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lantPure Nation, a documentary exploring the political and economic barriers keeping Americans from getting healthier through plant-based nutrition, is being screened in select cities across the U.S. It will be shown in Chattanooga at 7:30 p.m., August 20, at the Majestic Theatre. The film is based on the work of renowned nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., who co-authored the groundbreaking book The China Study and was featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives, in which he presents scientific evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet can prevent and even reverse deadly conditions like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. The idea for PlantPure Nation, directed by his son Nelson Campbell, came when the agribusiness lobby killed Kentucky legislation that would have launched a pilot program documenting those health benefits. In PlantPure Nation, Colin puts his nutritional theory to the test in his hometown in North Carolina where, as in Kentucky, rates of childhood obesity, heart attack, stroke and diabetes are high and residents typically eat meat-and-dairybased diets. The 95-minute film examines the political and economic factors that suppress information about the benefits of plant-based nutrition and connects it to larger issues such as medicine, farming and food deserts. In conjunction with the screenings, the nonprofit PlantPure Nation Foundation is establishing local PlantPure Pods across the country to promote the initiative. One tool is the 10-day Jumpstart program featured in the film. PlantPure Pods can also request a film screening in their hometown. Location: 311 Broad St. View a preview at For more information, visit


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n August, Unity Transformation ues its summer series focusing on Unity author Felicia Blanco Searcy’sTN book Do P.O. Box 32703, Knoxville, 37930 Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps. The book centers on John 14:12: “I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these.” Unity Transformation’s August Sunday lessons will center around the five practices of gratitude, humility, community, death and service. In the introduction to her book, Searcy writes, “When I examined Jesus’ life, I saw patterns of behavior that enabled him to do what he did. I then identified the practices in his life that continue to create radical changes in the way I live my own life as I adopt them as my own. Any one of these practices is powerful in and of itself. Taken together, they can change not only your own life but the world.” Searcy’s book can be ordered through In addition to Unity Transformation’s Sunday services, people are invited to join the weekly book discussion led by Rev. Lora Beth Gilbreath on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the café area at Books-A-Million in Knoxville. Unity Transformation’s Sunday morning services are held at Open Chord, located across the street from Books-A-Million at 8502 Kingston Pike. Music by the duo Fletcher Michele begins at 10:45 a.m. For more information about Unity Transformation, call Gilbreath at 865-8095207 or visit See ad, page 10.

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he Center for Peace—a holistic, nondenominational spiritual center in Seymour, Tennessee—is hosting a presentation by David Arms on August 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and its annual Young People’s Dance on August 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arms’ presentation will focus on how our thoughts impact our health. “As the energies change that are coming into our planet, it is more important that we pay attention to what those energies support, part of which is our ability to create,” Arms says. “There was a time when it took affirmations and focus to create things in our lives. Now they are created in the blink of an eye, with a quick thought. We need to understand the impact this has on our health.” For more information about this presentation, contact Patti MacFee at 865-250-1988. “The Young People’s Dance is based on Native American tradition give to us by Joseph Rael, Beautiful Painted Arrow,” says dance leader Nan Citty. “It’s designed to teach Nativebased ways of spirituality.” The event will include making prayer ties, a children’s sweat lodge, drumming and dancing in the arbor. For more information, contact Citty at 865-405-6809. The Center for Peace is located at 880 Graves-Delozier Rd., about 45 minutes from downtown Knoxville. For more information (including times, what to bring, cost and how to prepare), contact the Center at 865-428-3070 or visit See ad, page 15.

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here’s a new trend blooming on the broad DIY landscape: homemade—and healthier— personal-care products. “Consumers looking for alternatives to the chemical-laden drugstore products are creating their own treatments at home with organic and natural ingredients,” says Kathy Burke Mihalczo, owner of Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm in Clinton, Tennessee. Mihalczo says the farm’s herb shop has created an extensive DIY personal care department in response to customers’ interest in using herbs and other natural ingredients to make their own shampoos, cleansers, creams and bath treatments. “We carry all the herbs, ingredients and packaging needed to create your own natural products,” she says. “We also offer classes on natural beauty as part of our year-round herbal education curriculum.” This month’s classes include “DIY Natural Skin Care” on August 15, as well as an August 1 class, “Repel Bugs Naturally from Yard, Home, and Family.” Both run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Among the all-natural heath- and skin-care ingredients sold in the herb shop are dried organic roses, lavender, calendula and chamomile; pure essential oils; nut and seed bath and massage oils; clay powders; bath salts; beeswax; zinc oxide; and melt-and-pour soap bases and soy wax. Packaging supplies include lip balm and deodorant tubes, spray bottles, glass bottles and jars, salve containers, inhalers, pipettes, apothecary bottles, cotton bags and canisters. The shop also carries books on natural beauty and health. Beginning in August, the herb farm’s Facebook page will feature a new natural health and beauty recipe each week. Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm is located in Anderson County, near Oak Ridge. For more information, visit or call 865-435-1452. See ad, page 17.

Sound Healing Event August 9


ark Holland, who plays the Native American flute, and Pati Pellerito, who plays gongs and Tibetan bowls, will be performing “Medicine for the Soul: A Sound Journey” August 9 at Heart Path Wellness and Breezeway Yoga Studio in Knoxville. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Cosponsor Mebbie Jackson, an Acutonics practitioner, says she knows the power of sound and the specific power of Tibetan singing Pati Pellerito and Mark Holland bowls. “My clients often say that the sound of the bowls takes them to a very peaceful space,” she says. Patty Dougherty, owner of Breezeway Yoga and Wellness Studio, first experienced this kind of “sound immersion” when she lived in Los Angeles. “I’m thrilled to bring this wonderful experience to my students and my home community,” she says. “The harmonics and melodies that these instruments bring to the space will open your heart and ease your mind.” The cost is $25. Register in advance by calling 865-951-6024, visiting or e-mailing Heart Path Wellness and Breezeway Yoga Studio are located at 4830 Kingston Pk. in Knox Plaza, between Ross the Boss and Petco. See ad, page 3.



Local Eco-Friendly Boutique Launches Online


cotopia, a Knoxville-based online boutique offering a wide range of earth-friendly products—including bath and beauty items, jewelry, toys, décor and home goods—is now open. Owner Kelli Kaiser says all the store’s products support small American businesses, fair trade cooperatives and local and regional artisans. “I wanted to create a shop where customers can find unique eco-friendly items that they wouldn’t find in large online stores,” Kaiser says. “Our goal is to provide transparency to shoppers so they can see just how and why a product is earth-friendly. We provide details about every single product, including information about the manufacturer or artist, so our customers don’t have to wonder if the items they buy are truly good for the planet.” Kaiser also designs and creates the Ecotopia brand of home goods, such “unpaper” towels, reusable sandwich bags and reusable baby wipes. “I started at local festivals and farmer’s markets, and with support from the East Tennessee community, I was able to expand and open my dream store,” she says. For Knoxville-area customers, Ecotopia offers free pickup for in-stock items. “Local pickup is one of the ways we give back to our community,” Kaiser says. “Our customers don’t have to pay shipping fees, and it’s a more eco-friendly option. Less transport and commercial shipping means a smaller carbon footprint.” Visit Ecotopia online at or See ad, page 11.

Presenters Explain Soul-Body Connection, Cold Laser Therapy


he nonprofit group CHEO, the Complementary Health Education Organization, is hosting two educational programs in August: “How Soul and Spirit Affect Our Wellness,” presented by naturopathic doctor Bonnie Soltis, and a presentation of low-level laser therapy by Dr. Stephen Pershing. “CHEO is a Knoxville hub for practitioners as well as health-conscious individuals looking for more information about alternative health and wellness therapies,” says CHEO’s Diane Minch. “Our monthly presentations feature local practitioners talking about their field of expertise. Door prizes are often offered, and questions are always welcome.” Soltis’ presentation will be held August 10 at 7 p.m. at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. “Bonnie will define the nature, diversity and function of the soul and spirit and discuss how they affect physical wellness,” Minch says. “These relationships are expressed in science, medicine and religious and spiritual teachings, as well as the modern fields of quantum physics and mind-body medicine. She’ll discuss practical ways to experience this synergy, to go beyond one-dimensional living and create more vitality and harmony in your life.” Pershing’s presentation will be held August 26 at 7 p.m. at Rarity Bay Community Center in Vonore, Tennessee. “Dr. Pershing will discuss his experience using low-level laser therapy to direct bio-stimulative light energy to the body’s cells without causing damage or injury,” Minch says. “He will explain how this therapy can be used to safely improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, relieve acute and chronic pain, stimulate wound healing and improve nerve and immune function.”



