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used to think plants were boring. As an associate conservation biologist for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, I’d jump at a chance to spend the day in the field, but I found botany excursions far from thrilling. Documenting the populations of trilliums (a perennial flowering plant) wasn’t as exciting as seining a river in search of endangered minnows or replenishing the black bear traps with doughnuts. I enjoyed a walk in the woods and was awestruck at my first glimpse of a redwood, but generally speaking, I took plants for granted 20 years ago. Things changed when our first house came with a Secret Garden-esque landscape. The original owner was a master gardener who had thoughtfully filled the beds with a mix of perennial flowers, maintenance-free native plants and hardy exotics. I quickly gained an appreciation for the biodiversity in my own yard, learning about the flora and appreciating the fauna that it attracted. When we moved to Fairhope we ventured into vegetable gardening with the kids. What fun it is to watch a small black seed grow into a vine of watermelons or to gently tug at a small bunch of airy greens to unearth a carrot! Our kids often ask which leaves they can eat, favoring the citrusy flavor of wood sorrel and the fresh taste of mint. They have yet to appreciate the scent and taste of basil, but they both love the smell of rosemary, summer savory and lavender. In this month’s Natural Awakenings, we offer fresh perspectives on where and how we produce our food—and why it matters. Writer April Thompson profiles some of the noteworthy pioneers that are forging a path to organic farming in urban settings in “Crops in the City: Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground”. You’ll learn how new technologies are reconnecting urbanites to their food sources while bettering the health of people and the planet. Backyard growers in need of a boost will enjoy “Help for Home Gardeners: Extension Agents at Your Service”, which details the resources available through the small army of experts planted in nearly every county in the nation, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Take advantage of their soil testing, literature and workshops on a variety of local gardening topics. In addition to providing us with natural beauty and nourishing food, many plants have therapeutic benefits as well. With the launch of our new Plant Medicine Section, Natural Awakenings is committed to emphasizing the healing power of plants—an ancient topic that remains relevant in these modern times. We’ll educate readers on the science behind medicinal plants and connect you to the local experts in the field. The inaugural section features information on summer herbs—their health benefits, how to grow them and how to cook with them; a CBD primer with The Health Hut owner Jeff Sheldon; and local plant medicine-related news. While I still jump at a chance to wade in the water with a seine net, I now find the study of botany just as exciting. I surround myself with plants, and consider weeding a form of moving meditation. And when I see a trillium in bloom, I stop and feel gratitude for its beauty. Peace,

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Alabama Healing Arts (AHA) Massage Therapy School, in Mobile, has been training massage therapists for five years and maintains a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensure exam. The occupational college is currently accepting applications for enrollment in the next set of classes, which are scheduled to begin this fall. “There’s a big difference between having a job and having a vocation, a calling. Doing something you love takes the ‘work’ out of work,” says AHA owner Kelly Laurendine. “Therapeutic massage is a beautiful healing practice and it makes a perfect adjunct therapy to many health care professions. A career in this amazing field allows for great flexibility, versatility and creativity; it provides a sense of fulfillment. And the potential to earn income is only bounded by the parameters that the therapist sets on him or her self.” With more than 25 years of teaching experience, AHA educators assist students in becoming licensed, professional massage therapists by offering a 650-hour curriculum that emphasizes hands-on technique demonstration and practice. The course meets state requirements and includes specialty techniques, fundamental sciences, student clinic and outreach practicum. Enrollment is also open for AHA 200-, 300- and 500-hour yoga teacher training, and three levels of reiki certification, which may be purchased individually and for continuing education.

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The house bill that would have prohibited local cities and municipalities from banning plastic waste did not advance after an identical measure in the Senate failed a procedural motion. Copied verbatim from model legislation from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the bills were opposed by many environmental groups, citizens and state officials. “The plastic bags in this state go down the river and end up in our bay and end up on Alabama’s beaches, and it’s not just an environmental issue, though it’s an important one,” said Sen. Chris Elliott, R-Daphne, who voted against the procedural motion. “It’s an economic issue. That’s our livelihood.” Similar ALEC-inspired bills have passed in at least 12 states.

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Peak Alkalinity Offers Detox Special To complement the benefits of their alkaline water, Peak Alkalinity, in Fairhope, is offering a detox special during July and August—purchase two foot detox sessions and get a third session free. Because the body thrives on an alkaline pH as opposed to a lower acidic pH, drinking alkaline water can boost the body’s natural detoxification process, improve immunity, facilitate weight management and slow aging. With bottled water sales surpassing soda sales for the first time in history, there is a race to the market and alkaline water is becoming a multi-billion dollar industry. “This brings awareness to alkaline water, but in no way is it comparable to the power of neutralizing free radicals and immense addition of molecular oxygen to the body that is provided by ionization,” says Missy Guitterrez, owner of Peak Alkalinity. “The cost of the two is similar, but the benefits of our water far outweigh that of bottled alkaline water. We’ve seen firsthand the huge impact that it can have on health.” In addition to offering spa services and alkaline water by the bottle, Peak Alkalinity sells on-the-counter, underthe-counter and portable ionizers, plus water bottles and supplements. Later this summer they will join OsteoStrong to open a location in Midtown Mobile that offers ionized alkaline water and a fitness center dedicated to bone health. Location: 217-B Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-270-7200 or visit See ad, page 11.

Mobile Restaurant Goes Plastic-Free OK Bicycle Shop, in downtown Mobile, is the first restaurant in Alabama to officially join the Plastic Free Gulf Coast initiative that started in Mississippi last year. A launch party during happy hour on July 18 will celebrate their commitment to being plastic-free with drink specials, music and giveaways. With funding from the 2018 NOAA Marine Debris Prevention grant, Plastic Free Gulf Coast is focused on reducing single-use plastics, Styrofoam and plastic-lined food and beverage containers within the five Gulf states through outreach, education and improving consumer access to alternatives. “Our economy, human health, recreation and ecology all depend on healthy and plastic free water,” says Plastic Free Gulf Coast organizer Elizabeth Englebretson. “Every step that we take, even if it seems small, has a direct and immediate impact on the pandemic of microplastics and plastic pollution.” Consumer action is vital and Englebretson’s main focus is to consult with restaurants, businesses and organizations to determine a model for implementing alternatives to plastics that are cost effective and sustainable. OK Bicycle Shop has committed to doing away with singleuse petroleum-based plastics and Styrofoam by switching to paper straws, plant-based plastic to-go containers and reusable sushi mats instead of plastic wrap. Other downtown restaurants are joining the movement by adopting “straws on request” policies, switching to plant-based straws and/or moving away from Styrofoam. Mobile Baykeeper has been instrumental in connecting these businesses to the collaborative, multistate movement and in the creation of a soon-to-bereleased interactive map of all Plastic Free Gulf Coast restaurants. Location: 661 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL. For more information, email and find Plastic Free Gulf Coast on Facebook.


