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hat is the name of your organization? Five Branches University, Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine What is the focus of your university? They have two main focuses: to provide an outstanding education in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and provide the highest TCM healthcare possible. Five Branches University (FBU) has a graduate program that offers both a Masters and a Doctorate degree. Their postgraduate program has two levels: A Doctorate in clinical medicine and A Ph.D. program which is in coordination with their affiliated universities in China. Five Branches Universities have two health clinics, one at their Santa Cruz Campus and one at their San Jose Campus, where they

treat 160 patients per day. Each patient’s appointment is for one full hour including an in-depth interview with a TCM diagnosis and a Western diagnosis. The Western diagnosis examines the major complaint (the headache, backache, etc.) and the TCM diagnosis looks for the root cause of the symptom. Based on the diagnosis, they perform an acupuncture treatment and prescribe an herbal treatment, along with lifestyle change recommendations. An example of a root cause is a man coming in who was suffering with asthma (symptom), and the root


cause was discovered to be that he had too much heat in his body caused by eating too many spicy foods and food cooked at high heat (BBQ), as well as drinking alcohol.

What inspired you to get into this type of work? In 1984, Ron Zaidman, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Five Branches University, was looking to do meaningful with his life. He was living in Santa Cruz, studying Buddhism and the martial arts, and he happened to read a book called, The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk, a Harvard Graduate. The impact from the book and from his personal experience with TCM, Ron decided he wanted to

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staff at either their Santa Cruz Campus or their San Jose Campus. Their admissions staff is comprised of graduates of FBU and they can share a lot of information about their programs, as well as answer all of a prospective student’s questions. A prospective student needs three years of college, and a desire to become a new kind of doctor. FBU invites interested potential students to become a “Student For a Day” via their Campus Open House events that happen periodically throughout the year. Those who are interested or curious about being a FBU student can come to the respective campuses and not only sit in on the classes, but

also receive a free treatment from an intern. How does one become a patient at FBU? Patients should call the front desk for information about the specialties of their practitioners, the types of appointments and treatments available, and the different price levels of treatments. Their front desk staff is very knowledgeable and well informed about their services. FBU has 30 specialized faculty practitioners on staff. A patient can get a private appointment with a faculty practitioner, or a teaching clinic appointment. There are two types of teaching

clinic appointments: one with the faculty performing the treatment with the students observing, and the other with a senior intern performing the treatment with the faculty observing. What will a student learn at FBU? FBU students will learn from highly skilled and experienced teachers who have a strong foundation in both Chinese and Western medicine. The FBU faculty is passionate about students achieving academic excellence and eager to assist students in their personal growth and success as a TCM practitioner. Students will learn acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietetics, Qi Gong, Tuina massage, and energetics and receive expert instruction in both the classroom and clinical settings. Bio Ron Zaidman is the President/CEO and Cofounder of Five Branches University, Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ron received an MBA from Stanford, and was a management consultant specializing in strategic planning and management information systems. He was also an entrepreneur who established two international companies (as well as Five Branches University). Ron has studied Asian culture for over 30 years and is dedicated to the development of Traditional Chinese and Integrative Medicine education and healthcare in the United States and internationally. Affiliations Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Member Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Site Visit Chair United California Practitioners of Chinese Medicine, Advisor

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hat is the name of We all caryour business? ry beliefs, some Rochelle Stanley are positive What’s the focus of some negative. your business? These beliefs My focus is twofold: 1) are held in the helping others overcome obsubconscious stacles regarding their physical mind, within and emotional health, finances, the DNA and careers, relationships and other in the various areas that cause distress or seem systems of the unsatisfying to them, and 2) Rochelle Stanley body. My job is Teaching people how to heal to assist a clithemselves and others through the ent in what’s called “belief work” ThetaHealing® modality. Through to discover why these patterns are ThetaHealing seminars people are there and how these patterns have awakened, intuition is increased been teaching them powerful life along with their connection to source. lessons. Patterns are repeated, like They learn how to be a co-creator getting fired, breakups, poverty, illof their life and receive their mani- ness, weight gain, fear etc. until the festations of optimal health, love, mind and cells of the body are taught prosperity, success, harmony etc. The the positive lessons they have been only way to create a better world is gaining through these experiences. through self-improvement. It’s is amazing how the body is willing to let go of all these blocks simply by connecting the dots and finding the gifts, teachings and lessons. The body, mind and spirit heal and are inspired to become who they are truly meant to be. No longer hiding away from their personal power or greatness. Lessons like compassion, What inspired you to do it? forgiveness, kindness and generHow did you get into your osity are truly why our souls have come. And we are learning, growing type of work? My soul and intuition led me to and achieving through duality. An my current path. I consistently heard example of what a limiting belief an inner message “you are a healer, can bring into reality; Many people now get to work.” I feel like our believe they are unworthy, undeservsoul is our compass, it guides us, ing, unlovable. They think they are speaks to us through emotion and broken, that something is wrong through thought. Soul’s purpose is with them. This couldn’t be farther a strong driving force that is difficult from the truth! These underlining to deny. Once I said yes to the inner beliefs can help a person strive for guidance, things simply fell into the best, to be the best in life, teach place (this is not to say that I didn’t them tenacity, perseverance and experience trepidation and a bit of persistence. If they can understand fear initially.) I began studying vari- that everything in life has been a ous healing modalities with teachers teacher, then letting go of what’s not I admire and respect; Vianna Stibal, working comes easier. Dr. Darren Weismen and Doreen What are some of the Virtue. My work as a spiritual teacher topics or concepts you and ThetaHealer are my life purpose. help people learn about or accomplish? How does it work?

Through the ThetaHealing modality and my other spiritual work people can become familiar with ideas and concepts about spirituality, how to be a success in life, increase prosperity, removing patterns that no longer serve them, being freed from illness and anxiety, mindful thinking and creating, getting in touch with their intuition, trusting and honoring self, understanding their value, increased compassion, and how to see the bigger picture. This work and these concepts help people move forward and take charge of their lives. To set up a session contact my website, Session can be in person or done remotely by phone or skype. About Rochelle: Rochelle’s awareness of her healing and clairvoyant abilities were awakened early in life. As a child, she knew she could use her hands to heal people and animals. This awareness, guidance from spirit and her continued curiosity led her on a path of spiritual and metaphysical study. Rochelle has a deep connection to the Creative Intelligence of the

universe. She brings this heart-felt relationship into her healing work, channeling the energy of Love and Light to co-create physical, emotional and spiritual transformation. Rochelle’s understanding of, and respect for, individual belief structures allows her to grace her clients with love and support on their journey to health and self-empowerment. Rochelle now assists many on their own journeys of self-discover through teaching and private sessions. She provides a space for healing, self-transformation, spiritual growth and development and selfempowerment while building on the foundation of truth, that we are all creators of our realities. Rochelle Stanley is a —Master in ThetaHealing®, Instructor & Practitioner (By founder Vianna Stibal) —Certified Angel Intuitive (By Doreen Virtue) —Reiki Master —Certified Access consciousness (Bars practitioner) Rochelle Stanley, Master Theta Healer, Angel Intuitive, www. (831)234-0321

