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Magazines engage and inspire their readers. A report from the Henley Centre shows that magazines play several different roles in engaging readers. • As a trusted friend • As a bridge to interaction and participation in comunities of interest • As a spur to inspiration • Guidance and life management Magazines open your mind a little bit more than other media, because you're thinking about the ideas – and if you find an article really interesting, you'll ask yourself questions while reading it.


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Magazines advertising gets consumers to act. Two separate sources show that more than half (56%) act on magazine ads. In adddition, action taking has increased and advertising recall has grown. Actions taken based on readers' recall of specific ads is also strong according to Affinity's VISTA Print Effectiveness Rating Service. Two separate sources show that more than 50% of readers recall magazine ads and nearly 60% of those consumers act on the ads. Magazines advertising is considered valuable content. Starcom found that when readers were asked to pull 10 pages that best demonstrate the essence of their favorite magazines, three out of 10 of the pages pulled were ads. Its findings reinforced the Northwestern University Magazine Reader Exerience Study's results, in which advertis advertising–related experiences increased magazine usage. Magazines spur web traffic and search. BIGresearch findings show that magazines lead other media in influencing consumers to start a search for merchandise online, ranking at or near the top by gender as well as across all age groups. In addition, magazine ads boost web trafffic, and magazine readers are more likely than nonreaders to buy online. Magazines excel in driving web searches across various demographics and perform best overall at influencing consumers to start a search for merchandise online – ahead of online media and word of mouth. What's more, magazines are the only medium to fall within the top three media across all age groups and both genders.




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ctober is a time when people dress up in elaborate and creative costumes to celebrate Halloween. Hawaii, especially Honolulu, is a mecca for parties and galas where people can be whoever they choose to be. Well, striving to be different is at the root of this month’s Game Changer edition. People that are game changers help people and organizations change behaviors to meet objectives and reach goals. Children go through phases of deciding what they want to be when they grow up. There reaches a point for many people when looking forward to becoming something different ends and they become stuck in who they are. We propose that you use this month to examine old habits and search inside to identify your passion. Seek help to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way and become who you truly want to be. The articles in this month’s edition are steeped in suggestions and tips for getting past obstacles. Lani Kwon’s article on “Maintaining Hope in Difficult Times” speaks directly to being hopeful in the current climate that we’re all facing. Time 4 Change has provided a set of recommendations for over coming the fear of stepping out of our comfort zones and embracing change. Randy Hampton brings us an article about the “Game Changing Secrets to Relationships.” We also highlight several local organizations that are making a difference in our local communities in “Supporting Change for the Better.” This month’s edition also has two community spotlights: Sacred Cycle empowers women through divine feminine products and practices, and Harmony to Health offers support for individuals and organizations looking to detoxify their bodies and their environments. “Conscious Eating” talks about how people are choosing to eat less meat — a timely article as the third annual VegFest is coming to Frank Fasi Civic Grounds, Honolulu, on October 13. Check out all the activities in October. There’s sure to be several you’ll want to attend. Please enjoy these and the rest of the October edition. With our heartfelt gratitude,

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Sacred Cycle Empowering Women through Divine Feminine


lila Grace, who created Sacred Cycle, wants to inspire women to love and cherish their bodies. Her goal is to promote a sacred awareness of the divine feminine by bridging the physical and spiritual. She is deeply rooted in ancient tantric teachings and is a passionate teacher of womb consciousness and women’s holistic wellness. Alila traveled in third world countries and felt a pressing need for alternative menstrual options for both travelers and locals. The experiences provided the inspiration for the creation of the Mahina Cup, which provides an empowering solution for women all over the world. Through her online store based on Big Island, Hawaii, she offers a variety of pelvic, yoni and womb-care products. She is constantly integrating, creating and re-inventing her offerings. Her products are also available in retail locations as stores discover the vast appeal and demand for these items. Some examples of her products are:

n Mahina Cup – A chemical-free, reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits snuggly in the vaginal canal. It’s produced from the highest quality, health-grade, Class VI silicone. It offers 12 hours of leak-free protection, is safe to use, easy to clean and enjoyable to wear.

n Jade Yoni Egg – 100% natural and genuine nephrite Canadian jade, it’s an amazing tool for ancient practices of healing womb trauma, toning the pelvic floor, awakening dormant energies, increasing fertility and expanding orgasmic potential. n Moon Lodge Balm – Created in the Spirit of the Moon Lodge, it’s handcrafted in small batches with love and intention. n Yoni Priestess Steam Seat – Hand made and blessed on Big Island, these seats are comfortable, travel-friendly and a potent way to incorporate home yoni steam treatments into self-care practices. They’re crafted with an all-natural stain and sealed with an organic bees-wax finish. n Yoni Priestess Herbs – Three different and unique blends of yoni steaming herbs, all are wild-crafted and 100% organic. n Pink Lady Yoni Blush – This powder is ideal for keeping dry, clean, rosy and comfortable, and shielding from excess moisture, bacteria and yeast build up. n CBD Love Oil – This full-spectrum, full-plant, Hawaii homegrown CBD (low THC) love oil is a natural cure-all medicine. Sacred Cycle products will be available at the Oahu Holistic and Metaphysical (OHM) Expo, October 20‒21, at the Neil Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, in the Natural Awakenings Hawaii booth (#103). For more information and to order products, visit or email Alila@ See ad, page 35. October 2018


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Harmony to Health

bolic needs and lifestyle. A one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition doesn’t work, so she creates a custom plan for an individual based on their specific health concerns, lifestyle and current eating habits. New, healthier food choices are substituted for less healthy ones for a program that can be successfully implemented and sustained. Special attention is paid to making sure that proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals are balanced for optimum health. People that will benefit from Kathleen’s support are individuals that: n Have difficulty managing sugar levels, blood pressure or weight n Are tired all the time or suffer from aches and pains n Want to learn how to attain the right balance of nutrients n Are looking to eat a more vegetarian/vegan diet but aren’t sure how.

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armony to Health, and its sister company Sunshine Green Cleaning, were created by Kathleen Buck out of passion for healthy living. This passion started while she was very young, and continued when she moved to Sweden, which is renowned for its holistic approach to life, and comprehensive and universal access to education and medical care. As a teen, Kathleen visited Rodale Farm, which is the heart of Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania and the home of Prevention magazine. This visit was during the early ‘70s when Rodale Institute was pioneering many of the foundational natural nutritional standards. The impression that this visit made on Kathleen began her on a vigilant pursuit of healing naturally through nutrition. She firmly understood that “Health is Wealth." Seeking to learn everything she could about nutrition, she graduated from University of Gothenburg, Sweden with a degree in Food Science. Her strong knowledge of nutritional practices was used in earnest while raising her five children and maintaining her own health on a pure, clean diet. Her home in the Kahala area of Honolulu is a stunning example of living pure, from the vast array of fruits, vegetables and herbs growing in her yard, to the juicer in the kitchen and the clean aroma of all-organic cleaning products used to keep her home healthy.

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A key component to health is the environment we live in. Kathleen’s experience through her holistic cleaning company, Sunshine Green Cleaning, has given her unique qualifications for helping people learn how to create healthy environments using safe, biodegradable products. She works with property management firms that want to transform their units from toxin ridden, allergyinducing places to allergy-resistant sanctuaries. She has a comprehensive checklist that identifies trouble points and recommends alternatives. This checklist can be used to certify and maintain a space as Allergen Friendly and free of toxins. The transformation made possible by this process improves efficiency, removes allergen-inducing elements and introduces elegant simplicity. The Allergen Friendly distinction will also attract the discerning clientele seeking healthier work and living spaces. Kathleen offers this consulting and training service to:

n Property managers n Cleaning crews n Hotels n Bed and breakfasts n Offices n Rental units n Spas, yoga studios and clinics Kathleen also provides periodic public workshops featuring nutritional and environmental recommendations and training. Anyone interested in learning more about the healthy living services Harmony to Health offers can contact Kathleen for more information. Location: Kahala, Honolulu. To learn more about Harmony to Health or to schedule a consultation, call 808218-3182, email Harmony2Health@; also visit on Facebook by searching Harmony to Health. See ad, page 27. Karen Charron is a freelance writer living on Oahu and a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Hawai`i.

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egFest Oahu is a celebration of island-style, plant-based, sustainable living held Saturday, October 13, 2018, from noon to 5:30 p.m., at the Frank Fasi Civic Grounds near the SkyGate sculpture in downtown Honolulu. Admission is free. The first Oahu festival was launched in 2016 as a grassroots effort organized by an allvolunteer team and sponsored by a coalition of organizations that support a healthier Hawaii. VegFest Oahu strives to showcase green, sustainable living and minimize waste by requiring vendors to refrain from using single-use plastic packaging, requiring food vendors to use 100% compostable food containers for on-site dining, avoiding all sales of water in plastic bottles, offering instead a free, filtered-water station. Read more about these initiatives on the VegFest Blog at the festival website The festival brings together more than 50 booths offering education, food and entertainment, and was attended by 5,000 people last year. Activities include plant-based cooking demonstrations by expert chefs; speakers on health and environmental topics; a mouthwatering variety of vegan vendors offering ethnic dishes, local favorites and comfort foods; yoga and dance classes; lots of free product sampling; and continuous live music. You don’t need to be a vegetarian or vegan to attend! In fact, a recent survey by The NPD Group said that 86% of people who buy food items made without animal products do not consider themselves to be vegetarian or vegan. Recent statistics show that the level of interest in plant-based foods remains strong. Nielsen data shows that nearly 40% of Americans are actively trying to eat more plantbased foods. Baum+Whiteman report that 58% of adults choose to drink non-dairy milk instead of dairy milk and that Walmart is pleading with suppliers to ramp up plant-based product development. HealthFocus published data that 60% of U.S. consumers report to be cutting back on meat-based products. The lead sponsor for VegFest Oahu 2018 is Down to Earth Organic & Natural. Additional Sponsors are Kaiser Permanente, Sustain Hawaii, SKY Kombucha, Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, The Naughty Vegan Studio/Good Vibes Center, Vegans Rock Apparel, ‘Ekahi Health, Pono Home and Hoku Coffee. Location: Frank Fasi Civic Grounds, 558 S. King Street, Honolulu. For more information, visit See ad, page 29.

