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July is always a great time for so many of us in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The traffic seems to be letting up just a little bit, the craziness of the end of school and graduations is over, vacation is on the horizon and the pools are open. Plus, fresh sweet corn and homegrown tomatoes are starting to show up at the farmers’ markets and appearing on dinner tables everywhere. You know the old saying, there are only two things that money can’t buy—true love and homegrown tomatoes. I couldn’t agree more. With this bounty before us, plus the ensuing picnics and barbecues, it may be easy to fall off the wagon when making good choices about what we put into our bodies. Likewise, we may start to neglect our physical environment, leaving us exposed to the toxins that are now part of our modern world. Our theme this month is natural detox. As I asked doctors and practitioners who make detoxing a central part of their work about contributing on this theme—I was abundantly blessed with a multitude of great works with the latest thinking on the subject. Not only is there insightful, evidence-based commentary on the causes for harmful toxins in the human body, there are helpful prescriptions, many of which can be incorporated simply into our daily routines. With the help of naturopathic doctors, Isabel Sharkar, of Indigo Integrative Health, and Ryan Kneessi, a faculty member at Maryland University for Integrative Health, we learn the basic principles of the body and why it is difficult to achieve good health in our modern society when we are not mindful to incorporate detoxifying practices into our routines. Integrative nutritionist Elizabeth McMillan, of Rose Wellness, in Reston, provides some proactive steps, and wonderful smoothie suggestions, to keep the body in a detoxed state. Julianne O’Dwyer and Darryl Yeagley give practical step-by-step instructions to detox, both at home and with the help of a professional, while a lengthy list of detox modalities provided at National Integrated Health Associates and Natural Horizons Wellness Center are also explored in this issue. A special spotlight is shown on an amazing technique, manual lymph drainage, to detox particular areas of the skin and help recover from a serious injury or surgery. If you look at the photos presented by practitioner Gay Lee Gulbrandson, I am certain that you will be equally amazed to see the healing power of this special type of massage on healing the body. Finally, we are using this issue to introduce you to an amazing and beautiful woman and teacher in our area, LaShone Wilson, who is an integrative health and wellness coach and the executive director of One Breath at a Time, Mindful Living and Wellness Service. Wilson also graces our cover this month. She is becoming known for her work with the District school system to bring a mindful living curriculum to students and teachers, and for her women and children empowerment and wellness forums, which target underserved populations, exposing them to valuable health information that they may not otherwise have access to. So along with the bounty of the season, we have a bounty of cutting-edge articles and introductions to people and practices that can bring balance and health to our life. But then, we are just doing our job for you, dear friends. Have a wonderful July! Peace,

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he National Kids Yoga Conference (NKYC) is the leading professional environment for adults to learn the art of bringing mindfulness, yoga and social emotional learning to the youth in our communities. Join kids yoga leaders, researchers, educators, parents, mental health professionals and emerging voices in these fields for a unique professional learning opportunity. The event takes place from October 13 to 15 at the Nannie J. Lee Community Center, in Old Town Alexandria. In its fourth year, the NKYC 2017 will focus on building and strengthening our communities with topics on diversifying the field, latest research, ensuring adequate funding and sustainable programs, advocating for the rights of all students and educating the community on what yoga and mindfulness for kids looks like in action. This conference will empower participants to effectively bring yoga and mindfulness to the youth in their communities. Participants will leave this inspiring weekend with evidence-based lesson plans that they can use in class immediately; a new set of skills to take their resume to the next level; the opportunity to become an expert among their communities in using mindful movement in the classroom; connections with other leaders in the field of social and emotional learning; and a teaching certificate in hand by joining the teacher track.

LaShone Wilson is an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach. She embodies a healing presence as she teaches yoga, holistic self-care, mindfulness, stress reduction techniques, breath work, and present moment awareness. She is certified to teach children's yoga—including children with unique needs such as autism To register or learn more about #NKYC2017, visit and use and ADHD. She is certified to teach promo code “NKYC2017” to save 10 percent. For more information, call 703-475-0046 Bikram Hot Yoga and other hatha or email See ad, page 21. yoga styles. Wilson is trained in fertility yoga, yoga therapy, Pilates, Hot Barre, aromatouch therapy, Emotional Intelligence and reiki level I. She is currently pursuing her Master's FindDegree Your One & Only! in Integrative Health and oin the largest database of health-conscious, used by Natural Wellness Coaching from Maryland and eco-minded, spiritual singles for FREE Awakenings readers to meet conscious soul mates, University of Integrative Health. and manifest an extraordinary relationship! twin flames, life partners and friends since 2013 in Wilson is the CEO and founder partnership with the Conscious Dating Network, has been of One Breath at a Time, LLC, a upgraded with a new contemporary layout suited to all rapidly growing company with the platforms and devices, including smartphones and tablets. mission to empower others through Try for FREE at The site also features a dynamic search function so members can edit and view mindfulness, professional coachsearch results on the same page in real time, plus the ability to save and edit favorite ing and healthy living. She hosts searches more easily. educational forums, workshops and Other new developments include Match Questions, providing a more in-depth way community events. Many of the of determining compatibility that replaces the Compatibility Test and Sexual IQ. There events are for underserved women are eight categories—Dating, Eco-Consciousness, Spirituality, Lifestyle & Personality, and children. Her mission is to Sexuality, Diet & Exercise, Ethics, and Just for Fun—with many pertinent multiple-choice model and teach that a healthy life questions. Members answer for themselves, and also select which answers are “acis obtainable and sustainable by ceptable” to them relating to a potential partner’s answers. Match percentages between small consistent steps­—one breath members are calculated via an algorithm and displayed on profiles. at a time. See article, page 24. Some of the answers are humorous and entertaining which makes answering the The photograph of LaShone Wilson questions more fun, and members can express themselves more deeply with the opwas taken by Norman E. Jones tional personal comments to go along with each answer. (www.NormanEJones.Photography). Upcoming new features will include live video chats, a “stealth” profile viewing Contact Norman at NEJ1216@ mode option and a classified ad section. or 202-438-3565. For more information, visit See ad, page 35.

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his past April, Leanne Cusumano Roque, certified Iyengar yoga teacher, achieved the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) designation of Certified Yoga Therapist. The certification is currently awarded to only about 1000 teachers in the United States. It is recognized internationally in over 80 countries. “Students benefit,” says Roque, “as we can work together with many different kinds of bodies and therapeutic conditions, including knees, low back, neck and shoulders, constipation, diarrhea, headache, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression.” Roque is the only jointly certified Iyengar teacher and IAYT-certified yoga therapist in Reston. She teaches classes at Yoga 4 All Bodies, a boutique yoga studio in North Reston. Through small group classes and privates, the healing power of yoga is experienced because of the attention to detail with the student and the teacher’s knowledge from hours of training and experience. As yoga therapy emerges as a profession within Western health care, it’s becoming increasingly important that the profession has a way of self-regulating— that is, ensuring that practitioners have a foundation of knowledge, skills and abilities that enables them to practice yoga therapy safely and effectively. Recognizing the experience, training and high standards of teaching within the profession, the yoga therapist certification validates the high level of care and attention Roque gives to each student. Locaton: 12021 Creek Bend Dr., Reston. For more information on Leanne Cusumano Roque and Yoga 4 All Bodies, visit

Threat of Emerald Ash Borers to Area Trees


ll ash trees in Montgomery County are at risk of long-term damage or death caused by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This beetle was brought to the United States from Asia and has spread across the greater D.C. area. As adults, these beetles do not cause significant damage to trees. However, their larvae threaten all species of ash trees by feeding on the tissue between the bark and wood. Unless residents are proactive in protecting ash trees from damage caused by EAB, scientists predict that nearly all ash trees in Montgomery County, alone, will die within the next 10 years. Treatment is effective and treating ash trees in the early stages of EAB infestation can minimize damage, allow for recovery and prolong their life. It is possible to do advance treatment if trees are not yet showing signs of EABrelated damage. If trees have an early stage EAB infection, treatment is the best way to save the tree. However, if trees have an advanced EAB infection or if the tree is dead, a tree expert can help determine if the tree is hazardous and at risk of falling. It is also important to prevent the EAB from spreading to other trees.

