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Dear Readers, As we transition into fall—my favorite time of year—we are witnessing another of our region’s spectacular displays of nature, with crisp air in the city allowing windows to be open and the beautiful foliage along the country roads. There’s nothing like getting outdoors to enjoy hiking in the parks and woods during this season.    Fall also is that time of year we cross our fingers that hurricanes stay out at sea and are only a conversation piece. Unfortunately, Florence is at the Carolina’s shoreline as I write this letter. I have family in North Carolina; my younger brother lives in Kitty Hawk and my elderly mother lives in Kill Devil Hills—both barrier island towns. The good news is they are not taking the brunt of this storm, but are bracing for heavy rains, flooding and winds regardless. It reminds me that Mother Nature has both the power to heal as well as harm. I hope that we all get through this troubling time of potentially destructive weather so that we get to enjoy the changing leaves, the delightful cool days and our cozy sweaters. The other season that is now upon us is election season. While the entire country takes part in this biennial exercise of democracy as we elect our members of Congress and local officials, we face a different kind of flood—of information, negative ads and nasty partisanship—all in the name of running the political machinery. Yet, our feature on Game Changers this month reminds us that there are other ways that we can look to make changes. In fact, we see the tide of change coming from the younger generations. Our feature article, “Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge: Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet,” presents a sampling of the great things that young people are doing to make positive changes locally and worldwide. This riveting piece by senior editor, Linda Sechrist, will not only distract you from cable news, but will inspire you to find areas in your world that need a bit more hope. In her complementary piece, Dr. Isabel Sharkar, of Indigo Integrative Clinic, in Georgetown, offers pearls of wisdom to young people (and the young at heart), meant to guide us to shake up and change, for the better, our own little piece of the world. We also feature articles this month on chiropractic and bone health. October is National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM). The event raises public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and wellness. Dr. Allan Tomson, the executive director of Neck, Back & Beyond and well-known Fairfax-based chiropractor, gives us a brief overview of the history of chiropractic care and makes suggestions on how it can be incorporated into our healthy regimes. Susan Brady, of Nurtured Bones, adds a wonderful addition to the conversation with a piece on the importance of maintaining good posture for our overall health. There is so much good information packed into this issue of Natural Awakenings— I hope you read through it all and heed the changes offered by our writers. But don’t forget to put on your hiking boots and get outside to enjoy the spectacular show we get to enjoy each fall. Best,


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Join the Plastic-Free Challenge


Learn The Mystic Science of Creating Synchronicities


Source & Synchronicities weekend course will be held on November 10 and 11, at the Hyatt Regency Dulles, where participants may access the Power of Source and the Power of Consciousness in three important life zones—healing, love and wealth. Preethaji, an enlightened sage and founder of O&O Academy, along with her faculty, will be teaching this course via a webcast from India. Her wisdom is a perfect convergence of two worlds, the worldly and the spiritual; and the scientific and transcendental. A free party held the evening of November 9 will provide music, dancing and meditation to raise the vibration of the nation’s capital. Preethaji says, “Life today can be challenging. Change is a constant. From what perspective do you approach life? Is it from anxiety and lack or from confidence and abundance? Learn how to transform your restlessness into a state of inner peace and inspiration. Imagine feeling so connected that you’re in the flow, regardless of changing circumstances.” Location: 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd., Herndon, VA. Register at OOAcademy For more information, email Elizabeth Pan at See ad, page 25.


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he impact of plastic pollution on our planet is growing exponentially. Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the oceans. According to a recent article in National Geographic, nearly 40 percent of all plastic produced is in packaging, which means that much of that is used once and then thrown away. But, together, we can change that startling statistic by inviting all to be a part of the first regional Plastic-Free Challenge. While eliminating single-use plastics from our daily lives can seem like an overwhelming task, even a few simple changes, like taking reusable bags to the store, turning down straws and avoiding single-use water bottles can make a big difference. The Plastic-Free Challenge has already started and will run through October 19, offering encouragement and useful tips for practical alternatives to commonly used plastic items. Weekly challenges and prize drawings help connect participants and make it fun to take part in the program. Joining the Plastic-Free Challenge is easy. Just visit the website at to sign up. Invite family, friends and colleagues to join or create a team and work together to reduce your plastic footprint. Then, participate in the challenges through social media and learn new ways to live a plastic-free life. Each step you take will help to make #Plastic FreeDMV a reality. For more information, visit

Illuminate Festivals are Back


f you’ve ever wondered about trying reiki, acupuncture, massage, healing crystals, intuitive readings, astrology, essential oils or tarot (and more), the upcoming Illuminate Festivals, held throughout the region, are a great place to start. Illuminate Frederick will be held on October 20, at the Clarion Inn Conference Center. Illuminate Solomons will be held on October 27, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Illuminate Annapolis will be held on November 3. at the Anne Arundel Community College Student Union. All three festivals will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Throughout the festivals, practitioners conduct mini-sessions on a walk-up basis. Vetted intuitive readers, angel communicators, psychic mediums and astrologers offer their services at special festival rates. Free intensive workshops are offered every hour on a wide range of topics, from the power of crystals to accessing past lives. Bring your gift list and shop for handmade jewelry, unique gifts and clothing, luxurious natural spa products and books. Each of the events are wonder-filled days of wellness and spiritual rebalancing. Illuminate Festivals create a welcoming, inclusive place to learn, connect and enhance well-being. Festival founder Judy Bazis encourages attendees to “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. Festival admission is $6 at the door ($5/online). Free admission for active and veteran military, children 16 & under. To get more information on one or all of the festivals, visit

The Local First Awards


he Local First Awards is a celebration of local independent businesses, entrepreneurs and artists who give back to the community and create a positive impact. The Local First Awards is an initiative of Think Local First DC, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting local independent businesses and promoting the benefits to our communities. The ceremony will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. on October 17, at the D.C. Showroom, to announce those chosen as the winners. Think Local First supports locally owned businesses as they create more prosperous, connected and entrepreneurial communities. It matters where people choose to spend their money. Opting to support locally owned, independent businesses creates a positive effect, often referred to as a “multiplier effect”, which is credited with enhancing social and civic well-being, is linked to higher wages, and reduces inequality while strengthening the middle class. An independent judging panel composed of local business and community leaders, activists, journalists and citizens select nominees for seven award categories. Those nominees are then vetted and finalists are publicized. For more information, visit

Things are Getting Funky at Community Forklift


ring your friends, your family and your (friendly, leashed) pets to the Community Forklift warehouse for a celebration of all things reusable in the D.C. area. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 6, in the Port Towns neighborhood, just minutes from the Hyattsville Arts District. The festival will be highlighting fun(ky)/artistic and practical reuse, with an underlying theme of local history, celebrating both the preservation of the history and the funky side of D.C. Meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antique appraisal advice and check out demos of DIY repairs and creative reuse. They’ll have artists who work with salvaged/reused materials, live funk music, kids’ activities, local food and locally salvaged items for sale. Can’t make it to the Antiques Roadshow? Chris Melendez of Community Forklift and appraiser Jackie Gray will take a look at your vintage items (or a picture) so you can learn more about them. There will also be restoration and salvage demonstrations and local artists displaying their works made with green materials. The event will feature three-time Independent Music Award nominee Lil’ Maceo, hailed as “Mr. Funky Sax,” and the Ron Hicks Project, with music spiced in the south, cooked in Chicago and served in the DMV. Attendees will be also be invited into the Pickers’ Paradise, with parts and pieces for your upcycling needs.

Location: 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston, Maryland. For more information, visit Community

We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves. ~John McCain October 2018


Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids and other painkillers after invasive surgery. The researchers tested 161 patients; 49 in the music group and 112 in a control group. After their surgery, both groups were offered painkillers intravenously at doses requested by the patient. Of those engaged in music therapy, 86 percent avoided the painkillers, compared to only 26 percent of the control group.

Knitting Releases the Blues Knitting can alleviate the blues, slow the onset of dementia and distract from chronic pain, according to a survey published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Eightyone percent of respondents described feeling happier after a session of needlework. In another study, researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital found that the act of knitting lowers heart rates by an average of 11 beats per minute, eliciting a state of relaxation similar to that of yoga. A Mayo Clinic study found that crafts like knitting and crocheting also reduce the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment by 28 percent. In a University of British Columbia study, 74 percent of 38 women with the eating disorder anorexia reported that it lessened the intensity of their fears and thoughts and cleared their minds of eating disorder preoccupations. In a survey of 1,000 members of the British group Knit for Peace, one in five respondents reported that knitting reduced their arthritic pain.


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Music Lessons Make Kids Smarter Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities, including language-based reasoning, short-term memory and planning, while reducing inhibition, leading to improved academic performance, report researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In the study, 147 Dutch 6-year-olds were divided into music, visual arts and control groups, and monitored for two-and-a-half years. The children in the music group sang, listened to music and played an instrument of their choice one to two hours a week during regular classroom time. Compared to the control group, they demonstrated improved verbal IQ and reasoning skills, and a greater ability to plan, organize and complete tasks, as well as improved academic achievement. Children given structured visual arts lessons showed improvements in visual and spatial memory compared to the control group.


Tocotrienols are a natural form of vitamin E found in a number of foods, including wheat, barley, corn, rice and palm fruit. A recent meta-review of clinical research finds that tocotrienols can decrease heartrelated health risks in seniors such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Music Reduces Need for Post-Surgery Opioids

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Acupuncture Soothes Dental Anxiety

Will Hypnosis Make Me Quack Like a Duck?

Dental anxiety, which can produce dizziness, nausea and breathing difficulties in 4 to 30 percent of patients worldwide, may be relieved by acupuncture, according to research from the University of York, in the UK. Analyzing six studies of 800 patients, researchers found that acupuncture reduced anxiety by an average of eight points on an 80-point scale, a level considered clinically significant.

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Vitamin D Supplements Ease Irritable Bowels Oncology researchers from the University of Sheffield, in the UK, report that people with irritable bowel syndrome tend to be low in vitamin D. In a review of research, they found that supplemental vitamin D tends to ease associated symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps and constipation, and improve quality of life.

