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January 2015


contents 5 newsbriefs

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


10 globalbriefs


METABOLISM Getting to the Root Cause of Disease


by Linda Sechrist






Four Ways to Recharge


by Kathleen Barnes

THE DOCTOR AWAY Keep Kids Engaged in Healthy Living


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When ‘Good Enough’ Is Perfect by Elizabeth Lombardo


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27 naturalpet

31 resourceguide


How to Make it Safe and Easier on Everyone

29 classifieds

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19 healingways

25 inspiration

by Linda Sechrist


17 wisewords

23 fitbody

The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum


16 consciouseating

21 healthykids



8 healthbriefs


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reetings, Happy New Year everyone! People in western cultures have been saying “Happy New Year” to one another this time of year since the days of Julius Caesar who revised the calendar so the year starts January first. The month January is named for the Roman god, Janus, who was pictured as having one face looking forward and a second face looking backward. So January is a great time to look back on the previous year and to look forward to the coming year. Becoming Natural Awakenings publishers was the big change for us in 2014. It was a real leap of faith to take our savings and bet that we could learn to run a business. It has been hard work but it has been fun meeting new people and hearing people’s positive reactions to our first attempts at producing a magazine. We look forward to expanding the magazine and making it even better in the coming year. The theme for January is Whole Systems Health and Energy Boosters. We find our energy levels dropping and our drive to get things done ebbing during the cold dark days of January. In a way this isn’t a bad thing. We can’t constantly be in warp overdrive. We humans need to rest, relax, recharge. The busy holiday season over, some rest is in order. It’s when the drop in energy becomes a slump that there is a problem: those times when we find ourselves too tired to enjoy what should be enjoyable things, too tired even to rest properly. Part of it is recovering from the go-go of the holidays. Part of it is a physiological reaction to the decrease in sunlight. Part of it might just be the accumulated daily stress of modern living. Cindy and I have incorporated a few simple practices into our winter schedules that really do help. Sometimes she schedules a “no work night”. No matter how much work there is to be done around the house or on the magazine, it will wait until tomorrow. We try to spend more time outdoors. We load our dogs up in the car and go off for an afternoon at one of the dog parks. With both of us working full time, the house tends to get cluttered and feel cramped especially in the winter. Even though house cleaning and clearing out clutter isn’t restful, the results afterwards are worth it. The energy in the house just feels lighter. When you are tired and stressed out it’s easy to fall into bad eating habits but poor nutrition only makes things worse. We make an effort to avoid fast food and prepare healthy meals at home. Cindy is the homemade soup goddess and I am the casserole king. There is something comforting about the smell and taste of good simple nutritious food and we always freeze some so we can enjoy it again later. As you read this month’s Natural Awakenings look for ideas and inspiration to help make your January happier and healthier. If you feel yourself sliding into a winter slump. Stop. Take some time out. Be kind to yourself. Try out a new energy boosting idea or use one that has worked in the past but you’ve just forgotten about.

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h e E d g a r C a y c e ’s A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) Center Open House is a practitioner sponsored event that is an opportunity to meet the various healing and psychic professionals who house their offices at The Center, and have d e d i c a t e d t h e i r wo r k towards your well-being and good health. The event will be held Sunday January 25 from 1-5 pm. Some of the practitioners will be doing: Reiki, Massage, Chiropractor, NLP, EFT, Stress Relief, Food Coaching, Ear Candling, Reflexology, Intuitive Healing and Oneness Blessing, Psychic, Tarot, Past Lives, Astrology, Akashic, Pet and Intuitive Readings The A.R.E. Center has a wonderful Gift Shop and Bookstore, which will be open that day during the event. The shop offers CD’s, books, pendulums, beautiful jewelry, crystals, gem and mineral samples, greeting cards, Tarot cards, Edgar Cayce homeopathic remedies and more.

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on Jose Ruiz, New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery and Ripples of Wisdom, is combining an upcoming U.S. speaking tour with book signings of his latest work, My Good Friend the Rattlesnake: Stories of Loss, Truth, and Transformation. The event is designed to lead participants in an evening of their own selfdiscovery as he shares personal anecdotes and lessons learned through translating ancient Toltec wisdom into practical concepts that promote daily transformation through truth, love and common sense. Ruiz’ message intends to empower individuals to live in truth and move beyond doubt and to let go of the lies that create emotional drama, victimization and the limiting belief systems our “domestication” has programmed into us. Other themes he shares are becoming aware of confusion between “who you are” and “what you know” and how agreements have created our reality; letting go of fear of what we are without our beliefs; making new agreements that are more in line with our authentic self and attaining a happier and more rewarding life. For local tour information and to purchase tickets, call 619565-5653, email or visit MiguelRuiz. com. See ad, page 29.

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Harvard Medical School study concluded that eating more peanut butter, corn, nuts and beans, including lentils and soybeans, during adolescence significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer later on. The researchers followed 9,039 young women that were between 9 and 15 years old when the study started in 1996, having the subjects complete diet questionnaires every year through 2001, and also in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2010. When the women were ages 18 to 30, the number of benign breast diseases that had developed was recorded. The statistics associated a daily serving of nuts and legumes at age 14 with a 66 percent reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer. Just a single serving of peanut butter once every three days at the age of 11 was associated with a 44 percent reduction of breast cancer risk. Intake of at least one serving of corn every three days was correlated with a 39 percent reduction in the disease. Earlier studies by Harvard researchers found that eating pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, tofu and other vegetable fats also reduces breast cancer risk.

