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t’s safe to say I’ve never been a morning person. After numerous failed attempts to study before school, I learned at a young age that waking up early was not a reliable plan for me. Before we had kids I’d begrudgingly roll out of bed 15 minutes before I had to leave for work so I had just enough time to change my clothes and make breakfast to-go. As a parent, my alarm was set based on the needs of our kids. I’ve read many times how rising early can add more time for productivity and exercise, and that stress levels can be reduced if we avoid rushing first thing in the morning. Ayurvedic principle even touts the energetic benefits of waking before the sun rises alluding to a life that is more in tune with nature. But those benefits never prevented me from pressing the snooze button. Recently I heard Hal Elrod ask, “What if you woke up feeling like it was Christmas every morning—feeling energized and excited before your eyes are even fully open?” In his Miracle Morning program he points out that if we go to bed excited to wake up in the morning, we wake up feeling that way as well. His words shifted my perspective immediately and have empowered me to wake up an hour earlier every weekday since the end of September. While I don’t follow his whole Miracle Morning routine, I’m following his advice to wake up because I want to, not because I have to. Early mornings have become a sacred, meaningful time for myself. I go to bed anticipating quiet reflection and reading, and I wake up genuinely excited to start my day. My mornings run more smoothly and I feel reinvigorated instead of sluggish. I adopted this new habit during an especially eventful season for our family. We’ve been living in a rental house while navigating a major renovation at our home; we’ve had to make adjustments to our routines as Mays has settled into a new school; plus unexpected occurrences such as hurricane days and illnesses have further complicated our busy schedules. It may seem daunting to try something new during stressful times, but that is often when we need it the most. With the holidays upon us I encourage you to also carve out some extra time for self-care. It’s tempting to push the snooze button on healthy lifestyle choices until it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution, but consider what could happen if you take the opposite approach. We don’t have to skip all of the holiday fun, but we can look for ways to balance indulgence and stress with moderation and peace so we end the year feeling our best. What changes can you make today that will brighten your day tomorrow? With gratitude,

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Yoga Expands Beyond Body, Mind and Soul Manja Podratz will lead 5 Vayus and 5 Koshas from 1 to 3:30 p.m., November 4 at Synergy Yoga & Pilates, in Mobile. This yoga workshop will explore the energetic layers that we are made of, how they function and are interconnected, and how they are propelled by the inner movements of vital life force. “We often hear about the body, mind and soul, but following yogic tradition, we know that there is more to human nature,” says Podratz. “The physical, mental and vital energy aspects of ourselves are thought of as energetic layers, or koshas. They provide a framework for conceptualizing ourselves.” Participants will also learn that there’s more to breathing than inhaling and exhaling. This life sustaining cyclical movement supplies a vast system of energetic channels consisting of five sub-energies called prana vayus. Podratz will clarify some confusing aspects of these two parallel concepts and look at the teachings from the viewpoint of energy healing. The workshop will conclude with a Yin Yoga practice that will guide participants through the energetic layers so they can feel and experience the vayus and koshas themselves. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Location: 3152 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-473-1104 or visit Synergyoga.net. See ad, page 21.

Holistic Salon Offers Free Consultations Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp and TMAC’s organic holistic salon is offering free scalp consultations with their new TrichoAnalyzer—a hair and scalp microscope. “We don’t just guess on hair care, we analyze,” says owner Tara McAdams. “We are proud to bring the latest in technology in combination with holistic hair care to help make you aware of issues in hard to see places. They could be affecting the overall look of your hair.” TMAC’s Organic Way professional products are made organically with green chemistry, using natural, biodynamic and fair trade ingredients. They’re bottled in glass instead of plastic and common toxic ingredients are replaced with blends of essential oils, phyto-proteins and nourishing butters. TMAC’s menu of hair services includes hair loss treatments, scalp treatments, organic perms and smoothing treatments, plus spa services. Because their approach encompasses the whole body, the salon also sells health supplements such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) oil. McAdams says, “We love to help you get on the path to a healthy head and a healthy life.”

Film Lovers’ Festival Returns to Fairhope The Fairhope Film Festival returns November 8 through 11 with world-class, award-winning films in downtown Fairhope. The festival’s focus is on the “best of the best” in cinema arts and will feature national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts will be shown—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were there only briefly. The festival includes an opening movie and a red carpet party, but emphasis will be on the art of filmmaking and the experience of seeing exceptional films. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings. For more information, call 251-9907957 or visit FairhopeFilmFestival.org.

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Dynamic Thai Massage at Jubilee Healing Arts Jen Adams, owner of Jubilee Healing Arts, in Daphne, recently received certification in Dynamic Thai Massage when Kenneth Takade traveled from Thailand to Pensacola to teach the class to a limited number of students. Adams is devoted to continued education and this new modality enhances her extensive set of skills—especially her scar tissue release therapy. “Described as ‘perpetual movement poetry’, one of the principles of this therapy is that the body is a rhythmic structure Jen Adams, LMT and we are trying to impose rhythm where it does not currently exist, such as areas affected by adhesions and scar tissue,” Adams explains. By gently rocking the body and performing rhythmic rotations of joints, the therapist lengthens muscles and creates space and freedom of movement. Incorporating some elements of traditional Thai massage (which stretches the client into assisted poses) and osteopathy, Dynamic Thai Massage has a larger emphasis on the movement. Clients are clothed (in exercise clothes like yoga pants and a T-shirt) in a Dynamic Thai Massage session and they lie on a mat low to the ground as opposed to a traditional massage table. Location: 28170 N. Main St., Ste. C, Daphne, AL. For more information, call 251-616-4201 or visit JubileeHealing Arts.com. See massage listing, page 33.

One Stop for Hydration, Strength and Overall Wellness Peak Alkalinity and OsteoStrong Fairhope are joining forces to open one convenient location in the old Blue Bird Hardware store (2724 Old Shell Road) in Mobile next year. By combining ionized alkaline water with biohacking to strengthen the skeletal system, these two wellness-focused establishments will positively impact overall strength and health, inside and out. Since 2017, Peak Alkalinity has been providing alkaline water solutions and spa services to the community of Fairhope and beyond. Alkaline water has many benefits including improved immunity, weight management and reduced signs of aging. OsteoStrong is a fitness center dedicated to bone health. Their sweat-free regimen uses a process called osteogenic loading to trigger the musculoskeletal system to grow stronger without pain, soreness or fatigue. Clients experience improved bone density, strength, posture, energy and balance, as well as less joint and back pain. Memberships are now available in Fairhope and will be transferable to the new Mobile location when it opens early next year. For more information, call 251-210-6955 or visit PeakAlkalinity.com or OsteoStrong.me. See ads, pages 17 and 27. 8

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Elderberry Workshop Offers DIY Guidance Roots to Home is offering Wild Crafting with Elderberry at 10 a.m. and noon, November 10 and 17 at Flourish Kitchen in D’Iberville. Led by Lilah Brown, owner of Roots to Home, these health and nutrition classes will teach participants about the origin, growth, harvesting and benefits of elderberry (Sambucus nigra). Diet ideas and meal prep suggestions for gluten-free, nutrient-dense, whole food meals (with paleo and vegan options) will also be a part of this class. Flourish Kitchen offers weekly meal prep, grab-and-go food and gluten-free baked goods, and Roots to Home produces a line of wellness products from elderberry grown on their Lucedale farm. Studies indicate that elderberry can help boost the body’s immunity, reduce inflammation and decrease cholesterol. Cost is $20 and includes supplies. Space is limited. Location: 10523 Lemoyne Blvd., Ste. C, D’Iberville, MS. For more information, call 228-327-1748, 601-9747692 or email discvree7@gmail.com. See ad, page 19.

Are Ototoxic Drugs Affecting Your Hearing? Ascent Audiology encourages individuals who take prescription drugs, smoke tobacco or have common diseases such as diabetes, to have their hearing tested once a year. This can help prevent permanent inner ear damage and allow early treatment of hearing loss to prevent the onset of auditory deprivation. “Ototoxicity literally means ear poisoning,” says Dr. Andy Tubertini, owner of Ascent in Fairhope, Foley and Mobile. “There are over 200 well known, widely used Dr. Andy Tubertini drugs that are otoxic, meaning they cause hearing loss, balance disorders or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).” Damage to the hearing system usually begins in the high frequencies—the hearing range which helps with speech comprehension and aids in the clarity of certain words. Without the high frequencies, words can be heard but they can’t be processed or understood. An audiologist can test for high-frequency hearing loss in a 90-minute hearing test. “If you are worried about tinnitus or hearing loss as a side effect of your medications, please consult your prescribing physician and do not stop taking any medication without their consent," says Tubertini. “When you have your hearing tested, the audiologist should ask about your current prescriptions and can help you monitor your hearing status, advise you on the risks of the medication and provide appropriate management.” For more information, call 251-990-0535 or visit AscentAudiologyFairhope.com. See ad, page 11.