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his July, The Pavilion Center, in association with Bethesda’s Zagat-rated Oakville Grille, is serving up a series of engaging, uncensored, TED-like talks in a salon-like setting—with some great food and drink. The events begin at 6 p.m. On July 10, In the Flow: Passion, Purpose and the Power of Mindfulness, will be presented. Join neuroscientist and Mindfulness Center founder, Dr. Deborah Norris, as she talks about the principles laid out in her book, In the Flow. In clear and captivating style, Norris lays out new theories in the science of mindfulness, revealing how simple practices can help remove our roadblocks to health and happiness. On July 24, Stem Cell Therapy: Revolutionizing Medicine and Healing will be offered by Dr. Benjamin Newton, a physician with StemCell ARTS, in Chevy Chase. Newton will provide information on how stem cell and regenerative therapies are having profound results—stimulating the body’s natural healing process and oftentimes enabling people to avoid invasive surgeries. Upcoming August topics include: BioGeometry: A Science Capable of Solving Our Most Pressing Challenges; and Confirmed: We Are Not Alone in the Universe. Location: 10257 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Parking is free. Register for the July 10 event at or for July 24 at -Mindfulness-Tickets-35251134091. Use the Code NatAwaken to save 50% on tickets. For more information or to register, email or visit The Pavilion’s Facebook page at

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Coal Phase-Out Boosts Health

he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.



Unique Inflamed Gut Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

esearchers in Milan, Italy, have found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes display a unique inflammatory signature and microbiome in their digestive tract. The study examined biopsies from 54 patients that underwent endoscopies at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital between 2009 and 2015. The samples came from each patient’s duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine, and allowed scientists to directly assess the bacteria in the digestive tract, rather than relying on stool samples. The results of the samples were compared to gut bacteria from a control group of healthy individuals without Type 1 diabetes and others with celiac disease. Researchers found that the diabetes group showed more signs of gut inflammation than the other groups, and it was linked to 10 specific genes, also marking them as having a unique combination of bacteria. “By exploring this, we may be able to find new ways to treat the disease by targeting the unique gastrointestinal characteristics of individuals with Type 1 diabetes,” explains the study’s senior author, Dr. Lorenzo Piemonti, with the hospital’s Diabetes Research Institute. 8

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meta-study from Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and food prices. The researchers found that taxation of unhealthy foods and price reductions of healthy foods help shift consumers to healthier purchases. They reviewed data from 11 studies on the impact of adding tariffs to unhealthy foods that lead to higher prices and 19 studies that examined the effects on the demand of reducing the prices of healthy foods. They discovered that consumers purchased 14 percent more fruits and vegetables when prices were reduced by 10 percent. Other healthy food price reductions produced similar results, with a 16 percent increase in consumption with each 10 percent price drop. The researchers examined the impact of increases in the price of sugary drinks and fast foods. Following 10 percent price hikes, consumption of these items decreased by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. “The global food system is exacting a staggering toll on human health, and this is very costly, both in terms of real healthcare expenses and lost productivity,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the meta-study and dean of the university’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “Our findings suggest that subsidies and taxes are a highly effective tool for normalizing the price of foods toward their true societal cost. This will both prevent disease and reduce spiraling healthcare costs, which are causing a tremendous strain on both private businesses and government budgets.”

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Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function


esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university.

The Wonders of Black Pepper by Laina Poulakos lack pepper is such a common spice, found in nearly every kitchen, but the health benefits are amazing. The chemical piperine, which is the source of its spiciness, has antibacterial, antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties. This spice from India is rich in iron, potassium, vitamins C and K, as well as fiber. Black pepper is excellent for the stomach, as it helps to keep the digestion process healthy and keeps stomach gas at bay. Black pepper also promotes sweating and urination, which helps the body rid itself of toxins. In ayurvedic practices, pepper is added to tonics to help with cough and colds. It is also helpful to break down mucous and congestion.   Adding black pepper to food helps the body absorb the vitamins in the food consumed. The antioxidants in black pepper also help prevent cellular damage from free radicals. The benefits of the common spice are great and provide such a simple way to add a tasty, healthy spice to your life.


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Go Ride a Bike in the D.C. Area by Rachel Feidelman ince 2010, bikeshare programs have flourished throughout the United States, by providing residents of urban areas with a way to get where they need to be quickly, affordably and in an environmentally friendly manor. Instead of requiring individuals to purchase their own bike, bikeshares transform them into somewhat of a rental service, allowing people to borrow a bike to get where they need to be and then return it at another bike station. As of 2016, there are over 42,000 bikes in bikeshare circulation, 27 million users taking advantage of them and 88 million trips taken, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). One major limitation to this system is that they are typically only accessible within major cities. However, Prince George’s County is working to make traveling from more suburban areas in the county to Washington, D.C. possible via bikeshare. The University of Maryland and the city of College Park implemented mBike in 2016, with 17 stations across College Park, including many on and near campus. Zagster, the company that created mBike, has expended over the year, building stations as far as a 30-minute trip away, allowing bikers to get to metro stations and giving them access to the nation’s capital. On the flipside, Capital Bikeshare, a large bikeshare system in Washington, D.C., is simultaneously planning to expand into Prince George’s County soon. Resources for the Future performed a study in 2016 concluding that Washington, D.C. traffic congestion has decreased by 4 percent because of bikeshare implementation. This number is only expected to increase as trends show a steady increase in usage and expansion of bikesharing in major United States cities. While no final decisions have been made by the county on whether or not mBike and Capital Bikeshare will merge together or run simultaneously, the concept of being able to utilize transportation resources in this unique method is a large step toward reducing the area’s environmental footprint.

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study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity. The researchers divided 27 endurance-trained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powdered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a half-marathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run. The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.

DETOX AND DENTAL HEALTH by Dr. Terry Victor etoxification is a process where the body is cleared of any toxicity that would cause harm or any material that is not a benefit to the body. There are many aspects to detoxification of the body and it can occur in many different ways. It could be as simple as drinking more water or as complex as chelation therapy to remove heavy metals. In dentistry, one way that body detoxification can take place is to get out of the body any disease process in the tooth. Often, when one thinks of detoxification of the body, the mouth and teeth are not considered. Biological dentists understand that the mouth is connected to the body and can have a significant impact. So, if there are cavities present in your mouth, that is a breaking down of tissue in your mouth. Teeth are flesh—they are living and breathing just like any other part of your body. If they are decomposing, that should be addressed. While discussing detoxification of the body, another aspect of dentistry that must be taken into account is gum disease or an infection in the gums. This type of infection does not just stay in the mouth but travels throughout the body. This is why there is a relationship between gum disease and heart disease. Both of these examples, cavities and gum disease, require detoxification so the body can get rid of something toxic, so that health and well-being can be received. For a cavity, this work is simply done by the dentist cleaning out the cavity and placing a filling. For gum disease, this is also done by a dentist cleaning out the infection and getting the tissue healthy. When these steps are completed, the body can return to a healthy state. The process of detoxification, in the body as well as the mouth, is an important practice for overall health. We function best when we are free of toxicity as this allows the body to be the best it ca be—and allows us to feel our best.


