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letterfrompublisher This month’s issue, focused on Healthy Kids and Families, is full of relevant information for the life thatmyself, Josh and our son, Mays, live together. However, Wisdom of the Ages, page 16, and A Grand Old Time, page 17, triggered thoughts of family members that we don’t get to see everyday, specifically my grandparents. Grandma Beverly and Grandpa Mac, both 82, spend winters in Florida and summers in West Virginia. A Fresh Air Family camp session (Fresh Air for Healthier Families, page12) could be modeled after visits we took to their home. Whether we were in Florida riding bikes and spending time at the beach, or in the mountains walking in the woods and riding horses, my brother and I, along with our cousins, spent a great deal of time outdoors. I attribute my ability to spend long hours working in the yard and my appreciation for organic material to Grandpa Mac. I’m still not sure if he’s more proud of his collection of antique cars or the giant pile of manure he maintains to nurture his trees. Along with fostering an appreciation for nature, trips to visit Grandma and Grandpa Wilson demonstrated the importance of healthy eating since Grandma Beverly was always serving fresh fruit and veggies as snacks. She would also secretly make her desserts healthier with substitutions such as applesauce for sugar. This inconspicuous approach to healthy cooking has come in handy now that we have a toddler in the house. Growing up in Houston, we were lucky to have Grandma Marion, 86, and Grandpa Ken, 88, not far from us. Every Sunday they would have us over for a big home-cooked meal. Meals were usually American fare, despite their Japanese heritage. Nevertheless, we loved Grandpa’s Japanese manners which encouraged us to serve noodles with our hands and slurp soup from our bowls! As a third grade teacher, Grandma was always giving us books to read, but she also spent a lot of time teaching us origami. This meditative activity is already coming in handy as a calm activity for Mays and I. What inspires me most about Grandma and Grandpa Takehara is their experiences during World War II. My grandfather fought in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army, a highly decorated all Japanese-American unit, while my grandmother lived in an internment camp with her family in Colorado. The stories that they share provide a powerful shift in perspective while the amount of grace and positivity that they speak with is at the very least, admirable. As we explore different aspects of Healthy Families in Natural Awakenings this month, I am mindful of the influential role my grandparents play in my life. The lives that they are living, full of vitality, knowledge and strong values, serve as a holistic illustration of healthy living. While they are still active in yard work, bike riding, aerobic exercise and golf, it is the well-being of their minds and hearts that remains so inspirational. May you also find inspiration in this month’s articles and in the family that surrounds you, both near and far.

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newsbriefs Workshop Helps Facilitate Radical Forgiveness The Conscious Mile Center for Spiritual Living presents Finding Freedom in Forgiveness, an introductory workshop on radical forgiveness from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., August 20. The workshop will be led by Donna Michael, ordained minister, speaker and retreat leader of the Center for Spiritual Living in Nashville, Tennessee. The cost is $30. Rev. Donna Michael A certified Radical Forgiveness Coach, Michael will lead attendees through a series of exercises that facilitate the opportunity to experience a new understanding of grief, hurt, heartache, betrayal and loss, release past burdens and embrace a more peaceful and joyful future. Michael is also an internationally known recording artist, with 10 critically acclaimed CDs to her credit. Her vision is to offer a, “…message and music that unites all of us and divides none of us.” Michael will also appear as a guest speaker and musician at Conscious Mile's morning service, at 10 a.m., August 21. Location: 1230 Montlimar Dr., Mobile. For more information or reservations, call 251-343-0777. See ad on page 28.

About the Cover Inspired by Hobby Farming, page 19, Mobile photographer Victoria Webb captured Joe, Jessica and Avari Fletcher on the grounds of Aunt B’s Country Kitchen ( in Theodore for this month’s cover. The Fletchers live in Mobile and value a healthy and natural lifestyle. Avari, 3, enjoys gardening and helps maintain the family’s backyard garden. Aunt B’s Country Kitchen is a working farm that features a restaurant and store. Much of what is served and sold at Aunt B’s is grown or raised on site. The Country Kitchen is a restored 1901 farmhouse surrounded by scenic pasture and farmland. Webb’s custom photography captures life as she sees it, “...with all the interesting quirks, blessings and beauty life brings along.” Specializing in family and wedding photography, Webb captures families and couples on location and at her studio. For more information, visit or call 251-716-9699.


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Changes at Local Yoga and Pilates Studio Synergy Yoga and Pilates has taken ownership of Pilates in Motion, the independent Pilates studio that operated within the Synergy studio space for the past several years. Classical and contemporary classes will continue to be offered, along with new Pilates formats designed to enhance the health and appearance of individuals at all levels of fitness. Core Barre is a new class format that provides a high energy, low impact and fat-burning workout. Its focus is on intensive isometric movements that sculpt the thighs, tone and firm the buttocks, flatten the abdominals and define the arms. Also emphasizing stretching and lengthening to increase flexibility, Core Barre incorporates current biomechanical principles and is a fusion of Pilates, ballet and general fitness concepts. Synergy owner Dana Garrett says, “Core Barre is available to all fitness levels and perfect for those that safely want to change their appearance and have fun doing so!” Location: 3152 Old Shell Rd., Ste. 2, Mobile. For information call 251-473-1104, email or visit See ad on page 2.

Church Supports Local Schools, Community Efforts Open Table: A Community of Faith, has set Public Education and Religion as the August topic for their monthly Open Table Discussion Series. Mark Berte, of the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF), will facilitate the gathering at Mobile's Satori Coffee House, from 7 to 8 p.m., August 18. Pastor Ellen Sims says, “We invite the public to join us for spirited conversation about the intersection between public schools and faith communities.” Church members will further support area schools this month with their annual Celebration of Learning service at 5 p.m., August 7. “We will collect school supplies for children whose parents cannot afford them,” says Sims. “And we’ll recognize and thank our members who serve as Reading Buddies in Mobile County Public Schools.” Open Table received a $20,000 grant from The United Church of Christ last month that will extend their community outreach work with MAEF's initiative to reduce school dropout rates; the Family Promise program for homeless families; Soul of Somanya (; The Quest for Social Justice, an Iraqi refugee family sponsorship; and interfaith and interracial justice efforts through Mobile’s Trialogue and Bridges programs.

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Organic School Accepting Students for Fall Enrollment The Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education, in Fairhope, still has a few openings for the 20112012 school year, which begins on September 6. The school campus features acres of open play areas and enough woods for nature walks and archeology digs. Small class size and individualized academic instruction, along with opportunities to explore gardening, cooking and dancing, nurture the minds, bodies and spirits of students. Visitors are always welcome at the school, which serves children from ages 3 through eighth grade. Tuition fees are determined by a sliding scale, based on family income. Location: 8 Marietta Dr., Fairhope. For more information call 251-928-9347 or visit See ad on back cover.

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newsbriefs Youth Create Public Art Displays The BayART Project will design and create decorative, painted mile markers for portions of the bike and running trails in the Fairhope area. Buoyed by the completion of 12 art panels painted on trail kiosks, The BayART Project will partner again with the Baldwin County Trailblazers to fill a functional and artistic void along these paths. Participating youth will learn project planning, time management and creative development, while working on artistic creations that contribute to the long-term beauty and quality of life in the community. “Our last project gave children an opportunity to create multiple permanent public art displays that highlight and enhance the natural beauty of Baldwin County. Inspired by its outcome, we look forward to another successful partnership that will benefit young artists and the community at large,” said The BayART Project’s Executive Director, Ameri’ca Jones. The BayART Project funds the creation of artwork to be permanently displayed in public areas; giving a sense of achievement not only to the young people involved in the creation, but also to the communities that enable those opportunities. For more information visit

Sound Therapy At Home Sound Therapy International has released a new product designed to make the benefits of sound therapy more accessible to families and individuals leading busy lives. The MINI MX2 player functions similarly to an iPod, eliminating the need for a portable CD player. The new player complements Family Sound Therapy, Sound Therapy International's latest program development which features age-appropriate content including music, poetry and stories for children ages 3 to 7 and 8 to 12. According to Sound Therapy International founder Rafaele Joudry, sound therapy has been shown to help address a range of sensory processing and learning issues in children, improve short-term memory, help coordination, improve focus and behavior, enhance and support the overall functioning and development of the auditory system and reduce the number of ear infections. “Our aim has always been to make Sound Therapy affordable, portable and easy” explains Joudry. “We provide Sound Therapy you can do on the move, because kids and families are always on the move. They can listen in the car, while doing their homework or going to bed.” For more information contact Sound Therapy International Independent Distributor Martha Umphrey at 251-752-8122 or See listing on page 38.

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MARI Assessments Reveal the Self Bestey Grady, owner of Rosie Blu, in Fairhope, is the first Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI)certified practitioner in Alabama. MARI assessments will be offered at Rosie Bluum, which is scheduled to open in early August. Based on Jungian concepts, the MARI is a comprehensive system that uses colors and symbols, known as mandalas, to create a visual snapshot of the self. “People respond really well to MARI, because it’s peaceful and speaks directly to the soul. My clients become aware of their inner light and leave floating on this awareness of their illumination. It’s very affirming and validating,” says Grady. “While the MARI is helpful to anyone who wishes to better understand himself or herself, it’s also just fun! I recommend it to everyone.” Sessions begin with a playful art assignment, followed by several rounds of picking cards based on what shapes and colors the client is drawn to. The cards and artwork are then used to facilitate a very insightful and nonthreatening conversation about their multilevel meanings. Uncovering the subject’s inner voice, a MARI assessment can provide guidance through personal issues by allowing one to listen to and trust their own intuition. Assessments are worth 25 continuing education units (CEU) and MARI is recognized by the National Association of Certified Counselors and the National Association of Social Workers. To learn more, visit MARIByRosie. com, or contact Grady at 251-5175326 or For more information about MARI, visit See ad on page 10.

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Stroller Strides is a new program designed to help moms in the Mobile area regain their pre-pregnancy shape while meeting other mothers and spending time with their babies. Classes meet from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at Medal of Honor Park (Cottage Hill Park). Class passes and monthly memberships are available. The cost is $12 for drop-ins. Instructor Kerri Cooke says, “As excited as moms are about the birth of their baby, they also cannot believe the body that’s been left behind. Our round, voluptuous body seemed beautiful while pregnant and seems like bread dough after labor. What makes matters worse is that as moms, we can’t always find the time to do traditional exercise.” Stroller Strides classes consist of power walking with intervals of body toning “stations” using the stroller and the outside environment. Attendees are asked to bring a stroller, baby, bottle of water and towel or mat for groundwork.