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ead over to the Neil S. Blaisdell Center on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., for the Oahu Holistic and Metaphysical (OHM) Expo. This expo will be full of workshops, exhibits, vendors and more. It’s sure to be a full mind and body immersion with sound healing, crystals, health practitioners and mystical merchandise. There will also be opportunities for getting readings to shed light on past, current or future endeavors. Admission is $10 and gets you into the Expo both days. Children 10 and under are Free! Most of the workshops are included in the price of admission. Tickets will be available at the Blaisdell Box Office on the day of the event starting at 9:45 a.m. Location: 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. For more information or to reserve a booth, visit See ad, page 37.

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atural Awakenings Hawaii has invited four of our supporters to share our booth at the OHM Expo on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Natural Awakenings booth is right at the entrance to the Expo (Booth 103), so be sure to stop in and meet these fun and informative folks. Aloha Palo Santo: Featuring the mystical wood of the Incas, Aloha Palo Santo has many palo santo wood products that can be used for spiritual purifying, energy cleansing and healing. They will also host a workshop on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. Green Max Pro: This amazing cleaner is all organic and natural and can replace every cleaning product in your home. Jeani Martin came up with a special blend of kelp, tea tree, turmeric, geranium, eucalyptus, grapefruit seed extract and kukui oil, and it works miracles in cleaning everything. Hidden Oahu – Talking to Stones: Kahu Angela Pohakuola will have several of her channeled crystal amulets to share. These beautiful pieces each have a story to tell for their predestined owner. Angela Pohakuola at the Spring 2018 OHM Expo Sacred Cycle: Alila Grace of the Big Island created Sacred Cycle out of her deep roots in the sacred feminine and ancient tantric teachings. Her products will be available for women to explore and learn about. You can read more about Sacred Cycle in the Community Spotlight article on page 7. Location: Neil S. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. For more information about the Expo, visit See ad, page 37. October 2018


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Natural Vitamin E Lowers Heart Risks Tocotrienols are a natural form of vitamin E found in a number of foods, including wheat, barley, corn, rice and palm fruit. A recent meta-review of clinical research finds that tocotrienols can decrease heartrelated health risks in seniors such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Music Reduces Need for Post-Surgery Opioids Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids and other painkillers after invasive surgery. The researchers tested 161 patients; 49 in the music group and 112 in a control group. After their surgery, both groups were offered painkillers intravenously at doses requested by the patient. Of those engaged in music therapy, 86 percent avoided the painkillers, compared to only 26 percent of the control group.

Knitting Releases the Blues Knitting can alleviate the blues, slow the onset of dementia and distract from chronic pain, according to a survey published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Eighty-one percent of respondents described feeling happier after a session of needlework. In another study, researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital found that the act of knitting lowers heart rates by an average of 11 beats per minute, eliciting a state of relaxation similar to that of yoga. A Mayo Clinic study found that crafts like knitting and crocheting also reduce the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment by 28 percent. In a University of British Columbia study, 74 percent of 38 women with the eating disorder anorexia reported that it lessened the intensity of their fears and thoughts and cleared their minds of eating disorder preoccupations. In a survey of 1,000 members of the British group Knit for Peace, one in five respondents reported that knitting reduced their arthritic pain.


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Music Lessons Make Kids Smarter Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities, including language-based reasoning, short-term memory and planning, while reducing inhibition, leading to improved academic performance, report researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In the study, 147 Dutch 6-year-olds were divided into music, visual arts and control groups, and monitored for two-and-a-half years. The children in the music group sang, listened to music and played an instrument of their choice one to two hours a week during regular classroom time. Compared to the control group, they demonstrated improved verbal IQ and reasoning skills, and a greater ability to plan, organize and complete tasks, as well as improved academic achievement. Children given structured visual arts lessons showed improvements in visual and spatial memory compared to the control group.

Acupuncture Soothes Dental Anxiety Dental anxiety, which can produce dizziness, nausea and breathing difficulties in 4 to 30 percent of patients worldwide, may be relieved by acupuncture, according to research from the University of York, in the UK. Analyzing six studies of 800 patients, researchers found that acupuncture reduced anxiety by an average of eight points on an 80-point scale, a level considered clinically significant.

Vitamin D Supplements Ease Irritable Bowels Oncology researchers from the University of Sheffield, in the UK, report that people with irritable bowel syndrome tend to be low in vitamin D. In a review of research, they found that supplemental vitamin D tends to ease associated symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps and constipation, and improve quality of life.

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Calorie Restriction Slows Aging Thirty-seven healthy, non-obese adults between 21 and 50 years old put on a calorie restriction diet for two years showed reduced systemic oxidative stress, indicating greater protection against age-related neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as cancer and diabetes. Participants in this research, conducted by Pennington Biomedical Research, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, cut their calories by 15 percent and lost an average of 20 pounds without experiencing anemia, excessive bone loss or menstrual disorders. Their metabolism also slowed, indicating that they burned energy more efficiently, a factor that may be linked to longevity. October 2018


global briefs

Food Finder

Software Tracks Farm to Fork Supply Chain

Serious concerns have surfaced about food transparency, and people are asking questions. Documentaries like Rotten urge consumers to think twice about the origins and ingredients of their food, but answers are not always readily available. In addition to environmental concerns like long-distance transportation, people are worried about food recalls and safety. FoodLogiQ’s software solution creates “farm to fork traceability”, welcoming companies across the industry to participate, with approximately 7,000 having registered so far in some 100 countries—including Whole Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Carl’s Jr., Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Panda Restaurant Group. Information provides useful details such as where the food was harvested, whether pesticides were used, where the food traveled and how it was processed. FoodLogiQ Chief Marketing Officer Katy Jones suggests this is an important moment of change in the food industry, saying, “Food companies are embracing global standards to increase efficiencies and build a foundation for traceability and supply chain visibility.”

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Creating Food from Carbon Dioxide

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to hit 10 billion, and food production will need to increase by 70 percent. Traditional farming won’t be able to keep up. Lisa Dyson, who holds three degrees in physics, including a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, knows the reason: ubiquitous carbon dioxide. This byproduct of burning fossil fuels is a known culprit in the pace of climate change. Dyson is revolutionizing the way protein is made. Several years ago, she and colleague John Reed came across NASA reports from the 1960s and ’70s that discussed using microbes to recycle carbon dioxide aboard spacecraft. “We were fascinated by their research. We wondered if we could develop a similar technology that would enable us to recycle carbon dioxide into valuable products here on Earth,” Dyson says. Their startup, Kiverdi, uses microbes to transform carbon into bio-based products in special bio-reactors similar to the giant urns used to brew beer. This year, they’re commercializing a new process to transform CO2 into protein powder. The end product, Planet+Protein, is packed with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. 14

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Ivory Outlawed

UK Banning Both Legal and Illegal Trade

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is in the process of implementing a neartotal ivory ban. It can’t happen soon enough because elephant populations continue to dramatically decline. As recognized by the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species last September, “Countries with domestic ivory markets that contribute to elephant poaching or the illegal ivory trade should take all necessary legislative, regulatory and enforcement measures to close such markets as a matter of urgency.” Any legal ivory market leads to a parallel illegal market because ivory from recently killed elephants can be made to look like old ivory, which is legal in many countries, through processes like chipping, staining and cracking. The UK has long played a role in the international ivory trade. During the colonial era, more than a million elephants were killed to feed British demand for everything from ivory ornaments and piano keys to billiard balls and cutlery. Much of that material remains in the UK today, fueling the market. Trade data indicates that the UK is still the world’s largest exporter of legal ivory, most of which goes to Asian destinations like China and Hong Kong.

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Plastic Bag Deterrents Working in European Waters A new study shows that there are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor since a number of European countries introduced fees on them, according to a 25-year study from the UK government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).

Turtle Turnaround

Hatchlings Return to Mumbai Beach After 20 Years

At Versova Beach, in the Indian coastal city of Mumbai, local volunteers have stepped up to finally clean up a shore covered in ankledeep trash and waste. The United Nations described the transformation as the world’s largest beach cleanup project ever, and the work has been rewarded with serious environmental progress. For the first time in 20 years, Olive Ridley sea turtles have hatched at Versova. The turtle is currently classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of environmental pollution. They’re the smallest and most common sea turtle, but all species are threatened by human encroachment and pollution. Lawyer and conservationist Afroz Shah says, “I had tears in my eyes when I saw them walking towards the ocean.” Local ecologists say it’s possible the Olive Ridley turtles have been nesting on the beach without anyone noticing, but capturing this momentous occasion is a huge boon to the volunteers, which have encountered some resistance via harassment and bureaucracy.

Researchers saw an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland. “It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, non-government organizations or government, to reduce plastic bags are having an effect,” says Thomas Maes, a marine litter scientist at CEFAS. “We also observed sharp declines in the percentage of plastic bags captured by fishing nets trawling the seafloor around the UK compared to 2010, and this research suggests that by working together, we can reduce, reuse and recycle to tackle the marine litter problem.”

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Last Straw

Groups Work to Make U.S. Go Strawless

What Did You Do Once You Knew? by Drew Dellinger It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great-great grandchildren won’t let me sleep my great-great grandchildren ask me in dreams What did you do while the planet was plundered? What did you do when the Earth was unraveling? Surely you did something when the seasons started failing? As the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying? Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen? What did you do once you knew? Excerpted from Love Letter to the Milky Way, by Drew Dellinger. White Cloud Press, 2011. Reprinted with permission. 16

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About 500 million plastic straws are discarded daily in America, reports the U.S. National Park Service. Plastic that reaches waterways is ingested by marine life and our food chain. Individuals and municipalities are taking action to support options, including going strawless. n The Last Plastic Straw (, a project of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, has a worldwide map locator that pinpoints restaurants that have ceased using plastic straws. n Milo Cress, who launched the Be Straw Free ( campaign in 2011 when he was 9, is again speaking to school students this fall, primarily via Skype. “It’s exciting to inspire them to know that they can do something in their community,” says the senior high school student in Shelburne, Vermont. n, a Southern California volunteer-driven organization, offers kits that include bamboo straws, carrying holders and cleaning brushes. n McDonald’s has announced it will transition from plastic to paper straws in its U.S., UK and Ireland restaurants beginning this year, and subsequently expand the switch to other countries. n In May, New York City lawmakers introduced a bill banning plastic straws in all bars and restaurants in the Big Apple, and Seattle has banned the use of single-use plastic straws, thanks to the Strawless in Seattle movement. EcoCycle, Inc. ( and the Inland Ocean Coalition, both in Boulder, Colorado, are asking restaurants citywide not to use them. In July, Starbucks announced plans to eliminate straw use globally by 2020. n offers straw alternatives made of paper by Aardvark, steel and silicone by Klean Kanteen, metal by Steelys Drinkware and bamboo by StrawFree. n suggests, “Unlike metal or glass, soft and bendable silicone straws don’t clink your teeth, making them ideal for kids and straw-biters” and that such products made by Softy Straws work with hot drinks and withstand dishwashers. It also recommends wheat stems, corn bioplastic and bucatini pasta, a spaghetti-like noodle with a hole in the middle.

