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he recent signing of the Women’s Rights Bill has prompted me to consider thought-provoking economic aspects of life that likely affect Women’s Wellness, this issue’s theme. So I consulted the Small Business Administration, where I found, along with various resources specific to the needs of businesswomen, the current Wisconsin Small Business Resource Guide. There I discovered that women hold a majority stake in about a third of all U.S. small businesses and have at least equal interest in half of the country’s small businesses. According to U.S. labor force statistics found at Catalyst.org:
In 2012: ww Women comprised 46.9 percent of the labor force. ww 57.7 percent of all women 16 years and older were in the labor force, compared to 70.2 percent of all men. ww Women held 51.5 percent of management, professional and related positions. In 2011: ww 55.8 percent of all mothers with children under the age of 1 were in the labor force. ww The labor force participation rate of parents with children under 18 was 70.6 percent for mothers and 93.5 percent for fathers.
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What have such remarkable statistics to do with women’s wellness? I suspect that ramping up their roles as often independent or primary wage earners as well as mothers and business and community leaders continues to place unprecedented demands on women’s time and abilities. Along with increasing demands has come greater attention to strategies for maintaining health and well-being, so that women can keep on keeping on. I wish to make a statement of gratitude here for all the caring and dedicated women that so skillfully contributed to my aspiring to be a better man in myriad ways. I am thankful to continue to learn about what women face today from the experts contributing to this issue. I feel fortunate to serve as a local publisher of the nation’s leading independent healthy living, healthy planet magazine where women account for a significant majority of our readership. This month, Christine MacDonald’s interview with Gabby Reese explores how this celebrity mom, athlete and entrepreneur works to balance life’s demands by alternately focusing on various priorities at different stages of her life. Sarah Todd’s article on movement therapies can help keep our bodies functioning well in the face of challenges. Our local Business Spotlight focuses on the importance of always staying hydrated with quality water, like H20 Energy Flow, a newly launched product in the Madison area. Thanks to you all, we continue to be here each month with leading-edge wellness and green-living information geared to make your life healthier and happier. We love being your go-to community resource for natural and sustainable living. Thank you for supporting us. To equity for all,
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15 H20 ENERGY FLOW You Are What You Drink
by Lauressa Nelson
16 TRUST YOUR INTUITION Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You
by Linda Sechrist
19 BODY EASE
Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours
by Sarah Todd
20 VOLLEYING LIFE Gabrielle Reece on Her Balancing Act by Christine MacDonald
22 FENG SHUI
Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick
24 PAIN-FREE POOCH
Five Natural Therapies that Work
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26 WHOA! TO LIMITATIONS Therapeutic Horseback Riding Strengthens Kids by Cyndee Woolley
27 LIVE YOUR SONG
It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself
by Jill Mattson
Sustainability Graduate Program at Edgewood College
dgewood College, in Madison, announces its new Master of Arts degree program in Sustainability Leadership, saying that it is the first of its kind in the United States. The program differs from other online courses in that it is a cohort, project-based, learning environment designed for working professionals. Classes begin in July. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to actualize frameworks for sustainable models, such as ecological design, environmental justice, social innovation and more, empowering graduates to enter a rapidly growing field. “As those who recognize the urgent call to create abundant, healthy and prosperous communities and companies, it is vital to have the skills to lead change,” observes Jim Lorman, Ph.D. and academic program director of Edgewood College. “By earning a graduate certificate or master of arts degree in Sustainability Leadership, graduates will be equipped with the skills and resources needed to address real-world issues related to their personal and professional goals as they become change agents for sustainability at the local and global levels.” Location: 1000 Edgewood College Dr., Madison. For more information, call 608663-3440, email LMcMurray@Edgewood.edu or visit Edgewood.edu/Sustainability.
Happy Bambino Hosts Children’s Day Celebration
appy Bambino, in Madison, will host a Children’s Day celebration, a national holiday in Japan dedicated to celebrating the health and happiness of all children, from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., May 3. Proceeds will benefit homeless families in Madison and Japan. Attendees to this drop-in event can make a traditional fish kite or samurai helmet to take home and create dolls, origami cranes and cards to send to local and Japanese families in shelters. Additional activities include face paintings, children’s storytelling and parades, Shiatsu and chair massage. Cost: $3-$10/child for activity room admission; $1/minute for massage. Location: 4116 Monona Dr., Madison. For more information, call 608-257-4663, email Madison@TaoSangha-NA.com or visit TaoSangha-NA.com.
Concert and Workshop with Chris Spheeris
hris Spheeris, renowned composer, performer, writer, filmmaker, photographer and international speaker, will present Facets of Love, a concert, at 7:30 p.m., May 9, followed by the Power of Presence workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 10, at Unity of Madison. Spheeris’ pieces are inspirational, witty, thought-provoking, touching and meaningful. Facets of Love is a celebration in music, spoken word and imagery. During the hands-on, intensive workshop, Spheeris will Chris Spheeris introduce attendees to the deeper state of engagement and full presence, through which they can experience an authentic, inspired life. Cost: $25 for concert; $45 for workshop. Location: 601 Tomkins Dr., Madison. For more information or to register, visit ChrisSpheeris.com/Madison.
Passionate Pursuit Helena Rose Cover artist Helena Rose’s creations portray the power and beauty of nature and the female form. A student of astrology, tarot reading and numerology, Rose depicts a magical place where the tangible and ethereal meet through her art. “I am endlessly inspired by the world around me—vibrant, saturated colors; overly intense light; fluid forms; and jagged textures,” says Rose. “The luminosity of life, humanity and the cosmos often leaves me speechless.” Rose uses a wide array of materials in her creations, including pastels, colored pencils, clay and wood. She also creates wearable art, such as handbags made from salvaged leather and jewelry made from sea glass, meteorites, gemstones and other natural materials. The cover image, Passionate Pursuit, is part of a series of “collage to canvas” acrylic paintings. “I had been making collages for years and one day decided to try using those fun little pieces as sketches for my more serious painted works,” comments Rose. Born, raised and home-schooled in rural Washington state, Rose is a self-taught artist who makes her art and home in Thousand Oaks, California. View the artist’s portfolio at Facebook. com/LikeHelenaRoseArt.
