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fter many years of dancing around it, and after a few false starts, I can say that I have converted to a plant-based diet. A couple of things are new this time, which makes me think I've made the switch for good. The first is a thought that stuck in my head and wouldn't let go. It was from an article by the late, great metaphysical author Stuart Wilde. He wrote: "Become a vegetarian if you are not already one. People are not aware of how much pain is in their body which comes from the animals." This took several months to sink in. Finally, it did. The clear thought struck me: I want less pain in my body. Then it clicked. Suddenly, I didn't really want to eat meat anymore. Not even fish, which was a huge change, because my favorite food for 25 years was sushi. Second place favorite food wasn't even close. I could eat sushi twice a day, every day, and sometimes, even did. When I first tried sushi, in college, I immediately began budgeting all of my discretionary income for sushi. I had clever schemes in this regard. We'll fill up on rolls first to save money, then order pieces! Do sea creatures feel pain on the same scale? My grandfather assured me that "fish don't have nerves" when I was a six-year-old in his fishing boat, and I even believed him, for a while. In the past when I thought about going vegetarian, there would always be the question, Sushi? "Okay, well I don't eat land animals, then." Not sure if there's a term for that…Lacto-Ovo, Toro Vegetarian? Actually it's called "Pescetarianism," a diet which includes dairy, eggs and fish but no other meat. For me, the terminology thing itself was part of the issue. "Vegetarian, "Vegan," and even "Pescetarian," all seem to focus on what a person doesn't eat. They are defined by what they exclude. So it's based on a giving up, or a sacrifice of something. I'm not good at giving up; I feel deprived. I hate that. "Plant-based diet" is different, the new descriptor. I don't know when it became the new term, but it is much better than the others semantically. It gets the key word in there, right up front. Plant. We're talking about plants, and eating them. So the thought is no longer I don't eat meat but, rather, I eat plants, instead. It's a positive affirmation rather than a negative denial. And there are so many plants to eat! Watermelon for breakfast. I eat fruit all day and keep full. Baby spinach out of the tub. Steamed vegetables. Rice and beans. Black bean burritos. Salad in big bowls. Bread, but less than before. I still eat cheese. But it's a plant-based diet, right? It's not about strict rules. And it works—after a few weeks, I've lost 12 pounds. And my body does have less pain.

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newsbriefs Anti-Aging Specialists Peter A. Lodewick, MD and Karen Bishop, RD/LD Announce Skin Rejuvenation…From The Inside Out


he radical changes their patients see with their skin are rooted in a new program called, “Younger-Looking Skin…From The Inside Out,” which offers a truly comprehensive approach to rejuvenating the skin. With hormonal balance reestablished (often through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy), nutrients that feed the skin optimized, and state-of-the-art topical products utilized, the results their patients achieve are most remarkable. “The first step is doing an excellent skin evaluation,” notes Karen. “The core of our program is addressing a patient’s goals from the inside out. A number of patients have nutrient deficiencies such as iodine, vitamin A and essential fatty acids. For many others, chronic allergic reactions and poor sleep quality affect the appearance of their skin. We commonly work with such issues as skin discoloration, age spots, facial muscle tone, skin firmness, elasticity, fine lines and deep expression lines. In addition, most patients need exfoliation to uncover the dewy skin underneath. This needs to be accomplished carefully. We also cater to those with highly reactive and allergy-prone skin, as there are good options for them also.” Karen continues, “In the last five years we have seen so many breakthroughs in the area of skin rejuvenation. The new generation of skin care reduces inflammation, decreases secretion of oxidizing substances that contribute to aging, stimulates collagen and elastin production and firms the skin much more effectively than topical options of just five years ago. It is a very exciting time to offer anti-aging guidance to patients!” Location: 3918 Montclair Road, AL. 35213. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 205-915-0474 or visit See ad, page 9.

October Happenings at the Gardens


ctober is the biggest month of the year at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in 2013, welcoming Birmingham’s premier antiques show, one of the year’s two biggest plant sales and one of the premier native plant conferences in the country. On October 3-6, Antiques at The Gardens: Art, Jewelry and Antiques will return to the Garden Center. This year, the sale will be open to the public for four days. Admission to the sale is $10, and free to members. Antiques at The Gardens also includes the Red Diamond Lecture Series, this year headlined by Montgomery author and architect Bobby McAlpine. He will present his talk on Thursday, October 3 at 1:30pm. Admission is $30, and it includes admission to the sale. For more information about all events taking place at Antiques at The Gardens, and to purchase tickets online, visit Fall Plant Sale arrives October 19 and 20 in Blount Plaza. The Gardens’ second largest plant sale of the year will offer an eclectic collection of plants for purchase, including annuals, biennials, camellias, daylilies, herbs, irises, natives, perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns and more. Admission to Fall Plant Sale is free. Plants for purchase will be posted at as they become available. October 31 welcomes a special Master Design Class that precedes the Central South Native Plant Conference taking place on November 1 and 2. To learn more about the class and the conference, which will follow, visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open from dawn until dusk 365 days per year. Admission to The Gardens is free.

Tree Of Life Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, Sleepytime Bear. Among his many awards is the Gold Medal he was honored with from the Society of Illustrators in 2009. Recently, he was commissioned to create the official Earth Day 2013 Poster on the theme of big cat conservation. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio and online store at

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newsbriefs Halloween Meditation: Spirit Energy


alloween is an occasion celebrated all around the world. Most people recognize it through candy, costumes, pumpkins and ghosts. But then there are others who recognize the Spirit World. It is known that at this time of year, the veils between dimensions are thin and the ability to tap into energies of our elders is possible. This kind of energy is transformative in healing past wounds that we carry with us from life time to life time. Terri Heiman Join Terri Heiman of Natural Forces Studio in a Halloween meditation experience for transforming the Spirit Energy for greater peace and empowerment. Sit in a crystal gird of light and allow the energies of the labyrinth to take you into the deeper resources of your mind. Energy can never be destroyed, so allow yours to be transformed for your highest good with the help of quartz, selenite and crystal sound bowls. Release the ghosts of your past. Friday, October 25, 7-8:30pm at Birmingham Yoga, 605 37th St South, Birmingham, AL. Info:, Tickets: $20; $15 before Oct 20. See ad, page 13.

Calm and Clear: Steps to Meditation Step 1 = Foundation: Lifestyle, Energy, and Senses.


his practical and practice-based course of training provides a solid foundation for accomplishing yoga. It integrates three fundamental concerns: Lifestyle Regulation (Jivana Vidhana), Energy Regulation (Kundalini Pranayama/Qigong), and Sensory Regulation (Pratyahara/Song). Adhering to the framework of Ashtanga Yoga, this training integrates "normalizing techniques" from classical methods of India and China/Tibet tempered by Western biobehavioral science. This is a clear, easy-to-follow progression of practices with the general motivation of promoting emotional and physical health and "success." The specific motivation is to promote success in training the mind. Training the mind is yoga Samyama: Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi (Concentration, Meditation, and Superconscious States). These three constitute yoga proper (yoga is meditation). You will learn a weekly progression of both Pranayama and Pratyahara exercises during the course of this training. Plan to practice daily. Topics (and methods) include the mechanics of time management, nutrition, respiration, exercise/physical culture, rest and recreation, waking relaxation & composure, sleep, sense & perception, communication, positive/negative human interaction, cultivating rational thinking (reducing irrational worrying), and managing distress. Sundays 5:30-7pm, September 29-November 17. Cost: $240 for 8-week series. Location: Embody Practice Center, 3918 Montclair Rd, Suite 100 in Birmingham. To register please contact Swami Kaal at or 205-3327163. See ad, page 17.


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Ashley Lundy and Kelly Love to Host Free Class in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month


n October 24 at 6pm, The Farmhouse will host a public health seminar focusing on women's health and how living a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent many issues women face today. The class will be hosted by Ashley Lundy, a Licensed Acupuncture Physician, and will provide insight into how Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine works and how it can be applied in your life. Also, Kelly Love, manager and Nutritional Consultant and Herbalist at the Golden Temple Health Foods in Trussville, will teach participants the precautions that can be taken daily to prevent illness. She does this through diet therapy and supplements that will be discussed in the class. Ashley Lundy is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine with a Master's Degree in Acupuncture. She also received training in a Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital in Yantai, China. Upon graduation she worked with a Chinese Herbal Master in Melbourne, Florida who trained her in the most effective ways to treat patients and provide quick and long lasting results. This donation-based class will take place at The Farmhouse located at 112 Glenn Ave, Trussville, AL 35173. Space will be limited, so please reserve your spot via email: See ad, page 22.

