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FOOD Embrace the Psychology of Eating



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15 BREATHE EASY Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality


Year-Round CSA

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Weekly Produce Baskets are now available from Shipshape Urban Farms’ hydroponic container gardens. Pick-up locations currently include: Mobile, West Mobile and Fairhope

Shipshape Urban Farms has begun selling stock to fund current and future endeavors. Shipshape Urban Farms, is a hydroponic farming corporation, providing fresh local produce to consumers along the Gulf Coast with strategies to expand into new markets through the sale of our patent pending, hydroponic Container Gardens. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in nutrient rich water without soil. The Container Gardens are built in a 320 square foot up-cycled, high cube shipping container and produce the equivalent of a 3.4 acre farm in an enclosed environment. This system eliminates seasonal and environmental pressures, allowing Shipshape to grow consistent produce year round that is larger and healthier in a reduced grow cycle.


New Energy for the New Year

20 BLOOD CHEMISTRY A New Roadmap to Better Health


22 SEEKING SANCTUARY How to Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation at Home

24 BEFRIENDING FOOD Embrace the Psychology of Eating


26 CANINE CONUNDRUM Controversy ‘Dogs’ Grain-Free Diet

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s I reflect on 2018, my memory keeps taking me back to the summer. We truly made the most of our school-less days by enjoying visits from out-of-town guests and taking several trips to see family and friends. Our fun-filled summer culminated with an unforgettable road trip to California and back. After making it through Texas, we spent two days in Santa Fe National Forest, where we enjoyed a strenuous mountain hike and a riverside campsite. When we went down the mountain to spend an afternoon in Santa Fe, the kids quickly learned about changes in altitude and humidity—the temperature was about 20 degrees warmer, and while we were used to 90-degree temperatures at home, the dry heat felt quite different. Leaving New Mexico, we spent a day watching the landscape open up as we drove to the Grand Canyon. Because I had been there as a teenager, I didn’t expect it to take my breath away quite like it did this time around. Mays and Thatch were equally impressed, especially when we took an unmarked trail to Shoshone Point so we could enjoy a panoramic view away from the crowds. Many destinations might seem anticlimactic after leaving the Grand Canyon, but we found ourselves in awe again once we got a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean from California’s scenic Highway 1. We spent two days camping next to Big Sur River, surrounded by giant redwoods. Our hikes led us to tree-lined canyons, scenic rocky beaches, granite boulders and beautiful waterfalls. We explored tide pools, spotted sea lions and were mesmerized by the crashing waves. We returned to civilization briefly for a delightful wedding weekend in wine country before starting our journey back home. We woke up on Mays’ 9th birthday dwarfed by boulders in Joshua Tree National Park. There, we crossed paths with coyotes, jackrabbits and giant beetles, and the Dr. Seuss-like vegetation and desert landscape were like nothing we’ve ever seen. As we came into lower Alabama a couple days later, we were welcomed by rain. In the gloomy weather, Mobile Bay still looked beautiful. Even after 5,400 miles of memorable experiences, it felt good to be home. Take time to think about your own highlights from the last year and allow them to inspire your intentions for 2019. New Year’s resolutions can be trite and often fall by the wayside. Instead, resolve to visit a new place, learn something new and make time for the people and activities that you love. As you embark on the next big journey, let Natural Awakenings help you navigate the new year to make it one of the healthiest and happiest yet. Wishing you a bright and hopeful start to the year,

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Health Food Store Gets a New Look

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Learn About the Healing Power of Plants Registration is now open for the Medical Herbalism certification course at The Southern Institute of Natural Health (SINH) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. This year-long course kicks off on March 9 and is taught one Saturday a month by Master Herbalist Lin Porter. “Do you want to learn how to use herbs to keep yourself and your family healthy? Are you intrigued by the mysteries of plants? Do you want to identify herbs that live in your neighborhood?” asks Porter. “Then now may be the time for you to enter our new certification program that offers an intro to herbs for personal and family use. Learn how plants play an integral part in the wellness process.” In each class, students will meet for a morning of instruction and an afternoon of hands-on experience. The course covers practical herbalism, including which herbs have an affinity with each part of the body, plant identification, the history of herbal medicine, preparation of herbs in different forms and the use of flower essences and oils. SINH offers a variety of health-related courses and professional certification programs. Online classes include RBTI Professional (Reams Biological Theory of Ionization), Master Iridologist and A & P for Holistic Practitioners. The school is also registering locally for the Holistic Health Practitioner course (begins in May) and a three-day iridology course in October. For more information or to register, email Admin@SouthernInstituteOfNaturalHealth. com or or visit See ad, page 17.

Connect with Wellness Entrepreneurs in Fairhope Breakfast at Blue Sky is a new opportunity for wellness-oriented entrepreneurs to connect with each other and grow the holistic health community along the Gulf Coast. On January 15, and every third Tuesday, all area wellness professionals are invited to gather for coffee and conversation, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young Street, Fairhope. “We want to foster wholehearted participation in our Gulf Coast wellness community. Breakfast at Blue Sky is meant to be another opportunity for us to connect face-to-face, rather than screen-to-screen,” says Blue Sky founder Emily Sommerville. Blue Sky Collective members are wellness-oriented entrepreneurs supporting clients in physical, spiritual or emotional wellness. Members are committed to doing good work in the world, recognizing that they can make a greater impact when they support each other and share resources. The collective facilitates opportunities for individual entrepreneurial growth, increased connection with peers and engagement with local communities.

Fairhope Health Foods’ customers have witnessed the store’s evolution over the last month as renovations have been underway. Upgrades, which will be completed this month, include new flooring and lighting, plus an expansion of their supplement and cosmetics departments. Rebecca Bryant, of the green building consulting firm WATERSHED, designed the store’s new look. “We have been planning the store’s facelift for quite a while and are very excited to see our vision come into fruition,” says owner Lynnora Ash. When Fairhope Health Foods first opened in 1975, it was the first health food store in Lower Alabama. They carry a wide selection of organic groceries such as produce, meats, dairy and wine, and feature an allergy-sensitive section, bulk spices and herbs and supplements. In addition to food items, the store carries natural products for the whole family, from baby and pet supplies to books and ecofriendly cleaning supplies. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable and the store’s monthly product specials make healthy living more affordable. Location: 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-928-0644 or visit See ad, back cover.