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Calorie Restriction Slows Aging Thirty-seven healthy, non-obese adults between 21 and 50 years old put on a calorie restriction diet for two years showed reduced systemic oxidative stress, indicating greater protection against age-related neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as cancer and diabetes. Participants in this research, conducted by Pennington Biomedical Research, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, cut their calories by 15 percent and lost an average of 20 pounds without experiencing anemia, excessive bone loss or menstrual disorders. Their metabolism also slowed, indicating that they burned energy more efficiently, a factor that may be linked to longevity.

Let’s demystify hypnosis right now. Hypnosis has been given a bad reputation by television, movies and through misunderstandings via stage hypnosis. People think that hypnosis is about mind control and making people powerless to the hypnotist who “puts them under.” On the contrary, therapeutic hypnosis is all about getting you back in control of your life, and here is how it is done: The hypnotist uses her voice to guide you into a state of relaxation where you become very focused, yet very relaxed. You always know what’s going on, and what’s being said, and you will not do or say anything that is out of your comfort zone. You won’t be giving out your ATM pin numbers or doing silly things. And you can’t get “stuck” in hypnosis because you are the one who puts yourself into the state of focused concentration called “hypnosis”­—and you can take yourself out any time you want. You simply open your eyes. We go in and out of hypnosis naturally throughout the day. One way is by getting absorbed in a good book or movie. Another way is that sweet spot right before falling asleep. If you ever catch yourself daydreaming—that’s a hypnotic state as well. Did you know that hypnosis has a tradition of being employed for medical conditions? According to the American Psychological Association, “Hypnosis continues to show promise in reducing pain and soothing anxiety.” The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that “Evidence supports the efficacy of hypnotic treatments.” Hypnosis is like having a wonderful tool in your tool box that gives you the advantage by replacing negative thoughts, beliefs and attitudes to healthy states of mind. But what good is an awesome tool if we don’t use it. You deserve to know more about this safe, effective and non-invasive modality, so talk to your local hypnotist, who would be happy to explain how hypnosis could help you specifically. Michelle DeStefano, L.Ac, CCH, is double-certified in hypnosis and is a member of both the National Guild of Hypnotists and the American Hypnosis Association. She is also a licensed acupuncturist and her specialty is stress reduction and pain management. For upcoming events or free consultations, call 301-744-0200 or visit FreeYourselfHypnosis. com. See ad, page 23. October 2018


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Food Finder

Software Tracks Farm to Fork Supply Chain

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Creating Food from Carbon Dioxide By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to hit 10 billion, and food production will need to increase by 70 percent. Traditional farming won’t be able to keep up. Lisa Dyson, who holds three degrees in physics, including a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, knows the reason: ubiquitous carbon dioxide. This byproduct of burning fossil fuels is a known culprit in the pace of climate change. Dyson is revolutionizing the way protein is made. Several years ago, she and colleague John Reed came across NASA reports from the 1960s and ’70s that discussed using microbes to recycle carbon dioxide aboard spacecraft. “We were fascinated by their research. We wondered if we could develop a similar technology that would enable us to recycle carbon dioxide into valuable products here on Earth,” Dyson says. Their startup, Kiverdi, uses microbes to transform carbon into bio-based products in special bio-reactors similar to the giant urns used to brew beer. This year, they’re commercializing a new process to transform CO2 into protein powder. The end product, Planet+Protein, is packed with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. 10

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Ivory Outlawed

UK Banning Both Legal and Illegal Trade The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is in the process of implementing a near-total ivory ban. It can’t happen soon enough because elephant populations continue to dramatically decline. As recognized by the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species last September, “Countries with domestic ivory markets that contribute to elephant poaching or the illegal ivory trade should take all necessary legislative, regulatory and enforcement measures to close such markets as a matter of urgency.” Any legal ivory market leads to a parallel illegal market because ivory from recently killed elephants can be made to look like old ivory, which is legal in many countries, through processes like chipping, staining and cracking. The UK has long played a role in the international ivory trade. During the colonial era, more than a million elephants were killed to feed British demand for everything from ivory ornaments and piano keys to billiard balls and cutlery. Much of that material remains in the UK today, fueling the market. Trade data indicates that the UK is still the world’s largest exporter of legal ivory, most of which goes to Asian destinations like China and Hong Kong.


Serious concerns have surfaced about food transparency, and people are asking questions. Documentaries like Rotten urge consumers to think twice about the origins and ingredients of their food, but answers are not always readily available. In addition to environmental concerns like long-distance transportation, people are worried about food recalls and safety. FoodLogiQ’s software solution creates “farm to fork traceability”, welcoming companies across the industry to participate, with approximately 7,000 having registered so far in some 100 countries—including Whole Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Carl’s Jr., Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Panda Restaurant Group. Information provides useful details such as where the food was harvested, whether pesticides were used, where the food traveled and how it was processed. FoodLogiQ Chief Marketing Officer Katy Jones suggests this is an important moment of change in the food industry, saying, “Food companies are embracing global standards to increase efficiencies and build a foundation for traceability and supply chain visibility.”

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Corporate Conscience

Leading Food Companies Aim to Slash Energy Footprints McDonald’s plans to reduce greenhouse emissions from their restaurants, corporate offices and supply chain by more than 30 percent by 2030. They’re the first restaurant chain with goals backed by the Science Based Targets initiative. The company expects to decrease its total emissions by more than 150 million tons. AB InBev, the parent company of Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser beer, has ambitious plans to purchase electricity only from renewable sources for its worldwide operations in seven years. The first step includes Bud Light. The goal is for all operations in the company’s 12 Budweiser breweries across the U.S. to be powered by renewable energy. Budweiser plants outside the U.S. will also switch to all-renewable energy, with all products planned to transition by 2025. The new status will be denoted by the label “100% Renewable Energy”.

Saudi Solar

Oil Giant to Invest in Renewable Energies Project Saudi Arabia intends to host the world’s largest solar project. “It’s a huge step in human history,” says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. “It’s bold, risky and we hope we succeed in doing that.” Solar power is a logical choice for the country. Its capital, Riyadh, averages 8.9 hours of sunshine a day. The nation is also projected to be severely impacted if climate change raises global temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. According to Climate Action Tracker, if the global temperature rises 3 to 4 degrees Celsius, 75 percent of the country would be excessively arid by the end of the century. According to the most recent data available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Saudi Arabia produces 13 percent of the world’s oil and currently obtains 60 percent of its electric energy from petroleum.

Debris Drop-Off

Turtle Turnaround Hatchlings Return to Mumbai Beach After 20 Years

At Versova Beach, in the Indian coastal city of Mumbai, local volunteers have stepped up to finally clean up a shore covered in ankledeep trash and waste. The United Nations described the transformation as the world’s largest beach cleanup project ever, and the work has been rewarded with serious environmental progress. For the first time in 20 years, Olive Ridley sea turtles have hatched at Versova. The turtle is currently classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of environmental pollution. They’re the smallest and most common sea turtle, but all species are threatened by human encroachment and pollution. Lawyer and conservationist Afroz Shah says, “I had tears in my eyes when I saw them walking towards the ocean.” Local ecologists say it’s possible the Olive Ridley turtles have been nesting on the beach without anyone noticing, but capturing this momentous occasion is a huge boon to the volunteers, which have encountered some resistance via harassment and bureaucracy.

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Plastic Bag Deterrents Working in European Waters A new study shows that there are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor since a number of European countries introduced fees on them, according to a 25-year study from the UK government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). Researchers saw an estimated 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland. “It is encouraging to see that efforts by all of society, whether the public, industry, non-government organizations or government, to reduce plastic bags are having an effect,” says Thomas Maes, a marine litter scientist at CEFAS. “We also observed sharp declines in the percentage of plastic bags captured by fishing nets trawling the seafloor around the UK compared to 2010, and this research suggests that by working together, we can reduce, reuse and recycle to tackle the marine litter problem.” October 2018


~Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist more important than ever to use your voice, no matter who you are, where you live and whatever you identify as,” says Jiang.

Running for Governor

Ethan Sonneborn, 13, has a comprehensive policy platform and a spot on the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot in Vermont. In an early campaign speech, the Bristol resident and Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School student smiled at the crowd’s applause for his message:

Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet by Linda Sechrist


ecognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics. Initiatives include creating solutions for the global water crisis, serving as global ambassadors, training for public speaking and leadership, organizing youth summits, marching for causes, planting a trillion trees, participating in United Nations (UN) programs, inventing a new educational system, lobbying legislators and seeking political office. 12

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Girl Up!

Angie Jiang, a 2018 graduate of Madison West High School, in Wisconsin, is a first-year student at Columbia University, in New York. Deploying her social impact and debating skills, this Chinese-American woman articulates her opinions on sustainability, environmental awareness, immigration and gender issues in public radio interviews and lobbies for policy changes in Washington, D.C. She’s one of 80,000 girls in some 100 countries that have been trained by the UN Foundation’s Girl Up initiative to help lead the movement for gender equality; Jiang currently serves as its 2017-2018 teen advisor. “Within our current political climate, it is

“To everyone here today, know this. We are America’s future… So let’s not be afraid to shape it… We must be the voices of a generation, leaders for others and advocates for ourselves. Why shouldn’t we be the ones to end worldwide hunger, to make a breakthrough in medical science, to protect world peace or to put people on another planet? We are the generation that will do all these things. Why not start now?” In addressing environmental issues, Sonneborn supports a tax on carbon emissions, Vermont’s commitment to uphold the standards of the Paris climate agreement and renewable energy incentives. In Kansas, where six teenagers are running for governor, Tyler Ruzich’s campaign theme is, “A Republican for the Next Generation.” This Shawnee Mission North

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If you want to be an optimist about America today, stand on your head, because our country today looks so much better from the bottom up than the top down.

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High School senior has serious concerns and ideas to make his state a better place to live, learn and work. A well-prepared orator committed to public service, Ruzich is reaching younger voters on issues of voter registration, school funding, taxation, guns, immigration, agriculture, equal rights and job growth. On the Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien syndicated TV show, Ruzich said he believes his campaign is stimulating 18-to-25-yearolds to get involved in mid-term elections, which typically draw fewer voters.


