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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.

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ecently, my 12-year-old daughter sat down to talk to me as I cooked dinner. She began by telling me about her day at school and upcoming cheerleading tryouts. Then, somehow, the conversation turned to boys. My first thought was “Wait… what?” I immediately stopped what I was doing and gave her my full attention, all the while wondering, “When did my baby girl grow up?” In our Healthy Kids article, “Teen Drama Queens,” Meredith Montgomery examines how to have a strong relationship with your teenage daughter. I believe our experts’ practical advice will be a great help as both my girls advance toward and into their teens. I encourage you to read and share the article with friends that have daughters of any age. When I was a teen, I remember thinking that 30 was old, but as I slowly approached the big 3-0, the number didn’t seem such a big deal. Now, well into my 30s, it’s funny how even 70 doesn’t sound old. Age really is just a number. I am learning that you are as young as you feel. (Although I admit that raising two girls has given me more gray hairs than I’d like.) For the most part, my girls keep me feeling youthful and on-the-ball. Our main feature article, “Aging Gracefully” by Kathleen Barnes, discusses simple steps all of us can take starting right now to stay youthful. Like me, you may be happy to see you are already taking some of the beneficial steps. One of those steps is to bring your whole family to the Health & Wellness Expo at Quarters on Sherwood Forest in Baton Rouge on May 3. The free event aims to raise awareness of good nutrition and exercise for everyone and will highlight natural solutions for childhood obesity. There will be activities for all ages. Please stop by the Natural Awakenings table to say hello. I would love to meet you and your loved ones.

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uarters, in Baton Rouge, will host a Health and Wellness Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 3. The free expo will feature local businesses offering fitness classes, massages, health screenings and activities for all ages. Concessions, free laser tag, arcade games and giveaways will also be available. Antoine Weatherspoon, assistant sales and marketing director, says, “The goal of the event is to promote healthy living and to fight childhood obesity. Let’s take action before obesity takes over.” Several professional athletes will make an appearance at the expo, including Ryan Theriot, two-time World Series Champion; Rebecca Alexander, LSU Track & Field Alumni and member of the World USA Track & Field Team; Darry Beckwith, LSU National Champion linebacker, former San Diego Charger and New Orleans Saints linebacker; Chris Davenport, LSU SEC football champion; Justin Rodgers, former defensive back for the Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins; Jarvis Landry, former LSU football player who is currently going into the draft; Marcus Randall, former LSU football player and others. Location: 4530 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge. For more information, visit QuartersBR.com. See ad, page 17.

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he 6th annual NOLA Veggie Fest, a celebration of delicious, plant-based cuisine, returns to the New Orleans Healing Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 10, and from noon to 6 p.m., May 11. The festival features product samples, vendor booths, cooking demos, nonprofit groups, speakers, films and lots of delicious, vegetable-based fare. For anyone interested in healthy eating, cooking, sustainable living, animal protection or exploring new cuisines, the NOLA Veggie Fest has something for everyone to enjoy. A project of the Humane Society of Louisiana, the NOLA Veggie Fest is coordinated with the support of the New Orleans Vegetarian Meetup Group. “The Humane Society of Louisiana has been promoting nonviolence and compassion for all creatures for more than 25 years,” says Executive Director and Founder Jeff Dorson. “We invite everyone to come out and indulge in some deliciously prepared vegetable dishes.” Cost: $10 donation at the door includes tote bag and products samples. Location: 2372 St Claude Ave., New Orleans. For more information, visit NolaVeggieFest.com.

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iossage, Massage for Life, is now under the ownership of Andrea Perry, a native of Lafayette who received her massage therapy training at Unitech Training Academy. She is a Louisiana State Licensed Massage Therapist and a member of Associated Andrea Perry Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Perry’s specialties include Lomi Lomi, Thai Bodywork and CranioSacral Therapy and she plans to begin training in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) this month. “I was very honored when Babette deBarros [previous owner] asked me to take over the business,” says Perry. deBarros, who specializes in Vodder Method of MLD with emphasis on Lymphedema Therapy, Surgical Massage and Energy Work, will continue to offer her services at Biossage. Together, Perry and deBarros offer complete services for holistic wellness that recognize the body, mind and spirit as an integrated whole. Location: 2162 Christian St., Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-456-7577 or visit BiossageForLife.com. See ad, page 15.

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he Massage Emporium, in Baton Rouge, will host two free couples massage classes from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m., May 18. Attendees will learn about the benefits of massage therapy and how to massage their partner’s feet, shoulders and back. Faith Miller, owner of The Massage Emporium, and Laura Bellefontaine, owner of Genuinely Simple, will facilitate the classes. Both Miller and Bellefontaine are licensed massage therapists. “We want to teach others how to help their loved ones at home by using simple massage techniques on each other. These techniques can help with overall health and increase the vitality of life,” explains Bellefontaine.

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Fewer Scans May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

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hile screening for breast cancer is important, women should avoid unnecessary medical imaging, according to a recent report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) which identified two factors that increased the risk for the disease: post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy and radiation exposure from medical imaging. Physician Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California-San Francisco, who contributed to the IOM report, notes that CT scans and other forms of medical imaging have revolutionized medicine and can be lifesaving. However, she recommends that women engage their doctors in the decision-making process and discuss the necessity and safety of all potential radiological scans. To understand the risks and benefits, it’s suggested women ask their doctor: “Is this scan absolutely essential? Is it necessary to do it now? Are there other, alternative tests [such as thermography]? How can I be sure the test will be done in the safest way possible? Will having the scan information change the management of my disease? Can I wait until after seeing a specialist before getting the scan?”

Acupuncture Cools Hot Flashes

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small, yet intriguing study published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that traditional Chinese acupuncture curbed the severity of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Fifty-three middle-aged, postmenopausal women were divided into two groups; one received such treatments twice weekly for 10 weeks, while the other experienced “sham” acupuncture with blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin. In both groups, levels of estrogen and other hormones were measured before the study began and before and after the last session. Menopausal symptoms—hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections and mood swings—were also measured before and after the treatments, using a five-point menopause rating scale (MRS) in order to assess their severity. At the end of the study, the women receiving Chinese acupuncture scored significantly lower on the MRS scale, with hot flashes seeing the sharpest decrease. The researchers explain that acupuncture boosts production of endorphins, which may stabilize the temperature control system of the body. They say that more investigation is needed because the study was small, but note that its results seem promising, suggesting that traditional Chinese acupuncture could be an alternative for women unable or unwilling to use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms.

