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My mom still talks about the first time it snowed my freshman year at Kenyon College, often saying I was having an epiphany. Growing up in Houston, I had never seen real snowfall. So when the flurry started that afternoon in Gambier, Ohio, I called her in a state of child-like delight and she was tickled by my excitement. Last month when we woke up to a snow covered yard, I enjoyed listening to our boys as they felt a similar snowinspired sense of joy. Before Josh and I got out of bed, I could hear Mays (8) helping Thatch (3) with breakfast and getting bundled up so they could go out to play in the white slush. What fun they had throwing mini snowballs and making grassy snow angels! 2017 was full of new and exciting experiences for both boys, but especially Thatch. He learned to swim last summer, and a couple weeks later he watched fish darting beneath him as he snorkeled in the ocean. After years of sitting on the sidelines of his brother’s and dad’s games, Thatch got to play on his own soccer team for the first time. He also learned how to harvest sweet potatoes in our garden, witnessed the solar eclipse and helped rescue and release an injured bird for the first time. These memories will shape his perspective of the world for a lifetime. What if every year of our lives was filled with as many rich experiences of joy and accomplishment as Thatch had in 2017? January is a time for new beginnings. This month’s issue is packed with articles to help you leave holiday habits behind and reconnect with healthy and purposeful living. Stay calm and cool with “Dial Down Stress”, go green with “Kick the Plastic Habit”, restore your gut health with “Eat Wheat Again” and manifest your desires with “Expect a Miracle”. What adventures will you fill your year with? What epiphanies will you experience in 2018? Feel energized by the season and set intentions high for the year ahead. Visit a new place, learn a new skill and make time for the people and activities that you love. Cheers!

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Water Bottle Provides Alkaline Water To Go Peak Alkalinity, in Fairhope, is encouraging customers to enjoy alkaline water on the go by offering $10 off their Hydro2Go water bottles. With 13 types of minerals in its filter, a Hydro2Go water bottle converts tap water into alkaline ionized water in less than 10 minutes. Because the body thrives on an alkaline pH as opposed to a lower acidic pH, drinking alkaline water can boost the body’s natural detoxification process, improve immunity, facilitate weight management and slow aging. The filter also produces negative ions and resizes water molecule clusters. The smaller molecules are more easily absorbed by the body and therefore hydrate more effectively than other waters. “As you replace the ordinary water you drink with alkaline water, you will start to see the many benefits available to you,” says Missy Guitterrez, owner of Peak Alkalinity. “Over time, the alkaline water will help to balance your system out.” In addition to alkaline water, water ionizers and BPA/BPS-free water bottles, Peak Alkalinity offers a full menu of HydroZen spa services including massage, detoxifying foot spas, infrared sauna and collagen showers. “We are passionate about helping customers reach peak alkalinity,” says Guitterrez. “Our mission is optimal health, from the inside out.” Location: 217-B Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-270-7200 or visit PeakAlkalinity.com. See ad, page 18.

Become a Holistic Health Practitioner The Southern Institute of Natural Health, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, offers a Traditional Naturopath Degree and the next course begins in May. Registration is now open for this 12-month course, which meets one Saturday per month. “Complementary medicine is booming in this country, and there is a need for professionally trained practitioners,” says Professional Naturopath Practitioner Betty Sue O’Brian. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage self-healing processes. Included in the course is an introduction to iridology, herbalism, energy medicine, flower essences, nutrition, natural cancer cures and Eastern medicine. The program helps massage therapists, nurses and other health practitioners integrate natural healing methods into their work, while also introducing traditional healing methods to students new to the healthcare field. Whether taken for personal growth and healing or to pursue a career in naturopathy, students will restore harmony to themselves and connect with others as they evolve into a more natural way of living. “In a 21st century of fast food, poisoned crops and overindulgence, our graduates will be properly informed with the wisdom of the ages and the latest research in natural healing today,” says O’Brian. “It’s a shift into a lifelong quest for health—for themselves and for others.”

Untreated Hearing Loss Contributes to Dementia Ascent Audiology, in Fairhope and Foley, is offering free hearing aid cleanings and consultations to educate patients on the relationship between hearing health and dementia. A recent study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found a direct correlation between improved cognitive function and hearing aid use in older adults with hearing loss. “Our study suggests that using a hearing aid may offer a simple, yet important, way to prevent or slow the development of dementia by keeping adults with hearing loss engaged in conversation and communication,” says Dr. Anil K. Lalwani, M.D., professor at CUMC. This leads to overall better mental astuteness, quality of life and less likelihood of social isolation, which fuels dementia in many individuals. Medical research presented by Dr. Frank Link at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting has found that hearing loss contributes to dementia and mental decline, estimating that as much as 36 percent of dementia risk can be attributed to hearing loss. His 2013 study suggests that hearing loss is linked to a 30 to 40 percent greater risk of cognitive decline in people with hearing loss versus those without. For more information, call 251-990-0535 (Fairhope) or 251-517-4237 (Foley), or visit AscentAudiologyFairhope.com. See ad, page 19.

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New Fairhope Studio Location Offers Yoga and Massage Thrive Yoga and Massage has moved and expanded into a studio space on Highway 181, just north of Gayfer Avenue, in Fairhope. The team of teachers provide a schedule of classes that vary in style and level but are all suitable for beginners. In addition to traditional offerings, Thrive offers several specialty classes. Chair Yoga makes the practice more accessible to seniors and those with limited mobility. In Yoga Nidra, teachers guide students through a visualization meditation on their backs to balance the body’s systems and brain. Orchard Awakening includes a peaceful walking meditation and outdoor yoga practice in the orchard behind the studio. Embodied Spirit Dance grounds individuals in the present and increases body awareness while Hulahoop Dance provides a new way to move in meditation and work the core and arms. Hoops are provided. “I am drawn to the therapeutic aspect of yoga and I enjoy blending one-on-one yoga sessions with massage sessions,” says owner Billie Reinhart, who has taught yoga since 2006. Thrive offers traditional table massage, Thai yoga massage (a combination of gentle stretching and massage without any effort from the recipient) and natural spa services. Thirty-minute sample sessions of Thai yoga massage are available for $25 per half-hour with coupon code 25HALFHR. Pre-registration is not required for classes. Location: 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251929-4020 or visit ThriveFairhope.com. See ad, page 6.