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global youth to engage with sustainability issues. Today, the New Jersey resident serves as its president, and is passionate about why investing in the education of children is significant. As just one example, “Amazonian children are teaching their parents about how deforestation impacts climate change,” says Patel. A degree in environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School, in South Royalton, and expertise in environmental education, curriculum development, field research and community outreach has helped Patel to assist in developing lesson plans for ECI Water Schools. Community groups and schools are mobilized to evaluate the health of rivers and provide basic training in good health habits.

Brandi Kneip’s family in Stuart, Florida, didn’t object when the 18-year-old decided to spend her college savings establishing a JAR dry goods store that fosters reusing and recycling materials to decrease or eliminate trash. Customers can buy what they need by dispensing pasta, herbs, spices, flour and other products into their own reusable jars or purchase glass containers to take home. JAR also carries eco-friendly household items. “I want my impact on this Earth to be like footprints in the sand. For a second, the Earth knows you are there, and when you move along, the waves wash them out or the wind blows them away. I’m so thankful for this big, green-blue planet, and I’ll strive every day to make more people notice the beauty it holds,” says Kneip.

Earth Child Institute

Arati Patel was just 24 when she began serving as an intern with Earth Child Institute (ECI), a nonprofit that empowers

Felix Finkbeiner, a German student, started Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007, when he was only 9. “It’s an amazing organization run by young people,” says Patel. Inspired by the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, Finkbeiner expanded Maathai’s original concept of a billion plantings to the Trillion Tree Campaign. To date, it’s seen 15 billion new trees in 190 countries under the guidance of the U.N. Environment Programme. Speaking at an Environmental Systems Research Institute Conference, Finkbeiner said that beyond planting trees, children involved in the initiative have delivered presentations in schools and rotary clubs, and engineered sit-down meetings with mayors, local government officials and even presidents of countries. Several have spoken

before the UN General Assembly and national parliaments, urging them to address the climate crisis.

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After graduating from Beijing University Affiliated High School, Jason Wang, 18, postponed college for a year and visited the U.S. and Europe looking for the best practices in education. When he returned, he was in no hurry to enter college, but rather to develop the curriculum for Beijing’s Moonshot Academy, which opened in January with 30 students from 14 to 16 years old. Turning traditional methods of education on its ear, Moonshot Academy students are accepted based on their learning ability, independent thinking skills and capacity to turn ideas into action, rather than standardized test scores. Students learn through personalized experiences that enable them to practice and demonstrate core competencies to face the challenges of the future. “Research shows that by the age of 39, today’s average high school graduate will have had nine different jobs, half of which have not been invented yet. Artificial intelligence has changed the playing field. We can’t keep educating kids in the same way,” says Nancy Riehle, executive director of the Creative Academic Network Scholastic Foundation that supports the academy.

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Inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March, Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old student at Seattle’s Holy Names Academy, launched Zero Hour, a movement for October 2018


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youth rights and action on climate change. Margolin and her teammates have formed a nationwide coalition that inspires and mobilizes students throughout the U.S. and in London, England. They took to the streets on July 21 to march for environmental justice as social justice. Zero Hour activities supporting the Washington, D.C., march included meeting with nearly 40 federal lawmakers and presenting a manifesto of demands. It calls for governments and companies to take action on all climate change and environmental issues, including divesting from fossil fuels; increasing investment in renewable energy; legislating strict carbon reduction targets; encouraging plant-based lifestyles; schooling youth on the importance of reducing our carbon footprint; reducing excessive use of single-use plastic; ending rainforest deforestation; halting all animal cruelty; and preventing loss of biodiversity and species extinctions. Margolin and other Zero Hour members agree, including Nadia Nazar, 16, an art director from Baltimore,

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s a style icon, humanitarian and pioneer of conscious consumerism, Donna Karan has elevated fashion to a platform for change throughout her career, using her celebrity status to raise funds for AIDS research in the 1990s and more recently venturing into alternative health care. Karan’s first collection under her signature label DKNY, which debuted in 1985, aimed to dress women in comfortable, professional clothes that embraced and flattered the female form. The brand was built on women’s strengths, rather than insecurities; her iconic 1992 “In Women We Trust” ad campaign depicted the inauguration of a female president. Her latest multidimensional Urban Zen project (UZIT) supports cultural preservation, compassionate health care and education. The affiliated brand integrates luxury and sustainability with multicultural traditions and modern trends in a multifaceted line of clothing, accessories and beauty care products. UZIT fuses Eastern healing techniques and Western medicine in a patientcentric model intended to foster calm in the midst of the stress and chaos of illness. The complementary therapies program was born out of Karan’s challenging period serving as a caregiver during her late husband’s struggle with lung cancer. Karan is a member of the Coty Hall of Fame and recipient of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Lifetime

Achievement Award and Glamour’s Woman of the Year award.

How has your fashion style and philosophy changed over the course of your career?

For me, fashion has always been about “dressing and addressing.” It all started when the AIDS epidemic broke out in the late 1980s, and the fashion community came together to launch Seventh on Sale to raise funds and awareness for the disease that was taking the lives of so many talented designers. Now more than ever, we must address such issues. My philosophy and purpose has always been inspired by cultures, creators and artisans from all corners of the world, connecting past, present and future. I launched the nonprofit organization Urban Zen to create a community of change through philanthropy and commerce. I want consumers to be aware that their purchases provide the power to help others in need.

How is the UZIT program enhancing health and well-being?

UZIT came about after witnessing the ones I loved suffer and going through their experiences by their sides. Launched in partnership with yoga instructor Rodney Yee, the program has trained members of collaborating healthcare and yoga

communities in the healing modalities of yoga therapy, reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care. The goal is to change the healthcare system by bringing care back into health care. Rather than just treat the disease, we need to treat patients, their loved ones and their caregivers. We also must express care for the doctors and nurses that are part of the story; they need gentle care every bit as much. We are all on this journey together. Therapists at centers such as the University of California, Los Angeles, rehabilitation unit have seen results with patients suffering from stress, claustrophobia, headaches and back pain through these techniques. Many patients report feeling more relaxed, sleeping better and experiencing less pain and anxiety than they had ever experienced with medication.

Do you see some positive trends in fashion today?

More people are paying attention to sustainability in fashion today than ever before, and more designers are using materials and fabrics that respect people and the planet; for example, by using quality materials that endure. Recycling fabrics and materials is one way to contribute to sustainability. We work with the Apparent Project, which recycles cereal boxes to make beautiful necklaces, as well as with Paula Coles, who makes bags out of T-shirts.

Can fashion effect social change in the world?

I view fashion, design and style all as platforms for conscious change. I use fashion to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, conscious consumerism and integrative education. Today, there is a greater emphasis on preserving our world cultures and maintaining the authenticity that comes from traditional artisans and artists. A collaborative mentality of “we” is far healthier than one of “me”. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at October 2018


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odern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition. Training requirements for chiropractors vary by state. “Here in Oregon, chiropractic physicians—both legally and through our training—are taught to be primary care physicians,” says Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Herb, of the Absolute Wellness Center, in Eugene, Oregon. “We must complete extensive training not only on the musculoskeletal system, but also on managing various internal medical pathologies such as those related to the cardiovascular system, genitourinary conditions,

obstetrics and gynecology. We also learn to perform minor surgical procedures.” Chiropractor Tom Hyland Robertson, of Whole Chiropractic Healthcare, in Odenton, Maryland, notes, “To limit chiropractic to two categories of traditional and integrative isn’t accurate. There are almost as many specialists among doctors of chiropractic (DC) as among medical doctors (M.D.). There are chiropractors that specialize in pediatrics, veterinary, orthopedics, internal medicine, neurology, radiology and other areas. Integrative chiropractic uses as many tools as possible from the realm of each doctor’s training.”

Integrative Well-Being The world of chiropractic is diverse and growing to meet patient needs. Many chiropractors offer several healing modalities in-house that are geared to take whole-person care to an integrated harmonious level.

“Research shows that patient outcomes are far better with a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare needs,” says Herb. “Offering a variety of specialties like physical therapy, sports medicine, nutrition and natural pain relief in my practice means patients receive the care and amount of time they need. They are not limited by what I personally can offer or have time to provide.” Many chiropractic facilities nationwide employ acupuncturists and therapeutic massage therapists, offering diverse treatment options like functional medicine and cryotherapy—ice therapy— versus traditional heat therapy. Robertson provides complementary treatments ranging from nutrition to physical therapy and yoga because he has found it is important to incorporate multiple treatment philosophies, examining the same problem from different angles, saying, “Chiropractic integrates many safe modalities found to be more effective than opioids, for instance.” He notes that early chiropractic was actually integrative, with its founder, Daniel David Palmer, promoting a healthy diet and calmer lifestyle a century ago.

Collaborative Options Progressive chiropractic now includes innovative approaches to treat the nervous system. The cutting-edge field of functional (or chiropractic) neurology, which reactivates partially nonfunctional neural pathways, is employed in cases like concussions, vertigo, migraines, pain syndromes, neuropathy and attentiondeficit disorders. Massage modalities, combined with chiropractic, are widely recognized to significantly increase circulation and improve range of motion. Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment, enhances muscle relaxation and fosters easier adjustments. Chiropractor Kody R. Johnson, of the Johnson Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center, in Columbia, Missouri, is board certified in acupuncture and employs dry needling to target trigger points in tight muscles. He also specializes in functional medicine. Hormone balance, nutritional inadequacies, the presence of heavy metals and genetic markers for disease are all considered in determining a patient’s overall health. “Chiropractic treatment addresses results of physical stress. Functional medicine looks at emotional and biochemical stress,” says Johnson. “The chiropractic paradigm is based on the premise that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself. If the only method a provider has to offer is chiropractic adjustments, then they’ll have cases where the patient’s condition doesn’t fully improve because there might be other factors at play, including nutritional deficiencies, toxicities and emotional stress. When we address other relevant issues, we find that patients ‘hold’ their adjustments longer.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. She lives in Hawley, PA. Connect at October 2018


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ecause exercise delivers so many benefits, it’s not surprising that one of them is increased libido. A low sex drive can affect either gender at any age, and contributing factors include hormonal changes, daily stressors and certain prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, shortduration bursts of exercise work to increase circulation and heart rate, thus amping up physiological arousal in women. Sexual performance is enhanced in men by exercising three to five times a week, according to a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. “Eating right and being committed to a daily exercise regimen that includes strength, cardiovascular and flexibility training is key to maintaining a great libido and continual excellence in sexual function,” affirms Dr. Jeffry Life, author of The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body and owner of The Life Center for Healthy Aging, in Charleston, West Virginia. 18

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Exercise increases testosterone, endorphins and adrenal hormones, all of which are essential to a satisfying sex life. Studies from the University of Texas at Austin show premenopausal women experience increased sexual response with exercise, including individuals with diminished sex drives due to the use of antidepressants. “Stress is one of the biggest libidokillers in women, and endorphins released during exercise can reduce stress, improve libido and increase arousal,” maintains Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and CEO of Step It Up with Steph, in Chicago, Illinois. “Adding 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week can increase endorphins, blood flow and testosterone.”