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njoying more zzz’s is not usually associated with weight loss, but a growing number of epidemiological studies suggest that insufficient sleep may be linked to a greater risk of weight gain. The latest results from a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior points out that sleep behavior influences body weight by affecting not only how many calories we consume, but also how much energy we expend. When researchers at Tübingen and Lübeck universities, in Germany, and Uppsala University, in Sweden, investigated the effect of short-term sleep deprivation on hunger, physical activity and energy levels, they discovered that insufficient sleep increased the participants’ sensations of hunger by raising the level of the “hunger hormone”, ghrelin. The less sleep a person had, the hungrier they felt. After only one night of disrupted sleep, the volunteers moved around less and burned off fewer calories in their resting state than their counterparts that enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

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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 milkdrinking 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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electable morsels are traditionally hard to resist, but psychologists from Griffith University’s School of Medicine, in Australia, show us how we can successfully reduce food cravings by using a technique they refer to as psychological acupuncture. It involves gently tapping on pressure points along the body’s energy meridians using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), while focusing on particular emotions and thoughts. “Participants in the trial were surprised by how quickly the technique works—that it doesn’t take a lot of time to eliminate food cravings they may have had for many years,” notes Peta Stapleton, Ph.D. Food cravings for sweets and salty snacks significantly lessened after just four, two-hour sessions, and were confirmed as being maintained at a six-month follow-up consultation. Find more information on EFT, including certified practitioner resources by state, at EFTUniverse.com.

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Bikes-to-Go

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 Tinyurl.com/Top50BikeFriendliestCities). 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.

Forests Preserve Trees Rescue Urbanites from Dirty Air

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. Source: AmericanForests.org

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Radical Fuel Solar Surge

Three Automakers Roll Out Hydrogen Models

Last year, the U.S. joined Germany, Italy, China and Japan in producing more than 10 gigawatts of solar production nationwide. Now, other countries have awakened to the opportunity and are on their way to catching up. The popular Scandinavian retailer IKEA has sold $10,000 solar panels in 17 British outlets. Peru recently started a National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program to connect 2 million of its poorest residents with solar power. In the first phase, 1,601 solar panels were installed to power 126 impoverished communities. The plan is to install about 12,500 photovoltaic systems for 500,000 households at an overall cost of $200 million. Earth Hour India is helping citizens to switch to solar energy in villages that previously had no electricity. Woodlands stores, in partnership with World Wildlife Foundation-India, has launched a collection drive across the country, inspiring individuals to donate to help light up more than 100 households in three villages in Madhya Pradesh with solar power. The residents had traditionally depended on forest resources for their energy needs.

Toyota has announced that it will market a hydrogen-powered car beginning with the 2015 model year, and Hyundai has also committed to rolling out its fuel-cell Tucson model next year. Honda has already begun leasing its hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity to customers in California. Each of these vehicles can travel about 300 miles without a refill (three times the range of the hybrid Chevy Volt in battery mode), and reach a top speed of about 100 miles per hour. A refill takes just a few minutes, and because the hydrogen is used to produce electricity, the cars drive without the roar of an internal combustion engine. The cost of hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles is expected to continue to fall and eventually match that of conventional cars by 2023.

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Organic Food Labeling Causes Confusion A recent Harris Poll of 2,276 U.S. adults showed that concern for the environment is growing, but Americans may not be ready to spend more for organic food. More than half think that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more. Yet more than half of respondents also believe that organic foods are healthier than non-organic. At the same time, only 23 percent know what the term “dirty dozen” means in regard to organic food; it’s the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of foods consumers should always buy in organic form due to high pesticide levels in conventional farming.

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Aging Gracefully It’s No Mystery: We Now Know How by Kathleen Barnes

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ost of us like to think that we’ll be vibrant, energetic, smart and yes, gorgeous, until the end of our lives. This isn’t an unattainable fantasy—even if past poor lifestyle choices may have tarnished some much-anticipated Golden Years. Fortunately, it’s never too late (or too early) to make key small changes that will immediately and profoundly influence our ability to live long and healthy lives. Experts recommend that a handful of simple, scientifically validated health strategies will help us age gracefully and beautifully. “Most of us are living longer, but not necessarily better,” advises Dr. Arlene Noodleman, medical co-director of Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness, in Campbell, California. “Many people face decades of chronic debilitating disease, but you can minimize or even eliminate that period of life and maximize health. It’s all about your lifestyle.”

Rules to Live By

Whether the goal is disease prevention, retaining a sharp mind, weight control, balancing hormones, maintaining good posture or supporting glowing skin, all the experts Natural Awakenings asked agree on a core strategy that can extend life and improve its quality in later years: Take a walk. Or, undertake another enjoyable form of outdoor exercise for about 30 minutes a day. Greet the sun. Exposing bare skin to sunlight for 15 minutes three times a week allows natural production of vitamin D. Researchers at Boston University, Harvard University and others attest that sufficient doses of 12

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the vitamin help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, relieve menopausal symptoms and support longevity. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to cell health and overall proper body functions. Aim for consuming one ounce of water every day for every two pounds of body weight. Eat a healthy diet. This means lots of vegetables and fish, some lean meats and poultry and moderate amounts of fruits and grains for weight control; abundant antioxidants to prevent deterioration that leads to chronic disease; and vital nutrients to support and extend life. Avoid sugars in all forms, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and for many, wheat and wheat gluten, especially for those with excess abdominal fat. Get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours is more than beauty sleep. Studies consistently report that it’s essential for energy and the prevention of a host of diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer (Nurses’ Health Study; plus UK research in Diabetes Care, the European Heart Journal and British Journal of Cancer). Regular turning in and waking times, plus sleeping in a dark room, are important to optimize melatonin production; it is not true that we need less sleep as we age. Use the right supplements. Take a high-quality multivitamin every day, preferably an organic product based on whole foods for optimum nutrition. Fish oil is also essential for nearly everyone for heart, brain and joint health. Vitamin D is critical, especially in the winter months and for darkerskinned people that need greater sun exposure to manufacture it. Also add curcumin; according to numerous clinical studies, including those from Baylor University and the University of California-Los Angeles, it can help prevent and even reverse cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, skin diseases and digestive disorders.

Prevent Dementia

Caregivers for parents or other relatives with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are often concerned about experiencing such regression them-


selves. “There is some evidence that a tendency to memory loss can be inherited, but in any case, there are things you can do to prevent and even possibly reverse memory loss,” counsels Noodleman. Reducing stress is the best way to keep a sharp mind, she says. “Chronic stress inhibits the cerebral cortex (the brain’s gray matter, responsible for higher mind function, including memory), resulting in a lack of judgment and other impaired brain function. So, manage stress and memory function will improve.” Deep breathing and increased oxygenation of the blood helps relieve stress and deliver nutrients to brain cells. Practicing yoga postures like the shoulder stand and headstand, or exercises using an inversion table, for just a few minutes a day can improve circulation to the brain and may help keep brain cells intact. “It’s important to keep brain cells healthy and alive by keeping blood sugars and blood pressure under control,” urges Doctor of Osteopathy Lisa Ganghu, an internal medicine specialist and clinical assistant professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, in New York City. High blood pressure and diabetes are risk factors for strokes and mini-strokes that result in brain cell impairment, she says, adding, “Some research even suggests that caffeine may improve memory and focus.” “Use it or lose it,” concludes Dr.

