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DIY Elderberry Cordial Workshop in Mississippi Roots To Home is offering Wild Crafting with Elderberries from 1 to 3 p.m., July 14, at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, and August 10 at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, in Ocean Springs. These health and nutrition classes will teach participants how to identify wild elderberry blooms and fruit and how to create a simple elderflower cordial. Lilah Brown, owner of Roots To Home, nurse and certified food producer, will lead the course. Brown produces a line of wellness products from the elderberry grown on her Lucedale, Mississippi farm. Studies indicate that elderberry can help boost the body’s immunity, reduce inflammation and decrease cholesterol. Cost is $20 and includes supplies. For more information, call 601-947-7692 or email Discvree7@gmail.com. See listing, page 38.
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As Earthâ€™s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.
Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 10
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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.
The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in the San Joaquin Valley of California, a heavypesticide region in which more than one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts are grown. Studying birth records, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the top 5 percent of women with the highest exposure had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.
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According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.
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Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the water to either fertilize and make baby coral larvae or settle back onto the reef, fostering growth. Dirk Petersen, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Sexual Coral Reproduction, in Hilliard, Ohio, gathers sperm and eggs from corals, fertilizes them in a lab and returns the baby corals to the wild. “A bunch of us coral reef managers were just so sick of just watching things die,” says Laurie Raymundo, a biologist at the University of Guam. This kind of in vitro fertilization provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.
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Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleumbased plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen— clean air.”
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The Health Hut Celebrates 35 Years
or 35 years, The Health Hut has been a local resource for high quality, natural products and superior customer service. Since opening their doors, the goal of the staff has remained the same: to help local residents live healthier lives. “We truly try to help people conquer their current health concerns and improve their lives,” says Claude Hutchinson, who has been employed by The Health Hut since the early 2000s. “It’s what all nutritional stores should strive to be.” Jill Fletcher, who has worked at the West Mobile location for nearly 21 years, is proud to be a part of The Health Hut team. “I watch my co-workers day in and day out and see that they are not only knowledgeable in their different fields, they genuinely want to help people. Their kindness and integrity is undeniable,” she says. Initially the store operated out of a small house on the corner of Old Government Street and Schillinger Road, when that part of Mobile was still relatively undeveloped. It has since grown to three locations (including a Daphne store), and 35 years
later, many of the original customers are still loyal patrons at The Health Hut. As the local business has grown, so has the natural care industry. As a result, staff members observe that the customer is now much more informed and open-minded about trying natural products. “More people are starting to view supplements and herbs as an effective way to maintain health,” notes Jeff Freeman, co-manager and grandson of the original owner, Betty Freeman. To keep up with market demand, The Health Hut continues to expand their inventory and offer customer incentives such as a rewards program and various discounts. They also have their own line of organically grown herbs and essential oils called Hale Ola. Co-Manager Brock Cole emphasizes that superior customer service
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has always been the primary focus, saying, “Products have come and gone, but the same great customer service remains.” Education is also a priority. All staff members are required to complete ongoing product trainings so they can educate their customers. “I am passionate about helping others be proactive with their health,” explains owner Jeff Sheldon. “By educating people, we can empower them to take control of their health and happiness, and that is very satisfying to all of us.” Looking forward, The Health Hut will continue to focus on the health needs of their customers. The customers and their needs are why the staff members—from the owner to the newest employee—go to work every day. Summing it up, Fletcher says, “Dream big, but don’t ever forget why we’re here—to maintain principles of love and respect for the customers and for each other. We keep the heart of the business about the people.” For more information, see ad, page 25.
