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letterfrompublisher In this month’s Green Living edition of Natural Awakenings, water and its essential role in daily life is a recurring theme. From a personal standpoint, whether we’re watching the sunset on the bay, making sand castles on the beaches of Gulf Shores, or jumping in the Magnolia River Cold Hole on a hot day, our family can’t imagine life without the beautiful bodies of water that surround us. From kayaking or paddle boarding to a swim in the ocean or a dip in the bay, we spend a substantial amount of our free time in and around water. While we can’t find the time to enjoy these activities on a daily basis, we do drink water every day. With 17 million barrels of oil used annually in the production of water bottles and potentially harmful chemicals leeching out of them, we avoid purchasing bottled water. At home we have been using a Brita pitcher to filter all the water we drink but recently decided to install a whole-house water filtration system. This will allow us to drink purified water right out of the tap and shower in it too. Thanks to water bottles that have filters built into them, we even lived without bottled water on our five day trip to Wisconsin this summer, which included two nights of camping! The ubiquitous availability of bottled water and the numerous natural bodies of water in our area can cause us to take this seemingly infinite lasting liquid for granted. But as Water, Water Everywhere, page 10, and Local Water Issues Need Local Attention, page 15, point out, we need to start thinking twice about these resources. Water conservation and preservation should take precedence in all aspects of life, not only at home, but also at work and school. Read Fountains of Health, Sustainability and Positivity, page 13, to see what Bayside Academy in Daphne is doing to address the bottled water issue. As the rest of this month’s issue illustrates, water issues make up only one leg of the multifaceted road to sustainability and environmentally friendly living. Be inspired by the efforts of local businesses in Leading the Way to Gulf Coast Sustainability, page 23, and Environmental Shifts Along the Gulf Coast, page 26. I invite you to pour yourself a glass of water, and enjoy your copy of Natural Awakenings outside in this cooler weather, with a deeper appreciation for the vast number of bodies of water that we are so fortunate to have in our corner of the world.

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newsbriefs The Haven participates in Farmer’s Market The Haven, a no-kill adoption guarantee shelter in Fairhope, will be at each upcoming Fairhope Farmer’s Outdoor Market which takes place behind the Fairhope Public Library. The market is open every Thursday from 3 p.m. to dark, September 29 to November 3. The Haven volunteers will be selling Haven T-shirts designed by local artist Nancy Raia, sturdy leakproof Aloksak bags for disaster preparedness and a very colorful cat book. The organization will also be giving away Maddie’s Activity Books for the kids and spay and neuter information. “Fairhope’s Outdoor Markets would not be the same without The Haven,” says Alex Robinson, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Fairhope. “Everyone loves seeing the animals each week! It’s also a great opportunity for the community to learn about The Haven’s upcoming programs and community outreach. We are grateful The Haven participates and love what it adds to the market!” For more information call 251-929-3980, email or visit See the Adoption Spot on page 27.

Pranic Healing Workshop Dr. Lorraine Graves, of Pensacola, is offering a twoday Basic Pranic Healing Class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 22 and 23, at the Meditation Center of Alabama, in Mobile. Pranic Healing is a no-touch, natural healing system that utilizes prana, or vital energy, to cleanse and energize the human energy body and accelerate the natural healing power of the physical body. This class explains and introduces the many aspects of the prana healing system. Graves is a licensed mental health counselor and practicing psychotherapist. She also holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Spring Hill College and completed extensive work integrating energy psychology, spirituality and psychology. As a healing arts practitioner and instructor, Graves teaches people how to heal loved ones through weekend healing energy classes and presentations. She also holds retreats around the Southeast, coordinates a weekly free community healing clinic in Pensacola and has a healing clinic in Mobile. Location: 3821 Airport Blvd., Ste. C, Mobile. Contact Deana: 251-454-0959. See listing on page 38.

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newsbriefs Upcoming Workshop at Trinity Yoga Trinity Yoga in Foley presents a Yamas and Niyamas workshop, from 2 to 5 p.m., October 22. A $25 donation is suggested. Some experience with flow yoga is recommended. The workshop will be led by Yogi Dana Goudie, an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT). Goudie will, “guide participants on a physical exploration of the ethical guidelines of yoga; the yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances), while focusing on pranayama (breath work), asana (postures) and meditation.” A reception with refreshments will follow the workshop. The yamas and niyamas mentally and spiritually prepare us for the physical postures, or asanas of yoga. In sincere yogic practice, the yamas and niyamas are learned first. Without these restraints and observances, yogis are subject to the many trappings of the mind; prone to overexertion, injuries and forgetfulness in the acceptance of “what is.” With gentle guidance, Goudie intends for participants to discover their true self through a conscious awareness of the conflict between the external and the internal worlds. Trinity Yoga was founded by Natalie Saucier, yoga practitioner for more than 10 years. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as a teacher at the 200-hour level and has worked with a number of well-known instructors. Classes being offered are Rise and Shine, Energize and Relax, Chair and Gentle Yoga. Enrollment classes can be purchased per class, in blocks of 10 or family rates. Location: 21441 US Hwy. 98 E., Foley. To register or for more information contact Natalie Saucier: 251-987-1147, 251-6095541 or email natstrinityyoga@ See ad on page 32.

Middle Earth Workshops Middle Earth Healing and Learning Center is offering two new classes this month. Center owners Craig and Lisa Kalloch will lead Dancing with the Devas, a donation-based class from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 15. Two couples massage workshops will be led by Lori Tennant and Ken Belcher on October 22, one from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and a second from 3 to 6 p.m. The cost is $75 per couple. Registration is required. The first class will explain how to reconnect and deepen a relationship with the healing power of Mother Earth through the use of essential essences (the lifeblood of plants). Lisa says, "Students will learn how to open the door to communication and communion with the plant and tree kingdom, experiencing and trusting the universal language from the inner core of the heart.”   The second class, Three Hours of Bliss, is a hands-on couples massage workshop intended as an escape from the world and an opportunity for couples to connect with each other. According to Lisa, participants will acquire, “easyto-learn skills to turn your partner into a puddle of happiness!” Facilitators Tennant and Belcher specialize in fostering communication and massage skills for couples. Tennant has been a massage therapist for 21 years and a Rolfer for four, while Belcher has a masters degree in counseling. Participants will learn how to give half-hour massages in a manner that does not exhaust or hurt their hands, and should wear a bathing suit, or sports bra and shorts. Location: 20205 Middle Earth Rd., Citronelle. For more information call 251-8667204, email or visit See ad on page 39.

Moonstone Massage Hosts Open House

In celebration of her new business location, Hollie Tew, owner of MoonStone Massage, is hosting a client appreciation open house from 5 to 7 p.m., October 7. The public is welcome. To mark the occasion, Tew is providing vegetarian and vegan hors d'oeuvres catered by Tracey Winter Glover, of Shanti Warrior, wine and homemade Kombucha tea. Lora Davis, of Atlanta, will be in attendance to introduce and discuss a new company, Beyond Organic, founded by Jordan Rubin, best-selling author of the book, Garden of Life. During the open house, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the yoga instructors and a new massage therapist of MoonStone, view the activity schedule and sign up for classes. Tew is a member of the American Message Therapy Association. Former co-owner of Two Hands Massage, in Fairhope, she has practiced her art since 2001. Tew’s new establishment, MoonStone Massage, offers many disciplines of massage, a four- and six-week yoga series and among other services, health coaching. Location: 314 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope. For more information call 251-517-5383. See ad on page 17.


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Meditation Center Offers Energy Healing The Meditation Center of Alabama (MCA) is now offering non-evasive energy healing practices from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursdays, followed by a Thai gourmet vegetarian buffet. The practitioners leading the sessions are trained in the disciplines of Reiki, Healing Touch and pranic healing. According to an MCA representative, “Pranic healing is based on the fundamental principle that the body is a self- healing, living entity that possesses the innate ability to heal itself.” Pranic healing works on the principle that the healing process is accelerated by increasing the life force, or vital energy, on the affected part of the physical body. MCA is a nonprofit, non-religious organization, promoting the spiritual benefits of meditation. MCA also offers, via Skype, guided Middle Way visualization sessions by experienced monks from around the world. Anyone may join the meditation on the MCA website (MeditationCenterOfAlabama., at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays and 6:30 p.m., Thursdays. Also available on the MCA website are downloadable guided-meditation MP3 files in English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Kiswahili, Mandarin and Japanese, and include subtitles for the hearing impaired. Location: 3821 Airport Blvd., Ste. C, Mobile. For more information call 251-6234485, 251-408-7902, 251-214-2080 or visit MeditationCenterOfAlabama.Weebly. com. See listing on page 38.

Our Sisters' Closet Sale Our Sisters’ Closet is sponsoring the Cheap Chic Boutique biannual sale, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 14 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 15, at the Sisters of Mercy Building on the St. Mary Campus, in Mobile. Cheap Chic Boutique is a fundraiser for Our Sisters' Closet, in Mobile. The sale features new, nearly new, vintage, designer and name-brand clothing, jewelry, purses and shoes at thrifty prices. Excellent clothing selections of fall and holiday fashions, after-five and Mardi Gras attire include sizes from petite to plus. To receive unadvertised sale times, visit and register for an email invitation. Founded by Terri Kearns, Our Sisters’ Closet, “helps open doors for disadvantaged jobseekers.” All proceeds benefit the mission of Our Sisters’ Closet, which is to improve the self-confidence and job opportunities of economically disadvantaged women by providing free interview and workplace clothing to women; and job search and workplace competencies to women, men and teens. Location: 1450 Old Shell Rd., Mobile. For more information call 251-423-2001 or email

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newsbriefs Energy Life Support Workshop Energy Life Support owner Joan Sallach will lead a workshop, Our Human Energetic System – What do you know about it? from 7 to 9 p.m., October 13, at Hampton Inn, in Fairhope. The fee is $35. Registration is required. Students will learn about the human energy system, how it impacts daily lives and how to use it to obtain a desired life outcome. Sallach will also explain and demonstrate techniques to work with energy and understand the subtle messages being Joan Sallach conveyed. According to Sallach, she is an energy intuitive and practitioner who believes it is important to understand the body’s energy system. “Each of us is surrounded by our own personal energy system, which is designed to govern our body, mind and spirit. From time to time, this system needs balancing.” At her Spanish Fort business, Energy Life Support, Sallach provides healing and shares knowledge about the human energetic system, schedules sessions and teaches educational classes about the energy system. Location: 23 North Section St., Fairhope. For more information, email joan@ or visit See ad on page 5.

Kula Yoga Community Celebrates First Anniversary Last month, founders of Kula Yoga Community, Dana Goudie and Amanda Brenner, celebrated the one-year anniversary of their organization. In September 2010, the two women began offering “pay what you can” yoga classes to Mobile and Baldwin County residents in an effort to make yoga accessible to everyone. Thirteen months and more than 1,000 classes later, Kula has grown from six teachers and two shared spaces to 10 teachers and five shared spaces. “Kula has grown so fast in the first year,” explains Brenner. “I really feel that we’ve helped to unite the yoga community in the Bay Area, as well as introduce people to yoga who might not have had the opportunity to experience its benefits previously.” Looking forward to their second year, Goudie and Brenner plan to expand westward and are actively seeking spaces in Tillman’s Corner, Theodore and West Mobile. Kula instructors are available to teach small groups of students in their own homes, businesses, churches or community centers.

Local Hypnotherapist Launches New Website Hypnotherapist Marquerite Dillon recently launched, a new user-friendly website with an updated appearance. Visitors to the site can read about hypnotherapy services and techniques, as well as browse testimonials, background information, a schedule of events and Dillon’s biographical information. The slogan, “A new focus. A new direction. A new you,” appears on the bottom of each page. According to Dillon, a person’s mind is more cooperative, open and less critical when it is relaxed.” Hypnosis allows the conscious mind to step aside, allowing the subconscious to focus on the life direction you desire – allowing “a new you.” Dillon, a registered nurse and certified holistic hypnotherapist, proclaims, “Hypnotherapy turned out to be my most fulfilling career move; it is also the most valuable service I can offer to my community.” She offers group and individual sessions by appointment. For more information, call 251463-1570 or 251-272-1030, email or visit See listing on page 38.

