, 629 Kailua Rd, Ste 100, Kailua. For more information, call 808-263-6800 or visit

friday Student Massage – 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm. Come experience a massage by one of the Quantum Massage School students. $35. Parking validated. Quantum Institute International for Holistic Health, University Plaza, 931 University Ave, Ste 208, Honolulu. Individuals can now book massages, lomilomi, reflexology and Reiki directly on For more information, call 808-9884440. MAE-3065. See ad, page 27.

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Vegetarian Cooking Class – 4:30-5:30pm, first Tues of the month. Learn how to prepare easy and delicious vegetarian meals. Down to Earth, 201 Hamakua Dr, Kailua. For more information, call 808-262-3838 or visit Down


Waimanalo Hobbit House: Vegetarian Feast, Yoga Philosophy and Kirtan – 4-7pm. Visit this storybook wonderland replete with meticulously landscaped waterfalls, koi ponds, arched bridges, fruit trees and other exotic botanicals. Step inside the amazing Hobbit House and hear a talk on the ancient philosophy of yoga by a Vedic scholar, Narahari; experience kirtan (chanting of holy mantras); and enjoy a celestial vegetarian feast. $10 donation suggested. This gathering is scheduled at least one Sat each month. For dates and more information, call Narahari at 808-225-2425 or email Also visit and click on tabs “Peek Inside” and “Meet Narahari.” Call for specific dates this month. Private tours and meetings available.

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Accountability Consulting Julie Womack 808-228-3573 Juli is a trusted accountability partner that guides people to achieve positive, life-changing results according to their values, helps them cope when overwhelmed and stuck, speaks a language that moves them forward, keeps them focused, recognizes their blind spots, and celebrates their wins along the way. Connect with Juli for a free, one-onone meet up and achieve the results that matter to you! See news brief, page 9, and ad, page 19.


45-696 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe 808-721-3083 Soraya Faris Applegate, licensed acupuncturist and owner of Soulistic Holistics Hawaii, offers a wide range of holistic therapies, including Oriental Medicine and Quantum Biofeedback Therapy. Her treatments focus on the prevention of illness, treating acute and chronic health challenges, and promoting longevity and vitality. Soraya gives each patient personal one-to-one care and is committed to empowering you to reach your health and happiness goals. Call for a consultation. See therapy brief, page 10 and ad, page 33.

BRAIN DIAGNOSIS & HEALING HONOLULU NEUROSCIENCE CLINIC Michael B. Russo, MD Honolulu - 250 Ward Ave, Ste 170 Hilo - 1335 Kalanianaole Ave Kailua-Kona - West Hawaii Community Health Center, 74-5214 Keanalehu Dr 808-294-3332

Dr. Michael Russo is a graduate of Princeton University and Chicago Medical School, with a prestigious military career. He is a neurologist who uses the most sophisticated and technologically advanced neurodiagnostic equipment available to determine a correct diagnosis. He then supports the body’s own ability to heal. He helps people that suffer from a wide

range of brain ailments, including traumatic brain injury and concussions, military PTSD, memory problems, dementia, headaches, seizures, ADHD and sleep disorders. Natural medications, herbal supplements and the power of vitamins are administered where appropriate. Adjunctive pharmaceuticals will only be used when called for. See ads, pages 4 and 31.



Brandi provides holistic health coaching on diet and nutrition, relationships and communication, and career and spirituality. Her methods include intuitive counseling, guided meditation, writing exercises and art therapy. Her coaching is individually tailored to achieve results. Call for a consultation or sign up online. See news brief, page 8 and ad, page 13.


Hawaii Natural Healing Center Honolulu – 1141 Koko Head, Ste 201 Kailua – 970 N Kalaheo, Ste A111 808-421-7753


Dr. Allison Gandre is a licensed Naturopathic Physician who received her doctorate from Bastyr University, an internationally renowned integrative naturo-pathic medical school in Seattle, Washington. She has two locations on Oahu where she treats patients who have a wide range of conditions ranging from allergies and immune dysfunction to hormone imbalance and digestive disorders. Dr. Allison offers complementary cancer care, including high-dose vitamin C IVs according to University of Kansas Hospital protocol. See ad, page 27.

We are bombarded by chemicals that wreak havoc on our lives. Jeani learned that the hard way, facing near death from the toxins she was exposed to. Through prayer, Jeani was given the formula for GreenMaxPro. This amazing organic cleaner will replace all the cleaners you currently have. It can be purchased online, by email or by contacting Jeani for locations and events island wide and mainland. See ad, page 33.


