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’ll never forget the first night home with our son Thatch. When it was bedtime, I replicated the bedtime routine that I used with his brother Mays. I turned the lights down low and swaddled him tightly before nursing him. After some rocking and patting, I laid him down in his crib. Eight hours later, no one in the house had gotten a good night’s sleep! It finally occurred to me the next morning that what worked with Mays was not necessarily going to work with Thatch. And why should it—these are two unique individuals. Before I had Thatch, I was convinced that swaddling was not optional. If someone told me their baby didn’t like to be swaddled, I assumed (in my head) that they weren’t doing it the right way. It worked with Mays and it seems logical that a newborn would feel secure when snugly wrapped. By the second night I let go of my preconceptions long enough to question if the constraint of the swaddle was what was causing Thatch to get so upset. When I laid him down un-swaddled, his body immediately relaxed into the bed beneath him as all four limbs spread out wide. I couldn’t help but laugh. I joke that parenting can feel like an ongoing science experiment: we do some research, make an educated guess and then rely on trial-and-error to see what works best. We often navigate health hurdles in a similar manner, and in our current culture of social media and 24-hour news, it’s easy to feel inundated by the conflicting information when we’re in the research phase. In this month’s Natural Awakenings, we spend some time diving into the prevention and treatment of cancer and autism. In “Live Cancer-Free”, Linda Sechrist explores integrative oncology which incorporates complementary interventions with traditional treatments. In “Treating Autism at Any Age”, Dr. Kennenth Bock explains how treating underlying problems such as acid reflux and nutritional imbalances can greatly decrease autism symptoms. Alongside both of these articles, local experts share their complementary services and expertise to arm readers with several angles to consider. In our Wise Words article, Ellen Langer emphasizes the power of our thoughts, saying, “Science only suggests probabilities and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution.” There is often no universally right or wrong answer when we’re presented with a new hurdle. But as I learned in those early days with Thatch, to remain focused on the solution, we must filter through our presumptions, be mindful of the moment and trust our instinct. With Gratitude,

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newsbriefs Non-Invasive Stroke Treatment Improves Quality of Life The Mind Performance Center, LLC, in Foley, provides non-drug rehabilitation for a range of brain disorders, including stroke and brain injuries. Owner Dr. J. Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB, helps patients improve speech and communication, balance and gait, and limb and finger control. Other improvements may include better short-term memory and mental focus, plus the restoration of personality traits Dr. J. Douglas Brown such as humor or an interest in music. Stroke often causes damage to the communication pathways of the brain, and Brown’s unique treatment approach can rehabilitate these pathways for improved quality of life. “The results of our treatments are tangible, often delivering improvement when nothing else has,” says Brown, who spends 90 minutes with new patients, fully examining their brain activity so that a detailed treatment program can be recommended. Brown is one of only a few functional neurologists in the U.S. providing brain pathway activation therapy in conjunction with deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (which regenerates abundant release of neurotransmitters) and the sciencebased nutritional program of Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen. “Our approach fosters brain balance and performance without negative side effects,” he says. “Adding years to our patients’ lives—high-quality-of-life years—inspires me to constantly research the latest breakthroughs in functional neurology and apply those as they fit into the treatment programs for my patients.” Location: Inside Path for Wellness, 240 W. Laurel St., Foley, AL. For more information, call 251-597-8787 or visit See ad, page 22.

Massage Benefiting People and Pets During the month of August, Massage Therapist Jen Adams is selling anti-stress kits and gift certificates through her Massage with a Purpose program to benefit Alabama Sighthound Adoptions (ASHA). Proceeds will help alleviate the expenses associated with rescuing, fostering and adoptions of sighthounds in Alabama. Options include $25 anti-stress kits and massage gift certificates for 30 minutes ($45), 60 minutes ($75) and 90 minutes ($110). The gift certificates are valid for one year from date of purchase and can be given as a gift, used by the purchaser or donated back to the organization for raffling. Adams created Massage with a Purpose to give back to the community by designing unique fundraisers for local charitable causes. To purchase a kit or gift certificate, visit See ad, page 19.

NASA Project Presented at Green Drinks Elaina Gonsoroski and Tyler Lynn from NASA DEVELOP, in Mobile, will speak at Green Drinks, on August 8, at Fairhope Brewing Company. The monthly happy hour takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., and at 6 p.m. the speakers will discuss their regional project, which focuses on Alabama’s coastal waters. DEVELOP, part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, uses interdisciplinary research projects to address environmental and public policy issues. Bridging the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, DEVELOP builds capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to address the challenges that face society and future generations. With the competitive nature and growing societal role of science and technology in today’s global workplace, DEVELOP is fostering an adept corps of tomorrow’s scientists and leaders. Mobile Bay Green Drinks is a community group that hosts informal and engaging happy hours for environmentally thoughtful folks. Meetings take place in Fairhope every second Tuesday, and in Mobile every third Wednesday. Location: 914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-279-7517 or visit

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Internationally respected author and spiritual teacher Elizabeth Joyce is leading a two-day spiritual intensive from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., September 9 and 10, at the Friend’s Quaker Meeting Church, in Fairhope. Attendees will experience deep meditation, explore new spiritual chakras and manifest their soul purpose. The workshop is based on Joyce’s three books: Ascension-Accessing the Fifth Dimension, Seeding and Nurturing the Garden of Your Soul and The New Spiritual Chakras. “This is for individuals that are serious about strengthening their spiritual practice, creating change, living in their true space in the universe and working with their spiritual gifts,” she says. The weekend will also feature a free night of healing and meditation from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., September 8, at the home of Robert Maldonado (11661 County Rd. 1, Fairhope). Register by August 30. Location: 9261 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-210-6872 or email