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The 6-week transformational lessons from Oz take place on Sundays at our 11am service, September 22–October 27, and are further supported with a Wednesday evening class September 25–October 30 from 6:30–8pm. We complete the series with a “Sunday Afternoon at the Movies” on October 27 from 4–6pm as we all come together to watch the original movie, The Wizard of Oz. Light refreshments will be served after the movie.

Saturday, October 12th & 19th 8:30–9am “Time of Silence” 9am Class Begins Facilitated by Rev. Terry Price Ware Breathe in, Breathe Out, Think Happy Thoughts. That’s the Cliff ’s Notes version of our Prayer and Meditation Class beginning Saturday, October 12, and continuing the following Saturday.

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newsbriefs Freeing the Voice: Where Yoga, Feldenkrais® and Singing Meet


oin in on a fun and functional one-day workshop with leaders Margaret Pittenger, MSPT, and Cathy Parrill. This experience will uniquely cultivate flexibility in the spine in order to support the body and voice, use the breath to help relax the body and mind, explore vocal resonance and range, and simply have fun in a relaxed setting. This workshop is for anyone interested in exploring their voice in a new way: an avid or professional vocalist, amateur singer or simply curious about how body and voice relate. Margaret has 40+ years experience as a physical therapist, 20 years using Feldenkrais and 4 years in yoga teaching. Cathy Parrill has taught vocal and choral music to people of all ages and levels for 40 years and has a special passion for helping the “non-singer” free their voice. Wear comfortable clothing, as you would for exercise class or yoga, and bring a sack lunch. Cost: $150. Location: Embody Practice Center 3918 Montclair Rd, Suite 100 in Birmingham. To inquire, email To register, mail check to Cathy Parrill 4020 Glenwood Ave, Birmingham, AL 35222. See ad, page 17.

Southern Women’s Show in Birmingham October 3-6


atural Awakenings magazine will be at the Southern Women’s Show this year. We are pleased to announce that some of our advertisers and partners will be at our booth to meet the community. Bernadine Birdsong, owner of Healing Waters, Karen Bishop with Dr. Patrick A Lodewick’s Anti-Aging Program, Jennifer Campbell with NYR Organics, Darlene Patton with Well-Med Global, and Emily Tucker are a few. We will also have information available from other advertisers. Drop by booth #450 to visit with our guests and us. The event hours are as follows: October 3, 10am-7pm; October 4, 10am-7pm, October 5, 10am-7pm; and October 6, 11am-5pm. For tickets or more information visit See ad, page 2.

Are you Psychic?


o you know when things happen right before they happen? Can you feel the energy in a room when you walk into it? Can you hear guidance that always seems to be the right advice within? Psychic ability is a spiritual tool for tuning in to the energy of your soul. Through intuitive guidance we can receive all kinds of information to help transform our lives. Join Terri Heiman of Natural Forces Studio in this 4 week workshop for a look at the 4 Cs—Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Clairsentient, Clairessence. Each week, techniques will be offered to enhance intuition and psychic abilities. Learn what your natural gift is and how to apply it to help you live in the flow of life.

Location: Natural Forces Studio in Forest Park, 605 37th St South, inside Birmingham Yoga. Cost: $120/4 weeks (no drop-ins for this class). See ad, page 13. 8

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Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band to perform at Birmingham Yoga


irmingham Yoga is pleased to bring Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band to Birmingham. Sean and his band bring a little funk to Kirtan while keeping true to the Bhakti tradition. He interweaves his New Orleans roots with the ancient mantras. The band’s new album Devaloka has been released by Nettwerk/Nutone Records, home of Sarah McLaughlin, Barenaked Ladies, and renowned chant artists Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das, and more. Sean, Alvin and Gwendolyn share the practice of Bhakti yoga in an inviting and accessible way. New Orleans mantra musicians Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band (Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) are celebrated as one of the leading voices in western kirtan music, known for their dynamic sound that merges mantras, rock, funk, and world grooves. The band is a favorite headliner at festivals and conferences worldwide, and they are the first kirtan band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival. Their music has appeared on Nettwerk/Nutone Records, White Swan Records, Sounds True, and Putumayo World Music. The band tours the U.S. and abroad playing music festivals, yoga studios, retreat centers, concert halls, and celebrations year-round. Tickets ate $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. For more information or tickets, visit Birmingham See ad, page 17.

Pilates Week: Free Community Classes Throughout Birmingham October 7-10


ilates Professionals of Birmingham have a mission to advance the accessibility of Pilates in the community by unifying passionate industry professionals, creating opportunities to share the principles of Joseph H. Pilates, and sharing the joy of movement. Their vision is to elevate the physical health and well-being of our community through the teaching of Pilates and the witnessing of its many benefits. So to get things started, they are offering free classes in Birmingham October 7-10. These classes are for all levels, especially beginners or those with no experience with Pilates. The goal for the week is to advance the Pilates Professionals of Birmingham mission, with a primary focus on educating the community at large about the benefits of Pilates. Pilates Professionals will be working together to spread their passion for Pilates and joining together in support of each other as Pilates teachers. For class information, call 205-202-5758 or see the Calendar of Events listings for classes.

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reathe in, Breathe Out, Think Happy Thoughts. That's the Cliff's Notes version of our Prayer and Meditation Class beginning Saturday, October 12, and continuing the following Saturday. Spend a couple of hours with Rev. Terry Price Ware beginning at 9am on the 12th and 19th exploring the foundation of Unity: Prayer. We'll experience Unity's Five-Step Prayer Process, discuss scientific experiments in the power of prayer, and experience a variety of meditation techniques. Terry will begin each session in the sanctuary with a half hour of silence, beginning class discussion promptly at 9am. Please enter quietly, breathing in, breathing out, and thinking happy thoughts.

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Location: Unity of Birmingham, 2803 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205. 205251-3713. See ad, page 7.

Women’s Mantra for Love: So Purkh 40-Day Meditation Challenge


Kundalini Yoga 40-day meditation challenge in which participants will learn and recite the mantra So Purkh daily on their own, and as a group on meeting days. When practiced regularly, this meditation can empower a woman to bless the men in her life, heal problems and past karma in relationships, and attract a spiritual man into her life. Class will meet three times and include full instruction and meditation information, yoga warm-up, as well as group sharing and support. Class times: Day One: Sunday, October 13, 2-4pm Day Fifteen: Sunday, October 27, 2-4pm Day Forty: Friday, November 22, 6-8pm Cost: $45. Instructor: Kewal Nam Kaur, IKYTA, RYT. Location: Birmingham Yoga, 605 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Jennifer Carter, RD, LD Offering Nutrition Counseling at McMinn Clinic


ennifer Carter RD, LD is currently providing personalized nutrition therapy that takes into consideration every aspect of your health and dietary needs, whether you want to have more energy to perform better at work and in life, or just shed a few pounds. Jennifer is not a sales person disguised as a nutritional expert selling a longterm program or product. She is a licensed, Registered Dietitian with over 14 years of experience in providing patients with nutritional therapy/counseling using the most proven and current, evidence based methods. Jennifer gives client’s personalized nutritional advice that can help them with various disease states, or nutritional and performance/energy issues. Jennifer can work Jennifer Carter RD, LD with you in person or over the phone—whatever is best for your schedule. Nutrition is the key to optimal wellness. A nutrition evaluation and consultation is useful in managing many different conditions: improving skin conditions; enhancing energy and performance; weight loss; improving sleep; enhancing immune system; optimizing the blood sugar and many more. Whether you are looking for a one-time consultation or something more longterm with more accountability, her services are designed for you. One time, 1 hour consult; grocery store tours; meal plans with grocery lists to make shopping easier; smart phone app for logging meals and exercise activity. For more information, call 205-868-1313 or email at See listing, page 30.

Fall Faith Series at Unity of Birmingham "The Wizard of Us"


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he 6-week transformational lessons from Oz take place on Sundays at our 11am service, September 22-October 27, and are further supported with a Wednesday evening class September 25-October 30 from 6:30-8pm. We complete the series with a "Sunday afternoon at the Movies" on October 27 from 4-6pm as we all come together to watch the original movie, The Wizard of Oz. Light refreshments will be served after the movie. Author and visionary teacher Jean Houston invites each of us to answer the call to transform our world and ourselves. The beloved story The Wizard of Oz has the power to reveal the Hero’s Journey that awaits each of us, and offers us valuable tools that enable us to thrive rather than merely survive. We are invited on an adventure of self-discovery and awakened potential into a greater understanding of self and a connection to the larger world as we explore Oz like never before. (Books are available in the Unity Bookstore, $24). Unity of Birmingham, 2803 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205. 205-251-3713. See ad, page 7.

