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Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks

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Sustainable Weight Loss

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GMO Truths and Consequences

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Hello, gentle readers, In a recent “Daily Dream Builder” email, inspirational speaker Mary Morrissey reminded me that “some people live 99 years but most people live one year 99 times.” Wow. What is inside of you, wanting to be expressed? What experience is longing for you to just say “YES!” instead of no, the holding-back, the fear, the denying? In November I was awarded a fellowship to attend the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Turkey. The flight from Orlando to JFK was fine, but the overnight flight from JFK to Istanbul was delayed by snow. After sitting on the plane for several hours, we were informed that the airport had been shut down. We shuffled into the terminal, knowing what lay ahead: a long night in a chair or on the floor. For three more hours, I was on the phone with customer service, working to reschedule my flight. But I was so discouraged, I just wanted to go home; I was already grimy, and my luggage was lost. Then, during a long period of being on hold, I thought, “When am I going to have this opportunity again?” It was then that I realized—and truly “got it”—that life does not happen by doing what is practical, reasonable, or expected. Life happens by saying “YES” to life, to oneself— by creating new experiences, by learning and seeing new places, people, and things. Life is ever-expanding, and so are we. Mary Morrissey’s email continued, “Whatever is most alive in you in the fresh green growing edges of your becoming—whatever it is that you would like to explore, learn, be and do—let yourself play with ideas, research it, study it and try a little bit each day to not just live the life you have lived before. Let yourself come from the green growing edges of your own becoming so that in the end, your years will have been full.” Happy New Year.

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designed for newcomers to experience transformation. $139 tuition includes meals and accommodations. February 22-24: Music and chanting carry frequencies that have a direct and rapid impact on our energy and our health. Bhagavan Das, teacher and counterculture icon, is offering the Temple of Sound Workshop at the Amrit Yoga Institute. Bhagavan Das has toured with Allen Ginsburg, opened for the Grateful Dead and sung with Bob Dylan. Living in India for six years, Bhagavan Das studied the ancient science of Nada Yoga under the guidance and direction of Neem Karoli Baba; and was mentor to Ram Dass, the author of Be Here Now. What Bhagavan Das shares in this workshop is how the purification and refinement of the chakras (subtle energy centers of the body) takes place through the vehicle of sound. Daily guided visualization meditations are also used in correlation with these mantras and chants to enliven and clarify the specific energies of each chakra. For more information call 352-685-3001 or visit www. AmritYoga.org.

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“April in Paris” Wine and Art Tour Melissa Harris April 13-20 Melissa Harris, internationally published artist and

Join us on this amazing trip. $2,995 per person INCLUDES round-trip airfare from Orlando to Paris, lodging, admission to all attractions, many meals, and so much more. For more information, visit www.naturalawakeningsncfl.com/ paris.html or call 352-286-1779.

Science and Spirituality

On January 18, 2013, Sky Nelson will present a concert and workshop connecting new research in physics to the phenomena of synchronicity. Sky will share his work on the nature of meaningful coincidences, quantum mechanics, synchronicity, spirituality and physics. Sky’s peer-reviewed physics articles have appeared in the Journal for Scientific Exploration and the Conference Proceedings for American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He has presented his work at national conferences including the Society for Scientific Exploration, Towards a Science of Consciousness, Science and NonDuality and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. His popular writings have been published in Science of Mind Magazine and New Thought Magazine. Sky is also an award winning “positive music” performer. His most recent award-winning album, The World Ocean, was released in 2011. The event starts at 7pm. $20 suggested donation. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28th Ave., Ocala, FL 34470, 352-629-3897, www.SkyNelson.com.

Amrit Events

January 18-20: An introduction to Yoga and Yoga Nidra through the Amrit Method® will be offered at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida. This weekend is

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intuitive, has dedicated her life to the creation of imagery that celebrates life, love, beauty, nature and magic, particularly in relation to women. Her new book Painting Outside the Lines is a memoir and also addresses questions that people have asked of her during her career. Melissa will visiting the High Springs Emporium January 11-14, where she will be doing Spirit Portraits and teaching an evening workshop. Contact the Emporium at 386454-8657 to register. For more information visit www. MelissaHarris.com.

27th Annual Hoggetown Medieval Faire

Every year, jousting knights, dancing gypsies, and historic heroes mingle with visitors at the annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. During the last weekend in January (Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27) and the first weekend in February (Friday through Sunday, Feb. 1-3, the Alachua County Fairgrounds will transform into a medieval marketplace filled with hundreds of artisans and entertainers. A special School Day celebration on Friday, Feb. 1 features half-price ticket sales for all guests. Appropriate for all ages, the event features more than 160 talented artisans making and selling traditional arts, crafts, and clothing; actors, musicians, and street performers; unusual displays such as falconry, aerial acrobats, magic, a live chess match, and armored knights who joust on the Tournament Field; and lots of food. The Faire also offers entertainment for children. Faire hours are 10-6 on Saturdays and Sundays, and 9:3-3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. Admission is $14 for adults, $7

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for children ages 5 to 17, and free for children younger than 5. Tickets are half–price on Friday, Feb. 1. For more information, call the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 352334-ARTS or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.

Enter the Universe of Soul Over Matter for an Abundant 2013

Join Geho Gold on January 5, 1:30-4:30, at Soul Essentials in Ocala, for a screening of the acclaimed documentary film, Soul Masters: Dr Guo & Dr Sha, an intimate portrait of two extraordinary healers devoted to healing humanity through the power of soul healing. Join Patricia Coates every Tuesday to practice powerful, yet simple Soul Power techniques at the Love Peace Harmony Group of Ocala. Information: www.BeHealedWithin.com, Geho 386341-6260, Patricia 352-680-0065, www.DrSha.com.

Lemire Clinic Events

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Lemire Clinic is more than a thriving medical practice: it is a space where people can gather to learn about holistic medicine, both ancient and cutting-edge; learn about making delicious raw green smoothies, and much more. Here are just a few of the events coming up in January. On Monday, January 7, the clinic is hosting a free “Meet the Doctor” open house at 6pm. The idea is to offer patient education and information about some of the alternative treatments available at the clinic. Two exciting Toxibesity groups are starting up: one group will meet every Tuesday evening, and they will have their first meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at 6pm. The second group will meet every Saturday at 10am, starting on Saturday, January 19. Toxibesity is an exciting program offering detoxification, lifestyle changes, and medically supervised weight management. On Thursday, January 17, a group coaching session called “Making Resolutions that Stick” will start at 6pm for a modest cost of $10/person. On Monday, January 21, a free workshop on “Green Smoothies for Health” will start at 6pm. If you turn your nose up at the notion of “raw” food or “green smoothies,” this is the workshop for you. You will see how delicious raw green organic smoothies can be, and you will see how many choices you have to cater to your own tastes and preferences. Raw green smoothies can be life-changing— come and see for yourself. Dr. James Lemire, M.D. and Nuris Lemire are gifted practitioners who study Tao, do significant charitable work (interview coming soon), and lead rich personal lives despite the long hours they put in at the clinic. Lemire Clinic, 1115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com.

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healthbriefs Supplementation Cuts Colon Cancer Risk

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diet enhanced with multivitamin and mineral supplements may dramatically lower the risk of developing precancerous colon cancer lesions, according to research published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. Nearly 150,000 men and women in the United States are diagnosed with this secondmost common form of cancer each year. In the study, rats were fed a high-fat (20 percent) diet for 32 weeks. Those fed a high-fat, low-fiber diet and also exposed to a carcinogen, developed precancerous lesions of the colon. The animals that underwent a similar diet and treatment, but also received daily vitamin and mineral supplements, showed an 84 percent reduction in the formation of precancerous lesions and did not develop tumors.

Frying Pan Faux Pas

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ried foods may please the palate, but cooking them in the wrong medium, such as sunflower oil, can present a health risk. Researchers from the University of the Basque Country, in North Spain, have discovered that organic aldehyde compounds become toxic when heated. These chemicals, previously linked with some types of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are generated by the degradation of fatty acids in sunflower and other oils high in polyunsaturated fats, and some remain in food after frying. Oils with higher concentrations of monounsaturated fats, such as olive, peanut or coconut, are less worrisome if frying is the only cooking option.

Black Pepper Fights Fat

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simple, widely available spice and kitchen staple may help us trim our waistlines. New research published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry gives the nod to black pepper. The study provides evidence of a long-sought explanation for the beneficial, fat-fighting effects of the common seasoning: piperine, the pungent-tasting substance that gives black pepper its characteristic taste, helps block the formation of new fat cells.

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imply drinking a glass of water can prompt better choices at the dinner table, concludes new research by T. Bettina Cornwell, Ph.D., of the University of Oregon, and Anna R. McAlister, Ph.D., of Michigan State University. In separate studies, young adults and children were tested according to their food and beverage choices. When the participants were served a soda, they selected foods that tended to be more salty and calorie-dense. However, when the provided beverage was water, participants ate more raw vegetables.

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A GMO-Free Grocery List

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ccording to a recent article published in Green American magazine, 93 percent of Americans believe that genetically modified foods should be labeled. However, only USDA-certified organic products cannot intentionally contain genetically modified organisms (GMO), so identifying GMO foods and products in a typical U.S. grocery store is difficult. The following information can help. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that large percentages of the nation’s crops were genetically modified in 2011: 94 percent of conventional soy and soy products; 90 percent of cottonseed, a common ingredient in margarine, salad dressings and oils; and 88 percent of corn, contained in breakfast cereals, corn flour products such as chips and tortillas, high-fructose corn syrup, soups and condiments. More than 90 percent of the U.S. canola also is now genetically modified. The Independent, one of England’s leading newspapers, reported in 1999 that the artificial sweetener aspartame has been made with genetically modified bacteria since 1965. Aspartame, inconclusively linked with numerous health risks, is present in more than 6,000 products, including diet sodas. Two other ubiquitous artificial sweeteners, Nutrasweet and Equal, also contain aspartame. The USDA further lists 95 percent of the 2009 U.S. sugar beet crop, used to produce conventional sugar, as genetically modified. Non-GMO sweeteners include pure cane sugar and honey from organic farms.

