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re you ready to upgrade your relationships to the next level of pure love and cosmic connection? Are you ready to fall in love with yourself? Discover insights into your past lives and akashic records to help you create a new future? Access your divine feminine and divine masculine self? And manifest your next level of living life to the fullest? Then this weekend is for YOU! Join Soraya (Kundalini teacher, acupuncturist, health coach) and Guru Kirin (founder of Kundalini Rising Yoga school and one of Yogi Bhajans life-long students) for a blissful, fun, interactive and transformative weekend. This weekend retreat, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 10-12, will be held at a beautiful private home in Waimanalo, nestled between the beach and the mountains. Weekend workshops include:

Friday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This empowering workshop is for women only. Learn about the eleven Moon Centers on a woman’s body that are responsive to lunar energies and how they affect her everyday life. Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A full day of tantra teachings and experiences for men and women, continuing our understanding of our moon centers; how we can see the divine in all our relationships. Learn how to read your Akashic record and past lives. It’s not about reliving the past, it’s about creating a new future that gives you unlimited access to your creative, expressive, and co-creative self. Saturday 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Enjoy live mantra music concert and kirtan with fabulous musician Laura Christine and guests. Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn how to work out your tantric numerology and reveal your soul, destiny, karma, gift and path numbers to provide insight to your true mission and purpose in this lifetime. The cost for the full weekend is $300.00. For more information and to register, contact Soraya Faris Applegate at 808 721 3083 or email Soraya@Soulistic; or visit Facebook: Kundalini Gong Bliss. See ad, page 15.

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Advanced Technology for Implant Placement Offered by Dr. Dennis Nagata, DDS


here are times when a tooth cannot be repaired and needs to be extracted. Because our mouths are designed to have the full support of all our teeth, a missing tooth poses a threat to the underlying gum and puts the bone at risk of deterioration. With an implant, a small titanium post is positioned in the gum to mimic the root to prevent bone loss. This post also provides the support for a custom-made crown which retains the space of the adjacent teeth. Implants restore form and function like a natural tooth, stabilize the jaw bone and allow for natural chewing. The placement of an implant comes with several challenges since the bone they are placed in is often narrow with critical underlying structures. The implant must also be positioned and angled just right to provide support and to be esthetically and functionally effective. Recent developments in dental technology utilizing Cone-Beam Computed Tomography imaging are greatly improving the placement of implants. Dr. Dennis Nagata, of the Landmark Dental Group, utilizes the x-NAV Implant Surgical System with turn-by-turn guidance along the surgical path. This is similar to the way medical neurosurgery has been done for many years. The x-NAV system uses advanced technology that enables the surgeon to make the most precise adjustments within the surrounding structures with greater accuracy for a better outcome. The optical triangulation tracking utilizes a specialized radiation-free camera to obtain a 3D view of the mouth’s anatomy, including soft tissue and surrounding teeth. This enables the dentist to improve the precision and accuracy of an implant’s position, angle and depth. Implants using the x-NAV system also have smaller incisions which means less pain and faster recovery. Anyone interested in how an implant done with the x-NAV system will benefit them can contact Dr. Dennis Nagata for an evaluation. Location: Waikiki Landmark Building, 1888 Kalakaua Ave., Suite C311, Honolulu. For more information, call 808-946-6326 or visit See ad, page, 3. May 2019


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Is Snoring Making You or a Loved One Crazy? It Can Be a Sign of a More Serious Condition


any adults and children are affected by sleep and breathing issues that include Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). OSA is a potentially serious disorder in which breathing starts and stops repeatedly while sleeping. Loud snoring, waking up with a sore throat, or waking during the night with a choking sensation are common signs of sleep apnea. UARS is a similar disorder, but it causes only a brief awakening that is often undetected by the sleeper. The conditions interfere with getting an appropriate number of hours of sleep to maintain health and affect the amount of oxygen getting to the body and brain. Research consistently indicates that OSA in children is related to cognitive deficits, ADHD, academic achievement, emo8

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tional instability and the autism spectrum. In adults, OSA has been linked to cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and dementia in the elderly, to name just a few. Interestingly, a significant percentage of those diagnosed with OSA never realized they were affected. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that there are approximately 22 million Americans with

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OSA, and 80% of those with moderate to severe OSA are un-diagnosed. According to the February 12, 2019 Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, up to 15% of children have sleep apnea, yet 90% go undiagnosed. Healthcare advocates recommend increased screening for OSA by both dental and medical providers. Signs seen in patients’ mouths and facial development can be early indicators for OSA and other airway disorders. A dentist may detect signs and symptoms of OSA such as clenching and grinding of teeth, narrow dental arches, a tethered tongue and a high palate to name a few. These dental signs may occur years before OSA appears in a routine medical examination. If there is evidence of possible OSA, the dentist should refer the patient to their primary care physician or a sleep physician for testing and diagnosis. There are many connections between medicine and dentistry, yet somehow the close relationship between the two have been obscured in our modern healthcare model. Medical research for many years has concluded that the cause of obstructive sleep apnea is directly related to how the upper and lower jaws have developed. This is where dentistry comes into play. This development is well within the scope of modern dentistry and there are many ways that a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine can help. Doctors Michael B. Russo, MD and Terence Q.L. Young, DDS, have developed a unique practice to help those with sleep disorders. Dr. Young’s practice focusses on the oral airway and jaw development. He examines for signs of OSA then screens his dental patients using a High-Resolution Pulse Oximeter to determine if breathing irregularities are present. If he finds them, he refers the patient to Dr. Russo, a sleep disorder specialist who then orders a sleep study to diagnose obstructive apnea. If the patient has it, Dr. Russo can order a CPAP or an oral mandibular advancement device, or a myofunctional device, or a combination. Dr. Young can make and deliver myofunctional and oral mandibular advancement devices.