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Sad Music Can Lift Our Mood

study from Free University, in Berlin, has determined that listening to sad music may actually lift our mood. The researchers conducted a survey of 772 people, 44 percent of which were musicians, asking each subject about their emotional responses after listening to sad music. While 76 percent felt nostalgic, more than 57 percent of the respondents indicated peacefulness, more than 51 percent felt tenderness, almost 39 percent had feelings of wonder and 37 percent experienced a sense of transcendence. Fewer than half—45 percent—said they experienced sadness when listening to the morose melodies. The researchers pointed out that people often tend to listen to sad music as a source of consolation, and the music often provides a means for improving moods and emotions.

Produce Produces Heftier Newborns


review of research from the Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety finds that the quantity of food consumed by pregnant women for increasing a baby’s birth weight is less important than what types of foods she eats. After systematically analyzing 11 relevant studies, the researchers found that higher birth weights—associated with better brain development during later years—are linked with the amount of fruits and vegetables a mother eats during pregnancy. Using seven studies, researchers found that low vegetable consumption during pregnancy resulted in more than three times the risk of giving birth to a child with low gestational weight. Other studies found a correlation between higher fruit consumption by expectant mothers and a higher birth weight of babies. Much of the research showing these relationships occurred in developed countries where a conventional Western diet is prevalent.

Constipated Kids Helped by Tummy Massage


esearch from the University of Washington has determined that chronic constipation in children may be relieved with abdominal massage. The research involved 25 parents and their children with learning needs and physical disabilities. The parents were trained by specialists in abdominal massage. Following the training, the parents massaged the abdomens of their children for 20 minutes per day. The study found that abdominal massage relieved constipation in 87.5 percent of the children and reduced laxative use. In addition, the therapy resulted in better diets for 41 percent of the children and improved the parent-child relationship in many cases. natural awakenings

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Carbon Dioxide Levels Go Through the Roof

Fresh Catch

Community Supported Fisheries Share Bounty of the Sea Community supported agriculture is a growing movement in which subscribers pay farmers for weekly shares of their crops before the growing season starts, benefiting both. The farmers receive an infusion of cash up front and are paid a fair price for the food they produce. Consumers receive fresh food from sustainable, local farms and are often introduced to vegetables and fruits they might not try otherwise. The same concept applies to new community supported fisheries (CSF), which reconnect coastal communities to their local food systems. According to Paul Greenberg, author of American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood, 91 percent of the seafood that Americans eat comes from other countries, while one-third of the seafood caught by American fishermen is sold outside our borders. He believes this situation exists because most Americans aren’t willing to pay premium prices for better seafood and domestic fishermen realize better prices overseas. By using the website to find nearby CSF programs, pioneering coastal communities can benefit from both supporting sustainable fishing practices and their local environment while still sufficiently feeding their residents. Source: Mother Nature Network

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notes that as of March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, crossed a threshold of more than 400 parts per million (ppm), the highest in about 2 million years. “It’s both disturbing and daunting from the standpoint of how hard it is to slow this down,” says NOAA chief greenhouse gas scientist Pieter Tans. “Carbon dioxide isn’t just higher, it’s increasing at a record pace, 100 times faster than natural rises in the past.” In pre-human times, it took about 6,000 years for carbon dioxide to rise 80 ppm, versus 61 ppm in the last 35 years, Tans says. Global carbon dioxide is now 18 percent higher than it was in 1980, when NOAA first calculated a worldwide average.

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Pistachio Power

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Diaper Discovery Mushrooms Grow on Disposables

Disposable diapers are mostly indestructible, but a group of researchers led by Rosa María Espinosa Valdemar, at Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco, has found a way to degrade the soiled garments by growing mushrooms on them. Disposable diapers can last for hundreds of years in landfills because they contain not only the plant-based material cellulose that mushrooms consume, but also non-biodegradable materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and the superabsorbent gel sodium polyacrylate. The scientists grew the oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, on a substance made from used diapers and were able to reduce the diaper’s weight and volume by up to 80 percent. For the experiment, the researchers only used diapers containing liquid waste. They sterilized and ground up the garments; mixed them with lignin from the remains of pressed grapes, coffee or pineapple tops; covered the mixture with commercially available fungus spores; and kept it in a plastic bag for three weeks. The resulting mushrooms had similar amounts of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals as in commercial yeast. They’re not intended for human consumption, but could be used as a supplement in cattle feed. Source:

Turkey, one of the world’s largest producers of pistachios, has begun using tons of the shells to produce biogas (methane) as an alternative energy source instead of dumping them in landfills. The country even plans to power its first eco-city using this unconventional fuel. The planned 7,900-acre metropolis is expected to house 200,000 people in Gaziantep Province. This southern region near the Syrian border is the heart of Turkey’s pistachio production, yielding more than 50 percent of the country’s nuts. “When you plan such environmentally friendly systems, you take a look at the natural resources you have,” explains Seda Muftuoglu Gulec, a Turkish green building expert. “If the region was abundant in wind power, we would use wind energy.” If the project goes forward, construction will start within two years and be completed within two decades. A pilot phase will focus on a 135-acre piece of land and, if successful, expand into the entire city. It may inspire other agricultural regions to look at what they typically consider waste as an energy source. For more information, visit GO GREEN SHOP LOCAL

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globalbriefs Crab Crisis

Valuable Horseshoe Species Going Extinct The horseshoe crab, which is not really a crab, but belongs to the taxonomical class Merostomata among arthropods, is about to join the long list of endangered species. Their potential extinction poses a major threat to pharmaceutical, clinical and food industries seeking the secrets to the species’ survival over more than 250 million years with minimal evolution, enduring extreme temperature conditions and salinity. Individuals are able to go without eating for a year. Commonly found living in warm, shallow coastal waters on the sea floor, horseshoe crabs play an important ecological role. A continuing decrease in their population will affect other species, especially shorebirds that feed on the eggs, destabilizing the food chain. Sea turtles also feed on adult horseshoe crabs. Scientists worldwide want to include the invertebrate in schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1974, labeling them as an endangered species. Enforcement will include monitoring for improper uses of horseshoe crabs.

With These Hands—Wonder


Carol Allen Anfinsen

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Thanks to Carol Allen Anfinsen’s grandfather, a former biologist and teacher; her uncle, a former professor of entomology at the University of California, Berkeley; and father, a fly fisherman of great renown, she has always been an environmentalist and lover of nature’s remarkable handiwork. Anfinsen believes that spirit, voice and emotion resonate within all living things and even inanimate objects. While painting, she envisions each entity speaking out to her and sometimes exaggerates color and movement so that others can share what her own inner life sees and feels. Portraits are a favorite of the artist. “The slightest crinkle in a nose or twinkle in an eye can tell volumes about a person’s personality,” she says. “Faces are as varied as the flowers in springtime; as deep as the roots of a tree or the depths of an ocean.” This sense of spiritual wonder permeates each of Anfinsen’s works. “I believe art should uplift, inspire, educate and challenge the viewer’s mind, heart and soul,” she advises. “I hope viewers will experience awe and joy when they look at my paintings.”

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Not Just for Kids Any More Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, by Johanna Basford, are two of the most popular titles on sale at Amazon. com—and both are coloring books for adults. Featuring detailed black-and-white drawings of the flora and fauna that surround illustrator Basford’s Scottish home, Secret Garden has sold nearly 1.5 million copies. Fans include Hollywood celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, and when National Public Radio asked listeners for feedback, many indicated, “I thought I was alone.” The consensus is that adults are seeking to get in touch with their inner child. Beyond the nostalgic charm of coloring books, it’s also a good way for grownups to unwind and reflect. “So many people have told me that they used to do secret coloring when their kids were in bed,” says Basford. “Now it is socially acceptable, it’s a category of its own.” For a sample coloring gallery, visit

Fracking Halt

Earthquakes Derail Dutch Gas Production Gas production by fracking in the Loppersum, Netherlands, area of the Groningen natural gas field, Europe’s largest, was suspended by a Dutch court after a home was damaged by earthquakes linked to the operation. Nette Kruzenga, co-founder of Groningen Centraal, one of two groups seeking an immediate halt in Groningen gas production, says, “It is clear the judge said that the situation around Loppersum is dangerous.” The actions of Dutch officials are different than in the U.S., where many people acknowledge the same problem while others deny its existence. States that tend to cite the danger are those that have experienced damaging earthquakes, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio and Virginia. Deniers include big-fracking states such as California, Colorado and Texas. In states that have reduced new injections and scaled back current operations, earthquakes have abated.


