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Yin & Tonic ~ Hot and Bothered by Melody Murphy
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Dragon Rises College Herbal News
erbs are grown all over the world, and the U.S. recently expanded the definition of Good Manufacturing Practices to include herbs and herbal products. Herbal medicine is nature’s pharmacy. It is the ancient equivalent of modern pharmaceuticals, but with the biochemical balance that occurs naturally and is usually not found in current prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements. Working with this balance of “active” ingredients in natural products allows the well-trained practitioner to create formulas that are tailored specifically to each individual with minimal to no side effects. Side effects are often experienced with prescription medications due to the processing that occurs in which the active ingredients are separated from the passive substances that balance them. Manufactured drugs can only be customized by adjusting the dosage. Greater customization is a real advantage to taking herbs. No two people are alike, and even common symptoms occur in different people for different reasons. Although Chinese herbs are natural, they are no less powerful than “conventional” medications and should only be taken as directed by a licensed professional who has the ability to diagnose, formulate, and prescribe what is best for you. Generally it is safe to combine Chinese herbs with prescription medications; however, you should always let your practitioner know of any medications or supplements you take.
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The accredited master’s degree offered at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine requires students to take 460 hours of herbs, and more than 800 hours of diagnosis. Herbal study includes individual herbs and herbal formulas, formula preparation, and herb-drug interactions. Graduates are well prepared to responsibly prescribe individualized Chinese herbs and formulas. For more information, call 352-3712833 or visit www.DragonRises.edu. Photos: Page 6: Sheila Miller and Linda Barbour prepare a formula in the student clinic. Below: Chinese Herbs are tracked with batch number and date.
Events at Amrit
he Mayapuris Kirtan Yoga Weekend, “Expressions of Love,” will be held Aug. 5-7 at the Amrit Yoga Institute. Workshops will include vocal training, basic melody and rhythm training (harmonium and mridanga), classical temple dance, mantra meditation and kirtan. The $300 tuition includes program, lodging, and meals. Reiki I and Reiki II will be held Aug. 26-28. This workshop includes traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho I and II Attunements (Shoden and Okuden) hands-on curriculum, and the Amrit Integrative Methodology. Participants will receive three traditional Japanese Reiki sacred symbols and learn to use Reiki to heal and transform yourself and be empowered to offer Gendai Reiki to others. Teachers: Devdasi and Mohan. The $350 tuition includes manual, certification, meals, and lodging. Contact Amrit Yoga Institute 352685-3001 or visit www.amrityoga.org.
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Are Fit Kids Smarter? ow important is it that kids engage in
physical activity? Very, according to a recent study published in the journal Brain Research. Kids who are more physically active tend to have a better-developed brain, which in turn helps them perform better on memory tests. The study involved 49 children, ages 9 and 10, who ran on a treadmill to measure their oxygen intake, a standard measure of fitness. Subsequent MRI data of the children found that the more physically fit kids tended to have a larger hippocampus— about 12 percent bigger, relative to total brain size—than their out-of-shape peers and outperformed them on relational memory tests. The hippocampus is known to be important in learning and memory. The new findings suggest that interventions to increase childhood physical activity could have an effect on brain development. “We knew that experience and environmental factors and socioeconomic status all impact brain development,” says Art Kramer, the University of Illinois psychology professor and Beckman Institute director who led the study. “It’s not easy to do something about your economic status, but here’s something we can do something about.” Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
Nutrition Detectives ccording to a recent study conducted by the
Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, it takes less than two hours to turn students and their parents into “Nutrition Detectives,” able to identify betterfor-you foods quickly and reliably. Nutrition Detectives is a 90-minute program for elementary school children and families, developed by Drs. David and Catherine Katz and a team of nutrition and education experts, in response to the current childhood obesity crisis. The study included more than 1,200 Missouri students in grades two through four and their parents. Students in all three grades increased their food label literacy scores by 18 percent, with third grade students showing the most improvement (23 percent). The overall gain in scores among students was retained three months after their initial exposure to the program. Download or order free program materials from NutritionDetectives.com.
Meditation Eases Anxiety in Kids indfulness meditation is good
for kids, too, especially those with high levels of anxiety. Researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed 155 boys from two independent United Kingdom schools, before and after a four-week crash course in mindfulness. After the trial period, the 14- and 15-year-olds were found to have increased well-being, defined as the combination of feeling good (including positive emotions such as happiness, contentment, interest and affection) and functioning well. Best of all, the youth enjoyed the exercises and said they intended to continue meditation, a good sign that many children would be receptive to this type of therapy.
No Junk Food Babies ew research published online in the Federation of American Societies for
Experimental Biology Journal suggests that pregnant mothers whose diets are high in sugar and fat deliver babies who are more likely to become junk food junkies themselves. According to the report, such diets lead to changes in the fetal brain’s reward pathway, altering food preferences. The results may offer insight into the ever-increasing rate of human obesity and help explain why some people easily resist junk foods, while others seem hopelessly addicted.
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Stirring Giants Green Homebuilding Progress Report
Going Back to School in the Golden Years
etirement communities, typically nestled near beaches or golf courses, are beginning to emerge somewhere else: near university campuses. Educational opportunities and cultural activities there are among the perks for those who feel most alive in active, intellectually stimulating and intergenerational settings. Alma maters are a special draw for sports fans. About 50 campus-oriented retirement communities exist around the country, estimates Andrew Carle, an industry expert and founding director of the Senior Housing Administration program at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. Another 50 are planned.
Green Marketplace Environmentally Conscious Behavior Is Encouraging
ith more organic foods and sustainable products becoming available, it’s a bit easier to go green these days, and consumers are responding. The latest annual study by the Natural Marketing Institute finds that we are increasingly taking bags with us to the store, avoiding brands that don’t reflect our values and making better transportation choices, including carpooling and using public transit.
Vital Signs Lifetime Educational Achievement Is Up Worldwide
orldwatch Institute reports that people all over the world are completing more years of schooling than ever before, according to the latest data out of Austria. Just over 3 billion, or 61 percent of the global population 15 years or older, had finished at least some secondary schooling during their lifetime as of 2010. That’s up from 36 percent in 1970 and 50 percent in 1990, and includes those who went on to even higher education. Having advanced to secondary school or beyond indicates that individuals are better prepared for the future. Sources: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Vienna Institute of Demography
merica’s 10 largest publicly traded homebuilders have started to improve their environmental policies and practices, but much progress remains to be achieved, according to the latest Survey of Sustainable Practices by the Homebuilding Industry, by Calvert Asset Management Co. KB Home, based in Los Angeles, and Pulte Homes, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, were ranked as the top industry firms. Calvert reports that out of 42 possible green data points, the average total score was just over six points, or 15 percent. Without the top two companies in the mix, the average overall score would have been less than 6 percent. Green building represents a major industry opportunity. “Whereas two years ago, the industry had not yet begun to embrace sustainability as a core part of building design and construction, companies today have taken many meaningful steps toward developing greener and cleaner homes,” says Rebecca Henson, a sustainability analyst at Calvert and co-author of the report. “However, given the environmental impact that homebuilding has, the industry has significantly more progress to make.” Companies are most active in energy efficiency and conservation, paying more attention to sustainability issues that can offer short-term financial benefits to operating costs and customers, such as building material recycling and energy and water efficiency measures. Issues with longterm benefits, such as climate change, are not well addressed. For more information, search Green Homebuilder at Calvert.com. To assess a home’s energy efficiency score, take the quiz at EnergySavvy.com.
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EcoTip Water Why Tap Water Is a Better Choice
id you know that Americans now drink more bottled water than milk or juice? We buy 30 billion bottles a year, 80 percent of which ends up in landfills for hundreds of years. That’s why Earth-friendly folks use refillable bottles these days. In addition to being eco-savvy, consumers have plenty of reasons to avoid bottled water. According to a four-year study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), we cannot assume that the bottled water we purchase is necessarily any better regulated, purer, or safer than most tap water. Here are some revealing facts: n People typically spend from 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than for tap water. n According to government and industry estimates, at least 25 percent of bottled water (some say 40 percent) is tap water, sometimes with additional treatment, sometimes not.