Because so few dentists have this training, Dr. Young flies to Hilo and Kona, where Dr. Russo has offices, and sees the patients that need the devices and cannot easily fly to his and Dr. Russo’s offices in Honolulu. So, together they have developed a way of helping patients in rural or underserved areas who would not otherwise have access to these services. Another very important part of their treatment involves the assistance of Myofunctional Therapist Carolinda T. Murphy, MS Certificate in Clinical Competency in Speech Language Pathology, Certified Orofacial Myologist. Myofunctional therapists help to properly train the muscles of the mouth, and improve tongue position, swallowing and nasal breathing. Research out of Stanford University and others have concluded that the severity of a patient’s sleep apnea can be decreased by up to 50% with myofunctional therapy. Dr. Russo’s extensive clinical and research background in neurology and sleep medicine along with Dr. Young’s degree in Respiratory Therapy, (respiratory therapists help to deliver and adjust CPAP machines) as well as his studies in dental sleep medicine, allow them to effectively help patients with their CPAP devices along with fabricating dental devices for those who cannot tolerate CPAP machines. At times, the combination of both devices is used for more severe cases. Ultimately early detection, regardless of age, is of utmost importance. For more information or to schedule appointments, contact Dr. Terence Young, DDS, 1441 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1207, Honolulu at 808-945-9977, or visit AirwayFocused; and Dr. Michael Russo, MD, 250 Ward Avenue, Suite 170, Honolulu, 1335 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo and 81-6623 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI, at 808-2943332, or visit; Carolinda T. Murphy, MS Speech-Language Pathology, 725 Kapiolani Blvd #206, Honolulu, 1001 Kamokila Blvd., Suite 270, Kapolei at 808-596-0099, or visit SpeechSolutions See ads, pages 5 and 19.

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Dim Prospects

Light Bulb Standards Weakened

Higher federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs established two years ago are in the process of being rolled back by the U.S. Department of Energy, part of a move toward widespread deregulation by the current administration. Consumers stand to lose about $100 per household per year in electric bill savings if the higher standards are not implemented, say critics. The wasted energy could result in more power plant pollution, which harms the environment and contributes to health problems like asthma. The plan would also stifle innovation, eliminating a powerful regulatory incentive for manufacturers and retailers to invest in high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

Poisoned Pastures

Nuclear Testing Linked to Radioactive Milk

The hundreds of nuclear bombs detonated on a remote Nevada test site during the Cold War produced radioactive fallout that led indirectly to the deaths of 340,000 to 690,000 Americans, concludes a recent study by economist Keith Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Denmark. Meyers conducted the research for his doctoral dissertation while attending the University of Arizona. By combining National Cancer Institute data measuring the radioactive element Iodine-131 in local cow milk with county-by-county mortality data, he found heightened death rates in the Midwest and Northeast between 1951 and 1973. The finding suggests that airborne radiation contaminated pastures that, in turn, made milk radioactive and led to the human ingestion of slow-acting, but fatal radioactive isotopes. In comparison, an estimated 200,000 to 350,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died directly from the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.

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Miners Becoming Beekeepers

As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of three-fifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and low-income residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia. May 2019



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reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. The manufacturers claim that the small amounts in their products won’t cause any harm. However, when we’re routinely exposed to them, it is impossible to accurately gauge the risks. Here are some of the culprits to be aware of and avoid.

Phthalates – These don’t need to be listed on the label, however

they’re found in many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap and even toilet paper. If the label says “fragrance,” there’s a good chance that phthalates are present. They’re known endocrine disruptors.

Perchloroethylene or PERC – Found in dry-cleaning solu-

tions, spot removers and upholstery cleaners, PERC is a neurotoxin and possible carcinogen according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Triclosan – Found in most dishwashing detergents and antibacterial

hand soaps, this antibacterial agent can promote the growth of drugresistant bacteria. It’s also being studied as a possible carcinogen.

Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or QUATS – Found in


Get the Toxins Out of Your Cleaning Products


ost cleaning products purchased commercially contain toxins that can wreak havoc on our bodies. Jeani Martin, founder of GreenMaxPro, found this out when she was faced with illness brought on by chemical poisoning that made it impossible for her to be around commercially made cleaning products. Her liver and the myelin sheath around her nerves were severely damaged and blood flow to parts of her brain was blocked. She tried all the natural cleaners, and every one had something in it that she reacted to. Through prayer, she was given the recipe for an all-in-one cleaner and disinfectant which she packaged and made available as GreenMaxPro. GreenMaxPro is plant derived from a proprietary formula of kelp, tea tree oil, tumeric, geranium, eucalyptus, grapefruit seed extract and kukui oil. It is made right here in Hawaii and can be used to clean the body, home, plants and animals. It cleans everything—vehicles, boats, kitchens, bathrooms, floors, driveways, mold and mildew. It will remove makeup, calcium deposits and crayon marks. It also stops the itch of bug bites and jelly fish stings. Not only does it clean everything without chemicals, it smells wonderful! Whether a person realizes they have a sensitivity to cleaning chemicals, environmental experts have identified 60 toxic chemicals commonly used in cleaning products. These chemicals have been linked to asthma, cancer,

fabric softener liquids and sheets, and most household cleaners labeled antibacterial, QUATS are an antimicrobial that pose a problem like triclosan. It’s also known to be a skin and lung irritant.

2-Butoxyethanol – Found in window and kitchen multipurpose cleaners, this chemical falls into the category of glycol ethers, which are powerful solvents that are required by law to be listed on a product’s label. They have been found to cause sore throats and can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage. Ammonia – Found in most polishing agents for bathroom fixtures and in glass cleaner, this powerful irritant evaporates quickly and can affect lungs. Chlorine – Found in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners and mildew removers, the fumes and skin contact from chlorine can cause acute and chronic levels of irritation to the lungs and skin and can disrupt thyroid function. Sodium Hydroxide – Also known as lye, this chemical is found in oven cleaners and drain openers. It’s extremely corrosive and can cause severe burns. Inhaling it can create a sore throat that will last for days. The good news is that Jeani’s GreenMaxPro can replace all the chemical cleaning solutions currently being used. Check out her updated, easy-to-use website, It’s full of testimonials from people that have used her all-natural, organic products and achieved improved health and clean, safe, fresh-air homes. GreenMaxPro is available online at You can reach Jeani at PO Box 8811, Honolulu, HI 96830, email her at, or text her at 808-639-1845. See ad, page 15. May 2019


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Dancing Prevents Senior Decline Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with diagnosed hypertension from 32 percent to 46 percent. AmeriHawaiʻi Edition

Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.

Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms

U.S. Heart Disease on the Rise


Fruits and Veggies Boost Moods

can heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA.

Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.

Exercise Improves Young Brains, Too

Selenium and CoQ10 Provide Lasting Benefits

Walking, cycling, climbing stairs and other aerobic activities may improve brain function not only in older people, but also in younger folk, according to a Columbia University study published in Neurology. The study recruited 132 people between 20 and 67 years old that didn’t exercise and had below-average fitness levels. Half stretched and toned four times a week for six months and half exercised aerobically on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine. When they were evaluated for their executive function thinking skills—regulating behavior, paying attention and achieving goals—the aerobics group improved twice as much as the stretching group. “The people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60,” says study author Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.

Swedish seniors that took coenzyme Q10 and selenium during a four-year study were still benefiting 12 years later with a reduced cardiovascular mortality risk of more than 40 percent. In the original study, Linköping University researchers gave 443 independently living seniors over 70 years old either a placebo or 200 milligrams of CoQ10 and 200 milligrams of selenium per day. Those on the supplements showed a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, improved heart function, less hospitalization, more vitality and a better quality of life. Twelve years later, the researchers examined autopsies and death certificates, and found the supplement-takers had a lower risk of death compared to the placebo group, even if they had diabetes, high blood pressure or ischemic heart disease.

Prenatal Yoga Reduces Caesareans and Labor Pain First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer low-weight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.

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Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product returns, but the vast majority serve no future purpose; there’s also a better and safer option than paper. reports the annual waste from receipts in the U.S. totals 686 million pounds, and that skipping receipts would save 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 1 million cars on the road. The problem is getting worse as many retail outlets include special offers and other promotional information on receipts, making them longer and the corresponding amount of paper used greater. The Ecology Center, an educational nonprofit located in San Juan Capistrano, California, estimates that 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS), endocrine disrupters that are used as color developers to help make the receipts more legible. However, the presence of either makes them ineligible for recycling. According to Green America (, BPA that can be “absorbed into our bodies through our hands in mere seconds,” can impact fetal development and “is linked to reproductive impairment, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions and other health concerns.” Employees that regularly handle receipts have 30 percent more BPA or BPS in their bodies. In January, California Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation (AB 161) nicknamed “skip the slip”, which would require retailers to offer digital receipts to customers. If it passes, it will be the first such law in the country.

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Being listed as part of the Endangered Species Act would protect monarch butterflies. In the 1980s, about 4.5 million butterflies spent winters along the California coast. This season’s stay is shaping up to consist of only about 30,000. Fully 99 percent of the species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 are still with us today. To urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give monarch butterflies the proven protection of the Endangered Species Act in June, sign the petition at Tinyurl. com/ProtectTheMonarchs.

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Choose the Spot

A three-foot-by-three-foot plot is an ideal size for a child’s garden, as long as it gets lots of sunshine. If living in an urban area, go with pots of soil in a sunny window.

Get the Right Tools

For young kids with short attention spans, small plastic spades, rakes and hoes might work. But older kids need hardier tools. Get them properly fitted garden gloves, plus sunhats and sunscreen.

