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This month, we are all about chronic pain. I was startled to read that a majority of Americans experience pain on a daily basis and that so many of our neighbors (and perhaps, friends and family) are addicted to powerful opioids to alleviate this pain. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1,000 people are treated daily in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids. In 2012, 2.1 million of our fellow citizens were abusing opioids, according to the director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse in Senate testimony—and that number has only increased in the past five years. It is a tragic scenario which seems to be fueled by the medical establishment (and powered by insufficient health insurance) that is more interested in quickly treating symptoms rather than finding the cause or exploring alternatives to pharmaceuticals. My indictment is not to cast blame—as most physicians I know feel stymied in this system within which they work—but the system is only part of the problem. Mainstream medicine and insurance has been reluctant to explore or support alternatives to chronic pain relief. The most telling quote from this month’s feature on the topic, in my opinion, is from Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-2-3. He notes, “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention. If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” There must be another way—and fortunately, there are many ways to deal with chronic pain. In this issue of Natural Awakenings, we have set out to provide a range of options as well as practitioners that provide pain relief. We have two articles about inflammation in the body; one from the naturopathic physician, Isabel Sharkar, and the other from integrative nutritionist, Elizabeth McMillan. Both offer insights to the role of inflammation and the body’s inability to heal itself. There are a host of ways to manage inflammation, through diet and taking charge of your gut, that will provide the relief. For those who find themselves in chronic pain, there is extremely promising support shown through the use of legal cannabis products. Patricia Frye, M.D., of Takoma Park Alternative Care, has been treating patients from all over the world for pain relief, and thereby enabling her patients to greatly reduce, and in some cases, stop all together, the use of prescription opioids. Her article this month provides great promise for anyone, not just D.C. or Maryland residents, who is seriously looking for a medical professional to guide them through pain management safely and legally. There is also growing support for the use of yoga therapy to manage pain. Marlysa Sullivan, a professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health and founder of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies, reports on the growing body of evidence of yoga therapy’s ability to manage and overcome pain. From the interview with Dr. Coy Roskosky, of NIHA, we learn about the capacity of integrative chiropractic care, one that seeks to uncover and deal with underlying issues, to provide relief. Of course, preventative care is always appropriate. Angela Blueskies offers a piece on the use of Sound Medicine to manage one’s inner being for balance and wholeness. Keeping us all moving, particularly in the later years in life by playing the hottest new sport, Pickleball, helps as well. We offer a list of just a few of the 100 (or so) places to play in our area. There is a lot to share on this topic so please, devour this issue and learn all you can to educate yourself. Surely, we will all experience chronic pain at some point. Knowing the alternatives, and some of the ways to prevent it, is the first step to a better, healthier life. Peace,
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newsbriefs Energy Medicine, Yoga Nidra and Meditation Classes Offered in Columbia
nca Energy Health & Wellness Center, located in Columbia, is offering a series of wellness and energy medicine classes throughout the month of June and beyond. Energy Medicine for Beginners: The Essentials for Self-Care series, taught by Juana Sancho Davila Moreland, based on the work of her pioneer teacher Donna Eden, will run on Fridays, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning on June 16. The class begins with an exploration of the daily energy routine that enables attendees to make significant changes in their lives by choosing specific tools to support that change. Participants learn self-care tools for restoring health, vitality and to heal the stress of everyday life. Suffer from insomnia or have irregular sleep habits? Yoga Nidra classes, with Bob Moreland, will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning June 12. Yoga Nidra which means “yogi sleep” is a powerful meditation technique used to access each Koshic level of being, including physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual, allowing for the deepest state of relaxation, self-healing and integration to take place. An Introduction to Meditation class will begin on June 14, with Wednesday classes running from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Bob Moreland. Participants will discover their true nature through the journey of meditation. Scientific research has shown that meditation improves perception of well-being and reduces stress, depression and anxiety. The six-week introductory class will offer guided imagery, the fundamentals of mindfulness involving body-centered awareness, breath and mind mindfulness, defining stress with difficult emotions and body-scan practice. Cost: $25 per session, with packages available. Location: 10440 Shaker Dr., Ste. 103, Columbia. For more information or to register, call 410-292-5149 or visit Energy TherapyCEUWorkshops.com. See ad, page 24.
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ne Breath at a Time, Mindful Living and Wellness Services will be teaching a children’s yoga and mindful living class at the Oneness Yoga Festival. The class will be held at two times: from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and then at 3 to 3:30 p.m. on June 24 at Yards Park, in Washington, D.C. The children’s class and many other classes at the festival are open to the whole community as fun and educational offerings. The festival, which runs from 12 to 8 p.m. is designed expand the reach of yoga, mindfulness practices and the benefits of other health and wellness practices throughout the D.C. metro area. The organizer’s goal is to provide an experience that is accessible to everyone and celebrates the diversity of the yoga community. In addition to yoga for all ages and workshops on wellness and mindfulness practices, there will music and dancing, vendors with yoga and natural products and delicious vegan food. The entire family is invited to this fun-filled event. The event is free for the first 108 registrants. Location: 355 Water St., SE. For more information about the festival, visit OnenessFest.com. More information about One Breath at a Time, visit OneBreathAtATime.info. 6
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bout 20 million Americans suffer from some kind of thyroid disease, according to the American Thyroid Association. Moreover, a large number of them are unaware of their thyroid disorder. To learn more about this condition, and to discover the ways that it can be treated naturally, join Natural Awakenings and Dr. Sushma Hirani, M.D., for a free, live webinar from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. on June 20. Hirani specializes in functional and integrative medicine to treat chronic diseases, such as Hypothyroidism, at Rose Wellness Center, in Oakton, Virginia. She has a special interest in women’s health care, natural hormone balancing and detoxification. A low-thyroid condition is frequently undiagnosed and often not well understood. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, depression, cold intolerance, weight gain, hair loss, headaches, constipation, mental slowness, menstrual irregularities and elevated cholesterol. The thyroid issues may be a result of autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or other causes such as iodine deficiency, chemotherapy, pregnancy, hormonal changes, nutrient deficiencies or pituitary disorders. Stress, trauma, medications or toxins are also known to inhibit the production of thyroid hormones. Thyroid symptoms occur due to a multitude of reasons even when blood tests may appear to be within the normal range. In this webinar, you can learn how to create a personalized plan to manage hypothyroidism and thyroid disorders based on your individual health, genetics, hormone levels and medical history. For more information about this webinar, visit NaturalAwakeningsDC or HypothyroidismWebinar.eventbrite.com. See ad, page 18.
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hrive Baltimore, a vegan community center and event space, is hosting a Vegan Food Fest from noon to 5 p.m. on June 10, in the Charles North neighborhood of the city. With 15 food vendors hand-selected for their culinary abilities, attendees are sure to have plenty of delicious options for drinks, entrées and desserts. The following month, the Vegan SoulFest returns. Join vegans from across the city and region for Baltimore’s premiere celebration of veganism and culture. The fourth annual Vegan Soulfest will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on August 26, at Baltimore City Community College. Learn from guest speakers how the vegan lifestyle can greatly benefit health as well as our relationship with animals and the environment. There will also be opportunities to attend cooking demos, to see just how easy it is to live that vegan life. There will be a great lineup of music throughout the day with DJ Tee Brown on hand to keep the party going all day. Get ready for delicious food, engaging speakers, vegan products and information, cooking demonstrations, music and entertainment for the whole family. Both events are open to the public and admission is free. Food and merchandise will be available for purchase. Location for Thrive Baltimore: 6 E. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore. For more information, visit Tinyurl.com/VeganFoodfest. Location for Vegan SoulFest: 2901 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore. For more information, visit VeganSoulFest.com.
Yoga on a Chair? Weekend Course at Raj Yoga
his intensive course deals with yogic focus points specifically for the second half of life. Yoga50Plus: Kundalini Chair Yoga will be taught by Willem Wittstam, from Germany, the weekend of June 9 through 11, at Raj Yoga, in Sterling. For those who complete the entire course, a certificate of participation is offered by the Kundalini Research Institute (Germany). The full course begins Friday at 6 p.m., running through the weekend. Those who wish for just a taste of the course may attend the Friday session. Renowned international teacher, Wittstamm, shares his unique and effective Kundalini-based chair yoga. On a physical level, there are several main aspects: strengthening the pelvic floor, uprighting the spine, expanding the lungs, as well as maintaining balance and coordination skills. This focus provides participants with a solid foundation so they are able to perceive the aging process as a benefit. To age successfully, we have to recognize and let go of old patterns. Breathing and concentration techniques are extremely valuable instruments, specifically in dealing with the challenges and deliberations in the second half of life. The meditations taught will help, on a subtle level, adjust our lives according to the changing challenges. The message of Yoga50Plus is that in the second half of life: the best is yet to come. Yoga50Plus is aimed at yogis, who want to use the depth of Kundalini Yoga to understand their own aging process as a stage of maturation. It is also directed at yoga teachers who are considering teaching seniors or who are already leading their own 50plus classes. Location: 22821 Silverbrook Center Dr., Ste. 160, Sterling. For more info, call 703-3763433 or visit RajYoga.org.
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arylandAcupuncture University of Integrative and Oriental Medicine Programs for Fall 2017 HealthEnrolling (MUIH) in partnership with the Maryland Naturopathic Doctors Association (MNDA) is offering an inaugural symposium Nutritional Genomics in Clinical Practice. This evolving field emphasizes Online, the critical ofavailable on campus, intersection and weekend options GREs required muih.edu 800-735-2968 nutrition andNogenetic expression. The symposium will be held June 23 to 25, at MUIH’s campus in Laurel. The symposium will center specifically on translating nutrigenomics information for the clinician and clinical practice. Attendees will learn the science behind the field and gain practical skills that can be applied in their practice to meet the growing patient and client demand for information. This symposium is suitable for clinical nutritionists, M.D.s, NDs, other clinicians, academics and students with an interest in nutritional genomics. Space is limited to 100 participants and CEUs are available. Symposium content is geared toward attendees with a working knowledge of nutrition and genetics. A genetics refresher is available in the Friday morning pre-symposium workshop. Speakers include Dr. Peter Bongiorno, a naturopathic and functional medicine practitioner and co-medical director of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture in New York; and Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy who was named one of the top 10 inventors of the year by University of Toronto and has been awarded the Centrum Foundation New Scientist Award for Outstanding Research by the Canadian Nutrition Society.