Plant-Based Cannabinoids Promote Health and Balance Hard-wired throughout every human body is the endocannabinoid system. This complex physiologic network is comprised of cannabinoid receptors embedded in the brain, organs, glands and connective tissues. These receptors are believed to be more numerous than any other receptor system found in the body and play a crucial role in regulating physiology, mood and everyday experience. While the endocannabinoid system exists to respond to cannabinoids produced by the human body, it also responds to cannabinoids from external sources such as the plant-based cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of the hemp plant. Research has shown that doses of CBD can trigger the body to build more endocannabinoid receptors, creating a regenerative web of healthy cells throughout the nervous system and the immune system. David’s Gallery, in Gulf Shores, carries CBD in many forms and offers Natural Awakenings readers a 12 percent discount. Free samples are also available. “Be sure your CBD is full spectrum, meaning it uses the whole plant and is not an isolate,” says Carolyn Hall, owner of David’s Gallery. “Hundreds of different compounds from the plant work in combination with CBD to create the entourage effect which provides the therapeutic efficacy typically associated with the whole plant.” For more information, call 251-609-6999. See listing, page 42. 8

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Eastern Shore Church Fosters Spiritual Awareness Unity on the Eastern Shore (UES) invites new visitors to gain a new level of spiritual awareness through worship and fellowship. In Fairhope, they hold a Celebration of Life service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., plus monthly healing circles and blessings for family pets. “People are more spiritual and less religious, and Unity facilitates that change,” says Rev. Shirley Geer. “We bless and embrace people of every race, culture, lifestyle and creed. We honor the many paths to God, for we know that God, as light and love, expresses equally on every path. Our purpose is to foster a new level of spiritual awareness, to lift one another to a Christ-like maturity and to equip people to demonstrate their truth through service to others.” UES is a gathering of New Thought believers that come together to be loved and healed in a Christcentered community. As a spiritual family, they encourage each other to demonstrate the Christ mind that lives within and they celebrate their unity with everyone around the world and with God. Location: 22979 U.S. Hwy. 98, Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-990-8934 or visit UnityOnTheEasternShore.org. See listing, page 40.

Women Explore and Celebrate Feminine Consciousness The annual Grandmothers Gathering attracts women of all ages from across the U.S. to share their wisdom, creativity and power. The theme of this year’s event is Be Brave, Be Strong, Be You: Claim Your Authentic Voice, and it will take place from March 22 to 25 at Camp Beckwith, in Fairhope. The Gulf Coast Grandmothers is a collective of women that embrace the archetype of the loving, wise grandmother. They gather yearly to reflect, rejoice and renew spirit together, embodying unconditional acceptance and fulfilling the ancient prophecy: “When the grandmothers speak, the Earth will heal.” In early cultures, the female elder was considered a wise woman. She was the healer, the teacher, the imparter of knowledge. She mediated disputes, she had influence over tribal leaders and she cared for the dying as they took their final breaths.​​ “The title ‘Grandmother’ is neither biological nor dependent on age,” explains organizer Carolyn Garbett. “It refers to the personal yet universal essence of the Sacred Feminine in ourselves, each other and in the world.” ​The group gathers annually to connect with other women for inspiration and guidance through daily circles, workshops, meditation, music and healing arts—sharing laughter, tears and more. For more information, call Carolyn Garbett at 251-945-1295, email MsParis98@gmail.com or visit GulfCoastGrandmothers.com.

Environmental Sustainability is Focus of Annual Summit The Green Coast Council will host its annual Sustainability Summit conference on January 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the University of South Alabama Student Center, in Mobile. The event will feature keynote speaker John Anderson Lanier, of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and sessions covering topics such as sustainable business practices, eco-tourism, energy conservation, green infrastructure, aquaculture and local government tools for sustainable development. Ann Bedsole will be presented with the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s Lifetime of Conservation Achievement award during the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s 25th annual meeting, which is held during the lunch portion of the Summit. The Green Coast Council is a forum for business and industry leaders who practice and promote environmental sustainability principles. Through meetings, conferences and actions, the Council provides positive environmental leadership throughout coastal Alabama.

Baha’is of Fairhope Plan Holy Day Programs Since the October celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í World Faith, Baha’is around the world are looking forward to honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab in November 2019. Bab, whose name means “The Gate”, announced the coming of Baha’u’llah, much like John the Baptist announced the coming of Christ. Leading up to the 2019 bicentenary, Fairhope Baha’is will invite the public to attend several 2018 Holy Day programs devoted to the Bab’s life, including the declaration of his mission in May, his martyrdom in July, and his birthday in November. Baha’is recognize the founders of all of the world’s religions as having a divinely ordained message and mission. In addition, they believe that these religions originate from the same source, the one God who created all of mankind. “Many people wonder why there are so many different religions,” says Fairhope Baha’i Beth Carrier. “The Baha’i Faith teaches that each religion is like a ‘chapter in a single book’ containing God’s unending revelation.” In his chapter, Baha’u’llah addressed the urgent needs of humankind in this modern age. High on that list of needs is unity. Baha’u’llah proclaimed, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.” For more information, call 251-9285692 or email BahaisOfFairhope@ gmail.com. See listing, page 40.

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Energy Healthcare Practitioner Jeremy Stout is now coupling Reconnective Healing sessions with crystal restoration and charging. In January and February, he is offering a 40 percent off special for these unique sessions. Crystals are natural healers from the earth that have vibrational benefits for every condition—mental, physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual. “Since all things are vibrating, our body, mind and spirit can ‘tune’ into the vibrations of stones and crystals and that’s how they become effective,” Stout explains. “After extended use, most stones and crystals require cleansing so they can return to their natural earth-created state.” For example, clear quartz is used to absorb electromagnetic rays and is excellent to place near computers, TVs and electrical outlets. Over time the quartz becomes full and needs cleansing. Stout uses Reconnective Healing frequencies to combine crystal restoration with healing sessions. Along with their own personal stones, clients lay on a BioMat (a bed of amethyst crystals with far-infrared light and heat) for this no-touch session. They leave feeling clear, refreshed and energized from the healing frequencies, as do their personal collection of stones. Everyone can benefit from the amethyst BioMat and healing session, with or without a personal collection of stones. Location: The Lotus Jungle (formerly Rosie Bluum), 6A S. Bancroft St., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-222-0220 or visit MeridianMaster.com. See ad, page 33.