Boost Your Immune System with Aromatherapy The Health Hut in Mobile and Daphne is the exclusive retailer for the Hale Ola brand of essential oils, which are 100 percent pure, certified organic, non-GMO and gluten-free. Hale Ola oils are made from ethically wild-harvested whole botanicals and herbs that are pesticidefree and picked fresh from the fields at the peak of their growth cycle by skilled botanists. “The oils are formulated in a homeopathic, FDA-registered facility, resulting in the highest quality and most effective herbal extracts available,” says The Health Hut owner Jeff Sheldon, who recommends Hale Ola’s peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary and lemon as some of the oils that may help ease respiratory congestion. The Health Hut also has a variety of essential oil diffusers in different colors and styles. By adding the Hale Ola oils to water in a diffuser, a vapor is created that can be helpful in easing respiratory discomfort. For instance, the menthol in peppermint oil can help clear mucus, which helps ease cough and cold symptoms as well as nasal congestion. For more information, contact The Health Hut in West Mobile (680 Schillinger Rd. S.) at 251-633-0485, in Midtown Mobile (2032 Airport Blvd., Ste. D) at 251-473-0277 or in Daphne (6845 U.S. Hwy. 90) at 251-621-1865, or visit HealthHutAL.com. See ad, page 5.

Container to Table Event Envisions a Tasty Future Last month, Shipshape Urban Farms hosted its first Container to Table dinner at the Fuse Factory, in Mobile. Ingredients for the event were sourced locally and either crafted, grown, harvested, caught or raised within 100 miles of downtown Mobile—a vast improvement over the typical American dinner which travels an average of 1,500 miles. This event served as a platform for co-founder and CEO Dale Speetjens to update attendees on Shipshape’s progress and kickoff fundraising for the company’s downtown location. The first round of hydroponic systems testing has been completed and they anticipate the construction of Shipshape’s first patent-pending container garden to begin soon. Version 1.0 will be a shipping container-based hydroponic farm producing the equivalent of a 3.4-acre farm. Guests also asked extensive questions about the Business-in-a-Box model and how to become a Shipshape agripreneur. Located in Irvington and coming soon to downtown Mobile, Shipshape Urban Farms provides the area with fresh lettuce, leafy greens and herbs 365 days a year. Subscriptions are now available with pick-up locations throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties. For more information about subscriptions, investment opportunities or to carry Shipshape crops at your business, call 251-367-0160, email Dale.Speetjens@ShipshapeUrbanFarms. com or visit ShipshapeUrbanFarms.com. See ad, page 31.

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Microbiome-Friendly Makeup Supports the Immune System TruAura Founding Consultant Karen Watson is available for holiday makeup sessions using TruAura’s Clean Color, a mineral-based makeup that features prebiotic and probiotic ingredients. Because the skin is the largest organ, it’s essential to keep it nourished and protected. TruAura’s line of skincare, anti-aging products and make-up is formulated with natural ingredients that protect and nurture the skin’s microbiome—the protective ecosystem on the skin’s surface that is composed of many types of bacteria and microscopic organisms. Probiotic skincare can help heal acne, rosacea and eczema while strengthening the skin barrier to prevent and heal sun damage. Beyond the skin’s surface, healthy flora penetrate through the dermis and sub-dermis to interact with and support the body’s immune system. With a skincare routine that maintains a healthy balance of good bacteria in the microbiome, the whole body can experience improved health. In addition to using microbiome-friendly skincare products, harsh chemicals should be avoided in laundry soaps and cleaning products. Consider washing the skin less frequently and discontinue the use of antibacterial soaps. A diet full of vitamin-rich, preservative-free foods also nourishes the microbiome. For more information or to schedule a complimentary skincare and makeup session, call 256-508-0389, email Spa4uuu@ bellsouth.net or visit TruAuraBeauty.com/trubeauty4u. See ad, page 19.

Sunflower Café Offers Organic Holiday Meals Sunflower Café makes the holidays easier by offering prepared dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. All menu items are organic and made with love and can be ordered to meet vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free needs. Two sizes are available—small dishes serve 4 to 5 people and the regular size serves 8 to vegan, gluten-free pumpkin pie 10. The last date to place an order for Thanksgiving is November 17. Items may be picked up in Fairhope or Mobile the day before Thanksgiving. This season’s featured offerings include green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, butternut squash casserole, eggplant casserole, creamed cauliflower, gravy, cranberry chutney, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate gateau with raspberry sauce. Location: 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055 A Dauphin St., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251929-0055. See ad, back cover.


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Getting Salty in Fairhope Salt Life Spa, the area’s first provider of halotherapy, or dry salt therapy, recently opened in downtown Fairhope. The spa features an adult salt room, a playful children’s salt room and an ADA-compliant salt room. “We offer children and parents the opportunity to experience 100 percent drug-free, solution-based halotherapy as a complementary wellness tool,” says owner Erin Brown. Based on decades of research, dry salt therapy has been proven to be a safe therapeutic treatment for the respiratory system and skin. It also promotes detoxification, boosts the immune system and can enhance athletic performance. Clients enjoy halotherapy sessions in regular clothes. Adults relax in comfortable chairs and kids play in a beach-themed setting as they inhale micro particles of salt, which absorbs moisture and mucus from the lungs, removing toxins and increasing oxygen capacity. Salt Life Spa also offers Raindrop technique applications and has a Young Living essential oil teaching room and an ADA-compliant Far Infrared sauna that can accommodate up to a family of five. Brown says, “We have a sincere desire to change a person’s health, heart and quality of life through integrative and holistic approaches.” Location: 456 Morphy Ave., Fairhope, AL. For more information and holiday class schedule, call 251-517-7275 or visit SaltLifeSpa.com.

Natural Skincare for Fall As the days of Autumn cool down, drier air can chap and dry out skin. Instead of using petroleum-based oils and jellies, Nature’s Nuance in Mobile offers a full line of all-natural lip balms and body butters that moisturize and protect skin and lips from the drying effects of the season. Despite the cooling temperatures, biting and stinging bugs are still prevalent. As an alternative to toxic repellents, Nature’s Nuance recently released the Bayou Buster Essential Oil Bug Repellent, made entirely from organic oils and organic essential oils. “Our Bayou Buster works great and smells so wonderful that we’ve been asked if we have a soap or lotion in the same fragrance,” says Dahlia Day, owner of Nature’s Nuance. “We also have body butters and hair butters to meet most any desires and lip balms in multiple fragrances.” Any of these products can be included in a custom gift basket for the holidays and customers who mention “Natural Awakenings” receive a 10 percent discount on all bath and body products. Location: 2200 Government St., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-304-9797, email Dahlia@NaturesNuance. com or visit NaturesNuance.com. See ad, page 29.

Win a Year of Massages at Elements’ Open House

Elements Massage Mobile will hold its annual Holiday Open House from 3 to 8 p.m., November 29. Owners Claudia Mobile McClure and Rebecca Murphy and staff 251.342.6415 say it’s their way of saying you” Massage, to LLC. All Righ 2018 “thank Elements Therapeutic dressing. Each Elements Massage their clients and the community. There will be free chair massage, refreshments, door prizes and a chance to win a year’s worth of massage sessions. Massage gift cards for the holiday season will be on sale during the Open House, where members can buy one gift card and get one free at the walk-in rate. Non-members will be able to purchase one-hour massage gift cards for $30 off the regular rate of $85. ©


Location: 6920 Airport Blvd., Ste. 111, Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251342-6415 or visit ElementsMassage.com/ Mobile. See ad, page 29.

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Eating Well Protects Hearing A healthy diet can lower the risk of moderate to severe hearing loss by 30 percent or more, conclude researchers from Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Studying the diets of 33,000 women for 22 years, they found that hearing was better retained among those that ate closer to the Mediterranean Diet—with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish and virgin olive oil. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy, as well as low in sodium, also was associated with better hearing. 12

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Raw fruit and vegetables are better for mental health than canned, cooked or otherwise processed produce, report researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. Their survey of more than 400 young adults from their country and the U.S., published in Frontiers in Psychology, found a correlation between eating raw produce and measures of psychological well-being, positive mood and life satisfaction. “The cooking and processing of produce likely limits the delivery of nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning,” says co-author Tamlin Conner, Ph.D. The top 10 raw foods for mental health are carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens, grapefruit, lettuce, other citrus, berries, cucumbers and kiwis.