Joe Dispenza on The Power of Thought Alone to Heal by Kathleen Barnes


ost of us are familiar with the placebo effect, when actual healing occurs after the only prescription a patient ingests is a sugar pill that the individual believes is medicine. Researcher and Chiropractor Joe Dispenza, of Olympia, Washington, knows the value of the placebo effect from personal experience. When his spine shattered during a 1986 triathlon race as his bicycle was hit by an SUV, he had a good mental picture of what had happened. Consulting doctors proclaimed a bleak prognosis and offered a risky surgical procedure as his only chance of walking again. He left the hospital against the advice of his physicians and spent the next three months mentally—and physically— reconstructing his spine. His story is one of hope for healing for others, detailed in his latest book, You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter.

How did your pivotal healing take place? For two hours twice a day, I went within and began creating a picture of my intended result: a totally healed spine. Nine-and-a-half weeks after the accident, I got up and walked back into my life fully recovered—without having had a body cast or surgeries. I resumed my chiropractic practice 10 weeks out and was training and lifting weights again while continuing my rehabilitation regimen at 12 weeks. Now, in the nearly 30 years since the accident, I can honestly say that I rarely experience any back pain.

How does your approach differ from mind over matter? It’s the same. So many people have been conditioned into believing that mind and body are separate things. There is never a time when the mind isn’t influencing the body and vice versa. The combination is what I call a state of being.

How does the placebo effect work? Think about the idea of giving somebody a sugar pill, saline solution or a false surgery. A certain percentage of those people will accept, believe and surrender—without analysis—to the “thought” that they are receiving the real substance or treatment. As a result, they’ll program their autonomic nervous systems to manufacture the exact same pharmacy of drugs to match the real substance or treatment. They can make their own antidepressants and painkilling medicines. Healing is not something that takes place outside of you.

Can you cite examples of disease in which self-healing has been scientifically validated? There is amazing power in the human mind. Some people’s thoughts heal them; some have made them sick and sometimes even hastened their death. In the first chapter of You Are the Placebo, I tell a story about one man who died after being told he had cancer, even though an autopsy revealed he’d been misdiagnosed. A woman plagued

by depression for decades improved dramatically and permanently during an antidepressant drug trial, despite the fact that she was in the placebo group. A handful of veterans that participated in a Baylor University study, formerly hobbled by osteoarthritis, were miraculously cured by fake knee surgeries. Plus, scientists have seen sham coronary bypass surgeries that resulted in healing for 83 percent of participants (New England Journal of Medicine). A study of Parkinson’s disease from the University of British Columbia measured better motor coordination for half of the patients after a placebo injection. They were all healed by thought alone. The list goes on. I’ve personally witnessed many people heal themselves using the same principles of the placebo response, once they understood how, from cancers, multiple sclerosis, lupus, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel syndrome.

How can an ordinary person make that quantum leap and find healing? Many of us are now recognizing that rather than live in the past, we can create our own future. It requires changing some longstanding conditioned beliefs and the willingness to step into an unfamiliar, uncomfortable, unpredictable state that is consistent with living in the unknown. This happens to be the perfect place from which to create change. I recommend a meditation that creates physiological changes in the brain and at the cellular level, from 45 to 60 minutes a day. Changing Beliefs and Perceptions meditations are available on my website or individuals can record themselves reading the texts printed in the back of my book. As we exchange self-limiting beliefs we begin to embody new possibilities. Joe Dispenza is chairman of Life University Research Council and a faculty member for the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Visit Connect with natural health books author Kathleen Barnes at

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truth. Help them to be honest by being completely honest yourself. Be reasonable and understanding. Explain your choices and decisions, and don’t resort to anger as a regular practice. Anger is a powerful tool, and it’s much more effective if used rarely. Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids will usually push to find their limits, but they really appreciate knowing how far they can go.

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Consistency, Communication and Calm Tips for Peaceful Parenting by Dudley Evenson


long with her husband, Dean, Dudley Evenson has made a career of creating healing music (published by their record label, Soundings of the Planet). For this parenting-themed edition of Natural Awakenings, Evenson shares these tips for nurturing “the spirit of harmony and crystal-clear communication” between parents and children. Stay clear! Your children are mirrors of your moods and attitudes. You will quickly discover how you are feeling by how your children are acting. If they are upset, don’t get upset at them; it will only make things 14


worse. Try to find out what is really bugging them. Be consistent. Always changing your position on things will create inner turmoil and confusion. Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified program and support each other. Work at being positive. Try to build up your children’s sense of the good in life. Don’t look for faults or be unduly critical. Praise your children often. Be honest in all your dealings. Children pick up at an early age what is

Be flexible. You don’t have to be unbending and hard-nosed to keep it straight with your kids; your being flexible will keep everybody on their toes. Accept your children’s point of view. In fact, ask for their opinion and involve them in household decision making. Enjoy the harmony consensus can bring. Children will more readily obey the rules if they help make them. Trust your children. Believe in them. Be on their side. Let them feel your support. Let them start life knowing they are loved. Don’t nag. Help your kids develop a sense of responsibility so the burden of their homework, chores and other musts are not on your shoulders. When you ask them to do something, let them hear the firmness in your voice. Asking them once should be enough. Develop good habits. Regularity can be healthy, but of course allow for deviation from time to time. Aim toward a consistently healthy lifestyle in all that you do. Be available. Don’t get so caught up in your own reality that you neglect your relationship with your children.

Soundings of the Planet musician Dudley Evenson shares sound advice for creating a healthy parentchild relationship. Balance your love for your own children with your love for all children. They are your special ones, but don’t forget to be loving and fair to others. Don’t put your kids on the spot in front of other people. Try to work things out with them on a one-to-one basis, unless, of course, group interaction is more beneficial. Help direct your children toward a creative exploration of life. Support them in opening up to their unique potential as human beings. Be a shining example of love for your children to follow. Don’t gossip about your neighbors or play favorites. Everyone will benefit from your unconditional love. Inspire in your children a reverence and respect for all life. Instill in them an attitude of thanksgiving, and encourage them to explore their spiritual path.


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Swimming in Nature Splashing Safely in Lakes and Oceans by Lane Vail


ostonian avid open-water swimmer Kate Radville is delighted that water constitutes 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. “The controlled environment of a swimming pool is convenient,” she says, “but splashing around outside in the beautiful summer sunshine is undeniably liberating.” Enthusiasts are both attracted by the rugged beauty of wild water and humbled by its power, but without proper skill or knowledge, swimming in natural settings can be risky. “Millions of dollars are annually spent on advertising, tourism and beach restoration projects to bring people to water,” says Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, “yet, the American Red Cross finds that 54 percent of Americans lack basic water emergency lifesaving skills.” Maximize enjoyment and safety in the open water by heeding basic guidelines. Be Weather Wise. Check the forecast before heading out and be conscious of any sudden climate changes. Leave the water or the area in the event of thunder or lightning. Tall buildings or mountains may block the view of the

sky, and storms can pop up quickly, so Benjamin recommends using a batterypowered portable radio or smartphone app for weather updates. Wind and atmospheric pressure shifts can stir up waves for hours, so hesitate before returning to the water after a storm. Glean Information. “I can’t think of a time I’ve jumped into water I knew nothing about,” says Radville. “Some research prior to swimming is definitely advisable.” Renowned coach Steven Munatones, founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association, suggests walking along the beach to look for caution signs, surf conditions boards, flags, buoys, rope lines and available rescue equipment, plus emergency callboxes that pinpoint one’s location if cell phone service is weak. Even seemingly pristine waters can be contaminated by harmful bacteria, algal blooms or runoff pollutants after rain. “Chat with local beachgoers, swimmers, boaters or fishermen about current swimming conditions in designated areas,” counsels Munatones, and check social media sites like Facebook and area online swimming forums.