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New Water Treatment Service in Baldwin County Todd Buchman, owner and president of Reliable Water Treatment, Inc., recently relocated his business from Maryland to Orange Beach. A June, 2011 Facebook entry reads, “Reliable Water Treatment is Licensed in Alabama!” Reliable Water Todd Buchman Treatment is already considered by some to be the area’s leading water specialist, because they are a full-service water and air treatment company, providing everything from free home water testing to complete water filtration installation. Buchman, certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA), founded his business more than 20 years ago after becoming frustrated while trying to hire a company to fix his own water problems. “Companies in the area didn’t understand the dangers of hard, iron-filled water, yet still proposed pricey, ineffective systems,” stated Buchman. Taking the initiative, Buchman completed the WQA certification program and continued to fix the water problems on his own. He put his education, health and environmental concerns and people skills into motion and developed Reliable Water Treatment, Inc. Having first-hand experience with poor customer service, Buchman is adamant about keeping his customers satisfied, and takes pride in his company’s superior customer service, standing behind all treatment equipment and service with a 100 percent money back guarantee, including product warranties. “A company that knows water from the ground up,” Reliable Water Treatment services Baldwin County and the entire Gulf Coast. For a free test call 251-923-7054 or email todd@ For more information visit

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November 2007 and led a prayer for rain. Two years later, he was pleading instead for federal aid, after intense rainfall near Atlanta caused massive flooding that claimed eight lives. This year again saw record regional precipitation, this time producing epic flooding in the Mississippi and Missouri river basins. Climate scientists warn of more extreme droughts and floods and changing precipitation patterns that will continue to make weather, storms and natural disasby Sandra Postel ters more severe and less predictable. As a For at least three decades, Americans have talked about our policy forum in the journal Science notes, historical data and statistical tools uncertain energy future, but we’ve mostly ignored another the used to plan billions of dollars worth of annual global investment in dams, flood worrisome crisis—water. control structures, diversion projects and other big pieces of water infrastructure are no longer reliable. Yet today’s decisions about using, allocating and managing heap and seemingly abundant, the country, is steadily being depleted. In water will determine the survival of most water is so common that it’s hard to much of the world, we’re growing food of the planet’s species, including our own. believe we could ever run out of it. and supplying water to communities by Ever since the Apollo 8 astronauts photo- over-pumping groundwater. This creates a Shifting Course graphed Earth from space in 1968, we’ve potential crisis in the food economy: We For most of modern history, water manhad the image of our home as a strikingly are meeting some of today’s food needs agement has focused on bringing water blue planet, a place of great water wealth. with tomorrow’s water. under human control and transferring it But of all the water on Earth, only about to expanding cities, industries and farms 2.5 percent is fresh—and two-thirds of via dams, large water-transfer projects that is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. The Changing and wells that tap underground aquifers. Less than one hundredth of 1 percent of Climate Equation Major water programs have allowed cities Earth’s water is fresh and available. Due to climate change, we may no longer like Phoenix and Las Vegas to thrive in Across the United States and around be able to count on familiar patterns of the desert, the expansion of world food the world, we’re already reaching or rain and snow and river flow to refill our production, and rising living standards for overshooting the limits of Earth’s natural urban reservoirs, irrigate our farms and hundreds of millions. But globally, they replenishment of fresh water through the power our dams. While farmers in the have worsened social inequities as tens hydrologic cycle. The Colorado and Rio Midwest were recovering from the spring of millions of poor people are dislocated Grande rivers are now so over-tapped that flood of 2008 (in some areas, the second from their homes to make way for dams they discharge little or no water into the “100-year flood” in 15 years), farmers in and canals, while hundreds of millions in sea for months at a time. According to the California and Texas allowed cropland to downstream communities lose the curU.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the mas- lie fallow and sent cattle to early slaughter rents that sive Ogallala Aquifer, which spans parts of to cope with the drought of 2009. sustain their livelihoods. eight states, from southern South Dakota to In the Southeast, after 20 months of Such approaches also ignore water’s northwest Texas, and provides 30 percent dryness, then-Georgia Governor Sonny limits and the value of healthy ecosystems. of the groundwater used for irrigation in Perdue stood outside the state capitol in Today, many rivers flow like plumbing

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works, turned on and The United States withdraws intelligence instead of big pumps, pipeoff like water from more fresh water per capita lines, dams and caa faucet. It’s tougher for fish, mussels, than any other country, much nals. These solutions river birds and other of which we could save. The tend to work with nature, rather than aquatic life to survive; a 2008 assessment led vast majority of demand does against it, making by the USGS found not require drinkable water. effective use of the “ecosystem services” that 40 percent of all provided by healthy fish species in North Source: Pacific Institute watersheds and wetAmerica are at risk of lands. Through better technologies and extinction. Meanwhile, many leaders and locali- informed choices, they seek to raise water ties are calling for even bigger versions productivity and make every drop count. Communities are finding that protectof past water management strategies. By some estimates, the volume of water ing watersheds is an effective way to make relocated through river transfer schemes sure water supplies are clean and reliable; could more than double globally by 2020. plus, they can do the work of a water treatBut mega-projects are risky in a warm- ment plant in filtering out pollutants at a ing world, where rainfall and river flow lower cost. New York City is investing $1.5 patterns are changing in uncertain ways billion to restore and protect the Catskilland require costly power for pumping, Delaware Watershed, which supplies 90 moving, treating and distributing at each percent of its drinking water, in lieu of constructing a $10 billion filtration plant stage. Some planners and policymakers are that would cost an additional $300 mileyeing desalination as a silver bullet solu- lion a year to operate. Research published tion to potential water shortages. But they in Natural Resources Forum further shows miss—or dismiss—the perverse irony: by that a number of other U.S. cities—from burning more fossil fuels and by making tiny Auburn, Maine, to Seattle—have saved local water supplies more and more de- hundreds of millions of dollars in capital pendent on increasingly expensive energy, and operating costs of filtration plants by desalination creates more problems than instead opting for watershed protection. Communities facing increased flood it solves. Producing one cubic meter of drinkable water from salt water requires threats are achieving cost-effective protecabout two kilowatt-hours of electricity, tion by restoring rivers. After enduring 19 floods between 1961 and 1997, Napa, using present technology. California, opted for this approach over Water for People and Nature the conventional route of channeling and Thus, a vanguard of citizens, communi- building levees. In partnership with the ties, farmers and corporations are thinking U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a $366 about water in a new way. They’re asking million project is reconnecting the Napa what we really need the water for, and River with its historic floodplain, moving whether we can meet that need with homes and businesses out of harm’s way, less. The result of this shift in thinking is revitalizing wetlands and marshlands and a new movement in water management constructing levees and bypass channels that focuses on ingenuity and ecological in strategic locations. Napa residents will

benefit from increased flood protection and reduced flood insurance rates, plus new parks and trails for recreation, higher tourism revenues and improved habitats for fish and wildlife. Communities prone to excessive storm water runoff can turn existing structures into water catchments. Portland, Oregon, is investing in “green roofs” and “green streets” to prevent sewers from overflowing into the Willamette River. Chicago now boasts more than 200 green roofs—including atop City Hall—that collectively cover 2.5 million square feet, more than any other U.S. city. The vegetated roofs are providing space for urban gardens and helping to catch storm water and cool the urban environment. Parking lots, too, can be harnessed. Many communities are revitalizing their rivers by tearing down dams that are no longer safe or serving a useful purpose, thus opening up habitats for fisheries, restoring healthier water flows and improving aquatic quality. In the 10 years since the Edwards Dam was removed from the Kennebec River, near Augusta, Maine, populations of alewives and striped bass have returned in astounding numbers, reviving a recreational fishery that adds $65 million annually to the local economy.

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Conservation remains the least expensive and most environmentally sound way of balancing water budgets. From Boston to San Antonio to Los Angeles, water consumption has decreased via relatively simple measures like repairing leaks in distribution systems; retrofitting homes and businesses with water-efficient fixtures and appliances; and promoting more sensible and efficient outdoor water use. But the potential for conservation has barely been tapped. It is especially crucial in agriculture, because irrigation accounts for 70 percent of water use worldwide,

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and even more in the western United States. Getting more crop per drop is central to meeting future food needs sustainably. California farmers are turning to drip irrigation, which delivers water at low volumes directly to the roots of crops. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, between 2003 and 2008, California’s drip and micro-sprinkler area expanded by 630,000 acres, to a total of 2.3 million acres—62 percent of the nation’s total drip irrigation. Community-based education and rebates to encourage water-thrifty landscapes can help. Las Vegas, for example, pays residents up to $1.50 for each square foot of grass they rip out, which has helped shrink the city’s turf area by 125 million square feet and lower its annual water use by 7 billion gallons. The water crisis requires us to pay attention to how we value and use water. Across the country, it’s essential that communities work to take care of the ecosystems that supply and cleanse water, to live within their water means and to share water equitably. Sandra Postel is director of the Global Water Policy Project, a fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and a Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. She adapted this article, based on her chapter, “Water – Adapting to a New Normal,” in The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises, edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch, and a piece published in Yes! (YesMaga For more information, visit and National

FUN WATER FACTOIDS Humans need five to 13 gallons of clean water a day for basic needs. Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Indoor direct water use for the average American is 69.3 gallons a day. That’s equal to the combined daily use of one person each in China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Paraguay, Afghanistan and Somalia. Primary Source: Residential End Uses of Water, by Peter Mayer Direct water use for a family of four in the United States is 400 gallons a day. Thirty percent of that is for outdoor use alone, or 30 gallons per person, the same amount a person uses for all daily needs in Algeria. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense program A 1 percent increase in organic matter allows soil to hold 16,000 more gallons of water per acre. Source: National Sustainable Agriculture Project One billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. Source: World Health Organization

More Invisible Water Costs Sample Foods

Average H2O to Produce

Almonds 259.2 gallons per cup Apple 18.5 gallons to grow Avocado 42.6 gallons to grow Beef 1,581 gallons per pound Black tea 5.5 gallons per cup Broccoli 27.4 gallons per pound Cheese 414.2 gallons per pound Chicken 468.3 gallons per pound Coffee 37 gallons per cup Corn 108.1 gallons per pound Granola 65 gallons per cup (varies) Mango 81.9 gallons to grow Oats 122.7 gallons per pound Pasta 230.5 gallons per pound Soybeans 224 gallons per pound

Activities All U.S. golf courses 3.1 billion gallons a day Occupied hotel room 200 gallons a day Typical ski resort 800 million liters per snow season

Clothing Cotton dress shirt 975 gallons Cotton socks 244 gallons Jeans 2,866 gallons each Sneakers 1,247 gallons a pair

Household Goods Book Car Carpet Computer Paper Pet bed Pet food Soap Television

42.8 gallons 39,000 gallons 14,650 gallons per 1,000 sq. ft. synthetic 10,556 to 42,267 gallons 3 cups per sheet 1,654 gallons (medium) 1,580 gallons per pound of meaty canned food 180.4 gallons per 3.2-ounce bar 3,900 to 65,500 gallons (per make/model/size)

