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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

spotlight 9 healthbriefs 16 TRUST YOUR INTUITION Listen to that Still, Small 9 12 globalbriefs Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist 20 healingways 22 greenliving 20 CONTRACEPTIVE PILL CHILL 24 healthykids Dangers Include Cancer, 25 ecotip Strokes and Fatigue 26 consciouseating by Kathleen Barnes 12 28 fitbody 22 FENG SHUI FASHIONISTA 29 inspiration Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick 32 naturalpet 33 wisewords 24 WHOA! TO LIMITATIONS Therapeutic Horseback 34 calendar Riding Strengthens Kids 37 classifieds by Cyndee Woolley 25 38 resourceguide 26 FUNNY TUMMY?

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Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut by Kathleen Barnes


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Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours by Sarah Todd


It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself

by Jill Mattson


POWER OF MASSAGE From Body Repair to Reversing the Blues by Case Adams


Five Natural Therapies that Work

by Jennifer Kachnic

33 VOLLEYING LIFE Gabrielle Reece on Her Balancing Act by Christine MacDonald


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ith the advent of spring, my partner, Bill and I are looking forward to trying our hand at growing our own vegetables. We’re eager to see how it turns out. Maybe next year, we’ll try composting. He continually inspires me to eat healthier and use fresh produce in my cookery. Meanwhile, we can all look forward to cruising our local farmers’ markets for a delicious array of fresh fruits and veggies. I know we all appreciate how hard farmers work to bring us wholesome food for family tables. In line with my desire to treat my body well, I recently went through a natural detoxification of my system and discovered how specific foods affect my body and influence emotions. I even lost a few pounds in the process, which makes me happy. I’ve determined that a periodic detox is a good thing and plan to incorporate it into my routine at least twice a year in spring and fall. Kathleen Barnes’ May article on probiotic foods, “Funny Tummy,” is an eye-opener. Experts interviewed suggest we regularly eat fermented foods to help maintain a health digestive tract. I thank Toledo’s own holistic lifestyle coach, Sandy Earl, for introducing me to these types of foods and showing me how to naturally add them into my eating habits. Along with all this awareness of what I’m putting into my body, courtesy of our Natural Awakenings community, I find I’m increasingly concerned about the many side effects of all the drugs people take as well as the drugs’ harmful interactions in their system. I’m always amazed that so many thinking individuals would rather take a pill to disguise a malady than look for ways to treat the root cause in ways that don’t carry the risk of further damaging their health. One has only to listen to the disclaimers on TV drug ads to tune into the problem. Thus, I’m thrilled that this month’s article, “Contraceptive Chill Pill,” authoritatively tackles the dangerous health effects of a drug still in wide use by women. We also suggest natural alternatives. I trust you’ll find this article as informative as I do. May also brings Mother’s Day and I wish to acknowledge my own wonderful mother for her unparalleled, loving and positive influence on my life. I’m particularly grateful to be celebrating this special occasion with her because my father, her husband of 55 years, passed on in March and having her still with me helps ease the loss. I look forward to visiting with you on Mother’s Day, as children everywhere do. I love you Mom! To your whole family’s optimum health,

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newsbriefs Driven Fitness Studio Celebrates National Pilates Day


ational Pilates Day is May 3, and Driven Fitness Studio is offering classes to help people experience this workout. Since February 2013, Driven Fitness has catered to Pilates lovers that enjoy a fully-equipped studio with the latest machines and those that enjoy beginner to advanced mat classes. In addition to Pilates, Driven Fitness offers fitness boot camps, HIIT training, TRX suspension training, yoga, tai chi and qigong. Outdoor training options are also available for those that prefer to train outside. Driven Fitness Studio strives to challenge the beginner, as well as the trained athlete, by promoting safe movement to avoid injury in a fun environment. Pilates is a safe, mind-body workout that emphasizes proper breathing and spinal alignment to help one become more in tune with their body. It was invented by Joseph Pilates, a top German gymnast, in the early 20th century. Pilates helps elongate muscles and improve flexibility, muscle elasticity and joint mobility; it is enjoyed by both men and women. Location: 819 Kingsbury St., Ste. 102, Maumee, Ohio. For more information, call 419-482-4847 or visit See ad page 38.

Embody Wellness Combines Fitness and Massage


mbody Wellness is a personal training studio that offers individualized training for specific fitness goals, including boot camps and massage therapy. By offering a combination of fitness and massage, Embody Wellness is able to assist client’s meet their health goals in an environment that focuses on individualized attention and safety. There is no requirement to sign contracts or long-term agreements. Embody offers a free fitness assessment to help clients kick-start their new healthy lifestyle. The personal trainers are qualified to help clients achieve weight loss, strength training, balance training, sports specific training and flexibility programs. Jake Westhoven is an ISSA certified personal trainer and physical therapy assistant. Michael Yuschak holds a Master of Education degree in developmental kinesiology and is certified in Olympic lifting. Jessi Talbot is a licensed massage therapist with seven years of experience in deeptissue, repetitive-motion injury therapy, myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, prenatal and peri-natal pregnancy massage and isolated stretching and strengthening. Location; 2245 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo. For more information, call 419-419-9928 or visit

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed a group of new publishers that completed an April training program at corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC training staff spent several days with the entrepreneurs now launching new Natural Awakenings magazines in Chicago Western Suburbs; Rochester, New York; and Hawaii. Company CEO Sharon Bruckman launched the first edition of Natural Awakenings in 1994 and began franchising it in 1999. The company currently publishes 90 Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, with a collective readership exceeding 3.5 million. “Interest in naturally healthy living that’s good for people and the planet is now influencing mainstream America, thanks in part to our active and growing readership,” says Bruckman. “Natural Awakenings’ dedicated family of publishers, supported by loyal advertisers, connects readers with a wealth of national and local resources mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is publishing or to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit or call 239-530-1377.

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Pennie Saks Strives to Heal the Healers


any people live their lives with unnecessary pain. More than likely it comes from a stagnant lymphatic system. Stagnation leads to inflammation, which in turn leads to pain,” says BioMat distributor Pennie Saks. The BioMat is an FDA-approved class II medical device that was created to utilize elements found in nature to heal us physically, mentally and emotionally. It helps alleviate pain and stimulates the lymphatic system. Saks is particularly passionate about helping healers stay well, and feels the BioMat is a great way for healers to achieve overall well-being. “Many healers overextend themselves and become ill,” she states. “The BioMat is so easy to use, all you have to do is to lie on it for 15 to 30 minutes. Most people feel a difference in the first treatment. Some people choose to use the mats daily, and others even sleep on them.”  Saks explains that the BioMat uses far-infrared waves (Sun) to remove toxins, negative ions (water) to increase the flow of oxygen to the brain and amethyst crystals (Earth) to bring deeper states of awareness.   Saks proclaims, “Because I believe so strongly in the product, my goal is to make the product accessible to everyone, whether it’s an individual mat, community mat, school mat or a mat in a doctor’s office, where it is insurance billable. I do not want finances to be in the way of anyone benefiting from the BioMat, so there are many options available that include the Mini Mat (great for long drives in the car) and Bio Belt, which are more affordable options with the same great benefits.”  Saks is no stranger to using tech-


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nology to help stimulate the lymphatic system. In 2006, she trained with Dr. Simon DeMontfort, the inventor of Lustre, an Electro-Lympathic Therapy Instrument. The original machine has since been improved, and includes the heart beat vibration (I-n-s-p-i-r-a-t-i-o-n. com) which was enhanced by the late inventor Gerhardt Uhlig. INSPIRATION is manufactured right here in Toledo by master engineer Lyle Sheckler. It consists of a light wand that uses noble gases to retrain the body how to eliminate toxins through the lymphatic system, especially when lymph nodes are removed or damaged due to surgery or disease. Saks is a certified practitioner, but today focuses on doing demonstrations and training.   Saks was introduced to the BioMat at the International Colon Therapists and Lymphedema Society convention in November, and has been promoting and using the product ever since. The

technology is simple enough to be used in a home without extensive training or technical experience, allowing people to heal themselves. “The BioMat delivers the highest vibrational resonance into all body tissues, stimulating and moving lymphatic fluids throughout the body. The combination of far infrared light, negative ions, and amethyst quartz opens the channels for intelligent cellular communication leading to DNA repair and total body wellness,” explains Saks.  “Negative ions are molecules with an extra electron that help to alleviate allergies, migraine and sinus problems. They have a positive effect on the rate at which serotonin is oxidized in the bloodstream, resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy and clarity. Amethyst bolsters the production of the hormones and strengthens the cleansing of organs, the circulatory system and the blood. This helps to bring the immune system and body metabolism into balance and harmony while it soothes the nervous system and improves memory. Farinfrared heat is pure energy in the form of light from the invisible area of the electromagnetic spectrum. NASA found it to be the most beneficial light wave, penetrating the skin and increasing circulation to detoxify the body of harmful toxins and acid wastes.”  “The body knows how to heal itself, but if it cannot transport oxygen and nutrients to areas of the body due to blockages, then it cannot remove toxins effectively and keep the circulation flowing, notes Saks. “We as a people are exposed to more complex pathogens and electromagnetic waves than our ancestors. Our bodies are quite remarkable in the way they can endure and adapt to so many toxins. The BioMat assists the body to return to a normal state by allowing for a slow detox that heals the body naturally, without the use of surgery or pharmaceuticals.”    Pennie Saks holds 30 minute BioMat sessions for $30 at New Beginnings Healing Center, located at 202 N. McCord Rd., in Toledo. For more information or a demonstration, call 419-2837337 or visit See ad page 30.


