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Functional Medicine Leads the Way



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On How We Shape Our Health

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n our way home from dropping Mays off at school I was deeply enveloped in the to-do list that was running through my head: “Pack lunch. Do yoga. Finish taxes. Write letter from the publisher. Prepare for tonight’s meeting. Plan dinner…” My stress level began to build as the list snowballed into questions about how I would get it all done. Halfway home, that inner dialogue was abruptly interrupted. “Hey Mommy, do you hear all those birds singing?” Thatch inquired from the back of my bike. With that simple question, my distracted mind became present, my to-do list vanished and a chorus of birds was all I could hear. My yoga practice that morning echoed Thatch’s perspective as the teacher provided an inspiring intention—approach life with a generosity of spirit and a heart of presence. Through every moment, we can choose to be present and generous instead of being distracted by feelings of doubt and desire. Our thoughts and beliefs can have a major impact on our health, a point made by many of the quoted experts in this edition of Natural Awakenings. Our focus is natural health solutions, and in the Wise Words article, Kelly Noonan-Gores empowers us to pivot from negative to positive emotions because they release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. In “Pillow Self-Talk” we are encouraged to constructively dive into our thoughts before bed so that we can sleep better and welcome tomorrow with clarity and peace. In “Healing the Hard Stuff ”, Linda Sechrist notes how many natural health enthusiasts turn to conventional medicine when faced with major health issues. Consumed by fear that often accompanies a serious diagnosis, a patient might choose a treatment plan that addresses symptoms only because it seems like the easier option. Taking a pill is less time consuming than changing a lifestyle, but, as the article points out, life is a marathon, not a sprint. It can be difficult to discover effective natural methods when they are not yet the norm and researching your options can be intensive and daunting. That’s why we’ve included local resources alongside many of this month’s articles—reach out to these knowledgeable professionals for a fresh perspective. Whether we’re busy shuttling kids to end-of-school activities or working through a new health challenge, we must all strive to live life with generosity and presence. Remember to pause, listen to the birds singing and settle into the comfort of now. With gratitdue,

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Spirit Fest in Robertsdale May 5 Robertsdale businesses Healing Acres and Awaken Yoga & Wellness are teaming up to host Spirit Fest from 10 a.m. to dark, May 5, at Healing Acres. The free event will introduce the community to some locally offered holistic practices that enhance both body and spirit. Attendees will be able to experience yoga, meditation, wellness speakers and light infusion. This familyfriendly event will feature activities for children, food, local vendors and Healing Acres Cottage short workshops on essential oils, reiki, tapping and more. Visitors will also be able to walk the two outdoor labyrinths at Healing Acres. A bonfire and drumming circle is planned for the evening. Location: 22355 Price Grubbs Rd., Robertsdale, AL. For more information, call 251-3009052. See ad, page 26.

Fairhope Hosts Parking Rodeo May 4 As a result of a recent study focused on pedestrian safety, the City of Fairhope is being encouraged to test reverse angled parking. Funded by the Baldwin County Metropolitan Planning Organization and organized by the city, the study hosted several consultants, including a traffic engineer who designed the original walkability plan for Seaside, Florida. Traditional angled parking spaces Rendering of Johnson Ave. require drivers to back-out into oncoming traffic with low visibility. One of the safety benefits of reverse angled parking—which is in place in cities across the country—is the better view of traffic when exiting the parking space. Additionally, the position allows passengers to enter and exit the vehicle toward the sidewalk with the doors shielding people from moving traffic. To kick-off the testing period, the City of Fairhope, Fairhope’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee and The Downtown Fairhope Business Association will host a Parking Rodeo on May 4, during First Friday Art Walk at the recommended test location of Johnson Avenue (between Bancroft and Section streets). The event will feature demonstrations and educational materials about this new parking maneuver. Community members will be able to test their skills in a golf cart and prizes will be awarded to those who park successfully on their first try.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Naturally Treats Dementia and Depression The Mind Performance Center, LLC, in Foley, Alabama provides non-drug rehabilitation for a wide range of brain disorders. “I want everyone to know that brain disorders such as dementia and depression are correctable,” says owner Dr. J. Douglas Brown, D.C., DACNB, whose approach fosters brain balance and performance without negative side effects. For years he researched deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (DTMS) and its potential for dramatic improvement in quality of life, and in 2008 this technology became an FDA-approved option for treatment-resistant depression. DTMS increases the brain’s ability to regenerate and release neurotransmitters, and when paired with brain pathway correction and the science-based nutritional program of Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, positive results are often quick and profound. This multi-faced approach allows the Mind Performance Center to treat and reverse Alzheimer’s. “We now know that we can’t treat one issue at a time. We have to treat all of the brain issues at once, or it won’t get better,” Brown says. In addition to dementia and depression, the center treats ADHD, traumatic brain injury, autism, stroke and Parkinson’s. Location: Inside Path for Wellness, 240 W. Laurel St., Foley, AL. For more information, call 251-597-8787 or visit See ad, page 4.

