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ontemplating the stories we tell ourselves—about ourselves and our lives—and which ones we choose to believe has been on the forefront of my mind lately. As a writer, I know that a carefully chosen adjective can make the difference between whether somebody looks like a hero or a jerk. It’s the same thing with life. I can choose how I start each day based on what words I use—I can either wake up and grumble about how tired I am on yet another gloomy winter morning or I can wake up to another fantastic day knowing that something amazingly awesome could easily happen to me. It’s my choice! And, while I tend to lean somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, I find myself veering toward the grumbling more often than I’d like to admit. When something not so amazingly awesome happens to me, rather than getting stuck in the “why me,” I’ve discovered that I recover a lot quicker from the hardship if I can find the blessings in it. That doesn’t mean I find those blessings right away—sometimes it can take a while, but they always end up revealing themselves. And when they do and that ‘aha’ moment occurs, I can relax in knowing that everything worked out for the best. We’ve all heard the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” If you would have asked me this time last year, I never would have guessed that some of my teachers were going to be shamans and visionaries at the beautiful Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. But, that’s how the life journey unfolds—amazingly awesome opportunities are always waiting to find us. This particular opportunity arose last summer when Elaine and I got the chance to visit this incredible all-inclusive luxury retreat and resort center. Our trip was truly an unforgettable experience which transformed the way Elaine and I viewed our life journeys and the stories we told ourselves. Not only did we partake in all of the holistic modalities offered at the resort—a complete program for mind, body and spirit—we got to learn from Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, who was at Rythmia sharing his life transformation program, The Answer is You. You might recall last month’s community spotlight article I wrote about Rythmia and its founder, Gerard Powell, a visionary who healed his addictions after experiencing plant medicine. He has now made it his mission to share these healing plants with as many people as possible. As I write this letter, I am getting ready for my second trip to Rythmia—a place that wasn’t even on my radar this time last year but has been given a special place in my heart. This amazingly awesome opportunity arose from a conversation with my brother Bruce and transformed into a brother/sister bonding trip to attend The Mastery of Self workshop with don Miguel Ruiz Jr., manifest some miracles and relax and rejuvenate in this awesome spiritual retreat center. While I don’t know what new awakenings await me on this trip, I do know that this student is ready and expecting something amazingly awesome to happen on this transformation vacation. Here is my wish for you: May something amazingly awesome happen to you today! Hugs,


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Healthy Living and Homeopathy to Combat Flu

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eeling a little down under these days? A reoccurrence of the flu is common this time of year. You may be being pressured to get a flu shot each time you step foot inside your local pharmacy or grocery store. Before letting someone poke you with a needle, it’s imperative to know what’s in a flu shot, as there are many misconceptions. Many vaccines still contain thimerosol (mercury), and the flu shot is one of them. Unless you specifically ask for a thimerosol free flu shot, you are more than likely getting one that does. However, mercury is not the only ingredient that should give us pause for concern; formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, aluminum and egg proteins are also contained in the flu vaccine. As a firm believer in medical freedom, I believe it is our right to have a vaccine or any medical procedure. I would, however, encourage you to do your due diligence and research. A list of vaccine ingredients can be easily obtained by visiting the CDC website. In the meantime, what are our choices if we choose not to take a flu shot? Plenty! Least of all is a diet rich in whole foods, plenty of water, cutting back on sugar and alcohol, and, of course, exercise. It’s really that simple. Every year we see an increase in illness in January and February. If we stop and think about this for a minute, we can easily surmise that the holidays play a huge role in this increase—excess sugar, alcohol, added events, family stress, loneliness and grief can create the perfect environment for illness to get a foothold. In addition, homeopathy has been successfully treating colds and flus for over 200 years. Homeopathy is a non-toxic, non-addicting form of medicine that helps to stimulate the body’s own natural healing mechanism. Visit to view a list of cold and flu remedies and to read Julie Igel’s blog.

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arly summer can be full of pollens because a large part of the country is in bloom. Ragweed and purple loosestrife will be blooming and filling the air with allergens, and the severity and pervasiveness of strong allergic reactions has increased. When the body experiences allergens, it releases histamines. These chemicals trigger symptoms such as sneezing, excess mucus flow, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. There are a number of herbs, that when absorbed by the membranes of the nasal passageways, can enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines rather than spraying steroids up our nose. Yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elder flower and eye bright are a few excellent examples of herbs that can break the histamine cycle naturally. A decoction of these, with calendula and aloe for soothing, works wonderfully for natural congestion relief. Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid. The styptic qualities of silver have been utilized for years to constrict microcapillaries and reduce bleeding. The shrinking of the nasal tissues reduces swelling, congestion and at the same time, kills bacteria and fungus. This can help a beleaguered immune system and stop a sinus infection—a wonderful prophylactic for the allergy season. For more information, call herbalist Steven Frank at 888-465-4404 or visit See ad, page 21.


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n its simplest form, owning your power is recognizing ‘I can do it.’ It’s easy to feel confident and trust all is possible when you are able to affect the world around you. Thus, when results are going good, you feel capable; when results aren’t going well, you feel less capable, anxious or not enough. These feelings are stronger if over time you haven’t been able to create the level of career, relationship, health or emotional results you desire. This is due to unconscious conditioning which is learned belief patterns attached to people’s behavior and circumstances that produces how you feel automatically. These ingrained patterns are also why when others are upset you may feel you must help them feel better, in order to feel better, and when you can’t, you feel bad. Thus, your happiness is dependent upon your power to make others happy. To heal such conditional patterns begins by learning to change how you define power in order to stay confident

in your ability to create what you want. To increase faith in your power it’s important to recognize there is a huge difference between what you’ve learned to believe about yourself, how life works and what’s possible versus your true nature and how life really works. “However it’s going, my true nature is a being of creative and abundant energy that is every moment one with, supported by and partners co-creating with the abundant and creative energy of Life. Thus, I am more and more is possible than I’ve learned to believe, feel or create so far.” This isn’t about whether or not you already know or believe this, it’s about reminding yourself this is the higher truth wherever doubts and fears, overwhelm and anxiety arise in order to re-align with higher consciousness. Not being able to create the level of emotional, health or life changes doesn’t mean you can’t, it only means you haven’t yet. You may believe you’re doing all that is needed, when you’re only doing what you know how and believe necessary. Your desires inherently come with the ability to create them even if you haven’t yet learned how to focus the power of

your choices to do so. Results may measure where you are in the process of creation, what you’ve learned so far or the effectiveness and consistency of your choices, but they don’t define you, your power to or what’s possible. Thus, lack of results is just feedback for shifting perspective, or to change the type, level or consistency of actions. Understand that no one can take your power from you. It may at times feel like this, but this is just a result of conditioning that causes your sense of power and physical energy to fluctuate. Even if you haven’t yet learned how to change these or other feelings, owning you have the ability to directly affect your feelings, independent of changing people or circumstances, opens you to focusing on shifting beliefs that limit you and giving yourself the support to stay confidently in the flow of creation And, if you don’t know how to do any of these, then learning how is just part of the process. I’m here to help you transform these and other patterns so you can live the life you deserve. Linda White, Master Life Teacher, healer, shaman and creator of Integrative Core Healing & Emotional Wisdom, has been helping people transform ingrained patterns, heal emotional causes of health issues, and live their dreams for 18 years. For a free 15 minute consult call 619-582-5505 or visit

