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Making Organic Affordable Improved Stroke Rehabilitation Pediatric Nutrients, Insomnia and Constipation The Amazing Benefits of Castor Oil Packs Ease Colic with Chiropractic Care Visions of a Future Self New Use of an Old Drug for Cancer Treatment

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Lake Tahoe’s Women’s Wellness Weekend


estled into the hillside above Tahoe City, and bursting with European charm, the scenic 74-acre Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge ( offers a unique venue with all the amenities of larger resorts. As part of Granlibakken’s commitment to health & wellness, the annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend--a long standing community event in Tahoe City--will now be hosted by Granlibakken, November 12-13, 2011 ( The event fuses Eastern tradition with Western practices to offer a balanced weekend of information, inspiration, activities, food and wine. Hosting events is Granlibakken’s forte. The schedule for the Women’s Wellness Weekend starts with optional exercise activities including a 5k fun run or a one mile nature walk through the perimeter of Granlibakken’s hillside forest.  Breakfast is followed by an opening “jump-start” talk by respected Psychologist Amy Vail. Seminars on Saturday include breast health, environmental health, nutrition, healthy aging and empowering exercise activities (optional).  Choose between Ki Gong, a form of gentle exercise using breathing, posture and meditation:  Restorative Yoga, or a special class ref: Astrology/Health. Lunch is provided and flows into further talks throughout the afternoon. Saturday evening finishes with wine and shopping. Go for a new experience and have your astrological chart read by Robert Ayres (additional charge).   Festivities on Sunday include optional exercise classes of Cross-fit, Pilates and yoga with discussion classes and a health fair. Enjoy breakfast,

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The Amazing Benefits of Castor Oil Packs...24 New Use of an old drug for Cancer Treatment...20 Ease Colic with Chiropractic Care...14

Making Organic Affordable...30 Improved Stroke Rehabilitation...7 Pediatric Nutrients, Insomnia and Constipation...16

ASTROLOGY Monthly Horoscopes...38

The Amazing Benefits of Castor Oil Packs...24



Feng Shui Facts & Fiction…22

GARDENING The Scoop on P…well, Organic Matter...32

Visions of a Future Self...36 New Use of an Old Drug for Cancer Treatment...20



Pediatric Nutrients, Insomnia and Constipation..16 Improved Stroke Rehabilitation..7 Making Organic Affordable...30

Reno’s First Responders...5



Blissology...34 The Scoop on P…well, Organic Matter...32

The Fear of Sexual Variation...23 Visions of a Future Self...36


HEALTHYPETs Household items that can harm Your Cat and Dog...42



HERBS&SPICES Vanilla: The Black Flower…28


NEWSBRIEFS...8 HERBS&SPICES...28 IngredientWatch...26 BookReview...34

A Guide to Healthy Oils…26




Lake Tahoe’s Women’s Wellness Weekend...2 Blissology...34

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Ease Colic with Chiropractic Care...14

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all is absolutely my favorite time of year! I grew up in an area where the four seasons distinctively represented themselves, in the traditional sense. During the winter, the snow, ice and cold temperatures made us long for warmer days. As spring made its appearance, so did flowers, lush green foliage and a variety of animal babies. Summer brought on thunder and rain. Not to mention, a hot, muggy warmth that kept lawns and parks vibrantly green. But, the fall, it truly left an impression on me. It was almost as if the leaves were on fire, as they transitioned from green to orange, red and yellow. The lakes and rivers reflected their images, as if the fire jumped and danced upon the water’s surface. The pathways surrounding these waterways were painted with fallen leaves. Coffee houses touted “fall” style drinks, and outdoor eateries donned their heating lamps and fire pits. The temperature was cool, but not cold; the kind of weather that beckons for just enough warmth to cut the chill. Jeans, sweatshirts and sweaters were among my favorites. It was also perfect weather for outdoor workouts: running, biking, walking, rollerblading and hiking. Even raking leaves was fun, mostly because of the reward: jumping in piles upon piles of leaves, and then cleaning up and enjoying a cup of cocoa or spiced apple cider. These memories help me remember what matters to me most: home. Even though I am no longer a resident, the memories will live in me, forever. Home is where your memories thrive; your family, friends and lifetime experiences. No matter where you were, where you are or where you will be, your home is in your heart; it will always be with you. This is what I am thankful for. On behalf of Healthy Beginnings Staff, we hope that you enjoy your holiday and find peace in all that you have. HB Pause. Breathe. & Be Well, Ffjorren Zolfahgar Editor & Content Director




s families congregate to feast in celebration, while giving thanks for what they hold dear, the table becomes a focal point of the gathering. Not just the food, but the table dressing itself. Our cover story focuses on the use of cranberries, leaves and vine as décor, which gives any holiday table a natural appeal. There are many ways to incorporate natural chic into your table’s attire: use small pumpkins, apples or leaves as name cards--write your guest’s name with a metallic pen for an elegant touch. Use some of your house plants as centerpieces--add a few “fall” embellishments to set the theme. Tie each set of silverware with twine--add a sprig of sage, lavender or a cinnamon stick for an aromatic experience. Glass bowls or vases of berries--blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries--add an intense color to your table. However, when it comes to a setting, simplicity often wins over chaos. Keep in mind that your guests are well served when the table is welcoming and comfortable at the same time. The holiday table is a place of gathering; make it special and unique for your family and friends, for they are truly the most significant part of the design. HB

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First Responders

Written By June Milligan


irst Responders include fire, police and emergency personnel who are trained specifically to deal with medical emergencies, or large scale disasters. The most recent local disaster was the crash at the Reno Air Races on September 16th. Washoe County residents can be proud of their First Responders, as emergency personnel were able to triage and transport 57 injured people within 62 minutes after the vintage World War II fighter plane crashed into the VIP box seating area. That’s basically one a minute. The response was quick, efficient and thorough, and even though no one really expected such a disaster, the emergency services were well prepared for it.

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here’s almost nothing worse than experiencing ear pain, itching, loss of hearing, or a sinus headache.

Ear Candling is an ancient practice, dating back to biblical times in Egypt, the Orient, as well as European cultures. This simple, gentle treatment removes wax from the ear, improving your sense of well-being, physical, mental and even spiritual. The candle is a long hollow tube made from unbleached muslin immersed in an aromatic herbal solution. After it dries, the cone is then dipped into beeswax. The cone or candle is then placed into the ear opening and the top of the cone is lit; soft warm white smoke billows down the tube into the ear and softens the wax. The flame on top of the cone creates a vacuum that pulls out built up wax, toxins, bacteria, dirt and residue from past medications. Ear Candling may also help with a dry hacking cough (a result of a sinus infection), sinus headache, tinnitus, and itchy ear. Today more people are seeking alternatives to digging in the ear with Q-tips or using a hydrogen peroxide flush to clean a blocked ear canal. Ear Candling is a relaxing, natural, non-intrusive treatment. HB

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I m p r o v e d S t r o ke R e h a b i l i t a t i o n Written By: Martin Rutherford, D.C., C.C.S.T. & Randall Gates, D.C., D.A.C.N.B.


trokes, also known as cerebrovascular accidents, are one of the leading causes of death and disability in this country, with approximately 795,000 individuals suffering from a stroke each year. These tragic and life altering events result from a disruption of appropriate amounts of blood flow to areas of the brain. There are numerous warning signs of an impending stroke, some of them including sudden confusion, trouble speaking, trouble understanding, numbness or weakness of the face or part of the body, difficulty walking, dizziness, lack of balance or coordination, and severe headache without a definite cause. If you or a loved one ever experiences one or more of these symptoms, urgent and immediate evaluation at an emergency room can be a life saving event.

rehabilitation, the patient would be able to get through their day to day lives with their handicaps and disabilities. However, the latest research regarding the brain opened up an entirely new paradigm regarding rehabilitation for not only victims of strokes, but also other patients who suffered from brain damage as a result of such things as traumatic brain injury, subdural hematoma’s, and tumors (after they were taken out).

Many individuals often discount the symptoms of a stroke as just not feeling well, or they do not want to bother anyone by being examined. Unfortunately, on the contrary, these individuals often do not realize the importance of these symptoms and their potential life altering impact. Therefore, never hesitate for yourself or a loved one to go to an emergency room if experiencing the warning signs of a stroke, as it could save your life.

This new paradigm is termed neuroplasticity. Through neuroplasticity, neuroscience researchers have demonstrated the ability of the brain to create new connections, and even grow new brain cells (neurons) in certain areas of the brain. With this knowledge, new therapies have been created, targeted at the affected area of brain injury, to help strengthen the damaged area and make it stronger. With this being said, there can be limitations, in that if areas of the brain are dead as a result of a brain injury from a stroke, then odds are that the function in this area of the brain is not coming back. However, the areas surrounding dead areas of neurologic tissue are often working, but not working well because of the dead neuron’s lack of activity. It is with these cells that not only their function can return, but also they can in certain circumstances assume the function of their neighboring cells. For the stroke patient this translates into a more complete recovery.

Emergency room physicians and Medical Neurologists specialize in identifying and treating the area of the brain affected by a stroke. In fact, there are Medical Neurologists whose entire practice is dedicated to treating patients with cerebrovascular accidents. Prompt evaluation and treatment by these health care professionals saves lives. Some stroke victims come away without any permanent side effects, while others are left with significant disabilities, some of which include paralysis, weakness, difficulty walking, difficulties speaking and understanding verbal communication. Once a patient is cleared as being stable by their Medical Neurologist, they will often be discharged to a rehabilitation program. In the past, stroke rehabilitation focused on showing the stroke victim strategies and coping mechanisms for using their unaffected limbs and uninvolved areas of their body. With this

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NEWSBRIEFS Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken The annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend will be hosted by Granlibakken at the Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge in Tahoe City, November 12-13. The event fuses Eastern tradition with Western practices to offer a balanced weekend of information, inspiration, activities, food & wine. Registration is only $99. For information, call (530) 583-4242 or call 1 (800) 543-3221 to register

REIKI AND CHRONIC PAIN Many clients comment that Reiki does reduce or remove the intensity of pain. Reiki also balances your body energies, induces relaxation, reduces stress, removes energy blockages, and aids in detoxifying the body.  An ancient Japanese method. A spiritually guided life force energy that promotes healing. Betty Franklin, Reiki Master, Deeksha/Oneness Blessing Giver, Ear Candling, Tarot & Angel Card readings. Carson Valley, Reno, Lake Tahoe Regions (775) 790-0767

Nutritional Zeal for Life Zeal for Life is an All-In-One natural nutritional drink. A synergistic blend of whole food concentrates providing an excellent source of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. Zeal targets the 7 major health challenges: Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Weight Gain, Body Discomfort, Low Energy and Poor Immune System. Contact John for a Free issue of “The Doctor’s Report” (775) 232-6767

THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER AND WINTER COAT GIVEAWAY Every Thanksgiving Day, the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner downtown and at several senior citizen centers to as many as 1,200 needy men, women and children. We also have several thousand winter coats and supplies on hand to give away to all in need. There are limited opportunities for this event, but we need servers and general use volunteers. If you’d like to help out, please call Tammie at (775) 323-0386, Ext. 16.

