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healthbriefs Raisins & Blood Pressure


or people seeking a natural way to keep slightly elevated blood pressure in check, eating a handful of raisins each day might do the trick. New data presented at the American College of Cardiology 61st Annual Scientific Session suggest that among adults with hypertension, routine consumption of raisins may lower readings, especially compared with eating other common snacks. The researchers noted that raisins are packed with potassium, which is known to lower blood pressure, and are also a good source of antioxidant dietary fiber, which may favorably alter the biochemistry of blood vessels, enabling them to be less stiff. The study helps validate some current nutrient recommendations, such as 60 raisins—about a handful, containing one gram of fiber and 212 milligrams of potassium—as being helpful in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in three (28 percent) of American adults have prehypertension, defined as a systolic pressure from 120 to 139 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm Hg. Researchers cautioned that their study was small; larger trials are needed.

Giving Begets Happiness at Every Age


o give is better than to receive,” is a maxim that appears to hold true even for the very young. A new study co-authored by three psychologists at Canada’s University of British Columbia observes that giving makes toddlers happier. The study, published in PLOS One, an online journal of the Public Library of Science, found that toddlers younger than 2 were happier when giving treats to others than when receiving them. They were also happier when they gave their own treats away, rather than an identical treat that didn’t belong to them.

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healthbriefs One-Size Meditation Does Not Fit All


n intriguing study recently posted online by Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, suggests that new meditators are most likely to stick with the practice and reap its healthful benefits if they select methods with which they are most comfortable, rather than those that are most popular. In one of the first studies to compare meditation techniques head-to-head, author Adam Burke, a professor of health education at San Francisco State University and the director of its Institute for Holistic Health Studies, taught 247 participants four popular methods—mantra, mindfulness, Zen, and qigong visualization. He asked them to choose which they preferred to practice at home for six weeks before techniques were evaluated. The simpler methods, mantra and mindfulness, each were preferred by 31 percent of study participants. Zen and qigong were selected by about 22 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Burke says the results showed the value of providing people new to meditation simpler and more accessible methods, and also emphasized that no one technique is best for everyone. He hopes to see more comparative meditation studies, especially to determine if particular methods are better at addressing specific health issues such as addiction. “If that’s the case,” he advises, “healthcare professionals would be able to guide patients toward techniques that will be most effective for them. Additional studies are also needed to determine if there is a way to predict which method will be best suited for any particular individual.”

A Wise Man’s Gift for Arthritis Sufferers


rankincense, an aromatic resin obtained from Boswellia trees native to Africa, is an age-old herbal remedy that may help alleviate the pain of arthritis, according to scientists at Cardiff University, in Wales. “The search for new ways of relieving the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis is a long and difficult one,” says Dr. Emma Blain, who led the research with co-investigators Professor Vic Duance, from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, and Dr. Ahmed Ali, of the Compton Group. The team believes they have been able to demonstrate that treatment with an extract of Boswellia frereana—a rare frankincense species—inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules and helps prevent the breakdown of cartilage tissue that causes the condition. The African Somali people have long used extracts of frankincense as a traditional remedy for arthritis. “Our research achieved the use of innovative chemical extraction techniques to determine the active ingredient in frankincense,” says Ali. “We will now be able to further characterize the chemical entity and compare its success against other anti-inflammatory drugs used for treating the condition.”


Nutty Way to Help Preserve Cognition


alnut consumption is associated with better memory scores and cognitive function, according to recent findings published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. In the Prevención con Dieta Mediterrnáea study, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Health, results show that a Mediterranean diet, supplemented with olive oil or one ounce of mixed nuts, half of which are walnuts, is more beneficial than a low-fat diet when it comes to body weight, blood pressure, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation. The nutrient-dense walnuts provide antioxidants and alphalinolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Both are key nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties that help protect brain cells from the oxidative damage associated with cognitive decline.

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Citrus Fruits Lower Risk of Stroke

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opular winter citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, come with an unexpected health benefit: eating them may lower the risk of ischemic strokes (clots), especially in women, according to a study reported in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. The researchers analyzed 14 years of follow-up data from the National Institutes of Health Nurses’ Health Study, which included 69,622 women who reported their food intake every four years, including details on fruit and vegetable consumption. The study discovered that a high intake of flavanones, a subclass of flavonoids found in the greatest concentrations in oranges and grapefruit, was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke. In the study, the presence of flavanones came primarily from oranges and orange juice (82 percent) and grapefruit and grapefruit juice (14 percent). However, the researchers recommended that consumers increase their citrus fruit intake, rather than juice consumption, to avoid the sweeteners in many commercial juices. In another study, researchers from the University of Western Ontario discovered that a tangerine flavonoid, nobiletin, appears to help prevent obesity and protect against Type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. When the researchers fed mice a “Western” diet high in fats and simple sugars, they became obese, showing all the signs associated with metabolic syndrome: elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood levels of insulin and glucose, and fatty livers. A second group of mice—fed the same unhealthy diet, but with nobiletin added—experienced no symptoms of metabolic syndrome and gained weight normally. Ingesting nobiletin also prevented the buildup of fat in the liver by stimulating genes that help burn excess body fat, while inhibiting genes responsible for manufacturing it.

Pitfalls of No-Fat Salad Dressings


or our readers who are thinking about balancing a rich holiday meal by choosing a low- or no-fat salad dressing, consider this: To get the most nutrients from leafy greens and vegetables, we need to pair them with a healthy fat. A recent Purdue University study showed that the more “good” fat there was in a salad, the more carotenoids diners absorbed. The researchers found that vegetable oils rich in monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, or polyunsaturated fats such as sunflower oil, help the body absorb essential carotenoids and other nutrients and increase their bioavailability in the intestines. The study also found that eating bread with butter with a salad was also beneficial, although to a lesser extent.

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Organic and Low-Sugar Mixers

Keeping the artificial ingredients to a minimum in mixers is important, too. “I strongly suggest Rachel’s Ginger Beer,” says Rathbun. “It isn’t sugar-free, but is organic and gluten-free. “Also, Fever-Tree mixers (tonic water, bitter lemon, ginger ale and ginger beer) are all natural—again, not all sugar free—and amazing. “Organic or fresh-squeezed fruit juices also make good mixers. Monin has a sugar-free pomegranate syrup that can substitute for grenadine.”

