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elcome to the Greater Baton Rouge edition of Natural Awakenings, your new, free, go-to magazine for natural health and environmentally friendly living. Our mission is to help you improve the quality of your life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. What began as a hometown newsletter in Naples, Florida, in 1994 is now a family of 90 independently owned magazines reaching more than 3.8 million readers across the country. Each month, we’ll share cuttingedge information from well-known national and local experts on health, wellness, fitness, personal growth, creative expression and sustainability. Community briefs target local news of interest, the Calendar enables you to personally network with others in our growing healthy living community, and our business and community spotlights introduce you to leaders in wellness and eco-initiatives close to home. I discovered Natural Awakenings magazine three years ago while at a health and wellness conference in Miami. After reading it from cover to cover, I wished the Baton Rouge area had its own Natural Awakenings magazine. Last spring, my husband and I took a day trip to New Orleans to celebrate my recent college graduation. When we stopped to sample a gluten-free vegan bakery in Metairie, I came across a rack of magazines with the latest New Orleans edition of Natural Awakenings. I was excited because I recognized the name from Miami. I grabbed two copies, along with our treats, and read it cover to cover for the remainder of the trip. A notice that the company was seeking someone to publish in the Baton Rouge area caught my attention and when I mentioned it to my husband, he encouraged me to inquire. I knew my next venture would be to further my career in holistic health and wellness, but the world of publishing was nowhere in my plans; I just loved reading the articles. Later that night, after we enjoyed dinner at a New Orleans restaurant, there it was again—a small stack of the previous month’s issue sat on the table beside other local magazines and fliers. That’s when it struck me! Since I wanted the magazine in our community, I was the one who needed to bring Natural Awakenings to the Greater Baton Rouge area. I was on the phone the next morning with the corporate office asking questions. Soon I began my new journey as a publisher. This month’s theme of Health & Wellness provides a perfect beginning. Kathleen Barnes’ feature article, “Build Your Own Wellness Dream Team,” and Lauressa Nelson’s “A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good,” will offer good reasons to draw members for your customized support team from those you meet monthly in these pages. Heartfelt thanks go to: our advertisers because none of this would be possible without them; my husband for encouraging me to pursue my dreams; and you, our valued reader, for picking up this copy of your new monthly magazine and spreading the word. We welcome everyone’s participation and invite you to share helpful ideas, articles and feedback with us at Be sure to look for us at Pennington’s Wellness Day for Women on February 22. We would love to meet you! To a happy and healthy year,

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Daystar Way to Host Dr. Purser in April


ormone health expert Dan Purser, M.D., will speak in Baton Rouge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 26. Hosted by Jeannie Causey with Daystar Way, Dr. Purser will address hormonal issues affecting men and women. The author of several books and trainer of fellow physicians, Purser believes in the biological age reduction benefits of certain therapies such as modern hormone replacement therapy. He emphasizes natural replacements first and foremost, believing they offer the ability to unwind diseases once considered intractable. Founded by Jeannie Causey, LPN, along with Cathy Duplechin, Daystar Way promotes healthy living through Young Living essential oils. Causey and Duplechin are dedicated to using the purest therapeutic-grade essential oils, believing the plants are a God-made provision to help with everyday living. The mission of Daystar Way events is to offer scripturally based educational opportunities aimed at re-introducing the knowledge of God's love and provision of healing for physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

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he Wellness Centre of Baton Rouge now offers a new screening, European Regulation Thermography, as an enhancement to the Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging already available. Thermal imaging uses a sensitive digital infrared camera that does not emit radiation, does not require compression and is noninvasive. According to owner Karin Nielsen, ND, The Wellness Centre of Baton Rouge is “the first and only facility offering this powerful combination in the state of Louisiana.� European Regulation Thermography involves taking two sets of temperature readings on over 100 points on the skin with a temperature sensor that gently touches the skin. Woven together, the images produce a full pattern indicating how temperature is regulated throughout the body. Thermal imaging works by detecting heat produced by increased blood vessel circulation and metabolic changes that may be produced by tumor growth. These images are unique to each person and remain stable over time. The color visualizations provide a heat map of the body and show how asymmetrical increases or decreases in heat patterns could potentially indicate abnormal tissue areas. According to Nielsen, thermal imaging is one of several diagnostic tools used at the Centre. Location: 1528 Delplaza Dr., Ste. B, Baton Rouge. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 225-229-6107 or visit See ad, page 3.

First Sunday Classes at The Sanctuary


he Sanctuary, a modern holistic wellness & day spa, offers affordable monthly health classes at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. Known as Q&A Sundays, the classes are presented by owner Jessica Tregre, who holds numerous health certifications, including CNHP and LMT, and feature topics relevant to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Each hour-long presentation is followed by an indepth Q&A session, ensuring that attendees leave with a thorough understanding of the material. Students will learn how to recognize and avoid unhealthy ingredients at Tregre’s Nutrition and How to Read Labels class on February 2. Attendees will receive a wallet-sized laminated card listing various names of unhealthy additives to avoid. Students will learn how to address the root cause of their pain, feeling better while healing naturally, at the Natural and Effective Pain Management class on March 2. Cost: $25. Reservations required. Location: 5557 Government St., Baton Rouge. For more information or to make a reservation, call 225-278-9187. See ad, page 22.

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afe Voyage Tattoo, of Denham Springs, will host an annual benefit for the American Heart Association from noon to 9 p.m., February 14 and 15. Fifty percent of all of the proceeds from tattoo services during the two-day event will be donated to the American Heart Association and the event includes a raffle for an original piece of artwork. Owner and Tattoo Artist Brad Andrus sponsors this event each year to support heart disease research in honor of his mother who survived a heart attack at the age of 49. “We would like the community to stop by and show their support for this great cause,” says Andrus.

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Essential Oil Lectures at Biossage

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iossage, a specialty massage studio in Baton Rouge, offers monthly classes on relevant health topics. The studio will MASSAGE FOR LIFE feature three essential oil classes in the coming weeks. Essential Oils for Detoxification and Cleansing will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., January 21. Raindrop therapy, a technique that uses essential oils to stimulate the nerves and re-growth of tissue, ridding the body of toxins and bacteria while boosting the immune system, will be discussed in a hands-on class from 9 a.m. to noon, January 25. Essential Oil for Infants will teach participants to blend oils and herbs for safe and effective home remedies. This class will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., February 11. Cost: $15 for Detox and Cleansing lecture; $75 for Raindrop Therapy and $60 for Infant Care. Location: Inside Christian Street Wellness Center, 2162 Christian St., Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-456-7577 or visit See ad, page 11. natural awakenings

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Attend one of Carolee’s workshops (see calendar listings) or contact her about one-on-one coaching to create more joy and fulfillment in your life.