Message from the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Many people have been forced to give up their pets due to the slowing economy. The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe wants to help ensure people can keep their animals and that all pets are healthy and well fed. If it is financially difficult for you or someone you know to feed their pet, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe can assist with your pet’s nutritional needs. Give them a call at (530) 587-5948 or (530) 581-3199 to learn how to obtain free pet food.

CHRISTMAS DAY DINNERS The Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission’s largest event of the year our annual Christmas Day meal and present giveaway, held at our downtown Mission and at several local senior citizen centers. The Mission appreciates your donations of new socks, gloves, mittens, scarves, knit caps and other warm clothing, plus appropriate toys for children (all ages needed). We need food servers, gift wrappers, entertainment and general-use volunteers. For more details, please call Tammie at (775) 323-0386, Ext. 16.

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followed by classes on finances for your future, acupuncture, chiropractic and skin care. The afternoon includes an interactive health fair including gait analysis, makeup artists, body fat testing, skin screenings, mani and pedi stations and much more. Blood lab readings are available and must be signed up for in advance (additional charge). For the adventurous women, attend the Zumba Party Sunday afternoon!

Sampler, a 30 minute massage, facial and body wrap; Renewal, a 60 minute massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. Holistic packages include Ayurveda health consultations designed to create inner balance by providing insights into diet, herbs, aromatherapy, meditation and breathing techniques. Along with the day spa, Granlibakken has been the anticipated choice for groups seeking affordable events and unique venues for four to 400 people. The resort boasts a multi-functional retreat center. In particular, medical organization and technology companies have utilized Granlibakken to come up with their next big idea. On-site recreation includes hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and a ropes course for teambuilding, seasonal ski lift and sled hill. The convenient location near Tahoe City offers a plethora of shopping, dining and recreation.

Registration is only $99.00. To register, please visit Granlibakken’s homepage and click “make a reservation.� Click “conference� and use the information: “www� as your login and password. Grab a girlfriend and stay for $138.50/person double occupancy per person per night (rate includes conference fee).  It was only natural for Granlibakken to bring the Women’s Wellness Weekend to its Resort. As an event center, you’ll find unequaled personal service, latest technology, multi-function meeting space, a full service kitchen, an on-site day spa and seasonal activities. 

Enjoy Lake Tahoe style and book your spot for the Women’s Wellness Weekend! HB For more info, contact Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge at (530) 581-7307 or (800) 543-3221.

Make the Women’s Wellness Weekend a retreat and visit the holistic Lighthouse Day Spa ( on property. Try any one of their relaxing body treatments or wellness packages--Blissful Retreat, a 60 minute sinus and head clarifying hot stone massage; Tahoe

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Reno’s First Responders Written By June Milligan Continued from Page 5

Safety training for the Air Races has been continuous for many years. A Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) was conducted in July, specifically for the Air Races, so by the time September 16th rolled around, all emergency personnel were in place and ready. Each different organization knew their area of responsibility and had a plan in place; as a result, they were able to implement that plan seamlessly.

is implemented immediately in this kind of event. The people who are first on the scene often have to cover bodies, or pick up body parts. These people must continue doing their job, no matter how shocking it may be. Only when the area is clear of injured, can they begin to relax somewhat and move on to the next part of their assignment. But because of the way we’re wired, the fight, flight or freeze part of our brain is still working, busily remembering everything about the incident. It can become difficult, if not impossible, to turn it off or block it out after the adrenalin stops flowing. The same thing can happen after any trauma. The memory keeps returning and interrupting your life. The term PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) was coined to explain combat trauma, but civilians can certainly experience trauma from fires, accidents or other unpleasantness, such as abuse or a bad divorce. Luckily, there are specific acupressure techniques that will remove the negative emotions from those memories, and in that way, neutralize them.

All Federal Aviation Administration requirements were followed, but according to aviation experts, the worst possible thing went wrong at the worst possible place on the course. Safety regulations are based on the assumption that when something goes wrong with an aircraft, it will continue to go in the direction it’s headed. That was not the case at the Reno Air Races. Experts believe that a part of the aircraft fell off right before the accident, causing the pilot to lose control of the plane. When an aircraft goes out of control, it can go in an unexpected direction. However, the probability of that happening is extremely low. It hadn’t happened in nearly 50 years, and may never happen again.

Washoe County should be extremely proud of their first responders. They include the Reno Fire Department, Reno Police Department, Nevada Air National Guard Fire Department, the Airport Authority, Remsa, Lemon Valley Volunteers, Galena Volunteers, Silver Lake Volunteers, Cold Springs Volunteers, Emergency Tower Support Personnel and other civilian volunteers, which included a Recovery team. Emergency personnel at Northern Nevada Medical Center, St. Mary’s and Renown performed “above and beyond,” as ambulances and medivac helicopters moved to the accident site in Stead as fast as possible, bringing back dozens of very badly injured people. After the crash occurred, there were a few seconds of shock,

Washoe County first responders had studied videos of previous air show crashes around the world. They looked at different scenarios. They made sure they had the personnel and equipment to deal with the different types of aircraft taking part in the races, as well as the aerobatic teams coming from other states. Most people have no idea of the psychological trauma that can result from being first on the scene of such a disaster. First responders are trained to move in and do their specific job as fast and as efficiently as possible. The first priority in an MCI is triage, a French word that means “sort by quality.” First Responders have what they call a “smart triage system” which



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followed by an immediate response from individuals in the crowd with medical, military, fire or police department experience, who joined the First Responders to assist the wounded. Reno Fire Battalion Chief Tim Spencer, who serves as Emergency Services Director for the Air Races says, “The emergency services team that we assemble for the Air Races is a unique organization comprised of many different types of responders from the area. We work together to provide the highest level of safety for pilots and spectators. The dedication and professionalism of the team members, along with careful planning and training, allowed us to make the best of a horrific situation.” Mike Houghton, CEO of the Air Races, says, “It was a tragic although amazing experience. Tragic in that there were lost and injured people, and amazing in that the professionals in this community came together so efficiently to work as one team to help us all get through the horror of those first hours.” So, kudos to our First Responders! They performed brilliantly when they were most needed. HB

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I m p r o v e d S t r o ke R e h a b i l i t a t i o n Written By: Martin Rutherford, D.C., C.C.S.T. & Randall Gates, D.C., D.A.C.N.B. Continued from Page 7

The chiropractic neurology approach to treating patients who have incurred strokes is to use neuroplasticity to the patient’s advantage. Some of the new, non-drug patient specific therapies used include specific exercises on one side of the body, mirror therapy, and sensory motor exercises designed to target areas of the brain that are still able to recover their function. With this exciting field, patients are learning that there are aspects of their disability that can be restored, thus enhancing the abilities of the patient to perform their normal daily activities.

If you or someone you know has suffered from a stroke, and have been discharged into a rehabilitation program, getting evaluated from a neurological and metabolic perspective, and utilizing these cutting edge therapies, should be your first step. Undergoing a treatment program that focuses on treating physiological dysfunction and not the disease, can produce life changing effects for stroke patients. HB

In addition, the functional metabolic approach promotes a functional perspective in evaluating an individual’s laboratory markers, which consists of using more specific laboratory normal values to evaluate a patient’s potential for recovery. The medical profession is more than competent in their efforts to create strategies that identify individuals who are more likely to suffer from a vascular accident, such as a stroke. The functional metabolic approach attempts to take it one step further by utilizing even more stringent normal parameters for laboratory markers. With this, patterns or trends in the patient’s laboratory work may become clear as to why an individual may have developed or be developing atherosclerosis, which could have lead to the stroke. By evaluating laboratory tests in this fashion, attempts are made to identify what may have been the underlying cause of the stroke and what natural non-drug steps can be taken to enhance patient recovery and prevent further reoccurrence.



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CHRONIC PAIN? Do you suffer from: • Chronic Back Pain

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with Chiropractic Care Written By Dr. Tony Jensen


hat is colic? Dr. Sears was asked this question, and even though no one completely understands colic, let’s make two assumptions: First, the baby has pain in the gut, as the term “colic” comes from the Greek kolikos, meaning “suffering in the colon.” Secondly, the whole baby is upset as a result. My perspective on colic changed years ago when a mother brought her baby in and wanted me to find out why he was crying so much. After I diagnosed her baby with colic, she challenged me. “Do pediatricians call it colic when they don’t know why a baby is hurting?” she asked bluntly. She was


right. A gastroenterologist I often work with once confided to me: “Colic is a five-letter word for ‘I don’t know’.” “The cause of colic is unknown,” states the Mayo Clinic. Researchers explored a number of possibilities, including allergies, lactose intolerance, an immature digestive system, maternal anxiety, and differences in the way a baby is fed or comforted. Yet it’s still unclear why some babies have colic and others don’t. Infants of mothers who smoke during pregnancy, or after delivery, have a greater risk of developing colic. Many other theories about what makes a child more susceptible to colic


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have been proposed, but none have been proven. Colic doesn’t occur more often among firstborns or formula-fed babies. A breast-feeding mother’s diet isn’t likely to trigger colic. Girls and boys, no matter what their birth order or how they’re fed, experience colic in similar numbers.


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A study came out in October of 1999 that showed a significant decrease in all symptoms associated with chiropractic care in infants who received chiropractic care. The study goes as follows: One group received spinal manipulation for two weeks, and the other was treated with the drug dimethicone for two weeks. Outcome Measure: Changes in daily hours of crying as registered in a colic diary. Results: By trial days four to seven, hours of crying were reduced by one hour in the dimethicone group compared with 2.4 hours in the manipulation group (P = .04). On days eight through 11, crying was reduced by one hour for the dimethicone group, whereas crying in the manipulation group was reduced by 2.7 hours (P = .004). From trial day five onward, the manipulation group did significantly better then the dimethicone group.