Dr. Timothy Luke 1357 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 1007 Honolulu 808-772-8284

Dr. Timothy Luke offers a unique combination of cutting-edge science, hands-on connection, and a philosophy of natural healing. Hoʻōla Chiropractic specializes in removing nerve interference in the upper part of the neck where the brainstem is located. Natural Awakenings Hawaii readers can schedule a free, initial consultation. See therapy brief, page 12, and ad, page 15.

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DAY SPA - WOMEN’S HEALTH YONI STEAM HONOLULU 619 Kapahulu Ave, Ste 204 Honolulu 808-853-0959

Enter the tranquil setting of your own private linen room and embrace all that is feminine. Yoni Steam provides a hand-blended organic herb mixture, chosen just for you, to create a unique, empowering experience that will purify the core and release energy and emotions that are no longer beneficial. See therapy brief, page 11 and ad, page 17.

DENTISTRY LANDMARK DENTAL GROUP Dr. Dennis Nagata, DDS 1888 Kalakaua Ave, Ste C-311, Honolulu 808-526-0670

Dr. Dennis Nagata, DDS, is a member of the newly formed Landmark Dental Group. They have a brand new dental office featuring the newest technology and easy parking. Free valet parking is available during peak hours. Call for more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation. See ad, page 3.

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Ready to get crystal clear, wake up to your calling, make a bigger impact doing what you love and live out your life’s purpose? Spiritual Solutions’ owner Yoshie Miakoda Chihara, an awardholding medium and certified high-performance coach, will guide you to trust your spiritual guidance, step into your calling, and live a spirit-inspired, purposeful life. Wake up to your calling and release confusion forever. See ad, page 34.



45-696 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe 808-721-3083 Optimize your mind and body with the highest-quality Hemp Oil. Prime My Body nanoenhanced Hemp oil uses a unique pharmaceutical-grade liposomal cannabidiol delivery system. This ensures 97-100% absorption of CBD into your system within minutes. Each measured dose contains 16mg of CBD from European Industrial Hemp, making it the most effective Hemp nutritional supplement available. For more information, to purchase, or to become a customer or an affiliate, please contact Soraya. See ad, page 33.


The Quantum School of Holistic Health offers a robust series of classes designed to teach students a full-range of holistic healing information, tools and skills. See ad, page 27.

HEALTH COACH HEALTHY LIVES NATURALLY Ronda Pitcher Waialua, 808-348-5454 Ronda provides consulting services to help individuals achieve optimal health. Ronda seeks to understand each individual’s lifestyle, family history and test results to create a health profile. She then works with a team of consultants at Life Extension to determine the precise protocol that will best support improved health and wellbeing. See therapy brief, page 10, and ad, page 33.

HAWAII HYPNOSIS CENTER 765 Amana St, Ste 503 808-221-7353

Since 2006, the Hawaii Hypnosis Center has helped thousands of people make positive changes in their lives through personalized one-on-one hypnosis sessions to stop smoking, lose weight, increase confidence, improve sales success and finances, enhance sports performance, and improve overall health and wellbeing by eliminating bad habits, addictions, stress, fears, anxiety and phobias. Call for a free phone consultation. Also available for group presentations and motivational seminars. See article, page 20 and ad, page 40.

LIFE COACH CREATING YOUR CALLING Lani Kwon, MA Honolulu 808-594-7950

Lani Kwon is a Newfield Network Graduate Life Coach, published author and professional keynote speaker. She can help bring clarity to your life goals and provide step-by-step guidance on fulfilling your dreams. See article, page 18 and ad, page 35.


286 N School St, Ste B Honolulu - Inside Mr. Ink Plus 808-526-2465 Mr. Hemp CBD believes in natural treatments using Cannabidiol (CBD). Their vision is to offer quality-infused products that are safe, effective alternatives to painkillers and other toxic drugs for patients looking for a natural remedy. Mr. Hemp’s CBD product line is continuously expanding with overthe-counter products that are carefully selected from distributors that manufacture in a ISO6 Clean Room using all-natural ingredients, and the purest and richest form of Cannabidiol, ensuring their customers the Highest-Quality CBD products on the market. See ad, page 35.


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808-386-2834 Life Coach Roanne Abe is a Strategic Intervention Coach who is devoted to empowering clients to take action each day or week to achieve the life they want. Take the first step toward your goals and sign up for your free clarity session today. See ad, page 33.

NATURAL FOODS ABUNDANT LIFE NATURAL FOODS 292 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo 808-935-7411

Abundant Life Natural Foods, in the heart of Hilo, offers a wide selection of the highestquality natural and organic foods, dietary supplements, natural herbs, and homeopathic remedies.Their kitchen features fresh selections daily. Pick up your copy of Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi while you are there.