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Race Amity Day Observed in Fairhope In June, the Fairhope Baha’is sponsored a gathering of diverse, yet likeminded friends in observance of Race Amity Day. Since 1957, U.S. Baha’is have celebrated such gatherings with the intent of promoting racial harmony. This year’s Fairhope event included three key components: a viewing of the documentary, Race Amity and the Other Tradition, a 2019 documentary by Willam H. “Smitty” Smith, founder of the National Center for Race Amity; frank and open discussion of personal experiences; and lively and loving fellowship over refreshments. The film, previously broadcast across the country on PBS television networks, highlights America’s long, but not always publicized, legacy of cross-cultural collaboration and amity. The crux of the film supports the concept that forging bonds of friendship with people from different racial and cultural backgrounds is intrinsic to solving one of the most challenging issues confronting America: racism. Friends attending this year’s event expressed personal commitment to continue striving toward friendship and expressed sentiment that “there are more groups like us; they just don’t make the news.” The day was a reflection of Baha’i scripture, which states, “So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” For more information, email See “Churches” listing, page 36.

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The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to a diet low in meat and processed carbohydrates and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fiber. After four weeks, those on the plant-based diet had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding. They also lost weight and had higher vitamin D levels.

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Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that exhibited the forgetfulness typical of early-stage Alzheimer’s with those of another 32 people with normal cognitive


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Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arsenic-contaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.

The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by the depletion of marine phytoplankton as seawater warms. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Communications predicts that more than 50 percent of the oceans’ collective 140 million square miles of surface area will likely be affected by 2100. Marine ecologist and leader of the study Stephanie Dutkiewicz says, “These microscopic organisms live in the water and are the base of the marine food chain. If there are less of them in it, the water will be slightly bluer.” Phytoplankton serves as a food source for small sea creatures that are eaten by fish, squid and shellfish. If phytoplankton populations dip too low, vital fisheries in certain areas could be decimated.

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The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The UK governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Suggested responses include limiting oil and gas exploration, and issuing an additional biodiversity emergency measure. 12

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Produce to Avoid

The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ( DirtyDozen-Clean15List) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown U.S. produce. Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon. The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority.

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Certainty that we are facing a climate crisis today and not just in the future was reached in May through an alarming milestone in carbon dioxide levels. Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory, in Hawaii, shows that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached 415 parts per million, the highest ever recorded. However, environmental organizations charge that ominous news like this is not being communicated to the public to the degree warranted. While the CBS, NBC and ABC nightly TV news reports combined devoted nearly 18 minutes of coverage to the birth of the royal baby between May 6 and 12, airtime regarding climate change and extinction during the same period only amounted to one minute and 21 seconds, and only on CBS. For more information and to get involved, including signing a petition to demand that the media cover the climate crisis and extinction more frequently and in greater depth, visit

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Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Suffolk have found a diverse array of cocaine, pharmaceuticals and pesticides in UK river wildlife, as described in a study published in Environment International. The team collected samples of freshwater shrimp from five catchment areas and 15 different sites across the agricultural county of Suffolk. Cocaine was found in all samples tested, and other illicit drugs, pesticides and pharmaceuticals were also widely recorded in the survey. Dr. Leon Barron, from King’s College London, notes, “Such regular occurrence of illicit drugs in wildlife was surprising. We might expect to see these in urban areas such as London, but not in smaller and more rural catchments. The presence of pesticides that have long been banned in the UK also poses a particular challenge, as the sources of these remain unclear.”

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~Wendy Coleman corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray. Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription

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he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping 14

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A View From the Roofs Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C., from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to

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known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

Growing Up With Vertical Farming By 2050, it’s estimated that 9 billion people will be living on the planet—7 billion in cities. “City planners need innovative solutions

like vertical farming to governments, sell equipThere are so many feed the growing popuways to contribute to urban ment and rescue “feral lation. We can grow at hives” to integrate into scale, with minimum farming, from aquaponics managed hives. They’ve space and environmen- to vermicomposting; it’s worked successfully with tal impact,” says Wendy about finding your niche. parks, airports, golf clubs Coleman, who began and country clubs to put ~Niraj Ray her California-based honeybee habitats on site. business LA Urban Urban beekeeping Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s team works works in synergy with city farms, as honeywith chefs, resorts, hotels, universities, green- bees forage up to five miles for food, and in so houses and corporate clients like Google and doing pollinate a lot of crops. Seventy of the Ikea to set up aeroponic tower gardens across top 100 human food crops are pollinated by the U.S. and Europe. bees, according to the Food and Agriculture With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched Organization of the United Nations. “We water is pumped through a garden tower to often hear people say their garden is doing shower the roots of plants suspended in air. better than it has in years, thanks to the apiar“It actually uses 90 percent less water than ies nearby,” says John Coldwell. conventional growing, which is a huge ben- The challenges of growing at scale are a efit in a place like California, and avoids any recurrent theme among urban farmers. Ian kind of agricultural runoff,” says Coleman. In Marvy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture conjunction with urban farming partners, the (USDA) outreach specialist for the greater business churns out 30,000 seedlings a month New York City area, ran his own urban farm, using aeroponic technology to grow for their grossing six figures for 14 years. However, diverse client base and working with chefs to Marvy says most farmers growing in the plan seasonal menus around their produce. city aren’t operating at a profitable scale or Aeroponics and other innovative farm producing enough for everyone to eat local. technologies are transforming spaces in cit- Even so, locally grown produce is a ies across the U.S., reclaiming peripheral and booming market in New York City. Greenidle spaces like alleys and warehouses to grow market, founded in 1976, operates more herbs and vegetables in abundance, using 90 than 50 farmers’ markets, limited to vendors percent less land by growing vertically, notes that grow within a 200-mile radius, some of Coleman. “With our gardens, diners can see whom take home five figures on a good day, their food growing at their table; they get such says Marvy. Interest in growing at the coma personal connection with their food. It’s munity level has also mushroomed, adds an interactive way for hotels and restaurants Marvy, who estimates that 90 percent of the to demonstrate their commitment to local, city’s more than 500 school gardens weren’t sustainable food,” she says. there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA has a huge opportunity here and Breaking into Hives: nationally to make cities more sustainable City Beekeepers and feed more people. I’m really excited and “I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so committed to that,” he says. While urban agriculture efforts are well, and I thought it was the lack of pollina- tors, so I got bees; but then I realized I was sometimes criticized for catering to upper just a bad gardener,” quips master beekeeper income residents that can afford to pay top John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. dollar for specialty items like microgreens, Since this humble beginning in 2012 many businesses and organizations are with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his working on multiple fronts, with lucrative wife Teresa have been leading a movement to specialty crops helping to subsidize programs repurpose public land for “microapiaries” and serving families lacking access to healthy afprovide apiary education for youth and adults fordable food. throughout South Florida. Through their Grow Ohio Valley takes an integrated entity The Urban Beekeepers, the Coldwells approach to food sovereignty in Wheeling, offer beekeeping classes, consult with local West Virginia, and the Upper Ohio Valley.