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his year, ucts,” he advises, Musician Dave Matthews’ glasses of “great organic choice holi- Dreaming Tree wines of Sonoma and sustainably day cheer might County, California, tout lighter made spirit-makers help everyone feel from the state bottles for a smaller carbon jollier the morning of Washington after, as well as include Bainbridge footprint, labels made of 100 during festive getOrganic Distillery, percent recycled paper and togethers. Side Track Distill As party hosts ery, Sound Spirits sustainably grown corks. He or guests, we can and the Woodrecently partnered with stock or bring inville Whiskey gluten-free beverCompany.” The Wilderness Society. ages and organic spirits, wines, Organic Wines and Bubbly mixers, and cocktails that avoid sugary “Much like spirits,” Rathbun says, syrups to help keep our “fa-la-la” spirit “you may have to do some research on going stronger and longer. wines and sparkling wines, and then Leave it to award-winning author find the finest organic options in your A.J. Rathbun, a Seattle-based wine and area.” Some good choices for organic spirits expert, to steer us away from wines include Nuova Cappelletta ingredients that can turn naughty on from Italy’s Piedmont region, and Snothose that are nice. He leads us off qualmie wines from Washington State. with some of his favorite beverages. Also, the Organic Wine Company of San Francisco imports a variety of orOrganic Spirits ganically produced French Languedoc In the category of organic spirits, wines. For a sparkling wine, Rathbun Rathbun likes Square One organic suggests La Cantina Pizzolato’s prosecvodka, Casa Noble tequila and Juniper co, produced in Italy’s Vento region. gin. “Also, if you can find their prod-


Gluten-Free Spirits, Wine and Beer

Rathbun found that small-batch distillers who use local and organic ingredients assure customers that they’re getting the real thing, with no unwanted extras. Koval, in Chicago, for instance, offers a naturally glutenfree millet whiskey that’s distilled from organic grain, and then aged in oak barrels made in Minnesota, deemed free of even trace amounts of gluten. Other gluten-free alcoholic beverages can include wines, vodka, tequila, brandy, bourbon and scotch. By contacting the maker or company directly, gluten-free fans can find out more about their beverage of choice. Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, for example, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau permit to be designated as glutenfree, is not labeled as such on the bottle. Gluten-free beers are appropriately labeled and include Sapporo, a Japanese beer brewed from rice; Green’s, a British beer made from a blend of sorghum, buckwheat, millet and brown rice; and O’Brien’s, an Australian beer using a blend of sorghum, millet and rice. Gluten-free beer lovers can also check locally for micro-brewed options. Sake is also gluten free.

Crafting a Holiday Cocktail

Signature cocktails have become a holiday specialty of Andrea Currie, who recently appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Craft Wars. “A cocktail is kind

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of like a dessert,” says the San Diego, California, creativity specialist. “You don’t have one every day, and when you do have one, you want it to be really, really good.” Moreover, she adds, “When you make cocktails by hand, you get to control the ingredients.” Currie blogs and crafts at Hand, with her husband, Cliff. His becoming gluten-free three years ago prompted her to develop her gluten-free Mistletoe Mojito, using rum (distilled from sugar cane, rather than grain), pear juice, fresh strawberries, and mint. Signature cocktails can build excitement for holiday get-togethers, notes Rathbun. “Plan on serving only two or three signature drinks, plus having wine, beer and a nice nonalcoholic option,” he suggests. “If you start mentioning these drinks on the invitations to whet people’s appetites, you give your celebration more personality from the get-go and help ensure a memorable holiday party.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood

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The Luminous Web Why We Are One by Barbara Brown Taylor

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~ Chief Seattle, 1855


hat I see is an infinite web of relationship, flung across the vastness of space like a luminous net. It is made of energy, not thread. As I look, I can see light moving through it as a pulse moves through veins. What I see “out there” is no different from what I feel inside. There is a living hum that might be coming from my neurons, but might just as well be coming from the furnace of the stars. When I look up at them, there is a small commotion in my bones as the ashes of dead stars that house my marrow rise up like metal filings toward the magnet of their living kin. Where am I in this picture? I am all over the place. I am up there, down here, inside and outside of my skin. How could I ever be alone? I am part of a web that is pure relationship, with energy available to me that has been around since the universe was born. Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside and outside of my

skin. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light—not captured in them, as if any one of those concepts was more real than what unites them—but revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. It is not enough for me to proclaim that God is responsible for all of this unity. Instead, I want to proclaim that God is the unity—the very energy, the very intelligence, the very elegance and passion that make it all go. This is the God who is not somewhere, but everywhere; the God who may be prayed to in all directions at once. The “I am who I am,” in whom everything else abides. For the moment, we see through a glass darkly. We live in the illusion that we are all separate “I ams.” When the fog finally clears, we shall know that there is only One. Excerpted from The Luminous Web, by Barbara Brown Taylor, with permission of Cowley Publications.

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Conscious Communication During the Holidays by Marie Glasheen


hy do people have such a hard time communicating during the holidays? Lately, I have been hearing this question frequently. During this time of year, many people are filled with excitement about enjoying the season with friends and loved ones, but they also feel the increased sense of pressure and anxiety that the season tends to bring on. For many people, it’s generally challenging to communicate with their family members. This difficulty increases during holiday times because we develop an expectation to enjoy each other’s company. The human tendency, however, is to rigidly remain in the same patterns, habits and dynamics that already exist in the relationship.   Often, instead of seeing who is there in relationship with us, we see who we think that person is. We lose a sense of freshness and spirit of discovery. The nature of the self is to expand, and we tend to stifle this nature by putting ourselves and others

into a tight box. While you are preparing for your holiday gatherings, take the time to think about the family members with whom you will be interacting. Deeply consider who they really are, as a spirit soul having a human experience, and experiencing essentially the same types of struggles as yourself. They might be conditioned with different perspectives and points of view than you. Consider how you might learn from embracing and valuing those differences, and appreciate the commonality of your journey of selfrealization.   A tip for us to transform our experience of others is to realize that whatever it is they are saying is about them, rather than about us. From that perspective, we can enter their space and join with them in their world. In this way, we stop giving our power away to others, and no longer get triggered by them when they are just expressing themselves. In that sacred space, there is much more room for expansion and

awareness-raising. We can also look at our expectations. “I expect my Mom to treat me with respect.” “I expect my Dad to understand me.” “I expect my brother to see who I am.” When we are emotionally attached to those expectations and we insist on others conforming to our expectations, we are fighting reality, and creating insanity. From those attachments to have reality different from what it is, we create and experience disappointment, frustration, and resentment. Ask yourself: how would my experience of life and self, and Mom, be different, if I let go of the expectation that my Mom should respect my life choices more than she currently does?   Let’s develop a vision of this holiday season being a time of deep connection, a time to truly enter and understand (not necessarily agree with) the world of those people we call family—an opportunity for creating safe and sacred space in our relationships. What if I could see them and me from God’s perspective? What if during my time with them I could create a lasting impact and influence our spiritual awakening? We all have the power within ourselves to create the relationships we want, and I stand strongly for that. The holidays offer many opportunities to be the change we want to see in the world, and in our relations. I encourage you to try it out. Let go of your attachments to how others “should be.” In doing so, notice your experience in creating truly holy days. Marie Glasheen is the co-founder of The Satvatove Institute, www., alongside Dr. David Wolf. She is a transformative coach and facilitator, and supports her client to create the relationships they want. To experience her coaching, write to to schedule a 20-minute coaching consultation.