By having a Healthier Nervous System which controls everything; by making sure your brain and body’s communication systems are working at their optimum. “...Dr. Jensen has changed my family’s lives. Our 9-year old daughter was told... she needed jaw surgery, and after seeing Dr. Jensen, the same doctors can’t find the problem...Dr. Jensen and his painless “Pro-Vision” is our 1st and highest recommendation for anyone dealing with physical pain...Thanks a million from the Spanial Family.”

Conclusion: Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving infantile colic. As we can see, by helping to decrease the pressure off the nervous system the body can better regulate itself. Children deserve the best chance to express health and their peak potential. It is a child’s nervous system that controls the person they will grow to be. Knowing this, it is imperative that their nervous system be working properly. For this to occur, children must be free from vertebral subluxations (i.e. irritated or pinched nerves). Usually the first subluxation your child will experience is a result of the birthing process.

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Pediatric Nutrients,

Insomnia and Constipation Written By Michael Gerber, MD, HMD



he last article looked at the therapeutic importance of vitamin A and cod liver oil. This month, I would like to address other vitamins, minerals and dietary issues that are especially important for children.

milk protein, casein and lactalbumin, is four and a half times longer than human mother’s milk protein, and is meant for baby cows. It causes inflammation in the intestines, which gives a leaky gut and lets large proteins enter the blood stream and overwhelm the liver, and eventually the adrenal gland. If your child has purple, puffy areas under the eyes (allergic shiners) or a blue color to the whites of the eyes (liver wind in Chinese medicine), consider allergic reaction to foods, especially milk, sugar and wheat.

Insomnia and Constipation From infants to toddlers and older children, sleep disorders and slowed down bowl are quite common. Causes are biological, and certainly these problems are aggravated by milk-based and soy-based formulas. We suggest whey-based formulas or goat milk formulas, as they cause fewer incidents of ear infections, mucous formation, colds and constipation. Remember cow’s


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Pediatric Nutrients, Insomnia and Constipation Written By Michael Gerber, MD, HMD Continued from Page 16 If a child is not having several bowel movements per day, one of the very best supplements is liquid calcium and magnesium. Magnesium, of course, is in milk of magnesia and Epsom salts; it is a laxative and calmative. It kills two birds with one stone. Before bedtime, give one tsp to toddlers and two tbsp to older children, for an effective correction to both insomnia and constipation. The liquid we use is a pleasant, mint flavored liquid that is generally well accepted by children. It is also great if the kids get some sugary treats at home or school, and then become hyperactive and irritable; it frequently calms them down in a few minutes. If magnesium supplementation causes diarrhea, simply back down the dose and adjust to the child’s needs. It’s impossible to get enough magnesium from a standard American diet (SAD) without supplementation.

Remember, a goat that weighs 150 lbs. makes 13,000 mg of vitamin C every day in its liver. How much vitamin C does a 150 lb human make? NONE. Only primates, guinea pigs, fruit bats and man make no vitamin C. All the other millions of species make their own vitamin C. We all need to supplement vitamin C. We are all suffering from mild scurvy, including our children. Vitamin C is a universal detoxifier and also acts as an antihistamine and laxative. The highest concentration of vitamin C in the human body is in the adrenal gland (stress gland) and secondarily in the brain. HB

Vitamin C is also great for kids. We give from 250 mg to 1 gram or more per day to children, to help with constipation and treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. We use vitamin C drink, which is a good tasting, lemon, citrus drink and Honeyvite; it has all the major vitamins and minerals, and can be taken in water or fruit juice. Especially when sending kids into the toxic wasteland of schools with other sick kids, toxic cleaning materials, plastics, formaldehyde in the rugs and many other toxins in the child’s learning environment.

2. Bralley, Ph.D., C.C.N., J.A. and Lord Ph.D, Richard. Laboratory Evaluations in Molecular Medicine. The Institute for Advances in Molecular Medicine 2001.


References: 1. Briggs D.Sc.,Ph.D., Michael. Vitamins in Human Biology and Medicine. CRC Press, Inc. Boca Raton, Florida 1981.

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New Use of an old drug for Cancer Treatment Written By Robert A. Eslinger, D.O., H.M.D.


etformin is an oral drug that came into use in 1994. At that time, there was no mention of its use as a tool to fight cancer. More recently, it was discovered that this drug may effectively combat cancers of the colon, uterus, and prostate. In an amazing study, a group of Swiss researchers found a 56 percent reduction in breast cancer risk in a group of diabetic women who took metformin for more than five years.

It has long been recognized that a calorie restriction diet is one of the only “proven” methods of slowing down the aging process and preventing a whole host of chronic diseases, everything from heart disease to cancer, but try getting people to stick to its severe restrictions. Interestingly, metformin essentially “fools” the body into believing that it is in a calorie restricted state, thereby switching on the same protective mechanisms that arise from calorie restriction itself.

Despite most people’s aversion to taking prescription drugs, serious consideration should be given to taking this generic, inexpensive medication that was originally derived from the French lilac. This compound has a long history in botanical medicine. It was “rediscovered” and approved by the FDA as a treatment for type II diabetes in 1994. It quickly became the most widely prescribed drug for that disease.

That is not to imply that metformin is a totally benign medication. It is also essential that it only be used under the supervision of a qualified physician. There is a growing body of evidence showing that metformin acts through multiple pathways to trigger profound cellular changes in every mammalian tissue, activating tumor suppressing mechanisms. This has now been demonstrated to benefit not only those with diabetes but also apparently healthy people.

Beginning around 2002, a series of epidemiological studies revealed a remarkable trend: diabetic patients taking metformin were less likely to die compared to diabetics using other forms of therapy. By 2005, evidence from large, population-based studies clearly showed that people taking metformin for diabetes were significantly and reliably protected against the increased cancer risk posed by the diabetes itself.

Due to the multiple ways it works, there is no reason to think that these results won’t, in fact, be generalizable to every human malignancy! HB

It is a known fact that diabetics are predisposed to a broad range of cancers in the liver, pancreas, colon, breast, uterus, kidney and prostate. Scientists theorized that if ways to reduce chronic blood sugar elevations, and other molecular consequences associated with weight gain were discovered, this would have a powerful impact on interrupting some of the pathways that lead to cancer. It turned out that metformin acts in a multi-targeted fashion, to accomplish precisely those effects.

1. Bodmer M, Meier C, Krahenbuhl S, Jick SS, Meier CR, Longterm metformin use is associated with decreased risk of breast cancer, Diabetes Care, 2010 June; 33(6):1304-8



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re there other factors besides lifestyle that can influence weight gain? Yes. The energy of a home can influence weight gain based on the shape of the house, the location of the kitchen, and the wall colors and amount of clutter in certain sectors. Furniture placement within the home and the bedroom can also influence one’s weight. When a person struggles with weight issues, they may be attracted to the energy of a house in which the outside form and shape of the house supports weight gain, making it difficult to lose weight. Their choice of furniture arrangement inside their house can have a similar result. With the use of Feng Shui, furniture placement can be changed to encourage weight loss. Another factor to consider is one’s Ba Zi chart. Ba Zi, also known as Four Pillars, is a method of Chinese astrology that explains one’s personality traits and decision making process. It is a personal blueprint and can identify if someone has a tendency towards weight gain, where the weight is most likely to be gained, and how the seasons might influence both. With the knowledge gained from a Ba Zi reading, one can learn the foods to avoid and the time of day to exercise to help achieve weight loss. HB For more info, contact Rebecca Moore at Feng Shui Classical Consulting at (775) 830-8168.



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The Fear of

Sexual Variation Written By Dr. Tory Clark


hen I chose to immerse myself in the field of Sexology, I became fascinated with the research from an incredible biologist named Dr. Milton Diamond. His message was simple, and made complete sense to me about sexual variation: “Nature loves variety, unfortunately, society hates it.” Society should know, however, that there is great variation in regards to our sexuality. In fact, each of us is a very unique compilation of genes, hormones, genitals, sexual orientations, masculinity and femininity.  I was revisited by Dr. Diamond’s message as the recent news reports flooded in about the suicide of Buffalo New York’s Jamey Rodemeyer. He was bullied and teased incessantly, due to whom he was sexually attracted to. The fear our society has, concerning those who may be considered a sexual minority, stemmed from pathologizing and equating their sexuality with that of sin. Shame, guilt and fear are incredibly powerful forces; powerful enough to drive this young man to commit suicide and others to commit violent crimes. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) recently released some disturbing statistics. The rate of reported anti-lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) murders increased 23 percent in 2010, and the coalition documented 27 antiLGBT murders last year--versus the 22 that were reported in 2009. NCAVP said the 2010 statistic is the second highest yearly total the coalition has ever documented.

The cultural taboo nature of sexual variation has led to the mistreatment of people that are outside of what society defines as “normal.” Homosexuality was deemed a mental disorder in the United States until the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was revised in 1973; however, there are still those out there who are certain that gays and lesbians can be cured if they undergo “reparative therapy” (therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation). Individuals, who are transgender, are still considered by the DSM to have gender identity disorder. However, today, reputable psychologists and psychiatrists do not treat LGBT people for their sexual orientation, but rather for other problems (such as bullying and harassment) caused by society’s mistreatment of them. 

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It is human to forget that just because something is not common, does not mean that it is abnormal or unhealthy. Our ideas about gender norms and roles make it simple for us to jump to the conclusion that those who do not fit our stereotypes are mentally ill. Perhaps this mindset is easier to keep than to challenge our own assumptions of one’s sexuality? HB

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References: 1. Baur, K., & Crooks, R. (2011). Our Sexuality. Belmont, CA: Wadworth, Cengage Learning. 2. Lavers, M. K. (2011, July). Report: Anti-LGBT Murder Rate Increased 23 Percent in 2010. In Edge Boston Massachusetts. Retrieved October 4, 2011. For more info, contact Dr. Tory Clark at (775) 843-9593, or visit online at

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The Amazing Benefits of Castor Oil Packs Written By Shelby Molchan


astor Oil (Ricinus communis) has been therapeutically used since ancient times. Castor Oil, also known as Palma de Christi, or “Palm of Christ,” is a triglyceride of fatty acids consisting of almost 90 percent ricinoleic acid. Castor oil’s remarkable healing properties are thought to be the result of the high concentration of this particular unsaturated fatty acid. Ricinoleic acid is effective in preventing the growth of certain viruses, bacteria, yeasts and mold. The lipid structure of Castor Oil is easily transmitted through the skin, into the lymphatic system, making Castor Oil packs a very effective, all-natural healing tool.