Aging Passionately

The inevitable hormonal changes of menopause and beyond can dampen a woman’s sex life, but it doesn’t have to become a way of life. “Women can experience side effects of shifting hormonal levels which cause libido to vanish and the vagina to become dry, making us feel

anything but empowered,” explains Ellen Dolgen, the Coronado, California, author of Menopause Mondays: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause. “Exercise, along with the guidance of a menopause specialist to help manage those hormonal changes, is a winning ticket. Life in our 40s, 50s and beyond can be wonderful!” Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem for many men, and can result from sedentary lifestyles, certain medications and cardiovascular issues. “ED is a huge problem worldwide, and vascular disease is one of the major causes,” says Life. “This can be avoided by eating properly and making exercise an essential part of everyday life, which can also reduce the need for prescription drugs that are another major cause of the problem.”

Strength Training and Yoga

Testosterone—a hormone that plays a significant role in lighting our “fire” and keeping it lit—can be enhanced by adding workouts with weights. “Strength training can boost testosterone, which may boost sex drive in both women and men. For men, I recommend lifting weights and doing push-ups. However, it’s important to note that too much intense exercise or strength training may have the opposite effect, and actually reduce the desire to have sex,” says Mansour. In addition to a daily exercise program that includes cardio and flexibility exercises, Life concurs, “Thirty to 60 minutes of strength training three to

four times a week is ideal.” According to a review published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, yoga may increase both male endurance and female response. “Yoga turns off our sympathetic nervous system, the part that keeps us in ‘fight-or-flight’ response. Inversions like the shoulder stand help to harmonize hormones, supporting a well-balanced sex drive,” explains Pam Medina, owner of The Yoga Lily, in Clifton Park, New York. “We need to feel attractive, and yoga can help us to accept the body as a sacred vehicle for the soul.” No matter the age or condition of the body, a more satisfying sex life and better self-image is possible through feeling fit. Life reminds us, “Check with your doctor before taking up an exercise regimen, and know that maintaining a healthy body can give us essential ingredients for a great sex life well into our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.” Maya Whitman is certified in bodywork and clinical essential oil therapy.

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‘Less Meat’ Goes Mainstream

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lant-based lifestyles, once considered by some as a fad that would fade, are on the rise worldwide. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 6 million to 8 million Americans have completely eliminated meat, including seafood, from their plates. With a 600 percent increase of people going vegan domestically in the past three years and companies like Nestlé devising vegan-tailored product launches, plant-based eating is creating unprecedented demand. “I’ve definitely seen plant-based eating become more mainstream. Many restaurants now provide plant-based options to keep their customers happy, and more food startups are creating nutand soy-based cheeses, milks and yogurts,” says Lisa Stollman, a plant-based nutritionist in New York City. Vegan lunch options are even making their way into the Los Angeles public school system.

Millennials Lead the Way

GlobalData, a data and analytics company, reports, “Seventy percent of the world population is either reducing meat consumption or leaving meat off the table altogether,” with Millennials at the forefront. “The environment has been the Millennial generation’s primary concern. Health is of less importance than interest in making the Earth a better place to live,” says Gene Stone, a plant-based diet expert in Hudson, New York, and author of the bestselling Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. Stollman concurs, saying, “The majority of my vegan clients

are in their 20s and 30s, and their concern for animal treatment relates to sustainability. Sustainability helps to reduce methane emissions from industrial farms.” Wynnie Stein, co-owner of the iconic Moosewood Restaurant, in Ithaca, New York, and co-author of its groundbreaking spinoff vegetarian cookbooks, has witnessed monumental changes since the early 1970s. Younger cooks at Moosewood have also brought passionate innovations to the establishment. “Millennials are incredibly creative, especially with plant-based and gluten-free dishes. They’re committed to animal rights and issues that affect the health of the planet,” observes Stein.

Benefits All Ages

Since the American Medical Association’s recent suggestion that hospitals consider providing plant-based meals for patients, perceptions are shifting. Holistic Cardiologist Joel Kahn, in Ferndale, Michigan, began teaching plant-based diets to heart patients in 1990, and has subsequently seen hundreds of them avoid invasive and surgical procedures, as well as show less evidence of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and hypertension. “Many of my patients have decreased or eliminated the otherwise lifelong ‘jail’ of prescription drugs. They learned that disease reversal, not management, is the goal,” says Kahn. Supermarkets across the country are stocking meatless products like plant-based burgers. Many athletes and bodybuilders that have switched away from eating meat attest to improved results by tapping into plant power. People of all walks of life, including seniors, have embraced this paradigm. “There is increased interest in health as Baby Boomers age and start to realize the benefits of a plant-based diet, much of it due to myriad new research,” says Stone. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, a diet rich in vegetables and fruits lowers blood pressure. The American Diabetes Association supports a nutrient-dense vegetarian diet that can decrease the risk of certain diseases. For Stollman’s vegan clients aged 50 and older, “Health plays a strong role in their interest in plant-based eating. The science has become clear, and based on the evidence, I continue to teach my clients the importance of including plant-based meals in their daily diets,” she says.

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What Did You Do Once You Knew? by Drew Dellinger It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great-great grandchildren won’t let me sleep my great-great grandchildren ask me in dreams What did you do while the planet was plundered? What did you do when the Earth was unraveling? Surely you did something when the seasons started failing? As the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying? Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen? What did you do once you knew? Excerpted from Love Letter to the Milky Way, by Drew Dellinger. White Cloud Press, 2011. Reprinted with permission. 22

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an Buettner’s book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living easier” paradigm, resulting in the improved well-being of residents. “Add more years to your life and more life to your years,” says Nick Buettner, vice president at Blue Zones LLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the founder’s brother who spoke with us. “The people around you, the places where you work, live and play, and the social norms in your community have an impact on your health.” The original U.S. pilot project in 2009, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, is a prime example. Instead of widening a main thoroughfare and raising the speed limit, the city widened the sidewalk and created a path around nearby Fountain Lake, offering safe exercise for bikers, joggers and walkers. The Hy-Vee grocery increased its health market section from two to seven aisles, leading to a 130 percent rise in related sales, and added a Blue Zones checkout lane for healthy grab-and-go options. City workplaces now offer quiet rooms and fruit instead of candy; one business converted a garage to a pickleball court.

The five original Blue Zones are Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Okinawa, Japan; and Sardinia, Italy.

Blue Zone Basics Move Naturally – Even at work, get up and move at least once every 20 minutes. Reduce Stress – Take a nap, nature walk

or meditate.

Act Intentionally – “People that feel

they have a reason to get out of bed in the morning tend to live seven years longer than those who just go through the motions,” says Buettner. A strong sense of purpose defines quality of life.

Eat Healthy – Enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet. One cup of beans a day adds three to four years in life expectancy. Plant a garden to grow fresher, pesticidefree food. Eat meat an average of five times a month and in small-portioned stir-fry, soups and pasta. Consume fewer calories. Drink wine in moderation. Check out Maintain Relationships – “If you have fewer than three friends, it’s the equivalent of smoking for 20 years,” Buettner maintains.

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“Growing old in place and staying at home instead of a retirement or nursing home is easier to accomplish when you have a social network.” Meet regularly with friends.

Have Faith – A faith-based life taps into

a larger resource far greater than oneself and enhances a sense of purpose, social network and calm content.

Prioritize Family – Amid the busyness of

life, make the most enjoyable family time and nurturing activities each day’s first choice. “Over the last eight years in Florida, our sponsor, NCH Healthcare System, has helped to build well-being infrastructure and sustainability for approximately 400,000 people; that swells to nearly 1.2 million during high season from January to April,” says Deb Logan, executive director of Blue Zones Project-SWFL (Southwest Florida). “We have 33 Blue Zone-approved restaurants that collectively make an additional 176 plant-based menu items available locally; the first half of this year, they sold 130,000 Blue Zones-inspired dishes.” The healthful community philosophy was vital in Hawaii, when the Kīlauea Volcano spewed lava, sulfur dioxide and acid rain. First-responders staffed checkpoint stations around the clock to protect the public from dangerous areas, exposing themselves to combined sun and volcanic heat. The Hawaiian Blue Zone team delivered smoothies, beverages and paletas—healthy popsicles made with real fruit—to help workers stay cooler. They also delivered them to volunteers and public service groups, including Hope Services Hawaii, which built tiny houses for families displaced by volcanic activity. “We don’t come into an area and say, ‘This is what you must do.’ We say, ‘This is what you can do.’ The readiness must come from the city level, businesses, schools and nonprofits,” Buettner says. “The right leadership must be committed and prepared to follow through on multiple years of initiatives.” He remarks, “In the end, my hope for the future lies in the fact that communities care about their health. Blue Zones isn’t about the quantity of years, but the quality of life, and often that adds years, too.”