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Improving Posture to Alleviate Back Pain

No Pain, All Gain

According to the American Chiropractic Association, over 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Factors such as genetics, poor posture, lack of strength and lifestyle all play into this problem. Because genetics cannot change, and sufficient strength training is not always accessible, Rolfing Structural Integration addresses back pain with the remaining components—posture and behavior. “Everyone wants good posture, but just deciding to Pam Reaves change it and do better doesn’t stick,” says Pam Reaves, owner of Eastern Shore Rolfing. “Until an intervention like Rolfing is done to move stuck together tissue, a person can only hold the good posture for a few minutes.” Rolfing is a form of manual therapy that applies pressure to tight areas on the body much like a massage, but more therapeutic like physical therapy. A session lasts 75 minutes and is slow and deliberately executed to address bound-up areas. Clients normally feel relief after one session but they benefit optimally from at least three appointments. As part of a Rolfing session, practitioners also incorporate education on lifestyle and behavioral changes to complement the work. Reaves says, “Now is a great time to alleviate and prevent pain, and to live at ease in your body.” Location: 151 Fly Creek Ave., Ste. 411 (inside Eastern Shore Chiropractic), Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251990-8383 or visit See ad, page 25.

Salon Product Line Says No to Plastic OWAY (Organic Way), a sustainable and organic hair care company, is committed to reducing the world’s plastic use. Noting that single use plastics collectively account for as much as 70 percent of sea pollution, the company has abolished plastic from its containers, using only 100 percent recyclable and reusable glass and aluminum packaging for all of its products. Aluminum is used for their tubes because it is lightweight, malleable and corrosion-resistant, and it protects against light, air, humidity and bacteria. Glass bottles protect in a pure, hygienic and safe way. Unlike plastic, they are inert, meaning they do not release substances into the product contained within them. When the product is gone, the bottles and jars can be used as pots and catch-all containers before being recycled. OWAY products are available locally at TMAC’s Salon. Locations: 2101 Highway 98, Ste. E, Daphne, AL (251-725-4334) and 1861 Old Government St., Mobile, AL (251607-6666). See ad, page 25. 8

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The wellness company OsteoStrong, in Fairhope, got an equipment upgrade last month to provide even more comfort and better biomechanical movements for their members. “This is the latest version of Dr. John Jaquish’s [Chief Science Advisor for OsteoStrong] original invention that reversed his mother’s osteoporosis,” says regional developer and owner Josh Fandrich. “When the central nervous system is engaged with more comfort, it will allow a heavier load to be applied through the axis of bone.” This robotic-musculoskeletal system is the first of its kind and is exclusively for OsteoStrong. With impact forces able to exceed five to twelve times a member’s own body weight, this non-invasive system stimulates bone growth for significant gains in strength, power, flexibility, balance, energy, agility and overall wellness. OsteoStrong is for all people of all ages—whether they are an athlete looking to gain a performance edge or a grandparent wanting the strength to enjoy time with grandkids. Sessions last about 15 minutes and are scheduled once a week. Clients are guided through a sweat- and pain-free circuit of machines, each targeting a specific area of the body so that the entire body grows stronger with each session. Results are measured and monitored so progress is tracked over time. No drugs or diets are necessary. We deliver the benefits of high impact on the body without feeling it. Location: 333 Greeno Rd. S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-210-6955 or visit See ad, page 25.

Begin a New Career in Massage Therapy, Yoga and Reiki Enrollment is open at Alabama Healing Arts (AHA) for spring/summer 2019 certification programs. Educators have over 25 years of teaching experience to assist students in becoming a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor or certified reiki practitioner. The state-licensed (#2253), 650-hour massage curriculum includes hands-on techniques, fundamental sciences and the student clinic/outreach practicum. The school has a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensing exam. After the 200/300/500-hour weekends-only yoga teacher training, graduates will be eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance. This Iyengarinspired, hatha yoga training, led by an E-RYT500 instructor, includes fundamental sciences, teaching methodologies, breath and meditation practices and in-depth yogic philosophy study. Reiki certification begins with the Level I training. Upon completion, participants can offer professional reiki treatments. Each of the three levels may be purchased individually and for continuing education.

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Eating Mediterranean Diet Helps Save Eyesight


The risk of late-stage, age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness worldwide, can be lowered by 41 percent by eating a Mediterranean diet, according to a new study presented by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). The research, which followed nearly 4,500 French and Dutch adults aged 55 and older for 21 years, found that no single food component lowered the risk; rather, it was the nutrientrich diet itself. The findings correlate with previous research that links the Mediterranean diet, typically rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, fish and olive oil, to a longer lifespan and a lower risk of heart disease and cognitive decline. “You are what you eat,” says AAO spokesperson Emily Chew, M.D. “It’s time to take quitting a poor diet as seriously as quitting smoking.”

Beet Juice Boosts Stamina                                                            Beetroot juice supplements increase exercise duration and intensity for heart failure patients with a condition called reduced ejection fraction, which affects about half of such patients. In previous studies, beets have been shown to increase exercise capacity for healthy people because they increase nitric oxide levels in the blood.

Daily Walks Make Kids Healthier Thanks to a program called The Daily Mile, Scottish schoolchildren have shown improvements in their fitness and body composition, researchers from the universities of Edinburgh and Sterling report. Started by a teacher in 2012, the initiative encourages children to run, jog or walk around their school grounds during a 15-minute recess from classes in addition to normal activity and physical education lessons. For the study, 391 pupils between 4 and 12 years old wore accelerometers to record their activity and were checked for body fat and overall fitness. Compared to a control group, they increased their physical activity by 9.1 minutes a day, lowered seden-

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tary time by 18.2 minutes, ran 42 yards farther and significantly lowered their body fat. “[The study] suggests that The Daily Mile is a worthwhile intervention to introduce in schools, and that it should be considered for inclusion in government policy, both at home and abroad,” says study author Colin Moran, Ph.D. To date, the Scottish Government has extended it to half of the country’s primary schools, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and businesses. The Daily Mile Foundation reports that 3,600 schools in 35 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, the Netherlands and the U.S., have embraced the program.

