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Your Local Resource for Natural Living Healthy Beginnings is printed on recycled newsprint with soy-based ink.

Local Farmers Markets Carson City Farmers’ Market: Wednesdays June 4-Aug. 27. , 775746-5024 Churchill Butte Organics, Dayton: Produce delivery year-round. Contact Marcia Litsinger through the Nevada Organic Council, agri. Dayton Farmers’ Market: Thursdays mid-June through Aug. Community Roots Nursery. 775-2507884

Homewood Mountain Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe: Saturdays June 21 through Aug. 30. Kings Beach Farmers’ Market, Lake Tahoe: Tuesdays June 10 through Aug. 26. Minden Farmers’ Market, Minden: Tuesdays May 20 through Sept. Email:, 775-782-2444 Shoppers Square Farmers’ Market, Reno: Tuesdays June 3-Oct. 7., 775-746-5024

Gardnerville Farmers’ Market: Wednesdays May 21-Sept. 17 at Lampe Park. dcparks-recreation., 775-782-9828

Sparks Hometowne Farmers’ Market: Thursdays June 12-Aug. 21 (except Aug. 7)., 775-3532291

Great Basin Basket, Reno: Subscribers sign up to receive produce from the three growing seasons.

Tahoe City Farmers’ Markets, Tahoe City: Thursdays May 22 through Oct. 16 at Commons Beach.

Tamarack Junction Casino Farmers’ Market, Reno: Fridays June 6-Oct. 10., 775-746-5024 Town Square Farmers’ Market, Reno: Wednesdays June 11 through Aug. 20. 775-323-1405 Truckee Farmers’ Market, Truckee: Tuesdays June 10 through Sept. 30 at Truckee River Regional Park. Village Center Farmers’ Market, Reno: Saturdays June 7-Oct. 4., 775-7465024 West Street Market, Reno: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays July 9 through mid Sept., 775-334-4630

Local, Organic Foods A member owned food co-op • local farm goods • natural & organic goods • special orders • dry & liquid organic bulk goods

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Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke... 19

BRAINHEALTH... 8 5 Fun Experiments on Your Brain

Death By Supermarket... 22

GREENLIVING... 10 10 Ways to Green Your Life

Dangers of Dehydration... 26


Healthy Sleep & Relaxation... 50


Pesticides in Produce

HEALTHYGARDEN... 16 Bugs & Other Pesky Critters!

Vitamin D: Sunshine & So Much More... 54


BOOKREVIEW... 22 Death By Supermarket

Jungian Dreamworks: Animals... 14

CONSCIOUSHEALTH... 24 Qigong: Therapeutic Movement


HERBS&SPICES... 28 Currying Flavor


Whole House Energy Management... 18 Ask Dr. Soil... 21 Qigong: Therapeutic Movement for Better Health... 24

Beat Summer Feet

FITNESS... 40 Say Hello To Your Day


HEALTHYCOOKING... 44 Chilled Zucchini & Tomato Bisque


FAMILYHEALTH... 46 Vitamin D: Sunshine & So Much More



The Sun in Leo




For Healthy Sleep & Relaxation




Hike Mt. Talac



Summer Pet Safety

RECIPES... 44, 54 August 2008


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Healthy Beginnings lifestyle magazine


ealthy Beginnings’ mission is to provide resources and information on the straight facts and latest trends in Natural, Alternative and Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Fitness, Green Living, Sustainability and the products and services that support living a natural, holistic and healthy lifestyle. Timely Information: Each month Healthy Beginnings' writers and advertisers provide the tools you need to aid you in your personal path to wellbeing. We feature articles by national and local authors that are leaders in the natural health field. Additionally, we bring you news and events that are happening in our community – and around the globe.

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Healthy Beginnings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by local advertisers. 23,000 magazines are distributed monthly throughout the Reno, Sparks, Carson, Minden, Gardnerville, Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas. To find HB Magazine at a location near you, or if you would like to distribute the magazine at your business, simply call 775-828-4547. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. Always consult your health care provider for clarification. © 2008 by Healthy Beginnings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that permission be obtained in writing.




By Carole Bucher, Content Editor


ome longtime readers may recognize our beautiful sunflower cover from the very first Healthy Beginnings Magazine issue in August of 2006. We present it again this year to rededicate the spirit and vision of Healthy Beginnings as we enter our exciting 3rd year of publication. The symbol remains constant and true. Groups large and small, worldwide, continue to use the sunflower as a representation of high values: peace, justice, freedom, a healthy and clean environment, and balance in nature. A biology professor at San Francisco State University is mailing out sunflower seeds to volunteers who plant them to attract bees, then monitor the presence or absence of bees for colony collapse and send back the data to SFSU. In areas like New York City, sunflowers are planted to fight against urban blight. One of the most beneficial uses of sunflowers is for the removal of toxic waste from the environment. The technology known as rhizofiltration utilizes hydroponically grown sunflower plants. Their extensive root systems reach deep into sources of polluted water and extract large amounts of toxic metals, including uranium. This process was used to decontaminate water polluted by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Ninety-five percent of the radioactivity in the water was removed using large rafts of sunflowers. Recent studies presented at the Geological Society of America show even greater promise using sunflowers for bioremediation. Finding healthy solutions to environmental problems, naturally. Nature healing the mistakes of its alleged stewards‌what poignant irony.

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On behalf of the Healthy Beginnings Magazine staff, I would like to take this time to thank our readers and our advertisers for supporting the magazine during our wonderful second year. HB Magazine’s mission statement is to provide resources and information on the straight facts and latest trends in Natural, Alternative and Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Fitness, Green, Holistic and Sustainable Living--and the products and services that support this natural and healthy lifestyle. Not only do we report on these topics, we have embraced this lifestyle for years. Northern Nevada and the Lake area have always attracted health conscious individuals, some for whom physical health is a prerequisite to playing outdoors in the beautiful Sierra-Nevada mountains; for others, a healthy body just feels better! Healthy Beginnings celebrates and supports all reasons for being healthy. As we move into our third year of publication, we vow not to stray from our mission. We will continue to publish informative, factual and relevant articles to help keep you in the know. And to make your life easier and more convenient, you will find local businesses to provide the healthy and natural products and services you are looking for, right in your own neighborhood. Best in Health and Happiness,

Dawn M. Gowery

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New Owners at Circle of Life Spa

Beat The Heat Of Summer At Rawjuvenation

We offer a total body detox for everyone. Mineral Body Wraps, Infrared Saunas, Body Flotation in Dead Sea Salt, and Power Plate Exercise. We have packages and specials every month. First sauna is free for new customers. Stop by for your tour today at 5301 Longley Ln., Suite A-8 Reno,Nv 89511 or give us a call at 775-825-7727. Tue-Thur 9-6:30 Fri 9-5:00 and Saturdays 9-1:00.

Sure, we have the best constructed, most clinically tested and largest number of health professional-recommended Far Infrared Saunas on the market today; but we also have FREE WiFi and AIR CONDITIONING! How cool is that? Check out these cool deals: 15% off Go Raw energy bars and snacks; 10% off Gone Nuts! and Better Than Roasted products; and a whopping 50% clearance on all Dr. Christopher dietary supplements in stock. Rawjuvenation is at 350 West Liberty St., Reno, NV 89501. Call us at 775-323-3000. As always, we have friendly folks ready to serve you.

Summer Psychic Fair at the Peppermill Casino The Reno Psychic Institute is sponsoring the Summer Psychic Fair at the Peppermill Casino on Saturday, August 16 from 10am to 8pm. This intimate event will feature some of Reno’s favorite psychic readers such as Laura Peppard, Sebastion, Miss Terry, Tara Star, Susan Selene, and more. At 6pm a Trancemedium Event, “Messages and Healing from the Other Side” will be presented by Laura Peppard. Tickets for this event are $25. Entrance to the fair is free.

New Services at New Beginnings Skin Care & Massage New Beginnings Facial Journey, $85, includes a relaxing spa foot bath, 20-minute back massage, and full upper body massage during your facial treatment, ending with a fabulous foot massage. New Beginnings Foot Ritual, $30, inspired by the rituals of the Sedona Desert in Arizona, this treatment uses a collection of earth-derived products including raw sugar, a warming AHA scrub, and a volcanic clay foot mask and massage. Call today for more information: 775-721-7540. Book on line at

New to The Senses Sanctuary Refreshing, cool cucumber-mint foot massage - 15 min for $20. Also choose an invigorating hand and foot massage or a chair massage. Call to find out more about our summer specials or to make an appointment for a massage or Chinese facial: 775-846-3593 Lyndi Hutchinson, L.M.T.

State-of-the-Art Audiologist in Reno Dr. LeMay is an audiologist with over 20 years of experience in the Reno area. He specializes in diagnosis and management of hearing loss and auditory processing problems in all age groups. Services include the selection, fitting, and servicing of all types of hearing aid technology. The goal is to improve the your quality of life and relationships with better communication through improved hearing. For more information please call 775-323-5566.

Caughlin Tennis Club Welcomes Nevada’s Pilates Pioneer Caughlin Tennis Club announces the return of Nevada’s Pilates pioneer and teacher L. Martina Young, Ph.D., bringing THE AESTHETIC BODY® Teacher Training Program to Reno this fall. Young is a cofounding member of the Institute for the Pilates Method, now the Physical Mind Institute. For more info contact Kellie D’Elia-Lasking 775-747-6006 or Martina Young, Ph.D.

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Free Meals for Kids Provided by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada The Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s offers a free evening meal for kids during the school year. Free nutritious dinners to children ages 1-18 at schools with afterschool programs in low-income neighborhoods. All children are welcome and do not have to attend the school or the afterschool program to eat a meal. For more information or to find your nearest Kids Cafe site, please call (775) 331-3663 or visit

Usana Omega 3 Supplement Receives Highest Rating For Safety And Purity USANA Health Sciences’ BiOmega™ fish oil supplement was approved by for omega-3 levels, mercury, lead and PCB contamination. is a leading provider of independent product test results and information for consumers and healthcare professionals. Purchase at

Body Wisdom Physical Therapy Adds A New Member To Their Team Body Wisdom Physical Therapy announces a new member to our team. Beth Cunningham PTA, BSSM, is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant whose holistic approach to healing and wellness uses the Pilates method as a means of therapeutic treatment. She is certified in the Pilates method through PHI Pilates and is a national trainer and presenter for Pilates education. Beth has completed a BS in Sport Management. She is available by appointment at 775-827-3777.

The Great Basin Community Food Cooperative is Expanding The Great Basin Community Food Co-op is expanding and increasing inventory!! The GBCFC is Nevada’s only food cooperative and Reno’s only retail outlet for local organic farm goods like grass-fed beef, honey, organic fruits and vegetables, raw dairy products, raw unpasteurized almonds, cocktail mixes, jams, jellies, teas, soy candles and more!!! We specialize in natural, organic, liquid and dry bulk products: organic olive oil, maple & agave syrups, beans, grains, flours, granolas, seeds/ nuts, liquid soaps, + more!! We have wonderful specialty food items for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free, locavores and raw foodists. 271 Wonder Street at Wells.


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NEWS New Energy Shake from Nature Rich Ultra-Pure Greens made with 100% organic barley and alfalfa are now available from Nature Rich. The new NatureRich Energy Shake is a nutrient-rich supplement that will give you extra energy, naturally, while helping you manage your weight. Delicious chocolate flavor. Contact Rita or Steve Shurtliff at 775-331-6490 or

Scolari’s To Feature Natural Sleep Supplement RESTABS, Inc. has completed arrangements with Scolari’s Food and Drug Stores to place their product, RESTABS Natural Sleep Formula, in the supermarket chain’s 15 Northern Nevada stores. Restabs, based in Verdi, NV, previously marketed the natural sleep supplement through independent vitamin and herb retailers, as well as by mail order. Scolari’s will be the first supermarket chain to feature the new sleep product. More information about RESTABS Natural Sleep Formula is available at, or by calling 775-345-1500.

Viaviente Awarded First ORAC Seal Of Certification ViaViente is the first company in the world to be awarded the ORAC seal of certification for its high anti-oxidant value. You can be assured you are getting the highest quality and quantity of anti-oxidants available in a product of this kind with each drink. Take a quick web tour, e-mail or call to learn how ViaViente can improve you and your loved ones health. Contact Christina at (775)813-0665 or Joani at (775)250-6898

Feeling Stuck? Want Change? Do you have some old habit you’re trying to break or something in your life you can’t seem to change? Well consciously, it may not be your fault. Science has proven that over 90% of your conscious decisions are based on the beliefs in the subconscious mind. The process of PSYCH-K® is a simple and efficient process that creates change in the subconscious, supporting your conscious goals. For more information call Marc Hiscox 775-267-9501, PSYCH-K® practitioner.

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White House Lies To The World About Biofuels A new report from the International Monetary Fund estimates that biofuels are responsible for as much as 30% of the global food shortage. Despite this fact, at the United Nation’s emergency food summit in Rome, USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Edward Schafer, defended the U.S. government’s decision to spend billions of dollars subsidizing corn and soybean-based ethanol and biofuel, falsely claiming that biofuels contributed only 2% to 3% of the increase in global food prices. According to USDA spokesman, Mr. Schafer was unaware that his statistics were off by nearly 90%. Take Action: Sign OCA’s Biofuel Moratorium Petition: http://www.organicconsumers. org/articles/article_9980.cfm

Cellulite/Detox Special Through August Combine 45 minutes of Synergie (an esthetic subcutaneous vacuum system that tones skin and reduces cellulite) with a private, detoxifying far infrared sauna session. Buy 3 for only $150 total. For appointments call Hedy’s Tender Touch at 775-828-4339. 1101 W. Moana Lane, St. 12.

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Lorraine Leininger, manicurist at Elisabeth’s Skin Care Salon is currently taking new clients. The ‘Exclusive Natural Nails’ manicures and pedicures are offered in a private room to create a unique and optimal salon experience. All natural, botanical products from the Tuscany region of Italy are used for soaking, exfoliating and massaging. Call Lorraine for an appointment at 775-848-4225.

Introducing A New Way To Deal With Pain & Stress The layers of your stress, pain or grief are met with a “Tool-Kit” of life experience and trained professionalism. Laurice Crumley Johnson is an extraordinary empath and therapist. Her Core Energetic and Aromatherapy-Reiki Massage treatment represents an opportunity for you to dissolve the layers of stress and pain you are feeling. Find listing of classes/private sessions in this month’s calendar. Mention this newsbrief and add 15 min to your hour treatment or get $15.00 off per hour on a pkg of 3 sessions (offer expires in 90 days). Laurice is a trained Hospice advisor. Call 775-828-0828.

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5 Fun Experiments On Your Brain By Steve Gillman


ant to do some fun experiments on your brain? Don’t worry, these are ones you can try at home. Not only are they perfectly safe, but they will also help you demonstrate your own brainpower.

1. Activate your right brain by singing. You can rhyme more easily when singing, because you’re working from the part of the brain that recognizes patterns (usually the right hemisphere). Try a fun singing experiment. Without singing, make a rhyming poem about something that happened today. Work on this for a minute or so, then try it again, but this time sing the poem as you make it up. You’ll probably find that you can easily find rhyming words when singing. You can also create a song in order to remember things. Singing may also help activate your right-brain more fully when you are working on a problem involving spatial reasoning. This is speculative, but it can be a fun experiment to try.

talk about the next mountain you’re going to climb, and suddenly you will have the mental energy to get back to work. Try this experiment with yourself. Try it on friends. When they’re in a bad mood, ask them to explain something to you that they are passionate about. The excitement generated changes the chemicals in the brain, and so changes one’s state of mind. Experiment to find topics that work best - for your friends and yourself - and then remember them for future use.

4. Try fun experiments for brainpower. The position and use of your body affects your brainpower. You can prove this to yourself with a simple experiment. The first part (control) involves doing math problems in your head. However, do them while you are slouching and breathing through your open mouth. See how quickly you can arrive at the correct solutions. Now try doing this mental math again while sitting up straight, keeping your mouth closed and breathing deeply through your nose. Most people will notice an immediate improvement in how well their brain functions. Nosebreathing generally delivers more oxygen to your system, including the brain, but why posture and a closed mouth helps is not yet understood.