IMAX Nature Documentary Benefits Marine Sanctuary Alabama Coastal Foundation is hosting an IMAX screening of The Underwater Forest at 5:30 p.m., January 18, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. A discussion with filmmaker Ben Raines will follow the showing and ticket proceeds will support efforts to designate the area as a marine sanctuary. This nature documentary details the discovery and exploration of an ancient cypress forest found 60 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, due south of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The forest dates to an ice age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were about 400 feet lower than they are today. Scientists believe giant waves driven by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 uncovered the forest. It appears to be a wholly unique relic of our planet’s past, the only known site where a coastal ice age forest this old has been preserved in place. It is considered a treasure trove of information, providing new insights into everything from climate in the region to annual rainfall, insect populations, and the types of plants that inhabited the Gulf Coast before humans arrived in the new world. Scientific analysis of the site is ongoing. Tickets: $10. Location: 65 Government St., Mobile, AL. For more information visit JoinACF.org. 10

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Dr. Mary Sabal Offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Numerous Benefits At Family Care Naturally, in Gulf Shores, Mary Sabal, D.C., R.N. provides a range of affordable services and offers 25 percent off hyperbaric oxygen therapy to Natural Awakenings readers on their first visit. “All chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused from a lack of oxygen at the cell level,” says Arthur C. Guyton, M.D., in the Textbook of Medical Physiology. When cells have abundant sources of oxygen, the body recovers more quickly and the individual has less pain and more energy, stamina and mental alertness. The air we breathe usually provides enough oxygen for normal metabolism and damaged tissue repair, but hyperbaric therapy (HBT) enhances the body’s natural healing processes. As a patient relaxes in a total body chamber, he or she breathes oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures, which increases the absorption of oxygen. This stimulates greater function of all body fluids, cells, tissues and organs—even those with blocked or reduced flow. Sabal’s wellness approach promotes preventative, holistic and natural lifestyles. She also offers acupuncture (needle or non-needle) to reduce pain and anxiety; chiropractic adjustments (by hand or by instrument) to align bones and joints; massage (for therapeutic applications and relaxation); and hair tissue mineral analysis (to reveal metabolic type so food and supplement recommendations are more effective). Location: 1404B W. 1st St., Gulf Shores, AL. For more information, call 251-970-3605, or 251-752-0428 after hours for emergencies.

kudos The Baldwin County Trailblazers led a recent effort to upgrade several segments of the Jill Hall Aerobic Trail, in Fairhope, where Baldwin County Highway Department workers smoothed and patched hazardous spots of heaved and broken asphalt. “We are immensely grateful to the Baldwin County Commission and its highway employees for their response to the issue,” says Molly Peterson, president of the Trailblazers board of directors. “Several segments of the trail had posed serious hazards for bicyclists and pedestrians and most of those have been addressed by our county officials.” Located between Fairhope and The Grand Hotel, the Jill Hall Trail is a popular segment of the 23-mile Eastern Shore Trail that extends from Spanish Fort through Daphne, Montrose, Fairhope, Point Clear and on to Weeks Bay. The Baldwin County Trailblazers organization, working with communities and grantors to secure funding, was instrumental in developing the trail, starting in 1995.

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Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.

Daily Produce Servings Prevent Early Death

Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.




Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.

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A Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed a link between the altruistic acts and feelings of contentment, activating neurons in the ventral striatum associated with happiness. Even the intention alone to be more generous was enough to create these changes, and the amount spent did not influence the increase in levels of well-being. The discovery sheds fresh light on why many people feel gratified when giving, even when it costs them something.

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As the debate rages between health officials and vaccine critics about possible links to autism, mercury seems to be a specific bone of contention. It has long been present in the form of thimerisol, a preservative that inhibits bacterial contamination. Under government pressure, amounts have been reduced by the pharmaceutical industry to trace levels or eliminated, except in commonly recommended flu vaccines, some of which contain the food emulsifier polysorbate 80, which disrupts the blood-brain barrier and helps create an extremely effective delivery system for escorting neurotoxic ethylmercury and other heavy metals straight to the brain. The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that ethylmercury, in particular, gets metabolized into even more toxic inorganic mercury and remains in the brain for years.

Sugar Linked to Depression The journal Scientific Reports recently published a study that confirmed a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders. In 2002, researchers from Baylor College found that higher rates of refined sugar consumption were associated with higher rates of depression. A 2015 study that included nearly 70,000 women found a higher likelihood of depression in those with high added sugar intake, but not in those with a high intake of naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit. The World Health Organization recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than 5 percent of their total energy intake; Americans typically consume three times that much. Meanwhile, one in six people worldwide suffers from a common mental problem such as a mood or anxiety disorder.

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Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis, in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, creating swelling and pain. Studies have already shown the beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but a new study of 176 participants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, found that increasing the amount of fish containing omega-3 they ate weekly as a whole food lowered their disease activity. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. have the disease; women far more often than men.

Research from the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has found that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp oil, significantly reduces seizure rates in epileptics. Scientists there tested 120 children and young adults with epilepsy and found that the cannabidiol group’s number of seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 compared to a statistically insignificant change in the placebo group.

Alcohol has been linked with cancer in about 3.6 percent of cases worldwide, due to the presence of acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents it from repairing itself. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that involved 200,000 people found a distinct connection between white wine in particular and melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Sun exposure is a well-known cancer risk, but this and other studies have found that subjects often develop melanoma primarily on the trunks of their bodies, which are usually covered by clothing, and it is almost always curable if the cancer is caught early.