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he second annual Community Health and Wellness Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 10, at the Resilience Neighborhood Center, in Madison. This free, all-ages event features local health providers, health and wellness facilities and Growing Power Madisonâ€™s Community Supported Agriculture Market Basket program. Activities include fitness demonstrations, health and wellness breakout sessions and giveaways. Location: 501 E. Badger Rd., Madison. For more information, call Cora White at 608-274-9111.
Day of Discovery Spring Workshop for Women
ancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, in Madison, will host a Day of Discovery workshop for women from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 17. Facilitator and Dance/Movement Therapist Grace Valentine along with Music Therapist RoseAnna Cyr will discuss activities and exercises that can further deepen the understanding and appreciation of the self. The workshop will include an exploration of what music and movements make attendees feel most alive. Participants will discover what their own musical and sound preferences are, finding what is pleasing to their ears and their bodies in motion. Cost: $50. Location: 16 N. Hancock St., Madison. For more information or to register, call 608-251-0908, email Info@HancockCenter.net or visit HancockCenter.net.
Families for Justice Potluck
amilies for Justice (FFJ), a multigenerational group of mostly white families troubled by racial injustice in the community and wanting to be part of the solution, will host an outdoor potluck from 4 to 6 p.m., May 18, at Hawthorne Park, in Madison. FFJ members are committed to discussing racial justice with their children and dismantling white privilege using tools such as honest and compassionate dialogue, kid-friendly activities, peer education, leadership activities and community organization to advance their efforts. The potluck will offer food and conversation for those interested in learning more about the group, including a discussion of upcoming activities and afternoon workshops for parents and children. In case of rain, potluck will be cancelled. Location: 220 Division St., Madison. For more information, visit FFJDane.Wordpress.com.
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he Holistic Horse Fair will take place from May 17 through 18 at The Horse First Farm, in Brooklyn, Wisconsin. Demonstrations, interactive workshops, shopping and kids activities will be featured at this two-day event, including learning opportunities focused on growing partnerships, enhancing performance and improving health for individuals and their horses. Bodywork for horses and humans will be discussed, highlighting chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, acupressure, energy work, myofacial release and craniosacral therapy. Attendees can meet adoptable horses and visit vendors specializing in natural horse and human products, herbs, animal communication and therapeutic horse programs. Workshops and presentations will cover topics such as hoof care, nutrition, essential oils, saddle fitting and a rescue horse Colt Start clinic with renowned trainer Ryan Rose. Tickets at the door only $10 a day adults; $15 for a two-day pass. Kids 12 to 18 $5 a day, under 12 free. Free parking. Location: 5594 Alpine Rd., Brooklyn. For more information, call Kirsten Engle at 608-235-1045, email Holistic HorseFairWI@gmail.com or visit HolisticHorseFair.com.
Havens Center Hosts RadFest 2014
he Havens Center, in Madison, presents RadFest, a weekend of conversation among activists and academics on a wide range of topics concerning social justice, social transformation and social research, May 23 through 25, at Camp Upham Woods, in the Wisconsin Dells. A participant-driven conference, anyone attending RadFest can call for a session on any topic. Activities include hiking, canoeing, bonfires, music making and relaxed discussion of important issues. Free childcare and a children’s program will be provided during sessions. Cost: $65-$100 per person includes two nights of lodging and five meals. Location: N194 County Road N., Wisconsin Dells. For more information or to register, email PBarrett@SSC.Wisc.edu or Wright@SSC.Wisc.edu or visit HavensCenter.org/vsp/ RadFest.
Urban Bike Adventure in Madison
rban Bike Adventure returns for another exciting race in Madison with all new twists and challenges beginning at noon, May 31, at One Barrel Brewing. Bikers can pick up their packets between 11 and 11:55 a.m. on race day. Urban Bike Adventure is a unique biking scavenger race around the city, complete with challenges, riddles and checkpoints for two-to-four member teams. This race will feature a live leader board, additional checkpoints and more prizes. Cost: $30 until May 30; $35 race day. Location: One Barrel Brewing, 2001 Atwood Ave., Madison. For more information or to register, visit UrbanBike Adventure.com/Madison.
Fourth Annual Mad City Vegan Fest
he fourth annual Mad City Vegan Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 7, at the Goodman Community Center, in Madison. This free, annual celebration of veganism features great food, inspiring speakers, raffle prizes and a host of vegan-minded exhibitors. A project of the Alliance for Animals and the Environment, this event will provide attendees with information on how to protect animals, the environment and individual health through vegan choices. This is a free event. Location: 149 Waubesa St., Madison. For more information, visit VeganFest.org/2014.php.
YWCA Moxie Conference for Women Leaders
he 2014 YWCA Moxie Conference, entitled Nerve and KnowHow for Emerging Leaders, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 29, at Monona Trace, in Madison. A pre-conference screening of the film, Makers: Women Who Make America, will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 28, at the downtown Madison Public Library branch. Empowering women is a key component of the YWCA Madison’s mission. This women’s leadership conference aims to build tomorrow’s leaders and encourage them to draw inspiration from the Women of Distinction Leadership Award recipients who will be honored during the conference. Makers: Women Who Make America is presented in collaboration with Wisconsin Public Television’s Women Making History Project. The film reviews the story of how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. After the screening, Nina Valeo Cooke, undergraduate advisor and the director of the internship program for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, will facilitate a discussion about the film. Cost: $400 for full conference; $70 lunch and awards only; $80 morning keynote only; $70 Afternoon Plenary only. For more information or to register, visit YWCAMadison. org/Moxie.
