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elcome to the Heart Health issue of Natural Awakenings magazine. This month we explore ways to keep your biological heart physically healthy, while nurturing your figurative heart, or emotional health. Our feature article explores lifestyle changes which have been shown to improve conditions in people suffering with coronary heart disease. In this month’s Inspiration article, you’ll find an ancient Hawaiian secret to facilitate emotional healing of the heart through forgiveness. Our Community Spotlight this month features local minister, spiritual coach, author and artist Kanta Bosniak, who is celebrating the publication of her fourth book of love poems, Sacred Love. She discusses how love takes many forms and how easily we can bring more love into others’ lives as well as our own. In our Health Briefs, we report how signs of heart trouble in women may not be as obvious as those in men, and how a new breathalyzer is changing the way doctors can diagnose heart failure, with no invasive procedures, in about 30 seconds. And I’m in LOVE with our Conscious Eating article this month, which outlines how dark chocolate (mmmmm, chocolate) can actually be good for your heart. You’ve probably heard that moderate amounts of wine are good for heart health too, so, if you are interested in becoming a winemaker in your own right, check out our news brief on a new winemaking cooperative starting in the area. As the slogan says, “Virginia Is for Lovers,” and, in local news, we share how Roanoke County’s Explore Park is for lovers, too: the park will soon host weddings, receptions and other events celebrating love and nature. Sure to touch your heart is the news brief about how the Roanoke-based Orvis Company has been showing love to residents of the local Rescue Mission; read all about this unique partnership that keeps those in need warm while diverting waste from the landfill. Another news brief describes how Roanoke County officials are asking residents to love our environment through a new anti-littering campaign. The campaign encourages smokers to keep cigarette butts in their own cars and out of local road and waterways. As always, we welcome your comments. Also, please share the love and support the businesses you see in Natural Awakenings and let them know we sent you. Their ongoing support and participation is what allows us to bring you this invaluable resource free of charge every month. As the late Nelson Mandela said, “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” Wherever your heart and passions lie, I hope this issue of Natural Awakenings helps you to be more formidable this February.

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he Floyd Eco Village will host a Respectful Confrontation Workshop, conducted by Joe Weston, author of Mastering Respectful Confrontation. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. Respectful Confrontation is an effective way to avoid and resolve conflict. The combination of theory, exercises, martial arts principles and life tools result in a shift in behavior, deeper insight into oneself and skills to master challenging situations with integrity and understanding. “Can you assert yourself in both loving and aggressive situations, express your vulnerability and still stay in your power?� Weston writes. “At the heart of Respectful Confrontation is the belief that it is possible to stand in your power, speak your truth, hear the truth of others and get your needs met in a way that will harm neither you nor others.� In addition to his work as an international workshop facilitator and author, Weston is a consultant, personal life coach, creative social activist and peace advocate. The workshop is limited to 24 participants and includes a catered lunch, snacks and drinks on both days. Cost: $295 before March 1; $345 thereafter. Space is limited. Location: Floyd Eco Village, 188 Eco Village Trail, Floyd. For more information about the workshop material, contact HeartWalker@JoeWeston.com or JoeKlein88@gmail.com. For more information on registration, lodging and camping, contact FloydEcoVillage@gmail. com. For more information on Joe Weston and his work, visit JoeWeston.com and RespectfulConfrontation.com.

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ide Solutions and the Cabell Brand Center will host a Sustainable Transportation Summit in Roanoke on March 27, at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, in downtown Roanoke. The summit will offer a broad educational program that will touch on the economic, environmental and social value of implementing and encouraging transportation choice in the region. Communities that offer a variety of transportation choices to their citizens and businesses can see those investments returned in a more vibrant local economy, improved job access, a healthier workforce and a cleaner environment. Whether supporting infrastructure (such as bike lanes, trails and greenways), establishing innovative transit programs (such as bus rapid transit and express commuter services) or services such as park-and-rides, sustainable mobility options can improve a region’s vitality and economic competitiveness. The program will be particularly valuable to planners, transportation professionals, elected officials, business leaders, public health officials and community advocates. Presentations will offer best practices, incentives and success stories from within and outside the Roanoke Valley, and data that will shed light on the range of benefits to be gained from transportation options. The event is sponsored by Natural Awakenings of the Blue Ridge and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. The registration fee includes refreshments and lunch. Cost: $20. Location: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, 2 Riverside Cir., Roanoke. For more information and to register, visit CabellBrandCenter.org. See Community Resource Directory, page 30.

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he Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech has begun a project to protect birds from window-collision deaths. Spokesperson Becky Schneider says that across North America, close to one billion birds are killed each year as a result of window collisions. “Birds often crash into windows because they see the reflecting trees and sky, but not the glass,” she says. “This project will collect data to gain a better understanding of bird-window collisions in a suburban setting. We can save birds from flying into windows; we just need to educate people and empower them to take action.” The work will build upon a pilot project that began in October 2013, during which the group identified 20 window casualties representing 11 species in the first three weeks alone. The members plan to expand their efforts and investigate the year-round impact windows have on migratory birds at a suburban office park in Blacksburg. Schneider explains that there has been resistance to altering windows to prevent bird collisions. “Many solutions presented today either obscure views or are not aesthetically pleasing,” she says. The group will use the data gathered during its surveys to identify the most hazardous areas for birds and will test both established and new measures to prevent future collisions for effectiveness. “Of the many threats to our declining migratory birds, we can reduce the incidence of mortality due to window collisions,” says Schneider. “More work is needed to educate the public and building managers so we can work together to solve this problem.” For more information, call Becky Schneider at 540-231-9182 or visit Birds-and-Windows.blogspot.com.