2. Control autonomic functions. Pupils get bigger when it is darker, and also when you see something you like. They even get larger if you just vividly imagine something you like. Try an experiment right now. Look in the mirror and watch your eyes as you imagine someone you like, a favorite food, or anything you would like to see. You’ll see your pupils quickly grow in size. Try different imagined scenes to see which work best. With practice, you can consciously change your pupil size at will. You can look at a light in the room to make your pupils smaller again. There are ways to use this trick, but for now, it is just a way to show how you can consciously control what is normally an autonomic body function.

3. Fun experiments in motivation. Ever feel unmotivated, or like your brain just won’t wake up? Try this simple experiment: talk about your plans, or anything you are passionate about. When you’re stuck at the keyboard,

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5. Pretend to be someone else. We can partly reproduce the characteristics and even talents of others by imitating them. This is something we often discover as a child, and then forget. Pretending to be superman or another hero really does give a child more courage temporarily. To experiment with this as an adult, imagine you are Einstein when you are working on a math or physics problem. Be your favorite businessman when you are working on a business situation. The key here is to think like that other person would, and even sit, stand and move like they would. You may just be making these things up, but it can still be a powerful way to access more of your brainpower. Reference:


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Going Green 1 Step At A Time

Adesina Stewart Regional Green Mission Specialist, Whole Foods Market (WFM) By Carole Bucher


n 4/19/07, the City of Reno publicly declared its commitment to improving the environment at the “first” Green Summit event. For long-time residents who care about this issue and for newer residents who came to Reno from progressive cities and towns, this was a noteworthy moment. Since then, many have looked for continued signs of commitment from local leaders, service providers and industry. It is vital for us to consider what our role is in this issue and how we can make a difference. With this in mind, Healthy Beginnings presents a special provider profile this month, introducing Adesina Stewart, green educator, activity coordinator and outreach specialist for Whole Foods Market’s Reno/Northern California region.

“You cannot blame people for not having enough information,” Adesina Stewart says. Many people feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of our environmental challenges today and don’t know where to begin. “The most important thing each of us can do,” she tells us, “is to understand what we can control, i.e., our personal locus of control or lifestyle: what we eat, what we buy, how we transport ourselves, how we relate to others; what energy we are giving off, in everything we do.” She reminds us that we got to this place of environmental havoc by not considering the consequences of our actions. Thus, she says, our best action today is to think about how we live, examine our habits and make simple, focused changes (see her 10 Green Tips, this issue). While achieving zero waste may be too big a goal, families can work together to seriously reduce waste--never mind the fact that our garbage cans are huge and our recycle bins are small. Focusing on our own lives and actions will make a difference. We can choose to buy things and go places that support sustainability, using our wallets to influence. We can inquire about recycling practices when we visit restaurants and other establishments around town. We can call our service providers and ask them about their environmental practices, then tell them what we

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would like to see; we are their customers, after all. And we can do small, powerful acts like bringing our own bags when shopping, using a reusable lunch box/container and water bottle. In fact, Adesina counsels, one of the best things we can do right now is to stop buying plastic water bottles. She also suggests taking the time to calculate our individual footprints, and then choosing one thing to work and improve on. “Simple is almost always better and things in their natural state are most corresponding to a healthy life and planet.” Graduating in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara, Adesina worked as a systems analyst for 3 years; she took a year off to travel in Europe and East Asia, then landed in Berkeley, taking culinary and nutrition classes while working full time at the Whole Foods Market store. So began her brilliant career, focusing first on whole body nutrition, then in-store education. This year she became the Regional Green Mission Specialist and now coordinates the Green Mission activities for 25 Whole Foods Market stores in Reno and Northern California. Her work is 3-tiered. The first is store operations: guiding and training the green teams in the practical considerations of implementing programs like zero-waste, setting up systems that will support company policies and practices, including self-auditing. The second level concerns efforts to build the desired future: looking for creative solutions to existing challenges, anticipating future needs and outcomes, e.g. researching and sourcing more environmentally sound, sustainable packaging for products; and informing the executive team of findings and conclusions. The third level of work as a Green Mission specialist concerns outreach, education and community relations, an area in which Adesina truly excels. Adesina was drawn to Whole Foods because she wanted to work in a field aligned with her personal values and heart. Her own concerns truly reflect the WFM motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet.” She has an extraordinary capacity to inspire others; she encourages us to look at ourselves, and to be more conscious about the choices we make. By empowering us as individuals, she helps to bring about change in a very positive and personal way. For info about calculating your personal or business footprint, go to

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10 Ways to

Your Life! By Adesina Stewart, Whole Foods Market Green Mission Specialist for Northern California

• Use sponges, rags, and towels for cleaning rather than disposable things like paper towels and wipes. Old t-shirts make great rags! • Use containers for food storage in place of disposable bags. • Buy rechargeable batteries and a charger!

1: Change a Bulb

• If every American family replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb, CO2 emissions would drop by more than 90 billion pounds – the same as taking 7.5 million cars off the road. CFLs contain mercury so please make sure you dispose of them properly.

8: Bio Clean

2: Review your Ride

• Drive less – Carpooling two days a week can reduce your annual C02 emissions by 1,590 lbs. Get a bike and use it for short trips. • Drive moderately – High-speed driving and jack-rabbit starts increase fuel usage. • Keep your vehicle tuned – Regular oilchanges, air-filter changes, and spark plug replacements will lengthen the life of your car as well as improve fuel economy. • Keep tires inflated properly – Fully inflated tires save fuel by reducing the amount of vehicle drag.

3: BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)

• The answer to the “paper or plastic?” dilemma is: Neither! Both gobble up natural resources and cause pollution. Get in the habit of bringing your own bags and containers when you shop.

4: Unplug the Energy Vampires

• The adapters that come with rechargeable electronics such as cell phones and iPods keep drawing energy as long as they are plugged in. Keep these unplugged when not in use. • Try plugging things into a power strip and turning it off when not in use. • Try using a solar charger for handheld devices (

5: Don’t Spill a Drop!

• One drop per second from a leaky faucet can add up to 165 gallons of water a month! Fix household leaks as soon as you find them. • Timing your showers to under 5 minutes can save you up to 1000 gallons per month. • Only operate dishwashers and washing machines when full and try to use cold water for clothes.

6: Buy Recycled

• Save trees – buy your toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, and other paper products from companies that use recycled paper and non-chlorine whiteners. • If buying plastic items such as cups, plates, cutlery, etc., look for items that are made from recycled plastic and are reusable. The “Preserve” brand products are a great example.

7: Reuse

• BUY A METAL WATER BOTTLE AND BRING IT WITH YOU EVERYWHERE. • Donate old or outdated merchandise to charity, swap with friends, or have a garage sale rather than throwing things away.

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• Choose biodegradable cleaners that don’t contain harmful chemicals. • Make your own cleaners. http://www.

9: Buy Organic

• Organic foods not only reduce our exposure to pesticides, but ensure that chemicals are not leaching into the soil, thus into our water supply. • Buying locally grown organics is even better – less pollution was created in the transport of those foods to your grocery store or farmer’s market.

10: Recycle!

• Make recycling at home easy – put a separate recycling bin wherever you have a trashcan – including bathroom, garage, and home office. • Plastic containers generally have a number on the bottom. Call your waste management company and see which plastics they accept. • COMPOSTING is a form of recycling. Participate in your city’s program if there is one; start a backyard compost pile or a worm box in your kitchen, if you can. For more info visit www.wholefoodsmarket. com. Go to ad on page 5.

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What’s On The Label & What’s Not

INGREDIENT WATCH The Dirty Dozen Ingredients in Personal Care Products By Diane di Costanzo


mericans buy about $20 billion worth of personal care products every year. Unfortunately, many ingredients in these potions and lotions are linked to damaging effects on human health and our planet. Unfortunately the government doesn’t require safety testing for these products before they go to market. So we’ve culled a list of the worst 12 chemicals you do not want on your skin. 1. ANTIBACTERIALS: In cleansers, deodorants and cosmetic products, antibacterial agents such as Triclosan encourage drug-resistant bacteria (Apr 1999, J Biol Chem; July 13, 2000, Nature). 2. COAL-TAR COLORS: So-called coal-tar chemicals are found in many “FD&C” or “D&C” colors used in makeup and hair dye. FD&C Blue 1 and Green 3 are carcinogenic; impurities in D&C Red 33, FD&C Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 have been shown to cause cancer when applied to the skin. 3. DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA): Widely used in shampoos, DEA is a suspected carcinogen; its compounds and derivatives include triethanolamine (TEA) which can be contaminated with nitrosamines, shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Contamination is more likely if the product also contains Bronopol. 4. FORMALDEHYDE: In eye shadows, mascaras and other cosmetics, formaldehyde is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen,” according to the National Toxicology Program’s “9th Report on Carcinogens” Jan 2001. The EPA classifies it as a probable human carcinogen. Liquid formaldehyde in the ingredients DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15, can be absorbed through the skin and nails. Consumer concern has led many manufacturers to remove it from nail polish. Quaternium-15 causes more dermatitis complaints than any other preservative, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Bronopol or 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, can contribute to formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, per the FDA. 5. GLYCOL ETHERS: Banned in France in 1999, but still widely used in the US as an industrial solvent in nail polish, deodorant, perfumes and cosmetics; some are hazardous to the reproductive system. Other effects may include anemia and irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Avoid EGPE, EGME, EGEE, DEGBE, PGME, DPGME and anything with “methyl” in its name. 6. HEAVY METALS: Lead--A brain- and nervous-system toxin; a known carcinogen and hormone disruptor; lead accumulates in the bones. Lead acetate is in many hair dyes and makeup. Mercury--A potent nervous-system toxin that accumulates in the

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body; micro amounts are allowed as a preservative in eye-area cosmetics. Thimerosal, which contains mercury, is commonly found in cake mascara. 7. PARABENS: Used in underarm deodorants and many lotions, parabens were found in tissue samples from human breast tumors (Jan/Feb 2004 J Appl Toxicol). The estrogenic activity of parabens may be linked to development of breast cancer, since estrogen is “a major etiological factor in the growth of human breast cancer” (editorial accompanying study). Many parabens, including methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, and isobutyl-, have shown hormonal activity. 8. PETROLATUM (vaseline, petroleum jelly): A petroleum product used in cold creams, lipsticks, lip protection, baby creams, eye shadows; it can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. 9. PHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD): Found in many hair dyes, and linked to skin irritations and respiratory disorders; PPD is mutagenic and a suspected human carcinogen, banned in Europe. Aka: Oxidation dyes, amino dyes, para dyes, peroxide dyes. 10. PHTHALATES: Used widely in fragrances, deodorants, nail polishes, hair products and lotions, their oily texture acts like a moisturizer and helps lotions penetrate skin. Several of these of chemical plasticizers have been found to produce cancer of the liver and birth defects in lab animals. Since phthalates often hide behind the term “fragrance,” choose “fragrance-free” products or ones scented exclusively with pure botanicals or essential oils. 11. SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS): The Cosmetics Ingredient Review (CIR;, reported that SLS causes “severe epidermal changes” to mouse skin, a finding that “indicates a need for tumor-enhancing activity assays.” This year, after review of over 250 existing SLS studies, the CIR concluded that SLS is not cancer-causing. Samuel Epstein, MD and Public Health expert recommends avoiding SLS. Other reports connect SLS with premature cataract development. 12. TOLUENE: This solvent found in many nail (and industrial) products can cause kidney, liver and nervous system damage with long-term exposure and irritates the skin and respiratory tract. Additional References: 1. 2. 3.

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There is growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can adversely affect people, especially during vulnerable periods of fetal development and childhood when exposures can have long lasting effects. Because the toxic effects of pesticides are worrisome, not well understood, or in some cases completely unstudied, shoppers are wise to minimize exposure to pesticides whenever possible.

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Does Washing and Peeling Help? Nearly all of the data used to create these lists already considers how people typically wash and prepare produce (for example, apples are washed before testing, bananas are peeled). While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down

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Animals (Part I)

By Andy Drymalski, EdD


n last month’s article we examined the Self. The Self is the and fish (excluding sharks) are also frequent symbols of the Self spiritual core and regulating center of the psyche. It is often (e.g., the symbol of Christ as a fish) because they are at home in symbolized in dreams by dream figures and images which the water (the unconscious). evoke a sense of wholeness and the creative union of opA four-year-old boy dreams: “Some people gave us their pet posites. Examples include rare and enduring objects (e.g., gold, turtles because they didn’t want them. Each of us (each family diamonds, a unique rock, a majestic tree), mandala figures such member) had our own turtle and they were all different colors. as a circle, square, cross, or maze, or individuals symbolic of We took them to a forest and went for a walk. I carried my rainhumanity’s highest spiritual aspirations (e.g., Christ, Buddha). bow-colored turtle some of the time. His name was ‘RainbowAnd, as this article will illustrate, the Self is occasionally symcolored-turtle-flower-that-smells-good.’ When we got back home bolized by animals. I played with all the turtles. I had to make a special shelf for my In order to understand how animals can serve as symbols of turtle to protect him from our dogs. My turtle slept with me and the Self it is helpful to recall that the psyche is composed of two we dreamed together. In the morning I put my turtle on a leash basic parts: the conscious and the unconscious. Consciousness outside with the other turtles.” is symbolized in dreams by light. For example, to Not yet fully conditioned into the worldview dream of lighting a candle or turning on a lamp is we adults call “reality,” young children are somesymbolic of trying to bring conscious awareness to The Self is the times lucky enough to retain a vibrant and vital some aspect of your inner or outer life. The unconto the archetypal world of the Self. This scious, on the other hand, is typically symbolized calling of your connection young boy has such a connection. To his credit in dreams by darkness, water, and the soil or undeepest, truest and benefit, he is also watchful in protecting this derground. These three environments have probconnection to the core of his being. If he is able to ably become symbols of the unconscious because nature. nurture this relationship while still shouldering the they are not the natural habitat of human beings–at demands of outer life and society, his adulthood least in our conscious state. All three require some is likely to be particularly creative and fulfilling. type of artificial device (a lamp in darkness and underground A man dreams: “I am going to a party. My mother is preparin caves, mines, and goggles when swimming under water) in ing the meal and my brother is also there (in external reality order for us to navigate through them with ease. Animals whose they are both deceased). I see the meat being prepared: large natural habitats include both the light/aboveground and the dark, slices of prime rib. But hidden beneath each slice is a live coral water, or underground are symbolic of entities that can serve snake. They are poisonous and I am aghast at the thought of as guides to the unconscious, for they reflect the fundamental eating this.” nature of the Self. The Self knows the light and dark, the surface To the surprise of many people, snakes are usually a very and hidden, the conscious and unconscious aspects of our being. positive figure to encounter in your dreams. They are excellent Examples of animals that are frequently used as symbols of the symbols of the Self and the unfolding psyche. Not only do they Self include: snakes, owls, ducks, swans, geese, frogs, turtles, live both above and below ground, but through the periodic shedand occasionally bugs and bees. Whales, dolphins, porpoises

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ding of their skin they personify the process of transformation that is at the heart of all true growth of the personality. In this dream a meal is prepared for the dreamer by his mother and brother. Because they are both deceased, they are probably serving as symbols of the unconscious or the “spirit world.” Additionally, his mother may symbolize the nourishing aspect of the unconscious. Symbolically, the psyche wants to nourish the dreamer. To eat the meat and to eat the snake is symbolic of integrating the Self, of incorporating into one’s conscious personality aspects of one’s deeper nature and potential. But, why did the dream utilize a poisonous snake? This is probably because the ego’s standpoint or worldview (symbolized by the dreamer) must be sacrificed (poisoned) for the larger personality to be integrated. Sometimes what is poison or abhorrent to the ego is, ironically, the necessary food of the emerging personality. The following three dreams all utilize animals as symbols of the Self. A woman whose body was rejecting a liver transplant dreamed: “I am in a room with a bunch of snakes. I don’t like them and am beating them to death with a stick.” Another woman dreams: “I am covered with small black bugs. They’re crawling all over me, trying to get in my nose, mouth and ears. I’m brushing them away with my hands as fast as I can.” A man dreams: “I am in a large circular room with quite a few people. There are windows around the top and we are watching them. We have come to witness an unusual event, the return of the white bird. It seems that each year a white bird comes to these very windows and tries to get in. Soon the bird arrives; it is about the size of a goose. It starts to fly against the windows, and to bang against them over and over. It is a remarkably violent and desperate attempt. The will that it is demonstrating to get in, and the seemingly little regard that it has for its own safety, begins to frighten me. I am thinking that if it ever gets through the windows, it is going to hurt someone very badly. Suddenly the bird flies up and away from the windows, and then dives straight towards them. It has found a small opening and enters the room with great speed. It

flies directly to me and looks me straight in the eye with its own dark eyes. I am very fearful, and I quickly think that my only hope of not getting hurt is to hurt it first, although it has done nothing to harm me. I grab its neck and I jerk it as hard as I can, breaking it. As soon as I’ve done it I realize what a great mistake, what a stupid thing I have done.” These three dreams are perfect examples of how NOT to relate to the Self. Each one of the dreams symbolizes an attempt by the deep psyche to penetrate the constricting boundaries and fortifications of the self-protecting ego. The Self appears threatening and invasive because the dreamer is so defensive and egocentric. The Self is like a mirror, reflecting back to the ego the attitudes it has directed towards the Self. In battles between the Self and the ego, the Self eventually wins (if not in this plane of reality, then the next, or the next...). The Self is the calling of your deepest, truest nature. It becomes adversarial only when you have become adversarial towards it. So the next time you encounter an animal messenger of the Self in your dreams, dialogue with the figure in your imagination upon waking. Ask it what it has to tell you, what gift it brings you. Be open to its response. (This is a method for learning more from our dreams which Carl Jung called “active imagination.”) If you find yourself in a conflictual interaction with a dream figure of the Self, you can also ask yourself in what ways you may be resisting the promptings of your deeper self. Perhaps there is something that God, life, the universe, has been trying to communicate to you, but which you have been unwilling to hear. References: 1. Jung, C.G. The Undiscovered Self. New American Library, Inc.: NY 1958. 2. Jung, C.G. Collected Works, Volume 9: The Archtypes of the Collective Unconscious, 2nd Edition. Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ 1968. 3. Von Franz, M.L. Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales, Revised edition. Shambhala Publications, Inc.: Boston, MA 1995.