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study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that people with low levels of magnesium in their blood have a significantly greater risk of chronic kidney disease. The researchers correlated the blood levels of magnesium in 13,226 people ages 45 to 65 with the incidence of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease among them. Subjects that had blood serum magnesium levels below what is generally considered the normal range (0.7–1 millimole per liter) were associated with a 58 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease and a 139 percent increased risk of end-stage renal disease. Abnormally low levels of magnesium may result from a number of conditions, including inadequate intake of serum magnesium due to chronic diarrhea, malabsorption, alcoholism, chronic stress and the use of medications such as diuretics. Foods rich in magnesium include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas and figs.

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Safer Groceries Landmark Food Law Being Enforced

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has reached a settlement agreement (Tinyurl. com/FoodSettlementAgreement) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that sets firm deadlines for the agency to fully enact the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. A federal court will maintain supervision to ensure FDA compliance. CFS senior attorney George Kimbrell, who led the case, says, “The first major update to our food safety laws since 1938 must now be implemented in a closedended, timely fashion. That means safer food for American families.” Congress passed the law to combat the epidemic of food-borne illnesses affecting one in six Americans annually. After repeated delays, the FDA must now comply with the following court-overseen schedule to implement the final rules: preventative controls for human and animal food (8/30/2015); imported food and foreign suppliers (10/31/2015); produce safety (10/31/2015); food transportation (3/31/2016); and intentional adulteration of food (5/31/2016). Source:

Pristine Protection America’s Huge New Underwater Park

The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument—about 470,000 square miles of ocean surrounding a couple of remote U.S. Pacific islands—is now officially set aside to protect its pristine habitat from deep-sea mining and commercial fishing. Although smaller than the nearly 800,000 square miles of its original plan, the park is still twice the size of Texas. In a final compromise, fishermen will have access to the waters around half of the islands and atolls, while the other half remains protected. Only 2 percent of the entire Pacific enjoys similar protection.

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Holistic Healers Reach Out to the Underserved An annual report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that up to 33 percent of uninsured people are avoiding needed treatment for economic reasons. Lifestyle changes and natural remedies like yoga and massage therapy can be highly effective when treating conditions such as high blood pressure, depression or aching joints, and groups nationwide are making these modalities more affordable for everyone. At California’s Healing Clinic Collective (HealingClinicCollective., in Oakland, women receive a day of free holistic health care—from acupuncture to massage therapy and nutritional counseling— and discounted rates for follow-up appointments. The Third Root Community Health Center (, in Brooklyn, helps arrange for acupuncturists, herbalists, Reiki practitioners and others to treat low-income people in New York City, especially community organizers and activists that are often overworked and lack the resources for these types of care. The Samarya Center (Samarya, in Seattle, Washington, uses revenue from its yoga studio to provide free yoga to critically ill patients served by the city’s BaileyBoushay House and the local VA hospital, and also to patients with chronic pain at the Pike Place Medical Clinic, which treats many homeless and low-income Seattle residents. Source: YES! magazine



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Most End-of-Life Care in U.S. Neglects Patient Needs The U.S. healthcare system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life and those of their families, and major changes to the system are necessary, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life. A 21-member committee has called for more advanced end-oflife care planning by individuals, improved training and credentialing for clinicians, and for governments and private sectors to provide incentives to patients and clinicians to discuss issues, values, preferences and appropriate services and care. Dr. Philip Pizzo, co-chair of the committee, states, “Patients can and should take control of the quality of their life through their entire lifetime, choosing how they live and how they die, and doctors should help initiate discussions with their patients about such decisions.” Susan Heckerman, former dean of medicine at Stanford University, says, “It’s important that healthcare options available to individuals facing the end of life help relieve pain and discomfort, maximize the individual’s ability to function, alleviate depression and anxiety, and ease the burdens of loved ones in a manner consistent with individual preferences and choices.” The report is available at DyingInAmerica.

Two companies in Japan will begin building two huge new solar power islands that will float on reservoirs, following the inception of the Kagoshima floating solar plant as the country’s largest, which opened in late 2013 just off the country’s southern coast. The new direction comes as Japan looks to move on from the Fukushima atomic disaster of 2011 and meet the energy needs of its 127 million people without relying on nuclear power. Before the incident, about 30 percent of the country’s power was generated by nuclear plants, but Fukushima destroyed public confidence, and with earthquakes highly likely in regions containing reactors, Japan is looking for alternatives. Solar islands could also be a solution for other countries where space or nuclear concerns are an issue. It’s possible that one day a significant portion of Europe’s power could come from use of the technology; experts believe the engineering challenges can be surmounted. Source:

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The Reign of Metabolism

Many perceive the role of metabolism as limited to determining energy expenditure via the number of calories burned per day, but it does much more. Metabolism actually encompasses thousands of physical and chemical processes that take place in the functioning of every cell, the building blocks of life; healthy cell function produces proper endocrine (hormonal) functioning, influencing homeostasis. This past August, 12 nationally recognized functional medicine experts participated in the country’s first online Metabolic Revolution Summit to discuss the importance of recognizing the dots that connect the majority of today’s chronic diseases—high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer and even infertility. All of the panelists pointed to the root cause that links them all—the craze for a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet starting in the 1990s combined with a sedentary lifestyle. When several complex conditions exist simultaneously, medical science refers to them as a syndrome. Regardless of how such intricate interrelationships become manifest, all of these syndromes have early-stage signs that include inflammation, high

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ttempts to tender lay explanations of how to attain and maintain better health have become fragmented and compartmentalized, with complex scientific cause-and-effect explanations of disease regularly reduced to isolated infographics and sound bites in the media. But understanding our body’s sophisticated, self-regulating, selfcorrecting and interdependent physiological systems, which work in collaboration with each other and inform us of the body’s status by means of symptoms, deserves a whole-systems frame of reference. Stepping back from immediate concerns to grasp the bigger picture allows for rethinking the Western approach to health. A perspective that connects all the dots works best, beginning with the foundation of wellness—the functioning of 73 trillion cells that are organized into a variety of tissues, including interconnected systems of organs. Optimally, they function together harmoniously to achieve homeostasis, the overall chemical and energetic balance that defines metabolic health.

blood sugar and insulin resistance, which can affect metabolic health.