Early-stage breast cancer can be accurately detected via a simple breath test and urine sample, report researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel. Using electronic nose sensors and gas-chromatography mass spectrometry to analyze breath and urine, respectively, they were able to identify biomarkers for breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women worldwide. “Our new approach… with inexpensive, commercially available processes, is non-invasive, accessible and may be easily implemented in a variety of settings,” says study co-author Yehuda Zeiri, Ph.D. Mammography, the common screening test for breast cancer, is typically 75 to 85 percent accurate, a figure that drops for full-bodied women and those with dense breast tissue. Dual-energy digital mammography is more accurate, but increases radiation exposure, and MRIs are more expensive. The Israeli research, published in the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine, compared breath and urine samples taken from 85 women with breast cancer and 81 healthy women. The electronic e-nose device, picking up on a unique breath pattern, detected cancer cells accurately 95 percent of the time. The urine test proved 85 percent accurate. “With further study, it may also be possible to analyze exhaled breath and urine samples to identify other cancer types, as well,” says Zeiri.

Pumpkin Compounds Inhibit Cancer Growth In addition to being tasty, autumn’s pumpkin pie may also help prevent cancer. Two studies have confirmed the ability of certain nutrients in pumpkins to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Researchers from the Italian Institute of Food Science found that carotenoid compounds from pumpkins delayed the growth of human colorectal cancer and bone cancer cells by an average of 40 percent. In China, Harbin Medical University researchers found that a polysaccharide compound from pumpkins halted the growth of human liver cancer cells.

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Air Pollution Harms Developing Brains

Hostile Teachers Hamper Learning

Fetal exposure to air pollution, even at levels considered safe by current standards, has been linked by Dutch researchers to thinning of the outer layer of a child’s brain and later cognitive difficulties. Following 783 children ages 6 through 10, the researchers concluded those brain abnormalities contributed in part to impulsiveness that could lead to addictive behavior and attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Aerobic Fitness Helps Prevent Word Loss Tip-of-the-tongue word loss, an aggravation for many seniors and other adults, occurs less frequently in those with higher levels of aerobic fitness, regardless of age or vocabulary, reports a study of 56 men and women from the UK’s University of Birmingham. Lead researcher Katrien Segaert also clarified that tip-of-the-tongue word loss is not associated with memory loss—a common concern by those that often experience it.


Eating a handful of walnuts daily boosts certain types of healthy gut bacteria that appear to contribute to cardio, metabolic and gastrointestinal health, according to a study of 18 adults by University of Illinois scientists published in the Journal of Nutrition. The researchers found that eating walnuts increased species of healthy gut bacteria, while decreasing species of unhealthy bacteria. Eating walnuts also improved cholesterol levels.

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Eating Walnuts Boosts Gut Bacteria

Gut Bacteria Linked to Artery Health A lack of diversity of gut bacteria is linked to hardening of the arteries, a new study concludes. By analyzing the gut microbiome and measuring the arterial stiffness of 617 middle-aged female twins, researchers from the University of Nottingham and King’s College London found that those with a greater diversity of healthy bacteria had more flexible arteries. The finding explains why women, young adults and others may suffer heart attacks without traditional risk factors such as smoking or obesity. It opens the door to reducing cardiovascular disease by targeting the microbiome through diet, probiotics and other supplements.



Teachers that antagonize their students by belittling them, showing favoritism or criticizing their contributions can damage their learning potential, warns a new West Virginia University study of 472 undergraduates. Split into two groups, the students watched either a class taught by a teacher with antagonism or a standard lesson taught without antagonism, and then took a multiple-choice quiz. Test scores were up to 5 percent lower for those that watched the antagonistic teacher because they disliked what they were being taught. They were also less likely to put forth as much effort and were unwilling to attend that teacher’s future courses.

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The death of the world’s last male northern white rhino has rendered the species functionally extinct, which means the only hope of reviving the population is through in vitro fertilization. World Wildlife Fund head of campaigns Colin Butfield calls this a “uniquely bad situation.” Two other animals, the vaquita, a very rare porpoise discovered in 1958, and the Javan rhino are facing the same fate. Many other species, including the Sumatran rhino, black rhino, Amur leopard, forest elephant and Bornean orangutan are considered critically endangered, some with fewer than 100 individuals left. The International Union for Conservation of Nature currently considers 5,583 species of plant, mammal, bird, amphibian and marine life critically endangered.

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Dumping Disincentive

Big Bank Acts to Protect Oceans from Mine Waste

Extinctions of Threatened Species Continue



Organic shoppers may see additional labeling on produce. More than a dozen farmers and scientists from around the country met to create the standards for an additional organic certification pilot program called the Real Organic Project (ROP). Under the current U.S. Department of Agriculture program, the organic label means that produce has been grown without synthetic substances or genetic engineering; it doesn’t specify whether produce was grown in water or soil, which the new labeling would address. ROP believes that crops grown in soil and livestock raised on pasture-based systems are fundamental to organic farming.


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Citigroup is no longer financing mining projects that dump mine waste into the ocean. The move comes in response to pressure from the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, which calls on financial institutions to divest from any project or company that employs the practice. “Banks and financial institutions must actively take steps to ensure that they are not bankrolling the destruction of our oceans,” says campaign coordinator Ellen Moore of Earthworks. Mine waste can contain up to three dozen dangerous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury and cyanide. These metals accumulate in fish, and ultimately, the wildlife and people that eat them. The pollution contaminates drinking water, decimates ecosystems and destroys fisheries. While the outdated practice has been phased out in many parts of the world, new mining proposals in Papua New Guinea and Norway signal that such dumping is being ramped up, not phased out.

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Bans on plastic consumption have been increasing globally for the last two years. Single-use plastics will be officially banned in the Bahamas by 2020, including plastic bags collected at the point of sale, straws, Styrofoam food containers and plastic utensils. Also, the release of balloons in the air will be illegal. Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda have already banned single-use plastic products. In Kenya it’s illegal to produce, sell or use plastic bags. Haiti has banned plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Belize moved to ban single-use plastics by April 2019. The UK has outlined a plan to eradicate plastic use completely by 2042. The Clean Seas Campaign, launched in 2017 by the United Nations Environment Programme, aims to increase global public and corporate awareness of the critical need to reduce marine litter.

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Natural Ways to Stay Healthy by Kathleen Barnes


ike many other health conditions, challenges to our immune systems are on the rise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 26.5 million adults and kids have asthma, 50 million have allergies and up to 20 percent get the flu each year. Catching a cold is common, with U.S. adults generally coping with two or three a year and children about twice as many. 18

As many as 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, celiac and lupus, costing $100 billion a year to treat, which is nearly twice the amount spent on cancer care, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Initial statistics released 20 years ago estimated that 9 million Americans had autoimmune diseases; a five-fold increase since then illustrates the magnitude of the problem.

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People that are free of some degree of immune system dysfunction are relatively uncommon.

Identified Culprits

“We are absolutely seeing a rise in immune disorders,” says Michael T. Murray, a doctor of naturopathy in Lyons, Colorado, and author of Chronic Candidiasis: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise and Other Natural Methods. “Many factors are responsible for the increase.” He cites the most notable as the widespread use of antibiotics and pesticides; dietary factors, including too much sugar; decreased intake of essential vitamins and minerals; overconsumption of calories in general; lifestyle factors like not getting enough sleep or exercise; excessive alcohol; stress; and exposure to cigarette smoke. “The microbiome—the bacterial structure that supports a strong immune system—is largely inherited from

the mother during a vaginal birth,” says Sayer Ji, of Miami, Florida, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, sponsor of the 2017 Immune Defense Summit and a member of the National Health Federation’s board of governors. “The rising number of Caesarean sections, at nearly one-third of all U.S. births, up from 18 percent in 1997, deprives infants of those naturally occurring bacteria, and can result in immune deficiencies at an early age.” Low-level chronic stress of the kind that occurs in everyday modern life is a leading underlying factor in immune system compromise, says natural health and healing expert Dr. Deepak Chopra, of Carlsbad, California, author of The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. Along with emotional stress, he points to any kind of inner or outer challenge that pulls us off center. Everyone experiences some stress every day; when unrelieved, it’s been widely shown to have a huge negative impact on our health. “Imbalance can be negative or positive, and so can stress,” says Chopra. “Winning the lottery is just as stressful as going through a divorce. So the challenge isn’t to achieve static balance, but to successfully thrive in stressful surroundings.”

