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If you are looking for some real Arizona history, visit the Arizona Capitol Museum in downtown Phoenix. As you enter the capitol building you will be greeted by a mosaic version of the Great Seal of the State of Arizona embedded into the floor. Little did I know that the mosaic seal on the floor was wrong! The mosaic seal is actually missing two components, the citrus and the cow. Visit the Capitol Museum to find out more.

Happy Birthday, Arizona! What a wonderful way to kick off February! Arizona has provided us with beautiful surroundings—from our Grand Canyon, snow and pine trees in the high country, and red rocks of Sedona, to Camelback Mountain and Saguaro National Park in Tucson. Don’t forget the weather – I mean, in what other state can you ski in the morning, then drive a few hours and golf in the afternoon? Gotta love it. Thank you, AZ! February represents a few things—love, friendship, Heart Health Month and the Super Bowl. For Green Living, it’s all about giving back. This issue is dedicated to those who give back to the community, and connect our cities! Community service has been a part of my upbringing—I remember my mom taking me to animal shelters to give blankets, my dad and I serving dinner at homeless shelters, and, in my early adulthood, volunteering in hospitals. Today, my yellow Labrador Lilly and I visit senior homes to bring cheer to the residents’ days. Whether it is time or money, please choose something within your community. Connect, give—you’ll be glad you did. In LIVE, author Judy Zimola leads off our issue with her story “You Gotta Have Art,” a piece focusing on how organizations around Arizona are using artistic expression—from dance to paintings—to heal our children, victims of abuse, homelessness or other unfortunate circumstance. To soy or not to soy? The battle continues, and author Barbi Walker has the facts and opinions from local experts, including Dr. Weil, in “It’s a Soy Story.”

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Rooftop gardens, recycling soap, reclaimed water for golf courses, and organic products in spas—just some of the sustainable practices being used by our local hotels and resorts. In WORK, Aimee Welch continues her series about hotels going green in “A New Year, a New Leaf Part 2.” Opera and a high school join hands as the Sedona Performing Arts Center lands at Sedona Red Rock High School. This 23,000-square-foot, 750seat, LEED certified, high-tech center brings the community together to celebrate the arts—read about it in PLAY. Our couple had no complaints when reviewing desserts this month. Find out which decadence is for you in “He’s Green| She’s Green.” Need a new activity for those curiosityand-wonder-filled kids? Visit a museum. This month’s Green Personality is about Michael Luria, Executive Director of Children’s Museum of Tucson, and his message is to get out and play. You are one extraordinary person who has a voice to share, says Cynthia James, M.A., author of Revealing your Extraordinary Essence. Look to our WEB originals for this interview and I hope it will lighten your spirits, help you release any inner doubts, and develop your authentic energy. Other WEB originals include, spoiling our pets for Valentine’s Day, “3Step to De-cluttering your Finances,” and “5 Natural Ways to Kick up the Spark.” Thank you to all who service the community and bring goodness to your space.

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hen viewed through the lens of modern science, “art” as a healing force is a fairly young and difficult-to-quantify notion. But art, music, and dance have been working their powerful medicine since mankind first learned to howl and etch. Cave drawings found all around the world show how people depicted their fear of the unpredictable forces of nature, or their interpretation of the mystical power in the world. Shamans have used prayer, energy work, and various art forms such as dancing, drumming, chanting and talking, with the intent of healing the afflicted. Now science has caught up with the shamans, and studies have proven that pain can be reduced through creative outlets. For Americans, depression and stress contribute to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death during the past century, and diabetes, which now affects more than 20 million Americans. Music, dance, painting and, in fact, most artistic outlets contribute to reducing stress and depression, thus helping alleviate chronic disease. The benefits of art on psychological healing, while less measurable, are practiced through a broad spectrum in communities of all sizes. “Empowerment and recovery through creativity. I know that sounds like a commercial, but it’s what we do,” stated Karen Puthoff, executive director of PSA Art Awakenings, a Phoenixbased psycho-social rehab program with several galleries in and around the Phoenix area whose aim is to help artists express and heal themselves, as well as handle their illness. “Through art, they’re learning social skills, wellness management, personal accountability, and enhanced self-esteem. We want them to go back into the community knowing they’re strong, talented individuals.”

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Karen shared one example. “One of our artists made a big sculpture, really cool, about a foot-and-a-half wide by a foot tall, to be baked in the kiln. He was excited about it. When it came out of the kiln, it had cracked into five or so pieces. Instead of throwing it away, he mounted the pieces on a stand and named it ‘Separation Anxiety.’ Rather than getting angry or depressed, he found a solution.”

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creativity Free Arts of Arizona began in 1993 as a grassroots organization staffed by five volunteers in Phoenix. Its mission was, and is, simple: Healing abused and homeless children through artistic expression. Today, Free Arts helps more than five thousand 5through 18-year-olds every year to find solace through finger painting, photography, and even cooking. Classes give students a double dose of support through a two-tiered teaching system. Art therapists lead the sessions and interpret the students’ work, following clues in the art to learn more about the artists’ internal workings. A volunteer helper provides a foundation, reinforcing the value of the endeavor itself, emphasizing the art process

Feature and what happens to the students physiologically when they participate in art as a group. “When kids find a way to express themselves, to feel good, to gain some self-confidence and get recognition from adults, art can be magic. And students express themselves in remarkable ways,” said Barbara Fenster, executive director of Free Arts. Indeed they do. “I was born in Tucson.” was the opening line of a poem written by one teenage boy. “Our poetry teacher, Merlin Hepworth, encouraged the kids to dig as far into their lives as they dared, and gave them a safe place to do it. The line ended up reading, “I was left in a cardboard box on the side of a road in a storm.” Poetic license? “No,” said Barbara. “All of that line is true.” Finding an emotionally safe place to expose one’s innermost thoughts is not exactly at the top of many veterans’ to-do lists. That’s why Dixie Ciccarelli, art therapist at the American Healing Arts Foundation in Phoenix, eases students into her program as if she were introducing herself to a quarterhorse. “One guy said, ‘Are we broken and you’re going to fix us?’ I told him he wasn’t broken. The thing is, they’ve been told to suck up trauma and deal with it, but they’ve experienced a lot of it. Those secrets eat at them like a cancer.” Using masks as the medium, vets paint both the outside and inside to express their public persona and inner selves. “We give them art so they can put it down, look at it as an observer, then talk about it. That might be a day, maybe a week later. But having the art out there removes the hurtful secrecy.” The Foundation’s executive director, Kim Bulot, spends long hours setting up schedules, coordinating help, and displaying artwork, and she understands the soul of a vet. “They don’t like to ask for help,” she chuckled. “And some carry a lot of anger.

it’s like to be homeless and hungry. It’s embarrassing. It’s hard to know what to do about it when you’re eight or nine years old.” To give the students a voice, Michael will first have the students create art and poetry to express their issues. The work will then be displayed on bus shelters, or hung as banners on apartments. “I want to let the community know there are homeless children; here’s what these children have to say. The impact of listening, encouraging, and supporting that voice can be transformational.” Jodi Netzer, director of Tucson Art Brigade’s Dance Theater Program, agrees that sharing the work is a vital part of the healing process. The performance art taps into a place that’s scary, raw. Sometimes people don’t want to go there. But it’s also authentic and honest, which is very empowering.” Art can also help heal fresh wounds felt on a societal level. Seeing an immediate need for expression and healing after the January 8, 2011, shootings in Tucson, Linda Moran and two friends launched [“Art from the Heart”]. “A lot of us felt the need to do something other than attend a memorial,” Linda said. “There was a lot of hate talk. The website is intended to be an answer to all that anger, a site for people to share their artwork, write about it and their process.” After a thoughtful pause she adds, “Maybe make a change in the world.” Society’s pains, mental illness, and chronic disease can’t be solved solely with brushes, drums, and a big hug. However, the creative self-expression and imagination can help restore the mind, body, and spirit. Art has a way to find identity and touch a reservoir of healing. The more we understand the relationship between creative expression and healing, the more we can discover the curative power of the arts. The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature Heather L. Stuckey, DEd, and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH American Healing Arts Foundation Changing Life Center 338 N. 15th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007 changing-lives-center/ Free Arts of Arizona 103 W. Highland, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ 85013 602-258-8100 Art from the Heart 6770 East Carondelet Drive #223 Tucson, AZ 85710 Tucson Arts Brigade PO BOX 545, Tucson AZ 85702 (520) 791-9359