Maryland University of Integrative Health is one of the nation’s only accredited graduate schools with an academic and clinical focus on health and wellness. Here, the ability to be self-reflective and cultivate a healing presence is as critical to your academic success as competence in your chosen field. MUIH offers graduate programs in:
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Enrollment Period Open for Local Montessori School
r. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician who designed a method of education by observing young children and how they learn. Her extensive early childhood research, which is supported by modern research, revealed that children experience sensitive periods for learning during their early years. They easily learn particular skills during the corresponding sensitive periods, more so than at any other time in the child’s life. Montessori’s method encourages the natural development of the whole child from birth through maturity. Out of this research-based foundation, the Montessori “Method of Education” emerged. Broad Branch Children’s House is a true community of young learners. Students move freely within the classroom, selecting work that captures their interest. Even very young children assist in the care of the environment. When hungry, students prepare their own snack and drink. When something spills, students help each other carefully clean things up. Parents are often amazed to see small children in Montessori classrooms sweeping, dusting, carrying pitchers of water and pouring liquids with barely a drop spilled. The children go about their work so calmly and purposefully that it is clear to even the casual observer that this is, in fact, their own environment. Broad Branch Children’s House is now finalizing enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year, families who are eager to give their children an opportunity to learn in the holistic and nurturing educational environment are encouraged to contact them. Location: 5608 Broad Branch Rd., NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact BBCH@MetroMontessori.com or visit bbchMontessori.com. See ad, page 9.
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Tips to Avoid and Treat Poison Ivy Rash Avoiding even slight contact with poisonous vines that secrete toxic oil goes far in preempting nasty blistering, skin pain and itching. If contact occurs, natural remedies can help prevent and diminish symptoms. Recognition helps. In the North and West, it’s usually a shrub; in the East, Midwest and South, a vine. Watch out for a cluster of three leaves; the color changes seasonally. For outdoor walks or hikes, maximize skin protection by wearing longsleeved shirts, hats, rubber gloves, socks and closed-toe shoes. Also thoroughly rinse skin that may have come into contact with poison ivy in lukewarm soapy water using a washcloth or hand towel for friction as soon as possible to remove the damaging oil (video at Tinyurl.com/Wash-Off-Poison-Ivy). n Stay watchful; a rash sometimes doesn’t appear for 12 to 72 hours after contact (aad.org). n If a rash develops, soak in cool water baths containing an oatmeal-based product like Aveeno or oatmeal soap. n Lavender, peppermint, tea tree, Roman chamomile, myrrh, eucalyptus and cypress essential oils all offer anti-inflammatory and other soothing properties (recipes at NewHealthAdvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Poison-Ivy.html) n Natural treatments found at DrAxe.com include applying apple cider vinegar or brewed and chilled black tea; their tannins and other compounds lower inflammatory reactions. n To reduce itching, GlobalHealingCenter.com suggests baking soda baths and pastes. Ditch the Itch Cream has natural ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, oat extract, tea tree and neem oils that can provide temporary relief, according to Eartheasy.com. Applying cool paper towels may be helpful; also try witch hazel. Over-the-counter cortisone cream or even calamine lotion is a last resort. n Avoid scratching as an infection may develop through opening a blister. If breathing or swallowing worsens, eyes swell or a rash develops in or near the mouth, head to an emergency room or urgent care center.
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Fear of Pain at the Dentist by Terry Victor, DDS ne of the biggest fears people have concerning a visit to the dentist is the fear of pain. This can include the pain of getting an injection or pain after the dental procedure is completed. Traditionally this has kept many people from visiting their dentist. Today in dentistry there have been many advancements in the type of anesthesia available, which can provide a patient the comfort of not feeling anything during a procedure. Actually, there should be no pain or discomfort throughout any dental procedure. If something is felt, either there was not enough anesthesia given or it was not well placed. There are many solutions to decreasing pain in dentistry. If a patient is anxious about pain with the injection, a gel anesthesia can be placed on the gums so nothing is felt. If the concern is with pain after the dental procedure, there are many options available from pharmaceutical to homeopathic remedies. In holistic and biological dentistry, the philosophy is not to depend on pharmaceuticals but to use more natural remedies. For example, food or herbs with antiinflammatory properties help to put the body in a position to decrease pain sensation. Another good alternative is homeopathic remedies, which are nontoxic, chemically free medications. They have been used throughout the world, not just to relieve pain but also to help relieve many other ailments. Because there are many options available to avoid and decrease pain in dentistry, no one should be fearful of dental treatment. By using one of these methods, every patient can have a better, pain-free dental experience.
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Inactive Lifestyle Accelerates Aging
etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.
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Mitigate Chronic Pain with a Holistic Approach by Allan Tomson, D.C. he dilemma of chronic pain historically has created an overuse of opiates, other drugs and alcohol to numb the pain and can immobilize a person from living life fully. It is possible to take a more holistic approach In our minds, pain gets full attention. Itâ€™s natural to give it form and substance. Yet it is not a solid thing. It is an experience. As with all experiences, it can be intensified or diminished. We know that some people have high pain thresholds and some have low ones. Itâ€™s how the brain perceives it. Rather than seeing pain as a solidified block stuck in your leg, arm or back labeled as "pain", perceive it as a message running along nerve tracts. See it as a flow or movement. When pain is perceived as a solid, it becomes agony. When it is perceived as movement, it lessons. Liquefy. Soften to it. Individuals can use their minds to soften the pain. Give the pain permission to be there. Donâ€™t push against it. Soften its edges. See it moving and eventually flowing. Holistic therapies exist that can help soothe pain. Bodywork such as chiropractic, acupuncture, lymphatic drainage and massage stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which has a calming and relaxing influence on the body. Learning the bodyscan technique and mindfulness meditation, adapted from the work of Jon KabatZinn, are other holistic tools for pain. Likewise, the amethyst biomat and PEMF mat offer helpful frequencies that calm the central nervous system, while stimulating both the immune and detox mechanisms. Exposure to pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) stimulates the release of endorphins, which can lower pain perception thresholds. Holistic medicine can offer effective methods to help mitigate the daily challenge of chronic pain.
Dr. Allan Tomson is not your average chiropractor. In addition to using the Cayce teachings in his holistic approach, he employs visceral manipulation, a myofascial technique to release tissue tensions in the organs. The holistic therapies of meditation, as well as the sessions with the amethyst biomat and PEMF, with a free experience, will be offered at Neck, Back and Beyond, June 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-865-5690 or visit Neck BackAndBeyond. com. See ad, page 12. natural awakenings
esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.
A Simple Daily Detox by Laina Poulakos
hat is does it mean to detox the body? The process is not complicated and involves making simple healthy changes to one’s daily routine which improve health. A detox is a clearing from the body substances such as metals, chemicals, environmental pollutants and artificial ingredients that can have a negative effect on health. To begin a healthy detox simply, start by choosing the right foods, such as organic herbs, fruits and vegetables, particularly garlic, lemons and broccoli, while avoiding GMOs. Also, a healthy mind and body are a great way to help you detox. Exercise helps release toxins in the sweat through your skin. Meditation helps you to relax the mind and rid it of stress. The air you breathe should also be fresh and clean so opening windows and adding plants to the home or office are a great way to refresh the air you breathe. Drinking plenty of water is an excellent way to detox and infusing it with cucumber, lemon and mint is both refreshing and beneficial to the body. With all the toxins in our environment, we can all benefit with a simple daily detox. Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and a certified aromatherapist and herbologist. For a consultation and products, call 703-851-0087 or visit MothersNatureStore.com. See ad, on this page. 12
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Why Lyme Disease Ticks Thrive in the North
esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes blacklegged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”
Vitamin D Helps Babies Grow Strong Bones and Muscle
esearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university. The original 2013 study, which followed 132 infants given one of four different dosages of vitamin D daily during their first years, confirmed the connection with strong bones. The 2016 study used the same data to explore the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the toddlers’ body fat levels. The researchers found that children given more than 400 international units per day during the first year of life had an average of 450 less grams of body fat at age 3. They also found a correlation between the supplementation and lean muscle mass in the youngsters during their first three years.
You Have All the Answers Within by Karen Tasto ost of us were taught from an early age that we must look outside of ourselves to know what we need for our health and wellness. Whether it’s going to our doctor for advice on weightloss, to a trainer for help with an exercise regimen or to clergy for spiritual direction, we believe a middleman is required for answers. Seeking out professionals for help and support is certainly necessary and important. Just as vital is checking within ourselves for the answers we are seeking. Accessing our inner wisdom and trusting it are not skills most of us are taught. We tend to dismiss any gutsense or heart-knowing, telling ourselves that the “experts” know best or thinking that even our significant other knows better. Our bodies hold a wealth of wisdom and they are a source for reliable cues regarding what we need at any moment, if only we would pay attention. This simply requires us to take a pause from activity, feel within our bodies and listen. We can dial up and tune in at any time and receive. If you hate your job, your body is probably sending pretty clear signals to get out. If you are running yourself at high-speed constantly, your body is, again, telling you in some way to slow down. Before you habitually go through your exercise routine, pause and ask your body what it really needs today… it just might surprise you. With practice, you’ll get better at knowing what your body cues mean.
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Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.
Driverless Cars Promise Safety and Savings
Last year, the United Nations International Year of Pulses recognized dry peas, lentils and chickpeas because they are affordable, nutritious and have a low eco-footprint. New, innovative, plant-based proteins will extend the options. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition reported that vegetarians can save at least $750 annually over meat eaters by reducing or replacing consumption of animal products and switching to sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. The Impossible Burger simulates the sizzle, the smell and the juicy first bite of the real thing to rave reviews. The similar Beyond Burger is a hit at Whole Foods Markets. Tyson Foods is investing in the protein alternative company, Beyond Meat, and launching a $150 million venture capital fund to support plant-based foods. Some large German meat producers are also seeking to diversify with plant-based versions of traditional meaty favorites.
Vegetarian Protein Options on the Rise
Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles— equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of driving-related deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities.