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Gift Massage This Mother’s Day Fairhope massage therapist Tammy S. Anderson encourages gifts of massage this Mother’s Day. “Massage sessions not only pamper Mom, they also foster overall wellness,” Anderson says. With 17 years of experience as a massage therapist, Anderson offers Swedish, deep tissue and hot rock massage, plus MediCupping and magnet therapies to balance inflamed tissue; neuromuscular therapy or trigger point therapy for pain management; and orthopedic massage for shoulder and hip joints. She has clients of all ages (from preschoolers to nonagenarians) and enjoys continuing education opportunities that can promote the health of her clients. Additionally, Anderson has an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology from 19 years of working as a radiologic technologist and diagnostic medical sonographer. “My goal as a massage therapist is to help folks heal and live in their bodies comfortably,” Anderson says. “I encourage them to pay attention to their bodies, and together we can come up with solutions.” Rates are $70 per hour or $40 per half hour, by appointment, Monday through Friday. For more information, call 251-510-1415 or email See ad, page 24.

Glow Yoga Kicks Off 300-Hour Training in July In its fifth year of training teachers, Glow Yoga School, in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is hosting its first 300-hour advanced teacher training this July. The school faculty is experienced, inspiring, skilled and caring and includes special guest leaders from Nashville and New Orleans. “I’m excited to team up with some of the country’s best yoga teachers,” says Jennifer Guthrie, owner of Glow Yoga in Gulf Shores and Mobile. “Teacher training is my passion and this program is packed full of creative and intelligent content.” The first module is a week-long intensive that emphasizes the process of class sequencing in a way that encourages students to move through plateaus for consistent growth and empowerment. Trainees will learn variations of sun salutations, mandala/circular flows, pose modifications, meditations, mantras and pranayama as well as bhakti, restorative and dharma yoga practices. As trainees practice creating their own modern flow sequences, they’ll receive constructive feedback to learn what formulas work best. The Art of Assisting Intuitively will also be included in the week’s studies. “We take the integrity of our program design very seriously,” says Guthrie. “Our programs are always light because that is when learning is best. Our teacher training programs are game changers.” For more information, call 251-968-4569 or visit See ad, back cover. 8

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Dr. Mary Sabal Offers Acupuncture for Natural Relief At Family Care Naturally, in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Mary Sabal, D.C., R.N. provides a range of affordable and uncomplicated services, including acupuncture. Natural Awakenings readers receive a 25 percent discount on their first session. 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. This natural therapy can help restore mind and body to optimal health and is used to manage a range of common issues including pain, stress, insomnia, depression and menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Other services available at Family Care Naturally include: hyperbaric oxygen therapy for mental clarity, muscle recovery and to ward off dangerous microorganisms; chiropractic adjustments (by hand or by instrument) to align bones and joints; massage for therapeutic applications and relaxation; and hair tissue mineral analysis to reveal metabolic type, so food and supplement recommendations are more effective. Sabal is also a distributor for the Better Air Probiotic Purifier, which vents probiotics into a home or office to safely and effectively eliminate viruses, molds, bacteria, pet dander and odors. Location: 1404B W. 1st St., Gulf Shores, AL. For more information, call 251-970-3605.

