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cer, after having battled (and beat, we thought) breast cancer a decade earlier. There have been many friends and co-workers over the years who have had to confront a similar devastating diagnosis. Each of their stories has rattled me in some way—a teenaged neighbor, a beloved mentor and friend, a dear co-worker, the funny guy in choir, my dentist. As I write these words, the wife of one of my closest friends is undergoing a lumpectomy. Her mother, grandmother and sister have all faced a similar surgery and corresponding treatment, meeting the challenge of a cancer diagnosis with bravery that comes from a deep place from within. This month’s edition of Natural Awakenings forces us not only to think about cancer but to rethink cancer. For years, so many of us, myself included, understood that while a diagnosis of cancer may not be fatal, it would inevitably lead to months or years of treatment. Chemo, radiation and blood transfusions were the primary tools employed in each of these cases. Sometimes they were successful while other times, sadly, they were not. The loss is always difficult to those left to wonder what else could have been done. To rethink cancer is to reconsider the tools that are in our practitioners’ medical bags. Perhaps the most important of these tools is the mind. According to Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder and president of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education, “Cancer begins in the spirit and ends up in the body.” Her work is profiled in the feature article this month. Likewise, nutrition plays a large part in promoting health in the body of a cancer patient. A local feature written by Krista Noelle, a clinical herbalist and nutritionist, tells the journey on which she accompanied her aunt and how she provided the necessary nourishment as her aunt challenged cancer. Along with her story, Noelle gives us some of her best recipes to feed the body and the mind. As I have worked through this issue of Natural Awakenings, I have been led into many conversations and have heard personal stories of those who have sought to find different ways to think about cancer. With this level of interest, the team at Natural Awakenings has decided to offer a free event with Krista and others who can share their expertise on this topic. On September 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., we invite you to join us at District Wellness, at 1608 20th St. NW (near Dupont), for an evening to learn and share about rethinking cancer. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required by going to This movement to redefine one of the most terrifying diseases we can face at any time gives me hope. Hearing stories and sharing opportunities with you, my readers, gives me faith that with new tools to make a mindbody connection, knowledge about the benefits of proper nourishment and an understanding about the need to look at the source of the disease, rather than focusing completely on the symptoms, we will have moved this conversation, and the diagnosis of cancer, to a new place. With warmest regards,

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newsbriefs Elmo-Free Shopping


n an unprecedented move, MOM’s Organic Market hopes to eliminate the stress that comes from shopping with small children, by refusing to sell products with cartoon characters on the package design. Parents can safely stroll the aisles of all MOM’s stores without worrying whether their toddlers will be screaming for packages with Elmo or Dora the Explorer. MOM’s CEO Steve Nash wants to discourage manufacturers from marketing to children with images of cartoon characters, rather than the quality of their food. An organization called Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is recognizing MOM’s ethical decision in a presentation to other grocers. They encourage consumers to support MOM’s stance at Action/Celebrate-Moms by sending a thank you letter to Nash. CCFC will share these support letters with other grocery chains to encourage them to discontinue marketing to children. MOM’s Organic Market is located throughout the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia area. For more information, visit

Responsible Tourism Takes Off to the Tibetan Plateau


any tourists travel to Tibet to take in the majestic scenery and experience the richness of Tibetan culture. Unfortunately, many of the newer tour companies are more interested in profit than in showing travelers the real Tibet through connecting with local people. Ethically minded travelers now have a better choice, through a group of responsible Tibetan tour providers valuing people over profit. Thanks to the new D.C.-based business, Yin da Yin (meaning “Of course!” in Tibetan), travelers now have a direct link to a group of experienced, safe and responsible Tibetan-owned and -operated tour providers. Yin da Yin is the brainchild of business partners, Tashi Gyanga and Bradley Aaron, who met while working for a Tibetan-run NGO (nongovernmental organization). Gyanga was born and raised in rural Tibet, while Aaron has a background in community work on the Tibetan plateau. After many conversations with Tibetan entrepreneurs, Gyanga and Aaron started Yin da Yin to tell the world about socially conscious, Tibetan-run tours. For an experience you’ll never forget, traveling the Tibetan plateau in a way that mirrors your values, look no further than Yin da Yin. For more information, email or visit

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Cross-Country Tour to Highlight GMO Labeling Kicks Off in D.C.


n August 5, 17 activists will set out on a 3,300-mile, cross country journey from the nation’s capital to Seattle, Washington, for what is being called the Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour. The tour features five mutant GMO art cars fitted with large roofmounted sculptures, carrying information about the need for labeling on genetically modified organisms (GMO). The tour begins at the west side of the U.S. Capitol at 6:30 p.m. on August 5 (Third Street between Madison and Jefferson) and arrives in Seattle on August 15, where the fishy food cars will debut at Seattle Hempfest. The state of Washington is a national battleground over the GMO food issue. Voters there will decide whether foods with GMO ingredients should be labeled this November. The Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour will pass through 13 states and nine state capitals, with events along the way. A complete schedule of the tour can be found at “The Fishy Food art car fleet’s cross-country swim”, from Washington, D.C. to Washington state, will get people talking about the importance of GMO labeling,” says David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, whose company supported the creation of the art cars. All are invited to send off the Fishy Food Fleet on August 5, as they depart for their cross-country tour to label GMO foods. Follow the Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour’s cross-country swim online at

Calling All Ukes


ecome part of a summertime tradition that has launched a thousand musicians. Held as part of the Strathmore’s summer outdoor concert series, UkeFest is an annual celebration of the ukulele that rocks Strathmore and brings the community together in song. The fun will commence at 7 p.m. on August 14, at the gazebo on the Strathmore grounds in North Bethesda. Get there early with your blankets and low lawn chairs to get a good spot. The all-star line up includes Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Gerald Ross, Lil’ Rev, Stuart Fuchs, The Hula Honeys and you (so don’t forget your ukulele). Thousands of players, some as young as 3 years old, play and sing together in this free summer concert, filled with fun and audience participation. Visit or follow Strathmore on Twitter and Facebook for information on weather delays and cancellations. Strathmore will announce any changes by 4 p.m., the day of the performance; however, please follow for any upto-the-minute changes.

Reiki Demystified


eiki master and teacher of 20 years, Thavma Phillips, will present an hour of information to anyone curious enough to learn about the “user-friendly” healing modality, Reiki. Sessions will be offered at 11 a.m., August 4, 11 and 18, at the District Wellness Group, 1608 20th Street, third floor, near Dupont Circle. Although it isn’t necessary to understand Reiki in order for it to promote healing, it is empowering to understand energy healing and when to incorporate it into our personal wellness program. During the demonstration, Phillips will explain the basics of energy healing and gradually work up to the more advanced scientific and spiritual aspects of Reiki. There will be ample time for questions, which she encourages and expertly addresses. The hour is concluded with a 10-to-15minute healing session for one attendee so that everyone will have a general idea of what a Reiki session is like. Reiki, like many natural healing arts, has been cloaked in mystery for years. Many who have had the pleasure of receiving a session, or attunement, still may not have a clear understanding of Reiki. The goal in each of these lectures is for each guest to leave with a clear understanding of what Reiki is, how it works and how it can be of benefit to them. Suggested donation: $5. For more information, visit

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newsbriefs Learn the Foundations of Medicinal Herbalism


eresa Boardwine, founder of the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine and a dynamic teacher on health and wellness, is offering a series of classes, starting this September at her school in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just west of Washington, D.C. On the second Saturday of each month, between September 14 and June 14, the class, Foundations of Medicinal Herbalism, highlights holistic protocols for each bodily system, including the digestive, reproductive, endocrine, cardiovascular and urinary systems. On the second Sunday of each month, from September to June, Boardwine will present a workshop series call Herbal Apothecary. Participants will learn to make tinctures, cordials and elixirs, lotions and potions, and have a wild food cooking day. For more than 20 years, Boardwine has been inspiring and motivating her students to learn life-changing skills to achieve optimal health. Boardwine’s passion for teaching herbal medicine conveys to help students learn to use herbal remedies to achieve optimal health and well being. Boardwine is a graduate of the California Center of Herbal Studies and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Boardwine has been a featured national speaker at many conferences and festivals and is the author of two books—Cordially Yours and Herbal Spa. For more information, or to register, visit See ad, page 31.

Supporting Breast Health Naturally with Chinese Medicine


he Traditional Chinese Medicine World Conference will offer a pre-conference workshop on breast health from October 17 to 20 at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia. True prevention for breast health is an active, life-enhancing process. From the Chinese medicine perspective, Qi, our life force, or intelligent energy, prevents disease by flowing smoothly throughout the body and allowing a harmonious functioning. This can be accomplished with astonishing simplicity and ease through powerful self-healing Wu Ming Qigong movements. This practice will be one of the sessions offered at America’s premier educational event on true body–mind–spirit healing. The conference, Building Bridges of Integration for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Discovering the Healing Wisdom of Transitions, blends the best of ancient Taoist philosophy with an understanding of the role that spirit and consciousness play in wellness and well-being. During this one-day intensive workshop, participants will learn seven simple, yet powerful, energy movements and be able to transfer this energy practice to others. They will also learn the ancient, time-tested TCM theories behind how the state of our energy pathways impact breast health. It is essential to know that women of all ages can be proactive when it comes to the issue of breast cancer. This program designed by Nan Lu, OMD, gives essential healing tools necessary to help promote breast health. For more information, call 212-274-1079 or visit See ad, page 3.