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Common Agrichemicals Endanger Hundreds of Species Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found in its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, that 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides; another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by another, diazinon. But now the new EPA administration under President Trump has declined to ban chloripyrifos; the decision may be challenged in court. All three pesticides are organophosphates widely used on crops such as corn, watermelon and wheat. Last year, the World Health Organization announced that malathion and diazinon are probable carcinogens. Based on the EPAâ€™s conclusions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service will issue biological opinions to identify mitigation measures and changes to pesticide use to ensure that targeted products will no longer potentially harm any endangered species. As part of a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the biological opinions are due by December.
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Banning Bags Is Making a Difference Governments worldwide are taking control of a pollution problem with bans on different forms of plastic, including shopping bags. The Indian state of Karnataka has completely banned the use of plastic. No wholesale dealer, retailer or trader can now use or sell plastic carrier bags, plates, cups, spoons, cling film or even microbeads. San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags in 2007, and in 2014 it banned plastic water bottles on city properties. Since then, they have included Styrofoam and thermocol (polystyrene). Hawaii introduced a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2015. Coles Bay, Tasmania, was the first town in Australia to ban disposable plastic bags in 2003, using 350,000 fewer than in 2002. Ethiopia, France and Morocco have followed suit. Itâ€™s all part of a global movement to protect the life of oceans and other bodies of water.
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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle. “Effective natural treatments include
Natural Ways to Feel Much Better by Kathleen Barnes
ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle.
If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.
Watch Out for Opioids
Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”
What Helps Relieve Pain
Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.
Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain. Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the
Go Natural for Effective Relief
A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.
shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Tinyurl.com/YassIntroInfo). Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.
Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain.
Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles. Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.
systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.
Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies, op-
showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.
timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.
Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.
Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist
Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
‘Tis the Season for Local Produce by Rachel Feidelman
hile it’s all too easy to stop by a grocery chain and pick up any kind of produce yearround, taking the extra time to go to a local farmers’ market and purchasing fruits and vegetables seasonally can really pay off. Seasonally grown foods taste better, contain more nutrients, benefit the environment and help grow and support local economies. Finding a variety of locally grown produce is difficult during the winter, but it is much easier to do so in the warmer months. Here is a list of some seasonal fruits and vegetables in the D.C. area that may not come to mind right away, and a few easy ways to incorporate them into any summer diet (see next page for some recipes): Garlic: Instead of purchasing storepackaged garlic seasoning, try something new this summer by investing in a fresh clove. Fresh garlic is a great addition to any dinner to give it some extra flavor, whether it be pasta, meat, vegetables or really anything. Beans are in season during June, July and August as well, so one great recipe to make the most of this summer is a homemade garlic rosemary hummus. This light and fresh dip would be perfect for a picnic or as a quick graband-go snack. Kale: These greens have been classified as one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, and it’s a perfect thing to stock up on over the summer when it’s in
prime growing season. Aside from having over 100 percent of the minimum daily recommended amounts of vitamins A, K and C, kale is low in calories and can be very tasty if prepared correctly. If you’re looking to switch up your breakfast routine, try making ricotta, kale and mushroom toast. This combination of flavors is great if you have a sophisticated palate, it is quick to make and jam-packed with health benefits. Plums: Though most people see plums as a snack to bite into, they can also be incorporated in a wide variety of meals and desserts to give a pop of flavor. If you’re looking for a simple summer treat, plum smoothie popsicles are a great option, and this recipe only requires four additional ingredients. These pops are perfect for cooling down in the heat if you’re looking for a more health-conscious alternative to ice cream. Plus, plums are low in calories and contain no saturated fats. Along with these items, dozens more are currently in season, including collards, tomatoes, watermelon, blackberries, cucumber, carrots, squash, blueberries, raspberries, onions and more. Over the course of the next few months, stop by a local market, pick up any of these fruits or vegetables and taste the difference yourself. Rachel Feidelman is a student at the University of Maryland, studying journalism and economics. She is also an editorial intern with Natural Awakenings DC.
Summer Smart Recipes: Garlic Rosemary Hummus (from AdventuresInCooking.com)
3 15 oz cans garbonzo beans, drained and rinsed 7 cloves of garlic, peeled 1 cup olive oil ¼ cup water ¼ cup lemon juice 1 Tbsp vinegar ¾ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until relatively smooth. Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers.
Ricotta, Kale and Mushroom Toast
(adapted from BonAppetit.com) Use quantities to taste: wild mushrooms garlic olive oil kale fresno chili white wine vinegar salt and pepper ricotta country-style bread
Plum Smoothie Popsicles (from CountryLiving.com) ¼ cup sugar 1 Tbsp corn syrup 1 lb assorted plums 8 tsp fresh lime juice 6 oz plain yogurt
Cook wild mushrooms and sliced garlic in olive oil, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp. Add torn kale leaves and sliced Fresno chili (seeded for less heat) and cook, tossing, until kale is wilted; season with white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Season ricotta with salt and pepper and spread onto toasted country-style bread; spoon mushroomkale mixture on top.
Bring the sugar, corn syrup and ¼ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and cool. Puree the plums, cooled syrup and lime juice until smooth. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about ½ inch at the top, as the mixture will expand when it freezes. Follow popsicle mold manufacturer’s instructions and freeze until solid—about 4 hours.
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You may not have heard of it yet, but pickleball is a mixture of tennis, squash and table tennis, and it’s one of the fastestgrowing sports in the country. The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) at usapa.org estimates that 2.5 million players are active now, with the number expected to multiply to 8 million by next year. Regulation tennis courts especially marked for pickleball facilitate its smaller, 20-by-44-foot playing area. The need for less running about appeals to older players and others, as does the distinctive thud when the hard paddle hits the plastic ball. (Sample video at Tinyurl.com/Winning PickleballShot.) Christine Barksdale, 48, of Vancouver, Washington, USAPA’s managing director of competition and athlete services, played league tennis from childhood into adulthood until she transferred her passion to pickleball. She assesses that half of participants are “totally focused on pickleball,” while the rest see it as a way to improve their volleying skills for tennis. “It definitely improves reflexes. It’s easy for beginners to pick it up and have fun.” It also introduces kids to racquet sports.
Stretching the shoulders before playing is advised by licensed sports massage therapist Brian Horner, who works with athletes at pickleball, tennis, racquetball and beach volleyball tournaments in Arizona, California and elsewhere. The shoulder is like the handle of a whip in these sports, says Horner, who authored the new ebook Complete Guide to Winning Pickleball (PickleballTournaments. com). “If it isn’t operating normally, when more pressure is applied it can strain the elbow and wrist.” Swimming, especially backstrokes, is advised because therapists regard water as a friend of shoulders. “Sixty to 70 percent of the people that play [here] are retired,” says Steve Munro, owner of the West View Tennis Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also sees the sport as a nice transition for older tennis players. Pickleball was invented in Washington’s Bainbridge Island in 1965 by then Congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell. Along with the Pacific Northwest, some other major pockets of popularity include Chicago, Phoenix, southern Utah, Orange County, California; and Collier, Lee and Miami-Dade counties, in Florida.
Tennis Goes Cardio
Participants of Cardio Tennis, a Tennis Industry Association program, benefit from high-intensity, aerobic, interval training, using functional movement to run to return shots and move around the court in preparatory footwork drills. It also increases stamina and endurance, which enhances both regular tennis performance and overall fitness. According to CardioTennis.com (which includes a sample video), men can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in one, hour-long class; women, between 300 and 500. Estimates put the number of players currently engaging in such clinics at 1.82 million nationwide. “Tennis is a chief component of Cardio Tennis, but it’s much more. It’s a group fitness activity, a major workout that increases the heart rate,” says Chris Ojakian, a global Cardio Tennis trainer and executive director of racquet sports with Elite Racquet Sports, of Marina del Rey, California. They manage and operate tennis programs at facilities nationwide. A session often consists of a five-to-seven-minute dynamic warm-up including stretching, tossing tennis balls and light tennis play; more tennis lasting 10 to 12 minutes, including “cardio blast” sideline activities like quick footwork drills and jumping jacks when changing sides; 30 minutes of point-based tennis games with constant rotation of players and more cardio blasts; and a five-to10-minute cool down. “Participants are moving during the times they’d be waiting their turn to hit the ball in regular tennis clinics, and it works on the kind of quick footwork that’s done in competition,” explains Ojakian, the 2011 U.S. Professional Tennis Association California Pro of the Year. Sessions, which also include party music and heart rate monitors, are “so fast paced and fun, people often can’t believe when they’re over,” he enthuses. “It accomplishes so much in one hour.”
Larry Carlat, of Venice, California, editor in chief of PurpleClover.com, credits participating in Cardio Tennis sessions with Ojakian twice a week and a healthier diet in the last three-plus years for losing 25 pounds. “You’re never standing still for more than a couple of seconds, and my footwork has improved,” says the 20-year tennis player. “Chris also provides tennis tips during classes. It’s fun and run!” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance editor and writer, including for Natural Awakenings magazine.
Local Pickleball There are hundreds of places to play pickleball in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. For a full list, visit usapa.org. Here are just a few. D.C. Organized play for adults 25 and over at varying daytime hours at several recreation centers. For more information and locations, visit dpr.dc.gov. King Greenleaf Rec Center, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Emery Rec Center, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon Sherwood Rec Center, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Chevy Chase, (outdoor play is offered from late April until mid-fall) at 6 p.m. Virginia Alexandria: Old Mount Vernon HS, Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon Herndon: Cassel’s Sports Complex, Drop-in play weekdays; Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m. Woodbridge: Veterans Memorial Park, Wednesday and Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. Manassas: Manassas Park Community Center, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 to 10:30 a.m. Manassas: Metz Middle School (in the summer) Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, beginning at 7 a.m. and some weekends, Saturdays, 7 a.m. or Sunday, 5 p.m. Maryland Montgomery County has 15 community centers offering pickleball. Visit usapa.org/places for the full list. Beltsville, Vansville Community Center, Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bowie Community Center, Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 2:30 p.m. City of Bowie Gym, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon South Bowie Community Center, Monday, noon to 2 p.m College Park Community Center, Wednesday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Glenarden Community Center, Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon Upper Marlboro, Patuxent Community Center, Monday and Friday, 2:20 to 4 p.m. natural awakenings
Green Car Buying Tips Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings by Jim Motavalli
hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with everlarger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam
Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of HybridCars.com. “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”
Getting a Green Bargain
Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the
high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.
