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Ever since we were young, we’ve known of the real and symbolic ways that our hearts are important. Now might be a time to think more deeply about our hearts. When rethinking heart health, I can’t help but think about my little muscle and the big work it does so that I may live my life. It is the epicenter of our being, pumping blood and circulating oxygen throughout our days and nights, while we shop at Target, drive to work or dream at night. Think about this: each of our hearts beat 100,000 times per day! We need to honor our heart by keeping it healthy. Please reference our feature article on page 14 for great ways to improve your daily cardio, heart-pumping life. Of course, we don’t want to forget our four-legged mates’ cardio health, so also check out our Natural Pet section (see “Pet Heart Health,” page 30). Consider the heart’s role in the chakra system. The heart chakra, called Anahata in Sanskrit, is the center of our energy system, with three chakras above and three chakras below. The three chakras below represent our physical life, while the three chakras above represent our spiritual life. Therefore, it is the heart chakra’s role to join the physical and spiritual parts of our being! Perhaps it is time for us to pay more attention to the muscle that allows us to live and to love. Moreover, what better time than February to do so—the month where the heart and love take center stage.

Sean Peterson One of my favorite moments from The Simpsons comes from an episode in Season 4, entitled “Homer’s Triple Bypass.” The doctor is trying to convey the circumstances of Homer Simpson’s dire heart condition to him, but Homer is comically unable to grasp the severity of the situation. Even though the physician progressively simplifies his language from “you’ll have to undergo a coronary bypass operation” to an eventual “we’re going to tinker with your ticker,” the message keeps getting lost in translation and Homer remains woefully oblivious to the scope of his plight. While couching the topic in humor, the episode takes a hard look at the stark reality of the consequences that arise from poor dietary choices. After years of eating high cholesterol foods, whether through a lack of education or a short supply of willpower, the eventual arrival of Homer’s latent disease and subsequent diagnosis becomes a cautionary tale. This month we provide information on how to care for our core organ, first through diet and exercise but also through proper emotional stability. This issue also marks the first entry in a series of quarterly entries by a rotating cast of contributors from the The Ohio State University Center for Integrative Health and Wellness (see “Understanding Health by Studying the Past,” page 18). Let us show our hearts the TLC they deserve and ensure we do not end up in an epic predicament like Homer.

Kerry Griffith and Sean Peterson, Co-Publishers

newsbriefs Chiropractic Network Adds Powell Location


iverside Family Chiropractic, a wellness clinic led by Dr. Lee Thomas, is the newest Central Ohio addition to the global Maximized Living initiative. Maximized Living is a collective of chiropractor-run clinics that operate under a shared mission of treating the root cause of health care issues instead of focusing on the symptoms. “Despite Columbus being one of the smartest cities in the world, it ranks among the worst in preventative care, smoking percentage and obesity rates,” says Dr. Thomas. “Our goal is to change that categorization through a specific, patient-centered approach that aims to reverse degenerative diseases and increase the functional capabilities of the body while helping to promote overall wellness.” Maximized Living has a partnership with Olympic Team USA, and Dr. Thomas has worked closely with athletes from judo, wrestling and martial arts in his role as a Sports Performance Council Doctor. He is certified in structurally corrective chiropractic techniques, and he provides hormone-based exercise, cellular detoxification and nutrition education. Location: 10248 Sawmill Pkwy. For more information, call 614-512-5175 or visit

Downtown Columbus Spa Launches Donation-Based Yoga

New Yoga Studio Opens in Columbus


Hi Yoga, located in the historic Olde Town East neighborhood of Columbus, offers vinyasa, or flow, yoga to all regardless of skill level. Owner Heather Sheets’s goal is to break down the barriers that can prevent people from trying yoga, including; cost, time commitment or a fear of the unknown. “O Hi Yoga is for everybody and every body,” says Sheets. A variety of classes are available. “Beginners” covers the fundamental concepts for newcomers and allows more experienced individuals to brush up on the basics. “Flow” focuses heavily on the breath and movement connection to build strength and flexibility, while “Flex Stretch” enhances flexibility through an increase in the muscular range of motion. Finally, “Restorative” places emphasis on mindfulness through a slower series of asanas, or poses. The name of the facility comes from a moment of inspiration Sheets had while singing the OSU school song “Carmen Ohio” with her children. Location: 717 Oak St. For more information, call 614-7071422 or visit




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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women


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

Nostalgia Arms Us for the Future


aving lingering fond memories of happy times, once actually thought to be a psychiatric disorder, have now been confirmed as a healthy and, ultimately, positive activity. Most people experience nostalgia at least once a week and nearly half of those surveyed reported experiencing it three or four times a week, say researchers at England’s University of Southampton. When speaking wistfully of the past, individuals are usually reconstructing happy memories of family and friends, and typically become more optimistic about the future, reports lead researcher and Social Psychologist Constantine Sedikides, Ph.D., who observes, “Nostalgia makes us a bit more human.” The Southampton paper, presented to the American Psychological Association, meshes well with another study confirming that nostalgic memories inspire positive feelings of joy, high self-regard, belonging and meaningfulness in life. In two studies, social psychologists at North Dakota State University found that past fond memories help us become more self-confident and cope better in the present. “We see nostalgia as a psychological resource that people can dip into to conjure the evidence they need to assure themselves that they’re valued,” says lead researcher Clay Routledge. 6

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FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats


eart-clogging trans fatty acids may soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the first step to remove trans fats from its GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list, effectively banning their use in food products. Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated vegetable oils, can be found in many processed foods, including baked goods, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamers. Created by adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form, trans fats have been used to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods. For more than a decade, numerous scientific studies have documented that trans fats raise dangerous LDL cholesterol and lower good HDL cholesterol. The FDA’s proposed ban would require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, likely over several months or years, noting their threat to health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths. Many food manufacturers have already phased out trans fats since new nutrition labeling requirements were introduced by the FDA in 2006; plus an increasing number of local laws have banned them.

A Different Breathalyzer Test for Heart Failure


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.

Zinc Orchestrates Immune Response


any have heard that zinc can stop a cold in its tracks, and new research from Ohio State University tells us why; it turns out that zinc gently taps the brakes on immune responses, slowing them down and preventing inflammation from spiraling out of control. The researchers’ work with human cells and animals found that zinc serves to balance the immune response within the cells so that the consequences of insufficient zinc at the time of an infection include excessive inflammation. Of all the zinc contained in our bodies, only about 10 percent of it is readily accessible to help fight off an infection, notes Daren Knoell, professor of pharmacy and internal medicine and lead author of the study, published in Cell Reports. The research team suggests that proper zinc balance is especially important in battling serious and potentially deadly infections. Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people worldwide, including an estimated 40 percent of the U.S. elderly.

Happy Marriage, Healthier Lives


University of Missouri expert says that people in happy marriages are more likely to rate their health better than their peers as they age. Evidently, engaging with one’s spouse builds a strong relationship that can improve spirits, promote feelings of well-being and lower stress. Analyzing data from 707 continuously married adults that participated in the Marital Instability Over the Life Course panel study, a 20-year nationwide research project begun in 1980, researchers found that married people have better mental and physical health and are less likely to develop chronic conditions than their unmarried, widowed or divorced peers. Thus, researchers recommended involving spouses and families in treatment for any illness. They further suggested that in cases of a strained marital relationship, improving marital harmony would also improve health.



ver the years, a broad range of research has confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines promote heart and brain health. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine have found that taking fish oil supplements isn’t as effective at keeping blood pressure under control as eating an actual fish. The animal study published in the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that eating oily fish helped open ion channels, a complex series of membranes in the cells that line blood vessels, letting sodium, calcium and potassium in and out of those crucial cells and helping reduce blood pressure. Because fish oil supplements did not activate the ion channels, they didn’t reduce blood pressure in the same way.



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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Wild Valentines

Many Animals Mate for Life Humans like to think of themselves as unique when it comes to taking vows of togetherness. But a surprising number of other species in the animal kingdom provide sterling examples of fidelity, monogamy and lifelong pairing. Gibbons, of the ape family, are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pairings and both sexes are on relatively equal footing in their relationships. Bald eagles, our national emblem, typically mate for life, except in the event of a partner’s inability to procreate. Wolves, often portrayed as tricksters in folklore, conduct a family life more loyal than many human relationships. Wolf packs typically comprise a male, a female and their offspring, making them akin to a human nuclear family. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years or even for life. Their loyalty is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a universal symbol of true love. French angelfish are seldom found far from their mate, because they live, travel and even hunt in pairs. The fish form monogamous relationships that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs. Other examples include albatrosses, African antelopes, black vultures, Malagasy giant rats, prairie voles, sandhill cranes, termites and, of course, turtle doves. To view images, visit and MatesSlideshow.

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Canada Shows the Way via Mass Transit The government of Ontario, Canada, is issuing “green bonds” to fund the expansion of mass transit infrastructure in the province. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says, “Green bonds are a great tool to raise capital for a project with specific environmental benefits. The worldwide market for green bonds in the last year has doubled; it’s now estimated to be more than $346 billion in U.S. dollars.” Source:

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Star Trekking

Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) recently confirmed that after 36 years, the Voyager 1 probe crossed the boundary of the heliosphere, or the extent of our Sun’s influence, a year ago. It’s the first manmade object to venture into interstellar space. At a distance of about 12 billion miles from the Sun, the latest data indicates that Voyager 1 has been traveling through the plasma, or ionized gas, present in the space between stars. The journal Science notes that this corroborates the existence of a long-hypothesized boundary between the solar plasma and the interstellar plasma. Voyager 2, a companion craft launched at the same time, is also expected to break the barrier. Source:

Loving Local

Small Retailers Gaining Force While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone. Source:

Greenwashing Watchdog Dr. Bronner Clears Out Imposters

The nonprofit manufacturer of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (, known in the U.S. for more than 50 years for its devotion to purity and information-crammed product labels, has taken to filing lawsuits against companies that don’t live up to health claims or that employ deceptive greenwashing tactics. One primary focus is the cosmetics industry’s use of so-called “organic” ingredients. Company president David Bronner reports, “About 80 percent of these companies simply dropped their claims; the others reformulated.” He also lobbies for labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Washington State. Source:

Sweet Solution

Turning Agri-Waste to Good Use Cement that incorporates waste ash from sugar production is not only stronger than ordinary cement, it also qualifies as a greener building material. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, have found that cement made with sugar cane ash mixed in is stronger, can withstand higher pressure and crumbles less than ordinary cement. In countries where sugar cane is grown, such as Cuba and Brazil, this agricultural waste product has been added to cement for years. Extracting sugar from the cane typically leaves a lot of fiber waste that is burned into ash, discarded and then requires disposal. Using sugar cane ash also can lower the energy use and carbon footprint of cement production. Heloisa Bordallo, a researcher at the Institute, comments, “You are saving both CO2 emissions and raw materials.” Source:

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Handy Curriculum

According to a report in The Boston Globe, some American schools regret that they replaced woodshops with high-tech educational forums in the 1990s. Shop class is valuable for students that may underperform in traditional academic settings and empowers them to learn and produce tangible results. Doug Stowe, a woodworker and teacher in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, writes in WisdomOfHands.Blogspot. ca, “Our society has inadvertently created a dependent generation of young people that don’t know how to fix things and lack even the most basic manual competence. Putting girls and boys into shop class would challenge rampant consumerism because a person is less inclined to throw out a piece of furniture and buy a replacement if they know how to fix it. “With so many cheap imports flooding stores, it’s difficult for students to gain perspective on the resources and time required to create a piece of furniture, so shop class can teach students to appreciate long-lasting quality and its accompanying fair price tag. In this way, shop class is linked to sustainability.”