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r. Sallye Mouk, known as “Dr. Sal”, introduces her newest product, Multi Function Unction. Unction is defined as “an act of anointing, especially as a medical treatment or religious rite; an ointment or salve; and something Essentially Natural Lotions soothing or comforting,” and this product is an emollient cream that can be used all over the body, especially on the chest and bottoms of the feet, at the first sign of a cold. Mouk is a naturopathic physician with an extensive background in traditional allopathic medicine and cosmetology, and she used this diverse knowledge to create lotions in her Baton Rouge home. Her hobby developed into a thriving business with whimsically named but seriously effective products that include Stop Scratchin’ Lotion, Stop Stressin’ Lotion, Stop Thinnin’ Shampoo, Stop Flakin’ Shampoo, DeFunk It Spray, Stop Buggin’ Me Insect Repellent, St. Mike’s Heavenly Body Wash, Foaming Hand Soap and Fizzy Boms for the bath. Dr. Sal’s Essentially Natural Lotions are available at retail outlets around Baton Rouge, including Whole Foods and Alexander’s Highland Market. Business location: 11616 Industriplex Blvd., Ste. 14, Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-337-2467 or visit See ad, page 7.

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hristian Street Wellness Center, in Baton Rouge, is offering a quarterly four-part class focused on achieving holistic synergy on January 16, 23 and 30 and February 6. Students will discuss the use of adaptogens, natural herb products that supplement the body’s ability to deal with stressors such as anxiety, fatigue and trauma, using products in the Solle Naturals line, which target physical, intellectual and emotional issues. Topics include how the seven body systems work and how each system relates to the others in the body; why it is critical to support both the body and mind to achieve and maintain optimal health; and how Solle Naturals support the body and mind by balancing, lifting, calming and clarifying. Cost: $40, includes product samples. Preregistration and payment required. Location: 2162 Christian St., Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-389-1261 or visit ChristianStreet See ad, page 11.


The Health Nut Hut Introduces Own New Product Line


or nearly 20 years, The Health Nut Hut has provided Baton Rouge residents with top-notch natural health products and soon the store will add its own label to shelves. Owner Patti Toups is excited to announce the introduction of a line of single herbs, herbal formulas and aromatherapy products bearing the Health Nut Hut label. “These formulas include top quality herbs and have been designed to address the needs of our customers,” says Toups. “For instance, we expect our immune boosting formula to be very popular during winter cold and flu season. I use it myself, especially when traveling, and it offers great protection against the constant barrage of airborne germs in enclosed spaces, whether aboard a plane or shopping at the mall.” Customers looking for a detox plan can consult Toups and her staff for help with making a selection from the store’s full line of probiotic and detox products, including the ReNew Life bestselling brand of digestive care products. There is even a Dr. Oz section stocked with products featured on the popular television show. The Health Nut Hut also offers a variety of services, including health classes, nutritional coaching and massage. Location: 11954-B Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-292-8500 or visit See ad, page 17.

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

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Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus overuse of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

eventspotlight Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women by Elisa Smith


omen are often so busy caring for others— children, spouses or aging parents—that they don’t make time to care for themselves. In an ongoing effort to promote women’s health and wellness, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Foundation hosts its 14th annual Wellness Day for Women, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., February 22, in the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building, in Baton Rouge. The event is expected to draw 700 to 800 women. “Each year, Pennington hosts this event for women to increase their awareness of health and wellness by meeting local health professionals,” says Catherine Champagne, Ph.D., RD, and director of the Women’s Nutrition Research

Program at the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation. Champagne will lead the general session, titled Understanding Your Metabolic Health. William Cefalu, M.D., the center’s executive director, will present the other general session, Mission and Impact of Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Breakout sessions will explore the topics of heart murmurs and palpitations, healthy aging, solutions to the expanding waistline, and shoulder and joint pain. In addition to the scheduled sessions, attendees can participate in free health screenings and visit exhibitor booths; all focused exclusively on women’s health, nutrition and wellness. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a 234-acre campus of the Louisiana State University System, is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the causes of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. Basic, clinical and population research is conducted by approximately 80 faculty and more than 25 postdoctoral fellows working within a network of 17 highly specialized core service facilities and 50 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dieticians and support personnel totaling 500 employees. The Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation funds the center’s nutrition-based research with the goal of preventing premature death from chronic diseases. Cost: free; women ages 18 and up only admitted. Location: 6400 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-763-2629 or email To register, visit See ad, back cover.

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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women


omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of heart disease than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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ew research from New Zealand’s University of Otago shows that consuming more whole fruits and vegetables increases peacefulness, happiness and energy in one’s daily life. Scientists discovered the strong relationship to be particularly apparent in countering winter blues. A total of 281 college-age students filled out an online food diary and mood survey for 21 consecutive days. Results showed that eating fruits and vegetables one day led to improvements in positive mood the next day, regardless of other key factors, such as body mass index. Other types of food did not produce the same uplifting effect. “After further analysis, we demonstrated that young people would need to consume approximately seven to eight total servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change,” says Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., with the university’s department of psychology. “One serving of fruit or vegetables is approximately the size that could fit in our palm, or half a cup.” Study co-author Bonnie White suggests that this can be accomplished by having vegetables comprise half of the plate at each meal and snacking on whole fruit like apples. The American Psychiatric Association acknowledges that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects, at least mildly, as many as 20 percent of Americans. 12

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s the evidence of the harmful effects of Tylenol increases, there is a growing call for it to be removed from the market. Its active ingredient, acetaminophen, once thought to be an effective and safe pain reliever for adults and children, turns out to have dangerous effects. A related study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers leads with the fact that each year, acetaminophen causes more than 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study implicates acetaminophen poisoning in nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure in this country. When taken with alcohol or without food, the effects on the liver are multiplied. Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, reports in that regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility and hearing loss, especially in men under 50. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking acetaminophen use to three rare and sometimes fatal skin conditions. “Can you imagine if the side effects and risks associated with acetaminophen were associated with a dietary supplement?” opines Murray. “It would be yanked from the market immediately.”

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here is growing evidence that mammograms, which are the primary screening tool for breast cancer, may cause it. Scientists have long known that radiation causes cancer, and now research published in the British Journal of Radiobiology reports that the so-called “low-energy X-rays” used in mammography are four to six times more likely to cause breast cancer than conventional high-energy X-rays because the lowenergy variety causes more mutational damage to cells. Mammograms led to a 30 percent rate of over-diagnosis and overtreatment, according to a study published in the Cochrane Review. Researchers wrote in the study, “This means that for every 2,000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will have her life prolonged and 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be treated unnecessarily. Furthermore, more than 200 women will experience important psychological distress for many months because of false positive findings.” Many women and functional medicine doctors are now choosing non-invasive and radiation-free annual thermograms as a safer alternative. Those at high risk for breast cancer may choose to do periodic MRI screenings, a recommendation supported by research at Britain’s University Hospitals Birmingham.



aintaining healthy blood pressure is vital for long-term heart health, and scientists have now discovered evidence that a component of egg whites may have beneficial cardiovascular effects. Researchers from Clemson University, in South Carolina, found that a peptide in egg white, one of the building blocks of proteins, reduces blood pressure in animals about as much as a low dose of Captopril, a prescription medication for high blood pressure. The RVPSL peptide acts as a natural ACE inhibitor, functioning similar to the entire family of prescription medications that treat hypertension.