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FEARLESS EATING How to Move Past Food Sensitivities by Kathleen Barnes


omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wide-ranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

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extreme peanut allergies. The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must

referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes


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called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the pro-

duction of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depres-

sion; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna, last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The

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Food Intolerances Self-Questionnaire by JJ Virgin Answer each question with never (0), seldom (1), sometimes (2) or often (3). 1. I need a cup of coffee or another caffeinated pick-me-up to jumpstart the middle of my morning or afternoon. _____ 2. I crave baked goods, pasta and other high-sugar impact foods. _____ 3. I have difficulty falling asleep or I awake during the night feeling anxious and struggle to get back to sleep. _____ 4. My bowel movements occur infrequently (less than one a day), which can sometimes be painful and involve straining. _____ 5. My mood can change swiftly and I take out my crankiness and irritation on coworkers and family members. _____ 6. I want to lay my head down on my desk mid-morning or afternoon because I have little motivation to remain productive. _____ 7. During meetings or conversations I zone out and struggle to concentrate for long periods of time on my work. _____ 8. After eating a big meal, I’m hungry and craving more of what I ate several hours later. _____ 9. Doing routine and important tasks takes all the energy and initiative I have. _____ 10. Even as an adult, I struggle with acne, rashes or blotchy skin, even though I use expensive skin cream. _____ 11. I head to the bathroom or step outside after a meal because of gassiness, bloating or other uncomfortable gut issues. _____ 12. The smell of a scented candle, perfume and detergent bothers me. _____ 13. Walking or moving around can create cramping, achiness or joint pain. _____ 14. I develop headaches that prevent me from enjoying the moment and leave me scrambling for a pain reliever. _____ 15. Even though I don’t have other cold/flu symptoms, I suffer from a scratchy throat or sinus trouble. _____ 6. I eat all the right foods in moderation, exercise religiously, and yet struggle 1 intensely to lose every pound. _____ Total Score: ______

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18 or above – You most likely struggle with food intolerances that create many unpleasant symptoms and stall fat loss. By removing the seven target foods for just three weeks, you’ll see these symptoms disappear and the scales will start moving again. 10 to 17 – You display some of the symptoms that food intolerances can trigger. You would greatly benefit from eliminating target foods to lose symptoms and those last few pounds. Below 10 – While you suffer few of the symptoms brought about by food intolerances, you could still benefit from the same regimen. Even the healthiest person can take their game up a notch and ditch those last few stubborn pounds. Source: The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin


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so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin. Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her three-week diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

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People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed.

Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at

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with their power. If we’ve picked up unwanted energy, take time alone to re-center. For a few minutes or more, quiet everything—no noise, bright lights, phone calls, texts, emails, Internet, TV or conversations. It’s a way of nurturing ourself and being our own best friend.

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mpaths are emotional sponges that absorb other people’s stress into their own bodies, which can be exhausting. Here are some basic strategies that work for them or anyone else battling low energy. Ask ourself, “Is this symptom or emotion mine or someone else’s?” A tipoff that we’re absorbing someone’s energy is to notice if we experience a sudden change of mood or physical state when we’re around them. If we didn’t feel anxious, depressed, exhausted or sick before the encounter, the discomfort is at least partially coming from them. If we move away and the discomfort disappears, it is definitely not ours. Breathe and repeat a mantra to counter negative energy. When negativity strikes, we can immediately focus on our breath for a few minutes. Inhale and exhale, slowly and deeply, to expel the uncomfortable energy. Breathing circulates negativity out of the body. Repeat this mantra three times: “Return to sender.” Step away from what’s disturbing us. Move at least 20 feet from the sus-


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pected source. See if you feel relief. Don’t worry about offending strangers. It’s fine to lovingly say, “No” to certain energies. Giving ourself permission to move is an act of self-care. Limit physical contact; hugs are a choice. Energy transfers through the eyes and touch. If we’re uncomfortable with someone, limit eye contact and touch, including hugs and handholding. Detox in water. A quick way to dissolve stress and empathic pains is immersion in water. Epsom salt baths provide calming magnesium. Set limits and boundaries. To thrive, set limits with people. If someone is draining, don’t be a doormat. Control how much time is spent listening to a talker. “No” is a complete sentence. It’s okay to say, “I’m sorry, I’m not up for going to a party tonight,” “Let’s discuss this when you’re calmer,” “I need to meditate and be quiet now,” or “I can’t talk more than a few minutes.” Create alone time to regroup. Empaths need alone time to reconnect

Spend time in nature and practice Earthing. Ways of Earthing include going barefoot or lying in a meadow to feel Earth’s power. To shed other people’s energy, feel the grass between bare toes or walk in sand or soil. Being in a fresh, clean, green environment or around waterways also clears negativity. Empaths love nature and feel at ease there. Take breaks from being online. We all need regular time away from technology that inundates us with too much information. Online media that triggers emotions—such as social media and violent TV news reports—can impair our ability to fall asleep. It’s easy to pick up energy in the virtual world, so make sure to spend time in nature, meditating or participating in restorative off-line activities. A periodic total technology fast does wonders for well-being. Regularly practicing these strategies replenishes our energies and we become less prone to being overwhelmed. It supports health and happiness so we can more fully enjoy the many gifts of empathy such as passion, creativity and experiencing the gift of giving and sharing love. Source: Adapted from The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, by Judith Orloff, to be released in April 2017. Dr. Judith Orloff is a psychiatrist, empath, author and member of the University of California-Los Angeles psychiatric clinical faculty. Her next local book signing, in Venice is at 7 p.m. on April 11 at Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice. For more information and to sign up for her free Empath Support Newsletter, visit See ad, page 3 and 21.