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Acupuncture’s Growing Acceptance


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

More Plastics, More Obese Kids


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

Dulse Seaweed a Heart Health Powerhouse


ulse (palmaria palmata), a protein-rich red seaweed, could become a new protein source to compete with current protein crops like soybeans, according to scientists at Ireland’s Teagasc Food Research Centre. Dulse harvested from October to January usually has the highest protein content. This functional food also contributes levels of essential amino acids such as leucine, valine and methionine, similar to those contained in legumes like peas or beans. It may even help protect against cardiovascular disease. The Agriculture and Food Development Authority reports that for the first time, researchers have identified a renin-inhibitory peptide in dulse that helps to reduce high blood pressure, like ACE-1 inhibitors commonly used in drug therapy.

Grapes Grapple with Metabolic Syndrome


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

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Natural Iodine Supplementation A Must for Most Americans


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

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

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

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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.

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any owners of middle-aged and older dogs worry about their pets’ declining eyesight. Cloudy eyes are of particular concern, but that is not necessarily a sign that a dog is going blind, advises Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, Texas. “While cataracts strike many older dogs, a more common condition is lenticular or nuclear sclerosis, a thickening of the lens of the eye,” says Messonnier. He explains that this normal change causes the eye to appear somewhat cloudy or gray, similar to a cataract. However, unlike a cataract, this type of sclerosis does not interfere with the pet’s vision. “Veterinarians can easily tell the difference between these conditions,” he says. “No treatment is necessary for lenticular sclerosis; cataracts are often treated with carnosine drops or with surgery.” For prevention, Messonnier suggests minimizing toxins that can cause inflammation throughout an animal’s body, not just the eyes. This means using blood titer testing instead of annual vaccinations, reducing the use of flea and tick chemicals, using natural pet foods and minimizing the use of conventional medications. He also recommends feeding a pet nutrients that contribute to health and reduce inflammation and cellular damage, including fish oil, probiotics and antioxidants like bilberry, which supports eye health.

Cavities are Contagious


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

Mercury RAISES Risk of Diabetes AND Heart Attacks


xposure to mercury in young adulthood can trigger serious health issues later in life, according to two recent studies. New Indiana University research confirmed a link between mercury exposure and diabetes in young adults ages 20 to 32 at the beginning of the study in 1987, and was periodically reassessed six times through 2005. Those with high mercury levels at the beginning of the study were 65 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as they aged. Also, Swedish researchers report that high mercury levels from eating contaminated fish leads to a higher risk for heart attacks in men. However, eating clean coldwater fish high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, countered the increased risk from the mercury exposure, according to conclusions published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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A healthy spine is more than the basis of good posture—it is a harbinger of sound emotional and physical health, according to practitioners of holistic chiropractic care. Those seeking relief from back pain and other common spine-related conditions might do well to exchange pain-masking drugs for more lasting relief from professional adjustments. All chiropractic can be considered alternative medicine, because practitioners do not prescribe drugs or surgery. Instead, these doctors rely on manual therapies such as spinal manipulation to improve function and provide pain relief for conditions ranging from simple sprains and strains to herniated discs and sciatica. Yet, holistic chiropractors go beyond treatment of structural problems, like a misaligned spine, to address root causes. Michael Roth, a Ventura, California, chiropractor who has been practicing holistic methods for nearly 20 years, points out that, “Basic spinal manipulation does not address the mind-body connection. A holistic chiropractor recognizes that symptoms are the body’s way of adapting to some environmental stressor. If the spine is adapting to a stressor, that’s not the cause of the problem, simply the effect.” Holistic chiropractors typically can suggest complementary measures such as massage, yoga, naturopathy or physical therapy for a more integrated and comprehensive treatment approach. Beyond adjusting the spine, they may also prescribe adjustments to diet, exercise and other lifestyle elements, depending on their understanding of an individual’s optimum path to wellness. Before placing one’s care in someone else’s hands, ask for credentials and seek out reviews from former patients. Good health—and a happy spine—begin with an educated and empowered patient.

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


Barnyard Species are Declining, Too Zakri Abdul Hamid, Ph.D., chair of the independent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, states that the disappearance of wild and domesticated plant and animal species constitutes a fundamental threat to the well-being and perhaps survival of humankind. His urgent message was most recently delivered in Norway to 450 international government authorities responsible for biodiversity and economic planning. “We are hurtling towards irreversible environmental tipping points that, once passed, would reduce the ability of ecosystems to provide essential goods and services to humankind,” Zakri stated. Findings by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization show that genetic diversity, among even domestic livestock, is declining. Typically, breeds become rare because their characteristics either don’t suit contemporary demands or because differences in their qualities have not been recognized. When a breed population falls to about 1,000 animals, it is considered rare and endangered. While we know of 30,000 edible plant species, only 30 crops account for 95 percent of human food energy; 60 percent of these crops comprise varieties of rice, wheat, maize, millet and sorghum.

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

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Accelerating Amazon Deforestation After more than six years of steady decline, the deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon, which serves as vital lungs for the planet, more than doubled in just six months this year, according to the nonprofit research institute Imazon. Observers blame the increase in part on Brazil’s weakened Forest Code, established to protect the rainforest by limiting how much land can be cleared and developed. Senior researcher Paulo Barreto explains, “Imazon uses satellite images to evaluate the deforestation monthly.” In May 2012, the Brazilian Congress changed the Legal Reserve rule that requires landowners to keep 80 percent of their property forested by eliminating mandatory fines as long as the land is reforested. But enforcement is difficult and the land is often used for growing cash crops such as soybeans or raising cattle. New guidelines also allow clear-cutting closer to riverbanks, and environmentalists are alarmed about threats to biodiversity. Additionally, 60 new dams are on the government’s agenda. Source: Living on Earth (

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

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Solar Panels Almost Breaking Even At current growth rates, solar energy could be harnessed to produce 10 percent of the world’s electricity by 2020. But the greater benefit of clean solar power relies on first realizing an efficient initial payback for all the energy needed to produce the panels. To make polysilicon, the basic building block of most solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, silica rock must be melted at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, using electricity from mostly coal-fired power plants. Stanford University researchers believe that a tipping point when clean electricity from installed solar panels surpasses the energy going into the industry’s continued growth will occur by 2015. As the industry has advanced, it’s required ever less energy and silicon to manufacture and install solar PV panels, along with less wasted silicon, according to Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project. Advances in solar cell efficiency requires fewer panels, and new thin-film solar panels leave out silicon altogether. Source: Sustainable Business News

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James Oschman, Ph.D., an academic scientist and international authority in Dover, New Hampshire, has conducted decades of research into the science of bioenergetics—the flow and transformation of energy between living organisms and their environment. He explores the basis of the energetic exchanges that manifest via complementary and alternative therapies in his book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. According to Oschman, there is now enough high-quality research in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals to provide energy medicine the credence to transform from a little-known, alternative healthcare modality into a conventional form of medicine. The progression to more widespread acceptance is similar to that experienced by acupuncture and massage.

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s recently as 2010, it would have been unimaginable for an annual medical conference including allopathic physicians to hold a meeting themed Illuminating the Energy Spectrum. Yet it happened at the sold-out Institute of Functional Medicine 2013 annual international conference. Workshop topics ranged from bodily energy regulation to presentations by Grand Qigong Master Ou, Wen Wei, the originator of Pangu Shengong, and Medical Anthropologist and Psychologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., whose Four Winds Light Body School offers a two-year program on the luminous light body, also known as a local energy field, aura, life force, qi/chi or prana. The energy medicine practiced by acupuncturists and other health practitioners that offer any one of the 60-plus hands-on and hands-off modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine, by Linnie Thomas, operates on the belief that changes in the body’s life force can affect health and healing. The therapeutic use of any of them begins with an assessment of the body’s electromagnetic field. Then, a treatment specifically designed to correct energy disturbances helps recreate a healthy balance in its multilayered energy field, comprised of pathways, known as meridians, and energy centers (chakras) that correspond to related nerve centers, endocrine glands, internal organ systems and the circulatory system. The objective for energy medicine practitioners is to uncover the root causes of imbalances—often from emotional stress or physical trauma—and harmonize them at a bioenergetic level before aberrations completely solidify and manifest as illness.