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Gardening for Kids The Fun of Growing Their Own by Ronica A. O’Hara


t’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that gardening provides both high- and moderateintensity exercise for kids. It builds good eating habits, too: A British study of 46 9- and 10-year-olds found that they ate 26 percent more vegetables and fruit after growing a school garden, and a University of Florida study of 1,351 college students showed them more likely to eat veggies if they had gardened as children. For the most gratifying results, give kids a sense of ownership. “Let them make the decisions and be in charge of the care of the garden as much as developmentally possible,” advises Sarah Pounders, senior education specialist at, in Burlington, Vermont. 16

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Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilizers containing Roundup—labeled “Keep Out

Help them read and interpret the seed package directions, if necessary, and use a ruler to measure proper spacing. “I always try to have a mix of plants that start from seed and from transplants, so that kids can have both immediate and delayed gratification,” says Pounders.

Water, Weed and Mulch

Show them how to use the watering can or hose properly, usually watering only when the soil is dry to a depth of one inch. They can mix their own non-toxic pesticide out of vinegar and salt, and spread such organic mulches as straw, newspaper, grass clippings and leaves to discourage weeds.

Get Scientific

“They can look at the soil to see all the living creatures in it, which is especially fun through a microscope,” says Dixie Sandborn, an extension specialist at Michigan State University. “They can learn about vermiculture by making a worm bin and feeding the worms their table scraps.” With a ruler, they can measure the growth of various plants and create a chart comparing rates. By taking photos or drawing pictures on a daily or weekly basis, they can compile an album, along with their commentary on weather patterns.

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After picking ripe vegetables, kids can find recipes and prepare snacks or a dish; arrange plucked flowers in vases and take photos; do craft activities with seeds, plants and flowers, like making potpourri or framing dried flowers; or throw a garden-themed party with favors that include herbs or seed packets. “You could have a ‘pa-jam-a’ party. Kids could wear their pajamas, pick berries, and make jam to take home,” suggests Sandborn.

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Vision Quest Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes


by Melinda Hemmelgarn

ne of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plant-based, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common agerelated causes of vision loss. However, two specific nutrients— lutein and zeaxanthin—deserve special attention. These compounds uniquely concentrate in the macula, the centrally located part of the retina responsible for visual acuity, and are most vulnerable to oxidative damage from light exposure. Both are members of the carotenoid family, a large group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found mostly in fruits and vegetables, especially those with dark green, deep yellow, red and orange pigments.


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According to the National Eye Institute and the American Optometric Association, lutein and zeaxanthin help absorb damaging ultraviolet light from the sun, as well as blue light from computer screens, digital devices and LEDs. “Think of lutein as a sort of sunblock,” says Elizabeth Johnson, research associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. Speaking at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last fall, Johnson described the yellow macular pigments— lutein and zeaxanthin—as “internal sunglasses” that protect the eyes’ photoreceptor cells. “Yellow pigment absorbs blue light,” Johnson explains. The greater our macular pigment density, the more protection we have against light damage, and the better our visual function.

As a bonus, macular pigment density also aligns with improved academic performance and cognitive function across our lifespan, reports Naiman Khan, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and director at the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Because lutein is actively transported into breast milk, Johnson suspects the compound is important to infant eye and brain health. Despite solid scientific evidence confirming the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin, there is no official recommended daily allowance. Johnson explains that Americans typically consume less than two milligrams per day, falling short of levels needed to enhance visual and brain function and slow the progression of age-related eye diseases. Her advice: Eat foods that provide between six to 10 milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin each day. Dark green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and collard greens, provide the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, especially when cooked. For example, one cup of cooked kale or spinach delivers more than 20 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, whereas one cup of raw spinach contains just under four milligrams. Johnson explains that cooking breaks down plant cell walls, making the carotenoids more bio-available. Plus, because lutein and zeaxanthin are fat-soluble, lower amounts found in avocadoes (0.4 milligrams in one medium fruit) are better absorbed. Further,

simply adding an avocado or oil-based dressing to raw, dark leafy green salads will increase intestinal absorption. The same is true for egg yolks (0.2 milligrams per large egg). In a study of 33 older adults, published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that consumption of one egg a day for five weeks significantly increased blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin without raising cholesterol levels. According to the National Eye Institute and their Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS), additional nutrients that benefit eye health include vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids.


When it comes to eating for eye health, here’s some more insightful advice:


Eat the “rainbow”. Choose a variety of colorful, organic fruits and vegetables daily; they are rich in eye-protecting carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin C. Whole grains, nuts and seeds provide vitamin E, and fatty, cold-water fish such as sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Vegan sources of omega-3s include walnuts, ground flax, hemp and chia seeds, or microalgae supplements.