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market. The organization is also building alliances between local farmers and healthcare providers through a project called The Farmacy. A partnership with a local free clinic, it targets people suffering from diabetes and other diseases linked to poor diets with a doctor’s prescription for organic produce offered free through the organization’s CSA. These urban agriculture pioneers are helping to not only grow food, but community, and are nurturing renewed connections to the Earth. City growing has so many benefits: decreasing packaging, costs and food miles traveled, making it easier to eat organic seasonal food and a more diverse diet. “The connection people feel when they plant seed and get to harvest the mature plant is transformative. Growing food is something we can all do to make a difference, for our health and the environment,” says Coleman. Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at



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eed the Seed is an urban food systems and community revitalization program that connects residents living in food insecure neighborhoods to local growers and chefs to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables. It began in 2016 as a partnership between Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and Climb Community Development Corporation to build a community garden in Gaston Point, a Gulfport, Kait Sukiennik, co-owner of Greenhouse on Porter, Mississippi neighborhood where much volunteers as Chef of the Week for the East Biloxi Garden Supper. of the population does not live within walking distance of a reliable food source and fresh produce. Today the community garden is co-managed by Climb’s Conservation Corps and the West Gulfport Civic Club. In 2017, Feed the Seed began hosting Garden Suppers where participants work together to prepare and share a healthy meal. Produce is purchased from community gardens and local farmers’ markets and then the meal is planned based on what is available and in season. The Garden Suppers use Good and Cheap, How to Eat well on $4 a Day, by Leanne Brown, as a guidebook, and everyone goes home with a copy of the book and $10 vouchers that are redeemable at 3 local farmers’ markets. Additional funding from the American Heart Association provided for expansion across the three coastal Mississippi counties. The hope is that each host organization gleans ideas and tools to continue sharing knowledge and healthy food around a supper table in their community. The participants have fun trying new-to-them vegetables and recipes and discussing healthy food, homegrown veggies and the importance of supporting local growers. “The most interesting outcome has been how much participants learn from one another, and how valuable the social aspect of preparing and sharing food together has been to the process,” says facilitator Tracy Wyman. At recent suppers, people have shared how diet change and exercise helped them lower cholesterol, control diabetes and lose weight. “One participant recently diagnosed with diabetes, says that she and her husband have already lost weight since participating in the series, and are truly benefitting from learning from other participants,” says Wyman who recounts many similar stories that demonstrate how Feed the Seed is impacting community health by increasing knowledge and consumption of fresh foods. She says, “It’s exciting to see how excited people get about this and all of the good that comes from sharing in that experience together.” The next series will begin July 11 for four consecutive Thursdays at King’s Kitchen in Bay St. Louis. For more information, call 228-436-4661 or visit FeedTheSeedChallenge. Farmer and Chef Amy Phelps of Pearl River Blues Berry Farm guides a young community participant in preparing a meal for a Gaston Point garden supper.

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“The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including the organic agriculture research and extension initiative program for which we received significant funding,” says Mathieu Ngouajio, program leader for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA is eager to see the connections their constituents are making with the research. “We want to identify the needs of organic gardeners, and the best way to meet those needs is to get our research into their hands,” Ngouajio says. County extension agents are on the front lines of this effort, offering low- or nocost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of

local gardening topis using a naturally The good news is that the ics and workshops formed material for 2018 Farm Bill provided on everything from fertilizer and pesincreases for many of our making rain barrels ticide, from plant, programs, including an and creating rain animal or mineral gardens to imple- organic program for which we sources.” menting eco-friendreceived significant funding. The biggest area ly pest control, cultiof confusion is that ~Mathieu Ngouajio vating native plants many people think and employing best organic means pestipractices for organic gardening. Master cide-free. But that is not always true. There is gardeners that volunteer their expertise are organic pest control, Miller says. “In terms of central to supporting extension outreach gardening, there are certified organic prodactivities. ucts you can use and still be organic.” One “We would love more business from thing to look for on a label is the seal of the the public,” says Weston Miller, an associate Organic Materials Review Institute, which professor with Oregon State University’s indicates the product is suitable for organic extension service. “The public service of the gardening. master gardener program is to answer ques- However, there aren’t many good options,” including what and when to plant and tions for weed management, he adds. “You how much irrigation is required. have to do weeding by hand or use an her In Oregon, there are 3,500 master bicide that isn’t organic.” gardeners, with 650 volunteers in Portland Another issue that extension programs alone. “We train master gardeners in how to can help with is making sure organic garuse our resources and interpret the research deners receive only scientifically researched to the public,” Miller says. information, says Nicole Pinson, an urban “There are trained volunteers in pretty horticulture agent with the Hillsborough much every county in the country ready and County Extension Service, in Tampa, Florida. willing to answer any gardening question,” “Gardening information is available on Miller says. For example, a new organic websites and on social media. Some inforgardener might not know the correct soil mation that pops up is not research-based, amendments to use or how to start a com- or they are selling a product and are not posting pile to supplement the soil in an unbiased,” Pinson says. organic garden. “We generally stick to recommenda There is also a nationwide network tions we have been able to vet through recalled Ask the Expert ( search. When we make a recommendation, and questions will automatically go to an we give folks all of the options of what they extension staff person or master gardener in can do.” the area where the inquiring gardener lives. Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer Reducing Confusion based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted Many of those getting into organic garden- at ing might feel confused as to what connotes organic, Miller says. “Organic gardening

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esearch is helping doctors connect the dots between seemingly unrelated conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, revealing a common denominator: the multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the autonomic nervous system. The superpower of this double-branched cranial nerve lies in transporting major neurotransmitters along what is known as the brain-gut axis. “The vagus nerve stems from the brain to the abdomen like a communication superhighway between your gut and brain,” says Hannah Aylward, an Orlando-based certified holistic health coach and gut health expert. “Studies show that the vagus nerve regulates inflammation throughout the body.”