Writer, Reiki practitioner and full-time mom Talia AikensNunez has created HolKids, a new e-zine for kids. The content focuses on healthy, holistic living, featuring articles about exercise and movement, meditation, art projects, advice from naturopathic doctors and creative recipes for kids of all ages. Child-created content, in the form of stories, poems and art, are also highlighted. In the future, the e-zine will offer interactive art and gaming. HolKids is accepting submissions of stories and articles relating to holistic health and living from writers of all ages. Children's artwork is also welcome.

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Tracey Glover, a local author, yoga instructor and vegan chef at Shanti Warrior, has recently published her first novel. Categorized by the author as indie literary fiction, Odyssey of an Octopus Junkie: A Dysfunctional Love Story, tells the ill-fated and quixotic love story of Hannah, a pathologically co-dependent animal rights activist, and Phoenix, a talented, but tormented, drug addict. Glover spent two years working on the novel, which explores many forms of addiction as Hannah partakes in a cross-country road trip to liberate a giant octopus that may or may not be real. Glover says, “I wanted to explore the almost universally destructive compulsion to seek happiness outside of ourselves,” adding, “I was a little nervous about the octopus, whether people would go with it, or if it was too whimsical, but that was actually the heart of the story for me. I had to be true to that. Authenticity is the only thing that works in any area of my life, and people consistently tell me those parts of the book are the ones that have the greatest impact.” Odyssey of an Octopus Junkie: A Dysfunctional Love Story is available for all e-reader formats at and For more information, visit or search the book title on Facebook. See ad on page 24.

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The Ocean Project Reaches Out to Teens and Tweens Encouraging children’s appreciation for nature and their concern for the environment must be approached in age-appropriate ways. Some educators and parents with good intentions teach young children by delving into serious environmental issues such as disappearing species, deforestation and climate change before the children possess the cognitive maturity and background knowledge necessary to fully understand the issues. If children learn abstract information before they have a chance to connect with the natural world, they may end up being confused and the message may not yield results. So, The Ocean Project has developed a new section of its website (TheOcean with tips and resources for educators working with young children. Research suggests that when children spend time engaged in nature and outdoor activities, they are more likely to become long-term stewards of our planet. Children could, for example, begin connecting with nature by learning about plants and animals in their backyard, exploring a nearby park or visiting a zoo, aquarium or museum. Empathy, followed by exploration, should be the main objectives in establishing a connection between children and their environment. The Ocean Project’s research has shown that youths ages 12 through 17 are a key audience for improving our ocean planet. Not only is this age group more concerned about environmental issues, they are also more willing than many adults to take action to help the environment. They also exert a huge amount of influence within their households, because parents often view their children as more informed about current environmental issues than they are. This forward-looking age group already reports more involvement with ocean and climate conservation activities than any other age group, but their potential for taking action is far from fully realized.

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ast year, Verna Gates, Fresh Air yards and creek beds; natural habitats for Family Founder and Executive Di- children in former times. Instead, so-called rector, was walking with a group “smart” devices allow children to interact of elementary school children on socially, play games or shop without ever a trail. About 10 minutes in, a little girl leaving the comfort of a home, while naasked, “How long are we going to walk?” ture experiences are limited to the trees Gates told her they would walk a few more and birds that can be seen from the seat minutes and asked why she inquired. “Be- of a car or the kitchen window. cause I have never walked this far before,” According to pediatricians at a recent she replied. convention in Alabama, children need to Gates realized then that the longest play outside. Not only do healthcare prodistance this little girl had ever walked was fessionals see this as an easy way to reduce limited to the distance from the car door screen time, they see it as the solution to to the school door. “Unfortunately, she is childhood obesity. The U.S Department of not unusual," says Gates. Health and Human Services reports nearly Fresh Air Famfour of every 10 young At Fresh Air Family, ily Event Coordinator people in America are Kim Wright-Knowles we give parents and overweight or obese. has had similar experiNationwide, obesity in ences leading weekend children the opportunity Alabama ranks among events and day camps. to go out into nature in the top five states. “Some of the kids that “We are bringattend our events are a safe, non-threatening ing back the carefree used to being outside, environment. We want to days of childhood, but a lot of them are where exercise just not. Many are freaked help them lose their fear means having fun, and out by bugs and dirt. of the unknown and be families can join toThey don't know what gether in nature. One a cypress tree is and comfortable with recre- child spent a week at have never walked a our Gross Out Camp ational activities mile,” she explains. lost weight and brought in nature. Too few children his diabetes down so break the barriers of much his doctor was Kim Wright-Knowles, event amazed," said Gates. fear that are associIn South Alaated with playing in coordinator, Fresh Air Family 12

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bama, the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors are unlimited. The state is the most bio-diverse in the U.S., with tall trees and mountains in the north and beautiful estuaries, bays and beaches in the south. In-between are lakes, rivers and trails that support a myriad of activities. However, taking advantage of these resources does not come naturally to everyone. “Often, parents assume that if their kids are inside, they are safe. If they aren't familiar with walking in the woods, it can be intimidating and cause fear,” says Wright-Knowles. “At Fresh Air Family, we give parents and children the opportunity to go out into nature in a safe, non-threatening environment. We want to help them lose their fear of the unknown and be comfortable with recreational activities in nature.” Whether a novice or expert, educational opportunities abound and the organization helps families take those first steps into the great outdoors, with activities for people of all ages. Programs include Hikes for Tykes at Mobile Botanical Gardens; nature walks with local naturalists at the site of the last battle of the Civil War; river cleanups at Weeks Bay Reserve; and beaver searches at Muddy Creek, in West Mobile. The events instill a love for outdoor activities, so that after an event is over, children are motivated to play outside on their own. Before working for Fresh Air Family, Wright-Knowles was fearful of the outdoors and an overprotective parent who preferred the safety of her own home for her kids. Since starting her new job earlier this year, she has logged more than 130 miles in the woods, gone canoeing and kayaking and led numerous outings. “It became a personal challenge,” she says. “I wouldn't have done any of this, and my kids would still be playing inside if I did not know about Fresh Air Family.” One step makes a difference in the journey to better health. Together, adults and children can build stronger bodies and families just by having fun in the great outdoors. To learn more about Fresh Air Family and their fall schedule of activities, visit Cynthia S. Howell is the development director for Fresh Air Family, Inc. in South Alabama, and lives in Spanish Fort, with her husband, David, and their 9-year-old daughter Sarah.


Are Fit Kids Smarter?


ow important is it that kids engage in physical activity? Very, according to a recent study published in the journal, Brain Research. Kids that are more physically active tend to have a better-developed brain, which in turn helps them perform better on memory tests. The study involved 49 children, ages 9 and 10, who ran on a treadmill to measure their oxygen intake, a standard measure of fitness. Subsequent magnetic resonance imaging data of the children found that the more physically fit kids tended to have a larger hippocampus—about 12 percent bigger, relative to total brain size—than their out-of-shape peers and outperformed them on relational memory tests. The hippocampus is known to be important in learning and memory. The new findings suggest that interventions to increase childhood physical activity could have an effect on brain development. “We knew that experience and environmental factors and socioeconomic status all impact brain development,” says Art Kramer, the University of Illinois psychology professor and Beckman Institute director who led the study. “It’s not easy to do something about your economic status, but here’s something that we can do something about.” Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010

Kids Know What’s Fair


espite what many grown-ups might think, toddlers have a marked sense of fairness. In a recent study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 3-year-olds shared a small reward with their peer after they worked together to earn it, even in situations where it was easy for one child to keep all the spoils. To learn how youngsters share, the researchers paired children to complete a task for a prize, like gummy bears or colorful stickers, piled on a board with wheels inside a transparent box. If only one child pulled on a rope, the board wouldn’t move, but if both pulled together, they could bring it close enough to reach the prize through windows in the box. Some boxes had only one window, so one child could easily grab the prize and keep it, but the toddlers nearly always shared the reward with their partner. Sometimes, if one child didn’t take their half of the spoils immediately, the other even pointed it out. The insight for all of us: If we cooperate, everyone is better off.

Kid-Friendly Clues to Healthy Eating


ccording to a recent study conducted by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, it takes less than two hours to turn students and their parents into “Nutrition Detectives,” able to identify better-for-you foods quickly and reliably. Nutrition Detectives is a 90-minute program for elementary schools and families, developed by Drs. David and Catherine Katz and a team of nutrition and education experts, in response to the current childhood obesity crisis. The study included more than 1,200 Independence, Missouri, students in grades two through four and their parents. Students in all three grades increased their food label literacy scores by 18 percent, with third grade students showing the most improvement (23 percent). The overall gain in scores among students was retained three months after their initial exposure to the program. Download or order free program materials from

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Outdoor Workouts Trump the Gym


hen deciding whether to run on a treadmill in the gym of jog in a nearby park, opt for the park, suggests a recent study published in the research journal, Environmental Science & Technology. The study authors—a team at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry—say exercising outdoors not only appears to promote physical health, but boosts mental well-being, as well. The team analyzed data from a number of sources, including 11 randomized and non-randomized control trials incorporating information from 833 adults. The study found that exercising in natural environments decreased feelings of tension, confusion, anger and depression, while increasing feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement. Study participants that exercised outdoors also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction and stated that they were more likely to repeat their exercise activity.



ifting through marketing hype to find the best protection for exposed skin just got easier, thanks to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) online 2011 Sunscreen Guide. After analyzing more than 600 beach and sports sunscreens, EWG recommends only one in five, noting that many include misleadingly high sun protection factor (SPF) ratings that may protect against ultraviolet short-wave (UVB) rays that cause sunburn, but leave skin at risk for ultraviolet long-wave (UVA) damage. Their research discovered that nearly one in three products in the guide is still laced with vitamin A ingredients that accelerate the growth of skin tumors and lesions, according to recent government studies. Find the guide at

MEDITATION EASES ANXIETY IN KIDS Mindfulness meditation is good for kids, too, especially those with high levels of anxiety. Researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed 155 boys from two independent United Kingdom schools, before and after a four-week crash course in mindfulness. After the trial period, the 14- and 15-yearolds were found to have increased well-being, defined as the combination of feel-



ew research published online in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal suggests that pregnant mothers whose diets are high in sugar and fat deliver babies that are more likely to become junk food junkies themselves. According to the report, which used rats, such diets lead to changes in the fetal brain’s reward pathway, altering food preferences. The results may offer insight into the ever-increasing rate of human obesity and help explain why some people easily resist fatty and sugary foods, while others seem hopelessly addicted.

ing good (including positive emotions such as happiness, contentment, interest and affection) and functioning well. Best of all, the youth enjoyed the exercises and said they intended to continue meditation, a good sign that many children would be receptive to this type of therapy.