Pole Fitness Brings Out the Inner Diva in Toledo Women by C. Julia Nelson


t Paulette’s Studio of Dance, hundreds of women have found their inner diva, their sense of femininity and confidence through a nontraditional type of core workout — pole fitness. Stereotypes suggest pole fitness is only meant for young, skinny women or those that work in questionable professions, but at Paulette’s, it’s quite the contrary. Women ages 18 to ageless from all walks of life and body types have found their niche at pole fitness classes. Jeannene Hill represents the perfect exception to the rule. At 51, Hill has been actively participating in pole fitness for three years. “I come to maintain my health and fitness—to avoid arthritis and joint problems,” Hill says. “It builds my stamina; my muscles are not as flexible as they used to be.” Studio owner Paulette Stephens introduced pole fitness to her lineup of dance classes in 2006. It had quickly gained momentum by 2007 with a strong following of women that wanted to get a good body toning workout in a fun environment, free of men. “The ladies loved the workout and the femininity of it,” Stephens explains. “It’s for any woman looking to work out without going to the gym. Pole fitness combines strength training with dance, while being around other women.” Stephens says the intrigue and the sensuality of the class allow it to build its faithful following quickly. Pole fitness student Darcy Reeves, now in her second year of classes, recommends the class as a way of building self-confidence. “It’s the people and Paulette,” Reeves says. “At first it was intimidating, but Paulette is so down-to-earth; no one discriminates and nothing is beyond you.” Carrie Sund, also a pole fitness student, remembers feeling nervous about having no prior dance experience when she attended her first class a couple years ago. “I was pleasantly surprised

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at the beauty of the dance,” Sund says. “No experience is needed; I was an absolute beginner and everyone moved at their own pace. The ladies encouraged me; everybody is so welcoming. It’s a great studio.” Stephens explains that any dancer’s first class will likely feel intimidating, but she works diligently to ensure each woman receives a warm welcome and feels comfortable in a safe environment. She admits it’s a form of dance that’s challenging, but says with enough practice, any woman can do it. “It doesn’t come easy; when I started, it seemed

like an explosive type of dance while it got me super fit,” Stephens explains. “You will learn to dance as an adult, learn new routines regularly and become a dancer. Dance is a life-changing experience; I’ve seen women’s lives changed as a result of this class.” One of the first moves taught to a beginner at pole fitness is called the fire vixen. It’s a spinoff of the fireman’s pole spin, in which the legs wrap around either side of the pole, hands grab on high and the upper torso leans in the direction of the lead leg to generate momentum. “It’s one of the more recognizable moves out there if there’s a spin to be done,” Stephens notes. “The walk around the pole is another favorite for those just starting.” Multiple beginner classes are offered each week, giving new students the flexibility to come when it’s convenient for them. At the end of the day, all three students agree that pole fitness, while it can seem scary at first, is ultimately worth the investment. “It’s sort of like dating,” Reeves concludes. “You have to give it a chance.” Paulette’s Studio of Dance is located at 4853 Monroe St., Bldg. B, in Toledo. For more information, email Info@, call 419-654-3262, or visit C. Julia Nelson is an award-winning journalist, photographer and owner of C. Julia Photography, Inc.

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Rolfing Offers Alternative Method for Long-Term Pain Relief


olfing Structural Integration provides a way of understanding relationships in the body. The Rolfer looks for functional movement in the client to see what is impeding motion and what is moving too much. When a body can’t move appropriately, pain and discomfort result. A Rolfer uses the manual technique of Rolfing Structural Integration, education and client awareness to restore appropriate motion and space to the body. “As a Rolfer, my goal is to listen to a client’s goals and release patterns in their body that prevent them from achieving those goals,” explains Amy Adamczak, a certified advanced Rolfer. “Through Rolfing, we work to align the body and return it to appropriate motion.” Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf developed Rolfing as a method to manipulate soft tissue to align the body in a way that works with gravity to provide unimpeded motion to the body. Traditionally, it is accomplished over a series of 10 sessions that are spaced one to two weeks apart, but every person is a bit different and could require more or fewer sessions. Rolfing is not the same as chiropractic manipulation, because it is the soft tissue and not bone that is manipulated. However, it can be a complement to chiropractic care because it can help people hold adjustments lon-

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ger or allow the body to be adjusted in new ways. Rolfing is also not the same as massage because the overall goal and philosophy are different. Rolfing treats the underlying causes of problems instead of just the symptoms. “A Rolfer looks at the whole body and looks for patterns of compensation,” says Adamczak. “Rolfing works out those patterns so the body can return to normal, pain-free movement. Rolfing is a deep-tissue journey through

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the body, with a definite closure process once the sessions are complete. Occasional tune-ups are sometimes necessary, but Rolfing is not meant to be a continuous treatment.” Adamczak received her training through the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in 2003, and completed advanced training in 2011. The program is a rigorous 750 hours, with continuing education requirements and six additional weeks for advanced training. Adamczak is also a certified Pilates instructor and can help clients strengthen, as well as focus on functional movements through private exercise sessions. Adamczak always starts with a consultation for new clients to obtain a health history, learn why they are interested in Rolfing, see how the person uses their body and determine if Rolfing is appropriate. The first session is very hands-on and helps clear out tissue restrictions. Subsequent sessions are a combination of hands-on techniques and movement education, depending on the client’s goals and needs. “The biggest fear people have with Rolfing is pain,” states Adamczak. “While there may be moments of discomfort, as in any therapy, I do my best to cause the least amount of discomfort as possible. Starting with the first session, clients see a significant reduction in aches and pains. They often report feeling lighter, moving easier, having a lighter mood, having an overall sense of well-being or ease, thinking less repetitively and sleeping better.” “People from all walks of life come for Rolfing,” notes Adamczak, “from people crippled with pain to seasoned athletes trying to improve to sufferers of PTSD. Rolfing is beneficial for all ages, as well. A classic example of a Rolfing client is a grandmother that comes due to knee pain; she can’t kneel on the ground and play with her grandkids. Instead of treating her knee, an experienced Rolfer can see the issue is in her hips and pelvis. By realigning those areas, it alleviates her knee paint allowing her to play with her grandkids once again.” Amy Adamczak’s office is located at 3454 Oak Alley Ct., Ste. 406, in Toledo. For more information, call 419343-1883 or visit See ad page 17.



Grassroots Initiative Tackles New A Childhood Epidemics


besity and diabetes, autism and neurodevelopmental delays, digestive and allergic diseases: all these chronic illnesses were rare a generation ago, but today they are impacting our children in epidemic numbers. “Paradoxically, the most affluent, medically advanced societies in the modern world also have the highest rates of chronic childhood illness,” says Beth Lambert, founder and director of Epidemic Answers, a nonprofit educational organization based in West Simsbury, Conn. “Our children are the canaries in the coal mine of national health. It’s critical that we take action now.” That sense of urgency is behind the nonprofit’s innovative Canary Kids Project, which this year will follow the journeys of 14 American children as a medically-led team uses integrative therapies to help them heal from chronic illness, including autism, ADHD, asthma, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders, obesity/type II diabetes and atopic disease/eczema. “There is much anecdotal evidence indicating that individuals with chronic conditions, even autism, can fully recover,” Lambert says. “This project will use rigorous scientific methodology to test and explore the underpinnings of these anecdotal successes.” The project will be documented in a full-length film, Canary Kids, spreading the message that recovery is possible. Make a tax-deductible donation to or Epidemic Answers, PO Box 191, West Simsbury, CT 06092. For more info, visit

Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema

study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a daily multivitamin supplement with selenium significantly slows the advance of HIV among those with the virus. The researchers tested 878 asymptomatic, HIV-infected people over two years that had never taken antiretroviral medications. The test subjects were split into four groups, with members of each receiving separate medications—multivitamins, multivitamins plus selenium, selenium alone or a placebo—for five years. The multivitamins contained vitamins B, C and E. Those given multivitamins plus selenium experienced a 54 percent reduction in low counts of a critical immunity cell factor (called CD4) compared to the placebo group. This group also experienced a 44 percent reduction in other events known to accompany the progression of HIV, including AIDS-related deaths. The researchers concluded: “In antiviral, therapy-naive, HIV-infected adults, 24-month supplementation with a single supplement containing multivitamins and selenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and morbidity.”


ew research has found that if a mother drinks cow’s milk during the period that she is breastfeeding, it raises her infant’s risk of experiencing skin allergies. The study, published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, followed 62 mothers and their infants from birth through 4 months of age. Researchers from Bangkok’s Mahidol University assembled the mothers and infants into two groups. Mothers in one group drank cow’s milk during the first four months of breastfeeding; the control group did not. Eight of the children with mothers drinking cow’s milk had skin allergies, versus two of the children in the control group. All of the mothers exclusively breastfed their infants throughout this period. An earlier study published in the British Medical Journal followed 124 mothers, 97 of which breastfed their babies. Of those that breastfed, 48 drank no milk or other dairy products and 49 drank milk. Infants in the milk-drinking group experienced 21 cases of eczema, while the no-milk group had only 11 cases. Overall, between the breastfed and non-breastfed infants, the breastfed infants had lower incidences of eczema regardless of the mother’s diet.