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t started out as a challenging situation, as most great endeavours do. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first time I would stand in line for an entire day just to weigh in for an event. Irritated, hungry, edgy, we stood. In the baking Hawaiian sun or the intense Florida heat, we stood, waiting. Many lost the fight before they ever weighed in. Many more just left out of frustration before their feet ever touched the scale. Was it all part of the plan? Tire them out. Wear them down. Break them. Or was it just a lack of organization? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Themâ&#x20AC;?, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;themâ&#x20AC;?? The first Americans to compete in our beloved Brazilian jiu jitsu on our home soil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, that weighin line is moving a lot faster, but you have to speak Portuguese to be in it.â&#x20AC;? So we waited. In retrospect and, to their credit and my pleasure and dismay, I was shuttled through a small hole in the wall, at the Tijiuca tennis stadium outside of Rio, while competing at the world championships. Apparently the roles were reversed as I watched the Brasileiros have to wait , as I, an Americano , was led directly to the scale. Times have changed but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make this stuff up. Back in the states, I obviously realized that to change anything

the sole purpose of testing ones meddle. From those trying times, the Rumble in the Redwoods was manifested. Brazilian jiu jitsu has come a long way in the last two decades. Weigh-ins are much more timely. Bracketing software allows for up to the minute updates at the bigger venues. Professional referees add to the validity of the events. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just Americans and Brazilians anymore. We are now truly on the global stage. There are tournaments held almost every weekend, an unthinkable accomplishment twenty years ago. Yet still it comes down to the athlete as performer. Without them, there

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is no show. Treat them fairly, do your best to give them the best. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win/win. Of course, things can and will go wrong. There is always something that will throw a wrench into the system. All things considered however, things are much better and we are all the better for it. Fair unbiased judging is absolutely essential, so we make it a priority to get the top referees. Safe mat areas and organized competitive pools help to expedite the process. Volunteers, lots and lots of volunteers to help with everything from set up to take down. A vision of symbiosis, where the athletes, staff, and spectators emerge as one entity. All for the benefit of evolving our art. For there inevitably comes a time, in all endeavours, that the fruits of your labor ripen. The taste is bold and brilliant. The energy sings to the skies. The time when all the elements combine, if even for a split second. Athletes intensely engaged, spectators enamored with the game, staff and crew working hard behind the scenes. Listen for the roar of the crowd. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sign.

Professor Chris Smith is the tournament director of the 12th annual Rumble in the Redwoods Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition held on 2/11/17 at DeAnza college in Cupertino Ca. . He is the owner of Tiger Martial arts in Aptos Ca. and has been teaching in Santa Cruz county for close to thirty years. Professor Smith holds five black belts in different arts and is the only black belt in Santa Cruz county to be awarded his rank directly from a member of the world famous Gracie family. His website is www.tigerbjj. com and the facebook page for the competition is http://www. We would like to thank our sponsors Connection Magazine, Sandbar Solar, Walker Media Services and Hawaiian Poke Bowl for all of your support. Aloha

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Getting a Clear Cranio-Sacral Rhythm


by Sylvia Skefich, D.C. he cranio-sacral rhythm is the “heart beat” of the spine. The rhythm (or pulse) circulates spinal fluid, lymph, and is connected to fluid circulation in all systems in the body. The craniosacral pulse is very slow Sylvia and very subtle, but is a true mechanical pulsation. There are various types of blockages that can interfere with the cranio-sacral rhythm. TRAUMA PATTERNS Old, healed traumas can leave imprints of physical restriction on the cranio-sacral rhythm. Physical traumas heal with scarring. Even if you cannot see the scarring, microscopic buildup of collagen and fibrinogen fibers lay down wherever there was inflammation to tighten up and heal an injury. Now imagine that your tissues are like a complex spider web. Now imagine part of the web had thickened. The web would move differently there. In fact the thickening may even strain nearby web lines, causing them to thicken too. STRESS PATTERNS Think of stress patterns as habitual postural strains from mental windup. Whenever there is stress in the brain, the body follows by drawing up and in, and getting ready to spring. The body does not know the difference between mental/emotional stress versus physical stress (the kind where we run or fight). Some people have their shoulders up around their ears all the time. Other people get cold, painful or numb hands in response to shoulder girdle tension. Other people have a chronic ache in the hip or low back, from being mildly torqued all the time, like on a starting line. SYSTEMIC PATTERNS Systemic (meaning, affecting the whole body) tension patterns can be caused from chronic foodcaused chemical inflammation. For example, the tension can come from a habit of too much salt causing tissue turgor. Another cause of

inflammation can come from hormonal imbalances. Even a one-time or a chronic history of fevers, exposure to medications, or vaccinations can stiffen the whole body. This type of tension can be hard to diagnose as the exact Skefich cause, but can often be softened or alleviated with cranio-sacral technique. EMOTIONAL PATTERNS Emotions can contribute to tension patterns, too. Even the medical field has a term called “the emotional low back,” referring to pain of tension that arises initially from mental or emotional stress. Cranio-sacral

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Dental X-rays Really Serve Us Well…




by David L. Biles, D.D.S., M.A. nceL.patients decideMA to reby David Biles, DDS, move Iunhealthy the When worked teeth, in mediconcern often becomes cine asnext an exercise physiologist what replace the teeth with, and, I and to cardiopulmonary technologenerally give the same answer. We gist for Northridge Hospital in can ultimately replace the teeth with the late 70’s I had the oppordevices that are removable or Àxed, tunity of observing new medidepending on their preferences and cal school train asI budget, but in graduates the very beginning, family practicethatresidents in the tell my patients we are going to intensive carewith unit. AfterThat’s five replace their teeth a Áipper. yearsa of exposure, came to the right, device we in Ithe profession refer to as a “Á ipper” or an immediconclusion that if dentistry was ate temporary denture. The anything likepartial medicine, it was name ipper comes from very Áunlikely thatpresumably I would know the ease the appliance ipped very much coming can out be of Ádental out of the mouth by the tongue when school without some mentoring necessary. It has no relationship to the by other more experienced dolphin television star of the 60’s. dentists. Thus, I embarked So what is a Áipper? Genon myspeaking, own self-styled erally a Áipper “resiis a dency” working as an removable oral appliance withassociate dentist in other 1-3 teeth attached to four a custom offices the acrylic Los Angeles made hardinpink plate that form-À the palate or basin overts atoperiod of three lower archsetting utilizing theon yearsdental before out contours teethCruz. and the my ownofinthe Santa That arch retention wasfor a little overand 30stability. years ago. Some dentists have them made I learned a lot working with metal clasps for retention, for those other dentists. And I though I have managed to learned much from thecuspatients locate a small lab that does I encountered. practice tom work for me andEach provides was free unique, as each metal services. Sincedentist many had hismyown philosophy care and of patients presentofwith business, likeminded signs of metalattracting allergies, having apatients. metal free removable is Ultimately,option I ended up paramount practice.Bellflower, I am working ininmyLomita, blessed to haveand such a skilled Hawthorne, Long Beach. In laboratory technician to service one practice, I worked for two of my patients. His name is Stan; he’s an the finest dentists I have known, artist and has a wonderful grounded brothers Bob and Larry Rifkin. sense of humor. I can always count on The he doctors had trained Stan; is, Stan Rifkin the Man. under the giants Backsome to the of topic—a Áipper in is dentistry, guided by theirupon uncle, usually inserted immediately exDr. Milton Kodosch, traction of teeth for multiplehimself purposes.a Itpioneer serves asinancreating immediate band-aid by viable dental placing directplans. pressure overand the Larry surgiinsurance Bob cal wound site, aiding in healing by practiced in Hawthorne and Bevstopping the ÁThey ow of also blood,happened much like erly Hills. what in a Àrst for aid situation: to beis done the dentists the Los direct pressure to the wound. The form Angeles Lakers, and their work of the Áipper also helps create and was pure art, a joy to observe, a guide the Ànal tissue contour which standard for the possible. They, helps to assure a nice functional and perhaps thanfor later anyone, esthetic bonymore foundation posconvinced me itsthat beautiful sibilities. Moreover, presence limits dental was possible given food andwork other forces from disturbing the wound, making healing thehealing best technical support posless disruptive. particularly the sible. They Ihelped me like define design that Stan creates patients my standards, and for formy that I am because meticulous attention to forever his grateful. I also apprecidetail enables my patients to securely ated the opportunity to fill in for wear their Áippers for weeks without them as the Laker dentist on a adding dental pastes and adhesives for couple of occasions. retention. It takes a little more extra When I finally lefttheLos Antime and plaster to make Áipper geleswithout to practice Santa retain pastes,inbut it is Cruz well

