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Contents 13 HEALING HARMONIES Music As Medicine
Regenerative Agriculture Takes Aim at Climate Change
16 21ST CENTURY PARENTING
Preparing Kids for the Future
19 VET CHECK
Treating the Whole Pet Natural Approaches
A 10-Step Guide for Helping Children Thrive
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Eggs should only be a now and then thing, the latest research from Northwestern Medicine, in Chicago, indicates. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at pooled data on 29,615 U.S. racially and ethnically diverse adults with an average of more than 17 years of follow up. It found that for every 300 milligrams (mg) of dietary cholesterol eaten per day, risk of death from heart disease increases by 17 percent and mortality from any cause increases by 18 percent. One large egg has a whopping 186 mg of cholesterol in the yolk, and eating three to four eggs a week increases heart disease mortality by 6 percent and all-cause mortality by 8 percent. Frank Hu, M.D., at the Harvard School of Public Health, comments that low to moderate intake of eggs can be included as part of a healthy eating pattern, but they are not essential. Dietary cholesterol also comes from red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products such as butter and whipped cream.
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At least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if people moved to a largely plant-based diet, prominent scientists from Harvard University Medical School have calculated. An international initiative, “Food in the Anthropocene,” published in the medical journal The Lancet, linked plant-based diets not only to improved health worldwide, but also to global sustainability. The report advocates a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts, and low in red meat, sugar and refined grains. “Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to morbidity and mortality than does unsafe sex, and alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined,” it concludes. 8
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For the one-third of Americans struggling with obesity, new research on probiotics from the Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, in China, offers a promising approach. In a meta-review of 12 randomized, placebo-controlled studies that tested 821 obese and overweight people, probiotic supplementation was found to significantly reduce body weight, weight circumference and fat mass, and to improve cholesterol and glucose metabolism measures. Probiotics were administered in forms that included sachet, capsule, powder, kefir yogurt and fermented milk, in durations that ranged from eight to 24 weeks.
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Montmorency tart cherries, first discovered by Roman legionnaires along the Black Sea, have been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, according to scientists. Now a study from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire published in the Journal of Functional Foods has found that the cherries can mitigate factors that lead to metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Just two hours after being given cherries in the form of juice or capsules, subjects showed significantly decreased systolic blood pressure, and insulin levels were significantly lower after one and three hours compared to those given a placebo.
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Quit Smoking to Avoid Rheumatoid Arthritis Stopping smoking has the long-term benefit of reducing the risk of developing seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by 37 percent over 30 years, say researchers from Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital, in Boston. The study was based on data from the 230,000 women that participated in two longitudinal Nursesâ€™ Health Studies, and focused on the 969 women that developed seropositive RA. Risk began to go down about five years after women quit smoking and continued to decrease the longer they stayed non-smokers. Patients with seropositive RA generally have more severe disease manifestations, including joint deformities and disability.
Walk or Run to Keep Blood Vessels and Brains Young Running novices that trained for six months and then ran their first marathon actually reversed the aging of major blood vesselsâ€” and older and slower people benefitted most, report researchers at University College London. The study of 139 healthy firsttime marathon runners, ages 21 to 69, was presented at the 2019 European Society of Cardiology Congress. It found that those first-timers reduced their arterial age by four years and their stroke risk by 10 percent over their lifetime. In another study presented at the Congress that was based on data from 605 heart failure patients, researchers reported that those walking the farthest in a six-minute test, indicating better fitness, were significantly less likely to have the cognitive impairment that afflicts 67 percent of patients with heart failure.
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Climate change has inspired farmers to turn to regenerative agriculture, which pulls carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and stores it in their soil. Regenerative agriculture incorporates the practices of planting trees, cover cropping, no-till farming and rotational grazing. As the groundswell of support grows, 250 soil health bills have been introduced in state and federal legislatures in the last two years. At a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee climate change hearing, Nebraska soybean farmer Matthew Rezac said that keeping soil healthy, not just reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was a key part of what farmers could do to cool a warming planet. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the bills have different justifications, but they all focus on soil health. As disastrous floods and drought sweep away farmland, the idea that regenerative agriculture could make for more productive farming is gaining traction.
Tectonic Activity Shakes Geologists
Long considered to be geologically inactive, our 4.6billion-year-old moon is showing signs of tectonic activity via seismometers deployed between 1969 and 1972 during the NASA Apollo program. Although some “moonquakes” have been recorded near cliff-like fault scarps on the surface, they may be caused by the irregular gravitational effects of orbiting the more massive Earth or extreme temperature differences created by sunlight in the vacuum of space. Employing more sensitive equipment has been proposed for future missions to assist in choosing potential colonization sites. 10
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Critical habitat is threatened for 12 coral species in Florida, the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, while all corals worldwide are experiencing dramatic declines due to the impacts of climate change, pollution and overfishing. The Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based nonprofit focused on species protection, intends to file a lawsuit against the federal government for failing to protect coral habitat as required under the Endangered Species Act. Benefits of securing a critical habitat designation from the National Marine Fisheries Service include improved water quality throughout the coastal zone, limits on overfishing, protection of spawning grounds, reduced impact from development and dredging, and reduced human pressures on thousands of species that inhabit the reefs. Nearly 30 percent of all corals have already been lost to warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification due to greenhouse gas pollution; scientists predict that the rest could be gone by the end of the century without help.
Artificial Light Tied to Inflammation Fluorescent lighting is one of the most common sources of artificial light, but new research from Texas State University suggests there may be unexpected consequences at the genetic level. Team member Ronald B. Walter says, “Over the past 60 years, we have increasingly relied on artificial light sources that emit much narrower wavelength spectrums than does the sun. Yet, little research has been conducted to determine gene expression consequences, if any, from use of common artificial light sources.” Their findings, published in the online journal Genes, show increased inflammation in tissue and organs and increased immune response in the subject animals, regardless of whether the species is primarily active in the day or night.
Reefs to Get Their Day in Court
On Earth Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in retail stores that goes into effect next March. It’s estimated that New York uses 23 billion plastic bags every year, with 50 percent ending up in landfills and around cities and waterways. New York is the third state in which plastic bags are illegal, after California and Hawaii.
Solar panels currently generate only about 1 percent of our nation’s energy needs, but new research from the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that installation of “floatovoltaics”— floating, electricitygenerating photovoltaic panels—on only one-fourth of our manmade reservoirs would generate about 10 percent of U.S. energy needs without taking up valuable real estate. Floatovoltaics cost less to install than traditional, landbased solar panels because there’s no need to clear land or treat soil, and research shows that the natural cooling effect of the water below can boost the solar panels’ power production by up to 22 percent. Of the approximately 100 current floatovoltaic installations, only seven are in the U.S., mostly at wineries in California and water treatment facilities. About 80 percent are in Japan, where limited land and roof space make water-based solar panels especially suitable.
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Pollution Harms Mental and Physical Health
It’s well established that air pollution’s poisons and particles shorten lives, impair learning and increase risk for dementia. Now, a study published this spring in JAMA Psychiatry, which followed 2,232 children in Britain for 18 years, has found significant associations between exposure to air pollution and psychotic experiences during adolescence. Air pollution is believed to be responsible for 7 million deaths per year globally, according to the World Health Organization.