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In the early 1900’s, sleeping prophet and medical psychic Edgar Cayce brought awareness to Castor Oil packs by recommending them more than 500 times in his writings. He advised the use of Castor Oil packs for lymphatic disorders, and for use on the liver. Placing a Castor Oil pack on the skin increases circulation, decreases inflammation--both internally and externally--and promotes elimination of toxins and healing of tissues and organs. Castor oil packs used on joints, such as knees and wrists, promote decreased swelling and ease of movement.

the entire piece of flannel. It should be gooey and well oiled. When using the pack, unfold the flannel enough to cover the desired area; you would want a couple layers of flannel if possible. Place it on the affected area and cover with plastic wrap. You can then apply heat for a minimum of one hour. Or, in the case of using a pack on the liver, wrap the right abdominal area in flannel, wrap plastic (several layers) around the entire abdomen to secure the pack. This will hold the heat from your body in, to activate the absorption of the oil. You can sleep all night wrapped in a Castor Oil pack. Please note that Castor Oil stains cloth, so using old clothing, sheets and towels is recommended.

Conditions responding to Castor Oil packs include constipation, bowel impactions or adhesions, swollen and/or painful joints, chronic fluid retention, liver cirrhosis, enlarged or congested liver, gallbladder disease, swollen lymph nodes, sluggish lymphatic movement and menstrual related congestion. It is reported that consistent use improves liver function and optimizes the body’s detoxification processes. When absorbed through the skin, Castor Oil increases the flow of lymphatic fluid in the body, which speeds up the removal of toxins surrounding cells and reduces the size of swollen lymph nodes.

Using Castor Oil packs in conjunction with bowel cleanses or liver purges greatly enhances the effectiveness of the cleanse. Castor Oil packs also increase the release of toxins from the bowel, when used in conjunction with Colon Hydrotherapy. HB References: 1. Reilly D.Ph.T., D.S., Harold and Hagy Brod, Ruth. The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapy. A.R.E. Press. January, 1988.

Applying a small amount of Castor Oil to an affected area twice a day is effective as a topical treatment for warts, ringworm, fungal and bacterial skin conditions.


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A Guide to

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Written By Lissie Lyles


nderstanding how to choose healthy, high quality oils is a simple way to positively impact one’s diet. While fats in oils are often demonized for causing obesity, they are one of the most misunderstood nutrients. Consuming healthy oils is extremely beneficial in many ways. They provide the body with necessary vitamins such as A, C, and D, antioxidants such as selenium and vitamin E, and minerals such as magnesium. Tropical oils even have anti-microbial action.



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On the other hand, over consumption of low quality, highly processed vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats, contribute to many health problems. These range from vitamin and mineral deficiencies to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more. Many of these oils also contain large amounts of omega 6 linoleic acid. Recent research revealed that too much omega 6 in the diet creates an imbalance that can interfere with production of important hormones. This disruption can result in increased tendency to form blood clots, and higher risks of inflammation, high blood pressure, irritation of the digestive tract, depressed immune function, sterility, cancer and weight gain. Whether oil is healthy or not has much to do with the way it is processed. Not all olive oils are created equal, for example. Here are some key terms to take note of when shopping for oils, and some recommendations for the healthiest oil options:

Olive oil: Ideal in its raw form for salads, and appropriate for cooking at moderate-low temperatures. Do not overheat, or the integrity of the oil will be lost. Contains both omega 6 and omega 3 acids. Choose cold pressed or expeller pressed for best results. High quality olive oils are golden yellow and slightly cloudy in appearance. Coconut oil and palm oil: These tropical oils contain anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, when they are unrefined. These oils are very stable and can be kept at room temperature for many months, without becoming rancid. These oils also maintain their integrity quite well when heated, so they are excellent for cooking, frying and baking. Flax seed oil: Contains 57 percent omega 3 fatty acids. It should always be kept in a dark bottle in the refrigerator to prevent rancidity. It should never be cooked with or heated, but instead used in small quantities such as tablespoon added to your favorite salad dressing.

“Expeller-pressed” or “Cold pressed”: In the old days, oils were extracted from fruits, nuts and seeds through slow moving stone presses. The oils were not heated during this process. This kept it from becoming rancid and allowed all its beneficial properties to remain intact. Today, many commercial grade cooking oils are obtained by crushing the oil bearing seeds and heating them to 230 degrees Fahrenheit! During this process, the oils are exposed to damaging light and oxygen. High temperature processing cause the weak carbon bonds of unsaturated fatty acids to break apart, creating dangerous free radicals. In addition, the antioxidants such as fat-soluble vitamin E are destroyed by the high temperatures. BHT and BHA, both suspected of causing cancer and brain damage, are often added to these oils to replace the vitamin E and other natural preservatives destroyed by the high heat. Oils that are “expeller pressed” or “cold pressed” are unrefined and a much safer alternative to processed oils. These oils will remain fresh, with their antioxidants intact, for long periods of time, if stored in dark bottles in a cool place.

Oils that are OK in moderation: Peanut oil and sesame oil: Relatively stable at high heat, these oils are acceptable for use in stir frys and other cooked meals. Their high omega 6 content can be dangerous if overused.

Oils to avoid/strictly limit: Safflower, corn, sunflower, soybean and cottonseed oils: It is almost impossible to find cold-pressed versions of these oils. They have already been processed at dangerously high temperatures, and become even more damaging when re-heated for cooking, frying or baking. High omega 6 content. Canola oil: Due to its high sulfur content, this oil goes rancid easily. Baked goods made with canola oil tend to mold very quickly. Studies have connected the consumption of canola oil to heart lesions and vitamin E deficiency. High omega 6 content. HB

“Hydrogenation” or “Hydrogenated oils”: This is one of those red flags on a food product ingredient list. This is a process that turns polyunsaturated oils, normally liquid at room temperature into fats that remain solid at room temperature. Margarine and Shortening are two classic examples. Manufacturers usually begin with cheap, low quality oils such as corn, cottonseed or soy that are already rancid from the extraction process mentioned above. These oils are combined with tiny metal particles, usually nickel oxide, which is then subjected to hydrogen gas at high heat and high pressures. Then, soap-like emulsifiers are added to give it a better consistency, and the product is heated to high temperatures again. Next it is bleached to remove the unattractive grey color from the product, and some dyes and fragrances are added to mask the flavor. There is nothing about this process that should have anything to do with anything we eat. When you see the words “hydrogenated” on the label, just put it back on the shelf and walk away!

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References: 1. Fallon, Sally with Enig Ph.D, Mary. Nourishing Traditions. Revised Second Edition. New Trends Publishing. Washington DC, 2001. 2. As always, choose real food over food products and eat happily!





The black flower Written By Allison Prater


anilla planifolia, or vanilla is one of the most highly prized spices on earth. The seed pod of a pale and fragrant orchid, native to Mexico, vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron. The pods were first cultivated by the Totonac people who inhabit the Mazatlan Valley in present day Veracruz. In the fifteenth century, the conquering Aztecs developed a taste for the vanilla bean, often adding it to chocolate. They gave it the name “tlilxochitl” or “black flower” because the green pods darken to almost black as they ripen.



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beauty of vanilla’s incomparable flavor to shine. Vanilla pods can be found in many local markets that sell quality herbs and spices, or imported specialty foods. Enjoy this classic French recipe, “Creme Anglaise,” a light custard sauce that can be served warm or cool. Serve it over fresh fruit, or the pastry of your choice.

Until the mid-19th century, Mexico was the chief producer of vanilla. Due to the vanilla orchid’s symbiotic relationship with a local species of Melipona bee, attempts to cultivate the vines elsewhere had proved futile. That is, until 1841, when Edmond Albius, a 12-year-old slave who lived on the French occupied island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, discovered the plant could be hand pollinated. This has allowed for global cultivation.

Creme Anglaise

Ingredients 1 Cup organic heavy cream I vanilla bean pod, minced fine (or 2 TB vanilla extract) 4 organic egg yolks 1/3 cup dry organic sweetener of choice (coconut sugar is a healthy alternative to cane)

Today there are three main cultivars of vanilla grown globally, all of which derive from the species that originated in Mesoamerica. The most commonly known is Vanilla planifolia, known as Bourbon vanilla or Madagascar vanilla, because it is mainly grown in Madagascar and its surrounding islands in the southwestern Indian Ocean. V. tahitensi, or Tahitian vanilla is grown in the south pacific, and V. pompona, or West Indian Vanilla is grown in the Caribbean, Central, and South America.

In a small saucepan, heat cream and vanilla on medium until bubbles form at the edges. While cream is heating, in a mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until smooth. Slowly pour 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into the bowl with egg yolks, whisking constantly. Gradually add the entire egg mixture back into the saucepan with the cream, whisking constantly. Continue to cook on medium-low heat, (do not allow it to boil) stirring constantly until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and serve warm, or cool before serving if desired. HB

Vanilla is a popular flavoring agent in many favorite deserts including ice creams, custards, puddings, frostings, baked goods, candy, liquors etc. Its delicate aroma is also widely used in toiletries, perfumes and aromatherapy. The term French Vanilla has its origin in the French method of preparing ice creams and custards, where it includes the egg yolks, which are responsible for the signature deep yellow color. The pods may be used whole and are also processed as alcohol extractions, or powdered and combined with sugar or other starches. There are many artificial flavors that attempt to copy vanilla’s complex qualities, but they fall short, often leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.

References: 1.

Vanilla is a digestive stimulant, but it can be irritating and inflaming to the system if taken in excess. Vanilla is also described as an aphrodisiac, though no scientific studies support this claim. Using whole pods in meals and deserts allows the true

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2. Bremes, Lesley. Dorling Kindersley Handbooks: Herbs. Dorling Kindersley, London, 1994. 3.