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Keep Tabs on Radiation Exposure

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he cumulative exposure to ionizing radiation used in medical diagnostic tests from dental and chest X-rays, mammograms, heart health exams and other procedures adds up, often reaching or surpassing the recommended lifetime limit of 100 milliSieverts (mSv) set by the American College of Radiology, according to a recent Harvard Medical School advisory. Among the tests that emit ionizing radiation are computerized tomography (CT scans), cardiac catheterizations, coronary CT angiograms, cardiac calcium scoring and some types of stress tests. Heart tests that pose no radiation risk include electrocardiography (ECG), echocardiography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Dr. Warren Manning, chief of noninvasive cardiac imaging and testing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, and a Harvard Medical School professor, advises, “One or two CT scans over a lifetime is appropriate. But if you have a condition that requires repeated monitoring, a test that does not expose you to ionizing radiation may be preferred.” Many radiologists take precautions to minimize clients’ radiation exposure, such as performing cardiac CT scans with one-sixth the conventional radiation dose.

Government Steps In to Curb Green-washing

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Functional Training Protects Against Falls

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eniors who integrate strength and balance training into everyday activities experience nearly one-third fewer falls, according to a new study published online by BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal). A team of researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia, designed and tested the Lifestyle Integrated Functional Exercise program to reduce the risk of falls in people older than 70. For example, a prescribed activity for improving balance was to stand on one leg while working, and for strength training, squatting to close a drawer. The study found that the average rate of falls per year for those in the program was 1.66, compared with 2.28 in a control group.

Flame Retardant May Pose Health Risks

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besity, anxiety and developmental and reproductive problems have all been linked to small quantities of a flame retardant frequently used in furniture and baby products, according to a recent study at Duke University. Baby rats whose mothers ingested small amounts of the chemical Firemaster 550 gained more weight than those that weren’t exposed, and exposed female offspring displayed more anxiety, reached puberty earlier and exhibited abnormal reproductive cycles. Study co-author Heather Stapleton, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental chemistry at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, is a leading expert on flame retardants, particularly children’s exposure to the toxic chemicals they can release. She specifically notes that the new research assessed exposure to doses far lower than those of earlier studies. “This raises red flags about a widely used chemical we know little about,” advises Stapleton. “What we do know is that it’s common in house dust, and people, especially kids, are being exposed to it.” “Firemaster 550 was put on the market with almost no study,” says Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which funded the research. She says the findings strongly suggest the need for more studies.

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he U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued updated green marketing guidelines intended to stop advertisers from making deceptive or unqualified claims about products being environmentally beneficial or eco-friendly, called “greenwashing”. The FTC said that few products deliver the far-reaching environmental benefits that consumers associate with such claims, and they are nearly impossible to substantiate. The revision is the first since 1998, when phrases such as “carbon footprint” and “renewable energy” were relatively new. Using input from consumers and industry groups, new sections address the use of carbon offsets, “green” certifications and seals, and renewable energy and renewable materials claims. Marketers are warned not to make broad, unqualified assertions that their products are environmentally benign or eco-friendly. Arthur Weissman, president and CEO of Green Seal Inc., a nonprofit environmental certification organization based in Washington, D.C., says, “We hope that there will be enforcement to help rid the marketplace of the many less-thancredible seals and greenwashing that exist.” The new guidelines are not rules or regulations, but general principles that describe the types of environmental claims the FTC may find deceptive. They do not address use of the terms “sustainable,” “natural” and “organic”. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Be Supplement

SAVVY How to Choose Wisely for Optimal Health by James Occhiogrosso

According to the U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements, nearly half of us regularly use some kind of dietary supplement, including vitamins, minerals and botanical herbs.

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hile mainstream media have recently targeted supplements with alarming coverage about their value and safety, James J. Gormley, former editor of Better Nutrition and author of User’s Guide to Brain-Boosting Supplements, helps set the record straight. In an open letter on the Citizens for Health website, at Tinyurl.com/LetterRebuttal, he contends the worst part about misleading articles is that they can scare readers away from benefits that safe supplements might offer. He notes that although nothing in life is 100 percent risk-free, supplements are inherently benign, while pharmaceutical drugs frequently have unhealthy side effects. Controversy over supplements seems to arise primarily from misinformation. Following are some guidelines and resources to help ensure their wise use and maximum benefit.

chemicals that target one body system or organ, causing it to alter its function; they mask symptoms, but do not cure disease. On the other hand, the goal of vitamins, minerals and plant-derived supplements is to provide nutrients to help a troubled body system by supporting health and healing. Some confusion occurs because many pharmaceutical and supplement manufacturers take advantage of people’s desire for a one-bullet solution, which rarely exists in either source. Stephen Lawson, administrative officer of the Linus Pauling Institute, at Oregon State University, maintains that, “Lumping together items like vitamins, minerals and botanicals, each of which can have profoundly different physical profiles and effects on the body, is dangerous and misleading.”

Supplements Versus Pharmaceutical Drugs

Everyone can benefit from taking the right supplements to address specific health needs. Numerous studies attest that many diseases, especially in older adults, are caused by a deficiency of certain vitamins or minerals. For example, pernicious anemia, common in adults over the age of 60, is due to

Natural health practitioners report that their clients tend to mentally group pharmaceuticals and supplements together. However, pharmaceutical drugs are typically synthetic, single-action

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Who Needs Supplements?

a long-term deficiency of vitamin B12. The condition often proved fatal until researchers discovered that taking such supplements could effectively treat it. Another common nutritional deficiency disease among aging adults is osteoporosis, a loss of bone minerals that often leads to fractures. Its primary cause is chronic deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D levels. The latter is crucial for absorbing calcium—a primary mineral for building bone. According to the National Institutes of Health, older adults are likely to spend more time indoors, plus, even when they are exposed to the sun, their skin does not synthesize vitamin D as efficiently as when they were younger. Serious nutrient deficiencies rarely cause fatal outcomes, but deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals can deter organs from optimal functioning. General medical tests do not always show minor shortfalls, and practice shows that supplementing with the appropriate vitamin or mineral can often both eliminate symptoms and resolve an underlying problem.

Choosing Helpful Supplements Determining which supplements can best meet individual needs requires sound information. First, determine if a perceived condition could be caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency, and then identify the best dosage. It is also vital to know how a supplement might interact with any current medications. Most vitamin and mineral supplements are safe when used properly, but always consider asking an experienced professional for guidance; this is especially true for botanicals, because some manufacturers make unsupported claims based only on their own research. Generally, nonprofit organizations such as the Linus Pauling Institute (lpi.OregonState.edu) that do not sell supplement products, present unbiased information.

Final Word

Although conflicting informa-

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tion continues to circulate, abundant scientific evidence verifies that commonsense use of vitamin and mineral supplements is safe and usually helpful. The recommendation is to take enough, but not too much, of a deficiency-specific supplement, along with nutritious foods, in order to achieve a normal balance. A 2009 report by the U.S. National Poison Data System indicated that the number of serious adverse events that year from the use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbal supplements was extremely low, with no related U.S. deaths. Many natural healthcare experts, including naturopaths, nutritionists and dieticians, conclude that supplements are useful and in some cases, necessary, especially when treating a significant nutrient or hormonal deficiency. That said, it’s wise to consult a knowledgeable professional before buying the antioxidant du jour mentioned by a friend from the gym. James Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and master herbalist, specializes in salivary hormone testing and natural hormone balancing for men and women. Find helpful articles at HealthNaturallyToday.com. Connect at 239-498-1547 or DrJim@ HealthNaturallyToday.com.

Helpful Resources Alliance for Natural Health Tinyurl.com/HelpfulReading Dr. Andrew Weil DrWeil.com HerbReference.com Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center lpi.OregonState.edu/infocenter National Institutes of Health Tinyurl.com/NIH-Supplements NutrientReference.com SupplementReference.com

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IV Infusion Therapy with Vitamin C Vitamin C is remarkably free of any side effects. It is unquestionably the highest antioxidant nutrient available today. Vitamin C therapy has been able to contribute to the healing of many common diseases, including some deemed incurable: Hepatitis Cardiovascular Disease Chicken Pox Shingles / Herpes Infections Cancer Viral Pneumonia

AIDS Alcohol Intoxification Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Pesticides Radiation Venoms (snake bites) The use of properly dosed vitamin C within a comprehensive treatment protocol can also eliminate the need for many vaccinations and toxic prescription medicines. Vitamin C is the treatment of choice for many potentially fatal toxins and medical conditions that poison the body. High dose vitamin C infusion, when used as an adjunct therapy to proper diet, will aid the body in reducing and even reversing many diseases. Research shows that the astonishingly high levels achievable only by IVC not only help fight the risk of infection and the pain of metastases, they actually aid in the defeat of the cancer cells themselves, through a very elegant mechanism that does no harm to healthy cells. It’s a discovery that the medical world is only beginning to discover. Reference: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, & Toxins Curing The Incurable Thomas E. Levy MD,JD

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Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks Surprisingly Simple Changes for Feeling Good by Kathleen Barnes

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ll of us have heard the admonition: “Eat lots of veggies and exercise daily and you’ll live a long, healthy life.” There’s no question this advice is sound, but what about other healthy lifestyle adjustments we can make? Experts attest that making easy changes, such as going braless, walking barefoot, or using a plug-in model instead of a cordless phone, can all support wellness. Results range from stress relief to prevention of cancer, heart disease, and other ailments often associated with aging. “Making some of the simplest changes can have far-reaching positive effects on your health,” contends Frank King, a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, president of King Bio Natural Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina, and author of The Healing Revolution. “When we consider the huge negative effects shadowing the field of prescription drugs, it is just good sense to try things foundational to our health that are natural, inexpensive, effective and free of problematic side effects.”