Enroll Now for Massage Therapy, Yoga Teacher Training and Reiki Enrollment is open at Mobile’s newest occupational college Alabama Healing Arts (AHA). Educators have over 25 years of teaching experience to assist students in becoming a certified reiki practitioner, licensed massage therapist or registered yoga instructor. Reiki certification begins with the Level I training, set to start on May 19. Upon completion, participants can offer professional reiki treatments. Each of the three levels may be purchased individually and for continuing education. The state-licensed (#2253), 650-hour massage curriculum includes hands-on techniques, fundamental sciences and the student clinic/outreach practicum. The school currently has a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensing exam. Evening classes are scheduled to begin June 4. After the 200/300/500-hour weekends-only yoga teacher training, graduates will be eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance. This Iyengar-based, hatha yoga training, led by an E-RYT500 instructor, includes fundamental sciences, teaching methodologies, breath and meditation practices and yogic philosophy. The next training is scheduled to begin July 14. For an application with more details, call 251753-1937, email AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com or visit See ad, page 16.

Autism and Rehabilitation Center Hosts Summer Camps A full schedule of day camps are planned for preschoolers to high schoolers this summer at American Autism and Rehabilitation Center, in Daphne, Alabama. Camp SAIL and Camp SEA are programs designed by special education teachers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and physical therapists that offer skill-building opportunities in a fun, supportive environment. Camp SAIL focuses on sensory exploration, active play, interaction with peers and language development. For preschoolers to 2nd graders, this camp encourages the development of social interaction and communication skills; gross and fine motor skills; and coping strategies through play. For 3rd through 6th graders, Camp SAIL helps campers become more independent in social settings and more comfortable with peers. Each day, a different social skill is highlighted through role play and parents receive materials to foster at-home discussions about that skill. From greetings and maintaining conversations to play skills, they hope to enrich each child’s ability to enjoy social interactions at home, school and play. Camp SEA centers on social communication, emotional regulation and achieving coping strategies for 7th to 10th graders. Adolescents are encouraged to facilitate appropriate reactions to peer interaction, sadness, anger, making friends and bullying. Location: 8909 Rand Ave., Daphne, AL. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. For more information call 251-210-1632, ext. 104 or visit See ad, page 29.

Baha’is Celebrate A Night to Remember Since their Bicentenary event in October, The Fairhope Baha’is have busily been preparing more special events to share with the community. The first event, A Night to Remember, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., May 23, at Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship. The program will feature a short dramatic presentation written by Fairhope resident Beth Carrier and live music by local musicians, followed by light refreshments. Everyone is welcome. “We are hoping to entertain, inform and strengthen bonds of unity through this event,” says Carrier. This program of music and storytelling is designed to bring to life the earliest days in the Faith’s history. Originating in the mid-nineteenth century, the Faith has unique connections to historical features of Adventist movements active in both America and Europe at that time. All were foretelling a new message from God. Although some were disappointed, Baha’is successfully established a new religion which has since grown to such an extent that Baha’is can be found in all territories and countries throughout the world. Location: 1150 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-928-5692 or email See Churches listing, page 40.

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New Massage Therapist at Peak Alkalinity Licensed Massage Therapist Zachary Wilson has joined the staff at Peak Alkalinity’s HydroZen, and specializes in a range of massage techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, therapeutic, relaxation and neuromuscular therapy. “We are thrilled that Zachary has joined our health and wellness organization,” says Peak Alkalinity owner Missy Guitterrez. “His passion for healing is evident in how he approaches his work and life, and his healing touch coupled with our ambiance Zachary Wilson provides a revitalizing delight.” The 30-, 60- and 90-minute massage sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Massage packages and annual memberships that include other health and wellness services are also offered. In addition to the massage services, mineral showers and foot detoxes offered at HydroZen, Peak Alkalinity sells premium water ionizers and alkaline water products. Location: 217-B Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL. To schedule an appointment, call 251-270-7200. For more information, visit See ad, page 27.

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Alabama Coastal Foundation is partnering with ZeroHero to help the Hangout Music Festival leave only footprints during and after the three-day event on May 18 to 20. Workers and volunteers that care about sustainability, music and recycling are being recruited to the Eco-Team. Interested individuals must be at least 18 years old and prepared to pick up litter, sort recyclable materials, help patrons use sorting stations, recycle as many materials as possible and perform clean sweeps of the beach and venue after the final acts each evening. Paid shifts are 12 to 14 hours long at $10 per hour and volunteer shifts take place from 8 p.m. to midnight. Volunteers will enjoy full admission to the festival before their volunteer shift. For more information, email VLonga@ or visit