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Jacob Teitelbaum, an integrative medical authority from Kona, Hawaii, and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. Extensive research shows that challenging the brain with puzzles and language courses, having an active social life and getting regular exercise are all related to maintaining optimum brain health. “People who age gracefully are physically and mentally active,” adds Noodleman.

Prevent Disease

A proper diet is a good place to start to take control. Ganghu recommends largely plant-based diets, like the Mediterranean, to keep common repercussions of aging at bay. Teitelbaum contravenes traditional medicine’s stance and says that most people don’t need to worry about salt intake, even if they suffer from high blood pressure, noting, “Research shows that people that follow the national guidelines for salt intake tend to die younger. Instead, it’s important to keep magnesium and potassium levels up by adding 200 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium to your supplement regimen every day.” To prevent and control diabetes, Teitelbaum emphasizes, “Avoid sugar; it causes premature cell aging that affects all body systems.” He explains that excess sugar and its byproducts age and stiffen cells. Dozens of studies directly link sugar and aging, including a PLoS

Genetics study from the University of Montreal. (Also see Tinyurl.com/ GlycationExplained.) Reproducing cancer cells typically don’t die as other cells in the human body are programmed to. Recent research by Baylor University and others based on the Human Genome Project strongly suggests that curcumin taken as a dietary supplement (400 mg a day or more) can persuade cancer cells to commit suicide and stop their wild and potentially fatal reproduction. Ganghu further recommends limiting exposure to environmental toxins from sources such as common garden and household chemicals and agricultural spraying (choose organic for safety).

Weight Control

A large body of research from institutions such as the National Institute on Aging and the International Longevity Center shows that avoiding obesity and managing weight is paramount for longevity, as well as for preventing many of the diseases associated with aging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 are at an 18 percent higher risk of earlier death from all causes than those that maintain a normal body weight (BMI of 25 or under). Hormones can be a factor in weight gain for perimenopausal and menopausal women, says Ganghu, so it is important to be tested. She also

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notes, “A loss of muscle mass due to aging can affect weight because muscle tissue is metabolically more active than fat tissue, creating a vicious circle.” She recommends strength training to improve muscle strength and mass. Typically, two 20-minute sessions a week with moderate weights are enough to create “Michelle Obama arms,” says Kathy Smith of Park City, Utah, a DVD fitness entrepreneur and a spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging.

Good Posture

“We spend a lot of time driving, working on computers and other activities with our arms in front of us. This causes chest muscles to contract and become tight as we age, drawing the head forward and rounding the spine, which produces a pronounced slouch,” says Smith, author of Feed Muscle, Shrink Fat Diet. Bending, stretching and strength training strengthens the shoulder and back muscles that help us stay upright. Smith recommends a “walking desk”, essentially a treadmill with a board across the arms where a laptop can rest, and the user walks at only one to two miles per hour. “You’re moving, not sitting, and that is really important,” says Smith. Yoga postures like the cobra and the bow are also helpful, as are visits to a chiropractor or other structural therapist.

Healthy Skin

“Your skin is a roadmap of your overall health,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman, a dermatologist who practices anti-aging medicine in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife. He explains that skin aging is caused by the three D’s: deflation,

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descent and deterioration. All of them can be reversed. Deflation is the loss of volume and moisture, which can be offset by proper internal hydration, healthy nutrition and good moisturizers. “People can make new collagen well into their 80s and even 90s,” he says. Deterioration is the loss of skin tone and elasticity that can accompany stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. Noodleman recommends regular exfoliation of skin on the face (an economical home facial with baking soda and water or eggs is high on his list) and dry brushing the whole body. He also notes that new laser treatments, acupressure facelifts and other spa treatments can help temporarily minimize wrinkles and bring back a youthful glow. It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy and energetic at any age if one is living a healthy lifestyle. “I feel like I am 30. I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life,” says the 60-something Teitelbaum. “Of course, I’m not at the beach in a Speedo,” he quips. “Who wants to look 20? There is also a certain beauty in age.” Kathleen Barnes is a freelance writer, book author and blogger. Her most recent title is 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Learn more at KathleenBarnes.com.

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Dry brushing stimulates oil production, circulation that tightens skin and lymphatic drainage for detoxification and improved immune function. It also exfoliates. Using a moderately stiff brush with a long handle, start with the feet and vigorously brush eight long, smooth strokes in each of the listed areas, always brushing toward the heart: Soles of the feet Tops of the feet Calves Shins Both sides of lower legs Upper thighs Inner thighs Backs of thighs Buttocks Lower back Sides (love handles) Belly Breasts (very gently) Chest Palms of hands Forearms, front and back Upper arms, inside, outside and back Upper back and shoulders Neck (brush toward the face in this instance only) Face (use a softer cosmetic brush or similar device) Source: Teresa Tapp, an exercise physiologist and nutritional counselor, in Safety Harbor, FL


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distress that need further examination, and can often result in a referral to a practitioner using a more sophisticated color Doppler ultrasound scan for further diagnosis. While Total Thermography is one of the primary focuses of her practice, Nielsen says it’s not the only one. “We specialize in non-invasive total health assessments and detoxification utilizing bio-communication technology.” This technology identifies and isolates areas of stress to help determine which natural remedies may be most effective in achieving balance. “Using pain-free, cutting-edge technology, we pinpoint possible hidden stressors such as bacteria, viruses, candida, parasites, heavy metals, chemicals and other environmental toxins,” she adds. EPA studies reveal that nearly 100 percent of people tested have various toxins such as dioxins, PCBs, xylene and dichlorobenzene in their fat cells, as well as carcinogenic benzene or perchloroethylene in their exhaled breath. When the body is unable to excrete such toxins, they migrate to the liver and other organs, and are usually stored in fat cells. It is no surprise, then, that people often feel sick when they quickly lose large amounts of weight. Toxins stored for many years in their fat cells are suddenly released into the bloodstream as the fat cells deteriorate and selfdestruct. The liver and kidneys must then filter the sudden toxic overload. Proactively removing these toxins via a process of non-invasive detoxification allows the toxins to dissipate slowly, without overloading the body, thus enabling a return to good health without a worsening of detox symptoms throughout the process. The Wellness Centre offers several therapies that are gentle and non-invasive to help detoxify and slowly remove toxins, thus increasing energy levels and wellbeing. Nielsen’s loving husband and three healthy children serve as her motivation to continue her quest to offer holistic health options to Baton Rouge area residents. A lifelong learner with a compassionate heart, Nielsen’s commitment to her patients has led her to obtain a number of holistic health certifications. In addition to being a traditional


Dr. Karin Nielsen and family naturopath and board certified holistic health practitioner, she is also a certified clinical thermographer and certified lymphatic therapist. In their relaxed office atmosphere, Nielsen and her support team strive to make each patient feel comfortable. “We see men, women and children with a broad variety of concerns. Having been on the other side of the stethoscope, I understand the anxiety and worry that can accompany a health issue. My staff and I truly care about the health and well-being of each one of our patients. We sincerely value the trust they’ve placed in us and are committed to using every tool we have to restore each one to optimal health.” Location: 1528 DelPlaza Dr., Ste. B, Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-229-6107, email Info.WellnessBR@ gmail.com or visit WellnessCenterBR. com. See ad, page 19.