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Muscle Testing

“The human body is an excellent lie detector. It is the world’s most sophisticated laboratory, with more wisdom than all medical professionals put together,” says King. His favorite technique is to tap into the body’s vast wisdom using applied kinesiology, or muscle testing. “The principle is simple. When you are telling a truth or when something is good for the body, whether you are conscious of it or not, your body loosens up. When you are telling a lie or the body is rejecting something, your body tightens.” Many holistic practitioners use applied kinesiology as a diagnostic tool. An easy way to use muscle testing at home is to bend forward, fingers stretching toward the toes. Set a baseline truth by saying out loud, “My name is _______,” and notice the length of the stretch. Then utter an untruth, like calling yourself by a different name. Most people will find their range of motion is noticeably limited in the event of an untruth or something else that is not helpful. A practical solution: Apply this

technique in making any choice related to personal health.

Control Electronic Pollution

Turn away from using cordless phones and turn off the Wi-Fi. Keep cell phones out of pockets and purses. Move the TV out of the bedroom. These devices emit enormous amounts of radiation, disturbing our sleep patterns, thickening our blood and causing inflammation and a number of associated diseases, according to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist and co-author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. Recent findings of Sinatra’s research team at the University of California-Irvine, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, confirm that physical contact with the Earth naturally thins blood. “Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events,” the researchers concluded. A recent study of animals by the Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory at Zhejiang University School of Medicine-Hangzhou, in China, shows that exposure to radio and electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) like those found in cell phones can alter some genes. An Indian study by the Bioelectromagnetic Laboratory at Jawaharlal Nehru University-New Delhi suggests that EMF exposure increases the production of free radicals in animal brains, which can lead to inflammation, cancer, heart disease and other serious diseases. Swiss research published in the journal Somnologie by University of Bern scientists shows a clear connection between radio frequencies (RF) and sleep disturbances. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits a possible link between extensive cell phone use and exposure to RF waves and brain cancer. Sinatra calls Wi-Fi signals “the new coronary risk factor” and warns, “Be aware that if you are on a computer at home on Wi-Fi, that is toxic to you.” A practical solution: Use an ethernet cable to connect computers rather than wireless; switch to an

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old-fashioned plug-in phone with a handset attached; and stay three feet away from cell phones—never wear them. Sinatra says his research shows that men who put a cell phone in a pocket experience a reduction in testosterone within four hours.

Change Footwear

In addition to unplugging from potentially harmful devices, Sinatra recommends plugging into Earth’s healing energies. “Our ancestors walked barefoot and slept on the ground. They were connected to Earth’s electrical energies that kept them balanced and healthy,” explains the co-author of Earthing. New research from the University of California-Irvine published in the Journal of Environment and Public Health explains how modern lifestyles tend to separate us from the healing electrical energies of the Earth. Because we rarely walk barefoot or sleep on the ground, and most people wear rubbersoled shoes that break the currents, few are benefitting from this wealth of easily accessed healing energies that benefit the heart, brain, muscles and nervous and immune systems. “Practically no one has the slightest notion of an electrical or energetic connection between his or her body and the Earth,” explains Sinatra. “The ground provides a subtle electric signal that governs the intricate mechanisms that help maintain health and make our bodies work, just like plugging a light into a power socket.” Taken together, the research points to many health benefits gained by staying connected with our home planet, which Sinatra reports in Earthing, including reduced inflammation, relief from chronic pain muscle tension and headaches, lower blood pressure and tempered hormonal swings. As a practical solution, Sinatra prescribes taking a little “vitamin G” (for grounding) every day: Walk barefoot as much as possible. Sit www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com

Ditch Antiperspirant Along with the Bra

Simple Stress Relief Resets Brain Function

Most commercial antiperspirant deodorants contain aluminum compounds, which have estrogenlike properties. Because estrogen imbalances can promote the growth of breast cancer tissue, aluminum may have the same effect when absorbed through the skin.

Using the index fingers, find two small knobs, usually about an inch above the midpoint of the eyebrows, known as the neurovascular reflex points. Rest fingers very lightly on these points until a pulse is felt. It may take several minutes. Be patient. Mentally review a current stressor using all the senses; see, feel, smell, hear and taste it.

Source: National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health or lie on the ground with as much skin as possible in contact with living things such as grass, trees, pine needles or earth. During the winter, touch grounded electrical outlets or metal plumbing pipes. Also, wear comfortable, leather-soled shoes without socks indoors and out, because leather is an excellent conductor of Earth’s energies.

Ditch the Bra

“Breast cancer is caused by bras,” medical anthropologist Sydney Ross Singer states unequivocally. He is coauthor of Dressed to Kill, with Soma Grismaijer, and director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, in Pahoa, Hawaii. “Bras are designed to change the shape of a woman’s breasts to a culturally approved image,” remarks Singer. “But bras also create a pressure band between the breast and the lymph nodes, causing inflammation and swelling, and causing lymph to back up, restricting the body’s natural detoxification system.” “Cancer-causing toxins are delivered to the breast tissue by the bloodstream and are kept there by the bra,” he explains, likening the toxins to bullets. “The bra holds them in place, pointed directly at the breasts.” Singer’s research, conducted in the 1990s, showed that women who wore bras 24/7 had a breast cancer risk 125 times that of women who never wore bras. Yet Singer’s findings have been

Source: Dr. Frank King, president, King Bio Natural Medicine, Asheville, NC largely dismissed by the medical community, and bra manufacturers still offer few wire-free styles. A Harvard School of Public Health study, published in the European Journal of Cancer Care in 1991, also discovered that bra-free women had a lower rate of breast cancer. Because the results were not central to the focus of the university’s research at the time, there’s been no follow-up. A practical solution: Wear a bra as little as possible. If it is sometimes necessary, wear one without wires, and engage in regular breast massage. This can be enjoyable and is an ideal partner activity.

Hum Often

Another Singer assertion is that simply humming “mmmmmmmmm” a couple of minutes a day can stimulate the thyroid and increase the production of thyroid hormones of those with an underactive thyroid. The butterflyshaped gland wraps around the larynx, or voice box, which Singer contends is part of nature’s elegant design, meant to be stimulated by sound. The Cleveland Clinic reports that 10 percent of the U.S. population age 65 and over suffers from hypothyroidism, with the rate in the general population between 1 and 2 percent. The condition is a special problem for women encountering perimenopause or menopause, when hormone levels can fluctuate wildly.

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“The medical community has considered the effect of the thyroid on the voice but not the vibratory effect of vocalization on thyroid function,” says Singer. “It stands to reason that humming, singing or quietly talking is preferred to the overstimulation of shouting or yelling.”

Adopt a Pet

“Animals are among our best teachers,” says Dr. Carol Roberts, the author of Good Medicine: A Return to Common Sense, who teaches holistic care at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine. “Animal companions give us so much more than they ask for and live in a state of unconditional, open-hearted love.” Roberts notes numerous studies that show the simple presence of a loving animal can lower our blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A CDC heart study, for example, showed subjects that had owned a cat at any time were 40 percent less likely to die

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of a heart attack. Japanese researchers from Azabu University, in Kanagawa-ken, found that pet owners experienced a spike in oxytocin—a neurotransmitter that helps us cope with stress—by simply meeting their pet’s gaze for a moment. While people widely recognize that walking the dog is great exercise, other loving interactions with our pets support happiness and health, as well.

Exercise Artistic Skills

Giving oneself artistic license is also healthy, advises Roberts. “Just bring a little beauty into your life, whether it’s choosing which clothing and accessories to wear, arranging a vase of table flowers or dancing to favorite music. Just do something creative every day.” Energy therapists maintain that exposure to creative activities improves circulation to the brain and

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thyroid; on a psychological level, it also works to improve self-confidence and self-expression. A recent study at the University of Colorado published in the journal Palliative & Supportive Care confirmed that individual art therapy is useful in supporting cancer patients during chemotherapy. Fifty-one of the 54 participants said it helped them to relax, talk about their situation or explore and express emotions to their benefit. Roberts adds, “It’s even better if you join a group engaged in a creative activity. I think people in general do better when we come together to create something beautiful.” These experts’ prescriptions for such simple lifestyle changes have shown how commonsense adjustments in everyday living can have profound, health-altering results, with only good after-effects. Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. Among her many books is The Super Simple HCG Diet (Square One). Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

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Shift for an Amazing New Year by Nuris Lemire, MS, OTR/L, NC

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013 can be a brand new year, with incredible possibilities and opportunities, or it can be a time for atoning for the “sins and weaknesses” of the year before and the holiday season. Which is it for you? Are you joining the masses of people making New Year’s Resolutions? “I will exercise every day,” “I will never eat that bread and butter [or the bowl of ice cream at night,” “I will stay away from sugar,” etc., etc. Or are you among those who are looking at the New Year as an amazing time to be alive, welcoming the many ways to thrive and blossom, and learning about the magic of becoming the best that you can be? Begin by giving up the selfdefeating self-talk. Many people hurt themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset. Stop believing everything your mind is telling you—especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. “The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” —Eckhart Tolle Next look at giving up the need to always be right. Many people can’t stand the idea of being wrong, even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for themselves and for others. This is usually driven by the EGO (Edging God Out). It just isn’t worth it. Follow by giving up the need for

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control. Be willing to give up the need to always control everything that happens to you and around you—situations, events, people. When it comes to people, whether they are loved ones, co-workers, or just strangers you meet on the street, just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be, just as they are, and experience how much better that feels. This is referred to as “The Law of Allowing” which is followed by great opportunities for growth. “Do nothing and leave nothing undone.” —Lao Tzu Open up to change. Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change— don’t resist it. In fact, make the effort to create new experiences. Through change and new experiences, you harness the power within, stop giving your powers away, and start taking responsibility for your life. Nobody can make you unhappy; no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It isn’t the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thought. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly, and you can live in authenticity. Too many people are living their lives according to what others think is best for them—their parents, their lovers, their friends, their enemies, their

teachers, their government, and their media. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. What makes you feel alive? What is that unreasonable thing you’ve been afraid to do that would bring you great fulfillment? Most people are so busy with pleasing everybody else, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need … and eventually they forget about themselves and who they truly are. You have one life: this one, right now. You must live it, own it, create it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all, life is a journey, not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now. Now is all there is. This clarity of vision and life purpose is followed by detachment from all things. That doesn’t mean you give up your love for them—however, love and attachment have nothing to do with each another. Attachment comes from a place of fear, while love—well, real love is pure, kind, and selfless. Where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist. You become peaceful, tolerant, kind, and serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all without even trying. Give up your limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. Regardless of your age or present state, from now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly! BE FREE. It is more important to be healthy for the long run with a foundation built on solid lifestyle changes. Make it a part of your New Year at Lemire Clinic for group or individual life coaching sessions. Call 352-291-9459 or visit www. lemireclinic.com. References: Tao de Ching, Dana Saviuc, www.dailygood. org.

