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Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “inspiration” as “something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create.” Dr. Wayne Dyer reminds us that the word “inspire” is related to being “in spirit.” We have the potential to be inspired and to inspire others every day. The Earth provides plenty of inspiration with her raw, natural beauty. Of course we have the arts as well: music, dance, poetry and literature. Science and technology provides plenty of inspiration, especially as innovations appear at break-neck speed! Whatever its source, inspiration grabs us and makes us want to do, and to be, better. The other morning, I had the pleasure of having breakfast with several of the Natural Awakenings “Family of Sponsors”. As we took turns explaining the details of how we operate, it became very clear that every single person who was in attendance spends their time in service to others. Wow, talk about inspiring! Some people spoke of helping others overcome mental and emotional obstacles in their lives with holistic modalities; others talked about providing solutions for others’ health care problems, and others discussed their passionate work to care for our environment. I realized, over my muffin and coffee, that I am inspired when I witness the kindness of giving. So I now ask, what inspires you? Tell us on Facebook at Let’s create a wall of inspirational thoughts, quotations, actions and ideas together! Let the inspiration flow!

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We men tend to be driven by competition more than compassion, especially when compared to our female counterparts. If men were to strategically apply that approach to our own health care, perhaps we could collectively lower the incidence of heart disease and male cancers, including prostate and testicular. In this hypothetical scenario, guys would compare vitals to see who has the lowest blood pressure reading, or brag about who has the least cholesterol in the bloodstream. We would proudly state to one another how recent our last checkup was. This spirit of one-upmanship could engender a paradigm shift in the way we react to the challenges of diet, exercise and regular maintenance of our bodies. As much as we men like to compete with one another, we are also apt to find camaraderie in celebrating mutually held and achieved goals. Of course, I realize this is an ideal set of events that will not likely be fully implemented. There is no reason, however, why a distilled form of this thought cannot be wholeheartedly accepted under the basic premise of wanting to live longer and stronger than our peers do. We males already have lowered life expectancies than women, and that should be enough of a reason to get us fired up right out of the gates. Many of us fellows are hardwired with a competitive drive, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. We should then work with what we have got, and begin to use it to our advantage.

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newsbriefs All-Natural Skin Care Company Expands to Central Ohio


ooted Beauty, an organic and sustainably packaged beauty product line, is now available at Raisin Rack, Clintonville Community Market, the north locations of Whole Foods Market and The Hills Market, and in the Market District section of the Dublin and Kingsdale Giant Eagle grocery stores. Rooted Beauty is both environmentally and socially conscious, dedicating anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the proceeds from sales of its products towards helping impoverished or abused women across the globe through their Woman2Woman™ program. Kim Garrett and Sharon Seiter founded Rooted Beauty in western Pennsylvania during the fall of 2012, and have recently opened a satellite office locally in Westerville. For more information, visit

Electric Bicycle Store Opens in Columbus


rbit City Bikes, a new bicycle store in the Clintonville neighborhood, stocks electric bicycles, or e-bikes. Ebikes operate in the same manner as traditional bicycles, but with the added functionality of a battery-powered electric motor to provide propulsion when required. Orbit City founder Tom Bennett became interested in the technology after battling with arthritis in his knees. “When I discovered e-bikes, it was like a new world opened for me. I was able to ride again,” explains Bennett. “It was thrilling.” Besides providing older riders and riders with mobility issues the option of bicycling again, e-bikes empower seasoned riders by extending their range. Bennett notes that customers “frequently replace car trips with an e-bike trip.” Another common application of the technology is with urban commuters, who use the motor on their way into work for time and hygiene reasons, but then get exercise by manually pedaling back home. Location: 3030 N. High St. For more information, call 614284-1299 or visit

Party Supply Boutique Introduces Allergen-Free Product Line


midge and Pinch, a baking and party supply shop in Powell, now offers a comprehensive array of allergen-free baking supplies, cake decoration toppings and candy. “These products come directly from the manufacturer, so they do not risk cross-contamination,” says co-owner Theresa Crawford. According to Mayo Clinic, the most common food allergens are milk, eggs, nuts, fish and gluten (including soy and wheat). Smidge and Pinch had an increase in customers seeking products that do not contain these ingredients. The owners responded and stocked accordingly. “The response we have received since introducing these products has been overwhelming,” says Crawford. Location: 343 W. Olentangy St. For more information, call 614-766-5300 or visit

Organic Salon Celebrates Second Anniversary


ove Yourself and Earth Salon and Day Spa, located in Granville, is a full-service beauty and rejuvenation facility offering plant-based treatments and organic hair colors. Services include hair cutting and coloring, facials, massage, and nail and waxing services. All products used in the facility are ammonia-free, formaldehyde-free, cruelty-free and vegan. Two years ago, founder Michelle Rivers began Love Yourself and Earth after heeding the advice of her doctors, who told her the chemicals she had been using in her work as a hairstylist over the past several decades had deposited high levels of toxins in her body. She was then inspired to create an environment that did not pose this same threat to herself or her clients. “Our salon is a breath of fresh air,” says Rivers. The facility has recently added two stylists and an additional massage therapist. Location: 1189 River Rd. For more information, call 740920-4317 or visit natural awakenings

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HONEST CONCOCTIONS Creating Natural Products for the Modern Man by Susan Post


eople often forget that skin is the largest organ of our bodies. What we put “on” our bodies can have as much an effect on our health as what we put “in” it does. Reading the labels on everyday bath products from shampoo to deodorant, however, might leave us scratching our heads in confusion. What exactly is that ingredient and how is it pronounced? At Honest Concoctions, husband and wife duo Chrissy and Chris Wilson are creating a line of high quality, handmade products that take the chemicals and questions out of grooming products for men. “We really want to focus on super-simple, all-natural products,” Chrissy says. “These products can be so minimal in ingredients but be better than the things that you are buying at the store,” Chris adds.


