August 2016 ~ Vol.VII1, Issue 6
in Kansas City
A Guide for Conscious Living
Restoring Your Health…One Bite at a Time EVOLVING…IN KANSAS CITY
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Contents Dear Friends, Foodies, and Hungry People:
Welcome to the annual edition about Eating Well in Kansas City—celebrating whole, seasonal, local, and organic eating. There's a continual need for education on the foods we eat: where and how they're grown; their nutritional values; whether to cook or eat raw; and the types of materials in which they might be packaged. My interest, as someone who loves to grow, taste, and cook a variety of foods, stemmed from an intense interest in the food industry, the effects of factory food on the body, and a pure love of real food. My introduction to the benefits, value, and versatility of real foods came about when I was 18. At the time, I was a new mother and money was tight. I naively thought if I only had $5 in my pocket, I should eat at the local fast food restaurant. Luckily, my sister, Lynn, came to visit and gave me shopping and cooking lessons. She taught me to shop the outer perimeters of the grocery store, seeking out the live, whole, nutritious foods. Then she taught me how to cook on a budget. Bean soups, peanut butter, and other hearty staples gave me the opportunity to feed my family well, for less money. Since then, my focus has broadened to include the importance of local and organic meats, produce, and also water safety (The Environmental Working Group has an informative website at www.ewg.org). Kansas City has an abundance of local farmers providing quality, nourishing meats and produce. We also have a growing number of vegan, vegetarian, local and organic, as well as raw food restaurants to choose from. My hope is that we can all have access to these valuable, life-sustaining, and lifeenhancing food choices. Here’s to eating well…
Let Food be Thy Medicine: What is the Gut and Brain Connection?
Upgrade Your Way to Delicious Health 10
Restoring Your Health… One Bite at a Time 11
How a Grain-Free lifestyle could benefit you
Jill Dutton Taste the Sights—Smell the Scents The Standards: Old-Time "Gatorade"
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News Wisdom Within Food Gloria’s Food Food First Journey to Wholeness Holistic Health Horoscope Events ON THE COVER
Esther Boyd plays brushwork against form—color against structure. “I have found time and time again that I am lost in the thing, the object that I am painting. The process of painting gives me the opportunity to check out of the thought stream and check into the moment or the vista or the object in front of me.” Esther will have her work on display at One More Cup in Waldo during the month of September. Visit Estherboyd.com to see more of her work.
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Holos University Graduate Seminary The poet Robert Frost aptly described our important choices with these words, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference!” Earning a graduate degree is an important step in bringing your unique gifts, talents, and interests into the world. Choosing the “right” graduate school can make all the difference! Are you searching for an innovative educational experience that will balance the use of your analytical mind with your intuitive guidance and expand your skills, self-knowledge, and understanding of others? We invite you to COME HOME TO YOURSELF at Holos University Graduate Seminary. Founded in 2001, Holos University is celebrating its 15th
Anniversary. Masters and Doctoral students pursue innovative courses of study that culminate with final essays or with producing original research related to the holistic and spiritual aspects of health and healing. The 2016 Fall Semester begins September 12th offering Certificate, Masters, Doctorate and Post-doctorate programs. Questions? Join us for a Program Exploration telephone call. To register for an upcoming call, visit our HOME PAGE at www.holosuniversity.org and click on: HU PROGRAM EXPLORATION at the bottom-center. You can also connect with all other aspects of our programs from the menu on this homepage.
Learn About Subtle Energies in Healing Dr. Elmer Green, a pioneer of subtle energy approaches to health and healing is often referred to as the “father of biofeedback.” Dr. Green met with a small group in 1989 to found ISSSEEM (The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine.) Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN did early research studies using Therapeutic Touch (TT) that established the efficacy of working with the subtle energy field of the body. She once told a story about a person who looked in on a TT session and expressed amazement that the practitioner was not touching the patient. The patient, a young child, exclaimed, “Well, you don’t just stop at your skin!”
Want to learn more about the use and study of subtle energies in healing? Beginning September 21st ISSSEEM will hold its four-day annual conference at Unity Village, a suburb of Kansas City. Pioneers, proponents and practitioners such as Dr. C. Norman Shealy, Jack Stucki, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Marilyn Schlitz will keynote the conference. Plan to join subtle energy practitioners from around the world this September in Kansas City! Better yet, submit an application to present YOUR subtle energy work in a break-out session. INFORMATION: www.issseem.org
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Coloring Book for Adults Gives Steps to Healing Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times is the first coloring book designed specifically for adults experiencing a significant loss or challenge in their lives. The loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, the loss of one’s health can all feel like insurmountable challenges. Few know this better than Deborah S. Derman, Ph.D., whose personal journey through loss and grief includes the suicide of a close friend, witnessing the deaths of her parents in a plane crash, the death of her husband while she was pregnant with her third child, and surviving breast cancer. Dr. Derman says that her view of loss and healing does not emphasize phases or stages, but rather focuses on the essential elements, tasks, and experiences that are necessary for healing. Her book, Colors of Loss and Healing provides readers with a quiet, contemplative activity for healing, as well as: A journaling experience with space to write down one’s unique thoughts and feelings. An inspiring introduction that details how Dr. Derman has coped with her own life challenges. The opportunity to explore feelings of loss in a productive way. Beautiful illustrations and imagery that symbolize each element of healing. The development of a clearer understanding that healing is a complex, non-linear process that involves psychological, social, and emotional components. A self-reflective process in which the reader can identify the strengths and qualities for healing.
“When I was widowed in my thirties, pregnant and with two small children, I did not know how I would survive,” says Dr. Derman, whose clients have included families of 9/11. “Don’t worry about filling in the whole page or completing the whole book. Healing from loss is a lifelong process. We need to make meaning of the loss as we move forward in our lives.” Deborah S. Derman, Ph.D. is a grief counselor who has been in private practice for over 20 years, and earned a doctorate focusing on grief and bereavement. Learn more at http://deborahdermanphd.com/ or connect on Twitter and Facebook. Colors of Loss & Healing is currently available on Amazon.com
Find Your Balance, In Yoga and Life BY SUZETTE SCHOLTES
sequence in yoga has one move through four “balancing” poses without taking the foot to the floor. It demands great concentration, focus, and core strength. Only experienced students attempt this challenge! A beautiful yoga “sutra” or thread from the father of yoga, Pantajali, in Sanskrit reads, “Sthira sukham asanam” which means to practice the physical poses of yoga with effort and stability but also with grace and ease. “To find ease in yoga is the heart of the practice,” writes Judith Hanson Lasater, the great teacher who brought restorative yoga to the USA with her famous book “Relax and Renew.” Life is filled with duality, thus finding balance is something we all manage. How do we know about happiness if we never experienced sadness? How much do we appreciate the long days of summer compared to the short days of winter? Indeed, we adapt to our ever changing seasons and weather—even the wax and wane of the moon. A few times a month I create one day of minimal computer contact, avoid driving my car, and spend time doing the things I enjoy. I may make a great meal or watch a wonderful film. Or I may read a novel. To find balance, psychotherapist Jasmine Tanjeloff writes that your heart and mind are not being pulled too hard in any direction. Instead, we feel calm, grounded, and clear. The elements which pull us to different directions are both external and internal. Some pay attention to the external such as work, relationships, and activities and little attention to what is going on in the heart and mind. Others may be too reflective. An example: allowing your mind peace with meditation or to fire up with an intellectual challenge. Feeling over-loaded with work this year, I booked counsel with my favorite therapist. What he suggested was effective indeed. He said get to work, then find a big box, and when you choose to stop working, put all your files, etc. into the box and put the lid on it. It may sound silly but this so works! So how do we create balance? Create opportunities for your mind to rest such as restorative yoga or meditation. Give your light and love to others as well as to yourself. Eat, drink, and exercise—and treat
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yourself to something special...like chocolate. Enjoy the “ride” as opposed to pushing yourself too hard. Find ways to enjoy yourself each day, even something as simple as talking to a friend. Reflect upon your life on balance of work and play. Keep that list of goals, but add something that gives you “ease.” Get clear on how to handle the doubts and fears which we all face. My son travels for work and spends long hours at his desk and at the same time works to complete his MBA. He marks time to spend with family. With all this on his plate, I see he remains balanced. He finds time to exercise, takes a night off to share a beer with his buddies, and keeps his sparkling sense of humor. I doubt he might stand on one foot for a yoga pose but then again he just might like the challenge. Suzette Scholtes’ nonfiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the region’s prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street, Overland Park. www.theyogastudio.com firstname.lastname@example.org 913-492-9594.