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or the past year, the Roanoke-based Orvis Company has been donating high-quality fabric scraps to the Rescue Mission, which uses them to make handmade quilts for its beds. For several years Orvis also First Orvis quilt has donated clothing and other goods to the Mission, to be given to guests or sold in its thrift store, but the fabric idea came about more recently. “About a year ago, we approached them and said, ‘Would you be interested in these pants trimmings?’ and they said they would love them,” says John Wood, Orvis senior facilities manager. He says the company trims and hems special-order pants for men or women, which amounts to about 400 pounds of fabric every three weeks, or about 3.5 tons annually from the local facility alone. “It has been a great partnership,” says Rescue Mission CEO Joy Sylvester-Johnson. “Good corporate citizenship has many rewards for the donor as well as the recipients and the community at large.” The Mission has granted Orvis its highest honor, the Mission Angel Award, made from recycled quilts from the shelter. “We wish every distribution center would enter a partnership like this with charitable ventures,” adds Sylvester-Johnson. “Anything we can keep out of the landfill is good news for all of us.” Orvis works to be a steward of the community as well as the environment, says Wood. “The Rescue Mission certainly does good work for the community and we try to support them as much as we can.” For more information, visit RescueMission.net.

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lue Ridge Hydroponics and Home Brewing Company, in Roanoke, now offers a wine cooperative program for making wine. Participants can choose from three options. The first is working with a partner to share wine kits, which produce 27 or 28 bottles each. With this option, partners share the cost of the kit, equipment and bottling supplies. The second option is for those who wish to have a local, experienced and equipped winemaker make their wine for them (and their partners, if applicable) with their wine kits. Participants purchase the kit and bottling supplies and receive 12 bottles of wine from the small kits or 24 from the large kits. “With this option, the maker will show you all the steps of the process while your wine is being produced,” says Fran Arthur, co-owner of Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Home Brewing. The third option is finding or requesting a partner(s) and having a wine kit sampling. Those who choose this option can taste the wine before investing in the equipment. “The advantage of this is no equipment cost until you learn if you like the wine and are confident about winemaking,” Arthur says. Working with partners, participants also can sample a variety of wines in a short period without having to store a large number of bottles. For more information, call Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Home Brewing Company at 540-265-2483 or visit BlueRidgeHydroponics.com. See ad, page 24, and Community Resource Directory, page 29.

New Anti-Littering Campaign in Roanoke County



n January, Roanoke County launched an anti-littering campaign with the goal of reducing all kinds of litter, especially cigarette butts. Its message, “The World Is Not Your Ashtray,” is visible on new signs and billboards throughout the area. Supervisor Charlotte More Roanoke County Supervisor announces Roanoke CounCharlotte Moore, who is leading the ty’s anti-littering campaign program, says that people throwing trash and cigarettes out of their cars is a growing problem. “If you throw a cigarette butt out of a window, it does a lot of damage,” says Moore, explaining that cigarette butts cause fires, enter the storm-water system and do not break down because they are not biodegradable. “And if enough people do that, it just makes a big mess,” she says. At the program launch, Moore was joined by Virginia Senator Ralph Smith and Gwen Mason from U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s office at the Roanoke County Administration Center. Roanoke County’s police and solid waste departments are also part of the campaign. In addition, the county has created an online form that citizens can use to report littering, which sends complaints to Roanoke County Police for follow-up. Temporary road signs at major county intersections and in medians, where cigarette butts are often discarded, have been in place since January. The program also includes a local partnership with Lamar Advertising for billboard space and signs on Roanoke County vehicles, including trash collection trucks. For more information, visit RoanokeCountyVA.Gov/Litter.

Weddings and Recreation at Explore Park


oanoke County’s Explore Park, the 1,050acre living history and recreational site along the Blue Ridge Parkway, was partly closed in 2007. While the living history elements are not in operation, other aspects of the park are. Hiking and biking trails have remained open, as well as access to the Roanoke River for fishing and boating. Beginning in May, Explore Park will again be open for weddings. Reservations are being taken now. Couples can hold their ceremonies in the garden or the historic Mountain Union Church, and have unlimited use of the Arthur Taubman Welcome Center throughout their wedding weekend. Explore Park offers several packages with competitive pricing; couples can use any catering service or wedding planner they wish and choose from several reception sites. There is ample parking space and easy access from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The site is also home to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, open daily from April through October. The center offers maps and flyers, two exhibit galleries that feature the history of the area, a theatre and a gift shop. Location: Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke. For more information, visit ExplorePark.org.

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



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

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imply blowing up a balloon may help doctors test heart function, according to a new study from the Cleveland Clinic. Although such examinations usually require expensive and sometimes invasive procedures, the new test can be done in a doctor’s office in 30 seconds, according to the research findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The patient simply breathes into a Mylar balloon, similar to a party version, and the air is passed through a machine to produce an individual “breathprint”. Researchers determined that exhaled breath contains volatile organic compounds that can be easily analyzed to determine potential heart failure.


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with couples and their families to make sure their spiritual beliefs, wishes, values, personalities and love stories are reflected in their ceremonies. Her clients appreciate the way she does this, too. Bosniak recently received a 2014 Couples’ Choice Award from Wedding Wire, determined by reviews from past clients. The award recognizes her business as among the top five percent of wedding professionals worldwide. “Weddings to me are an art form,” she says. “Every aspect of my creativity, coaching, writing, art and love of love, it all comes into play in weddings.” She works with both Christian and non-Christian couples, especially those who are “spiritual, not religious” and whose union may include different religious backgrounds. She also likes to honor their parents and grandparents, who may have more traditional beliefs. “I truly want to make them feel comfortable and welcome,” she says. Her writing and art express love in many ways—physical, natural and, above all, spiritual. “I do have a kind of working relationship with that energy which we call God,” she says. “I open myself up to be a vessel or channel of creativity. Any creative person who has a spiritual orientation does this.” The love poems are fun as well as artistic expressions, and, like all of her work, are intended to present a healthy model of love, which includes selflove. “That whole idea of ‘I’m nothing without you,’ that sort of love doesn’t last, because if someone doesn’t have their own connection to spirituality, the minute the other person shows their humanness, it all comes crashing down,” she says. “Real love starts inside and then extends outward from you.”