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recent study published in the Journal of Human Reproduction shows that women dealing with high levels of stress have an increased chance of experiencing infertility or the inability to conceive after 12 months of regular, unprotected intercourse. Every woman experiences stress differently, but there are effective ways to reduce the stress through holistic care practices that increase the chances of conceiving. Breathwork is the practice of focusing on breathing awareness and control and is a great way to decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and break the stress cycle. Massage therapy is the manual treatment of soft body tissue, which can help reduce stress and enhance overall health and well-being. Yoga is a practice that leads to a union of a person with their true self or with God and has the ability to increase strength, flexibility and concentration while decreasing overall stress. Aromatherapy is the therapeutic application of essential oils extracted from plants. Lavender, chamomile and bergamot are known for their ability to increase relaxation and bring a sense of peace and calming. Eco-therapy is the practice of spending time outdoors and connecting with nature and can help relax the body, decrease the production of stress hormones and improve the mood following stressful events. Meditation is the practice of relaxing the body, calming the mind and tuning into the spirit; it can decrease anxiety while increasing overall health and wellness. Prayer is the practice of raising hearts and minds to God or a higher power and helps to bring about a sense of diminished burdens and reduced stress. These holistic practices have the ability to help heal and relax and are great for overall health. Women trying to conceive are encouraged to find a practice or combination that works best for them to reduce their stress before, during and after pregnancy. Tracie Braylock, MSN, BSN, RN is a holistic health nurse educator and lifestyle consultant. For more information, visit


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Iron Is an Essential Mineral for Breastfeeding


ron is a necessary mineral that our bodies require to perform many essential functions. It allows oxygen to bind to our blood cells for delivery to our muscles and organs and is a component of the enzymes that help break down foods into their cellular nutrients to rebuild, grow and replenish all of our body systems. Pregnancy and delivery is a time of high demand for iron. Developing babies draw many resources from the mother to develop their body systems, including blood. During delivery, blood loss depletes mom’s iron stores, as well. Once the baby is born, the mother’s body produces milk, which further depletes iron, so a steady source of dietary iron is important during breastfeeding. Great sources of iron include lean meats, eggs, dark leafy greens, beans, lentils and fish. A varied diet will alter the taste of breast milk, allowing the baby to adapt more easily to a variety of solid foods later on. To help the body absorb iron, it’s best to combine it with foods high in vitamin C. This simple smoothie recipe is perfect for busy, one-handed moms on the go, while providing all the nutrients needed.

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nergy psychology is a powerful 21st-century therapy for maladies ranging from chronic stress and anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder. Dramatic relief can be experienced in a single session. Energy psychology is a blend of practices, combining established psychological principles explaining how we think, feel and behave with techniques from non-Western systems of healing. Energy psychology is founded on the principle that psychological problems are due to disturbed energies in the mind-body system. When a traumatic event occurs, biochemical reactions take place in our cells, disrupting the natural flow of electromagnetic frequencies that maintain the body’s equilibrium. This disrupted energy interferes with the body’s natural healing processes. Mental/emotional distress is addressed while engaging the body’s energy systems by stimulating energy pathways with methods such as using fingers to tap on acupuncture points. Energy psychology practices allow us to release stored traumas, disconnect the memory of events from felt emotions, remove feelings of distress and restore balance to the system. Because traumas are often outside our conscious awareness, muscle testing is used to guide the process. Muscle testing allows the practitioner to access information from the client’s energy system by applying pressure to an indicator muscle, typically on the arm. Practitioners develop customized treatments to meet the unique needs of the client, which can then be practiced at home to continue to support healing. Energy psychology assists people in resolving emotional issues more rapidly than conventional therapies while enhancing peak performance and developing higher selfawareness. Energy psychology protocols are currently in use around the world by professional athletes and survivors of violence. The methods are easy to learn and can be practiced by children and adults. Relief from distressing emotions is literally at our fingertips.

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study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that infants that were fed more homemade foods comprising a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop food allergies. In assessing youngsters of the same age, researchers from the University of Southampton Medical College, in the UK, followed 41 children that had developed food allergies by the age of 2, alongside 82 non-allergic infants. After tracking the toddlers’ diets with food diaries and conducting allergy testing, the researchers found that infants fed more of the healthier homemade diet had a significantly lower incidence of food allergies as toddlers.



study published in the journal Food Chemistry tested soybeans grown from seeds that were genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. It compared these with organic soybeans and soybeans from non-GM seeds. The chemical and nutritional analysis of soybean samples from 31 different Iowa farms found the GM soy contained significantly higher levels of the toxin glyphosate, the central chemical in Roundup, than both the organic and the conventional non-GMO soybeans. The organic soybeans contained no glyphosate, plus significantly higher levels of protein and zinc, as well as lower levels of saturated fats.

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Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come. When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see The popular Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare program began operating in September 2010, and is now the nation’s largest, with 200 locking docks able to accommodate more than 1,800 bright-red bicycles. As in many programs, people can sign up for a short-term stint or an annual membership using either a credit card online or at a station kiosk. Then they can unlock a bicycle and return it to any station within the system. All rides under 30 minutes are free, after which escalating fees kick in, encouraging people to make short trips and to keep more bikes available for other riders. For more information, visit

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“Mommy, he can have my socks.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, poor air quality can irritate the respiratory system, reduce lung function, inflame and damage the cells that line the lungs, make lungs more susceptible to infection, aggravate asthma, aggravate other chronic lung diseases and cause permanent lung damage. U.S. Forest Service researchers have discovered that the urban forests in 10 cities across the country save on average one person a year from pollution-related death. In New York City alone, that number increases to eight people per year. The scientists recommend that people everywhere plant more trees.


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A Nutritional Approach to Common Medical Problems by Douglas A. Schwan


take aspirin for the headache caused by the Zyrtec I take for the hay fever I got from taking Relenza for the uneasy stomach and flu-like symptoms caused by Viagra for the erectile dysfunction from the Propecia for the hair loss caused by the Ritalin I take for my short attention span caused by the Scopoderm TTS I take for the motion sickness I got from the Lomotil I take for the diarrhea caused by the Xenical I’m on for the uncontrolled weight gain caused by the Paxil I take for the anxiety I got from the Zocor I take for my high cholesterol…” Although this T-shirt saying is meant as a joke, it is telling of the serious side effects caused by many of the mainstream medications prescribed far too readily today. The good news is that there are many natural substances that work as

well as, if not better than the strong drugs typically used for a myriad of conditions. The key is finding a doctor that is familiar with these natural options to allow the patient to combat the condition with nutrition instead of medicine. For example, statins are a widely prescribed class of drugs for high cholesterol. However, studies are questioning their effectiveness in actually preventing heart attacks. These drugs have a wide range of side effects, including muscle pain, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, inflammation and more. Because cholesterol is an important building block for hormones, men can suffer from low testosterone and subsequent lower sex drive. On the other end of the spectrum, the natural approach to treating high cholesterol includes extended release niacin, red yeast rice, garlic and

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grape seed extract, none of which have these side effects. Anxiety is another condition which seems to be prevalent in our society, usually coupled with insomnia. Medications like Paxil help get a patient through the day, but then they have to take Ambien at night to combat the disturbed sleep. A few popular natural anxiety medications are chamomile, passionflower and L-theanine, an amino acid that can be extracted from green tea. This amino acid should be taken in doses of 100 to 300 milligrams. Natural sleep can be enhanced by taking 400 to 900 milligrams of valerian root two hours before bed. The average American’s love for sugar has brought on a diabetes epidemic in this country. However, research has shown that the simple act of eating something for breakfast every morning reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 21 percent in later years. Supplements that help preserve insulin include chromium picolinate, magnesium and the amino acids alpha-lipoic acid and gamma-linolenic acid. Of course, nothing works better than decreasing sugars and increasing healthy proteins like fish and nuts in the diet. High blood pressure is yet another common problem that often results in overuse of prescription medication with serious side effects. The American Medical Society now cautions that it may take a combination of up to three different prescription medications to bring blood pressure in line. Side effects from these medications include drowsiness, inflammation, anxiety, leg pains and difficulty thinking. Holistic doctors have proposed that a little higher blood pressure is acceptable and even desirable as people age, yet mainstream doctors are slow to come around to this kind of thinking and continue to prescribe medications to help a patient achieve a 120/80 reading. However, new guidelines suggest there should be no treatment of blood pressure until the systolic blood pressure (the top number of the blood pressure reading) is over 150 for people 60 and older. This new guidelines should limit befuddled thinking and leg pain as more blood is perfused to the brain and extremities. Of course, a natural treatment is

much more desirable to handle blood pressure if it needs to be treated. The number one dietary change is to reduce salt. The human body was never meant to take in the salt levels prevalent in today’s food system. Swapping out table salt with a salt substitute like Mrs. Dash is a good place to start. One side benefit of not salting food is people tend to eat 30 to 40 percent less at a serving when food is not salted. However, if a patient totally eliminates salt from their diet, they may need to supplement with iodine, especially if they have thyroid issues. Seafood is typically a good source of iodine. Calcium, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10 and flaxseed oil are also beneficial in blood pressure reduction. Using a natural approach to supporting the body in a nutritional way may require tailoring to each individual’s specific case. Because a supplement or a recommended dose may not be appropriate for all persons, a physician specializing in holistic medicine should be consulted for a tailored treatment program. Douglas A. Schwan is a doctor of chiropractic and a diplomate of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is an author and lecturer and has maintained an active practice in Toledo for 32 years. For more information, email or visit AcupunctureToledo. com. See ad page 21.

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pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments. “Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when

Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

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For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” 16

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we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit

Method of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, function to encompass internal recognition and referencing Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identiof subtle information. fied as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purlife-giving processes in nature. suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, alignment with our source and what is moving us out of Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was alignment.” certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with Quieting the mind and strengthenfeeling and interpreting her body’s ing the directives of prana through medihelpful promptings. “Jill’s experience tation, yoga and being in nature moves of her body as energy and her mind as us away from what we tell ourselves silent when the left lobe of her brain and back to directly responding to its shut down due to a stroke was my promptings. “Absorbed in the present ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, moment and bodily sensations, we conheeding inner guidance took practice nect with inner guidance,” explains Deand a commitment to dismantling sai. “With practice, our mind becomes a reactive thought patterns and habits, servant to inner intelligence. It can both plus discerning between intuition and direct our lives and make us sensitive to distracting chatter. early symptoms suggesting oncoming “Mind chatter generally creates illness,” she adds. fear, negativity and pressure to do “There is growing interest in something,” she explains. “Intuitive energy medicine and developing guidance is gentle, expansive and a deeper connection to the body’s undemanding.” Hall believes in the intelligence through yoga and energy Buddhist concept that mindfulness of practices like qigong and tai chi the body allows us to love fully. She because people are tired of taking finds, “It brings healing, wisdom and medications that don’t heal the root freedom.” cause of health problems,” com She relates how she is led to direct ments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of a client’s attention to their own body’s Fearlessly following Morter Health Center, near Indianapintuition, which works best when she olis, Indiana, and the healing pheis following her instincts, rather than our intuition frees us to nomenon she terms Energy Codes. thinking. “After one session, my clifully live an authentic A regular practice of any one of ent, who had been silently experiencthese disciplines expands sensory ing numerous feelings in her stomach, and satisfying life.