Opponents Fight Mine in Arizona Desert
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reversed course without explanation, greenlighting the Rosemont copper mine proposed by Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals in Arizona’s Santa Rita mountains, 30 miles from Tucson. The Corps approved Rosemont’s Clean Water Act permit this spring after recommending its denial more than two years earlier. Environmentalists, local leaders and indigenous people are suing over the violation of this environmentally sensitive habitat. The Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui and Hopi tribes consider the land sacred. The Cienega Aquifer will be severely impacted by a conical pit a mile wide and up to 2,900 feet deep. Tailings will cover miles of streams and trucks would haul an estimated 50 daily shipments of copper concentrate down the adjacent twolane highway.
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Miniature Robots May Become Dental Technicians
A team of engineers, dentists and biologists from the University of Pennsylvania has developed a microscopic robotic cleaning crew that can precisely and non-invasively remove plaque buildup. Instead of the time-consuming and often unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque from teeth, a dentist could deploy either of two types of robotic systems— one designed to work on surfaces and the other to operate inside confined spaces. Robots with catalytic activity could destroy biofilms, the sticky amalgamations of bacteria enmeshed in a protective scaffolding, which would reduce the risk of tooth decay, endodontic infections and implant contamination. The work was published in Science Robotics.
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August is prime time for camping out in the woods or at a music festival. Communing with nature or enjoying the beat outdoors for extended periods can stress the environment—but with proper planning, it doesn’t have to. The Association of Independent Festivals has launched its Take Your Tent Home campaign in the UK, according to Treehugger.com. The group is urging concertgoers to not discard their tents at venues and retailers to stop marketing camping gear as intended for single-use; festival organizers also have been asked to eliminate single-use cups, bottles and straws. In America, MindBodyGreen.com reports that carbon credits are being offered to help offset trips to and from Lollapalooza, in Chicago, from August 1 to 4. Pickathon, taking place on the same days outside Portland, Oregon, will have a free bike parking lot, as well as a dedicated shuttle for cars, plus no single-use serving ware. ChasingGreen.org advises campers to look for tents and related products made with recycled material and natural fibers like hemp, cotton, coconut husks and bamboo. Marmot, Lafuma, Sierra Designs and The North
Face all use recycled materials in making their tents, including coconut shells, polyester, water bottles, garment fabrics and factory yarn waste. The website also suggests carpooling with family and friends, choosing a site that’s closer to home and packing light to reduce weight in the car, thus improving mileage. Also, if we bring trash into a campsite where there are no receptacles, leave with it. Don’t burn it in the fire, as that contributes to air pollution; instead, pack it up and dispose of it properly at home. Set up a method for collecting rainwater to use to wash dishes. EcoWatch.com recommends bringing unbreakable, washable plates, cups, utensils and napkins, a small basin or bucket, sponge and biodegradable soap, and a bag to store items that are too dirty to reuse. Stock up on batteries to power lights and lanterns or use solar power with a LuminAID light lamp. Follow the “leave no trace” motto: no litter, smoldering fire pits, ripped-up grass, crushed bushes or repositioned boulders. Stay on marked trails, never pick plants, flowers or berries, and never harm or disturb wildlife.
HEALING HARMONIES Music As Medicine
by Marlaina Donato
rom ancient Mongolian shamans that used drumming for physical and emotional healing to modern, board-certified music therapists that work with special needs kids, science now confirms what we’ve always known: Music makes us feel better. Decades after Don Campbell’s groundbreaking work about the cognitive effects of listening to the music of Mozart, growing research reveals music’s ability to reduce chronic and acute pain, restore brain connections after a stroke, boost immunity and promote brain development in children. Recent studies of the benefits of music published in BJPsych International show decreased depression in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders and improvement in people with certain types of epilepsy.
corded music to catalyze therapeutic changes in their clients. In her Eau Claire, Wisconsin, practice, Wall works with a wide range of clients ranging in age from 3 to 104. “Music bypasses the language and intellectual barriers in the brain that can prevent healing. Music helps the brain compensate for whatever damage that has occurred through illnesses, disease or trauma,” she says. “I also work with children to help them build language and motor skills through music. Research last year by the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles has shown that music training strengthens areas of the brain that govern speech, reading skills and sound perception in children. The results, published in Cerebral Cortex, indicate that only two years of music study significantly changes both the white and gray matter of the brain. Kirk Moore, in Wheaton, Illinois, is a certified music practitioner who provides live therapeutic music for people that are sick or dying. He says he sees daily changes through music. “I see heart rates slow down and blood pressure reduced. Breathing becomes steadier; pain and nausea cease.” Moore has also witnessed patients with aphasia—a language impairment caused by stroke or other brain damage—spontaneously sing-along to songs and regain the ability to speak. One memorable patient could only utter a single word, but listening to Moore ignited a dramatic change. “I sang ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and within seconds, she was singing. After 20 minutes of music, I expressed to the patient my hopes that the music had been helpful to her. ‘Oh goodness, yes!’ she responded.”
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Drumming has been proven to be able to balance the hemispheres of the brain, bolster immunity and offer lasting physical and emotional benefits for conditions ranging from asthma to Parkinson’s disease, autism and addiction recovery. Medical research led by neurologist Barry Bittman, M.D., shows that participation in drumming circles helps to amp up natural killer cells that fight cancer and viruses such as AIDS. Recent research published in PLOS/ONE reveals a profound reduction of inflammation in people that took part in 90 -minute drum circles during the course of the 10-week study.
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Listening to music we find pleasurable can have an analgesic effect on the body, and researchers theorize that the brain releases a cascade of natural opioids, including dopamine. A pilot study on cancer patients published in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care in 2016 shows a significant reduction of pain when individuals are exposed to music for 20-minute intervals. Music also minimizes chronic pain associated with syndromes like fibromyalgia. Collective studies published in Frontiers of Psychology in 2014 suggest that relaxing, preferred choices of music not only reduce fibromyalgia-related pain, but also significantly improve mobility.
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Music’s capacity to bring healing and solace also extends to the end of life. Classically trained musician and certified music practitioner Lloyd Goldstein knows firsthand the power of providing music for cancer patients and the terminally ill. “I feel a deep responsibility to be as present as I can possibly be, to what I’m doing, the people I’m playing for,” says Goldstein, who left a secure orchestra position to join the team at The Arts In Medicine Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. “It’s taught me how to be a better musician and a better person.” As much as the musician gives, music gives back. “I end up calmer than when I begin a session. That healing environment travels with me,” Moore says.
