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Honoring Earth Day after a Year of Covid

pril 22 is Earth Day, which at Natural Awakenings, we celebrate the entire month. But this year—one year after its 50th anniversary—all signs say that it’s different, perhaps more poignant (or at least that’s how it feels to me when I lick my finger and stick it the air). It feels like popular support for environmental protection, public exhortations about the state of our planet, personal demonstrations of green-ness and allegiance to sustainability are both more meaningful and more widespread. Much of this enhanced awareness appears to be involuntary, born from the slowdown in our lives thrust upon us by the coronavirus. We’ve been forced to spend less time driving and more time outdoors as we navigate pandemic life in a way that doesn’t involve public buildings and the presence of other people. As well, many of us have sought to defend ourselves from the ravages of COVID-19 by strengthening our immune system. These new behaviors have taken us back to nature, just the way it was meant to be. Our instruction manual that’s held up strong for 2,000 years now, the Bible, has never let us down in its truths that God created humans and Earth to be symbiotic, that He placed upon this planet everything we need to survive and thrive, with us in dominion—but not domination—over them. What’s amazing to me is that we’ve been celebrating the protection of our planet just once a year for only 50 years. Why shouldn’t we celebrate daily the fact that we get to see the sun come up and illuminate the world so we have the privilege of beholding the wonderful colors of nature and enjoying the light and warmth that literally nourishes our bodies? Maybe we could have a daily Earth Minute or Earthrise, just like we have a daily sunrise with a natural schedule published for everyone to know. All this makes me ponder how to celebrate Earth Day 2021, after our collective experience of a year of pandemic. I think the answer is rooted in what we’ve learned, which is the real joy we should be celebrating this Earth Day. I’m joyful because these lessons have been almost universal. We may call them different names and realized them at different times, and some of us may not even realize that we’re thinking or behaving differently as a result. Those lessons are about the cause and effect of things such as our health, clean air, how food actually can heal our bodies and how being outside in nature is just as relaxing and intoxicating as a glass of wine or a beer. We’re learning that our assault on the environment has a boomerang effect—when our actions degrade, defile or deplete the environment, it withholds its lifegiving and life-supporting properties—thus degrading, defiling and depleting our health. I often hear the saying “If you’re good to it, it will be good to you,” typically applied to our hair or skin, our pets or our cars. Well, the past year has shown that this adage also applies to our planet. We’ve seen images and statistics about improved air quality around the world due to the fact that millions of people have been required to learn and work from home. Bicycles and exercise equipment were at one point sold out everywhere, and they’re still in great demand. Some popular parks and trails have had to devise crowd-control schemes. This is all good, so I’m going to celebrate this Earth Day by setting an intention to act on my pandemic lessons and continue the life- and planet-affirming behaviors I developed over the last year. In this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings, we hope to help you see the lessons, experience the joy and make the best of the collective, involuntary journey that we’ve all been on over the past “Earth Year”. In her article “The Human Cost of Climate Change,” Sandra Yeyati connects the dots between global warming and the impact on our health and everyday lives. That’s also the mission of our own Healthy Living Healthy Planet radio show, which is the subject of a feature article this month. We also offer some spring-cleaning advice, with articles on how to detox your home and body, as well as a feature on how and where to enjoy nature and wildlife as we move into the spring season and what is also hopefully the springtime at the end of the pandemic. We trust there is something for everyone in this month’s issue; something that will ignite passion and fuel action so we can all live a healthier life on a healthy planet. Blessings, Until next month



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owboy Compost was created by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and small business owner and entrepreneur Johanna Calderón with a mission to reduce waste by composting pre-consumer and post-consumer food scraps and leftovers. They want to inspire people to adopt a zerowaste lifestyle. Cowboy Compost is providing residential and commercial composting services in the greater Fort Worth area for the first time, making food composting simple, easy and affordable for households, businesses, and organizations. They supply education, equipment and products, instructions and regular food waste pick-up. For more information, visit CowboyCompost.com.