Promising Research Recent studies have shown that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can improve quality of life for individuals suffering from numerous conditions. One type is a device that can be implanted by a neurosurgeon, which sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve in children that suffer from seizures and adults with depression as a supplemental treatment when surgery or medications are not possible or effective. There is also a handheld, non-invasive VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food 20

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and Drug Administration-approved device that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches. Its effectiveness for chronic pain management, as well as in cases of epilepsy and depression, was published in the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, M.D., and his colleagues with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional pain. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this year, also show that VNS delays the brain’s response to pain signals in individuals with PTSD.

Mental Health, Trauma and the Gut When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening. “Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

Vagus Power Everyone can benefit from increased vagal tone, which goes hand-in-hand with engaging the parasympathetic nervous system for optimum equilibrium at the cellular level. Acupuncture, chiropractic—with a focus on the cranial nerves—massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras,

gentle yoga and exercise, positive social interactions and belly breathing all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.” Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at

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ike people, pets can develop allergies to medications that are overprescribed, including antibiotics, which also have a long list of side effects—many of which are long-term. There is also the escalating problem of resistance, which is the result of too-frequent and unnecessary use of these drugs. One of the most important things to know is that dogs and cats are exposed to antibiotics when they eat food containing the meat of factory-farmed animals, which includes about 99 percent of pet foods on the market today. The exception is a very small number that contain free-range, organic ingredients.


Antibiotic Resistance In many cases, even when bacteria are exposed for the first time to a particular antibiotic, the majority will die, but some will survive and pass on that resistance to other bacteria. The problem is not that certain disease-causing bacteria are antibioticresistant, but that the resistance genes in any type of bacteria can transfer their ability to survive to billions of other bacteria. This is how superbugs are born. These are a strain of bacteria able to withstand assault by multiple types of antibiotics. When a veterinarian can no longer eliminate bacterial infections with antibiotics, the life of the animal is threatened, and that’s the biggest concern.

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If a veterinarian makes a diagnosis of infection, ask for a culture and sensitivity test. Otherwise, he or she is making a guess at what type of organism is present and the best antibiotic to treat it. Each time an unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic is prescribed, the potential for resistance increases. Only in an emergency situation should a veterinarian prescribe an antibiotic before the culture and sensitivity test can be performed. The vet can then switch medications if necessary when the results arrive. Giving the proper dose of the antibiotic at the proper intervals and using up the entire prescription is important, even if the pet seems to be fully recovered before the medication has run out. This will ensure the infection is totally resolved and prevent the pet from having to take another full course of antibiotics because the first one wasn’t fully administered and the infection wasn’t effectively cleared. It’s important to reseed the pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) system with friendly microorganisms—probiotics—during and after antibiotic therapy to reestablish a healthy balance of gut bacteria. This will also help keep a dog or cat’s digestive system working optimally and the immune system strong.

Alternatives to Antibiotics

Many conditions for which antibiotics are often indiscriminately prescribed respond very well to a combination of natural therapies, including herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, immune system stimulants and specific nutritional interventions. Functional medicine veterinarians, a group that is thankfully growing in number, realize this and are able to partner with pet parents to offer alternatives to antibiotics. A 2016 study showed cranberry extract to be as or more effective in preventing E. coli-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs as short-term antibiotic treatment. In addition, cranberry extract can help fight multidrug-resistant bacteria in dogs with recurrent E. coli UTIs. In a study of shelter dogs, researchers compared the use of probiotics to antibiotics to treat acute diarrhea caused by stress.

They concluded probiotic therapy was as effective as antibiotic therapy. In addition, dogs that were unresponsive to antibiotics appeared to benefit significantly from subsequent probiotic treatment. Oregano oil, propolis, olive leaf, essential oils, colloidal silver and Manuka honey  help reduce bacterial skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with good success. If a dog or cat isn’t facing a lifethreatening health situation, talk with the veterinarian about alternatives to antibiotics. In these situations, pet parents often find it beneficial to consult a functional medicine or integrative veterinarian whose goal is to treat these problems by starting with the least toxic options first. Karen Shaw Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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lant medicine is often considered alternative or off the beaten path when in reality, it’s the oldest and most natural way to treat and cure countless maladies that plague the human race. For many millennia, research has been taking place regarding the medicinal value and properties of herbs, plants, roots, flowers and bark. One of the oldest written resources for plant medicine can be found in an ancient Egyptian papyri, Ebers Papyrus, which dates back to 1550 BC. Through countless trial and error experiments, ancestors of the human race have been discovering the many benefits that Mother Earth has to offer and they’ve passed this information onto us through writings, teachings and oral histories. Many countries and cultures throughout the world still rely heavily on Earth’s bounty for healing. It’s difficult to identify exactly how, when and why some cultures continued to follow nature’s trail, while others decided to follow a concrete runway which led to manmade pharmaceuticals. Perhaps it’s how east and west differ on their view of total health. Most eastern philosophies view medicine as treating the whole person, which includes the body, mind and spirit. In the west, however, there is an obvious distinction between the body, mind and spirit. As more and more Americans are being called to fight in their own health management battle, it is vital that they have all of the information that is available, so a well-developed plan of attack can occur. Education is key. The more people know about their medicinal options, the stronger their arsenal will be when they take a stand and command control of their whole health. Natural Awakenings is proud to introduce the newest section of the magazine: Plant 24

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New Herbal Ritual Massage at Elements Elements Massage Mobile is now offering Herbal Ritual—a new specialty massage that utilizes therapeutic cannabidiol (CBD). Studies have shown that hemp-derived CBD helps alleviate pain and ease soreness. “When CBD oil is combined with your massage, it has been found that clients experience a deeper level of relief and longer lasting effects than with massage alone,” says owner Claudia McClure. “The first time I tried the CBD addition to a massage, I achieved a much greater level of relaxation.” The hemp-based CBD products used at Elements Massage have 0 percent THC and are applied topically so there are no psychoactive effects. Clients can feel at ease with Elements’ signature CBD Herbal Ritual, as will their aches and pains. Customers should call ahead to add this enhancement to their next massage appointment. Location: 6920 Airport Blvd., Ste. 111, Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251342-6415 or visit See ad, opposite page. 26

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SUMMER EATING The Herbal Connection

Fresh Is Best

by Kajsa Nickels


ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

Cool Benefits “Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.” Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tolerant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil. “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat 28

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waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness, while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.”