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tered patients who questioned the use of fluoride or x-rays or amalgam fillings or root canals during those early days. I was rudely awakened to issues I never even knew existed. I was in Santa Cruz. Over the years I came to better understand the concerns of some of tmy patients—not worth the beneÀ in hygiene, healing, and all,hassle. of course, but some. EvenOne after of theyears biggest tually, of concerns classes many have is how apand patients experiences withtheir some pearance be altered immediately of my will more radically inclined following the surgery. I tell them to patients, I came to embrace a relax; they will never leave the ofÀce different philosophy of care that without their smile after their surgical appointment. Moreover, we have spent

tongue space, but thinning weakens the plate, shouldofbedigital minimized. with theand advent x-ray Since the Áipper be necessary systems, the may radiation to our for an indeterminate amount of time, patients has been reduced anit is best to take good care of it. My other 90%. Yet, I still continue recommendation is that patients put up to have patients resist periodic with the thickness for a week before x-ray examinations. thinning the support, and then only if At some point, with intolerable. Keeping Áippers weteach and patientthem who with habitually refuses xcleaning a toothbrush and rays, am left unpleassoap andI water alsowith helpsthe assure longterm If one chooses not wear ant use. responsibility of to dismissing it them for awhile, recommend from Imy practice.placing Why? the Áipper inIwater some 3% hyBecause mustwith operate within drogen peroxide. Aof word to theatwise: the standard care the cover and place the Áipper away from permission of the state, which pets, as cats and dogs have been known issues my license to practice to chew up dental appliances. dentistry. Practicing to the Flippers are generally worn a standard of care means not minimum of approximately 10-12 supervising thetreatment neglecttoofpromy weeks before patients, and permanent patients cannot vide a more restorconsent to malpractice. So, ative option can begin. It takes longpoint before tissue and at that some insoft time, I must bone mature enough it approach those who before continuis refuse possible or wisex-rays to resume ally periodic with treatment.from Flippers can, by the dismissal my practice as last for a long time, given theway, consequence. Besides… the situation and the care the and most importantly, there is patient affords the appliance. I nothing more discouraging than have patients who have worn to discover significant dental these for years. Plus, I have had decay within toothnothing that but has patients whoa wore goneÁippers undetected for a period of for decades as it Àt best timeinto even with routinebudget, visualand extheir lifestyle, amshealth and concerns. dental hygiene visits. pinkmany material in most X-rays The serve purposes appliances is acrylic andremovable one of those is the early and is of colored the heavy detection dentalby decay before metal, cadmium. Cadmium free it spreads too deeply. X-rays are acrylics are available, and our part of the diagnostic tools a choice of materials for our patients. dentist must and have to fullythough serve Teeth are acrylic porcelain, his/her teeth patients. porcelain are a bit more costly. Just this porcelain past week, Setting and adjusting teeth is I struggled to and remove all of the more challenging time consuming, decay a patient inI agenerally permawith littlefor esthetic gain, so stay withmolar the acrylic teeth. Besides, the nent without exposing acrylic teeth bond to the plate, whereas the nerve in the process. I had the porcelaintoones must be patient mechaniassented allow this to cally retained. a situationshe where I defer x-raysIn because had need to thin the tooth for clearance apparently good dental hygiene, by opposing teeth, porcelain teeth can and she routinely saw my denfracture. Stick with the acrylic teeth. tal Ihygienist. By knowing the timemore she hope that by finally consented to beyond the x-ray about Áippers, the journey exexamination, significant decay traction becomes less threatening, less was present in you onecan ofhave her your mofearful. Remember, smile day your extracted. lars.theNow we teeth mustare wait to see How much better canwill it get, given the if my treatment therapeuticircumstances? trails…. cally heal herHappy lesion, preventing David currently actheDr. need forBiles rootiscanal therapy cepting new patients. He practices ideor an extraction. al dentistry as a Biological Bioesthetic “Bite-wing” x-rays show Dentist with a signiÀcant background the existence and progress and perspective rooted in athletics, of decay occurring between physical education, cardiopulmonary teeth, generally a result medicine, dentistry,asand humanfrom renot flossing or www. often search in exerciseproperly physiology, enough. Decay, many and (831)like 423-0121.

I practice today. I don’t place amalgams laden with mercury, and in fact remove them, if requested by my patients. I don’t have fluoride in the office and have actively spoken against the hazards of fluoridating the community water supply. I don’t perform root canals and do my very best to prevent the need by practicing truly gentle dentistry with high illumination and magyears creating pretty smiles with our nification. I do, however, refer Áippers, and truly do work with an artpatients out for root canals, if ist, Stan, who truly cares about people, that is, indeed, what which is reflected in his they workwish and after evaluating both sidesÁippers of the timeliness when emergency root canal issue. help I reason that are needed to quickly a traumatic my patients mustpeople live with the situation. Supporting and labs like Stan’s is why we small consequences of work theirwith choices. laboratories: the relationship My job is we to have educate and prestoent askall forof favors when necessary. the information I have I believe thatso a well-designed to my patients that they can esthetic Áipper should provide patients make informed decisions. The with a conÀdent smile after the surgery live with their body; I sleep well is complete, and that’s what we conat night.provide. Very simple. sistently In my ofÀce, that Onethe issue I do continmeans that smilethat is eye-catching, ue does to have difficulty with, howbut not draw critical scrutiny. that of have Inever, manyiscases, therefusing smile we to provide x-rays taken, another common following surgery is a significant improvement overdental the one request. the patientI “Santa Cruz” presented with at accept the beginning the could hardly this of argudental mentjourney. 25 years ago when most Speech is generally affected of the dentists took x-rays as initially, but within 48 hours of use, we did back then. I have an even people adapt and speech returns to norharder time today. Twenty-five mal, though the continual awareness ago it was to accept ofyears the appliance withhard the tongue perbecause full mouth the sesists awhilehaving longer. aOccasionally, x-rays takenmore was Áries ipperof candental be thinned to create I had three years of seasoningPagelikened nomenons follows the path of to anConnection hour of exposure 11 � The Magazine � www.ConnectionMagazine under my belt, and thought in the sunlight. With many ag- least resistance. Once decay I was prepared for anything ing “flower children” of the 60’s breaks through the hard enamel and everything. After all, that in my practice, I figured an hour layer and reaches the underlywas what my “residency” was of sun worship couldn’t be too ing softer dentin layer, the defor, to prepare me for more of bad or infrequent an experience. cay “explodes” in all directions the unknown. Wrong. Wrong. Once a year for x-rays? What Continues on Page 11 Wrong. I had never encounwas the big deal? Nowadays

