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It has been about four years since we tackled the subject of Rethinking Cancer as a major theme in Natural Awakenings. Since then, it seems like the landscape has changed dramatically, at least from my perspective. As I had come to publishing from a different professional world of Capitol Hill, alternative protocols and advances in detection and treatment were all new to me. I had heard of the occasional miracle story of a patient who took a different path to confront their own diagnosis and beat the disease. To their doctor’s amazement, the diagnosis of “a few months to live” was turned into “I have never seen something like this before—no more cancer.” This miraculous change intrigued me and I wanted to know more. Like most families, cancer had affected us with the death of Diane, my step-sister, who died of stomach cancer after having battled (and beat, we thought) breast cancer a decade before. It was less than one year ago when the beloved president of Natural Awakenings magazine, Larry Levine, was diagnosed with Stage IV bone, lung and liver cancer and died shortly after—leaving us all saddened and shocked with the ferocity and speed of this silent killer. While it can be, and will continue to be so for many families, a devastating diagnosis, there is change and hope in the air. First, I continue to be encouraged by the work of former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. Begun after the 2015 death of their son, Beau, the couple has been bringing a renewed sense of urgency to the fight. Their mission, in part, is “to work closely with patients and patient organizations, cancer researchers, cancer centers, research universities, governments and the private and philanthropic sectors to identify and address the critical issues in cancer prevention, research and care to drive new actions and collaborations toward ending cancer as we know it.” The Cancer Moonshot, as it was labeled by President Obama, was a great undertaking to comprehend a hugely complex but solvable problem that faces all of humankind. Doctors and treatment facilities throughout the world are tackling the problem head-on, looking at better information on preventing cancer through lifestyle changes, mind-body modalities and awareness, and detecting it early enough to treat it effectively. Many more types of cancer are being overcome with higher rates of success. We offer ground-breaking articles this month by Drs. Charles Gant and Isabel Sharkar on different facets on the cause and prevention of cancer, giving hope to those in the greater D.C. area when faced with a diagnosis. This movement to redefine one of the most terrifying diseases we can face at any time gives me hope. Hearing stories and sharing opportunities with you, my readers, gives me faith—that with new tools to make a mind-body connection, knowledge about the benefits of proper nourishment and an understanding about the need to look at the source of the disease rather than focusing completely on the symptoms, we will have moved this conversation, and the diagnosis of cancer, to a new place. Peace,

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newsbriefs The Voyage to Well-Being: Vegan Caribbean Cruise Celebrates 15 Years of Sailing


ince 2004, Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise has welcomed more than 15,000 guests with opportunities that meet each person wherever they are on their journey to health. Often described as a life-changing conference, vacation and wellness retreat all-in-one, Holistic Holiday at Sea combines classes from plantbased leaders; fitness and mindfulness workshops; exotic ports of call; and gourmet food—all centered on the topic of plant-based nutrition and lifestyle. The next voyage takes place February 15 through 25, 2018. Holistic Holiday at Sea President Sandy Pukel came up with the idea after four decades of conducting health educational programs in Miami, Florida. He stands by the idea that “no one minds learning when they’re having a good time.” In 2004, the first ship set sail from Port Everglades with 410 people. Next year, organizers expect to host more than 1,850 guests for the 15th anniversary cruise which will feature 40-plus presenters and 150-plus classes. Presenters include some of the world’s leading authorities in holistic health and animal advocacy, including Drs. T. Colin Campbell, Michael Greger, Neal Barnard and Michael Klaper, as well as Rip Esselstyn, Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Baur. For the 2018 cruise, the MSC Divina will depart from Miami, Florida, and head to the following ports of call in the Eastern Bahamas: St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Freeport, Bahamas. National Geographic Traveler has chosen Holistic Holiday at Sea as “one of the 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life.” From dance parties to ice cream socials, there is no shortage of opportunities to make new friends and enjoy all the onboard amenities. Book your spot today! For information, call 1-800-496-0989 or visit and mention you heard about the cruise through Natural Awakenings DC. See ad, page 31.

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harles Gant, M.D., Ph.D., is an author, physician and educator, specializing in functional medicine, genomics and precision medicine to address the root cause of medical disorders. He will be offering the webinar, New Findings on Cancer: A Metabolic Disorder More Than a Genetic Disease? at 7:30 p.m. on August 23.    New information on cancer prevention and treatment has emerged which challenges the prevailing genetic theory. Cancer may be far more of a metabolic disorder than a genetic disease. Learn from Gant about how you can apply these understandings in your lifestyle and healthcare choices. This free webinar is hosted by National Integrated Health Associates. For more information and to register, visit See ad, page 33. 8

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Illuminate Columbia Happening in September


nlightening the community to alternative healing practitioners, modalities and products, Illuminate Columbia will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 10. It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. This wonder-filled day of natural health and spiritual rebalancing includes acupuncture, massage, reiki, reflexology, energy healing, essential oils and more, in mini-sessions that can be sampled on a walk-up basis. Vetted intuitive readers, angel communicators, psychic mediums and astrologers will offer their services at special festival rates. Two free intensive workshops are offered per hour on a wide range of topics, from the power of crystals to accessing past lives. Or just shop your way down the feng shui-inspired aisles for handmade jewelry, unique gifts and clothing, luxurious spa products and fascinating books. Illuminate Festivals seek to create a welcoming, inclusive place to learn, connect and enhance well-being. Festival founder Judy Bazis encourages attendees to “just look around, see what you are naturally drawn to, and give it a try.” There is always plenty to discover, for everyone from the newly curious to the avid practitioner. Admission is $5; free admission for active and veteran military, children 16 and under. Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. For more information, visit

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Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Offered in Sterling


ogi Bhajan once noted, “If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it!” He traveled tirelessly for decades, teaching Kundalini Yoga and meditation to students all over the world—always delivering the message that when these sacred teachings are offered, "we serve humanity". This fall, Kundalini Yoga Level One teacher training program will be offered from September through May 2018, at Raj Yoga Center, in Sterling, Virginia. Certified instructors, Gurudass Kaur, Sat Kartar Singh, Gurunater Kaur and Kartar Singh, present this training through the Aquarian Teacher KRI Level One Teacher Training Program. Participants are encouraged to explore their creative potential, transform themselves, while they elevate others. The Aquarian Teacher Certification program is open to yoga students ready to become teachers—from beginner to advanced—and those who wish to immerse themselves in the science and art of Kundalini Yoga. Payment plans are available. Level One is a 220-hour course with 180 hours of classroom instruction in a well-defined curriculum and includes the following topics: Kundalini Kriyas and meditations; asana, breath, mudra and mantra; awakening consciousness; yogic and Western anatomy; yogic philosophy; the origin of Kundalini Yoga; humanology and yogic lifestyle; and the role of a Kundalini Yoga teacher. Location: 22821 Silverbrook Center Dr., Ste. 160, Sterling, VA. For more information, call 703-376-3433, email or visit

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t Take Back Your Health, experts will teach you how to live free from the pain of chronic TAKE BACK disease, like cancer, Lyme and autoimmunity. AtYOUR HEALTH! tendees will learn exactly what healthy steps they need to take today to change their lives tomorrow. The conference will be held September 2 and 3, at SEPTEMBER 2-3, 2017 the Tysons Corner Marriott. The conference includes a health expo, seminars, free massage and reflexology, lots of food sampling and hands-on activities. Throughout the two-day event, attendees will enjoy natural health seminars and inspirational talks, organic gardening and cooking demonstrations, fitness and yoga workouts, chair massages and organic India tea, organic, allergen-free food vendors, healthy happy hours and book signings, a bustling exhibit hall, as well as gift bags with samples and snacks. In addition to the conference founder, Robin Shirley, meet many nationally known speakers, including the world-renowned cancer expert, Ty Bollinger, creator of The Truth About Cancer series. Discover the truth about the causes of cancer and chronic disease, and how to reverse it through herbs, supplements and nutrition. Explore Precision Medicine and learn how it can pinpoint what your body needs through genetic testing. Learn about powerful nutritional strategies to reverse aging, chronic disease, cancer and neurodegeneration. Location: 8028 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Fitness on OUR Block? Crossfit, Bike, Yoga!


