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Hello, Dear Readers, Wow! Baby steps—sometimes an amazingly small shift can make a profound difference. A couple of months ago, I attended a Raw Foods Group meeting at the Lemire Clinic (4th Tuesday of every month at 6:00; see the back cover of this issue for address and contact information). The meeting was about “Raw Green Smoothies.”
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I admit being skeptical—kale or lettuce or spinach, smashed up with bananas and apples in a Vita-Mix? How could it possibly taste good? While the concoction admittedly didn’t look like as appetizing as the pink smoothies I’m used to seeing at commercial establishments, it DID taste really good. Not only that, I felt my energy and sense of well-being increase immediately. Ever since that evening, I’ve been making raw green smoothies and enjoying them for breakfast and often for a snack or two during the day. (A batch will keep for two to three days in the fridge.) I use organic fruits and veggies. Besides the improvement in energy, these things are really easy to make, resulting in time saved in the kitchen as well. I can’t imagine a better way to pack 10 or 20 servings/day of fruits and veggies into the body than this. As a result of my own enthusiasm about raw green smoothies, Natural Awakenings magazine has teamed up with the Lemire Clinic and Franck’s Pharmacy to offer a special event on Thursday, July 21st. Robyn Openshaw, the “Green Smoothie Girl,” is coming to Ocala to offer a free evening of demonstrations, recipes and samples. Please turn to p.6 and read the News Brief for more info.
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atural Awakenings Magazine is sponsoring a holistic cruise January 8-15, 2012. The Norwegian Spirit will take travelers on a Caribbean journey from New Orleans to Costa Maya, Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, and Honduras. At the ports of call, voyagers can visit ancient Mayan ruins, shop in the villages, experience a rainforest, go tubing in a cave river, swim with dolphins, and experience some of the best snorkeling in the world. Onboard, travelers will enjoy great company, wonderful speakers, and classes, as well as first-class food and entertainment. A dozen speakers/presenters are scheduled (subject to change) including Alan Steinfeld, host of New Realities Television for Time Warner Cable for the last 15 years; Saskia Roell, radio talk-show host and best-selling author of Suitcase Full of Faith; Dr. Judith Kravitz, founder of Transformational Breath Foundation. The week-long cruise costs $997/person double occupancy— save $75 by registering before July 15, 2011 using the referral code “GoNaturalAwakenings.” See ad, inside back cover. For more information, visit www. YourHolisticCruise.com/Natural.
2011 Harvey Awards
ollywood has the Oscars … Broadway has the Tonys … And Ocala has … the Harveys! On Saturday, June 18 at 6:00pm, the Ocala Civic Theatre will open its doors to actors, directors, musicians, tech people, volunteers and fans. The OCT annual awards ceremony will recognize outstanding performances and more.
The evening opens at 6:00 with a social hour including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction. At 7:00 a catered dinner will be served onstage—this is your chance to see what the stage looks like without sets, scrims or curtains. You’ll be surprised at this onstage/backstage view of the theatre. The awards ceremony starts at 8:00. You’ll be entertained by comic skits between the awards presentations. This year’s theme is “Film Noir.” Everyone is welcome. Whether you act on the stage, wish you act onstage, work behind it, sell sodas or season tickets, sew costumes, build sets, show people to their seats, play in the orchestra, simply sit in the audience and enjoy, or are just curious about the theatre, you are invited to come as swanky as you please, or keep it more low-key. Just be there, and be ready to have a good time. Tickets are $20/person including dinner. Call 352-236-2851 to reserve your seats now. Deadline for reservations is Friday, June 10.
Ester Nicholson in Gainesville June 5-6
ster Nicholson returns to Unity of Gainesville on Sunday, June 5 to offer her powerful presence and musical talent at the 11:00am service. At 1:00pm that afternoon, she will offer a workshop entitled “Keys to Abundant Living,” based on her book, Twelve Keys to Freedom. The cost of the workshop is a suggested $35, but no one will be turned away. Ester, who is an Agape Spiritual Practitioner, will be available on Monday, June 6, for private individual prayer and counseling sessions. For more information or to schedule a private session with Ester, contact the church office at 352-3731030.
Green Smoothie Girl in Ocala July 21
n July 21, Robyn Openshaw, “The Green Smoothie Girl,” is coming to Ocala. She will be presenting a FREE evening that includes samples and recipes for a life-changing yet easy (and tasty!) way of eating: raw-food smoothies. This event is being co-sponsored by Natural Awakenings Magazine, the Lemire Clinic, and Franck’s Pharmacy. The fun and inspirational evening will begin at 7:00pm and will be held at Franck’s Compounding Lab, 1210 S.W. 33rd Ave., Ocala. Reserve your tickets today at www. GreenSmoothieGirl.com/events/Ocalaflorida. But hurry—they are going fast!
“Cindi with an Eye” Photo Class in June
n exclusive photo class is being offered to the area’s youth by Natural Awakenings’ friend and photographer, Cindi Williams, a.k.a. “Cindi with an Eye.” Open to students entering 8th through 12th grade, six will be accepted to meet six times in June. The course will cover composition, aperture, shutter priority, flash and lighting, studio and location shooting, critiques, and field studies. Each student will leave the class with a presentation portfolio of six of their top images from class, professionally printed and placed in their portfolio. Each student will need to bring his/her own digital SLR camera and a flash drive, and must have access to email. The course costs $125/person. Deadline to apply is June 8th. Contact Cindi at 352-598-0271.
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odern science has established that sleep can be an important tool for enhancing memory and learning skills. A new study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center sheds light on the role that dreams play in this process. “After nearly 100 years of debate about the function of dreams, this study tells us that dreams are the brain’s way of processing, integrating and really understanding new information,” says senior author Robert Stickgold, Ph.D. “Dreams are a clear indication that the sleeping brain is working on memories at multiple levels, including ways that will directly improve performance.” Indeed, according to the researchers, these new findings suggest that dreams may be the sleeping brain’s way of telling us that it is hard at work on the process of memory consolidation— integrating our recent experiences to help us with performance-related tasks in the short run, as well as over the long term. In other words, dreams help us translate this material into information that has broad application in our lives.
Happiness Keeps Growing
Diet May Affect Our Internal Clock
ur body’s internal clock, the circadian rhythm, helps it adapt to the cycle of day and night and regulates functions such as sleep and metabolism. Working with lab animals, scientists at Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered that a high-fat diet can cause disturbances in this daily rhythm by affecting an animal’s clock-related genes. Significant health consequences include irregular sleep/wake cycles and metabolic disorders.
s there any good news about growing old? Researchers reported at a recent American Psychological Association convention in Toronto that an increase of happiness and emotional well-being occurs as people mature. Their study of contributing factors showed that older adults exert greater emotional self-control, have learned to avoid or limit stressful situations and are less likely than younger adults to let negative comments or criticism bother them. Source: HealthDay.com
Our Renewable Heart
groundbreaking Swedish study has demonstrated that heart cells are able to regenerate themselves, overturning the conventional wisdom that the body cannot replace damaged heart cells. Examining the heart tissue of 50 people over four years, the researchers found that on average, new heart cells appeared to replace old ones at a rate of about 1 percent a year in youth and 0.5 percent a year by age 75. Thus, our heart comprises a mosaic of older and newer cells. Scientists hope to learn how to stimulate this organ’s ability to naturally regenerate.
diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress, according to a team of Penn State researchers. They specifically considered how these foods, which contain polyunsaturated fats, influence our blood pressure. Their studies showed that walnuts and walnut oil have the ability to lower blood pressure, both when we are at rest and in response to stress.
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Blushing Could Save Face
ost people try to hide their blushes when theyâ€™re embarrassed, but new research, published in the journal Emotion, suggests that facial expressions can play an important role in smoothing social interactions. Researchers from the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, had participants read vignettes about typical social transgressions and mishaps, and then rate how favorably they felt about the faces of the ostensible social culprits. Responding in the wake of a mistake, blushing people were judged more favorably than non-blushers, regardless of the other emotional cues on their faces. The researchers argue that blushing signals a sincere acknowledgement of wrongdoing and communicates to others that we wonâ€™t make the same mistake again. They concluded that blushing might prevent people from being socially excluded after committing some kind of transgression. It could actually help us, yes, save face. Source: www.GreaterGood. Berkeley.edu
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Help Stop Crop Contamination
n March 29, 2011, Sow True Seed joined 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations in a lawsuit led by the nonprofit Public Patent Foundation, challenging chemical giant Monsanto’s right to sue farmers for patent infringement, because they say it is Monsanto that is perpetrating the injury by infecting organic farms with genetically modified seed. Mounting research shows that once released into the environment, the engineered seed (a genetically modified organism, or GMO), contaminates and corrupts naturally reproducing seed for the same crop. For example, soon after Monsanto introduced genetically modified seed for canola, these famers report that organic canola became virtually extinct, as a result of cross-contamination. Organic corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa now face the same fate, as Monsanto continues to develop genetically modified seed for many other crops. “In the last decade [for example], it’s become nearly impossible to ensure that corn seed is free from contamination,” says Peter Waskiewicz, co-founder of Sow True Seed (SowTrueSeed.com). “Morally, it has become necessary to stand up and fight for keeping openpollinated seed safe and available,” says fellow co-founder, Carol Koury. Waskiewicz adds, “We recognize the basic right of all the Earth’s people to enjoy a safe, ethical and sovereign food production and distribution system.” For more information, visit www.PubPat.org/osgatavmonsantofiled.htm. Petition for GMO labeling at www.OrganicConsumers.org/Monsanto/index.cfm. Ask the Department of Justice to step in at www.Action.FoodDemocracyNow.org/sign/ break_up_monsanto. Join local groups that advocate for healthy, organic, locally grown and produced products. For an excellent overview about Genetically Modified foods and Monsanto, watch the documentary “The Future of Food” online free at www.hulu.com/ watch/67878/the-future-of-food.