In a 10-nation study involving nearly half a million Europeans, researchers found that those eating foods with lower nutritional quality had a significantly greater incidence of cancer, especially colorectal, upper digestive tract, stomach and lung cancers for men, and liver and postmenopausal breast cancers for women. The study supports wider adoption of a British front-of-package food nutritional content labeling system.

Artificial Sweeteners Harm Gut Microbes Six popular artificial sweeteners approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—aspartame, sucralose, neotame, saccharine, advantame and acesulfame potassium-k—were found to be toxic to digestive gut microbes in a new paper published in Molecules. Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University tested each sweetener along with 10 sports drinks that contained them. They discovered that otherwise healthy bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic when they came into contact with even one mg/ ml (less than one-hundredth of a teaspoon) of the artificial sweeteners.

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global briefs

3-D Domiciles High-Tech Instant Homes on Horizon

Fire Hounds

Dogs Help Restore Burnt Forests in Chile

Forest fires in Chile ravaged vast swathes of land in 2017, burning sturdy older trees in the El Maule region. Since then, three border collies belonging to Francisca Torres, a member of the environmental nonprofit Pewos, have been wandering through the charred remains with special satchels that spray seeds as they run to sow seedlings, grass and flowers. A major goal is for animals that fled the fires to return. “The main thing is for the fauna to be able to live,” says Torres. She says the dogs, bred to herd sheep, are smart and fast, covering a much larger area than a human could on foot.

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The Problem With Bottled Water Is the Bottle One million plastic bottles are sold around the world each minute. Most are used for bottled water, and most end up in the trash. As demand grows, especially in China, so does the bottle problem. According to environmental watchdog Euromonitor, if the present rate of consumption is not reduced, humans will use an estimated half a trillion plastic bottles a year by 2021. The French mineral water brand Evian is part of the problem, but is working on a plan to address it through a new approach. The company plans to use 100 percent recycled plastic by 2025 and to partner with a nonprofit focused on collecting ocean plastic.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch Out of Control


In the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California, the 80,000-ton Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing. Encompassing 600,000 square miles, the world’s largest such dump is twice the size of Texas, according to a three-year mapping effort by eight organizations. “To solve a problem, we need to understand it first,” says Boyan Slat, CEO of Dutch-based nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup. “The bad part is that there is more [there] than what we thought. The good part is that most of the plastic is still large objects. Just 8 percent of the plastic is micro plastic. It’s not too late to do something about it.” Fishing gear comprises an estimated half of the debris. The Ocean Cleanup intends to capture, concentrate and ship the materials from the patch back to land.

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A 3-D printed home can be built in less than 24 hours at a cost of $10,000. Developers hope to cut it to $4,000 to help families living in poverty or other unsafe conditions. New Story, a housing charity organization, and ICON, a construction tech company, have partnered to try ending global homelessness. Being able to lock the door and have a safe shelter can be elusive. An entire community of printed homes is planned for construction in El Salvador. The 650-square-foot, proof-of-concept prototype—containing a living room, small office, one bedroom and one bathroom—was built in Austin, Texas. Human workers installed the windows, doors, plumbing and electrical systems. ICON staff will use the home as an office to test its durability.

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Breathe Easy

For much of the country, winter means spending more time indoors—and exposed to potential toxins. Indoor air quality is critically important to children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems that may be especially sensitive to pollutants, according to Recognizing and avoiding some of the most common sources of toxins in the home can safeguard everyone’s health year-round and notably now, at the height of the season when humans tend to hibernate in their warm abodes. n The Environmental Working Group warns about volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be found in many household products from new carpets and furniture to paints and air fresheners. These airborne toxins can irritate eyes and respiratory systems, and increase the risk of cancer and liver, kidney and central nervous system damage. Look for low- and zero-VOC products; buy solid wood, hardwood or exterior-grade plywood and antique furniture. Open the windows once in a while as a natural, refreshing way to ventilate. n How, when and how often we vacuum is also important. The Indoor Air Quality Association ( recommends a slow and steady motion “to keep dust from flying up into the air.” They also suggest pet owners should vacuum every two days. When choosing a vacuum cleaner, go with a model that includes a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to pick up microscopic particles a regular vacuum cannot remove. n The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends using and properly maintaining home ventilation systems, including exhaust fans, air conditioning and heating units; preventing mold by controlling moisture and humidity, including checking pipes and window sills for condensation; and keeping the home smoke-free, because burning cigarettes release at least 69 chemicals that can cause cancer. n Place a large floor mat just inside each outside door, suggests, as people track in many chemicals—especially from pesticides and other pollutants— via the dirt on their shoes, which also can be removed before entering.

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“Stress can lead to imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, making it more difficult to focus, concentrate, relax and sleep—but it’s reversible, and the brain can absolutely heal from these effects under the right circumstances,” says integrative neurologist Ilene S. Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D., of the Center for Healing Neurology, in Seattle.

Assess it: If you find it hard concentrating,

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KICK-START ORGAN VITALITY New Energy for the New Year by Ronica A. O’Hara


ith the merry-making furor of the holidays behind us, it’s that time of year when our bodies are crying out for some detox and rejuvenation. Aside from getting back to the basics—a healthy diet and daily exercise—we can take a page from traditional Chinese and Indian medical practices and holistic approaches and use natural, organ-by-organ procedures to renew our bodies and restore inherent vitality. “Strengthening our organs is critical because the organs create the vital essences of life, and our emotional and mental health depends to a great extent on how healthy our organs are,” notes T. Caylor Wadlington, a doctor of Oriental medicine and acupuncture teacher in Denver. “In working to revitalize and re-energize the organs, we renew not just our physical body, but also our sense of well-being.” Here’s a guide to a gentle fix-up campaign for the five organs considered vital for life in both Western and Eastern medicine: 16

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to swallow—dark chocolate, berries, nuts and avocados, along with oily fish. Also, a five-year study of 950 seniors at Chicago’s Rush University found that eating leafy greens once or twice a day slowed mental deterioration.

Drink this: Green tea is proven to reduce

anxiety and depression, protect against mental decline and even correct stroke damage. In a Swiss study using MRI, people drinking green tea immediately had heightened activity in the workingmemory part of their brain.

Supplement with this: Ruhoy recom-

mends boswellia, long used in Asian and African medicine. It targets cerebral inflammation, stimulates the growth of neurons, enhances cognition, lowers depression and alleviates learning and memory problems.