Steer Clear. Be mindful of hidden underwater hazards, ranging from sharp objects to submerged construction, which can create turbulent water and strong undercurrents. Swim in lifeguardprotected areas away from windsurfers, jet skiers and boaters that may not hear or see swimmers, adds Munatones. Respect Marine Life. Munatones advises giving marine life, however beautiful, a wide berth. “I’ve swum around the world with all sorts of intriguing sea life,” he says, “and these are wild animals, not the friendly ones you see in marine parks.” Stop swimming and watch the animal until it’s moved on. Be Water Wise. Water temperature, depth and movement, which fluctuate with rain, tides and wind, can also make conditions unpredictable, so research a destination beforehand. Pockets of cold water within an otherwise tepid mountain lake could induce a gasp response or hyperventilation, says Munatones, and prolonged immersion increases risk of muscle impairment and hypothermia. Likewise, an unexpected drop in the water floor may provoke panic. “Physi-

Nature is unpredictable, and there are inherent risks associated with swimming in open water, so I always swim with a buddy for companionship and basic safeguarding. ~Kate Radville cally, someone capable of swimming in three feet of water can also swim in 300 feet,” says Munatones. “But mentally, deep water can feel spooky.” Rip currents are powerful streams that flow along the surface away from the shoreline. They may be easily spotted from the beach, but often go unnoticed by swimmers. “A potentially fatal mistake is allowing a ‘fight-or-flight’ response to kick in and trying to swim against the current, because rips are treadmills that will exhaust your energy,” cautions Benjamin. Instead, flip, float and follow the safest path out of the water, a technique that conserves energy

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and alleviates stress and panic, he says. Watch for Waves. Swim facing oncoming waves and dive under the powerful white foam, coaches Munatones. “Feel the swell wash over you before coming up to the surface.” If knocked off balance by a wave, relax, hold your breath and wait for the tumbling to cease. Swim toward the light if disoriented under the water, and make sure your head is above any froth before inhaling. “Your lungs are your personal flotation device that keep the body buoyant,” says Benjamin. “Lay back and focus on your breathing.” While Coast Guard-approved flotation devices should be worn by children at all times, they are not substitutes for supervision, says Rob Rogerson, a lifeguard and ocean rescue training officer in Palm Beach County, Florida. “Parents must watch swimming and non-swimming children vigilantly.” “The power of the open water is immense,” says Munatones. “Be respectful, always.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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GREEN ARTS Tips for Finding Safe Eco-Supplies by Avery Mack


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reative energy is contagious,” says Kim Harris, co-owner of Yucandu, a hands-on craft studio in Webster Groves, Missouri. As one client crafter commented, “Art is cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun.” It doubles the pleasure when we trust the nature of our supplies. Arts and crafts stir the imagination, spur creativity and are relaxing. Yet, for some, allergies, chemical sensitivities and eco-consciousness can make choosing materials a challenge. Manufacturers are not required to list heavy metals, toxic preservatives or petroleum-based ingredients, even when they’re labeled “non-toxic”. User- and environment-friendly alternatives may be difficult to locate, but are worth the effort. After working with paint, glue, chalk and modeling dough, children may lick their fingers and be reluctant to wash hands thoroughly. Retirees with newfound time for hobbies may also have weakened immune systems at risk to chemical exposure. Everyone benefits from minimizing exposure to toxins.


For greeting cards, scrapbooking or mixed media, paper provides

ground, texture, pattern and color. Tree-free paper uses agricultural residue or fibers from bananas, coffee and tobacco, and researchers anticipate similar future use of pineapples, oranges and palm hearts. Labels can be misleading. White paper has been bleached. Processed chlorine-free (PCF) means no bleaching occurred during this incarnation of the paper. Totally chlorine-free (TCF) papers are as advertised. Paper is called recycled if it’s 100 percent postconsumer-recovered fiber—anything less is recycled content.


For most projects, purchased glues are more convenient, longer lasting and easier to use than homemade. White glue and white paste, called “library paste”, are best with porous items like wood, paper, plastic and cloth. It takes longer to dry and needs to be held in place, but there are no fumes. “Jewelry is wearable art, so for mine, I primarily use water-based, nontoxic glues and sealers that simply wash off my hands,” advises Nancy Kanter, owner and designer of Sparkling Vine Design, in Thousand Oaks, California.

Examples include Elmer’s Washable and Mod Podge. Airplane glue, rubber cement, spray adhesive and epoxy all emit toxic fumes. Instant glue (cyanoacrylate) likewise bonds fast to fingers; toxic, foul-smelling acetate (used in nail polish remover) is needed to remedy the situation.


Water-based tempera paint is easy to use; Chroma brand tempera removes some of the hazardous ingredients. “I use water-based, non-toxic acrylic paints and wine to paint recycled wine corks for my designs,” says Kanter. “This avoids harsh fumes and chemicals.” Note that acrylic paint can contain ammonia or formaldehyde. Oil paint produces fumes and requires turpentine, a petroleum-based product, to clean brushes. Aerosol spray paint is easily inhaled unless protective equipment is used.

Markers and Crayons

“Give kids great supplies and they’ll make great art,” maintains Harris.

“They’ll also be respectful of how much they use.” Go for unscented, water-based markers, especially for younger children that are as apt to draw on themselves as on paper. Soy crayons are made from sustainable soybean oil, while retaining bright colors. Dustless chalk is preferred by some. Colored eco-pencils are another option. Beware of conventional dry erase markers, which contain the neurotoxin xylene; permanent markers emit fumes. Wax crayons are made with paraffin, a petroleum-based product.

Yarn and Other Fibers

For knit or crochet projects, choose recycled silk and cotton or bamboo, soy silk from tofu byproducts, or natural, sustainable corn silk. Sheep’s wool, organic cotton or alpaca fibers, raw or hand-dyed with natural colors, are environmentally friendly. Rayon is recycled wood pulp treated with caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulfuric acid. Nylon, made from petroleum products, may have a

harmful finish.

More Materials

Canvas is typically stretched on birch framing, a sustainable wood. Look for unbleached, organic cotton canvas without primer. Runoff from an organic cotton field doesn’t pollute waterways. Experiment with homemade modeling clay. Many tutorials and photos are available online. Commercial modeling clay contains wheat flour, which can cause a reaction for the gluten-sensitive. For papier-mâché projects, recycle newsprint and use white glue, thinned with water. Premade, packaged versions may contain asbestos fibers. Eco-beads with safe finishes vary from nuts and seeds to glass and stone. For grownups that like to create their own beads, realize that polymer clays contain vinyl/PVC. In making artistic expression safe, being conscious of the materials used is paramount. Connect with the freelance writer via

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Animal Talk They Have Lots to Say If We’d Only Listen by Sandra Murphy

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen, though. That’s the problem. ~A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

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In less than 10 years, we’ll see a universal translator for communicating with dogs and cats, predicts Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. Just like language apps change, for example, a French phrase into English, the device would translate barks into “Put on Animal Planet,” or meows to “Feed me tuna.” Computers will foster better understanding between humans and animals. David Roberts, a computer science assistant professor, and his team at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a collar to send wireless instructions to dogs via vibrations. Multiple sensors return information about the dog’s heart rate and more, which is especially helpful for service dogs taught not to show stress or distress. Even without such technology, we can all enjoy improved relationships with animals, domestic and wild, by learning to listen. Veterinarian Linda Bender, an animal advocate in Charleston, South Carolina, and author of Animal Wisdom, says, “We all have the ability to understand animals. It gets trained out of us around age 7. It’s not about doing, it’s about being, a connection through the heart.” Meditation quiets the mind from daily concerns, allowing us to stay open, listen and be aware.

Everyday Examples

Author Frances Hodgson Burnett captures the essence of this childlike sensibility in A Little Princess: “How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.” In Portland, Oregon, intuitive Melissa Mattern relates examples supporting Burnett’s premise from her own experiences. “My newest cat, Rocket, beat up my other cats and ran amok. Nothing helped until I took a class in animal communication.” She asked her other cats what to do. “They were clear that I should have consulted them before bringing Rocket into the house,” she says. “I asked Rocket if he would like another home and the picture of a chef’s hat popped into my mind. When we found the perfect home for Rocket, the man was a chef whose only other pet is a turtle that lets Rocket sleep with him. Everyone is happy with the results.” Charli, a 14-year-old pointer, travels the world with her family. Her owner, Cynthia Bowman, shares one of her favorite stories: “As we planned our move to Spain, Charli got ill. I explained, ‘We want you to go too, but if you can’t, tell me.’ A picture of a smoked ham popped into my head. I didn’t understand, but Charli got well and went along,” she says. “In our

new Gipuzkoa neighborhood, a deli sells hams, just like I pictured. I can’t explain how Charli knew.” It becomes a matter of trust. “Thoughts or mind pictures can be easy to dismiss or mistrust as imagination,” she comments. “Every species has something they do best. With humans, it’s problem solving and advanced thinking. We’ve separated ourselves from nature. We need to remember we’re all interconnected,” Bender says. “When we learn to tune into ourselves, be heartcentric and radiate compassionate energy, it makes us irresistible to other creatures.”