Making Written By Kevin Vania




heckout aisle six at a local organic pantry, a middleaged woman and her husband unload groceries from their shopping cart onto the moving belt. The cashier rings up each item and the courtesy clerk finishes bagging their groceries into ten brown paper bags. Numbers crop up in a list on the cash register’s display and the cost of their bi-weekly grocery visit comes to a total in bold: $507.67. While some natural-organic consumers can afford to shop this way, it certainly is not ideal for those of us shopping on a budget. Shopping organic on a budget isn’t always easy. It takes time to familiarize yourself with certain organic products, and the places you can find them locally. Here are some tips on how to get started: -Don’t limit yourself to popular natural foods stores and organic pantries. Shop around and figure out where you’re comfortable spending your hard earned money. Conventional grocery stores often have relatively cheap and expansive selections of organics. -Plan your meals and don’t over-shop. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. generates more than 34 million tons of food waste each year. Generating food waste has significant economic and environmental consequences, so make a list of ingredients you’ll need and try to avoid impulse buys. Websites like can even help you calculate proper portions. -Save food, save money! Store your food so that it stays fresh, and learn recipes for leftover meals. -Shop seasonally. Learn which fruits and vegetables are harvested during certain times of the year. In the fall, think root vegetables: potatoes, carrots, zucchinis, squash and corn. If strawberries are out of season, opt for frozen strawberries. If tomatoes are out of season, go with canned. -Make connections with a local farmer and become involved. For a nominal fee toward a membership/part ownership, food Co-ops offer organics and other natural products, direct from local growers, at discount prices. There are many other programs you can get involved in and become familiar with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Check online for sites that list your local farmers and CSA programs:



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-Buy organic if it doesn’t have a peel. Many fruits and vegetables are full of pesticides and other dangerous chemicals, even after they are washed. However, there are some fruits and vegetables that are safe to substitute organic for conventional, in order to save you some extra cash. Generally, produce with a peel, rind, husk or protective outer layer is less likely to be affected by pesticides and harsh chemical fertilizers. Here are some examples:

Buy Organic Tomatoes Potatoes Celery Lettuce Spinach Kale Sweet Bell Peppers Apples Cherries Strawberries Pears Peaches Nectarines Plums Grapes Berries

Try Conventional Bananas Pineapples Oranges Grapefruit Watermelons Cantaloupes Mangoes Kiwis Avocados Onions Mushrooms Broccoli Cauliflower Corn Peas Asparagus Oftentimes, produce that is grown organically isn’t labeled organic on the shelves because the application and inspection process to get it certified by a National Organic Program (NOP) accredited agent can be expensive. Farmers can even have their organic certified label revoked if organic produce simply comes into contact with a conventional produce. Continued on Page 44

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Organic Matter

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gardener in Nevada faces many challenges. Beautiful spring days coax fruit trees into bloom, just in time for a hard freeze to cancel the crop. In July and August, the sun sucks the juice out of the hardiest plants. Wind-borne sand strips paint off houses and leaves off plants. Drought and Mormon crickets get anything left.

There are several ways to add organic material to the soil. You can add composted kitchen and yard waste. You can grow a “green manure” crop of clover, buckwheat, or something else, and till it under. I’ve heard that if you spend a season repeatedly tilling in green manure, the next year you’ll have wonderful soil.

But Nevada gardeners can count on one thing--the purity of the soil. It’s either pure sand or pure clay, unless you’re lucky enough to be in one of the low-lying basins where salt and alkali collect.

We didn’t have enough time to use either of the above methods on this year’s garden. That left us two options, peat moss or manure. Nevada is low on peat bogs, but we have lots of manure.

Oddly enough, the cure for either sand or clay is the same: organic matter. Clay soil will hold water and nutrients much better than sandy soil, but it often lacks drainage, and dry clay compacts into brick. Organic material helps aerate the soil and adds “tilth,” that springiness in good soil. Sandy soil drains a little too well, and soil nutrients tend to leach away with the water. Organic material helps hold water and nutrients near the roots of the plant.

Early this spring, I took possession of several pick-up loads of goat manure. Manure is like wine; it improves with age, and this stuff was vintage; at least two years old. It was wonderful stuff, dark and crumbly. We spread it on the beds shortly after we got it. Since the garden is new, we spaded on about four inches and worked it in well. Next year, we probably won’t need to use quite as much.

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I need to interject a warning about handling manure in a garden: it’s a job that’s best done alone. Working with manure lends itself to all sorts of unsuitable jokes, which I can not repeat here. It’s very hard to shovel manure when you’re doubled over, laughing.

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Wise gardeners know their manure, or at least where it comes from. Some manure, especially fresh manure, can be high in salts, particularly if the animals had extra salt in their diet. Organic gardeners may not want to put manure from animals which were given antibiotics or hormones.

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The bedding material may affect the manure, especially fresh. Straw and sawdust eventually add nitrogen, but while they are decomposing, they will actually use it. However, any urine in the manure will provide a boost of immediately available nitrogen, although at the risk of burning crops.

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Not all manure is alike. Bat guano is one of the best. In England, where gardening and literature both thrive, bat dropping or guano, imported from British colonies in the Pacific, was a big industry in the earliest days of the twentieth century. It was so important that a guano mine has a place in the British literary classic, Lord Jim.






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Those of us not blessed with colonies in the Pacific need to find other options. Chicken manure has a very high nitrogen content, so it will burn crops if it’s added fresh, but aged, that same high nitrogen content is a boon.


Small round droppings, like those from rabbits or goats, make excellent fertilizer. They are high in nitrogen and don’t usually contain weed seeds. It should be aged, though.

Llama manure, my friend Becca attests, doesn’t need to be aged at all, and can go on the garden still steaming. Llamas also oblige by making their all their deposits in one place, so the stuff is easy to find. Horse and steer manure are roughly equivalent in nutrients, but steer manure must be aged, while horse droppings can be added fresh, according to some sources. However, with their four stomachs, no weed seed can survive a trip through a cow. On the other hand, a horse’s digestive system treats those same seeds so well that they’re not only still viable, they’re surrounded by fertilizer to help them get a good start. Proper composting will cook those weed seeds, so although you could put fresh road apples on your crops, you might not want to. In any case, the county extension publication, “Basic Composting,� available at, recommends that all manure be composted well before it is used on food crops. A bit of scouting should lead to several good supplies of manure-feed lots, fairgrounds, or neighbors with animals. I’d love to help you shovel it, but manure brings out my barnyard sense of humor. I’d hate to interfere with your work. HB When Teresa Howell isn’t enjoying the comical side of gardening, she teaches English at Great Basin College in Winnemucca.

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his small paperback book is packed with ideas on how to reclaim your personal power. Using a simple four-step process that combines powerful law-of-attraction techniques, cutting-edge science, and the wisdom of some of the world’s oldest spiritual traditions, you can learn how to set up your day and therefore take control of your life. This is a real hands-on approach. You don’t need to take great leaps of faith, or radically change your beliefs, in order to release your latent potential and achieve a happier life. The key lies in taking full responsibility. By doing so, you begin to understand that the power to change your life lies solely within your own hands. The author shows you how to bring about the changes you desire and how to “bring about your inner calm” no matter what is happening around you.


By picking up the tools he introduces, and trying them for yourself, you see how accessible this wisdom is. Once you do that, your belief in yourself and in your ability to manifest positive change will deepen. It’s gratifying to understand that your most powerful ally on this journey is your own mind. And by harnessing your mind to seek out happiness, you not only improve your emotional health, you’ll also bolster your physical health. There are many different ways to unlock the power of your own subconscious, to bring about change and to activate self-healing and empowerment. By learning a few of these methods, you’ll consciously be in charge of your own life and your own future.

The Art & Science of Happiness By Andy Baggott Reviewed for Healthy Beginnings by June Milligan, M.Ed., CCHt

Andy Baggott reminds us that ancient wisdom teaches that science and art are two sides of the same coin; and that a healthy, fulfilling life is achieved through a combination of both. We need to be able to clearly see our goal, while also understanding the steps required to realize it. If you focus only on your goal, you may become lost in fanciful pipe dreams; focus only on the steps you need to take, and you may lose sight of the goal. Only when you know what you want and are able to consistently walk toward it, will that vision be realized. Most people have heard of the double helix of DNA that holds our genetic information, but don’t know that this accounts for only 10 percent of our DNA. The other 90 percent that some scientists call “junk DNA,” behaves vibrationally like a holographic computer. Stored within this highly sophisticated biocomputer is all the accumulated wisdom of our ancestors… ancient memories that science is just beginning to uncover. Every cell of your body contains your DNA. Imagine having access to that deep storehouse of ancestral wisdom. Physicists tell us that all energy in this universe is eternal. So the energy that is now part of you existed even before the Big Bang. Virtually all religions teach that when we die our consciousness returns to its source. So what is this source? Lynn McTaggart in her book The Field describes an energy field that connects everything in the universe; a dynamic interconnected web of energy that is the source of all that exists in our physical world. Scientists call it the “field of all probabilities,” a swirling soup of all possibilities. When we learn how to tap into it, we can begin to choose which of those possibilities we



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want to manifest in our own lives. What is fascinating for those of us who are both open-minded and eternally curious about things like this, happiness seems to be the key that unlocks the ability to access this “field.�

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Visions of a Future Self Written By Andy Drymalski, EdD


n 11 year-old boy was given the homework assignment of writing a letter to his future self. He wrote: “I’m 5 feet two inches 91 pounds. Good athlet [sic]. I think in 7 years I will be between 6 ft to 6ft 4 inches 140 pounds. I hope to go to a good college in football. Then go to the pros and play on the niners or



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and create your future. This perspective is a pipedream of the ego. Success in life does not flow from the strength and stubbornness of your consciously held beliefs and visions. Success occurs when your beliefs and visions are aligned with your true nature and inherent destiny.

the packers even if they aren’t good in seven years. My friends are Jason, Kyle, Leo, Spencer, Mark and Jacob.” This student, Colin Kaepernick, achieved his dream in remarkable fashion. Seven years after writing his vision he became the starting quarterback for the University of Nevada, Reno football team. Four years later, after a stellar college career, he was drafted by the San Francisco Forty-Niners.

Although you don’t get to choose your destiny, you are given the freedom to embrace and honor it. This may seem disappointing to you, but it is actually a priceless gift. If you could choose your destiny, your life would be little more than an extended ego trip. But when your destiny comes from somewhere beyond you, embracing it becomes an act of love, and life itself becomes an amazing journey of self-discovery.

At age 11, Colin knew that he wanted to play football for the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Eleven years later he was doing just that. One interpretation of this story would be that Colin was the master of his destiny. He developed and achieved a goal through his own hard work and determination. This is an attractive perspective. It reinforces the idea that we are in charge of our lives; we can choose who we become. There is a problem with this viewpoint, however. There were probably hundreds of boys Colin’s age pursuing the same dream. Several of them may have had similar athletic potential and worked just as hard as Colin. Yet, only he achieved the dream.

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A more realistic interpretation of the story is that Colin’s vision carried the imprint of his destiny. Etched upon his soul was a calling that would require his effort and commitment to be fulfilled. It is not so much that Colin created his destiny as it is he assisted in its unfolding. You can make the sacrifices and do the work, but these things are only one part of the equation of your life. The crucial factor, and the one that you cannot control, is your calling, your destiny.