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SUSTAINABLE WEIGHT LOSS Five Secrets for Feeling Like Yourself Again by Judith Fertig

Health experts agree that many foods can play multiple roles in weight loss.

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tarting in the 1970s, natural foods advocate and journalist Kathleen Barnes, of Brevard, North Carolina, avidly practiced vegetarianism, yet through the years she still gained weight. Searching for answers, she shared her findings in an array of books that include 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women (co-authored with Dr. Hyla Cass) and Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. “When I at last learned which key foods to add to my diet, I lost 100 pounds—and kept them off,” says Barnes. Burn fat. Foods with thermogenic properties help heat up the body and may help burn fat. “You feel a flush when you eat or drink them,” Barnes notes. Chili peppers, curry powder, horseradish, mustard, garlic, onion, wasabi, ginger, black pepper and radishes are especially good choices in cold weather, when we want to feel warm anyway. The intense flavors delivered by such foods help us to practice the principle of portion control. Chester Ku-Lea, a health and nutrition consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia, says, “Adding these foods to dishes generates a higher rate of caloric burn, and their powerful flavors prompt people to eat far less than they nor-

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mally would. Plus, red, cayenne and jalapeño peppers, hot sauces and any other spicy foods are all very low in calories.” Enhance mood. We don’t want to feel hungry or deprived when trying to lose weight. The protein in turkey, chicken, and cold-water fish like salmon and mackerel helps us feel more satisfied and on top of things. Barnes also suggests eating low-fat cottage cheese, avocado, wheat germ, whole-grain crackers and bananas to help increase serotonin levels and feelings of wellbeing. “When you crave something sweet or feel like you’re crashing mid-afternoon, that’s the time to eat a small amount of these foods to get you back on track,” she advises. Julia Ross, author of The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure, agrees. This Mill Valley, California, nutritional psychotherapist recommends complex carbohydrates such as whole grains to keep us on an even keel during weight loss. “This means pushing away the leftover cake and eating sensible carbs to stimulate serotonin,” she says.

Promote digestion. The fiber in fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains helps move things along in the digestive system, making our bodies work more efficiently. Barnes favors drinking peppermint and other herbal teas and incorporating sage, dill, oregano and other herbs in savory dishes to aid digestion. According to a recent University of Illinois study, soluble fiber found in oat bran, fruits, vegetables and nuts not only facilitates digestion, but also supports the immune system. Professor Gregory Freund, who teaches at the university’s medical school in Champaign, explains, “Soluble fiber changes the personality of immune cells—they go from being pro-inflammatory, angry cells to antiinflammatory, healing cells that help us recover faster from infection.” Feel full. Hunger pangs can derail anyone’s best efforts to eat better. Barnes learned that liquids, including up to two quarts of water a day, help retain a satisfied feeling. In cooler months, she makes soups that incorporate leafy green vegetables, onion, garlic, chili peppers and herbs. An apple a day might keep the doctor away—and help in other ways, as well. “Apples have a high water content and are packed with fiber, two factors that leave you satiated,” says Keren Gilbert, a registered dietitian and founder of Decision Nutrition, in Great Neck, New York. “For a tasty proteinpacked snack, top apple slices with natural almond butter.”

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Accept treats. Leaving room for a treat, like a piece of fine chocolate, can leave us feeling satisfied rather than stuffed, says Katherine Harvey, a registered dietitian in Kansas City, Missouri. Indulging in a little sweet treat from time to time reinforces the perception that eating right can be simple and pleasurable, says Barnes. In cold months, she likes to bake apples sweetened with Stevia and cinnamon, or poach pears in fruit juice and spices. She might break open a pomegranate and slowly munch each ruby-colored seed, or stop at a coffee shop to sip a latte made with low-fat milk. Barnes’ evolved natural foods strategy has helped her maintain a desirable weight for many years now. “Sustainable weight loss involves sustainable eating,” she says, “finding healthy foods that we can enjoy for the rest of our lives.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com.

Bonus Diet Tips Be mindful. Hunger may be more mental or emotional, rather than physical, says nutritionist Katherine Harvey. “Becoming more aware of where in our bodies we’re feeling hungry—our heads, chests or stomachs—can help us discern if we’re eating out of boredom, emotional distress or true physical need.” Celebrate each meal. If we can focus on each bite and do nothing else—no reading, watching TV or working at our desk—we’ll eat less, says health writer Kathleen Barnes. “It helps our focus to bless our food, the people who grew it, where it came from and the good work it is doing in our bodies.” Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is important. To keep track of her allotted two quarts of water a day, Barnes drinks it from a twoquart canning jar.

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GMO Truths and Consequences Health and Safety are Question Marks by Melinda Hemmelgarn

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he food industry tells consumers that genetically engineered foods are safe. On university campuses, agriculture students are told that such genetically modified organisms (GMO) are both safe and necessary to feed the world. The Council for Biotechnology Information, a biotech industry-supported nonprofit, even created a coloring book to teach children about the many benefits of GMO crops, including improved nutrition. Most GMO crops have been genetically engineered to withstand spraying with herbicides, such as Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready soybeans, or to produce their own pesticides, such as “Bt” corn and cotton. Bill Freese, a science policy analyst at the nonprofit Center for Food Safety, warns us to be leery of simplistic claims that don’t take into account unintended consequences. Freese points out, for example, “GMO crops have nothing to do with feeding the world, because almost all genetically engineered crops are corn and soybeans ... used to feed livestock in rich countries, or to feed automobiles.” Approximately 40 percent of corn currently is used to make ethanol. Freese adds, “They don’t increase yields and they don’t increase nutrition.” But GMO crops have led to a staggering increase in herbicide

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use, putting both farmers and consumers at greater risk for exposure to these toxins and related diseases, according to the Center for Food Safety. So the question is: Are GMOs the panacea industry wants us to believe, or are they contributing to chronic disease? Here are three claims commonly heard about GMOs, generally made by the biotechnology industry and their funded researchers.

Claim: GMOs are safe. Fact Check: Little research exists

on the long-term effects of consuming GMO foods. According to Douglas Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, safety assessments have left us with significant uncertainties about whether GMO food is safe or not. However, concerns voiced by the Center for Food Safety revolve around potential allergens and toxins from both herbicide and pesticide residues, and new genetic material. New research from the European Union published in Food and Chemical Toxicology adds to growing concerns about the risks. Researchers discovered that rats fed GMO corn and drinking water containing Roundup herbicide experienced negative health effects

during their two-year lifespan, including mammary tumors and disabled pituitary function in females, and liver and kidney damage in males. These outcomes were attributed to the endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup, as well as the genetic makeup of the engineered corn. What makes this study unique and troubling is that it’s the longest such study period to date. Most studies funded and conducted by industry last just 90 days—not long enough to fully document potential harm. Michael Hansen, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Consumer Reports, states in a memo to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health, “Unlike all other developed countries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require safety testing for GE [genetically engineered] plants.” Hansen explains, “In addition to the FDA not requiring any pre-market safety testing, there is virtually no independent safety testing of these crops in the United States, due to intellectual property rights. When farmers buy GE seed in the U.S., they invariably must sign a product stewardship agreement that forbids them from giving such seeds to researchers.” Plus, “Researchers must get permission from the biotech companies before they can do research, which means there is a paucity of independent research.” The good news is that last June, the AMA recommended mandatory pre-market safety testing to better characterize the potential harms of bioengineered foods. However, the recommendation has not yet translated into action.

Claim: GMO crops use fewer pes-

ticides, and those used are safer than most others and break down quickly.

Fact Check: Roundup herbicide is increasingly sprayed on a growing number of herbicide-resistant GMO crops, including corn, soy, canola, sugar beets and most recently, alfalfa. By tracking the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s pesticide use data, Charles Benbrook, research professor at the

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Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, at Washington State University, discovered that herbicide-resistant crop technology led to a 527-million-pound increase in herbicide use in the United States between 1996 and 2011. With the growing presence of herbicide-resistant weeds, new GE forms of corn and soybeans have been developed to resist stronger and more dangerous herbicides, such as 2,4-D, one of the two ingredients in Agent Orange, a defoliant used in the Vietnam War. Benbrook projects that these new GMO crops could drive herbicide usage up by about another 50 percent. While this means more money for the herbicide companies, it is bad news for our bodies as well as the environment. According to Warren Porter, Ph.D., a biologist and environmental toxicology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Theo Colborn, Ph.D., president of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, glyphosate, the active chemical ingredient in Roundup, is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it interferes with hormone systems. Porter says we can expect higher levels of herbicide residues in GMO food crops. A report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that glyphosate is now commonly found in rain, streams and air during the growing season. “Though glyphosate is the most widely used herbi-

cide in the world, we know very little about its long-term effects to the environment,” cautions Paul Capel, a USGS chemist. A Canadian study showing that the Bt toxins from GMO corn are showing up in umbilical cord blood and the blood of pregnant women is another concern. Monsanto claims Bt is harmless and will break down in our digestive tracts. But we have no way of knowing the effect of these toxins on developing fetuses, says Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Ph.D., a senior scientist with the Pesticide Action Network.