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Organic Farmers: Growing America’s Health Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops
hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions. 16
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Field Science Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil,
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our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higher-quality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees grow organic heirloom and specialty grains,
Healthy Soil, Food and People
At the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Andrew Smith directs the new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as
Urban Farm Provides Local Food Year Round
hipshape Urban Farms is a new agritech company creating a zero-waste, localized food network by building hydroponic farms in upcycled shipping containers. Based in Mobile, Alabama and developed by Gulf Coast natives Dale and Angela Speetjens, Shipshape uses efficient farming practices to revolutionize health, the environment and dinner. Hydroponic systems grow plants without soil in a controlled environment to eliminate the need for herbicides and pesticides. Requiring 90 percent less Angela and Dale Speetjens water and substantially less energy than traditional farming practices, Shipshape’s environmentally friendly process provides healthy, sustainable food that is harvested at the peak of ripeness. From seed to harvest, LED lighting and drip irrigation systems are used to provide the optimal growing conditions for the produce. These innovative features, combined with vertical growth, allow Shipshape Urban Farms to produce the equivalent output of a 30-acre farm in less than a ¼ of an acre, for a fraction of the cost. The crops are also certified Homegrown By Heroes (FarmVetCo.org/homegrown-by-heroes). Shipshape’s lettuce, leafy greens and herbs are available year round via a community supported agriculture program (CSA) which delivers weekly produce baskets to locations in Mobile, Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Foley, Pensacola and Biloxi. For more information, see ad, next page.
pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”
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lycopene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.” David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washing-
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ton, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contributes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.
We Are What We and Our Animals Eat
Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture— as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed animals. These naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic farmers help protect our food, water,
and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife. They understand that careful land and animal stewardship is key to soil, plant, animal and human health.
More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for health-promoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk
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Mississippi Farm is Rooted in Wellness
oots To Home owner, Lilah Brown, was raised on a 40-acre farm in Lucedale, Mississippi, where they have always used natural methods to grow a variety of produce. While heirloom tomatoes have been one of their specialties—and they continue to grow them for local restaurants—elderberry is their newest focus. “Our farm is rooted in health and wellness. I have been a nurse for 30 years Lilah Brown (far right) and Roots To Home family and I wanted to go into prevention instead of treatment,” she recalls. “Natural approaches are better than medicine and food is the best place to start.” When Brown discovered elderberry’s ability to boost immunity in the body, reduce inflammation and decrease cholesterol, she began producing organic elderberry extract. The American variety of the plant has grown on their property for years, but they primarily grow and use the black European elderberry (Sambucus nigra) because of its higher potency. Roots To Home now offers a total line of locally produced elderberry products, including extract, syrup, hand sanitizer and bath products, plus several topical arnica products for pain relief and a soothing massage oil. Their produce and wellness products can be purchased directly from them at local farmers’ markets and from a list of retailers in coastal Alabama and Mississippi. For more information, see Natural Health listing, page 38.
for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic four-season crops and companion planting,
while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO. Connect at FoodSleuth@gmail.com.
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to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an antiinflammatory diet one step at a time.” That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun—the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at Tinyurl.com/Andrew-WeilFood-Pyramid offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”
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ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical— they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.
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components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.” Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. “Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable and easier for the body
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InflammationCausing Foods Dr. Frank Hu, of the Harvard School of Public Health, suggests limiting these foods that inflame, all found in a typical fast food meal. 1. Refined carbs, such as bread buns and sugars
3. Red meat and processed meat 4. French fries and other fried foods 5. Margarine
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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.
Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.
Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil.
Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.
Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”
Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil.
Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil. Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.
Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology.
Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil. Walnuts, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, says Axe.
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nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.
Timing is Everything
Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. Ac-
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cording to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator of The Walking
Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.
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The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to Sleep.org, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.
Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fightor-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relax-
ation response. It all depends on a person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation, Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed that 12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years.
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Natural Ways to Reduce Pain by Kathleen Barnes
hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug 24
Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level,
addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and even cancer pain, and saving lives. The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s
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Drumming Out Drugs Music, specifically drumming, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Group drumming can help people withdrawing from addictive drugs, especially those having particular difficulty in conventional addiction programs, reports a University of Arizona at Tempe study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Other supportive studies are listed at ShamanicDrumming.com/ drumtherapy.html.
Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”
but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural paincoping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.”
levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Industry.org/state-marijuana-policies-map). S om e C B D oi l s c ont ai n t r a c e amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s pain-relieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive
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Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?
In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.
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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts
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hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people—nearly half our planet’s total population—live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. 26
Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and cowrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.
How can we better deal with rising sea levels? There are now about 200 million people living within three feet of high tide. Both mitigation and adaptation will be required. We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints.
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A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about two-thirds of U.S. commercial fish species that had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.
What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”? Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their
residents are exposed to—along with longterm sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits (FootprintNetwork.org). Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.
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GMO Toxins Permeate Pet Foods
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n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing poison called Bt-toxin.
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Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.
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Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods.
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Pet owners that notice benefits from changing a pet’s diet can share their story via PetsAndGMOs.com or Pets@ResponsibleTechnology.org. The sooner we realize the hidden dangers, the quicker the market must respond with healthier ingredients. Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.
Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely
organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed. Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for Mercola.com, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the root cause
of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”
Organic Surpasses Non-GMO
GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO. Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and its campaign, Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at PetsAndGMOs.com. Author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients, interviews many that recovered from disease after switching to organic food. Also visit NonGMOsImproveHealth.com.
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hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow. Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes gardenbased education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in
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their bones that food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the roots. They accidentally step on young seedlings. Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine Koons-Hubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.
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“Children might rather be playing than following instructions,” Koons-Hubbard counsels, but it’s easy to incorporate space for free play in the garden. Depending on a child’s imagination and which toys are used, a spot of diggable soil in the shade might morph into a dinosaur refuge, pony farm or secret place for fairies. Kids are also attracted to stepping stones, which encourage hopping, stretching and even counting. Don’t be surprised if kids turn some of them into a stage or a place to stack rocks or leaves. Children love mixing soil and water together into mud. When given a bucket of clay, soil and water, kids quickly discover they can use mud to paint, sculpt or make fantasy pies decorated with leaves, sticks or flowers. “Playing in mud fully engages the senses, and there are studies that show it can benefit the immune system and make us happier,” says Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo, education director at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, in New York. References include the University of Bristol, UK, University of Colorado Boulder and University of California, Los Angeles. “Mud isn’t anything, really, and that open-ended quality lends itself to joyously creative play that helps children develop a relationship with the natural world,” she says.
up look at worms and other critters in the worm bin or compost pile, or the structures inside flowers. “But when we just let the children explore, they’ll find loads of intriguing objects we may never have thought of, like water caught on the fuzzy underside of a leaf, a sparkly rock or rough tree bark,” Cohen says. Children love to water plants, especially during hot summer weather. Small watering cans that hold only a little water are easy for kids to handle and limit overdoing it. Waterfilled spray bottles also encourage exploration while keeping kids cool. Digging to discover what’s underground comes naturally to kids, and preschoolers do best with toy-size tools with short handles. Older kids can control child-size spades and rakes better than heavier adult tools.
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MONDAY, JULY 9 Camp SAIL – American Autism and Rehabilitation Center’s 4-day camp focused on sensory exploration, active play, interaction with peers and language development. No diagnosis is required to participate. Several sessions offered in June and July serving ages 3 years old to 6th grade. 8909 Rand Ave, Daphne, AL. 251-210-1632. AmericanAutismCenter.com.
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SATURDAY, JULY 14 Yoga 101—Starting Your Practice – 11am-1pm. Learn the foundations and fundamentals of yoga at this workshop. This is an excellent introduction to yoga if you are a 1st timer or beginner. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 AL Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com. Wild Crafting with Elderberries – 1-3pm. Lilah Brown from Roots To Home in Lucedale will teach participants how to identify wild elderberry blooms and fruit and how to create a simple elderflower cordial. $20 includes supplies. Pascagoula River Audubon Center, MS. More info: 601-947-7692. Discvree7@gmail.com.