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The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness. ~Dr. Kelly Brogan

Self-Care As Bedrock

HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life by Marlaina Donato


o be female is to be life coach and author of Self-care does blessed with an innate Expectation Hangover: Overnot necessarily gift for multitasking, coming Disappointment in have to involve but in our fast-paced, jamWork, Love, and Life. time; it’s a way packed world, daily life for The San Diego-based most women is a juggling act motivational speaker views of being. that can come with a steep self-care to be as vital as edu~Christine Hassler price tag if self-care isn’t on cation. “Women are not taught the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and in high school and college how to take care feeling overwhelmed are all too common. of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so According to the National Alliance on important. I see so many young women Mental Illness, one in eight women experiwith adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating ence depression during their lifetime— disorders. All of that comes down to stress, twice the rate of men. relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in Seasons of a Woman’s Life their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled Each decade poses unique challenges. For underbrush of daily logistics. There can women in their 20s and early 30s, combe a deep longing for identity well into the paring and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accommothers’ generation opened doors, but so pany women 60 and older. By passionately many 20- and 30-something women have and joyously taking care of body and spirit, interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything women of any generation can find renewal. and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler,


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Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our selfesteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”

Benefits of Self-Nourishment

Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more metime, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop peoplepleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shapeshifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Our Emotions As Wellspring

For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s

Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.”

SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES 4 Schedule me-time on the calendar. 4 Unplug from gadgets. 4 Spend lunch breaks in the park. 4 Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. 4 Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. 4 Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. 4 Wear your favorite jewelry. 4 Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. 4 Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. 4 Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. 4 Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. 4 Choose a healthy breakfast. 4 Play, be silly and be a kid again. 4 Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. 4 Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. 4 Abandon perfectionism. 4 Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.

Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”

Thrive With Small Changes

Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule selfcare time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at May 2019


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he 5 million faithful listeners of National Public Radio’s award-winning weekly broadcast Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! know that 20-year host Peter Sagal infuses wit and wisdom into his views of the news and the world. In his new book, The Incomplete Book of Running, he brings his trademark humor to a memoir that posits running as a mode of survival—and hope, persistence, practice and love as vehicles of redemption. Sagal’s collection of deeply personal lessons encompasses the emotional spectrum of running, body image and the special bonding between fellow runners. His exhilarating guide to life suggests we keep moving forward in all ways. He also reflects upon the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he finished moments before two bombs exploded, and explores how running helped him cope with a devastating divorce, depression and more. Sagal is also a playwright, screenwriter and the host of PBS’ Constitution USA with Peter Sagal when he’s not writing about the recreation he took up in mid-life where he found himself “lost, in a dark place” after a personal crisis. He lives near Chicago with his wife, Mara. 22

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After becoming a serious runner at nearly 40, when did you realize running had evolved into something more than a simple mission to get healthy?

I was concerned about my weight, but mainly I was also concerned about getting older. I ran my first marathon in 2005 as an emotional reaction to growing older, and that’s when it all began to change for me. It struck me in a deep way as something I wanted to do better. I’ve rarely experienced the classic “runner’s high”—that endorphin-caused euphoria—although I do believe it exists. Rather, what’s more common is the sense that everything—body, mind—is working in concert, without discomfort, with strength, with ease. To paraphrase a line from Kurt Vonnegut, it’s when “everything is beautiful, and nothing hurts.”

As an advocate of escaping our “digital dystopia” of electronic screens by running outdoors, what’s the benefit you see in unplugging?

I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running. I’m a big fan of evolutionary biology. We evolved in very different circumstances than what we are living in now; to be attentive to the world and not with a screen in front of us. The reason we are up on two legs is so that we can look around and think. We’re supposed to ruminate. We didn’t evolve these extraordinary brains and self-consciousness so we could outsource our thinking. Anybody who has done creative work knows what’s needed to do that is uninterrupted thought.

What can non-runners take away from your book?

Go outside. We weren’t meant to spend so much time in offices. Take the headphones off, move, use your body. Look at little kids in playgrounds—they’re just running around before getting trained into games. We forget that. We spend so much time in our heads reading, watching screens. I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.

Of the many anecdotes you cite about bonding with others through running, which one was the most gratifying? Probably when I ran with William Greer, who I didn’t even know 24 hours before we ran the 2013 Boston Marathon, and by the end of that day we were friends forever because of all we went through together. [Greer is visually impaired and Sagal was his volunteer guide during the race.] We’re still in touch; we sometimes run together. He wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t helping him and I wouldn’t have finished if he wasn’t helping me. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor, in Estero, Florida.




The Mother Our Souls Need Connecting With the Energy That Made Us


ur sport seems mindless only to people who never run long enough for any thought to form other than, ‘When can I stop running?’ But the only way to succeed as a long-distance runner is to do it mindfully, to be aware of the body and the world it is moving through. I think about my motion and my breathing, my muscles and their state of agitation or stress or relaxation. I note my surroundings—the downward slope I would never notice driving this street, the hawk’s nest I would never see for lack of looking up, the figure in a window caught in a solitary moment of their own. I think about the true meaning of distance—about the learning that comes from running a mile in your own shoes. From The Incomplete Book of Running, by Peter Sagal.


