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hen I was a teenager, I listened to a lot of REO Speedwagon! I can still clearly recall the day when I was about 13 years old and decided I wanted to meet the band. I especially wanted to tell Kevin Cronin that his songs resonated in my soul. It was of great importance that I be able to express my gratitude. Many months ago, I posted those desires to Facebook adding that I wanted to have my picture taken with the band. I privately asked the Universe to “make it so.” To my surprise, REO Speedwagon performed in Indianapolis early September. I nearly backed out of my date with this cosmic connection. I cited nerves and general anxiety regarding crowds as the excuse, but my ever faithful partner remained steady, gently took my hand and my camera and told me to get in the car. On the surface, I had no idea that my path would cross with Kevin Cronin’s that night. And when this actually occurred, it seemed so happenstance. We leisurely stopped outside the back gate near the tour buses and joined a handful of groupies and fans. Then, suddenly, I was thanking and hugging Kevin Cronin--and being photographed with him! I have to wonder if I intuitively created this moment and if it was brought about because I spoke aloud my sincerest wishes. I like to think my manifestation was borne out of gratitude. I would love to hear what you have manifested in your life. Share your story or post your celebrity pictures on our Facebook Fan page at http://tinyurl.com/3vas5lp. This month spotlights a topic dear to our hearts, and one critical to life on this planet – the availability of fresh water. And our cover story is on environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill. She is deeply concerned about what she calls the “Disease of Disconnect” in our consciousness. “Every problem happening in the external landscape is a direct result of the problems in our internal landscapes,” she said when I interviewed her. “When you say you are going to throw something away, where is ‘away’? Because no choice happens in a vacuum, every single time we make a choice we are changing the world. It is not only spiritually impossible to make no difference, it is also literally, scientifically, absolutely impossible to make no difference.” I was deeply moved and inspired by her thought-provoking call to action. I invite you to ask yourself “What kind of difference do I want to make?”. Together, let’s manifest a cleaner planet!
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Farm Celebrates Fifth Annual Oktoberfest
ust off your lederhosen and head to Traders Point Creamery from noon to 7 p.m. on October 8 for its fifth annual Oktoberfest. This funfilled celebration of German tradition in Zionsville will offer plenty of tantalizing organic food, beer and wine; toe-tapping music from PolkaBoy, a rollicking 13-piece polka band; and plenty of children’s activities like hayrides, a pumpkin patch and face painting. The event will also help the farm raise money for the Traders Point Rural Historic District, a nonprofit organization that protects more than 7,000 acres of green space around Eagle Creek for the enjoyment of generations to come. An additional 2,600 acres have been added to the National Register of Historic Places with the help of the Traders Point Creamery Oktoberfest. This rare honor is only the third rural historic district to be named in Indiana. Tickets: $10 at gate, $8 in advance. Location: 9101 Moore Rd. For more information, call 317-733-1700 or visit TradersPointCreamery.com. See ad on page 25.
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Grand Opening for Indy Downtown Community Acupuncture
ndianapolis celebrates the grand opening of its first Community Acupuncture clinic in the newly restored Penn Arts Building, 111 East 16th Street, with a grand opening and a free acupuncture day along with refreshments and music from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 7. Also, in honor of Acupuncture Awareness Day, the center will be providing free treatments from 2 to 6 p.m. on October 24. Walk-ins are welcome. The clinic’s mission is to bring the ancient healing art to the general public. Making acupuncture affordable makes the medicine more effective. Acupuncture works best if many treatments are received over a short amount of time; chronic conditions may require maintenance and preventative treatment over a longer period. There is no income verification needed. IDCA is designed with one large treatment room with many recliners. Receiving acupuncture in a group setting allows for many people to be treated together, making it friend and family friendly, with a positive effect on the entire community. Fees: sliding scale between $20 to $50 per treatment. Location: Southeast corner of 16th & Penn. For more information, call 317-423-9999 or visit Indyacu. com, and for more about clinics around the world, CommunityAcupuncture Network.org. See ad on page 13.
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Acting Locally, Thinking Globally at Planet Soul
t Planet Soul, says founder Rhonda Wundrum, “Our mission is at the forefront of our business.” The mission of the Indianapolis-based company is “to unify the world through kindness, respect and service—all rooted in the belief that we are one.” Indeed, Planet Soul’s products (wristbands, pendants, cuffs, hats, tops and other items) remind their wearers of that mission. Most of the items bear the words WE ARE ONE or UNIFY in attractive, graphic designs. Wundrum says that the company’s biggest sellers are UNIFY cuffs, which are priced at $30 online and $25 at Planet Soul events such as fairs and festivals in Central Indiana and throughout the Midwest. “We want to see unification throughout the world. It doesn’t take a monumental effort or a lot of money,” Wundrum points out. “If you give somebody a smile on the street, that can change their day. If you’re just courteous and lead with kindness it really can change the lives of others.” For more information, visit PlanetSoulInc.com. See ad on page 6.
Consider Any Lab Test Now in Carmel
t Any Lab Test Now, in Carmel, all manner of medical tests can be performed with or without a doctor’s order, and the facility is providing a special offer this month for readers. For those without a physician’s order the lab can supply that as part of their service when you walk-in. No appointment is necessary. For the month of October, co-owner Chuck Lehman is offering readers of Natural Awakenings reduced rates on Comprehensive Female Panel tests (normally $249) and Comprehensive Male Panel tests (normally $229). Each is available for $199 throughout the month. The female tests include complete blood count, chemistry panel (16 tests), cholesterol panel with lipids ratio, estradiol test, urinalysis, folliclestimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone test, DHEA-S test, progesterone test and thyroid-stimulating hormone test. The male tests include complete blood count, chemistry panel (16 tests), cholesterol panel with lipids ratio, prostatespecific antigen test, urinalysis, testosterone test and DHEA-S test. Customers concerned about the confidentiality of their test results also should know that no results are sent to insurance companies or medical information bureaus. In addition to comprehensive male and female panel tests, Any Lab Test Now also offers tests for wellness, paternity/DNA, drugs, sexually transmitted diseases and more. Location: 13636 N. Meridian St. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to1 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call 317-399-5834 or visit AnyLabTestCarmel.com. See ad on page 28. natural awakenings
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newsbriefs At Flourish’s, Many Like it Hot
t Flourish Yoga + wellbeing, in Fishers, founder/owner Amy Thomas offers yoga classes with varying degrees and focus. Vinyasa classes are dynamic yoga practices that build strength and endurance through actively and mindfully connecting one’s body movement to the flow of one’s breath. Flourish has Vinyasa classes that are “comfortable” room temperature (75-80 degrees), warm Vinyasa (85-90 degrees), and hot Vinyasa (95-105 degrees). As the room temperature increases, so does the intensity and challenge of the yoga practice. When a person becomes more familiar with Vinyasa flow sequences, the hotter temperatures aren’t an uncomfortable distraction, says Thomas. “They are an aid enabling practitioners to sweat and literally wring out toxins or constrictions in the body and even one’s thinking. It’s about moving, strengthening, and mental focus. It’s very male, very yang energy.” At the opposite end of the spectrum, Flourish Yoga offers yin yoga classes. “It’s the balance, the harmonizer for yang energy,” says Thomas. “Yin yoga gently guides the practitioner to move deeper into one’s center peacefully. Yin is about letting go into a stretch, about opening through stillness into relaxation.” In the yin yoga classes, floor postures are held for at least three minutes. This allows openings deep into the joints and tendons. Flourish strategically offers Vinyasa and yin classes on alternating evenings so that yogis can experience the blissful state of balance and harmony in their yoga practice throughout the week. Location: 10138 Brooks School Rd. For more information, call 317-841-0103 or visit FlourishYoga.biz. See ad on page 11.
Chef, Dietitian and Farmer Converge to Make Healthy Slow Food
ara Dafforn of U-Relish Farm is offering vegan and vegetarian crock pot ready meals-in-a-minute, ideal for single parents, college students, busy professionals and outdoorsy types. The product lines feature selections from peas, beans or lentils and include recipes like Hoppin John Black Eyed Pea, Garlic Paprika Chickpea, Mesquite 3 Bean Chili, Sweet Corn White Bean, and Fajita Pineapple Lentil. “Place the package of ingredients and your chosen liquid in the slow cooker in the morning before you leave for work and come home to a home-cooked meal that is healthy and delicious” says Dafforn. Raw Food Chef Sonja Bannon and Registered Dietitian Katie Danielson are partners in the endeavor who ensure that all nutrient dense ingredients are regionally sourced, locally packaged, gluten and preservative free. Meal kits are available at U-Relish Farm within the Indianapolis City Market, Good Earth Natural Food, and Pogue’s Run Grocer. For more information and a complete crock pot ready product line visit U-Relish.com. U-Relish Farm is open at Indianapolis City Market MondaySaturday 11a.m.-2 p.m.