Good Dirt Radio
ven though we hear a lot about what’s going wrong with planet Earth, it’s good to know many things are going right. Good Dirt Radio, a volunteer-driven radio program based in Colorado, broadcasts inspiring stories about people working hard to bring about positive environmental change. The nonprofit show, founded in 2004 by producer Gary Lewin and co-hosted by Tom Bartels, airs free, five-minute segments about topics as varied as zero waste, do-it-yourself solar, cold frames, fair trade, farmers’ markets and economic sustainability. It reaches 1 to 2 million listeners of 40 radio stations in the U.S. Southwest; others tune in online. Listen in at GoodDirtRadio.org.
Airlines Fall Short of Facilitating Eco-Friendly Skies
ccording to the National Resources Defense Council, nearly 75 percent of in-flight generated waste is recyclable, but only 20 percent actually gets recycled. Green America’s consumer watchdog website, ResponsibleShopper.org, reports that airlines could recycle nearly 500 million more pounds of waste each year, half of it in-flight waste. Some airlines say they’re making progress, yet none collects and processes all the major recyclables of aluminum cans, glass, plastic and paper, or has a comprehensive program to minimize packaging and compost food waste, according to Green America’s recent review. “For concerned consumers looking to spend their travel dollars wisely, airline waste may be the ultimate example of, ‘What goes up must come down,’” comments lead researcher Victoria Kreha. Green America’s airline rankings for recycling, from best to worst, are: Delta, Virgin, Southwest, Continental, Jet Blue, American, British Airways, Air Tran, United and US Airways. Beyond the environmental benefits, recycling airline waste would create jobs nationwide; according to Colorado Recycles, recycling creates six times as many jobs as does landfilling. Take action at www.GreenAmericaToday.org/go/AirlineRecyclingReport; email executives at listed airlines and report how flight attendants answer when asked about company recycling policies.
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June Is Busting Out All Over
by Melody Murphy
h, June. School’s out. Sweet corn and ripe red tomatoes. The summer solstice and, if the weather’s fine, the longest day of sunshine of the year. Graduations. Baseball and Father’s Day. Straw hats and “Gone Fishing” signs. Watermelons and American flags. Trips to the seashore. The summer rains begin. Hydrangeas and morning glories and blueberry season. Honeybees drunk on juicy peaches and nectarines. Midsummer’s Eve and all its dreams. Weddings, June brides, roses, pearls, and honeysuckle. Bonfires and blackberries and the last of the magnolias. Late spring flowing into early summer like a river to the sea. June is such a simply perfect month that all one has to do is write a list of its holidays, gifts, and associations, and one sighs with satisfaction. June is like dozing in a shady hammock on a sunshiny afternoon in a Norman Rockwell painting. Whether or not a fair or a festival is scheduled on the calendar, it feels that way. It’s what I imagine a cream-fed, doted-upon housecat feels like most of the time: a deliciously languid, lazy sense of ennui, a contented sense of well-being, a warm, drowsy, comfortable feeling of “Plenty of time for all that later ... right now, let’s curl up for a nap in this patch of sunlight.” There is a very good reason, other than the fact that “June” rhymes easily with many words, that writers often wax poetic about its charms in verse and song. (Silvery moon-spoon-croon-tunesoon-honeymoon, anyone?) June is a glorious litany of loveliness, the poetry of perfection, and artists of all mediums have been attempting to pay tribute to its glory for centuries.
Perhaps the pastoral view from the hammock inspires dozing poets to dream up depictions of June and all her charms. Those who are artistically inclined seem compelled to contribute their own ode to jubilant June. Felix Mendelssohn composed a suite of music for a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including the now-famous “Wedding March” recessional. Even Mendelssohn succumbed to the siren lure of the June wedding. More modern musicians have chimed in, too, with their June tunes. “June is a love song, sweetly sung,” wrote Rodgers and Hammerstein in their enthusiastic ode to the month, “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” from Carousel. Louis Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr. and many other standards-singers since the ‘40s have crooned the wistful line “I dream about magnolias in June” when asking us if we know what it means to miss New Orleans. Frank Sinatra sang about June seemingly every time he turned around to reach for another martini. (Can you blame him? It rhymes so nicely with “moon,” another of his favorite song subjects.) Disney was animated in its homage. “You can learn a lot of things from the flowers,” Alice and the choral flora of Wonderland tell us, “for especially in the month of June/There’s a wealth of happiness and romance/All in the golden afternoon.” June’s beauty was immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who proclaimed in personification, “Mine is the month of roses; yes, and mine the month of marriages! All pleasant
sights and scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine ... mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights ... I am the mother of all dear delights; I am the fairest daughter of the year.” As for roses, Robert Burns’ love was like a red, red rose, that’s newly sprung in—what’s that? Ah, yes: June. Elsewhere in the British Isles, Dodie Smith’s lovely novel I Capture the Castle captures not just the castle but also, charmingly, the enchantment of June in England. She spins a magic web of words about one memorable June occasion in particular: Midsummer’s Eve. Midsummer’s Day, also known as St. John’s Day or the feast of St. John, or simply Midsummer, takes place on June 24. The night before is, of course, Midsummer’s Eve. Midsummer is celebrated the world over and often includes a celebration of the summer solstice. It can take place at any time from June 20-25. In last month’s column I lamented the lack of widespread May Day festivities in our country. This month I lament that we do not widely participate in Midsummer revelries with the rest of the world. Midsummer is, quite simply, one of the most awesome holidays ever. It can be a night and a day, or it can last almost a week. It is widely celebrated all over Europe and in Canada, South America, Puerto Rico, and Australia. You just think of this: The third week of June, all over the world, people are having way more fun than you. They are lighting giant bonfires, on beaches and hilltops, by rivers and lakes, in meadows and lantern-illuminated vineyards. They are dancing around and jumping over these bonfires, telling fireside fortunes and
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spinning stories about magic and ghosts and saints. They are having cookouts and picnics; they are eating cheese and strawberries and all manner of good things, drinking and making merry. They are going to carnivals and concerts, festivals and fairs, plays and parades in great throngs through teeming streets festooned with balloons and flowers. They are shooting off fireworks, blowing conch shells, banging on brass pans. They are running naked in the streets, with police protection against the “puritans,” and beer at the end as a prize. They are dressing up like it’s Halloween in June and having mock weddings. They are wearing wreaths of flowers and leaves on their heads, throwing said wreaths into the sea, bathing in rivers, singing and dancing around maypoles, reciting poems, picking herbs at sunrise, washing their faces with dew, sleeping with flowers under their pillows. This is essentially the best holiday ever, and we are not, as a nation, celebrating it. And I say why. I can do without the naked running in the streets; I’ll give you that. But all the rest of it, I want. It sounds delightful. Don’t tell me we have the Fourth of July for fireworks and picnics. I know that, and I love it. But why can’t we have both? Independence Day, and Midsummer too. I want it all. How about this: We observe a national holiday from June 21 to July 5. That’s roughly two weeks, from the summer solstice through Midsummer to Independence Day. We could use a collective vacation. I even threw a travel day in there for you at the end, and if you’re not traveling the day after the Glorious Fourth, you can use it to recuperate. You’re welcome. And I hope you’re lucky enough to find someone to celebrate St. John’s Eve with, as Cassandra did in I Capture the Castle when explaining her Midsummer rites to a visiting American: “And then you dance round the fire?” I told him I was much too old for that. “Not on your life, you’re not,” said Simon. “I’ll dance with you.” That’s the proper response.
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HAIR LOSS! Foods That Feed Our Follicles
some hair loss. “The same foods that are good for your body and overall health are good for your hair, including foods that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, with a reduced fat content,” says Dr. Michael Reed, a dermatologist with New York University’s (NYU) Langone Medical Center, in New York City (MichaelLorinReed.com).
Key Nutrition Tips
Generally, a diet that supports both scalp and hair health is rich in protein; vitamins A, B complex and C; minerals like iron and zinc; and omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin A: Found in green leafy vegetables like Swiss chard and spinach, as well as in carrots, it helps the scalp produce sebum, hair’s natural conditioner.
by Judith Fertig
While common hair loss is not life threatening, it’s a condition that merits our attention, because it may diminish a man’s or a woman’s self-esteem and negatively affect how he or she faces the world.
air experts estimate that people normally have a maximum of about 100,000 individual hairs on their head. Approximately 90 percent are usually in a growth phase while the other 10 percent “rest.” After growing for two to three months, the hair will fall out and the growth cycle of the follicle, or hair root, starts again. An average person naturally sheds about 100 hairs a day. Under certain conditions, however, the normal cycling can be interrupted. The resting, or telogen, phase could last longer, with more hair falling out and less new hair growing. Some hair loss may be associated with mind-body response to surgery, new medications, thyroid issues, trauma or a highly restrictive crash diet. Hair loss
might be the effect of inherited male pattern baldness or thinning that may accompany aging. In other instances, the cause may be poor nutrition, as attested to by American Academy of Dermatology research.
