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Spirit Gallery is an opportunity to connect with loved ones in the spirit world. John Cappello travels all over the country to work with clients needing closure from the loss of a loved one. He will be in Houston, October 31 from 7 to 9 pm for a special Halloween Spirit Gallery at Centerpoint located at 2727 Fondren suite 5M 77080. In a Spirit Gallery, John senses the energy of people around clients in the audience and communicates the impressions he receives. These impressions are of spirits around a person. The spirits identify themselves to John and he reveals the information to the audience. This amazing type of communication with another dimension has become a popular event where ever he appears. Halloween, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos is a time when traditionally the veil between the worlds is thinnest. Make your reservations to join John for this special event. Cost is $35 in advance or $45 at the door.

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t’s hard to believe that Doyle Ward will have been leading his Affirmation Gatherings on Friday for 4 years. To celebrate this milestone, there will be a special 4th Birthday Affirmation Gathering on Friday October 30 from 7:00 until 8:30pm at the Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer 77027. When I spoke with Doyle last month, I asked him just what went on at an Affirmation Gathering and how he got into this kind of business. This is what he told me: “A number of years ago I was working in the corporate world and the stress of my job had affected both my physical health and my overall wellbeing. I was 37 and in a health crisis. I could either continue being unhappy or do something else. I picked up the book, You Can heal Your Life by Louise Hay. As I read it, I did everything she said to do. Nothing outside of my life had changed but as I continued to practice affirmations, I started to change on the inside. I decided that I

needed to share the things that had worked for me with others so I because a certified Heal Your Life coach. I added training and certification in hypnosis and transitioned into my own business. I really enjoyed reaching and teaching people about how powerful they are. As my business grew, I felt that it was time to start giving back. As a result of a vivid dream about me leading a free affirmations gathering and encouragement from Rosa Glen Riley, the owner of Spectrum Center, I started hosting a weekly Affirmation Gathering on Fridays. The gatherings grew and so did my business and after 3 years I had to cut back to just one Friday a month but I was seeing so many people being helped through the gatherings I was determined to continue offering them. So what goes on in the gatherings? In the beginning, I spoke about affirmations, what they were, how to craft them and how to use them. Now each gathering has a topic about some aspect of self-growth. Some of our topics have been New Beginnings, Deserving, Choosing Happiness, Choices, Your Relationship with Yourself and the list goes on. Sometimes it is about what we want in life and are we holding ourselves back from achieving it. Occasionally we have a fun night like writing our affirmations on paper, folding them into paper airplanes and flying them around the room. One group favorite is when we play affirmation beach ball. Our attendees learn that affirmations aren’t about speaking warm and fuzzy words. They are all about harnessing the immense power of our thoughts and using them in a positive, productive manner. This gathering is about sharing what I learned during my own journey and guiding the group so they can harness and use their own power of thought to make the changes that they desire. Everything I do has a spiritual focus. In these gatherings people get real coaching and go on to achieve what they want to do because they have the tools they need. I’ve seen people change their lives and I guess this is why I keep doing it. I felt like we needed to do something special to celebrate our 4th birthday. That’s why we are having an Affirmation Gathering Birthday Party. After the affirmations part of the meeting there will be birthday cake and giveaways. The Affirmation Group Birthday Party. Friday October 30 from 7 until 8:30pm at the Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer #233, Houston 77037. For more information contact Doyle Ward 832-628-4113. See ad on page 7.

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2015 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has found that more than half of American children are dehydrated. The research analyzed data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for children 6 to 19 years old. The study also found that boys have a 76 percent greater likelihood of being dehydrated, and African-Americans were 34 percent more likely to not drink enough water compared with U.S. Caucasians. “Dehydration accounts for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year due to a number of illnesses that can lead to depletion of fluids and electrolytes from the body,” says Dr. Daniel Rauch, associate professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. It can be difficult for parents to gauge the level of hydration in children. Researchers from the University of Arkansas have determined that urine color provides a reliable indicator of hydration levels, with darker urine indicating increasing levels of dehydration.

study at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has found that the brain is directly connected to the body’s immune system through a previously unknown set of lymphatic vessels. The discovery furthers the understanding for medical scientists of how the brain’s immune system works. While it’s been known for decades that lymphatic vessels transport immune cells through the rest of the body, confirming that this also occurs within the brain has been elusive. The discovery is attributed to Antoine Louveau, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UVA. He says, “It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied, but now we can ask mechanistic questions.” According to researchers, physicians can now examine the physical connection between the immune system and the brain instead of only studying how the brain responds to immune issues; it might also improve how diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, autism and others are understood and treated.

Non-Natural Painkillers Double Depression Risk


2015 study has found that larger opioid medication doses increase the incidence of depression in a Veterans Administration study of 355 pain patients. An opioid is a pharmaceutical compound, such as morphine, that produces an analgesic effect in the nervous system. The study, published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, followed patients with low-back pain for two years. The patients were taking varying doses of opioid pain killers, rated by their morphine-equivalent dose. The researchers found that higher doses resulted in a doubling of depression incidences. According to Dr. James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy, natural herbal alternatives to painkiller drugs that are free of the side effect include meadowsweet, ginger, willow bark, clove, lavender, eucalyptus, red pepper and rosemary.

Music and Audio Books Help Kids Move Past Pain


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Story Glory

National Festival Celebrates the Art of Storytelling Mix public speaking, acting, comedy and music and we get the performance art of storytelling, practiced by the likes of Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor. The largest related celebration is the 43rd annual International Storytelling Festival, held from October 2 through 4 this year in Jonesborough, Tennessee. More than 15 award-winning storytellers scheduled include Kim Weitkamp, who mixes humorous personal and family stories and original songs; Charlotte Blake Alston, who tells traditional and contemporary stories of African and AfricanAmerican oral culture, accompanied by native instruments; and Andy Offutt Irwin, known for his mouth noises and the adventures of his 85-year-old Aunt Marguerite Van Camp. Attendees can also tell stories at Story Slam! and Swappin’ Ground events and workshops. Festival producer the International Storytelling Center, together with the Library of Congress and American Folklife Center, also conducts a 26-week Tellerin-Residence training program. Storytelling is not only mentally challenging, it facilitates family and community bonding in a highly social and entertaining format. For more information and preregistration, visit

Nano No-No

EPA to Regulate Nanotechnology Pesticides The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to regulate new nanomaterial pesticides due to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety (CFS). In 2008, a coalition of nonprofits filed a legal petition requesting that the agency recognize the growing class of nanosilver consumer products and their risks, and regulate them as new pesticides. After the EPA failed to acknowledge the petition last December, the coalition sued the agency last March to force it to respond. Nanotechnology manipulates materials at the atomic and molecular levels; they are so tiny they cannot be seen with an ordinary microscope and possess extraordinary mobility and unique chemical and biological properties that increase the potential for biological interaction and toxicity. There are no labeling requirements for nanoscale products. The EPA has since agreed that nanosilver products intended to kill microorganisms qualify as pesticides, and that developers of such products must now seek EPA review and approval before the products are marketed. The agency has not committed, however, to undertake enforcement actions against currently commercialized products that haven’t undergone the EPA registration process, although it has taken action against some noncompliant manufacturers.


New York State Bans Fracking The Empire State has now officially banned fracking after a sevenyear review process. New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens states, “After exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting highvolume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative. Highvolume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated.” A findings statement concludes, “There are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.” Two groups heavily involved in the campaign, New Yorkers Against Fracking and Americans Against Fracking, praised the decision. Industry groups have threatened to sue, but the attorneys at Earthjustice ( are confident that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s exhaustive review will withstand any legal challenges and the nonprofit pledges to stand alongside the state in case of such actions. Vermont outlawed the practice in 2012. Source:

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Congress Fails to Respond to Centers for Disease Control Whistleblower On July 29, Congressman Bill Posey, a Republican representing Florida’s eighth district, took to the U.S. House floor to discuss possible changes in how the medical community views vaccines. According to documents cited in Posey’s testimony, Dr. William Thompson, a vaccine safety researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), revealed to Posey that he attended a meeting in which he was directed to destroy data in the CDC’s research that demonstrated a clear link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism. Understanding the gravity of this directive, Thompson reported that he had retained copies of the documents, which he gave to Posey, along with other records that demonstrate fraud within the CDC’s vaccine safety research. Posey pleaded on the House floor, “Mr. Speaker, I believe it’s our duty to ensure that the documents Dr. Thompson provided are not ignored. Therefore, I will provide them to members of Congress and the House committees upon request. Considering the nature of the whistleblower’s documents, as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted.” As of press time, Congress had taken no action to address Posey’s testimony.

Tree Houses

Wildlife Thrives in Dead and Fallen Trees Gathering winter firewood or felling dead trees may be a necessary chore, but it’s best to avoid fallen or snag trees (still upright and decomposing naturally) because they are home to woodland and backyard wildlife. Many types of birds, including woodpeckers, chickadees, bluebirds, nuthatches, owls, wrens and tree swallows and small mammals like raccoons, squirrels, opossums and porcupines use the cavities and crevices for shelter, food (in some cases, dining on congregating invertebrates like millipedes, beetles, spiders, worms and ants), mating, nesting and resting. The U.S. Forest Service says that some 1,200 forms of flora, including mosses, lichens and fungi, rely on dead, dying or rotted-hollow trees and serve to refresh habitat by returning vital nutrients to the soil via the nitrogen cycle. Decaying logs on the forest floor also act as “nurse logs” for new seedlings. Likewise, it’s good to respect brush piles of mainly fallen limbs and sticks. “These are wonderful hiding places for squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks,” reports Woodrow Nelson, a vice president with the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation (Arbor, in Lincoln, Nebraska, which serves to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. It’s best to identify existing and future snags prior to gathering firewood or timber to spare their accidental destruction. Long-dead trees are fairly easy to spot, with their bony limbs bereft of leaves. Snags-to-be require more review. Look for signs of disease or misshapen form: bracket fungi, rotting branch stubs, beetles, carpenter ants or broken main limbs. Nelson further advises, “Proper pruning can turn around a tree’s health.” He encourages consulting with a local certified arborist or the foundation’s Backyard Woods program. Keeping one or more snags in a yard can create wildlife refuges. According to the National Wildlife Federation (, hardwood trees tend to make better nesting habitats, while softer woods are more suited for food foraging. As long as the wood is kept a reasonable distance from a home, termites and other pests won’t find their way between the two dwellings.