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BuddhaFest Announces Exciting New Events by Gabriel Riera


uddhaFest held its annual festival of films, talks, meditation and music in Rosslyn, Virginia, in June, and has just announced four more events coming up in September and October. Attendees of BuddhaFest reported feeling inspired, motivated and grateful for the opportunity to experience meaningful dialogue and connections, in a fun and festive atmosphere. BuddhaFest featured a diverse blend of spiritual voices ranging from wellknown teachers, such as Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg, to newer ones such as guru and yoga teacher Anand Mehrotra, peace activist Marianne Elliott and former Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell. Whether attending the Tibetan market, watching a film about kirtan star Krishna Das or listening to a Toltec wisdom teacher, the audience had the opportunity to explore higher consciousness from a variety of perspectives. BuddhaFest will mark its fifth anniversary with next year’s festival from June 19 to 22. In addition to the summer festival, BuddhaFest presents other events throughout the year. Friday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Rosslyn, an evening talk and one-day workshop will be held with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, a New York Times bestseller for over seven years. Ruiz will present The Agreements for Life, a talk and workshop about how we can

empower ourselves to live in truth and move beyond limiting belief systems. He will be accompanied by his son, don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., author of The Five Levels of Attachments. Together they will guide the audience on how to return to our innate wisdom and live in happiness, by practicing agreements that allow for a complete acceptance of ourselves and others. Worldwide, chart-topping performers Deva Premal and Miten will perform a kirtan concert at 7:30 p.m. on September 24 at the Theatre of the Arts at UDC in Washington, D.C. The incomparable GuruGanesha Band will open the show for the evening. Experience the beauty and bliss of some of the world’s sacred mantras during this evening of chanting and song BuddhaFest and Allies in Compassion will host The Lovingkindness Tour from October 4 to 6. This free, interfaith event will feature sacred Buddhist relics, reverently displayed for public viewing. The relics are pearl-like crystals that are found among the bodies of spiritual masters when they are cremated. They are carefully collected and preserved over the years. The relics are on tour around the world, before they are permanently housed in the heart of a magnificent Maitreya Buddha statue in India. These objects are said to be special because they contain the essence of enlightened masters and are thus embodiments of compassion and wisdom. On October 12, BuddhaFest will present Spirituality + Emotions: Awakening to the Wisdom of the Heart. The event is a deep exploration into the energy and substance of emotions and their role on the path of awakening, featuring Tara Brach. Brach will be joined by teachers Judith Blackstone and Jon Bernie. Also on the program is Joel Lesko and his thought-provoking film, Tears of the Buddha, which provides the inspiration for this event. The day concludes with a concert by Carrie Newcomer, a gifted singer and songwriter with deep roots in the spiritual path. Gabriel Riera is the co-founder and co-director of BuddhaFest. Tickets and information for all events can be found at See ad, page 21. natural awakenings

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Acupuncturist Now Offers Two Locations

Hay House Offers a Life-Changing Convention in Washington D.C.


dam Miramon, LAc, Dipl.Ac, has opened a treatment office i n d ow n t ow n Wa s h i n g t o n , D.C. to better serve his patients. The new office is located at 2311 M Street NW, Suite 401­­—five blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro and six blocks from Dupont Circle Metro. The space is in the established medical practice of Dr. Moody Mustafa. Miramon has office hours at this location every Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Miramon also has an office in Takoma Park at Zinn Chiropractic. This office is located at 7000 Carroll Avenue, Suite S101. His office hours at this location are Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 7 a.m. to noon. Over the next few months, he will be expanding his primary practice Ix Chel Wellness, with longer hours. The practice is named after the Mayan goddess of medicine and midwifery. As an acupuncturist, Miramon treats a variety of different conditions including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, immune disorders, sports injuries, insomnia, allergies, digestive issues, and many other health problems. He has a passion for women’s health and is versed in many of the gynecological issues women face such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), PMS, menopause, menstrual irregularity, pregnancy, and infertility to name a few. Miramon accepts CareFirst, Aetna, Cigna, and the Choose Healthy Affinity Program. He is fluent in English and American Sign Language. Visit for more information. See ad, page 7.


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A Tribute to the American Elderberry


he International Society for Horticultural Science named the elderberry its 2013 Herb of the Year for good reason. In June, scientists gathered in Columbia, Missouri, to share research on the potential of elderberries and elder flowers for preventing and treating illnesses at the first International Elderberry Symposium. For example, Dennis Lubahn, director of the University of Missouri’s Center for Botanical Interaction Studies, and his team are researching the molecular mechanisms behind elderberry’s folk medicine legacy; specifically, how the berries might help prevent strokes, prostate cancer and inflammation while boosting an individual’s resistance to infectious diseases. Preliminary results show that just two tablespoons of elderberry juice per day appear to offer protection against prostate cancer. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Ph.D., from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center, in Jerusalem, explained how the yet unnamed active principle in elderberry blocks viruses from entering human cells. She believes that elderberry extract holds significant potential for preventing and reducing symptoms of the flu, including avian flu and swine flu, plus HIV and the herpes simplex virus. The effective dose may be just one tablespoon a day. While Mumcuoglu believes elderberry extract is safe, she does not recommend it for pregnant women or those with autoimmune diseases, because it is a known immune system stimulant. “It may be completely risk-free,” she says. “We simply don’t yet have adequate data for proof.” For more information, visit

Toddlers Want to Help Out


new study conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany, suggests that young children are intrinsically motivated to see others helped. The researchers observed three groups of 2-year-olds that all saw an adult dropping a small item and struggling to pick it up. One group was allowed to intervene and help the adult. Another group was held back from helping by their parents. The third group watched the adult receive help from another adult. The researchers found that children’s feelings of sympathy (measured by dilated pupil size, which corresponds to increased feelings of concern) were twice as high when they were unable to help the adult and no help was provided, compared to the same indicator when they were able to provide assistance. Ten of the 12 children that were allowed to help did so. The toddlers’ concerns likewise decreased when they watched someone else help the adult. The study’s authors concluded that young children’s helping behavior does not require that they perform the behavior themselves and receive “credit” for it, but requires only that the other person is helped. Thus, from an early age, humans seem to have genuine concern for the welfare of others. natural awakenings

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Never Too Old to Quit


ven smokers 60 and over can live longer if they quit, according to a 2012 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Three experts from the German Cancer Research Center, in Heidelberg, analyzed 17 studies from the United States, Australia, China, England, France, Japan and Spain that followed groups of between 863 and 877,243 people for periods ranging from three to 50 years. Findings showed that the longer a person had been classified as a former, rather than current, smoker, the more their risk of premature death decreased. The researchers also observed that current smokers showed the highest absolute mortality rates in all the studies. Dr. Tai Hing Lam, of the University of Hong Kong, observes that for people in their 60s, quitting was linked to a 21 percent decrease in the risk of premature death. The risk was reduced by 27 percent for those in their 70s and by 24 percent for individuals in their 80s. Lam added that the World Health Organization’s statistic that one out of every two smokers will die from their habit should be printed on all cigarette packages, “…so that all smokers know they are betting their lives on the toss of a coin.”

Glories of Growing Up Grateful


ratitude gifts teens with better mental health, according to researchers at California State University. Thankful teens are more apt to be happy and less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol or have behavior problems at school than their less grateful peers. The researchers asked 700 students, ages 10 to 14, to complete questionnaires initially, and again four years later. Teens that reported practicing the most gratitude at the end of the study enjoyed a 15 percent greater sense of meaning in life, became 15 percent more satisfied with their life overall (at home, at school and with their neighborhood, friends and themselves) and grew 17 percent more happy and hopeful about their lives, plus experienced 13 and 15 percent drops in negative emotions and depressive symptoms, respectively. “These findings suggest that gratitude may be strongly linked with life skills such as cooperation, purpose, creativity and persistence,” making it “a vital resource that parents, teachers and others that work with young people should help youth build up as they grow up,” says lead author Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California State UniversityDominguez Hills. “More gratitude may be precisely what our society needs to raise a generation that is ready to make a difference in the world.” Source: American Psychological Association’s 120th annual convention


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Umbilical Cord Bingo


he Manchester Guardian reports that childbirth experts in the United Kingdom are urging the National Health Service (NHS) to reverse its policy on early clamping and cutting of a newborn’s umbilical cord. A recent Swedish study of 400 full-term infants from low-risk pregnancies published in the British Medical Journal found that delayed cord-clamping at birth resulted in infants being 5 percent less likely of being anemic two days later or iron deficient four months later. The latter problem has been associated with impaired brain development. The practice of separating infants from the placenta within 10 seconds of delivery has been commonplace since the 1960s, as supported by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which advises the NHS. However, several doctors, medical organizations and the nonprofit National Childbirth Trust (NCT), plus the World Health Organization, disagree; they advocate leaving the placenta untouched for at least 30 seconds up to whenever it stops pulsating naturally (usually between two to five minutes). Exceptions would be if the baby’s or mother’s health necessitates medical intervention. “At birth, about a third of the baby’s blood is still in his or her cord and placenta,” explains Belinda Phipps, NCT chief executive. Unfortunately, “It is still accepted practice to deprive the baby of this blood.”


Complete Care for Companion Animals by Sharon Hadden


aking care of a companion animal can be a challenge. The Big Bad Woof, a local retail pet supply store, serves as a community resource to the guardians of socially conscious pets. It offers access to organic, holistic and premium raw diets and a wide range of alternatives including holistic supplements. Co-owners Pennye Jones-Napier and Julie Paez opened the store in 2005 after having a dog that was diagnosed with diabetes. They began doing their own duediligence to help the animal, by gradually changing her diet. During their research, they were astounded to see how many pet foods contained corn, which breaks down into sugar and spikes the gluten levels. Their quest for quality pet foods, free of by-products and artificial enhancements, transpired into what The Big Bad Woof is today. The Big Bad Woof is committed to providing nutritious foods for all companion animals, be they dogs, cats, birds, fish or other small mammals. Paez explains, “When we opened up, we looked for products made in the USA and carried very little that was made overseas.” A year after opening the store, a pet recall required many stores to discard shelves full of products. The Big Bad Woof sent back less than 500 products and earned praise throughout the community for being minimally impacted. “I credit that to the fact that we chose carefully. That was the first indication we were on the right track,” Paez expressed. She urges pet owners to read the ingredient panel carefully when searching for pet foods. The first four ingredients are the most important and should all be a type of meat. When the ingredient list begins with meat, corn, corn gluten and another non-meat ingredient, the meat content has disappeared from the meal. “If the first four are not all meat, your pet is basically eating filler,” Paez adds.    In addition to premium, holistic, organic and raw foods,

The Big Bad Woof is dedicated to sustainable business practices and carrying the best in eco-friendly pet supplies. People commonly forget about cleaning products and how they may effect their pet. Animals have no escape from products filled with harsh chemicals and toxins. “Their sense of smell is 10,000 times more acute then ours,” says Paez. Residue from cleaning products can get caught in their paws and fur, and can often have severe consequence. Paez shares, “I have a pit bull that’s extremely sensitive to toxins. The company I use for home cleaning used a harsh product, and the dog swelled up. We had to use a steroid to get the swelling to go down.” Pet owners should also be mindful of shampoos that are strongly scented. The Big Bad Woof carries products that are minimally scented or have no scent at all. Whether a dog, cat or small mammal needs travel gear, supplements, chew toys or a winter jacket, The Big Bad Woof carries several options to choose from. Their selection is built from Fair Trade items, and merchandise sourced from local and North American companies, with preference given to small manufacturers and minority-owned companies. To further reduce its carbon footprint, the store requests that companies limit the amount of packaging used to ship products into the store. Paez concludes, “We really look to support smaller USA companies as much as we possibly can. We hope to add additional stores of our own to continue carrying out our message of healthy food and healthy supplements for companion animals.” The Big Bad Woof is located in D.C., and Hyattsville, For more information, visit See ad, page 7 . Sharon Hadden, writer and editor, is a self-proclaimed natural-preneur and social media maven. natural awakenings

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Shifting Priorities A Dose of Awe Can Make a Teen More Caring

Nasty Stuff

Monsanto Weed Killer Contaminates Food A peer-reviewed Massachusetts Institute of Technology report published in the scientific journal Entropy points to evidence that residues of glyphosate, the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, manufactured by Monsanto and sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food. The residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemicals and toxins in the environment known to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers. Reuters reports that environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is harming plants, people and animals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a standard registration review of glyphosate to determine by 2015 if its use should be limited. Yet Monsanto continues to claim that glyphosate is safe and less damaging than other commonly used herbicides.