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howing down on cruciferous veggies reduces the risk of recurring breast cancer, say Vanderbilt University researchers, while consuming too many high-fat dairy products produces an opposite effect, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The paper on veggies presented at the American Association for Cancer Research showed that the more cruciferous vegetables a woman ate in the first two years after her breast cancer diagnosis, the lower was her risk of the cancer returning or death from the original cancer. Eating broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and cabbage worked to reduce the rate of recurring breast cancer by 35 percent and the risk of death in the following nine years by 62 percent. On the other side of the coin, the NCI study showed that women treated for early stage breast cancer that regularly ate one or more servings of high-fat milk, cheese, yogurt or ice cream increased their risk of dying of breast cancer by 44 percent and of earlier death from all causes by 64 percent.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

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Big Coal’s Big Plans to Hasten Climate Change Environmentalists are mounting an effort to stop the coal industry from exporting millions of tons of coal to China and keep the coal in the ground by halting the construction of huge new coal export terminals at ports in Oregon and Washington. The nation’s two largest coal companies want to strip-mine vast reserves in Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin, and then ship the coal by rail to the ports. “Based on our back-of-the-envelope calculation, the burning of this exported coal could have a larger climate impact than all of the oil pumped through the Keystone pipeline,” says Kimberly Larson, a spokesperson for the Power Past Coal campaign, a coalition of more than 100 environmental and community groups that oppose the coal terminals. Many U.S. coal-fired power plants still operate, but they’re being squeezed out of business by new federal standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxins that take effect in 2016. Also, the price of natural gas in America has fallen below that of coal. China already accounts for almost half of the world’s coal consumption, and demand continues to skyrocket for cheap, coal-fired electricity to power its growing industrial parks and mega-cities. Source:

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Citizen Action Wins Against Monsanto and More The Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national nonprofit advocating in the public interest, works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. It confirms that actions such as signing petitions really do make a difference. For instance, the CFS cites a hard-fought campaign that pushed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to a lawsuit and remove arsenic from chicken feed. They credit the thousands of consumers that joined the effort, saying, “Together, we forced the FDA to remove arsenic ingredients in animal feed used for our nation’s chickens, turkeys and hogs, and 98 of the 101 drug approvals for arsenic-based animal drugs will be withdrawn.” More recently, CFS reports that half a million citizen phone calls and emails had a significant effect in killing an extension of the so-called “Monsanto protection act” in the Senate. Formally named the Farmer Assurance Provision, the measure undermined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to ban genetically modified crops, even if court rulings found they posed risks to human and environmental health. Source: 14

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Evidence Mounts of GMO Dangers The nonprofit Non-GMO Project, committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO (genetically modified organism) products and educating consumers on such verified choices, is focusing on Bt corn and Bt soy, which make up 90 percent of America’s total crop. Its scientists explain, “These crops have genes from a bacteria called bacillus thuringiensis spliced into their natural genetic code. This causes the plant to produce Bt-toxin—a pesticide that bursts the stomach of insects that eat it, killing them.” Monsanto and Syngenta, which manufacture genetically engineered seeds, claim that genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops are safe for humans because the Bt-toxin is completely destroyed in the human digestive system and doesn’t have any impact on animals and humans. But Norwegian scientists’ decade-long study of rats, mice, pigs and salmon raised on GE feed published in 2012 found that due to alterations in their digestive tracts, the animals ate more, got fatter and were less able to digest proteins; they also suffered from diminished immune systems. There is also mounting evidence that the spread of such crops is responsible for the dramatic decline of the monarch butterfly, the near annihilation of bats and the spread of honeybee colony collapse syndrome. To get involved, visit NonGMO


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he stress and indulgence of the holiday season leaves many of us needing a boost to get back on track. Opened in October 2013, The Body Resort provides just the services to help clients “rebalance and refocus, relax and renew,” says spa manager Lark Spears, a licensed massage therapist. The spa provides quality facials using the Éminence organic skin care line, voted Favorite Skin Care Line, as well as winning other categories, in American Spa’s Professional Choice Awards. The products are handmade and free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate and other harsh chemicals. Ingredients include superfoods for cleansing and nourishing the skin in formulas such as anti-aging, raspberry deep pore cleansing; yam and pumpkin detoxifying; and blueberry antioxidant resurfacing. The Body Resort embraces infrared light therapy by offering several innovative tools. The Formostar Infrared Body Wrap is designed to help users control their weight, lose inches, detoxify and manage pain. One 50-minute session is said to burn between 900 and 1,400

(L-R) Alexis Blanchard, esthetician; Derneisha Lloyd, spa concierge; Lark Spears, massage therapist and spa manager calories. Other benefits may include skin rejuvenation, support of cell and heart health, improved immunity and faster wound healing. A red light therapy bed also uses infrared technology, specifically to rejuvenate the skin and heal problems such as acne scars, burns, rosacea and eczema and to relieve pain and inflammation in the muscles. Another popular

treatment to ease joint and muscle pain, relieve allergies and ameliorate skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis is foot detoxification. Esthetician Alexis Blanchard will discuss skin care and offer samples of Éminence products from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, including February 12 and 26. When customers purchase products, they will receive a $10 gift certificate that can be applied toward a facial. Massage and natural health awareness are the focus the second Tuesday of each month. In addition, Spears will provide sample massages and answers questions, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; the next event is February 11. Event cost: free. Location: 14111 Airline Hwy., Ste. 113, Baton Rouge. For information, visit BodyResortBatonRouge. com or call 225-756-9000 to schedule an appointment. See ad, page 19. Lauressa Nelson is a writer and editor for Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation who also freelances. Connect at

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queries and more. Finding the right mix of treatment and preventive measures requires some creativity and self-knowledge. The experts Natural Awakenings consulted maintain that it is both desirable and possible to assemble an affordable and effective personal health care team that focuses on optimum wellness.