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Forgiveness The Gift You Give Yourself

by Nuris Lemire, MS, OTR/L, NC

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” —Lewis B. Smedes


uring this holiday season, many of us make a mad dash (or many) to the shops to buy gifts for each other. Imagine being able to give a priceless gift that will not require a trip to the mall, a shopping cart, a credit card, or cash in hand. This priceless gift will benefit you just as much as or even more so than the receiver. The priceless gift that I’m speaking of is the gift of forgiveness. While the pleasure of exchanging material gifts is thrilling, it’s short-lived—and the freedom brought by forgiveness is everlasting. As I read these words from my dear friend and colleague Colleen Griffin, the truth that they represent is very clear. “Forgiveness can change your life. It is one of the Treasures of the Tao. Forgiveness does not mean you erase the past, or forget what has happened. It doesn’t even mean the other person will change their behavior— you cannot control that. All it means is that you are letting go of the anger and pain, and moving on to a better place.” Forgiveness allows you to access your personal power and choose to release pain from your heart. Forgiving others begins with being able to forgive yourself. Then you are able to forgive others, which in turn frees you. The goal of a human life is to stay in peace, tranquility

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and stillness, to preserve the root of peacefulness. That is the goal. Now, once you lose the goal, you go out chasing after emotions, and then get attached to emotions and end up feeling like a victim. If you don’t forgive others, you end up feeling you have become a victim. When you become a victim, you lose the fun and joy in life. You lose it. Now you have to ask yourself, are you willing to sacrifice your joy and the fun in your life by going after revenge and persecution? Not to forgive? So if you can see the goal of peacefulness, and your goal is to preserve this, then you know what you need to do. It comes from within. Forgiveness is really from your inner spirit, it is spiritual wisdom. You have the power, strength and wisdom to forgive. This in turn makes room in your heart for all the benefits of forgiveness such as inner peace, love, harmony and compassion. These positive emotions flourish in the absence of pain and anger. If you need assistance in breaking through the cycle, shifting your perception, and experiencing true joy, call Lemire Clinic to schedule a session to experience eVox, a technology used by NASA. 352-291-9459, www.

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in & Tonic by Melody Murphy

Merry Christmas, Movie House


have many Christmas traditions, and movies are a major part of them. I have about a dozen mustwatch Christmas films, without which it just isn’t the holiday season. I love lighting candles and sitting beside a blazing fire with a cup of Russian tea and a plate of pecan balls to enjoy my Yuletide filmfest by the glow of the Christmas tree. The first one I remember seeing, with my mother when I was a child, was Miracle On 34th Street, the 1947 original. It’s her favorite Christmas movie, and we watched it together every year. It’s the first Christmas movie I watch every season, as it opens on Thanksgiving Day and thus seems the appropriate kickoff to my holiday filmfest. The next to become a childhood tradition was A Christmas Story. This was my dad’s favorite Christmas movie. He loved it as I did, and we always watched it together. My mother doesn’t care for A Christmas Story. It isn’t her type of humor, and Randy and the mashed potatoes upset her too much. And she really was worried that Ralphie would shoot his eye out. She always found other things to do while my dad and I watched it. That was all right; she and I had Miracle On 34th Street. I think people love A Christmas Story so much because it’s one of the few holiday movies that makes you laugh, not cry. Not that


Christmas movies are habitually sad, just sentimental. They tug at your heartstrings. But A Christmas Story is funny, real, and nostalgic in a way that doesn’t make you weepy. It’s a Wonderful Life was the next to become a tradition. I vividly remember the first time I saw it: Christmas Eve when I was 12, at my grandmother’s house. I knew it was something special and fell in love with it right away. I often save it for my last movie of the holidays. It’s a perfect New Year’s movie: makes you think about your life and your place in this world. Another good one for that purpose is A Christmas Carol. I’ve seen many adaptations of it, but I think I’m fondest of the 1999 version with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge ... though really, nothing beats the book. As for books, my favorite as a child was Little Women, still beloved to me in all adaptations, including the movie versions. It is not specifically a Christmas movie, but it opens at Christmas (which is, in fact, the first word in the book), so it also is part of my holiday filmfest. Every year I watch the 1949 version, which I saw as a teenager, and the 1994 version, which my grandmother and I went to see when I was in college. Also in college, long before I saw The Bishop’s Wife, I saw its remake, The Preacher’s Wife. Both are wonderful. I played my Preacher’s

Wife soundtrack CD so many times over the years, I wore it out. Fantastic gospel music, joyous for any time of year. As for other Christmas musicals, somehow I came to White Christmas late in life. I don’t think I saw it in its entirety until I was a young adult. It’s inexplicable: I’ve always adored Bing Crosby and old movies, I’ve watched The Bell’s of St. Mary’s every year from childhood on—but the king of Bing movies about Christmas? Don’t know why I wasn’t raised on it. But now I watch it every year. I discovered other classic Christmas movies as an adult: Christmas in Connecticut, The Shop Around the Corner, and Meet Me In St. Louis, now one of my all-time favorites. These and all the rest are part of my Christmas traditions. Even if I can’t devote my full attention to them, they’re playing in the background while I’m decorating the tree, wrapping gifts, addressing cards, or baking cookies. They’re part of my own holiday soundtrack. I love all these movies, these beautiful moving pictures set to lovely music and filled with memorable words, because they are sweetly sentimental, charming, nostalgic, old-fashioned, timeless, touching, heartwarming, hopeful, and joyous ... full of faith, family, friends, and a festive spirit ... what Christmas should be. My friend Gentleman Skip adores It’s a Wonderful Life as much as I do. Years ago when we were at the Magic Kingdom during the holidays, he ran the length of Main Street U.S.A. screaming, “Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, movie house!” (He does a pretty great Jimmy Stewart impression, too.) It was epic. Like the scene to which it was an homage, it remains one of my favorite holiday memories ever. And so, like Gentleman Skip and George Bailey, I wish a Merry Christmas to the movie house, because it so often has been part of a Merry Christmas for me. And a Merry Christmas to you, too.

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How Unconditional Love Harmonizes Our World Marci Shimoff Explores its Transformative Power by Judith Fertig


self-described “seeker from the get-go,” Marci Shimoff is an expert at helping others effect greater personal fulfillment and professional success. The noted transformational leader, speaker and author has written two bestselling books on happiness and unconditional love—Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out and Love for No Reason: 7 Steps for Creating a Life of Unconditional Love, and co-authored six bestselling titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series.

