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n our mid-20s, my husband Josh and I spent many of our weekends traveling to the weddings of our close friends, who are scattered across the country. In addition to our hometowns of Houston and Montgomery, we enjoyed reuniting with some of our favorite people at destinations like Santa Barbara, Sewanee, Charleston, Rosemary Beach and the British Virgin Islands. Since those effervescent weekends were usually filled with rich food, celebratory libations and late nights, we’d feel the effects of our indulgence upon returning home. After learning about elimination detox diets during my yoga teacher training, we’d sometimes take this approach to reset our eating habits. Each day we’d eliminate a category of food from our diet (first alcohol and caffeine, then meat, processed foods, sugar, grains, etc.), until we were down to eating only lightly cooked vegetables for 24 hours. The second week of the diet introduces food back, one category at a time. At the time, we knew several people that recommended the Master Cleanse—a food-free juice fast accompanied by a daily regimen of a saltwater flush in the morning, a laxative tea in the evening and eight glasses of ”spicy lemonade” in between. We only lasted about 12 hours on that program and still laugh about it to this day. The elimination diet was challenging but reinvigorating. The Master Cleanse was torturous and felt like it could be harming our bodies instead of improving them! If you have an interest in healthy living, you’ve probably heard of the Master Cleanse or you may have seen celebrities endorsing commercial juice fasts. Detoxing may seem like a modern health term, but from the 40-day period of penitence and fasting known as Lent, to Native American sweat lodges and smudging, it is evident that cleansing practices are nothing new. In this month’s Natural Awakenings, you’ll find several articles focused on natural detox options—and you might be relieved to see that none of them promote fasting or spicy lemonade. Experts agree that drastic measures offer no quick fix. Our bodies are natural detoxifiers and the most important thing for long-term health is an ongoing lifestyle that supports the daily detoxification process. While working on “Natural Ways to Cleanse Body & Mind”, I was reminded by Dr. Deanna Minich that we must also think beyond food. Self-limiting thoughts, negative speech and stress can be as toxic as exposure to heavy metals and pesticides. Creative expression, intuition and feeling a sense of purpose should also be priorities when you feel a need to cleanse. With kids added to the equation, our time with friends has been reconfigured in recent years. Hotel stays and late night dance floors have been traded for campgrounds and gatherings on the porch. Big social weekends no longer prompt a desire to detox; they promote emotional well-being and contribute to a balanced life.


newsbriefs Natural Soap Store and Gallery Opens in Mobile Nature’s Nuance is the Gulf Coast’s newest source of hand-crafted soaps, candles and diffusers made from certified organic ingredients and essential oils. The midtown Mobile store is offering Natural Awakenings readers a 10 percent discount and is providing refreshments and samples of their product line at a grand opening event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on July 14. According to owner Dahlia Day, when Daniel and Dahlia Day oils are extracted from plants, pesticides and fertilizers can become even more concentrated. “No one wants to absorb those concentrated chemicals through their skin; that’s why we make everything in small batches and use certified organic oils, certified organic essential oils and certified organic waxes in our soaps, diffusers and candles,” Day says. “Many people who are overly sensitive to fragrances are thrilled to be able to enjoy the organic fragrances we use.” In addition to their natural cosmetics, Nature’s Nuance carries local artwork and enjoys supporting the environment and local ecosystem. They work hard to ensure that packaging is eco-friendly; using 100 percent recycled stock for labels and biodegradable shrink-wrap. Location: 2200 Government St., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-304-9797, email Dahlia@NaturesNuance.com or visit NaturesNuance.com. See ad, page 22.

Midwifery Now Legal in Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has signed House Bill 315, making Alabama the 33rd state to license Certified Professional Midwives (CPM). “After thoughtful and deliberate consideration, I signed the midwifery bill because it gives mothers more options to choose how to deliver their baby, while simultaneously ensuring that those midwives who practice in Alabama are qualified to do so,” says Ivey. The law requires midwives to be accredited by the North American Registry of Midwives and establishes a State Board of Midwifery, which will license and regulate CPMs. The Alabama Midwives Alliance notes, “the victory is both the pinnacle of 13 years of blood, sweat and tears, and also the foundation upon which we will build the future. Our work is not done. We will continue to fight until all mothers may access appropriate home birth midwifery care.” “The debate on this bill brought all parties to the table and is a perfect example of the people of Alabama playing an active and effective role in lobbying their government,” says Ivey. For more information, visit AlabamaMidwivesAlliance.org and AlabamaBirthCoalition.org.

Supportive Movement Class in Fairhope and Daphne Gentle Chair Yoga, taught by Sherlyn Culwell, RYT, is now offered at Soul Shine Yoga on Mondays at 11 a.m., and at Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. The 60-minute classes build strength, endurance and courage by utilizing the support of a chair or wall to experience traditional yoga poses and all of their benefits. Yoga really is for everybody and chair yoga makes the practice more 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. According to Culwell, her classes also increase flexibility, balance, mobility, relaxation and energy. Individual and group sessions are available. Cost: $5 drop-in per class. Locations: Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N. Bancroft St., Fairhope, AL; Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, 1901 Main St., Daphne, AL. For more information, call 251-610-3151. See ad, page 29.

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Artistic rocks with inspirational messages are turning up in Mobile, along the Eastern Shore and at the beach as locals participate in The Kindness Rocks Project (TheKindnessRocksProject.com). The grassroots movement was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through the random placement of painted rocks in public spaces. The goal is to encourage others to find creative ways to reach out and brighten someone else’s day unexpectedly, whether it be through kindness rocks, love notes or random acts of generosity. Lynn McAllister started the Fairhope Rocks Facebook group last month to share kindness-through-rocks stories and pictures, and to announce rock-painting events. “There are so few things in the world today that are given and received with no expectations for something in return. I believe that’s what makes this endeavor so simple and perfect,” says McAllister. Anyone can paint rocks and then “plant” them for someone else to discover. Likewise, everyone is invited to hunt for kindness rocks. Those who find a rock are free to take it with them, plant it somewhere else or leave it for someone else to discover.