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& Other Pesky Critters! Using Natural Pesticides Instead Of Chemicals By Carole Bucher


t’s summer time and the living is easy, especially for the critters ‘round our homes and gardens. It’s great to have some natural pest control options up your sleeve to keep most of the fruits of your labors for your family and friends. Here are some good ones:

• Try a barrier of powdered charcoal, calcium dust or bone meal to keep them away from your plants. •Stinging nettle spray for aphids and thrips - cover 1-quart nettles with water, cover and ferment for 3 weeks. Mix 1 part nettle tea with 7 parts water. Spray.

Ants– Sprinkle cinnamon, bay leaves, Cockroaches– Sprinkle equal parts

well and place in a small plastic container (like a cottage cheese container). Bury the container to ground level. Clean it out as needed. 4 oz of vegetable oil alone also works.

Flies– Small sachets of crushed mint

placed around the house will discourage flies. Potted sweet basil plants will also work.

cayenne pepper or baby powder in problem areas, outside and in, and along baseboards and windowsills.

baking soda and confectioners’ sugar in problem areas; bay leaves are also reputed to work.

Aphids– There are several ways to rid

Earwigs– A good control method is to litter also works great. spread diatomaceous earth where ear- Mosquitoes– Mix 2 teaspoons of apple

your garden of these pesky insects: • Squashing a few aphids around the infested plants releases a chemical signal that makes the other aphids drop from the plants and leave. • To foil aphids: flatten a square of aluminum foil around the base of plants to bounce light on the undersides of leaves. This also helps the plants in giving them more light.


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wigs frequent. Make applications in late spring about a week apart, and treat the soil around the foundations of houses, along walks, fences, and around trees. Botanical insecticides should be used as spot treatments or crack and crevice sprays (see below). •Mix insecticide soap with isopropyl alcohol and spray the infested area every two to three days for two weeks. Recipe: add 1 tablespoon of the alcohol to each quart of insecticide soap. • Trap earwigs in pieces of old hose or rolled up newspapers. Check these during the day and shake the insects into a bucket of soapy water. • Another trapping method--1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tbsp molasses, 1 tbsp dry yeast, 8 ozs water. Mix all the ingredients

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cider vinegar in a glass of water placed on your deck or balcony or dab lavender oil on the wrists and elbows. • You can also take 100 mg of Vitamin B1 every 6-8 hours when you are going to be outside. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a more common-sense approach for a longterm solution and includes biological controls such as predatory insects (e.g. lady bugs and green lacewings eat aphids) and bacterial insecticides (e.g. bacillus thuringiensis kills caterpillars), among other options. Look for more information. References: 1. 2.

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ising energy costs are hitting Americans hard these days. Not only do we use more electricity than we ever did before, we’re paying more per kilowatt-hour (kWh). And the cost continues to rise. On 7/01/08, Sierra Pacific Power Company was granted an increase of >10%. However, the problem with electricity isn’t just inflation; its also that the quality is getting worse because of the demand from new technologies. Think about your home or business. All the appliances you use have a motor that runs on electricity. Washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dish washers, vacuum cleaners, ceiling fans, HDTVs… they are all made to operate most efficiently when running at full capacity. But in reality, most people don’t operate their appliances at full capacity and money is wasted. Literally thousands of times a day, power surges and electrical spikes run rampant through your home, inflicting a perpetual assault on the life and performance of your appliances – especially big-ticket items like high definition televisions. And then there’s noise; the all-toofamiliar static you hear on your radio receiver, the “hum” of the fluorescent lamp, the “snow” you see with a weak TV signal and much more we can’t see or hear. Worse, the interference or noise created from all the various electronic appliances, lights and games we plug in, harms these very same devices, causing premature failure. Our homes and businesses are filled

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with them. This wasteful electronic noise drains more wattage than it uses, adding unnecessarily to your electric bill. We need an electronic body guard for our homes and businesses. “Whole house energy management systems” have existed for years and are used by the military as well as industrial and utility companies. They are now available on a small scale for your home. Why haven’t we heard of this technology before? Because up until recently, it wasn’t cost effective; electric rates in America were very low: 2, 3 or 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. Now they are between 8 and 14 cents per kWh, and in some places, over 19 cents per kWh; New York City is 22 cents per kWh and Hawaii is 33.5! At cheaper rates, energy management systems did not make sense, but as rates skyrocket, you may want to consider them. Miles-per-gallon, mpg, measures fuel efficiency of our cars. With electricity, the efficiency measurement is called the “power factor.” In an AC electric power system, it is the ratio of real power to apparent power, and is a number between 0 and 1 (0 being the least efficient). Today, the average American home operates at a power factor of 0.77. In other words, 23% of the electricity is wasted. Fortunately new technology for residential and light commercial uses can increase that power factor from 0.77 to 0.98 – lowering usage and saving you money.

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What’s in the Smoke? Wildfire smoke is mostly small particles, gases and water vapor that include trace amounts of hazardous air pollutants. • Particulate from smoke is a mixture of solid particles – pieces of wood and other solids that are burning - and liquid droplets. These are very small, generally <2.5 micrometers in diameter (a human hair is about 100 micrometers). Such small particles are more of a health concern than coarser particles that typically make up road dust, because they can be inhaled more deeply into the lungs.

• These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. • Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases – and are even linked to premature death in people with these conditions. • If you have heart or lung disease, such as congestive heart failure, angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema or asthma, you may experience health effects earlier and at lower smoke levels than healthy people. • Older adults are more likely to be affected by smoke, possibly because they are more likely to have heart or lung diseases than younger people. • Children are also more susceptible to smoke for several reasons: their respiratory systems are still developing; they breathe more air (and air pollution) per pound of body weight than adults; and they’re more likely to be active outdoors. (Information provided by U.S. EPA)

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ASK DR. SOIL: By Craig Witt

Q: What can I do to help my

veggies during growing season?

A: The best help comes in two parts.

First, the soil. Compost that contains minerals which are deficient in your local soil should be applied to the soil around the plants. Second, a foliar fertilizer should be applied to the leaf surface. The compost and minerals provide root nutrition and the foliar fertilizer provides immediate nutrition to the plant, meaning it will extract more nutrients from its roots. A great foliar fertilizer is liquid fish with added kelp. Another wonderful fertilizer is “worm wine” or “worm tea” which is the liquid extract from a properly maintained worm composting bin.

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What is top-dressing and how do I do it?

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DEATH BY SUPERMARKET The Fattening, Dumbing Down & Poisoning of America Written by Nancy Deville

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his book is a provocative must-read for anyone interested in health and wellness, because it reveals the “why” behind the mystery of America’s health crisis. Nancy Deville, bestselling author, has painstakingly researched the ugly realities of our factory-food industry, and in doing so, exposes how real food is altered to become the toxic substances we eat every day. These substances have a cumulative effect in our bodies, and although we may or may not have a reaction to them today, we will most certainly have a negative reaction in the future if we keep eating this stuff. These factory-foods and US factory-farm practices are causing obesity, degenerative and autoimmune diseases such as lupus, heart disease, Type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Type II diabetes as well as cancer and accelerated aging. Also caused by our factory-food habits are ADD, ADHD, insomnia, exhaustion, depression, panic disorders, rage, agitation, anorexia nervosa, bulimia and lack of sex drive. That many girls reach puberty at 8 or 9 years old, that many boys are becoming feminized by the hormones and substances in their food, and that Americans have been steadily shrinking in height since WWII is a direct result of our factory-food diet. Heart attacks were unknown before 1900, indeed the first recorded heart attack occurred in 1926. Today heart disease kills 700,000 Americans each year. Since 1900 our food habits have changed dramatically. We are the richest nation, and the fattest and the sickest nation. Something’s wrong here. What has changed most dramatically? Our natural way of eating and living has become industrialized. The author explains how real food is broken down into its basic components in laboratories and factories, by using heat and chemical solvents. These components are then mixed with colored dyes, preservatives, synthetic vitamins and hundreds of other substances. The industry then promises good health, beauty and satisfaction, but because of the processing and additives, these factory-foods actually lack the life-sustaining nutrients necessary to maintain healthy metabolic processes. The end products of these For past issues, go to:

food experiments are foreign and toxic to our bodies. Rather than feeling satisfied by these low-nutrition products, the resulting “hysterical” hunger provokes us to want even more of them, because we continually feel unfulfilled. We feel dissatisfied because we are nutritionally stressed. Real foods contain the perfect ratios of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy metabolic processes. This perfect ratio cannot be duplicated by food manufacturers. For instance a raw apple has over 4000 micronutrients. Taking them apart chemically while adding other substances and calling the result a health bar is simply ridiculous. The process destroys the nutrition. While being nutritionally malnourished, we’re getting fatter and fatter because of the continuous ingestion of empty calories contained in substances called food that our bodies don’t know what to do with. Consequently, many of these toxic substances are immediately stored in our fat cells, just to get them out of the bloodstream. Fat cells don’t multiply; they just get bigger. So we are now a nation of fat, malnourished people; both children and adults are experiencing an epidemic of degenerative and autoimmune diseases which doctors cannot cure, while the diet and drug industries reap record profits from our factory-food habits. However, changing from factory-food to real food can and does cure most of these problems. Look in your pantry. It won’t take long to find that most of what’s in there has “high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)” among the first ingredients. Look at the labels on most boxed, bagged, canned or bottled food products in your supermarket. Most contain HFCS. So what is that, why is it bad for us and why don’t they just use sugar? HFCS is highly addicting manmade sugar and it’s much cheaper for food processors to use than sugar. Eighty percent of HFCS is extracted from genetically modified corn and is made using fermentation, fungus and chemicals. Like sugar, fructose has no nutritional value, and so it must rob your body of nutrients in order to be metabolized. The introduction of HFCS parallels a 47% spike in Type II diabetes and an 80% increase in obesity in 22

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that same time period. Since it permeates Services, people who consume aspartame so many foods, and we consume them all on a consistent basis may look forward day long, HFCS contributes to “hysterical to: anxiety attacks, arthritis, asthma, brain hunger” (addiction) like no other food ad- cancer, chronic fatigue, depression, insomditive on the market. nia, memory loss, migraines, numbness People often think they’re engaging in of extremities, seizures, tachycardia, tin“emotional eating” when actually they’re nitus, vertigo, vision loss and weight gain. suffering from factory food pathology. The Since the introduction of aspartame in the HFCS we constantly ingest causes a pro- 1970s, the incidence of brain tumors has longed neurotransmitter imbalance. This risen exponentially. The original studies causes us to crave more. When we eat by the G.D. Searle Company found a 47% HFCS our brains are permanently on code increase in brain tumors in rats exposed to red, so that we either act out our anxiety aspartame, and yet the firm still marketed or crash if we don’t get our sugar fix, while it. Searle was later purchased by Monsanto our cells are desperately crying out for real Chemical, and is still selling as much aspartame as possible. nutrition, for whole food. One of the biggest mysteries regarding What about aspartame, the sugar substiobesity today is that some people become tute? Well, that’s an amino acid that excites obese on normal amounts of food. Studies brain cells to death. Healthy Beginnings on MSG and aspartame reviewed Dr. Blaylock’s in mice found that test book Excitotoxins: The People often think subjects and offspring are Taste That Kills in Septemshorter than normal and they’re engaging in ber 2007. Excitotoxins become obese on normal (both aspartame and MSG) “emotional eating” amounts of food. What’s are considered the central when actually they’re even worse is that these mechanism for most neusubstances cause serotonin suffering from factory rological diseases, but the to dip, the neurotransmitter effects may take years or food pathology. that gets you high on life! even decades to manifest. Without enough serotonin One of the components of in your brain, you’re into doom and gloom aspartame actually turns into formaldehyde plus carb craving! when it reaches 86°F in your body. The truth is known, so why were these toxins Death by Supermarket also exhaustively approved by the FDA? researches soy myths, isoflavone suppleIn the case of aspartame, after many mentation, how different kinds of fatty acids studies proving the substance unsafe, and affect our bodies, as well as myths about through a combination of sloppy science, milk and dieting. Nancy Deville writes in intrigue, self-interest, ambition, greed and an easy-to-understand style and her book is politics, the FDA finally okayed it. The fact footnoted throughout. There is an extensive that Donald Rumsfeld was president of index, so you can probably find the definiG.D. Searle (the developer of aspartame) tive research on any symptom or condition at the time didn’t hurt. Those folks who you wish. Given the domination of our food hop back and forth between government supply by agri-business and multi-national and industry are perfectly poised to use food manufacturers, it is imperative that we their contacts in government to further take control of what our family eats. The their industry agendas. Plus the FDA has alternative is a witch’s brew of diseases, been proven over many years to be both ailments and painful conditions. inept and corrupt. The government agency Nancy Deville says, “Each one of us which is supposed to protect America’s must conquer our resistance to change. food and drug supply is actually doing just We must face off every single day with the the opposite. resistance that makes us want to succumb Look in your pantry and see how to the seductive siren call of the food, diet many drinks and processed foods there and drug industries. What else is worth are containing aspartame. According to fighting for, if not your health and happithe Department of Health and Human ness, and especially that of your children?” August 2008


This book should definitely be a part of your family library. The time to start educating your kids is now. See the book for voluminous references.