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arents of autistic children are encouraged when they witness improvements after eliminating gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) from their kids’ diets. Now a parental study supports the correlation: for some kids on the autism spectrum, the glutenand casein-free (GFCF) diet appears to be connected with remarkable changes. Laura Cousino Klein, associate professor of biobehavioral health and human development at the Penn State College of Medicine, helped lead research that surveyed 387 parents or caregivers of affected children. For those diagnosed with combinations of autism and gastrointestinal issues or food sensitivities, the GFCF diet brought marked improvements in their autism spectrum disorder (ASD) behaviors—reducing hyperactivity and tantrums; minimizing constipation and seizures; and improving social behaviors. Klein says scientists are still working to understand the interaction between the brain, gut and behaviors, but recent findings suggest that significant links exist. “One hypothesis is that by eliminating dietary triggers in the presence of food allergies or gastrointestinal distress, you’re reducing inflammation or irritability of the

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immune system, and that’s affecting the way the brain is functioning,” she says.

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One Racine, Wisconsin, mom, Cindy Schultz, a tireless advocate for her autistic son, says, “As an infant, he either had constipation or diarrhea. There was never a happy medium.” The GFCF diet has improved his health and his ability to communicate. Shauna Layton, in Clinton, Indiana, says her son experienced similar bowel problems and she also saw a remarkable turnaround in his language abilities and social interactions as they adhered to a GFCF diet and eliminated sugar and yeast. Other parents from her online support group, Together in Autism, report similar success. “Some children have never talked, and now they are saying ‘Mom,’ ‘Dad,’ or ‘I love you,’ for the first time,” Layton says. A definitive gut-brain link with autism has yet to be identified. Some scientists suggest that kids with autism are more likely to have leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability), which allows peptides from gluten and casein to escape from the digestive tract, cross the intestinal membranes, enter the bloodstream and

go to the brain, causing the neurobehavioral symptoms known as ASDs, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. While the AAP knows of no scientific proof that a GFCF diet will bring benefits, they note that it’s possible, especially in people suffering from celiac disease. Parents have also observed that food dyes can exacerbate hyperactivity in children, a connection unconfirmed by the federal government. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Advisory Committee suggested further testing, while voting against additional food labeling requirements for potentially problematic dyes. Meanwhile, some parents affirm that eliminating such dyes has helped them better manage their children’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A 2011 study taking into account 35 years of research found that many ADHD children showed significant improvement after eliminating dyes from their diets; it also registered that greater than 70 percent were positively influenced by various dietary changes. The results were promising enough for researchers to conclude, “A trial elimination diet is appropriate for children who have not responded satisfactorily to conventional treatment.”

The Role of Vitamin D

A 2012 study in the Journal of Neuroinflammation found that autistic children had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than control subjects. Vitamin D, the study notes, regulates immune function and thus autoimmunity; when the immune system is disrupted and the body attacks itself, it may play a role in the development of autism. Dr. John Cannell, founder of the nonprofit Vitamin D Council, remarks that fear of sun overexposure has led to the deficiencies. “Vitamin D is not a vitamin,” Cannell clarifies. “It’s a steroid hormone system that begins in the skin. If children aren’t getting any photons of UVB light, they’re not making any vitamin D.” He notes that the rise in autism

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rates during the last 25 years tracks with increases in 50-plus SPF sunscreen use, more time spent indoors, and a rise in breastfeeding. Because breast milk contains low amounts of vitamin D, since 2003 the AAP has emphasized the importance of parents giving vitamin D supplement drops to breastfed infants. The same vitamin D study showed that the severity of autism

correlated strongly with deficiencies of this vitamin and that the higher the level, the less severe the symptoms. Cannell has witnessed this phenomenon via a clinic hosted by the Vitamin D Council, recommending increases in vitamin D levels for autistic children to “high normal levels” and reducing vitamin A, which blocks the action of vitamin D. “We have children on 5,000 to

10,000 units of vitamin D a day,” Cannell reports. “We see improvements in terms of sleep, meltdowns, eye contact, cognitive capacity, fine motor skills, language and reading— across the spectrum.” Brita Belli is the author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates.

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uring Thanksgiving weekend, I started hearing scratching, scuttling, thumping sounds inside a wall and in my attic. Loud sounds. Primarily at night. Longest hundred hours of my life. First thing Monday morning, I called an exterminator, henceforth to be known as The Rodentslayer, or He Who Does God’s Work. As it turned out, my house had rats. Apparently this is a common problem in the historic district, especially in the winter. These old houses are built up off the ground, the old wood is easy to gnaw through, and it had turned chilly just before Thanksgiving. It is the M.O. of the rat to seek warmth, and seek they did. What they found was annihilation. The Rodentslayer set many a trap outside and inside the house, having discovered the locations of their ingress and egress. In due course of time, they succumbed to the lure of peanut butter, and perished thusly.

I was not there to bear witness. As soon as I heard the phrase, “You’ve got rats,” I packed and departed. And stayed gone for two weeks. I returned daily to do rat recon and report my findings to The Rodentslayer, part of whose service included disposing of all kills. This was excellent by me, as I had no wish to see or touch rat carcasses. That’s too mild a way to phrase it; not for any amount of love nor money would I have done so, and I would have serenely paid him any sum to handle this task for me. I am oldfashioned. I believe the man is supposed to kill the rats. And dispose of them. I did not know I was this squeamish. I did not know I had a fear of rats bordering on the phobic. How would I know? I’d never encountered them before. As it turns out, I cannot abide them. They skeeve me out in a very deep place in my soul, and the very idea of continuing to share space with them was so horrifying that I fled. It was one thing when I knew something was running rampant inside my walls. It was quite another when I knew it was rats. That was my limit. I had not slept well for five nights—one night, they were so loud, they woke me up at three o’clock in the morning— and the chances were not good of my

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sleep quality improving with known rats doing the rumba in my attic. My nerves were shot as well. I was living in a constant state of vigilance, on high alert, every muscle tensed, ears straining for the tiniest sound. I jumped at every noise. Once I heard something very close by, and flinched. Heart pounding, I listened: What was that??? It was my own stomach growling. That’s when I knew it was time to vacate the premises. It has always been my habit to decline most offers of assistance. I am stubborn, proud, and independent to a fault. “I can do it myself” has been a crossly uttered phrase since childhood. Even if I nearly die trying, I generally will attempt to struggle through a thing my own self. It’s satisfying to achieve something on my own. I also don’t like to burden anyone, I do not like to be seen as helpless or needy, and I do not like asking for help. I have always been this way. Rats will take that right out of you. I am exceedingly fortunate to have a lot of really wonderful friends. When I announced that I had rats and was departing my home until the extermination was complete, I lost track of how many people immediately offered their guest rooms, many for however long it took the prophecy of doom to be fulfilled. And I decided, instead of encamping myself upon my mother’s couch for the duration, I would indeed take up these kind friends on their offers, and would go a-visiting around town until the end was nigh unto the rats. I decided I would spend no more than two nights at each proffered location, as to not wear out my welcome, and I would say yes to just about everyone who asked me. And I would do this until The Rodentslayer assured me, and I felt assured in my own heart, that the rats were dead and gone, and I could return to my home without fear of vermin. And thus did I sally forth upon the land as a gypsy, and began the fortnight of my wanderings. And you have to wait for February to hear the rest of it, as I will tell the tale of the kindness of the Seven Innkeepers of Eastern Ocala in honor of Valentine’s Day. Happy New Year!

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s millions of Americans ponder quitting newly launched fitness resolutions after finding it tough to squeeze in toning workouts or sweat off a few extra pounds, researchers implore: Don’t give up. Just pump out 20 minutes a day of any kind of exercise—take a brisk walk, jog, lift weights—and stop sitting so much. Results can bring a healthier, more youthful feeling of well-being, akin to what explorer Juan Ponce de León sought in the Americas long ago. In a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers followed up with more than 18,000 middle-aged men and women who had been tested an average of 26 years earlier for cardiorespiratory fitness via a treadmill test. They compared those results with the individuals’ current Medicare data at the Cooper Institute Clinic, in Dallas, Texas “We found those who were fitter had a much lower rate of heart failure, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, certain kinds of colon cancer and coronary artery disease,” says coauthor Dr. Benjamin Willis. “Fit people who did become ill did so at a much later age than their non-fit counterparts.