here else in the District can you find such complementary workouts other than in the newly developed Ivy City? This fall, Bicycle Space, Crossfit Hierarchy and Bikram Yoga Ivy City will host its first triathlon that will welcome people in the DMV interested in getting fit for a cause. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 23, everyone is invited to participate in a one-hour Crossfit workout, bike ride and 90-minute Bikram Yoga session. In 2015, Okie Street, developed in the Hecht Warehouse District (Ivy City), became the number one hot spot for fitness in Washington, D.C. Anchored by Planet Fitness, Okie Street is also home to other fitness modalities that will fit any of your desires. Want to get lean, long muscles? Visit Bikram Hot Yoga Ivy City. Want to get strong? Visit Crossfit Hierarchy. Want to see the city by bicycle and help reduce our global footprint? Visit Bicycle Space. All three businesses will be collaborating on this innovative new venture to get you fit and stay fit throughout the fall and into the colder months. After the event, participants will meet at the Ivy City Smokehouse for some refreshments. The event will be complete with raffles and amazing prizes, including memberships, SWAG and other great giveaways. They look forward to seeing you on the block! Cost: $65. To register for this event, visit and check out their events page. Proceeds from this event will go toward programs for underserved D.C. residents.

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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

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esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

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Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third. 10

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esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.


Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation


NATURAL SOUNDS SOOTHE THE BRAIN Sussex University researchers in the UK tested the brain activity of 17 healthy subjects as they listened to a series of soundscapes from either natural or artificial environments. Brain scans and questionnaires found that natural sounds led to relaxation and positive feedback, while artificial sounds activated stress and anxiety-related brain activity.




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Researchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.

cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

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Roses Are Red and Full of Health Benefits by Laina Poulakos oses hold many valuable properties. They are not only a beautiful flower on the outside, they are also beautiful within. The rose is a symbol of love and most of us associate red roses with Valentine’s Day, but we can enjoy roses every day of the year. Rose essential oil is known for being an aphrodisiac, due to its sensual and feminine fragrance, making it the queen of essential oils. It takes 30 rose petals to make a single drop of rose essential oil. Rose essential oil has many valuable uses. It is used as an antidepressant, by invoking joyful thoughts and sensations. Rose oil is also helpful with individuals experiencing anxiety, as its scent helps relax and quiet the mind. Rose oil is also great on all skin types, including those who have sensitive skin. It will provide a youthful glow when used on the skin. Due to its high antioxidant content, it can help fade scars and stretch marks. The oil from roses is known to have powerful antiseptic properties, as well. It can be used to treat wounds, prevent infection and helps to stop bleeding. Of course, many people love the aroma of roses, so it is used widely to scent cosmetic products. Roses are certainly a true beauty—inside and out.

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Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that the state of California will require Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on the company’s Roundup weed killer. The ruling is the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes after a branch of the World Health Organization labeled the product’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate, an odorless and tasteless toxin, has been manufactured by Monsanto for more than 40 years and sold in more than 160 countries. Monsanto will have one year to affix the warning label to all relevant products.

Alkaline Your Body and Boost your Immunity by Melissa Brescia n alkaline body is a strong and healthy body—one that can easily ward off illness and prevent disease. Maintaining an alkaline body is directly related to how healthy we are and how good we feel. However, keeping ourselves alkaline isn’t always easy. Thanks to processed food, environmental stressors, medications, excess sugar and too much caffeine, our bodies can become overly acidic, making us more susceptible to disease and illness. One easy and effective way of off-setting these stressors is through diet. Flooding our cells with immune boosting alkaline foods decreases inflammation, balances your pH and strengthens your immune system. A great way to incorporate several servings of alkaline food in one meal is with a breakfast smoothie. Here’s an all-time favorite alkalizing smoothie recipe:


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study from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, has found that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (sold as Kyo-Dophilus) helps relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Researchers split 173 healthy adults with mild seasonal allergies into two groups during the height of the spring allergy season. The first group was given the probiotic combination, while the other group received a placebo. The subjects filled out a weekly online survey for eight weeks about their allergy symptoms and discomfort levels. The probiotic combination resulted in fewer allergyrelated nasal symptoms plus quality-of-life improvements.

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Accepted Misfits

Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce. com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weather-blemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December.


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Tuna Turnaround

Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.” Source: Scientific American 14

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The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.

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Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees—bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade.


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Nature Rights

Waterways Granted Personhood This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC

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Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted. Volunteers that contact BlueCarbonLab. org will receive a kit containing teabags and information on how to bury them.

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ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

Whole Life Triumphs

Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now 16

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dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”

combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”,


Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to

reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

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Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil

2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an antiinflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or

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cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grassfed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

Customized Protocols

Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment.

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Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She

has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping

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Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


It May be a Metabolic Disease AND a Genetic Disease by Charles Gant, M.D., Ph.D.


or many years, cancer has been understood to be a genetic disease and we have approached the treatment of cancer from that perspective. The now famous case of Angelina Jolie who underwent bilateral mastectomies because of having BRCA genes is a case in point. Some physicians routinely order genomic cancer panels (e.g., 34 genes) on those patients who have a family history of various cancers to determine if they have inherited genetic risk factors. Often, once it is known if the patient carries the genes (single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs), interventions can be crafted to mitigate the risks. For breast cancer, various interventions can be prescribed to shift the metabolism toward safer estrogen byproducts, such as eating more cruciferous vegetables and away from proven, cancer-risky, estrogen byproducts, such as consuming less alcohol. The average number of drinks per day increases the risk of breast cancer linearly, so a decrease in alcohol intake or sobriety remains a major intervention to minimize risk for breast cancer, especially in those with genetic vulnerabilities like the BRCA genes or those with positive family histories. Lately, a new model of cancer prevention and treatment has emerged which challenges the prevailing genetic theory. Cancer may be far more of a metabolic disorder than a genetic disease. A great deal of research has emerged and is being conducted to substantiate or challenge this new metabolic model. This model is founded on the simple fact that the more undifferentiated normal cells

become, that is, the more that normal cells in the body gradually shift into becoming cancer cells, the more dependent they become on sugar. All cells must produce energy to survive, and our normal, differentiated cells can take one molecule of glucose and turn it into over 30 molecules of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), the fuel that runs life. In addition, our normal cells can turn fat and protein into energy, within the power plants living in our cells, called mitochondria. The more that cancer cells become cancer cells, the less able they are to make ATP in this way because their mitochondria become damaged and defective, and the more dependent they become on deriving their ATP in a way that does not depend on their mitochondria. Cancer cells still have to make ATP somehow, as their energy requirements are just as important as normal cells, so they become totally dependent on sugar to accomplish this. In fact, unlike normal cells, cancer cells could be 10 to 100 times more dependent on sugar to survive. This metabolic fact is driving research and new treatment methods that seek to lower blood sugar levels in cancer patients, in order to essentially starve cancer cells. Medication, like Glucophage, which is normally prescribed for diabetics, has been showing some promise in treating cancer. Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT), which can temporarily lower blood sugar levels and thus make cancer cells much more vulnerable, is often accompanied with low-dose chemotherapy or is used to improve the anti-tumor effects of radiotherapies. A Paleolithic diet, which

limits intake of carbohydrates has shown promise as well. Some clinicians and researchers believe that enough data and experience has accumulated which suggests validity of the metabolic model that all cancer patients should be made aware of this new approach—that cancer is a mitochondrial, metabolic disorder. Others suggest that more research needs to be done, especially to determine which kinds of cancers are more susceptible to such blood-sugarlowering interventions. At the very least, consumers should be informed about the metabolic side of this issue, as it could adjunctively enhance the genetic approach, and greatly augment the effects of conventional cancer treatment, such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery, as well as enhance the less-well-proven, alternative medicine approaches to cancer. Charles Gant, M.D., Ph.D., is an author, physician and educator, specializing in functional medicine, genomics and precision medicine to address the root cause of medical disorders. See ad, page 33.