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Holistic Eye Care Taking the Whole Body into Account by Linda Sechrist


he “old wives’ tale” about eating carrots for healthy vision wasn’t wrong, but fell far short of a holistic approach to eye health. Today’s holistically trained healthcare providers and ophthalmologists believe that properly maintaining the marvelous phenomenon of eyesight requires taking into consideration genetics, diet, toxin exposures, life environments and our belief systems. “The body does not work as a series of parts in isolation, but as a dynamically integrated living system,” says Marc Grossman, a doctor of optometry, licensed acupuncture physician and co-founder of Natural Eye Health, in New Paltz, New York. “The reductionist method of referring each symptom to the domain of a particular specialist, isolated from the whole person, is slowly being replaced with a complementary view of health care that may include acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are beginning to look at each person as an integrated being.” Progressive health providers now consider dietary preferences, general exercise regimens, environmental factors and physical, emotional and mental issues, as well as an individual’s particular symptoms, in determining treatment strategies. “To improve vision, the condition of the whole person needs to be addressed,” says Grossman, whose books include Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Homeopathic Doctor Edward Kondrot’s practice at Healing The Eye & Wellness Center, which he founded in Zeph22

yrhills, Florida, embraces traditional and alternative therapies. He uses microcurrent, ozone therapy and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord in treating serious eye disease. Kondrot, the author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, systemically understands the eyes as windows to overall health. For instance, his perspective is founded on the fact that a balanced diet is one of the best preventive measures for maintaining eye health. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stressrelated effects and nutritional deficiencies are easily determined under the scrutiny of his holistic biomicroscope. According to science published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic spinal manipulation may also contribute to normal vision; in one case study, 20 treatment sessions helped an individual recover the function of optic nerves and normal vision. It’s generally accepted that chiropractic adjustment realigning the spinal column allows the nervous system to function properly, reduces tension and frees up the body to better transport blood to locations such as the eyes. Additionally, the second vertebra below the skull contains nerves that affect the eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves and sinuses. Common eye conditions generally develop so slowly that they may not present noticeable symptoms until deterioration has become severe. “Many factors can affect our eyesight,



including other health problems. Having a family member with eye disease may mean you’re genetically prone to having that condition as well, but living a healthy lifestyle may prevent the gene from being activated,” advises Kondrot. Viewing the condition of the eyes as a reflection of whole body health means that lifestyle and diet choices play major roles. The Vision Diet and supplement program recommended in Grossman’s Natural Eye Care has been shown to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes of study participants by five to seven millimeters, which generally equates to 10 to 15 percent. In general, a diet high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and sulfur-bearing amino acids can be helpful. Foods containing such nutrients include garlic, onions, beans, spinach, celery, turnips, yellow and orange vegetables, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, apples, oranges and tomatoes. Other dietary and lifestyle options recommended by Grossman are daily drinking one pint of juice made from mostly green vegetables and drinking eight to 10 glasses of purified water to keep eyes hydrated. Managing stress and doing palming and other eye exercises, such as those found at ComputerEyeStrainExercises, as well as daily aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes, are also beneficial. Additionally, Kondrot’s use of multimodal protocols such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, homeopathy, and detoxification can be applied to reverse visual loss. Kondrot advises that avoiding foods that trigger allergic reactions is important. “A study of 113 patients with chronic simple glaucoma showed an immediate increase in pressure in the fluid inside the eye when they were exposed to foods to which they were allergic. Take up meditation, yoga, tai chi or any other practice that helps you manage stress and relax,” he advises. “Some consider glaucoma a stress-related condition.” The best strategy for healthy eyes is to have regular eye examinations. Early detection and prompt treatment can prevent significant vision loss. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Reefer Madness The Eyes Have It by Dr. Jeffrey R. Anshel


id you know that cannabis consumption might possibly enhance your eyesight? Since the 1970s, scientists have conducted various studies on the connection between cannabis and our eyes. Here are some conclusions based on research. Glaucoma is a degenerative disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. The most common cause of glaucoma stems from higher-thannormal intraocular pressure (IOP). Research shows that tetrahydrocan-

nabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, can lower the IOP for three to four hours, bringing temporary relief when administered orally, sublingually (under the tongue) or topically. Recent research has discovered the presence of THC receptors in the eye’s tissue. Evidence also shows that cannabinoids may be able to save optic nerve cells via a mechanism called neuroprotection. However, the drugs that are currently prescribed to control

the condition (there is no cure) are very effective while using one eye drop per day. Thus, there is little motivation for the eyecare professionals to lean toward cannabis as a preferred drug. It is widely known that cannabis has anti-cancer properties. One of the reasons for this is that it halts the growth of new blood vessels that feed cancerous tumors. This same action can reduce the effects of late stage macular degeneration as well. Stay tuned for more on this exciting development! Other researchers discovered that THC seemed to protect inner layers of the retina. These results came as no surprise, since cannabinoids have been linked to treating other degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke and diabetes—all of which can affect the eye as well. It is widely known that the retina and brain share many similarities, including nutritional requirements. So, let us hope that good research continues to develop more uses for cannabis in eye health. And let’s stop all of this “reefer madness”! Dr. Jeffrey R. Anshel is the owner of E Street Eyes, located at 128 West E St., in Encinitas. For more information, call 760-931-1390 or visit


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pared or home cooked, the number of ingredients can substantially extend a test period. Each item must be completely avoided for about six weeks for an accurate assessment. Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, range from common grasses to inhaled pollutants. New carpets or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighbor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are among the culprits that can cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, vomiting or diarrhea. Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her practice to alleviate food and environmental allergy symptoms. “They can be tinctures or poultices; one herb or a blended mixture. Some are applied externally, some internally.” Giving the proper dosage for the size of the pet is vital. She particularly likes calendula for hot spots, despite its odor, because it’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, fol-



ather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks. With dogs, about 20 percent of itching and scratching can be attributed to food ingredients. Symptoms can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years old, often combined with inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic ear infections are often traced to food allergies. “If a pet is suffering mightily, see your veterinarian for shots or pills for immediate relief. Then ask the vet to allergy test for the specific problem,” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t something you can do yourself. I’ve seen pet owners use what worked for a friend’s dog and make their own pets sicker, despite research and good intentions. What works for one pet won’t necessarily work for another.” While food elimination testing works, it’s a long process that must be done with precision. “If your pet even just nibbles the eliminated food, you have to start all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commercially pre-

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lowed by witch hazel to dry them, and then coconut oil or aloe to soothe and soften affected skin—plus Echinacea to boost the immune system. She uses ginger or peppermint to counteract nausea. “Many people think an allergic pet should be switched to a lamb and rice diet. In some cases, that makes dry, itchy, skin worse,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to know what they are allergic to before trying out new foods or herbal remedies. Find a holistic vet to work with.” Morgan often prescribes a mixture of herbs for the best results. “I like licorice because it works like a steroid without the side effects. Probiotics help keep gut bacteria and the immune system healthy. Parsley works well for dry, itchy, skin caused by a blood deficiency, or imbalance. “Parsley brings a protein, as well as several vitamins, to the party,” notes Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger in Marysville, Washington. “It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and also great if your dog’s breath needs a freshness boost.” She suggests rosemary and thyme as ingredients in an antibacterial, antifungal salve; she mixes these essential oils with extra virgin coconut oil and beeswax to create paw balm. Morgan reminds us that essential oils can be harmful, even life-threatening, for cats. “If Kitty has itchy skin, lavender tea can be used as a rinse on cooperative cats,” she suggests. “For a less cooperative feline, chamomile tea as a drink or as leaves mixed into the food soothes itches.” Dohmen cautions, “Herbs and other homeopathic remedies or flower essences are medicine and should be given as a prescription by a qualified veterinarian.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@

