March 2013 "Natural Awakenings" Magazine

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The Better Brain Diet Eat Right to Stay Sharp

Palate Pleasers Six Powerhouse Foods for Kids

Himalayan Salt Himalayan Healing Power

Thyroid Disease The Bold Truth

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Gardening Without (Much) Money

by David Y. Goodman, UF/IFAS Master Gardener

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The Better Brain Diet

by Lisa Marshall

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The Healing Power of Silence

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The “WINS” of Change

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Ceviche

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Yin & Tonic

by Melody Murphy

Eat Right to Stay Sharp

by Robert Rabbin

by Paula Koger, RN, MA, DOM

by Clark Dougherty, LMT

Home is Where the Heart Is

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Six Powerhouse Foods for Kids

by Susan Enfield Esrey

With Palate-Pleasing Tips

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The Bold Truth of Thyroid Disease

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The Gift of Empathy

by Margret Aldrich

by Dr. Michael J. Badanek, DC, BS, CNS, DACBN

How to Be a Healing Presence

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The Birthright of Human Beings

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At Peace in Your Mind

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The Healing Power of Himalayan Salt

by David Wolf

by Rev. Bill Dodd

by Nuris Lemire, MS, OTR/L, NC

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newsbriefs Gainesville MedSpa Relocates

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ainesville MedSpa is the first Chiropractic Health Center to join the North Florida Medical Community. This is the only office providing chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy in this mainstream medical community. After serving the northwest Gainesville community for six years, Dr. Angela Leone and her team of Licensed Massage Therapists have joined the practice of Dr. Lian at the Oriental Healing Center (located behind Red Lobster). Chiropractor Dr. Angela Leone, and leading massage therapist Wendy Noon, are gifted practitioners who use gentle hands-on and instrument techniques to achieve healthy balance for their patients. Massage techniques vary from pregnancy massage to hot stone. Ms. Noon is extending a special offer through April 29, 2013 of $49 for a one-hour massage. She says, “Your specific needs can be met with personalized attention and care. With evenings and weekends available, scheduling is flexible and easy.” Gainesville MedSpa’s new location is 7003 NW 11th Place, Suite 5, Gainesville 352-374-0909. For more information, visit www. gainesvillemedspa.com.

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Qi Activation

May 25-28, Orlando Convention Center

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fter 65 events and 40,000 attendees, Qi Activation, formerly known as Qi Revolution, has upgraded the curriculum to what people said in surveys was “most useful in life.” Besides Qigong exercises and breathing techniques, the four-day Qi Activation event will focus on food healing and will devote an hour each to food-based protocols for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The Qi Activation seminar this year will also introduce Qigong foot reflexology for on-the-spot pain relief and endocrine boosting effects. The clinical applications are in addition to the Qigong/Energy components of the four-day, total immersion experience. Qigong breathing techniques are often described as “the best

natural high” and Qi activator, hence the name of the event. Activation is a biological process and part of enlightenment. The root chakra point, when activated, releases dormant energy (called Kundalini) up the spine, boosting the endocrine system and therefore our longevity. This is perhaps the first longevity conference that speaks about, and facilitates the experience of, the dormant energy hidden within our nervous system. Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack and 100 other instructors will be leading the group practices. Participants can expect to learn and experience several breathing techniques, Qigong strength training, and more. Special guest, Medical Qigong Master, Jerry Allan Johnson, will speak about the future of energy medicine within the Western model. Other gifted healers and speakers will be in attendance, including American New Thought minister Michael Beckwith. Attendees may participate for one, two, three, or all four days’ training for only $129. The event is non-denominational and open to all people. For therapists, 32 CE hours (massage) and 24 PDA hours (acupuncture) are available. The event is fun, experiential, and educational. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information, call 800298-8970 or visit www.QiActivation. com. Be sure to book your hotel early, as it sells out rapidly. Visit www. QiActivation.com for recommended hotels and rates.

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healthbriefs

Battle of the Bulge

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ccording to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese today, nearly triple the rate in 1963. A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation advises that if adult obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have rates above 60 percent; 39 states above 50 percent; and all 50 states above 44 percent. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity, based on research at 10 universities, points to the use of hormones in factory meat production as a major reason for this trend. Pesticides are another culprit; the average American is exposed to 10 to 13 different types each day via food, beverages and drinking water, and nine of the 10 most commonly used are endocrine disrupters linked to weight gain. Genetically modified U.S. food crops are also sprayed heavily with biocides. Findings presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science linked bisphenol A (BPA)—an industrial chemical contained in plastic soda, drinking and baby bottles—with abnormal estrogen function. To win the battle of the bulge, Americans need to eat balanced diets and exercise regularly, but additional steps can further help: choose organic, grass-fed meat instead of corn-fed; use glass instead of plastic containers for beverages and food storage; avoid canned food unless the label states BPA-free; and consume yogurt daily or take a high-quality probiotic to help restore healthy intestinal flora.

Drinks Tied to Tooth Trouble

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hen replacing lost fluids during or after a workout, consider how beverage choices can affect the health of teeth. A recent study published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that increased consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth, especially among adolescents. A reported 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens regularly imbibe energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent down at least one sports drink a day. “Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ than soda,” says Associate Professor Poonam Jain, lead author of the study, who serves as director of community and preventive dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that the drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.” In testing the effect of acidity levels on samples of human tooth enamel immersed in 13 sports and nine energy beverages, researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure. Moreover, energy drinks were twice as harmful as sports drinks. “These drinks erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity,” says Jain.

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Why We Need More Vitamin C

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esearchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a leading global authority on the role of vitamin C in optimum health, found compelling evidence that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams per day for U.S. adults, up from its current levels of 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. The RDA of vitamin C is less than half of what it should be, scientists argue, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical, nutrient in the same way they do for pharmaceutical drugs, and consequently reach faulty conclusions. The researchers base their recommendations on studies showing that higher levels of vitamin C could help reduce chronic health problems including heart disease, stroke, and cancer, as well as underlying causal issues such as high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, poor immune response, and atherosclerosis. Even at the current low RDA, U.S. and Canadian studies have found that a quarter to a third of the total population is marginally deficient in vitamin C and up to a fifth of those in such groups as students, smokers and older adults are severely deficient in it.