Great Green Choices
Here are some more good choices.
Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt
With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.
Audi A3 e-tron
Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron
The power (204 horsepower) and zeroto-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audiâ€™s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.
Hybrid car: Toyota Highlander
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Overcoming Chronic Pain through Chiropractic Care An Interview with Dr. Coy Roskosky by Robin Fillmore
ecently, Natural Awakenings had the opportunity to interview Dr. Coy Roskosky, of National Integrated Health Associates, to learn (NIHA) about the holistic work of a chiropractor to relieve chronic pain for their patients.
NA: What is your philosophy in working with patients who have chronic pain? What are some of the symptoms that these patients contend with? My philosophy is to look at it all! If you remember the song, “The hip bone is connected to the thigh bone, and so on,” you remember that everything is connected. You have to find out what are the primary causes of chronic pain, but also pay attention to the secondary issues because they can have a profound affect on the primary pain issue. Chiropractic doctors are known for moving bones to take pressure off the nervous system and to realign joints, so they can move properly and not cause pain or degeneration. Bones have to move, but also be stable. That requires muscles to perform these actions and be responsive. If muscles don’t work correctly the joints will break down faster, they will compensate, create poor movement and put stress on ligaments. This can then generate tears, tight tissues or tissues that are too loose. All of this creates chronic pain and poor movements that will never resolve. Thus, for optimal healing, you 24
should address three factors when dealing with chronic pain: structure, biochemistry and mental/emotional. Structure includes the muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments and tendons. But it also includes the organs, skin and all other tissues of the body that could be dysfunctional and cause referred pain. Structure is the biggest issue I deal with daily. The second factor, biochemistry, is your diet, nutritional status and what is going on inside your body. Blood sugar management, low thyroid, low adrenal and toxicity are common biochemical dysfunction that affect chronic pain. Also, mental and emotional issues contribute to chronic pain. Depression and high levels of stress can cause the body pain. Most of us will think this is a musculo-skeletal issue, but really your body could be expressing what your mind is going through. When there is imbalance in these regions, it can generate symptoms like numbness, tingling, sharp pain, fatigue, achiness, tension and emotional stress. As a chiropractic doctor, I have to consider all symptoms when deciding what form of care is needed or to whom I need to refer them, to enhance the healing process for maximum results.
Many more people with chronic pain are now seeking holistic methods of relief. Can you speak to that trend? People are tired of drugs and surgery being the only answer they get when
they go to traditional Western medicine. They are becoming more empowered and know that it is going to take a healthy diet, exercise, treatments, proper rest and stress-relief to feel good. There is a shift in society as people realize they have to work for good results. I am originally from California and think that the East Coast is about 20 years behind in holistic care. But, I find the East Coast population is more open-minded and willing to try different things—more than the hope of overcoming chronic pain but to really live life.
How did you become interested in chiropractic work and what type of training is required to work with patients struggling with chronic pain? Every chiropractic doctor receives the necessary training to be a great chiropractic doctor but some of us want to figure out why a particular patient never improves or is unable to get back to a healthy state. That
is what drives me—that there is an answer for all my patients, and I have to expand my knowledge and techniques so I can help this patient with chronic pain. I think that chiropractic doctors who have taken applied kinesiology, Sacro-occipital technique, nutritional courses dealing with functional medicine, acupuncture and dry needling are very effective chronic pain practitioners. A health practitioner who thinks out-of-the-box and has an expansive treatment tool box is someone who really can help chronic pain patients, because we are looking at everything.
a huge advantage. Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr virus, hypoadrenia and hypothyroid play large roles of deteriorating health. Often, medical doctors give alternative insights and pathways to improve a patient’s response to pain treatment, or to even rule out physical treatment and have them explore the biochemical side. At NIHA, we have highly skilled acupuncturists that can often help with pain. There are detoxification programs that help with digestion, inflammation, muscle achiness and fatigue. Even colonics (colon hydrotherapy) can help with back pain if it is being caused by constipation.
As a practitioner in an integrated health practice like NIHA, how does the interaction with other medical professionals support your work?
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An Effective Alternative to Opioids for Chronic Pain by Patricia C. Frye, M.D.
hronic pain is an enormous public health problem. Approximately 85 percent of American adults will experience it at some time in their lives. Medically defined as pain lasting longer than 12 weeks, chronic pain is maladaptive, in that the pain far outlasts the precipitating injury. It is a burden that affects every aspect of the patient’s life— relationships, work, school—effectively diminishing the quality of life for not only the patient but for the patient’s loved ones. When we look at the pathophysiology of persistent pain, we commonly find one or more of these processes involved: nociception where nerves that respond to tissue damage produce a signal that travels along a chain of nerve fibers via the spinal cord to the brain; inflammation where pro-inflammatory mediators are released from damaged tissue; neuropathy which is caused by damaged nerves, commonly associated with diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or injury; and emotional states such as anxiety and depression. Both can signal the release of pro-inflammatory mediators that contribute to persistent pain. Patients often continue to suffer from pain despite the use of conventional pharmaceuticals which may have harsh and sometimes dangerous side effects. Adverse effects are common—sedation and constipation being the most prevalent. In 2014, 2 million people in the
U.S., or about a quarter of the patients who received prescriptions, were either misusing or were dependent on opiates. They found that methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone were the drugs most commonly involved in opiate overdoses. At present, the prescription opiate overdose deaths is rising, except in the states that have legalized medical cannabis where the rate has decreased by almost 25 percent. In 2016, there were almost 1,500 opiate overdose deaths in the state of Maryland, a 62 percent increase from 2015. Because of this, Maryland’s governor recently declared a state-of-emergency. The conventional approach to treating chronic pain includes various pharmaceuticals starting with things like COX inhibitors (ibuprofen). We may then move on to SNRI’s (Effexor, Cymbalta), topical anesthetics (lidocaine), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline, cyclobenzaprine) for pain and muscle relaxation, and anticonvulsants (Lyrica, gabapentin, topiramate) for neuropathic pain. Most chronic pain patients have a medication list that consists of a NSAID which they might alternate with acetaminophen, an antidepressant, a benzodiazepine for anxiety and enhanced pain relief, a muscle relaxer, an anticonvulsant for neuropathy, an opioid, another opioid for breakthrough pain, a sleep medicine, a stool softener or laxative and a proton
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n recent years, Sound Medicine has been making headlines. Instead of heading out to the pub on a Friday night, many people are now choosing sound journeys as a way to relax and unwind. To those who view music as nothing more than entertainment, Sound Medicine may sound like a New Age gimmick, and even those who have experienced the benefits of healing sound may struggle to explain what exactly happens during a session. In light of this, it is helpful to consider the history of sound healing, as well as the science behind its effectiveness. In Western culture, people often assume that Sound Medicine is an emerging field, however cultures around the world have practiced sound healing for millennia. The indigenous people of the Amazon have long used medicine songs called icaros in plant medicine healing. The pre-Hindu Tantric Yogis used potent sound meditations to heal and awaken. Chinese medicine and ayurveda use sound for both diagnostic and treatment purposes, and in ancient Greece, Pythagoras culti-
vated practices based on the Harmony of the Spheres. Indeed, Sound Medicine is hardly an innovation of the New Age. Sound Medicine is much more than a relaxing concert. With artistic mastery of their chosen tools and instruments guiding the experience, as well as a thorough understanding of the energetics of sound, a good sound healer possesses the presence and knowledge to support clients in engaging with healing in mind, body and spirit in an intentional way. The underlying goal of any Sound Medicine work is to reset the sympathetic nervous system’s response to ongoing stress. Western medicine now acknowledges that the cumulative effects of stress contribute to nearly every major illness. Living in a culture of busyness, increasing levels of mental and emotional strain escalate into chronic stress, and over time, this can have a serious effect on our health. As the body is continually flooded with stress hormones, heart rate increases, blood pressure elevates and the digestive system can’t function in an optimal way. Over
time, this ongoing state of fight-or-flight can lead to disease, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, ulcers and immune suppression. Many health professionals now encourage patients to engage in simple and effective practices, including meditation, body awareness and breathing exercises, to interrupt the cycle of chronic stress, and support the body’s natural capacity to heal and return to balance. This is where Sound Medicine is key. While all forms of meditation and self-awareness are beneficial, the part of the brain that engages with sound is directly connected to memory and emotion. Sound Medicine embraces this natural interconnectivity. Whether evoking soothing sounds, such as ocean waves or chimes shimmering in the breeze, abstract sounds such as the gong or singing bowls, or the words of a song to guide the exploration of a particular emotional landscape, life experience or inner inquiry, Sound Medicine engages the parasympathetic nervous system, initiating a deep state of relaxation. In turn, the body is able to come into greater balance, and can result in lower blood pressure, improved digestive function and nourishment of the body’s tissues and organ systems, not to mention allowing the mind and emotions to enter into calmness and clarity. Ultimately, Sound Medicine is a wonderful tool that can support any healing journey. While it is not a substitute for appropriate medical treatment when facing a serious health condition, as a complementary modality, it can be very beneficial alongside any allopathic or holistic disciplines.