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Wildwood Institute Herbal Apprenticeship Program
he spring semester is full for the Wildwood Institute’s Herbal Apprenticeship Program; applications are now being accepted for the fall semester, which begins in mid-November. This program offers an opportunity for those that want to learn more about herbalism for personal use, for healthcare practitioners in broadening their holistic healing methods or for those who would like to run an herb-related business. Participants will learn to use herbs safely and effectively for themselves, loved ones and in a professional capacity. The apprenticeship includes hands-on training, harvesting and making herbal remedies, coupled with herb walks and outdoor teaching, all within a small class size. For more information, visit WildwoodInstitute.com.
Madison’s Family Wellness Relocates
adison’s Family Wellness Acupuncture and Medical Massage Clinic, along with acupuncturist Michael Ojer, have moved to the historic Jefferson building at 222 North Midvale Boulevard, on the corner of Vernon and Midvale, where they will share a healing space with many massage therapists in the American Massage Therapy Association. Specializing in senior health, pain management and natural wellness, Madison’s Family Wellness’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality natural health care regardless of income level. For more information, call 608-358-2068 or email MichaelOjer@gmail.com.
Wilderness and History Hike through Pine Hollow
utdoor enthusiast Karl Lang will guide an enchanting walk through the Pine Hollow State Natural area near Devil’s Lake State Park at noon on Sundays throughout May (excluding Mother’s Day). The walk begins at a “singing” boulder-covered creek, follows another stream with pools and waterfalls and continues into the seldom-visited Pine Hollow area, with a high waterfall at its end and two historical archeology sites. This three-to-six-hour hike (depending on how far hikers wish to go) requires no special equipment other than good shoes. Meet in the southwest parking lot of Devil’s Lake State Park. For more information, call Karl Lang at 608-244-6555 or email KarlLang@gmail.com.
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Merciér Pelvic Massage Boosts Women’s Fertility
new, noninvasive infertility treatment has met with highly favorable results. In a recent study published in the journal Midwifery Today, 40 of 48 women between ages 28 and 42 that underwent two or more sessions of Merciér Therapy achieved pregnancy within the first year; 32 of those used the method alone (no other artificial fertilization/insemination techniques). The four-year study was presented at the 2013 World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain. The Merciér Method was developed by Jennifer Merciér, a midwife and holistic women’s health practitioner. The regimen includes six hours of pelvic organ massage manipulation, along with a supplement program and continuous monitoring. She explains, “Our protocol is a gentle and noninvasive visceral manipulation of the female reproductive organs that helps to increase general organ mobility and blood flow, which enhances optimal function.” A documentary on the protocol, Fertility: The Shared Journey with Merciér Therapy, premieres this month (MercierMovie.com).
Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema
ew research has found that if a mother drinks cow’s milk during the period that she is breastfeeding, it raises her infant’s risk of experiencing skin allergies. The study, published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, followed 62 mothers and their infants from birth through 4 months of age. Researchers from Bangkok’s Mahidol University assembled the mothers and infants into two groups. Mothers in one group drank cow’s milk during the first four months of breastfeeding; the control group did not. Eight of the children with mothers drinking cow’s milk had skin allergies, versus two of the children in the control group. All of the mothers exclusively breastfed their infants throughout this period. An earlier study published in the British Medical Journal followed 124 mothers, 97 of which breastfed their babies. Of those that breastfed, 48 drank no milk or other dairy products and 49 drank milk. Infants in the milkdrinking group experienced 21 cases of eczema, while the no-milk group had only 11 cases. Overall, between the breastfed and non-breastfed infants, the breastfed infants had lower incidences of eczema regardless of the mother’s diet.
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VITAMIN D NO HELP FOR BONE MASS OR HIP FRACTURES
niversity of Pittsburgh researchers that followed 29,862 women for 11 years have found that supplementing calcium with vitamin D does not reduce hip fractures. The study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, found that women taking calcium plus vitamin D had as many hip fractures as women taking a placebo. Women supplementing with more than 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day also had a 28 percent higher incidence of breast cancer. Because hip fractures are linked to a reduction in bone density, these findings are compounded by a review of research published in The Lancet, which established that vitamin D supplements typically taken with calcium did not increase bone density among elderly adults. The review analyzed 23 studies among 4,082 participants, 92 percent of whom were women.
ROUNDUP TOXIN ACCUMULATES IN GM SOYBEANS
study published in the journal Food Chemistry tested soybeans grown from seeds that were genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. It compared these with organic soybeans and soybeans from non-GM seeds. The chemical and nutritional analysis of soybean samples from 31 different Iowa farms found the GM soy contained significantly higher levels of the toxin glyphosate, the central chemical in Roundup, than both the organic and the conventional non-GMO soybeans. The organic soybeans contained no glyphosate, plus significantly higher levels of protein and zinc, as well as lower levels of saturated fats.
Natural Treatment Option for Respiratory Infections
ccording to the National Institutes of Health, lower respiratory infections are more prevalent worldwide than HIV, malaria, cancer and heart attacks. Those that suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis or asthma are especially prone reports the journal PLOS Medicine. Treatment can be especially difficult when it’s unclear if the cause is a virus, bacterium or fungus. The typical Western practice of ingesting pills spreads drugs throughout the body instead of treating only the air-side of the lungs, where the problem is located. It’s better to target the active treatment agent only where it’s needed. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Micriobiology & Infectious Diseases suggests delivering a fine-droplet mist from a nebulizer directly atop the invading pathogens and replenishing often to keep the area moist with antimicrobials. This can achieve far greater local dosing with far lower systemic penetration. Choose an antimicrobial that kills all three potential types of pathogens so the physician won’t need to guess the proper drug or try them sequentially. A more natural option is to avoid drugs. Clinical studies by the Klearsen Corporation and laboratory work at National Jewish Hospital have shown that locally administering an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver in the recommended manner will clear even the most stubborn pathogens. Plus, it has no adverse side effects. When dosing with a liquid colloid of silver concentration of 50 parts per mission (ppm) or more, the suggested protocol is usually three milliliters, three times per day. For acute infections, the three-milliliter dose can be administered every two waking hours. Using a nebulizer is essential to achieve the effective microdroplets required to reach all areas of the lungs. Inhaling the nebulized mist deep into the lungs will coat the invading pathogens. Note that a vaporizer isn’t suitable because its steam delivery will leave the active ingredients behind. Steven Frank has researched respiratory infection therapies for 15 years and holds three related patents. Study sites include the Institute for Tuberculosis Research, National Jewish Hospital and Klearsen Corporation. He presented Respiratory Clinical Trial results to the American Naturopathic Medical Association in 2006. He can be reached at SteveF@NaturesRiteRemedies.com. See ad, page 18.