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FRIDAY, MARCH 3 Sierra Talks: Drones for Good – 6:30pm. Using little airplanes to stop big animal poaching. Presented by Tina Pirazzi, the Program Director for The Lindbergh Foundation’s Air Shepherd Initiative. Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont St, San Diego, 92103. Ernest Lotecka, 760-533-2725

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 No Turf, Now What? – 10am-Noon. You got rid of the lawn, now what to do? Landscape Designer, Connie Beck will give you ideas and solutions to turn those areas into beautiful, inviting outdoor spaces. Part of the class will be outdoors. Members Free, Non-Members $10. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. Peter Pan – 2:30pm & 7:30pm. California Ballet soars into the San Diego Civic Theatre with the West Coast Premiere of Septime Webre’s Peter Pan. The dazzling, swashbuckling coming of age

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Butterfly Jungle – 3/11-4/23. During Butterfly Jungle, more than 10,000 beautiful butterflies flit, float and flutter around you in this spectacular spring fling event at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Free with admission. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, 92027.

Peter Pan – 1pm. California Ballet soars into the San Diego Civic Theatre with the West Coast Premiere of Septime Webre’s Peter Pan. The dazzling, swashbuckling coming of age tale will thrill audiences with a delightful mix of classical dance, slapstick and aerial ballet. Tickets start at $25. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, 92101.

MONDAY, MARCH 6 Free Psychic Healing/ Lecture Clinic – 7:30-9pm. Free readings for new visitors. Free for newcomers/$20 donation for others. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Phillips, 858-509-7582.

TUESDAY, MARCH 7 Men’s Intuition – 7-9pm. Men have intuition too? Meditate using male energy. Separate your energy from mom’s. Clear your father’s habit patterns. Learn meditation techniques emphasizing male energy. Find a new confidence in yourself. Fourweek class taught by Joe G. $140. Can be paid in smaller amounts of $40/week. Only $120 if paid on first night. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Phillips, 858-509-7582.

THURSDAY, MARCH 9 Practical Intuition I – 7:30-9:30pm. We are made of three parts, spirit, mind and body. Most forms of healing deal only with the body. In this course, you will learn techniques to: release energy causing “dis-ease” and create prosperity. Four-week class taught by Carol. $140 or can be paid in smaller amounts of $40 per week. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Phillips, 858-509-7582.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10 Cherry Blossom Festival – 10am-6pm. 3/10-3/12. Enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms, Japanese festival food, cultural performances, kids activities, local craft vendors and a beer and sake tasting garden. $12. Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego, 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, 92101. 619-232-2721. Free Movie Night – 6:30pm. Before The Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as Leonardo Di Caprio, as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, travels to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. 8304


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Yoga in the Rotunda – 8:30-9:30am. Join us for quiet teacher-led morning yoga under our dome before doors open. Enjoy an all-levels flow class with modifications so that everyone can go at their own pace and work to their level of experience. Classes are designed to foster a positive, non-competitive environment, encouraging well-being, mindfulness and community. $5-$10. San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-2392001. TOMATOMANIA 2017 – 9am-3pm. California’s largest tomato seedling sale is back. Featuring hundreds of heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties, expert advice and the accessories to grow tomatoes in your own backyard. Special workshops teach everything you need to know to grow great-tasting tomatoes. Free admission and free parking. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. Animal Telepathy – 10am-Noon. Healing & Clearing your pet. Why has their behavior changed? Possible past lives with your pet. Communication with lost or departed pets. Bring a photo of your pet. $40/$35 with RSVP two days prior. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Phillips, 858-509-7582. Best Coast Beer Fest Presented by Sycuan – 2-5pm. Enjoy more than 200 beers from nearly 100 local breweries, grab a sensible lunch in our food truck alley and listen to the sweet sounds of local bands – all while taking in the gorgeous views of Coronado and downtown San Diego. To recap... You. Beer. Music. Food trucks. San Diego Bay. $25-$90. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, 92101.

MONDAY, MARCH 13 Preserving Rose Genetics – 6-8:30pm. With John Bagnasco. Members-Free, Non-Members $15. Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Dr, San Diego, 92122. Heal the Chakras Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn about and heal the chakras with Yvonne using energy tools, singing bowls and pendulums. $40 or $35 with RSVP paid two weeks prior. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Phillips, 858-509-7582.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14 Ignite Your Life & Intuition Through Art – 7-9pm. Art experience is not necessary, just your curiosity to be amazed at your discovery, clarity and direction in several areas of your life. Love, relationships, business, health and vitality are revealed in this series. Live the life you’ve imagined. $105 w/RSVP paid first night or $40/week. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Phillips, 858-509-7582. Men’s Intuition – 7:30pm. Separate your male energy from men around you, clear your father’s habit patterns, investigate what your own male energy is. Learn meditation techniques emphasizing ownership of your own male energy. $140. Can be paid $40 per week, $120 if paid in advance. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Joe, 858-509-7582.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 Pest Management Naturally – 10am-Noon. Join Brijette Romstedt, owner of San Diego Seed Company, to learn methods for outsmarting pests and keeping beneficial bugs in your food gardens. Learn to grow a healthy vegetable garden using preventative pest measures. Members Free, NonMembers $10. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619660-0614.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 8th Annual Puppy Love 5k – Enjoy the flat, fast and fun course around the Embarcadero at this new, scenic location. All donations, proceeds and registration fees from the event go directly to Helen

Woodward Animal Center and the twelve different community programs. Get involved by registering for the event, and sharing your personal fundraising page. For more information and registration, contact 858-756-4117 or ext. 358. 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, 92101. Habitat Restoration at Stony Point – 9:30am12:30pm. Join San Diego Audubon as we remove invasive plants from Stony Point to protect native sand dune plants and restore nesting habitat of the endangered California Least Tern. Free. For questions, RSVPs, or directions, contact Megan Flaherty, our Conservation Project Coordinator, at 858-273-7800 x106 or Flaherty@SanDiego Free Special Access Tour – 10-11am. Have trouble navigating the terrain of the garden? Let us take you for a ride. Explore the garden from the comfortable Verbeck Shuttle with a Garden Docent. RSVP required. This tour seats only four to five people. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 FAA Island Habitat Restoration – 9:30am12:45pm. Want to help endangered species while exploring a typically inaccessible part of Mission Bay? All volunteers should come prepared to pull out invasive plants, rake up plant matter and get dirty. Wear pants, hiking boots and rain/sun protection. All gear will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. We’ll provide water, but bring a reusable bottle for refills. If you don’t RSVP, you won’t have a seat. Contact Megan Flaherty, Conservation Project Coordinator at 858-273-7800 x106 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Hands on Healing Appointments – 7-8pm. Receive a miraculous hand on healing including: healing the astral body, removing pain pictures or thought lodged inside the body and organs. Creating wellness. Receiving a neutral touch without judgment. Clearing the silver cord of stuck energies. Call Vessa Phillips for appointment times at 858-509-7582 or sign up at the institute in person. $40 for a 25-minute hands on healing plus fiveminute spiritual communication. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117.