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Wishard to Build New Hospital with Sky Farm
ishard Health Services will continue to enhance its ability to augment community health in the new Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus opening December 2013. Eskenazi Hospital, to replace the current Wishard Memorial Hospital and use 45 percent less energy, will feature a first-of-itskind sky farm, where organic foods will be grown and offered to patients, visitors and staff as healthful diet options. A planned green and white roof design will incorporate plant life, which will lessen the solar heat impact on the urban heat sink, make for a more comfortable campus, and create energy savings. The 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden will also include non-food plants and shrubs. The new facility will also support employees who embrace green transportation options with bike racks, showers and designated parking for alternative fuel, high occupancy, carpool and vanpool vehicles. “Wishard recognizes the importance of the connection between healthful food options, a healthy diet and a healthy community,” says Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO and medical director. “For the last several years, we have passionately served as an advocate and community resource for advancing awareness and adoption of healthy lifestyle and diet choices to support improving health outcomes for patients and community. I’m very pleased that we have the opportunity to expand our commitment, broaden Wishard’s already vast role and positively affect even more lives.” Wishard Health Services, 1001 W. 10th Street, Indianapolis. For more information, visit EskenaziHealth.org.
YOGAWOMAN Movie Screening in Greenwood
OGAWOMAN, a documentary film currently being shown all over the world highlighting women in the field of yoga, will be presented along with a light dinner from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on October 28 at Evolutions@Yoga, in Greenwood. The film features senior teachers and students discussing the importance and distinct differences in yoga practice for a woman’s body and psyche. The movie screening is open to both men and women. Also, a Women’s Flow Practice for attendees to unite with your fellow yogis and charge your shakti energy, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m.
New Yoga Studio in Castleton
elissa Webb has opened a new yoga studio in Castleton, just above Einstein’s Bagels at 6520 East 82 nd Street, Suite 218. The studio is called breath.life.yoga and offers private as well as a variety of group classes, including a 45-minute Monday Lunchtime Yoga session that’s designed to be low or no sweat (no sun salutations). Webb points out that the studio is small and class size is limited. With smaller classes students can expect to receive more personal instruction than what is provided in larger classes. The studio has a welcoming feel and is perfect for beginners and more advanced students. She also offers classes at workplaces and continues to teach yoga at Geist Fitness, J. Everett Light Career Center and Inner Peace Yoga Center. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and completed her 500hour certification with an emphasis on yoga therapy. Monday Lunchtime Yoga class fee: $10. For more information, call 317-502-5630 or visit BreathLifeYoga.com, Yoginimel.wordpress.com, twitter.com/yoginimelissa or Facebook.com/pages/breathlifeyoga. See ad on page 31.
Fees: Movie/dinner -- $35 before Oct. 28, $55 at the door. Women’s Flow Practice – donations accepted. Location: 2801 Fairview Place, Ste. 1. For more information, call 317-881-9642 or visit EvolutionsYoga.com. natural awakenings
newsbriefs October 16 is National Feral Cat Day
he Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that there are 50 million stray and feral cats, also known as community cats, in this country. Strays are former pets that escaped their home or were left behind by people. Feral cats—the offspring of strays or other feral cats—are typically afraid of people. They may roam alone or live in groups populated in large part by related females. “ Fe ra l k i t t e n s t h a t a r e younger than eight weeks have a good chance of being tamed and adopted,” advises Nancy Peterson, cat programs manager for the HSUS. “People can help stray and feral cats using a strategy known as Trap-Neuter-Return. TNR involves catching the cats in special no-harm traps, and then having a veterinarian vaccinate them against diseases and spay or neuter them, which keeps them from having more kittens,” says Peterson. She notes that the veterinarian also clips the tip of one ear to indicate that the cat has already been spayed or neutered. Source: Cat and Crow – an Amazing Friendship, by Lisa Fleming IndyFeral is the only organization in central Indiana solely dedicated to the non-lethal method of TrapNeuter-Return (TNR). IndyFeral.com.
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Quantum Light Therapy Offered by Whitewillow
hitewillow is one of a small but growing number of health practitioners in the country who specializes in the use of quantum lasers to treat disease. “Quantum Light Therapy (QLT) pushes light five inches into the body. You get quick, remarkable results with it,” she says, adding that QLT has been used for more than 20 years on expeditions of the Navy Seals and, more recently, on the International Space Station. Now based in Indianapolis, Whitewillow is a former nurse who has done wellness research at Massachusetts General Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. She favors an integrative approach, offering homeopathy, essential oils therapy, cranio sacral therapy and nutritional counseling along with QLT, which she first learned about in Europe in 2005. She says QLT’s benefits include supercharging the immune system by killing bacteria and viruses in the bloodstream; improving circulation; oxygenating tissues; reducing pain; increasing the body’s tolerance of radiation or chemotherapy; increasing the metabolism of cholesterol, uric acid and glucose; providing anti-inflammatory effects; reducing infection; and improving the flow and properties of blood. Patients at Whitewillow’s offices can receive a free consultation. They are also invited to attend her wellness classes every third Thursday of the month at Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Avenue. The first class is free and each subsequent session is $5. Office locations: 740 E. 52nd St., Ste. 11, and 777 Shadeland Ave. For more information, call 617-990-6979 or visit Whitewillow9.com. See ad on page 25.
Local Products Offer Deep Healing in Cooler Months
s we move into the fall season and cooler weather, Frangipani Body Products Owner Tracy Land recommends using moisturizers made solely with plant-based ingredients. And there’s one, seemingly harmless natural ingredient she feels you might want to avoid in moisturizers as well. “If you want something that’s really moisturizing, you need a product with no water,” she advises, adding that some lotions and moisturizers are 50 percent water. In her Frangipani line, Land offers Shea Butter Softening Lotion ($21), which is waterfree. Along with shea butter and jojoba oil, the lotion contains calming essential oils. All Frangipani products are sold in recyclable containers (brown glass or #1 plastic) and are made with Earth- friendly, plant-based ingredients. “There’s nothing in them that didn’t come from the Earth to begin with,” says Land, whose wares are sold at Georgetown Market, Nature’s Pharm, Good Earth Natural Foods, Bloomingfoods, Sunspot Natural Market, Optimal Wellness Center, and Stillpoint Family Chiropractic. For more information, visit FrangipaniBodyProducts.com. See ad on page 5.
Family Practitioners Unite at Shamrock Wellness
or years, they had all dreamed of integrating yoga and massage into the practice of medicine. Just recently, that vision—shared by yoga instructor Eric Banter, his wife and family physician Dr. Amy Banter, and his mother and massage therapist/yoga instructor Linda Banter—came to fruition as they opened Shamrock Wellness at Riverview Hospital’s Health and Fitness Center, in Carmel. All three practice here, along with additional instructors and therapists. “We’re passionate about finding ways to integrate yoga and massage into the practice of medicine. I don’t know of any other place in the state that’s doing this,” says Eric Banter, who previously worked at Pathways To Wellness, in Noblesville, which he co-founded with his mother. Along with traditional medical services, Shamrock Wellness offers 10 separate yoga and Pilates classes each week (including a Yoga For Kids), private fitness sessions and a 200-hour training program for yoga teachers. Massage services include both therapeutic and deep tissue.
New Name, Improvements with Area Water Company
he water company providing service to customers in Central Indiana now has a new name, and residents are expected to experience additional significant benefits from its operations in the upcoming years. Indianapolis Water is now Citizens Water, a member of Citizens Energy Group, which also includes Citizens Gas. Among the positive results from current projects predicted by Citizens Water are cleaner rivers and streams in Central Indiana. Citizens Water says it will complete construction of the federally mandated Combined Sewer Overflow System to minimize sewer overflows into Central Indiana rivers and streams. Citizens Water also expects to continue its commitment to the Septic Tank Elimination Program with 7,000 septic tank replacements by 2013. It also plans to improve meter reading for both water and gas services, website functionality including more seamless bill payments, and the online ability to track progress of local construction projects. For more information, visit CitizensEnergy.com. See ad on page 19.