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Grandman and Jubilee Kids Triathlons to be Held in June Mobile Baykeeper is hosting the 14th Annual Publix Grandman Triathlon beginning at 7 a.m., June 2 in Fairhope, Alabama. Racers begin with a jump off the pier into Mobile Bay followed by an 18-mile bike ride through downtown and the rolling countryside. The race to the finish line consists of a 3.1-mile run alongside scenic Mobile Bay. Registration is open to individual and team racers. At 7:30 a.m., June 3, Mobile Baykeeper, Eastern Shore Triathlon Club and Altaworx are co-hosting the Publix Jubilee Kids Triathlon in Fairhope. The race is open to children ages 7-15 and features four different categories according to age group: Mullets (ages 13-15), Flounders (ages 11-12), Crabs (ages 9-10) and Shrimps (ages 7-8). Both of these fan-favorite races benefit Mobile Barkeeper and myTeam Triumph: Southern Alabama. To register or volunteer, call 251433-4229 or visit TheGrandman. com and jubileekidstriathlon.

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New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 12

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In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.


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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. Babies also made more sounds while they were holding the gaze of the adult, signaling that they wanted to communicate.

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Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, Mount Sinai Health System study researchers report. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Excedrin, and included in many over-the-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin.

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Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.

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A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.

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The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Edition


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The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

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Artistically decorated rocks featuring inspirational messages are turning up around the country as part of The Kindness Rocks Project (TheKindnessRocksProject. com). Anyone can paint rocks and “plant” them for someone else to discover. Likewise, everyone is invited to hunt for kindness rocks. Those that find a rock are free to take it, plant it somewhere else or leave it for someone else to find. The grassroots movement was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through the random placement of the 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’s through kindness rocks, love notes or random acts of generosity.

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Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.”

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Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional science-based medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 18

Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

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Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their last-ditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken view-


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ers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. “Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my

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What issues does OsteoStrong provide relief from?

We improve bone density, strength and balance so we can provide relief for back and joint pain, loss of flexibility and joint mobility, nerve damage, loss of reaction time, change in posture, decreased balance and loss of strength.

What methods are typically used to treat those issues?

Pharmaceuticals are often prescribed. For osteoporosis, the use of bisphosphonates (such as Fosamax, Prolia, Reclast, Actonel and Boniva) are common, but they can only be taken for short periods of time due to their negative side effects and the controversy that revolves around their effectiveness.

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Think about gymnasts—they have an extreme strength-to-body-weight ratio and are constantly under high impact, making them some of the best tuned athletes out there. We can’t all be gymnasts, but at OsteoStrong we can safely put our body in impact scenarios that a gymnast would go through. We utilize a very specialized, technician-monitored system to trigger our own adaptions to build new bone and muscle tissue and strengthen the whole musculoskeletal system.

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It’s a sweat-free experience that takes about 15 minutes, once a week. No drugs or diets are necessary. We deliver the benefits of high impact on the body without feeling it. It’s safe for any age from 10 to 92.

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We help restore balance, increase functional strength, reverse bone loss and eliminate a lot of back and joint pain associated with bone and muscle atrophy. Many of our members have quit their osteoporosis medications and several over the age of 60 are showing bone density scores equivalent to people in their 30s. Strength gains increased for some as much as 290 percent over four years. Free consultations are available by appointment. For more information, see ad, page 24.

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help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

It’s a Marathon

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He cofounded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in

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balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., twotime Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming

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or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases


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flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed.

Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply

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One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

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hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Cer-

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tain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

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Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including highfructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar,


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It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


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udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her

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family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

Stay Clear. Evenson contends that chil-

dren are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

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“Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana CooleyKeith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding. “It is key to

explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push to find

their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson

always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.”

Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.”

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Maintain good habits. Evenson em-

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I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French res e archers dis covere d autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds.

Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says Jme Thomas, cofounder of Motley Zoo Animal

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Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found. C onnec t w ith f reelance w r ite r Sandra Mur phy at StLouis

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Reflexology Workshop – 8am-5pm. Learn Ingham Reflexology taught by Laurie Azzarella. Help yourself, family and clients to step into better health naturally using the reflex areas on the feet. 16 CEUs. Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.