Favorite destination beach resorts around the world have seen huge increases in jellyfish “bloom” activity. “Jellyfish and tourism are not happy bedfellows,” says Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, Ph.D., a pioneering marine biologist and author of Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean. “In Florida, it’s not uncommon in recent years for a half a million people to be stung during an outbreak.” A report, Review of Jellyfish Blooms in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, written by Fernando Borea for the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean and the United Nations, cites both global warming and overfishing, which removes jellyfish predators, as causes for recent jellyfish population explosions. Of the more than 2,000 species of jellyfish swimming through the world’s waters, most are completely harmless. However, human contact with some types can cause excruciating pain, and the box jellyfish is among the handful of species that have caused fatalities around the globe. Gershwin says, “Australia is upfront about its jellyfish dangers and also assertive in safety management, whereas other places have them, but may understand less about them or in some cases, just don’t want to say. Tourists need to be aware of local hazards and not expect to necessarily be provided with pertinent information.”


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True Treasures Avert Eco-Harm Done right, Valentine’s Day and gifts of jewelry go together like love and marriage. Those that have no desire to support the unsafe worker conditions, widespread price fixing and waste associated with gold mining, also linked to pollution, financing wars and terrorism, look for better options. They wish to have no part in underwriting standard ring-making practices which, according to the Worldwatch Institute, create tons of toxic mining waste that can persist for decades and enter the food chain. Happily, there are far more ethical choices. Alternate routes. Among many sustainable and socially responsible options, jewelry made from recycled gold, silver and titanium plus synthetic gemstones is offered by GreenKarat ( while Brilliant Earth ( provides antiques and also custom makes or helps customers create their own treasured gifts utilizing minerals from pure sources; the company also donates 5 percent of its profits to support communities that have suffered from unethical industry practices. Heirlooms. A son or grandson gifting a grandmother’s or mother’s cherished piece of jewelry to a spouse or girlfriend expresses a tradition of love and family connectivity,

plus gives new life to precious items. Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian at, recommends using a family-treasured diamond in a more modern setting or making a ring into a pendant. “Heirlooms link the present to the past—they are part of a family narrative that can increase the present generation’s sense of belonging and identity,” she says. Native American jewelry. Deborah Nelson, owner of Silver Eagle Gallery, in Naples, Florida, and Highlands, North Carolina, attests that artful jewelry by Native Americans supports their culture and forges a connection to Americana with timeless appeal. Bracelets made by Navajo Indians incorporate turquoise pieces often linked together or set in mosaic form on a sterling band. Sterling silver and golden amber sunburst rings also make good gifts. “The handmade attention to detail is a stark contrast to what’s cast in a mold overseas,” says Nelson.

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“Movement heals,” says Lisa Hunsaker of Turning Point Fitness. Hunsaker is the founder of this Westerville studio where she offers traditional Pilates practices seven days a week to clients in Central Ohio. Hunsaker and her fellow instructors strive to create a space where all are welcome to explore Pilates with the goal of making exercise fun. Turning Point Fitness fosters an environment where members feel welcome and have personal attention, instead of just being another member at a gym. “All of the modalities we offer root around using your core,” Hunsaker says. Pilates movements are centered on developing core strength. Many people focus on toning their arms or legs, but as Hunsaker asks, “What about the core?” Hunsaker describes the benefits of Pilates as organizing the body and mind to be more aware of how we carry ourselves, including how we sit and stand. Strengthening the core also has many additional benefits, including better performance during a host of different exercise modalities. “Pilates is very beneficial in that it has a lot of strength and stretch involved in the method,” Hunsaker continues. The practice can also help with back pain. A strong core supports the spine, allowing a straighter posture and removing spinal decompression. Turning Point Fitness follows the adage coined by Pilates’ founders, “You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.” While spine flexibility may indicate youth, Turning Point Fitness says you can never be too young or too old to

practice Pilates. The studio sees everyone from young gymnasts and dancers who practice to build control, to seniors who focus on flexibility and endurance. “It can be modified or enhanced for every fitness level,” Hunsaker says. “Everybody can feel successful doing it.” Turning Point Fitness offers two types of Pilates classes: Pilates Mat and Power Pilates. Pilates Mat focuses on traditional movements performed on the back, side or stomach. Class sizes are small with about 8 to 12 people for more personal attention. Turning Point Fitness also offers private and semi-private classes. Power Pilates classes combine traditional mat movements with exercises performed on Pilates equipment. The equipment is designed to help people find and use their muscle groups correctly. Some members prefer to practice with equipment then move into mat classes, or use a combination of both. The studio also offers Xtend Barre, TRX and spinning classes. Xtend Barre integrates Pilates concepts into dance with many of the same core-strengthening benefits. TRX is a suspension training system. Members use suspension and their own body weight to strengthen and tone muscles from head to toe. Finally, the studio also offers certified spinning classes. Hunsaker was always interested in movement before she opened the studio. A dancer throughout college, she was looking for a way to incorporate movement into her life after school. She then turned to group fitness classes, first earning her group fitness, then personal training and Pilates certifications. Teaching Pilates started as more of a hobby. She was always teaching classes on the side on a part-time basis, first in Chicago, then in Columbus after a move back to the area. When Hunsaker brought Pilates to Columbus, the modality in its most classical form was new to the area. “It’s still kind of a hidden gem, especially in Ohio,” she says. Hunsaker started renting the space that would become Turning Point Fitness in 2007. The following year, she took it over. “It wasn’t like I planned to open up my own business but my parents were self-employed so I knew what kind of work it was,” she says. For a business not originally being in the plans, “It’s more than I ever thought it would be,” Hunsaker continues. Since its inception, the space has doubled in size, leaving Hunsaker optimistic for the future and not knowing what it will bring. However, with a now firmly-established studio, Turning Point Fitness plans to focus on consistency and education around the Pilates experience. For more information, call 614-895-1433 or visit See ad, this page. Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at Susan.Post.75@


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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


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of following proper nutrition, fitness and stress 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 TuneUp, 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 highfrequency 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 heart-related 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 bio-chemical 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

Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. ~ Dr. Dean Ornish, Love & Survival how to better manage stress. 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.”

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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

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 between the neurons that facilitate learning and memory.”

Real Perpetrators

Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psycho-emotional 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 and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to convert sunlight to

Sinatra names the real perpetrators of heart disease—stress, inflammation and overeating sugar and processed foods containing saturated fat. He counsels that the heart benefits less from a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet than one low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, overturning widespread medical mantras. Also, a high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet raises triglycerides, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and contributes to insulin resistance, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol, as well as more inflammatory, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) particles, all of which increase the risk for CHD, diabetes and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that metabolic syndrome, which affects nearly 35 percent of American adults, may overtake smoking as the

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It is no coincidence that we address our physical and emotional heart by the same name. Our physical heart usually reflects the state of our emotional heart, and vice versa. ~ Dr. James Forleo leading risk factor for CHD. The AHA currently is focused on increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Its Go Red for Women campaign emphasizes the vital need to take preventive basic actions, including adopting an exercise routine, healthier diet and doctor visits for appropriate non-invasive tests.

Essential Spirit

Dr. James Forleo, a chiropractor in Durango, Colorado, with 30-plus years of clinical experience, maintains that health is simple, disease is complicated (also the title of his book). He counsels patients, “If mental stress is present in your life, you owe it to your cardiovascular system to change to a healthier lifestyle. Your life may depend on it.” Forleo has recognized that an individual’s state of mind can be a big help or hindrance in maintaining a healthy heart. “The heart represents a different realm of experience entirely, one that cannot be explained by logic and reason,” comments Forleo.

He champions the link between maintaining normal spinal function and healthy heart function, along with supporting the inner presence of Spirit, which he calls the healthy heart’s ultimate elixir. “Its essence relaxes the heart, opens the mind to possibilities greater than itself and provides the perspective that the heart and the mind are complementary,” he observes. He explains that when our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. “If you or someone you know experiences heart problems, chances are that unresolved emotions lie directly below the surface,” he says. “There are exceptions, and genetic problems can explain many heart defects, but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.” Forleo’s concept is supported by the work of Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., executive vice president and director of research at California’s Institute of HeartMath. His research papers include The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and

Fun Fact “The heart works without interruption for 70 to 80 years, without care or cleaning, repair or replacement, day and night. It beats 100,000 times a day, approximately 40 million times a year, and within a span of 70 years, supplies the pumping capacity for nearly 3 billion cardiac pulsations. It pumps two gallons of blood per minute, 100 gallons per hour, through a vascular system about 60,000 miles in length—twoand-a-half times the circumference of the Earth.” ~ Sara Paddison, The Hidden Power of the Heart: Discovering an Unlimited Source of Intelligence

Between People. “Today, evidence suggests that the heart may play a particularly important role in emotional experience. Research in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology has confirmed that the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that learns, remembers and makes independent functional decisions that don’t involve the cerebral cortex,” advises McCraty.

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When our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. There are exceptions… but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved. ~ Dr. James Forleo behavioral neuroscience, agree that in matters of heart disease, emotions take center stage. Schultz, who recently co-authored All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition, with Louise L. Hay, a leading founder of the self-help movement, applies her 25 years of experience as a medical intuitive with the best of Western clinical science, brain research and energy medicine. Shultz observes, “Every illness has an emotional component, which tells us intuitively that something or someone in our life or environment is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Our use of language—such as frustration makes our heart race, anger boils our blood—and our common sense are telling us what we don’t need more studies to confirm. If we can’t deal with our anger in a timely fashion, name our feelings, respond effectively and release them, we increase our chance of illness, ranging from hypertension to cardiovascular events.” According to the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. spends 10 percent of all healthcare dollars for cardiovascular disease prevention and medical management versus 90 percent on medical treatment procedures and hospital care. For individuals interested in taking charge of their heart health, working with a physician that embraces the emerging paradigm of integrative lifestyle changes and prevention can be a drug-free, life-saving decision. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for full interviews.

Six Ways to Lower Cholesterol without Medication by Kelli Parrish


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Get moving: The Department of Health recommends adults exercise for 30 minutes, five days a week. Whether it is yoga, walking, running or dancing, find some sort of movement that is enjoyable. There are so many options; try a few new ones this winter! Maintain a healthy weight: Crash diets often produce a “yo-yo” loss-gain effect. Instead, incorporate healthy lifestyle changes that will last. Stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake: When consuming alcohol, red wine can be a healthier option. According to the Mayo Clinic, red wine contains a substance called resveratrol, an antioxidant that might contribute to heart health. Reduce consumption of sugar and processed foods: Excess sugar turns to fat, and sugar is often found in a range of foods from soft drinks to salad dressings. Read product labels and monitor overall sugar intake. Se-

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Understanding Health by Studying the Past by Patrice Rancour


ow does childhood trauma affect our health and well-being during adulthood? To what extent do abuse, neglect and dysfunction result in medical and psychological issues later in life? The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDCP) and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic are jointly studying these associations by tracking the health of 17,000 individuals in the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study, begun in 1998. The principal investigator of the study, Vincent Felitti, MD, sought to identify a link between childhood trauma and the major health issues encountered in the United States today, including heart and lung disease, depression, obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse and drug addiction. Not surprisingly, the findings of the study so far seem to confirm that link. As part of the ACE, the 10-part ACE Questionnaire employs a participant survey to identify and measure different types of childhood trauma, including emotional and physical abuse, substance abuse or mental illness in the family. A review of the findings has revealed a clear link between the ACE score measuring childhood trauma and the probability that the traumatized individual will develop major adult diseases and psychological issues. The study also noted that participants with higher ACE scores might die up to two decades earlier than lower-scoring participants would. Noted cardiologist Dean Ornish once observed, “What most heart patients need is not a ‘heart by-pass,’ but


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a ‘heart through-pass.’” In order to survive trauma from childhood, people develop a variety of defense mechanisms and coping strategies to handle their chronic distress, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Complex. While many of these strategies are potentially unhealthy, they may be the only means by which these individuals are able to survive toxic situations. Psychotherapist Pete Walker, M.A., MFT, has identified four broad categories for coping with childhood trauma: narcissism, obsessivecompulsive disorder, dissociative disorders and substance abuse. He developed a management worksheet used with patients to identify emotional flashbacks resulting from childhood trauma, as well as coping mechanisms for managing the ongoing stress associated with these flashback experiences. People make unhealthy lifestyle choices when they seek to ease the pain of a traumatic childhood. It is clear that these choices contribute to the development of adult diseases later in life. It was also found, however, that the effect of chronic stress itself exacts a toll by relentlessly circulating stress hormones and disrupting systems that regulate health and well-being in the body. When a patient demonstrates problems related to blood pressure, obesity, low blood sugar and other symptoms, it is tempting for medical practitioners to address the most obvious issues only while leaving underlying issues unaddressed. While modifying diet and developing a fitness program are both part of a balanced effort to reverse the effects of heart and other chronic stress diseases, these are just short-term solutions to a very complex problem. If the original trauma is not addressed, such lifestyle work can go into relapse as the traumatized adult continues to make choices based on what has eased stress in the past without learning healthier, self-soothing approaches to calm both body and mind. Incorporating the ACE questionnaire into a comprehensive assessment can help practitioners identify childhood traumas and assess the resulting impact to adult health. The compelling experience of being heard and accepted while sharing a life-long secret can exert a powerful healing effect for a patient. Since these individuals often arrive with existing post-traumatic stress disorders, traumainformed care can help reduce stress and normalize bodily functions using mind-body approaches to healing. These techniques can actually begin to reverse harmful processes caused by prolonged exposure to high stress hormone levels in the body. Such approaches then become an authentic ‘heart through-pass,’ and initiate the very real prospect of people healing their hearts from the inside out.