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ur bodies were made to move, and being regularly active is one of the most beneficial things we can do for our health. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week and include resistance training, flexibility and functional fitness exercises two to three days per week. Maintaining this activity level can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (the leading cause of death in the U.S.), some cancers, metabolic syndrome and stroke. It helps in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes and hypertension, strengthens our muscles and improves bone health. Exercise helps with weight management, making us more comfortable and confident in our swimming suit—and birthday suit. It can also relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve our mood, mental clarity and sleep. The benefits of exercise are abundant and undeniable, yet CDC research indicates that only one in five U.S. adults gets enough physical activity for substantial health benefits. As a nation, we know the benefits of an active lifestyle, yet most of us still remain sedentary. The most commonly reported obstacles to regular exercise are perceived lack of time, no energy and lack of motivation. The following suggestions can help us move beyond these barriers to making activity a regular part of our lifestyle.

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A common cure for feeling too tired to exercise is, oddly enough, to exercise. When we start an activity, our metabolic rate gets a boost, endorphins are released and blood flow increases, carrying more oxygen (needed for energy production) through our body. On a cellular level, regular cardiovascular activity increases the body’s creation of energy producing mitochondria. Hence our bodies respond to expended energy by becoming better at producing energy. Studies show that exercise can reduce fatigue and increase energy better than the use of stimulants. Other energy boosters include getting adequate sleep (seven to nine hours nightly for adults) and drinking water before, during and after exercise, as fatigue can be a sign of dehydration.

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Making exercise a regular part of our everyday lifestyle can be difficult—especially when motivation wanes. We can fortify motivation by identifying our WIIFM: What’s In It For Me. Before we lace-up our cross trainers, we can take time to examine our ‘why’. For example, if health is the reason for boosting one’s activity level, go further and explore the health improvements that we will gain. Clearly define how better health will benefit us, our family, our work and/or our purpose. We can dig deep until we see how it connects to that which is most important in our life. When our WIIFM is personal and powerful, motivation soars. The unexpected benefit is that answers become clearer about how, when and where to add more activity into our daily life. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month—a perfect time to begin or refresh our exercise routine. Let’s share the benefits of getting and staying active and move for improved health. Nettye Johnson is a certified health coach, certified running coach and a Christian educator. For more information, visit NettyeJohnson.com. See listing, page 29.


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or many, the “Actively engaging who co-authored strong motherMothering & Daughwith my mom has daughter bond tering with her daughseems to suddenly enabled me to balance ter Eliza, gently reunravel when adolesminds mothers, “The my independence with mother-adolescent cence appears. “Parenting is exasperating a dependable bond, daughter relationand wears you out,” ship is asymmetrical. which helps me grow Mothers are responsisighs Heather Thomas, of Houston, Texas, into my true self. Plus, ble for being the adult a mother of three, in the relationship as it allows my mom to their daughters grow including 16-year-old Mary Meghan. up. Understanding know the real me.” Mothers can gain this can be a relief to some comfort in the both of you.” ~ Eliza Reynolds biological reasons for Part of the responthe onset of emotionally charged argusibility of being an adult is to provide ments and repeated curfew violations. a safe psychological and emotional It begins with changes in the brain environment for children without taking caused by an increase in the hormones things personally. The frontal cortex that stimulate girls’ ovaries, and by responsible for making decisions is still age 10 or 11, the hormones become developing in the adolescent brain. elevated to levels comparable to those Weathering mood swings and reactive of postmenopausal women. outbursts, mothers can learn to remain Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of steady, understanding that teens are not Mother-Daughter Wisdom, points out capable of giving back equally because that in addition to experiencing mood their minds have not yet fully matured. swings and temperature changes similar “That’s how teens learn to return to those of menopausal women, girls’ to a calm place, by seeing our mom rising estrogen, unbalanced by proremain steady through our storms,” gesterone, may likewise produce brain Eliza observes. irritability. “It’s no wonder girls are both cuddling with and screaming at you in Powerful Role Models Northrup believes that a daughter’s the same day,” she points out. peers play a large role in her success Nurse Practitioner Sil Reynolds,

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fully navigating the teen years, but emphasizes that, “A mother’s influence wins. Be consistent in your loving and clear about rules and boundaries, while encouraging a sense of their own worth and autonomy.” Teenagers are anxious to grow up and do their own thing, but until they have internalized safe and reasonable boundaries, they need someone else to establish them. Northrup reports how teen clients that were given too much freedom… “come in aching for boundaries and feel that their parents don’t care about them. It is the parents’ job to create healthy, though not rigid, boundaries.” What has worked for Heather is to casually join Mary Meghan in her room with an intention to be present and actively listen to her. “I say something simple like, ‘I have missed you,’ and then allow her to open up to me without being critical or judgmental,” she explains. “Sometimes we listen to music or look at outfits in magazines together.” “Girls know when you’re paying attention, and your tone and body language speak louder than words,” confirms Eliza. She also notes that, “How was your day?” doesn’t work as well as the more specific, “How did your test go?” As with any relationship, there are occasional conflicts and misunderstandings, but there’s always potential for repair. Eliza and Sil encourage mothers and daughters to reconnect through the repair process; with heartfelt restoration, the bond grows stronger.

“For households with siblings, this can mean 10 one-on-one minutes a day for each kid. When both parents aren’t under the same roof, technology can help—face time is better than texting, whether it’s through a screen or not.” Some mother-daughter teams enjoy taking dance classes together, having movie dates or pairing up as volunteers. At their weekend workshops, the Reynolds engage in projects and conversations about what it means to invite spirituality and a sense of sacredness into one’s life. Sil sees firsthand how many mothers and daughters are “hungry for spiritual depth.” Heather’s family makes dinners, school vacations and church activities a priority, including a youth program. She says, “Through our church, we are blessed to have caring, Christian adults we trust to help guide and raise our kids and help formulate their morals. It’s a place where it’s okay to question beliefs and share differing viewpoints.” Many moms seek better bonds with their daughters than what they experienced as teens. Heather notes, “I only see my mother a couple times a year, and when I do, I give her an extra hug and apologize [both jokingly and seriously] for my own teen years. Now, having teen girls of my own, I get how hard it is, and I tell her that every time I see her.”