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A study in the journal Nature Communications examined wild bee populations relative to the use of controversial neonic (neonicotinoid) pesticides from 1994 to 2011, and discovered that extinction rates paralleled their use on plants throughout the country. The 34 species analyzed experienced a 10 percent population drop across the board, with five of the species seeing a decrease of 20 percent or more, and the most-impacted group declining by 30 percent. Researchers say this indicates that up to half of the population decline could be attributed to the use of neonics. “It contributes, but there is a bigger picture,” says Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Bee Laboratory, in Maryland. Other factors are thought to include parasites such as varroa mites and nosema fungus (a bacterial disease known as foulbrood) plus viruses, drought and loss of habitat. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) environmental group has launched a petition calling on the Ace and True Value hardware companies to follow Lowe’s and Home Depot’s example of phasing out the pesticides. FOE says, “If these garden retailers don’t act fast, they’ll lose customers. A new poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer to shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot because they’ve committed to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.”


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Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural startup Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power and desalinated seawater on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of non-GMO food every year. Built at a reported cost of $200 million, the facility has a year-round growing season. In winter, its greenhouse operates with the help of 39 megawatts of clean energy from solar power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a 10-year contract for the exclusive right to sell the company’s produce. 12

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Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.

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Animals that Are No More Every year, more species reach the brink of extinction and only inhabit the annals of natural history. Species that have officially disappeared forever as of 2016 include the Bramble Cay melomys, Nulllarbor dwarf bettong, Capricorn rabbit-rat, Pinta Island tortoise, western black rhinoceros, Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog, San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher and Formosan clouded leopard. These are just a handful of the animals threatened and wiped out annually. Thirteen bird species alone were confirmed as extinct in 2016, mostly due to invasive predators. More of these animals are bound to die off unless humans make a concerted effort to preserve them.

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Floating Trash-Eaters Clean Up Baltimore Harbor Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, the solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors cleaning up Baltimore’s inner harbor, have the ability to suck up plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, cigarette butts and other debris. The waste is burned to generate electricity, and plans exist to increase recycling capabilities in the future. The brainchild of engineer John Kellett, who gained the support of the Water Partnership of Baltimore, a nonprofit that supports environmental legislation, the inventions are designed to make the area a green, safe and friendly destination for people and marine life.

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Kitchen Garden Stays at White House The W. Atlee Burpee home gardening company and the Burpee Foundation have contributed $2.5 million to the National Park Foundation to maintain the White House garden, founded in 2009 by former First Lady Michelle Obama, for at least 17 years. The garden is a powerful symbol of Obama’s effort to promote healthy eating and lifestyles for America’s children. During an eight-year span, she added beehives, a compost system and a pollinator garden to attract birds and butterflies as the garden nearly tripled in size to 2,800 square feet.

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GMO Studies Compromised by Conflicts of Interest An article published by the journal PLOS One reflects the opinion of researchers affiliated with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research that a large portion of studies on genetically modified (GM/GMO) crops are rife with conflicts of interest. They state that many have been tainted because someone that worked on a study was also an employee of a company producing them. The study investigated direct financial conflicts of interest, but not other factors such as authors being members of advisory boards, co-holders of patents or consultants to GM companies. Out of 579 published studies analyzed, some 40 percent showed a possible conflict of interest. The authors noted that the suspect studies had a much higher likelihood of presenting a favorable outcome for GMOs compared to others. The majority of these studies (404) were American; 83 were Chinese.

Beverage Battle Water Overtakes Sweet Sodas

After decades of strong growth, bottled water consumption has outpaced carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States. Michael Bellas, chairman and chief executive at Beverage Marketing Corp. says, “When Perrier first entered the country in the 1970s, few would have predicted the heights to which bottled water would eventually climb.” In 2015, U.S. bottled water consumption totaled 39.3 gallons per capita, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons. Bad publicity about the health effects of sugary beverages is at the root of the trend, with some states considering making them off-limits to food stamp purchasers and cities voting for soda taxes to combat diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes. natural awakenings

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Species Die-Off

to Cleanse Body & Mind

Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington,


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D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Feed Your Microbiome

When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s

We’re all exposed to toxins, but if our inner terrain is healthy, our body can flush them out, so we won’t get sick. ~Robynne Chutkan

Get Dirty

“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.”


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engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrientrich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients,

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.”

5 Ways to Detox Every Day

Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

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s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.


Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.


Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.


Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.


Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”


Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide ( to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings

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good bowel movement is the ultimate detox, eliminating toxins, unwanted bacteria, cells that have outlived their usefulness and other waste that has to go. Stools provide an index of health, so turn around and take a look at them for feedback for improving digestive and overall health. One key way to assess a stool is by its color. Use the following guide: 4 Pale, chalky stool can be a sign of liver disease or clogged bile ducts, and is often accompanied by dark urine because the bile gets excreted through the kidneys instead of the digestive tract. 4 Yellow stool may mean a parasite like Giardia or excess fat because of a pancreas that’s not secreting enough enzymes. 4 Green stool can be the result of a Clostridium difficile infection or antibiotics. 4 Red stool occurs with bleeding from the colon, but can also be caused by eating beets. 4 Black stool usually signifies bleeding from higher in the gastrointestinal tract or from an iron supplement. 4 Lighter brown stool may mean insufficient deeply pigmented leafy greens in the diet. 4 Blue stool can be from bluecolored food. 4 Dark brown is the color of stool nirvana. Bile and bilirubin pigment, formed in the liver from dead red blood cells, give healthy stools this chocolate color. Learn more at DigestiveCenterFor


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Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects,


See How You’re Dooing

Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving


Detoxing Is It Possible to Live Without It? by Dr. Isabel Sharkar


ach year, more than 4 billion pounds of chemicals and pollutants from plastics, pesticides, heavy metals, medications and other sources are released into the environment. There are more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the U.S. that haven’t even been classified as safe. From Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), polluted air from factories, factory farming, auto exhaust, solvents and heavy metals to pesticides, herbicides, radiation, electromagnetic field (EMF) and GMO food pumped with hormones and artificial food additives—it is safe to say that today it is impossible to live a long and healthy life without incorporating detoxing practices into your lifestyle.

So what do you do and where do you begin? Diet is everything. With each bite, you are either bombarding your body with toxins or flooding it with nutrients. Eliminate soda, fried foods, processed meat, mucus-producing foods like gluten and dairy, GMOs, refined sugar and foods with ingredients you cannot pronounce, like those sneaky food additives. Eliminate the bad things and put in the good things. Fill your plate up with antioxidants and food rich in nutrients. Switch to organic and eat low-sugar fruit like blueberries and raspberries, dark leafy greens and vegetables, organic grass finished meat, limit your grain consumption and eat high quality fats. Hydrate. Each of us needs to drink a

minimum of two liters of spring water a day, depending on your body weight. Dehydration is the underlying cause of many chronic diseases. Your body needs water to perform many of its functions. Water that is needed to perform these functions is called “bound water” versus water that is needed to perform new functions, which is called “free water”. Stress causes the body to go into dehydration if you don’t have enough “free water” to keep up with the high-stress load. Check out the book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, by Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D., for more information.   Intermittent Fast. Give your digestive system a break and divert all the energy normally used to digest food toward repairing and regenerating your body. Each of us produces cancer cells on a regular basis, but for most of us, they are destroyed by our immune systems. However, if your immune system is weak, stressed or highly burdened by toxicity or infection, dis-ease results. When you fast, your body is able to clean up the cells that don’t belong in it. In studies, people who fast regularly, live longer.   Sleep. Sleep regenerates your body. Every hour you sleep before 10 p.m. is worth two hours after midnight. That means your body gets double the rest and regeneration if you are in bed before 10 p.m. Clean up your bedroom by removing all EMF and junk light. Turn your bedroom into a cave for optimal sleep or use a silk eye mask. Stop using

electronics an hour before bed and switch to f.lux nighttime mode on all your electronic devices to avoid blue light that blocks melatonin production. Sweat. Exercise and sweat regularly. Many are having an issue with sweating, called anhidrosis. This could either be because you haven’t reached your sweating point or it may be due to an underlying medical condition. Through sweat, the body is able to get rid of toxins. Many cultures understand the detoxifying effects of sweating by regularly frequenting sauna and steam rooms.   Reprogram your mind. Thinking the same thoughts and doing the same actions will only produce the same results. Learn how to transcend negative thought and belief patterns. Practices like gratitude journaling, meditation and yoga are a great way to get out of your head, into your body and the present moment. Develop a daily practice that shifts your focus away from your daily stresses and anxiety. Become familiar with Dr. Joe Dispenza’s work and meditations.   Practice deep breathing. Breathe deeply in and out of your nose. Your lymph system depends on the pumping action of deep breathing to help it transport toxins into the blood before your liver detoxifies them.   Detox every season. Detoxify the cells and environment in your body. Move your lymph, do an elimination diet, get your candida under control, do a parasite cleanse, remove unwanted bacteria and viruses and detox heavy metals.   Start now. Begin by following these fundamentals and see a qualified holistic practitioner that can help you optimize your body and get you to thriving health. Each of has unique health conditions that may need advice from a practitioner who is experienced. Isabel Sharkar, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, call 202-298-9131 or visit IndigoHealth See ad, page 2. natural awakenings