Reconnective Healing Complements Other Modalities Jeremy Stout has moved his Reconnective Healing practice to Rosie Bluum, in Fairhope, where therapists currently offer therapeutic massage, meditation, Akashic guidance, sound bathing and regression work. Because The Reconnection promotes life progress and helps heal without the use of prescriptions, clients become more receptive to new means of healing and doors can be opened for deeper exploration of the Jeremy Stout holistic services offered at Rosie Bluum. Stout has been selected to be in The Reconnection Teachers Assistant program and work as an ambassador for The Reconnection’s conferences. He works in-person with local clients and serves several out-of-state clients remotely. Sessions have been known to provide significant relief from broken bones, ligament issues, mental challenges, traumas, anxieties, addictions and migraines. Athletic performance also responds well to healing associated with Reconnective Healing by alleviating chronic issues, improving mental performance and clearing concussion ailments. “I had one client have a cast removed three weeks ahead of schedule,” says Stout. “Another client was out of his cast and on his feet less than 48 hours after the injury.” Stout also notes that he's had positive results with cancer patients. Location: 6A S. Bancroft St., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-2220220 or visit See ad, page 30.

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Yoga Life Fair Call for Vendors and Volunteers Mobile/Baldwin Yoga Week will kick off with the Yoga Life Fair, September 16, on the bluff of Fairhope Pier Park. Mindful and health-focused businesses are encouraged to register for vendor space. Volunteer opportunities are available. Amid the fellowship of yoga practitioners and local businesses, the fair seeks to educate the public about mindful living and yoga. In addition to vendor booths, there is a full schedule of yoga classes and mini workshops for all levels, giveaways, live music and refreshments. During the seventh annual Yoga Week, September 16 through 22, studios throughout the area invite new students to try yoga classes for free with the donation of nonperishable food items for Feeding the Gulf Coast. For more information, see next month’s Natural Awakenings, call 251-929-4020 or visit or Facebook: Yoga Life Fair - Mobile/Baldwin Yoga Week. See ad, page 37.

Releasing Cellular Memory Using Energy Work Access Consciousness Facilitator Sherry Seicshnaydre, of Gulfport, is offering Natural Awakenings readers 20 percent off $100 Access Bars/ reiki sessions in August. The combination of reiki and Access Bars is believed to create great shifts and changes in the body by addressing cellular memory. “A lot of the pains in our body are a result of injuries we got as kids that we didn’t even notice,” explains Seicshnaydre. “When we erase the discordant memory of the trauma at a cellular level, cells get unstuck so they can go back to doing what they’re supposed to be doing.” Seicshnaydre facilitates both personal sessions and classes along the Gulf Coast and enjoys creating space in people’s lives for more fun and enjoyment by returning them to the natural state of being that is whole and complete. “By allowing the body to choose to heal, this incredible dynamic session is extremely powerful and life changing,” she says. “If you are ready, major shifts will happen, creating ease, joy and glory in your life.”

Special Needs Expo Coming to Mobile Bay Area Eastern Shore Parents Magazine and Mobile Bay Parents Magazine are hosting their inaugural Special Needs Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 23, at the Life Center at St. Paul's, in Daphne. Admission is free and attendees will have the opportunity to visit with exhibitors and learn about products, support groups, recreational activities, healthcare, therapy and other services for children and adults with special needs. Other activities will include live animals, face painting, crafts and live entertainment. In September 2010, the magazines began dedicating their September issues to families with children who have special needs. “We are thankful to have the opportunity to support and celebrate these amazing families who display so much strength, patience and love,” says publisher Lynn Knighton. “It is an honor and a pleasure to produce the Special Needs Issue each September and we are looking forward to our first Special Needs Expo.” Location: 28788 N. Main St., Daphne, AL. For more information, find the Special Needs Expo Mobile and Baldwin event on Facebook. For exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call 251-929-2099 or email See ad, page 22.

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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

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esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

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cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

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esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.

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Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce. com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weather-blemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December.


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Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.” Source: Scientific American 12

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Sea Mammals Freed from Showtime The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.

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Waterways Granted Personhood This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC

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eff Sheldon, owner of The Health Hut, in Mobile and Daphne, recently published Short Book for a Long Life: Daily Strategies for a Longer, Healthier Life. The book couples scientific research with Sheldon’s practical experience as an athlete, strength coach, personal trainer, wellness manager and speaker. Natural Awakenings asked the author about his personal perspective and what inspired this new healthy living resource.

Why did you decide to write this book? One of my employees noticed how much time I spend educating customers and suggested that I write a book that was easy to reference. I sat with the idea for two years. Then one night I woke up unexpectedly and all of the content seemed


to pop into my head. I made a cup of coffee and sat uninterrupted for six hours, writing the bulk of the book that night. I wanted to present the science but keep it easy to read and implement.

What will readers gain from reading your book? They’ll learn about antiaging strategies that might be new to them, but they’ll also gain a fresh perspective on familiar recommendations such as drinking plenty of water. Most people think they’re drinking enough, but they’re not. The 64-ouncesa-day rule is outdated. It can be hard to remember to drink enough, especially as our thirst mechanism changes when we age. I wear bands on my wrist to help track how much water I consume each day.