Internal Communiqués

Medical science now generally agrees that the greatest part of the immune system resides in the gut. “We need those trillions of bacteria that live in the digestive tract. Without them, we are unable to defend ourselves from all types of assaults, including the autoimmune diseases, in which the body turns upon itself,” says Ji. “The immune system lines the large and small intestines,” says Dr. Susan Blum, of Rye Brook, New York, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease. “The microbes in the gut lining speak to the immune system. Anything that alters the microbes in negative ways—like antibiotics or viral illness, among others—can also negatively alter the immune system.”

Unavoidable Toxin

We can’t avoid the toxic exposure that underlies much of the immune dysfunction we are experiencing today, says Wendy Myers,

a functional diagnostic nutritionist in Los Angeles, California, and author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue. “Toxins, especially heavy metals like lead and mercury, are in the air, water and soil. Since we can’t escape them, we need to know how they are affecting us and work to neutralize them.” Experts agree that immune challenges can be neutralized and overcome with the right diet and lifestyle, stress management and appropriate supplements to restore and maintain the whole system balance needed to flourish in a world of our own making that stresses us on every level.

The Right Food

Eliminating wheat and dairy can end half of current immune system dysfunction through helping to repair the microbiome and healing the immune system, Ji believes. As one example, “If my mom had known I was allergic to cow’s milk when I was a child, I wouldn’t have suffered for 20 years with bronchial asthma,” he says. An anti-inflammatory diet also speeds gut healing and strengthens the immune system, says Blum. Highlights of her program for a basic clean-up include eliminating anything white (sugar and all products made with flour); eating quality fats (cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts and seeds); protein (grass-fed beef, organic and free-range poultry, wild game and wild-caught fish); organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible and fermented foods daily; limiting and preferably eliminating dairy; and reading labels and banishing additives, chemicals and processed foods. According to CDC statistics, almost everyone has some level of immune dysfunction, so this clean-up diet will benefit most of us, Blum says. After a basic regimen of three weeks or longer, she recommends exploring an elimination and challenge diet in which gluten, dairy, corn, soy and eggs are all eliminated for three weeks. People with arthritis should also eliminate nightshades like tomatoes and potatoes. “Then add back in the eliminated foods one at a time and carefully note the body’s reaction. It’s not that hard to get a clear picture of what aggravates inflammation such as arthritis pain,” Blum says.

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recently advocating daily dosages of 2,000 to 5,000 international units (IU), even in apparently healthy adults,” Murray says.  

Multivitamins: “High-quality vitamin

and mineral supplements are foundational to immune health,” Murray says. “Vitamins C, E and B and selenium are especially important.”

Beta glucan: Beta glucans are polysac-

zymes are key to restoring gut health, and thereby healing the immune system. They’re useful in reducing immune-mediated inflammation in autoimmune disorders,” Murray explains. Australian research from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research confirms that supporting the immune system helps heal inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Instead, these are commonly treated with immune system suppressants that leave the patient with diminished resistance to other diseases. Raw foods, especially pineapple and papaya, are good sources of digestive enzymes. They’re also available as supplements.

Prebiotics and probiotics: Prebiotics,

plant fibers that ferment in the colon helping to increase desirable bacteria in the gut, and probiotics, live beneficial bacteria, help restore balance in the microbiome, effectively feeding and strengthening the immune system. Myers suggests that de-


Digestive enzymes: “Digestive en-

clining levels of friendly bacteria in the gut may actually mark the onset of chronic degenerative disease.

Vitamin D: Several studies, including one from Israel, have shown that people with the highest vitamin D levels have the lowest number of upper respiratory infections. “To ensure optimal vitamin D status, many health advocates, myself included, are

charides; soluble fiber naturally occurring in the cell walls of grains, bacteria, yeast, algae and fungi. Natural sources include oats, barley, seaweed, and shitake and reishi mushrooms. In supplements, look for products extracted by fermentation if grain or yeast is a concern. These sugars are known to help prevent and shorten durations of colds and flu and provide relief for allergies and sinus congestion, and may help regulate an overactive immune response in cases of autoimmune disorders. Both internal and external factors can affect us all the way to the cellular level. Chopra says, “You are talking to your genes all the time, and what you say affects every cell in your body. Through lifestyle choices, you can make healing decisions rather than damaging ones.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.  

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Plant-Based Pies for Every Palate by Judith Fertig


ratitude for the bounty in our lives has been a constant in every American Thanksgiving since the Pilgrims’ first celebration at Plymouth Plantation. What has changed is the menu. Many holiday hosts today wish to be inclusive and respect everyone’s increasingly restrictive dietary needs. A few dishes that offer naturally gluten-free, paleo and plantbased options never go amiss, especially when we’re talking pie. It’s easy to make a plant-based pie— think pumpkin, sweet potato and chocolate. As a bonus, many vegan pies can be made ahead and actually taste better the next day.

The Crust

holiday time. Gluten-free vanilla, chocolate or gingersnap cookie crumbs, mixed with a little coconut oil pressed into the pan, can serve as an alternative to nuts.

The Filling

The freshest filling makes the freshesttasting pie. Winter vegetables such as squash, small sugar or pie pumpkins or sweet potatoes can be baked in the oven and puréed in the food processor days ahead of time. Or, make the purées weeks ahead and freeze them, ready to thaw for a recipe. Award-winning cookbook author Deborah Madison, author of Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market, in Galisteo,

A mellow nut crust might be the best way to go; pecans or almonds, sweetened with dates, crumbled in the food processor and pressed into a pie pan. It’s deliciously easy and can be made the day before, always a plus at 22

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New Mexico, preheats her oven to 375° F. “Cut the squash in half, the pumpkins into quarters, scrape out the seeds and brush the cut surfaces with a vegetable oil such as sunflower or safflower,” she suggests. “Place the squash or pumpkins cut-sidedown on a sheet pan. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Bake the vegetables until tender, about 40 minutes,” says Madison. When baked, scoop out the flesh, discard the rinds or skin and purée the flesh in a food processor. About two cups of purée equals a 15-ounce can of pumpkin, sweet potato or butternut squash. Pies made with fresh purées will have a lighter color and flavor. Madison says she prefers natural sweeteners. “Honey and maple syrup are so dynamic—they’re more like foods in their own right than just sweeteners.” Maple and date sugars give pies a deep, caramelized flavor. Always taste test during preparation, recommends Alissa Saenz, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, who blogs at ConnoisseurusVeg.com. She loves a big dose of chai spices and little dose of sweetener in her Vegan Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pie. But pie is personal. “I recommend tasting your batter to decide if you’d prefer a little more or less of each,” she says.

Finishing Touches

An ethereal cloud of coconut whipped cream can taste just as delicious as the dairy version, says vegan baker and cookbook author Fran Costigan, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She refrigerates a 14-ounce can of unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk for at least 24 hours. After opening it, she spoons out only the solid coconut cream into a chilled bowl, saving the remaining liquid coconut milk for another use. She whips the coconut cream with an electric mixer until fluffy, adding a natural sweetener and vanilla extract if desired. It all makes for a perfectly healthy plant pie. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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Our Pick of Plant Pie Recipes The crust takes minutes to make and then press into a pie pan. Yields: One nine-inch pie crust 1½ cups pitted dates, preferably Medjool, coarsely chopped 1½ cups chopped pecans ¼ tsp sea salt 2 tsp coconut oil Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the dates from the water and pat dry. Place the dates, pecans and salt in the bowl of a food processor and blend until the mixture sticks together. Lightly oil the bottom and sides of a nineinch pie or springform pan. Press the date mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.

Place the chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl. Spoon the almond butter on top of the chocolate chips. Set aside. Spoon the entire can of coconut milk into a saucepan. Over medium heat, stir and bring to a simmer until small bubbles form around the perimeter of the pan. Pour the hot coconut milk over the chocolate chips and almond butter. Make sure all the chocolate is covered with the hot milk. Let it sit for three to five minutes to melt the chocolate. photo by Stephen Blancett

Vegan Pecan-Date Pie Crust

Whisk by hand until the mixture becomes smooth, shiny and dark. Pour into the prepared crust. Refrigerate the completed pie until it is firm and ready to serve. Inspired by and adapted from recipes by Nava Atlas, at VegKitchen.com, Fran Costigan at FranCostigan.com and Ashley Adams, who blogs at TheSpruceEats.com.

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Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Adapted from a recipe by Nava Atlas, of Hudson Valley, NY, vegan cookbook author of Vegan Express: 160 Fast, Easy, & Tasty Plant-Based Recipes.