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Rethinking Cancer Customized Natural Treatments by Dr. Isabel Sharkar


ancer is the scariest, most deadly and misunderstood of diseases. One in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. There’s no question that cancer is on the rise. Cancer treatment needs to be customized for each patient as there is no one-size-fits-all treat. If you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Hope lies in education. Nutrition does matter. Nutrition matters and it matters a lot. In Westernized medicine, nutrition is highly neglected. Switch to a 100 percent organic diet, eliminate processed foods, artificial flavoring and coloring, additives, preservatives, refined sugar and sugar substitutes, pesticides and herbicides. Different cancers require different diets and each diet is patient specific. It’s not always what you think—a raw or vegan diet. According to Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez, some patients do better on a red meat diet. It all depends on your metabolic type and how each person is influenced by their autonomic nervous system (ANS).   Detox your body. The goal of a detox is to limit the toxins coming into the body, while supporting the organs that clear them out. Open the seven channels of elimination to ensure toxic waste is eliminated. Make sure that bowel movements are regular, get lymphatic drainage massage, far infrared saunas when appropriate and detox the liver. When the liver is toxic, it cannot metabolize estrogen. Adding coffee enemas to help detox the liver is a wonderful tool. Drink two to


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three liters of water a day and switch to organic personal care products. Balance nutrient deficiencies in the body. Micronutrient testing and nutritional IV therapy are great ways to boost the immune system. When the body has an optimal level of nutrientsvitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is better able to perform its everyday functions. Vitamins like C, D and E are critical to a healthy immune system. Whereas, increasing your antioxidants helps to fight free radicals.   Precision medicine for individualized cancer treatment. There is an emerging area in cancer care which uses specialized testing to see which chemotherapy agents may be optimal in effectiveness against the cancer cells found in a person’s body. Additionally, some laboratories are also able to test which natural or alternative-based agents are most appropriate. Each person is unique and so is each cancer. If cancers cells are circulating in the blood, a blood sample is sufficient.    Low-dose chemotherapy is an option. Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) is low-dose chemotherapy and an option for cancers that are not amendable to full-dose chemotherapy for various reasons. Developed by Dr. Donato Perez Garcia, Sr., M.D., in 1932, IPT targets the powerful cell-killing effects of standard chemotherapy on cancer cells, while using very low doses of chemotherapy agents. Meanwhile, IPT curbs the destructive side effects on healthy tissues. IPT is also good as palliative che-

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motherapy and can improve and sustain quality of life without the damaging effect of full dose chemotherapy. Pancreatic enzymes and the trophoblast theory. In 1902, the English scientist John Beard reported that the placenta in its early stages, known as the trophoblast, looks and behaves much like a cancer. Cancer, like the trophoblast, uses the same molecular mechanisms, transcription factors to turn genes on and off and the same protein enzymes to invade through tissues. Scientists are showing that cancer develops from stem cells that lose their normal regulatory restraint. In humans, on Day 56 after conception, the trophoblast abruptly changes into the mature, highly differentiated, nonproliferating and noninvasive placenta. After many years of research, Beard concluded the key was in the embroyinc pancreas where it began synthesizing and secreting its digestive enzymes. To follow, pioneers like Dr. William Donald Kelley, DDS, and Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D., amongst many others, furthered Beard’s research on pancreatic enzymes and their effect on cancer.   Decrease viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic load. We are already aware that Human Papillomavirus (HPV) has been linked to cervical cancer, EpsteinBarr virus (EBV) to stomach cancer and lymphoma and Hepatitis C virus to liver cancer. Bacterium like Helicobacter pyloriwhen untreated may also trigger stomach cancer. Keeping a healthy gut flora is vital to avoiding a bacterial imbalance, especially since 80 percent of our immune system cells reside in our gut. Fungi like Candida albicans, when out of control, may also lead to many problems. Lastly, parasites strip us of vital nutrients we need to fuel our bodies.  Having a healthy diet specific for you, decreasing your toxic load, supplementing accordingly to boost your nutritional needs and decreasing your pathogenic load are the pillars to health and well-being when facing a diagnosis of cancer. 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.


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Cannabis and Cancer The Many Ways it Can Help by Patricia Frye, M.D.


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annabis, which is the scientific name for the marijuana plant, has long been known to alleviate many of the unpleasant symptoms associated with cancer treatment. It can lessen nausea and vomiting, stimulate appetite, relieve pain, increase energy, reduce anxiety, elevate mood and promote restful, restorative sleep. Many patients who have had to undergo several chemotherapy rounds marvel at how much better they felt when they used cannabis during their treatment— with or without psychoactivity. What is also remarkable about the plant is its ability to decrease and sometimes prevent chemotherapy and radiation-induced neuropathy. In addition, many anecdotal cases have been reported, documenting prolonged length of life, and in some patients, eradication of the disease with the use of cannabis. Cancer is characterized by uncontrolled cellular growth and its ability to invade other tissues. This unregulated growth is the result of mutations caused by damaged DNA, cell cycle defects and inadequate apoptosis. Cells mutate all the time. What differentiates a person who develops cancer from one who does not is the ability of the patient’s immune system to eliminate potentially malignant cells before they have time to grow, invade and metastasize.

Cells die either because of necrosis or apoptosis. Apoptosis is a programmable, organized cellular death that occurs within the body and nucleus of the cell. Necrosis occurs from external damage—toxins, lack of blood supply or infection. Cellular death by necrosis causes inflammation that can precipitate further damage to the body, and thus, some of the complications associated with chemo and radiation. Apoptosis is referred to as cellular suicide. It is a cleaner cellular death that lacks the pro-inflammatory cellular debris caused by necrosis. When there is insufficient apoptosis, mutant cells are left unchecked and continue to grow into malignant, invasive tumors. There are approximately 400 different compounds in cannabis. Of those, there are as many as 80 phytocannabinoids—substances only found in the cannabis plant. There are also various terpenes and flavonoids, which are substances found throughout nature that give plants their aromatic and medicinal benefits. These compounds all contribute to the cannabis plant’s medicinal benefits and its ability to target malignant cells and cause them to self-destruct by means of increasing apoptosis. The four major phytocannabinoids are CBD, THC, CBDA and THCA and they all have anti-tumor activity by increasing apoptosis. They

are also potent anti-oxidants and antiinflammatories which may add to their anti-tumor effects. As early as the 1970s, animal studies found that cannabinoids increase apoptosis and inhibit tumor growth in lymphomas, breast cancer, prostate cancer, certain brain tumors like gliomas and neuroblastomas, as well as certain lung, liver, skin and pancreatic malignancies. A 2016 South African study showed a significant increase in apoptosis with an isolated Cannabidiol (CBD) extract in four types of cervical cancer. CBD, the major non-psychoactive cannabinoid, not only inhibits tumor growth by increasing apoptosis, it also impedes metastasis by interfering with cell migration and adhesion. In addition, it can interrupt the tumor’s ability to create blood vessels. Without a blood supply, the tumor is unable to feed itself and can’t grow. There are hundreds of in-vitro and animal studies showing the effects of cannabis on certain tumors. Unfortunately, cannabis’ federal scheduling status impedes our ability to research cannabis on humans, and not everything that occurs in the laboratory translates predictably from mice to man. So, we don’t know exactly which of these cannabinoid substances, the amounts, nor in which combinations, are needed to eliminate certain cancers or why it is able to eradicate cancer in some patients and not others. Cannabis therapy for cancer is not Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved or regulated. It obviously does not cure cancer in every patient who uses it and should not be sought as the only means of treating cancer, especially one that is curable by conventional therapy. It is, however, a safe, natural and effective way of preventing and treating many side effects caused by chemotherapy and radiation and it just might help in the eradication of malignant cells and tumors. Patricia C. Frye, M.D., is the founder of Takoma Alternative Care, located at 6930 Carroll Ave., Ste. 502, Takoma Park, MD. For more information, call 301-328-3045 or visit See ad, page 13.