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Honest Concoctions produces basics like deodorant, toothpaste and a ginger detox bath, but they have also carved out a special niche for beard care. “We’re trying to hone in our niche a little so we can focus on making our products better quality,” Chris says. The beard care line includes beard oil, shave whip, aftershave and a shampoo bar that can actually be used for all hair types. No matter the product, Honest Concoctions only uses the highest quality all-natural ingredients. “We use quite a range of different things but the biggest thing that we do is source everything out and try to get the highest quality,” Chris says. All Honest Concoctions products are food-grade meaning you could technically eat your shampoo! As the couple

points out, if you can’t eat it, do you really want it seeping into your pores? The list of ingredients on their two best-selling products, the beard oil and shampoo bar, is recognizable. The beard oil contains grapeseed oil, vitamin E oil and a combination of essential oils to give a signature scent. The shampoo bar contains olive oil, shea butter, castor oil, beeswax, essential oils, coconut oil, lye, peppermint green tea and soybean oil. In addition, Honest Concoctions uses only essential, as opposed to fragrance, oils in all of their products. Other simple ingredients include baking soda and vegetable glycerin. The duo has observed small but significant improvements, such as clearer skin and better dental hygiene, from switching over to their homemade products. Chrissy and Chris are just two of a multitude of people who are aiming to live a more natural life. A documentary highlighting one family’s change to a chemical-free lifestyle inspired them to do the same. They started making chemical-free products to use in their own home before turning Honest Concoctions into a business in November of 2013. As awareness of the possible harmful effects of certain chemicals grows, the duo believe that in 10 to 20 years we’ll look back on some of the ingredients people are currently using with shock, similar to how we view things like EDTA and pesticides today. With cancer rates exploding, “It’s pretty clear what we’re doing to ourselves,” Chrissy says. Honest Concoctions products are available at three local retailers: Wholly Craft in Clintonville, Simply Vague at the Tuttle Mall and Simply Local in Canal Winchester. The full line is also available through their online Etsy shop. For more information, visit shop/HonestConcoctions. 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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Tips to Clean Air Inside a Vehicle We look out for the quality of the air we breathe indoors and out and we aim to drive in the most fuel-conscious manner to keep emissions down. What about the air quality inside our vehicles during necessary hours on the road? The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, nonprofit, attests that extreme air temperatures inside cars on especially hot days can potentially increase the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and release chemicals and other ingredients from new-car dashboards, steering wheel columns and seats into the interior air. Some manufacturers are responding by greening their interiors: Toyota is using sugarcane to replace plastic; Ford has turned to soy foam instead of polyurethane foam; and Land Rover is tanning its leather with vegetables, not chromium sulfate.

Carbon monoxide seeping in from engine combustion can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue and even trigger asthma. The potential exists “if there’s a leak in the system between the engine and the rear of the vehicle and there’s even a small hole in the body structure,” advises Tony Molla, a vice president with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “Have the exhaust system inspected by a certified technician to make sure everything is secure and not rusted or leaking.” Also have the cabin air filter checked. Part of the ventilation system, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases in air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems and prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the interior, according to the Car Care Council. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing it every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Find a range of educational information at It’s always beneficial to have fresh air entering the vehicle when driving. Open a window slightly or blow the air conditioning on low in the vent position when not in heavy traffic. “Don’t run it on the recycle or max A/C mode for long periods to make sure you’re getting fresh outside air in and flushing out any contaminants in the cabin air,” adds Molla. Using sun reflectors and visors helps keep interior temperatures down. Check local motor vehicle departments for state policies regarding tinted windows, which can reduce heat, glare and UV exposure. It always helps to park in the shade. 

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Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third


ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middleaged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients. 8

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Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure


wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.



Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plantbased foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.

Unconditional Love Hastens Healing


esearchers from the University of Miami found that compassionate love and faith in a compassionate Higher Power increases healing and reduces disease progression among HIV patients. They studied 177 HIV patients over a 10-year period, tracking biological measures and health behaviors and collecting in-depth data interviews. The scientists coded five criteria of compassionate love derived from the Working Model of Compassionate Love, developed by Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. The progression of HIV disease was reduced among patients that gave and received the most compassionate love. These patients exhibited both a greater level of the immune-boosting white blood cells known as CD4+ T helper cells and a reduced HIV viral load, the measure of HIV in the blood. natural awakenings

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Father Factor

Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than language-based activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source:

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Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by and in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at Queendom. com assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five topscoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th. For more information, visit


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Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source:

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Nonprofit Works to Lower Student Debt A small nonprofit named, recipient of the nationally recognized Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for “do-gooders”, is pioneering a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by applying their skills on behalf of nonprofit community organizations. Researchers at say seven of 10 college students that graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, each averaging nearly $30,000 in debt. With SponsorChange, graduates with student loan debt sign up to help participating organizations, earning credits while adding work experience and leadership roles to their résumés. Organization donors sign up to reimburse the workers for their time by helping to pay down their student loans through tax-deductible funding. All see specific results for their contributions to worthy causes.

Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer

Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Source:

Imperiled Parks

Laws Permit Oil and Gas Drilling in Iconic Public Lands News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government. Source: The Wilderness Society (


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THE HEALING POWER OF STORY How Our Personal Narratives Hold Immense Power by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing— that we tell ourselves to make sense of


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our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

Power to Heal the Body

How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mind-body benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate

rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells—and in the case of longterm sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing— the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.   

Power to Heal Emotions

“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative

medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

Power to Heal a Family

Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more

“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause

of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.

Power to Heal the Community

Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart— are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.

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Honing Your True Story Write the Truth

James Pennebaker and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that a simple writing exercise can help free people from emotional burdens, as first reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Here’s how to apply it: Every morning for four consecutive days, write down feelings about what is bothersome: Something you are thinking or worrying about too much. Something you feel is affecting your life in an unhealthy way. Something you have been avoiding for days, weeks or years.

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The idea is to write about the emotions that surround this thing you’re reluctant to admit or speak about. Pennebaker says it’s not necessary to reread what’s written or tell anyone about it. The simple act of writing down emotions surrounding a story begins the process of releasing it and relaxing.

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The Moth organization features true stories told live by people of all ages on The Moth Radio Hour, the Internet and at group story “slams” around the world. At, would-be storytellers find tips on how to craft their tales for a listening audience at live story slams around the world, as well

as via webcasts. They can then record a two-minute story pitch in order to be accepted as a live storyteller during a future slam.