But the looks on their faces when people admire their work makes all the effort, both theirs and ours, worthwhile.” Validation, in fact, is another big facet of the healing power of art. Putting brush or pen to paper, belting out a song, or dancing to exhaustion is cathartic, but recognition of the work itself is the oil that keeps the engine of self-esteem running. Michael Schwartz is the executive director of Tucson Arts Brigade, an organization aimed at building a healthy community through art and education. “The kids were talking in class about what

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1912 – 2012 Arizona’s Centennial

Castles, a treasure, ghosts and bank robbers – all a part of Arizona’s history and included in our Centennial lesson given to us by Marshall Shore, named “The Best Unofficial Phoenix Historian” by the New Times. WALNUT CANYON

Driving the steep incline to Flagstaff and navigating next to a deathdefying drop-off is a common shared memory for folks approaching this enchanting 1880s town which sits at an elevation of 6,910 feet—the highest point along the entire 2,400 miles of Route 66. About 10 miles east of idyllic downtown Flagstaff is Walnut Canyon, a serene place where you can walk the path of the Sinagua people who lived there over 900 years ago. They built homes nestled under limestone overhangs looking down into the canyon. This National Monument is carefully preserved, but you’re allowed to wander through these homes and enjoy the spectacular scenery.


A man, diagnosed with tuberculosis, ups and moves to Arizona in 1930, leaving his wife and daughter with no word as to his whereabouts. After his death 15 years later, his family is contacted by an attorney and asked to come to Arizona and claim their home. It was here, in the foothills of South Mountain, that they discovered a sprawling 18-room, threestory castle built from a wide variety of materials—adobe, boulders, bottles, telephone poles, railroad ties, automobile parts—that Boyce Luther Gulley had built for his wife and beloved daughter. “Mystery Castle” features a chapel, a cantina, and a dungeon. In 1948 Life magazine featured the story including pictures of the castle, prompting national notoriety, and the mother and daughter began providing tours of their castle. The daughter, Mary Lou Gulley, resided here until her passing in November 2010. Friends of the Castle, a nonprofit group, continues to provide tours.

San Carlos

History and the supernatural meet at the Hotel San Carlos, a highly opulent hotel when its doors opened in 1928. Built at a cost of nearly $850,000 (at a time when a brand-new Model “A” Ford cost $850), it was the most modern high-rise hotel in the Southwest, featuring state-of-theart air-conditioning and hand-operated elevators. Today, guests can still see the lobby’s original carved-plaster crown moldings, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and copper-clad elevator doors. It quickly became a mecca for the Phoenix elite and for Hollywood stars such as Mae West, Ingrid Bergman, and Gary Cooper. You can see evidence of the celebrities who stayed here on the Star Walk in front of the building; even Marilyn Monroe has a star. The Star Walk was installed to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the hotel. The hotel is possibly even more famous for its permanent residents, which reportedly include several spirits who make themselves known to guests—look for kids playing in the halls and down by the original well in the basement, and for Ms. Leone Jensen, who was spurned by her boyfriend and plunged to her death off the roof. Then you might want to enjoy a cocktail in the Ghost Lounge and see what spirits can be conjured up.

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Winslow/ La Posada

”Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” - lyrics from “Take It Easy,” one of the classic singles from the Eagles’ first album released in 1972, and a town known for trains, with the headquarters for the Santa Fe Railroad based here. Before people were driving roads like the classic Route 66 through the Southwest, they may have ridden the rails. Either way, Winslow was always a popular place to stop and explore. In 1878 Fred Harvey began building Harvey Houses, a precursor to hotel chains of today, and the traveling public equated a Harvey House with good food at reasonable prices, elegant restaurants, and sophisticated accommodations. This is still true of the 1929 restored Harvey House called “La Posada”—the Resting Place. Today you can enjoy locally sourced food in the Turquoise Room, or spend the night in the same rooms once occupied by Hollywood celebrities such as Charles Lindbergh, John Wayne, Amelia Earhart and Tom Ford. This grand Harvey House was designed by architect Mary Colter, famous for her buildings at the Grand Canyon, who always considered this large sprawling hacienda in Winslow to be her masterpiece.

100 YEARS OF HISTORY Lost Dutchman State Park

Buried treasure in Arizona? The prospect of untold wealth lurking in the Superstition Mountains? Even today people cannot resist the allure of the Lost Dutchman Mine. This is the best-known tale from an industry that helped shape Arizona history. No Arizona lore has piqued as much curiosity or caused as much bodily harm as the mine named for German immigrant Jacob Waltz. It was near the ghost town of Goldfield, AZ, at the entrance to the Superstition Mountains, Waltz was said to have discovered a gold deposit so rich that a shovel was the only mining tool necessary. One day, he and his pack mule were on his way to the mine, Waltz was attacked and severely beaten - he survived long enough to make his way back to a doctor who he told about the gold and its location. Immediately folks started searching for the gold. The Lost Dutchman name came from a story about an amateur explorer who disappeared in the 1930s on a search for the gold, igniting a longstanding interest in the Lost Dutchman Mine. Even today, questions about this true story are popular at local libraries. Though the land is a designated wilderness and mining is restricted, that does not keep folks from hoping to rediscover the Lost Dutchman’s gold and enjoying the park along the way.


The Hotel Congress

A fire and a notorious gang of thieves made history at this Tucson landmark. The Hotel Congress, built in 1919 to serve the growing cattle industry, since then renovated, plays a prominent role in the capture of “public enemy number one,” an FBI title earned by John Dillinger and his gang within less than a year of violence and crime sprees. Dillinger and his gang came to Tucson to hide out after a series of bank robberies. The gang stayed on the third floor of the hotel under false names. When a fire broke out, the desk clerk contacted them through the switchboard (still in operation) and the incognito gang escaped by aerial ladders. At the urgent request of the gang, and encouraged by a generous tip, two firemen retrieved their luggage, heavy with cash and weapons. Later, an astute fireman recognized the gang from photos. When captured, Dillinger simply muttered, “Well, I’ll be damned!” Every January in downtown Tucson, the city celebrates “Dillinger Days,” which includes lively, historically accurate re-enactments of the Dillinger gang’s last bank robbery in Chicago, prior to their arrival in Tucson; as well as a series of events leading to the gang’s capture in and around downtown, including the fire that destroyed the third floor of the Hotel Congress. The funds raised go toward the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, which is refurbishing the same fire truck that responded to the famous fire and capture of “public enemy number one.”

This former mining town in the Black Mountains of Mohave County began as a tent camp after two prospectors struck it rich, causing a population boom. But a fire and the closing of the mines almost plunged this town into obscurity. Oldtimers remember when Route 66 passed right through the middle of town. Recently, Oatman has undergone a renaissance of sorts, thanks to burgeoning international interest in Route 66 and the growth of the nearby gaming town of Laughlin, NV, which promotes visits to Oatman. Wild burros freely wander the town and can be hand-fed carrots and “burro chow,” which is readily available in every store. Weekends in Oatman, you can see anything from classic car rallies to mock “Wild West” shootouts right down the middle of old Route 66.

