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Natural Iodine Supplementation A Must for Most Americans


e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell.

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs.

Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation, deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

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I often hear people refer to Natural Awakenings as a newsletter or a paper. Many don’t perceive it as a magazine because it is not printed on glossy paper. Have you ever wondered why we opt for newsprint instead of the other bright and shiny options? According to Green America, more than 90 percent of printing and writing paper still comes from virgin trees. Glossy paper is made by adding a coating of clay to the surface and requires a UV treatment that consumes large amounts of electricity. Coated paper is recyclable, but the coating must be separated from the paper fiber, complicating the process and creating more waste. Because of our commitment to sustainability, Natural Awakenings will never be a glossy publication. Our magazines are printed on 35 to 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based ink on uncoated stock. Soy-based inks, in use since the 1960s, are a cleaner alternative to petroleumbased inks. Our Earth-friendly papers and printing processes make it easy for you to recycle (or even compost) our magazine when you’re finished with it. I use extra copies of Natural Awakenings topped with leaf and grass clippings as a weed barrier in our organic garden. By the end of each season, they’ve started to decompose and are easily mixed into the ground with the next batch of compost. In the process of creating 13,000 magazines each month, we use paper-free options in the office whenever possible. With my iPhone as a pocket-sized scanner, my iPad as an electronic notepad and an extensive digital filing system on my computer, my printer is only used for an occasional snail mail letter and a monthly printout of our final proof. Once I’ve printed on both sides of a page, my 4-year-old, Mays, constructs my used paper into airplanes before it gets tossed into the recycle bin. Because I’m the only one home during most of the day, our thermostat is set for minimal use and my window-filled office space operates on natural light until the sun goes down. Need some inspiration to make your life a little more eco-friendly? In “Local Sustainability Through Music, Seeds and Bicycles,” we spotlight efforts of area residents that are making a difference. BayFest’s dedication to green initiatives is growing (see “Working Toward a Cleaner, Greener BayFest”) and we spoke with the chef of one of the festival’s headlining acts about their support of local farmers in “Zac Brown Band Dishes Up Local, Sustainable Meals.” Check out “Shop with the Planet in Mind” before your next shopping spree and consider the Paleo recipes in “Ancestral Diets” when planning tonight’s dinner. Every hour of every day is filled with decisions that effect sustainability. The sense of environmental and social responsibility can feel overwhelming and daunting at times. Just remember that every small step in the right direction matters. You may not be ready for a paperless office, but why not give our digital magazine a try? Then put this copy in the garden as mulch around a couple of kale plants for healthy, sustainable eating!



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Children’s Yoga Teacher Training in Fairhope with Ajeet Khalsa


Ajeet Khalsa, E-RYT, will lead a Children’s Yoga Teacher Training, from October 18 through 20. The weekend is open to advanced teachers, as well as those new to yoga. Light Tree’s uniquely inspired approach to training children uses modalities of kinetic awareness, mind-body balancing, dance, creative movement, rhythm and more. Khalsa says, “My Dancing Spider Yoga Manual provides donefor-you classes that fill you with joy and grace and leave you ready and able to share yoga with children in a unique and happy way.” The training is useful for yoga teachers, schoolteachers, therapists, parents and anyone interested in sharing the joy of yoga and health with children. Topics include introduction to the science and flow of kundalini yoga; learning the Path of Light Tree Kids, the core of how to approach teaching yoga to kids in various age groups; yoga for special populations; kids on the spectrum of ADD, ADHD; yoga foods and healthy nutrition for children; and spiritual parenting. Cost is $295/$325 after Oct. 6. Includes Dancing Spider certification, manual, music and 18 CEU hours for Yoga Alliance. For location and times, call Rebecca Washburn, RYT, at 251-232-1143 or email For more information, visit See ad, page 13.

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Learn to Grow Herbs with Rain Keene Blue Sky Gathering, in Silverhill, will host Growing Herbs on the Gulf Coast at 10 a.m., October 19, presented by Rain Keene, of Good Scents Herbs and Flowers, in Robertsdale. Keene and her husband grow organic herbs that they sell at many of the local seasonal markets. She is very knowledgeable about growing herbs in our climate, including which varieties do well here, versus those that won't survive. Blue Sky Gathering owner Talia Lumpkin says, "I've purchased several plants from [Keene] and they are always high-quality, organic plants. She also grows succulents, and in the spring she will have tomato and pepper transplants.” Keene’s organic herbs will be available for sale at the event. Cost is $5. Location: 19700 Blueberry Lane, Silverhill. For more information, call 251-367-0051 or visit

October Psychic Fair on the Emerald Coast Spend a day with some of the Emerald Coast’s most talented and gifted readers, psychics, mediums, authors and vendors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 19, at the Quality Inn in Gulf Breeze. Unlimited Horizons president Debra Bussell says, “This popular event is small enough to get in the door and comfortably have a great reading without a long wait. It’s large enough to offer 19 readers and 10 additional specialty vendors.” Author Julia Constantine will be on hand to autograph her books, Everyone Is Psychic – Including You and How To Attract What You Want (The Growth Of Everything Program). Lori Renner will discuss the wonder of essential oils. Margie Anderson will offer Tarot card readings. Teresa Brown-Konell will examine past lives and energy clearing. Two other popular exhibitors are energy Unlimited Horizons President imaging and aura photographers/interpreters Dale Debra Bussell and Janis Ainsley. New this year is the John of God Crystal Light Healing Bed, presented by Renee Adcock. This bed sits below seven highly polished Vogel-cut quartz crystals that cleanse, balance and align one’s energies. Admission is $5 at the door; additional fees are set by readers and exhibitors. Location: 51 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. For more information, visit See listing, page 34.

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Farmers’ Market at Christ United Methodist For the third year, Christ United Methodist Church, in West Mobile, will sponsor a farmers’ market from 2:30 to 5 p.m., on Tuesday afternoons between October 8 and November 26, on the Hillcrest Road side of the church's property, just south of the intersection of Grelot and Hillcrest Road. Produce grown by area farmers will accompany a seafood vendor and others featuring homemade products such as baked goods, honey and foods made from goat milk.

GOES GREEN We don’t just work hard on bringing great music to Mobile. We are also dedicated to reducing our environmental impact on the community. You can help! • Be sure to use our recycling bins • Volunteer with our Eco-Team • Bike, bus or share transportation • Support small, local businesses

Location: 6101 Grelot Rd., Mobile. For more information, call 251-767-7526 or email

Fairhope Film Festival The inaugural nonprofit Fairhope Film Festival will showcase 40 films between November 7 and 10 that have recently won awards in the USA and around the world. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly—will be selected for appreciative audiences. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings. The four locations downtown are all within walking distance: The Venue, Faulkner Community College, Fairhope Public Library and University of South Alabama Baldwin County. Three panels will be open and free to the public on Saturday at Eastern Shore Art Center (ESAC). One panel will explain Alabama’s new film incentive laws; one is about animation, which is now part of the curriculum at Faulkner, and the third is a filmmakers’ panel discussing the craft. There will be a Red Carpet party ($30) Friday night and an Awards Night party ($30), Saturday night, at ESAC. Passes are available. For a list of films, tickets and more information, visit

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National Massage Therapy Awareness Week is October 20 to 26, and MoonStone Massage is celebrating all month long. With the expense of healthcare, studies have proven massage therapy to be one of the most complementary and beneficial therapeutic options. Professionalism and the desire to deliver the very best results for “every body” has always been paramount to owners Hollie Tew and Jeannie Jaeger. Visit the peaceful setting of MoonStone in beautiful Point Clear and experience the many benefits of therapeutic massage for your health and healing. MoonStone Massage is offering $15 off any massage booked in the month of October for Natural Awakenings readers.

This life changing weekend connects ancient teachings and modern cutting edge information and techniques on how to apply medicinal aromatherapy to your life, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Registration required.

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Cavities are Contagious


an a kiss lead to a cavity? Yes, says Middleton, Wisconsin, Dentist Chris Kammer, president of The American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. He contends that cavities can be caused by bacteria that are passed from one person to another, just like a cold or the flu. “We aren’t born with tooth decay-causing bacteria,” says Kammer. “At some point, it is introduced to us from an external source, usually a family member,” through sharing food utensils, licking pacifiers, kissing and more. “Then it takes up residence in our mouths, where it is fed by sugars, which cause the bacteria to produce acid.” Cavity-causing bacteria can be transmitted by sharing food, by drinking out of the same glass and by toothbrushes that make contact with the bathroom counter. If bacteria is not removed from teeth (existing in a protective biofilm called plaque), the acid byproduct is able to directly reach and soften tooth surfaces, creating the holes called cavities. Easy solutions to the problem start with good oral hygiene for both parents and kids and proper brushing from a very young age, starting with finger brushing as soon as the first tooth erupts. Kammer advises making it fun and thus habit-forming when kids become old enough to do it themselves; one new interactive toothbrush times kids to ensure they brush the dentist-recommended two minutes.