Source: The Green Blue Book, by Thomas M. Kostigen (Rodale Books; 12

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Water Fountains for Health, Sustainability and Positivity by Meredith Montgomery


ast year at Bayside Academy, in Daphne, Spanish teacher Anjie Gonzalez encouraged her students to think twice about bottled water. With the help of a PowerPoint presentation, she pointed out the amount of waste bottled water generates, along with the amount of oil that is used and carbon dioxide that is created from the manufacturing of plastic bottles. She also shed some light on the health risks associated with plastic and encouraged them to use reusable, BPA-free plastic or steel containers. “Then I thought about the water available at school,” Gonzalez says, “The water fountains were in terrible shape and some didn't work.” Backed by the benefits of reduced waste and healthier choices, Gonzalez approached Tom Johnson, the headmaster, about revamping the school’s water fountains. “If we are developing the whole child, which is our school motto, then teaching students about the consequences of their decisions is important,” Gonzalez says of her approach to Johnson, “Kids should learn to be smart decision-makers, and we should educate them on sustainable choices and ways to make a positive impact.” During the summer, three of Bayside’s water fountains were fitted with high-quality water purifiers to ensure that there is clean, safe

drinking water accessible to students. The school promotes the use of these new and improved water fountains by marking them with large “Refill Station” signs and by selling reusable water bottles on campus. “The idea is to provide purified water for students who prefer bottled water, thus eliminating plastic bottles, which clog up landfills and result in unnecessary trash,” says Johnson. “This is just one small step to protect the Eastern Shore and the Bayside Academy Bluff.” According to Gonzalez, the students are learning to use the upgraded water features, particularly in the lower school. She continues to promote the issue in her classroom. “I think it will take a little time for the entire campus to participate, but the concept is being promoted by the teachers that are aware of its importance.” The amount of plastic water bottles showing up in Gonzalez’s recycling bin has noticeably decreased, which reminds her of the recently improved recycling efforts on campus. “We have good changes coming. I hope this will teach kids to make conscientious decisions everyday, no matter how big or small their impact might be.” For more information about Bayside Academy, visit

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Local Water Issues Need Local Attention by Casi Calloway


ith Mobile receiving more annual rainfall than any other city in the contiguous United States, coastal Alabama is blessed to have an abundance of fresh water. However, the cleanliness of this water is an issue that is currently being ignored. Sewage, storm water and toxic chemicals such as oil negatively impact our water sources, wetlands and natural systems. If these issues are not addressed in the near future, we will be challenged by the task of removing pollution from bodies of water in which we swim, fish and drink. Mobile Baykeeper (MobileBaykeeper .org) has been working on these issues for 14 years. Starting with a fight to stop a chemical plant on the western shore of Mobile Bay, the organization made its mark when it filed a lawsuit against Mobile Area Water and Sewer Service (MAWSS) for discharging an average of more than 2.5 million gallons of sewage into the Mobile Bay each year. Other suits and discussions followed with area treatment facilities in the cities of Prichard, Bayou La Batre and Fairhope, as well as privately owned Baldwin County Sewer Service LLC. As a result, coastal Alabama has seen a decline in sewage spills over time. In particular, MAWSS has nearly eliminated sewer overflows for all but major rains. The next major battle for local communities is storm water. Storm water 14

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refers to rainwater and the chemicals, dirt and pollution it picks up as it runs off of roads, driveways, parking lots and construction sites. The resulting polluted water can cause major damage to area waterways because it is completely untreated. When the building of a new road in west Mobile threatened the drinking water supply for 250,000 area residents, Mobile Baykeeper raised the issue of storm water. After nearly 10 years of arguing, a settlement was reached to establish much stronger protections for Mobile’s drinking water and roadways across Alabama. Commercial and residential growth and development are beneficial to our economy when done responsibly. But often development, as well as storm water, have detrimental effects on wetlands and other natural systems. These ecosystems contain plants and grasses that protect and purify our waterways. When they become negatively impacted, these systems are no longer able to remove chemicals and pollution from rivers and streams or protect us against major storms by reducing storm surges. Along the entire Gulf Coast, last year’s BP oil disaster revealed that our actions have long-lasting consequences. Our need for cheap oil allowed us to overlook critical protocols and resulted in the largest environmental disaster our country has ever experienced. With a

loss of more than 200 million gallons of oil, the Gulf Coast will see oil washing ashore on our pristine beaches and thriving marsh grasses for a very long time. These issues illustrate the great need for community involvement in the protection of our natural resources and, most importantly, our water. Citizens must place a higher priority on environmental protection, because that is the key to protecting our community and our economy for future generations. In fact, environmental protection and when necessary, restoration, are the key to economic recovery. Community members must have a sense of urgency and let their voices be heard. It is pertinent to report problems as they are discovered, contact elected officials to voice opinions about environmental protection and get involved with your local environmental organization. Mobile Baykeeper’s mission is to provide citizens the means to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed, Alabama’s waterways and coastal communities. Get educated and get involved, because even as individuals, working one at a time, we can all make a difference. Casi Callaway is the executive director of Mobile Baykeepers. To learn more and get involved, visit

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Antibiotics not an Answer for Asthmatic Kids


new study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, reveals that some antibiotics may be overprescribed for children with asthma. Of the 5,198 outpatient visits included in the analysis, antibiotics were routinely ordered during nearly one in six visits, although national health guidelines do not currently recommend them as a therapy. However, when best practices for treating asthma and preventing attacks were discussed by pediatricians during office visits, patients were less likely to receive antibiotic prescriptions. The researchers suggest that doctors spend more time educating their patients about alternatives, as well as potential side effects of the drugs. According to Dr. Kris De Boeck, from the University Hospital of Leuven, in Belgium, the side effects from overuse of antibiotics may include compromised immune systems, potentially worse asthma symptoms and the spread of antibioticresistant “superbugs.” Source: Pediatrics and Reuters Health

PFCs Linked to Early Menopause


n the largest study ever done on the effects of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) on women’s hormone systems, West Virginia University researchers found in blood tests that higher levels of these manmade chemicals are associated with early menopausal symptoms in females aged 42 to 64. Premature menopause has been linked to a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease. Researchers collected data from 25,957 women, measuring serum concentration levels of PFCs and the female hormone estradiol, and reported a definite association between PFC exposure, decreased estradiol and early menopause. Women with high blood levels of PFCs also had significantly lower concentrations of estrogen, compared with peers showing low levels of the chemicals. PFCs are found in many common household products, including food containers, clothing, furniture, carpets and paints. Their broad use has resulted in widespread dissemination in water, air, soil, plant life, animals and humans, even in remote parts of the world. A probability sample of U.S. adults conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found measurable concentrations of PFCs in 98 percent of the participants tested. Source: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 16

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A Secret to Longevity


review of more than 160 studies has established compelling evidence that happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers. One study that followed nearly 5,000 university students for more than 40 years found those that were the most pessimistic as students tended to die first. An even longer-term study that tracked 180 Catholic nuns from early adulthood to old age revealed that those that wrote positive autobiographies in their early 20s tended to outlive the nuns that wrote more negative accounts of their young lives. Source: Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.

Garlic is Kind to Cartilage


ew research from King’s College London and the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England, reveals yet another healing benefit of garlic. The scientists discovered that women that consume a diet high in garlic and other allium vegetables, such as onions and leeks, experience less hip osteoarthritis.

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Water-Saving Bathroom Tips There’s a regular waterworks in modern bathrooms— sinks, commode, tub, shower—maybe even a bidet. All are necessary sanitation fixtures, but need to be used properly to avoid wasting precious water and processing extra waste. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirms that bathroom activities account for more than half of indoor water use. n First, find and fix any possible plumbing leaks from pipes, faucets, flappers, valves and drains that can run up the water bill, even when no one is home. Then consider replacing aerators on faucets to reduce water flow, but not pressure, for a tiny cost with big returns. An EPA WaterSense label indicates a wise choice. n Toilets use 30 percent of bathroom water, so make sure household utility bills aren’t paying the high cost of an old-fashioned (1990s or older) 3.5- to 7-gallons-per-flush type; modern fixtures use about a gallon-and-a-half. Dual-flush toilets (for number one and number two) save even more. Universal conversion kits are affordably priced. n Chuck the commode altogether and switch to a composting toilet. It may seem radical and expensive, but will also use less water and even process the waste onsite (more details at n A low-flow showerhead makes a big difference. Start with a test: Fill up a gallon bucket at full pressure; if it takes more than 20 seconds, it’s a low-flow device. Because nobody wants to walk into a cold shower, most people tend to wastefully let the water run a bit first. Fortunately, gadgets such as Showerstart are available that cut any water flow to a trickle as soon as it gets hot, which saves water and also signals that the water has warmed up.

World Food Day, October 16, will feature rallies against genetically engineered foods. Last year’s La Via Campesina movement (ViaCampesina. org) called for actions around the world to denounce the role of agribusinesses such as Monsanto in the destruction and corporatization of biodiversity and life. This year, organizers are urging people to join the international cause by participating in local rallies. World Food Day actions are planned in 36 U.S. cities, with close to 600,000 registered supporters. A 300mile march from New York to Washington, D.C., punctuated by special events, also is scheduled from October 1 to 16 to support local and global efforts to keep genetically modified organisms (GMO) out of the food supply and demand GMO labeling on all food and drink products. Search Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for Millions Against Monsanto and visit and Right2Know

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How long does it take a species to disappear forever? It turns out that habitat destruction drives species to extinction more slowly than previously thought, according to a new model described in the journal Nature. The pace at which plants and animals are vanishing from the planet as their habitats shrink may be overstated by as much as 160 percent or more. An approach widely used to estimate extinctions from habitat loss is conceptually flawed, says a study in the publication. Researchers say that their new method more accurately reflects the interplay of shrinking habitats and the populations that rely on them. The new study is one of at least two that highlight scientists’ efforts to sharpen the tools needed to track the scope of the species-extinction problem and to design better approaches for dealing with it. The development of a new tool for estimating extinctions, “... is welcome news, in the sense that we have bought a little time for saving species,” says Stephen Hubbell, an ecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and one of two scientists who performed the analysis. “But it’s [also] unwelcome news,” he adds, “because we have to redo a whole bunch of research performed using the previous method.” Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Operate a green office: Take office supplies, materials and space to the next green level by making eco-friendly choices, which may mean eliminating some items entirely. For example, replace disposables with a durable or permanent equivalent.


Choose renewable energy: Power operations with renewable energy or invest in alternative options.


Choose green communications: Explore obtaining telephone and Internet services from a green or socially responsible company. Use teleconferencing or video calls to reduce transportation and explore the many free options available, such as Skype.

HOW TO GREEN A BUSINESS Simple Steps to an Eco-Friendly Bottom Line by Derek Markham


o business owner relishes spending extra money for something that won’t immediately pay for itself with increased revenue, and greening one’s operations is such an endeavor. However, one common misperception is that going green costs money that cuts into the bottom line, when in fact, some options will end up saving money, adding to profits or making it possible to offer lower-priced products and services than the competition. Here’s how:


Integrate green into the business plan: Start designing green elements into any business from day one or as soon as possible.


Write an environmental mission statement: Craft a green mission statement, display it prominently and review it periodically. Having a clear vision helps


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to define being green and communicate it to customers.


Join green business groups: Use green business networks to learn from others or to form partnerships or collaborate. In an effective network, any associated cost will likely pay for itself through increased knowledge, customers and collaboration.


Implement paperless banking and billing: Choose electronic bank statements, invoices and billing for suppliers and utilities. Use the computer to send and receive faxes instead of producing printed copies.


Green the air: Clean indoor air by using live plants. Install an air filtration system to protect employees and customers.


Clean green: Purchase eco-friendly alternatives for cleaning and maintaining the office and manufacturing sites; a greener alternative exists for just about any related need.


Build a culture that’s conducive to reusing and recycling: Making both the norm means such initiatives will flourish without having to continually change people’s habits.


Appoint a sustainability director: Make one person with authority responsible for coordinating green efforts, tracking results and being accountable for increasing sustainability.




Practice green marketing: Add digital messaging to the mix, using social media, a blog and banner advertising. The Internet provides a real-time network for communicating with business stakeholders.

Encourage alternative transportation: Give employees incentives to carpool or ride bikes. Provide telecommuting options. Source from green suppliers: Investigate sourcing options and give more weight to green businesses. Purchasing from a green business doesn’t always mean extra cost, and might make more sense overall.