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DONNA KARAN on Fashioning Healthful Change by April Thompson


s a style icon, humanitarian and pioneer of conscious consumerism, Donna Karan has elevated fashion to a platform for change throughout her career, using her celebrity status to raise funds for AIDS research in the 1990s and more recently venturing into alternative health care. Karan’s first collection under her signature label DKNY, which debuted in 1985, aimed to dress women in comfortable, professional clothes that embraced and flattered the female form. The brand was built on women’s strengths, rather than insecurities; her iconic 1992 “In Women We Trust” ad campaign depicted the inauguration of a female president. Her latest multidimensional Urban Zen project (UZIT) supports cultural preservation, compassionate health care and education. The affiliated brand integrates luxury and sustainability with multicultural traditions and modern trends in a multifaceted line of clothing, accessories and beauty care products. UZIT fuses Eastern healing techniques and Western medicine in a patientcentric model intended to foster calm in the midst of the stress and chaos of illness. The complementary therapies program was born out of Karan’s challenging period serving as a caregiver during her late husband’s struggle with lung cancer. Karan is a member of the Coty Hall of Fame and recipient of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Lifetime

Achievement Award and Glamour’s Woman of the Year award.

How has your fashion style and philosophy changed over the course of your career?

For me, fashion has always been about “dressing and addressing.” It all started when the AIDS epidemic broke out in the late 1980s, and the fashion community came together to launch Seventh on Sale to raise funds and awareness for the disease that was taking the lives of so many talented designers. Now more than ever, we must address such issues. My philosophy and purpose has always been inspired by cultures, creators and artisans from all corners of the world, connecting past, present and future. I launched the nonprofit organization Urban Zen to create a community of change through philanthropy and commerce. I want consumers to be aware that their purchases provide the power to help others in need.

How is the UZIT program enhancing health and well-being?

UZIT came about after witnessing the ones I loved suffer and going through their experiences by their sides. Launched in partnership with yoga instructor Rodney Yee, the program has trained members of collaborating healthcare and yoga communities in the healing modalities of yoga therapy, reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care.

The goal is to change the healthcare system by bringing care back into health care. Rather than just treat the disease, we need to treat patients, their loved ones and their caregivers. We also must express care for the doctors and nurses that are part of the story; they need gentle care every bit as much. We are all on this journey together. Therapists at centers such as the University of California, Los Angeles, rehabilitation unit have seen results with patients suffering from stress, claustrophobia, headaches and back pain through these techniques. Many patients report feeling more relaxed, sleeping better and experiencing less pain and anxiety than they had ever experienced with medication.

Do you see some positive trends in fashion today?

More people are paying attention to sustainability in fashion today than ever before, and more designers are using materials and fabrics that respect people and the planet; for example, by using quality materials that endure. Recycling fabrics and materials is one way to contribute to sustainability. We work with the Apparent Project, which recycles cereal boxes to make beautiful necklaces, as well as with Paula Coles, who makes bags out of T-shirts.

Can fashion effect social change in the world?

I view fashion, design and style all as platforms for conscious change. I use fashion to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, conscious consumerism and integrative education. Today, there is a greater emphasis on preserving our world cultures and maintaining the authenticity that comes from traditional artisans and artists. A collaborative mentality of “we” is far healthier than one of “me”. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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The Game Changing Secret for Relationships by Randy Hampton


ne of the more surprising things about working with couples is how some relationships fail because of seemingly minor things. Most people think relationship failure happens because two people have big disagreements. However, relationship expert Beverly Craddock with Hawaii Relationship Coaching says that isn’t the case. “If you think about it,” she says, “the big differences generally prevent relationships from taking off in the first place. We typically don’t dive deeply into a relationship with a person who is completely set apart from our values, personality, or beliefs. Over time, differences can develop, and big fights can sink a relationship, but most of the time it’s the small arguments that stack up until one small thing becomes too much.” 18

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In some relationships, couples survive rough years of infidelity, dishonesty, or even angry outbursts only to settle into a long period of relative calm. That calm period is eventually disturbed by the usual disagreements that come with living two lives together. Beverly says the two partners in that relationship may feel disagreements more deeply because of the bruises that remain from past difficulties. She says the solution is sometimes pretty simple. “Working with partners separately, we have them imagine a conversation between their current self and their younger self, back when the big problems were going on,” Beverly explains. “It’s interesting to watch as the younger version is shocked at how small the current problems are in comparison to what they were going through back then.

It’s an immediate perspective shift and an important one.” Beverly says that small disagreements can blow up a relationship because in the absence of bigger disagreements, the small ones seem big. “The mind is always on the lookout for danger and it will amplify small dangers when larger dangers are not present,” she says. “This trick of the mind can make things feel like it’s worse than it really is.” Beverly also says that almost all relationships between people can benefit from one big secret. She encourages clients to ask themselves if they’d rather win an argument or be happy. “Sometimes you can’t have both,” she tells them. “And if you had to choose, you’d probably choose to be happy over winning that fight. If you’d rather be happy then right, then the arguments often become irrelevant.” Beverly once worked with a couple that was headed for a big split because the wife wanted to take a bottle of wine to the condo pool. The fight over whether she could sneak a glass bottle into the pool turned into an argument over the husband being controlling. After months of arguing, they made an appointment for some help. It was critically important to get them both to see that it was better to be happy than to be right. Sure, glass is banned at every pool — the husband was right — but he was letting his relationship suffer over his need to be right. “Before any argument with your partner, ask yourself if you’d rather be happy or right,” Beverly concludes. “It’s the simple secret that can make a huge difference in all interpersonal relationships.” Beverly’s work with couples is enhanced through her years of experience as a master hypnotist and co-owner of Hawaii Hypnosis Center. She says that work has taught her hundreds of techniques that can help couples thrive in relationships even when they think the relationship may already be done. Randy Hampton is a writer, social scientist, hypnotist and blogger living in Honolulu. See ad, page 29.

Don’t Let Fear of Change Get in the Way of Success


by Karen Charron

aylor Hoopii and Don Faumuina of Time4Change Hawaii, a character and leadership development company, help people and organizations that want to change the way things are getting done. One key obstacle that Don and Taylor run into frequently is the fear of change. It can stand in the way of progress and make it nearly impossible to move forward. To help people successfully take charge of their lives, Time4Change has effective ways to help people face their concerns and adopt new behaviors. One of the first things to do is recognize if people are stuck in their comfort zone. People that are afraid of changing their ways often talk about a new behavior as being too difficult and believe that everything will be ruined if they do it differently. So, they cling to the way things have always been done and resist trying something new or different. Some examples are: n Staying in the same job because they’ve been there for years, even if they have a better job offer. n Ordering the same item at a restaurant even if something else sounds good. n Refusing to take a different route to work when traffic is blocked because that’s the way they always go to work. n Never trying a new hairstyle because they’ve always worn their hair that way. The following techniques can help overcome anxiety when trying a new direction. Learn to calm the body: There are sensations we all experience when fear is happening. It could be sweaty palms, a fast heart rate or difficulty sleeping. Calming techniques include: n Do something physical: Exertion will reduce some of the adrenaline. If there’s a tangible result, then a sense of satisfaction will also accompany it.

n Focus on breathing: The sympathetic nervous system’s fight or flight response can be calmed by breathing more deliberately and slowly. This will signal the brain to relax, slow down the release of adrenaline and cortisol and release more feel-good endorphins. n Pay attention to nutrients: Avoid caffeine and sugar since they can increase anxiety. Consume more of complex carbohydrates and eat smaller, more frequent meals. Make sure to drink plenty of water. n Use progressive muscle relaxation: Fear causes muscles to tighten, causing fatigue and muscle aches. To counteract the effect, find a quiet spot to sit or lie down. After a few deep breathes, relax the entire body, then start tightening muscles starting at the toes, hold for a count of ten, then relax. Then move up the body and repeat with legs, hips, stomach, chest, arms — all the way to the top of the head. Change the story fear is telling: The fear of change has as its roots the fear of the unknown. It can be further boiled down to not wanting to be disappointed. Objectively evaluate the story that fear is telling, then change that story to reflect a positive outcome.

Compare the risk with the benefits: Make a list of the risks

and benefits of making the change. If the benefits are greater than the risks, then forget the excuses. Let go of perfectionism: Beware of analysis paralysis – don’t delay acting because of the desire to check every possible detail. Think of the 80/20 rule — rather than stress over the 20% of the information that’s missing, use the 80% available, make the best decision and move forward. As more information becomes clear, the route can be adjusted. Focus on the process: Life is a series of options, choices and redirections. Instead of focusing on the final result, pay more attention to the process and appreciate the effort. It’s the journey that makes life interesting, not the destination.