Angela Blueskies is a visionary musician and medicine woman who carries deep understanding of the healing powers of music and the Earth. She is the founder of Sound Medicine Journeys, and offers sound healing sessions, classes and workshops that are both experiential and grounded in the principles of holistic healing. She is also the creative director of Heart of the Mother Retreats, and leads journeys and pilgrimages to powerful healing destinations around the world. For more information, please visit Angela Blueskies.com and HeartOfTheMother Retreats.com. See ad, page 8. . natural awakenings June 2017 31
Chronic Inflammation and Your Body by Dr. Isabel Sharkar
hronic inflammation in the body has become a modern widespread epidemic. It is the source of many diseases including cancer, obesity and heart disease—which makes it the leading cause of death in the U.S. With our overly toxic lifestyles, one has to be mindful in reducing his or her exposure to toxins as much as possible. Inflammation comes from many different avenues—it is your body’s response to stress from either your diet, lifestyle or environment. Psychological, emotional and physical stress raises your cortisol levels, which further contributes to creating inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to protect itself by removing harmful stimuli, like damaged cells, irritants or pathogens. Infections like those caused by bacterium, virus, fungus or parasites contribute to chronic inflammation by producing metabolic waste products that, if not properly eliminated, will accumulate. Chronic low-grade inflammation destroys your body’s natural balance and makes you more susceptible to disease and aging. 32
Chronic inflammation is low-grade and systemic, silently damaging your tissues over an extended period of time. In more technical terms, it is the result of the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from immune-related cells and the chronic activation of the innate immune system. If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to excess inflammation and degeneration in your body. Autoimmune diseases happen when the body is inflamed and the immune system mistakenly targets the body’s own tissues as seen in diseases like Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Symptoms of inflammation in the body include: Achy muscles, joints, stiffness and heightened pain sensitivity Acid reflux Acne, eczema or psoriasis Aging like visible wrinkles Allergies Alzheimer’s disease
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nflammation is the body’s immune response to illness, toxins and disease and it can be acute (short term) or chronic (long term). Acute inflammation is the body’s first aggressive reaction to external damage from which the body recovers in hours to days. Chronic inflammation happens when the body’s defenses are continuously exposed to harmful stimuli. Without the inflammatory response, the body cannot heal itself; however, when inflammation gets out of control it can damage the body and lead to chronic disease. Chronic inflammation can be caused by autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or Crohn’s disease. Additionally, chronic inflammation is a contributing factor to a plethora of illnesses including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Certain foods help fight inflammation and pain at the cellular level, healing the body from the inside out. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietet-
ics states that current science advocates good nutrition to help enhance the immune system and reduce inflammation. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is easier than you may think. Fill at least half of your plate with vegetables and fruits, choose plant-based proteins, opt for healthy fats, whole grains and fatty fish and season your meals with spices and herbs. There are a few of nature’s gems that help to specifically fight inflammation like tart cherry juice, turmeric, bone broth, pineapple and leafy greens. Tart cherry juice can provide the same relief from inflammation and pain relief as over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, states Oregon Health and Science University. Unlike NSAIDs that can damage the stomach lining, tart cherries contain flavonoids that help protect the stomach. Furthermore, tart cherries contain high levels of antioxidants, including melatonin. These antioxidants destroy free radicals to help decrease inflammation in the body.
The bright, yellow spice turmeric contains an antioxidant called curcumin that provides anti-inflammatory and pain relief. Turmeric also enhances the immune system and contains antioxidants that are stronger than vitamins C and E. This antioxidant is strong enough to destroy hydroxyl free radicals, which are considered some of the most reactive oxidants that lead to inflammation and disease. Bone broth has been used for thousands of years to help reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and other powerful health benefits. As the bones are simmered, healing compounds including collagen, glutamine, chondroitin, gelatin, glycine and proline are released. Bone broth also contains calcium, magnesium and silicon to help reduce the effects of arthritis and improve joint health. These nutrients cleanse the liver and regenerate the body on a cellular level, which results in a decrease in inflammation and pain. Pineapples contain a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme reduces inflammation, eases inflammation and helps the body remove harmful toxins, which naturally reduces inflammation throughout the tissues and organs of the body. In addition to bromelain, pineapples contain vitamins C and B1, potassium and manganese which act as antioxidants to help destroy free radicals, reduce inflammation and enhance the immune system. Green leafy vegetables are often referred to as superfoods because they contain a plethora of nutrients, including vitamins A, C, E and K, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. These powerful antioxidants remove free radicals and enhance the immune system. Additionally, vitamin K helps protect against osteoporosis and inflammatory diseases. One great way to fight inflammation and pain through diet is to enjoy a smoothie. Blend a handful of green leafy vegetables, a cup of pineapple, a cup of tart cherry juice, one teaspoon of turmeric and a cup of almond milk for a delicious drink to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. Elizabeth McMillan, MS, CNS, LDN, is an integrative nutritionist at Rose Wellness, in Oakton, VA. For more information,visit RoseWellness.com. See ad, page 10.
for Chronic Pain Management by Marlysa Sullivan
ccording to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) analysis from the most recent National Health Interview Survey, 25 million adults experience chronic pain and nearly 40 million experience severe pain. As conventional approaches are often not sufficient to mitigate pain, it is one of the primary reasons people seek complementary approaches. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has prioritized the study of complementary approaches, such as yoga, to help alleviate this widespread issue of pain.
What is pain? The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” Pain is associated with changes that traverse the physical, psychological and social aspects of a person’s experience. Physical changes can include musculoskeletal imbalances or alternate movement strategies, nervous system sensitization, dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system which controls involun-
tary actions such as breathing and heartbeat, and an alteration in body perception or awareness. Psychological changes include anxiety, depression and increased stress. Lastly, levels of perceived isolation or lack of connection have been associated with increased pain or disability.
What is yoga therapy and how does it help with chronic pain? Yoga therapy is an emerging complementary and integrative healthcare practice. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), which has established procedures for the accreditation of schools and credentialing of yoga therapists, defines yoga therapy as “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.” It is a distinct healthcare discipline with its own explanatory framework of health and disease that takes a multidimensional and holistic perspective of the individual. The yoga therapist works with the individual to co-create a plan to facilitate movement toward well-being.
Research points to the effect of yoga in supporting both regulation and resilience of the nervous system as key to its benefit for both physical and psychological health and well-being. Yoga offers body-based practices such as breathing techniques and movement which provide “bottom-up” strategies for regulation and resilience. In other words, through breath and movement, a change in autonomic nervous system activation may occur which can also help foster changes in emotion, mood and posture. Yoga also offers meditation practices and ethical principles that provide “top-down” selfregulatory strategies. Through intentions (i.e., non-harming or contentment) and meditation, a change in mental state and autonomic nervous system state is cultivated which can assist in regulation and resilience of the body and mind. In addition, research indicates that yoga helps to foster experiences of connection and compassion which has a positive impact on both levels of pain and disability. In sum, yoga therapy offers a holistic framework with practices that help people who suffer from chronic pain by cultivating regulation and resilience of the body and mind. These practices include movement, breath, meditation and ethical inquiry. When these components are practiced together as a system, they help the chronic pain client through balancing the musculoskeletal system, assisting in the de-sensitization of the nervous system, normalizing body awareness, regulating the autonomic nervous system, shifting one’s relationship to thoughts, emotions, sensations and cultivating a sense of connection and compassion. Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, C-IAYT, is an assistant professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), in Laurel, Maryland, and teaches at Omega and Kripalu, as the founder of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies. For more information, visit IntegrativeYogaStudies.com. MUIH offers a master’s of science degree in yoga therapy and a yoga therapy clinic. To learn more, visit muih.edu. To find certified yoga therapists, visit muih.edu/HealthResources/Find-Practitioner or iayt.org. See ad, page 48. natural awakenings
Providing a Fully Integrative Approach to Wellness and Healing by Samantha Hudgins
ushma Hirani, M.D., a family medicine practitioner, has been practicing integrative medicine using the best of conventional and alternative medicine techniques for the past 11 years. Hirani was motivated to open her practice when working with patients with chronic diseases. She started the Rose Wellness Center, an integrative medicine clinic in Oakton, Virginia, in 2014, to expand the scope of services. She saw a need to focus not only on improving the health of the patients but also improving the quality of their life by guiding them on their journey to optimum wellness. The team at Rose Wellness treats a multitude of conditions including fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue, hormone imbalances, hypothyroidism, digestive issues, adrenal fatigue, women’s health issues, men’s health, allergies and chronic pain. Illness is not the only thing that brings people to Rose Wellness. Preventive health care and health maintenance draw in patients as well. According to Hirani, there are five foundational elements to good health— 36
a well-balanced diet, an efficient digestive system, a good hormone or endocrine balance, a healthy emotional state and regular or adequate body detoxification. These elements are examined and discussed at each appointment to get the best picture of each individual’s health and healing journey. When a patient has what Hirani refers to as their “Aha! moment”—the moment they finally start to understand why their body is behaving the way it is—the healing process begins automatically because they not only feel empowered, they also have renewed hope. Education also helps in strengthening the relationships between the practitioners and patients. The practice’s website, RoseWellness.com, contains information on the most common conditions they treat, as well as frequent articles and blog posts on health and wellness. Additionally, free seminars are held every month on a variety of topics. At Rose Wellness Center, Hirani is joined by other highly trained and accomplished healthcare practitioners. Dr. Alex Leon, an integrative medicine
physician, specializes in men’s health care, chronic pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, hormone replacement for men, GI and allergic disorders. Dr. Vishal Verma, a trained sports chiropractor, specializes in chronic and acute pain conditions including fibromyalgia, arthritis, spinal and joint pain, sciatica and other nerve pain, sports and exercise injuries and headaches. Dr. Michael Liss, a classical homeopath, specializes in finding relief from various emotional and physical health problems including substance abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress, allergies, asthma, autism, childhood ailments, hair and skin disorders and sinus disorders. Elizabeth McMillan, a board-certified nutritionist, specializes in functional nutritional therapy and integrative health. McMillan helps treat diabetes, metabolic syndrome, food sensitivities, gastrointestinal health, autoimmunity, hormone imbalances in men and women and other metabolic complications. Virginia Mitchell, a board-certified acupuncturist, is also a trained massage therapist, focusing on acupressure and zero balancing. Mitchell specializes in pain management, fertility support, stress reduction, allergies, arthritis, back, neck or shoulder pain, migraines, autoimmune disorders, insomnia and sports injuries. Patients are shown respect by having on-time appointments with minimal-to-no wait times. This is accomplished through incorporating technology and digitizing most information. Patients have access to their medical records through the patient portal. A secure messaging system allows patients to request prescription refills and confidentially communicate with their practitioner. Rose Wellness incorporates innovations in traditional medicine, integrative health care and technology to provide the best care to their patients. With a warm and welcoming spacious office, they are gladly accepting new patients and providing excellent care for the entire family. To connect with the Rose Wellness, call 571-529-6699 or visit their website at RoseWellness.com. See ad, page 10.