Acupuncture’s Growing Acceptance


ne in 10 American adults has received acupuncture at least once and nearly half of them say they are “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment, according to a survey sponsored by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sixty percent of survey respondents readily accepted the idea of acupuncture as a treatment option, and 20 percent have used other forms of Oriental medicine, including herbs and Chinese bodywork. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed on Oct. 24. For more information, visit



causal link between the worldwide epidemic of childhood obesity and phthalates commonly used in soft plastics, packaging and many personal care products is becoming more evident. A Korean study from Sanggye Paik Hospital at the Inje University College of Medicine, in Seoul, shows that the risk of childhood obesity increases with the level of DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) in the bloodstream. The study indicates that phthalates may change gene expression associated with fat metabolism. DEHP in particular is a suspected endocrine disruptor, or hormone-altering agent. Children with the highest DEHP levels were nearly five times more likely of being obese than children with the lowest levels. The scientists studied 204 children ages 6 to 13, of whom 105 were obese. A chemical commonly used to soften plastics, DEHP is found in some children’s toys, as well as myriad household items. Phthalates can be found in pacifiers, plastic food packaging, medical equipment and building materials like vinyl flooring. Personal care products such as soap, shampoo and nail polish may also contain phthalates. 10

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Grapes Grapple with Metabolic Syndrome


t’s high season for grapes, and consuming any variety of this sweet fruit—red, green or black— may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference, in Boston Natural components in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for this benefit. Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels—that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Working with lab animals, researchers found that three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body, most significantly in the liver and abdominal fat tissue. The diet also reduced the fat weight of the animals’ liver, kidneys and abdomen compared with those that were on a control diet. The grape intake also increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver and kidneys. “Our study suggests that a grapeenriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs,” says lead investigator E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System. “Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes.”

October is National Spinal Health Month

A healthy spine is more than the basis of good posture— it is a harbinger of sound emotional and physical health, according to practitioners of holistic chiropractic care. Those seeking relief from back pain and other common spine-related conditions might do well to exchange pain-masking drugs for more lasting relief from professional adjustments. All chiropractic can be considered alternative medicine, because practitioners do not prescribe drugs or surgery. Instead, these doctors rely on manual therapies such as spinal manipulation to improve function and provide pain relief for conditions ranging from simple sprains and strains to herniated discs and sciatica. Yet, holistic chiropractors go beyond treatment of structural problems, like a misaligned spine, to address root causes. Dr. Kyle and Dr. Renee Lopez, in Fairhope, have been practicing holistic healthcare for more than 32 years combined. They point out that, "Holistic chiropractors understand that a symptom is a natural body response to a physical, chemical and/or emotional stress. With a core focus on the innate recuperative healing powers inside each person, it’s not just about treating symptoms but rather focusing on alignment and lifestyle so that people experience the highest quality of life." Holistic chiropractors typically can suggest complementary measures such as massage, yoga, naturopathy or physical therapy for a more integrated and comprehensive treatment approach. Beyond adjusting the spine, they may also prescribe adjustments to diet, exercise and other lifestyle elements, depending on their understanding of an individual’s optimum path to wellness. Before placing one’s care in someone else’s hands, ask for credentials and seek out reviews from former patients. Good health—and a happy spine—begin with an educated and empowered patient.


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Meet the World’s Greenest Office Building

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Even on cloudy days, the photovoltaic-paneled roof of the Bullitt Center, in Seattle, Washington, generates all the electricity the six-story structure requires. Inside, commercial office space is equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers and a glass-enclosed stairway to encourage climbing exercise over riding the elevator. The Bullitt Foundation, founded in 1952, has focused since the 1990s on helping cities function more like ecosystems. Seattle’s new building not only provides space for eco-conscious tenants, but also functions as a learning center, demonstrating how people and businesses can coexist more in harmony with nature. The Bullitt Center was constructed according to a demanding green building certification program called the Living Building Challenge, which lists zero net use of energy and water among its many requirements. The standards far surpass those of the better-known Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Founder Jason McLennan says the challenge is to encourage others to build more enjoyable, sustainable and affordable structures around the world. Source: Yes! magazine

Fossil-Fuel Freedom

New York State Could Achieve It by 2050 A new study lays out how New York State’s entire demand for end-use power could be provided by wind (50 percent), solar (38 percent) and geothermal (5 percent), plus wave and tidal energy sources. This ambitious goal could be achieved by 2050, when all conventional fossil fuel generation would be completely phased out. The plan also generates a large net increase in jobs. Mark Jacobson, a co-author of the study and professor of civil and environmental engineering at California’s Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, analyzes how energy technologies impact the atmosphere and how society can transition rapidly to clean and renewable energy sources if we integrate production and energy use in a systems perspective. Robert Howarth, Ph.D., the senior co-author and a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, in New York, has been tackling climate change and its consequences since the 1970s. He says, “Many pundits tell us that solar, wind, etc., are great conceptually, but that it will take many decades to start to make these technologies economically feasible.” However, “New York is one of the larger economies in the world, and New York City is the most energyefficient city in the U.S.” 12

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Krill Kill

Core Marine Food Source Faces Depletion Small, shrimp-like creatures that inhabit the world’s oceans, krill are one of the planet’s largest and least contaminated biomasses. The tiny crustaceans are the primary food source for a variety of fish, whales, penguins and seabird species. Krill are also used ��������������������������� to make feed for livestock, poultry and farmed fish and in nutritional supplements—krill oil is a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and less likely than fish oil to be contaminated with mercury or heavy metals. Recent studies cited by National Geographic suggest that since the 1970s, Antarctic krill stocks may have dropped by up to 80 percent. Environmental groups and scientists worry that new fishing technologies, coupled with climate warming that removes ice algae, the crustaceans’ primary food source, could deplete krill populations and potentially devastate the Antarctic’s ecosystem. Denzil Miller, Ph.D., former executive secretary of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, advises, “There are a whole lot of dominoes that follow afterwards that just look too horrendous to contemplate.” Concerned consumers can opt to avoid farm-raised fish; choose organic, non-grain-fed meat and poultry; and substitute algae-derived omega-3 supplements for fish or krill oil capsules. Source: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (


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Dismiss Meaningless Labels Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., who leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports and its Greener Choices and Eco-labels online initiatives, says companies take far too many liberties in product labeling. The dearth of standards and consistency across the marketplace has rendered terms like “fresh,” and “free range” meaningless. Also, there’s more wrong than right about the “natu-

ral” label put on everything from soymilk to frozen dinners, she says. While critics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Organic label say its regulations are not tough enough, Rangan says at least we know what we’re getting. The same is not true of many claims decorating consumer goods, Rangan advises. Plus, producers get away without identifying myriad other controversial practices, she says, including genetically engineered ingredients. To help consumers protect themselves, the Consumer Union and other nonprofit public advocates have made their evaluations easily accessible via cell phones and iPads. The Web-based Good Guide’s evaluations of more than 145,000 food, toys, personal care and household products are at shoppers’ fingertips via an app that scans product barcodes on the spot.

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A number of easy-to-use online tools help us understand the far-flung impacts of a purchase, including on humans and habitats. The Good Guide, for instance, employs chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists and environmental lifecycle specialists to evaluate a product’s repercussions on health, environment and society.

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Through Music, Seeds and Bicycles by Meredith Montgomery

In honor of this month’s theme of Sustaining a Healthy Environment, Natural Awakenings sought out community members and organizations that are inspiring change in the local sustainability movement. From singing songs and sowing seeds to making bicycle transportation more accessible, these initiatives are contributing to a brighter future for the bay area’s environment and its residents.

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Husband and wife Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee Crawford are known along the Gulf Coast as Sugarcane Jane (, a high-energy, folk rock duo with rich, heartfelt harmonies. The duo’s tagline, “organic music at its finest,” usually refers to their homegrown and natural sound, but when they played at the March Against Monsanto event in May, organic music took on new meaning. “We wanted to get involved in a project that was promoting something other than us,” says Anthony. “It was like

a primal scream that GMOs (genetically modified foods) are not right.” Savana says, “I think it's important to be aware of what is going on in the world with GMOs and Monsanto. Who knows where this will all end up over the next decade, but I think raising awareness is key.” The local March Against Monsanto event took place in Mobile as a part of a global movement calling for mandatory labeling and unbiased scientific testing to determine the safety of GMOs. As part of their performance, Sugarcane Jane changed the lyrics of one of their songs to make it about GMO awareness. The couple’s concern for the issue is motivated by their two young children.

