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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.

8 newsbriefs 10 healthbriefs 14 FOOD DEMOCRACY By the People, for the People 12 globalbriefs and Toward a Stronger Nation 18 consciouseating by Melinda Hemmelgarn 20 inspiration 14 21 healingways 18 VEGGIE NATION REVOLUTION 23 fitbody by Judith Fertig 25 healthykids 27 naturalpet 20 SONGS OF FREEDOM We All Long for Liberty 28 wisewords by Enrique Smeke 33 classifieds 33 farmers’markets 21 MANIFEST MIRACLES Tap Into the Field 34 calendar of Infinite Possibility 38 resourceguide by Deborah Shouse

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ew research from Brigham Young University indicates that social interaction decreases the risk of premature death. Scientists conducted an analysis of actuarial health research from 1980 to 2014 that included more than 3 million people. The study found living alone increased the risk of death by 32 percent, while perceptions of greater social isolation and elevated loneliness showed 29 percent and 26 percent increased risks of early mortality, respectively. The results were consistent among both men and women, but the impact of feelings of isolation or loneliness caused a higher degree of mortality risk for individuals under the age of 65. The mortality rates among the lonely and isolated were comparable to those of individuals that smoked 15 cigarettes a day or were alcoholics. Lead researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., further noted, “The effect of this is comparable to that of obesity, something that public health takes very seriously.”

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MINDFULNESS MEDITATION LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

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Protest Songs

Rocker Neil Young Celebrates Food Democracy with New Album Tour

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globalbriefs Legendary musician Neil Young and his new band, Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, are calling out agribusiness giant Monsanto’s practices with a new album and summer concert tour. The band’s Rebel Content tour to support their new album The Monsanto Years will kick off on July 5 in Milwaukee and includes Young’s first-ever concert in Vermont, in Essex Junction, on July 19, a state that passed a law requiring food companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. Young, a longtime critic of big agribusiness, has sharply criticized efforts by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to block the Vermont GMO labeling law. “Whatever you think of GMOs,” he maintains, “corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions that have strong public backing.” The tour also encompasses Denver, July 8 and 9; Lincoln, Nebraska, July 11; Cincinnati, July 13; Clarkston, Michigan, July 14; Camden, New Jersey, July 16; Bethel, New York, July 17; Wantagh, New York, July 21; Great Woods, Massachusetts, July 22; and Oro-Medonte, Ontario, July 24. Other dates may be added. For more information, visit NeilYoung.com.

Bee Aware Lowe’s to Stop Selling Toxic Pesticides Lowe’s Home Improvement says it will begin to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading contributor to global bee declines, from its stores. This public commitment is the most significant announcement so far for a retailer of its size. Lisa Archer, a spokesperson for Friends of the Earth, says, “We are pleased Lowe’s is listening to consumer concerns and to the growing body of science telling us we need to move away from bee-toxic pesticides by taking steps to be part of the solution to the bee crisis.” The retailer has pledged to phase out neonicotinoids as suitable alternatives become available, redouble existing integrated pest management practices for suppliers and provide additional materials for educating customers about pollinator health. Source: Tinyurl.com/LowesHelpsBees

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Solar Surges

Sun-Fueled Energy Booms in Pioneer States Two years in the making, the Topaz Solar Project, the world’s largest, has begun operating in California, powerful enough to supply 160,000 homes using 9 million photovoltaic solar panels installed across 9.5 square miles. Compared to fossil fuel technology, the facility is projected to remove 377,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year; equivalent to taking 73,000 cars off the road. Unlike some solar plants, Topaz requires no water to generate electricity and makes minimal sound because there are no moving parts, so its total environmental impact is minimal. In Hawaii, where 12 percent of homes have solar panels, handling surplus power is putting pressure on the state’s biggest utility, which now wants to reduce what it pays for the energy. Electricity there is pricey, with monthly bills of $600 to $700 not uncommon. The growing popularity of making electricity at home puts new pressures on old infrastructure like circuits and power lines and cuts into electric company revenue. As a result, many utilities are reducing incentives and adding steep fees. “Hawaii is a postcard from the future,” says Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar, a policy and advocacy group based in California.


Vermont’s Victory Court Rules GMO Labeling Constitutional In April, a federal court denied a request by powerful food industry groups to block Vermont’s landmark law requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMO). The plaintiffs, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, had sought a preliminary injunction to stop implementation of Act 120, which passed in May 2014 and will take effect a year from now. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss’ ruling said that the plaintiffs failed to show that they would suffer “irreparable harm” to warrant an injunction, and that the state had established that the act’s GMO disclosure requirement is constitutional. “This important ruling affirms the constitutionality of genetically engineered food labeling, as well as the rights of Vermonters and U.S. citizens across the country,” states George Kimbrell, senior attorney for the Center for Food Safety and counsel in the case. The ruling came shortly after an analysis by the Environmental Working Group found that industry groups spent $63.6 million last year—triple the amount spent in 2013—to defeat GMO-labeling measures. The general consensus is the Vermont case is likely to go to trial.

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decide what is grown or raised in their community, whether animals are treated humanely, if family farmers and other food workers are paid a living wage and can collectively bargain and whether people have access to safe, healthy food—as well as the right to know what is in their food, how it is produced and where it comes from.” Peck believes that if we want a cleaner environment, healthier people and more vibrant communities, “We need to be citizens that care about bringing democratic accountability, social justice and ecological integrity to all aspects of our food/farm system.”

Local Food Strengthens Communities

Food Democracy By the People, for the People and Toward a Stronger Nation by Melinda Hemmelgarn

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o more fully understand the concept of democracy, we can look to some past U.S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln defined it as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Thomas Jefferson said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” Harry S. Truman further recognized that “secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” By extension, “food democracy” describes a fair and transparent food system in which people have informed choices and control in determining what and how they eat. It’s what happens when we view people as citizens, rather than consumers, and treat food as a human right, reports the Oakland, California-based Pesticide Action Network (PAN). Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, and member of the Franciscan Earth Corps, defines it as having the freedom to make choices about the integrity of our food from farm to plate, so that we can support the health

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Food Sovereignty Feeds Independence

A PAN report on food democracy describes food sovereignty as the international equivalent of the U.S. movement to re-localize control over our food and farming. It’s rooted in regenerating historically autonomous food systems with, for and by the people. John Peck, Ph.D., executive director of Family Farm Defenders, in Madison, Wisconsin, explains that the term “food sovereignty” was coined about two decades ago by the globally active La Via Campesina, comprised of family farmers, farm workers, fishing folks, hunters, gatherers and indigenous communities around the world. “At its most basic,” Peck says, “Food sovereignty is about reclaiming local democratic control over our food/farm system from corporate agribusiness.” This way, “Everyone has the right to www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com

In their report, Deepening Food Democracy, the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), in Minneapolis, describes how U.S. food and farming has increasingly become concentrated, consolidated and controlled by the few. Local food enthusiasts want to take back their food system from industrial, corporate masters that lobby for legislation which denies citizens the right to know how their food is produced or if it contains genetically modified ingredients (GMO). The growing local food movement is as much about returning power to communities, food workers, farmers and farm workers as it is about producing and distributing healthy, sustainably grown food, reports IATP. Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, has been working on national food and sustainable farming initiatives for nearly 30 years. In a recent Food Sleuth Radio interview, he described the resulting tremendous, multiple positive impacts of strong local economies, noting that a strong local food system is usually at their center. “Once you have vibrant, diverse local economies,” says Flaccavento, “you have better health, lower crime and incarceration rates—and more civic participation.” Basically, a more democratic food system could help fix many of the maladies ailing our nation today. The steady growth of farmers’ markets, farm to school programs and food policy councils prove that Americans are hungry both for clean food and an enhanced sense of community.


While Flaccavento appreciates conscious consumers that support local food providers, he emphasizes, “Just acting locally isn’t enough. We need to re-engage with bigger social and political debates, as well.”

Growing Vegetables and Democracy

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Jenga Mwendo knew she had to leave her high-powered job in New York City and return to her hometown in the devastated Lower Ninth Ward. “My parents raised me to contribute,” Mwendo explains. “My first name means ‘to build’ and my last name means ‘always progressing’.” In 2009, Mwendo founded the Backyard Gardeners Network (BGN), a local nonprofit organization that restores and strengthens what had once been a thriving, closely knit, self-reliant community, rich with backyard gardens and citizen engagement. Residents went to work, recognizing the potential of community gardens to revitalize their neighborhood and bring affordable healthful food to residents, many of them suffering from obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The BGN both revitalized

In a food democracy, everyone is a stakeholder. Not only do people have equal access to food, but they’re informed, active, engaged and participating. ~Rose Hayden-Smith, author, Sowing the Seeds of Victory a community garden and converted a blighted lot into a Guerrilla Garden, where people of all ages gather to grow food, share stories, embrace their cultural heritage and learn how to become responsible citizens. “We bring people together and make decisions collectively,” says Mwendo. “The garden is for our community, by our community.” Understanding the value of involving children and teens, she adds, “Kids know they will be loved here. This is a nurturing environment.” Like Mwendo, Stephen Ritz, a top 10 finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, is reaching youth through food. Based in New York City’s South Bronx, one of the country’s poorest

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school districts, he and his students are growing vegetables in school, thereby improving children’s diets, health, school performance and future potential. “We are contributing to food democracy by making sure every child we touch, regardless of income, zip code and skin color, faith or nation of origin, has access to fresh, healthy, nutritious food that they help grow,” says Ritz. So far, his Green Bronx Machine community has raised 30,000 pounds of vegetables. “We’re growing justice,” Ritz announced in his March 2015 TED Talk. “My favorite crop is organically grown citizens—graduates, voters and students who are eating [better] and living healthier lives!”