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healthbriefs Dining App for Special-Needs Diets

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oodCare’s new EveryoneEat! Android and iPhone app allows anyone to make informed meal decisions at 180,000 restaurant locations nationwide, based on their nutrition needs and meal preferences. Users enter their basic information such as age, gender, height, weight and activity level, plus any chronic health conditions and special dietary restrictions, at FoodCare.me. Instant analysis enables them to search for dishes at restaurants by type of cuisine or restaurant name. “People need to be able to easily answer the basic question: ‘Does this dish meet my dietary guidelines?’ and if not, “What’s off and by how much?’” says CEO Ken Marshall. According to the U.S. government’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which monitors the use and cost of health care and insurance coverage, nearly half of Americans today are living with a nutrition-related chronic disease. The National Restaurant Association estimates that Americans order 47 percent of their meals from restaurants.

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ating yogurt could reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), according to new research presented at the American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions. During their 15-year study, researchers followed more than 2,000 volunteers who did not initially have high blood pressure and reported on their yogurt consumption at three intervals. Participants who routinely consumed at least one six-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop hypertension.

Bad Fats Are Brain-Busters ew research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has found that consumption of “bad” saturated fats may be associated with a decline in cognitive function and memory in older women. The research team analyzed the BWH Women’s Health Study, focusing on four years of data from a subset of 6,000 women older than 65. Those who consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat, such as that found in red meat, exhibited worse overall cognition and memory than peers who ate the lowest amounts. Women who consumed mainly monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, demonstrated better cognitive scores over time.

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Gardening Without (Much) Money by David Y. Goodman, UF/IFAS Marion County Master Gardener

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eally, when it comes right down to it, gardening costs more money than it saves,” a friend said recently, giving me a knowing look. He continued, “I mean, I suppose if you count in that you’re growing organic, you’re getting a bit more value—but by the time you buy plants, and build beds, and pay for water, and do all that work, you might as well shop at WalMart.” Is this true? Should we look at our beloved garden as a simple economic equation? As a crass consumer calculation? As a grimy little matter of dollars and cents? Sure. Why not? My friend has a point. For most gardeners, your plots are a hobby that occasionally gives you some tomatoes you can brag about. Every year you replace rotted boards from the sides of your beds, buy transplants, and maybe rent a tiller. Then you worry over holes in your broccoli leaves, slugs in your lettuce, and fire ants in your paths, so you buy various chemicals, organic or otherwise, to fix those things. When plant vigor is low, you spring for fish emulsion, blood meal, bone meal, kelp meal, oatmeal or a Happy Meal™ and so on. These add up quickly and prove my friend’s observation. Or do they? The quick answer is—no. In tough economic times, we need to figure out how to garden in a way that strengthens our finances rather than straining them. In that vein, let’s look at a few ways you can garden on the ragged edge of cheap. First, let’s look at beds. You don’t need pretty raised beds. They’re nice, but they’re not necessary. Have you ever seen images of subsistence farms overseas? No block beds or cedar boards there—and yet, they’re growing enough food to live. If you’re longer on time than money, simply double-dig a patch of ground and remove the grass, then amend with whatever you can find. This method is just as productive as your neighbor’s adorable red brick bed by their oh-so-cute spitting frog fountain. A second money-saver is starting your gardens from seed. Transplants often create the illusion of a head start on your garden, rather than the actuality. Putting out neat rows of 6” tall peppers might feel good, but between transplant shock, light differences, and their often root-bound condition, they’ll often get out-produced by the seeds you plant. For the price of one or two of those pepper transplants, you can buy enough seeds to plant 50 directly into the ground. Now, about those bugs. What do we do with those? Well, there’s this awesome chemical, see, and it’s non-toxic,

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and it makes cutworms decapitate themselves, vaporizes caterpillars and magically turns aphids into ladybugs … and it’s only $50 a pint … and I’m totally just kidding! We’re not spending money, remember? We need to change our attitude about pests. You don’t have to kill them all. Most of the time, in a healthy garden, the pests won’t significantly reduce your yield. If you’re having serious trouble, however, there are a few steps you can take without breaking the bank. First of all—make the bugs go nuts finding their favorite foods. Mix up beans and cabbages, tomatoes and onions, and keep rotating. Most pests are plant-specific and don’t rise to plague proportions if you avoid monoculture plots. Secondly, don’t locate your garden at the edge of the yard. Put it right where you live, and give it the once-over every time you walk past. Pick caterpillars, stink bugs, and other pests, and toss them into a cup of soapy water. Baddaboom! Dead! You can also find plenty of info on cheap insect repellents/killers online. Garlic, red pepper, and plain old dish soap have been used to create insecticides— though my favorite method is simply spraying away the pests with a blast of water. Many, like aphids, have a hard time getting back to their host plants, and predators and the elements make short work of them on the ground. Fertilization is another area where we blow too much money. Kitchen scraps (bury these where plant roots can get them), homemade compost, manure, or forest duff are great amendments. Before running out to the store, think about what you have on hand. Additionally, sowing a “green manure” crop adds nitrogen and organic matter to your soil. Neighbors are often happy to give you their leaves and other yard “waste.” Provided they’re not spraying chemicals around, ask them to dump their trimmings and debris over the fence so you can start composting. Free fertilizer! As for tillers and other motorized implements, they’re all well and good if you have a huge space or more money. For me, however, I prefer to use a shovel, a spading fork, a landscaping rake, and a stirrup hoe for most of my gardening. Tools like these quickly pay for themselves in veggies, and the added exercise is another bonus. Will you reach profitability on your gardening? I have— but the answer is ultimately up to you. Some years you’ll fail (I’m great at failing) but those years will become fewer as you gain experience. Keep working the ground and looking for simple answers to tough problems. Build more compost piles. Talk with your local Master Gardeners. Plant and save heirloom seeds. Put up rain barrels. See what’s growing great for your neighbors and plant that. Get seed from the bulk bins at the organic market (that’s where I got my fava beans and rye, among other things). Learn to like okra and zucchini. And never, ever give up. David Goodman is a Master Gardener, writer, musician, artist and father, as well as the creator of FloridaSurvivalGardening.com, an online resource for people who are serious about growing food in Florida.