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Capturing Energy from Asphalt Roads Asphalt roads throughout the country are well known for soaking up the sun’s rays. Now, new piping technology from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, is offering a way to trap heat and use it elsewhere, potentially transforming blacktopped streets into giant solar energy collectors. It works by using the sun-warmed asphalt to heat water pumped through tubes embedded a few inches below the road surface. This can help to cool asphalt by utilizing some of the heat that would have remained in the material to heat the circulating water to produce electricity. Researchers are testing different pipe materials and conductive aggregates to add to the asphalt to improve heat absorption. Costs relative to potential returns have yet to be quantified. Source:

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he perilous decline of domestic honeybees due to the widespread occurrence of colony collapse disorder continues to make news, but wild bees and other insects are often overlooked, even though they are twice as effective in producing seeds and fruit on crops, according to a study of 41 crops in 600 fields worldwide by Argentina’s research network, CONICET. For the first time, scientists have a handle on the huge contribution of wild insects, showing that honeybees cannot replace the wild insects lost as their habitat is increasingly destroyed. Study leader Lucas Garibaldi, of Argentina’s National University, in Río Negro, says that relying on honeybees is a highly risky strategy, because disease can sweep through a single species and it may not adapt to environmental changes as well as wild pollinators. Also, trucking in managed honeybee hives does not replace native pollinators, which visit more plants, resulting in more effective cross-pollination; honeybees tend to carry pollen from one flower to another on the same plant. 14

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A meta-analysis published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review suggests that experiencing awe helps young people focus less on themselves and more on the world around them. Exposure to natural wonders and accounts of great human accomplishments can do the trick. It’s a helpful strategy, given that narcissism is on the rise and college students have become dramatically less empathetic over the years, particularly since 2000. Sixty-four percent of respondents ages 18 to 25 surveyed thought getting rich is their most important goal, while only 30 percent believed that helping others in need is important. Awe humbles us in the presence of something greater than ourselves. Experiencing it during adolescence, a period crucial in the formation of self-identity, could help coax teens out of their, “I am the center of the world,” funk and put them on a path to a life lived in compassionate connection with others. Source:

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away from them and they can get that fiber,” she says. Fibershed also promotes a Grow Your Jeans program, comprising area sourcing, dyeing and sewing of a limited run of jeans. While textile sustainability in any given region is developing, the organization recommends that residents mend, instead of discard, old clothes, swap clothing or buy used, while resisting marketing pressure to augment wardrobes every season to keep up with trends. Someday, we might be able to visit a nearby field

where our clothing is grown. The Sustainable Cotton Project (, based in Winters, California, conducts a Cleaner Cotton program that helps conventional growers transition to more sustainable practices using non-GMO varieties and integrated pest management practices to more gently solve ecological challenges. A big part of the challenge is to get the word out. “To get cleaner cotton to a spinner, someone has to request it,” says Executive Director Marcia Gibbs.

Buying local isn’t just about food choices. In supporting community businesses and reducing our ecological footprint, fiber is another important consideration, encompassing farmers that grow cotton and hemp or raise sheep for wool, fiber artisans and textile designers. The U.S. presently imports about 95 percent of Americans’ clothing, reports the Ecology Global Network (, with most manufactured in countries where sweatshops and human rights abuses are common. Polyester and nylon, the most commonly used synthetic fibers, are derived from petroleum and processed and dyed using synthetic, often toxic substances. According to a 2010 report by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, the textile industry is that country’s third-worst polluter. The nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture’s ( Fibershed program raises public awareness of the issue in Central California. Robin Lynde, a shepherd, weaver and teacher at Meridian Jacobs Farm, in Vacaville, also sells yarn, fleece, felt, lambskin, handwoven garments and blankets. “Fiber producers, users and designers may not know that there are sheep 10 miles natural awakenings

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CANCER A Brave New World of Effective Natural Therapies by Linda Sechrist


usan Silberstein takes her message for preventing cancer and recurrences to medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities from her headquarters in Richboro, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization provides research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. Since 1977, it has helped nearly 30,000 cancer patients and more than 50,000 prevention seekers. “Early detection is better than late detection, but it’s not prevention,” says Silberstein, who taught the psychology of health and disease at Pennsylvania’s 16

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Immaculata University. “We focus on building up patients—minimizing treatment side effects, enhancing immune system function, improving nutritional status and addressing the reasons for sickness in the first place.” “Conventional medicine never addresses the cause, which is a process that needs to be understood so the individual can turn it off,” elaborates Massachusetts Institute of Technologytrained scientist Raymond Francis, author of Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer. Based on his experience beating cancer and research into cellular biochemistry and molecular biology, he concluded that the disease is a biological process that

affects the entire body, not something that can be cut out, killed or poisoned. “Central to healing and prevention is the elimination of things that fuel the growth of cancer cells, such as sugar, toxins, heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods and an acidic environment in the body,” observes Francis. “Regular exercise, a daily, high-quality multivitamin and detoxification are equally crucial to restoring the body’s biological terrain.” Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger, founder of and host of CancerAnswers.TV and Cancer Winner Radio, recommends both a regular detoxification regimen and ongoing healthy nutritional plan to help maintain a healing alkaline environment. While this helps cleanse the body of environmental toxins, the toxic emotions and stress that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate, must also be dealt with. Experts generally agree on a range of basic, commonsense preventive measures that include a low-fat, plant-based diet; aerobic, flexibility and strength exercises; healthy sleep habits; and other stress-reducing activities. “These are basic ingredients for maintaining sound health, and can be crucial toward improving the health of an individual with cancer,” says Dr. Keith Block, the “father of integrative oncology,” and author of Life Over Cancer. He founded The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, in Skokie, Illinois, that customizes care plans based on each person’s medical, biochemical, physical, nutritional and psychosocial needs.

Nourish Biochemistry

Thousands of cancer patients have outlived their “medical expiration date” by using alternative nontoxic treatments and approaches, many of which are documented in Outsmart Your Cancer, by Tanya Harter Pierce. Lou Dina, a cancer survivor who like Francis, underwent a journey of intensive research, became a patient advocate and authored Cancer: A Rational Approach to Long-Term Recovery. Dina speaks at conventions hosted by the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT), founded in 1971 by

“When it comes to one’s lifetime risk of cancer, healthy diet and lifestyle choices can make all the difference.” ~ Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder and president of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education Ruth Sackman. He also appears with other survivors in the FACT documentary based on Sackman’s book, Rethinking Cancer: Non-Traditional Approaches to the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer. From decades of findings by international clinicians, FACT educates practitioners and patients to view chronic degenerative diseases as systematic malfunctions caused by breakdowns in the balance of body chemistry that are subject to bio-repair. However manifested, they are viewed as correctable and controllable via an individualized program that includes a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed, organic foods—spurred by Gerson therapy that floods the body with organically grown nutrients—supplementation and detoxification. Other key measures involve body temperature therapy, cellular and stem cell therapies and the use of botanicals. “Nutrients in food directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread,” explains Block. “They also indirectly impact cancer by changing the surrounding biochemical conditions that either promote or inhibit the progression of malignant disease. This is why targeting only tumors is not enough to quash cancer. Conventional cancer therapies almost inevitably leave behind at least a small number of malignant cells. Your internal biochemical terrain plays an integral role in determining whether a tumor will regain a foothold after treatment, metastasize to distant sites or stay where it is without posing a threat.” Block notes that a healthy biochemistry can help prevent unpleasant and possibly life-threatening, complications. An anti-cancer biochemical terrain will even boost a patient’s overall quality of life. At the Block Center, detailed assessments identify disruptions in six defining features of patients’ biochemical terrain—oxidation, inflammation, immunity, blood coagulation, glycemia and stress chemistry. Cancer

thrives on terrain disruptions, which also can impair treatment.

Focus on High-Impact Foods

Kathy Bero, founder of NuGenesis Inc., in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, asks, “How many other lives could be saved if doctors prescribed a diet primarily focused on plant-based, angiogenic-inhibiting foods for all cancer patients?” Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels. Cancer turns the body against itself by hijacking the angiogenesis process and keeping it permanently activated, ensuring that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply. “To effectively prevent cancer, inflammation and angiogenesis need to be controlled before a tumor can get a foothold,” advises Bero. Bero has personally beaten back two unrelated aggressive forms of cancer and credits the angiogenic-inhibiting foods in clinical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Examples include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. “These foods also played a significant role in strengthening my immune system and restoring my overall health, which was radically affected by many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation,” remarks Bero.

Boost Recuperative Powers

Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., a former vice president of nutrition for a national network of cancer hospitals and author of The Wisdom and Healing Power of Whole Foods and Beating Cancer with Nutrition, recommends a triple threat. “Cancer requires a threefold treatment approach to create a synergistic response. Teaming up to reduce the tumor burden without harming the patient, re-regulate the cancer to normal healthy tissue and nourish the patient’s natural awakenings

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recuperative powers is far better than any one approach,” says Quillin. He maintains that restrained medical interventions, appropriate nutrition and naturopathic approaches can bolster nonspecific natural defense mechanisms to reverse the underlying cause of the disease. “Nutrition and traditional oncology treatments are synergistic, not antagonistic, as many oncologists believe,” advises Quillin. Glenn Sabin, founder of FON Therapeutics, similarly suggests that multiinterventional, outcome-based studies, akin to Dr. Dean Ornish’s approach to prostate cancer, could greatly benefit conventional oncology. Sabin recounts his Harvard Medical School-documented remission of advanced leukemia in his upcoming book, N-of-1: How One Man’s Triumph Over Terminal Cancer is Changing the Medical Establishment. Sabin turned to therapeutic nutrition, neutraceuticals, stress reduction and exercise to become a 22-year cancer “thriver” without the aid of conventional therapies. He also emphasizes the importance of the psychological and psychosocial aspects of healing with the cancer patients he coaches. “If you don’t have your head in the game, it’s hard to make anything else work for you,” counsels Sabin.

Understand the Connection

Silberstein and other leading physicians, including Dr. Tien-Sheng Hsu, a Chinese psychiatrist and author of the Secret to Healing Cancer; Dr. Jingduan Yang, a board-certified psychiatrist and founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine; and Seeger, believe that the mind and spirit play a significant role in healing.