Location: 14535 Hazel Dell Pkwy., #B. For more information, call 317-703-4431 or visit ShamrockWellness.com. See ad on page 15. natural awakenings
healthbriefs October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Household Chemicals May Pose Risk for Breast Cancer
study recently published in the journal Environmental Health reports that frequent use of common household cleaning products may increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer. The study was undertaken by the Silent Spring Institute, a partnership of scientists, physicians, public health advocates and community activists dedicated to identifying links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast cancer. Researchers conducted telephone interviews with 787 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 721 comparison women, questioning them about their product use, beliefs about breast cancer causes, and established and suspected risk factors. Executive Director Julia G. Brody, Ph.D., says, “Women who reported the highest combined cleaning product use had a doubled risk of breast cancer compared to those with the lowest reported use. Use of air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control were associated with increased risk. To our knowledge, this is the first published report on cleaning product use and the risk of breast cancer.” The use of insect repellents was also associated with increased risk.
Cautionary News about Calcium
ew research published online in the British Medical Journal adds to mounting evidence that calcium supplements may increase the risk of cardiovascular events, particularly heart attacks, in postmenopausal women. Many older women take calcium supplements to manage osteoporosis, but after re-analyzing data on 16,718 women participating in the seven-year Women’s Health Initiative Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation Study, researchers at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, now urge reassessment of calcium prescriptions to maintain bone health. Their metastudy showed that postmenopausal women that took combined calcium and vitamin D supplements had increased risk of heart attacks.
The Science Behind an Apple a Day
ccording to Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D., a registered dietician and chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University, there is scientific truth in the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The nationally recognized nutrition researcher, a Margaret A. Sitton professor, maintains that apples are a “miracle fruit,” providing health benefits beyond fiber. Earlier animal studies have shown that the pectin and polyphenols in apples improve lipid metabolism and lower the production of pro-inflammatory molecules. Arjmandi’s new study is the first to evaluate the long-term cardio-protective effects of eating apples daily. He randomly assigned 160 women, ages 45 to 65, to one of two dietary intervention groups: one received 75 grams of dried apples each day (the equivalent of four or five fresh apples); the other ate dried prunes. Arjmandi reports surprising results: “Incredible changes in the apple-eating women happened by six months—they experienced a 23 percent decrease in LDL [bad] cholesterol.” Daily apple consumption also led to lower levels of C-reactive protein, which is known to trigger inflammation in the body. In another unexpected benefit, the apple-eaters lost an average of 3.3 pounds. Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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globalbriefs GPS Biking
Mapnificent Will Show the Way
Safflower Oil Good for the Heart
afflower oil, a common cooking oil, may help improve insulin sensitivity, lower inflammation and blood sugar levels, and elevate HDL (good) cholesterol in overweight women with Type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Ohio State University. The study also revealed that the oil helps reduce abdominal fat, which is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. The findings indicate that a daily dietary dose of one and two-thirds teaspoons is sufficient for a person to benefit from the oil’s healthprotective effects.
Garlic is Kind to Cartilage
ew research from King’s College London and the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England, reveals yet another healing benefit of garlic. The scientists discovered that women that consume a diet high in garlic and other allium vegetables, such as onions and leeks, experience less hip osteoarthritis.
Want to know how far it’s possible to travel by biking or using public transit in under 15 minutes? There’s a map for that. Mapnificent shows the areas one can reach from any point in a city at any given time. Stefan Wehrmeyer, a Berlin-based software architect, has developed a tool that uses public transit data to help users decide on where to live, work or meet up. Using data from the GTFS Data Exchange and overlaying the extracted information on a Google map, Mapnificent visualizes the reach of public transport in the selected city. This becomes especially useful for decision-making purposes, rather than trip planning. “Let’s say you found a job in San Francisco and want to move there,” Wehrmeyer explains. “Where can you live so that you need less than 30 minutes to go to your work place? Mapnificent is able to answer that question.” Mapnificent is available in public beta and can be used for major cities in the United States. Source: TheCityFix.com
Buying Time for Threatened Species How long does it take a species to disappear forever? It turns out that habitat destruction drives species to extinction more slowly than previously thought, according to a new model described in the journal Nature. The pace at which plants and animals are vanishing from the planet as their habitats shrink may be overstated by as much as 160 percent or more. An approach widely used to estimate extinctions from habitat loss is conceptually flawed, says a study in the publication. Researchers say that their new method more accurately reflects the interplay of shrinking habitats and the populations that rely on them. The new study is one of at least two that highlight scientists’ efforts to sharpen the tools needed to track the scope of the species-extinction problem and to design better approaches for dealing with it. The development of a new tool for estimating extinctions, “... is welcome news, in the sense that we have bought a little time for saving species,��� says Stephen Hubbell, an ecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and one of two scientists who performed the analysis. “But it’s [also] unwelcome news,” he adds, “because we have to redo a whole bunch of research performed using the previous method.” Source: The Christian Science Monitor natural awakenings
hat are your favorite books that teach our children the importance of environmental awareness? Like us on Facebook at Natural Awakenings Crossroads of America and then post your favorite title and author to be entered to win your very own copy of “Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint” written by Femida Handy and Carole Carpenter. Winner will be selected randomly in October and notified via email.
Some of our favorites include: Dear Children of the Earth Written and Illustrated by Schim Schimmel
‘Dear Children of the Earth’ begins a remarkable letter from Mother Earth asking for help from children everywhere. Ages 4-12 My Favorite Tree Terrific Trees of North America
Written & Illustrated by Diane Iverson
From the Aspen to the Yew, the native trees of North America have given us food, shelter and an important part of our heritage. Ages 4 to 12
Over in the Jungle A Rainforest Rhyme
Written by Marianne Berkes Illustrated by Jeanette Canyon
Berkes describes the different layers of the rainforest and its importance to our global ecology, and suggests movement activities for children to act out the rhyme. Ages 2-7 Places of Power
Written by Michael DeMunn • Illustrated by Noah Buchanan
Native people all over the world have always known that our Earth has places of power, beauty and wisdom.
Ages 5 to Adult
actionalert Millions Against Monsanto
orld Food Day, October 16, will feature rallies against genetically engineered foods. Last year’s La Via Campesina movement (ViaCampesina. org) called for actions around the world to denounce the role of agribusinesses such as Monsanto in the destruction and corporatization of biodiversity and life. This year, organizers are urging people to join the international cause by participating in local rallies. World Food Day actions are planned in 36 U.S. cities, with close to 600,000 registered supporters. A 300-mile march from New York to Washington, D.C., punctuated by special events, also is scheduled from October 1 to 16 to support local and global efforts to keep genetically modified organisms (GMO) out of the food supply and demand GMO labeling on all food and drink products. Search Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for Millions Against Monsanto and visit tinyurl.com/4luqn3t and Right2KnowMarch.org.
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GREEN KIDS CLUBS Highlighting Hope for the Future by Brian Clark Howard
The goals of green kids clubs range from benchmarking environmental progress to fundraising for local ecocauses. The kids not only have fun, they feel empowered to make a difference in a scarred and scary world.
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Care to encourage recycling by the larger community. The teens distribute recycling bins and show residents how to properly use them. A few years ago, students at Westerly Middle School, in Rhode Island, decided to do something about global warming, so they formed a junior club of Westerly Innovations Network, a local student-led community service team. Under the banner, Project TGIF – Turn Grease Into Fuel, they placed a grease receptacle at the town transfer station, convinced 64 restaurants to donate used fryer oil, and enlisted an oil recycling facility to process it. With money earned from the activity, they purchased biofuel for area charities. They also held events to educate the public on the concept. By 2009, the award-winning program had recycled 36,000 gallons of waste oil, eliminating 600,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. MTV featured the project in its Switch Campaign. All student project photos are used with permission.
reen clubs attract youth of many ages. In Needham, Massachusetts, elementary school students formed a Safe Routes to School Green Kids Newman Club and promoted the concept of the Walking School Bus to help classmates walk safely to school as a group. “We started this group because we wanted more kids to walk,” Maya, a fourth-grader, explained to local journalists. They even made and posted appealing safety signs throughout the community. Stephen, another fourth-grader, said: “I feel like it’s doing something for the world. It’s teaching people to be safe, try and walk and try to save the Earth.” Students from New York City Public School 334, the Anderson School, organized a Power Patrol this year. “The kids would go around the school unplugging unused appliances, turning off lights and taking meter readings, so they could see how much they could bring down electricity use,” says Pamela French, a mother and school volunteer who is working on a documentary film about how the Big Apple’s schools can go greener. The students also participated in the citywide student-driven energy competition, the Green Cup Challenge, sponsored by The Green Schools Alliance. Another school initiative, Trash Troopers, had students monitoring their cafeteria’s recycling bins, ensuring that diners properly sort milk cartons from compostable items. “They particularly like painting monsters on recycling bins,” says French. At St. Philip the Apostle School, in Addison, Illinois, three middle school students founded Recycle Because You
Many schools already have green kids clubs, which can be easy to start. Interested students begin by contacting their principal or designated sustainability officer, an increasingly common staff position. Some libraries, museums and nature centers also host such clubs. They often have a specific core focus, such as cave or stream ecology. Local Audubon Society chapters, for example, may offer a Junior Audubon Club to introduce youngsters to bird watching. As National Audubon Society spokesperson Delta Willis notes, “It is vital to create new conservation stewards.” When famous alum Sigourney Weaver was recently honored with the organization’s Rachel Carson Award, the actress cited her own participation in the Junior Audubon Club as inspiration for her lifelong support of conservation. “She continues to go bird watching,” Willis adds. Green kids clubs may be bolstered by parent involvement. French serves on the Green Team at her children’s school, where she and other parents meet with
administrators and students to help them accomplish their sustainable goals. “There is too much going on in a school day to ask for teachers to do more, so this is an area where parents can help,” she comments. Thinking globally, high school students in Pleasant Hill, California, formed Project Jatropha three years ago to encourage struggling farmers in India to plant jatropha crops that can be turned into biofuel far more efficiently than corn. The teens have earned honors from both the Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Awards and the Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Awards. Green kids clubs provide educational and entertaining activities that help young people get involved, and can even lead to a career or lifelong hobby. If there isn’t one locally, why not start one up? Brian Clark Howard is a New York City-based multimedia journalist and the co-author of Green Lighting and Geothermal HVAC: Build Your Own Wind Power System. Connect at BrianClarkHoward.com.