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Regenerative Agriculture Takes Aim at Climate Change by Yvette C. Hammett
ost people have never heard of regenerative agriculture, but there’s plenty of talk about it in the scientific and farming communities, along with a growing consensus that regeneration is a desirable step beyond sustainability. Those that are laser-focused on clean food and a better environment believe regenerative agriculture will not only result in healthier food, but could become a significant factor in reversing the dangerous effects of manmade climate change. This centers on the idea that healthy soils anchor a healthy planet: They contain more carbon than all above-ground vegetation and regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. “We have taken soils for granted for a long time. Nevertheless, soils are the foundation of food production and food security, supplying plants with nutrients, water and support for their roots,” according to the study “Status of the World’s Soil Resources,” by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Most of the world’s soil resources, which also function as the planet’s largest water filter,
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are in fair, poor or very poor condition, the report states. Tilling, erosion and chemicals all play significant roles in soil degradation. Regenerative agriculture seeks to reverse that trend by focusing on inexpensive organic methods that minimize soil disturbance and feed its microbial diversity with the application of compost and compost teas. Cover crops, crop and livestock rotation and multistory agroforestry are all part of a whole-farm design that’s intended to rebuild the quantity and quality of topsoil, as well as increase biodiversity and watershed function. “True regenerative organic agriculture can improve the environment, the communities, the economy, even the human spirit,” says Diana Martin, director of communications for the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Rodale, a leader in the organic movement, has been carrying the global torch for regenerative agriculture since the 1970s, when Bob Rodale, son of the institute’s founder, first began talking about it. “He said sustainability isn’t good enough. In the U.S., we are depleting our topsoil 10 times faster
than we are replenishing it. We only have the soil, we essentially expose a lot of the 60 years of farmable topsoil remaining,” carbon dioxide, which burns off carbon.” says Martin. Cover crops can be planted right after The institute is working with corpoharvesting a cash crop to help regenerate the rate brands in conducting a pilot project soil, adding nitrogen and organic matter, on farms around the world to certify food he says. “It is a long-term benefit, so a lot of as regenerative organic. It has three pillars farmers are hesitant. It takes a while to imthat were created with the help of the U.S. prove soil fertility through cover crop use.” It Department of Agriculture’s National Ordoesn’t cost much, but for a corn or soybean ganic Program: soil health; animal welfare; In the U.S., we are depleting farmer making almost no money right now, and social justice, the latter because people every expense matters. “The real things we our topsoil 10 times faster are working on are more toward different want to know that workers are being treated than we are replenishing it. cropping systems,” he says, in which farmfairly, Martin says. We only have 60 years of “In some ways, we felt the organic ers are growing perennial tree crops that program could do more, so we introduced farmable topsoil remaining. produce nuts and fruits, absorb carbon and the regenerative organic certification. It is don’t require replanting or tilling. ~Diana Martin a new, high-bar label that is very holistic,” There’s considerable interest in regensays Jeff Moyer, an expert in organic agrierative organic agriculture in Idaho, as many culture and the executive director at the Rodale Institute. The farmers there have already adopted no-till practices, says Sanford pilot phase involves 21 farms with connections to big brands Eigenbrode, a professor at the University of Idaho, who specializes like Patagonia, Lotus Foods and Dr. Bronner’s. “We needed in entomology, plant pathology and nematology. Farmers want to relationships with brands to make this a reality,” Moyer says. try to improve retention of soil carbon to both stabilize soils and Product should be rolling out by this fall. improve long-term productivity, he says. “There are economic and “There’s kind of a broad umbrella of things going on,” says environmental advantages.” Bruce Branham, a crop sciences professor with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “No-till farming certainly is Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, a small step toward regenerative ag, because every time we till Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com.
PARENTING Preparing Kids for the Future by Meredith Montgomery
oday’s children have more opportunities to change the world than ever before. Teenagers are organizing global activism movements, LEGO lovers are mastering robotics and young entrepreneurs are launching successful businesses before they’re old enough to drive. But for Mom and Dad, this fastpaced, technology-driven childhood looks drastically different from their own. To help kids thrive, parents must learn to mindfully embrace today’s modern advances without losing sight of timeless virtues and skills such as kindness, creativity and critical thinking.
Finding Balance After-school hours used to be filled with outdoor free play in which kids independently developed their natural capabilities as self-learners and creative problemsolvers. The Children & Nature Network has reported that just 6 percent of children ages 9 to 13 play outside on their own. Instead, stress and anxiety are on the rise in our competitive culture as many kids attempt to balance heavy homework loads with an overflowing schedule of extracurricular activities. With the ability to connect to the world at our fingertips, Thomas Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools, in Washington, D.C., notes that devices can also disconnect us from those right next to us. “It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? As parents, we need to recognize that kids have a lot on their plate—more than ever before.” 16
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Salt Lake City-based Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, worries that parents are creating résumés for a life their children probably don’t want. On her BeMoreWithLess.com website, she focuses on living with less clutter, busyness and stress to simplify life and discover what really matters. “It’s challenging to maintain close connections when we’re overwhelmed with what’s in our inbox, or on Instagram or what the kids are looking at online,” she says. On her own journey to practical minimalism, she gained a greater sense of presence with her daughter. “When you can pay attention to a conversation and not feel distracted and antsy, especially with young kids, that is everything,” says Carver.
Managing Technology The ubiquity of digital devices is a defining difference between today’s youth and that of their elders, making it difficult for parents to relate and know how to set boundaries. As senior parenting editor at nonprofit Common Sense Media,
It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? ~Thomas Murray
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Caroline Knorr helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids’ media lives. “We can think of media as a ‘super peer’: When children are consuming it, they’re looking for cues on how to behave and what’s cool and what’s normal.” Parents need to be the intermediary so they can counterbalance the external messages with their own family’s values. Today’s devices are persuasive and addictive. “As parents, we need to set boundaries, model good digital habits and help
kids to self-regulate more—which is our ultimate goal,” Knorr says. To raise good digital citizens, Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education, in Arlington, Virginia, believes conversations about device use shouldn’t end with screen time limits and online safety. “Ask kids if their technology use is helping them be more engaged and find more meaning in the world or is it pulling them out of the world that they’re in,” he says. “Talk about how to use technology to improve the community around you, recognize true and false info, be involved in democratic processes and making your voice heard about issues you care about.” Parents are often uncomfortable with their kids socializing digitally, but Culatta encourages the introduction of interactive media sooner rather than later, so they understand how to engage with the world online before they are old enough to have social media accounts. Geocaching, which uses GPS-enabled devices to treasure hunt, and citizen science apps provide family-friendly opportunities to engage in both outdoor activities and online communities. “The majority of our kids will need these digital communication skills to be able to work with anyone at any time,” says Murray. He’s witnessed the impact of connecting classrooms around the world, observing, “When students learn to navigate time zones and language barriers to communicate and collaborate, they see that they can solve the world’s problems together.”
Raising Innovators “The world doesn’t care how much our children know; what the world cares about is what they do with what they know,” says Tony Wagner, senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, an education research and policy nonprofit in Palo Alto, California. In his latest book, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, he emphasizes the importance of creative problem-solving and the joy of discovery, especially as more jobs become automated. “We’re born with a temperament of creative problem solvers. But then something happens. The longer
We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. ~Thomas Lickona kids are in school, the fewer questions they ask, the more they worry about getting the right answer and fewer and fewer think of themselves as creative in any way,” he says. “Instead of listening and regurgitating, kids need to learn how to find and be a critical consumer of information,” says Murray. Fewer employers are asking for college transcripts—including Google—as they discover the disconnect between what students are taught and what innovative skills they actually need.