n Independent laboratory analysis in the NRDC study showed that about one-third of the bottled waters tested contained significant contamination in at least one test. That means the levels of chemical or bacterial contaminants exceeded those allowed under a state or industry standard or guideline. n The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate water bottled and sold in-state, effectively exempting 60 to 70 percent of U.S. bottled water from FDA standards. Even when its rules apply, they are weaker in many ways than Environmental Protection Agency rules governing big-city tap water. The majority of the country’s tap water passes the EPA standards. n Tap water test results and notices of violations must be reported to state or federal officials. There is no mandatory reporting for water bottlers; manufacturers have recalled bottled water 100 times, without letting consumers know about it two out of three times. n City water systems must issue annual “right-to-know” reports, telling consumers what is in their water; bottlers successfully killed such a requirement for bottled water. Every American has a right to safe, good-tasting water from the tap. If we choose to buy bottled water, we deserve the same assurances that it too, is safe. Whether our water comes from a tap or a bottle, we have a right to know what’s in it. If bottled water is so pure, why not prove it, with full disclosure on the label? Source: National Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org)
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Hot and Bothered by Melody Murphy
hate August. It is a wretched month with no reason to exist. Nothing good ever happens in August. There are no holidays. Nothing worth celebrating, other than National Goat Cheese Month. You know what “awarenesses” the month is designated for? Immunization. Psoriasis. Cataracts. Spinal muscular atrophy. Well, yippee-ki-yay. August is 31 endless days of heat and misery, waiting in a prolonged agony of dread for school to start or a hurricane to strike, praying for the sweet release of death. I imagine it is the equivalent of being two weeks overdue with a ten-pound baby: Oh, dear God, is there no end to this??? Nothing should happen in August. Certainly no rites of passage. If you decide, against all reason, to get married in August, especially in an outdoor ceremony, I believe this is grounds for your wedding party to rise up and kill you. I believe couples should be chaste in November, so that no babies are born in August. I know it’s tempting, but hold out, or use extreme precaution. You’ll thank me in nine months. If you have the bad taste to die in August and leave instructions to be buried at a graveside service, I believe you should be soundly punished for this in the afterlife. If there were to be stars in your crown, they should be revoked. T.S. Eliot was incorrect when he said April is the cruelest month. It is August. I assume that, being British, the man didn’t know any better. Unless you have spent all the Augusts of your life in Florida, you do not know what
an August is. Anyone who has spent a summer in Florida and tells you there is a crueler month than August is a liar. Bad things happen in August, here and elsewhere. Hurricanes. Lovebugs. Heatstroke. Terrible action-adventure movies. In history, we had the atomic bombs. Other bad things occurred, but I’m too hot and tired to look them up. A lot of really wretched people were born in August; you can look that up, too. August is when they make you go back to school. It’s bad times all around. August is the noisy, obnoxious drunk of a party guest who has to be thrown out at 3 a.m., still slurring the punchlines to bad jokes, long after he has worn out his welcome. August is a blowzy harridan with cheaply dyed orange hair and cartoonish red lipstick, like a clown in a third-rate circus or Miss Hannigan from Annie: loud and tipsy and bad-tempered, lurching around in a tacky housedress, abusing orphans and swigging hooch out of a hip flask in the middle of the afternoon. August is both a lurid shade of orange (the hue of Miss Hannigan’s hair), and a heat-bleached, sunparched white. Not a crisp, cool white; white as in colorless, faded, drained. Bled dry. Wilted. White-hot. August makes me think of the scene in Fantasia where the dinosaurs stumble through the shimmering heat of the desert on their futile trek in search of water, dropping like flies in the primordial dust along the way. Every time I see that stegosaurus rearing his head toward the glaring orange sky in his death throes, I think, “Yep. That was in August.” I don’t care if the
piece was set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring; I know August when I see it. I’m pretty sure more crimes happen in August, too. I should probably look it up to be certain, but I’m too hot to care. The phrase “hot and bothered” was coined in August. I’m not factchecking that either, but it’s true. It seems to be perpetually August in Southern crime dramas. There’s always the obligatory courtroom scene at the height of summer, always in an antebellum courthouse filled with folks in seersucker suits and floral chintz, almost getting their heads chopped off by those frantically whapping ceiling fans up in the balcony rafters. Everybody’s sweating to beat the band and fanning themselves with those oldschool funeral-home fans, and the prosecutor has a pitcher of ice water, and the defense rests because it has heatstroke and can’t summon the will to do anything else, and the judge’s favorite hound dog is lying in mute suffering next to the witness stand because it’s too hot for Bocephus to be outside, even in the shade of the old lynching tree. They call August “the dog days of summer” for a reason, but it is a nasty rabid dog and should be shot and put out of its misery and ours. All John Grisham novels and the entire run of “In the Heat of the Night” seem to be set in August. (However, “In the Heat of the Night” also offers the refreshment of Carroll O’Connor’s drawling snark, and, more important, of Bubba and his biceps. I submit that with a different hairstyle, Bubba could still be fully relevant today. Bubba’s biceps are always relevant.)
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I think people in other parts of the country believe it’s always summer in the South, and that all gainful activity shuts down until the kickoff of football and hunting season. Like all we do all summer is lie around the house in a lacy slip, high on honeysuckle fumes, drinking whiskey out of Mason jars and languidly uttering nonsensical aphorisms about magnolias, and pigs in mud, and dawgs which will not hunt, waiting for something to come along so we can either sleep with it or shoot it. I cannot speak for the entire region, but if I did that more than once a week, I would never get anything done. I do own a full slip and several of those funeral-home fans, but it puts me in a bad temper to exert that much energy to cool myself. Instead, thankfully, I have central air. However, I also have an old, energy-guzzling house, as well as a hot-blooded nature, so August leaves me especially ill-tempered when the electric bill comes rolling in. “Ill as a hornet” is an excellent old phrase of my grandmother’s. It suits August perfectly. August makes everyone ill as a hornet. That is why there is more crime then. (And I’m still not going to look it up. I’m right and you know I am.) Heat makes people mean. They get into more fights when it’s hot. You hear them tiredly say things like, “Come here so I can slap you. I’m too tired to move.” And then the other person says, in equally exhausted tones, “Never mind. Just shoot me. You can do that from right there. Put me out of my misery.” There are, I suppose, some good things about August. I grudgingly allow that I enjoy the lingering light that lasts well into the evening hours, fireflies and citronella candles at blue dusk. I do like the frequent rain, and the Perseid meteor showers are nice, if you like to sit up late and star-gaze. And of course there are the ripe tomatoes and fresh corn and juicy watermelons, the iced tea and lemonade, the pool parties and cookouts and beach trips. But you know what? I did those things in June and July, too. I’m all done now. Thanks. I didn’t need August for any of those things. August is extraneous. August doesn’t know when to quit. It has jumped the shark. I propose we do away with August altogether. I say we extend June by 16 days and July by 15, for 46 days per month, then go straight to September. I realize this means we would now celebrate Independence Day on June 34th, as well as my birthday on June 35th, but you know, that’s just the kind of person I am. Willing to reschedule my own birthday for the greater good. See what I’m willing to do for you all? For the good of the nation, the world, all the boys and girls and the fishes in the deep blue sea. And, if there were no August—joy to you and me. Melody Murphy has to go find her Mason jar now. She would quote a proverb about hornets and honeysuckle, but she’s too hot to be folksy. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, but she will not feel like answering until September at the earliest. www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com
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KIDS Natural Alternatives to Common Medications by Lisa Marshall
ant to keep your kids off drugs? The place to start is with your own medicine cabinet. So say a growing number of health practitioners who are viewing the recent proliferation of medications being targeted at kids with alarm and urging parents to turn first to commonsense home remedies or natural alternatives when possible. “We tend to be a nation of pill-takers, who turn to medication whenever we need relief for anything,” says Dana Point, California, pediatrician Robert Sears, co-author of the new book, The Portable Pediatrician. “If we can increase the use of our skills as parents in using time-tested home remedies to help our kids feel better, we can rely less on pills.” Because children metabolize drugs differently than adults do, cases of lingering side effects, such as grogginess, hyperactivity, and accidental overdoses are widespread. Poison control facilities nationwide received 30,000 calls regarding pediatric acetaminophen alone in 2009, and roughly 7,000 kids end up in emergency rooms each year due to cough and cold medicine overdoses. Between 2000 and 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of 14 deaths and 74 non-fatal adverse events due to acetaminophen-dosing errors. According to a 2010 report by Orlando, Florida-based Medco Health Solutions Inc., children’s drugs now constitute the fastest growing segment of the pharmaceutical industry, with sales increasing by 10.8 percent in 2009 over 2008, and usage by children rising four times faster than for the general population during the same period. One in four children younger than 10 and one-third of adolescents ages 10 to 19 take at least one prescription medication on an ongoing basis, according to the report. The number of minors taking drugs for respiratory problems is up 42 percent since 2001 and those medicated for the chronic heartburn of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is up 147 percent. Market research firm IMS Health reports that spending on non-prescription pain medication for children spiked
from $191 million in 2005 to $250 million in 2010. Despite three years of government warnings about potential dangers, including seizures and death, of giving over-the-counter cold and flu medications to children under age 2, 61 percent of parents do it anyway, according to a recent national poll by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Meanwhile, new ad campaigns marketing drugs for kids continue to proliferate. Publisher Scholastic, Inc. was criticized recently for distributing coupons for the allergy medicine Children’s Claritin in its elementary school newsletter distributed to kids. “I find it very concerning,” says pediatrician Hilary McClafferty, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. “Some drug companies are exploiting parents at a vulnerable time, preying upon their feeling that they need to do something to make their child feel better immediately.” Why shouldn’t a worried, sleep-deprived mom or dad reach for a quick fix to placate a miserable little one in the middle of the night? At times, medications are warranted, says McClafferty, particularly in the case of strep throat, which can lead to serious health problems when left unchecked. But routinely medicating away symptoms can interfere with the body’s natural protective mechanisms, McClafferty says. For instance, cough medicine can inhibit the body’s natural effort to clear mucous from the lungs, prolonging
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congestion; also, suppressing mild fevers with drugs can sabotage the body’s own defense against infection. “Even the conventional medical world has begun to focus on this. They are realizing many of these drugs are not very effective and they can cause toxicity in young patients,” says Matthew Baral, a doctor of naturopathy and president of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. For example, according to a 2011 review in the online journal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, antihistamines can lead to sedation, constipation, drying of the mucous membranes and at higher doses, hallucinations in kids. Decongestants can increase heart rate and lead to “rebound congestion,” or a worsening of symptoms after a child stops taking the drugs. Protonpump inhibitors, approved in 2008 for GERD in babies as young as 12 months, have been shown to boost levels of harmful intestinal bacteria and may increase fracture risk later in life, according to a study recently published in Annals of Family Medicine. In 2008, the FDA advised that cough and cold medicine should not be used for children under 2, and called on companies to revise their dosage instructions to indicate this more clearly. In March, 2011, it went so far as to pull hundreds of prescription cold medications off the market, with FDA spokesperson Deborah M. Autor telling The New York Times that, “We don’t know what’s in them, whether they work properly or how they are made.” While McClafferty is pleased with the FDA’s recent actions, she remains leery, saying, “I approach all over-thecounter medications for children with great caution and rarely recommend their use.” Here are some alternatives to try. Remember that many herbs have not been tested for safety specifically for children, so check with a health practitioner first.