Start with Nutrition
“The first step in diagnosing a probable cause of hair loss is to check nutrition,” says Dr. William Rassman, an award-winning pioneer in hair restoration, founder of the New Hair Institute, in Los Angeles, editor of BaldingBlog.com and co-author of the book, Hair Loss and Replacement for Dummies. Other experts agree that including certain key nutrients in our diet can help prevent, and even reverse,
Vitamin B12: “The requirement for vitamin B12 is very low,” says vegan Registered Dietitian Reed Mangels, “but it is needed for cell division and blood formation.” Foods such as organic eggs, cage-free poultry and grass-fed red meat are good sources; vegetarian and vegan sources include nutritional yeast (dried yellow flakes or powder, with a cheese-like flavor), vitamin B12fortified soy or rice milk, and similarly fortified breakfast cereal. Iron: Samantha Heller, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at the NYU Medical Center, warns women that the potential deficiency of iron that often occurs during their reproductive years can lead to anemia, a reduction of red blood cells that is often an undiagnosed cause of hair loss. Foods like broccoli and brewer’s yeast help boost iron levels. Omega-3 fatty acids: “Omega-3 fatty acids are important for total body and skin health, and that includes your scalp,” says Heller, author of Get Smart: Samantha Heller’s Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health. “Many Americans are not getting
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enough of these in their diets.” These essential fatty acids are widely found in flaxseed, hemp milk and seeds, walnuts, and fish. Protein: Protein helps the body build many kinds of cells, including hair. Lentils and kidney beans provide a healthy amount of protein, plus iron and biotin, which especially help hair and nails stay strong and healthy, says Andrea Giancoli, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Zinc: A zinc deficiency can lead to shedding more hair than usual, notes Dawn Jackson Blatner, a Chicago-based registered dietitian. Zinc is found in all kinds of beans, beef, whole grains and walnuts. “Although eating healthier is always beneficial, that alone may not prevent or stop genetic, hormonal or age-related types of hair loss,” counsels Rassman. His practice has confirmed that more often, genetics are behind male pattern hair loss, which can sometimes start in the teenage years. If nutrition has been ruled out as the pivotal cause, visiting a hair loss specialist is suggested to see what else can be done. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; visit www.AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
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School’s Out Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids’ Minds Sharp This Summer by Janet Forgrieve
Every year, kids across the country close their schoolbooks and adjust their inner clocks to the more unstructured hours of summer. They’re ready to let the good times roll.
et, studies going back decades have documented a resulting “summer slide” among kids who don’t engage their minds as much as school demands during their joyful break, according to Patricia Froehlich, youth services consultant for the Colorado State Library. To combat this, parents can find ways to strike a balance between learning and fun, grabbing opportunities to teach when and where they can. These parents find that the more this learning feels like schoolwork, the faster you lose them. But keeping it fun can not only keep kids from falling behind, it also may give them a leg up when they head back to class in the fall. The key is in “just hiding the learning in the fun,” counsels Christy Wright, activities director of Big Horn K-12 summer school, in Wyoming. Here are some ways to keep kids’ minds active when they’re out of school.
Reading. Summer community reading programs provide age-appropriate options for kids of every grade and help those who aren’t naturally adept readers to find topics that will make them want to pick up a book, advises Froehlich. Lisa Parry’s inspiration for her family reading program came on Mother’s Day, when her children asked if they could get out the beads and make their mom some jewelry. They decided that each time her first-grader, Grace, finished reading a book aloud, she got to put another bead on a string that hung on the wall. Grace watched her accomplishments grow, while her parents saw her reading improve.
Science. Families that spend time camping and hiking can capitalize on the abundant natural learning opportunities that such activities foster, aided by books on the local flora and fauna. When traveling to another part of the country or the world for outdoor adventures, do some homework together first about what you’re likely to see when you get there. Indoor science lessons, cleverly disguised as games or toys, may be just as valuable, not only for teaching scientific concepts, but also in fostering skills kids will need when they head back to the classroom. Kelly Pascal Gould relates how Jackson, her elementary school-age son, naturally gravitates toward experiments and creative projects. One spring, she stocked up on chemistry sets and science kits. Several of them worked to engage the budding inventor, who needed to increase his attention span.
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Wright notes that many students who participate in her summer school program are referred to her because they have trouble concentrating in regular classes. She says projects that teach them about science, nature and how things work tend to keep them focused on the task at hand, and also begin to ingrain in them ways to better concentrate in the future.
Games. During Wright’s summer school program, kids
come in early to play Dance Dance Revolution or Guitar Hero; she encourages kids to play these and other games on consoles like Xbox, PlayStation and Wii. Games that engage the body, while demanding mental concentration, not only help kids learn new skills, they may also improve their ability to be able to focus when they need to sit still for lessons later. “[Games that entail] cross-lateral movement, which means doing something crossover, like jumping rope or playing ball, are good, too, because they’re using one side of the body that engages the other side of the brain, so both body and mind are moving,” explains Wright. “It helps kids comprehend, and then settle down and learn.” More traditional games provide another type of learning experience, especially when kids make up rules they agree upon as they go along.
Cooking. Preparing meals is another forum for engaging kids’ minds during the summer. To enjoy the fruits of their culinary labors, youngsters must first
master reading, measuring and following directions—lessons that are much easier to swallow when they are followed by a tasty dish they’ve made themselves. It may take patience on the part of parents, who see cooking as another household chore to complete as quickly as possible, but taking the time to teach kids cooking skills makes us slow down and realize there’s joy to be found in the kitchen when we have someone to share the work. Children enjoy the tangible sense of accomplishment when they put a meal they’ve helped create on the table.
Art. Kelly Gould set up a place at home where her son Jackson can go and create to his heart’s content. The art room has just about anything a child needs to create his own works of art, she says. Jackson also recently learned to embroider; quite an accomplishment, given the complete focus such an art demands. Susan Aust’s tween, Tucker, is into art of a different kind, having developed a love of all things theatrical and voraciously reading books about famous actors and actresses, she says. The Austs started a weekly home family film festival, where they all watch a movie together and afterwards, “We talk about the actors’ lives and work.” Janet Forgrieve is a regular contributor to GaiamLife.com, from which this article was adapted.
of the outside for answers. I want them to become what is in their heart and do what they think makes good sense. Can we heal ourselves from the inside out and, in so doing, create a world where we are contributing something good? As human beings, are we going to lift the collective consciousness to the point where we are aware of and actively moving forward to heal the Earth?
Balancing Wealth with Health
A Conversation with Russell Simmons by Bill Van Arsdale
ussell Simmons is a rare combination of self-made multi-millionaire and spiritual guru. Cofounder of Def Jam records, the Phat Farm fashion label and several other business and philanthropic ventures, Russell has just released his second bestselling book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All. His idea of “having it all” is not what one might imagine.
While you have achieved extraordinary financial success, instead of becoming completely swept up in ego and material things, you have evolved from being the “Godfather of Rap” into a guru. What set you on the path to writing Super Rich? As we grow, we experience proofs that what our parents, preachers, prophets and scriptures told us as a child is true: The process of living in the cycle of giving is the thing that makes us happy. We also learn that the outside world separates us from the God inside us, and if we take that Godlikeness and exude it, spreading it out, then the world gives it back to us. These truths are right in front of us, but we are not taught them enough, or else we forget to remember them. So, the purpose of this book is simply to help us remember.
You present many lessons on how to move toward higher consciousness, while simultaneously allowing for financial success. How can we use our creativity to apply ourselves to something we really believe in without worrying about accolades or financial reward? You have control of the action alone, and never the fruit. The work we do is our prayer. Going to work every day is God’s work. Finding an entrepreneurial business
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or another endeavor that you are proud of and inspired to use to give—that’s God’s work. You have to be creative, which means you have to look inside enough to come up with something the world needs. You can’t see the whole if you reside on the outside, where others move you around; the inside is where you make your own choices. Success and prosperity are fringe benefits. Super Rich means a state of needing nothing, of operating from a state of Christ consciousness, or Nirvana, or Samadhi. If we can operate from that, then the cycle of giving speeds up. We become a much greater servant because we are good givers, and good givers are great receivers. That is the core premise.
Don’t the pursuits of wealth and enlightenment pull us in opposite directions? Spiritually, we know what’s right, and that is what I am really trying to get people to engage in, this process of prayer, of looking at the inside instead
What do you think people can incorporate into their daily routine in order to lead more fulfilling lives? Meditation is vital if you want to see the world in real time and be awake enough to make good choices, live calmly, stay healthy and maintain the clarity needed to focus on the task in front of you. You can only realize a state of higher consciousness with a still mind. When you routinely walk around exuding inner happiness, you become what I call very sticky and attractive. Good givers of good will and hard work and service become very successful. The road to enlightenment is paved with rich results. As you give, as you become more enlightened, you become more empowered. Things fall in your lap. Yet, as you become more attractive and sticky, things you thought you wanted become less valuable, until they mean nothing.
Many are alarmed at how humans are degrading our planet. What actions must we take now to pass along a livable world to our grandchildren? The first thing we have to do is stop eating animals, including sea creatures. This is a great cause of many environmental ills currently destroying the planet. We could turn it around if more people would become vegetarians. When individuals take control of their own lives through their meditation and prayer, they will come to all types of decisions that are helpful to this planet and all life. That’s what we want for everyone. Bill Van Arsdale is a freelance writer living in Naples, FL.