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asked me why I had touched her abdomen. I was just intuitively led to that part of her body.” Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a Ph.D., medical intuitive and co-author of All is Well, notes that everyone has a connection to intuition. “We get a gut feeling and sadness in our heart from our inner intelligence that we don’t know what to do with. While some individuals consult a practitioner, others listen to their body’s intuitive language and reflect on their insights and dreams—the language of soul,” says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly through symptoms,” she observes. “Eventually, when disregarded, it can become a full-blown illness.” Biochemist and author of Secrets of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular intelligence. “Our cells are invisible, so we don’t think of ourselves as cellular beings. However, a deeper understanding of our constitution and that our cells speak to each other and collaborate harmoniously could inspire us to befriend our body’s intelligence for life,” she says. “We might shift from wanting to fix an ache or pain to understanding that our cells are warning us of something.” Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored several books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing

and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book celebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand Plan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to life,” says McCammon. Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, describes several physical signatures of body intelligence that can foster improved self-care. “You feel more expansive, available and receptive—with a sense of a longer spine, a wider and deeper body and feet rooted in the Earth’s powerful energy,” explains the author of Touchback: A Self-Healing Journey with Body, Art and Nature, who also has a master’s degree in fine arts. “Expanded into a condition of soft relaxation, your mind stops talking; you enter a mind-body state of energetic receptive listening, where emotional intelligence is accessible. “These feelings and sensations are indicative of wholeness. From it, we have access to the eternal place of the fully healed soul, which whispers intuitively, nudging us toward what can heal our life, body and mind.”

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The grav-


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ity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton.

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“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered

Nutrients Women on The Pill Need 4 BHRT* 4 Chrysin 4 Coenzyme Q10 4 DHEA 4 Folic acid 4 L-methlyfolate 4 Magnesium

4 Melatonin 4 Natural progesterone 4 Nettle root 4 Omega-3 oils 4 Probiotics 4 Selenium 4 Tyrosine

4 Vitamin B2 4 Vitamin B6 4 Vitamin B12 4 Vitamin C 4 Zinc

* Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (for perimenopausal and menopausal women) Source: Ross Pelton,

Dangerous Downsides Mount n Birth defects n Blood clots n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual desire

n Depression n Fatigue, low energy and anemia n Fluid retention and weight gain n Heart attack n High blood pressure n Migraine

n Osteoporosis n Sleep disorders n Stroke n Vaginal yeast infections n Weakened immune system

Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may

take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

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Although no natural forms of estrogen are suited for birth control, safe and effective natural forms exist, advises women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic doctor and registered

nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including the Basic Health Publications User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement. Connect at

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Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick


aking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?

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Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.”  Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”   

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For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress

in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to

The Five Elements Wood: associated with greens and blues, plants and flower prints. Fire: represented by reds and products from living organisms like cottons, leather, silks or wools (or manmade substitutes) and animal prints. Earth: reflected in yellows and earth-toned colors. Metal: plays out in grays, whites, pastels and metallic fabrics. Water: associated with black and dark colors and flowing lines. Source: Western School of Feng Shui, Encinitas, CA

khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at

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Whoa! to Limitations Therapeutic Horseback Riding Strengthens Kids by Cyndee Woolley


ach “Zachman” Aldridge was born healthy, but at just 10 weeks, he was hospitalized at the hands of his birth father. Suffering from a brain aneurism, partial paralysis and multiple broken bones from shaken baby syndrome, Zach’s mother, Rebekah, was told that he might live for a year. Rebekah’s hope for a miracle was granted as her son’s life extended into weeks, months and years. Yet, at 4, the effects of the injury still prevented Zach from walking or talking like other children. “While some people are resigned to leave special children like Zach confined to a wheelchair, therapeutic horseback riding gives them more options and improves their quality of life,” advises Kim Minarich, execu-


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tive director of Southwest Florida’s nonprofit Naples Equestrian Challenge therapeutic riding program. A medical examination ensures a child is qualified for safe participation. During his first lessons, riding instructors had to prop up Zach’s head using “boppy pillows”. However, after just a few months, the Aldridge family saw dramatic improvements as the boy began speaking and telling his horse to “trot on.” Next, Zach began walking, a surprise to all. His growing strength had worked to overcome the paralysis and the gentle rocking motion of his therapeutic riding sessions gently pushed his displaced hip back into place, ultimately enabling him to take steps on his own. Zach’s achievements are not unique. Life-changing milestones like

this are common occurrences at the 850 nationwide therapeutic riding centers registered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Now in its 21st year, Dream Catchers, at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, in Toano, Virginia, is one such center celebrating its many success stories. Kendall Lecker, a PATH International-certified advanced instructor, describes the rapid progress of a new 6-year-old student living with autism as illustration. In his first session, he slumped over in the saddle and struggled to hold himself up; by his third session, he was sitting up straight and confidently giving commands to his horse. “Often, our riders start with insufficient core strength and may not be able to hold themselves upright, something the average person takes for granted. But, in a relatively short time, most riders can see dramatic improvements,” says Lecker. Both Naples Equestrian Challenge and Dream Catchers have achieved premier accreditation by demonstrating the highest levels of training, safety standards and quality controls in the industry developed to protect the riders, staff and volunteers. Feedback from approximately 56,000 participants nationwide, including nearly 41,000 under the age of 18, show that therapeutic horseback riding helps participants in five key areas: Normalizes muscle tone. Riding a horse helps children of all abilities build core strength and exercise muscles that they may not be able to work from the confines of a wheelchair. Increases flexibility and relaxation. The natural rhythm of a horse’s gait provides a relaxing effect on tense muscles and can gently rock joints back into place. It’s a unique therapeutic benefit not easily achieved through traditional physical therapy. Improves coordination, balance and strength. Completing tasks like picking up an object, riding across the arena and placing it in a bucket helps riders develop hand/eye coordination. The movements also help improve balance and strength. Promotes spatial orientation and fine motor skills. Working side-by-

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“The riding center gave me a place to realize I wasn’t the only one with challenges. It was a place that I could go to and be normal for part of the week.” ~ Tiffany Billings, a college student with cerebral palsy side with their assigned volunteers and horses and reaching for objects from a different perspective than usual helps youths develop their spatial sense and fine motor skills. Enhances self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control. Riders are encouraged to give verbal commands to their horse during sessions, which effects a command of vocabulary and boosts confidence while they bond with the horse. While the documented benefits are derived from personal testimonials rather than clinical studies, the positive results for children like Zach are indisputable. Meanwhile, therapeutic horseback riding is gaining increased acceptance in the medical community as more doctors are recommending this life-changing activity for their patients. PATH International spokesperson Cher Smith says, “Our mission is to help certified centers provide safe access for all individuals living with special needs.”

Small, Simple, Sustainable Every couple wants their wedding to reflect their values. Concern for the environment prompts planning that supports eco-friendly local businesses and avoids generating the considerable waste and carbon footprints of traditional events. Veteran green wedding planner and environmentalist Kate Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide, who blogs at, assists couples through the process. “I advise couples to look at simple substitutions in line with their style and budget,” says Harrison. “Every choice adds up.” By invitation only. Digital invitations cost just pennies apiece; options like offer the appearance of a paper invitation, arriving in an envelope that “opens” on the screen. Also consider elegant renditions of more conventional invitations made of recycled, upcycled or organic papers. For the invite that keeps on growing, try seed-studded paper creations that guests can plant in their backyards. Where the guests are. Selecting a location central to most of the guests minimizes the celebration’s carbon footprint, reduces travel expenses and maximizes attendance. “Consider picking a venue with natural beauty already present, such as a beautiful garden or ballroom,” advises Harrison. “You’ll cut down on the amount and cost of décor you’re buying just for the wedding.” Let them eat cake. Food and flowers are among the most costly components of a wedding, yet sustainable options can be just a worthy fraction more. A cake made with organic flour, a natural sweetener and local cage-free eggs, for example, can cost just $5 more. The key is finding a vendor willing to work with the couple’s values, says Harrison. Simple gifts. Americans spend an estimated $20 billion annually on wedding gifts, a high-impact opportunity to support local green economies. Harrison recommends establishing registries for experiences, charities and products (select sustainable options like recycled glass dishes or organic linens). Consider a local, seasonable wedding favor that guests can eat or reuse, such as maple syrup for a fall wedding in Vermont. Generally, keep all elements small, simple and local—and your own—for an occasion that truly cherishes both loved ones and our planet.

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Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria.

While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-thecounter heartburn medications can actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typically treated with an antibiotic, rifaximin, many experts ironically attribute bacterial overgrowth to the use of antibiotics.

All antibiotics, taken for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Public Health,

researchers at the University of California-Berkeley warn against long-term exposure to antibiotics through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

Safe Digestive Relief In addition to fermented foods, these foods offer digestive relief. Ginger: Safe enough to quell the nausea of early pregnancy, ginger can offer relief from nausea, gas and even colic in babies. Peppermint Oil: A traditional remedy now validated by science, peppermint oil can relieve irritable bowels and heartburn. Consider enteric coated (acid resistant) capsules that can impact the small intestine, where relief is needed.

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There is considerable agreement that probiotics—live bacteria such as those contained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteurized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acid-

Fennel: This mildly licorice-flavored seed hasn’t been extensively studied, but lovers of Indian cuisine have traditionally used it to promote smooth digestion after consuming curryladen meals. Sources: American Botanical Council; Mayo Clinic, MN; Baylor University, TX; University of Michigan; University of Rochester, NY forming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive woes and restore a healthy balance of the right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list.