MULTIVITAMINS WITH SELENIUM COUNTER HIV
study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a daily multivitamin supplement with selenium significantly slows the advance of HIV among those with the virus. The researchers tested 878 asymptomatic, HIV-infected people over two years that had never taken antiretroviral medications. The test subjects were split into four groups, with members of each receiving separate medications—multivitamins, multivitamins plus selenium, selenium alone or a placebo—for five years. The multivitamins contained vitamins B, C and E. Those given multivitamins plus selenium experienced a 54 percent reduction in low counts of a critical immunity cell factor (called CD4) compared to the placebo group. This group also experienced a 44 percent reduction in other events known to accompany the progression of HIV, including AIDS-related deaths. The researchers concluded: “In antiviral, therapy-naive, HIV-infected adults, 24-month supplementation with a single supplement containing multivitamins and selenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and morbidity.”
Healthy Homemade Infant Food Reduces Kids’ Allergies
study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that infants that were fed more homemade foods comprising a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop food allergies. In assessing youngsters of the same age, researchers from the University of Southampton Medical College, in the UK, followed 41 children that had developed food allergies by the age of 2, alongside 82 non-allergic infants. After tracking the toddlers’ diets with food diaries and conducting allergy testing, the researchers found that infants fed more of the healthier homemade diet had a significantly lower incidence of food allergies as toddlers. natural awakenings
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Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come. When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see Tinyurl.com/Top50BikeFriendliestCities). The popular Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare program began operating in September 2010, and is now the nationâ€™s largest, with 200 locking docks able to accommodate more than 1,800 bright-red bicycles. As in many programs, people can sign up for a short-term stint or an annual membership using either a credit card online or at a station kiosk. Then they can unlock a bicycle and return it to any station within the system. All rides under 30 minutes are free, after which escalating fees kick in, encouraging people to make short trips and to keep more bikes available for other riders.
Forests Preserve Trees Rescue Urbanites from Dirty Air
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, poor air quality can irritate the respiratory system, reduce lung function, inflame and damage the cells that line the lungs, make lungs more susceptible to infection, aggravate asthma, aggravate other chronic lung diseases and cause permanent lung damage. U.S. Forest Service researchers have discovered that the urban forests in 10 cities across the country save on average one person a year from pollution-related death. In New York City alone, that number increases to eight people per year. The scientists recommend that people everywhere plant more trees. Source: AmericanForests.org
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Radical Fuel Solar Surge
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Last year, the U.S. joined Germany, Italy, China and Japan in producing more than 10 gigawatts of solar production nationwide. Now, other countries have awakened to the opportunity and are on their way to catching up. The popular Scandinavian retailer IKEA has sold $10,000 solar panels in 17 British outlets. Peru recently started a National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program to connect 2 million of its poorest residents with solar power. In the first phase, 1,601 solar panels were installed to power 126 impoverished communities. The plan is to install about 12,500 photovoltaic systems for 500,000 households at an overall cost of $200 million. Earth Hour IndiaÂ is helping citizens to switch to solar energy in villages that previously had no electricity. Woodlands stores, in partnership with World Wildlife Foundation-India, has launched a collection drive across the country, inspiring individuals to donate to help light up more than 100 households in three villages in Madhya Pradesh with solar power. The residents had traditionally depended on forest resources for their energy needs.
Toyota has announced that it will market a hydrogen-powered car beginning with the 2015 model year, and Hyundai has also committed to rolling out its fuel-cell Tucson model next year. Honda has already begun leasing its hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity to customers in California. Each of these vehicles can travel about 300 miles without a refill (three times the range of the hybrid Chevy Volt in battery mode), and reach a top speed of about 100 miles per hour. A refill takes just a few minutes, and because the hydrogen is used to produce electricity, the cars drive without the roar of an internal combustion engine. The cost of hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles is expected to continue to fall and eventually match that of conventional cars by 2023.
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Whales Under Siege by Seismic Surveys The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is intensifying global efforts to safeguard whales and other marine species from the harm caused by powerful noises generated by seismic seafloor surveys by the oil and gas industry and others. In seismic surveys, air guns towed behind ships repeat powerful bursts of sound; sensors measure the return echo to reveal details of the sea floor and the underlying geologic structure to a depth of several kilometers. Whales rely on sound for communication, navigation and foraging. Exposure to loud noise from seismic surveys can result in stress and behavior changes, affect foraging and nursing or cause direct physical damage. In a study published in the journal Aquatic Mammals, the authors present the most thorough, robust and practical approach to minimizing and monitoring the risk of harm to vulnerable marine species when intense sounds are used. A step-by-step guide to reducing effects on whales and other marine species during seismic sea floor surveys is available from the IUCN Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Tinyurl.com/ WhaleSavingGuide).
