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e recently started sowing vegetable and flower seeds in anticipation of the cooler weather. With visions of greens and carrots and poppies and sunflowers, I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the garden. Every morning I look closely for new green sprouts pushing their way through the surface. This part of the process is why I was hesitant to grow plants from seeds for so many years— it’s hard to care for things you can’t see! I can prep the soil and water regularly, but until seedlings appear, conflicting thoughts of anticipation and doubt fill my mind. In life it often feels like we’re tending to invisible seeds and the outcomes of our actions are unpredictable. For the last month, we’ve been inundated with somber reports from friends and extended family members of terminal cancer diagnoses, an unexpected death, debilitating injuries, a lost dog and fractured relationships. I’ve felt heavy with sadness as I question why grim things are happening to wonderful people and how terminal illnesses are plaguing seemingly healthy bodies. As more and more seedlings make their debut, this morning’s garden inspection cultivated a sense of hope for abundance beyond the garden. No matter how rich our soil and how much effort we put into the success of our garden, we know that some seeds in the packet won’t germinate. It is in the moments when we are faced with challenges and tempted to lose faith, that we must resist the urge to trash the whole seed packet. Instead we need to continue our commitment to healthy choices, seek out additional tools, offer support to others and never give up hope. Good intentions might not always sprout resolutions, but we can strive to make the most of what we have, knowing that the more we plant, the better our chances are of enjoying a bountiful harvest. Whether you learn about the natural approach of a local chiropractor, discover a local labyrinth for walking meditation or are inspired by the eco-entrepreneurs in “Planet-Friendly and Profitable”, I hope this month’s issue plants within you the desire to nourish seeds of healing and positivity for yourself and the community around you. In health and gratitude,

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newsbriefs Witches Take Flight on Both Sides of the Bay Hundreds of witches are expected to take flight on their bike-powered brooms, on October 27 for the Fairhope Witches Ride, and on October 30 for the Mobile Witches Ride. Downtown Fairhope will play host to the second annual Fairhope Witches Ride, a whimsical Halloween-themed bike ride benefitting FurrEver Homes Animal Rescue. The easy bike ride encourages participants to embrace their inner witch with costumes and decorated bikes. The ride begins at 5:30 p.m. outside of McSharry’s Irish Pub, at Equality and Bancroft streets, which is also the location of The Black Hat Block Party, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The inaugural Mobile Witches Ride will take off at 5 p.m. the following Sunday in support of Delta Dogs, a nonprofit organization that provides free spay/neuter services and veterinary care to the pets of community members in need. Witches (and their Warlocks) will be welcomed to downtown Mobile for a fun 3-mile ride around the city that culminates with their own Black Hat Block Party at The Blind Mule, with live music, food trucks and Halloween fun. Awards for best costume and bike décor will be awarded at both events. Friends and families are encouraged to cheer on the witches as they throw candy along the routes, and are welcome at the block parties. Online registration is now open and the cost is $25. For more information, find Fairhope Witches Ride and Mobile Witches Ride on Facebook.

Volunteer Divers Needed for Conservation Project On October 22, scuba divers from across the country will participate in Operation Dive Against Debris. During this cleanup effort, volunteer divers will canvas the near shore waters of the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to remove garbage and unnatural debris which can pose a significant threat to people and wildlife. The local cleanup site, headquartered at Gulf Place Public Beach, in Gulf Shores, spans approximately 2.5 miles and runs from the fire department at the 1200 block of West Beach to Gulf State Park at the 500 block of East Beach. All volunteers will report to headquarters for check-in and assignments at 7 a.m. There is no cost to participate, but a liability waiver must be completed by all volunteers. This underwater conservation effort is the result of a unique collaboration between The City of Gulf Shores and Project AWARE (, a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean—one dive at a time. Focusing on marine debris, scuba divers can directly and positively affect real, long-term change in our community.

Begin a New Career in Yoga, Reiki or Massage Therapy Enrollment is open at Mobile’s newest occupational college, Alabama Healing Arts (AHA). Educators have over 25 years of teaching experience to assist students in becoming a registered yoga instructor, certified reiki practitioner or licensed massage therapist. After completing the school’s 200-hour yoga teacher training, graduates are eligible to register as teachers with Yoga Alliance. This Iyengar-inspired, hatha yoga training includes fundamental sciences, teaching methodologies, breath and meditation practices and indepth philosophy study. The next training starts on November 4. AHA’s next reiki certification begins with the Level I training on December 4. Upon completion, participants can offer professional reiki treatments. Each of the three levels may be purchased individually and for continuing education. The school’s state-licensed (#2253), 650-hour massage curriculum includes hands-on techniques, fundamental sciences and the student clinic/outreach practicum. AHA has a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensing exam. Daytime and evening classes are scheduled to begin in January. For an application with more details, call 251-753-1937, email or visit See ad, page 18.

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newsbriefs Fall Market on the Square Returns Bay area residents don’t have to go far this time of year to find fresh, locally produced foods and goods. The City of Mobile’s Market on the Square is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, from October 15 to November 19, downtown in Cathedral Square. This certified Alabama Farmers’ Market features live music and supports local merchants and farmers. At this time of year, they will be offering fall vegetables such as greens and late season squash, seafood, flowers, baked breads, pasta, casseroles, pies, soaps, lotions, handcrafted goods and more. Senior vouchers will be accepted through November 15. For more information, call 251-208-1550, visit or find Market On The Square on Facebook. See ad, page 16.

Holistic Moms Network Forms in Daphne A new chapter of the Holistic Moms Network, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization with over 100 chapters, is forming on the Eastern Shore. An open house to launch the local chapter will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., November 17, at the Daphne Public Library. “Today, more and more parents are interested in making healthy and green lifestyle changes for the well-being of their families and for the planet. Come meet other parents just like you, learn about what we offer members and help select future meeting topics and speakers,” says chapter leader Char Roberts. The Holistic Moms Network is dedicated to supporting moms with an interest in holistic health and green living. Monthly meetings will explore a variety of topics including whole and organic foods, breastfeeding, baby-wearing, natural family planning, massage therapy and more. The group will also form playgroups for moms with babies and young children.

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Integrative Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness is a 200-hour teacher training and immersion on the Eastern Shore for yoga students, bodyworkers, health care providers, movement students or anyone interested in the study of yoga and Ayurveda as a tool for holistic health and wellness. This program takes place from January to October (with participants meeting one weekend a month) and is led by Julie Wilkins, Occupational Therapist and Certified Yoga Therapist, along with faculty Julie Comer, Lynette Mattina and Angel Curtin. Guest teachers both locally and nationally will also be assisting with the training. This unique offering blends the healing modalities of yoga, mindfulness training and ayurvedic medicine so practitioners have a comprehensive lens through which to view the individual. “Our program will create professionals who can successfully integrate tools and techniques to bring yoga and Ayurveda to mainstream wellness programs. Students are also welcome to attend the program for their own holistic health immersion, without the intention to teach,” says Wilkins. For more information, visit See ad, page 18.

Film Lovers’ Festival Returns to Fairhope The fourth annual Fairhope Film Festival will take place November 10 to 13 in downtown Fairhope, at five venues—all within walking distance of each other. The festival promises more than 40 films that have won awards at national and international film festivals in the past year, including shorts, documentaries, features and international films. Many of the notable films never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly. The emphasis of the four-day event will be on the art of filmmaking and the experience of seeing exceptional films. In addition to experiencing the “best of the best” in cinema art, attendees mingle with directors, actors and filmmakers at special events, engaging panel discussions and exciting workshops. The film schedule and festival passes will be available online this month.

Healing Acres, in Robertsdale, will host a Reiki 1 class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 15. The class includes instruction, practice treatments and certification for Reiki Level One. A light, healthy lunch and all instructional materials will be included, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. According to instructor and Usui Reiki Master Sylvia Norton, reiki works on four levels— physical, emotional, mental and spiritual—to reduce stress and promote feelings of peace, relaxation and well-being. Often used with conventional medicine and other therapies, it can also increase energy, relieve physical pain and symptoms, encourage post-injury healing, enhance focus and dissolve energy blocks. Cost is $75 and space is limited. Location: 22355 Price Grubbs Rd., Robertsdale, AL. For more information, call Sylvia at 251744-4533 or Charlotte at 251300-9052. See ad, page 12.