Diving Lady A 1960 roadside icon with a new lease on life, the Mesa Diving Lady located at Lindsay and East Main Street in Mesa, was almost gone forever. Last year a storm brought the 78-foot-tall sign crashing down to the ground, cracking almost all the neon. The Mesa Preservation Foundation stepped in and, with both local and nationwide support, has refurbished the well-loved sign. The Diving Lady has received local and national press, including being named one of the 20 most inspiring Arizona women of 2011 by the Arizona Republic, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Marshall Shore is an Information Curator whose passion is uncovering interesting bits and curiosities from our past: the semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today. As the official “Unofficial Phoenix Historian,” he uses storytelling magic, found film footage, old photographs, ephemera and artifacts, to bring our past to life in entertaining and educational presentations. More info at

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Health & Wellness

Having a Healthy




ebruary is American Heart Health Month, and I am happy to report that there is some exciting progress being made in our understanding of heart disease, its underlying causes, and how to prevent and even reverse it! Many people are beginning to appreciate the serious limitations of surgery and toxic prescription drugs, and are looking more at prevention through diet, natural supplements, and lifestyle changes. Genetic predisposition does not determine your fate. Our genes are controlled predominantly through environmental signals— received through external and internal pathways—so developing heart disease or succumbing to a fatal heart attack, regardless of family history, is something you do have control over. Normal aging often involves abnormal deposits of calcium throughout the body’s soft tissues, including heart valves, glands, and blood vessels, and calcification of the coronary arteries markedly increases heart attack risk. Unfortunately, many patients are prescribed anticoagulant drugs such as Coumadin and Plavix, which are supposed to protect against heart attack and stroke. These drugs, however, are very toxic and inhibit the normal vitamin K2 function in the body, which results in an even more rapid development of vascular calcification. Vitamin K2, along with magnesium and vitamin D3, is absolutely essential for regulating calcium balances in the body. Maintaining constant levels of vitamin K2 protects against atherosclerosis, bone loss and osteoporosis, and can even reverse arterial calcification. Vitamin K2 also possesses anticancer properties and suppresses factors involved in other common agerelated diseases. Currently there are no multiple vitamin products available on the market today comparable to Beyond Chelation Improved (BC-I). It has more vital nutrients at required levels than any multiple you can find, including resveratrol and vitamin K2, which is the key to preventing hardening of the arteries and avoiding bone calcium loss. For those seeking natural alternatives to Coumadin, I recommend switching to safer, more effective enzymes such as Boluoke (Lumbrokinase), or Nattokinase. Lumbrokinase is extracted from Chinese earthworms, and the Nattokinase enzyme is derived from fermented soybeans that the Japanese call Natto. Both of these natural substances target fibrins in the blood, helping the body naturally break down and digest blood clots safely. I have spent nearly five decades researching and developing my wellness program, F.I.G.H.T. For Your Health, which has successfully helped thousands of people avoid stenting and bypass surgeries, reduce and even stop toxic medications, increase their longevity, and achieve a quality of health they had previously thought impossible. I have found that my patients who diligently follow the F.I.G.H.T. For Your Health Program have been able to reduce, and in some cases, completely stop

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their drugs. I do not use or prescribe statins—ever! I do not send any patients for bypass surgery, as most so-called “serious” coronary blockages already have collateralized when checked with the more accurate PET scan. F.I.G.H.T. For Your Health began as a personal program for treating my own heart disease, and is based on the foundation of taking BC-I, which consists of nine pills, taken preferably twice daily, that meet all basic nutritional needs. Briefly, BC-I includes: • 3 Beyond Any Multiple (BAM) multi-vitamins • 3 Essential Daily Defense (EDD) detoxifying, bloodthinning capsules • 1 Evening Primrose Oil capsule • 1 Omega 3 Fish Oil capsule • 1 Phosphatidyl serine with Gingko biloba capsule, assisting with memory and brain function Additionally, we know how important exercise is for any meaningful lifestyle program. Regular, moderate exercise combats the negative effects of stress on our cells, and slows cellular aging by preserving telomere length and cell vitality. Exercise promotes an anti-inflammatory environment which bolsters immune function, reduces the risk of infections, and helps to rid cells and tissues of toxins—all equally important for healthy heart and cardiovascular function. But because not everyone has the ability to physically work out, adding Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Frequency therapy (PEMF), to my F.I.G.H.T. program enables everyone to reap the benefits. Studies prove that PEMF produces the same biological effects as physical exercise, only without any stress, strain or fatigue, and delivers the most powerful form of exercise I have found—what I call Magnetically Induced Cellular Exercise (M.I.C.E.). Now even patients who are wheelchair- or bed-bound can experience the benefits that moderate exercise produces at the cellular level. At 77 years young, I am living proof that my F.I.G.H.T. For Your Health (with M.I.C.E.) program works! I have no need for any pharmaceutical medications, I feel better, perform better, and am literally healthier today than I’ve ever been. I can lead you to a bright future and a happy, healthy heart! For more information about F.I.G.H.T. For Your Health, visit Gordon Research Institute online at various/fight_protocol.html. Garry F. Gordon MD,DO,MD(H), President, Gordon Research Institute. As an internationally recognized expert on chelation therapy, Dr. Gordon is now attempting to establish standards for the proper use of oral and intravenous chelation therapy as an adjunct therapy for all diseases. Currently, Dr. Gordon is a consultant for various supplement companies. He is responsible for the design of many supplements, which are widely used by alternative health practitioners around the world.

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oy burgers, soy milk, soybeans – many of us are incorporating soy into our diets because it’s healthy, right? However, soy has recently come under fire by many health and food experts, some even claiming soy may be dangerous to your health. Whoa… what? For those who love to read about food and its health effects, the controversy over eating soy might not surprise you; however, if you are new to reading food labels or just recently entering a healthier eating phase, deciphering soy’s benefits and harms can be quite confusing. Let us start with the basics.

Just the facts, Ma'am Protein contains nutrients needed to maintain your health and body. The most common protein sources are meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds. All animal protein contains cholesterol. Soy is plant-based, and therefore a cholesterol-free source of protein. For the average adult, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommend about 5.5 oz of protein daily from the various sources above. The USDA changed its Food Pyramid to the, where it has established guidelines for a balanced diet.

deep detail the specific requirements soy must meet to maintain its health claims against coronary heart disease. But even before that, the American Heart Association (AHA) was already questioning these claims. “No significant effects on HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, lipoprotein(a), or blood pressure were evident,” according to a report by the AHA Science Advisory in January 2006. The report went on to indicate soy’s claims for preventing or treating breast, prostate and endometrial cancers were not established. And the results were mixed for symptoms of menopause, and postmenopausal bone loss. Okay, so soy may not do all that it claims to do, but it is still a cholesterol-free source of protein.

The FDA measures protein intake using the number of grams of protein in the food you eat. Based on a diet of 2,000 calories a day, the FDA recommends 65 grams of protein per day.

Internationally acclaimed health expert Dr. Andrew Weil recommends whole soy foods as part of his Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid. Here’s the important part—WHOLE soy foods.

Dr. Barry Sears, author of The Zone and The Soy Zone, says soy is a sustainable source of protein and it doesn’t impact insulin levels. If you are concerned about cholesterol, including soy as a protein alternative is a logical choice. But, as it sometimes is with science, the answers aren’t always simple and clear.

Dr. Weil recommends whole soy foods such as edamame, tofu, soymilk and soy nuts, as well as fermented soy like tempeh, miso, and natto. He says including these foods in your diet is likely to do more good than harm. The mix of phytoestrogens, which are plant estrogens, may stimulate the body to make more cells with estrogen receptors and cause other cells to suppress them. While there is some debate over whether the isoflavones (the phytoestrogen part of soy) can cause breast cancer or uterine fibroids, Dr. Weil says, “Just because soy contains stimulating phytoestrogens does not mean that the effect of whole soy foods is stimulating to estrogen-sensitive cells. In fact, the epidemiological evidence - that is, the evidence of incidence of diseases in different populations - strongly suggests that soy protects women from estrogen-dependent problems.” Dr. Weil recommends one to two servings (about 40 mg) of whole soy a day, which will give you the benefits without the possible risks.

It's complicated Soy has been called a “miracle” food that helps with menopause symptoms, slows postmenopausal bone loss, fights certain cancers, and lowers heart disease risks because of its protein and isoflavones (phytoestrogens). In 1998, the FDA approved soy’s claim that it lowered heart disease risk: “25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” However, as of April 1, 2011, the FDA revised this claim in its Code of Federal Regulations 21 (21CRF101.82), outlining in

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Nutrition Dr. Weil, however, strongly advises against taking soy supplements or eating what he calls “designer foods” that are spiked with soy isoflavones. These both have high levels of isoflavones and lack proof of their long-term safety. As for soymilk, look for calcium-fortified brands, since soymilk doesn’t have as much calcium as cow’s milk, he says. Also, make sure to buy only organic soy milk, because many soy crops are heavily treated with pesticides. Lastly, avoid any soymilk that contains carrageenan, a thickening agent derived from seaweed, which he believes to be harmful.

“There are so many things that are linked, there’s too much uncertainty,” she says about soy. Aldrich concurs that for a healthy life and diet, we need to eat much less processed food.