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Four Reasons to Break a Sweat The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins by Deanna Minich


octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to healthboosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:



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organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of

20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.

Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this

toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.


Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.


Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.

A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact

option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at

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Enlightening Ideas about Money

Think Independence, Intimacy, Integrity by April Thompson


oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder, Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional 20

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territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of selfrealization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body check-in” to become aware of our physical reac-

tion to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.

“We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture. We have ups and downs in life, and the same is true of our finances. ~Bari Tessler

Tactical Tools Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like, or MoneyMinder She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash

flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all spending is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in life. It’s not about saving every

penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.

A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Energize the Summer with a Smoothie Detox by Elizabeth McMillan


ummertime is upon us which means it is filled with backyard barbeques, trips to the beach and lots of unplanned caloric intake. Although this is the time of the year that we are moving around more, showing off more skin, it is also the time of the year that we tend to need a rejuvenation. After a weekend barbecue, it is good to give the body a little detox. Detoxification is a metabolic process where toxins are changed into less toxic or readily excreted products. This may involve the liver, blood, kidneys, digestive tract and skin; however, it affects the entire body system. Some signs and symptoms that show detoxification is in dire need include: constipation, bloating, gas, fatigue, poor sleep, poor immune function, chronic aches and pains, skin problems, stubborn weight loss, sinus congestion and so many more. The goals of a detoxification pro-


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cess are to rest the organs, refuel with healthy nutrients, increase elimination and improve circulation. Ideally, we should be engaging in detoxification strategies daily, because we are faced with everyday toxins. Since detoxification is a natural bodily process, it is important to increase the consumption of foods that support the detoxification process. It is also important to increase the foods that bind to and help pass toxins out of the body. Smoothie detoxes allow for maximum nutrient intake while allowing your digestive track to relax and solely focus on absorbing nutrients. By blending foods into a smoothie, the energetic process of breaking the foods down into absorbable units is already done. For example, when we eat a large, robust salad, the stomach must churn the foods so they become completely liquid. In essence, the stomach acts like a high-powered blender, forc-

ing into liquids. Juicing, on the other hand, pulverizes fruits and vegetables to create liquid juice. Unfortunately, juicing removes most of the fibrous matter from the produce, whereas smoothies maintain the fiber. Fiber is essential for detoxification because it helps to bind the toxins and pass them out of the body through the colon. There are some essential ingredients for smoothie detoxification. Lemons and limes have large amounts of vitamin C and help to balance the acidity of the body. Cilantro and parsley help to eliminate heavy metals from the body. Fennel flushes water out by its diuretic properties and it helps to activate glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant. Ginger flushes water out of the system by enhancing digestion. Dandelion greens are powerful cleansers to the liver and kidneys. Green tea has lots of antioxidants and helps to protect the liver from damage. Kale, spinach, arugula and other greens provide fibers as well as chlorophyll, a natural detoxificant. Fresh watercress is cleansing and improves circulation. Fruits like berries, pineapples and apples contain antioxidants, fiber and provide a natural sweetness to a smoothie. Beet root helps to engage the liver, decrease inflammation and repair damaged cells. Super foods like chia seeds, flax seeds, spirulina and chlorella help detox heavy metals, provide protein and healthy fats. Finally, avocado helps bind fat soluble toxins with its high-content of fiber and monounsaturated fats. Creating a smoothie from these ingredients is a fantastic way to promote detoxification. Many benefit from doing a three-to-five-day smoothie cleanse. Cleansing with only smoothies for a few days will not only promote natural detoxifications but it may kick-start weight loss, improve energy, mental clarity, change your taste buds to crave less junk foods, balance your appetite, improve skin and improve immunity. Energize the summer with a smoothie detox.

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LaShone Wilson and One Breath at a Time Serving CommunityThrough Integrative Health, Yoga and Mindfulness


aShone Wilson of weakness and is an integradependency from tive health and the client. This wellness coach approach supand the executive ports the client director of One in assuming Breath at a Time, responsibility for Mindful Living the experience and Wellness and empowers Services, based in the client to take Washington, D.C. actions changing One Breath at a the experience, Time is a rapidly when desired. growing company  Wilson with the mission embodies a to empower others healing presence LaShone Wilson through health and and is certified wellness coaching, to teach children’s mind-body connection, mindfulness and yoga—including those with unique needs yoga therapy. The company focuses on such as autism and ADHD. She is certified full-body wellness, beyond the treatment to teach Bikram Hot Yoga and other haand elimination of disease. Individual and tha yoga styles and is trained in fertility group services are tailored to empower yoga, yoga therapy, Pilates, hot barre, Aroand support the client toward the desired matouch Therapy, Emotional Intelligence transformation. Particular focus is placed and reiki level I. She is currently pursuing on self-awareness, reframing, self-regulaher master’s degree in Integrative Health tion, pain relief and paradigm shifts. and Wellness Coaching from the Maryland The company integrates the prinUniversity of Integrative Health. ciples of healing presence, co-active Wilson has been practicing and coaching, yoga, mindfulness, emotion- teaching yoga and mindfulness for 13 al intelligence and breath-work into years. She continues to break down barrievery client interaction. Curriculums ers by collaborating with hospitals, theraare developed based on an agreed peutic programs, schools and nonprofit partnership and the clients’ particular organizations teaching mindful living needs. Clients are fully supported as and wellness. Her selfless efforts were they go through the discovery and honored in 2015 when she was awarded awareness process. They are encourthe NAACP Hometown Champion Award. aged to take responsibility for their Her company, One Breath at a Time, lives and make choices that align with Mindful Living and Wellness Services, curtheir goals. One Breath at a Time asrently teaches yoga and mindful living to sumes strength and capability instead more 200 children per week in the District


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Wilson's mission is to model and teach that a healthy life is obtainable and sustainable by small consistent steps­— one breath at a time. public school system. The company has partnered with the Children’s National Medical Center to conduct stress management interventions as well as individualized yoga to reduce fatigue in hospitalized children receiving intensive chemotherapy. The company partners with the Shady Grove Medical Center teaching yoga therapy and mindfulness to adults who have had cancer and has been recommended to participate in mindful movement, stress reduction, pain and fatigue management and an overall wellness plan. Additionally, the company partners with early learning centers, yoga studios, health and fitness centers, churches and mental health therapists throughout the region, teaching the significance of full-body health and mindful ways to attain it. Although curriculums are specialized, yoga therapy or yogic principles are usually interwoven into each curriculum. Yoga therapy supports clients in reducing stress, fatigue and pain management. Clients learn how to understand pain as a mind-body experience and then uses yoga healing practices like breathing and gentle yoga poses for relief. Once pain is reduced and/or eliminated, clients are better able to address other barriers that prevent them from moving toward desired states. The company is community-focused and fully committed to teaching health and wellness to under-resourced communities or communities who are less likely to have access to holistic health and wellness. It hosts a free Women’s Empowerment and Wellness Forum yearly for women and children, as well as other health and wellness educational forums. It partners with nonprofit organizations that support women getting back into the workforce and transitioning back into society as productive citizens. For more information, go to OneBreath See ad, page 3.