A Holistic Approach

Doctors that specialize in functional integrative medicine strive to improve the health and well-being of patients by engaging them in their own healing process. One popular approach is practiced by Durango, Colorado, Doctor of Chiropractic James Forleo, author of Health is Simple, Disease is Complicated: A Systems Approach to Vibrant Health. He starts by educating people about the basic functioning of the major body systems involved in their specific health challenges. “To maintain metabolic health, no one should overlook that the body’s intelligence works 24/7 to solve multiple problems simultaneously, including balancing their metabolism. The more complex the pattern of symptoms, the more systems are involved. Whether a single or group of symptoms indicate

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metabolic dysfunction, it means that numerous systems that rely on healthy cells are unable to perform their normal functions,” explains Forleo. For example, blood sugar issues, excess circulating insulin and buildup of excess glucose stored as fat can lead to metabolic dysfunction. The pancreas, thyroid and gastrointestinal tract— primary glands in the endocrine system that plays a major role in balancing body chemistry by secreting hormones directly into the circulatory system—are negatively impacted. Well-functioning adrenals are necessary to balance blood sugar and one role of the pancreas is to produce insulin. When five of the eight major organ systems—immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive and endocrine— are impacted by metabolic dysfunction, a more holistic and systemic approach to health can provide a broader understanding of how they interrelate, and why preventive measures can preclude having to later pursue ways to reverse serious chronic diseases.

Lifestyle Factors

Functional medicine’s integrative approach to metabolic health is based on proper nutrition and regular exercise. “The inflammatory agents present in much of the food consumed at each meal in the standard American diet—high-glycemic refined carbohydrates, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats—are the biggest offenders,” says Forleo, who notes that the body instead needs good fats, such as those obtained from olive and coconut oils. Factors over which we can exercise some control— physical activity, stress, sleep, diet and circadian rhythms—all



Pioneering integrative doctors are connecting the dots that point to the root causes of the majority of today’s chronic diseases. play roles in metabolic health. Unfortunately, “We are moving further away from our ancestors’ healthier diet and lifestyle. We’re overfed and undernourished because we’re no longer eating for nutrition, but for entertainment,” remarks Doctor of Chiropractic Brian Mowll, the medical director of Sweet Life Diabetes Health Centers in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He characterizes metabolic dysfunction as the ultimate problem because it’s the doorway to many other ailments. “A hundred years ago, infectious diseases plagued humanity. Today and in the future, it’ll be metabolic disorders such as obesity, cancer, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders and other endocrine problems, diabetes and Type 2 diabetes,” predicts Mowll.

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Dr. Caroline Cederquist, author of The MD Factor Diet: A Physician’s Proven Diet for Metabolism Correction and Healthy Weight Loss, and founder of Cederquist Medical Wellness Center, in Naples, Florida, conducted a one-year study of patients to identify their health issues via blood work analysis. Eighty-nine percent of the men, women and children showed evidence of insulin resistance. This often-overlooked metabolic condition affects how the body processes glucose, a simple

sugar and the body’s primary fuel, making gaining weight easy and losing it difficult. Treated with proper diet, lifestyle changes and supplements, plus medication in advanced stages, Cederquist found that metabolic dysfunction is reversible. She explains that long-term insulin resistance can lead to fatty liver disease, high blood sugar and eventually, diabetes. It also directly affects cholesterol levels and can induce triglycerides, high blood pressure, low HDL (highdensity lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol), increased waist circumference and heart disease. In Cederquist’s young adult patients, metabolic dysfunction was also associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a cause of infertility. Germany’s Dr. Wolf Funfack, a specialist in internal and nutritional medicine and creator of a well-regarded metabolic balancing program, noted that insulin resistance both increases the production of stress hormones and blocks production of the anti-inflammatory hormones that slow the aging process. Funfack’s all-natural, personalized nutrition plan, backed by more than 25 years of scientific study, is designed to bring hormonal balance, optimize health and lead to long-term weight management. Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, author of Metabolic Cardiology, goes a step further. He believes that metabolic dysfunction involving cells, hormones and inflammation encompasses the molecular-based essence of all disease. He observes, “Individuals diagnosed with several conditions can leave a doctor’s office with three or four prescriptions, rather than the one solution for reversal and prevention—a healthy lifestyle and non-inflammatory diet to offset and neutralize weight gain, blood pressure elevation and other abnormalities such as high blood sugar.” Mowll agrees that many conventional healthcare practitioners don’t address the root cause of metabolic disorders or provide lifestyle interventions. “They simply reach for the prescription pad,” he says. This growing problem presents an opportunity to educate the entire populace. Bestselling Virgin Diet author JJ Virgin, who characterizes the human body as a “chemistry lab,” adopts an easy-to-follow nutritional and fitness approach for metabolic health. She recommends eating the types of healthy fats found in wild fish, raw nuts and seeds, coconut, avocado and olives. Virgin prefers the clean, lean protein of grass-fed beef and wild fish, plus low-glycemic lentils and legumes and plenty of low-glycemic fruits like raspberries, blueberries, pears and grapefruits. Lowglycemic vegetables on her list include green peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, onion and eggplant. “When you eat this way, there’s a slow release of sugar, and insulin remains at lower levels,” advises Virgin. As in any systems theory, the whole must be understood in relationship to the parts, as well as the relevant environment. Experts agree that it’s paramount to take an expanded, systemic approach to metabolic health, rather than fixating on only one or two aspects at a time. Metabolic health—from basic cells to the most sophisticated of organized systems—can only be achieved and sustained when the whole system is healthy. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings and host of the online Metabolic Revolution Summit. Visit her website for a free audio sample.