Nutritionist Cate Munroe agrees about whole soy. “Soy as a ‘whole’ food is perfectly fine.” But she cautions that just because something is good for you, more doesn’t make it better. “People take it [the health benefits of soy] out of context and then it loses its effectiveness. We definitely eat more soy than we should.” Munroe says we need only about 10 grams (two teaspoons) of soy a day, and adds that we should eat soy like they do in Asian countries—as a condiment, rather than a steak or burger replacement.

And as Dr. Barry Sears says, we have to rethink our eating and shopping patterns because, if we don’t—if we ignore the power of food—we do so at a grave cost.

Eating wholesome foods is much better for you than processed foods. Yes, it is more work to make meals from scratch than it is to pull out a box, but the food you put into your body can have profound effects on your overall health. And although soy’s health claims are being questioned, there is no doubt food can alter you from the inside out.

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Munroe recommends avoiding processed soy to keep your soy intake down. Many processed foods already have soy in them, so eating more than the recommended amount can have adverse effects. And like other processed foods, it loses much of its nutritional value in the “process.” Munroe also cautions that pesticides are heavily used on soy crops, and soy, much like strawberries, absorbs much of it—which includes sewage sludge. Additionally, soy is then processed in huge aluminum vats and heated to high heat, causing concern that aluminum leaches into the soy. Munroe suggests eating only organic soy and says, “The less processed, the better.” Research deriving from institutes such as the National Institutes of Health-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Center of Biotechnology Information reveal that too much soy disrupts your endocrine system and can cause problems with your thyroid. According to, excess soy consumption can negatively affect those with thyroid disorders or iodine deficiencies. He recommends having your thyroid levels checked often if you are concerned.

Keep it simple Balance is the key. By keeping your soy intake in line with recommended amounts, eating whole, organic sources of soy, and avoiding processed foods, it’s easier to have your soy and eat it too.

SOURCES Dr. Barry Sears, Beth Aldrich, author of Real Moms Love to Eat The American Heart Association

But, if you are like author Beth Aldrich, err on the side of caution.

In her book, “Real Moms Love to Eat,” Aldrich, a certified holistic health and nutritional counselor, advises clients who aren’t comfortable with the data about soy to just avoid it.

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United States Department of AgricultureChooseMyPlate, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Barbi Walker is a freelance writer and an award-winning journalist. Barbi lives in Phoenix with her husband and young son.

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ith heartfelt thanks… He speaks from the heart… She had a change of heart… Heartburn… She died of a broken heart… I didn’t have the heart to tell him… Heart throb… Heart’s desire… Heart attack… The old paradigm of medicine has trained us to reach for the prescription pad when we hear the word cholesterol, because we have been taught that high cholesterol is linked somehow to heart disease. Our physicians are chastised if they do not prescribe statins— this is one of the “quality control” measures insurance companies and medical boards love. The heart, like every other organ in the body, requires tremendous amounts of energy. Its energy requirements are met through massive numbers of mitochondria—the tiny organelles that serve as energy factories throughout our bodies’ cells. These mitochondria require large amounts of a substance called CoQ10— produced naturally by the body— which serves as a carrier that removes debris left over from energy production. When our trash barrel of toxicities gets too full, the spill-over comes in the form of reactive oxygen species which injure not only the very cells that the mitochondria are trying to support, but also the mitochondria themselves. Cholesterol is the essential building block for CoQ10. So when we block the production of cholesterol with statin drugs, we are shutting off the fuel line. Side effects might include muscle pain, fatigue and heart failure and decreased sex drive. Cholesterol is essential in the production of bile acids, which enable us to absorb essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E), and lower our risk of cancer.

SO WHy DO WE WAnT TO lOWEr CHOlESTErOl? If we don’t work to reduce our cholesterol, what other options do we have? The old paradigm of medicine does not appear to be working very well while the incidence of heart disease is skyrocketing all over the world.

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Unfortunately, we tend to feed our bodies toxins—nicotine from smoking creates inflammation and constricts blood vessels, meats loaded with stress hormones from the way they are raised and butchered, vegetables laden with herbicides and pesticides, and heavy metals from our environment. All these factors increase inflammation, which makes our blood more acidic. In order to maintain the narrow margin of acid/base safety, our bodies move calcium from the bones to the blood stream to make the blood less acidic, leading to osteoporosis, kidney stones, hardening of the arteries, or a heart attack. The calcium begins to deposit on the cholesterol bandage which has been laid down to smooth out the lining of damaged blood vessels. The blood vessels become narrower and stiffer, delivering less blood with each heartbeat. Eventually, some heart cells die. They do not receive sufficient blood supply to carry out their metabolic processes and we experience a heart attack.

When we take statin drug, the toxic effect is magnified—not only is the heart poisoned by its own trash, acidic and malnourished, but it is also stressed through lack of energy. returning to the heart’s association with emotions. The Daoists called the Heart the “Emperor Organ”—the organ that experiences all the emotions. There may be a reason for all those phrases having to do with love and the heart.

• First, eat only food which we can recognize as food. no chemicals. no initials in the ingredients list. nothing that comes in a box—or even in a can. no sodas. no brominated vegetable oils (used to disperse citrus flavoring in sodas). • Second, eat more plant protein, and less animal protein. • Third, eat organic to avoid the huge pesticide and herbicide load present in many commercially grown fruits and vegetables. • Fourth, get rid of toxicity—exercise to increase oxygen in the system, make sure that eliminations are working, or use chelation therapy to remove heavy metals. • And… let go of negative emotions and experiences (they really don’t have to say they’re sorry!) so we can sing for joy. This is true preventative medicine in the new paradigm of medicine. The choice is ours. Dr. Martha Grout is the medical director for the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine. 480-240-2600.


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If emotions are indeed channeled through the heart, it’s no wonder that modern science has found that the risk of heart disease increases depending on how we react to anger, worry, stress or grief. There is even a syndrome called Takotsubo (octopus) cardiomyopathy described in the literature, related to any very strong emotional shock. So the heart’s own emotion, has its own beneficial effect.

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ome of us are seeking the authentic self, finding purpose, working through our fears and doubts, or letting go of pain. If you are open to a conversation that will energize you, fulfill your heart, and set you in a good direction, then Cynthia James, M.A., author of Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence, is the perfect person to talk to. “When we are awake, we are open to our energy and bring the vibration to our consciousness, then start to step out into manifestation and be who we were meant to be,” Cynthia says. If you are looking to develop your authentic energy and inner guidance, Cynthia shares how people need to get to back to themselves instead of giving in to all the personas we project into the world. She explains that “anytime you move away from your authenticity, you are breaking down and fragmenting the heart and its ability to build that authentic self.” Cynthia encourages us to take time to understand what and who you value, identify deal-

breakers in a relationship, and figure out what you need in order to flourish and feel fulfilled—and if those things aren’t happening, then know you are moving away from your authentic self. Breaking through your barriers, fears, and doubts, and searching for your truth requires dealing with feelings that might make us uncomfortable. Cynthia says one can’t run from feelings. “You must go into the energy, and what you will find at the center of that energy is peace, peace that is infinite. You have to go through that shadow or dark space and honor the feelings.” While writing Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence, Cynthia learned, “I am the only one responsible for my life. That my light and magnificence is there all the time and I have the power to access it, and I have to do it—no one is going to do it for me. I have to be the yes.” To read the complete interview, visit our website To purchase Cynthia’s amazing book and learn more about how to be an extraordinary self visit

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et’s pretend for a moment that you just got a new job as the General Manager of a huge hotel. Congrats! On your first day, you walk the entire property and speak with the managers of every department, taking copious notes all along the way. Your mission—“take this list of 80 eco-friendly objectives and make it so...oh, and remember, the hotel also has to make money for you to keep your job. P.S. Make sure you get the staff on board— you’ll need their help.” Got it? GO! Is going green the right thing to do? Absolutely. Is it easy? Not always. But it’s a page right out of Jim Hollister’s life story. General Manager of Firesky Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Hollister described the environmental agenda he was initially charged with as “a little scary.” Implementing green practices is a long process, and you have to be thoughtful all along the way, getting buy-in from staff, preparing a smooth roll-out, and making it easy to sustain. He said the goal isn’t just to check things off the list; it’s to ensure the green practices “live on forever.” Hollister isn’t alone in his efforts. Hotels all across the state are going green. From LEED-certified buildings and key cards made of corn, to onsite organic gardens and paperless meetings, Arizona hotels are unquestionably on their way to greener pastures. Speaking of pastures…did you know that pigs in Payson eat all of the leftovers from Firesky’s restaurants and banquets? Or that Loews Ventana Canyon is the second-largest contributor to the Tucson Community Food Bank, donating 7,480 meals in 2011 from leftover banquet and cafeteria food? The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown gives all compostable food waste to Singh Farms, which replaces it with composted, nutrient-rich soil for the hotel’s 120-square-foot seasonal rooftop garden, and the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador hotel just won the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AzHLA) Stars of the Industry Award in the Good Earthkeeping category, for its many green initiatives, including donating used tennis balls from resort tournaments to schools and care facilities…sometimes “green” comes in unexpected places.

do. And while a large collection of “green” hotel certifications are obtainable, the AzHLA Certified Green guidelines launched in January 2010 have provided a good benchmark for Arizona hotels. Taking best practices from other state programs, the AzHLA developed a unique set of criteria that includes green practices in administrative offices, housekeeping, waste management, landscaping and maintenance, HVAC, guest and staff rooms, swimming pools and spas, water conservation, education, kitchen and food, energy, conferences and green meetings, and the country’s only “sense of place” category, which incentivizes hotels for incorporating unique Arizona guest experiences.