structural; biochemical; and bioenergetic, a form of psychotherapy. Ideally, he says, conventional and integrative medicine, plus complementary practitioners, work together to provide the total care an individual patient needs. “Any problem on one level affects all levels, so we assess patients on all three with whatever tools we have,” he says. While conventional medicine may be able to treat structural problems well and biochemical problems to a certain extent, it falls short on the energetic level. That’s when it’s time to expand the team, counsels Yang. “‘Know yourself’ is the watchword. Get to know what to use and when to use it. It’s the practitioner’s job to educate patients in this way.” Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned as the father of the integrative medicine movement in the U.S., has remarked, “If I’m in a car accident, don’t take me to an herbalist. If I have bacterial pneumonia, give me antibiotics. But when it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, founding director and president of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, turns to the integrative realm of ayurvedic medicine for healing and wellness. The 5,000-year-old Indian healing tradition incorporates lifestyle changes, yoga and meditation, detoxification, herbs, massage and various other individually targeted healing modalities, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

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onventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive specific, individualized answers to such burning questions as: What is the best diet for this specific problem or my body type? Which exercise will work best for me—yoga, running, tennis or something else? Why do I feel stressed so much of the time, and what can I do about it? What supplements are best for me, and which high-quality products can I trust? Complementary natural healing modalities can address all of these


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“We need to understand the value of an integrative approach because no single modality treats everything,” says Dr. Jingduan Yang, the Philadelphia-based founder and medical director of Tao Integrative Medicine. By way of example, he maintains credentials as a physician, a boardcertified psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on classic forms of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Integrative practitioners see the human body on three levels, Yang explains:

“Wellness is a team effort,” advises integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vijay Jain, medical director at Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing, in Salt Springs, Florida. It’s not only a matter of knowing what needs the practitioners will address at specific times, it’s also knowing who can help when the going gets tough. “Modern medicine has the edge for early detection of disease,” Jain notes. “However, Ayurveda is excellent in determining the earliest imbalances in the mind and body that eventually lead to disease.”

Health insurance may not cover the services we want, and high deductibles may pose a financial challenge in maintaining comprehensive health care, so we need a personal wellness plan. Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/ acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will be identified as treatment unfolds and the team evolves over time.

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An ayurvedic practitioner likely will begin by helping to define healthful lifestyle changes, depending on one’s dosha, or energetic temperament. Yoga and meditation would be a likely recommendation, plus specific herbs and perhaps detoxification, says Annambhotla.

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A personal wellness program should include a lead practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a plan of care that meets the individual’s needs. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture often go handin hand with Ayurveda in accordance with the view that illness and disease are caused by imbalances in the body’s energetic flow. Diagnostic techniques employ intuition and pulses to assess and smooth blocks in energy circulation. Craniosacral therapy is another way to unlock energetic blockages caused by lifestyle stress and other factors that restrict and congest the body’s innate ability to self-correct and remain healthy, says Joyce Harader, a registered craniosacral therapist in Cave Creek, Arizona, and secretary of the board of the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America. She relied on a whole team to realize a natural way back to health after being diagnosed with lupus in 1992. “Members of my health team fluctuate, depending on what is going on in my life and where I am focusing,” comments Harader. She points out, for example, that nutrition education and general deep-tissue massage can both be helpful as part of a foundational plan toward obtaining and maintaining optimal health. In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total well-being. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly advocates that people start by working 18

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with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can perform routine diagnostic work, but in many states they cannot,” he notes. “I recommend undergoing a physical every six months and regular bone density tests, plus colonoscopies.” Loquasto is not in favor of mammograms because of the radiation exposure associated with them, but supports routine breast screening using ultrasound or thermography.


Intuitive listening and observant selfknowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If you’re not interested in sex, it’s probably a sign that you need to do some investigating.” Reasons for such a decline of interest are wide-ranging says Hoppe. “For men and women, it might be due to hormonal changes, lack of self-esteem, medications, stress, relationship issues, job, family life or lack of sleep. It means that somewhere, things are out of balance,” she says.

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A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto advises. Costs for tests may also be lower; plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doctors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They find that sometimes insurance will pay for certain complementary services,

including massage and nutrition education, when doctors or chiropractors prescribe them. Maintaining wellness in an environment filled with chemical, biological and mental toxins is a substantial, yet worthy, investment. It’s far better than the costly alternative of dealing with regular bouts of sickness or escalating disease. In that light, maintenance looks affordable: an ayurvedic diagnostic session starts at around $100, a consultation with a licensed naturopath at $75 and acupuncture at $100; a massage typically costs about $80 an hour. While insurance is unlikely to pay for treatments outside the realm of conventional medicine and sometimes, chiropractic, “The cost of these preventive therapies will be much less than the cost of treatment for a serious disease,” advises Loquasto. “You’re worth it.” Kathleen Barnes is author of more than a dozen natural health books. Her latest is The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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One of the biggest mistakes when trying to reduce stress: stressing out about it. making small adjustments to one’s daily routine can make a big difference without adding anxiety.

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ith all of our roles, responsibilities, commitments and to-do lists, it often feels like we will never catch up. While it seems to be a world of unprecedented stress, there is a countermovement to simplify, streamline and reduce stress. A report by Dr. Paul Rosch, M.D., published in USA Magazine in 1991, revealed that 75 to 90 percent of all visits to a primary care physician could be attributed to stress; this clearly emphasizes the need for stress management as a part of maintaining mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. Physically, stress causes the adrenal glands to produce hormones such as epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol that trigger responses in the body that include muscle tension, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and decreased function in the bowel and other body systems. An over-production of cortisol plays a role in muscle loss, weight gain, premature aging, reduced immunity and increased blood sugar levels. The fact is that stress reduces both quality of life and lifespan. In starting to address their problem, one of the biggest mistakes people make is stressing out about stress. Instead,

Create a bedtime routine. The body was designed to slowly prepare itself for sleep. Before electricity and technology, the body sensed that it was time to prepare for rest when the sun set. There were no distracting phones, text messages, televisions or video games. The body began to produce melatonin shortly after dark, which allowed sleep to occur much more quickly and easily. One hour before bedtime, try putting all electronics away. Diffusing the right types of essential oils, such as lavender and Roman chamomile, in the bedroom 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime will promote restful sleep. Taking a hot bath and changing into comfortable sleepwear also help the transition to nighttime. Breathe deeply throughout the day. Consult with a natural health practitioner to learn about herbal supplements that nourish the glandular system and help the body offset stress naturally. All of these suggestions can help the body combat and in some cases, eliminate the effects of stress. In the long term, the benefits are a happier, healthier life. Jessica M. Tregre, the owner of The Sanctuary Wellness & Spa, is a certified natural health practitioner, licensed massage therapist, ordained minister, certified spiritual healer and life coach. For more information and a stress measurement quiz, visit See ad, page 22.

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Sleep a minimum of eight hours a day. The body is not able to fully recharge and heal itself without an adequate amount of sleep. Several organs detoxify and rebuild during the deep sleep process, so depriving the body of rest will result in poor function and disease.