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JUST TAKE FIVE
A Guy’s Guide to Staying Vitally Healthy by Judith Fertig
ncient prophets understood the wisdom of living by the adage, “Eat, drink and be merry,” and it still rings true today. Today’s health experts further add, “get moving” and “see your doctor at least once a year.” Adopting this short, easy-to-do list of habits as a guiding principle can be key to a healthier and happier life, and add more years to accomplish your bucket list. The good news about male longevity is that much of it is under our control. The late Dr. Robert Butler, gerontologist, psychiatrist and author of The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life, received a Pulitzer Prize for his work on aging. A founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, he also started the nation’s first department of geriatrics, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. In his early 80s, Butler was still regularly walking around Central Park before putting in 60-hour weeks doing work he loved as head of International Longevity Center–USA (ilcusa.org). Butler maintained that genes account for only 25 percent of our individual health and said, “Our environment and personal behaviors account for the rest.” For him, it was simple things like welcome hugs and laughter that added pleasure and length to life.
Of course, learning something new helps the brain stay active. Butler lived the essence of active right up until his passing a year ago at age 83.
A Simple Prescription
So, what are men up against today? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov), the leading causes of death for men are heart disease; cancer (especially prostate); injuries; chronic lower respiratory diseases; stroke; diabetes; suicide; influenza and pneumonia; kidney disease; and Alzheimer’s disease. But men can take a preventive approach to these conditions. Here are five proactive, enjoyable ways that work: EAT. The simple everyday act of healthy eating can have longterm, holistic benefits for not only overall health and weight man-
agement, but for preventing prostate cancer. In 2010, nearly 218,000 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer, a largely curable challenge when caught in its early stages, according to the American Cancer Society. But why not eat well to prevent potential cancer cells from becoming a bigger problem? “All of us have microscopic cancers growing in our bodies all the time,” says Dr. William Li, founder and head of The Angiogenesis Foundation, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (angio.org and the userfriendly EatToDefeat.org). Angiogenesis is the process our bodies use to grow blood vessels, he says, a natural process that sometimes gets hijacked by cancer cells. “A microscopic tumor can grow up to 16,000 times its original size in as little as two weeks,” explains Li, “but new, groundbreaking research from The Angiogenesis Foundation proposes that you can stop cancer before it begins to grow.” Li calls this new preventive approach “anti-angiogenesis.” “Many common foods contain cancer-starving molecules,” Li continues. “Anti-angiogenesis encourages that. By changing the way you eat, you can change your internal environment, thereby depriving cancer cells the opportunity to grow and multiply.” Li and his colleagues continue to monitor the results of other studies while continuing their own research showing the positive effects of certain foods in slowing or preventing the growth and spread of cancer cells. One seminal study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2002, established the link between eating
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cooked tomato products and a lowered risk of prostate cancer. “Cooked tomatoes… have more cancer-fighting properties than raw tomatoes,” advises Li. “Both contain the molecule lycopene, but heating the tomato changes its chemical structure and makes the benefits more readily available to the body. You should eat two to three [½ cup] servings of cooked tomatoes a week.” The Angiogenesis Foundation provides a base list of 40 natural foods that contain cancer-preventing properties. New foods are added as their benefits are proved in research. The newest additions for fighting prostate cancer—Emmental, Jarlsburg and gouda cheeses—are rich in vitamin K2.
ing an eye for beauty in our surrounding adds pleasure to life and helps keep us in a good mood. Engaging in close, loving and romantic relationships and staying in touch with lots of friends not only increases the quality of men’s lives, but also helps battle depression and heart disease, suggests Dr. Mehmet Oz, a professor of cardiac surgery at Columbia University and a founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He frequently appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show before becoming host of The Dr. Oz Show.
DRINK. Consuming fresh ginger drinks, green tea and herbal tea blends that include anti-angiogenic ginseng, lavender and licorice root work to hydrate the body and prevent disease, according to researchers at The Angiogenesis Foundation. A glass or two of red wine, which contains the cancer fighting, anti-inflammatory compound resveratrol, can be good for men. “My own advice to folks is about one drink a day,” counseled Butler. “The older you get, the heavier the impact of the alcohol. But in moderation, alcohol not only has a relaxing effect, it can elevate levels of good cholesterol. Maintaining good hydration by drinking water also helps kidneys filter impurities out of the body and keeps skin looking fresher.
According to Oz, “The more sex you have—provided that it’s safe sex and with a mutually monogamous partner— the healthier you will be. Men who have sex once a month are at more than twice the risk of heart disease and heart attack than men who have sex twice a week.” Establishing a daily meditation practice also helps men stay calm, energetic, positive and more attuned to their own inner wisdom, says Donna Cardillo, a registered nurse who advises healthcare professionals in the Gannett Healthcare Group. “Regular meditation can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, improve the body’s response to stress, and even improve sleep patterns.”
BE MERRY. The very things that
come with being social are good for everyone’s health. According to Butler, simple touching, such as holding hands with and hugging a loved one, works to lower blood pressure. Laughing with buddies helps keep blood vessels from restricting, and thus keeps the heart working more efficiently. Havwww.GoNaturalAwakenings.com
Another way to be and stay merry, suggests Cardillo, is to take part in some kind of volunteer work. “Volunteering has long been touted as a great way to give back and make a positive contribution to the world,” she remarks. “While all that is true, numerous studies, including the recent Do Good Live Well Study, by UnitedHealthcare, have shown that people who do volunteer work for two or more hours a week exhibit lower rates of depression and heart disease, live happier more fulfilled lives and have greater self-esteem and greater functionality, especially older adults.”
MOVE. Butler promoted moderate exercise to help improve cardiovascular function, elevate mood and keep men fit longer, and his conclusions are supported by studies by the University of Maryland Medical Center, Arizona State University, and the Erasmus M.C. University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He found that, “One of the most frightening disabilities of old age, aside from dementia, is frailty.” His prescription? Maintain strong thigh muscles, which is what we use to get up out of a chair or bed, and do squats daily. Yoshiro Hatano, Ph.D., popularized the use of pedometers and the 10,000 Steps a Day program in Japan that also spread to this country. Wearing a small counter is a simple way to keep track of how many steps we take in a day. Such monitoring devices indicate how active or inactive we really are, which can be a bit of a surprise. Hatano and his researchers found that most people take 3,500 to 5,000 steps a day. Raising that to 10,000 steps a day will burn more calories, promote better heart function and keep weight under control. GET A TUNE-UP.
Annual physicals are more important than regularly changing the oil in a car, yet men are more likely than women to skip a checkup visit to their doctor, according to a recent poll by Louis Harris and Associates. A growing trend among health centers addresses this concern, offering men a one-stop-shopping-style checkup and testing.
Here’s how: Men who aren’t interested in spending a day window-shopping certainly aren’t into a day of appointments to check off a list of simple health screenings. So, special health programs—modeled after executive health screenings formerly accessible only at getaway destinations like the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, or the Greenbrier Clinic, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia—are popping up at local hospitals from coast to coast. As part of the men’s health program at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, serving the Kansas City area, for example, doctors emphasize “maintaining optimal performance” versus “let’s see what’s wrong with you.” Prior to an appointment, patients visit a lab location for tests, so that all
of their results are ready when they visit the doctor. Then, on the day of their appointment, some additional screenings are performed, if necessary, so the time men spend with the doctor is used more effectively. This personalized, focused attention and all-at-once approach can provide straightforward strategic health planning—a map of diet, exercise and lifestyle targets to aim for in the coming year that can keep men here, happy, hearty, and healthy. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; see www.AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com. She interviewed Dr. Robert Butler before his passing.
Recommended Anti-Angiogenic Foods
ccording to the researchers at The Angiogenesis Foundation, many easily eaten foods help starve commonly occurring microscopic cancer cells and keep them from becoming a problem. This list, starting with green tea, continues to grow over time as scientists verify the efficacy of various foods based on a body of research. Green tea Strawberries Blackberries Raspberries Blueberries Oranges Grapefruit Lemons Apples Pineapples Cherries Red grapes Red wine Bok choy Kale Soybeans Ginseng Maitake or other Asian mushrooms Licorice Turmeric Nutmeg Artichokes Lavender Pumpkin Sea cucumber Tuna, halibut, flounder, salmon Parsley Garlic Tomato Olive oil Grape seed oil Dark chocolate Emmental, Jarlsburg, or Gouda cheese
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Get a Move On! by Judith Fertig
he research is in. Getting off the couch and moving away from TV, video and computer screens pays off in many ways.