Green Buildings When Tucson’s Loews Ventana Canyon hotel was opened in 1984, Architectural Digest hailed it as “the first environmentally conceived resort in North America.” In the foothills of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains, the resort itself is an equally amazing part of the desert scenery. From the very beginning, the intent was to be green, according to Jennifer Duffy, director of public relations for the resort. More than 3,500 native saguaros were relocated around the property (none were destroyed), and all riparian habitats were preserved. The bricks used to construct the building are made out of dirt from the land on which it

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sits, and the property’s décor showcases native copper, desert amethyst and other local materials blending seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, and all natural. The 80-foot natural waterfall that serves as a centerpiece for the resort provides water for more than 130 species of native birds. As the only LEED-certified hotel in southern Arizona, AloftSM Hotel Tempe has definitely earned bragging rights. Aloft Tempe was built to maximize natural light and reduce energy usage, with 75 percent of public areas lit by the sun. The Starwood property offers packaging-free dispensers for shower amenities; heating and cooling systems that operate only in occupied rooms; an exclusively native-plant, low-water landscape; eco-friendly cleaning products and an optional towel and linen re-use program. “For both guests and our neighbors in Tempe, we know that ‘being green’ is a priority, and we’re very proud that Aloft Tempe achieved the high standards of the US Green Building Council to earn its LEED certification,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood.

Conservation and Recycling When starting down the green path, many hotels pick the lowhanging fruit first. Towel and linen re-use programs, recycling, and installing energy-efficient light bulbs and faucets are becoming more common in the industry, and an effective way to tackle some of the industry’s primary issues—water and energy conservation, and waste management—without significant upfront costs. Nestled away on the banks of spring-fed Christopher Creek under the Mogollon Rim, Christopher Creek Lodge is a favorite destination for nature lovers who value and respect environmental initiatives. “It was important for us to make the lodge green because our customers are nature lovers and so are we,” said Jason Harris, managing partner for RelaxInAZ. com, parent company for the lodge. “We have hiking groups, fishermen, yoga enthusiasts, photographers and other types of groups that have told us this is important to them,” he continued. The lodge implemented a variety of green tactics, including timers on water heaters, energy-efficient light bulbs, environmentally friendly products, and a strict adherence to fire regulations. The property also exclusively uses low-flow toilets and showers, which cut water usage in half without impacting the customer experience, says Harris. “In a state where water is scarce, this made a lot of sense.” Next up for the lodge? Solar power. Recognized as a MAG Livable Community in the Clean

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In Arizona, they’re doing it all and more. More than 30 hotels have already received the Arizona AzHLA’s Certified Green seal.

Air Campaign, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown’s green meter is off the charts. From its ENERGY STAR compliant roofing to the locally sourced food and beverages offered at its District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, to its successful Green Meetings and Make a Green Choice programs, which reward guests for opting into a greener visit, the Sheraton’s list of green initiatives is impressive. The property’s waste management programs alone earn the hotel the highest green kudos. Every guestroom, and all public and employee areas, have separate recycling containers for paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and plastic, adding up to more than 15,000 lbs. of recycled materials every month! A member of the Green Dining Network, the hotel restaurants’ cooking oils have an extended life of up to 300 percent due to new filtering technology, and then they’re converted to biodiesel fuel. All hazardous materials such as electronics and toxic materials are properly discarded, and paper usage is limited by use of electronic receipts, double-sided printing, and the elimination of guest room phonebooks. In addition, all unused perishable foods are donated to Waste Not of Arizona. “With a commitment

More than 3,500 saguaro cactuses were safely relocated when Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson was built in 1984. Architectural Digest hailed the property as “the first environmentally conceived resort in North America”

to integrating environmental practices and sustainable principles into the hotel’s core, the team at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown actively works to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact,” says Katie Brashear, the property’s director of public relations.

Green Kitchens Kitchens can certainly generate a lot of waste, but hotel restaurants are finding innovative ways to keep it green— from donating unused banquet food to local food banks and composting kitchen waste to using eco-friendly boxes and


Organic lettuce growing in the Organic Chef Garden at The Enchantment Resort in Sedona is part of the “intelligent cuisine” served at the resort’s Mii amo Café

Sonoran Desert and complement the natural desert layout.” The Kierland Golf Club at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale has reduced its water usage by 10 million gallons a year through various methods including collecting street run-off for irrigation use, and replacing more than 10 acres of previously high-water-usage plants with drip irrigation landscaping, said Nancy Dickens, director of agronomy for the resort. The club also has a thorough water quality management program, and a wildlife & habitat management program designed to create a naturalized, ideal environment for native birds and wildlife. The golf club even built American Kestrel nest boxes along the course to provide a habitat for America’s smallest falcon.

Green Spas recycling, there’s a big movement happening in hotel restaurants. Using organic, local ingredients is one of the most popular emerging trends among “green” hotel restaurants, and it doesn’t get more local than your own backyard. At the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, the Organic Chef Garden adjacent to the Mii amo spa is the source for delicious low-calorie, reduced-fat, high-quality regional dishes prepared by Chef Corey Shoemaker for the Mii amo Café. Chef Shoemaker’s menu is referred to as “intelligent cuisine” because it combines high-quality products with easy-to-prepare recipes, and he often adjusts the menu based on what’s bloomin’ in the garden! Mii amo also has an elaborate system for composting waste, with one heap being mixed with water, flipped occasionally, and used throughout the raised garden beds, and the second underground “worm bin” being used only in the holes where crops are planted. Hotel guests are invited to tour the gardens, learning about composting, gardening and the benefits of eating organically.

Green Golf Courses Growing grass in the desert (or any non-native plant, for that matter) is a rather touchy subject, and not many places showcase more grass than a golf course. But the industry is finding ways to reduce reliance on potable water sources—switching to low-water-use grasses, course designs requiring less water, and increased efficiencies with irrigation systems, to name a few. When The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort transformed its Lookout Mountain Golf Club in 2010, the objective was to achieve optimal water conservation, in part, by replacing the course’s three lakes, which are part of the Maricopa County flood basins. Without jeopardizing the lakes’ ability to provide flood control, the lakes were transformed into beautiful desert arroyos, housing Arizona-style bunkers and hazards, and blending seamlessly into the desert landscape. On top of positive praise given by golfers regarding the course layout and conservation efforts, the resort saves an estimated 24 million gallons of water and $135,000 a year, said director of golf Jeff Raymond. “The transformation comes at a time when our water costs have increased exponentially in recent years. Not only does replacing these lakes make fiscal sense, but it is also an important step in achieving the best sustainability practices for our resort,” said general manager Ron Simon. ”Ultimately the transformation is a win-win for golfers, as these changes will celebrate the native

Spas are a major consumer of water, energy and natural resources—water-based treatments, disposable toiletries, hot tubs, saunas, and towels and robes abound…for starters. Not to mention the creams, lotions and oils used on your body where the ingredients come into question. This is where the Green Spa Network (GSN), a not-for-profit trade organization, helps spagoers get greener and select the right location for their day. At the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, local and organic products from emerginC organics and Body Bliss in Sedona (whose products are fragrance- and color-free, not tested on animals, paraben-free, and even come in ecofriendly boxes), make for a truly green spa experience. The spa also provides a uniquely Arizona “sense of place” experience with treatments utilizing prickly pears, sage and Sedona earth clay. It doesn’t get more “Arizona” than that! After the Arizona Biltmore began using clean-burning, flameless candles and chemical-free, organic and vegan products in its spa in 2007, the praise it received from guests prompted the resort to expand its green practices throughout the historic resort. Additionally, The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale and the Mii amo Spa at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona are both recognized members of The Green Spa Network, whose mission is to cultivate the vital connection between personal well-being, economic sustainability and the health of our planet.