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Instead of setting a goal that takes months to accomplish, set more manageable goals along the way. For example, people that have successfully lost large amounts of weight set goals in smaller increments and celebrate the successes along the way. Get support: Fear is stronger in seclusion, so be active, get involved with other people and affirm the actions to move forward. Time 4 Change offers workshops for organizations that are looking to improve communication, remove barriers to success and achieve optimum results. A 25% workshop discount is being offered to any organization that mentions this article. To learn more about Time4Change or to schedule them for a workshop, call 808-221-9943, email, or visit Time4ChangeHI. They can also be found on Facebook by searching Time4ChangeHI. See ad, page 36. October 2018


Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet by Linda Sechrist


ecognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics. Initiatives include creating solutions for the global water crisis, serving as global ambassadors, training for public speaking and leadership, organizing youth summits, marching for causes, planting a trillion trees, participating in United Nations (UN) programs, inventing a new educational system, lobbying legislators and seeking political office. Girl Up! Angie Jiang, a 2018 graduate of Madison West High School, in Wisconsin, is a first-year student at Columbia University,


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in New York. Deploying her social impact and debating skills, this Chinese-American woman articulates her opinions on sustainability, environmental awareness, immigration and gender issues in public radio interviews and lobbies for policy changes in Washington, D.C. She’s one of 80,000 girls in some 100 countries that have been trained by the UN Foundation’s Girl Up initiative to help lead the movement for gender equality; Jiang currently serves as its 2017-2018 teen advisor. “Within our current political climate, it is more important than ever to use your voice, no matter who you are, where you live and whatever you identify as,” says Jiang. Running for Governor Ethan Sonneborn, 13, has a comprehensive policy platform and a spot on the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot in Vermont. In an early campaign speech, the Bristol resident and Mt. Abraham

Union Middle/High School student smiled at the crowd’s applause for his message: “To everyone here today, know this. We are America’s future… So let’s not be afraid to shape it… We must be the voices of a generation, leaders for others and advocates for ourselves. Why shouldn’t we be the ones to end worldwide hunger, to make a breakthrough in medical science, to protect world peace or to put people on another planet? We are the generation that will do all these things. Why not start now?” In addressing environmental issues, Sonneborn supports a tax on carbon emissions, Vermont’s commitment to uphold the standards of the Paris climate agreement and renewable energy incentives. In Kansas, where six teenagers are running for governor, Tyler Ruzich’s campaign theme is, “A Republican for the Next Generation.” This Shawnee Mission North High School senior has serious concerns and ideas to make his state a better place to live, learn and work. A well-prepared orator committed to public service, Ruzich is reaching younger voters on issues of voter registration, school funding, taxation, guns, immigration, agriculture, equal rights and job growth. On the Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien syndicated TV show, Ruzich said he believes his campaign is stimulating 18-to-25-yearolds to get involved in mid-term elections, which typically draw fewer voters.

If not us, then who; if not me and you Right now, it’s time for us to do something. ~Do Something by Matthew West, singer/songwriter Zero Waste Brandi Kneip’s family in Stuart, Florida, didn’t object when the 18-year-old decided to spend her college savings establishing a JAR dry goods store that fosters reusing and recycling materials to decrease or eliminate trash. Customers can buy what they need by dispensing pasta, herbs, spices, flour and other products into their own reusable jars or purchase glass containers to take home. JAR also carries eco-friendly household items. “I want my impact on this Earth to be like footprints in the sand. For a second, the Earth knows you are there,

and when you move along, the waves wash them out or the wind blows them away. I’m so thankful for this big, green-blue planet, and I’ll strive every day to make more people notice the beauty it holds,” says Kneip. Earth Child Institute Arati Patel was just 24 when she began serving as an intern with Earth Child Institute (ECI), a nonprofit that empowers global youth to engage with sustainability issues. Today, the New Jersey resident serves as its president, and is passionate about why investing in the education of children is significant. As just one example, “Amazonian children are teaching their parents about how deforestation impacts climate change,” says Patel. A degree in environmental law and

policy at Vermont Law School, in South Royalton, and expertise in environmental education, curriculum development, field research and community outreach has helped Patel to assist in developing lesson plans for ECI Water Schools. Community groups and schools are mobilized to evaluate the health of rivers and provide basic training in good health habits. Plant-for-the-Planet Felix Finkbeiner, a German student, started Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007, when he was only 9. “It’s an amazing organization run by young people,” says Patel. Inspired by the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, Finkbeiner expanded Maathai’s original concept of a billion plantings to the Trillion Tree Campaign. To date, it’s seen 15 billion new trees in 190 countries under the guidance of the U.N. Environment Programme. Speaking at an Environmental Systems Research Institute Conference, Finkbeiner said that beyond planting trees, children involved in the initiative have delivered

presentations in schools and rotary clubs, and engineered sit-down meetings with mayors, local government officials and even presidents of countries. Several have spoken before the UN General Assembly and national parliaments, urging them to address the climate crisis. A Revolution in Education After graduating from Beijing University Affiliated High School, Jason Wang, 18, postponed college for a year and visited the U.S. and Europe looking for the best practices in education. When he returned, he was in no hurry to enter college, but rather to develop the curriculum for Beijing’s Moonshot Academy, which opened in January with 30 students from 14 to 16 years old. Turning traditional methods of education on its ear, Moonshot Academy students are accepted based on their learning ability, independent thinking skills and capacity to turn ideas into action, rather than standardized test scores. Students learn through personalized experiences that enable them to practice and demonstrate core competencies to face the challenges of the future. “Research shows that by the age of 39, today’s average high school graduate will have had nine different jobs, half of which have not been invented yet. Artificial intelligence has changed the playing field. We can’t keep educating kids in the same way,” says Nancy Riehle, executive director of the Creative Academic Network Scholastic

Foundation that supports the academy. Time’s Up Inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March, Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old student at Seattle’s Holy Names Academy, launched Zero Hour, a movement for youth rights and action on climate change.

Margolin and her teammates have formed a nationwide coalition that inspires and mobilizes students throughout the U.S. and in London, England. They took to the streets on July 21 to march for environmental justice as social justice. Zero Hour activities supporting the Washington, D.C., march included meeting with nearly 40 federal lawmakers and presenting a manifesto of demands. It calls for governments and companies to take action on all climate change and environmental issues, including divesting from fossil fuels; increasing investment in renewable energy; legislating strict carbon reduction targets; encouraging plant-based lifestyles; schooling youth on the importance of reducing our carbon footprint; reducing excessive use of single-use plastic; ending rainforest deforestation; halting all animal cruelty; and preventing loss of biodiversity and species extinctions. Margolin and other Zero Hour members agree, including Nadia Nazar, 16, an art director from Baltimore, Maryland; Zanagee Artis, 18, a logistics director from Clinton, Connecticut; and Kibiriti Majuto, 20, of Charlottesville, Virginia, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They jointly developed the organization’s platform. “It’s our generation that is going to be impacted the most by the effects of accelerated climate change that we are causing. This march is a launch. We’re not done,” says Margolin. At a pivotal time in which many theorize that our nation lacks the ability to coalesce around a great enterprise to solve existing problems, it appears that those doing the calculating have not factored in the millions of motivated young people as critical decision makers. It may be that their imagination, energetic drive, passionate self-confidence and “no borders” cooperation paves the way to a brighter future for all. Not waiting for the torch to be passed, young people are seizing it and acting now, no longer naively thinking that there will always be enough time tomorrow. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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he June edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) had a guest editorial commentary refuting the systemic effects of dental disease. The idea that in 2018 we would still be debating the effect of bacterium such as actinomyces odontolyticus resident in a dental alveolar abscess is astounding. This bacterium is well known for its migration and generation of remote abscesses in the brain, lungs, abdomen and urinary tract regions through circulatory/lymphatic pathways. The commentary further states, “The dental community may be taking a ‘step too far’ in embracing associations of oral and systemic disease as a reason to maintain good oral health.” This view in the dental profession is amazing. As a result of reading this unequivocally misleading article, I am writing to share the knowledge and understanding about

This disease has been shown to occur when bacteria or other germs from another part of the body, such as the mouth, spread through the bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in the heart. Cardiovascular disease, such as clogged arteries and stroke, could be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause. Premature birth and low birth weight have been linked to periodontitis.

The Harvard Medical School publication Harvard Health Publishing, on July 23, 2014, describes the relationship between gum disease and other health issues including premature birth, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health problems. They reference a report in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that finds that treating gum disease can lead to better health. To be clear, it is essential to maintain our dental health to assure our overall health and well-being. To reduce oral health to just the pursuit of shiny teeth and self-confidence is a disservice to the wonderful integrated system that is our body. For more information, call Dr. Ronald S. Carlson, DDS, at 808-735-0282 or visit See ad, page 31.


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odern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition.


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Training requirements for chiropractors vary by state. “Here in Oregon, chiropractic physicians—both legally and through our training—are taught to be primary care physicians,” says Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Herb, of the Absolute Wellness Center, in Eugene, Oregon. “We must complete extensive training not only on the musculoskeletal system, but also on managing various internal medical pathologies such as those related to the cardio-

vascular system, genitourinary conditions, obstetrics and gynecology. We also learn to perform minor surgical procedures.” Chiropractor Tom Hyland Robertson, of Whole Chiropractic Healthcare, in Odenton, Maryland, notes, “To limit chiropractic to two categories of traditional and integrative isn’t accurate. There are almost as many specialists among doctors of chiropractic (DC) as among medical doctors (M.D.). There are chiropractors that specialize in pediatrics, veterinary, orthopedics, internal medicine, neurology, radiology and other areas. Integrative chiropractic uses as many tools as possible from the realm of each doctor’s training.”

Integrative Well-Being The world of chiropractic is diverse and growing to meet patient needs. Many chiropractors offer several healing modalities in-house that are geared to take whole-person care to an integrated harmonious level. “Research shows that patient outcomes are far better with a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare needs,” says Herb. “Offering a variety of specialties like physical therapy, sports medicine, nutrition and natural pain relief in my practice means patients receive the care and amount of time they need. They are not limited by what I personally can offer or have time to provide.” Many chiropractic facilities nationwide employ acupuncturists and therapeutic massage therapists, offering diverse treatment options like functional medicine and cryotherapy—ice therapy—versus traditional heat therapy.

Robertson provides complementary treatments ranging from nutrition to physical therapy and yoga because he has found it is important to incorporate multiple treatment philosophies, examining the same problem from different angles, saying, “Chiropractic integrates many safe modalities found to be more effective than opioids, for instance.” He notes that early chiropractic was actually integrative, with its founder, Donald David Palmer, promoting a healthy diet and calmer lifestyle a century ago.