No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Pie Yields: Filling for one nine-inch vegan pecan-date pie crust 18 oz vegan or dairy-free chocolate chips 1 (14-oz) can unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk ½ cup almond or cashew butter


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This pie filling is robust with spices and not too sweet. Add less spice and more maple syrup to taste. Yields: Filling for one nine-inch vegan pecan-date pie crust 2 large sweet potatoes ¾ cup coconut milk 3 Tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp arrowroot or tapioca starch 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon 1 Tbsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cardamom ½ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 400° F. Poke a few holes in each sweet potato using a sharp knife. Place the sweet potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake until very soft, about 45 minutes. Or microwave them for about eight minutes, checking every minute or so after the first five minutes. Remove from oven and slice the sweet potatoes open to allow the steam to escape. Let them sit a few minutes to cool. Lower the oven temperature to 375° F. When the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides and place them into a food processor bowl. Add the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Process the filling until smooth, stopping to scrape the bowl as needed. Pour the batter into a prepared pie crust and smooth out the top with a rubber scraper. Bake about 40 minutes or until it sets. Remove the pie from oven and allow it to cool completely before slicing. Top with whipped coconut cream, if desired. Adapted recipe courtesy of Alissa Saenz, of Phoenixville, PA; ConnoisseurusVeg.com/ vegan-chai-spiced-sweet-potato-pie.

Pecan Pumpkin Custard Pie


With no flour, this pie has a softer, more velvety texture. For a thicker filling, simply refrigerate before serving.

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Yields: Filling for one nine-inch vegan pecan-date pie crust

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1 (15-oz) can pumpkin purée 1½ cups unsweetened plant milk such as soy or coconut for the creamiest texture ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ Tbsp pumpkin pie spice ½ tsp sea salt ⅔ cup Medjool dates, pitted


Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Be aware we live in an expanding universe: The creative life force of the universe constantly conspires for our good as we consciously participate in the process.

ractices designed to enrich life with purpose and meaning yield empowering results for anyone that takes them to heart. Whether striving for a new job, higher salary, stronger relationships or spiritual acceleration, these “rules of the road” offer inspired guidance to free thinking and enlarge possibilities beyond anything we’ve ever imagined. Be one with life: Belief in our oneness with “more than enough” sets us free to receive.

Add all ingredients, except for the starch and dates, into a large pot. Stir well and bring to a simmer.

Be accountable for individual consciousness: How we perceive ourself and our world defines our experience. Changing our point of view can change everything.

While the pumpkin mixture is heating, prepare a “slurry” by adding two to three tablespoons of water to the starch in a small bowl. Gently mix together until a thick liquid has formed; avoid clumps.

Be focused: Establish and maintain a disciplined mind, focusing on what’s right with life rather than what’s wrong.

Add the slurry to the simmering pumpkin mixture and cook over medium heat for five to six minutes, stirring continuously.

Be passionate: Honoring our passions sets us free from the tyranny of a joyless life. Unearthing and living what creates joy, love and peace brings the gift of our authentic self to the party called life.

Be in the flow: The law of circulation manifests as either a cornucopia of more than enough or a vortex of not enough, depending on how freely energy flows through us. Remember that we are the gatekeeper that directs the flow.

Transfer this mixture to a blender or food processor, add in the pitted (unsoaked) Medjool dates and blend until smooth.

Be blessed: To be blessed and know it is to affirm that we are a whole person, with nothing missing. Sharing our abundance becomes our daily norm. This state of being blesses our world.

Pour the filling into a prepared crust, then bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Be of service: When we serve others selflessly, we are recognizing that they matter. When someone knows they matter, they are intrinsically guided to demonstrate it in ways that serve others… and the circle is complete.

Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

Be courageous: Boldly move beyond false limits to horizons that call us to new levels of self-expression and fulfillment, often in collaboration with a spirited community.

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Be a catalyst for good: Such actions connect us directly to the secret of creating an abundant life—our innate oneness with the universe.

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mericans trust bottled more than tap water, but that confidence might work better if reversed. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors tap water for more than 90 contaminants, and it must meet the strict standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Nationally distributed bottled water, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, isn’t as carefully or frequently checked. A quarter of all bottled water is actually filtered tap water, reports the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Concern about safe tap water is relatively recent—in the 1960s, for instance, people worried more about fluoridation than contamination. But since 1990, partly driven by bottled water ads, Gallup polls have shown tap water concerns rising; 63 percent of us now worry about our drinking water “a great deal”. Bottled water is usually safe to drink, but isn’t environmentally friendly. Plastic bottle production in the U.S. requires 17.6 million barrels of oil annually, reports the nonprofit Riverkeeper; plus the energy used to transport it to market, refrigerate it and collect the empties equals filling the bottles a quarter full of oil. Then, 77 percent 26

of discards end up in the landfill, the Earth Day Network reports. Retail costs range from 89 cents a serving to $8 a gallon for designer water, averaging $1.11 a gallon, compared to .002 cents per gallon for tap water.

What’s in Tap Water Legitimate concerns about tap water exist, mostly because homes built before 1986 likely have lead in their pipes, solder and fixtures, possibly contaminating municipally sourced water. Well water is also susceptible to outside contamination from chemicals and microorganisms that must be monitored. Because lead accumulates in stagnated water in pipes, run the water until it gets as cold as possible; up to two minutes if the taps haven’t been turned on in six hours or more. Other chemicals found in tap water include low levels of chlorine, arsenic, nitrates, atrazine, perchlorate and pathogens, reports the NRDC. Pharmaceutical products can also get into tap water, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). A recent study from the EWG and Northeastern University, in Boston, showed small quantities of toxic chemicals in tap water serving 15 million Americans in 27 states.

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Filters can allay tap water worries from municipal or well supplies. Several types— tap-mounted, under-sink and pitchers—are effective and affordable, ranging from $20 to $300. Seek filters certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) testing agency that check for specific contaminants of concern. NSF-42 coding certifies filters that improve water taste and remove both chlorine and particulate matter. NSF-53 is more stringent and requires removal of metals and harmful chemicals. The highest standard, NSF-401, covers filters that eliminate bacteria, pesticides/herbicides and residue from drugs like ibuprofen. Activated carbon filters, which require regular replacement cartridges, remove large particles like sediment and silt. Reverse osmosis filters remove dissolved inorganic solids (including salts) by pushing tap water through a semi-permeable membrane. Ultraviolet water purification is effective at treating bacteria and viruses, but not contaminants such as chlorine, volatile organic compounds or heavy metals. Charcoal pitcher filters are the most common, easiest to use and least expensive, although cartridges add to the cost and are only effective for processing about 40 gallons each. To save money, DIY products allow individuals to refill used cartridges with new activated charcoal. Filter pitchers need to be cleaned regularly because the charcoal can leak, producing mildew, calcium and grime. Faucet-mounted models are easy to install and can be switched easily from filtered to unfiltered water (e.g., for washing up). Under-sink filters and cartridges are effective for up to 200 gallons, but more challenging to install. Connecting to refrigerators and ice makers makes installation more complex, and leakage can be an issue; countertop filters take up space, but are less likely to clog. Consumer Reports says reverse osmosis filters are effective at removing contaminants, but can operate slowly, consume cabinet space, need periodic cleaning with bleach and create three to five gallons of wastewater for every gallon filtered. WHO indicates that conventional municipal water treatment processes can remove

about half of the compounds associated with pharmaceutical drugs. Advanced treatment like reverse osmosis and nanofiltration can be more efficient, removing up to 99 percent of large pharmaceutical molecules. The first step is a water test. Some state and local health departments offer free test kits and they are also sold at hardware stores. Certified laboratories test tap water samples, with information often available from the local water provider. Find a state-by-state list of certified labs plus program contacts at Tinyurl.com/ DrinkingWaterCertificationInfo. The EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline is 800-426-4791. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at JimMotavalli.com.


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yths abound regarding proper hydration—many of them encouraged by purveyors of bottled water. Gauge personal hydration know-how by answering these true-or-false questions.

True. Our kidneys let us know when we need water by sending a “thirsty” message to the brain. “If you ignore that warning, it will go away and other symptoms will occur, such as headache, brain fog, muscle cramps and dry, cool skin, making the dehydration more serious,” warns Chiropractor Livia Valle, of Valins Chiropractic, in Smithtown, New York.


We must drink eight glasses of water every day.

False. Eating fruits and vegetables also bolsters hydration (watermelon and spinach are almost 100 percent water by weight), as do milk, juice and herbal tea, advises the Mayo Clinic.


It’s impossible to overhydrate.

False. Although rare, hyponatremia can result from some diseases, medications and consuming too much water too quickly, causing sodium (salt) levels to plummet; this can lead to nausea and coma, to which marathon runners can be prone (WebMD. com).


Electrolyte-enhanced drinks beat out water.