Green Giving The ways in which hotels give back for the “greater green good” isn’t always as apparent as a recycling bin in the lobby, or a sign in the bathroom. Some efforts are not visible to guests, but their impact is felt widely beyond the boundaries of the property, the state, or even the country. Some hotels donate old cushions and mattresses to local animal shelters, provide food for the homeless, or plant millions of trees for the planet. Others save lives by donating lots and lots of soap. The Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale was the first Arizona hotel to join the Clean the World non-profit organization, turning a small gesture here into huge progress around the world. At one time, 100 percent of unused soaps, lotions and shampoos discarded in hotels were dumped into already overflowing landfills, contaminating ground water. At the same time, more than 5 million people around the world die every year from acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease—both February 2012 | greenliving 29

Feature preventable through simple hand washing with soap. Clean the World sanitizes and recycles discarded amenities from hotels, and distributes them to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries around the world. With more than 1,200 hospitality partners worldwide, the agency has diverted more than 600 tons of hotel waste from landfills to people in need. And for Valley Ho, it’s more about being green, than making green. “Hotel Valley Ho has embarked upon and embraced these ‘permanent initiatives’ to reduce our carbon footprint and be a more sustainable entity, not to increase sales. These efforts are growing in popularity and primarily in small-to-medium-sized companies looking to be less impactful on our planet,” said Jesse Thompson, director of sales and marketing. Guests at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon can learn about desert wildlife, flora and fauna on a guided hike through Pinnacle Peak Park, where they also plant a native cactus. Working with nonprofit Friends of Pinnacle Peak, Four Seasons employees have donated more than 150 hours to help clean up garbage and debris as part of the Adopt-a-Road program, and assist in ongoing educational activities to help maintain and improve the park.

guests to make more sustainable choices, the hotel industry is building up a reputation for being green. While the road to greener pastures isn’t the same for every hotel, there is one common factor every hotel agrees is critical to the success of any green program—its employees. Virtually every hotel accomplishes its objectives by way of dedicated “green committees” composed of employees who plan, research, educate and inspire ways to enhance sustainability. And you don’t have to be a diehard environmentalist to support the green initiative—there are plenty of other reasons to get on board. Chef de Cuisine Vince Renteria from Loews Ventana Canyon said, “Being green just makes sense. It’s efficient… it’s about not wasting what you don’t need, and avoiding the middle man. Sometimes it’s not about being green—it just ends up being green.”

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Aimee Welch is a freelance writer, marketing consultant, and former advertising executive. She writes advertising copy, magazine and web articles for her company, 17,000 Feet; and for herself, she runs, snowboards, travels and hangs with her husband, two kids and four dogs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Ohio State University.

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In the summer of 2010, National Bank of Arizona had Scottsdalebased Natural Power and Energy install a $2 million solar system on its headquarters in Tucson. At 402.6 kilowatts, the project is the second-largest corporate install in Tucson. The 24,000-square-foot installation of 1,320 panels was placed on three structures located on the rooftop of its parking garage at the NBAZ Wilmot Road and Carondelet offices. The system is projected to reduce electricity costs in the two buildings (covering 128,824 square feet combined) by about 25 percent and will produce at least 580,000 kilowatt-hours annually. The reduction in electricity equates to the average annual consumption of 55 homes in Tucson.,

Saving energy acroSS the valley Y-M-C-A! Solar savings is on the mind of these active branches! By March 2012, four branches of the YMCA will have solar to offset the costs of energy! The Tempe branch will save 21 percent of its energy costs with a 96.6 kWh shade canopy solar system; Chris-Town will save 24 percent with a 98.7 kWh rooftop system; Ahwatukee will save 19 percent with a 98.7 kWh shade canopy, and Scottsdale/Paradise Valley will save 12.5 percent with its rooftop solar system. Tempe YMCA Photo by MELANIE FRANKEL

Solar for civitan The Civitan Foundation provides services and camps to physically and developmentally disabled individuals and helps them work toward personal independence. In Williams, AZ, SolarWorks installed an 8.640 kilowatt solar electric ground-mounted system (36 Sharp 240-watt panels) on one of the buildings at Camp Civitan. An SMA 7000 inverter and monitoring system was used. This building currently uses approximately 46,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) a year, and the system is projected to produce around 15,555 kilowatt-hours the first year, saving Camp Civitan around $2,000 a year., 32 greenliving | February 2012

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ne of the many advantages of selling new vehicles at the Berge Auto Group is the wonderful new green technologies that have come out in many of our product lines. Riverview Toyota is very proud to sell the vehicles that set the standards for fuel economy, environmental friendliness and reliability. Topping the list of EPA gas sippers, once again, the Toyota Prius. From the Motorist Choice Award for most Eco-Friendly Vehicle to the Best Overall Value of the Year for the last nine years in a row by Intellichoice, the Prius has long set the industry standard for green automobiles. Riverview Toyota has a large selection of Prius V, Prius Plug In and 3rd Generation Prius vehicles, and a knowledgeable staff to walk you through all the benefits and details of owning and servicing a hybrid vehicle. For 60-plus years the Berge Auto Group family has owned and operated car dealerships in Arizona, but they do a lot more than just selling and servicing cars. Giving back to the community and supporting worthy causes has been a long- standing practice of the Berge Auto Group Dealerships. When a grandchild of Brent Berge was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, Berge knew he needed to do more than just sit on the

sidelines. Without fan fair or any desire for recognition, the Brent Berge family and dealerships became a “diamond level” donor to two chapters of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). In addition, Mr. Berge’s daughter is the chairperson of a JDRF chapter in Texas, and the Berge family and Toyota recently joined forces to match dollar for dollar contributions. “The Berge Auto Group and the Berge family have been long-time supporters of the Desert Southwest Chapter of JDRF. Our chapter is grateful for their continued generosity and dedication to our mission of preventing, treating and curing type 1 diabetes. “We are fortunate to have the Berge Auto Group as one of our largest corporate partners and contributors to the 2012 Promise Ball. JDRF will forever be thankful for the time, talent and passion of the Berge employees and their reaching of the Diamond level of donating.” Jenna Blusiewicz from JDRF stated. Through these and other worthy causes, the Berge Auto Group will continue to be a great community and charitable partner, working to improve lives and provide opportunities for employees to support their various charities.

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Making a Backyard


o turn their grassy green backyard into a desert “green” backyard, interior designer Pamela Portwood, Allied ASID, LEED AP, and her husband Mark Taylor collaborated with landscape designer Diana Turner, APLD, principal of Turner Design LLC, The Cozzetti Company of Tucson, and designer Peter Neff to overhaul the space. The result was a sustainable— and beautiful—landscape.


Portwood and Taylor’s 1,950-squareranch-style brick home was built in 1951 in the Poet’s Corner neighborhood. “When Mark and I purchased our home in 2001, the backyard had been newly landscaped with grass and flowerbeds. We enjoyed it, but we were never comfortable with wasting water on grass in the desert,” says Portwood, interior design principal of Tucson-based Greener Lives LLC, a licensed interior design firm specializing in healthy and eco-friendly homes. foot

“Eventually, we stopped watering the grass and let it die so that we could renovate the backyard and the ramada. The ramada was more than 30 years old and had a leaky metal roof,” adds Portwood, who hired Neff to provide an architectural design for the new ramada, working closely with The Cozzetti Company on execution, and with Turner on landscape design. Turner explains how technology is part of sustainable design, including LED lighting, organic weed control, and “intelligent” irrigation controllers that make for a healthier landscape and smaller carbon footprint. But a good landscape design is also about finding the natural “genius” of a place—the key that will tie people into their outdoors in what looks like an effortless way. In this case, the “key” to the design was the perfect spiral of the “golden mean,” an ancient Greek ideal of symmetry, proportion and harmony. The Greeks may have discovered the mathematics of it, but the golden spiral is everywhere in nature—from the design of sea shells to the motion of the galaxies. Turner chose it as the central design idea because it fit the property and gave a dynamic sense of motion to a relatively flat and featureless space. Most of the items used to build this renovated backyard use sustainable technology, were purchased or created locally, or came from recycled materials. For example, the fire pit was created from a recycled propane tank and some of the brick was purchased locally by DogLix Designs while the rest was reused from the original backyard. A 55-gallon barrel collects rainwater just on the other side of the gate and the pots of plants contain herbs and chili that can be used for cooking.