Kitchen Gardens Nourish the World

Roger Doiron is the founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), an online global community of some 30,000 people in 100 countries that are growing some of their own food. He spearheaded First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House Garden. Doiron’s campaign to bring a food garden back to the White House (presidents John Adams, Jefferson

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and Jackson all had edible gardens) began in 2008, went viral, took root and the rest is history. Today, the first lady continues to champion garden-fresh food to improve children’s health. From his own 1,500-square-foot garden in Scarborough, Maine, Doiron and his wife harvested 900 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables worth $2,200 in a single season. “Talented gardeners with more generous soils and climates are able to produce even more food in less space,” he says, “but maximizing production is not our only goal. We’re also trying to maximize pleasure and health.” Doiron believes, “Quality food is central to well-being and is one of the best ways to unite people of different countries and cultures around a common, positive agenda.” He’s convinced that kitchen gardens will play a critical role in feeding a growing population faced with climate challenges. On July 4, his organization celebrates Food Independence Day as a way to recognize the role of home and community gardens in achieving self-sufficiency.

Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and awardwinning writer and nationally syndicated radio host at KOPN. org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.blogspot.com.

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Saving Seeds, Saving Democracy

Jim Gerritsen operates Wood Prairie Farm with his family in Bridgewater, Maine. He’s dedicated to using organic farming methods to protect the environment and food quality, provide ample harvests and foster good jobs for the next generation of young farmers. As president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, Gerritsen led a lawsuit against Monsanto in 2011, challenging the validity of seed patents. In a Food Sleuth Radio interview, he explains, “Patented seeds cannot be saved and replanted. To take that right away from farmers was a terrible mistake on the part of the Supreme Court.” Seed ownership belongs to the people; our seed resource is part of our common heritage. “Genetic engineering was an invention to take away from the commons the ownership of seeds,” he continues. “Regaining control of the seed supply is one of the most pressing battles we have in agriculture.” Gerritsen encourages everyone to plant an organic garden using organic seeds and to advocate GMO labeling. “Let’s let transparency reign, which is a hallmark of a democratic system,” he proclaims.

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Disease

A Gift of Death or Life? by Gladys Wesley-Kennedy

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eventeen years ago, I developed a genetic form of cancer, which had already claimed the lives of my grandmothers, mother, and eldest sister. I attribute my survival thus far to recognizing and correcting a deep and mistaken perception about “disease.” Accordingly, today, I view disease, in all of its many manifestations, as a “gift”…a gift of bringing into awareness a deviation from the intrinsic perfection that is ever present. As with many of us, when I was diagnosed with cancer, great mental anguish and an overwhelming fear of “untimely death” ensued. That fear factor and my desperate clinging to a, so-called, “life” began to propagate and take over. Eventually, however, to live, I realized I had to correct my understanding about disease, and form a healing relationship with cancer. For instance, I now describe cancer as life unbounded; life out of control; life out of balance. Why? It is because when I perceived cancer cells under a light microscope, what

I readily observed was the light of life out of control—life overconsuming itself—life reproducing, replicating, and consuming without constraint, boundary, or discrimination. Hence, in the case of cancer, I realized that life is not diminishing, but rather is abundant. From that revelation, I put down my fear and instead grasped the truth about its presence. I grasped the principle that life, with all its complexities, trials and tribulations, is truly unbounded, eternal, illuminated, and complete. I also recognized that neither cancer nor any other expression of disease, can consume our life source. Cancer nor any other disease cannot extinguish the eternal light of our divine spirit. Therefore, when asked what I attribute my survival to, I share my new perception, which is that, if, a disease, such as cancer manifests, recognize that LIFE, in its wholeness, perfection, and brightness has actually been gifted to you. So, do not fear or fret. Rather, grasp the chance to see the beauty of life as being newly presented to you. Place your awareness and confidence in the knowledge that your life has just begun. Breathe, relax, and fully embrace every second of the perfection that is all around you. Whether you choose chemotherapy or herbal therapy; whether you choose surgery or prayer; whether you choose denial or acceptance; whether you have the support of loved ones or not; none of these matter. The opportunity before you is that NOW is the time to embrace life, in all its beauty, all its perfection, and all its opportunities to live fully. As someone whose life has been touched by many generations of disease, I offer another way to view and experience the presentation of sickness and disease: Begin to be more mindful of how you think, how you breathe, how you relate, and how you love. Begin to live mindfully by exercising gratitude for everything and everyone—without exception. Begin to understand disease as an opportunity to be grateful for every additional breath and experience that you have. Most importantly, begin to enjoy the journey of life—in sickness and in health. Gladys Wesley-Kennedy is the founder and Qi Gong Master of The WHAI & Meditative Fitness Programs. Our educational therapeutic programs are based on my personal healing journey from a life of disease (cancer) to a renewed life of health and well-being. Visit online at TheWhai. com. See ad on page 19.

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VEGGIE NATION REVOLUTION by Judith Fertig

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n 1776, the stirring phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness— became a rallying cry for American colonists seeking these inalienable rights of self-government. In 2015, those seeking a new way of eating for personal wellness, a more vibrant local economy and a healthier environment are fomenting their own kind of rebellion. “You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own wellbeing, that of your family and your country,” according to former President Bill Clinton. In early 2010, suffering from heart disease, Clinton chose to radically change his meat-lover’s diet to a more plant-based focus. “I wanted to live to be a grandfather, so I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival,” he says. Clinton is part of a growing leadership group that espouses a more vegetarian approach to eating, including a federally appointed panel of nutritionists. For the first time since its formation in 1983, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee this year elected to factor environmental sustainability into its recommendations,

noting that a diet lower in animal-based foods is not only healthier, but has less of an environmental impact. The impetus toward plant-based foods is also stronger than in their last report in 2010.

Exciting Developments

A bold pioneer in the charge for plantbased eating is PlantPure Nation, a grassroots organization founded by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., the author of the bestselling The China Study, a book that helped persuade Clinton to make his own dietary change. Today, his son, Nelson Campbell, is at the forefront of this food revolution, most recently producing the independent documentary film PlantPure Nation, set to debut nationwide on July 4. Those enticed by the delicious concept of better health for themselves and the planet can also turn to The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, with more than 150 plant-based recipes by Kim Campbell, Nelson’s wife, whom he names “the chef in the family.” “No issue is bigger than the one of plant-based nutrition,” says Nelson. “It’s at the root of our healthcare crisis, affecting the lives of millions of Americans, the vitality of our economy and the solvency

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of our government. The food we eat has enormous effects on climate, water and soil resources. Our food choices also affect the way in which food is produced and distributed in this country, equitably or not.” Historically, political revolutions tend to be violently adversarial, but a food revolution can take a more nurturing and inclusive course. “The first step people can take is to change their own diet,” Nelson says. “The next step is to help others do the same. The third is to get involved in the movement.”

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A fun way to help ourselves and our friends and family consider making dietary changes is hosting a plant-based Fourth of July get-together. Kim’s recipes for a smoky “barbecue” sandwich, creamy potato salad and a zesty, colorful bean dish celebrate traditional picnic foods with a twist. They’re also perfect for potluck-style entertaining. “We have often branded this idea of plant-based nutrition as such and such a ‘diet’, and then built these brands around personalities. But in order to make this a more mainstream idea, we need to frame it differently. This concept of plant-based nutrition is a fact of nature; a simple idea that’s accessible to all,” says Nelson. In a 2012 Gallup poll, just 5 percent of U.S. adults identified themselves as vegetarians, plus 2 percent as vegans. It’s a start, Nelson contends, and there are other promising signs. “The local-food movement is blossoming, with farmers’ markets springing up all over the United States,” proclaims the National Geographic special publication The Future of Food (Food. NationalGeographic.com). The number has increased dramatically in the past five years. The editors point to the demand for fresh produce and a desire to invest in local economies as driving this growth. “I love the idea of a movement involving millions of people fixing a problem that industry and government have largely caused,” says Nelson. “Our success may show a new way forward for solving other pressing social problems.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.