Stress and sleep are the topics of two of your chapters. How do you manage stress and maintain healthy sleeping habits in your own life?

It starts with prayer. It took me awhile to figure that out, but finding time to give thanks has really helped me spiritually and physically. A consistent schedule for eating and sleeping is also a must. Friends may joke about my bedtime but I am adamant about getting eight hours of sleep every night because that is when our body does the most healing and repairing.

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LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist


ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

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Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now dedicates his business develop16

ment firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.” Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable

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growing and eating foods containing angiogenesis-inhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”, reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To


recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and selftransformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of

awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Why We Should Care About Inflammation

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mind-body medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer preven-

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nflammation is often thought of as the body’s temporary response to damage or infection. However, there’s another type of inflammation—it’s lowgrade and chronic and studies show it can lead to cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Diet and lifestyle contribute to the risk for chronic inflammation. According to Cynthia Thomson, Ph.D., RD, FAND, FTOS, among the top potential causes are obesity, lack of physical activity, consistent lack of sleep, environmental exposures and chronic stress. To lower the risk of prolonged inflammation, start with the following steps.


Maintain a healthy weight. Thomson notes that if an individual is considered overweight, even a 6 percent loss of body weight can help reduce cytokine levels, therefore reducing chronic inflammation.

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Exercise. Being active improves sleep and lowers stress while also reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Know which foods are anti-inflammatory and which are pro-inflammatory. According to the Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII), published in Public Health Nutrition, red meat and refined sugar tend to increase gut inflammation, while fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish tend to lower inflammation triggers. Some additional anti-inflammatory foods recommended by Thomson include flaxseed, olive oil, red and purple grapes, onions, cinnamon, green tea, cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes and watermelon.

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tion research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

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Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medi-

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ncology patients often experience multiple skin issues, such as rashes, itchiness, dryness, dehydration, chemo-induced acne and redness. As an aesthetician specializing in oncology skin care and the owner of Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs, Kim LaMartiniere emphasizes that proper skin care from the start of treatment can help lessen some of these issues. Products containing alcohol should be avoided, but ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile, calendula, emu oil, oatmeal and Kim LaMartiniere black seed oil have soothing properties. The use of too many products can clog pores, so simplify skincare routines by using a gentle, soap-free cleanser with an effective hydrating moisturizer and chemical-free sun protection. A monthly facial can help calm and soothe inflammation and dehydration for more pliable and moisturized skin. Professional facials also reduce stress, which can exacerbate skin issues. “Utilizing our understanding of cancer and the side effects of treatment, we do a thorough skin analysis to evaluate our clients’ current concerns, and then we can determine which products and facial treatments will best suit them,” says LaMartiniere. Her spa uses safe and effective, plant-based, vegan products that are free of all known harmful toxins, endocrine disruptors and inflammatory ingredients such as parabens, preservatives and sulfates. During August, Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs is offering Natural Awakenings readers 20 percent off Wellness Oncology facials and 10 percent off Wellness Rejuvenating facials. For more information, see ad, page 11.


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cal protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical

professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story

of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

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Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential by Linda Sechrist


new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding nontraditional ways to help special needs children deal with issues related to emotional and cognitive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice.

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Parents of the one in 45 children diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outside-the-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifaceted nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for healing. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, con-

sultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks and writes at to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wa n t i n g t o h e l p b o t h t h e i r own two sons with developmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies. “If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals the maximum opportunity to experience independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz. He cites an example of a young boy with an avid interest in folding clothing. His parents learned how to create a meaningful job for him by creating a simple small laundry

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radio show on which she interviews celebrities via a device that turns keystrokes into verbal language. Kerry Magro, with Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy organization, answered the question, “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults?” in his TEDx talk, one of his many media ventures. Chris Varney, an “I can” advocate for children’s rights, won rave reviews for his TEDx talk, “My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts Wrong.” Such powerful stories specifically relate how parents, grandparents and helpful friends forged networks that freed them and their afflicted children of the inhibiting stigma of autism and enabled them to realize their fullest potential. A bedrock philosophy in supporting ASD and other special needs children is to assume they are competent and learn to see them through God’s lens, rather than the lens of the world. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Also promising are sulforaphanes, compounds found in cruciferous vegetables. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers at Johns Hopkins found that sulforaphanes reduced the symptoms of ASD in people ages 13 to 27.

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t a time when autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 3.5 million Americans, Kenneth Bock, M.D. has two reassuring convictions about this modern epidemic: it’s never too late to treat ASD, and you may not need psychotropic drugs to do it. Known worldwide for his work with ASD, Bock uses an individualized, multifaceted approach with his patients, favoring a blend of nuanced, natural treatments like metabolic balancing, dietary modification, gastrointestinal restoration, immune system regulation and the elimination of environmental toxins. In his recent book, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies, he explains his biomedical approach and why it’s effective, even in teens and adults.

Treating Underlying Problems Bock has treated many older teens whose behavior significantly improved after he got them on the right medications, or off multiple medications, in order to address the underlying factors contributing to their autism symptoms. Bock’s treatment regimen always begins with a thorough physical assessment. He believes every teen and young adult deserves to be looked at from a biomedical approach. “We look at each person as an individual and figure out what’s the prop-

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er diet for this person, what are the proper targeted nutrients, whether they have an issue with heavy metals and chemicals—many do—and whether they need to be detoxified,” he says. They may need nutrients to help with detoxification and metabolism, like glutathione or N-acetyl cysteine (NAC).