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They were able to enjoy a healthier life longer.” Researchers found that for every higher MET fitness level (standard metabolic equivalent, a unit for measuring fitness related to the amount of oxygen used by the body during physical activity), the risk of chronic disease decreased by about 6 percent. “So those who can raise their fitness levels by three METs have an estimated 18 to 20 percent reduced risk of developing a chronic disease,” Willis explains. The take-away message is, “Just move,” says study co-author Dr. Laura DeFina. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends investing in a weekly total of 150 to 300 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous exercise, either of which can be broken down into two or three 10-minute increments a day, DeFina confirms. As simple as it sounds, few people are doing it, something New York Times fitness columnist Gretchen Reynolds underscores in her recent book, The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer. “Most of us sit an average of eight

hours a day, whether it’s at a desk or in front of a television,” Reynolds says. “The human body was not meant to be sedentary.” More than three-quarters of Americans are not meeting exercise recommendations, with one-quarter remaining completely sedentary, the CDC reports. Breaking this cycle does not need to be difficult, Reynolds notes. “You get the benefits from just moving. Start by standing up more and moving around in your office.” Reynolds, who hops on one foot while brushing her teeth and reads standing up using a music stand, says studies have shown that bad things happen to bodies that sit for long stints, even those that start each day with an hour of exercise, and good things happen to bodies that stand often, even if it’s just for two minutes every half-hour. “For instance, when you stand, the big muscles in your legs and back contract, releasing enzymes that stabilize blood sugar,” Reynolds says, echoing findings of a study of more than 120,000 men and women published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The researchers found that the combination of both sitting more and being less physically active was associated with a significant increase in accelerated death rate, particularly in women, at 94 percent, as well as men, at 48 percent. As Reynolds’ book title suggests, the majority of health benefits are derived from the first 20 minutes of exercise and begin to flatten out after 30 minutes or so. Dr. Carl Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at the Ochsner Medical Center, in New Orleans, points out that this timeframe supports general health. He and Reynolds agree that to reach specific goals, such as increased running speed or dramatic weight loss, moderate levels won’t do the trick, so do more, if possible. The most vital message, experts agree, is to do something every day, consistently. Willis observes that, “The effects can quickly reverse if you stop.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra Melani.com or DMelani@msn.com.

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Don’t Toss That!

The Easy Art of Composting by David Y. Goodman, UF/IFAS Marion County Master Gardener

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ost of us have read articles on “how to compost.” Some of us (like me, your friendly neighborhood mad scientist) have read literally thousands of pages on the subject. If you listen to the experts, the process sounds like a pain in the neck. No meat! No bread! No oils! No paper! Make a nice set of boxes! Put hardware cloth and motion detectors in to control rats! Get the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio right! Ensure a thermophilic reaction! Ask your neighbors first! Keep it moist, but not wet! Check with local authorities! Turn it monthly … weekly … daily … hourly! YIKES! No wonder we keep throwing banana peels in the trash! It’s time to take a deep breath and re-think composting. At a basic level, composting is simply a process of decomposing you can harness to feed your plants. To get started right now, you don’t need bins or a mix of “browns and greens.” Compost is like magic—you take “waste” and make it into a resource. Every bit of organic material that passes through your household can be returned to the soil. All you need is a shovel. Got a garden bed? Dig a trench and dump in food scraps, egg shells, bones, leftovers, even junk mail (just not the glossy stuff or the plastic windows in envelopes) and then bury it. Congratulations—you’ve just added nutrients back to the soil and there’s no smell, no infrastructure, and little trouble. If you’ve buried it deep enough, the critters aren’t a problem, and as long as you aren’t burying piles of sawdust or tons of paper, “nitrogen

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robbing” won’t be a big deal. You’ve probably heard how the Indians taught the Pilgrims to bury fish carcasses beneath corn plants. That’s composting! This may sound nutty, but I’ve followed their lead and buried organ meat, manure, and rotten leftovers in two-foot-deep holes and then covered them with a mound of dirt. A month or two later, I planted squash and sunflower seeds on the hills. I’ll tell you what, the plants didn’t need any additional fertilizing! Plus, those areas will remain fertile for years. Of course, if you want compost for your garden, you do need to follow a few more rules, but they aren’t difficult. The reason we Master Gardeners don’t recommend adding certain ingredients to your pile is because they can attract vermin, create odors, or fail to break down quickly or safely in a typical backyard pile. It isn’t because they’re useless as soil amendments. I confess: I’m neurotic about composting anything and everything

… but I’m not neurotic about creating “perfect” compost. I create a few large piles each year to feed my wife’s raised beds and my collection of fruit trees. I just mix a collection of green and brown things together and let nature take its course. If you have some coffee grounds (some coffee shops give them away for free!), grass clippings, garden debris, kitchen scraps, and that sort of thing, mix them together in a pile and wet it as you go. It will rot, even if it isn’t as fast as you’d like. Turn it when you remember and it will break down faster. Get the mix of carbon and nitrogen correct and it will convert much faster—but even if you’re totally lazy and don’t do any of that, it will eventually become beautiful compost. Every time I drive through town, I see piles of palm fronds, leaves, branches, grass clippings, tree trunks, pine needles, and other rich organic matter lying by the road, waiting to be picked up by waste management. Why? Because people don’t realize what they’re doing! By sending all that organic material off their property, they’re exporting their soil’s fertility, only to later purchase some back in plastic bags marked with numbers like “10-10-10.” Think about it: a plant or a tree pulls up nutrients from deep in the soil and uses them, along with solar energy and water, to grow. All parts of that plant are useful! Don’t chuck it by the side of the road! You’re leaving your piece of Florida less fertile than it was before. Leaves and grass clippings can be

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Lead an Awe-Inspired Life Matthew Fox Shares Insights on Creativity and The Divine by Randall B. Robertson, Founder of GladdeningLight

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atthew Fox is a spiritual master, prolific author, teacher, iconoclast, mystic, and founder of the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality. In Orlando’s third annual Gladdening Light Symposium of the Spiritual Arts, he will speak February 1-3, 2013 using his bestselling book, Creativity, as a thematic springboard. Your talk on Friday night, February 1, is entitled “The Advent of Creativity.” What does advent mean in this context? The great Otto Rank, the father of humanistic psychology, defined the artist as “one who wants to leave behind a gift.” So, I think there is a profound desire for the artist in all of us to give birth to something substantive, beautiful, truthful that awakens people—all qualities that constitute the sacred nature of creativity. Now, I see a great advent of creativity because we are in such a dark place these days. All around us, we see that education, politics and media are failing. Clearly, we have to reinvent things. The darkness means we are on the cusp of a great creative moment. Our species can only survive if we can commit to recreating the way we live on this earth. The way we’re living now is not sustainable. We are destroying habitats, climates, ocean creatures, birds and all the rest. We have to start over. Your second talk, “The Sacred Vocation of the Artist,” is scheduled for Saturday morning. Talk to us about the four Vias or paths and how they correspond to the rhythm of creativity. How might these interrelate with the artist’s path?

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These four paths in the creative tradition are archetypal of everything that’s going on. They begin with the experience of the Via Positiva— the experience of awe, wonder and delight. The experience of divinity is light. Awe is what triggers our intuition and wakes us up; it ignites and surprises us—like falling in love with another person or with music, science, flowers, poetry and the earth. So many vocations begin with the act of falling in love when we’re young. The second path is the Via Negativa, the path of darkness, emptiness, silence, meditation and suffering. Grief is also a trigger for awakening our creativity and our powers. We learn in grief how truly deep we are and how connected we are to the universe. So, it too is an opening and a deepening, and again artists go through this on a regular basis—first as human beings and also in terms of their work. There are highs and there are deep lows. The mystics in all of us learn how to navigate both of these. There is a darkness when wrestling with our truths. Silence and solitude matter as well. The third is the Via Creativa itself. The Via Positiva and the Via Negativa together give birth to the Via Creativa. Falling in love, letting go, experiencing emptiness and darkness is paramount to entering creativity—it gives us depth in art. It is not just our experience, but universal experiences of falling in love and of grief lie within all art. Creativity is as much a path to the divine as the other two paths. The fourth path is where we take our creativity, love and grief. The Via Transformativa provides contours for our creativity, and those contours are compassion

and justice. That’s what we’re supposed to do with our creativity. Obviously, we humans can take our creativity to negative places. We can create bombs, gas ovens—all these things we’ve been known to do. Misusing our creativity is the basis of injustice and of neurosis. According to Rank, we use our imaginations to abuse ourselves. We can use it to make people obese with dangerous food that is addictive and bad for our bodies. Creativity needs direction. That’s what the great spiritual teachings of the world teach us: that creativity’s purpose is to create justice, compassion, celebration and healing. That’s what the artists’ gifts are for. Your third talk on “The Prophetic Role of the Artist” is set for Saturday night. Describe how the artist might speak to our despair in the brokenness of the human condition. Well, Rabbi Heschel says the role of the prophet is to interfere, so there is that dimension of interference to the injustices of our world. Or, to put it differently, every prophet was an artist— Isaiah, Josiah, Jesus. It is about blowing the whistle on injustice and about how Jesus put it in Isaiah’s teaching on compassion in Matthew 25: “Just as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.” That’s a profound teaching. Truly, Jesus himself was an artist. He chose the method of creating stories and parables to wake people up, not to give them lists of dos and don’ts and commandments, so much as to leave them with ideas that sparked the imagination. That’s how he chose to implement his practice of interfering with suffering. So, the artist does speak to despair because, first of all, despair is a very heavy situation psychologically and socially. Thomas Aquinas, in the 13th century, said despair is the most dangerous of all sins because when people are in despair they don’t care about themselves, and certainly not others. When you lose the love of self, that’s where despair takes you. I call it “adultism” where adults are running our institutions including religions. Adultism cannot appreciate playfulness and the spirit of the young. Artists have to interfere with “adultism”—that kind of despair. We all need to stay in touch with our

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own playfulness. Playfulness is important to musical and artistic being. Art brings another dimension to awe. We can experience awe in sunsets, mountains, children. There is also awe involved in music—in listening to Mozart, or participating in dance, or observing dance, or in many paintings. Awe is there. That’s the gift the artist brings. It’s like upping the ante on the awe of nature. After all, humans are nature, too. Humans can contribute to the lineage of awe. Joy flows from that. You’re fond of quoting Rank, the Native American mystic Black Elk, Meister Eckhart and your beloved 12th-century Hildegard of Bingen, who was just canonized as a saint. Tell us about your most recent book on Hildegard, A Saint for Our Times, a follow-up to your 1985 exposition of her Illuminations. I believe you are credited with interpreting for modern audiences Hildegard’s paintings as well as her music and her letters to the abbots, monks, popes and political figures of her time. Hildegard was an amazing force, a truly renaissance woman of the 12th century who wrote the first operas 300-400 years before any other western opera. She wrote 12 books on science. She painted 36 paintings of visions. She was an herbalist and a healer. She wrote books on healing so useful that a clinic in southern Germany uses only her teachings, and the medical doctors get real results. She was a prophet who wrote letters to bishops, cardinals, emperors and kings demanding they quit ignoring “lady justice.” She was fierce. It is interesting that she is canonized now, maybe because she wrote to popes about their being surrounded by evil men “cackling in the night like hens.” She led an amazing human existence. Above all, she brings the divine feminine back. That’s what makes me laugh about her recent canonization. I like irony. She is the Trojan horse for the patriarchal institutions. She tries to balance patriarchal excess with extra dimensions of feminism’s maternal and circular images of divinity. She is all about creativity and the greening power of the Holy Spirit. She says, “The only sin in life is drying up.”