While most schools are slow to adapt to the modern needs of the future workforce, parents can proactively foster the entrepreneurial spirit and discourage a fear of failure at home by offering safe opportunities for risk-taking and independence. After speaking extensively with compelling young innovators around the world, Wagner discovered that their parents explicitly encouraged three things: play, passion and purpose. Their children were provided with many opportunities to explore new interests, as well as to learn from their mistakes. “The parents intuitively understood that more important than IQ is grit, perseverance and tenacity. You don’t develop that when Mom is yelling at you to practice; you develop it because you have a real interest.” To create a culture of innovation, Murray encourages teachers and parents to get to know the interests, passions and strengths of today’s children “and prove to them every day that they matter.” When that interest blossoms into a passion, it can lead to a deeper sense of purpose and a desire to make a difference. According to Wagner, this happens when parents and teachers instill one simple, but profound moral lesson, “We are not here on this Earth primarily and only to serve ourselves; we have some deep, profound obligation to give back and to serve others.”
Common Sense Media (CommonSenseMedia.org) provides education and
advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. They provide independent, age-based, media reviews for TV shows and movies. Each detailed review includes pertinent information for parents, plus talking points to foster critical thinking skills.
Let Grow (LetGrow.org) seeks to restore childhood resilience by pushing back on
overprotection, and shows concern that even with the best intentions, society has taught a generation to overestimate danger and underestimate their own ability to cope. Its programs work with schools and parents to give kids more of the independence to do the things their parents did on their own as children—bike to a friend’s house, make themselves a meal or simply play unsupervised in the front yard.
The Choose Love Movement (JesseLewisChooseLove.org) offers a free social and emotional learning program for educators and parents. Students learn how to choose love in any circumstance, which helps them become more connected, resilient and empowered individuals. August 2019
After losing her 6-year-old son Jesse in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary In a culture that is obsessed with selfies School shooting, she attributed the tragedy and threatened by cyberbullies, it’s a to an angry thought in the mind of the tough task for parents to teach compasshooter. Her compassion fueled the foundsion and kindness. “We need to create ing of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movean intentional family culture where ment to educate and encourage individuvirtues like kindness and respect are als to choose loving thoughts over angry talked about, modeled, upheld, celones. “Although we can’t always choose ebrated and practiced in everyday life. what happens to us, we can always choose What we do over and over gradually how to respond,” she says. The evidenceshapes our character, until it becomes When you choose love, based Choose Love Enrichment Program second nature—part of who we are,” you transform how you see teaches children to live a life with courage says Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., a develand gratitude, practice forgiveness and be the world from a scary and opmental psychologist and education anxiety-producing place to compassionate individuals. professor emeritus at the State UniverWhile we don’t want to overwhelm kids sity of New York College at Cortland, a loving and welcoming one. with all the evils in the world, Lickona notes and author of How to Raise Kind Kids: that it is valuable to make them aware of hu~Scarlett Lewis And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Hapman suffering and how we can help. “Cultipier Family in the Bargain. vate the belief that we’re all members of a single human family. Sesame Workshop’s 2016 Kindness Study found that 70 Teach [them] that one of the most important ways to show percent of parents worry that the world is an unkind place for gratitude for the blessings in our life is to give back.” their kids, but Scarlett Lewis believes it’s all in our mind, saying, “When you choose love, you transform how you see the world from a scary and anxiety-producing place to a loving and welcoming one.”
Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
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Integrative medicine is about broadening our medical options, blending both conventional medical and holistic approaches. It focuses on client education and participation in the healing process of their pet.
VET CHECK Treating the
~Danielle Becton, DVM
Whole Pet by Julie Peterson
bout 10 years ago, Kim Krouth’s dog, Buckeye, was suffering from severe allergy symptoms. The mixed-breed shepherd was licking and biting her paws until her toe pads were bleeding. “Our conventional vet prescribed steroids,” recalls Krouth. “It helped some, but also agitated Buckeye. When I found out that other side effects could include serious health problems, I didn’t want to put her at risk.” The Madison, Wisconsin, animal lover headed to a holistic pet supply store to ask about alternative treatments for the dog’s allergies. She learned about herbal remedies, and was advised to take Buckeye to a holistic veterinarian. “Treating her holistically seemed like a better option than the side effects of treatment with drugs,” she says. The holistic veterinarian recommended acupuncture. It helped, but the dog later became sensitive to the needles. At that point, she was given homeopathic plant-based treatments that worked well with no side effects. Buckeye, now 15, has also received laser light therapy and spinal manipulation to help with mobility in her senior years.
The Holistic Difference
Holistic veterinarians have been treating dogs, cats, chickens, livestock and exotic animals across the nation for some time, but many people aren’t entirely clear about how their approach—and their training— differs from a conventional vet. Both enter the profession after earning a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree.
Holistic practitioners can then choose to train in a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, herbs and physical rehabilitation, plus trigger point, megavitamin and stem cell therapies. “Any method that is sufficiently different from conventional medicine requires extra training ... over a period of weeks, months or years,” says Nancy Scanlan, DVM, the executive director of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, in Mount Shasta, California. Veterinarians, holistic or not, typically do the same initial examination of an animal, she says. From there, a holistic vet may look at additional areas or assess things in a slightly different way. “For example, someone trained in veterinary osteopathy or veterinary chiropractic would explore the range of motion of joints or the spine.” In treatment, holistic DVMs use an integrative approach. The goal is to look at the animal as a whole and treat the underlying condition, rather than treating the symptoms. “Integrative medicine is about broadening our medical options, blending both conventional medical and holistic approaches. It focuses on client education and participation in the healing process of their pet,” says Danielle Becton, DVM, of Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.
Holistic veterinarians may also choose to use fewer conventional drugs and limited vaccinations. “Vaccine titers can be used to determine if a patient has adequate antibodies to a disease to create immunity,” says Becton. “If a pet is already immune, they may not need another vaccine booster that year.” Becton and Scanlan agree that alternative treatments such as acupuncture, laser therapy or massage can be used in lieu of drugs for pain management. However, Scanlan does note that in an acute or emergency situation, many natural methods do not work fast enough, “and that is when holistic veterinarians are more likely to use drugs.”
Choosing a Holistic Veterinarian
Pet owners seek out holistic veterinarians for different reasons. In Krouth’s case, it was the unacceptable side effects to drugs that led her to explore other options. Becton points out that she gets clients looking for a more natural approach for their pets after they personally have had success with human integrative medicine. However, it’s important that pets are treated by professionals that are trained to treat animals. People with holistic training for humans may not understand animal anatomy or physiology. Ultimately, choosing a veterinarian is a personal decision, and seeing a beloved pet thrive is the best confirmation that it was the right one. “We are so glad that we still have Buckeye at this golden age, and believe it’s due to holistic care that she has lived a comfortable, long life,” says Krouth. Julie Peterson lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, dogs and chickens. She has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade. Contact her at JPtrsn22@att.net. August 2019
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Feeding Healthy Habits A 10-Step Guide for Helping Children Thrive by Melinda Hemmelgarn
t’s not easy raising children in today’s media-saturated landscape. From TV and video games to internet and mobile devices, our kids are exposed to a steady stream of persuasive marketing messages promoting low-nutrient junk foods. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association warn that media’s pervasive influence over children’s food preferences increase their risk for poor nutrition, obesity and chronic diseases later in life. Protecting children against marketing forces may seem like an uphill battle, but these strategies can help provide a solid foundation for good health.