FDA Finally Regulates Triclosan The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, under a new court agreement with the Natural Resources Defense Council, has agreed to issue a new rule governing the use of Triclosan, a controversial antimicrobial agent used widely in consumer products, by 2016. The action was first proposed in 1978. Triclosan, a possible endocrine-disrupting chemical, has been found in three-quarters of people from whom blood, urine or tissue has been analyzed as part of bio-monitoring studies; it is also found in the environment after having passed through sewage treatment plants. Source: TheDailyGreen.com 14
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H2O Energy Flow: You Are What You Drink by Lauressa Nelson
t age 50, Mark Bublitz chose to re-examine his lifestyle. “I had always been active, and I was not feeling bad or having health problems, so it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with high cholesterol that I decided to get on a healthier path,” says the newfound entrepreneur. He started spending more time at a local health food store, Karen’s Energy, in West Bend, where he met the owner, Karen Urbanek, a local natural health and nutrition guru. With Urbanek as his teacher, in 2013, Bublitz became a certified therapeutic nutritional counselor through the Association of Natural Health. The two things that he thought about least in his former life have had the biggest effect on his new direction: energy and water. “Up until the high cholesterol diagnosis, I ate the standard American diet,” says Bublitz. “Soon, the doctor wanted to put me on medication for high blood pressure. I found out that the increase in blood pressure may have been due to the cholesterol medication. In the conventional medical model, it seemed like one pill leads to another until you have a basketful.” That realization led him to seek alternatives. “Unlike the conventional medical model, the holistic approach looks at a person’s lifestyle,” he explains. While studying with Urbanek, Bublitz became intrigued with special water sold at her store, water imbued with high-frequency energy. After some research, he began bottling the water under the name H2O Energy Flow. “At
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pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments.
Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist
What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?
ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.
For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” 16
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“Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As
the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body alMethod of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, lows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identiand freedom.” fied as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she life-giving processes in nature. is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses session, my client, who had been silently experiencing and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs numerous feelings in her stomach, asked me why I had us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into touched her abdomen. I was just intuitively led to that part alignment with our source and what of her body.” is moving us out of alignment.” Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a Quieting the mind and strengthenPh.D., medical intuitive and co-author ing the directives of prana through mediof All is Well, notes that everyone has a tation, yoga and being in nature moves connection to intuition. “We get a gut us away from what we tell ourselves feeling and sadness in our heart from and back to directly responding to its our inner intelligence that we don’t promptings. “Absorbed in the present know what to do with. While some moment and bodily sensations, we conindividuals consult a practitioner, nect with inner guidance,” explains Deothers listen to their body’s intuitive sai. “With practice, our mind becomes a language and reflect on their insights servant to inner intelligence. It can both and dreams—the language of soul,” direct our lives and make us sensitive to says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly early symptoms suggesting oncoming through symptoms,” she observes. illness,” she adds. “Eventually, when disregarded, it can “There is growing interest in become a full-blown illness.” energy medicine and developing Biochemist and author of Secrets a deeper connection to the body’s of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s intelligence through yoga and energy Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, practices like qigong and tai chi Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular because people are tired of taking intelligence. “Our cells are invismedications that don’t heal the root ible, so we don’t think of ourselves as Fearlessly following cause of health problems,” comcellular beings. However, a deeper ments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of understanding of our constitution and our intuition frees us to Morter Health Center, near Indianapthat our cells speak to each other and fully live an authentic olis, Indiana, and the healing phecollaborate harmoniously could inspire nomenon she terms Energy Codes. us to befriend our body’s intelligence and satisfying life. A regular practice of any one of for life,” she says. “We might shift from these disciplines expands sensory wanting to fix an ache or pain to underfunction to encompass internal recognition and referencing standing that our cells are warning us of something.” of subtle information. Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purseveral books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidcelebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift ance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuPlan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, ition and distracting chatter. inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and life,” says McCammon. pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guid Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi ance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, natural awakenings
INTUITION UNLEASHED Spend time with your feelings: Write down how you feel about your job, relationships, house, health and what’s going on in the world. Build and strengthen feeling receptors: Choose one feeling and spend the day with it. Notice every time you see that feeling expressed in yourself or someone else. Don’t judge it or form an opinion about it; just notice. Receive everything: Pay attention to what you are feeling. Don’t worry about what you will do with what you feel or your thoughts about those feelings. Just receive them. You can decide later what you want to do with them. Maintain a flexible “thermostat”: When you want to freak out or shut down, check in with your feelings instead. Be present, engaged and genuine. The feeling and associated intuition need your attention and the present is the time to attend to them. Source: Adapted from Born to Receive, by Amanda Owen
Learning to trust our gut more than the opinions of others turns up the volume on whispers of intuition. Awakening to our gut feelings, personal power and self-love restores the wholeness left behind in pursuit of external sources of happiness. describes several physical signatures of body intelligence that can foster improved self-care. “You feel more expansive, available and receptive—with a sense of a longer spine, a wider and deeper body and feet rooted in the Earth’s powerful energy,” explains the author of Touchback: A Self-Healing Journey with Body, Art and Nature, who also has a master’s degree in fine arts. “Expanded into a condition of soft relaxation, your mind stops talking; you enter a mind-body state of energetic receptive listening, where emotional intelligence is accessible. “These feelings and sensations are indicative of wholeness. From it, we have access to the eternal place of the fully healed soul, which whispers intuitively, nudging us toward what can heal our life, body and mind.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.com for the recorded interviews.
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ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.
“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move through
routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.
Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the
practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.
Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach, invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at SarahToddInk.com.
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How do you choose to expend your volunteer efforts? Laird and I are usually quick to be on board with anything that involves the environment and people. These causes are near and dear to everybody, but make special sense for us, given the amount of time we have lived and worked outside.
As a mother, do you feel a special concern for being a good environmental steward? I felt this way even before I had children because I had the luxury of playing beach volleyball. I grew up in the Caribbean and have always tried to be a benefactor of the beautiful outdoors. It adds another layer of motivation when you start thinking about your kids and the opportunities they will or will not have in their future. In Hawaii, the Polynesians traditionally didn’t believe in ownership, but in being stewards of an area. That’s how I feel about the place where we live now. The ultimate for me would be to leave it better than I found it. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit ChristineMacDonald.info.
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aking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?
Dressing Our Essence
Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. 22
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As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”
For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet
The Five Elements Wood: associated with greens and blues, plants and flower prints. Fire: represented by reds and products from living organisms like cottons, leather, silks or wools (or manmade substitutes) and animal prints. Earth: reflected in yellows and earth-toned colors. Metal: plays out in grays, whites, pastels and metallic fabrics. Water: associated with black and dark colors and flowing lines. Source: Western School of Feng Shui, Encinitas, CA
resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at GaelaVisions.com.