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Her theology is amazingly balanced and profound. That’s the real reason she comes through so strongly today. She is given power by being named a Doctor of the Church. There are only three other women with that title. Luther himself called her the “first Protestant.” She was protesting corruption in her many sermons and her letters. She was kicking butt. I think she’s a model for all kinds of people today—not just Christians or Catholics. Please speak of the mission of GladdeningLight bridging the intersection of faith and art, exalting the artists’ role in spiritual creativity, and the Symposium theme, “Love, Now.” How does all this resonate with your take on creativity? I love what GladdeningLight is doing, because there can be no spirituality without art. Besides silence, art is the language that we have for expressing our deep, mystical experiences—awe, wonder, gratitude, grief, and suffering. This is what art is for: to help us name these deeply human, but universal, experiences. And also the struggle for justice. Gandhi and Martin Luther King were artists. The organizing of human beings to free themselves from oppression is an art form. True politics is an art form. It’s gathering people as an artist gathers paint, or a musician gathers notes or instruments. An authentic politician gathers people. I think that creativity and art are integral to the healing of people and inspire people to do better. They feed the soul. I love the way GladdeningLight is bringing together such a rich diversity of art so that people may realize how many people are committed to the sacred vocation of art. There is a sacrificial element to being an artist; there is no insurance. This sacrificial element—an artist’s generosity—is built into the journey. Other people only see results of fame, but there is a long journey before that. Motivations get tested and purified in the process, and that can be a beautiful thing. M.C. Richards said, “The greatest accomplishment of the potter is not the pot, it is the potter.” For more info on the “Love, Now” event with Matthew Fox, visit www.GladdeningLight.org or call 800-835-7212.

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I’d Love to Change the World by Marie Glasheen

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is often “psychological air,” to borrow a term from Stephen Covey. At any moment, if we’re unable to fill ourselves with air, all else becomes unimportant. We just want air. Similarly, when we’re irritated, pained, or frustrated, sometimes all we want is understanding—psychological air—and at such times “good advice,” praise, or logical analyses won’t satisfy. What are our efforts at communication, at “helping,” actually creating? Recently I had a client realize that, less than consciously, she created physical hearing loss, because she was so tired of being lectured to by her spouse, although she knows he is well-meaning. We can continue to use the same communication tools, with perhaps the same frustrating results. Or we can ask ourselves, are there strategies that will genuinely create different, profound, lasting effects, in our efforts to truly enrich understanding and support each other in personal growth? Living in this question, we can open ourselves to communication, including listening, as a doorway to self-realization. We get to commit to cultivate ways of communicating that will build a high-trust culture in our relations. In this way, with understanding as the ground for transformation, we get to change the world, one relationship at a time. Marie Glasheen is the co-founder of The Satvatove Institute, www.satvatove.com, alongside Dr. David Wolf. She is a transformative coach and facilitator, and supports her clients to create the relationships they want. To experience her coaching, write to marieglasheen@satvatove.com to schedule a 20-minute coaching consultation. l s ca or a! Lo ruct Are st r In You in

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Alive in 2013 Be all you are meant to be Detoxify and thrive by Dr. Paula Koger, RN, MA, DOM

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ecently I had a call from a woman who wanted to deal with a trauma she thought could affect her health greatly. She said, ”I want to enjoy every precious moment of my life as much as possible. I am a senior and ever moment is precious.” I agree! Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, regardless of one’s age. This level of passion for life contributes greatly to remaining alive and thriving. The burdens of our emotional traumas, pathogens, metal, and chemical toxins can be seen in our face and body. Removing them is the best present we can give ourselves. I have recently been focused on affirming for myself “I am all I was meant to be.” I’ve noticed that as I focus my intention and emotions on accomplishing a goal, any goal, I am led to the best circumstances and things for accomplishing the goal. The first thing that showed up for me when I kept in mind “being all I am meant to be” was a strong desire to return to classical dancing. The first wish I had as a child was to be a ballerina. This dream had been ruled out, though, by my mother, because our church at the time thought dancing was immoral. My husband and I have been ballroom dancers for 20 years, and with my new affirmation in place for a few days, I was led to return to my classical dancing, and I am happily back on track with it. Thanks to God who fulfills our every desire in His time. As a nurse for more than 20 years, I was caregiver to many people who had spent their lives overusing chemical drugs and other shortcuts to feeling good. Most of them were stiff,

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hurting, weak, and demented. By using drugs instead of healing the problems, we can, for a while, avoid dealing with our issues, but we suppress the body’s ability to detoxify and heal, and the tissues become congested and painful. Did you know pain is usually a congestion of toxins causing reduced energy flow? By getting the toxins out and activating the energy flow, the pain can go. Good herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, and other energy therapies promote and restore energy movement in the tissues, cleaning and rebuilding damaged areas. The symptoms we have are roadmaps to tell us what we really need. When we learn what they are telling us, and make the appropriate adjustment, we grow and heal. When we medicate or cut out our body’s collection of toxins and traumas, the price we pay is to cause new blocks in the tissues of the body. These prevent the flow of energy and lead to the deterioration of tissues and organs we call disease. For more information on this, read Dr. Richard Gerber, MD’s book Vibrational Medicine. One of my patients came to me after spending five years treating an infection using antibiotic. He did it because it was covered by his insurance. However, he was still ill. He is in his 50s, married to a beautiful woman, and had become impotent. Impotence is a side affect of two of the drugs he was taking. We have come to expect this as normal. He is now off all drugs and responding to Ultraviolet light, sublingual, and herbal therapies. We are carefully addressing the underlying causes of each disease with metal, chemical and emotional detoxification. He has no infection now and his sexual function has returned.

Had it not been for the discovery of antibiotics in the 1930s, the science of blood irradiation and other natural therapies would probably be popular today. Now that we have had years of treating infections with antibiotics, the germs have become resistant to pharmaceuticals. The antibiotics, though they may be life-saving at times, contribute to destruction of the body’s normal flora and disrupt the terrain. Our Immune Laser’s focused ultraviolet light is pulsed through specific frequencies and uses a sublingual application to strengthen the body’s own immune system. The pathogens do not survive these treatments. All of the systems have to be evaluated and addressed systemically for safe detox including lymph. kidneys, liver, gallbladder, intestines, stomach, pancreas, spleen, heart, and brain. What is your goal for this year? I wish for you to be all you are meant to be. Detoxify, gain energy, and thrive. Allow it in. Dr. Paula Koger’s goal is to be in the best of health and offer the best, safest, most effective, noninvasively advanced healthcare. To schedule a workshop or evaluation call 941-539-4232 or visit www. wealthofhealthcenter.com.

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CommunityResourceGuide Acupuncture

Fitness

Holistic Psychotherapy

Dr. Paula Koger, DOM, BS Nursing, MA Counseling 941-539-4232 / Dunnellon and Sarasota www.WealthOfHealthCenter.com 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 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.

Winning Harmony CounselingTM James R. Porter, Ph.D., LMHC, MH10992 Gainesville, Alachua 352-514-9810, www.WinningHarmony.com 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 www.HaileVillageSpa.com / 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 info@gentlewatershealing.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. Call Dawn Brower for more information or visit www.gentlewatershealing.com. MA41024, MM15426.

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Holistic Medicine 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. 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.

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.

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 Clark Dougherty Therapeutic Massage Clinic 415 NE 25th Ave., Ocala 352-694-7255 / www.ClarkDougherty.com 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.

Physics of Life & Health Stephanie Keller Rohde, End The Clutter ETC® Toll-free 24/7 message, 888-223-1922. Direct line (business hours), 352-873-2100. Web site: www.endtheclutter.com Print books: http://bit.ly/ToPewz eBooks: http://amzn.to/SW8HEk My books and I teach how to create anything in life (good health, money, relationships, etc.) that an individual desires and currently does not yet have.

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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 www.shaunacantwell.com / 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 RolfingŽ 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 January 1-31 Divine Healing Hands Soul Healing Call, FREE, daily at 12-12:15. Register at http://www.drsha.com/eventsservices/ freeservices/ Wednesday, January 2 Live Blood Analysis, $60. Call for appointment time. Lemire Clinic, 1115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. January 4-20 “Six Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know.” Musical theatre production onstage at Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 East Silver Spring Blvd, Ocala, Florida 34470. 352-236-2274, www.OcalaCivicTheatre.com. Saturday, January 5 * Soul Masters Divine Healing Hands Workshop with Geho Gold, 1:30-4:30pm. Dr. Guo and Dr. Sha are devoted to healing humanity through the power of soul healing. Receive Divine Healing Hands blessings. $10/$15 at the door. Soul Essentials, Ocala. Information: Geho, 386-3416260, www.BeHealedWithin.com. * Yearly Readings with Omialadora Ajamu and the Ancestors. 12-5 pm, $60. Call for an appointment. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, www.highspringsemporium.net. Sunday, January 6 * Burning Bowl Service of Release and Intention; Mike Davis guest speaker and musician. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., www.UnityOcala.org. * Jack Williams concert, 7pm. $15-20 at the door; call 352-373-1030 to reserve your seats. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 352-373-1030, www.unityofgainesvillefla.org, www. jackwilliamsmusic.com.