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For the three designers, environmental sensitivity was essential throughout. The final design included two quarter-circle patio slabs trimmed in recycled brick, a brick patio for the fire bowl and brick walkways. It included graded hollows to harvest rainwater from the house and ramada, native plants designed to provide year-round color and shade (and to attract hummingbirds and other wildlife), and an area for container-grown herbs and vegetables. The landscape plan included detailed specifications and sourcing suggestions for LED lighting, rockwork, planting native vegetation, irrigation, metalwork and art. The final element to the garden is the landscape-mounted aluminum spiral and its wall-mounted “drop”—a 10-by-4-foot aluminum sheet, with its spiral cut-out. Comment on this article at

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Architecture In addition, Turner designed a fire bowl for the brick patio. The gas-powered fire bowl was made from a recycled 1930s propane tank, and the bowl is topped with recycled cobalt-blue glass. For metal fabrication of this, as well as the spiral land-art piece, gate and trellis, she worked with Everett Grondin, of DogLiX Designs. “This was a truly collaborative project,” Turner says of the sixand-a-half-month journey. “Pamela has brilliant taste and came up with all kinds of ideas, and Everett can do anything with steel. He’s a true craftsman. And Mark took the photos. I can tell from the photos that he liked what he saw.” In turn, Portwood worked with Neff and Cozzetti on the ramada and the hardscaping, establishing the color scheme and specifying the finishes, lighting, furniture and a number of the construction projects. “One of the major challenges was coming up with a design for the ramada that would raise the roof above the house roofline, allow installation of a fan and facilitate rainwater harvesting from the house gutters,” she explains. Portwood ensured that no- or low-VOC paints and finishes were used indoors and out. Installing energy-efficient, low-e, woodclad windows and doors with SFI-certified wood inside and aluminum with a nontoxic coating outside was also a priority. She purchased used bricks to supplement those re-used from the property’s original patio. LED porch and landscape lighting, plus a nontoxic, cornmeal-gluten weed pre-emergent were also incorporated. Portwood adds that Cozzetti helped recycle original materials, such as the existing tin roof and copper faucet parts, and donated construction leftovers for reuse. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Portwood addressed a number of LEED issues, including site stewardship, landscaping, heat-island effects, surface water management, nontoxic pest control, environmentally preferred products, waste management, energy use and landscape irrigation.

Portwood and Taylor’s backyard before renovation, left, and after, above, show that a transformation can be made by keeping sustainability in mind.

One evening after the backyard was finished, Portwood and Taylor gave a party. “I stood and watched how the people spread out, gathering on the patios and around the fire pit, moving easily between the areas,” Turner recalls.

“They used all of the space—always a sign of a successful design. The lights were just enough to add drama and romance. It is one of the greatest pleasures a designer can ever have, to just be inside her own design—anonymous and happy.” “The whole project — landscaping and hardscaping — was a real success because we created an outdoor space that is sustainable, beautiful and livable,” Portwood says. “Adding a ramada fan and a fire bowl means that we can use our backyard almost year round here in Tucson. Having three seating areas also extends our living area and creates a great space for entertaining. We love Diana’s design and we love spending time in our new backyard.” Valley-based writer David M. Brown writes on green buildings. If you have a story idea, he is at and Photography by Mark Taylor and Pamela Portwood.

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Rising from the Red Rocks Sustainable meets State-of-the-Art



he dream of providing a stellar performing arts venue to the community of Sedona was realized last year with the completion and dedication of the Sedona Performing Arts Center, a $12.5 million, state-of-the-art theater located at Sedona Red Rock High School. After years of planning, and with funds used from a capital bond passed for the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District in 2007, the community received a 23,300-square-foot, 750-seat performance hall that recently celebrated its first anniversary. “Our inspiration for the design was a hike through a Sedona box canyon, arriving at a natural amphitheater,” said David Schmidt, associate and project architect at Orcutt | Winslow. “The journey is manifested in the circuitous path to the lobby and through the lobby, and in the angular forms of the building.” The Sedona Performing Arts Center features a beautiful lobby with views of Sedona’s rich surroundings, as well as an art gallery, an area for set construction with a large loading dock, a rehearsal hall that matches the size of the actual stage, costume storage, makeup and dressing room, green room, instrument and vocal music halls, and a 23’ x 13’ screen which hosts Metropolitan Opera live performances via satellite in high definition.

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“Our goal for the Sedona Performing Arts Center was to build a theater that could provide our high school students with a state-of-the-art education in performing arts, but also provide our community with a beautiful venue to enjoy performances,” said Dave Lykins, superintendent of the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District. “In keeping with the green character of our community, it was critical that this facility was built using sustainable design elements and construction practices.” According to Lykins, the Center was designed with the goal of earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council; however, it’s possible the facility will earn LEED Gold. The certification process is still pending. Architectural firm Orcutt | Winslow and general contractor McCarthy Building Companies excelled in delivering on the promise by focusing on sustainable design and construction practices. The project team reused and refurbished an existing high school auditorium, originally constructed in the early 1990s, transforming it into a new structure, taking care to preserve parts of the side walls and roof while significantly expanding the structure. The McCarthy construction team successfully reused at least 50 percent of the demolition debris and diverted from

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landfills more than 80 percent of the total waste and debris. Some of these reuses included crushing concrete and asphalt, and using it as base materials under slabs and infill areas. Having the picturesque red rocks of Sedona as a backdrop made the Center’s building orientation and lighting integral elements. Large expanses of glazing and skylights are used to filter light into the lobby and teaching rooms to maximize natural illumination. The rooms are also equipped with occupancy sensors and daylight-level sensors so lights are only on when needed. Low volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitting materials, coatings and adhesives were used whenever possible. When reclaimed wood was unavailable, wood from certified, sustainably managed forests was used, and tile, carpeting and other materials were specified to have high levels of pre- and post-consumer recycled content. The steel, glass and aluminum used included 90 percent recycled materials. Additionally, the building was flushed with outside air prior to occupancy to help eliminate any remaining VOCs. “By providing a healthy building with an abundance of natural light, eliminating finishes containing VOCs wherever possible, and substantially lowering our energy consumption, we’re able to provide a learning environment in state-ofthe-art facilities that contributes to the well-being of our students and staff,” said Bobbie Surber, LEED AP, governing board member for the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District. Energy efficiency and water reduction were prioritized, and the center is designed to use almost 25 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than a standard building. The new HVAC system reduces energy usage and operating costs, and drought-tolerant landscaping and fixtures conserve potable water. Additionally, an 806-kilowatt Kyocera photovoltaic system (solar panels) was installed to generate all of the energy required by the performing arts center and most of the energy for the adjacent high school campus. After one year of operation, the system has saved the district more than $140,000. “The Sedona Performing Arts Center is one of the most environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art cultural venues in existence today,” said Rob Langhoff, senior vice president of education services at McCarthy. “We are thrilled that the community has embraced the new facility and appreciated the effort that went into designing and constructing a building of this caliber.” Sedona Performing Arts Center is located at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, in Sedona.

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Check out the Sedona Performing Arts Center firsthand for “The Met Live in HD,” presented via satellite by Chamber Music Sedona and the Northern League of Arizona Opera. Remaining 2012 performance dates include: 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 11 Wagner’s Götterdämmerung 10 a.m. Sat., March 3 Verdi’s Ernani (encore performance) 9 a.m. Sat., April 7 Massenet’s Manon (new production) 10 a.m. Sat., May 5 Verdi’s La Traviata (encore performance) Tickets are $20-$22 and can be purchased at Pre-opera talks and catered lunches are also offered. Sedona Performing Arts Center is located at Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, in Sedona.