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Tips for Growing Herbs on the Gulf Coast by Rain Keane

• The warm season is the time to plant an-

nual and tropical herbs. Basil is the number 1 herb of summer. Warm temperatures and plenty of root room are a must because basil is a root­hog. Tropical herbs like lemon verbena, pineapple sage, gingers, Cuban oregano and lemongrass are the same, with the benefit of being savable from year to year if given some protection in the winter.

Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction. 2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks before straining. From the book Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Used with permission from New World Library.

Dandelion and Violet Greens Pesto 1 bunch dandelion leaves 1-2 handfuls violet leaves 1-3 garlic cloves 1-3 oz Parmesan cheese 1 cup toasted, salted/tamari pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup olive oil

• Accept that a few herbs like French tar-

ragon, narrow­leafed culinary sages and young, newly planted thymes will do poorly in the hot months. Texas tarragon and Berggarten sage are excellent heat-tolerant varieties for the Gulf Coast.

Fall is the best time to start dill and cilantro and plan to replant them often. These particular herbs go to seed as soon as they are mature. Dill and cilantro have both leaves and seeds that are delicious, and their seeds can be saved from year to year. Cilantro seeds are a spice commonly called coriander.

• Plant your perennial and biennial herbs in the fall or early winter for the best results— especially parsley, thyme and lavender.   Rain Keane is the owner of Good Scents Herbs and Flowers in Robertsdale, AL. Connect at

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Coarsely chop the herbs and the garlic. Combine with a mortar and pestle, food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the liquids and blend to a puree. Serve with organic tortilla chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Will keep for a few days in a tightly sealed container or frozen. From the book Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies by Maria Noël Groves. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.

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photos by Stacey Cramp Used with permission from New World Library.

Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating.



CBD 101

Jeff Sheldon on the Basics of Cannabidiol


he Health Hut has been serving Lower Alabama for more than 30 years. With a knowledgeable staff and a focus on high quality, whole-food vitamins, herbs and supplements, their stores started carrying a range of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products last year. As more people consider cannabinoids to be essential to overall health, Natural Awakenings asked owner Jeff Sheldon about CBD—what is it, who needs it and how to shop for it.

What is CBD? CBD is cannabidiol, which is a plant-based cannabinoid that is almost identical to endocannabinoids—the cannabinoids that our body produces. Our endocannabinoid system is important because it’s like the conductor of the orchestra—it helps coordinate and maintain all the systems in our bodies. When we take CBD oil, it mimics the body’s endocannabinoids, filling the receptors and promoting balance. This gets all the body’s systems working more efficiently.

Why are people taking CBD? Many of our customers are finding out about it by word of mouth from friends who are getting really good results. Most often they want it for pain and inflammation or stress and anxiety, but also for sleep issues, blood sugar regulation, PTSD or to help with symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Full-spectrum products like the ones we

sell have so many beneficial properties and nutrients—anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, anti-convulsive, anti-psychotic. Studies have found that CBD is good for gut health too, enhancing the growth of good bacteria while preventing the growth of bad, and it mediates the permeability of the intestinal wall. There are benefits for almost everyone.

How can you enhance the effects of CBD? Research is finding that the more inflammation someone has, the less benefits they experience. With higher omega-3 concentrations in the body, they will feel the effects of CBD more. So if you’re not getting enough omega-3 in your diet or through supplementation, you will not receive as great a benefit from taking CBD oil. Omega-3 can actually help synthesize cannabinoids within the body and regulate the whole endocannabinoid system. Also, the longer you use CBD, the better it works.

What are some common misconceptions about CBD? That it’s marijuana. CBD comes from the hemp plant and has no psychoactive qualities. You can think of them as different subspecies of the cannabis plant. Another misconception is that it’s a cure-all. It’s just one more feather in our cap of good health practices. We still need to hydrate, exercise, eat less sugar and more fruits and vegetables. This is just one more thing to add to our daily routine to improve our health.

What should consumers look for when they’re shopping for CBD? Look for brands that are transparent with third party testing. With independent lab tests, as a consumer I can look at that analysis and see for myself how potent the CBD is and whether it contains things like pesticides, toxins or bad bacteria. Find someone knowledgeable to ask about the differences between products because not all CBD is created equally. We’re not going to know everything, but we’re trying to train our staff to be the best educated in the area. For more information, see ad, page 13.

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320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • Café: 251-929-0055 An organic cafe offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Open for lunch Monday-Saturday and Sunday brunch. See ad, back cover.


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Introduction to Buddhism 10am. The purpose of SGI Buddhism ( is to establish lives of absolute happiness, an inner state of joy and confidence that can never be taken away, destroyed or defeated. Join us to learn more. Free. West Mobile Library, 5555 Grelot Rd, Mobile, AL. Gary Ono: 251-490-4833.

markyourcalendar Green Drinks Mobile at Alchemy Tavern Join us for an engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker every third Wednesday. Speaker at 6pm. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks.


markyourcalendar Green Drinks Fairhope at District Hall Now on 2nd Wednesdays! Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker at 6pm every second Wednesday. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks.

July 10 • 5-7pm New Location: District Hall 761 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL

SATURDAY, JULY 13 AHA Reiki Certification Training Offered tri-annually. Upon completion, which begins with the Level I Usui Ryoho Reiki training, participants can perform self-treatments and practice professionally. Each of the 3 levels may be purchased individually, and for continuing education. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

July 17 • 5-7pm Alchemy Tavern 7 South Joachim Street, Mobile, AL

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Traveler’s Guide to the 5th Dimension 9am-6pm, Jul 20-21. Teachings for Starseeds, Lightworkers and those seeking High Consciousness. The roadmap to the 5th Dimension. Fee $444. 2-day workshop. Your Master Guide: Dianne Thomas. More info: Register by July 10. your.WELL.being, Fairhope, AL. 843-297-2468.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 Upledger CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) 8am-5:30pm, Aug 1-4. In this 4-day workshop, you’ll learn how to release restrictions in the craniosacral system to assist the body’s natural healing processes. Cost: $795. Register by July 1 and save $100. Practice Works, 3613 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL. 800-233-5880.