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lectric vehicle (EV) owners and potential owners will celebrate Drive Electric Earth Day from 2:30 to 5:50 p.m., April 17, at the Shannon Bewing Company, in Keller. The event is sponsored by Oncor Electric and the Tesla Owners Club of North Texas. For a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card, register to attend or participate and complete a short survey. They want to to raise awareness about the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. This is a place to see, experience and get information from owners. Electric vehicles have collectively driven almost a million miles to date. Social distancing and masks are required. Location: 818 N. Main St., Keller. Register at DriveElectricEarthDay.org/event. php?eventid=2668.

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he ninth annual meeting of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy will meet from May 13 through 15 at the Omni Hotel Las Colinas, in Irving, with COVID-19 protocols. A livestream event on May 16 is available for the general public. The annual meeting is educational and will discuss new important position papers on ozone therapy and ozone generators. Registration is required and reduced priced day-passes are available. Ozone, introduced to the U.S. in the early ‘80s, has been increasingly used in recent decades and is used in most holistic Dental practices. It activates the immune system in infectious diseases and can reduce or eliminate many sources of chronic pain through its action on pain receptors. Location: 221 Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. For registration and more information, visit AAOT.us. See ad, page 5.


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ctivity has increased by 70 percent on Dallas-Fort Worth bicycle-pedestrian trails due to the COVID-19 pandemic as more people are biking and walking, putting a greater focus on the importance of safety for all users of the transportation system. Look Out Texans, a regional public safety and education campaign, is sharing tips to help make the region’s roads safer for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Look Out Texans features tips such as yielding to people in crosswalks and giving three feet of space when passing a bicyclist. Data shows that people between 23 and 33 years old are most likely to be involved in pedestrian crashes and that most fatalities happen at night. The Look Out Texans campaign coordinates with the work of local, state and federal transportation partners focused on improving reliability and safety through roadway design solutions and greater awareness of how people can bike, walk and drive safely. Consequently, the Federal Highway Administration has designated both Dallas and Fort Worth as two of its 35 Pedestrian-Bicycle Focus Cities, which were selected based on high rates of crash fatalities.

For more information about the Look Out Texans campaign, including tips that can help make the roads safer for all, visit LookOutTexans.org. Follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #LookOutTexans. About the North Central Texas Council of Governments: NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG’s purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions. NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including 16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit nctcog.org/trans.


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Spotlight on the Environment


he fifth annual environmentally focused EarthxFilm festival from April 16 through 25 features in-person and virtual screening presentations. The festival showcases films and emerging media that explore science, conservation, climate change and the environment, honoring the heroes working to protect our planet. EarthxFilm aims to turn awareness into action through education, art and media. Cash prizes totaling $25,000 will be awarded to filmmakers and to environmental organizations showcased in the films through impact grants. Opening and closing night selections of Sally Aitken’s Playing With Sharks (drive-in) and the world premiere of Clark Johnson’s Percy Vs. Goliath, respectively, bookcase a raft of

stellar selections. Sharks is about the groundbreaking diver Valerie Taylor. Percy Vs. Goliath, stars Christopher Walken, Adam Beach, Christina Ricci and Zach Braff in the true story of a farmer taking on a multinational corporation over the impact of GMOs on his livelihood. Other highlights include an evening of Texas-centric films featuring EarthxFilm alum Ben Masters’ American Ocelot and Nicol Ragland’s Trans Pecos. Michael Cain, cofounder and president of EarthxFilm, says, “Over the course of the past year, EarthxFilm has worked to adapt and innovate the way we present environmental stories and messages to the world. With over 12 million views since EarthxTV’s launch in September, we have

seen great success with our online presentations, and we are excited to safely share these inspiring films with audiences in a public space once again.” “While environmental issues have been less in focus because of the relentless news cycle of the last year, we know at EarthX that these challenges are no less urgent. That is why we are so grateful to our many daring filmmakers and planetary heroes who have continued their work to bring us essential stories that will inspire our audience into action,” notes EarthxFilm Artistic Director David Holbrooke. For more informatio, and to see film line-up and schedule, visit EarthxFilm.org.