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newsbriefs Center for CALM Living Offers Yoga Teacher Training The Kantra CALM 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, led by Augusta and David Kantra, founders of CALM (Creating Awareness – Living Mindfully), begins in January, in Fairhope. The 8-month program will strongly emphasize mindfulness, meditation and the philosophical underpinnings Augusta and David Kantra of yoga. Referred to as the science of life, yoga is a science of the body, mind and spirit—each of which will be addressed throughout the training. David, a clinical psychologist, and Augusta, a Licensed Professional Counselor, are both E-RYT500 and will be present for the once-a-month training weekends, where each training weekend builds on the last. The training is appropriate for anyone yearning to learn and grow, regardless of their previous yoga experience and desire to teach. “This heart-opening training will be no less than a transformative process—it’s an 8-month journey immersed in self-discovery and growth. People come out of training feeling better equipped to live more purposefully and fully,” says Augusta, who also teaches yoga classes on Saturday and Monday mornings at Creative Outlet, in downtown Fairhope. Space is limited. For more information, call 251-928-5363, email AKantra@gmail. com or visit

Tool Empowers Citizens to Report Environmental Concerns Mobile Baykeeper has partnered with Water Rangers, a nonprofit organization based in Canada, to launch the Issue Reporter—a web tool for citizens to submit environmental concerns as they arise. With this tool, citizens will be able to monitor water quality and report pollution by submitting geo-located photos, a description of the issue and relevant details from their smart phone, tablet or other computer device. The report is then submitted to Mobile Baykeeper staff, and through the use of Issue Reporter, citizens can stay informed of the status of each issue as it is resolved. “As an environmental watchdog, we diligently investigate citizen concerns, but many times the information provided to us doesn’t adequately describe the problem,” says Cade Kistler, program director for Mobile Baykeeper. “Through this tool, information comes to us directly and we are able to stay in constant contact with citizens and work through these issues more efficiently.” For more information, contact Kistler at or visit


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Bike Ride and Block Party for Advocacy and Fun Gears and Beers, a fundraiser for the Delta Bike Project (, will kick off at 7:30 a.m., November 12, at the LoDa Bier Garten, in downtown Mobile. Presented by The Hiller Companies, New Belgium Brewing Company and other local businesses, the event consists of three rides—10-mile Fat Tire Ride ($25), 30-mile Rampant Ride ($35) and 63-mile Pumpkick Metric ($45)—and a post-ride block party. Registration fees cover continental breakfast before the rides, snacks, water, after-party, event T-shirt, a beer ticket and swag bag. Delta Bike Project is a nonprofit community bike shop in Mobile dedicated to promoting and improving access to bicycle transportation. They believe that cycling and its benefits should be made equally accessible to people from all walks of life. Delta Bike Project seeks to minimize economic and educational barriers by providing a shared community space for people to have access to the tools and knowledge for doit-yourself bicycle repair, as well as low-cost access to donated and recycled bicycles. Location: 251 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL. For more information, visit

Celebrating 20 Years of Reiki Julie E Brent, founder of the Reiki Center of Fairhope, is celebrating her 20 years of Usui Reiki experience by offering a 20 percent discount on registration fees for her reiki workshops in October and November. Brent trained with several experienced Reiki Master Teachers when reiki was relatively unknown in the U.S. “I’ve enjoyed watching reiki become better known and used by both the general public and in hospitals,” she says. During Brent's massage training she discovered her affinity for working with Life Force Energy. She studied Shiatsu, Healing Touch and others, but was particularly Julie E Brent drawn to reiki because it aligns with her life ideal of “keep it simple”. According to Brent, the modality is profoundly easy to learn and use, and over time it has shown itself to be extremely effective. Although still certified in massage therapy, she currently focuses on teaching an energy healing. For more information, call 251-281-8811, email or visit See Healing Arts listing, page 41.

kudos Bulldogs Go Green is a campaign launched by Mobile Baykeeper, in partnership with UMS-Wright and Earth Resources Recycling to implement on-campus recycling of paper, plastic and aluminum throughout the lower, middle and upper schools on campus. Baykeeper staff is excited to form this partnership to educate and engage younger students on the importance of protecting and preserving the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities for generations to come.

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new study from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reports that preventable medical errors are killing far more people than previously thought. The research estimates that a quarter-million Americans die every year as a result of medical errors, constituting the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. This is a substantial increase from the 98,000 deaths from medical errors reported in a 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine. Lead researcher and Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Dr. Martin Makary clarifies that medical errors include mistakes by doctors, along with systemic problems related to communication breakdowns when patients are passed between departments. “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive, rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” he observes. One of the problems highlighted is a lack of public reporting. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require hospital-error reporting in deaths, which makes it difficult to accumulate related statistics. “The CDC should update reporting requirements for vital statistics so that physicians report whether there was any error that led to a preventable death,” says Makary. “We all know how common it is and how infrequently it’s openly discussed.” Dr. Frederick van Pelt, with the healthcare consultancy Chartis Group, says that severe injuries resulting from medical errors are also often overlooked. “Some estimates would put this number at 40 times the death rate.” He indicates that this gets buried in the milieu of expected suffering and pain that care providers are daily exposed to following any surgical procedure.

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esearchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center tested 209 women between 45 and 60 years old with a history of hot flashes and/ or night sweats. After up to 20 treatments over six months, the women receiving acupuncture reported a 37 percent reduction in hot flashes, while the control group saw a 6 percent increase. The symptom relief among the women treated with acupuncture persisted for a year. The researchers also found that the acupuncture group experienced an improvement in several menopausal quality of life measurements. Nancy Avis, Ph.D., a professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest University and lead author of the study, says, “There are a number of nonhormonal options for treating hot flashes and night sweats that are available to women. None seem to work for everyone, but our study showed that acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist can help some women without any side effects. It also showed that the maximum benefit occurred after about eight treatments.”

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Green Crisis

One in Five Plant Species May Face Extinction A new report from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the UK, has issued the first comprehensive assessment of plant life, the inaugural State of the World’s Plants, and found that one in five plants may be at risk of extinction due to invasive species, disease and changing landscapes. Researchers also have determined that just 30,000 plant species have a documented use out of hundreds of thousands of known species. These are only the vascular plants that have specialized tissue for sucking up water through their systems. Over the years, different people and agencies have identified the same plant at both different times and locations, so they may have accumulated multiple names. The Kew researchers determined that each plant in the International Plant Names Index had, on average, 2.7 different species names. By cutting out the duplicates from more than a million different names, the Kew report was able to pare down the known species to 391,000. In the Arctic, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a doomsday bank buried in the side of a mountain, contains more than 800,000 samples representing 5,100 different crops and their relatives.

Cause and Effect

Activists Will ‘Sue’ Monsanto in Mock Trial


Monsanto, the U.S.-based, multinational producer of agricultural products infamous for its controversial Roundup herbicide, will be “sued” for crimes against humanity in the independent International Criminal Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, on World Food Day, October 16. Plaintiffs include the Organic Consumers Association, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Navdanya, Regeneration International, and Millions Against Monsanto, along with dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups. The court, developed in 2011, will use the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to assess damages for Monsanto’s acts against humans and the environment. The court will also attempt to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense. It has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.

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Ari Jónsson, a 32-year-old student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, has invented an all-natural water bottle that holds its shape when full and decomposes when empty. He debuted his creation at the DesignMarch 2016 festival in Reykjavík, Iceland. The only two materials needed to create the bottle are agar, a gelatinous substance that comes from red algae, and water. “I just followed the path in what I was researching, trying to find new ways to use materials,” says Jónsson, who combined the two ingredients, heated the mixture, poured it into a mold, and then quickly cooled it. The H2O binds and thickens the agar when cooled, retaining the shape of the water bottle mold, explains Jónsson. When the finished bottle is empty, “It will rot like other foods.” The bottles can sustainably decompose in soil, although Jónsson has yet to determine exactly how long that process will take. A plastic water bottle takes more than 1,000 years to biodegrade, and in the U.S., more than 2 million tons of the containers are languishing in landfills.

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Older incandescent light bulbs have been phased out in many countries because they waste huge amounts of energy as heat, but scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported in Nature Nanotechnology that they are finding a way to recycle the waste energy and focus it back onto the filament, where it’s re-emitted as visible light. Their innovative structure is made from thin, stacked layers of a type of light-controlling crystal that allows visible wavelengths to pass through while reflecting infrared back to the filament as if striking a mirror. Traditional bulbs are banned in the European Union and Canada, and their manufacture and importation are being phased out in the U.S. They’ve been replaced by more expensive compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which are significantly more efficient. In theory, the crystal structures could boost the efficiency of incandescent bulbs to 40 percent, making them three times more efficient than the best available LED and CFL bulbs.

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EPA Helps Schools Cut Bus Emissions The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping finance the replacement or retrofitting of older school buses in public and private school fleets to reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality. Owners can install catalysts and ventilation systems to reduce emissions by up to 25 percent or replace older buses with newer ones that meet the latest highway emission standards. The EPA will pay up to $25,000 each, depending on the size. “Our kids spend a lot of time on the school bus, and buses spend a lot of time in our neighborhoods and schoolyards. They are a national symbol of safety,” says Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. “Significantly improving school bus fleets across the country with retrofits, replacements and idle reduction practices is imperative in meeting the agency’s goal of reducing children’s exposure to air toxins.”