It’s easy to make super-healthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include: miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5 billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what works,” he says. Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been proven to be effective against antibiotic-induced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many nonfermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects. Kathleen Barnes is the author of a wide variety of natural health books including 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, with Dr. Hyla Cass. Connect at

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Body Ease Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours by Sarah Todd


ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.

Alexander Technique

“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move through 28

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routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Feldenkrais Method

Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the

practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Trager Approach

Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach, invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at


LIVE YOUR SONG It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself by Jill Mattson


isten to a traditional West African Griot story: When a tribal woman knows she is pregnant, she goes into the wilderness with a few friends to pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return and teach it to everyone else. When children are born into the tribe, the village community gathers and sings their song, one unique melody for each unique child. Later, when children begin their education, the village again gathers to chant each child’s song. They sing upon the initiation of adulthood and at the time of their marriage. If at any

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time someone commits a crime or aberrant social act, the villagers will circle the individual and chant their song, recognizing that the proper correction is love and the remembrance of identity, because when you recognize your own song you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, family and friends gather at the bedside, as they did at birth, and sing the person to the next life. In any culture, a friend is one that knows our song and sings it to us when we have forgotten it. Those that love us are not fooled by the mistakes we’ve made or the dark images we hold about ourself. They remember our beauty when we feel ugly; our wholeness

when we are broken; our innocence when we feel guilty; and our purpose when we are confused. Life always reminds us when we are and when we’re not in tune with ourself. When we feel good, we are matching our song. We may feel a little wobbly at times, but so have all the great singers. If we just keep singing, we’ll find our way home. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. Modern pioneers in vibrational energy like Sharry Edwards (bioacoustic biology) and Donna Eden (energy medicine) have independently detected that each of us has a fundamental signature frequency that can be equated to our unique song that persists throughout life. We innately seek natural sounds that reinforce and strengthen our song such as the surf, wind or birds. Even the stars and heavens offer songs out of our hearing range that benefit cell-to-cell vibrations within that we intuitively feel as the magic of a midnight sky. At one with the universe, our song contributes its part in the infinite chorus of creation. Jill Mattson is an author, artist, musician and sound healing composer. Her books and CDs, based on 20 years of studying ancient civilizations, support healing and personal growth. Connect at The Griot story is based on an interpretation by Jane Maluka and Dan Millman.

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years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mechanisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

Relieves Stress

An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery among 152 cardiac surgery patients. A study from Japan’s Toho University School of

Pharmaceutical Sciences showed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced psychological stress among elderly nursing home residents.

Reduces Depression

A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

Relieves Pain

Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had

migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer. We also know that deep sleep is critical to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

Expands Acceptance

Lucy Liben, dean of massage therapy at the Swedish Institute, affirms the recent research as evidence documenting the numerous health benefits of massage therapy. “More and more consumers are seeking massage therapy for help with a variety of medical issues and conditions. Doctors are increasingly referring patients for such treatment and hospitals are enlisting more therapists to provide care for patients,” says Liben. “Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.” Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

What Researchers Now Know Breast Cancer: A French study of 129 breast cancer patients found massage generally reduced lymphedema, a swelling of the lymphatic system, following treatments. The total reduction of lymphedema volume was 33 percent among those receiving massages, according to Gynecologic Oncology. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Thirty minutes of massage with trigger point reduced symptoms and improved function in a study of 21 carpal tunnel patients (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies). Constipation: Massage therapy increased the average number of bowel movements among 33 hospitalized Korean children, as reported in the Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. Dementia: Research from Spain’s Extremadura University on 120 institutionalized elderly adults diagnosed with dementia found massage therapy generally helped improve behavior and sleep. Migraines: Craniosacral massage reduced migraine occurrence in a study of 20 migraine sufferers from Iceland’s University of Akureyri, as published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Osteoporosis: A study of 48 postmenopausal women receiving traditional Thai massage showed increased bone formation after just four weeks. The massage group’s serum P1NP levels—which assesses bone formation—increased by 15 percent, while the control group saw no increases (BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine). Stroke: Massage therapy tended to speed rehabilitation after strokes for 45 Russian patients in a study published in Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult.

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Pain-Free Pooch Five Natural Therapies that Work by Jennifer Kachnic

Because dogs won’t always let us know when they’re hurting, some people assume they don’t experience pain the same way we do, but that’s not the case. Instincts retained from their wild heritage will generally prompt them to hide pain as it’s a sign of weakness.


he truth is that arthritis and therapy relaxes muscles and also stimumuscle or joint injuries are just lates endorphins, increases circulation, as uncomfortable for dogs as elevates oxygen levels, flushes toxins, they are for us, and many canine illhelps with inflammation, strengthens nesses generate significant pain. While the immune system and accelerates conventional medications can ease healing. All of these benefits can condiscomfort, they’re not the only or even tribute to effective pain management. the best options in many cases. Acupuncture and Acupressure: Both Alternative therapies can be helpof these time-honored modalities are ful in managing and relieving pain based on the concept of keeping vital enand work best as part of a whole body ergy flowing through the body and seek wellness program designed for a dog’s to stimulate key points along the energy individual needs. To that end, always meridians beneath the skin. Acupuncture consult with an integrative veterinarian involves the insertion of small needles before starting any new treatment. Toat these points, while acupressure uses gether, practitioner and owner will note fingers to apply pressure to the same that some of the following modalities points. Both modalities are widely known may be contraindicated in some situto assist in managing pain and anxiety. ations—for example, massage should Energy Healing: Here, the practinever be performed on or near a tumor. tioner improves the flow of energy in an Canine Massage: Dogs love masanimal’s body using a range of gentle sage because they crave being touched. and powerful natural therapies. During Physical contact from another being a treatment, the trained healer sends provides a calming effect and brings subtle energy through the hands to procomfort. Skin, the largest sense organ mote physical and emotional balance in the body, is loaded with sensory and healing. While conventional medireceptors and nerve endings that regcine follows the belief that treatments for ister touch, temperature and pain, and disease or injury must be strictly biologisend information to the brain. Massage 32 Toledo/Monroe edition

cal, energy medicine works to restore the patient’s health by treating the mind, body and spirit in nonphysical ways. Energy healing modalities available for dogs include Reiki, qigong, Healing Touch and Tellington Touch. Cold Laser Therapy: Developed more than 20 years ago, cold laser therapy has become a popular alternative treatment around the world for aches and pains in dogs. It directs highly concentrated coherent light waves to muscles, tissues and organs, reducing inflammation and muscle spasms. It’s also applied to disc and other spine-related issues. Low-level cold laser therapy is painless, noninvasive and takes only minutes. The effects are similar to those provided by non-steroidal medications, with negligible negative side effects. Hydrotherapy: The benefits of swimming are renowned. When dogs swim, they feel a resistance to movement, which makes a vigorous fiveminute swim virtually equivalent in energy expended to a five-mile run. Some dogs like swimming even better than running. Hydrotherapy, which includes exercise on an underwater treadmill combined with swimming, is particularly helpful. The effect on senior dogs is especially dramatic, affording them a painless and enjoyable way to move about and exercise. Water’s natural buoyancy supports the dog, lessens stress on joints, facilitates greater movement and provides a safe and healthful form of exercise for those suffering injuries, disease or pain. The best choice of therapies for an individual animal will depend on the dog’s condition and recommendations by the family veterinarian. Selected and practiced properly, these complementary modalities can make a major impact in a canine’s physical and emotional well-being, while minimizing or even eliminating the need for medications. Jennifer Kachnic is the author of Your Dog’s Golden Years: Manual for Senior Dog Care Including Natural Remedies and Complementary Options. She is a certified canine massage therapist, animal Reiki practitioner and certified therapy dog handler with the American Humane Association. Learn more about this president of The Grey Muzzle Organization at


With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out and stay in shape?

Volleying Life

I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.

Gabrielle Reece on Her Balancing Act by Christine MacDonald


abrielle Reece has been called one of the world’s most influential women in sports and one of its most beautiful athletes. In her 20s, she built a career as both a fiercely competitive pro volleyball player and a fashion model. Since then, she’s written books and become an expert on women’s peak fitness and overall well-being, all while raising three daughters with her husband, Hawaiian surfer Laird Hamilton. Plus, she volunteers for environmental organizations such as the National Resources Defense Council and RainCatcher, a nonprofit bringing safe drinking water to people in need.

How do you find time for and balance all the roles you play in life—athlete, spouse, parent, businesswoman and volunteer? Juggling life is hard for everyone. Living day-to-day, taking care of kids and paying bills is a challenge. There are ways to make it all more manageable, but for me, there is a level of discomfort, challenge and difficulty, as well as moments of joy. I think women are sometimes thrown off-balance by some difficulty, instead of saying, “OK, how am I going to strategize and make it all work for me and my family?” We don’t give enough credit to having great girlfriends. I don’t mean people you go to lunch with—I mean real allies. People that give you good advice and are strong for you, that will

How do you choose to expend your volunteer efforts?

take your kids and you’ll take theirs. I think that is an underutilized tool. I always encourage women to approach life with a strategy and use each other to help navigate it, because that makes it a little easier.

Which role is most important to you and where does selfcare fit in? At this time in my life, being a mother is the most important. When my girls are older and more independent, then their demands on my time will lessen. But I don’t think I’d ever blindly put one role over the other, because they are all connected. I just approach them with different parts of my personality. My work is intellectual, while being a mom is instinctual. Being in a relationship is a whole other ball of wax that I approach with the same diligence. Taking care of myself is at the center because I wouldn’t be able to do anything successfully if I am not well myself.

Laird and I are usually quick to be on board with anything that involves the environment and people. These causes are near and dear to everybody, but make special sense for us, given the amount of time we have lived and worked outside.