Patrice Rancour, MS, RN,PMHCNS-BC, is a mental health clinical nurse specialist and Reiki therapist at the OSU Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. Connect at Also visit MedicalCenter.osu. edu/go/integrative.

When That Loving Feeling Is Gone 5 TIPS TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY by Trudy Pieper


n the spirit of the Righteous Brothers and Valentine’s Day, here are some tips to put a spring back in your step through simple dietary and lifestyle changes, including a list of supplements to supply a burst of energy.

If energy levels are low, consider adding the following vitamins, minerals and supplements to the daily routine to guard against deficiencies which can zap energy. B-Complex – People who are under chronic stress require more B vitamins.

Foods that give a boost tend to be those that are recommended for healthy eating: Green leafy veggies - Broccoli, spinach and mixed salad leaves.

Fresh fruits - Apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and grapes. Legumes - Lentils, kidney beans and soy. Others - Nuts, seeds, whole grains and olive oil. Energy TIP #2Eliminate Sappers from the Diet Eating the wrong foods can result in feeling bloated, sluggish and fatigued. Avoid the following: Sugar – Excess sugar causes fluctuations in blood sugar, which can result in plummeting energy levels. Insufficient protein – Not enough protein causes fatigue (especially common in men with decreased testosterone, or “Low T”). Too much coffee – Although coffee initially raises stress hormones and

Most of us may be aware that eight hours of sleep per night is optimal. What many people do not know, however, is that what time we fall asleep is important as well. Sleeping from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. is not as restorative as sleeping from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The reason is that hormone secretion, body temperature, digestion and other important restorative processes follow a 24-hour cycle linked to natural light exposure. The later in the evening we fall asleep and the later in the morning we wake up, the more out-of-sync our cycle becomes. Supplements to Put TIP #5Add the Zing Back in Life

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gives a rush of energy, consuming several cups of coffee per day can promote burnout. Not enough water – One of the most common reasons for low energy is dehydration. Time to Recharge TIP #3Take the Batteries Imagine that energy reserves are like a checkbook. If energy is only spent and never deposited, the checkbook will naturally wind up overdrawn. Be willing to change what is making you drained and depleted. Leave the briefcase at work this weekend and spend a day on the couch with a novel or a favorite show, go for a brisk walk in the woods, or have lunch with a friend. Engage in regular exercise to boost energy storage and production of muscle cells. Get out in the fresh air and natural daylight as much as possible.

Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – This is essential for energy production in cells. One study involving middle-aged men found that taking oral supplements of CoQ10 increased exercise tolerance and vigor. Essential Fatty Acids – EFAs are shown to have significant beneficial effects in 80% of people with chronic fatigue. Magnesium – This element is needed for optimum function of over 300 enzymes. Magnesium is vital for every major metabolic reaction in the body, including metabolizing essential fatty acids and in the production of energy from glucose. Eleuthero Root (Siberian Ginseng) – This adaptogen helps the body flex and cope during times of stress. It is used extensively to improve stamina and strength, particularly when suffering from stress and fatigue.

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Calm Your Mind

Natural Ways to De-Stress by Kathleen Barnes


e all encounter everyday stressors and usually find our own ways of defusing them. However, when chronic stress remains unresolved, it extracts a toll on health that may range from heart disease and stroke to obesity, gastrointestinal problems and depression. Thankfully, Natural Awakenings has uncovered inviting ways to regularly de-stress that naturally make us feel good. Here are some refreshing ideas for immediate rest and relaxation. Eat Mindfully. Chocolate can be an excellent antidote to stress-related binge eating, advises Dr. Susan Lord, an integrative physician in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who leads mind-body medicine programs at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge. “We rarely eat mind-


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fully,” comments Lord. “We’re usually gulping down our food while watching TV, arguing with the kids or reading a book.” She often leads a meditation in which participants are allotted one small piece of chocolate that they must eat slowly and consciously. “Most people discover they have never really tasted their food,” she says. “They are pleasantly surprised to discover that they feel satiated and satisfied on every level.” Lord’s teaching is supported by a study from an Oregon Research Institute affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, showing that people lost significant amounts of weight by eating slowly and mindfully. Accordingly, Kripalu has encouraged eating in silence for nearly 40 years, a prac-

tice Lord heartily recommends to her patients for one meal a day. Walk a labyrinth. A meditative walk on a labyrinth may be just what the doctor ordered, says physician Esther Sternberg, professor of medicine and research director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. “A labyrinth differs from a maze, which has high walls and many dead ends,” notes Sternberg. “Walking a maze is inevitably stressful; a labyrinth has the exact opposite effect. There is only one path in and one path out. You go to the middle, meditate and walk back out. It’s a perfectly calming walking meditation.” In physiological terms, Sternberg explains, the deep breathing induced by labyrinth walking activates the vagus nerve, which prompts relaxation. It does this by interrupting the brain’s stress response and halting the release of adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol from the adrenal glands. Our ancestors built labyrinths as early as 4,000 BCE. They exist today in churches, healing centers and backyards all over the world. Finger labyrinths, even as simple as an outline printed on a piece of paper, also have proved to be effective relaxation tools, says Neal Harris, a licensed clinical professional counselor in Barrington, Illinois. His study confirming its relaxing effects was published in the Annals of Psychotherapy & Integrative Health. Shake (or laugh) it off. Anyone

that has ever felt like exploding from tight shoulders, indigestion, headaches or other conditions caused by accumulated stress can benefit from Lord’s recommendation to experience a whole-body shake. “Just stand with your feet firmly planted and start shaking—first your feet, then your legs, arms, head and neck and eventually, your whole body—for at least two or three minutes,” she counsels. “You’ll shake off all of that tension, energize every cell and probably start laughing, another great stress reliever.” A good belly laugh is likewise a powerful stress reliever, according to a study by researchers at Indiana State University, in Terra Haute, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Results also showed that laughter increased production of the protective cells that boost immune function. Create a memory garden. For Sternberg, her personal place of peace is an unconscious re-creation combining the sights and smells of her grandmother’s garden with the comfortable “at home” feeling of her parents’ deck and mementos from a happy time

in Crete. At the center of Sternberg’s happy memories are fragrant jasmine and gardenia trees, lavender and basil, all reminders of happy times in her life. She recalls, “It wasn’t until I was finished that I realized what I had done.” A review of relevant science reported in Neural Plasticity explains that the brain’s hippocampus region, a seat of memory, especially related to place, also normally regulates the production of cortisol. But an excess of cortisol due to stress can impair its memory functions. “When we are in a place that brings happy memories to mind, we let go of stress and stop the release of cortisol,” says Sternberg. “It helps to just think of a place where we have been happy.” She recommends creating a home space with some plants on a windowsill, photos of happy family gatherings, fabrics or paint in beloved colors and perhaps inherited items that trigger fond memories.

Breathe Deeply Perform this subtle de-stressor while in line at the market or driving. It slows heart rate, oxygenates the body, improves mental clarity and has a relaxing effect on the nervous system. n Sit or stand straight. n Put the tip of the tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind the upper front teeth, and keep it there throughout the entire exercise. n Inhale through the nose for a count of four. n Hold each breath for a count of seven. n Exhale completely through the mouth with a whoosh sound for a count of eight. n Repeat three more times. Source:

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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 diseaseproducing 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.

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 dis-

rupts 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. Nearly 20 percent of the chemicals are not divulged, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA also reports that the average person holds more than 700 toxic chemicals in their body. We inhale myriad chemical byproducts that fill the air both indoors and out, plus ingest numerous toxins in the foods and beverages we consume. Once absorbed, they remain in the body unless flushed out, throwing it out of balance and, as widespread research shows, causing a broad range of diseases. reports that the psychological impacts of feeling stressed, helpless and overwhelmed by the fear of lurking poisons can directly influence our physical health. Making informed choices can alleviate such feelings. It only requires taking a series of small and manageable, progressive steps to create our own style of a healthy and harmonious home life. On a spiritual level, we can rest assured that such caring for our inner temple and larger environment supports a greater good and fosters a deeper connection to life’s Source. We feel more physically, psychologically and spiritually vibrant. Our home becomes a vital wellspring that, cleaned and furnished with holistic awareness, continually refreshes us. Christa O’Leary is founder and CEO of Home in Harmony, Inc., combining expertise in marriage and family therapy, interior design and green living. Her book, Home in Harmony Lifestyle: Designing an Inspired Life, will be released in November. Connect at FreeKit.

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Quiet Kids in a Noisy World

Bringing Out the Best in Introverts by Meredith Montgomery


abrielle Perillo’s daughter, A’ngel, 11, is a deep thinker, compassionate for all beings (human and not), a defender of justice, spiritual and extremely creative. She pursues any subject she studies with focus and passion. Although other children are naturally drawn to her, A’ngel, a born introvert, generally prefers to play quietly on her own. At first, her mother worried that her daughter was being insensitive to others and not paying attention to her surroundings. But once Mom released her own emotional projections, she recognized how happy her daughter is in her own space and began to appreciate the benefits of this independence. At least a third of Americans are introverts, yet many parents are prone to mischaracterize their more private children as antisocial, self-centered and lonely. Susan Cain, a former corporate attorney and author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, explains,