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Key Family Communication Tools Avoid the use of absolutes (never, always, everyone, forever) because they leave no room for differing opinions or shared responsibility for problems. For example, replace “always” with “often,” or “everyone” with “a lot of people.” Soften statements by turning heated one-liners into “I” statements. Say, “I feel like you don’t call when you say you will,” rather than, “You never call when you say you will.” Instead of open-ended questions, try a three-word check-in. Both mother and daughter share three words that describe their current emotional state honestly and authentically. Take turns sharing. There is no need to explain why these words were chosen, but it can give both parties a better glimpse into each other’s current state of heart and mind.

A Daughter’s Go-To Guidelines by Eliza Reynolds Don’t give up. When you give up, you are asking your mom to give up on you. Instead of stating, “She’ll never get me or trust me and she’ll always embarrass me,” help her to meet the real you. Stay real. Be authentic and genuine (no BS). If you want to talk, try starting with a simple, “Hey, Mom, I’ve got something I want to talk to you about. Could just the two of us consult for a minute?” Yes, your mom may be eerily on point sometimes, but she can’t actually read your mind (Surprise!). Build the relationship you want and need. It’s the one where you get along. She listens when you’re talking and you want to listen, too. It’s normal for this to take work. When you choose to be half of this two-person team that’s key to your well-being, teenage life becomes easier. I call it the art of daughtering. Just imagine what life could be like if your mom was your greatest ally. Connect with Eliza Reynolds via MotheringAndDaughtering.com.

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n addition to relieving symptoms of menopause and andropause and helping maintain a normal, balanced hormone system, healthy eating can yield many other benefits. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine research reports, these include weight management, bone health and fertility and natural defenses against breast and prostate cancers and osteoarthritis symptoms. Despite drug-free approaches to hormone health that predate synthesized 20th-century hormone replacement therapy, the pharmaceutical industry has all but vanquished eating appropriately nutritious foods as a means to balancing hormones. Why do people embrace external sourcing when natural internal functioning is the better, less costly and more permanent solution? Even the current bio-identical upgrade of hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may lead to some biological dependency on these substances. Appropriate BHRT should include an analysis of how the individual uniquely metabolizes hormones and functional foods that can help. An edible approach to hormone health provides deep nourishment for glands, enabling increased production of what they lack due to changes associated with age or illness. Healthy eating likewise reduces the activity of excess hormones already in the body, beneficially mimicking their previous function without the unwanted

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Pomegranate

The resemblance of the inner topography of a pomegranate to an ovary is more than poetic homage. Pre-Renaissance Western herbalists commonly held that a plant food’s visual similarity to a human organ indicated a positive health correlation. Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology on pomegranates by Japanese scientists revealed that the seeds and fleshy capsules within which they are suspended, called arils, contain estrogens structurally similar to those found in mammals. Preclinical results published in Phytochemistry may explain why extracts of these plant-derived bioidentical hormones mimicking estradiol, estriol and estrone are capable of replacing the function of an ovary. A Japanese study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that female mice whose ovaries had been removed and were later fed pomegranate juice and pomegranate seed extract for two weeks showed reversals in bone loss, uterine weight loss and anxiety.

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vegetables kohlrabi and rutabaga contain glucosinolates, which help protect DNA from damage, according to a study published in Current Science. Also, ever-increasing preclinical and clinical evidence shows that consuming cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of more than 100 health problems, including a wide range of cancers, like those affecting the bladder and breasts.

Anderson Cancer Center. Thus, flaxseed may be considered a source of plant “estrogen” capable of prompting regression of estrogen-sensitive cancers, including those of the breast and prostate. Extremely versatile in culinary applications, combining flaxseed with ground cumin provides a medicinally potent homemade seasoning supporting women’s hormonal health.

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Unwelcome symptoms of perimenopause (which can last years before the completion of menopause) can be offset through daily ingestion of ground flax, which can be added to cereals, salads and other foods. Ground flaxseed mixed with dried berries is particularly palatable. As the ovarian reserve of naturally manufactured hormones exhausts itself and prompts an imbalance, flaxseed is particularly effective in rebalancing levels of desirable estrogen metabolites, such as breast-friendly 2-hydroxyestrone. It contains a fiber, lignan, that upon digestion produces two important phytoestrogens capable of stimulating the body’s natural estrogen receptors in cases of estrogen deficiency and blocking both synthetic and natural estrogen when there is excess (as with estrogen-dominant conditions from puberty to menopause). These properties have been confirmed in human clinical studies performed at the University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and the University of Texas MD

Cumin—actually a fruit disguised as a spice—has tremendous hormone-modulating properties recently confirmed by findings in Experimental Biology and Medicine. Japanese scientists demonstrated that cumin seeds can inhibit loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen in a female rat model of age-associated osteoporosis. They further found that the cumin seeds did not have estrogen’s weight-promoting and possible carcinogenic effects on the uterus. Imagine the potent hormone-balancing properties of a dinner of steamed rutabaga dressed with ground flaxseeds and cumin with a side of mustard greens with olive oil and pomegranate dressing. It beats a serving of Premarin with a serving of unwanted side effects any day. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMedInfo.com and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at GreenMedInfo.com.

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calendarofevents THURSDAY, MAY 1 Mindful Meditation – 10-11am. Learn how simple meditation can ease stress and worry, and help you focus. Take part in a simple meditation that you can do at home. With Ashley Michel. Free. Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge. 225-231-3250.

A Mystic’s Vision of the Trinity Book Study – 10:30am-12pm. Explore a new perspective on the Christian doctrine. In The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity, Cynthia Bourgeault finds that embedded within this theological formula lies a powerful metaphysical principle that could change our understanding of Christianity. With Joan McCaskill. $40. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org. Art of Breathing – 6-8pm. A Pranayama workshop exploring the relationship of your mind and body to your breath. Followed by homemade Indian food and informal discussion. With Rahul Sharma. $30. Yoga Bliss, 7384 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge. 225663-2381. YogaBlissBatonRouge.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 3 Plant Photography Workshop – 8:30am-5pm. Focus on plants and learn to bring their natural beauty and vibrant colors to your photographs. Bring your digital or film camera for this hands-on, creative photography workshop. Lunch included. $60. Burden Museum & Garden, 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge. 225-763-3990. DiscoverBurden.com. Quarters Health & Wellness Expo – 11am-4pm. An event to promote healthy living and fight childhood obesity. Free admission, laser tag, arcade games, food, beverages, health screenings, fitness classes and activities for the entire family. Guest appearances by professional athletes. Free. Quarters, 4530 S Sherwood Forest, Baton Rouge. 225-9304912. QuartersBR.com. Happy’s 5,000 5K – 5-10pm. 5K begins at 6pm. Music, food, beer and fun. Wear your most ridiculous costume. For more information and to register, visit NightlifeRacing.com. $30. North Blvd. Town Square, 107 3rd St, Baton Rouge.