MONDAY, MARCH 27 Resiliency and What’s Next? – 7-9pm. Your best self, love, business, health, wealth, creativity and self-expression. Topics that turn your intuition and ground you in success. Taught by Melanie. $40. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. Vessa Phillips, 858-509-7582.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31 ThetaHealing Basic DNA – 9am-5pm. ThetaHealing® is a meditation process that allows us to access a Theta brainwave to bring about change within our self and others. During the three-day ThetaHealing Basic DNA class, you will be given tools to use in conjunction with the ThetaHealing® meditation. $444. R And R Healings, 8719 Frobisher St, San Diego, 92126. Robert Simmons, 858-449-1749.

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ongoingevents daily Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation for Health and Success – Discover how you can achieve ultimate happiness and health with InteriorWerx. Clear emotional and energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury and more. There is immediate relief from symptoms, bringing health back to true form. Free. 312-479-7893. Schedule: Yoga Classes – Days & times vary. Iyengar for beginners and advanced practitioners. Iyengar Yoga Center of North County, 2210 Encinitas Blvd, Ste U, Encinitas, 92024. 760-632-0040.


PLANS CHANGE Please call ahead to confirm date and times

Spirit Dance: Ecstatic Dance and Moving Meditation – 10am-12pm. Join us for a simple yet profound ecstatic dance. $10-$20 sliding scale. Malashock Studio, 2650 Truxton Rd, Ste 200, San Diego, 92106. More info: 619-787-2389 or

Donations Accepted – 9:30am-6pm, Mon-Fri; 9:30am-5pm, Sat; 11am-5pm, Sun. All profits support individuals with Autism and other developmental or learning disabilities. Potpourri Thrift & Resale, 1024 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, 92054. 760-722-1880.

Family Discovery Walk – 3-4:30pm. 4th Sun. Walk and help your children discover the wonder and beauty of nature. Walks highlight the many changes that occur in the park throughout the year. Wear sturdy, close-toe shoes and bring water. Canceled if raining. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281.



Reiki Levels 1, 2, Master & Teacher – Nationally certified courses. 1 day classes. Ongoing throughout the year. Earn CE credits. More info: 760-593-4595.

Volunteer Bird Count – 7:30am-Noon. 2nd Mon. All levels of experience welcome. For more info and to receive an automatic reply with meeting location, contact Robert Patton:

San Diego River Garden Volunteer Work Party – 9-11am. 2nd and 4th Sun. Weeding, watering, pruning, trail maintenance and other light gardening projects. Family friendly. Tools provided. 3334 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, 92108. RSVP: 619-297-7380. Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-6683281. Grow Getters: Learn How to Propagate – 10am. 1st Sun. Learn more about propagation and potting plants. Help us grow our growing area. Free. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Info & sign up: Free Special Access Tour at The Garden – 10am11am. 3rd Sun. Have trouble navigating the terrain of The Garden? Let us take you for a ride. Explore The Garden from the comfortable Verbeck Shuttle with a Garden Docent. This tour seats only four to five people. Advanced reservations required. Free. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. Register: 619-6600614 x 16. Qigong in The Garden – 10-11:30am. 4th Sun. Instructor Reyna Lerma will guide students through the ancient Chinese health series that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Free, $10 suggested donation. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. RSVP:


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Bird Watching Monday – 8am. 1st Mon. Discover the fascinating birds and the unique art of bird-watching. San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917. San Diego Horticultural Society Meeting – 6-9pm. 2nd Mon. All welcome. Free/member, $15/nonmember. Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Dr, San Diego, 92122. More info: 760-295-7089 or

River Rescue – 9am-Noon. 1st and 3rd Wed. Team attacks and removes smaller and harder to reach trash sites along the river. All tools and supplies provided. More info: 619-297-7380 or Doug@ Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-6683281. Wednesday Trail Walk – 10am. 1st Wed. Explore trails of Balboa Park with a ranger. Leisurely pace. Difficulty level varies; check trail map. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-2351122. First Wednesdays Free Community Concert Series – 4pm & 7pm. Tickets are handed out on a first come, first seated basis. Doors open one hour prior to show time. Free, $12/reserved seats, $10/member reserved seats. California Center for the Arts, Center Theater, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92925.

thursday Shelter Island Walk and Talk Bunch – 1011:15am. Take a walk from the parking lot at Bali Hai to the end of Shelter Island and back (2.2-mile roundtrip). Some go to lunch after. Free. Bali Hai, 2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, 92106. Balboa Park History Stroll – 11am-Noon. Specially trained History Center guides lead this easypaced stroll through the park, revealing many of the intriguing aspects of its past, present and future. Reservations requested, but walk-ups welcome. $10-$12. San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, 92101.


$15 Yoga Classes – Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues & Thurs at 11:15am. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110.

Free Admission to The Japanese Friendship Garden – 3rd Tues. Enjoy a refreshing stroll through the garden and stop by the activity booths in the upper garden. Free. 2215 Pan American Rd, San Diego, 92101. 619-232-2721.

Fur Fix Thursday – 3-5pm. Touch, pet and play with some incredibly cute and cuddly animals, adoptable and volunteer. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92110. 619279-5939 or

$15 Yoga Classes – Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues & Thurs at 11:15am. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110.


A Gathering of Priestesses Live Online Video Show – 6pm. With special guests each week. For more info: California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter – 7pm. 3rd Tues (except Aug & Dec). Free lectures on a variety of California native plant topics. Have an unknown plant? Bring it to be identified. Open to the public. Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, Rm 101 or 104, 1800 El Prado, San Diego, 92101.