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Solar Increases Home Value And Makes It Easier To Sell by Shen Ge

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By now, most people know that a residential solar system can help the environment and save the homeowner money on electricity bills. However, here’s some more good news! New research sponsored by the Department of Energy through the SunShot Initiative shows that buyers are willing to pay more for homes with rooftop solar panels — a finding that may strengthen the case for factoring the value of sustainable features into home appraisals. According to a recent study led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, 23,000 home sales in 8 states from 1999 to 2013 shows home buyers are willing to pay more for homes with host-owned rooftop solar systems. Researchers found that buyers were willing to pay a premium of $15,000 for a home with the average-size solar photovoltaic system (3.6 kilowatts), compared with a similar home without one. This means they’ll pay an additional four additional dollars per watt of solar power. For Simplify Solar which provides a solar system from 3 kW to 10 kW, this

translates to an increase in home value between $12,000 and $40,000. The Lawrence Berkeley study also found that homes equipped with solar panels tend to sell 20% faster than similar homes without them. The housing market is driven by the same factors as every marketplace — supply and demand. More and more prospective home buyers want a residential solar system as part of their next home. If your house has one and the other houses in your area do not, buyers will look first at your house and be willing to pay more to purchase it. More than half a million U.S. homes had solar installed in the U.S. by the end of 2014. “Previous studies on PV home premiums have been limited in size and scope,” says Ben Hoen, the lead author of the new report. “We more than doubled the number of PV home sales analyzed, examined a number of states outside of California, and captured the market during the recent housing boom, bust, and recovery.” “As PV systems become more and more common on U.S. homes, it will be increasingly important to value them accurately, using a variety of methods,” says co-author Sandra Adomatis, an appraiser who helped develop the Appraisal Institute’s Green Addendum. She noted, “Our findings should provide greater confidence that PV adds a quantifiable premium to a wide variety of homes in California and beyond.” The growth in home PV systems means realtors needs reliable methods to value these homes appropriately. The solar market is still young and many real estate appraisers are not informed about the value of a rooftop solar system, and what it adds to a house. However, Gerard O’Connor, an appraiser on Long Island, says Fannie May has just amended its rules to allow appraisers to include the value of a home solar system when doing a home appraisal. That one change could help boost the number of home solar systems on American homes substantially. Download the new 2015 report, “Selling into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of PV Homes”, as well as a fact sheets, and a summary slide deck here: Follow Simplify Solar on Twitter at @simplifysolar and Facebook at for more up-to-date information on solar energy and our suite of products for you. Interested in more of Shen Ge’s posts on solar energy and other energy-related posts? Follow the author on Twitter @shenge86.

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Can Hypnosis Help My Child? by Suzanne Sears RN, ACCH

is less well-developed in children, the subconscious mind can be more easily convinced to change beliefs and behaviors that keep the child from living a healthy and happy life. The goal of hypnosis is to give the subconscious mind positive suggestions that are in line with the goals of the client in order to create progress and improvement in the child’s life.

Can my child’s mind be controlled by the hypnotist?

What is hypnosis, really?

Hypnosis can be defined as a mental state of altered awareness during which the subconscious mind is more open and receptive to suggestions. Hypnosis is induced by a procedure known as hypnotic induction which is a series of instructions and suggestions made to bypass the “critical factor” or conscious mind. The “critical factor” is that part of the mind that analyzes new information and compares it to past information and/or beliefs and decides to accept or reject the new information. This is much like the “hard drive” on your computer that rejects a new file name if there is already a file by than name. The subconscious mind considers itself the “protector” of your emotional, mental and physical well-being and thinks it is doing what is best for you even if the behavior concerned is really not in your best interest. For example, people may smoke tobacco or overeat due to security issues in childhood, but the subconscious mind can be convinced to change these behaviors through the process of hypnosis.

Because the hypnotist is working with your child’s subconscious mind (which is his/her protector), your child cannot be made to do, think or believe anything that runs counter to the child’s core beliefs or values. Your child would just block out such suggestions or come out of hypnosis. No one can be hypnotized without his/her permission and participation.

Can my child get stuck in hypnosis and not wake up?

No. Hypnosis is very much like daydreaming or being absorbed in a video game, T-V, movie or book so there is nothing mysterious or spooky about it. Children are very close to being in a trance state much of the time because of their imaginations, so hypnosis is more natural to them than it is to adults. A child in hypnosis will always “wake-up” when asked to do just like he/she can be convinced to stop playing a video game.

What if my child does not want to change his behavior or thinks that hypnosis won’t really Can my child be hypnotized? Children are generally excellent subjects for hypnosis because help him/her? they have active imaginations and their “critical factor” is less well developed. In fact, recent studies on the brains of teen-agers suggest that the “critical factor’ is really not well developed until the early twenties. Because the “critical factor” 14


First of all, in order to help a child (or anyone) change behavior that may not be in their best interest, one has to understand the motivation for the behavior. Behaviors can be motivated by such things as need for attention, need for control or even

revenge. If a child says he/she does not want to change or give up undesirable behaviors, the child may really be saying “I don’t think I can change or succeed.” A way to determine if this is how the child feels is to ask, “ If I had a magic button that you could push that would instantly allow you to do better at ____________________would you push the button?” If the child says “yes”, then it would appear that the issue is not the lack of motivation, but rather that the child believes the/she cannot change.

Can I be with my child during the hypnosis session?

If your child is comfortable having a parent in the room during hypnosis, it is entirely appropriate for the parent to be present. However, the parent does not participate in the actual hypnosis session once the initial intake information has been completed and goals have been developed for the child’s program.

How can I help my child be successful with his/her hypnosis program?

It is VERY important for parents to

encourage their child who is trying to change behaviors through hypnosis. Families can develop their own system of rewards and encouragement that will be most meaningful for the child, but rewards need to be of value to the child and given consistently for improvements and successes. Parents may be given “homework” to do between hypnosis sessions that involves reinforcement and encouragement of the child.

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Hypnosis can help give children the tools they need to be successful in controlling or conquering many issues that keep them from being healthy and happy such as: • Anxiety/fear/stress • Pain management/needle phobia • Bad habits or obsessions • Relationship problems • Behavior and attitude problems • Self-esteem and self-confidence issues • Coping with medical problems and illness

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Transforming Disease Patterns Into Healing Habits by Gladys Wesley-Kennedy


ould you believe that to live is to heal? Would you believe that, because you are alive, born into a physical body, and bound to earthly physical laws, you are born… unwell? Regardless of what you may or may not believe, I invite you to ponder the old saying, “The road of the many is often the wrong way.” I ask these questions because many of us believe that those who have been diagnosed with a definitive physical or psychological imbalance, addiction, or disease are sick or unwell, yet those who have not been diagnosed or who do not seem to present any obvious sign of pain or illness are considered healthy or well. In other words, if someone we know has a diagnosis, but we do not, we may think to ourselves, “He or she is sick, but not me.” Many of us are unconscious of our deeper opinions and beliefs about those whom we deem sick. For example, when we encounter or hear about someone who has been diagnosed as sick, diseased, or dying, we may express concern, empathy, or some form of condolence to or about that person. However, simultaneously, we may also think to ourselves: “Oh that poor person, I feel so bad for them. I’m glad I don’t have that problem. I am so blessed.” Well, when we abide by these types of beliefs and attitudes, it means we have—erroneously and unconsciously—misjudged the outward



reflection of our own inner un-wellness and dis-eased mindset. The following is a true personal example. Many years ago, I went to a breast surgeon to have a biopsy taken from a mass in my right breast. Several months earlier, I had discovered the mass, and brought it to my gynecologist’s attention. At the time, she advised me to have it checked—but, I chose not to because I didn’t believe it was an issue, even though it had been painful for quite some time. After the breast surgeon thoroughly palpated the mass, he asked me, “If you noticed this mass a few months ago and you know your grandmother and mother died from cancer and, your sister currently has metastasized breast carcinoma, why didn’t you have this mass checked sooner? Smugly, I replied, “Because, unlike them, I don’t think I’ve lived a lifestyle that is conducive to developing cancer.” The surgeon sternly looked me in my eyes and sarcastically replied, “Well, Mrs. Kennedy, no breast lump is ever normal—regardless of your lifestyle.” The point I am trying to make is that many of us do not know what disease really means. Due to this, I often hyphenate the word so that it reads, “dis-ease.” My intention, in doing so, is to jar the reader’s unconscious beliefs about this frequently misused and misunderstood word. Disease means, “A condition in humans, plants, or animals

that result in pathological symptoms and is not the direct result of physical injury.” Whereas, if hyphenated, “dis” is a prefix meaning: “to undo” or “to do the opposite,” and, “ease” means, “a lack of difficulty.” Hence, dis-ease means, “the lack of ease or comfort,” (i.e., internal or external discomfort, unrest, or agony). Therefore, hyphenating “disease” changes its meaning and context significantly—bringing into focus the concept of a general lack of wellness and lack of ease or comfort. The fact is that everyone lives with some persistent form of dis-ease. It is an essential aspect of life—until we know better. Throughout our lives, all of us consistently experience various forms of suffering, distress, pain, and loss. Additionally, all who are born will surely die. Actually, the moment we are born, our bodies are simultaneously dying. Therefore, how can we label anyone else as “sick,” “diseased,” or “dying,” yet fail to recognize the same plight in ourselves? Why is it that we can readily recognize the plight of others, but repeatedly miss our own persistent dis-eased symptoms? Take a moment to think about this important question. Prior to me being diagnosed with breast cancer, I believed I was healthy and well—despite the fact that for years, I had suffered from a history of persistent stress-related aches and pains, such as debilitating migraines, back aches, depression, and irregular periods. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, I lived with a false sense of health and wellness. I rationalized to myself that because I was young, a vegetarian, and an avid fitness instructor, I was perfectly healthy. Hence, I ignorantly believed I was immune to developing any type of disease—particularly cancer. I also believed that my relatives developed and died from cancer because of their “unhealthy lifestyle.” I again rationalized that since they were heavy smokers and drinkers, ate meat, never exercised, nor took an interest in their health, it only made sense that they had cancer. At that time, I failed to realize I held prejudices and ignorant beliefs about those whom I judged as sick or healthy. Today, however, I clearly recognize that not only did I, but most people make this same mistake. Subconsciously, we judge

others as sick or diseased, but fail to recognize our own un-wellness and disease. We delude ourselves by believing that, unlike them, we are healthy and well—despite our many symptoms to the contrary. Specifically, we judge others as “sick,” while we also show symptoms of dis-ease by relying on or indulging in one or more of the following: • Regularly taking prescription or over-the-counter pain medications • Consuming alcoholic beverages three or more days per week • Relying on sleep aids for insomnia • Daily consuming two or more cups of coffee • Taking antidepressants for months or years • Depending on blood pressure medication/s • Relying on diabetes medications • Are thirty or more pounds overweight or significantly underweight • Have several strained personal or work relationships • Secretly and excessively engage in sexual activity or have many sexual partners • Frequently engage in “road rage” reactions or confrontations • Suffering from persistent worry or anxiety • Having a history of financial instability or lack • Habitual busyness, (i.e., overworking or over-doing certain activities) As you can see from this list, we do not notice how distracted we are from our daily burdensome presentations of disease and un-wellness. Hence, we live in total denial. The truth about life and living is this: everyone and everything born and bound to a physical body, is destined to experience pain, suffering, sickness, and ultimately…death. Life is fair in this regard. Furthermore, the great majority of us will die—not from natural causes— but rather, from an incurable sickness or disease. Why? Because, unbeknownst to us, our daily life is driven by unconscious pathological mind activity, (i.e., disease). In this specific context, dis-ease refers to a pathological mindset, or a long-term habitual repetition of negative thought patterns. This means we habitually and unconsciously think about and/or react

to situations, people, or memories with negative thoughts or emotions such as anger, fear, worry, resentment, sorrow, or jealousy. In other words, in mind and body, we create some form of psychoemotional and physical suffering. The most common consequences of such negative thinking are acts of self-abuse, self-medicating behaviors, over/under eating, passive-aggressiveness, physical pain or tension, relationship dramas, and, feelings of despair, lassitude, or depression. Usually, however, even though we are experiencing distress, we fail to recognize the real source of these dis-eased conditions and feelings. The long-term consequence of not addressing the destructive causes in mind is a matured form of dis-ease, as in cancer or heart disease. So, all health problems are the formed effects of dis-eased or toxic emotional thought patterns. Negative habits in mind are pathological, and produce toxic chemical and physiological reactions in our body. Such toxicity eventually accumulates, resulting in the manifestation of diseases, as in persistent pain, deformation, tumors, cysts, chronic sickness—and ultimately—full-blown disease. Therefore, no manifestation of pain, sickness, or disease “just happens.” Instead, dis-eased thoughts create a diseased body and life circumstances. When I have expressed this sobering principle to our students or patients, some have asked me, “If we live only to die from sickness or disease, then what is the purpose of life?” I explain that the purpose of life is to heal. We are born to heal our “karma” or “pathology in mind and life.” For some, this answer is difficult to comprehend or accept. However, the truth is that every aspect of