While psychotropic medications might serve a purpose early on and may be needed long term, he says, ultimately the practitioner needs to address the underlying problems contributing to the symptoms. In order to know which physiological areas to treat and in what order, Bock identifies each ASD patient by subtype: gut-brain axis issues; immune system issues (immune deficiencies, recurring infections and hyperimmune reactivity, including allergies and autoimmunity); inflammation (often in the gut and brain); nutritional deficiencies or imbalances; hormonal issues, including thyroid or adrenal imbalances; and metabolic imbalances (such as methylation issues). “Some of these kids are hugely constipated, have abdominal pain or have diarrhea, and those symptoms may cause

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orn out of personal experience and need, the American Autism and Rehabilitation Center (AARC), in Daphne, provides hope and help to families living in the world of special needs. The 10,000-square-foot facility offers services to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many other diagnoses. “We recognize that providing comprehensive services and therapies in one location can greatly benefit families with special-needs loved ones,” says Vice President Kevin Mohler. “Our mission of ‘providing hope for your special needs child’ is at the core of our beliefs and our goal is to connect with each patient so we can help them reach their full potential.” The staff supports each patient and their family through every diagnosis—treating them as an individual, not a label. With the family’s goals in mind, treatment plans are as unique as the patient. AARC’s collaborative and interdisciplinary staff provides behavioral, educational, physical, medical and pharmaceutical services and therapies in one convenient location. “We believe that each child has his or her own gift to the world,” says Mohler. “Providing hope to families is why we are here.” For more information, see ad, page 21. natural awakenings August 2017


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o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble ( He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (

A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. 26

“Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates.

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it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds

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The Alabama-Mississippi Gulf Coast isn’t only about fun in the sun. There’s also some amazing hiking destinations for you and your family. Here are some of the best. pitcher plants and pine forest, but hikers may get a glimpse of the rare and elusive Mississippi Sandhill Crane.

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Located near the Theodore (Alabama) Industrial Park, this 2.2-mile trail is half boardwalk, half traditional dirt path, but flat and easy-walking. The route is dotted with educational signage that educates visitors about long leaf pine forests, wetlands and wildlife.

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(30.462336, -88.434252) Stretch your legs at the Mississippi Welcome Center on I-10 near the Alabama line. In the back of the parking lot, there is an iron gate marking the trailhead for the 1.4-mile Escatawpa Trail. This is a great hike for the kids with boardwalks over swamps where they can see lots of wildlife and a deck with a great view of the trail’s namesake, the Escatawpa River.

CHALLENGING Perdido River Trail Take a short day hike or a one- or two-night backpacking trip along the Gulf Coast’s newest trail. The path parallels the new Perdido River Canoe Trail and winds through long leaf forest, cedar swamps and along beautiful white sandbars. Contact the Alabama Hiking Trail Society (HikeAlabama. org) for details and trailheads.

This refuge plays host to hundreds of species of birds, plus endangered species of wildlife including loggerhead sea turtles. Four trails ranging from 1 to 5 miles wind their way through maritime wetlands and forests to one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Alabama. Visit FWS. gov/refuge/Bon_Secour for dates and times of guided hikes.

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(30.244575, -87.786901) Located at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, this is one of the best ADA accessible trails in South Alabama. The 1-mile boardwalk and gravel path through wetlands offers beautiful views of Little Lagoon.

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This 1.1-mile loop trail winds through the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. Not only will the level dirt and boardwalk trail travel through bayhead swamps past beautiful orchids,

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n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.


Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a


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Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.


Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.

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Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

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What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Pa r t o f w h a t m a k e s t r a v e l exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that

destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish. 

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Comforting Companions A 7-year-old hound and canine-style Houdini named Gumby was adopted seven times, surrendered to the shelter eight times and thrice became a stray. An unprecedented 11 return trips to the Charleston Animal Society, in South Carolina, convinced the staff he prefers shelter life. Now his self-appointed job is comforting and helping new arrivals adjust to their temporary home. Dentist April Patterson owns Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, in Fort Lauderdale. After attending a local Humane Society fashion show, she returned to her office with Oliver, a four-pound Pomeranian mix of undetermined age. This cutie’s job is to steady nervous patients. “It wasn’t planned,” says Patterson. “Oliver will bark nonstop when left 32

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Mas, a water-loving Newfoundland, redefines “rescue dog”. The Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio, or Italian School of Rescue Dogs, is the largest national organization in Italy to train dogs and handlers for water rescue. Helicopters can often reach a swimmer in distress more quickly than a boat. The dog jumps out to circle the victim until they can grab her harness before swimming to shore or a human partner. Mas, the first certified water rescue operative recognized by Italy, France and Switzerland port authorities and coast guards, went on to train her successors. Bloodhounds are renowned for their super sniffers. Lou, a nine-year K9 veteran, on Pennsylvania’s West York Borough Police Department force, ultimately applied for retirement, passing the harness to Prince, a 3-month-old bloodhound. Prince was sworn in by District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy in her Spring Garden Township courtroom. The ceremony emphasizes a K9’s status in the community and within law enforcement. Paired with Officer Scott Musselman for eight months of training, the duo will work with the Missing Child Task Force. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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Chakra Circle – 5:30pm. The chakra system speaks to the architecture of the soul. The August class will focus on the heart chakra. This multidimensional experience will leave you with insight into your own life experience and where you can direct or release energy. Bring yoga mat, journal. $20. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL.