PlantPure Nation Recipes BBQ Jackfruit

Yields: 4 to 6 servings Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 5 to 7 hours Green jackfruit, a native plant of Asia, is often termed the vegetarian’s meat. The hardest part of this recipe is finding canned green jackfruit (available in most Asian markets). Although fresh green jackfruit is occasionally available, it’s messy, sticky and difficult to cut. Two 20-oz cans green jackfruit in water, drained 1½ cups barbecue sauce 1 onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced (medium pieces) Rinse the green jackfruit thoroughly. Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker at medium heat for 4 to 5 hours. Jackfruit will soften, begin to fall apart and take on the consistency of pulled pork. Use a fork to pull apart the fruit and stir thoroughly.

Turn the slow cooker to low heat and cook for another 1 to 2 hours. Kim’s hints: 4 Customize this recipe with a favorite barbecue sauce that has no added oils and a low sodium content. 4 This recipe gets better the longer it’s cooked. Leftovers are good. 4 Serve the barbecue on a whole-grain bun and top with coleslaw.

Southwestern Bean Salad Yields 4 to 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes

Seasoned for a Southwestern flavor, the beans, corn and avocado make this a satisfying salad everyone will like. 1 15-oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn, thawed 1 red bell pepper, seeded and medium diced

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½ cup diced medium red onion 1 cup halved or quartered cherry tomatoes 1 avocado, pitted and diced ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup lime juice 1 Tbsp agave nectar ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp chili powder 2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro Combine the beans and vegetables in a large bowl and feel free to add seasonal vegetables to taste. Blend the vinegar, lime juice, agave, salt, cumin, chili powder and Sriracha in a small bowl. Add more chili powder and Sriracha for a spicier dish. Drizzle over the beans and vegetables and toss to coat. Refrigerate for an hour and then sprinkle with cilantro before serving. Source for all recipes: The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell.

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Songs of Freedom We All Long for Liberty by Enrique Smeke

he yearning for freedom is like a seed that dwells deep in our hearts—freedom from scarcity, from conflicting relationships, from addictions, from health issues. This yearning for freedom binds the centuries. In the Americas, this clamor can be heard in the words of the national anthems of many countries. The Colombian national anthem mentions the “invisible light of sublime freedom.” The Uruguayan anthem says, “Freedom, that clamor that saved our country.” The Mexican anthem asks that “the echoes resound with voices of unity and freedom.” The Argentine anthem exclaims, “Listen, mortals, to the sacred cry: Freedom,” and the American anthem reminds us that this is “the land of the free.” Mary Baker Eddy proclaims in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free!” Let the seed in your heart sprout.  Water it with gratitude. Accept the liberty to be free as your God-given nature. Yearn to see each other as God’s child, to feel God’s everpresent love and to grow freer and freer from all limitations— and watch as the seed’s tender shoots manifest themselves in improved health, progress and joy in families, friends and the world. Let freedom always be included in your anthem song.  From a free podcast series titled Your Daily Lift. Songs of Freedom is by international speaker Enrique Smeke, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing from Newburyport, MA, and Miami, FL, raised in Argentina. Used with permission of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston (ChristianScience.com/dailylift).

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MANIFEST MIRACLES Tap Into the Field of Infinite Possibility by Deborah Shouse

This seeker of truth realized that to gain real spiritual growth, she needed to become more deliberate, so she designed a scientific framework, set a clear intention, imposed a deadline and noted the results. “The results were so convincing that I decided to see if my experiments would work for other people,” Grout says. Before long, friends and acquaintances were manifesting all kinds of amazing things, and she decided to write about her theories. Ten years later, after a steep learning curve in the publishing world, her work became globally acclaimed.

Tapping a Joyful Reality of Miracles

“Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.”

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hese are the first words Pam Grout speaks when she rises every morning before dancing her way into the bathroom. She plays a favorite uplifting tune such as Pharrell William’s Happy or Abba’s Dancing Queen and creates a sassy choreography complete with fist pumps, joyous jumps and a little rhythmic strutting. Her easy positive actions take no longer than it would to worry, “How will I get everything done today?” and then trudging into the bathroom feeling fatigued and overwhelmed. Plus, Grout’s playful attitude makes a big difference in the rest of the day’s outcomes. Grout is the author of two internationally bestselling books, E-Squared and E-Cubed. Both offer readers multiple opportunities to experience a disarmingly simple outlook on life. “There is an infinite force of potentiality in the universe that has our backs and wants to interact with us and guide us,” Grout believes. “There is no absolute reality; we create the reality that serves us and places our attention on what we most want.”

Letting Go of Doubt

Grout’s journey to a life filled with joy and miracles is ongoing. As a freelance writer, she initially struggled with selfdoubt, wondering, “What do I, a kid from Kansas, have to offer a New York City editor?” and came face-to-face with fears about money. Even though she was earning a decent living, she was recycling her parents’ anxieties about not having enough. “I’m not good enough” was another party crasher. When she began studying A Course in Miracles, Grout learned that consciousness creates the material world and the importance of self-compassion. She examined her staunch beliefs, questioning if they were true and letting go of the tiresome stories of inadequacy and worry. She began focusing on life’s blessings and noticed how concentrating on the good made life happier and more dynamic. Then she started to lay out simple intentions such as finding a good parking spot or uncovering a lost object. The results were immediate and intriguing. natural awakenings

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n We are an energy field, connected with everything and everyone in the universe. n Our universe connection provides accurate and unlimited guidance. n Whatever we focus on expands. n The universe is limitless, abundant and surprisingly accommodating. “Believe in your bones that the universe is bountiful and supportive,” encourages Grout, asking us to first give the “field” 48 hours to send an unexpected gift. Don’t specify the gift, but just ask to receive and recognize the blessing. Set a deadline and then watch what unfolds.

Making Dreams Come True Making our dreams a reality for us is not only possible, it’s probable. The key is opening our hearts to the beneficent universe. “If you want to know what

will happen in your life, listen to the words coming out of your mouth,” Grout advises. If we are deluged with negative thoughts, stop and notice all that is right in our world. Ask the universe for help in shedding dark ruminations. When we replace poor images with positive affirming thoughts, our lives become more magical and enjoyable. Grout encourages her readers to invoke two words when life feels chaotic and out of control: “It’s okay,” which allows the loving flow of the universe to do the heavy lifting. Concentrating on living our joys equips us to help ourselves and others. Grout queries, “Since we are creating our reality, why not create the possibilities that bring us closer to our life’s purpose and higher self?” For more on Pam Grout’s work, follow her inspiring blog at PamGrout.com. Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey; she blogs at DementiaJourney.org.

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Keep the Hard Knocks Out of Biking by Randy Kambic

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eople are biking more than ever. Recreational bicycling ranked second to running as the favorite outdoor activity among both youths (6 to 24 years old) and adults (25-plus) in a recent Outdoor Industry Association study. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) further reports that from 2000 to 2012 the number of Americans biking to work rose from 488,000 to 786,000. This positive trend also means more crowded bike lanes and other pathways challenge the community infrastructure’s ability to keep up, raising safety concerns. Plus, we naturally want to avoid aches and pains while enjoying the myriad benefits of pedaling.

in Pensacola, Florida, and former bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for Davis, California, which earned platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community status, along with Boulder, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon, from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). On the other hand, “A biker doesn’t get proper leg extension if the seat is too low,” he says, possibly leading to leg muscle strains. “The legs should be almost, but not totally extended at the lowest point in the pedaling motion.”

The latest NHTSA study charted 49,000 bicycle accidents in 2012, 1,000 more than the year before. Biking only in daylight and avoiding alcohol could improve those numbers because 48 percent of biker fatalities occur beginning at 4 p.m. and 37 percent involve a driver or bicyclist that has been drinking. Even well-marked bike lanes don’t guarantee safety, so caution is required. Some motorists are careless about entering bike lanes and don’t correctly stop at crosswalks or look behind before opening car doors. David TakemotoWeerts, a bicycle program coordinator at the University of California, Davis, member of the city’s Bike Transportation Advisory Committee and LAB-certified instructor, suggests keeping at least five feet from the sides of cars to avoid being hit. Cyclists are wise not to weave in and out of traffic, to signal turns and watch out for runners, walkers and pedestrians as they abide by normal traffic rules and flow. Takemoto-Weerts says that bikers sometimes overlook using the stop signal (left arm extended downward) to alert bikers behind them. Wearing a helmet should be a standard practice. The University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center, in Chapel Hill, reports that wearing a helmet reduces the overall risk of head injuries by 85 percent. “Cyclists are part of traffic, whether operating on a road, pathway or a combination,” says Moser.