What is the old way of looking at love, versus the new paradigm shift you propose? We’ve been trained to think of love solely as energy between two people, usually experienced as conditional love—we feel love if the other person agrees with us, treats us a particular way or loves us back. But love is actually the essence of who we are, and when we live in a state of unconditional love, what I call “love for no reason,” we experience our essence that is love, which doesn’t depend on another person, situation or romantic partner. It is the core of every spiritual tradition.

Why do our ways of loving often seem inadequate? We each have a “love set-point,” the upper limit of our ability to give and receive love. We can’t feel more love by trying to change the outside—by relying on others to fill us up—because


it will never work in the long run. We need to raise our love set-point higher; then we experience everything more through the eyes of love.

Do challenging economic times help us grow spiritually? We can use any life challenges to help us grow and find fresh avenues of lasting fulfillment. Success and money don’t guarantee happiness, and I know that from my own wake-up call. In 1998, I had three of my Chicken Soup for the Soul books on The New York Times bestseller list at the same time. One day, I spoke to 8,000 people and autographed 5,432 books and felt like an author rock star. Yet when I returned to my hotel room that night, I burst into tears. All of the success was great, but it still hadn’t made me happy. That’s when I began my intensive study of happiness and love.

Does science support our capacity to daily experience and deepen a love for all things? Science is finding that there is a neurophysiology of love. Studies by researchers in major institutions worldwide show that we can do simple things like breathe more deeply, walk barefoot on earth, listen to uplifting music, or practice meditation that will support us in experiencing more unconditional love. These activities create greater heart rhythm coherence and new neural pathways in the brain.

How does having a heart that’s open to unconditional love benefit us? The Institute of HeartMath has discovered that the magnetic field generated by the heart—what’s measured on a magnetometer—is 5,000 times stronger than that of the brain. HeartMath research has also demonstrated that when we’re in a positive emotional state, our hearts beat in a coherent rhythm that causes all the other systems in the body—including the brain, immune system, and hormones—to work more efficiently and harmoniously. Their research shows that experiencing this regularly leads to better health, slows the aging process, and brings us greater creativity, resilience and happiness.

What are the doorways to unconditional love? I’ve interviewed hundreds of people who are living examples of unconditional love. I’ve found seven access points to experiencing more love: safety, being grounded and present; vitality, energy and well-being; unconditional self-love, feeling empowered; openness, being comfortable giving and receiving love; communication, listening and speaking with love; vision, seeing through the eyes of love; and oneness, feeling connected with the greater wholeness of life.

How does one person’s loving bless our families and world? The more we experience love, the more we spread love to others. Our feelings are contagious. This idea is beautifully expressed in an ancient Chinese proverb: “When there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. When there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. When there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” Connect with Marci Shimoff at Judith Fertig, of Overland Park, KS, is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Cancer: Preventing and Deactiviting It by Dr. Paula Koger, RN, MA, DOM

“Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy. ... Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for [more than] a decade. Yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumors. ... Women with breast cancer are likely to die faster with chemo than without it.” —Alan Levin, M.D.


hen it comes to cancer and its traditional treatment in the U.S., chemotherapy, although there are exceptions and about 25% do respond, an estimated 75% die of chemo’s side effects such as kidney and liver failure. More than a half-million people in the U.S. die each year from cancer and its treatments. Yet, I would say it is a preventable disease. In the spirit of helping others, not of casting aspersion on those who are suffering/have suffered from cancer, I want to say it is simply time to take a look at taking responsibility for what you can do to prevent the progressive weakening of the immune system which allows for the activation of cancer. Cancer is always there as a potential. Its survival and activation depend on certain conditions in the body being supportive of its growth. Cancer thrives on: n Acid pH in body n Stresses n Unresolved traumas n Weak immunity n Toxins n Pathogens Dr. Royal R. Rife developed his technology back in the 1920s


and identified virions as one of the etiological pathogens for cancer cells when conditions are right for them to multiply. He invented an electrical impulse therapy that could reduce the virions when the conditions of the body were right for good health. I was with my best friend one day before I entered training in acupuncture and alternative medicine. Seeking my advice, she asked me, “What can I do? I have breast cancer.” I was a nursing professor who was trained by the cut-and-drug medical model, and I did not know much about what she could do to heal herself naturally. However, I did know about the macrobiotic diet and the cooking school founded by Misho Kusi. We went together and trained at the school. She got onto the diet, and her cancer went into remission and responded to a small amount of radiation. One day, though, she went on a chocolate and junk-food binge. She died a year or so later, even with chemo. She had thrived on the healthy diet because it corrected the terrain imbalance. Her death inspired me to look for other solutions to the complex causes of cancer. I had always known that one of the reasons for the development of cancer is emotional traumas stored in the body. I studied the work of Dr. Hamer, a German MD who developed testicular cancer after his son was killed in an auto accident. He was able to heal his cancer easily when he released this painful memory. He developed a method of finding the cancers on a CT scan of the brain, as they can be seen as scars caused by

traumas or some other precipitating event. The cancer then responds well to other cancer therapies. My research led me to start doing extensive computerized tests and kinesiology to detect the presence of cancer-causing factors before they reach the clinically detectable stage. It is a simple, non-invasive energy assessment and scanning. This type of early detection is like finding the disease on the radar screen and intervening before it becomes a fullfledged disease. Once you see what needs to be addressed, a program can be customized to treat the body/mind/ spirit before you become too sick to respond easily. We have to change and balance the terrain, release the stressors, and treat the pathogens and toxins that are weakening the body. Another early detection test to request from your MD is the AMAS blood test (1-800-922-8378). This test is covered by Medicare; simply call and get your free kit and ask your MD for an order to cover it. Many natural therapies complement medical care and allow you to work with your MD to develop a plan that will help you maximize your health and remain cancer free. This article is not intended as a claim for treating cancer. However, with the proper balance of the body re-established and the stressors resolved, you maximize your opportunity for a healthy, joyful life. We must identify and remove the toxins, release the emotional/mental causes, balance the body, and activate the Qi. In this way we minimize the opportunity for cancer or any disease to survive. Deepak Chopra once said in a lecture I attended, “Any moment you believe you have cancer, you do.” I believe cancer grows out of our unresolved unconscious attitudes, beliefs, traumas, and toxins. These are certainly curable. Dr. Paula Koger can be reached at or 941-539-4232. She practices in Dunnellon and Sarasota.