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Teach children to be media savvy. Andrea Curtis, Toronto-
based author of Eat This! How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back), says, “Kids don’t want to be duped.” By showing children how the food industry tricks them into buying foods that harm their bodies and the Earth, we can turn kids into food detectives that reject processed foods and sugary drinks.
Feed children’s curiosity about where food comes from. Take
children to farmers’ markets and U-pick farms; organic growers reduce exposure to harmful pesticide residues. Kids that might turn up their noses at supermarket spinach tend to eat it in bunches when they’ve helped grow, harvest and prepare it. That’s the story behind Sylvia’s Spinach, a children’s book by Seattle-based author Katherine Pryor.
Introduce children to the rewards of gardening. Connie
Liakos, a registered dietitian based in Portland, Oregon, and the author of How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, recommends introducing children to the magic of planting seeds and the joy of caring for a garden—even if it’s simply a pot of herbs on a sunny windowsill or a small plot in a community garden.
Teach children how to cook.
Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian based in Bend, Oregon, says learning how to cook frees us from being “hostage to the food industry.” She believes cooking is such an essential life skill that we should be
Keep emotion out of eating, and allow children control over how much they eat. ~Connie Liakos teaching it along with reading, writing and arithmetic in kindergarten. When we cook, we’re in control of the ingredients’ quality and flavor. Plus, cooking together creates parent-child bonding. Invite children to help plan and prepare family meals and school lunches. (Remember to slip a note inside a child’s lunch box with a few words of love and encouragement.)
Visit the library. From simple children’s stories about
food adventures to basic cookbooks, libraries open up a world of inspiration and culinary exploration. Find stories about seasonal foods to prepare with a child.
Prioritize family meals. Children that eat with their
families are better nourished, achieve greater academic success and are less likely to participate in risky behaviors. Family meals provide time to share values, teach manners and enjoy caring conversations. To foster peace and harmony at the table, Liakos advises families to “keep emotion out of eating, and allow children control over how much they eat.” Establish rules banning criticism, arguing and screens (TV, phones) during mealtime.
Reject dieting. Weighing, shaming and putting chil-
dren on restrictive diets is a recipe for developing eating disorders. Instead of stigmatizing children by calling them
“obese”, Liakos emphasizes creating healthy eating and activity habits for the entire family. Children may overeat for many reasons, including stress or boredom. Pay attention to sudden weight gain, which could be an indication that something is wrong, she says.
Find or create a “tribe” of like-minded parents.
Set up play groups with parents that share similar values. Advocate together for improved school food policies, establish a school garden or plan group field trips.
Spend more time in nature. The American Academy
of Pediatrics recommends one hour of daily physical activity. Locate parks and hiking or biking trails to strengthen children’s innate love for their natural world. According to research at the University of Illinois, spending time in nature also helps reduce symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Protect children’s sleep. The American Academy
of Pediatrics advises against TVs, computers and smartphones in children’s bedrooms. Children, depending on their age, need eight to12 hours of undisturbed sleep each night to support physical and mental health, and help prevent obesity. Remember that our children are hungriest for parental time, love and support. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth,” is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer, speaker and syndicated radio host based in Columbia, Missouri. Contact her at FoodSleuth@gmail.com.
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Center on Media and Child Health: cmch.tv/clinicians/eatingexercise-tips. Common Sense Media: CommonSenseMedia.org. Eat This! How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back), by Andrea Curtis: AndreaCurtis.ca. Prevention Institute: Tinyurl.com/StopJunkFoodMarketing.
How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, Connie Liakos: NutritionForKids.com. I’m Like, So Fat!: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World, by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer.
American Academy of Pediatrics: A Healthy Family Media Use Plan: HealthyChildren.org/mediauseplan. Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: Screen-free Activism: CommercialFreeChildhood.org.
Storybooks About Gardening, Cooking, Farms and Food
Review of farm-to-school children’s literature: Growing-Minds. org/childrens-literature. Sylvia’s Spinach: KatherinePryor.com.
Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, by Richard Louv: RichardLouv.com/books/vitamin-n. August 2019
Wild and Wonderful Foraging for Foodies by April Thompson
Wild plants, here is such a thing plants—particularly in as a free lunch, and terms of phytochemicals because they it awaits adventurand antioxidants. They also must take care of ous foragers in backyards, tend to be lower in sugar themselves, tend to and other simple carbs, and city parks, mountain be more nutritious higher in fiber.” meadows and even sidewalk cracks. From nutriPurslane, a wild than cultivated tious weeds and juicy berplants—particularly succulent, has more ries to delicate, delicious omega-3s than any other in terms of flowers and refreshing leafy vegetable, says phytochemicals tree sap, wild, edible foods John Kallas, the Portabound in cities, suburbia land, Oregon, author of and antioxidants. and rural environments. Edible Wild Plants: Wild ~Deane Jordan Throughout most of Foods From Dirt to Plate. history, humans were foragers that relied on Mustard garlic, a common invasive plant, local plant knowledge for survival, as both is the most nutritious leafy green ever food and medicine. Today’s foragers are analyzed, says Kallas, who holds a Ph.D. reviving that ancestral tradition to improve in nutrition. “However, the real dietary diets, explore new flavors, develop kinship benefit of foraged plants is in their great with the environment, and simply indulge diversity, as each has a unique profile of in the joy and excitement of finding and phytochemicals. There is no such thing as preparing wild foods. a superfood, just superdiets,” he adds.
Wild Foods As ‘Superdiet’
Know Thy Plant
“There are many benefits to eating wild food,” says Deane Jordan, founder of EatTheWeeds. com, of Orlando, Florida. “Wild plants, because they must take care of themselves, tend to be more nutritious than cultivated
Rule number one of foraging is to be 100 percent sure of your identification 100 percent of the time, says Leda Meredith, the New York City author of The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare
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Wild Edibles. Foraging experts say the fear of wild plants is largely unfounded. “The biggest misconception is that we are experimenting with unknowns,” says Kallas. “Today’s wild edibles are traditional foods from Native American or European cultures we have lost touch with.” For example, European settlers brought with them dandelions, now considered a nuisance weed, as a source of food and medicine. All parts of it are edible, including flowers, roots and leaves, and have nutritional superpowers. To assess a plant, Kallas adds, a forager must know three things about it: the part or parts that are edible, the stage of growth to gather it and how to prepare it. “Some plants have parts that are both edible and poisonous. Others can be toxic raw, but perfectly edible cooked,” he says. Timing is everything, adds Meredith. “A wild ingredient can be fantastic in one week, and incredibly bitter a week later, so it’s important to know when its prime season is.” Kallas recommends staying away from highly trafficked roadsides and polluted areas. Given that many lawns and public areas are sprayed with herbicides, Sam Thayer, author of The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants, recommends not foraging in an area if it’s uncertain whether chemicals have been applied. Environmental awareness includes understanding how foraging may positively or negatively affect the ecosystem, says Meredith. “Overharvesting can endanger future populations. But there is a ‘win-win’ way to forage, where I get fantastic food and the landscape is better for my having foraged, by clearing invasive plants around natives or planting seeds while collecting a local plant gone to seed.” Thayer, of Bruce, Wisconsin, suggests collecting where species are abundant and thriving: “Fruit, for example, can be harvested limitlessly, as can wild invasives that disrupt the balance of the ecosystem and crowd out native species.”