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The Non GMO Project is sponsoring National Non-GMO Month in October. Observed since 2010, the program seeks to increase education and awareness about the growing presence of unlabeled genetically modified (GM/GMO) food products and ingredients. People and organizations across North America are discovering the risks GMOs pose to our health, families and environment. Non-GMO Month provides a powerful opportunity to coordinate voices and actions around the country as brands, retailers and individuals stand up for the right to know what’s in our food and to choose to avoid GMOs. Protecting consumer choice and a non-GMO food supply requires a multifaceted approach with online and boots-on-theground teamwork. The Non GMO Project invites everyone to help create local events and spread the word in communities. Begin at


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At Home at The Health Hut Enhancing the Customer Experience for Healthy Living by Meredith Montgomery


town Mobile, opened eff Sheldon, owner of The Health Hut, last month in response remembers his wife to customers’ ongoing saying “This is the one!” requests. when she first walked “About 80 percent into the building that of the inventory is the now houses The Health same across all three Hut’s third storefront. stores, but the managers After spending months have some purchasing generating population leverage to align orders studies and market analwith their unique cusyses, the determining tomer base. In these first factor for the business’ 90 days, we’re really lisnew location, was a tening to customer sugfeeling. “It’s like buying gestions in the new store a house. We want the so we can cater to their space to feel comfortrequests,” he explains. able and inviting like The Health Hut’s Jeff Sheldon and the new a home for our staff and primary focus is wholeMidtown Mobile storefront customers who we confood vitamins, herbs and sider to be extended supplements, but they family,” says Sheldon. also carry organic, nat With a master’s deural and allergen-free gree in exercise physiolgrocery items. Sheldon ogy and nutrition, Shelbelieves that the health don has been a strength food and supplement incoach and personal dustry can be intimidattrainer since 1998. In ing, and his staff strives 2011, he bought The to enhance and enrich Health Hut in West Moevery customer’s experience in their stores. “It bile, eventually opening can be overwhelming to a second location in Daphne. The newest location, in Mid- walk into a vitamin store and see walls

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hiropractic care corrects spinal alignment abnormalities as a means of treating a wide range of health problems. Addressing skeletal and muscular disorders and relieving pain are just the beginning. Research studies reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal of healing science Explore have found chiropractic beneficial in treating connective tissue abnormalities, infant lactose intolerance and even autism. More than $13 billion is spent annually on chiropractic health services, making it the largest alternative health practice in the U.S. Science supports its usefulness in addressing a wide range of conditions. Bell’s Palsy. Recovery varies among patients as chiropractors create patient-centric treatment programs designed to improve facial motion and hearing, relieve pain and address other nerve-related issues (Archives of Internal Medicine; Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A Canadian survey of chiropractors has reported success in using spinal manipulation to relieve IBD, colitis and other bowel disorders (Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology).

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Cancer. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine publishes numerous studies of therapies supporting cancer patients suffering the side effects of conventional treatment. The American Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that chiropractic care rates as one of the leading alternative medical treatments for pain management, among other related benefits. Chiropractic offers economical and effective strategies that may help quality of life, as discussed in Seminars in Oncology Nursing. High Blood Pressure. While many relevant studies can’t yet generalize results, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics documents success by chiropractors treating hypertension without the downside of medical drugs that can include the risk of stroke (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Chronic Sinusitis. Patients with nasal and sinus passages that don’t drain properly due to physical or nerve-related causes may find relief through chiropractic care. A study cited in the same journal showed that patients experienced relief of all related symptoms after a single adjustment. Arthritis. A study published in a

journal from the the University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies notes that arthritis patients obtaining chiropractic care enjoyed better health and quality of life than those that did not. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In clinical studies, combining manual spinal adjustment with soft tissue therapy has been found to relieve PMS discomfort. In one study, two groups of women were tested, switching off in receiving chiropractic adjustments or a placebo alternative. Each time, the group receiving chiropractic adjustments reported the greatest improvements (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A study published in Explore suggests that chiropractic care combined with other holistic elements such as appropriate nutrition may provide a more gentle, yet effective approach than conventional psychotropic drugs. It employed chiropractic treatment for boys 9 to 13 years old diagnosed with ADHD. Spinal manipulation with nutritional supplementation was reported to improve hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsiveness and behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. Headaches. Based on recent studies, spinal manipulation has proven effective against migraines and headaches originating from the neck. Manual therapy of the spine, along with neck exercises,

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Combining Chiropractic and Acupuncture Energizes Health by Kathleen Barnes


hiropractic manipulation of the spine has long been a remedy for structural malfunctions such as aching backs and recurring headaches. Today, chiroprattors are also treating neck pain from stress, plus tight shoulders and numb fingers from long hours

of computer use. An increasing number of them are now incorporating acupuncture into their arsenal against disorders once treated by chiropractic alone, with great success. “What if you had a nail in your foot? You can do anything to try to heal it, but

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fter working as a paramedic and registered nurse, Mary Sabal, D.C. became frustrated with the limits of medicine-based nursing. Seeking a profession that would allow her to offer services for patients on a longer-term basis while promoting preventative, holistic and natural lifestyles, she was led to chiropractic. At Family Care Naturally, her Gulf Shores practice, Sabal offers acupuncture (needle or non-needle) to reduce pain and anxiety; chiropractic adjustments (by hand or by instrument) to align bones and joints; hyperbaric oxygen therapy for mental clarity, muscle recovery and to ward off dangerous microorganisms; massage for therapeutic applications and relaxation; and hair tissue mineral analysis to reveal metabolic type, so food and supplement recommendations are more effective. She is also a distributor for the Better Air Probiotic Purifier, which vents probiotics into a home or office to safely and effectively eliminate viruses, molds, bacteria, pet dander and odors. Sabal is passionate about each of the services she offers because of changes she’s witnessed in patients’ lives. “My services are affordable, my treatments uncomplicated,” she says. “Together, we determine what approach will best meet a patient’s needs. It’s never too late to try safe and effective remedies for problematic symptoms that hold us back from living life to the fullest.” For more information, see ad, page 21.


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until you pull the nail out of your foot, you’ll still have a recurring problem,” explains Dr. James Campbell, owner of Campbell Chiropractic Center, in East Brunswick, New Jersey, a certified diplomate and president of the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture (ABCA). “Like removing the nail, chiropractic removes the mechanical problem and opens the way for acupuncture to stimulate healing,” Similarly, a chiropractic adjustment removes obstructions and opens acupuncture meridians to facilitate quick healing, “sometimes even immediately,” says Campbell. “Instead of having the needles in for 20 to 30 minutes, I can actually use a microcurrent device to access the meridians in the ears or on the hands and get the same results in five to 10 seconds.” He notes that relief can be both fast and permanent because the healing energy currents are able to circulate freely throughout the body.

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Combining the two modalities has been practiced for more than 40 years, although awareness of the enhanced effectiveness of doing so has been primarily realized in the eastern half of the U.S. The dual therapy is the brainchild of the late Dr. Richard Yennie, who initially became a Kansas City chiropractor after acupuncture healed a back injury shortly after World War II. An acupuncturist smuggled prohibited needles into Yennie’s Japanese hospital room in the sleeve of his kimono for treatments that ended with Yennie’s hospital discharge marked, “GOK,” meaning in the doctor’s opinion, “God only knows” how the intense back pain was healed. While Yennie went on to teach judo and establish five judo-karate schools, his greatest achievement was bringing the two sciences together in the U.S. He founded both the Acupuncture Society of America and the ABCA, affiliated with the American Chiropractic Association. Certification as a diplomate requires 2,300 hours of training in the combined modalities.

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Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Kleker, of Aspen Wellness Center, in Fort Collins, Colorado, is also a state-licensed acupuncturist. “I can tailor treatments to whatever the individual needs,” he says. For patients experiencing pain after

spinal fusion surgery, with no possibility of any movement in their spine, Kleker finds that acupuncture helps manage the pain. “We can commonly get the person out of the chronic pain loop,” he says. He also finds the combination helpful in treating chronic migraines, tennis elbow and other chronic pain conditions. “When I started my practice in 1981, few chiropractors knew anything about acupuncture, let alone used it. Now there are more and more of us,” observes Kleker. Both Kleker and Campbell are seeing increasing numbers of patients with problems related to high use of technology, facilitating greater challenges for chiropractors and new ways that adding acupuncture can be valuable. Notebook computers and iPads have both upsides and downsides, Campbell remarks. Users can find relief from repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome by utilizing portable devices. However, he is treating more patients for vertigo due to looking down at screens or neck pain from lying in bed looking up while using the devices. “Thumb pain caused by texting, responds especially well to a combination of chiropractic manipulation of the thumb to free up the joint and microcurrent or acupuncture needles to enhance energy flow in the area,” advises Campbell. Prevention is the best cure for these problems, says Kleker. He routinely informs patients about proper ergonomic positions for using traditional computers and mobile devices. He also suggests exercises to minimize or eliminate the structural challenges that accompany actively leveraging today’s technological world. In addition to chiropractors that are increasingly adding acupuncture to their own credentials, an increasing number of chiropractors have added acupuncturists to their practices. Therapy combining chiropractic and acupuncture has yet to be widely researched, but one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2012 reports the results of two acupuncture treatments followed by three chiropractic/ acupuncture treatments for women suffering from long-term migraine headaches. The migraines disappeared and had not returned a year later. Other studies show the combination therapy offers significant improvements in neck pain and tennis elbow.