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our physical life—without exception—is the formed reflection of our mindset. How and what we think determines the quality and conditions of our health and life circumstances. Therefore, the purpose of life is to identify and repair our faulty mindset. In summation, the purpose of our life is to liberate ourselves from ignorance, perpetual suffering, and a death that— unnecessarily—results from a lifetime of unconscious habitual dis-eased thinking and behaving. To accomplish liberation, recognize that every living being is created equal. Everything and everyone born will, equally, experience suffering and death. Therefore, all of us are born un-well and dis-eased. However, the goal of life is to heal all forms of dis-ease by replacing our thought patterns with intentional thoughts of gratitude, positivity, and compassion… for ourselves and all others. Now that you know this, endeavor to heal the source of your health and life circumstances— your mindset. Heal by recognizing and correcting your erroneous beliefs, judgments, and dis-eased patterns—in mind and behavior—so that, when it is finally time for you to vacate your physical body and the world, you can leave, and truly…“rest in peace.” This is the goal of life: to transform disease patterns into healing habits. To live is to heal. Gladys Wesley-Kennedy is the founder and QiGong master of TheWHAITM and Meditative FitnessTM programs. These educational therapeutic programs are based on her personal healing journey from a life of disease to renewed life of health and well-being. Visit online at

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Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

Low-Sodium Diets

Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

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What is the “Point” of Acupuncture?

What is Qi?

by Jo Nell Norcini, L. Ac., M.A.O.M

For those of you who have been to a Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) practitioner, you have probably heard of the term qi. Even if you have not, this term seems to be associated with many types of esoteric practices. I would like to dispel the mystery associated with this term and to explain what it means and why it is important to your health. Qi (pronounced chee) is a term commonly used in TCM. On a physical level and in a clinical sense, it has to do with strength, effort and capacity. On a psychological level, it has to do with desire, awareness and motivation. Qi is often defined as energy or “life force.”It has also been described as the vibration that resonates within all of us. Western medicine associates qi with oxygen, metabolism and electrical impulses. Qi is really a combination of all of these things. The ancient Chinese believed that there are two types of qi: one being a type you are born with, which is referred to as congenital qi, and the second type is called acquired qi, which is formed from the air that you breath and the food that you eat. To illustrate, let’s look at how acquired qi is formed from an eastern medical perspective.

Food + Air = Energy or Qi Or Glucose + Oxygen = Water + Carbon dioxide + Energy It is interesting to note that the ancient Chinese were drawing one of the simplest equations in medical science. What the body does with this qi once it is formed is where it gets interesting. Every function in the human body relies on electrical impulses. Collagen not only produces electricity but also conducts electricity. It is through this structure of collagen, present in every aspect of our bodies, from individual

cells to the fascia that cover our organs and bones, that electrical impulses travel throughout the body. The energy or qi that our bodies produce travels though that collagen along various pathways, known as channels or meridians in acupuncture. Qi is concentrated in areas below the elbows and knees, so by placing needles in these areas, the qi can travel throughout the meridians. It is much like the ripple effect that a stone has when tossed into a pond. When qi is plentiful, focused and moving properly, you will experience good health. It is the pathological aspects of qi such as deficient, excess, unharmonious or blocked that causes disease and pain. An individual with deficient qi may experience symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath, with a tendency to easily catch colds. Someone with excess qi may experience anxiety, high blood pressure and headaches. Disharmonies of qi can manifest as a myriad of symptoms such as insomnia, depression and indigestion. Those individuals with blocked qi will experience pain. A skilled TCM practitioner can determine imbalances and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. By uncovering the underlying cause of presenting symptoms, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be strategically applied to help your body heal itself. When the body’s qi is abundant and balanced, you can achieve greater levels of wellness! Jo Neil Norcini is an acupuncturist at Cypress Area Acupuncture located at 9834 Spring Cypress Road 77070. 713-825-1636.

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AWAKENING THE GLOBAL HEART Compassionate Activists Unite to Write Earth’s New Story by Linda Sechrist


s individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future. In This Changes Ever y thing: Capitalism vs. The Climate, author Naomi Klein attests that the power of ferocious love is underestimated by companies and their government advocates. Suggesting that climate change be considered a framework for broader social improvements instead of a single issue, she invites “seizing the moment of discontent” to advance healing the planet and its broken economies and communities. Stories about how ordinary people are energizing local and online communities of practice to improve intergenerational communication, eliminate monetary influence in politics and restore democracy, and



support social justice, community wealth building, independent media, sound health care and clean food and water are frequently missing from mainstream media. Pioneering efforts by activists such as Mario Tigueros, Pachamama Alliance program manager for the Game Changer Intensive; Joshua Gorman, founder of Generation Waking Up; and Cole Kleitsch, founder and director of Walking Civics, warrant widespread attention and support.

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When hundreds of participants in Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, held in cities throughout the U.S., kept asking “What’s next?” Tigueros facilitated the creation of Game Changers, which explores present challenges and possibilities and ways to create a new future. He says, “We wanted to help them in awakening to their personal qualities and strengths before setting out to change the world. While engaging with others and creating

a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.” A love for social justice prompted Tigueros to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power. It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital Generation, all names for the Millenials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen. “We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel investments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways.

People have the power, when we choose to use it, to act on it, to dedicate ourselves to change. ~Rebecca Solnit “Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change. A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone,

If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. When we own our stories of struggle, we can write our own new endings. ~Brené Brown, Rising Strong New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers. “I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

Hearts Joining Hearts

At 15, Kelsey Juliana’s love of family, friends and future generations far outweighed any trepidation she felt in acting as one of two plaintiffs in a legal strategy to protect the atmosphere, guided by Mary Christina Wood, a law

professor and author of Nature’s Trust. Wood created the Oregon nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, now operating in all 50 states and internationally, to enforce the duty of government to protect natural resources for present and future generations. It supports youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies. In local Sierra Club chapters, organizers work with facilitators to educate and empower youth to lead campaigns with town councils, legislative chambers and the courts. Mounting research is confirming what many have long suspected— extensive media coverage of negative news can trigger stress, fear and trauma. Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Executive Director Mallary Tenore cares deeply about how the media can benefit the world by catalyzing change and

meaningful awareness of issues such as those raised by Our Children’s Trust. “At ivoh, we believe in focusing on the world we want to live in—not only problem-solving in the world we have. We are currently helping our global community of media practitioners tell ‘restorative narratives’, stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. Instead of focusing solely on tragedy and trauma, these narratives extend the storyline by showing signs of renewal, recovery and restoration,” explains Tenore.

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James Maskell wishes every media outlet would cover the doctors and health professionals that are applying the “functional/integrative/root cause” approaches to health care. Formerly a vendor of supplements to health professionals, Maskell has morphed his focus to found the Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum, a monthly educational Web show for health professionals and industry insiders. After becoming captivated by functional medicine at a trade show, he

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Join the Heartbeat of Change Common Dreams Conscious Elders Network Democracy Collaborative Democracy Now! Functional Forum Generation Waking Up Green Hour Radio Images and Voices of Hope James O’Dea Naomi Klein Nature’s Trust/The Children’s Climate Crusade Pachamama Alliance The Next System Project Transition United States Walking Civics

The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children. ~Bill Mollison, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual developed this fresh, high-tech concept that combines the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice developments and health technologies in a mixed-media format. Offered free on YouTube, it combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos and audience interaction. “With health politics raising more questions than answers and with technology changing the healthcare landscape, there’s never been a more ripe time for health innovation and accelerating a shift toward what works for most doctors,” remarks Maskell, who also recently collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to live-stream Genomics and Functional Medicine, the most cutting-edge clinical Functional Forum to date. Andrew Brandeis, a licensed naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, developed a challenging new skill set in creating the easy-to-use, mobile Share Practice app, launched 18 months ago and now also available on the Internet. It’s already used by 15,000 doctors nationwide to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs and supplements. They also ask questions and receive quick feedback about patient treatments. Brandeis sees an even bigger future opportunity. “As we spot trends and see what is working where and why, we can direct research dollars. There are all kinds of off-label uses for drugs, herbs and supplements that we’ll support when we see that 10,000 doctors are using them in the same way for the

Corralling Ocean Plastics Boyan Slat, 21, of the Netherlands, has devoted his youth to founding and forwarding The Ocean Cleanup, a system in which plastics in our oceans, driven by currents, would amass in accessible zones, reducing cleanup time from theoretical millennia to a manageable period. Leading a team of 100 scientists and engineers for one year, they turned the concept into a potentially viable method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. Crowdfunding will launch the pilot phase in Japanese waters in 2016. Slat has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth. The Ocean Cleanup is a recognized Design of the Year by the London Design Museum. 22


same thing,” says Brandeis, who enjoys the meaningfulness of this collective contribution. Gery Juleff, of Hopewell, New Jersey, reinvented himself and his career to serve a greater good. Seeking to inspire change through intelligent discussion on environmental issues he founded and hosts the Green Radio Hour broadcast on He was formerly a member of the British Foreign Service, serving for 25 years as a diplomat, mostly in Africa and Brazil. In Juleff’s last London foreign office assignment, he dealt with policies on climate change, renewable energy technology and energy security. “My love of Africa, the continent likely to be affected the most by climate change, quickened my sense of needing to do whatever I could to limit any negative effects,” he says. Even though he was innocent about the scope of such an undertaking, “When the station owner suggested I use my knowledge to host a radio show, I said yes.” In What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, economist and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative Gar Alperovitz provides many examples of successful community wealth building. He’s been part of a team partnering with others in cities that include Cleveland, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi; Rochester, New York; and Washington, D.C. As co-chair of The Next System Project, he’s dealing with the bigger picture of long-term systemic change.

“The economics of sustainability focus on partnerships with local assets like universities, hospitals and cultural institutions to facilitate broadbased economic security for the entire community,” says Alperovitz. He’s deeply committed to the concept of an ecologically sustainable society, where problem-solving activities nurture democracy.

Waking Up

This small sampling of individuals whose actions are affirming their heart’s directives is not random and signals a larger movement. It represents author Anodea Judith’s explanation for the evolution of our human journey, captured in the title and essence of her book Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love.