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Sticky News on Peanut Butter


onsumers that grind their own peanut butter fresh in the supermarket may be at risk for ingesting aflatoxin, a mold linked to liver cancer. That’s because the peanuts in grinding-machine cases are stored for much longer than those processed for commercial butters, increasing the potential for mold and fungus growth. More, the machines are not tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for aflatoxin contamination. Buying only prepackaged, commercial peanut butter may put anxious consumers at ease; although virtually all sources contain minute quantities of aflatoxin, it is usually far below the FDA’s recommended safe level. However, added sugars and trans fats, as well as high pesticide levels in nonorganic brands, can make them a less than ideal choice. Individuals that opt for healthy, organic peanut butter may want to pick up some celery sticks to dip in it. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that eating vegetables such as celery, carrots, parsnips and parsley can decrease the carcinogenic effects of aflatoxin. They also found success with chlorophyllin, abundant in green, leafy vegetables. Consumption of chlorophyllin at each meal resulted in a 55 percent reduction of aflatoxin in urine. It’s believed that chlorophyllin reduces aflatoxin levels by blocking the absorption of the toxin in the gastrointestinal tract.

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eading labels reveals that many foods and beverages—even so-called healthy ones— contain fructose, often in the form of highfructose corn syrup, as a sweetener. Health experts have long suspected that fructose is a factor in the nationwide obesity and diabetes epidemic, and new research from the Oregon Health & Science University supports the connection. Researchers gave nine normal-weight study participants separate infusions of fructose and glucose (simple sugars) and then used magnetic resonance imaging to observe brain reactions. Glucose activated areas of the brain associated with regulating food intake and satiety—its “reward circuitry”— while fructose inhibited brain response in those areas. The study concludes that this important difference may explain why fructose consumption, which deactivates the brain’s normal satiation response, appears to increase obesity and diabetes.

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Wisdom of the Ages

Building Bridges Between Generations by Gabrielle Wyant

As economic pressures mount in a weak economy, families are making conscious decisions to alter their living and childcare arrangements. Arising from these trends is an awareness of the sacred and infinitely necessary grandparent-grandchild relationship.


randparents can influence many fundamental aspects of their grandchildren's lives by sharing their beliefs, values and ideals. Children can develop a cultural, historical and emotional awareness of self through strengthened intergenerational family relationships and activities. Grandparents are more frequently finding themselves involved in the everyday care of their grandchildren. Researchers point out that the normal demands parents place upon children may generate tension. Typically, grandparents do not make such demands and are able to enjoy a more stress-free relationship with grandchildren, taking on a relaxed role of confidant, nurturer, family historian, mentor/teacher, role model and/or playmate. According to Arthur Kornhaber, M.D., founder of The Foundation for Grandparenting (, grandparents are free to love their grandchildren simply, “…because they breathe.” 16

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At the same time, the Family Relations Journal reports, “Grandparents, who participate and identify with the role, develop an increased sense of well-being and morale.” Mia Koldewyn, 8, of St. George, Utah, says, “I feel crazy happy when my grandma comes to visit. We like to talk and visit with each other.” When asked what her grandmother does to make her feel so special, Koldewyn easily replied, “Just the fact that she comes to visit makes me feel special. I always love her, just because she is my grandma, no other reason.” A loving grandparent can be especially important to a child that lacks proper nurturing. “My grandmother was the most important person in my early

childhood,” writes Selma Wassermann in The Long Distance Grandmother. “It was my grandmother who stepped in and filled my world with nurturing. She had a lap bigger than Miami Beach, and when she took me into it, I knew I was safe. It was from my grandmother that I learned the most important things about myself—that I was loved, and therefore loveable.” In a study of grandparents and their adult grandchildren, several categories of activities were identified as effective in strengthening intergenerational bonds, including family get-togethers, recreational activities, school function attendance and family and/or church-oriented activities. Of her extended family, Kerry Miller, of Daphne, says, “We are able to come together to celebrate holidays, special events and other family gatherings. This past spring, all grandparents and a step-grandma were in attendance at the Saenger Theater for my daughter's dance recital with the Eastern Shore Dance Academy. “We devoted the evening completely to her, and she felt special and knew this was her moment." Intergenerational activities are important to family well-being, but many wonder how to build these ties. Residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties are fortunate to have an abundance of natural amenities around which many affordable activities can be planned. Plan a trip to the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center ( for storytime or explore their exhibit hall. Consider tending a plot at one of several community gardens in the area or planting a container garden at home. Saving Towns Thru Asset Revitalization (STAR) ( promotes nature-based opportunities for intergenerational families. This program strives to educate youth about the value and function of natural resources. For grandparents native to the area, these functions provide an excellent setting to tell, “When I was a kid,” stories. Deanna Auner, general manager of Homestead Village Retirement Community, is a strong advocate of intergen-

The grandfathers and the grandmothers are in the children; teach them well. - Ojibwa proverb

erational activities. She has witnessed firsthand the benefits of senior/child connections through volunteer opportunities and partnerships with local schools. “The older we become, the more important it is to satisfy two desires; maintaining control of as much as possible in our lives, and creating legacy. Having seniors engage with children in meaningful ways creates opportunities for both to happen,” explains Auner. “A real sense of joy and personal worth occurs from being a part of a child’s wonder and learning. Our intrinsic ability to guide and teach is refreshed, making our lives feel purposeful.” The grandparent-grandchild bond isn’t based on constant activity, but rather the condition of being together. The important role of nurturer, although more easily assumed through multigenerational living, can still be carried out by those not living together. Sometimes, seemingly insignificant tasks carried out by a grandparent can resonate as a precious event to a child. When asked why he likes it when his “papa” picks him up from preschool, one little boy said, “My Papa always axes [sic] what I did at school, so I tell him cuz he gets [ex]cited and happy!” According to Kornhaber, “A healthy and loving bond between grandparents and grandchildren is necessary for the emotional health and happiness of all three generations. This bond is a natural birthright for children—a legacy bequeathed by their elders that benefits everyone in the family.” Intergenerational activities and multigenerational living create magic and forge a road of respect and reciprocity among generations. People have needs and are needed differently throughout life. It is important to recognize the inherent strength of each generation and the shared desire to be connected. The generations are meant to be together and families are building bridges between the generations. Gabrielle Wyant-Perillo is a contributing writer/editor for Natural Awakenings.

A Grand Old Time by Lydia Pettijohn

From children being raised by their grandparents to parents moving in with their adult children's family, a wide range of multigenerational living situations are common in today's society. Regardless of the circumstances, consider these suggestions to help keep the atmosphere harmonious and even-keeled. Every Penny Counts

Economic survival of the family is dependent upon mutual support among all generations in the household. Include the whole family when shopping for deals in the newspaper, clipping coupons or searching for special items online. Make this activity as exciting as the day of purchase. Consider creating a financial agreement between parent and adult children to prevent misunderstandings and erroneous assumptions about shared household expenses. Use this agreement as an opportunity to teach young children about money matters such as piggy banks or savings accounts.

Family Style Cooking

Allow everyone to participate in menu planning. Because grandchildren often delight in serving food they've made themselves, encourage young chefs to cook their grandparents’ favorite dishes. Compile a cookbook of family recipes and have kids find new menu items online to include.

Knock, Knock

When a home is stretched to its limits of habitation, finding privacy can sometimes be challenging. It is especially important that each person has a quiet place to carry out activities that require focus and concentration, making rules of privacy a necessity. Children should always feel welcome, but they should also learn that knocking before opening a closed door is

common courtesy. Encourage children to come up with their own special knock to make this new habit more fun.

Conservation Games Energy consumption warrants a discussion about household strategies for conserving resources. Turn shower time into a game for young family members. With two children in separate showers, challenge them to reduce water usage by seeing who can shower faster. The winner can choose the television show or movie for the evening. For older kids, teach them how to read a utility bill, so they can note money saved and energy conserved with each bill's monthly arrival.

All Together Now Use household chores as a way to teach teamwork and responsibility. Clearly divide and schedule duties among grandparents, parents and children. Adult chores may include cleaning, laundry, yard work and transporting children. Designate ageappropriate chores to children such as vacuuming, folding laundry, setting the dinner table or doing dishes. Lydia Pettijohn is the executive director of the Family Center in Mobile. For assistance and more extended family living advice, visit the Family Center, which offers in-depth, practical and effective tools, including free weekly Positive Parenting classes. Call 251479-5700 or visit

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Growing a Good Life from America’s Roots by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist

Small-scale farming—whether it’s called hobby farming, market gardening, part-time truck farming or homesteading —satisfies many Americans’ yearning to work the land for pleasure, as well as profit. These days, you’re just as likely to find a hobby farm in the city or suburbs as on a country lane.


nyone serious about growing a large percentage of their own food, raising animals, tending colonies of bees, nurturing an orchard, generating their own renewable energy onsite or managing a timber stand or pond might be considered a hobby farmer. It’s about living close to the land, caring for it and letting it inspire daily life. It also can contribute to the family’s livelihood through sales of products such as honey, fresh produce, eggs or surplus energy. “Living on our farm allows us to engage with the natural world with its seasonal patterns, provides many of our family’s needs in a sustainable way and offers a marvelous foundation for our home-

schooling adventures,” enthuses Heidi Hankley, who lives with her husband and two kids in a straw-clay insulated home with a wood-fired masonry heater. Her husband commutes to his environmental engineering job in Madison, Wisconsin, and helps out after hours. Their sevenacre farm includes a small flock of hens for eggs, three beehives, an organic garden that sends Hankley to the farmers’ market once a week in season, and three acres of tall-grass prairie. “We knew we wouldn’t need to cultivate all of our open land to meet our needs, so instead of leasing it out for more crop-

ping and haying, we decided to restore it to prairie,” she explains. Their set-aside lands earn a per-acre payment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program. “When the farm is a lifestyle, not a way to earn a living, that’s hobby farming,” write Michael and Audrey Levatino in The Joy of Hobby Farming. They operate the 25-acre Ted’s Last Stand Farm and Gardens, outside Gordonsville, Virginia. “It doesn’t mean one isn’t serious about farming,” says Michael. “We have a thriving, diverse farm business ourselves, but we pay most of our personal expenses via outside employment.” On a residential lot in Santa Monica, California, Lewis Perkins nurtures an abundant orchard of avocados, oranges, guavas and pomegranates as a member of the Home Growers Circle for Forage restaurant, in Los Angeles. Each year, he sells more than 600 pounds of fresh citrus and herbs to Forage. He also harvests his own ginger, pecans, macadamia nuts and bay leaves. When not in the orchard, he works as a certified financial planner. “My garden is so satisfying,” says Perkins, who raises more than 30 fruits on his urban farm. “Sometimes I’ll spend an entire day working in my field, which comprises a 50-by-150-foot city lot.” With enough pasture, livestock can be raised on small land holdings. Backyards work well for hens, while larger lots or a few acres may support goats, sheep, llamas, horses or a cow, depending on local ordinances. “You can raise goats on a very small acreage, but then need to supplement the p a s t u r e with hay and grain,” says Diana Kalscheur Murphy, owner of Dreamfarm, a community supported ag-