New Ways of Creating Community at the Lovelight Festival by Robin Fillmore
f the past is any indication of what is to come at this year’s Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival, to be held August
18 to 20, in Darlington, Maryland, attendees will be helping to shape a new community that is built on wisdom, sharing, art, profoundly touching music, as well as yoga. The idea for festival came from Michael Lang, the iconic producer of the Woodstock Festival, renowned world artist (and D.C. resident), Wynne Paris and coproducer, Kim Maddox. Together, they have woven together not just another festival, but an opportunity to build on the emerging consciousness that individual’s voices, when joined for the good of the planet and for the soul, can change the individual and the world. The location, just an hour north of Baltimore, makes it possible for all in the mid-Atlantic to easily attend. The lineup for the festival includes more than 30 musicians, including many of the best-known names in the genre of world music: the Grammy-nominated kirtan master, Krishna Das and Trevor Hall, who is now taking the world by storm with his eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reg-
gae and Sanskrit chanting. They will be joined by many other beloved and well-known artists and DJs throughout the weekend, including Paul Avgerinos, Living Light and David Newman. The full lineup can be viewed on the event website, LovelightFestival.com. The festival will connect with roots sown during Woodstock, according to Lang, where yoga was an integral, but often overlooked part of the festival. Throughout the event, nationally known yoga teachers, including the festival headliner, yoga master Dharma Mittra, will be presenting opportunities to practice a variety of yoga traditions. Regional master teachers will lead those who are both new to the practice as well as those who have been fans since Woodstock, to experience life on the mat while learning new things about their bodies and their spirits. Much of the festival will actually take place in Villages, each with a specific theme. In the Visionary Village, participants will engage in the conscious co-creation of a transformational community, built on the selfexpression, empowered dialog, al-
ternate economics, eco-activism and connection to our collective roots. By participating in consciously focused conversation and workshops with visionary teachers, shamans, organic farmers, activists, painters and flow artists, the festival will draw together, what Lang has called “a diverse community of people who are on parallel paths. We are looking to create an event that will serve everyone—to expand the ideas of the music and yoga communities to include concerns for the planet.” In the Healing Village, ancient and modern healing and transformational techniques including massage, Vedic Thai bodywork, reiki, ayurveda and reflexology will provide opportunities for the nurturing of the body through deep relaxation and energy work. Families will have their own Children’s Village to enjoy the festival as a family event with expanded age-appropriate programming for all ages. In addition to the pool, art projects and a magician, there will be yoga and meditation. In the Faerie Village, one will find the magical and fantastic realms of the imagination, and appreciation of the spirit of Earth. Children of all ages can play faerie dress-up and get in the festival spirit with face paint or glitter to shimmer like magic throughout the day. The Lovelight Festival will be a profoundly transformational event for all. According to Lang, the goal of the event isn’t to produce another megafestival but to co-create “an experience that will promote community and consciousness, as well as help people to realize that they can make their voices count. There seems to be a new burst of activism which is so critical to the survival of our planet.” Location: Camp Ramblewood, 2564 Silver Rd., Darlington, MD. For more information or tickets, visit Lovelight Festival.com. See ad, page 8.
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SUNDAY, JUNE 4 Taste of Wheaton – 11am-5pm. The 22nd annual event includes food samples from some of downtown Wheaton’s best restaurants, beer and wine garden, live music and dance performances, kids’ rides, face painting, balloon sculptures and caricature drawings. Wheaton Triangle at the corner of Grandview Ave and Reedie Dr (one block north of the Wheaton Metro station). Info: WheatonMD.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 8 #AYACancer Town Hall on Fertility Perseveration and Family Building – 7-8:30pm. Cancer patients and their providers have a very short window to decide to preserve fertility whether prior to treatment or in-between surgery and chemotherapy. Join Critical Mass for a town hall discussion about how a cancer diagnosis impacts family building options. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or SmithCenter.org.
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
specialevent Kundalini Yoga 50plus
Special guest teacher Willem Willstamm from Germany shares his unique and effective Kundalini-based chair yoga technique to promote health and strength in the second half of life. Those wishing to have a taste of the technique may choose to attend only Friday evening’s class. Complete the full-weekend course for a certificate of participation from Kundalini Research Institute (Germany). This workshop is recommended for teachers and students of all yoga types.
Friday, June 9 • 6-9:30pm Saturday June 10 • 9:30am-6pm Sunday June 11 • 10:30am-4pm
activate the immune system, detoxification, reduce pain and inflammation for a healthy lifestyle with energy medicine. Neck, Back & Beyond Wellness Center at Sheraton Suite Old Town Alexandria, 801 North Saint Asaph St, Alexandria, VA. Register: NeckBackAndBeyond@gmail.com. Info: 703-865-5690.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11 Love Your Body Yoga – 10am-5pm. Come and visit Neck, Back and Beyond’s booth at the Love Your Body Festival at the Reston Town Center. Hear Dr. Tomson speaks about healthy work habits. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St, Reston VA. Info: LoveYourBodyYogaFestival.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 12 Yoga Nidra – 6:30-7:30pm. With Bob Moreland. Yoga Nidra is a powerful meditation technique use to access each Koshic level of being, including physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual, allowing for the deepest state of relaxation, self-healing and integration to take place. Classes continue on Mondays. $25/session. Inca Energy Health and Wellness Center, 10440 Shaker Dr, Ste 103, Colombia, MD. Register: 410-292-5149 or EnergyTherapyCeuWorkshops.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 Introduction to Iyengar Yoga – 12-1pm. Come try a free beginners Iyengar yoga class. Additional free classes on June 21 and June 28. Yoga 4 All Bodies, 12021 Creekbend Dr, Reston, VA. Register: 703-297-2224 or Leanne at LCRYoga@ me.com. Info: Yoga4AllBodies.com. Introduction to Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. With Bob Moreland. Join us for this 6-week introductory class of guided imagery and the fundamentals of mindfulness involving body centered awareness, breath and mind mindfulness and the 5 senses, defining stress with difficult emotions and body scan practice. $25/session or $140 for all 6 classes. Inca Energy Integrative Health and Wellness Center, 1440 Shaker Dr, Ste 103, Columbia, MD. Register: 410-292-5149 or EnergyTherapy CeuWorkshops.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16 Energy Medicine for Beginners the Essentials of Self Care Series – 6:30-7:30pm. Daily Energy Routine: Part 1. In these ongoing Energy Class series learn self-care tools for restoring health, vitality and to heal the stress of everyday life. Presented by Juana Sancho Davila Moreland based on her pioneer teacher Donna Eden. $25/session. Inca Energy Health & Wellness Center, 10440 Shaker Dr, Ste 103, Columbia, MD. Register: EnergyTherapy CeuWorkshops.com. Sound Medicine Journey – 7:30-9pm. Let go of stress and relax while you are bathed in the healing vibrations of singing bowls, flute, chimes, sounds of nature and inspirational songs. $25-$30. East Meets West Yoga, 8227 Old Courthouse Rd, Ste 310, Vienna, VA. Info: AngelaBlueskies.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Energy Medicine for beginners the Essentials of Self-Care series – 11:30am-12:30pm. Daily Energy Routine: Part 2. 1- 2pm Releasing Pain the Energy Way. Learning Basic Pain Techniques and the zone tapping for pain locate acupressure points for pain. Presented by Juana Sancho Davila Moreland based on her pioneer teacher Donna Eden. $25/ session. Inca Energy Health and Wellness Center, 10440 Shaker Dr, Ste 103, Columbia, MD. Register: EnergyTherapyCeuWorkshops.com. Summer Solstice Ceremony - Sacred Cacao and Healing Medicine Songs – 7:30-10pm. With Angela Blueskies, Jim Wert and Christel Libiot. A night of heart-centered celebration bringing together sacred medicine songs and medicinal grade cacao, we will sing, dance, share stories and honor the beginning of summer. $30-$50 sliding scale. Sky House Yoga, 1111 Spring St, Ste 320, Silver Spring, MD. Info: AngelaBlueskies.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 18 Summer Solstice Ceremony – 4-8pm. With Angela Blueskies, Helene Garrovillo and Tracy Seffers. Bringing together the joyful rhythms of sacred drumming and song with the traditions of the Medicine Wheel, Despacho Ceremony and Sacred Fire, we will join together in sacred ceremony to honor the Summer Solstice, followed by a potluck. Ceremony at 4pm and potluck at 6:30pm. By donation. Rumi Wasi Sanctuary, 1030 Shannondale Rd, Harpers Ferry, WV. Info: AngelaBlueSkies.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – 6-9pm. Through June 25. This program is perfect for the avid yoga student who wants to become a yoga teacher or anyone that wants to deepen their personal practice. Scholarships available. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301-986-1090 or Roxanne@The MindfulnessCenter.org.
Thrive Baltimore Presents Vegan Food Fest – 12-5pm. Thrive Baltimore is hosting a vegan food festival which includes 15 amazing, local food vendors. Thrive Baltimore, 6 E Lafayette Ave, Baltimore, MD. Info: Info@ThriveBaltimore.org or Tinyurl.com/VeganFoodFest.
Smith Center’s 20th Anniversary – 6:30-9pm. Come celebrate with us as we honor Shanti Norris’s 20 years of dedicated service and Smith Center’s 20th anniversary. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or SmithCenter.org.
PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy Lecture – 3-5pm. Learn about the Swiss Bionic Solutions iMRS2000 and Omnium1 PEMF applications for improved blood flow, increased energy,
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
Raj Yoga, 22821 Silverbrook Center Dr, Unit 160, 2nd Floor, Sterling, VA. Register: RajYoga.org.
Weekend Meditation Retreat (Advanced Meditation Seminar M200 - 8hrs) – 6:30-9:30pm.
Through June 24. Be guided deep into the realms of personal awareness and integration. As the practitioner, learn to deepen your practice and learn to guide others to do the same. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301-986-1090 or TheMindfulness Center@gmail.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Grassroots Herbal Apprenticeship Year 2 – Weekends through Oct 15. This program offers our community a chance to explore folk herbalism with a second year that is meant to deepen our practice of herbalism. Participants must have either completed our first year of the Grassroots Herbal and Holistic Wellness Program, or have a strong foundation in herbalism. Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center, Bryans Road, MD. Register: CentroAshe.org/Maryland-Herbal-School--Grassroots-Herbal-Program-Year-2.html.
specialevent A Women’s Retreat in Sacred Circle
Spend a day tending to your inner garden through gentle and restorative yoga, reiki healing, guided imagery and meditation, self-reflection, journaling, sharing and creative expression. Healthy cooking demo and lunch included.