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Qigong: Therapeutic Movement For Better Health By Dr. Bruce Eichelberger, OMD

Background The background of Qigong goes back 4,000 years when people discovered that by moving certain ways their pains and other health problems improved. Originally, they modeled the movements of animals and later developed a deeper understanding of how movement affects the body. From this understanding they were able to further develop specific series of movements for addressing particular illnesses. For example, there are sets of movements that help strengthen all of the internal organs of the body. Others help improve flexibility and strength, while others are effective for cultivating mental focus, emotional balance and even spiritual clarity.


igong (pronounced “chee gong” and sometimes spelled “chi kung”) is an ancient discipline for improving health through movement. The practice comes from ancient China and its name means “cultivating vital energy.” It is a subset of a larger discipline called Neigong (“inner cultivation”). Although much less well known in the Western world, Qigong is widely practiced in the Orient. In the morning in practically every park in each major city you’ll see individuals and large groups of people practicing these movements. People practicing typically look like they’re moving in slow motion. If you’ve ever seen someone practicing Tai Chi (taiji), you have an idea of what they look like. Some describe it as ‘swimming on dry land.’ The primary difference between Tai Chi and Qigong is that Tai Chi is a martial art, while Qigong is for self-healing.

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Another fact not well known in the West is that there are many thousands of these exercises. This is because over time different teachers discovered additional ways to apply the concepts and created new forms. That’s why exercises are often named by the tradition they came from. And typical of Oriental cultures, these names are often poetic or metaphoric. Examples include the Five Animal Frolics, Eight Pieces of Brocade and Elixir of Tao.

Basics of Qigong Ultimately, the aim of all qigong exercises is improving quality of life. And although there are many types of qigong, all share common fundamentals. These fundamentals may seem a bit basic, however when combined correctly they create a profound sense of wellbeing and improved health.

Here are the four basic qualities all Qigong exercises share: 1. Eyes – This refers to visual focus. Often these exercises

include paying particular attention to one part of your body or another. For example, many emphasize focusing on your hands. This focus is neither narrowly focused nor completely unfocused, often called a ‘soft focus.’


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2. Mind – This aspect of Qigong refers to

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being present while doing the exercises. If you’re thinking about what happened yesterday, what you’ll be doing tomorrow or how your cousin in Pittsburgh is doing, you aren’t being present. Focusing on what you’re doing gives you the best results in Qigong (and in life!)

3. Movement – All movements, including your breathing are generally smooth and easy. Any straining only creates tension and is counterproductive to increasing vitality. When moving, use only the amount of energy necessary and no more. This means a greater sense of relaxation in movement than most people usually experience. 4. Breath – Most Qigong movements are coordinated with breathing. This means that you move one way while exhaling and another while inhaling. Breathing is so basic that we rarely think about it except in unusual circumstances, such as climbing a steep mountain. However, just because it’s basic doesn’t mean it you can’t do it better. In Qigong, breathing is deep using the diaphragm. The sensation is as if you are inhaling all the way down into your abdomen. The effect is to massage your internal organs, increase circulation, improve digestion and elimination and increase energy. Quite a lot for something so basic! When you put all 4 of these principles into action simultaneously, it’s like getting all the horses pulling a wagon in the same direction. Everything just works better. You have more energy, better mental focus and a more even temperament. References: 1. The Way of Qigong, Cohen, Ken, Wellspring/Ballantine, 1999 2. The Root of Chinese Qigong, Yang, Jwing-Ming, YMAA Publication Center, 1997 3. The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi, Jahnke, Roger, McGraw-Hill, 2002

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2. Good candidates for medical breast thermography: People (men, women or children) of any age who wish to avoid x-rays, especially people with implants, prior mastectomies or current breast cancer. 3. Who will interpret and approve your thermograph and report: A thermographer should read and interpret the thermogram (infrared image); she/ he should be a certified and experienced thermographer, trained in the reading and explanation of thermograms. She/he will report his/her findings in writing. A medical doctor (MD or DO) should review, approve and sign the written thermogram report; she/he should have oncology training and experience.

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6. Technology does make a difference: The imaging equipment should be state of the art, e.g., Fluke infrared TI55-FT or equivalent; fully radiometric infrared (measures actual temperature or every pixel, not just a range of heat/temperature); * 320 x 240 pixels resolution or higher. * Temperature range: -32° C to 600° C, ± 0.05 degrees C (this will yield a very high accuracy level); * Wave-length 7.5 to 14 µ. (The human body emits radiation wave lengths at 12 µ; the above range is an industry standard and is perfect for medical imaging.) 7. Thermographer qualifications: Ask to see certifications and samples of complete reports. Use your common sense; more years of experience in medical and breast thermography are better.


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DEHYDRATION Do You Drink Enough Water? Take The Quiz.


he human body can only exist for 5-7 days without water, thus dehydration must be taken seriously. Just exactly what does dehydration mean? Medically, dehydration is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in which the body contains an insufficient volume of water for normal functioning. To operate efficiently, most people say the body requires about eight large glasses of water per day, based on an estimate of fluid loss during a normal day. Even more water is needed during hot weather, periods of illness and when exercising. Many people simply do not take in this amount of water, preferring instead to get their intake of liquids through coffee, tea, sodas, beer or wine. The problem is that most of these drinks have a diuretic effect which forces the body to eliminate more water than it is actually taking in – causing dehydration. In fact, some believe there is an epidemic of chronic dehydration in the US due to our caffeine and alcohol consumption.

Some symptoms of dehydration include: Feeling dizzy and lightheaded • producing less urine and darker urine • anger, impatience • tiredness • flushed face • irritability • anxiety • depression • snoring • insomnia • short attention spans • cravings for coffee, tea, and alcohol (all diuretics). The two most common signs of dehydration, a dry/sticky mouth or feeling thirsty – are not actually the first signs. When these 2 symptoms occur you are already dehydrated. In chronic dehydration a person may suffer from problems such as gastritis, heartburn, arthritis, headaches, depression, weight problems and even premature aging. Dieting can also sap your water reserves. Beware of diets or supplements, including laxatives and diuretics, that emphasize shedding “water weight” as a quick way to lose weight. Losing water weight is not the same thing as losing actual fat. Remember, drinking water does NOT add calories to your diet and is great for your overall wellbeing. So what can we do to keep healthy and hydrated? Well, the good news is that these conditions may be alleviated or cured simply by drinking more water. People with normal heart and kidney functions should slowly increase their water intake by drinking two glasses of water one-half hour BEFORE each meal. Then two more glasses of water one to two hours AFTER each meal. Drinking water with a meal dilutes your ability to digest your food. For past issues, go to:

However, don’t overdo your water intake, which can also be dangerous. Rehydration needs to occur over time, not by overloading your system. The essential thing to remember is “little and often.” A small glass every hour throughout the day is far more beneficial enabling you to utilize the fluid appropriately instead of rejecting it through overload. Possible health problems associated with dehydration include: Asthma, Allergies, Heartburn, Migraines, Constipation, Obesity, Fibromyalgia; High Blood Pressure, Lower Back Pain, Type II Diabetes. If you lose enough water to be seriously dehydrated, you also become deficient in electrolytes – the mineral compounds, like salt, needed to maintain a healthy fluid balance and regulate body temperature. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following dietary response to serious dehydration caused, for example, by diarrhea or emergency. It is designed as a fast replenishment of fluid and electrolyte levels:

Anti-Dehydration Treatment Method: Take two glasses.

Into the first put 8 ozs of orange juice, a pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of Honey. Into the second put 8 ozs of bottled or distilled water and one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda. Sip from each glass in turn until they are empty. Remember: there


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is no quick fix solution and you will still need to drink plenty of water every day to keep hydrated.

How to Stay Hydrated: Plan to start and end your day with water. Even when sleeping, your body loses water. Drinking a glass of water when you first wake up and last thing before you go to bed can help balance what you lose while sleeping. Also, your body loses water during the day when you perspire, urinate and breathe. If you are more active or are working/exercising in a hot or humid environment, you will need to replenish lost fluids: don’t underestimate the amount of fluids you lose from perspiration. In one hour of exercise your body can lose more than a quart of water, dependent upon exercise intensity and air temperature. Therefore, you should drink before, during and after exercising. For most workouts, water is the best fluid replacement. And remember: don’t go overboard

with water. If you have too much water and too little sodium you can enter into a state known as hyponatremia – which can cause brain cells to become swollen with water, leading to confusion, seizures, coma or death. This can happen to people participating in long distance events who drink large amounts of water but don’t replenish electrolytes (including sodium). So, if you’re participating in an endurance activity, be sure you also consume a sports drink or other energy food that you body can easily digest to provide you with the electrolytes you need! An easy way to determine whether you are hydrated is simply by the color of your urine. This should be very pale yellow (some medications or supplements may affect this). A dark color indicates that your kidneys are working too hard to concentrate the urine and a greater likelihood that you need more water. In conclusion, water is vital for good health and there is no substitute for it. Years of chronic dehydration cannot be reversed overnight by simply drinking a couple glasses of water. Rather, water intake should be gradually and consistently increased.




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Currying Flavor By Carole Bucher


urries are delicious, aromatic spice blends that have their roots in many Asian cultures and countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. These blends can be used to flavor nearly every type of food, from egg dishes to salads and fruit, to a wide variety of hot or cold entrees, and a nearly unlimited variety of side dishes. Experimenting with curry will greatly expand your culinary horizons, and may improve your health at the same time! Curries differ greatly in their taste and content, not only between countries but also within countries. For example, the curries of India are different than those of Malaysia and Indonesia and in India the curry cuisine in the north is not the same as that in the south.

Moreover, curry differences are also a result of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;chef factor.â&#x20AC;? Every good cook has his or her own special touch that goes into each meal and its flavorings; thus no two curries seem ever to be the same. While curry is essentially a spicy recipe, the way the spices and herbs are used differs widely from region to region. And not all curries are hot. In fact there are more mild curry recipes than hot ones. These are designed to give a cleverly balanced blend of spices and herbs, some of which have delicate and highly sophisticated flavors. In Indian cooking, for example, this contrast is demonstrated in the difference between the hot vindaloo and Madras curries and the mild kormas. Spices and herbs that are commonly used as the base for curries include coriander, cumin, cardamom and turmeric, especially in India. Depending on the recipe and region, other ingredients may include chili, curry leaves, garlic, ginger, garam masala (a sweet spice mixture), onions, lemon grass, cinnamon, and pepper and mustard seeds.

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In Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian curries, two regular flavoring ingredient are shrimp paste and coconut or coconut milk. Curries in these countries can also be hot or mild, and are often sweet tasting because of the coconut milk. In Thai cooking, kaffir lime leaves and fresh basil are often used in curries, giving them their distinctive taste. In Sri Lanka (Ceylon) spices are dark roasted which gives them a different flavor than Indian curries and meats; chicken is usually skinned before cooking which also effects the flavor of the curry. In Myanmar (Burma) curries are based on garlic, ginger, onions and chilies and are generally thin in texture, and delicately flavored. Some Asian curry recipes are several hundreds of years old and many of the meals we are served today in restaurants were once reserved for royalty and rich merchants. An important consideration when learning about curries is their health giving properties. Many of the spices and herbs have long-established health and medicinal values in Eastern and Western medicine. Turmeric and its active antioxidant ingredient, curcumin, is one of these. It has a long history of use in reducing inflammation, healing wounds, relieving pain, and may also play a role in preventing diabetes. Preclinical studies also suggest that the curcumin in curry may shut down genes that trigger the development and the spread of breast cancer. And a small, preliminary human study suggests curcumin supplements might help to stabilize pancreatic cancer. Epidemiology studies in humans have linked frequent use of turmeric spice to lower rates of breast, prostate and colon cancer, as well as diabetes. Moreover, recent clinical studies indicate that curcumin may help to keep our brains functioning well and Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at bay. For easy and quick preparation, there are now many and varied curry powders and ready-made curry sauces and pastes available but nothing can beat the taste #




of a curry prepared with fresh herbs and spices. Finding a curry to suit your palate is a matter of trial and error. Unless you are accustomed to hot spicy food it is best to start with mild curries like the one below. Once you find a recipe you like, you may soon join the millions of healthy curry addicts around the world. Meanwhile, here is one recipe you can make for yourself.

MAKE-YOUR-OWN-CURRY (mild) 1/4 Cup Coriander Seed 1/4 Cup Ground Turmeric 1 Tea. Whole Black Pepper 1 Tea. ground Ginger 4 in. Stick Cinnamon, broken 5 Whole Cloves 1 Tbl. Cumin seed 2 Bay leaves 1 Tb. Cardamon Pods, shelled (about 1 Tea. seed)

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Dealing with

Difficult Conversations Successfully By Sienna Marie Wise, MSW, CTLC


eople approach difficult conversations in many different ways. Some dread them; some avoid them; others analyze the problem and build their case like an attorney, making up a list of justifications and defensive statements. Some people look to see what they have done to contribute to the problem and work to solve the issue, coming in with a proposed resolution. While there is no recipe for how to engage in a difficult conversation, such interactions are part of life and we need to acquire tools to deal with them. Below are a few tips that will help you prepare for potentially difficult discussions, help you to have a better outcome and reduce your stress going into the situation.

Things to work on: 1. Understand the issue to be discussed. 2. Identify and release your feelings. 3. Examine your motivation for having the conversation. 4. Focus on resolving the issue. 5. Recognize and validate the strengths you see in the person youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having the conversation with. 6. Avoid blame. 7. Remember that everyone is right from their own perspective. References: 1. 2. Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens by Don Dinkmeyer & Gary D. McKay. 3. Second edition, 1990, American Guidance Service, Inc.

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Beat Summer Feet



re you embarrassed to wear sandals? Are your feet cracked and peeling, hard to keep clean? Do they hurt? In our harsh high desert climate, comfortable, healthy feet are a real challenge. In fact, in the summer time, a pedicure becomes a therapeutic necessity, not an indulgence. Think about it. During a typical day, your feet endure a cumulative force of several hundred tons; the average person walks approximately four miles every day or 115,000 miles in a lifetime! The miles increase when you engage in strenuous activity. That is a lot of work for your feet and it affects your whole body. It’s worse, of course, in the summer when footwear is minimal or absent. A pedicure cleans your feet, provides nail care and comes with a great foot and lower leg massage to increase your circulation and help relax muscles. All of this means welcome relief from too much standing, post-flight fatigue, PMS, pregnancy, long training runs and other general foot and leg abuse. And last but not least, the filing, buffing, and deep moisturizing during a pedicure will help eliminate peeling skin, cracked heels and will soften your calluses and corns.

With the increase of exercise in the US during the last few decades, Americans are on their feet much more. Exercise increases stress on your feet and joints. To keep your feet happy and healthy, you may want to consider including a monthly or bi-monthly pedicure in your schedule. While your feet are getting worked on, the rest of you can enjoy some much-needed down time too! References: 1. 2. html?page=3&cat=5 3.

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Here are some important things to consider when looking for a good pedicure: • Talk to the pedicurist before your treatment begins. If they do something you do not like, tell them. • A pedicurist should be licensed and accredited and make you feel comfortable. If you are not at ease with your pedicurist, you should not proceed with the pedicure. • Make sure all instruments are new or sterilized and the equipment cleaned between uses to prevent the spread of fungus or disease. • Everybody’s feet are different and a pedicure should be specialized for you. It is meant to be a relaxing and therapeutic experience; if you are uncomfortable at any point, you are not going to be able to relax.

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A pedicure should consist of soaking the feet, clipping and filing the nails, pushing the cuticles back, removing dead skin, working on calluses if desired, applying lotion, a deep intense massage, and optional toe nail polish. Toenails shouldn’t be cut too short to help prevent ingrown toenails; acrylic should never be applied to toenails; and be sure to avoid polish with DBP (dibutyl phthalate) if you are concerned about phthalates.