Bender recalls. “Fear is picked up as a threat so I tried to radiate calm. It was intense, but she gradually let go. With animals, you attract what you give. Better communication means better understanding leading to improved behavior on everyone’s part.” Communication and understanding among human, domestic and wild animals not only makes life more interesting, it can save lives. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Wild animals communicate with David Llewellyn. As a writer of outdoor/nature blogs, he’s traveled full time in a 30-foot RV since 2002. “They don’t understand words, but go by what’s in your soul. I’ve picked berries with black bears and met a mountain lion and her two cubs along a trail without ever being harmed,” he says. “Often, hikers are told, ‘Make yourself look big and scream.’ I say ‘Hello,’ comment on the day and thank them for letting me share their space.” Staying calm is vital. Bender agrees. Grabbed by an orangutan at a wild animal trafficking rescue project, “She twisted my arm and could have easily broken it,”

“Everyone is born with the power to communicate with other species, and although it is long lost for many people, it can be regained for the benefit of all beings on Earth,” says Penelope Smith, author of the Animal Talk and When Animals Speak book series. Meet colleagues of this “Grandmother of Interspecies Communication” via CommunicatorsDirectory.

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healthykids risk of infection can be high, especially if it impacts cartilage. “Some skin rejects piercings, and you can end up with permanent scars,” he adds.

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How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible by April Thompson


ew things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center poll. “If you change your hairstyle or look often, you probably aren’t a good candidate for a tattoo, because of the limited flexibility to change that decision,” says Dr. Gregory Hall, a primary care physician in Cleveland, Ohio. Hall created the website to help inform others after seeing so many patients that regretted the tattoos of their youth. Hall has also authored Teens, Tattoos, & Piercings to try to reach school-aged kids before they even consider body art.

Career Concerns

The Millennial generation, which is getting inked in record numbers, is also the leading demographic for ink removal. More than half the tattoos removed by medical professionals in 2013 were for people between 19 and 34 years old. Removal often costs many times more than being tattooed, sometimes requiring a dozen or more sessions over several months. Beyond the likelihood of chang-



ing one’s mind about a tattoo, Hall cites employment, discrimination and health concerns in urging teens to decline getting inked or pierced. Employers have the legal right to reject a job candidate because of a tattoo—a challenging fact of life for young people to reconcile when they’re still undecided on a career path. Different branches of the military have their own restrictions on body art, which can include the tattoo’s size, placement and subject, while some companies ban tattoos and piercings altogether. The commitment of a tattoo never interested Lauren Waaland-Kreutzer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia. “I don’t know how I’m going to age and who I’ll be in five years,” she says. Two days after turning 18, however, she got her nose pierced, a decision she hasn’t regretted, even though it’s affected her employment. “While I was working my way through college, I gave up slightly better paying jobs in order to keep my piercing,” she says. Her current employer, a local nonprofit in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is piercing-friendly, but she has friends that have to cover their tattoos and piercings at work; a former classmateturned-lawyer even had to remove a small star tattoo from her wrist. While piercings are more reversible than tattoos, they are also more prone to certain health risks. Tongue and cheek piercings can accelerate tooth decay, according to Hall, and the

The good news is there are more natural, less permanent alternatives for young adults to adorn and express themselves, including custom-made temporary tattoos, plus magnetic and clip-on jewelry that are indistinguishable from a permanent piercing. Temporary tattoos work to try out the look before possibly committing. Henna tattoos, an import from India, are another popular alternative, although Hall has seen many patients develop allergic reactions to this plant-based ink, so it’s always best to test on a small spot first. Permanent organic inks fade more over time, a downside for someone that keeps a tattoo for life, but “come off beautifully” in a removal process compared to the standard heavy metal inks, reports Hall. Also, “We just don’t know yet what impact the heavy metals may have on people’s immune systems down the road,” he says. “Organic inks are much safer.”

Helpful Facts

State laws vary regarding age criteria, some allowing tattoos at any age with parental consent. Hall’s tattoo website has a downloadable contract to encourage kids to talk with their parents before making a decision, regardless of the need for consent. Name tattoos, even those of loved ones, are among the tattoos most likely to be removed later in life. Hall saw this with a young man that had the names of the grandparents that raised him tattooed on his hands. He said, “I still love them, but I’m tired of looking at them and I have got to get them off me.” A Harris Interactive poll revealed that a third of company managers would think twice about promoting someone with tattoos or piercings—a more critical factor than how tidy their workspace is kept or the appropriateness of their attire. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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he spike in popularity of tattooing that began a couple of decades ago in America and Europe continues to spread worldwide. Those considering getting one will do well to carefully review the options and the health dangers related to traditional tattoos. Tattoo inks contain heavy metals, and red inks often contain mercury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin. Tattoo parlors are regulated by states and municipalities, but the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to release ink ingredients. The lack of regulation is unsettling, as some 45 million Americans have been inked. Many tattoo ink pigments are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint, and the FDA warns that it may possibly cause infections, allergic reactions, keloids (fibrous scar tissue), granulomas (response to inflammation, infection or a foreign substance) and potential complications connected with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The carrier solution used in tattoo inks also contains harmful substances such as denatured alcohol, methanol, antifreeze, detergents, formaldehyde and other toxic aldehydes. A study in the journal Medicine by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, in Dallas, links commercial tattoos to the spread of hepatitis C. Dr. Robert Haley, a preventative medicine specialist and former U.S. Centers for Disease Control infection control official, comments, “We found that commercially acquired tattoos accounted for more than twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection-drug use. This means it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis.”   Anya Vien is the owner of Living, focusing on naturally healthy and sustainable living.

The Simple Pleasures of Connecting by Violet Decker


echnology tends to isolate us from others, but science points to the real value in reaching out. On average, we come into contact with more than 100 people a day, but often may not make any real connection with them. On a typical college campus, it’s rare to see a student not plugged in while walking from class to class. Saying “Hi” to an acquaintance or complimenting someone in passing is nearly impossible. These little day-to-day interactions could provide a steady source of simple pleasures for all if we regularly made the most of such opportunities. Part of the reason we intentionally isolate ourselves might be the false belief that we’ll be happier by doing so, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. When subway riders were asked how they thought they would feel if they spoke to a stranger, nearly all of them predicted that the ride would be “less pleasant” than if they kept to themselves. After the ride, however, the results were unanimous: Those that spoke to another person reported having a more positive experience than those that sat in silence.

Parents teach children not to talk to strangers, but as adults, we miss a lot if we don’t. Even small talk can make a big difference in the quality of our day. It’s easy to try it to see if we don’t end up with a smile on our face. It’s ironic that young people spend hours each day on social networking sites, texting others and making plans with friends so they won’t sit alone at night, yet are getting worse at making such connections face-to-face. Even seated at the same table, conversational eye contact is becoming a lost art, another casualty of technology. Talking with others correlates with better communication skills, too. A 20-year study from Stanford University concluded that its most successful MBA graduates were those that showed the highest interests and skills in talking with others. So, instead of shying away from chatting with a fellow commuter or asking a cashier how her day is going, say “Hello.” It’s bound to make everyone’s day better. Violet Decker is a freelance writer in New York City. Connect at VDecker95@