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Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Reality Therapists at The Willow Tree and Rosie Bluum are now offering PSYCH-K, a ground-breaking approach to facilitating change at the subconscious level. By shifting beliefs that are self-limiting and self-sabotaging to beliefs that are self-supporting, PSYCH-K is especially effective for behavioral/habit change, wellness and stress reduction. Characterized as a spiritual process with psychological benefits, PSYCH-K The Willow Tree and Rosie Bluum staff blends many disciplines (both ancient and contemporary) such as muscle testing, educational kinesiology, Eriksonian hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programing. This non-invasive approach is simple yet powerful and has been used for more than 25 years. “Your life is a reflection of your beliefs,” says Rosie Bluum Founder Betsey Grady. “These beliefs—usually subconscious—are the cumulative effect of lifelong mental programming, and PSYCH-K safely and effectively rewrites the software in your mind.” Grady personally experienced astounding results from sessions before becoming a facilitator. According to PSYCH-K originator Rob Williams, research shows that this modality elevates thinking capacity to new levels of functionality and creativity. “It is this higher state of consciousness that is needed to help solve the problems we face personally and globally,” Williams says. “When you change yourself, you change the world.” Location: 6A S. Section St., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-517-5626 or visit RosieBluum.com. See ad, page 15

Clean Eating at Gulfport Vegetarian Café Good Karma Café is offering Natural Awakenings readers a 10 percent discount at their vegetarian restaurant, which is open for lunch at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Plate lunches are served until the food runs out (or 3 p.m.) and the menu changes daily to encourage seasonal eating. A typical meal includes dahl (soup), naan bread, green salad, rice, vegetable subji, chutney, oat cookie and iced or hot tea. Samosas, homemade paneer, desserts and other specialty foods are also available. The Indian restaurant can accommodate gluten-free diets and they cook with clean ingredients, favoring organic, non-GMO options when available. Spices such as turmeric, paprika, mustard seeds, cayenne, cumin, ginger and coriander are used because of their proven healing and medicinal properties. Dishes are also seasoned with sea salt, sweetened with stevia or raw sugar and prepared with love. Good Karma Café offers dinner hours and cooking classes seasonally and catering services are available.

Acupuncture and Oxygen Therapy Heal Naturally At Family Care Naturally, in Gulf Shores, Mary Sabal, D.C., R.N. provides a range of affordable services, and offers 25 percent off acupuncture and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to Natural Awakenings readers. Family Care Naturally’s hyperbaric oxygen chamber eliminates unhealthy and harmful toxins in a safe and natural way. By delivering powerful oxygen to cells, the FDAapproved treatment enhances the body’s natural healing processes. It is a relaxing experience for the patient and used for conditions such as heart disease, head injury, headaches, fatigue, slow-healing wounds, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, arthritis and fibromyalgia. Sabal was introduced to the wide range of acupuncture’s benefits as an intern. “I knew right away I had to learn all I could about this simple, yet remarkably safe and effective treatment that has been used by millions for thousands of years,” she says. Acupuncture helps patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and restore the body to improved health. It manages a variety of common issues including pain, stress, insomnia, depression and menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Sabal’s wellness approach promotes preventative, holistic and natural lifestyles. “It’s never too late to try safe and effective remedies for problematic symptoms that hold us back from living life to the fullest,” she says. Location: 1404B W. 1st St., Gulf Shores, AL. For more information, call 251-970-3605. See ad, page 13.

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newsbriefs Discount on Detox Products at Coast Health & Nutrition Coast Health & Nutrition, in Gulfport, is offering Natural Awakenings readers 10 percent off detox and cleanse products. To cleanse major organs such as the liver, kidneys and colon, they offer high-quality, three-day, one- to two-week and month-long options that don’t cause cramping or an immediate urge to run to the restroom. Organic teas such as senna, burdock and pau d’arco are also available for mild daily detox. Owner Don Keyser notes that a healthy body should have at least two bowel movements a day, yet many don’t even have one. “Constipation keeps toxins in the body,” he says. “Taking a good quality probiotic provides for a daily detox of the colon, as well as a boost to your immune system.” Drinking enough clean water also provides a daily cleanse. Try to drink about half your body weight in ounces—for a 120-pound person, that’s 60 ounces, or approximately half a gallon of water a day. Location: 12100 Hwy. 49, Ste. 628, Gulfport, MS. For more information, call 228-831-1785 or visit CoastHealthNutrition.com. See ad, page 16.

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he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.

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Every year, more species reach the brink of extinction and only inhabit the annals of natural history. Species that have officially disappeared forever as of 2016 include the Bramble Cay melomys, Nulllarbor dwarf bettong, Capricorn rabbit-rat, Pinta Island tortoise, western black rhinoceros, Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog, San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher and Formosan clouded leopard. These are just a handful of the animals threatened and wiped out annually. Thirteen bird species alone were confirmed as extinct in 2016, mostly due to invasive predators. More of these animals are bound to die off unless humans make a concerted effort to preserve them.

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Floating Trash-Eaters Clean Up Baltimore Harbor Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, the solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors cleaning up Baltimore’s inner harbor, have the ability to suck up plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, cigarette butts and other debris. The waste is burned to generate electricity, and plans exist to increase recycling capabilities in the future. The brainchild of engineer John Kellett, who gained the support of the Water Partnership of Baltimore, a nonprofit that supports environmental legislation, the inventions are designed to make the area a green, safe and friendly destination for people and marine life.