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Food Gloria’s Food
Taste the Sights - Smell the Scents
BY GLORIA GALE
Surprise, surprise…now sprouting in the nation’s largest edible landscape our own Powell Gardens producing a knock-out bounty of fruits and veggies
arbara Fetchenheir is passionate about ‘her’ garden, Powell Garden’s Heartland Harvest Garden she claims as ‘her baby.’ In the massive 4-season garden, she has coddled an eye-popping array of vegetation dug into 12-acres of superbly managed plots, orchards, and vineyards. There’s so much on view, it’s truly boggling. As the interpretive mistress of the crops for over 20 years, Barbara is a walking encyclopedia of horticulture. She’ll readily admit the joy of this garden, situated at the Missouri barn and silo, is the pleasure of nurturing the lush plants from bulb to stem, seedling to bloom. A sweet path through the tangle “What most people don’t realize is that the garden is edible,” says Fetchenheir who demonstrates various topics from spring through late summer with the Fresh Bites program. As an enthusiastic leader, she’ll show you how to make delicious salad dressings, lead a tasting tour, or whip up a recipe for a fistful of rhubarb and horseradish. And, throughout the journey, there’s always another tendril to inspect. She’ll urge you to walk along the brick paths to inspect the burgeoning orchards heavy with fruit. Growing happily you’ll find Asian pear, hardy kiwis, and apple, peach, cherry, or fig trees. Densely planted raised beds feature onions, jewel-like lettuces, cabbages, peas, and kale. Potatoes, tomatoes, rhubarb, and garlic mingle with wild plums, currants, raspberries, and blueberries. Just a stone’s throw away lays a plot of native wheat. Fragrant herbs border the walkways just south of the Missouri Barn where, enclosed by a wattle fence, various fruit trees, a mini-vegetable patch, and a quick-pick of hardy herbs give visiting chefs an easy way to enhance the Garden Chef series cooking demonstrations. Not far, a true Mediterranean style vineyard appears. Visit in late winter and the vines are sleeping; but, come back in summer, and grapes are ripening. Carry on towards two inventive author’s gardens designed by celebrated garden authors Rosalind Creasy and Barbara Damrosch. They bring their great ideas to life in gardens that demonstrate their personal philosophies of edible gardening. All the while, it’s a heyday for you—the visitor who, like me, never imagines such sweet beginnings pushing up. In addition to the Harvest Garden, Powell Gardens in entirety is an absolute dream. For the price of admission, you’ll get the Harvest Gardens plus a weekend’s worth of exploring other parts of the surrounding gardens. By all accounts, there’s an overwhelming display of nature’s best that waits. Attend an event like the Under a Harvest Dinner, Booms and Blooms spectacular July 4th celebration, Chapel or Barn concerts, Festival of Butterflies, or rare plant sale among just a few.
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See if you can find Barbara Fetchenheir to offer up a sampling of her favorites species. I bet she’ll gush and ultimately, you will too. Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50 | Kingsville, MO 64061 | 816-697-2600 www.powellgardens.org
Amazing Rhubarb Slushy This recipe can easily be made smaller if you do not want to use 12 cups of rhubarb. However, if you do have a lot of rhubarb, Barb recommends making one large batch at a time. Simply store any excess in the freezer so you can enjoy another refreshing treat later.
Ingredients 12 cups chopped, fresh rhubarb 9 cups water 2 cups granulated sugar 1 box (85-gram size) raspberry gelatin 1 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate Carbonated beverage of your choice (ginger ale, Sprite, etc.)
Directions In a large pan, bring the chopped rhubarb and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow the rhubarb to simmer until tender (about 20-30 minutes). Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Pour the mixture through a colander or sieve into a large, freezer-safe bowl. Add the gelatin and frozen lemonade; stir until well combined. Cover mixture with a tight fitting lid and freeze. To serve, use an ice cream scoop to scoop the slush into a glass and add the carbonated beverage. Enjoy! Kansas City writer, producer, and photo stylist Gloria Gale is a sleuth when it comes to discovering interesting features for the media. Most recently, Gloria profiled area restaurants as a columnist for 435 Magazine and was on KCUR's Food Critics radio program. Want to know where to find the best tastes in town? email@example.com
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Licensed Professional Counselor Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist ICRT Licensed Reiki Master Teacher Usui/Holy Fire Reiki, Karuna 816-523-4440 www.KarenHarrison.net Kansas City, MO 64114
hat I call phytonutrients. Apple "the hot cider vinegar alkalizes heat," that the body helping all body is, triple functions work better. digit heat indices, arrived Dehydration acidifies the early this year and body. continues as I write this There are so many edition of Food First! versions of Switchel. Getting in and out of a Some are cooked. Others hot automobile or even allow the ginger to infuse the walk from the car to overnight. Not wanting to your destination can heat up the kitchen or dehydrate you quickly. wait on an infusion, I Fatigue, body aches, make mine with fresh brain fog, headache, and ginger juice. Hubby hard stools are just a few swears small diameter of the symptoms of mild Image licensed by Ingram Images ginger is hotter than fat dehydration that can ginger, so we adjust the easily be dismissed as due to some other amount accordingly. cause. I can't emphasize enough the importance of attention to hydration this Switchel time of year. The key to proper hydration is to 2-inch piece of fresh ginger drink water and plenty of it. Clear, light2 TBSP apple cider vinegar with the colored urine is one indicator of mother adequate hydration. Sweating, no matter 3 TBSP local honey how unseemly, is another. Sports drinks 4 cups water are not a substitute for water. They are high in salt and sugar which make them Juice the ginger. Alternately, grate it dehydrating, not rehydrating. Yes, I said or chop very fine. Combine with other dehydrating, not rehydrating. Sodas and ingredients in a pitcher or half-gallon sweet drinks, even artificially sweetened mason jar. If using grated ginger, place ones, are dehydrating too. mixture in refrigerator overnight to Yet, there is some merit in trying to infuse. Optionally, strain the infusion replace minerals depleted by sweating in before serving to remove the grated this kind of heat. This can be ginger. Otherwise, pour into half-pint accomplished by eating dark, leafy mason jars for old-time ambience and greens, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, and enjoy. other juicy vegetables, or drinking them freshly squeezed. Some people enjoy coconut water, but I suggest using it with Bethany Klug, DO care due to its sweetness. Then there is created HealthSpan out Switchel, also known as Harvest Drink, of a deep wish: for Harvest Beer, Swanky, and Haymakers everyone to experience Punch. Historically, it hydrated farmers vibrant health. We go working their fields on hot days. The beyond the conventional earliest written reference to this pill-for-an-ill approach to hydrating and immune boosting drink educate and inspire you goes back to 1789. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about Switchel in her “Little so you can successfully make positive steps House” books. Switchel is made with toward greater health and wellbeing. ginger, a sweetener, apple cider vinegar, HealthSpan, the holistic medicine practice of and water. I first learned about Switchel Dr. Bethany Klug, is offering some excellent on a trip to New Hampshire where it is classes this summer to help you reduce your made with maple syrup. I found other toxic load and add some quick, easy and recipes made with honey and molasses. delicious dishes to your weekly repertoire. The sweetener likely varied depending Learn more at www.HealthSpanKC.com or on the region of the country. Ginger is 913-642-1900. rich in minerals and immune boosting
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Grain Brain:The Truth About Your Brain’s Silent Killers