False. Experts say that for most people most of the time, plain water hydrates just as well, which is good news, considering the sugar and artificial dyes in Gatorade and similar electrolyte drinks. Even for athletes, hydrating with electrolytes is called for only after more than an hour of intense, sweaty exercise, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. If concerned about hydrating on an active, steamy day, consider

stirring additive- and sugar-free electrolyte tablets or powder into water.


Caffeine causes dehydration.

False. A UK University of Birmingham study of 50 people that drank three to six cups of coffee daily found no significant effects on hydration—perhaps because the water in coffee and tea makes up for any dehydrating effects.


The volume of urine is a better hydration indicator than its color.

True. “Urine color varies based on many factors, including diet,” says exercise physiologist Mary Jayne Rogers, Ph.D., of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “But if you are not producing much urine, it can be a sign that your body is clinging to water and may need more.” November 2018




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bracelets and other art projects involving organic or re-usable materials can demonstrate sustainability while teaching children how to follow directions, cultivate patience and strategize. Healthy cooking classes are a creatively engaging avenue for youths to learn about connections between a healthy Earth and maintaining personal health. Expressing themselves through the visual arts, drama and dance promotes problem-solving and innovation, as does joining a science or Lego club. “It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to try new things,” stresses D’Aloia. “Go to local school concerts, plays and art exhibits. Look for public art in your area. Local libraries often offer great activities for kids.”

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Instilling mindfulness in children can be both fruitful and far-reaching. “Origami— the Japanese art of paper folding without cuts or glue—is a quintessential hobby for centeredness. The act of folding paper is so engrossing that one is very present and in the moment,” says Kathleen Sheridan, origami



master and founder of Origami and You, in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Origami stimulates both sides of the brain and helps to build self-esteem. Most of all, it’s fun, portable and inexpensive.” Fostering imagination and using the written word through journaling or storytelling nourishes a child’s inner world. “Creating a short story requires divergent thinking; young writers use their imaginations to generate unique ideas for characters, settings, plots and conflicts. We help them think deeply, write authentically and respect the perspectives of others, while learning to create and share their own stories and experiences,” explains Kimberly O’Connor, young writers program director at Lighthouse Writers Workshops, in Denver, Colorado. “Expressing the exact shape of an iris or the sound of a cricket, for example, requires intense curiosity and attention, two qualities that can serve children and teens indefinitely,” she explains. Such skills can help students anywhere—in the classroom, on the sports field and later, when they begin to search for and find jobs.

According to Stanford University research published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, learning an instrument helps to improve children’s reading skills, especially those struggling with dyslexia and other learning challenges. Researchers at the German Institute for Economic Research revealed that learning music amplifies cognitive and non-cognitive skills twice as much as engaging in sports, dance or theater arts. The Wellbeing Project, in Great Britain, has inspired activities such as sewing to benefit well-being. According to research published in the Journal of Public Health, quilting boosts cognitive ability, emotional equilibrium and creativity. Introducing life skills and hobbies that nourish selfhood can be one of our greatest gifts to the next generation. D’Aloia remarks, “Helping our children to express who they are, rather than who we expect them to be, is the most powerful thing we can do.” Marlaina Donato is a multimedia artist and freelance writer who authors books related to the fields of alternative health and spirituality. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

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

Make & Take – 6:30-8:30pm. Have some fun and learn how to use essential oils to make fragrant and useful gifts for the holiday season and all year long. $5 at the door. Private residence, 26 Barkley Dr, Atmore, AL. 251-253-0010. Swartzen88@gmail.com.



AHA Student Massage Clinic – Nov 2 & 16. School-supervised internship gives opportunity for student practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting and clients to receive quality, full-length healing treatments at a great value. Call 251-753-1937 to schedule appointments at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45. $25 for 50-min full-body student massage. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com.

Uptail Resale Second Saturday Sale – 10am-2pm. The Baldwin Humane Society’s Uptail Resale shop is open every second Saturday of the month to offer even better deals on quality home furnishings and housewares. Stop by and say hi! All proceeds benefit the animals of the Baldwin Humane Society. Uptail Resale, 22886-D U.S. Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-928-8020. Exdir@BaldwinHumane.org. BaldwinHumane.org.



Mindful Market Days at Thrive – 11am-4pm, Nov 3-4. Join our community in the pecan orchard around The Orchard Shops for our Mindful Market. We will have live music and raffles. 10% of the Mindful Market’s profit will be donated to charity. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com. Purple America – 5pm. Fairhope Unitarian Saturday Night Vespers. This week’s topic/guest speaker: Rev. David Ruffin, All Saints Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK. Purple America! We are many… but are we so united? And to the extent that we are, do we truly honor and respect our differences? Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@gmail.com. FairhopeUU.org.

Parent-Child Animal Communication Class Bring your school-age child and learn telepathic animal communication together from professional animal communicator Babette de Jongh. This fun and interactive workshop will include short classroom segments and fun excursions on the farm to work with dogs, cats, chickens, parrots, horses, donkeys, goats and more! Bring photos of your animal companions and a lunch. $150/parent-child team.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Soul Shine Yoga Beginner Series – 5:30-6:30pm. New to yoga or need a refresher? In this 3-wk series, learn the principles of alignment for the most common yoga + basic breathing and meditation. Unheated. Meets on 3 consecutive Tuesdays. $49 includes unlimited yoga during series. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Fairhope Film Festival – Nov 8-11. A film lover’s film festival of world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. 251-990-7957. Info@FairhopeFilmFestival.org. FairhopeFilmFestival.org.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Ascension Through the Chakras – 6:30-8pm. Experience deep peace, relaxation and an energetic shift with crystal singing bowls, aromatherapy and restorative yoga poses targeted to balance the chakras and refresh and harmonize your whole being. Be guided to release stagnant energy and allow an opening for vibrational alignment. Led by Rebecca Washburn and Kristen Kelly. $25. Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.com.


Dragonfly Pond Farm, Bay Minette, AL Babette@BabettedeJongh.com HearThemSpeak.com Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Be a Unitarian – 5pm. Fairhope Unitarian Saturday Night Vespers. This week’s topic/guest speaker: Rev. Daniel Kanter, First Unitarian Church of Dallas, TX. The sermon title should be enough of a tease. Come check it out. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@gmail. com. FairhopeUU.org.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Fairhope Green Drinks – 5-7pm. 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. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail.com. Facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Create Your Inner Sanctuary with Betsey Grady – 6:30-8pm. Discover a basic step for a successful meditation practice. Learn how to use your sanctuary to connect with wisdom and guidance that lies within. This tool is available for all—you don’t need a strong imagination to create your sanctuary. $20. Blue Sky Collective, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.com.

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RESTORE: Mindfulness Weekend Retreat with Rebecca Washburn & Emily Sommerville – Nov 16-18. Silent retreat offers a time to rest and restore. The structure of this retreat is simple; it consists of sitting meditation, walking meditation and mindful movement. This retreat is open to beginners as well as those with an established meditation practice. $375 weekend fee includes lodging and meals. Beckwith Camp & Conference Center, Fairhope, AL. Register: Soul Shine Yoga. Namaste@ TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.com Port City Craftsman Holiday Arts and Crafts Show – 9am-5pm, Nov 16-17. 11am-4pm, Nov 18. 46th Annual Show featuring artists from local area and beyond. Admission $3. $1 off with canned goods donation for Feeding the Gulf Coast. Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Rd, Mobile, AL. For more info: Cheryl 251-490-2890 or Michelle 251508-7370. PortCityCraftsman.com. AHA Student Massage Clinic – Nov 2 & 16. See Nov 2nd listing. Call 251-753-1937 to schedule appointments at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45. $25 for 50-min full-body student massage. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@ gmail.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Coming Together: At Church and Coming Together: At Home – 5pm. Fairhope Unitarian Saturday Night Vespers. This week’s topic/guest speaker: Two short homilies delivered by Rev. Barbara Prose and Rev. David Ruffin of All Saints Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK, will prepare us for celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@gmail.com. FairhopeUU.org.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Uptail Resale Open House Sale – 1-5pm. The Baldwin Humane Society’s Uptail Resale shop will be taking part in Fairhope’s citywide Christmas Open House event with great deals on quality home furnishings and housewares. All proceeds go to the animals of the Baldwin Humane Society. Uptail Resale, 22886-D U.S. Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-928-8020. Exdir@BaldwinHumane.org. BaldwinHumane.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Mobile Green Drinks – 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 South Joachim St, Mobile, AL. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail.com. Facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.