How to Talk with a Doctor by Carol L. Roberts


any patients, both men and women, have a heroworshipping attitude toward their physicians and can be intimidated during visits. They may feel it’s impolite to question a doctor, even to get information needed to make critical decisions for one’s self or a loved one. Some doctors seem to have forgotten they are still just people with a medical degree. Patients should remember this if they encounter any perceived aloofness or arrogance. Too often, such an unhelpful attitude may be acquired along with professional experience. Getting ready for a visit to a doctor often entails following instructions, but should also include preparing questions you want answered. If a serious health issue has surfaced, such as an abnormal lab test or a diagnosis that requires treatment, make key questions count: “Where did this come from? Is there anything I can do for myself? What is the recommended treatment? What are the expected effects and unintended side effects of the proposed treatment? Are there alternative forms of treatment? Can I speak to one of your patients that has undergone this treatment?” Then, do online research upon returning home. The Internet has placed the entire library of medicine at our fingertips. Sift out the science from the hype, refine questions and go back for deeper answers. Get a second opinion from another medical doctor or naturopath (some states license them) or doctor of Oriental medicine (acupuncture and herbs). No matter if the proposed treatment is as seemingly simple as a course of antibiotics or as serious as surgery, question it before automatically submitting to a diagnosis and drug prescription. Each of us is the only person on Earth with the unique vantage point of living inside our body. We shouldn’t let anyone label us as depressed if a sick body says otherwise, that “It’s all in your head,” if it’s real, or that there’s no cure. That’s where alternative medicine usually begins and miracles can happen. The best results come from standing up for ourselves. Dr. Carol L. Roberts practices integrative medicine at the Perlmutter Health Center, in Naples, FL ( She is a founding diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.

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FOODS The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum by Linda Sechrist


ur body’s hormones work like an orchestra. When one instrument is out of tune, the entire production struggles to maintain harmony. Each plays a part in influencing the others and determining how well the whole concert works. F o r t u n a t e l y, o u r b o d y h a s masterful conductors, including the endocrine system, which coordinates all of the glands and the hormones they produce. “Players” include the adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, pineal, pituitary, reproductive and thyroid/parathyroid glands. “A healthy endocrine system



is essential to making hormones in appropriate amounts throughout our life,” says Theresa Dale, Ph.D., a naturopathic doctor who practices as a traditional naturopath and clinical nutritionist in Oxnard, California, and has authored Revitalizing Your Hormones. “For example, when the ovaries shut down after menopause, the adrenal glands continue producing progesterone and other essential hormones.” Dale, dean and founder of the California College of Natural Medicine, further assures that contrary to assertions from some conventional medicine

reports, the body is able to produce necessary hormones throughout our entire life. Hormones function as chemical messengers that commute through the bloodstream as part of the information superhighway that connects the brain to the DNA managers of the body’s cells. “Hormones communicate with chemicals produced by the brain called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which greatly influence energy levels, moods and other bodily functions such as moving memories from short- to longterm storage,” explains Dale. For 20 years, she has seen patients with critical hormonal imbalances respond to her recommended threemonth, endocrine-rebuilding diet, comprising three daily meals of steamed, sautéed and raw foods, fish, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus two raw vegetable or seed snacks. The regimen strives to balance metabolism, cleanse the body, restore immune function and revitalize the endocrine system. Kokomo, Indiana, resident Sylvia Egel, national director of coaching and education for Metabolic Balance, a personalized nutrition plan to balance metabolism and hormones, optimize health and increase energy at any age, agrees that hormones can be restored and balanced via proper food selections. “Our lifestyle and dietary choices strongly affect our metabolism and hormonal health, as do stress levels and sleep patterns. Eating at the wrong time, in the wrong place or in the wrong order, and even poor combinations of healthy foods, can be almost as problematic as eating junk food,” says Egel. She also warns against snacking, emotional eating, eating on the go, skipping breakfast and waiting too long between meals. Diana Hoppe, author of Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You, an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Diego, California, who leads clinical trials related to women’s health at the Pacific Coast Research Center, also sees firsthand how what we eat directly affects our hormones. She attests that our bodies need a balance of three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat. “But for 20 years, we have been advised to decrease fat intake

in favor of fat-free options that have been detrimental to us, because we need fat to produce hormones and maintain healthy hormone function. Certain fatty acids and cholesterol serve as building blocks in hormone production and cellular function, especially the reproductive hormones of estrogen and testosterone,” says Hoppe. Food can be medicine for hormones. One of the most important hormonebalancing fats is coconut oil, which heals skin, increases metabolism and supplies a quick source of energy. Egg yolks are a good source of choline and iodine, essential to the production of healthy thyroid hormones, plus are rich in vitamins A, D, E and B-complex vitamins. Avocados have lots of healthy fat that helps absorb and utilize nutrients. Nuts and seeds, olive oil and salmon are all rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that help stabilize hormone levels. Eating the right foods and incorporating healthy fats into meals increases overall energy, reduces hormonal fluctuations and helps us feel more balanced. S ay s D a l e , “ Th e m a j o r i t y o f individuals are surprised to learn that hormone health doesn’t depend on age, but rather on a complex of factors, like the air we breathe, the water we drink, the quality of our diet, good sleep and adequate exercise, plus the relative health of our relationships and emotional life— and that’s just for starters.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.