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nating slow movements, or even rest with one-to-two-minute bursts of intense, all-out, heart-pounding moves like Zumba dancing, jogging or lunges increases important proteins called the neurotrophic factor that help brain cells grow, work and live longer, reports a new study from Canada’s McMaster University.

Stress also increases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which drive up blood pressure, blood sugar and inflammation, says holistic cardiologist Joel Kahn, M.D., of Detroit, author of The Whole Heart Solution: Halt Heart Disease Now with the Best Alternative and Traditional Medicine.

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Cycling 20 miles a week slashes heart disease risk by half, reports the British Medical Journal. Also, do slow stretches every day: A Japanese study found a correlation between flexibility of the body and of the arteries.

heartbeat, anxiety, panic and swollen feet or ankles are signs the heart may be overloaded. Get medical help immediately if there is unusual deep exhaustion, unexplained weakness, nausea, dizziness, chest pain or pain that spreads to the arms.

Family holidays may not always be unconditionally loving, which can induce stress, anger and sadness—emotions linked in laboratory studies to decreases in lung function. “You can actually give yourself a stress asthma attack,” says Maui naturopath Carolyn Dean, M.D., ND, author of The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health.

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heart are those rich in magnesium. I like a giant green, leafy salad, often organic arugula, with blueberries, pumpkin seeds and walnuts,” says Kahn.

Drink this: Make hot, golden turmeric milk with organic soy or nut milks, a heaping tablespoon of turmeric (a potent anti-inflammatory also shown to reverse Alzheimer’s “brain tangles”), a pinch of black pepper and maybe an organic pumpkin spice mix.

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to a higher risk of respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a review of clinical studies in Advances in Nutrition.

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them, and then place them on the kidney areas. Slowly massage in circular motions 12 times, and then reverse direction.


The kidneys are hard-working, fist-sized organs just below the back rib cage that filter waste and toxins out of 200 quarts of blood a day.

Assess it: Fatigue, feeling cold, shortness of breath, itchiness,

swollen hands or feet, a puffy face, metallic-tasting food and ammonia-smelling breath are signs of growing kidney stress. See a doctor if experiencing kidney pain, weakness, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, extreme thirst or decreased urination.

Eat this: Bone broth, wheat, millet, black sesame seeds, chestnuts, mulberries, raspberries, strawberries and walnuts are recommended by herbalist and acupuncturist Irina Logman of the Advanced Holistic Center, in New York City, to restore the kidneys.

Drink this: Add squirts of lemon or lime to water. “The citrate

makes water, as metabolized, more alkaline, which helps to remove acid from the blood, bring pH into balance and prevents bone, heart and further kidney damage,” says Phoenix nephrologist Mandip S. Kang, M.D., author of The Doctor’s Kidney Diet: A Nutritional Guide to Managing and Slowing the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease.

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Just say Om. Meditation enlarges parts of the brain concerned with memory, body awareness and emotional control, concluded a review of 21 neuroimaging studies from 300 meditators., a meditation app, makes it easy to meditate for even five minutes a day.


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versity of California, San Diego, that did this for two months had reduced heart inflammation and improved cardiac biomarkers. “Appreciating even the littlest things builds a heart-protective habit of gratitude,” says study author Paul J. Mills, Ph.D., a professor of family medicine and public health.


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To energize sluggish kidneys, try a quarter teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in water. In a British study of 134 people with advanced chronic kidney disease, this easy strategy reduced the rate of kidney decline to normal levels. Check with a doctor if under nephrology care.


Examine the ingredients in prescriptions and over-the-counter meds to make sure daily intake of acetaminophen doesn’t exceed 3,000 milligrams; accidental overuse is the biggest cause of liver failure in the U.S.


“The liver is critical for detoxifying the body, but higher sugar and alcohol consumption over the holidays, as well as more stress, can increase toxin buildup that can damage the liver, which is why it’s important to take steps to help it recover,” says functional chiropractor Jennifer R. Welch, DC, of Iowa Functional Health, in Clive, Iowa.

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A New Roadmap to Better Health by Linda Sechrist ood detectives trained in the art of investigation know not only how to look for, collect and interpret evidence, but also how to use the tools that can help them solve a mystery. With the right tool, such as a comprehensive functional blood chemistry analysis, an experienced practitioner trained in systems biology examines the body’s metabolic blueprint, unravelling the enigma of declining health hijacked by chronic disease. Holistic health practitioners like Kristin Grayce McGary, of Boulder, Colorado, use these skills to provide clients with sound recommendations, screen for health issues and monitor changes as needed. “This kind of sleuthing is what sets us apart,” says McGary.


Pathological Versus Functional The results of a blood test are essential to understanding anyone’s current state of health. No other screenings are more efficient and effective than the comprehensive blood chemistry panels used by functional medicine and holistic health practitioners to establish a baseline of biomarkers for tracking an individual’s health and nutritional needs. In the field of blood chemistry analysis, there are two main types of reference ranges— pathological and functional. The pathological range is used by the majority of conventionally trained medical doctors that are focused on diagnosing disease. The functional range is used to assess risk for disease before it develops, says McGary.

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“It is critical that you find a holistic and intelligent doctor skilled in functional medicine,” says Boulder-based Suzy Cohen, a registered pharmacist and author of Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients—and Natural Ways to Restore Them. “Working with a functional medicine practitioner, as well as a local trusted pharmacist who has access to your medication regimen and sensitivities, is the safest way to regain health.” It also saves money, because choosing the best supplements, herbal extracts, essential oils, dietary changes and other nonpharmaceutical healing modalities allows for healing faster, she says. Conventional practitioners, constrained by insurance company requirements, generally order simple blood panels with basic markers for heart, kidney and liver function. These might include reference ranges for hemoglobin, platelets, glucose, calcium and electrolytes. “The baseline lab panel that I prefer for patients has 68 markers, plus a urinalysis. This means that I get five or six full pages of results, which gives me a more in-depth insight into someone’s health,” McGary says.