MONDAY, JULY 16 So Hum Stitchin’ with Susan Haines – 7-8pm. Susan is coming to town and will be bringing some textile supplies, and inviting people to come stitch and play. By donation to the studio. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 AL Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Find the Time: Free Organization Webinar – 1-2pm. Local content expert and yoga teacher, Gabi Garrett of Daphne, AL will share her tips and tricks on how to organize your obligations and your passions through a free webinar. GabiGarrett.com/joy.
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THURSDAY, JULY 19 Maintaining Wellness – 6:30-8:30pm. Nutritional supplementation is essential for optimal wellness and oil-infused supplements are optimal for absorption. Come learn the ins and outs of what to look for in vitalizing nutrition with presenter, Martha Joy Troyer. Private Residence, 26 Barkely Dr, Atmore, AL. 251-253-0010. email@example.com.
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SATURDAY, JULY 21 Yoga for Women’s Health – 9:30-11:30am. Join RYT-500 Catherine Teal in a series of yoga postures designed to reset hormonal balance, support & detoxify the body, increase circulation, reduce stress, & increase vitality. Call/text 251-377-8940 for details or to register. $ 25 by July 14; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com. AlabamaHealingArts.com.
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Thrive’s Mindful Market in the Orchard – 11am-5pm. An orchard market of locally or consciously made products and mindful services. Music, raffles, food. Fun for kids and free yoga throughout this 2-day event. 10% of the proceeds go to charity. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com.
AHA Yoga Teacher Training – Enrollment is open for the Fall 200-, 300- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings. Available for aspiring teachers or personal development. Iyengar-style instruction emphasizes the use of props to ensure safety and alignment. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com. AlabamaHealingArts.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 26 Healthy Eating, Healthy Living – 6:45-8:45pm. Health starts with your fork. Barbara Bingham will share how eating can be both enjoyable and healthy. Learn how to enhance your meals with the power of plants, herbs and essential oils. Private Residence, Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@ gmail.com. Reflex-OIL-ogy.com.
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Wild Crafting with Elderberries – 1-3pm. Lilah Brown from Roots To Home in Lucedale will teach participants how to identify wild elderberry blooms and fruit and how to create a simple elderflower cordial. $20 includes supplies. Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs, MS. More info: 601-947-7692. Discvree7@gmail.com.
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Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia’s Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. VA-FairhopeHealthFoods.com. Yoga Fundamentals with Jill Frankel – 8:309:45am. Explore basic yoga asanas with classes that focus on correct alignment. All are welcome as poses will be modified to enable each individual to experience the benefits of yoga - find your perfect position. Synergy’s only donation based class. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777. CenterForSpiritualLiving-Mobile.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. Sunday Service at Unity Church of Gulfport – 10:30-11:45am. Join us for a spiritual message given by Rev. Judy Voght. Let her inspire your week ahead with uplifting, positive messages from the heart. Join us every third Sunday, after service, for fellowship potluck. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. JanBixler@gmail.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. UnityEasternShore. WixSite.com/unity. Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service – 11am-12pm. Our Sunday services feature a different guest speaker each week, either a member of our congregation or someone from the surrounding community. We address a variety of topics, from literature and history to religious thought and social issues. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@gmail.com. FairhopeUU.org. Unity Church of Mobile Sunday Service – 11am. Unity offers a positive path for spiritual living. Join us on Sundays for a peace-filled experience, and joyous fellowship, with uplifting messages and music, and centering meditations. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. UnityOfMobileAL@ gmail.com. 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.
Spirit Flow Yoga – 9:30am. Traditional yoga asanas, classical Indian practices, philosophy, connection with innate wisdom & mantras. Music inspires deeply intuitive, free-form movements. Find greater ease and comfort in your body & a deep sense of peace in your heart & mind. All levels. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.com. Group Reformer Class – 12-1pm. Mon & Wed. 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. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, 9460 Ashwood Dr, Mobile, AL. 251-476-1104. Synergyoga.net. 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. Restorative Yoga – 6pm. 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. 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.