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“A farm has its own spirituality that gives immense meaning and pleasure. It can’t be measured in acres or the quantity of animals and crops. A farm is a spiritual thing that feeds your soul, as its spirituality pours out of every building and bale of hay.” ~ Thomas Moore riculture (CSA) enterprise in Cross Plains, Wisconsin. “We have 24 milking goats grazing on about three acres of pasture.” She moves the goats to different pastures in alternating years. Murphy’s goat’s milk cheeses have earned awards, paid the bills and led to making many new friends. Hobby farming, despite its name, demands hard work and often a commitment to re-skilling oneself. It may be necessary to learn the finer points of growing vegetables, pruning an orchard, canning pickles and birthing livestock. “To avoid trouble with the IRS, the most important thing is to show that you are working towards making a profit over several years,” advises Michael Levatino. Besides registering their business with state and federal agencies, hobby farmers must pay applicable sales taxes, keep a separate business bank account, and maintain records of business expenses and revenues. For hobby farmers, especially those with animals, there is no time off. In cold climates, winter is a time of processing, planning next year’s gardens or making repairs, while a farm in warmer regions can produce crops or other products yearround. “If everyone’s a part-time farmer, we can collectively go a long way toward living in a more healthy, just and sustainable world,” Levatino observes. “Many people primarily go into hobby farming so that they can make the jump from being a responsible consumer to a responsible producer.” John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of Rural Renaissance, ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity farmstay B&B with their son in Browntown, WI. Connect at

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FARMSTEAD SUMMER RECIPES Who doesn’t savor the flavor of fresh, seasonal and local cuisine? Have fun with these recipes from the new Farmstead Chef cookbook for delicious summertime dishes. Warm Zucchini Maple Syrup-Marinated Dip Appetizer Wild Salmon Zucchini is the ultimate mystery ingredient; different people claim to taste different flavors—from noodles to soy sauce—but it’s really the zucchini. Yields 8 appetizer servings 2 cups fresh zucchini, shredded (or any summer squash) 1 tsp salt ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup plain yogurt ¼ cup hard granular cheese, grated (Parmesan) ¼ cup bell peppers, finely chopped 4 green onions, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp canola oil Pita chips for dipping In a bowl, toss the zucchini and salt. Let stand 1 hour. Drain and press out excess liquid. Mix in mayonnaise, yogurt, cheese, peppers, green onions, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until combined. Pour mixture into a lightly oiled 8-inch baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly. Serve hot with chips for dipping.

Preparing fish is often as much about the marinade as the quality of the catch. Look for certification by the Marine Stewardship Council ( and use the regional sustainable seafood pocket guides from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (; search Seafood Watch) and Environmental Defense Fund ( Yields 4 servings 2 lbs boneless wild Alaskan salmon fillet 2 Tbsp maple syrup ½ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice ½ cup bourbon ½ cup soy sauce 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated 1 Tbsp brown sugar 3 Tbsp canola oil 3 Tbsp green onions, finely chopped ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper ½ fresh lemon, thinly sliced (optional) ½ medium yellow onion, ¼-inch sliced (optional)

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Combine maple syrup, orange juice, bourbon, soy sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger root, brown sugar and oil in a bowl. Sprinkle salt and mash and blend the mixture with a fork to release flavors. Place salmon fillets skin-side up in a glass cake pan. Pour marinade mixture over salmon fillets and let sit covered in the refrigerator for 8 hours. To broil in the oven, pour ½ cup marinade on a foil-lined jellyroll pan. Place the fish skin-side down on the foil and pour about 1 cup marinade over it. Add sliced lemon and onions on top. Broil fish at medium heat (450 degrees) for about 15 minutes, watching carefully to avoid overcooking. Baste occasionally with remaining marinade. For outdoor grilling, heat the grill to medium before grilling individual salmon fillets, skin-side down. Depending on their thickness, cook the fillets 15 to 20 minutes, checking frequently to avoid overcooking. When the bottom sides are done, turn fillets over and grill the topsides for five additional minutes.

Cheese Roasted Asparagus Eat all the asparagus you can this summer, and hope there’s some left to save and freeze for continued mealtime oomph during the winter months. Yields 4 servings 1 tsp canola oil 1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed 2 Tbsp green onion, chopped 2 Tbsp celery, chopped 2 Tbsp hard granular cheese, grated (Parmesan) ¼ cup breadcrumbs ¼ cup butter (½ stick), melted ¼ tsp salt Place asparagus in a lightly oiled, 9-by-13-inch pan, in one heavy layer. Mix remaining ingredients and spoon over asparagus. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender. Serve on a white platter to bring out its vibrant green color. Source: Farmstead Chef cookbook, co-authored by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko (

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KIDS Natural Alternatives to Common Medications by Lisa Marshall


ant to keep your kids off drugs? The place to start is with your own medicine cabinet. So say a growing number of health practitioners that are viewing the recent proliferation of medications being targeted at kids with alarm and urging parents to turn first to common-sense home remedies or natural alternatives when possible. “We tend to be a nation of pill-takers, who turn to medication whenever we need relief for anything,” says Dana Point, California, pediatrician Robert Sears, co-author of the new book, The Portable Pediatrician. “If we can increase the use of our skills as parents in using time-tested home remedies to help our kids feel better, we can rely less on pills.” Because children metabolize drugs differently than adults do, cases of lingering side effects, like grogginess or hyperactivity, and accidental overdoses are widespread. Poison control facilities nationwide received 30,000 calls regarding pediatric acetaminophen alone in 2009, and roughly 7,000 kids end up in emergency rooms each year due to cough and cold medicine overdoses. Between 2000 and 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of 14 deaths and 74 nonfatal adverse events due to acetaminophen-dosing errors. According to a 2010 report by Orlando, Florida-based Medco Health Solutions Inc., children’s drugs now constitute the fastest growing segment of the pharmaceutical industry, with sales increasing by 10.8 percent in 2009 over 2008, and usage by children rising four times faster than for the general population during the same period. One in four children under 10 and one-third of adolescents ages 10 to 19 take at least one prescription medication on an ongoing basis, according to the report. The number of minors taking 22

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drugs for respiratory problems is up 42 percent since 2001 and those medicated for the chronic heartburn of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is up 147 percent. Market research firm IMS Health reports that spending on non-prescription pain medication for children spiked from $191 million in 2005 to $250 million in 2010. Despite three years of government warnings about potential dangers, including seizures and death, of giving over-the-counter cold and flu medications to children under age 2, 61 percent of parents do it anyway, according to a recent national poll by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Meanwhile, new ad campaigns marketing drugs for kids continue to proliferate. Publisher Scholastic, Inc. was criticized recently for distributing coupons for the allergy medicine Children’s Claritin in its elementary school newsletter distributed to kids. “I find it very concerning,” says pediatrician Hilary McClafferty, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. “Some drug companies are exploiting parents at a vulnerable time, preying upon their feeling that they need to do something to make their child feel better immediately.” Why shouldn’t a worried, sleep-deprived mom or dad reach for a quick fix to placate a miserable little one in the middle of the night? At times, medications are warranted, says McClafferty, particularly in the case of strep throat, which can lead to serious health problems when left unchecked. But routinely medicating away symptoms can interfere with the body’s natural protective mechanisms, McClafferty says. For instance, cough medicine can inhibit the body’s natural effort to clear mucous from the lungs, prolonging congestion; also,

suppressing mild fevers with drugs can sabotage the body’s own defense against infection. “Even the conventional medical world has begun to focus on this. They are realizing many of these drugs are not very effective and they can cause toxicity in young patients,” says Matthew Baral, a doctor of naturopathy and president of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. For example, according to a 2011 review in the online journal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, antihistamines can lead to sedation, constipation, drying of the mucous membranes and at higher doses, hallucinations in kids. Decongestants can increase heart rate and lead to “rebound congestion,” or a worsening of symptoms after a child stops taking the drugs. Proton-pump inhibitors, approved in 2008 for GERD in babies as young as 12 months, have been shown to boost levels of harmful intestinal bacteria and may increase fracture risk later in life, according to a study recently published in Annals of Family Medicine. In 2008, the FDA advised that cough and cold medicine should not be used for children under 2, and called on companies to revise their dosage instructions to indicate this more clearly. In March, 2011, it went so far as to pull hundreds of prescription cold medications off the market, with FDA spokesperson Deborah M. Autor telling The New York Times that, “We don’t know what’s in them, whether they work properly or how they are made.” While McClafferty is pleased with the FDA’s recent actions, she remains leery, saying, “I approach all over-the-counter medications for children with great caution and rarely recommend their use.” Here are some alternatives to try. Remember that many herbs have not been tested for safety specifically for children, so check with a health practitioner first.

Bug Bites For quick relief, grate a potato or some leaves of plantain to create a poultice and place it on the spot of the bite. “It will draw off some of the itching and swelling,” says Baral. Don’t forget two of the lowest-tech and natural remedies, mud and ice.

Fever “It’s important to know that most fevers don’t need to be treated unless they are really bothering the child,” advises Sears. “Fever helps the body to fight off infection and may keep the child subdued so she can rest and recover.” He recommends tepid baths, cold cloths on the forehead, and calling the doctor if a fever persists for three days or if it rises above 103 degrees. Herbalist Brigitte Mars, author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, suggests diaphoretic herbs like peppermint, ginger and elderflower, in teas, which prompt perspiration and enable the body to cool down naturally.