A Better Roadmap to Health McGary considers the most important differences between the interpretation of functional and conventional markers to be the statistically compiled range of values that functional practitioners consider normal and the interconnections taken into consideration during the comprehensive analysis. “Conventional reference ranges are compiled by laboratories from a huge population of people, many of whom had their blood analyzed because they were already sick. Functional reference ranges are compiled from a much smaller population of healthy people whose bodies are functioning optimally,” she says. If a marker falls inside the tighter functional range, it’s a green flag that compares favorably with healthy individuals. If a marker falls outside the wider conventional range, it’s a red flag that correlates to sick people. The marker that falls in-between is a yellow flag. “Functional practitioners are looking for yellow flags, which are the early warning signs

that no one sees or feels yet as symptoms,” explains McGary, who spends more than two hours reviewing the blood analyses with clients. “We’re not only about prevention and achieving vibrant health—which we do by helping clients choose the best supplements to correct deficiencies—we’re also about helping individuals get to the root cause of their health challenge so that they can enjoy life.” Functional blood chemistry analysis is not generally covered by health insurance, and can cost between $180 and $2,500, depending on the complexity of the panel, the

number of markers ordered and the time spent by a practitioner in consultation and interpretation of results. However, the out-of-pocket cost may be worth it, says Cohen. “In health, sometimes you get what you pay for. You don’t want to be somebody’s number and pushed out the door,” she says. “It’s important to feel like you have been listened to and that your entire medical history has been fully evaluated.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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mericans are attached to their gadgets, and the tech industry is all too happy to deliver the latest innovations to consumers that clamor for convenience, connection and unlimited mobility. Meanwhile, telecom companies are busy installing fifth-generation (5G) infrastructure designed to take the nation’s communications revolution to a new level. We love our smartphones and smart homes, and especially the relatively newfound freedom from wires and plugs that once tethered us to our electronics. But concerns about the price to be paid in increased health risks from electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by those devices has surged with the proliferation of silent, invisible waves of radiation that permeate every facet of modern life. “The main health concerns include the breaking of DNA [bonds], leaks in the bloodbrain barrier and loss of calcium from cellular membranes,” says Ann Louise Gittleman, of Post Falls, Idaho, author of Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution. EMFs have cumulative and sometimes imperceptible biological effects, Gittleman notes—especially on the brain, heart, skin, lungs and central nervous system. The World Health Organization has classified radiofrequency radiation (RF), a highfrequency EMF associated with many types of wireless technologies, as a Group 2B carcino-


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Create a Safer Haven

With electromagnetic radiation blanketing the atmosphere from coast to coast, our homes may offer the only sanctuary from this particular form of pollution—providing we take some low-tech, commonsense steps to minimize household exposure to the health risk.

Find Some Distance

EMFs decrease with distance, so the farther away, the better. Switch to a battery-operated alarm clock, ditch the electric blanket, move the bed away from power outlets and keep wireless baby monitors six feet from beds.

Unplug Each Night

Disable Wi-Fi routers and remove all digital appliances and gadgets to make the bedroom a healing haven, says Gittleman.

Identify Overlooked Sources

“Almost all the homes I walk into have printers with wireless turned on, transmitting frequencies in the thousands of microwatts per square meter,” says EMF expert Risa Suzuki, a certified building biology environmental consultant in Seattle. “Wireless boosters also constantly transmit radio frequency.” Other overlooked household EMF sources include smart meters and household appliances both large and small, including hair dryers, electric shavers and cordless phones.

Change Wireless Habits Cell phones are prolific EMF producers, so if disconnecting isn’t an option, use a speakerphone or an air tube headset, similar

to a doctor’s stethoscope, whenever possible, Gittleman advises in Zapped. Never carry the phone against the body when it’s turned on. For computers and tablets, switch to wired internet and turn on Wi-Fi only when necessary. Opt for a wired mouse, keyboard and other plugged-in accessories.

Shield With Caution

Although there are a variety of EMFshielding products, experts warn against relying solely on them. “EMFs can bounce and deflect off surfaces, and materials have a certain threshold of what they can shield against,” says Suzuki. Do some research, ask questions

and consult with an expert before making a purchase. “It’s easy to get overwhelmed when learning about EMFs, and many people feel totally helpless,” says Suzuki. “But there are lots of solutions for reducing your exposure without ditching every electronic [device] in your house. If you’re willing to take action, then you can absolutely make a positive impact on your health.” Emily Courtney is a freelance health and wellness writer and editor living in northern Colorado. Connect at EmilyCourtneyWrites@



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nyone that has struggled to lose weight, eat right or deal with an eating disorder is familiar with the emotional battle that can evolve from the simple act of seeking sustenance. “The black-and-white mentality of needing to be perfect or counting calories leads us into a rabbit hole of bingeing, dieting and stuck in a love/hate relationship with food,” says Carly Pollack, whose new book, Feed Your Soul: Nutritional Wisdom to Lose Weight Permanently and Live Fulfilled, comes out next month. “We live in a society that is obsessed with mainstream media and celebrity culture,” says Pollack. “Poor body image and an unhealthy relationship with food are synonymous. You can’t have one without the other.” Enter the psychology of eating, a movement built upon a mindset that reshapes our relationship to I believe our plate food, focusing on emotions, beliefs and physiological respons- is a reflection of our es. These insights, grounded inner state. in research, offer empowering, ~Carly Pollack, author new perspectives.


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Nutritional Psychologist Marc David, who highlights research on the food/mind connection in his book The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss, says our thoughts about what is on our plates have even more impact on our physiological responses than vitamins or minerals. Guilt about consuming certain foods can slow digestion and increase chemical responses that store fat, while enjoying the same foods without stress can boost metabolism and nutritional absorption. “The most important aspect of creating and maintaining a healthy relationship with food is to bring awareness to our thoughts and behaviors around food,” says Pollack, founder of Nutritional Wisdom, a holistic practice based in Austin. Simplicity, eating real food and unraveling perceptions are paramount. “With all of the information overload out there, ‘eating right’ has turned into ‘eating perfectly,’” Pollack says. “I believe our plate is a reflection of our inner state.”