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. 2900 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. WellnessSpaOS.com. Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6-7am. The calendar says HOT, but not at sunrise! Join Linda Csaszar and jump start the morning - charge and revitalize the body, ease stress, and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find the joy in the movement! Also on Thursdays w/Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Positive Parenting Classes – 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Also taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30 am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. Kids101@comcast.net. FamilyCenterMobile.org.
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Kundalini Kriya Yoga – 9:30am. Tues & Thur. Build heat from the inside out. Use breath, movement, sound & silence to activate the deeper aspects of self while awakening both creative fire & personal power. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.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 Fishermens 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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wednesday Beach Yoga – 9-10am, Wednesdays and Saturdays. All levels flow yoga class outside on a soft grass setting under palm trees overlooking the ocean. Mats provided. Drop-in $18. The Gulf Restaurant, 27500 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL. 251-968-4569. Glow-Yoga.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. Restorative Yoga with Rebecca – 4-5pm. Been a long few days? No stresses & no worries! Allow Rebecca Dunbar McLeod to lead you down a relaxing path with some restorative yoga. Be supported by all the right props as the poses plus gravity gently melt away the anxieties of the week—yes! 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 likeminded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. 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. Mississippi Sierra Club Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Join Sierra club members for a lively and informative meeting on all things environmental going on around us and to our community. Bring a dish to share, and your willingness to get involved. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-256-3177. Admin@ UnityGulfport.com. UnityGulfport.com.
thursday 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. Market in the Park Springhill – 3-6pm. May 31-Jul 26. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. SpecialEventsMobile.org. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength & 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.
Yoga with Chris M – 5:45-7pm. Join Chris McFadyen for some energizing yoga as his breath work, asana and flow calms the mind and also enhances and refocuses the body. Relocate your passion and find your humor after a long day! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-476-1104. Synergyoga.net. 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 Friday Morning Serial – 8-9am. A weekly public gathering and networking event featuring a 10-15 min speaker and group discussion. Topics, speakers and attendees are from diverse backgrounds and provide specialized insight. Free. Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, 769 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS. 228-436-4661. GCCDS.org. Gentle Yoga Flow with Caitlyn – 9:30-10:30am. Enjoy some rockin’ and groovin’ music and move with your breath. Beginner friendly. Challenge yourself by going deeper in or stay out of the pose some if you want less work. Everyone works to their own degree and intention. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 AL Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 6-7pm. 2nd and 4th Fri, Mar-Oct. 10th annual Sunset Yoga is a different yoga teacher for a different charity every 2nd and 4th Friday, March thru October. Start time depending on sunset time. Bring your mat, your donation and a friend. The Bluff (1 Beach Rd), Fairhope, AL. Rain site: Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Hwy 181. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com.
saturday $5 Yoga Saturdays at Soul Shine – All levels welcome at our Saturday morning classes. 9am Hot Power Hour, 9am Foundations of Yoga, 10:30am Hot Power Hour. $5 drop in, advanced registration suggested. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.com. Market in the Park Downtown – 7:30am-12pm. Apr 28-Jul 28; Oct 13-Nov 17. Local produce, baked goods, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. SpecialEventsMobile.org. 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 Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com. CoastalAlabamaMarket.com.
Weekend Yoga – 9-10:15am. Join Chris M, Emily, Valerie or Sarah and start your weekend with a revitalizing and bliss inducing yoga class. Refresh and renew the spirit - bring the joy and zest back as you kick start your weekend! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-476-1104. Synergyoga.net. Orchard Yoga & Awakening Walk – 9:3010:30am. Awaken your muscles and your spirit in The Orchard with gentle yoga postures after a meditative walk, enjoying trees, the morning air and sunshine. Inside or outside according to weather. Located behind Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181 (by Gayfer), 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. 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.
classifieds Fee for classified listings is $1 per word. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available. FOR SALE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FAIRHOPE HOME–Space and energy efficient renovation of classic cottage. Charming 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom plus office/bonus room. Within walking distance of downtown and bay. For info call/text 205-862-2737.