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outheast Functional Chiropractic, in Daphne, focuses on care for the whole family by utilizing options such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, rehabilitation exercises and nutritional programs. Wesley Corbin, D.C. became an advocate for chiropractic care after suffering from a lumbar disc injury. “Chiropractic is a safe, effective nonsurgical way to help those suffering from pain or those looking to increase overall wellness. We believe wellness is the key to prevention and balance within the body,” says Corbin. Southeast Functional Chiropractic serves anyone with an injury, arthritis or degenerative changes, poor posture and chronic pain, as well as individuals enjoying a pain-free life that want to maintain proper spinal care for general health and wellness. According to Corbin, studies show that ongoing chiropractic care is linked to less visits to the emergency room, less prescriptions, less pain and increased health. “I’m passionate about helping my patients take control of their health and not let a condition define them, so they can live a more fulfilled life with less pain and injury. With our whole-person approach, we personally tailor a care plan and wellness program targeted to your needs, while using the least invasive, yet highly-effective techniques and services,” says Corbin. For more information, see ad, page 21.

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WALKING MEDITATION The Calming and Centering Effects of Labyrinths

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While many of us like to meditate, some can’t sit still. Walking a labyrinth provides an enticing alternative.


n archetypal labyrinth gently leads us in a circular path inward toward a center and then back out again. Found in ancient cultures from African, Celtic and Greek to Native American, they became especially popular fixtures in Medieval European churches; one of the most renowned is in France’s Chartres Cathedral. Depictions of labyrinths have been included in paintings, pottery, tapestries and in Hopi baskets as a sacred symbol of Mother Earth. Several American tribes saw the pattern as a medicine wheel. Celts may have regarded it as a neverending knot or circle. While some of the oldest known labyrinths decorate cave walls in Spain, today they grace diverse locations ranging from spas and wellness centers to parks, gardens, university campuses and even prisons. “Labyrinths can be outdoors or indoors. Permanent labyrinths may be made of stones, rocks, bricks or inlaid stones. Temporary labyrinths can be painted on grass or made with all sorts of things for a particular purpose or appropriate to a


specific cause,” explains Diane Rudebock, Ed.D., resource vice president and research chair of the Labyrinth Society, in Trumansburg, New York. “Walking a labyrinth is useful for those that sometimes have a hard time being outwardly still and drawing themselves inward. You must move your body, and because you’re focused on the path while you’re walking it, it’s easier to drop wholly into the journey and let go of all else,” says Anne Bull, of Veriditas, a Petaluma, California, nonprofit that supports new labyrinth designs to suit the spiritual needs of hospitals, schools and retreat centers. The group also sponsors a worldwide directory at

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A labyrinth walk typically involves three stages. The first is for releasing extraneous thoughts on the way to the center. Upon arriving in the stillness of that point, the participant opens heart and mind to receive whatever message or wisdom is intended for them. The return path is the integration phase, to make a fresh insight our own. Participants should approach their

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walk in different ways: One may have a specific question or intention in mind; another may be open to whatever occurs during their meditation; yet another may repeat a meditative mantra. One might even choose to bypass the path entirely in order to sit contemplatively at its center. Unlike a maze, it’s impossible to lose our way with the circular path serving as a simple and reliable guide. Although scientific research on labyrinth meditation has been limited to participant questionnaires, future studies may incorporate the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to measure brain activity and record what individuals experience. Labyrinths located in settings like hospitals and prisons lend themselves to such research, says Rudebock. As a Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, she conducts workshops and observes, “Walks are unique to each individual and may not produce uniform or replicable results.” At its core, the experience is about listening to our truest self, away from the cacophony of modern life. “I believe that the world needs places where our souls can be quiet,” remarks Jean Richardson, director of the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, in Bangor, Pennsylvania, which includes a seven-circuit labyrinth. “Retreat centers and labyrinths are places where we can listen to our inner heart, feel our inner calling and tap into our own divine nature. I think deep listening is not always valued in a world where we are rewarded for being busy and keeping our schedules full.” 

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Today, labyrinths—indoor, outdoor, natural, urban, secular and religious— are found in or near many communities. Following the lead of California’s Golden Door Spa, in Escondido, which pioneered the use of a labyrinth in a spa setting, many spas now incorporate them in their wellness or mindfulness programs. Labyrinthine invitations to a mindfulness practice are open to everyone. “A labyrinth can bridge all beliefs, faiths, religions and walks of life,” says Bull. “You can walk a labyrinth no matter what you believe. Benefits come in walking it with an open mind and open heart.” Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at

Walk a Local Labyrinth Episcopal Church of the Redeemer 1100 Cody Rd., Mobile, AL 251-639-1953 One of the first labyrinths built in the area (in the mid-1990s), this outdoor Chartes style labyrinth on grass and lined in bricks is located at the west end of the church property. It is open to the public any time, though it is best to walk it in daylight. Gulf Shores United Methodist Contemporary Church 1900 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 251-952-2175 This indoor prayer labyrinth is open to the public by appointment. The Chartes style pathway is scored into the floor and is approximately one-third-mile long. Those unable to walk the labyrinth can trace the path with their finger on one of the tabletop labyrinths. Healing Acres 22355 Price Grubbs Rd., Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052 There are two grass labyrinths at this rural location that are open to the public from sun up to sunset. One is a basic Cretan design with patterns going from left to right, which makes the brain alternate hemispheres, helping to balance the creative and logical parts of the brain. The other is a 7-circuit labyrinth with each circuit representing a chakra from base to crown. It is less than a ¼-mile to complete each of the labyrinths. See ad, page 12. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 228-374-5547 “The Journey Within” is a labyrinth created by environmental artist Elisa DaSilva for the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. See article this page for details.

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year after returning to her hometown of Gulfport, Elisa DaSilva witnessed Hurricane Katrina devastate the Mississippi coast. Feeling fortunate that her house wasn’t destroyed, she worked in disaster recovery for three years. “When you hear the story of trauma being told over and over again, it’s pretty difficult, physically and emotionally. No matter how much or how little you lost, you lose your peace of mind and your outlook is forever changed,” she says. To balance the intensity of her work, DaSilva began studying meditation and yoga and learned about the healing powers of labyrinths. She would meditate every morning on the beach by making a labyrinth in the sand with whatever she could find, knowing it would be washed away later that day. She had always loved exploring both natural and urban landscapes, leaving behind environmental installations made with found objects for someone else to discover. As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina neared last year, DaSilva felt moved to help the community heal so they could put the sadness to rest. Inspired by her love of labyrinths and her trail of fleeting installations, she began making labyrinths along the coastline on the concrete slabs that once served as foundations for homes. “In your mind you see what was, not what is,” DaSilva says of the slabs that have become common fixtures in the local landscape. The artist has a significant collection of handmade tile from her urban explorations, but she asked the community to donate found or saved remnants left behind by Katrina. She arranged the debris, which included tiles, figurines, cassette tapes, pictures, glass and other objects, to make labyrinths on the bare slabs. The public was invited to walk the labyrinths, using their journey through them as an opportunity to reflect on themselves and how the community had evolved since the storm. She laid out one of her labyrinths on the site of the historic Tullis-Toledano Manor at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, in Biloxi, and it is still in place and open to the public today. DaSilva says she’s always created things with found objects in public outdoor spaces, but she never used to think of it as art. She notes, “Becoming an artist is a direct result of Katrina.” For more information, visit natural awakenings October 2016


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n The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan surmised that we’d be healthier if we ate the way our great-grandparents did. It would mean sticking to regularly scheduled meals instead of impulsive snacking, having a meat or protein item comprise only a quarter of our plate, adding fresh vegetables and eliminating junk food. We must look further back than our immediate ancestors, counters Jo Robinson, a food journalist who surveyed more than 6,000 scientific research studies before writing her bestselling Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. She has also co-authored several other books, including The Omega Diet: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete.

She points out that the hunter-gatherer diet encompassed many wild foods that tasted more bitter, astringent, sour and earthy than the sweet blandness in today’s fruits and vegetables. Wild foods offered a wider variety of phytonutrients, but came at a cost—the time required to hunt and gather enough food for a day, let alone a season. “Then, 12,000 years ago, we had a better idea—gardening,” says Robinson. “We evolved to 20 varieties in a garden versus 150 in wild plants.” First, farmers

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chose sweet, starchy, mild-tasting, oil-rich foods such as figs, dates and olives. “We’re hard-wired to choose high-calorie foods because they’re directly connected to the pleasure centers of the brain,” she adds. After that, the trend to grow sweetertasting, less nutritious plants snowballed. Robinson cites research that found adding one Golden Delicious apple to the daily diet of a small group of overweight men led to higher levels of undesirable lowdensity lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides due to its high-fructose content and low levels of antioxidants (International Journal of Preventive Medicine).

Wilder Options Even organic farming methods, in which the soil is naturally enriched, can’t return all those lost nutrients to our food. Rather than advocate that we return to eating wild foods, Robinson suggests finding wild equivalents. Even those that follow a paleo diet—presumably eaten by early humans and consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, excluding dairy, grain products and commercially processed items—could use further refinements in the produce they choose. She recommends specific varieties of fruits and vegetables and explains the benefits of “wild” foods such as meat, eggs and dairy from livestock and poultry fed on grass on her website,

Wild and Healthy Choices In Eating on the Wild Side, Robinson cites considerable research that shows we can make better choices within each food category by simply selecting varieties closer to their wild ancestors. Generally, the most phytonutrient-rich options include kale, spinach, lettuces, asparagus and artichokes. Here are other tips from the literature. n Tart apples such as Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honeycrisp and Liberty boost phytonutrients and fiber while reducing fructose content. n Raw kale is both the most bitter and beneficial of all the cruciferous vegetables. n Dark orange-hued mangos are superior to other tropical fruits, possessing five times the vitamin C of oranges and the fiber of pineapples. n Cherry, grape and currant tomatoes deliver more cancer-preventing lycopene than beefsteak tomatoes.