by Christiane Northrup

his Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up for assisting us on our souls’ journeys big time—by being willing to take on the role of our mother. And no matter how well they did or didn’t do that job, we have a job, too: to realize that though we might not have had the mother we wanted, we all got the mother our souls needed. What’s more, every single one of us can connect right now with the mother energy that made all of our bodies in the first place—the Earth herself. It has been said that when you lavish your attention on the Earth—on a flower, or a stream or any aspect of nature—that energy loves you right back. In the book series The Ringing Cedars, Anastasia refers to the land you live on and love as, “Love dissolved in

space.” You can feel this when you travel to parks and gardens, farms and yards that have been loved by those who live there. This mothering energy is available to each of us from the Earth and from Mother Nature—no matter what has happened with your biological mother. So here is my prescription for a glorious Mother’s Day. Call your mother—in spirit, if she is no longer in a body—or if speaking with her directly is too painful. Here’s a special prayer: “With my Spirit, I send Divine Love to my mother’s Spirit.” That’s it. Just say this prayer. With your whole heart. And let go of the outcome. Happy Mother’s Day. Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. The full text of this excerpt, reprinted with permission, appears at © Christiane Northrup, Inc. All rights reserved. May 2019


the nervous system is frozen in a state of threat long after the actual threat is gone, all of the body’s activities of healthy regulation are challenged. This affects not only skeletal muscles, but also smooth muscle such as what’s found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sleep problems and teeth grinding can also result.”

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Cellular Memory and CranioSacral Therapy


Bodywork for Trauma and Grief


by Marlaina Donato

assage is often emotional distress, the Like a perfect associated body has one objective: dance partner, a with spa-like get us to safety. Yet, many skilled bodywork pampering, yet it is also an times, the amygdala—the practitioner follows effective therapy for reducpart of the brain that ing physical and emotional the nervous system plays a key role in this pain. Bodywork can lower and helps the client process—becomes hyper blood pressure and reduce alert and falsely perceives access sources stress hormones, which in danger when there is none. of trauma. turn helps to balance blood Trauma becomes hardsugar and boost immunity. wired into the nervous ~Lissa Wheeler A surge of the feel-good system. Pain syndromes neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine and tension are common symptoms. is also a natural perk of rubdowns. No matter what the pattern for handling On the emotional level, massage thertrauma, it takes a lot of work for the body to apy can offer profound benefits for anyone repress emotions, and it will create tension experiencing acute grief or the effects of a in the form of “armoring” to defend against traumatic past. A Swedish study published unwanted feelings. “Trauma is a physiological in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that experience. Body tension that results from bereaved individuals that received 25-minunresolved trauma will not respond to only ute hand and/or foot massages once a week releasing muscle tension,” explains Lissa for eight weeks felt greater comfort and Wheeler, author of Engaging Resilience: Heal were more capable of coping with stress. the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork Practitioners. The Body’s Pain Language Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, When the “fight-or-flight” stress response practice focuses on releasing emotional is activated in the presence of danger or patterns locked in tissue memory. “When 24

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Swedish massage, Thai massage and shiatsu are all ideal treatments for chronic pain, grief and emotional imprints locked within the body’s cellular consciousness. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) offers a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattlebased CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”

Healing Frequencies

Clinical aromatherapy and therapeutic sound can also play a vital role in emotional healing, especially when combined with bodywork. Kelli Passeri,

a massage therapist and owner of Sound and Stone Massage, in Pittsburg, Kansas, utilizes a subwoofer speaker beneath her massage table so clients can feel the vibrations of the music. “I play music recorded in specific frequencies that align with the body and the chakras or energy centers to help rebalance the energy body,” says Passeri, who also uses rose quartz crystals in her hot stone sessions. She relies on aromatherapy blends that promote opening on both physical and emotional levels. Passeri has observed common pain patterns in her clients that often don’t have a physical cause. “The sacrum tends to hold on to lifelong traumatic emotions from childhood, and the shoulders tend to reflect more current emotional blockages and issues,” she says, adding, “I encourage my clients to open up or cry because it’s a healthy thing to do. There’s no need for embarrassment and is totally okay.” Healing on any level might take time, but allowing the body’s stories to be witnessed without judgement is key. “The good news is that when trauma is worked through, the whole body is much more resilient and has a greater capacity to live life fully,” Wheeler says. Marlaina Donato authored Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. Connect at

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Breast Implant Warriors Unite by Linda Sechrist


he U.S. Surgeon General’s warning on cigarettes hasn’t prevented individuals from smoking, nor has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of risks and complications associated with breast implants kept women from undergoing voluntary breast augmentation. Since 1997, the number of saline- and silicone-filled breast implant surgeries has tripled. According to the National Center for Health Research (NCHR), more than 400,000 women and teenagers undergo breast implant surgeries every year, with 75 percent for augmentation of healthy breasts and 25 percent for reconstruction after mastectomies. The marked increase in surgeries implanting these Class III “high risk” medical devices includes many women that undergo procedures to replace old implants that have broken or caused other problems. An estimated 40,000 U.S. women a year have the surgery to remove the implants entirely. These “explants” stem from a variety of issues, from rupture or delayed wound healing to broken implants that have caused breast pain, capsule contracture, spontaneous deflation, breast lesion, infection, wrinkling/ scalloping and necrosis. Another reason for removal is the growing concern about the reported incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a treatable T-cell lymphoma, and breast