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“Introverts are not antisocial, they just prefer socializing in lower-key ways.” They usually form a few deep and intimate relationships compared to extroverts that often cultivate many friends. Christine Fonseca, an educational psychologist and author of Quiet Kids, notes the danger in misunderstanding a child’s hesitancy or reserved nature. “Kids can benefit from understanding who they are and what it means to be an introvert. Otherwise, they may compare themselves to their extrovert friends and feel deficient.” Introverts own many exceptional qualities. They tend to be deep thinkers able to work independently in highly creative and innovative ways. They may prefer to learn a lot about a few topics instead of a little about many different areas. Often described as empathetic, conscientious and selfaware, introverts make authentic leaders and effective managers as adults. Introvert and extrovert tem-

peraments are distinguished by how individuals generate energy. Introverts process the world and recharge through solitude; many can flourish in social situations as long as they can rejuvenate by being on their own. Fonseca notes a defining difference in physiology. “Introverts use part of the nervous system that has a long pathway from point A to point B, so it takes them longer to process information.” Cain adds, “Introverts also usually have a longer runway than others, so it takes them longer to take off and fly. It’s crucial that the message they’re receiving from parents and teachers is, ‘That’s okay.’” It’s important that parents balance how they honor a child’s preferences with teaching them skills to thrive. “Don’t expect them to follow the gang,” says Cain. “Instead, encourage them to follow their passions.” Parents can empower children with tools to increase their comfort zone. If youngsters have difficulty speaking up in class, it helps to prepare them with what they want to say beforehand. Cain notes that this lessens anxiety and when they are able to speak up, they’ll feel like part of the class. Simple tips can offer relief in uncomfortable social situations. Perillo reinforces social manners before she and A’ngel arrive at an event. She focuses on the greetings, reminding her to extend her hand first, speak clearly, make eye contact and smile. Also, because self-promotion doesn’t come naturally to introverts, they often need coaching to highlight their own assets when applying for a club, college or job. Fonseca encourages families to embrace digital technology. She observes, “Most introverts are extroverts online. While face-to-face communication tends to drain them, that doesn’t happen as much online, plus it’s easier to feel more adept socially there.” They’ll still need to disconnect and renew after socializing online, so it’s important to set usage boundaries. Fonseca, who has one introverted and one extroverted child, facilitates dialogue that teaches each of them to communicate with their

peers about their needs. “My introvert tells her extrovert friends not to take offense if she needs to take quiet time alone. They offer each other a perspective that makes their own point of view more well-rounded.” From a neuropsychological perspective, introverts and extroverts can learn from each other, as well. According to Fonseca, extroverts that habitually activate their sympathetic nervous system (“fight-or-flight”) can experience burnout if they don’t learn

how to slow down and be calm. However, introverts, relying mostly on their parasympathetic system (“rest and digest”), can be overly calm and slow to respond to situations. Fonseca notes, “It’s not about one temperament being more positive than the other; it’s about understanding who everyone is, their authentic self and finding balance.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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True to Form


CYCLES OF SPIN Returning to its Heart-Healthy Origins by Janet Osen


ike many newly minted sports, “Spin” has at its center a nearmythical figure: its creator, Jonathan Goldstein—better known as Johnny G—by most accounts a unique eccentric with an unheralded passion for cycling. In 1987, while training for the renowned The Race Across America bike event, a mega-marathon 3,100mile race from Los Angeles to New York, Goldstein was struck by a car


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and nearly killed. It produced an epiphany: Building an indoor bike simulating the outdoor experience would create a novel workout that would incorporate cardio training and emphasize a mind-body connection. With the formation of Mad Dogg Athletics in 1994, the Spinning craze began rolling. Rolling Stone magazine named it the newest hot exercise and by 1996 there were 1,000-plus Spinning centers in 30 countries.

Conceived as a form of cardio biofeedback, the activity keyed on training the heart muscle aerobically using a heart monitor. The original goal was to provide an “aerobic base” by working at 65 to 80 percent of one’s maximum heart rate, making the heart a more effective pump and increasing oxygen levels throughout the body. The Spin program follows the principle that participants will train aerobically for six to 12 weeks prior to a “Race Day”—a special ride performed at a steady anaerobic threshold generally at 85 to 95 percent of maximum heart rate. Anaerobic threshold, or AT, is the point at which the body accumulates lactic acid in the muscles faster that it can be removed. “Aerobic base building creates a strong foundation for increasing one’s lactate threshold,” explains Lorey Pro, a master Spin instructor and assistant director of fitness and wellness at Louisiana State University. “Riders can increase their tolerance for anaerobic exercise.” “The metabolism’s foundation is strengthened by aerobic base building. Without it, the body will fall apart if the athlete moves right into anaerobic threshold training,” explains Shannon Derby, a master Spin instructor and certified group fitness and personal trainer at Mountain’s Edge Fitness Center, in Boulder, Colorado. In contrast to indoor cycling, Spin requires that exertion rates be correlated to levels based on maximum heart rates, and revolutions per minute (RPMs) or pedal strokes be kept at pre-specified levels. According to Pro,

Spin should combine mind and body training by using a variety of heart rate zones to improve health, fitness and performance. Instructors take participants through a series of rides known as Energy Zones, each serving a specific purpose like endurance, strength or recovery. Terri Arends, a master Spin instructor and group fitness director at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Texas, attests that without such rides, the aerobic foundation crumbles. She likes to put riders through “kicking Spin rides and moments of Zen that allow riders to let go and find their inner athlete.”

Lost in Translation

In today’s typical Spin class, no one wears a heart monitor. While some gyms and boutique facilities offer endurance or strength rides, most conduct only interval rides featuring top 40 music selections and a loose interpretation of the prescribed movements, positions and cadence rates. “Interval rides tend to get picked most,” observes Derby. “There are many different kinds and they are fairly easy to teach and well liked, even though that isn’t what the official Spinning program recommends.” Del Lugo, a Spin instructor and fitness professional in Suffern, New York, who works at the nearby Torne Valley Sports Complex and Lifeplex Health

Club, says he rarely sees classic Spin done anymore. In Lugo’s world, Spin should be simply a “fun, safe experience with the instructor endeavoring to instill enthusiasm and encouragement.”

Moving Forward

One key indicator of whether a fitness activity is a trend and not a fad is the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual Fitness Trends survey. In 2012, Spin made ACSM’s top 20 list of fitness trends, citing it as “one of the most popular group exercise programs in the commercial sector.” Yet it fell off of ACSM’s list last year. Reviving the original training

program may prove helpful in preventing potential Spin burnout. Workouts were originally designed to culminate each week in a meditative, lowimpact recovery ride to allow for rest and recovery, which is pivotal to any successful fitness program. The key to Spin’s continuity may be in moving cycling back to its origins—re-educating participants about how best to use Spinning to maximize desired results for body, mind and spirit. Janet Osen is a freelance writer in Rockland County, NY. She is a certified Spin instructor currently working toward her 200-hour yoga teacher certification.

Latest Spins on Original Spin Hydrorider: Lightweight aluminum, rust-proof bike affords aqua cycling in the pool. RealRyder: Bike innovation tilts and moves with participants’ body weight to more accurately simulate outdoor cycling. High Tech: Onboard computers track resistance levels, cadence and heart rates designed for precision rides. Bands Classes: Resistance bands attach to a sliding track on the ceiling to tone abs, arms and chest. Fusion: Classes combine Spin with other workouts like yoga.

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hat started as a personal weight loss journey led to the creation of an innovative wellness center located in New Albany. reCycle Wellness, LLC was founded by Dr. Bernadette Anderson and Dr. Camille Woodson after Dr. Anderson lost a significant amount of weight and decided to embark on a new life adventure. Dr. Anderson weighed over 300 pounds and knew that something had to change. As a family medicine physician at Faith Family Health in Columbus, she was giving health advice to her patients that she was not following herself. She had previously lost weight but gained it back because she had not addressed the root of her problem. Many people interested in weight loss want to lose weight to improve their physique, but that makes it difficult to stay motivated when the pounds do not come off quickly. “The key for me was really doing the work in terms of finding out why I was eating,” explained Dr. Anderson. “I had to be honest with myself about why I was

eating. When I started dealing with those issues, there was less of a struggle, because I wasn’t craving food to mask other issues.” Dr. Anderson’s approach was relatively simple. “I tried to take a number on the scale out of my mind, and I said I was going to live a healthy lifestyle. That’s how I live my life every day,” she said. Being aware of and trying to reduce her stress level, and finding ways to improve selfesteem have been very important in keeping Dr. Anderson healthy and in shape. “When you approach it that way, you set yourself up for real change instead of getting hooked on fad diets and stressing yourself out over a number on a scale.” While the approach is simple in theory, it can be extremely difficult to make big changes, especially ones that require you to evaluate your entire life. Dr. Anderson’s journey is not an exception, but she learned how to treat her challenges as opportunities. Through a combination of lifestyle changes, she lost over 140 pounds and has gained a new outlook on life. After Dr. Anderson’s weight loss, she got together with her long-time friend Dr. Woodson, and the two decided to open up their own wellness center and spinning, or indoor cycling, studio. They hope that people will use the studio as a means to reach their weight loss and life goals. “When I think of exercise, especially spinning, I’m not just going in there because I want to burn some calories. It really helps reduce my stress level,” said Dr. Anderson. Dr. Woodson agrees with the sentiment, “I fell in love with the music, the group dynamic and the energy of the room. It’s almost like it’s not exercise.” reCycle Wellness is unique because it features oneof-a-kind RealRyder Bikes. Instead of being completely stationary, RealRyder Bikes simulate an actual outdoor cycling experience giving riders an upper and lower body workout. The facility is phasing in new programs and events with hopes of becoming a total wellness center. “Even though we’re primarily a spin studio, that’s not our goal or ending point. It’s just a stepping stone towards wellness,”

said Dr. Anderson. “Ultimately our goal is to really create a wellness center.” They also recently started a “Yoga for KIDS” program. “Children can come and get their exercise as well. They’re not just sitting in a room coloring,” explained Dr. Woodson. reCycle Wellness offers spinning classes for people of all skill levels. “It’s your ride,” stressed Dr. Woodson. “You ride at your own pace, so just push it to the limit that you can push. You can add more resistance, lean or stay upright. The instructors have been trained on how to modify the ride to help you have your best ride ever.” Riders can view upcoming events, schedule classes and reserve bikes online. In addition, clients can receive supplemental services to help with physical, mental and spiritual well-being for total positive health. Dr. Anderson wants all people interested in losing weight to understand that it takes more than a pill or a fad diet to lose weight permanently. “You have to engage in your wellness. Seeing a physician every three months for 15 minutes will not make you well. You have to look at the whole picture and see where you’re out of balance and really work on those things.” Location: 7340 Fodor Rd. For more information, call 614855-9904 or visit See ad, this page. Felicia Brower is a freelance writer based in Columbus. Connect at or email

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naturalpet 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.


Pet Heart Health

Supplements to Prevent Disease by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


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


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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

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

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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

The herb hawthorn is highly regarded for its suitability in the treatment of heart disease due to its flavonoid and other antioxidant content. It provides several beneficial effects for the heart—helping to maintain a normal heart rhythm with decreased risk of arrhythmias; bolstering the force of heart muscle contraction; increasing coronary blood flow; and decreasing the organ’s energy demands. It acts like angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as the medicine Enalapril, used to help regulate blood

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

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mantra in communing with the divine and see the effect both within and without.


I am sorry for participating in this erroneous memory data. Please forgive me for not seeing the perfection in this moment, and playing back a universal memory I have received within me that is riddled with wrongs and errors. Thank you for cleansing me, others, the world and the universe.

The Mantra of Forgiveness How to Let Go with Four Simple Phrases


o’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian huna, a secret to facilitating forgiveness within; or simply, the art of forgiveness. Four healing phrases are employed in a harmonic mantra to help “make things right” or “correct the errors”. It works to cleanse hurt feelings and relieve suffering from being in an unforgiving or unforgiven state. According to the Babylon online dictionary, Ho’oponopono is used to release problems and blocks that cause imbalance, unease and stress in the self; bring peace and balance through physical, mental and spiritual cleansing that involves repentance and transmu-


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tation; and create balance, freedom, love, peace and wisdom within individuals, social entities, the world and the universe. Ho’oponopono Forgiveness Mantra I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. These four forgiveness phrases, both individually and collectively, help heal us and our relationships with others, especially loved ones. Each one melts hearts and heals souls. Going deeper, we can voice this

I love you. Loving the sweet divine is the greatest power or energy there is in all space. I am now loving everyone involved and affected. I know that my perceptions of them are within me, where this error first occurred and where it can be eradicated. Like planting a seed in soil that grows into nothing of our making, the divine does the work as we allow it to work through us. As we come to consistently use the Ho’oponopono mantra, we may elect to select a special word as a substitute for the whole mantra to use as a touchstone, so that when we say or think this word, we are immediately clear and clean of all the pain associated with any erroneous memory data presented. Our heart is healed and family or friends will return to relationships with a lighter heart. We do not need to understand how it works, only that it does. Source: Adapted from


faits, cereal, muffins and smoothies. In addition, those with hypertension will find that flaxseed can significantly lower high blood pressure levels. Oatmeal Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, folate, niacin, calcium and soluble fiber are all key elements of oatmeal. Plain, non-processed oatmeal is the optimal choice because of the large amounts of processed sugar present in instant or flavored oats. Almonds Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, monoand polyunsaturated fats and phytosterols can all be found in almonds. Mix them into salads and yogurts or eat them raw as a snack for an extra heart boost. Walnuts Walnuts are a great source of plant omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, fiber, heart-favorable monoand polyunsaturated fats and phytosterols. Unsalted walnuts are best for heart health. Red wine Red wine has catechins and resveratrol (flavonoids) and can have health benefits by improving the levels of good HDL cholesterol. Some types of red wine contain large amounts of procyanidins, an antioxidant that helps reduce cholesterol and increases arterial health.