Bosniak’s coaching and guided meditation work also centers on love, she explains, such as helping clients to overcome limiting beliefs and connect with a feeling of self-love. “I call it the Inner Beloved,� she says. “When we do this, we can take positive thinking to a deeper level and own it. It gives us confidence to know that we are connected to the vast and loving Divine Intelligence that is supporting us. This confidence empowers us to take focused, consistent actions toward our goals and to accept good into our lives.�


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A cancer survivor, she says her own challenges have only benefited her life. “You don’t become a truly good coach unless you’re a wise woman, and you don’t become a wise woman unless you have experience,� she says. “Throughout my life, I’ve developed a toolbox for how to reliably shift my focus. As I navigated my cancer survival journey, I used my stateshifting tools, which I call ‘abundance triggers,’ and derived courage from them. In my coaching practice, I focus not so much on health issues, but on helping clients with goal achievement, creative expression and business success. But I hope those who know my story have a sense of, ‘Oh, she almost lost her life to cancer; I guess I can overcome my challenges, too.’� Ultimately, Bosniak’s own love for life radiates from everything she does. And, while her poems are popular with couples, their message is just as much about universal love as romantic love. “These poems in Sacred Love have to do with finding love within yourself, the Inner Beloved, and also earthly, human love, which is how we relate to our beloveds, our children, our friends, people in our actual lives,� she says. “We behold the inner light that they’re shining.� For more information, call 540-5778854, email Art4Spirit@yahoo.com or visit KantaBosniak.com or Kanta Bosniak on Facebook.com. All books are available on Amazon.com. See Community Resource Directory, page 29.

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hether we call it green travel, eco-travel or eco-tourism, the experience of traveling with a social or environmental conscience offers us limitless opportunities for meaningful life experiences and personal growth. It’s also a growing trend. Recently, the American Hotel & Lodging Association identified 43 million “environmentally minded domestic travelers” who sought significant cultural interchange and new ways to help the planet while traveling. The opportunities are as varied as the people who seek them. We can elect to color our travel green via geotourism, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism or community-based tourism. We can even choose to take a trip as a traveling philanthropist or goodwill ambassador.

Travel on Purpose In The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred, author Phil Cousineau reveals the rewards awaiting those who travel “with a sense of purpose.” In his book, more than 100 vignettes from Cousineau’s lifetime of pilgrimage show how simple acts of intention and attention can “transform even a sleepwalking trip into a soulful journey.” Cousineau says that physical, emotional and spiritual rewards come


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when we practice even a few principles of “responsible stewardship.” Conscious travelers get a visceral kick out of patronizing businesses that conserve resources, shun overdevelopment, and apply limits and management techniques designed to sustain natural habitats, heritage sites, local culture and scenic appeal. Such an approach goes well beyond nature travel. It seeks to add to the well being of both residents and visitors. Geo-tourism in particular seeks to sustain and enhance a unique “sense of place”—the mix of unspoken character, environment, culture, aesthetics and heritage that distinguish a location. A Nigerian folk-saying holds that “The day on which one starts out is not the time to start one’s preparations.” Cognoscenti agree that taking the time to learn about a destination before embarking makes the journey more memorable. Being open to unexpected delights on the journey is another way to get the most out of our travels. In the words of 20th century American poet Muriel Rukeyser, “The Universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Rukeyser understands that we often build our liveliest memories from golden nuggets of conversational pleasantries,


The form of eco-tourism dubbed community-based tourism is the fairly recent brain-child of ResponsibleTravel.com and Conservation International. These journeys afford travelers meaty opportunities to interact with the community life of remote tribes and villages. Both visitors and locals can benefit from an experience that helps to break down perceived boundaries between peoples, cultures and lifestyles. These community-centric programs also spark and help fund local employment, education, earth-friendly development, and conservation initiatives. Conservation International currently works in more than 40 countries, helping indigenous peoples to establish economically viable practices that are less harmful to their natural environment. As an online travel agent, ResponsibleTravel.com offers holidays that are designed to benefit local people and their environment. “The market for more responsible holidays is growing quickly,” observes Justin Francis of ResponsibleTravel.com. “Our business has doubled in each of the past three years.” Eco-wise travelers understand that taking trains, buses and bicycles instead of cars and planes can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Statistics show that air travel alone contributes as much as five percent of total global emissions. Even a typical domestic flight releases 1,700 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per passenger into the atmosphere. Something as simple as taking public transportation to and from airports, at home and abroad, can help to cut the load. Today, more travelers also are purchasing carbon offsets through organizations like Climate Care, which direct offset fees into renewable energy projects aimed to neutralize, or offset, traveler’s current use of polluting fossil fuel. For example, a cross country domestic roundtrip flight from Miami to Los Angeles carries a $15 carbon offset fee. Voluntarily paying this helps the planet and enables us to travel guilt-free.

Once we know what to look for, we discover many ways to make our travel less hurtful and more helpful.

Be Aware If eco-travel appeals to you, it helps to be savvy about potential misuse of the term, and misleading marketing. “Much of what’s touted as eco, sustainable or responsible travel is no more than spruced up conventional tourism with a public relations spin,� says Claire Hendrie, customer services manager for Green Globe Asia Pacific and Green Globe International. “It helps to read the small print, do your homework, ask questions, and look for certification and approval seals from recognizable organizations such as Green Globe.� The trend toward spending travel dollars consciously is catching on in many countries. In its recent report on travel trends in the UK, ResponsibleTravel.com reports that where there is an “ethical alternative,� demand for responsible travel can zoom ahead of conventional avenues by as much as 500 percent. Vacation planners worldwide are waking up to the fact that patronizing hotels and airlines with an environmental agenda is casting a vote for change. Travelers have it in their power to revolutionize the industry by using “green� hotels that implement water- and energy- saving measures and reduce solid waste. Additionally, guests can tell the housekeeping staff that changing towels and sheets daily is unnecessary. Turning off the lights, TV, and air conditioners in a room when exiting also conserves energy, as does leaving behind unopened bottles of amenities, or taking opened bottles home to finish off and recycle. When it comes to purchasing vacations, we can effect social change by choosing travel and tour companies that practice the most recent form of ethical travel, known as travelers’ philanthropy. Here, travel businesses pledge a percent of profits and/or goods and services to support local schools, health clinics and orphanages in host countries.