Ask and Answer

Moving through the process Byron Katie calls “the work” uncovers the truth about the stories we are telling ourselves in order to create newer, healthier ones. First, think of a negative thought that’s worrying you, such as “I’m stuck.” Next, ask four questions about it. Is it true? Can I absolutely know it’s true? How do I react—what happens— when I believe that thought? Who would I be without the thought? Now write down honest answers, which might be something like: “I’m not really stuck, I just think I am. Deep down, I know I have the power to move forward, but am unsure about the direction or way to go about it, so I feel anxious. Without the thought of ‘I’m stuck,’ I would feel freer to find a solution.” Then, turn those thoughts around, for example, to, “Really, when I think about it, I feel much freer than when I deny or gloss over my erroneous thought.” When we turn around a specific limiting thought, we can experience the power of letting go of not only a misguided, but ultimately untrue internal story.

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ecording observations on your environment is an excellent way to connect with nature. Terry Hermsen teaches nature journaling sessions for Metro Parks and says journaling can be beneficial for people of all ages. “I think taking the time to record our times in nature is a way of keeping the experience close before it skips away,” says Hermsen. “Even small notations can help keep our attention alive.” The idea of nature journaling might make some people apprehensive because they think they are not skilled writers or that they will not be able to capture moments in the natural world the way others do. “Some people can be very detailed about textures and sounds and creatures. Others may take a more impressionistic approach,” says Hermsen. “That’s the thing about journaling. There is no right way.” All you need is a way to record your feelings and a good place to observe. Those new to nature journaling or those looking for inspiration can find many examples from the pioneers of nature journaling. Hermsen recommends the following titles: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard The Outermost House by Henry Beston A Country Year: Living the Questions by Sue Hubbell Seeing Nature: Deliberate Encounters with the Visible World by Paul Krafel

Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry edited by Camille Dungy Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv Any of Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold or John Muir’s nature journals Nature journaling lessons are sometimes an option, for those interested in learning the technique through interactive practice. Check with local parks and nature centers to see if they have any upcoming nature workshops available. In workshops, participants receive thorough instruction and immediate feedback to help improve journaling skills. Workshops help both novices and experts delve deeper into the nature journaling experience to get the most benefit from it. Felicia Brower is a freelance writer based in Columbus. Connect at FeliciaBrower. com or email

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fun way to educate people about the guide dogs program.” Anne Moss, owner of, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the hands-on experience of scrapbooking; it gives them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent. “I started taking pictures of my Bernese mountain dog, Chance, when he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in pre-made greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends

and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.” Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her inlaws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan, now in college; a cousin’s daughter even took Sophie’s Halloween photo to preschool for show and tell. Whichever forum we choose, stages and phases of a pet’s life can be celebrated with a lock of hair, paw print, obedience school certificate and lots of photos. After all, a pet is part of the family. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

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hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, health-related devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress.

While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activity-during-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating at-home recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance BioAnalyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future.

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Nature’s Produce Aisle Earth’s Edibles Fill a Plate by Avery Mack

Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.


o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests


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while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into

about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemical-free garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions.

“When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too— take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I vol-

unteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

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hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum ( He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a tra-

ditional lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemonpepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to selfreliance is different for each person.”

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inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to

fuel all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and eco-friendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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he Nelsonville Music Festival is one of the top sustainable festivals in the United States. A diversion rate of 89 percent at the 2013 festival created 3,000 pounds of compost and 2,000 pounds of recyclable materials. Rural Action Ohio is behind the zero-waste initiatives at Nelsonville and is looking to expand their recycling practices to even more large-scale events across Ohio. They helped with eight festivals last year, and achieved an 80 percent diversion rate at the recent Columbus Earth Day Festival. The organization takes several unique approaches to reduce and recycle waste, and is developing new technologies to make the process even more efficient. Their efforts start with education and policy. A mandated zero-waste policy means vendors cannot bring in anything that is not recyclable or compostable. Festivals can take other steps to reduce waste through simple initiatives like offering reusable cups. At festivals, Rural Action sets up a three-bin system for compost, recycling and landfill. A portable conveyor belt-sorting machine helps eliminate contamination; all waste is scanned and sorted with this system. This ensures waste is in the proper place and compost is not rejected. The organization has also developed a baling machine to compact the materials on-site, which in turn reduces the energy necessary to transport those materials. The bailed compost can also then be turned into a sellable product as well. For information, visit 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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Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

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ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.

Practical Tips

Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. 24

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Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

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Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from

Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla

Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dogwalking company Wagamuffin. Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says co-founder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

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PADDLEBOARD PLAY Stand Up Boards Engage Kids in Fun and Nature by Lauressa Nelson


ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds.


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Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race

champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby snuggled between the feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in nature-inspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.”

Although SUP boards look like surfboards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guardapproved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water.

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Unleash Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai by April Thompson


orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a cre-


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scendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from self-imposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day

Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.

What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it? We are vibrational beings inhabiting a

vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?

The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform every day into living meditation. Find author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at Panache Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at


JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements


e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a ma-

ture hero, an alpha wolf, will appear. He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at HuffingtonPost. Learn more at

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The Often-Forgotten Half of the Fertility Equation by Dawn Combs Publishers’ note: This is the second installment of a twopart series that explores struggles with, and potential solutions for, problems of conception. The first installment, entitled “My Infertility Story: One Woman’s Journey”, was published in the May 2014 issue.


ne of the most surprising things I encountered when I began working on fertility issues with our doctors was the notion that my husband wasn’t very involved. There is a sense today that what men have to contribute is the same regardless of the individual, and this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The typical sperm count and motility test found my husband to be “normal”, so our doctors focused on me. This is understandable in a medical model of fertility. When you chase the symptom rather than using a holistic view of the couple, tests can sideline one partner or the other. We have conditioned men to feel alienated from a woman’s fertility. We teach them as young boys that a woman’s cycle is a mystery. In the case of infertility, modern medicine often makes him an outsider to the process of making his very own child. The truth is that men are just as responsible for the very possibility, and the healthy foundation, of their children. Two cells merge at the beginning of life and we have, for too long, valued the health of one over the other. We need to empower men to take an active role in the health 30