Cough and Congestion Apply an herbal vapor rub of menthol and tea tree oil to the bottom of the child’s feet and put their socks back on. The decongesting menthol vapor will help them to breathe and the antimicrobial properties of the tea tree oil will be absorbed through their skin, says Mars. For nasal decongestion, try irrigating the child’s nose with a cleansing neti pot. Sears recommends kid versions of herbal remedies Sinupret and Bronchipret

Diarrhea and Constipation “Probiotics are the most extensively researched remedy we have out there for diarrhea,” says Baral. Studies in the journal Pediatrics have shown probiotics to shorten bouts of diarrhea in infants and school-age children, and prevent the onset of antibiotic-induced diarrhea in kids. Look for yogurt, powder or capsules containing 10 billion colony-forming units (CFU) of Lactobacillus GG. Sears suggests the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) to quell diarrhea. For constipation, reach for apricots, peaches, pears, plums and vitamin C.

Earache Drop four drops of warm mullein garlic oil into the ear. Sears says the warm oil will calm the inflamed eardrum and the antibiotic in the garlic will get to work on the infection. Olive oil will work in a pinch.

Growing Pains While it’s common for kids between the ages of 3 and 5 or 8 and 12 to complain of dull aches deep in their legs, there is little consensus about what causes them. Mars has found that it helps to supplement their diet with calcium and magnesium supplements in kid-friendly powdered form, or foods that contain these nutrients.

Heartburn Deglycerrhizinated licorice (DGL), slippery elm and aloe all may be able to help soothe inflamed esophageal tissue, says Baral, “But they need to be given under a doctor’s supervision.” Also take a hard look at dietary triggers: Common culprits include dairy, chocolate, tomatoes and mint.

Seasonal Allergies One of the most commonly recommended natural treatments for addressing seasonal allergy symptoms is stinging nettle, believed to modulate the production of the histamine that prompts noses to run and eyes to water and has been shown to be safe in adults. It comes in tincture, tea and capsule form. Mars also likes Allergena region-specific homeopathic allergy medicines, which deliver traces of local pollen to help the body develop immunity to them. natural awakenings

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Sore Throat Stir one teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of water and gargle. “It is antiseptic and will make the pain go away,” counsels Mars. She also recommends using the infectionfighting herb Isatis root, in tincture or capsule form. McClafferty says to try a spoonful of honey; it has antimicrobial properties and may act as a cough suppressant.

Teething Pain Oil of clove contains a compound called eugenol that serves as a natural pain killer and antibacterial agent. Baral recommends mixing no more than one drop of clove oil with honey and rubbing it on the gums (not recommended for children under 12 months). Or, saturate a clean cloth with calming chamomile tea or wintergreen tea, a natural analgesic, and let the baby chew on it. When children suffer from common ailments, it is natural for parents to wish to soothe their suffering as quickly as possible. Just be aware that, along with the physician and the pharmacist, there is still an important role to play for “Doctor Mom.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer and mother of four who lives n e a r B o u l d e r, C O. C o n n e c t a t


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rugs for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are among the hottest-selling medications today, garnering 13 percent of children’s prescription dollars, with sales soaring so quickly that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently had to declare a national shortage. That worries naturopathic doctors Matthew Baral and David Deichert. “People have gotten in the bad habit of going to medication first, without trying natural therapies,” states Baral, a pediatrics professor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe, Arizona. In some cases, prescription medication is warranted, says Deichert, an ADHD specialist with Bastyr University, in Kenmore, Washington. But in most cases, he sees it as a stopgap measure as the longer-term benefits of diet and lifestyle changes slowly kick in. The two naturopaths offer these natural wellness approaches.

Minimize Food Additives After decades of parents’ suspicions that additives like food coloring and artificial flavors may fuel behavioral changes in kids, several recent studies have bolstered such claims. A 2007 study of nearly 300 kids ages 3 to 8, published in The Lancet, found that those given drinks containing artificial dye showed significantly higher hyperactivity within a few hours. The British government now requires labels warning that children’s products containing dye may impair attention.

Consider an Elimination Diet A first-of-its-kind 2011 study, also in The Lancet, showed that when 50 kids with ADHD were put on restrictive hypoallergenic diets free of allergens like gluten and dairy for five weeks, their symptoms improved far more than those in the control group. When the eliminated foods were reintroduced, symptoms returned

in 63 percent of the children. Deichert says that ADHD patients with digestive problems, recurring ear infections or skin problems—all symptoms of possible food sensitivities—are particularly good candidates for elimination diets.

Curb Screen Time and Get Moving “Very large studies have associated TV and video game use with a worsening of ADHD symptoms,” notes Deichert. He recommends that for each halfhour of screen time a child gets outside of schoolwork, they get a half-hour of exercise.

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Dietary Supplement Industry at Risk by Jonathan Emord, Esquire

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to remove 20 to 30 percent of existing food supplement companies from the market, force a rise in prices and eliminate the availability of most, if not all, herbal supplements.


he most basic of hu man rights is that of self-government over our own bodies, especially regarding individual choice over what nutrients to ingest and treatments to receive to sustain optimal health. Today, federal and state regulatory agencies constrict those rights by limiting our choices. Those restrictions on freedom are destined to continue. Recent examples include state dietitian licensing bills, global censorship of health information, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA; S. 510/HR 2751). Dietitian licensing bills designate those licensed by the American Dietetic Association as nutritionists and the sole dispensers of nutritional advice and recommendations. Global censorship of nutrient-related disease treatment information by all Western governments that regulate drugs works to preserve a monopoly on therapeutic claims for drug companies. The Food Safety Modernization Act requires that all companies that make food and dietary supplements be registered with the federal government

for the first time, deprives those companies of access to the courts in favor of administrative tribunals, and forces those companies to pay for mandatory federal investigations. With passage of FSMA, which made every food and dietary supplement company operating in the United States subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensing, the regulators’ decades-old dream of ridding the market of supplements and leaving the field to FDA-approved drugs is closer to realization than ever before. The FSMA comes atop aggressive FDA implementation of new and costly current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) regulations, positioning the agency to regulate every aspect of supplement production. Will the public awaken to the threat and compel the FDA to back down, or will the agency succeed in eliminating safe supplement products, to the detriment of the consuming public?

Public outcry has helped stem FDA moves to eliminate dietary supplements from the market on dozens of occasions in the past, but has failed to reach a fever pitch in response to the latest round of regulatory efforts. Perhaps that is because the most recent efforts have arisen under a more palatable public interest justification: The argument that consumers must be protected from potentially unsafe products by permitting the FDA to run companies it thinks may threaten public health out of existence. The FDA’s current approach, using allegations of adulteration, contamination and misbranding—combined with cessation of distribution and recall of unapproved supplements—appears to be far more acceptable to the public than the argument that supplements in general should be removed from the market. It seems that the lesson FDA regulators have slowly learned is that people generally appear to be willing to permit regulatory abuses in the name of public safety. Moreover, under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), as interpreted by the federal courts, any promotion that associates a dietary supplement with a disease treatment claim is prohibited. That is so even if the claim is demonstrably true. Censoring information concerning the potential benefit of dietary ingredients shrouds the market in ignorance, depriving consumers of helpful, life-extending or life-saving information. Just one example is the FDA’s censorship of the association established in peer-reviewed scientific literature (some 6,000 articles) between Vitamin D and a reduction in the risk of certain kinds of cancer. All Americans could experience a reduction in cancer risk were that association made known at the point of sale, but FDA’s prior restraint (its ban on all claims associating a nutrient with a disease, even provably true claims) keeps consumers in the dark. Unfettered by a groundswell of public opposition, the FDA is proceeding at an accelerated pace in inspecting facilities, issuing citations and ultimately driving supplement manufacturers out of business. Companies incapable of affording the associated costs have no choice but to dissolve. To reverse this course, consumers must contact their elected representatives in congress and demand

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an immediate repeal of both FSMA and GMP regulations. Then, vote wisely in the 2012 elections to defeat candidates that voted in favor of limiting our freedoms in these areas.

Worldwide Trend Many governments around the world currently prohibit essential health claims backed by credible scientific evidence. For example, claims that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may eliminate symptoms of osteoarthritis are forbidden in Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada and the United States. Groups have formed to protest such censorship and restrictions on access to dietary supplement ingredients. For a global view, consult information provided by the Alliance for Natural Health, which is active in Europe and America. In the United States, take action via the Alliance for Natural Health USA, Citizens for Health, Freedom of Health Foundation, The Health Keepers Alliance and National Health Freedom Action. The way back to liberty lies not only in allowing the marketing of all dietary ingredients that are being used

without serious adverse effects, but also in stripping countries of the power to censor nutrient-related disease treatment information. When well-informed consumers make dietary ingredient choices that minimize disease risk and maximize longevity, their improved health reduces their dependence on costly drug therapies which too often carry unwanted side effects. Imagine a world in which fruits and vegetables, as well as dietary supplements, could lawfully be accompanied by labels summarizing the dietary ingredients present, their effects and their potential for protecting against or fighting disease. In such a world, consumers would be truly active, engaged participants in their own health care. Jonathan W. Emord is a constitutional and administrative lawyer in Washington, D.C. The author of The Rise of Tyranny and Global Censorship of Health Information, he has defeated the FDA in federal court eight times. Visit

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Upgrading School Food Chef Ann Cooper Helps Kids Eat Right by Ellen Mahoney


When it comes to healthy lifelong nutrition, what are the three biggest mistakes young people make? In general, I would say the three biggest mistakes are drinking their calories—not understanding how many calories are in sodas, eating way too much sugar in general, and not eating enough colorful fruits and vegetables.

What are the consequences of poor nutrition? Poor nutrition means overall poor health that results in diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and strokes. Too often, young people eat a diet of highly processed foods with high percentages of fat, salt and refined sugar (as well as dyes and additives) and it absolutely, unequivocally causes disease. It’s an acknowledged fact that poor nutrition is literally killing our kids.

How receptive are school systems to improving student menu plans? I think it’s all over the board; some school systems try hard and are doing a really good job and some are not. The toughest part is garnering community support for change.

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alled the “Renegade Lunch Lady,” Chef Ann Cooper is helping change the world one healthy food at a time. The author of books such as Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed our Children and In Mother’s Kitchen, she’s championed sound youth nutrition since 1999. After upgrading menus in several New York and California schools, she moved to Colorado, where she directs nutrition services for the Boulder Valley School District, bringing smarter and healthier school lunches to its 28,000-strong student body.