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Celebrate Earth Day 2021 Virtually The COVID-19 pandemic may be with us for some time, but there are still many ways to participate in the 51st anniversary of the global environmental movement. The Biden administration will host world leaders at an Earth Day 2021 global climate summit on April 22. Many important environmental events have occurred on Earth Day since 1970, including the 2016 signing of the Paris Agreement, as Earth Day continues to be a momentous and unifying day each year. Be a part of this historic climate summit by taking action to restore the Earth. For more information, visit the Earth Day Network at EarthDay.org. These local Earth Day events will take place nearby or in a digital format. Taking a pledge to go pesticide-free, committing to reducing meat from our diet or organizing an online community climate discussion are other ways to honor the cause safely from home.



Virtual 2021 Earth Day Challenge Run/Walk – Apr 1-30. The goal of the Earth Day Virtual Challenge is simple. During the month collectively see how many times we can run the distance of the equator 24,901 miles. More info: Tinyurl.com/9h3v666b.

Earth Day Celebration – Hear from an impressive line-up of environmental and conservation leaders from a wide range of disciplines and interests representing a broad spectrum of initiatives and efforts around the globe. More info: EarthX.org.



Earth Day 2021 – Apr 16-25. 10 days of films, shows and conversations. Free. Watch on EarthXTV.org. More info: EarthX.org.

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Hypertension is a global disease that particularly affects people in low-income communities, but a new study by the UK University of Nottingham suggests that beetroot juice may be a practical solution for people with high blood pressure that have little access to diagnostic help or money for medication. Researchers divided 47 people between 50 and 70 years of age in Tanzania into three groups. For 60 days, one group drank nitrate-rich beetroot juice and folic acid; another was given nitrate-rich beetroot juice and a placebo; and the third drank nitrate-depleted beetroot juice. The researchers found that systolic blood pressure dropped by 10.8 millimeters (mm) Hg (mercury) in the nitrate-rich plus folic acid group and 6.1 mm Hg in the nitrate-rich and placebo group. Studies have shown that the high level of nitrates in beets is converted by the digestive system into nitric oxide, which relaxes and widens blood vessels.

Consider Curcumin and Nano-Curcumin for Heart Health Iranian researchers tested 90 patients undergoing elective heart angioplasty, giving one group 500 milligrams (mg) curcumin, the second group 80 mg nano-curcumin, and the third a placebo. After eight weeks, both types of curcumin significantly improved cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL-C levels. They also boosted antioxidant levels, superoxide dismutase and glutathione, and reduced C-reactive protein levels, indicating less inflammation. The nano-curcumin, however, produced even better results in five of those indexes, leading the authors to conclude that the effects of curcumin on the nano formula may be more conducive for cardiac patients due to its high bioavailability. Nano-curcumin is made through a process that encapsulates the herb, allowing it to be metabolized better.


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New research from Rush Medical College, in Chicago, shows that regularly cheating on a healthy diet undermines its cognitive benefits. For 19 years, researchers followed 5,001 adults over age 65 that were asked to eat the Mediterranean diet, with its emphasis on daily servings of fruit, vegetables, legumes, olive oil, fish, potatoes and unrefined cereals, plus moderate wine consumption. Every three years, their cognitive abilities were tested and their diets reviewed, including how often they ate a Western diet of fried foods, sweets, refined grains, red meat and processed meats. After almost two decades, those that adhered most faithfully to the Mediterranean diet were cognitively 5.8 years younger than those that followed it the least.