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Monday, January 7 * Beginning of the series The Dreamery: Dream analysis and exploration workshop. Facilitated by Dr. James R. Porter, LMHC. $45/one evening, $350/10 workshops. 6-7pm. Held at Loga Springs Academy Human Enrichment Center, 931 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville, 352-514-9810, www.WinningHarmony.com. * Meet the Doctor, patient education and information, 6pm, free. Lemire Clinic, 1115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com.

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93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www. LemireClinic.com. January 9-February 3 “Venus in Fur,” theatrical production onstage at The Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, 352-3754477, www.TheHipp.org. Thursday, January 10 Energy Attunements with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT/ Initiation Healing®, 10 am: all day sessions online by Skype video call. http://initiationhealing.com, 352-239-9272. Friday, January 11 Developing Your Psychic Intuition Workshop with Melissa Harris, Visionary Artist. 6:30-8:30 pm, $20. Call to sign up, High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, www.highspringsemporium. net. January 11-13 ThetaHealing Practitioner Basic DNA Class. Three 6-hour days. Discount for taking both classes (1/11-13, Basic and 1/18-20, Advanced). Cynthia Christianson, 352-3747982 or Cynthia@ThetaHealingworks.net. Classes are held in Gainesville. Saturday and Sunday, January 12-13 Spirit Essence Portraits with Melissa Harris. Melissa will give you a psychic reading and then paint you a magical image of what she sees. You get to keep the original Melissa Harris watercolor painting. $225, 11 am-5pm, call to preregister as spaces are limited. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, www. highspringsemporium.net. Sunday, January 13 Dr. Paula Koger will speak at 11am and give a workshop at 1pm on “The Shift into Light Medicine” with a drawing for a free Energetic Biofeedback assessment and analysis. A light lunch will be served for those who attend the workshop. Love offering accepted. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 352-373-1030, www.unityofgainesvillefla. org, www.wealthofhealthcenter.com. Thursday, January 17 Group Coaching: “Making Resolutions that Stick,” $10, 6pm. Lemire Clinic, 1115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com.

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Friday, January 18 Yoga Nidra Workshop with Lisa McDonald, 7-9pm. Bliss Yoga Center, 1738 SE 58th Ave (Baseline), Ocala. PreRegister $15; space limited. www.BlissYogaCFL.com. January 18-20 ThetaHealing Practitioner Advanced DNA Class. Three www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com

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calendarofevents 6-hour days. Discount for taking both classes (1/11-13, Basic and 1/18-20, Advanced). Cynthia Christianson, 352-374-7982 or Cynthia@ ThetaHealingworks.net. Classes are held in Gainesville. Saturday, January 19 * 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, www.ifsk.org, 407-673-9776. * Toxibesity, Group #2 begins. Meets every Saturday, 10-12 noon. Lemire Clinic, 1115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com.

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Monday, January 21 Green Smoothies for Health. 6pm, Free. Lemire Clinic, 1115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. Thursday, January 24 Workshop: Working with Pendulums with Sharron Britton. 6pm. Call to register. Lemire Clinic, 1115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic. com. Saturday, January 26 Dowsing with Pendulums Workshop with Steve Henry. $20, 2-4 pm. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-4548657, www.highspringsemporium.net.

January 26-27 Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training with Carmella Cattuti, LPN. 10 Hours of Yoga Alliance and Certified Nurse Training for Yoga designed to address the special needs of every stage of pregnancy. $200 (10% discount for early registration). Bliss Yoga Center, 1738 SE 58th Ave (Baseline), Ocala, www.BlissYogaCFL.com. January 26-February 3, weekends 27th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Alachua County Fairgrounds. $14/adults, $7/age 5-17, Free/younger than 5. Information: www.gvlculturalaffairs.org, 352-3342787. Sunday, January 27 5-hour Introductory Event: Create Conscious Community. Skill building, fun personal growth games and powerful introspection. 1-6pm. Organized and facilitated by Satvatove

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graduates. Contact Patrick Mangum at patrickmangum@ yahoo.com to register. Monday, January 28 * Energy Attunements with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT/ Initiation Healing®, 10 am: all day sessions online by Skype video call. http://initiationhealing.com, 352-239-9272. * 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). Course syllabus: http://satvatove. com/syllabus.pdf. Information: 386-418-8840, http://www. satvatove.com/life-coaching-courses/life-coach-training/

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February 7-10 Cox-Osceola Pow Wow, Orange Springs. INVITING VENDORS NOW. Call Tina, 352-486-1838. Saturday, February 9 10th Annual Healthy Living Expo. 10-4:30, Florida Tech Clemente Center, Melbourne. 321-777-6433, www. HealthyLivingExpos.com. Friday, February 15 Annual Open House/Chinese New Year Celebration, 6:30pm, free. Food, fun, demonstrations. Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, 1000 NE 16th Ave., Building F, Gainesville, www.dragonrises.edu, 352-371-2833 or 800-606-6685. Saturday, February 16 Florida Homeopathic Conference in St. Petersburg. Homeopathic practitioners, Dr. Roger Morrison and Nancy Herrick, will present, “Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral Remedies with Illustrative Cases.” To register or for more information contact Polly at Po8939@aol.com or visit www. floridahomeopathicsociety.org.

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Saturday, February 23 Organic Gardening Workshop. 9-4, $50. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217th Pl., Citra, 352-595-3377, www. CronesCradleConserve.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, 561749-0084, www.AnnieAppleseedProject.org. March 1-3 Krishna Das, “The Heart of Devotion Retreat,” Hindu Temple of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Dr., Casselberry, FL. Kirtans, wokshops, Hatha Yoga, group chanting. 321-4398353, www.krishnadas.com.

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March 2 (Part I) and 16 (Part II) Beekeeping workshops. 9-4. $35 each. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217th Pl., Citra, 352-595-3377, www. CronesCradleConserve.com. 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 and to register: Dharm Khalsa, dharm.khalsa77@gmail.com, 352-222-6331, http:// www.satvatove.com/ March 26-31 Satvatove Advanced Seminar Experience; 6 days of courageous introspection and self-empowerment, facilitated by Dr. David Wolf and Marie Glasheen. Information and to register: Dharm Khalsa, dharm.khalsa77@gmail.com, 352222-6331, http://www.satvatove.com/ Saturday, March 30 Spring Garden Kickoff. 9-3. Demonstrations, workshops, 1,500+ seedlings. Free admission, $3/ workshop. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217th Pl., Citra, 352-595-3377, www.CronesCradleConserve.com. Saturday, April 20 Spring Sustainability and Natural Foods Gala. Music, demonstrations, fresh food. $1/admission, $1/food sample. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217th Pl., Citra, 352595-3377, www.CronesCradleConserve.com. ONGOING

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Sundays * A Course in Miracles, 9:30am; Master Mind Healing Circle, 10am; Inspiring Message, Meditation and Music, 11am; Children and Youth education classes, 11am; Nursery care provided. Love offering. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 352-373-1030, www. unityofgainesvillefla.org. * 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, www. oakbrookcsl.org * Celebration: Meditation, Message, and Music, 10am, as well as Youth Program. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., www.UnityOcala.org. * Spiritual Services and Meditation, 10am. Trinity Light Spiritual Center, held at The College of Central Florida, 3100 SW College Rd., Enterprise Bldg., #101, Ocala, 352502-0253, trinityoflightholders@aol.com.

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Mondays * The Dreamery: Dream analysis and exploration workshop. Facilitated by Dr. James R. Porter, LMHC. $45/ one evening, $350/10 workshops. 6-7pm. Held at Loga Springs Academy Human Enrichment Center, 931 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville, 352-514-9810, www.WinningHarmony. com. * Yoga with Ashley, 5:30pm; Abraham Study Group, 6pm; A Course in Miracles, 7:30pm. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 352-373-1030, www. unityofgainesvillefla.org. Monday-Friday 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. Tuesdays Love Peace Harmony Group of Ocala. 7-9pm every Tuesday to practice Master Zhi Gang Sha’s Soul Power techniques and receive Divine Healing Hands Blessing from Patricia Coates. Golden Palms Inn, Ocala 34475. Information: Patricia, 352-680-0065, www.BeHealedWithin. com. Tuesday-Saturday Therapeutic Bodywork, Reiki, Energy Balancing with Ojela Frank, LMT (MA60322). Hyde-Away Salon, Ocala or Mobile Massage. Session by Appointment, 352-239-9272, www.allwellmassage.com

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Wednesdays Meditation, Visioning, and Healing Service, 6-7pm. Love offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, www.oakbrookcsl.org. Thursdays Amrit Yoga w/Veda, 5:30-6:30pm, downtown Public Library, 401 E. University Ave, Gainesville, 4th floor, free. 352-692-3922, vedalewis@aol.com. Meditation Classes, 7pm. Trinity Light Spiritual Center, held at Ocala Inner Center, 205 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, 352-502-0253, trinityoflightholders@aol.com. Fridays Reiki Healing with Dee Mitchell, 7pm, first and third Fridays. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 352-373-1030, www.unityofgainesvillefla.org. Saturdays Community Yoga Class, 9am. Donation. All donations are used to provide yoga to Domestic Violence survivors, but no one is turned away. Bliss Yoga Center, 1738 SE 58th Ave (Baseline), Ocala, www.BlissYogaCFL.com. Farmstead Saturdays. Free, 9-3. Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377, www.cronescradleconserve. com. www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com

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“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, January 2013 issue.  

“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, January 2013 issue. The full-color monthly magazine about inspired, fun, green, local, organic, prosperous, w...

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