We can make smarter choices, seeking wilder-type varieties of foods at the grocery store, farmers’ market and garden seed companies. In general, they are more vividly colored, especially from red to purple, and less sweet. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables indicate a botanical sunscreen the plant produces to protect itself from ultraviolet light and other external threats, notes Robinson; it’s an indication of a higher antioxidant activity. “Find as many purple foods as possible because they have anthocyanins, known to fight cancer and inflammation,” suggests Robinson. “The original carrot

from Afghanistan is purple. It’s only been orange for the past 400 years when it was bred to salute the royal House of Orange, in the Netherlands.” According to Robinson, we can also prepare our foods in ways that maximize their phytonutrient content. Eat fresh-picked asparagus and broccoli immediately or their natural sugars and antioxidants disappear. Let chopped or pressed garlic sit for 10 minutes before using so its pungent allicin—the healthy compound that benefits our health—will increase. Tear fresh lettuce the day before eating and keep it fresh in a plastic bag with poked holes, to allow

the still-living lettuce to rally its healthy compounds as if its battered leaves were repelling an insect attack. This emerging science of polyphenols, the technical term for phytonutrients in our food, will be explosive, predicts this pioneering research-based author. “There’s a new study just about every month,” she finds. It can all lead toward breeding and growing more nutritious foods that are more readily accessible to everyone. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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he household is settling for the night when the 5-year-old cries out, “My throat hurts!” “There’s no need to panic,” says Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, in Pecos, New Mexico, an integrative physician and chief medical officer of Weil Lifestyle. “It’s pretty easy to figure out if it’s strep throat, which requires antibiotics, or something you can treat at home.” Only 10 to 20 percent of sore throats in children are caused by Streptococcus bacteria which, if not properly treated, can lead to heart damage. The first question to ask is, “What are the symptoms?” If these include sudden onset of a severe and worsening sore throat without any complaints of scratchiness; a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more; headache or stomach pain; and the lack of a stuffy nose, cough or sign of a cold—a trip to the pediatrician is essential and a course of antibiotics is necessary, says Low Dog. The vast majority of youngsters’ sore throats, which may accompany a common cold, are caused by viruses and will heal on their own in about a week. Many natural remedies will help children feel

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better and relieve the pain; some cost so little they are nearly free. Salt water gargle: “A glass of warm water with half a teaspoon of sea salt swirled into it is an old-school remedy that works well for kids at least 5 years old,” says Erika Krumbeck, a naturopathic doctor and licensed primary care physician practicing pediatrics in Missoula, Montana. She notes that a salt water gargle can also moderate the symptoms of strep until the child can see a doctor. The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies confirms that the salt water draws excess fluid from inflamed throat tissues. It also loosens mucus and removes other irritants, including bacteria, allergens and fungi. Just make sure children don’t swallow the salt water, counsels Krumbeck. Warm compresses: A warm water compress using a wet hand towel applied for 10 or 15 minutes every hour loosens mucus and is soothing. “It’s amazing how effective these familiar practices are,” says Krumbeck. “Grandma knew what she was doing.” Lemon juice and honey: “Honey is sweet, so kids love it,” says certified nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, of New York

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and Los Angeles. This traditional recipe works because the honey has antibacterial properties and the lemon juice is packed with immune-boosting antioxidants. Snyder cautions that babies younger than 12 months old should never be given honey because their immune systems cannot handle the bacterial spores sometimes present in the sweet treat. Elderberry: The tiny purple berries of the Sambucus nigra L. plant shortens the duration of colds and flu often suffered by air travelers, according to research that includes a large Australian study. Elderberry syrup appeals to kids because it tastes delicious. Low Dog recommends keeping a bottle on hand at all times because it’s hard to know when a child will complain of a scratchy throat. “This yummy syrup is good for all ages. It’s so safe. I love it,” says Low Dog, adding, “Plus, you can always use it on whole-grain pancakes.” Sage and Echinacea: Drinking sage tea and gargling with echinacea are oldtime remedies for sore throats that now have scientific backing, says Snyder. Go for a twofer and add a little echinacea to the tea, she suggests. A Swiss study showed that an echinacea/sage spray soothed sore throat symptoms just as well as a chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray, which can have side effects that include more swelling and even allergic reactions; the suggested spray should not be used with children under 12. Pairing up a dose of safe and gentle, time-tested sore throat recipes with a big hug will go far toward relieving most little ones’ suffering. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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dward Humes investigates the origins and impacts of the expensive and complex process that brings us everyday products and items in his new book Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation. His latest work, which also covers our love affair with cars, is popularizing the eco-conscious term, “transportation footprint”. Aligned with this, he recommends a move to driverless cars to save lives and fuel. In an earlier book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Southern California journalist examined the causes and effects of waste. Solutions are showcased by how institutions and families are consciously reducing their wasteful ways.

What are some everyday impacts of the “door-to-door machine” you write about? Transportation is embedded in our lives, both in our personal things and our travel. It can take 30,000 miles to get our morning coffee to the kitchen, with another 165,000 miles attached to all the components of the coffee pot, water, energy and packaging—a worldwide mix involving trains, planes, boats and trucks. Unprecedented amounts of transportation are embedded in everything we do and touch, with many hidden costs to our environment, economy and traffic. Take the world of online retailing. That “buy it now” button seems so convenient, but it’s also a traffic jam generator. Each click births a new truck trip. What

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used to be a single truckload of goods delivered efficiently to a store or mall now demands hundreds of single-item deliveries to far-flung homes.

Which transportation footprint surprised you the most in researching Door to Door? The smartphone is a paradox, in that it has reduced our transportation footprint in some ways because of all the separate devices it has replaced, from navigation in cars to calculators to cameras. Phones also empower a transportation-free option for online banking and bill paying, eliminating all sorts of trips in the physical world. On the flip side, making and assembling smartphone components requires a lot of back-and-forth transport between many countries because no one can make the whole “widget”. With its many raw materials, rare earth minerals and manufactured components, we’re talking about an overall transportation footprint for one phone that’s equivalent to a round trip to the moon; a phone that users will trade in for a newer model in just a few years.

What’s a particularly negative impact of the huge distances involved in today’s movement of goods? Cargo container ships create immense amounts of pollution. About 6,000 container ships worldwide ship 90 percent of consumer goods. Natural Resources Defense Council data show that the smog

and particulate emissions from just 160 of these vessels equal that of all of the cars in the world. If the cargo fleet were a country, its carbon emissions would exceed Germany’s, the world’s fourth-largest economy, according to the European Commission. Cargo ship carbon emissions are projected to rise to about 18 percent of the global total in the next 25 years if our appetite for goods continues to grow at current rates.

What are the consequences of the U.S. ranking 16th worldwide in infrastructure quality? Americans are under the illusion that we pay high taxes to build and maintain roads, bridges and rails. However, as a portion of our gross domestic product, we invest about one-fifth of what China does and the poor results are apparent. We have a $3.6 trillion backlog in needed modernization. This drags down the economy and increases harmful emissions through shipping delays and rush-hour jams, as well as raising road safety concerns.

How can we each lessen our “transportation footprint”? We have power as individuals, families and communities to make a difference. Americans walk less than almost any other people on Earth. A Los Angeles study showed that half of its residents’ daily trips are less than three miles, with many under one mile, which is crazy. Using alternative transportation for just 10 percent of those trips would have major positive impacts. Far fewer children walk or bike to school than in the recent past, even as we face a youth obesity crisis. We can also adjust when and how we drive; half the cars on the road during rush hour are not job-related. Driving at other times would ease traffic for everyone and reduce traffic jams, emissions and crashes. All of this is something we could easily change—and that many other countries have changed—with substantial health, economic and traffic benefits. Randy Kambic is a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, and a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.



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Planet-Friendly and Profitable The Rise of Ecopreneurs


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hether it’s a sideline or full time, flourishing small businesses stimulate the economy. The U.S. Small Business Association found that between 2009 and 2013, companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 60 percent of net new jobs. Technology allows new commercial ventures to be launched from home, yielding huge savings in startup costs. Owners have found ways to fulfill needs by leveraging their past job experiences and personal interests.