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Make Lifestyle Changes to Ease Reflux The heartburn symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) affect about one-third of Americans, many turning to medications. Based on evidence from 116,000 women in a long-running Nurses’ Health Study, Harvard University researchers have found that GERD symptoms can be reduced by up to 37 percent by adopting five lifestyle strategies: 30 minutes of moderate to heavy exercise per day; not smoking; maintaining a normal weight; limiting acidic beverages like coffee and tea to two cups per day; and following a “prudent diet” with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat dairy, fish and poultry. The more faithfully the guidelines were followed, the lower the risk of symptoms. Benefits were also realized for women using treatments like proton pump inhibitors and H2 receptor antagonists. According to senior author Andrew T. Chan, M.D., MPH, this study was among the first to link physical activity to the control of GERD. He notes, “Being physically active may help with the clearance of stomach acid which causes heartburn symptoms.”


B12 and Prenatal Supplements Gain Official Nod In updated 2020-2025 dietary guidelines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have endorsed the specific use of certain supplements, noting that underconsumption of some nutrients among Americans is linked to health concerns. The guidelines advise that infants being fed breast milk exclusively or partially should be given a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU per day beginning soon after birth and perhaps continuing for more than a year. Women that are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should take a daily prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement. Pregnant or lactating women that follow a vegetarian or vegan diet are advised to talk to their healthcare provider about supplementation to ensure that they get adequate amounts of iron, vitamin B12, choline, zinc, iodine and omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The guidelines also state that some older adults may require vitamin B12 supplements, noting concerns over the amount of the vitamin absorbed from food.

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World Watchers

While human activity has transformed 75 percent of the Earth’s surface and 66 percent of ocean ecosystems, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services determined in a 2019 assessment that approximately 1 million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, some in mere decades. In response to the crisis, more than 50 countries representing 30 percent of the world’s land-based biodiversity, 25 percent of its land-based carbon sinks, 28 percent of important areas of marine biodiversity and more than 30 percent of ocean carbon sinks have united as the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC 30x30), avowing to preserve 30 percent of the planet’s land and oceans by 2030. The group announced its goal at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity in January, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, along with the World Bank and the United Nations. “We call on all nations to join us,” Macron said in the video launching of the plan. Biologist E.O. Wilson has called for the “conservation moonshot” of protecting half of the land and the sea. Goals include preventing biodiversity loss, solving the climate crisis and preventing pandemics.

Deforestation, which contributes to warming the planet, is a key factor behind the 40 percent increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide since the beginning of the industrial age. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the global average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in 2018 was 407.4 parts per million, higher than it’s been in almost 1 million years. Avoiding deforestation is much better than conducting reforestation efforts after the fact, and should be a key global climate change mitigation strategy, says Jennifer Alix-Garcia, a researcher at Oregon State University. The Global Land Analysis and Discovery System (GLAD), founded in 2016 by the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences, is based on high-resolution satellite imaging from the NASA Landsat Science program. Subscribers can access data via a free interactive web application, Global Forest Watch. So far, forest loss has declined 18 percent in African nations where GLAD provided alerts when detecting deforestation activities. Previously, government agencies and other groups had to use reports from volunteers or forest rangers.

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Wilderness Woes

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President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida’s Pelican Island as the first unit of what would become the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1903 to shield brown pelicans from hunters. Now, the world’s largest set of 568 refuges, encompassing 95 million acres dedicated to preserving wildlife, is under pressure from increasing numbers of visitors, maintenance needs and chronic underfunding. The system has lost more than 700 staff positions since 2011, despite growing by 15 refuges. Managers of the system under the authority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) report that staff morale is low. Local conservation nonprofits have stepped in with fundraising and volunteers, but the lack of resources throughout the refuge system is limiting its capacity to provide healthy habitat for birds and other wildlife. Essential infrastructure is crumbling and staff can’t provide the community outreach and visitor services they want to offer. The FWS oversees 25,000 structures and 14,000 roads, bridges and dams. Many of them have fallen into disrepair due to a lack of funding. Advocates claim that a remedy will require $900 million per year, while the system’s 2020 budget was only $502.4 million.