Prenatal Yoga Series 4:30-5:30pm, July 14, 21, 28. 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. $49 includes unlimited yoga during series. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL.

AHA Massage Therapy School Scheduled start date for the 650-hour program. Curriculum meets state requirements to prepare students as licensed therapists. Emphasizes handson techniques and practice, specialty techniques, fundamental sciences, student clinic and outreach practicum. AHA maintains a 100% pass rate for students taking licensure exam. For details or application: Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 Green Drinks Mobile at Alchemy Tavern 5-7pm. Join us for an engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker every third Wednesday. Speaker at 6pm. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 AHA Yoga Teacher Training Scheduled start date for the 200-, 300- & 500-hour yoga teacher trainings. Available for aspiring teachers or personal development. Eclectic training with emphasis on Iyengar-style instruction and utilization of props to ensure safety and alignment. Become registered with Yoga Alliance. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

markyourcalendar Heartlight Celebration & Benefit A daylong event offered by the Kantra CALM School of Yoga graduates with music, meditation, yoga, workshops and vendors. $65 in advance, $75 at the door. Proceeds go to the Rotary Youth Club of Fairhope.

August 24 • 9am-9:30pm Fairhope United Methodist Church 155 S Section St, Fairhope, AL 251-751-2121 heartlight-celebration

markyourcalendar Introduction to Buddhism The purpose of SGI Buddhism ( is to establish lives of absolute happiness, an inner state of joy and confidence that can never be taken away, destroyed or defeated. Join us to learn more. Free.

August 24 • 1pm

Bike Biloxi 6pm, 3rd Tues. Free, fun-filled ride through downtown. Bike rental available through Zagster app or provide your own bike. Helmets and lights recommended. Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS. 228-435-6339.


Green Drinks Fairhope at District Hall 5-7pm. Now on 2nd Wednesdays! Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker at 6pm every second Wednesday. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. New Location: District Hall, 761 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL.

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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 (251-479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL.

Munchie Mondays Get 10% off CBD edibles at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Monday. Mention Natural Awakenings and get 15% off! 558 St Francis St, Mobile, AL and 5668 Old Hwy 43, Satsuma, AL. 251-255-5155.

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.

Hot Restore: Hips & Hamstrings 9:30-10:30am, Mon & Wed. This class focuses on poses that will deeply open the hips, hamstrings, quads, low back and side body. Allow the heat to help you open more deeply and stretch more fully, while you heal your body and calm your mind. Heated. All levels. Soul Shine Yoga, 28623 N Main St, Daphne, AL.

Sunday Service 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Sunday Service at Unity Church of Gulfport 10:30-11:45am. Let Rev. Judy Voght inspire your week ahead with uplifting, positive messages from the heart. Join us every third Sunday, after service, for fellowship potluck. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Unity Sunday Service and Celebration 10:30am. Weekly service welcomes people of all races, cultures, lifestyles and creeds. Unity on the Eastern Shore, 22979 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-9908934. Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service 11am-12pm. Our Sunday services feature a different guest speaker each week. We address a variety of topics, from literature and history to religious thought and social issues. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. Unity Church of Mobile Sunday Service 11am. Unity offers a positive path for spiritual living. Join us on Sundays for a peace-filled experience, and joyous fellowship, with uplifting messages and music and centering meditations. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. UnityOfMobileAL@ Baha’i’s of Fairhope Diversity Devotions 3-5pm. Every 4th Sunday. Join us in the coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate our unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments served immediately following the shared devotional program. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL. Ecstatic Dance 4:30-6pm. We bring community together to dance, breathe, sweat and celebrate in a supportive and fun environment which facilitates personal empowerment, conscious connection and deep transformation. Suggested donation $15. Jubilee Suites, 557 N Mobile St, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4634. Facebook. com/EcstaticDanceFairhope/.

Gentle Yoga with Dana 4:15-5:15pm. Beat the Summer heat! Join Dana for a calming yoga class to ease stress, transform the soul and both soothe and quiet the mind. Find bliss and experience the joy—leave feeling on top of the world. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Doggie Happy Hour 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grainfree dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: MyHappyDog123@gmail. com.

10% Off Facials Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. 2900 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Topical Tuesdays Get 10% off CBD topicals at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Tuesday. Mention Natural Awakenings and get 15% off! 558 St Francis St, Mobile, AL and 5668 Old Hwy 43, Satsuma, AL. 251-255-5155. Sunrise Yoga with Linda 6-7am. The calendar says “hot”, but not at sunrise! Join Linda Csaszar and jump start the morning— charge and revitalize the body, ease stress and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find the joy in the movement. Also on Thursdays w/ Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-4731104. Positive Parenting Classes 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Also taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. AHA Yoga for Stress Relief 9:30am, starting Jul 24. Postures, breath exercises and meditation practices specific for helping to relieve stress and anxiety. Beginner-friendly. Props provided.  Call/text 251-753-1937 to register. $10/ class; $50/6-class pass; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.  

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Akashic Records in Fairhope 9:30am-6pm. Akashic Records sessions in-person with Betsey Grady: 30 min, 60 min, couples sessions available. Seek guidance. Connect with departed loved ones. Achieve clarity. Leave soothed, inspired and uplifted. 400 Fairhope Ave, Ste 2G, Fairhope, AL. 251-752-6509.

Wash Up Wednesdays Get 10% off CBD bath products at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Wednesday. Mention Natural Awakenings and get 15% off! 558 St Francis St, Mobile, AL and 5668 Old Hwy 43, Satsuma, AL. 251-255-5155.

$5 Mom + Baby Yoga 11-11:45am. Practice yoga and bond with your baby. This class provides support for new mothers. We will focus on correcting imbalances created during pregnancy and rebuilding strength in the body. Soul Shine Yoga, 28623 N Main St, Daphne, AL. Namaste@

Yoga with Susan Kangal 7:45-8:45am. 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—yes! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Grief Recovery Meeting 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-634-8055.