66-443 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa 808-637-6729 Great health food store in the heart of Haleiwa that offers organic produce, natural foods, supplements, natural body and personal care, organic bulk foods and bulk herbs, environmentally friendly household products, and more! Pick up a copy of Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi here on North Shore.

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FOODLAND You will find lots of local fresh produce, baked goods and deli selections at your local Foodland. You can pick up a copy of Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi at the courtesy counter at these convenient Foodland locations near you.

59-720 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa 808-638-8081 55-510 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie 808-293-4443 95-221 Kipapa Dr, Mililani 808-623-3974 823 California Ave, Wahiawa 808-621-7411


Parker Ranch Center 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy, Ste F-137 Kamuela 808-885-6775

H e a l t h w a y s II provides the Waimea community with the finest-quality fresh, natural and organic whole foods, nutritional supplements, body care products, and health information. They offer sandwiches, salads and smoothies as well as specials. Ask about kamaʻaina and senior discounts. Pick up a copy of Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi while you are there.


Dr. Kevin Gibson is a licensed Naturopathic Physician, Acupuncturist and Registered Environmental Specialist with 32 years of public health/medical experience. His specialties are cancer care, gastrointestinal illness, cardiovascular disease, sports medicine, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and chronic fatigue. See ad, page 29.


2643 S King St, Honolulu 808-941-1922 Established in 1971, Kokua Market is the first natural foods cooperative in Hawaii and the only one in Honolulu! They have high standards for what they carry, with a focus on fresh, local and organic products. Become a member of their community cooperative and receive additional benefits. However, all are welcome to shop at Kokua Market and enjoy the selections they have. While there, pick up a copy of Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi.


32 Kainehe St, Kailua 808-262-5604 Owners Damian & Karen share 43 years in the natural foods industry. Be sure to stop in and see their store when you are in Kailua. They are a wealth of info and will gladly share it with you. Pick up your copy of Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi while you are there.


41-1029 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo 808-690-7607 The Waimanalo Market Co-op is a community owned non-profit cooperative. Their mission is to provide increased markets for and access to healthy foods and local products to support Waimanalo business and increase community, social, and economic well-being. They currently engage over 80 local farmers and value-added producers, have a cold certified kitchen and receive EBT! Pick up your copy of Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi while you are there.


1150 S King St, Ste 906, Honolulu 808-468-2461 Dr. Mike Quirk, DO, is a family practitioner that specializes in treating pain and other medical conditions. His approach is complementary and holistic, and his work supports mainstream treatments. The focus of his treatment plans includes Osteopathic manipulation, nutrition, herbs and exercise. He specializes in resolving long-term conditions and pain; he has especially good results with back, pelvic, bone and joint pain issues. See ad, page 30.


Hawaii Natural Healing Center Honolulu – 1141 Koko Head, Ste 201 Kailua – 970 N Kalaheo, Ste A111 808-421-7753 Dr. Allison Gandre is a licensed Naturopathic Physician who received her doctorate from Bastyr University, an internationally renowned integrative naturopathic medical school in Seattle, Washington. She has two locations on Oahu where she treats patients that have a wide range of conditions ranging from allergies and immune system dysfunctions to hormonal imbalances and digestive disorders. She has a special emphasis in resolving pain conditions using neural prolotherapy and nutritional protocols. See ad, page 27.

REAL ESTATE AGENT ANGELA POHAKUOLA STUDER Lic # RS-79822 Coldwell Banker, Pacific Properties 808-551-0900

Angela Pohakuola brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate in Hawai’i, and is eager to serve you. She knows the west side of Oahu inside and out and will work with you to find the right home at the right price. If you are selling your home, she is the right person to advertise it, show it to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork, and supervise the closing. See ad, page 35.


1090 Keolu Dr, #110, Kailua 1960 Kapiolani Blvd, #110, Honolulu 808-425-4080 Kailua 808-260-9795 Honolulu Red light therapy is an affordable and non-invasive way to dramatically heal and improve your body. It has been shown to increase blood circulation which helps to reduce inflammation and blood pressure. It has also been shown to drastically reduce body aches and pains by helping to repair the underlying conditions of nerve damage, torn muscles, built up scar tissue or arthritis. Call for your first session and mention Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi. See news brief, page 8, and ad, page 48.