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of all of their body’s cells, especially those required for half of the equation to create a child. Whether his sperm count and motility are deemed “normal” or “abnormal”, there are foods and herbs that can be used to improve health. Except in rare structural issues, abnormal does not mean inadequate, but merely that the body is not fully healthy and there is work to be done. Whole foods may be the first answer for couples when fertility is a struggle. Dietary changes that remove synthetic and non-food substances such as hydrogenated oils, unfermented soy, food dyes, chemicals and caffeine, as well as processed sugars and flours, are a start. Incorporating foods that support a healthy endocrine and reproductive system, such as grass-fed meat and dairy, proper fats, and properly prepared grains and greens, are next steps. Long-standing deficiencies and diseases should be addressed. Is there unresolved back pain or ongoing cholesterol issues and headaches? Instead of sweeping these under the rug, realize that these are just as much an issue of reproduction as is the health of the sperm. Any deficiencies that are held in our cells will be the foundation upon which we build our children. Slowing down enough to develop optimal health before adding children to our family is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. There are many herbs to increase the health of the male reproductive system. I laugh every time a man at one of my seminars balks at drinking the tea I am serving because it includes red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) leaf. We readily recognize the herbs that have traditionally been used for women’s health. Few know, unfortunately, that these herbs are just as good for men. These herbs don’t have any inherent ability to endow the drinker with either feminine or masculine qualities. Red raspberry leaf was traditionally fed to stallions to improve their virility. I chuckle when I think about what my male students might be passing up. I hear little about therapies available to men to improve sperm motility, quality and quantity. Too often, when the tests reveal a problem, couples feel they must give up. On the contrary, many herbs have been used in these cases for centuries. Adding herbs like ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), milky oats (Avena sativa) and fo ti (Polygonium multiflorum) while changing diet and lifestyle can have dramatic effects on fertility. Dawn Combs has over 20 years of ethnobotanical experience, is a Certified Herbalist and has a B.A. in Botany and Humanities/Classics from OWU. Dawn is co-owner of Mockingbird Meadows, a local herbal health farm, where she consults with women and their partners on issues of hormonal balance, oversees the United Plant Savers (UpS) Botanical Sanctuary and operates the Eclectic Herbal Institute. Read more about herbs that support male fertility in Dawn’s book, “Conceiving Healthy Babies, an Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation,” due out September 9 from New Society Publishers and currently available for pre-sale on



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SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Restorative Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Restorative yoga postures melt away physical and mental tension and deeply relax the mind and body. Join Reiki Master Gail Sky for three hours of restorative yoga. Please bring an eye pillow if you have one. No yoga experience necessary. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Columbus Arts Fest – 11am-10:30pm. The Columbus Arts Festival brings the best of the arts, entertainment and food to downtown Columbus. Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park, 229 Civic Center Dr, Columbus. 614-224-2606. Rooftop Garden Tour – 1:45-2:45pm. OSU Urban Arts Space, 50 West Town St, Columbus. 614-292-886. UAS.OSU.Edu.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Usui Reiki I – 9am-5pm. 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: Linda Haley, RMT. $200 w/ $50 Deposit. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614486-8323. Cultivating Compassion and Presence – 10am1pm/2:30-5:30pm. Practice exercises that will help to water the seeds of compassion. Marcia and Linda have chosen practices drawn from their many years of bearing witness including Buddhist contemplative care, non-dual meditation including Yoga Nidra (iRest), energy work and Compassionate Communication. The Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute, 1020 Dennison Ave, Ste 201, Columbus. 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. Walking Meditation – 10-11am. Transform a routine walk into a soothing meditative practice. Learn to harness the rhythm of the mind and breath to experience more physical fitness, a deeper appreciation for the nature around you, and more mental clarity at Thaddeus Kościuszko Park. $5. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Columbus Arts Fest – 11am-10:30pm. See June 6 listing. Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park, 229 Civic Center Dr, Columbus. 614-224-2606.

Meditation Teacher Training – 1-3pm. Introduction to the Mindfulness Mentor Teacher Certification Program. Participants will be taken through an explanation of all facets of the program, Q & A, and end with a 30-minute Mindfulness Meditation group session. $10. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Beginning Botany for the Plant Curious – 2-4:30pm. This study will include taxonomy (the naming of plants), plant families, physiology (plant structure), harvest/forage practices, pruning/barking methods, reading plant keys, nutrient uptake and more. Instructor: Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows Eclectic Herbal Institute. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. $60. Inniswood Metro Park. 

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Cultivating Compassion and Presence – 9am12pm/1:30-4:30pm. See June 7 listing. The Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute, 1020 Dennison Ave, Ste 201, Columbus.

Discover Nature’s Medicine: Essential Oils – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to naturally help coughs, colds, flu, earaches, headaches; build the immune system; relieve stress & anxiety and lift your mood; relieve inflammation and pain; improve skin and target aging; assist weight loss; clean the air in your environment; and cleanse your body and naturally support its systems. RSVP: Lori Vass. Atlas Family Health Center (west entrance), 2323 W 5th Ave, Suite 110, Grandview. Sound Healing Mini Sessions – 6:30-8:10pm. Everything is energy and vibration, including light, colors and sound. Come experience how different frequencies can enhance healing & well being with a mini session using Tuning Forks for Sound Healing. Please call to reserve your time slot. Kelly Bisson, Reiki Master. $20 for 20 mins. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-4868323.