To Help You Find Your Way

Andy Drymalski, EdD

Lic. Psychologist, Jungian Psychologist


From sports and business psychology to New Age philosophy, much is made of the power of your beliefs and visions to mould

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ASTROLOGICAL OUTLOOK vital, life-giving ideas in a time of profound change Written By Eric Francis

Horoscope for Health | November - 2011


ovember is the month when the Sun moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius. As autumn develops, the theme evolves from the deepest emotional and sexual consciousness (flavored by Days of the Dead in early November) to the most etheric, global and cosmic. Yet the concepts of these two signs contain one another. Scorpio and Sagittarius present us with an essential diagram of the human experience, representing the two seeming polarities of what we long for. Scorpio endorses desire, which we find within ourselves and ultimately fulfill within ourselves. Sagittarius reminds us that the most cosmic experiences are often the most grounded ones. We can find the truth of God contemplating the Galactic Core or gazing at a flower. What all of this has in common is how we experience our awareness. Whether we experience something as emotional, erotic, mysterious or natural is all about how we experience ourselves--and this can change from moment to moment. Aries (March 20-April 19) After a phase of experimenting with your expressive passions, you reach an inner fork in the road: you can direct your creativity into a focused project or vocation, or you can get lost in your doubts and self-criticism. While I’m not a big fan of dichotomies, this one seems to contain some truth, at least this far: you cannot be too self-critical and still be free to express your passions. Self-reflective is one thing. Self-aware is closely related. It’s necessary to be able to critique your work without criticizing yourself. You seem determined to make some practical use of your passions, and to keep yourself busy with what actually matters to you. You can do that, though it’s going to take a mix of effort and flow, thought and intuition, motivation and attention to detail.   Taurus (April 19-May 20) You may feel like you’re right near potential that you cannot quite access. This might be in the form of having limited options or feeling like you’re boxed into the circumstances in your life. Yet there is something obvious you may be missing, which is that in any given moment, no matter what you’re doing, you have the privilege and the ability to express your quest. You may not think you do; you may have the idea that you’re not free till you make your great escape. That itself is a kind of trap. Your freedom of existence and creativity is contained in your daily activity. Yet to get there you have to make a decision to think of two things that usually seem separate or unrelated as the same thing, then explore how that feels.   Gemini (May 20-June 21) You are in an unusual position to experience the world as the people who are close to you do. This is not the usual mirror effect of relationships but rather the sensation of a world opening. Remember to define the word ‘relationship’ as broadly as you can, remembering that human encounters are as diverse as


the people we have them with. Connecting with people is not about getting married or hooking up or doing business--it’s vital to be open to any possibility, and greet the many people you encounter with a sense of potential and openness to adventure. That means keeping an open mind, and using your freedom to adapt to the people and circumstances that surround you. You don’t need an agenda, though your authentic curiosity will come in handy every day. Cancer (June 21-July 22) You need a lot of freedom around your work, and this is the time to take it. You know you’re not the type to sit in an office, so if you find yourself in one, do your best to get out as much as you can, on whatever excuse or project you can think of. If you’re self-employed, experiment with the most creative aspects of what you do, and then as the month progresses, work out of the house as much as possible. Your mind will be happier and your ideas will flow better. This is the time of year when you can connect to your infinite source of creativity. Many have wondered where you get your energy, and whatever the answer to that question may be, these are the months when you connect to your source, refill your well and guide the abundant activity of the month toward your highest vision.   Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) Expression is the opposite of depression. Keep telling yourself that. You may not be depressed, but approximately two-thirds of the world seems to be--and it has a way of being contagious. At the moment you’re especially empathic and absorbent. You can feel just about anything anyone else is feeling, which is good for them. But when the Sun enters your fellow fire sign Sagittarius in a few weeks, you’re going to feel like a galaxy of ideas you want to share with the world. I suggest you start sooner rather than later. Clear a table and make space in your mind; make


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space in your life as best you can in this busy world, because a wave of visionary creative passion is on its way. This is yours to explore and enjoy, however you can. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) You need to learn the art of evaluation. All kinds of spiritual and psychological paths decry the toxin of judgment, but we don’t get much information about what to do after that. Virgo is famous for its self-critical nature, and you’re now beginning an extended phase of your life when you may be tempted to go there even more than usual. So I suggest that you create alternatives that give you a constructive use of that drive, giving you something useful to do with the energy. Along with this, I suggest you truly explore the concept of being open-minded. Like many things, it’s easier said than done, but more valuable than you may realize. One cannot really think, unless they are open-minded. Since you’ll be thinking a lot about yourself, it will help to do that in the gentlest, most self-supportive way.   Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) This has been a rather interesting few weeks in your experience of (and study of) your relationships. I trust that you’ve left one concept behind--grafting yourself permanently to another person for the rest of your life. Obviously you’re someone to whom commitment is deeply important. You believe in fidelity and you thrive on trust. But that is different than the idea of absolute permanence. You have, at least, begun to ask yourself real questions about what it means to be an autonomous, independent person. I would suggest that only such a person is in a good position to relate to someone else in an authentic way. Now and for the foreseeable future, you could say that the theme of your relationships is ‘love is freedom’.   Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) You’re at your most magnetic right now. The Scopophobia of the world is melting away and most days it will be more obvious that you’re the sensitive, passionate person you know yourself to be. That said, I suggest you remain picky about who your friends are. Fortunately, there will be a self-selection process working for you: the more authentic you are, the more you’ll attract the right people and repel the ones you don’t want. But don’t be too harsh on others; they may not seem to have your sharp wits or your notorious insight into psychology, but there will be certain days when you are feeling especially judgmental of the people around you. Everyone has their positive attributes, and one of yours is being able to notice that.   Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) This is the time of year when you feel the calling to the astonishing adventures for which you came to this Earth. As the Sun moves through your sign, you feel many of your deepest longings and sense of cosmic connection. If you cannot go on a worldly adventure now, make plans to do so. You’re being called places; orient on them, collect information, make friends with people who live there. Make time in your schedule at the next possible moment. Set aside some money. Meanwhile, the deeper adventure involves the possibilities for your incarnation on our planet at this time. You came here with a purpose, whether it was to accomplish certain things, to learn, to have fun, or to serve. Connect with that mission now. Give yourself permission to let it be real.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) You will get a lot further if you give up caring what other people think about you, but that’s another way of saying that self-acceptance is the key to success and happiness. You tend to be a private person, but you must also live with a sense of transparency that can be unnerving. In truth all you can really do is be comfortable within your own skin, though that’s a learned skill. Here is a clue: there are a number of people who factor prominently in your life right now, and you don’t feel the same way about any of them. If you practice objectivity, which basically means accepting them for who they are without judgment, you’re really offering yourself a space of belonging in the world at the same time. Said another way, the more freedom you give people to be themselves, the more you will feel to be yourself.   Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) You may be on an odd emotional edge where what you desire as your greatest success also feels the most dangerous. As you approach an accomplishment or take on new responsibilities, you may have this lurking sense that disaster is looming. You won’t be able to tell if it’s your intuition or a bit of paranoia, but I would suggest that the closer you get to that feeling, the more effective you’re being at working toward a deeply cherished goal. While this sensation is especially poignant for you now, many people experience this sensation--and in running from it, avoid actually accomplishing what they set out to do. Progress demands a measure of uncertainty, and if you can dance with that, you can do anything.   Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) I’m not sure if you have an erotic vision--that is, a dream of how your sexuality would be ideally--but if you do, this is the month to take a real step toward making it real. It would help if you state your ideas outright. This may feel radical; you may have the sense that nobody else will understand. What matters most is that you understand what you want. Why you want it is not so important; I suggest you connect your desire to direct ideas and visualizations. Then, see who and what comes your way, and the influence this has on the relationship experiences you have. What’s never said often enough about Pisces is that sex is your true religion, that is, where you seek your God-source. This idea is cosmologically and biologically accurate. It’s only judgment that gets in the way. HB The Above is not meant to be taken as medical advice. you should always consult your health care professional.

Eric Francis Coppolino, founder and editor of Planet Waves, is a professional astrologer and journalist. A pioneer in the field of new planet discoveries, he has worked with clients and written about astrology for wide audiences since 1995. Read Eric Francis daily at



KIDSCORNER Written By Ariana Purcell change the paradigm. Have you ever stated a paradigm that made you hold yourself back? If you do, can you change them, or even go against them?


n my last article, I talked about The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient Teens, by Sean Covey. Just to recap, in the first chapter we went over having good habits and having positive attitudes about school, family, sports, and anything else going on in your life at this moment. We also talked about how having a plan after high school is a good thing, and that setting goals helps motivate you. These habits and goals might really help, it might surprise you. Now, we will be going over the second chapter of The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient Teens. The chapter is labeled “Paradigms and Principles.” What is a paradigm? “It is a way you see something, your belief, your point of view” Sean Covey says. Here are some examples of Paradigms from the book itself, “My teacher is out to get me,” “She’s so pretty-I’ll bet she’s a jerk” and “You can’t get ahead in life unless you know the right people.” The author goes on about how teens can state these paradigms for themselves, and because they say them, the paradigm is most likely to come true. This is because the teen will believe so much in what he or she says that the teen won’t even try to

Let’s talk about principles! What are principles? It is the basic way in which something works, the way of working. Everyone has principles; not everyone’s principles are the same, but it is all the basic things that make people work, on how they work as a person. Now keeping principles in mind, let’s move onto centering things. The book talks about centering things, like school-centered for example. This meaning your life is always based on school, this is good, but is it always good? Another example is being boyfriend/girlfriend-centered, this meaning your life is all about having boyfriends or girlfriends, always having one, no matter what. Now you get the point in centering things, to center one thing in your life as top priority. To have a center can be good and bad, but going back to principles, instead of having one thing in your life being centered, why not have principles. Here is an idea of how to separate you centers, which now become your principles.

From what I read, and from what I could break it down to, the main point of this chapter is not to limit yourself, and to believe in yourself. Try to break up your life a little; don’t center things. Having principles helps. Have a happy November!