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Identifying and Reversing the Impact of Toxins by Julianne O’Dwyer and Darryl Yeagley


revious generations were not exposed to the onslaught of man-made chemicals and toxic substances as we are today. This rise in toxins impacts energy, sleep, digestion, heart, mental focus, immune system, mood, weight, chronic illness and disease and are inescapable in our modern world. The toxins that we are faced with come from a variety of sources, such as: foods grown with pesticides, poor-quality water, exhaust fumes from autos and airplanes, electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices, commercial household cleansers, mold and chemicals in the home, pet dander, personal care products and even heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum. Individuals may benefit from detoxification if they struggle with joint pain, low energy, poor sleep, poor digestion, headaches, fuzzy thinking, food sensitivities, mood swings or chronic ailments. Also, individuals who tend to consume fast food or eat on the run, feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed and/or have mercury fillings have found relief with detoxification. Finally, there are others who seek treatment who are looking to improve ath-

letic performance or recovery, or those who try to eat right, drink lots of water and take supplements, but still are not reaching their health goals. In each of these scenarios, an accumulation of toxins may be the reason the individual is experiencing symptoms or is unable to attain health goals. So often it is found that the underlying cause of many health challenges is linked to an unhealthy lifestyle and a buildup of toxins in the body. Fortunately, when the body is given the right “tools” for internal cleansing and detoxification support, it helps to release built-up toxins and rebuilds itself from the inside out. The art and science of “intelligent detoxification” is a process that takes time but can yield significant improvements in health. Of course, the body has its own wonderfully designed natural processes for eliminating toxins using the liver, kidneys, digestive system, lungs and skin. However, the more overprocessed, preservative-and-sugar-laden junk food that is piled into one’s body, the harder the organs may have to work to get rid of all these toxins. To assist with the cleansing process, modalities such as colon hydro-

therapy, foot baths, infrared sauna, oxygen steam cabinet, hyperbaric oxygen, massage and reflexology can be extremely helpful in restoring the body to a balanced and healthy state, in a gentle way. In addition to herbs, drainage remedies, supplements and detoxifying therapies, trained medical physicians can oversee a more comprehensive detoxification if that is indicated or medically necessary. The results of internal cleansing or detoxification have been shown to be profound. In the short term, most people often experience improvements in energy, sleep, digestion, bowel function, immune system, mental focus, pain reduction, weight reduction, mood, well-being and skin, hair and nail health. Over time, these same people often experience significant improvements in chronic health issues and overall wellness. A trained health coach can devise a custom program for each client, but in general, the following guidelines support the body and enhance natural detoxification: Step 1: Eat less processed food out of a can or box. Eat fresh, non-GMO foods to rebuild the immune system. Step 2: Shift to 80 percent alkalineforming and 20 percent acid-forming food and beverages. Eat more vegetables and fewer carbohydrates, meat and commercial dairy. Step 3: Drink more water and reduce soda, fruit juice, coffee and alcohol. Step 4: Drink fresh, green or vegetable juice to fortify your body with nutrients & detoxify. Step 5: Eat more fermented foods which are an excellent source of good bacteria, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Julianne O’Dwyer and Darryl Yeagley offer support for those seeking more information and treatment at the Rejuvenation and Detoxification Center at National Integrated Health Associates. To learn more, call 202-237-7000 or visit Rejuvenation-Detoxification.html. See ad, page 26. natural awakenings

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How and Why the Body Can Detox A Natural Approach that Restores the Body’s Ability to Eliminate Toxins by Dr. Ryan Kneessi

The simple definition of detoxification is the process of removing toxic substances from the body. This process is vitally important for cleansing the body of accumulated chemicals so we can maintain optimal health.


umans are exposed to more deadly pollutants, toxins and synthetic chemicals today than ever before. Countless technological and industrial advancements have occurred in the past 100 years allowing us a life of convenience, comfort and entertainment. In the United States alone there are over 80,000 different chemicals used in the market today, with an average of 2,000 new chemicals reaching market each year, according to reports from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Unfortunately, a large majority of these chemicals haven’t been studied for safety. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates in a 2011 report that over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the environment each year. As a result, numerous studies are not only demonstrating just how toxic our environment is, but how toxic we are. Studies from the Environmental Working Group that viewed samples of blood, urine and tissue taken from adults across the United States have found that an average of about 100 chemicals may be in the human body at any given time. These studies are not just focusing on individuals who work in jobs that involve a high risk of toxic contamination. They are individuals with


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normal exposures to everyday products and materials. Luckily, there are ways we can combat today’s toxic onslaught through natural detoxification. What is detoxification and why is it important? The simple definition of detoxification is the process of removing toxic substances from the body. This process is vitally important for cleansing the body of accumulated chemicals so we can maintain optimal health. Our cells dedicate large amounts of molecules called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to transport chemical energy throughout the body and ensure the detoxification process is working properly. Various organ systems detoxify foreign toxic products and chemicals, known as xenobiotics, from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use and other industrial sources. Our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins through a process called biotransformation. The major organ involved in biotransformation and detoxification is the liver. Other organs that play a role include kidneys, lungs, integumentary (skin) and the gastrointestinal tract. The liver has two mechanisms to help remove toxins from our bodies. First, the liver uses an enzyme called cytochrome P450 to convert toxins into more watersoluble products. This mechanism can

actually convert toxins into more harmful products, but it a necessary step in the removal of toxins. This is because many of these products are now free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that can damage our tissues. This is why antioxidants are important to help support detoxification. Antioxidants donate an electron to the free radical which terminates its ability to cause damage. The second mechanism of the liver uses various enzymes to signal the removal of these toxins by attaching a specific molecule to these more watersoluble products. Once attached, they are ready to be excreted from the body via the kidneys or gastrointestinal tract. A century ago, a healthy individual with normal liver function was often able to eliminate xenobiotics (aka toxins) through these detoxification pathways. The issue today is that humans are exposed to excessive amounts of chemicals and our detoxification systems just can’t keep up. When these toxins are absorbed and broken down by the body faster than they can be eliminated, dysfunction at the cellular level occurs and poor health

is the result. The removal of these toxins from the system enhances the organs ability to better absorb nutrients, improve biological function and accelerate the healing process. There are many natural approaches available to help restore the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. A diet full of fruits and vegetables supports the detoxification process because they contain many vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that support the different phases of detoxification. There are over 20,000 phytonutrients that exist in nature and each one has dozens of beneficial properties. Different detoxification protocols may focus on the removal of specific toxins. These include supporting the elimination of food-based chemicals, heavy metals, various environmental toxins or endocrine-disrupting products. All of these toxins can disrupt health a number of different ways. A basic detoxification program will focus on avoiding processed foods, alcohol, added sugars, dairy and gluten. These foods can cause dysfunction of our physiology or biochemistry. The major goal of a detoxification program is to

reduce the toxic load. Essentially, this is done by supporting different phases of liver detoxification with specific nutrients. A few nutrients included in most detoxification programs include a vitamin B complex, amino acids and a wide range of different antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E. Increase fiber content is also generally recommended to help with the elimination of toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, with 25 to 30 grams of fiber the usual recommended dosage. Before completing a detoxification protocol, it is highly recommended to seek support from a naturopathic doctor or a medical doctor that is educated on the benefits of a detoxification protocol. Ryan Kneessi, ND, is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), in Laurel, Maryland. He is a naturopathic doctor and practices wellness in Chicago, Illinois. For more information on Dr. Kneessi’s practice, visit MoveForwardNaturalHealth. com.To learn more about MUIH and its graduate programs in nutrition (and more), visit See ad, page 48.