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Autumn Allergies They Can Get You Stuffed by Elizabeth McMillan


all can be a miserable time for those who suffer from allergies. As nighttime temperatures begin to decline, ragweed begins to release its pollen. Ragweed is among the most common of allergy irritants. Fall allergy sufferers may also experience allergies due to mold and dust mites. When the body encounters an allergen, the immune system releases histamine to counteract the allergen. This can lead to a plethora of symptoms, including watery, swollen or red eyes (conjunctivitis), sneezing, rash, headache, runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, coughing, fatigue, congestion and dark circles under the eyes. Nasal congestion occurs when the blood vessels in the nasal tissues become inflamed. This often results in excess mucus production. Besides environmental allergens, there are several foods that can increase inflammation and cause further nasal congestion when you are suffering from allergies. For instance, dairy products contain a mucus-forming agent called casein. Casein is glue-like and can increase nasal congestion and mucus production. Refined white sugars can also cause inflammation in the body, leading to an increase in mucus production. 24

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Red meats are known to cause excess mucus production which can cause nasal congestion, while high intakes of salt can lead to edema in the body, including the nasal passages. Finally, peanuts are known to cause a lot of excess mucus because of the mold that naturally grows on them. It is best to avoid these foods. The good news is that there are also some foods that can decrease nasal congestion. Antioxidant-rich foods such as celery, lettuce, turnips, kohlrabi, asparagus, radishes, papayas and turnips not only help to improve the immune system, but also help decrease mucus production. Omega-3 fatty acids offer antiinflammatory properties which can help relieve many allergy symptoms. Great sources of omega-3 fatty acids include pumpkin, fatty fish and beans such as Auki, kidney and pinto. Wild blue-green algae such as spirulina also helps, which is high in protein and minerals. These algae help to improve immunity in allergy sufferers and can be added to smoothies or on top of salads and oatmeal. Another natural remedy is white pepper because it contains capsaicin that helps to thin mucus and decrease nasal

congestion in allergy sufferers. Apple cider vinegar is loaded with antioxidants and helps remove toxins from the body. Local honey can help one become less sensitive to the pollens found in your area. This is especially beneficial to those who suffer from seasonal allergies to ragweed and other types of pollen, that naturally occur in the fall. Essential oils such as lemon, peppermint and lavender help unclog sinuses and drain the lymphatic system. These essential oils also provide naturally occurring antihistamines to lower the symptoms of fall allergies. There are also a few natural remedies including vitamins, enzymes, herbs and bioflavonoids that help improve allergy symptoms. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and antihistamine that provides immune enhancing nutrients an allergy sufferer needs. Taking a daily dose of vitamin C can help decrease inflammation and nasal drainage. A bioflavonoid called quercetin is also very beneficial for allergy suffers. Quercetin helps to stabilize the membranes of mast cells and prevents the release of histamine. Taking quercetin in conjunction with vitamin C can further enhance the effectiveness of vitamin C. Bromelain is a bioflavonoid found in pineapple and contains natural enzymes that can help reduce nasal swelling and thin mucus. It also enhances the body’s ability to absorb quercetin. The amino acid N-Acetyl L-Cysteine helps to reduce the viscosity of mucus in an allergy sufferer. Finally, the herb stinging nettle works as an effective antihistamine and helps lower inflammation caused by allergic rhinitis. Collectively these natural substances can be combined to help build your body’s natural defense system, decrease swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages and provide support to allergy sufferers. During the fall, a plethora of allergy causing pollens, dust mites and molds are present. Learning how to minimize your exposure to these allergens and how to eat to decrease nasal congestion can help fall become more bearable.  Elizabeth McMillan, CNS, LDN, is a clinical nutritionist at the Rose Wellness Center, in Oakton, Virginia. Visit them online at for more information. See ad, page 21.

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Chiropractic and How the Body Works by Allan Tomson


odern chiropractic was first conceived in 1895, by D.D. Palmer. This article will outline some of the current understanding of how manipulation “works” and how it can bring about a return to health in a body that is suffering from illness. Edgar Cayce, in the 1920s, stated in his readings that manipulation is the closest thing to how the body tries to heal itself. This is because when the body is under stress for a period of time, the nervous system can get overloaded—similar to an electric circuit when the fuse trips and creates an open fault. Metaphorically, it stops the current from flowing as a protective mechanism. The autonomic nervous system processes stressful conditions so that one can learn about the situation that is causing the stress. Sometimes the intensity of the issue overloads the body’s ability to process and understand what is happening. To differentiate the two nervous sys-

tems in the body: the cerebral-spinal system consists of your brain and spinal cord and is anatomically connected to the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic is made up of the sympathetic and parasympathetic. Many know that the sympathetic has your fight-or-flight mechanism within it, which includes the pituitary/adrenal axis that reacts when you are under stress. The reaction to stress causes the heart to pump harder and the lung to expand more, as the body reacts to protect itself. The sympathetic chain of nerves sits next to each vertebra on the thoracic and lumbar spine, transmitting energy to both the spinal cord and abdominal organs. At this junction point, energy blocks can occur and create a bottleneck, slowing nerve impulses­­—resulting in stagnant energy flow. When stress occurs over time, the body will tighten the trunk muscles, a sign that the sympathetic nerves are over-

firing—causing overload. For the parasympathetic system, the primary component of this system is the Vagus nerve which runs from the base of the skull down the torso and innervates all of the organs. When one eats, the parasympathetic is active, stimulating digestive processes. The Vagus nerve is connected to the emotional center called the Limbic system. Sometimes stressful thoughts are strong enough to trigger a negative emotion. If your nervous system can’t immediately process this raw energy, your brain sends it down the Vagus nerve into the digestive system, temporarily storing it until a later time when it can deal with it more effectively. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, common relationships have been identified with particular emotions connecting to organ/ energy systems. Anger relates to the liver and gall bladder, the kidneys relate to fear and the lungs relate to grief. Practicing chiropractors see these connections frequently. Chiropractic manipulation is able to open nervous system restrictions, thus aiding the body in reconnecting between the autonomic and the cerebral-spinal systems. In general, chiropractic is a great system for healing that keeps you healthy and able to function well. Dr. Allan Tomson, D.C., is the executive director of Neck, Back & Beyond Healing Arts, an integrative wellness center, in Fairfax, with a satellite office in Manassas. He has expertise and experience in functional medicine, visceral manipulation, CranioSacral Therapy and Cayce protocols. You can join Dr. Tomson’s Back School on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. to learn more. See listing, page 29 and see ad, page 17.

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Poor Posture

Five Ways It Can Harm Your Health by Susan Brady


e were always told, as children, to stand up tall, hold your head high, pull your shoulders back, don’t slouch— and for good reason. Though you may have perceived it as your parents nagging, proper posture keeps your body and bones healthy. Poor posture is obviously bad for your spine, but can also impact your digestion, mood, breathing, circulation and create pain throughout the body. Habitual bad posture leads to a body that not only doesn’t function right in the present but can also lead to devastating effects later in life as well. Pain and Function Our current addiction to computers and handheld devices promotes prolonged flexion of the spine and rounding of our shoulders that can lead to pain in your back, neck, shoulders and even contribute to headaches. Slouching weakens and stretches out the back muscles and shortens and tightens the muscles in the neck and chest.   Tight muscles in the neck can compromise the natural cervical curve leading to neck pain and headaches. Forward 26

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head posturing can inflame cervical nerves, resulting in radiating pain into the arms, often misdiagnosed as tendonitis of the elbow or wrist. Tight chest muscles cause rounding of the shoulders and mis-alignment of the joint that can lead to shoulder pain. Poor posture also leads to malalignment of your lumbar spine, increasing stress on your spinal discs, ligaments and vertebral joints, eventually leading to pain in your back and again potential radiating pain into your legs. Digestive Issues There is no doubt that any one of the postural changes described above can lead to loss of function and disability, but they can also contribute to digestive issues. Slouching can cause mild digestive symptoms—from annoying gas and bloating to more severe issues like acid reflux, constipation and hernias. When you sit in a slumped position, your intestines can get constricted which can compromise digestion and make for a more “sluggish” system. We all know that optimal health begins with eating nutrient-rich food, but if you can’t properly digest, nutrients can’t get absorbed into the system. Although many things can affect healthy digestion, don’t forget to consider your posture. Breathing Poor posture resulting in tight chest muscles and flexed spine interferes with our ability to breathe deeply. These tight muscles limit the expansion of the rib cage, preventing the ability to take a deep breath and a forward flexed spine restricts the space in which the diaphragm has to expand. To breathe properly, your chest and diaphragm need to be able to inflate so your lungs can adequately fill with oxygen-rich air. The quality of breath is important because oxygen is needed for the repair and function of our cells, and rhythmical deep breathing aids in stress reduction and relaxation. Mood Your posture can also play a role in how your mood and how you feel. Several studies have found that people who slumped behind a

desk or walked in a slouch position exhibited lower self-esteem, depression and lower energy levels. On the other hand, those who sit up straight and hold their head high, felt more confident, upbeat and energetic. Osteoporosis Beyond looking poised and dignified, maintaining good posture can help protect you against osteoporotic fractures as you age. Osteoporosis is associated with the familiar forward slumped posture of elderly adults. This forward rounding of the upper back is called kyphosis. Kyphosis is caused by poor posture that results in wear and tear on the spine and can lead to vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis. The prolonged rounding of the upper back places unnatural stress through the front of the vertebra. Weakened by bone loss, these vertebrate can fracture under this excessive stress. Each time a vertebra fractures, the spine begins to round progressively more forward, further compounding all of the above health issues. Exercises to strengthen your back muscles can help prevent and correct kyphosis and allow you to maintain a normal alignment, reducing your risk for vertebral fractures. Changing your posture can be challenging, especially if you have been sitting and standing in a slouched position for a long time. When retraining postural muscles, you need to focus on endurance over strength, so focusing on maintaining proper posture throughout the day is necessary. Incorporate these posture practices into your daily routines: Make sure you have an ergonomic chair and work space that supports the natural curves of your spine. Avoid the smartphone slump and practice good posture while sitting at your desk and put away your phone while walking. Practice daily postural exercises to stretch the tight muscles of the chest and strengthen the weak muscles of the upper back and abdomen. Establishing good postures not only looks better aesthetically, but it can also improve your health in many ways. Susan Brady, MPT, nutrition consultant and doctor of Integrative Medicine, has developed her BONES Method, a five-step approach aimed at addressing bone loss by optimizing nutrition, enhancing digestion, incorporating bone healthy lifestyle habits, learning how to exercise effectively and taking appropriate supplements. To see her favorite posture exercises to strengthen and align the spine, visit Nurtured See ad, page 21.

encouraging words

n Stay in joy and have fun! Laugh every day. n Define your values. Learn what it means to be honest, loyal and in integrity. n The most important thing you have is your health. What does it mean to be healthy like a Super Human? You are going to witness a lot of dis-ease around you. Our world is more toxic than it was in the past and keeping to a healthy regime is mandatory. You are not invincible and what you do now while you are young will have consequences later.