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Earth café | Banana dream cream ‘cheesecake’

He said I was skeptical from the get-go on this one. I thought raw, dairy-free, and gluten-free also meant flavor-free. But I was heartily surprised to find a deliciously smooth banana cream flavored cheesecake on a slightly crunchy, yet soft nutty crust. These guys at Earth’s Cafe don’t monkey around. * rim shots *

sHe said I was happy as a monkey would be, eating this creamy banana dessert. It had a yummy crunchy cashew/walnut/pecan topping and crust. How they can make a cheesecake taste so good without dairy, I’ll never know. It’s a little pricey, but a great earth-friendly choice for a special occasion.

He gave it:

She gave it:

He said These were totally decadent. A gooey, brownie-like middle with a hint of coconut covered in crunchy cacao nibs. I have to take a couple stars off for the irony of claiming to “replant paradise on earth” while packaging their treats in two layers of non-biodegradable plastic.

sHe said This Paradise Valley, AZ, treat will indulge your palate. They had a crunchy cacao nib coating, and a rich, firm, cacao-coconut filling. Elegant-looking, and good, although I prefer my sweets to be a bit sweeter.

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She gave it: Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free,

He gave it:

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Amy’s Organic Cakes | Chocolate

He said This cake shot right to the top of my favorite Amy’s Kitchen products. It’s vegan, dairy-free, and organic with no GMOs, and it tastes better than anything that Betty Crocker lady could make. My favorite part was being able to take it out of the freezer, pop it in the toaster, and in two minutes have warm chocolate cake!

sHe said Want an awesome dessert without any baking needed? This cake is sure to impress, especially if topped with berries and chocolate sauce or ice cream. It was lighter than a brownie, but heavier than regular cake. The rich, moist, chocolaty flavor was hard to resist! She gave it:

He gave it: Vegan, USDA Organic

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Vegan, 100% Natural, Non-GMO

He said The only thing crispy in my Crispee Pecan Pie was the ice cream. This frozen “treat” was basically a hockey puck-sized disk of sweet ice covered in toasted coconut and a few chocolate chips. I took three bites and had enough. The back of the package sums this product up perfectly…“You see, FreeZees is UNIQUE.”

sHe said This one confused me. There weren’t any “crispee pecans,” only shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and “ice cream” made from nut milk. It was icy, and looked kinda funny (like a haystack more than a pie). Surprisingly, the “ice cream” made from nuts had a nice creamy vanilla flavor, but this pie won’t make your “Sweedee” smile. She gave it:

He gave it:

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Serves 2

Tofu Scramble Wrap

INGREDIENTS 4 oz. Tofu Scramble Mix 4 lbs. super firm organic tofu 2 tsp. turmeric 2 tbsp. onion powder ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes 2 tbsp. sea salt 1 tbsp. cumin ½ cup diced yellow onion ¼ cup diced Pasilla Chile ¼ cup diced red bell pepper 2 oz. Soy Chorizo 1 ½ oz. Pico de Gallo mixture 5 lbs. tomatoes, cored, cut in half widthwise, seeds squeezed out 4 oz. jalapenos, stemmed and seeded 2 lbs. red onion, diced small

3 cups cilantro, stemmed and chopped 1 oz. minced garlic 4 oz. lime juice 2 tbsp. salt Tomatillo Salsa 12 tomatillos 1 yellow onion 3 cloves garlic 1 tbsp lime juice 2 jalapenos halved and seeded ½ bunch cilantro Salt and pepper to taste 1 oz. Cotija Cheese 1 Whole Wheat Tortilla 4 oz. Anasazi Beans

DIRECTIONS Tofu Scramble Wrap Combine the tofu and soy chorizo in a bowl. Brown in a non-stick pan over high heat for two minutes, until crispy edges form. Warm a flour tortilla. Place the tofu mixture in the middle of the tortilla and top with Pico de Gallo mixture and cheese. Serve beans on the side. Salsa Combine Pico de Gallo ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. For tomatillo salsa, roast all ingredients (except cilantro) in the oven until tender and caramelized. Puree in blender. Combine tomatillo salsa with Pico de Gallo in bowl.

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Chocolate Mouse INGREDIENTS 1 (12.3 oz.) package silken tofu, drained 3 oz. high quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped ¼ unsweetened cocoa powder

Serves 4-5

¼ cup water 1 tablespoon brandy ½ cup superfine sugar Sugar free or fat free dairy topping or non dairy topping 1 ¼ tsp. shaved chocolate

Glazed Carrots

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp. organic unsalted butter 3 or 4 carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally (roll cut) ¼ cup white wine ½ tsp. organic sugar Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS In a blender or food processor, puree the tofu until smooth Put the chopped chocolate, cocoa powder, ¼ cup water and brandy into a saucepan on top of another saucepan with about 2 inches of simmering water. Stir frequently, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Mix in ½ cup of sugar, a bit at a time, until smooth. Add the chocolate mixture to the tofu and puree until smooth. Spoon the mousse into serving dishes, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Top with dairy topping and sprinkle with shaved chocolate. Recipe courtesy of Healthy U TV and Chef Mary Heitmeyer

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DIRECTIONS Melt the butter over medium heat. Saute’ the carrots in the butter about 3 to 4 minutes; do not brown. Add the wine and reduce, stir frequently. Add the sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking until sugar is dissolved. Serve immediately. Recipe adapted from Junior League of Phoenix Pomegranates & Prickly Pears

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Executive Director of the Children’s Museum Tucson

f you are looking for a fun family activity, something that will engage the senses and spark your curiosity, turn to a museum. Executive Director Michael Luria encourages you to find the child within, and come out and play at the Children’s Museum in Tucson.


How did you end up at Children’s Museum Tucson? I was introduced to the Museum in 2003 by a friend and loved bringing my kids to play. I joined the Board of Directors later that year then served as President of the Board in 2008. When the Museum was looking for an Executive Director, I served as the interim director. I enjoyed the experience so much that I put my name in for the permanent position and have been there ever since. Tell us how the environmental exhibits for children teach them about conservation and the earth’s resources? We offer a variety of exhibits to engage children of all ages. They are hands-on, interactive, educational and fun. This past fall, the Museum installed our newest exhibit, Bodyology, where kids can learn about their body as well as healthy eating habits and where food comes from. Our TEP Electri-City exhibit has interactive displays on conservation and solar energy as well as information on energy savings associated with compact fluorescent bulbs. What other interactive exhibits are available? Our Museum is filled with exhibits that engage your senses and contribute to a better understanding of the world our kids live in. In the Public Safety exhibit, kids can role-play on our police motorcycle (complete with lights and siren) or in the cab of our fire truck. Coming this spring, kids will have the chance to save lives in our life-sized ambulance. Other exhibits include the Pet Vet, Build it and Art Studio. How does the Museum build a sense of community in Tucson? We develop community by hosting and creating events that are family-focused and encourage multi-generational play and learning experiences. We often offer reduced rates or free admission to make the Museum accessible to everyone in our community – we want to provide families the opportunity to spend quality time together. For schools, we have aligned our school tours with Arizona Academic Standards to complement classroom lessons and help raise money to provide free field trips to eligible schools. What makes the Museum different from other Arizona museums? In Southern Arizona, the Children’s Museum Tucson is the only venue for family-focused, hands-on play and learning. Our Early Childhood Educational programming (Wee Play and Wee Move) is unique to the Museum and helps differentiate it from others in the state. Our focus is play and interaction. As we grow up, we sometimes forget that play is the job of childhood and critical to their healthy development. It is through play that children develop a spark for discovery and lifelong learning.

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What sustainable practices does the museum incorporate? Here at the Museum, we recycle our paper products, including the scraps used by our visitors in our Art Studio, and make use of our recycled materials for many of our arts and crafts activities. Additionally, we minimize our utilities by using low-energy light bulbs and timed rheostats, and use programmable thermostats for our heating and cooling needs. How can the community become more involved with the Museum? Becoming a member is a great way to support the Museum and stay up to date on our latest exhibits. There are volunteer opportunities, especially for youth age 15 and older, throughout the year, as well as two fundraisers—a Father’s Day weekend golf tournament and a grown-ups-only Evening of Play each fall. Which museum is your favorite and why? A few years back, I visited the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago with my children and it was a terrific experience. We were there from open to close and still couldn’t see everything. Not only do I have fond memories of that visit, I am looking forward to returning again someday soon. 200 S 6th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 792-9985

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