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The Better Brain Diet

Aim for three weekly servings of fatty fish. Vegetarians can supplement meals with 1,000-1,500 milligrams daily of DHA, says Isaacson.

Eat Right To Stay Sharp by Lisa Marshall

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ith 5.4 million Americans already living with Alzheimer’s disease, one in five suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the 2012 failure of several targeted pharmaceutical drug trials, many brain health experts are now focusing on food as a critical defense against dementia. “Over the past several years, there have been many well-designed scientific studies that show you are what you eat when it comes to preserving and improving memory,” says Dr. Richard Isaacson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of The Alzheimer’s Diet. In recent years, studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Archives of Neurology have shown that people on a Mediterraneantype diet—high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fatty fish, and low in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—tend to fend off cognitive decline longer and be less prone to developing full-blown Alzheimer’s. Several small but promising clinical trials further suggest that even people that have already begun to suffer memory loss may be able to slow or mildly reverse it via nutritional changes. Here’s how. Switch to slow-burning carbs: Mounting evidence indicates that the constant insulin spikes from eating refined carbohydrates such as white bread or sugar-

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sweetened sodas can eventually impair the metabolization of sugar (similar to Type 2 diabetes), causing blood vessel damage and hastened aging. A high-carb diet has also been linked to increased levels of beta-amyloid, a fibrous plaque that harms brain cells. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study of 1,230 people ages 70 to 89 found that those who ate the most carbs had four times the risk of developing MCI than those that ate the least. Inversely, a small study by University of Cincinnati researchers found that when adults with MCI were placed on a low-carb diet for six weeks, their memories improved. Choose fats wisely: Arizona neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, co-author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook, points to numerous studies suggesting a link between saturated fat in cooking oil, cheese and processed meats and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. “In animals, it seems to promote amyloid production in the brain,” he says. In contrast, those who eat more fatty fish such as herring, halibut and wild-caught salmon that are rich in the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid DHA, are at lower risk. Sabbagh notes that DHA, when it’s a steady part of the diet, plays a critical role in forming the protective “skin of the brain” known as the bilipid membrane, and may possibly offset production of plaque in the brain, thus slowing its progression during the earliest stages of dementia.

Eat more berries and kale: In general, antioxidant-rich fruits (especially berries) and vegetables are major preventers of oxidative stress, the cell-damaging process that occurs naturally in the brain as we age. One recent study published in the Annals of Neurology found that women eating high amounts of blueberries and strawberries were able to stave off cognitive decline 2.5 years longer than those who did not. Rich in antioxidant flavonoids, blueberries may even have what Sabbagh calls “specific anti-Alzheimer’s and cell-saving properties.” Isaacson highlights the helpfulness of green leafy vegetables, which are loaded with antioxidants and brainboosting B vitamins. One recent University of Oxford study of 266 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment found that those taking a blend of vitamins B12, B6 and folate daily showed significantly less brain shrinkage over a two-year period than those who did not. Spice up: Sabbagh notes that India has some of the lowest worldwide rates of Alzheimer’s. One possible reason is the population’s love of curry. Curcumin, a compound found in the curry-flavoring spice turmeric, is another potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. He recommends sprinkling one teaspoon of curcumin on our food every day and cooking with antioxidantrich cloves, oregano, thyme, rosemary and cinnamon. A 2011 Israeli study at Tel Aviv University found that plaque deposits dissolved, and memory and learning behaviors improved in animals given a potent cinnamon extract. Begin a brain-healthy diet as early as possible. “Brain changes can start 25 years before the onset of dementia symptoms,” says Sabbagh. “It’s the end result of a long process, so don’t wait. Start your prevention plan today.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at Lisa@LisaAnnMarshall.com.

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The Healing Power of Silence by Robert Rabbin

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ne day I disappeared into reveal another heart that knows how Silence … It was more than to meet life with open arms. Silence grace, an epiphany or a mystiknows that thoughts about life are cal union; it was my soul’s homecoming, not life itself. If we touch life through my heart’s overflowing love, my mind’s Silence, life touches us back intimately eternal peace. In Silence, I experienced and we become one with life itself. freedom, clarity and joy as my true self, Then the mystery, wonder, beauty and felt my core identity and essential nature sanctity becomes our life. Everything as a unity-in-love with all creation, and but wonderment falls away; anger, fear realized it is within this and violence disapessence that we learn When I return from silence pear as if they never to embody healing in existed. our world. Knowing SiI am less than when I lence is knowing our This Silence entered: less harried, self and our world belongs to us all—it for the first time. We is who and what we fearful, anxious and only have to be still are. Selfless silence until that Silence knows only the present egotistical. Whatever the comes forth from moment, this incredwithin to illumiible instant of pure life gift of silence is, it is one nate and embrace when time stops and of lessening, purifying, us, serving as the we breathe the high-alteacher, teaching and titude air we call love. softening. The “I” that path, redeeming and Let us explore Silence as a way of knowing returns is more loving than restoring us in love. In this truthand being, which we filled moment, know, which we are. the “I” who left. we enter our Self Silence is within. fully and deeply. It is within our breath, ~ Rabbi Rami Shapiro We know our own like music between beauty, power and thoughts, the light in magnificence. As the embodiment of our eyes. It is felt in the high arc of birds, the rhythm of waves, the innoSilence, we are perfection itself, a treacence of children, the heart’s deepest sure that the world needs now. Right emotions that have no cause. It is seen now the Universe needs each of us to in small kindnesses, the stillness of be our true Self, expressing the healing nights and peaceful early mornings. power of our heart, in Silence. It is present when beholding a loved one, joined in spirit. As a lifelong mystic, Robert Rabbin is an In Silence, we open to life and innovative self-awareness teacher and life opens to us. It touches the center author of The 5 Principles of Authentic of our heart, where it breaks open to Living. Connect at RobertRabbin.com.