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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE… But Will There Be Enough? by Sandra Postel
will continue to make weather, storms and natural disasters more severe and less predictable. As a policy forum in the journal Science notes, the historical data and statistical tools used to plan billions of dollars worth of annual global investment in dams, flood control structures, diversion projects and other big pieces of water infrastructure are no longer reliable. Yet today’s decisions about using, allocating and managing water will determine the survival of most of the planet’s species, including our own.
For at least three decades, Americans have talked about our Course uncertain energy future, but we’ve mostly ignored another Shifting For most of modern history, water management has focused on bringing worrisome crisis—water.
heap and seemingly abundant, water is so common that it’s hard to believe we could ever run out of it. Ever since the Apollo 8 astronauts photographed Earth from space in 1968, we’ve had the image of our home as a strikingly blue planet, a place of great water wealth. But of all the water on Earth, only about 2.5 percent is fresh—and two-thirds of that is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. Less than one hundredth of 1 percent of Earth’s water is fresh and available. Across the United States and around the world, we’re already reaching or overshooting the limits of Earth’s natural replenishment of fresh water through the hydrologic cycle. The Colorado and Rio Grande rivers are now so over-tapped that they discharge little or no water into the sea for months at a time. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the massive Ogallala Aquifer, which spans parts of eight states, from southern South Dakota to northwest Texas, and provides 30 percent of the groundwater used for irrigation in the country, is steadily being depleted. In much of the world, we’re growing food and supplying water to communities by over-pumping groundwater. This creates a potential crisis in the food economy: We are
meeting some of today’s food needs with tomorrow’s water.
The Changing Climate Equation
Due to climate change, we may no longer be able to count on familiar patterns of rain and snow and river flow to refill our urban reservoirs, irrigate our farms and power our dams. While farmers in the Midwest were recovering from the spring flood of 2008 (in some areas, the second “100-year flood” in 15 years), farmers in California and Texas allowed cropland to lie fallow and sent cattle to early slaughter to cope with the drought of 2009. In the Southeast, after 20 months of dryness, then-Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue stood outside the state capitol in November 2007 and led a prayer for rain. Two years later, he was pleading instead for federal aid, after intense rainfall near Atlanta caused massive flooding that claimed eight lives. This year again saw record regional precipitation, this time producing epic flooding in the Mississippi and Missouri river basins. Climate scientists warn of more extreme droughts and floods and changing precipitation patterns that
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water under human control and transferring it to expanding cities, industries and farms via dams, large water-transfer projects and wells that tap underground aquifers. Major water programs have allowed cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas to thrive in the desert, the expansion of world food production, and rising living standards for hundreds of millions. But globally, they have worsened social inequities as tens of millions of poor people are dislocated from their homes to make way for dams and canals, while hundreds of millions in downstream communities lose the currents that sustain their livelihoods. Such approaches also ignore water’s limits and the value of healthy ecosystems. Today, many rivers flow like plumbing works, turned on and off like water from a faucet. It’s tougher for fish, mussels, river birds and other aquatic life to survive; a 2008 assessment led by the USGS found that 40 percent of all fish species in North America are at risk of extinction. Meanwhile, many leaders and localities are calling for even bigger versions of past water management strategies. By some estimates, the volume of water relocated through river transfer schemes could more than double globally by 2020. But
mega-projects are risky in a warming world, where rainfall and river flow patterns are changing in uncertain ways and require costly power for pumping, moving, treating and distributing at each stage. Some planners and policymakers are eyeing desalination as a silver bullet solution to potential water shortages. But they miss—or dismiss—the perverse irony: by burning more fossil fuels and by making local water supplies more and more dependent on increasingly expensive energy, desalination creates more problems than it solves. Producing one cubic meter of drinkable water from salt water requires about two kilowatt-hours of electricity, using present technology.
Water for People and Nature
Th u s , a va n g u a r d o f c i t i z e n s , communities, farmers and corporations are thinking about water in a new way. They’re asking what we really need the water for, and whether we can meet that need with less. The result of this shift in thinking is a new movement in water management that focuses on ingenuity and ecological intelligence instead of big pumps, pipelines, dams and canals. These solutions tend to work with nature, rather than against it, making effective use of the “ecosystem services” provided by healthy watersheds and wetlands. Through better technologies and informed choices, they seek to raise water productivity and make every drop count. Communities are finding that protecting watersheds is an effective way to make sure water supplies are clean and reliable; plus, they can do the work of a water treatment plant in filtering out pollutants at a lower cost. New York City is investing $1.5 billion to restore and protect the Catskill-Delaware Watershed, which supplies 90 percent of its drinking water, in lieu of constructing a $10 billion filtration plant that would cost an additional $300 million a year to operate. Research published in Natural Resources Forum further shows that a number of other U.S. cities—from tiny Auburn, Maine, to Seattle—have saved
hundreds of millions of dollars in capital and operating costs of filtration plants by instead opting for watershed protection. Communities facing increased flood threats are achieving cost-effective protection by restoring rivers. After enduring 19 floods between 1961 and 1997, Napa, California, opted for this approach over the conventional route of channeling and building levees. In partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a $366 million project is reconnecting the Napa River with its historic floodplain, moving homes and businesses out of harm’s way, revitalizing wetlands and marshlands and constructing levees and bypass channels in strategic locations. Napa residents will benefit from increased flood protection and reduced flood insurance rates, plus new parks and trails for recreation, higher tourism revenues and improved habitats for fish and wildlife. Communities prone to excessive storm water runoff can turn existing structures into water catchments. Portland, Oregon, is investing in “green roofs” and “green streets” to prevent sewers from overflowing into the Willamette River. Chicago now boasts more than 200 green roofs—including atop City Hall—that collectively cover 2.5 million square feet, more than any other U.S. city. The vegetated roofs are providing space for urban gardens and helping to catch storm water and cool the urban environment. Parking lots, too, can be harnessed. Many communities are revitalizing their rivers by tearing down dams that are no longer safe or serving a useful purpose, thus opening up habitats for fisheries, restoring healthier water flows and improving aquatic quality. In the 10 years since the Edwards Dam was removed from the Kennebec River, near Augusta, Maine, populations of alewives and striped bass have returned in astounding numbers, reviving a recreational fishery that adds $65 million annually to the local economy.
Conservation remains the least expensive and most environmentally sound way
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of balancing water budgets. From Boston to San Antonio to Los Angeles, water consumption has decreased via relatively simple measures like repairing leaks in distribution systems; retrofitting homes and businesses with waterefficient fixtures and appliances; and promoting more sensible and efficient outdoor water use. But the potential for conservation has barely been tapped. It is especially crucial in agriculture, because irrigation accounts for 70 percent of water use worldwide, and even more in the western United States. Getting more crop per drop is central to meeting future food needs sustainably. California farmers are turning to drip irrigation, which delivers water at low volumes directly to the roots of crops. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, between 2003 and 2008, California’s drip and micro-sprinkler area expanded by 630,000 acres, to a total of 2.3 million acres—62 percent of the nation’s total drip irrigation. Community-based education and rebates to encourage water-thrifty landscapes can help. Las Vegas, for example, pays residents up to $1.50 for each square foot of grass they rip out, which has helped shrink the city’s turf area by 125 million square feet and lower its annual water use by 7 billion gallons. The water crisis requires us to pay attention to how we value and use water. Across the country, it’s essential that communities work to take care of the ecosystems that supply and cleanse water, to live within their water means and to share water equitably. Sandra Postel is director of the Global Water Policy Project, a fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and a Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. She adapted this article, based on her chapter, “Water – Adapting to a New Normal,” in The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises, edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch, and a piece published in Yes! (YesMaga zine.org). For more information, visit GlobalWaterPolicy.org and National Geographic.com/freshwater.
Environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill
Infusing Activism With Joy And Love
hen Julia Butterfly Hill climbed 180 feet into an ancient California redwood tree back in 1997, to protest the clear-cutting of one of the world’s oldest remaining forests, she thought she’d live in the tree perhaps three weeks. Four at the most. Two years later, she came down. Hill had not only saved the approximately 1000-year-old tree and a three-acre buffer zone around it, she had also won the hearts and minds of international audiences who joined her in bringing attention to the ways in which Mother Earth was being ravaged and becoming increasingly out of balance. But Hill didn’t merely create storms of public opinion on the other side of the world. She began to inspire them pretty much wherever she went, whether it was lobbying Congress, writing a national bestseller (The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods) or working as an environmental activist in conjunction with groups and causes throughout the world. This month, Hill sees the release of her latest book, Becoming: Pictures, Poems and Stories. She also visits Indianapolis to provide one of her sought-after keynote speeches. In an interview with Natural Awakenings’ Indianapolis edition, she reflected on the messages she currently brings to groups. “I always weave in the personal with the communal and the planetary. I also talk about love and consciousness guiding our choices versus anger and judgment,” she said. “I am an introvert by nature so being public is hard for me. I continue to do it though because I want people to see that even though I have done very big things with my life, I am not a super hero. “I am just a person like everyone else. All extraordinary people are just extra-ordinary; they just don’t happen to let their ordinariness stop them.” Hill has purposefully reduced her number of talks she gives each year from about 250 to a less-superhuman 50. “250 was too much for me,” she explained. “I had to bring my life into balance, so I lessened the events. I do a lot more than just talk though. I help numerous organizations on everything from strategic planning to fundraising. I do volunteer work where I live in Belize. I do life coaching with people who are looking to overcome and transform the things in their lives that hold them back from reaching their highest potential, and I lead and co-lead workshops to support people in making a positive and healthy difference in their own life and in the world.”
by Beth Ann Krier She also shares her thoughts and recommendations regularly on her website, (juliabutterfly.com), on her blog (juliabutterflyhill.wordpress.com), and on her Facebook page. In addition, she helped to launch a project called What’s Your Tree (whatsyourtree.org) to help people to uncover and clarify their purpose, passion and power, then turn their inspiration into action. Proceeds from Becoming will be used to support What’s Your Tree. Wherever that new book and other projects may take her, you can bet that storms of awareness and influence will ensue—and that they will be grounded in love and joy. As Hill said, “My commitment is to continuously learn and grow and offer my life in loving, joyous service, whether that is in direct action or fundraising or coaching individuals and nonprofits or giving talks to swimming in the sea and walking in the woods.” Julia Butterfly Hill is making a special guest appearance at the Women Like Us Foundation Afternoon Tea on October 20, 2011. See ad below.
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Julia Butterfly Hill For 738 days Julia Butterfly Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree, called Luna, to help make the world aware of the plight of ancient forests. “By standing together in unity, solidarity and love we will heal the wounds in the earth and in each other. We can make a positive difference through our actions.”
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FOR FITNESS Chiropractic Care Prevents Injury, Boosts Performance by Linda Sechrist
hat do distinguished athletes like Jerry Rice, a Hall of Fame retired wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion, and Lance Armstrong, a former professional road racing cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner, have in common? To withstand the rigors and intensity of each of their sports, these champions have both used the services of a chiropractic doctor skilled in chiropractic sports sciences and rehabilitation. A s m o r e a t h l e t e s d i s c ove r that chiropractic care goes beyond
rehabilitation benefits to further enhance performance, they are coming to rely on it as a tool to support the healthy structure and functioning of their skeletal and muscular system. A 2002 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics noted that 31 percent of National Football League teams include chiropractors on their staff. Doctor of Chiropractic Jeff Ludwick assists players of the Harrisburg Stampede, a semi-professional Pennsylvania football team. “Improper spinal alignment creates muscular
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imbalances and nerve interferences,” advises Ludwick, owner of Camp Hill Family Chiropractic, in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. “With properly aligned skeletal and nervous systems, an athlete’s body doesn’t have to work as hard,” which is why team members receive spinal adjustments before hitting the field for this high-impact sport. Ludwick notes that football is known for stressing hip joints, because when a player’s hip turns out even a few degrees, especially from sudden changes in direction, falling or violent contact with another player, tendons and muscles become tighter on one side than the other. “Chiropractic adjustments anticipate and prevent this, so that the body doesn’t have to waste energy compensating for imbalances,” he explains. Traditionally, chiropractic care is known for focusing on postural adjustments to minimize abnormal stresses and strains that affect the function of the nervous system and act on joints and spinal tissues. But active exercises and stretches, extension traction and ergonomic education are frequently added as preventive protocols to help athletes avert injury.
Cause and Effects
The spinal cord operates like a switchboard for the body, transferring electrical impulses via a network of nerves. It works properly as long as there is no interference between the brain and tissue cells. But when nerve endings swell due to misaligned vertebrae, injury is more likely. Research reported in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and The Physician and Sportsmedicine indicates that chiropractic sports science helps find and correct the underlying causes, and thus helps prevent and heal injuries. During one research project, Chung Ha Suh, Ph.D., and his team at the University of Colorado demonstrated that even, “minuscule amounts of pressure on a nerve root (equal to a feather falling on the hand), resulted in up to a 50 percent decrease in electrical transmission down the course of the nerve supplied by that root.” The resulting biomechanical misalignment causes a domino effect:
It exerts abnormal pressure on the nerve root, causes interference in the brain’s impulses to tissue cells, and alters the performance of any muscles and organs that the nerve serves. C h i r o p ra c t i c P hy s i c i a n Jay Sweeney, owner of San Antonio Family Alternative Medicine, in Texas, uses functional neurology to “send a barrage of neurologically correct signals through the nervous system straight into the brain” in order to promote the balance, stability and coordination that enhance athletic performance and help prevent injuries. Dr. Nicole Galiette, owner of
Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center, in Cheshire, Connecticut, believes that her expertise as a marathon runner helps to guard athlete clients from fatigue and stress that affect joints as a result of repetitive motions. “In any sport, there is a tendency to use one side, one joint or one movement more than others,” advises Galiette. For example, cyclists and runners’ repetitive stress injuries most often occur in the knees and back, while swimmers and baseball pitchers experience them in the shoulders. When Galiette treats cyclists that overwork their leg muscles and lean forward in an awkward spinal
position for extended periods, she emphasizes strengthening exercises. “Injuries that heal properly are less susceptible to future flare-ups,” she notes. “Anyone that pushes their body hard needs to be in proper alignment, to keep the muscular system balanced,” Galiette asserts. “Strengthening the muscles around body mechanisms that are most frequently used means that the integrity of the surrounding structures won’t be compromised and cause other problems.” Linda Sechrist is a senior writer and editor for Natural Awakenings. YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL THROUGH OUR Comprehensive Wellness Approach
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hen their children suffer from ear infections, asthma, colds, and allergies--or even ADHD-- an increasing number of parents are turning to chiropractor Dr. Lauren Montieth for help. “We see a lot of kids at our center,” says Montieth, founder of Optimal Wellness Center in Zionsville. “Some people say, ‘Why in the world would you want to adjust a child?’ But chiropractic is for everyone. It’s simple, easy and it works. Basically, chiropractic just upgrades the body’s operating system.” Montieth knows how effective chiropractic treatments can be for children— from personal experience. She was diagnosed with asthma as a child. But after her Call today to schedule your free consultation. mother took her to see a chiropractor at age 11, the asthma disappeared within a Package discounts available. matter of months. In her practice at Optimal Wellness Center, Montieth works on newborns, young children and teenagers as well as adults, including her fiancé who previously suffered from ADHD. “He was on 120 milligrams a day of medication,” she recalls, adding that he now has no ADHD symptoms and functions well without the medication. ADHD patients at Optimal Wellness Center are evaluated with regard to their diet, neurological development, birthing process, vaccination history and lifestyle 9780 Lantern Road, Ste 230, Fishers habits. Patients also receive a state-of-the-art, pain-free evaluation of the nervous system as ADHD is a neurological disorder. Programs are then customized for children, or as they case may be, adults. In addition to chiropractic care for patients of all ages, Optimal Wellness Center also offers functional medicine, yoga classes (for kids, teens and adults), breathing and meditation Flu Shots & Medicine? or classes, massage therapy, reiki and energy balancing, holistic Chiropractic & Natural Remedies? facials and skin care, nutritional counseling, cooking classes, OWC specializes in raising healthy children and offers mom natural personal training, pre-natal care, holistic pediatric care, weight comprehensive alternatives to chemicals and drugs. Interested in avoiding flu season or pediatric enhancing your child’s immune system naturally, try us out for half off! loss programs and wellness retreats. The next such retreat is evaluation Call 317.870.7220 for an appointment! October 14-16 at the Retreat House in Quincy, Indiana. $
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Urinary Health Illness Care and Prevention Tips by Dr. Matthew J. Heller Dogs and cats can suffer from diseases and disorders similar to those that can trouble their owners. Urinary tract disease is a common cause for concern for pets.