Restful Alternatives If, like Dorothy from Kansas, you believe that “there’s no place like home,� you may find that the best

vacation is the one spent leisurely around the house, or exploring neighborhood delights. Ignoring the “to do� list and striking out for nearby destinations and local attractions can be both energizing and surprisingly nurturing. Costs are often reasonable, and there’s no re-entry jetlag or recuperating from different time zones before heading back to work. Sometimes, a quick getaway for a weekend’s respite can be more refreshing than a vacation far from home. Opting for the low-impact lodging of a green spa, or an area bed and breakfast that adheres to the best practices of green travel, can be elegant, ethical fun.

Eco-wise travelers understand that taking trains, buses and bicycles instead of cars and planes can reduce greenhouse emissions and global warming. Of course, regardless of where or how often we choose to travel, true eco-tourism always begins at home. Before dashing off to any adventure, we can remember to lower the AC/ heat and hot water thermostats, unplug appliances, and turn off the icemaker. Upon arriving at our destination, the first rule of responsible travel continues to apply: “Take only pictures and leave only footprints.� Along the way we discover the larger picture of our place in the world, and gain respect for those with whom we share it. And we can change our behavior as tourists, so that we leave with new awareness, fond memories, a clear conscience, and appreciation for the words of writer Aldous Huxley, who said, “I wanted to change the world, but I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.� Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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


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

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

Chocolate Cookery Vegan Chocolate Pie Serve this with fresh raspberries and enjoy a little romance. Yields 8 servings Chocolate Wafer Crust 6½ oz dairy-free chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into fine crumbs 1 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 oz vegan buttery stick (such as Earth Balance), melted and slightly cooled Chocolate Filling 13 oz dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli) 1 /3 cup strong brewed coffee 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 lb silken tofu, drained 1 Tbsp honey 1 (9-in) prepared chocolate wafer crust Preheat the oven to 350° F. For the crust, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and melted vegan buttery stick. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, up the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch metal pie pan. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the crust is set and appears dry, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the filling, melt the chocolate chips with the coffee and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring often with a spatula. Combine the tofu, melted chocolate mixture and honey in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the filling becomes firm.

Vegan Hot Chocolate A comforting way to enjoy the benefits of chocolate on a cold day. Yields 4 servings 2½ cups plain rice milk 3 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch cayenne pepper Bring the rice milk, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and whisk until frothy. Serve immediately. Source: Recipes courtesy of Judith Fertig

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Mainstays of a Home in Harmony Creating an inspired and healthy home environment soothes the soul and recharges our proverbial batteries. Making healthful choices in the products we use and consume helps ensure we retain a healthy body and vibrant living in an era when we are inundated with disease-producing toxins in our homes, food, air and water. Applying simple solutions to slow down helps us maintain a calm mind amidst the frenetic pace of daily life. Periodically unplugging from the instant demands of technology is a good first step. Tuning into our life purpose and sharing it with others allows us to shine. We naturally radiate our inner light in ever-expanding ways.

Mindful Strategies A study published by the International Academy for Design and Health shows that because our home influences us on many levels, the setting is continually either supporting or depleting its occupants. Consciously creating and sustaining a nurturing environment fortifies the roots from which family members evolve and grow. Experience shows us how improving our immediate surroundings, ranging from our wardrobe to household furnishings, helps to manifest positive internal transformations. The activity likewise reflects our inner landscape, allowing us to take a step back and observe how we are changing and hope to change.

That’s why we periodically feel impelled to clear unsettling clutter from our private spaces. It’s an irritant that disrupts order and our sense of beauty; even when it’s stashed in drawers and closets, we still know it’s there. It competes for attention and distracts our focus. A recently relocated design client felt that her new house was beautiful, but didn’t feel like a home. The woman explained that when she was there, she was short-tempered with her kids, a sharp contrast to her usual demeanor. She yearned to love her home, enjoy her kids and live vibrantly. A key part of the solution was tackling the home’s mudroom entrance that was cluttered with the kids’ detritus, a condition that irritated her the minute she walked through the door. Many of the home products we buy contain disquieting, hidden elements. Understanding which ingredients are hazardous is imperative to maintaining a safe home environment. Key decisions range from the choice of carpets, couches and bedding to cleaning products, laundry solutions and air fresheners. Knowing the products we use are healthful enhances peace of mind. As one homeowner said, “I am so relieved to have a better understanding of what products I shouldn’t bring home. I was so scared before that I just ignored the idea that chemicals could be harmful.” Being informed and alert to the composition of the items we bring into our home—including food—is vital. More than 80,000 chemicals make up the ingredients in commonly available products that end up in the typical American home, and a large portion of them are toxic.

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

Omega-3 Fish oil contains beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The principle metabolites derived from the metabolism of EPA and DHA tend to be anti-inflammatory.

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

Coenzyme Q-10 Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant synthesized in most tissues in the body. The highest concentrations are in the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. In the diet, CoQ10 is found in foods such as organ meats, poultry, fish,

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


It acts like angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as the medicine Enalapril, used to help regulate blood pressure and reduce the workload of a failing heart. While other therapies can be used to help pet heart patients, these three are a sound starting point. In some cases, they may be suitable instead of medications that can cause side effects to the kidney and liver, or at least allow for smaller doses. Natural remedies provide a gentler alternative. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.