“I talk to people who do all the right things to improve their biochemistry, but without an emotional detox and spiritual connection to something larger than themselves, their healing process tends to stall.” ~ Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger “Cancer begins in the spirit and ends up in the body, which is why I recommend that anyone positively diagnosed read the Cancer Report,” remarks Silberstein. Cancer Report, co-written by John R. Voell and Cynthia A. Chatfield, discusses psychoneuroimmunology and the powerful role that the mind, emotions and spirit play in contributing to or resisting disease and healing even the most terminal of cancers (Tinyurl. com/VoellCancerReport). Yang and Hsu, who also use acupuncture protocols, believe illness is a reflection of inner problems that disrupt the body’s naturally powerful immune system. “Cancer is a symptom delivering a message: You need to take better care of yourself—emotionally, chemically, physically and spiritually,” says Yang. As a faculty member of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Yang sees firsthand how few patients understand that the trauma of a diagnosis and treatment can reactivate past traumas, unre-

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solved issues, blockages and repressed emotions. Both he and Hsu offer mind/ body/spirit interventions to help patients cope better. “I talk to people who do all the right things to improve their biochemistry, but without an emotional detox and spiritual connection to something larger than themselves, their healing process tends to stall,” Seeger observes. Her online talk shows feature long-term cancer survivors like Dr. Carl Helvie, author of You Can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions. “It all comes down to the microcosm of the cell. If we give our 73 trillion cells everything they need, the macrocosm of the body will function properly,” says Francis. The authors of Cancer Killers, Dr. Charles Majors, Dr. Ben Lerner and Sayer Ji, agree. Up till now, they attest that the war on cancer has been almost exclusively an assault on the disease, rather than an enlightened preventive campaign that clearly identifies and counters how cancer develops. “The battle can only be won by instructing people in how to boost their body’s immune responses to kill cancer cells before they face a full-blown diagnosis and showing them how to aggressively address the hostile exterior agents that turn healthy cells cancerous.” The best winning strategy is to naturally nurture a body—structurally, chemically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually—so that the inner terrain naturally kills cancer cells and stops them from growing. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews.

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An Herbalist’s Approach to Cancer

Powerful, Natural Pain Relief

by Krista Noelle


upporting the health of a person diagnosed with cancer, using both modern and traditional medicine, is a touchy subject requiring us to rethink cancer. As an herbalist and nutritionist, my own hesitations were abandoned when I learned my aunt was diagnosed with stage four cancer. I immediately began researching her specific cancer and how medicinal herbs and foods might help. When she asked for guidance to get her through conventional treatment more smoothly, I was confident about the therapeutic plan I designed for this special person in my life. There was a real concern as to how my aunt would respond to treatment, given that she is a small-framed woman in her golden years. At first, her doctors were cautious about including integrative approaches. Now, nearly eight months later, her doctors and nurses often comment on how well her treatments have gone. Progress such as this can change ingrained beliefs about cancer, and our approach. Our bodies are miracles of life working diligently for our everyday survival. Cancer, in a broad sense, is an imbalance in the body. Think of it as a summer cold; a time when our body’s impressive defense mechanisms fail us for some reason, although the potentially serious consequences of cancer make it quite unlike a summer cold. A cancer diagnosis can trigger fear and dread, affecting one’s ability to maintain a hopeful attitude especially when side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, weight-loss and pain are also present. This is the very time when supporting our body’s natural strengths and abilities will impact not only daily quality of life, but our overall ability to heal. When faced with a cancer diagnosis, consider empowering the patient and care-takers. We often feel helpless against such a formidable disease, but there is so much we can do. Knowledge and compassion go a long way in the healing process. Cancer is not a sedentary illness. During treatment, the body is working 24/7 to repair and return to health. Even if lying down, the body is working as diligently as a marathon runner in this race to heal and repair. Use food as medicine to ensure your body receives proper nutrition. Small, frequent meals, brimming with nutrient-dense foods, along with gentle herbal teas, can ease common side effects of chemotherapy. Practice frequent deep breathing, it not only provides oxygen to our cells, it also helps us relax and refocus. A cancer diagnosis can amplify uncertainty, depression and pain. Laughter changes the body’s physiology and frees it from tension, so indulge in it often. Though medical intervention and support are essential, the body plays a huge role in our ability to return to a state of health. Focusing on a positive outcome and cultivating a sense of gratitude for your body and its role in getting you back to a healthy state can enhance day-to-day experience and overall outcome. The road ahead is filled with peaks and valleys, remember to be gentle with yourself. Krista Noelle is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist, specializing in working with the whole person to evoke positive and lasting change, and can be reached at

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Recipes for Rethinking Cancer Try these recipes that are packed with nutrients which boost your body’s immune system. by Krista Noelle

Fruit Compote A tasty, easy-to-digest way to get your daily dose of fruit, with aromatic spices to help soothe nausea and aid digestion. Add to oatmeal, yogurt or eat all by itself. 6 cups of any organic stone fruit, chopped (apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums, nectarines) 2 cups of organic fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries) 1/3 cup of dried rose hips (optional) 2 tsp ginger 1 tsp of allspice or pumpkin/apple pie spice 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp cloves Start by coring and cutting up the stone fruit. To peel or not to peel, is a question of taste. If organic, the peel 20

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offers a lot of fiber and nutrients but will certainly change the texture. Put all of the ingredients in a pot with any aromatic spice you can think of and enjoy. The recipe offers suggestions, however, feel free to get creative. You can add a splash of water if the fruit is really ripe but it is generally not necessary. Simmer on very low, covered for about three hours.

Chicken Bone Broth Rich in vitamins and minerals that are easy for our bodies to absorb and necessary for nourishing and healing people through any illness. The gelatin part of the broth is especially nourishing and allows all food to be more easily absorbed. Add to cooking rice, beans, as the base of any soup, etc. Whole organic farm-raised, free range chicken 2-4 organic chicken feet (optional but

important if you can get them) 4 quarts cold filtered water 2 Tbsp apple cider or white vinegar 4+ cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 3 organic celery stalks including the leafy tops, chopped 2 organic carrots, chopped 1 bay leaf 4-5 peppercorns (green or black) 4 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 bunch parsley, including stems Season and bake chicken and serve it as a meal first, but you can also start broth from the whole raw chicken. Place chicken, chicken feet, water, vinegar, garlic, peppercorns and all vegetable (except the parsley and thyme) in a 10-12-quart stock pot. Cutting up the neck and wings helps the broth get more gelatinous, which is what you want. Cook on high heat just until water

boils, then turn down to a mediumlow heat to keep it at a low simmer for the rest of the cooking time. In the beginning, scum and fat will rise to the top. If left, it will make the stock bitter. Skim the scum from the stock with a spoon or fine mesh strainer every 10-15 minutes for the first hour and approximated twice an hour for the next two hours. Cover and simmer for anywhere from six hours to two days. The more it cooks, the more the ingredients infuse into the broth. Add hot water as necessary to keep chicken and vegetables covered. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, add the parsley and thyme. This adds to the flavor and nutritional value. Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken and vegetables from the stock. Compost vegetables. Remove meat from chicken (depending on how long you cooked the stock, there will be almost nothing left except meat and bone) and set aside to be added to a chicken soup or made into chicken salad or another recipe. Using a strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth, strain the broth into another large pot, put it into containers and place in refrigerator overnight. Fat will rise to the top and solidify overnight. Broth should become gelatinous after a night in the refrigerator. This is desired. Take fat off the top and freeze any extra stock you will not be immediately using. Go to for more recipies.

Modern medicine, for all of its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively. ~Deepak Chopra

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or many, the recent economic downturn has affected the way we shop for food. Even families that cook dinner at home most nights are struggling to afford the ingredients to make healthy meals, says Laura Seman, a senior manager for Cooking Matters, a national program that educates families in need about reaping the most from local food resources. “Putting good food on the family table on a five-or-six-dollar-a-day per person budget is tough, but it’s possible,” advises Nutritionist Dawn Undurraga, a registered dietitian and coauthor of the Environmental Working Group’s online publication, Good Food on a Tight Budget. “Even eating for one is doable for under $200 a month.” Researchers examined 1,200 foods to help people get beyond the common perception that eating healthy is expensive. “We looked at food prices, nutrients, pesticides, environmental pollutants and artificial ingredients,” says Undurraga. “Then we chose the top 100 or so, based on balancing all of those factors.”

Think Outside the Box Some of the EWG findings might surprise many of us: 4 Raw cabbage is the top-ranked food because of its price and high nutritional value as a cruciferous vegetable. For less than

10 cents a serving, it poses far fewer calories than potatoes and is a worthy addition to salads, soups and stir-fries. 4 The next highest marks for price and nutrition spotlight carrots, bananas, pears, watermelon and frozen broccoli, each at less than 30 cents a serving. 4 Bananas and pears usually cost less than apples, plus they customarily endure fewer pesticide applications. 4 The best animal protein award goes to roasted turkey; hot dogs ranked last. 4 The next-best animal protein identified is a whole chicken, roasted at the beginning of the week and used in various ways for future meals. 4 Fresh, whole carrots and sweet potatoes are among the best produce buys, but frozen corn and broccoli almost

always cost less than their fresh equivalents and are just as nutritious. 4 A serving of oatmeal is half the cost of sugary processed cereals, plus it’s more filling and causes less fluctuation in blood sugar levels. 4 Canned salmon is almost always wild caught and is much cheaper than fresh, but be wary of BPA (bisphenol-A) migration from the can. 4 Queso blanco, a mild, soft, white cheese common in Latino cooking, is both less expensive and less processed than many other cheeses.

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Change Our Routine Tracie McMillan, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, author of the bestselling book, The American Way of Eating, learned how to eat on a tight budget as an undercover journalist. “Time and energy are key ingredients when cooking from scratch,” notes McMillan. Without disposable funds for the fast-food route, cooking from scratch was mandatory. She learned how to soak beans overnight, cook a large pot of them and freeze helpings to reheat later. The cost was about 50 cents a meal, compared with $3 for two or three servings from a can. Eggs, brown rice and sweet potatoes became an important—and healthy—part of her weekly diet. McMillan also gained a lasting affection for roasted vegetables, both as part of meals and as snacks. “I just cut up a couple of sweet potatoes, add some broccoli or beans or whatever is cheap at the supermarket or farmers’ market, toss in a tablespoon of olive oil and I’m set for two or three days,” she says. Also, “I learned to use meat more as a seasoning than as a main course.” Find more tips and pages of recipes at Kathleen Barnes has authored many books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at

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FreshFarm Market Offers Locally Grown Food by Terri Carr


hen Bernie Prince couldn’t find a good farmers market in the D.C. area in the late 90’s, she teamed up with fellow local food lover Ann Yonkers to start one. In 1997, the first FreshFarm market opened in Dupont Circle with 15 farmers selling fresh vegetables, fruits, plants and flowers. They run the markets with the dual purpose of supporting local farmers and providing consumers with access to high-quality, locally grown food. Sixteen years and countless happy customers later, they have 10 produceronly farmers markets in the D.C. metro area serving close to 400,000 customers. FreshFarm carefully reviews all vendor applications by physically visiting each farm and work site to ensure the integrity of each product. All produce must be grown within 200 miles of D.C. and other food items must have some locally sourced ingredients. “One of our vendors makes soap and even grows the herbs used in her soaps,” Prince exclaims. No vendors at FreshFarm markets are allowed to resell wholesale items. Prince explains that the biggest change since the beginning of the markets is that, “We have a much more diverse product mix than when we started. We have everything we started with plus we have every kind of cheese, milk, seafood, meat, soap, honey, etc.” As a 501c3 organization, FreshFarm spearheads numerous education efforts and programs to benefit people in need. Through the matching dollars campaign, people enrolled in food stamps, WIC and senior nutrition coupon programs get up to $15 of free food at these markets. Excess food from the 24