Collaborative Options Progressive chiropractic now includes innovative approaches to treat the nervous system. The cutting-edge field of functional (or chiropractic) neurology, which reactivates partially nonfunctional neural pathways, is employed in cases like concussions, vertigo, migraines, pain syndromes, neuropathy and attentiondeficit disorders. Massage modalities, combined with chiropractic, are widely recognized to significantly increase circulation and improve range of motion. Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment, enhances muscle relaxation and fosters easier adjustments. Chiropractor Kody R. Johnson, of the Johnson Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center, in Columbia, Missouri, is board certified in acupuncture and employs dry needling to target trigger points in tight muscles. He also specializes in functional medicine. Hormone balance, nutritional inadequacies, the presence of heavy metals and genetic markers for disease are all considered in determining a patient’s overall health. “Chiropractic treatment addresses results of physical stress. Functional medicine looks at emotional and biochemical stress,” says Johnson. “The chiropractic paradigm is based on the premise that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself. If the only method a provider has to offer is chiropractic adjustments, then they’ll have cases where the patient’s condition doesn’t fully improve because there might be other factors at play, including nutritional deficiencies, toxicities and emotional stress. When we address other relevant issues, we find that patients ‘hold’ their adjustments longer.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. She lives in Hawley, PA. Connect at

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ecause exercise delivers so many benefits, it’s not surprising that one of them is increased libido. A low sex drive can affect either gender at any age, and contributing factors include hormonal changes, daily stressors and certain prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, short-duration bursts of exercise work to increase circulation and heart rate, thus amping up physiological arousal in women. Sexual performance is enhanced in men by exercising three to five times a week, according to a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

“Stress is one of the biggest libido-killers in women, and endorphins released during exercise can reduce stress, improve libido and increase arousal”

“Eating right and being committed to a daily exercise regimen that includes strength, cardiovascular and flexibility training is key to maintaining a great libido and continual excellence in sexual function,” affirms Dr. Jeffry Life, author of The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body and owner of The Life Center for Healthy Aging, in Charleston, West Virginia.

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Exercise increases testosterone, endorphins and adrenal hormones, all of which are essential to a satisfying sex life. Studies from the University of Texas at Austin show premenopausal 26

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women experience increased sexual response with exercise, including individuals with diminished sex drives due to the use of antidepressants. “Stress is one of the biggest libido-killers in women, and endorphins released during exercise can reduce stress, improve libido and increase arousal,” maintains Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and CEO of Step It Up with Steph, in Chicago, Illinois. “Adding 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week can increase endorphins, blood flow and testosterone.”

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The inevitable hormonal changes of menopause and beyond can dampen a woman’s sex life, but it doesn’t have to become a way of life. “Women can experience side effects of shifting hormonal levels which cause libido to vanish and the vagina to become dry, making us feel anything but empowered,” explains Ellen Dolgen, the Coronado, California, author of Menopause Mondays: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause. “Exercise, along with the guidance of a menopause specialist to help manage those hormonal changes, is a winning ticket. Life in our 40s, 50s and beyond can be wonderful!” Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem for many men, and can result from sedentary lifestyles, certain medications and cardiovascular issues. “ED is a huge problem worldwide, and vascular disease is one of the major causes,” says Life. “This can be avoided by eating properly and making exercise an essential part of everyday life, which can also reduce the need for prescription drugs that are another major cause of the problem.”

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Testosterone—a hormone that plays a significant role in lighting our “fire” and keeping it lit—can be enhanced by adding workouts with weights. “Strength training can boost testosterone, which may boost sex drive in both women and men. For men, I recommend lifting weights and doing push-ups. However, it’s important to note that too much intense exercise or strength training may have the opposite effect, and actually reduce the desire to have sex,” says Mansour.

In addition to a daily exercise program that includes cardio and flexibility exercises, Life concurs, “Thirty to 60 minutes of strength training three to four times a week is ideal.” According to a review published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, yoga may increase both male endurance and female response. “Yoga turns off our sympathetic nervous system, the part that keeps us in ‘fight-or-flight’ response. Inversions like the shoulder stand help to harmonize hormones, supporting a well-balanced sex drive,” explains Pam Medina, owner of The Yoga Lily, in Clifton Park, New York. “We need to feel attractive, and yoga can help us to accept the body as a sacred vehicle for the soul.” No matter the age or condition of the body, a more satisfying sex life and better self-image is possible through feeling fit. Life reminds us, “Check with your doctor before taking up an exercise regimen, and know that maintaining a healthy body can give us essential ingredients for a great sex life well into our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.” Maya Whitman is certified in bodywork and clinical essential oil therapy.

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lant-based lifestyles, once considered by some as a fad that would fade, are on the rise worldwide. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 6 million to 8 million Americans have completely eliminated meat, including seafood, from their plates. With a 600 percent increase of people going vegan domestically in the past three years and companies like Nestlé devising vegan-tailored product launches, plant-based eating is creating unprecedented demand. “I’ve definitely seen plant-based eating become more mainstream. Many restaurants now provide plant-based options to keep their customers happy, and more food startups are creating nut- and soy-based cheeses, milks and yogurts,” says Lisa Stollman, a plant-based nutritionist in New York City. Vegan lunch options are even making their way into the Los Angeles public school system.

Millennials Lead the Way

GlobalData, a data and analytics company, reports, “Seventy percent of the world population is either reducing meat consumption or leaving meat off the table altogether,” with Millennials at the forefront. “The environment has been the Millennial generation’s primary concern. Health is of less importance than interest in mak28

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ing the Earth a better place to live,” says Gene Stone, a plant-based diet expert in Hudson, New York, and author of the bestselling Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. Stollman concurs, saying, “The majority of my vegan clients are in their 20s and 30s, and their concern for animal treatment relates to sustainability. Sustainability helps to reduce methane emissions from industrial farms.” Wynnie Stein, co-owner of the iconic Moosewood Restaurant, in Ithaca, New York, and co-author of its groundbreaking spinoff vegetarian cookbooks, has witnessed monumental changes since the early 1970s. Younger cooks at Moosewood have also brought passionate innovations to the establishment. “Millennials are incredibly creative, especially with plant-based and gluten-free dishes. They’re committed to animal rights and issues that affect the health of the planet,” observes Stein.

Benefits All Ages

Since the American Medical Association’s recent suggestion that hospitals consider providing plant-based meals for patients, perceptions are shifting. Holistic Cardiologist Joel Kahn, in Ferndale, Michigan, began teaching plant-based diets to heart patients in 1990, and has subsequently seen hundreds of them avoid invasive and surgical procedures, as well as show less evidence of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and hypertension. “Many of my

patients have decreased or eliminated the otherwise lifelong ‘jail’ of prescription drugs. They learned that disease reversal, not management, is the goal,” says Kahn. Supermarkets across the country are stocking meatless products like plant-based burgers. Many athletes and bodybuilders that have switched away from eating meat attest to improved results by tapping into plant power. People of all walks of life, including seniors, have embraced this paradigm. “There is increased interest in health as Baby Boomers age and start to realize the benefits of a plant-based diet, much of it due to myriad new research,” says Stone. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, a diet rich in vegetables and fruits lowers blood pressure. The American Diabetes Association supports a nutrient-dense vegetarian diet that can decrease the risk of certain diseases. For Stollman’s vegan clients aged 50 and older, “Health plays a strong role in their interest in plant-based eating. The science has become clear, and based on the evidence, I continue to teach my clients the importance of including plant-based meals in their daily diets,” she says.

Looking Forward

The surge of people changing their diet has a multilevel impact. “I feel deeply grateful to have been able to help spread the word about plant-based diets. Health, the environment and animal protection are great concerns of mine,” says Stone. Stein appreciates how the positive change in diet benefiting people and the planet is coming full circle. “We’re still amazed and honored to know that our cookbooks have helped to create a sea change. Folks visiting from all over the world tell us how our recipes have influenced several generations of their families.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. Connect at

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better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-gettingworse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings.” Hope is being realistic about the challenges we face. It’s about engagement and action, practical activism rather than newagey “sending love and light” or passive “thoughts and prayers” platitudes. In other words, hope starts when we know we can make a significant difference in our own lives and the lives of others, and when we take steps to make that happen. Here is a list of hopeful action steps to try out:

„ Breathe:

Maintaining Hope in Difficult Times by Lani Kwon, MA, RYT


e are a world in crisis. In America, many people are anxious and afraid of the political, religious, racial, economic, environmental and social divisions we are experiencing. On a personal scale, there are also some that feel trapped in dead-end jobs, unhappy marriages and/or dysfunctional families. However, there is hope. Many find support in their partners, relatives, friends and communities. Many are connecting with aligned individuals, companies and organizations to make a difference in the world. Many have learned how to use body-mind-spirit practices to cope and find center. Hope resides inside each of us and we can tap into that enduring source during difficult times. Hope begins with the willingness to consciously choose to view the world through love and not fear, through the present and not the past, and through the 30

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possibility for something better and not despair. Depending upon our upbringing, life experiences, and family and cultural programming, we have a particular mindset in which we experience reality. Yet, we can learn to choose language, thoughts and feelings that will support us in being more loving and optimistic, even when exterior events seem dire and depressing. We can also choose to take promising actions. Rebecca Solnit, in her book Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, writes: “It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It’s also not a sunny everything-is-getting-

Notice your in-breath and out-breath. To calm yourself, breathe out slowly one or two counts longer than inhaling.

„ Notice Your Thoughts:

Are they peaceful or anxious? Are you present in this moment or wandering in the past or future? Are your thoughts realistic or catastrophizing? If you find your thoughts are repetitively negative and/or obsessive, you may wish to seek counseling or hypnotherapy to “rewire” your brain and take charge of your thinking.

„ Read a Good Book (or a Few):

According to decades of positive psychology scientific research, most notably by Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman (Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being) and Caroline Adams Miller (Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit: The Evidence-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance and Purpose), you can modify behaviors to become more optimistic, more successful and more perseverant.

„ Self-Care:

Eat and drink well, exercise regularly, go out in nature and make sure to connect with loved ones that care about you.