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ets often eat things without regard. Make sure to keep your pet healthy by checking on what you have around the house that is available to them. HB

Human Medication – Be careful to keep your medicine out of the reach of your pet. Insecticides – They are made to be poisonous and should never be within reach of your pets at any time. Veterinary Medications – They can be dangerous to your pets if not taken as prescribed. Plants – Plants may seem harmless but some pets like to gnaw on anything within reach. Some house and yard plants can prove to be poisonous like lilies and poinsettias. Rodenticides – Made to be poisonous for rodents and should only be placed in small areas where your pets can’t fit but a rodent can. Most rodenticides contain anticoagulants to cause fatal bleeding. They can also cause paralysis, seizures and kidney failure. Household Cleaners – Can easily be within reach of your pets, especially bleaches, detergents and disinfectants. They can cause eye and skin irritation. Chocolate – Humans love it but it contains caffeine-like substances known as methylxanthines that, even in small doses, can cause elevated heart rate, seizures. Vomiting, diarrhea, panting, and a collapse of the entire nervous system in dogs and cats.

Cold Medications with Pseudoephedrine – Can increased body temperature and elevated heart rate.

Chemical Hazards – You might not think of petroleum based products, alcohols, acids and gases. They can cause skin irritation, and if inhaled can cause excitability, depression, pneumonia, liver and kidney damage.

Thyroid Hormones – These meds can cause elevated heart. Any of these substances can have serious health consequences.

Physical Hazards – Small objects can be eaten and cause choking, intestinal obstruction or other physical injury.

When it comes to protecting your dog or cat, remember to safely store away all potentially harmful items. Exercise not only caution, but common sense. HB

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Making Organic Affordable Written By Kevin Vania Continued from Page 31

Faucet Filter shouldn’t run more than $30 anywhere, think of it as a simple investment that will save you hundreds of dollars in the future. -Shop sale items. This might be stating the obvious, but everyday sale items are usually good buys because most stores have already shopped around locally for you to make sure they are giving you the best price around. -Shop store brands for packaged foods. They’re cheaper and have the same great taste and nutritional value as big name brands (I.e. Whole Foods has their “365” brand). -Don’t buy prepared foods. It’s cheaper and healthier to buy the ingredients needed to prepare them yourself. -Browse coupons and use them! Coupons for natural and organic products are easy to find online, and many stores include them in their print newsletters and catalogues.

*Skip the organic peanut butter and just go with conventional brands that are low in sugar and free of hydrogenated oils. -Buy organic meats and animal byproducts. Livestock raised on conventional farms are often given antibiotics and recombinant growth hormones. These become present in the conventional beef, pork, and poultry we eat, along with the eggs, milk, and cheese that we get from these animals. Farmed fish are also a red flag as contaminants can be found in the food they are fed; buy wild-caught fish instead. Organic meats are almost twice as expensive as conventional meats, but the health benefits outweigh the cost. -Purchase bulk items. Some stores have larger selections than others, but most contain essential foods that have high nutrient densities, like oats, whole grains, beans, nuts, rice, and snacks like trail mix and dried fruits. -Don’t buy bottled water. It’s expensive and the bottling process is harmful to the environment. Buy yourself a tap filter and a reusable water bottle to take with you on the go. A Brita



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cluding animal urine), many toxic or carcinogenic. Causes headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing, vomiting, and skin irritation. Parabens: Act as preservatives; are present in moisturizers and deodorants. Chemicals in cosmetics can pass through the skin, into the bloodstream and internal organs. Sulfates: All types of body care products may contain sulfates that have been shown to be highly irritating to the skin and have also been linked to toxicity of the biological systems of the body including cardiovascular (heart), digestive tract and the respiratory system. -Make your own cleaning products. Baking soda, vinegar, borax, and other common natural household products are good homemade substitutions to expensive certified organic cleaners, laundry detergents and soaps. Many of the ingredients you already own can be used in combination to clean a variety of things: Multi-purpose cleaner: Mix a few drops of natural soap, 2 cups water, and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender essential oil. You can spray this on all surfaces, like cutting boards, counters, toilets and walls.

Personal Care

Remove indoor air pollutants: Houseplants such as chrysanthemums, English ivy, spider plants, and Boston ferns naturally freshen the air.

-Do some research and avoid dangerous chemicals that can slowly harm your body over time. Personal care products contain large volumes of chemicals, natural and synthetic. Some companies use ingredients that may cause cancer or that are associated with developmental problems. Many cosmetics ingredients penetrate the skin, and people ingest those used on lips and hands and inhale sprays and powders.

Prevent mold and mildew from becoming a growing problem in the bathroom by keeping a spray bottle filled with 1 cup water and 1 drop tea tree oil handy, for zapping stains. Disinfect and deodorize the toilet bowl in a flash. Sprinkle the sides with baking soda, let sit for a few minutes, then drizzle with vinegar. Scrub with a toilet brush and flush.

Again, shop around. Conventional stores like Target and CVS in fact have good organic personal care, bath and shower, health and skin care, and cosmetic products at affordable prices that are often less than half the cost of similar products found in popular natural health stores.

Take out tough stains from whites by dabbing spots with a mixture of one part borax and six parts water. As you can see, there are numerous ways to make shopping organic affordable. Shopping within your budget is attainable. It takes sensible thought and consideration to know what you really need. Following these tips and suggestions will help you get there faster. HB

However, organic or “natural” products sometimes still contain the harmful ingredients we try to avoid. Just because a product label says “all natural” doesn’t mean it is safe. Even plant-based ingredients can be harmful to your body. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with some of the major toxins found in personal care products. Here are a few:


DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamiine) & TEA (triethanolamine): Hormone-disrupting chemicals, can form cancer-causing nitrates. Americans exposed 10-20 times per day with shampoos, shaving creams and bubble baths.

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Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40): drying, irritating solvent; strips skin’s moisture and immune barrier, makes you vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. Found in shellac, antifreeze and personal care products. Promotes brown spots and premature aging.

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RENO INTEGRATIVE MEDICAL CENTER Robert A. Eslinger, DO, HMD (775) 829-1009

Dr. Tory Clark Clinical Sexologist 85 Washington Street Reno, NV (775) 843-9593

Therapeutic Skin Care & Massage Karen Tenaglio - #1534 507 Casazza St. Suite E, Reno (775) 337-2525 / Text (775) 722-9307

Reno Integrative Medical Center offers a variety of therapies to treat Cancer. Our approach is to support and enhance the body’s natural defenses while targeting the Cancer. Dr. Eslinger brings over 30 years of alternative and conventional medical experience.

Think of a Clinical Sexologist as a sexuality specialist. When you have sexual questions or concerns you want to consult someone who has the greatest knowledge of your particular concern. Dr. Clark educates and guides her clients towards discovery and resolution in a sex-positive and open-minded manner.

20 years experience, Specializing in Ear Candling & Brazilian Waxing, also offering Lash & Brow Tinting, Facials, Peels, Massage, Foot Reflexology, Body Waxing, Body Exfoliating Treatments, Ear Piercing. Comforting and relaxing office, visit

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CHIROPRACTORS DR. TONY JENSEN 495 Apple Street Suite 105 Reno, NV 89502 (775) 323-1222 We take the time to educate you about Chiropractic and how important the nervous system is to your overall existence. That sets us apart from other Chiropractors. Now offering ProAdjuster Technique, NO twisting, popping, safe and effective for all ages. Go to ad on Page 15.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY RENO ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE CENTER 1225 Westfield Ave, Reno NV (775) 827-6888 Colon Hydrotherapy is a valuable procedure and treatment for a wide variety of health conditions, as a toxic bowel is a source of many health challenges. Take Action Now! Located in the The Gerber Medical Clinic. Go to ad on Page 33.

COUNSELING Casey Kohl, LCSW Therapist Carson City, Reno NV (775) 721-2047 Are you looking for a compassionate and experienced therapist who uses spirituality and is available in a non traditional setting? I provide healing therapy from the comfort of your home through electronic media and specialize in multiple life issues.

SIERRA GREEN BUILDING ASSOCIATION Building The Sierra’s Sustainable Community (877) 744-2248

TERRY LOWEY Marriage & Family Therapist 462 Court Street Reno, NV (775) 322-1924 19 years of experience counseling on a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, anger management, self-confidence, effective goal setting and turning life’s setbacks into success. Individual, couples, and family. Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sierra Behavioral Solutions 1865 #4 Plumas Reno, NV 89509 (775) 348- 5800 ext 0 Twelve therapists averaging over 20 years of experience each. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and family therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatry. We provide Individual and group therapy combined with a holistic approach of massage, eft and guided meditation. Accepting most insurances.

CRISIS INTERVENTION CRISIS CALL CENTER (775) 784-8085 Crisis Call Center provides 24-hour emergency telephone crisis intervention, support, information, and referral services throughout the State of Nevada. The Center also operates the Sexual Assault Support Services program providing faceto-face crisis intervention and advocacy services for victims of sexual assault in Washoe County and neighboring rural communities. This service is free of charge, regardless of the nature of his or her problem.



SIGBA membership is non-exclusive, available to anyone who wants to support green building in the Sierra communities. We encourage our members to participate in green building practices, but do not require any specific certifications.

FENG SHUI FENG SHUI CLASSICAL CONSULTING Rebecca Moore Covering Northern CA and Northern NV (775) 830-8168 Rebecca is an environmental energy and design consultant who can help you avoid costly mistakes and enjoy long-term prosperity, health and success within your home and business, including existing, remodels, site selection, building design and commercial developments. Go to ad on Page 22.

Health Food Stores Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative 269 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-3528 We focus on products that are organically produced, made from natural ingredients (not synthetic or highly processed), and without additives or unnecessary ingredients. We actively promote locally produced foods and goods. Monday - Saturday 7:00am - 8:00pm ~ Sunday 9:00am - 7:00pm

Sprouting Roots Market 60 North Pine St., Portola, CA 96122 (530) 832.1642 Health food market featuring: organic whole foods, produce, supplements skin care products and more. Stop in or give us a call.


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ProfessionalDirectory HERBAL REMEDIES

INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS Power Health Rehab & Wellness Center Dr. Martin P. Rutherford, D.C. 1175 Harvard Way, Reno NV (775) 329-4402

VIVASAN USA™ Lana Nickerson 770 Smithridge Drive, Ste 350 Reno, NV 89502 (775) 826-VIVA (8482) VIVASAN USA™ offers unique alpine herbal remedies from Switzerland; personal and health care products, therapeutic essential oils, herbal medicinal creams and balms as well as foot, body, face and nutritional products, including a full line of SanoTint® hair care products.

Dr. Rutherford has been treating patients in the Reno/Sparks area for 30 years. He is using new breakthrough neurological and metabolic treatment techniques focusing on conditions such as fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, chronic pain, vertigo and many other chronic conditions.