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“You really have to look at how these things are grown and make wise decisions about what you put into their little growing bodies,” Savana explains, “We want them to have the best start they can have and understand the importance of nourishing themselves with organically grown food whenever possible.” Anthony’s main concern is with GMO labeling, “People can do what they want, but the labeling of products so you know what you're getting should be mandatory. Technological advancement is changing our society, and it can take a long time to figure out how to stay safe inside of it.” With a long history in the music industry, Anthony notes that environmental awareness regularly comes up when working with other musicians. “Neil Young has always been very vocal about his support of family farms, and he was one of the first people that made me aware of the issue with plastic bottles. While on tour with him years ago, we all had our own metal canteens to drink out of.” The Crawford family continues to limit their use of plastic water bottles and lives in a home they built with energy conservation in mind. Their dog trot-style home in Loxley provides great airflow and reduces their need for air conditioning. They recycle, take reusable bags to the grocery store and shop locally whenever possible. Savana is also a proponent for shopping secondhand. “I rarely buy new clothes, because I always shop at Hertha’s Consignment Boutique. If more people did that, I think it would make a difference.” Anthony says, “We do the best we can. We hope that by being positive people through laughter, fond memories and being active with the kids, we combat the negative.” Savanna adds, “We are certainly not at the forefront of the sustainability movement, but we are tagging along as best we can. Having two small children makes doing anything a challenge, but we believe that it's as important as anything they will learn in school. And it's up to us to teach it to them. They are the future.”

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One way to avoid GMOs is to grow your own food. The Magnolia Springs Public Library ( is home to the state’s only seed lending library. Anyone with a Baldwin County library card can borrow seeds to grow and harvest their own plants. Library Director Alida Given says, “I first saw mention of seed lending libraries in an issue of Organic Gardening and learned that the first one (Richmond Grows) began in the San Francisco Bay Area. We had an old card catalog that was begging to be used for seeds, so I wrote to various companies asking for organic and heirloom vegetable seeds. Also, we requested ornamentals. We were flooded with glorious seeds, as well as seeds saved by local individuals.” The library now has more than 100 types of seeds. Eager gardeners, from beginners to experts, travel from as far as Spanish Fort and Orange Beach to visit the seed lending library. More than 700 seed packets have been checked out this year. Given says, “We want to help nurture a thriving community of gardeners and seed savers. In addition to providing seeds, we offer support throughout the process with gardening books, website suggestions, handouts and knowledgeable individuals.” While it’s free to check out seeds

from the Magnolia Springs Library, patrons are limited to six seed types per person and are asked to return some of the seeds for others to enjoy during the next growing season. Given emphasizes, “There are no fines, should failure result! With all of the rain we had, some didn’t do so well over the summer. On the other hand, one family grew asparagus beans from our library and brought back more seeds than they checked out!” To keep the program self-sustaining, patrons with an unsuccessful harvest are asked to share purchased seeds similar to those they originally checked out. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e R i ch m o n d Grows Seed Lending Library website (, “Just as one seed can produce many seeds, one idea can change many lives. Free public libraries were revolutionary in their time because they provided access to books and knowledge that had not previously been available to a large segment of the population. A free seed lending library can also

provide people with a chance to transform their lives and communities by providing access to fresh, healthy food that may not otherwise be available.” Saving seeds is a vital step toward food sustainability and security, and is often a missing link in today’s gardening. In addition to fostering backyard gardening, the Magnolia Springs Public Library now promotes backyard fishing. “Our small town is located along the Magnolia River, and fishing is enjoyed almost year-round. We now offer a Rod, Reel and Read program, where those who love to fish can check out a fishing rod for two weeks with the promise to return it in the same condition they received it,” explains Given, who got the idea from the Bay St. Louis Library, in Mississippi. Even without a seed lending library or fishing pole program, libraries, by design, provide their patrons with a sustainable source of books. Buying a new

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book has a far greater environmental impact than borrowing a book from the local library. Like many public libraries, the Magnolia Springs branch also offers its patrons access to a digital library for a paper-free reading option on computers and e-readers. This community library may be young in age (two years this month) and small in size, but it is rich in programs and resources that foster lifelong learning with an eco-conscious for all ages. Given says, “It’s not just me, it’s a whole community of people that contribute. And we’re having a heck of a lot of fun!”

Bicycles Built By the Community

When it comes to transportation, two wheels are more fun than four, and often more practical. The Delta Bike Project (DBP) ( is a nonprofit bicycle cooperative dedicated to promoting and improving bicycle transportation in Mobile. By providing do-ityourself opportunities to repair and build bicycles in a shared community space, the co-op minimizes economic and educational barriers to two-wheeled travel. Executive Director Jeff DeQuattro had been planning the cooperative with friends for a year before opening in July. He says, “Delta is a place-based name— many people are proud of the delta and the bounty it provides. But it’s also a symbol of change, and that change is to help get more people on bikes, which helps increase livability in many ways.” DBP relies on the donation of used and new bikes and parts from individuals and local businesses. The co-op is open on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday

Crabman evenings, so that community members can use the shared tools while working under the guidance of knowledgeable volunteers to repair their own bikes. A limited number of parts and used bicycles are also for sale. The space typically has five to 15 people working on bikes at one time, and DeQuattro estimates that more than 1,000 individuals have came through in the first two months. DeQuattro says, “We have all types of people that come to the DBP. Triathletes will come in to perform minor service on their $3,000 bikes, while others are looking to transform their old Schwinn into a single-speed or fixie. And we have homeless people who have nothing, but are able to leave with something special.” The co-op’s efforts help facilitate an environmentally friendly mode of transportation and keep waste out of landfills by giving used bikes a second life, but for many of the patrons, DBP is a life-changing resource. While DBP believes that cycling

“Delta is a place-based name—many people are proud of the delta and the bounty it provides. But it’s also a symbol of change, and that change is to help get more people on bikes, which helps increase livability in many ways.” ~Jeff DeQuattro, Delta Bike Project executive director


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and its benefits should be made equally accessible to people from all walks of life, the impact they’ve had on the local homeless population was unexpected by DeQuattro. The cooperative offers a Time is Money program that allows a limited number of people to volunteer their time working in the shop in trade for co-op credit that can be used toward the purchase of parts or a bike. The program is limited by their bike inventory and funding, but it is hugely popular. Many of the participants continue volunteering even after they’ve reached their own goal. An older gentleman volunteered for seven-and-a-half hours over the course of two days and picked out a nice road bike. DeQuattro recalls, “He eventually told me that he rides to Mississippi to see his daughter and family, and he needs something that makes it easier on him because he's getting older. That's an extremely rewarding story for us.” Another gentleman, aptly nicknamed Crabman, is a subsistence fisherman who uses his bike to get to the Mobile River, where he catches and sells blue crabs to make a living. He was riding a bike with flat tires and bent wheels, so he worked for a bike that is more comfortable and can hold a couple of five-gallon buckets of live blue crabs. Now, he stops by every Sunday afternoon to either say hello or to do some minor maintenance on the bike. DeQuattro loves riding bikes, but he’s the first to admit he’s not an expert. DBP relies on an extremely dedicated team of volunteers, many from the Mobile Bike Polo group, and others that work at local bike shops. In addition to volunteers, the group is always in need of bikes, funding and space. “I’ve been really impressed by the community coming together, and it feels really good to hear someone say, ‘God bless you,’ after you helped them work towards buying their own bike,” DeQuattro reflects. The health of our environment benefits from the efforts of individuals, but sustainability is more easily achieved when the whole community works together. Positive actions come in many forms: enjoying music with environmentally conscious lyrics, swapping seeds with a neighbor or donating reusable items to a local nonprofit organization. Big or small, they’re all steps towards a more sustainable community.


Working Toward a Cleaner, Greener by Jude Forsyth


alerie Longa, project coordinator with Downtown Mobile Alliance, is working with the Cleaner Greener LoDa Committee to make an impact on how the community attends Bayfest from October 4 to 6. The committee is comprised of members from Downtown Mobile Alliance, Green Solutions, Alabama Coastal Foundation, the city of Mobile, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Mobile Baykeeper, BayFest, Inc., Mobile County Health Department, Mobile Carnival Association and Keep Mobile Beautiful. Together, they work on projects that support not only keeping Mobile clean, but also moving all Mobilians and visitors toward a greener lifestyle. According to Longa, the inspiration for the committee came after the 2012 Mardi Gras, when there were many news reports showing large amounts of trash flowing down Dog River. The partners that make up the committee all have goals that relate to reducing environmental impacts in the downtown area. Events like BayFest and Mardi Gras are where their focus began, and they plan to continue to expand as they experience success with their efforts. “It’s no longer just about what gets washed down into the storm drains and into the bay,” says Longa, “but what happens this

year and the following years to influence a generational change to improve the impact we make on our environment.” By biking to the festival, riding the Wave or carpooling, people can participate in the Cleaner Greener initiative before arriving at BayFest. Onsite, Eco Team volunteers will encourage festival attendees to use the wire basket recycling bins (donated by Keep Mobile Beautiful) located next to the trash cans. “The Eco Team volunteers will be doing recycle sweeps along the main stage areas at the close of each night,” says Longa. “Last year, we collected 675 pounds of aluminum and this year we will be weighing trash and recyclables.” “The Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the Alabama Recycle Coalition will have a tent in the children’s area, where members of the team will be working with the children to build awareness of environmental ideas,” explains children’s area coordinator Connie Mclean. All ages will be able to enjoy a video about recycling, produced by Coca-