he surprising truth about wheat, carbs and sugar; step to optimal health is to eliminate it completely from they are your brain’s silent killers! This is the the diet. The next step is to eliminate all refined sugars. premise of the book, with a 4-week plan to The good news is that you can learn to control your achieve optimum health called, “Grain Brain” by genetic destiny even if you were born with a natural David Perlmutter, M.D. His book is touted by Mehmet Oz, tendency to develop a neurological condition. This will M.D. who says, “Dr. Perlmutter is an absolute leader in the require you to free yourself from a few myths. The two use of alternative and conventional approaches in the biggest myths are that a low-fat, high carb diet is good for treatment of neurological disorders. I have referred you and that cholesterol is bad. High levels of dietary fat patients to him with wonderful have been proven to be important for health results.” David Perlmutter, M.D. is and peak brain function. So eat your Board Certified in Neurology and a avocados, butter, olives, cheese, nuts, seeds, fellow of the American College of free range eggs and grass fed meats and use Nutrition. He is also a founding healthy oils such as olive oil, sesame oil and member and fellow of the American coconut oil. Add plenty of vegetables, low Board of Integrative and Holistic glycemic fruit sparingly, eat often, and drink Image licensed by Ingram Images Medicine. plenty of water. There is debate over the Groundbreaking and timely, benefits and risks of this ketogenic diet “Grain Brain” shows that the fate of your brain is not in however Dr. Perlmutter is convinced this is the best your genes. It’s in the food you eat. The cornerstone of all dietary regimen. He also tells about the importance of degenerative conditions, including brain disorders is regular sleep and exercise. inflammation, which can be triggered by carbs, especially The next important information in the book is an those containing gluten or high in sugar. Some of Dr. excellent explanation of insulin resistance, blood sugar Perlmutter’s recommendations are going ‘against the issues and excess weight all being inflammatory to the grain’ of what conventional doctors may be telling you. brain. What we are beginning to understand is that insulin Increasing numbers of studies are confirming the link resistance, the precursor to Type 2 diabetes, sparks the between gluten (found in wheat, rye and barley) and formation of those infamous plaques that are present in neurological dysfunction. Gluten may trigger, not just diseased brains. Some researchers are now calling dementia but epilepsy, headaches, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s, Type 3 diabetes. schizophrenia, ADHD and even decreased libido. As many So where to start in assessing your risk for brain health as 40% of people can’t properly process gluten so the first begins with checking for diabetes parameters, inflammation markers and vitamin D levels. The blood
BY DR, NANCY RUSSELL tests to start with are a fasting blood sugar, hemoglobin A1C, fructosamine, fasting insulin levels, C-reactive protein, homocysteine, vitamin D levels, gluten, and other food sensitivity testing. To be proactive with your brain and overall health, Dr. Perlmutter recommends the following supplements: alpha lipoic acid, coconut oil, DHA, probiotics, resveratrol, turmeric and vitamin D3 regularly. Dr. Perlmutter’s four week program is called Grain Brain Rehab and Say Goodbye to Grain Brain. He gives step-by-step instructions on nutritional requirements, meal plans and recipes. Christiane Northrup, M.D. holistic gynecologist, writer and speaker sums up the ‘Grain Brain,’ “Dementia and many other brain diseases are not inevitable, nor are they genetic. They are directly and powerfully linked to a diet high in sugar and grains. ‘Grain Brain’ not only proves this, it also gives you everything you need to know to protect your brain—or a loved one’s-now.” I encourage you to investigate this new information for yourself and decide if this information will be helpful to you.
Nancy Russell, M.D., is a holistic Internal medicine physician, blending traditional and alternative medicine in her Kansas City northland practice for over 30 years. For more information on getting to know Dr. Russell, visit her website, www.nancyrussellmd.com or call her office at Nurturing Optimal Wellness at 816-453-5545.
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Food and Mood: Eating Your Way to Feeling Good
ou are what you eat,” has new meaning today. Current research indicates more strongly that nutrition, in the form of food and supplements, plays an influential role in our mental health. Good nutrition is needed for countless aspects of brain functioning. When the brain is fed properly with balanced nutritional intake, the result is amazing. Deficiencies of folate, Vitamin B12, iron, zinc and selenium tend to be more common among depressed than non-depressed persons. Fish oil and folic acid supplements have been used to treat depression successfully. (L. Bodnar & K. Wisner; Nutrition and Depression) In Understanding Nutrition, Depression and Mental Illness by Sathyanarayana Rao, Asha, Ramesh and Rao state “…nutrition can play a key role in the onset as well as severity and duration of depression.” They relate that the same food patterns that precede depression also occur during depression. They may include poor appetite, skipping meals, and a dominant desire for sweet foods. This article contains much more information about the nutritional aspects of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals and their contribution to good mental health. This group of psychiatrists, agreeing with a number of other studies, tell us that fish or fish oil (Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids) is significant in reducing
depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADD/ADHD and addictive/compulsive behaviors. Eva Selhub MD in “Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food” states that studies have shown that when people take probiotics (supplements containing the good bacteria) their anxiety levels, perception of stress, and mental outlook improve. She also relates that studies have compared ‘traditional diets’ like the Mediterranean diet and the traditional Japanese diet to the typical Western diet and have shown that the risk of depression is 25%35% lower in those who eat a traditional diet. Since gut health contributes to good brain health, fermented foods can positively affect our mood and energy levels. There is general consensus that diets with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and seafood, modest amounts of lean protein and little to no processed foods or sugars contribute to better brain functioning resulting in good mental health. Good nutritional habits that begin in childhood will serve us well throughout our lives. Some area programs like the “Farm to School Academy” sponsored by kchealthykids.org “engages school staff and faculty, district stakeholders, parents and students in activities that increase awareness of our local food system and generate excitement about the possibilities for bringing fresher, local food to schools.” The Kansas City Community Gardens sponsors the Schoolyard Gardens program working with schools metro-
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BY JUDE LACLAIRE, PH.D. wide to establish vegetable gardens on school grounds. They provide technical assistance to students and faculty as they learn about gardening, nutrition and healthy eating habits, plant science and environmental awareness. Every aspect of these two programs helps with mental and physical health. Not only are children learning to grow and eat healthy food but they are getting great exercise outdoors working in a collaborative group effort. As a mental health professional and educator, these programs make my heart sing! It is indisputable that paying more attention to our nutritional life can greatly help our mental health. Every day I faithfully take my Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3), multi-vitamin and probiotics, along with other supplements for joint health. The nutritional suggestions that assist in healthy heart, lungs and joints also help me fight depression and anxiety. These are habits worth cultivating. You will find yourself enjoying good food giving you great moods and energy to spare.