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Fresh Looks at Autism Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential

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new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding nontraditional ways to help special needs children deal with issues related to emotional and cognitive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice. Parents of the one in 45 children diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outside-the-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifaceted


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nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for healing. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, consultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks and writes at to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wanting to help both their own two sons with developmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies.

Check It Out: Chris-Varney-Talk KerryMagroTalk “If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals the maximum opportunity to experience independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz. He cites an example of a young boy with an avid interest in folding clothing. His parents learned how to create a meaningful job for him by creating a simple small laundry business from the family garage. Although at the beginning he was only asked to fold clothing (which he already expressed interest in),

his father now accompanies him around the neighborhood to pass out business cards and promote his service. Being in business has helped him grow as a person. “Begin by assuming your child is competent and make it possible for them to follow their passion and create a future they can be proud of,” advises Boaz. Shining lights are leading the way. With her father’s help, Carly Fleishman, diagnosed at the age of 2 with nonverbal severe autism, wrote a book by striking one computer key at a time that described living in a mind and body afflicted with this condition. Still nonverbal, she hosts a YouTube radio show on which she interviews celebrities via a device that turns keystrokes into verbal language. Kerry Magro, with Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy organization, answered the question, “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults?” in his TEDx talk, one of his many media ventures. Chris Varney, an “I can” advocate for children’s rights, won rave reviews for his TEDx talk,

“My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts Wrong.” Such powerful stories specifically relate how parents, grandparents and helpful friends forged networks that freed them and their afflicted children of the inhibiting stigma of autism and enabled them to realize their fullest potential. A bedrock philosophy in supporting ASD and other special needs children is to assume they are competent and learn to see them through God’s lens, rather than the lens of the world. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble ( He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (

A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates. 26

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Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote.

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ime spent outside is best when we’re well-equipped. Here are some basic tips.

4 Be prepared for weather, stay alert, plan ahead and have a trail map so you know what to expect. 4 Inform others where you will be and what time you plan to be back. Set a deadline to turn around and head back well before sundown. 4 Plan on not having cell phone reception. 4 Wear proper footwear and clothing. 4 Take a compass and a flashlight. 4 Bring water, in plastic-free bottles, and well-sealed snacks. 4 Apply natural, reliable sunscreen (such as Think Sport) 4 Use DEET-free insect and tick repellant. (For an easy home recipe, add 15 drops of geranium and eucalyptus essential oils to a two-ounce spray bottle filled with distilled water. Shake well before each use.) 4 Consider a natural first-aid kit. (DIY guidelines for creating alternative kits are found at RemediesTravelKit and AnHerbalFirstAidKit.)

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins


n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.


Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a


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medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.


Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.


Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.


Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.


Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

The Proper Pillow by Randy Kambic


he right natural pillow is a key component to restful sleep. In fact, pillow comfort and support are as critical to good sleep as the proper mattress. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) (, 91 percent of Americans say that a good pillow is key to their sleep quality. Investing in a high-quality, supportive pillow can be transformative, both personally and professionally. The RAND Corporation calculates that poor sleep among U.S. workers annually costs the U.S. economy some $411 billion. Replace old, worn-out pillows. Pillows can harbor dust mites and their excrement, dead skin cells and bacteria that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. If a pillow is clumping, losing support or yellowing, replace it, says Michelle Fishberg, co-founder of sleep wellness company Slumbr ( “Quality, properly sourced, down and feather pillows can be comfortable for those that like classic, soft pillows. Buckwheat and natural latex pillows each have unique qualities promoting better sleep. Buckwheat is therapeutic for back pain, all-natural and hypoallergenic, and reduces snoring for some,” advises Fishberg.

Pillow care. The NSF suggests using pillow as well as mattress protectors; PureCare mattress ( is their official source including a range of down pillows and its MiteTight protector. Organic cotton covers are kind to people and the planet. likewise advises using a protective cover to extend pillow life. Don’t dry clean pillows, because chemicals and heat can do damage. A down pillow can be washed, but it’s best to have it professionally cleaned by a down specialist every three to four years. Or wash them at home no more than twice a year on the delicate cycle, alone in a large or commercial washing machine, to avoid breaking down the down’s natural oils and structure. Latex pillows can be occasionally hand-washed with mild detergent and air-dried flat. Don’t wash buckwheat pillows—if the hulls get wet, pour them into a fine mesh bag and air-dry them in the sun.

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Cash is Convertible

How Changing Your Thinking Changes Everything by April Thompson


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or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies— a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at

What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional

noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish. 

How do the mental constructs we attach to our experiences affect outcomes of health and well-being? Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming

that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.

How have you seen these principles play out in your own life? My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain.

Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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How Much Water Should You Drink?

Exercise and Hydration

Why Water is Essential For Health by Dr. Vishal Verma


hether you are training for an athletic event, exercising for your health or simply shooting a game of hoops with your friends, it is essential that you remain properly hydrated. Good hydration begins with drinking the appropriate amount of water before, during and after any type of physical activity. Water is used by the body to regulate body temperature, assist in digestion, remove waste from the body and lubricate and protect your vital organs, including the spinal cord, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood and brain. Fluid loss occurs through perspiration, digestion and breathing, which is why it is essential that you are drinking enough fluids and eating foods rich in water. 

Water Loss and Activity Levels

According to the American Council on Exercise, you must replace the amount of fluids lost due to daily activities to maintain proper health. If you do not drink enough water for the body to perspire and cool itself, you can end up dehydrated. Depending on the intensity of your exercise and the air temperature, you can lose more than one quart of water an hour during exercise through perspiration. Every cell, tissue and organ in the human body requires water to function properly. Although other drinks can help you be properly hydrated, they can add


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extra calories. For this reason, it is best to get most of your fluids by drinking water. Water helps to detoxify the body and improve your gut health, which can reduce your risk of a variety of illnesses, including asthma, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, gallstones, glaucoma, migraines, periodontal disease and obesity. Additionally, drinking plenty of water can help decrease your risk of colorectal, breast and bladder cancer by as much as 50 percent. 

Symptoms of Dehydration and How to Avoid Them

There are different levels of dehydration (mild, moderate and severe dehydration) depending on the amount of fluid that is missing from your body. Bodily functions, including breathing, urinating, defecating, tear production, sweating and salivating, cause you to lose water. Dehydration can occur due to excess sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, a fever or an illness such as diabetes. The symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration include a dry mouth, thirst, urinating less than normal, dark-colored urine, dry cool skin, headaches and muscle cramps. If the dehydration worsens, your urine can be very dark yellow or urination may not. Additionally, you may experience fainting, dizziness, sunken eyes, lack of energy, confusion, increased respiration and a rapid heart rate.