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It Is Time To Rise And Take A Stand

Vaccines Revealed by Dr. Gabriel Russo

guess what? Vaccines. Over 80,000 The ‘vaccine issue’ is one of the comments! Let’s continue this conversamost controversial healthcare issues tion. Let’s stand up to this outrage with today. the light of purpose. If you watched the movie Vaxxed, I have for many years been an opit was centered around Dr. Hooker and ponent to mandated vaccines. It is morhis almost 20 year quest ally indefensible. to get to the truth and hold The facts are: 1) Vacsome very evil people in our cines do have a risk (the government and the pharmaonly debate is the extent of ceutical industry accountable that risk), and... 2) Well crefor lying to the public and dentialed experts disagree knowingly destroying lives on the safety and efficacy of and families. vaccines. This movie is well Given these facts, one documented. They lied about can only conclude that indithe connection between the viduals and parents should be MMR vaccine and autism. Dr. Gabriel Russo given the choice as to whether They lied about the connecthey wish to vaccinate or not. tion between mercury in vaccines and A parent should not be compelled by the autism and ticks. They lied about the efgovernment to vaccinate their child if the fect of giving vaccines to pregnant mothparent does not want to take that risk. ers. They lied about Gardasil. And in the I think we all know that the mass meantime, the government is getting vaccination agenda is crazed in its zeal. more aggressive in FORCING people to When experts speak at all with concern have vaccines. about vaccines, they get WE NEED TO ostracized and someKNOW THE TRUTH times their careers get AND OUR COMMUNITY destroyed. Parents who NEEDS TO KNOW THE decide not to vaccinate TRUTH. are attacked. WE HAVE A MORSB277 in California AL OBLIGATION TO GET has escalated the issue THIS TRUTH OUT IN THE and was violently opPUBLIC EYE. posed, but it still passed. I have taken a stand. Now they want to go a step further in A free Docu-Series has been creattheir police powers with SB18. We caned, Vaccines Revealed - www.Vaccinesnot in good conscience sit quiet! Materials have been put On January 10th, 2017 - the first together to help you join the mission and Vaccines Revealed episode will launch. get the word out to your friends and famYou need to let your patient base and ily in the community and further. www. your community know about it. There will be a series of breathtaking interviews Vaccines Revealed launches on with some of the most prominent experts January 10th. There are 9 days of epiin the world and a lot of what they have to sodes with over 20 expert presenters that say is downright shocking! tell the story., The most read and commented post on Facebook recently was about...

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moving rapidly towards the nerve. To my way of thinking, it is far more beneficial to expose a small portion of your body (teeth) to digital diagnostic x-rays once every 12-18 months to prevent the possibility of losing a tooth or having a root canal performed. And again, with digital x-rays, the level of radiation exposure has been reduced another 90% over the faster film alternatives of the last 20 years. The consequences of losing a tooth or carrying a dead one around in your head for the remainder of your life certainly outweighs the risk of minimal exposure to the radiation. Doesn’t it?

Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your resistance to periodic digital x-rays. Your tooth or your life. Dr. David Biles is accepting new patients interested in a comprehensive dental approach that detoxifies mouths and restores health. Dr. Biles brings a unique awareness to healing from a lifetime of personal experience, study, and work in many disciplines, including dentistry, medicine, physical education, human research in exercise physiology, and nutrition. Schedule a visit to see if an ideal approach to dentistry is what your body requires to heal. 831423-0121.

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Super Healthy & Delicious Appetizer: Sweet Potato Skins

by Vani Hari, the Food Babe f you need a healthy appetizer to serve instead of the usual Vani Hari chips and salsa, chicken wings or fried mozzarella sticks, I’ve got a recipe for you that will knock your socks off! These babies are so good I’ve already eaten them a couple of times for lunch this week. These sweet potato skins are packed with nutrients, are crispy and look beautiful served on a platter for a big party or game night. This appetizer has this sweet and salty thing going on that makes them just irresistible, they really hit the spot! Enjoy!!! Food Babe’s Sweet Potato Skins Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 35 mins Total time: 45 mins Serves: 8-10 Ingredients 8 small sweet potatoes coconut oil 3 avocados, peeled and pitted 1 large tomato, diced ½ cup diced red onion ½ jalapeño, diced 1 lime, juiced ¼ cup chopped cilantro sea salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup cooked black beans 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


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Rub each sweet potato with coconut oil and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until fork tender. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, in a bowl, make the guacamole. Start by mashing the avocado and then add the tomato, onion, jalapeño, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

When the sweet potatoes are done, take them out of the oven. Cut each one in half and scoop out half of the filling. Set the filling aside. Sprinkle some of the black beans and cheese on each sweet potato half and place back in the oven to melt the cheese, 3-4 minutes. When melted, take out of the oven and top with a scoop of guacamole. Enjoy! Notes **Please use all organic ingredients if possible** Use leftover sweet potato filling as a side dish or freeze for later. If you know someone who would love a recipe like this – please share! Who knows maybe they will make you some! Xo, Vani Printed with permission.

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Love Without Condition

Sandy and the Black-headed Python. We are One and at Peace with each other (23rd Nov 2014).


by Sandy Stevenson love you as you are, as you seek to find your own special way to relate to the world. I honour your choices to learn in the way you feel is right for you. I know it is important that you are the person you want to be and not someone that I or others think you 'should' be. I realize that I cannot know what is best for you, although perhaps sometimes I think I do. I do not know what you have chosen to learn, how you have chosen to learn it, with whom or in what time period. I have not been where you have been, looking at life through your eyes, so how can I know what you need. I allow you to be in the world without a thought or word of judgement from me about the deeds you undertake. I see no error in the things you say and do. In this place where I am, I see that there are many ways to perceive and experience the different facets of our world. I allow without reservation the choices you make in each moment. I make no judgement of this, for if I would deny your right to your evolution, then I would deny that right for myself and all others. To those who would choose a way I cannot walk, whilst I may not choose to add my power and my energy to this way, I will never deny you the gift of love that God has bestowed within me, for all creation. As I love you, so I shall be loved. As I sow, so shall I reap. I allow you the universal right of free will to walk your own path, creating steps or to sit awhile if that is what is right for you. I will make no judgement that these steps

are large or small, nor light or heavy or that they lead up or down, for this is just my viewpoint. I may see you do nothing and judge it to be unworthy and yet it may be that you bring great healing as you stand blessed by the Light of God. I cannot always see the higher picture of Divine order. For it is the inalienable right of all life to choose their own evolution and with great love I acknowledge your right to determine your future. In humility I bow to the realization that the way I see as best for me does not have to mean it is also right for you. I know that you are led as I am, following the inner excitement to know your own path. I know that the many races, religions, customs, nationalities and beliefs within our world, bring us great richness and allow us the benefit and teachings of such diverseness. I know we each learn in our own unique way in order to bring that love and wisdom back to the whole. I know that if there were only one way to do something, there would need only be one person. I will love even if you behave differently than I think you should or believe

differently than I do. I understand you are truly my brother and my sister, though you may have been born in a different place and believe in another God than I. The love I feel is for all of God's world. I know that every living thing is a part of God and I feel a love deep within for every person, animal, tree and flower, every bird, insect, river and ocean and for all the creatures in all the world. I live my life in loving service, being the best me I can, becoming wiser in the perfection of Divine truth, becoming happier in the joy of Unconditional Love. Sandy Stevenson This article may be freely copied providing it is correctly accredited and remains unchanged.