San Diego River Coalition – 3-4:30pm. 3rd Fri. Meet other people interested in the river, to exchange ideas and experiences, and to learn the latest news about the San Diego River Park. Open to the public. Mission Valley Library, Community Rm, 2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, 92108. Friday Night Liberty – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Evening of free open artist studios, galleries and performances throughout NTC Arts & Cultural District at Liberty Station. NTC Command Center, 2640

Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106. More info, Whitney Roux: 619-573-9300, WRoux@

saturday Guided Bird Walk – 8-10am. 3rd Sat. Join MTRP trail guide and resident birder, Jeanne Raimond, for an adventure in bird watching. If you have binoculars and/or a field guide, please bring them. For location: Vista Farmers' Market Wellness Event – 8am1pm. 1st Sat, Jan-Jun; 3rd Sat, July-Dec. With the farmers' market. A great opportunity for you to meet practitioners from a vast range of modalities and learn about their specialties, products, services and how they can benefit your health. Free. Vista county courthouse parking grounds, 325 S Melrose Dr, Vista, 92081. 619-301-8906. Wildlife Tracking Walks – 8:30-10:30am. 1st Sat. Learn to recognize and identify various signs left behind by resident wildlife. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. San Elijo Lagoon Volunteer Work Party – 9-11am. 3rd Sat. Locations vary, and activities typically include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, planting of new native plants, trash pickup and removal, and trail maintenance. More info: Ruffin Canyon Care Restoration – 9am-Noon. 1st Sat. Bring gloves and hand tools if have, but loaners available. Wear hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Ruffin Canyon, 9298 Shawn Ave, San Diego. RSVP: 619-297-7380 Dog Beach Cleanup – 9am-Noon. 2nd Sat. You and your friendly dog are invited to join Friends of Dog Beach at our regular beach cleanups. All cleanup supplies provided, along with treats for you and your dog. Dog Beach, North Ocean Beach. More info: 619-523-1700. BeachCleanup.htm. Yoga in the Garden – 9:30-10:30am. Get in touch with nature, relax your body and renew your spirit. Basic yoga flow format. No prior yoga experience required. $10/drop-in. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. More info: Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-6683281. Free Garden Tour – 10am. Tour the lush, colorful and water-wise garden with a knowledgeable garden docent. Bring your questions and hear the secrets and stories that make our garden special. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614.

Free Family Arts Activities – 10am. 2nd Sat. Explore various artistic mediums. Materials provided. All ages welcome. Free. California Center for the Arts, Art & Education Studios, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92925. Kids in the Garden – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. New topic each month. $5/child (accompanied adults free); free/members. Alta Vista Gardens, Children’s Garden, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Reserve: 760-822-6824 or FarmerJones@

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Docent-Led Guided Tours – 10:30am. Last Sat. Tour focuses on water-wise plants. Free with admission or membership. San Diego Botanical Garden, Visitor Center, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917. Famosa Slough Work Party – 1-2:30pm. 3rd Sat. Meet along W Pt Loma Blvd about 200 ft east of the corner of Famosa Blvd & W Pt Loma Blvd. RSVP: 619-224-4591. Birding Basics Class – 1-2:30pm. Last Sat. Join MTRP trail guide and knowledgeable birder Winona Sollock for a class to learn five simple techniques for identifying birds at a glance and how to use a field guide. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Old Town State Native Plant Landscape – 1-3pm. 2nd Sat. Do some work at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape, a recreation of the landscape that provided for the needs of Native Americans in our region before the arrival of Europeans in 1769. Old Town State Historic Park, corner of Taylor St and Congress St, San Diego, 92110. More info: Friends of Famosa Slough Bird Walk – 1-3pm. 3rd Sat. An easy walk with good views of a variety of birds and salt marsh habitat. Free. Meet at the kiosk by the corner of Famosa Blvd & W Pt Loma Blvd, San Diego, 92138. 619-224-4591. University Heights Point Restoration – 1:303:30pm. 1st Sat. Projects range from trash pickup, non-native plant removal, planting native plants and trail maintenance. 6800 Easton Ct, San Diego, 92120. Contact Ranger Jason: 619-235-5262 or CSA San Diego Support Group Meeting – 2pm. 4th Sat. The Celiac Sprue Association is a national support organization that provides information and referral services for persons with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Rady Children’s Medical Office Bldg, 3030 Children’s Way, San Diego, 92123. Home Grown Community Gardening Classes – 2-3pm. 4th Sat. With Diane Hollister, master gardener and composter. Garden and grow food in one’s own back yard. Pre-registration required. Free. El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Dr, Oceanside, 92056. 800-262-4167.

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Hillcrest Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. At Hillcrest DMV Parking Lot, Lincoln & Normal St, San Diego, 92103.

State Street Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm: Winter. 3-7pm; Spring, Summer and Fall. Rain or shine; year-round. On State St between Carlsbad Village Dr & Grand Ave, Carlsbad, 92008. Ron La Chance: 858-272-7054.

Seaside Bazaar Marketplace – 9am-4pm, winter/ spring/fall; 9am-5pm, summer. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace, 459 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92024. 760-753-1611. Rancho Santa Fe Certified Farmers’ Market – 9:30am-2pm. 16079 San Dieguito Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, 92091. 619743-4263. Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers’ Market & Art Fair – 10am-2pm. Paul Ecke Elementary, 185 Union St, Encinitas, 92024. 858-272-7054. LeucadiaFarmersMarket. com. North San Diego (Sikes Adobe) Certified Farmers’ Market – 10:30am-3:30pm. 12655 Sunset Dr, Escondido, 92025. Claire Winnick: 858-735-5311. Solana Beach Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. 444 S Cedros Ave, in the heart of the Cedros Ave Design District, Solana Beach. 858-755-0444. Karen@

Santee Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm, Mar-Oct ; 3-6pm, Nov-Feb. 9608 Carlton Hills Blvd, corner of Mast & Carlton Hill, Santee, 92071. 619-4498427. Encinitas Certified Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. Rain or shine. Parking lot B, 600 S Vulcan Ave, corner of E & Vulcan. More info: 760-522-2053, no texts. Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm, NovApr; 4-8pm, Apr-Nov. 4900 block of Newport Ave between Cable & Bacon Sts, Ocean Beach, 92107. 619-279-0032. Vista Main Street Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. Historic Downtown Vista, 255 Main St & Indiana Ave. Bill Westendorf: 760-224-9616.

Welk Certified Farmers’ Market Place – 3-7pm. Year-round, rain or shine. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr, Escondido, 92026. 760-651-3630, no texts.

People’s Produce Farmer’s Night Market – 5-8pm. Fresh produce, prepared food, fitness activities, healthy living demonstrations and handmade gifts. EBT, WIC and SNAP accepted. 1655 Euclid Ave, San Diego, 92105. 619-262-2022.