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

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Spirt Fest – 10am-dark. Learn about holistic practices for body and spirit. Yoga, meditation, speakers, kids activities, food, vendors, workshops and more. Family friendly. Healing Acres, 22355 Price Grubbs Rd., Robertsdale, AL. 251-300-9052. Come for the Yoga Namastay for the Beer – 11am12pm. All levels yoga on the lawn followed by discounted craft beer. $15 benefitting local charities. Also on May 17th at 5:40 pm. Big Beach Brewery, Gulf Shores, AL. 251-968-4569. Yin Yoga + Three Vital Energies of Yoga – 1-3:30pm. Most of us have heard of prana, but the sister forces of tejas and ojas are less familiar. In this workshop join Hilary Martin, 500-hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher, in exploring all three using breath, journaling and Yin Yoga. $35. Register: Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-225-4597. Namste@TheSoulShineLife. com.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 St. Brigid’s Cross Yoga & Craft Class – 11am2pm. All levels 90 min full body work and stretch then cross weaving to celebrate spring and protect your home from harm. Come to one or both, class and craft. Preregister please. $30 for both or $20 each. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ Prenatal Yoga + 3-Wk Series – 4-5:15pm, May 6, 13, 20. 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. $45 for the series. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-225-4597. Namste@

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FRIDAY, MAY 11 Sunset Yoga for Charity – 6:30-7:30pm. Every 2nd and 4th Friday at Henry George park on the bluff above the pier. Different teacher for a different charity each. Bring your donation, your mat and a friend. Beginner friendly. Well-behaved kids and pets welcome. Fairhope Pier, 1 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Quantum-Touch Level One – 9:30am-5:30pm, May 12-13. QTL1 with Julie E Brent. More at You will learn to work with Life Force energy on a sub-atomic level using intention attention and breathing. No experience needed, anyone can learn. $480 at door or $400 if 3 wk in advance. Fairhope, AL. 251-202-7277. schedule-of-events. $5 Buti + Bowlz – 10:30am-12pm. Buti Yoga has a foundation in power yoga and is fused with tribal dance, plyometrics and deep abdominal toning. After class, head across the street and treat yourself to an amazing acai bowl or smoothie at Soul Bowlz. $5 for class, led by Amber Warner. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-225-4597.

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May 16 • 5-7pm Alchemy Tavern 7 South Joachim Street, Mobile, AL

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Healthy Muscles and Bones – 6:15-8:15pm. Beverly Walker, Physical Therapist, will show you ways to support your body so you can keep up with the everyday curves life can throw at you. She will share essential oils and oil infused products that will enhance your every day life and vitality. Private residence, 26 Barkley Dr, Atmore, AL. 251-253-0010.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Level I Reiki Certification – Upon completion, participants may offer professional Reiki treatments. Energy healing technique for self and others taught by Master Teacher since 2002. Beautiful certificates issued are suitable for framing. Available as a 12-CE course. Email for details and application: Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Reflex-OiI-ogy™ of the Endocrine System – 8am-5pm. Your hormones affect all aspects of your health: digestion, sleep, weight, muscle, skin and bone health, sexual function and more. Learn how to affect these glands through the reflex areas on the feet using essential oils and emotional release. Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Unity Minister Valorie Kay Guest Speaker – 10:3011:45am. Valorie Kay Unity Minister from Bon Air, VA will be the guest at our Sunday morning service. She is both an accomplished speaker and musician. We hope you are able to join us. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-8717004. Healing Through Mindful Movement – 1-4pm. In this workshop shift from sore, depleted and stuck to feeling alive, grounded and inspired. We will move from a place of internal communication, rather than muscling through. Led by Sybil Nance, Yoga Therapist. $39 before 5/13; $49 after. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-225-4597. Chair Yoga for Low Back Pain Relief – 2-4pm. Join RYT-500 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. $25 by May 6; $30 after​​. Call/text 251-753-2037 for details/ to register. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.




Anatomy & Alignment Workshop + Flow – 6-8pm. Lecture on uniqueness of the human body and what this means for a yoga practice. Followed by a flow to discover what alignment of various poses can look like depending on your goals for the pose. This class is a great sneak peak into teacher training. $20 suggested donation benefitting Jensen’s Heart of Gold. Glow Yoga Mobile, 4467 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-725-1140. Info@

Hula Hoop Dance & Poi 4-wk Flow Series – 8:15-9:15am, Sundays or 7-8pm, Mondays. Learn basics of hooping on waist, arm and foot, plus poi (swinging of tethered weights in a rhythmic motion) hoops provided for waist, arm and foot hooping. Learn a new way to flow. Preregistration required. $55 series. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@

Camp SAIL – American Autism and Rehabilitation Center’s 4-day camp focused on sensory exploration, active play, interaction with peers and language development. No diagnosis is required to participate. Several sessions offered in June and July serving ages 3 years old to 6th grade. 8909 Rand Ave, Daphne, AL. 251-210-1632.