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The “WINS” of Change by Dr. Paula Koger, RN, MA, DOM

“We would rather be ruined than change.” —W.H. Auden

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ur present perception is creating our present and future reality. I call this the Habitual Box. We are in a gridlock, because what is happening in our body, mind, and life is a clear reflection of the hidden mind. Shankar Vedantam, science writer at The Washington Post and author of The Hidden Mind, shares massive amounts of data confirming that subliminal information from media and our surroundings are programming and influencing our unconscious. Do you wonder why it is so difficult to change or get out of the box? According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, cellular biologist and author of The Biology of Perception, 95% of the information that controls our behaviors, choices and cellular function has been locked in the unconscious and becomes what runs our body/mind activities. This becomes our disease. Because the unconscious is such a strong force comprised of memories and data stored in the neurotransmitters and the very memory of cell systems of the body, it is the majority—majority rules. We have been trained by our family dynamics and culture to suffer. Our challenge is how to become the master of our fate, the captain of our soul. Even if we learn to quiet the mind, exercise, and eat right, many things don’t change. Left unresolved, the patterns— according to many experts including Dr.Ryke Hamer—may become cancer and other diseases.

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Here is how the programmed mind behaves. I had a patient who was responding very well to acupuncture and other modalities for treatment of back pain. In four treatments she was, by her account, 75% improved. Suddenly she announced she was going to have surgery. She had quit what was working, had surgery, and is now in a nursing home. I have often asked myself what causes people to make these choices. It seems obvious we are driven by unconscious needs, habits, and programs. I was with a group of people at a social function who were talking about their illnesses. One man said he was having his sixth surgery for skin cancer. I dared to risk speaking up and said maybe it is time to find out why they are reappearing and do something about the cause. That statement was a “big hit.” Another woman was proudly talking about how much Medicare had paid to fix her eye after three surgeries had failed. She said this as she lit up a cigarette. What shall we do? Shall we leave it as it is and die for our unwillingness to take charge of identifying and releasing the programs, traumas, behaviors, and environmental factors that are causing our limitations? On the other hand, we can enjoy suffering with the masses of sufferers and fit into the Habitual Box by having our own story to tell. We can continue to be sociopolitical robots. I will tell you my story. It is perhaps not like many stories. I am usually not the hit of the party at gatherings where people talk about their illnesses. Most people don’t seem eager to hear I have healed myself

from autoimmune disease, arthritis, elevated cancer indicators, skin cancer, thyroid dysfunction, and Lymes disease, and that I live an active, healthy, productive life as I continue to address the “issues in the tissues” and other factors that contribute to the causes of disease. Many turn a deaf ear when I say thousands of people have improved their health by healing their hidden minds and energy imbalances. Can we afford to federally fund the consequences of unconsciousness? I don’t use my Medicare benefits other than eye exams and annual checkups even though I have paid for these benefits all my life. I will use them eventually if necessary, but it won’t be through self-neglect. Dr. Koger will be presenting a free “How to Change Your Cellular Biology” workshop on March 30th from 3-5pm in Ocala. For details and reservations, call 941-539-4232 (www. WealthOfHealthCenter.com).

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in & Tonic by Melody Murphy

Home Is Where the Heart Is

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artow, Florida, is the little town where my parents did most of their growing up. It’s about a hundred miles south of here. One of my grandmothers still lives there; the other one is currently staying in Ocala, but still has her house there. The parents of my dearest friends, sisters Biddy Thatcher and Toad Sawyer (of last summer’s boat trip), also grew up in Bartow. Mr. Thatcher-Sawyer, in fact, introduced my parents. So I have a lot for which to thank Bartow. Though I only lived there for a year, when I was six, I’ve spent a great deal of my life there—enough that I consider it my hometown. I think the places you love in childhood will always feel like home. Especially if you keep returning to them throughout your life. But Bartow is special. I love it not just out of stubborn nostalgia, but genuinely and with present delight. Bartow looks like a hybrid of Mayberry and Bedford Falls, as painted by Norman Rockwell. The first time I took Puck Finn (also of last summer’s boat trip) there 20 years ago, she said in wonder, “It’s like Brigadoon. It could be any time at all from the ‘30s through the ‘80s.” That was in the ‘90s. It takes Bartow a while to catch up to the present. And that is why I love it. As the seat of Polk County, Bartow has two courthouses, the old one and the “new” one, but no movie theatre.

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It’s coming along with restaurants, but you still have to drive to a neighboring town to do any real shopping. People say there isn’t much to do there, but I’ve always found plenty to do. When I visit, I have my favorite spots of pilgrimage. There are the two duck ponds, each near a grandmother’s house, where I grew up feeding the ducks. (And still do.) One has the old sycamore I used to climb ... am still tempted to climb.

There’s the park full of old live oaks where I played as a child. (And as a young adult; Puck Finn will recall the unfortunate seesaw incident of a nottoo-bygone year.) I go there now not to swing or slide, but to admire the Florida Cracker rose garden or the way sunlight slants through the Spanish moss. There’s the turn-of-the-century ice cream shop downtown where I buy an ice cream cone and go sit under my favorite ancient live oak on the old courthouse lawn to enjoy it. Across Main Street, there’s the quaint little gift shop I always pop into and can find the best presents ... or a little something for myself. There’s the old cemetery, older

than Polk County itself, where people born in the 1700s and the veterans of every war since then are buried. I played there as a child with the boy who lived across the street from my grandparents. My grandfather called him “The Rascal.” The Rascal and I would venture through the woods behind his house, climb the low stone wall around the cemetery, and go exploring. An old cemetery full of big trees, tall gravestones, and large monuments is an excellent place to play hide and seek. This may be part of the reason why I like old cemeteries. When you grow up playing in them, they lose their fear factor. I still go there to walk around and read the crumbling old stones and enjoy the quiet. I take a lot of pictures when I visit Bartow. I think it’s because I want to preserve so many moments in time, just as Bartow does—and because the tree-lined streets of beautiful old houses, the shops on Main Street, the old courthouse and cemetery, the duck ponds and the park are really lovely, and ask to be captured as snapshots for remembrance. Bartow is a lovely old town, but it’s at its most beautiful in springtime. Known poetically as “The City of Oaks and Azaleas,” that’s a true statement. The azaleas are glorious in spring. So are the camellias, plumbago, bougainvillea, hibiscus, jacaranda and tabebuia trees; there isn’t a time of year when Bartow isn’t beautifully in bloom with something, but spring is really its finest hour. And oh, the orange trees! Citrus is big doings in Polk County, so groves and citrus trees are everywhere. When they bloom in springtime, it’s pure heaven. I would never miss a pilgrimage to Bartow in orange blossom season. Next month, I’ll share some more “snapshots” of some recent sojourns in Bartow. I make my pilgrimages there for more than just the orange blossoms— and every time, there is something to delight me and reaffirm my feeling that you can, indeed, go home again. I’ll take you along in April.