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RETHINKING HEART HEALTH Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist


n 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his foundational 1986 to 1992 Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that individuals with preexisting coronary atherosclerosis that make intensive, integrated lifestyle changes can begin to experience improvements in their condition after as little as one year without using lipid-lowering drugs. Based on his 30-plus years of clinical research, Ornish and his colleagues further showed that five years of following proper nutrition, fitness and stress


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management—which must include love and support—can reduce symptoms of CHD and other chronic conditions. He remarks in Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health that despite numerous studies showing a medical basis for its occurrence, the reason why CHD is reversible is still the subject of debate. Ornish’s work has paved the way for a growing corps of pioneering integrative physicians successfully collaborating with patients to reduce the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Plaque the Culprit The cause of cardiovascular disease is arterial plaque, a fine layer of fatty material that forms within the arteries and blocks blood flow. It is largely the result of food and activity choices, plus the degree of inflammation in the arteries. Dr. Steven Masley’s three keys


to improving heart health highlighted in his book, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and an upcoming PBS special, concern lifestyle factors capable of shrinking plaque, improving circulation and strengthening the heartbeat. “Abnormal plaque growth is preventable 90 percent of the time,” states the president of Masley Optimal Health Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. While conducting research on the heart health of nearly 1,000 patients over a period of 20 years, Masley suspected that the traditional assessment approach of measuring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure didn’t effectively address the biochemistry within arteries. Testing intima-media thickness (IMT) using a simple 10-minute external ultrasound confirmed it. The test bounces high-frequency sound waves to measure the thickness of the cartoid arteries’ innermost two layers on either side of the neck. “This valuable tool allows for an estimate of arterial age. A healthy, young cardiovascular system has less plaque and an unhealthy, old one has more,” advises Masley. IMT, a useful tool for preventing future heart attacks and strokes, differs from standard carotid Doppler ultrasound, which looks for artery obstructions suggesting surgery. A practitioner of functional medicine, Masley explains heartrelated diagnoses differently than his allopathic counterparts. “Rather than diagnosing high blood pressure as hypertension, I categorize it as not enough exercise, not enough fruits and vegetables, high emotional stress and excessive body fat.” To optimize heart health, Masley employs a broad, holistic matrix of options that enhance the cardiovascular system—the interactions among diet, activity level, weight, environmental toxins, hormones, stress and biochemical factors such as blood sugar control and inflammation levels. He prescribes heart-healing foods that simultaneously help to manage the aging process, following a customized, heart-friendly supplement plan; engaging in exercise that strengthens the heart and arteries; and learning how to better manage stress.

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He contends that cardiovascular events remain the top cause of death because individuals are largely unaware of treatment options before they get into trouble. More, “Most people falsely assume that their condition has been fixed with a medical procedure and/or drugs, and that a lifestyle change isn’t necessary.”

Cholesterol’s Bad Rap Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, anti-aging specialist and bioenergetics psychotherapist in Manchester, Connecticut, has also shifted his heart health paradigm. He now prescribes a combination of conventional medicine, food, supplements, mind/body strategies and natural healing methods. His book, Heartbreak and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psychoemotional component of heart health and illustrate how to repair and reopen a broken heart by releasing long-repressed emotions. Following two years of Gestalt psychotherapy training and seven years of bioenergetics training, Sinatra likewise realized that heartbreak was one of the major causes of heart disease. An expert in the field of natural cardiology, he had once believed that cholesterol and fat were the primary causes before 40 years of treatment research taught him otherwise. “Cholesterol is not the reason for heart disease,” advises Sinatra, founder of HeartMDInstitute.com and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to convert sunlight to vitamin D, to make sex hormones, vital semipermeable membranes for the body’s trillions of cells, plus bile salts for digestion. Even your brain makes and uses cholesterol to build connections

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Tons of Fun 15th Annual Family Event – 10am4pm. Family fun day of activities including clowns, puppets, music, magicians, games, crafts, caricatures, carnival rides, entertainment, and much more. Sponsored by Roanoke County Parks & Rec. Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke. 540-387-6455. RoanokeCountyParks.com.

Happy Valentine’s Day at Peaks of Otter Winery – Noon-5pm. Through February 16. Just Married? Receive a free gift. Some sit by the fire with us and taste our “grandma’s wines.” Free. Peaks of Otter Winery, 2122 Sheep Creek Road, Bedford. 540-5863707. PeaksOfOtterWinery.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Nature Zone Dinophiles – 6:00-7:30pm. Be a dinophile! This club is for those who can’t get enough of those fantastic Mesozoic beasts. Ages 8-12. $10/ Lynchburg residents; $15/non-Lynchburg residents. The Nature Zone, 825 Kemper Street, Lynchburg. 434-455-5828. LynchburgVa.gov/nature-zone-0. Lynchburg Peace Education Center Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. Join us for discussion and planning of local peace and justice events. All are welcome. The Peace Practice, 3200 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg. 434-609-3437. ThePeacePractice.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Community HU Song and Introductory Book Discussion – 6:45-7:15pm. Join us for a Community HU Song followed at 7:30pm with an introductory discussion of Anne Archer’s book, “Inner Guidance.” Sponsored by the Roanoke Eckankar Center. The Peace Practice, 3200 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg. 434-609-3437. ThePeacePractice.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Nature Zone Dino-Mites – 6-7pm. Join the club for those who love dinosaurs! Study 3-4 dinosaurs each month with fun activities. Ages 5-7. $8/Lynchburg residents; $12/non-Lynchburg residents. Please register one day prior to club date. The Nature Zone, 825 Kemper Street, Lynchburg. 434-455-5828. LynchburgVa.gov/nature-zone-0.