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The W. Atlee Burpee home gardening company and the Burpee Foundation have contributed $2.5 million to the National Park Foundation to maintain the White House garden, founded in 2009 by former First Lady Michelle Obama, for at least 17 years. The garden is a powerful symbol of Obama’s effort to promote healthy eating and lifestyles for America’s children. During an eight-year span, she added beehives, a compost system and a pollinator garden to attract birds and butterflies as the garden nearly tripled in size to 2,800 square feet.

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An article published by the journal PLOS One reflects the opinion of researchers affiliated with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research that a large portion of studies on genetically modified (GM/GMO) crops are rife with conflicts of interest. They state that many have been tainted because someone that worked on a study was also an employee of a company producing them. The study investigated direct financial conflicts of interest, but not other factors such as authors being members of advisory boards, co-holders of patents or consultants to GM companies. Out of 579 published studies analyzed, some 40 percent showed a possible conflict of interest. The authors noted that the suspect studies had a much higher likelihood of presenting a favorable outcome for GMOs compared to others. The majority of these studies (404) were American; 83 were Chinese.

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he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington,

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When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s

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engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrient-rich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to healthpromoting microbes.”

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“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.”


ommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients, he rec-

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day— a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking inbetween, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel—body fat.” Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain,

5 Ways to Detox Every Day

Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other healthy grains.

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s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of NutritionFacts.org. Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.

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Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.

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Always choose colorful produce. "With the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower, white foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.

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Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.

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Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”

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Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide (Tinyurl.com/EWG-Buying-Guide) to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings July 2017

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Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

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because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are 20

toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few

minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional well-being or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.”

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good bowel movement is the ultimate detox, eliminating toxins, unwanted bacteria, cells that have outlived their usefulness and other waste that has to go. Stools provide an index of health, so turn around and take a look at them for feedback for improving digestive and overall health. One key way to assess a stool is by its color. Use the following guide: 4 Pale, chalky stool can be a sign of liver disease or clogged bile ducts, and is often accompanied by dark urine because the bile gets excreted through the kidneys instead of the digestive tract. 4 Yellow stool may mean a parasite like Giardia or excess fat because of a pancreas that’s not secreting enough enzymes. 4 Green stool can be the result of a Clostridium difficile infection or antibiotics. 4 Red stool occurs with bleeding from the colon, but can also be caused by eating beets.

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4 Lighter brown stool may mean insufficient deeply pigmented leafy greens in the diet. 4 Blue stool can be from bluecolored food. 4 Dark brown is the color of stool nirvana. Bile and bilirubin pigment, formed in the liver from dead red blood cells, give healthy stools this chocolate color. Learn more at DigestiveCenterFor Wellness.com.

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Four Reasons to Break a Sweat The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins by Deanna Minich

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octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to health-boosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:

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Persistent organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of 20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.

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Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that

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Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.

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Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.

A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from

an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at DeannaMinich.com.

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Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include:

Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs

Dogs Need Detoxing Too

Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish

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Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).

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ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. That’s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.

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gut will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.

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foods and chemical synthetic vitamins. Go for raw and whole foods, add fermented foods and supplement intelligently with whole food-based supplements. Organic sources, grass-fed animals and even biodynamic food sources are ideal.

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Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet.

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Prevent and treat candida. Avoid aggravating candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet. Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile

grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.

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No fake food or vitamins. Be wary of synthetic vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.

Probiotics plus. Probiotics help restore healthy gut bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.

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Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally in

common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.

As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, speciesappropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier. Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at Dr-Jordan.com.

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e aware that glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is prevalent in nonorganic foods, widely used as a weed killer and to dry crops before harvesting. This hidden poison, in the presence of ingested mercury, makes both the glyphosate and mercury 1,000 times more toxic. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Stephani Seneff, author of the article “The Destructive Effects of Heavy Metals and Glyphosate,” reports that glyphosate is a major driver of disease. The toxin stays in a pet’s bones, as well as the bones of the food-producing animals eating genetically modified (GMO) grains that dogs chew on. 4 Avoid the chemicals and toxins commonly found in many lawn care supplies, household cleaners and body care products. Grow food or patronize a best practices local farmer. 4 Be diligent in sourcing for clean, unprocessed food. Learn about biodynamic farming and step up from organic to biodynamic. 4 Don’t hamper the immune system with unsafe and unnecessary vaccinations and drugs. 4 Spend time in the sunshine. 4 Exercise. The lymphatic system won’t work and the body can’t purge spent mitochondria or make new ones without it. 4 Incorporate beneficial bugs through prebiotics and probiotics and enzymes. Learn to ferment and sprout, and add these ingredients to family and pet meals. natural awakenings July 2017

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raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly restaurant group, such as Dr. Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen (now in 12 states), and then Google for their locations. Smartphone apps such as Finding Vegan and Happy Cow help point the way to vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. This month, Natural Awakenings asked three savvy travelers how they manage plant-based eating wherever they go. For Dustin Harder, eating well on the road is a matter of research and preparation. He is the New York City-based chef/ host of the online program The Vegan Roadie, with 100 U.S. restaurant visits and counting and now seeking crowdfunding for its third season, set in Italy. Harder has learned to investigate his dining options

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ahead of time, and always packs a travelsize, high-speed blender, lots of trail mix and his favorite condiments of sriracha (bottled hot sauce) and nutritional yeast. “You can locate great vegan restaurants in surprising places if you search online before you travel,” he says, listing Viva Vegeria and La Botanica, in San Antonio, Texas, and The Red Fern, in Rochester, New York, among his finds. Where vegan restaurants are scarce, he turns to plantbased options at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. His DIY hotel-room cuisine favorites are a Hotel Smoothie, Banushi (banana sushi) and Pizzadilla, a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla, “cooked” in aluminum foil using a hotel iron and ironing board. Matt Frazier, a runner and co-author of the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, recently went on the road for a self-funded book tour. Not only had he left his highpowered blender back home with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, he was on a tight budget. “The trick that has helped me not just survive, but thrive on the road is eating fresher, more whole and more raw,” he says. He recommends filling up on kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts and seeds, berries, beans, onions and mushrooms.