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“Having the right bike for one’s needs that’s properly fitted is crucial,” says Dan Moser, a founder and steering committee member of the BikeWalkLee community coalition and a traffic safety consultant in Fort Myers, Florida. “Use a local bike shop whose mechanics test and adjust the bikes they sell.” A bike mechanic can determine the proper seat height and ideal distance from the handlebars to the seat tube. Back, knee or hip pain may develop if a cyclist has to stretch their legs to get to the pedals, explains Tim Bustos, a bicycling consultant natural awakenings

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“Being acutely aware of one’s surroundings and minimizing distractions, following the rules of the road and pathway, and being prepared to deal with others’ mistakes are all vital.”

Fitness Factors

Dr. Kim Martin, a certified functional medicine practitioner and chiropractor with North Shore Health Solutions, in Northbrook, Illinois, says that recreational bikers have visited her for knee, hip and neck soreness or strains. In addition to ensuring they’re employing proper leg extension, she advises, “Pedal a little faster in a lower gear; ideally, 75 to 90 revolutions per minute, which is easier on the knees and lessens muscle fatigue than traveling slower in a higher gear.” She explains that the correct seat height facilitates proper alignment of hips and a full rotation; if not, energy is forced outward, stressing the hips. Martin adds that the neck might experience strain from tilting the head up for long periods. “This can occur by wearing a helmet that is too low or forward in the front or poor-fitting eyewear that inches forward down the nose.” Right after a long ride, Martin suggests that riders gently bend downward over their crossed legs a few times, alternately switching legs, and also

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slowly bending the head up and down, sideways and then in a circular motion for a couple of minutes. “Overall,” she says, “the key is to have fun.”

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f a community has seen a growth in cycling accidents, has few safety education programs in place or roadway infrastructure isn’t biker-friendly, individuals can take action. Dan Moser, a Southwest Florida transportation safety consultant, suggests forming alliances with non-bikers to approach civic leaders: “Consider including pedestrian accommodations and frame the issue as one of everyone having access to a safe environment, including bike and foot travelers, and the value of recreation and exercise to the community.” Use the criteria found at Tinyurl. com/CommunityBikeabilityChecklist to evaluate the quality of the local biking environment. The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program invites communities to apply for technical assistance and receive customized

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teach life lessons. July is America’s Parks and Recreation Month, first designated by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in 1985. NRPA makes it easy to tap into what’s happening in local parks or wherever family members may be traveling. Events around the country can be found by visiting nrpa.org/july.

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ADVENTURES IN NATURE Families Create Memories at Nearby Parks by Harriet Shugarman

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ere’s how to entertain the kids, keep them healthy and get them outdoors this summer.

Where to Go Traveling to iconic natural wonders like the Blue Ridge Mountains, Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon isn’t the only awe-inspiring way to captivate children’s attention and help them contemplate nature’s beauties. As Brian Ettling, a seasonal ranger at Crater Lake National

Park, in Oregon, likes to remind park visitors, “Find your own sacred place and keep going there; it could be a wooded area by your house or a county, state or local park.” Visits to in-state parks are easy to fit into a family’s summer plans and can generate lifelong treasured family traditions. Participating in programs or other exploratory adventures stimulate creative and critical thinking, challenge outdoor and athletic skills and can even

Biologist Rachel Carson, the mother of the modern-day environmental movement, wrote, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” In this addictive digital age, it can sometimes be challenging to find exciting ways to help children connect with nature. Jessica Culverhouse, NRPA senior manager and a volunteer master naturalist, offers ways to channel digital habits. “Free apps like the electronic field guide Leafsnap and mobile games like Agents of Nature can be great tools to engage kids with the outdoors with their technology still in hand,” she says. Another idea is a simple nature scavenger hunt using a smartphone camera. If weekend camping is of interest, in-state parks are convenient and also easy on the budget. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) makes the first step easy with tips and suggested activities through their Great American Campout (nwf.org/great-americancampout.aspx). This summer-long celebration of camping encourages everyone to take the pledge to camp, which helps fuel the conversation and initial planning, whether camping in a

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backyard or local, state or national park. Last year, the Carlson family took the pledge and first camped out in Big Basin State Park, only 20 miles from their home in Santa Cruz, California. “It was an incredible weekend none of us will ever forget; a world away, but right in our backyard!” they cheer. Garden for Wildlife, another popular NWF program, connects people with their local habitats. Girl Scout butterfly heroes in Wyckoff, New Jersey, learned how. “Our troop was looking for a way to provide a community service for their bronze award project,” says Wendy Rosica, co-leader of Troop 94686. “We chose to create a Monarch Way Station garden in a new community park in our neighborhood. Specifically designed as a space for the butterflies to breed and eat during their annual migrations, it’s not only a beautiful addition to the park, but also a positive way for the Girl Scouts to help area residents learn more about the plight of Monarchs

and other pollinators.” National Audubon Society nature centers are an accessible local resource (Audubon.org/audubon-near-you). Families learn more about native birds and Audubon hiking trails, and naturalist presentations enhance explorations of the region’s habitats. Local native plant and animal species are disappearing at alarming rates and need habitat stewardship by present and future generations (Climate. Audubon.org). Our in-state parks are wellsprings of life from which children and adults can draw throughout our lives, enabling us to discover the splendor and uniqueness of nature right in our own community and backyard. When we see and feel directly what’s at stake, we’ll fight harder and more consciously to protect and preserve it. As Carson eloquently observed in The Sense of Wonder, nature can help us all find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Harriet Shugarman, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, chairs local and regional environmental committees and works with national, state and local organizations seeking pro-environmental legislation. Connect at ClimateMama.com.

IYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training The Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training program gives students in-depth skills to teach Yoga as a vehicle for total wellness. Along with offering Yoga classes with a focus on health and healing to the general public, IYT graduates teach Yogabased wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary settings including hospitals, businesses, and other complementary health care settings. IYT teachers also develop special focus programs, such as Yoga for back care, MS, depression, and many other health conditions. The intensive training will incorporate a variety of specializations and complete the Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour Yoga teacher certification program. When graduates complete the program, they may register with the Yoga Alliance to become a 200RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Visit our website for enrollment requirements and cost: www.nurturesoul.com or contact our office at 281-674-Yoga (9642).

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Make Sure Your Pet Enjoys Your Vacation, Too by Sandra Murphy

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acations bring rest and less stress, a change of pace and for some, a break from caring for the family pet, made possible by a growing number of professional pet sitters. “I have more peace of mind with a pet sitter rather than a friend. Even if they’ve already had a long day, sitters still properly take care of the pets,” says Christina Pierce, a federal examiner of financial institutions for consumer protection in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Many professional pet sitters are trained to respond to potential health and other issues. Especially with small animals, early recognition of a problem is key.” Pierce used to have chinchillas, and now has a cat she rescued and relocated from Dallas, Texas, plus two adopted former foster rabbits. “A sitter may be excellent, but not know your breed,” advises Rae Bailey, a retiree in Georgetown, Texas, who regularly uses sitters for her Scottie when she travels. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” She notes that dogs are particularly good judges of character, so if one doesn’t like the sitter, simply try another. Pet sitting services use a contract to outline rates, what the sitter will do, the number and duration of daily visits, start and end dates and how the house key is returned when the job is complete. Regular clients may have the sitter keep the key handy. Professional sitters are bonded, insured and backgroundchecked, have experience with a variety of species and breeds, are fairly flexible and love animals. A pre-visit will introduce pets and sitter to each other and address any relationship concerns and individual needs, such as medications. “I had a diabetic Westie, a big consideration,” says Diane Meadows, a retired paralegal in San Antonio, Texas. “It was huge for me to hand over the keys and my trust, but our

sitter was dependable and knowledgeable.” During one visit, her sitter also alerted Meadows to a possible propane gas leak. At the outset, have the sitter meet all the family pets to ensure mutual comfort. Show the sitter where the leash, toys, treats, food and water dishes are kept, supplies for cleanups, the family vet’s location, hours, office and emergency phone numbers and instructions for any security alarm system. Codes can be personalized and deactivated when no longer needed. Sometimes clients request extra services such as collecting the mail and newspapers, watering indoor plants and leaving lights on. Both young and older dogs need three visits a day to avoid household accidents. Cats are usually fine with one. “Cats like to be pampered. A friendly sitter provides the care she’s used to, in familiar surroundings,” says Anne Moss, whose educational website TheCatSite.com originates near Tel Aviv, Israel. “Kitty’s more relaxed and receives a higher level of care than at a boarding facility,” she notes. A pet sitting service offers the added benefit of backups in case the assigned sitter is sick or delayed. In Huntley, Illinois, Diane Muchow, an adjunct instructor at Computer Systems Institute, explains why she prefers a pet sitting service for her black Labrador mix. “Our first sitter was a one-woman business. One day, she forgot to crate the dogs when she left, and we came home to find the evidence of an accident on our new carpet throughout the house,” Muchow says. “We switched to a professional service.” She sees the primary advantage of professional help as dependability and flexibility. “The service has a website to order the shifts we need, which are confirmed by email,” she notes. “It’s handy when my husband travels and I work.” A kennel isn’t for all dogs, says Scott Mell, an area manager for JoAnn Fabrics in Affton, Missouri. He recalls his Bernese mountain dog’s first and only trip to the local kennel. Upon arrival, she climbed on top of the car rather than go inside. “She was adamant,” he says. “I hired a sitter the next day. She loved her sitter’s visits.” Whether pets need special attention, daily walks, a midday backyard break or multiple visits while the family vacations, a pet sitter can provide excellent care. Many owners like to receive daily text message updates and may even e-retrieve bonus selfies of their happy pets from home. Connect with writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelance Writer@mindspring.com.