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The Vaccine Push Mandatory Laws vs. Personal Choice by Linda Sechrist


ront-page headlines Mandatory vaccines studies further identifies about questionable genetic factors that could pose the latest research, corpocause the development rate manipulations, of adverse effects to vacaffront to purchased politicians, cines. citizens’ right medical coverYet, “There is no ups and whistleblower available evidence on to informed reports have left Amerivaccines’ effectiveness self-government. that is placebo-concans feeling hoodwinked and skeptical. According trolled, plus the health to a new Pew Research Center study, effects of vaccines in combination the public doesn’t trust the information have never been studied, certainly they’re fed on issues such as genetical- not the 69 total doses of 16 types of ly engineered crops and now, mandavaccines given to children starting 12 tory vaccines. hours after birth through age 18,” says The current state of distrust of Sayer Ji, a member of the National scientific statistics and their impact on Health Federation board of governors our lives doesn’t bode well for lawand founder of makers attempting to build consensus “Vaccine risks for anyone can for uniform mandatory vaccination range from zero to 100 percent, intervention. The current rush to pass depending upon one’s genes, microsuch legislation is largely due to 169 biome DNA, environment, age and cases of measles reported between health at the time of vaccination and January 4 and April 17, encompassing the type and number of vaccines giv20 states and the District of Columen,” advises Barbara Loe Fisher, presibia, all traced to a traveler infected dent and co-founder of the nonprofit overseas that then visited a California National Vaccine Information Center, amusement park. headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. Common sense and indepen “Vaccines are not safe or effecdent research counters the stance that tive for everyone because we’re not would rob individuals of their moral all the same and we don’t all respond right to conscientious, philosophical the same way to pharmaceutical and personal-belief exemption from products,” says Fisher. She notes that being subjected to vaccines. Hard responses to infectious diseases and evidence in a plethora of published the risk for complications can also



vary, depending upon similar factors. Among the most prominent warnings on vaccine ingredients, concerned doctors, researchers and medical whistleblowers cite dangers of the toxin thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and vaccine adjuvants such as aluminum gels or aluminum salts added to elicit a stronger immune response against the germ the vaccine introduces into our body. Leading books citing telling research include Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman; Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal, by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny; Vaccine Epidemic, by Louise Kuo Habakus; and Science for Sale, by David L. Lewis, Ph.D. Top film documentaries include Shots in the Dark; Vaccination: The Hidden Truth; Trace Amounts; The Greater Good; and Vaccine Nation. Bought: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma and Your Food resulted from two years of investigative research in disaster medical management by Toni Bark, now an integrative physician. In interviews with practicing doctors, research scientists, former pharmaceutical sales representatives, attorneys and others, Bark exposes serious conflicts of interest. These include vaccine research funding, hiring between pharmaceutical and chemical industries and their government regulating agencies, sponsored scientific propaganda used to silence critics, and large-scale corruption within the billion-dollar vaccine industry. Plus, it points out problems with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 that Congress passed to give drug manufacturers, the government and physicians protection from lawsuits arising from injuries caused by childhood vaccines. “Since 1988, thousands of children and adults in America that have suffered brain inflammation and other long-recognized vaccine reactions have been collectively awarded $3 billion in vaccine injury compensation. There are thousands more that have been unable to secure federal compensation for their vaccine injuries,”

reports Fisher. “At least 25,000 to 30,000 reports of vaccine reactions are filed annually with the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, operated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control,” says Tenpenny. “Underreporting is a substantial problem. It’s estimated that less than 1 percent of all adverse events from drugs and vaccines are reported.” cites 7,200 journal articles and studies that expose the harm caused by vaccines. “Knowledge is empowering and personal discernment is priceless. The facts challenge the health claims by government health agencies and pharmaceutical firms that vaccines are perfectly safe,” says Ji. “Public doubt, distrust and skepticism are rational and natural consequences.” For more information, visit the National Vaccine Information Center at and the coalition of citizen advocates at Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at

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accines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks. The National Vaccine Information Center encourages parents to become fully informed about the potential risks and disease complications for their own children and pose these questions to one or more trusted healthcare professionals before making a decision. n Am I, or my child, sick right now? n Have I, or my child, had a bad reaction to a vaccination before? n Do I, or my child, have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems? n Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for my child or myself? n Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects? n Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction? n Will I have a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations? n Am I convinced that I have the right to make an informed choice? Visit for information on recognizing vaccine-reaction symptoms.

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The Muse Knoxville: 2nd Annual Robotics Revolution – 10am-3pm. Join the Muse Knoxville to experience the fun of STEM: Lego building competitions, robotics and technology demonstrations, hands-on activities, more. $6/person; $24/ family. Ages 5 and under free. Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park, 516 N Beaman St., Knoxville. Info: 865-594-1494 or

Do Greater Things, chapter  7: “Humility” – 10:45am. Unity Transformation will focus on Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps by Felicia Searcy. Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pk., Knoxville. Info: 865-809-5207 or

Sweat Lodge – 10:30am. Experience a deeper spiritual awareness through this ancient form of prayer and purification. Donation. Center for Peace, 880 Graves-Delozier Rd., Seymour, TN. Info: or 865-428-3070. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture’s Free Family Fun Day – 1-4pm. Join the McClung Museum for free activities, crafts, tours and more related to permanent and temporary exhibits. 1327 Circle Park Dr., Knoxville, on the UT campus. Info: 865-974-2144 or

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 Do Greater Things, chapter 6: “Gratitude” – 10:45am. Unity Transformation will focus on Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps by Felicia Searcy. Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pk., Knoxville. Info: 865-809-5207 or

“Medicine for the Soul: A Sound Journey” – 7pm. Mark Holland (Native American flute) and Patti Pellerito (gongs and Tibetan bowls) perform at Heart Path Wellness and Breezeway Yoga Studio, 4830 Kingston Pk. in Knox Plaza. $25. Register in advance. Registration and info: 865-951-6024, or

MONDAY, AUGUST 10 “How Soul and Spirit Affect Our Wellness” – 7pm. Naturopathic doctor Bonnie Soltis will discuss practical ways to experience soul-spiritbody synergy, go beyond one-dimensional living and create vitality and harmony in your life. Hosted by CHEO. Free to CHEO members and first-time guests; $5 suggested donation returning guests. Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville. Info:


“Drumming, Meditation and Channeling” – 7:30-9pm. Weekly gathering. Donation. Center for Peace, 880 Graves-Delozier Rd., Seymour, TN. Info: or 865-428-3070.

Free Weekend Silent Retreat – Aug14, 6pmAug15, 2pm. Silent sittings, dogma-less guided meditations, walks in nature, gentle movement, good food, authentic sharing. Free; participants are asked to provide and prepare one meal. RSVP by August 9. Well Being Conference Center, Tazewell, TN. Info: Patty at 423-626-9000 or Patty@




CHEO Member and Network Mixer – Kate Flynn, DC, will host the next mixer for CHEO members at the Avenue, 141 N. Martinwood Rd., Knoxville. Info: or 423-884-6031.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 Fire Ceremony – 6:45-7:45pm. Ceremonial fire is perfect for insight, releasing and transmuting what no longer serves you. Center for Peace, 880 GravesDelozier Rd., Seymour, TN. Info: or Katy Koontz at 865-693-9845.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 David Arms presentation – 10-11:30am. Topic:“Our thoughts and how they impact our health. $25 fee. Healing sessions to follow, $50. Center for Peace, 880 Graves-Delozier Rd., Seymour, TN. Info: or Patti MacFee at 865-250-1988. 8th Annual Irish Fest on the Hill – 4-10pm. Live Irish music, Irish food and beer, Irish dancers, church tours, Celtic goods, Irish desserts, silent auction, kids activities. $5 admission; kids and dogs free. Immaculate Conception Church, 414 Vine Ave., Knoxville.