Bug Bites For quick relief, grate a potato or some leaves of plantain to create a poultice and place it on the spot of the bite. “It will draw off some of the itching and swelling,” says Baral. Don’t forget two of the lowest-tech and natural remedies, mud and ice.
Fever “It’s important to know that most fevers don’t need to be treated unless they are really bothering the child,” advises Sears. “Fever helps the body to fight off infection and may keep the child subdued so she can rest and recover.” He recommends tepid baths, cold cloths on the forehead, and calling the doctor if a fever persists for three days or if it rises above 103 www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com
degrees. Herbalist Brigitte Mars, author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, suggests diaphoretic herbs like peppermint, ginger and elderflower, in teas, which prompt perspiration and enable the body to cool down naturally.
Cough and Congestion Apply an herbal vapor rub of menthol and tea tree oil to the bottom of the child’s feet and put their socks back on. The decongesting menthol vapor will help them to breathe and the antimicrobial properties of the tea tree oil will be absorbed through their skin, says Mars. For nasal decongestion, try irrigating the child’s nose with a cleansing neti pot. Sears recommends kid versions of herbal remedies Sinupret and Bronchipret.
Diarrhea and Constipation “Probiotics are the most extensively researched remedy we have out there for diarrhea,” says Baral. Studies in the journal Pediatrics have shown probiotics to shorten bouts of diarrhea in infants and school-age children, and prevent the onset of antibiotic-induced diarrhea in kids. Look for yogurt, powder or capsules containing 10 billion colony-forming units (CFU) of Lactobacillus GG. Sears suggests the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) to quell diarrhea. For constipation, reach for apricots, peaches, pears, plums and vitamin C.
Earache Drop four drops of warm mullein garlic oil into the ear. Sears says the warm oil will calm the inflamed eardrum and the antibiotic in the garlic will get to work on the infection. Olive oil will work in a pinch.
While it’s common for kids between the ages of 3 and 5 or 8 and 12 to complain of dull aches deep in their legs, there is little consensus about what causes them. Mars has found that it helps to supplement their diet with calcium and magnesium supplements in kid-friendly powdered form, or foods that contain these nutrients.
Deglycerrhizinated licorice (DGL), slippery elm and aloe all may be able to help soothe inflamed esophageal tissue, says Baral, “But they need to be given under a doctor’s supervision.” Also take a hard look at dietary triggers: Common culprits include dairy, chocolate, tomatoes and mint. ... Continued on Page 19
Natural Approaches to ADHD by Lisa Marshall
rugs for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are among the hottest-selling medications today, garnering 13 percent of children’s prescription dollars, with sales soaring so quickly that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently had to declare a national shortage. That worries naturopathic doctors Matthew Baral and David Deichert. “People have gotten in the bad habit of going to medication first, without trying natural therapies,” states Baral, a pediatrics professor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe, Arizona. In some cases, prescription medication is warranted, says Deichert, an ADHD specialist with Bastyr University, in Kenmore, Washington. But in most cases, he sees it as a stopgap measure as the longer-term benefits of diet and lifestyle changes slowly kick in. The two naturopaths offer these natural wellness approaches.
Minimize Food Additives After decades of parents’ suspicions that additives like food coloring and artificial flavors may fuel behavioral changes in kids, several recent studies have bolstered such claims. A 2007 study of nearly 300 kids ages 3 to 8, published in The Lancet, found that those given drinks containing artificial dye showed significantly higher hyperactivity within a few hours. The British government now requires labels warning that children’s products containing dye may impair attention.
Consider an Elimination Diet A first-of-its-kind 2011 study, also in The Lancet, showed that when 50 kids with ADHD were put on restrictive hypoallergenic diets free of allergens like gluten and dairy for five weeks, their symptoms improved far more than those in the control group. When the eliminated foods were reintroduced, symptoms returned in 63 percent of the children. Deichert says that ADHD patients with digestive problems, recurring ear infections, or skin problems—all symptoms of possible food sensitivities—are particularly good candidates for elimination diets.
Curb Screen Time and Get Moving “Very large studies have associated TV and video game use with a worsening of ADHD symptoms,” notes Deichert. He recommends that for each half-hour of screen time a child gets outside of schoolwork, they get a half-hour of exercise.
Buy Organic A 2010 study of 1,100 children, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the more pesticide residue children had in their urine, the more likely they were to be diagnosed with ADHD.
Check the Iron Studies in the Archive of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and elsewhere have shown that children diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to have lower iron levels, and when those that are deficient take iron supplements, their symptoms either subside without medication or they react better to lower doses of medications. As a precautionary measure, Deichert suggests that kids be checked for their ferritin levels before beginning iron supplementation.
Consider Safer Supplements Clinical research is still inconclusive, but in their practices, Deichert and Baral have both seen ADHD patients benefit from zinc, ginkgo biloba, acetyl-carnitine and omega-3 supplements. A final note: While it helps that research has been stepped up to address the epidemic of attention-related disorders, that doesn’t mean that all valid solutions need to carry a company trademark.
DHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder for kids in the United States, with at least 4.5 million diagnoses among children under age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Michigan State University (MSU) study now reports that 20 percent are potentially misdiagnosed simply because they are the youngest—and most immature—in their class. Among kindergarteners, the youngest were 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than the oldest children in the same grade. Similarly, when that group of classmates reached the fifth and eighth grades, the youngest were twice as likely to be prescribed stimulants. MSU Economist and researcher Todd Elder puts the cost of the unnecessary medication at $320500 million per year.
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Seasonal Allergies One of the most commonly recommended natural treatments for addressing seasonal allergy symptoms is stinging nettle, believed to modulate the production of the histamine that prompts noses to run and eyes to water and has been shown to be safe in adults. It comes in tincture, tea and capsule form. Mars also likes Allergena regionspecific homeopathic allergy medicines, which deliver traces of local pollen to help the body develop immunity to them. Alternately, substitute citrus juices for milk during allergy season. Vitamin C has been shown to normalize histamine levels, while dairy products can boost mucous production.
Sore Throat Stir one teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of water and gargle. “It is antiseptic and will make the pain go away,” counsels Mars. She also recommends using the infectionfighting herb Isatis root, in tincture or capsule form. McClafferty says to try a spoonful of honey; it has antimicrobial properties and may act as a cough suppressant.
Teething Pain Oil of clove contains a compound called eugenol that serves as a natural pain killer and antibacterial agent. Baral recommends mixing no more than one drop of clove oil with honey and rubbing it on the gums (not recommended for children under 12 months). Or, saturate a clean cloth with calming chamomile tea or wintergreen tea, a natural analgesic, and let the baby chew on it.
When children suffer from common ailments, it is natural for parents to wish to soothe their suffering as quickly as possible. Just be aware that, along with the physician and the pharmacist, there is still an important role to play for “Doctor Mom.” In fact, many of Doctor Mom’s remedies will work a lot faster than Pharma. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer and mother of four who lives near Boulder, CO. Connect at Lisa@LisaAnnMarshall.com. www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com
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Dietary Supplement Industry at Risk by Jonathan Emord, Esquire
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to remove 20 to 30 percent of existing food supplement companies from the market, force a rise in prices and eliminate the availability of most, if not all, herbal supplements.
he most basic of human rights is that of selfgovernment over our own bodies, especially regarding individual choice over what nutrients to ingest and treatments to receive to sustain optimal health. Today, federal and state regulatory agencies constrict those rights by limiting our choices. Those restrictions on freedom are destined to continue. Recent examples include state dietitian licensing bills, global censorship of health information, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA; S. 510/HR 2751). Dietitian licensing bills designate those licensed by the American Dietetic Association as nutritionists and the sole dispensers of nutritional advice and recommendations. Global censorship of nutrient-related disease treatment information by all Western governments that regulate drugs works to preserve a monopoly on therapeutic claims for drug companies. The Food Safety Modernization Act requires that all companies that make food and dietary supplements be regis-
tered with the federal government for the first time, deprives those companies of access to the courts in favor of administrative tribunals, and forces those companies to pay for mandatory federal investigations. With passage of FSMA, which made every food and dietary supplement company operating in the United States subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensing, the regulators’ decades-old dream of ridding the market of supplements and leaving the field to FDAapproved drugs is closer to realization than ever before. The FSMA comes atop aggressive FDA implementation of new and costly current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) regulations, positioning the agency to regulate every aspect of supplement production. Will the public awaken to the threat and compel the FDA to back down, or will the agency succeed in eliminating safe supplement products, to the detriment of the consuming public?