Meal Preparation Vinegars, jams and cordials from wild fruits and flowers can be wonderful, but
require some patience for the payoff, yet many wild edibles can be eaten raw or lightly sautéed, requiring very little prep work. Thayer recommends sautéing wild greens with just a little soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. Foraging builds confidence, powers of observation and connections to the natural world. The biggest benefit, says Thayer, may just be the fun of it. “You can experience food and flavors you cannot have any other way. A lot of these foods you cannot buy anywhere, and really, it’s better food than you can buy.”
Simply Wild: Forage Recipes Garlic Mustard Pesto on Crisp-Creamy Polenta Yields: 4 servings Leda Meredith, author of The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles, says, “Wild food aficionados may roll their eyes when they see that I’m including this recipe because pesto is used as the go-to recipe for this plant so often that it’s become a cliché. But there’s a reason for that: it’s really, really good.
Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
Beginner’s Tips From Master Foragers
on’t try to learn foraging; just try to learn about one vegetable or fruit, says Sam Thayer. “Take it one plant at a time. It takes the intimidation out of it.” Find a good local instructor that has a solid background in botany and other fundamentals of foraging, says John Kallas. “Also, get some good books, and more than one, as each will offer different dimensions,” says the author and instructor. Conquer the fear of Latin and learn the scientific names of plants, suggests Leda Meredith. As there may be several plants with the same common name, or one plant with many common names, knowing scientific names will help clear up potential confusion in identifying them. You don’t have to go far to find food, says Deane Jordan. “In reality, there is often a greater selection around your neighborhood than in state parks. In suburbia, you find native species, the edible weeds that come with agriculture, and also edible ornamentals.” Bring the kids: They make fabulous foragers, says Meredith. “They learn superfast and it’s a way to pass cultural knowledge along and instill that food doesn’t come from a garden or a farm, but from photosynthesis and the Earth and the sun.”
Buttered Cattail Shoots With Peas and Mint Yields: 4 servings This is a riff on the traditional English springtime dish of lettuce wilted in butter with peas and mint. The pleasingly mild flavor of the cattail shoots stands in for the lettuce. Stick with just the whitest parts of the shoots for pure tenderness or include some of the pale green bits if you want a sturdier dish. 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 3 cups cattail shoots, chopped ½ cup water 1 cup fresh or frozen shelled peas (if frozen, defrost them first) 2 Tbsp fresh mint, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper
“You can toss garlic mustard pesto with pasta, of course, but a spoonful added to soup just before serving is also wonderful, as is a smear of it on focaccia or toast. My favorite way to enjoy garlic mustard pesto is on pan-fried polenta that is crispy on the outside and creamy within.” 2 cups fresh garlic mustard leaves and tender stems 3 Tbsp walnuts or pine nuts, chopped 1 tsp garlic, minced (wild or cultivated) ¼ cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 Tbsp butter 8 slices (½-inch-thick) cooked polenta Put the garlic mustard leaves, nuts and garlic into the blender or food processor. Pulse until the leaves are chopped.
Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the cattail shoots and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until the cattail shoots are tender and most of the water has evaporated. Add the peas and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve warm. August 2019
Add the cheese. With the motor running, add ½ cup of oil a little at a time until the mixture is well blended, but not completely smooth. (You want a bit of texture from the nuts and greens to remain.) Heat the butter and 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the polenta slices. (You can use the precooked polenta that comes out of a tube, or if you cooked some from scratch, spread it out ½-inch thick on a baking sheet and refrigerate until sliceable.) Don’t try to move the polenta slices until they’ve browned on the bottom side. You’ll know that’s happened when they dislodge easily. Use a spatula to flip them over and brown the other side. Plate two slices per person, with the garlic mustard pesto spread on top. Serve hot or at room temperature. Tip: If you want to keep this pesto in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to six months, blanch the garlic mustard greens in boiling water for 20 seconds, then immediately run them under cold water or dip them in an ice bath. Squeeze out as much water as you can, then proceed with the recipe. This blanching step prevents the pesto from losing its bright green color and turning brown in cold storage.
Simple Supper Garlic Mustard Pasta Yields: 4 servings This is a simple, but satisfying one-pot meal that comes together in about 20 minutes total. You can embellish the recipe with additional ingredients such as chorizo sausage or pine nuts, but it’s really not necessary. Sometimes simple is best. 1 lb penne pasta 1 lb garlic mustard leaves and shoots, washed and coarsely chopped (ideally, you’re using garlic mustard at the stage where the stems are still tender and the flowers are either budding or just starting to open) 4 garlic cloves, peeled 1 to 2 medium-hot red chili peppers (pepperoncini), stems and seeds removed ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided (use your best as this is one of the main flavors of the sauce) Salt to taste ½ cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, freshly grated (again, use the best you’ve got) Freshly ground black pepper Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the penne and set a timer for seven minutes. While the pasta is cooking, prep the other ingredients: wash and chop the garlic
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mustard, mince the garlic or put it through a garlic press, chop the chili peppers. After seven minutes, add the garlic mustard to the pasta in the pot and cook until the pasta is al dente, usually about five minutes more. Scoop out a ladleful of the pasta cooking water and set it aside. Drain the pasta and garlic mustard in a colander. Return the pot to the stove over low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the pot along with the garlic and chili pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Return the reserved pasta cooking water and the drained pasta and garlic mustard greens back to the pot. Raise the heat to medium and cook, stirring, for a minute or two until the liquid is mostly evaporated or absorbed. Remove from the heat, then stir in the remaining olive oil and salt. (Go scant on the salt because the grated cheese you’ll be adding is salty.) Serve hot with freshly grated cheese and freshly ground pepper. Other wild edibles you can use in this recipe include any leafy greens, as well as the leaves of any wild garlic species. Recipes and photos from The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles. Reproduced by permission of The Countryman Press. All rights reserved.
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calendar of events FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 Class – 2-4pm. “Cord Cutting” Meditation. With Patricia Squires. Love donations accepted. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592. FairyDustCrystals.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Tarot Readings – noon-5:30pm. With Many Deer. $35/half hour, $60/hour. Call to register. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657. HighSpringsEmporium.net. Class – 2-4:30pm. Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407-247-7823. ifsk.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 Women’s Sunday Brunch – 11am. An amazing assortment of women, locally grown food, an entertaining program in an atmosphere of quiet, respect and contemplation. Sliding scale from $10 to whatever you can contribute. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. Reserve by noon the Friday before at 352-595-3377 or CatCrone@aol.com. CronesCradleConserve.org.