Over ten year’s experience doing massage with Ruby Mountain Helicopter Skiing clients, treating the Elderly, Expectant Mothers, Sports Enthusiasts (teens to seniors). Predominant education in neck, shoulder, and back therapies; ortho-bionomy. Located close to Montreux, Galena HS, Wedge Parkway.

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE GERBER MEDICAL CLINIC Michael Gerber, MD, HMD 1225 Westfield Ave., Reno (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.

Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind, & spirit. Many people report miraculous results. Reiki creates many benefits: relaxation, feeling of peace, reduces pain, removes energy blockages and aids in detoxifying the body. Ear Candling & Angel Card Readings.

ROLFING® DAVID MACDONALD #1793 (775) 324-5500

Sandy Young #433 Licensed Massage Therapist South Reno (775) 934-6980

New university research: Quickly remove negative emotions from any scene/memory. Learn instant stress removal techniques and new ways to replace negative beliefs. Then using hypnosis, we instill powerful goal suggestions. All in one session! Issues? Procrastination, smoking, anxiety, worries, self-esteem, weight loss, etc.

Betty Franklin, Reiki Master

Serving Carson Valley, Reno and Lake Tahoe Regions (775) 790-0767

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HYPNOTHERAPY Joyful Changes Acupressure & Hypnosis JUNE MILLIGAN, M.Ed., CCHt (775) 786-9111


Specializing in pain and performance issues related to posture. Rolfing is beneficial for all ages. Rolfing addresses acute and chronic situations and works to alleviate the CAUSE of pain and imbalance. Thirty years experience in massage Rolfing and related sciences. Call for a no-charge consultation.

Kim McIntire #271 Rolfing® Pilates & Massage Serving Reno and Gardnerville (775) 240-6381

PET CARE SUGARLAND RANCH (775) 970-5350 Sugarland Ranch is a community based, nonprofit organization housing several small animal rescue programs. Volunteers and donations are welcomed.

A pain free path to alignment, improved athletic performance, pain relief, and whole body wellness. Kim offers free consultations to experience his unique approach to Rolfing®, Pilates, emotional, and energetic balancing. Experienced in knee replacements and spinal fusions.

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Haute Holiday Discover secrets of looking and feeling fabulous all season long while being wined, dined, and pampered. The Summit in South Reno. RSVP (775) 853-7800

Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken Health professionals offering inspiration, information & activities on health & well-being. For information, call (530) 583-4242 or register 1 (800) 543-3221

2011 Valley of Fire Marathon Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10k, and 5k races starting 7 a.m. 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV. Pre-race festivities, CasaBlanca hotel in Mesquite. Email

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH Autumn Gardening Tips Steve Packer, Moana Plant Doctor, Landscape Designer and Certified Arborist. Moana Nursery Landscape & Design Center, 1190 W. Moana Lane. 10 a.m. (775) 825-0600 Community Screening- More Business of Being Born: The VBAC Dilemma With lecture by author Henci Goer, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth. Pioneer Center, Reno. 5 p.m. For more info, visit http://www.truckeemeadowsbnn. Followed by a workshop for birth professionals the next day, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


NOVEMBER 9TH-13TH 62nd Annual Death Valley 49ers Encampment Expand awareness of Death Valley National Park. Art events, music, cowboy poetry, entertainment, contests, tours, and more! Death Valley Park, Furnace Creek, CA. Email

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH 2011 Reno Veteran’s Day parade Theme: “Honoring Women in the Military.” Parade starts 11 a.m. at Court & Virginia and continues to 5th & Virginia. (775) 334-2414 or email

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH Winter Landscape Care and Pest Control Jon Bruyn, Moana Plant Doctor and Certified Arborist. Free, at the Moana Nursery Landscape & Design Center, 1190 W. Moana Lane. 10 a.m. (775) 825-0600

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH Essential Oils Workshop Emotional & physical wellness. Gerber Medical Clinic; 1225 Westfield Ave., Reno. 7-9 p.m. Guest speaker, Rachel Jones. Enjoy appetizers from Rubicon. RSVP (775) 853-6770

WEDNEDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD Grand Opening Night at Rink on the River Festivities include a performance of carols by Billinghurst Middle School choir and lighting of Reno’s Holiday Tree. Downtown plaza by the Cal Neva. 5-9 p.m.


Living in Turbulent Times: An Evening with Carolyn Baker Carolyn Baker PhD with Michael Stone, host of KVMR’s Conversation. $15 Sierra Center for Positive Living, 119 Florence Ave., Grass Valley 7-9:30 p.m. (530) 4777757 or




Trans-Siberian Orchestra Rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. Reno Events Center. 8 p.m. For more information visit

Thankgiving Back-to-Back Chili Cook-off Sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Day 1: High Desert Robinson Regional. Day 2: Mojave Desert Regional. CasaBlanca Resort Event Center, Mesquite, NV. (619) 714-6234

8th Annual Women’s Health Symposium Forum provides risk-reduction education, clinical skills, and latest research on preterm birth and adverse neonatal/pediatric prevention. Rio All-Suite Casino Hotel, Las Vegas. (702) 732-9255 ext. 226

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH Lights Up! Spectacular fireworks, Santa, and musical performance by Reno Philharmonic Choir. Plaza next to Vans and Tilly’s at the Summit in South Reno. 6:30 p.m. (775) 853-7800 Building a Terrerium Die hard plant geeks can find relief during winter months. $40 includes plants, soil, glass enclosure. Plant It Nursery 10:30 a.m. Must RSVP (775) 781-1918


Scheels Turkey Trot Fun run / walk event (10K/2-mile) for families & out-of-town guests on Thanksgiving morning. The Legends in Sparks. 8 a.m. *Registration closes Nov. 20* (775) 353-2376

NOVEMBER 25TH-28TH Photos with Santa Get a professional photo with Santa at The Summit in South Reno! Santa will be at Old Navy from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (775) 853-7800

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH Carmen Carr’s monthly hike is at Negro Canyon this month. Contact (530) 550-5192 or for directions to trailhead

monday, NOVEMBER 28TH An Evening With Temple Grandin Book signing & reception to follow. Church Fine Arts, Nightingale Concert Hall at University of Nevada, Reno 7 p.m. Information at (775) 784-6000 or *Visit to read a book review of Grandin’s Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals


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ONGOINGCALENDAR Lend a Helping Hand Evelyn Mount’s Community Outreach Accepting food, gift cards from local grocery stores, and monetary donations at 2530 Cannan St. in northeast Reno. There is also a food donation bin at the Sak-n-Save grocery store at 1901 Silverada Blvd., off Oddie Blvd. For more information, call (775) 356-0238. St. Vincent’s Food Pantry Seeking Donations for Thanksgiving Dinner Check the Holiday Meal Wish List for needed items you can donate. Items can be delivered to the Food Pantry, located at 500 E. Fourth Street at Valley Road in Reno, or to food bins at various locations round town. If you need your donation to be picked up, call (775) 786-5266. Food Bank of Northern Nevada The Food Bank of Northern Nevada distributes food to needy and low income children, families, and seniors throughout the area. Learn how you can help by calling (775) 331-3663 for more information. Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission The Mission receives no government assistance and relies solely on private donations from the community. If you would like to donate food or items for their thrift stores, or wish to volunteer, call (775) 323-7999 to learn more.

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HAIR & NAIL SERVICES Designer hair styles, cuts & colors. French look Gels-Acrylics. ReflexologyAromatherapy available, Haircuts $15.00+, Mini Mani-Pedicure $35.00 Melody (775) 348-6266 LYMPH FOR LIFE Lymphatic Therapy with a Light Beam Generator, 1515 S. Virginia St., Reno, (775) 741-8590, or I bring the treatment to you, Jill. STRENGTH + FLEXIBILITY = UNLIMITED POTENTIAL! First consultation free. Experience what Rolfing ® and Pilates will do for you! Kim McIntire at (775) 240-6381 THE VITAMIN CONNECTION Come try our Turbosonic machine today. Turbosonic therapy for overall fitness and health. Free demo with your first visit. For more info: (775) 825-3993 GLUTEN-FREE MONDAYS AT GREAT HARVEST BREAD COMPANY Small variety of gluten-free breads baked fresh. Call to reserve yours (775) 323-7733. (Disclaimer: We’re a wheat bakery and cannot guarantee a 100% gluten-free product)

RenoAMPuteeSupport Second Wednesday of every month the Reno AMPutee Support group meets at 6 p.m. in the Sparks Nugget Casino. (775) 721-3361 or email DIET TECHNIQUE Every Thursday, 1 p.m. at the Gerber Medical Clinic 1225 Westfield Ave, diet techniques with George Kenneth of Sierra Healing Center. NATURAL HEALING AND CHI LEI George Kenneth, Sierra Healing Center every Thursday, 1 p.m. Come join us at Gerber Medical, 1225 Westfield Ave Reno, NV 89509 FOG GARDEN: THE ARCHITECTURE OF WATER Nevada Museum of Art July 30th- Dec. 18th Call (775) 329-3333 or visit LEHMAN CAVES TOUR Daily tours at Great Basin National Park. Call (775) 234-7331 or visit

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Essential Oil


Natural Disinfectant Spray

Baby Wipes

Ingredients: 33 Herbs essential oil Grapefruit Seed Extract Sterilized Water


Mix 15 drops 33 Herbs and Grapefruit Seed Extract with every 6 oz of water.

1 cup sterile water Squirt Avocado or Coconut Oil (Base Oil) Squirt organic baby shampoo 2 drops Tea Tree essential Oil 3 drops Lavender essential Oil



1. Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by public.

1. Mix ingredients in canning jar, keep closed when not in use.

2. Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.

2. Pour or spray over paper towels or wash cloth.

3. Clean children’s hands when traveling.

3. Carry in your diaper bag.

4. Wipe steering wheel and gearshifts of your vehicle.

Submitted by Lana Nickerson of Vivasan USA. To find where to purchase therapeutic grade essential oils stop in at 770 Smithridge Dr. Suite 350, Reno or call Lana at 775.826.8482 or purchase on line at

5. Spray on computer keyboards and mice. 6. Spray on your hands after shaking hands. 7. Spray on public restrooms and in airplanes to reduce airborne bacteria. 8. Use an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells. 9. Take to gym and spray all equipment that you use. 10. Take to supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles. 11. Use in classrooms for desks, tables and other items handled by students. 12. Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria and dysentery. 13. Spray on shower stalls and bathroom walls to disinfect and remove mold.



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