WENDESDAY, JUNE 11 Peace2Eat® Mindful Eating – What is emotional eating and how can learning Mindful Eating help? Understand how emotional eating can affect weight, health, and overall well-being. Learn mindful coping skills to overcome and empower. $45. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Walking the Path to Natural Health Series – 9-10am. Dr. Douglas Riffle will share how a chiropractor can improve health. Natural Awaken-

Usui Reiki I – 9am-5pm. See June 7 listing. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614486-8323. Columbus Arts Fest – 11am-5pm. See June 7 listing. Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park, 229 Civic Center Dr, Columbus. 614-224-2606. Yin Yoga Workshop – 1-3pm. The centering practice of Yin Yoga releases tension in the deeper connective tissues of the body and increases self awareness with a powerful focus on the breath through long, supported posture holds. Recommended for all levels. $30. Nurture Yoga, 6017 Post Road, Dublin. 614-975-0353. Creating a Conscience Life – 1:30-4:30pm. Using the 5 steps of “Hear, See, Feel, Do, Manifest”, this workshop will share specific and practical tools to use both on and off the mat to live a more conscious life. Suitable for students familiar with Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan or those who have a regular and dedicated yoga or meditation practice. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Healthy Skin & Body Care with Essential Oils – 6pm-8pm. This essential oils class will provide information and recipes to help keep the skin and body healthy. It will address issues such as normal/ oily/dry skin, acne, eczema & psoriasis, dandruff, exfoliating and moisturizing. Participants will make their own custom blended exfoliating and moisturizing salt scrub. Instructor: Melody Lynn Jenkins, M.Msc. Free. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323.

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ings Publishers, Kerry Griffith & Sean Peterson, will talk about natural health activities in Central Ohio and their passion for educating the community about good health. Hosted by Dr. Trudy Pieper, Naturopath, Beth Seemann, Gentle Waters Colon Hydrotherapy and Sips Coffee House & Deli. Free. Sips Coffee House & Deli, 101 S Main St, Mt Vernon.  740-392-2233.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Herb Walk – 5:30-6:30pm. Beneficial herbs and plants are all around us, and often overlooked as simply “weeds”. Join us on a walk around Gahanna, to discover what herbs are growing in your backyard. Also, a discussion on proper wild-crafting etiquette. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to venture around Gahanna and Creekside. $5/$7. The Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380. 

psi may operate in our everyday lives. $25. Pure Joy Studio, 6260 South Sunbury Rd, Westerville. 202-318-2364. AnnaLisa@PublicParapsychology. org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 Cooking Demonstration: Gluten Free Whole Grains – 6-8pm. Many gluten-free grains are seeds that provide a powerhouse of flavor and nutrition. Explore quinoa, rice, millet, and amaranth, and learn how to alter the texture and flavor of cooked grains for use in dishes such as salads, veggie burgers, and pilafs. Led by certified natural foods chef, Mark Zedella. $35, $30/FPC Members. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad St, Columbus. 614-715-8022.


Honey Moon Dinner – 6-9pm. Learn about the history and traditions involved in the use of honey and mead. Discuss the use of plants and herbs in spiritual journeying and intoxication. Taste many preparations that can be made with honey, and take an extensive tour of the honey farm and bee yards. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. $60. Mockingbird Meadows Honey and Herb Farm, 16671 Burns Road, Marysville.

The Wedding Experience – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy the summer months with smoother skin. Ultimate Body Applicator will tone and tighten a target area any place from the neck down. Tone and tighten 2 areas for $45. The Facial Applicator available for $25. RSVP: 614-565-8309. The Wedding Experience, 90 South High Street, Dublin. DarcyHenry@


Essential Oil Workshop –6:30-8pm. Experience 100% pure dōTERRA Essential Oils in this handson session. Discover how they help your body maintain balance as simple, natural solutions for relieving stress, supporting digestion, easing aches & pains, strengthening your immune system and much more. Instructor: Jane Flohr. Free. Nature’s Path Market, 1360 Cherry Bottom Rd, Gahanna. 614-245-4595.

Complete Animal Reiki – 9am-5pm. An energetic connection specially adapted to animals that offers targeted pain and stress reduction techniques through light touch. Take a more active role in animal health and well being by being able to understand and energetically work with animals. Participants must complete Reiki I or be Reiki trained to take Complete Animal Reiki. Instructor: Terri Vrbancic, Reiki Master. $150 with a $50 deposit. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323.

MONDAY, JUNE 16 Outdoor Yoga in Dublin – 9:30am. Sponsored by City of Dublin Parks and Recreation Services, Instructor: Loretta Zedella. Salute the sun while feeling it, and breathe while experiencing a breeze. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring a yoga mat and water. Registration Required through Dublin Rec. $15. Dublin Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Dr, Dublin. 614-410-4550. Adrenal Health: Fertility, Menopause, Sleep and Beyond – 6-7:30pm. Adrenal glands are very important in the maintenance of hormonal balance. Learn how to keep them healthy with whole food and whole plant strategies. This informal workshop is for all levels of interest. There will be time for questions and discussion. Instructor: Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows Eclectic Herbal Institute. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. $25. Tehku Tea, 55 S High St, Dublin. The Science of Precognition – 7-9:30pm. Several studies presenting evidence for precognition have recently appeared in mainstream scientific journals, challenging known boundaries of space and time.  Learn how these studies were conducted, how they have been received by the general scientific community, and uncover a theory of how


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FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Yoga in the Springs Retreats – All Weekend. Led by Anne Harding, RYT & Melissa Herzog, CYT, this retreat is all inclusive, providing organic vegetarian cuisine, a perfect combination of yoga, meditation and breathing practices. Come feel connected, renewed and revitalized in a natural, artistic & vibrant space. Starting at $375. Glen House Inn, Yellow Springs. 614-9468281.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Farm to Fork: Cooking with the Seans – 1-3pm. Join a cooking demonstration and tasting featuring in-season ingredients right from the Stratford farm. Led by certified natural foods Chef Mark Zedella. Vegan and gluten-free. Advanced registration required. $30. Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware. 740-3632548. The Birth Of A Drum – 2-4pm. Make a drum to deepen and strengthen your inner journey and connect with Spirit to the heartbeat of Mother Earth.  Join together with gratitude to celebrate the gift of Spirit in our lives. Led by Misty Skeen. Registration required. $195. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Kirtan with the Bhakti Mamas – 6:30– 8:30pm. Join this local Kirtan duo for an evening of chanting, devotion and community. The Bhakti Mamas