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Six Powerhouse Foods for Kids With Palate-Pleasing Tips by Susan Enfield Esrey

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s parents, feeding children nourishing foods is one of our most important jobs. Although most new moms and dads start with impeccable intentions (homemade baby food, anyone?), maintaining high family standards can be a challenge when many easygoing babies become toddlers and school-age kids are picky about what’s on their plate. It’s unfortunate, because the stakes are high. According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens today is overweight or obese, and thus at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A recent Australian study by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, in Perth, also has linked the “Western diet”—high in processed sugars, fats and starches, meats and salt, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables—to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescents. “When we looked at specific foods, having an ADHD diagnosis was associated with a diet high in takeaway foods, processed meats, red meat, high-fat dairy products and confectionary,” adds Professor Wendy Oddy, Ph.D., the nutritional epidemiolo-

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gist who led the study. She notes that more research is needed to determine the specific nature of the relationship. The good news is that it’s never too late to introduce healthy foods to a child. Here are six nutritional powerhouses children might actually eat. Avocado: Loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, potassium, and folate, creamy avocados are a natural early-childhood favorite, says Pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears, author of HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months. How to eat: Spoon it out straight from the rind. Mash into guacamole with garlic and cilantro if desired. Use the spread (instead of butter or mayo) on whole-grain toast or a sandwich. Or, blend avocado’s goodness with cocoa powder, agave nectar, vanilla and water for an irresistible dip for fruit. Berries: Antioxidants in blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are well-known aids in helping to prevent illness and improve brain function, says Sears. Choose organically grown berries to avoid pesticide residues. Nutritionally, frozen berries are just as good as fresh, although fresh tastes best. Also try antioxi-

dant-rich acaí berries (in powder form or frozen smoothie packs) and dried goji berries. How to eat: Eat berries plain or add them to cereal or oatmeal; leave them whole or purée to pour over whole-grain waffles. Blend any type of berry with yogurt and bananas for a delicious healthy smoothie. Chia seeds: This South American grain (the most researched variety is Salba seeds) may be the world’s healthiest, says Sears. It’s gluten-free; provides more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food; contains six times more calcium than milk; and is a rich source of vitamin C, protein, fiber, magnesium and iron. Other options include hemp and flax seeds. How to eat: Sprinkle chia, hemp seed or ground flaxseed onto cereal, salad greens or brown rice. Add chia to juice to make a chia fresca. Spread nutty-tasting hemp seed onto natural nut butter sandwiches on whole-grain bread or crackers. Quinoa and amaranth: Nutritionally, these grains—traditional foods in South America and Africa, respectively—trump typical North American grains by far. Both are gluten-free and contain more protein and calcium than wheat, oats, rice or rye. How to eat: Triple-wash quinoa, vigorously rubbing grains to remove the bitter outside coating—then cook either quinoa or amaranth like rice for 20 minutes. Cook in heated water, then stir in applesauce and cinnamon and serve as a cereal; or cook in broth and then stir in chopped, fresh herbs. Wild salmon: “Wild salmon is perhaps the healthiest fish source of omega-3 fats and protein, the two most important nutrients that kids need to grow,” advises Sears. Choose wild-caught salmon (fresh or frozen) over farmed fish to avoid possible contaminants. How to eat: Glaze roasted fillets with orange juice and teriyaki sauce, or a mix of maple syrup, grated ginger and rice vinegar. Make a salmon and goat cheese (or Neufchâtel) tortilla wrap; then cut into spirals and serve. Susan Enfield Esrey is the senior editor of Delicious Living magazine.

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The Bold Truth of Thyroid Disease by Dr. Michael J. Badanek, DC, BS, CNS, DACBN, DCBCN, DM(P)

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ealth care is shifting significantly and is ripe for changes in the balance of power and the paradigms of our therapeutic interventions. For nearly a century, allopathic medicine has hailed itself as “the gold standard,” and other approaches have either submitted to or been crushed by their ongoing political/scientific manipulations. Despite their proclamation of intellectual and therapeutic superiority, 180,000-220,000 iatrogenic (medically-induced) deaths occur in the U.S. per year (500-600 per day), and drug-related morbidity and mortality are estimated to cost more than $136 billion per year. (Holland EG, Degruy FV, Drug-induced disorders. Am Fam Physician. 1997:56(7): 1781-8, 17912.) In addition, it’s well documented that most medical allopathic physicians are unable to provide accurate diagnoses due to pervasive inadequacies in medical training. Currently one out of six women in the U.S. experience some type of thyroid dysfunction. Conventional allopathic medicine has totally failed in both the clinical diagnostic and treatment pictures of thyroid disease. It is time for the American consumer to wake up and understand that you cannot treat symptoms without effectively finding the root cause(s) of the problem and then addressing the cause to relieve/eliminate the symptoms and disease. Controversy In the allopathic medical paradigm, much confusion exists regard-

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ing a common but “mysterious” and “enigmatic” condition known as hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function. The basis for the confusion within the allopathic medical community about hypothyroidism is primarily two-fold: first, they rely on the wrong test (TSH) as the main basis for laboratory assessment; second, they use incomplete treatment (T4 without T3), defying the known physiology of the thyroid gland, which makes at least two hormones rather than one. Hypothyroidism’s converse—hyperthyroidism and Graves disease—is well understood, easily diagnosed, and readily treated. However, because the medical treatment for hyperthyroidism often leaves patients in a hypothyroid state, affected patients transition from clarity (they are clearly ill due to the disease process), into “mystery” (hypothyroidism) wherein they feel ill due to incomplete/inaccurate treatment. One might get the impression that perpetual confusion is at times the goal of the medical profession: we certainly see this with the management of hypertension, depression, diabetes mellitus, psoriasis, and other inflammatory/autoimmune conditions. For people who seek clarity, it is available. Basic physiology The hypothalamus produces thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) which stimulates the anterior pituitary gland to make thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine (T4, approximately 85% of thyroid gland hormone production) and triiodothyronine (T3, approximately 15% of thyroid gland hormone production). In the periphery, the prohormone