Helps us maintain a healthy weight: The more active we are, the more calories we work off, and the more our weight stays at a healthy number on the scale. Improves brain function: “The decline the brain experiences late in life is not inevitable; it can be affected by things like habitual exercise,” asserts Dr. Eric Larson, of the Group Health Research Institute, in Seattle. Larson and his team of researchers published a pivotal study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing that older adults that exercised at least three times a week were 38 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The theory is that exercise not only increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, it may also reduce the abnormality known as brain plaque that has been associated with Alzheimer’s. Helps prevent diabetes: A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that moderate exercise led to a 50 to 60 percent reduction in the risk for developing diabetes, and delayed the onset of Type 2 diabetes among those already at high risk. Lowers blood pressure: After reviewing 15 studies on exercise and high blood pressure, the American College of Sports Medicine concluded that moderate exercise decreased blood pressure in approximately 75 percent of individuals with hypertension. Keeps us going: The good news is that exercise—especially the short, intense bursts in circuit or interval training—helps maintain and develop muscles, strength and stamina, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com
Five Ways to Make Workouts Fun
by Joshua Fleming
ogs are great at showing unconditional love, being good listeners, and offering open paws when a hug is needed; they also make superb workout partners. Here are five ways to bond and get healthy with your favorite four-legged friend. Walking. An obvious way to exercise with a canine pal is to take walks together. Vets generally recommend that dogs go for at least one walk every day, and tagging along is a good way to get the 30 minutes of daily cardiovascular exercise that doctors encourage for us. Also, the regularity of a daily walk helps strengthen the relationship between a dog and owner, while developing the animal’s trust and obedience. Fetching. Many dogs love chasing tennis balls, tree limbs or other thrown objects. To get the most out of a workout, after throwing the object to be fetched, take off after it with your dog. Although the four-legged competitor may win most of the time, running back and forth and friendly competition benefit all. Swimming. It may be difficult to find a salt pool (avoid chlorine) where pooches are welcome, but shallow lakeshores, local streams and other natural bodies of water can provide enjoyable destinations to take a supervised dip. Swimming builds strength and stamina and is gentle on the
joints; it works the body in ways that no other exercise does. Dancing. Dancing is another way to get a groove on and burn calories at the same time. Turn on some tunes and start moving, encouraging your dog to move with you, perhaps even standing on his or her back paws if it feels right. The laughter that results is a whole other form of exercise. Bicycling. Years ago, bicycling with man’s best friend was dangerous. Fortunately, today we have contraptions that attach a dog safely to a bicycle for a ride and prevent falls when Fido lunges after a squirrel. Bicycling with a dog running alongside is an effective workout for both of you. Exercising with canine pals can be rewarding in many ways, but workouts must be safe, as well as effective. Unless exercising at home or in a fenced yard, dogs should remain on a leash at all times and wear identification tags. Understanding the limits and abilities of a dog’s breed is also important, so that workouts can be appropriately tailored. Now, grab Fido and get moving. Joshua Fleming, a personal trainer and sports nutritionist based in Daphne, AL, is the founder of Victory Fitness, a nationwide virtual personal training initiative. Learn more at VictoryFit.com.
Men: F.I.G.H.T. for Your Health by Dr. James Lemire, M.D. Today the average American man is out of shape and overweight, and he seldom sees his family physician unless dragged in by his spouse. We must learn how to F.I.G.H.T. to regain our health. Dr. Gary Gordon has given us an outline with his F.I.G.H.T. protocol.
ood and Focus Food. The standard American diet (S.A.D.) has failed us. On average, we have gained 20 pounds over the past 20 years following this diet. We need to decrease our intake of saturated fats and processed foods. It is time to get over our love affair with wheat and dairy (more likely, our addiction to these foods). Nearly half of the population is allergic to wheat, and even more cannot digest milk products. We also need to educate ourselves about the coming disaster posed by GMO (genetically modified) foods that our bodies are not designed to digest. Focus. We live in a 24/7 society with cable TV and the Internet. We have forgotten how to quiet our minds. As a result of this stress, the body pumps out excessive cortisol, which causes us to gain weight and reduces our natural testosterone level. It’s essential to find and use techniques
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that quiet the mind including meditation, prayer, listening to soft music, reading, walking, or anything else that helps you become mentally still.
nfections Chronic fatigue syndrome has been related to several infections such as Epstein Barr, Lyme Disease, and Cytomegalic Disease. At this time, there is a significant presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria due to the overuse of antibiotics. We need to avoid the overuse of antibiotics and strengthen their immune systems with probiotics, vitamin C and vitamin D-3.
enetics We have decoded the human genome and are beginning to understand how genetics can affect our health. We need to learn how to eat to improve their genetics, instead of activating disease-carrying genes through toxic lifestyles.
ormones and Heavy Metals Hormones. Men are becoming more aware of their changing hormones which create andropause (the equivalent to menopause), male midlife hormone changes. Increased stress physically or mentally can reduce testosterone levels and result in fatigue, muscle wasting and depression. Men are also becoming aware of the effects of increased estrogen levels as a result of xenoestrogens (from plastics), soy (present in many packaged foods), and hormones given to animals. We need to restrict the use of plastics, soy, and switch to range fed, hormone free meats. Heavy Metals. Many people are suffering the effect of chronic exposure to heavy metals, especially lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum and arsenic. It’s a good idea to have your levels checked and incorporate an appropriate detoxification program to help improve your health.
oxins Men are seeing the results of more than 80,000 chemicals being introduced into the environment without any study of the effects on humans. The normal male sperm count 30 years ago was more than 50 million—today, the norm has dropped to 25 million. We need to look at their chemical exposure at work and at home, find ways to avoid them, and then obtain Far Infrared Therapy and other modalities to help detoxify. We men need to take responsibility for our own health and become proactive in the F.I.G.H.T. to slow down the aging process, enhance the mitochondria (each cell’s energy pack), and create optimal health in the future. Although this article has focused on men and their health, these principles also apply to women and children. For further information visit www.lemireclinic.com or call 352-291-9459 for a free consultation.
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“The King and Tha’I” Soup by Clark Dougherty
he classic musical extravaganza, “The King and I,” plays through June 12 at the Ocala Civic Theatre. The Rodgers and Hammerstein play has a dozen well-known songs and is set in 1864 Siam. The plot revolves around the conflict of old vs. new, East vs. West, and man vs. woman. To honor the dazzling production, here is my take on a Thai classic, Tom Ka Gai soup. Don’t let the ingredients list intimidate you. The fish sauce, chili garlic paste, and chili oil are readily available in the Asian section at Publix. The soup is a taste-bud sensation with the combination of sweet at the front of the tongue and then the lively back-bite as it finishes. This soup was recently served to the play’s Director, Music Director, and female lead (Anna) of “The King and I.“ Their review: Five Stars! Enjoy.
Ingredients (Serves 6): 3/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins 2 Tbsp. coconut oil 2 14-oz. cans coconut milk 2 Cups chicken broth ½ can (7 oz.) Coco Lopez coconut cream 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger root 4 Tbsp. fish sauce 1/3 Cup lime juice ¼ Cup Shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp. chili oil 1 Tbsp. chili garlic paste 4 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. lemongrass concentrate OR 1 stalk finely chopped lemongrass 4 Tbsp. thinly sliced scallion ½ Cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
Cut chicken into thin strips; saute in coconut oil for to 2 to 3 minutes until the chicken turns white. Remove from heat and let rest. In a large pot, bring coconut milk and chicken broth to a boil; immediately reduce heat to a quick simmer and add coconut cream, ginger, fish sauce, lime juice, mushrooms, scallions, chili oil, chili garlic paste, brown sugar and chicken. Stir until coconut cream and brown sugar are well incorporated, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add scallion and lemongrass. Simmer until the chicken is done, 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to lowest setting until ready to serve. Sprinkle individual portions with fresh cilantro at serving.
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The REAL Solution for Neck and Back Pain
t took years of physical and financial pain before three patients (Arthur Maxey, La Verne Backes, and Fred Samp, profiled below) discovered there is a therapeutically efficacious and cost-effective solution for the pain that “simply won’t go away.” Arthur Maxey worked in a welding shop, a heavy equipment repair shop, ship yards, and a phone company. His jobs required him to lift heavy materials, often without help. He was in his 40s when he started feeling some pain, and his doctor told him that he shouldn’t be lifting anything heavier than 50 pounds. However, Arthur needed to feed his family, so he continued with the bending and lifting of heavy items, managing the pain with palliative medication. Finally, when he retired at age 60, he began to feel a different kind of back pain that “simply wouldn’t go away”—not with medications, and not even after a series of epidural steroid injections. La Verne Backes had been suffering from back pain for 20 years. She
said her pain was caused by various problems including her playing a lot of tennis. She tried every possible treatment she knew then: chiropractic, acupuncture, even removal of two small fatty tumors next to her spine. These offered her temporary relief, but ultimately her nagging pain “wasn’t going away.” The pain became so severe, she couldn’t even sit down. She had to travel with special seats that had a metal frame supporting her back when she sat. Fred Samp, after retiring as a Judo Master, often sat for hours in front of his computer. On one such occasion last year, he suddenly experienced what he described as “an electric shock” in his neck, apparently a culmination of many years of neck pain which were treated with medication. Three months later, he had the same unexplainable experience, except this time it felt so bad, he thought it was a stroke. All three of them experienced chronic back or neck pains. All three of them sought other treatments. All treatments failed. Thankfully, all three were referred by their primary care physicians to Dr. Christopher Valencia, a board certified neurologist, who introduced them to IDD Therapy. After completing the required treatment protocol, life has since been pain-free for all of them. During his lecture to a group of patients recently at the Villa Medical Group’s Neuro-Spina Rejuvenation Centre, where he now practices, Dr. Valencia explained back pain management principles and evidence. He presented documented studies showing that nearly 80% of the
population experiences back pain at some point in their life. Risk factors include heavy physical work involving frequent twisting, bending and lifting, or by prolonged static postures; and by psycho-social conditions such as anxiety, depression or mental/work stress. Further, of those suffering from acute pain, 67% go back to work in 6 weeks’ time; and of those experiencing subacute pain, 90% return to work within 2 months, without any form of treatment but simply patient education, common pain reliever and/or reduced activity. Acute and sub-acute pains are what many expensive interventions are able to treat, claiming high levels of success, when studies showed that inexpensive pain reliever and/or medical advice would have been sufficient. The principle at work here is the body’s natural mechanism to heal itself. It is the chronic pain which lasts for at least three months, resulting in debilitation, that must be given serious attention. For neck and back pain therapies to work, nothing can be more supportive than preceding the therapy with a combination of the following evaluation in order to localize the source of pain: • Comprehensive clinical evaluation • Neuro-electro diagnostic testing • Imaging It is only after accurately localizing and identifying the pain generator that effective therapy can be given. Imagine undergoing expensive and inconvenient injections and surgery without accurately identifying the true source(s) and cause(s) of back or neck pain! Studies have shown that injections have no significant impact on the cause, and therefore the subsequent management, of neck and back pain. In fact, the American Academy of Neurology stopped recommending epidural steroid injections for neck and back radicular pain in 2007. Recent studies addressing specific diagnoses of degenerative spine disease have not shown superiority of expensive surgeries over cheaper conservative therapies. Worse, a substantial number of patients who have undergone back surgeries will undergo repeat procedures after 4-5 years.