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A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good by Lauressa Nelson

A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.


hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “significantly increasing the client’s ability to make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-year-old retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed help with many things in order

to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Belmont, Massachusetts, identifies two primary forces that enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because someone tells them to) and confidence (they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators. Confidence in attaining ultimate success is built through positively framed experiments and experiences. “A health coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps,

focus on strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a threeto-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. Mindful awareness is another essential tool; being self-aware and reflecting on what we are doing while it is happening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a non-judgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. A mindful state calms mental noise and puts reflective distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her coach over time has been the most significant factor in the improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.” Lauressa Nelson is an editor and contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Label Literacy Five Tips Help Kids Choose Healthy Foods by Elisa Bosley

Families have three key weapons in combating America’s childhood obesity epidemic: keeping them active, reducing their soda and junk food intake and teaching youngsters how to read food labels.


ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity more than doubled in children ages 6 to 11 and tripled in adolescents ages 12 to 19 between 1980 and 2010. Nearly one in five youths in both age groups, plus one in eight preschoolers, are now considered obese and at increased risk for consequent health problems. By 2013, the Centers for Disease Control finally showed signs of hope, with some states reporting small reversals in the trend. Positive developments might continue if parents and teachers gently coach kids to better evaluate what’s going into their mouths and bodies by understanding food labels. Despite the intimidation factor (even for adults), “Once children know how to read, they are ready to start learning how to read food labels,” advises Jolly Backer, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending, a forward-thinking company actively increasing the presence of healthy-food vending machines in schools nationwide. He says, “The more kids know about what they’re eating, the more empowered they’ll be about making healthier food choices.” Here are five basic tips to increase

knowing what food labels really say that will benefit a youngster’s health for a lifetime. Visualize serving sizes. Assemble two or three packaged food items— preferably those that the child regularly eats, like cereal, oatmeal and applesauce—plus a measuring cup. Point out the serving-size number on the package label, and let the child measure out a single serving. This visually reinforces serving sizes, the first number anyone needs to consider on a food label. Try it with a single soda or juice bottle, too, which often says, “two servings.” Important note: Most nutrition label serving sizes are based on a 2,000-calorie adult diet. For kids ages 4 to 8, portion sizes are about two-thirds of an adult portion; for preteens, portions run 80 to 90 percent of the adult amount, says Registered Dietitian Tara Dellolacono-Thies, food coach for CLIF Kid nutrient-rich organic energy snacks. Evaluate numbers. Next, discuss the numbers noted for calories, fat, sugar, fiber and cholesterol. When evaluating a packaged food for an elementary school child, DellolaconoThies suggests aiming for 175 calories or less per serving; one gram or less

saturated fat; no trans fats; no more than 13 grams of added sugars; no more than 210 milligrams sodium content; and at least two grams of fiber. She notes that cholesterol alone is less of a health risk factor for kids than saturated fats and sugars unless a child is on a specialized diet. Added bonuses: Look for high-percent daily values (shown as DV percentage) for nutrients such as calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin D, which experts generally agree most kids’ diets lack in sufficient quantities. Compare and contrast. Armed with these basic guidelines, compare, for example, the grams of sugar in a can of soda with a serving of cooked rolled oats, or the amount of calcium in a carton of milk versus a juice box. One-to-one evaluations will begin to give a child a sense of what numbers constitute “high” or “low” amounts. Check the fine print. “Artificial colors and flavors, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated anything signal that the food is likely of lower nutritional quality,” counsels Dellolacono-Thies. Make a game of sounding out items in the ingredient list. “It’s a classic teaching moment: Unpronounceable ingredients often mean it’s a lab-created, fake, food-like item,” she says. Next, ask the youngster to read the label on an apple. Surprise! No food label means it’s a whole, real food—the best, most nutritious kind. Translate knowledge into choices. Once a child has gotten the hang of it, let him or her compare different food labels and choose which one is the healthier option. Plan a little extra time to also do it during grocery shopping. With time and practice, an educated youngster will begin to incorporate the power of reading food labels before choosing foods. “Even when children walk up to a vending machine, where they can’t read labels, you want them to know which is the healthier option,” says Backer. “With label-reading practice, they’ll become savvy shoppers who’ll readily recognize healthy food options when they see them.” Elisa Bosley is senior food editor at Delicious Living magazine.

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CHOCOLATE AS HEALTH FOOD Boosting Diets and Heart Health by Judith Fertig


esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plantbased chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and author of


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What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. “The higher the number, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012 meta-analysis of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clini-

cal Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed short-term trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoid-rich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states, “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that one-ounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.


eased or failing heart can benefit from supplements. Individual regimens vary, based on the nature of the patient’s case.

The Professional’s Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines explains that CoQ10 is used in electron transport in mitochondria— small organelles inside cells that convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It reports that studies in people with hypertension showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure through CoQ10 supplementation. Benefits of such therapy studied in people with a heart that has failed in its pumping ability showed increased improved heart function and proper dilation of the blood vessels for improved circulation. It is proving to be one of the best nutrients to help an ailing heart.



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ymptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart murmurs during the examination. A fairly common problem with cats, heart disease tends to occur as cardiomyopathy, an issue with the heart muscle. In most dogs, where cardiomyopathy is rare, it usually involves damaged heart valves, resulting in “leaks” that allow blood to flow in both directions. Upon an initial diagnosis of heart disease, one of two mistakes in treatment routinely occur: Either a doctor prescribes strong cardiac medications to “prevent” heart failure from happening (even though no medication has been shown to prevent heart failure), or he takes a wait-and-see approach, only intervening when the disease progresses to irreversible heart failure. The better approach is to do further testing and evaluation at the first sign of a murmur, including chest Xrays, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac ultrasound to classify the stage of the disease and determine if conventional medications can help. Follow-up visits every six months allow the doctor to identify the point at which heart disease has progressed toward impending heart failure. In general, pets with either a dis-

Fish oil contains beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The principle metabolites derived from the metabolism of EPA and DHA tend to be anti-inflammatory. Contrariwise, omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in warm-weather vegetable oils, produce pro-inflammatory mediators. Because omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids compete with each other to be converted to active metabolites (pro-inflammatory and antiinflammatory) in the body, decreasing the intake of omega-6 fatty acids and/ or increasing dietary omega-3 fatty acid levels, available through fish oil, is generally considered beneficial. The differing numbers identifying omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids simply refer to where the carbon-carbon double bonds are positioned in the molecules. Supplementing with fish oil may also reduce the occurrence of atherosclerosis, thrombosis, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden cardiac death by decreasing inflammation throughout the body, including in the heart.

Coenzyme Q-10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant synthesized in most tissues in the body. The highest concentrations are in the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. In the diet, CoQ10 is found in foods such as organ meats, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, soybean oil, fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products.