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Introduction to Meditation – 6-7pm. Tuesdays, Aug 1-22. 4-week series. New to meditation? Discover the value of breath awareness. Explore meditation styles. Embrace the quiet. Please bring a mat and a journal. $35. From the Center, Fairhope, AL. For more info, Greta Bates: 601-421-0277.

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Chakra Motion Class – 5:30pm. Energize and enliven your body with this integrative movement experience. In this class you will journey through the chakras with a yoga flow, chakra dance, followed by a meditation. Led by Rebecca Washburn. Bring yoga mat and water. $15. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL.


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Creative Writing and Meditation – 6-8pm. Delve into your creative potential. Class includes focused writing time and guided relaxation. $20. Writing supplies and light refreshments provided. Please bring a mat. From the Center, Fairhope, AL. For more info, Greta Bates: 601-421-0277.


Quantum-Touch Level I w/Julie E Brent – Aug 19-20, 9:30am-5:30pm. Quantum-Touch teaches how to focus, amplify and direct Life Force energy for a wide range of benefits with often extraordinary results. 14 NCTMB-CEs, 12 CEs (IMDHA), 12.5 CEs nurses. $480/$400. Fairhope, AL. Julie: 251281-8811.


Usui Reiki Level I & II w/Julie E Brent – Aug 26-27, 9am-5pm. Level I Reiki gives you the tools for self healing, level II increases your connection with the Reiki energy and you will learn to work on others in person and distantly. $300/$250. Fairhope, AL. Julie: 251-281-8811. ReikiCenterofFairhope@


Prenatal Yoga – 4pm, Sundays. 4-wk series. Prenatal yoga gives a woman energy to enjoy her pregnancy, serenity to build a deeper intimacy with her own body and baby, and the presence of mind to expect the unexpected and be present. Taught by Nancy Bolton-Beck, RYT 500, RPYT. $59/4 classes. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL.


Artist's Way Gathering – 6-8pm. A creative gathering of discussion, journaling and activities based on the book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. Light refreshments and activity supplies provided. $15. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. Rebecca Washburn: 251-929-4634. Living the Ningxia Red Life – 6:45pm. Searching for energy, stamina and a revitalized lifestyle? Come learn about and enjoy the therapeutic essential oil infused antioxidant super drink, Ningxia Red. $5 at the door benefits Prodisee Pantry. 9315 Spanish Ft Blvd, Spanish Ft, AL. Presented by Laurie Azzarella: 850-380-4943.

a look ahead SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

markyourcalendar Spiritual Intensive with Elizabeth Joyce Internationally respected author and spiritual teacher Elizabeth Joyce is leading this workshop. Attendees will experience deep meditation, explore new spiritual chakras and manifest their soul purpose. Register by Aug 30.

September 9-10 • 1:30-5:30pm Friend’s Quaker Meeting Church, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6872 •


Lamaze Educator Seminar – 9am-5pm, Sept 15-17. Empower families in your community by becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. A fast-paced interactive and practical program, this seminar is a required step towards certification. Join us to begin your journey towards certification today. $575. Recipero Massage and Wellness, Diamondhead, MS. Jacqueline: 757-615-2933. Jacqueline@


Yoga for Emotional Balance – 9:30-11:30am. Join RYT-200 Angela Gray in a series of balancing yoga poses combined with affirmations designed to strengthen emotional wellness. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 for details or to register. $25 by Sept 2; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Yoga Life Fair – 2:30pm. Sample yoga classes, snacks, raffles and display/sample vendors to kick off Yoga Week. Both events free with food donations for food bank. Seeking vendors, teachers and volunteers. Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, AL. Rain site: FUMC CLC.


Yoga for the Inner Warrior – 2-4pm. Join RYT200 Catherine Teal in a series of strengthening and empowering movements designed to activate your inner warrior. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 251-377-8940 for details or to register. $25 by Oct 29; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.


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20733 Miflin Road (Co. Rd. 20), Ste. B Foley, AL • 251-971-FARM Open year round Monday-Saturday. Local, in-season fruits and vegetables, beef, chicken, raw milk, eggs, cheese, honey, jellies and much more. Find Forland Family Market on Facebook and Instagram.

Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle. Carrying local eggs, honey, milk and produce. See ad, page 24.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-928-0644 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 5.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 5.


Jones Park Pavillion, Highway 90 Gulfport, MS • 228-257-2496 Open year round on Wednesdays from 9am1pm. For more information: GulfportHarborMarket.

OCEAN SPRINGS FRESH MARKET L&N Depot, 1000 Washington Avenue Ocean Springs, MS • 228-257-2496

Open year round on Saturdays from 9am1pm, rain or shine. Shop for organic produce, homemade baked goods, plants, herbs and more.


320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-929-0055 Organic cafe serving lunch Mon-Sat, dinner ThursFri and Sunday brunch. Using locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 5.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3200


Organic cafe and juice bar serving lunch Mon-Sun. Using locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 5.

Summerdale, AL 251-284-3430 We grow pesticide-free seasonal vegetables, specialty ethnic produce, free range eggs and more. Proudly partnering with local farms to also offer hydroponically grown greens, grass-fed beef, sustainably-raised poultry and pork and small batch bacon.


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Weeks Bay Plantation/LA Berry Farms is the regional destination of choice for pick-your-own blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes—all organically grown. Check website for picking dates. See ad, page 30.