„ Rest:

If you feel you’re not sleeping well at night, ask your doctor about doing a sleep study

to be sure you’re sleeping properly. Also, try a quick 10-15-minute nap, if possible, during the day, or try a yoga nidra “yogic sleep” meditation — it’s free online.

„ Monitor and Be Selective about Your Intake of News, Music, and/or Social Media:



Choose to limit bad news and subscribe to inspiring media and uplifting music.

„ Connect with and Care for Others:

Find aligned communities — church, civic and service groups offer opportunities for collaboration and interconnection. Volunteer and/or donate money to causes in which you believe.

„ Practice Gratitude:

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Notice what is going well each day and write it down. Focus on being grateful for people, situations and things that work out. By choosing several of these action steps, you can stay afloat and maintain hope in difficult times. Lani Kwon, MA, RYT, supports people in achieving their highest potentials, specializing in transformation and life redesign through her company, Creating YOUR Calling® LLC. She is developing an international online course due to launch in 2019, based on the popular life coaching workshops, classes and programs that she has offered successfully for over fifteen years. Lani is currently a faculty member at Happiness U and Sedona Hawaii.


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The Rise of Blue Zones in America Places that Encourage Healthy Living by Avery Mack


an Buettner’s book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living easier” paradigm, resulting in the improved well-being of residents. “Add more years to your life and more life to your years,” says Nick Buettner, vice president at Blue Zones LLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the founder’s brother who spoke with us. “The people around you, the places where you work, live and play, and the social norms in your community have an impact on your health.” The original U.S. pilot project in 2009, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, is a prime example. Instead of widening a main thoroughfare and raising the speed limit, the city widened the sidewalk and created a path around nearby Fountain Lake, offering safe exercise for bikers, joggers and walkers. The Hy-Vee grocery increased its health market section from two to seven aisles, leading to a 130 percent rise in related sales, and added a Blue Zones checkout lane for healthy grab-and-go options. City workplaces now offer quiet rooms and fruit instead of candy; one business converted a garage to a pickleball court. 32

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The five original Blue Zones are Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Okinawa, Japan; and Sardinia, Italy.

Blue Zones Basics

Move Naturally – Even at work, get up and move at least once every 20 minutes. Reduce Stress – Take a nap, nature walk

or meditate.

Act Intentionally – “People that feel

they have a reason to get out of bed in the morning tend to live seven years longer than those who just go through the motions,” says Buettner. A strong sense of purpose defines quality of life.

Eat Healthy – Enjoy the benefits of a

plant-based diet. One cup of beans a day adds three to four years in life expectancy. Plant a garden to grow fresher, pesticidefree food. Eat meat an average of five times a month and in small-portioned stir-fry, soups and pasta. Consume fewer calories. Drink wine in moderation. Check out

Maintain Relationships – “If you have fewer than three friends, it’s the equivalent of smoking for 20 years,” Buettner maintains.

“Growing old in place and staying at home instead of a retirement or nursing home is easier to accomplish when you have a social network.” Meet regularly with friends.

Have Faith – A faith-based life taps into a larger resource far greater than oneself and enhances a sense of purpose, social network and calm content.

Prioritize Family – Amid the busyness of life, make the most enjoyable family time and nurturing activities each day’s first choice. “Over the last four years in Florida, our sponsor, NCH Healthcare System, has helped to build well-being infrastructure and sustainability for approximately 400,000 people; that swells to nearly 1.2 million during high season from January to April,” says Deb Logan, executive director of Blue Zones Project-SWFL (Southwest Florida). “We have 33 Blue Zones-approved restaurants that collectively make an additional 176 plant-based menu items available locally; the first half of this year, they sold 130,000 Blue Zones-inspired dishes.” The healthful community philosophy was vital in Hawaii, when the Kīlauea Volcano spewed lava, sulfur dioxide and acid rain. First-responders staffed checkpoint stations around the clock to protect the public from dangerous areas, exposing themselves to combined sun and volcanic heat. The Hawaiian Blue Zones team delivered smoothies, beverages and paletas—healthy popsicles made with real fruit—to help workers stay cooler. They also delivered them to volunteers and public service groups, including Hope Services Hawaii, which built tiny houses for families displaced by volcanic activity. “We don’t come into an area and say, ‘This is what you must do.’ We say, ‘This is what you can do.’ The readiness must come from the city level, businesses, schools and nonprofits,” Buettner says. “The right leadership must be committed and prepared to follow through on multiple years of initiatives.” He remarks, “In the end, my hope for the future lies in the fact that communities care about their health. Blue Zones isn’t about the quantity of years, but the quality of life, and often that adds years, too.” Connect with the freelance writer via


ertified communities have achieved their predetermined goals (outlined in project blueprints) as attested to via a combination of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index and community-reported metrics.

Blue Zones Project Update

California—Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo


Wahiawa Progress Continues

Iowa—Algona, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Fairfield, Harlan, Iowa City, Marion, Mason City, Muscatine, Oskaloosa, Sioux City, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Waterloo, Woodbine Minnesota—Albert Lea

The Blue Zones Project Hawaii is a community-based, wellbeing initiative that is designed to make healthy choices easier in the places where we work, live and play. Working with local businesses, faith-based organizations, restaurants, grocery stores and schools, Blue Zones Project Teams help bring about permanent changes in lifestyle choices that lead to individuals living healthier and longer lives. The eight communities currently participating are Wahiawa, Kapolei-Ewa, ManoaMakiki-McCully-Moiliili, Koolaupoko on Oahu; North, East West on Big Island; and Wailuku-Kahului on Maui.


he Wahiawa Blues Zones Project held its first annual update for the community on September 13, 2018, at Dots restaurant in the heart of central Oahu’s historical Wahiawa town. Since 1946, Dots has fed local families and helped them celebrate their important milestones, including the first review of the ongoing progress Blue Zones has made in Wahiawa. The meeting was well attended by local participants. Team leaders Jeffrey Alameida, Community Program Manager; Joslyn Sato, Organization Lead and Cynthia Au, Engagement Lead; conducted the review that included the following announcements: „ Dots Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Wahiawa, in now Blue Zones Project approved „ Ono Loco Tacos, one of our newest restaurants with multiple locations across Oahu, also became Blue Zones Project approved „ Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission became the first Blue Zones approved Buddhist Temple in Hawaii „ Wahiawa Farmers Market Basket was established — participants can pick up bags of fresh local produce (every week or two depending on which program they prefer) at Dots on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to closing

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Down Shift

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Blue Zones-Certified Cities

Cities and other areas transforming to Blue Zones status

Hawaii—East/North/West Hawaii, Kapolei/Ewa, Koolau-

poko, Manoa/Makiki/McCully/Moiliili, Wahiawa, Wailuku/ Kahului (aka Central Maui)

Oklahoma—Pottawatomie County Oregon—The Dalles, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Umpqua Southwest Florida—Ave Maria, Bonita Springs, Estero, Golden Gate, Immokalee, Naples/East Naples

Texas—Fort Worth Wisconsin—Beaver Dam, Horicon, Juneau, Mayville

„ Wahiawa Wellness Champions were named: • Carolyn Uchiyama, July 2018 • Mark Arinaga, August 2018 „ Detailed Program Metrics were discussed that summarize key activities such as the number of participating worksites, faith-based organizations, groceries, restaurants and schools. Check out the Wahiawa Blue Zones calendar of events for upcoming activities at Facebook@bzpwahiawa. Participants can also join a walking or potluck moai (hui) after each event. Here’s a chance to meet new friends and get healthier together! For more information about Blue Zones Hawaii, visit Hawaii. To get in touch with the Wahiawa Team, visit Facebook@bzpwahiawa.

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diet to nutrient-dense, additive-free foods and supplements for gut and brain health; employ allergy testing and elimination, detoxification and behavioral and physical therapies; vet household contaminants; target medications like antifungals and anti-inflammatories; and use homeopathy and acupuncture.

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Case Study

Healing Our Kids Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions by Ronica A. O’Hara


he statistics are startling—as many as a quarter to one half of American children now have a diagnosed chronic condition, according to studies that include one in Academic Pediatrics that includes obesity. Over the last few decades, the number of children with asthma has tripled to affect one in eight; those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have doubled to one in 10; and autism diagnoses have increased at least 10-fold, to affect one in 50 (one in 31 boys). “It’s literally an epidemic of chronic childhood disease,” says Beth Lambert, of Charlotte, North Carolina, author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children and executive director of the nonprofit “Our children, with their little bodies and immature immune systems, can’t tolerate the toxic environments we’re all exposed to. They’re the canaries in the coal mine that show us that the way we are living today is not sustainable.” 34

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As scientists pinpoint the causes of conditions, parents, researchers and healthcare practitioners are discovering, Lambert says, that many of the youngsters’ chronic illnesses share a “perfect storm” of factors, including pharmaceutical overuse, toxic or nutritionally poor diets, exposure to toxins and other environmental stressors. “Many factors contribute to these chronic disorders; one size or one treatment doesn’t fit all,” says Dr. Kenneth Bock, of Red Hook, New York, an integrative medicine practitioner who has helped more than 3,000 chronically ill children and authored Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies. “But if children with one or more of the disorders are treated with a fully integrative medicine approach, the vast majority show some improvement, many significantly, and increasing numbers may recover to a point where they even lose their diagnosis.” Effective integrative applications often change the child’s

Maria O’Neil’s firstborn son, Connor, had a perfect Apgar score (newborn health status) at birth and appeared healthy to everyone until after immunization at 15 months, when he became withdrawn and vacant, with head-banging and hand-flapping. A pediatrician diagnosed moderately severe autism and advised, “Accept your new normal. Your son was born this way.” O’Neil exclaimed, “I will not let this disease take my child!” After she replaced processed foods, sugar, dairy and gluten with organics in his diet, he became calmer and “more here”. Tests by another pediatrician, Dr. Bob Sears, showed Connor had gut damage, mitochondrial issues, a high viral load, a low white cell count and a deficiency in basic vitamins and minerals. “Now I had a game plan,” says O’Neil, of Joshua Tree, California. Connor was given fish oil, B12 shots, juices, targeted herbs, Epsom salt baths, hyperbaric oxygen, a mitochondrial cocktail of nutraceuticals, medication with the antifungal fluconazole (Diflucan), the antiviral valacyclovir (Valtrex) and the immunity-enhancing naltrexone (Revia), plus acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic. Over time, Connor’s eyes brightened, his language “burst forth” and he became social and loving. By age 5, educators took him off his individualized learning program because he had no relevant symptoms. Today, at 9, he’s a popular fourth-grade kid that loves swimming, soccer and art, and wants to become a scientist or engineer. “The future is limitless for Connor,” O’Neil reports. “He can do anything he sets his mind to.”