Public outcry has helped stem FDA moves to eliminate dietary supplements from the market on dozens of occasions in the past, but has failed to reach a fever pitch in response to the latest round of regulatory efforts. Perhaps that is because the most recent efforts have arisen under a more palatable public interest justification: The argument that consumers must be protected from potentially unsafe products by permitting the FDA to run companies it thinks may threaten public health out of existence. The FDA’s current approach, using allegations of adulteration, contamination and misbranding—combined with cessation of distribution and recall of unapproved supplements—appears to be far more acceptable to the public than the argument that supplements in general should be removed from the market. It seems that the lesson FDA regulators have slowly learned is that people generally appear to be willing to permit regulatory abuses in the name of public safety. Moreover, under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), as interpreted by the federal courts, any promotion that associates a dietary supplement with a disease treatment claim is prohibited. That is so even if the claim is demonstrably true. Censoring information concerning the potential benefit of dietary ingredients shrouds the market in ignorance, depriving consumers of helpful, life-extending or life-saving information. Just one example is the FDA’s censorship of the association established in peer-reviewed scientific literature (some 6,000 articles) between Vitamin D and a reduction in the risk of certain kinds of cancer. All Americans could experience a reduction in cancer risk were that association made known at the point of sale, but FDA’s prior restraint (its ban on all claims associating a nutrient with a disease, even provably true claims) keeps consumers in the dark. Unfettered by a groundswell of public opposition, the FDA is proceeding at an accelerated pace in inspecting facilities, issuing citations and
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ultimately driving supplement manufacturers out of business. Companies incapable of affording the associated costs have no choice but to dissolve. To reverse this course, consumers must contact their elected representatives in congress and demand an immediate repeal of both FSMA and GMP regulations. Then, vote wisely in the 2012 elections to defeat candidates that voted in favor of limiting our freedoms in these areas.
Worldwide Trend Many governments around the world currently prohibit essential health claims backed by credible scientific evidence. For example, claims that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may eliminate symptoms of osteoarthritis are forbidden in Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada and the United States. Groups have formed to protest such censorship and restrictions on access to dietary supplement ingredients. For a global view, consult information provided by the Alliance for Natural Health, which is active in Europe and America. In the United States, take action via the Alliance for Natural Health USA, Citizens for Health, Freedom of Health Foundation, The Health Keepers Alliance and National Health Freedom Action. The way back to liberty lies not only in allowing the marketing of all dietary ingredients that are being used without serious adverse effects, but also in stripping countries of the power to censor nutrient-related disease treatment information. When wellinformed consumers make dietary ingredient choices that minimize disease risk and maximize longevity, their improved health reduces their dependence on costly drug therapies which too often carry unwanted side effects. Imagine a world in which fruits and vegetables, as well as dietary supplements, could lawfully be accompanied by labels summarizing the dietary ingredients present, their effects and their potential for protecting against or fighting disease. In such a world, consumers would be www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com
truly active, engaged participants in their own health care. Jonathan W. Emord is a constitutional and administrative lawyer in Washington, D.C. The author of The Rise of Tyranny and Global Censorship of Health Information, he has defeated the FDA in federal court eight times. Visit Emord.com.
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Raising a Healthy Child in an Unhealthy World by Dr. James Lemire, M.D.
n my 35 years of practice as a family physician, I have seen the health challenges of our children increase each year. It is now more urgent than ever for parents to focus on their children’s health in order for them to survive in an unhealthy world. The challenges of children begin before birth with the health of the mother. In a study published July 21, 2005, the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) reported that tests measuring the cord blood from 10 randomly selected newborn infants detected 287 chemicals. Of these chemicals, 180 are known to cause cancer in adults, 217 are linked to brain and nervous system damage, and 208 have been shown to effect fetal or child development in animal studies. And, a stunning 209 of the contaminants represented brandnew appearances—it was the first time researchers had identified the chemicals in the blood of newborn babies. It is paramount for mothers— before, during, and after their
pregnancy—to be aware of their exposure to such chemicals, and to be proactive with a form of detoxification to prevent this from being passed on to their infants. Mothers need to be aware of their vitamin and nutritional status as well as toxic chemical exposure such as mercury fillings in their teeth. Mothers need to abandon the standard American diet (SAD) and adopt a diet with a variety of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, organic free-range meats, and plenty of pure water. Mothers need to have adequate levels of vitamins, fish oil, and vitamin D-3 to provide a healthy environment for the newborn. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants to help enhance their immune system. This also strengthens mother/infant bonding and reduces the potential for future allergies. Parents need to reconsider the whole issue of vaccinations. My purpose is not to condemn the concept of vaccinations, but to look at how the system has evolved: today, an infant in the first 18 months
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of life is recommended to have 35 immunizations. A great resource is a book by Mayer Eisenstein MD, JD, MPH called Don’t Vaccinate Before You Educate. He has also written Make an Informed Vaccine Decision for the Health of Your Child: A Parent’s Guide to Immunizations. Younger children are encouraged to be fed organic fruits and vegetables as well as free-range organic meats. Vitamin supplementation with a multivitamin, Vitamin D-3, and probiotics is recommended. If we don’t change our children’s eating habits away from the standard American diet, 50% of children born today will develop Type 2 diabetes before the age of 30, according to the World Health Organization’s statistical predictions. We must continue to be vigilant to search out the chemicals in a child’s environment and reduce their ongoing exposure. For example, Bisphenol-A, found in children’s and adults’ plastic bottles, is a xenoestrogen, which disrupts normal hormone function in children. Today we are seeing boys and girls develop premature puberty before the age of 10, because of the synthetic xenoestrogen and other hormones found in milk and dairy products as well as processed meats. These chemicals include fluoride, chlorine which disrupts thyroid function, and mercury found in “silver fillings.” As children grow, we must educate them on how to live a healthy lifestyle, make good choices in diet and nutrition supplements, and develop healthy lifestyles that will serve them into their old age. We must educate them that the pharmaceutical industry does not have the answer for every problem. Educate them on the hazards of legal and illegal drugs and help them to make wise choices. As parents and grandparents, we have the responsibility to educate our children to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle— emotionally, physically, and spiritually. For further information visit www. lemireclinic.com or call 352-291-9459.
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n defense of the recipe’s name, this is more than sautéed spinach. With attention to preparation, this dish can stand alone as the primary course for lunch or dinner, or be served as a bed for fish, or be used as the filling for a quiche, omelet, or heavy crepe. Besides observing the prep methods, note also the sequence of execution for a more attractive appearance and esoteric feel on the palate. Enjoying food, after all, is a combination of look, smell, feel, as well as taste. You will be rewarded.
coarse chopped 1 tbsp. unsalted butter 2 large garlic cloves, fine chopped 3 “baby” sweet peppers, julienned 1 fresh lemon, juiced 6 slices cooked, drained bacon, chopped 6-8 fresh basil leaves, medium chopped ¼ cup toasted pine nuts 4 tbsp. fresh tarragon leaves, fine chopped 2 tbsp. lemongrass paste 2 9-oz. packages fresh baby spinach leaves 3-4 Roma or sun-dried tomatoes (optional) ¼ cup chopped scallion (optional garni) ¼ cup Feta cheese (optional garni)
Sauteed 2 Spinach by Clark Dougherty Preparation (sequence is important): In a large skillet, at medium heat, add oil; briefly saute red and white onion. Add mushrooms; cook about 2 minutes. Create space in center of skillet, add butter and garlic. Add sweet peppers to center of skillet, then lemon juice; stir rapidly. Simmer 2 minutes. Add bacon pieces, basil, toasted pine nuts, tarragon, lemongrass paste. Mix well; cook about a minute. Add one package of spinach, folding and mixing until the spinach is turning dark and wilting well. Add second package of spinach, again folding and mixing well. (Optional: add tomatoes.) Remove from heat, put into serving bowl. Add scallion if desired, and sprinkle individual servings with Feta cheese (optional). Enjoy!