are Abby Dorn and Holly Moretti. A musical yoga practice, a yoga of sound, a means of connecting to the divine. No experience necessary. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Fascia Tension Release Workshop at Balanced Yoga – 12:45-2:45pm. Join Loretta Zedella and use foam rollers, small therapy balls, and blocks to release tension from the body. Nudge tension from its hiding places using some tools. Examine many of the common alignment issues we experience. $40, $36/members. Balanced Yoga, 3526 N High St, Columbus. 614-265-9642. Field Days – 1-6pm. Check the website for a schedule of workshops throughout the day. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Join a Guided Medicine Walk, movie screening, United Plant Savers (UpS) Presentation, Guided Farm Tours (including our homesteading kitchen, meet the bees, visit the animals, hunt for eggs, explore the drying loft) and more. Pre-registration is required. $30. Mockingbird Meadows Honey and Herb Farm. 16671 Burns Road, Marysville. The Birth Of A Drum – 2-4pm. See June 21 listing. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Teacher Training Info Session – 3:30-4:30pm. Yoga on High offers teacher training for beginning and advanced teachers. Completion leads to certification through Yoga on High and registration through Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour or 500-hour level. Those considering teacher training should attend this event to meet us, meet some graduates, tour the Center, and discuss the program. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 Outdoor Yoga in Dublin – 9:30am. See June 16 listing. Dublin Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Dr, Dublin. 614-410-4550. YogaWithLoretta@

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Forgiveness at the Spiritual & Intuitive Writing Class – 6-8pm. This series is a mystical journey into the world of words. Every word has its own vibration, its own unique sensation and meaning. Use your words to empower yourself and help you do one of the most difficult things in life, Forgive. Instructor: Ina Antoniak. $20. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-4868323. Postnatal Restorative Workshop – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Jenn Gebhart for an hour of restorative yoga poses done lying down or seated and some aromatherapy. This workshop can help reduce physical discomfort, relieve stress and tension and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Participants must be at least 6 weeks post partum to attend. No previous yoga experience necessary. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 The Secret of the Yoga Sutra – 7:30- 9pm. The Yoga Sutra is the source wisdom of all yoga

traditions. In this inspiring lecture and workshop, grounded in time-tested wisdom, discover the promise hidden in the Yoga Sutra, and gather the tools and means to experience the missing element of your practice. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28 The Great Green Purge – 8am-2pm. Join the Purge. Bring unwanted or unneeded items to the Ohio History Center. Ohio History Center, 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus. Ask the Herbalist – 9am-12pm. Drop in for a chat with one of our certified herbalists and learn to use the entire market as your “farmacy”. Sidewalk sessions are intended to be fun and educational, and we will not be diagnosing, treating, curing, prescribing for or preventing any diseases. Mockingbird Meadows Eclectic Herbal Institute. Donations gratefully accepted. Worthington Farmer’s Market, Worthington. Summer Psychic & Wellness Fair – 1-5pm. Featuring gifted Psychics & Intuitives offering Numerology Reports, Astrology, Sweat Lodge Tarot, Runic Tarot, Shamanic Services & more. Also enjoy Reiki, Massage, Tuning Forks, Reflexology & CranioSacral Therapy. There will be a 20% Off Everything Sale in our Gift Shop. All psychics and wellness practitioners will be offering 20 minute sessions for $20. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-4868323. The Birth Of A Drum – 2-4pm. See June 21 listing. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583.

SUNDAY, JUNE 29 Plant Identification Walk Series – 9-10am. Explore the trails and get to know the medicinal and edible plants. Each month will feature a different park in the Central Ohio area. Bring your guidebooks, binoculars, walking shoes and appropriate clothing. Check website for a specific meeting spot. Instructor: Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows Eclectic Herbal Institute. Free. Soulful Path Day Retreat – 9:30am-4:30pm. This retreat includes guided meditation practice and contemplative reflection for all levels of practice. Participants deeply explore the meditative process in a fun and nurturing environment. $95 w/ Lunch included. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Yoga Mat to Placemat: Move Well, Eat Well, Be Well – 12:30-5pm. Start off with a Fascia Release and Body Alignment workshop with registered yoga teacher Loretta Zedella, and take home a Therapy Ball to help release tension, revealing ease of body and peace of mind. Then, enjoy a healthy, plant-based cooking demonstration and sampling with Chef Mark Zedella. Vegan and gluten free. $70, $65/ FPC members for both sessions or $35/yoga or cooking. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad St, Columbus. 614-715-8022.

ongoingevents sunday iRest Yoga Nidra – 9-10am. This transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry will release negative emotions and thought patterns, calm the nervous system, and develop an inner sanctuary of well-being. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Mysore Beginner Drop-in – 10-11am. This moving meditation helps develop a strong body and calm mind. Learn the basic technique for breathing and movement (vinyasa). All levels of practitioners are welcome. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Grey Budha Community Wellness – 3-4pm. Martial art programs focus on decreasing stress, enhancing health, and promoting personal well-being. $85/month or $65 w/ two hours of community service within the city. Grey Budha Community, 400 West Rich Street, Columbus. 614-975-7683. iRest Yoga Nidra – 3-4:15pm. This transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry will release negative emotions and thought patterns, calm the nervous system, and develop an inner sanctuary of well-being. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Yoga Fundamentals – 3-4pm. Designed for the absolute beginner. An introduction to basic yoga poses & healthy alignment. Incorporates yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques, great for stress relief and overall relaxation. $10. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Relaxation Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. A slow, deeply nurturing class suitable for all levels – particularly those with chronic pain or limitations. Jenny Norris, RYT will lead attendees through a relaxing

and restorative yoga experience. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Sheri@Om2Ohm. com. 