Jude LaClaire, Ph.D., LCPC, is a counselor, educator and author. For counseling appointments, seminars, training, speaking engagements or information on Neurobehavioral Programs or Imago Couple Therapy call 913-322-5622. For more information about Jude LaClaire or the Kansas City Holistic Centre go to www.kcholistic.com.
Let Food be Thy Medicine: What is the Gut and Brain Connection? BY FABIOLA HART “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” —Hippocrates 460 – 370 BC hat do you do when you receive a diagnosis for which there is no cure? A diagnosis that shatters any version of your hopes and dreams for the future? That is what I was faced with in January 2011, when our son was diagnosis with Autism. That day, the world I knew completely fell apart. I had been wondering what happened to our baby. He was born with a near perfect Apgar score. He was giggly, happy and used to respond to his name. His first word was “Elephant,” but by that January day, his words and the sparkle in his eyes were gone. Where had he gone? Our psychologist explained what happened to our son as Regressive Autism. She compared it to what occurs with Alzheimer patients. What she couldn’t explain is why it happened. No wonder the symbol for Autism is a puzzle. Early intervention was our best bet. Our son needed to be taught how to relate to the world around him. He would never be able to do that on his own. Maybe he would talk some day, but there were no guarantees. He would need to be stretched with 40 hours of behavior therapy a week. I was told that was all we
could do for him but that didn’t resonate with me. Early on I made the decision to look beyond my child’s Autism. My goal wasn’t to change or fix him; my goal was to help him function in the world to the best of his ability. In her book, The Autistic Brain Dr. Temple Grandin discusses the danger of “Label-Locked” thinking. She describes an instance when a mother of an Autistic little boy complained to his doctor about his GI distress just to hear him say, “Oh, he has autism. That’s the problem.” Children with Autism more often than not have GI distress; a lot of them are also non-verbal. Since they can’t express themselves through words, they do it through behavior. Imagine the following scenario: A child refuses to eat, spitting up their food and throwing the plate on the floor. That’s what happened in my kitchen, every single day. A behavior therapist said, “That is unacceptable behavior and we need to stop it”. That is the danger with “Label-Locked thinking”. (Dismissing a physiological problem due to a behavior or a symptom attached to a label.) The truth was that our son didn’t only have Autism. His GI was in distress. He was an extremely picky eater, suffering from severe diarrhea. He didn’t sleep well, waking up and pressing his tummy repeatedly with his little hands. He would also completely disconnect himself from the world around him when he ate certain foods. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride developed the Back then I didn’t know what GAPS diet from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet was happening to him, but (SCD), created by Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas. now I understand that my son After much research, Dr. Campbell-McBride didn’t just have autism and developed a protocol designed to fit the individual maybe the answer to this needs of patients suffering from a variety of puzzle was in his gut. In Grain intestinal and neurological conditions as a result of Brain: The Surprising Truth an imbalance within the GI tract. “The GAPS Diet about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain's Silent focuses on removing foods that are difficult to Killers Dr. David Perlmutter, digest and damaging to gut flora and replacing says “Brain disorders reflect them with nutrient-dense foods to give the poor nutrition.” intestinal lining a chance to heal and seal.” In her book, Gut Psychology Syndrome, Dr. McBride, the developer of the Information from Gapsdiet.com GAPS diet, describes what is
What is the GAPS Diet?
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going on in a patient’s gut when they present neurological symptoms. She explains there is a delicate balance of microorganisms that exist in our bodies. They have a symbiotic relationship where neither group can live without the other. They perform a number of vital functions and we can’t live without them. The largest colonies live in our digestive tract in a very diverse and organized micro-world. A healthy adult carries around 4 pounds of them in their gut. One of their key functions is digestion and absorption of nutrients. But they also serve as a protective barrier to our intestinal wall, making sure only nutrients can be absorbed. Ironically, our culture fears these very organisms that are so vital to our health. Today, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D) offers foods that are poor in nutrition and very difficult to digest. The use of chemicals in our soils, water and food supply, household cleaning products, and pharmaceutical drugs (such as antibiotics) are common in our modern world. Unfortunately they are also to blame for disrupting the balance of our gut’s delicate ecosystem. This causes an over-permeability of the intestinal wall; a condition referred to as Leaky Gut Syndrome. There are many studies today that link leaky gut to neurological disorders. Reflecting upon how we were given our diagnosis, it’s evident why parents of those patients suffering from neurological disorders are not given the big picture. We are not told that the way we live in the modern world is destroying our health. I found that most medical doctors don’t know how the gut and the brain are connected in very intrinsic ways. We know nutrients are the building blocks of our bodies, but at the end of the day good
nutrition doesn’t sell medicine. Our family embarked on the GAPS diet and completely changed our lifestyle with a mission of healing our guts. Today we avoid foods with ingredients we can’t read; we cook our meals daily and eat local and organic as much as possible. We changed the way we clean our home and tend our garden by avoiding toxic chemicals. The healing wasn’t instantaneous for us but it came over time. Today, our little boy is happy, he is talking; he has friends that care for him. He is in school and works independently in a mainstream classroom. The more we worked on healing his gut, the more we saw gains in his language, attention span and cognition. A coincidence? I don’t believe in those. A miracle? Some would say so. I say it was a blessing. We learned that the way we live in the modern world was not working for our bodies. Our recipe for success: heal the gut and the brain will follow.
Fabiola Hart is Software Engineer and Blogger of the website DelicateBelly.com, which features information on health and strategies on how to heal the gut one meal at a time. She is also a mother, researcher and Energy Healing practitioner in the Kansas City area.