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Deficient Drainage: There Is But One Disease
by Dr. Michael J. Badanek, DC, BS, CNS, DACBN, DCBCN, DM(P)
The school of healing known as “drainage” in these toxic times is often necessary to begin treatment with remedies that most effectively cleanse and purify. A leading physician in the field of drainage teaches in his courses that first you have to “open the door” and release toxins in the body before attempting any repair or regeneration of tissue. And in light of the fact that essentially everyone has been exposed to significant levels of toxic metals, petroleum chemicals, prescription drugs, devitalized foods, and other poisons of modern civilization, more and more holistic physicians and practitioners are describing these unique remedies at the beginning of each patient’s treatment protocol. Further, the use of drainage remedies insures that toxins are not only effectively discharged from the body, but are released as gently as possible. In some holistic circles, the words “drainage” and “detoxification” are used interchangeably. However, these two terms, although quite related, are not synonymous. “Detoxification” is a general term that is usually focused on cleansing a specific area of the body, such as the liver or colon—or a specific toxin, such as mercury, parasites, or Candida (intestinal yeast overgrowth). Unfortunately, in many popular detoxification protocols, the ability of each individual patient’s excretory organs to discharge these accumulated poisons is rarely taken into account.
Therefore, weaker patients can experience a rather major healing crisis— that is, an increased intensity of their symptoms—when detoxification measures are too rigorous for their more depleted constitutions. In contrast, the field of drainage, originating in Europe at the turn of the twentieth century, represents a modality more focused on the entire individual. This holistic school of healing is based on the belief that true cleansing is only accomplished through the stimulation of the body’s organs and tissues to release toxins at their own unique pace and within their own metabolic limits. Thus, drainage remedies are prescribed very carefully, according to the patient’s particular level of functioning, whereas detoxification protocols are more often simply generalized recipes touted as suitable for everyone. This assessment of a patient’s health is not an arbitrary matter, but is based on one’s inherited or genetic, as well as acquired or environmental, disease potential. Under stress— whether physical, biochemical, or psychological—one person may react with anxiety, another may get a blinding headache, while another may succumb to the flu. Each type of illness exemplifies the preexisting weakness in a specific tissue or organ system characteristic of each individual’s particular tendency.
The History of Drainage
The term “drainage” has been used in various contexts. It is used primarily to describe remedies that are employed to gently and naturally discharge toxins from the body. However, this term has also been used to describe techniques that do not utilize remedies at all, as with structural
therapies such as Manual Lymphatic Drainage. MLD, originated by two physical therapists, Emil and Estrid Vodder from Austria, is an exceptionally effective massage technique that mechanically releases and directs toxins out through the lymphatic channels of the body. Additionally, the therapeutic use of saunas, steam baths, douches, and wet sheet packs are another form of effective drainage via hydrotherapy (water therapy), through the process of sweating toxins out through the skin. In fact, broadly speaking, any product or technique— from a massage to a multiple vitamin—can be considered to be a form of drainage, as long as it effectively stimulates the body’s tissues and organs to discharge poisons from the body. However, the most common forms of drainage that have been employed over the past two centuries have been homeopathic and herbal remedies.
Homeopathic Remedies Used for Drainage
Homeopathy, the system of medicine that uses minute quantities of specially prepared plant, animal, mineral, and other substances to stimulate healing in the body, originated in 1789 through the astute observations and careful research of the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (17551843). Dr. Hahnemann’s specialty, constitutional homeopathy, is the use of a single remedy to treat the overall mental, emotional, and physical makeup of an individual. Homeopathic remedies have also been employed over the years, however, not only in a constitutional manner, but also for the purpose of specifically draining toxins from the body.
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Homeopathic Remedies Reduce Healing Crisis
years of clinical trial and error, Dr. Nebel concluded that the tubercular nosode remedy itself was not prescribed incorrectly, but that strong reactions from the use of these very potent homeopathic nosodes was a common, and actually appropriate, response. In order to address these discomforting and often painful symptoms, Dr. Nebel began to use other homeopathics as secondary remedies to augment the release of accumulated toxins in the tuberculinic-sensitive tissues. This use of a secondary, or satellite, homeopathic remedy to channel and purge the internal poisons
The use of homeopathic remedies for drainage purposes was pioneered by a Swiss physician named Antoine Nebel (1870-1954). Around 1910, Dr. Nebel noticed that after giving a tubercular nosode—a strong homeopathic remedy made from a diseased product that stimulates an immune system response to protect the body from succumbing to that disease—his patients would often have extreme reactions. Common responses included respiratory ailments such as nasal congestion, sore throats and coughing; inflammatory genital reactions such as bladder or prostate infections; and inflammation of the joints resulting in arthritic aches and pains. Although these bodily healing crisis or aggravating reactions were quite disturbing and sometimes debilitating to the patient, to Nebel they were understandable, since tuberculosis bacteria have an affinity for producing disease in the lungs, genitals and joints. Thus, the body was simply responding to the homeopathic tubercular nosode by releasing its burden of accumulated microbes and toxic waste products in these tissues. The problem was that the response could often be excessive. After witnessing these reactions repeatedly in his practice and through
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particular tissues in the body. Later, one of Dr. Nebel’s most exceptional students, Leon Vannier, embraced Nebel’s idea of “channeling the toxins” and actually coined the term “drainage” around 1920.
Combination Homeopathic Drainage Remedies
A few years later in 1927, a Belgian dowser named George Discry and a Professor Reutter from the University of Geneva collaborated to formulate a line of remedies to stimulate drainage in the body. In contrast to Nebel’s use of a single homeopathic remedy, Discry and Reutter’s remedies combined several homeopathics together in one bottle. These formulas were innovative in that they were the first known to combine homeopathic plant and metal remedies together. Further, the metals in these remedies were potentized at a specific 12X potency for the purpose of crossing cell membranes in order to stimulate deeper intra-cellular detoxification. In 1949, the UNDA company in Belgium began to manufacturer these remedies called the “Numbered Compounds,” which are still being produced today according to Discry’s and Reutter’s original formulations. Combination (or complex) remedies consisting of several homeopathics mixed together in a single bottle are also available from other homeopathic companies and sold at many health food stores. Although these combination remedies are not as effective in the long run as the use of accurately prescribed single homeopathic remedies, they are often helpful in the treatment of acute diseases such as colds or flu that come on rapidly and generally don’t last more than a few days.
Herbal Remedies for Drainage Purposes
In 1947, a Belgian physician named Pol Henry (1918-1988) made an important discovery. Instead of utilizing a mature adult plant to prepare an herbal remedy, as herbalists had traditionally done in the past, Henry began to experiment with using the parts of very young plants such as the buds,
sprouts, and rootlets. He found that the growth factors, as well as the strong active essence of life he experienced energetically in these freshly harvested young herbs, rendered them much more potent than other botanical (plant) remedies traditionally extracted from the dried adult parts of plants. Henry, a brilliant physician and innovator, further augmented the energy of these remedies by diluting them at a ratio of 1 to 10—that is, 1 part plant to 10 parts water, glycerine, and alcohol. This process rendered these remedies still within the phytotherapy or medicinal plant category of healing, but also gives them a gentle energetic influence through the 1:10 dilution. In his clinical practice, Henry found that these young, embryonic remedies in small dilutions were superior at awakening and activating congested organs and tissues to gently release and drain toxins from the body. This new and unique form of drainage through phytotherapy (botanical medicine) was called blastotherapy or embryophtotherapy, but over the years it has come to be primarily referred to as gemmotherapy.
Laboratory Research Confirms the Effectiveness of Gemmotherapy
Modern research studies have borne out what Dr. Henry found clinically—that the strong active essence of live and growth factors contained in the young parts of plants renders these gemmotheraphy remedies much more potent than herbals traditionally derived from older adult plants. For example, in one French study, seven types of antioxidants (vitamin C, anthocyanidins, flavonoids, etc.) were isolated in the young bud of the Ribes nigrum (black currant) plant, versus only three found in the more mature leaf portion of this plant. Further, the young buds in this plant were found to have substantially higher levels of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) than in the adult leaf. In fact, the vitality of this young black currant bud is most dramatically illustrated by its high content of arginine—5.7
milligrams in the bud as compared to .77 milligrams in the adult leaf—since this amino acid stimulates the release of growth hormone necessary for healthy plant (and human) maturation. As a result of these constituents, Ribes nigrum has potent anti-inflammatory properties through its action of draining toxins from arthritic joints and other inflamed tissues, as well as in the treatment of allergies and chronic fatigue through its adrenal stimulating effects.
The Benefits of Gemmotheraphy Drainage
All three of the aforementioned therapies—single satellite homeopathic remedies, combination homeopathic remedies, and gemmotheraphy remedies—have drainage and cleansing effects in the body. However, in clinical practice, the author has found that the gemmotherapy botanical remedies have proven to be the most optimal. The reasons for this are threefold. First, in clinical practice these remedies are the most effective in the treatment of ill patients through gently stimulating congested and depleted organs and tissues to release their accumulated toxins. Second, using energetic testing methods (kinesiology, reflex arm length testing, etc.), gemmotherapy remedies consistently test superior to homeopathic drainage remedies. Finally, both of these forms of homeopathic therapies have the potential of antidoting—that is, canceling out—a patient’s constitutional homeopathic remedy, in contrast to the gemmotherapy botanicals, which do not antidote homeopathics. Therefore, in order to avoid this possibility, as well as the fact that the gemmotherapy botanicals have clinically stood the test of time for almost a century, these remedies are featured in the remainder of this article as the primary mode of drainage therapy.