Karuna Reiki® Levels 1 and 2 with Theresa Richardson and Charlaine Jones – Aug15, 10am4pm; Aug16, 11am-4pm. Prerequisite: Reiki Master Practitioner or ARTS class. Karuna is a form of Reiki that connects us to universal compassion; it adds power to Usui Reiki yet is gentle and loving. Eight additional symbols with great transformational power give us new tools to work with. $199. Must preregister. 428 East Scott Ave., Knoxville. Info and registration: Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound: Historic Films of the Smoky Mountains – Noon5pm. TAMIS will show rare home movies from the Thompson Brothers and Jack Huff collections along with outtakes from WBIR’s Heartland Series and other short films from the early days of Great Smoky Mountains National Park movement. Films will be accompanied by live music. Free. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

Kingston Pk., Knoxville. Info: 865-809-5207 or

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 Sweat Lodge – 6:30pm. Experience a deeper spiritual awareness through this ancient form of prayer and purification. Donation. Center for Peace, 880 Graves-Delozier Rd., Seymour, TN. Info: or 865-428-3070.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 Young People’s Dance – 9am-5pm. This one-day dance created for young people and their parents or guardians. $25/person, $100/family of four or more. Center for Peace, 880 Graves-Delozier Rd., Seymour, TN. Info: or 865-428-3070.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 Do Greater Things, chapter  9: “Death” – 10:45am. Unity Transformation will focus on Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps by Felicia Searcy. Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pk., Knoxville. Info: 865-809-5207 or

WEDNESAY, AUGUST 26 Low-level laser therapy presentation – 7pm. Dr. Stephen Pershing will discuss using low-level laser therapy to safely improve circulation, reduce inflammation, relieve acute and chronic pain, stimulate wound healing and improve nerve and immune function. Rarity Bay Community Center, Vonore, TN. Info:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 Do Greater Things, chapter  10: “Service” – 10:45am. Unity Transformation will focus on Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps by Felicia Searcy. Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pk., Knoxville. Info: 865-809-5207 or

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Do Greater Things, chapter 8: “Community” – 10:45am. Unity Transformation will focus on Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps by Felicia Searcy. Open Chord, 8502

Unity World Day of Prayer – 7pm. Unity Transformation World Day of Prayer service. Shanti Yoga Haven, 12 Forest Court, Knoxville. Info: 865809-5207 or

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Unity Transformation – 10:45am at Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pk., Knoxville, with Rev. Lora Beth Gilbreath. Join us each Sunday for rockin’, reverent music, meditation and Unity teachings with inspiration for your life’s journey. Info: 865-809-5207 or

Women’s Sacred Circle – 6:30-8pm. Every second and fourth Monday. Gather around the circle as women share, grow and support each other. Light refreshments available. $5 per class. Crystal Peace Center, 205 Court St., Maryville, TN. Info: 865-2009582 or

Eckankar Center Sunday events – 11am. First Sunday of month: worship service. Second Sunday: spiritual truths for personal growth discussion. Third Sunday: book discussion, Journey of Soul by Harold Klemp. Fourth Sunday: HU Sing. Eckankar Center of Knoxville, 301 Gallaher View Rd., Ste. 226, Knoxville. Info: 865-622-7685 or Circle Modern Dance Class: Ballet Barre – 1-2pm. Basic ballet class open to all levels. Socks or ballet shoes recommended. Emporium Annex, two levels below Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. $7/class (first class free). Multi-class rates available. Info: Circle Modern Dance Class: Modern/Contemporary Dance, Open Level Technique – 2-3:30pm. Taught by rotating core members and guest artists of CMD who will present a variety of styles and techniques. Open to anyone. Comfortable clothes; no shoes necessary. Emporium Annex, two levels below Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. $7/class (first class free). Multi-class rates available. Info: Circle Modern Dance Class: Improvisation – 3:30-4:30pm. Classes vary each week with a different core member to facilitate and bring new focus or improvisational structures. No dance experience necessary. Comfortable clothes; no shoes necessary. Emporium Annex, two levels below Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. $7/class (first class free). Multi-class rates available. Info:

tuesday 8 Move Tai Chi – 11am-noon or 6-7:15pm. Delivers physical/mental benefits in as few moves as possible. Taught by certified instructors from Clear’s Tai Chi. Clear’s Silat & Street Kung Fu, 113 E. Broadway, Maryville, TN. $69 for six weeks. Info: Richard Clear or Roland Jackson, 865-379-9997 or Mat Pilates with Susie Kaplar – 5:30-6:30pm. First class free, then $10 per session (half price if you bring a friend). Drop-ins welcome. Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Dr., Knoxville. Info: Susie Kaplar, 661-803-1526. Breastfeeding Support Circle – 6pm. Lactation consultant will discuss any breastfeeding problems or questions. Moms Café-style supportive place to bring your baby to socialize with other mothers. Bohemian Baby, 6907 Kingston Pk. Unit 4, Knoxville. Info: 865-588-1105 Drumming, Meditation & Channeling – 7:30-9pm. Donation. Center for Peace, 880 Graves-Delozier Rd., Seymour, TN. Info: or 865428-3070.

wednesday Write to Grow – 9-11:30am. First, third and fifth

Wednesdays. Writing workshop for women interested in developing a deeper sense of self through writing. The Write Place, 2611 E. Broadway, Maryville, TN. Info: 865-660-4799 or Write Now – 12:30-3pm. First, third and fifth Wednesdays. Creative writing workshop for women, following the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Method. Learn about the craft. Gain perspective on your writing and confidence in your voice. The Write Place, 2611 E. Broadway, Maryville, TN. Info: 865-660-4799 or Energy Therapy & EFT Practitioners’ Mastermind (Live Call) – 4-5:15pm. First and third Wednesdays. Join other health & wellness Practitioners as Dr. Anne Merkel leads powerful Mastermind sessions using energy therapy to enhance your life & practice. Monthly series of two live calls, Mastermind, notes & recordings, email support: $76. Register: Info: 1-877-262-2276. Circle Modern Dance Class: Modern/Contemporary Dance, Intermediate/Advanced – 6-7:30pm. Taught by rotating core members and guest artists of CMD who will present a variety of styles and techniques. Primarily intermediate but open to anyone. Comfortable clothes; no shoes necessary. Emporium Annex, two levels below Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. $7/class (first class free). Multi-class rates available. Info: Circle Modern Dance Class: Open Level Ballet –7:30-9pm. Basic ballet class open to all levels. Socks or ballet shoes recommended. Emporium Annex, two levels below Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. $7/class (first class free). Multi-class rates available. Info:

thursday Heart Yoga – 9:30am. Mebbie Jackson teaches this blend of yoga and the stress-reduction technique called HeartMath. Breezeway Yoga Studio, 4830 Kingston Pk., Knoxville. Info: 865-679-9642 or

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Burn, Baby Burn! – 10:30am. Kim Day Training is in store in our spacious classroom to offer mommy and baby fitness. Bring your little one to help you work away those winter blahs. $10. Drop-ins welcome. Bohemian Baby, 6907 Kingston Pk., Unit 4, Knoxville. Info: 865-588-1105. 8 Move Tai Chi – 11am-noon or 6-7:15pm. Delivers physical/mental benefits in as few moves as possible. Taught by certified instructors from Clear’s Tai Chi. Clear’s Silat & Street Kung Fu, 113 E. Broadway, Maryville, TN. $69 for six weeks. Info: Richard Clear or Roland Jackson, 865-379-9997 or Mat Pilates with Susie Kaplar – 5:30-6:30pm. First class free, then $8 per session (half price if you bring a friend). Drop-ins welcome. Arnstein Jewish Community Center, 6800 Deane Hill Dr., Knoxville. Info: 661-803-1526 or Tapping for Weight Loss – 7-8pm. First of and third Thursdays. Learn how to eliminate the self sabotaging thoughts that keep you from the slim body you want. Join Instructor Nancy Allen , LMT. $7 per class. Crystal Peace Center,205 Court. St., Maryville, TN,Info: 865-200-9582 or crystal.

friday Gentle Yoga Flow – 11am-noon. Every first and third Friday. Stretch and strengthen; perfect for beginners as well as more experienced yoga practitioners. Instructor Jill Hawn offers modifications to suit all levels ofexperience. $10 per class. Crystal Peace Center, 205 Court St., Maryville, TN. Info: 865-200-9582 or

saturday Astrology Class – 1:45-3:45pm. Please see Radiant Light Astrology website for exact dates and class topics. Classes are held at The Oasis Institute, 4928 Homberg Dr., Knoxville. Info: or 865-719-2049. Intuitive Readings with Theresa Richardson – Explore your options and opportunities for growth

and enlightenment. Readings address work, relationships, life purpose and how to align with your most positive future. Questions welcome. Call for appointments. Info: 865-705-2525 or

weekly Intuitive Counseling Sessions with Pamela Nine – Receive relationship, life-lesson, career and lifepurpose guidance and further your personal, professional and spiritual growth through professional intuitive counseling. By appointment at Nine Wellness Centre, 3113 Gose Cove Ln., Knoxville. Info and appointments: 865-531-9086, PamelaNine@,

monthly Astrology Class – 6:45-8:45pm. Every second Thursday. Please see Radiant Light Astrology website for details and class topics. Classes are held at The Oasis Institute, 4928 Homberg Dr., Knoxville. Info: or 865-719-2049. Spiritual Apprenticeship Program – Advance your personal, professional and spiritual path; promote healing; develop inner awareness, intuitive and mediumship abilities through a one-on-one learning experience. Available for 3- and 6-month terms. Limited-time discount. Pamela Nine, Nine Wellness Centre. Info: 865-531-9086, PamelaNine@msn. com,

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For Sale Comfort Craft Table for sale: Model 800 with stool, bolsters, extra side-lying & sports/therapy bolsters, top shape #3, used, good condition, asking $2500. List: $6950. Shipping not available, you must come get it in Knoxville. See pic at Charles West, 865-694-3144.