Cola, that will be looped on the main stage throughout the festival. Vendors also have a big impact on BayFest’s green footprint. Last year, for the first time there was no grease waste generated by the event, thanks to Mobile Area Water and Sewer System’s donation of “It’s easy to be ungreasy” containers and educational materials to all the vendors. New this year is a partnership with the green segment of Dade Paper to offer vendors greener product options for serving food and drinks to the public. According to Laura Craven, with Dade Paper, “The Greensafe Program is a consultative solution for customers who wish to use more sustainable products in their operations.” One of the products, Greenware, is made entirely from Ingeo biopolymer, a PLA resin derived from plants, and is 100 percent compostable. Their Earthsense product line is made from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-compliant renewable source derived from corn or other vegetables. Longa and the committee are considering making the green paper products a requirement for the 2014 festival and hope to implement composting at BayFest in the future. “One of the basic green initiatives has always been to reduce the number of trash items and to collect all recyclables at the event. We hope to show the vendors the practicality of using alternative items so they will want to use them next year and in other areas of their business,” states Longa. She and the committee have other long-term goals, too. “We want to see a generational change in our community. We hope to integrate sustainable practices so that citizens become so familiar with seeing recycling and other green initiatives that they come to expect it as a way of life for Mobilians. In this way, we all respect the biodiversity of our area and our connection to it as stewards,” explains Longa. For more information about the Cleaner Greener LoDa Committee, contact Longa at 251-434-8498. For more information on BayFest, visit See ad, page 9. Jude Forsyth is freelance writer and owner of Blue Willow Wellness. Connect at

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Zac Brown Band Dishes Up Local, Sustainable Meals by Meredith Montgomery

The Zac Brown Band, a BayFest headliner this year, has charted nine hit singles and two platinum-selling records, but this country/folk band also specializes in locally-sourced, home-cooked meals with a hefty helping of Southern hospitality.


usty Hamis what makes the lin met Zac experience rewardBrown while ing.” He says, “We working in Atlanta may be in Ohio one as a chef in 2002. day and New HampWith a shared apshire the next. The preciation of music growing season is and food, and the different, the soils culture that unites are different, you the two, Hamlin and never know what Brown quickly beyou’re gonna get.” came good friends. After the shopping At the time, Brown is finished, Hamlin was enjoying a sucand his team head cessful music caback to “Cookie,” his reer locally and the state-of-the-art, 54pair dreamed about foot mobile kitchen, “super serving” to prepare a familyfans with a unique Chef Rusty Hamlin style dinner for up to Eat and Greet ex200 fans of the Zac perience, should Band. "If I can get 150 people to go Brown Brown’s success When fans aronce or twice a month to the rive, band members ever take him on the road across the farmers’ market, I feel like I’m serve the food and country. Six years then join them for making a difference.” later, their dreams the meal. “We take ~Chef Rusty Hamlin care of them—we became reality. Hamlin extake them backstage plains, “A typical VIP experience includes and then they sit across the table from the a quick photo and autograph from the band in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy a band. Fans get so nervous while waiting in freshly cooked meal together,” says Hamlin. line for the 10 seconds they have with the “It’s a really cool situation that has worked artist. By contrast, our Eat and Greets are out very well for us for four years.” more focused on serving the fans.” Hamlin points out that the band is very During the morning of an Eat and mindful of their environmental footprint Greet, Hamlin heads out to farmers’ mar- as they travel the country, saying, “We kets and farms in search of the freshest local don’t want to pull out of town and leave food that’s available. The menu is created a big mess behind.” All of the plates and daily, according to what he can get his utensils they use are made of 100 percent hands on that morning. “The challenge recyclable bamboo or recycled paper. The 22

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band has a partnership with Brita, which provides water stations at the events to avoid the need for bottled water. Attendees are given Zac Brown Band reusable bottles to use at the water stations. When asked about whether they compost the food waste, Hamlin replies, “What food waste?” Most of the odds and ends from food prep are used to make stocks and in the rare instance that there are leftovers, a local shelter or church puts them to use. In addition to the freshly harvested food, Hamlin brings the farmers with him to the Eat and Greets and introduces them to the fans. “We promote healthy, sustainable eating and encourage the fans to support their local farmers,” he says. “Bringing the farmers out to a concert with 20,000 people is an experience for them. They’re like a kid in a candy shop.” The band brings the farmers on stage and explains where their farm is located. “They feel a little bit like stars themselves, and they are very grateful for the experience.” Hamlin’s job is rewarding and he says, “I don’t expect the fans to go to their local farm every day, but I’m a supporter of taking care of our farmers. If I can get 150 people to go once or twice a month to the farmers’ market, I feel like I’m making a difference.” While the Zac Brown Band scheduled 110 Eat and Greets for 2013, not all venues are conducive to their super-serving events. Space and time will prevent an Eat and Greet during BayFest this year, but the band is looking forward to playing in Lower Alabama. Hamlin says, “My hometown, Baton Rouge, is only three hours from Mobile. I love Mobile—the Mardi Gras scene, the Saints following—it’s a little taste of home down there, and we’re looking forward to a great show.” For more information, visit

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October 2013


Ancestral Diets A Lighter Shade of Paleo


by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian

egetarian Awareness Month provides a timely opportunity to realize that a plant-focused diet does not derive exclusively from plants. Just as a carnivore does not subsist on meat alone, the same applies to a vegetarian. What can we learn from our Paleolithic, or Stone Age, ancestors? The recent trend toward recreating a Paleo-era diet emphasizes the importance of vegetable nutrition to prehistoric communities, correcting the misperception that they were primarily meat-eaters. The original Paleo diet, before the advent of agriculture, reflected the hunting and gathering of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and was absent of grains, dairy, starchy foods, sugar and salt. Today’s updated version might comprise foods naturally available and/or abundant before the cultivation of food in gardens, crops and livestock. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet and Nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind, each contest the premise perpetuated by many in the weight-loss industry that fat, especially naturally saturated fat, is unhealthy. Those same proponents that maintain low-fat/non-fat food is a panacea for modern illnesses also purport that cholesterol is the chief cause of heart ailments. 24

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Gedgaudas writes that the diets of hunter-gatherers inhabiting varied landscapes, from the Inuit of the north to tropical forest hominids, included large amounts of fat and cholesterol, which is essential to maintaining cell membranes and regulating hormones. She points out that obtaining cholesterol from food is necessary to augment the liver’s function of creating cholesterol internally. Cordain agrees that even saturated fats in meats can be beneficial, providing the animals are grass-fed, lean and live in clean surroundings. He emphasizes, however, that when our prehistoric ancestors ate fat, they did not also eat grain carbohydrates, sugar and salt, and contends that it is these components, not meat, that can be detrimental to the body. Doctor of Naturopathy Maureen Horne-Paul adds that organic, lean and game meats are exempt from the acidity inherent in corn-based animal feed. Plus, “When an animal is insensitively confined and killed, stress hormones are released that result in acidity. So, we are changing our pH from a healthy alkaline state to a more acidic condition when we consume meat from conventionally raised animals.” Scientific studies published in the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, Medical Hypotheses and by the Mercola group attest to

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key problems related to human consumption of grains. Anti-nutrients such as phytic acid in grains lead to the poor absorption of minerals and related deficiencies. Improper absorption of dietary protein caused in part by enzyme inhibitors in grains also tends to damage the pancreas. Individual sensitivities to proteins in specific grains can further interfere with functioning of the neuroendocrine system and subsequent emotional difficulties like addiction and depression may arise. All of these difficulties have been exacerbated by irresponsible prenatal diets that have made younger generations extrasensitive to the challenges posed by grains to the human system. While Cordain doesn’t recommend dairy, Gedgaudas suggests organic or raw milk products, provided they retain their full fat content and come from grass-fed cows. She reasons that the presence of the anti-carcinogenic fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) and the Wulzen factor anti-stiffness agent in the fat benefit joint lubrication. Experts suggest that the dietary formula established by our prehistoric ancestors can be the foundation for a modern-day, healthy, non-confining, creative eating experience. We can exchange grains for quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat (not technically grains at all), and include tubers and legumes, due to their folate and protein content. Blue and sweet potatoes also contain high levels of anthocyanins and potassium. Nearly every category of food, in the proper amounts, can be part of such a balanced diet. When we explore what makes sense and eat clean and natural foods, we have a good chance of finding our body’s own sweet spot. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMed and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

Paleo Menu Recipes by Tania Melkonian

Kale Wraps

Stack 1 slice meat, 1 slice avocado and 2 slices pepper horizontally near the edge of a leaf. Add cumin and chili flakes and roll leaf away from the cook into a wrap. Repeat with all leaves.