T he W riting of Unconditional Love …

'Unconditional Love' is up on many web sites, is in 'The Awakener' and my new book and has been printed in lots of magazines around the world... but I have never written about how it came to be. Of the things I have written, ‘Unconditional Love’ is my favorite. In essence, I believe we all wrote it.

I was visiting a friend of mine who had a few friends staying with them. I was talking with someone I could see had difficulty loving anyone much. Their conversation was racist and judgmental and they were convinced there were large numbers of the population that we were not meant to or able to love. As I was listening, I realized I didn’t hear this view expressed often, perhaps because my own friends tend to not be judgmental. I believe everything we encounter in life has a reason and a learning and I realized this viewpoint must be a reflection of other similar viewpoints. I went home that day and wrote ‘Unconditional Love.’ With the Grace of God, it has now been read by many thousands of people. From the letters and comments I've received, it seems it has helped. The person who originally had expressed their view that love didn't solve anything, actually perhaps inadvertently (or perhaps not!) helped create more love. We see by this example that by expressing their viewpoint, they helped make a difference. When we grasp the higher perspective of life,

we see a planet full of people that are all helping each other to learn and grow. Just think of that — everyone is helping everyone else — without exception. What a magical gift we are offered within all the events of our life. Each presenting us with wonderful opportunities to look and learn and gain a greater understanding, compassion and love for all those we share this beautiful planet with. I am so grateful for each moment of each day. I can remember when I really experienced ‘gratitude’. Some years back, suddenly I just got it — a magical moment when I realized the magnitude and beauty of the Divine plan within the Universe. That moment of understanding brought an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for everyone and everything that existed. All of it — everyone — was helping me! Wow! And I was helping too. May each perfect moment continue to bring that which helps me grow and become the best me I can be. What a perfect day. Unconditional Love, Sandy Stevenson arts/unconditional.htm

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Feng Shui Wisdom for Home & Personal Transformation

A Fresh Start for the New Year, Clearing Clutter


Clutter clearing go of tomorrow. Our society by Megan Montero tells us that the more we have guidelines: he new year • Are you the happier we will be. The brings a great keeping things truth is that most people find opportunity t h a t s e r v e n o having less is more and havfor a fresh start and purpose in your ing more is a burden. The there is no better life? Keep only more conscious we make our place to begin than clearing clutter at Megan Montero things that you choices about what we buy absolutely love and keep, the better we will home. Clutter is anyfeel. The value and meaning thing that no longer serves a and find useful. • Ask, “Why am I keep- of what we surround ourpurpose in your life. Clutter can even be things you love if ing this? Is it worth it to selves with increases when we clear our clutter. This they are scattered around and maintain this?” • Do you have posses- creates a sacred space to live unorganized. Is your closet so crammed with clothes sions that bring up things and thrive in. Keep carving out time to that you can’t go through your find anything? stuff, you will be Do you have a surprised at the room where you changes it brings. throw everything M e g a n you don’t know Montero is a what to do with? Feng Shui ConDo you bump sultant who has into furniture as been practicing you walk through since 2003. She your house? Clutoffers Feng Shui ter can inhibit the Consultations in flow of a healthy Santa Cruz, San life. If you answered yes to these ques- about the past that you are Jose and Monterey or by phone. Megan is a Plant tions, then you could benefit ready to leave behind? Clearing clutter can feel Spirit Medicine Healer and from some clutter clearing. We are connected en- really good. Once you let go an initiated weather worker ergetically to everything we of the things that are no lon- in the Nahuatl indigenous own. Having stuff is not bad, ger serving you, the weight tradition. She practices Plant there are many things that of this burden will be lifted Spirit Medicine at her office are useful and meaningful and you may want to get rid in Santa Cruz. To contact to daily life. Objects that of more stuff. Taking the time Megan for Feng Shui Consulwe have negative emotional to go through your things will tations and Classes or Plant connections to, or unused, actually create more time for Spirit Medicine please call (831) 588.5424. For more unloved things can hold us life in the future Clearing clutter is a pro- information about Megan back from living full lives. Every aspect of our health cess of letting go that often and her Feng Shui and Plant is connected to a specific happens in layers. Things Spirit Medicine practice, visit place in our home. Clutter we are not ready to let go of her website www.windancreates energy blockages in today, we may be ready to let our homes and this can create blockages in our health and in our life. Have you ever noticed how overwhelming Pet Por traits it feels to be in a home that Ar t & Tarot is filled with clutter? My clients who have clutter feel Products & Services overwhelmed, stuck, and PO Box 1438, their lives are either chaotic Felton, CA 95018 or at a standstill. My clients are amazed and energized (831) 335-9064 by the movement and good fortune in their lives after clearing their clutter.

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Intuitive Insights by M elanie G endron , C reator of T he G endron T arot Everything is mutable; the constant is change. Life isn’t static and will rearrange.


ntering a year of uncertainty, I feel like I’m standing on a precipice of all possibility. What will evolve; what challenges will we have to meet? Will we be closer to peace or war worldwide? Likely, both; we’re manifest in duality after all. Opposites coexist. There seems to be a divide among the populace, a discrepancy between what is and what is desired. The rich appear to flourish while the poor perish. The inequity between the haves and the have nots has existed throughout human history. It breeds revolution and its natural component, change. Believe we will fare well or fear the future, the choice is ours to make and responding actions to take. What we picture grows to actuality. It becomes something, hopefully what is truly desired. No matter the appearance of worldly happenings, we can and I believe, must cultivate our higher selves, our divine characteristics: compassion, respect for one another, tolerance of differences, mercy—to name a few. Choosing love over fear is not so easy when passions flare, but those reactionary moments are testing places. What we do with our various intense emotions is where we are at choice. “The Devil made me do it” is a cop-out. Choosing to act on our highest thoughts helps forge a world of peace and prosperity. As we sow,

so shall we reap. Sometimes our blessing is that we have survived to live another day, and we have another day to cultivate love and to enjoy our creative intelligence. Ruminating after meditation recently, this poem came through: I’m floating off-world immersed in deep silence— neutral buoyancy space or ocean fed, no matter—it’s the same. Occurrence swirls around the quiet soul— Buddha underneath the Bodhi tree. And even that doesn’t matter.