Use local materials and services: Local sourcing helps eliminate excess transportation, while also supporting the community.


Find new materials: Investigate nonobvious alternatives. The greener option may not have a much higher cost, and might also be used as a green marketing hook.


Conduct a life-cycle assessment: Current manufacturing processes might include unnecessary steps or materials; assessing product life cycles can identify cost or time savings.


Combine processes: Analyze how combining two or more operations may save time, money and energy.


Maintain equipment at maximum efficiency: Regularly clean equipment fans and filters and stick to a maintenance schedule. Well-maintained equipment delivers increased efficiency and prolonged life.

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Use waste: Can any waste be used in any way as a resource?

Make something green: Take an everyday item and create a green version of it. New niches pop up all the time.


Collect rainwater: Install recycling equipment to irrigate landscaping. Find used, 55-gallon drums instead of purchasing new containers, and practice xeriscaping to decrease water requirements indoors and out. Going green in business can go hand-inhand with making more money, through cost savings, increased sales or both. Communicating your green messages also helps create compelling arguments for customers to choose to do business with you, and might just lead to opening up new markets for your products or services. Derek Markham is a regular contributor to, the basis for this piece. Connect through his website at

Leading the Way to Gulf Coast Sustainability by Meredith Montgomery


ast month, the Alabama Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC AL) ( gulf-coast.php) celebrated the growth of green buildings in South Alabama. An event hosted at the Windmill Market, in Fairhope, recognized the owners, designers and builders that have worked on local LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)certified buildings. “We wanted to recognize all of the team members that contributed to making these buildings green, from flooring installers to electrical engineers,” says Rebecca Bryant, state board member of USGBC AL. “We especially wanted to praise the owners, because they are the ones who made the leap.” LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that offers rating systems for existing buildings, commercial interiors, core and shell projects, homes, healthcare facilities, schools, neighborhood developments and more. In 2007, there was one LEEDcertified building in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, and four statewide. Today, there are seven LEED-certified buildings in south Alabama, almost 60 statewide, and 156 additional buildings that are in the process of receiving certification. The Faulkner State Community College Health and Allied Sciences Building is the first building in Alabama's two-year college system to achieve LEED certification and was the first certified green school in Baldwin County. The building boasts features such as sensors that turn off lights automatically, carbon dioxide monitoring to improve health and demand control ventilation that brings in fresh air when needed and less when the building is not occupied. Outside the building, the landscape requires no irrigation, provides wildlife habitat and also absorbs all of the building’s runoff

as it is filtered naturally. As the local chapter celebrated the growth of Gulf Coast sustainability, the U.S. Green Building Council announced the certification of its 10,000th LEED building last month. Bryant reflects, “I can remember the first LEED workshop I led in 2002, when I told folks that, ‘300 LEEDcertified buildings exist in the country, but that number is growing fast.’” A Baldwin County Habitat for Humanity home is another LEEDcertified building in the area. The goal of this project was to create a durable, low maintenance, energy efficient and healthy home. Alex Cary, construction manager for the organization says, “If Habitat for Humanity can do it, why can’t everyone?” For more information visit on the local chapter of USGBC, visit To learn more about the LEED certification, visit usgbc. org/LEED.

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Environmental Shifts Along the Gulf Coast by Gabrielle Wyant


n the local business world, larger companies are meaningfully engaging in environmental issues. Lower Alabama companies now appreciate the natural resources and economy of the area and are miles ahead of the previously incremental, short-term mindset. Keeping a pulse on the efforts, progress and practices of local sustainable businesses are Smart Coast (SmartCoast. com) and Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) ( These organizations share a common vision by promoting smart growth and sustainable development and supporting positive environmental impacts. PEP is a group of concerned businesses, large and small, that value the natural resources and economy of the Gulf Coast. In an effort to create awareness to preserve and protect it, members of PEP form a coalition with a common voice educating and supporting each other in the effort to promote industrial growth while maintaining a healthy environment. One example of PEPs success is the implementation of a process developed by the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development. The group formed a diverse network of companies that actively seek opportunities to turn one company’s waste or byproduct into raw materials for another. Similarly, the ultimate goal of Smart Coast is to build a healthy coastal region by empowering and inspiring local citizens and business owners through education, research and dialogue. The Gulf Coast oil spill catastrophe prompted Smart Coast’s formation of the Green Coast Council, an initiative to promote sustainable business practices in the coastal region of Alabama.


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During monthly meetings, members are educated on the importance of environmental responsibility, social equity and economic stability. Through the efforts of Smart Coast, many local companies have stepped forward to begin the movement toward sustainability, thereby taking responsibility for the impact on the environment and the community. The following are just a handful of the many companies active in both PEP and the Green Coast Council. Their changes are raising the bar for businessinitiated sustainability efforts in Mobile and Baldwin counties.


Equit-E-Cycle, in Mobile (, is a company that recycles electronics and resells raw materials, thereby reducing the amount of energy used, pollution emitted and the extraction of valuable and limited virgin resources. The high demand for the latest electronic equipment, such as computers and cell phones, has drastically accelerated the nation's electronic waste, or "ewaste." Improperly discarded electronic equipment makes up more than half of the toxic heavy metals, including lead and mercury, found in landfills today. These hazardous materials can leech into the surrounding air, water and soil supplies and contaminate them. Equit-E-Cycle was started in 2008. Within three years, they kept nearly 3 million pounds of e-waste out of local and national landfills. The company attempts to resell, donate, reuse or recycle collected equipment or working parts. Certified processors shred and separate equipment, and the outputs are recycled

in accordance with all applicable U.S. environmental laws and regulations. Therefore, no electronics are sent to landfills or shipped overseas to thirdworld countries. The city of Mobile picks up electronics from residential houses on trash pick-up days and delivers them to the company's recycling facility at Brookley Field Industrial Complex, free of charge. Bill Evatt, an official with the company, said he doesn't think Equit-E-Cycle's business model would have worked 20 years ago, but now people are more educated about the importance of recycling and environmental issues. Evatt, who has a degree in natural resources management, says, “It's satisfying to be in a business that can make money while helping the environment. We should do anything we can to eliminate the harvesting of raw materials from Earth," he said. "Oil, copper—we recycle the old stuff to close that loop so [we] don't have to harvest anything new. That's the tree-hugger side of me." Equit-E-Cycle charges for televisions, monitors and hard drives, but offers free recycling for everything else, such as cell phones, printers and DVD players. The facility also accepts dropoffs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Evonik Degussa Byproduct Synergy

Evonik Degussa, in Theodore, sends chemical byproducts to companies that use them in fuel and fertilizer, reducing the plant's waste stream. Evonik is one of several local plants that has formed synergy partnerships to share otherwise wasted byproducts as a means to shrink its environmental footprints. Byproduct

synergy essentially means turning one company's useless byproducts into another's resource. Evonik byproducts are sold to both local and national companies that use it as an octane fuel booster and fertilizer additive, respectively. According to Bill Klutz, the facilities environmental manager, this resulted in a waste reduction of 6.7 million pounds. Evonik Industries has a long history of recycling materials such as carbon steel, stainless steel, copper, aluminum and, locally, wood pallets. Recycling is, "a huge positive for the environment," Klutz says. "(It) results in a decrease of emissions, a reduction in the use of energy such as imported oil, and a greater drive toward sustainability in the future."

Starr Textile Services Green Facility

Starr Textile Services (StarrTextile provides five-star commercial laundry, dry cleaning and textile rental services. Owner Sheila Hodges operates a state-of-the-art facility that focuses on conservation and recycling processes as they service the hospitality industry throughout the Southeast. Of the facility, Hodges said they are an, “efficient, energy conscious, environmentally friendly, "green" operations… a highly advanced business, capable of processing 3,200 pounds of commercial laundry per hour.” The Foley plant is located in the Foley Industrial Park and has the capacity to process 11 million pounds of laundry each year. Chase Lamb, Lead Mechanic and Assistant Manager, explains, “We use hot water exiting the washers and boiler exhaust to heat incoming city water. Our large tunnel washers only use 0.9

gallons of water per pound of laundry, compared to 2.5-4 gallons for a conventional household washer.” According to Lamb, “We use green-certified products to clean our 30,000-square-foot facility and we use washcloths in place of paper towels in our restrooms. We recycle the good fabric from damaged sheets to make pillowcases. Other torn or stained textiles are donated to various charities, animal shelters and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. We also encourage our customers to send hangers back to us for use in our hanger recycling program." Last year, the company was honored with the 2010 Environmental Responsibility Award for Small Business by the Baldwin County Commission. Hodges said, “The recognition for our accomplishments by the Baldwin County Commission is gratifying.”

White-Spunner Green Initiative Project

White-Spunner Construction, Inc. (WSC) is a general contracting, design build and construction management company that offers a full range of commercial construction, including green and LEED-certified building techniques. WSC received the 2009 Excellence in Construction award for its LEED-certified headquarters in Mobile. In April, WSC completed a state-of-the art, green seafood waste processing plant in Bayou La Batre. The new plant processes, dehydrates and converts seafood waste into marketable products such as animal feed, organic fertilizer and pottery. The plant also employs cost-effective, innovative environmental engineering throughout and is powered by renewable energy

sources, including solar energy and geothermal technology. The shrimp and crab waste processing plant for The Gulf Coast Agricultural Seafood Cooperative, or The Co-op, employs a multitude of innovative environmentally friendly methods to process shrimp and crab waste. According to Seth Smith, project manager for WSC, more than 5,000 tons of waste is generated annually from co-op members’ processing plants in the surrounding area. Prior to this new processing method, 25 southwestern Alabama cooperative members paid to have 100 cubic yards of crab and shrimp waste hauled to a landfill each day. The 13,000-square-foot facility is LEED-registered, and features a preengineered metal building employing environmentally-friendly practices to treat the byproducts of the seafood processing industry and dispose of associated waste and fumes. The plant, which was built on 10 acres of a 95-acre site near several of Bayou La Batre’s waterfront seafood processing facilities, was designed to provide the greatest environmental benefit possible to the Co-op and surrounding community. Mobile and Baldwin counties continue to witness promising signs of change in corporate sustainability efforts. As companies persistently implement more ambitious and long-term eco-conscious practices, a dramatic environmental shift will occur in the Mobile/Baldwin area. Gabrielle Wyant is a contributing writer and editor for Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin.

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“Chiropractic adjustments anticipate and prevent this, so that the body doesn’t have to waste energy compensating for imbalances,” he explains. Traditionally, chiropractic care is known for focusing on postural adjustments to minimize abnormal stresses and strains that affect the function of the nervous system and act on joints and spinal tissues. But active exercises and stretches, extension traction and ergonomic education are frequently added as preventive protocols to help athletes avert injury.