1 head kale (suggest cavolo nero or dino kale) 1 bell pepper, sliced into julienned strips 1 avocado, julienned 3 oz grass-fed sirloin, grilled to medium and julienned Chili flakes and cumin to taste

Curried Carrot Soup

Wash and dry kale. Hold the blade of a long chef’s knife along the rib of the kale leaf and pull the leaf away from the rib. Repeat on the other side of the leaf to produce two long flat wraps. Set aside the ribs for stock. Bring a pot filled with 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Lower the heat to simmer and set a metal colander inside as a steamer basket so it sits on top of the water, not immersed. Line the colander/basket with the kale “wrap” leaves. Cover and steam for 3 minutes until the leaves are just wilted. Remove basket from heat and lay out leaves on a clean work surface, lined up vertically.

to medium heat and add leaves, add half of the carrots and stalk. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and then remove leaves and stalk; blend soup until smooth. Return soup blend to pot, add peppers and the rest of the carrots and then simmer on low heat for 40 minutes.

2 Tbsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground cumin 1 cup diced onions 3 Tbsp curry paste 2 cups coconut milk 2 cups vegetable broth 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 stalk lemon grass 3 leaves Kaffir lime 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup finely chopped red pepper

Grilled Pineapple with Cream

Set a heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat. Add turmeric and cumin, to toast. Add oil and stir to combine with spices. Add onions; sweat to cook until translucent, but not browned. Add curry paste and stir. Add coconut milk and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. With the back of a knife, bruise the lime leaves and lemongrass stalk. When the stock comes to a boil, reduce

1 organic pineapple, cut into rounds 2 Tbsp grass-fed, organic butter ¼ cup organic cream 1 vanilla bean or ½ tsp organic vanilla extract Heat butter in a sauté pan until melted and bubbling (not brown). Place pineapple rounds in the pan and grill for 2 minutes each side. Slice vanilla bean pod lengthwise to scrape out vanilla granules. Mix granules with cream until incorporated. Serve pineapple rounds warm with a drizzle of vanilla-scented cream.

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cluding Standing in awe at the wonders of the universe can also instill a centering sense of humility in the face of such grandeur. Autumn is one of the best times for channeling youngsters’ intrigue in constellations, given the clearer skies and comfortably cool nights. This year, families can anticipate a special viewing of the Comet ISON, which is expected to be visible from much of the United States in late November.

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STARRY-EYED KIDS Clear Skies, Cool Nights Open Vast Vistas by Randy Kambic


ishing upon a star from the surface of The magical images is an iconic activMars beamed to us by the ity steeped in evnight sky is NASA rover Curiosity. Experiencing the excitement of eryone’s childhood desire to a perfect early knowledge can bolster attain happiness and fulfillacademics while fostering a playground ment. Actual stargazing can sense of the order of help make parents’ dreams for a child’s calming nature’s rhythms. for their children’s well-being imagination. “Astronomy ties into come true, as well. every educational domain— Children are exposed physics, geometry, algebra, to imagining the larger celestial realm history and ecology,” advises former elthrough popular films, science fiction ementary school teacher Hiram Bertoch, literature and pop songs, plus more of West Valley City, Utah, owner of the tangibly via current sky events. Consider KidsKnowIt Network, which maintains news of the meteoroid that exploded 10 free children’s learning websites, inover Russia in February and the latest

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Sky & Telescope magazine’s online guide, Getting Started in Astronomy, offers easy steps for parents to put stars in kids’ eyes. Check out its This Week’s Sky at a Glance link. Find an open space like a park or wooded clearing to reduce ambient light and use sky maps in hobby publications or astronomy books from the library as guides. Binoculars are the best tool to start getting familiar with the night sky— they augment the naked eye enough to identify many Moon craters, Jupiter’s moons and the crescent phases of Venus. Planetariums, science and children’s museums, nature centers and astronomy clubs often hold public family events that include access to telescopes; some loan or rent them out. (Find local clubs and facilities at community/organizations.) Other opportunities include NASA’s Night Sky Network of astronomy clubs, Astronomy magazine’s youth programs, and Astronomy. com/kids programs. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops offer astronomy merit badges. When a family’s interest continues

sufficiently to buy a telescope, test preferred models at many potential settings before finalizing a purchase. According to the online guide, a first telescope should provide high-quality optics that limit diffraction (the spreading of light as it passes through the lens system to the eye) and a sturdy, smoothworking mount. More advanced telescopes have built-in computers and motors that can be programmed to point at specific spots in the sky. Whether early steps lead to a later career or as a heavenly hobby, helping to convert a child’s, “What’s that?” to a happy, “I know what that is,” becomes worth encouraging. As Bertoch observes, “Kids have an innate excitement about what’s out there.” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

Faraway Fun Facts n Stars appear to twinkle from light distortions caused by

temperature differences in our atmosphere. The lifespan of most stars is billions of years. n Ancient peoples saw patterns among the 2,000 stars visible to the naked eye and gave them names like The Big Dipper, Cassiopeia and Scorpius. n A “shooting star” is actually a meteor with a trail of

gases and particles. n The Moon’s surface is pitted with thousands of craters

from long-ago meteor strikes. n Saturn’s rings are

composed mostly of billions of ice particles and rocks. n Jupiter is by far the largest

studied planet; after the Moon and Venus, it’s usually the brightest object in the night sky. n Planets Jupiter, Saturn,

Neptune, Mercury and Mars, as well as Pluto, are named for Roman gods—Venus was the Roman goddess of love. n Planets and the Moon

don’t emit light—they reflect light from the sun. Source: Don’t Know Much About the Universe, by Kenneth C. Davis

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All the Time in the World Transforming Anxiety into Artistry by Marney K. Makridakis


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sk American adults if they’re anxious about time and they’ll likely say yes. Our society even deems it expected, acceptable and normal to experience such stress, but is it necessary? It’s helpful to explore what is at the root of our problems with time and why we believe we benefit from worrying and complaining about it. Both are good first steps to releasing ourselves from the drama of getting caught up in and blaming time as a convenient catchall. Which of the following rationales apply to us personally? “If I can complain about being busy, I don’t have to examine other areas in my life.” “My schedule is wrapped up with my self-esteem; being ‘too busy’ means that I’m successful.” “Worrying about time gives me something to talk about.” “I don’t plan things I might enjoy because it can be too demanding or even scary—it just feels easier and safer to be bored.” “Worrying about time is a convenient excuse for not following my dreams.” Once we identify the perceived payoffs from worrying about time, we can see them for what they are: illusions that keep us from living our true potential. Awareness allows us to make a different

choice and to partner with time, instead of working against it. Einstein proved that time is subjective, illustrated every time we compare an hour in a dentist’s chair to an hour in the company of a loved one. Time behaves and feels differently based on many variables, like emotion, engagement, flow, desire, interest, pain and pleasure. Our perspective counts. With capricious factors dancing around in our every moment, we can see why time isn’t constant. Happily, we can use the relative nature of time to our advantage and choose what our relationship with it will be. Consider that with each instance we choose how we talk about, measure and experience time, we are actually creating a new paradigm of time for ourselves. We can relinquish general views and limitations of time that hinder us and emerge into the possibilities of time as anything but a defined line. It can be a vibrant, completely moldable, layered, multifaceted work of art that we may adapt as we wish, to custom design each and every day. Marney K. Makridakis of Dallas, TX, is the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded Artella magazine, the ARTbundance philosophy and the community.



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Beginner Yoga Series – 7:15-8:45pm. Also offered 11am-12:30pm, Saturday. Week 2 will study self discipline and spiritual observances, developing your own practices and making habits creating focus around our life's purpose. Asana practice will concentrate on sun salutes and back bends (unheated). Glow Yoga, 824 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores. 251-216-4569.


Become A Cancer Killer – 9-11:30am. What is cancer? What causes cancer? What are the treatment options? Are most cancers caused by genetics? Does lifestyle play any role? Learn the answers and more. Cancer destroys 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women. Become a cancer killer. $25 for ticket and book, $35 for 2 tickets and 2 books. Holiday Inn Express, 19751 S Greeno Rd, Fairhope. Cassie: 251-928-5058.


Advanced Reiki Training (ART) with Julie Brent – 9:30am-5:30pm. This one day class will give you the Master Attunement. Learn techniques for increasing the power of your Reiki using the Reiki Grid and more. Please call to register for this class. $250. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Hwy 181, Fairhope. 251-504-5328.