A Night to Remember – 7:30pm. The Fairhope Baha’is will present an entertaining dramatic program featuring live music followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome. Free. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251928-5692.

Annual Grandman Triathlon – 7am. Racers jump off the Fairhope pier into the open waters of Mobile Bay and swim 1/3 of a mile alongside the Fairhope Pier, then bike 18 mi throughout the city of Fairhope across grueling hills and finish the race sprinting a 5k alongside Mobile Bay. Benefitting Mobile Baykeeper. Fairhope, AL. Register:



Sunset Yoga for Charity – 6:30-7:30pm. Every 2nd and 4th Friday at Henry George park on the bluff above the pier. Different teacher for a different charity each. Bring your donation, your mat and a friend. Beginner friendly. Well-behaved kids and pets welcome. Fairhope Pier, 1 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

Guest Speaker & Musician Kit Holmes – 10:3011:45am. Kit Holmes will be our guest speaker at this Sunday service. Ms. Holmes is not only an accomplished speaker but an excellent musician as well. A concert is planned for that same afternoon and will have more information soon. We invite you to join us. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 Meet & Greet for Traditional Naturopath Course – 10am-1pm. Registration open for the 2018 TN and Holistic Health Practitioner course. $100 deposit holds your space. Class meets 1 Saturday per mo for 12 mos starting in May, with 24/7 online access to the class. Southern Institute of Natural Health, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946. Betty.OBrian Yoga 101-Starting Your Practice – 11am-1pm. Learn the fundamentals of yoga at this workshop, this is an excellent introduction to yoga if you are a 1st timer or beginner. This workshop offers an opportunity to go over the basics to build a strong foundation, with Angela Gray. $25. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

SATURDAY, JULY 14 AHA Yoga Teacher Training – Enrollment is open for t​he 200-, 300- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings. A​vailable for aspiring teachers or personal development. Iyengar-style instruction emphasizes the use of props to ensure safety and alignment. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

MONDAY, JULY 23 Camp SEA – Jul 23-26. American Autism and Rehabilitation Center’s 4-day camp focused on social communication, emotional regulation and achieving coping strategies. No diagnosis is required to participate. Open to 7th-10th graders. 8909 Rand Ave, Daphne, AL. 251-210-1632.

MONDAY, JUNE 4 AHA Massage Therapy School – Enrollment is open for the state-licensed (#2253), ​650-hour program. ​Emphasizes hands-on techniques and practice, specialty techniques, fundamental sciences, student clinic and outreach practicum. AHA currently has a 100% pass rate for students taking licensure exam. For more details or application, please email. Alabama Healing Arts. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Camp SAIL – American Autism and Rehabilitation Center’s 4-day camp focused on sensory exploration, active play, interaction with peers and language development. No diagnosis is required to participate. Several sessions offered in June and July serving ages 3 years old to 6th grade. 8909 Rand Ave, Daphne, AL. 251-210-1632.



Spring/Summer Market in the Park Springhill Opening Day – 3-6pm. The Spring/Summer market will be open Thursdays, May 31-Jul 26. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. Healthy Muscles and Bones – 6:45-8:45pm. Essential oils can support healthy muscles and bones so you can keep up with the everyday curves life may throw at you. Beverly Walker, Physical Therapist will share ways that will enhance your every day life. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943.

Iridology Certification Classes – Jun 22-24. In person and online. Certification through the International Iridology Practitioners association. Ocean Springs, MS. Contact and details:

MONDAY, JUNE 25 Camp SEA – Jun 25-28. American Autism and Rehabilitation Center’s 4-day camp focused on social communication, emotional regulation and achieving coping strategies. No diagnosis is required to participate. Open to 7th-10th graders. 8909 Rand Ave, Daphne, AL. 251-210-1632.

classifieds Fee for classified listings is $1 per word. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available. 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 GREEN SWEEPS GREEN CLEANING SERVICE – Reliable, efficient and detailoriented cleaning service with eco-friendly products. Serving Fairhope, Point Clear and Daphne. Text/Call 703-216-1875. Winkel. MEDIUM~INTUITIVE~PSYCHIC – Marie Bates Curry offers intuitive guidance and spiritual connections. Individual and Group Readings. By appointment only: 251-300-7261.