Friday, June 9 • 9:30 am-5pm
Open Heart Healing at Blueberry Gardens, 237 Ashton Rd, Ashton, MD. Register: OpenHeartMaryland.com/Retreats. $150 early-bird fee by June 3 or $175 after June 3.
Energy Medicine for Beginners the Essentials of Self-Care Series – 11:30am-12:30pm. Eye Energy Hygiene - Learning an effective eye care to lesson eye problems. 1:30-2:30pm- The Auric Field or “the biofield”. When your aura is healthy and balanced it attracts nourishing energies to you; otherwise you may not be receiving energies you need. Presented by Juana Sancho Davila Moreland based on her pioneer teacher Donna Eden. $25/ session. Inca Energy Health and Wellness Center, 10440 Shaker Dr, Ste 103, Columbia, MD. Register: EnergyTherapyCeuWorkshops.com. Richmond Vegetarian Festival – 12-6pm. De-
licious food, dynamic speakers, cooking demonstrations, RVA’S favorite veg belly dancer Khalima, Emcee, the eminent veg meteorologist Mike Goldberg, ask a Nutritionist Derek Tresize, vegetarian magician, juggler and performer Jonathan Austin, live and local bands and over 100 vendors. Richmond Vegetarian Festival at Bryan Park, 4308 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA. Info: VeggieFest.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Yoga Nidra Meditation – 12:30-3pm. Yoga Nidra meditation promotes deep relaxation which helps the practitioner to relieve stress, resolve inner conflict and release pain, restoring an underlying peace of mind. $40. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301-986-1090 or TheMindfulness Center@gmail.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 26 Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. Please join us for a playful and fun practice that has been proven to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. The session ends with a silent meditation. Free. Arlington Central Library auditorium, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA. Info: Arlington LaughterYoga@yahoo.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29 One Montgomery Green Gala – 6-9pm. Help us create and celebrate a greener Montgomery County, with appetizers, local beer and wine, refreshments, green vendors and door prizes. For sponsorship information, contact Wendy Howard at 301-946-5091 or WendyH@OneMontgomeryGreen.org. $40 early bird price through June 4 (Taste of Wheaton Special) or $50 after June 4 or $60 at door. Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Reception Hall, 1800 Glenallen Ave, Wheaton, MD. Register: OMGreenGala2017.EventBrite.com. Info: OneMontgomeryGreen.org.
yond. Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center, Bryans Road, MD. Register: CentroAshe.org/ BirthKeeper.html.
SATURDAY, JULY 8 Grassroots Herbal Apprenticeship Year 1 – Weekends through Oct 29. The series is an introduction and includes herbal fundamentals, North American and Mid-Atlantic medicinal plants (and others), practical and therapeutic applications of herbs, herbal preparations and medicine making, harvesting and wild crafting plants, permaculture and herbal gardening, herbal energetics and more. Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center, Bryans Road, MD. Register: CentroAshe.org/Maryland-HerbalSchool--Centro-Asheacute-Grassroots-HerbalProgram.html.
SATURDAY, JULY 15 Despacho Ceremony: Coming into Balance – 5-9pm. With Angela Blueskies and Helene Garrovillo. Despacho Ceremony is a sacred tradition from the high Andes of Peru. We create a mandala offering of prayers using nature objects, transforming heavy energy into light, followed by a sacred fire. Potluck at 5pm and Despacho begins at 6:30pm. Suggested donation $20. Rumi Wasi Sanctuary, 1030 Shannondale Rd, Harpers Ferry, WV. Info: AngelaBlueskies.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 21 Gong Medicine Journey – 7:30-9pm. With Angela Blueskies. Through the intense vibrations of the sound, the body and mind are able to relax and surrender to the healing energies of the gong, and as the waves of sound wash over participants, a deep energetic clearing occurs, leaving participants feeling balanced, peaceful and light. $25-$30. East Meets West Yoga, 8227 Old Courthouse Rd, Ste 310, Vienna, VA. Info: AngelaBlueskies.com.
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plan ahead SATURDAY, JULY 1 Birthkeeper Apprenticeship – Through Oct 2. Participants will receive their doula certification via the Birth Well during the first portion of the course, and then will go on to receive in-depth classes as well as develop skills to support mamas, babies, birth and be-
Heart of the Mother Retreat - Sacred Valley of Peru – Through Oct 19. For 11 days and 10 nights, we will travel through the stunning landscape of the Sacred Valley, experiencing powerful ceremonies with Ayahuasca, ancestral healing traditions with respected elders, and visits to remote sacred temples, as well as meditation, yoga, live music and wonderful food and accommodations. Led by Angela Blueskies and Helene Garrovillo. $2,350 until July 1. Info: HeartoftheMotherRetreats.com.
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sunday Sunday Morning Meditation Class – 10:30am12:30pm. With Hugh Byrne. An oasis in a busy week, including 30-minute guided meditations, a 10-minute walking meditation and 30-minute discussion. A miniretreat. Drop-ins welcome. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Just Kids – 12:30-1pm. This 30-minute class is designed for kids primarily ages 6-to-10 years old. It focuses on introducing children to the fundamentals of mindfulness. $22 (first class free). Just Meditate, 4928 St Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD. Register: JustMeditate.Studio. Mindfulness in Recovery – 6:30-8pm. This group is open to new meditators and seasoned practitioners alike with a common interest in the intersection of Buddhist teachings and 12 Step recovery. All 12 Steppers are welcome and we ask that participants have at least 90 days of continuous recovery and a working relationship with a home 12 Step recovery group be established before attending your first meeting. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org.
monday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. A beautiful way to start your day, with a 30-minute meditation and optional 15-minute discussion following. Drop-ins welcome. A project of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW). The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Gentle yoga classes to help reduce stress and balance the mind, body and spirit. All experience levels welcome. $10/ class or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or SmithCenter.org. Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. 2nd and 4th Mon. This support group provides participants with the opportunity to explore their experience with cancer in a safe group setting with a trained social worker and to connect with others who are facing a similar challenge. Please RSVP by phone prior to your first visit. Free. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or SmithCenter.org.
tuesday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Mon for details. The Center for Mindful Living,
4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Chair Yoga – 12-1pm. You are invited to relax deeply as we move through a series of gentle seated and supported poses that promote self-care. $10/class or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or SmithCenter.org. Gentle Yoga – 6-7:15pm. See Mon for details. $10/class or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or SmithCenter.org. Physicians’ Kitchen – 6-7:30pm. This four week series covers the basics of healthy nutrition, from fats to sugars, with demos, recipes and samples to enjoy. $20/ individual class or $70 for all 4 classes. Casey Health Institute, 800 S Frederick Ave, Ste 201, Gaithersburg, MD. Register: 301-355-2030 or CaseyHealth.org.
wednesday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Mon for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Outside the Lines: A Creative Art Studio – 10:30am-12:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. Facilitators will help reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. $10/session (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Register: 202-483-8600. Info: SmithCenter.org/Calendar. Nutrition for a Healthy Gut – 6-7:30pm. This four-week series explores the fascinating connection between your gut health and overall wellbeing. Improve digestion, reduce inflammation and decrease toxicity with your diet. Please call for pricing information. Casey Health Institute, 800 S Frederick Ave, Ste 201, Gaithersburg, MD. Register: 301-355-2030 or CaseyHealth.org. Just You – 6:45-7:30pm. Through traditional mindfulness practices such as breath, body, sound and emotional awareness coupled with affirmations, reflections and forgiveness practices, this session aims to help you in recognizing your own needs. $22 (first class free). Just Meditate, 4928 St Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD. Register: JustMeditate.Studio. Nia Dance – 7:30pm. Through movement, music and fun Nia classes guide you to move your body the way it is intended to move. $20. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301-986-1090 or Info@TheMindfulness Center.org. Teen Sanga – 7:30-9pm. 2nd and 4th Wed. The teen sangha provides a framework for exploring one’s inner life, understanding the causes of emo-
tional stress and realizing the possibility of inner freedom. We explore key Buddhist teachings and how they can be helpful in navigating life’s inevitable challenges. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org.
thursday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Mon for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. See Mon for details. $10/class or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or SmithCenter.org.
friday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Mon for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Move, Dance, Create – 11am-12:15pm. Stretch your creative capacity, feel good and connect with fellow participants. Featuring a variety of dance styles, the class is a well-paced and refreshing experience for all. $10/session or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or SmithCenter.org. Just Recovery – 7:30-8:15pm. Just Recovery is a class designed to bring the practice of mindfulness to those who suffer (or have suffered) from addiction and other destructive behavior patterns. $22 (first class free). Just Meditate, 4928 St Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD. Register: JustMeditate.Studio.
saturday Just Enough – 5:30-6pm. Our signature class abbreviated to 30 minutes. Push pause at the door, Just Meditate for 30 and go about your day. Whether it’s setting your mind for the day ahead or settling down before you go back to work or home. $22 (first class free). Just Meditate, 4928 St Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD. Register: JustMeditate.Studio. Refuge Recovery – 6:30-8pm. Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based recovery program and community that utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Based on the Four Noble Truths and Eight-fold Path, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org.
Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. ~Joseph Campbell
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Virginia Mitchell is board-certified acupuncturist specializing in pain management, fertility support and stress reduction. She also treats other conditions including allergies, anxiety, depression, arthritis, back, neck or shoulder pain, migraines, headaches, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, and sports injuries. Virginia is also a trained massage therapist focusing on acupressure and zero balancing. See ad, page 10.
ACUPUNCTURE EDUCATION VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE
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BEDROOM FURNITURE SAVVY REST NATURAL BEDROOM
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CANCER SUPPORT NATIONAL INTEGRATED HEALTH ASSOCIATES
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Dr. Allan Tomson, DC, director of Neck Back & Beyond Healing Arts in Fairfax, VA with a satellite office in Manassas, VA. He is not your ordinary chiropractor with skills and experience in functional medicine, visceral manipulation, CranioSacral Therapy and Cayce protocols. See ad, page 12.