Upgrade Your Way to Delicious Health
oes your mind ping-pong between eating healthy and eating junk or comfort foods? You are not alone! What if you could stop looking for the next diet and begin to honor and understand your food habits and cravings—by simply Upgrading the foods you love! When dieting, how many times have you fallen off the wagon? Do you feel even worse because you give into your craving and reach for your old comfort foods? By Upgrading the foods you crave with healthier versions you can create a ‘winwin’ with your cravings and the foods you eat. Why Upgrade to Organic, Non-GMO and locally grown foods? Processed foods desensitize you from being able to enjoy the taste of real foods. As a result, you may have to re-train your taste buds to recognize and enjoy the taste of real food again. It’s extremely important that you enjoy your food in order to want to keep eating it. This is why you can’t stick to that diet: you miss your old comfort foods. Think about the last time you ate a high-quality meal made with fresh ingredients. Maybe you remember being greeted with the sumptuous smell of wholesome comfort food. Did you rave to your family and friends about how delicious the food tasted? Did you remember the fresh ingredients and rich, beautiful colors and textures of the food? Nothing tastes better than a made-fromscratch meal prepared with nourishing ingredients. Before processed foods became popular, people ate clean and healing foods. There was a time when produce was not sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. Master gardeners knew how to plant various crops in order to naturally ward off pests. Livestock were not constrained to an indoor factory or in a cage they could not move in, nor pumped full of hormones or antibiotics. Because food has been so altered from its original state, your taste buds are confused from the toxic overload of chemicals and flavor enhancers. As a result, most people don’t remember how amazing real foods taste anymore. We expect food to be cheap, quick, and to taste exactly the same every
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time we purchase it. The toxicity of chemically-processed foods may create undesirable symptoms in your body. Unnatural food-like substances (a.k.a. frankenfoods) can aggravate and contribute to a range of common illnesses and diseases, such as:
Fatigue Anxiety Depression Acid Reflux Hormonal Issues Brain-Fog Headaches Gut Issues Inflammation Joint Pain Insomnia Diabetes Cancer, etc…
How to remedy this? There is not just one way to eat for everybody, as we each have a deeply personal and emotional connection with the foods we love and crave. I don’t endorse diets, counting calories or avoiding fats or carbs. By restricting certain foods, you may think you are being “good,” but that only lasts until you have an insatiable craving and desperately want that ‘forbidden food’ again. Instead of eating just one special treat, you may find yourself gorging on it like you have been starved for days. Why did this happen again? It often happens because you felt deprived, or your blood sugar dropped too low. Upgrading to nourishing food leads you to make healing changes that become a way of life and not just another fad diet. Truly nourishing foods are absolutely delicious and contribute to great health! You can have a nourishing relationship with food, and create a ‘win-win’ with it. Most of all, it’s important to understand the ingredients in your food. Begin by reading all of the ingredients on the label. The ingredients will tell you if that food is healthy or harmful! Reading ingredients will also teach you to understand the difference between “real” food (fresh, natural and nourishing) versus “fake” (chemically-processed, moodaltering, inflammation and disease promoting) food-like substances. Read
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each and every ingredient on packaged food and drinks. If you don’t understand an ingredient, look it up! You may be surprised at what you find. The wonderful part about your journey to healthier eating is that you are not alone. There are so many food makers out there who want to bring you clean foods. Yes, it may cost a little more now, but in the future it will save you a ton of money as well as your health! You have a choice; you can either pay the farmer today or the hospital bills later. It’s much more expensive to be sick, go to the doctor and not have the quality of life you deserve, than it is to become a smart shopper at the market. Look for your favorite organics that are on sale and stock up. More chain markets are expanding their organic sections, and this is a good thing! Although it may seem like an unusual thing to say, I feel grateful for my past illnesses. If I had not gone through a variety of health problems, I would not have made significant changes to a healthier and more nurturing way of life. I’m glad that I found ways to heal myself naturally, and you can too! Chronic illness and food addiction may be in your life for a reason, listen to what your symptoms are trying to tell you instead of masking
them with medications. Every little change, shift and new ritual around food is a success! The best way to dive in is to begin with breakfast. If you are a cereal person, then get an organic cereal and organic grass-fed milk. If you drink non-dairy milks, make sure to Upgrade to organic with minimal ingredients. If you love bacon and eggs, buy organic bacon and pasture-raised eggs. Whatever your breakfast of choice is, simply Upgrade the items to Organic and Non-GMO. If you drink coffee, Upgrade to Organic. You can do this! Nicole White, CHHC, AADP, E-RYT, is the author of Upgradeology— Upgrade Your Food, Upgrade Your Life and is a Certified Holistic Health & Lifestyle Counselor, a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Educator, and Registered Yoga & Meditation Instructor. Learn more at www.nicolewhitewellness.com.
Restoring Your Health…One Bite at a Time How a Grain-Free Lifestyle Could Benefit You
hen I tell people that I eat grain-free, they are usually perplexed, have never heard of it, and wonder how in the world someone can live grainfree. Most people are familiar with glutenfree eating and have a pretty good understanding that you eliminate the gluten that is found in traditional wheat products. In contrast, grain-free eating is the elimination of all grains including wheat, corn, millet, barley, rice, and oats. My journey of grain-free eating started from a significant health crisis in my life. After being diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis, I found traditional treatment options were limited to drugs and eventually surgery. I took a plethora of prescribed drugs over a two-year period and at the end found myself in worse shape than when I started. Throughout my illness, multiple doctors told me time and time again that food had nothing to do with my digestive disease. This doesn’t make much sense when you really think about it! I began my own research looking for alternative methods of healing, and what I found was a large number of people who had put themselves into remission from Ulcerative Colitis and other auto-immune disorders by removing all grains, most dairy, sugar, and processed food from their diet. I took a leap of faith and decided to try this new way of eating. You can read my entire story of illness, recovery, and remission on my website. It wasn’t an overnight fix, and it wasn’t easy, but within a year, I was healthy again, and within 2 years, I was in remission and drug-free all by changing the way I ate. Many times, it takes some kind of health crisis for people to wake up and realize they need to make significant changes in their lives. I think there is a silver lining in most all things we experience, and for me the silver lining is that I eat healthier than I ever did prior to my diagnosis and so does my family. If you haven’t read “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis, please put it on your reading list, especially if you are interested in trying a grain-free lifestyle. He writes about how wheat crops are grown today and how differently they were grown even 20 years ago. The genetic codes of the plants have been changed to make the stalk shorter, more resistant to insects and disease. These
changes certainly aren’t benefiting our health. Dr. Davis states, “there has been a 400 percent increase in celiac disease since 1948.” As rational thinkers, we have to associate some of the health issues we are having in our country to the differences in how we grow our crops. Let’s talk about some of the reasons you might want to try grain-free lifestyle. Relief and/or remission from autoimmune disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease and many more. Weight loss, which for some people isn’t just 10 pounds; there are people who have lost more than 100 pounds by eliminating wheat and grains. Relief from skin disorders such as eczema, rashes, acne, etc. Potential relief from anxiety and depression. Brain Fog disappears. More energy to live your life. My previous daily diet included grains at almost every meal so the transition to grain-free eating was not easy. I was also cooking for my family with three small children, which made the challenge even greater. I approached this significant lifestyle change with baby steps. I could tell things were changing inside my body for the better after just the first two weeks of eliminating grains, processed foods, most dairy, and sugar. These changes gave me the hope and inspiration to continue on this path. Helpful tips for your grain-free journey to better health: This is not a fast food, drive-thru lifestyle; grain-free eating is about being prepared. I can’t, and don’t, grab food on the go anywhere, so I always have food prepared at home and ready to pop into containers if I need to take something with me. Keep a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator. I keep a large container of almond flour in my fridge so it’s handy for my weekly baking. Grill and prepare extra meat and veggies on the weekend so I can throw salads together and make quick meals during the week. Experiment with recipes until you find things that satisfy and nourish you. Become a label reader and don’t eat
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BY JACKIE CALDWELL
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any ingredient if you don’t know what it is. Stick to unprocessed and mostly organic food when possible. My best advice for each of you is to become an advocate for your own healthcare. Do your research and listen to your instincts about what is best for your body. Find doctors and healing practitioners you are comfortable working with and who listen! You might discover as I did, if we give our bodies real, whole foods, they are truly miraculous at healing. Most of all, I want to give you hope that you can get your health back and live a full, vibrant life! I want to share my recipe for Easy Grain-Free Bread. This bread is really simple to make and tastes great! It slices beautifully and you can toast or make anything you would with wheat-based bread.
Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with oil and insert parchment paper. Scoop creamy cashew butter into a food processor, powerful blender, or use a bowl and mix well. Add other ingredients, melted butter or ghee, apple cider, baking soda, and sea salt. Pulse until batter is well mixed. I use a spatula to mix and make sure cashew butter is incorporated into batter. Pour batter into the 9x5 prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 38-42 minutes. Start checking bread at 38 minutes and pull out when tester is clean. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 15 minutes and then lift bread out to cooling rack for an hour. Store bread wrapped tightly in plastic wrap in the fridge or it freezes nicely too.
Easy Grain-Free Bread
Jackie Caldwell is a holistic health coach and self-taught chef. Jackie works with clients who suffer from autoimmune disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac, Crohn’s disease, IBD, and anyone who needs to improve their digestive health. Learn more at www.grainfreewellness.com and contact Jackie at Jackie@grainfreewellness.com or 913-980-5605. Her office is located at Your Wellness Connection at 7415 Switzer.
Ingredients: 1 - cup creamy cashew butter (room temperature is best) 5 large eggs 2 tsp. melted organic butter or use ghee for dairy free 1 TBSP. Apple Cider (I use Braggs) ¾ tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. fine sea salt
Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Holos University Graduate Seminary
he poet Robert Frost aptly described our important choices with these words, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference!” Earning a graduate degree is an important step in bringing our unique gifts, talents, and interests into the world. Choosing the “right” graduate school can make all the difference! Are you searching for an innovative educational experience? Would you like to expand your skills, self-knowledge, and understanding of others? Do you seek to balance the use of your analytical mind with your intuitive guidance? If so, we invite you to COME HOME TO YOURSELF at Holos University Graduate Seminary. Founded in June 2001, Holos University (HU) is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Masters and Doctoral students at HU pursue an innovative course of study that culminates with final essays or with producing original research related to the holistic and spiritual aspects of health and healing. The University emphasizes self-development, scholarly exploration, research, and compassionate service. Instructor- Student exchange is primarily accomplished through a distance-learning format using email, conference calls, and webinars. In addition there are a few Core courses that require attendance at a three-day residency workshop held at the beginning of each Fall Semester. HU’s brief residential classes and ceremonies are held at Unity Village, MO. As a seminary of the All Faith’s Church of Spirituality and Health, HU offers Ordination to graduates who request it. In 2016 the Fall Semester begins on September 12th. You can choose from Certificate, Masters, Doctorate or Post-doctorate programs. Join us for a Program Exploration telephone call to learn if Holos University is the place for you. To register
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for an upcoming call, visit our HOME PAGE at www.holosuniversity.org and click on: HU PROGRAM EXPLORATION at the bottom-center. You can also connect with all other aspects of our programs from the menu on this homepage. This year the Fall semester Residential Workshops will be held Monday, September 26th through Wednesday, September 28th at Unity Village, a suburb of Kansas City. These Workshops are open to the public on a space available basis and they provide an excellent introduction to our graduate programs. An information link is provided on the Home Page under INFORMATION–Unity Village Workshops. Each residential workshop qualifies for 2.4 CEUs -24 Contact Hours) for nurses and other health professionals, California Board of Registered Nursing Provider No. 06420. HU also offers a non-credit online learning opportunity through the In2It Online Sessions. Information about these sessions and the Official HU Catalog are available under INFORMATION on the Home Page. To select and review the research and essays of HU students click the RESEARCH tab at the top of the Home Page. To connect informally with the HU Community, join HOW Café (Holos on Wednesday) any Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (Central Time). During these sessions students, alumni, faculty, and prospective students discuss current topics of interest. Feel free to drop by and say hello or just listen in for whatever time you have available. Bring your questions and creative ideas to these sessions online or by phone +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 686 448 1238. We welcome your inquiries about our holistic and innovative programs.
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August 2016 Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Happy birthday Leo! Relationship burdens lift and you’ll be clear about decisions and future directions. If single, you can meet a reliable, centered person with long-term potential! This birth year is also about abundance, so fill your mind with prosperous thoughts to attract the wealth faster! It’s a joyous time, and you deserve every ounce of happiness that’s flowing your way! Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Be direct and clear with close friends or family, and boundaries will improve the relationships. Allowing others to make their own mistakes and have their own soul journey gives you back vital energy, self-esteem, and radiant health! Give guidance if asked, but then let go of their results and re-focus on you. Commit to daily meditation even if pressed for time. It’ll be like you have more time or events will unfold more smoothly than expected!
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Your words and thoughts are powerful, and they create your world! Often, Libras say nice things but feel angry inside. Meditate to release old resentments so you feel as poised inside as you appear outside. If already working with affirmations and feel frustrated with results, it’s time your new reality can manifest! Talk with a
spiritually minded friend as if your life is as you want it to be. Pretend it’s already happened and express gratitude. That’ll speed your quantum results along!
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) If you’ve been struggling financially, this is your breakthrough month! You can have deep insights in meditation about subconscious sabotage or inherited limited beliefs around money. In a similar way, you can have healing of physical symptoms by being “done” with the spiritual issue that the condition represents. Contemplating the amazing intelligence and wisdom of your body and its organs, systems, and cells can bring incredible shifts.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Mars and Saturn are completing a process you’ve been in since March! You’ll have more confidence, clarity, and focus. You’ll feel more hopeful, forgiving, and able to visualize
empowering outcomes and take the actions that unfold events in a fulfilling way! Meditate to release anger and frustration at yourself, others, or circumstances that have built up over the months. Use that precious energy to leap forward into your joyous future!
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Meditate on current anger and how it’s a reminder of core issues. You can grasp the roots of the original pain that sabotages you in your subconscious and remove it from your brain, just like removing a virus from a computer. Now you can easily make plans and carry out actions with an attitude of joyous expectation and receive what you truly want! Stay connected to the belief that the Universe loves you. Connect with friends who reinforce the truth that you are valuable and awesome!
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Being an Aquarius is a spiritual journey to learn intimacy. You’re so much in your head. You need to connect with your heart and relate from there! Explore safe forms of intimacy in your meditations. Maybe you can think about gazing into your child’s or pet’s eyes and drink in the unconditional love. Or think about swimming in the ocean and being buoyed by the gentle waves. Keep those safe feelings as you connect with others who make you feel vulnerable.
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) You can find new love in a new relationship—or re-discover it in a current partnership! Your heart is open and you’ve done the work to heal old wounds so fresh energy can take root and blossom. You’ll also have breakthroughs at work. Maybe you get recognized for a long-term project. Or a difficult co-worker leaves the job. Or you’re offered a new position you’d given up on. Enjoy your successes in all realms!