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implant illness (BII) associated with both silicone and saline implants. The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency issued a letter to healthcare providers seeking to increase awareness “about an association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture,” and BIAALCL. On the issue of BII and other problems reported by women with implants, the FDA has remained largely silent, suggesting that “studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.” However, the number of women with implants reporting health problems has prompted the FDA to demand that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. The agency sent out letters in March warning of deficiencies in FDA-required research and the possibility that their products could be taken off the market. The move is considered to be a victory for patient activism. HealingBreastImplantIllness has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Nicole Daruda, of Vancouver Island, Canada, says she created the group to support women that visited her website,, where she told her personal BII story that began with

implant surgery in 2005. “I never anticipated an avalanche of women’s stories about the symptoms that I endured before having my explant surgery in 2015.” After hearing from other women, Daruda felt affirmed in her suspicions that implants had caused her fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with thyroid and adrenal glands. “I believe that various doctors pigeonholed my symptoms into the category of autoimmune disorders because few general practitioners are aware of BII.” Diana Hoppe, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN in Encinitas, California, never heard of BII until earlier this year. “Doctors rely on published, evidence-based study results, and while there are none linking connective tissue disorders and breast implants, I suspect that the outcomes of studies conducted by breast implant manufacturers are equally as suspicious as the outcomes of studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.” One longtime BII combatant says, “My body mounted an all-out war, in the form of a foreign body immune response.” She learned about BII from BreastImplantIllness, but is unable to afford the explant surgery that would remove the apparently toxic invaders. NCHR reports that at the time of explant surgery, approximately three out of five women have had implants and their unhealthy symptoms for 10 years or more. After explant surgery, 89 percent of the women report improvement. However, explant surgery is just the first step. Daruda used chelation and the protocols of Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment that activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and supplements. “It took me four years to recuperate,” she says. “It didn’t take that long to know the lesson I wanted to share with other women: Self-love and self-worth are more important than society’s false concepts of beauty. The essence of who we are is not tied to any body part.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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PLANTS TALK Discover Their Secret Language by April Thompson


emit complex profiles hile flowers are We underestimate of odors in the form of known to lean what plants can volatile compounds that toward light, a do because their growing body of research can be picked up by other is demonstrating plants plants, as well as insects. communication is also respond to sounds and Studying sagebrush in the invisible to us. scents—and then herald Sierra Nevada mounthe news to their neighbors. tains, Karban found that ~Heidi Appel Far from being passive life plants under duress emit forms, members of the plant kingdom are chemical cues that trigger nearby plants to adept at interacting with their environincrease their defenses. ments and with each other. These odors vary with the type of “Plants don’t have specialized sense threat and time, working to attract polorgans, but like animals, plants are very linators during the day and fending off encapable of sensing their environment. They emies at night, Schultz says. A plant being perceive cues, weigh different alternatives eaten by an insect may release a chemical and allocate resources in very sophisticated that attracts predatory insects looking for ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive entomology at the University of California advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your at Davis and the author of Plant Sensing enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the and Communication. plant being attacked.” Smells are just part of a plant’s mulBetter Living Through tisensory life, says Heidi Appel, a profesChemistry sor in the Department of Environmental Early evidence of plant communication Sciences at the University of Toledo and was discovered by accident, according to one of Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s Jack Schultz, senior executive director of research with collaborator Rex Cocroft, at research development at the University of the University of Missouri, demonstrates Toledo, in Ohio. “In the 1970s, researchers they’re listening for threats, too. began to notice plants under attack respond Her lab exposed plants from the by increasing defensive chemistry—things mustard family to the sound of a caterpilthat make a plant distasteful or toxic to lar feeding, with control plants in silence predators,” he says. Researchers noticed that or “listening” to a recording of the wind or control plants also seemed to respond to other insects, and found that those vibratheir neighbors being attacked. tions didn’t effect the same defensive-primSince then, Schultz, Karban and other ing response as that of the plant-munching investigators have discovered that plants caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense

organs, so their sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel.

Nature’s Networks

Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with one another below the ground in complex ways. Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of natural balance sheet. Simard discovered these networks had hubs—typically older “mother trees”— that can connect to hundreds of saplings and send them excess carbon that can quadruple their survival rates. Simard also found that trees engage in “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasing their natural defenses in response to damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal networks of fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. Simard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats like climate change and logging may further disrupt these communication networks. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of connection to another life form, we are more likely to take better care of it,” says the researcher. “We underestimate what plants can do because their communication is invisible to us. Yet we also have to be careful about overestimating their abilities. We need an understanding to be driven by science, and not wishful thinking.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact her at April May 2019


calendar of events WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 May Day is Lei Day – 9am-5pm. Waimea Valley will once again host their annual May Day event featuring hula performances, live music and lei making competition. Free. Waimea Valley Road, Haleiwa Learn more at Waimea See ad, page 10.

SATURDAY, MAY 4 – SUNDAY, MAY 5 Body Mind Spirit Expo (BMSE) – Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. Offering over 50 exhibitors and 30 talks and seminars, the BMSE highlights natural health, sustainability and personal growth. $10 weekend entry. Visit for more information. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu. See ad, page 10.

MONDAY, MAY 6 – SATURDAY, MAY 11 Scalar Energy Seminars – Multiple times and dates. Join Tom Paladino, inventor of an instrument that hones scalar energy that can help relieve "incurable” diseases such as herpes, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and many others. Tom is visiting O'ahu to share how it works and offer free sessions for 2 weeks! Come to any of the free seminars at any of the 5 locations. Free. Pupus and refreshments provided. Bring your family and friends to receive free sessions. Seating is limited, register at or call Brandi (808) 393-5527. See ad, page 18.