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 Road, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Mysore Beginner Drop-in – 7-8am. This moving meditation helps develop a strong body and calm mind. Learn the basic technique for breathing and movement (vinyasa). All levels of practitioners are welcome. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Nia Dance – 9:45-10:45am. Mindful movement to an eclectic mix of music. Develop the body and the mind-body-spirit connections using a variety of movement sources, including martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. $10. Body Awarehouse (behind Hetter Heating & Cooling), 4780 Kenny Rd, Columbus. Wiseways (Hatha) Yoga – 11:15am-12:15pm. Moving with your breath through a progression of poses that build and vary each week. Ends with a different meditation each week. Instructor: Sue Coffman. $10. Body Awarehouse (behind Hetter Heating & Cooling), 4780 Kenny Rd, Columbus. YoHikes – 6-7:30pm. 60 to 90 minutes of exploring the city and surrounding parks in a new and interesting way. Hikes typically have two to three 15-minute stops for yoga. Alum Creek State Park, Nature Center. 614-291-4444. Fascial Flow – 7-8pm. Classes incorporate foam rollers, trigger point props, stability equipment,

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developmental patterning, and yoga to uniquely access and work through tension, pain, and stress. Instructor: Melinda Cooksey, PhD. $20. All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Road, Delaware. Beginners Meditation Class – 7:15-8:30pm. Meditation instruction for beginners. All beliefs and levels of practice welcome. Learn about different types of mindfulness and benefits of regular practice. $5 suggested donation. Mind, Body, Spirit Academy, 885 High St, Ste 106, Worthington. 614-547-2187. Yoga for Cyclists – 7:30-8:30pm. These 4 classes can increase strength, improve flexibility, endurance, balance, and focus. Yoga for Cyclists will offer postures for before, during and after the ride and breath practices to help with endurance and focus. $55.Nurture Yoga, 6017 Post Rd, Dublin. 614-975-0353.

tuesday 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 Road, 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 Road, Columbus. 614-566-5353. Mysore Beginner Drop-in – 7-8am. This moving meditation helps develop a strong body and calm mind. Learn the basic technique for breathing and movement (vinyasa). All levels of practitioners are welcome. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. 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 Road, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. 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 Road, Ste 200, Columbus. 614657-0316. Bliss By Candlelight – 7-8pm. 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. $10. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Big Asana – 7:30pm. A safe space for people with larger bodies who may not have felt welcomed in other movement classes. Be strong, balanced, open, relaxed and adored at any size. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.


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wednesday Mysore Beginner Drop-in – 7-8am. This moving meditation helps develop a strong body and calm mind. Learn the basic technique for breathing and movement (vinyasa). All levels of practitioners are welcome. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Grey Budha Community Wellness – 6:308pm. Martial art programs focus on decreasing stress, enhancing health, and promoting personal well-being. $85/month or $65 w/ two hours of community service within the city. Grey Budha Community, 400 West Rich Street, Columbus. 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 Road, Worthington. 614-5056519. Yoga – 7-8pm. A mixed-level vinyasa flow class highlighting breath work, physical postures, savasana and meditation. Instructor: Angela Miller Barton. $15/drop-in, $72/six-class pass. All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Road, Delaware. 614-3147253.

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 Road, 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 Road, Columbus. 614-566-5353. Mysore Beginner Drop-in – 7-8am. This moving meditation helps develop a strong body and calm mind. Learn the basic technique for breathing and movement (vinyasa). All levels of practitioners are welcome. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

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classifieds PRODUCTS OFFERED HEALTHY HOME COMPANY offers ecocertified household, personal health and body care products made with all-natural, organic and toxic-free ingredients. Contact Anastasia Pothoven (Charter Member) at 614-668-1010, or visit Grey Budha Community Wellness – 11:30am12:30pm. Martial art programs focus on decreasing stress, enhancing health, and promoting personal well-being. $85/month or $65 w/ two hours of community service within the city. Grey Budha Community, 400 West Rich Street, Columbus. Beginner’s Tai Chi – 6:30-7:30pm Join Sifu Chris Alexis to start learning basic Tai Chi Chuan postures, movements and breath work for health and well-being, flexibility, stress reduction and balance. $15. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. 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.

friday Ai Chi in a 91-Degree Pool – 6:15-7am. This relaxation class is a combination of deep breathing and slow, broad movements. Benefits include increased flexibility, circulation, and a sense of calm and relaxation. McConnell Heart Health Center, 3773 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. 614-566-3828.


iRest Yoga Nidra – 8:15-9:15am. This transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry will release negative emotions and thought patterns, calm the nervous system, and develop an inner sanctuary of well-being. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

YoHikes – 9:30-11am. 60 to 90 minutes of exploring the city and surrounding parks in a new and interesting way. Hikes typically have two to three 15-minute stops for yoga. Highbanks Metro Park, Nature Center. 614-291-4444.

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.

Meditation For Beginners – 10-11am. Relax the mind and be guided and learn to meditate to overcome stress, anxiety, and gain clarity. Instructor: Sheri Mollica-Toth C.MI. RSVP preferred, dropins welcome. $10. Om2OhmWellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Sheri@

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.

Hatha Beginner Drop-in – 10:45am-12:15pm. Assumes no prior yoga experience and covers basic breath work and yoga postures. Relax and de-stress, increase flexibility and strength, and learn how to breathe properly. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.



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ACUPUNCTURE 12 MERIDIANS ACUPUNCTURE & WELLNESS CENTER Brigitta Moskova, Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist Nancy J. Heimlich, Licensed Massage Therapist Crystal Berns, Licensed Reiki Master 2511 Oakstone Dr, Columbus 614-423-8368

Brigitta builds life balance by spending quality time with clients to identify individual needs. Acupuncture is a natural way to treat conditions ranging from pain, arthritis, headaches, allergies, weight loss, sciatica, insomnia, fatigue, depression and stress. Nancy (LMT) specializes in Swedish relaxation massage, deep tissue massage and essential oil body wraps. Benefits of massage include increased circulation and mobility, pain and weight management, decreased stress and lowered muscle fatigue. Reiki Master Crystal uses hands-on healing therapy to ease pain and provide emotional balance and clarity. Reiki treatments can help overcome internal obstacles and work to unlock full potential.

ALLERGY TESTING COLUMBUS LASER 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.


Danni & Michael Diol, Owners 1030 Old Henderson Rd, Columbus 614-459-3775

Honest-1 Auto Care is 100% ESA Certified EcoFriendly, caring for all makes and models including Hybrids with a FREE EV charging station on site. Honest-1 leads the industry in numerous eco-friendly initiatives, including strict recycling of automotive materials, pollution prevention, resource conservation and offering Eco-Friendly Auto Care services such as the ECO TuneUp and ECO Oil Change. In addition to its high environmental standards, Honest-1 has a unique family-friendly atmosphere, characterized by clean and upscale waiting areas, Internet cafés stocked with complimentary beverages and snacks, and shuttle service. See ad, page 19.