Specifically, I’ve encountered five big challenges when it comes to upgrading to healthier options. They are food, where we are going to get it; finance, how will we pay for it; facility, what we can do if a school doesn’t even have a stove; human resources, how we train onsite staff; and marketing, how we get students to eat healthier food. Schools often see themselves as being in the business of education, but often don’t see the correlation between good food and academic performance. People really do need to understand the truth of the adage, “You are what you eat.” If we don’t help change young people’s relationship to food and do it soon, we’re likely to see the Centers for Disease Control prognostication come true, as well: “Some studies indicate that children born in 2000 may die at a younger age than their parents, because of the food they eat.” There isn’t anything more important than feeding our kids healthy foods, starting today.

and have no high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats in our menus. We serve fruits and vegetables every day and have salad bars in every school. We also serve organic milk and abide by a quota of having at least 51 percent of whole grains in our baked products. All of our food is cooked from scratch. I think that schoolyard gardens are also important. Involving our young people in growing food is a way for them to become part of the food system and learn to have a healthy relationship with food.

What are the biggest or most persistent challenges you’ve encountered? Getting kids to eat right is the key hurdle. We provide a tremendous amount of education to help students learn how, with programs ranging from tastings to iron chef competitions. I regularly attend PTA meetings, show up in school cafeterias and meet with parents. Some of the kids love our food and some don’t, but we’re moving along in the right direction.

What can parents do to help? Parents need to make healthy food a priority in their families. If we want to change our children’s relationship with food, we have to shop with them, cook with them and sit down and eat with them.

If humanity could start all over again with a sustainable and healthy food system, what might that look like? At one time, when we were an agricultural economy, this country did have a sustainable food system; by and large we grew the food we ate. But it changed when we became a mechanized society, especially after World War II, when wartime technologies led to developments in refrigeration and advances in transportation. A truly sustainable food system must have a triple bottom line of healthy foods, healthy kids and a healthy planet. One way to create a more sustainable food system is to find our way back to the kitchen again… and cook.

What are the most successful For more information, visit changes you’ve made in your school district? Ellen Mahoney is a freelance writer in BoulWe got rid of all of the processed foods

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EVERYBODY OUTSIDE! Create a Yard that Welcomes Kids, Pets and Wildlife by Sandra Murphy

From barbecues, lawn games and cooling dashes through the garden sprinkler to wondrous encounters with nature, a backyard is a place to grow summer memories enriched by active children, wildlife and family pets. But how can everyone safely play and coexist in the same place? START WITH NON-TOXIC PLANTS. Avoid planting species that are poisonous to pets, including amaryllis, azalea, chrysanthemum, English ivy, oleander, sago palm, tulip bulbs and yew. Several species of lilies, including those commonly sold at Easter, are especially toxic to cats if they ingest the pollen, stem or flowers. DESIGNATE A DOG POTTY SPOT. “A designated potty area is key to a healthy backyard,” says Lisa Peterson, an Ameri30

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can Kennel Club spokesperson. Choose a spot away from the main play area, vegetables and flowers. Lead a dog there until it becomes his habit; effusive praise helps. Matt Boswell, founder of the nationwide Pet Butler pet waste cleanup service, suggests installing a designated piddle post for easier training of male dogs. Use cedar chips to reduce odor—never cocoa mulch, which is toxic to dogs. “Daily scooping is a must,” Boswell counsels. “Fecal chloroform kills grass.”

PROTECT PETS FROM PREDATORS. Dangers range from poisonous frogs and snakes to birds of prey and coyotes. Sixinch-high wire mesh, dug into the ground at the bottom of a fence, will help keep out problematic reptiles and amphibians. Install a coyote roller bar at the top of the fence to foil potential animal attempts to climb up and over. Consider using canvas “sails” to prevent overhead predators from spotting small, vulnerable pets. Sails also add shade and help protect the whole family against harmful ultraviolet rays. “Evenly space lights to avoid dark spots,” suggests designer Mitch Kalamian, owner of Solena Landscape, in Huntington Beach, California. “It lets you see where your dog is during the before-bedtime outing, as well as making sure no other animals are in the yard.” GUARD AGAINST BOREDOM. Left alone in the yard for hours, a dog becomes as bored as a single kid on a teeter-totter. Barking, jumping fences and digging can lead to problems with neighbors, yard damage or pet injury, so offer him some options and ways to spend time with people. Dogs understand “mine” and “yours,” so give him an area where digging is okay. Use decking wood to create a small, but deep, animal sandbox. Hide treasures like tennis balls (nothing smaller) or ecofriendly squeaky toys for him to find. Set up a tunnel that is fun to run through or hide in; it can also be a cool shady spot to rest. A large pipe made of recycled material works well; cover it with soil and plant groundcover. Kids likewise will love sharing the pit and tunnel with Fido. Felines, too, enjoy the outdoors, but keeping them from becoming predators or prey requires a bit of planning. Susan Gottlieb, owner of G2 Gallery, who donates all gallery proceeds to environmental causes, replaced the exotic plants in her yard with native species. So her cats can enjoy the garden safely, she built an open-air cat run, composed of rubber-matted wood planks enclosed in a wire mesh tunnel. Ground-level playpens invite games and snoozes. Viewing platforms wind up to the roof for safe sunbathing on cool days and birdwatching without harm to songbirds. The National Wildlife Federation has designated her Beverly Hills garden as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

“A backyard is not a babysitter,” remarks Cheryl Smith, author of Dog Friendly Gardens, Garden Friendly Dogs. “Find a livable solution. It’s easier than getting rid of the problem.” INVITE WILDLIFE. Butterflies look for specific species of flowers and require a protected place to rest. A birdbath and fresh seed will attract birds and squirrels. Hummingbirds like hanging sugar-water feeders, which should be filled daily during the local hummingbird season. Children can help to attract these fun visitors by keeping the bath and feeders full. FISH CAN COEXIST. Surround a pond with greenery to shade the fish. Strategic plantings also may help camouflage a koi pond

from raccoons, opossums and birds of prey. “Opossums won’t dive in, but can grab a fish that gets too close to the surface or the pond’s edge,” notes Aaron Burchett, of the Pond Market, in St. Louis, Missouri. “A depth of three feet is enough to keep fish safe from raccoons. Make a cave in the side or bottom and build a rock overhang, so the fish can hide.” When outside temperatures dip below freezing, use a pond heater to maintain an opening should ice form. This both lets oxygen in and lets gases from

decomposing plants and animal waste escape while the fish hibernate. Setting up a well-cleaned, bi- or tri-level water fountain for kids and dogs to drink from makes a nice water feature, as well. Keep in mind that a people- and animal-friendly yard is a work in progress, so this summer’s plans can continue to build. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer based in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouisFreelance

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hildren daily teach us many lessons about the joys of life.

If you’re not good at something, do it again. Kids often do many things badly at first. They fall off their bikes. They stumble in races. They try to hop on one foot, but can’t. They sing off key. It goes on and on. Yet, they usually don’t cry about their initial failures. If anything, they laugh them off. They enjoy the process of failing. And because they keep trying, they get better and eventually even good at many things. If you feel like crying, do it. As adults, we tend to hide our tears and try not to cry at all. This causes sadness and tension to linger longer. When kids are sad or frustrated, they scream and cry and bang their little fists and stomp their feet on the floor. Then, once they’ve had a good, cathartic moment, they recover with a smile and are ready to face the world again.

What Children Teach Us About Hope There is something about the way a young child sees the world that can make us believe in anything at all. Children seem to believe in miracles even before they happen. They believe that if they wish for something hard enough it will come true. Children have hope that when they blow on a dandelion or see the first star at night, their wishes will come true. Children know in their hearts that if they find a four-leaf clover they will have good luck. They put faith in the results of blowing out all the candles, with one breath. Don’t stop believing just because there are more candles to blow out. Source:


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Make up your own dance moves. Have you ever put on a Kidz Bop CD and watched a roomful of 4-year-olds react? It’s an amazing experience. The kids jump and hop and shimmy without a care in the world as to what they look like. They don’t worry about perfecting the latest dance moves; they just move their bodies in ways that feel good to them—and they enjoy every minute of it. Hug your friends. Kids love to hug. They offer kisses easily. They snuggle and generally express themselves easily through touch. As adults, we can learn a lot from their openness. Wonder why, about everything. As adults, we tend to take the world around us for granted. We are so used to things being a certain way that we no longer question them. Children, though, are more curious. They want to know: Why do flowers grow in one place and not in another? What’s at the center of the Earth? Why do leaves change colors? The world delights and awes them on a daily basis. It can do the same for us, too, as long as we allow ourselves to remain curious about the wonders all around us. Carolyn Rubenstein is the author of Perseverance, a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at Harvard University, and the founding president of a nonprofit that funds scholarships for young adult cancer survivors (

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Spirit Day for the Haven – 10:30am-9pm. Moo Che Che, a “Make It YoSelf” frozen yogurt bar, will donate 20% of their total sales to The Haven. Eastern Shore Plaza (between Petsmart and Panera Bread). The Haven: 251-929-3980, Moo Che Che: 251-626-9992. Crime Prevention 5K Run – 6:30pm. Race begins on Water St. Registration and post-race party at Bienville Square. Awards to overall winners and to top 3 in 5-year age groups. Course certified and runs through downtown. Sponsored by Mobile Police Dept. $18. Bienville Square. 251-401-8039.


Anatomy Workshop – Aug 6-7. 1-6pm, Aug. 6; 10am-4pm, Aug.7; Join Scotta Brady, E-RYT and certified Anusara teacher from Jackson, MS for an anatomy and asana training, part of the Yoga Birds teaching training. Workshop is open to other teachers, teachers in training and yoga practitioners. $60/ Aug. 6; $75/Aug. 7.Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447.


Chickasabogue 2-Miler – 6:30pm. First Grand Prix race. Registration and race start at gate entrance. Post-race party at swim pavilion. Course certified out and back. Preregister by Aug 6 at McCoy Outdoor in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope. Grand Prix and Corporate Cup awards. Bring a dish for potluck party. Free/renewed membership, $5/new member, $10/nonmembers. Chickasbogue Park, Saraland. 251-473-7223.


Busting Loose From the Money Game Study Group – 6:30pm. This study group focuses on the principles of Bob Scheinfeld’s book of the same name. Facilitated by Rev Susan Berent, 60 N Ann St, Mobile. 251-391-6960.


Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Orientation Meeting – 6pm. Individuals interested in applying for the Habitat program in Mobile County must attend an orientation to receive an application. Habitat ReStore, 4128 Government Blvd, Mobile. 251-4767171.