The amount of water you need to consume daily depends on a number of factors. For example, those who live in hot climates require more water than those who live in cooler climates. Physical activity can also increase the amount of fluids that you need to consume. Finally, if you are ill or have a health problem, you may require more fluid than others. According to researchers, you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. This means if you weigh 150 pounds, you will need to drink at least 75 ounces of water daily. If you live in a hot climate or are physically active, you will need to increase your water consumption even further. The best way to determine if you are drinking enough water is to check your urine, which should be light yellow or colorless. If your urine is dark yellow, you are dehydrated and need to increase your fluid intake. 

Benefits of Adding Electrolytes

The fluids in your body are comprised primarily of water and electrolytes. Electrolytes include five major minerals—chloride, potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium. Electrolytes in the body mix with water, creating ions. These ions are located both inside and outside of the cells in the body and transmit electrical impulses along nerve paths for muscle movement. If your fluid and electrolyte levels are not balanced, it can cause incorrect nerve impulses which can cause muscle spasms, reduced digestion, nerve problems, muscle issues and cardiac difficulties. Calcium is used for maintaining healthy teeth and bones, nerve signaling, blood clotting, cellular division and muscle contractions. Potassium helps to regulate heart contractions and blood pressure, while helping your muscles to function properly. Magnesium is used to maintain heart rhythms, improve digestion, build bone, contract and relax muscles, improve digestion and reduce anxiety. Chloride helps to maintain proper fluid balance in the body. Finally, sodium is used for nerve signaling, muscle contraction and fluid balance.  When you sweat, you lose not only fluid but also important electrolytes. This can lead to an electrolyte imbalance. An

You can lose more than one quart of water an hour during exercise through perspiration. electrolyte imbalance can cause a number of symptoms, including:

■ Anxiety ■ Confusion ■ Dizziness ■ Fatigue ■ Fever ■ Headaches ■ Heart palpations ■ Insomnia ■ Joint pain ■ Muscle spasms ■ Muscle weakness ■ Numbness ■ Restlessness ■ Thirst ■ Blood pressure changes ■ Digestive troubles, including diarrhea,

constipation and abdominal cramping

When you are not properly hydrated, it can affect all areas of your health, including digestion, cardiovascular functions and the musculoskeletal system. Fluid loss and electrolyte imbalances can cause a plethora of symptoms. These symptoms can typically be alleviated by drinking water. To help ensure you are receiving enough electrolytes, opt for mineral water and eat a well-balanced diet. Dr. Vishal Verma specializes in functional chiropractic service for chronic pain management and active restoration of the body. He focuses on treating root causes using gentle chiropractic, physical therapy and cold laser therapy 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 at Rose Wellness Center in Northern Virginia. See ad, page 12. natural awakenings

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Providing a Holistic Approach to Wellness Spotlight on Sarah Shakeri and Happy Heart Health by Robin Fillmore


appy Heart Health is a coaching service, founded by Sarah Shakeri, that guides individuals to optimal health and well-being. Through goal setting, sustainable lifestyle and nutritional changes in a supportive environment, clients achieve tremendous results. It starts with a willingness to imagine having more energy, feeling better in one’s body, improving fitness, greater productivity and a happier, healthier life. Happy Heart Health fills a unique place in health care. Shakeri believes that while nutrition is one of the most fundamental components of good health, optimal nourishment


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encompasses more than food alone. She emphasizes a well-rounded approach to health and develops personalized action plans to meet the needs of each individual. “I advocate living a balanced life which includes quality sleep, effective exercise, enjoyable hobbies, healthy relationships, a fulfilling career and so much more. I strive to empower people to take pride in caring for their bodies, so that it becomes more of a lifestyle and less of a chore. What I offer is not a quick fix or a purely aesthetic focus, it’s about reaping the rewards of feeling and living your best,” notes Shakeri.

Shakeri’s own health challenges inspired her journey to become a health coach. She suffered from multiple ailments that interfered with her functioning and happiness from a young age and from those experiences, understood the pain of inadequate physical and mental health. She experienced firsthand the hurdles that many individuals face in their efforts to live happier and healthier. As she overcame her own challenges, Shakeri was inspired to teach people that improving one’s health from the inside out is joyful, energizing and simpler than many realize. It all starts with a conscious commitment. Shakeri works with women of all ages, including young women in their teens to seniors into their eighties. The common thread between these women is that they seek improved energy, fat loss, to prioritize their health and to become more fit. Many come out of frustration, having tried many things to improve their health without experiencing significant or lasting results. By the time they come to Shakeri, they realize that understanding balanced nutrition is the missing piece and they need support and education to reach their goals.  Happy Heart Health Coaching is a joyful vocation for Shakeri. She notes, “It makes my day when I witness clients understanding the concepts I discuss with them, progressing from their starting point and putting my teachings into action. They begin to develop intuition with their bodies outside of our sessions. It proves that they are developing better relationships with themselves. I love when they get excited about their results and tune into how food or other circumstances affect how they feel.” For more information, visit Happy See ad, page 22.

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Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate by Arielle Ford


ust as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade. The underlying vibration or feeling of a place reflects the home’s energy. Whatever has happened there since its beginning, including arguments, illnesses or times of loneliness, have all left an unseen layer of negative energy. You could say that the walls “talk”. To begin preparing our home to welcome a mate, first remove the clutter. Piles of magazines, stacks of unshelved books and excessive furnishings are blocking and keeping in old energy and preventing good, clean new energy from flowing. Be sure to remove all photographs and souvenirs that are reminders of past lovers; throw them away or put them in a box away from your home. These daily, unconscious memory triggers keep you stuck in the past. Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. Next, it’s time to dispel the unseen energies. The fastest, easiest method is the Native American technique of smudging. The smoke will purify the space. Light a piece of white sage on a

small plate and when it is smoking (not flaming) run the smoke up, down and around every room, closet, door and window frame throughout the entire home. Alternatively, on a sunny day, open all the doors and windows and, applying a broom and imagination, sweep out the old energies. Just as nature abhors a vacuum and calls in matter to fill the empty space, so making space in our home assists in calling in love. Consciously create “space” by placing an empty nightstand on “their” side of the bed, plus have at least one empty dresser drawer waiting for them. Create inviting space in a closet and clear a shelf in a bathroom cabinet. If we have a two-car garage and have been parking in the middle, pick a side and begin only parking on “our side”. The most essential ingredient to “feathering the nest” is a strong intention to remove any old, outdated, limiting or negative energies that may be preventing love from finding its way to our door. Once free from unwanted clutter and obstructions, it becomes our sanctuary of vibrant, attractive energy. Arielle Ford is the author of 11 books, including Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate and The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her latest, Inkspirations: Love By Design, is a transformational coloring book. She lives in La Jolla, CA. Learn more at

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Urban Planning Goes Green Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public

transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes (EverybodyWalk. org). States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (, encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”

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Feng Shui Inviting Intimacy and Ease


ave you ever felt boxed into a corner, up against a wall, drained or as if something is "hanging over you"? It’s amazing how our visual perspective affects the way our minds “see things”. Using feng shui’s ba-gua as a ‘map’, we can explore our homes in a new way, seeing how both the structure and the contents of our homes and workplaces reflect—and impact—our life’s path. Then, using furnishings, colors, materials and treasured objects mindfully, we can create space for our unique goals and dreams to take shape. Most importantly, we make room for more love in our lives and peace in our hearts. Robin Buck is a certified feng shui consultant with more than 20 years of experience creating sacred spaces where people and businesses thrive. Blending

ancient feng shui wisdom with uniquely-you styling and eco-smart design, Buck helps clients achieve beauty, comfort, harmony and ease in their inner and outer worlds.    Buck’s unique 90-day “Joyful Journey Home” guides clients through a feng shui transformation of home and heart. Her “Room to Prosper” package is a step-bystep revitalization for visionary businesses. She also offers workshops and seminars and is available as a guest speaker. This month, Buck is offering several two-hour workshops on “Creating a Heart-Centered Home with Feng Shui.” Check the Natural Awakenings calendar for details or contact her at 301-920-0678, email her at or visit her website at RefreshInteriors