James O’Dea, author of The Conscious Activist, says, “As we evolve, we recognize that it’s the heart which holds the great key to our collective healing, to real civility, the courage to face our own Pruca
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adness darkens the world of the 16 percent of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression and the untold millions more that try to cope without a formal diagnosis, according to a University of Colorado study published in Clinical Therapeutics. Just as daunting, an estimated 30 million Americans take prescription antidepressant drugs for premenstrual discomfort, chronic pain and anxiety, as well as depression, according to Dr. James Gordon, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He founded and directs the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and is the renowned author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. While conventional medicine offers a smorgasbord of antidepressants, many are ineffective or produce harmful side effects. One University of Pennsylvania study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found scant evidence that they benefit people with mild to moderate depression because the drugs work no better than a placebo in at least 80 percent of cases. Side effects of traditional antidepressants included nausea, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, agitation, irritability, anxiety and even violent behavior and suicidal thoughts, according to the University of Colorado research involving more than 40,000 patients. It further showed that nearly 70 percent of patients stop taking the prescription drugs within three months, largely because of intolerable reactions. Some safer and healthier alternatives exist. “We know that depression is more a symptom than a diagnosis,” says Dr. Hyla Cass, author of numerous related books, including Natural Highs. “It’s a sign of imbalance in biochemistry, caused



Curcumin, the rhizome of the turmeric plant that gives curry powder its distinctive yellow color, addresses both the symptoms of depression and its underlying causes, says Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Center for Gastrointestinal Research, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A recent study by Goel in Phytotherapy Research showed that this natural spice helps generate new, properly functioning brain cells that manufacture moodelevating neurotransmitters. Along with being as effective as Prozac (fluoxetine) without the side effects, curcumin can neutralize the suicidal thoughts and violent behavior sometimes displayed in people with major depression taking prescription antidepressants. “We also know that prescription antidepressants become less effective the longer you take them,” says Goel. “Curcumin doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time.” Rhodiola rosea, the well-researched root of an Arctic plant, has brought relief even to some of Cass’ severely depressed patients. Cass points to its ability to help balance stress hormones and stimulate production of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, much like the claims of prescription drugs, but without any known side effects. A new study published in Phytomedicine confirms that rhodiola is at least as effective as the prescription antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) in fighting major depression. Cass also recommends 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), an extract of the seeds of an African shrub that produces the critical serotonin with no negative side effects. A recent Indian study from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences comparing the effects of 5-HTP and Prozac confirms that “5-HTP definitely has antidepressant effects in patients with depression.”

A Holistic Approach

An integrative approach that emphasizes physical activity and a meditation or other spiritual practice can be highly effective in treating all levels of depression, according to Gordon. “It’s a way to get unstuck, to help us move through and beyond depression and other difficulties in our lives,” he says. Exercise triggers rises in mood at least equal to those generated by antidepressant prescription drugs, according to new Duke University research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People that are depressed often don’t want to move, Gordon comments. “Start with what you can do. Walking a couple of blocks a day is a good beginning.” He notes, “I teach specific meditation techniques such as slow, deep, soft-belly breathing and mindful walking and eating. All have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and stress, enhance mood and optimism, and promote greater emotional stability and more reliable judgment.” A healthful diet emphasizing vegetables, fruit and healthy fats; strong support from friends and family; creative activities; and connecting with a higher power comprise Gordon’s integrative prescription for a happy life. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at

GMOs Link to Depression Monsanto’s genetically modified organisms (GMO) go handin-hand with the company’s patented Roundup-ready crops, and therein lie the seeds of depression, says Jeffrey Smith, founding executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and producer of the award-winning documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Several studies—beginning with one published by German researchers in 1980 and most recently reinforced by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists—show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, ingested with our food, disrupts the shikimate pathway. “Monsanto has bragged for years that the shikimate pathway is why Roundup kills plants, but has no impact in humans, since we don’t have the shikimate pathway,” says Smith. But our gut bacteria do use this pathway to produce the amino acid building blocks for mood-lifting brain chemicals. “Since glyphosate blocks the shikimate pathway, it can impair the ability of intestinal bacteria to produce the ingredients for the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, melotonin and dopamine. Their deficiencies are linked to depression and other serious health problems,” he explains. Consumers need to understand that Roundup is sprayed on nearly all GMO crops to control weeds, and the doses continue to increase; it’s further used on wheat, rye, rice, lentils, barley and numerous other non-organic crops just before harvest to accelerate drying. Glyphosate has been widely found in water, rain and air samples, plus in breast milk, blood and urine, meaning virtually everyone has been exposed to this toxic chemical.

How to Step Away from Antidepressants by Hyla Cass


ever stop taking prescription antidepressants cold turkey. Intense depression and other dangerous side effects might result. It can cause severe depression, anxiety, intense agitation and even suicidal thinking. As suggested in my book, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, it’s best to slowly wean off the medication with the help of a qualified prescribing healthcare practitioner. The process may take several months, but it’s time well spent and safer. n Consistently eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats and clean protein. n To help create a firm nutritional base, add a basic supplementation program with a good multivitamin, vitamin C, optimal amounts of B vitamins and omega-3 fats like those found in clean fish oil. n Consider supplementing with curcumin, rhodiola or 5-HTP to ease the transition.

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Ground Rules for

RUNNERS A Guide for Running on All Terrains by April Thompson


any fitness-seekers run because it’s so simple and adaptable. Running can be done in groups, pairs or alone, with little equipment, skill or planning needed. Anyone can run virtually anytime, anywhere—an indoor treadmill, scenic trail, beach or sidewalk. But all surfaces are not created equal. Recently, opponents of running on hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt claim they are more apt to cause injuries or pain than dirt or grass. According to body-movement researcher Daniel Ferris, Ph.D., director of the Human Neuromechanics Laboratory at the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology, no evidence currently supports the theory that running on harder surfaces leads to more injuries. “However, we see a difference in the injury types,” he reports, noting that it’s likely related to differences in how people strike their feet on different surfaces, thus delivering a different stress load to the rest of the body. Running on hard surfaces is more often correlated with issues like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon injuries; softer surfaces are more often linked with soft-tissue injuries such as knee problems. According to Michael Sandler, a running coach and author who has developed a variety of helpful resources on mindful running (MindfulRunning. org), being present is paramount to safer running on varied surfaces. “Enjoy music while running, but you have to be tuned in to your surroundings, too,” says



Sandler, currently based near New York City. “Sometimes runners get injured when changing footwear or surfaces without being aware of how that affects their running. You’re more likely to move faster on cement, than on grass; each surface dictates a different stride.” Some softer surfaces such as grass, trails and sand tend to be more uneven, which can lead to trips, falls and related injuries and require more exertion. In a recent University of Michigan study, walkers expended up to 25 percent more energy on an uneven surface than on a smooth one, while runners experienced no difference in exertion levels. This benefits those that may be walking for weight loss, accelerating calorie burn.

Helpful Change-Ups

Ferris recommends that runners and walkers mix up terrains to recruit different muscle groups and make them work in new ways. As a result, a strong inland runner may struggle to complete a run on a beach, which draws more upon the calf muscles. Whether it’s a change of surface or training shoe, Ferris cautions to ease into it, rather than making an abrupt shift. Gail Fuller, a 10-time marathoner and certified running coach in Silver Spring, Maryland, believes that variety is the spice of running. “I love to switch it up; I get bored easily. I’ll run on trails one day, tracks the next,” says Fuller, an asthmatic who took up running 13 years

We are like water flowing downstream: Water moves differently when interacting with rock and sand. If we’re present when running on different surfaces, we can move more effortlessly and float along with the surface, rather than fight with it. ~Michael Sandler ago to mitigate its effects. Fuller encourages new runners, even those with preexisting conditions, to consider different types of runs. “I recently coached a woman working toward her first 5K in Baltimore. She said she had bad knees and only felt comfortable running on a treadmill,” relates Fuller. “We’ve slowly worked in trail runs and hill work to the point where she now enjoys training on hills to get strong for a race.” However, Fuller ultimately tells runners to follow their body’s intuition regarding training. “I dislike treadmills, so I don’t use them. If you don’t like something, even if another seasoned runner recommends it, don’t do it,” she counsels, recalling her own unhappy event runs on Venice Beach sand and a New Jersey boardwalk. “Your body will tell you what it needs.” Being conscious of the mind-body connection can deepen the benefits of running and other workouts—mentally, physically and spiritually—according to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, worldwide leader of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, nine-time marathoner and author of Running with the Mind of Meditation. “Instead of spacing out [during] exercise, say, ‘I’m going to be present and relate to my breathing and movement’,” he counsels. “That’s healthy for the mind and the body.” Whatever’s beneath their feet, mindful runners can discover the joys of physical and mental synchronization. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at


Greenhouse Magic Eat Homegrown Organic Veggies Year-Round by Avery Mack


uch of America’s supermarket produce is expected to ripen in trucks, stores or at home after traveling many hundreds of miles from field to table. During the past six years, as Americans’ hunger for fresher, bettertasting food has deepened, the number of home gardens has risen by 8 percent, to 113 million. That’s more than one for every three people. Organic gardeners and others find that adding a greenhouse provides just-picked fruit and vegetables at their natural peak of ripeness and significantly extends the growing season. Pre-planted seeds and seedlings flourish in the protected environment and provide robust plants for an outdoor garden. Many vegetables, especially greens, can provide multiple harvests in the greenhouse well into the colder months.

“I grew olive trees from seed, but they were sterile, so I had to buy propagated trees. Like my fig tree, everything will eventually outgrow the space allotted for it.”

The plants get nothing unless you provide it, adds Marshall. His two, 300-square-foot greenhouses use 100 gallons of water every three days, some collected in 55-gallon rain barrels. During winters, the unheated greenhouse protects leafy greens and root crops. Hydroponic lettuce and herbs share the propane-heated greenhouse with figs, lemon grass, ginger, galangal and nine citrus trees. He opines there’s nothing like fresh Key lime pie in January. In Alstead, New Hampshire, Celeste Longacre, author of Celeste’s Garden Delights, uses her home greenhouse to give seedlings a head start on spring. She and her husband, Bob, grow nearly all the vegetables they’ll use for the year in the resulting backyard garden, noting that New Hampshire ranks number three for locavore support according to the national locavoreindex. She recommends, “Start small, with a plant or two, and then make one change a week toward greater selfsustainable living.”

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A greenhouse that creates a warm environment for plants during cold weather may also overheat. “Air circulation is vital; vents and fans are necessary to maintain the right temperature,” advises Longacre, explaining that plants can’t breathe in a damp house. She suggests, “Water

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only when absolutely necessary and at the soil line, not on the leaves. In hot climates, use shade cloth on the top and sides of the greenhouse.” There are destructive insects and beneficial insects, Longacre says. “Aphids will kill a crop. Ladybugs can eat 50 aphids a day, plus mites and larva. After the aphids are gone, ladybugs like parsley, dill and geraniums for lunch. That will keep them around in case aphids return.” Ladybugs can be ordered online; stick to local species. Some plants, like tomatoes, eggplant or winter fruits, need pollination that can be applied by hand, but it’s timeconsuming. An easier solution is to use vibrating trays to shake pollen loose and fans that distribute it from plant-to-plant.

Southern Climes, Too

Even in warmer climates, a greenhouse has benefits. In Orlando, Florida, sisters Katherine and Jessica Grandey make



good use of a 200-squarefoot greenhouse of vertical aeroponic towers. No soil or additional watering is used because plant roots receive a nutrient solution. The small space provides the same amount of greens as a one-acre plot of land while using a tenth of the water, maturing from seed to table-ready produce in five to seven weeks. The siblings donate a portion o f t h e i r ch e m i c a l - f r e e c r o p t o GrowGreen4Women, a nonprofit group that supports cancer patients.