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markets goes to local organizations like Miriam’s Kitchen in Foggy Bottom, which uses it in their programs that teach food service skills to the homeless. FreshFarm carefully analyzes each market venue to ensure that a new market will benefit the community as a whole. Prince cites the Penn Quarter market as an example of one that accommodates those who want to shop on their way home from work and restaurant chefs who want the freshest produce for their dinner entrees. These weekday markets also give the farmers more opportunities to earn a living from their farms. “Farmers markets really make a difference, because there is no middleman,” Prince expresses, “The farmer gets the whole dollar from a market sale and can decide how to use it.” Prince says, “We try not to compete with other markets in the same area.” They discontinued their Bethesda market after 2012 because there is already another market there. Prince observed that the markets are clearly helping regional farmers thrive. “More farmers are pasture-raising animals, more are producing non-GMO eggs, and we are seeing young people interested in farming again.” Prince especially notices the relationships that develop over time at these markets stating, “They are really about building community as much as the food.” Sign up for their weekly e-news at The site also includes information about upcoming chef demos and other special events. Terri Carr is a D.C. freelance writer and blogger at

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see a therapist for. It resides in our mental/emotional body. Genetic Beliefs are carried over from our ancestors, usually three to four generations back. They are held in the morphogenic field and DNA. History Beliefs are carried over from your past lives and the history of your race. They can also be carried as collective consciousness. These experiences are real. It is vital to resolve the issues on the history level. The Soul Level is who we are and what we are. Our souls are still learning and can be redirected. If a person holds programs on more than one level, the soul may be affected. How do these factors affect health? Science has proven that the mind and body are inextricably connected. For example, resentments, anger, grief, and sorrow physically affect different parts of the body because you are making choices from a place of dis-ease, rather than from a healthy, neutral place. ™

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Talk about Thetahealing’s Spiritual Connection? Every Culture, religion, and many of the sciences concede that the beauty and design of nature had to have been touched by a higher force of intelligence. When we view an atom through the most powerful microscope or view the great Milky Way from the fabulous Hubble Space telescope, we see the repetition of a beautiful elegant structure that links the very small to the ™ What is ThetaHealing ? unfathomably large. Each culture has its own vision of this Theta healing is practicing quantum physics by using theta brain intelligence, from Allah to Vishnu, from Shatki to Lakshmi and from God to Jehovah. ThetaHealing believes in a great creative wave states. It is scientifically proven that individuals have force for all that is, and we call this force Creator OF ALL That sharper awareness, learn faster, and are more conducive to Is. healing while in this state. It is a quick form of meditation and allows both the practitioner and client to connect with source to When is your next Theta Healing™ Course and who will identify limiting beliefs, fears and clocks and also to witness benefit? ™ Theta Healing becomes a way of life. I have taught, doctors, healing on an emotional, physical, and spiritual level. mental health practitioners, massage therapists, acupuncturists, ™ ™ and actors. However, anyone can become a ThetaHealing What are the benefits of Theta Healing ? Practitioner that has a passion to heal themselves and others. This technique allows a practitioner to quickly find out what Many people embark on a new career or use this as an adjunct sickness, ailment or dis-ease a person has and why they have to their current career and in their life. CEUS are offered for it, as well as quickly identify deeply held blocks that are preventing a person from moving forward in their life. It’s a new LCPCs. LCSW-Cs, Massage Therapists, and Occupational healing paradigm that allows a person's unconscious mind to be Therapists. programmed to get rid of sickness and dis-ease. ™ Come and Join the UPCOMING Basic Thetahealing Class: th nd ™ September 20 -September 22 How do you practice Theta Healing ? I help my client or student by showing them how to navigate Private Sessions are available in person in my Rockville office through their beliefs and get to the other side of where they want to go, whether this is becoming 100 percent healthy on all by appointment. Phone and Skype Appointments are offered as well. ThetaHealing is approved by the Board of Professional levels or manifesting what they would like in their lives ™ Counselors; therefore most insurance is accepted at out-ofimmediately now. ThetaHealing is unlimited on what you can network rates. work on and nothing is off-limits.

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Nature’s Antibiotics Recover Health with Less Risk by Kathleen Barnes

We live in a world of microbes: bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens that can make us sick. Most of the time, our immune systems are able to fight off microbial attacks, yet we’ve all experienced unsettling infections.

When Use Becomes Overuse

In recent years, conventional medicine has increasingly used antibiotics as a universal remedy against all kinds of microbial attacks—even though they are ineffective against anything except bacterial infections. It’s best to use them selectively and cautiously when nothing else will do the job, because by definition, they are “opposed to life.” The worst-case scenario is what we have now: overuse creating “superbugs,” able to multiply out of control, sometimes with fatal consequences, even when treated with antibiotics that used to work. “Antibiotics are helpful and effective when used properly when there is a bacterial infection such as strep throat, urinary tract infection, bacterial pneumonia or a wound that has become infected,” explains Doctor of Naturopathy Trevor Holly Cates, of Waldorf Astoria Spa, in Park City, Utah. “But antibiotics are so overused and overprescribed that bacteria are changing in ways to resist them. This has become a significant public health problem.” National and global public health officials have expressed increasing concerns about dangers posed by such bacteria, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), which are often transmitted between patients in hospital settings, and a multiantibiotic-resistant form of tuberculosis. 28

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The problem is compounded by the use of antibiotics to enhance growth and production in livestock. A variety of superbugs have been found in meat, poultry and milk products, according to the nonprofits Center for Science in the Public Interest and Environmental Working Group. Chris Kilham, a worldwide medicine hunter who teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, explains the transmission. “When you eat conventionally raised meat, you’re not getting antibiotics, but you are getting bits of self-replicating genetic material that transfer antibiotic resistance to your body, which can prove fatal.”

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Fortunately, there are many natural substances that have proven to be effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and other infectious microbial pathogens— all without dangerous side effects. Here’s a short list: Propolis, sometimes called “bee glue”, produced by bees to seal their hives and protect them from infections, is “the single most powerful antimicrobial we have in the plant kingdom,” advises Kilham. That claim is backed by numerous studies from institutions such as Britain’s National Heart and Long Institute, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Harokopio University, in Greece. In 2005, a study by Turkey’s

Hacettepe University showed that propolis killed both MRSA and VRE bacteria. Other studies by Italy’s University of Milan have shown propolis’ effectiveness in combating upper respiratory infections and Candida albicans fungal infections. Propolis is also available in pill form. Pelargonium sidoides is a favored option for Cates to abbreviate both the duration and severity of cold and flu, including any lingering cough or sore throat. This South African medicinal is also known as African geranium. Usually used in tincture form, it’s also useful against a large range of microbial infections. One study from the Russian Institute of Pulmonology reported that nearly 70 percent of participating adults with bronchitis received relief within four days—more than double those that became well taking a placebo. Olive leaf extract was first mentioned in the Bible and recent research confirms its effectiveness against a wide variety of microbial infections. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study published in the Journal of Food Science confirms that olive leaf extract is effective in fighting food-borne pathogens like salmonella and E. coli, labeling it a broad-spectrum antimicrobial. New York University School of Medicine research published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications showed that olive leaf extract reversed many HIVrelated changes in the immune system. Retired medical journalist Dr. Morton Walker, author of Nature’s Antibiotic: Olive Leaf Extract, wrote that olive leaf extract “inhibits the growth of every virus, bacterium, fungus, yeast and protozoan it was tested against… and is effective against a minimum of 56 disease-causing organisms.” In a worst-case scenario, “If antibiotics are the only alternative to treat a labconfirmed bacterial infection, it’s vital to replace the beneficial intestinal bacteria inevitably wiped out by the drug,” concludes Cates. “Sometimes a few servings of a good natural yogurt (without sugar or fruit) will suffice. If not, look for a highquality probiotic to restore the digestive system’s natural bacterial colony.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and book publisher ( natural awakenings

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Unplug to Plug In with Children by Andrew Kutt


2013 Organic Trade Association study reports that more parents buy organic food for their children and 81percent have at least tried it. The industry grew from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010. Parents are clearly being more conscious than ever about what goes into their children’s bodies to help them grow and develop. Yet in my work as an educator, I am concerned that parents are being much less mindful and proactive about what is being absorbed by their children’s young minds. Whether it’s television, computers, handheld game devices or smartphones, children spend more time wired in than ever before. A 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study found children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of seven and one half hours a day with electronic devices, up from six and one half hours a year before. Much of the content being consumed is geared to commercial aims, versus nourishing a child’s minds. While researchers continue to study and debate the larger effects of extended exposure to technology, we can simply pay attention to what our children are exposed to and the effect it may have on family relationships. Parents often tell me it is difficult to speak with their child without an electronic device being negotiated as part of the conversation. Has anyone not felt guilty at times for interrupting their child’s media use? Technology is an increasingly prominent part of daily life. Our children need to be technologically savvy to prepare for the jobs of the future, whatever they might be. Much of children’s time is spent communicating with friends via text, chat, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. It is difficult to balance time with technology and time


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with family, outside of the reach of technology, yet that is the challenge I invite parents to embrace. The prize to be won is priceless: ensuring we instill in our children the values important to the families they will one day create for themselves. We can begin by examining our adult relationships to electronic devices. Do we really need to be plugged in from the moment we wake up to the time we turn out the lights? Or can we become more mindful of how consumed we ourselves are by technology and begin to intentionally tune out? In the 1960s the organic food industry had such a small market share it could barely be called fringe. Yet today, parents everywhere carefully read ingredients before deciding what to buy and pay extra for food that is free of chemicals and pesticides. This awareness and commitment developed over time through myriad conversations, articles and social actions by concerned citizens. Now there are community gardens in inner cities, farm markets in parking lots and bulk purchase programs for local organic produce. Let us adopt a similar mindset when it comes to feeding the minds of children (and ourselves) in an organic way. The technology that dominates our lives has arrived so quickly and with such force, I believe we are just now trying to come to grips with it. Taking easy steps at home can help revive family bonds free from technology. Reconnect by turning off all electronic devices in the household for a specified period of time in which family members talk, share a meal, play board games, make art or music, read or do other reflective activities. Start small in the amount of time and work up from there. Empower everyone to hold each other accountable if someone tries to cheat. For an even deeper reconnection, consider practicing three minutes of silence each day, beginning with three mindful breaths. You will rediscover the power of being still and the joy of doing it together. Go on an excursion into nature. Bring only a cell phone, in case of emergencies (battery charged and turned off). Leave all other electronic devices behind. Breathe the air and feel the sun’s rays. Get muddy, and then clean off in the stream. Play with the dog and have a meaningful talk on the way home. Begin an ongoing discussion with your family members and fellow parents about the power of technology in our lives. Include the good points but use this opportunity to explore your own challenges with unplugging. Communicating reflectively about technology is a mark of progress toward disengaging. When viewed dispassionately, technology is simply the latest evolution of a set of tools for humanity’s use. As such it should be used to enhance, edify and nourish our lives. Where it does not, its purpose is lost and so are we. Andrew Kutt is the founder and head of Oneness-Family School, an international, progressive Montessori school in Chevy Chase for children age 2 through eigth grade. For more information, visit