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Despacho Ceremony - Coming into Balance with Life – 6-9:30pm. From the Peruvian shamanic tradition, the Despacho Ceremony ritual offers us the opportunity to come into gratitude for all the blessings in our lives, as we also offer our prayers for healing and change on a personal, community and global level. Potluck at 6pm, Despacho at 7pm. Come for the whole evening or just for the ceremony. $20 (suggested contribution).  Rumi Wasi Sanctuary, 1030 Shannondale Rd, Harpers Ferry, WV. Info: First Fridays – Drop It Like Its Hot­­­–Hot Pilates Party – 8pm. Come sweat it out and have a good time at a high-intensity, low-impact, core- strengthening workout. The class will be taught by Dr. Omekongo Dibinga and will feature light refreshments and even more fun after class. $10. Bikram Yoga Riverdale, 6202 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale, MD. Info:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Renewal: A Two-Day Healing Circles Workshop for Women with Cancer – 11am-5pm. Through Aug 6. In this two-day healing workshop, we will explore stress relief techniques, practice qigong, yoga and meditation, work with grief and loss in small groups and use ritual to process. We will use art, writing, and movement as tools to find our voice and purpose through creativity. Workshop is limited to 12 participants; please RVSP early to secure attendance. $75 (donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or Community Sound Bath Meditation – 7:308:30pm. With Robert Lee. Sponsored by Human Activation. A unique musical experience called a “Sound Bath”. Human Activation sound frequency specialist Robert Lee will be playing several of these rare Singing Bowls, some of which are over 200 years old. $15. Be Here Now Yoga DC, 411 8th St, SE. Register: 202-643-8875 or BeHereNowYogaDC. com/Workshops.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Love the Skin You’re In – 1-4pm. Come together and see the beauty of our collectedness and uniqueness. Our transformation process gives people the opportunity to heal, discover comfort, gain understanding and develop new perspectives. $55. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301-986-1090 or TheMindfulnessCenter@

Yoga Nidra – 6pm. With Amber Speights. Yoga Nidra offers an easy way to be in harmony with our own powerful energy. This deeply meditative practice invites an effortless release of patterns of tension in body and mind, leaving you with the feeling of freedom. $20. Bikram Yoga Takoma Park, 7324 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD. Register: Info:




Viva La Vegan – 4-7pm. Calling all vegans and vegetarians. Stop in learn about, taste products and gather recipes and tips for a plant-based lifestyle. Free event with special guests from the Veg Society of DC, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary and local nutritionists. Dawson’s Market, 225 N Washington St, Rockville, MD. Info:

Beekeeping II: Production Mode – 10am-12pm. Experience the bee colony in full swing, learn about honeybee lifecycle and sample some honey. $15. Common Good City Farm, V St, NW (between 2nd and 4th St NW). Register: Beekeeping-Workshop-Tickets-33399229996. Info:

Laughter Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Please join us for a playful and fun practice that has been proven to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. The session ends with a silent meditation. Free. Arlington Central Library auditorium, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA. Info:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 MUIH Webinar: Herbal Enthusiast to Herbal Expert – 12-1pm. Learn about emerging jobs in herbal medicine and more. Free. Maryland University of Integrative Health, Online.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 Creating a Heart-Centered Home with Feng Shui – 7-9pm. Learn to use furnishings, colors and personal treasures to enhance the beauty, comfort and harmony of your home. The result, more space for love. $45. Robin Buck of Refresh Interiors, Takoma Park/Silver Spring (location provided at registration). Register: 301-920-0678 or

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Farm-to-Table Cooking Workshop – 5:30-7:30pm. Harvest produce and prepare a delicious farm-totable meal with Common Good. $15. Common Good City Farm, V St, NW (between 2nd and 4th St NW). Register: Info: Info@

Herbalism Series - Herbal Infused Honeys and Oils – 3-5pm. With Antler Alchemy. Let us make fresh herbal honey from plants from the garden all while enjoying herbal infused tea. Herbal honey infusions are a great way to enjoy the medicinal properties of plants in a sweet way. $25. Common Good City Farm, V St, NW (between 2nd and 4th St NW). Register: Info:


Washington, D.C.

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – 6pm. Through Aug 13. This program is perfect for the avid yoga student who wants to become a yoga teacher or anyone that wants to deepen their personal practice. Scholarships available. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301986-1090 or

Friday Night Candlelight Yoga – 8-9:30pm. Through gently energetic and continuous flow we release tension and balance energy, while soft candlelight sets an ambiance to calm the mind and explore inner depths. $20. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301986-1090 or

Introduction to Essential Oils – 10-11:20am. An introduction to essential oils and how to use them safely and effectively to achieve the health outcomes you’re seeking. Free. Holistically Healthy Home, 6460 Gildar St, Alexandria, VA. Info: 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Kids Yoga Foundation Class – 11:30am. With Ms. Lashone Wilson. This fun, creative class is filled with music, movement, stretching and breathing exercises. This class is designed to stimulate the growing curiosity of the young mind thought playful yoga poses and breathing exercises. Age range 4-9 years old. $12. Bikram Yoga Riverdale, 6202 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale, MD. Info: Inversion Workshop – 1-4pm. Inversions provide the opportunity to reverse the effects of gravity and bring balance to mind and body. Benefits include balanced energy, improve cognitive clarity and improved muscular balance. $60. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301-986-1090 or Past Life Regression – 1:30-3:30pm. With Sherri Piñeyro. Join Sherri in a Past Life Group Regression to explore extraordinary details of your past. During this workshop you will be hypnotized into a deep meditative state where you will remember and re-live memories of your childhood, birth and past lives. $22 members and $28 non-members. Be Here Now Yoga DC, 411 8th St, SE. Register: 202-643-8875 or Yoga Nidra – 6pm. With Aime Adams. Yoga Nidra offers an easy way to be in harmony with our own powerful energy. This deeply meditative practice invites an effortless release of patterns of tension in body and mind, leaving you with the feeling of freedom. $20. Bikram Yoga Ivy City, 1510 Okie St, NE. Register: Info:

Therapist – 1-2pm. No matter how passionate or talented, very few people can create a full-time, long-term career as a yoga teacher. Learn about what it takes to become a yoga therapy practitioner and whether you’re ready for the transition. Free. Maryland University of Integrative Health, Online. Info:


MONDAY, AUGUST 14 Kids Yoga Foundation Summer Enrichment and Wellness Program – 9am-4pm. Through Aug 25. Children will participate in special workshops designed to raise their awareness about healthy and mindful eating; promote their self-esteem; and give them the tools they need to successfully navigate typical childhood/adolescent challenges such as bullying and peer pressure in their schools and communities. Bikram Yoga Riverdale, 6202 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale, MD. Register: EventBrite. com. Info:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Weekend Meditation Retreat (Advanced Meditation Seminar M200 - 8hrs) – 6:309:30pm. Through Aug 19. Be guided deep into the realms of personal awareness and integration. As the practitioner, learn to deepen your practice and learn to guide others to do the same. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD 20814. Register: 301-986-1090 or Creating a Heart-Centered Home with Feng Shui – 7-9pm. See Aug 9 for details. $45. Robin Buck of Refresh Interiors, Takoma Park/Silver Spring (location provided at registration). Register: 301-920-0678 or