Benefits Beyond Veggies In Norwalk, Iowa, Master Gardener Richard Schreiber, membership director for the Hobby Greenhouse Association, collects succulents and cacti. He keeps his 500-square-foot greenhouse at 50 degrees during chilly months. “After experiments and mistakes, hobbyists find what works best for them. The resultant mix often includes both flowering and fruiting plants,” says Master Gardener Tom Karasek, the

Change from yard shoes to greenhouse shoes to avoid cross-contamination. association’s president, in Longview, Washington. “All greenhouses have microclimates for more or less light or humidity and cooler or warmer temperatures.” For added value, greenhouse gardens act as insulation when situated on a rooftop to reduce heating and cooling costs, plus divert rainwater from drainage systems; the latter being especially valuable in urban zones. W h a t e ve r i t s s i z e o r s c o p e , greenhouse gardening also shelters a sense of community. As gardeners trade vegetables for a fisherman’s excess catch or as a thank-you for the loan of tools, they share both lively fare and their love of discovery. Connect with the freelance writer via

inspiration Creative Greenhouses by Avery Mack


reenhouses can be elaborate or simple, bought or homemade from recycled storm windows and architectural scrap, designed with peaked roofs, hoops or geodesic domes. Some are set on a raised platform to stay above snow and flood levels. Kits at home improvement stores come in many sizes; Ikea even has a mini-greenhouse suitable for a windowsill. Sustainable passive solar models are the latest twist. Add a hammock or lounge chair for a tranquil getaway spot. A whimsical greenhouse built on a platform allows for deep Canadian snows. Recycled 1800s windows comprise both walls and roof with colorfully painted decorations safeguarding birds as they fly nearby ( Built in 1936, the art decostyled Jewel Box, in St. Louis, Missouri, is an outstanding example of greenhouse design, with more than 15,000 square feet of vertical glass and five stair-stepped roofs. Horizontal metal surfaces prevent weather damage ( BoxGreenhouse). Washington State Environmental C h e m i s t D av i d S t o n e b u i l t a greenhouse using Ferrock, a carbonnegative material he invented as a cement substitute. Inside it, winter temperatures remain at 60 degrees, even though it’s near the Canadian border ( In Mesa, Arizona, a swimming pool is home to tilapia and chickens, wheat and grapes, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. The closed-loop aquaponic farm is an almost entirely self-sustaining ecosystem (Tinyurl. com/PoolGreenhouse). For more ideas, visit Building-Greenhouses and Tinyurl. com/SalvageGreenhouses.

Heaven Within by Wayne Dyer


eaven is a state of mind, not a location, since Spirit is everywhere and in everything. You can begin making a conscious decision to look for the unfolding of Spirit in everything and everyone that you encounter. I personally do this by making an effort to look upon my world as if I were observing it through lenses that filter out the form and all of the material aspects of what I’m seeing, and I can only view the spiritual energy that allows what I’m noticing to exist. Try putting on these imaginary magical lenses and see how different everything appears. I now see spiritual energy in everyone I encounter. When I’m tempted to judge anyone, I remind myself to view them through my special lenses. When I can do so, all negative judgment dissolves. I feel more peaceful knowing that I’m not just this body that I’m destined to discard. I also feel the life-giving Spirit within me on a daily basis, and it’s exhilarating! Being more balanced spiritually and physically gives me the opportunity to be in a continual state of gratitude and awe. I see miracles everywhere. Try changing your view of the world to one of awe and wonder. Rather than looking natural awakenings

for miracles, shift to seeing everything as miraculous. By being in a state of awe, you won’t be able to mentally experience boredom or disappointment. Try seeing the invisible Divine flowing through and supporting everyone and everything. A rainstorm becomes a miraculous event, the lightning a fascinating display of electrical fireworks, the thunder a booming reminder of the invisible power of nature. Live the mystery by beginning to perceive what average eyes fail to notice. Wa y n e D y e r, P h . D . [May 10, 1940 – Aug. 29, 2015], affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans, was an internationally renowned author, speaker and pioneer in the field of self-development. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books (including 21 New York Times bestsellers), created numerous audio programs and videos and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. includes information on his new book, Memories of Heaven: Children’s Astounding Recollections of the Time Before They Came to Earth, released this month. October 2015



EPA: A Muzzled Watchdog photo by Sonja Stump

E.G. Vallianatos Seeks to Put Bite Back into the Agency by Randy Kambic


.G. Vallianatos firmly believes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is failing to adequately protect us. His deeply rooted conviction springs from 25 years of working for the agency. His latest book, Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, co-authored with environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, chronicles what he attests are numerous cases of lack of enforcement, corruption and misuse of science and public trust that have transformed it into a “polluter’s protection agency.” He especially documents the dangers of chemicals that enter our air, soil and water every day that are either approved—or sometimes ignored—by the agency. He’s the author of four previous books, including Harvest of Devastation and This Land is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World, and blogs for The Huffington Post. Vallianatos, who transitioned from championing integrity from inside the EPA in 2004, recommends ways to change how the agency operates. Key needs include improved site selection for garbage dumps, oil refineries and manufacturers; and strong support for organic, sustainable and small-scale farming.

Of the many cases you cite of the EPA failing to curb industry wrongdoing, which one most compellingly signals the problem? It has to do with laboratories that test for human health and environmental effects of chemicals used by farmers and drug manufacturers. Adrian Gross, at the EPA, accidentally discovered the greatest fraud [in this field], committed by a 30


massive laboratory outside Chicago named Industrial Bio-Test that was confirmed by inspector colleagues at the Food and Drug Administration and eventually the EPA. It was being paid by the industry to test their chemicals, and instead of doing an honest accounting of chemicals registered with and approved by the government, they would fix the numbers to secure approval for the drugs or chemicals. The EPA shut down this laboratory in 1983, yet continues to outsource much of its responsibilities. Despite this and other illegal and criminal activities, the government still allows the chemical industry to test its own chemicals. It casts tremendous doubt on the reliability and credibility of the process. It’s the Achilles heel of the regulatory system. Science has been the greatest victim of this manipulation. Industry should be forbidden to test its own products and we need to establish truly independent laboratories.

In Poison Spring, what do you mean by, “Women have long been getting the brunt of global pollution”? In 1977, a former colleague testified to Congress on the discovery of DDT and other chemicals in mother’s milk. Today, we find it includes many more widely used chemicals such as Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate. Breast milk has been contaminated by what mothers eat, breathe and drink. Even beyond milk, they have no option not to pass on what’s in their bodies to their newborn. We have forced women to put the next generation at risk. If anyone wants to know the biggest factor on why the healthcare system is failing, this is it.

Fracking is the latest crisis of which the EPA is, in your words, “once again looking the other way.” How can we halt it? Fracking sends tremendous volumes of water mixed with more than 100 toxic chemicals deep into the Earth using intense pressure, smashing bedrock and other sediments to release gas and perhaps petroleum. Fracking not only contaminates groundwater, escaping methane gas is entering the atmosphere and warming the planet. It also causes lots of earthquakes. People can demand a ban of fracking in their neighborhoods. States and communities are beginning to do so.

Is it possible that the EPA can become truly independent, and how can we move forward together toward integrity? As more people are affected by the way industry is poisoning our environment, they’ll face the reality that we need the EPA to be much more strongly protective and isolated from the political corruption that’s been tying its hands. I love that the EPA employs many vitally important and capable scientists. Criticisms stem from its overall corruption by the political system. We need to have a Supreme Court-like EPA with an overall administrator appointing deputies, people with integrity that are open-minded as to what must be done if this country is to be healthy. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Southwest Florida who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.



Greenspan and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., authors of The New Puberty. Greenspan specializes in pediatric endocrinology at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Hospital; Deardorff is a clinical psychologist researching pubertal development at the University of California, Berkeley. They cite one foundational study from the 1980s that showed for every BMI point increase, the age of first menstruation dropped by about one month.

by Kathleen Barnes

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21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers.


any American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic decrease between 1997 and 2011. A pivotal 2011 study from the University of Cincinnati showed that U.S. Caucasian girls on average entered puberty at 9.7 years old, three to four months younger than the average age reported by University of North Carolina scientists 14 years earlier and much younger than data from the 1960s. Girls of other ethnicities are also entering puberty at earlier ages, but at less dramatic rates. A 2009 Danish study also showed that their country’s girls were developing

breasts a full year earlier than those born 15 years earlier.

Burgers, Fries and Sodas to Blame

The rise in childhood obesity is the major culprit in today’s lower ages of puberty, according to the 2011 study’s lead researcher, Dr. Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He explains, “Body mass index [BMI] is the overwhelmingly predominant factor in the age at which a girl reaches puberty. It’s become more important than race or ethnicity. Heavy white girls and heavy black girls are all maturing earlier.” Science has long shown that fat tissue produces hormones, including estrogen, that can accelerate the process of puberty, especially early breast development, according to Dr. Louise

Ubiquitous hormone-disrupting chemicals are undoubtedly a culprit in the early puberty epidemic, says Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, who publishes widely on the topic of natural medicine. Endocrine disruptors that trigger the body to produce excess amounts of estrogen include chemicals in clothing, especially children’s sleepwear, furniture and carpets, anything plastic, personal care products, cleaning solvents, glues, dry cleaning chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and non-organic meat and milk. Collectively, they trigger puberty before its natural time. “There’s certainly a link between these persistent pollutants and obesity,” Murray observes. Antibiotics contained in commercial meat and dairy products may be a greater risk than the added hormones, says Greenspan. “Chronic, low-dose antibiotic exposure could affect the body’s microbiome [the microorganism colony in the digestive tract], which can lead to obesity and may also influence puberty.”

The Stress Monster

“Considerable research now supports the notion that excessive stress early in life

Signs to Watch for in Boys Scant information exists charting puberty trends in boys, although medical researcher Dr. Frank Biro’s findings show that unlike overweight girls, some obese boys tend to reach puberty later than average. Professionals at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, suggest talking with a doctor if a boy starts experiencing any of the following before reaching age 9:

4 Growth of testicles or penis 4 Growth of pubic, underarm or facial hair 4 Rapid height changes 4 Voice deepening 4 Acne 4 Adult body odor natural awakenings

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can affect the timing of puberty,” says Greenspan. Stressors can range from sexual or child abuse to stressful family relationships, low emotional investment on the part of parents or a depressed mother. “Girls that grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to experience early menarche as girls that grow up with both parents,” advises Deardorff. Biro points out that stress is associated with higher levels of cortisol and obesity. Cortisol, the stress hormone,

has been directly related to belly fat in numerous studies.

Added Risks

“Early puberty also increases social risks,” says Deardorff. “Girls that develop ahead of their peers have more anxiety, a higher incidence of depression, poorer body image and more eating disorders.” Research from St. Thomas’ Hospital, in London, reports that reaching puberty early may also increase risks for diabetes and breast cancer later in life, says Biro,

the latter “possibly due to greater lifetime exposure to female hormones and the susceptibility of rapidly developing breast tissue to environmental toxins.” Framingham Heart Study results published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism support earlier studies that found menstruating before age 12 may contribute to a 23 percent greater risk of developing heart disease and 28 percent higher risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.