As a mother, do you feel a special concern for being a good environmental steward? I felt this way even before I had children because I had the luxury of playing beach volleyball. I grew up in the Caribbean and have always tried to be a benefactor of the beautiful outdoors. It adds another layer of motivation when you start thinking about your kids and the opportunities they will or will not have in their future. In Hawaii, the Polynesians traditionally didn’t believe in ownership, but in being stewards of an area. That’s how I feel about the place where we live now. The ultimate for me would be to leave it better than I found it. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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THURSDAY, MAY 1 Preparing for Summer with Essential Oils – 6:307:30pm. Learn how to use essential oils to treat sunburn, bug bites, allergies, relieve stress and anxiety while traveling, assist in first aid and much more! Bring a friend and you will both receive a free gift! Free. Way Public Library, 101 E Indiana Ave, Perrysburg OH. Call/text Terri Savory to RSVP: 419-450-9248.

SATURDAY, MAY 3 Life for an Empath by Dr. Michael Schmaus – 1-3:30pm. What an Empath is, whether you have the traits of an Empath, and practical advice on control techniques for an Empath. $35. New Beginnings Healing Center, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. Space is limited; call to reserve a spot 419-861-7786. Or call Dr. Schmaus 419-913-1467.

SUNDAY, MAY 4 Preparing for Summer with Essential Oils – Open house at 3:30pm. Class begins at 4pm. Learn how to use essential oils to treat sunburn, bug bites, allergies, relieve stress and anxiety while traveling, assist in first aid and much more! Free. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 112 E Wayne St, Maumee OH. Call/text Karla Gleason of Essential Connection Ltd to RSVP: 419-265-3219.

TUESDAY, MAY 6 Community Health and Wellness Guide Meeting – 11:30am-1pm. This is a group of holistic, energetic and alternative professionals who have started a monthly gathering of like-minded individuals in the NW Ohio area. The goal is to invite every single Health & Wellness/Holistic Practitioner to be a part of this group. Family meal-type lunch $11.00 pp (optional). Grape Leaf Diner, 909 S McCord Rd, Holland OH. Call Cathy to RSVP: 419-509-3320.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 Melt and Pour Soap Creations – 6:30-8:30pm. Leader Elissa Teal teaches a hands-on class (no lye) that uses the melt and pour method of soap-making. Learn how to add color and scents. Take home soaps to use or give as gifts. $30. 577 Foundation, 577 E Front, Perrysburg OH. Register at 577Foundation. org/TakeAClass. 419-874-4174. Omega 3, 6, 9 and Nutritional Oils. – 7-9pm. Lecture on nutritional and complementary medicine with slides, interrupted by questions, heckling and controversy. Free. Jay Nielsen MD and Jack Grogan. Nova Faith Church, 5105 Glendale Ave, Ste G, in Kroger Plaza just off Reynolds Rd.

THURSDAY, MAY 8 Sincera-Supportive Care and Symptom Relief – 12-1pm. Brown bag lecture covering home-based pain and symptom management for people not on hospice. Hospice of NW Ohio formed this palliative care consultation service. Free. CPW Health Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. RSVP to Jennifer Joseph 419-661-4001.


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Consult with Sandy Brown, Psychic Medium – 5:30-8:30pm. Schedule an appointment with Ohio native Sandy, who has over 25 yrs experience. Appointments will fill up quickly. $20/15 mins, $40/30 mins. New Beginnings Healing Center, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. Call 419-861-7786 or or contact Sandy at

FRIDAY, MAY 9 Toledo Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale – 10am-5pm. May 9-11. Over 5,000 plants for sale, herbs from the Maumee Valley Herb Society and heirloom vegetable seedlings from Toledo GROW! Book signing at Seasons Gift Shop by Jim Mollenkopf (11am-4pm). Also, workshops, kids’ activities, music, food, art for sale and more. Toledo Botanical Garden Greenhouses, 5424 Bancroft St, Toledo OH. More info at Amethyst Crystal BioMat for Your Health – 1-5pm. Lecture with Pennie Saks explaining how this treatment can tune-up your entire body, strengthening all organs and systems. Learn how it integrates NASA technology and Eastern medicine to incorporate “Elements in Nature”. Free. Sylvania Library, 6749 Monroe St, Sylvania OH. More info contact Pennie at 419-283-7337 or Mother’s Day Event for Mothers and Daughters – 6:30-8pm. A make and take jewelry party. Fashion a Pandora style or healing bead bracelet for yourself or a gift. Choose from a wide variety of beads, spacers and charms. Light refreshments and gift boxing included. $15/each for Mom and daughter, $10/for a second child. New Beginnings Healing Center, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. More info 419-861-7786.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 Miles for Miracles Walk and Run – 9am. The 8th annual event is a 2 mile walk or a 3 mile fun run. Auctions, kids entertainment, food/drinks. Donation: $15/pre-registered, $20/registered after 4/20/14. Fountain Park, 25200 Gibraltar Rd, Flat Rock MI. More info at or call 734-781-5087. Toledo Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale – 10am-5pm. May 9-11. Refer to May 9 entry for complete details. Viva La Vie – Long Live Life. A Mother’s Day Retreat – 10:30am-2:30pm. Bring your mother, daughter, grandmother, aunt, sister or any significant woman in your life to this rejuvenating half day retreat for mind and body wellness. Box lunch provided. Driven Fitness, 819 Kingsbury St, Maumee OH. Contact Jodi Walters at 419-350-0312 or email Nature’s Bounty with Jonnie Wagner – 1-2:30pm. Outdoor activity (weather permitting). Make herb planter baskets and herbal teas for gifts or for yourself. $15. New Beginnings Healing Center, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. Call to reserve a spot 419-861-7786.

SUNDAY, MAY 11 Flower and Garden Show – 8am-4pm. Held at the MB&T Expo Center, Monroe County Fairgrounds, 3775 S Custer Rd, Monroe MI. More info call Linda Siebarth 734-269-2293 or Annette Heck 734-497-5075. Toledo Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale – 10am-5pm. May 9-11. Refer to May 9 entry for complete details.

MONDAY, MAY 12 First Aid Care with dōTerra – 1-2pm. Patti Leupp, dōTerra IPC. Learn how to treat bug bites, sunburns, etc. with essential oils. Free. CPW Health Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. More info contact Patti 419-779-6310.

TUESDAY, MAY 13 Better Things to Come Group Hypnosis – 5-6:30pm. Join Angela Korte, PCC, LICDC, CHt and learn how to reduce worry and feel refreshed and rejuvenated. $40/session, $35/Seniors. CPW Health Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. More info contact Angela 419-806-9819.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Medication Therapy Management – 1-4pm. Michelle Mangan, PharmD, RPH from UTMC offers counseling for prescription meds, herbal remedies and how to manage the cost of them. Free. CPW Health Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. More info and to schedule an appt contact Michelle at 800-321-8383. Eating Local and Healthy – 6-8pm. Leader Kris Johnson teaches how to eat local and healthy on a budget. We will do some tasting. $10. 577 Foundation, 577 E Front, Perrysburg OH. Register at 419-874-4174. Cooking the JJ Virgin Way – 6-8pm. Learn to cook without the 7 most highly intolerable foods: Corn, Eggs, Sugar/Artificial Sweeteners, Dairy, Peanuts, Soy and Gluten. Help in the food preparation and sample tasty recipes. Learn some of the benefits of eating the Virgin Diet. Details of an expanded 4-wk course will also be offered. $30/class. Class held in Holland OH. More info call Sandy 419-351-7409 or e-mail

THURSDAY, MAY 15 Healthy Living Series – 12-1pm. For anxiety and depression, find out which foods can help balance your moods. With Ashley Daniels, BS Certified Healthy Lifestyle Coaching/Holistic Health Practitioner. Free. CPW Health Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. More info contact Ashley 419-455-6803.

FRIDAY, MAY 16 Amethyst Crystal BioMat for Your Health – 1-5pm. Lecture with Pennie Saks explaining how this treatment can tune-up your entire body, strengthening all organs and systems. Learn how it integrates NASA technology and Eastern medicine to incorporate “Elements in Nature”. Free. Way Public Library, 101 E Indiana Ave, Perrysburg OH. More info contact Pennie at 419-283-7337 or

SATURDAY, MAY 17 Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash Fundraiser –

7-11am. Help the Toledo Zoo raise funds to buy fish for their aquarium by participating in the Adult 5K race, Adult 5K walk or Kids 1K fun race. Prizes awarded. Snacks, drinks, water provided. Adult Fee: $21-Pre-reg, $24-Late-reg, $29-Day of reg. Kids fee $9. Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway St, Toledo OH. Registration and more info at Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash. Forget Me Not 5K for Abused and Neglected Children – Starts 8am. Packet pickup at 8am, a 9am kids fun run, and the adult run/walk starts at 9:30am. Hosted by Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monroe County. Registration: $20/postmarked by 5/2/14, $25/ day of race, $10/kids fun run. Munson Park, 2700 N Custer Rd, Monroe MI. Find Entry form at CASA of Monroe County on Facebook or call 734-241-8182. Relay for Life of Bedford MI – Starts 9am. May 17-18. The 10th annual American Cancer Society event. Bedford Community Stadium, 8285 Jackman Rd, Temperance MI. More info BedfordMI or contact Kristen Pilon at 734-624-0571 or Run or Dye Toledo! – Starts at 9am. Participate in the world’s most colorful 5K run. Get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Enjoy the Dye Festival after the run. Team Fee (4 or more participants) $42/person, Individual Fee $47. Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg OH. Registration and more info at

SUNDAY, MAY 18 Do you know someone with Sensory Issues? – 6:15-8pm. Attend a FREE informational seminar on The Sensory Learning Program presented by Dr. Jeffrey G. Schmakel, O.D. Director. Come hear how this foundational approach helps improve sensory function using light, sound and motion in a non-cognitive, non-invasive manner. Free. 3454 Oak Alley Ct., Ste. 209,Toledo,OH. Call to register 419-578-0057.