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Monthly meeting of Holistic Moms Network, Knoxville – 11am. Follow the natural path to parenting. Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Bohemian Baby, 6907 Kingston Pk., Unit 4, Knoxville. Info: Mary at 865-356-7987 or Autoimmune Coaching & Energy Therapy Support Call – 4-5:15pm. Second Wednesdays. Dr. Anne Merkel shares information and solutions for people experiencing autoimmune disorders, to naturally address their condition and support healing. Free. Notes and past month recordings provided when you register at Info: 1-877-262-2276.

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Conscious Living



1925 Ailor Ave. • Knoxville, TN 865-524-4422

Certified nurse-midwives in a nationally accredited freestanding birth center. Gynecology care, full-scope maternity and postpartum care with birth center, waterbirth and hospital delivery options. Complimentary services include breastfeeding support/lactation consultations, well-baby care and peer support.


Amanda Keller & Amber Keirn 4928 Homberg Dr. Ste. A1 Knoxville, TN 37919 865-474-1340

9409 Northshore Dr. • Knoxville, TN 37922 865-539-6040 6300 Kingston Pk. • Knoxville, TN 37919 865-584-7464

Full retail selection of Doterra Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, Zyto Scans, Free Monthly Classes, Private consultations. See ad, page 25.

More than 40 years as Knoxville’s premier dry cleaners. Traditional customer service meets state-of-the-art technology. Eco-friendly dry cleaning equipment and solutions produce superior results. Register online for free pickup/delivery of dry cleaning, laundry, alterations. See ad, page 21.



Health Foods & Nutrition

Young Living Essential Oils Kat Porter, Independent Distributor 865-360-6343


Charles West, LMT, TFH, MAT 318 Erin Dr. #5 • Knoxville, TN 37919 865-694-3144 Move better, feel better, live better. Bodywork for pain and stress relief since 1994. A c u p r e s s u r e , To u c h f o r Health® kinesiology, structural alignment, stress relief, relaxation, chair massage, cupping, Tai chi. Classes for LMTs, everyone.

The use of essential oils dates back to ancient times, but it’s relevant for many applications today, including wellness, emotional health and taking care of home and family—even pets! Contact me to learn more!

Massage and Skincare Allyson Harris, LMT, LE 318 Erin Dr. #5 Knoxville, TN 37919 Offering relaxation through Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and pregnancy massage. Skin care is fresh, healing and holistic. Wonderful for all skin types. Please visit website for full menu, gift certificates and appointments.

1004 Sevier Ave. • Knoxville, TN 37920 865-329-7566 Complete mushroom s u p p l y, g i f t s a n d r e s o u r c e c e n t e r. Gourmet mushroom foods, mushroom logs, books and much more. For workshops, check website or call for current schedule. See ad, page 11.

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Dr. Nancy C. Canestaro 6920 Lark Ln. • Knoxville, TN 37919 865-789-5856 Nancy helps you find health, harmony, prosperity for home/ office. With 2+ decades of experience, she will study your property and produce a report with recommendations for enhancements, remedies. Contact her about lecturing for your group.

Non-Profit Complementary Holistic Information Organization PO Box 22511 • Knoxville, TN 37933 423-884-6031

Discover your options for wellness using holistic and integrative approaches. Free Holistic Resource Directory available. Monthly educational programs 7pm every second Monday (Knoxville) and fourth Wednesday (Loudon/Monroe). Meet & Greet at 6:30pm. Details at

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Retreat Centers

Holistic Health Care



Don Oakley & Patty Bottari Oakley, Directors Tazewell, TN 37879 423-626-9000

205 Court St. Maryville, TN 37804 865-200-9582

Hour north of Knoxville,160 acres surrounded by 2½ miles of Powell River. Perfect for quiet getaway, vacation, group event, retreat, workshop. Our mission is promoting mind/ body wellness, harmony with nature. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit. See ad, page 15.

The Crystal Peace Center (CPC) offers a variety of alternative healing services, classes, pathways for progression, and tools of empowerment to support your spiritual and personal growth. Contact the CPC to schedule a wellness assessment/treatment. See ad, page 16.

Intuitive Counseling

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NINE WELLNESS INTERNATIONAL Pamela Nine, PhD Knoxville, TN 37931 865-531-9086

Theresa Richardson 428 East Scott Ave, Suite 104 Knoxville, TN, 37917 865-705-2525



We are a small, locally operated business, providing professional massage therapy and facial treatments in Bearden area. Vera has performed thousands of therapeutic treatments over the last 15 years, guiding patients to better results. Please visit website for more information.

OASIS Institute is a nonsectarian, nonprofit spiritual organization established in 1995. Our mission is to provide a meeting place for groups that will facilitate the well-being of people of all backgrounds.

Heart Path Wellness Mebbie Jackson 865-679-9642

Theresa is an intuitive healer/ teacher whose services include readings, Reiki sessions and a variety of classes. Her intention is to facilitate transformation and alignment with the soul’s wisdom. In-person, phone or long-distance healing sessions available.

Aholistic spiritual center applying ancient wisdom traditions such a s c e r e m o n y, dance, shamanic practice, sweat lodges, meditation, chanting and prayer in the modern world. See ad, page 15.




880 Graves-Delozier Rd. Seymour, TN 37865 865-428-3070

Vera’s Massage & Spa

Vera Drozhzhin, LMT, NCBTMB 5213 Homberg Dr. • Knoxville, TN 37919 (865) 335-9379

Pamela Nine, PhD, owner of Nine Wellness Centre, is an internationally recognized p r ofessionalintuitive counselor and educator with 2 5 + y e a r s ’e x p e r i e n c e . Services include spiritual apprenticeship program, educational courses, life and business coaching, and personal and telephone intuitive counseling by appointment.

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Acutonics is a healing modality that uses tuning forks on acupuncture points to facilitate a healing response in the body. Clients report a strong release of tension and stress from the body after each session. See ad, page 3.

Stephen Anthony, Executive Director 4928 Homberg Dr. Ste. A-4 Knoxville, TN 37919-5100 865-588-7707


Rev. Lora Beth Gilbreath 865-809-5207 Sunday morning and midweek activities. Host of the internet “radio” broadcast “Hooked on Classics” through Affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries. See ad, page 10.

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$149 for 4-Days of AMAZING Qigong Healing

Group Energy Gathering for Sincere Practice of Qigong & Pranayama QIGONG HEALING & BREATHING APPLICATIONS (Level-1) Sat & Sun * Breath Empowerment: Generate Qi like a master. Feels like Humming Engine in belly. * Empty Force: Your energy field becomes so palpable - it feels like solid matter. * Spiral & Press on Qi: Subtle movements are the REAL KEY to harness Qi-Energy. * Cloud Hands: Beautiful practice for strengthening Lungs and opening chest. * Earth Hands: Strengthens the hips, legs, & the reproductive center of the body. * Around the World: Rotate at waist, spheres of energy are formed. Used to build Qi. * Push Hands: Energy is projected outside body. Qi gently “pushes” to assist your movements. * Natural Walking Qigong: Generate Healing Qi by walking naturally in your neighborhood.

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Tumo Breathing: Build Warmth & Qi-Power in your Navel. Pulsation of Blood & Qi flows down arms & legs. Wuji Style Qigong: Explore 7 Wuji Movements. Create your own Qigong form. “MAGNETIC DANCE” of Qi. 9-Breath Method: ULTIMATE Breathing practice. Blissful waterfall of Qi removes stress & negativity! Healing Others w/9-Breath Method: Capable of True Miracles. Recipients experience “Flush of Energy”. In this seminar you’ll also receive in-depth training in Food-Healing, the art of using specific foods to reverse specific diseases. Millions worldwide have reversed the worst diseases with food alone. You will learn this wisdom in precise detail & share it w/others.

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