REHABILITATION & PHYSICAL THERAPY ELAM SPORTS OAHU 91-1027 Shangrila Street Building 1867, Kapolei 808-674-9595

Elam Sports' mission is to serve active families in Hawai`i by providing extraordinary care in the areas of Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, Physical Fitness and Wellness and Strength and Conditioning. Their facility is fully equiped and the staff is excellent. See community spotlight, page 7, and ad, page 29.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something. ~Plato May 2018






765 Amana St, Ste 503, Honolulu 808-202-7727

Randy Hampton and Beverly Craddock are the married team behind Hawaii Relationship Coaching and the renowned Hawaii Hypnosis Center. Hawaii Relationship Coaching offers affordable sessions and works with partners separately to avoid the “hesaid, she-said” mediation style of traditional relationship counseling. By applying the concepts outlined in their e-book, The Heart and The Head, they are helping couples rediscover the reasons they got together in the first place. Visit their website for a copy of their e-book. See article, page 20, and ad, page 40.


Neal "Diamond" Roggenkamp 99-1093 Iwaena Street, Bay G - Aiea 808-838-9082 Neal "Diamond" Roggenkamp has 30 years of window experience. He wants everyone to fully understand the options available to them for replacement windows before they make a decision. Contact him for a free consultation. Lic. # C32605. See article, page 21, and ad, page 5.


Michael B. Russo, MD Honolulu - 250 Ward Ave, Ste 170 Hilo - 1335 Kalanianaole Ave Kailua-Kona - West Hawaii Community Health Center, 74-5214 Keanalehu Dr 808-294-3332

Dr. Michael Russo is a graduate of Princeton University and Chicago Medical School, with a prestigious career in the military. He is a neurologist who is an expert in fixing sleep problems. He specializes in the treatment of snoring, memory problems, excess sleepiness, insomnia, nightmares and sleep walking. See ads, pages 4 and 31.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WAIMEA VALLEY 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy Haleʻiwa 808-638-7766 The Waimea Valley is a committed and active partner in the conservation and management of natural resources and provides a sanctuary of human, cultural and natural resources. In addition to being a destination for family outings amid the beautiful North Shore valley, Waimea Valley offers a multitude of volunteer opportunities and cultural events. See news brief, page 8 and ad, page 39.


Yoshie Miakoda, an awardholding, tested and certified medium, helps people find joy and transform their lives through hypnosis, evidential mediumship and spiritual healing. Experience the spiritual journey to renewed happiness. See ad, page 34.


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KOKO MARINA CENTER 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy Honolulu 808-395-4737

Shopping center with boutiques, restaurants, water sports, a movie theater & more. Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi available in several shops.

MCCULLY SHOPPING CENTER 1960 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu 808-955-7377

There are four con-venient, well-stocked locations of the Vitamin Shoppe on Oahu. Stop in and talk with them about what you’re looking for; they will be very helpful. While you’re there, pick up a copy of Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi.

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1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Ste 1305, Honolulu 808-944-3711 4480 Kapolei Pkwy, Unit 601, Kapolei 808-674-9629 98-199 Kamehameha Hwy, Aiea 808-487-6180 46-047 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe 808-235-8705

Conveniently located in the McCully-Moiliili neighborhood between Pumehana and McCully streets, this shopping center has what you are looking for. Pick up your copy of Natural Awakenings Hawaiʻi in the center’s handy outdoor rack.

Daytime Sleepiness May be a Sign of Health Problems Call 808-294-3332 to Learn More!


Hawaiʻi Edition

May 2018



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Red Light Therapy -a MIRACLE sweeping the island! Red Light Therapy is an affordable, non-invasive way to dramatically heal and improve their bodies. Red Light, or the red part of the color spectrum, penetrates 3-4mm under the surface of the skin where it stimulates the body’s natural healing process. The more exposure to red light, the more you stimulate this process, and in turn the more you heal.

Look Younger, Heal Quicker, Relieve Pain &

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“Using Red Light Therapy, we can help eliminate surface blemishes like wrinkles, acne and stretch marks, while relieving internal pains from arthritis, tendonitis and even fibromyalgia,” explains owner, Alysin Hauptner. This NASA-developed technology does not tan your skin at all. Rather, it stimulates your cells to reproduce which reverses many typical effects of aging (and gravity). Located in Kailua and opening soon in McCully Shopping Center, thousands of clients have already experienced the miracle. “Treatments are a relaxing 20 minutes each, affordably priced, and completely pain-free!” notes Alysin. “We are so convinced that you will love Red Light, your first session is on us! Just bring in the coupon below.”

Red Light Kailua Keolu Shopping Center

1090 Keolu Drive #110 *Kailua

(808) 425-4080 (Near Kailua Cinemas)


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1 FREE SESSION Call for Appointment!

New Clients Only ~ Appointment Required ~ Must Show Local ID

Red Light Healing Center McCully Shopping Center

1960 Kapiolani Blvd #110 * Honolulu

(808) 260-9795 (Behind Taco Bell)

Natural Awakenings Hawaii May 2018  
Natural Awakenings Hawaii May 2018