T4 is converted to active T3 by deiodinase enzymes. Stress, glucagon, and environmental toxins (originating most commonly from plastics and flame retardants) impair production of T3 and/ or increase production of reverse T3, which is either inert or inhibitory to the action of T3. If the thyroid gland begins to fail, then TSH levels increase as the body attempts to stimulate production of thyroid hormones from a failing gland, hence the association of elevated blood TSH levels with “primary hypothyroidism.” Thyroid hormones have many different functions in the body, and one of the chief effects is contributing to maintenance of the basal metabolic rate, or the speed of reactions within the body and the temperature of the body. An insufficiency of thyroid hormone adversely effects numerous biochemical reactions and body/organ functions, hence the myriad of clinical presentations. Clinical presentation of hypothyroidism In his classic book Biochemical Individuality, the author, Dr. Roger Williams, noted that “a wide variation in thyroid activity exists among ‘normal’ human beings.” Clearly, some patients do not make enough thyroid hormone to function optimally; or perhaps more precisely, they make enough thyroid hormone (T4) but do not efficiently convert it to the active form (T3) in the periphery. Further complicating the picture is that some patients make appropriate amounts of TSH, T4 and T3 but they make excess of inactive reverse T3 (rT3) which puts them into a physiologic state of hypothyroidism despite adequate glandular function. Patients may have one or more of the following:

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The Gift of Empathy

How to Be a Healing Presence

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by Margret Aldrich

hen someone is suffering, it can be agonizing just to listen—we feel compelled to jump in with advice or stories of our own trials, filling any awkward space or moments of silent air with word upon word. The first rule of empathy, however, is listening in silence. Miki Kashtan, writing for the Tikkun Daily interfaith blog, points out that giving our full presence is the most important step in practicing true empathy, and it doesn’t require us to utter a thing: “There is a high correlation between one person’s listening presence and the other person’s sense of not being alone, and this is communicated without words. We can be present with someone whose language we don’t understand, who speaks about circumstances we have never experienced, or whose reactions are baffling to us. It’s a soul orientation and intentionality to simply be with another.” When we achieve full presence, empathic understanding follows, Kashtan continues. “Full empathic presence includes the breaking open of our heart to take in another’s humanity. We listen to their words and their story, and allow ourselves to be affected by the experience of what it would be like. “Then we understand. Empathic understanding is different from empathic presence. We can have presence across any barrier, and it’s still a gift. If we also understand, even without saying anything, I believe the other person’s sense of being heard increases, and they are even less alone with the weight of their experience.” There are signs that empathy

might be on the decline, with narcissism elbowing it out of our modern lives. As reported in the Utne Reader, University of Michigan Psychologist Sara Konrath, Ph.D., found that empathy levels among college students measured on the Interpersonal Reactivity Index plummeted between 1979 and 2009. The greatest drops were in empathic concern and perspectivetaking—the ability to imagine another person’s point of view. But don’t yet lament the death of human compassion. According to scientific studies, empathy is built into us. In recent research at the University of Southern California, Professor Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, Ph.D., pinpointed where and how the brain generates empathy, regarding it as a naturally occurring emotion. “It appears that both the intuitive and rationalizing parts of the brain work in tandem to create the sensation of empathy,” Aziz-Zadeh told The Times of India. “People do it automatically.” However we get to that utterly tuned-in, selfless state of empathy, providing a listening ear, giving our full presence and being moved by another can be gifts not only to the others, but to ourselves, as well. Concludes Kashtan, “Allowing into our heart the other person’s suffering doesn’t mean we suffer with them, because that means shifting the focus of our attention to our own experience. Rather, it means we recognize the experience as fully human, and behold the beauty of it in all its aspects, even when difficult.” Margret Aldrich is a former associate editor of Utne Reader.

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The Birthright of Human Beings by David Wolf

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n self-development circles, we commonly hear appeals to be aware of our emotions, feel our feelings, and experience our experiences. Certainly such expressions represent vital principles for conscious living. They signify consciousness itself. To the extent that we’re not aware of what’s happening inside us, we’re less than conscious of parts of ourselves. Thus, consciousness of our sensations, feelings, and thoughts is an essential foundation for selfrealization. Relatedly, the capacity to effectively communicate our experiences is a characteristic of a developed intrapersonal and interpersonal life.

Learning from a Newborn Experience and expression, though, do not constitute the totality of a purposeful and fulfilling human life. After all, babies are masterful at experiencing and expressing their experience. Their anger, happiness, pain and sadness are communicated

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without pretension. Certainly we can appreciate the authenticity of the newborn, especially as such genuineness tends to become elusive to many of us as we enter adolescence and adulthood. We can understand, however, that the consciousness of most very young children is not the full embodiment of self-realization. Consider qualities such as empathy for others, or the ability to voluntarily forego immediate gratification for a longer term goal. These are traits of a developed person that a small child tends to lack. It’s rare, for instance, for a mother to hear from her infant, “I understand that you’ve had a particularly stressful day, and you’re feeling rather irritated. So, I’ll patiently wait for a few hours, without crying or complaint, until you feed me.”

Purposeful Living

As spiritual beings having a human experience, it is our responsibility (while being grounded in our experience), to cultivate a sense of purpose—a purpose that recognizes and addresses our eternal spiritual nature, beyond the temporary attractions and repulsions of the material body and mind. Such a sense of purpose provides a context for understanding our experiences, for utilizing our cognitive, emotional, and physical experiences for the sublime purpose of consciousness-raising, of realizing our essential identity, apart from designations related to that which is impermanent.