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Because dogs won’t always let us know when they’re hurting, some people assume they don’t experience pain the same way we do, but that’s not the case. Instincts retained from their wild heritage will generally prompt them to hide pain as it’s a sign of weakness.
he truth is that arthritis and muscle or joint injuries are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for us, and many canine illnesses generate significant pain. While conventional medications can ease discomfort, they’re not the only or even the best options in many cases. Alternative therapies can be helpful in managing and relieving pain and work best as part of a whole body wellness program designed for a dog’s individual needs. To that end, always consult with an integrative veterinarian before starting any new treatment. Together, practitioner and owner will note that some of the following modalities may be contraindicated in some situations—for example, massage should never be performed on or near a tumor. Canine Massage: Dogs love massage because they crave being touched. Physical contact from another being provides a calming effect and brings comfort. Skin, the largest sense organ in the body, is loaded with sensory receptors and nerve endings that register touch, temperature and pain, and send information to the brain. Massage therapy relaxes muscles and also stimulates endorphins, increases circulation, elevates oxygen levels, flushes toxins, helps with
inflammation, strengthens the immune system and accelerates healing. All of these benefits can contribute to effective pain management. Acupuncture and Acupressure: Both of these time-honored modalities are based on the concept of keeping vital energy flowing through the body and seek to stimulate key points along the energy meridians beneath the skin. Acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles at these points, while acupressure uses fingers to apply pressure to the same points. Both modalities are widely known to assist in managing pain and anxiety. Energy Healing: Here, the practitioner improves the flow of energy in an animal’s body using a range of gentle and powerful natural therapies. During a treatment, the trained healer sends subtle energy through the hands to promote physical and emotional balance and healing. While conventional medicine follows the belief that treatments for disease or injury must be strictly biological, energy medicine works to restore the patient’s health by treating the mind, body and spirit in nonphysical ways.
Energy healing modalities available for dogs include Reiki, qigong, Healing Touch and Tellington Touch. Cold Laser Therapy: Developed more than 20 years ago, cold laser therapy has become a popular alternative treatment around the world for aches and pains in dogs. It directs highly concentrated coherent light waves to muscles, tissues and organs, reducing inflammation and muscle spasms. It’s also applied to disc and other spine-related issues. Low-level cold laser therapy is painless, noninvasive and takes only minutes. The effects are similar to those provided by non-steroidal medications, with negligible negative side effects. Hydrotherapy: The benefits of swimming are renowned. When dogs swim, they feel a resistance to movement, which makes a vigorous fiveminute swim virtually equivalent in energy expended to a five-mile run. Some dogs like swimming even better than running. Hydrotherapy, which includes exercise on an underwater treadmill combined with swimming, is particularly helpful. The effect on
senior dogs is especially dramatic, affording them a painless and enjoyable way to move about and exercise. Water’s natural buoyancy supports the dog, lessens stress on joints, facilitates greater movement and provides a safe and healthful form of exercise for those suffering injuries, disease or pain. The best choice of therapies for an individual animal will depend on the dog’s condition and recommendations by the family veterinarian. Selected and practiced properly, these complementary modalities can make a major impact in a canine’s physical and emotional well-being, while minimizing or even eliminating the need for medications. Jennifer Kachnic is the author of Your Dog’s Golden Years: Manual for Senior Dog Care Including Natural Remedies and Complementary Options. She is a certified canine massage therapist, animal Reiki practitioner and certified therapy dog handler with the American Humane Association. Learn more about this president of The Grey Muzzle Organization at GreyMuzzle.org.
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Whoa! to Limitations Therapeutic Horseback Riding Strengthens Kids by Cyndee Woolley
ach “Zachman” Aldridge was born healthy, but at just 10 weeks, he was hospitalized at the hands of his birth father. Suffering from a brain aneurism, partial paralysis and multiple broken bones from shaken baby syndrome, Zach’s mother, Rebekah, was told that he might live for a year. Rebekah’s hope for a miracle was granted as her son’s life extended into weeks, months and years. Yet, at 4, the effects of the injury still prevented Zach from walking or talking like other children. “While some people are resigned to leave special children like Zach confined to a wheelchair, therapeutic horseback riding gives them more options and improves their quality of life,” advises Kim Minarich, execu-
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tive director of Southwest Florida’s nonprofit Naples Equestrian Challenge therapeutic riding program. A medical examination ensures a child is qualified for safe participation. During his first lessons, riding instructors had to prop up Zach’s head using “boppy pillows”. However, after just a few months, the Aldridge family saw dramatic improvements as the boy began speaking and telling his horse to “trot on.” Next, Zach began walking, a surprise to all. His growing strength had worked to overcome the paralysis and the gentle rocking motion of his therapeutic riding sessions gently pushed his displaced hip back into place, ultimately enabling him to take steps on his own. Zach’s achievements are not unique. Life-changing milestones like
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this are common occurrences at the 850 nationwide therapeutic riding centers registered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Now in its 21st year, Dream Catchers, at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, in Toano, Virginia, is one such center celebrating its many success stories. Kendall Lecker, a PATH International-certified advanced instructor, describes the rapid progress of a new 6-year-old student living with autism as illustration. In his first session, he slumped over in the saddle and struggled to hold himself up; by his third session, he was sitting up straight and confidently giving commands to his horse. “Often, our riders start with insufficient core strength and may not be able to hold themselves upright, something the average person takes for granted. But, in a relatively short time, most riders can see dramatic improvements,” says Lecker. Both Naples Equestrian Challenge and Dream Catchers have achieved premier accreditation by demonstrating the highest levels of training, safety standards and quality controls in the industry developed to protect the riders, staff and volunteers. Feedback from approximately 56,000 participants nationwide, including nearly 41,000 under the age of 18, show that therapeutic horseback riding helps participants in five key areas: Normalizes muscle tone. Riding a horse helps children of all abilities build core strength and exercise muscles that they may not be able to work from the confines of a wheelchair. Increases flexibility and relaxation. The natural rhythm of a horse’s gait provides a relaxing effect on tense muscles and can gently rock joints back into place. It’s a unique therapeutic benefit not easily achieved through traditional physical therapy. Improves coordination, balance and strength. Completing tasks like picking up an object, riding across the arena and placing it in a bucket helps riders develop hand/eye coordination. The movements also help improve balance and strength. Promotes spatial orientation and fine motor skills. Working side-by-side
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“The riding center gave me a place to realize I wasn’t the only one with challenges. It was a place that I could go to and be normal for part of the week.” ~ Tiffany Billings, a college student with cerebral palsy with their assigned volunteers and horses and reaching for objects from a different perspective than usual helps youths develop their spatial sense and fine motor skills. Enhances self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control. Riders are encouraged to give verbal commands to their horse during sessions, which effects a command of vocabulary and boosts confidence while they bond with the horse. While the documented benefits are derived from personal testimonials rather than clinical studies, the positive results for children like Zach are indisputable. Meanwhile, therapeutic horseback riding is gaining increased acceptance in the medical community as more doctors are recommending this life-changing activity for their patients. PATH International spokesperson Cher Smith says, “Our mission is to help certified centers provide safe access for all individuals living with special needs.” For more information, visit PathIntl.org. Cyndee Woolley works as an advocate for therapeutic riding centers.