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A New View For

Back Pain By Robert Rand, MD


ack pain has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. Prescription drug use is at an all time high. ER visits resulting from side effects and abuse of painkillers have gone up 163% since 1995. Many physicians refuse to treat pain, believing patients are only seeking drugs. While medications can have severe side effects, living with chronic untreated pain can have effects on the brain, body, mind and spirit. Pain can and often does prevent patients from working and enjoying life. All too often, physicians recommend back surgery without discussing any alternative treatments. The likelihood of having back surgery in the United States is 40% higher than other countries. Back surgery rates increase almost linearly with the number of spine surgeons. Despite the frequency of operations there is no evidence that we have less back pain in the USA. Spinal-Fusion surgery is one of the most lucrative areas of medicine. An estimated half-million Americans had the operation last year. An article in the scientific journal “SPINE” compared surgery to cognitive intervention and exercise stating, “the main outcome measure showed equal improvement in patients with chronic low back pain and disc degeneration randomized to cognitive intervention and exercises, or lumbar fusion.” Tragically 10 to 40 percent of back surgeries fail. While surgery and

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medication do have a place in the treatment of chronic pain, there is a non-invasive and completely safe alternative therapy that patients can try prior to agreeing to surgery. Electroanalgesia is safe and effective. Physicians have used controlled electrical stimulation for thousands of years. Greek, Roman, and Egyptian physicians used electric eels and rays, or “numbfish”, to treat various pain ailments. Our English word “narcotic” comes from the Greek word for numbfish, “narke.” Hippocrates himself was reported to use this technique. In 1965, two scientists, Melzack and Wall, proposed a new theory on pain. They published their findings in the “Gate Control Theory of Pain.” They discovered that certain cells in the spinal cord act as gates through which pain signals travel to the brain. Overloading these special cells with electricity can block the naturally occurring electrochemical pain impulses and relieve pain. This theory was accepted by the medical community and established the use of transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS). TENS units are well known and widely used, but a close look at the evidence reveals limited efficacy. The relief is short lived. While a TENS unit uses 1-250 pps (pulses per second), Electroanalgesia uses much higher frequencies 4000-20000 pps; essentially paralyzing the nerves responsible for carrying pain signals. The result is an effective “nerve block.” Electroanalgesia is well established and studied, however not often used, because it falls outside the paradigm of “pills and surgery” all too prevalent in medicine today. References: 1. New York Times. Reed Abelson. 12/30/06 2. British Medical Journal. 1998 Jun 6:316 (7146):1709-10 9614018 (P,S,E,B) 3. Surg Neurol 1998 Mar:49(3):263-7: discussion 267-8.

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Mulling Over Microdermabrasion? By Anitra Brown


icrodermabrasion is mechanical exfoliation that removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells from the face, chest, hands and other parts of the body. Microdermabrasion is also known as particle resurfacing, power peel, dermapeel or Parisian peel. It takes about 20-30 minutes and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no down-time for the skin to recover. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also sometimes called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;lunchtime peel.â&#x20AC;?

unavoidable, make sure to put on extra sunscreen. Along with the dead skin cells, you have removed some of your protection. â&#x20AC;˘ Microdermabrasion is not recommended for sensitive skin or skin that easily reddens (called couperous).


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Whole House Energy Management Continued from page 18. Look for energy conditioning technology that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and is UL tested and listed. Any licensed professional should be able to install such a device in an hour or less. The most cost-effective product will do all 3 of the following in a superior way: power factor optimization; equipment protection with whole-house surge and spike shielding; and electrical harmonic noise filtration. But buyer beware; there are many manufacturers of similar products that can only address a single issue – not all 3. The savvy home-owner should compare benefits, specifications, warranties, and the return on investment. Most people don’t realize the benefits of ultra-clean, ultra-efficient energy powering their homes or businesses: just 500,000 such small systems will reduce the need to generate 17 megawatts of electricity, saving 42,500 tons of coal or 231,000 barrels of oil and reduce carbon dioxide by 98,250 tons, nitrous oxide by 42,000 pounds and sulfur dioxide greenhouse emissions by 221,500 pounds annually. How green is that? References: 1. Reno Gazette Journal, July 1, 2008; Sierra Pacific Power Rate Increase. 2. mc60405.pdf 3. 4. 5.

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There’s Smoke… Continued from page 19.

How to Protect Your Family from the Health Effects of Smoke

and so do the steps to protect yourself. • Use common sense. If it looks smoky outside, it’s probably not a good time to mow the lawn, go for a run or for your children to play outdoors. • If you are advised to stay indoors, take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep your windows and doors closed — unless it’s extremely hot outside. Drink extra water to keep your system flushed out and take antioxidants to keep your immune system strong. • Run your air conditioner if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. Note: If you don’t have an air conditioner, seek alternative shelter in hot weather. Try a museum or go to a movie. • Help keep particle levels inside lower. *When smoke levels are high, try to avoid using anything that burns, such as wood fireplaces, gas logs, gas stoves — and even candles! *Don’t vacuum. That stirs up particles already inside your home. *And don’t smoke. That puts even more pollution in your lungs, and in the lungs of people around you. *If you have asthma or other lung disease, make sure you follow your doctor’s directions about taking your medicines and following your asthma management plan. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen. • If you have heart or lung disease, if you are an older adult, or if you have children, talk with your doctor about whether and when you should leave the area. When smoke is heavy for a prolonged period of time, fine particles can build up indoors even though you may not be able to see them. Leaving the area is a good option.

• Pay attention to local air quality index (AQI) reports and stay alert to any news coverage or health warnings related to smoke. If smoke gets worse, the concentration of particles in the air changes —

References: 1. 2. 3. bushfire_smoke.htm 4.

What About Wearing a Facemask? Ordinary paper dust masks, handkerchiefs or bandannas do not filter out fine particles from brushfire smoke and therefore are generally not very useful in protecting your lungs. Special masks called ‘P1’ or ‘P2’ are suitable to filter brushfire smoke. They are available at most hardware stores and generally provide a greater degree of protection from inhaling fine particles. However, before deciding to wear a mask, consider the following: • They can be hot and uncomfortable to wear. • If the seal around the face and mouth is poor (eg. men with beards cannot get a good seal), the mask is much less effective. • The masks do not filter out gases such as carbon monoxide. • They can make it harder for you to breathe normally, so anyone with a preexisting heart or lung condition should seek medical advice before using them. • It is often better to stay indoors, away from the smoke unless you cannot avoid working outdoors.

Should I Purchase an Air Purifier? Our research of this question yielded mixed results. But if you wish to purchase an air purifier, make sure to pay attention to the efficiency rating; i.e., the higher the better. Look for a 90% efficiency rate for the best smoke protection.

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Awake & Weary



A Growing Problem In A Busy World By Denise Sloan Smart


etting a good night’s sleep seems to be a pipe dream for a lot of us. As many as 70 million Americans struggle with a chronic sleep disorder such as insomnia or sleep apnea, according to a report from the U.S. Institute of Medicine. “Americans have become increasingly sleep-deprived over the past several decades,” said Mike Cullen, Medical Imaging Manager for the Barton HealthCare System. Why? According to the U.S. Institute of Medicine’s report, many of us are working longer hours and spending more time in front of computers and TV screens, thereby cheating ourselves out of adequate sleep time. “If you routinely skimp on sleep, you’re vulnerable to more than bleary-eyed mornings and fatigue-filled days,” Cullen said. Studies show that people who don’t sleep enough are at increased risk for serious health problems including high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Even in these days of modern conveniences that are supposed to make our lives easier, we’re still working longer and sleeping less. “So give sleep the priority it deserves,” Cullen said. And if you think you’re already getting enough shut-eye but still feel groggy during the day, let your doctor know. “Your sleepiness may be a symptom of an undiagnosed sleep disorder,” he said. Some medical practitioners and facilities have a sleep study labs that can diagnose and treat sleeping disorders such snoring, Sleep Apnea, insomnia, Narcolepsy and Restless Legs/Periodic Leg Movements (PLM). For most sleep problems, an initial interview and a night in the sleep laboratory is all that is required. In a sleep lab study, breathing, brain waves, heart activity, sleep patterns, and eye and muscle movements are monitored during the night. Treatments may include restricting the use of drugs such as alcohol, caffeine and sleeping pills; using special equipment for improving sleep; a weight loss program; or surgical intervention. Most insurance companies and Medicare cover certain sleep disorder diagnostics and treatments, so check with yours if you are concerned about your sleeping habits. References: 1. 2.

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Say Hello to Your Day The 12-minute Sun Salutation Sequence By Brian Monahan, ACE Certified Personal Trainer


hile that first satisfying morning stretch in bed may seem hard to beat, it can get better from there. The Sun Salutation is a series of 12 yoga-style movements that is performed in a single, graceful flow. Each movement is coordinated with the breath. Inhale as you extend (or stretch) and exhale as you fold (or contract). The Sun Salutation builds strength and increases flexibility. It can take as little as ten minutes to do, can be done anywhere, and may help you feel more relaxed all day long. Each round of the series consists of two complete sequences: one for the right side of the body and the other for the left. Do at least two full rounds of the Sun Salutation (2 right and 2 left) to get your day off to an excellent start.

1. Begin by standing in Mountain pose

(feet about hip width apart) hands either by your sides or in prayer position (palms together in front of your chest). Take one deep breath.

2. On your next inhale, in one sweeping movement, raise your arms up overhead (extending out to your sides and up) and gently arch your back as far as you feel comfortable.

and roll your feet forward so that the tops of your feet also rest against the floor.

8. Exhale as you straighten your arms and lift your hips into the air until your body forms an upside down “V” shape.

3. As you exhale, bend forward, bending 9. Inhale and step the right foot forward the knees if necessary, and bring your hands down to rest beside your feet.

4. Keeping your hands on the floor, in-

hale and step the right leg back.

5. Exhale and step the left leg back into plank position (basically the top of a push-up position). Hold this position and inhale. 6. Exhale and lower yourself (to the bottom of a pushup) until your body is resting on the floor. 7. As you inhale, use your arms to lift your torso, keeping them bent at the elbow. Stretch your torso forward and up, bending at the waist, but only bend back as far as you feel comfortable and safe. Keep your hips pressed against the floor,

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to your hands.

10. Exhale, bring the left foot forward and step into head-to-knee position, like from movement #2, still resting your hands at your feet. 11. Inhale and straighten your torso slowly while extending your arms out and up in a sweeping motion. 12. Exhale, and in a slow, flowing move-

ment, lower your arms to the sides. End by bringing your hands up into prayer position. For the second part of the round, step out with the left leg first and repeat the sequence above. This series of motions might take you a little time to learn and memorize, but it is a great, quick workout that comfortably stretches your muscles, gets your blood flowing and just feels great in morning. Give it a shot. You may find that it turns into a good habit you can’t do without.


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n June we discussed the dangers of sunscreens. The list below is a guide to purchasing the best possible sunscreen products (EWG and Nat’l Geogr. Green Guide). Take it with you to the store.

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Top 10 Best Common Brands Recommended by the EWG: 1. Blue Lizard – anything without oxybenzone 2. California Baby – anything with SPF 30+ 3. CVS with zinc oxide 4. Jason Natural Cosmetics Sunbrellas Mineral Based Sunblock 5. Kiss My Face “Paraben Free” series 6. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock 7. Olay Defense Daily UV Moisturizer with zinc 8. SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense 9. Solar Sense Clear Zinc for Face 10. Walgreens Zinc Oxide for Face, Nose, & Ears

When possible, avoid the following ingredients: • PABA: Though rarely used now in sunscreens, beware of products that contain the ingredient. Forty percent of the

population is sensitive to it, experiencing red, itchy skin. • Benzophenone (benzophenone-3), homosalate, and octy-methoxycinnamate (octinoxate): These chemicals have shown estrogenic activity in lab tests. Dr. Margret Schlumpf of the Univ. of Zurich’s Inst. of Pharmacology & Toxicology says they disrupt hormones, affecting development of the brain and reproductive organs in laboratory rats. Because people are already exposed to these chemicals by eating fish (where benzophenone accumulates in the fat), using sunscreen containing these chemicals unduly increases the exposure. Based on her studies, Dr. Schlumpf advises people to avoid products containing benzophenone and the related chemicals above. • Parabens (butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and propyl-): Parabens may also mimic estrogen, but because they are very common in sunscreens, avoiding them may prove difficult. • Padimate-O and Parsol 1789 (2-ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoic acid and avobenzone): These two chemicals have the potential to damage DNA when illuminated with sunlight. On the skin’s surface, they do protect from UV damage; however, once absorbed into the skin, these same chemicals can prove destructive. Dr. Knowland’s research indicates that Padimate-O and Parsol 1789 “are excited by the UV energy which they absorb and become reactive, acquiring the potential to attack cellular components, including DNA.” Knowland cautions that “DNA damage inflicted by an excited sunscreen is much less capable of being repaired by naturally occurring repair mechanisms than the DNA damage inflicted by UV alone.”

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Inflammation & Oxidative Stress: Common Factors In Many Common Diseases & Conditions By Liz Karger


hronic systemic inflammation is a component of many common diseases: heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and conditions like periodontitis, eczema, dermatitis, colitis, chronic pain and allergies. But what is chronic systemic inflammation and how is it linked to disease? Inflammation is your body’s healing response to injury or irritation, characterized by pain, swelling, heat, and redness of the affected tissue. Acute inflammation is immediate and short term, moving blood plasma and white blood cells to the injury. If healing does not progress quickly, acute inflammation becomes chronic inflammation, causing tissue damage and the body’s ongoing attempt to repair itself. Chronic systemic inflammation is persistent low grade inflammation in the bloodstream and is associated with lifestyle choices that cause oxidative stress: poor diet and weight management, too much or not enough exercise, exposure to too much sun, smoking, or environmental toxins. Common symptoms are hypertension, high cholesterol, insulin resistance and high blood sugar, and excess abdominal weight – all associated with chronic systemic inflammation. Your body’s level of systemic inflammation can be measured by a blood test for the inflammation marker, highly sensitive C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP). In 2003, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a joint scientific statement on the use of the inflammation marker hs-CRP in clinical and public health practice. Here’s an excerpt from that statement: “Scientific studies have found that the higher the hs-CRP levels, the higher the risk of having a heart attack. In fact, the risk for heart attack in people in the upper third of hs-CRP levels has been determined to be twice that of those whose hs-CRP level is in the lower third…such a test can help predict a cardiovascular or stroke event and help direct further evaluation and therapy.” The report goes on to say that patients with autoimmune diseases, cancer and infectious diseases also experience increased hs-CRP levels. For this reason alone, you should think about asking your physician for this test. The current AHA/CDC guidelines for risk levels of hs-CRP are: Low risk <1.0 mg/L Average 1.0 - 3.0 mg/L High risk >3.0 mg/L

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The number one cause of death world wide is cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association’s article, Inflammation, Heart Disease and Stroke: The Role of C-Reactive Protein, states that evidence suggests inflammation is important in atherosclerosis, the process in which fatty “plaque” deposits build up in the inner lining of the arteries. “Virtually every step in atherogenesis (plaque formation) is believed to involve substances involved in the inflammatory response and cells that are characteristic of inflammation.” The second highest cause of death in the US is cancer. Chronic inflammation is associated with a high cancer risk and suppression of normal immune system responses. The American Institute of Cancer Research second expert report, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer, confirmed the link between excess body fat and increased cancer risk. Chronic inflammation produces free radicals that can cause gene mutation leading to cancer. Here’s their link between fat cells and inflammation: “Fat cells produce a variety of proteins that cause inflammation and insulin resistance, which in turn promotes cell growth and cell production…increasing the opportunity for cancer development.” Lifestyle choices that minimize free radical production and maximize nutritional sources of antioxidants reduce and reverse symptoms of chronic systemic inflammation. During chronic inflammation, highly unstable molecules called free radicals are produced, the most common of which are oxygen-centered radicals called superoxide and hydroxyl. Free radicals are missing an electron, causing them to rob electrons from healthy cells. This sets off a chain reaction of negative cellular responses including gene mutation and cascading cell damage. The cumulative damage done by free radicals is called oxidative stress. However, when antioxidants are present to provide the missing electron and neutralize the free radicals, the cellular damage is prevented. Well-known antioxidants include vitamins A, C, E, and polyphenols found in fruits, vegetables, tea, legumes and grains. So antioxidants help prevent cell damage and systemic inflammation and are an important part of disease prevention.