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paramount in determining the extent to which expression of emotion is lifeenriching or life-alienating. What you express connects with the principle of conscious choice. Sometimes in the personal growth environment, I sense an attitude that assumes or implies that the goal or purpose is to express our emotions more. It’s true that for some people the process of consciousness-raising will look like being more expressive, emotionally and otherwise. But for others, the process of self-development will look like expressing emotions less—for some people, expressing thoughts, emotions, etc., can be an avoidance, a diversionary drama, from their internal life. So, the vital principle is about living from conscious choice—from inspiration rather than from fear. Fear of being rejected can cause us to not authentically express, and fear can also cause us to express and share not from a place of courage, but rather to evade genuinely meaningful and productive dialogue. Thus, whether we’re silent and internal, or verbally, emotionally expressive, in itself, in my view, is not the key factor. The essential principle is to be conscious, at choice. Spirit thrives when we experience our experience, in a childlike way, while also enhancing the natural philosophical capacity that is the birthright human beings. David B. Wolf, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is the founder of Satvatove Institute (www. Satvatove.com), an international personal and organizational development company with headquarters in Alachua, Florida. The author of Relationships That Work: The Power of Conscious Living, he conducts transformative communication and personal growth seminars worldwide, as well as individual and group coaching. He has published books and articles in a variety of fields, including mantra meditation and child protection, and is the director of the Satvatove School of Transformative Coaching.

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At Peace in Your Mind by Rev. Bill Dodd

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ave you ever asked yourself what might make your life better? With the present hectic pace and demands of modern life, we often feel stressed and overworked. Wouldn’t you like to have a truly better life with more time for yourself? A little peace and harmony for each of us would make us feel more spiritually connected and more relaxed overall. Meditation provides relief to sensory overload by allowing the mind to be quiet. Getting the mind to rest takes some time and practice, but it is worth it. It even gives us better focus on a daily basis. For some, meditation can positively affect physical health. Even a simple 10- or 15-minute exercise in meditation can help us to overcome stress and find true inner peace and balance.

Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our thoughts from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful. Overcoming negativity and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations in the Buddhist tradition. Through meditative practices, we ultimately can get to a truly deeper state of self-awareness. With a quiet mind we free our overall awareness. And we ultimately find, after significant practice, that we can meditate at any time and anywhere, accessing the inner calm no matter what’s going on around us. We also find that we can better temper our reactions to things in life. Many people put off practicing meditation because they contend they don’t have 30 or 40 minutes to devote to the practice. Unfortunately, these stressed-out people who don’t have

enough time to meditate are the ones who in fact need it the most. Once you learn how to truly meditate, the rest of the day will start to go much more smoothly with fewer difficulties. Even if we don’t find the time to go to a meditation class weekly, after a little meditation practice, we find that we can begin to settle our minds and have some beautiful inner peace. All we have to do is take less than 15 minutes before going to bed and follow our breath coming in and going out. It is best to close our eyes and focus our attention on that place slightly above and between our eyes (the “third eye”). Besides feeling better inside, meditation sends positive thoughts to people and circumstances around us. It also allows us to visualize what we’d like to bring into our lives through affirmations for peace, health, prosperity and happiness. People who are beginning meditative practices can use simple efforts. Basic simple practices such as walking or running can help us center our minds and improve our efforts in meditation. We simply need to set aside a short time each day to create physical or mental benefit in our lives. Another example of meditative practices is using guided visualizations where we can see scenes of peace and love in our lives. We can envision the perfect job or relationship and affirm, see, and feel these truths in our lives right now. Ultimately meditation will help us to center ourselves and to become successful on a regular basis. We will become exceptionally happy in our lives. And we deserve it. Reverend Bill Dodd is co-minister of Trinity of Light Spiritual Center. Services are held Sunday at 10am at the College of Central Florida, Enterprise Building #101. Meditation Class led by Mary Dodd is held on Thursday at 7pm at the Ocala Inner center. Trinity of Light combines Eastern and Western omnicultural philosophy in meditationcentered practices. Contact Trinity of Light at 352-502-0253.

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Himalayan Salt by Nuris Lemire, MS, OTR/L, NC

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negative side effects of free radicals and how they relate to our health. Normally bonds don’t split in a way that leaves a molecule with an odd, unpaired electron. When weak bonds split, however, free radicals are formed. These new molecules are very unstable, reacting with other compounds in an attempt to snag excess electrons with the goal of becoming stable. Typically they’ll go for the nearest stable molecule, taking its electron—and in so doing, will create a chain reaction in an organism of molecules stealing electrons from other, more stable molecules. Eventually, this process causes damage in the organism on a cellular level which can present itself in many different ways. There are natural ways to negate the effects of free radicals, but not everybody has the luxury of going to the beach or sitting on a porch during a thunderstorm. Increasing antioxidants can help as well, because antioxidants will donate an electron while still maintaining molecular stability. Enter pink Himalayan salt. Himalayan salt is the only substance with antioxidant properties that work in all areas in the human body. Himalayan salt not only has 84 elements and trace minerals, but it is also easily absorbed by the body, becoming readily available shortly after consumption. It is molecularly stable and able to neutralize free radicals without becoming part of the chain reaction. Not only does it have more elements and trace minerals than sea salt and refined salt, but it helps to lower blood pressure, unlike either of the above. It can be used in baths to aid with detoxification, relaxation, and increased circulation, as well as be a replacement for table salts. This amazing natural substance is available in both bath and food grades as well as in soothing lamps to purify the air.

Himalayan salt lamps release negative ions when heated to help combat free radicals in the air, binding to and neutralizing them. They help to reduce humidity indoors and they provide a soothing soft light, making them great as night lights while still functioning as natural air purification. There have been studies on light waves and colors showing how the colors can improve mood and increase positive emotions. Animals, too, are keenly aware of the benefits and will often lie close to the lamps. Himalayan salt lamps are like a “beach in a bottle.” The benefits of natural Himalayan crystal salt include: regulating the water content throughout the body; promoting a healthy pH balance in the cells, particularly the brain cells; promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging; assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in the body; supporting respiratory health; promoting sinus health; prevention of muscle cramps; promoting bone strength; regulating sleep; supporting your libido; promoting vascular health; and, in conjunction with water, it is actually essential for the regulation of the blood pressure. Lemire Clinic is introducing the Himalayan Salt Room Ocala. The Himalayan Salt Room is a therapy which mimics the ancient Himalayan salt mines and the salt caves in Europe. This therapy consists of a 45-minute treatment in which you simply relax and breathe. The Himalayan Salt Room is comprised of pink Himalayan salt on all surfaces with ionized air for breathing treatments. Research has proven the therapeutic values of salt caves and their positive influence in the treatment of diseases including asthma, bronchitis, inflammation of the sinuses, lungs and large intestine, emphysema, duodenal and gastric ulcers, and general nervousness and exhaustion. Contact Lemire Clinic (352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic. com) for additional information, upcoming specials, or to purchase a beautifully crafted healing salt lamp.