Louise Hay on Loving Yourself to Ageless Health by S. Alison Chabonais


renowned leader of the self-help movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated worldwide for teaching—by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life—how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think. Her positive philosophy has sparked an industry and her Hay House publishing group. Nourishing mind and body, loving life, learning and growing, g iv i n g b a ck a n d moving ahead— these comprise Hay’s program for creating health, happiness and longevity. At 88, she continues to

travel for business and pleasure, embracing vital, joy-filled days with a thankful smile. Her new book, Loving Yourself to Great Health, co-authored with Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, explains how she’s taking all she knows to the next level.

Why does first applying love and forgiveness to yourself make a happy, healthy and long life possible? Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want. A healthy and happy life is rooted in self-love, and forgiveness is an act of self-love. It all comes down to how you think and treat yourself. What we give

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out we get back, so it all starts with us. Remember, no matter what the problem is, there is only one answer: loving yourself. Start with small steps and be gentle. If you start there, magical things will happen.

How do you manage to engage in a stream of loving affirmations 24/7? Practice, practice, practice! Slowly, bit-bybit, start each day with a loving act towards yourself. Loving affirmations and worrying about things take up the same amount of time; you still get the same things done along the way, but worrying creates stress, while affirmations will brighten your life. It can be exhausting if you fight the shift and make it difficult. If you make kindness to yourself and others a simple part of everyday life, it isn’t exhausting at all.

is realizing that I don’t need to know everything, because life brings me people like Ahlea and Heather. A third of our life is spent eating, and it’s essential that we know the best way to do this. Start your day with water and an act of self-love. Eat real food; seasonal, organic, natural foods are a positive affirmation to your body. Poop every day, figuratively and literally. Learn to listen to your body and its wisdom. Choose exercise that you love and that makes you feel good. Also, go on a media diet. Filter out from your consciousness any messages that say you are not good enough or that separate you from the beautiful and lovable person you are. Surround yourself with like-minded people that share good news and love to laugh.

What are some key elements to crafting a life experience that supports and nourishes ageless being?

The core belief founding your lifework is that every thought we have is creating our future. Is scientific research now supporting that?

Choose thoughts that bring love into your life and laugh a lot. Say yes to life and the magic it brings. I trust that life will bring me exactly what I need, and part of that

When I began teaching people about affirmations, there wasn’t any science to support it, but we knew it worked, and now studies verify that. I particularly

love Bruce Lipton’s scientific research showing that we are not controlled by our genes because the genetic blueprint can be altered through positive changes in our beliefs. I hear reports every day of how people are healing their lives by changing their thoughts through cultivating self-love and personal affirmations. They are seeing healing of autoimmune diseases, obesity, addictions, post-traumatic stress and many other so-called incurable illnesses. It’s amazing what happens when you are kind and loving to yourself.

What is your secret to aging gracefully through the years? It’s simple. It’s about getting your thoughts and food right and having fun along the way. If you are thinking positive thoughts but feeding yourself processed, unnatural or sugary foods, you are sending yourself mixed messages. Feed yourself nourishing foods and think loving thoughts. Any time you don’t know what else to do, focus on love. Loving yourself makes you feel good, and good health comes from feeling good. S. Alison Chabonais is the national content editor for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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Solution: Time management is essential to preserving energy, says Orloff. Limit time spent on social media. Check email once or twice a day instead of every 15 minutes. “The Internet is addictive, almost like a drug,” explains Orloff. “When you’re online, your energy is cut off and you become a zombie; you’re not in your body. Take a technology fast. Talk to your mate. Make love. Go for a walk in the woods. See your best friend.”

Get Rid of Clutter

Problem: We all have way too much “stuff,” says Linda Rauch Carter, author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. “If you don’t have room, you shut yourself off from the flow of energy in your home and become exhausted,” says the Tustin, California, feng shui expert. “When I ask a client to take half of the stuff off a shelf and then ask how it feels, they almost always take a deep breath. The clutter literally chokes off breath and vitality.”

Energy Boosters Four Ways to Recharge by Kathleen Barnes


tress saps energy, and Americans feel stressed more than ever, with 20 percent of us experiencing “extreme stress” at least weekly, according to the American Institute of Stress. Could late- night TV and the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices be the culprits? Partly, according to information published by Harvard Medical School. While all light stimulates the brain, the blue light from electronic devices and some eco-light bulbs disrupt circadian rhythms, prevent production of melatonin and block deep, healthful, restorative sleep. Fortunately, there’s an easy remedy, say Harvard experts: Seek abundant exposure to bright natural sunlight, and then turn off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime. Some experts even suggest wearing orange-colored goggles for the last two waking hours to neutralize the energy-sucking blue rays. Here are a few more energy thieves and ways to neutralize them.

Avoid Energy Vampires Problem: We all know someone that exhausts us, according to Dr. Judith Orloff, Venice Beach, California, author of the new book, The Ecstasy of Surrender. Maybe he or she talks endlessly about personal matters, is incessantly negative, a gossip or a guilt-tripper. Solution: “Take control. Get in the driver’s seat,” advises Orloff. “Create a circle of positive people around you. Stay calm and centered. Distance yourself from energy vampires and if they’re family, limit time spent with them and establish boundaries.”

Solution: “Clear out what isn’t needed,” counsels Carter. “Keep a balance by making it a habit when bringing new things into a home or work environments to let go of a comparable number of old things at the same time.” Beware of clutter creep, the slow accumulation of energysapping clutter, she says. “I believe the lack of energy so many of us experience is a nearly undetectable, chronic energy drain that seems slight, yet over time becomes a big problem.”