LIVE YOUR SONG It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself by Jill Mattson
isten to a traditional West African Griot story: When a tribal woman knows she is pregnant, she goes into the wilderness with a few friends to pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return and teach it to everyone else. When children are born into the tribe, the village community gathers and sings their song, one unique melody for each unique child. Later, when children begin their education, the village again gathers to chant each child’s song. They sing upon the initiation of adulthood and at the time of their marriage. If at any time someone commits a crime or aberrant social act, the villagers will circle the individual and chant their song, recognizing that the proper correction is love and the remembrance of identity, because when you recognize your own song you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, family and friends gather at the bedside, as they did at birth, and sing the person to the next life. In any culture, a friend is one that knows our song and sings it to us when we have forgotten it. Those that love us are not fooled by the mistakes we’ve made or the dark images we hold about ourself. They remember our beauty when we feel ugly; our wholeness
when we are broken; our innocence when we feel guilty; and our purpose when we are confused. Life always reminds us when we are and when we’re not in tune with ourself. When we feel good, we are matching our song. We may feel a little wobbly at times, but so have all the great singers. If we just keep singing, we’ll find our way home. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. Modern pioneers in vibrational energy like Sharry Edwards (bioacoustic biology) and Donna Eden (energy medicine) have independently detected that each of us has a fundamental signature frequency that can be equated to our unique song that persists throughout life. We innately seek natural sounds that reinforce and strengthen our song such as the surf, wind or birds. Even the stars and heavens offer songs out of our hearing range that benefit cell-to-cell vibrations within that we intuitively feel as the magic of a midnight sky. At one with the universe, our song contributes its part in the infinite chorus of creation. Jill Mattson is an author, artist, musician and sound healing composer. Her books and CDs, based on 20 years of studying ancient civilizations, support healing and personal growth. Connect at JillsWingsOfLight.com. The Griot story is based on an interpretation by Jane Maluka and Dan Millman.
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THURSDAY, MAY 15
Basic Dowsing/How to do Energy Work—with Sonya Theis – 10am-1:30pm. Learn basic pendulum skills and how to work with the energy systems of the body. Class size is limited, register early. $65. Peaceful Heart, 123 S Main St, Oregon, WI. 608-835-5288.
Community HU – 7pm. Followers of many spiritual traditions use prayer, singing (chanting) of holy words and meditation to bring themselves closer to God. The HU Song ceremony opens with a spiritual reading followed by singing HU and closes with a few minutes of quiet contemplation. Fellowship with light refreshments will follow. Free. Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St, Madison. Occurs every 3rd Thursday. To experience the sound of HU see the video “Miracles in Your Life” at HearHU.org.
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Soup Slurp: How to Stay Young the First 100 Years – 6-6:45pm. Enjoy a presentation of How to Stay Young the First 100 Years and enjoy delicious home-made soup prepared by Chef Lisa Wood. Free. Ager Chiropractic, 948 W Main St, Sun Prairie. Call 608-318-1786 to reserve your seat today. Info@AgerChiro.com. AgerChiro.com.
A Day of Discovery: A Spring Workshop for Women – 9am-4pm. Activities and discussion that further deepen our understanding and appreciation of ourselves through music and movement preferences. Explore what makes you feel most alive. $50. Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, 16 North Hancock St, Downtown Madison. Preregistration by May 10, 608-251-0908. Info@ HancockCenter.net. HancockCenter.net.
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FRIDAY, MAY 9 Singing Bowl Concert and Meditative Journey – with Sacred Sound Oracle Luna Lynn Frey – 7-9pm. Honor your authentic self; journey to the heart of the Divine Mother on this sonic ceremony; be bathed in the sounds of crystal singing bowls and expressive vocal toning. $20. Center for Conscious Living, 849 E Washington Ave, Ste 118 Madison, WI. SacredSoundOracle.com. MyLovingSpirit.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 10 Informational Meeting – 9:30-10:30am. Explore if an education in professional massage therapy is what you are seeking. Free. Blue Sky School of Professional Massage, 6225 University Ave, Ste 101, Madison. For more information, call 608-231-8008. Info@BlueSky.edu BlueSkyMassage.com. Exploring Aromatherapy—with Nike Loomis – 1-2:30pm. Each participant will make a natural
air freshener spray and a sachet to take home. $15. Registration is required. Peaceful Heart, 123 S Main St, Oregon, WI. 608-835-5288.