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Dr. Valencia started performing IDD Therapy in 2002 and has been having excellent and consistent success. IDD Therapy is the most advanced evolution of spine decompression therapy—its clinical studies were completed in 1996 and this modality meets the standards of the American Academy of Pain Management. Advantages and benefits include the following: • Documented success rate of 86% for chronic back pain • No injections; no drugs; therefore no side-effects • Non-surgical; no prolonged recovery period • Safe, comfortable, cost-effective Dr. Valencia explains how the IDD Therapy promotes an environment for natural healing. Gentle distraction of the vertebrae surrounding the injured disc creates a more negative pressure, promoting diffusion of water, nutrients and oxygen into the degenerated or herniated discs. The degenerated discs get rehydrated; herniated discs get
retracted; facet joints get unlocked; and the spine is literally decompressed, leading to pain relief, and possibly preventing disease progression. IDD Therapy is highly recommended to patients with back and neck pain due to any of the following: • Degenerative disc disease • Herniated or bulging discs • Spinal stenosis • Neural foraminal stenosis • Radiculopathy • Sciatica • Posterior facet arthropathy • Failed surgery (without fusion) Dr. Valencia then complements his IDD Therapy with a personalized rehabilitation program and patient education, a formula that allows the patient a sustained pain-free life for years. All three patients—Arthur Maxey, La Verne Backes, and Fred Samp—and many others—attest to this. Christopher L. Valencia, M.D., is a Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and American Board
of Internal Medicine; completed his Residency in Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Residency in Internal Medicine, Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, NY; and is a Member of the American Academy of Neurology, American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine, Florida Medical Association and the Hillsborough County Medical Association. Learn more about this real solution for your neck and back pain. Call 352350-1600 for an appointment with Dr. Valencia at Neuro-Spina Rejuvenation Centre, Villa Medical Group, 3365 Wedgewood Lane, Southern Trace Professional Plaza, The Villages, FL 32162. Neuro-Spina Rejuvenation Centre is the first and only Neurology Clinic in The Villages that has the technology needed for IDD Therapy. Photo: Former Judo Master, Fred Samp, on the IDD Spina Intervertebral Decompression system during one of his sessions at VMG Neuro-Spina Rehabilitation Centre.
HealingWays the negative effects of both acute and chronic stress. Research from Herbert Benson’s Mind-Body Institute and other studies shows that meditation can turn a natural stress response into a natural relaxation response. Instead of the body becoming flooded with chemicals that prepare us to fight or take flight or freeze, meditation releases a flood of calming neurotransmitters and hormones that soothe the system and stimulate immune functions. Meditating helps to bring the body back into balance. According to multiple studies cited in Daniel Goleman’s The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience, people who regularly meditate experience lower incidences of high blood pressure and heart disease than those who do not. Richard Davidson’s recent studies at the University of Wisconsin demonstrate that regular meditation
MEDITATION MADE EASY Try these simple tips to achieve better health, more happiness and peace of mind. by Sally Kempton
or 20 years, I’ve meditated before stressful meetings, when I’m slammed by deadlines and during all kinds of domestic crises,” reports one successful lawyer. “In the middle of a tough day or any time I feel like I’m about to lose it, I’ve learned that if I close my eyes for two minutes and find that inner place of calm, it will give me the strength to deal with just about anything.” A string of clinical studies since the 1970s supports meditators’ claims that the activity works to counteract
decreases brain markers for depression, while increasing brain activity that marks states of peace and joy.
Constancy is Key The key to such healthful effects is regularity. Conducted occasionally, meditating can give us a temporary emotional lift, but the real benefit comes when we do it every day. Then we learn to tune into the inner state that is the source of meditation’s power to heal the body, calm the emotions and stabilize the mind.
Meditators often describe feeling states of increased focus and clarity, a sense of connection and empathy with others and above all, the sense of core inner strength that accompanies them through life, even in crises. But in order to be willing to make meditation a daily priority, we need to find a way to enjoy it. Otherwise, chances are we won’t stick with it. Meditation for the Love of It shares several core strategies for reaping pleasure from our practice. The first consideration is physical comfort when sitting to meditate. As long as the spine is straight and the chest open, comfort trumps form. Secondly, it helps to approach meditation as an experiment; one we conduct in the laboratory of our inner self. The third basic principle is to find a core practice that feels good to us and that we can relax into. Choose one that focuses and draws attention and energy into the peaceful fullness of a deeply meditative state.
Three Classic Approaches Tuning into the Breath – After assuming an upright posture, sense the flow of breath in and out through the nostrils—cool on inhaling and warm on exhaling. The key is to tune into the sensation of how the breath feels, which also engenders a natural sense of well-being. Meditation in the Heart – Let the breath flow into the center of the chest, as if it were flowing through the chest wall. As it touches the center of the chest, imagine a soft glow in the heart, like an inner sun. With each inhalation, feel the sun glow. With each exhalation, spread it throughout the inner body. (Note: To find the heart center, place the right palm over the center of the chest and focus attention on the very center of the body, behind the breastbone). Mindfulness – Beginning with the crown of the head, move attention through the body, focusing next on the forehead, followed by the cheeks, ears, mouth, neck, shoulders, front and back of the chest, stomach, lower
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To realize a daily practice, begin by sitting for five minutes at the beginning or end of the day. Each day, increase the time spent sitting by one minute, until reaching 20 minutes. Benefits accrue when we practice daily and make it a priority. Sally Kempton is a master teacher of meditation. Her new book, Meditation for the Love of It, includes 20 practices to optimize meditation. A teachers’ teacher, her students include leading teachers of yoga and meditation around the world. Visit SallyKempton.com.
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back, hips, pelvic area, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. Continue on. As straying thoughts arise, notice them, note them as “thinking,” and return to the practice.
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Gardening in June
It is time for the second of four feedings of citrus and grapes. (The by Jo Leyte-Vidal, UF/IFAS most recent was in March.) Marion County Master Gardener Be sure to use a specially formulated fertilizer for the citrus since it contains the une is the month for feeding annuals, correct amount of minor perennials, and container gardens. It is minerals needed. also the last chance to prune azaleas The garden centers are before they set buds for next spring’s still full of summer annuals bloom. The last day for pruning is July 1st. in all shapes and colors. Now is the time to locate the poinsettia Crepe myrtle is often used in landscaping. Plant some among your you bought last Christmas and give it some It thrives near pavement, blooms well perennials to give your care. In order to prevent the plant from even in extremely hot, dry conditions, and landscape a punch of color becoming one or two long sticks with a comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes. now that all the spring bloom at the top, pruning must begin now. blooms are finished. Also, The process is simple: each time the stem try some bulbs of spider grows one foot, remove half. This will lily, Amazon lily, Aztec lily and walking iris. These will be promote branching and keep the plant closer to the ground. there when the annuals fade away. Their bright red blossoms are wonderful when very few The crepe myrtle, the “Lily of the South,” comes in a other plants are blooming in winter. variety of sizes from dwarf to small tree size. Requirements Be on the lookout for chinch bug damage in your St. Augustine lawn. It shows as a circular brown patch. To test are few: moderately fertile, well-drained soil, plus good air for the presence of chinch bugs, mix two tablespoons of circulation to prevent powdery mildew. Once established, dish detergent in two gallons of water and pour on a twofertilizing is not necessary, and the plant is drought tolerant. foot square marked off across the edge of the damaged area. Wait 4-5 minutes—if infestation exists, the bugs will come The annual crepe myrtle sale will be held Saturday, June to the surface. If they do not come to the surface, you might 18th, at the McPherson Government Complex, SE 25th have a case of brown patch, which is a fungus. Call the Avenue, in Ocala. The UF/IFAS Marion County Master Extension office for more information at 352-671-8400. Gardeners will be there to answer your questions.