614-636-7420 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 27.

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 31.



Erica Cornwell, Owner P.O. Box 957, Sunbury 614-264-0120


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.

The Oil Apothecary offers healing hand salves, sugar and salt scrubs, baby balms and pet ointments. Founder Erica Cornwell is a Licensed Esthetician who specializes in holistic care. All the products she has created are handmade, gluten-free, vegan, not tested on animals (cruelty-free), and contain 100 percent organic ingredients. Custom orders can be placed online or by email.


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 22.

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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.



Beth Seemann, Clinically Trained Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Member of GPACT 48 Public Sq, Mount 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 23.

PEAK BRAIN PERFORMANCE HEALTH & RELAXATION CENTER Lisa Witherow, MS, Owner, Brain Performance Technologist David Disheroon, Brain Performance Technologist 97 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington 614-505-6519

Brain health is critical to the overall wellness and regulation of all systems in the body. We offer health-promoting solutions to improve your quality of life, addressing stress and the chronic symptoms of ADD, anxiety, depression and sleep issues. Call to learn more about our individualized plans. See ad, page 7.


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 7.


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Kate Dixon, Loomis Digestive Specialist, CNHP, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Dr. Michael H. Fritz, Chiropractor, Certified Applied Kinesiologist, Certified Microscopist, Naturopathic Doctor 10223 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell 614-717-9144 Each year statistics show that more Americas complain of digestive pain. These discomforts are commonly attributed to symptoms such as: stomachache, allergies, skin problems, depression, anxiety, immune dysfunctions and diarrhea. They may also be related to chronic pain, bloating and cramps. We believe diet and digestion play a major role in the prevention and reversal of chronic degenerative disease. We objectively test and compare against our extensive patient history survey to determine which specific enzymes and nutrients are missing from the client, and then help bring the body back into balance.


Lori & Mark Vaas, Diamond Independent Product Consultants 614-582-7680

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.


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 7.


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 20.


Dr. Linda Cole, MD 698 Morrison Road, Columbus 614-887-7731 Optimize your journey to wellness. Specializing in treatment plans for depression, mild cognitive impairment, adult ADHD, OCD, anxiety and other mood disorders. Integrative Psychiatry combines medical and holistic approaches to find and correct the underlying causes of disease, by first looking where problems tend to begin (in your gut, immune and endocrine systems) and then testing for your particular imbalances and deficiencies.


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”.


Jorden B. Weiss, DO Patricia Bright CCC, CLC, MBSR Instructor 279 N State St, #102, Westerville  614-818-0101 Alkire Creek Wellness Center is dedicated to presenting instruction that helps participants re-balance their lives and reduce their stress levels. Our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course is conducted five times per year, either as a 7-week adult class or as a 4-week teen class. Mindfulness is widely taught and researched as a tool for our modern times. It is a method of paying attention that focuses the individual on showing up to be present and engage in the moment, using techniques to reshape habits and behaviors that are no longer producing positive outcomes. Come learn new skills for a better you.


Dr. Richard DeLano, DDS, MS 150 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Suite 150, Worthington 614-888-0377 Dental Alternatives is the dental office of Richard M. DeLano III, DDS, MS. Dr. DeLano practices general dentistry with a holistic approach. He takes time with his patients to explain the choices they have concerning their oral health. Dental Alternatives is a mercury-safe and fluoride-free dental practice. Visit our website to learn more. See ad, page 10.





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 11.

Trudy Pieper, ND, is board certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board, the oldest and largest professional naturopathic medical association in America. Dr. Pieper is a traditional naturopath and believes in personalized care based on your health concerns. The main goal of naturopathy is to do no harm, and we achieve this through providing herbal, natural folk, homeopathic and lifestyle recommendations for better health.

508 N Cassady Ave, Bexley 614-252-3951

Dr. Trudy Pieper, ND 10 S Main St, Johnstown 740-616-9949



Chad Tannehill, Owner 800-567-9702 Carts Healthier Vending provides nutritious vending options to businesses/schools/ facilities in central and north central Ohio. We help you promote a more natural lifestyle by offering healthier snacks and drinks to your customers and employees, with no additional cost to your location. See ad, page 13.


1360 Cherry Bottom Rd, Gahanna 614-476-6159 Nature’s Path is a prominent source of vegetarian and vegan products, offering organic, eco-conscious and down-to-earth items. Our mission is to promote a benevolent, ecofriendly 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 27.

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 26.

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.

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.”

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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 19.


Kim Flood, RMT 614-772-1800 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.

Elizabeth Buchal-Condon, Director 149 Morse Rd, Columbus 614-519-9743

Understanding the balance of heart, body, and soul that are essential for wellbeing and wholeness, we incorporate a unique blend of Spiritual Direction, Karuna Reiki™ and Shamanic Healing into our practice. Listening deeply to your sacred stories, we create a custom healing session that can aid in the release of stagnant energies and offer relaxation, inviting change and growth. We also offer Usui and Karuna Reiki ™ classes, in addition to private yoga sessions.


Dena Johnston RN, MSN, CCT 8570 Cotter St, Lewis Center 110 County Line Rd, Westerville 614-636-3362 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 22.


Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale


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HEALTH & HARMONY ANIMAL HOSPITAL Dr. Kimberly West & Dr. Evelyn Tannhof 1117 W 1st Ave, Columbus 614-360-3941 HealthAndHarmonyAnimalHospital@ 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 17.

LIFETIME PET WELLNESS CENTER 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 17.


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 28.

YOGA YOGA IN THE SPRINGS RETREATS Melissa Herzog, CYT, Retreat Facilitator 614-946-8281

Yoga & Wellness Retreats in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Choose from 2 locations, The Glen House Inn or Grinnell Mill B&B. Offering organized quarterly retreats as well as private, personalized group retreats.


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.


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June 2014


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Natural Awakenings of Central Ohio - June 2014 issue  

Central Ohio edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.

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