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Biologic Dentistry Dr. Cornelius A. Link, DDS 2415 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / 352-237-6196 There must be a biologic balance in the mouth as part of total body health. This means being concerned about infections in the teeth and gums, the relationship of the teeth to the jaws, the teeth to each other, saliva pH and metal toxicity. As a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, we follow a recommended safety protocol for removal of amalgam fillings, if necessary. Dental materials compatibility testing available.

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Holistic Medicine Hanoch Talmor, M.D. Gainesville Holistic Center 352-377-0015 www.betterw.com We support all health challenges and the unlimited healing potential of God’s miracle: your body. Chelation, Nutrition, Cleansing, Homeopathy, Natural Energy Healing, Detoxification, Wellness Education and more. James E. Lemire, M.D., FAAFP Nuris Lemire, MS, OTR/L, NC The Lemire Clinic

11115 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Suite 600 Ocala, FL 34481 / 352-291-9459 www.LemireClinic.com Dr. Lemire has been in practice for 32 years. He follows a Functional Medicine approach, utilizing up-todate techniques such as: Chelation, Detoxification, natural hormone replacement, nutrition, Prolo/Biopuncture, acupuncture, anti-aging, among others. Dr. Lemire along with his staff are dedicated to a joint partnership with their patients—a partnership that seeks to maximize the God-given life potential of each individual. We believe that true wellness for the whole person includes a healthy body (physical self), a healthy mind (emotions and intellect), and a spiritual peace. For this life-changing goal, Lemire Clinic commits their energy, their compassion and their skills.

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calendarofevents February 7-March 3 “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” musical comedy stage production. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, www.OcalaCivicTheatre.com. February 22-March 17 “King of the Moon,” comedy stage production. Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, 352-375-HIPP, www.TheHipp.org. Friday, March 1 Aumakhua-Ki™ Healing Level 1 with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. 12 noon, online course. For information about the new daily course, cost, and preregistration: 352-239-9272, http://initiationhealing.com. March 1-4 Krishna Das “The Heart of Devotion” Retreat including Kirtan and Yoga workshops. $175. Hindu Temple of Central Florida, Casselberry, FL. Tickets and info: 321-439-8353, www.krishnadas.com. Saturday, March 2 * Buddha Card Readings with Rev. Steve Henry. 12-5pm, $20/mini reading, $30/half hour, $60/full hour. Call to sign up or walk in. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657, www. highspringsemporium.net. * Create Conscious Community through skill building, fun personal growth games, and powerful introspection. 1-6pm. Sacred Earth Center, 1029 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609. patrickmangum@yahoo.com or 386937-6491 to register. * Introduction to Traditional Yoga with Chandresh Workshop, 11am12:30pm, free. Bliss Yoga Center, 1738 SE 58th Ave., Ocala, BlissYogaCFL.com. * Raspberry Ketones, African Mango, 7 Keto, Red Palm Oil, Green Coffee Bean Extract, are metabolic boosters to bust fat. Free consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition

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Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352-732-0718, www.ReesersNutritionCenter.com. * RawSome: Introduction to Eating Raw class, 11-1, $45. Held at Unity of Ocala’s Unity House, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala. Registration required: 352-3612666, Lenore@lenoremacary.com. Sunday, March 3 Rev. Marita Graves, New Thought Minister and Mastery of Language teacher, will speak at the 11am service. All are invited to stay for Potluck Lunch. At 1pm, a Playshop experience on “Sacred Communication” will be facilitated by Rev. Marita. Love offering. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 352-373-1030, www.unityofgainesvillefla.org Monday, March 4 Meet the Doctor and Patient Information. 6pm, free. Call for reservation. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. Tuesday, March 5 Aumakhua-Ki™ Healing Level-1 Certification, online course begins. Register at www.aumakhua-ki.com. Wednesday, March 6 Metabolic Balance All Natural Weight Loss. No pills, no shakes, no injections, no craving, no hunger. Free consultation. Call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352-732-0718, www.ReesersNutritionCenter.com. March 8-10 Transformative Communication and Self-Empowerment Seminar facilitated by Dr. David Wolf, author of Relationships That Work, and Marie Glasheen, professional transformative coach. Information/register: dharm. khalsa77@gmail.com, 352-222-6331, www.Satvatove.com. Saturday, March 9 * “Chakra Balancing with Crystals”

Introductory Workshop and Sessions with Sharron Britton. Workshop 121:30, sessions 2-5:30. Workshop $20, sessions $10. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657, www.highspringsemporium.net. * “Gracefully Adjusting to Later Years with Happiness and Enthusiasm” workshop with Andrew and Ingrid Crane. 9am. RSVP by March 6 to Cara Owens, Vitalize Nutrition Company, Ocala, 352-509-6839, www.VitalizeNutrition.com. March 9-10 * Marion County Master Gardeners expo. $1/person. 8-5 Saturday, 9-4 Sunday, Marion County Fairgrounds, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd., Ocala. * Reiki Level II with Ojela Frank, LMT, in Ocala. Saturday 10-5:30, Sunday 12-4:30. Information: 352-2399272, http://initiationhealing.com. March 9-10 and 16-17 “Prince Charmless,” youth stage production, outdoor stage. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, www.OcalaCivicTheatre.com. Sunday, March 10 Dr. Denise D’angelo Jones, speaker and singer/musician, 11am, love offering. Topic: living in the now and trusting intuition by blessing others with our unique spiritual gifts of sacred service. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32606. 352-373-1030, www.unityofgainesvillefla.org, http://denisedangelojones. bandcamp.com. Monday, March 11 * Cancer FREE Naturally lecture with author Jean Sumner. 6pm, free. Call for reservation. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, www.LemireClinic.com. * Energy Activations for Awakening with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT, (MA60322), all day, online by Skype video call or local sessions in Ocala, Register at www.initiationhealing.com, 352-239-9272.

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