Just Being Each day is a blessing, offering opportunity to choose the path we take that day. One day at a time, we build the world. Joyous Days and Numerous Blessings in the New Year, Melanie Melanie Gendron is available for intuitive tarot readings, offering also art, unique gifts, tarot services and products, (831) 3359064, email, visit http://

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research, quality information and/or their genuine love & support. We thank colleagues of ours from one of the finest educational programs in the world (BodybrainCompatible Education. Thank you to Susan Kovalik, Karen Olsen and Ann Ross for their grand ideas that helped us with great ways/ideas (Themes) for our magazine. And, especially to dear Ann Ross who sent our magazine off to her lists each month across the entire USA as she valued our magazine so much! Thank you each and all! Our website and SuperBlog Website will continue to be up and running as the information within the archived magazines is so good, so important and so relevant. Enjoy and use them, please. ALSO, look for the new “Compassion Flower Connection” which can be found on the website as well as in the near future on www.CompassionFlowerConnection. com website (starting in February 2017). This site has everything in all aspects related to ‘cannabis’ and the prices start at only $30 per month. Please join us here. Call (831) 459-0522 and/or email to: This will be up and running very soon. Meantime, you can email us at: We have included a letter that has been published in our magazine for a couple of months. It tells a few of the things that Connection Magazine has done to help educate you, the Readers, save our lives, etc., etc. Good letter (thank you Theodora); why reinvent the wheel? Thank you again for your participation with us, with Connection Magazine ~ “Conscious Living & Healthy Lifestyles” • MIND • BODY • SPIRIT • EARTH • HEART • And, thank you very much to the lovely people that have called us through the years to thank us for the magazine, commend our courage to tell the truth (at the expense of our own lives and livelihood), and put out current news, info, alternative and healthful ways to make each of our lives better. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, With love, light, gratitude, Pattie Mills and Thom Coby P.S. See you in English! Thanks for ‘all the fish’, and . . . ‘thank you very much, enjoy the great day!’ The following letter was published in the magazine in September 2016. Please read it as a recap to some of the things which Connection Magazine has presented. Thank you!) Dear Reader, Editor’s Note: A similar such letter was sent to one woman who would no longer read this magazine [due to one particular feature/article] in it, even though she had been a Reader for many years. This was the response sent to her [several minor changes]. This seemed like good info for everyone. As you may know, we (Pattie & Thom) have published Connection Magazine for over 25 years. During that time, we have been front and center in both educating you about the many health challenges we face from toxic corporate products and empowering you to act effectively against the governmental policies that attempt to force these products on us. In the late ‘90’s, we joined with some of you to stop the state mandated fluoridation of our drinking water. Thus began a 2-year campaign, with Connection Magazine leading the charge to educate our community about how toxic fluoride was, how many worldclass scientists and 1st-world countries opposed it, and how this agenda to fluoridate was driven



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work and publishing. We were and are fortunate to have Theodora Kerry work with us in a number of capacities (researcher, journalist, music media, distribution, assistant, etc.). Renowned ‘Visionary Artist’ Author and Tarot Deck Creator, Melanie Gendron, joined our Graphic Arts Staff many years ago. Melanie is a big part of this edition and we thank her for her creativity, hard work and perseverance through the long night hours with us for many years, now. Mike deGive has done Graphic Arts design with us as well as Kevin of Shimmering Wolf Graphics. Dossie Saccomano was such an awesome Office Manager (at 317 Cedar St., SC), thank you! We have worked with other folks throughout the 25 years and we thank them each for their hard work or their hard lessons in learning for ‘us’. Connection Magazine has presented so much honest and tough information through the years—renowned for its COURAGE and perseverance! We are proud of the info that we have presented and the risks and the prejudices we have taken and endured from various people/groups. We are truthfully tired (a due date each month; every month for 25 years—that means 300 issues in a row, every month for 25 years.) [and, we have lived ‘to tell the tale’, AND, are still very nice folks! Tee hee hee hee hee!]. We are intelligent people who are also exhausted. And, after thoroughly reviewing the two new laws that Obama signed in: October 1st – Obama hands over control of the Internet to International Control (giving up control by the USA). Opening the door to Chinese style censorship. He turns ‘it over’ to the U.N. And . . . December 24th - Obama signed into effect (on Christmas Eve), “The Disinformation Act” (where people who are vocal about things like: vaccines, GMOs, chemtrails, TPP, Fluoride, Electro-Magnetic Pollution, Chemtrails, Black-Box Voting, Fukushima, etc, etc. can be investigated, questioned and even incarcerated for being Russian collaborators for just telling the truth about what our big government, corporate controlled, big pharma control system is doing to us without necessarily telling us the truth about what is happening.) In other words: tell the truth; pay big consequences. We can’t stop ourselves from telling the truth, if we are publishing, so we have decided to stop publishing. You that are awake and aware know everything you need to know, and we lovingly pass the Torch to you to awaken your friends and loved ones. We have put the info out there for those that are open, inquisitive, and want to live in a positive life-affirming world. Therefore, it is time for us to say ‘adieu’ and a BIG THANK YOU to so many folks: you the Readers, Columnists, Businesses, Advertisers, our Staff, etc. Wishing you health, happiness and peace on earth to live your Life. A extra BIG thanks to: Marcia Clanton, Donna Wms-Smith, Bette Tennant, Anne Coby, Melanie Gendron, Theodora Kerry, Jan Benner, Bill Pooley, Mike deGive, Taale Rosellini, Shari Rose and Kevin Bush as well as Bruce Tanner, Drew Lewis, Foster & Kimberly Gamble, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Hugh & Gayle Prather and Barry & Joyce Vissell. Also, thanks to cousin Betty Jo & Hannis Latham for subscribing for many years. We to the magazine for many years. Also thanks to Julie, Karen N. Tammie D., Mackie R., Kim T., Linda M., Lois K., Gina L., DaVid R. etc. for their

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Dear Readers, Friends, Colleagues, Businesses & Advertisers, A ‘quarter-of-a-century’ —25 years ago, a couple (a Health Practitioner/Massage Body Therapist with a degree in Psychology, plus Engineering & Anatomy) and his wife (a Teacher & National Teacher Trainer; ITI & BodybrainCompatible Educator; with degrees in Psychology, Humanities, Lifetime Teaching Credential, Conflict Resolution, etc.), living a healthy lifestyle themselves, decided to create a monthly magazine that was free, in hardcopy print and distributed in Santa Cruz & Monterey Counties. Pattie and Thom began this adventurous journey together with Pattie’s mom, Bette, right in sync—an integral part all the way. Soon two dear friends, Marcia & Donna joined in and worked and gave so much to this endeavor. Bette always referred to them as ‘our angels’. So true is that! Connection Magazine expanded to also be distributed throughout the 5 counties of: SC, Monterey, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito Counties. This magazine was evolved in a very thoughtful manner; very intentionally. Featuring many areas of health, fitness, FUN, art, adventure and awareness—the community has been educated in many regards. The monthly Columnists educated the Readers about the “best-of-the-best” healthful remedies, solutions, ideas, mediums, etc., etc. We thank them each and all very, very much! And, a special thank you to the following Columnists who remained integral parts of Connection Magazine for years and gave a lot to the Community and the World with their expert information: Dr. David Biles, Dr. Sylvia Skefich, Dr. Randy Baker, Megan Montero, Barry & Joyce Vissell, Joanne Justis, Karin Leonard, Daniel Robin, Janet Leonard, Meghann Finn, Susan Heinz, Christopher Love, Robert LaRosa, Donna Wms-Smith, Melanie Gendron, Ted Mancuso, Aaron Caravel, Allen Morgan and Gina Locatelli. We thank every Contributor, Advertiser, and Reader throughout all of the 25+ years of hard