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Of 24 breakfast food samples tested by the Alliance for Natural Health USA, 10 showed the presence of glyphosate. Executive and Legal Director Gretchen DuBeau states, “We expected that trace amounts would show up in foods containing large amounts of corn and soy. However, we were unprepared for just how invasive this poison has been to our entire food chain.” In the study, the chemical, now revealed to be a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization, was found in oatmeal, bagels, eggs, potatoes and non-GMO soy coffee creamer. The presence of glyphosate in dairy products may be due to bioaccumulation in the tissue of animals. DuBeau adds, “Glyphosate has been linked to increases in levels of breast, thyroid, kidney, pancreatic, liver and bladder cancers, and is being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner worldwide. The fact that it is showing up in foods like eggs and coffee creamers, which don’t directly contact the herbicide, proves that it’s being passed on by animals that ingest it in their feed. This is contrary to everything that regulators and industry scientists have been telling the public.”


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Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities.


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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. 16

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hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. 20

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercis-

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ing and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

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of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

Stress-Proofing Our Body

Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stress-resilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and

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e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”


Multitask less, monotask more:

“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.


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Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.

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nating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.


Daydream: Idle times, like standing

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Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily

to sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.


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Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxietyprone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fatloaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressed-out women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stressrelated illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni.

People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment.

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“When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health w r iter in Boulder, C O. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.

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he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25 years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevity-enhancing environment

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and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, wholefood diet rich in whole grains and wheat. Many Americans that are glutensensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.

Delete Processed Foods

The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. n Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving. n Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve

them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. n Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.

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Restore Liver and Gallbladder Function

Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: n Eat one red beet and one apple a day—either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. n Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

Strengthen Stomach Fire

Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices: n Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion 4 Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism 4 Decrease H. pylori, an opportunistic acid-producing microbe, from adhering to the stomach 4 Decrease gas and bloating 4 Support optimal weight, microbiology health, growth of good gut bacteria and elimination 4 Act as powerful free-radical scavengers Following these simple steps of nutrition will set gluten sufferers on the right path to retraining the body to digest and enjoy wheat again. John Douillard, a Boulder, CO, doctor of chiropractic and creator of the wellness website LifeSpa.com, is the former director of player development and nutrition advisor to the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is author of the book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet. Learn more at EatWheatBook.com.

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“They are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.” Oksana Kuzmina/Shutterstock.com

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Healthy Weight Kids Food Choices that Prevent Obesity by Amber Lanier Nagle

Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids.


n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.” 30

Portions Matter

In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more appropriate, so there’s more control of how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are now available at many grocers.

Rethinking Family Plates “A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Daemon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washington, D.C., naturopathic physician and author of Eat More Plants.

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Breakfast and Snacks Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and nitrate-free sausage. “I also recommend steel cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, low-nutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of baby carrots with hummus, is a nutrient-rich snack for kids. Avoid snacks that have no nutritional value or are coated in sugar.” For more good ideas, see Tinyurl. com/HealthySnackingOptions.

No Sugary Drinks “There’s a strong correlation between sugary drinks and overweight, obese children,” observes Palmer. “I recommend that parents remove all sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice boxes from their children’s diets. Water and unsweetened seltzer water are great alternatives.” Palmer notes that many eating patterns are set before a child turns 3, so limiting all


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econdary causes of childhood obesity include pervasive junk food marketing. A recent study in Obesity Reviews showed that young people exposed to advertising for foods and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt had a higher incidence of selecting the advertised products instead of healthier options. Parents can use simple strategies to limit their kids’ exposure to this mesmerizing influence.


Reduce Screen Time—Decrease the amount of time children spend viewing TV, computers, tablets and smartphones.


Teach Kids About Advertising—Watch some ads with children. Talk to them about misleading messaging, underscoring how most advertisers’ intentions aren’t in the audience’s best interests.


Fast Forward Through Commercials— Take control and bypass ads using a DVR player or streaming service; mute the TV during ads. Primary source: WebMD.com


ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.


Be Grateful for Everything

Gratitude deserves its positive buzz. When we’re grateful, our energy changes and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.


Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.

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sugary drinks, including juices, is an important component of teaching young children healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime. Studies suggest a strong link between obese children and obese adults, so for parents concerned that their child’s cute baby fat has turned into something more, the time to act is now.


Step Beyond Routine

Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.


Help Others Receive the Miracles They Pray For

Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.


Trust Intuition

When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community.  Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at BelieveAndCreate.com. January 2018


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rocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the environment, with more created daily. Annually, the equivalent of five grocery bags of trash for every foot of coastline worldwide enters the oceans, killing 100,000 marine animals. A 2016 World Economic Forum report says that by 2050, the world’s seas could contain more plastic than fish. At the 2017 Our Ocean Conference, the Ocean Conservancy and its partners announced a $150 million preventive plan. “This is a major breakthrough for trash-free seas,” says Susan Ruffo, the conservancy’s managing director of international initiatives. “Our research found improved waste management in Southeast Asian countries [Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China] can halve plastic going in the ocean by 2025.” When the United Nations launched the Clean Seas campaign in 2017, Indonesia pledged $1 billion to reduce plastic waste by 70 percent within eight years through education,

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taxes on plastic bags and investing in alternative products. Increased awareness is crucial to buy and discard less, create alternatives and recycle more to support the planet’s overall health.

Expanding Footprint

Lacking space, technology and equipment to transform waste into reusable materials, U.S. municipalities typically ship it to a sorter for processing elsewhere; often to China, where new regulations restrict what’s accepted, leaving trash haulers scrambling. Although recyclable, these are the worst plastics: #3, Polyvinyl chloride, used in plastic wrap, toys, squeeze bottles and packaging for peanut butter, contains lead and phthalate esters (chemical compounds) that affect development of testosterone, according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. #6, Polystyrene, in Styrofoam, plastic utensils and disposable or carryout containers, is toxic to our brain and nervous system; ask what restaurants use. #7, Polycarbonate, found in the lining of canned foods, sports drinks, juice

drinks, ketchup bottles and clear sippy cups, contains bisphenol A (BPA), a proven endocrine disruptor.