CHANGE  THE  GAME Pearls of Wisdom for Millennials (and the Rest of Us) By Dr. Isabel Sharkar, ND


hat does it mean to be a millennial today? Millennials are the future and bring a new wave of energy to help see through all the façade. Millennials understand what it means to walk the walk and talk the talk, and that actions do speak louder than words. Anyone who is not walking the walk won’t appeal to a millennial. Why should we all care? According to Forbes magazine, “Millennials represent 23 percent of the new millionaires in the world.” This allows us all to question, “Where can I become more aligned and bridge the gap between who I think I am versus who I want to be?” Busy or not, we have to make time to ask this very important question. Otherwise we risk becoming outdated. The people we are, the companies we create, the ethos we hold—all these things are aligned with this critical question. If millennials are the future, what we build is ultimately for them, so there must be alignment. That being said, what are the most important things for a millennial to know?   n Get a mentor you look up to and trust. n You aren’t going to have it all figured out any time soon, and that’s okay.

n There is a bigger picture and you are a part of it, no matter what anyone tells you. n Surround yourself with people who are aligned with who you are and who you want to become. n You have to transform and improve your mindset. n Understand that your parents don’t have it all figured out either—they are not perfect, and that’s okay. We are all human—here to learn. Don’t blame your parents. Instead, be compassionate and figure things out on your own. n You are not your parents. You are your own being. n  Your confidence is great, but you won’t truly know how confident you are until you’ve had your share of difficult real-life experiences, so stay modest. n Learn from the mistakes of older people so you don’t have to repeat them. n Don’t judge others. You’ve never walked a mile in their shoes, you don’t know their struggles, which everyone has. n Don’t judge yourself. You will never be perfect. Perfection is an illusion—it’s not real. No one is perfect. You will never be perfect.

n Trust in the process. Trust in something greater than you and don’t get caught up in society’s mentality. Think for yourself. n Question what you know—why you know it, where you learned it, how can you prove it is true, etc. Don’t believe everything you hear, see and are taught. n Your purpose in life isn’t to get rich. Your purpose in life is to help Earth while doing what you love and then being well-compensated for it. How are you doing that? How are you contributing to making the world a better place? n Never impose your beliefs on others—we are all free spirits. n You create your reality and your thoughts become things. You are not a victim. Take ownership of how reality is occurring to you. n Don’t think you will get “there” overnight. First of all, there is no “there” to get to. Life is about enjoying the process. Happiness is in the journey. Remember, it takes eight years (or more) to become an overnight success. n Everyone has to do the work, especially on themselves. Work smarter, not harder. Don’t be lazy. Things won’t just happen by wishing for them—you have to do the work. Every day, you have to show up. These are things that have been passed down from many mentors across the world. Hope your journey is wild, untamed, authentic and beautiful. Dr. Isabel Sharkar is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of the Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, call 202-298-9131 or visit See ad, page 36. October 2018


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THERMOGRAPHY for Breast Health


by Donna Marie Scippa

hermography, or Medical Infrared Imaging, is a painless, non-invasive and inexpensive breast scan approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for women of any age. Research suggests that breast cancer survival rests upon the earliest possible detection. When discovered early, 95 percent cure rates are possible, making breast thermography an essential part of risk assessment and early detection.

How Does It Work? Thermography involves fascinating technology. It is a physiologic test measuring heat levels in the tissue. Interpreting a thermogram requires a complex computerized system, which measures heat in the breast by analyzing images taken by a state-of-the-art medical infrared camera. All humans are heat generators and most of the heat we produce is normal. A thermogram detects abnormal heat in the breast tissue, (angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation, necessary to sustain the growth of a tumor), which is one of the earliest signs that a breast cancer may be forming. Thermography is an imaging procedure that uses no radiation, injections, extreme pressure or other invasive methods. Infrared markers of early stage cancers missed by other methods may be discovered using thermography. This is the beautiful thing about thermography—it is capable of picking up these early signs while giving us 90 percent sensitivity and specificity. Mammogram is an X-ray (radiation) and a structural test. It detects micro calcifications and masses in breast tissue, which may or may not be benign. Unfortunately, cancer has already formed and been present in the breast for some time before detection by mammogram is possible. Christiane Northrup, M.D., board-certified OB/GYN and author and strong advocate of thermography, states in a 2010 article in the Huffington Post, “I understand that mammography has been the gold standard for years. Doctors are the most familiar with this test and many believe that a mammogram is the best test for detecting breast cancer early. But it’s not. Studies show that a thermogram identifies precancerous or cancerous cells earlier...”

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determined that no one method of examination alone can serve all the needs of breast cancer detection. Thermography can help in this arena, especially given how many women have dense breast tissue, which lowers the sensitivity of mammography. It is also important to note that if women began receiving thermographic scans in their 20s, we could be given a significant opportunity to change the course of a woman’s life. Breast cancers in younger women are generally more aggressive and have poorer survival rates. Breast thermography offers younger women a valuable imaging tool that they can add to their regular breast health check-ups. The importance of including thermography cannot be overemphasized. In this day and age we need to be as proactive as possible in order to finally stop breast cancer from being so prevalent. Breast thermography has developed into an important tool in the fight against breast cancer and is important to include in any breast health program. Donna Marie Scippa has been a nurse practitioner in women’s health for more than 20 years based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about integrative therapies for women’s health and the value of thermography as a breast health screening tool. Neck Back & Beyond, an integrated wellness center in Fairfax, is offering a Fall Thermography Clinic from October 19 to 22, as well as a one-hour Info Session at 8:30 a.m. and noon on October 13. To learn more or to set up an appointment, call 703-865-5690, email or visit See ad, page 17.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Heart of Touch – 6:30-9:30pm. Through Nov 6. PMTI’s 6-week Learn-to-Massage Workshop. Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), 8380 Colesville Rd, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD. Info: Info@PMTI. org or

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Lunch Perks: Financial Wellness-Your Balance Sheet and What You Need to Know – 12-1pm. With Jenevieve Lenz. Come learn about how you can improve your own personal balance sheet to gain better financial clarity. $10 includes Panera lunch. Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing.Center/ Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509.

special event An Integrative Approach to Cancer Treatment Webinar

Please join us for a free, informational webinar about integrative cancer treatment and support. NIHA’s comprehensive cancer program provides Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) and complementary, supportive therapies customized to each patient’s needs to enhance the body’s innate ability to heal and improve quality of life.

Wednesday, Otober 3 • 8-9pm

National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA). Register:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 Stress, Hormones and Health: 5 Signs Your Body is Giving You That You Are Stressed Out and What You Can Do About It – 8-9am. Dr. Satcher will give an orientation webinar where you can learn how generational stressors, hormonal imbalances affect your sleep, sex drive, fat burning (or lack of it) and food cravings and how stress increases fat -storing cortisol. Online, please rsvp for the link. Register: 703-454-9326 x0 or Info@ TreatYourselfToHealth or Yoga at your Desk – 6:30-8:30pm. With Elizabeth Finnan. Sitting is the new smoking. Sometimes we feel chained to our desk, but you can stretch, strengthen and de-stress right where you are. Leave with a cheat sheet of ways to improve your workdays. No yoga experience required. $40. Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWell Being.Center/Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 Catharsis: Imagining Personal and Collective Healing Through Art with Sobia REIKI TRAINING I – 9am-5pm. With Yvonne Gleason. This class teaches the ancient Japanese healing

practice with popular, experienced teacher Yvonne. Please call her directly to inquire about this or future Level I and II classes at 703-830-8515. Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing.Center/ Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509. Ahmad – 10am-2:30pm. Participants will explore the relationship between art and wellness through mixed-media abstract compositions. Emphasis will be on channeling positive energy and creating a whole self through guided meditations and expressive exercises. This workshop requires no prior experience in art. $35 (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600. The Stories of Our Gardens - A Fall Gardening Symposium and Expo for Home, Community and School Gardens – 11am-6pm. The Stories of our Gardens is an all-day premier suburban gardening forum focusing on bringing together suburban home, school and community gardeners from across greater Washington, DC to meet at the crossroads where gardeners of all levels can collaborate and learn from each other. Elements of Nature, Old Waldorf School, 3074 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD. Register: Eventbrite. com/e/The-Stories-of-Our-Gardens-a-Fall-Gardening-Symposium-and-Expo-for-Home-Communityand-School-Tickets-45406444899. Info: ElementOf The FunkYard Festival: Reuse, Respect, Remix – 11am-5pm. Celebrate both fun(ky)/ artistic and practical reuse, with an underlying theme of local history, highlighting both the preservation of our history and the funky side of D.C. This year’s event will feature Antique’s Advice from our in-house expert. Bring in your vintage items (or a picture) to learn more about them. Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston, MD. Info:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 The Ethical Therapist – 9:30am-12:30pm. In this lively and fun class, explore real world solutions to current or potential ethical dilemmas. Required for MD Massage Therapist license renewals. Combine with PMTIs Diversity Training. Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), 8380 Colesville Rd, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD. Info: Info@PMTI. org or Diversity Training for Massage Therapists – 1-2pm. In this lively and fun class, explore real world solutions to current or potential ethical dilemmas. Combine with PMTIs Ethical Therapist. Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), 8380 Colesville Rd, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD. Info: Info@PMTI. org or Blogging for Business – 2:30-5:30pm. A class designed to help massage therapists (and other small business owners) understand how to use blogging, newsletters, email and other content-driven ways to grow their business. Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), 8380 Colesville Rd, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD. Info: or PMTI. org/Community-Workshops.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 Back Class – 7pm. Do you have an achy back from time to time? Perhaps more often. Join Dr. Tomson as he reminds us how to care for our back, how to mitigate back pain and tension, how to develop core strength and improve flexibility in a comfortable learning envi-

ronment. Neck, Back and Beyond, 10195 Main St, Ste D, Fairfax. $5 donation. RSVP appreciated at 703-8655690 email