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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 The Well and the Cathedral – 5pm. Fairhope Unitarian Saturday Night Vespers. This week’s topic/guest speaker: Drew Kennedy, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI. Is UU just a social club? Can we articulate the ways in which UU is a religion? Is Unitarian Universalism a religious alternative or an alternative to religion? What is this “spiritual” dimension? Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@ gmail.com. FairhopeUU.org.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Christmas by the Bay – 6-9pm. The Baldwin Humane Society will be hosting their 23rd annual Christmas by the Bay event. The night will include music, a silent auction, food by Tamara’s and an all doggie production of the Muttcracker! Head over to BaldwinHumane.org for info. The Venue, 105 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-927-4585. Exdir@ BaldwinHumane.org. BaldwinHumane.org. Reflex-OIL-ogy™ of the Body Systems – 6:458:45pm. An introduction to the energizing benefits of increased frequency and oxygenation of your body’s organs, glands and tissues. Learn about a new way of using your essential oils to enhance your life and learn about the AAA Reflex Area Techniques. Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943. Contact@ Reflex-OIL-ogy.com. Reflex-OIL-ogy.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Reflexology 2-Day Workshop – 8am-5pm, Dec 1-2. Learn Ingham Reflexology from Laurie Azzarella, International Institute of Reflexology Instructor. This 2-day hands-on workshop is geared for family, friends and professionals alike. 16 CEU. $375 pre-registration includes book and outline. Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail.com. Reflex-OIL-ogy.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Yoga on Tap at Fairhope Brewing Co – 6-7pm. Join Soul Shine Yoga at Fairhope Brewing Co. the 1st Tuesday of each month for an all levels Vinyasa Yoga class. $5. Registration: Soul Shine Yoga. Namaste@TheSoulShineLife.com. TheSoulShineLife.com.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 AHA Holiday Yoga Restorative Workshop – 9:30-11:30am. Break the cycle of holiday stress with a gentle yoga session to aid overworked muscles and let go of emotional stress and tensions. Followed by a series of mindful restorative postures to center the mind and body for the months ahead. $25 by Dec 1, $30 after. Angela Gray: 646-220-8561. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com. AlabamaHealingArts.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 AHA Yoga Teacher Training – Enrollment is open for t​he Spring 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. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com. AlabamaHealingArts.com.

TAMMY S. ANDERSON, LMT AL#1087 Call/text for an appointment 251-510-1415 Woodlands01@hotmail.com THRIVE YOGA & MASSAGE Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 21180 State Highway 181 251-929-4020 • ThriveFairhope.com See ad, page 21.

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

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Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia’s Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. VA-FairhopeHealthFoods.com. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Pastor@OpenTableUCC.org. OpenTableUCC.org. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. UUFM.org. Sunday Service at Unity Church of Gulfport – 10:30-11:45am. Join us for a spiritual message given by Rev. Judy Voght. Let her inspire your week ahead with uplifting, positive messages from the heart. Join us every third Sunday, after service, for fellowship potluck. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. JanBixler@gmail.com. UnityGulfport.com. Unity Sunday Service and Celebration – 10:30am. Weekly service welcomes people of all races, cultures, lifestyles and creeds. Services followed by cake and coffee for birthdays on 1st Sundays, eating out together 2nd Sundays, potluck and fellowship 3rd Sundays, healing circle/pet blessing 4th Sundays, Q&A and eat out 5th Sundays. Unity on the Eastern Shore, 22979 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8934. UnityEasternShore. WixSite.com/unity. Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service – 11am-12pm. Our Sunday services feature a different guest speaker each week, either a member of our congregation or someone from the surrounding community. We address a variety of topics, from literature and history to religious thought and social issues. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@gmail.com. FairhopeUU.org. Unity Church of Mobile Sunday Service – 11am. Unity offers a positive path for spiritual living. Join us on Sundays for a peace-filled experience, and joyous fellowship, with uplifting messages and music, and centering meditations. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. UnityOfMobileAL@ gmail.com. Facebook.com/unityofmobile. Baha’i’s of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm. Every 4th Sunday. Join us in the coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate our unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments served immediately following the shared devotional program. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL. BahaisOfFairhope@gmail.com.

Quick Flow Lunchtime Yoga –12-1pm. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Downtown Yoga we offer lunchtime yoga! Take a break from your day to come move and breathe in Downtown Ocean Springs. Come prepared to flow. Downtown Yoga Ocean Springs, 1010 Porter Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-327-4433. Ellen@DowntownYogaOceanSprings. com. DowntownYogaOceanSprings.com. Fresh Works CSA Pick-Up – 3:30-4:30pm. The Container Yard and Shipshape Urban Farms are partnering to bring you this weekly event featuring local food and co-working. Pick up some fresh veggies or your CSA subscription from Shipshape Urban Farms. Container Yard, 951 Government St B, Mobile, AL. 251-367-0160. ShipshapeUrbanFarms.com. Gentle Yoga with Dana – 4:15-5:15pm. A stressful day as all the holidays loom? Synergy can fix that. Join Dana Garrett 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 refreshed and focused! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: MyHappyDog123@gmail.com. Facebook.com/ myhappydog123. Responsible Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Free course for parents, together or separate, that covers co-parenting issues, positive parenting methods, money management and economic stability. Open to parents of children 18 and under. Also taught on Wednesday mornings. Family Center Baldwin County, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. BaldwinFamilies2@gmail.com. FamilyCenterMobile.org.


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tuesday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. 2900 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. WellnessSpaOS.com. Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6-7am, Tues & Thurs. The days are finally shorter, so greet the sunrise with Linda Csaszar and take pleasure in some revitalizing morning yoga. Charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find joy in the movement. Also on Thursdays w/ Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-634-8055. AscensionFuneralGroup.com.

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CSA Pick-up in Foley – 2-6pm. Members of Shipshape’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program can pick up their shares at the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-367-0160. ShipshapeUrbanFarms.com. Farmers Market – 2-6pm, Tues. 9am-2pm, Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail.com. CoastalAlabamaMarket.com. Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail.com. Facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks. CSA and Sway – 4:30-7:30pm. Members of Shipshape’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program are invited to take a free yoga/barre class when you pick up your CSA subscriptions at Sway Downtown. 10 S Conception St, Mobile, AL. 251367-0160. ShipshapeUrbanFarms.com. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts.com. Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. More info: PneumaYogaStudio.com. Book Study and Discussion Group – 6-8pm. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Admin@UnityGulfport.com. UnityGulfport.com. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL. All Restoratove – 6:30pm. Restorative yoga is done with postures lying over an oblong pillow, called a bolster. This is a great practice for someone with a long work day. Learning to rest and restore is part of the yoga practice. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com. 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. This is a 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. LohmeierLynne@gmail.com. Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. PM Tai Chi Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Gentle moving meditation exercise class promotes wellness; an actual method to reduce stress. Fun and easy to learn. ​Perfect for beginners. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@BlueWillowWellness. com. BlueWillowWellness.com.

wednesday Yoga with Susan – 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—aaaah! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. AHA AM Chair Yoga – 9:30am. This class utilizes the aid of a chair, when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts.com. Deepak Chopra’s The Third Jesus – 1-3pm. Unity on the Eastern Shore will offer a class every Wednesday in November to study Deepak Chopra’s book, The Third Jesus. Class meets on a love-offering basis. No reservations needed. Bring an open mind and a book. 22979 U.S. Hwy. 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-9908934. UnityEasternShore.WixSite.com/unity. Restorative Yoga with Rebecca – 4-5pm. Been a long few days? No stresses or worries! RYT certified Rebecca Dunbar McLeod can lead you down a relaxing path with some restorative yoga. Be supported by all the right props as the poses plus gravity gently melt away the week’s anxieties. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. MobileBayGreenDrinks@ gmail.com. Facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks. Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Mississippi Sierra Club Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a lively and informative meeting on all things environmental going on around us and to our community. Bring a dish to share, and your willingness to get involved. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-256-3177. Admin@ UnityGulfport.com. UnityGulfport.com.

thursday Group Reformer with Dana – 8:30-9:30am. Develop core strength, movement control, increased flexibility and improved posture. Experience a full range of Pilates reformer exercises that emphasize precise sequencing of movement, breath and proper alignment. Log onto the website for reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Gentle Core – 9:30am. Our strength and balance begins in the core which is so much more than just our abs. This gentle but challenging class will strengthen your abs and other areas of the body that aid and stabilize the core. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com.