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. In fact, each year 600,000 people die of heart disease and 715,000 Americans suffer from heart attacks. Diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use are all contributing factors to coronary heart disease and other heart health problems. Fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and wild fish are essential dietary components for a heart-healthy diet. The foods listed here are full of nutrients and antioxidants that help maintain heart health by removing free radicals from the bloodstream, strengthening blood vessels and increasing blood flow. In addition to frequent exercise, incorporating these foods into the diet will help maintain a healthy heart. Wild Salmon Wild salmon keeps the heart healthy with omega-3 fatty acids and high levels of selenium. These boost cardiovascular protection and improve the metabolic markers for heart disease. Ground Flaxseed Ground flaxseed is full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and phytoestrogens. It makes a good addition to yogurt par-

Blueberries Blueberries are small, but they pack a punch. These little treats are full of beta-carotene and lutein, anthocyanin (a flavonoid), ellagic acid, vitamin C, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, fiber and resveratrol. Spinach Spinach is an excellent source of lutein, B-complex vitamins, folate, magnesium, potassium, calcium and fiber. Eating green leafy vegetables high in folic acid can lower homocysteine levels – an emerging risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease. Broccoli Broccoli is low in cholesterol, high in fiber, and contains beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, folate, calcium and fiber. Broccoli can be added to soups, eaten raw or steamed. Tomatoes The Ohio state fruit is great for maintaining a healthy heart. Packed with beta- and alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein (carotenoids), vitamin C, potassium, folate and fiber, tomatoes have many benefits. In addition, do not discard the gel that surrounds tomato seeds; it helps improve blood flow. Felicia Brower is a freelance writer based in Columbus. Connect at or email natural awakenings

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Eat More Chocolate! Abundant Antioxidants Make It a Superfood by Judith Fertig


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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 millionplus 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 Clinical

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

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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Magnetic Attraction Katherine Woodward Thomas on Attracting a Soul Mate by Debra Melani


fter years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her success involved clear steps that could help anyone. Today, the licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert has guided thousands toward successful relationships via her national bestseller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life, and subsequent books and seminars.

What catalyzed your Calling in “The One” professional journey? I was 41, a card-carrying member of one of America’s largest-growing groups—the never-marrieds. I had bought into the cultural belief that a woman my age had little chance of finding a great husband. I felt anxious and resigned, trying to come to terms with it, but sad inside. Fortunately, at the time, I was part of a small group supportive of each other’s intentions. So I set the outrageous intention that I would be engaged by my next birthday. I also recognized my longstanding pattern of attracting unavailable men who were engaged, married or alcoholics. A woman in the group said, “Katherine, I will hold that intention with you if you permit me to hold you account36

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able to be the woman you would need to be in order to fulfill it.” Her wake-up call turned my focus from running out to find love to going within to discover the barriers I had against it. Thus I began what became the Calling in “The One” process.

How does it differ from other approaches to finding love? Many approaches focus on the external reasons love is elusive, such as all the good men are taken, men don’t like powerful women or just not having met the right person. This approach focuses more on the internal reasons—going within to discover and release one’s own conscious and unconscious barriers. For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it.

What are the most common hidden barriers to love? One hidden barrier is resentment. We only resent people to the extent that we’ve given our power away to them. Uncover your role in what happened. Even if it was 97 percent their fault and 3 percent yours, zero in on that 3 percent, because you’ll only be able to trust yourself to love again once you’ve taken that responsibility. If you still feel resentful, you have not yet evolved beyond the person you were before.

Another centers on old agreements—the spoken and unspoken, agreements we make, usually in an emotional time—such as “I’m never going to let myself get hurt again” or “I’ll never love anyone the way I love you.” Such agreements live in our lives as intentions. They may no longer be conscious, yet still set our course. Another has to do with toxic relational dynamics. To find the best partnership, you need to be your best self. Maintaining a toxic dynamic drains personal power, making it hard to move forward in life. It’s vital to evolve out of this debilitating dynamic so you are in the center of your power everywhere in life. The fourth area, and probably the most important, revolves around the core beliefs you hold about both yourself and others. You might have a reasonably clear sense of yourself around money, career and friendship, but your core love identity might cause you to believe yourself unworthy of a quality partner. Identifying and challenging these beliefs is critical in learning how to break free from them, helping to raise your value in your own eyes and thus in others.

You believe the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to become magnetic and allow that needle to find you. How does one become magnetic to love? Being centered in the truth of your own value and the real possibilities you hold for true love is wildly attractive. Love yearns to embrace us, but can’t come to us if it can’t come through us. When we shift into this place of possibility, we can become profoundly magnetic to love. Learn more at, or Explore the qualities possible in an enlightened mate at NaturalAwakenings Freelance journalist Debra Melani is from Lyons, CO. Connect at

There is More than One Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Susan Post


andy hearts, sentimental cards and all things pink and red are taking over store shelves. This can only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day is coming. For some, the extravagant date planning starts weeks in advance, while others would prefer to skip the day entirely. It is not hard for even the most secure single to feel a little twinge of loneliness on this day of love, yet maybe Valentine’s Day can mean something other than fancy dates and long-stemmed roses. What about Y-O-U? If you find yourself alone this February 14, why not use it as a day to treat yourself? What is something you have always wanted to do but just have not made time for yet? Maybe it is going to an art museum, trying a yoga class or cooking a ridiculously extravagant dish. It could be going to the theater, sitting at a coffee shop and reading all night, or learning a new skill. If you are feeling adventurous, you could try a spa treatment or a solo trip to that new restaurant you have been waiting to check out. Whatever it may be, do it! Just make it happen and find a way to treat yourself. Going out alone may seem scary, but use it as quiet time to



slow down, reflect and recharge. You are doing something that makes you happy, and you are doing it for yourself and nobody else. How often do we remember to really make time to take care of ourselves in such a way? If you do go out alone, I bet you

will not be the only one. We often hear stories online of people leaving extravagant tips or notes of kindness to struggling strangers. What if you were the one to leave that note? Grab a stack of goofy Valentine’s Day cards to give to random people or hide in special spots. You never know what a few thoughtful words of kindness might mean to someone. Love on Valentine’s Day does not mean just romantic love or appreciating yourself. Love for your friends or family deserves to be expressed and celebrated, too. Gather other friends flying solo for a night of fun. The possibilities are really quite endless. Make it a special night, or ignore the fact altogether that it is supposed to be a special day and just enjoy each other’s company. The love of a special group of friends may be different from romantic love, but it can be just as meaningful and fulfilling. A day of love is also a great time to reach out to those you have not spoken with in a while but are still important in your heart. Call the friend you have been meaning to call. Maybe they will be busy with other plans, but a reminder from an unexpected voice could brighten their day. Valentine’s Day means spending time with loved ones. Special people in our lives can emerge from all sorts of relationships, not just romantic ones. Think of February 14 as a day to celebrate and reflect on the love that is present in your life. Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at


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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Reiki: Meeting Experience – 9am-12pm. In this workshop, follow the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai meeting format: Open Reiju (attunement), Gassho Meisso (meditation); Chiryo (hands-on giving and receiving practice), chanting of the Kyogi (principles to invite happiness), and other practices. All Reiki practitioners are welcome. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.  E-Waste Recycling – 10am-2pm. Mozart’s Café hosts a regular event to collect electronic waste (“e-waste”), outdated technology and small appliances that need to be recycled. A $10 disposal fee is required for CRT computer monitors and TVs. Mozart’s Café, 4784 N High St, Columbus. 614-361-8400. Making Herbal Beads – 1-2:30pm. An age-old crafting tradition that uses herbs and fragrant flowers to make necklaces, earrings, bracelets or linen sachets. Join local herb farmer Janell Baran of Blue Owl Garden Emporium to grind up herbs, add water, and turn the gooey mess into interesting objects. 13 and older. Pre-registration required, space is limited. $20/Gahanna resident, $25/

non-resident. The Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380. Introduction to Meditation with Joey McNamara – 4-6pm. This course provides a clear, systematic foundation for the basic techniques of yoga meditation. The teachings are designed to give a progressive, step-by-step approach to meditation that is practical rather than philosophical or theoretical. This course is open to all students including beginners and those that have not been successful with meditation in the past. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614-2914444.  In Spirit’s First Saturday Chant – 5-6pm. Held the first  Saturday  of each month. An uplifting hour of music and meditation. Music provided by The In Spirit Band, often with special musical guests. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Ashtanga Yoga Practice & Philosophy with Taylor Hunt – 1:30-4:30pm. The basis of the traditional Ashtanga method is tristhana, which

means the three places of attention: breath with bandha (internal energy locks), asana, and dristhi. The tristhana method is a tool to steady the mind. Will focus on Ashtanga lineage and philosophy and therapeutic benefits of the practice. All levels of practitioners are welcome. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.  Candlelight Yin with Guided Meditation – 4-5:30pm. Enjoy a quiet, intimate practice with Maggie. Each posture is held for 1 to 5 minutes in length to target the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Experience deep relaxation at the conclusion of practice. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga. $15. Village Yoga, 36 N Liberty St, Powell. 614-484-1575.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 5 Secrets for Permanent Weight Loss – 6-7pm. Space limited. Registration required. Free. Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. 614-855-8828.!workshopsclasses/clku8. Shop with the Docs – 6:30pm. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Bliss by Candlelight – 7-8:15pm. Enter Om2Ohm and let the soul be nourished. Let bliss find its way into the heart like the ocean finds its way to the shore. Celebrate meditation, nurturing interaction, and learning to breathe for joy and health. Certified Meditation Guide: Sheri Toth. $10. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614787-0583. 

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Essential Oils for a Healthy Heart – 6:307:30pm. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn about some natural ways to support a healthy, happy heart. Please register. Free. Peak Brain Performance, 97 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington. 614-505-6519. Inner Engineering program - Free introductory talk on 2/6, 6:30-7:30 pm. Class: Thurs/ Fri. 6:30-9:30 pm, Sat. 8:30 am-7 pm, Sun. 7:30 am-7:30 pm. The course addresses every aspect of human wellbeing from body, mind and emotion to the fundamental life energy. Experience lifetransforming wisdom from an Isha teacher. Accredited for 26 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for physicians, nurses, PAs, and NPs. $325, includes Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Westerville Conference Center, 98 Commerce Park Dr, Westerville. 614- 233-1892. Columbus@

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Usui Reiki I – 6-9pm. Learn to relieve a headache or an aching muscle without medication. Hands-on experiences will demonstrate how to feel energy and see its immediate impact on others. Learn valuable techniques. Ethics and delivery of a session will be addressed in detail. Instructor: Terri Vrbancic, RM. $200 with $50 Deposit. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus.  614-4868323. Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. A series of poses that are supported through the use of bolsters, blankets and pillows. The body can be held in each pose without having to exert any effort, creating a deeply healing and nurturing experience. $15. Village Yoga, 36 N Liberty St, Powell. 614-4841575.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Personal Pamper Day –12-4:30pm. Personal Pamper Day will include a welcome gift, Guided Meditation, Sound Therapy with Tuning Forks, Reiki Energy Healing, Neck and Shoulder Massage, a parting gift, and a gift certificate for a free 30-Minute IlluminAura Restorative Experience. Time slots begin at 12:00pm and run every 30 minutes. Last time slot is 4:30pm ending at 6:00pm. $100/pp. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. Introduction to Meditation with Joey McNamara – 4-6pm. This course provides a clear, systematic foundation for the basic techniques of yoga meditation. The teachings are designed to provide a progressive, step-by-step approach to meditation that is practical rather than philosophical or theoretical. This course is open to all students including beginners and those that have not been successful with meditation in the past. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614-2914444. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Serendipity Stables Open House – 12-4pm. The programs are designed to help autistic, traumatized and fragile children and adults improve their quality of life. The horses help ease many health and emotional issues. See horses on the second Sunday every month. Suggested Donation $25/session. Serendipity Stables, 21721 St. Rte. 47, West

Mansfield. 614-657-0316.