MaxMOMS of South Alabama – 11:30am12:45pm. This monthly meeting encourages maximized lives through the five essentials: maximizing our mind, nerve supply, nutrition, exercise and minimizing toxins. August topic is “Tips for Keeping Healthy Kids.” Pack a lunch, order from the café or just come to learn and fellowship. Childcare available. Free. Mars Hill Café, Mobile. JenniferBucknell@ Facebook: MaxMOMS Mobile.


Essential Oil Workshop – 10am. Learn how to get and earn free products simply by taking care of yourself and your family. Invest in yourself with essential oils. Free. 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. Judith Wilson, 251-656-6696.


Half Day Meditation Retreat – 9am-4pm. Come as long as you like! 25 minutes of seated meditation followed by five minutes of walking meditation on the hour and half hour. If coming late or leaving early, please do so during the walking mediation. Donation appreciated. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio, Midtown Mobile. 251-476-6463.


Full Moon Meditation on Twin Hearts – 6:30pm. Join us for the guided Meditation on Twin Hearts. Experience the tremendous downpour of spiritual energy especially available to us at this time of month. Become instruments of divine blessings to the planet earth, humanity and our loved ones. Learn to achieve stillness and illumination. Free. Quiet Mind. Deana: 251-454-0959.


American Cancer Society's Vintage Affair – 6-9pm. An evening of hors d’oeuvres, dancing, silent and live auctions and wine tastings of over 100 varieties. Benefits the American Cancer Society. Specially priced tickets $100 through August 1, $125 thereafter. Fort Whiting Armory, Mobile.


Finding Freedom in Forgiveness – 10am-1pm. Registration begins at 9:30am. This workshop truly has the potential to forever change lives. Participants experience a new understanding of grief, hurt, heartache, betrayal or loss that may have touched their lives. $30. 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. 251343-0777.


Reflexology Workshop – Aug 27-28, 8am-5pm both days. Learn therapeutic Ingham Foot Reflexology taught by Laurie Azzarella, International Institute of Reflexology Instructor. Use on family, friends or professional clients. 16 CEUs for therapists. $375 new students. Office/Home, Bay Branch Estates, Daphne. 850-380-4943.


Healthy Moments Tri-City Health and Wellness Expo - 4-8pm. Over 50 vendors to help you make small changes for a healthy future. Door prizes, silent auction and much more. Free. USA Mitchell Center, Mobile. 251-421-2259.


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monday Pilates Plus with Lynette – 9:15-10:15am. Some Pilates experience necessary. Great body sculpting class. Emphasis on engaging mind and body with movement while improving core strength, balance, flexibility and posture. $5/first time, $1/ pre-register. $15/drop-in. Integrated Fitness, Fairhope. 251-5544121. Pay-What-You-Can Lunchtime Yoga Downtown – 12-1pm. Mon and Wed. Government Plaza, 8th floor jury selection room, Mobile. 251-202-YOGA. Yoga with Dana – 12pm. Create your own practice during this gentle yoga flow class with Dana Goudie, E-RYT. Modifications suggested, making practice more challenging for those wanting to move deeper. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio, Midtown Mobile. 251-476-6463. Gentle Yoga with Dana – 4:15pm. Join Dana for a calming yoga class to ease stress and quiet the mind. Finish the session in the land of “ahhhhs.”


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Synergy Yoga and Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Yoga for Core Strength – 5:30-6:40pm. Mon & Wed. All levels. A series of yoga poses simultaneously working core muscles emphasizing breath. Designed to strengthen and tone abdomen, back, buttocks and pelvic floor muscles while improving flexibility, balance and posture. $5/first time, $10/preregister, $15/drop-in. Integrated Fitness, Fairhope. 251-554-4121. Tropical Yoga – 6:15pm. Mon and Thurs. For anyone who wants to burn major calories and toxins. Tropical Yoga is like practicing on the beach in the summertime! Tropical temperatures (85-90°) are created to stimulate inner body conditions that produce ultra generous sweating for a super detoxifying deep cleanse. $15. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447. La Leche League Enrichment Meeting – 6:30pm. Last Mon. La Leche League provides encouragement, information and support for nursing and expectant mothers. Free. Call for location. 251689-2085. Pranic Healing Clinic and Meditation – 6:30pm. Come experience healing for the mind, body and soul. Specific physical and emotional ailments are addressed, followed by a Meditation on Twin Hearts. Take the stress off and balance your aura. Classes available. CEUs for LMTs and nurses. Free. Quiet Mind. Deana 251-454-0959.

tuesday Ten Percent Tuesday – Get an extra 10% off purchases. Back to Health Nutrition and Natural Foods, Foley. 251-970-2225. Pay-What-You-Can Morning Yoga – 9:30am. Tues & Thurs. With Amanda at Conscious Mile. 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. 251-202-YOGA. Vinyasa Flow with Tracey, RYT-200 – 9:30am. Challenge your body, still your mind, and connect with your own inner light. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio, Midtown Mobile. 251476-6463. La Leche League Series Meeting – 10:30am. Second Tues.. La Leche League provides encouragement, information and support for nursing and expectant mothers. Free. Call for location. 251-689-2085. Gentle Yoga with Martha – 12pm. Take a break in the middle of the day. Join Martha Collier for a relaxing class to sooth the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Synergy Yoga and Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Creative Movement Class – 3:30pm. Tues and Thurs. Coastal Ballet Academy, 113 W Laurel Ave, Foley. 251-979-9851. Ballet Class – 4:15pm. Ages 4 and up. Tues and Thurs. Coastal Ballet Academy, 113 W Laurel Ave, Foley. 251-979-9851. LA Hikers Meeting – 6-7pm. First Tues. Free and open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Martial Arts Class – 6pm. Tues and Thurs. Jiu Jitsu

for children. Gulf Coast Martial Arts. 251-979-6019. Positive Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Kids don’t come with a set of instructions. Learn tools and skills to create a happy, healthy family. Free. The Family Center, 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. 251-479-5700. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. First Tues. Open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Center, Spanish Fort.  Martial Arts Class – 7pm. Tues and Thurs. Jiu Jitsu for adults. Gulf Coast Martial Arts. 251-979-6019. Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. First Tues. For pro-paddlers and those brand new to the sport. Open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. CWG Mobile Group – 7-9pm. Second and fourth Tues. Read and discuss books by Neale Donald Walsch. Joy N Love, 171 Crenshaw St, Mobile. 251-382-4215. Spiritual Cinema Group – 7-9pm. First, third and fifth Tues. View and discuss spiritual DVDs. Contact Heiner: 251-607-9089.


Contact Heiner, 251-607-9089.Hospital Yoga Abs with Faye – 8:30am. What a great way to jump start your day! Let breath and body move in sync as Faye Mahan weaves a blend of classical yoga flow and poses with added emphasis on those hard-to-work abdominal areas. Synergy Yoga and Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Power Yoga with Core – 9:15-10:25am. Some yoga experience necessary. A flowing series of sun salutations based on alignment principles that build strength and power as it energizes. Emphasis is on mind, body, breath and core connection. Class includes core strengthening exercises, ending with relaxation pose to regain mental clarity and sense of calmness. $5/first time, $10/pre-register, $15/ drop-in. Integrated Fitness, Fairhope. 251-554-4121. Positive Parenting Class – 9:30-11:30am. Kids don’t come with a set of instructions. Get the tools and skills to create your happy, healthy family. Free. The Family Center, 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. 251-479-5700. Lunchtime Vinyasa with Tracey – 12-1pm. All levels. Feed the soul, quiet the mind and restore vitality through a challenging sequence of Asanas. Designed to increase strength, balance, and flexibility. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio. Midtown Mobile. 251- 476-6463.  Pay-What-You-Can Lunchtime Yoga Downtown – 12-1pm. Mon & Wed. Government Plaza, 8th floor jury selection room, Mobile. 251-202YOGA. Unusual Film Series – 2pm. Third Wed. Adults only. Thought provoking cutting-edge films shown on big screen in meeting room. Free. Popcorn and drinks included. Foley Public Library. 251-9437665. Tropical Power Hour – 4pm. For anyone who wants to burn major calories and toxins. New class: Tropical Yoga is like practicing on the beach in the summertime! Tropical temperatures (85-90°) are created to stimulate inner body conditions that produce ultra generous sweating for a super detoxifying deep cleanse. $15. Packages available. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447. Yoga for Core Strength – 5:30-6:40pm. Mon and Wed. All levels. A series of yoga poses simultaneously working core muscles emphasizing breath. Designed

to strengthen and tone abdomen, back, buttocks and pelvic floor muscles while improving flexibility, balance and posture. $5/first time, $10/pre-register, $15/ drop-in. Integrated Fitness, Fairhope. 251-554-4121. Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. Second Wed. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Ruby Tuesday, Fairhope. Weezer: 251-928-7606. International Association of Near Death Studies (IANDS) – 6-7:30pm. Second Wed. Ongoing discussion and support group affiliated with IANDS. Discussion expands to include intuition, after death communication, consciousness studies and related areas of interest to attendees. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library. 251-340-8555.

thursday Tropical Anusara-Inspired Yoga – 9:15am. For anyone who wants to burn major calories and toxins. New class! Tropical temperatures (85-90°) are created to stimulate inner body conditions that produce ulta-generous sweating for a super detoxifying deep cleanse. $15. Packages available. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447. Vinyasa with Tracey – 9:30am. All levels. Now 90 mins. Discover an inner light. Unite body, mind, and spirit in this energizing and centering raja yoga inspired practice.   Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio. Midtown Mobile. ShantiWarrior. com. 251-476-6463. Story Time at 5 Rivers – 10-10:30am. Recommended for parents and children six and younger. Great for toddlers and lap babies too. Relax while we do the reading. Free. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. 251-625-0814. Yoga with Tracey – 4:15pm. Enjoy Tracey’s refreshing energy as she challenges you with a strong emphasis on alignment and focus while still calming the mind. Sink into the bliss! Synergy Yoga and Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Pay-What-You-Can Evening Yoga – 5:30pm. Mon, Wed, Thur. Daphne Recreation Dept between Daphne Library and Daphne Civic Center. 251-202YOGA. Green Drinks Mobile Bay Area – 5:30-7pm. Third Thurs. Green Drinks is a community organization that provides a venue for informal networking and discussions about the many green happenings in the area. Free. Request to join the email list by writing: For more info: Bay%20Area. Yoga with Chris M – 5:45pm. Join Chris McFadyen for some energizing yoga that will calm the mind as well as enhance and refocus the body. Find passion after a long day! Synergy Yoga and Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Bhakti Yoga – 7-9pm. Join us for mantra study, chanting and community. Free. Plantation Antiques at Bel Air Blvd and Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile. 251202-YOGA.

friday Fab Fifteen Friday – Get an extra 15% off purchases. Back to Health Nutrition and Natural Foods, Foley. 251-970-2225. Weekly Meal Delivery – Vegan Personal Chef

Services. Get your orders in! Weekly menus posted Monday. Orders must be placed by Friday for delivery the following week. View menu and place orders:

Foundations of Yoga – 9:15am. All levels. A great introduction to yoga practice. Learn and practice the basics of yoga in a slow paced class format. Focus given to proper alignment and form in essential yoga poses. Work on establishing a strong foundation through standing poses and abdominal strengthening. $15. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447.