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Global sales of organic products totaled $90 billion in 2017 according to the 2018 edition of the study The World of Organic Agriculture, published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture and Organics International. In the U.S., the figure is $50 billion, or 5 percent of all grocery store sales. Demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic and 178 countries report organic farming activities. The challenge is to safeguard organic standards from large corporations that buy up organic brands and try to weaken U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements. This has led to an erosion of both organic standards and consumer trust in the organic labeling of products such as eggs, milk and grains. To restore public trust, the Organic Consumers Association is committed to exposing the fraudulent players in the organic industry while fighting for stronger organic protections. At one time, states could develop their own rules for organic food production and processing. But in 1990, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act, which created the National Organic Program and the National Organic Standards Board. Foods labeled USDA Organic are the gold standard for health and sustainability.

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Discarded Safety Gear Used to Build Highways

With the plethora of used, disposable face masks accumulating worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, avenues of incorporating them into the recycling stream are underway. An estimated 6.8 billion disposable masks are used around the world each day. Researchers at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia, have formulated a new road-making material comprised of a mix of shredded single-use face masks and processed building rubble designed to meet civil engineering safety standards. Their study in the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that using the recycled face mask material to make one kilometer of a two-lane road would use up about 3 million masks, preventing 93 tons of waste from going to landfills. Roads are made of four layers—a subgrade, base, sub-base and asphalt on top. All the layers must be both strong and flexible to withstand the pressures of heavy vehicles and prevent cracking. Processed building rubble, or recycled concrete aggregate (RCA), can be used on its own for the three base layers, and adding shredded face masks to RCA enhances the material while addressing environmental challenges. April 2021



The Human Costs of a Warming Planet by Sandra Yeyati


lobal warming is not just threatening polar bears far away in the Arctic, and its effects are not somewhere in the distant future. With every new wildfire, hurricane and flash flood, people are understanding that the warming of the planet poses dire consequences for human health right here, right now. It’s personal, and while some sectors of the population are unfairly and disproportionately impacted, we are all in harm’s way.

This is no time to panic, say climate and public health advocates, but rather a moment for preparation, adaptation and mobilization. Prospects are hopeful as we tackle new realities together and evolve our conversations about climate change so we can build resilient, thriving communities. The good news is that many of the individual and policy changes we need to make are exciting opportunities for positive transformation and justice.


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The warming of the planet is becoming more noticeable. “That historic two weeks anywhere in the United States where it’s the heat wave of high summer is now six weeks to two months,” says Jay Lemery, M.D., professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado and co-author of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health. “There are parts of the Middle East now where you can’t be outside and meaningfully cool your body during certain parts of the day.” “With warming, we’re seeing drought, wildfires, hurricanes, extreme precipitation, flooding and sea level rise, all of which have health consequences,” says Surili Patel, director of the Center for Climate, Health and Equity at the American Public Health Association. “With rising temperature and heat waves, we’re seeing heat stroke, dehydration, diarrheal disease, cardiovascular distress and respiratory illnesses. Extreme weather like wildfires, hurricanes and flooding cause direct injuries, as well as vector-borne illnesses (Lyme