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The urinary system is vital to any animal’s health, because it is responsible for removing waste products such as chemical byproducts, toxins and drugs from the bloodstream and eliminating them as urine. Other vital functions of the system include balancing the body’s pH, transforming vitamin D into an active form, and releasing hormones that aid in regulating blood pressure. Urinary tract disease may show up in several ways, including common bacterial infections easily treated with antibiotics, and bladder or kidney stones, which often require surgery. Just as in people, urinary tract disease causes pets pain and is dangerous if left untreated. Many urinary diseases share similar symptoms, any of which should prompt a proper professional diagnosis: n Frequent straining to urinate, often
with little success; if a pet likely has a full bladder and attempts to urinate but nothing passes, consult a veterinarian immediately n More than the usual licking of the genital area n Increased urination, sometimes in inappropriate areas, such as inside the home or outside the litter box n Crying or whimpering when urinating n Cloudy or bloody urine with a strong odor n Tenderness in lower abdominal area during examination As always, providing the veterinarian with details as to changes in recent potty habits is helpful. Based on a detailed medical history, many veterinarians will proceed to diagnostic testing that usually begins with a basic urinalysis.
Urinary Tract Infections
The most common cause of urinary tract disease is bacterial infection. For most urinary tract infections (UTI), an antibiotic regime will treat the present infection and lifestyle changes accompanied by veterinarian-recommended nutraceuticals may aid in preventing future problems. Certain underlying conditions may predispose a pet to infection, such as a weakened immune system or diabetes. Most canine UTIs are bacterial in origin and as a general rule, female 24
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dogs are more prone to experience them because the wider female urethra potentially allows more unwanted bacteria to enter. If bacteria then travels to the bladder and is left untreated, it may go on to contaminate the kidneys and other organs, presenting a serious health risk.
Bladder or kidney stones pose a more serious type of urinary disease, and either is of more concern for pets. In suspect situations, radiographic imaging such as X-rays or ultrasounds will help determine treatment. Small female dogs between the ages of 4 and 8 that have a history of bladder infections are the most vulnerable. While stones are less common in male dogs, it can pose a critical care situation if stones pass from the bladder into the male’s narrow urethra, where the obstruction prevents the pet from urinating. Stones can also affect feline friends and similar lifethreatening situations can occur if urine is unable to pass. G e n e r a l l y, s t o n e s f o r m i n concentrated urine, so the less hydrated a pet, the greater the risk that a stone may form. Stones are formed by microscopic mineral crystals strained out of urine that band together to create a larger stone. There are various types of stones and
correct identification will determine treatment options.
Increase water consumption. Home cooking is a wonderful option for ensuring a pet is receiving ample moisture-rich foods; most recipes include fluid-rich meats and veggies. Offering high quality, premium canned food is good, too. For pets that routinely chow down on dry commercial foods, moisten rations with salt-free broth. Also, add a tiny pinch of unrefined sea salt to their water bowl; using distilled water is advised for pets with a history of stones. Use supplements. Capsules of d-Mannose cranberry extract combine a powerful natural diuretic with the antibacterial benefits of cranberries. The more often a pet urinates, the less likely the urine will become concentrated in the bladder. Consider probiotics. Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria that establish a healthy flora in the digestive tract; a strong gut can fight off infectious bacterial challenges. Monitor pH. Owners can purchase pH strips to test a pet’s first daily urine at home. Changes in a pet’s pH may indicate a urinary issue and that veterinary care is advisable.
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Deva Premal and Miten Concert – Joined by Nepalese bamboo flutist Manose on their tour of 24 U.S. cities. The couple have been chanting and making music together since they met at an ashram in India 20 years ago. Together, they’ve recorded more than 20 albums, including the jazzinfluenced Password, which debuts this Fall. Visit DevaPremalMiten.com for more details. Cahn Auditorim, NW University, Chicago.
Annual Family Fun Day at Oliver’s Woods Nature Preserve – Join us in the woods from 11am to 2pm for a day of exploration and fun at the Oliver’s Woods Nature Preserve on Indianapolis’ Northside. Come discover our newest nature preserve and experience first-hand the value of Central Indiana’s natural lands. Join us for guided hikes and in gathering around the campfire to enjoy food and fun.Central In Land Trust. All events are free but RSVP is required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317631-5263 ext. 114. Breast Cancer Awareness – For volunteering or walks in Indianapolis and surrounding area visit TheBreastCancerSite.com and click on the tab Walk Events. Native American Storytelling and Water Treasure Hunt – 2-4pm. Bring your family to hear Teresa Webb (Potawatomi) tell traditional water-related stories in the museum galleries, then go on a treasure hunt to find water-related objects in the museum. $8/adult $5/Kids 5-17. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis. Eiteljorg.org. 2011 Indy Hair Ball to benefit SNSI – 2:306pm. The seventh annual Hair Ball to benefit Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI). The family-friendly event features both silent and live auctions, live music, a baked-goods sale, children’s activities and free food, wine, beer and soft drinks. $20 advance sale / $25 day of event. SNSI, Irsay Pavilion, 116th St and Ditch Road, Carmel. 317-767-777.1. IndyHairBall.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4
Beatle Fest – 6:30-9:30pm. 10/8 Noon. Celebrate John Lennon’s birthday with music, special guests and the Grand Opening of the first ever Beatle Store in Indianapolis. We are the exclusive vendor in Indiana for Beatles in India books and photographs, so come be part of a special weekend and perhaps take home a special piece of Beatles history. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@ sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
Oktoberfest - This will be an all day event offering live music, hayrides, pumpkin carving, and more. Serving Organic German Dishes, along with specialty Beers and Wine. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville 317-7331700.TPFOrganics.com. Creating the Work You Love – 9:30am-12:30pm. Workshop is designed to help you find your path if you’re unhappy in your job, lack clarity, vision or courage when you imagine doing work that is soul satisfying. $40. Includes snack and beverages. Elaine Voci Life Skills Coaching, LLC. 11805 N. Pennsylvania St, Carmel. 317-730-5481. ElaineVoci.com. Lean and Green Cuisine – 10am-12pm. Stay on track with heart-healthy, gluten and dairy-free recipes full of flavor and finesse . $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr Indianapolis. 317-408-110. ReinventingWellness.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Rustic Root Veggies – 5:30-7:30pm. Autumn veggies take the stage in this seasonal comfort food class. . $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr Indianapolis. 317-408-110. ReinventingWellness.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 “From Healing to Transformation” A weekend workshop with worldrenowned speaker and author Rudolph Ballentine, M.D.
Mark Your Calendar
Braco Returns to Indy – 11am-7pm. 10/5 11am-7pm. Sessions each hour. For over eight years across Europe, people have arrived by the thousands to gazing events featuring this gentle man with a remarkable gift. Satisfy your curiosity. $8/session. The Fountains Banquet & Conference Center, 502 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel. Braco.net.
Friday, October 14 Saturday, October 15 Contact us: 317-257-9642 For further information: www.ipyc.org
Help heal yourself and the planet.
Introduction to Oops! – 6:30-8pm. Join Wendy and Iva in an experiential evening of Out of Pure Science and Sound. Attendees have experienced healings in just one evening, so come find out what it’s all about. Love Donation. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com. Allergy-Free Baking – 5:30-7:30pm. Learn how to make delicious baked goods without dairy or gluten. A few dishes are even grain-free. $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr Indianapolis. 317-408-110. ReinventingWellness.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
Indieana Handicraft Exchange – 5-10pm. 32 vendors displaying arts and crafts available for show and sale plus live music. Free. The Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St. IndieanaHandicraftExchange.com.