Common Ground in Concert – 7pm. Bluegrass music. Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, 201 East Main Street, Bedford. 540-586-4520. BedfordVaMuseum.org.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Grow the Good Life – 8:30am-4:00pm. A Bedford Extension Master Gardener presentation: A day of Outstanding Gardening Seminars and Workshops. Central Virginia Community College, 1633 Venture Blvd., Bedford. 540-586-7675. BedfordMasterGardeners.org. Meditation for Stress Relief – 9am; Mindfulness Matters Discussion – 9:30-10:30am. 30- minute meditation followed by readings and CD recordings exploring topics of mindfulness and meditation with comfortable chairs or floor cushions for all sessions. Come de-stress to start your weekend! Free, all are welcome. The Peace Practice, 3200 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg. 434-609-3437. ThePeacePractice.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Chili Dinner & Bingo – Following 11am church service. Everyone guaranteed a prize. All welcome. Love offering appreciated. Valley Community Church, 5000 Carriage Drive, Roanoke. (1 block off Rt 419, behind the McDonald’s at Oak Grove Plaza) 540-774-5512. VCCDS.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Little Town Players presents Moon Over Buffalo. Play Dates: February 21, 22, 23, 28; March 1 & 2. Little Town Players, 931 Ashland Avenue, Bedford. 540-586-5881. LittleTownPlayers.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Maple Sugaring at Riverside Park – 11am-1pm. Learn how to identify and tap a maple tree, followed by a pancake tasting. All ages. $7/Lynchburg residents; $11/non-Lynchburg residents. Please register by Febru-

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Homeschool: Fascinating Fossils – 10am-Noon. Investigate fossils and bring your own to identify. Ages 7-13. $10/Lynchburg residents; $15/non-Lynchburg residents. Please register by February 17. The Nature Zone, 825 Kemper Street, Lynchburg. 434-455-5828. LynchburgVa.gov/nature-zone-0.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Cultural Reflections Series: The Industrial Revolution’s Impact on the Silver Industry - 3pm. This presentation will examine how technology impacted silver manufacturing and design. Presented by Sergei Troubetzkoy, Director of Tourism. Free. Bower Center for the Arts, 305 North Bridge Street, Bedford. 540586-4235. BowerCenter.org.

savethedate WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 7:30-8:30pm. Homebrew class presented by Blue Ridge Hydroponics. Equipment, use, ingredients and techniques will be covered. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Roanoke Natural Foods Coop, 1319 Grandin Road, Roanoke. 549-265-2483. BlueRidgeHydroponics.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Advanced Shamanic Studies with Adhi Two Owls – Noon. Through April 12. Gain in-depth understanding of spiritual path during this weeklong intense shamanic workshop. Sponsored by Lapis Studio. $850. Gifford Pinchot State Park, 2200 Rosstown Road, Lewisberry, PA. 717-516-1164. LapisStudio-ManaolaLLC.com. ManaolaLLC@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Respectful Confrontation Workshop. Continues through Sunday, April 13. Learn the most effective way to avoid conflict and resolve issues. $345/person. Floyd Eco Village, 188 Eco Village Trail, Floyd. Information: Heartwalker@joeweston.com or JoeKlein88@gmail.com. Registration: FloydEcoVillage@gmail.com.

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12th Annual New Works - Sunday, 12pm-5pm; Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Yearly exhibit showcasing community’s artistic growth. Opening reception Saturday, February 8; exhibit runs through March 29. The Hayloft Gallery, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane, South, Floyd. 540-745-2784. JacksonvilleCenter.org.

Angel Card Party – 5:00-7:30pm. Light refreshments, giveaways, raffles, and a simple angel card reading (visit our website for a detailed explanation). $10. Pre-registration is required. Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness Center, 125-D Akers Farm Rd., Christiansburg. 540-381-6215. LifeInBalanceCenter.com.


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Unity of Roanoke – 9 and 11am services. All welcome. 3300 Green Ridge Rd NW, Roanoke. 540-562-2200. Office@UnityRoanoke.org. UnityOfRoanokeValley.org.

Vinyasa Flow Class – 6:15-7:30pm. Class is open to all levels. Facilitated by Christina Adams, RYT. $10/ public; $5/students. Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga, 2001 South Main Street, Suite 106, Blacksburg. 540-392-3723 or 540-544-6820. BlueRidgeMassage.org.

Unity in the Seven Hills – 10-11am. Sunday service. Free. 3522 Campbell Ave, Lynchburg. 434-845-5832. Love@ UnityInTheSevenHills.org. UnityInTheSevenHills.org.

4th Monday Alternative Medicine Study Group – 6:00-7:30pm. For practitioners. Learn about wellness and healing for our patients. Free. Holistic Veterinary Consultants, 2401 S Main St, Blacksburg. 540-616WAGS. HolisticVeterinaryConsultants@gmail.com. HolisticVeterinaryConsultants.com.

Valley Community Church – 11am worship service. Practical solutions based on the teachings of Jesus. Services include varied musical programs; refreshments served afterward. All welcome. Nursery available. 5000 Carriage Dr, Roanoke. 1 block off Rt 419, behind the McDonald’s at Oak Grove Plaza. 540-774-5512. VCCDS.com.

Creating Your Joy: Yoga to Manage Your Mood – 7:00-8:15pm. Join us for a gentle yoga class that emphasizes balancing the nervous system and mood regulation. $12 drop-in or purchase a class card. All are welcome! Inner Wisdom Yoga & Psychotherapy, 1420 Third Street, Roanoke. 540-798-8478. InnerWidsomYogaTherapy@gmail.com.

Community HU Song – 10:00-10:30am. Second Sunday of each month. Singing HU has helped people of many different faiths open their hearts more fully to the uplifting presence of God. Eckankar Center, 1420 Third Street, Roanoke (first floor back far right office). 540353-5365. SWVA.Eck.Cntr@gmail.com. Eck-Virginia. org. Eckankar.org.

A Course in Miracles – 7-9pm. All welcome. Love offering. Unity of Roanoke Valley, 3300 Green Ridge Rd NW, Roanoke. 540-562-2200 x10. UnityOfRoanokeValley.org.

Eckankar Worship Service – 11am-Noon. Second Sunday of each month. The purpose of Eckankar is to make God an everyday reality in your life. Open to people of all faiths and religions. Eckankar Center, 1420 Third Street, Roanoke (first floor back far right office). 540-353-5365. Eck-Virginia.org. Eckankar.org.