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Chiropractic Care Prevents Injury, Boosts Performance by Linda Sechrist


tors on their staff. hat do distinOctober is guished athDoctor of Chiroletes like Jerry practic Jeff Ludwick National Chiropractic assists players of the Rice, a Hall of Fame retired wide receiver Harrisburg Stampede, Health Month and three-time Super a semi-professional Bowl champion, and Lance Armstrong, Pennsylvania football team. “Improper a former professional road racing cyclist spinal alignment creates muscular imbaland seven-time Tour de France winner, ances and nerve interferences,” advises have in common? To withstand the rigors Ludwick, owner of Camp Hill Family and intensity of each of their sports, these Chiropractic, in Camp Hill, Pennsylvachampions have both used the services nia. “With properly aligned skeletal and of a chiropractic doctor skilled in chiro- nervous systems, an athlete’s body doesn’t practic sports sciences and rehabilitation. have to work as hard,” which is why team As more athletes discover that chi- members receive spinal adjustments beropractic care goes beyond rehabilitation fore hitting the field for this high-impact benefits to further enhance performance, sport. they are coming to rely on it as a tool to Ludwick notes that football is known support the healthy structure and function- for stressing hip joints, because when a ing of their skeletal and muscular system. player’s hip turns out even a few degrees, A 2002 study published in the Journal of especially from sudden changes in diManipulative and Physiological Thera- rection, falling or violent contact with peutics noted that 31 percent of National another player, tendons and muscles beFootball League teams include chiroprac- come tighter on one side than the other. 26

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The spinal cord operates like a switchboard for the body, transferring electrical impulses via a network of nerves. It works properly as long as there is no interference between the brain and tissue cells. But when nerve endings swell due to misaligned vertebrae, injury is more likely. Research reported in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and The Physician and Sportsmedicine indicates that chiropractic sports science helps find and correct the underlying causes, and thus helps prevent and heal injuries. During one research project, Chung Ha Suh, Ph.D., and his team at the University of Colorado demonstrated that even, “minuscule amounts of pressure on a nerve root (equal to a feather falling on the hand), resulted in up to a 50 percent decrease in electrical transmission down the course of the nerve supplied by that root.” The resulting biomechanical misalignment causes a domino effect: It exerts abnormal pressure on the nerve root, causes interference in the brain’s impulses to tissue cells, and alters the performance of any muscles and organs that the nerve serves. Chiropractic Physician Jay Sweeney, owner of San Antonio Family Alternative Medicine, in Texas, uses functional neurology to “send a barrage of neurologically correct signals through the nervous system straight into the brain” in order to promote the balance, stability and coordination that enhance athletic performance and help prevent injuries. Dr. Nicole Galiette, owner of Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center, in Cheshire, Connecticut, believes that her expertise as a marathon runner helps

to guard athlete clients from fatigue and stress that affect joints as a result of repetitive motions. “In any sport, there is a tendency to use one side, one joint or one movement more than others,” advises Galiette. For example, cyclists and runners’ repetitive stress injuries most often occur in the knees and back, while swimmers and baseball pitchers experience them in the shoulders. When Galiette treats cyclists that overwork their leg muscles and lean forward in an awkward spinal position for extended periods, she emphasizes strengthening exercises. “Injuries that heal properly are less susceptible to future flare-ups,” she notes. “Anyone that pushes their body hard needs to be in proper alignment, to keep the muscular system balanced,” Galiette asserts. “Strengthening the muscles around body mechanisms that are most frequently used means that the integrity of the surrounding structures won’t be compromised and cause other problems.” Linda Sechrist is a senior writer and editor for Natural Awakenings.

Hear It From Local Experts "Many competitive athletes utilize chiropractic adjustments, not as a treatment, but as a means to optimize their performance. They know that a well-aligned body is a more efficient, and hence a more productive body. Chiropractic care provides this, helping the athlete to not only be at their best, but to also help prevent injury." Dr. George Burroughs Chiropractor, Atlas Chiropractic Team Chiropractor, University of South Alabama Football Team, Saraland "In four weeks time I went from hobbling in pain to having the best time in my marathon. Utilizing ART [Active Release Technique], Dr. Justin not only got me healthy, but got my body in top performance shape. My friends couldn’t believe I ran a personal best in the marathon four weeks after an injury."

The Adoption Spot The Haven


1.5 yr old, Male Orange Tabby Starburst loves to talk and craves attention. He's truly a people-oriented cat. He was found on the streets of Fairhope and is ready for a home! Neutered, microchipped and up to date on shots.

Sponsored by: A Friend of the Haven For adoption information:, 251-929-3980

North Baldwin Animal Shelter


Stooly is a beautiful and sweet kitty looking for a special home. North Baldwin Animal Shelter is Bay Minette's no kill animal sanctuary. We have over 65 cats and kittens waiting for special homes.

Sponsored by: Go Play Pet Service

For adoption info:, 251-937-8811

Lost Without You Animal Rescue


1.5 yr old, Female Red, Border Collie/Husky Mix Ceeka is a lot of fun and highly intelligent. This high energy pup loves people and other dogs. She’d love another dog to play with or a companion who can be active with her. She picks up on commands quickly, is spayed and current on shots.

Sponsored by: All is Awesome For adoption information:, 251-391-0959

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LIQUID NUTRITION Water Myths and Truths by Catherine Guthrie

Water is good for both body and soul, but you don’t need to drink as much as you might think. Here’s the truth about what’s sufficient, plus five other myths about water.


or the past 50 years, nutritionists and other health experts have been exhorting Americans to drink more water. If the ubiquity of water bottles is anything to go by, the message has been received loud and clear. But now, updated research lets us off the hook. It turns out that much of the water craze springs from a deep well of misinformation. Our experts debunk some of the most popular water myths. MYTH: You need eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day to be healthy.

TRUTH: The familiar eight-by-eight rule is likely based on misinterpretation, rather than scientific certainty, says Dr. Heinz Valtin, a kidney specialist, textbook author and retired professor at Dartmouth Medical School, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Valtin traces the prescription to a 1945 recommendation by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council to take in, “1 milliliter for each calorie of food.” 28

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In a study published in the American Journal of Physiology in 2002, Valtin explains that most of that allotment already comes from the foods we eat. He not only discredits the need for most people to consume this “mythical” amount of water every day, but writes that the recommendation is potentially harmful, by making people feel guilty for not drinking enough. “The consumer ended up thinking only plain water counts,” says Ann Grandjean, Ph.D., a hydration researcher and medical nutritionist with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha. But almost all liquids—including tea, coffee and beer—count toward the daily water intake, she says. So, how much should you be drinking? Researchers at the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, after reviewing more than 400 studies, including Valtin’s, set the general daily intake for women and men at about 91 and 125 ounces, respectively. The average American receives 20 percent of this daily water intake from food. The remaining 80 percent comes from all beverages—not just water. MYTH: Caffeinated beverages zap the body’s water reserves.

TRUTH: Grandjean first became interested in the reputed link between dehydration and caffeine while working as a consultant to the United States Olympic Committee. “I worked with elite athletes, and I noticed they drank a lot of caffeinated beverages without showing any sign of dehydration,” she says. In 2000, she published a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showing that the body doesn’t discriminate between regular and decaf beverages when it comes to hydration. MYTH: If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. TRUTH: While thirst is an accurate barometer of when to imbibe, the notion that thirst signals a dehydrated body is not true, says Valtin. Thirst is triggered when the blood’s concentration of solid particles rises by 2 percent. Dehydration occurs when the blood concentration rises by 5 percent. So, thirst sets in before dehydration and people who shrug off their thirst can find themselves on the path to dehydration. “Thirst is the first indicator of the body’s need for water,” cautions Dee Sandquist, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Signs to watch out for include headache, dry mouth, rapid pulse and lightheadedness. MYTH: Urine should be clear. TRUTH: Perpetually clear urine can actually be a sign of drink-

ing too much water, which can dilute the body’s electrolytes, according to Grandjean. “Healthy urine should have some color,” she counsels. Certain vitamins, such as riboflavin (B2), can darken urine. MYTH: Drinking a lot of water suppresses the appetite. TRUTH: While being adequately hydrated helps the metabolism run at its optimal level, drinking vast quantities of water won’t affect the overall amount of food you eat. Because water quickly empties from the stomach, drinking water has little effect on appetite, says Barbara Rolls, director of the Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior, at Pennsylvania State University. Eating foods that have a high water content, such as fruits, vegetables, soups and grains, can help us to feel sated. MYTH: Bottled water is always better than tap water. TRUTH: Not necessarily. Be aware that bottled water is often just tap water. A Natural Resources Defense Council report cites government and industry findings that 25 percent of bottled water is plain tap water; sometimes treated, sometimes not. NSF International certification indicates brands that meet federal safety standards. Catherine Guthrie is an award-winning health and lifestyles journalist in Bloomington, IN. Connect at CatherineGuthrie. com.

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he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets legal limits on contaminants, including chemicals, animal wastes, pesticides and human wastes, in drinking water nationwide. But tests by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have found that many communities skirt the line of what’s safe. In 2003, NRDC found that several of the U.S. cities they studied delivered tap water that was sufficiently contaminated to pose potential health risks to some consumers; outdated pipes and weak regulations were cited as major factors. New contaminants are entering water systems all the time, including traces of pharmaceuticals that have never been tested or regulated. The Water Quality Association (WQA) works with the EPA and universities to catalog the new offenders. WQA Executive Director Peter Censky says, “In 10 or 15 years, everyone is going to need filtration devices.” Until then, individuals will want to regularly stay abreast of the status of their tap water. Start by finding out if local municipal water is filtered. Unfiltered water has a higher risk of containing harmful particles or contaminants. Also, utility lines may contain old plumbing materials, so it is important to check for lead and copper. Home testing kits for metals such as lead are available at most hardware stores, while the types to use for a broader range of biological and chemical contaminants are identified online at Amazon ( For public water systems serving more than 100,000 people, information can be found on the EPA website at Otherwise, contact your local water company directly for an online or printed copy of its Consumer Confidence Report. Well water should be regularly tested every year or two, especially for farming and rural residents, to check for E. coli and nitrates common in runoff. Local county health departments or university extension offices can direct homeowners to testing labs. Home filtration systems can range from point-of-use, often attached to a kitchen faucet and icemaker or under the sink for drinking and cooking purposes, to a whole house system. Even a carbon-filtering water pitcher in the refrigerator can be a cost-effective way to ensure water quality, although it only filters a small amount of water at a time. Find more information at water. Martin Miron is a freelance writer in Naples, FL. natural awakenings

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the genital area

Urinary Health

n Crying or whimpering when urinating

n Increased urination, sometimes in inappropriate areas, such as inside the home or outside the litter box n Cloudy or bloody urine with a strong odor n Tenderness in lower abdominal area during examination As always, providing the veterinarian with details as to changes in recent potty habits is helpful. Based on a detailed medical history, many veterinarians will proceed to diagnostic testing that usually begins with a basic urinalysis.

Illness Care and Prevention Tips

Urinary Tract Infections

by Dr. Matthew J. Heller

Dogs and cats can suffer from diseases and disorders similar to those that can trouble their owners. Urinary tract disease is a common cause for concern for pets. Urinary System Primer

The urinary system is vital to any animal’s health, because it is responsible for removing waste products such as chemical byproducts, toxins and drugs from the bloodstream and eliminating them as urine. Other vital functions of the system include balancing the body’s pH, transforming vitamin D into an active form, and releasing hormones that aid in regulating blood pressure. Urinary tract disease may show up in several ways, including common bacterial infections easily treated with antibiotics, and bladder or kidney stones, which often require surgery. Just as in people, urinary tract disease causes pets pain and is dangerous if left untreated. Many urinary diseases share similar symptoms, any of 30

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which should prompt a proper professional diagnosis: n Frequent straining to urinate, often with little success; if a pet likely has a full bladder and attempts to urinate but nothing passes, consult a veterinarian immediately n More than the usual licking of

The most common cause of urinary tract disease is bacterial infection. For most urinary tract infections (UTI), an antibiotic regime will treat the present infection and lifestyle changes accompanied by veterinarian-recommended nutraceuticals may aid in preventing future problems. Certain underlying conditions may predispose a pet to infection, such as a weakened immune system or diabetes. Most canine UTIs are bacterial in origin and as a general rule, female dogs are more prone to experience them because the wider female urethra potentially allows more unwanted bacteria to enter. If bacteria then travels to the bladder and is left untreated, it may go on to contaminate the kidneys and other organs, presenting a serious health risk.

Bladder Stones

Bladder or kidney stones pose a more serious type of urinary disease, and either is of more concern for pets. In suspect situations, radiographic imaging such as X-rays or ultrasounds will help determine treatment. Small female dogs between the ages of 4 and 8 that have a history of bladder infections are the most vulnerable. While stones are less common in male dogs, it can pose a critical care situation if stones pass from the bladder into the male’s narrow urethra, where

the obstruction prevents the pet from urinating. Stones can also affect feline friends and similar life-threatening situations can occur if urine is unable to pass. Generally, stones form in concentrated urine, so the less hydrated a pet, the greater the risk that a stone may form. Stones are formed by microscopic mineral crystals strained out of urine that band together to create a larger stone. There are various types of stones and correct identification will determine treatment options.