Natural Drainage in the Body In a healthy body, what might be termed “organic drainage” occurs automatically every day. Through the excretion of bile, feces, urine, sweat, as well as carbon dioxide simply through
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breathing, the body is constantly in the process of draining and purifying itself. However, when defecation, urination, perspiration, or respiration is disturbed in any manner—overloaded from toxic stressors such as mercury and amalgam fillings, inflamed from a dental or tonsil focal infection, or chronically congested from dysfunctioning metabolic pathways in the liver—drainage becomes less efficient, and illness ensues over time.
The Five Primary Emunctories
Natural organic drainage is realized through the body’s emunctories. This term derives from the Latin word emungere, meaning “to cleanse,” and refers to the organs and tissues that excrete toxins in the body. The primary emunctories in the body are thus the major excretory organs—the liver and gallbladder through bile excretion, the kidneys through urination, and the intestines through bowel movements. Also included in this list are the lungs,
because of their removal of carbon dioxide from exhalation; and the skin, because of the removal of waste via perspiration. In a healthy functioning body, toxins are expediently transported to these emunctories through the blood, and more slowly through the lymph fluid and the tissues (the extracellular matrix). When these five primary emunctories fail to function optimally, however, the body utilizes its next line of defense to drain toxins—the secondary, but less efficient, emunctories, including but not limited to the mucous membranes, musculoskeletal system, and more intense skin activity such as rashes and other inflammations.
If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic, long-term conditions with little or no relief, consider being evaluated for these underlying chronic conditions. In many instances, there is an inability for the body to absorb or
react to nutrients with deficient drainage issues. Dr. Michael Badanek has been serving the Central Florida area for more than 30 years in active clinical practice. Dr. Badanek is a licensed Chiropractic Physician with extensive training in Alternative Complementary Medicine including nutrition, applied kinesiology, functional and traditional medicine, and electrodermal screening, with three board certifications. His real love and zeal is treating patients with all types of conditions with alternative/ functional medicine, especially people with a problem or ailment which has not responded to traditional or alternative treatments. Dr. Badanek’s website is www.alternativewholistic.com. For a consultation, call 352-622-1151. PUBLISHER’S NOTE: In the July issue, Dr. Badanek’s credentials were published incorrectly in the title section of his article. We regret the error.
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What’s Really Making You Tired? by Dr. Paula Koger, DOM
ne of the biggest causes of fatigue and many other diseases is not being identified and treated: Lymes. In life we are guided to follow a path that is best for us. Sometimes it is hard to understand and follow that guidance. This is the case for me. I was a nurse, professor of nursing, and counselor before I was beckoned very clearly to acupuncture training and a PH.D. in Alternative Medicine. That has been the second-best calling in my life—yet it was hard for me to follow, because it seemed so far removed from my upbringing and mainstream career experience. I am thankful I stepped out of that stream and followed my flow to a way of helping myself and others find solutions for health achievement. I have had to look beyond our standard assessment and treatment tools to get the results. I thank Dr. Whitaker, MD, Dr. Marc, MD, and many more brilliant pioneers who guided me.
Here is what I learned about Lymes. The spirochete bacterial infections are one of the most, if not the most, destructive infections. These large, corkscrew-shaped bacteria destroy tissue wherever they attack. Much of the damage is not reversible—therefore, it is important to diagnose and treat early. Unfortunately, the usual diagnostic tests are not reliable. These bacteria can be recognized by use of a dark field micro- scope; however, few doctors have them. Furthermore, there are a number of types of these bacteria and the most common ones are unidentified. In the system that I use, the spirochetes are classified on a genus level. Spiro L is for Lymes disease, which is prevalent in the Northeast and spreading thru the Southwest. The deer tick is a major source of this infection. The Lepto Spirochete infection is attributed to contact with animal waste products. Inhaling dust from where animals
defecate can result in this infection. Spiro P is unclassified and is the second most-frequent spirochete infection. The source seems to be mainly insect bites. Spiro T is the Treponema genus. The species Treponema Pallidum is syphilis, which is uncommon. Most of the time we are dealing with insect-vectored infection. The most frequent spirochete infection is unclassified and we call it Spiro X. This type has been linked to animal waste products. However, theoretically, all of the spirochetes can be transmitted by insect bites. The signs and symptoms are widely varied, depending where the infection is active. If it attacks the brain, then there is destruction of brain tissue resulting in dementia, and/or bipolar or manic-depressive disorder. Every case of bipolar disorder which I have evaluated has been traced to a spirochete infection. Research has shown that this infection destroys subcortical brain tissue that controls affect. This bacterium has also shown up in schizophrenia, although my sample is much smaller. If the spirochetes attack the heart, then the person gets congestive heart failure because it destroys the heart muscle. If the infection attacks the arteries, then the person is likely to get a dissecting aneurysm. This infection frequently attacks the muscular-skeletal system, resulting in rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. There can be collapsing of the spine resulting in severe pain. These bacteria can attack most any part of the body. I call it the silent killer because of its insidious nature. I find it often in patients who have diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue. Because I have found laboratory tests do not always show Lymes when it is there, I have relied on Dr. L.J. Marx, MD’s training in neuro-kinesiology testing which I have found to be highly reliable if done correctly. The herbal formula and homeopathy have been very effective for those who meet the criteria. One of the remarkable recoveries was a 14-year-old girl who had been
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diagnosed as OCD. Her mother was desperate, as the girl was behaving insanely and missing 2-3 days of school each week. In my office, she tested positive for Lymes using neuro-kinesiology testing. Her mother and she could not believe it, so they had her blood tested. The doctor who did the test said she did not have Lymes because she tested positive to only one type of spirochete. She agreed to take the herbs for Lymes anyway. Shortly after starting them, she improved in all ways, including that she stopped cutting her wrist. She is volunteering at a summer camp as a counselor this summer with no sickness. Other things need to be addressed such as diet and stress-causing attitudes and traumas, which are stored in the tissues and block the healing. Again, herbs and homeopathy is a big key. I have had children as patients who were labeled autistic and became normal after this Lymes protocol was implemented. The list of symptoms Lymes can cause includes: Insomnia, depression, hyperactivity, muscle pains and loss of function, GI distress, cardiac symptoms, and many more. My favorite example of a patient who had a miraculous recovery is a 25-year-old man whose mother just about carried him in because he was so weak. He could not eat anything but coconuts. Within days, he was on the path to recovery when neuro-kinesiology testing showed he had Lyme disease. Heâ€™d had thousands of dollarsâ€™ worth of testing of blood and urine, with no significant findings. In a few weeks, he was completely well and is now working as a pianist, composer, and massage therapist. I would say it has become a specialty for me, as I have found it to be what is necessary to get the results and has proven to be very effective for me and my patients. Dr. Paula Koger, DOM, can be reached at 941-539-4232, or visit www. wealthofhealthcenter.com. She practices in Sarasota and Dunnellon. www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com
Coaching as Career, Way of Life, and More by David B. Wolf, Ph.D.
play tennis, and I boldly assert that in the game of tennis, I don’t need a coach. That’s because in tennis I’m satisfied with mediocrity. Federer, Nadal, and Roddick play at an extraordinary level of excellence, and they want top coaches because of their dedication to constantly refining their game. Life coaching is primarily for people who are devoted to excellence in their lives, whether in emotional intelligence, financial freedom, spiritual realization, health, or career. I am enlivened by clients who are committed to high levels of distinction. Such dedication challenges me to coach and live at top quality in service to others.
I am especially inspired to coach coaches, supporting them to build their careers. When I began coaching Marie Glasheen, for example, she was working at a fairly satisfying job, but was also eager to create a career path that aligned with her sense of higher purpose. Soon after establishing her coaching practice, Marie received comments such as these: “I feel like we moved mountains this morning,” “Thanks for reminding me about the power that is me,” “My relationships on all fronts have never been more clean,” “I so much appreciate how our work ranges from the everyday (better eating habits, improved time management) through practical and emotional challenges (work-life balance, assertiveness, conflict resolution), to profound questions of who I am, how I want my life to be, and how best to get there,” and “Some of my sessions bring dramatic insights, others bring subtle shifts, but all take me to unexpected places, to seeing my life with fresh eyes.” “Every day, each client, I get a sense of really making a difference,” Marie said of her vocation. “I love playing a part in supporting people to thrive, to live from inspiration and courage.” A career in coaching offers flexibility, with possibilities to conduct sessions in person, by phone or Skype, and to offer correspondence coaching to complement the sessions. Also there are ever-expanding opportunities to develop coaching with various populations including executives, parents, college students, people seeking life purpose, and those eager for satisfying relationships. Coaching has emerged as a crucial human services profession of the 21st century, as increasing numbers of people are seeking coaches to enhance their lives. I encourage trainees to receive personal coaching themselves, so that they directly experience what they intend to give to others. Also, while each of us has talents, skills, and experiences that will naturally serve us to be professional coaches, there is also a knowledge base and vital set of skills that is unique to coaching, and essential for our journey towards coaching
excellence. That is why it is important to follow a rigorous, high-quality coach training course, and to get certification with a recognized organization, such as the International Coach Federation (ICF). To maintain your enthusiasm for developing your coaching practice, realize that it may take some time. Cultivate patience as you build your practice, and consider developing an area of focus or specialization to help you attract the right clientele for you. Many coaching professionals become known in their communities by offering value in forms such as workshops, articles, and newsletters, with no expectation of reimbursement. This creates trust that naturally leads to reciprocal relationships that attract abundance. Many coaches also tap into the power of the internet and social media, where the coaching services offered are placed in front of a constantly growing, limitless audience of people who want to be coached. Personally, I view coaching not as a job, or even a career, but rather as integral to achieving life purpose. Most effective coaching sessions result in a client moving from point A to point B in some area of their life. All successful coaching sessions raise awareness and nurture self-realization. Meaningful human relations involve supporting and challenging each other towards growth, in the direction of knowing the self. To quote St. Francis, “What we are looking for is what is looking.” If you’re excited about facilitating the spirit of discovery for “what is looking,” consider coaching as a career, way of life, and much more. David B. Wolf, Ph.D., founder and director of the Satvatove Institute School of Transformative Coaching, has trained coaches, counselors, and psychotherapists for more than 30 years. He is the author of Relationships That Work: The Power of Conscious Living: How Transformative Communication Can Change Your Life, and has developed and facilitated seminars in a dozen countries. Satvatove’s accredited coaching course begins in September; visit www.satvatove.com.