Gender Differences

Fear-based approaches to eating generally and eating to cope with emotions are seen often as primarily women’s struggles, but a high percentage of men also suffer. In fact, according to Marc David’s Institute for the Psychology of Eating, 40 percent of binge eaters are male. “Women’s food issues spring from the cultural pressure to prioritize their appearance over their wisdom, while men may turn to food to deal with career pressure,” says Harriet Morris, who hosts The Eating Coach podcast in Shropshire, England. “I’ve found, too, that both men and women use food as a way to avoid dealing with issues around sexuality, but their needs are very distinct.” Because a man’s sense of self is much more linked to his sexuality, food can be used to avoid dealing with aspects of male sexuality he is uncomfortable with, says Morris. “Work with my male clients is about avoiding perfectionism and opting instead for a powerful kind

of ‘imperfectionism’ where strength allows for pleasure. This—not a Marvel superhero—is a real man.” Regardless of gender, changing perspective is key, adds Morris. “Our problem is not food. Bulimia, excess weight, IBS [irritable bowel syndrome] and a whole host of other issues are teachers, not enemies. We have, for very good reasons, been using food as a life manager,” she says. In the end, nourishing ourselves on all levels is what it’s all about, says Pollack. “Our relationship with food gives us the opportunity to examine our relationship to ourselves, our sense of worth, who we think we are, what we feel we deserve and how we show up day-today in this body for this beautiful life we’ve been given.” Marlaina Donato is the author of Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at


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Grains aren’t evil, says integrative veterinarian Marty Goldstein, DVM, of Salem, New York, and author of The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat. “There is not a real requirement to feed them. The absence of grains isn’t a problem. What’s substituted for the missing grain is what can be the problem,” he notes. “Foods high in beans, peas and potatoes can block taurine utilization ...” That could be unhealthy for some dogs, according to an alert issued last summer by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It notes that taurine is an amino acid that’s lacking in dogs that develop dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The condition, which can lead to heart failure if left untreated, has long been associated with certain large and giant-sized dogs. Concerns about grain-free foods were raised when reports of DCM surfaced in breeds not typically predisposed to the disease. While the FDA investigates the potential link between taurine deficiency in some grain-free foods, dog owners and veterinarians ponder the best ways to approach a healthy canine diet. Opinions are divided. Justin Shmalberg, DVM, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist based in Gainesville, Florida, and chief nutrition officer at the pet food company NomNomNow, says there’s a longstanding debate about the necessity of carbohydrates for dogs. “Metabolically, a carb-free, meaty diet, including proteins for necessary blood sugar, works.” Still, dogs absorb many carbs just fine, he says. “Carbs are part of our dogs’ evolution. People eat

carbs, and as dogs were domesticated, they adapted to eating more carbs.” Some food formulas substitute potatoes for grains, which are high in starch, says Gleicher. “Too much starch can raise blood sugar levels, which can be especially harmful for dogs with obesity or diabetic issues.”  Goldstein, founder of Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend freeze-dried pet food, headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, favors a predominantly meat diet for carnivorous dogs.  “The addition of a small amount of cooked, whole grains is okay, especially for a healthy dog. My golden, eating food that contained some brown rice, lived to 19-and-a-half, much longer than today’s life expectancy of 8 to 10 years.” In some cases, it may not be the grain itself that’s creating the problem. “A chemical residue on the grain or a genetically modified variety might trigger an allergic reaction,” Gleicher says. There’s no denying that for some dogs, removing grain has led to significant relief from allergy symptoms. If it helps, there’s no reason to panic over the latest controversy, say the experts. On the other hand, take care in jumping on the grain-free bandwagon without due diligence, careful consideration and consultation with a vet. “The best diet is individualized,” says Shmalberg. “Feed quality foods, rotate protein sources and ask where ingredients come from. Dogs are adaptable. Do what’s best for each of your dogs. Don’t just follow a trend.” C o n n e c t w i t h S a n d r a Mu r p hy at

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Healing Crystal Lightbed at Thrive 9am-9pm. Clear your chakras and heal your mental or physical illnesses with the lightbed. This is the last opportunity until Spring. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

Cooking with Kristin (@wildflowersandfreshfood) 1-2:30pm. Support your healthy New Year resolutions with white bean chicken chili. Full of colorful veggies, this chili is full of flavor, low in calories and warms your soul on chilly nights. While the chili cooks, we’ll prep healthy appetizers and dessert ideas and talk about vegetarian options. $30. Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL.

Free Gentle Flow 9:30-10:30am. Sample Shea’s beginner friendly yoga class for free this Saturday. Also join her every other Saturday at regular rates. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 AHA Student Massage Clinic Jan 11 & 25. School-supervised internship gives opportunity for student practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting and clients to receive quality, full-length healing treatments at a great value. Call 251-753-1937 to schedule appointments at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45. $25 for 50-min full-body student massage. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 Free Reiki Sampler Sessions 9-11am. Blue Sky Collective member Greta Bates will be at Soul Shine offering 10 minute Reiki sample sessions. Stop by for a session or to learn more about the benefits of Reiki. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ The New Horizon’s Navarre’s Annual Psychic and Healing Arts Fair 10am-6pm. An event for experiencing real intuitive guidance, alternative healing therapies, great information and the wonderfully diverse spiritual community in Pensacola, Florida. We will have life-changing guests, services and more. Days Inn & Suites Navarre Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL.

Prenatal Yoga Series 4-5:15pm. 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. Unlimited yoga at Soul Shine is included in this series. $59. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 Reflex-OIL-ogy™ of the Skeletal System 7:45am-5pm. In this 8-hr class you will be able to experiment for yourself and examine the effectiveness of incorporating essential oils into the body through the reflex areas on your feet to help relieve back pain and balance the body naturally. Sonja’s Dance Studio, 508 E Commerce St, Greenville, AL. 850-380-4943. Awakening Together: Wisdom & Peace with Sybil Nance 6:30-8pm. Join Blue Sky member and Soul Shine yoga teacher Sybil Nance for a quiet evening of soul guided communication. Find strength, wisdom and compassion through guided meditation and discussion. Learn how to better tune into your heart and the peace and wisdom found there. $20. Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 New Year Wellness 7-8:30pm. Join like minded people and feel supported, inspired and motivated with your personal wellness plan for 2019. Susie Weiss will share essential oil tips for sustaining success. All are welcome. $5 at the door. Refreshments and door prizes. Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.