Gulf Coast Herb Society – 10am-12pm, 2nd Thursdays. Meetings explore herbalism, and in particular, native medicinal herbs. Speakers/topics vary each month. The Nourishing Place, 606 Tennessee St, Gulfport, MS. More info: HIITMom3@gmail.com. Chair Assisted Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. Chair yoga is helpful for anyone who has difficulty with floor postures. Modifications to poses can always be made for optimal experience. You are welcome to come in a wheelchair. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com. MELT Method Class for Dana – 12-1pm. 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. Synergyoga.net. Fairhope CSA Pick-Up and Market – 3-6pm. Shipshape Urban Farms will be set up for CSA pickups and fresh veggie sales at the Fairhope Farmers Market behind the Fairhope Public Library on the corner of Bancroft and Magnolia Ave. Downtown Fairhope, AL. 251-367-0160. ShipshapeUrbanFarms.com. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength & flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts.com. Yoga with Chris M – 5:45-7pm. Join Chris McFadyen for some energizing yoga as his breath work, asana and flow calms the mind and also enhances and refocuses the body. Relocate your passion and find your humor after a long day. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Synergyoga.net. Slow Flow – 6pm. While moving through the poses slowly with breath and awareness, learn how yoga works and heals using alignment principles, concentration and more helpful aspects of the practice of yoga. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ ThriveFairhope.com. ThriveFairhope.com. Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com. Laurie.MarketingScents.com.

friday Friday Morning Serial – 8-9am. A weekly public gathering and networking event featuring a 10-15 min speaker and group discussion. Topics, speakers and attendees are from diverse backgrounds and provide specialized insight. Free. Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, 769 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS. 228-436-4661. GCCDS.org. Raw vs Cooked CSA Pick-Up – 4:30-7:30pm. Fly Away Farm Foods and Shipshape Urban Farms are partnering on this weekly event featuring local food in both forms. Pick up your family’s next hot meal cooked by Fly Away, and raw, fresh market veggies or your CSA subscription from Shipshape Urban Farms. Fly Away Farm Foods (between Cactus Cantina and Another Broken Egg), 25908 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL. 251-367-0160. ShipshapeUrbanFarms.com.

saturday Fall Market in the Park – 7:30am-12pm. Oct 13Nov 17. Fall marketplace for fresh, locally produced foods and goods plus live music. Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. Facebook. com/MarketsInMobile. Mobile CSA Pick-Up and Market – 7:30am-12pm. Starting Oct 13, Shipshape Urban Farms will be set up for CSA pickups and fresh veggie sales at Market in the Park in Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile, AL. 251-367-0160. ShipshapeUrbanFarms.com. Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-9285363. HeartStringsYoga.com. Farmers Market – 9am-2pm, Sat. 2-6pm, Tues. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com. CoastalAlabamaMarket.com. 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.

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 3. FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY– OsteoStrong is looking for motivated, healthconscious individuals to open new franchises in Alabama. Our proven system for success offers an exceptional business opportunity. More info: 251-210-6955; OsteoStrong.me.

SERVICES MEDIUM~INTUITIVE~PSYCHIC – Marie Bates Curry offers intuitive guidance and spiritual connections. Individual and Group Readings. By appointment only: 251-300-7261.

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Locations in Foley, Fairhope and Mobile, AL 251-990-0535 AscentAudiologyFairhope.com Hearing loss affects everyone uniquely which is why we solve hearing problems one individual at a time. We have the knowledge and technology to guide you on a journey to better hearing. See ad, page 11.



1861 Old Government, Mobile: 251-607-6666 2534 2101 Highway 98, Daphne: 251-725-4334 TMACsHairStudio.com A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials and massage with 100% organic products. See ad, page 28.

Karen Watson, Founding Consultant Daphne, AL • 256-508-0389 TruAuraBeauty.com/trubeauty4u A clean and effective line of skincare, anti-aging products and make-up that nurtures 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.

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


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 23.


2200 Government Street Mobile, AL 36606 251-304-9797 • NaturesNuance.com Enjoy soaps made from certified organic oils and essential oils. We also have organic candles, diffusers, deoderant and hair products plus original art from local artists. See ad, page 29.


243 S Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 251-210-9114 • MelissaMichael@me.com AnIntegratedBody.com Offering Structural Integration—a method of bodywork which unbinds the body’s connective tissue (fascia) using a strategic, whole body approach to improve body movement and structural balance, reducing chronic pain. See ad, page 28.

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81 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-928-5692 BahaisOfFairhope@gmail.com Join our gathering of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate unity and support the spiritual health of the community. Meeting every fourth Sunday. Contact us to learn more.

1700 East Railroad Street, Gulfport, MS 228-871-7004 UnityGulfport.com A positive path for spiritual living. Unity teachings and communities are places of spiritual healing. If you’re drawn to individuals like Oprah, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, you’ll love Unity of Gulfport. See ad, page 17.

UNITY ON THE EASTERN SHORE 22979 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 251-990-8934 UnityEasternShore.WixSite.com/unity

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


(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 • MindPerformanceCenter.com A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 4.

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Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride.

Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle: natural and organic options for food, supplements, cleaning supplies and skincare. See ad, page 15.

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


Healing Acres, Robertsdale, AL 205-283-2743 MyDoterra.com/donnalewis Offering therapeutic massages, oil treatments, Zyto scans and classes with doTERRA essential oils for healthy living. 20+ years of essential oil knowledge. 17 years of massage therapy experience. See ad, page 28.


12100 Highway 49, Suite 730, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 CoastHealthAndNutrition.com


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055 Va-FairhopeHealthFoods.com Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, back cover.


20733 Miflin Road (Co. Rd. 20), Foley, AL 251-709-4469 CoastalAlabamaMarket.com Open year round Tuesdays (2-6pm) and Saturdays (9am2pm). Local farms with seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, seafood, hand-crafted soaps and more. Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

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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 at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 29.

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Yoga Teacher and Coach Serving the Gulf Coast and Beyond 256-348-7249 • GabiGarrett.com Receive joy in your inbox every Monday with our free inspirational newsletter of organizational tips, psychology tidbits, lifechanging books, yoga moves and other make-ya-lifebetter stuff. Webinars, videos and events also offered.



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Elevacity Distributor Fairhope, AL 601-323-1005 • SmartCoffeeWithLori.com Offering powerful nutritional products to elevate your health, wealth and happiness. N utr itio n al b ev er ag es, supplements and skin care. See ad, page 31.

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Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C, Daphne, AL 251-616-4201 • JubileeHealingArts.com

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Enhances natural healing processes, hastens muscle recovery and raises energy levels. By breathing oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures, and organs absorb more oxygen. at Familycells, Caretissues Naturally Intro pricing and multi-session discounts. See ad, EXPERIENCE page 30. IMPROVEMENT FOR: Head Injuries | Lyme Disease Stroke | Autoimmune Diseases Arthritis &PERSONAL Other Inflammatory Conditions TRAINERS Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Athletic Performance | Candida MOBTOWN GRIND


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Natural Elder Products, Lucedale, MS 601-791-0943 • 601-947-7692 Discvree7@gmail.com Boost your immune system with natural Elderberry products including syrup, hand sanitizer and bath products. Also offering arnica products for pain relief and seasonal produce. See ad, page 19.


251-928-8020 22886-D U.S. HWY 98, Fairhope, AL Facebook.com/UptailResale Uptail Resale is an upscale thrift shop whose proceeds benefit the animals of the Baldwin Humane Society. We carry quality household items, furniture and jewelry.

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

Rolfing® is a holistic approach to manual therapy that seeks to improve your health and function by reestablishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the human body. More information at EasternShoreRolfing.com. See ad, page 15.

Family Care Naturally 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605

A 7-minute session, once a Dori Dodich, Personal Trainer TREATMENT PACKAGES AVAILABLE week provides a natural Anytime Fitness I-65, Mobile, AL solution for healthy joints, FAMILY CARE NATURALLY 251-308-6764 • MobTownGrind.com strong bones and muscles, DR. MARY SABAL, DC RN trainer, weight Personal in Gulf Shores better balance and flexibility Ft. Morgan Rd., behind Walgreensmanagement, strength and and pain reduction. 251-970-3605 mobility coach. Losing weight Accessible to all ages; and gaining muscle can be I tried Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy after non-invasive; nonchallenging but I can help you having a stroke. With just 7 treatments, pharmaceutical. See ad, page 17. I was able to climb stairs again. make lifestyle changes to



Offering full spectrum hemp extract CBD (cannabidiol) that helps insomnia, inflammation, etc. Lotions, potions, extracts and edibles. Free samples (must be 18 and up). Open 7 days a week. Mail orders available. See ad, page 15.


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


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

Offering cleansing infrared sauna sessions followed by a hydrating collagen shower and detoxifying foot spas. Ask about memberhip packages. See ad, page 27.


22355 Price Grubbs Road, Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052 HealingAcres1@gmail.com Experience wellness with massage, r e f l e x o l o g y, b o d y treatments, Reiki, colonics, essential oils, wellness classes and more. Our labyrinth is open to the public during daylight hours. See ad, page 28.


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Telepathic communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more. See ad, page 17.


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