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Lindsay S. Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living and related cookbooks, has traveled from her home in Los Angeles across the country and around the world, finding plant-based foods wherever she goes. “Almost every city has a Thai or Italian restaurant where you should be able to find something on the menu or adapt a dish to stick with plants,” she says. “You

might have to get a little creative. I once asked for salsa and a plain, baked potato; not a bad combo, as it turns out.” Wherever we find ourselves, we can still find healthy ways to eat. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at JudithFertig.com.

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sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the other half over the toppings, and then fold the foil over the entire Pizzadilla, completely closing the edges of the foil. Place the foil packet on the ironing board and the iron on the foil packet. Iron it out to flatten slightly and then leave iron on the foil packet for 2 minutes, flip and repeat. Open foil, cut the Pizzadilla in half and it’s ready to eat.

Peel the banana. Spread with a layer of nut butter to look like a sushi roll. Place blueberries in a line down the middle lengthwise, about an inch apart.

1 large tortilla of choice (whole wheat or GMO-free corn) ½ cup Daiya vegan mozzarella shreds 2 Tbsp onion, chopped 2 Tbsp green pepper, chopped ¼ cup pizza sauce or marinara, store-bought Shredded fresh basil for garnish (optional) Field Roast Grain Meat Italian Sausage (optional) Large piece of aluminum foil Iron and ironing board Preheat hotel or travel iron; the linen setting works well. While the iron is preheating, place tortilla on a square of aluminum foil large enough to enclose the tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on one half of the tortilla, top with peppers and onions, spoon over the marinara and

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Hotel Smoothie Yields: 1 serving 1 cup filtered water or apple juice Handful or two of tender, baby greens, such as baby spinach or kale 1 banana, peeled, or another favorite soft, peeled fruit Put the water, greens and banana in a high-speed, travel-sized blender and blend until smooth.

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Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds or strawberry slivers and top with raw nut crumble. Slice into pieces the size of sushi roll pieces. Recipes courtesy of VeganRoadie.com.

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We have ups and downs in life, and the same is true of our finances. ~Bari Tessler

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oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder, Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into 28

the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of self-realization, in

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Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body check-in” to become aware of our physical reaction to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.

Tactical Tools Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like Mint.com, ynab.com or MoneyMinder Online.com. She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all spending is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in


life. It’s not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.

A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed by Randy Kambic

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uthor, gardener and corporate executive Maria Rodale continues to add luster to an unparalleled family commitment to organic food, sustainability and healthy living covering three-quarters of a century. As CEO and chairman of Rodale Inc., she oversees the publishing of books (An Inconvenient Truth; The South Beach Diet; Eat This, Not That!), magazines (Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening) and naturally healthy living websites. Her grandfather, J. I. Rodale, pioneered the American organic movement in 1942 by launching Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. In 1947, he founded the Soil and Health Association, which later became the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, of which Maria is a board member. The influence of her 2011 book Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe remains strong.

What is the status of the organic farming industry? As a whole, it has seen great growth, in large part due to increasing demand resulting from consumer awareness. In 2015, organic was a $43 billion industry in the U.S., with Millennial householders leading the way. Still, only 5 percent of all food consumed in the U.S. is organic [produce 13 percent], while less than 1 percent of our farmland is certified organic, which spurs imports. So the opportunity to help encourage new organic farmers and transition conventional farmers is significant. The Rodale Institute invests as much time on education and outreach as on research to help organic farmers be profitable. 30

How else does the Institute help the industry? We conduct cuttingedge research in organic agriculture to study and test natural strategies to combat pests, diseases and weeds. Growing organic isn’t solely about what you don’t do, such as using pesticides and genetically modified seeds. It also proactively focuses on benefiting soil health by using compost, cover crops, crop rotations and reduced tillage. As we refine these “regenerative agriculture” methods, we share them with farmers so they can increase their productivity and success. We are expanding our research in nutrient density. The Institute works to understand the difference in nutrient levels, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, in organic and conventional foods and how farmers can grow nutrient-packed food.

What new programs or initiatives are particularly exciting? Launched in 1981, our Farming Systems Trial is the longest-running North American research project comparing organic versus conventional grains such as corn and soybeans; it has allowed us to compare yields, water and energy use, soil organic matter, nutrient density, profitability and other factors. In 2016, we introduced our Vegetable Systems Trial, a side-by-side comparison for organic versus conventional produce. We expect organic management practices that improve soil health can enhance nutrient density in vegetables and so benefit farmers’ lives and eating habits worldwide. In 2016, we launched the Organic

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Farmers Association (OrganicFarmers Association.org), creating a valuable information exchange and unified voice for domestic certified organic producers. This national membership organization focuses on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, subsidy programs, animal welfare standards and contamination from conventional farm fields.

Can the public provide input to the 2018 Farm Bill? President Trump’s proposed “skinny” budget seeks to gut many federal programs, including those designed to protect the environment, so we need to urge elected representatives to stand up for organic farmers as the new bill develops. Historically, heavily funded commodity crop interests fight against assistance programs that encourage low-income people to buy healthy foods. Organic agriculture made strides in the 2014 Farm Bill, which provided increased support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, crop insurance, organic research and organic certification cost-sharing programs. To help meet surging demand for organics, it’s important to support initiatives like the Conservation Reserve and Transition Initiatives programs that provide resources for farmers to move from synthetic chemical farming to organic methods.