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Jeffrey Smith Warns Against GMOs by Linda Sechrist

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effrey Smith is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception and director of the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Smith and his organization’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America are spearheading consumer rejection of genetically modified foods (GM/GMO) in order to force them off the market.

What basics should everyone know about GMOs? Genetic engineering is different from traditional crossbreeding. In engineering six major GMO crops—soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa—a gene from a virus or bacteria was forced into the DNA of the plants. Derivatives such as soy lecithin, soy protein, high-fructose corn syrup and sugar (unless labeled as cane sugar) are in the vast majority of processed foods.

How did GMO foods invade grocery shelves? Many U.S. consumers mistakenly believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves GMO crops only after careful study. Instead, the agency claimed it wasn’t aware of any significant difference from other food crops and declared safety testing unnecessary. In reality, according to FDA documents later made public in a lawsuit, 28

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the consensus among FDA scientists was that GMOs were different and dangerous and needed rigorous, longterm testing to prevent allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. When the George W. Bush administration ordered the agency to promote biotechnology as a way to increase U.S. food exports, the FDA responded by creating a new position of Deputy Commissioner of Policy for Michael R. Taylor, a former Monsanto attorney. He later became a Monsanto vice president and is now back at the FDA as the U.S. food safety czar.

Why is Roundup, Monsanto’s weed killer for GMO crops, so toxic? Monsanto portrays Roundup as a benevolent herbicide. This is a lie. G l y p h o s a t e , i t s a c t ive p a t e n t e d ingredient, alters biochemical pathways in the body. Scientists such as Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have linked glyphosate to numerous diseases and disorders, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gluten sensitivity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism and reproductive disorders. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a probable carcinogen.

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to contain GM ingredients, or products that are labeled non-GMO, or those that don’t contain derivatives of the current nine GMO food crops, which now include some zucchini, yellow squash and papaya grown in Hawaii or China. Any packaged grocery product not labeled “Non-GMO” or “Organic” is likely to contain at least one GMO; this includes meat and dairy products, from animals that have eaten GM feed. NonGMOShoppingGuide.com is a reliable resource that lists about 30,000 non-GMO products. A non-GMO diet is recommended by thousands of doctors, as well as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

What more can “we the people” do to eradicate GMOs? We are in control, not government agencies. I believe that promoting a stronger message—that GMOs are dangerous and should be avoided— would better serve consumers and the food-labeling movement. High-profile campaigns will continue educating consumers about the dangers of GMOs and the necessity of rejecting them in favor of healthier non-GMO choices, especially for children that are most at risk. The desired result is that food companies will feel the loss of profits and remove GMOs as a liability. The tipping point in the U.S. is almost here. In 2013, the president of Whole Foods announced that when a product becomes verified as non-GMO, sales leap by 15 to 30 percent. Thousands of natural product brands were immediately enrolled for verification. Now conventional brands such as Post Foods’ Grape Nuts, Target’s Simply Balanced brand, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Chipotle’s restaurant menu are GMO-free. General Mills stopped using GMO beet sugar in Cheerios. When the rest of the food industry sees these nonGMO-labeled products increase in sales in conventional supermarkets, they will be forced to eliminate GMOs as well, to protect their market share. Visit ResponsibleTechnology.org and GeneticRouletteMovie.com to educate everyone about the dangers of GMOs. Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at ItsAllAboutWe.com.


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More Innovative than Antibiotics The Power of Xylitol Xylitol’s effectiveness in oral health and usage as a sweetener is well-known. New research also shows its usefulness in upper respiratory health. However, people may not know the reason why it is so effective. Xylitol has a unique ability to interfere with bacterial adhesion.

Anti-Adhesion Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect was discovered by accident in 1996. A British medical journal published a study, which analyzed past research done with xylitol. Researchers found that there was an additional correlation between xylitol and upper respiratory infections—a correlation researchers didn’t see when the studies were performed originally. The 1996 study found that among the children tested in the studies, those who used xylitol chewing gum had 42% fewer ear infections. Researchers performed subsequent research to answer why there was this correlation. These studies supported the discovery of xylitol’s anti-adhesion property. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect interferes with bacteria sticking to tissue. In order for bacteria to thrive, they must attach to the cell membrane. There they metabolize and the body senses the bacteria, it reacts with various responses like congestion, runny nose, against bacterial infections using antibiotics, attempting to kill the bacteria. However, the use of antibiotics produces resistant bacterial strains, which leads to more serious problems. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive property interferes with bacterial adhesion, resulting in bacteria not being able to colonize and thrive; eventually they are washed out. This is an innovative way to avoid antibiotic resistance. Instead of them to become stronger and more resistant, xylitol doesn’t allow the bacteria to cling to the cell and start its metabolic processes. Professionals advise people to regularly wash

their hands to prevent illness. But washing with only water isn’t enough; they must wash with soap. Similarly, just as people should wash their hands, they should also wash their nasal passages. A normal saline solution is like washing with only water. Washing with a nasal spray containing xylitol is like washing hands with soap. Bacteria and People Bacteria, like people, congregate together. This is called quorum sensing. When people start coming together, they form a town or city. Bacteria act similarly; as they sense other bacterial “city.” If a group wanted to take over a city, historically they would send in soldiers to subdue the inhabitants so they could then occupy the city. However, there is no guarantee that they would control everyone, and there may be leftover survivors who rally together. But if that particular city were to have an extreme change in environment, the inhabitants wouldn’t be able to cope and they’d have to leave the city. Changing the environment is much more effective in expelling the inhabitants than attacking with soldiers.

What are Some of Xylitol’s Applications? Studies have shown numerous uses for xylitol, many of which deal with its adverse effects on bacterial adhesion. Sinus, ear, and respiratory infections begin in the nose as we breathe in bacteria which attempt to adhere to the cell membrane. With the use of nasal sprays containing xylitol, the bacteria found in the nose cannot stick to the tissue and are to greater probability that they will not infect the body. Nurse Practitioner Sherril Sego, FNPin this aspect. She says, “Saline nasal rinses containing xylitol have been found to be more effective than traditional saline rinses to reduce the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis.” One of the best things about xylitol is that it is 100% natural and 100% safe. It’s no wonder so

Go to xlear.com and look up the patented Xlear Nasal Spray.

Relating this back to bacteria, if we use antibiotics, we are sending in soldiers to between antibiotics and the microorganisms, with both attempting to get stronger. But if we alter the environment in our nasal and sinus passages so that bacteria cannot adhere to the cell surface, and thus thrive, we win the battle.

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Qigong Healing and Universal Oneness

Interview with Jeff Primack, Founder of the Qi Revolution Conference Interviewer Kathy Rivera Wallace is a TV talk show host who regularly interviews leading wellness experts. Jeff Primack is a Qigong teacher that studied with many Qi masters from all over the world and has taught 50,000+ people at live Qi Revolution conferences across the USA.

now backing the food-protocols I’ve shared the last 10 years, I have a lot more attention from doctors and have certified many in our Conquering Any Disease Food Healing system. Dr. Claudia was deeply inspired by the Qi Revolution food component. She grew tired of prescribing Lipitor to every patient with high cholesterol, especially when studies now show high cholesterol is not even a key indicator for risk. Since meeting us last year she’s helped countless patients with our food protocols for heart disease and is teaching a class with me to present her latest testimonials! Both Qigong and Food Healing are beneficial to reaching our highest potential. Kathy Rivera Wallace: What about the Qi Revolution conference is most exciting for people?