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 DIY Cleaning and Personal Care Products – 2:304pm. Learn to make natural products that will save you money and reduce your exposure to toxins. Free. Holistically Healthy Home, 6460 Gildar St, Alexandria, VA. Info: HolisticallyHealthyHome. com/Attend-a-Class.  DC Young Adult Cancer Meet-Up and Support Group – 5-6:30pm. Meet other young adult cancer survivors in a monthly facilitated group session. This gathering is a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations and cancer support groups. A healthy meal is provided. $15 (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or Yoga Nidra – 6pm. With Aime Adams. Yoga Nidra offers an easy way to be in harmony with our own powerful energy. This deeply meditative practice invites an effortless release of patterns of tension in body and mind, leaving you with the feeling of freedom. $20. Bikram Yoga Riverdale, 6202 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale, MD. Register: Clients.MindBodyOnline. com. Info:

MUIH Webinar: A New Standard in Nutrition: CNS vs RD – 6-7pm. This webinar will provide a comparison of the certified nutrition specialist with the registered dietitian in education, certification and practice. Free. Maryland University of Integrative Health, Online. Info: Perfect Pickles: Summer Brining and Fermenting – 6-8pm. Rachel Armistead, co-founder of The Sweet Farm, will guide you through the process of brining and fermenting and show you how to turn the summer bounty into delicious, probiotic pickles. Common Good City Farm, V St, NW (between 2nd and 4th St NW). Register: Info: Info@

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Tomato Party at Common Good City Farm – 6-8pm. Come celebrate our bountiful summer tomato harvest. Bring your favorite tomato dish for our community-judged competition or just enjoy the tomato recipes, games and live music. Common Good City Farm, V St, NW (between 2nd and 4th St NW). Info: or Info@ MUIH Webinar: Five Exciting Jobs for Community Health Educators – 7-8pm. A degree in health promotion enables you to have tremendous impact on communities and organizations. This webinar will provide an inside look at the exciting and varied work being done by five community health educators. Free. Maryland University of Integrative Health, Online. Info: Natural Solutions for Mommies, Babies and Children – 7-8:30pm. Become empowered to care for your family’s health and wellness needs in a natural and safe manner. Free. Holistically Healthy Home, 6460 Gildar St, Alexandria, VA. Info: 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Sound Medicine Journey – 7:30-9pm. With Angela Blueskies. 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: 



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:

MUIH Webinar: Yoga Teacher to Yoga

Sound Immersion One Certificate Workshop –

10am-5pm. Sound therapy creates a cellular massage, nourishing the nervous system. Learn how to create and use sound as a self-empowering, disease preventative, stress-reducing tool. $475. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St, Ste 100, Bethesda, MD. Register: 301986-1090 or It’s About Time to be Eating Healthy – 11am2pm. Come join Chef Laura for this fun and fascinating class where you’ll learn about eating seasonal foods, saving time and energy on food preparation, eating in harmony with your body’s natural rhythms and having a good time preparing and eating a delicious meal with your classmates. $25 (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or Yoga and the Imagination – 1-3pm. With Danny Coates-Finke. Join Danny in exploring the power of imagination in a yoga practice. You’ll learn different ways to consciously apply it, tailoring its powers to your specific needs. $22 members and $28 non-members. Be Here Now Yoga DC, 411 8th St, SE. Register: 202-643-8875 or

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Creating a Heart-Centered Home with Feng Shui – 10am-12pm. See Aug 9 for details. $45. Robin Buck of Refresh Interiors, Takoma Park/Silver Spring (location provided at registration). Register: 301-9200678 or Acupuncture Clinic – 1pm. Acupuncture clinic with Dr. Karen Williams. Acupuncture has been proven to help with a wide variety of health issues such as menopause symptoms, stress, digestive disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back or neck pain and migraine headaches. Bikram Yoga Riverdale, 6202 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale, MD. Info: Yoga, Chakras, Crystals and Essential Oils – 1:303:30pm. In this workshop, Sherri will teach you about the chakra system and how yoga, crystals and essential oils can be used to help improve your life. $22 members and $28 non-members. Be Here Now Yoga DC, 411 8th St, SE. Register: 202-643-8875 or

MONDAY, AUGUST 28 MUIH Webinar: Careers in Health Coaching – 12-1pm. Join us for this webinar and learn how well educated health coaches are finding more career opportunities than ever before. Free. Maryland University of Integrative Health, Online. Info:

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specialevent Take Back Your Health Conference

Experts teach you how to live free from the pain of chronic disease, like cancer, Lyme and autoimmunity. Learn exactly what healthy steps you need to take today in order to change your life tomorrow.

September 2–3

Take Back Your Health Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA. Register:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Transformational Sound Medicine Sessions – 11am-7pm. With Angela Blueskies. Private sessions offer clients the opportunity to create an experience that is specific to their needs and intentions. In this intimate space it is possible to experience profound physical, emotional and spiritual release. By appointment only, for one or two people, 70 to 90 minutes. $150.  East Meets West Yoga, 8227 Old Courthouse Rd, Ste 310, Vienna, VA. Info:



Laughter Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Please join us for a playful and fun practice that has been proven to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. The session ends with a silent meditation. Free. Arlington Central Library auditorium, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA. Info:

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. $2350. Info:


specialevent Kundalini Yoga Level One Teacher Training Program Certified instructors, Gurudass Kaur, Sat Kartar Singh, Gurunater Kaur and Kartar Singh, present this training through the Aquarian Teacher KRI Level One Teacher Training Program. Level One is a 220-hour course with 180 hours of classroom instruction in a well-defined curriculum and includes the following topics: Kundalini Kriyas and meditations; asana, breath, mudra and mantra; awakening consciousness; yogic and western anatomy; yogic philosophy; the origin of Kundalini Yoga; humanology and yogic lifestyle; and the role of a Kundalini Yoga teacher.


specialevent National Kids' 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.

October 13 – 15 • noon

Nannie J. Lee Community Center, Alexandria, VA. Info:

Friday, Sept. 22 through May 2018

 Raj Yoga 22821 Silverbrook Center Dr, Ste 160,Sterling, VA. Info: 703-376-3433 or  

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Munay-Ki: Initiation into the Shamanic Healing Tradition of Peru – 6pm.  Through Sunday September 10. The Munay–Ki are the codes for the new human. They are delivered in the form of energetic transmissions. These Rites are given as the next step in the evolution of humanity, to realign and attune our neuropathways and truly shift human consciousness. $375 until September 1st and $395 after; $275 renewal of Rites. East Meets West Yoga, 8227 Old Courthouse Rd, Ste 310, Vienna, VA.  Info: 


specialevent Illuminate Columbia Mind-Body-Spirit Festival

Featuring massage, reflexology, energy work, tarot, vetted intuitive readers and psychic mediums, crystals, spa products, handmade jewelry, local photography, free workshops. $5 or free admission for active and veteran military and children 16 and under.

September 10 • 11am-6pm.

Illuminate Festivals DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia 5485 Twin Knolls Rd, Columbia, MD Info:


Washington, D.C.


specialevent Crossfit, Bike, Yoga!

This fall, Bicycle Space, CrossFit Hierarchy and Bikram Yoga Ivy City will host its first triathlon that will welcome people in the DMV interested in getting fit for a cause. Proceeds from this event will go towards a program for underprivileged D.C. residents. Participate in a 1-hour CrossFit workout, bike ride and 90-minute Bikram Yoga session. After the event, participants will meet at the Ivy City Smokehouse for some refreshments. The event will be complete with raffles and amazing prizes including memberships, swag and other great giveaways.