Besides healthier food, what other benefits of organic farming have convinced late adopters to convert? Healthy soil, full of billions of beneficial microorganisms, is a major byproduct of regenerative organic farming. Organic farming creates diverse, healthy ecosystems that protect wildlife. However, any agricultural model that’s fixated on yields at the expense of soil health will incur a steep price as those farms won’t remain productive for future generations. Regenerative organic farming facilitates storage of carbon in the ground, making it integral to addressing the climate crisis. Organic Manifesto makes the case plain; to optimize your own and the planet’s health—buy, grow and eat organic food. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.


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Baby Talk – 3pm. Looking to chat with some local parents just like you? We hold a monthly meet-up for your questions, concerns or just to chat. Free. Luna Babies, 200 Jeff Davis Ave, Ste 9, Long Beach, MS. Hello@LunaBabies.com. LunaBabies.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5

Cloth Diaper 101 – 3pm. New to cloth diapering or just want to learn the pros and cons of it? We are here for you! CD 101 goes over the different types, accessories and washing options. Free. Luna Babies, 200 Jeff Davis Ave, Ste 9, Long Beach, MS. Hello@ LunaBabies.com. LunaBabies.com.

MONDAY, JULY 10

Kids Yoga Camps – 1:30-4:30pm, Jul 10-14 (ages 6-8) and Jul 17-21 (ages 9-12). Yoga supports positive body awareness, free dance awakens creativity, meditation centers the mind and playing music helps build teamwork and confidence. Led by Leigh Bancroft. $100. Kudzu Aerial Fitness, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. bit.ly/2ra3Mxa.

TUESDAY, JULY 11

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Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks every second Tuesday. No speaker this month. Announcements at 6pm. Food from Sunflower Café plus local farm vendors. Free to attend except cost of drinks.

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Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave 251-279-7517 • MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail.com Facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks Chakra Circle Class – 5:30pm. The Chakra system speaks to the architecture of the soul. In the chakra circle we will explore how the chakras affect us on the levels of mind, body, emotion. The July class will focus on 3rd: Solar Plexus Chakra. Bring yoga mat, water, journal. $20. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL. TheSoulShineLife.com.

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THURSDAY, JULY 13

Wisdom Cards – 6-8pm. Tap into your own inner wisdom with Susan Haines. Using the art of collage, create images on 4x6 cards that are wise words of wisdom for yourself. Feel relaxed after a gift to yourself of time to create and relate. Class fee includes supplies. $10. From the Center, 22787 Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. 601-421-0277. GBatesMommyx2@gmail.com.

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Self Care Practices for Health and Wellbeing – 9-1pm, Jul 14-15. This is an empowering healing approach using a core of gentle meditation, movement, breathing and healing techniques that bring more balance, joy and awareness into your life. Led by Robert Maldonado, PhD. No experience necessary. Also offered Aug 11-12. $50 (manual included). 9261 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-210-6872. RRMaldo41@gmail.com. AuthorRobertMaldonado.com.

markyourcalendar Nature's Nuance LLC Grand Opening Come enjoy refreshments and product samples at the Grand Opening of Nature's Nuance LLC. We are the Gulf Coast's premier location for all natural soaps, candles and diffusers hand-crafted from certified organic ingredients and essential oils. We also carry original artwork from local artists. Free.

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SATURDAY, JULY 15

Quantum-Touch Level I with Julie – 9:30am5:30pm, Jul 15-16. Quantum-Touch teaches us how to focus, amplify and direct healing Life Force energy, for a wide range of benefits with surprising and often extraordinary results. Your love has tremendous impact to benefit yourself and others. NCBTMB & nursing CEs offered. $400 prepaid/$480 at door. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. Julie: 251281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope@gmail.com. ReikiCenterOfFairhope.com/events.

SUNDAY, JULY 16

Prenatal Yoga Series – 4-5:15pm. Sundays, Jul 16Aug 6. Prenatal yoga gives a woman energy to enjoy her pregnancy, serenity to build a deeper intimacy with her own body and baby, and the presence of mind to expect the unexpected and be present. Taught by Nancy Bolton-Beck, RYT 500, RPYT. Bring mat and water. $59 for 4-class series. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL. TheSoulShineLife.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 18

New Young Living Product Review – 6:15-6:30pm Meet and Greet; 6:30-8:30pm Presentation. Come hear, see and experience what is new in the Young Living world of essential oils. Hear all about the International Convention news, research and share the excitement. $5 at the door. 100 Alexander Ave, Atmore, AL. Debra Swartzendruber: 251-368-1275. Swartzen88@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

Toddler Time – 10:30am. Story time with Luna Babies. Come enjoy story time, painting with Paint For Me. $5 supply fee per painter. Luna Babies, 200 Jeff Davis Ave, Ste 9, Long Beach, MS. Hello@ LunaBabies.com. LunaBabies.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 21

Intuitive Painting – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Becky Kiper for an evening of artistic exploration and locate the core of your creative self. Intuitive painting is about the journey and not the end result. Experiment with color and see what is revealed. Sipping while you play is encouraged. $25. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. Rebecca Washburn: 251-929-4634. Rebecca.Soulflow@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 22

Chair Yoga for Low Back Pain Relief – 9:3011:30am. Join RYT-200 Matthew Gerhart in a series of hip openers, hamstring stretches, abdominal and lower back movements designed to help alleviate back pain. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/ text 251-753-2037 for details or to register. $25 by Jul 8; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@ gmail.com. AlabamaHealingArts.com.

MONDAY, JULY 24

Life After Baby- Postpartum – 3pm. This is all about mom to mom support. Have questions? Need other moms to talk to? We are here for you. Group leader: Tera Smith, Certified Professional Midwife. Free. Luna Babies, 200 Jeff Davis Ave, Ste 9, Long Beach, MS. Hello@LunaBabies.com. LunaBabies.com.