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Dogs Need Detoxing Too

Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include:

Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish


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Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).


ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. That’s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.

leaky gut will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.

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Provide clean, filtered water. Mountain spring water is ideal.

Boost nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies

that can arise in conjunction with mercury poisoning include antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and vitamin D, plus the complex of B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and selenium. These also help treat potential post-vaccination immunity issues.


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Prevent and treat candida. Avoid aggravating

candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet.

Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile

grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.

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No fake food or vitamins. Be wary of synthetic

vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.

Probiotics plus. Probiotics help restore healthy gut bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the

package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.


Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.

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Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet.

As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, speciesappropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier. Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at


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e aware that glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is prevalent in nonorganic foods, widely used as a weed killer and to dry crops before harvesting. This hidden poison, in the presence of ingested mercury, makes both the glyphosate and mercury 1,000 times more toxic. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Stephani Seneff, author of the article “The Destructive Effects of Heavy Metals and Glyphosate,” reports that glyphosate is a major driver of disease. The toxin stays in a pet’s bones, as well as the bones of the food-producing animals eating genetically modified (GMO) grains that dogs chew on. 4 Avoid the chemicals and toxins commonly found in many lawn care supplies, household cleaners and body care products. Grow food or patronize a best practices local farmer. 4 Be diligent in sourcing for clean, unprocessed food. Learn about biodynamic farming and step up from organic to biodynamic. 4 Don’t hamper the immune system with unsafe and unnecessary vaccinations and drugs. 4 Spend time in the sunshine. 4 Exercise. The lymphatic system won’t work and the body can’t purge spent mitochondria or make new ones without it. 4 Incorporate beneficial bugs through prebiotics and probiotics and enzymes. Learn to ferment and sprout, and add these ingredients to family and pet meals.


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Manual Lymph Drainage An Untold Story of Remarkable Benefits by Gay Lee Gulbrandson

Before and after photographs of patients treated with the Manual Lymph Drainage technique.


he world of personal detox would benefit from greater use of Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) to address soft tissue inflammation or swelling, also known as edema. Edema has many causes, some quite visible as in advanced lymphedema, or barely discernable as in physical traumas, post surgery, inflammatory diseases, systemic disorders and more. Experts in the field, called lymphologists, identify as many as 60 pathologies that benefit from MLD treatment, including Lyme disease, Bell’s palsy, surgery scars, migraine, MS, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, acne, most skin ulcers, surgical wounds and many more, according to the research of Drs. H. Weissleder and M. Foldi. One example is the case of a 10-year-old boy who was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Toronto, Canada, injuring his face. After one week including five MLD treatments, the only remaining sign of injury was a single red mark on his cheek, as noted in a case study by a Dr. Vodder School International therapist (see photos above left). A recent report analyzing the results of three major studies of orthopedic injuries and tissue trauma found that the standard treatment of ice, compression, and elevation were greatly enhanced adding MLD, according to the works of

T. Majewski-Schrage and K. Snyder. Dr. Vodder’s MLD is a precise technique done topically with no pressure into the skin. The light rhythmical strokes increase the rate and strength of lymphangion contractions (the tiny segmented sections of lymph vessels). Lymph flow increases as excess fluid in the skin is taken up by initial lymph vessels (ILVs), reducing edema, the buildup of fluid, toxins, cellular debris and proteins in the skin. Consider the case of a frail 90-yearold woman who fell inside her home in Houston, in 2013. Facial bruising was extensive, severe and painful. A recent graduate of MLD training managed a two-week intensive treatment of MLD on the patient. Within 10 days, the painful soft tissue injury was reduced to just one inflamed mark. (see photos above right). This remarkably effective treaatment is an obscure, but gentle, modality that can be learned in as little as two weeks. Easy to perform with tiny movements, called strokes, and complex repeating sequences for each area of the body that gently move the skin in the direction of lymph flow. MLD strokes can be almost imperceptible, and require no physical strength or large motions, as in traditional sports or orthopedic massage. In another case, an attractive aging woman scheduled a facelift (rhytidec-

tomy). Having informed her surgeon that she wanted MLD post-op to speed her recovery, she had four sessions of MLD resulting in return to work within five days of her surgery, fully presentable, as revealed in a case study from the Dr. Vodder School International. Recent studies show that MLD can even prevent breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL), a debilitating and life-long swelling condition affecting the arm or torso, according to studies by A. Zimmerman and L. Zhang. Lymphedema, which is largely ignored or untreated in nearly 10 million Americans, is not fully addressed by Medicare or traditional health insurance. Those who develop lymphedema of the lower body or extremities (legs, feet) have been shown to greatly benefit from MLD, according to a consensus document of the International Society of Lymphology. MLD was invented by a Danish couple, Emil and Estrid Vodder, both doctors of physical therapy, in the 1930s. They compiled a systematic series of precise movements. The gentle, rhythmic, pumping movements working in the direction of lymph flow of the skin produce rapid results, especially with skin conditions, hematomas, varicose veins and leg ulcers. The Dr. Vodder School International is now headquartered in Austria and trains therapists from around the world. MLD therapists almost always report that their training was life-changing, challenging and lead to a newly productive and profitable career. Gay Lee Gulbrandson, CLT-LANA, is an author, instructor and therapist specializing in MLD and lymphedema. She resides in the San Francisco area, and is affiliated with the Dr. Vodder School International. To contact her, call 510-295-7141 or email The Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) is offering training on MLD, taught by a Dr. Vodder School instructor from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. from July 21 to 25. CEUs available. All Dr. Vodder MLD classes are considered postgraduate. For more information, contact Workshops@ or visit To locate a certified MLD therapist, visit VodderSchool. com. See ad, page 29. natural awakenings

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Lovelight Yoga & Arts Festival by Dan Martinsen


here will be three days of peace and music taking place August 18 through 20, almost 48 years to the exact weekend of the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. There will be yoga and meditation—maybe even a sighting of “Mud People,” depending on the weather. Just don’t expect any announcements warning about “brown acid” at the second annual Lovelight Yoga + Arts Festival, in Darlington, Maryland, the brainchild of original Woodstock producer Michael Lang. His goal, along with partners’ musician Wynne Paris and event producer Kim Maddox, is to channel the spirit and activism from the original Woodstock, minus the alcohol and drugs. “We wanted to create an event based on the values of that generation but to make it appropriate for families,” Lang, now 72, said in a recent telephone interview. “This event isn’t just for millennials, it’s multigenerational—and we want everyone to feel comfortable and safe when they come, and for their peace of mind we decided to keep it alcohol-free.” He added, the festival will also be meatfree, as food vendors at the event, which is being held at Camp Ramblewood for the second straight year, will offer healthy vegan foods, drinks and snacks.