Small Changes Make a Difference Recycling weakens plastic grocery bags, necessitating double-bagging to avoid spills. Average families annually accumulate about 1,500 plastic bags, with 99 percent ending in landfills, as litter or stuffed in the pantry, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Worldwide, many countries ban or tax bags. “Annually, 50 billion water bottles are sold globally, including 30 billion in the U.S. That’s 1,500 individual water bottles thrown away per second,” says Deanna Latson, cofounder of ARIIX, which makes water purification systems, in Bountiful, Utah. “One filter can purify the equivalent of thousands of them a year.” The U.S. annual bottle recycling rate is 23 percent. Beth Terry, of Oakland, California, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, offers 100 tips at MyPlasticFreeLife.com, including this planetsaving advice: 4 Opt for bar soap instead of liquid, soap nuts in lieu of plastic-packaged powders, and baking soda and lemon or vinegar rather than sprays to clean. 4 Ask the butcher to wrap meat in paper, forgoing trays and plastic wrap. 4 Buy fruit and vegetables at farmers’ markets; return containers for reuse. 4 Turn out-of-fashion garments into cleaning rags; skip plastic scrubbers. 4 Carry reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags.


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4 Avoid over-packaged frozen foods. 4 Use glass jars for leftovers and storage. 4 Buy kitty litter packaged in paper. 4 Choose stainless steel pet food and water bowls. As a substitute, glass is endlessly recyclable, but facilities are few. Find resource centers at gpi.org/glass-resource-locator. “Plastic innovations stop at invention and don’t follow through to end-of-life solutions,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, in Trenton, New Jersey. It accepts both basic and difficult-to-recycle waste including pens, laboratory waste, cigarette butts, art supplies, small auto parts, bathroom cleaning waste, toys, candy wrappers and coffee pods (TerraCycle.com).

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of high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone; moderate amounts of animal fat; high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, such as those present in krill oil); and some fresh-cut ground veggies; plus antioxidant-rich fruit. Consider adding both vitamin/mineral and other supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, medicinal mushrooms and super green foods. Work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian to determine the best regime.

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ancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give our companion the best possible chance of prevention.


Avoid Pet Obesity

In studies across species, caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obesity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with excessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Overfeeding a dog is not a loving thing to do.



Choose an AntiInflammatory Diet

Creating or promoting inflammation raises cancer risk by facilitating abnormal cells to proliferate. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic, inflammatory disease. Because cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates as an energy source, limit or eliminate carbs present in processed grains, fruits with fructose and starchy vegetables. Cancer cells generally can’t use dietary fats for energy, so appropriate amounts of goodquality fats are nutritionally healthy. Another major contributor to inflammation is poor-quality, processed pet food, which is typically high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3. Omega-6s increase inflammation; omega-3s do the reverse. A healthy, moist dog diet contains real, whole, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) foods, preferably raw—also plenty

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Exposure 3Reduce to Toxins

Harmful toxins include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemicals, tobacco smoke, flame retardants and all common household cleaners. A six-year study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at Tufts University, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma up to 70 percent. Conventional flea and tick preventives are pesticides, whether spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos or collars. Chemical spot-on products attracted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attention based on reports of 40,000 adverse events in 2008, including 600 animal deaths. Because avoiding all toxins is nearly impossible, consider periodic detoxification based on a vet’s recommendation. For a dog with constant exposure to toxic chemicals all summer, a daily oral detox protocol is sound. If the only source is a monthly dose of a flea and tick product, limit a detox to the week after each pill or topical treatment.


Refuse Unnecessary Vaccinations

To properly maintain a dog’s first line of defense—the immune system—don’t overstimulate it with vaccines. Tailor vaccine protocols to minimize risk and maximize protection, considering the dog’s breed, background, nutritional status and overall vitality. A good protocol with healthy puppies is to provide a single parvovirus and distemper vaccine at or before 12 weeks of age, and a second set after 14 weeks. Cautious vets then order a titer test (at a lab that uses the im-

munofluorescence assay method) two weeks after the last set of vaccines. If the dog has been successfully immunized, it’s protected for life. If titer tests indicate low vaccine levels (unlikely), try a booster for only the specific viruses that titered low, and only those to which the animal has a real risk of exposure. Combination vaccines (four to eight viruses in one injection), a standard booster at many veterinary practices, is not recommended.


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Studies from Purdue University, the University of California, Davis, and others show a clear link between spaying/neutering and increased cancer rates in dogs, especially large breeds. These include increased risk of osteosarcoma in Rottweilers neutered or spayed before their first birthday; double the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large, purebred dogs versus intact (not neutered) dogs; and three to four times the cancer rates for spayed female golden retrievers versus intact females. Opting for ovary-sparing spays (hysterectomy) is another option that preserves sex hormones while rendering the animal sterile. Applying these five suggestions in caring for a dog throughout its life offers a pet a good chance for a cancer-free and overall healthy, high-quality life. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola.com).

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Dates and times may change. Please call ahead to confirm. All calendar events must be received by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Go to HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com to submit entries.

FES Bike to School Day – Every first Friday. Grab your helmet and an adult and bike to school on first Fridays. It's the fun way to travel! Participating students will receive a spoke bead for their bike at each event. Fairhope Elementary School, Fairhope, AL. Facebook. com/BikeToSchoolFairhope.

Yoga Beginner Series | Foundation + Flow – 5:306:30pm. New to yoga or need a refresher? This series that takes place one evening a week for 3 weeks and is designed for beginners. Learn the principles of alignment for the most common poses. $49 + unlimited yoga from 1/9 to 1/23. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@TheSoulShineLife.com. bit.ly/2iG3sPW.



White Stone Ceremony – 10:30-11:30am. Celebrating New Year and affirming spiritual growth. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS. 228-8717004. Admin@UnityGulfport.com. UnityGulfport.com.

Sustain: 90 Days to a Healthy Lifestyle – 12:302:30pm. This 3-mo program involves a comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach towards enhancing overall health and well-being the mindful way. Led by Lynette Mattina, the series focuses on teaching how to set yourself up for long-term success. $395. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft, Fairhope, AL. 251-554-4121. LynetteMattina@gmail.com. bit.ly/2jRoQ58.