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Prevention Tips Increase water consumption. Home cooking is a wonderful option for ensuring a pet is receiving ample moisture-rich foods; most recipes include fluid-rich meats and veggies. Offering high quality, premium canned food is good, too. For pets that routinely chow down on dry commercial foods, moisten rations with salt-free broth. Also, add a tiny pinch of unrefined sea salt to their water bowl; using distilled water is advised for pets with a history of stones. Use supplements. Capsules of d-Mannose cranberry extract combine a powerful natural diuretic with the antibacterial benefits of cranberries. The more often a pet urinates, the less likely the urine will become concentrated in the bladder. Consider probiotics. Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria that establish a healthy flora in the digestive tract; a strong gut can fight off infectious bacterial challenges. Monitor pH. Owners can purchase pH strips to test a pet’s first daily urine at home. Changes in a pet’s pH may indicate a urinary issue and that veterinary care is advisable. By staying alert to abnormal pet behavior and promptly consulting with a vet, you will be able to get your pet back to proper urinary health. Dr. Matthew J. Heller is a holistic veterinarian and owner of All About PetCare, in Middletown, OH. For more information, visit


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Saturday, October 1

WABF Swap Shop and Listener Appreciation Party – Sept 30-Oct2. 8am-2pm. The Haven will be participating from 11am- 3pm for pet adoption. The 181 Market and Mini Storage, Hwy 181 and Co Rd 32), Fairhope. For more information contact: The Haven, 251-929-3980.

Happy Camper Scavenger Hunt – 10am. For all ages! Search for hidden treasures in the natural historic park in Daphne. A pictorial scavenger hunt with a bag provided for keepsakes. Discover the abundant bounty of nature and visit the magnificent Jackson Oak. Free. Village Point Park Preserve, Daphne. 251-689-2985. Register: kimwright@

Noah’s Park – 11am-3pm. A celebration for pets and their humans featuring games and contests for dogs, a doggy and people cafe, pet photos, silent auction, a spa experience with canine massages, pet rescue and adoptions, horse rides, a petting zoo and more. Free. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. 7125 Hitt Rd, Mobile. 251-639-1948.

Tuesday, October 4

Habitat Young Professionals Kickoff Celebration – 6-8pm. Young Professionals networking for a good cause! All are welcome. $10 at the door includes 2 drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Rollins Deli, 211 Dauphin St, Mobile.

Friday, October 7

MaxMOMS of South Alabama – 11:30am12:45pm. MaxMOMS October topic is, “What's More Toxic Than Outside Air? The Inside of Your Home.” The purpose of the monthly meeting is to encourage moms in learning, leading and maintaining maximized lives through the 5 Essentials; Maximizing our Mind, Nerve Supply, Nutrition, Exercise and Minimizing Toxins. Childcare is available. Free. Mars Hill Café, Mobile. Facebook: MaxMOMS Mobile. Contact: Heavenly Backbends – 6-8pm. Experience recommended. Do you feel backbends in your lower back? Can't find straight arms in full wheel pose? Relearn these poses through the lens of alignment principles. Achieve the proper form of backbends that lift your heart and intentions to the heavens. Melanie Buffett, ERYT, Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher leads this practice. $20. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447.

Saturday, October 8

Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation – 11am-12pm. Oct 8 and 15. This is a two session hypnosis to assist with quitting the smoking habit. $30 each session. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, 3152 Old Shell Rd, Mobile. 251-463-1570.

Grand Festival of Arts and Books Adoptions – 9-11am. During the Grand Arts Festival in Fairhope, Laura Numeroff, author of a new book "If you Give a Dog a Donut" and Eric Litwin, author of "Pete the Cat", will be at Page and Palette. The Haven will be on site for pet adoption. Free. Page and Palette, Section St, Fairhope. Contact: The Haven, 251-929-3980.

Sunday, October 9

Essential Oil Workshop – 10am-12pm. Tired of being told “you're just getting old and you will have to deal with it”? Learn how essential oils can benefit you. This workshop is designed to demonstrate how to use essential oils and take better care of yourself. No registration necessary. The workshop is free. 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. Judith Wilson: 251-656-6696.

Monday, October 10

Guided Meditation on Twin Hearts – 6pm. Experience a downpour of spiritual energy available at this time of the month. In this meditation become instruments of divine blessings to the planet earth, humanity and loved ones. Learn to achieve stillness and illumination. Free. Mobile. Contact Deana: 251-454-0959.

Tuesday, October 11

Creating Health Using Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils – 10am-12pm. Bring a friend, your questions and any health issues you would like to address with the oils. We will have personal experiences using the oils. Free. Conscious Mile Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. Contact Sue Sides: 251-232-2292. suesides@

Wednesday, October 12

Beginning Bird Watchers – 10am. Perfect birding in our own backyard. Walk the Dauphin Island Audubon Trail that WildBird magazine calls the “top four locations in North American for viewing neotropical migrations.” Spot a Great Blue Heron, Red-eyed Vireo, Swainson’s Thrush, American Redstart, Brown Pelican and/or Black Skimmer. Free. Dauphin Island Audubon Trail. 251-689-2985. Register:

Thursday, October 13

Habitat for Humanity of SW Alabama Family Orientation – 6pm. Open to the public. Interested parties must attend an orientation to receive an application. Dumas Wesley Community Center, 126 Mobile St, Mobile.

Our Human Energetic System – What do you know about it? – 7-9pm. Set the personal energy system for the changes in 2012. The energy system is designed to govern the body, mind and spirit. Learn about the human energy system, the impact it has on daily lives and how it can be used to live a desired life. Learn tools and techniques to work with energy and understand the subtle messages it sends you. $35. Hampton Inn, 23 N Section St, Fairhope. Register online at

Friday, October 14

Planet Gymnastics Beach Meet – All day. Oct. 14-16. Gymnastics Meet with over 400 gymnasts from the southeastern states. USA Beginner Level 1 through Intermediate Level 6. $5/adults, $2/ children, free/under 5. Planet Gymnastics, 900 Schillinger Rd. S, Mobile. 251-650-0699.


Shop for Fall and Holiday at the “Cheap Chic Boutique” 8:30am-6pm, October 14 9am-3pm, October 15

Stock up on fall and holiday fashion essentials including after-five and Mardi Gras attire and support a good cause: a fundraiser for Our Sisters’ Closet. Sale features new, nearly new and vintage, designer and name brand clothing, jewelry, purses and shoes galore at thrifty prices. Sisters of Mercy Building, St. Mary Campus, 1450 Old Shell Rd, Mobile. Contact Terri Kearns: 251-423-2001 or

Saturday, October 15

Power Run 5K – 8am. Certified loop course in downtown area. One mile Fun Run to follow at 8:45am. Preregister at McCoy Outdoor by Oct 13; day of race by 7:30am. 5-year age groups. Post-race party. Benefits YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Spanish Plaza, Mobile. 251-401-8039. Dancing with the Devas – 9:30am-3pm. Medicinal aromatherapy workshop. Through the use of essential essences, the life-blood of the plant, Craig and Lisa Kalloch will share how to reconnect and deepen the relationship with the healing power of Mother Earth. Bring a covered dish to contribute for lunch. Space is limited. Middle Earth Healing and Learning Center, Citronelle. Donation.Registration: 251-866-7204.

Family Hike at Muddy Creek – 10am. All ages. A gentle walking trail perfect for the entire family. Enjoy a crisp autumn morning hiking in this restored wetland area. Catch a glimpse of native wildlife, migrating birds, animal tracks or a beaver working on a dam. Free. Theodore. 251-689-2985. Register: AcroYoga – 10am-1pm. AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. Aaron Lind, a certified Hatha Yoga and AcroYoga instructor provides an opportunity for students to deepen their life experience by creatively engaging their bodies, hearts and minds to flow gracefully in the currents of everyday life. $35 early bird. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447.

Pranic Healing Intro – 2pm. Pranic Healing is an energy-based healing technique designed to heal the self and others from mild to severe ailments. Learn about prana, chakras, auras, energetic hygiene, meditation for blessing all, stress reduction and illumination, activating the hands to feel prana, plus much more. Free. Mobile. Contact Deana: 251-454-0959.

Date Night at Quiet Mind! – 5:30-6:45pm. Make a date with your partner, teenager, sibling or friend. Get ready to bond in a healthy way while enjoying a quiet, relaxing atmosphere! Learn simple massage techniques to use on each other and concludes with yoga nidra (guided relaxation). Donation. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio, 2065 Old Shell Road, Midtown Mobile. 251-476-6463.

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Sunday, October 16

Half Day Meditation Retreat – 9am-4pm. 25 minutes of seated meditation followed by five minutes of walking meditation on the hour and half hour. Please arrive late or leave early during the walking mediation. Donation appreciated. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio, Midtown Mobile. 251-476-6463. yoga@ AcroYoga – 10am-1pm. AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. Aaron Lind, a certified Hatha Yoga and AcroYoga instructor provides an opportunity for students to deepen their life experience by creatively engaging their bodies, hearts and minds to flow gracefully in the currents of everyday life. $35 early bird. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447.

Monday, October 17

Hikes for Tikes – 10am. A kid-friendly hike designed to make walking fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Meet at Mobile Botanical Gardens under the large oak trees before heading out on the big adventure. Free. Mobile Botanical Gardens, Mobile. 251-689-2985. Register: kimwright@

Saturday, October 22 MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Reiki Level I Workshop

9am-4pm, October 22 This one day workshop introduces the Usui Reiki healing system with attunement to Reiki Level I. Hands-on opportunities to truly understand and experience Reiki healing. Upon completion, participants will immediately be able to use this healing technique on themselves and others. $150. 102 Ashley Drive, Fairhope. Register: roxannep@ Visit Basic Pranic Healing Class – Oct 22-23. 9am. Pranic healing is a comprehensive energy-based healing system that utilizes prana to facilitate the body's innate ability to heal. Anyone can learn these simple techniques for practical use in daily life to

heal yourself or your loved ones. Learn how prana, chakras, auras and energetic hygiene affect your daily life. CEUs for LMTs and nurses. Prices vary. Mobile. 251-454-0959.

Three Hours of Bliss – 9am-12pm morning session, 3-6pm afternoon session. Couples massage workshop in the beautiful setting of The Yurt at Middle Earth. Escape the world and connect with each other. Hands-on class. Suggested attire: bathing suit, or sports bra and shorts. Class size is small and fills up quickly. Middle Earth Healing and Learning Center, Citronelle. $75/couple. To register: 251-866-7204.

Fall Hike at Graham Creek Park Preserve – 10am. Foley’s Graham Creek Nature Preserve Fall Hike is family oriented, fun and free. Hike through the bottomland forest and see wildflowers, pitcher plants and a variety of wildlife. Following is a picnic at the pavilion and a nature inspired art project activity. Graham Creek Nature Preserve, Foley. Free. Register: Juli Day at 251-377-0054 or juli@ Yamas/Niyamas: Exploring Philosophy through Physical Practice – 2-5pm. Some experience with flow yoga is recommended. Dana Goudie E-RYT, leads a physical exploration of the ethical guidelines of yoga, the yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances). The workshop consists of pranayama (breathwork), asana (postures) and meditation. Reception with refreshments to follow. Trinity Yoga Studio, Foley. 251-609-5541. natstrinityyoga@

Tuesday, October 25

Creating Health Using Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils – 10am-12pm. Bring a friend, your questions and any health issues you would like to address with the oils. We will have personal experiences using the oils. Free. Conscious Mile Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. Contact Sue Sides: 251-232-2292. suesides@

Saturday, October 29

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – 7am registration, 8am walk start. American Cancer Society’s inspiring five mile walk unites the community to honor cancer survivors and raise money to fund life-saving research. Bienville Square, Mobile. 251-344-9858.

ongoingevents All Calendar events must be received by the 10th of the month prior to publication and adhere to our guidelines. Go to to submit entries. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore your spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile.

sunday Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods, 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope. 251-928-0644. Give Us This Day, Our Daily Bread – Inspirational quotes. We all need a little inspiration from time to time.