disease carried by ticks or dengue fever and malaria by mosquitoes), mold and harmful algal blooms that happen when it’s really hot, but also show up in places that otherwise wouldn’t have because of the combination of heat and flooding.” Lemery notes that incidences of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases are moving higher in altitude and latitude, affecting historically naive populations that have not had levels of disease immunity, the infrastructure or cultural habits to protect them. “These are huge killers worldwide, and we’re seeing more and more of that,” he says. “When you have a warmer winter, spring starts earlier, trees bloom early and pollen season starts early too, and longer exposure to pollen increases your risk of having an asthma attack,” says Professor Amir Sapkota at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, adding that the Northeast is heavily impacted by this phenomenon. “Here in Colorado, in the summer heat, we have these huge swaths of wildfire smoke hanging over Denver, and people come in to the emergency department. Their inhalers aren’t working anymore, and they’re having chest pain and shortness of breath when they’re on oxygen at baseline,” says Lemery. “These are people normally able to walk across a parking lot with their walker and their oxygen, but now they can’t. We see this all summer long, and we admit them for asthma exacerbation, shortness of breath and COPD (i.e., emphysema), but what we don’t write down is that the air quality is the worst it’s been all year, or that it’s the hottest day of the year.” “Air pollution contributes to climate change, but it also gets into your lungs and irritates them, exacerbating chronic respiratory illnesses, and can even lead to a heart attack,” says Jennifer Roberts, director of the Path of Positive Communities program at EcoAmerica, noting that the biggest culprits are carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, diesel fuels and ground-level ozone, which is created when pollution reacts to heat and sunlight. “With sea level rise, things are flooding more often and we get septic tanks overflowing, sending fecal matter into our drinking water supplies and expos-

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ing us to diarrheal diseases. We also see offices and industrial sites getting flooded and, whether it’s paint, fertilizers or other toxins, those get into our water and it’s very unhealthy,” Roberts says.

The Most Vulnerable Among Us Certain segments of the population are more at risk. “Lower socioeconomic groups are suffering more from extreme heat events. The urban heat island effect, which unfortunately correlates very well with poorer neighborhoods, means that they’ll have heat waves seven to 10 degrees hotter in their neighborhoods than surrounding places with more green space,” Lemery says. “You see the public health infrastructure less robust to be able to attend to communities of color—like you saw with COVID. There are also physiologic vulnerabilities. Climate change affects the very young, the very old and the very sick much more because of their preexisting vulnerabilities, and then we have geographic vulnerabilities—people who live on the coast without sea walls or in flood plains. As sea level rise proliferates, and that data is really straightforward, they’re going to be going under increased storm surge stress and flat-out flooding.”

gen and taking up carbon,” says Roberts, who adds that much can be done to restore and protect streams, ponds and lakes from the ill effects of pollution and development. “You get volunteers to clean up the gunk and increase regulations for developers to keep stuff out of the waterways.”

hazards with “credible messaging repeated over and over again with clarity and no hedging: Wear a mask. Stay indoors during high-heat events. Don’t let children play outdoors when the air quality index is at a dangerous level.” There are many ways to mitigate threats. As experts point out, we know what to do, and it’s just a matter of putting our attention and resources on their implementation. “One of the biggest ways is let’s remove the sources of harmful spewing pollution—move away from coal, oil and gas—and invest in clean sources of energy, which will also create jobs in these new industries,” says Patel. Another big step would be to promote mass transit and active transportation— walking and biking—over individual, gasguzzling vehicles. Patel advocates for local investments in bike lanes and sidewalks that encourage the switch. Both Lemery and Roberts express excitement about clean-running electric cars as potential game-changers in transportation. Planting trees and vegetable gardens are easy, community-building solutions. “Trees are very beneficial to everything from shade to water filtration to producing oxy-

Eco-Anxiety and Making Positive Change

The experts agree that it’s important to frame climate change as a public health issue because it brings a sense of urgency to act. “If it isn’t a crisis, if it isn’t something we’re seeing every day on the front page, then you forget about it. And when you forget about it, the funding doesn’t come,” says Patel, whose work focuses on underprivileged communities that need special attention and funding. Sapkota advocates for the development of early warning systems so that local health departments can anticipate and adapt to impending extreme weather events, directing resources to the most impacted and vulnerable communities. In some cases, moving people out of flood plains and vulnerable coastal areas through eminent domain might be needed. Lemery believes that doctors are in a prime position to counsel their patients on preventive measures against climate 20