Prenatal Yoga + 4-Week 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. Led by Nancy Bolton-Beck. $59 for 4-wk series. Soul Shine Yoga, 103 B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namste@TheSoulShineLife.com. bit.ly/2kbPFBh.

MONDAY, JANUARY 8 Dreams and Personal Growth – 6-8pm, Jan 8-29 (Mondays). Discuss the hidden meanings and symbolism within dreams. In this series, you will learn different models of dream interpretation. Group led by Mary Michael. $60 for series. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4634. Counseling@RebeccaWashburn.com. Lower Alabama Perinatal Support Group – 7:30-8:30pm. Peer-to-peer support for relationships, role changes and adjusting to life after baby. Topics and guest speakers will vary each month. Nurslings and casual dress welcome. Details on Facebook group. Sponsored by Butterflies Dancing Perinatal Support. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com.


markyourcalendar Fairhope Green Drinks Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks every second Tuesday. Speaker at 6pm. Food from Sunflower Café plus local farm vendors. Free to attend except cost of drinks.

January 9 • 5-7pm Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave 251-279-7517 • MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail.com Facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks


SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Young Living Live Your Passion Rally – 9:3011:30am. Come join the fun and share the excitement of starting the New Year with new announcements from Young Living Corporate and the launch of new products. 26 Barkley, Atmore, AL. 251-253-0010. LaurieAzzarella@gmail.com. Reflex-OIL-ogy.com. An Introduction to Kundalini Yoga – 10-11:30am. Start the year with Kundalini—a dynamic system that combines posture, breath, movement and concentration to improve physical health, vitality and mental focus. This class will provide an active introduction for both new and experienced students. $20. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. New Horizon's Annual Psychic Fair – 10am-6pm. Featuring amazing services, intuitive readers, life coaches, speakers, products, healers, chair massage, yoga, fitness and much more! Door prizes. Now accepting vendors: intuitive, readers, healers and more. $10 entry. Days Inn & Suites Navarre Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL. 850-941-4321. PensacolaEvent@aol.com. NewHorizonsExpo.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 Animate Your Posture with Chris De Vilbiss – 10am-12pm. Visualize the body as an energy system. Create bandha (energy seal) around key joint spaces and stack bones to make posture efficient, safe and alive. Animate your posture around your spine and breathe. This class is for all levels of yoga practitioner. $35 for one or $60 for both workshops. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Pranayama Sound Bites with Chris De Vilbiss – 1-3pm. Take your practice home with you. Pranayama means to regulate mind activity through breathing, so learn 5-10 minute snippets of deep pranayama practice you can use even with limited time. All levels will enjoy and appreciate this subtle practice. $35 for one or $60 for both workshops. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net.

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markyourcalendar Mobile Green Drinks Join us for an engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker every third Wednesday. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks.

January 17 • 5-7pm Alchemy Tavern 7 South Joachim Street, Mobile, AL MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail.com Facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 Rayid Weekend – 9am-5pm. Rayid is the evolving work of Denny Ray Johnson. It concerns birth order, generational healing and the iris. Denny comes from Oregon to share his revelations concerning our personality and our spirit. By donation: $50 suggested. The Nourishing Place, 6404 Shore Dr, Gulfport, MS. 228-875-8586. Betty.OBrian@gmail.com. Kundalini for Power, Balance and Peace – 1011:30am. Realize your potential. Kundalini yoga develops physical and mental vitality, balance and a calm, neutral mind appropriate for today. The exercises and meditations in this class are suitable for experienced students as well as determined beginners. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 Level I Reiki Certification – Upon completion, participants may offer professional Reiki treatments. Energy healing technique for self and others taught by Master Teacher since 2002. Beautiful certificates issued are suitable for framing. Available as a 12-CE course. Email for details and application. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com. AlabamaHealingArts.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Aroma Yoga – 6:45-8:45pm. Start the New Year with a gentle, seated, slow paced class that combines the aromatherapy effects of essential oils with yoga. Presented by Sara Howard, Certified Aroma Yoga Teacher. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 251-626-1720. LaurieAzzarella@gmail.com. Reflex-OIL-ogy.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 Restorative Yoga for Peace and Renewal – 9:3011:30am. A Saturday morning lying down restorative yoga class, after gentle movement to let go of emotional stress and release tension. Find your balance for the months to come. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com.


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SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 AHA Student Massage Clinic – 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, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. AlabamaHealingArts.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Quantum Touch Level One with Julie – 9am5:30pm, Feb 3-4. Quantum-Touch teaches how to focus, amplify and direct Life Force energy, for a wide range of benefits with often extraordinary results. 14 NCTMBCEs. 12 CEs (IMDHA) 12.5 CEs nurses. $480/$400 prepaid. UFLE Studio, Fairhope, AL 36532. 251-2818811. AskJulieEBrent@gmail.com. JulieEBrent.com.


savethedate Women Explore & Celebrate Feminine Consciousness Join the Gulf Coast Grandmothers, a collective of women of all ages, faiths and spiritual practices, as we welcome the Sacred Feminine into our Annual Grandmothers Gathering. Connect with other women in daily circles, workshops, meditation, music and healing arts.

March 22-25 Camp Beckwith, Fairhope, AL 251-945-1295 • MsParis98@gmail.com GulfCoastGrandmothers.com


savethedate Meet & Greet for Traditional Naturopath Course Registration open for the 2018 TN and Holistic Health Practitioner course. $100 deposit holds your space. Class meets one Saturday per month for 12 months starting in May, with 24/7 online access to the class.