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When the economy faltered in 2008, Dave Marciniak, owner and lead designer at Revolutionary Gardens, in Culpeper, Virginia, offered eco-friendly services. “I focus on a few key points and design to make the outdoors a place where people want to be,” he says. Even for urbanites, fresh garden herbs are available thanks to ecopreneurs like Andy Avramenko, who created TrendyThing, in New York City. “The edible plants our bike messengers 32

distribute come from local farmers,” he explains. Basil, parsley, dill, lettuce and other herbs and greens are available for all five boroughs; potted plants arrive fresh weekly via subscription. In addition to cleaning homes, Debbie Sardone, owner of Speed Cleaning, in Lewisville, Texas, saw an opportunity to manufacture her own green cleaning products. They’re part of a full-line online catalog. Ryan Riley and his wife, Ashley Spitz, of Los Angeles, own and operate Biz Bagz, dog waste bags made in America from bio-based resins and recycled plastics. He notes the genesis of their idea: “Landfills are anaerobic, so biodegradable bags don’t get the oxygen required to break down. Compostable bags are available, but few places provide composting services. We offer a cleaner alternative.” Another pet-inspired idea was spawned when Kevin Li, of Manhattan, New York, left his puppy home alone for the first time. He invented an appoperated remote control ball with a

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People- and planet-friendly personal care products address other ongoing customer needs. Nitya Gulati, founder of Sugarloom Cosmetics, in Ashburn, Virginia, specializes in Americanmade, vegan, cruelty- and toxin-free nail polish. She advises, “Look for ‘fivefree’ on the label, which means no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin. Watch out for guanine, made from fish scales, found in glittery polishes. Oleic acid, a thickener, is animal fat. Vibrant reds may contain carmine, made from boiled, crushed beetles.” She warns that products tested by a third party can obscure animal testing during product development. Amelia Swaggert and Elizabeth Ripps, co-founders of California Scrub Company, in Los Angeles, upcycle coffee grounds into a natural facial scrub. They’ve eliminated plastic at every step of

production from sourcing to packaging. They’re also helping to keep the world’s oceans from becoming plastic soup by supporting the Beat the Microbead campaign. ( Maintaining a professional look while living green can be a challenge. found a stylish, eco-friendly, lightweight and durable tote bag designed by Natalie Therése. The vegan cork tote is made in Boxford, Massachusetts. Shavings from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in Portugal are transformed into ultrathin sheets to produce cork fabric; the certified organic cotton lining is produced in Korea and China in certified Global Organic Textile Standard and fair trade facilities.

Out and About Mya Zeronis saw a need for healthy food and stepped out of her comfort zone to fulfill it through her extra VEGANza Pgh restaurant and its catering arm, Lean Chef en Route, recognized by Sustainable Pittsburgh. “We source locally, compost produce scraps, serve meat- and dairy-free menu options, practice food waste management with root-to-stem preparation and maintain energy conservation,” she says. Customers are encouraged to bike to the restaurant; there’s even a bicycle air pump and flat tire repair kit on the premises if emergencies arise. Shared bikes are a welcome addition at colleges for budget-minded and time-strapped students. Rented by the hour or day, they’re a convenient, healthy and non-polluting way to get around campus. New York University at Buffalo students can remotely locate, rent and unlock GPS-enabled bikes. At Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Purple Bike Coalition provides free use of bikes and a staffed repair station; a cargo bike helps transport larger objects. Entrepreneurs are creative by nature; seeing a need and asking, “What if?” Eco-friendly, green-minded entrepreneurs take ideas a step farther, working to ensure the health of consumers and the planet. They succeed as they serve and inspire us all. Connect with the freelance writer via

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Pancake Breakfast – 7:30-10:30am. Join us in celebrating Marietta Johnson's 152nd birthday at our all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast. This event is a wonderful learning experience for the students at The Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education as they learn to work together. $5. Papa's Pizza, 420 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-928-9347. Bird & Conservation Expo – 9am-2pm. Boy Scout Troup 47 will team up with Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education at this year's Birdfest expo to help children make birdhouses. Children will be able to bring the birdhouses home to attract birds to their own yards. Free. Faulkner State Community College, 450 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-928-9347.


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Postpartum Support – 11am. This is all about mom-to-mom support. Have questions? Need other moms to talk to? We are here for you. Food and drinks will be served. Group leader: Tera Smith, Certified Professional Midwife. $5 to cover food/ drinks. Luna Babies 1820 Pass Road Gulfport, MS. 228-357-5574.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 Advanced Reiki Training (Usui-ART) – 9am5:30pm. ART one-day class will give you the Master Attunement. You will learn techniques for increasing the power of your Reiki using the Reiki Grid, crystals and more. Can be taken separately from Usui Reiki Teacher Training, offered on Sat/Sun 10/15-16. $250. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 7 S Bayview St, Fairhope, AL. Julie: 251-281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope@ AHA Student Massage Clinic – 10:15am, 11:30am, & 12:45pm appointments. School-supervised internship gives opportunity for student practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting and clients to receive quality, 50-min full-body healing massage at a great value. Call for appointments. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-753-1937. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. The Energetic Body – 6-9pm. Awaken, feel and use the energy that is available to you. Discover or delve deeper into the energetic mapping systems of the koshas, nadis and chakras. We will explore and practice ways to clear and open our energy through awareness and movement. $40 by Oct. 7, $45 after. Soul Shine Yoga, 103 Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4634. Rebecca.SoulFlow@

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Fall Market on the Square Opening Day – 7:30am-12pm. The Fall market will be open Saturdays, Oct 15-Nov 19. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. 251-2081550. Reiki 1 Class at Healing Acres – 9am-4pm. The class includes instruction, practice treatments and certification for Reiki Level I. We will provide a light, healthy lunch and all instructional materials. Wear comfortable clothing. Instructor: Sylvia Norton, Usui Reiki Master. Prior registration required. Space limited. $75. Healing Acres, 22355 Price Grubbs Rd, Robertsdale, AL. Sylvia: 251-744-4533 or Charlotte: 251-300-9052. Usui Reiki III/ Master Teacher Training – 9:30am-5:30pm. Oct 15-16. Reiki III Usui/Tibetan Master attunements - instruction for giving attunements. The healing attunement, Tibetan symbols. Advanced Reiki meditation, values, spiritual orientation of a true Reiki Master. Instructor Julie E Brent, Reiki Master Teacher. $600. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 7 S Bayview St, Fairhope, AL. Julie: 251-281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope@gmail. com. Cloth Diaper 101 – 11am. New to cloth diapering, or just want to learn the pros and cons of it? We are here for you, CD 101 goes over the different types, accessories and washing options. Free. Luna Babies 1820 Pass Rd, Gulfport, MS. 228-357-5574. AHA Supervised Reiki Clinic – 1:15 & 2:30pm appointments. School-supervised internship provides student opportunity to work with clients in a professional setting. Clients experience a gentle, effective healing treatment that improves health, reduces stress and speeds the healing process. Call for appointment. $25 for 50-min full body student Reiki session. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-753-1937. AlabamaHealingArts@

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 Sunday Service and Potluck at Unity of Gulfport – 10:30am. Join us in our beautiful new sanctuary for great messages and great music. Stay for the monthly potluck that will feed and nourish your soul with all the love and fellowship that Unity Church has to offer. Free (bring a dish to share). Unity of Gulfport, Gulfport, MS.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Chakra Series II: Going Deeper with Rebecca Washburn – 6pm. Oct 18-Nov 8. Explore the connections between the chakras and patterns that emerge through development. This series is a deeper look on how the chakra system reflects our internal and external experience and how we can use this awareness to transform our lives. $125 before Oct 16/$150 after. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope. 251-929-4634. Rebecca.SoulFlow@

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Clean Energy Fest – 11am-5pm. Solar panels, electric cars, a tiny house, art exhibition, music and poetry all come together to celebrate our transition to clean energy from the wind and sun. Free. Bowden Building, 120 Church St, Pensacola, FL. 850-6879968.


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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 South Alabama British Car Festival – 9am-3pm. Free to the public, fee to show your British car. Preregistration is encouraged. Watch sabcc.shutterfly. com for more info. Free to attend, fee to show. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-458-1405. Quantum-Touch Level I with Julie E Brent – 9:30am-5:30pm. Oct 22-23. Quantum-Touch teaches us how to focus, amplify and direct Life Force energy, for a wide range of benefits with surprising and often extraordinary results. Your love has tremendous impact to benefit yourself and others. NCBTMB and nursing CEs offered. $400 or $350 early bird. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 7 S Bayview St, Fairhope, AL. Julie 251-281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope@gmail. com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 AHA Student Massage Clinic – 10:15am, 11:30am, & 12:45pm appointments. School-supervised internship gives opportunity for student practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting and clients to receive quality, 50-min full-body healing massage at a great value. Call for appointments. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-753-1937. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. How to Make Baby Food – 5pm. Do you want to make your own baby food, but don't know where to start? We can help. Homemade baby foods are easy to prepare and much cheaper than store bought brands. Free. Luna Babies 1820 Pass Road Gulfport, MS. 228-357-5574.



Fall Festival – 5:30-7:30pm. This year's Fall Festival will feature live music on our new outdoor amphitheater, cake walk with the Great Mawk Arnold, fortune teller, children's games, silent auction, face painting, bouncy house, costume contest and food. $10. 8 Marietta Dr, Fairhope, AL. 251-928-9347.

Usui Reiki Level I & II Certification Weekend w/Julie – 9:30am-5:30pm. Oct 29-30. Basic Usui Reiki and some amazing supercharged ways to increase the focus and intensity of your work. Level I gives you the tools for self healing, Level II increases your connection and you will learn to work on others. 13 Nurses CEs available. $300/$250 prepaid 7 days advance. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 7 S Bayview St, Fairhope, AL. Julie 251-281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope@gmail. com.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 Protect The Girls – 2-5pm. This interactive workshop by Realistic Healthcare provides tips on reducing the risk of breast cancer. Professionals in areas of nutrition, hormone testing, exercise, supplements, imaging and hair/skin toxins will speak. Earlybird: $30/couple $50. At the door $35. Windmill Market. 85 N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-422-5610.