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Nearly lost in the lore of the performances from the original Woodstock was the key role that yoga played, and how the event introduced yoga into the country’s mainstream consciousness. On the encouragement of artist Peter Max, Lang had His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda open the festival. Additionally, every morning and between musical sets, Tom Law (aka the Hog Farmer) gave yoga lessons to the more than 400,000 people that attended. Paris, 52, says that about 1,300 people attended the inaugural Lovelight Festival last year, and while he and Lang would be happy for a repeat of that, they believe attendance could increase by 20 to 30 percent this August. The longer-term plan is to expand with other festivals in different parts of the country. Paris said one is already scheduled for Sarasota, Florida, in December. Separately, Lang is also working on a 50th anniversary Woodstock festival for 2019. Lang, whose wife is a yoga instructor, says he practices a “milder” form that helps him stay in shape. Among the eclectic lineup of more than 30 musical acts scheduled to perform on Lovelight’s three stages are Grammy-nominated kirtan master Krishna Das, Trevor Hall, Tina Malia, MC Yogi and DJ Shango. And in a more direct nod to the

original Woodstock lineup, there will be a Grateful Dead tribute band (On the Bus) performing. Lang is also working on some additional “surprise” musical guests. More than 40 workshops will be incorporated into six themed villages on-site, including one village specifically for children and families, where participants can take classes, experience artists, receive healing massages or practice meditation. The full festival lineup and ticket information is available at Paris, who has shared the stage with everyone from Krishna Das to the Dalai Lama to Mike D from the Beastie Boys, approached Lang a number of years ago about developing a festival that took the concept of the emerging transformational festivals like Burning Man but to make it more inclusive. “Yoga is the central poll to the three-ring tent that is the Lovelight Festival,” says Paris. “We are serving separate generations, beginning with the original Woodstock generation to today’s youth culture in their 20s. It will be a spectacle that includes beat poets, fire dancing, drum circles and DJs. We will feature two genres of music not yet in the mainstream—Medicine Music and IDM (Intelligent Dance Music). This is not your mom’s yoga class, but there will be a lot of moms and kids there.” “One of the highlights for me last year was seeing how few people were on their phones,” says Lang. “It was surprising and inspiring. You go to most musical festivals today and half the people are taking selfies and videos. Lovelight allows different generations to connect spiritually in a way that promotes community, consciousness and activism. Woodstock was a time when we came together as a counterculture to celebrate the ideas we were trying to propagate and to recharge, and I think this generation of youth shares those values. There are such big things at stake for the future health of our planet, and it is critical that young people be part of the solution.” Dan Martinsen is a freelance writer and strategic communications consultant. He is a former executive vice president of communications for Viacom’s Kids’ and Family Group. To learn more about the Lovelight Yoga + Arts Festival or purchase tickets, visit See ad, page 27.

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etoxification is perhaps the most misunderstood and ignored area of health care today. We are constantly bombarded by the toxins in our environment, which are permeating our space at an increasing level. The air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat can contain toxins, which we take in and generally don’t feel the effects of until they begin to work negatively on our immune systems. At the same time, as most of us are over 15 years of age— the time when our bodies could process out those toxins because of our activity levels—our bodies are no longer able to do so. Therefore, we must do things to assist the body, including: farinfrared sauna sessions; colon hydrotherapy or coffee enemas; kidney, liver gallbladder flushes; parasite cleanses; ionic foot baths; manual lymphatic drainage; exercise; a healthy diet containing cleansing foods; and, of course, drinking plenty of water. Additionally, if the immune system is suppressed, detoxification is one of the first things that we should consider doing. Once we “clean up” our bodies, it is amazing how the immune system springs back to life. At Natural Horizons Wellness Centers, they focus on all aspects of health—mental, emotional and physical. For detoxification, their services include colon hydrotherapy, far-Infrared sauna, lymphatic drainage, ion detox footbath and chelation of heavy metals. Under the care of Teresa Owens, a certified colon hydro therapist, and Peter Shin, a licensed massage therapist and certified lymphedema therapist and the rest of the caring staff at Natural Horizons, patients from throughout northern Virginia receive the support and attention needed to return to full and vibrant health. Location: 11230 Waples Mill Rd., Ste. 125, Fairfax. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-877-292-1571 or visit See ad, page 21.

Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty. Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s ( roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation ( recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (, with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations. natural awakenings

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Natural Therapies to Enhance Rejuvenation and Detoxification A Spotlight on National Integrated Health Associates by Loreen Wasilko


our present state of health is the result of many years of exposure to chemicals and toxins and decisions about what you have chosen to take into your body, mind and spirit. As a result, you may benefit from therapies or a systematic program to ensure gentle detoxification, rejuvenation, and reversal of many years of exposure to chemicals, toxins, pollutants, prescription drugs and food additives and preservatives. Integrative medicine recognizes detoxification as the first important step in restoring the body to a natural, balanced and healthy state. National Integrated Health Associates has devoted an entire area to detoxification at their integrative medical and dental center. The Rejuvenation & Detoxification Center has several state-of-the-art detoxification therapies that can be used as to enhance your detoxification or internal cleansing. The far infrared sauna uses infrared rays which penetrate deep, heating the muscular tissues and the internal organs and releasing toxins through the sweat glands and skin without burdening the liver and kidneys. Unlike traditional saunas, infrared radiation directly heats the occupant without heating the surrounding air. This can induce two to three times the sweat volume of a traditional sauna while operating at lower, more comfortable


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temperatures. The skin is the largest detox organ, and as the pores open, the skin sheds dead cells, leaving the skin glowing and clean. Infrared rays may help relieve pain, stiff joints, tension, fatigue and help control weight.

A very similar cleansing therapy to the infrared sauna is the oxygen steam cabinet. Steam rooms feel hotter because your sweat doesn’t evaporate and carry away heat. If you have respiratory problems like sinus congestion or asthma, you might prefer the moist heat of a steam bath. Steam inhalation is very effective against bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies. Classic colon hydrotherapy, or colonic, is a gentle, low-pressure internal cleansing of the large intestine. Colon cleansing is an ancient hydrotherapy, used as early as 1500 B.C., and by the Egyptians for the purpose of restoring healthy bowel function and removing excess waste. Colon hydrotherapy should be done under the guidance of a qualified therapist. It may provide relief from many health problems including constipation, bloating, asthma, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, acne, allergies, fibromyalgia and headaches. The detox footbath is another cleansing therapy using water for a detoxifying effect. This state-of-theart bio-energy charger uses a direct

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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 beyond. Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center, Bryans Road, MD. Register:

In the Flow: Passion, Purpose and the Power of Mindfulness – 6pm. In this salon-like setting, Mindfulness Center founder and neuroscientist, Dr. Debbie Norris will change the way you live your life. Use the code NatAwaken at checkout and save 50% on tickets. Pavilion Smart Living at Bethesda’s Oakville Grille and Wine Bar. Register: in-the-Flow-Passion-Purpose-and-the-Power-ofMindfulness-Tickets-35251134091.

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: Thai and Chai – 1-4pm. Join Rhiannon Morsberger and Shauna Kelly for a relaxing afternoon of Thai Yoga Therapy with a partner. Rhiannon and Shauna will guide participants through two flowing massage sequences - one to give and one to receive. $40 for members or $50 for non-members. Be Here Now Yoga DC, 411 8th St, SE. Register: BeHereNow Info: 202-643-8875 or

SUNDAY, JULY 9 Introduction to Essential Oils – 2:30-4pm. An introduction to essential oils and how to use them safely and effectively to achieve the health outcomes you’re seeking. Free. 6460 Gildar St, Alexandria, VA. Register: Email Rachel at Sensing Reality: The Four Seas – 2:30-4pm. The Seas are associated with sensations of fullness, lightness and vitality that fluctuate with seasonal changes. Learn about the Four Seas as processes of breathing, movement, extended consciousness and meditation. $75. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301-9861090 or

Transformational Sound Medicine Sessions with Angela Blueskies – 2-8pm. Private sessions are customized to guide clients into a state of deep relaxation, opening the receptivity of body and mind to release the effects of stress. With a full-body listening presence, clients enter into a profoundly healing state of awareness with the support of healing vibrations of the gong, singing bowls, flutes, drum, guitar and voice. Appropriate for an individual, pair or small group of up to four people. By appointment. Rates from $150.  East Meets West Yoga,  8227 Old Courthouse Rd, Ste., Vienna, VA.  Info:  

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Summer Mindfulness Retreat – 2:45pm. Through July 16. Retreat to the historic Kent Manor Inn with Dr. Debbie Norris and Aurora Hutchinson an all-inclusive immersion into mindfulness to realign your body, mind, and heart. The Mindfulness Center at Historic Kent Manor Inn, 500 Kent Manor Dr, Stevensville, MD. Register: 301-986-1090 or