FRIDAY, MAY 10 – SUNDAY, MAY 12 White Tantra Weekend. Join Soraya Faris Applegate and Guru Kirin Khalsa to take your relationships to the next level of pure love and cosmic connection. This weekend retreat will be held at a beautiful private home in Waimanalo, nestled between the beach and the mountains. The cost for the full weekend is $300.00. Friday 6:30pm – 8:30pm. – For women only. Learn about eleven Moon Centers on a woman’s body and how they affect her daily life. Saturday 10:30am – 5:00pm. – Learn how to read the Akashic field of records, discover your past lives in order to help re-create a new future. Yoga, meditation, astrology. Saturday 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Mantra Magic concert. Enjoy live mantra music and kirtan with musicians and yoga teacher Laura Christine and guests. Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Learn how to work out tantric numerology and reveal your soul, destiny, karma, gift and path numbers to provide insight to your true path. For more information and to register, contact Soraya Faris Applegate at 808-721-3083, email, or visit Facebook: Kundalini Gong Bliss. See news brief, page 7, and ad, page 15.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11 Waimea Valley Moon Walk and Dinner – 8-9pm. Waimea Valley’s Moon Walk is back. During the full moon, come down to Waimea Valley after dark to experience it like never before. For this special night, the Proud Peacock restaurant will provide dinner. 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 menu and cost, and to register for dinner, visit See ad, page 10.

SUNDAY, MAY 12 Mother’s Day Brunch – Seating 1 is at 8:30am, Seating 2 is at 11:30am. For a special treat for Mom this year, bring her to Waimea Valley for a scrumptious buffet brunch, hula and music. Brunch provided by Ke Nui Kitchen in the Pikake Pavilion. Same day admission to park included. Waimea Valley Road, Haleiwa. For more information or to make reservations, visit or call 808-638-7766. See ad, page 8.

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tuesday 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


thursday Haleiwa Farmers Market – 2-6pm. Every Thursday, Waimea Valley hosts the Haleiwa Farmer’s Market the Pikake Pavilion. Come and enjoy the selection of local food, produce, crafts on display, and a beer and wine bar. Parking is free! 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. See ad, page 10.

saturday 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. Doctor Health – Radio’s Original Health News Magazine, KHNR AM 690 – 9-11am live (9-11pm re-broadcast). Join host David Snow to hear the latest on medicine, fitness, nutrition and wellness from national medical experts, best-selling authors and Hollywood health celebrities; plus hear from local guest experts on ways to keep healthy! For more information, call 808-875-1115 or visit See ad, page 25.

sunday Kundalini Gong Bliss –10:15-11:30am. Join Soraya Faris Applegate of Soulistic Holistics Hawaii, every Sunday morning for Kundalini Yoga with Gong sound healing. Kundalini Yoga is designed to awaken your spirit, balance your chakras and endocrine system, and stimulate creative life force within the body. Classes include movement, meditation, chanting and gong. Classes are suitable for all abilities. $18 (drop-in, single class, packages available). Open Space Yoga, Diamond Head Studio, 3106 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu. For more information or to register, visit For free weekly classes check out Soraya's YouTube Channel Kundalini Bliss 808. See ad, page 15.

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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 10. Kundalini Yoga with Live Music – 6:45-8pm. Join Soraya Faris Applegate and Laura Christine for this blissful Wednesday evening yoga class. Kundalini Yoga is designed to awaken your spirit, balance your chakras and endocrine system, and stimulate creative life force within the body. Classes include movement, meditation, chanting and gong. Classes are suitable for all abilities. $10 (cash at door). Aloha Yoga Studio, 38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua. For more information, visit For free weekly classes check out Soraya's YouTube Channel Kundalini Bliss 808. See ad, page 15.

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Soraya Faris Applegate, L.Ac 45-696 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe 808-721-3083 YouTube: Soraya Applegate YouTube: Kundalini Bliss 808 Soraya Faris Applegate, licensed acupuncturist and owner of Kaneohe health clinic ‘Soulistic Holistics Hawaii’, offers a wide range of therapies and treatments, including acupuncture, cupping, herbal medicines and supplements. Soraya also offers the highest quality CBD products containing the purest, bio-available Hemp/CBD oils and ointments. Soraya teaches yoga and sound healing and incorporates these into her treatments where appropriate. She gives each patient personal one-to-one care and is committed to helping you achieve your health and happiness goals. Soraya's clinic is in the beautiful Kaneohe Ko'oalu mountain setting. Call Soraya for a consultation and get ready to ur best! See news brief, page 7, and ad, page 15.


Luis Meza Cuadra and Liubov Ayloyan 1330 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu 808-208-7167 for wholesale inquires Palo Santo is a holy wood from South America that can be made into jewelry, burned as incense and used as an essential oil. Aloha Palo Santo acquires the Palo Santo hand crafted products from artisans in Peru. Palo Santo provides many benefits including stress relief, energetic cleansing and healing, pain relief and more. See ad, page 14.

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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. Initial consultation fee applied to services. Call for more information or to schedule a consultation. See therapy brief, page 7, and ad, page 3.


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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 13.


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