by a profit-hungry chemical industry that would otherwise have to pay to store this toxic waste product. This campaign and the subsequent successful initiative—we mounted to call for a public vote before any fluoridation began, and is the reason no one in Santa Cruz County is drinking fluoridated water! Hopefully you’re also aware that Connection Magazine began educating about the dangers of GMO foods many years before any local, state, or national efforts to label GMO’s, and once these movements began, Connection Magazine was the only local publication to regularly support these efforts. Long before smart meters were installed on our homes, Connection Magazine regularly published articles about the health issues caused by exposure to the EMF radiation emitted by cell towers & cell phones. We were also the only media to keep you informed in the late ‘90’s about the small cadre of activists who actively lobbied both the city and county to create regulations for the siting of cell towers in order to keep them away from neighborhoods, schools, and hospitals. I want to also mention our many months of reporting on citizen efforts to stop the statemandated aerial spraying to “eradicate” the light brown apple moth in 2007. While many were sickened during the 2 days of low-flying airplanes spraying us with an untested, uncertified chemical, the mainstream media reported these injuries as the result of over-active imaginations, and even made fun of those injured. Not Connection Magazine, however, where these injuries were reported as legitimate, and the logical result of being exposed to poison. The quick growth of this movement to “Stop the Spray” ultimately led to its cancellation. When the EPA later denied this chemical certification, as it was unsafe to spray on people, you didn’t read that in the Sentinel, Good Times, or other local rag, but you did read about it in Connection Magazine. We’ve also been active for many years in informing readers about the dangers of vaccines. When opposition to SB277, the mandatory vaccine bill for children, began to build, which local media did their turn to in order to reach out to the larger community? That’s right: Connection Magazine where we continue to publish news of this movement. Finally, for those of you who welcome the reform of marijuana laws, I ‘ll remind you that for over a decade now Connection Magazine has committed at least one page each month to ongoing education about the health benefits of cannabis as well as informing readers about the continuing successes of the reform movement throughout the U.S. . We have received mixed reviews for our article on the Presidential candidates in our May Issue. In responding to the critical feedback, we can only point out that given our long history of reporting on the many health issues listed above, many of which are the direct result of policies created by our elected representatives, it is only logical that we would focus on what the candidates’ stances are on these issues. And, it takes quite a bit of “due diligence” to find out some of these stances since they are not covered by the mainstream media, which finds no dangers in fluoridation, pesticide spraying of urban populations, GMO’s, mandatory vaccines, nor EMF radiation. We apologize if your disapproval of this one article has resulted in your no longer wanting to read Connection Magazine and the many other great issues we cover. True, LifeLong Learners (as so many of Connection Magazine readers are), we encourage you to read all you can including this well-researched paper.) We can’t please all the people all the time, and hopefully, you can find it in your heart to give credit to Connection Magazine for consistently informing you about the many serious issues we face as well as empowering you to act effectively to protect the health and well-being of yourself, your family, and your friends. Pattie, Thom & Staff, Sept. 1, 2016

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Iration is an alternative/reggae group of musicians who met while growing up in Hawaii and Protoje is a must Meghann Finn see! He is a powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker who articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation., Crepe Place: Funk Night with 7 come 11, Every Tuesday night, Come get down with this hometown rock funk band. David Bowie Tribute Night, 1/28 Celebrating the 70th birthday of our beloved favorite musician. Kuumbwa Jazz: The Bad Plus, Mon. 1/16. A piano, bass and drum trio who is one of the most forward-thinking trios in jazz, combining idiosyncratic originals with inspired left-field covers. Poncho Sanchez, Thurs. 1/26, two shows @7pm and 9pm. Latin jazz congo band leader and salsa singer. Moes Alley: Talking Dreads, Wed. 1/4, reggae-tribute of the Talking Heads’ top hits. Katdelic + DJ Little Jon, Fri 1/6, All Star Funk David Bowie Birthday Celebration. ALO Tour de Amor, Wed 2/1, fun, groovy, uplifting, California rock band. Rio Theatre: Lady Smith Black

A Lot to be Thankful ForSanta Cruz Music Scene! Concerts in Retro: his past month brought some brilliant music to our cozy beach town of Santa Cruz. I found myself walking into crowded boisterous music venues that we are so lucky to have here; (The Catalyst Club, Moes Alley, and Kuumbwa Jazz Club to name a few) and thinking what a lucky music lover I am to be able to experience all walks of music any given night. From hip-hop, jazz, reggae, jamtronica and psychedelic rock and roll. Yes, you read that right, jamtronica. What is jamtronica you may ask? Jamtronica is a mix of jam-rock and electronica; essentially dance or trance music played with live instruments. Jamtronica is a growing music genre started in the United States in the mid-90’s. The genre is essentially a live band playing techno or electronica without any significant use of DJ’s or samples. It was in some ways born out of the band Phish’s forays into funk influenced electronic music, but the band to really kick it off was the Disco Biscuits, formed in 1995. Since then it has expanded, and other notable bands now include Sound Tribe Sector Nine, New Deal and Particle. This past month I was able to experience some jamtronica in the plant filled atrium of the Catalyst with the electronic hydro funk band called Sunsquabi. I first saw this Colorado trio at High Sierra Music Festival last summer. Even the band name has a stoner mountain vibe to it. I would describe Sunsquabi as a trippy blend of jazz, funk, cosmic disco, classic rock, and hiphop fused together with Wed. • Jan. 4 • 7:30pm looping technology, live • $17adv/$20dr Muriel Anderson w/ improvisation, and a willWonderlust Visual Show + Steve Palazzo & Charlie Rice ingness to take chances. World Renowned Guitar I walked away from this & Harp Guitarist show thinking that was a wonderful blend of SteSun. • Jan. 8 • 7pm • $15 vie Wonder-esque funk Ronstadt Generations English & Spanish Harmonies/Cello/Guitars hooks with Daft Punk’s techno thump, Jerry GarFri. • Jan.13 • 8pm • $10 • Dance cia’s noodling licks with Dead Winter Carpenters + Bootsy Collins’ psycho Abalone Grey Alt-Country/Bluegrass bass, Herbie Hancock Thu. • Jan.19 • 7:30pm • $12 Headhunters-era synth Andy Fuhrman & Friends with Earth, Wind, and Fire + Cruz Control disco flourishes, SunKPIG-Inspired Country Classics squabi boldly goes where Sun. • Jan.29 • 2pm Matinee • $15 few bands even conCatfish Keith • Country Blues • Blues sider venturing. So if you Hall of Fame Inductee • 2X WC Handy haven’t heard of this notBlues Award Winner so-new genre of music Sun. • Jan.29 • 7pm • $20 called “Jamtronica” give Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz it shot. These musicians Ensemble w/ Paul McCandless know how to jam through Music of Brazil/Cuba/India/Spain electronic sounds. Until next time….. you stay Thu. • Feb. 2 • 7:30pm • $15 Andre Geraissati classy Santa Cruz. Legendary Brazilian Guitarist Some Music Highl i g hts i n S anta Cruz: Catalyst Club: Iration w/ Protoje, Fri. 1/13


Mambazo, Sun. 1/22, dubbed “South African Cultural Ambassadors to the World” by Nelson Mandela —has an admirable history going back over five decades. Meg Finn is a Santa Cruz based live music enthusiast, photographer, bilingual educator, activist, Phish loving-dancing machine. She spends her weekdays teaching a full time Kindergarten class at Gault Elementary School in Santa Cruz. On her weekends she is running her small business, Show of Life Photo Booth, collecting jade in Big Sur or getting lost in the redwoods with her American Bulldog, mini cow, named Bamboo.