SUNDAY, MAY 4 Community Chant – 3:30-4:30pm. The HU song is an ancient technique that brings into our awareness the presence of the Divine. All are welcome. Facilitated by a team of Louisiana Eckankar members. Free. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org.

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Hot Art, Cool Nights – 6-10pm. Mid City Merchant Art Hop hosts a fun night out, where local businesses open up and share art from local artists. In the Mid City Art & Design District, 680 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge. MidCityMerchants.org.

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FRIDAY, MAY 2 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. Lsumoa.com.

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the use of spices in cooking. Bring your lunch; drinks provided. Free/members. $10/non-members. 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge. 225-763-3990. BurdenHorticultureSociety.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 6 Carver Fit Club – 5-6pm. Adults and teens, age 14 and up, are invited to observe and/or participate in monthly exercise demonstrations. We will create customized circuit-training workouts with 1 Minute Workout for total body toning. Wear comfortable clothing and bring towels, weights, and water bottle. With Allison Gianelloni. Free. Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St, Baton Rouge. 225-389-7450. Essential Oils for Healthy Skin & Hair – 6:30pm. This class will discuss therapeutic-grade essential oils recommended to transform your skin and hair without using harsh chemicals. $15. Call or register online. Biossage, 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge. 225-456-7577. Biossage4Life.com. Plexus Health, Weight Loss & Pain Management – 6:30pm. Learn how to increase energy, lose weight, balance blood sugars, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, manage pain and correct intestinal issues the most natural way. Bring a friend! First time guests receive a free 3 day trial pack of Plexus Slim and Accelerator. With Terrie Crosby. Big Mike’s Grill, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs, LA 70726. 225-937-4657.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 Arts in Alzheimers – 10:30am-12pm. Spring into Art, a museum program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers/loved ones. Designed to provide opportunities for meaningful and interactive engagement with works of art. Call for registration and more information. 225-334-7494. Lsumoa.com. Dialogue on Race: Advanced Series – 10:30am12:30pm. A unique opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to speak frankly and safely about racial issues. Participants gain an understanding of race, better communication and intelligent action when confronted with racial issues, and ways to eliminate racism. Prerequisite: 6-week dialogue series. Free. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org.

Essential Oils for Healthy Skin & Hair – 9am12pm. During this hands-on workshop, we will make products, using therapeutic grade essential oils, for you to take home to keep your skin and hair healthy. $60. Call or register online. Biossage, 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge. 225-456-7577. Biossage4Life.com. Girl on the Run 5K – 9am. Girls on the Run South Louisiana will celebrate 5 years of inspiring girls to discover and activate their limitless potential. 5K will be held at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge. GirlsOn TheRunsola.org. The Essence of Being a Mature Man – 9:30am2:30pm. A workshop for men who struggle finding direction in their lives, who are willing to take a hard look at themselves, who want to embrace masculinity, seek spiritual support and connection. Facilitated by Stefan Hermann. $65 Suggested Donation. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org. Love Yourself, Achieve Your Dreams - 10am-1pm. This workshop focuses on 10 Ways to Love Yourself by Louise Hay. Put these practices to work in life and improve many areas of your life: relationships, health, career, and prosperity. Facilitated by Carolee Laffoon, $29, (20% discount if registered by May 7). BTR Training Center, 9111 Interline Dr, Ste 4A, Baton Rouge. 225-302-7828. EmpowerYourTransition.com. New Orleans Veggie Fest – 11am-6pm. The festival features product samples, vendor booths, cooking demos, nonprofit groups, speakers, films and lots of delicious, vegetable-based fare. For anyone interested in healthy eating, cookery, sustainable living, animal protection or exploring new cuisines. $10. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans. NolaVeggieFest.com. Essential Oils for Healthy Skin & Hair – 1-4pm. During this hands-on workshop, we will make products, using therapeutic-grade essential oils, for you to take home to keep your skin and hair healthy. $60. Call or register online. Biossage, 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge. 225-456-7577. Biossage4Life.com.

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New Orleans Veggie Fest – 12-6pm. The festival features product samples, vendor booths, cooking demos, nonprofit groups, speakers, films and lots of delicious, vegetable-based fare. For anyone interested in healthy eating, cookery, sustainable living, animal protection or exploring new cuisines. $10. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans. NolaVeggieFest.com.

Chair Yoga – 10-11am. This gentle introduction to simple yoga moves is designed for those with mobility impairments who need a helpful way to relax and stretch. Remain in a chair and engage in the ancient practice of yoga. Consult with a doctor before engaging in any physical activity. With Ashley Michel. Free. Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge. 225-231-3250.

Mother’s Day Tea at the Museum – 2-4pm. Enjoy Mother’s Day with the LSU Museum of Art in conjunction with internationally-renowned botanical artist Margaret Stones’s exhibition. Enjoy lunch, a tour the exhibition, and a hands-on water coloring activity to bring home. Contact Rachel Trantham. 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge. 225-389-7200. Lsumoa.org.

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TUESDAY, MAY 13 Carver Fit Club – 5-6pm. Adults and teens, age 14 and up, are invited to observe and/or participate in monthly exercise demonstrations. We will create customized circuit-training workouts with 1 Minute Workout for total body toning. Wear comfortable clothing and bring towels, weights, and water bottle. With Allison Gianelloni. Free. Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St, Baton Rouge. 225-389-7450.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Dialogue on Race: Advanced Series – 10:30am12:30pm. A unique opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to speak frankly and safely about racial issues. Participants gain an understanding of race, better communication and intelligent action when confronted with racial issues, and ways to eliminate racism. Prerequisite: 6-week dialogue series. Free. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org.