Conscious Mile Spiritual Center Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. New Thought Spiritual Center, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile. Rev. Sherrie Quander, 251343-0777.


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Sunday Service – 10:30am. Questioning, understanding and growing together spiritually as we enjoy the adventure of life. Center for Joyful Living, 60 N Ann St, Mobile. 251-391-6960. Sunday Worth-ship Celebration – 10:30am. Find, strengthen and celebrate a connection with Divine Spirit. Donation. One mile north of US Hwy 104. Unity on the Eastern Shore, 22979 US Hwy 98, Montrose. 251-990-8934.

Sunday Worship – 11am. Celebrate Spirit in this special and sacred space. Between Hillcrest and Knollwood. Unity Mobile, 5859 Cottage Hill, Mobile. 251-661-1788.

Howlin’ Good Time Pet Adoption – 11am-3pm. Adoption, Pet Halloween Costume Contest, Microchip and Rabies Clinic. Go Play Pet Service, 2518 Hwy 98, Daphne. For information contact: The Haven. 251-929-3980.

LOOKING AHEAD Friday, November 4

Port City Craftsmen Fall Show – 9am-5pm, Nov 4. 11am-4pm, Nov 5. Beautiful handmade art and crafts for holiday gifts. $2 admission. Shriners Abba Temple, corner of Schillinger and Hitt Rd, Mobile. Contact Nelda Stanley: 251-633-2268 or 251-786-2900.

Saturday, November 5

Heritage Harbor Days – 9am-6pm. Nov. 5-6. All ages. Heritage Harbor Days is an exciting celebration featuring entertainment, food, history, heritage and designed for the family – old and young, Foley Style! Exhibits/events include Heritage Village, wooden boat show, Chuck Wagon Cook and a Celebrate America Concert with US Navy Band. Mark your calendar! Heritage Park, Foley. 251-943-1300.

Saturday, November 12

Reiki II Certification Class – Nov 12-13. Includes light lunch, workbook, hands-on practice. Class size limited. Register: 251-979-9851.


10th Annual Mobile Renaissance Faire

10am-5pm, November 12-13 Experience Lords and Ladies, Knights and Brigands of the Renaissance and Middle Ages. Performing are Jousting Knights in full armor on war horses, falconry, jesters, jugglers, magicians, blacksmiths, fire breathers and sword swallowers. Included is themed food and drink, merchants with Renaissance wares, themed rides and more. Abba Temple Shrine (Mobile Shriners Lodge), 7701 Hitt Rd, Mobile. gcrenfaire@aol. com. New Foundation Class – 2:15pm. Begins Oct. 9. Learn and practice the basics of yoga in a slower paced class format. Focus on proper alignment and form in essential yoga poses. Wayne Kent, RYT assists to establish a strong foundation. This is a great introduction to yoga practice or good preparation for more advanced work in flow yoga. $15. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447. Open Table: A Community of Faith Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 5pm. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Free. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1050 Azalea Rd, Mobile. 251-545-1011.

monday Tai Chi – 7am daily. Mon thru Fri. Tai chi routine is done with Qi Gong and martial art applications. A traditional mind, body and spirit exercise. $5/day, $20/week, $60/month. The Yoga Center, 809 Gulf

Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores. Yoga with Dana – 12pm. Create your own practice during this gentle yoga flow class with Dana Goudie, E-RYT. Modifications suggested, making practice more challenging for those wanting to move deeper. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio, Midtown Mobile. 251-476-6463. Tropical Yoga – 6:15pm. Mon and Thurs. Now 60 minute sessions. For anyone who wants to burn major calories and toxins. Tropical Yoga is like practicing on the beach in the summertime. Tropical temperatures (85-90°) are created in the yoga studio to stimulate inner body conditions that produce ultra-generous sweating for a super detoxifying deep cleanse. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-990-3447. La Leche League Enrichment Meeting – 6:30pm. Last Mon. La Leche League provides encouragement, information and support for nursing and expectant mothers. Free. Call for location. 251689-2085. Pranic Healing and Meditation – 6:30pm. Experience healing for your mind, body and soul. Specific physical and emotional ailments will be address, followed by the Meditation on Twin Hearts. Release stress and balance the aura. Classes available. CEU's -LMTs and Nurses. Mobile. Deana: 251-454-0959.


Ten Percent Tuesday – Get an extra 10% off purchases. Back to Health Nutrition and Natural Foods, Foley. 251-970-2225. Reiki and Hypnotherapy Sessions – Tues and Thurs by appointment. Promote peace, serenity and physical well-being. Call to schedule an appointment or for more info on training and CEUs. Foley. 251-979-9851. Rise and Shine Yoga – 6:30-7:45am. Tues and Thurs. Begin the day with an invigorating Hatha Yoga practice. Natalie Saucier and Loralea Blake offer a total body/mind practice which emphasizes stress reduction and prevention. Coffee and some of mom's homemade bread served after session. $7/ drop-in, $50/ten class package, $75/family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Highway 98 East, Foley. 251-9871147 or 251-609-5541. Chair Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Perfect for older adults or persons with a limited range of motion, due to accident or illness. All poses are performed either standing or sitting in a chair. $7/drop-in, $50/ten class package, $75/family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Highway 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251609-5541. Relax/Renew/Restore with Carolyn Hall – 9am. Open-level. Carolyn's 40 plus years of yoga experience will take you to postures to restore and renew your body and spirit. All yoga props provided. Includes asana, meditation and pranayama techniques. $10/75 minute class. 2nd Floor David's Gallery, Gulf Shores. 251-975-8687. Vinyasa Flow with Tracey, RYT-200 – 9:30am. 75 min. All levels. Tracey incorporates yogic philosophy and breath work. These challenging and soothing flow of postures are designed to increase inner and outer strength and flexibility while stilling the mind and opening the heart. Quiet Mind Massage. Midtown Mobile. 251-476-6463. ShantiWarrior. com. La Leche League Series Meeting – 10:30am. Second Tues. La Leche League provides encouragement, information and support for nursing

and expectant mothers. Free. Call for location. 251-689-2085. Gentle Yoga with Martha – 12pm. Take a break in the middle of the day with Martha Collier. This relaxing class soothes the spirit, calms the mind and replenishes the soul. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Downtown Flow – 6pm. Faye leads an energetic flow yoga with yummy relaxation. Pay what you can. Optera Downtown, 5N Jackson St, Mobile. 251-202-YOGA. Energize and Relax Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Tues and Thurs. End a busy day with flow yoga and breathwork. Meditation follows the energizing portion of this class, winding down the day with a calm body and mind. $7/drop-in, $50/ten class package, $75/family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Highway 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251-609-5541. LA Hikers Meeting – 6-7pm. First Tues. Free and open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Positive Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Kids don’t come with a set of instructions. Learn tools and skills to create a happy, healthy family. Free. The Family Center, 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. 251-479-5700. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. First Tues. Open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. Vinyasa Flow with Dianna Wells – 6pm. Openlevel. A fun, inventive mix of traditional and twisted yoga flows set to music from new age to the Rolling Stones. All yoga props provided. Includes asana, meditation and pranayama techniques. $10/75 minute class. 2nd Floor David's Gallery, Gulf Shores. 251-975-8687. Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. First Tues. For pro-paddlers and those brand new to the sport. Open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. BayKayaker. CWG Mobile Group – 7-9pm. Second and fourth Tues. Read and discuss books by Neale Donald Walsch. Joy N Love, 171 Crenshaw St, Mobile. 251-382-4215. Spiritual Cinema Group – 7-9pm. First, third and fifth Tues. View and discuss spiritual DVDs. Contact Heiner: 251-607-9089.


New Tropical Power Hour – 7:45am. Fit beginners and intermediate levels. Participants will get hot and sweat in this class; a hybrid of Vinyasa based flow and Power Yoga. Session ends with a blissful cool down and deep relaxation. Great for weight loss, detox, heightened physical fitness and stress reduction. Water and towel required. Packages available. $15. Yoga Birds, 209 S Section St, Fairhope. 251990-3447. Yoga Abs with Faye – 8:30am. Make your abs go "OY!”, while the spirit is renewed, during this glorious yoga class. This magnificent morning routine is refreshing and will re-energize. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Vinyasa Flow with Kathy Keane – 9am. Openlevel. Find your perfect balance with this flow class that is sure to please the novice and the experienced yogi. Includes asana, meditation and pranayama techniques. $10/75 minute class. 2nd Floor David's Gallery, Gulf Shores. 251-975-8687. Positive Parenting Class – 9:30-11:30am. Kids

don’t come with a set of instructions. Get the tools and skills to create a happy, healthy family. Free. The Family Center, 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. 251-479-5700.

Lunchtime Vinyasa with Tracey – 12-1pm. All levels. Feed the soul, quiet the mind and restore vitality through a challenging sequence of Asanas. Designed to increase strength, balance and flexibility. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio. Midtown Mobile. 251- 476-6463.

Unusual Film Series – 2pm. Third Wed. Adults only. Thought provoking cutting-edge films shown on big screen in meeting room. Free. Popcorn and drinks included. Foley Public Library. 251-9437665. Guided Meditations – 5:30pm. Nonprofit, nonreligious meditation. Relax your body, rest your mind and find inner peace. Guided meditation with venerable monks from around the world via Skype. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Center of Alabama, 3821 Airport Blvd, Suite C, Mobile. 251-623-4485.

Power Flow Yoga with Angela – 5:45pm. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Teacher Angela Cain will lead you through a revitalizing and energizing routine. Enjoy the sweet sweat of Power Flow and leave class refreshed and recharged. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. International Association of Near Death Studies (IANDS) – 6-7:30pm. Second Wed. Ongoing discussion and support group affiliated with IANDS. Discussion expands to include intuition, after death communication, consciousness studies and related areas of interest to attendees. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library. 251-340-8555.

Guided Meditation with RosieBluum – 7pm. Practice guided meditation at Rosie Bluum and experience an inner journey which heals the heart, mind, body and soul. Nurture your spirit. Free. 6 A South Bancroft, Fairhope. 251-517-5626.


Sunrise Yoga with Chris G. – 6am. Chris Garrett leads an energizing yoga that also calms the mind, while enhancing and refocusing the body. Start off the day with some zest. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

Easy Yoga in Central Mobile – 9:30am. Tues and Thurs. Enjoy traditional yoga poses at a relaxed pace which is accompanied by breath work and relaxation. Pay what you can. Conscious Mile, 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. 251-202-YOGA. Vinyasa with Tracey – 9:30am. All levels. Discover an inner light. Unite body, mind and spirit in this energizing and centering raja yoga inspired practice. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio. Midtown Mobile. 251-476-6463.

Energy Healing – 5-6pm. Experience energy healing from trained practitioners. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Center of Alabama, 3821 Airport Blvd, Suite C, Mobile. 251-623-4485. Yoga with Chris M. – 5:45pm. Chris McFadyen presents an energizing yoga that will stretch the mind, while enhancing and refocusing the body. Find passion after a long day. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

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Guided Meditations – 6:30pm. Nonprofit, nonreligious meditation. Relax your body, rest your mind and find inner peace. Guided meditation with venerable monks from around the world via Skype. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Center of Alabama, 3821 Airport Blvd, Suite C, Mobile. 251-623-4485.