Powell. 614-787-0583.

Yoga and Acupuncture – 1:30-4:30pm. Experience these healing modalities together in one session. Move through a light, flowing yoga practice, including a simple balancing pranayama practice. During a long savasana, receive a balancing acupuncture treatment. Open to students of all levels. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 

Columbus Soul Purpose Meetup Group – 7-9pm. Guided Meditation. $5. Elohim Council of God Sacred Heart Activation. RSVP: Kim Flood. 614-772-1800. Meetup. com/Columbus-Soul-Purpose. 

Candlelight Turtle Flow – 4-5:15pm. Experience completeness of your practice by integrating breath and movement to create a powerful and stabilizing, yet delicate meditative flow. The measured pace supports quality of breath, postural alignment and awareness of the body and mind. $15. Village Yoga, 36 N Liberty St, Powell. 614484-1575. Overcoming Stress & Anxiety Using Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Long-term stress or not using healthy ways to cope with the stress can lead to many negative effects in the body including anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain and concentration problems. Learn which essential oils are helpful in different types of situations. Free. Instructor: Melody Lynn Jenkins, M.Msc. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614486-8323.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Doc Talks – 6pm. Sleep, Head Aches and Stress... How Are All Three Related? Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614407-5335. Pain Relief: Trigger Point Release – 6-7pm. Space limited. Registration required. Free. Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. 614-855-8828.!workshopsclasses/clku8.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Doc Talks – 10:15am. See February 10 listing. The Pilates Studio of Bexley, 228 E Main Street, Bexley. 614-407-5335.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Seduction at the Spiritual & Intuitive Writing Class with Ina Antoniak – 6-8pm. Every word has its own vibration, its own unique sensation and meaning. Sometimes people have trouble finding the perfect word to express feelings, to make a connection, to touch another’s soul. Not all words need to be spoken aloud. Look deep inside and let Spirit guide the hand. $20. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. Natures Medicine with Essential Oils – 6:30-8pm. Seating is limited. First 10 RSVP’S get a free Wild Orange Essential Oil. Instructors: Lori Vaas and Dr. Bryan Schuetz. Capital City Chiropractic, 5577 High St, Worthington. Peace2Eat® Mindful Eating – 6:30-8:30pm. This Peace2Eat® Mindful Eating workshop is a oneof-a-kind program that teaches participants an entirely new approach to weight loss, healthy eating, and stress reduction. Participants learn the clinically proven techniques of mindfulness and how to hone and direct their skills toward shopping, preparing, and eating food as well as dealing with emotional eating. $45 each class. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St,

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Lost that Loving Feeling – 12-1pm. A free seminar to help regain energy and zest for life. Naturopathic Doctor, Trudy Pieper and Certified Natural Health Professional, Beth Seemann will present ways to improve overall energy and hormone health for men and women to put the zing back in life. Sips Coffee House & Deli, 101 S Main St, Mt Vernon. 740-392-2233.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Partner Yoga on Valentine’s Day – 6-8pm. All levels workshop to learn how to deepen physical awareness and how to bring playful energy into new and challenging poses. Not just for couples, please bring a partner and register separately. $35/ pp. Pai Yoga & Fitness, 6367/6375 Sawmill Road, Dublin. Usui Reiki I – 6-9pm. Learn to relieve a headache or an aching muscle without medication. Hands-on experiences will demonstrate how to feel energy and see its immediate impact on others. Learn valuable techniques. Ethics and delivery of a session will be addressed in detail. Instructor: Terri Vrbancic, RM. $200 with $50 Deposit. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus.  614-4868323. Second Friday Social – 6:30-8:30pm. Simply Living and the Columbus Folk Music Society share an appreciation for the deep roots and wisdom in folk traditions and living simply. Join a talk about the diverse programs and venues for local folk music, share updates about programs, and participate in a discussion session. Light refreshments. Clintonville Community Resources Center, 14 W Lakeview Ave, Columbus. 614-447-0296. Hello@SimplyLiving.Org.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Couples Massage for Valentine’s Weekend – 2-6pm. Learn how to pamper friends and loved ones with gentle, effective massage of the hands, feet, neck, shoulders and back. No massage table necessary; just bring a yoga mat if you have one and a beach towel. Instructor: Crystal Fauber, Ashtanga and Hatha yoga teacher and massage therapist. This workshop sells out, so register early. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus.    Monthly Reiki Share – 2-4pm. Since it is just as important for Reiki practitioners to receive Reiki as to give it, our Reiki Master Teachers will lead energy shares open to all practitioners of all levels. Donations in any amount are appreciated. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus.    Thai Yoga Partner Massage – 2-4pm. Bring a partner to discover and experience some basic Thai yoga techniques for relaxation and relief. Ancient form of healing in which practitioners use hands, forearms, elbows, feet and knees to relieve pain and stress in the recipient’s body. Please bring a partner and register separately. $35/pp. Pai Yoga &

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Fitness, 6367/6375 Sawmill Road, Dublin. Info@ Introduction to Meditation with Joey McNamara – 4-6pm. This course provides a clear, systematic foundation for the basic techniques of yoga meditation. The teachings are designed to provide a progressive, step-by-step approach to meditation that is practical rather than philosophical or theoretical. This course is open to all students including beginners and those that have not been successful with meditation in the past. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614-2914444.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Reiki Level 1 Certification – 12-5:30pm. Receive the 1st degree Reiki Energy Attunement and use it to  activate the natural healing processes of the body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing. Will learn the sacred Reiki Power Symbol to amplify energy, how to cleanse and balance chakras and professional ethics. Registration deadline 2/14. Instructor: Kim Flood, RMT. $100 including a $50 registration fee. 614-772-1800.  MELT Method Intro to Lower Body – 1:303pm. Reduce joint pain and body tension with self treatment techniques that rehydrate connective tissue and rebalance the nervous system. Focus on the lower body using both small balls and a unique soft roller. Learn how to remain active, balanced and pain free. Melt kits and rollers available for purchase after class $45/$60 cash/ chck. Instructor: Crystal Fauber. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Shop with the Docs – 6:30pm. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Bliss, Balance, & Chakras – 7-8pm. Guided techniques for deep relaxation, balancing the Chakra energy centers, and detoxifying the body, mind and spirit. Focus on the 3rd Eye Chakra. This class is suitable for all levels of practice. All who attend will benefit. Lead by certified meditation instructor Sheri Mollica-Toth. $15/class, $35/three classes. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Relax for Your Health – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn a few deep relaxation techniques that are likely to add years and quality to life. Please register. Free. Peak Brain Performance, 97 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington. 614-505-6519. Journey To OM – 7-8pm. Experience aromatherapy and listen to healing frequencies and therapeutic music and sound. Lead by Certified Meditation Instructor & Vibrational Therapist, Sheri Mollica-Toth. Registration required. $15. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. 

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experiences will demonstrate how to feel energy and see its immediate impact on others. Learn valuable techniques. Ethics and delivery of a session will be addressed in detail. Instructor: Terri Vrbancic, RM. $200 with $50 Deposit. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus.  614-4868323. Women’s Healing Retreat – All Weekend. Open the changes that are sure to come in 2014 and experience them with grace. Share what “exits” you anticipate in 2014 and prepare for their occurrence, as well for those you do not yet foresee. $575. La Vie de la Rose Flower Essences, Grand Rapids, MI. 866-511-5535. Nancy@LaVieDeLaRose. com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Building an Herbal Wellness Kit – 1-2pm. Everyday herbs such as peppermint, ginger, chamomile and lavender can easily double as a fixes for minor scrapes, bug bites and bruises. Make simple salves, essential oils, liniments, and tea bags can find a place next to bandages in your first aid kit. Instructor: Brooke Sackenheim. Pre-registration required, space is limited. $15/ Gahanna resident, $20/non-resident. The Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Reiki Class for Children – 1-4pm. Linda Haley, Director of The Reiki Center, will present the basics of energy healing techniques in this threehour class in a way that kids ages 6-12 will easily understand and be able to use. This class will include one hands-on attunement. One adult permitted to observe. $60 (Pre-Paid). The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus.  614-4868323.

registernow GUYoga: Sundays, February 9 March 16 4-5pm. Six week yoga immersion for men. Discover how yoga will improve mental and physical health. Increase strength and muscle tone, balance and agility, concentration and awareness, energy level and oxygenation, and sleep/stress. Pai Yoga & Fitness 6367/6375 Sawmill Road, Dublin

savethedate March 14-16 Winter Yoga Retreat Pai Yoga & Fitness will host a weekend long yoga retreat. Includes lodging, food, and yoga flow. $200. Camp Akita, 29746 Logan Horns Mill Rd, Logan.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Natural Ways to Balance Hormones – 6-7pm. Learn tricks on balancing hormones naturally. Space limited. Registration required. Free. Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. 614-855-8828. IntegraAcupuncture. com/#!workshopsclasses/clku8.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Making Herbal Beads – 6-8pm. An age-old crafting tradition using herbs and fragrant flowers to make necklaces, earrings, bracelets or linen sachets. Join local herb farmer Janell Baran of Blue Owl Garden Emporium to grind up herbs, add water, and turn the gooey mess into interesting objects.13 and older. Pre-registration required, space is limited. $20/Gahanna resident, $25/ non-resident. The Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Usui Reiki I – 6-9pm. Learn to relieve a headache or an aching muscle without medication. Hands-on experiences will demonstrate how to feel energy and see its immediate impact on others. Learn valuable techniques. Ethics and delivery of a session will be addressed in detail. Instructor: Terri Vrbancic, RM. $200 with $50 Deposit. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus.  614-4868323.

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This 7-session, 30-hour, Saturday program will lay the foundation for aspiring Pilates instructors toward their Qualified Fletcher Pilates Teacher certification. It will be taught by professional ballroom dancer, instructor, and certified Fletcher Facilitator Rachel Nace Maynard at her studio, Inspiration to Movement, in Columbus. The course follows the teachings of Ron Fletcher, a direct student of Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, by stressing movement over the use of equipment to learn the Pilates method. 1676 E. Broad St., 3rd Fl.


ongoingevents sunday Xtend Barre Stick – 9:30am. With all the elements of Xtend Barre, this class utilizes the Pilates stick that attaches to the barre and challenges stability and increases core strength. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433.  Chakra Yoga – 3-4pm. Balance Chakra Centers with poses and breathing techniques that increase mental and bodily energy. Charge the body, improve emotional stability and enhance personal serenity. $15/class, $35/four-class pass. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614787-0583.  Spinning – 4pm. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. 

monday No Excuses UA Bootcamp – 5:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Free Community Meditation – 12-12:45pm. Instructor: Jasmine Grace. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. New Hot Flow Level 1 & 2 – 12-1pm. Instructor: Lara Falberg. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Xtend Barre – 5:45-6:45pm. The premier ballet barre workout, Pilates and dance amplified. Serves to strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom and from inside out. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Yin Yoga – 6:40-7:55pm. Hold poses for 1 to 2 minutes in length to target the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Experience deep relaxation at the conclusion of practice. Free/members, $15/non-members. Arena District Athletic Club, 325 John H. McConnell Boulevard, Suite 150, Columbus. 614-719-9616. Pilates Mat Class – 6:45-7:30pm. Features 40 various exercises that are performed lying on the back, side or stomach. Targets abdominal and back muscles focusing on increasing core musculature and flexibility. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Energize Yoga – 7-8pm. Begin or grow a stress relieving, energizing practice. All levels welcome. Registration recommended. $8. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Open Psychic Development – 7pm. Explore intuitive abilities in a safe environment, focusing on the development of psychic senses, the use of tools to hone intuition, and the art of psychic

reading. $15/wk. Primal Nexus, 249 Brisbane Ave, Westerville. 614-390-1432. PrimalNexus.

donation. Mind, Body, Spirit Academy, 885 High St, Ste 106, Worthington. 614-547-2187.