THURSDAY, MAY 15 Mindful Meditation – 10-11am. Learn how simple meditation can ease stress and worry, and help you focus. Take part in a simple meditation that you can do at home. With Ashley Michel. Free. Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge. 225-231-3250. 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. Lperera@Lsu.edu.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 Superhero Dash 5K – 8am. Dust off your cape, lace up your shoes and for the 1st annual Superhero Dash benefitting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Runners from across South Louisiana will be donning their best superhero attire for this fun filled 5K around the LSU Lakes. For more information and to register, visit Active.com. Unleashing the Healing Miracle Within – 9am5pm. Dr. Thomas Lucky, integrates traditional and holistic medicine and helps people’s lives change spiritually, mentally and physically. Enhance your health, wealth and spiritual outlook and be free of your illness during this holistic health conference. Contact Jeannie Causey, 225-572-3376. $95. Wholly Grounds, 27988 Walker Rd S, Walker. DayStarWay.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 Learn How to Massage Class – 8:30-9:30am. The class will instruct couples how to massage each other’s feet, shoulders, and back, in addition to teaching the benefits of massage therapy. Registration required as space is limited. Free. The Massage Emporium, 240 Laurel St, Ste C, Baton Rouge. 225-387-0060. MassageEmporium.net. Learn How to Massage Class – 10-11am. The class will instruct couples how to massage each other’s feet, shoulders, and back, in addition to teaching the benefits of massage therapy. Registration required

as space is limited. Free. The Massage Emporium, 240 Laurel St, Ste C, Baton Rouge. 225-387-0060. MassageEmporium.net. Sunday in the Park – 2-5pm. Come out and enjoy a free, family-friendly outdoor concert. Pack a picnic lunch and an ice chest, or dine at one of the local restaurants. Free. North Blvd Town Square, 200 North Blvd, Baton Rouge. ArtsBR.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 20 Eat Healthy, Be Active & Live Well – 12-1pm. A series of free monthly lunch and learns will develop these concepts and provide detailed tips to put essential behaviors in practice. This session covers healthy foods that taste great. With Certified Health Coach Nettye Johnson. Light lunch provided and registration is required. Register at NettyeJohnson. com or call 225-235-9489. New Hope Baptist Church, 5856 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge. Beginner Oil Painting – 1-4pm. In this beginner class for adults, we will paint a still life of spring flowers in an art deco picture. With Kathy Tedaldi. Limited to 10 students and must register by April 15. $25 or $20/ACLP members. Arts Council of Livingston Parish, 133 Hummell St, Denham Springs. 225-664-1168. ArtsLivingston.org. Carver Fit Club – 5-6pm. Adults and teens, age 14 and up, are invited to observe and/or participate in monthly exercise demonstrations. We will create customized circuit-training workouts with 1 Minute Workout for total body toning. Wear comfortable clothing and bring towels, weights, and water bottle. With Allison Gianelloni. Free. Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St, Baton Rouge. 225-389-7450. Plexus Health, Weight Loss & Pain Management – 6:30pm. Learn how to increase energy, lose weight, balance blood sugars, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, manage pain and correct intestinal issues the most natural way. Bring a friend! First time guests receive a free 3 day trial pack of Plexus Slim and Accelerator. With Terrie Crosby. Big Mike’s Grill, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs, LA 70726. 225-937-4657.

FRIDAY, MAY 23 Holistic Mothering – 7:30-9pm. Maintain community throughout the pregnancy journey, childbirth and motherhood. Feel valued, supported and provided resources needed to make informed choices about this unique phase of life. Will address common concerns, learn coping skills, socialize, and discuss evidence-based information on developing a natural-minded, holistic approach to motherhood. With Katie Lamb. $20 suggested donation. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-3381170. TheRedShoes.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 24 Run for the Children 5K – 8am. The whole family can enjoy participating in the 5K run or 1 mile fun run/walk. When the race is over there will be live entertainment, food, and fun. For more information and to register, Active.com. Downtown Baton Rouge North Blvd and N 3rd St. Integrating the Mind, Body & Spirit – 11am-4pm. Ready to resolve your limiting state of mind? Join Joe Donakey, Master Coach, to work on the integration of mind, body and spirit. Space is limited. Register by May 17. $75. Contact Valerie Flynn-Wintz for additional details. 225-768-7183.

SUNDAY, MAY 25 LifeShare Mobile Blood Drive – 10am-4pm. Every two seconds, someone somewhere needs blood. Donating can save up to three lives. Stop by and donate today. Walmart Supercenter, 904 South Range Ave, Denham Springs. 225-383-7728. Lifeshare.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 27 Carver Fit Club – 5-6pm. Adults and teens, age 14 and up, are invited to observe and/or participate in monthly exercise demonstrations. We will create customized circuit-training workouts with 1 Minute Workout for total body toning. Wear comfortable clothing and bring towels, weights, and water bottle. With Allison Gianelloni. Free. Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St, Baton Rouge. 225-389-7450.

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Dialogue on Race: Advanced Series – 10:30am12:30pm. A unique opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to speak frankly and safely about racial issues. Participants gain an understanding of race, better communication and intelligent action when confronted with racial issues, and ways to eliminate racism. Prerequisite: 6-week dialogue series. Free. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org.

Dialogue on Race: Advanced Series – 10:30am12:30pm. A unique opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to speak frankly and safely about racial issues. Participants gain an understanding of race, better communication and intelligent action when confronted with racial issues, and ways to eliminate racism. Prerequisite: 6-week dialogue series. Free. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org.

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Chair Yoga – 10-11am. This gentle introduction to simple yoga moves is designed for those with mobility impairments who need a helpful way to relax and stretch. Remain in a chair and engage in the ancient practice of yoga. Consult with a doctor before engaging in any physical activity. With Ashley Michel. Free. Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge. 225-231-3250.

LifeShare Blood Drive – 11am-4pm. Every two seconds, someone somewhere needs blood. Donating can save up to three lives. Stop by and donate today. Baton Rouge Medical Center- Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy Ave, Baton Rouge. LifeShare.org.

Baton Rouge Herb Society Meeting – 7-8pm. This month’s topic, Bees and Honey. There is a $5 charge for visitors which includes either a free plant, seeds, tasting, or other considerations and handouts when provided by speaker. Burden Museum & Garden, 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge. BRHerbs.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 Walk for Humanity 5K – 8am. After four successful years in Shreveport, the Walk for Humanity is making its way down to the Capitol City. The purpose is to raise funds to provide basic humanitarian services to children and families in Ethiopia and other third world countries. For more information or to register, ClubSouthRunners.net. Downtown Baton Rouge.

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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. Breada.org.

daily Art Exhibit – 10am-2pm. May 5-30. Unleashed Studio Artists exhibit featuring 13 local artists. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, May 10. Free. The Arts Council Gallery, 133 Hummell St, Denham Springs. 225-664-1168. ArtsLivingston.org.