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Artist's Way Gathering – 6-8pm. A creative gathering of discussion, journaling and activities based on the book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. Bring a book and your journal. Light refreshments and activity supplies provided. Facilitated by Rebecca Washburn and Greta Bates. $15. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. Rebecca Washburn: 251-929-4634. Rebecca.Soulflow@gmail.com.

Cleansing the Gut – 7-8:45pm. We spend a great deal of time washing our bodies, brushing our teeth and cleaning our houses, but how do we effectively and easily cleanse our hard working organs and digestive track? Digestive cleansing doesn’t have to be scary. $5 at the door. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort, Spanish Fort, AL. Laurie Azzarella: 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail.com. Reflex-OIL-ogy.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 29

Usui Reiki Training Level I and II with Julie – 9:30am-5:30pm, Jul 29-30. Learn basic Usui Reiki and some amazing supercharged ways to increase the focus and intensity of your work. Level I gives you the tools for self healing, Level II increases your connection with the Reiki and to work on others in person and distantly. $250 prepaid/$300 at the door. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. Julie: 251281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope@gmail.com. ReikiCenterOfFairhope.com/events.

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2

Cloth Diaper 101 – 3pm. New to cloth diapering or just want to learn the pros and cons of it? We are here for you! CD 101 goes over the different types, accessories and washing options. Free. Luna Babies, 200 Jeff Davis Ave, Ste 9, Long Beach, MS. Hello@ LunaBabies.com. LunaBabies.com.

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Yoga for Emotional Balance – 9:30-11:30am. Join RYT-200 Angela Gray in a series of balancing yoga poses combined with affirmations designed to strengthen emotional wellness. Beginnerfriendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 for details or to register. $25 by Sept 2; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com. AlabamaHealingArts.com.

Baby Talk – 3pm. Looking to chat with some local parents just like you? We hold a monthly meet-up for your questions, concerns or just to chat. Free. Luna Babies, 200 Jeff Davis Ave, Ste 9, Long Beach, MS. Hello@LunaBabies.com. LunaBabies.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Aug 11–May 13. Soul Shine Yoga School’s 200-hr Yoga Alliance certified teacher training is open to dedicated yoga practitioners who desire to inspire and be inspired in his or her life through the transformative practice of yoga on and off of the yoga mat. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL. TheSoulShineLife.com/teach.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Yoga for the Inner Warrior – 2-4pm. Join RYT-200 Catherine Teal in a series of strengthening and empowering movements designed to activate your inner warrior. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 251-377-8940 for details or to register. $25 by Oct 29; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. AlabamaHealingArts.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. 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. Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service – 10:30am. Join us for fun and lively Sunday mornings to hear Rev. Judy Voght give meaningful and spiritual messages to start your week and your life on an upbeat and positive path. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. UnityGulfport.com. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. UUFM.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. 4th Sunday. The coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate their unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments are served following the shared devotional program. Free. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL. BahaisOfFairhope@gmail.com.

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. AHA Gentle Yoga with Nicki/Ginny – 9:30am. Also 5:45pm, Thurs. Gentle yoga to attain inner peace, relieve stress and build strength and flexibility through body-mind awareness, breath and postures. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text 251689-1900 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. AlabamaHealingArts.com. 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 Wed in Daphne. $5. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-610-3151. 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. Bridging the Great Divide – 6-8pm. The Family Center is offering this class for parents of teens. It helps prepare and equip parents for having the important conversations needed with their teens. Helps parents see things from the teen perspective. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700. FamilyCenterMobile.org. Together We Can – 6-8pm. A Family Center class to help parents build a better future for their children by working together as co-parents. Open to couples regardless of their relationship. Free. 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne, AL. Christie Brannon: 251-626-1610. BaldwinFamilies@gmail.com. FamilyCenterMobile.org. Pranic Healing and Twin Hearts Meditation Clinic – 6:30-8:20pm. Headaches, stress, physical or emotional ailments bothering you? Experience healing for your mind, body and soul, with Pranic Healing and/or Meditation on Twin Hearts. We all have the ability to heal ourselves and others. Classes also available. Donation. Center for Spiritual Living Mobile, AL. RSVP: 251-454-0959.

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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. Gentle Yoga with Sarah – 12pm. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that. Join Sarah Deshauteurs in the land of "ahhhhs" for a blissfully relaxing class to soothe the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Also on Thursdays at noon with Virginia Keene. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251634-8055. AscensionFuneralGroup.com. Farmers Market – 2-6pm. Tues & 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. CUMC Farmers Market – 3-6pm. Tuesdays until Jul 11. Sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church featuring locally grown produce, honey, seafood, baked goods and other homemade products. 6101 Grelot Rd (Hillcrest Road side of church property), West Mobile, AL. 251-767-7526. Missions.CUMC@gmail.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 Evening Yoga with Catherine/Ginny – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. Give your spirit the gift of a calming and centering tune-up by improving posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility, establishing core strength, refreshing the mind and restoring healthy balance. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/ text to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-377-8940. AlabamaHealingArts@ gmail.com. 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. Yoga with Valerie – 5:45pm. Join 200 Hr RYT Valerie Mitchell for a glorious yoga experience as she challenges with a strong emphasis on alignment and focus while still calming the mind. Relieve stress and rejuvenate, energize and recharge the body. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL.