Parental Strategies

These experts all agree that a clean diet is one of the most powerful strategies to protect young girls. Murray recommends reviewing the Environmental Working Group’s list at EWGDirtyDozen. He says, “If you buy these foods organic, you’ll both avoid hormone-disrupting pesticides and herbicides and give children the protection of antioxidants that can help protect against other toxins.” Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

12 Foods to Buy Organic The Environmental Working Group reports that these foods are the most heavily contaminated with pesticides, so look for organic versions and prioritize them on the family grocery list. 1. Apples 2. Peaches 3. Nectarines 4. Strawberries 5. Grapes 6. Celery 7. Spinach 8. Sweet bell peppers 9. Cucumbers 10. Cherry tomatoes 11. Snap peas (imported) 12. Potatoes 32


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The Zen of Slow Cooking Savor Your Autumn Harvest in One-Pot Dishes by Judith Fertig


utumn’s shorter days remind us how precious time is, especially when we can spend the hours with good friends and loved ones. That’s why Chicago mothers and bloggers Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay decided to try slow cooking with a Zen approach in creating family meals. With the time they save in food preparation—especially when one recipe can yield an extra lunch or dinner—they free up moments for both family interaction and their own spiritual practices. “Slow cooking with the sacred intention of slowing down creates a sense of peace and calm after a full day of work and school,” says Barnhart. Once she transitioned to this kind of meal planning and preparation on a regular basis, she realized that it allows her to be more attentive to her family’s needs while a healthy, tasty dinner basically cooks itself. With extra time for meditation and yoga in her daily life, she realizes increased clarity and focus for other interests and demands. McKay enjoys the creative challenge

of making family-pleasing, whole food recipes and converting conventionally cooked recipes for use with a slow cooker. “I especially love the bounty of the autumn harvest, which includes seasonal picks from our family’s urban garden,” she says. She’s found that root vegetables, squash, pumpkin, leeks, mushrooms, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears and nuts all translate well to lower temperature cooking for a longer period. Whether it’s a quick preparation that allows for other activities or a more contemplative, mindful endeavor that can be relaxing in itself, the recipes on the pair’s website, TheZenOf, are highly suited for busy people.

Slow Cooking 101

Slow cookers have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s. Today, they come in all shapes and sizes, with inserts, timers and a wide range of settings. Barnhart and McKay recommend the five-to-sixnatural awakenings

quart size with a removable insert as the most practical. Food cooks in the insert, which can be washed and dried separately, so there’s no need to put the entire slow cooker in the sink to clean up afterwards. Because the slow cooker’s low temperature is about 200° F and the heat is indirect, the appliance uses less liquid than conventional cooking. Many of Barnhart and McKay’s easier recipes simply require putting the ingredients in the slow cooker, selecting the temperature, replacing the lid and turning the appliance on. Fresh garnishes, such as the roasted pumpkin seeds or fried sage leaves for the Butternut Squash Soup, make a crisper contrast to the softer texture of slow-cooked foods, notes McKay. Dishes like Sweet and Spicy Apples can be made the day before; leftovers taste delicious for breakfast with a dollop of yogurt. Barnhart and McKay make their own Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice Blend, available on their website, with proceeds funding cooking classes for adults with developmental disabilities. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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Mindful Fall Recipes

Butternut Squash Soup Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 5-10 minutes 5-6 cups butternut squash, diced ½ cup or 1 carrot, chopped 1 cup or 1 small bunch scallions or spring onions, chopped 8 whole sage leaves, fresh (or 1 Tbsp dried) 1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh (or ½ Tbsp dried) 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 cup organic dairy or non-dairy milk Suggested toppings: Slices of freshly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and cubed 1 /3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds 8 additional fresh sage leaves, fried 4 slices of lean bacon or tempeh, crispy and crumbled

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Place the squash, carrot, scallions, sage leaves, rosemary, chicken broth and milk into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Then, blend using an immersion blender until smooth and leave covered until ready to serve. Make the toppings available to sprinkle and stir.

Millet and Miso Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sriracha Dressing Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Coconut or organic olive oil 2 acorn squash, halved and deseeded 1 cup millet or quinoa ½ can garbanzo beans ½ cup raisins 1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp black pepper 3 Tbsp fresh chives, snipped ¼ cup lemon juice 2 Tbsp white miso paste Olive oil 4 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted Dressing: 2 tsp Sriracha sauce 1 Tbsp lime juice ¼ cup plain or coconut milk yogurt


Once cooked, remove from the slow cooker and sprinkle with the remaining snipped chives and toasted pine nuts. Serve with the Sriracha dressing alongside.

Sweet and Spicy Baked Apples Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Coconut oil 5 medium or 4 large apples 2 tsp lemon juice ¼ cup soft brown, maple or date sugar ½ cup walnuts 1 Tbsp Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice Blend or apple pie spice blend Ice cream topper to serve

Oil the insert of the slow cooker with coconut or olive oil. On a chopping board, halve the acorn squash and scoop out the seeds.

Oil the inside of the slow cooker insert with coconut oil. Halve and core the apples and sit them in the bottom of the slow cooker insert. Pour the lemon juice over the apples. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, walnuts and spice blend and press onto and into the apples. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.

In a separate bowl, add the millet, garbanzo beans, raisins, garlic powder, black pepper and 2 tablespoons of the

All recipes adapted from TheZenOf by Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay.

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chives. Mix the lemon juice, miso and 2 /3 cup water in a cup and pour over the millet mixture. Stir well. Spoon the millet filling into the acorn squash. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Mix the ingredients for the Sriracha dressing in a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.


BE TRUE TO YOURSELF It’s the Secret to Belonging by Brené Brown


ontrary to what most of us think, belonging is not fitting in. In fact, fitting in is the greatest barrier to belonging. Fitting in, I’ve discovered during more than a decade of research, is assessing situations and groups of people, then twisting yourself into a human pretzel in order to get them to let you hang out with them. Belonging is something else entirely—it’s showing

up and letting yourself be seen and known as you really are—love of gourd painting, intense fear of public speaking and all. Many of us suffer from this split between who we are and who we present to the world in order to be accepted. (Take it from me: I’m an expert fitter-inner!) But we’re not letting ourselves be known, and this kind of

incongruent living is soul-sucking. In my research, I’ve interviewed a lot of people who never fit in, who are what you might call “different”: scientists, artists, thinkers. If you drop down deep into their work and who they are, there is a tremendous amount of self-acceptance. Some of them have to scrap for it, like the rest of us, but most are like a neurophysicist I met who essentially told me, “My parents didn’t care that I wasn’t on the football team, and my parents didn’t care that I was awkward and geeky. I was in a group of kids at school who translated books into the Klingon language and my parents were like, ‘Awesome!’ They took me to the Star Trek convention.” He got his sense of belonging from his parents’ sense of belonging, and even if we don’t get that from Mom and Dad, we have to create it for ourselves as adults—or we will always feel as if we’re standing outside of the big human party. The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. When we don’t have that, we shape-shift and turn into chameleons; we hustle for the worthiness we already possess. Brené Brown, Ph.D., a licensed master social worker and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, has spent 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. This essay is from her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, used with permission.

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. ~Vincent Van Gogh

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Animal Chiropractic The Benefits of a Well-Adjusted Pet by Linda Sechrist


lthough pet owners may consider animal chiropractic services as a modern-day phenomenon, it’s been around since the early 1920s. Proof resides at the Palmer College of Chiropractic library in a report describing an equine chiropractic adjustment course created by B. J. Palmer, who expanded on the work of his father, D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic. It also houses the doctor of chiropractic veterinary diploma issued to graduates. Today, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) is the primary national source of credentials in a field of medicine that treats horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, elephants, birds and reptiles. Human and animal chiropractic medicine deals with describing the relationship between the spinal column and nervous system, as well as its crucial role in maintaining overall health. This methodology for animals is especially helpful for enhancing performance—in breeding, training and grooming dogs to conform to the specifications of American Kennel Club dog shows and/ or agility competitions—and for horses that compete as jumpers, distance race horses or barrel racers.



Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Bob Willard, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is certified to perform spinal adjustments and acupuncture on animals. Having practiced equine sports medicine since 1982, Willard elected in 2005 to extend his education with 200 hours of classroom and laboratory training according to the standard of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Willard had been a skeptic prior to his personal experience. “To help me deal with a compound fracture, my wife dragged me to see a chiropractor. After reaping the physical benefits, I was naturally curious to learn more. Today, I treat the majority of my patients with chiropractic and acupuncture before using conventional treatments,” advises Willard, who emphasizes that he finds these complementary therapies useful in preventing injuries. At one of the barns Willard works with, nearly every performance horse gets an adjustment every 30 days, because the owners can spot subtle differences long before a potential injury occurs. In North America, laws and regulations governing animal chiropractic differ by state. American Veterinary Medicine Association guidelines recommend that a veterinarian should examine an animal and establish a preliminary diagnosis before initiating any alternative treatment. In some locations, a veterinarian must supervise treatments by an animal chiropractor that’s not also a vet. Doctor of Chiropractic Donna Gigliotti, who practices at Macungie Animal Hospital, in Macungie, Pennsylvania, has been treating animals in collaboration with local veterinarians since 1997. She regularly lectures on the benefits and combines techniques such as neurofascial release, which affects the joints, muscles, ligaments and brain. This type of therapy is highly effective in treating genetic predispositions such as canine intervertebral disc disease, which can occur in any dog, but most particularly the dachshund, Lhasa apso

October is National Chiropractic Health Month.

and Shih Tzu. Selected for a genetic form of dwarfism, these breeds have discs prone to this age-related form of degeneration. To help delay such related impacts, Gigliotti teaches owners to work with their pet to train them to perform balance exercises that develop the core muscles which hold the spine firmly in place. “I don’t want to repeatedly see a dog for the same issues when it’s possible for the animal to maintain the adjustment with the owner’s help,” notes Gigliotti, who is among a few doctors that have completed advanced neurology training for animals at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. “Animal chiropractic techniques can also help with symptoms such as lameness, skin problems, bladder and bowel irregularities, sight and hearing loss, breathing difficulties, food and environmental allergies and gait abnormalities,” advises Doctor of Chiropractic Sherry Bresnahan. Licensed in the care of humans and animals, she holds AVCA certification and applies her extensive postgraduate training at Crystal Lake Veterinary Hospital, in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Owner Alert

“A pet’s biggest asset is an observant owner. No one knows their constant companion better,” says Bresnahan. “It’s why vets hear statements such as, ‘My cat’s meow is off,’ or, ‘My dog is acting lethargic,’ or ‘My pet’s eyes seem dull.’ In performance animals like horses, it’s generally the rider that spots something that’s off.” She explains that although she doesn’t need to apply any more chiropractic pressure on animals than she uses on people, it is necessary to stand on bales of hay to place the upper body and hands at the correct angle when making an adjustment on a horse or rodeo bull. Chiropractors that specialize in treating animals are adept at reading the body language of nearly any creature, which can speak volumes about their health challenges. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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Spring Branch Farmer’s Market. 2-6pm. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston 1504 Wirt Road, 77055. Rice University Farmer’s Market. 3:30-6:30pm. Rice University, West Stadium Lot, 5600 Greenbriar 77005. 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.