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Unexpected Upside Media Gadgets Can Boost Family Connections by Lisa Marshall


itness a gadget-obsessed family at the dinner table and it is easy to conclude that technology is fracturing family life: Mom’s emailing her boss; Dad’s watching a YouTube video on his tablet; sister’s texting her boyfriend; and little brother is playing Angry Birds on his smart phone. No one is talking with each other. But dysfunctional dinner habits aside, it appears cell and Internet technologies haven’t turned out to be as harmful as once predicted. “When we started this research, the dominant thought was that Internet technology would make us lonely, socially isolated and threaten our family lives,” says Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. “We have been asking people about this now for 12 years in our surveys and the dominant answer is ‘Actually, we feel more connected with our families than we did before.’” Web-conferencing systems


such as Skype have enabled family members across the globe to chat for free and also see each other. Social networking sites such as Facebook have enabled previously out-of-touch siblings to share photos and revive contact. According to Pew studies since 2008, cell phones have led married couples to talk more during the day and parents to maintain more open lines of communication with their kids. “There always seems to be anxiety in raising a teen, and now a lot of that can be alleviated,” says Larry Rosen, Ph.D., a research psychologist at California State University and author of Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation. “A scared mom or dad can text their kid, saying ‘R U OK?’ and get a one-word answer back, whereas before that kid would have had to find a pay phone, maybe wouldn’t have done it, and Mom and Dad would have panicked.” Rosen’s own research suggests that social networking can actually

teach teens to be more empathetic, a trait that enhances their bonds with family members. For example, a cousin will post on Facebook that her cat died, then the teen responds warmly and their bond tightens. The teen gains empathy that translates into face-to-face experiences as well. “Research from the Pew Center has shown that active social networkers tend to have more friends and support and be more involved with their communities and families,” Rainie maintains. On the other hand, cautionary studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest that kids unhealthily obsessed with media tend to have lower grades and get into trouble at school. Overall, according to a 2011 study by the Barna Group, a Ventura, California, research firm, 32 percent of parents and 47 percent of teens say technology has made their family life better, while 18 percent of parents and 6 percent of teens say it has worsened, because the news is not all good. Consider how, instead of sitting down to watch a show together, family members often are in a room or vehicle watching their own show on their own tiny screen. “People miss social moments around them because they are communicating with the network inside the screen, rather than the world immediately surrounding them,” says Rainie. On the flip side, Rainie notes, families often share those moments with each other, too, such as a funny YouTube video or a picture on Facebook. Rosen cautions that the smart phone could be a pivotal game-changer if consumers aren’t careful. “We are already finding that most people younger than age 40 check their phones every 15 minutes or less, and if they can’t, they become highly anxious. Their whole social world appears channeled through this device, and that is worrisome.” Both Rosen and Rainie stress that the key to making any technology a positive for family dynamics is to set boundaries at the outset and know

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when to unplug. Here are some guidelines to consider. Cell phones. Everyone can check their phone messages before dinner and then power it down while the family is eating. Don’t use phones in bed, or in the hour before sleeping, which can be particularly detrimental to a teen’s rest, Rosen’s research shows. Facebook. “When your child says, ‘All of my friends are on Facebook and I feel left out,’ that is probably the time to let them join Facebook,” advises Rosen. Reserve the right to look at their page periodically with them. Each parent and child pair can decide if they should “friend” each other, but don’t assume that gives a parent a backstage pass to the child’s personal life. Pew reports that 80 percent of parents whose children use social media have friended their child. However, “Insisting that your child friend you on Facebook is often an invitation for them to set up a phantom, or fake page,” notes Rosen. Smart phones and tablets. Set specific times to ban technology. “As couples, we used to retire to bed at night and watch TV and talk. Now we watch TV, check our phone, and play Words with Friends games, and that has taken the place of intimate communication.” It helps to set specific times to check the phone and leave it off for big chunks of time. Lisa Marshall is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Mindful Holiday Traditions Simple Ways to Add Meaning and Family-Centered Fun by Barbara Amrhein


oo many winter holidays whiz by in a blur of presents, parties and rich foods, muting the season’s true messages of love, hope and peace. By slowing down and refocusing on what makes this time of year so special, we can help our children—and ourselves—create fresh, meaningful traditions and experience genuine joy. “If the spirit of the season at your home is more ‘Gimme, take me, buy me,’ instead of ‘Deck the halls,’ don’t despair,” advises internationally renowned educator and child expert Michele Borba, Ph.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions:101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries. “There are more subtle ways to encourage your kids to appreciate the greatest gifts of the holiday season. The simplest way is to focus on gifts of the heart and letting your kids be participants, not just recipients.” Try these tips for helping youngsters co-create traditions that celebrate family, friends, sharing with others and the holidays’ festive delights. Emphasize experiences, not things. Presents can never take the place of presence. Years from now, children will rarely recall what they unwrapped, but will remember special times spent together as a family. Take a nature walk to collect pinecones and other seasonal items for holiday décor. Designate a Family Night and let the kids choose the activity, like seeing a movie or a holiday performance such as The Nutcracker, playing a favorite board game, or building a gingerbread house. At dinner, ask youngsters to relate their favorite holiday memories, and then build upon their responses to plan this year’s celebrations.


Treat cards as treasured gifts. Gather the family ‘round when opening cards from others, catching up on their news, and recalling funny or enjoyable shared moments. Skype calls and videos offer pleasurable immediacy while mailed cards become appreciated, permanent mementos. Encourage children to create handmade or personalized cards for grandparents and other relatives, enclosing photos or drawings and a short note describing the reasons that person means so much to them. Hand deliver other cards to neighbors, accompanied by a plate of homemade, healthy treats. Children can also send cards to military personnel overseas via a Red Cross program at Tinyurl. com/HolidayHeroMail. Practice creative giving. Adopt a less fortunate family or child for the holidays (local churches or social service agencies can provide information) and ask youngsters to be “Santa’s little

helpers” by picking out and thoughtfully wrapping books, toys and other gifts. Help children research good causes and earmark a small amount of money for them to gift to the cause of their choice, such as an animal shelter or other local nonprofit. Honor the gift of time, as well: Youngsters who spend a few hours helping out at a food pantry, caroling at a nursing home or wrapping gifts for Toys for Tots will experience and remember the true joy of giving. Nurture a sense of the spiritual. Worship services aren’t the only venue for sharing family values and beliefs with children. On the night of the Winter Solstice, December 21—the shortest day and longest night of the year—enjoy dinner by candlelight. Afterwards, stargaze in the backyard and make some holiday wishes. On another evening, turn off all the lights except the Christmas tree, menorah or other special candles and talk quietly about your blessings. Listening to a CD of carols from around the world reinforces a spirit of unity and invites lively discussions about how other cultures observe their holidays. Celebrate the season’s sights, sounds and fun. Ask children to help choose a tree and make or buy an ornament with special meaning for them. Then join in an informal decorating party with holiday tunes (kids get to choose some favorites), cocoa and cookies. Set aside an evening to walk or drive around the neighborhood to admire holiday lights and displays. As a fun twist on traditional caroling, grab some kazoos and go humming with the kids and their friends. To capture these great holiday moments, ask each child to take turns as the official family photographer. Borba believes these types of shared experiences help children understand the true meaning of the season and bring back the heartfelt joy it represents. “In the end,” she advises, “remember that the holidays are really meant to be about love, togetherness and wonderful memories.” Barbara Amrhein is a freelance writer and editor for Natural Awakenings.