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Sen. Warren: Pull Pot Shops Out of Banking Limbo


by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press annabis Boston—As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block—lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide security, don’t have their banking services taken away. It’s part of a wider effort by Warren and others to bring the burgeoning $7 billion marijuana industry in from a fiscal limbo she said forces many shops to rely solely on cash, making them tempting targets for criminals. After voters in Warren’s home state approved a November ballot question to legalize the recreational use of pot, she joined nine other senators in sending a letter to a key federal regulator, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, calling on it to issue additional guidance to help banks provide services to marijuana shop vendors. Twenty-eight states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use. Warren, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said there are benefits to letting marijuana-based businesses move away from a cashonly model. “You make sure that people are really paying their taxes. You know that the money is not being diverted to some kind of criminal enterprise,” Warren said recently. “And it’s just a plain old safety issue. You don’t want people walking in with guns and masks and saying, ‘Give me all your cash.’” A spokesman for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said the agency is reviewing the letter. There has been some movement to accommodate the banking needs of marijuana businesses. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of the Treasury gave banks permission to do business with legal marijuana entities under some conditions. Since then, the number of banks and credit unions willing to handle pot money rose from 51 in 2014 to 301 in 2016. Warren, however, said fewer than 3 percent of the nation’s 11,954 federally regulated banks and credit unions are

serving the cannabis industry. Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade organization for 1,100 marijuana businesses nationwide, said access to banking remains a top concern. “What the industry needs is a sustainable solution that services the entire industry instead of tinkering around the edges,” Taylor said. “You don’t have to be fully in favor of legalized marijuana to know that it helps no one to force these businesses outside the banking system.” Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who studies marijuana regulation, said there’s only so much states can do on their own. “The stumbling block over and over again is the federal illegality,” he said. The federal government lumps marijuana into the same class of drugs as heroin, LSD and peyote. Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration has essentially turned a blind eye to state laws legalizing the drug, and supporters of legalizing marijuana hope Republican President-elect Donald Trump will follow suit. Trump officials did not respond to a request for comment. During the presidential campaign, Trump said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and has expressed support for medicinal use. But he also has sounded more skeptical about recreational use, and his pick for attorney general, Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, is a stern critic. Some people in the marijuana industry say the banking challenges are merely growing pains for an industry evolving from mom-and-pop outlets. Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care, one of the nation’s largest providers of medical marijuana products, said it’s up to marijuana businesses to make sure their financial house is in order. “It’s not just as simple as asking the banks to open their doors,” Vita said. “The industry also needs to develop a set of standards that are acceptable to the banks.” Newshawk: The GCW Source: Associated Press (Wire) Author: Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press, Published: January 1, 2017 Copyright: 2017 The Associated Press CannabisNews—Cannabis Archives list/cannabis.shtml Printed with permission.

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The High Of 2016: Marijuana Legalization Quietly Goes Global


by Alice Salles n America, the cannabis legalization movement  has been in full swing, with states like California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada joining Washington and Colorado by legalizing recreational weed in 2016. Other states like Florida, Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota also followed suit, legalizing marijuana for medical use. Prior to the 2016 election, 25 states had already passed medical marijuana laws, but in 2017, experts have  estimated  that states like Arizona, Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Texas, and Tennessee will join the movement, either by legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis. But as the U.S. legalization trend continues and anti-drug war advocates are reminded to stay strong, we’re also reminded that the pro-pot movement was not launched in the United States. It has been spreading globally, as far back as 1976, with countries like the Netherlands and Portugal experimenting  with decriminalization and teaching the world a lesson on the importance of respecting personal choices. In 2016, Uruguay and Canada legalized and regulated weed, helping to remove the stigma around the use of the plant. But Ireland, Australia, Germany, and Jamaica weren’t far behind, approving laws that recognize medical marijuana. Before them, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos had signed a decree “making the cultivation, consumption, import and export of medical marijuana legal,” while in Chile, the private and personal use of cannabis has been decriminalized since 2005. By 2016, the Chilean congress had approved a bill allowing locals to grow small amounts for medical, recreational, or spiritual use. On the African continent, countries like South Africa are also inching closer to legalization, with court cases that could legalize weed sales  still pending. In countries like Egypt, Gabon,  Rwanda,  Tanzania,  Zambia,  Ghana,  Botswana,  Morocco, and  Ethiopia, selling and using pot may still be illegal, but enforcement is usually lax, and groups have been lobbying their governments to put an end to anti-cannabis rules. Marijuana Decriminalization is Worth Exploring In Portugal, the possession of all drugs was decriminalized in 2001. This move helped to ensure drug dealers and users do not get sucked into the legal black hole that is so familiar to drug users and sellers in America. But for anti-drug war advocates who are concerned about the social cost of the war on drugs, the quest for justice has been leading entire nations toward legalization — an action that is commonly followed by regulation.


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And while legalization helps to protect users, regulation often helps to insulate certain growers and sellers with access to the market, keeping competitors at bay. By imposing taxes and rules, governments set barriers to entry, giving growers and sellers without access to capital even more incentive to stay in the black market. As Mises Institute’s Ryan McMaken explained in his “Government Regulators Drive Legal Marijuana Underground”  piece, “businesses have moved underground to use socalled gray markets” since U.S. states began legalizing weed. In this case, the problem has to do with the federal ban on marijuana, which still stands despite popular pressure. Since weed businesses in states where cannabis is legal do not have access to financial institutions  because of federal laws, they have fewer options when it comes to looking for funds to open their businesses. They also have a hard time opening business banking accounts since their money is coming from the commerce of weed. Further, they are barred  from taking tax deductions and benefiting from tax credits, meaning they endure the costs of doing business but receive no breaks as other businesses do. “That means a marijuana business owner can pay an effective tax rate as high as 70 percent, as opposed to the more typical 30 percent rate,” the Daily Beast has reported. If no laws prohibiting or regulating the sale or use of cannabis are in place, regulation cannot stand in the way of private institutions like smaller banks or credit unions and individuals hoping to start their own businesses. By decriminalizing weed, individuals gain by having access to more choices. And when it comes to weed consumption (or any other product for that matter), choice is what guarantees product quality and customer satisfaction. Hopefully, this global legalization trend will continue, bringing the focus back to decriminalization and peace. This article (The High of 2016: Marijuana Legalization Quietly Goes Global) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a  Creative Commons license with attribution to Alice Salles  and  AntiMedia Radio airs weeknights at 11 pm Eastern/8 pm Pacific. If you spot a typo, please email the error and name of the article to

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