Indianapolis/Crossroads of America
From Healing to Transformation with Rudolph Ballentine, M.D. Fri. 7-9 pm & Sat. 1-5 pm. Learn what true healing is and how it leads to inner and outer transformation. Covers several healing modalities plus tantra in daily life. $50 Fri./ $85 Sat. UUI Church 615 W. 43 St., Indpls, 257-9642. Inner peace. Path of the Shaman Workshop – with David Erickson. Oct. 14-16. Fully experiential weekend workshop to expand your consciousness - for the curious or the trained. $250. Call for details. The Playful Soul inside Mother Nature’s Sun. 317-435-1999.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
The Endurance – through Feb 2012. Discover the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Endurance expedition--its astonishing panoramas, doomed ship, extreme hardships and miraculous climax. $3 plus General Admission. Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indpls. 317-232-1637.
Wellness Program – 1-2pm. Listen to healthy words of advice from MXI V.P., a Cellular Nutritionist, Millionaires and more. This is an hour that could change your life. Bring this with you for Free chocolate. Xocai. Holiday Inn North at the Pyramids. 317-363-2262.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18
Beginning Yoga Class – 7:15-8pm. Taught by a team of teachers, this series is open and appropriate for everyone interested in trying yoga, but nervous to jump right into a regular and on-going class. $65. Evolutions@Yoga, 2801 Fairview Pl, Suite I, Greenwood.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
Afternoon Tea – 1-4pm. Guest speakers include Loung Ung and Julia Butterfly Hill. Women Like Us. $35. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indpls. WomenLikeUsFoundation.org.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
Intent Heals Journal Workshop – 1:30-3:30pm. Heal your world by holding it in your hands. Experience awakening and healing with prayer journals. $40, includes journal and silk bag. Elaine Voci Life Skills Coaching, LLC. 11805 N. Pennsylvania St, Carmel. 317-730-5481. ElaineVoci.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – 2-3pm. 10/27 from 6-7pm. Tap on acupuncture points to release physical, emotional, life situation issues. Tools for Joyful Living, 5038 E. 56th St., Indpls. 317-568-3862. TapTFJL.com. 1 Day = 5 Meals – 10am-12pm. Stretch a buck and prepare supper for a week in just a few hours. $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr Indianapolis. 317-408-110. ReinventingWellness.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25
Nancy’s Birthday – Wish her a happy day! Chakra Dhyana – 6:30-8pm. Chant the Chakra Dhyana and the Oneness Blessing to raise your vibration and tap into your higher consciousness. Ends with a Gong Meditation. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
Gourmet Meals in a Flash – 5:30-7:30pm. Fresh & easy gourmet recipes for the busiest families with no sacrifice in flavor or nutrition. $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr Indianapolis. 317-408-110. ReinventingWellness.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 YOGAWOMAN Movie Premiere – 6-9:30pm. A documentary of senior teachers and students discussing the importance and distinct differences in a yoga practice for a woman’s body and psyche. $35/advance; $55. Evolutions@Yoga Studio, 2801 Fairview Pl, Suite I, Greenwood. 317-881-9642. EvolutionsYoga.com. Spirit Healing Drum Circle – 6:30-8pm. Connect to the rhythm and power of community and experience the healing power of the drum. Drum, dance or just soak it in. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St., Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. MotherNatureSun.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
Intent Heals Journal Workshop – 9:30-11:30am. An experiential healing workshop that offers a tangible way to engage in prayer, gratitude and forgiveness. Participants each receive a journal, in a silk bag, to continue the journaling process after the workshop. $30. Elaine Voci Life Skills Coaching, LLC, 11805 North Pennsylvania St, Carmel. 317-730-5481. ElaineVoci.com. Football Season Favorites – 10am-12pm. Interested in making football season treats without the guilt of fattening foods. Learn how to make delicious treats that all football lovers will enjoy. $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr Indianapolis. 317-408-110. ReinventingWellness.com.
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Shining Soul Connection - Join us at the kick-off event to raise funding for our new program, which is designed to offer free wellness services to women currently undergoing breast cancer treatment. Events throughout the day and evening including Yoga, Tie-dye party, Meditation and more. Check our website for a complete schedule. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. 317-870-7220. WeCreateWellness.com. WeCreateWellness.com.
Happy Halloween TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Food Bliss Workshop – 6-8pm Tuesdays. Chef Wendell Fowler and Chef Audrey Barron explore the human diet in a 6 class series. Full meal and beverage for each class. $240/full series $135/3 classes and $50/ individual class. 317-372-2592. FoodBlissWorkshops.Blogspot.com .
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Frangipani Showcase – Nov 2 - 6. The Junior League of Indianapolis presents Holiday Mart. See full dates, times and schedule online at JLIndy.org/?nd=holiday_mart.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9
The Body and the Power of Sound – 7-9pm. The Body and the Power of Sound will feature the Earth Harp, played by Andrea Brook - yoga teacher, spiritual counselor and international performing artist. She will be accompanied by Suzanne Sterling - co-founder of Off the Mat, musician, Urban Priestess and yogini. The two will lead the audience in the experience of using the power of sound, music and singing to heal and unite our bodies. YMCA @ the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., Indpls.
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daily Pilates Reformer Classes – Mon–Sat. No Sun classes. Visit website for times. Engage the mind with the body to create exercises that involve whole body movement. $20-$35. Inner You Pilates, 14950 Greyhound Ct, Indianapolis. 317571-8367. InnerYouPilates.com. Become a Junior Aeronaut – Daily through Oct. 31. Learn how to fly a balloon with a certified pilot. Read the instruments, determine weather conditions and control the balloon in flight. Open to anyone age 3 and older. $10. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. 317-776-6000. ConnerPrairie.org. FLOW: Can You See the River?Exhibit – Daily through Feb. 2012. Reveals important and unique elements of the White River water system through a series of installations at stopping points along the river and the canal, engaging visitors and increasing awareness of the watershed and the role that it plays in the life of the city and its inhabitants. Free. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis. IMAMuseum.org.
Locally Grown Gardens – Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-8pm. Chef owned and operated year round farm market offering a variety of produce, pies, breads and more. Lunch and dinner served daily. 1050 E 54th St, Indianapolis. 317255-8555. LocallyGrownGardens.com. Waterman’s Farm Market – 8am-7pm. Year round. Large variety of produce and food-related products. 7010 E Raymond St, Indianapolis. WatermansFarmMarket.com.
sunday Prayers For World Peace with Mandy Vickery – 11-12:15. All welcome. Increase and maintain a happy, positive mind. Free/Donation. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281. Meditation-Indianapolis.org.
Kundalini Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. All levels. A unique blend of posture, breathwork, meditation and chanting. Currently working through the chakras. Modifications available for any fitness level. $5. Cityoga, 2442 N Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-430-3875. HariDattiKaur@hotmail.
Therapeutic Yoga – 5pm. Donation. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Parkway Dr., Zionsville. 317873-2163. PilatesWellnessStudio.com. Sahaja Meditation – 12-1pm. A simple and spon- Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. Meditation Classes taneous meditation technique, which de-stresses for Beginners. Learn meditation to relax mind, improves attention and brings inner peace the body and mind, achieve inner peace and and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. mental clarity and develop a kind and patient Free. Old National Bank, 6135 N College Ave, attitude toward everybody. $10/$5 Students. Indpls. 317-300-4560. IndianaMeditation.org. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281 or Warming Up to Hot Vinyasa – 2-3:15pm. Class Meditation-Indianapolis.org. for those new to yoga or anxious about the idea United Rhythms Drum Circle – 7-8pm. 18+. of practicing yoga in a hot room. $17. Flourish Focuses on sharing rhythm, releasing stress and Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, reconnecting with self. All drums and percussion Fishers. 317-841-0103. Amy@flourishyoga.biz. provided. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music FlourishYoga.Biz. and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Lisa@bongoboymuMeditation Class – 6-7pm. A calming, centersic.com. BongoBoyMusic.com. ing meditation that will help one move into the week with peace, rejuevenation, & clarity. Focused Stretching – 5:30-6:30pm. We guide you Donation. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 through specific poses and stretches to encourage a better overall body while staying connected Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. MALE_FEMALECOMP_AD.ai 1 9/19/11 with6 your mind. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Amy@flourishyoga.biz. FlourishYoga.Biz. Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. 317-8707220. WeCreateWellness.com. Meditation and Breathing – 6:30- 7:45 pm. Group SAVE MALE and FEMALE E OVER meditation brings a higher awareness and greater * PREHE COMPREHENSIVE $ benefits to participants. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. 317ANEL PANEL 870-7220. WeCreateWellness.com.