Usui Reiki Ryoho Level I Certification with Rev. K – 10am-4:30pm. This heart-centered path begins with meditations, history, attunements and more. Become certified to perform full-body treatments on others and yourself from 4th-generation Reiki Master Teacher. Beautiful certificates issued are suitable for framing. Space limited to 6 people. Email or call to register. $95/$80 for Fortis affiliates. Fortis College Massage Therapy Program, 300-F Azalea Rd, Mobile. 251-753-1937. KellyLaurendine@gmail. com. Pranic Heaing Introduction – 2-4pm. Pranic Healing is an energy-based technique designed to teach you how to heal yourself, others and many different aspects of your life. Learn about prana, chakras, energetic-hygiene, meditation, stress reduction and energy scanning, plus much more. Suggested Donation: $10. Mobile. Deana Lannie: 251-454-0959.


Beginner Yoga Series – 7:15-8:45pm. Also offered 11am-12:30pm, Saturday. Week 3 will study pranayama, breath control techniques. We will emphasize the connection between breath, mind and emotions and practice breath in meditation and through asana. Asana practice this week focuses on forward bends (unheated). Glow Yoga, 824 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores. 251-2164569.

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World Paddle For The Planet – Oct 10-13. Educational exhibits, speakers, roundtable summit, eco-art and music. Featured event is a 24-hour endurance paddle (canoes, kayaks, paddle boards) on Lake Powell. Carillon Beach, Panama City Beach, FL. SUPRadioShow@


Sunset Yoga for Charity – This event is by donation for charity on 2nd and 4th Fridays overlooking the bay. Bring your own mat and a friend. Beginner friendly classes. Christina Caprez teaches for the Fairhope Library. On the bluff at Fairhope Pier, 1 Beach Rd. 251-379-4493.


Energy Medicine of Donna Eden – Oct 12-13. 12-5pm. Join Rosie Bluum for a day with Ellen and Denise, from Donna Eden Institue, as we explore energy healing, a hands-on technique you can easily learn to apply in life. Featuring two specific programs: Energize Your Life and Discover Your Sensory Type. Rosie Bluum, Fairhope. Call for details: 251-517-5626.


Pranic Healing Introduction – 2-4pm. Learn the ancient science and art of all natural energy healing. Learn about prana, chakras, auras, energetic-hygiene, how to heal yourself and others, stress reduction, meditation for illumination and blessing all. Learn to scan energy, plus more. Suggested Donation: $10. Center for Spiritual Living-Mobile 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. Deana Lannie: 251-454-0959.

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Harshada Wagner Change Your Mind Change Your Heart – 7:30-9:30pm. David Harshada Wagner is a meditation teacher and spiritual leader dedicated to exploring human consciousness and self-transformation. Join us for class, 6-7:15pm and stay for meditation. Brought to you by Glow Yoga and Fish Tree Yoga. $35. Fish Tree Yoga, 9725 N Loop Rd, Pensacola, FL. 850-607-8070.


Beginner Yoga Series – 7:15-8:45pm. Also offered 11am-12:30pm, Saturday. Week 4 we practice detachment and turn our attention inward allowing to objectively observe our cravings: habits that interfere with our growth. Asana practice will concentrate on standing and balancing series (unheated). Glow Yoga, 824 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores. 251-216-4569.


How I Beat Stage 4 Brain Cancer – 6-7pm. Join us for this national Max Life call with the original cancer killer, Dr. Charles Majors. Free. Comfort of your home. National conference call. Cassie: 251-928-5058. Pranic Heaing Relationship Class – 7-9pm. Learn energetic techniques to improve communication and intimacy in relationships with family, friends, co-workers and your intimate partner. A powerful forgiveness technique for healing will be taught as well, by certified PH instructor, Greg Toews. Suggested Donation: $10. Center for Spiritual Living-Mobile, 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile. Deana Lannie: 251-454-0959. Qigong for Busy People – 6-9pm. Donna Weber, M.A., LPC. Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese practice using breath and movement. In as little as 10 minutes a day you can improve your health. Learn 5 easy Qigong practices and a technique to heal others. $35. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Hwy 181, Fairhope. 251-2108708.



Kid's Yoga Teacher Training Share yoga with children in a unique and happy way! Training open to school teachers, therapists, parents, yoga teachers and anyone interested in sharing the joy of yoga and health with children. 18 credits for certified teachers. See ad for info. No experience necessary.

October 18-20

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Pranic Healing Class Level I Learn anatomy of the energy body, 11 chakras and their functions, feel energy and validate details of life with it, balance your energy, step-by-step techniques for healing yourself and your life, plus much more with Certified PH Instructor, Greg Toews. $50 with early bird registration.

October 18 • 9am-6pm October 19 • 12-6pm Center for Spiritual Living-Mobile 1230 Montlimar Dr, Mobile Deana Lannie: 251-454-0959

Harvest Moon Yoga – 6-7:45pm. A gentle introspective class under the Full Moon, overlooking Mobile Bay on the bluff. Sunset to moonlight practice with lights in the oaks, candles and a nice breeze off the water. Bring your own mat and a friend. Beginners welcome. Donation. On the bluff at Fairhope Pier, 1 Beach Rd. 251-379-4493.


Quantum-Touch Level I with Julie E Brent – Oct 1920. 9:30am-5:30pm. Quantum-Touch works quickly and deeply on the cellular level by raising your energy, this creates an environment for the innate healing intelligence of our body to activate. No experience necessary, easy to learn. CEs for MTs and nurses available. $400 at door. $350 prepaid. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Highway 181, Fairhope. Julie: 251-504-5328. MoonSunEarth. com/Quantum-Touch.htm. Growing Herbs on the Gulf Coast – 10am. Presented by Rain Keene, of Good Scents Herbs and Flowers. Organic herbs will be available for sale at the event. $5. Blue Sky Gathering, 19700 Blueberry Ln, Silverhill. 251-367-0051.

Psychic Fair – 10am-6pm. Spend a day with some of the Emerald Coast’s most talented and gifted readers, psychics and mediums. $5. Quality Inn, 51 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL.

Power Vinyasa Yoga Master Class Series – 10:45am12:15pm. Join instructor Brooke Nisbet and challenge yourself in both mind and body. Classes will consist of strong dynamic flows, unique sequencing, static holds, inversions, arm balances, sweat, pranayama and more. See website for more details and pricing. $19 ($15 for college students). Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

Asana practice this week is inversions (unheated). Glow Yoga, 824 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores. 251-2164569.


How to Release Limiting Emotions – 6-9pm. Donna Weber, M.A., LPC. Do you have limiting emotions that are holding you back from the life you dream about? Many were learned in childhood. Learn a method to release fear, shame, guilt, self-judgment, feeling not good enough and more. $40. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Hwy 181, Fairhope. 251-2108708.


Sunset Yoga for Charity – 5pm. This event is by donation for charity overlooking the bay. Bring your mat and a friend. Beginner friendly. On the bluff at Fairhope Pier, 1 Beach Rd. 251-379-4493. Certification in Medicinal Aromatherapy – Oct 25, 6-8pm. Oct 26-27, 9am-6pm. Learn how to apply medicinal aromatherapy to your life, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Registration required. Middle Earth Healing and Learning Center, Citronelle. 251-866-7204. MidEarthHealing@yahoo. com.


Movie Night: Cut. Poison. Burn. – 6-8pm. Cut Poison Burn is a controversial, eye opening and heartbreaking documentary that puts the business of cancer treatment under the microscope. It is essential viewing for anyone and everyone touched by cancer. Free. 401 N Section St, Fairhope. Cassie: 251-9285058.


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Magnolia Springs Public Library 2nd Anniversary – 12-2pm. There will be music, Scott's famous BBQ, a silent auction and fabulous book sale. Mark your calendars and join us! Free. 12440 Magnolia Ave, Ste 600, Magnolia Springs. 251965-2305.

Power Vinyasa Yoga Master Class Series – 10:45am12:15pm. Join instructor Brooke Nisbet and challenge yourself in both mind and body. Classes will consist of strong dynamic flows, unique sequencing, static holds, inversions, arm balances, sweat, pranayama and more. See website for more details and pricing. $19 ($15 for college students). Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.



Beginner Yoga Series – 7:15-8:45pm. Also offered 11am-12:30pm, Saturday. Week 5 will study meditation. While this may be a difficult task, remember yoga is a process and we benefit at every stage of our progress. Lastly, we examine what we really want to get out of life.

Fairhope Film Festival – Nov 7-10. The inaugural festival will showcase 40 films that have recently won awards in the USA and around the world. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts at 4 downtown Fairhope venues.

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sunday Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-9280644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251-345-0494). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope and 3952 Airport Blvd, Mobile. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile. Rev. Sherrie Quander: 251-343-0777. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile.