10am-1pm, May 26 Southern Institute of Natural Health Ocean Springs, MS 228-257-1946 • Betty.OBrian@gmail.com SouthernInstituteOfNaturalHealth.com IridologyAcademy.org

ongoing calendar Please call ahead to confirm dates and times. All calendar events must be received by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Go to HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com to submit entries.

sunday 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. VA-FairhopeHealthFoods.com. Waterway Village Farmers Maket – 9am-2pm. Adjacent to Tacky Jacks. Farm grown produce, seafood, breads and pastries, homemade fruit pies, local honey, fresh salsa, seafood dips, fresh milk, cream and ice cream, bath products, artists and artisans. 251-752-0194. Waterway Village, 101 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL. WaterwayVillageFarmersMaket@ gmail.com. MarketsOnTheGulfCoast.com. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 9:1510:15am. ACIM Discussion Group. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS 39501. 228 871-7004. Admin@UnityGulfport.com. UnityGulfport.com. 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. CenterForSpiritualLivingMobile.org. 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. Pastor@OpenTableUCC.org. OpenTableUCC.org. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. UUFM.org. Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service and Celebration – 10:30-11:30am. Please join us every Sunday for uplifting music, meditation and message. A community of friends in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS 39501. 228-871-7004. Admin@UnityGulfport.com. UnityGulfport.com. 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. UnityOnTheEasternShore.org. 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. 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. BahaisOfFairhope@gmail.com.

monday 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@ TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.com. Chair or Floor Restore with Yoga Nidra – 9:3010:30am. Restorative yoga, supported postures offered in the chair or on the floor after a few good morning gentle stretches to settle the body for Yoga Nidra sleep. This is a 30-45 min reclined meditation to calm the nervous system and balance brain waves. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com. Gold 90 Original Hot Yoga 26/2 – 9:30-11am. Mon & Wed. Strengthens, tones and works all systems of the body. Improves cardiovascular function and mental stillness by managing the breath and the mind. Beginners to advanced. Heated. $30 intro for first month, other membership packages available. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-4715775. Info@SHYWMobile.com. SHYWMobile.com. Hula-Hoop Dance and Poi – 4-5pm. Hulahoops of many sizes are provided to practice basic waist, arm and foot hooping moves for a meditative dance, a fun challenge, and a great workout. Poi is the swinging of tethered weights in rhythmic patterns. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com. 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@gmail.com. Facebook.com/ myhappydog123. Law of Attraction Study Group – 6-8pm. Great discussion group. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS 39501. 228-871-7004. Admin@UnityGulfport.com. UnityGulfport.com. 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. BaldwinFamilies2@gmail.com. FamilyCenterMobile.org.

January 2018


tuesday 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. WellnessSpaOS.com. Iron Hour Vinyasa Flow with Weights – 8:159:15am. Tues & Thurs. Challenge balance, build core strength while transitioning from warm-up stretches and flows into sequences of curls, squats, presses and more. Beginners to advanced. Heated. $30 intro for first month, other membership packages available. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-471-5775. Info@ SHYWMobile.com. SHYWMobile.com. Positive Parenting Classes – 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30 am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. Kids101@ comcast.net. FamilyCenterMobile.org. Qigong Tai Chi – 9-10:15am or 6:30-7:30pm. Explore the gentle art of the moving meditation. Includes a 15 min Intro to Meditation session. $10. Beginner-friendly. Ashbury Hotel, 600 West 65 Service Rd S, Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@ BlueWillowWellness.com. BlueWillowWellness.com. 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@ yahoo.com or MeghanLLL@yahoo.com. 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. AscensionFuneralGroup.com. 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. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail.com. CoastalAlabamaMarket.com. 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. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail.com. Facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

AHA PM 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; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts.com. Ashtanga Yoga with RYT Manja Podratz – 5:457pm. This dynamic method of sequenced postures links with your breath and concentration techniques. This new class introduces the Ashtanga series in an accessible manner to beginners as well as intermediate students. A great way to finish off your Tuesday. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. 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: Pneuma-Yoga-Movement.com. Book Study and Discussion Group – 6-8pm. At present, studying Doreen Virtue’s Earth Angel Realms. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Admin@ UnityGulfport.com. UnityGulfport.com. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL. Introduction to Meditation – 7:45-8:30pm. Perfect for beginners to explore types of meditation. Training and practice. $5 Ashbury Hotel, 600 W 65 Service Rd (Airport Bvld), Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@BlueWillowWellness.com. BlueWillowWellness.com.

wednesday 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. WellnessSpaOS.com. AHA AM Chair Yoga – 9:30am. This class utilizes the aid of a chair, when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts.com. Qigong Tai Chi – 10am. Explore the gentle art of the moving meditation. Includes a 15 min Intro to Meditation session. $10. Beginner-friendly. Fowl River Community House, 5401 Fowl River Rd, Theodore, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@BlueWillowWellness.com. BlueWillowWellness.com. 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.

TOPS – 5:30pm. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Open to anyone who wishes to lose weight. We weigh in every Tues and then have a short program by one of our members. Try it for free. Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church, Spanish Fort, AL. 251-625-6888.


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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 – 12-1pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne during your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Also Mondays at noon. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. 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. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail.com. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks. 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. Lbrlumin@aol.com. IANDS.org. Yin Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Get much-needed selfcare in this meditative, slower-paced practice for enhanced flexibility and improved mind-body connection with a focus on breath and stillness. Beginners to advanced. Unheated. $30 intro for first month, other membership packages available. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-471-5775. Info@SHYWMobile. com. SHYWMobile.com.

thursday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays & 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. 228-209-4090. WellnessSpaOS.com. 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. 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. Synergyoga.net. Inferno Hot Pilates – 5:15-6:15pm. Make your workout fun again with this bootcamp style class that incorporates HIIT, Pilates principles and music! Most effective for building core strength fast. Beginners to advanced. Heated. $30 intro for first month, other membership packages available. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-471-5775. Info@SHYWMobile. com. SHYWMobile.com.

AHA Gentle Yoga​ – 5:45pm. Connect body-mindspirit through movement, presence and breath. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text 251623-4510 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts.com. 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 730, Gulfport, MS. CoastHealthAndNutrition.com. Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:307:45pm, 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@gmail.com. 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. Laurie.MarketingScents.com.

friday FES Bike to School Days – Every first Friday. Grab your helmet and an adult and bike to school on first Fridays. It’s the fun way to travel! Participating students will receive a spoke bead for their bike at each event. Check Facebook for additional giveaways. Fairhope Elementary School, Fairhope, AL. Facebook.com/BikeToSchoolFairhope. AHA Morning Yoga – 9am. Energize, align, strengthen, center and de-stress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginnerfriendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts.com. Sterling 60 Original Hot Yoga 26/2 – 5:15-6:15pm. Abbreviated original 26/2 sequence that incorporates two sets of the most challenging postures. Improve strength and cardiovascular function and save time. Beginners to advanced. Heated. $30 intro for first month, other membership packages available. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-471-5775. Info@SHYWMobile. com. SHYWMobile.com.