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 Discovery of Delicious and Healthy Food – 6:309pm. With famous chef Gerard Pangaud. Join the youngest two-star Michelin Chef ever for a cooking demonstration, followed by a delicious 3-course meal. Chef Pangaud has created top-rated restaurants in Paris, NYC and D.C., earning prestigious awards. He is masterful with recipes and brings encyclopedic knowledge to the culinary arts. $35 (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 The Spiritual Business Strategist Master Class – 6-10pm. Through Oct 14. This is the non-traditional, deeply meaningful, business development class that you need. No templates. No scripts. No b-and-w formulas. No false promises. $888 or 4 payments of $222. The Womb Sauna, 6811 Kenilworth Ave, 5th Floor Boardroom, Riverdale, MD. Register: Soundscape – 7:30-9pm. By WovenGreen. A meditative, healing sound experience which weaves native flutes, singing bowls, vocal toning, nature sounds and stringed instruments. $20 advance, $25 at the door for nonmembers and $20  Rise members. Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing. Center/Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509. Gong Medicine Journey – 7:30-9pm. With Angela Blueskies. Through the intense vibrations of the sound, the body and mind are able to relax and surrender to the healing energies of the Gong and as the waves of sound wash over participants, a deep energetic clearing occurs, leaving participants feeling balanced, peaceful and light. $25-$30. East Meets West Yoga, 8227 Old Courthouse Rd, Ste 310, Vienna VA. Info:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 Why Ferment? – With Liane Paulson of WoW WoW, LLC. You will learn the basics of preserving vegetables using the ancient art of fermentation in this demonstration/tasting. Participants will have an opportunity to taste a variety of fermented vegetables, sauerkrauts, kombucha and water kefir. $20 for Rise members and $25 for nonmembers.  Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing.Center/ Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509. Sound Medicine - Private Sessions and Journey – 10am-8pm. 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. Private sessions are tailored to individual needs. $175 for 90 minutes. Group journey, 6-8pm, $30-$35. Imagine: A Holistic Approach, 15 South Madison St, Middleburg, VA. Info: Rock Creek Gala – 6-9pm. Rock Creek Conservancy welcomes guests to celebrate Rock Creek at the beautiful Embassy of New Zealand. Enjoy food and drink from regional favorites, an exciting silent auction and great company as we raise funds to restore Rock Creek. $300. Rock Creek Conservancy, Embassy of New Zealand. Register:

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CPR for Healthcare Practitioners – 10am5pm. Red Cross-certified CPR and AED certification for healthcare providers; meets MD requirement for licensure in massage therapy. Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), 8380 Colesville Rd, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD. Info: Info@PMTI. org or

Women’s Health and Wellness Day – 8:30am5pm. Sponsored by ITR Physical Therapy. A celebration of women’s bodies and an opportunity to empower women through education. A wide range of talented professionals will present on nutrition, mediation, yoga, pelvic health and more. Vegan lunch options are available. $70-$95. ITR Physical Therapy, Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: 703-4291509 or RiseWellBeing.Center/Special-Events.

Andean Despacho Ceremony and Sacred Fire – 2-4:30pm. A Despacho is a sacred offering, created in the form of a nature mandala and prayer bundle. Objects placed within the mandala are symbolic offerings, carrying the prayers of those gathered for the ceremony, calling for the release of heavy energies, welcoming blessings and benevolent forces and honoring the balance of ayni,  reciprocity, the sacred exchange of giving and receiving.  $24$40. Sky House Yoga, 1111 Spring St, Silver Spring, MD. Info:  Taking Pauses and Strategic Breaks – 3-4:30pm. We need to break away to replenish and nurture ourselves. Learn the art of taking short and extended retreats from a stress management and meditation expert. Natural Living for Busy Professionals Meetup Group, Dawson’s Market, 225 N Washington St, Rockville, MD. Register: Info: Transform Your Practice with the Vayus – 4-6pm. With Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Juliana Fair. Come learn about the vayus with Juliana, who has been practicing yoga since 1974. $55. Yoga 4 All Bodies, 12021 Creekbend Dr, Reston, VA. Register: Text Leanne at 703-297-2224 or

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Essential Oils Series – 6:30-9:30pm. 2nd of 6 monthly topics: Beat the cold and flu season with essential oils (3 CE hours for massage therapists). Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), 8380 Colesville Rd, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD. Info: Info@PMTI. org or


Fit It Fest! – 11am-2pm. Join Elements Center, Ace Hardware, Rocklands and Breadsoda for Fix It. Great food. Free chair massage. Meditation and Yoga. Weatherization tips and fire safety. Elements Fitness and Wellness Center at Georgetown Plaza Patio, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Info:

special event Illuminate Frederick Mind-Body-Spirit Festival

Explore local holistic wellness. Sample sessions of astrology, massage, energywork, intuitive readers; shop crystals, essential oils, spa products and unique gifts. Free workshops every hour. $6 at the door or save $1 by purchasing online. Free for active/veteran military, emergency responders and children 16 and under.

Saturday, October 20 • 11am-6pm Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center 5400 Holiday Dr, Frederick, MD. Info:

Open House – 12-2pm. Visit Broad Branch Children’s House to learn more about our outstanding Montessori programs for children ages 2-6 years. Broad Branch Children’s House, 5608 Broad Branch Rd, NW. Info: 202-232-2233 or BBCH@

Stress, Hormones and Health: Why Aren’t My Thyroid Hormones Working Anymore? – 12-1pm. Learn how hormone imbalances such as thyroid and others, can cause your body to hold onto fat, distort your midsection into a large belly and prevent weight loss and muscle gain. Learn why counting calories and the wrong exercise regimen can contribute. Om Wellness Integrative and Functional Medicine, Webinar online. Register: 703-454-9326 x0 or Info@Treat YourselftoHealth or

The Man in the Room: A Theatrical Presentation and Dialogue on the Husband’s Role in His Wife’s Cancer – 2-4:30pm. By Sam Simon.The Actual Dance is told through the eyes of a husband as he struggles through his wife’s battle with cancer. With original music the story takes the audience on an emotional yet uplifting journey and a life-affirming lesson of hope and faith. $35 (suggested donation). Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or

Living Simply – 7-9pm. If you find yourself struggling to declutter, organize and simplify your home and life, join us to learn how to get back on track. Arlington/Alexandria Chapter - Holistic Moms Network, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA. Info: Chapters.


Brain Balancing – 7:30-9pm. With Christine Lisio. Reboot your brain to think more clearly, increase your memory and enjoy more peace and harmony in your life. Christine combines the power of the group with advanced healing technology to activate profound, subtle brain balancing processes that can be powerful and life-enhancing. $49.  Rise WellBeing Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing.Center/ Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509.


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The Wisdom of Unicorns and Dragons – With Maryam Sardari. Join Maryam as she facilitates the exploration of our unique Unicorn wisdom and challenges of our inner Dragons. We will play with understanding what they choose to share with us by engaging in creative activities and nurturing our inner child. $35 Rise members and $45 for nonmembers. Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing. Center/Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 Are You Prepared? A Discussion on Death and Dying – 6:30-8pm. With Reverend Skip Jordan. This discussion will help you prepare for what you don’t want to think about. Many people are uncomfortable talking

about death and dying. Not knowing what to expect can be scary. We work hard preparing for how we want to live our lives and this presentation will help you prepare for dying. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St, NW. Info: 202-483-8600 or 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:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 Archetypes for Everyone – 11am-12pm. With Gail Condrick. Discover what an archetype is and how can understanding their power move you from fate to destiny. Find out if you are a rebel, an artist, a healer, a visionary and if you are you supporting or sabotaging your own empowerment. $15 or free to Rise members.  Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWell Being.Center/Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509. Dance of Archetypes - A Nia Master Class Experience – 7-8pm.  With Gail Condrick. Join in a Dance of Archetypes Nia movement class with Gail. Get moving to engage and play with the archetypes of Nia: your inner athlete, student, teacher, artist and healer. Open to all- no prior Nia experience is necessary for this class. $10 for Rise members and $15 for nonmembers. Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing.Center/ Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 Reiki Training II – 9am-5pm. With Yvonne Gleason. This class builds on level I training with popular, experienced teacher Yvonne. Please call her directly to inquire about this or future Level I and II classes at 703-830-8515. Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing.Center/Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509.

special event Illuminate Solomons Mind-Body-Spirit Festival

Explore local holistic wellness. Sample sessions of astrology, massage, energywork, intuitive readers; shop crystals, essential oils, spa products and unique gifts. Free workshops every hour. $6 at the door or save $1 by purchasing online. Free for active/veteran military, emergency responders and children 16 and under.

Saturday, October 27 • 11am-6pm Hilton Garden Inn Solomons 13100 Dowell Rd, Dowell, MD. Info:

Release Your Inner Artist and Visionary Workshop – 3-6pm. With Gail Condrick. Through information sharing, creative Nia dance movement, journaling and meditation, learn to reveal and honor the talents and unique gifts you bring to the world. $45 for Rise members and $55 for nonmembers. Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing.Center/ Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509.


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special event Illuminate Annapolis Mind-Body-Spirit Festival

Sunday Morning Meditation Class – 10:30am12:30pm. With Hugh Byrne. An oasis in a busy week, including 30-minute guided meditations, a 10-minute walking meditation and 30-minute discussion. A miniretreat. Drop-ins welcome. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info:

Saturday, November 3 • 11am-6pm

Mindfulness in Recovery – 6:30-8pm. 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:

Explore local holistic wellness. Sample sessions of astrology, massage, energywork, intuitive readers; shop crystals, essential oils, spa products and unique gifts. Free workshops every hour. $6 at the door or save $1 by purchasing online. Free for active/veteran military, emergency responders and children 16 and under. Anne Arundel Community College Student Union, 101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD. Info:


save the date Source & Synchronicities Course

Participants may access the Power of Source and the Power of Consciousness in 3 important life zones: healing, love and wealth. Preethaji, an enlightened sage and founder of O&O Academy, along with her faculty, will be teaching via a webcast from India. Free introduction and dance orientation, Get in the Zone, at 7pm, Nov 9, featuring DJ Taz Rashid.