Kathy Rivera Wallace: I attended the Qi Revolution conference before and was blown away seeing so many different types of people practicing together. What makes learning Qigong in big groups more powerful and what do you think has allowed you to reach such a large audience? Jeff Primack: Where two are more are gathered a unified Qi field exists. Qigong breaks through people’s doubt with a tangible magnetic force. When a few thousand people practice Qigong in a convention center ballroom… the group energy from all the focused people make the Qi far stronger than what we can achieve alone. The most spiritually profound practices are breathing exercises that deliver a type of ‘euphoric high’ from the oxygen and energy absorption. Part of our success in sharing Qigong comes from the use of video-animation and specialized music allowing people to FEEL AND CONNECT TO QI POWERFULLY, which is the most important factor. Feeling energy pulsing through your body is a clear benefit and men are especially drawn to the tangibility of Qigong. Feeling a “magnetic arc of energy” flowing overhead and pulsing through the arms is heavenly divine. 30

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Kathy Rivera Wallace: I found the Qi so life changing. Can you outline the overall essence of Qigong for newcomers? Jeff Primack: The first goal of Qigong is to absorb EXTERNAL QI IN THE AIR we breathe and live inside of. Breathing techniques and graceful movements harness and absorb this energy directly. Your PERSONAL ENERGY IS INTERNAL QI and this builds up quickly with practice and eventually “Overflows the Dan Tien”. The most profound secret of Qigong is to raise energy up the spine to the pineal and pituitary gland. I’ve spent my life studying with different Qigong masters from all over the world and it’s fascinating to see, unlike professional athletes, that the oldest Qigong practitioners have the strongest abilities. Kathy Rivera Wallace: You’re currently teaching a Food-Healing class with a physician, Claudia Gabrielle, MD. How does the medical community respond to your teachings on using food to reverse specific diseases? Jeff Primack: To be honest, when I first began teaching Food-Healing in 2005 there was less interest from physicians than now. Due to more scientific studies www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com

Jeff Primack: Feeling your body coming alive and supercharged with energy is pretty exciting. Discovering your own higher potential is like an epiphany. Learning to use Food-Healing to maximize your state of wellbeing stands out, but most of all I’d say the 9-Breath circle is the tops. We are all holding hands doing a powerful Qigong breathing technique and the combined group energy is indescribable. Hands are electric and a feeling of oneness is experienced.

(Part 2 of this interview appears next month) “Qi Revolution” comes to Houston Convention Center August 22nd–25th. Jeff Primack and a trained group of 20 Qigong teachers will teach 4-days of Qigong for only $149! This is the largest Qigong event in Texas. Tickets and more info, (800)-298-8970 or visit www. QiRevolution.com. To reserve tickets & for more info, call 1-800-298-8970 or visit Qigong.com. See ad on page 4.


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Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Christmas and Thanksgiving) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, 77009. 713.862.4027 caninoproduce.com

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Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrand parkway.com

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Heights Epicurian Farmer’s Market. 8am1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace United Methodist Church 1245 Heights Blvd. 77008. HeightsEpicurian.com

Central City Co-Op. 9am-6:30pm. Grace Lutheran Church 2515 Waugh Drive, 77006. centralcityco-op.com

Nu Waters Food Co-Op. 9am-4pm Tue-Sun. 2320 Elgin 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com

City Hall Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30pm. City Hall 500 McKenny, 77002 (parking available at 400 Rusk) urbanharvest.org Westchase District Farmer’s Market. 3-6pm. 10503 Westheimer, 77042. (1 block west of Beltway 8) westchasedistrict.com/market Kingwood Farmer’s Market. 3-7pm. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main in Kingwood 77339. facebook.com/kingwoodfarmersmarket

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Last Organic Outpost Harvest. 9am-4pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the dirt. Help with the work of the garden and harvest your share for FREE. Last Organic Outpost 711 Emile Street, 77020. 832.422.8407 facebook.com/lastorganicoutpost.com

Spring Branch Farmer’s Market. 2-6pm. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston 1504 Wirt Road, 77055. facebook.com/springbranchfarmersmarkethouston

Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am12n. Parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. urbanharvest.org

Rice University Farmer’s Market. 3:30-6:30pm. Rice University, West Stadium Lot, 5600 Greenbriar 77005. farmersmarket.rice.edu/

The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 8am-12n. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield 77018. 713.957.2875

Rawfully Organic Food Co-Op. 4-7pm Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway 77024. You must order your shares by 9 pm Monday in order to pick up on Tuesday. Rawfullyorganic.com

Grogan’s Mill Village Farmer’s Market. 8am12n. 7 Switchbud Place in The Woodlands 77380. grogansmillvillage.com

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Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. imperialsugarland.com Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. Corner of Main (FM 2920) and Cherry in downtown Tomball 77377. tomballfarmersmarket.org Rawfully Organic Food Co-Op. 11am-2pm Vacant Lot 3400 Bissonett 77005. You must order your shares by 9 pm Friday in order to pick up on Saturday. Rawfullyorganic.com City Hall Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 111:30pm. City Hall 901 Bagby, 77002. urbanharvest.org.

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East End Farmer’s Market. 10am-2pm. 2800 Navigation Blvd 77003. Eastendhouston.com Magnolia Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market. 11am-3pm. 1st & 3rd Sundays. Intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774 in Magnolia, 77354. sweetmagnoliapickins.net

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WEDNESDAY JULY 1

Laughter for the Health of It 6-7 pm. Join this mildly aerobic laughter yoga exercise class with Christina Conner CLL, LUT, 281-701-9657, Suggested $10 donation. CenterPoint, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 713.932.7224 www.centerpointhouston.org

THURSDAY JULY 2

Visionary Boards Workshop with Cherie Ray. 6-9 pm. Invite the New into You! True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. trueyoucreativity.com

FRIDAY JULY 3

Wetland Ecology with Joe Blanton. 9-11 am. You’ll discover the wonderful beauty of our wetlands and the importance of this very fragile habitat. We’ll venture into topics such as wetland energy transfers and how to determine if a wetland is healthy. $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org Intuitive Painting Series & Open Studio. 10 am12:30 pm Live creatively with permission, passion and purpose. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. Trueyoucreativity.com Shriner’s Walk for LOVE. 6-10 pm. Through supporters like you, Shriners Hospitals for Children has been able to provide life-saving and life-changing care to kids for over 90 years. By walking with us you can do your part to send Love to the rescue®. $25. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney 77010 https://www.lovetotherescue.org/ Listening to Spirit -7-8:30 Divine Spirit greatest wish is for Soul to hear Its voice. When Soul does, it understands the far reaching resources at its disposal. FREE event. CenterPoint 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 713.932.7224 www.centerpointhouston.org Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. 8:30 pm. This quirky film tells the story of an eccentric man-child, Pee-Wee Herman, who gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight and then sets out across the country the adventure of a lifetime. FREE. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. Marketsquare.com

SATURDAY JULY 4

Marva’s Psychic and Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581 psychicfairs.com.

Chuck Murphy, Spiritual/Psychic Intuitive and Medium. 10am-5pm. Put your hands in Chuck’s hands and let him tell you what Spirit tells him. He’s a “rare medium, well done.” $20. Marva’s Psychic Fair. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. chuckmurphy.me/ July 4 Celebration at Bayou Bend. 1-5 pm. With performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and much more, join the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to celebrate Independence Day at Houston’s home for American decorative arts and paintings. Free. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens 6003 Memorial Drive 77007. mfah.org/calendar/july-4-celebrationbayou-bend/11432/ Southwest Airlines: Freedom Over Texas. 4-10 pm. The Mayor’s Official 4th of July Celebration has been a six hour event of festivities and tradition in Houston, for decades. Located in the newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou, it has become Houston’s signature annual Independence Day celebration and attracts nationally recognized recording artists as well as regional and local talent. $10. Elenor Tensley Park, Memorial Drive. houstontx.gov/july4/ ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute. 8:30 pm. The Houston Symphony, with Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke, presents its annual salute to Independence Day with patriotic music and a spectacular fireworks display. Free ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com

SUNDAY JULY 5

Bayou Bikers. 8-11am. Free. A 25- to 40-mile bike ride exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways.Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017 centerpointhouston.com

WEDNESDAY JULY 8

Fiesta for Frida Kahlo 6:30-10:00pm. Begin a love affair with a beautiful intriguing woman in the Kitchen with Lucia. In Frida’s honor, we will prepare red snapper Veracruz, Mexican flag rice, shrimp ceviche escuinapa, squash salad, Jamaica water and tres leches cake. $65. Lucia’s Garden 2213 Portsmouth 77098. Please call to register. 713-523-6494.