YOU-PICK-FARMS 12562 Mary Ann Beach Road, Fairhope, AL 251-279-8745

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Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service – 10:30am. Join us for fun and lively Sunday mornings to hear Rev. Judy Voght give meaningful and spiritual messages to start your week and your life on an upbeat and positive path. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Unity Christ Church Sunday Service – 11am. Tune in, turn on, tap into the loving presence of the Divine at Unity Christ Church. If you desire a nonjudgmental, open, supportive and loving spiritual community, Unity Christ Church of Mobile is here to inspire, uplift and celebrate the Divine. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. Facebook. com/unityofmobile. Sunday Yoga – 2pm. Join Bo, JJ, Annette, Anna-Marie or Rhonda as you wind down your weekend and get ready for the busy week ahead—expand the potential of your body while you refresh and renew your spirit. Check the website for schedule rotation. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Baha'i's of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm. 4th Sunday. The coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate their unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments are served following the shared devotional program. Free. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL.

Hot Power Yoga – 8am. Mon-Fri. A faster paced power vinyasa flow builds strength, increases flexibility, strengthens your core and transforms your body and mind. Find your groove, shine your light and practice at your own level. Heated. $15 drop-in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ AHA Gentle Yoga – Mon 9:30am/Thurs 5:45pm. Gentle yoga for inner peace, stress relief, strength and flexibility through body-mind awareness, breath and postures. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-689-1900 for Mon; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: myhappydog123. Yoga Core w/Chris G – 5:45pm. Join Chris Garrett for an energizing blend of Iyengar and vinyasa yoga, with emphasis on those hard to work abdominal areas. Recharge the body, soothe the soul and refocus the mind after a long day. Breathe, work, smile and find joy in the movement. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Bridging the Great Divide – 6-8pm. The Family Center is offering this class for parents of teens. It helps prepare and equip parents for having the important conversations needed with their teens. Helps parents see things from the teen perspective. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700. Together We Can – 6-8pm. A Family Center class to help parents build a better future for their children by working together as co-parents. Open to couples regardless of their relationship. Free. 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne, AL. Christie Brannon: 251-626-1610.

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10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2094090. La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. Open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Babies/children are welcome. Free. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact AmandaLLLMobile@ or Gentle Yoga with Sarah – 12pm. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that. Join Sarah Deshauteurs in the land of "ahhhhs" for a blissfully relaxing class to soothe the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Also on Thursdays at noon with Virginia Keene. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251473-1104. Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251634-8055. Farmers Market – 2-6pm, Tues. 9am-2pm, Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517. AHA Evening Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This calming and centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginnerfriendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-3778940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

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Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. See website for more info: Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL. Guided Meditation – 7pm. We begin with a deep and peaceful relaxation of the body and mind, a journey of the senses through visual suggestions and time to experience within yourself all that is unfolding. Approximately 60 mins. Bring mat, blanket or pillow. Space is limited. $5. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL. 251-517-5626.



10% Off Waxing – Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Wednesdays and receive 10% off of any waxing when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. AHA Chair Yoga – 9:30am. Gentle class utilizes the aid of a chair, when needed. Energize, align, strengthen, center and distress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginnerfriendly, props provided. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

Positive Parenting – 9:30-11:30am. A 9-week course using the Nurturing Parenting curriculum which focuses on positive discipline and communication with children. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700. Free Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 10:30am. This chair yoga class is free to participants with MS and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Fairhope, AL. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com. 251-379-4493.

Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Mon in Fairhope. $5. Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. 251-610-3151.

Group Reformer Class – 12pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne at the end of your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Leave class feeling great. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Restorative Yoga Class – 4pm. Been a long few days? No stresses and no worries. Allow RYT JJ Moody to lead you down a relaxing path with some restorative yoga. Be supported by all the right props as the poses plus gravity gently melt away the week's anxieties... oh yeah! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

nourishing conscious community Kick off Yoga Week with an afternoon of mindful vendors, live music, healthy refreshments and a full schedule of yoga classes from beginner to advanced, including chair yoga, meditation, paddleboard yoga and more!


Please call ahead to confirm dates and times. Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with likeminded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Fitness Fusion – 5:45pm. Join Chris Garrett and give yourself the best seat in the house with Fitness Fusion. Work your body to a blend of ballet barre, Pilates, yoga and classic fitness exercises. Move to fun music and really change your shape. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Near Death (NDEs) and Related Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd), Mobile, AL. 251340-8565. Chill Skills – 7-9pm. The Family Center offers an inspiring four-week class designed to change your life outlook. Learn what fuels your anger and how to see it in a new light. Warning: classes may cause peace. $25/week. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Call 251-479-5700 to register for next class.

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seventh annual mobile/baldwin yoga week Try yoga for FREE at participating studios all week long! September 16-22. Watch for details and a schedule of events in the September edition of Natural Awakenings, online at and on Facebook. Business owners, teachers and yogis...Want to get involved? We need vendors, volunteers and studio participation. Contact us to learn more: 251-929-4020 or natural awakenings August 2017




10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2094090.

AHA Morning Yoga – 9am. Learn the basics of yoga postures. Energize, align, strengthen, center and destress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

MELT Method Class – 12pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Movie Night – 6-8pm. Showing a different thoughtprovoking movie each week. Seating is limited; please reserve your seat by calling 228-831-1785. Free. Coast Health & Nutrition, 12100 Hwy 49, Ste 628, Gulfport, MS.

Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:30-7:45pm, 3rd Thursdays. Please join us for our monthly chapter meeting. Enjoy a lively night of connecting with others. Bring your passion, your personal experiences and recommendations for future meetings. Free. Daphne Public Library, 2607 US Hwy 98, Daphne, AL. HMNEasternShore@ Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com. Dynamic Dads – 7-9pm. The Family Center is the site of the Mobile County Fatherhood Initiative. Be the father your children need--A super hero for your super kid! Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700.

Purification Meditation – 11am. Join Betsey Grady from Rosie Bluum in the hot room and purify your body and mind with a guided meditation and creative visualization. Let the heat of the room envelop you as you go deeper within to rest in the calm center within you. $10. Soul Shine Yoga, 103-B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Betsey: 251-517-5626.

Sunset Yoga for Charity – 2nd & 4th Fridays, MarOct. Yoga on the bluff ending at sunset. Start time varies with sunset time. Full schedule of details and charities online: Bring your mat and a donation for the charity supported. Henry George Bluff, Fairhope. 251-379-4493.

saturday Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-9285363. Farmers Market – 9am-2pm, Sat. 2-6pm, Tues. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com.

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classifieds Fee for classified listings is $1 per word. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available. OPPORTUNITIES GOT CBD? JOIN THE HEMPIRE! – Are you aware of what full spectrum CBD's can offer? Are you or someone you know looking for REAL and CONSISTENT CBD's? Would you like to start your own  CBD business? If you answered YES to any of these questions, please contact me for more information. Kortney: 318-366-3380. NATURAL AWAKENINGS SINGLES –  Ready to meet the love of your life? Dip into our pool of conscious, awake singles and meet someone that you would have never met without us! Free to join.

SERVICES ENERGY HEALER – Offering energy work, spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. Sherry Seicshnaydre: 228-3130664. MEDIUM~INTUITIVE~PSYCHIC – Marie Bates Curry offers intuitive guidance and spiritual connections. Individual and group readings. By appointment only: 251300-7261. UNIVERSAL GUIDANCE -  Consult Spirit Guides, Masters of the Universe and departed loved ones. Ask questions, get answers to transform your life. Betsey Grady: 251-752-6509.


Gratitude makes sense of our

past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie


Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Edition

AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@ DOG RIVER CLEARWATER REVIVAL STORM DRAIN MARKER PROJECT – Volunteers needed to educate the public about the storm drain system. Janet Miller: 251-654-1827.




Yoga Month plus: Graceful Aging

Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Natural Healthcare Practitioners • Functional Medicine Yoga Classes, Other Events, Apparel & Gear Repurposing/Life Coaches • Advocacy & Peer Groups Financial Planning • Community Banks • Spiritual Practices Activity & Exercise Facilities • Multi-Genre Cultural Venues Mentor Programs • Natural Cosmetics • Organic Foods Herbs/Supplements ... and this is just a partial list!

Transformative Travel plus: Chiropractic

Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Transformative Travel Companies • Natural Habitat Adventures Self-Discovery Vacations • Personal Growth Retreats Adventure Tour Groups • Spiritual Pilgrimages • Travel Outfitters General, Advanced & Sports Chiropractors Integrative & Natural Healthcare Providers ... and this is just a partial list!

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Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Fitness/Health Clubs • Functional Medicine Practitioners Herbalists • Hormone-Free Meats & Dairy • Integrative Physicians Nutrition Therapists • Organic/Non-GMO/Sugar-Free Foods Weight-Loss Centers • Wellness Coaches • Yoga/Tai Chi/Qigong Classes Eco-Retreats • Spas • Spiritual Centers • Spiritual Healing Practitioners ... and this is just a partial list!

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81 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-928-5692 Join our gathering of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate unity and support the spiritual health of the community. Meeting every fourth Sunday. Contact us to learn more.




Dr. Mary Sabal, DC, RN 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605 Acupuncture (needle and non-needle) is a remarkably safe and effective system used by millions for thousands of years to treat pain, weight management, stress, insomnia, depression, menstrual/menopausal symptoms and a multitude of other issues. See ad, page 18.



103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-9934 salon offering organic B-Butterfly Aproducts and services


20 Jeff Davis Avenue, Ste. 9, Long Beach, MS 228-357-5574 • A natural parenting store proudly offering a growing selection of cloth diapers and accessories, baby carriers, unique gifts and other green products for families. Classes and support groups offered regularly.  See ad, page 24.

A positive path for spiritual living. Unity teachings and communities are places of spiritual healing. If you’re drawn to individuals like Oprah, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, you’ll love Unity of Gulfport. See ad, page 13.


including hair color, perms and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! See ad, page 31.


2200 Government Street Mobile, AL 36606 251-304-9797 • Enjoy soaps made from certified organic oils and essential oils. We also have organic candles, diffusers and hair products as well as original art from local artists. See ad, page 14.

6A S Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-517-5626 • Referred to as the Book of Life, the Akashic Records are soul records, storing all information of an individual, place or thing. A consultation offers deep levels of guidance from the masters, teachers and guides, supporting you in living life from your authentic essence.

1700 East Railroad Street, Gulfport, MS 228-871-7004


2 Mobile Locations: 1861 Old Government Street • 251-607-6666 2534 Old Shell Road • 251-725-4334 A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials, spray tans and massage with 100% o rg a n i c p r o d u c t s . L e a r n m o r e a t See ad, page 11.