Aries (March 21 – April 19) As an Aries you’re impatient, since you have clear spiritual vision and want to manifest your goals immediately. You’ve likely had frustration since your birthday and might be doubting yourself and having low self-esteem. This month is a turning point in seeing positive results happen quickly! Areas especially impacted are work, relationships, and
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health. You’ll be reinvigorated spiritually, too, so keep up your meditations and other practices for more blessings!
Taurus (April 20 – May 20) You’ll have huge breakthroughs in trust and intimacy! Any sexual, romantic, or emotional issues resolve, which make current relationships better or attract a new partner to you. You’ll also open a flow of prosperity. Believe that the Universe loves you, and that it can and will provide all of your needs! Keep meditating to see your spiritual and emotional “wiring” being updated to healthier, happier channels of energy!
Gemini (May 21 – June 20) No matter what programming is in your brain and your soul that negatively impacts bonding, it can be reprogrammed into a healthy pattern of relating! You are not stuck! Even a traumatic childhood does not doom you to unhappy patterns. Meditation and forgiveness rewires your internal circuitry and so you can create new results. Explore current work on neuroplasticity, trauma, and emotions to give you hope and inspiration!
Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Keep focusing on affirmations and positive visualizations about work improvements! This is the month results manifest! You can also make big shifts in any aspect of health but especially eating issues. Even if you’ve given up hope, just “fake it ‘til you make it” and the Universe will still get the energy you’re sending out. Keep a gratitude list to allow for continual unfoldment in all areas of your life!
Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer and soul evolutionist practitioner. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book “Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs” is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Skype. Call (727239-7179 or visit www.alunamichaels.com
RESOURCE DIRECTORY ALTERNATIVE HEALING Dr. Marga Birmingham - Human & Animal Energy/Spiritual/Shamanic Healing; SelfEmpowerment; Consciousness; drmarga.org (808) 429-3064; firstname.lastname@example.org At the Healing Place ~ Massage, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Astrology, Tarot, Shamanic Healing, Intuitive Readings 816-415-2607 ~ www.atthehealingplace.com Centered Spirit ~ The Holistic solution for chronic and acute health conditions ~ Medical Massage, Maya Abdominal Massage, Cupping, Infrared sauna. 816-225-9393 or visit centeredspirit.com Regina Compernolle, Home Herbalist Courses, Apprenticeships, Women’s Sacred Studies, Astrology, Tarot, Consults, Women Drumming 816-547-0266; SacredEarthArts.com Integrative Therapies by Sarah P. Chapman Aromatherapy Massage, Raindrop Treatment, Vitaflex, Pressure Point Therapy 913-549-0280 www.sarahpchapman.com
COUNSELING Martha Childers, LPC EdS; 816.892.0803 Women, Couples, 50+, LGBT, Aging in Place End of Life Preparations, Financial, Career www.ChildersCounselingService.com Barb Hoffman, MA, LPC, LCSW, in KCMO; 816.561.1116 Indiv./Couples/Family Therapy, Depression & anxiety, abuse & trauma, grief & loss, addictions, relationships. Most insurance.
ENTERTAINMENT Karen Elise - Psychic Entertainer & Coach Tarot / astrology - corporate / private events Fun for weddings, birthdays & graduations 913-636-9502 - www.KarenElise.com
FITNESS AKKA Karate Westport, Midtown/Downtown Teaching Martial Arts for almost 50 years: Kenpo Karate, Tai Chi, and Self-Defense. Free intro class 816-756-1340; www.akkawestport.com
SHAMANISM Daniel Baxley Shamanic Healing and Teachings, Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Sweat Lodges, Workshops. 816-769-7343, www.shamanicpathways.net
PETS N2paws Offering Doga (doggie yoga) An integrated approach to balance & relaxation for you and your canine companion! www.n2paws.com 816-522-7005
EDUCATION Core Star Energy Healing School Classes and individual sessions in energy healing and meditation. NCBTMB approved courses. www.CoreStarEnergyHealing.com Maya's Oasis Energy Healing Institute Classes & sessions in Reiki, energy healing, intuitive development, and more. NCBTMB approved courses. www.MayaZahira.com Holos University Graduate Seminary Studies in Spirituality & Health. Graduate degrees grounded in scholarship, self-development & Research: www.holosuniversity.org
GOURMET FOODS The Tasteful Olive 7945 Santa Fe Dr. Over 65 oils & vinegars to sample before you buy! Call for info on classes, specials or to place a shipping order. www.thetastefulolive.com “Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs” offer weekly meal prep for families with busy schedules, food allergies or special diets. 913-660-0790; www.kcmealprep.com
HYPNOSIS/EFT New Day Hypnotherapy, LLC Carol Henderson, CH. Stress, Fears, Stop Smoking, Lose Weight, Grief & more. www.newdayhypno.com 913-908-6907
LIFE COACH Healing Thru Music and Life Coaching For more info. Contact Kathleen (913)206-2151 or Klmamuric@yahoo.com $25.00 per session.
MEDITATION Kansas City Meditation Group of Self-Realization Fellowship Sunday Service 10AM 10819 Wornall Rd, KCMO http://kcmeditation.com/ 816-799-5544
NUTRITION & WELLNESS Ayurveda Practitioner Stephanie Kieltyka Mohr works to find health & relieve disease with recommendations for diet, exercise and lifestyle. www.GoWithSteph.com Kimberlin Hypnosis, LLC Kathleen Kimberlin, CHt Smoking/weight loss/childbirth/past life/behavior www.HYPNOSISEMPOWERS.com Call for free consultation (816) 305-8418 Nutrition Consultant- Jackie Caldwell HHC, BS Jackie works with you to restore digestive health eating a grain free diet. Contact Jackie at 913-980-5605 www.grainfreewellness.com
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REAL ESTATE Chartwell Realty, Soraya Jennings Office: 816-877-8200 Cell: 816-213-7089 www.cashflowrealestateinvestments.com 4141 Pennsylvania Suite 105 Kansas City, MO
RETAIL Spectrum-a new age shop 7827 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City Missouri 64118; 816-321-2658’ www.spectrumreiki.com Spectrum.email@example.com
RETREATS The Lavender House Retreat Center, Lawrence KS. Private therapy rooms, individual and small group retreat & seminar space. 785-550-0473 Lavenderhouse.org
SPIRITUAL GROWTH Stephanie Forcier, CT/CAP, Workshops, Events, Personalized Infinity & Akashic Record Sessions: connect with your infinite nature, 816-260-2438, www.infiniteforcier.com. Re-Imagine Your Life with Lania Desmond Life Purpose • Relationships • Divine Guidance Private Sessions & Group Events. SoulPoint.com 828-236-1230 ~ info@SoulPoint.com Stephanie Red Feather, the Healer's Healer Transformational life/business/$ coaching, shamanic healing, energy therapies, Reiki classes, women's circles. 913-515-3271, redfeatherconnections.com Cynthia Litwer, Astrologer Member AOA; NCGR Astrological consult., writer, Instructor at JCCC, BS in Psych. Facebook: “Cynthia Litwer, Astrologer” 913-385- 7031; firstname.lastname@example.org
YOGA The Yoga School of Therapeutics Kansas State Education Board Approved School 10400 W. 103rd Street, #14 Overland Park, KS (913) 492-9594; www.theyogastudio.com Yoga Patch; 19 instructors, 60 wkly classes, all levels. Pay What You Can + $5 classes available. Event Space Rentals + Classes/Workshops Galore. YogaPatch.com; 816-268-4660
WEDDINGS Unity Temple Offering Free Simple Wedding Ceremonies Register at www.simpleceremonieskc.com 707 West 47th Street Kansas City, MO
Events AUGUST 5, 12, 19 FRIDAY'S INTRODUCTION TO TAROT with Lisa Rush. 6:30 More info at https:// www.facebook.com/Spectrumnewageshop AUGUST 6 SHAMANIC BREATHWORK COMMUNITY EVENT AT AQUARIUS If you're looking for accelerated transformation, SBW can help you access levels of wisdom and guidance other therapies can't come close to! $100. Preregistration required: www.redfeatherconnections.com. 913-5153271
AUGUST 15 REIKI MENTORING CIRCLE Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Online Explore methods for evaluating your client's energy at a distance. No experience needed. Free. Info at www.MayaZahira.com AUGUST 19 THE TASTEFUL OLIVE 6:30-9 p.m. Chef-made treats; music by Brad Allen, wine tastings-sales. 7945 Santa Fe Dr OP KS. www.thetastefulolive.com.