OPPORTUNITIES BECOME A PUBLISHER – Natural Awakenings Gulf Coast AL/MS is for sale. Homebased business opportunity. No publishing experience required. See ad, page 2. FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY– OsteoStrong is looking for motivated, healthconscious individuals to open new franchises in Alabama. Our proven system for success offers an exceptional business opportunity. More info: 251-210-6955; OsteoStrong.me.
SERVICES MEDIUM~INTUITIVE~PSYCHIC – Marie Bates Curry offers intuitive guidance and spiritual connections. Individual and Group Readings. By appointment only: 251-300-7261.
Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Natural Directory email Publisher@HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com or call 251-990-9552.
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AUDIOLOGY ASCENT AUDIOLOGY & HEARING Locations in Foley and Fairhope, AL 251-990-0535 AscentAudiologyFairhope.com
Karen Watson, Founding Consultant Daphne, AL • 256-508-0389 TruAuraBeauty.com/trubeauty4u A clean and effective line of skincare, anti-aging products and make-up that nurtures your skin’s natural balance. Contact us for a complementary skincare and makeup consultation. See ad, page 13.
Hearing loss affects everyone uniquely which is why we solve hearing problems one individual at a time. We have the knowledge and technology to guide you on a journey to better hearing. See ad, page 9.
BODYWORK AN INTEGRATED BODY
243 S Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 251-210-9114 • MelissaMichael@me.com AnIntegratedBody.com
salon offering organic B-Butterfly Aproducts and services
Offering Structural Integration—a method of bodywork which unbinds the body’s connective tissue (fascia) using a strategic, whole body approach to improve body movement and structural balance, reducing chronic pain. See ad, page 25.
103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-9934 • BButterflySalon.com
SALON including hair color and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! See ad, page 5. NATURE’S NUANCE LLC
2200 Government Street Mobile, AL 36606 251-304-9797 • NaturesNuance.com 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 5.
TMAC’S HAIR STUDIO
1861 Old Government, Mobile: 251-607-6666 2534 2101 Highway 98, Daphne: 251-725-4334 TMACsHairStudio.com
BUSINESS SERVICES GABI GARRETT
Marketing and Content Expert Serving the Gulf Coast 256-348-7249 • GabiGarrett.com Increase revenue and attract customers with valuable content, social media planning and web design. G a b i ’s m a r k e t i n g a n d wellness background offer a unique and effective approach to building brand awareness. Mention ad for discount.
A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials and massage with 100% organic products. See ad, page 28.
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ONE LIFE CHIROPRACTIC
311 W. Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-4948 OneLifeChiroInc@gmail.com Health and wellness center that offers chiropractic, all natural weight loss, acupuncture and massage therapy for all ages. Visit OneLifeChiroInc.com. See ad, page 3.
CHURCHES FAIRHOPE UNITARIAN FELLOWSHIP 1150 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-929-3207 • FairhopeUU.org FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@gmail.com
Welcoming people of any age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or cultural background. We seek truth and knowledge, care for the Earth and show kindness to others while creating an atmosphere of love.
THE BAHA’I’S OF FAIRHOPE
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.
UNITY CHURCH OF GULFPORT
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 28.
UNITY ON THE EASTERN SHORE 22979 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 251-990-8934 UnityEasternShore.WixSite.com/unity
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.
DEMENTIA MIND PERFORMANCE CENTER, LLC
(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 4.
DENTISTRY DR. DAYTON HART, DMD
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.
ESSENTIAL OILS DONNA LEWIS, LMT
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 31.
LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943 LaurieAzzarella@gmail.com Reflex-OIL-ogy.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.