MELT Method Class with Dana 9-9:30am. Learn simple MELT self-treatments you can do to remain active, healthy and pain-free for life. Eliminate “stuck” stress before it accumulates causing chronic aches, pains and unwanted signs of aging. Keep your whole body feeling great at any age. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Farmers Market 10am-3pm, Nov-Mar. 2-6pm, Apr-Oct. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, meat, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com. AHA PM Yoga 5:45pm. This Iyengar-style class emphasizes detailed instruction and proper body alignment, utilizes the aid of props when needed, to improve posture, muscletone, strength and flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-382-7895. $10/ class; $50/6-class pass; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.  Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. More info: Pet Loss Support Group 6:30-7:30pm. Every 1st Tues. Support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet, a grief most people don’t recognize or understand. Free, confidential and safe group—all of us have been in your shoes. Unable to attend? Phone sessions available. Dr. Lynne Lohmeier: 228-497-1394. Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. PM Tai Chi Class 6:30-7:45pm. Join Master Jude Forsyth for this beginning Qigong Tai Chi class to explore how the ancient moving meditation can make a difference for you. Class fees range from $10-$12. Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@BlueWillowWellness. com.


AHA Flow Yoga  9:30am. This mid-week pick-me-up uses movements that form a flowing sequence in coordination with the breath. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text 251-753-1937 to register. $10/ class; $50/6-class pass; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Alignment Yoga with Jill Frankel 9:30-10:45am. Explore basic yoga asanas with classes that focus on correct alignment. All are welcome as poses will be modified to enable each individual to experience the benefits of yoga. Find your perfect position. Synergy’s only donation based class. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Hot Restore: Hips & Hamstrings 9:30-10:30am, Mon & Wed. This class focuses on poses that will deeply open the hips, hamstrings, quads, low back and side body. Allow the heat to help you open more deeply and stretch more fully, while you heal your body and calm your mind. Heated. All levels. Soul Shine Yoga, 28623 N Main St, Daphne, AL. Namaste@ Free Chair Yoga for MS 10:30-11:30am. The MS Foundation provides one free yoga class a week at Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ Chair Yoga with Patsy Tucker 4:30-5:30pm. Patsy will use chairs and other props to support a modified yoga practice. Also explore breathing techniques and guided meditation for calming the mind. This class is ideal for people uncomfortable practicing on the floor or who need support for balance. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

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Green Drinks Fairhope at District Hall 5-7pm. Now every 2nd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Farmers market. New location: District Hall, 761 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail. com. Green Drinks Mobile at Alchemy Tavern 5-7pm, 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and monthly speaker. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. 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. Restorative Yoga 6-7:15pm. Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. During the long holds, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. Props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Mississippi Sierra Club Meeting 6:30-8pm. A lively and informative meeting on all things environmental going on around us. Bring a dish to share and your willingness to get involved. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-256-3177. Admin@UnityGulfport. com.

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Flower Friday Get 10% off hemp flower at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Friday. Mention Natural Awakenings and get 15% off! 558 St Francis St, Mobile, AL and 5668 Old Hwy 43, Satsuma, AL. 251-255-5155.

AHA Yoga + Meditation 9:30am, starting Jul 23. This class combines a mindful movement practice with breath and/or meditation techniques. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text 251-753-1937 to register. $10/ class; $50/6-class pass; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 

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

Akashic Records in Mobile 10:30am-5pm, every Thurs. Akashic Records sessions in-person with Betsey Grady: 30 min, 60 min, couples sessions available. Seek guidance. Connect with departed loved ones. Achieve clarity. Leave soothed, inspired and uplifted. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-752-6509. Agape Food Truck in Fairhope 3-6pm. Stock up on Agape’s cold-pressed juices and nut butters or grab a smoothie, bowl, wrap or snack on the go. Don’t panic, it’s organic! Fairhope Farmers Market, behind the public library, Fairhope, AL. 251-979-6201. Market in the Park Springhill 3-6pm. May 23-Aug 1. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-2081550. Yoga with Chris McFadyen 5:45-7pm. Join Chris for some energizing yoga as his breath work, asana and flow calms the mind and also enhances and refocuses the body. Relocate your passion and find your humor— smile after a long day! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Group Reformer Class with Adrienne 6-7pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne at the end of your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Leave class feeling great! Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-4731104. 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. Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.


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Sunset Yoga for Charity 2nd & 4th Fridays, Mar-Oct. 11th annual Sunset Yoga season. A different teacher for a different charity every Start time depending on sunset time. Bring your mat, your donation and a friend. The Bluff (1 Beach Rd), Fairhope, AL. Rain site: Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Hwy 181. 251-929-4020. Thrive@

SATURDAY $5 Soul Shine Community Yoga Classes Classes are $5 at both Fairhope and Daphne locations on Saturdays! Options include Foundations of Yoga, Hot Power Hour and Core Fusion Fit classes. Advance registration recommended. $5. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL and 28623 N Main St, Daphne, AL. Super Saturday Get 20% off a surprise CBD item at CannaBama: The CBD Store every Saturday. 558 St Francis St, Mobile, AL and 5668 Old Hwy 43, Satsuma, AL. 251-255-5155. Market in the Park Downtown 7:30am-12pm. Apr 27-Jul 27; Oct 12-Nov 23. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, Mobile, AL. 251208-1550. Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta 7:30-8:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-928-5363. Farmers Market 9am-2pm. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, meat, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469.

Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life 9:30-10:45am. We welcome you to an open flow yoga class appropriate for all levels of practice. Drop-in $10/class. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-473-8040. Intuitive Group Readings 6:30-8:30pm. Intuitive Medium Ericka Boussarhane uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in their lives. As a medium, she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Call to book an appointment. $20. Live and Let Live New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola, FL. 850-941-4321.

classifieds Fee for classified listings is $1 per word. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available. FOR SALE 13 LBS OF ICE FOR $1 – Filtered water, pull-through access, buckets available for transfer as well as bags. 23858 Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL (1/2 mi N of Rock Creek). HEALING ACRES IS FOR SALE – 4-acre property with pecan orchard, fruit trees, a house and a cottage. Lots of possibilities! 251-300-9052.