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. With Wendy Herschman. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org.

monday 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. TheRedShoes.org. Yoga for Cancer Survivors – 10:30-11:30am. 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. TheRedShoes.org. Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Relax your body and quiet your mind with gentle physical movement, breathing exercises and meditation. Enhance well-being, increase flexibility and build strength through yoga postures. With Tina Ufford. $8/class,7classes/$48. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org. Your Pace or Mine Walking Club – 6-8pm. Participants will assemble, receive handouts, and start walking at 6:30pm following a path on map handout. Wear casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes. We will discuss goals, tracking, warm up, etc. With Yvonne Fuller. Free. Jones Creek Regional Library, 6222 Jones Creek Rd, Baton Rouge. 225-756-1180. 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. Facilitated by Anita Faye Leclercq. $20 suggested monthly donation. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org.

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thursday Dee Poullard and Reba Robertson.$8/class, 7classes/$48, monthly unlimited/$75. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org. 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. Breada.org. 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. TheRedShoes.org. 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 will facilitate. $10 suggested fee (half donated to Mind Body Center of LA). BTR Training Center, 9111 Interline Dr, Ste 4A, Baton Rouge. 225-302-7828. EmpowerYourTransition.com.

wednesday 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, $48/7 classes, monthly unlimited/$75. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org. Wellness Wednesdays – 9am-5:30pm. Detox Footbath or Sauna Therapy for only $20/service (a savings of $10). Enjoy a complimentary wellness drink during your service. The Wellness Centre of Baton Rouge, 1528 Delplaza Dr, Ste B, Baton Rouge. 225-229-6107.

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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/$47, $75/monthly unlimited. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org. 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. Breada.org. Sahaja Meditation – 10:30-11:30am. Learn how to balance, connect, and recharge in a few simple steps. With Tracy Tischuk. Free. Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. 763-2250. 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. TheRedShoes.org. Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Relax your body and quiet your mind with gentle physical movement, breathing exercises and meditation. Enhance wellbeing, 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. TheRedShoes.org. 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, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org. The Key: Searching and Sharing – 6-7pm. A supportive place for men to meet that encourages authentic conversation about coming to a deeper understanding of the healthy masculine and the natural yearning for spirituality. With David Dragon and Tom Lastrapes. $20 monthly suggested donation. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org.


Your Pace or Mine Walking Club – 6-8pm. Participants will assemble, receive hand-outs, and start walking at 6:30pm following a path on map handout. Wear casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes. We will discuss goals, tracking, warm up, etc. With Yvonne Fuller. Free. Jones Creek Regional Library, 6222 Jones Creek Rd, Baton Rouge. 225-756-1180.

friday 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, $48/7 classes, $75/monthly unlimited. The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St, Baton Rouge. 225-338-1170. TheRedShoes.org. Red Stick Mobile Farmers’ Market – 8:3010:30am. Made possible by The Blue Cross Blue Shield Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Grant, Chase Bank, The Irene W and CB Pennington Foundation, The Imogene Brown Foundation and the Office of Community Development. Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St, Baton Rouge. Breada.org. Chair Yoga – 10-11am. A wonderful and beneficial alternative to the traditional mat yoga class. Appropriate for all skill levels and ages. Instructor Faye Philips. $10. One Heart Yoga Center, 2935 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. YogaBatonRouge.com. Red Stick Mobile Farmers’ Market – 12-2pm. 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. McKinley Alumni Center, 1520 Thomas H Delpit Dr, Baton Rouge. Breada.org.

saturday Walking and Running Training Program – 7-8 am. Pew2PavementSM is the area’s only faith centered walking/running training program. Participants get a personalized 8-week training plan and weekly group workouts with a certified running coach. Training helps beginners safely start a routine and assist experienced walkers/runners progress to a new goal. $90. For more information or register, visit Pew2Pavement.com or call 225-235-9489. 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. Breada.org.

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Dr. Mouk’s therapeutic approach is based upon providing an effective, comfortable method of correcting spinal problems. He accomplishes this through the exclusive use of gentle low-force chiropractic adjustments. His focus is on restoring and enhancing your body’s own innate healing ability through precise spinal alignment and moderate exercise. See ad, page 14.

Common health complaints can be improved using natural health modalities, supplements and balanced nutrition. As a Certified Health Coach trained in the science of nutrition, dietary theory, and practical coaching methods, I can help you create a personalized roadmap to health. Schedule a free consultation today to learn about programs designed to fit your budget.

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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 2.

Certified Health Coach and Running Coach 225-235-9489 NettyeJohnson.com Nettye@NettyeJohnson.com Nettye is a Christian educator, ACE Certified Health Coach and RRCA Certified Running coach who provides education, individualized programming and support in the areas of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle modification for a science based, faithempowered approach to health and fitness.

Zachary Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Highquality, fresh, local produce as well as handmade crafts on a weekly basis. Zachary City Hall (side parking lot).

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LIFE COACH CAROLEE LAFFOON, MBA, PE 225-302-7828 Carolee.Laffoon@gmail.com EmpowerYourTransition.com

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MASSAGE THERAPY BIOSSAGE, MASSAGE FOR LIFE 2162 Christian St, Baton Rouge 225-456-7577 Biossage4Life.com

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 15.

THE MASSAGE EMPORIUM

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1528 Delplaza Dr, Ste B, Baton Rouge 225-229-6107 WellnessCentreBR.com 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 19.

ORGANIC BAKERY ROOM FOR DESSERT

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A Modern Holistic Wellness Spa 5557 Government St, Baton Rouge 225-278-9187 RenewHealingCenter.com 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 2.

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Terrie Crosby, Sr. Ruby Ambassador 225-937-4657 PlexusSlim.com/TCrosby Our life changing products offer the most natural way to improve health, increase energy, lose weight and manage pain. Plexus products help you achieve this goal by giving your body the ingredients it needs to balance, detox and heal itself as God designed it to do. See ad, page 11.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR

Offering a wide variety of diverse massage therapies including Swedish, Deep Ti s s u e , T h e r a p e u t i c , Reflexology and Sports Massage. Our specialty therapies include Hot Stone Therapy, Pre- and PostNatal massage, Couples massage, and 4-handed Vishnu massage. We have extras and add-ons to enhance any massage, unique combination services, chair massage, packages and adorning retail products. See ad, page 25.

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PERSONAL & SPIRITUAL GROWTH THE RED SHOES

2303 Government St, Baton Rouge 225-338-1170 TheRedShoes.org 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 25.

REFLEXOLOGY YOUR FOOTPRINTS

Herman Bonnette, LMT, CR 8251 Summa Ave, Ste C, Baton Rouge 225-766-0260 At A Time” YourFootprints.com Herman’s mission is to de-stress LoUiSiAna one foot at a time. Reflexology can be a powerful antidote to stress, helping to reduce nervous tension by generating deep relaxation, allowing the body to rest and repair itself. He specializes in Reflexology, AcuKinesiology, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Massage Therapy. LA Lic #0596, Est #EE2582. See ad, page 9.

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