Yoga for Stress – 9:15-10:25am. All levels. Designed to relieve stress related muscular tension in neck, shoulders, back, and hips with emphasis on breath awareness and postural alignment. $5/first time, $10/ pre-register, $15/drop-in. Integrated Fitness. 251-5544121. Vinyasa Yoga with Ginger – 12pm. Join Ginger Dunaway for this fluid series of poses to increase strength, flexibility and balance in the body and mind. Class is instilled with yogic philosophy meant to connect one more deeply with this ancient tradition. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio, Midtown Mobile. 251-476-6463. Yoga with Adrienne – 5:45pm. Relax and renew at the end of a long work week! Enhance balance, strength, and suppleness with Adrienne while your minds experience pure delight. Synergy Yoga and Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

First Friday Artwalk – 6-8pm. First Fri. Enjoy an artsy and fun-filled evening of exhibit openings, guest artists and live entertainment throughout beautiful downtown Fairhope. Map of participating venues available at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St, Fairhope. 251-928-2228. LoDa ArtWalk – 6-9pm. Second Fri. Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors to beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. Cathedral Square Arts District, Mobile. 251-208-7443.

Sunset Yoga for Charity – Approx 6:30-Sunset. Second and fourth Fri. Yoga classes taught by local teachers. Donations collected and donated to charity of instructor choice. Bring your own mat. Fairhope bluff by Marietta Johnson statues. 251-379-4493. Schedule details:

saturday Natural Health on the Radio – 9am. Dr. Jim Fox of Doctor’s Nutrition has a new call-in radio show on 104.9 FM. Learn more about natural health from a clinical perspective. More info: 251-445-7898. Live stream on

Essential Oils Workshop – 10am-12pm. Second Sat. Learn the benefits of using therapeutic grade essential oils. A time to share and learn skillful information. Enjoy using the oils, the beautiful fragrances and savor the aromas. Free. 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. Judith Wilson: 251-656-6696. Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC) Pet Adoption – 10am-2pm. Third Sat. Adoption event. PetSmart, Eastern Shore Center, Spanish Fort. 251928-4585.

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OPPORTUNITIES FREE YOGA TRAINING FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS! – Yoga-Recess, a national campaign to bring yoga-based health education into classrooms is offering free yoga dvd’s and online training to classroom teachers. To learn more visit or call Ginger Dunaway at 251-476-6463.


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SERVICES COLOR THERAPY – Learn to use colors in all parts of your life and create changes you desire. Discover how they affect moods, emotions and why you’re drawn to certain colors. Rosie Blu: 251-517-5326. HOLISTIC WELLNESS SERVICES – Holistic wellness coaching; vegetarian and vegan cooking classes, personal chef ser-

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LAB WORK – Only $69 includes CBC, metabolic panel, lipid panel and thyroid panel. Hormone panel only $125. Other tests available with no appointment needed! Doctor’s Nutrition, Mobile. 251-445-7898. MARI ASSESSMENTS – MARI is a comprehensive system using colors and symbols to create a visual snapshot of the self. Reveal your inner voice, find guidance through personal issues and better understand your true self. 251-517-5326 or 251-752-6509. NEGATIVE EMOTIONS? Gone! Guaranteed! The Delta Institute, Dr. Diana Sturm, Certified EFT Practitioner. Private sessions and workshops. 251-219-4574. YOGA WHEN AND WHERE YOU WANT IT! – YogaSource offers classes at your home or business for fitness and relaxation. Single or groups. Props provided. 251-202-YOGA. Kula

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity: transporting cats, trapping and adoption events. Contact Susan Young: 251648-7582. BARC! –Baldwin County Humane Society needs customer service volunteers from either 9am-12pm or 12:30-4pm, Mon-Thur. Duties mainly include greeting customers and answering the phone. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit or call 251-928-4585. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Volunteers currently needed for two homes in Hillsdale neighborhood, Mobile. Various stages of construction. Every Monday thru Friday, 8am-4pm. No experience necessary. Contact for details: 251-476-7171.

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vices; private yoga classes. Contact Tracey at or visit Shanti 251-510-2418.

naturaldirectory Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Natural Directory, email to request our media kit. Rates begin at $36 a month.


18 South Section Street, Fairhope 251-990-8763 Living with original art lifts and inspires the spirit. Look for ART and the golden palette above the door. Be delighted in this creative environment. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.


Astro-Numerical Analysis 422 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope 251-517-5326, Understand the numerical and astrological influences in place at the time of your birth. Discover why it’s not just about your Sun-sign. Learn more about yourself and your life with a personalized and/or compatibility chart. See ad on page 10.


103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-990-9934

A certified organic salon offering organic products and services including hair color, perms and shampoo. Keeping you and the Earth beautiful. See ad on page 10.


Low Light Laser Therapy 2A South Church Street, Fairhope 251-929-1899 Thinning hair? Laser therapy is an exciting new treatment for hair restoration. A non-invasive, non-chemical solution to hair loss.






Birthing from Within™ Mentor Mobile, AL, 251-554-5704

Nicoll Mastin 251-508-3796

Birthing from Within classes provide a holistic and mindful approach to childbirth preparation.



60 N Ann Street Mobile, AL 36695 251-391-6960

LIL’ GREEN DIAPER SERVICE Questioning, understanding and growing together spiritually as we enjoy life’s adventure. Center for Joyful Living in Mobile. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Helen Howard 251-246-9082

Create your own home business in the wellness industry! Work for yourself, not by yourself - free website, training and team support. Get the details at

Dana Warner 251-378-8115 Mobile’s only all-inclusive diaper service. Taking care of baby’s bottom and our Earth, for a clean end.



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Sundays at 10am 1230 Montlimar, Mobile 251-343-0777, Rev. Sherrie Quander invites you to visit a loving, inclusive spiritual community where we aim to make every step we take, every choice we make, every word we speak a conscious one. See ad page 28.

OPEN TABLE: A COMMUNITY OF FAITH (UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST) 269 Mohawk Street, Mobile 251-545-1011 No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! Pastor Ellen Sims and the congregation invite you to join them on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. See ad on page 10.

DENTISTRY DR. DAYTON HART, DM IAOMT Protocol 225 W. Laurel Ave, Foley 251-943-2471,


Green Clean, LLC provides environmentally friendly, non-toxic cleaning services for residential properties. Regular and deep-cleaning services are available, as well as green cleaning products and kits. See ad on page 11.

Workshops held the 2nd Saturday of every month, 10 a.m., 1230 Montlimar Drive, Mobile. Join us and learn how essential oils can help you. Call 251-656-6696 for more information.

LAURIE AZZARELLA, LMT, CRR Young Living Educator, Sponsor #327923 251-625-0080, Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal consultations, in-home classes, household products, health supplements, diffusers, group presentations and business training.


Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (no-suture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride used.

3100 Hickory Street Loxley, AL 36551 251-964-6464 On Hwy 59 on the way to Gulf Shores, AL. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked strawberry shortcake, ice cream and much more. Your “first and last” stop to the beach, or any other time.

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FAIRHOPE HEALTH FOODS AND THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 Café 251-929-0055 Comprehensive health food store and organic café, featuring organic food, free-range meat, vegan options and organic wine. Store open 7 days a week. Serving the public 35 years. See ad on page 3.

VIRGINIA’S HEALTH FOODS AND THE SUNFLOWER CAFE II 3952 Airport Blvd, Mobile 251-345-0494 Café 251-345-0495 Comprehensive health food store and organic café, featuring organic food, free-range meat, vegan options and juice bar. Store open 7 days a week. Serving the public 35 years.See ad on page 3.


Pet Therapy 422 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope 251-517-5326, Rosie Blu carries the following natural pet products: ecoPure Naturals, Bonealicious locally made treats, Green Hope Farms Animal Wellness, Animal Healer Margrit Coates‘ CDs and DVDs, Dr. Bach’s Pet Rescue Remedies and 222 Waters. See ad on page 10.


251-716-9699 Lifestyle portraits and wedding photography. See cover and page 6.



251-625-0080 Daphne, AL 850-380-4943 Pensacola, FL,

PRANIC HEALING IN MOBILE Deana Lannie 251-454-0959 Free healing nights and group meditations every Monday. Pranic Healing classes and the advanced technique of Superbrain Yoga.


Upcoming Workshops: Phase I & II August 27 and 28 in Daphne. Certification in Ingham Reflexology through the International Institute of Reflexology. 16 CEUs per workshop. These workshops provide education in better health naturally. Young Living Essential Oil Education also available. See ad on page 24.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING MIDDLE EARTH HEALING AND LEARNING CENTER 20205 Middle Earth Rd, Citronelle, AL 251-866-7204 Middle Earth is an evolving education center, modeling permaculture, sustainable living and the interconnection of the health of the planet and the health of her inhabitants. See ad on page 21.

YOGA JULIE WILKINS YOGA 251-554-4856 Do you have a small group of four to five people and an open space? I will bring yoga to your place of business or home. Fitness-based, stress management, gentle yoga.

YOGA BIRDS 209-A South Section Street, Fairhope 251-990-3447 Fairhope's yoga studio with classes for everyone: Anusara-Inspired®, Foundations, Vinyasa Flow, Tropical Yoga Birds, Restorative, Chair Yoga, weekend workshops and more. View full schedule and sign-up for classes and special events at See ad on page 2.


KIRSTEN CHRISTMAS Holistic Health Coach 251-422-8203


Improve your well-being with weight loss, stress management and healthy alternatives.

251-752-8122 Offering sound therapy as a natural solution for tinnitus or diminished hearing due to injury, stroke or aging.

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