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For more than 35 years, pioneers of energy medicine like Barbara Ann Brennan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing; John F. Thie, founder of Touch for Health; and Donna Eden, founder of Eden Energy Medicine, have delved beyond conventional models of healing to confirm that our sensory experience of the world is as limited as our vocabulary to describe it. New language for new concepts is required, such as: nature’s drive for wholeness, resonance, a new band of frequencies, restructuring DNA, local fields and the non-local field, encoding, entrainment, strings, strands, attunement, evolutionary healing and vibration. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make intuitive health assessments later confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body, see and feel where the energy flow is interrupted, out of balance or not in harmony, and then work to correct the problem. “Very little of the natural world that human beings evolved in still exists. In addition, our bodies haven’t adapted to modern stressors or the electromagnetic energies associated with technologies that occupy our living and working environments,” says Eden. “Energy medicine is invaluable because anyone can learn how to understand their body as an energy system and how to use techniques to restore energies that have become weak, disturbed or unbalanced.” Her teaching tools include her classic book, Energy Medicine, and Energy Medicine University, which she founded in 2006 in Sausalito, California. In a 2009 talk at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Oschman predicted that energy medicine will become prominent in anti-aging medicine. “When I review the history of medicine, there are periods in which things stay pretty much the same, and then there are great breakthroughs. I think that with the advent of energy medicine, another milestone is upon us.” Learn more at, the International Society for Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine website. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for the recorded interviews.


The Power of One Julia Butterfly Hill Asks, ‘What’s Your Tree?’ by Judith Fertig


or 738 days, Julia Butterfly Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree called Luna to increase awareness of threats to our ancient forests. Her courageous act of civil disobedience gained international attention for California’s redwoods, together with related ecological and social justice issues. When she claimed victory for Luna on December 18, 1999, she was recognized worldwide as both a heroine and powerful voice for the environment. Today, Butterfly Hill’s commitment to such causes continues to inspire people worldwide. She has helped found and launch a host of nonprofit organizations and currently serves as ambassador for the Pollination Project, which awards $1,000 a day to individuals making a positive difference. The impassioned activist is the inspiration for the What’s Your Tree initiative and also leads workshops at eco-villages such as Findhorn, in Scotland, and Damanhur, in Italy. She lives in Belize, where she describes her life as, “Before tree, during tree and after tree.”

What prompted your life shift from being the daughter of a traveling preacher to an environmental activist? Before Tree, when I was 22, I was rear-ended by a drunk driver and spent 10 months recovering. As I got better physically, I realized that my

whole life had been out of balance. I had been working nonstop since graduating from high school—obsessed by my career, worldly success and material things. This pivotal experience woke me to the importance of the moment and doing whatever I can to make a positive impact on the future.

How did you come to climb up a 1,000-plus-year-old redwood tree and stay there for two years? After I recovered from the accident, I went on a road trip to California. There, I volunteered at a reggae festival. That year, the event was dedicated to the protection of ancient forests. I listened and learned from the speakers and activists passionate about educating people on the destructive logging practices of the Maxxam-controlled Pacific Lumber Company. Returning to my place in Arkansas, I sold everything I owned and returned to California to see how I could help. Earth First! was doing tree-sits to call attention to the urgent need to protect ancient trees, and they needed someone to stay in a redwood tree so the loggers couldn’t cut it down; because nobody else volunteered, they had to pick me. On December 10, 1997, I put on the harness and ascended Luna, 180 feet up. What I thought would be three or four weeks in the tree turned into

two years and eight days. I returned to the ground only after the company agreed to protect Luna and the surrounding grove.

What are some of the legacies of your incredible feat? The Luna experience brought international attention to the plight of the last dwindling stands of ancient redwoods. After Tree, I was asked to speak about the issue all over the world. My bestselling book, The Legacy of Luna, has been translated into 11 languages. A follow-up environmental handbook is titled One Makes the Difference. It all inspires concerned citizens to take action in their own communities.

Now, as a yoga enthusiast, vegan, peacemaker and antidisposable activist, how do you stay true to yourself and model the changes you champion? I am committed to living with as much integrity, joy and love as I can. If we want to see something in the world, then we have to live it. Like I learn in yoga, I aim to stretch into my life and breathe and see what opens up, trusting that clarity and growth will emerge in the process. On a personal ecology level, I love swimming in the sea and the sound of the waves rolling over the reef. I love being at home, mixing fresh masa to make tamales and listening to the birds singing as they sway from the palm branches and bougainvillea. These are the moments that make my soul sing.

How has believing in one person’s power to change the world led you to ask, “What’s Your Tree?” Service is core to my being. It gives purpose and joy to my life. The What’s Your Tree project helps people connect with a place of deep purpose that helps guide their lives, choices and actions. Learn more at and Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Cutting Through the Nutrition Nonsense  by Steve Dupont, RD, LD

Cow's Milk: Healthy or Not?


his has been a question of much debate recently. On one hand, the dairy councils and public health “authorities” would have you believe that milk is nature’s perfect beverage, nourishing to bones and teeth, and just all-around good for you. On the other hand, many qualified—and even more unqualified—nutrition “experts” and “health institutes” contend that milk is tantamount to poison, and a culprit in all major diseases from diabetes to cancer. As with many other such polarized debates, I believe the truth lies somewhere in between.

Lactose Intolerance Without a doubt, lactose intolerance is the most immanent problem with cow’s milk products. Depending on your race, you have roughly a 10-90% chance of developing some degree of lactose intolerance after infancy, caused by the body’s failure to produce lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose (milk sugar). Those of Northern European descent have the lowest prevalence and East Asian peoples the highest. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, gas and bloating, and may progress to diarrhea and even vomiting in severe cases. The most effective solution is to avoid dairy products such as cow’s milk, cheese and ice cream. Another approach is to use lactose-free dairy products such as Lactaid brand milk or Acidophilus milk (tastes different than regular milk). A third route is to take lactase tablets before consuming dairy. 20

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The Great (Overhyped) IGF-1 Debate Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) is a hormone produced in the liver. Unlike many other such biological structures, its name conveniently implies both structure and function. IGF-1 looks like insulin and promotes growth, as well as repair, of cells and tissues. IGF-1 is the classic “double-edged sword” of biological agents. Without it, babies would never grow out of those cute little overalls and footsie pajamas (a tempting thought perhaps, if you have unruly teenagers at home). Nor would we recover from our sprained ankles and arthroscopic knee surgeries. But too much has been “linked to” and “associated with” accelerated aging, higher prevalence of certain cancers and, most convincingly, faster growth of existing cancer cells. Is it true that dairy products increase production of IGF-1? Yes, however, so do all other sources of protein, not to mention exercise, stress, obesity and overall hormonal imbalance.

Options for milk alternatives are wide open, although nutrition content will vary between types and brands. Bottom line, I’m not convinced that the benefits of reasonable dairy intake—especially for growing children— are outweighed by the risks as they relate to IGF-1. For example, a recently published review of the literature in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism (July 2013), concluded that “dairy protein may indirectly improve metabolic health by aiding loss of body weight and fat mass through enhanced satiety, whilst promoting skeletal muscle growth and function through anabolic effects of dairy protein-derived branch chain amino acids (BCAAs).” If you want to avoid excessive levels of IGF-1, avoid having more than three servings of dairy each day (one serving is one cup of milk or yogurt, a few slices of cheese, etc.). Better yet, lay off the triple bacon cheeseburgers and racks of BBQ ribs—and avoid overeating in general. Finally, for those individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer, cutting out dairy all together might prove a beneficial complement to other therapies. However, you should strongly consider supplementing with at least the RDI for calcium and vitamin D, which are more difficult to obtain in adequate quantities without dairy.

Avoiding Dairy in a Healthy Way The good news is, your options for milk alternatives are wide open, although keep in mind nutrition content will vary from brand to brand.