Stop Electromagnetic Pollution Problem: We are all surrounded by energy-draining electromagnetic fields (EMF) from myriad electronic devices and systems in homes and offices, plus cell phone towers and transmission lines. All of these operate on frequencies that can be major energy drains, says Carter. Japanese research physician Ryoichi Ogawa found that 80 percent of his chronic fatigue patients were frequent users of electromagnetic technologies (Omega-News). Solution: Minimize indoor exposure to EMFs by using land lines with corded phones, power strips and shutting off electricity to nonessential appliances when not in use. “I’ve been preaching this for 20 years,” says Carter. Protecting sleep space is a primary consideration. “Make sure no beds are near electrical outlets and cell phones. Get rid of cordless phones, which are like mini cell towers, right there in the house,” she adds.

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The easiest solution, Carter says, is to put bare feet on bare earth for 15 to 20 minutes a day. “It will pull some of that excess EMF charge right off of you.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at

More Ways to Recharge Take a walk. A brisk 10-minute walk gets the cobwebs out and neutralizes the four o’clock energy slump, says Dr. Judith Orloff. Just spending time outside is a simple, time-tested way of boosting energy. R e c e n t S c o t t i s h r e s e a r ch published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine confirms the energy-enhancing power of nature in general, noting that people that live near trees have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

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An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away Keep Kids Engaged in Healthy Living by Julianne Hale


n today’s technology-fueled society, kids spend many hours of their free time staring at smartphones or tablets instead of exploring nature, riding bikes or playing outdoor games with their friends. Rather than just imposing radical reductions in screen time, parents and caregivers can meet youngsters halfway

by adding apps to their handheld devices that provide tips on healthy eating, exercise and behavior. Here are five that are fun for kids and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Super Stretch Yoga HD. Super Stretch is the primary character in this yoga

If, the Emotional IQ Game. An adventure game inspired by If, a well-known poem by Rudyard Kipling, players go on a quest through Ziggurat, a fantasy world where they enlist energy creatures called Vims to rid their avatars of dark energy. Youngsters are challenged to complete missions using emotional language. The character traits required to complete the tasks include patience, teamwork and other skills that help kids build emotional intelligence. Free in the iTunes App Store. Smash Your Food. Nutritionist Marta De Wulf, from Bellevue, Washington, felt compelled to develop her innovative app when she realized that while kids understand that certain foods contain too much sugar, fat or carbs, they have no idea how the information pertains to them. The award-winning app “allows children to input their age, gender and level of physical activity to measure their

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individual caloric need,� says De Wulf. “When they choose a food to ‘smash’ and see that eight grams of sugar cubes are in a can of soda, they’re able to process healthy food information.� Smash Your Food features audio/ video of actual food smashing. “Kids are sensorial and different kinds of learners. It’s more effective than using cartoon images,� she observes. It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store. Oh, Ranger! Park Finder. Instead of vaguely suggesting that kids put down their electronic devices and head outdoors, why not ask them to choose an adventure for the whole family? Using the Oh, Ranger! Park Finder app, kids can search for nearby outdoor recreation areas from a comprehensive database of national


parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management sites and U.S. Army Corps recreation areas. Kids can further seek out specific activities from 20-plus categories that range from birdwatching and hiking to boating and camping. Free in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

youngsters healthy. “Surveys show that parents often don’t realize that their child has a weight problem,� notes Kern. “It’s important to discuss this topic within the family, and the app helps facilitate this in a non-threatening, helpful way.� It’s $2.99 in the iTunes App Store.

Kids Making Healthy Choices. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that rates of childhood obesity have doubled in the past 30 years. This kid- and parent-friendly app is designed to help. It springboards from San Diego, California’s Merilee Kern’s children’s book of the same title. Embedded via an e-reader, kids can play games, print coloring sheets and explore healthy recipes while parents check out the news section and resource page for links with information for keeping

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Interval Training Knocks Down Blood Sugar Exercise Bursts are Fast and Effective by Lisa Marlene


abels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults that have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic dysfunction due to a high-sugar diet that causes spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels and eventually contributes to insulin resistance. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Obesity, the benefits of

doing HIIE at least three times a week for two to six weeks include reduction of abdominal body fat, improved aerobic and anaerobic fitness and lower levels of insulin resistance. In a separate study, Norwegian researchers examined the impact that different types of exercise programs had on individuals seeking to reverse metabolic dysfunction, an overall chemical imbalance largely attributed to insulin resistance. They concluded that despite producing similar effects on body weight and blood pressure, the aerobic interval training group also

showed greater improvement in insulin sensitivity, aerobic capacity and highdensity lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol) than those performing continuous moderate exercise. They also exhibited lower blood glucose (sugar) levels. Another beneficial HIIE characteristic is that it involves markedly fewer exercise repetitions and less training time. JJ Virgin, a fitness and nutrition expert and author of The Virgin Diet, recommends incorporating burst-style and resistance training for fast, lasting fat loss and improving insulin resistance. Best of all, you can do these exercises in minutes a day. “Burst exercise means working out in short intense bursts of 30 to 60 seconds, coupled with one to two minutes of active recovery time, moving at a lower intensity that allows you to catch your breath and lower your heart rate,” she explains. Two easy examples of this are sprinting to burst and then walking to recover, and running up stairs to burst, and then walking down them to recover. “This should be repeated for a total of four to eight minutes of high-intensity bursts per session. Overall, this will take 20 to 30 minutes,” says Virgin. She notes that the increase in stress hormones that occurs during HIIE are counteracted by the simultaneously raised levels of anabolic-building hormones. “Short bursts train the body in how to handle stress and recover. Repeated intense bursts raise the lactic acid level, which in turn raises growth hormone production and supports fat burning. The research is clear that the more intense the exercise, the bigger the metabolic benefit is afterward.”