How Do You Get Enough Antioxidants? Americans are overfed and undernourished. It is now widely accepted that an average western diet does not contain adequate antioxidants to prevent many health problems. By 2030, close to half of all Americans will have at least one chronic health condition. For young and old alike, our quality of life will be


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determined by how well we internalize lifestyle changes that improve our cellular health. Here are guidelines to help you get the highest value of antioxidants in your diet:

• At least 7500 IU of Vitamin A as mixed carotenoids (not retinoids which can lead to Vitamin A toxicity.) • A well-balanced B-complex containing 400 µg of folic acid and at least 200 µg of B-12. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables: • A bioflavonoid complex, ideally in• The freshest are eaten closest to picking cluding antioxidants like rutin, quercetime so try the farmer’s market or grow Antioxidants help tin, hesperidin, green tea polyphenols, your own. prevent cell damage & pomegranate, bilberry, and cinnamon. • Frozen foods are packaged close to Take heart! Much of what we picking... a good alternative. systemic inflammation... know about the link between disease, • Shop often and maintain short storage an important part of inflammation and oxidative stress has times for fresh foods. improved our access to better nutrition disease prevention. • Purchase and store fresh fruits and vegand better health. A diet rich in essential etables whole – not cut – and eat foods antioxidants can prevent disease and as soon as they are cut or cooked. improve your longevity and quality of • Eat raw or steam, sauté, stir fry, roast or bake instead of boil. life. Choose to eat well and commit to a healthy lifestyle. Feel Avoid fried foods. better and live better! • Use healthy oils like canola, olive, flax, avocado, pumpkin and nut oils for cooking and seasoning. Keep them out of the References: 1. National Institutes of Health, NIEHS Oxidative Stress Mechanisms and Clinical Effects sunlight; they go rancid quickly.

Take a daily broad spectrum antioxidant dietary supplement including: • At least 2 grams (2000 mg) of Essential Fatty Acids including Omega 3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and Omega 6, free of heavy metals, pesticides and PCBs often found in these products. • 200 – 400 IU of Vitamin E formulation including both tocopherols and tocotrienols in a liquid hard shell capsule for maximum bioavailability. • At least 1000 mg of Vitamin C derived from mineral ascorbates (not ascorbic acid) and citrus bioflavonoids, needed to synthesize many enzymes used in cellular function.

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Chilled Zucchini & Tomato Bisque By Judy Shallenberger

Serves 2-3; may be doubled.

f you are tired of the heat and wondering what to do with your abundant zucchini and tomato crop, this soup is just what you need. It is quick, delicious and inviting on a hot summer’s evening. • 4 medium garden or vine tomatoes • 2 medium zucchini • 1⁄4 cup packed fresh basil leaves • 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley chopped coarsely • 2 large cloves of garlic • 2 T extra virgin olive oil • 1 tsp sea salt • 1⁄2 tsp black pepper • 1 T crème fraiche, yogurt or sour creme • 1T fresh lemon juice • 1 1⁄2 cup water

1. Wash tomatoes, cut core end off, and chop in chunks. Wash zucchini, cut ends off and slice in 1inch rounds. 2. Peel and coarsely chop garlic. Wash the basil and parsley, pat dry and chop coarsely. 3. Place a medium to large saucepan on medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, salt and pepper and simmer covered for About 5 minutes until zucchini begins to sweat. 4. Once zucchini is semi-tender, add water and continue simmering until a sharp knife pierces the zucchini easily, about 5 minutes of rapid simmering. 5. Remove from heat and chill. Once chilled, pour into a blender and add the lemon juice and Crème Fraiche. Blend until smooth. Adjust seasonings if needed. 6. Pour into bowls and garnish with a few leaves of chopped fresh basil. Variation: In the winter this may be served hot with an added teaspoon of crème fraiche on top with the basil. Nutritional Benefits: Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, and loaded with the phytonutrient lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter. Zucchini is chock full of vitamin A, beta-carotene, lutein, and a whopping dose of potassium. Both vegetables are recommended for digestive disorders and weight loss regimes, because of their high water content. For more info, call Judy at The Nevada Center (775) 884-3990.

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Raw! Raw! Raw! Cheering For the Health Benefits of a Raw Food Diet By Linda Devers, MS


typical raw food diet is based on uncooked vegetables, especially hardy greens like kale, collards, and chard, as well as sea vegetables, fermented foods, fruits, nuts and seeds. Why this diet? In one study, nearly 65% of people eating a raw food diet began this eating program for health reasons, citing conditions like allergies, gastrointestinal problems and rheumatism.

Improved nutritional intake with fewer calories! Eating raw foods lowers intake of saturated fats, cholesterol and, of course, animal fat products. Conversely, there is a higher intake of complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, magnesium, folic acid, vitamins C and E, carotenids, and phytochemicals. The nutritional value of uncooked food is higher; there are more nutrients and enzymes available compared to cooked food. The sugar content of uncooked food is lower and there is better absorption of nutrients and improved digestion for many people. Studies show that raw food dieters eat at least 10% fewer calories per day compared to a traditional western diet. And they consume more nutrients! Moreover, cooking, frying and grilling, especially at high heat, produce toxins and carcinogenic substances that raw eaters do not ingest.

What is so important about all this? Studies show:

1. Improved Heart Health: The decreased consumption of detrimental fats results in a drop in cholesterol levels especially LDLs (the bad cholesterol) and a reduction in blood pressure. Both of these factors contribute to improved heart health.

2. Weight Loss: Consuming fewer calories per day can result in weight loss. Raw food eaters donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t report feeling hungry like other dieters, due to the nutrient rich foods.

3. Decreased Risk of Cancers: Consuming vegetables, especially dark green, orange and yellow, which have carotenids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Folic Acid have been shown to reduce the risk of cancers.

4. Reversing Type II Diabetes: Focusing on eating vegetables and fruit that have a low-glycemic index (lower sugars) has been shown to drop blood sugar levels.

5. And More: There are reports of improved complexion, healthier immune systems and reduction in allergic responses. Arthritis sufferers can benefit from eating raw foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;research shows Vitamins C and B are helpful. Fibromyalgia syndrome sufferers cite improvements in their health and less pain. In conclusion, people who subscribe to a raw diet cite improvements in their health and feeling more revitalized, more agile, with improved wellness. References: 1. Donaldson, M. et al. Fibromyalgia syndrome improved using a mostly raw vegetarian diet: An observational study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2001, 1:7. 2. 3. Leitzmann C. Vegetarian Diets: What Are the Advantages? Forum Nutr. Basel, Karger, 2005, 57:147â&#x20AC;&#x201C;156. 4. Strassner C. et al. Raw Food Eaters: Health Habits and Nutrient Intake. Poster for the 16th International Congress of Nutrition 1997. 5. pubmed/2198207?dopt=Abstract. Raw food and immunity. 6. Raw food and LDL levels.




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Vitamin D Sunshine & So Much More From Mother Earth News magazine, by Linda B. White, MD


hat do the following conditions have in common: osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer? Give up? Experts suspect that insufficient levels of vitamin D raise your risk of getting these diseases. Unfortunately, most of us probably are vitamin D deficient. A recent British study found that 87 percent of volunteers had low blood levels of the vitamin in winter and spring, and 61 percent had low levels in summer and fall. Why the seasonal variation? Our chief source of vitamin D is sunshine.

Why We’re D-Ficient In response to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays in sunlight, our skin transforms a derivative of cholesterol normally found in the skin into vitamin D3. Rickets became prevalent in the 18th century during the Industrial Revolution, when people shifted to indoor labor and the skies darkened with pollution. This manifestation of severe vitamin D deficiency caused skeletal deformities. During the 1930s, the decision to add vitamin D to milk nearly eradicated rickets in the United States. But now, kids and adults drink less milk and more juice and sodas, and sadly, rickets is making a comeback in American children according to a study released last year. Starting about 30 years ago, another cultural shift deepened our vitamin D deficit: public health campaigns to avoid the midday sun, cover up and apply sunscreen. They were justified attempts to save our skins from sun-induced aging and cancer, but now we’re not producing enough vitamin D. Of course, we can take supplements, but current government recommendations are cautious - 200 IU a day for young adults, 400 for people 51 to 70, and 600 for those over 70. Vitamin D expert Bruce W. Hollis, M.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina, says such doses might be enough to prevent rickets, but aren’t sufficient to fulfill other important functions.

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Results Of D-Ficiency So what are the dangers of too little vitamin D in your system? A whole host of chronic conditions. Weak bones and muscles. Rickets was the first disease tied to vitamin D depletion. This severe deficiency during childhood can prevent kids from reaching their potential for full height and peak bone mass. (Bone mass peaks in early adulthood; after that it slowly declines.) In adults, vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteoporosis (thin, brittle bones) and osteomalacia (rubbery, demineralized bones). The latter causes bone pain, and both elevate the risk of broken bones. Additionally, vitamin D deficiency causes muscle weakness and discomfort. Hollis says he’s hearing from doctors that vitamin D supplementation often resolves these aches and pains, adding, “A lot of ‘fibromyalgia’ is probably D deficiency.” Weakened muscles increase the risk of falls and fractures - a dangerous combination for the elderly. The research shows that, although the recommended dose of 600 IU a day doesn’t prevent falls and fractures in older adults, doses over 800 IU do. Cancer. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to several types of cancer, including breast, prostate, colon and melanoma. In fact, for more than 60 years, research has found that people living at higher latitudes with less exposure to sunlight showed an increased risk of cancer mortality. Adequate vitamin D levels seem to protect against some cancers. In a recent study, researchers followed healthy postmenopausal women whom they assigned to take either 1,400 to 1,500 milligrams a day of supplemental calcium plus 1,100 IU a day of vitamin D, or a placebo for four years. After the first year, vitamin D supplementation led to a 57 percent reduction in cancer. Cardiovascular disease. In addition to cancer and bone disease, vitamin D may also be healthy for your heart. Vitamin


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D levels are inversely associated with the risk of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Exposing people with high blood pressure to ultraviolet light has been shown to improve the condition. Autoimmune disorders. Vitamin D reduces inflammation and plays a role in the maturation of the immune system. Deficiency is common in autoimmune diseases where the immune system attacks normal cells, such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS). Emerging research shows that vitamin D may have a preventive effect. One study examined two large groups of women for 10 years and found a reduced risk of MS was associated with vitamin D supplementation. A study of Finnish children taking 2,000 IU a day (10 times the current recommendation) showed they had a decreased risk of developing type l diabetes. In an analysis of the Iowa Women’s Health Study, women consuming higher levels of vitamin D showed a reduced risk for rheumatoid arthritis.

How To Get Enough D Expose yourself. Your skin can tackle much of your vitamin D needs. If you’re young, fair, scantily clad and near the equator, 10 to 15 minutes of peak sunshine produces 20,000 IUs. However, Hollis says a dark-skinned person requires 10 times that exposure to make an equivalent amount of D. And a 70year-old person makes only a quarter of the vitamin D that a 20-year-old can produce. During the fall and winter in higher latitudes (above 37 degrees latitude - San Francisco is just above 37 degrees), the levels of UVB fall below the threshold needed for even a fair-skinned person to produce enough vitamin D. Additionally, complete cloud coverage cuts UV energy in half, and shade reduces it by 60 percent. Sunscreens also block UVB waves, the wavelength that stimulates the skin’s vitamin D production. According to Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D., of the Boston University School of Medicine, a sunblock with SPF 8 reduces the skin’s vitamin D production by 95 percent. “If you wear sunscreen ‘properly,’ you’ll become vitamin D deficient,” he says. But what about skin cancer? Despite increased sunscreen usage, skin cancer rates have risen. One reason is that, until recently, sunscreens didn’t impede deeply penetrating UVA light, and presumably, our false sense of security led to more time in the sun and an increase in skin cancer. What should you do? “Be sensible,” Holick advises. “Know your own skin sensitivity.” For instance, if you turn pink after 30 minutes in the summer sun, then spending five to 10 minutes (in a bathing suit) in the sun should generate plenty of vitamin D. After that, apply sunscreen, cover up and seek shade. Eat D-licious foods. Only a few foods contain much vitamin D. Sources of vitamin D include cod liver oil (1,360 IU per tablespoon); oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel (about 350 IU per 3.5 ounces); eggs (about 20 IU per yolk); and

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fortified milk, soy milk and orange juice (98 IU per 8-ounce serving). Take supplemental D. Most North Americans can’t maintain healthy blood levels of D from sunlight and good diet. Therefore, many experts recommend 800 to 1,000 IU a day - several times the government guidelines of 200 to 600 IU. Be aware that many supplements provide vitamin D as ergocalciferol (vitamin D2), rather than cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). D3 is the form naturally occurring in our bodies and is more effective. No one really knows how much vitamin D might be too much; however, toxicity is exceedingly rare. The Food and Nutrition Board sets the upper level for daily dietary intake at 2,000 IU, though Hollis thinks that’s not enough to maintain health at northern latitudes. Accumulated research demonstrates 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 to be a more realistic upper limit. Excerpted from Mother Earth News magazine, the original guide to living wisely. Read the full story at or call (800) 234-3368 to subscribe. Copyright 2008 by Ogden Publications, Inc.


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his month the Sun passes through Leo. The Sun acts as a focal point for the cosmic energies of this constellation as it influences life on Earth. Leo is a fixed fire sign. The stimulation of the fire element manifests as warmth and heat. The long, hot summer days and nights are the result. From an esoteric standpoint, the alchemical element of sulfur grows in power in nature and the human being. It facilitates the activity of spirit in matter and enlivens the life force. Fire is heating everything up. In our region it is the fire season on all levels. If you are a Leo by Sun sign, or have significant planets in Leo in your natal chart, this information is even more directly applicable to you. Leo rules the heart and The Lion is a symbol for the heart and the principle of love. It is part of the rhythmic system of the body that keeps our lives pulsating in sympathetic vibration with the cosmos. It is the center of the circulatory system of the blood. The blood is the carrier of the I Am or higher spiritual Self. It is through the blood and circulatory system that spirit directs and controls its vehicle, the body. Some view the heart as simply a pump. From a spiritual point of view, the rhythm of the circulation of the blood is based in the rhythm of the cosmos. It is also believed that the

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heart consists of four ventricles. There is actually a fifth, etheric ventricle in which the higher Self is centered and grounded. In the spiritual traditions this etheric ventricle is known as “the cave of the heart.” This is where the subtle activities of the transformation of the blood occur which result in higher states of consciousness. During the time of the Sun in Leo, the sulfur content of blood increases dramatically, which results in the fire or passions running high. Taking a daily iron supplement can help to balance the situation. Leo also rules the spine which is the extension of the brain and nervous system from the head. The cerebral spinal fluid flows through this system and is related to the kundalini, or the force of evolution. The primary expression of the kundalini is the sex drive. When it is sublimated and consciously worked with, it is the motive force of the evolution of consciousness. The primary seven chakras or centers of consciousness are located along the spine. The cerebral spinal fluid and the kundalini need to flow unobstructed along this important pathway to achieve well being and true health. If you are having back or heart problems, now is an excellent time to have a chiropractic tune-up or some cranial sacral work. This can reestablish the correct rhythm and flow of spirit throughout your body. When the fire element is being so strongly stimulated at this time, it can be wise to balance this out with the element of water. It is important to drink lots of fluids, especially water. You will feel better if you take the time for a cool shower or a swim. We are blessed with an abundance of rivers, lakes, and swimming pools. Swimming should be a fundamental part of your summer experience. It is one of the healthiest activities you can do. 48

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The herbs of Leo strengthen the heart, regulate blood pressure and can have an uplifting effect on the spirit. Borage tea is excellent for strengthening the heart. Hawthorn berry tea can be used to treat high and low blood pressure. Motherwort is used to address heart palpitations and to prevent heart attacks. All of the above and more can be used to tone up the heart and circulatory system now. Vitamin D is ruled by the Sun and during the summer our bodies need more of it. Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin and we receive most of it through the rays of the Sun. It is involved in the calcium formation of our bodies, which we can facilitate through supplements or leafy green vegetables. Our quality of life is directly related to our state of health. It is important to understand our strengths and weakness. We can then know how to achieve a state of balance among the complex mixture of cosmic forces that constitute our being. Self knowledge is essential if we are to live a truly fulfilling life. We need to consciously work with the forces of nature and the cosmos of which we are a part. Knowledge is power and we can use it to heal ourselves. Let’s get healthy!