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Manage Your Carbon Footprint and Cut Your Home Energy Bills by Anissa Najm and Hannah Grene


ach month the District welcomes approximately 1,000 new residents. With a steady growth in population comes a steady increase in energy consumption—but what is being done to keep energy costs low and to manage the city’s carbon footprint? In the District, organizations such as the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) are helping local residents and businesses save energy and reduce their utility bills. Saving energy and money at home can be as simple as updating your lighting and appliances. A great first step towards reducing your at-home energy use is to replace traditional, incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or lightemitting diodes (LEDs). CFL and LED bulbs are 75 percent more energy efficient than incandescents, last longer and save an average of $5 or more per bulb each year. When it comes to larger appliances, newer models of refrigerators


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and clothes washers use 50 percent less energy than their older counterparts and can significantly reduce your energy bills. If your refrigerator is more than 10 years old or does not have an ENERGY STAR® label, it’s time to consider upgrading this energyintensive appliance. ENERGY STAR® clothes washers save you energy and water by using only 18 to 25 gallons of water for a full-sized load compared to 40 gallons for standard washers. Small or no cost changes can also make a difference towards saving energy at home and reducing your carbon footprint. Electronics continue to use energy even when they are in “off” or “standby” mode. This is called “standby power” and can be prevented by unplugging your electronics when they are not in use. Doing so can save you up to $10 a month on your utility bill and will offset your carbon emissions by about 1,000 pounds of CO2 per year. Regardless of the model, you can

also reduce the amount of energy your refrigerator and freezer use. Keep the temperature inside your refrigerator between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and position it away from any heat sources, such as an oven, a dishwasher, or direct sunlight. When it comes to clothes washers and dishwashers, the majority of their energy use is dedicated to heating water. Washing two full loads a week in warm or cold water, as opposed to hot, will reduce carbon emissions by about 500 pounds of greenhouse gasses per year—that’s equivalent to planting 21 trees. When using your dishwasher, avoid the heat-dry, rinse-hold, and prerinse features and instead opt to use the air-dry setting. You can support local businesses and upgrade your lighting and appliances for less with the DC SEU. Over 50 District retailers, including neighborhood hardware stores and markets, currently offer reduced-price CFLs and LEDs. In addition, the DC SEU offers $50 rebates on ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerators and clothes washers and larger rebates on ENERGY STAR® water heaters that can cut water heating costs in half. For more information, call toll-free at 855-MY-DCSEU or visit ForYourHome to learn more and start saving energy today. Anissa Najm is a communications and marketing Intern at the DC SEU, where she has been aiding in public relations, participating in community events and gaining experience in the field of sustainability since graduating from GW this spring. Hanna Grene is head of public relations at the DC SEU. For media inquiries, please contact

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... from tune in by Sonia Choquette


hankfully, these days more and more people are committed to living a spiritually empowered, authentically grounded, intuitively guided, positive, and peaceful life. We’re generally becoming much more willing to accept the idea that we are spiritual beings who create our own reality and aren’t simply victims of circumstance, as evidenced by a huge surge of interest in such things as quantum physics and mind-body medicine. We’re more willing to explore and discuss our rich inner lives and our ever-expanding intuitive experiences. And yet, in spite of these encouraging signs, we’re still suffering with, and causing some of, the worst personal and worldwide violence and earthly destruction that humankind has ever known. Incidents of suicide and drug addiction have spiraled out of control, for example. The environment is under siege. Our relationships with each other (and among nations) are blasting apart, sometimes tragically with guns and weapons. So even though the idea of spiritual awakening and personal empowerment sounds appealing and even possible, the actual shift in consciousness most of us need to make in order to go from victim of circumstance to Divine co-creator has yet to occur for most of us. We all must take a big step forward—if not an actual leap—to jump-start the transformation that everyone speaks of and desires . . . and the world so desperately needs. Our inner peace contributes to the world’s peace. A life where we believe that we aren’t making a meaningful contribution feels like a life wasted. People in this state tend to find negative ways to distract themselves and deaden the emptiness they experience. Whether this leads to destructive behaviors or emotions, frequent accidents or illnesses, career stalls or chronic unemployment, or outbursts of rage or social withdrawal, soon the problem becomes other peoples’ problem as well. All paths are interwoven—we are connected to one another, and one person’s misery eventually affects everyone else. Therefore, not only is tuning in to our inner guidance an essential personal need, it’s also a profoundly important familial and social need. Listening to the voice of your intuition—instead of the voice of your fears and other peoples’ wishes and instructions—will bring about, over time, a deep-seated, unwavering sense of profound integrity, creative inspiration, and grounded soul purpose. Tuning in to and following your intuition relaxes your mind, puts your body at ease, and opens your heart because you eliminate inner conflict as you become more at one with your Spirit, your true Self. Following your Spirit brings about


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Sonia Choquette an inner sense of peace, eliminates distraction, and helps you be more open. With such a big load off your shoulders, you can begin to fine-tune your awareness and expand your creativity, gaining a more graceful, fulfilling, and productive rhythm in your life. With your Spirit firmly at the helm, you flow with the deepest, most authentic truth of your being and experience each day as God designed and intended you to experience it: perfect, beautiful, connected, and filled with joy. Because you’re aligned with your true Self, you feel less and less compelled to seek approval or self-worth in how others view you. You stop feeling out of sync with yourself, and that’s a huge relief. In following your intuition and trusting your Spirit, not only do you feel uplifted, but you also uplift everyone you come in contact with. Because we are sentient beings and are affected by one another’s energy, others will sense your genuine ease and consequently relax more in your company. Many of the typical challenges you might expect, such as experi-

encing others as overly cautious or suspicious, will seem to suddenly ease, replaced with more heart-to-heart, creative, trusting, and positive connections. Guided by your intuition, your Spirit opens your eyes to new perspectives, reveals new opportunities, and showers you with synchronistic moments that bring a sense of certain magic into your life. Even those people who have been habitually difficult to deal with, such as set-in-their-ways family members or hardened bosses, won’t trouble you as much, as your intuition also often brings with it more objectivity, deeper insight, and better understanding of others. You become more compassionate, recognizing others’ negative behavior as a symptom of having lost touch with their inner voice, their Spirit, so it’s easier not to take their unpleasant or obnoxious behavior personally. In fact, often those who are not in the habit of being easygoing will change their behavior when in your company because your personal vibration is generally so positive they can’t help but start to entrain with it. With your Spirit guiding, you will feel lighter and clearer, and your world will brighten up. You will start to really love yourself and your life, and that’s the best reward of all. Honoring our inner voice and allowing our Spirit to lead is the inevitable choice we must all eventually make if we hope to live together in peace. Choosing otherwise keeps us battling our own fears and battling others. This choice hurts us, each other, and our planet. Those who refuse for whatever reason to surrender to their intuition,

their heart, and their Spirit will continue to suffer, to struggle, and to miss out on the joys of life. Like a battery running out of power, unless we stop fighting and start trusting our Spirit for guidance, our limited ego energy will dwindle and die. I feel confident that sooner rather than later we will all come to realize the limitations of the ego, and accept the power that lies within our Spirit because that is the purpose of our soul’s journey on Earth. Reaching for this book on a shelf or having it fall into your hands in some other way is a strong indication that, on a deep level, you’re ready to start living in greater alignment with your authentic Self. Maybe this is your first step toward that end. Maybe you’ve already taken steps along the path toward living your life this way. No matter what got you to this page, deciding to allow your intuition to lead the way will soon have you leaving fear behind and enjoying the bounty and joy that come with living in flow. Sonia Choquette, author of tune in: Follow Your Intuition from Fear to Flow (Hay House 2012). To learn more about Sonia Choquette and inspirational authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Richardson, Congressman Tim Ryan, Kris Carr and more, we invite you to join us at the Hay House I Can Do It! event in Washington D.C., September 28-29. For more information, visit or call 800-654-5126.

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Acupuncture Happy Hour – 5-6:30pm. Enjoy the relaxing and rejuvenating benefits of acupuncture, in a relaxed, supportive, small group setting. An easy, affordable way to learn and to feel what it’s all about. $10. Blue Heron Wellness, 10723B Columbia Pike, Silver Spring. Info:

Exploring Traditional Culture & Values in Food and Healing – 7-8:30pm. Join Tambra Raye Stevenson, founder of NativSol Kitchen, in exploring cultural values-based approaches in nutrition that can improve health outcomes. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel. Register:

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Chi Running® Essentials with Robyn Humphrey – 1-5pm. Chi Running® is a safe, efficient and natural running technique that reduces injury and improves personal performance. Demonstrations, fun exercises and technique drills. $150. The Still Point Yoga, 13380 Clarksville Pike, Unit I, Highland, MD.

Basic ThetaHealing Class –Thru August 18. 12:308:30pm. This class will definitely transform your life, and others’ lives. You will learn how to pull limiting beliefs and feelings, replacing them with positive ones. $500. Reston Reiki and Self Healing Arts. Register:

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MONDAY, August 5 Breastfeeding Support – 5:15-6:15pm. Mothers bring their babies of all ages to connect with other mothers, ask questions of the IBCLC and find support. $10. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, DC. Info:

WEDNESDAY, August 7 One for the Bay – 5-7pm. Join staff from The Nature Conservancy and the Oyster Recovery Partnership to learn more about their oyster restoration work in the Chesapeake Bay. McCormick & Schmick’s, 1652 K St, NW, DC. Info: OneForTheBay. Youth Health Business and Media Showcase – 6-8pm. Youth from across Washington DC will be displaying their health educational media, healthy food and entrepreneurial ideas. Sasha Bruce Youthwork, 701 9th St, NW, DC. Info:

THURSDAY, August 8 Clearing Clutter: Rediscovering Your Best Home & Office – 7pm. Judy Tiger, owner of DC-based Just That Simple, will share the basics of getting and staying organized. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave, NW, DC. Info: Sweets From the Garden – 7-8pm. Come pick fresh fruit from the garden to make a fruit salad and receive a discount off a Fabulous Fig Facial – with figs from the fig tree. The Still Point, 1 Columbia Ave, Takoma Park.

FRIDAY, August 9 “Yoga Cola” Searching Light on Yoga– 3-5pm. With A.G. Mohan. A rare and unique opportunity to learn and practice first hand with Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist A. G. Mohan who was Krishnamacharya’s student for 18 years. This workshop is highly recommended for all yoga teachers and open to all interested students no matter their level of practice. $40. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Register: The Role of Asana on the Path of Yoga– 6:309:30pm. With AG Mohan and Indra Mohan. In this interactive lecture/ practice Mohan and Indra will

Clearing Clutter: Rediscovering Your Best Home & Office – 2pm. Judy Tiger, owner of DC-based Just That Simple will share the basics of getting and staying organized. SouthEast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th St, SE, DC. Info:

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talk about the subjects of Asana. The Mohans have taken the time to share their intimate knowledge and understanding of these subjects in various books. This information is not in any way westernized to fit the market place of yoga. $40. Buddha B Yoga Center, 1115 U St, Ste 202 (2nd fl), NW, DC.