Coronado Ferry Landing Farmers’ Market – 2:30-6pm. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St & B, Coronado, 92118. 760-741-3763. Escondido Downtown Farmers’ Market – 2:306pm, year-round. Downtown Escondido’s Certified Farmers’ Market, Juniper between Grand Ave & Valley Pkwy & Heritage Garden, Escondido, 92025. 760-480-4101. Chula Vista-Otay Ranch Certified Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. 2015 Birch Rd & Main St, Chula Vista, 91915. 619-279-0032.


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Oceanside Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Coast Hwy at Pier View Way, Oceanside, 92054. 760754-4512. SDSU Farmers’ Market – 10am-3pm. Held during the fall and spring terms. Canceled on rainy days. San Diego State University, Campanile Walkway, between Hepner Hall & Love Library, San Diego, 92182. Linda Vista Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm, winter; 3-7pm, summer. Farm fresh produce, hot food vendors, live entertainment, craft vendors and more. WIC, EBT, Debit/Credit accepted. 6939 Linda Vista Rd, Linda Vista Plaza parking lot, San Diego, 92111. 760-580-0116.

Downtown El Cajon Farmers Market – 3-6pm. Supported by the International Rescue Committee. Prescott Promenade at 201 E Main St, El Cajon, 92020. 619-641-7510, x 277. farmers-market. Third Avenue Village Certified Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm, Nov-Mar; 3-7pm, Apr-Oct. 325 Third Ave & Center St, Chula Vista, 91910. 619-422-1982 x 3. UTC Certified Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. 7131 Regents Rd San Diego, 92122. 619-795-3363. Oceanside Sunset Market – 5-9pm. Corner of Coast Hwy & Pier View Way, Oceanside, 92054. 760-754-4512. MainStreetOceanside. com or

FRIDAY La Mesa Certified Farmers’ Market – 1-5pm, winter; 2-6pm, summer. La Mesa Civic Center, Date Ave & University Ave, La Mesa, 91941. Suzanne Bendixen: 619-249-9395.

SATURDAY Vista’s Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. San Diego county courthouse parking grounds, 345 S Melrose Dr, Vista, 92081. 619-301-8905. Little Italy Mercato – 8am-2pm. Year-round; rain or shine. At W Cedar St from Kettner Blvd to Front St, San Diego, 92101. City Heights Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Farm fresh produce, hot food vendors, live entertainment, craft vendors and more. WIC, EBT, Debit/Credit accepted. Fresh Funds Matching Program offered. 4325 Wightman between 43rd & Fairmont Ave, San Diego, 92105. 760-580-0116. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace – 9am-4pm, winter/ spring/fall; 9am-5pm, summer. Seaside Bazaar Marketplace, 459 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92024. 760-753-1611. Del Mar Farmers’ Ma r k e t – 1 - 4 p m . Year-round. Upper Shores Park, 225 9th St, Del Mar, 92014. 858-465-0013.

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Dr. Qin Fu 4401 Manchester Ave., Encinitas 760-230-2490 Dr. Qin Fu is a third generation healer, trained in China, that uses a combination of acupuncture, qi gong and herbs to help his patients achieve pain relief and better overall health.


The Healing Center Dr. Marilyn Chernoff, PhD, ND, M.Ed Encinitas 877-222-9146 Dr. Marilyn is a world-renowned healer; a medical intuitive who uses her knowledge and abilities to diagnose and treat children, adults, animals locally and globally (through long-distance healing). Specializing in allergies, pain, injuries, headaches, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, PTSD and others. By utilizing advanced biofeedback, the body’s pharmacy will heal itself. “BE THE HEALER YOU ARE”



Jessica McElfresh, Attorney-at-Law 858-756-7107 Expert advice and counsel for all aspects of cannabis law and policy. Located in Carmel Valley.

Waxing. Lashes. Skin. Hair Removal With over a decade in experience, Bare Waxing Studio offers the best in hair removal, skin treatments, and lash and eyebrow services in North County.



Family and Cosmetic Dentistry 285 N El Camino Real, Ste. 112, Encinitas 760-753-DENT (3368) Nominated top dentist, 10 years’ experience. Paperless green office with friendly staff. Digital x-rays, latest technology, early detection and non-invasive, long lasting restorations.


Loma Linda University Graduate 1983 Safe Biocompatible Dentistry Digital x-rays, safe amalgam removal 760-746-3663 • Visit us!

RX-C: BEYOND DELIVERY 760-849-8250

We specialize in helping patients understand and navigate the latest methods for realizing the maximum medicinal benefits cannabis has to offer.

Bring your mouth to optimum health and beauty through nonsurgical laser gum therapy and metal-free conservative dentistry. Stress-free Spa dentistry. Ozone therapy.


949-370-1245 Weedease Organics makes organic cannabis-infused cooking oil for medical marijuana patients. OCCO-Organic Cannabis Canola Oil, CANNA*COCO*BIS-Organic Cannabis Coconut. The safe and perfect way to get your medication without inhalation.

BARE WAXING & SKINCARE STUDIO 285 N. El Camino Real, Ste. 100 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-809-6598


Integrative Dentist Carey O’Rielly, DDS provides holistic family dentistry for patients from 3 to 93, including cosmetic smile makeovers using bio-friendly materials, bonding and lasers.



Cary O’Rielly, DDS 4403 Manchester Ave., Ste. 206-B Encinitas, CA 92024 760-632-1304


Sonya Swetich Goodwin Holistic Health Practitioner Craniosacral Therapist 619-726-3267 Nourishment and Resilience for Your Nervous System. Find support navigating your way toward healing the root causes of physical and emotional pain. Find your calm, joy and inner peace.

Book a complimentary consultation online Flat Fee, Never go to Court Divorce Mediation with Laura McGee J.D. is a cost-conscious, private, family-focused alternative to a litigated divorce. Is it right for you?

San Diego Medical Marijuana Center Bert Telles 858-414-4271

We believe in natural benefits of medicinal cannabis and provide products that are safe, and effective, to address a person’s unique symptoms or condition.

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Considering homeschooling? Don’t know how or where to start? I have over 17 years’ experience homeschooling. Oneon-one private consultation $70.


Judi Bryan 760-822-9234 • Creating a vibrant and Sustainable lifestyle with wild-crafted, organic nutrition and skin care while sustaining a living rain forest. Rain Drop therapist, expert at ear coning and Access Consciousness Facilitator.

WELLNESS & FITNESS CENTER Envision Personalized Health 619-229-9695

Envision Personalized Health is a private center for customized health, fitness and spa services. Specializing in Personal Training, Pilates, Yoga, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Massage and Spa Services. Private by appointment.


Ken Kostedt 619-212-2957 Let Kostedt Design & Marketing help you with your print or online graphics needs. Custom design services including business cards, billboards, wine labels, logos and more.