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t’s easy to take breathing for granted. But tune in to your breath—when, say, halfway through a sun salutation or headed for a finish line—and you’ll find that it not only feeds muscles fresh oxygen, but also indicates whether it’s time to increase the intensity of the activity. To get the most out of every breath, follow these exercise tips from acknowledged experts.

Running With closed lips, breathe in sharply and deeply through the nose. Then purse the lips as if trying to blow out a candle and exhale through the mouth. While running, breathe in for one step and out for two. “The rapid inhale and slower exhale in this technique fills lungs from the bottom,” explains Danny Dreyer, author of ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running. “Breathing exercises help take in more air when inhaling and empty lungs completely when exhaling. Muscles receive more glycogen, which lowers the chances of their cramping up.”

Yoga Use the Hindu breathing method called ujjayi, in which the lungs are fully expanded. First, inhale once with the mouth open, and then exhale the same way, making a “Ha” sound. Then close your mouth and continue making the same sound while inhaling and exhaling through the nose (it will resemble the rushing sound that Darth Vader makes in Star Wars movies). “Your breathing is the barometer of all your poses,” says Elena Brower, founder and co-owner of Virayoga, in

New York City. If you’re gasping for air, back out of the pose. “Always give preference to deeper breathing over deeper postures,” advises Brower. This controlled breathing technique is largely responsible for the yoga buzz that helps keep students coming back for more.

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Ways to Grow, Part Three: Square Foot Gardening by David Y. Goodman, UF/IFAS Marion County Master Gardener


his month I’ll wrap up a threepart series on gardening methods that I started in October’s issue. We’ve already taken a look at the Biointensive garden and the Deep Mulch method. Today we’re going to look at what might be the most popular new gardening method in the U.S.: the “Square Foot Garden.”

The Square Foot Garden What happens when an engineer starts gardening? The world’s oldest profession gets a serious makeover! (No, not that profession. Remember the Garden of Eden? Get your mind out of the gutter!) Retired engineerturned-gardener Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening consistently tops the list of best-selling gardening books—and for good reason. Square Foot Gardening promises little or no weeding, consistent results, and lots of organic veggies from a tiny space. It isn’t the easiest or the cheapest garden to set up, and it will drive free-styling gardeners nuts—but once created, it’s prolific. Rachelle Roper, of Marion County’s non-profit “Feed the Need Garden,” uses a variation of this method, which makes sense, considering their mission of feeding the hungry. Square Foot Gardening is low maintenance, easy to teach, and doesn’t rely on local soil conditions.


Though I’m a permacultureminded anarchist at heart, this spring I created a set of square-foot garden beds for my wife Rachel. For years she has watched my seed-slinging and random plantings with bemused interest, but as the cost of food increased, she became personally interested in gardening. However, she

wasn’t a big fan of my unorganized approach. She asked me, “If I wanted a way to garden that was well-organized and easy to maintain, what would you recommend?” The answer was easy. I went online and bought her a copy of the All New Square Foot Gardening book. The book arrived, and it was right up her alley—so a short time later, we built the beds, bought some soil ingredients, and started planting. Ingredients and structure Square Foot Gardening differs

from most other gardening systems in that you do not use your native earth. Instead, you use a perfect mix (Mel’s Mix) of “soil” created from one part compost, one part vermiculite, and one part peat moss. This creates a spongy, airy, rich medium for your plants. It’s also weedfree, unless you start with homemade compost that wasn’t “cooked” enough in a hot compost pile. (And even if you do think the pile got hot enough, watch out—many seeds usually manage to slip through the cracks.) One thing you may have difficulty finding is vermiculite in quantity. Check for big bags from your local feed stores and garden centers; it’s out there, if you search. The classic square-foot bed is a 4-foot by 4-foot square, constructed of anything from lumber to bricks to cinder blocks. Bartholomew also strongly recommends putting a permanent grid over the top, dividing the bed into easily manageable one-foot squares. This is useful for crop rotation, replanting, seeding, and spacing. This grid can be made of stretched string, PVC, 1x2 lumber, or whatever you have lying around. Having a visual delineation of your plants is definitely helpful, but this part of the Square Foot Garden design is often where gardeners diverge from the plans as laid down in Bartholomew’s book. Just remember: getting rid of the grid can lead to getting rid of the perfect soil mix which can then lead to chucking the raised bed concept which is certain to lead to slinging seeds across the yard and screaming “ANARCHY!” at the top of your lungs. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. When you build your square-foot bed, you ideally won’t be in contact with your native soil at all. The book recommends putting a barrier down at the bottom of the newly constructed bed. Weed block and cardboard both

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work. Or, you can build the bed on top of concrete, believe it or not. Provided the box is 6” deep and contains “Mel’s Mix,” it will still produce well. This is something to consider if you’re short on yard space and have a sunny slab or driveway handy. Another benefit of this method is that you’ve created a rich weed-free planting medium, meaning you can plant at much denser rates than you would in a traditional garden. The yield is impressive to say the least. As you pull out spent crops, put in a handful of compost in the holes left behind and then plant again. Does it work? Yes. Is it for everyone? Probably not. Some crops don’t like the shallow soil mix, such as grain corn and cassava. However, if you want a solid workhorse garden that doesn’t need a ton of watering and produces salad and veggies year in and year out, this is a great place to start. Just ask Rachel. She pulled some lovely cauliflower, kohlrabi, basil, lettuce and endless beans from her square-foot beds this year, and they keep plugging away for us. Overview of the Square Foot Garden: n Cost: High (for initial setup) n Prep-work required: High n Maintenance Required: Low n Inputs needed: High (initially) n Yield: High Resources: n All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. n Feed the Need Garden,

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The Physics of Life by Stephanie Keller Rohde


ach unique human life on this planet is created via an individual’s desires, thoughts, beliefs, felt emotions, and outward actions. Many people, however, consciously or unconsciously ignore their thoughts, beliefs, and felt emotions and go directly to outward actions to obtain whatever it is that they want and desire to have in their life. Everything outside of us (from our physical body— outward) is a physics wave theory reflection of what is going on inside of us in any and every moment of time. If we don’t like a current reflection outside of us (financial, health, relationships, or any situation issue) we have to change what is going on inside of us about the issue (thoughts, beliefs, and felt emotions) first, rather than futilely attempting to outwardly control any issue or person. Outward control of anything does not work long-term, ever; and people really need to get, understand, and resonate with that fact of life. A fact is different from a belief; a fact is true whether you choose to believe it or not—just as the earth is round whether you believe it to be or not. If vibrant health is desired, the focus of the mind has to be on health with the belief that health is possible at every age. And a conundrum presently exists for so many today because they currently choose to think, believe, and feel that sickness and dis-ease is


automatic with chronological maturity—which can happen, but does not happen if it is not focused upon. Disease is not “a given” unless you think, believe, and feel it to be so. Dis-ease

or health both are possibilities of life experience through focused choice— desire, thought, belief, felt emotion and outward action. That mass-consciousness belief that “dis-ease has to happen as people chronologically mature” has singlehandedly created the trillion-dollar nightmare reflecting back to many with regard to the so-called “health care” system in the United States. Further, and what is crucially important to understand clearly, is that the “health care” system is not about health at all.