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Healthy Sleep & Relaxation By John Morgenthaler


everal herbs and nutrients are especially helpful for reestablishing a natural sleeping rhythm. And even if you don’t have a sleeping problem but are anticipating jet lag from a trip that takes you to a different time zone, or are shifting your work schedule from daytime to a graveyard shift, you can also benefit from these nutrients. Also, a number of these nutrients pacify nervousness and alleviate stress, which add up and contribute to disrupted sleep rhythms.

1) Melatonin People who use melatonin report that it helps them get to sleep and sleep more soundly. It also makes them more alert the next day and even lessens mid-afternoon tiredness and the need for naps. In all cases, melatonin should be taken at night, preferably before midnight, before going to bed. That’s when your pineal gland naturally releases melatonin. Taking melatonin at night or before your normal bedtime if you are a shift worker, helps restore and maintain normal circadian metabolic rhythms.

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world over for its sedative and tranquilizing abilities and is approved by the German Commission E, a governmental regulatory agency that evaluates the usefulness and side effects of herbs, in the treatment of insomnia and nervousness. In addition to the passion flower’s traditional use for depression and nervous disorders—including gastrointestinal complaints of nervous origin—it is also used to relieve tension headaches, muscle aches and spasms, pain, hyperactivity, insomnia, epilepsy, to alleviate anger, and help lower blood pressure. Although it is a central nervous system depressant, it does not leave people feeling groggy or drugged.

4) GABA (Gamma Amino-Butyric Acid) GABA is an amino acid and is the main inhibitory (calming) neurotransmitter in the brain. Its function is to decrease neuron activity and inhibit nerve cells from over-firing. Too much activity can lead to restlessness and insomnia, but GABA inhibits the number of nerve cells that fire in the brain, and helps to induce sleep, uplift mood, and reduce anxiety. Normally, our brain produces all the GABA we need. But our GABA levels may become depleted from poor diet, illness or exposure to environmental toxins. A deficiency can result in insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and depression. GABA supplementation appears to promote sleep and relaxation, alleviate stress, and elevate mood.

5) Taurine Taurine is another amino acid, and potent antioxidant. Found in the nervous system and muscles, taurine supports brain neurotransmitters, including melatonin and GABA, and helps regulate their release into the brain. It also regulates heartbeat; maintains the stability of cell membranes; regulates the transport of potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium in and out of cells; and regulates the activity of brain cells. Low amounts of taurine may cause anxiety, epilepsy, hyperactivity and poor brain


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Bocopa is considered to be the greatest herb in Ayurveda medicine for treating age-related mental decline, as well as for improving cognitive processes, including comprehension, memory and recall. It also enhances the crucial coordination of these three aspects of mental functioning, and helps increase oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to solve problems. Bacopa has been shown to improve memory and productivity by reducing anxiety and related problems. A number of compounds have been identified in bacopa, including bacosides A and B, two chemicals that improve the transmission of impulses between nerve cells in the brain. These bacosides regenerate synapses and repair damaged neurons, making it easier to learn and remember new information. Bacopa also increases serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep and relaxation.




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References: 1. Nakamura K, Hashimoto S, Honma S, Honma K. Daily melatonin intake resets circadian rhythms of a sighted man with non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome who lacks the nocturnal melatonin rise. Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1997 Jun;51(3):121-7. 2. Hoffman, David, The Herbal Handbook: A Userâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Medical Herbalism, Healing Arts, April 1998 3. Gobaille S, Schleef C, Hechler V, Viry S, Aunis D, Maitre M Gamma-hydroxybutyrate increases tryptophan availability and potentiates serotonin turnover in rat brain. Life Sci. 2002 Mar 22;70(18):2101-12. 4. Birdsall T. Therapeutic applications of taurine. Alt Med Rev 1998;3(2):128-136. 5. Singh HK, Dhawan BN. Neuropsycho-pharmacological effects of the Ayurvedic nootropic Bacopa monniera Linn. (Brahmi). Indian J Pharmacol 1997;29(5):S359-65.

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Healthy, Clean Beef

• A variety of cuts • No antibiotics and gives you many recino hormones. pe options-NO BOR• About the same fat as skinING MEALS less chicken; fewer calories • Manageable for than regular beef. one person or a large • More omega 3 fatty acids. family. • Heart healthy; stews, cas• Provides the major seroles and meatloaf will not portion of your families’ meat needs for be greasy. • May reduce risk of breast and other months. cancer. Local Support • Purchasing local beef keeps your dollars Consistent Quality • Knowing your food source; how beef is in your community. grown and finished. • Grass fed and corn finish provides ex- References: 1. Davidson, MH, D Hunninghake, et al. (1999). Comparison ceptional marbling and taste.

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of the effects of lean red meat vs lean white meat on serum lipid levels among free-living persons with hypercholesterolemia: a long-term, randomized clinical trial.”Arch Intern Med 159(12): 1331-8. 2. Rule, DC, KS Broughton, SM Shellito, and G Maiorano. “Comparison of Muscle Fatty Acid Profiles and Cholesterol Concentrations of Bison, Beef Cattle, Elk, & Chicken.” J Anim Sci 80, 5 (2002):1202-11. 3.

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Hike Mt. Tallac By Lauren Birtwhistle


View from the top: photo taken by Sara Piccola


he Tahoe area is blessed with amazing peaks and literally hundreds of hiking trails for every skill level. If you are looking for a moderate hike with breathtaking views throughout, take a trip to nearby Mt. Tallac. While neither the highest peak in the area nor the hardest trail to the summit, it serves up enough adventure to satisfy nearly everyone.

You have a few routes to choose from, depending on when you hike.

Northeast Ridge This is the most direct (and thus the steepest) route to the summit. However, this route can only be used in winter when the snow blankets the thick and prickly bushes that grow like wildfire on the lower half of this route. Not surprisingly, the NE Ridge is the most popular route with skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers who use it during the prime winter season. The trail provides quick access to the summit and runs parallel to the popular northeast bowl ski descent.

Mount Tallac (Cathedral Lake) Trail In some circles, this is the “official” summer trail up Mount Tallac. Shorter (4.4 miles) than the Glen Alpine Trail, it has equally beautiful views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe on the ascent.

Southeast Chutes A fun variation on the Mount Tallac Trail, this route follows the main trail for the first third, and then involves some easy hiking that may require some use of your hands scrambling up the chutes above Floating Island Lake to the summit ridge. No matter what route you choose, the end result is the same: a spectacular view from the summit of Mt. Tallac. It offers one of Lake Tahoe’s most dramatic panoramic

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RAWRECIPE By Rochelle Fahlgren

Raw Fettuccini Alfredo

(aka Mac Nut & Not Cheese) (Recipes from I Am Grateful by Terces Engelhart)

1) I Am Creamy – Mac Nut & Not Cheese Alfredo Sauce

(Serves 2) • 1 cup Macadamia Nuts (do not soak) • ½ cup Almond or Brazil nut milk • 2 TB chopped scallion • ½ tsp chopped garlic • ¾ tsp salt • ¼ tsp nutmeg • ¼ tsp white pepperBlend all ingredients for sauce until creamy in a blender. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve this luxurious sauce with Veggie Noodles.

2) Veggie Noodles (Makes 3 cups raw, serves 1-2) • 10 ounces of the following: parsnips, zucchini, or diakonGet your spiralizer and place in the desired blade (the spaghetti and one of the wider blades for fettucini). Place your peeled root vegetables in, and spiral away. Toss the noodles with a pinch of salt and a little olive oil to soften.

3) Sweet Almond Milk (the classic) • 1 cup almonds • 3 cups water Place almonds and water in a blender and blend on high speed until nuts are completely broken and almond milk is created. Strain the almond milk through a fine sieve or nut milk bag into a bowl or jug. Save pulp for a dessert recipe, for dehydrating into almond flour, or compost. For more info, contact Rawjuvenation at (775) 750-1345 or Specializing in raw food cuisine.

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What is a Food Co-op? By Amber M. Sallaberry

“We Own It!” – these 3 little words mean that member-owners of cooperatives around the world are shifting their purchasing power back to their own community and away from national corporations whose main concern is profits for national shareholders. By supporting local cooperative businesses, people can take active steps to keep resources in their own communities. When a co-op has retained earnings at the end of a fiscal year, the member-owners can choose how to spend that money to benefit their local community. For example, in the winter of 2007 the 30-yr old Olympia (WA) Food Co-op voted to donate over $10,000 of retained earnings to assist local suppliers whose farms had been devastated by the season’s extreme flooding. In the same way, co-ops can also support socially just employment practices, educate consumers about the environmental and social impacts of their choices, and build strong community through equitable, ecologically sustainable living. Members pool their resources to achieve economic results that cannot be accomplished by one person alone. Cooperatives are voluntary, memberowned and member-governed businesses, that operate for the benefit of its members in accordance with the principles of the International Cooperative Alliance. Regardless of the services provided, a co-op’s mission is to meet its members’ needs. Most US food co-ops are consumer cooperatives, meaning that the business owners (members) are also the people who shop at the stores. Anyone can become a member by purchasing a membership share that entitles them to one vote within the organization. Members exercise their ownership by (1) patronizing the store and (2) voting in elections. The members elect a board of directors to hire, guide and evaluate

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the staff to run day-to-day operations. Non-members can also shop at most coops and are charged slightly higher prices than members would pay. Natural and organic food co-ops in the US usually use their profits to subsidize the cost of goods, meaning overall lower in-store prices. Thus eating well becomes more affordable for people from all economic backgrounds. In most consumer cooperatives, the purchase of memberships helps to create the capital to fund the business. After “joining” the co-op, members continue to support the cause financially by shopping at the business on a regular basis. Some food co-ops also allow member-owners to place special orders for bulk items through their natural and organic goods distributors, an advantage for the business and its members. The Great Basin Community Food Cooperative in Reno offers this benefit to member-owners. Volunteering your time, energy, and expertise is also a vital and necessary part of cooperative membership. Members can run for a seat on the board of directors; help out on a specialized work committee, do research, host community education and outreach events; or help out at the store by stocking, shelving, cleaning, running the register, etc. Most co-ops give discounts and other advantages to members who donate their time in this way, making good food more financially available to all. So, what are you waiting for? This is your big chance to be part of the change you wish to see in the world… Seek out and support your local cooperative businesses! Reference:

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CHIROPRACTORS DR. ANNIE POLUCHA 2005 Sierra Highlands, #147 Reno, NV 89523 (775) 448-9595 17 years experience rehabilitating all types of injuries. Gentle chiropractic with soft tissue mobilization & sacro-occipital balancing techniques. Full spine & extremity adjusting, head to toes.

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DENTISTRY ZENY N. OCEAN, D.D.S., LTD. 1155 West 4th Street, Suite 211 Reno, Nevada 89503 (775) 329-1333 Dr. Ocean’s practice centers on biological and biocompatible general and cosmetic dentistry. A major focus is immune system enhancement for inflammation control. Affordable adult invisible braces are available. New patients welcome. Go to ad on page 49.

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20 Hillcrest Drive, Reno NV 89509 (775) 324-2872 Is it time to give to yourself? We offer Meditation and Energy Healing Classes, Clairvoyant Training and a Trancemedium Program. Dropin Energy Healing Clinic is every Tuesday from 5-7pm, Trancemedium Healings every Thursday at 7:30pm. Reconnect with yourself! RPI is at the Mystic Rose Giftshop which is open 11am–7pm. Go to ad on page 29.

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FENG SHUI FENG SHUI CLASSICAL CONSULTING Rebecca Moore 775-830-8168 Reno Rebecca Moore is trained under world renowned Master Shyan Tseng and is a member of Alliance Feng Shui. Use Feng Shui for new developments, property selection, building design, and existing homes and businesses. Call for your complementary on site assessment and price quote.

FOOD ON THE GO FRESH ENERGY BAKERY 6775 Sierra Center Pkwy. Suite 200, Reno (775) 826-9764 Great Tasting Whole Food On the Go! You live an active life in a busy world. So you need an energy source that is pure, fresh and full of healthy nutrients. We make our energy bars daily and offer a variety of healthy and delicious products to suit your tastes and healthy lifestyle. Visit our store, buy 5 and get one free! Go to ad on outside, back cover.

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STEAMBOAT HOT SPRINGS HEALING CENTER & SPA 16010 S. Virginia, Reno (775) 853-6600 Natural hot springs with healing waters. Private indoor tubs & 5-person outdoor tub. Offering therapeutic massage, detox mud body wraps, facials & skin care. Go to ad on page 29.

HYPNOTHERAPY NANCY PFAFF, M.A. 775-560-3030 Hypnosis can transform your life by erasing self-defeating patterns. Call for a free session with Nancy Pfaff, Hyponotist, certified through New Vistas. Weight loss, test anxiety, menopause and more.

VIRGINIA PARSONS, MS, CCHT, CTLC Life Enhancement Services LLC (775) 850-5823 Specializing in Weight Loss, Stress Management & Positive Lifestyle Change. Whether you’d like to lose weight, increase your vitality, improve your image or change negative habits & thinking, Virginia provides caring & supportive guidance to help bring out your very best. 20 yrs experience. Go to ad on page 43.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE BIO INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CENTER 6490 S. McCarran Blvd. Suite D41 Reno, NV 89509 Dr. Corazon I. Ibarra MD, HMD (775) 827-6696 Our goal is to assist you in achieving optimal wellness by harmonizing your body, mind and spirit (homeostasis); thus stimulating your body’s inherent wisdom to self heal. Are you ready to discover optimal health? Go to ad on page 41.

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE GERBER MEDICAL CLINIC Michael Gerber, MD, HMD 1225 Westfield Ave. Reno, NV 89509 (775)-826-1900 Dr. Gerber brings 35 years of integrative medical experience to support your family’s health care needs in our new 8,800 sq ft. sustainable/green facility with spa, movement studio, IV nutrients, allergy testing, thermography, bio-identical hormones, pediatric and healthy aging services. Go to ad on page 21. RAND FAMILY CARE 6512 South McCarren Blvd. Suite D (775) 826-RAND (7263) A Blend of Eastern & Western Medicine, complete care for the entire family. Board Certified Family Practitioner. Non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical pain management and treatment. Medical acupuncture and holistic care. Metabolic testing and meal planning. No-Needle Mesotherapy cellulite reduction. Go to ad on page 36.

KINESIOLOGY DOROTHY DUMBRA, RN South Lake Tahoe, CA (530) 544-8557 RN, Alternative Practitioner, advanced Kinesiologist and Clinical Nutritionist. Provides assessment and correction of structural, hormonal, blood sugar, allergy, fatigue, and weight components of your body. Learn exactly what your body needs.

MASSAGE THERAPY AWESOME BODYWORKS Glenn Peterson LMT, RMT 888 W 2nd St. • Reno, NV 89503 (775) 848-4322 (call for appointment) Healing arts & bodywork by gifted Reiki Master Teacher. Certified Myofascial Release and therapeutic massage for chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia, TMJ, migraines, emotional & physical stress. Chair massage available for neck, back & shoulders, or hands & feet.


ERIK STAMPS LMT, HHP 140 West Huffaker, Suite 505 Reno, Nevada 89511 (775) 232-2188 •

THE SENSES SANCTUARY Lyndi Hutchinson, LMT Greta Langford, LMT Nationally Certified Massage Therapists (775) 846-3593

Feel a level of relaxation that will help chronic pain melt away. Experience stress knots in the body release without pain. Learn techniques to ease back into proper posture. Here’s a chance to feel whole again. Sign up for the “Healing from the Outside ~ In” Package. A treatment for the mind, body, and soul. Go to ad on page 32.

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Massage and lymphatic circulation therapies can gently stimulate your system to help remove waste and toxins and improve metabolism. I use integrative massage techniques & the latest equipment to help create well-being, harmony & a healthy immune system. In-home visits available. MOUNTAIN FEATHER MASSAGE Lola Garza, LMT, CMT Loyalton, CA: Mon,Tues,Wed (530) 993-4852 888 W. 2nd St. #208, Reno, NV: Thur, Fri (775) 742-4654 Healing and Relaxing Massage: Trigger Point Therapy to reeducate and change muscle memory through direct pressure and stretching. Swedish Massage to increase circulation, release toxins and restore vitality. Licensed and certified since 1994, I am devoted to using the art of massage for your wellbeing. THE MERIDIAN 9393 Gateway Dr. Suite 9 Reno, NV 89509 (775) 852-0446 Offering a variety of massage techniques by experienced therapists specializing in: Prenatal massage • Sports massage • Trigger point release • Therapeutic body work • Thai yoga massage • Relaxation massage • Focused abdominal work • Unique combination massages Go to ad on page 33.