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sunday Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia’s Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. 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. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Sunday Service at Unity Church of Gulfport – 10:30-11:45am. Join us for a spiritual message given by Rev. Judy Voght. Let her inspire your week ahead with uplifting, positive messages from the heart. Join us every third Sunday, after service, for fellowship potluck. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Unity Sunday Service and Celebration – 10:30am. Weekly service welcomes people of all races, cultures, lifestyles and creeds. Services followed by cake and coffee for birthdays on 1st Sundays, eating out together 2nd Sundays, potluck and fellowship 3rd Sundays, healing circle/pet blessing 4th Sundays, Q&A and eat out 5th Sundays. Unity on the Eastern Shore, 22979 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8934. UnityEasternShore. 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.

monday Kick Start Monday at Rootz – Start the week off healthy with $1 off Kick Starts—nutrient-dense and delicious healing soups. These convenient grab-and-go meals are made with local, sustainable ingredients. Rootz, 209 A S Section, Fairhope, AL. 251-270-7120.


Yin Yoga Stretch & Yoga Nidra Sleep – 9:1511am. Yin yoga is a relaxed, slow-paced style of yoga with poses held for longer. Yoga Nidra, a lying down meditation that balances brain waves and the nervous system while developing more emotional awareness and mental stability. Come to one or both. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ 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. Country, Soul & Rock n’ Roll Line Dance – 5:306:30pm. Join Ami Kay for a choreographed line dancing class, with a repeated sequence of steps for anyone with two left feet or those with more experience. Kids are welcome to join in the fun. No preregistration required. $12 or class package. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Responsible Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Free course for parents, together or separate, that covers co-parenting issues, positive parenting methods, money management and economic stability. Open to parents of children 18 and under. Also taught on Wednesday mornings. Family Center Baldwin County, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.

tuesday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. 2900 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6-7am. The days are getting longer, so greet the sunrise with Linda Csaszar and take pleasure in some glorious morning yoga. Charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find the joy in the movement. Also on Thursdays w/Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Yoga Fundamentals with Jill Frankel – 8:309:45am. Explore basic yoga asanas with classes that focus on correct alignment. All are welcome as poses will be modified to enable each individual to experience the benefits of yoga - find your perfect position. Synergy’s only donation-based class. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Positive Parenting Classes – 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Also taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30 am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.

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Qigong Tai Chi – 9-10:15am or 6:30-7:30pm. Explore the gentle art of the moving meditation. Includes a 15 min Intro to Meditation session. $10. Beginner-friendly. Ashbury Hotel, 600 West 65 Service Rd S, Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@ 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@ or Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-634-8055. Farmers Market – 2-6pm, Tues. 9am-2pm, Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517. TOPS – 5:30pm. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Open to anyone who wishes to lose weight. We weigh in every Tues and then have a short program by one of our members. Try it for free. Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church, Spanish Fort, AL. 251-625-6888. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 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: Book Study and Discussion Group – 6-8pm. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL. Introduction to Meditation – 7:45-8:30pm. Perfect for beginners to explore types of meditation. Training and practice. $5 Ashbury Hotel, 600 W 65 Service Rd (Airport Bvld), Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007.

wednesday Wellness Wednesdays at Rootz – Enjoy 10% off all retail items including supplements every Wednesday at Rootz. This nutrition kitchen offers madefrom-scratch, meals-to-go using local, sustainable and healthy ingredients. Rootz, 209 A S Section, Fairhope, AL. 251-270-7120. U-Pick Organic Blueberries – 7am-12pm. Wed-Sat until mid-June. Come pick your own organic blueberries! Check our website and Facebook page for Harvest Night events on Saturdays starting in May. Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-8746. Beach Yoga – 9-10am, Wednesdays and Saturdays. All levels flow yoga class outside on a soft grass setting under palm trees overlooking the ocean. Mats provided. Drop-in $18. The Gulf Restaurant, 27500 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL. 251-968-4569. AHA AM Chair Yoga – 9:30am. This class utilizes the aid of a chair, when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 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. Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Near Death (NDEs) and Related Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd), Mobile, AL. 251340-8565. Mississippi Sierra Club Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Join Sierra club members for a lively and and informative meeting on all things environmental going on around us and to our community. Bring a dish to share, and your willingness to get involved. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-256-3177.