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Sounds Like Houston! Presented by Green Mountain Energy. 6:30-9pm. Known as the crown prince of zydeco, C.J. Chenier inherited the family business, building Clifton Chenier’s zydeco legacy while leading his band on forays into funk, blues, and swamp-pop. Ruben Moreno jump starts the zydeco party. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. HU Singing. 7:30. Singing HU, an ancient name for God, is a direct way to experience the all-encompassing presence of the Holy Spirit. Free. CenterPoint 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224.


The Catalyst Group. If you’re in transition or if you want to upgrade your experience life, this is customized just for you. In-person and virtual options are available. Facilitated by Cherie Ray, MLA Coach and 3 Principals Practitioner. For complete details visit: Klockwork Band Concert. The Klockwork Band has been rocking the Houston and surrounding areas with it’s dynamic dance rhythms and it’s real smooth melodies. Collectively and individually the band has performed extensively with other groups before coming together to developed a fabulous show that cannot be duplicated. For tickets and information contact: Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. or


All About Birds with Kelsey Low. 9-11am. Explore the beauty and diversity of birds! In this class, you’ll get an introduction to bird biology and the basics of bird watching. You’ll learn what a bird’s beak can tell you about its lifestyle, how eggs help birds fly, and what “GISS” is. Then you’ll get to put your new knowledge in practice on a bird watching hike. Binoculars are recommended, there will be some available. $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Anette Carlstrom Workshop “The Alchemy of Love”… Synchronizing the Heart and the Mind. 10am-5:30pm. During this workshop Anette will share the keys to evolve higher consciousness. Learn the secrets to the Alchemy of Consciousness and turn your life into happiness and peace. $100. Unity of Houston Pyramid, 2929 Unity 77057. 713-7824050. Marva’s 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. Naturally Wild Families: Kayaking. 1, 3, or 3pm. Come out and learn the basics of kayaking, paddling, and general water safety with our Naturalist staff. You and your child will love paddling around our 1 acre pond while looking for up close encounters with turtles and fish! Please meet at the Meadow Pond Deck on the South Meadow Trail. $50. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Praia Urbana Electronic Street Festival. 1-11pm. Praia Urbana, which means urban beach in Portuguese, is an underground electronic music festival that began in heart of downtown Houston, Texas. In 2007 URB Magazine named Praia Urbana as on of the top 10 parties of the summer. By 2008, the event attendance in Houston had reached almost 1,000 and had outgrown the venue. At this point, the only option was to make the festival a block party and add a second stage. For tickets contact: Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. or 36th Annual Festival Chicano. 7pm. The festival is a reflection of the artistic creativity that has developed in the Chicano cultural experience after centuries of influence from native peoples, Europeans, Mexico, and the U.S.A. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.




Edible Wild Plants. 1-5pm. From acorns to wild violets, the Texas landscape is filled with an abundance of wild edibles. Ancient foodstuff can be found everywhere from outside your front door to the depths of the Piney Woods. Learn where to find, how to identify and proper preparation of the fruits, shoots, roots, and salad greens growing all around you. Whether you are learning to survive in the woods or just want to cut your food bills, this class is for you. $65. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. 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. 713-932-7224. Anette Carlstom Presents “How to Live Free of Fear, Worry & Stress”. 2:30pm-5:30pm. In this workshop you will learn how to shift from “scared” to “sacred” and ignite living in Grace. Discover how to release confusion and frustration and find the doorway into joy in your relationships. $45. Unity of Houston Pyramid, 2929 Unity 77057. 713-782-4050.


Being “Herd”. 9-11am Fine-tune your relationship skills with Beverly Walsh, Ph.D., Ange Finn, EFT, and the horses at Red Dun Ranch. No riding, no horse experience necessary. $100 Beverly Walsh, 713-540-1528 Mindfullness for Everyone-Online. 12n-1:30pm. This eight week class offers a solid grounding in the basics of a meditation practice and a chance to strengthen attention and mindfulness for more “advanced” practices. Online only course will be live streamed Mondays, October 5 – November 23, 2015 at Noon. Each session will be archived. The teacher is Dawn Mountain’s Program Manager Claire Villarreal. $120. Discounts for members and college students. DawnMountain. org Jerri: 713-630-0354. Mindfullness for Everyone-In Person. 7-8:30pm. This eight week class offers a solid grounding in the basics of a meditation practice and a chance to strengthen attention and mindfulness for more “advanced” practices. Students will also have access to the archived online sessions. The teacher is Dawn Mountain’s Program Manager Claire Villarreal. $160. Discounts for members and college students. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street #A 77054. Jerri: 713-630-0354. Scorpio: Psychic Turn On! With Cinda Johnson. 7-9pm. Detect, clarify, reevaluate, strengthen and deepen your relationships. Also short personal readings. See the website for cost and registration. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-9327224.


A Taste of Spain – Paella & More. 6:30 pm to 10 pm. You are invited to a different kind of cooking class. Lucia Bettler shares with you the pleasures of slow cooking and the customs of many cultures in their celebration of life! The color, freshness, and delicious variety of Spanish cooking are captured in this class that begins with the sea’s bounty. Although simple to cook, the food embodies the diverse history of Spain, with culinary influences from the Moors as well as the “New World. $65.00 Call 713-523-6494 for more information or to register.


Creating a Nicho for Dia de Muertos. , 6-9pm. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that recognizes those you have loved, admired, or have impacted your life, who are no longer living. In this workshop you will create a nicho, a metal mini-shrine, for someone you would like to acknowledge and to offer prayers. True You Creativity Studios in The Heights. Sounds Like Houston! Presented by Green Mountain Energy. 6:30-9pm. Los Texmaniacs are a Grammy award winning Tex Mex group featuring the legendary Max Baca. Latina country songstress Amanda Cevallos, kicks off the night. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010.


Dr. Fuhrman’s Houston Weekend Immersion. October 9-11. Nutrition expert and New York Times bestselling author Joel Fuhrman, M.D. will show you how to lose weight, achieve optimal health and reverse and prevent chronic disease. Check the website for price. Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West Loop South Freeway, Houston. . Being With Feelings 3 Day Retreat. Fri. 7-9pm, Sat. 10am5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. We are all beset by reaction patterns, and these patterns lead us to behave in ways that leave us dissatisfied. Spiritual development is sometimes portrayed as making war on our emotional reactions but this can create even more stress. This retreat will help you work with your feelings in a way that is based not in conflict but in compassion for yourself and others. $250. Discounts for members and college students. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street #A 77054. Jerri: 713-630-0354. Chipotle Green Film & Music Event. 7-11pm. BLSHS puts a southern twist on 80s pop with hauntingly powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Hanna Ranch tells one cowboys fight for family and land. Chipotle will be giving away chips and guacamole along with 500 BOGO cards. Free, sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. Carolyn Wonderland Concert. A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time. For tickets and information contact: Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563


Galveston County Master Gardener 2015 Fall Plant Seminar and Sale. (Seminar from 8:00-8:55 a.m. and Sale from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) Our popular annual fall seminar and sale will introduce and feature many outstanding and hard-to-find fruit and citrus trees, fall/winter vegetables, and perennials selected and available for sale by Galveston County Master Gardeners. Bulbs and a craft table will also be available at this year’s sale. Location: The Wayne Johnson Community Center (Carbide Park), 4102-B Main Street (FM 519), La Marque, TX 77568. Thermography Breast Screening. 10:30am-3:30pm. NO Radiation. NO Compression. NO Pain. Thermal Imaging Services. 3300 Chimney Rock, Ste. 208 77056, On-Line Scheduling or call 713-621-4406. Lunado 2015. 7:30pm. “The Night of the Full Moon” is a long-standing cultural event—originating in “pueblos pequeños” in Mexico and other parts of Latin America— where communities come together to share music, poetry, and stories. Lunada 2015 features the Houston Symphony performing acclaimed classical compositions with distinctive Mexican, Latin American, and/or Spanish influences. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.


Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. 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. 713-932-7224.


Monthly Bird Survey. 8-10am. The Houston Arboretum will be conducting a monthly bird count! No expertise is required to participate, all you need is interest in learning about the birds residing at and migrating through the Arboretum. Free. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Korean Festival. 11am-9pm. The family ¬friendly event will include activities catering to both adults and children, and feature special performances showcasing the Korean culture. A variety of Korean cuisine provided by local restaurants and vendors will be available for purchase at the event. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. Aromatherapy for the Harvest Home, 1-4:30pm. Autumn is the time when our thoughts turn toward home, fall colors & the scents of harvest time. A poet wrote “it is the season of mists & mellow fruitfulness.” Fall brings to the forefront essentials oils with depth & substance: patchouli, sandlewood, clary sage, cinnamon, clove & more. Lucia Bettler helps you create a seasonal room spray made up of some grounding & spiritual oils. Learn the characteristics, history & use of eight essentials oils. $45.00 + $9.00 materials fee. Call 713-5236494 for more information or to register. Night at Market Square. 7pm. Market Square Park is celebrating its 5th anniversary! Join us for a historic night out by exploring the neighborhood’s eclectic bars and restaurants. Making their public debut at Market Square Park is The HOU Show with Mills and Antoine, an interactive live show sprinkled with celebrity interviews, skits, videos and very special musical guests, Moji. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000. Rattle the Bones. 7-9pm. Learn “bone reading” with Brother Racoon. See the website for registration and cost. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224. Splendid China X. 7:30pm. Experience all-new works by award-winning dancers from China Scholars Dance Company in collaboration with Dance of Asian America and Mitsi Dancing School. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.


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. 713-932-7224


ArBOOretum! 12n-4pm. At ArBOOretum all the little goblins and ghouls and their parents are invited to play, learn, and have an enchanting day enjoying Halloween festivities at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Kids will love the Trick or Treat Trail where they learn about native creatures while walking one of our nature paths. $15. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024.

The Shining. 7:30pm. Join as we watch The Torrance family head to an isolated hotel for the winter. An evil and spiritual presence influences the father to turn violent and Danny, the psychic son, sees horrific images from the past and of the future of the hotel. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000.

Farmers MarKIDS DAYS. 12n-2pm. Celebrating Food Day 2015, students from MacGregor Elementary and other area schools participating in Recipe for Success Foundation’s farmers marKIDS program, operate a market stand selling fresh produce from their gardens. Free. . Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010.

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.

Herb Gardening in the Fall – From the Garden to the Kitchen. 1-4:30 pm, Learn about the best varieties of herbs to plant in the Houston area with the autumn weather approaching. Certain herbs grow better in the cooler weather. Find out what to plant, and how best to nourish the soil and create your pots or beds. In Lucia’s kitchen make herb butter and herb vinegar, which you will sample. There will be enough for you to take some home. You will also receive some of Lucia’s fabulous recipes for your holiday cooking...Lucia’s legendary four rice herbed turkey stuffing. $45.00 + $10.00 materials fee. Call 713-523-6494 for more information or to register. Healing Magdalene. 4pm. Join Valvisions Foundation for the screening of this internationally acclaimed film intended to create and raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation. Our hope is the film will act as a catalyst to help eliminate FGM, therefore creating a universal balance among the genders. $5. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Rd. 77055. Muisqa at Market Square Park. 7pm. Following on the success of its previous performances at Market Square Park in 2013 & 2014, Musiqa will once again astound the audience with unique instrumentations suitable to the park. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000


Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. Special Halloween Expo Sunday 1-5 pm. Costume Contest! 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. 713-932-7224.

Power Archetypes with Cinda Johson. 7-9pm. Learn to how to work with archetypes to change your life. See website for registration and cost. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-9327224.