It is about managing body symptoms (in vain) long-term (outward control) with drugs, surgery, and harmful radiation (poison, cut, and burn). People with money don’t need credit; people with health don’t need health insurance; and unconditional lovers don’t need marriage or a prenup. Please read that sentence again; it is vitally important to consider. Symptoms displayed by human bodies are communicating that the body is not at ease (hence the term disease). It doesn’t matter if the symptom is dandruff, a runny nose, a cough, inflammation (pain, redness, swelling, heat, fever), over- or underweight, heart failure, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, AIDS, cancer, etc. This important message in whatever form it manifests (it is different for each individual) is letting the person know that their desires, thoughts, beliefs, felt emotions and outward actions are not currently in alignment. And all five components have to be in alignment to create (and keep long-term) what is wanted in life. This isn’t negotiable, it is physics wave theory. The good news is that each person only has to be in alignment with self—no one else matters (unless you want to make them matter [don’t ever forget the physics]). Health is not just about the physical body (mental, emotional, spiritual, etc.); health includes finances, relationships, and situations too. Success in life is not just about financial attainment; success includes physical body, relationship, and life situational health as well. There is a big difference between the “appearance of health” and actual health. Some people “look” healthy to a casual observer (even without any makeup) and truly are happy and healthy in all areas of their life—they feel great, take no drugs of any kind, have a few bucks, and routinely experience unconditional loving relationships with others

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in life situations. This individual is in complete positive physics alignment. Some people may “look” healthy to a casual observer but in actuality are not—they don’t feel great, they could be experiencing unwanted physical symptoms for which they may or may not be using drugs, surgery, or radiation, they may or may not be experiencing financial health, unconditional loving relationships and/ or situations. This individual is not in complete positive physics alignment. Some people do not “look” healthy at all, which is a clear indication of a physics misalignment. What do you want? Remember the physics. You can have anything and everything that you want in life as long as you believe what you want is possible, because everything from our physical body outward is a physics wave theory reflection of the focus of energy within us by us!

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Dr. Paula Koger, DOM, BS Nursing, MA Counseling 941-539-4232 / Dunnellon and Sarasota Dr. Koger has a long history of success with people who are receptive to multiple ancient and high-tech healing techniques. 20 years’ experience including Professor and school health nurse; more than 17 years in Alternative healing practices with training from experts worldwide.

Hip Moves Fitness Studio Rona Bennett, BS, CPT Holistic Health, Personal Fitness Coaching 708 N.W. 23rd Ave., Gainesville / 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.

Winning Harmony CounselingTM James R. Porter, Ph.D., LMHC, MH10992 Gainesville, Alachua 352-514-9810, Be Yourself. Finally. Dr. Porter draws from modern culture, 12+ years of advanced clinical training, 2 years of formal breath and body training, and a lifetime of formal and autodidactic spiritual training to create a counseling experience that will energize those wanting to address nearly any mental, emotional, or life issue.

Biologic Dentistry Dr. Cornelius A. Link, DDS 2415 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / 352-237-6196 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.

Botanical Salon & Day Spa Haile Village Spa & Salon 5207 SW 91st Terrace, Gainesville / 352-335-5025 We are a full service AVEDA hair salon for every type of hair and offer extensions, fashion forward color, and designer haircuts. We also specialize in ORGANIC skin-care and cosmetics for facials, makeovers, and skin treatments. We offer both spa and medical grade massage, acupuncture, detox body wraps, body scrubs, body contouring, lypossage, natural nail manicures, pedicures and waxing. Like us on Facebook for weekly Salon and Spa specials!

Colonics Gentle Waters Healing Center 352-374-0600, Gainesville 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. Call Dawn Brower for more information or visit MA41024, MM15426.


Holistic Medicine Hanoch Talmor, M.D. Gainesville Holistic Center 352-377-0015 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. 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 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.

Michael J. Badanek, BS,DC,CNS,DACBN,DCBCN 3391 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Suite #B Ocala, FL 34470 / 352-622-1151 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.

Life Coaches Cynthia Christianson, M.A., CCC ThetaHealing™ Advanced Practitioner 352-374-7982 or 352-284-1107 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 Clark Dougherty Therapeutic Massage Clinic 850 N.E. 36th Terr., Ocala 352-694-7255 / Offering a variety of therapeutic massage techniques for pain relief, improved flexibility, and other wonderful benefits. PIP and WorkComp always accepted, also group/private insurance in some instances. All credit cards accepted. Gift certificates are available for holidays and birthdays with 25% discount on a second session. MA27082, MM9718.

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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.

Medicine Wheel Veterinary Services Shauna Cantwell DVM, Ocala, FL / 352-538-3021 Holistic veterinary medicine for small animals and horses. Arthritis, neurologic and hormonal dysfunction, skin, allergies, cancer, pain, immune and chronic disease. Certified Veterinary Acupuncture, certified cAVCA animal chiropractic, herbal therapy, tui na medical massage, functional neurology, postural rehabilitation, ozone therapy, homotoxicology, nutrition. Available for workshops.