FRIDAY JULY 10

Intuitive Painting Series & Open Studio. 10 am12:30 pm Live creatively with permission, passion and purpose. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. Trueyoucreativity.com

SATURDAY JULY 11

Living Your Voice: 101. 10am-5pm. A workshop by Doyle Ward for beginning and experienced speakers and singers. Experience the joy and power of reclaiming your unique voice by conquering your limitations. $190. True You Creativity Studio in the Heights. 77008. 713-826-9811 LivingYourVoice.com Quantum-Touch Level 1 Never feel powerless again! Offered by Mindy King. July 11-12 in Sugar Land. Preregister 21 or more days for a $50 discount! Limitless possibilities to heal yourself and others! CEU and CNE’s offered. Call Mindy 281-684-1956 to register SweetSimpleHealing.com Crossing Over with John Edward. 6pm. A John Edward “group” event or seminar is reading intensive. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. No one attending any John Edward event is guaranteed a reading. $150. Doubletree Hotel 15747 JFK Boulevard 77032. See more at: johnedward.net/ 800-514-3849. India Festival/Rath Yatra. 6-10 pm. Prasad, chariot parade, Indian bazaar, food booths, cultural performances. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney 77010. http://greaterhoustonrathyatra.org/ events@masalaradio.com

SUNDAY JULY 12

Meditation Workshop. 10-11 am. Learn how to meditate. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017 centerpointhouston.com

MONDAY JULY 13

Shiv Puran Katha 3-7:30 pm. The main Shaivite annual festival. Free and the public is invited. Shiv Shakti Mandir, 8840 Harwin 77036. http://shivshaktimandir.org/

THURSDAY JULY 16

Summer Sounds on the Plaza: Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws. 7 pm. Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws’ traditional zydeco music, served with a side of contemporary influences, makes your toes tap and your hips swing! $10. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713.524.9839 rothkochapel.org

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Three Day Meditation Retreat -- Friday 7pm-9pm, Saturday 9am - 9pm, Sunday 9am-3pm Through Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien’s clear teachings she guides students to connect with Awake Mind and to apply meditation through various daily activities such as sitting, walking, eating, and working, to Wake Up and live truly happy in any situation. Pre-registration is required by July 12. Suggested donation sliding scale $100-150, includes refreshments and meals. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Blade Runner. 8:30 pm.The story of Harrison Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, who must try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. FREE. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. Marketsquare.com

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Edible Wild Plants. 9 am-1 pm. Hands on identification and preparation of local edible wild plants. $65. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org Julydoscope. 7-10 pm. The 5th annual Julydoscope is a FREE evening of art, dance, and film on July 18th. It begins with high-energy, multi-dance company performances followed by the screening of Shake the Dust. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney 77010. Discoverygreen.com. Wine, Cheese and Frogs. 7:30-10 pm. Come enjoy a wine and cheese reception and participate in a brief classroom presentation before heading out into the night. You’ll experience a special frog symphony and take a night hike into a forest rich in sounds and excitement. Every participant will learn the unique calls of 5 different frog species. $45. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org Smokey Joe’s Café. 8:15 pm. This Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller is a dazzling, song-and-dance celebration of over 40 of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030. Milleroutdoortheatre.com

SUNDAY JULY 19

Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017 centerpointhouston.com

THURSDAY JULY 23

Coach is on call! With Cherie Ray. Noon-12:45 pm. Feeling less pressure when the heat is on. Call in instructions at trueyoucreativity.com

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Intuitive Painting Series & Open Studio. 10 am12:30 pm Live creatively with permission, passion and purpose. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. Trueyoucreativity.com

Charkra Workshop with John Cappello. 1-3 pm$25. Center Point. 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080. 713.932.7224 www.centerpointhouston.org

Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward. 7-8:30 PM Do your thoughts influence your life? Want to reclaim your power by changing your thoughts? Find out how by joining us 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! Donations welcomed. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, Houston, TX 77027. www.blissfulquests.com 832-628-4113.

John Cappello Spirit Gallery 7-9 pm $25. Center Point. 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080. 713.932.7224 www.centerpointhouston.org

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29th Annual Watermellon Dance and Summer Social. 12noon-3 am. Come eat, drink, dance and enjoy watermelon. $20 single, $30 couples. All proceeds go to KPFT radio. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

Centerpoint Free Healing Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-7303017 centerpointhouston.com

Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org

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Critical Mass-Houston. Assemble at 6:30 pm. Roll at 7:15pm. A casual bike ride starting from 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. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. criticalmasshouston.com

Three Refuges Ceremony. 1:30-2:30 pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org

SUNDAY AUGUST 9

Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Zen Pilgrimage to Chung Tai. August 12 through August 26. Contact the monastery for details. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org

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Houston Arboretum. 8am-6pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org

Tarot & Intuitive Counseling with Allison Miller. 10am-7pm. Compassionate support and guidance for healing the heart and soul. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-721-4056 for an appointment.

Breakfast Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 9:00am. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713.524.9839 rothkochapel.org Lunch Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 12:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Sunset. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are non-migratory and call the bayou home yearround. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/bats.html Dinner Prasadam, free vegetarian meal. 7:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org

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Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am-7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. www.robertctang.com Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B., 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment. edgarcaycehouston.org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html Open Mic Night and Longest Happy Hour 5-midnight. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Bum-ba Toning. 6:30-7:30pm. Tighten and tone your bum and body. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Beginners Yoga 7-8:30 pm Discover your strengths and balances through a therapeutic approach to yoga alignment and mind/body integration. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston 5200 Fannin 77004. stanpolins@hal-pc.org.

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Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002.. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

tuesday Introductory Tai Chi with Greg 9-10am. Experience the soft, smooth movements of Tai Chi Chuan while enjoying a view of the forest. $15. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register: 713-366-0421 or come 15 min early. houstonarboretum.org Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am-7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. www.robertctang.com Energy Balancing & Clearings with Celilia Wheelis. 10am-7pm. Cecilia is a healing-energy worker and practitioner who assists individuals in order to heal and recover their vitality. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. http://www.ceciliawheelis.com/ Iyengar Yoga with Daryl 10:30am-12n. Slow down and relax in the peaceful beauty of the Arboretum during a 90-minute Iyengar yoga session. $15. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register: 713-366-042 or come 15 min early. houstonarboretum.org Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/yoga-classes Eden Energy with Stania. 1:30-3:30pm. This energy class will focus on working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness. Benefits from this class include: Boosted energy level Enhanced metabolism Improved memory Reduced stress. $18. Green Planet Sanctuary 13424B Briar Forest, 77077. 713-253-4208, call to RSVP. greenplanetsanctuary.com Circus Arts. 5:30-7:30pm. Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston based Cirque La Vie. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Yoga at the Temple. 5:45-7:00pm. Level 1 yoga class. $5-$15 donation. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskonhouston.org

Turnstyled, Junkpiled and Railroaded 6:008:00pm. Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 436.6081. diamondway.org/houston/

Core Focused Yoga. 6:30-7:30 pm. Yoga postures train the body for strength and flexibility. Dynamic flow sequences get the body warm and the heart pumping, while long-held poses strengthen and stretch the muscles. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney 77010. Discoverygreen.com.

Hellin A Bucket Band 7:30-10:00 Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch. 6:30pm. $60 per month or $20 drop in. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer at Midlane, 77027. 233. 832.754.5022 holisticchanges.net A Course in Miracles Meeting 7-9 pm-hosted by Daileen 432.517.8311. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080. 713-932.7224 $25/ month. www.centerpointhouston.org Intro to Meditation 101 -- 7-8pm Universal Door Meditation Center offers beginner level class open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Donations Accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2015 West 11th Street 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org Capoeira Angola. 7:30-9:30pm. Capoeira Angola is a martial art incorporating dance, music and philosophy. It was developed by Africans in Brazil during colonial times. $15. The Flamenco Room 4212 Canal Street, 77003. lipanurban.org

wednesday Subtle Energy Therapies with Connie Silva. 10am7pm. Healing touch and light therapy. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-613-1075 for an appointment. Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713.782.4050. unityhouston.org Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Friendly cycling group. All routes go through inner city – each day of the week we have a different route. Please obey the rules of the roads. Stop at all traffic lights and stop signs. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery 4814 Nett St. 77007. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com Zumba. 6:30-7:30pm. The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! Free. Admission Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com African Dance. 6:30-8:00pm. Lessons in African dance offered by Lipan Urban. $15. Tango Cielo 3710 Main Street, 77009. Lipanurban.org.

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Reiki, Sound & Share Events 7-9 pm, Come enjoy natural healing energy Accompanied with crystals and the sacred sound frequencies of the Solfeggio tuning forks. Stefanie Nelson CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 $20/ class. www.centerpointhouston.org

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Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class - 7:30PM -9PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering, First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713695-2550 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org Liana Liles 713-240-0058 Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. Starts at the bike shop and heads east for a loop through the 5th ward and over the viaduct into downtown. Then it heads west on Washington to TC Jester and north up to 43rd St. The second half of the ride continues west on 43rd/ Clay Rd to Blalock and south to Westview where it heads back east to the Heights. Free. Blue Line Bike Lab - 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713.802.1707 Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30–9:30 pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

thursday Reflexology & Aromatherapy with Sandi Borup. 10am-7pm. A luscious foot reflexology treatment with a fragrant blend of essential oils, herbs, salts and flowers. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-870-1779 for an appointment. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are your waiting for? Free. MFAH 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713.639.7300 mfah.org Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http:// www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/yoga-classes Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiers museum.com 713.942.8920. Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org


Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum 1500 Binz., 77004. 713.522.1138 cmhouston.org Tai Chi by the Reflecting Pool. 5-6pm Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art whose physical practice offers general health benefits, stress management, increased energy and improved physical mobility. The physical and meditative aspects of Tai Chi, which uses slow, repetitive movements, are recognized as relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713.524.9839 rothkochapel.org

Massage & Colon Hydrotherapy. 9am-7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call Denee at 281635-8298 for an appointment. Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B, 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment. edgarcaycehouston.org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html