Cow’s Milk (2%)

Oat Milk

Pros: Nice balance of carbs, fat and protein; good source of B vitamins, potassium, selenium and zinc; only soy milk can rival its protein content. Cons: The lactose issue; spoils easily; non-organic milk likely contains traces of hormones, antibiotics, herbicides and/or pesticides. Nutrition: 120 Calories; 12 g Carbs; 5 g Fat; 8 g Protein

Pros: Contains heart-healthy fiber and phytonutrients; best protein content of alternatives, except for soy milk; good source of iron. Cons: High in carbs; Nutrition: 130 Calories; 24 g Carbs; 2.5 g Fat; 4 g Protein

Almond Milk Pros: Good taste; low in carbs and calories; rich in vitamin E and several minerals including manganese, magnesium and copper. Cons: Expensive; low in protein. Nutrition: 40 Calories; 2 g Carbs; 3.5 g Fat; 1 g Protein

Coconut Milk Pros: Great for cooking, especially Thai and Indian dishes; high in mediumchain fatty acids, which provide energy; good source of iron, as well as magnesium, potassium and copper. Cons: Low in protein; strong coconut flavor. Nutrition: 110 Calories; 12 g Carbs; 6 g Fat; 1 g Protein

Hemp Milk Pros: Omega-3 fat source; good source of iron; works well as milk substitute for baked goods. Cons: High in carbs; low in vitamins and minerals; not widely available. Nutrition: 140 Calories; 20 g Carbs; 5 g Fat; 3 g Protein

Rice Milk Pros: Most similar in flavor profile to cow’s milk; safe for those with nut or soy allergies. Cons: Very high in carbs; very low in protein. Nutrition: 110 Calories; 22 g Carbs; 2.5 g Fat; 1 g Protein

Soy Milk Pros: Like cow’s milk (2%), has very balanced nutrition profile with high protein and moderate carbs. Cons: Unless otherwise indicated, will likely contain GMOs and associated herbicide residues. Nutrition: 130 Calories; 15 g Carbs; 4 g Fat; 8 g Protein Steve Dupont, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian and founder of Dupont Dietary Consulting LLC. Specialties include weight loss, energy balance, supplements, cooking and meal planning. 205-2137953.

Is Raw Milk Dangerous? Raw, unpasteurized milk has quite the cult following these days, mainly due to its probiotic benefits for gastrointestinal health. Indeed, raw milk contains many “friendly” bacteria—namely lactobacillus—yet may also contain nasty critters like salmonella, listeria, campylobacter and E. coli. According to CDC data collected between 1998 and 2008, raw milk was responsible for two deaths in the U.S. In other words, you are far more likely to be killed by a rabid hamster. Well, maybe not, but you are definitely more likely to be killed by lightning (449 deaths in this same period). Do I think raw milk producers should be raided by SWAT teams? Absolutely not. That said, if you do choose to drink the stuff, I suggest you get to know the people milking the cows. At the very least, visit their operation to see how they treat the cows and handle the milk.

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ust as we inherit our eye color and blood type, we also inherit the residue from traumatic events that have taken place in our family. While our physical traits are easily discernible, this emotional legacy is often hidden from us. Anxiety, fear, financial worries, depression, illness and unhappy relationships can all be forms of our unconscious inheritance. The most relevant question to ask is "whose life am I living?" Unconscious yet powerfully influential trans-generational family bonds have the ability to entangle you in a fate that belongs not to you, but to an ancestor, two, three or even more generations back. Such entanglements can affect your personal and professional life, resulting in psychological and physical illness and disharmony. One of the most profound healing therapies in 35 countries all over the world today, Systemic or Family Constellation work is now available in the United States. Constellation Work is a remarkable tool in sourcing the origin of our problems and finding resolution and deep healing within the complex and often tragic relationship systems of the individual and family. Family Constellations usually take place in groups. The person who wishes to resolve a specific problem presents her/his issue to the facilitator. To begin, the therapist or facilitator asks the client about important events which have occurred in the family in the last two generations. The client then chooses representatives for her/himself and relevant family members from the circle of participants. She/he positions them in a way that seems right and sits down to watch. An amazing—and mysterious—phenomenon then takes place: in a short time the representatives begin to experience physical sensations, emotions or urges not belonging to themselves, but to the family members they represent. Occasionally, a representative even uses exactly the same words

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typical of that family member, or adopts the same posture or gestures, or exhibits symptoms of the person’s illness. These things occur even though the representatives have no information about the person they are representing. In other words, the representatives are aware of feelings and relationships of someone they don’t know. It is as though they have become antennae, receiving information from a “family soul” mysteriously present in the room. The phenomenon appears in every constellation and has been described as a “Field of Wisdom” by Albrecht Mahr (1998) or as the “Knowing Field.” Anyone taking part in a constellation for the first time can only marvel at what happens. Through observations, questions, special healing phrases and movements, the facilitator and client come to see the underlying dynamics of problems, start exploring them creatively, and allow healing resolution. Thus people's perceptions change. They develop a new understanding of where their problems come from, and how to restore love within a family. People who have participated in constellations speak of them as beautiful and life changing. As a testament to the invocatory power of the “Knowing Field” that Family Constellation work demonstrates, it is possible to set up an individual Constellation (with just the facilitator and client present) using Play Mobil figures as surrogate representatives when no group members are present. This method has proven to be just as affective as a Constellation with living representatives. Systemic or Family Constellations is founded on the work of German therapist, Bert Hellinger. Hellinger is an immensely popular figure in Europe. His best-selling books and videos, as well as his workshops, have generated a spirited dialogue among members of the international therapy community and have propelled him to the forefront of contemporary family therapy. What he observed, through thousands of

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"When we understand the systemic laws that allow love to unfold, we may help suffering families and individuals to find solutions, even after a lifetime of hate, anger and abuse." ~ Bert Hellinger Systemic Constellation Work is unlike a traditional therapy or healing process. It is a profound work at the deepest level, the Soul. It is a movement of the Soul to a natural resolution based in love. Through this process we can see and feel our shared strength and vulnerability with family members, with the rest of humanity and indeed with the rest of the planet. We feel the complex web of interconnection reaching into our present, from generations past, providing a springboard into the future. It is now commonplace to find books and documentaries referring to these ideas of interconnectedness. They are appearing in many fields including environmentalism, quantum physics, psychology and spirituality. It is however a rare jewel that allows us to experience this interconnectedness so directly. The systemic constellation process is such a treasure. Rita Feldman is a widely educated professional in the fields of skin care, massage therapy, and energy healing. She is a Reiki Master, Dolores Cannon certified Past-Life Regressionist, and Systemic Constellation Therapy Facilitator. Her business, “Rita’s Touch” is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. Rita’s Touch is located in the Homewood Synergy Centre, 2007 Lancaster Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209. 205-837-5858. See ad, page 9.

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Daily Choices Help Counter Climate Change by Christine MacDonald

Until recently, we’ve been asked to choose between the economy and the environment. Now we’re realizing that the two are closely linked, and that our continued prosperity depends on how well we take care of the natural systems that sustain life—clean air, water, food and an overall healthy environment.


lthough the worst impacts of climate change are still decades away, experts say it’s already a costly problem. In 2012, U.S. taxpayers spent nearly $100 billion—approximately $1,100 apiece—to cover crop losses, flooding, wildfires and other climate-related disasters, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s more than America spent last year on education or transportation. Given the lack of action on climate change by Congress, more Americans are looking to leverage their purchasing power to make a difference. Yet, as consumers trying to “shop their values”

know, it’s often difficult to distinguish the “green” from the “greenwashed”. Natural Awakenings has rounded up some tips that can help.

Dismiss Meaningless Labels

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

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

Calculate Impacts

A number of easy-to-use online tools help us understand the far-flung impacts of a purchase, including on humans and habitats. The Good Guide, for instance, employs chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists and environmental lifecycle specialists to evaluate a product’s repercussions on health, environment and society. Sandra Postel, who leads the Global Water Policy Project, has teamed up with the National Geographic Society to devise a personal water footprint calculator. It helps people understand the wider environmental impacts of their lifestyle and purchasing choices, and provides options for reducing their footprints and supporting water replenishment efforts. “It takes a per capita average of 2,000 gallons of water each day to keep our U.S. lifestyle afloat,” twice the world average, calculates Postel. The typical hamburger takes 630 gallons of water to produce, for example, while a pair of jeans consumes 2,600 gallons, most of it to grow the necessary cotton. Water is just one of numerous resources overused in the United States, according to author and journalist Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank. “We overbuy food. It goes bad and ends up in landfills,” where it

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lets off methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as it decomposes. “We also over-order at restaurants,” observes Nierenberg, whose think tank focuses on the interrelated issues of hunger, obesity and environmental degradation. Overall, the U.S. annually accounts for 34 million tons of food waste. “Part of the problem is we’ve lost home culinary skills,” says Nierenberg, who says we need to rethink how and how much we eat. “We don’t really understand what portions are,” she adds.