Tai Chi – 12-1pm. Low impact focusing on relaxation, balance, and a sense of overall well-being. All ages, all levels. No registration required and drop-ins are welcome. Barefoot Studios, 16 West Marketplace Bldg., 16 Church Avenue, Roanoke. 540-632-2323. BarefootStudiosAndGalleries.com.

Peace Readers Book Group – 2pm. Last Sunday of every month. Book group focusing on titles that help to create a culture of peace. For more information, check the calendar on our website. All are welcome! Free. The Peace Practice, 3200 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg. 434-609-3437. ThePeacePractice.com.

Kid’s Yoga – 4:30-5:15pm. Beginner’s class aimed at being light and engaging for children. Call to preregister. Ages 4-11. First session/free; $8/one session; $36/ six sessions. Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness Center, 125-D Akers Farm Rd., Christiansburg. 540381-6215. LifeInBalanceCenter.com.

Flow Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Practice yoga in a fun, safe, intelligent, well stocked studio. No registration required; drop in anytime. Bedford Yoga Center, 715 Liberty Street, Bedford. 434-944-1150. YogaBedford.com.


Beginner’s Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Also Thursdays 5:30-6:45pm and Fridays 9:30-10:45am. Increase your strength and flexibility. No experience necessary. First session is free; call to preregister. $12/one session; $48/6 sessions. Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness Center, 125-D Akers Farm Rd., Christiansburg. 540-381-6215. LifeInBalanceCenter.com.

Flow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Practice yoga in a fun, safe, intelligent, well stocked studio. No registration required; drop in anytime. Bedford Yoga Center, 715 Liberty Street, Bedford. 434-944-1150. YogaBedford.com.

Zen Meditation Group – 6-7pm. Meditation instruction is available. Stone Mountain Zendo, Christ Episcopal Church, 1101 Franklin Rd. SW, Roanoke. 540-345-5932. tainormand@verizon.net.

Tai Chi – 6-7pm. Low impact “meditation in motion” focusing on relaxation, balance, and a sense of overall well-being. Instructor: Gloria Elliott. Please call Gloria before coming to your first class. All ages, all levels. No registration required and drop-ins are welcome. $8. Barefoot Studios, 16 West Marketplace Bldg., 16 Church Avenue, Roanoke. 540-632-2323. BarefootStudiosAndGalleries.com.

Meditation Sessions – 6:00-6:45pm. Experience inner peace and tranquility with Weekly Meditation Series. $10/session; package discounts available. No experience

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Meditation, Reading and Book Discussion – 6:30pm meditation; 7-8:30pm reading and book discussion. Visit website for current book. Valley Community Church,


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wednesday Mindfulness Self-Care for Practitioners – 9-10am. Second & fourth Wednesday of each month. Practice mindfulness for 30 minutes and then enjoy an open discussion for about 20-30 minutes. No fee. Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness Center, 125-D Akers Farm Rd., Christiansburg. 540-381-6215. LifeInBalanceCenter.com. Hatha Yoga – 11am-12pm. Gentle yoga focusing on integration of body, mind, and spirit with instructor Colleen Carrell. No registration required and drop-ins are welcome. All ages, all levels. $10. Barefoot Studios, 16 Church Ave. (16 West Marketplace Bldg.), Roanoke. 540-761-5635. BarefootStudiosAndGallery.com. Prayer and Meditation – Noon-12:20pm. Add your energy to the peaceful environment of our chapel and be lifted up through the use of positive affirmations during this sacred time of prayer and focused attention. Unity of Roanoke Valley, 3300 Green Ridge Rd, Roanoke (at the Woodhaven intersection). 540-562-2200. UnityOfRoanokevalley.org. Zen Meditation Group – 6-7pm. Meditation instruction is available. Stone Mountain Zendo, Christ Episcopal Church, 1101 Franklin Rd. SW, Roanoke. 540-345-5932. tainormand@verizon.net.

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saturday Mountain Zendo, Christ Episcopal Church, 1101 Franklin Rd. SW, Roanoke. 540-345-5932. tainormand@verizon.net. Free Science-Based Natural Health Information – 10am5pm. Second Saturday of each month. Drawings for free gift certificates, proven wellness information and great savings opportunities. The Well, 1764 Patriot Ln, Bedford. 540-5879000; 877-THE-WELL. TheWellInBedford@gmail.com. Monthly Silent Peace Vigil – Noon. Third Saturday of each month. All welcome. Downtown Roanoke City Market Building, 32 Market St., Roanoke. Sponsored by Plowshares, 214 Summit Way, Roanoke. 989-0393. PlowshareVa.org.


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Licensed Clinical Social Worker 311 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24504 434-221-0778 LKeener444@live.com LKM-LCSW.org LuAnn is a licensed clinical social worker with 18 years of experience, working to promote personal growth and strength in families. Counseling and complementary therapies: Neuro-Integration, Mandala Assessment and Research Instrument (MARI), Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy (QHHT).

FOODS – NATURAL, ORGANIC AND VEGAN ROANOKE NATURAL FOODS CO-OP 1319 Grandin Rd., Roanoke, VA 24015 1 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011 540-343-5652 RoanokeNaturalFoods.coop Virginia’s largest, cooperatively owned naturalfoods grocery store. Nutritious food choices and earth-friendly products. We support sustainable environmental practices, local organic farmers, local businesses and our community. See ad, page 12.


FUNERAL AND BURIAL SERVICES - GREEN FOREST REST AT MOUNTAIN VIEW 5970 Grassy Hill Rd., Boones Mill, VA 24065 540-334-5398 Sensor@EvergreenMemorialTrust.com EvergreenMemorialTrust.com Forest Rest is a natural cemetery where interments are made without burial vaults or common embalming chemicals. Wood tablets or native stones mark the graves. See ad, page 5.