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SPIRIT QUEST’S NEW YEARS CELEBRATION , 12:00 noon- 6:00 pm Tarot and oracle card readings, psychic reading, angel readings, and astrology readings. Also reiki, stone healing, angel therapy, reflexology, ear candling, ion foot baths and much more. The Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main Street, Spring, TX 77373


FREE PSYCHIC & HEALTH EXPO 1-5 pm Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE admission, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. All at CenterPoint, 1920 Hollister, 713 932 7224;


New Reality Boards and True You Coaching:, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 3rd, 1-4 p.m. See Saturday, December 27th for details.


Marva’s Psychic and Holistic Fair, 10am-5pm; at the La Quinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak.


2015! New Reality Boards and True You Coaching,1-4 p.m. What are you ready to say YES to? Create a New Reality board that invites more of what you want in your life. Houston Heights (77008). Visit for more details.

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2015 A New Year for Living a Passionate and Creative Life! Life Coaching and Intuitive Painting, Fri eve, Sat, Sun: Jan. 9th -11th. Intuitive Painting wakes you to the power inside. Coaching supports you in setting intentions for integrating this power into your life. See


The Year for Living a Passionate & Creative Life! Life Coaching & Intuitive Painting, Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday Combining Intuitive Painting and Life Coaching offers you the opportunity to explore and experience what’s it and what’s not it. Location: the Houston Heights (77008). Visit for more details.


Half Day Retreat 9:00-noon. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. 281-568-1568

Psychic Sunday. 1- 5 pm Enjoy a private Tarot, Palm, Rune, Numerology Reading from Houston’s Best for Only $20. Also available Healers, doing Reiki, Matrix, Pranic & Access Healing. Massage, Nutritionist, Ion Foot Bath, Sage, Incense, Jewelry, Ear Candling, Reflexology, Gluten Test. All at CenterPoint, 1920 Hollister, 713 932 7224 Beginning Meditation. 7:30-9:30 pm CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. 281-568-1568


Live from Your Creative Side with Permission, Passion, and Purpose: Intuitive Painting Series and Open Studios, Fridays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Also: January 23 and 30. Learn the nature of creativity and its principles and begin to relax and trust. Visit for details. Can I Climb the Big Mountain? Presented by the West Houston Theosophical Study Group. 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Tracy Gee Community Center, 3500 Westchase, Houston, TX 77042 Free and Open to the Public.


Children’s Meditation, for children ages 4-12 and parents. 10:00 am. 12:00pm CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. 281-568-1568 Living Your Voice 101 Workshop with Tony Pryor, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Imagine how different your life might be if you could express your inner voice authentically. Houston Heights (77008). Visit www. for more information. For questions, please call Tony Pryor at 713-826-9814.


Sunday Services & Meditation. 10:00 am-noon. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. 281-568-1568 FREE PSYCHIC & HEALTH EXPO Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE admission, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. All at CenterPoint, 1920 Hollister, 713 932 7224;


Blessing Ceremony. 10:00 am-noon. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. 281-568-1568 FREE HEALING EXPO 1-5 PM Experience all sorts of different healing techniques today for free. Also available Tarot, Nutritionist, Massage, Reflexology, Pet psychic/healing Ion detox Foot Bath, Ear candling, Aura Readings & more. Psychics & Palmist available.($20 readings). CenterPoint Store open, 713 932 7224, 1920 Hollister.


Live from Your Creative Side with Permission, Passion, and Purpose: Intuitive Painting Series & Open Studios, Friday mornings, 10 am – 12:30 pm. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. Visit for more details.


Lunch-n-Learn Event – Lunch Coach is on Call! Noon-12:45 p.m. One Wednesday each month you are invited to call-in to Lunch Coach. This month, the focus is: Stepping forward when your sidekick, Doubt, is shouting in your ear. Visit for more details.


Critical Mass-Houston is a casual bike ride starting from Market Square in downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love for bicycles and have fun riding our bikes. Gathering at 6:30 pm. Roll Out around 7:15 pm. We usually finish between 9:30-10 pm. Visit or like us on FaceBook for more details. Live from Your Creative Side with Permission, Passion, and Purpose: Intuitive Painting Series & Open Studios, Friday mornings, 10 am – 12:30 pm, . When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. for more details. Free Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward Now in it’s 4th Year! 7:00 – 8:30 PM at Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, Houston, TX 77027. January is focused on Fresh Starts and New Beginnings. Do your thoughts influence your life? Find out by joining us each Friday night to learn about the impact of affirmative thinking! This is a powerful evening focused on affirmative thinking to help you achieve your dreams! For more information and a FREE weekly affirmation newsletter, visit: or call 832-628-4113.

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Coming This Month Don Jose Ruiz, New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Agreement and Ripples of Wisdom, invites everyone to join him for an evening of selfdiscovery and transformation. In his Toltec Rattlesnake Book Tour, he will share personal anecdotes and lessons learned through translating ancient wisdom into practical applications of truth, love and common sense. For local tour information, visit January 2015


Naturally, Around Town Personal Services Directory

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monday Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz Jr, 11a.m.-5 p.m. Access your past to heal current life issues. A.R.E., 7800 Amelia Rd, 1B. Set appt. at 832-530-3360.

tuesday Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch. 6:30 p.m. Intermediate. $60/month or $20 drop-in. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer at Midlane, Ste. 233. 832-754-5052.

Breast Thermography by Deika King, MSCPM, CCT 832-422-7271 Providing breast health screening and education for the prevention and protection of breast disease.

Certified Natural Health Practitioner Donna Fry, Naturopath, CNHP 281-687-0792 Private Consultations. Classes and Workshops

Oneness Blessing Meeting, 7-9 p.m. Pyramid, Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr. Love Offering. Share, meditate, give and receive the Oneness Blessing.


saturday Friends for Life, Sept 20-Nov 15, 12-4 p.m. An animal adoption center on wheels! Free, adoption fees apply. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.