SUNDAY, August 10 Sacred Feminine Play Day – 10am-5:30pm. Come dance, come play, make tutus, work with essential oils, reconnect with the Earth and celebrate your inner goddess. Hosted by Center for Sacred Silliness. $75. Gaia Healing Center, Mount Airy, MD. Register at: Adult Play Date – 12pm. An adult field day designed to incorporate fun with exercise while creating awareness for adult obesity. Sponsored by The City Vault. American University. Info & Register: The Legacy of Sri. T. Krishnamacharya –7-9pm. Whether you know it or not, your yoga practice has been influenced by Krishnamacharya, the legendary 20th-century yoga master, scholar of all Indian philosophies, and healer. A.G. Mohan was his student for over 18 years, and along with his wife Indra, invite you to a lecture about the Legacy of Krishnamacharya. $25. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Register:

SUNDAY, August 11 AG & Indra Mohan Visit DC – 9am-4:30pm. The Mohans travel to DC and offer a series of 3 lectures: yoga for mental health, pranayama, and yoga for women. $40/lecture, $100/all 3. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave NW, DC. Info & Register: Prenatal Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Restorative yoga consists of supported relaxation postures. A

Red, Hot and Holy– 7:30pm. With Sera Beak and Marjory Bankson. The evening celebrates Sera Beak’s new book Red, Hot and Holy, Marjory Bankson’s guidance on the soul’s calling, and the affirming influence of Jungian analyst Marion Woodman on attending to the inner voice. Moderated by Grace Ogden, this is the first of the new Living Sacred events organized by Grace Productions. $18. Seeker’s Church, Takoma Park. Info: Grace@

SUNDAY, August 18 Yoga for Special Needs – 2-2:45pm. Children 5-12 years explore themselves and each other in a safe, supportive environment. Yoga exercises, breathing, and games. Aides welcome. Donation. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, DC. Info & Register:

WEDNESDAY, August 21 Meditation Guidance – 7-9pm. Get started on a solid meditative practice or find renewed inspiration for your practice. We will also be learning Healing Power Rays Meditation for balance. $25. Reston Reiki and Self Healing Arts. Register:

FRIDAY, August 23 Viking AcroYoga Tour - Community Play – 7-9pm. AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of thai massage. With playful stretching and teamwork, we will take a lighthearted approach to the practice. Come with a friend or by yourself and we will find you a partner. $25. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Register:

SATURDAY, August 24 Viking AcroYoga Tour Weekend Intensive –Through August 25. 10am-5pm. AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of

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acrobatics, and the loving kindness of Thai massage. We will double-team the solar and lunar flow in a combined 6 hours of high-energy acrobatics, soothed with a combined 4 hours of lunar grounding. $130/by Aug10, $150/full price. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Register: Opening the Body Within with Max Strom – 122pm. This movement workshop begins very gently and then builds momentum. At the apex we move directly into a special sequence of postures that opens the internal body. This induces an emotional sense of release, brings the mind into stillness, and the body into a new state of energy. $50. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Register: Rainbow Children’s Class – 2-4pm. We will learn how to be in the Theta Meditative state, release limiting beliefs, and inviting in the feelings we need for balance and wholeness. $50. Reston Reiki and Self Healing Arts. Register: Learn to Breathe, to Heal Yourself and Your Relationships & Book Signing–2:30-4:30.With Max Strom. Breath penetrates, breath invigorates, and breath heals. The class begins with a lecture and then moves into simple but profound breathing exercises, and gentle movement. Followed by a book signing event for Max Strom’s new book, There is no APP for Happines. $50. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Register:

THURSDAY, August 29 Loss…Grief & The Discovery of Hope –Thru September 1. The annual conference of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. Speakers include Anita Moorjani, Eban Alexander, MD and Mary Neal, MD. Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington. Info and Register:

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TUESDAY, September 3 School of Philosophy and Healing in Action –Thru September 13. 9am-5pm. Grounded in powerful

transformative language practices, this course teaches students to be more self-aware, develop life skills, and navigate personal and professional challenges. CEUs available. $750. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel. Register:

THURSDAY, September 19

specialevent Rethinking Cancer Natural Awakenings hosts this free event to explore alternative ways to rethink cancer with a panel of experts in nutrition, herbal treatments, and the mind-body connection - for persons dealing with cancer as a patient, caregiver, or concerned person. Participants will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with the experts as a part of the evening’s events. Free.

September 19 • 6:30-9pm. District Wellness, 1608 20th St, NW, DC. Register:

SATURDAY, September 28 Chesapeake Herb Gathering – 12-9pm. Chesapeake Herb Gathering annual gathering of our herbal community. Enjoy a day of workshops, local vendors, and networking with local medicine makers, teachers, clinicial herbalists, healers, botanists, birthkeepers, plant geeks, artists, homesteaders, and more. $50. Centro Ashé Farm, 1620 Chester Ave, Bryans Road, MD. Info and register: I Can Do It!® Conference –Thru September 29. Hay House’s annual, one-of-a-kind transformational summit is an opportunity to revitalize the soul, enlighten the mind and spirit, and obtain creative strategies for prospering and thriving in the current world climate. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Register:

SATURDAY, October 5 Saturday Series: This Present Moment with Bonnie Schmidt. 2-3:30. This special 4-week workshop explores the inner workings of anxiety and its effects on our mind and body. Learn yoga poses and breathing techniques specially designed to alleviate stress and anxiety, as well as powerful mental practices to create a total transformation in the way to deal with anxiety in your life. $100/4 weeks, $35/drop-in. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Register:

SATURDAY, October 26 The Workshop of Death with Hari-Kirtana Das – 2-4:30pm. The process of yoga is one of identifying and overcoming obstacles to self-realization: illusion, attachments, aversions, our ego, and our fears. All of our fears ultimately roll up to one basic fear: the fear of death. To retreat from death is to retreat from life, to miss out on the full potential of our life offers us.$25/advance,$30/door. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Register:

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sunday Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market – 8:30am-1pm. A producer-only farmers’ market. Only regional growers from the Chesapeake Bay watershed region (DE, MD, PA, VA and WV) may sell at market. 20th St, NW (between Massachusetts Ave & Hillyer Place NW) and the adjacent bank parking lot. More info: 202-362-8889. Community Yoga Class – 11:30am-12:30pm. Open Level Yoga Class hosted by a range of teachers, including recent graduates from our Yoga Teacher Trainings. This community yoga class will vary in style and flow. Please note the room will be heated at 90 degrees to aid in the detoxification of the body. Please arrive early to guarantee your spot. $10/suggested donation. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Register: Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 10-11am. This class is open to all experience levels and provides a well rounded, fundamental GYROTONIC® work out on the pulley tower. $35/session, $250/10 Sessions. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info:

monday Beginner GYROTONIC® Group – 12-1pm. This class is held on the GYROTONIC pulley tower and is designed for new students. Students will learn how to set up the equipment and gain an understanding of the fundamental movements of the system. $35/ session, $250/10 Sessions. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info:

Vipassana Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Guided Meditation in the Vipassana or Insight Meditation Tradition with Vicki Goodman. Emphasis will be on the development of concentration to quiet the mind and body. There will be an emphasis on bringing mindfulness and open heartedness to daily life situations. Time will be allowed at the end of the meditation for discussion. Class takes place every other Tuesday. $10 or give what you can. The Yoga Fusion Studio, 4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. Info:

wednesday Wednesdays with Tara Brach – 7:30-9pm. Class includes 30-min of Vipassana meditation instruction and guided meditation followed by an hour-long Dharma talk. A large gathering of approximately 250-300 people. Beginners through advanced students welcome. There is no registration, but dana (donation) of about $10-$15 is suggested to help cover expenses and is gratefully received. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd (corner of Whittier Blvd & River Rd), Bethesda, MD. For more info: Blessing Circle – 9:15-9:45pm. 2nd Wed. The Insight Meditation Community of Washington offers the Blessing Circle to comfort and support those experiencing loss, grief, illness or any of the “10,000 sorrows” of this life. We gather after the Wed class with Tara Brach for a 30-min service of sharing, mindful and supportive listening and metta practice. Together we offer blessings to all in need as we take refuge together in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd (enter from Whittier Blvd), Bethesda. More info:



Beginner GYROTONIC® Group – 8-9am. See Monday for details. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info:

FreshFarm Market at Penn Quarter – 3-7pm. Delicious locally grown fruits, veggies, cut flowers, plants, handmade soaps, meats, cheeses, eggs and more are available every week. Market is open rain, snow or shine. This year introducing a Matching Dollars program to this market and will give $15 free Matching Dollars to low-income shoppers using their SNAP, WIC or SFMNP coupons. North end of 8th St NW, between D & E sts NW. More info: 202-362-8889.

Chair Massage – 9am-2pm. Have a bit to eat and then get a refreshing, 10- or 15-minute massage every Tuesday and Thursday in Takoma Park. $10-15. Capital City Cheesecake, 7071 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, Md. I Meditate DC: Introduction to the Art of Living – 7-8pm. Refresh and rejuvenate with a free community service initiative to introduce people to breathing and meditation techniques that have a calming effect on the mind and reduce stress. In this 60-minute interactive session, participants develop insight on how to reduce negative emotions that eat up our energy and time. The Art of Living Foundation, 2401 15th St, NW. Register: Secure.

Smithsonian Institute sensitive psychotherapist and director of Creative Counseling and Coaching Services, providing specialized services to women. Support groups, therapy groups and individual therapy also available. $20. Meets at Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St, NW, near the Takoma Metro. For more info or RSVP: 240-354-8354.

friday Yoga for People Living With Cancer & Their Caregivers – 2-3pm. A relaxing hour of yoga taught by yoga therapist Yael Flusberg. The class combines breathwork, gentle movement and guided visualization. GW University Hospital, 900 23rd St NW, DC. RSVP, Jennifer Bires: 202-741-2218 or Community Yoga Class – 6-7pm. Community classes are mixed level, one-hour asana classes taught by a rotating selection of Unity Woods teachers. They are offered by different teachers every Friday of the session. $5/class. Unity Woods Yoga Center. 4853 Cordell Ave, Ste PH9, Bethesda. Info:

saturday Adoption Event – 12-3pm. Rural Dog Rescue holds its weekly adoption event every Saturday at Howl to the Chief. Fosters & Volunteers Needed. Howl to the Chief, 733 8th Street, SE. Info: I Meditate DC: Introduction to the Art of Living – 4-5pm. See Tuesday for details. The Art of Living Foundation, 2401 15th St, NW. Register:

I Meditate DC: Introduction to the Art of Living – 7-8pm. See Tuesday for details. The Art of Living Foundation, 2401 15th St, NW. Register: Secure.