OPPORTUNITIES BECOME A PUBLISHER – Natural Awakenings Gulf Coast AL/MS is for sale. Homebased business opportunity. No publishing experience required. See ad, page 2. FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY– OsteoStrong is looking for motivated, healthconscious individuals to open new franchises in Alabama. Our proven system for success offers an exceptional business opportunity. More info: 251-210-6955;

SERVICES LOSE WEIGHT & RELAX DOING IT – Change the way you think, dump dieting forever, lose weight and feel better doing it. Hypnosis makes it easy. Free 30-min screening: 251-270-1470. UNIVERSAL GUIDANCE - Consult Spirit Guides, Masters of the Universe and departed loved ones. Ask questions, get answers to transform your life. Betsey Grady: 251752-6509.

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Akashic Records Consultant 251-752-6509 • From a soul’s inception, all of its experiences are recorded in the Akasha. Make time to explore your Akashic Records for clarity, understanding, inspiration and guidance. Seek guidance. Get answers. Connect with departed loved ones. See ad, page 19.


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Karen Watson, Founding Consultant Daphne, AL • 256-508-0389 A clean and effective line of skincare, anti-aging products and make-up that nurtures y o u r s k i n ’s n a t u r a l balance. Contact us for a complementary skincare and makeup consultation. See ad, page 19.

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.


Carolyn Olson, Certified Thermographer Gulf Coast Locations from LA to FL 251-623-2225

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12 N. Section St., Fairhope, AL 256-826-4140 Offering whole body cryotherapy in a Cryo Arctic chamber, weekly yoga classes and a community venue. 2-3 minutes of cryotherapy increases energy, focus and flexibility. See ad, page 9.

DEMENTIA MIND PERFORMANCE CENTER, LLC (Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-597-8787

Our non-invasive, drug-free approach helps dementia patients that originally scored in the teens on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment be restored to the point of scoring normal (26-30). See ad, page 4.

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A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials and massage with 100% organic products. See ad, page 19.



A salon offering organic products and services SALON including hair color and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! See ad, page 33.

Old Government, Mobile: 251-607-6666 2101 Hwy. 98, Daphne: 251-725-4334

Welcoming people of any age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or cultural background. We seek truth and knowledge, care for the Earth and show kindness to others while creating an atmosphere of love.


FDA registered thermography (digital infrared thermal imaging) offers breast screenings that are non-invasive and radiation-free, without compression or bodily contact. Valuable for detecting early stage breast disease and more. See ad, page 5.


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IAOMT Protocol 225 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-943-2471 •

12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd., Fairhope, AL 251-279-8745 Weeks Bay Plantation is the regional destination of choice for pick-your-own blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes—all organically grown. Check Facebook or contact us for greenhouse produce sales and Spring picking dates.

Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (no-suture) 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.



2032 Airport, Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, Mobile: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy. 90, Daphne: 251-621-1865


Offering Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Brainsway—a proven tool in the fight against depression that is non-invasive, painless and drug-free) with functional medicine and brain pathway rehabilitation for the most robust changes possible. See ad, page 4.

Open year round Tu e s d a y s ( 10am3 p m , N o v - M a r. 2-6pm, Apr-Oct. ) and Saturdays (9am2pm). Local farms with seasonal produce, meat, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, seafood, hand-crafted soaps and more. Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.





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Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal Zyto Wellness readings and wholesale privileges. Wellness classes on last Thursday of the month. See ad, page 23.

Newly remodeled! Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, back cover.


MIND PERFORMANCE CENTER, LLC (Located inside Path to Wellness) 240 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-597-8787

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

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. Serviceoriented, knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 13.

20733 Miflin Rd. (Co. Rd. 20), Foley, AL 251-709-4469

Juice and Smoothie Café 7369 Alamo Cir., Ste C, Gulf Shores, AL 251-979-6201 •


Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, back cover.

Combining the finest ingredients to create fresh and healthy juices, smoothies and snacks. Don’t panic, it’s organic! Visit our café or find our food truck (follow us on Facebook for event schedule). See ad, page 18.

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28170 N. Main St., Ste. C, Daphne, AL (French doors on side of building) 251-616-4201 •

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Intuitive integrative massage techniques are used to facilitate the body into a state of healing without the “no pain no gain” mentality. Over 15 years experience in the bodywork and natural

MASTERS OF MASSAGE See listings, page 3.


38 Pass Rd., Ste. C, Gulfport, MS 228-575-8660 Offering K•Laser—a drug-free and painless treatment that is proven to be 90% effective in treating neuropathy symptoms such as pain, numbness, burning, tingling and loss of feeling. See ad, page 21.

Rolfing® is a holistic approach to manual therapy that seeks to improve your health and function by reestablishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the human body. More information at See ad, page 19.





Family Care Naturally 1404B W. 1st St., Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605


Enhances natural healing processes, hastens muscle Live and Let Live New Age Gift Store recovery and raises energy 4622 Saufley Field Rd., Pensacola, FL levels. By breathing oxy850-941-4321 •  gen at higher than atmospheric pressures, cells, tissues and organs absorb at Family Care Naturally Ericka Boussarahne is an more oxygen. Intro pricing and multi-session author, radio personality, public EXPERIENCE discounts.  IMPROVEMENT FOR: speaker and professional Head Injuries | Lyme Disease psychic intuitive who is sought Stroke | Autoimmune Diseases after around the world. She has Arthritis & Other Inflammatory Conditions been featured on television Cosmetic Surgery Recovery programs dealing with the paranormal and interviewed by Athletic Performance | Candida HEAR THEM SPEAK national radio.   TREATMENT PACKAGES AVAILABLE


Pam Reaves, Certified Rolfer® 151 Fly Creek Ave., Ste. 411 Fairhope, AL • 251-990-8383

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A progressive school for pre-K through 4th grade that utilizes hands-on activities, small class sizes and inquiry-based learning, to guide students to find answers to their questions. See ad, page 18.




333 Greeno Rd. S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 • A 7-minute session, once a week provides a natural solution for healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility and pain reduction. Accessible to all ages; non-invasive; non-pharmaceutical. See ad, page 17.

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Offering cleansing far infrared sauna sessions followed by a hydrating collagen shower and detoxifying foot spas. Ask about package specials. See ad, page 11.

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Telepathic communica251-970-3605 tion, counseling and for multi-species I tried Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapyhealing after having a stroke. With just 7 treatments, families. Healing with I was able to climb stairs again. Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix ~P.K., Gulf Shores Energetics and more. See ad, page 23.


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a delicious and organic dining experience Asian Fusion • Mediterranean • Italian • Tex-Mex • Thai • Pizza • Sandwiches • Pasta • Salads Catering service and take-out available. Menus online. Call for specials. Fairhope Cafe: 251-929-0055

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