SUNDAY, MAY 11 Tarot Readings—with John Deits – 12:30-3pm. Treat Mom to an enjoyable mini-reading this Mother’s Day. $10/15-min session. Appointments are recommended. Peaceful Heart, 123 S Main St, Oregon, WI. 608-835-5288.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Healing Crystals for Your Animal Companions – 6-8pm. Online class/charity event. Learn crystal healing techniques that can help to treat physical and emotional issues in pets. This online class will feature a webinar-style presentation and chat options. Instructor Ashley Leavy will donate 100% of proceeds to Alliance for Animals. For more info and to register, visit Tinyurl.com/qxhfha7.
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Herbalism 101 – 10am-5pm. This popular intro class teaches you how to use herbs safely, when to see a medical doctor, and how to choose herbal remedies at the store. Tuition: $85. Class held at Wildwood Institute in Madison. Register online, WildwoodInstitute.com. Healing for Hunger Day – 11am-4pm. Schedule a 20-min. session with one of 4 local practitioners for $20 to benefit the Oregon Food Pantry. No Food Items Please. Appointments recommended. Peaceful Heart, 123 S Main St, Oregon, WI. 608-835-5288.
SUNDAY, MAY 18 Senior Living Multi-Function Home Open House – 12-2pm. Madison’s Senior “Shangri-La”. All-inclusive monthly fees include room, board, holistic health care, personal assistant, chauffeur, specialty diets, supplements, Alzheimer’s abate-
ment, anti-aging care (and more). Home overlooks beautiful Cherokee Marsh. Staff/Resident ratio 1/1. Dr. On-site. Private Pay. Long Term, Respite, or Day Care. Ron Inda, DC; 1109 Menomonie Ln, Madison. 608-245-0836. Psychic Readings—with Brendalynn – 12:30-4pm. $45/30 minutes. Appointments recommended. Peaceful Heart, 123 S Main St, Oregon, WI. 608-835-5288.
TUESDAY, MAY 20 Spring Cleaning—Eliminate What Is Weighing You Down – 6-7:30pm. Girl-Talk Tuesdays. Supporting your weight loss goals and fulfilling your dreams. A conversation with Carmen Evanco from CarmenSense on how to get rid of what is weighing you down in your home, your life and your thoughts. Free. Located at Healthy Woman, 7617 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI. Please RSVP 608-203-9060. Dennis@LoseWeightMadison.com. LoseWeightMadison.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 31 Complimentary Yoga Demonstrations – 1-5pm. Drop-In held at Downtown Capitol Square Community Wellness Center, Demos held last Saturday of each month. Raw Materials Wellness & Learning Center, 408 E Wilson St, Madison. Raw MaterialsWellness.com. RawMaterials@tds.net.
FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Holographic Sound Healing Practitioner Certification Training – June 6-7, 10am-6:30pm; June 8, 10am-4pm. Presented by Paul Hubbert, Ph.D. Learn how to heal using holographic sound. Heighten your ability to connect to Spirit in all its multi-dimensional aspects through the Merkaba Light Body Activation. Once completed, you will be certified in Holographic Sound Healing. $385 ($330 early reg till 5/23). HolographicSound.com. Kathy at BeautyOfCompassion@gmail.com to reserve a space. (seating IS limited) The Carriage House, 115 S Main St, Deefield, WI. Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference – June 6-8. The conference offers workshops for beginning as well as experienced herbalists. Featured speakers are Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Lisa Ganora and Brooke Medicine Eagle, plus 50 workshops and plant walks with expert herbalists from the Midwest and beyond. For more info: MidwestWomensHerbal.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 20
markyourcalendar Bhakti Fest The Spiritual Woodstock of the New Millennium returns to Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. World-renowned Kirtan, unique Yoga classes, innovative workshops, eco-marketplace, vegetarian cuisine, conscious community.
SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Herb Day – 10am-4pm. Wildwood Institute will participate, selling teas, tinctures, salves, oils and more. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704. 608-246-4550.
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wednesday Chakra Toning—with Sacred Sound Oracle Luna Lynn Frey – 7:30-8:45pm. Enjoy a night of sacred sound meditation. $10. 7-8:30pm, Tuesdays at The Carriage House, 115 S Main St, Deerfield. 7:308:45pm every Wednesday, Cosmic Delights, 2234 Atwood Ave, Madison. Detailed info at SacredSound Oracle.com. The Chakra Toning Meetup Group, Meetup.com/Chakra-Toning-Group-of-Madison-Wi.
sunday Karl Lang’s Hike – 12-3pm. (longer depending on hiker preferences). Outdoor enthusiast Karl Lang leads hikes through Pine Hollow Nature Preserve, near Devil’s Lake State Park. Longer hikes will include visits to Badger Prairie former army munition plant. Every Sunday in May (except Mother’s Day). For more info, call Karl Lang 608-244-6555. KarlLang@gmail.com.
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We strive to provide products and gifts with a lighthearted, fun or inspirational quality. Indulge your inner diva with great jewelry, healing music or an insightful book. Pick up a calendar of events featuring healers, readers, classes and other special events, or visit our website at PeacefulHeart.net. See ad, page 20.
SCHOOLS/TRAINING TAO SHIATSU TRAINING PROGRAM TAO SANGHA CENTER 2330 Willard Ave, Madison 608-257-4663 • TaoShiastu.com USA@TaoShiastu.com
The International Tao Shiatsu Society has one of the highest standards and most vibrant systems of shiatsu training. The unique hands-on curriculum allows students to realize the core principles of Oriental Medicine and become effective Tao Shiatsu therapists.
Meets 3rd Thursdays Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St, Madison Bryce 608-238-5650 • Eckankar.org (Se habla español) Discover how the teachings of Eckankar can awaken you to your true nature as Soul. The road to God is the adventure of a lifetime. Find us on Meetup.com: Spiritual Experiences Group (The Spiritual Experiences Group of Madison, Wisconsin). Meets 3rd Thursdays, Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St, Madison. See ad, page 11.
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