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All Natural Angus Beef. Ordering options are as follows for November delivery of cut and wrapped meat. 45 Day corn finishing or grass fed only. Please contact us for pricing details and to place an order. Go to ad on page 18.

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN JESSICA EDGE, BS, ND (775) 324-3500 Assisting the body’s natural healing process using science-based alternative healthcare. Clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, hormone balancing, lifestyle modification & hydrotherapy used to address the causes of disease and not just the symptoms. Menopause, PMS, Diabetes, Migraines, Digestive Problems, High Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Anxiety/Depression, Sleep, Allergies.

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TO BELIEVE IS TO BE Marc Hiscox 775-267-9501

Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Customized Nutritional Plans, Vitamin/Mineral & Herbal Prescriptions, Medically Monitored Exercise, Weight Loss Programs & Lab Work are combined to address all aspects of a Healthy Lifestyle, Optimal Health & Disease Prevention. Insurance Accepted.

Change your beliefs, change your life. In just one session with Marc I released toxic emotions, my blood pressure dropped to normal, my optimism for life returned and my energy increased. Judy O. Ph.D AK Please call for information.

NURSES - HOLISTIC PATRICIA MOIR POLLMAN RN, HN-BC, HTPA Healing Touch & Wellness Coach (775) 830-3413 By Appointment. Patricia has 40 years of experience. She offers Healing Touch, a relaxing, nurturing, energy therapy. Using gentle touch that assists in balancing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being and supports your natural capacity to heal. Receive 2 treatments for the cost of 1! Call for an appointment today!

OB/GYN MARTIN DENNIS, MD, FACOG 6630 S Mc Carran Suite 202 (775) 788-5100 Specializing in alternatives to hysterectomy. Pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, Office hysterscopy, Ultrasound. Take comfort in knowing that if you are pregnant and you want your doctor there when you have your baby. Dr Dennis delivers 98% of his own patients. Go to ad on page 52.

PET CARE SHAKESPEARE ANIMAL FUND (775) 342-7040 The Shakespeare Animal Fund gives financial aid to low income, elderly and disabled pet owners who need help with emergency vet care. We welcome volunteer work and donations.

PHYSICAL THERAPY PERFORMANCE PHYSICAL THERAPY Kirk Sachtler, DPT, OCS, CMPT, CSCS 720 Robb Drive, ste. 103 Reno, NV 89523 (775) 787-3733 Eliminate Chronic Pain, Overcome Unresolved Injuries, Improve Athletic Performance, and Restore Optimal Function. State-of-the-Art Methods: Manual Therapy, Neuromuscular Training, Electrical and Laser Therapies, Unique Health and Fitness Training. Conveniently Located, Peaceful and Private.

THE MERIDIAN Kim Roubo, Reiki Master Teacher 9393 Gateway Dr. • Reno (775) 852-0446 A gentle, safe and effective treatment which calms the Autonomic Nervous System. Reiki allows for mental clarity and physical healing, benefiting people with conditions from chronic pain to emotional stress. Reiki classes available. Go to ad on page 32.

SAUNAS RAWJUVENATION, LLC 350 W. Liberty Street, Suite A Reno, NV 89501 (775) 323-3000 Specializing in Far Infrared Saunas that provide you with many health benefits including, weight loss, detoxification, skin purification, relaxation, pain relief and much more! We also provide a large selection of Raw Food products, supplies, air filters, pre packaged raw foods, Raw Food Preparation classes, seminars and much more! Go to ad on page 51.



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CIRCLE OF LIFE SPA 5301 Longley Ln A-8 Reno, NV 89511 (775) 825-7727 Reno’s premier healing spa with mineral body wraps, far-infrared sauna, floatation tank, supplement counseling, counseling, massage and dance studio for men and women. Go to ad on page 47.



THE MERIDIAN Dorothy Hooper Certified Reiki Practitioner 9393 Gateway Dr. Reno NV 89509 (775) 852-0446

DR. DEAN HINITZ, PHD Sports & Performance Psychology 1065 Haskell St. • Reno (775) 348-8558

Reiki is a relaxing, non-invasive massage therapy which will help you restore your personal wellbeing. Whether you are unwell due to physical injury or mental stress, Reiki is the key to your healing process. Specializing in Canine Therapy.

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Maximize your mental performance. Coaching through alternative approaches, creative problem solving and performance enhancement workshops. Available for speaking engagements. Dr. Dean has been practicing in Reno for over 20 years. He works with Olympic athletes, executives and corporations. Go to ad on page 53.

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DANIEL KANE, NCTMB 1026 West First Street Reno, NV 89503 775-233-8404


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All Levels welcome. Highly individualized instruction. Open Studios: SaturdayWednesdays 2-6pm. On-going Registration. Wildflower Village (775) 787-3769.

Sunday Meditation at Noon Join us for an open meditation every Sunday from 12–1pm. At the Reno Psychic Institute, 20 Hillcrest Drive, Reno. renopsychicinstitute. org. (775) 324-2872.

Weekly Meditation Sessions Mahakaruna Buddhist Center holds weekly, guided meditation classes on Monday from Led by Resident Teacher Ace Remas. No prior experience is required. Drop-in’s are welcome. Information: (775) 348-9642.

“Why Diets Don’t Work” Free Seminar How to reprogram the metabolic switch from a fat storer to a fat burner in 6 weeks. Reshape your body permanently. 2nd Thursday of every month. Pre-registration required. Call (775) 850-5823. Virginia Parsons, MS, CCHT, CTLC.

Wellness Presentations

Learn more about optimizing your nutritional needs in a fun and friendly class every Thursday. Your health is easier to manage than you think! 12pm or 6pm. Rawjuvenation 350 W. Liberty St. in Reno. More info: (775) 624-8434.

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Compiled by Marilyn Lieb, DVM


he hot August sun can be a danger, not only to you but also to your pets. Unlike humans or animals in the wild, our pets are very limited in their ability to regulate their body temperatures, thus they rely on us to pay attention to their needs. So make sure this summer is a safe and healthy one for your furry and feathered friends by thinking about and planning for their comfort and health.

Heat Stress Any animal can suffer from heat stress and extreme temperatures can be fatal to your pet. Dogs and cats do not sweat to cool their skin like people do. Panting and radiation of heat from their skin are their main means of controlling body temperature. When the air temperature and circulation is reduced, these cooling mechanisms are inadequate. Body temperature can increase dramatically, resulting in collapse and severe shock, or death. Short-nosed breeds, such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingese and Boxers are especially susceptible to heat stress because their restricted breathing doesn’t allow enough air exchange for rapid heat loss. • Limit your pet’s exercise during hot summer weather. • Never leave your pet in a closed automobile. Driving, parking and leaving your pet in the car for “just a minute” can be deadly. An 85 degree F day can heat up the interior of a car to 120 to 130 degrees F in 30 minutes or less — even with the windows cracked. Imagine what happens when it is 100 degrees outside… • Similarly, if you leave your pet outdoors, make sure it has access to plenty of shade, (natural or created by you) and lots of fresh water.

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• If you live in a hot climate, you can hose down your dog before work, at lunch or whenever you can, to provide extra cooling, or keep a child’s pool in the yard.

Paw Protection The next time you put on your jogging shoes and plan to take your faithful running companion with you on an aerobic workout, STOP! Think about your dog’s unprotected feet on the hot streets and byways. Would you like to run in your bare feet on fiery hot cement or blacktop, or a mountain with jagged rocks and prickly brush or cactus, without protection on your feet? Many dogs are forced to do both because their human companions don’t think about their furry friend’s feet. To avoid injury and serious foot damage, start by running shorter distances to help build-up calluses on your dogs’ feet. Next, don’t run during the hottest part of the day, and always bring bottled water for your pets to drink from frequently. And last, be aware of the surface your dog is running on and its ambient temperature. Touch it yourself. Check the sidewalk or the road with your bare hand or uncovered foot to feel if the surface is uncomfortable. If it’s too hot, wait until the temperature drops and the surface cools down, or jog in a nearby park. Remember that exercise is often not a good idea on a hot day.

Dangerous Dehydration People and their pets need more water in the summertime. Provide “wet” or canned food during this time to boost liquid intake. Dehydration can be very dangerous, especially for


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small breeds, kittens, puppies, sick, overweight or senior pets. Hot weather means your pet will pant more and lose fluids faster. It’s possible for a pet to become dehydrated in just a few hours if they don’t have adequate water. Signs of pet dehydration can include dry mouth, gums or nose, sunken eyes, lethargy, exhaustion and lack of elasticity in the skin, as well as panting. Testing the skin is one way to determine if your pet is dehydrated. Gently pinch some skin on their back or the back of their neck. It should spring back into place quickly. If your pet becomes severely dehydrated and cannot drink, use a squirt bottle to squeeze fluid into its cheek pouch. You can use Pedialyte or a similar product to replace electrolytes. Soak your pet’s body in cool water to bring down core body temperature. If these methods do not work, take your pet to the vet immediately. Fluids will have to be replaced intravenously.

Antifreeze/Coolant Poisoning The warmer temperatures of summer causes cars to overheat and leak antifreeze. Watch for leaks in your car’s antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets but is extremely toxic, even in very small amounts. If ingested, the 95 percent ethylene glycol mixture will cause kidney failure. In acute cases of antifreeze/coolant poisoning, your pet will appear to be intoxicated with alcohol. Stumbling, vomiting and depression are common signs. Kidney failure usually occurs within 12 to 24 hours of ingestion in cats, 36 to 72 hours in dogs. There is a safe alternative to ethylene glycol-based antifreeze. Ask for antifreeze containing propylene glycol. Remember, your pets count on you and deserve your best attention, all year round. References: 1. 2. cfm


July 31st

“A Biking Adventure in Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore” a free slide presentation. 6:30-7:30pm at REI next to Costco in Reno.

August 2nd

Hike to top of Mt. Rose. Meet at 7AM at Everlasting Health for car pooling or 7:45AM at trailhead. For more info (775) 324-7382.

August 2nd

Mind, Body & Pilates will be demonstrating classic intermediate Reformer exercises from 11:45am–12:15pm @ 670 Alvaro St. Reno, (775) 745-4151.

August 16th

Mind, Body & Pilates will be demonstrating the classic Pilates method on the Cadillac from 11:45am–12:15pm @ 670 Alvaro St. Reno, (775) 745-4151

August 16th

Wellness Lab Draws, 8am–1pm at Express Lab across from Barton Memorial Hospital and at Stateline Medical Center. $40 Wellness Panel, $30 PSA screening, $30 Thyroid test, $35 Hemoglobin A1c test. Register online at www.

August 16th & 20th

August 5th

Ecstatic Dance Reno: Find your own dance from within. Learn to dance in joy again. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays (Aug 19th). 7:15pm www.tahoeyoga. com 1085 S Virginia, Reno (775) 348-9642

August 8th

Join the Hot August Bike Ride on 8/8, 6 PM at the West Street Market (West St. between 1st and 2nd Streets) in downtown Reno.

EKG. 1pm–5pm in Barton’s EKG department. $45 payable at your apt. Call (530) 543-5881 or register online at

August 18th

5PM: Join Linda Clark for a Living Food Class. Breakfast for Dinner! At Rawjuvenation ( 350 W. Liberty St., Reno) 323-3000.

August 21st

August 8th

Ecstatic Dance Truckee. Find your own dance from within. Dance in joy again. 7:30pm. 10770 Donner Pass Rd #104. (530) 550-8333

5PM: Join Linda Clark for a Living Food Class. Soft Taco with refried beans, salsa and chips & dessert At Rawjuvenation ( 350 W. Liberty St., Reno) 323-3000. Minimum donation $10.00

August 12th

August 22nd

5PM: Join Linda Clark for a Living Food Demo. Summer Soups and Brownie Torte. At Rawjuvenation ( 350 W Liberty St., Reno) 323-3000.

August 14th

Wellness Lab Draws, 8am–1pm at Express Lab across from Barton Memorial Hospital and at Stateline Medical Center. Register online at

August 16th

Reno Psychic Institute presents the Psychic Fair at the Peppermill in the 2nd floor Naples room from 10am to 8pm. Free admission Call (775) 324-2872.

Mind, Body & Pilates will be demonstrating classic exercises on the Wunda Chair from 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM @ 670 Alvaro St. Reno, (775) 745-4151

August 23rd

1-5pm. @ the Spiritual Element. Learn to resolve difficult conversations with ease. (503) 290-6671.

August 23rd

1st Annual Great Basin Community Food Co-op Membership Extravaganza!! Event will coincide with our post-expansion Grand Re-Opening, Aug 19-23!! Details:

August 23rd – 24th

August 16th

Wellness products, jewelry, candles, purses, and home décor expo. 10am–2pm. 4374 Desert Hills Drive. For information call: (775) 813-0665.

International Grill Outdoor Party. Armenian Sashlik, Russian Chicken- Tabaca, Moroccan Salad, Vegetarian dishes, Grilled apples & more. Prepay & save $3

August 16th

August 29th

Free Healthy for Life Seminar: Learn How to Reduce Oxidative Stress, Reverse Metabolic Syndrome, and Achieve Total Body Health. 9:30-11:30 Reserve a seat: (775) 225-3948

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at 5 PM: Join Linda Clark for a Living Food Demo. Indian Cuisine ( Falafel and Mango Chutney) & dessert. At Rawjuvenation ( 350 W. Liberty St., Reno ) 323-3000. Minimum donation $5.00

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Dehydration QUIZ Answers:

1. a = 0, b = 2, c = 5, d = 8, e = 11, f = 13 (add points) 2. a = 0, b = 1, c = 2, d = 3, e = 4, f = 10 (add points) 3. a = 0, b = 2, c = 3, d = 5 (*subtract points) 4. a = 0, b = 1, c = 3, d = 4, e = 5 (*subtract points) 5. a = 0, b = 1, c = 2, d = 3 (add points) 6. a = 0, b = 1, c = 2 (add points) 7. a = 0, b = 1, c = 2 (add points)

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Skin Moisturizers


Your Hydration Score: -10 to -1: You are a Human Raisin. You are so dry it will take you days to rehydrate. Start by drinking a sports drink to return your fluid and electrolyte levels to normal. Decrease or eliminate caffeine and eat at least 5 servings daily of fruits and vegetables. Then start a fluid plan. 0 to 5: You are Parched Your body still thinks it’s in the Sahara Desert, but it senses relief in sight. Decrease your caffeine intake and drink more water. 6 – 9: You are down a quart You’re so close, just a little extra effort is needed. Drink a few more glasses of water each day and stick to your fluid plan. 10 – 12: Hydrated You’re body is balanced. You are drinking just enough fluid, but make sure you maintain your fluid plan. 13 plus: Congratulations! You’re totally fluid! You’ve left the dried fruit and desert behind you and are swimming home. You look great and feel fabulous! You’re able to perform at peak levels, so keep up the good work! References: 1. 2.

eople everywhere, especially in our geographic area, are slathering moisturizers and sunscreens on themselves in an effort to fight the effects of the summer sun and wind. Remember that your skin is the largest organ in your body and it acts like a sponge. Then consider that the average person applies 126 unique ingredients to their skin every day. And, when you check the label on your favorite lotions, notice how many DOZENS of items there are in the ingredients list -- many of which you can’t pronounce. Those mystery words can be a hazard to your health. Moreover, not all the ingredients will necessarily be listed on the label. Here are a few other things to be aware of: • No pre-market safety testing is required because these products are used on the outside of the body. • The word “Natural” on the label doesn’t necessarily mean that all the ingredients are natural and nontoxic. • Note how often propylene glycol occurs as an ingredient. Did you know it is the main ingredient in antifreeze? Research your products. The more you know, the more the better decisions you can make. Reference:

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