Saturday, November 10-11

Hyatt Regency Dulles, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon. More info, Elizabeth Pan: Register: Source-Synchronicities

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 Explore Yoga and Culture: A New Year’s Journey to Laos and Cambodia – 10am-2pm. Through Jan 5. This pilgrimage of ancient civilizations will reveal and inspire a deeper seat of knowledge, passion for life and connection with a curious, like-minded community. Join fellow world travelers for a new years that will promise memories for a lifetime. $3,495 (shared double room). International Yoga, Cambodia and Laos (Southeast Asia). Register: InternationalYoga. com/Retreats/Lao-Cambodia-Mimi-Hawah. Info:

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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:

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: Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8pm. 2nd and 4th Wed. Reduce stress and quiet inner criticism. Guided meditation with Jerry Hartman. No experience necessary, drop ins welcome. $15 (suggested donation). Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), 8380 Colesville Rd, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD. Info: or Community-Workshops. 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:


The Beauty Startup Presents The Entrepreneurs Corners – 3-5pm. See Tues for details. The Beauty Startup, 14009 Castle Blvd, Ste 201-202, Silver Spring, MD. Info: 240-224-1111 or Info@Parc or

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

Community Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm. Gentle, vinyasa-style flow, great for all levels of yoga practice. Drop ins are by donation. $5-25 (suggested donation). Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI), 8380 Colesville Rd, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD. Info:

The Beauty Startup Presents The Entrepreneurs Corners – 3-5pm. The Beauty Startup is an encompassed hub for product development, services and general career preparation providing resources and assistance to youth and families as entrepreneur’s secondary income integration. The Beauty Startup, 14009 Castle Blvd, Ste 201-202, Silver Spring, MD. Info: 240-2241111 or or Mindfulness Painting Experience: Creating Art from the Soul – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jody Tompros. Mindfulness Painting Experience is a powerful, intuitive practice using paint, paper and brushes to ignite creative self-expression. In a moment to moment process, you awaken your creativity and connect to your energy source. $195 for the 4-class series and $160 for Rise members. Rise Well-Being Center, 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr, Ste 150, Reston, VA. Register: RiseWellBeing.Center/Special-Events. Info: 703-429-1509. Pet Loss Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st Tues. This group, facilitated by Dr. Karen Randall (DVM), is a safe place to share your grief with others who have also lost a beloved pet and or service animal. Share memories or stories and learn how to work through grief. You can bring a photo or a memento of your fuzzy companions to share. The Big Bad Woof, 6960 Maple St, NW. RSVP: Info: 202291-2404 or

All-Levels Iyengar Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Iyengar yoga is unique in that we look at your body to determine what type of practice is right for you and adapt poses so you can access the power of practice, whatever your level. First class is always free. Yoga 4 All Bodies, 12021 Creekbend Dr, Reston, VA. Register: Contact Leanne at 703-297-2224 or Level II Iyengar Yoga – 7:15-8:30pm. Iyengar yoga is unique in that we look at your body to determine what type of practice is right for you and adapt poses so you can access the power of practice. First class is always free. Yoga 4 All Bodies, 12021 Creekbend Dr, Reston, VA. Register: Contact Leanne at 703-2972224 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: All-Levels Iyengar Yoga – 11:45am. See Thurs for details. First class is always free. Yoga 4 All Bodies, 12021 Creekbend Dr, Reston, VA. Register: Contact Leanne at 703-297-2224 or

October 2018


community resource guide


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.


10195 Main St, Ste D, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 • Neck Back & Beyond in Fairfax, VA, offers chiropractic and naturopathic care, acupuncture, massage,reflexology, lymphatic drainage and more. See ad, page 17.


9401 Mathy Dr, Ste 100, Fairfax 703-323-5690 • Vi rg i n i a Un ive rs it y of Oriental Medicine is a pr iv ate, nonprof it and accredited university offering graduate degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. They also offer licensed acupuncturists the opportunity to advance and develop their professional skills through continuing education. See ad, page 17.


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 19.


10195 Main St, Ste D, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 • Dr. Allan Tomson, DC, director of Neck Back & Beyond Healing Arts in Fairfax, VA, with a satellite office in Manassas, VA. He is not your ordinary chiropractor with skills and experience in functional medicine, visceral manipulation, CranioSacral Therapy and Cayce protocols. See ad, page 17.


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 6.


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 7.


Washington, D.C.

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 21.


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

We are Green Clean Certified, so you can have peace of mind that you r home w i l l b e healthier for you, your pets and the environment. See ad, page 23.


Writing, editing, marketing/digital media support and strategy consulting for holistic-minded businesses and organizations from experienced local writer, blogger and event organizer Jessica Claire Haney.


Neck Back & Beyond Wellness Center 10195 Main St, Ste D, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 • We design interactive sessions for you and your staff to better understand the physical, mental and emotional costs of many common work management habits. Individual or team coaching for ongoing leadership, management and health development support to create the peak performance habits you need. See ad, page 17.


9401 Mathy Dr, Ste 100, Fairfax 703-323-5690 • Vi rg i n i a Un ive rs it y of Or ient a l Me dicine is a pr iv ate, n onprof it an d accredited university offering graduate degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. They also offer licensed acupuncturists the opportunity to advance and develop their professional skills through continuing education. See ad, page 17.


10440 Shaker Dr, Ste 203, Columbia, MD 410-292-5149 Inca Energy Integrative Health and Wellness Center is an ecofriendly holistic center offering energy medicine, energy psychology and meditation. Inca Wellness brings together authentic ancient healing traditions from around the world with contemporary therapies to nurture one’s whole being.


11130 Sunrise Valley Dr., Ste 150, Reston, VA 703-429-1509 Looking for more peace and well-being in your life? Come nurture yourself and experience the inherent healing of nature. Rise offers a relaxing indoor garden area, Mindful Movement, yoga, meditation and wellness classes, one-on-one sessions including reiki, and Healing Touch to give you the personalized attention you desire. Discover how good you can feel! See ad, page 14.


Neck Back & Beyond Wellness Center 10195 Main St, Ste D, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 • Let us help you integrate the healing power of essential oils into your home and personal care routines. We offer free ongoing classes each month. Individual and group consultations are available by appointment. See ad, page 17.


A new kind of design center and home improvement store, creating fresh spaces, fresh air and water and a fresh take on our buildings.

HEALTH COACH NATIONAL INTEGRATED HEALTH ASSOCIATES 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 athome and spa strategies.


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 7.


Elizabeth McMillan is a boardcertified clinical nutritionist specializing in functional nutrition. She believes in finding the root cause of a liments and cre at ing a personalized dietary plan to restore optimal wellness. Elizabeth specializes in diabetes, food sensitivities, gastrointestinal health, autoimmunity and metabolic syndrome issues. Call today to see how she can help. See ad, page 21.


Holistic Moms Network is a national organization supporting natural-minded parents. Local chapters in Arlington/Alexandria, Burke, Fairfax, Gainesville and Montgomery County hold monthly meetings and more.


571-358-8645 • Online lifestyle magazine for natural-minded parents with a blog, calendar, directory and eBook filled with resources for holistic parenting and family wellness in metro D.C.




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 21.


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 and emphasize 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 21.

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 36.


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 mus c u loskelet a l 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 21.

October 2018


NATIONAL INTEGRATED HEALTH ASSOCIATES 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 19.


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 21.


11130 Sunrise Valley Dr., Ste 150, Reston, VA 703-429-1509 Looking for more peace and well-being in your life? Come nurture yourself and experience the inherent healing of nature. Rise offers a relaxing indoor garden area, Mindful Movement, yoga, meditation and wellness classes, one-on-one sessions including reiki, and Healing Touch to give you the personalized attention you desire. Discover how good you can feel! See ad, page 14.


717-789-4433 • 100% USDA-certified organic all grown at our farm in southcentral Pennsylvania. Join for our weekly produce deliveries t h rou g h a C om mu n it y Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership. See ad, page 14.


Great Falls, VA 703-738-4230 •

Nurtured Bones provides a holistic approach to addressing osteoporosis and bone loss. Our BONES method will help you build strong, healthy bones for life. See ad, page 21.


Great Falls, VA 703-738-4230 •

Nurtured Bones provides a holistic approach to addressing osteoporosis and bone loss. Our BONES method will help you build strong, healthy bones for life. See ad, page 21.


Janice M Johnson 10195 Main St, Ste D, Fairfax, VA • 703-865-5690 Allow me to join you in creating your own individualized treatment program, which provides a safe and supportive experience for your healing process, with Polarity Therapy and Swiss Bionic Solutions MRS 2000 (Magnetic Resonance Stimulation) pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF). See ad, page 17.


Blog, calendar and directory for natural living, holistic parenting and family wellness.


Nathalie Depastas 10195 Main St, Ste D, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 • Nathalie Depastas is a highly skilled acupuncturist and Shiatsu therapist with 30 years of experience in Chinese medicine, including medical qigong. See ad, page 17.


Washington, D.C.




10195 Main St, Ste D, Fairfax, VA 703-865-5690 Neck Back & Beyond in Fairfax, VA, offers chiropractic and naturopathic care, acupuncture, massage,reflexology, lymphatic drainage and more. See ad, page 17.


2944 Hunter Mill Rd, Ste 101, Oakton, VA 571-529-6699 •

Rose Wellness Center for Integrative Medicine offers Thermography or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). This noninvasive diagnostic technique creates thermal images that are analyzed for abnormalities and early signs of disease. Thermal imaging is painless, non-invasive, does not involve any compression and emits no radiation. Call today to setup your scan. See ad, page 21.


11130 Sunrise Valley Dr., Ste 150, Reston, VA 703-429-1509 Looking for more peace and well-being in your life? Come nurture yourself and experience the inherent healing of nature. Rise offers a relaxing indoor garden area, Mindful Movement, yoga, meditation and wellness classes, one-on-one sessions including reiki, and Healing Touch to give you the personalized attention you desire. Discover how good you can feel! See ad, page 14.

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