AHA 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Nov 5-6. Iyengar-based, hatha yoga training includes fundamental sciences, teaching methodologies, breath and meditation practices and in-depth philosophy study. Upon completion of the 16-month training, graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-753-1937. AlabamaHealingArts@


markyourcalendar Important Nutrition Conference in Montgomery The 17th Annual Wise Traditions Conference, sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation, is in Montgomery this year! Confused about a healthy diet? Join 1,000 others from all over the world to learn from 40 speakers and 80 vendors and to enjoy delicious meals. Many attend every year. The exhibit hall and the Friday night movie are free to the public.

November 11-14

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel Montgomery, AL • 540-722-7104

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Port City Craftsmen Arts & Crafts Show – 9am-5pm, Nov 18-19. 11am-4pm, Nov 20. Bring the entire family for our Craft Show Extravaganza. We have lots of handmade items from local crafters for the entire family. Soaps, lotions, candles, wood working, ceramics, painted china, jewelry, crochet baby items and Christmas decorations. Entry fee $2 or $1 and 1 can good for Feeding the Gulf Coast. Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Rd, Mobile, AL.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Level I/First Degree Reiki Training – Explores history, benefits and step-by-step details to give a complete Reiki treatment, and to self-treat. Participants will experience giving and receiving Reiki. Upon completion, graduates are certified to perform Reiki professionally. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-753-1937.

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Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL.

Monday/Hump Day Massage Special – 8am-4pm. Schedule your appointment on a Monday or Wednesday and receive an extra 15 minutes of free therapy added on to your hour session. $75. Roselee Marie Giovino, LMT, Gulf Shores and Foley, AL locations. 251-228-2077.

Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777.

Gentle Yoga Flow – 8am. This stretching, strengthening, balancing, feel good class is for curious people wanting to learn about yoga. Learn to breathe, match breath to movement, the details of proper alignment of a pose. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga,103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Unity Christ Church Sunday Service – 11am. Tune in, turn on, tap into the loving presence of the Divine at Unity Christ Church. If you desire a nonjudgmental, open, supportive and loving spiritual community, Unity Christ Church of Mobile is here to inspire, uplift and celebrate the Divine. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. Facebook. com/unityofmobile. Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service – 10:30am. Join us for spirited and lively service with music that will soothe your soul. We are an all inclusive congregation, welcoming people of all countries, all nationalities, all faiths and all areas of the beautiful south. Potluck 3rd Sunday of the month. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E. Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Diversity Tea – 2pm. 2nd Sundays. Please join us in raising our individual and collective spirits as we gather for our monthly Ladies Tea. Please bring a short quote, prayer, poem, story, song or even a piece of art that inspires you. Free. 726 Amador Ave, Fairhope, AL. Baha'i's of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm, 4th Sundays. The coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate their unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments are served following the shared devotional program. Free. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL.


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Hot Power Hour – 8am. Mon-Fri. A faster paced power vinyasa flow builds strength, increases flexibility, strengthens your core and transforms your body and mind. Find your groove, shine your light and practice at your own level. Heated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ Yoga at Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio – 8:159:15am. Instructor: Annette Porter-Ham. Discover what movement with intention can do for you with this all-levels Iyengar inspired Hatha Yoga style practice. Join us for all our adult fitness classes at Mobile Ballet’s Eastern Shore studio in Daphne. $12/ class drop-in, or purchase a discounted class card 10 classes for $100. Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio, 26436B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL. 251-342-2241. Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Wed in Daphne. $5. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-610-3151.

Yoga Dance Fusion – 5:30-6:30pm. Connect with your inner rhythm and flow through Rebecca’s unique blend of yoga and dance. A fusion of dance styles mixed with yoga and breath will be an exploration of your own creativity and energetic flow. No experience necessary. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4634. Rebecca.SoulFlow@ Bridging the Great Divide – 6-8pm. The Family Center is offering this class for parents of teens. It helps prepare and equip parents for having the important conversations needed with their teens. Helps parents see things from the teen perspective. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700. Together We Can – 6-8pm. A Family Center class to help parents build a better future for their children by working together as co-parents. Open to couples regardless of their relationship. Become a team that supports your family's success. Free. 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne, AL. Christie Brannon: 251-626-1610. Pranic Healing and Twin Hearts Meditation Clinic – 6:30-8:20pm. Headaches, stress, physical or emotional ailments bothering you? Experience healing for your mind, body and soul, with Pranic Healing and/or Meditation on Twin Hearts. We all have the ability to heal ourselves and others. Classes also available. Donation. Center for Spiritual Living Mobile, AL. RSVP: 251-454-0959.

tuesday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs, 21 Marks Rd, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6am. The days are getting shorter, so greet the sunrise with Linda Csaszar and take pleasure in some glorious morning yoga. Charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find the joy in the movement! Also on Thurs w/ Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Group Reformer Class with Adrienne – 12pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne during your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Also Wednesdays at noon. Log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Pilates at Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio – 8:309:30am. Instructor: Lori Conner. Traditional Pilates class where you can achieve improved core strength and stability, improved posture and balance, improved flexibility. Join us for all our adult fitness classes at Mobile Ballet Eastern Shore studio in Daphne. $12/ class drop-in, or purchase a discounted class card 10 classes for $100. Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio, 26436B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL. 251-342-2241.

Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: myhappydog123.

Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Tues & Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd. Foley, AL. 251-597-5557.

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Cardio Dance at Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio – 9:30-10:30am. Instructor: Nonie Taul. Come wiggle, dance and shake it while burning some major calories – such a fun way to get a workout in. All levels welcome. Join us for all our adult fitness classes at Mobile Ballet’s Eastern Shore studio in Daphne. $12/class drop-in, or purchase a discounted class card 10 classes for $100. Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio, 26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL. 251-342-2241. Info@MobileBallet. org.


Hot Restore: Hips + Hamstrings – 9:30am. Tues & Thurs. Hot Restore focuses on poses to lengthen the hamstrings and open the hips. Allow the heat to help you open more deeply and stretch more fully, while you heal your body and calm your mind. Heated. All levels. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL.

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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

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Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251634-8055. Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and local produce and meat from End of the Road Farm. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-7517. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks. AHA Evening Yoga – 5:45pm. Give your spirit the gift of a calming and centering tune-up by improving posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility, establishing core strength, refreshing the mind and restoring healthy balance. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-377-8940. AlabamaHealingArts@ Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. See website for more info: Yoga with Valerie – 5:45pm. Join 200-hr RYT Valerie Mitchell 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. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL.


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Yoga – 9am. Wed & Fri. Experience yoga with emphasis on breathing, alignment and slow flow. Use of props to support your practice. All fitness levels welcome. Class size limited, call/text to register 251-583-0049. $10. Richard Fitness Systems, 1880 Airport Blvd, Ste D, Mobile, AL. 251-583-0049. $5 Yoga & Chair Yoga – 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, AL. 251-379-4493. AHA Morning Yoga – 9:30am. Mon & Wed. Learn the basics of yoga postures. Energize, align, strengthen, center and de-stress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/ text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. Positive Parenting – 9:30-11:30am. A 9-week course using the Nurturing Parenting curriculum which focuses on positive discipline and communication with children. Open enrollment is available; certificates upon completion. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Suite 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-4795700. Free Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 10:30am. This chair yoga class is free to participants with MS and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Fairhope, AL. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com. 251-379-4493. Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Mon in Fairhope. $5. Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. 251-610-3151. Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with likeminded folks and monthly speaker. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks. Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Fitness Fusion – 5:45pm. Join Chris Garrett and give yourself the best seat in the house with Fitness Fusion - work your body to a blend of ballet barre, Pilates, yoga and classic fitness exercises. Move to fun music and really change your shape! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

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MELT Method Class – 6pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve their longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Near Death (NDEs) and Related Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd), Mobile, AL. 251340-8565. Meditation Class – 6:30pm. Join us for a "more than meditation" class facilitated by Ms. Brenda Love. Spiritual healing, chakkra clearing, relaxation techniques all in the comfortable quiet of Unity Church of Gulfport classroom. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E. Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. Chill Skills – 7-9pm. The Family Center offers an inspiring four-week class designed to change your life outlook. Learn what fuels your anger and how to see it in a new light. Warning: classes may cause peace. $25/week. 601 Bel Air Blvd. Suite 100, Mobile, AL. Call 251-479-5700 to register for next class.

thursday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs, 21 Marks Rd, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Yoga at Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio – 9-10am. Instructor: Kimberly Hise. Reconnect and recharge physically and mentally in this open-level vinyasa yoga class, linking breath with movement. Join us for all our adult fitness classes at Mobile Ballet's Eastern Shore studio in Daphne. $12/class drop-in, or purchase a discounted class card 10 classes for $100. Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio, 26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL. 251-342-2241. Info@ MELT Method Class – 12pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve their longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Men’s Pilates Class – 5pm. Classes utilize reformers, Pilates chairs and barrels. 2-4 people in a class to insure each client receives the instruction they require. Individual and group sessions are 60 minutes. Call for more time options. Registration required. 2-4 people/class: $30/person. Individual sessions: $60. 4500 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-344-0590.