Pranayama, Mantra and Chant – 7pm. The heart opens and the body is revived with breath and through voice! John Golas leads an energetic practice of breathing exercises and sound work from all traditions. Pay what you can. Plantation Antique Galleries, Mobile. 251-202-YOGA.

friday Fab Fifteen Friday – Get an extra 15% off purchases. Back to Health Nutrition and Natural Foods, 1600 N McKenzie, Foley. 251-970-2225. Weekly Meal Delivery – Vegan Personal Chef Services. Get your orders in. Weekly menus posted Monday. Orders must be placed by Friday for delivery the following week. View menu and place orders: Yoga with Annette – 8:30am. Annette Porter-Ham provides an energizing yoga experience. Relieve stress, relax the mind, rejuvenate and recharge the body. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-4731104.

Heat Seekers Yoga with Jenn – 12pm. Want to feel the heat? Work up a sweat in a warm studio with Jenn Feibelman. Experience flowing Vinyasa, Power Yoga, attention to alignment and mindful breathwork then finish the class with a cool down and savasana. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

Vinyasa Yoga with Ginger – 12pm. Ginger Dunaway leads a fluid series of poses to increase strength, flexibility and balance in the body and mind. Class is instilled with yogic philosophy meant to connect one more deeply with this ancient tradition. Quiet Mind Massage Therapy and Yoga Studio, Midtown Mobile. 251-476-6463. Open Gym – 6-9pm. Ages 6-14. Supervised play in an air-conditioned state-of-the-art facility with ground-level trampolines, foam pits, rope swing, two spring floors and all gymnastics and cheerleading equipment. Must be signed in and out by parent. $15. Planet Gymnastics, 900 Schillinger Rd S, Mobile. 251-650-0699.

Sunset Yoga for Charity – Approx 6pm-Sunset. Second and fourth Fri. Yoga classes taught by local teachers. Donations collected and donated to charity of instructor choice. Bring your own mat. Fairhope bluff by Marietta Johnson statues. 251-379-4493. Schedule details:

saturday Market on the Square – 8am-12pm. Oct 1-Nov 19. The fall harvest is in with fresh greens, fall


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corn, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes and much more. Locally produced goods like seafood, wine, handmade candles, pottery available. Listen to live music, frolic in the fountain and have breakfast at Spot of Tea. Cathedral Square, Downtown Mobile.

Natural Health on the Radio – 9am. Dr. Jim Fox of Doctor’s Nutrition has a new call-in radio show on 104.9 FM. Learn more about natural health from a clinical perspective. More info: 251-445-7898. Live stream on Silent Meditation with RosieBluum – 9am. Release all tension in the mind, body and Spirit through silent meditation at Rosie Bluum. Experience a profound connectedness to all that is within. Free. 6 A South Bancroft, Fairhope. 251-517-5626.

Flow Yoga – 9:30am. All levels. Dana Goudie, ERYT leads intuitive and energetic slow flow yoga perfect for beginners or more experienced practitioners. Pay what you can. Eastern Shore Dance, off Hwy 13 near Hwy 90, Daphne. 251-202-YOGA. Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC) Pet Adoption – 10am-2pm. Third Sat. Adoption event. PetSmart, Eastern Shore Center, Spanish Fort. 251928-4585.

Downtown Yoga – 10:30am. All levels. Rotating teachers lead yoga in various styles. Perfect class time allows for sleeping in. Start the weekend refreshed. Pay what you can. Space 301, Downtown Mobile. 251-202-YOGA.

classifieds Rates for classifieds start at $20 per month. Listings must be received by the 10th of the month prior to publication. Email Publisher@ for details. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available.

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opportunities GROW AL AREA MANAGER – Promote the availability of locally and sustainably grown farm products to new subscribers and service existing customers. Base pay plus commission. Call 205-266-5130.

JOIN THE GREEN CLEAN TEAM! – Green Clean provides environmentally friendly, nontoxic cleaning services. If interested in becoming part of our team, please call 251-508-3796 for an interview. LICENSED HAIRSTYLIST NEEDED. – Eastern Shore. Call 251-377-0796 for details.

SALES REPRESENTATIVES – Natural Awakenings is looking for part-time commission-based sales reps. Must be passionate about healthy and green living. Sales experience preferred but not necessary. Make your own hours. Call or email for details: 251-990-9552, Publisher@Healthy

services COLOR THERAPY – Learn to use colors in all parts of your life and create changes you desire. Discover how they affect moods, emotions and why you’re drawn to certain colors. Rosie Blu: 251-517-5326.

xsLAB WORK – Only $69 includes CBC, metabolic panel, lipid panel and thyroid panel.

Hormone panel only $125. Other tests available with no appointment needed! Doctor’s Nutrition, Mobile. 251-445-7898.

MARI ASSESSMENTS – MARI is a comprehensive system using colors and symbols to create a visual snapshot of the self. Reveal your inner voice, find guidance through personal issues and better understand your true self. 251517-5326 or 251-752-6509. MARIByRosie. com.

NEGATIVE EMOTIONS? Gone! Guaranteed! The Delta Institute, Dr. Diana Sturm, Certified EFT Practitioner. Private sessions and workshops. 251-219-4574. YOGA WHEN AND WHERE YOU WANT IT! – YogaSource offers classes at your home or business for fitness and relaxation. Single or groups. Props provided. 251-202-YOGA. Kula

VOLUNTEER opps AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity: transporting cats, trapping and adoption events. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@ BARC! –Baldwin County Humane Society needs customer service volunteers from either 9am-12pm or 12:30-4pm, Mon-Thur. Duties mainly include greeting customers and answering the phone. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit or call 251-928-4585. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF SW AL – Volunteers needed Tues-Sat, 8am-4pm. All tools and safety equipment provided. No experience necessary. Must be at least 16. 251-476-7171 ext 231 or



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ART FAIRHOPE ARTIST GALLERY 18 South Section St, Fairhope 251-990-8763 Come and be inspired by local affordable art in this uniquely creative atmosphere. Look for “ART” and a golden palette above the door. Open Mon-Sat 10-5. Classes offered.

CHILDBIRTH SERVICES KATRINA BREELAND Made for Love Childbirth Classes and Doula Services 251-554-5704 DONA and Birthing from Within™ trained doula and mentor offers a holistic and mindful approach to childbirth.

ASTROLOGY Astro-Numerical Analysis 6A Bancroft, Fairhope 251-517-5626, Understand the numerical and astrological influences in place at the time of your birth. Discover why it’s not just about your Sun-sign. Learn more about yourself and your life with a personalized and/or compatibility chart. See ad on page 31.

B-Butterfly Salon 103A North Bancroft St, Fairhope 251-990-9934

A certified organic salon offering organic products and services including hair color, perms and shampoo. Keeping you and the Earth beautiful. See ad on page 2.

WARLOCKS HAIR SALON Low Light Laser Therapy 2A South Church St, Fairhope 251-929-1899

Thinning hair? Laser therapy is an exciting new treatment for hair restoration. A non-invasive, nonchemical solution to hair loss.

Business Opportunities HIGH FIVE GREEN Helen Howard 251-246-9082

60 N Ann Street Mobile, AL 36695 251-391-6960

Diaper Service

Mobile’s only all-inclusive diaper service. Taking care of baby’s bottom and our Earth, for a clean end. Questioning, understanding and growing together spiritually as we enjoy life’s adventure. Center for Joyful Living in Mobile. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Conscious Mile Spiritual Center OF MOBILE Sundays at 10am 1230 Montlimar, Mobile 251-343-0777, Rev. Sherrie Quander invites you to visit a loving, inclusive spiritual community where we aim to make every step we take, every choice we make, every word we speak a conscious one. See ad page 21.

OPEN TABLE: A COMMUNITY OF FAITH (UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST) Now gathering at 1050 Azalea Rd at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Mobile 251-545-1011,

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! Pastor Ellen Sims and the congregation invite you to join them on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. See ad on page 20.

Essential Oils JUDITH Z. WILSON, MEMBER #759523 Healthy Living With Essential Oils 251-656-6696, Workshops held the 2nd Saturday of every month, 10 a.m., 1230 Montlimar Drive, Mobile. Join us and learn how essential oils can help you. Call 251-656-6696 for more information.

LAURIE AZZARELLA, LMT, CRR Young Living Educator, Sponsor #327923 251-625-0080, Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal consultations, in-home classes, household products, health supplements, diffusers, group presentations and business training.

FOODS AND nutrition BurRis farm market & Bakery

Cleaning Services We work from home and love it! We’re on a mission to help you do the same! Work in the health and wellness industry from your laptop and phone. Free website and training.

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

Dana Warner 251-378-8115



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GREEN CLEAN, LLC Nicoll Mastin 251-508-3796 Green Clean, LLC provides environmentally friendly, non-toxic cleaning services for residential properties. Regular and deep-cleaning services are available, as well as green cleaning products and kits. See ad on page 13.

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On Hwy 59 on the way to Gulf Shores. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked strawberry shortcake, ice cream and much more. Your “first and last” stop to the beach, or any other time.

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


Comprehensive health food store and organic café, featuring organic food, free-range meat, vegan options and organic wine. Store open 7 days a week. Serving the public 35 years. See ad on page 2.

3821 Airport Blvd. Suite C, Mobile 251-623-4485, 251-404-7902

Nonprofit, nonreligious. Relax your body, rest your mind, find inner peace. Guided meditation with venerable monks from around the world via Skype 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays; 6:30 p.m., Thursdays. Energy healing by trained practitioners at 5-6p.m., Thursdays. $10 suggested donation.

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3952 Airport Blvd, Mobile 251-345-0494 Café 251-345-0495

Comprehensive health food store and organic café, featuring organic food, free-range meat, vegan options and juice bar. Store open 7 days a week. Serving the public 35 years. See ad on page 2.


Pet Therapy 422 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope 251-517-5326, Rosie Blu carries the following natural pet products: ecoPure Naturals, Bonealicious locally made treats, Green Hope Farms Animal Wellness, Animal Healer Margrit Coates‘ CDs and DVDs, Dr. Bach’s Pet Rescue Remedies and 222 Waters.

Holistic Mind-Body Therapy 4313 Momote Dr, Mobile 251-463-1570,

Achieve goals, control cravings and conquer personal challenges with natural and holistic therapy. Individual and group sessions available. Smoking cessation sessions at Synergy Yoga in Mobile, see calendar for dates.

pranic healing in mobile Deana Lannie 251-454-0959

Free healing nights and group meditations every Monday. Pranic Healing classes and the advanced technique of Superbrain Yoga.

Offering sound therapy as a natural solution for tinnitus or diminished hearing due to injury, stroke or aging.

sustainable living MIDDLE EARTH HEALING AND LEARNING CENTER 20205 Middle Earth Rd, Citronelle 251-866-7204

Middle Earth is an evolving education center, modeling permaculture, sustainable living and the interconnection of the health of the planet and the health of her inhabitants. See ad on page 39.

Yoga Julie Wilkins Yoga 251-554-4856

Lifestyle portraits and wedding photography.



251-625-0080 Daphne, AL 850-380-4943 Pensacola, FL, Certification in Ingham Reflexology through the International Institute of Reflexology. 16 CEUs per workshop. These workshops provide education in better health naturally. Young Living Essential Oil Education also available.

209-A South Section St, Fairhope 251-990-3447 Fairhope's yoga studio with classes for everyone: Anusara-Inspired®, Foundations, Vinyasa Flow, Tropical Yoga Birds, Restorative, Chair Yoga, weekend workshops and more. View full schedule and sign-up for classes and special events at See ad on page 32.


2nd Floor David’s Gallery 809 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores 251-975-8687 or 251-609-6999 Inventive, fun and funky yoga. Various styles taught for all levels. Informal and inclusive. Group classes, private sessions, Tai Chi and Thai massage.

Rio Barlow 251-979-9851

Promote peace, serenity and physical well-being. Offering Reiki therapy and hypnotherapy sessions by appointment. See ad on page 17.

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Do you have a small group of four to five people and an open space? I will bring yoga to your place of business or home. Fitness-based, stress management, gentle yoga.



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