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Yoga with Susan – 7:45am. Join Susan Kangal and start your day with her refreshing energy as she challenges you with a strong emphasis on alignment and focus while still calming the mind. Sink into the moment and experience the bliss. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. AHA Chair Yoga with Matthew – 9:30am. Gentle class to practice postures with the aid of a chair, when needed. Energize, align, strengthen, center and distress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. AlabamaHealingArts.com Positive Parenting – 9:30-11:30am. A 9-week course using the Nurturing Parenting curriculum which focuses on positive discipline and communication with children. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700. FamilyCenterMobile.org. Free Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 10:30am. This chair yoga class is free to participants with MS and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Fairhope, AL. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com. 251-379-4493. Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Mon in Fairhope. $5. Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. 251-610-3151. 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. Guided Meditation – 6:30pm. We begin with a deep and peaceful relaxation of the body and mind, a journey of the senses through visual suggestions and time to experience within yourself all that is unfolding. Approximately 60 mins. Bring mat, blanket or pillow. Space is limited. $5. Rosie Bluum, 6A S Bancroft, Fairhope, AL. 251-517-5626. RosieBluum.com. Chill Skills – 7-9pm. The Family Center offers an inspiring four-week class designed to change your life outlook. Learn what fuels your anger and how to see it in a new light. Warning: classes may cause peace. $25/week. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Call 251-479-5700 to register for next class.

Yoga with Dana – 10am. Is your week driving you crazy? Take a break in your busy morning and join Dana—let breath and body move in sync as her seamless style transforms the body, relieves stress and relaxes the mind. Leave feeling on top of the world. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Lunch Hour Ember Yoga – 12pm. Lunch hour yoga at Alabama Contemporary Art Center's illuminated terrace room. Overlook the oaks of downtown Mobile and gather in community to relax, restore and energize. Hatha classes are designed creatively to spark the breath and spirit. $10 suggested donation/ pay what you can. 301 Conti St, Mobile, AL. Taylor Kingrea: 251-604-3485. TayKingrea@gmail.com. MELT Method Class – 12pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Market in the Park – 3-6pm. Through July. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park on Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. SpecialEventsMobile.org. Group Reformer Class – 5:15pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne at the end of your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Leave class feeling great. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. AHA Gentle Yoga with Ginny – 5:45pm. Gentle yoga to attain inner peace, relieve stress and build strength and flexibility through body-mind awareness, breath and postures. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Contact Ginny: 251-382-7895 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com. 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 628, Gulfport, MS. CoastHealthAndNutrition.com. Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:30-7:45pm, 3rd Thursdays. Please join us for our monthly chapter meeting. Enjoy a lively night of connecting with others. Bring your passion, your personal experiences and recommendations for future meetings. Free. Daphne Public Library, 2607 US Hwy 98, Daphne, AL. HMNEasternShore@ 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. Dynamic Dads – 7-9pm. The Family Center is the site of the Mobile County Fatherhood Initiative. Be the father your children need--A super hero for your super kid! Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700. FamilyCenterMobile.org.

AHA Morning Yoga with Angela – 9am. Learn the basics of yoga postures. 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 or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com. AlabamaHealingArts.com. Purification Meditation – 11am. Join Betsey Grady from Rosie Bluum in the hot room and purify your body and mind with a guided meditation and creative visualization. Let the heat of the room envelop you as you go deeper within to rest in the calm center within you. $10. Soul Shine Yoga, 103-B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Betsey: 251-517-5626. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 2nd & 4th Fridays, Mar-Oct. Yoga on the bluff ending at sunset. Start time varies with sunset time. Full schedule of details and charities online: ThriveFairhope.com/yogafor-charity. Bring your mat and a donation for the charity supported. Henry George Bluff, Fairhope. 251-379-4493.

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saturday Market in the Park – 7:30am-12pm. Through July. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, 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. Tues & Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com. CoastalAlabamaMarket.com. Saturday Morning Yoga – 9am. 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. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Ember Yoga Classes – 11am. Yoga classes every Saturday at 11am at Alabama Contemporary Art Center. Come take Ember Yoga classes in the illuminated terrace room to relax, restore and energize. Hatha classes creatively empower the breath and spirit. $10 suggested donation/pay what you can. 301 Conti St, Mobile, AL. Taylor Kingrea: 251-6043485. TayKingrea@gmail.com.

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FAIRHOPE, AL

readings, natural remedies and supple-

FAIRHOPE MASSAGE THERAPY Call, text or email for an appointment. Chester Schmidt, LMT: 251-359-0500 ChesterSchmidtLMT@gmail.com ChesterSchmidt.com

work, spiritual healing, medical intuitive

ments. Sherry Seicshnaydre: 228-3130664. SherryAnn4@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: 251-752-6509.

VOLUNTEER OPPS AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION –

Volunteers needed in any capacity. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@ AzaleaCityCats.org.

DOG RIVER CLEARWATER REVIVAL STORM DRAIN MARKER PROJECT – Volunteers needed to educate the public

about the storm drain system. Janet Miller: J46Miller@yahoo.com. 251-654-1827.

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ROSIE BLUUM (DOWNTOWN) Kristen Kelly, LMT 6A South Bancroft Street 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626 RosieBluum.com See ad, page 15.

FOLEY, AL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Charlene Rester, RN, LMT Historical Downtown 117 West Orange Avenue 251-550-0117

Advertise Your Massage Business on this page for

$20/MONTH! Call 251-990-9552 to reserve your spot before the 10th!

GULF SHORES, AL HOT & COLD STONE MASSAGE Roselee Marie Giovino, LMT Foley and Gulf Shores Locations 251-228-2077   BaldwinWellness@gmail.com

MOBILE, AL ALABAMA HEALING ARTS 6304 Cottage Hill Road 251-753-1937 AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com AlabamaHealingArts.com See ad, page 29. ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111 251-342-6415 Mobile@TouchOfElements.com ElementsMassage.com/Mobile See ad, page 15.