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August Garden by Jo Leyte-Vidal, UF/IFAS Marion County Master Gardener
s your gardens and lawns flourish, so do the weeds. According to the Weed Science Society of America (www. wssa.net), some weeds are becoming resistant to glyphosate, the herbicide found in products such as Roundup. Constant use builds resistance in the weed, just as insects will become immune to a pesticide. Once the herbicide becomes ineffective, weeds have the potential to invade and compete with crops. The WSSA recommends dealing with weeds the old-fashioned way: pull weeds by hand, use mulch or landscape fabric to keep weeds down, and rotate organic weed controls if additional maintenance is necessary. Our night-time temperatures are climbing as summer progresses. Once the temperature is consistently higher than 70 degrees, your tomato plants will begin to slow down production. They might also drop blossoms. Though the tomato is slowing down, you can plant new peppers, watermelon, and late crops of eggplant, okra, and southern peas. Those beds that have been cleaned out of spent plants can benefit from the addition of compost and organic matter. This will enhance your fall planting, which may begin after August 15th. The act of growing vegetables creates a positive attitude toward veggies on children’s plates at dinner time. Watching a seed grow into something good to eat is exciting and wondrous to a child. Those of us with young children can involve them in the joy of growing their own food. Designate a row of your vegetable garden for a child, or create a new row. Scented plants add another dimension of pleasure. Take a tour through your local nursery and follow your nose to butterfly ginger, night-blooming jasmine, moonflower vine, Natchez crepe myrtle, little gem magnolia, tea olive, almond bush, wax myrtle, and the herbs rosemary, mint, and basil. www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com
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Hip Moves Fitness Studio Rona Bennett, BS, CPT Holistic Health, Personal Fitness Coaching 708 N.W. 23rd Ave., Gainesville www.hipmoves.com / 352-692-0132 An intimate fitness studio focusing on creativity and holistic health. Classes and private lessons in Belly Dance, Yoga, Pilates, and Personal Training. Rental space available.
Dr. Cornelius A. Link, DDS 352-629-0700 / Ocala / www.drlinkdds.com There must be a biologic balance in the mouth as part of total body health. This means being concerned about infections in the teeth and gums, the relationship of the teeth to the jaws, the teeth to each other, saliva pH and metal toxicity. As a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, we follow a recommended safety protocol for removal of amalgam fillings, if necessary. Dental materials compatibility testing available.
Gluten Intolerance Group / Gainesville 352-215-1078 / GIGgainesville@gmail.com www.glutenintolerancegroupgainesville.blogspot.com The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America proudly announces a new branch in Gainesville. Please call or email for information about our monthly meetings. Share your stories, or give/get support! Gluten intolerance is more common, and more serious, than most people know.
Colonics Gentle Waters Healing Center 352-374-0600, Gainesville email@example.com The therapists at Gentle Waters Healing Center will assist each individual with detoxing using colon hydrotherapy, Far Infrared Sauna, and/or Aqua Chi Lymphatic Drainage. We also carry probiotics, digestive enzymes, and other products for overall health. Proud sponsors of Barley Life Nutritional Products. Call Dawn Brower for more information or visit www.gentlewatershealing.com. MA41024, MM15426. 352-694-6044 535 NE 36th Avenue, Ocala, FL A Wellness Center for 10+ years conducive to healing the whole person. Educating and empowering a healthy lifestyle through detoxification. Offering “State of the Art” FDA registered colonic equipment, Farinfrared sauna, Aqua-Chi ionic cleanse, lymphatic drainage. Pain relief and relaxation massage. Automobile insurance and Workers Comp. Gift certificates. Call our happy staff for more information. MA28872, NCTMB156725, MM11062.
Holistic Medicine James F. Coy, M.D. Life Family Practice Center 1501 U.S. Hwy. 441 North, The Villages 352-750-4333 / www.LifeFamilyPractice.com More than 20 years in the General Practice of medicine, with a focus on allergies, and treatments using environmental bio-nutrition and other natural methods including N.A.E.T. and acupuncture. Providing detox therapies including chelation, anti-aging treatments, natural hormone replacement, and alternative testing. Nelson Kraucak, M.D., ABCMT, ACAM Life Family Practice Center 1501 U.S. Hwy. 441 North, The Villages 352-750-4333 / www.LifeFamilyPractice.com For 15 years in The Villages, Dr. Kraucak has been committed to bridging the gap between clinical medicine and complementary therapies to promote the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Embracing a medical approach to alternative treatment and by using cutting-edge technologies, he is able to treat chronic auto-immune and degenerative disorders. Providing treatments such as Immune Biomodulation, Chelation, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, PRP, Prolozone and much more.
James E. Lemire, M.D., FAAFP Nuris Lemire, MS, OTR/L, NC The Lemire Clinic
11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600 Ocala, FL 34481 / 352-291-9459 www.LemireClinic.com Dr. Lemire has been in practice for 32 years. He follows a Functional Medicine approach, utilizing up-todate techniques such as: Chelation, Detoxification, natural hormone replacement, nutrition, Prolo/Biopuncture, acupuncture, anti-aging, among others. Dr. Lemire along with his staff are dedicated to a joint partnership with their patients—a partnership that seeks to maximize the God-given life potential of each individual. We believe that true wellness for the whole person includes a healthy body (physical self), a healthy mind (emotions and intellect), and a spiritual peace. For this life-changing goal, Lemire Clinic commits their energy, their compassion and their skills.
Hanoch Talmor, M.D. Gainesville Holistic Center 352-377-0015 www.betterw.com We support all health challenges and the unlimited healing potential of God’s miracle: your body. Chelation, Nutrition, Cleansing, Homeopathy, Natural Energy Healing, Detoxification, Wellness Education and more. Michael J. Badanek, BS,DC,CNS,DACBN,DCBCN 3391 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Suite #B Ocala, FL 34470 / 352-622-1151 www.alternativewholistichealth.com 30+ years in clinical practice with alternative wholistic complementary health services. Treating the body to support all health challenges with Wholistic Integrative Medicine. Treatments include Autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease, Autism, ADD/ ADHD, Musculoskeletal conditions, Heavy metal toxicity, Cardiovascular and endocrine conditions, Nutritional deficiencies/testing.
Holistic Psychotherapy Diane Alther, LCSW, RN, CHt Traditional and Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher Ocala and Dunnellon locations / 352-425-1992 www.emdrtherapistnetwork.com Combining conventional counseling with body, mind, energy therapies including EMDR, EFT, hypnosis, full wave breathwork, meditation and Reiki to facilitate change and mental and emotional balance.
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Christine Green CHt Hypnotherapy Gainesville Hypnotherapy 1212 NW 12th Ave., Suite C-3 Gainesville FL 32601 / 352-339-6078 www.OneStepDeeper.com Invite amazing changes into your life through Hypnosis. The powerful process of Hypnotherapy guides you naturally and easily to the life you truly deserve. Free consultation: www.onestepdeeper.com and 352-339-6078.
Hendrix Piano Service 352-895-5412, Serving north central Florida Tuning, repairs, cleaning, fine custom maintenance of your acoustic piano. Pianist: accompaniment, weddings, other church services, concerts. Experience: churches, cabarets, Marion Chorale, Duelling Divas, much more. Fine used pianos available.
Rolfing Life Coaches Cynthia Christianson, M.A., CCC ThetaHealing™ Advanced Practitioner 352-374-7982 or 352-284-1107 www.thetahealingworks.net ThetaHealing™ coaching is using the Belief and Feeling Work to empower people with the ability to remove and replace negative emotions, feelings and thoughts with positive, beneficial ones. Change your negative beliefs and you will heal on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels thus really seeing this relief show up in your life.
Massage Tiara L. Catey, LMT Center for Balance 1705 N.W. 6th St., Gainesville 352-642-4545 / www.tiaracatey.com Relieve pain, manage stress and cultivate joyful relaxation and balance by including massage as an essential part of your self-care practices. Therapeutic massage, relaxation massage and lomilomi. Includes aromatherapy. Holistic approach. Some insurance accepted. Visa/MC. See www.tiaracatey.com for details. MA41831.