The herb hawthorn is highly regarded for its suitability in the treatment of heart disease due to its flavonoid and other antioxidant content. It provides several beneficial effects for the heart—helping to maintain a normal heart rhythm with decreased risk of arrhythmias; bolstering the force of heart muscle contraction; increasing coronary blood flow; and decreasing the organ’s energy demands. It acts like angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as the medicine Enalapril, used to help regulate blood pressure and reduce the workload of a failing heart. While other therapies can be used to help pet heart patients, these three are a sound starting point. In some cases, they may be suitable instead of medications that can cause side effects to the kidney and liver, or at least allow for smaller doses. Natural remedies provide a gentler alternative. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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Discover the Collection: Docent Tour – 2pm. Explore the exhibitions and collection of the LSU Museum of Art. Design your learning experience with a tour tailored to what you want to learn. Free. LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 5th floor. 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge. 225-3897200.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Movie Night – 6:30-8:30pm. The film, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, explores our broken healthcare system and inspires individuals to take control of their personal health. $10 suggested donation. BTR Training Center, 9111 Interline Dr, Ste 4A, Baton Rouge. Facilitated by Carolee Laffoon, Life Coach & Mind-Body Skills Practitioner. 225-302-7828. EmpowerYour

Community Chant – 3:30-4:30 pm. The HU song is an ancient technique that brings into our awareness the presence of the Divine. Free. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

Using Essential Oils to Detox and Cleanse – 6:308:30pm. This lecture teaches how to safely detox and cleanse the body using therapeutic-grade essential oils. Call to reserve a spot as space is limited. $15. Biossage, 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge. 225-4567577.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Herbs for Health and Wellness – 7pm. The Baton Rouge Herb Society hosts Frank Greenway, MD, as he discusses which foods and plants help with common medical ailments, such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. $5 for visitors (includes a plant, seeds, tasting or other considerations and handouts provided by speaker). Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Ln. Baton Rouge. Safety Awareness Training – 7-9 pm. Open Eyes Safety Training, taught by Jeff LeDuff, former BR Chief of Police and son Kelly, provides individuals with the ability to recognize and react to threatening situations. Learn non-violent techniques to respond effectively to dangerous situations. $50. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225338-1170.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 Holistic Mothering Circle – 7-9pm. Katie Lamb, birth doula, helps mothers create and maintain community throughout the journey of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. Mothers will feel valued and supported and be provided with the resources needed to make informed choices about this unique phase of life. Free. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Raindrop Therapy – 9am-noon. A hands-on class will teach Raindrop Therapy, which uses therapeutic-grade essential oils to stimulate the nerves and re-growth of tissue, ridding the body of toxins and bacteria while boosting the immune system. Call or register online. $75. Biossage, 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge. 225-456-7577. Crochet Compassion with Plastic Bags – 10am12pm. Friends from First Baptist Church teach how to turn plastic bags into plastic yarn. Attendees will learn a simple crochet stitch to turn it into a lightweight sleeping mat that can be used by people that are homeless, living on the streets. Bring a Q crochet hook. Donations accepted. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. Raindrop Therapy – 1-4pm. A hands-on class that will teach Raindrop Therapy, which uses therapeutic-grade essential oils to stimulate the


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nerves and re-growth of tissue, ridding the body of toxins and bacteria while boosting the immune system. Call or register online. $75. Biossage, 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge. 225-456-7577.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 New Year, New Beginnings, New You! Why Diet Resolutions Don’t Work – 6:30-8:30 pm. Linda Allred helps us to discover why diets don’t work. Learn how to easily break bad eating habits and beliefs about food by retraining your brain to get happy and healthy in 2014. $30. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 People, Pets and Essential Oils, Part 1 – 7pm. Learn the science of essential oils and their application for animals, specifically horses. At the end of this 2-day class, a live demonstration of Equine Raindrop Therapy. $15/students, $30/person, $50 couple. Contact Jeannie Causey at 225-572-3376 or Jeannie@DaystarWay.comfort for details and directions to this class being held in Walker.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 People, Pets and Essential Oils, Part 2 – 10am5pm. Learn the science of essential oils and their application for animals, specifically horses. At the end of this 2-day class, a live demonstration of Equine Raindrop Therapy. $15/students, $30/person, $50 couple. Contact Jeannie Causey at 225-572-3376 or for details and directions to this class being held in Walker. Exploring the Enneagram: Connecting With Your True Self – 10am-4pm. The Enneagram is a personality typology combining psychology and spirituality. Explore the nine personality types through discussion, experiential exercises and music. With Ann Galloway, certified Enneagram instructor. $89. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Nutrition & How to Read Food Labels – 2pm. Learn what the long ingredients are and how they affect your body. Is your body getting enough nutrients and how to know if you need supplements. $25. The Sanctuary, 5557 Government

Isha Kriya Meditation – 5:30-7 pm. Learn a meditation practice based on the essence of yoga, a simple and powerful practice involving the breath called Isha Kriya, which creates significant benefits towards health, work efficiency and general well-being. With Denise Graham, M.D. Donations appreciated. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Stories in Art – 10:30am. A free program for birth through pre-school age children, their parents & caregivers. Enjoy a story in the museum’s galleries followed by an age-appropriate activity. LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 5th floor. 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge. 225-389-7200.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Valentines Workshop for Families – 10:30am. Make unique, heartfelt personal valentines, using beautiful and unusual materials, for those special people in your life. Demos on various processes and the freedom to experiment creating cards for everyone on your list. $3/child, free/ Family Level Museum members. LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 5th floor. 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge. 225-389-7200.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Looking at Louisiana Art – 2pm. Join scholar Claudia Kheel for a lecture focusing on 19th-century Louisiana Art. Kheel is an authority on Southern and Louisiana regional art. $5; free to Museum members. LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 5th floor. 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge. 225-389-7200.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Infants and Essential Oils – 6:30-8:30pm. This class we will go over how to use therapeutic- grade oils for the new little one. Topics include ways to calm a fussy baby, help with gas/digestion, teething and many more. Call or register online. $15. Biossage, 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge. 225-4567577.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 American Heart Association Benefit – Noon-9pm. Stop by for the chance to win an original piece of artwork. All money raised for the raffle will be donated to AMA. 50 percent of the proceeds from tattoo services will also be donated. Safe Voyage Tattoo, 2648 Range Ave, Ste B, Denham Springs. 225-664-4005.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Home Remedies Using Herbs & Oils – 9am-noon. A hands-on class that teaches participants how to blend oils and herbs for safe and effective home remedies. Call or register online. $60. Biossage, 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge. 225-456-7577. Intro to Mind-Body Medicine – 10am-1pm.Learn simple and easy to use mind-body skills to transform physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually and how science is proving the health benefits of mind-body medicine. $29. Facilitated by Carolee Laffoon, Life Coach & Mind-Body Skills Practitioner. BTR Training Center, 9111 Interline Dr, Ste 4A, Baton Rouge. 225-302-7828. Empower The Voice of the Authentic Self: How PoemMaking and Art Encourage Our Growth From Pretense to Freedom – 10am-2pm. Ava Haymon, Poet Laureate of Louisiana, discusses how she uses poetry to find spiritual growth to transform the pain into love and freedom. Find truth and healing through creative discovery using color, words and paper. $25 (includes Haymon’s new book, Eldest Daughter). The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. American Heart Association Benefit – Noon-9pm. Stop by for the chance to win an original piece of artwork. All money raised for the raffle will be donated to AMA. 50 percent of the proceeds from tattoo services will also be donated. Safe Voyage Tattoo, 2648 Range Ave, Ste B, Denham Springs. 225-664-4005. Home Remedies Using Herbs & Oils – 1-4pm. A hands-on class that teaches participants how to blend oils and herbs for safe and effective home remedies. Call or register online. $60. Biossage, 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge. 225-456-7577.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Yoga Nidra – 2-4pm. Yoga Nidra is one of the most effective meditation techniques for unleashing the power of your deep unconscious, while relaxing, rejuvenating and renewing the physical body. This class will focus on healing from the heart, the center of oneness in the body. With Dee Dee Poullard. $20. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Mind-Body Skills for Stress Reduction and Wellness – 1:45-3:45pm. Start of a 6-week Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) class. Learn basic, scientifically proven techniques, such as meditation, movement, guided imagery, creative expression and more. $25. Register with OLLI or call Carolee Laffoon, Life Coach & Mind-Body Skills Practitioner. 225-302-7828. Broadmoor United Methodist, 10230 Mollylea Dr, Baton Rouge. Movie Night – 6:30-8:30pm. Unstuck with James S. Gordon, MD. Dr. Gordon, founder of The Center for