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AHA Student Massage Clinic Jan 11 & 25. School-supervised internship gives opportunity for student practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting and clients to receive quality, full-length healing treatments at a great value. Call 251-753-1937 to schedule appointments at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45. $25 for 50-min full-body student massage. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 Reflexology 2-Day Workshop 7:45am-5pm. Start the New Year on the right foot and learn Ingham Foot Reflexology in this 2-day class. You will learn how your body was created to function in perfect balance and give and receive techniques to improve your health naturally. Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28 Intro to Aerial Yoga 6:15-7:15pm. Join Kudzu Aerial owner Megrez Mosher for a 4-wk series to learn the basics of aerial yoga. Build strength and confidence in flight! $80. Kudzu Aerial, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 Health Talk: The Daniel Fast 12pm. Join us for this monthly educational event open to all. This month’s topic: The Daniel Fast. Bring a lunch. Every last Wednesday. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Springs, MS. 228257-1946. Shift from Tension to Intention with Lynette Mattina 6-7:30pm. Join Lynette for a 5-wk series designed to deepen your understanding of stress and its effects on your body, mind and health. Learn how your own stories and self-talk contribute and how to shift from a stressful to a peaceful state of mind. Learn self-care strategies and tools and discover how to go from living with tension to living an intentional lifestyle. $115. Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Thai on the Table Training with Sudevi 9am-5pm. Learn Thai Yoga Massage, stretching and massage together in a nurturing rhythm. Earn CEU’s as a massage therapist, learn assistance as a yoga teacher or come enjoy a weekend of massage trade out of enjoyment as a regular yoga student. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.


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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY, 3 The Yogi’s Path To Less Stress In Life 1-3pm. In the new year, don’t slide into the same over scheduled, unhealthy, pressurized, exhausting rut. Learn a variety of yoga practices and techniques to transform unhealthy habits, to win back our sanity, and live life fully, happily and with purpose. $25. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.


ongoing calendar SUNDAYS Discounts on Supplements Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia’s Health Foods (251-479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL.

Health Talk: Foresting 12pm. Join us for this monthly educational event open to all. This month’s topic: Foresting. Bring a lunch. Every last Wednesday. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

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.


Sunday Service 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL.

Medical Herbalism Hands-on course in practical herbalism for personal and family use. Meets 1 Saturday a month for 12 months. Southern Institute of Natural Health, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Health Talk: Walking the Labyrinth 12pm. Join us for this monthly educational event open to all. This month’s topic: Walking a labyrinth. Bring a lunch. Every last Wednesday. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 AHA Yoga Teacher Training Enrollment is open for the 200-, 300- and 500hour yoga teacher trainings. Available for aspiring teachers or personal development. Iyengar-style instruction emphasizes the use of props to ensure safety and alignment. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance. Email for details and application: AlabamaHealingArts@ Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Holistic Health Practitioner Certification Certify as a naturopathic practitioner. Learn the basics of herbalism, aromatherapy and natural therapies for common complaints. Study natural cancer support, meditation and more. Meets 1 Saturday a month for 12 months. Southern Institute of Natural Health, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 Iridology Certification Oct 3-5. In addition to iris analysis, learn how to help yourself and your clients improve health situations using herbs, flower essences and oils. 3-day course and online. Southern Institute of Natural Health, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

Sunday Service at Unity Church of Gulfport 10:30-11:45am. Join us for a spiritual message given by Rev. Judy Voght. Let her inspire your week ahead with uplifting, positive messages from the heart. Join us every third Sunday, after service, for fellowship potluck. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Unity Sunday Service and Celebration 10:30am. Weekly service welcomes people of all races, cultures, lifestyles and creeds. Services followed by cake and coffee for birthdays on 1st Sundays, eating out together 2nd Sundays, potluck and fellowship 3rd Sundays, healing circle/pet blessing 4th Sundays, Q&A and eat out 5th Sundays. Unity on the Eastern Shore, 22979 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8934. UnityEasternShore. Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service 11am-12pm. Our Sunday services feature a different guest speaker each week, either a member of our congregation or someone from the surrounding community. We address a variety of topics, from literature and history to religious thought and social issues. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@ Unity Church of Mobile Sunday Service 11am. Unity offers a positive path for spiritual living. Join us on Sundays for a peace-filled experience, and joyous fellowship, with uplifting messages and music, and centering meditations. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. unityofmobile.

Baha’i’s of Fairhope Diversity Devotions 3-5pm. Every 4th Sunday. Join us in the coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate our unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments served immediately following the shared devotional program. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL. Ecstatic Dance 4:30-6pm. We bring community together to dance, breathe, sweat and celebrate in a supportive and fun environment which facilitates personal empowerment, conscious connection and deep transformation. $10. Blue Sky, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4634. Counseling@RebeccaWashburn. com.

MONDAYS Quick Flow Lunchtime Yoga 12-1pm. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Downtown Yoga we offer lunchtime yoga! Take a break from your day to come move and breathe in Downtown Ocean Springs. Come prepared to flow. Downtown Yoga Ocean Springs, 1010 Porter Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-327-4433. 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 grainfree dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: MyHappyDog123@gmail. com. Yoga Core with Chris G 5:45-7pm. 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. Responsible Parenting Class 6-8pm. Free course for parents, together or separate, that covers co-parenting issues, positive parenting methods, money management and economic stability. Open to parents of children 18 and under. Also taught on Wednesday mornings. Family Center Baldwin County, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.

January 2019


TUESDAYS 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. 2900 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Sunrise Yoga with Linda 6-7am. The days are short in the New Year, so greet the sunrise with Linda Csaszar and take pleasure in revitalizing morning yoga. Charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find joy in the movement! Also on Thursdays w/ Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-4731104. Positive Parenting Classes 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Also taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. 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. 251-634-8055. 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. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens 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. 251-279-7517. CSA and Sway 5-7:30pm. Members of Shipshape’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program are invited to take a free yoga/barre class when you pick up your CSA subscriptions at Sway Downtown. 10 S Conception St, Mobile, AL. 251-367-0160. AHA PM Iyengar-Style Yoga 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $50/6-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.