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. A producer-only farmers’ market that supplies the Mount Pleasant neighborhood with local fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, cakes, flowers, plants and prepared foods. Some producers are certified organic or use chemical-free methods, and the meat and dairy is free range. Producers are all located within 125 miles of Washington DC. Lamont Park, corner of 17th & Lamont NW. Info:

Sister Circle – 6:45-8:15pm. 3rd Thurs. Women are invited to come together and share about their journey for personal growth and emotional wellness. Group led by Dr. Theresa Ford, a skilled and

Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 10-11am. See Sunday for details. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info:

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

1221 Connecticut Ave, Ste 5B, NW, DC 202-300-8428 Safe, affordable acupuncture care. Pay what you can, $20-$50 per treatment. Join the Community Acupuncture movement.

AYURVEDA APURVA AYURVEDA HEALING CENTER 2841 Hartland Rd, Ste 207, Falls Church 703-667-0465

Offering traditional ayurvedic bodywork and energy work for health and balance. Urban pancha karma, health counseling and other techniques to encourage a healthy lifestyle.


202-630-2435 • We provide acupuncture and Intuitive Reiki services. Our mission is to heal our patients, ourselves, each other and our communities. See ad, page 7.

CONSULTING GRACE PRODUCTIONS Grace Ogden, Principal 301-445-6771

Grace Ogden leads this consulting and event production firm that supports progressive social change with an awareness of why spiritual principles and practices matter. See ad, page 29.

OURSPACE ACUPUNCTURE 809 Easley St, Silver Spring, MD 301-388-8085

Natural, affordable, safe, holistic health care in a comfortable community setting. We ask for $15-$40 per session. Schedule your appointment online today.


Couples Therapy GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055, 202-300-4981 • Evaluation, treatment, counseling, and education for all sexual health concerns. See ad, page 2.

REVIVE COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 3808 34th St, Mt. Rainier, MD 301-864-1975

$15-$35 acupuncture. Open Tuesday/Thursday, 2-7pm, Wednesday/Friday/Saturday, 10am-2pm. Convenient to Brookland, Chillum, H St, the Hill, Hyattsville, Cheverly. Free parking. Walk-ins welcome.



Individual & Couples Therapy GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055

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With over 20 years of experience, D r. N a t a l i e K o r y t n y k i s a psychologist with an expertise in relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, work stress, eating disorders and self-esteem. See ad, page 2.

CREATIVE COUNSELING AND COACHING SERVICES, LLC Individual and Group Therapy & Life Coaching 240-354-3854

Offers high quality, culturally competent and gender-sensitive therapy and life coaching for adults that promotes physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.

GARDENING LOVE & CARROTS 1921 1st St NE, DC 802-363-9643 Love&

Love & Carrots is a home gardening service that teaches families how to grow their own food. They design, install and maintain organically grown vegetable gardens.



Services, classes and events that focus on organic gardening, herbal healing wisdom and honoring the sacredness of our Earth and all of life.


5501 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 117 Carroll St NW, Old Takoma, DC 301-403-8957 The Big Bad Woof is a community resource for companion animals and their guardians. We are committed to providing nutritious foods for companion animals whether they are dogs, cats, small mammals, birds or fish. We provide access to organic, holistic and premium raw diets and a wide range of alternatives including holistic supplements for companion animals. See ad, page 7.


733 8th St SE, DC 202-544-8710 • We carry a large assortment of natural, holistic, raw and organic diets for dogs, cats and small animals. Grooming and selfserve dog wash service too! See ad, page 26.

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Green Comfort offers a variety of educational opportunities for herbal studies, offering clinical training, integrated medicine and holistic nutrition. Apothecary and garden apprenticeships are available to returning students. Green Comfort Herbal Apothecary Clinic is available by appointment to anyone wishing to discuss their health concerns and a holistic healing regimen. See ad, page 31.

Home improvement AMICUS GREEN BUILDING CENTER 301-571-8590

A home improvement store full of materials that maximize health, eco-friendliness, water and energy savings, with expertise to make any project greener and smoother.


aNGELA GABRIEL, MSOM, LAC, CH GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055, 202-300-4981

Classical Chinese medicine, Japanese-style acupuncture, pain and stress management, chronic issues, family care, women’s health, pregnancy, children, Kiiko Matsumoto-style acupuncture, moxibustion, integrative medicine. See ad, page 2.

908 New Hampshire Ave, NW, DC 202-833-5055

A clinic that effectively combines use of traditional and conventional evidence-based medical practices through a variety of complementary and alternative therapies and has many years of close collaboration with George Washington University Medical Center and a variety of physicians in most subspecialties. See ad, page 2.

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.


571-331-1497 We offer an elegant and contemporary space using the natural element of water to gently wash debris from the colon. Our gravity-open system provides the connection between water and cleannliness that forms the basis for rejuvenation

Life coaching by Valerie Stanley moves you in the right direction for long-term authentic happiness. It helps you to answer many of the questions in your life about love, marriage, and work. Guidance that is down to earth yet out of this world. See ad, page 32.


Robyn Povich, Certified Professional Coach, Arbinger trained Coach, and Certified Facilitator of The Work™. She offers private sessions, retreats, workshops and teleclasses. Become more present and empowered in your life. See ad, page 18.


Create positive growth in all areas of life with a ff o r d a b l e l i f e coaching — greater work/life balance, career development, stress management, wellness, and stronger leadership skills. See ad, page 32.


Dr. Kogan is Medical Director of GW Center for Integrative Medicine where he provides integrative consultations and primary care. In addition, he does geriatric consultations at GW University Hospital and makes home visits to frail patients. See ad, page 2.



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JUST THAT SIMPLE Home and office organizig and move preparation services with a personalized, nonjudgmental approach, JTS helps tame “all clutter in all rooms.” You can find, use and put away things in relaxing, productive spaces.



301-717-2652 With more than 15 years experience and advanced training in neuromuscular therapy, Vera helps her clients regain their strength and fluidity. In Takoma Park.



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VIP iMed features individualized Integrative Medical and Wellness Programs: transforming your life and addressing your individual needs, with a proven record of treating most medical conditions and getting results. See ad, page 15.

Mindfulness-based counseling and meditation instruction. Dr. Byrne teaches classes, retreats, and workshops on Buddhism and meditation in the Washington DC area and nationwide and provides individual counseling.

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4601 Connecticut Ave, NW, Ste 6, DC 20008 202-244-4545 Dr. Sullivan is a Naturopathic/Homeopathic physician, specializing in homeopathic and botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diets for blood types. She treats people, not just conditions.


Adult & Pediatric Naturopathic Medicine GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • Dr. Ledenac is a Naturopathic Physician in family medicine caring for adults and children. She has a special focus in weight management (body composition improvement), nutritional assessments, pediatrics, and women’s health including fertility care. See ad, page 2.


Yes! Organic Market has provided healthful food, supplements and body care products at affordable prices for over 30 years. Visit any of our seven stores in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. See ad, page 11.

Reiki-Biofeedback Practitioner GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • Luann provides treatments and trainings in the use of Reiki handson and biofeedback for self-care, and Reiki care of others. See ad, page 2.

Relax, rejuvenate, energize with acupuncture, massage, yoga, skincare and herbal medicine at our center or at your workplace.


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Our Naturopathic physicians, acupuncturist, massage therapist, reiki practitioner, and life coach provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to achieving optimal health and wellness.

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Natural skincare products and services. JoElle SkinCare carefully selects each ingredient for its superior quality, freshness and potency. We use traditional ingredients in their purest form, pioneering a fresh new approach to therapeutic skincare.

Handcrafting raw, vegan and organic treats, tonics and cleanses in Washington DC. Making a raw vegan lifestyle more approachable, fun and simple through our products and services; consume less, become aware and live sustainably.



302-897-2407 • Krista combines her knowledge of physiology, medicinal herbs, foodas-medicine and the mind/body connection to evoke positive and lasting change with each individual client. She currently sees clients in the Baltimore and Washington area.

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GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • A highly experienced practitioner, certified in the medical, therapeutic arena of Cardiac Yoga. Specializing in chronic conditions and degenerative disease. Therapeutic yoga for special conditions and meditation are offered by appointment with GW Center for Integrative Medicine. See ad, page 2.

ELEMENTS FITNESS AND WELLNESS CENTER 2233 Wisconsin, Ste 217, DC 20007 202-333-5252 •

Offering Pilates, GYROTONIC® Exercise, physical therapy, massage and more for clients of all ages. Experience the joy of moving and breathing freely at Elements Center.


Our goal is to provide our clients a wide range of therapeutic modalities that meet their needs both immediate and long term. See ad, page 31.


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Beloved Yoga embraces all traditions and paths of yoga and our classes are designed to give you a complete yoga experience. Our teachers come from different lineages offering you a wellbalanced practice and exposure to this ancient practice. One intention that you will find in all our classes is the philosophy of flow, integrating breath with movement creating a meditative space for the mind, body and spirit.

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Experience a place of refuge and a spiritual center where all are welcome! A Vegan Vinyasa yoga studio and JivaMukti™ Yoga Center Affiliate. Open 7 days a week and offering over 55 classes a week, including 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. See ad, page 7.


12106 Wilkins Ave, Rockville 301-881-3330 • extendYoga strives to provide a positive, nurturing environment that challenges individuals to extend themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We believe in giving back to the community by participating in various charitable causes.


4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, DC 20016 202-248-6304 A friendly, community yoga center welcoming all ages and stages of life. Offering open and honest teaching regarding yoga, well-being, family and spirituality.


4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 301-656-8937 Yo g a c l a s s e s , t e a c h e r training, health and wellness seminars, and community wellness offerings. We are your home for a loving and cohesive yoga family. See ad, page 28.


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Attend To Energize Your Mind, Body and Spirit! KRIS CARR New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker and wellness activist, Kris directed and starred in Crazy Sexy Cancer, an inspirational documentary that chronicled her journey from cancer diagnosis to juicy healthy living. DR. WAYNE DYER An internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development, Dr. Dyer is the author of New York Times bestsellers including Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, Excuses Be Gone, and his newest release, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting. NICK ORTNER Producer of the documentary film, The Tapping Solution, Nick is a searcher, constantly reading, exploring and experimenting with emotional freedom techniques (EFT) that can change lives. BRIAN L. WEISS, M.D. Best-selling author of Many Lives, Many Masters, psychiatrist and past life regression expert, Dr. Weiss continues to help people release anxieties and fears.

IYANLA VANZANT Founder and executive director of Inner Visions International and the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development, Iyanla is the author of 13 titles—including five New York Times bestsellers. CAROLINE MYSS Five time New York Times bestselling author, Caroline is recognized as one of the world’s leading voices in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality, and health. ANITA MOORJANI Author of Dying to Be Me, Anita recounts her fascinating and moving near-death experience in early 2006 following an end-stage cancer diagnosis including the depths and insights she gained while in the other realm that tremendously changed her perspective on life. TIM RYAN Currently serving in his fifth term representing Ohio’s 17th Congressional District, Tim Ryan continues to be an outspoken advocate for promoting mindful meditation as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation.

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Natural Awakenings DC August 2013  
Natural Awakenings DC August 2013  

Washington DC's green and healthy living magazine.