FRIDAY, MAY 23 Amethyst Crystal BioMat for Your Health – 1-5pm. Lecture with Pennie Saks explaining how this treatment can tune-up your entire body, strengthening all organs and systems. Learn how it integrates NASA technology and Eastern medicine to incorporate “Elements in Nature”. Free. Maumee Library, 501 River Rd, Maumee OH. More info contact Pennie at 419-283-7337 or

SATURDAY, MAY 24 The Mud Dog Challenge – 9am-2pm. A 3-mile course appropriate for all fitness levels. Over 20 obstacles, including mud and water. Ages 10+ are sent in waves every half hour. A wave for kids ages 5-9 goes off at 12:30pm on a shortened course. The Mud Dog Challenge Grounds, 10631 Airport Hwy, Swanton OH. More info and registration at

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 Senior Health and Fitness Fair – 9am-2pm. In conjunction with the 21st Annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Guest speakers are 2 contestants from The Biggest Loser and a presentation by a Mktg Manager from Gordon Food Service. Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, 15275 S. Dixie Hwy, Monroe MI. More info Dave McNew or Sandie Pierce Medication Therapy Management – 9am-12pm. With Michelle Mangan. Refer to the May 14 event for details.

THURSDAY, MAY 29 Bob Ross Landscape – 8:45am-4:30pm. Leader Pat Gstalder will teach you how to recreate this springtime country mill landscape. All art supplies provided. Lunch break on your own. Please bring

paper towels. $50. 577 Foundation, 577 E Front, Perrysburg OH. Register at TakeAClass. 419-874-4174.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Amethyst Crystal BioMat for Your Health – 1-5pm. Lecture with Pennie Saks explaining how this treatment can tune-up your entire body, strengthening all organs and systems. Learn how it integrates NASA technology and Eastern medicine to incorporate “Elements in Nature”. Free. Holland Library, 1032 S McCord Rd, Holland OH. More info contact Pennie at 419-283-7337 or

SATURDAY, MAY 31 2014 Toledo Heart Walk – Starts at 8am. Annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association. A Kids Fun Run, an adult 5K walk and an adult 5K run are the events. Fee: Walkers-free, Runners-$30. Huntington Ctr, 500 Jefferson Ave, Toledo OH. Registration and More info at Bridge to Recovery Walk 2014 – 9am-2pm. This 4th annual event, sponsored by The River Centre Foundation, is to raise awareness of eating disorders and provide support for those afflicted. After the walk, a raffle, scale smashing and a cookout. Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave, Sylvania OH. Register before 5/15/14 at or contact Dave Lockert at 417-377-0049 or e-mail Northwest Ohio History Walking Tour – 10am4pm. Jay Wagoner leads this tour from the 577 grounds to various historic sites; River Road Estates, Fort Miamis, The Battle of Fallen Timbers, etc. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. A simple historical-style lunch provided. $25. 577 Foundation, 577 E Front, Perrysburg OH. Register at Or 419-874-4174.

Wildlife Refuge Alliance Benefit Dinner – 4-8pm. The 9th Annual Detroit River International event is held to raise funds for a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the US Fish and Wildlife Service protect the Refuge. $75/person, $125/2 people. Silver Shores Waterfront of Wyandotte, 1 James DeSana Dr, Wyandotte MI. For tickets or information 734-692-7671.

TUESDAY, MAY 20 Gluten-Free Rules and Tips – 6:30-8pm. Speaker Nancy Pickens, RN, MS, Nutritional Counselor, ABA Family Chiropractic. Learn how to navigate all the gluten-free products on the market and develop healthy meal plans for you and your family. Free. The Center at Alternative Physical Therapy, 440 S Reynolds Rd, Ste D, Toledo OH. Contact Nancy at 419-535-7818 or or visit

THURSDAY, MAY 22 Women’s Self-Defense Seminar – 7-9pm. Covers simple self-defense strategies, teaches you how to recognize threatening situations, methods of responding to them and how to mentally cope with an attack. $29. Monroe County Community College, 1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe MI. Register at or contact the LifeLong Learning dept 734-384-4330.

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ongoingevents sunday Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Posturalbased movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911.

monday Monthly Memorial Ceremony – 3rd Mon. A gathering for those that have lost a beloved pet and want to remember them and share their memory with other pet lovers. Please bring a picture of your pet. Free. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. RSVP: 419-290-8237. Fitness After 55 – 9am. Every Monday. The Center provides the setting for seniors to communicate and share with each other. Living alone, eating alone, being alone – these circumstances are not necessary in a community which has a Senior Citizens Program like Bedford’s. Bedford Senior Citizens Center, 1653 Samaria Rd, Temperance MI. Call for Info 734-856-3330. Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Gentle yoga poses done in a chair that anyone of any fitness level can do. There is a component of centering, breathing exercises, stretches and deep relaxation. $10/drop in, $50/6 classes. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. More info 419-450-4940. Yoga - Connecting Within – 11am-12:15pm. With Sandy Earl. Awaken the true connection between body, mind and spirit by incorporating the practice of yoga into a lifestyle. Come and experience the many benefits yoga offers. All levels welcome. $15/ drop-in. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village Office Bldg, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320F, Toledo OH. 419-351-7409. PiYo with Brie Hobbs – 5:30-6:30pm. A fusion of flowing yoga poses and Pilates calisthenics. Burn calories, sculpt and tone muscles in a fun challenging environment. The practice and music change monthly. $10/class, $50/6 classes paid in advance. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info and Registration 419-450-4940 or Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Posturalbased movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911. Holistic Lifestyle/Metabolic Types – (weekly 5/5/14 thru 6/2/14, no class on 5/26-Memorial Day) 6-8pm. Explore with Holistic Lifestyle Coach Sandy Earl the six foundations of health. Learn proper nutrition for your metabolic type. Help prepare and sample some recipes that support your metabolism. Pgm is based on Paul Chek’s book How to Eat,


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Move and Be Healthy. $120/all 4 classes, $20/ Chek’s book. Classes held in Holland OH; address provided upon registration. More Info and Registration: Sandy 419-351-7409 or sandyearl_rower@ Open Knitting – 6-8:45pm. This group meets every Monday evening to knit/crochet. Come when you want, leave when you want. All are welcome. Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman, Temperance MI. 734-847-6747.

tuesday T’ai Chi For Health – 10:30-11:30am. Instructor Marie Criste presents a soft movement class, designed for those wanting to try t’ai chi. Each class is divided into three parts including warm up, senior form and yang form. Beginners should arrive at 10:15am. Bedford Branch Library, Bedford Community Room, 8575 Jackman Rd, Temperance MI. 734-847-6747. Monroe.Lib.Mi.Us. Basic Vinyasa Yoga with Brie Hobbs – 10:3011:45am. Make this practice your own, gentle or challenging. Begins with warm up stretching and alignment, then sun salutations and work phase, then balance and floor exercises. Leave class invigorated and prepared to handle daily stresses. $12/ class, $60/6 classes. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info and registration 419-450-4940 or Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi – 12:15-1pm. Learn the ancient discipline of Tai Chi, which combines small steps, joint-safe exercise and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing, and relaxation. Will help people of all ages take control of their physical, emotional and mental health. $25/month or included in $45/month fee. CPW Rehab Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. Call Jennifer for more info 419-841-9622. Pilates Mat Program – Starts 5:30pm. Get ready to power blast your core, hips and thighs! Gain strength, control, flexibility and balance. $72/all 6 wks, $15/ drop-in. Alternative Physical Therapy, 440 S Reynolds Rd, Ste D, Toledo OH. More Info Contact Cindy Ciampa 419-410-1205 or Yoga with Weights – 5:30-6:30pm. Bring your own weights for this active practice that builds strong arms, cores and glutes. $10. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. Call to reserve a spot. 419-290-8237. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Posturalbased movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911. Hot Kettlebells – 7:30-8:30pm. Tone muscles, burn fat, get fit. The best 60-minute, total body workout on the planet. Please bring a yoga mat, bath/face towel and plenty of water. Be ready to sweat and burn fat. $10. Register via website. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419874-2911.

Fitness, ETC. – 10-11am. A blend of yoga, cardio, light hand weights, core work and relaxation designed to increase strength and endurance on a beginner’s level. $10/drop-in, $50/6 classes. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info: 419-450-4940. Beginner Yoga at OCS – 11:30-12:30pm and 6:457:45pm. A gentle practice for those who are new to yoga and want deep relaxation. $10/drop-in, $50/6 classes. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N HollandSylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info: 419-450-4940. Body Better – 12:15-1pm. The Body Better program incorporates low-impact resistance training, functional movements, stretching and relaxation to improve mental and physical strength and health. Improve balance and stability, increase postural awareness and flexibility. Get healthy and stay healthy! $45/month unlimited visits or $25/month once a week. CPW Rehab Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. Call Jennifer for more info 419-841-9622. Beginner Yoga – 1-2pm. A gentle practice for those that are new to yoga and want deep relaxation. $10. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. Reserve a spot. 419-290-8237. Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5-6pm. This class invigorates the mind, improves balance and builds strength, endurance and flexibility. Open to all skill levels. $10/class, $50/6 classes paid in advance. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info and registration 419-450-4940 or TAP INTO JOY! – (weekly May 7, 14 and 21 2014) 6-7:30pm. Instructor Cindy Baker, M.Ed., DCEP, Licensed Mental Health professional and Certified Energy Psychology Practitioner. Learn Emotional Freedom Techniques to keep your energy balanced, release stress and anxiety symptoms and more. Class 1-EFT Basics, Class 2-EFT Expanded and Class 3-EFT & Beyond. $25/class or $60/all 3 classes. New Beginnings Healing Center, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. Space is limited. Call to reserve a spot at 419-861-7786. Or contact Cindy Baker at 419376-0844, Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Posturalbased movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911. Yoga for Lower back and Core Strength – 6:457:45pm. A well-blended practice to build a strong core, healthy back and increase flexibility. Walk taller, sleep better and enjoy well-being. $10/class, $50/6 classes paid in advance. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info and registration 419-450-4940. Yoga for 8-12 Year-Olds – 7-7:45pm. Children ages 8-12. Connecting mind, bodies and hearts with Diane Ausmus. Through flowing sequences, balancing poses, partner poses, cooperative games, breathing exercises, creating relaxation techniques and much more. Children will gain body awareness, flexibility, strength and an open heart. Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library, 60 E Center St, Petersburg MI. 734-