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. HeartStringsYoga.com. 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. CoastalAlabamaMarket.com. Orchard Awakening Yoga and Meditation –9:3010:30am. Awaken your muscles and your spirit in The Orchard with gentle yoga postures and a silent meditative walk, enjoying trees, the morning air and sunshine. Weekly, inside or outside according to weather. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com. Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life – 9:3010:45am. 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. Facebook. com/SimplyLifeLearningCenter. Restorative Yoga – 10:30am. Guide yourself toward a healthier state of being in restorative yoga. There’s no goal of stretching or strengthening, just relax with what is. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.com Gallery/Salon Group Readings – 6:30-8:30pm. Psychic Medium Ericka Boussarhane uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in their lives. As a medium she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. $20. Wishful Treasures New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola, FL. 850-941-4321. ColdCasePsychic.com.

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Enjoy soaps made from certified organic oils and essential oils. We also have organic candles, diffusers and hair products plus original art from local artists. See ad, page 17.

GREEN SWEEPS GREEN CLEANING SERVICE – Reliable, efficient and detailoriented cleaning service with eco-friendly products. Petsitting services too. Text/Call 703-216-1875. Winkel.Heather@gmail.com. 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:  251752-6509.



1861 Old Government, Mobile: 251-607-6666 2534 2101 Highway 98, Daphne: 251-725-4334 TMACsHairStudio.com A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials, spray tans and massage with 100% organic products. See ad, page 17.

AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@ AzaleaCityCats.org.


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81 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-928-5692 BahaisOfFairhope@gmail.com 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.


1700 East Railroad Street, Gulfport, MS 228-871-7004 UnityGulfport.com 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 19.

UNITY ON THE EASTERN SHORE 22979 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 251-990-8934 UnityOnTheEasternShore.org

Meeting Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Sharing positive energy, love and New Thought spirituality. Affirmative prayer, spiritual ideas and meditation bring us together. Come be lifted up in joy and peace of mind.


Heather Winkel • Fairhope, AL Text/Call: 703-216-1875 Winkel.Heather@gmail.com Green cleaning service. Reliable, efficient and detailoriented with eco-friendly products. Bonded, licensed and insured. Pet sitting services also available.

Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) cardholders receive discounts at these businesses. Pick up a copy of Natural Awakenings at these businesses. HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com


(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 • MindPerformanceCenter.com 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 25.


IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • DrDaytonHart.com 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 MyDoterra.com/donnalewis 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 25.

LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943 LaurieAzzarella@gmail.com Laurie.MarketingScents.com

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 19.


Meryl Hyderally, Feng Shui Design Consultant 251-463-1862 • Meryl@Hyderally.com fengshui831.com

fengshui 831

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 730, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 CoastHealthAndNutrition.com 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 17.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055 Va-FairhopeHealthFoods.com 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 29.


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 18.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 • Va-FairhopeHealthFoods.com 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 29.


Reconnective Healing Practitioner 6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL 251-222-0220 • JerStout333@gmail.com 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 MeridianMaster.com. See ad, page 33.


Lori Windham Independent Distributor Pruvit Ventures Call/Text: 601-323-1005 Wo r l d ’s f i r s t n a t u r a l consumer-based ketone supplement drink. Experience all the benefits of nutritional ketosis: burn fat and preserve muscle; improve cognitive function, energy levels, sleep, mood and digestion. Learn more: KetoAtTheBeach. ExperienceKeto.com. See ad, page 27.


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MASSAGE THERAPY HYDRO ZEN AT PEAK ALKALINITY 217-B Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-270-7200 PeakAlkalinity.com

Offering a full menu of massage techniques, cleansing infrared sauna sessions followed by a hydrating collagen shower, and detoxifying foot spas. Enjoy all three services once a month with a $99/month membership. See ad, page 18.


22787 U.S. 98, Suite D-5, Montrose, AL 251-616-4201 • JenAdamsLMT.info JenAdams.Massage@gmail.com 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.


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 d r o p s , e - j u i c e . Ti a n a a (Combretum quadrangular)— opioid receptor-targeted pain relief. Mention this ad for 12% off.

721 Cowan Road, Gulfport, MS 1-800-824-0194 • DoctorsNutrition.com

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, back cover.


333 Greeno Road S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 • OsteoStrong.me 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 15.

Babette de Jongh HearThemSpeak.com

more. See ad, page 35.

T e l e p a t h i c communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and


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. 

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 33.

318-366-3380 KDeveny77@gmail.com TinyURL.com/CBDKortney


8871 Rand Avenue, Ste. B Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1496 AmericanHBOT.com State-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy facility. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe medical treatment delivering 100% oxygen while in a pressurized c h a m b e r. R e d u c e s inflammation, promotes healing, repairs cells and heals wounds. See ad, page 27.

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 human body. More information at EasternShoreRolfing.com. See ad, page 19.

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101-A Rouselle Place, Ocean Springs, MS 228-209-4090 WellnessSpaOS.com


8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1632 AmericanAutismCenter.com 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 13.


22355 Price Grubbs Road, Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052 HealingAcres1@gmail.com Experience wellness with massage, r e f l e x o l o g y, b o d y treatments, Reiki, colonics, essential oils, wellness classes and more. Our labyrinth is open to the public during daylight hours. See ad, page 24.


Natural device stops a cold before it starts

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.


ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked

Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.

again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at CopperZap.com or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL January 2018


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Doctor's Nutrition was established by chiropractic physicians Drs. Jim and Janine Fox, D.C. Jim has 36+ years and Janine has 23+ years experience in functional medicine. Dr. Kenneth Bull, D.C., who joined the staff of doctors last year, enjoys helping to heal the whole person and is experienced in exercise science, chiropractic and functional medicine.

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