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Farewell to a Beloved Pet Earth’s Memorial to a Pet’s Passing by Sandra Murphy


he American Pet Products Association estimates Americans collectively spent $69.5 million on our 235 million mammal, avian and reptile pets, as well as 158 million pet fish, in 2017. It’s not surprising that end-of-life planning for a devoted family companion is a solemn endeavor. Burial in a box or blanket in the backyard used to be the predominant way to deal with pet remains. As people and pet populations have grown, many municipalities now have ordinances against the practice. Instead, good options exist that protect and preserve the planet these animals so enjoyed.

Innovative Containers

Kay Winters, a blogger at PawsAndPines. com, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, mothers a dog, Clover, and two cats, Chuckie and Mittens. “When they pass away, I plan to bury them in biodegradable mushroom bags,” she says. “It has mushroom and other organisms infused into it to help with natural decomposition, cleanse any environmental toxins in the body and nourish the nearby soil.” Another biodegradable container is a pod that contains nutrient-rich soil, a seed and the pet’s ashes to nourish the resulting plant, tree or shrub. It’s a lovely way to remember the pet and replenish Earth’s greenspace.

Veterinary offices commonly arrange for the pet’s body to be sent to a crematorium, with ashes returned several days later. Using temperatures from 1,400 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, these facilities impose a larger carbon footprint than other options. At-home euthanasia may be beneficial for terminal pets. The animal can remain calm in familiar surroundings with family present. The veterinarian allows time for goodbyes, and when the family is ready, removes the body. “We always place the pets on nice stretchers with a blanket over the body and encourage the family to place toys or flowers with their pet. There’s no handing out brochures with photos of urns or upselling. It’s respectful of the pet’s life,” says Veterinarian Mary Gardner, of Yorba Linda, California, co-founder and chief technology officer at Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a national network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care. Gardner is also building an aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) facility in Boynton Beach, Florida. This alternative to cremation has a far smaller environmental impact because the resulting alkaline water is safe to drain, containing no chemicals or DNA. Elizabeth Fournier, author of The Green Burial Guidebook, owns and operates Cornerstone Funeral Services and Cremation, in Boring, Oregon, where she periodically receives inquiries about pets. “I’ve received calls over the years for horses, donkeys, sheep and dogs.

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One family called me for their alpaca. I explained my funeral home was a human-only funeral parlor, but I’d be more than happy to help with a referral,” Fournier says. She offered a choice of flame or water. “They liked the water method because Spunky the Alpaca loved the rain and could drink more water than most of her pasture mates,” she says. The family let all the other animals at home come by to give Spunky a sniff and a goodbye, and then took her body for bio-cremation. “They took her ashes home in a ceramic pig cookie jar,” says Fournier. “It’s my favorite story.” “The zero-emission aquamation process creates one-tenth the carbon footprint of traditional, flame-based cremation and enables 20 percent more ashes to be returned to the family, allowing for a lasting contribution to be made to the Earth in honor of a beloved pet,” says Christie Cornelius, the founding doctor of veterinary medicine at Last Wishes Compassionate Comfort Care for Pets, in Houston, Texas. Eternal Reefs, Inc., in Sarasota, Florida, mixes environmentally friendly concrete with cremains to form a gigantic reef ball, which is then placed on the ocean floor to replenish naturally diminishing reef systems and provide a permanent underwater memorial. Originally designed for human use, some owners have asked for pets to be included. To reduce costs, families are encouraged to hold their pet’s cremated remains for the appropriate time when they are memorializing a human loved one. Recorded GPS coordinates facilitate future visits to the area. Whether using earth, fire or water, there are many ways to honor a pet’s lifelong devotion and lessen its final carbon footprint to protect Earth’s natural health and beauty. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelance

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October 2018


YMCA of Honolulu: For over 140 years, the Y has been

Supporting Change for the Better by Karen Charron


awaii is filled with beauty and rich in culture. We also face stark poverty where many people are faced with hardship and strife and need help to change their circumstances. There are many organizations in Hawaii that are working diligently to make our islands a better, more sustainable and safer place to live. We want to highlight just a few that stand out — they are also distribution sites for Natural Awakenings Hawaii magazine. Key Project: Celebrating 50 years serving the well-being of the Kuoloa-He`ei area of Oahu, the Key Project is rooted in cultural, environmental, social economic and recreational pursuits. Their multi-purpose community center in Kaneohe provides an excellent location for social gatherings, family parties, business conferences and classes. They collaborate with the Hawaii Food Bank and the Honolulu Community Action Program to hold two food distributions each month. They also host a complimentary breakfast on Wednesdays and Fridays to provide area seniors with a welcoming place to socialize, learn new skills and connect with community. Their after school Holomua program for young teens provides students with skills to enhance and experience a connection to Hawaiian culture and the `aina (land). The Huliāmahi educational program offers an innovative educational approach based on traditional knowledge of the `aina and kanaka (people of the land). Location: 47-200 Waihe`e Road, Kaneohe. 808-239-5777. To learn more, visit Kahumana Organic Farm & Café: Nestled in the fertile valley of the Waianae mountain range, Kahumana’s mission is to create a healthy, inclusive and productive farm-based community with homeless families, people with disabilities and youth. The Kahumana Community is a multi-faceted, non-profit organization that consists of an organic farm, café, retreat and learning center, a day program for adults with developmental disabilities and transitional housing for the homeless. To learn more, visit 38

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responding to the communities’ most critical social needs and connecting diverse populations through key programs and services. Founded in 1869, the Y is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the state with programs focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Their programs and services are available to children, teens, women and men of all ages. Their core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The Y offers island-wide membership for individuals and families. To learn more, visit Hawaii State Public Library System: Our libraries hold a wealth of knowledge, programs and support for the people of Hawaii. They’re quiet places where people can go to read, learn, research and refresh. It’s heartwarming to go into a local library and see families enjoying programs, picking up reference materials and books and just taking the time to surround themselves with a serene place of knowledge. They offer story times, teen programs, educational workshops and more. Natural Awakenings Hawaii can be found at all the library locations on Oahu and the Big Island. To learn more, visit Waikiki Community Center (WCC): This multigenerational community center has been providing services for all Waikiki residents for over 40 years. Their goal is to serve as a hub for the community by providing programs and services to individuals and families in need. Through their various services they offer social support, lifelong education, and wellness to help people be healthy, safe, and prosperous. In addition to their preschool program, they offer an emergency food pantry each Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., except holidays. They also offer senior assistance services Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by appointment, to handle a range of issues that seniors face. Location: 310 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, 808-923-1802. To learn more about Waikiki Community Center, visit Kids Hurt Too Hawaii: KHTH works with children, youth and caregivers that are grieving. Whether a child’s parent has died, been deployed, is incarcerated or has been involved in a divorce, that child will grieve. Children that have been exposed to abuse, neglect, domestic violence or crime will also grieve. KHTH provides a safe place for children to connect with others, to tell their stories and express their feelings of loss, fear, anger, and confusion. They also provide support for caregivers. Location: 245 N. Kukui St., Suite 203, Honolulu. To learn more, call 808-545-5683 or visit, Karen Charron is a freelance writer living on Oahu and a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Hawai`i.


Hurricanes and Mold Illness by David Frome, PT, LAc

On August 23, 2018, Hurricane Lane, the largest hurricane on record to affect Hawaii, dropped a record 52 inches of rain on the island of Hawaii and resulted in flash flooding and landslides on the island and Maui.


any homes were damaged by water. Floodwaters entered buildings and permeated walls, wood floors, carpeting, cabinets, furnishings and other household items. Moisture and warm temperatures create the perfect breeding ground for indoor molds to reproduce and grow. If a home was water damaged from Hurricane Lane and its aftermath, it’s at risk for developing an indoor mold problem. n Water enters the home though flooding or leaks in the roof, walls or windows. n Walls, flooring, furnishings and possessions get soaked. n Overtime, the water recedes or is cleaned up, but the house and its contents stay wet. n Within 48 hours, molds take residence, creating mold spores and mycotoxins. Even after the water has receded, the mold continues to thrive. Once established, if left unchecked, mold colonies bloom whenever moisture is present.

How can molds affect health? Common health problems from mold toxicity include respiratory illnesses including allergies and asthma, skin problems, nausea, headaches, poor concentration, insomnia, exhaustion and depression. The health challenges due to mold toxicity are not always well understood by the medical establishment. Often, mold toxicity goes undiagnosed. What can be done to remedy a mold problem? Remediation is sometimes beyond the scope of a homeowner and a team of professionals is needed. 1. Obviously, getting rid of the water is the first order of business. Commercial dehumidifiers can be helpful in removing moisture in water-damaged buildings. 2. Remove damaged building materials. 3. Chemically treat areas where the materials can’t be removed until mold is gone (often, this can take weeks).

Throughout the process, premium quality air cleaners are central to mold remediation. The Austin Air HealthMate or HealthMate Plus have over 60 square feet of medical grade HEPA filter media. HEPA is the highest grade of particle filtration available and traps the microscopic mold spores and removes them from the air. Trapping the spores prevents the mold from reproducing. Additionally, Austin Air uses 15 pounds of activated charcoal and zeolite to remove mycotoxins and chemicals from the air. Add a powerful fan and the Austin Air moves 250 cubic feet of air per minute through its filter. After the cleanup process is completed, the rebuilding process can safely begin. Attend a free webinar on Indoor Air Quality and Mold on Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m. HST. Register at: breathecleanair-hawaii. David Frome, physical therapist and acupuncturist is a recognized leader in the field of environmental health. He’s on a mission to help other people improve their lives by improving the quality of their indoor air. For the past 15 years, his company, The Air Cleaner Store, has offered high quality air cleaning solutions including the Austin Air HealthMate Plus. For more information, call 877-432-1AIR (877-432-1247), email David@TheAirCleaner or visit See ad, page 9.