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The Power of a Father’s Story Letting Your Children Know You by John Badalament
When I ask dads to describe the kind of relationship they want to have with their children, every dad will say without hesitation that above all, he wants to feel emotionally close and connected with them.
enowned researcher and author John Gottman, Ph.D., founder of the Relationship Research Institute, has concluded that children with emotionally available dads do better in school, have better peer relationships and relate better with teachers than children whose dads are more emotionally distant. Children with dads who are overly critical or dismissing of emotions are more likely to do poorly in school, fight more with friends and suffer poor health. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health found that the single most protective factor for reducing behavioral risks such as drug and alcohol abuse, early sexual activity, smoking and depression,is children’s connectedness to their parents; fathers were noted as being of particular importance. Being known means letting down the walls
and sharing your life story—having the courage to show your flaws, fears and joys. This is not to say that one should overburden a child with inappropriate revelations; rather, it’s about giving your child the gift of knowing who you are and what you feel on a regular basis. What was your relationship like with your dad? What were you like as a kid? Children need and want genuine insights into who you were (and are) as a person, not just as their dad, so that they can better understand who they are and where they come from. It means letting kids into
your experiences with winning and losing, being embarrassed and feeling anxious, overcoming challenges, and giving up. What stories are appropriate to share with a child? The short answer is, trust your gut. While there are no hardand-fast rules, here are a few guidelines: n Let your stories emerge naturally and in context. When your daughter loses a game: “Did I ever tell you about what my dad used to do when I would lose?” n Take the lead: “When I was in fifth grade, I was concerned about what other people thought of me. Do you ever feel that way?” n Share stories about your present, too. “Sometimes I have trouble keeping my mouth shut. I was in this meeting the other day...” n Include feelings, not just facts. By revealing your feelings, you help children understand their own. n Be mindful of how a story may boomerang. If you decide to tell your teenage son about your own past substance use, prepare a response in case he uses that information to justify his own actions. n When telling stories about your father, keep in mind that your children have a relationship with their grandfather and do not divide a child’s loyalties. If your father was abusive, seek professional advice before sharing such stories; maybe talk about how you try to do things differently than your father did. Stories are the lifeblood connecting the generations. Excerpt adapted from The Modern Dad’s Dilemma: How to Stay Connected with Your Kids in a Rapidly Changing World ©2010 by John Badalament. Reprinted with permission from New World Library.
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.
Gluten Intolerance Group / Gainesville 352-215-1078 / GIGgainesville@gmail.com www.glutenintolerancegroupgainesville.blogspot.com The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America proudly announces a new branch in Gainesville. Please call or email for information about our monthly meetings. Share your stories, or give/get support! Next meeting June 21, 6-8, Gainesville Health & Fitness, Newberry Rd.
Holistic M.D. Practices
Dr. Cornelius A. Link, DDS 352-629-0700 / Ocala / www.drlinkdds.com There must be a biologic balance in the mouth as part of total body health. This means being concerned about infections in the teeth and gums, the relationship of the teeth to the jaws, the teeth to each other, saliva pH and metal toxicity. As a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, we follow a recommended safety protocol for removal of amalgam fillings, if necessary. Dental materials compatibility testing available.
James F. Coy, M.D. Life Family Practice Center 1501 U.S. Hwy. 441 North, The Villages 352-750-4333 / www.LifeFamilyPractice.com More than 20 years in the General Practice of medicine, with a focus on allergies, and treatments using environmental bio-nutrition and other natural methods including N.A.E.T. and acupuncture. Providing detox therapies including chelation, anti-aging treatments, natural hormone replacement, and alternative testing.
Nelson Kraucak, M.D., ABCMT, ACAM Life Family Practice Center 1501 U.S. Hwy. 441 North, The Villages 352-750-4333 / www.LifeFamilyPractice.com For 15 years in The Villages, Dr. Kraucak has been committed to bridging the gap between clinical medicine and complementary therapies to promote the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Embracing a medical approach to alternative treatment and by using cutting-edge technologies, he is able to treat chronic auto-immune and degenerative disorders. Providing treatments such as Immune Biomodulation, Chelation, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, PRP, Prolozone and much more.
Gentle Waters Healing Center 352-374-0600, Gainesville firstname.lastname@example.org The therapists at Gentle Waters Healing Center will assist each individual with detoxing using colon hydrotherapy, Far Infrared Sauna, and/or Aqua Chi Lymphatic Drainage. We also carry probiotics, digestive enzymes, and other products for overall health. Proud sponsors of Barley Life Nutritional Products. Call Dawn Brower for more information or visit www.gentlewatershealing.com. MA41024, MM15426.
Fitness 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.
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 Godgiven 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.
Holistic Psychotherapy Diane Alther, LCSW, RN, CHt Traditional and Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher Ocala and Dunnellon locations / 352-425-1992 www.emdrtherapistnetwork.com Combining conventional counseling with body, mind, energy therapies including EMDR, EFT, hypnosis, full wave breathwork, meditation and Reiki to facilitate change and mental and emotional balance.
Hypnotherapy Christine Green CHt Hypnotherapy Gainesville Hypnotherapy 1212 NW 12th Ave., Suite C-3 Gainesville FL 32601 / 352-339-6078 www.OneStepDeeper.com Invite amazing changes into your life through Hypnosis. The powerful process of Hypnotherapy guides you naturally and easily to the life you truly deserve. Free consultation: www.onestepdeeper.com and 352-339-6078.
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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.
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.
Massage Tiara L. Catey, LMT Center for Balance 1705 N.W. 6th St., Gainesville 352-642-4545 / www.tiaracatey.com Relieve pain, manage stress and cultivate joyful relaxation and balance by including massage as an essential part of your self-care practices. Therapeutic massage, relaxation massage and lomilomi. Includes aromatherapy. Holistic approach. Some insurance accepted. Visa/MC. See www.tiaracatey.com for details. MA41831.
Rolfing Carol L. Short / Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Craniosacral Therapist, Gainesville and North Central FL / 352-318-0509 Rolfing® is a system of body restructuring through systematic manipulation of muscle and fascial tissues. It promotes the release and realignment of long standing patterns of tension and dysfunction, bringing the body to greater balance, mobility, vitality, and ease. A holistic approach to mobility, vitality and balance. MA16337/MM18921.
Clark Dougherty Therapeutic Massage Clinic 850 N.E. 36th Terr., 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 now for Mother’s Day and birthdays with 25% discount on a second session. MA27082, MM9718.
Medicine Wheel Veterinary Services Shauna Cantwell DVM, Ocala, FL www.shaunacantwell.com / 352-538-3021 Holistic veterinary medicine for small animals and horses. Preventative health, arthritis, neurologic and hormonal dysfunction, skin, allergies, cancer, pain, immune and chronic disease, more. Certified Veterinary Acupuncture, certified cAVCA animal chiropractic, herbal therapy, tui na medical massage, functional neurology, postural rehabilitation, ozone therapy, homotoxicology, nutrition. Available for workshops.
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Sandra Wilson, MCHt, EFT-ADV 352-454-8959, www.SandraWilson.org With the simple tap of your fingers, you can stop replaying bad memories/ bad decisions in your mind. You can feel at peace with yourself and others. EFT is the painless, drug-free technique with over 90% success rate. See Website for free consultations in Ocala. Phone sessions also available.
Women’s Health Care at Center for Balance Louann Hillebrand, CNM, ARNP, 352-505-5581 1705 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, Fl 32609 www.womenshealthcareatcenterforbalance.com Louann Hillebrand, CNM, ARNP has been providing women’s health care in Gainesville since 1974. If you are looking for sensitive well woman care in a tranquil environment, this is the place for you! United Healthcare, Aetna, Avmed, BC/ BS, Medicare/Medicaid.
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CalendarofEvents May 19-June 12 “The King and I,” classic musical play. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, www. OcalaCivicTheatre.com. Wednesday, June 1 HGC weight loss. Safe homeopathic solution targets hard-to-lose stored fat. Detox coaching and support. FREE consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, 351-1298, www.ReesersNutritionCenter.com. Saturday, June 4 Mediumship Spiritual Development Class, 2-4:30pm. Class includes meditation, lesson, hands-on practice to develop your personal skills. $25. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. New attendees please arrive at 1:45. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge, www.ifsk.org, 407-673-9776. Nine Souls Elevation with Omialadora Ajamu. 1-3pm, $50. Pre-registration
required. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-4548657, www.highspringsemporium.net. June 5-10 Certified ThetaHealing Practitioner classes taught by Cynthia Christianson, Certified ThetaHealing Practitioner/ Instructor. Basic DNA Sunday 3-9pm, Mon-Tuesday 9:30-4. Advanced DNA Wed-Friday 9:30-4. Information: 352-3727982, Cynthia@thetahealingworks.net, www.thetahealingworks.net. Monday, June 6 Meet the Doctor evening, hosted by Dr. James Lemire. FREE, 6pm, call to reserve a seat. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-2919459, www.LemireClinic.com. Teleconference on holistic health, Biosyntonie. 8pm, free. Dr. Hanoch Talmor, Gainesville Holistic Center, 4140 NW 27 Lane, Suite C, Gainesville, FL, 352-3770015, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.betterw. com. Wednesday, June 8 Metabolic balance. All natural weight loss; “Your food shall be your medicine.” FREE consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, 3511298, www.ReesersNutritionCenter.com.