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Achievable Public Health Solutions

Jessica Schiff, a second-year master of science student at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, struggles with eco-anxiety—the depression, anxiety or dread associated with climate change. She says, “It impacts the decisions I make for my life and the future, just trying to think about overall impacts. Where is my food coming from? Do I want to have kids or adopt? Should I live in the suburbs or the city because of transportation and fossil fuel consumption? This all adds a layer of unease or uncertainty about the future. Sometimes I look at Greta [Thunberg] and how far she’s taken things, and feel guilty about not taking things to such an extreme. Is it hypocritical for me to care about climate change but still eat meat occasionally or take a plane to explore the world?” Schiff deals with eco-anxiety by taking action. “We’re not going to reverse climate change at this point, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take steps to slow it down or reduce emissions. There are many small things we can each do, like biking or walking instead of taking a car or bus and reducing our use of plastic. It’s a process. You can’t do it overnight, but if you make a lot of small changes, and if everybody makes small changes, that has a bigger effect.” Roberts acknowledges the power of small, individual actions, but stresses that we should not let the big polluters off the hook. “We need to continue to press for policy changes, holding polluters accountable, passing regulations based on protecting human health and climate, requiring cleaner cars and buildings, and more. That’s the only way we will get to the scale of change needed to truly bring global warming to a halt.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.

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Environmental Solutions from Everyday Conversation Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio


ernice Butler, founder and host of Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio, airing Saturdays from 3 to 4 p.m. on iHeart KFXR 1190 AM, doesn’t consider herself an expert on the human costs of climate change. That’s why she created a radio program aimed at helping people understand the interdependence of health and the environment. “My goal is that everyday people realize that caring about and being concerned about environmental issues is not optional, it is an existential necessity,” she emphasizes. The show covers monthly themes such as water, air pollution, clean energy and more. Past episodes have highlighted challenges to urban waterways; updated listeners about improvements and pitfalls in the energy sector; explored the economics of waste and environmental impacts of overconsumption; and examined the impact of plastic pollution on cancers, the endocrine system, lung and heart issues and other aspects of human health. Butler is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Dallas. Having a radio show dedicated to an issue she is passionate about allows her to expand the mission behind the magazine. Amid myriad options for receiving information, Butler believes radio still excels at conveniently reaching people in their cars, homes and offices. Healthy Living Health Planet is also available via podcasts (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanetRadio. com/listen-online) and YouTube (https:// www.youtube.com/channel/UCrkbfkf10f8FzDRiIhfNfg) Butler avoids a negative tone and focuses on solutions-based discussion to educate listeners and create environmental empathy. Her guests come from Texas and globally, including scientists, researchers, community leaders and activists. Butler

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frames discussions in a conversational tone from a nonexpert perspective. “I consider myself ordinary, so here’s an ordinary person asking questions listeners want to ask of these experts in their fields,” she explains. “One thing I did not anticipate was that these experts love doing our show because their purpose, like mine with Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio, is that they realize it’s necessary to get this important information out into the public space, framed in a way that people understand how it affects them. Past guests have included Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle, Inc. As an expert in recycling and upcycling, Szaky discussed recycling options to help keep oceans and waterways cleaner. Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D. at Texas Tech is an expert in atmospheric science and climate change. She helped listeners connect the dots between climate change and what’s happening in their day to day lives, including the wildfires and droughts. Dr. Maria Neira with World Health Organization shared how air quality affects chronic disease, mortality and the well-being of our children. Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio is often a starting point for discussion on environmental topics, but Butler doesn’t want the conversation to end after listeners change the dial. She hopes people use information gained from the show to start discussions during day-to-day interactions.