Share Instead of Buy

Collaboration characterizes the broader trend in careful consuming that relies on cell phone apps. Sometimes known as the “sharing economy” or “collaborative consumption”, initiatives can range from car and bike shares to neighborly lending of lawn mowers and other tools and sharing homegrown produce. One of the more innovative food-sharing options is Halfsies, in which diners at participating restaurants pay full price for a meal, but receive half of a full portion, effectively donating the cost of the other half to fight hunger. Whatever the product, experts say, the new sharing business model is part of a fundamental shift in how people think about consuming, with the potential to help us reduce our personal carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at

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calendarofevents Oxmoor Page Turner’s Book Club – 6:30pm. Join us as we explore Mary Roach’s Stiff, an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. Homewood Public Library, Boardroom, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209. 205-332-6620.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Beginning Yoga at Embody – 5:30-7pm. This class is designed to provide progressive instruction on asana (postures) and pranayama (breathwork) for beginners. $15 to drop-in, or $60 for the remaining 5 week series. Let us know to expect you. Embody Practice Center 3918 Montclair Rd, Suite 100. 205637-0299.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 Awesome Abs – 6pm. Pilates mat class teaching the anatomy of the deep core, the important role it plays in stabilizing your spine, and how the use of it can make you stronger, help you breathe easier, and slim your waist. Agile Physical Therapy, 4851 Cahaba River Rd Birmingham, AL 35243.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 Antiques at The Gardens – 6-10pm (Thu); 10am5pm (Fri-Sat); 1-5pm (Sun). Antiques dealers from all over the country turn the Garden Center into an antiques show for three days. Admission charged. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223. 205-414-3950. Book Signing With Alabama Author Skip Turner – 6:30-7:30pm. Skip Tucker dares to consider the question in his new novel, Pale Blue Light, did Stonewall Jackson really die by friendly fire, or was something more sinister at work? Free. Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209. 205-332-6625.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 The 5 Essentials of Health with Dr. Krystal: Fitness & Exercise – 11am-12pm. Dr. Krystal Drwencke teaches us the benefits of exercise and how to implement new fitness into your life at any age or state of health. Free. Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209. 205-332-6620. Candlelight Pilates – 6-7:30pm De-stress and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. We turn down the lights, play with various Pilates exercises and philosophies and let go of the week's challenges. All levels welcome. $15. Pilates on Highland, 2827 Highland Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35205. 205-323-5961. Kirtan: Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band – 7-9pm. We could not be more thrilled to bring the first Kirtan band to play at the New Orleans's Jazz Fest to Birmingham. $20 advance/$25 day of. Birmingham Yoga, 605 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. 205-637-4228. Alabama Ballet At Home – 7:30pm (Fri-Sat); 2:30pm (Sun). Selected repertory, including an encore of George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, all performed in the Ballet’s home studio. $20. Ala-

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 bama Ballet Center for Dance, 2726 1st Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35233. 205-975-2787.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Southeastern Outings Hikes, Canoeing, Kayaking, Bicycling, Cookout, Campfire, Optional Car Campout – Sat-Sun. Paul Grist State Park is one of the state’s most uncrowded, yet scenic state parks containing hills, forests, fields and a large, beautiful, tree-lined lake. For full trip details, call Dan Frederick, 205-631-4680 or visit Bluff Park Art Show – 9am-5pm. More than 150 local and national artists displaying fine art for sale. Bluff Park Community Center, 517 Cloudland Dr, Hoover, AL 35226. 205-910-1814. 3rd Annual Fall Festival – 10am-2pm. A fun way to celebrate fall. Some activities will be hayrides, facepainting, cake walk, bobbing for apples, and more. Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124. 205-620-2520.

America's Music: Tuxedo Junction Book Signing – 10am. In her book Tuxedo Junction: Right Back Where I Belong, Carol P. Ealons gives a fascinating account of Birmingham’s jazz contributions in the 1920s through the 1940s. Free. Smithfield Branch Library, 1 8th Ave West, Birmingham, AL 35204. 205-324-8428. Root to Soar – 6pm. Explore the "lost" repertoire of Mr. Joseph H. Pilates during a fast-paced archival mat class, and stay post-class for an Elevé Aerial Pilates demonstration. Free. Aero Joe, 2805 2nd Ave South #100, Birmingham, AL 35233. Women & Entrepreneurship with Dr. Stephanie Yates – 6:30pm. Join us as Dr. Stephanie Yates provides women with an outline to becoming an entrepreneur with a profitable business. Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209. 205-332-6620.


Realize your Rhythm! with John Scalici – 2-4pm. This two-hour workshop with internationally known facilitator and drummer, John Scalici, will open all of your senses and help you to think act, and play more rhythmically. $35 early registration/$45 after 9/29. Birmingham Yoga, 605 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. 205-637-4228.

Restorative Yoga at Embody – 6-8pm. Join Lauren Brown for a full session of restorative yoga, where your mind and body can rest and renew with the help of props and massage to support the body’s relaxation. $25. Embody Practice Center, 3918 Montclair Rd, Suite 100. Register with



Birmingham Yoga Open House – 3pm. Join us to learn more about the 200-hour RYT teacher training program at Birmingham Yoga with Akasha Ellis. There will be a short yoga practice followed by Q&A. Birmingham Yoga, 605 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. 205-637-4228.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 Pilates for Every Body – 6pm. A system of over 500 exercises, Pilates can be applied to the specific needs of every individual body: the athlete, the business professional, the retiree, and the busy mom. Pilates on Highland, 2827 Highland Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35205. 205-323-5961.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 Booty Barre – 6pm. A fun, heart pumping, caloriezapping Pilates class targeting your whole body. Get your cardio, your toning, your core work, and your flexibility all in this one-hour class. Studio G, 1628 29th Court South, Ste. 100 Homewood, AL 35209.

Southeastern Outings Dayhike – Join friendly folks on an easy six to seven-mile dayhike and picnic on the Chief Ladiga Trail east of Piedmont, AL. Depart 9am from Applebee’s Trussville or meet 10:30am at the Piedmont Civic Center. Info: Joe Myers, 205-988-0741. Southeastern Outings Twenty-Eight Mile Bicycle Ride – A 28-mile bicycle ride on the Chief Ladiga Trail in the Piedmont, AL. Suitable for road bikes plus mountain, hybrid and urban bicycles. Depart 9am from Applebee’s Trussville or meet 10:30am at the Piedmont Civic Center. Info: Dan Frederick, 205/631-4680 or Arts and Music on the Green – 9am-5pm. A free juried Art Festival that is held in conjunction with a free Premiere Beer and Wine Tasting Festival. Live music and kids activities. Ross Bridge Welcome Center, 2101 Grand Ave, Hoover, AL 35226. 205-951-0409. History Hike – 9am. Come learn about the history

of Oak Mountain State park in a 3 1/2 hour hike. Meet at the entrance to Group Camp Rd. Free after park admission. Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124. 205-620-2520. Breath Class with Margaret Pittenger – 9am12pm. With Margaret's training in Feldenkrais and yoga, this will be a unique opportunity to experience lightness and peacefulness within the body through the breath. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. $50. Embody Practice Center 3918 Montclair Rd, Suite 100. Register with Children's Program: Little Buddhas – 1011:30am. Ages 3-6. Group sessions introduce children to resting their minds and noticing their senses and feelings. Includes age-appropriate Buddhist teachings. Parents are to remain at the Center during program. Birmingham Shambala Meditation Center, 714 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. 205-587-3710. Art in Avondale Park – 10am-4pm. Artists exhibits, music, food and children's art activities. Free. Avondale Park, 4101 5th Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35222.

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Southeastern Outings Dayhike at Red Mountain Park in Birmingham – 2pm. Come explore one of the largest city parks in the United States. There will be two or three tours of differing lengths and distances. For complete info plus directions to departure point, visit Park info:

Sugar: The Other White Drug with Jennifer Cole Conn – 12pm. Join us as Jennifer Cole Conn explores how we can handle the sugar monster in our diet. Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209. Junior Sangha: Dharma and Social Gathering for Teens – 5:30-7pm. Monthly Friday night gathering for kids in their teens. Includes brief meditation and discussion, then social activity (pizza, bowling, movie nights). Birmingham Shambala Meditation Center, 714 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. 205-587-3710. Shoot The Moon at Oak Hill Cemetery – 6-9pm. Bring your picnic items, photographic equipment, bongos and banjos and join us for this once a year opportunity to catch the harvest moon from an ideal spot. Moonrise is 6:09pm. Free. Oak Hill Cemetery, 1120 North 19th St, Birmingham, Alabama 35234. 205-251-6532.