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. More info: Sierra Club Meeting 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL. Pet Loss Support Group 6:30-7:30pm. Every 1st Tues. Support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet, a grief most people don’t recognize or understand. This is a free, confidential and safe group—all of us have been in your shoes. Unable to attend? Phone sessions available. Dr. Lynne Lohmeier: 228-4971394. Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. PM Tai Chi Class 6:30-7:45pm. Gentle moving meditation exercise class promotes wellness; an actual method to reduce stress. Fun and easy to learn. ​Perfect for beginners. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Restorative Yoga with Angela Gray 6:30-7:30pm. Learning how to rest is part of the yoga practice. Angela guides a visualization meditation about taking trips and flying through the clouds while also guiding you to experience opening and relaxation while you lay on your bolster in different postures. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@

WEDNESDAYS AHA AM Iyengar-Style Yoga 9:30am. This class emphasizes detailed instruction and proper body alignment, utilizes the aid of props when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Call/text 251-753-1937 to register. $10/class; $50/6-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AM Tai Chi Class 10-11:15am. Gentle moving meditation exercise class promotes wellness; an actual method to reduce stress. Fun and easy to learn. ​P erfect for beginners. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Fowl River Community House, 5401 Fowl River Rd, Theodore, AL. 251207-0007. Free Chair Yoga for MS 10:30-11:30am. The MS Foundation provides one free yoga class a week at Thrive Yoga & Massage. Most members of the Fairhope MS support group come on Wed at 10:30 am. Fill out a couple forms with your doctor to attend. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Edition

Health Talks 12pm. Every last Wednesday. Join us for this monthly educational event open to all. Different topic each month. Bring a lunch. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2571946. Restorative Yoga with Rebecca 4-5pm. Been a long few days? No stresses or worries! RYT certified Rebecca Dunbar McLeod can 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. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Green Drinks Mobile 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail. com. 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. 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. Mississippi Sierra Club Meeting 6:30-8pm. Join us for a lively and informative meeting on all things environmental going on around us and to our community. Bring a dish to share, and your willingness to get involved. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-256-3177.

THURSDAYS Gentle Core and Happy Hips 9:30-10:30am. Work your core muscles in a more subtle way to build deeper strength in stabilizers of the back and hips rather than just building a nice six pack. Open and strengthen the hips to support the core as well. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ Gulf Coast Herb Society 10am-12pm, 2nd Thursdays. Meetings explore herbalism, and in particular, native medicinal herbs. Speakers/topics vary each month. The Nourishing Place, 606 Tennessee St, Gulfport, MS. More info: MELT Method Class 12-1pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. MELT is for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, and can improve their longevity through self-treatment. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

CSA at Soul Shine 5-7:30pm. Pick up your CSA (community supported agriculture) subscription from Shipshape Urban Farms at Soul Shine Yoga on Thursdays. 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-367-0160. AHA PM Iyengar-Style Yoga 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $60/6-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Hatha Yoga with Manja 5:45-7pm. Enjoy 200-hr RYT Manja Podratz’s zest and refreshing energy as she puts you back in touch with your body, restores the mind and leaves you refreshed, energized and focused. Revel in the bliss and embrace the joy as you finish the day! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Group Reformer Class 6-7pm. 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. 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.

SATURDAY Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta 7:30-8:45am. 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. 251-928-5363.

Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life 9:30-10:45am. We welcome you to an open flow yoga class appropriate for all levels of practice. Drop-in $10/class. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-473-8040.

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Friday Morning Serial 8-9am. A weekly public gathering and networking event featuring a 10-15 min speaker and group discussion. Topics, speakers and attendees are from diverse backgrounds and provide specialized insight. Free. Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, 769 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS. 228-436-4661.

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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 Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469.


CSA Pick-Up at the Farm 9am-2pm. Pick up your Shipshape Urban Farms CSA (community supported agriculture) subscription from the farm. 8553 Padgett Switch Rd, Irvington, AL.

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Natural Directory email or call 251-990-9552.


GREEN Living


The 2019 Healthy & Green Living Directory issue comes out next month. Contact us to find out how you can be a part of this special expanded edition:


Locations in Foley, Fairhope and Mobile, AL 251-990-0535 Hearing loss affects everyone uniquely which is why we solve hearing problems one individual at a time. We have the knowledge and technology to guide you on a journey to better hearing. See ad, page 23.



243 S Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 251-210-9114 • Offering Structural Integration—a method of bodywork which unbinds the body’s connective tissue (fascia) using a strategic, whole body approach to improve body movement and structural balance, reducing chronic pain. See ad, page 26.



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

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1861 Old Government, Mobile: 251-607-6666 2534 2101 Highway 98, Daphne: 251-725-4334 A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials and massage with 100% organic products. See ad, page 25.

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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.

A clean and effective line of skincare, anti-aging products and make-up that nurtures y o u r s k i n ’s n a t u r a l balance. Contact us for a complementary skincare and makeup consultation. See ad, page 26.


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(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 5.


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.


Healing Acres, Robertsdale, AL 205-283-2743 Offering therapeutic massages, oil treatments, Zyto scans and classes with doTERRA essential oils for healthy living. 20+ years of essential oil knowledge. 17 years of massage therapy experience. See ad, page 26.

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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 21.


20733 Miflin Road (Co. Rd. 20), Foley, AL 251-709-4469 Open year round Tuesdays (2-6pm) and Saturdays (9am2pm). Local farms with seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, seafood, hand-crafted soaps and more. Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.


12100 Highway 49, Suite 730, 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. See ad, page 20.


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 bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, back cover.


2032 Airport, Midtown Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, West Mobile: 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 21.

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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 bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, back cover.


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Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C, Daphne, 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.

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333 Greeno Road S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 • A 7-minute session, once a week provides a natural solution for healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility and pain reduction. Accessible to all ages; non-invasive; nonpharmaceutical. See ad, page 25.


Natural Elder Products, Lucedale, MS 601-791-0943 • 601-947-7692 Boost your immune system with locally-made, natural Elderberry products including syrup, hand sanitizer and bath products. Also offering arnica products for pain relief and seasonal produce. See ad, page 20.


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251-928-8020 22886-D U.S. HWY 98, Fairhope, AL Uptail Resale is an upscale thrift shop whose proceeds benefit the animals of the Baldwin Humane Society. We carry quality household items, furniture and jewelry.

Offering full spectrum hemp extract CBD (cannabidiol) that helps insomnia, inflammation, etc. Lotions, potions, extracts and edibles. Free samples (must be 18 and up). Open 7 days a week. Mail orders available. See ad, page 27.





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