Parkour. 6:30-8pm. Turning “working out” into “play,” Urban Movement teaches a realistic, scalable approach to natural movement like running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, and vaulting. Ages 12-18 must have parental consent. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Houston International Folk Dancers is a recreational folk dance group that celebrates ethnic dances from around the world: Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean, and the Americas. You will delight in the diverse rhythms, melodies and unique dance styles of cultures from over 30 countries. Experienced folk dancers are always ready to help beginners. Singles welcome. Dress comfortably. Admission is $5. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston 5200 Fannin 77004. Additional info at www.folkdancers.org

Argentine Tango Lessons. 6:30-7:30 pm. Tango fundamentals for complete beginners. Basic tango steps, emphasizing connection, musicality and line of dance. This class will make you a confident beginner to enter any tango class or dance floor. No partner no experience necessary. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class- 8PM -10PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering. First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713695-2550 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org Ken Pitman 832-692-3666

Free EFT Tapping Thursdays with Helen Racz. 7-8:30pm. EFT is a healing modality based on the same principles as acupuncture but without the needles. Free. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, 77027. 713.922.8895. efthouston.com

Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Count Yard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within 7-9pm Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to connect with Awake mind and to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Bohemeo’s Badass Bike Ride. 7pm. Every kind of bike is welcome but note the first and third Thursday of the month the ride is fast paced (16-18 mph) and contains about 20-25 miles with bridges. The other Thursdays it is a more social and slower ride, maintaining pace at 12-14 mph for about 12-15 miles. Free. Bohemeo’s 709 Telephone Road, 77023. 713.923.4277. Annie B Band 7:30-10:00 free Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Hightailers 10:30-2 am Longest running house band in existence. Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues - $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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Falun Dafa. 4-6pm. Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese qigong practice. It uses gentle movements and meditation to cultivate the body, mind, and spirit. Falun Gong is a complete and powerful system, which consists of five simple exercises, which can be performed by anyone regardless of age, physical condition, or prior experience. If you plan to visit a practice location, please call the contact person beforehand. Outside of Chinese Consulate 3417 Montrose Blvd., 77006. Henry 956.844.2835. falun-houston.org

sunday Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body -- 9:30 – 10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Oneness Blessing Meeting. 10-10:30pm. The Oneness Blessing is a direct transfer of intelligent sacred energy which causes the heart to open, quiets the chatter of the mind, opens the door to higher states of consciousness and initiates a process of Awakening into Oneness. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

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H e a l i n g S e r v i c e , L e c t u re , a n d M e s s a g es from Spirit. 10:30 am First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC. Music by Dwain Briggs. 713-695-2550 2115 Turner Dr. 77093 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org

Blissful Warrior Yoga. 9-10am. A practice for enhanced awareness and a strong healthy body. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

Acoustic Jams. 10:30am-12n. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http:// www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/yoga-classes Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/ yoga-classes

Recycling Fridays. 8:30am-12:30pm. Drive by and drop off sorted plastic, aluminum, paper, glass, and flattened cardboard boxes. Free. Emerson Church. 1900 Bering Dr., 77057 (between Westheimer and San Felipe) 713-782-8250. Emersonhouston.org

Recycling Saturdays. 11am-2pm. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

The Healing Point-Acupuncture & Herbs with Randy Udovich. 9am-7pm. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 979-235-7256 for an appointment.

Drumming Class: djembe. 1:30-2:30. Group djembe drumming class by Lipan Urban. $15. The Eye of Africa Gallery 709 11th Street, 77008. Lipanurban.org.

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Dance Evolution-Central. 10:30-1 pm. Freeform barefoot movement community. Free. Planet Funk Academy- 5731 Logan Ln. 77008. ecstaticdanceevolution.com/ Discovery Hoop Dance. 10:30-11:30am. Have a blast burning calories! Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. http://dawnmountain.org Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center 11:00am – 12:30pm For youth grades 1-12. Through games and activities, they are introduced to basic meditation practice and life skills needed to understand more about themselves and how to be truly happy. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281. 436.6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org

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1018 Enclave Square North Houston, TX 77077 yutumi.org

Makers of BYE-YOU BUG®, an all-natural DEET free bug spray which uses vanilla extract rather than essential oils. Made in Texas by Texans. Available online or at Wabash Feed & Garden 5701 Washington Street 77007.

AYURVEDA

La Quinta Inn-Galleria 1625 West 610 Loop Houston, TX 77027 Psychicfairs.com

Houston’s largest and longest continually running holistic fair is held on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am until 5 pm. Featuring readers, alternative health practitioners and vendors.

HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST/ MEDICAL INTUITIVE

SANTHIGRAM WELLNESS KERALA AYURVEDA 5901 Hillcrost E-1A Houston, TX 77036 281-888-2705 Santhigramusa.com

HOLISTIC FAIR MARVA MASON’S HOLISTIC FAIR

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This state-of- the-art facility in the center of Hillcroft Shopping Plaza now brings the age-old traditional Kerala Ayurveda natural healing therapies from India to Houston. They have a wide array of herbal supplements and the clients at Santhigram have experienced significant relief from lifestyle related disorders like stress, sleeplessness, headaches, gastric troubles, back/joint/body pains etc. and multiple other conditions. Lakshmi, a registered Ayurveda Holistic Practitioner in the U.S, welcomes you to visit and discover what Santhigram Ayurveda can do for you.. See ad, page 10.

Center Point 2727 Fondren, Ste 5M (Fondren & Westheimer) 77063 281-440-3136 LBnutritionist@comcast.net

Stay out of the doctor’s office! Superior live whole foods concentrated that you simply add to your smoothie. Quick and easy with no shopping or cooking. Also, products for detox and weight loss. Non-invasive gluten sensitivity test available. Anti-aging skin care products that will reduce the look of your face by 10 years in a few months with daily use. Center Point 2727 Fondren, Suite 5M (Fondren & Westheimer) 77063. Sunday May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 32. From 1-5 pm. Call or email for an appointment.

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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.

INTUITIVE COUNSELOR CHUCK MURPHY SPIRITUAL INTUITIVE

La Quinta-Galleria 1625 West 610 Loop Houston, TX 77027 http://chuckmurphy.me/

Let me help you discover your unique place in creation. In person readings at Marva’s Fair on the 1st Saturday of each month. Visit my website for information about phone and SKYPE readings. Mention this ad for a 10% discount.

ION FOOT DETOX HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS

“The Hippest Little Place in Humble” 404 Avenue E Humble, TX 77338 281-227-0435 Healwithnaturalherbs.com

Looking for a nice peaceful place to just hang out. Well, you’ve found it. We feature ion foot detox, chair massage, an oxygen bar, herbal teas, essential oils and much more. Come by for the Lady’s Tea or the Gentlemen’s Mini-Golf and you won’t want to leave. See our ad on page 3.

MEDITATION CLASSES CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 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 • zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org

Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm. (B) Sat, 10am– noon. Children Meditation: Sat 10–noon - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun, July 5, 9am-noon. Sun, August 9, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun, July 12, 10-11am. Sun, August 12, 10-11am. Three Refuges Ceremony: Sun, August 2, 1:30-2:30pm. Pilgrimage: August 12-26. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 12.


ORGANIC RESORT & SPA DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA

10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery Tx 77316 936-647-1383 www.deerlakelodge.com

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 page 2.

REFLEXOLOGY

YOGA FOR HEALING NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS 9834 Spring Cypress Rd., Houston 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com

Acupuncture (Pain, Chronic Illness & Cosmetic) Message Therapy (Rotator Cuff & Spinal Specialist) Reiki Healing Energy, Small Groups & Private Yoga Therapy & Meditation Classes, Far-Infrared Sauna for Detoxing and Weight Management, Holistic Life Coaching: Wellness, Nutrition & Essential Oils Consultation, 200&300 Hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. See ad on page 26.

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SOL REFLEXOLOGY

2704 Milam Street Suite 5 (Midtown) Houston, TX 77006 713-360-6167 solreflexology@gmail.com SolReflexology.com

True reflexology focuses on working with your mind, body, and soul through your feet or hands which may have longer lasting effects than a typical foot or hand massage. This is why Sol Reflexology sessions are only performed by highly trained massage therapists. In addition to massage therapy, Sol Reflexology offers acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractic, and hypnosis sessions to cater to every need for life style improvements. Jaime G. Garcia, owner. See ad on page 13.

REIKI CLAUDIA AUTRY

Hypnosis-Reiki-Essential Oils Mydoterra.com/claudiaautry 281-849-4610

Upgrade your life with hypnosis: stop smoking, weight management, optimistic outlook, performance enhancement, super learning… Relax and rebalance with Reiki. Change your life with essential oils. Custom blends consultations available.

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THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 3300 Chimney Rock, Ste. 208 713-621-4406 Angel@Thermography-Images.com Thermography-Images.com

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.

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