Love Your Body Workshop – 2-6pm. Includes a Kundalini Yoga set led by Akasha followed by a nutritional discussion from the owner of Birmingham Juice Project, Alina Daryab, CNT, Iridologist and Master Herbalist. $6. Birmingham Yoga, 605 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. 205-637-4228.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 Healthy Eating From Around the World With Chef “E”—Greek Cuisine – 6-7pm. This free program elaborates on the slow food movement's philosophy of homegrown ingredients, and family participation in meal preparation. Reservations required. Contact Leslie west, 205-332-6620 or lwest@ Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 The A,B,C’s of Medicare – 12pm and 6pm. Karen Haiflich will answer all your questions about the how benefits are currently computed, how to become insured, and how to file a claim. Homewood Public

Halloween Crystal & Sound Bowl Meditation – 7-8:30pm. A Halloween meditation experience for transforming the Spirit Energy for greater peace and empowerment. Release the ghost of your past. $20. Natural Forces Studio, 605 37th St South, inside Birmingham Yoga. Southeastern Outings Moderately Strenuous 4-mi Dayhike on the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail at Lake Martin – 8am. The trails skirting the shoreline of beautiful Lake Martin are among the most scenic in Alabama. Depart 8am from the parking lot in front of McAlister’s Greystone. Info: Dan Frederick, 205-631-4680.

Southeastern Outings Dayhike, Oak Mountain State Park – 1pm. A moderate 4-mile walk in the woodlands near Birmingham. Depart from the Oak Mountain Park office parking lot. Please bring $3/ person park admission fee plus your drink. Info: Kerry Cooper, 205-541-5233.

Women’s Mantra for Love: So Purkh 40-Day Meditation Challenge – 2-4pm on 10/13; 2-4pm on 10/27; 6-8pm on 11/22. A Kundalini Yoga 40-day meditation for blessing, healing, and attracting love. Class meets three times. $45. Instructor: Kewal Nam Kaur, IKYTA, RYT. Birmingham Yoga, 605 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222.

Mystery Dinner Theatre: Angel Street – 6:30pm (Fri-Sat). South City Theatre presents Angel Street, a psychological murder mystery by Peter Hamilton and directed by Donna Williamson. Reservations required: visit the Adult Services Desk or call 205-332-6625. $25. Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209.



Children's Program: Young Warriors – 1:30-3pm. Ages 7-10. Group sessions introduce children to resting their minds and noticing their senses and feelings. Includes age-appropriate Buddhist teachings. Parents are to remain at the Center during the program. Birmingham Shambala Meditation Center, 714 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. 205587-3710.


2nd Annual Montevallo ArtStalk – 3-7pm. A spooky celebration in Montevallo. Local and regional artists and a Costume Contest. Free. Main St, Montevallo, AL 35115. 205-665-6230.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Fall Plant Sale – 9am-5pm (Sat); 12-4pm (Sun). Proceeds from the sale benefit The Gardens' mission to promote public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment. Free. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223. 205-414-3950. Freeing the Voice – 9am-4pm. Margaret Pittenger, MSPT, and Cathy Parrill. A workshop exploring the voice in a new way. For the avid or professional vocalist, amateur singer, or those simply curious about how body and voice relate. $150. Embody Practice Center, 3918 Montclair Rd, Suite 100. Register with lauren@ Southeastern Outings Evening Walk – 7pm. An easy four-mile walk on the Hillsboro Trail in Helena, AL. This smooth trail is wide, paved and with only a few short hills. Depart 7pm from the front parking lot at the Helena Middle School. Info: Dan Frederick, or 205-6314680.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 Mindful Parenting – 1-3pm. Incorporating Buddhist teachings and meditation practice into parenting. Join us to exchange experiences, give each other support, and learn more about the enriching and gentle Buddhist view of parenting. Childcare is provided. Birmingham Shambala Meditation Center,

Critters by the Creek – 2-4pm. Vendors, pet-related arts and crafts, and fun activities for pet owners. Free. Orr Park, 154 Vine St, Montevallo, AL 35115. 205-665-1519.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 Book Signing with James Douglass – 6:30pm. Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Join us as we welcome nationally recognized Birmingham author James W. Douglass as he discusses his outstanding book, JFK and the Unspeakable. Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209. 205-332-6620.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 Better Than Therapy Book Club – 2pm. Join us as we discuss J. Courtney Sullivan’s latest book The Engagements, a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage. Homewood Public Library, Boardroom, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209. 205-332-6620.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Reiki Level I with Bliss Wood – 9am-5pm (SatSun). Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) means “universal life force.” Its healing is profound, yet simple, and it always goes to exactly where it is needed. 14 CE for LMT. $180. Birmingham Yoga, 605 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. 205-637-4228.

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dio, 605 37th St South, inside Birmingham Yoga. Developing Intuition – 6:45-8pm, through 10/28. A four-week workshop for Psychic development and Intuitive guidance. Come explore your innate abilities and practice your skills. $120/4 weeks. Natural Forces Studio, 605 37th St South, inside Birmingham Yoga.

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sunday Sunday Service – 11am-12:30pm. Unity of Birmingham, 2803 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205. 205-251-3713. Vulcan AfterTunes 2013 – 3-5pm, 9/29, 10/13 and 10/27. Enjoy cool tunes, fresh brews, and sweet views on Sunday afternoons with Vulcan. Gates open 1pm. Lawn chairs or blankets encouraged. Kids' Zone available. Admission charged. Vulcan Park and Museum, 1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209. 205-933-1409. A Course in Miracles – 5-6:30pm. On-going discussion group. Unity of Birmingham, 2803 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205. 205-251-3713.

monday Mindful Roots with Nicki Noftz – 4-5:15pm. This class will utilize aspects of yoga, Pilates and meditation to create a balanced practice that creates grounding, inner strength, confidence and calmness of mind, essentially tapping into the roots of deeper self-awareness. The Yoga Circle 280, 5291 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242. Prana of Yoga Classes – 5:30-6:30pm, through 11/11. For the beginner, this class will teach you how to maintain your yogic breath as you move through asanas and link it with your movement. $72 for 6-series or $15 drop in. Natural Forces Stu-

tuesday Tai-ji Quan Practice – 6:30-7:30pm. Stephen Guesman. Tai-ji Quan (Tai Chi) is a Chinese slowmotion martial art and moving meditation. Call 205-919-6231 or email com to register. Drop-ins welcome: $10 (first class free); 13 weeks for $75, 26 weeks for $120. Embody Practice Center, 3918 Montclair Rd, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35213. Restorative Yoga Classes (with Reiki) – 6:45-8pm, through 10/8. Restorative Yoga helps to release the nervous system of stress and anxiety. Reiki helps to bring the body back into balance. Refresh the body, mind and spirit with Terri Heiman. Natural Forces Studio, 605 37th St South, inside Birmingham Yoga.


thursday Lunch Break Yoga – 12-1pm. Join Jean Campbell for an all-levels gentle hatha yoga practice for folks on the go. Late arrivals no problem. Classes focus on reducing stress and creating peace. $60 for 6 classes, $13 drop-in. Embody Practice Center, 3918 Montclair Rd, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35213. Jean.m.campbell@ Earth Fare's Family Dinner Night – 4-8pm, kids eat free. One adult meal of $5 or more receives up to 6 free kids meals. We have a cafe where families can sit and eat, or we can package everything to go. Earth Fare, 3230 Galleria Circle, Hoover, AL 35244. 205-988-2938.

friday Railroad Park's Get Healthy Happy Feet Fridays – 6-7pm. Get your feet moving in the right direction with a 60-minute low to high impact walk/run course designed to wake up, shape up, or maintain the inner athlete in you. Admission free. Railroad Park, 1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233. 205-521-9933.


Mindful Movements – 5:30-6:30pm, through 10/16. $10. A class that combines movements from Pilates, yoga and other mind-body fitness with breath. No prior experience needed. Please bring a mat. Visit for more info. Birmingham Shambhala Meditation Center, 714 37th St South, Birmingham, AL 35222. All Levels Gentle Yoga for All Age Adults – 6-7pm. Join Jean Marie Campbell for an hour of hatha yoga. Classes will focus on applying yoga tools to daily living. $60 for 6 classes, $13 dropin. Homewood Senior Center, 816 Oak Grove Rd Birmingham, AL 35209.