Big Asana – 7:30-8:30pm. A safe space for people with larger bodies who may not have felt welcomed and honored in other movement classes. Let Big Asana be an invitation to define yourself. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

No Excuses UA Bootcamp – 5:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. Gentle, but empowering Sunrise Yoga class. Built to bring mindfulness to the day through focusing the mind, energizing the body and bringing clarity to the day. $60/ six classes. Shift Classes at Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3724-A Olentangy River Rd, Columbus. 614-566-5353. Bootcamp – 8:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up and then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Express Strength and Stretch – 12-12:45pm. Acquire strength and flexibility during lunch break. Boost energy and fitness without needing a shower. All levels welcome. Registration recommended. $8. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Free Community Meditation – 12-12:45pm. Instructor: Jasmine Grace. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Circuit Burn – 5:45-6:45pm. Build lean muscle and burn fat quickly while challenging the heart and lungs in a fun atmosphere. Five free classes with class package purchase. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Energy Exercises, Meditation and Positive Intentions Class – 6-7pm. Use movement, breath, sound and meditation to achieve well-being of mind, body and spirit. Bring yoga mat or sheet for floor postures. Registration required. $10. 1301 Olentangy River Rd, Ste 200, Columbus. 614-657-0316. TRX/Spinning – 6pm. This class uses the TRX suspension trainer and personal body weight to ensure a fast and efficient workout with added Spinning. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Martial Arts – 7-8pm. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, cardio and self-defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614407-5335. Beginners Meditation Class – 7:15-8:30pm. Meditation instruction for beginners; all beliefs and levels of practice welcome. No experience necessary. Learn about different types of mindfulness and benefits of regular practice. $5 suggested

wednesday Non-Scary Gentle Yoga – 9:30am. Instructor: Joyce Eubanks. All levels welcome. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Xtend Barre Stick – 9:30am. With all the elements of Xtend Barre, this class utilizes the Pilates stick that attaches to the barre and challenges stability and increases core strength. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433.  Express Pilates – 12-12:45pm. Core work to help beat the afternoon slump. All levels welcome. Registration recommended. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-4075335. Pilates Tower – 5:30pm. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-8951433. Energize Yoga – 6-7pm. Relieve both physical and mental stress while improving overall body awareness and function. Beginners welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Nia Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. A low-impact dance class for all levels of activity that helps connect the mind and body. $10. Peak Brain Performance, 97 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington. 614-505-6519.

thursday No Excuses UA Bootcamp – 5:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. Gentle but empowering Sunrise Yoga class. Built to bring mindfulness to the day through focusing the mind, energizing the body and bringing clarity to the day. $60/ six classes. Shift Classes at Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3724-A Olentangy River Rd, Columbus. 614-566-5353. Yoga for Kids – 10-10:45am. Ages 3-5. This class offers kids a safe, gentle environment to be physically active. Please bring mat. Parent/ Guardian must stay on premises during class. $10. reCycle Wellness, 7340 Fodor Road, New Albany. 614-855-9904.

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Yoga for Kids – 11-11:45am. Ages 1-2. This class offers kids a safe, gentle environment to be physically active. Please bring mat. Parent/ Guardian must stay on premises during class. $10. reCycle Wellness, 7340 Fodor Road, New Albany. 614-855-9904. Express Strength and Stretch – 12-12:45pm. Acquire strength and flexibility during lunch break. Boost energy and fitness without needing a shower. All levels welcome. Registration recommended. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Express Yoga – 12-12:45 pm. Workout over lunch with an abbreviated yoga flow class. Warm, strengthen, lengthen and reset for the afternoon. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-4075335. Free Community Meditation – 12-12:45pm. Instructor: Jasmine Grace. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Power Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Challenge the body and mind while gaining strength, clearing out mind chatter and gaining clarity. Center and quiet the mind while working the body. $60/six classes. Shift Classes at Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3724A Olentangy River Rd, Columbus. 614-566-5353. Circuit Burn – 6-7pm. Build lean muscle and burn fat quickly while challenging the heart and lungs in a fun atmosphere. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. TRX & Stretch – 6pm. This class uses the TRX suspension trainer and personal body weight to ensure a fast and efficient workout. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Gentle Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy slow, meditative stretches that open and free the body while releasing and clearing the mind. For beginners and experienced. $60/six classes. Shift Classes at Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3724-A Olentangy River Rd, Columbus. 614-566-5353. Columbus Threshold Choir Practice – 7-8:30pm. Convey kindness through singing. Join this women’s choir dedicated to singing at bedsides of those struggling with living and dying. 35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus. 614-600-2460.

Arena District Athletic Club, 325 John H. McConnell Boulevard, Suite 150, Columbus. 614-7199616. Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Pilates is an unbeatable mind and total body-conditioning program that develops strength, tone, and body awareness. $15/ class, $39.95/three-class pass. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583.  Free Community Meditation – 12-12:45pm. Instructor: Jasmine Grace. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Hatha Level 1-2 – 4pm. Start your weekend right with this thoughtful and fun yoga offering. Instructor: Tom Griffith. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Martial Arts – 7-8pm. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, cardio and self-defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614407-5335.

saturday Bootcamp – 7:30am. Reservation required. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Spinning & Core – 8:30am. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Martial Arts – 10-11am. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, cardio and self-defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614407-5335. OmLotus Flow Yoga – 11am-12pm. Merging fluid Vinyasa poses and breath awareness with rhythmic music in a transcendent environment. Accessible to yogis of all levels. RSVP. $10. Om2OhmWellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583.  Beginner’s Power Yoga – 12:30-1:30pm. Learn the basics of Power Yoga (Vinyasa yoga) to increase cardiovascular health and flexibility. No registration necessary. Arrive 10 mins before class. Rental mats/towels available for a fee. $15. V Power Yoga, 252 N 5th St, Columbus. 614-2289642.

Martial Arts – 7-8pm. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, cardio and self-defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614407-5335. The Art of Breathing & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Healthy body, peaceful mind and joyful spirit. Yoga on Broadway, 134 1/2 Broadway, Granville. Info, Mary Kohut: 740-928-7077.

friday Turtle Flow Yoga – 6:15-7:30am. Integrate breath and movement for a stabilizing, yet delicate meditative flow. The measured pace supports quality of breath, postural alignment, and awareness of the body and mind. Free/members, $15/non-members.


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classifieds HELP WANTED CLEANING CREWS NEEDED – EcoMaids is always looking for dependable, energetic people who have a passion for cleaning! 614-429-6330. Apply online at HOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTER EXPANDING – Seeking holistic practitioners and therapists to join our wellness family. We have two offices for rent, and other spaces to share. Call 614-787-0583 or email for an appointment to tour our facility. Grow your business with Om2Ohm Meditation and Wellness Center! Visit LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST NEEDED – Great opportunity for motivated individual to build their practice in a growing facility. Pay is 100% commission with 60/40 to 70/30 split in your favor, depending on performance. We supply treatment table, sheets, and linens. Patients immediately available. Contact Dr. Jasmine Craner at Active Edge Chiropractic 614-407-5335 PERSONAL TRAINER WANTED – Seeking Functional Movement based, motivated individual looking to work somewhere more holistic than the typical gym. Join our growing chiropractic, rehab and health facility. Independent contractor or part-time employment positions available. Experience and established clientele preferred, but all candidates will be considered. FMS and MoveNat certifications a plus. Contact Dr. Jasmine Craner at Active Edge Chiropractic 614-407-5335. SEEKING LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST – The Center for Alternative Medicine has one practitioner office available, and we’d love to have an ACUPUNCTURIST join us! Peaceful and restorative atmosphere, convenient location, beautifully decorated waiting area, kitchenette. Call 614-214-1791 or email

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Brigitta Moskova, Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist Christina Wallace, Licensed Acupuncturist 2511 Oakstone Dr, Columbus 614-423-8368 12 MERIDIANS 12 Meridians Acupuncture ACUPUNCTURE believes in creating life balance through spending quality time to identify your individual needs. We specialize in addressing the WELLNESS cause of your problems and not just the symptoms. We treat headaches, fibromyalgia, fatigue, sleep disturbances, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, hormonal imbalances, infertility, Bell’s palsy, premenstrual syndrome and more. The results we provide are incredible and can be life-changing. See ad, page 12.


Kelly Walton, Owner 679 G. High St, Worthington 614-745-9250 Balance Beauty Spa is a relaxing loft-style spa where licensed esthetician and manicurist, Kelly, is dedicated to bringing you the healthiest choices when it comes to your beauty, using all-natural and organic products. Please visit her website for complete product and treatment information. See ad, page 16.



2572 Oakstone Dr, LL Ste 2, Columbus 614-636-7420

To best serve you, Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates offers: acupuncture, massage and Health Coaching. All of the practitioners work together and with you to develop a treatment plan that is unique to you and carefully crafted with your healthcare goals in mind. See ad, page 27.

JuicyforSure™ produces local, artisan-crafted, luxurious and ecoconscious skin care products made with organic, wild-harvested and 100 percent pure plant botanicals. We offer body lotions and butters, which are always packaged in glass and free from parabens, pthalates and petroleum. All items are non-carcinogenic, will not disrupt hormones, are gluten-free, non-GMO and truly vegan. We sell to retail and wholesale customers. See ad, page 31.

Melissa N. Yang, LAc (MD China) 1110 Beecher Crossing N Rd, Ste B, Gahanna 614-855-8828

ALLERGY TESTING COLUMBUS LASERY ALLERGY Ginny Johnsen, RD, LD, CLT Beecher Wellness Center 428 Beecher Rd, Ste B, Gahanna 614-855-5533

BeecherWellness Center’s Laser Allergy Relief Program helps patients with the LZR7™ System, which works by targeting the problem at its source – the immune system. Since medications and shots only treat symptoms, their results are only temporary and require continual daily, weekly and monthly doses for several years. Our system differs by painlessly and effectively identifying allergens and re-educating the immune system to no longer react inappropriately to allergens.

THE NATURAL NAIL SPA 8487 Sancus Blvd, Columbus 614-985-3205

Incorporating the most natural products and processes for manicure, pedicure and waxing, while maintaining the highest level of cleanliness and sterilization available. See ad, page 11.

Olga Kostina, Owner Licensed Aesthetician/Nail Technician, Certified Aromatherapist, Reflexologist 7501 Sawmill Rd, Ste 13, Dublin (Salon Lofts) 2511 Oakstone Dr, Columbus (12 Meridians) 614-824-9996 We believe in the power of well-being for beauty and health. We approach renewal and rejuvenation holistically, from head to toe, with an emphasis on personal attention. Our spa offers a variety of services, including skin care, waxing, sugaring, aromatherapeutic relaxation massages, reflexology and pedicures. Through education, motivation and relaxation, our goal is to extend the benefits of your spa visit long after each retreat. See ad, page 12.


Melanie Guzzo 3333 N High St, Columbus 614-725-2329 Committed to helping men and women enjoy the luxuries of the modern beauty industry without harming animals, the environment or our health. We are dedicated to working in an organized, stress-free environment while enjoying a holistic lifestyle within true community. See ad, page 12.