FARMERS MARKETS COASTAL ALABAMA FARMERS & FISHERMENS MARKET
20733 Miflin Road (Co. Rd. 20), Foley, AL 251-709-4469 CoastalAlabamaMarket.com Open year round Tuesdays (2-6pm) and Saturdays (9am2pm). Local farms with seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, seafood, hand-crafted soaps and more. Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.
FOOD & NUTRITION COAST HEALTH & NUTRITION
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 21.
FAIRHOPE HEALTH FOODS AND THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ
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 bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, back cover.
THE HEALTH HUT
2032 Airport, Midtown Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, West Mobile: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne, AL: 251-621-1865
staff. See ad, page 25.
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
VIRGINIA’S HEALTH FOODS AND THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ II
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 bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, back cover.
FOOTWEAR CUSTOM TRIPP-SANDALS
Fairhope, AL • 251-272-2002 Facebook.com/TrippsSandals Text or message to schedule a fitting Providing custom made footwear with full barefoot benefits including stronger arches, a proper gait and posture, increased proprioception, prevention and elimination of plantar fasciitis and more. Grounding available on request. See ad, page 13.
INTERNET SERVICE WYSPER TECHNOLOGIES
Serving Robertsdale and Foley, AL 251-706-2922 Wysper.net A local provider o f f i b e r- f e d high-speed internet. No contracts or data caps. Simple billing. Connect to a better experience. Rates and availability online at Whysper.net.
LOCAL FOODS EAT FRESH, BUY LOCAL See listings, page 2.
MASSAGE THERAPY JUBILEE HEALING ARTS
Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C, Daphne, AL 251-616-4201 • JubileeHealingArts.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.
MASTERS OF MASSAGE See listings, page 33.
NATURAL HEALTH OSTEOSTRONG FAIRHOPE
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 22.
AMERICAN HYPERBARIC CENTER
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 21.
ROOTS TO HOME
Natural Elder Products, Lucedale, MS 601-791-0943 • 601-947-7692 Discvree7@gmail.com Boost your immune system with natural Elderberry products including syrup, hand sanitizer and bath products. Also offering arnica products for pain relief and seasonal produce.
Dori Dodich, Personal Trainer Anytime Fitness I-65, Mobile, AL 251-308-6764 • MobTownGrind.com Personal trainer, weight management, strength and mobility coach. Losing weight and gaining muscle can be challenging but I can help you make lifestyle changes to achieve your fitness goals. See ad, page 23.
809 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 251-948-7862
HEAR THEM SPEAK Babette de Jongh HearThemSpeak.com
Telepathic communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more. See ad, page 28.
MOBILE BAY GREEN DRINKS
An informal yet engaging happy hour with likemobile bay minded folks every second Tuesday in Fairhope and every third Wednesday in Mobile. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Sponsorship, speaker and catering opportunities available.See ad, page 22.
217-B Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-270-7200 • PeakAlkalinity.com
Offering cleansing infrared sauna sessions followed by a hydrating collagen shower and detoxifying foot spas. Ask about memberhip packages. See ad, page 23.
WEIGHT LOSS 311 W. Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-4948, Ext. 3 Admin@GulfCoastUltraSlim.com Revolutionary, FDA-approved, f a t l o s s technology with immediate results. 2 inch loss guarantee on your first visit. Now offering healthy, all natural West Coast Weight Loss Plans. Visit OneLifeChiroInc.com. See ad, page 3.
WELLNESS CENTERS HEALING ACRES
PET CARE & SERVICES
NETWORKING Fairhope & Mobile • 251-279-7517 MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail.com Facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks
HYDRO ZEN AT PEAK ALKALINITY
GULF COAST ULTRASLIM
Offering full spectrum hemp extract CBD (cannabidiol) that helps insomnia, inflammation, etc. Lotions, potions, extracts and edibles. Free samples (must be 18 and up). Open 7 days a week. Mail orders available. See ad, page 25.
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 31.
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 13.
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