Mind-Body Medicine, presents a 7-step journey to a healthier and happier life, offering information and techniques for those suffering from anxiety, stress and dissatisfaction. Facilitated by Carolee Laffoon, Life Coach & Mind-Body Skills Practitioner. BTR Training Center, 9111 Interline Dr, Ste 4A, Baton Rouge. 225-302-7828.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Homeschool Art – 1pm. For home school children ages 6-12 and parents/caregivers. Explore LSU Museum of Art collection and exhibitions. Learn a variety of cross curricular subjects through the examination and discussion of art. Work in the new ARTLAB creating art of your own using techniques investigated in the original art. $3/student. LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts 5th floor. 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge. 225-389-7207.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Wellness Day for Women – 7:30am-12:30pm. Free health screenings, exhibits and educational sessions for women, ages 18 and up. Free. Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Bldg, 6400 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge. Register online at

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Holistic Mothering – 7-9pm. Create and maintain community throughout the journey of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. Throughout this gathering, mothers feel valued and supported, and are provided resources needed to make informed choices. Donations appreciated. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

plan ahead SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Pain Management Class – 2pm. Register now to learn how to manage pain, painful menstruation, arthritis and injuries. Also learn how pharmaceuticals affect the body. $25. The Sanctuary, 5557 Government St, Baton Rouge. RSVP required: 225-278-9187.


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Red Stick Mobile Farmers’ Market – 9-11am. Made possible by The Blue Cross Blue Shield Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Grant, Chase Bank, The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, The Imogene Brown Foundation and the Office of Community Development. Scotlandville Library, 7373 Scenic Hwy, Baton Rouge.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors – 10:30-11:30 am. This gentle yoga practice combines simple movements, stretching, meditation and breath work to increase flexibility, strength and relaxation to promote healing. With Kate Suchanek, certified yoga instructor. Sponsored by Cancer Services. Free. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

A Course in Miracles – 7-8:30pm. A Course in Miracles will meet weekly throughout 2014 to begin a process of changing our perception as we become aware of love’s presence. $20 suggested monthly donation. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

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Wellness Wednesdays – 9am-5:30pm. Detox Footbath or Sauna Therapy for only $20/service (a savings of $10). Have a delicious wellness drink on the house. The Wellness Centre of Baton Rouge, 1528 Delplaza Dr, Ste B, Baton Rouge. 225-229-6107. Morning Yoga - A Perfect Beginning – 8-9 am. Wake up the body and invigorate your mind and spirit with morning yoga. With Tina Ufford, Dee Dee Poullard, and Reba Robertson. $8/class, $48/7 classes, monthly unlimited/$75. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

Morning Yoga - A Perfect Beginning – 8-9 am. Wake up the body and invigorate your mind and spirit with morning yoga. With Tina Ufford, Dee Dee Poullard and Reba Robertson. $8/class, 7 classes/$48, monthly unlimited/$75. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30 pm. Relax your body and quiet your mind with gentle physical movement, breathing exercises and meditation. Enhance your well-being, increase flexibility and build strength through yoga postures. With Tina Ufford. $8/class, 7 classes/$48. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.


Red Stick Mobile Farmers’ Market – 12:30-2pm. Made possible by The Blue Cross Blue Shield Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Grant, Chase Bank, The Irene W and C B Pennington Foundation, The Imogene Brown Foundation and the Office of Community Development. Star Hill Church, 1400 N Foster Dr, Baton Rouge.

tuesday Red Stick Famers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Seasonal produce and baked goods are sold here at this producers-only market. Unitarian Church, 8470 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge. Morning Yoga - A Perfect Beginning – 8-9am. Wake up the body and invigorate your mind and spirit with morning yoga. With Tina Ufford, Dee Dee Poullard, and Reba Robertson. $8/class, 7 classes/ $48, monthly unlimited/$75. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. Gather the Women Circle – 4:30-6pm. Gather the Women, part of a global sisterhood, creates an opportunity for women to connect in authentic conversation to share their stories, to inspire and be inspired. Donations appreciated. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. Heal Your Life®& Mind-Body Skills – 6:308:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. In this group, expect to reduce stress, increase joy and create more of what you desire in life. Carolee Laffoon facilitating. $10 suggested fee (half donated to Mind Body Center of LA). BTR Training Center, 9111 Interline Dr, Ste 4A, Baton Rouge. 225-302-7828. Creation Stories: A Spiritual Beginning – 6:308pm. Discover creation stories from all over the globe, throughout different time periods. Explore the meaning of creation motifs such as the egg, seed, primordial being, creative fire, separation of heaven and Earth and the stages of creation. With Joan McCaskill, Spiritual Director MA. $40.The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

Spiritual Awakening and Meditation – 5-6pm. Enjoy a quiet time of exploration and meditation. Enjoy stillness that creates a time to empty and reconnect to source. $5 donation. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170.