Call now for your free consultation and estimate. We are bonded and licensed to provide installation, service and maintenance of air conditioning and heating units. Serving residential and commercial clients throughout San Diego for over 25 years, providing “Quality Work at a Fair Price.”


Dawn Ellinwood 109 S. Acacia Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-792-5959 Built on a foundation of community, passion, contribution and strength, Ubuntu Hair Studio will shift the way consumers purchase beauty products and services.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS ABSOLUTELY SMOKE FREE – 1 HOUR Dr. Ginger Marable, PhD, CHt Offices in North San Diego County 760-420-2279

Want to quit smoking in about an hour? Our advanced, personalized hypnotherapy system has a 95% success rate and lifetime guarantee. Call now for a free consultation.


All-inclusive luxury resort located in beautiful Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The ultimate transformation vacation featuring life transformation by Michael Beckwith, Prana Vinyasa Yoga by Shiva Rea, plant medicine ceremonies, farm-to-table organic food, volcanic mud baths, massages, and so much more.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE CHARI CENTER OF HEALTH Dr. Roopa Chari, M.D. Deepak Chari, M.S. 760-230-2711

Holistic medical doctor and biofeedback specialist focus on weight loss, hormone balance and fast relief of stress and anxiety. Natural remedies with advanced biofeedback technologies.


630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.

MOBILE-EYES SD OPTICAL Helmut Igel ,ABO 760-473-8339

Licensed optician offering eyeglasses and lenses at affordable pricing throughout San Diego county and can visit you at your home or office or my showroom in Oceanside.


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Charlene Handel 5650 El Camino Real, Ste. 230 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-438-4600 Want incredible looking skin without using toxic injections or surgical procedures? Skin Fitness uses natural remedies based on kinesiological testing. Call today for your appointment.


Encinitas: 687 S. Coast Hwy. 101 760-274-1580 Del Mar: 2600 Via De La Valle, Ste. 100 858-436-9800 LaJolla: 8825 Villa La Jolla Dr. 858-642-6700 Hillcrest: 711 University Ave., San Diego 619-294-2800


The Friends In Business Network 760-613-6412 The Friends in Business Network celebrating over 20 years in business Network mixers everyday of the week "Friend's first and business second" Join and RSVP at Hosted by Art Kaliel. 760-613-6412.


Carmenza David, founder 760-452-0957 Join us every us every 1st & 3rd Wednesday morning for a delicious breakfast in Cardiff. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. $25 includes breakfast. Meet other leaders in your community; start your day surrounded by energetic, positive, ready to move and shake business owners. Come prepared to be ignited, to get inspired, to have fun and to make lasting connections!


Judy Ann Foster 760-703-9941 • Women empowering women in friendship and business. Monthly luncheon, networking, table displays, vendors, introductions, announcements, shoutouts, speakers, door prize drawings & gifts.


Sara Davis, Neuroptimal Practitioner Advanced Brain Training Sessions 858-216-2800 Stop suffering from: ADD, ADHD, PTSD, Irritability, Anger, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Poor Sleep, Addiction, Brain Fog, Lack of Focus, Chemo-Brain, Migraines, or Poor Performance

NONPROFIT ONE GIRL AT A TIME Fatim Bahh, founder 310-210-8402

Every Girl has a right to an education. We have made a committment to break the cycle of poverty in the rural community of Kassa, Guinea, West Africa. We provide educational support to young girls at the primary school of Kassa, from 1st grade to 6th grade.

PHYSICIANS E STREET EYES 128 West E Street Encinitas, CA 760-931-1390

Medical eye examinations, eyeglasses and contact lenses, optical quality sunglasses, non-surgical LASIK program. We offer traditional eye health evaluations as well as nutritional counseling that supports healthy vision.

DIANA HOPPE, MD OBGYN Women’s Health for Life 760-635-5600

Feeling tired? Having Hot Flashes? Battling Brain Fog? Most women silently suffer because they don’t understand what’s going on with their body. Call today.


Licensed Naturopathic Doctor 760-533-2883 I am here to offer you the best care combining research and evidence-based medicine. I want you to feel cared for, to be heard and to live in happiness.



(in the Lumberyard) 765 South Coast Highway 101, Suite H-101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-479-1977 Lotus Cafe is dedicated to serving fresh, natural, healthy food at affordable prices, prepared with love, simplicity, and a joyful heart. Our ingredients are sourced with care and are always natural.


Renato Cautela, owner 1514 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas 760-452-8136 Make life a treat. 26 flavors baked fresh daily, including vegan, gluten-less and sugar-free. Seasonal treats and catering, special events and custom orders.


Locally fresh produce & food delivery 760-560-3867 Shop our farmers’ market from home! Choose from a wide variety of produce and foods from our online farmers market. Daily Harvest’s longstanding relationships with many of the best organic farms in our community allows us to bring fresh, clean produce rich in vitamins and minerals straight to your door.

PRODUCTS BRIANNA’S HANDMADE SOAP Brianna Klingensmith, owner

Brianna’s Handmade Soaps are made in small batches, are vegan and free of synthetic ingredients. Organic oils and plant based ingredients provide moisture, rich lather and cleansing strength.


Do you suffer from stress, anxiety, body aches, chronic pain? Combining the use of tuning forks, singing bowls and other sonic transmissions with massage, myofacial release, trigger point can heal your body, mind and spirit.


King's Paddle Sports manufactures the finest Stand Up Paddle and Prone Paddling Boards. Locally made and custom designed. King's makes boards for surfing, racing and recreational paddling.

SURF DIVA SCHOOL AND SHOP La Jolla Shores Beach 858-454-8273

Learn to surf and paddleboard at the #1 school, with 20 years of sharing the stoke. We are honored to teach all ages from 5 to 95.


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1025 S. Cleveland St., Oceanside, CA 92054 760-721-6599 Manufacturer of quality SUP and surf accessories including leashes, tail pads, board covers, travel supplies, wax and more.


760-814-1293 Wholistic retail shop offering natural products and services to maintain a self-healing lifestyle, i.e. supplements, meditation tools, hemp CBD, beauty products and more.


Hem Rai, owner 760-230-6145 559 South Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad Retail store featuring fine jewelry, an art gallery, crystals, statues, rustic furniture and exceptional gifts from both local artists and artisans across the globe. We specialize in unique fair-trade and eco-friendly products.


Linda White Life Teacher, Energy Healer and Shaman San Diego and Solana Beach 619-582-5505 Own your power, Embrace and live Higher Consciousness, heal your body and transform the core beliefs and conditioning that block health, happiness, love and success.

WINDOW CLEANING EXCELLENCE IN WINDOW CLEANING James “Jim” Cherrington, Owner PO Box 462373, Escondido, CA 92046 San Diego • 760-746-0713 Temecula • 951-302-9633

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