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

Unlimited Horizons of the Emerald Coast – 2:30-5:30pm. 2nd Sunday. Open to public. All are invited to join this forum of open-minded seekers of Universal truth. Share knowledge & promote enlightenment. Monthly speakers present on a variety of metaphysical topics. $7. Gulf Breeze Recreation Center, 800 Shoreline Dr, Gulf Breeze, FL. 850-610-0919. UnlimitedHorizons1@gmail. com. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 5pm. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1050 Azalea Rd, Mobile. 251-545-1011. Ellen.OpenTable@gmail. com.

monday Yoga Abs with Faye – 8:30am. What a great way to jump start your day! Let breath and body move in sync as Faye Mahan’s seamless style weaves a blend of classical yoga flow and poses, with added emphasis on those hard to work abdominal areas. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Indigo Flow with Amy Siegal – 10am. All are welcome to share and learn about the Indigo path. Weekly topics, guided conversations and support. A “pay what you can” class, so that all are able to attend. Pay What You Can. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Hwy 181, Fairhope. 251-284-2329.

Pilates Mat Class – 5pm. Join Carol for an intermediate/advanced authentic Pilates mat workout. This is a series of floor exercises that are precisely ordered and designed to strengthen and stretch the whole body. Pre-registration is required. $10/drop-in, $80/10 class pkg. Carol's Pilates Studio, 407 Johnson Ave, Fairhope. 985-855-2219.

Mindfulness Practice and Meditation – 5:45pm. Mindfulness Meditation Practice in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. No experience necessary. $5 donation. Plantation Antique Galleries, 604 Bel Air Blvd. (back entrance). $5 suggested donation. Plantation Antique Galleries, 604 Bel Air Bvld, Mobile. 251-422-5474. Meetup. com/MindfulnessMobile/.

Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne. See website for more info:

Pranic Healing and Meditation Session – 6:30pm. Experience healing for your mind, body and soul followed by the Meditation on Twin Hearts for inner peace and planetary blessings. Let us take the stress off and balance your aura. We all have the ability to heal ourselves and others! Classes available! Free. Center for Spiritual Living-Mobile. Deana Lannie: 251-454-0959. Moonlight Chasse' Ballroom Dance Society – First and Third Mon. 7-10pm. Dance Cha Cha, Swing, Tango, Rumba, Salsa, Waltz, Samba, etc. to live music. Cash bar. No partner needed. All levels. 7-7:30pm lessons. An exciting and energizing evening to Jump, Jive and Wail! $10; $7 w/membership; $5 w/college I.D. Fitzpen Place, 11247 Hwy 31, Spanish Fort. Cassie Fishbein: 251-377-4069.

tuesday Rise and Shine Yoga – 6:30-7:45am. Tues and Thurs. Start the day with an invigorating Hatha Yoga practice. Class includes a mixture of flow yoga, Pranayama, restorative and meditation. Fellowship, coffee and some of Mom's homemade bread follows. $8/drop-in, $60/10 class package, $85/family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Highway 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251-6095541. Core Barre with Dana – 8:30am. Give yourself the best seat in the house with Core Barre - work your body to a fusion of ballet, Pilates, yoga and classic fitness. Move to fun music and really change your shape! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. La Leche League meetings are open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Meetings are always free and babies/children are welcome. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact AmandaLLLMobile@ or

A Return To Movement – 11am. Explore your body's strength and flexibility. Learn what you can do to stretch and soften right now to gain ease in life. Join this unique class to create a healthy foundation for every movement your body takes. Taught by Cindi Galas. $10/without membership. Prana Health and Wellness, 209A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359.

Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile. 251-6348055. CUMC Farmers Market – 2:30-5pm. Produce grown by area farmers will accompany a seafood vendor and others featuring homemade products such as baked goods, honey and foods made from goat milk. Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Rd (Hillcrest Rd side of property), Mobile. 251-767-7526. Missions. Gentle Stress Relief Yoga – 4:15pm. Slow flowing, joint-opening movement with emphasis on breath awareness and meditation. Appropriate for beginners or anyone who wants a soothing and gentle yoga practice. $10 per class. Center for Spiritual Living, Mobile. 251591-7094.

Power Hour with Brooke – 5:30pm. This class is an energizing and challenging flow which is designed to increase strength and flexibility while cultivating balance of the body and mind. Be prepared to move, sweat and breath. $10/without membership. Prana Health and Wellness, 209A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359.

Open Flow Yoga – Tues and Thurs. 5:45pm. All levels with some yoga experience. Classes incorporate various styles of yoga. Postures may be more advanced and move more quickly than Gentle or Basic classes. Appropriate for fit beginners and beyond. $10 per class. Center for Spiritual Living, Mobile. 251-591-7094. Energize and Relax Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Tues and Thurs. This class emphasizes flow yoga with Pranayama and some Kundalini. Meditation follows the energizing portion to calm in preparation for the day. $8/drop-in, $60/10 class package, $85/family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Hwy 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251-609-5541. Gentle Yoga – 6pm. Slow, flowing, joint-opening movement with emphasis on breath awareness and meditation. Appropriate for beginners or anyone who wants a soothing and gentle yoga practice. $10 per class. Daphne Recreation Center, 2605 Hwy 98, Daphne. Positive Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Also Wed. at 9:30am. 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. 1st Tues. Open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort.

Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. 1st Tues. For pro-paddlers and those brand new to the sport. Open to the public. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort. BayKayaker. Argentine Tango and Salsa, Too! – 7:30pm. Tango: mindful and alluring. Salsa: rhythmic, hot and energetic! Lessons Tuesdays. Salsa, 7:30pm, Argentine Tango, 8:30pm. All levels welcome. Partner not needed. Fees competitive, reduced monthly fees and walk-ins. Southern Edge Dance Studio, 251 Greeno Rd, Fairhope. Cassie Fishbein: 251-377-4069.

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Viniyoga with Rhonda – 6:45am. Viniyoga is directed toward healing - a yoga for all ages. Join Rhonda GranProescher in a glorious class that will refresh the breath, awaken the body, renew the spirit and reinvigorate the day! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104.

Rise and Shine Yoga – 6:30-7:45am. Tues and Thurs. Start the day with an invigorating Hatha Yoga practice. Class includes a mixture of flow yoga, Pranayama, restorative and meditation. Fellowship, coffee and some of mom's homemade bread follows. $8/drop-in, $60/10 class package, $85/family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Highway 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251-6095541.

Early Morning Flow – 7am. Jumpstart your day with an hour of vinyasa. $10/without membership. Prana Health and Wellness, 209A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359.

$5 Yoga Flow & Chair – 9:15am, Flow. 10:30am, Chair Yoga (seated or holding onto chair to practice balance). Beginners welcome. Bring your own mat. Enjoy exercise at every level. Improve balance, strength and flexibility. $5. Fairhope UMC CLC. 251379-4493. Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 12-1pm. This chair yoga class is free to participants and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Enjoy exercise at every level, even in a wheelchair. Improve balance, strength and flexibility. Free. Fairhope UMC CLC. 251-379-4493. Beginners Yoga – 5pm. This is the perfect class for the beginning or returning yogi. Learn the fundamentals of yoga in a safe, supportive environment. Taught by Wayne Kent, RYT. $10/without membership. Prana Health and Wellness, 209A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-455-9359.

Pilates Mat Class – 5pm. Join Carol for an intermediate/advanced authentic Pilates mat workout. This is a series of floor exercises that are precisely ordered and designed to strengthen and stretch the whole body. Pre-registration is required. $10/drop-in; $80/10 class pkg. Carol's Pilates Studio, 407 Johnson Ave, Fairhope. 985-855-2219. Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. Second Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Mid-Week Breather – 6-7:15pm. Join Amanda Barfield for alignment-based yoga with attention to breath, form and fun. Beginners are welcome, as we explore the components of assorted poses and offer variations that best serve you. Seasoned yogis enjoy the opportunity to revisit their foundation. $12/drop-in. $5/first class. Integrated Health & Wellness, Fairhope. Near Death and Related Consciousness and Spiritual Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Beginning our 11th year. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd). 251-340-8565.

Reiki Share/Exchange – 7pm. New to Reiki or energy healing? Stop by to ask questions and experience energy healing. 7pm sharp a short talk: "What is Reiki?" If you already practice Reiki or other energy modality join the group to share and receive. No charge. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 20730 Highway 181, Fairhope. 251-281-8811.


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Yin Yoga – 9:15am. Yin yoga can complement anyone’s “yang” regimen, whether it be muscle strengthening for athletes, aerobics, dance training or the more active yoga. Perfect for all levels. Taught by Cindy Johnson, RYT. $10/without membership. Prana Health and Wellness, 209A S Section St, Fairhope. 251-4559359.