Walk Your Way to Wellness, 6-7 p.m. Learn to cope with pain, posture, balance, weight, sleep, stress. Members-$12/session, $15/non-members.

Lazelle Bradley at CenterPoint Health Fairs: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays, individual consults, $25, and Sunrider Store, 1-5 p.m. 1920 Hollister. Register: 281-440-3136.


DanceEvolution:, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free-Form Barefoot Movement Community. 281-748-8080. Planet Funk, 5731 Logan Ln. 77007

How to Balance your Chakras, plus Chakra Healing. The Int’l Center for Reiki Training. 7-9 p.m. 281826-2872 or 281-671-4325; healingenergy17@ $30. Advanced reservations required.

Weekly Oneness Blessings, after 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Sanctuary Balcony, Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr. Love Offering.



Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz Jr, 3-6 p.m. Access your past to heal current life issues. A.R.E., 7800 Amelia Rd, Ste. 1B. Set appt. at 832-530-3360.

Introductory Tai Chi, 6-7 p.m. $12/session for members, $15/non-members.


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Farmers Market, Grand Parkway, 8 a.m. -12 noon. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 West Grand Parkway S., Katy. www.farmersmarketon

Reiki Practitioner Relax, Rebalance, Heal with Reiki, Hands on Healing, Guided Meditation Essential Oil Consultations

Spiritual Healing/Messages From Angels, 1st, 3rd Thurs, 7-9 p.m. Love donations. 440 Benmar Dr.. #1015, 77060, 832-525-3486,

Iyengar Yoga in the Arboretum’s classroom, 6-7:30 p.m. $12/session for members, $15/non-members.

Weekly Oneness Blessings, Wednesdays, 5:30- 6:45 p.m. Wallet Hall, Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr. Love Offering.

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Eden Energy Med. Practice with Stania, 1:30 p.m. Boost energy levels, metabolism, memory, reduce stress. $18. 713-253-4208.

Westchase District Farmers Market 3-6 p.m. weekly 10503 Westheimer (1 block w. of BW8). Local produce, eggs, meat, honey.

Free EFT. Weekly Tap with Helen Racz. Every Thursday, 7 p.m. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Ste. 233. Learn highly effective, simple Emotional Freedom Technique, a meridian-based therapy. Donations welcomed. Web streamed Live! See Green Solutions Lecture - Every 3rd Thursday 7-9 p.m. Please register for class by emailing or calling 281-4403136. $15/class.

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Nutritional Assessments 8388 W Sam Houston Pkwy 281-988-7770

We provide the facility, knowledge, class-1 equipment and supervision to enable your colonic. However, you must do your own colonic. By appointment only.


4100 Westheimer Rd., Ste. 233 Houston 77027 (Inside Loop 610) 713-906-0306

A psychotherapy practice specializing in grief, trauma and issues that affect older women. Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitizing Reprocessing) for Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Ericksonian hypnosis one of the fastest growing and influential branches of hypnotherapy today that regularly achieves success where traditional hypnotherapy fails

HEALTH MANAGEMENT T&L HEALTH MANAGEMENT CENTER 20255 Sunset Ranch Dr., Katy 77449 281-550-8213 • 832-860-8681

We offer a new natural treatment using energy-information technology and equipment to achieve good health without any chemicals and side effects.

ORGANIC RESORT & SPA DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA 10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery Tx 77316 936-647-1383

All natural, organic, resort and spa. Semi-fast jucing cleanse, raw food classes, yoga, life enhancement classes, and a variety of natural spa and salon services. See ad on back cover.


Providing learning and networking opportunities for those interested in all aspects of holistic living. Meets 7 p.m. on second Tuesday of month at Cafe East in Humble.

HOMEOPATHY AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097

Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease joint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Starting at $7 for a 2oz. jar. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy at our website. See ad on page 9.


Chan/Zen Meditation Classes Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. No prior experience required for beginners. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 281-568-1568 •

Classes begin again on January 12, 2015. Half-day Retreat: Sunday, December 21, 9am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 10.


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Earn cash for recyclables with Recycle4U. Can and bottle recycling drives! Plus, we collect paper, cardboard, plastic, cans and glass from homes, businesses and events!

THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 3300 Chimney Rock, Ste. 208 713-621-4406

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad page 22.

WELLNESS INSTITUTE JOYCE LONG’S DETOX LYMPHATIC WELLNESS INSTITUTE SINCE 1989 1308 James Street , Rosenberg,TX, 77471 281-232-7336 • 281-344-0095

Colon Hydrotherapy with M.D. Prescription Yours or Ours, Lymphatic Drainage m,massage & Facials, Infra Red Sauna, Ion Cleanse Hand and Foot Baths, Chinese Cupping Massage, Therapeutic Massage ME # 0170 and Reflexology. Our knowledge and services are equal to European Health Facilities where you can Detoxify and Rejuvenate. The treatments are specifically designed towards improving that vital bond between mind and body. Your protocol is individualized just for you.

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DEER LAKE LODGE & SPA wellness, pure and simple

When our bodies are overloaded with toxins and stress, they can’t function effectively. The result? We get sick, stressed and tired. That’s why we created Deer Lake Lodge & Spa — to help our guests push the “reset” button and get back to a healthier way of living.


Buy One Spa Service Or Overnight Stay, Get 2nd 30% off To Book Call: 936-647-1383

10500 Deer Lake Lodge Road, Montgomery, Texas 77316 32


Na hou jan15 digital  

Natural Awakenings Houston, January 2015 issue.

Na hou jan15 digital  

Natural Awakenings Houston, January 2015 issue.