Rolfing 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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Saturday, December 1 n Ancient Wisdom, New Light: Lemurian Crystal Workshop. Presented by Sharron Britton. 11am-1pm, $20. Space is limited: call 352-291-9459 to reserve your space. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, n Readings with Mary Alice Warren. 12-5pm, $25 short reading, $50 full reading. Call to sign up or walk in. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657,   December 1-2 Initiation Healing® Breath & Meditation I with Ojela Frank, LMT. Saturday 9-5, Sunday 12-5. Kundalini Weekend Intensive includes Energy Attunements, book, class workbook, certificate. The Martial Arts Center, Ocala. $75; call 352-239-9272 to pre-register, (12 CEUs /FL Provider #50-14398). See pre-requisites at www.initiationhealing. com. Call to be put on waiting list for next Kundalini event. Sunday, December 2 Intro to Transformative Communication: Transform your relationships and transform your life with powerful communication skills and tools. Facilitated and Organized by Satvatove graduate Patrick Mangum. 5-8pm. Information: Wednesday, December 5 n Especially for people in their Wisdom Years (Seniors): Meditation at 9:45am and Celebration at 10:30am. Love offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, 352-629-3897, n Raspberry Ketones, African Mango, Saffron Extract, 7 keto, are metabolic booster to bust fat. Free consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352-732-0718, www.   Thursday, December 6   Energy Healing Attunements with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. Initiation Healing® Sessions via Skype. See events web page for details, FEE, 352-239-9272, www.initiationhealing. com/site/classes. December 6-7 Annual Poinsettia Sale. 12/6, 8am-5pm. 12/7, 8am3pm. Sponsored by the UF Environmental Horticulture Club. Held at Fifield Hall on Hull Road, Gainesville. www. Saturday, December 8 n Chakra Balancing with Crystals on the BioMat. 11am-5pm, $10 or free with purchase. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-

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8657, n Holiday Open House. Free, 10am-4pm. Goga Studios, 3131 SW College Rd., Suite 301, Ocala, 352-3045571, n Psychic/Medium Spiritual Development Class. 2-4:30pm. Includes meditation, lesson, practice. $25. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. Int’l Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge,, 407-673-9776. December 8-9 Reiki Level I with Ojela Frank, LMT. Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-5, includes 4 Reiki Attunements, class workbook, certificate. $125, The Martial Arts Center, Ocala. Call 352-239-9272 to pre-register. 12 CEUs /FL Provider #50-14398, December 10-11 Auditions: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” musical comedy. Show Feb. 7-March 3. Director Michael Edwards. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, www. Tuesday, December 11 Free Group Coaching Session. Minimize holiday stress: quick and easy techniques to decrease stress levels. 6pm, free. Space is limited; call 352-291-9459 to reserve your space. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala,

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Here's the perfect opportunity to do some healthy holiday shopping at the Lemire Clinic. There will be: Door Prizes Silent Auction Healthy Gifts Gift Certificates Gift Wrapping Healthy Refreshments Free Holiday Stress Relief Session Stop in anytime between the hours of 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to take advantage of the Holiday Specials that will be offered at this event. The Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459,

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calendarofevents Wednesday, December 12 n Healthy Wednesday. 6pm meditation, 6:30 healthy potluck, 7:15 featured movie “May I Be Frank.” $15 (but no one turned away). Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, FL 34472, 352-687-2113. n Metabolic Balance All Natural Weight Loss. No pills, no shakes, no injections, no craving, no hunger. Free consultation. Call for appointment.

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Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352-732-0718, Thursday, December 13 n Energy Attunements with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. All day. Initiation Healing® Sessions via Skype. See events web page for details, fee, 352239-9272, site/classes/.


n Holiday Open House. Door prizes, silent auction, healthy refreshments, free holiday stress-relief session, specials on healthy gifts. 3-7pm, free. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352291-9459, Saturday, December 15   n Holiday Crystals, Minerals & Jewelry Sale, 9-12, The Martial Arts Center, 3233 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala. Come get it before products go to our webstore. 352-239-9272, www. n Peace on Earth: A Blissful Holiday Experience. Music by Bill Hutchinson, Isotonic Footbaths, BioMat sessions, free crystal gifts for everyone plus champagne and chocolate. 12-6pm, free. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-4548657, December 15-16 A Holiday to Remember. Musical revue/dinner theatre production. $30/ person includes performance and dinner. Cash bar, raffle, etc. 12/15 at 7pm, 12/16 at 1pm, Our Lady of the Springs Parish Hall, 4047 NE 21st St., Ocala. To order tickets, call the Ocala Civic Theatre, 352-236-2274.

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Thursday, December 20 Energy Healing Attunements with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. Initiation Healing® Sessions via Skype. See events web page for details, FEE, 352-239-9272, www.initiationhealing. com/site/classes. Onstage through December 22 “A Christmas Carol,” drama. Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, 352-375-HIPP, Saturday, December 22 n Birth Day 2012 Event. Celebration and live music, with live streaming of the Global Birth Moment Webcast Program. Free, 2pm, OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, 352-629-3897, www. n The Shift Is Here: Anchoring in the Golden Light of Love and Creating our New Reality. Workshop with Sharron Britton. 2-4pm, love offering. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657, www. Onstage through December 23 “A Tuna Christmas,” comedy. Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, 352-375-HIPP, Wednesday, December 26 Wellness consultation on Irritable Bowel Syndrome and urinalysis for enzyme therapy. Free consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352-732-0718, www. Thursday, December 27 Signs and Symptoms Analysis. Any time any of the organs and system of the body are out of balance, there are signs and symptoms. Free consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352-732-0718, Saturday, December 29 Tarot Readings for the Year to Come with Mary Alice Warren plus surprise guests. 12-5pm, $50 per reading. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657, January 4-20, 2013 Six Women with Brain Death, or Expiring Minds Want to Know. Musical comedy. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, www. Thursday, January 10   Energy Activations with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. Initiation Healing® Sessions via Skype. See events web page for details, fee, 352-239-9272, classes.


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calendarofevents January 28, 2013 Satvatove Institute School of Transformative Coaching is now accepting applications for the semester starting January, 2013. Classes are approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF). For the course syllabus visit syllabus.pdf, and for additional information call 386-418-8840, www. life-coach-training. Saturday, February 9 Healthy Living Expo. 10am4:30pm, free admission. Florida Tech Clemente Center, Melbourne. 321777-6433, www.HealthyLivingExpos. com. February 28-March 2 7th Annual Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies Conference, West Palm Beach. Speakers, organic meals,

exhibit hall. $209 (some scholarships available). The Annie Appleseed Project, 561-749-0084, www. March 8-10 Transformative Communication and Self-Empowerment Seminar facilitated by Dr. David Wolf, author of Relationships That Work, and Marie Glasheen, professional transformative coach. Information: dharm.khalsa77@, 352-222-6331, www. March 26-31 Satvatove Advanced Seminar Experience; 6 days of courageous introspection and self-empowerment, facilitated by Dr. David Wolf and Marie Glasheen. Information: dharm., 352-222-6331,  

ONGOING: Sundays n A Course in Miracles, 9:30am. Master Mind Healing Circle, 10am. Meditation and Metaphysical Lesson plus youth and children’s classes, 11am. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 352-373-1030, n Celebrating Community and Inspiring Message/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, n Meditation and Celebration Service. 10am, love offering. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, FL 34472, 352-687-2113. n Trinity of Light Spiritual Service and Meditation, 10am, College of Central Florida, Enterprise Bldg. Room 101, 352-502-0253,

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