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tuesday Yoga for Healing the Heart – 5:45-7pm. Yoga for those recovering from stress, grief, life crisis. PeaceThroughYoga.com. Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. With Buddhist teacher, Kathy Ryan. Perfect for beginners and others wishing to train their mind to relax, gain mental clarity, increase inner peace and a kind heart. $14. Monon Community Center, Dance Studio B, 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel. Dromtonpa Members $5 per class. 317-848-7275. Info@CarmelClayParks.com.
wednesday Slow Flow Yoga – 8am. Donation. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Parkway Dr., Zionsville. 317-8732163. PilatesWellnessStudio.com.
Farmers’ Market at the City Market – 10am1pm. Market Street between Delaware and Alabama sts, Indianapolis. 317-634-9266. Indycm.com/farmers-market. Adventure Yoga For Kids – 4:15-5pm. Ages 4-8. With the use of imagery and children’s stories, we explore a wide variety of yoga poses and breathing techniques. $12. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. 317-8707220. WeCreateWellness.com. Half Price Glasses of Wine – 5-9:30pm. Choose from a selection of organic & sustainable wines for half the price. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. TPFOrganics.com. Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. A relaxing, slow paced class where we practice basic yoga poses. 317-870-7220. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. WeCreateWellness.com. Sahaja Meditation – 7-8pm. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which de-stresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 4950 E. County Line Rd., Greenwood. 317-300-4560. IndianaMeditation.org. Health & Wellness Class – 7pm. Every 2nd Wednesday. First class free/$5. Whitewillow Integrative Health Specialist. Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Ave, Indpls. Whitewillow9.com.
thursday Half Price Bottles of Wine – 5-9:30pm. Organic and sustainable bottles of wine over $50 are half price on Wednesdays. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. TPFOrganics.com. Yoga Class – 5 and 6:30pm. Join Barbara Mattingly, R.N., M.S., who studied with Deepak Chopra and is a skilled teacher with a gift for inspiring others. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat. $15/class, 10-class package for $120. Create Health Naturally located at The Logan Institute, 8499 Fishers Center Dr., Indpls. 317-753-1167. Barbarita3@Aol.com. All-Level Vinyasa Flow – 6-7pm. Flow through poses and put the mind in touch with the body. Modifications offered. 317-870-7220. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. WeCreateWellness.com. Free Community Drum Circle – 6:45-8pm. All ages/experience welcome. Free. Hand Drum instruction class prior to the drum circle at 6:156:45pm. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Lisa@bongoboy music.com. BongoBoyMusic.com. Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:15pm. This class will consist of Kundalini Yoga to raise your vibration and tap into your higher consciousness. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com. Meditations For Everyday Life – 7-8:30pm. Current Series: How to Solve Human Problems. $10. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281 or Meditation-Indianapolis.org.
Indianapolis/Crossroads of America
Health & Wellness Class– 7pm. Every 3rd Thursday. First class free/$5. Whitewillow Integrative Health Specialist. Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Ave, Indpls. Whitewillow9.com.
friday The Green Market – 4-8pm. Shop our vendors to find the best selection in local organic products. The Green Market, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. TPFOrganics.com. Live Music – 5-9pm. Enjoy our Chef’s 100% organic menu set to Live Music. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-7331700. TPForganics.com.
saturday Guided Farm Tours – Get up close and personal with our Cows and Nature. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700. TPForganics.com. Binford Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Hawthorn Plaza, Binford Blvd and 62nd St, Indianapolis. 317-841-0755. BinfordFarmersMarket.com. Yoga Class – 9am. Join Barbara Mattingly, R.N., M.S., who studied with Deepak Chopra and is a skilled teacher with a gift for inspiring others. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat. $15/class, 10-class package for $120. Create Health Naturally located at The Logan Institute, 8499 Fishers Center Dr., Indpls. 317-753-1167. Barbarita3@Aol.com.
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Children’s Tumbling – 10:15-12:15pm various age groups. Children play and interact with other children their age. Indoor playground time, song time and parachute fun. Parent must participate. $30 Greenwood Residents/$35 for 6 week session. Greenwood Parks and Recreation, 100 Surina Way, Greenwood. http://www.greenwood.in.gov/ egov/docs/1314107033_737854.pdf. Kids Rhythm Club – 10:45-11:30am. Participate in “kids drum circle” and explore recreational music making through rhythm and rhythm based games. Recommended ages for kids: 3-12, Parents are encouraged to participate. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Lisa@bongoboymusic.com. BongoBoyMusic.com. Introduction to Yoga – 12:30-2pm. Second Saturday of every month. Free. All People Yoga Center, 1724 E. 86 St, Indy. 317-818-1800. AllPeopleYoga.com.
garage sale GIANT SALE Proceeds will benefit injured Hoosier – 8am. Brownsburg American Legion Post 331. If you’d like to donate items, they may be dropped off at 9125 56th Street. Contact Nancy Spaulding at 317-514-4837.
naturaldirectory Natural Networking at its best! Connecting you to the leaders of natural healthy living in our community. To find out how you can be included in this directory each month, call 317-862-6332 or visit: NACrossroads.com.
animal rights/welfare HUMANE SOCIETY OF INDIANAPOLIS 7929 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis 317-872-5650 IndyHumane.org
HSI is the first choice in providing direct services for shelter cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, behavior training, appropriate medical care, and affordable spay/neuter services. See ad on page 4.
Yoga for Kids – Saturdays 10-11:15 a.m. at Peace through Yoga in the heart of Eagle Creek Park. Six classes/$30. PeaceThroughYoga.com. Book Study – 9am-12noon. Second Sat/month. Now Creations founder, Vince Lisi, leads a book study and currently studying the New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Fishers United Methodist Church, 9196 E 116th St, Fishers. Visit NowCreations.org for details.
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Jameson Camp is a resource for the entire Indianapolis community. We offer anywhere from summer camp programming to retreat or meeting spaces to suit your needs. See ad on page 17.
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Individualized nutritional, vitamin supplement, exercise, and hormone replacement therapy treatment plan for men and women called the G.A.M.E. PLAN. Regain vigor and a zest for life. See ad on page 25.
STILLPOINT FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, INC.
9780 Lantern Rd., Ste. 230, Fishers 317-863-0365 DrPennella.com
Chiropractic focused wellness care concerned with the entire patient, not just symptoms. Office care centered around optimizing the nervous system and thereby optimizing life. See ad on page 23.
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We promote a “cleansing” lifestyle that focuses on balancing the inner ecosystem at our colon hydrotherapy center. This lifestyle incorporates regular internal cleansing, detoxification and nourishment programs. See ad on page 28.
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farmers’ markets/ natural/organic THE GREEN MARKET
9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville 317-733-1700 TradersPointCreamery.com
Indiana’s only year-round market, bringing you sustainably produced local goods. Summer hours, Fridays from 4-8pm. See ad on page 26.
farms - organic LIFE CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARM NATURE’S CROSSROADS
4545 Northwestern Dr., Ste. A, Zionsville 317-870-7220 WeCreateWellness.com
health foods GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOOD COMPANY
6350 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis 317-253-3709 Good-Earth.com
Offering a distinctive and broad selection of natural and organic foods, supplements, beauty products, and apparel. Family owned and operated since 1971. See ad on page 12.
This artisan dairy farm is a serene break from the city hustle. Serving Brunch, Lunch & Dinner for the ultimate organic farm to table experience! See ad on page 25.
ELAINE VOCI LIFE SKILLS COACHING, LLC
11805 North Pennsylvania Street, Carmel 317-730-5481 ElaineVoci.com
Since 1995 - specializing in career coaching, managing transitions, and monthly Intent Heals Journal Workshops. Awaken to your best self through a workshop or individual coaching.
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It is my goal to lead you deeper into an understanding of your true self to facilitate healing and transformation through integrative therapies. See ad on page 5.
Enjoy a variety of certified organic produce through the Community Supported Agriculture program and buy locally grown certified organic seeds and seedlings.
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meditation SAHAJA MEDITATION 317-300-4560 IndianaMeditation.org
Sahaja Meditation is a simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which de-stresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing inner energy. Everyone welcome. See ad on page 5.
WHITEWILLOW INTEGRATIVE HEALTH SPECIALIST
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More than twenty years experience successfully managing symptoms of chronic illness. Free Consultations. See ad on page 25.
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Offering a variety of nutritional and holistic health counseling services. Specializing in raw foods certifications, private cooking classes, corporate services, and menu planning. See ad on page 26.
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A family-owned wellness center integrating the modalities of yoga and massage into the medical system of Carmel Riverview Rehab. Linda Banter and son Eric Banter. See ad on page 15.
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Enjoy smaller classes with personalized instruction. Exercise your body then join us for meditation, offered several times each week. Early morning and lunch classes available. FLOURISH YOGA
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Pilates exercise focuses on learning to move better so the benefits are felt in everyday life. Join a class or sign up for private sessions. See ad on page 8.
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