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COACHING FREE YOUR VOICE
AngelaBlueskies@gmail.com AngelaBlueskies.com/Free-Your-Voice Yoga of voice workshops and private coaching that offers a refreshing perspective for people who want to release personal blocks and sing from their hearts. Also offering workshops and private coaching with a similar perspective for Native American flute. See ad, page 8.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY NECK BACK & BEYOND WELLNESS CENTER
10560 Main St, Ste PH-1, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 NeckBackAndBeyond@gmail.com NeckBackAndBeyond.com An effective method for cleansing the colon and large intestine. It helps to renew and cleanse the cells, purify the blood and give life to the digestive system. Accumulation of toxic waste materials in the body, also known as autointoxication, is the root cause of many diseases. CHT allows the body to get rid of these toxins, and is a necessary part of any type of detox program or cleanse. See ad, page 12.
DENTISTRY, HOLISTIC NATIONAL INTEGRATED HEALTH ASSOCIATES
5225 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 402, NW 202-237-7000 • NIHADC.com The professional health team at NIHA is comprised of holistic medical physicians, biological dentists, naturopaths, a chiropractor and health professionals highly skilled in acupuncture, nutrition and other healing therapies. See ad, page 29.
TERRY VICTOR, DDS THE DC DENTIST
10440 Shaker Dr, Ste 203, Columbia, MD 410-292-5149 EnergyTherapyCeuWorkshops.com Inca Energy Integrative Health and Wellness Center is an ecofriendly holistic center offering e n e rg y m e d i c i n e , e n e rg y psychology and meditation. Inca Wellness brings together authentic ancient healing traditions from around the world with contemporary therapies to nurture ones whole being. See ad, page 24.
EDUCATION BROAD BRANCH CHILDREN’S HOUSE
5608 Broad Branch Rd, NW 202-232-2233 BBCH@MetroMontessori.com BBCHMontessori.com We proudly serve students ages 2-to-6-years-old in 10 and 12-month programs, authentically g rou n d e d i n Mont e s s or i philosophy. Our classrooms are beautifully equipped to engage and inspire young learners. See ad, page 9.
HERBS MOTHER NATURE’S STORE 703-851-0087 Laina_Poulakos@hotmail.com MothersNatureStore.com
Certified aromatherapist and herbalist offering lifestyle consultations and handmade products, including soaps, balms and beard oils. Reach a better state of body and mind. See ad, page 12.
HOLISTIC NUTRITION ELIZABETH MCMILLAN, MS, CNS
ENERGY WORK NAMESTE SPIRIT
311 Maple Ave West, Ste K, Vienna, VA Info@Namaste-Spirit.com Namaste-Spirit.com • 703-489-1679 Offering Reiki-based energy work, as well as fertility massage, Raindrop Technique, prenatal massage and abdominal massage. Workshops available, with an emphasis on self-empowerment.
ESSENTIAL OILS Rockville, MD HolisticallyHealthyHome@gmail.com HolisticallyHealthyHome.com
Dr. Victor’s practice believes patients’ needs are primary. Holistic dentistry integrates dental health with your overall health. The DC Dentist—holistic, biological and eco-friendly. See ad, page 23.
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Local classes helping people replace toxic cleaning and personal care products, stabilize emotions, improve sleep, decrease pain, breathe clearly and increase energy with essential oils. See ad, page 24.
HEALTHY PETS WHOLE PET CENTRAL
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Rose Wellness Center 571-529-6699 RoseWellness.com
Elizabeth McMillan is a boardcertified clinical nutritionist specializing in functional nutrition. She believes in finding the root cause of aliments and creating a personalized dietary plan to restore optimal wellness. Elizabeth specializes in diab etes, fo o d s ensitivities, gastrointestinal health, autoimmunity and metabolic syndrome issues. Call today to see how she can help. See ad, page 10.
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Supportive communities for parents following natural lifestyles with six local D.C.area chapters, Metro D.C. area chapters in Arlington/Alexandria, Burke/ Springfield, Northern Virginia/Fairfax, Loudoun in Virginia and in Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County in Maryland.
MINDFUL HEALTHY LIFE
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HOLISTIC PEDIATRIC CARE NATIONAL INTEGRATED HEALTH ASSOCIATES 5225 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 402, NW 202-237-7000 • NIHADC.com
Holistic pediatric and young adult care combines the healing power of traditional Western medicine with safe, complementary healing therapies. This approach addresses the whole child, not just the symptoms that brought you to the doctor, and encourages the immune system to heal naturally. See ad, page 29.
HOLISTIC PRIMARY CARE NATIONAL INTEGRATED HEALTH ASSOCIATES 5225 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 402, NW 202-237-7000 • NIHADC.com
Holistic primary care is an integrative approach that treats the whole person: mind/body and spirit. A primary care provider coordinates all of the health care a patient receives. This total patient care considers the physical and emotional needs of the person and how health issues may be affecting those needs. Whether you are coming in for an annual check-up or managing a chronic disease, we focus on the whole person, not just your disease or symptoms. We consider lifestyle, nutrition and stress management and put together a treatment plan to help you attain an optimum level of wellness. See ad, page 29. parenting.
Rose Wellness Center 571-529-6699 • RoseWellness.com
Michael Liss is a Doctor of Classical Homeopathy and an integrative health practitioner. He specializes in using homeopathy to help you find relief from various emotional and physical health problems including addictions, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, allergies, asthma, childhood ailments, migraines, hair and skin disorders, immune deficiencies and sinus disorders. See ad, page 10.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE SUSHMA HIRANI, MD
Rose Wellness Center 2944 Hunter Mill Rd, Ste 101, Oakton, VA Info@RoseWellness.com RoseWellness.com • 571-529-6699 Dr. Sushma Hirani uses an integrative approach to wellness, utilizing conventional medicine and evidence-based complementary therapies. She strives to treat the whole person an d e mph a s i z e s nut r it i on , preventive care and lifestyle changes. Dr. Hirani specializes in the treatment of chronic issues such as hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, menopause and women’s health issues. Patients love her compassionate care and personalized attention. See ad, page 10.
INDIGO INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLINIC 1010 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 660, DC 202-298-9131 IndigoHealthClinic.com
The body has an innate ability to heal itself and achieve balance from everyday stressors through non-toxic, non-aggressive and highly effective modalities. See ad, page 2.
ALEX LEON, MD
Integrative Family Physician Rose Wellness Center 2944 Hunter Mill Rd, Ste 101, Oakton, VA 571-529-6699 • RoseWellness.com Dr. Alex Leon is a board-certified family physician specializing in integrative functional medicine to help restore and maintain your wellbeing. He has a special interest in men’s health care, chronic pain syndromes including musculoskeletal problems, fibromyalgia, bioidentical hormone replacement for men and women, chronic conditions including hypothyroidism, gastrointestinal disorders and allergic disorders. He treats kids too. See ad, page 10.
NATIONAL INTEGRATED HEALTH ASSOCIATES
5225 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 402, NW 202-237-7000 NIHADC.com The professional health team at NIHA is comprised of holistic medical physicians, biological dentists, naturopaths, a chiropractor and health professionals highly skilled in acupuncture, nutrition and other healing therapies. See ad, page 29.
OPTIMAL HEALTH DIMENSIONS
3930 Pender Dr, Ste 260 & 280, Fairfax 703-359-9300 OptimalHealthDimensions.com We offer integrative medicine lead by Dr. Leila H Zackrison, MD. Along with offering modern medicine and technologies, we offer time tested, powerful, profound healing techniques developed centuries ago. This is what makes us uniquely effective in the ever-expanding region of health care.
ROSE WELLNESS CENTER
2944 Hunter Mill Rd, Ste 101, Oakton, VA 571-529-6699 Info@RoseWellness.com RoseWellness.com Suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, allergies, stress? Whatever your health challenges, Rose Wellness Center can help you get on the path to real wellness. We help identify hormone, metabolic, digestive, nutritional and food sensitivity issues to get to the root cause of your health problems, where true healing begins. Our services include digestive and women’s health programs, hormone balancing, acupuncture, Lyme treatment, homeopathy and thyroid management. See ad, page 10.
TAKOMA PARK ALTERNATIVE CARE 6930 Carroll Ave, Ste 502, Takoma Park 301-328-3045 Info@TakomaCare.com • TakomaCare.com
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INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS ONE BREATH AT A TIME
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POTOMAC MASSAGE THERAPY INSTITUTE 8380 Colesville Rd., Ste. 600 Silver Spring 202-686-7046 • PMTI.org
Whether you are looking for a new career, interested in continuing your education to expand your knowledge as a massage therapist, or drawn to take an introductory class on massage and bodywork for yourself, family and friends— come join the circle at PMTI. Classes and workshops available, as well as $39 student and $59 graduate 1-hour massages. See ad, page 33.
MAGIC WAND MURALS
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Whether you are looking for a new career, interested in continuing your education to expand your knowledge as a massage therapist, or drawn to take an introductory class on massage and bodywork for yourself, family and friends— come join the circle at PMTI. Classes and workshops available, as well as $39 student and $59 graduate 1-hour massages. See ad, page 33.
ORIENTAL MEDICINE VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE
9401 Mathy Dr, Ste 100, Fairfax 703-323-5690 • VUOM.edu Virginia University of Oriental Medicine is a private, nonprofit and accredited university of fer ing g radu ate deg re e programs in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. They also offer licensed acupuncturists the opportunity to advance their professional skills and development with continuing education.
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SHIATSU THERAPIST NECK BACK & BEYOND WELLNESS CENTER
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Sound Medicine events, including Sound Medicine Journeys and Gong Journeys, as well as The Power of Healing Sound workshops and trainings, as well as sacred music events and ceremonies and private Sound Medicine sessions throughout the DC metro area. See ad, page 8.
Pema Choepel Mallu, DVM, CVA, M.Ac. L.Ac 12627 Wisteria Dr, Ste C/D, Germantown, MD 240-715-6570 HolVetHealing@gmail.com HolisticVeterinaryHealing.com We offer integrative compassionate veterinary care. We view your animal as a whole focusing on the root cause of dis-harmony for long-term healing. See ad, page 20.
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Rose Wellness Center for Integrative Medicine offers Thermography or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). This noninvasive diagnostic technique creates thermal images that are analyzed for abnormalities and early signs of disease. Thermal imaging is painless, non-invasive, does not involve any compression and emits no radiation. Call today to setup your scan. See ad, page 10.
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