We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves. ~John McCain

October 2018


calendar of events



Purpose Workshop – 6-8pm. Join Blue Zones Wahiawa for this interactive workshop to explore what your purpose is and how to achieve it. Light snacks will be served. Please arrive for check-in at 5:30. Free. Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission Social Hall, 1067 California Avenue, Wahiawa. For more information on Blue Zones Project in Hawaii, visit Follow Wahiawa’s activities on Facebook or Instagram @ BZPWahiawa or contact the Blue Zones Project Team via email at BlueZonesProjectWahiawa@Sharecare. com. See Wahiawa Update, page 33.

Waimea Valley Moon Walk and Dinner Buffet – Dinner 6-8pm, Walk 8-9pm. Waimea Valley’s Moon Walk is back for its 35th year. On the full moon come down to Waimea Valley after dark to experience it like never before. For this special night, the Proud Peacock will reopen with a dinner buffet of fresh local ingredients by Ke Nui Kitchen. Exit the Valley no later than 10pm. For safety and to make the trip enjoyable, please review FAQ section on the website. Dinner $34.95 adults, $17.50 children 4-12 years, includes walk. For more information, call 808-638-7766 or visit 59864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. See ad, page 27.



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 2 sessions). Hawaii Hypnosis Center, 765 Amana St, Ste 503, Honolulu. For more information and to register, call 808-221-7353 or email HawaiiHypnosisCenter@ or visit See article, page 18, and ad, page 29.

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, Ste 503, Honolulu. For more information and to RSVP, call 808-221-7353 or visit See article, page 18, and ad, page 29.

The Mystical Wood of the Incas – 11:45am– 12:45pm. Join the creators of Aloha Palo Santos at this workshop at the OHM Expo. Learn how to use Palo Santo wood products to enhance your daily life. Free with admission to OHM Expo. Neil S. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. For more information, visit See ads, pages 4 and 37.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 Indoor Air Quality and Mold Webinar – 11am. Join David Frome, PT, LAc., for this informative webinar to learn about the effects of mold on indoor air quality and how the contaminates can be filtered out. Free. To register for the webinar, go to or visit, call 877-432-1247 or email See article, page 39 and ad, page 9. 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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 Oahu Holistic and Metaphysical (OHM) Expo – 10am-6pm. This expo is a full mind-and-body immersion into the holistic and metaphysical world of Hawaii. Tickets will be available at the Blaisdell Box Office on the day of the event starting at 9:45 a.m. $10 includes both days. Children 10 and under are free. Neil S. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu. For more information, visit OhmExpo. net. See news brief, page 11, and ad, page 37.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 Harvest Moon Dance – 7pm. Come dance and mingle under the stars in the magical Waimea Valley. This fundraiser is for the benefit of Waimea Valley programs to perpetuate Hawai`i’s cultural and natural resources. Enjoy the music of Joe Green and the North Shore Band and a menu by Ke Nui Kitchen. $20 (or $30 at the door). For more information, call 808-638-7766 or visit WaimeaValley. net for tickets. 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa. See ad, page 27

VegFest Oahu – Noon-5:30pm. Come to Frank Fasi Civic Grounds in downtown Honolulu to celebrate plant-based sustainable living. The festival brings together more than 50 booths offering education, food and entertainment, and was attended by 5,000 people last year. Activities include plant-based cooking demonstrations by expert chefs; speakers on health and environmental topics; a mouthwatering variety of vegan vendors offering ethnic dishes, local favorites and comfort foods; yoga and dance classes; lots of free product sampling; and continuous live music. Free. 558 S King Street, Honolulu. For more information, visit See news brief, page 10, and ad, page 29.


Hawaiʻi Edition

Girlfriends! It’s a Pre-funk Party – 6-8:30pm. Start the night by getting ready at Girlfriends with a hair wash, blow-dry and style with 100% natural hair products. Don’t have anything to dress up in for Halloween? No worries! We’ll have clothes you can buy if you wish and we’ll create masks at the Masquerade Station and so much more. Prefunk Party is led by Erine Reid, Lori Du Boyce and Brandi Kiana-Jo, co-sponsored by Black Cat Salon, 25 Maluniu Ave, Unit 101, Kailua. Street and metered parking available. Free for Girlfriends Committee, $25 General Admission, $35 Foodie, $45 VIP. Registration required at OneExperience. Guru/Girlfriends or call Brandi at (808) 393-5527. See ad, page 9.

PICK UP Jeani's Green Max Pro At Veg Fest and OHM Expo Schedules sometimes change. Check with event organizer to confirm listings.

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. ~Michael Jordan

ongoing events

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 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 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 27.

Hand-Building with Clay – 10:30am-12:30pm. Join Aloha Aina Pottery Studio for this fun and interactive class to learn how to build clay creations by hand. You’ll learn a variety of techniques for working with clay and forming shapes during this two-hour class. $35. An optional second class can be scheduled to paint your creation with non-toxic glazes. $25. Potter’s wheel classes are available by appointment. Also, special birthday parties, anniversaries and “clay dates” can be arranged. 1971 Eames, Wahiawa. Visit on Facebook at Aloha Aina Pottery Studio. Send a Facebook text for appointments or call 808-621-2388.

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. Waimanalo Hobbit House: Vegetarian Feast, Yoga Philosophy and Kirtan – 4-7pm. Visit this storybook wonderland of meticulously landscaped waterfalls, koi ponds, arched bridges, and exotic botanicals. Hear a talk on the ancient philosophy of yoga by a Vedic scholar, Narahari; experience kirtan 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 Visit 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 13.


SEEKING DISIPLINED YOGA STUDENTS Eight Limbs of Yoga – 6am– Tuesday through Sunday, and 5pm–Monday through Friday. Bharat Das is seeking a few disciplined yoga students that are interested in the ancient practice of 8 limbs of yoga. He has been a yogi for 55 years and will lead participants through the path that yogis from thousands of years ago used to achieve a state of samadhi, bliss and enlightenment. 1124 Kona Street, Honolulu. For additional information, email or call 808-256-7745. See ad, page 35.

by Randall Jarrell

A bat is born naked and blind and pale. His mother makes a pocket of her tail and catches him. He clings to her long fur by his thumbs and toes and teeth. And then the mother dances through the night, doubling and looping, soaring, somersaulting — Her baby hangs on underneath. All night, in happiness, she hunts and flies. Her high sharp cries Like shining needlepoints of sound go out into the night and, echoing back, Tell her what they have touched. She hears how far it is, how big it is, which way it’s going. She lives by hearing. The mother eats the moths and gnats she catches in full flight; in full flight The mother drinks the water of the pond she skims across. Her baby hangs on tight. Her baby drinks the milk she makes him in moonlight or starlight, in mid-air. Their single shadow, printed on the moon or fluttering across the stars, whirls on all night; at daybreak The tired mother flaps home to her rafter. The others all are there. They hang themselves up by their toes, They wrap themselves in their brown wings. Bunched upside-down, they sleep in air. Their sharp ears, their sharp teeth, their quick sharp faces are dull and slow and mild. All the bright day, as the mother sleeps, she folds her wings about her sleeping child. “Bats” is from The Complete Poems, by Randall Jarrell. Copyright © 1969, renewed 1997 by Mary von S. Jarrell. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC.

October 2018


community resource guide


To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, visit or call 808-927-3435 for details.


Luis Meza Cuadra and Liubov Ayloyan 1330 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu 808-208-7167 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 4.

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 5 and 25.


Hawaiʻi Edition


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 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 ad, page 9.


PO Box 8811, Honolulu, HI 96830 808-639-1845 (text only) 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 9.

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 consultation. See ad, page 3.


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 15.


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 over-the-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 27.

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HYPNOTHERAPY 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 18, and ad, page 29.

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 speaker. She can help bring clarity to your life goals and provide step-by-step guidance on fulfilling your dreams. See article, page 30, and ad, page 9.


Dr. Liza Maniquis-Smigel, MD, LLC Hilo: 136A Ululani St Honolulu: 928 Nuuanu Ave, Ste 210 808-933-3444 Dr. Liza Maniquis-Smigel specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, also known as Physiaty. She practices patientcentered medicine that focuses on illness from the patient’s perspective to help them improve their quality of life. She will find relief for your chronic pain through nonsurgical approaches while restoring health and function. She has a special interest in Platelet Rich Plasma, Stem Cell and Perineural Injection Therapies — natural regenerative processes that jumpstart your body to heal naturally. She is an expert in diagnosing neurological conditions with nerve conduction velocity studies and electromyelogram and MSK and nerve ultrasound diagnostics. See ad, page 23.

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.


2643 S King St, Honolulu 808-941-1922 Kokua Market is the first natural foods cooperative in Hawaii and the only one in Honolulu! Their product focus is on fresh, local and organic. Become a member 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.


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.

Celestial Natural Foods

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 820 Hind Drive, Honolulu 808-373-2222 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.

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.


67-071 Nauahi Street Waialua (808) 637-2379 A fantastic market in Wailua to get fresh produce, organic ingredients and sundry items. Great selection of healthy items with a friendly staff. 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. Pick up your 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 13.

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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 4.


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 31.


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 ad, page 48.


Hawaiʻi Edition

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. She knows the west side of Oahu inside and out and will work with you to find the right home at the right price. lf 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.

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 ad, page 22.


SHOPPING CENTERS 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

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.

SLEEP MEDICINE 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 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 5 and 25.

SPIRIT COMMUNICATION SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS HAWAIʻI PSYCHIC MEDIUM 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 18, and ad, page 29.


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 15.




Taylor Hoopii and Don Faumuina Honolulu 808-221-9943 Time 4 Change HI offers interactive workshops to help youth and businesses develop teamwork, improve communication and achieve more effective problemsolving skills. Any school, university or business interested in developing strong leadership skills and improving communication can learn more by reaching out to Taylor Hoopii and Don Faumuina to discuss what Time 4 Change can do to help. See article, page 19, and ad, page 36.

There are four convenient, 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.

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


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 ad, page 27.

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