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Movie Night – 6-8pm. Showing a different thoughtprovoking movie each week. Seating is limited; please reserve your seat by calling 228-831-1785. Free. Coast Health & Nutrition, 12100 Hwy 49, Ste 628, Gulfport, MS. Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com. Dynamic Dads – 7-9pm. The Family Center is the site of the Mobile County Fatherhood Initiative. Be the father your children need--A super hero for your super kid! Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Suite 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700.

friday AHA Morning Yoga – 9am. Learn the basics of yoga postures. Energize, align, strengthen, center and destress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. Yoga with Faye – 9am. 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. Renew your spirit with a glorious class to begin the day refreshed and re-energized. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Purification Meditation – 11am. Join Betsey Grady from Rosie Bluum in the hot room and purify your body and mind with a guided meditation and creative visualization. Let the heat of the room envelop you as you go deeper within to rest in the calm center within you. $10. Soul Shine Yoga, 103-B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Betsey: 251-517-5626. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fri thru Oct 28. Enjoy yoga ending at sunset on the Fairhope bluff while raising donations for charities. There is a different charity and teacher each time. Bring your own mat. Donation. The bluff above Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, AL. 251-379-4493.



Fall Market on the Square – 7:30am-12pm. Oct 15Nov 19. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. 251-208-1550. Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-9285363. Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Tues & Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd. Foley, AL. 251-597-5557. Open Flow Saturdays – 9-10am. Julie Wilkins teaches an all levels form-based vinyasa class every Saturday at COTA Montrose. Strengthen, stretch and inspire. $10 drop-in. COTA Montrose 7159 McIntyre St, Montrose, AL. 251-554-4856. Restorative Yoga – 10:30am. Restorative yoga is a receptive practice and in that receptivity you can guide yourself toward a more healthy state of being. There’s no goal of stretching or strengthening. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Expressive Art – 10am-12pm. Tamlin Allbritten, author of Art With A Purpose, teaches kids and their parents what they need to know through a creative process that fosters thought-provoking insights. All ages welcome. For times and dates: $20. Fairhope, AL. RSVP: Second Saturday Kite Flying – 10am-4pm. Kite flying exhibition and free kite flying lessons for single line, dual line and quad line sport kites. Free. Long Beach Harbor area, Beach Blvd at Jeff Davis, Long Beach, MS. 228-206-0322.

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SERVICES ENERGY HEALER – Offering energy work, spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. Sherry Seicshnaydre: 228-3130664.

MEDIUM~INTUITIVE~PSYCHIC – Marie Bates Curry offers intuitive guidance and spiritual connections. Individual and group readings. By appointment only: 251300-7261. RELIABLE HANDYMAN – Interior and exterior painting, repairs and small remodels. Call Blake Coggin for a free quote: 251-504-8918.

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. Janet Miller: 251-654-1827.

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





Acupuncture treats neck and back pain, weight management, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, stress/ anxiety, digestive issues, fertility issues, menstrual and menopausal symptoms and more. Experience natural pain relief with acupuncture, cupping and physical therapy. See ad, page 12.

A natural parenting store proudly offering a growing selection of cloth diapers and accessories, baby carriers, unique gifts and other green products for families. Classes and support groups offered regularly. See ad, page 11.

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Family Care Naturally 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605 Patented delivery system technology eliminates mold, allergens, pet dander, odors, harmful bacteria and viruses safely. No GMO, chemicals, additives. Financing, group presentations and discounts available. No more dirty air! See ad, page 21.

Founder of Rosie Bluum 6A S Bancroft Street, Fairhope • 251-517-5626 • Referred to as the Book of Life, the Akashic Records are soul records, storing all information of an individual, place or thing. A consultation offers deep levels of guidance from the masters, teachers and guides, supporting you in living life from your authentic essence. See ad, page 33.

A positive path for spiritual living. Unity teachings and communities are places of spiritual healing. If you’re drawn to individuals like Oprah, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, you’ll love Unity of Gulfport. See ad, page 12.


Licensed Professional Counselor 400 Fairhope Avenue 2A • 251-929-4634


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Dr. Wesley Corbin, DC, MS 1802 US Highway 98, Suite E, Daphne, AL 251-375-0012 • Caring for the whole person with spinal health, lifestyle advice, individualized nutritional programs and acupuncture. For patients battling chronic pain and illness, and for those seeking a more balanced life. See ad, page 21.

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Experience inner peace and balance by connecting with your intuition and releasing patterns of anxiety. Learn to create a life that honors who you are holistically. Offering tools of self-awareness and meditation.


Rosie Bluum 6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626 Offering Chinese Craniosacral Therapy, a subtle blend of Chinese meridian therapy and craniosacral energy work, that indirectly approaches physical and psychological imbalances. This experience teaches your body to use its own bioelectric immune system. See ad, page 33.

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IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 4.


8 Marietta Drive, Fairhope, AL 251-928-9437 • A progressive school for pre-K through 8th grade that utilizes handson activities, small class sizes and inquiry-based learning, to guide students to find answers to their questions. See ad, 5.

ESSENTIAL OILS LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal Zyto Wellness readings and wholesale privileges. Wellness classes last Thursday of the month at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 33.


Meryl Hyderally, Feng Shui Design Consultant 251-463-1862 •

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Utilizing feng shui principles, let us create an organized and productive space that reflects who you are while enhancing your life, personally and professionally. It's about more than aesthetics— holistically designed spaces are conducive to an effortless life. See ad, page 15.




12100 Highway 49, Suite 628, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785

6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-517-5326 or 251-751-6945

Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle: natural and organic options for food, supplements, cleaning supplies and skincare. Chiropractic care, massage therapy and essential oil counseling also available. See ad, page 23.

Offering gifts and services that nurture your spirit. Books, card decks, essential oils, Bach Flower Remedies, crystals, salt lamps, incense and organic clothing. Local art, jewelry, honey, soaps and candles. See ad, page 33.



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


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


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

able staff. See ad, 29.

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. Service-oriented, knowledge-

Sherry Seicshnaydre, Energy Healer Gulfport, MS 228-313-0664 • Sharing and teaching love, joy, peace and light through sessions, coaching, crystals and classes. Offering energy work (Reiki, BARS, Healing Touch), spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. See ad, page 13.

PRANIC HEALING IN MOBILE Deana Lannie 251-454-0959

Free healing nights and group meditations every Monday. Pranic Healing classes and the advanced technique of Superbrain Yoga. See ad, page 15.



3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 •

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

7 South Bayview Street, Fairhope, AL 251-281-8811 Monthly Reiki and QuantumTouch® workshops (CEU's for nurses and LMT's available). Private sessions by appointment for Energy Healing, Reflexology or Angel Card Readings with Julie E Brent, Reiki Center founder.

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Certified Health Coach • 205-478-4287


Downtown Fairhope, AL 205-746-6632

Increase energy and manage stress by finding balance in a life that lets your soul shine. Find true health and vibrancy by fueling your body with clean, nutritious foods. Free initial consultation.


22787 US 98, Building D, Suite 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.

MOVEMENT THERAPY GENTLE CHAIR YOGA Sherlyn Culwell, RYT Fairhope and Daphne, AL 251-610-3151

Experience yoga's benefits with the support of a chair and build strength, endurance and courage. Accessible to seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. See ad, page 18.

Create a life of balance with Ayurveda, the ancient art of natural living. Contact me to discover how Ayurveda, massage, yoga and clean eating can nourish your body, mind and spirit. See ad, page 13.


809 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 251-948-7862 Offering cannabidiol (CBD), a natural remedy for anxiety, insomnia, pain, etc. CBD products in 11 different forms, plus essential oils, coffee, e-juice, sublingual drops and more. Free samples. Mention this ad for 10% discount.


333 Greeno Road S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 A 7-minute session, once a week provides a natural solution for healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility and pain reduction. Accessible to all ages; non-invasive; non-pharmaceutical. See ad, 33.

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


Enhances natural healing processes, hastens muscle recovery and raises energy levels. By breathing oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures, cells, tissues and organs absorb more oxygen. Introductory pricing and multiple session discounts. See ad, page 21.


SPAS WELLNESS SPA OF OCEAN SPRINGS 21 Marks Road, Ocean Springs, MS 228-209-4090

A Wellness Spa specializing in oncology skincare. Also offering digital skin analysis, facials, waxing and microdermabrasion. Wellness coaching available. Everything you need to know to accomplish good health, skincare and wellness. See ad, page 29.


Dr. Mary Sabal, DC, RN 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605   Acupuncture (needle and non-needle), chiropractic (manual or instrument), massage (therapeutic and relaxation), hair tissue mineral analysis, hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Multiple visit discounts. Better Air brand probiotic air purifier distributor. See ad, page 21.


22355 Price Grubbs Road, Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052 Experience wellness with massage, reflexology, body treatments, Reiki, colonics, essential oils, wellness classes and more. Walk our new labyrinth (open to the public during daylight hours)! See ad, page 12.

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