6A South Bancroft Street Fairhope, AL 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626 Offering Chinese Craniosacral Therapy, a subtle blend of Chinese meridian therapy and craniosacral energy work, that indirectly approaches physical and psychological imbalances. This experience teaches your body to use its own bio-electric immune system.


(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 • A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 22.

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IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) 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. See ad, page 29.

ESSENTIAL OILS LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal Zyto Wellness readings and wholesale privileges. Wellness classes on last Thursday of the month at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 24.


Meryl Hyderally, Feng Shui Design Consultant 251-463-1862 •

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Utilizing feng shui principles, let us create an organized and productive space that reflects who you are while enhancing your life, personally and professionally. It's about more than aesthetics— holistically designed spaces are conducive to an effortless life.


12100 Highway 49, Suite 628, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle: natural and organic options for food, supplements, cleaning supplies and skincare. Chiropractic care, massage therapy and essential oil counseling also available. See ad, page 24.



280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055


Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 5.

22765 Highway 59 South Robertsdale, AL • 251-947-2320 We are an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals providing a personalized, holistic, evidencebased approach to treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms. See ad, page 31.



2346 East Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 228-896-7545


100 percent vegetarian restaurant serving plate lunches Tuesday through Saturday. Gluten-free options available. Samosas, paneer, local honey, desserts and other Café s p e c i a l t y f o o d s a l s o available. Mention this ad for 10 percent discount. See ad, page 13.

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2032 Airport, Midtown Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, Mobile, AL: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne, AL: 251-621-1865 For 30 years The Health Hut has been the go-to place for high quality, whole-food vitamins, herbs and sport supplements at great prices. Service-oriented, knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 29.

Sherry Seicshnaydre, Energy Healer Gulfport, MS 228-313-0664 • Sharing and teaching love, joy, peace and light through sessions, coaching, crystals and classes. Offering energy work (Reiki, BARS, Healing Touch), spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. See ad, page 30.


Reiki Practitioner From the Center, Fairhope, AL 601-421-0277 • Make time for your special self! Reiki sessions for antianxiety, empowerment and balance. “I offer care and kindness to my clients—it’s the sweet work.” See ad, page 31.



3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 • Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 5.

Reconnective Healing Practitioner 6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL 251-222-0220 • Reconnective Healing returns you to an optimal state of vitality and helps people with aches and pains, dis-ease, stress, PTSD, mental challenges, range of motion and athletic performance. Visit See ad, page 30.


6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL 251-517-5626 • Replace negative beliefs with positive statements and reprogram your subconscious mind with Psych-K. This scientificallyproven method transcends affirmations, visualizations and subliminal programs. Balance the mind and live the life you deserve.

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Licensed Professional Counselor From the Center, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4634 • Find guidance, healing and balance for inner peace and purpose. Sessions offer personal and spiritual development through intuitive guidance, belief coaching, chakra balancing, meditation and creative visioning. Insurance accepted. See ad, page 31.


22787 U.S. 98, Suite D-5, Montrose, AL 251-616-4201 • Intuitive integrative massage techniques are used to facilitate the body into a state of healing without the "no pain no gain" mentality. Over 15 years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field. See ad, page 19.


721 Cowan Road, Gulfport, MS 1-800-824-0194 • Offering affordable, effective and convenient evidence-based nutrition. Lab work provides reliable information to monitor health and accessible doctors provide individualized guidance. Extensive selection of therapeutic-grade supplements available in store and online. See ad, page 4.


809 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 251-948-7862 Offering CBD (cannabidiol) from the hemp plant (helps a n x i e t y, i n s o m n i a , inflammation, etc.). Charlotte’s Web and other brands cookies, candy, creams, sublingual drops, e-juice. New: Akuamma—opioid receptortargeted pain relief. Mention this ad for 12% off.


Call/email for $50 coupon code. Full spectrum CBDs/ hemp oil rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, waxes and chlorophyll that are essential to the human body. Free of GMOs, pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 


8871 Rand Avenue, Ste. B Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1496 State-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy facility. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe medical treatment delivering 100% oxygen while in a pressurized chamber. Reduces inflammation, promotes healing, repairs cells and heals wounds. See ad, page 19.

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY Family Care Naturally 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605


Enhances natural healing processes, hastens muscle recovery and raises energy levels. By breathing oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures, cells, tissues and organs absorb more oxygen. Introductory pricing and multiple session discounts. See ad, page 18.


ROLFING EASTERN SHORE ROLFING Pam Reaves, Certified Rolfer® 151 Fly Creek Avenue, Suite 411 Fairhope, AL • 251-990-8383

Rolfing® is a holistic approach to manual therapy that seeks to improve your health and function by reestablishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the h u m a n b o d y. M o r e information at See ad, page 24.

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T e l e p a t h i c communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with B o d y Ta l k , R e i k i , Matrix Energetics and

SPAS WELLNESS SPA OF OCEAN SPRINGS 101-A Rouselle Place, Ocean Springs, MS 228-209-4090

A We l l n e s s S p a specializing in oncology skincare. Also offering digital skin analysis, facials, waxing and microdermabrasion. Wellness coaching available. Everything you need to know to accomplish good health, skincare and wellness. See ad, page 11.


8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1632 A comprehensive facility offering extensive therapies and services to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many other diagnoses. See ad, page 21.


Dr. Mary Sabal, DC, RN 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605   Acupuncture (needle and non-needle), chiropractic (manual or instrument), massage (therapeutic and relaxation), hair tissue mineral analysis, hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Multiple visit discounts. See ad, page 18.

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