Group Reformer with Dana – 4pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Dana for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-473-1104. Energize and Relax Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Tues and Thurs. This class emphasizes flow yoga with Pranayama and some Kundalini. Meditation follows the energizing portion to calm in preparation for the day. $8/drop-in, $60/10 class package, $85/family. Trinity Yoga Studio, Hwy 98 East, Foley. 251-987-1147 or 251-609-5541. Body, Mind, Spirit, Coffee, Tea & Conversation Social Meet-Up Group – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Thurs. The Body, Mind & Spirit Group of Florida: Emerald Coast. Each meet-up will have an array of activities, speakers, products, samples, demonstrations, practitioners and networking opportunities. $5. Pensacola, FL. Call for details: 850-941-4321.

friday Yoga with Marsha – 8:30am. Join Marsha DeAngelis for a glorious yoga experience as she challenges with a strong emphasis on alignment and focus while still calming the mind. Relieve stress and rejuvenate, energize, and recharge the body. It’s Friday – enjoy it! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile. 251-4731104. Meditation Flash Mob – 6-6:30pm. First Fri. First Fridays before Art Walk. No experience is necessary. Come sit in peace with us to invite the world to the benefits of meditation and collective prayer. Kids and pets are welcome, too. Free. Corner of Fairhope Ave and Bancroft Ave (in front of the small fountain next to Julwin's), Fairhope. 251-517-5626. MedMobGCA.

saturday Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope. 251-928-5363.

Open Flow Yoga – 9:30am. All levels with some yoga experience. Classes incorporate various styles of yoga. Postures may be more advanced and move more quickly than Gentle or Basic classes. Breath practice and postures may be combined. $10. Eastern Shore Dance, Merritt Ln, Daphne. Open Flow Yoga – 11:15am. All levels with some yoga experience. Postures may be more advanced and move more quickly than gentle or basic. Breath practice and postures may be combined. Appropriate for fit beginners and beyond. $10 per class. 301 Conti St, Mobile. Messages from the Other Side with Psychic Medium Ericka Boussarhane – 6:30-8:30pm. Ericka uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in the lives. As a medium she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. $10 per person. Mystic Cottage, 4971 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL. 850-941-4321.

classifieds Fee for classified listings is $1 per word. Email Publisher@ for details. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available. OPPORTUNITIES BECOME A PUBLISHER! – Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin is for sale! Own one of the Gulf Coast's most exciting businesses. Training and support available. Be in business for yourself but not by yourself. See ad, page 29. MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTOR – Natural Awakenings is looking for a magazine distributor for the Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach route. Email Publisher@HealthyLiving for details. No phone inquires please.

PART-TIME WORK AVAILABLE - Green technology, Christian-value company seeks individuals with good communication and leadership skills. Call Cathy to schedule an interview: 251-680-4924.

VOLUNTEER OPPS AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@ DOG RIVER CLEARWATER REVIVAL STORM DRAIN MARKER PROJECT – Volunteers needed to educate the public about the storm drain system. Supplies and instructions provided. Work at your convenience. Contact Janet Miller: 251-654-1827. MERCY MEDICAL – Hospice volunteers needed to provide services such as running errands, offering respite breaks for caregivers and clerical assistance. 251-621-4431.



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

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Offering auricular acupuncture which utilizes 108 points in the ear that correlate to different parts of the body. Therapeutic for physical, emotional, digestive and respiratory problems. See ad, page 15.

All-natural, handcrafted bath and body products made in Mobile using natural and organic ingredients. Soaps, lotions, oils and more. Call today or order online. Free shipping! See ad, page 17.



6576 Airport Boulevard, Mobile 251-458-8884


TKR Center, Daphne 251-298-8255 • A maternity, breastfeeding and baby store specializing in Medela breastpumps (covered by most BCBS policies), cloth diapers, premature & newborn clothing and baby carriers. Certified Lactation Consultant on staff. See ad, page 11.


103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope 251-990-9934 A certified organic salon

B-Butterfly offering organic products, SALON

and services including hair color, perms and shampoo. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! Manicures, pedicures and eyebrow waxing also available. See ad, page 7.

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CENTER FOR JOYFUL LIVING 60 North Ann Street Mobile, AL 36695 251-391-6960

Questioning, understanding and growing together spiritually as we enjoy life’s adventure. Center for Joyful Living in Mobile. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING 1230 Montlimar Drive, 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. Sundays at 10 a.m. See ad, page 15.

OPEN TABLE: A COMMUNITY OF FAITH (UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST) 1050 Azalea Road, Mobile at St Luke’s (St. Luke's Episcopal Church) 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 p.m. Childcare provided. See ad, page 17.

FOODS & NUTRITION FAIRHOPE HEALTH FOODS AND THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ 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. See ad, back cover.

THE HEALTH HUT 680 S. Schillinger, Mobile: 251-633-0485 (Across from Home Depot) 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne: 251-621-1865 (Across from Fresh Market) For 30 years The Health Hut has been the go-to place for high quality, whole-food vitamins, herbs and sport supplements at great prices coupled with a serviceoriented, knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 29.

VIRGINIA’S HEALTH FOODS AND THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ II 3952 Airport Boulevard, 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 37 years. See ad, back cover.

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Natural, Energy-Efficient Structures 153 Cedar Ridge Road, Lucedale, MS 601-818-9600 • Locally sourced material and virtually indestructible! Healthy, green and beautiful. Homes, patios, pizza ovens and more. Free estimates.


International Psychic Medium 850-941-4321 Amazingly accurate and detailed online psychic and mediumship readings as featured on national TV and radio stations.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING MIDDLE EARTH HEALING AND LEARNING CENTER 20205 Middle Earth Road, 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 9.




Rev. K Laurendine, ERYT, LMT, RMT, BA 251-753-1937 • Spiritual counseling, movement/yoga, energy and empowerment workshops, EFT, Reiki certifications, ministerial services, pet blessings.

PRANIC HEALING IN MOBILE Deana Lannie 251-454-0959

Free healing nights and group meditations every M o n d a y. P r a n i c Healing classes and the advanced technique of Superbrain Yoga.


20730 Hwy 181, Fairhope 251-281-8811 Health and wellness is our mission. Private Reiki sessions, therapeutic massage, Q u a n t u m - To u c h ® , reflexology and more. Book online or call for appointment. Reiki workshops monthly, free Reiki share. See ad, page 15.


Renee Adcock, B.Div. Reiki II, Essential Oils Therapy 251-279-0298 Authorized owner and operator, John of God Crystal Light Healing Bed a modality to cleanse, balance and align your energies to promote healing. Call for more information or an appointment.


Mobile / Baldwin Edition

22787 US 98, Bdg D Ste 5, Montrose 251-616-4201 • Unique massage technique that is gentle enough for the severest sufferers of pain and deep enough for the most rigorous of athletes. 14 years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field.

TAI CHI JUDE FORSYTH Qigong/Tai Chi Teacher 850-226-9355 Looking for sites and students to start new day and night programs in the Mobile area.



800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 850-610-0919 • A monthly forum for open-minded seekers of Universal truth through the metaphysical, holistic, paranormal, cryptozoological and extraterrestrial.

PEST CONTROL HOUSEHOLD TERMITE & PEST CONTROL Serving Mobile and Baldwin Counties 866-943-7874

Full service, environmentally responsible pest management company and do-it yourself store specializing in termites, general pests, bed bugs, thermal remediation, mosquitoes, wildlife rem o v a l , m o i s t u r e c o n trol, TAP insulation. See ad, 27.

GLOW YOGA 824 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores 251-216-GLOW Hot and cool vinyasa style yoga. Work hard and work up a sweat, rejuvenating the body and calming the mind as you flow to energizing music. Our classes empower students of all levels. See ad, page 14.

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REIKI CENTER OF FAIRHOPE LMTs-Chester Schmidt & Rebecca Havard 20730 Highway 181 251-281-8811 See ad, page 15.

JEN ADAMS, LMT 22787 US 98 at Parker Rd., Bdg. D, Ste. 5 251-616-4201

THRIVE YOGA & MASSAGE Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 251-379-4493

FOLEY THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Charlene Rester, RN, LMT Located inside Align Chiropractic 117 West Orange Avenue 251-952-5555


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BELLA SUNDRIES WELLNESS STUDIO 6576 Airport Boulevard, Building C 251-458-8884 See ad, page 15.

ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111 251-342-6415

CYNERGY MASSAGE & WELLNESS Cynde Greer, LMT AL1987 2090 Schillinger Rd S, Suite G 251-633-2828

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Virginia’s Health Foods • 3952 Airport Blvd in Mobile • 251-345-0494 Fairhope Health Foods • 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Ctr in Fairhope • 251-928-0644

We make it easy and delicious to eat healthy.



The Sunflower Cafés offer full organic lunch menus. Featuring free-range meats, farm-fresh produce, organic wines and options for special dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free).

Asian Fusion • Mediterranean • Italian • Tex-Mex • Thai Pizza • Sandwiches • Pasta • Salads Catering service and take-out available. Menus online. Call for specials.

Located next door to Fairhope Health Foods and inside Virginia’s Health Foods in Mobile.

Fairhope: 251-929-0055

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