thursday Red Stick Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Seasonal produce and baked goods are sold here at this producers-only market. Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge. Morning Yoga - A Perfect Beginning – 8-9 am. Wake up the body and invigorate your mind and spirit with morning yoga. With Tina Ufford, Dee Dee Poullard and Reba Robertson. $8/class, 7 classes/$47, $75/monthly unlimited. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. Dream Discovery – 10:30am-12pm. Discover more about yourself as you learn to work with your dreams. With Joan McCaskill, Spiritual Director. $40/monthly. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30 pm. Relax your body and quiet your mind with gentle physical movement, breathing exercises and meditation. Enhance your well-being, increase flexibility and build strength through yoga postures. With Tina Ufford. $8/class, $48/7 classes. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. Spiritual Journey Circle – 6-7pm. Find inspiration on a journey that opens the door to the ideas of diverse spiritual teachers. With Wendy Herschman. $20 monthly donation. The Red Shoes,

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saturday Livingston Parish Farmers’ Market – 7am-12pm. Each week, stop by for food, fruits, vegetables, local specialties and crafts. Located in the New Covenant Church parking lot on U.S. 190 (Florida Blvd) across from McDonald’s in Denham Springs. Red Stick Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Once a week, local and seasonal produce, baked goods and farm-raised meat and eggs can be purchased downtown. The market is a fun shopping event for all ages, featuring not only local foods but quality handcrafts and live music. Corner of 5th & Main St, Baton Rouge. Zachary Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. High quality, fresh local produce, as well as handmade crafts on a weekly basis. Zachary City Hall (side parking lot).

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Specializing in Transitional Integration, Reiki, Guided Meditation Therapy, Pranic Chakra Healing, Spiritual Counseling and Life Coaching. The deep healing that takes place with energy healing most often brings resolution and helps dissolve the patterns which hold you back from complete healing of situations, circumstances, traumas and negative experiences. See ad, page 22.


Jeannie Causey, LPN Young Living Independent Distributor #1265021 225-572-3376 Healthy Living for people and animals through Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living Essential Oils respect the sensitive nature of all the steps involved to preserving the therapeutic integrity and quality of essential oils without using preservatives or additives. See ad, page 13.


11954-B Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge 225-292-8500 We are your local source for natural remedies. A family owned and operated business since 1996. Offering a great selection of herbs, vitamins, supplements, wheat-free and gluten-free foods. Stop by and let our knowledgeable staff help you. See ad, page 17.


A Certified Heal Your Life® Coach and Mind-Body Skills Practitioner who supports people in transition to reduce stress, connect to their inner wisdom and create a life they love. Attend workshops or contact Carolee about one-on-one coaching to create more joy and fulfillment in your life. Dates for workshops can be found in the calendar section and on her website. See ad, page 8.

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Our mission is to help promote the body’s natural healing process MASSAGE FOR LIFE through massage t h e r a p y. B a b e t t e deBarros is the only Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) therapist in the area. Andrea Perry specializes in Lomi Lomi, Thai Bodywork and CranioSacral Therapy. Other specialties include Raindrop Therapy, Energy Balancing, Lymphedema, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy and Swedish Massage. See ad, page 11.

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. ~ John F. Kennedy 30

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6509 Government St, Ste C, Baton Rouge 225-927-3549 Detox and rejuvenate your body the natural way with ionic foot baths, a painless and effective way to dissolve toxic accumulations no matter where they are located in the body. Infrared Body Wraps help you lose weight and inches, diminish cellulite, tighten skin, relieve muscle pain, increase energy and metabolism and strengthen the immune system. See ad, page 7.


A Modern Holistic Wellness Spa 5557 Government St, Baton Rouge 225-278-9187 A holistic lifestyle day spa, offering a wide range of services including homeopathic & Bach Flower Medicine Consults, Health and Wellness Consults, Iridology, Biofeedback Scans, Massage Therapy, Facials, Waxing, Body Treatments, Manicures, Pedicures, Spiritual Counseling, Life Coaching and Energy Healing. We also offer classes, ranging in topics including human wellness, health education, and spiritual awareness. See ad, page 22.


1528 Delplaza Dr, Ste B, Baton Rouge 225-229-6107 Offering non-invasive health assessments, Total Thermography, Lymphatic Therapy and many detox therapies. We have a high success rate using homeopathic and functional medicine for women, men and children. We specialize in treating Lyme disease, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. See ad, page 3.


9618 Jefferson Hwy, Ste B, Baton Rouge 225-293-9886 Room For Dessert offers pastries and desserts, made daily, that are sugar, gluten and dairy free. We take pride in offering the highest quality ingredients in our freshly baked products. Call or stop by for custom orders. See ad, page 13.


THERMOGRAPHY THE WELLNESS CENTRE OF BR Karin Nielsen, ND, CCT 1528 Delplaza Dr, Ste B, Baton Rouge 225-229-6107

2303 Government St, Baton Rouge 225-338-1170 The Red Shoes is a nonprofit center offering opportunities for spiritual enrichment and personal growth through book and film studies, weekend retreats and workshops, as well as creative development through the art forms of collage, drawing, painting, writing and music. We offer movement classes including yoga and various dance disciplines. Classes are designed to broaden one’s understanding within a supportive community. See ad, page 9.

Total Thermography, non-invasive and radiation free, can often detect abnormalities 8-10 years before other screening methods. Thermography helps find underlying causes of disease as it looks at the entire body’s behavior after being stressed. Consultations and follow-up care are offered. See ad, page 3.



11616 Industriplex Blvd, Ste 14, Baton Rouge 225-337-2467 Dr. Sallye Mouk, a Naturopathic Physician, has an extensive background in Allopathic, Natural Medicine and Cosmetology. Dr. Sal’s products are pure and natural, made by hand with loving care. All products are 100 percent GMO free, and do not contain glycols, glycerines, parabens, artificial fragrance, phosphates or pesticides. See ad, page 7.


4836 Revere Ave, Ste F, Baton Rouge 225-932-0035 Celebrating our 11th y e a r i n s o l a r ! We distribute, design and install solar power systems for residential, nonprofit and commercial projects. Solar allows you to save money on your utility bills and have backup power during outages while protecting the environment. See ad, page 9.

2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge 225-389-1261 Providing holistic wellness services that recognize the body, mind and spirit as an integrated whole. We offer natural health consultations, herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, Traditional Chinese Medicine, educational classes & partnerships with various practitioners. See ad, page 11.


14111 Airline Hwy, Ste 113, Baton Rouge 225-756-9000 We s p e c i a l i z e i n integrating health, balance and well-being in the lives of our clients. From rejuvenating massages and organic facials to amazing body treatments, our services are designed to make you feel like your best again. Take relaxation to new heights by treating yourself to calming spa services. See ad, page 19.

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February 2014



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