Deb Wellmes, MA, CCC/SLP, ND Beecher Wellness Center 428 Beecher Rd, Ste B, Gahanna 614-855-5533 Brain Core Therapy™ provides a unique, drug-free approach to treating Brainwave Dysregulation, a condition brought about by tension on the nervous system from a variety of factors. Brainwave Dysregulation may be associated with several neurological conditions such as ADD/ADHD, insomnia, panic attacks, autism, anxiety, memory loss, TBI, migraines and PTSD.

Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul. ~Wayne Dyer natural awakenings

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Dr. Jasmine Craner, DC, CSCS & Dr. Erik Hensel, DC 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus 614-407-5335 Active Edge takes a comprehensive approach to health care combining chiropractic, massage, physical therapy and nutritional counseling as needed to help you achieve and maintain optimal health through optimal function. We offer weekly educational Doc Talks, elective wellness programs, fitness classes and personal training services that empower you to get your edge on a healthy, active and vibrant life. See ad, page 8.


Beth Seemann, Clinically Trained Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Member of GPACT 307 Vernedale Dr (lower level), Mt Vernon 740-392-3377 When combined with a healthy lifestyle, colon hydrotherapy helps maintain proper homeostasis, the correct stability and balance of the body’s internal environment. Gentle Waters uses a closed system called Toxygen, made by Dotolo, that is FDA(US)/ CE(EU) certified for medical use. We pair this with ColoLAVAGE, a safe and effective method of colonoscopy prep. Gentle Waters is the only colon hydrotherapist in Central Ohio that has been clinically trained in the ColoLAVAGE method. See ad, page 37.

CLEANING SERVICES Tom & Amy Keating 305 E 5th Ave, Columbus 614-429-6330 Ohio’s premier green cleaning company, providing eco-friendly cleaning services to homes and businesses throughout the Greater Columbus area. We use Green Seal-certified cleaning solutions, and methods, multi-level HEPA-filtered vacuums, and microfiber tools and cloths. Our employees are screened, bonded and insured, and trained in the most progressive green cleaning techniques. See ad, page 11.


Debi Boyle, Owner and Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 2511 Oakstone Dr, Columbus 740-704-7197 Colon hydrotherapy is a safe and effective method of removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs, through an open system, FDA approved Class II medical device. The potential benefits can make the digestive system more effective and regular, prevent constipation, detoxify the colon, facilitate weight loss, increase energy, improve concentration and decrease the risk of colon cancer.


Kate Dixon, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Certified Microscopist Dr. Michael H. Fritz, Chiropractor, Certified Applied Kinesiologist, Certified Microscopist, Naturopathic Doctor 10223 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell 614-717-9144 We are proud to offer the only gravity centered, Class 1 (nonprescription), FDA classified device in the Columbus area. Colon Hydrotherapy, also known as Colon Irrigation or Colon Cleansing, involves cleaning the large intestine with warm purified water, to help free the colon of putrefied waste materials and bring the body back to proper digestive health. We use a four-phase water purification system. Please see our website for FAQs and a list of other services we provide.


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Lori & Mark Vaas, Diamond Independent Product Consultants (614) 582-7680 Oboer1@aol.Com

Who is controlling your health care? Empower yourself to treat many health conditions with Nature’s medicine: Essential Oils. Choose doTERRA – the brand that is certified pure and potent. doTERRA is used by many hospitals, including locally at The OSU’s James Cancer Hospital and Wexner Medical Center. Visit our website for more information on how to attend a free workshop or schedule a private wellness consultation.






Cameron Nicodemus, Owner 614-441-3199 Franklin County’s only residential food scraps collection service. Our priority is to divert your food scraps and other compostable material from the landfill to create nutrient rich compost that helps organic farmers create sustainable farming practices without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. We provide the collection containers and pick up weekly while giving you the added satisfaction of being environmentally responsible for your disposal of compostables, reducing your waste and creating your green circle.

Jill Zimmerman Central Ohio 614-271-9338

Jill is a Healing Touch for Animals® Certified Practitioner and a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner. Her private practice provides energy therapy services to assist animals and their humans with their healing process. A variety of techniques are used for clients to receive treatments that meet their individual needs. Jill works with animals of any species and humans of any age who are facing physical, mental, emotional or spiritual concerns. She has a strong interest in energetically supporting animals and humans to overcome the effects of fear, anxiety, depression and trauma. Treatments for humans are provided in your home, in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice facilities. Animal treatments are offered in home or barn, vet’s office. See ad, page 28.


Kelli Parrish, RN, BSN, Holistic Health Coach Based in Powell 419-305-2077 Pathways 2 Prevention provides you with the tools and information you need to create optimal health. We give an individualized, simple and natural approach to healthy nutrition and lifestyle changes. Pathways offers personalized one-on-one health coaching, face-to-face or via teleconference, in addition to group programs, grocery store tours, and workshops. See ad, page 15.


2577 Ferris Road, Suite A, Columbus 614-414-7808 Integrity H o m e Health combines Western medicine with holistic medicine to create and continue healthy lifestyles at home. Through the use of our services, patients of all ages in the span of life are able to heal faster, eat healthier and decrease reliance on medications. We provide our own Certified Home Health Aides, each trained in personal care, physical and emotional support, and holistic therapies. Visit our website for additional service information. See ad, page 37.


Sophia Sipes 1021 B Country Club Drive, Columbus 614-762-7312 We provide a patient care center that focuses on healing the whole person – mind, body and spirit. With a broader understanding about the nature of illnesses, healing and wellness, we combine the best of conventional, complementary and alternative medicine to achieve optimal health and healing. We carefully select the testing and diagnostic procedures to be integrated into individually customized treatment plans. See ad, page 32.



Dalila Reyes-Tulleners, RN, Certified Laser Therapist 2511 Oakstone Dr, Columbus 877-695-8504 / 614-423-8368 Laser therapy can provide increased joint flexibility and range of motion, muscle relaxation, faster wound healing, reduced fibrous (scar) tissue formation, analgesia, and relief from postherpetic neuralgia pain. Treatments are extremely safe and are an effective alternative to surgical procedures. They do not require the use of drugs and have virtually no side effects. Our Class IV Laser Therapy has faster and more effective results than other modalities of lasers because of its ability to reach deep tissues.


Massage therapy is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance their function and promote overall relaxation. The benefits can include pain management, increased circulation and mobility, and cleansing the body of harmful toxins. The services we offer are Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Therapy, and Essential Oil Wraps for pain management, fatigue and weight loss.


Sheri Mollica-Toth, Owner, C.MI, IAMI 324 West Case St, Powell 614-787-0583 Om2Ohm will change the way you think about stress management. We offer Peace Management for individuals and groups, teaching management of daily peace as opposed to stress. Through Certified Meditation Instruction, Sound Healing, Chromotherapy, Mindfulness based guidance, Energy and Body Work we will transform and empower you. Allow yourself time for peace in our beautiful Om2Ohm wellness center, leave your worries at the door and enter into your “Om away from home”.


508 N Cassady Ave, Columbus 614-252-3951 The Bexley Natural Market is a not-for-profit cooperative grocery store dedicated to providing food of the highest possible nutritional quality to our members and community. We provide many local and organic products, bulk foods, organic herbs and spices, as well as a vast array of vitamins and supplements to support the health of our customers. We like to support local businesses and farmers by being a space in which their products are available. See ad, page 31.


1360 Cherry Bottom Rd, Gahanna 614-476-6159 Nature’s Path is a prominent source of vegetarian and vegan products, offering organic, ecoconscious and downto-earth items. Our mission is to promote a benevolent, eco-friendly and vegan lifestyle. We strive to be fertile ground where seeds of love can be planted to grow in health and harmony. See ad, page 17.

RAISIN RACK NATURAL FOOD MARKET 2545 W Schrock Rd, Westerville 614-882-5886

Raisin Rack offers a complete variety of organic groceries, including gluten-free foods, vegan/vegetarian products, and dairy-free items. Bulk grains, herbs, nuts and seeds accompany organically-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as a complete selection of vitamins, minerals, herbals and other nutrients from leading national brands. See ad, page 16.


5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville 614-895-1433

We specialize in teaching Classical Pilates and upholding the Pilates Method to the highest standard. In addition to Pilates we offer a variety of specialty classes: Xtend Barre™, TRX, SPINNING® and Personal Training. We are committed to providing personal fitness programming to help you live a healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 13.

PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING GEORGE O. SCHULZ, PH.D. 5178 Blazer Pkwy, Dublin 614-766-0379

Dr. Schulz is a licensed psychologist who specializes in a gentle, integrative approach that provides: relaxation, release from post-traumatic stress, and relief from depression, anxiety or panic attacks. He provides skills training for both healthy conflict resolution and building healthy interpersonal relationships at home and work. He is grounded by an inclusive, faith-based Christian perspective that involves grace, forgiveness and a loving Creator, instead of fear or judgment.

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REAL ESTATE DUNIGAN REAL ESTATE GROUP Cindy Dunigan, Realtor 3500 N High St, Columbus 614-361-8400

There are only a handful of Realtors in the Central Ohio area that carry the National Association of Realtors GREEN designation, and Cindy Dunigan is one of them. She has taken the initiative to encourage the industry to produce more sustainable homes, and helps communities to reduce their consumption by implementing sustainable practices. Cindy is devoted to reducing her own footprint on the environment, and lives by her motto: “We can make a significant impact on the world around us one person at a time.”


Kim is a certified Reiki Master Teacher and a certified quantum energy practitioner of ThetaHealing®, Garcia I n n e rg e t i c s ™ a n d Av e s a Quantum Healing™. Private healing sessions provide a unique and custom approach to well-being using both disciplines. Reiki is used for deep relaxation and to release stress and negative emotions. Quantum healing delves into the past to locate the triggers for the reoccurring issues preventing you from living the life you deserve.



Dena Johnston RN, MSN, CCT 8570 Cotter St, Lewis Center 110 County Line Rd, Westerville 614-636-3362


Linda Haley, RMT Director 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus 614-486-8323 The Reiki Center is a comprehensive natural wellness center which understands the relationship between your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Practitioners work closely with you to bring each aspect of your life into greater harmony. See ad, page 28.

Thermography detects blood vessel and vascular changes, which can be precursors to disease. These changes can occur up to 10 years before a lump is large enough to be felt, or even seen on a mammogram. Thermography allows for the earliest possible detection of symptoms. It is a pain-free, radiation-free, non-invasive and non-compressive procedure. See ad, page 5.

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Dr. James Carlson 454 Lazelle Rd, Columbus 614-882-2100

Lifetime Pet Wellness Center is a full service veterinary hospital that practices both conventional and alternative medicine. We are not just a veterinary hospital, we are a facility that CARES. Lifetime Pet Wellness is a wonderful place to be, and you can feel it when you walk through our doors. See ad, page 23.


Dr. Julia Keiser 6180 Linworth Rd, Worthington 614-848-5211 Worthington Optimal We l l n e s s h a s b e e n helping people reach their optimal health for over 25 years through; Master Level Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Expert Massage, Natural Weight Loss. Nutritional Cleansing, Allergy Cessation and other holistic treatments. Visit central Ohio’s most experienced and comprehensive wellness center at Worthington See ad, page 30.


VETERINARY HEALTH & HARMONY ANIMAL HOSPITAL Dr. Kimberly West & Dr. Evelyn Tannhof 1117 W 1st Ave, Columbus 614-360-3941

To honor our patients, Health & Harmony Animal Hospital ensures that each client is confident in the care they are receiving for their animal companion, comfortable with all aspects of the hospital and staff, as well as engaged in all areas of their pet’s health and well-being. We focus on the pet as a whole: mind, body and soul. See ad, page 13.

Jasmine Astra-elle Grace CEO , Partner, Registered Yoga Teacher 1081 N High St, Columbus 614-291-4444 Our core Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha programs allow new students to safely learn yoga basics and explore their own body-mind connection, while our advanced asana classes and guest teachers offer the experienced student the opportunity to deepen their practice. We offer a number of specialty classes for moms-to-be, children, teens, and physically challenged or disabled students. See ad, page 24.

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