THURSDAY, JULY 13 Introduction to Essential Oils – 7-8:30pm. An introduction to essential oils and how to use them safely and effectively to achieve the health outcomes you’re seeking. Free. 6460 Gildar St, Alexandria, VA. Register: Email Rachel at

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Vision Board Art Therapy Workshop – 11am1pm. Join Kim for a Vision Board Art Therapy Workshop. With the support of a board-certified art therapist and professional counselor join fellow seekers to create artwork that can help provide clarity for the vision you desire for your life. $35. Be Here Now Yoga DC, 411 8th St, SE. Register: 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: 


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SUNDAY, JULY 16 Illuminate Annapolis Mind-Body-Spirit Festival – 11am-6pm. Angel communicators, acupuncture, massage, reiki, tarot, essential oils, crystals, handmade jewelry and gifts, luxurious spa products, free workshops and more. Free or low-cost services. Active duty and veteran military, emergency response personnel and children 16 and under are free. $5. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis, 210 Holiday Ct, Annapolis, MD. Info:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Mindfulness Meditation for Health Challenges – 5:45-7:15pm. Through Aug 16. This course will focus on targeted techniques to help you regain more function and ease in day to day living. $225. Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, 6829 Elm St, Ste 300, McLean, VA. Register: 703-532-4892.

THURSDAY, JULY 20 Essential Oils for Summer Travel –  7-8:30pm. Learn how essential oils make travel healthier and more enjoyable by addressing digestive issues, hotel “yuck”, car or sea sickness, too much sun and more. Free. 6460 Gildar St, Alexandria, VA. Register: Email Rachel at Holistically  Upgrade Your Health with Integrative Spa Therapies – 7:30-8:30pm. Improve your health with integrative spa therapies that detoxify and restore balance to the body. National Integrated Health Associates. Register: Seminars/Webinars-Events.

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: Mind-Body for Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia – 6:30-9:30pm. Through July 22. Join Dr. Deborah Norris to learn the evidence-basis behind the practices for relieving chronic pain and other conditions of pain in your life. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301-986-1090 or The

SATURDAY, JULY 22 Inversion Playshop – 1-3pm. Join Marco to learn

the secrets to going upside down. He will gently walk you through the steps to get into your first headstand, forearm balance and handstand. $22 for members and $28 for non-members. Be Here Now Yoga DC, 411 8th St, SE. Register: Info:

SUNDAY, JULY 23 Mala Making Workshop – 1:30-3:30pm. Join Sherri to learn how to make your own malas. You will learn about the purpose of the mala necklace and create your own crystal mala. $95. Be Here Now Yoga DC, 411 8th St, SE. Register: Info: 202-6438875 or

MONDAY, JULY 24 Stem Cell Therapy: Revolutionizing Medicine and Healing – 6pm. Come hear Dr. Benjamin Newton talk about how stem cell and other regenerative therapies are changing the way people treat musculoskeletal conditions—consistently enabling people to avoid invasive surgeries. Bring your questions. (Use the code Nat Awaken at checkout to save 50% on tickets.) Pavilion Smart Living at Bethesda’s Oakville Grille and Wine Bar. Register: EventBrite. com/e/Stem-Cell-Therapy-Revolutionizing -Health-Healing-Tickets-35251706804.

plan ahead FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Sound Medicine Journey with Angela Blueskies – 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: 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Chesapeake Herb Gathering – Through Aug 27. Enjoy a weekend of workshops, plant walks, youth activities, community artwork, social justice, artisans market, campfire and community connections with local herbalists, teachers, clinicians, healers, botanists, farmers, birthkeepers, medicine makers, root workers, artists, homesteaders,

community organizations and much more. Centro Ashé at Fox Haven Learning Center, 3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD. Register:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Munay-Ki: Initiation into the Shamanic Healing Tradition of Peru – 6pm through 5pm Sunday. The Munay–Ki Rites are inspired by the Rites of the Shaman’s Path of the Q’ero Nation, the descendants of the Inka, the indigenous people of the holy mountains of the Andes in Peru. $375 (until Sept 1)/ $395/$275 renewal of Rites. East Meets West Yoga, 8227 Old Courthouse Rd, Ste 310, Vienna, VA. Info:


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 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:

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specialevent National Kid's Yoga Conference

Join children’s yoga leaders, researchers, educators, parents, mental health professionals and emerging voices in these fields for a unique professional learning opportunity. The conference will empower participants to effectively bring yoga and mindfulness to the youth in their communities. Nannie J. Lee Community Center, Alexandria, VA. Info: Conference.Yokid.or. Join children’s yoga leaders, researchers, educators, parents, mental health professionals and emerging voices in these fields for a unique professional learning opportunity. The conference will empower participants to effectively bring yoga and mindfulness to the youth in their communities.

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Coming Next Month Rethinking Cancer Plus: Reframing Autism

August articles include: Preventing Cancer Natural Solutions to Sleep Apnea Preparing Autistic Children for Adulthood and so much more!

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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 mini-retreat. Drop-ins welcome. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info:

Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Mon for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info:

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. This group is not a replacement for our individual 12 Step programs. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info:

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: Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Mon for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info:

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:

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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 emotional 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:

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:

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:

saturday Meditation – 10am. Be guided through mindfulness meditation practices including breathing techniques, relaxation and development of nonjudgmental awareness. These practices invite calmness feelings of wellbeing. $20. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301-986-1090 or TheMindfulness 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:

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10560 Main St, Ste PH-1, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 Neck Back & Beyond in Fairfax, VA, offers chiropractic and naturopathic care, acupuncture, massage, colon hydrotherapy (colonics), reflexology, lymphatic drainage and more. See ad, page 8.


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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.


9401 Mathy Dr, Ste 100, Fairfax 703-323-5690 Virginia University of Oriental Medicine is a private, nonprofit and accredited university offering graduate degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. They also offer licensed acupuncturists the opportunity to advance and develop their professional skills through continuing education.


7108 Holly Ave, Takoma Park 301-404-5578 Helicon W o r k s Architects is a green architecture and natural building collaborative in the D.C. metro area. We create healthy and ecological homes for our clients. See ad, page 35.


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258 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA and 12242 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 703-255-7040 (VA) or 301-770-7040 (MD) • Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom is the premier retailer of Savvy Rest organic mattresses and bedding, a Virginia manufacturer and retailer of fine bedroom furniture. See ad, page 19.


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If you are diagnosed with cancer, there are supportive treatments which may enhance the body’s ability to fight cancer and help the traditional cancer treatments work more effectively. Integrative, holistic medicine combines traditional and adjunctive complementary treatments to restore the patient to a better state of health and improve the quality of life. Whereas traditional medicine will focus on treating the tumor, the holistic approach is to focus on the patient and outcome. See ad, page 23.


10560 Main St, Ste PH-1, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 • 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 8.

DR. VISHAL VERMA, DC, CCSP Rose Wellness Center 571-529-6699

Dr. Verma specializes in functional ch i ropr a c t i c c are for p ai n management and active restoration of the body. He treating root causes using gentle chiropractic, physical therapy, cold laser therapy and rehabilitation for fast effective results. Dr. Verma treats back, neck, spine and joint pain, sciatica, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, and various other chronic and acute pain conditions. See ad, page 10.


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COACHING 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 27.

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10560 Main St, Ste PH-1, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 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 8.


5225 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 402, NW 202-237-7000 • 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 35.



10440 Shaker Dr, Ste 203, Columbia, MD 410-292-5149 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 20.


311 Maple Ave West, Ste K, Vienna, VA • 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.


509 11th St, SE, DC 202-544-3626 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 35.


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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 20.

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HEALTHY PETS WHOLE PET CENTRAL We are your one-stop destination for all things natural regarding your pet’s nutritional and grooming needs. Shop online or visit one of our stores locations in Rockville, MD, Herndon, VA or Ashburn, VA. See ad, page 10.


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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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