Saturday, September 23 • 9am-1pm. $65. Register:  


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Laughter Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Please join us for a playful and fun practice that has been proven to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. The session ends with a silent meditation. Free. Arlington Central Library auditorium, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA. Info:


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sunday Sunday Morning Meditation Class – 10:30am12:30pm. With Hugh Byrne. An oasis in a busy week, including 30-minute guided meditations, a 10-minute walking meditation and 30-minute discussion. A mini-retreat. Drop-ins welcome. 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: Beauty Entrepreneurs EduCATORS – 8:3010:30am. Educating people to create opportunities through entrepreneurship. Absolutely amazing time for beauty industry professionals, students and enthusiast. The weekly ongoing sessions are supportive based information sessions connecting you to resources. Makeup and Hair Roundtable Series by Workforce Development Coordinator Advocate Eneshal Miller at Marilyn J Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD. Register:

Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Gentle yoga classes to help reduce stress and balance the mind, body and spirit. All experience levels welcome. $10/ class or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. 2nd and 4th Mon. This support group provides participants with the opportunity to explore their experience with cancer in a safe group setting with a trained social worker and to connect with others who are facing a similar challenge. Please RSVP by phone prior to your first visit. Free. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202483-8600 or Introduction to Mindfulnesss – 6:30-7:30pm. With Bob Moreland. 8-week class. Scientific research has shown that meditation improves perception of wellbeing and reduces stress, depression and anxiety. $25/session or package available. Inca Energy Integrated Health & Wellness Center, 10440 Shaker Dr, Ste 103, Columbia, MD. Register: Energy

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: Chair Yoga – 12-1pm. You are invited to relax deeply as we move through a series of gentle seated and supported poses that promote self-care. $10/class or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or Gentle Yoga – 6-7:15pm. See Mon for details. $10/class or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or

wednesday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Mon for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Mindful In Recovery – 10-11am. Mindfulness-based opened recovery meditation group that utilizes the 12 steps principles as the foundation of the recovery process. The group is opened to those new to meditation. Inca Energy Integrative Health & Wellness, The Alano Club, 9231 Rumsey Rd, Columbia, MD. Info: 410292-5149 or

Outside the Lines: A Creative Art Studio – 10:30am-12:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. Facilitators will help reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. $10/session (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Register: 202-483-8600. Info: 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: Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. See Mon for details. $10/class or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or

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: Move, Dance, Create – 11am-12:15pm. Stretch your creative capacity, feel good and connect with fellow participants. Featuring a variety of dance styles, the class is a well-paced and refreshing experience for all. $10/session or $25/month (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or

saturday 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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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE



9255 Center St, Ste 301B, Manassas or call for appointments in Fairfax 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 10.


Rose Wellness Center 571-529-6699 •

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 12.


7108 Holly Ave, Takoma Park 301-404-5578

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 36.


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

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 33.


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 33.


9255 Center St, Ste 301B, Manassas or call for appointments in Fairfax 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 10.


Certified aromatherapist and herbalist offering lifestyle consultations and handmade pro-ducts, including soaps, balms and beard oils. Reach a better state of body and mind. See ad, page 10.


Washington, D.C.

While we are postponing, life speeds by. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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 12.


4813-A Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 800-515-6243

We are Green Clean Certified, so you can have peace of mind that you r h om e w i l l b e healthier for you, your pets and the environment. See ad, page 21.

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 25.


9255 Center St, Ste 301B, Manassas or call for appointments in Fairfax 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 10.






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 33.



Rockville, MD

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 19.

Certified aromatherapist and herbalist offering lifestyle consultations and handmade products, including soaps, balms and beard oils. Reach a better state of body and mind. See ad, page 10.



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 23.


Rose Wellness Center 571-529-6699


Happy Heart Health is a coaching service that guides individuals to optimal health and well-being. Through goal setting, sustainable lifestyle changes and a supportive environment, you will achieve tremendous results. Imagine having more energy, feeling better in your body, improving your fitness, greater productivity and a happier, healthier life. See ad, page 22.

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 12.


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.


5225 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 402, NW 202-237-7000 Rejuvenation-Detoxification.html


Rejuvenation & Detoxification program provides guidance to restore balance and health with lifestyle tips on diet, hydration, digestion and internal cleansing and detoxification with integrative at-home and spa strategies. See ad, page 28.







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.

Supportive communities for parents following natural lifestyles with six local D.C.-area chapters, Metro D.C. area chapters are in Arlington/Alexandria, Burke/Springfield, Northern Virginia/Fairfax, Loudoun in Virginia and in Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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 12.

Online lifestyle magazine for D. C . - are a n atu r a l minded families. Event calendar, resource directory, blog. News, events, giveaways, profiles, tips for holistic healthy living and mindful parenting.

You cannot step into the same river twice. ~Heraclitus natural awakenings

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Holistic pediatric and young adult care combines the healing power of traditional Western medicine with safe, complementary healing therapies. This approach addresses the whole child, not just the symptoms that brought you to the doctor, and encourages the immune system to heal naturally. See ad, page 33.


Holistic primary care is an integrative approach that treats the whole person: mind/body and spirit. A primary care provider coordinates all of the health care a patient receives. This total patient care considers the physical and emotional needs of the person and how health issues may be affecting those needs. Whether you are coming in for an annual check-up or managing a chronic disease, we focus on the whole person, not just your disease or symptoms. We consider lifestyle, nutrition and stress management and put together a treatment plan to help you attain an optimum level of wellness. See ad, page 33. parenting.



Rose Wellness Center 571-529-6699 • Michael Liss is a Doctor of Classical Homeopathy and an integrative health practitioner. He specializes in using homeopathy to help you find relief from various emotional and physical health problems including addictions, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, allergies, asthma, childhood ailments, migraines, hair and skin disorders, immune deficiencies and sinus disorders. See ad, page 12.


Rose Wellness Center 2944 Hunter Mill Rd, Ste 101, Oakton, VA • 571-529-6699 Dr. Sushma Hirani uses an integrative approach to wellness, utilizing conventional medicine and evidence-based complementary therapies. She strives to treat the whole person an d e mph a s i z e s nut r it i on , preventive care and lifestyle changes. Dr. Hirani specializes in the treatment of chronic issues such as hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, menopause and women’s health issues. Patients love her compassionate care and personalized attention. See ad, page 12.

INDIGO INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLINIC 1010 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 660, DC 202-298-9131 •

The body has an innate ability to heal itself and achieve balance from everyday stressors through non-toxic, non-aggressive and highly effective modalities. See ad, page 2.


Integrative Family Physician Rose Wellness Center 2944 Hunter Mill Rd, Ste 101, Oakton, VA 571-529-6699 • Dr. Alex Leon is a board-certified family physician specializing in integrative functional medicine to help restore and maintain your wellbeing. He has a special interest in men’s health care, chronic pain syndromes including musculoskeletal problems, fibromyalgia, bioidentical hormone replacement for men and women, chronic conditions including hypothyroidism, gastrointestinal disorders and allergic disorders. He treats kids too. See ad, page 12.


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 33.


11230 Waples Mill Rd, Ste 125, Fairfax, VA 703-246-9355 • Natural Horizons Wellness Centers are leaders in the field of integrative medicine and wellness. We focus on all aspects of health­–mental, emotional and physical. See ad, page 26.


2944 Hunter Mill Rd, Ste 101, Oakton, VA 571-529-6699 Suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, allergies, stress? Whatever your health challenges, Rose Wellness Center can help you get on the path to real wellness. We help identify hormone, metabolic, digestive, nutritional and food sensitivity issues to get to the root cause of your health problems, where true healing begins. Our services include digestive and women’s health programs, hormone balancing, acupuncture, Lyme treatment, homeopathy and thyroid management. See ad, page 12.

TAKOMA PARK ALTERNATIVE CARE 6930 Carroll Ave, Ste 502, Takoma Park 301-328-3045 •

Pediatric and adult evaluations for D.C. and MD by certified medicinal cannabis specialist. Tr e a t m e n t / d o s i n g recommendations; nonp s ycho a c t ive proto c ols available. No residenc y restrictions for MD program. See ad, page 13. .


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