Carol L. Short / Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Craniosacral Therapist, Gainesville and North Central FL / 352-318-0509 Rolfing® is a system of body restructuring through systematic manipulation of muscle and fascial tissues. It promotes the release and realignment of long standing patterns of tension and dysfunction, bringing the body to greater balance, mobility, vitality, and ease. A holistic approach to mobility, vitality and balance. MA16337/MM18921.
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CalendarofEvents Monday, August 1 Open House. Meet Dr. Lemire and learn about the practice’s philosophy and protocols. Free, 6pm. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. Wednesday, August 3 HGC weight loss: safe homeopathic solution. Detox coaching and support. FREE consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, 351-1298, www.ReesersNutritionCenter.com. August 4-7 Stansted-in-Florida, Psychic/Medium Spiritual Development Course with Eamonn Downey, Jan Marshall. Held at San Pedro Center, Winter Park. Cost varies by accommodations. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge, www.ifsk. org, 407-673-9776. August 5-7 The Mayapuris Kirtan Yoga Weekend: Expressions of Love. $300 includes program, lodging, meals. Amrit Yoga Institute, 352-685-3001, www.amrityoga.org. Saturday, August 6 Reiki Healing with Crystals with Joan E. Knisely, Reiki Master. 12-5pm, $20/session. Call to sign up. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, 386 454-8657, www. highspringsemporium.net. Sunday, August 7 Relationships Workshop with David Wolf, Ph.D. Free, 5-8pm, Sacred Earth Center, Gainesville. Pre-registration required; call 352-538-0376 or visit www.satvatove.com/register. Wednesday, August 10 Metabolic balance. All natural weight loss. FREE consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, 351-1298, www. ReesersNutritionCenter.com.
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August 12-13 Initiation Healing® Meditation: Awakening to Soul Workshop with author Ojela Frank, Ocala Inner Center, 205 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL 34471. $95 pre-paid, 352-239-9272, www.initiationhealing.com. Saturday, August 13 Rocks for Kids with Travis Hetsler. 1-3pm, $20. Call to sign up. Parents welcome. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, 386-454-8657, www.highspringsemporium.net. Spiritual Development, Psychic/Mediumship Class. 2-4:30pm, includes meditation, lesson, hands-on practice, $25, at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge, www.ifsk.org, 407-673-9776.
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Monday, August 15 Dream Work seminar. Presented by Nuris Lemire. Free, 6pm. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. Wednesday, August 17 Cleanse your body of toxic buildup, repair G.I. tract, support immune system, weight loss, anti-aging nutrition, protocol for radiation detoxification. FREE consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, 351-1298, www.ReesersNutritionCenter. com. Thursday, August 18 Are You Digging Your Grave With Your Fork? Nutritional evening offered by Nuris Lemire. Free, 6pm, Franck’s Compounding Lab Training Room, 1210 SW 33rd Ave. To register, call 352-622-1814. Relationships Workshop with David Wolf, Ph.D. Free, 5-8pm, Sacred Earth Center, Gainesville. Pre-registration required; call 352-538-0376 or visit www.satvatove.com/register. Saturday, August 20 Reiki Healing Circle/Session Exchange, Silver Springs (Ocala), Free. 352-239-9272, www.initiationhealing. com. The Rainbow Bridge: Connecting with Your Animal Companion on the Other Side, with Melodye Gaskin, PhD. 1-5pm, $20. Bring a picture or item your pet used life. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, 386-454-8657, www.highspringsemporium.net.
August 26-28 Reiki I and Reiki II workshop includes traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho I and II Attunements, (Shoden and Okuden) hands-on curriculum, manual, certification, meals and lodging. $350. Amrit Yoga Institute, Salt Springs, FL, 352-6853001, www.amrityoga.org. Saturday, August 27 The New Lemurian Crystals for the 2012 Gateways Workshop with Sharron Britton. 1-3pm, $20. Call to sign up. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, 386-454-8657, www.highspringsemporium.net. August 27- 28 Reiki I Certification Training with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT, Ocala, FL, $100 pre-paid, 352-239-9272, www.initiationhealing.com. Wednesday, August 31 Signs and Symptoms Analysis. Any time any of the organs/systems of the body are out of balance, there are signs and symptoms. FREE. Call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E.
Tuesday, August 23 Raw Food Potluck. Learn about the benefits of raw foods. Bring a raw dish to share with 5-6 people, copies of your recipe, serving utensils and plates for your dish. Free, 6pm. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. Wednesday, August 24 Wellness Consultation on Irritable Bowel Syndrome. FREE consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, www.ReesersNutritionCenter.com.
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n Psychic/Medium Spiritual Development Course, Aug. 4-7, San Pedro Center, Winter Park. Tutors: British Mediums, Eamonn Downey and Jan Marshall. n Private readings available. Check Web for complete 2011 program
Sunday, September 4 Relationships Workshop with David Wolf, Ph.D. Free, 5-8pm, Sacred Earth Center, Gainesville. Pre-registration required; call 352-538-0376 or visit www.satvatove.com/register. Saturday, September 10 Reiki Healing Circle/Session Exchange, Silver Springs (Ocala), Free. 352-239-9272, www.initiationhealing. com. Thursday, September 15 The fall session of the certified Transformative Coach training program begins. Information: call 386-418-2037 or visit www.satvatove.com. September 24-25 Reiki II Certification Training with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT, Ocala, FL, $300 pre-paid, 352-239-9272, www.initiationhealing.com.
ONGOING EVENTS Sundays Farmers Market, 12-4. Mosswood Farm Store, 703 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, 352-466-5002, www.mosswoodfarmstore.com. Master Mind Prayer Circle, 9:30; Healing Hands Circle, 10; Sunday Service and Youth Education, 11; NGU, 12:30. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, www.unityofgainesvillefl.org. Meditation and Spiritual Lesson, 10am. Unity of Ocala, Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113, www.unityocala.org. Science of Mind and Spirit Meditation 9:45am, Celebration /Message 10:30am, Youth and Children’s Celebration 10:30am. Love offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, FL 352-629-3897, www. oakbrookcsl.org. Monday-Friday Organic Food Pickups. Monday, Ocala; Tuesday, Eustis and Mt. Dora;
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Wednesday, Ocala and Gainesville; Friday, Oxford/The Villages. Homegrown Organics by Doreen, 352-598-4184, http:// www.homegrownorganics.vpweb.com. Recipes: http://homegrowngainesville.wordpress.com/ Yoga with Joe Ferrara. Monday, 7-8:30pm, Amrit Yoga Institute. Tuesday, 12-12:45pm, Serenity of Central Florida, 301 Skyline Dr., Ste 1, Lady Lake. Wednesday, 8:30-10am, Ocala Inner Center, 205 S. Magnolia; and 5-6pm, Serenity of Central Florida, Lady Lake. Thursday, 6-7:30pm, Ocala Inner Center. Friday, 7-8am, Premier Medical Center of Ocala, 7960 SW 60th Ave. email@example.com. Tuesdays A Course in Miracles, 7pm. Unity of Ocala, Community House, 2 Cedar Course, Ocala, 352-687-2113, www.unityocala.org. Understanding How to Heal Yourself: Empowerment Medicine. 6:00-700. Call for reservations, Dr. Paula Koger DOM, 941-539-4232. Wednesdays A Course in Miracles, 7-8:30pm. Amrit Yoga, Salt Springs, 352-685-3001, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meditation and Visioning, 6pm, followed at 7:15 with Speaker, Spiritual Craft, Drumming, or Spiritual Film, depending on the week. Love offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, FL 352-629-3897, www.oakbrookcsl.org. Pilates with Ana. 5:30-6:30pm, $55.00 for 5 classes. Space is limited. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. Wednesdays and Fridays “Words of Peace.” Free, 7-8 pm. Videos shown from the award-winning TV series. 1208 NW 6th St., Suite A, Gainesville, 352-373-5578, www.wopg.org. Thursdays Amrit Yoga w/Veda, 5:30-6:30pm every Thursday. Downtown Public Library, 401 E. University Ave, Gainesville. Free. Dress warmly, bring light blanket. email@example.com. Healing Yoga with Marque. Movement class combining yoga, Pilates, body alignment, breathing. Bring a mat. $25/4 weeks, Feb. 3-24 every Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm. To register: 352-8679660. Class held at Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala. Saturdays Farmstead Saturdays. Free, 9-3pm. Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377, www.cronescradleconserve.com. Seven days/week Abraham, yoga, breathwork, reiki, much more—something every day. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-3731030, www.unityofgainesvillefl.org. Bellydancing, fitness, yoga classes, personal training as early as 5:30am, as late as 7:30pm. Hip Moves, 708 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, 352-692-0132, www.hipmoves.com. Yoga classes as early as 5:30am, as late as 8:30pm, beginners (including “Stiff Guys”) to experienced Hot Yoga. Big Ron’s Yoga College, Gainesville, 352-367-8434, www.bigronsyoga.com.
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“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, August 2011 issue. The full-color monthly magazine about green, local, organic, wholistic, natural, fun, heal...