What about Spooks? With George Thomas. 7-9pm. Learn the truth about non-corporeals. See website for registration and cost. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224


Embracing Your Soul’s Journey–An Overnight Labyrinth Retreat. 6pm Fri – 11am Sat. This is an opportunity to meditate on your soul’s passions using a sacred space. $125/room is $40. Dominican Sisters of Houston, 6501 Almeda, Houston, TX 77021 Margaret Harle, 713-419-8207.


Living Your Voice: 101. 10am-5pm. A workshop by Tony Pryor 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. Mandalas: A Creative Meditation. 10am-3pm. Connect to your own creative expression and better understand the creative process through the meditative practice of making mandalas. The Jung Center of Houston 5200 Montrose Blvd 77006 713-524-8253.

Being “Herd” Again. 9-11am. Continue working on relationship skills with Beverly Walsh, Ange Finn and the Red Dun herd. Prerequisite: a previous Being Herd workshop. No horse experience necessary. $100. Beverly Walsh, 713-540-1528. Dussehra & Diwali Festival. 4-10 pm. A celebration of the victory of light with a parade, traditional dance and costumes, music, food and a dramatic stage show. Skeeters Stadium 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498. 713-714-5680


Day of the Dead - the Cooking of Mexico. 6:30-10 pm. Explore the food of this colorful “All Souls” feast with Lucia Bettler. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of Dias de los Muertos first hand. An altar will be built, flowers gathered and photos of loved ones placed. Many stories will be shared. The feast you will be taught to cook includes: quesadillas with sautéed poblanos, brie and fruit; cinnamon roasted chicken with poblano vinaigrette; los camotes (sweet potatoes) with cinnamon and cloves; seasonal green salad with calendula marigolds; pan de los muertos (bread); Mexican flan; and hibiscus and orange tea with pineapple sage. Join her for this wonderful evening of remembrance. $65.00. Call 713-5236494 for more information or to register.

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Free Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward. 7-8:30pm. Celebrating YOU! Join us for the group’s 4 Year Birthday Celebration. This is a powerful evening focused on affirmative thinking to help you achieve your dreams! Free. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233 77027. For more information and to sign up for a FREE weekly affirmation newsletter, visit: or call 832-628-4113. Bank of America-Screen on the Green. 7:45pm. Goonies! A group of misfits set out to find a pirate’s ancient treasure. Come an hour early for activities. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. Pigs on the Wall Concert. Pigs on the Wall is a live music and visual experience for fans of Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd… need we say more? For tickets contact: Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563.


Demystifying Creativity. 10am-3pm In this workshop, participants will be given several prompts to experience creating without a plan or idea, giving them the opportunity to relax into the unknown and see what shows up—and something always shows up! Activities will be completed in a provided art journal that participants can take with them to continue their exploration of the creative process. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights Spirit Gallery with John Cappello. 7-9pm. Join John as he channels those who have crossed over in his “Spirit Gallery”. Audience members may but are not guaranteed a channeling. See website for registration and cost. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224. Wicked Woods Party. 7:30-11pm. Come get bewitched and have a spooky good time under the crescent moon and the shimmering stars at our Wicked Woods Party! You’ll stroll our lantern-lit trails and enjoy a variety of delectable food stations paired with “witch’s brew”, or beer, from local breweries. 21+yrs old. Costumes encouraged. $75. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Streb Forces. 7:30. FORCES is the story of “action.” Called the Evel Knievel of dance, Streb’s choreography intertwines dance, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work to create a bristling, muscle-and-motion experience that combines daring with strict precision. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.


“Ask Kim Live!” 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. Free Event! Mark your calendar! Kim will present secrets to building psychic ability and then channel for audience members in a lottery-type drawing. Edgar Cayce’s Houston Center 7800 Amelia Rd, Houston, Texas 77055 (For directions) 713-263-1006.


Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568.

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

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.

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 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 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

Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. Energy Balancing & Clearings with Celilia Wheelis. 10am7pm. 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.

Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this 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 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. Charles Bryant Showcase. 7:30-10pm. 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.


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.

Subtle Energy Therapies with Connie Silva. 10am-7pm. Healing touch and light therapy. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-613-1075 for an appointment.

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.

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.


Meditation on Twin Hearts. 11:30am-12:30pm. This meditation opens the heart and crown hakras, enabling you to draw large amounts of divine energy into the crown. Free. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224

Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050.

Yoga for Beginners. 9:30-10:30am. Start your journey into yoga. Whether you feel that your aren’t flexible enough, don’t have that “yoga body”, are too old, can’t get on the floor, feel embarrassed in a regular yoga studio, Yoga for Beginners is for YOU! $85 for 4 classes. pre-registration required. Nurture Soul Theraputics. 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. 77070. 281-674-YOGA.

Eden Energy with Stania. 1:30-3:30pm. The 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.

Tarot & Intuitive Counseling with Allison Miller. 10am7pm. Compassionate support and guidance for healing the heart and soul. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-721-4056 for an appointment.

Tools for Life–Learning to Use the Alexander Method. 6:307:30 pm. Chris Lidvall will be offering a group class in the Alexander Technique. $20/class, $72 for 4 classes. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, Houston, Texas 77025 Chris Lidvall, 281-989-8574.

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 year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. 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

Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. 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.,-Jr.html Open Mic with Jimmy Deen. 7:00-11:00pm. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 Bum-ba Toning. 6:30-7:30pm. Tighten and tone your bum and body. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. 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. Intro to MedFitTM 7-9pm. Through the exercises and in-class lectures students are introduced to their “essence” or “energy meridian system,” which is comprised of “divine energy,” “chakras,” “gates,” and “meridians or energy channels.” By learning and practicing the energy exercises of this program, students begin to restore the natural flow of divine energy; and learn how to be the master of their body, life, and innate energy system. $30.00. Classes are taught at Nurture Soul Theraputics 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. 77070. 832-755-0270.

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. 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 Mind-ful MeditationTM. 7-9pm. Mind-ful Meditation™ is an intensive spiritual cleansing, and mind development class, available only to the most advanced and dedicated members. It offers Qi Gong Meditation, Yoga and Zen lectures. Members learn how to meditate, how to apply ancient Yoga and Meditation principles to their daily life, and how to practice “mindfulness” at all times. The result of this type of practice is a greatly improved quality of life and overall well-being. $30.00. Classes are taught at Nurture Soul Theraputics 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. 77070. 832-755-0270. Wellness Education. 7 – 7:30 p.m. Come, learn about the latest breakthrough in all-natural healthcare. This category-creating technology has been featured by the National Institute of Health and is redefining anti-aging. Free informational presentations held Tuesdays at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055. RSVP to Angelle at 832-472-1366.

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.



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. Zumba. 6:30-7:30pm. The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! Free. Admission Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. African Dance. 6:30-8:00pm. Lessons in African dance offered by Lipan Urban. $15. Tango Cielo 3710 Main Street, 77009. Psychic Development with Grendl. 7-9pm. We all have psychic abilities. They just need to be developed. Check the website for cost and registration. CenterPoint 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 436-6081. Hellina Bucket Band 7:30-10:00 Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 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. 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 713-695-2550 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. 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

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.

Angel Readings with Victoria Alvarado. 10am-7pm. Many of her clients consult her in the areas of career, relationships, finance, health and spirituality. 7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-523-6494 for an appointment.

Pot Roast. 10:30pm-12mn. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563

Massage & Colon Hydrotherapy. 9am-7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call Denee at 281-635-8298 for an appointment.

Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563

thursday Angel Readings with Victoria Alvarado. 10am-7pm. Many of her clients consult her in the areas of career, relationships, finance, health and spirituality. 7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-523-6494 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 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. 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. 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. 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 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. or 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. 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. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 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.

Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am-5pm. 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.,-Jr.html 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 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 713-695-2550 Ken Pitman 832-692-3666 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. Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563

saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 Blissful Warrior Yoga. 9-10am. Taught by Michelle and Anandaji, will unwind and rehabilitate you as well as challenge and strengthen you. You will discover the basics of vinyasa yoga, breath and fluidity, and the movement of energy, known in ancient cultures as prana, mana, or qi. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. 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. 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. Kitchen Kraft with Grendl Tucker. 11am-12:30pm. We will be demonstrating how to create candles, herbal tinctures and teas, natural herbal medicinals, aromatherapy, rune making and many other hands-on body, mind and spirit projects. Check the website for cost and registration. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224

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

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.


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.

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.

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

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Community Open Forum. 1-4pm. All are invited to create and participate, ask questions, and share ideas. Topics are unlimited, and can include paranormal, psychic, metaphysical and spiritual subjects. Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-7303017 Drumming Class: djembe. 1:30-2:30. Group djembe drumming class by Lipan Urban. $15. The Eye of Africa Gallery 709 11th Street, 77008. Tai Chi Sun Dragons. 3-4:30pm. Tai Chi Chuan classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin (lineage of Grand Master Her Yue Wong) Saturday. $25 at the door. $80/ month prepaid. Center Point 2727 Fondren (corner of Westheimer and Fondren) 77063. 713-932-7224 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. Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563

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 is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 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. Healing Service, Lecture, and Messages from Spirit. 10:30 am First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC. Music by Dwain Briggs. 713-695-2550 2115 Turner Dr. 77093. Acoustic Jams. 10:30am-12n. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563. Dance Evolution-Central. 10:30-1 pm. Free-form barefoot movement community. Free. Planet Funk Academy- 5731 Logan Ln. 77008. Discovery Hoop Dance. 10:30-11:30am. Have a blast burning calories! Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. 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. Fall Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am – 12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12, starts Sept. 13. 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. Call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 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. 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

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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 6.

HOLISTIC FAIR MARVA MASON’S HOLISTIC FAIR La Quinta Inn-Galleria 1625 West 610 Loop Houston, TX 77027

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. Admission is free. Come and join the fun!


Center Point 2727 Fondren, Ste 5M (Fondren & Westheimer) 77063 281-440-3136

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. Antiaging 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.



Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease joint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy a 4oz jar for $13. 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.


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 •

Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30 pm, starting Sept. 2. (B) Sat, 10am–noon, starting Sept. 5. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–12pm, starting Sept. 5 For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Oct. 11, 9am-noon. Sun., Nov. 15, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Oct. 4, 10-11am. Sun., Nov. 8, 10-11am. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Oct. 25, 10am-noon. Sun., Nov. 22, 10am-noon.Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 17.


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.


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

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.

UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER 2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718

Are you ready to Wake Up? Discover Awake mind through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Find out how Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Tue: Meditation 101. 7- 8pm* Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7- 9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Fall Youth and Teen Program 11am-12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 13.

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

All natural, organic, resort and spa. Semi-fast juicing cleanse, raw food classes, yoga, life enhancement classes, and a variety of natural spa and salon services. See ad on page 2.





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 21.

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 32.

2704 Milam Street Suite 5 (Midtown) Houston, TX 77006 713-360-6167

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


Hypnosis-Reiki-Essential Oils 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.



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 23.

TAI CHI SUN DRAGONS Mary Griffin, Instructor 713-205-6960

Tai Chi Chuan classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin (lineage of Grand Master Her Yue Wong) Saturdays 3-4:30pm at Center Point 2727 Fondren (corner of Westheimer and Fondren) Houston, TX 77063. Prepaid $80 per month or $25 at the door. NEW QIGONG CLASSES starting September 12. Call to reserve your space. 713-205-6960.

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