MONDAY, AUGUST 5 Natural Eye Program – August 5-7. See what you can do about wet/dry macular degeneration, glau-
coma, and cataracts, diabetic retinopathy without injections. Seating is limited, call to pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. LemireClinic.com. Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 5pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Coaching, education, menus, meal plans, Nutraceuticals. Seating is limited, must preregister. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. LemireClinc.com. Seminar & Dinner – 6:30pm. Veggie-Nar. Experience the wonderful sensation of eating freshly picked, naturally grown vegetables and learn about their nutritional and health value. Organic vegetable will be prepared then the selected vegetable will be offered for the evening meal. $5 per person, reservations required. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. Call or email to reserve at 352-595-3377 or CatCrone@aol.com. CronesCradleConserve.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 Workshop and Potluck Dinner – 6pm. Explore your writing talents. Any level of writing skills welcome. Activities include reading discussions, editing and new ideas. Free with potluck dish. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217 th Pl, Citra. Call or email to reserve at 352-595-3377 or CatCrone@aol. com. CronesCradleConserve.org. Sound Bath with Your Phoenix is Rising – 7-8pm. Be bathed in the sound of Singing Bowls, Spirit Drum, Kirimba and Tibetan Bowls. Stay after to play the
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bowls yourself. Dress comfortably and bring a blanket and pillow. Center for Spiritual Living Ocala, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897. CSLocala.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Workshop – 11am-noon. Rocks for Kids. With Travis Hetsler. Learn about rocks and minerals. $10/child, parents or guardians are welcome to come for free. Call to register. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-4548657. HighSpringsEmporium.net.
MONDAY, AUGUST 12 Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 5pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Coaching, education, menus, meal plans, Nutraceuticals. Seating is limited, must preregister. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. LemireClinc.com.
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Class – 10:30am-1pm. New Series (12 monthly classes) Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Held at Boardroom at Holiday Inn Express, 1205 Avenida Central, Lady Lake. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407-247-7823. ifsk.org.
Transformation, Detox/Healing Group series – 5pm. Decrease weight, lower A1C and cholesterol, increase energy. Coaching, education, menus, meal plans, Nutraceuticals. Seating is limited, must preregister. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. LemireClinc.com.
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Class – 6pm. Learn to Use a Flower’s Healing Power. Discover how a little-known remedy can release mental stress and negative emotional patterns (like persistent grief and self-judgement) and how to identify the flower that holds the right healing intelligence for your unique needs. Seating is limited, must pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459.LemireClinc.com.
Save Your Mind Intensive Personalized Program – August 27-29. What can you do to clear mental fog, remember, and sharpen your thinking? Seating is limited, need to pre-register. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. LemireClinic.com.
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Class – 2-4pm. “Meet the Masters” Meditation. With Patricia Squires. Love donations accepted. Please call the store to register. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-6934592. FairyDustCrystals.com. Drum Gathering – 8pm-midnight. Co-hosted with Ocala Drum Circles. Drums and percussions only, extra drums will be provided first come first serve. Outdoor bonfire, dancing, fire spinning. Must be 18 or older. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003. MuddyLotusTea.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 Celebration – 11am-6pm. Back to School Celebration and Sales Tax Holiday. Milk and cookies for the kids, free crystal gift for all teachers plus 10% off any rock or mineral for student
MONDAY, AUGUST 19 Thermography Screenings – 8am-5pm; by appointment. A healthy alternative to mammograms. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. LemireClinic.com. Patient Education – 6pm. Learn what we do and time to ask questions. Free. Seating is limited, call to reserve your seat. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Suite 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. LemireClinic.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 Class – 1-4pm. Wing Fluffing. With John Springer. $10 love donation suggested. Please call the store to say you’re coming. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such,
11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592. FairyDustCrystals.com. Workshop and Potluck Dinner – 6pm. Explore your writing talents. Any level of writing skills welcome. Activities include reading discussions, editing and new ideas. Free with potluck dish. Crones’ Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra. Call or email to reserve at 352-595-3377 or CatCrone@aol.com. CronesCradleConserve.org. Lightworkers Gathering – 6-7:30pm. Open floor discussion group. Love donation accepted. Please call the store to say you’re coming. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592. FairyDustCrystals.com. Sound Bath with Your Phoenix is Rising – 7-8pm. Be bathed in the sound of Singing Bowls, Spirit Drum, Kirimba and Tibetan Bowls. Stay after to play the bowls yourself. Dress comfortably and bring a blanket and pillow. Center for Spiritual Living Ocala, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-6293897. CSLocala.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 Workshop – 1-3pm. Using a Pendulum, Part 2 – Finding Lost Objects. With Rev. Steve Henry. $25. Call to register. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-454-8657. HighSpringsEmporium.net.
Mainstage Play – August 30-September 22, with previews August 28-29. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on a novel by Mark Haddon. By Simons Stephens. When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, the efforts to clear his name uncover secrets that turn his world upside down. A powerful play that examines what it truly means to love and be loved. The winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play, The Hollywood Reporter calls it “A boldly inventive work, smart, original and brimming with humanity”. The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville. 352375-4477. TheHipp.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 Sessions – August 31-Septemeber 1. Yoga Massage Therapy. With Claudia Devyani, world renowned Holistic Healer from Brazil. Individual 1 ½ hour sessions. Need to pre-book – limited times available. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. LemireClinc.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 Aura Photography – 11am-4pm. With Mary Rose. Photo and emailed report $25, printed copies is an additional $10. Please call the store to make an appointment. Fairy Dust Crystals & Such, 11781 SE Hwy 441, Belleview. 352-693-4592. FairyDustCrystals.com. Talk and Sessions – Talk noon-1pm, Private Sessions 1-5:30pm. Animal Communication. With Jenna Butler. Birds, cats, dogs, cows and any of our animal friends. $35/session. Bring a picture of your pet. Call to register. High Springs Emporium, 19765 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 386-4548657. HighSpringsEmporium.net.
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A Course in Miracles – 9:30am. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville. UnityGainesville.org.
A Course in Miracles – 10am. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville. UnityGainesville.org.
Sunday Spiritual Service – 10am. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-687-2113. mail@ UnityOcala.org. UnityOcala.org.
Embodiment 101 – 6:30-8pm. Body awareness movement followed by meditation. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352214-1334. Gainesville.Shambhala.org.
Sunday Service – 10:30am; Guided Meditation – 10am. Awaken and LIVE. Rev. Cindy Grimes, Senior Minister. Center for Spiritual Living Ocala, 1009 NE 28th Ave, Ocala. 352-629-3897. CSLocala.org.
Day Camp – 10am-noon. Through July 31. Summer Shorts: Environmental Days, ages 5-15. $10 per day camp or 6 for $50. Location: Fort King, 3925 E. Fort King St, Ocala. Info: 352-368-5535 or OcalaFL.org.