thursday U-Pick Organic Blueberries – 7am-12pm. Wed-Sat until mid-June. Come pick your own organic blueberries! Check our website and Facebook page for Harvest Night events on Saturdays starting in May. Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-8746. Mat & Group Reformer Class with Dana – 8:309:30am. Use controlled movement to develop strength, increase flexibility and improve posture. A variety of Mat exercises will be combined with work on the Reformer to develop and challenge the core. Must have reformer experience. Reservations required. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251473-1104.

AHA Mindfulness Yoga – 9:30am. Includes mindful breath practice, slow-&-steady warming of spine and major joints, detailed instruction of standing pose alignment, and close with more advanced floor stretches and guided meditation. All levels, props provided. Call/text 541-490-6082 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Gentle Yoga with Virginia – 12-1pm. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that. Join Virginia Keene in the land of “ahhhhs” for a relaxing hour long gentle yoga class to soothe the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Leave class feeling refreshed and focused. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. MELT Method Class – 12-1pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Market in the Park Springhill – 3-6pm. May 31-Jul 26. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL.  251-208-1550. Group Reformer Class – 5:15-6:15pm. 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. Yoga Core with Chris M – 5:45-7pm. Join Chris McFadyen for some energizing yoga. Let his breath work, asana and flow calm the mind and also enhance and refocus the body. Relocate your passion and humor after a long day. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com.

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. Free Friday Night at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center – 5-8pm, last Fridays. Enjoy free admission to the discovery center every last Friday of the month. Dedicated to inspiring children, families and communities through the arts, interactive educational experiences and exploration. 246 Dolan Ave, Gulfport, MS. 228-897-6039.


Farmers Market – 9am-2pm, Sat. 2-6pm, Tues. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com.

FES Bike to School Days – Every first Friday. Grab your helmet and an adult and bike to school on first Fridays. It’s the fun way to travel! Participating students will receive a spoke bead for their bike at each event. Check Facebook for additional giveaways and themes. Fairhope Elementary School, Fairhope, AL. Teacher and City Employee Appreciation Day at Rootz – Show your teacher or city ID on Fridays for 20% off “family style” meals. Rootz is Fairhope’s nutrition kitchen offering made-from-scratch, mealsto-go using local, sustainable and healthy ingredients. Rootz, 209 A S Section, Fairhope, AL. 251-270-7120. U-Pick Organic Blueberries – 7am-12pm. Wed-Sat until mid-June. Come pick your own organic blueberries! Check our website and Facebook page for Harvest Night events on Saturdays starting in May. Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-8746.

Sunset Yoga for Charity – 6-7pm. 2nd and 4th Fri, Mar-Oct. 10th annual Sunset Yoga is a different yoga teacher for a different charity every 2nd and 4th Friday, March thru October. Start time depending on sunset time. Bring your mat, your donation and a friend. The Bluff (1 Beach Rd), Fairhope, AL. Rain site: Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Hwy 181. 251-929-4020.

saturday U-Pick Organic Blueberries – 7am-12pm. Wed-Sat until mid-June. Come pick your own organic blueberries! Check our website and Facebook page for Harvest Night events on Saturdays starting in May. Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-8746. Market in the Park Downtown – 7:30am-12pm. Apr 28-Jul 28; Oct 13-Nov 17. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. 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.

Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life – 9:3010:45am. We welcome you to an open flow yoga class appropriate for all levels of practice. Drop-in $10/class. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-473-8040. Facebook. com/SimplyLifeLearningCenter. Gallery/Salon Group Readings – 6:30-8:30pm. Psychic Medium Ericka Boussarhane uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in their lives. As a medium she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. $20. Wishful Treasures New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola, FL. 850-941-4321.

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809 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 251-948-7862 Offering full spectrum hemp extract CBD (cannabidiol) that helps insomnia, inflammation, etc. Lotions, potions, extracts and edibles. Free samples (must be 18 and up). Open 10 to 10, 7 days a week. Mail orders available. See ad, page 26.

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