AUGUST 19-21 RENEW WOMEN'S WELLNESS & YOGA RETREAT AUGUST 7 Pleasanton, KS. Includes lodging, all meals, PSYCHIC SELF-DEFENSE COURSE daily yoga. Transformative workshops Sunday, 2-6 p.m. at Maya's Oasis. Practical included: exploratory writing, feng shui, methods for protection from negative energy, hypnotherapy and more! psychic attack, and entities. Register at www.lifestylebenefitsllc.com/renew-retreat www.MayaZahira.com AUGUST 19, 20, & 21 AUGUST 8 LOMI 1 GUIDED MEDITATION For massage therapists! The first step to Join us for an evening of spirit guided becoming a practitioner of Lomi. $325 meditation. New or experienced meditators Register 816-523-9140 ext 111. http:// welcome! 7:00 p.m. Cost: love offering John wellspring.edu/continuing-education/ Hoefer (913) 831-4422 Core Star Energy Healing, 6045 Martway, Mission, KS AUGUST 25 SOUND THERAPY AUGUST 13 with Rama Ignacio More info at https:// INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY HEALING www.facebook.com/Spectrumnewageshop WORKSHOP Learn the Basics of Core Star Energy Healing AUGUST 26 to expand your knowledge and abilities for MONEY COACHING FOR COUPLES working with healing energy 10 a.m. – 5 Money as a conduit for understanding and p.m. $125 see web site for more compassion. How to work with different details.www.CoreStarEnergyHealing.com beliefs about money. Improve financial wellbeing. 7-9 p.m. $25/ person includes AUGUST 13 materials. Vivian Kallmann 816-326-7000 SPECTRUM DAY Core Star Energy Healing, 6045 Martway, Healing Art by Heather Collinsworth, intuitive Mission, KS reader Jennifer Ousley, Intuitive reader Rich Fine, reiki master AUGUST 27 Melinda Jean, Dream Interpretation by the SOUL CHECK-IN AT THE HOLLIS CENTER School of Metaphysics. More info at https:// Is your life on purpose? Check in with your www.facebook.com/Spectrumnewageshop soul and access your future self to pull your dreams and desires into the present. $111. AUGUST 14 www.redfeatherconnections.com. 913-515RECONCILATION LABYRINTH DEDICATION – 3271 PRECIOUS BLOOD RENEWAL CENTER AUGUST 27 & 28 2130 St. Gaspar Way, Liberty, MO 4-6pm HEALING TOUCH LEVEL ONE Event includes a complementary dinner. For Open to anyone interested in learning handsmore information please contact on energy healing. 9 AM to 7 PM both days. email@example.com. The Light Center 785 255 4583 firstname.lastname@example.org
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AUGUST 30 CLARITY BREAKTHROUGH CIRCLE FOR WOMEN Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Maya's Oasis Are you feeling stuck and ready for a powerful breakthrough? Join us for this free community event! Info at www.MayaZahira.com AUGUST 30 ASTROLOGY FOR PERSONAL GROWTH BEGINS AT JCCC Continuing Ed. Learn about yourself while learning Astrological symbols. Six Weeks; Enroll now. Cynthia Litwer, Instructor www.jccc.edu/ce SEPTEMBER 10 ASTRONOMY & WINE TASTING Enjoy an evening of wine tasting and a tour of the night sky with one of the largest private telescopes in Kansas and Missouri! Middle Creek Winery is located south of Louisburg, KS under beautiful dark skies. Details: Saturday, September 10 - https:// www.facebook.com/pages/Middle-CreekWinery/107910852606034 Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8 Friends of the Kaw - http://kansasriver.org/ SEPTEMBER 17-18 USUI/HOLY FIRE REIKI I & II Learn energy healing skills for yourself and others. Intro to essential oils included. 9am – 6:30pm, $380 with early deposit. CEs for nurses, massage therapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers. Karen Harrison, ICRT Licensed Reiki Master, Leawood, KS. 816-5234440. email@example.com www.karen harrison.net. SEPTEMBER 21-24 SUBTLE ENERGIES, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND HEALING CONFERENCE Attend the 24th annual Subtle Energies, Consciousness, and Healing Conference At Unity Village, MO. Theme: HEART-2-HEART. Information at issseem.org OCTOBER 29 WOMEN'S WISDOM RETREAT Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Light Center Gather with women just like you to experience support and breakthroughs. Just $55. The last retreat filled so register now! www.MayaZahira.com
ONGOING PRIVATE OR GROUP SESSIONS Barbara Ahern offers private or group sessions at your request. Energy healing, life reading, medical intuitive per John of God. Training designed for your group. Past life, training w Brian Weiss, regression & recovery. 913.522.4953 Kansashealer@yahoo.com NDIGO/MILLENNIALS SUPPORT GROUP A place to come and express yourself freely. Every Wednesday 7-9p.m. (love donation) Transcendence Wellness Center 8702 W 49th Terrace Merriam Ks 66203 www.transcendencekc.com REIKI CIRCLE Unity Temple on the Plaza; 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO. 2nd Saturday every month 1 -4p to receive Reiki session. Love Offering. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913-2158863. U-NITE Experience Unity Temple on the Plaza's new Interspiritual Service Sundays 4:30-5:30PM in Meyer Hall (aka Eden Alley). Childcare & youth program offered. www.unitytemple.com INDIGO SUPPORT GROUP FREE EVENT Every Wednesday 7-8pm Connect with other Indigo's who are struggling with life, & or addictions who want to learn more about themselves or about Indigos! Love donation. Transcendence ww.transcendencekc.com or (913) 387-4631. REIKI CIRCLE Unity Church of Overland Park –10300 Antioch, OPKS. 2nd and 4th Mondays 7-9pm. Love offering. All welcome. Receive a Reiki treatment. For flier email email@example.com. 816-523-4440 ENERGY HEALING SESSIONS FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND VETERANS By Appointment. The Kansas City Healing Project provides energy healing sessions for cancer patients and veterans. Our clients have been experiencing a reduction of their stress, anxiety and pain levels. These sessions are provided at NO COST to the client. Contact John Hoefer at 816-718-6358 for details. KansasCityHealingProject.org
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