Saturday, June 11 Reiki with Crystals with Joanne Knisely. Free Talk and Demonstration 12-1pm, sessions 1-5pm, $15. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, www. highspringsemporium.net. Sunday, June 12 Using Crystals in Healing Modalities Workshop with Jeanette Westlake, Acupuncture Physician. 1-4pm, $30 pre-registration, $35 at the door. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, www. highspringsemporium.net. Tim Veazey in Concert. 1pm, love offering. Unity Church of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala, 352-687-2113, www. unityocala.org. Tuesday, June 14 Community HU Song followed by refreshments and conversation. 6pm, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St., Gainesville. Eckankar in Gainesville, 352-378-3504. Wednesday, June 15 Cleanse your body of toxic buildup, repair G.I. tract, support immune system, weight loss, anti-aging nutrition, protocol for radiation detoxification. FREE consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, 351-1298, www.ReesersNutritionCenter.com. Thursday, June 16 Dismantling Stress with Integrative Relaxation, with John Ernest Hiester, 7:008:30pm, following Amrit Yoga with Veda (5:30-6:30 every Thursday), Downtown Public Library, 401 E. University Ave., Gainesville, 4th floor. Free. Dress warmly, bring light blanket. jehiester@amrityoga. org, email@example.com.
n Psychic Mediumship Develop- ment Class, June 4, 2-4:40 pm, Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. n Intensive 4-day course, Aug. 4-7, San Pedro Center, Winter Park. n Private readings available. Check Web for complete 2011 program
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Monday, June 20 Stress Management with Nuris Lemire. FREE, 6pm, call to reserve a seat. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www. LemireClinic.com.
Monday, June 20 Movie Night: “Cancer Is Curable.” FREE, 6pm, call to reserve a seat. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www. LemireClinic.com.
Wednesday, June 22 Wellness Consultation on Irritable Bowel Syndrome. FREE consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-7320718, www.ReesersNutritionCenter.com.
June 17-26 Amrit Method of Yoga Level I Immersion and Teacher Certification Training. Amrit Yoga Institute, Salt Springs, 352-685-3001, www.AmritYoga.org.
Tuesday, June 21 Gainesville Gluten Intolerance Group meeting, 6-8pm, Gainesville Health & Fitness Center, Main Newberry Rd. location. 352-215-1078, GIGgainesville@ gmail.com.
Saturday, June 25 Nutritional Blood Analysis with Linda Schoffler. Talk and demonstration 12-1pm, free. Sessions 1-5pm, $50. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, www. highspringsemporium.net.
Saturday, June 18 Annual crepe myrtle sale, McPherson Government Complex, SE 25th Ave., Ocala. Information: UF/IFAS Marion County Master Gardeners, 352-671-8400. Create Your Own Chakra Grid Workshop with Sharron Britton. 1-3pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-4548657, www.highspringsemporium.net.
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June 18-19 First Degree Reiki Certification Training, Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT, Ocala, FL, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 12-6pm, $100 pre-paid by 6/10, 352-239-9272, www. initiationhealing.com. Sunday, June 19 Honor thy Father Celebration. Free crystal gift for all fathers, home-baked goodies. 12-5pm, free. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs. 386-454-8657, www. highspringsemporium.net.
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Sunday, June 26 Eckankar Worship Service, “The Secret to A Happier, More Successful Life.” 11am, Courtyard By Marriott, 3700 SW 42nd St. (near I-75 and Butler Plaza), Gainesville. 352-378-3504. Tuesday, June 28 Ocala/Marion Raw Food/Living Cuisine Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6-8pm at the Lemire Clinic. Bring a raw-food dish with recipe to share. FREE. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. Wednesday, June 29 Signs and Symptoms Analysis. Any time any of the organs/systems of the body are out of balance, there are signs and symptoms. FREE. Call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-732-0718, www. ReesersNutritionCenter.com. July 15-16 Awakening to Soul: Initiation Healing® Meditation Workshop with Author Ojela Frank, Ocala Inner Center, Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, $95 pre-paid by 7/11, 352-239-9272, www. initiationhealing.com. SAVE THE DATE Saturday, July 23 Soul Healing Workshop with Master Healer and Divine Channel. You have the power to heal yourself and reach enlightenment in this lifetime. 3-6pm, $36 ($32 early bird by July 10). Held at Unitarian Universalist of Gainesville, 4225 N.W. 34th St., Gainesville, FL. Register and Information: 386-341-6260, www. BeHealedWithin.com. August 12-13 Awakening to Soul: Initiation Healing® Meditation Workshop with Author Ojela Frank, Ocala Inner Center, $95 pre-paid, 352-239-9272, www. initiationhealing.com. August 27- 28 First Degree Reiki Certification Training, Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT, Ocala, FL, $100 pre-paid, 352-239-9272, www. initiationhealing.com.
ONGOING EVENTS Sundays Farmers Market, 12-4. Mosswood Farm Store, 703 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, 352-466-5002, www.mosswoodfarmstore. com. Master Mind Prayer Circle, 9:30; Healing Hands Circle, 10; Sunday Service and Youth Education, 11; NGU, 12:30. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, www.unityofgainesvillefl. org. Meditation and Spiritual Lesson, 10am. Unity of Ocala, Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113, www. unityocala.org. Science of Mind and Spirit Meditation 9:45am, Celebration /Message 10:30am, Youth and Children’s Celebration 10:30am. Love offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 N.E. 28 Ave, Ocala, FL 352-629-3897, www. oakbrookcsl.org. Monday-Friday Organic Food Pickups. Monday, Ocala; Tuesday, Eustis and Mt. Dora; Wednesday, Ocala and Gainesville; Friday, Oxford/The Villages. Homegrown Organics by Doreen, 352-598-4184, http://www. homegrownorganics.vpweb.com. Recipes: http://homegrowngainesville.wordpress. com/ Yoga with Joe Ferrara. Monday, 7-8:30pm, Amrit Yoga Institute. Tuesday, 12-12:45pm, Serenity of Central Florida, 301 Skyline Dr., Ste 1, Lady Lake. Wednesday, 8:30-10am, Ocala Inner Center, 205 S. Magnolia; and 5-6pm, Serenity of Central Florida, Lady Lake. Thursday, 6-7:30pm, Ocala Inner Center. Friday, 7-8am, Premier Medical Center of Ocala, 7960 SW 60th Ave. prakash@ amrityoga.org. Tuesdays A Course in Miracles, 7pm. Unity of Ocala, Community House, 2 Cedar Course, Ocala, 352-687-2113, www. unityocala.org. Wednesdays A Course in Miracles, 7-8:30pm. Amrit Yoga, Salt Springs, 352-685-3001, ganga@ amrityoga.org. Meditation and Visioning, 6pm, followed at 7:15 with Speaker, Spiritual Craft, Drumming, or Spiritual Film, depending on the week. Love offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 N.E. 28 Ave, Ocala, FL 352-629-3897, www.oakbrookcsl.org.
Pilates with Ana. 5:30-6:30pm, $55.00 for 5 classes. Space is limited. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Court Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www. LemireClinic.com. Thursdays Amrit Yoga w/Veda, 5:30-6:30pm every Thursday. Downtown Public Library, 401 E. University Ave, Gainesville. Free. Dress warmly, bring light blanket. firstname.lastname@example.org. Healing Yoga with Marque. Movement class combining yoga, Pilates, body alignment, breathing. Bring a mat. $25/4 weeks, Feb. 3-24 every Thursday, 12:301:30pm. To register: 352-867-9660. Class held at Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala. Saturdays Farmstead Saturdays. Free, 9-3pm. Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352595-3377, www.cronescradleconserve. com. Seven days/week Abraham, yoga, breathwork, reiki, much more—something every day. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-3731030, www.unityofgainesvillefl.org. Bellydancing, fitness, yoga classes, personal training as early as 5:30am, as late as 7:30pm. Hip Moves, 708 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, 352-692-0132, www. hipmoves.com. Yoga classes as early as 5:30am, as late as 8:30pm, beginners (including “Stiff Guys”) to experienced Hot Yoga. Big Ron’s Yoga College, Gainesville, 352-367-8434, www.bigronsyoga.com. Dates vary Workshops: Creating Your Image and Finding Your Soul Mate. Finding and Eliminating Chakra Blockages, a Cause of Disease. How to Recover from Any Disease. Emotional Spiritual Physical (ESP) Trauma Therapy. Dr. Paula Koger, DOM, 941-5394232, Rainbow Natural Medicine, Dunnellon, www.WealthOfHealthCenter.com. Calendar listings are free to our advertising sponsors, and just $15 each for all others. “SAVE THE DATE” calendar listings available too; call for details. To place your listing(s), call 352-6294000, email GoNaturalAwakenings@ gmail.com, or visit http://www. naturalawakeningsncfl.com/news.htm to order instantly online.
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OxyGenesis Institute Presents...
Let’s cruise together into 2012!
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detoxification For decades, Americans have increasingly turned to “alternative” forms of medicine and natural treatments. They have sought help for all kinds of diseases and conditions that were not helped by traditional Western medicine, which is often characterized by surgery and narcotics.
Lemire Clinic focuses on “functional natural medicine,” which does not rely only on invasive procedures or drugs. It combines modern science with ancient healing wisdom from different parts of the world, including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). At Lemire Clinic, we combine various natural therapies with safe, proven medical treatment to help remove stress, reduce pain and anxiety, manage symptoms and promote well-being. Using these non-traditional pain management techniques and detoxification therapies, we can cleanse the body of chemical, heavy-metal and environmental toxins. We have successfully reduced pain and symptoms and improved the overall condition for many patients. • Physician Assisted Heavy Metal Detoxification • Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy • Ionic Foot Bath Detoxification Therapy
• Electrical Dermal Screening • Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy • Prolotherapy • Far Infrared Sauna Therapy • Live Blood Analysis • Occupational Therapy
• Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy • Colon Hydrotherapy • Microdermabrasion Patient Information • Voice Mapping/Emotional Clearing Technique
Call for your free consultation today 1-352-291-9459 11115 SW 93rd Ct Rd, Suite 600, Ocala, Florida 34481
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8 – 5 Tuesday 9-6 Closed everyday from 12-1
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