Pepper Place Saturday Market – 7am-12pm through Dec. Local growers, food producers and artisans. Rain or shine. 2829 2nd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35233. 205-313-4120. East Lake Farmers Market –8am-12 noon through Oct 12. Makes fresh produce and other resources for healthy living available in South East Lake. SNAP/EBT and Senior Nutrition Coupons accepted. 7769 2nd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35206. 205-836-3201.

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Doctor of Oriental Medicine 4735 Norrell Dr, Suite 5 Trussville, AL 35173 239-240-5428 Specializing in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Using noninvasive treatment to help treat pain, high blood pressure, fertility issues, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and weight loss. Located inside Eastern Chiropractic. Call today for your appointment. See ad, page 22.


3918 Montclair Rd, Ste 217 Birmingham, AL 35213 205-915-0474 • Specializing in anti-aging medicine and barriers to weight loss, anti-aging programs, comprehensive nutritional therapy, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, peri-menopausal issues, adrenal health, thyroid optimization, diabetes care, saliva testing, food sensitivities, intracellular nutrient analysis. See ad, page 9.

CHIROPRACTIC ADAPTT CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE Dr. John Kim 5092 Cahaba Valley Rd (Hwy 119) Birmingham, AL 35242 205-981-8081

If you’re ready for a chiropractor who will take the time to get to know you, and then help you get into the best shape possible, then you’re ready for Dr. John Kim. Quality, personalized chiropractic care, and customized programs. Enjoy your life again! Call Adaptt Chiropractic and Wellness Center today. See ad page 14.

CHIROPRACTOR & HERBALIST Dr. Jeanne R. Chabot 2116 Rocky Ridge Road Hoover, AL 35216 • 205-822-2177

36 years of Chiropractic experience, certified herbalist, Reiki Master. Conventional Chiropractic adjustments & gentle adjustments, physiological therapeutics, decompression therapy. Private treatment rooms. Massage therapy, Hypnotherapy, Energy Work, Meditation Class, Personal training, and Yoga classes. Most Insurance accepted.

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Bernadine Birdsong I-ACT & NBCHT Certified Instructor 720 23rd St South, Birmingham, AL 205-323-7582 • Detox your body with Colon Hydrotherapy, Infra Red Sauna, and BioCleanse Therapy. We are the only hydrotherapist in Alabama providing colonics with ionized, microclustered, antioxidant, alkaline water. We offer Lipoex®, a non-invasive way to melt fat, reduce cellulite, and tighten skin. Computerized Biofeedback, Massage therapy, pain management, light therapy, Korean-style Hip Bath, and VibaBody Slimmer also available. See ad, page 21.


Licensed Professional Counselor AAMFT, Clinical Member 2116 Rocky Ridge Rd, Hoover, AL 35216 205-492-7760 • With 25 years of experience, Sydne Stone has been successful in helping people in several areas including Life Stage Adjustments, Grief, Divorce, Anxiety, Work and Career, Stress, Self-esteem, Addictions and Co-Dependency, Couple and Family Therapy and Coping with Chronic Illness. See ad, page 22.


300 Office Park Dr, Ste 220 Birmingham, AL 35223 205-261-1417 • Empathy, compassion and reflection are the foundation of her practice with each client. Specializing in Addictions, relationship issues, trauma recovery, depression and anxiety, wellness coaching. Call today for your free consultation. Wellness Packages now available; pay once—no hassles. See ad, page 21.


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Terri Ann Heiman 605 37th St South, inside Birmingham Yoga • 516-457-3885 Specializing in energy attunements to raise the vibration of your spirit. When our vibration is low we attract fear, lack and stress into our life. Offering spiritual guidance to awaken the soul. Private sessions, workshops and classes in Energy Healing, Meditation and Yoga. See ad, page 13.

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ENERGY HEALING, cont. Soulnicity: Synchronicity of the Soul Nicki Noftz 205-202-9198

“Inner peace is standing still in the chaos of life.” Offering Reiki/energy healing, Pilates/Mindful Movement Instruction, meditation, spirituality and workshops. Energy healing can provide deep relaxation, assist in the healing process emotionally and physically, assist in connecting the mind-body-spirit, balance life energies, and help you maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit. Call or email for more information about energy healing or other services. Two locations available in the Birmingham area. See ad, page 14.  

FAMILY MEDICINE Birmingham Integrative Health Dr. Melanie Miller 159 Main Street Trussville, AL 35173 205-655-2110 IntegrativeHealth

Dr. Miller brings a commitment to integrative health to her patients in the greater Birmingham area. Her definition of good health goes beyond freedom from disease. She strives for both physical and mental well-being. She is a Family Medicine Doctor with interest in adrenal, thyroid, hormone balancing, nutrition, food allergies, weight loss, herbs, supplements and acupuncture. See ad, page 7.


Homeopathic Consultant 1901 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South Birmingham, AL 35209 205-939-0071 Call or email Joan Scott Lowe, Homeopathic Wellness Consultant, to determine your individual constitutional remedy, the FDA-approved nontoxic homeopathic remedy based on the totality of your mental, emotional, and physical condition, chosen according to the Law of Similars ("like heals like"). Achieve wellness and freedom from illness!


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NUTRITION AND GIFTS GOLDEN TEMPLE, NOW 3 LOCATIONS 1901 11th Ave. South, Birmingham: 205-933-6333 3309 Lorna Rd, Suite 7, Hoover: 205-823-7002 110 N. Chalkville Rd, Suite 148, Trussville: 205-655-0353 Since 1973, we have been bringing you the best in healthy living. We offer a wide variety of merchandise including vitamins, herbs, supplements, natural foods, organic produce, incense, clothing, books, and gifts.


McMinn Clinic 3125 Independence Dr, Suite 108 Homewood, AL • 205-868-1313 Nutritional counseling for: weight loss, improving skin issues, enhancing energy and performance, improving sleep, optimizing blood sugar, food allergies/intolerances, general health and wellness, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes meal planning. Highly individualized sessions based on specific health concerns. One-on-one grocery store tours available as well.

PILATES Pilates On Highland

2827 Highland Ave South 205-323-5961 Pilates on Highland is a full service studio located in the historic Highlands area, offering a caring, certified staff, personalized attention and top of the line Pilates equipment. The Pilates method increases your strength, tones your body, decompresses your joints, improves flexibility and range of motion, boosts circulation and stimulates your mind. See ad, page 23.


Rita Feldman 2007 Lancaster Rd Birmingham, AL 35209 205-837-5858 Rita’s Touch is celebrating its 15th Anniversary of providing Birmingham a unique, personal touch in professional skin care. Limited time specials: Anti-Aging Facial with Luxurious Collagen Mask,½ Hour Neck & Shoulders Massage, Silky Hands & Feet Paraffin Treatment 2 hours for $135 (Valued at $180), and 20% off all services. See ad, page 9.


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 Certified organic awardwinning products from Neal’s Yard Remedies, a 30-year success story from the UK, are now available in the US. Shop the collections, earn free products by hosting a skincare or spa event or begin your own NYR Organic business. Safe, beneficial and ethical. See ad, page 23.


Classic Yang Style Tai-ji Quan, QiGong (ci kung), and Tui-Shou (push hands) Group & private classes by Stephen Guesman • 205-919-6231 Regular practice (playing) of taiji quan increases both physical and psychological balance, improves lung function, lowers blood pressure, and feels good. Beginner and on-going practice classes for taiji and qi gong. Intermediate classes for push-hands and applications practice.

YOGA BIRMINGHAM YOGA STUDIO 605 37th Street South Birmingham, AL 35222 205-637-4228

Serving the community, Birmingham Yoga offers and hosts: ongoing yoga classes in two beautiful studios, 200-hour yoga teacher training accredited with Yoga Alliance, morning meditation, exciting workshops and class series, monthly community kirtan, musical events, and rental space for guest speakers and teachers. See ad, page 17.

EMBODY Practice Center 3918 Montclair Rd, Suite 100 Birmingham, AL 35213 205-637-0299

Embody Practice Center offers Yoga for all ages, levels, and health conditions. Classes include All Levels Yoga, monthly Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga, Beginner’s Series, and series specific to injuries (such as neck and shoulders or low back). EPC also offers Tai-Ji Quan (Tai Chi), Breath/ Feldenkrais® Class, Meditation workshops, and various other community and professional workshops. See ad, page 17.


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