279-1025. Register: Hot Kettlebells – 7:30-8:30pm. Tone muscles, burn fat, get fit. The best 60-minute, total body workout on the planet. Please bring a yoga mat, bath/face towel and plenty of water. Be ready to sweat and burn fat. $10. Register via website. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419874-2911. Zumba! – 7:30-8:30pm. (weekly every Wed. thru 11/13/2016) Instructor Toni Quinn. Both Latin and mainstream music is used. No dance experience necessary. $5. Mercy Weight Management, 3930 Sunforest Ct, Ste 250, Toledo OH. 419-480-7547.

thursday Holistic Lifestyle/Metabolic Types – (weekly 5/8/14 thru 5/29/14) 11am-1pm. Explore with Holistic Lifestyle Coach Sandy Earl the six foundations of health. Learn proper nutrition for your metabolic type. Help prepare and sample some recipes that support your metabolism. Pgm is based on Paul Chek’s book How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy. $120/all 4 classes, $20/Chek’s book. Classes held in Holland OH; address provided upon registration. More Info and Registration: Sandy 419-351-7409 or Yoga - Connecting Within – 5:30-6:45pm and 6:45-8pm. With Sandy Earl. Awaken the true connection between body, mind and spirit by incorporating the practice of yoga into a lifestyle. Come and experience the many benefits yoga offers. All levels welcome. $15 drop-in rate. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village Office Building, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320 F, Toledo OH. 419-351-7409. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Posturalbased movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911. Healthy Cooking Classes – 6-8pm. Our series of healthy, simple cooking classes, to prepare for a busy week. $15. The Andersons, Sylvania Market Café, 7638 Sylvania Ave, Sylvania OH. 419-913-7328. Parent Class and Support Group – (weekly May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014) 6:30-8pm. Featuring the highly successful Total Transformation Program. $15/week for 8 weeks. New Beginnings Healing Center, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. Seating is limited; call to reserve a spot. 419-861-7786. Hot Kettlebells – 7:30-8:30pm. Tone muscles, burn fat, get fit. The best 60-minute, total body workout on the planet. Please bring a yoga mat, bath/face towel and plenty of water. Be ready to sweat and burn fat. $10. Register via website. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419874-2911.

friday Walking Club – 9:15am. (weekly from 4/4/2014 thru 6/27/2014) All are invited to walk/run on the Fallen Timbers pathway. Perfect for strollers or

a morning break from the kids. No registration required. Free. Lullaby Lane Baby Boutique, The Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St, Ste 735, Maumee OH. Contact Rachel at rachel@lullabylane. com or 419-878-0127. Seated Qigong – 10:15-11am. The “mother” of Tai Chi, these exercises can be done seated or standing and are safe for all fitness levels. Supported by Silver Sneakers. $5 drop-in. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. More information 419-450-4940. Mat Yoga – 11-12pm. Connect with the mind, body and spirit. For the yoga novice and those with limited level of yoga experience. $10/week or $50/6 classes. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. More information 419-450-4940. T’ai Chi – 1pm. Join in the Chinese martial art that combines controlled movements with deep breathing. T’ai chi provides health benefits that include reducing stress, lessening chronic pain, and improving the immune system. In addition, balance and blood pressure often show improvements. Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, 15275 S Dixie Hwy, Monroe MI. 734-241-0404. Yoga for Kids – 4-5pm. Now signing up children in age groups 4-9 and 10-16. A five-week yoga class to teach children fun ways to manage stress and anxiety. Instructor: Jennifer Dubow, LISW, Clinical Therapist, Certified Child Yoga Instructor. $20/class, $100 total for five weeks, can bill insurance. 3335 Meijer Dr Ste 450, Toledo OH. Call for class dates and times. 419-699-3659. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Posturalbased movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911. Qigong – 7:15-7:45am and 7:45-8:15am. With Jen Lake. Driven Fitness Studio, 819 Kingsbury St, Ste 102, Maumee OH. First class free. To register or for more info.

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saturday Run with Joe: A POSE Running Clinic (May 1718 2014; then weekly on Saturdays: 5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 and 6/28/2014) May 17-18: 1:30-4:30pm. (1:30-2:30pm from 5/24 thru 6/28/14) Become a better, faster, more efficient, injury-free runner during this 7 week clinic. Appropriate for both new and experienced runners. Limit 8 students. $195/7 wks. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. More Info and Register at to reserve your place. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Postural-based movement classes that range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911. Uncork The Artist – 7-10pm. (weekly on Sat. thru 01/01/2015) Painting parties with a twist. Classes for both adults and kids. Register thru website and see the painting to be created each evening. All art supplies provided. $65. Uncork the Artist, 5228 Monroe St, Toledo OH. 419-283-2484.

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Jodi Walters, Owner/Lead Trainer 819 Kingsbury Street Suite 102 Maumee, OH 43537 419-482-4847 Driven Fitness is your Northwest Ohio studio for Pilates, TRX Suspension Training, Indoor/ Outdoor Fitness Bootcamps, YOGA, Tai-Chi and Qigong training. Our studio is a Stott® Pilates fully equipped facility. At Driven Fitness, it’s our goal to help you reach the pinnacle of personal fitness through various training options in a small studio setting. We offer daily group classes, evening sessions and private sessions. Call or visit our website at See calendar for events.


Maryellen Grogan, CPT, MES 108 E Dudley, Maumee, OH 43537 419-893-5105 Studio Getting Fit is Not “One-Size-FitsAll.” Everyone Is Unique. Exercise needs, nutrition needs and goals are unique for each person. We take individuality into account and build a complete fitness program that’s right for you. To become “Positively Fit,” all elements of fitness and health must be in balance. See ad page 29.

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1715 W Dean Rd, Ste B, Temperance, MI 734-847-4700 419-474-4700 corner of Dean & Jackman Rds Graduate, 1981 from Palmer Chiropractic College and 1996 from Des Moines School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also fellowship trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement. Dr. Neumann states, “Our goal is to increase people’s quality and quantity of life.” In addition, the office offers weight loss programs, deep tissue laser therapy, hormone replacement and laser hair removal. See ad page 12.


Certified Yoga Teacher 419-351-7409 Learning how to prepare foods that are healthy for you, plus taste good, is the key to gaining energy, releasing digestive issues, and normalizing your weight. Discovering support for the lifestyle choices that affect your overall wellbeing, individually or through group support can make the biggest difference in empowering you to reach your health goals. See calendar for events.


Jack Grogan, Certified Nutritionist 8336 Monroe Rd, Lambertville, MI 734-856-9199 734-854-1191 fax Feeling out of balance? Wonder how the body responds to stress? Discover the blueprint for the body’s metabolism through hair mineral analysis. Helping clients achieve better health through nutrition and supplementation with over 40 years of experience. See ad page 29.

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Traditional physical therapy with a holistic approach. Specializing in one-on-one hands-on care, including aquatics, mobilizations, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, zero balancing and trigger point releases, utilizing 32 years of experience. Neuro and Pain specialist. See ad page 22.

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In a short series of sessions, release the chronic patterns in your body's structure and movement that contribute to pain and the feeling of “getting old.” Rolfing can be used to improve performance, vitality, balance, posture, back pain, headaches, sciatica, repetitive stress injuries and more. See ad page 17.  


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Change your thoughts and change your life. Individual appointments for hypnosis and life coaching to resolve trauma, eliminate negative behaviors, and achieve goals. Specializing in regression therapy. Small groups for weight loss and smoking cessation. Sound and energy healing, Reiki, and Biomat available by appointment. See our events page for upcoming classes on a variety of topics. See ad page 9.


Dr Jay Nielsen, MD 27121 Oakmead Dr, Ste C, Perrysburg, OH 419-897-6490 419-874-3512 fax Dr. Nielsen is a board-certified family physician with 38 years experience helping patients avoid orthopedic surgical procedures using Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Bioidentical Hormones and Supplements. Specializes in fatigue, chronic pain, mood disorders and accepts BWC worker injuries. See ad page 7.

Renee Dallas Independent Consultant 567-703-6049 Tastefully Simple offers easy-toprepare gourmet foods, at a reasonable price, for today’s busy lifestyles. We have over 60 delicious products including seasonings, soups, sauces, breads, beverages, and desserts. We also offer glutenfree products and all-natural spices. Contact me to schedule an in-home or business, tasting events where guests can sample products, allowing them to try before they buy. We offer personalized attention and the convenience of home shopping. See ad page 11.


Joe Sparks, LMT, RYT 29101 Hufford Rd, Perrysburg, OH 419-874-2911 YogAlign-affiliate studio. Daily classes and private sessions. Posture and Natural Alignment is the main focus, not performing poses. Space offers a warm, safe and peaceful environment to balance and free the fascia. We work on strength and flexibility. Kettlebell classes also offered. See ad page 15.


3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A Toledo, OH 419-841-9622 Wi t h o v e r 2 6 y e a r s o f experience, CPW Health Center has been the premier provider of physical rehabilitation and medical fitness programs. Best known for the 94° heated therapeutic pool.  Perfect for those with arthritis and chronic pain. We are now excited to expand our Women’s Health and Wellness Services as we partner with other exemplary providers in order to provide a fuller continuum of care. See ad page 5.

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