GARDEN, YARD AND PATIO – EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES BLUE RIDGE HYDROPONICS AND HOME BREWING COMPANY Williamson Road Plaza, 5327-D Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA 24012 540-265-2483 BlueRidgeHydroponics.com Everything you need to create an indoor growing environment. Hydroponic gardening, indoor lighting and nutrients. Cheese-making and home-brewing kits also available. See ad, page 24.

413 Dunton Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-2873 IniBeckman@InisMassage.com InisMassage.com IniBeckman.HealthCoach. IntegrativeNutrition.com Offering workshops on nutrition as well as individual and group health coaching. This program will radically improve your health and happiness. It includes two one-hour sessions per month, handouts and other materials, food samples, self-care products and a monthly newsletter. Most programs last six months. Also offers massage therapy. See ad, page 27.

INNER WISDOM YOGA AND PSYCHOTHERAPY Annemarie Carroll, Ph.D., LCP, RYT 1420 3rd St., Roanoke, VA 24016 540-798-8478 InnerWisdomYogaTherapy@gmail.com Annemarie integrates psychotherapy and yoga/meditation to assist clients dealing with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, chronic pain, PTSD, insomnia and infertility. Services include yoga-informed psychotherapy and therapeutic yoga classes.

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46 Shelor Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24502 434-237-6328 MercuryFreeDDS.com

Dorothy Harrell, Pharmacist 4620 Lee Hwy., Dublin, VA 24084 540-674-0914 NatPharm.Dottie@gmail.com

Providing the highest quality of dental care in a mercury-free environment, using safe and biocompatible dental materials. We practice safe removal of old mercury/silver (amalgam) fillings with the safe mercury/silver filling removal protocol outlined by the International Academy of Oral Medicine, IAOMT. See ad, page 13.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MULE HELL TRADING CO. 134 Frances Mill Rd., Cripple Creek, VA 24322 276-621-4741 MuleHellTradingCo.com Fine herbal handmade soaps and natural body-care products made at our soap studio in downtown Cripple Creek. We make more than 50 products that will feed your skin naturally!

HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACHING ALEXANDRIA PEDERSON, CERTIFIED LIFE MASTERY COACH Seeing clients in person at Bioenergetic Chiropractic 331 King George Street Suite B, Roanoke, VA 24016 Mail: P.O. Box 4211, Roanoke, VA 24015 540-588-0788 CelebrationOfLight@gmail.com AlexandriaPederson.com Are you ready to live the life of your dreams? I use proven systems to guide you in taking the steps to be successful and manifest the life of your dreams. Why wait? Decide today to live it now! Individual or group sessions. See ad, page 10.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS – HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS KATHERINE REINHOLTZ, N.D. 200 Professional Park Dr. #3, Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-230-6758 DrKatherineND@gmail.com KatherineReinholtzND.com Conventional allopathic medical care is blended with the wisdom of holistic medicine to give you the best possible health care. Specializing in holistic approaches to chronic health concerns. See ad, page 25.


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Specializing in naturopathic consultation, natural therapies and hair analysis. Nature’s Specialist also keeps a stock of high-quality vitamins, herbs and nutritionals. Call for an appointment, or stop by to shop for supplements. See ad, page 20.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS SPAS AND SALONS ALL ABOUT YOU SALON 1630 Braeburn Dr., Salem, VA 24153 540-312-6141 Full-service hair salon. Organic hair coloring and perms that are made with certified organic extracts and natural ingredients that are 100-percent ammonia-free. Spa services include manicures, pedicure, facials and massage. Flexible appointments for busy schedules. See ad, page 13.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS – WELLNESS CENTERS LIFE IN BALANCE COUNSELING AND WELLNESS CENTER 125 Akers Farm Rd., Ste. D, Christiansburg, VA 24073 540-381-6215 LifeInBalanceCenter.com The Life in Balance team of therapists offers psychotherapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy, massage therapy, Reiki, yoga classes, creative movement and relaxation classes, meditation, workshops, classes and group therapy. See ad, page 10.

HOME – CLEANING SUPPLIES H2O AT HOME Jean Cox, Founding Director 360-271-9525 MyH2OatHome.com/Jean Now you can care for your home with our innovative smart tools and just water or certified natural and organic products. Your home will be sparkling with no harsh chemical residues or fumes! See ad, page 15.


RECYCLING BOOKBAG SANTA 540-342-2083 BookbagSanta@verizon.net BookBagSanta.com Roanoke-based 501c3 charity keeps two TONS of used school supplies out of the landfill every year. Since 1990 the group has traveled each summer to Belize to deliver supplies to three schools. Email, call or visit the website for more information about making donations.

CLEAN VALLEY COUNCIL Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave., Ste. 319, Roanoke, VA 24016 540-345-5523 CleanValley.org A nonprofit organization serving the Roanoke Valley for more than 30 years. Providing educational programming and citizen participation events to spread the word about litter prevention, recycling, waste-stream reduction, storm-water pollution prevention and protecting our natural resources. The goto resource for local recycling information.

RETAIL - NONPROFIT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF THE VALLEYS 2502 Melrose Ave., Ste. A, Roanoke, VA 24017 540-581-0620 GoodwillValleys.com We put your donations to work by dedicating 90 percent of our resources to providing services to the community. Donations entrusted to us are used to help people with disabilities and disadvantages overcome barriers to employment and achieve a level of independence in life. See ad, page 13.

TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES RIDE SOLUTIONS 866-424-3334 Info@RideSolutions.org RideSolutions.org Ride Solutions connects you to your transportation options with free regional carpool matching, bike commute support, transit assistance and employer services, all for free.

WATER CONSERVATTION AND FILTRATION - ALKALINE WATER HEALTHY WATER FOR ME 540-230-7459 or 540-789-7808 HealthyWaterForMe@hotmail.com HealthyWaterForMe.com Kangen Water® is a great way to increase hydration, balance body pH, obtain optimal health, neutralize free radicals, reduce pain and more. Change Your Water…Change Your Life ™. Call to begin a free three-week alkaline, antioxidant water challenge today. See ad, page 10.

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