Meditation and Book Discussion – 10:30am-noon. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352-214-1334. Gainesville.Shambhala.org.
Karaoke – 8pm-11pm. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003. MuddyLotusTea.com.
Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude – 1-2pm Bring your own mat for yoga in the warehouse. All experience levels. Suggested donation $5. First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch, Gainesville. 352-727-4677. Yin Yoga – 2pm. All levels. $10 donation. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003. MuddyLotusTea.com.
monday Hearing Screenings – afternoon. By appointment. Lemire Clinic, 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste 301, Ocala. 352-291-9459. LemireClinic.com. A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville. UnityGainesville.org. Meeting – 5:30-7pm. Adult Children of Alcoholics. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352-6872113. Mail@UnityOcala.org. UnityOcala.org.
friday Health Happens Farmers Market – 9am-2:30pm. Shop for fresh produce, seafood, honey, baked goods, gluten-free snacks and prepared meals for lunch. McPherson Governmental Complex field, 601 SE 25th Ave. Ocala. 352-438-2360. Stories in the Park – 11am. Reading with a Ranger. Each week in a different favorite Ocala Park. Info: 352-368-5535 or OcalaFL.org/recpark. Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Adult Children of Alcoholics. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala. 352687-2113. Mail@UnityOcala.org. UnityOcala.org. Queer & Trans Dharma – 7-9pm. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352214-1334. Gainesville.Shambhala.org.
Haile Farmers Market – 8:30am-12pm. Open rain or shine, heat or cold. Haile Village Center in Haile Plantation, SW 91st Terr, Gainesville. HaileFarmersMarket.com.
Technology Help Center - 2-4pm. Free. Belleview Public Library, 13145 SE Hwy 484, Belleview. 352-438-2500.
Farmstead Saturdays – 9am3pm. Free. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595- 3377. CronesCradleConserve.com.
Meditation Instruction and Orientation – 6:30pm. Meditation, book discussion, refreshments to follow. Shambhala Gainesville, 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. 352-214-1334. Gainesville.Shambhala.org.
Ocala Farm Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown farm fresh seasonal produce, homemade jellies and jams, crafts and plants. Location: Corner of SE 3rd St and SE 3rd Ave, Ocala. 352-629-8051. OcalaDowntownMarket.com.
wednesday Qigong – 9-9:30am. With Dr. Neil Crenshaw and Dr. Don Mederios. Donations go to Connected Warriors. Van Ness Park Civic Center, G Ave and 7th St, McIntosh. 352-425-2975. Game Night – 7:30pm. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003. MuddyLotusTea.com.
Class – 2-4:30pm. One Saturday each month. Psychic / Medium Spiritual Development. Includes meditation, lesson and practice. $30. Call or check website to confirm date. Held at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. 407-247-7823. ifsk.org. Fire Flow – 9pm. Fire spinners and poi with music outside. Muddy Lotus Tea, 520 NE 1st Ave, Ocala. 352-559-3003. MuddyLotusTea.com.
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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE JAMES LEMIRE, MD
Lemire Clinic 9401 SW Hwy 200, Suite 301 352-291-9459 • LemireClinic.com D r. L e m i r e i s b o t h B o a r d Certified in Family Practice for 40 years and is an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioner. Some of the common protocols Dr. Lemire works with are: Thyroid conditions, Chronic Fatigue, MS, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Leaky Gut, Cancer, Hormone Unbalances, Heavy Metal Toxicity, Inflammatory and Auto Immune Conditions, Lyme Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Management. Dr. Lemire sees children and adults. See ad, page 3.
EFT, Emotion Code, Body Code, Hypnosis 352-454-8959 EFTSandy@yahoo.com SandraWilsonPositiveChange.com You can achieve your health, wealth and relationship goals. Certified Energy Healer, Sandy will help you eliminate blocks to be successful in getting fit, having better relationships, reaching business goals. Why wait? See website or call to start your path to success.
HEARING AID SPECIALIST FORREST PETTY
Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist Lemire Clinic 9401 SW Hwy 200, Suite 301, Ocala 352-291-9459 • LemireClinic.com Forrest Petty has joined our practice. Forrest has 5+ years in the hearing aid industry with all manufacturers. He offers free hearing exams and hearing instrument demonstrations with the latest technology for all patients. Come experience how well you can hear again. Call to schedule your appointment. See ad, page 3.
LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCE CRONES’ CRADLE CONSERVE FOUNDATION 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra 352-595-3377 CronesCradleConserve.org
The conserve is an ecological preserve, retreat center and organic farm. Local fresh produce can be bought at The Farm Store on property, through Farm to Fare weekly Baskets or delivered to your restaurant. The Farm Store is open 7 days a week. Certified kitchen honey house and event space available. See ad, page 15.
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DEBI GOLDBEN, RM/T, LMT MA78069/MM37419 13722 SW 40th Circle, Ocala 352-209-0303 DebiGoldben@gmail.com DebiGoldben.com
Reduce or eliminate physical and emotional discomfort, stress, anxiety and PTSD with Debi’s unique blend of life coaching, energy balancing and spiritual intuition. Techniques include Reiki, Emotion Code, Body Code, Psych-K and Metaphysical Anatomy. Yes…she works on animals!
SCHOOL BODHI SANGHA THAI MASSAGE AND SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL THAI FOLK MEDICINE 813-417-6745 BodhiSangha.com ArielaGrodner@yahoo.com
Students can advance in their studies of Thai Massage and Tr a d i t i o n a l T h a i F o l k Medicine. Courses offered are; Thai Foot Reflexology, Double Practitioner Thai Massage, and Thai Herbal Bundle Therapeutics. The Bodhi Sangha Shala is a place to grow and learn, to build community, to cultivate mindfulness and compassion, and to deepen one’s studies of the ancient healing art of Thai Massage. See ad, page 12.
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE KURT NICHOLS, LMT
MA47715 Healthy Hands of Ocala 1302 SE 25th Loop, Suite 104, Ocala 352-817-3887 Specializing in easing muscle tension and pain while promoting wellness. With over 10 years experience, Kurt offers massage therapy based on each client’s individual needs. Call or text to schedule an appointment.
MASSAGE THERAPY BY CATHY CULP, LMT
MA68087 Healthy Hands of Ocala 1302 SE 25th Loop, Suite 104, Ocala 352-207-5423 CathyCulp67@gmail.com Offering Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone, Swedish, Therapeutic and Trigger Point with an emphasis on neck, shoulder and sciatic pain therapy. Compassion and knowledge help to aid in pain management and relaxation. See ad, page 18.
VETERINARY CARE MEDICINE WHEEL VETERINARY SERVICES Shauna Cantwell, DVM Ocala 352-538-3021 • ShaunaCantwell.com
Holistic veterinary medicine for small animals and horses. Arthritis, neurologic and hormonal dysfunction, skin, allergies, cancer, pain, immune and chronic disease. Certified veterinary acu-puncture, certified-AVCA animal chiropractic, herbal therapy, tui na medical massage, functional neurology, postural rehabilitation, ozone therapy, homotoxicology and nutrition. Available for workshops. See ad, page 28.
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