MONTROSE, AL JEN ADAMS, LMT 22787 U.S. 98 at Parker Road, Suite D-5 251-616-4201 JenAdams.Massage@gmail.com JenAdamsLMT.info

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CHURCHES

Connecting you to the leaders in healthy and green living in our community. To be included in the Natural Directory, email Publisher@ HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com. Did you miss our 2017 Healthy & Green Living Directory? Contact us to find out where you can pick up a copy of this expanded edition, or read it online at TinyURL.com/NAFeb2017.

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

BEAUTY & SKINCARE

ACUPUNCTURE FAMILY CARE NATURALLY

Dr. Mary Sabal, DC, RN 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605 Acupuncture (needle and non-needle) is a remarkably safe and effective system used by millions for thousands of years to treat pain, weight management, stress, insomnia, depression, menstrual/menopausal symptoms and a multitude of other issues. See ad, page 13.

AKASHIC READINGS BETSEY GRADY

B-BUTTERFLY SALON

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

SALON

including hair color, perms and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! See ad, page 23.

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 as well as original art from local artists. See ad, page 22.

Founder of Rosie Bluum 6A S Bancroft Street, Fairhope • 251-517-5626 BetseyGrady.com • RosieBluum.com Referred to as the Book of Life, the Akashic Records are soul records, storing all information of an individual, place or thing. A consultation offers deep levels of guidance from the masters, teachers and guides, supporting you in living life from your authentic essence. See ad, page 15.

BABYCARE LUNA BABIES

20 Jeff Davis Avenue, Ste. 9, Long Beach, MS 228-357-5574 • Lunababies.com  Facebook.com/lunababiescd/ A natural parenting store proudly offering a growing selection of cloth diapers and accessories, baby carriers, unique gifts and other green products for families. Classes and support groups offered regularly.  See ad, page 13.

TMAC’S HAIR STUDIO

2 Mobile Locations: 1861 Old Government Street • 251-607-6666 2534 Old Shell Road • 251-725-4334 A relaxing salon environment that is free of chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials, spray tans and massage with 100% organic products. Learn more at TMACsHairStudio.com. See ad, page 17.

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 16.

COUNSELING REBECCA WASHBURN, LPC, RYT

Licensed Professional Counselor From the Center, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4634 • RebeccaWashburn.com Experience inner peace and harmony through sessions of counseling and personal/ spiritual growth. Release unwanted patterns of thought, belief and behavior. Get in touch with your intuitive wisdom. Insurance accepted. See ad, page 17.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY KRISTEN KELLY, LMT

Rosie Bluum 6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626 Offering Chinese Craniosacral Therapy, a subtle blend of Chinese meridian therapy and craniosacral energy work, that indirectly approaches physical and psychological imbalances. This experience teaches your body to use its own bioelectric immune system. See ad, page 15.

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CRYSTALS & GEMS THE WILLOW TREE AT ROSIE BLUUM 6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-517-5326 or 251-751-6945 TheWillowTreeAtRosieBluum.com

Offering gifts and services that nurture your spirit. Books, card decks, essential oils, Bach Flower Remedies, crystals, salt lamps, incense and organic clothing. Local art, jewelry, honey, soaps and candles. See ad, page 15.

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 11.

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 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 21.

FENG SHUI FENGSHUI831

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

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

FOOD & NUTRITION COAST HEALTH & NUTRITION

12100 Highway 49, Suite 628, 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. Chiropractic care, massage therapy and essential oil counseling also available. See ad, page 16.

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 spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 4.

THE HEALTH HUT

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 21.

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 spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 4.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE CENTER FOR LIFESTYLE & FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

22765 Highway 59 South Robertsdale, AL • 251-947-2320 We are an interdisciplinary team o f m e d i c a l p r o f e s s io n a ls providing a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms. See ad, page 5.

GOOD KARMA CAFE

2346 East Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 228-896-7545 Facebook.com/goodkarmacafe.com 100 percent vegetarian restaurant serving plate lunches Tuesday through Saturday. Gluten-free options available. Samosas, paneer, local honey, desserts and other Café s p e c i a l t y f o o d s a l s o available. Mention this ad for 10 percent discount. See ad, page 26.

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MASSAGE THERAPY

HEALING ARTS ABUNDANT LIFE

Sherry Seicshnaydre, Energy Healer Gulfport, MS 228-313-0664 • SherryAnn4@gmail.com

JEN ADAMS, LMT

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 fifteen years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field.

Sharing and teaching love, joy, peace and light through sessions, coaching, crystals and classes. Offering energy work (Reiki, BARS, Healing Touch), spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. See ad, page 13.

NATURAL HEALTH

GRETA T. BATES

Reiki Practitioner and Meditation Guide From the Center, Fairhope, AL 601-421-0277 • TheSpiral-Life.com Make time for your special self! Reiki services and chakra clearing. $5 meditation classes on Thursdays. “I offer care and kindness to my clients—it’s the sweet work.” See ad, page 17.

JEREMY STOUT

DOCTOR’S NUTRITION

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.

Reconnective Healing Practitioner 22787 U.S. 98, Suite D5, 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 17.

PRANIC HEALING IN MOBILE Deana Lannie 251-454-0959

Free healing nights and group meditations every Monday. Pranic Healing classes and the advanced technique of Superbrain Yoga. See ad, page 17.

PSYCH-K SESSIONS

At The Willow Tree and Rosie Bluum 6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL 251-517-5626 • RosieBluum.com Replace negative beliefs with positive statements and reprogram your subconscious mind with Psych-K. This scientifically-proven method transcends affirmations, visualizations and subliminal programs. Balance the mind and live the life you deserve. See ad, page 15.

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

Rolfing® is a holistic approach to manual therapy that seeks to improve your health and function by reestablishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the h u m a n b o d y. M o r e information at EasternShoreRolfing.com. See ad, page 26.

PET SERVICES HEAR THEM SPEAK Babette de Jongh HearThemSpeak.com

more. See ad, page 26.

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

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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 16.

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