“What can people do in their daily lives to drive solutions?” Butler asks. “It can be as simple as chatting about the weather while waiting in line at the grocery store.” Those simple conversations can segue into how extreme weather events such as the “snowmageddon” that pounded much of Texas throughout February are related to climate change, and how droughts can cause wildfires. Butler is not only a host, but also listener, and has learned a lot from hosting the show. One topic that resonated with her is how climate change and environmental issues affect children’s health. “People often talk about vulnerable populations, but I kept hearing over and over again that children bear 80 percent of the brunt of environmental issues,” she says. “We’re being assaulted, and I say it judiciously, because I like to be positive, but we’re being assaulted by air pollution and plastic pollutants. Children’s systems are not developed, so they’re more susceptible to this environmental assault.” Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio’s first season was generously sponsored by EarthX. Butler invites individuals, businesses and organizations that are passionate about creating dialogue surrounding climate change and human health to become a friend and supporter. “By supporting us, you get to be true green, not just ‘light green’ or ‘greenwashed’. We’re dealing with real scientists, real issues and real information, providing a significantly deep level of environmental education all year long,” she notes. For more information and to hear past e pisodes, visit HealthyLivingHealthy PlanetRadio.com. See ad, page 9.

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healing ways

ant symptoms of allergies with no need for medication,” says Carrie Lam, M.D., an integrative and functional medicine doctor in Tustin, California. “Instead of loading up on drugs, you can take care of yourself in a more natural way and avoid nasty side effects.” Here are some non-pharmaceutical approaches.

Breathe Easy Natural Remedies for Allergy Woes

Probiotics: In a 173-person, double-blind study, a probiotic blend of Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterum bifidum G9-1 and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2 lowered hay fever symptoms and improved participants’ quality of life during allergy season, report University of Florida researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (Read labels to locate these strains in yogurts, kefirs and supplements.)

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s the one in five Americans suffering from allergic rhinitis can miserably testify, the fragrant breezes of spring aren’t much fun when they bring on sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and a runny nose. The fifth-most common chronic disease in the country, allergic rhinitis—also known as hay fever—is aggravated in spring by rising pollen levels, but can occur year-round from exposure to mold, household dust mites, pet dander and vehicular air pollution. Common remedies like over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants bring their own share of afflictions, including drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision and dizziness. “By undertaking natural therapy for allergies, however, one can avoid and mitigate the unpleas-

Sublingual Immunotherapy: To desensitize the body, small amounts of specific allergens in the form of tablets or liquid drops are placed under the tongue, making it a gentler and safer process than allergy shots. Numerous studies have shown it to be safe and efficient in the treatment of respiratory tract allergies, reports JoAnn Yanez, ND, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). After getting a diagnosis and a first dose from a health practitioner, the tablets or drops can be taken at home. Quercetin: Found naturally in apples, berries, red grapes, red onions, red wine and black tea, this antioxidant inhibits the release of histamine and hampers the IgE antibodies formed during allergic reactions. As a 400-milligram (mg) supplement, it takes about a month to kick in.

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Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica): When freeze-dried as an extract or used as a tea, this prickly roadside weed is a nontoxic natural antihistamine. In one study, 58 percent of participants found that 300 mg per day relieved their symptoms.


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Omega-3s: Anti-inflammatory fatty acids found in such foods as tuna, salmon, walnuts and flaxseed oil can help reduce symptoms, research suggests. In a Japanese study, eating fish lowered respiratory symptoms for women, while fast food and sugary drinks worsened respiratory stress.

Nasal Rinse: Using a neti pot with saline solution to rinse allergens out of nasal passages provides quick relief for stuffy, runny, irritated noses. In one study, people using them reported a 64 percent improvement in chronic sinus symptoms and a better quality of life. An ancient Ayurveda technique popularized by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz, the pots cost about $20 in pharmacies. Nasal sprays, although easier to use initially, aren’t as effective, studies show. Unpasteurized Honey: “Local honey contains tiny amounts of pollen from nearby flowers, which can make you less sensitive when you’re exposed to them outdoors,” says chiropractor and nutritionist Josh Axe, Nashville-based author of Ancient Remedies. A Malaysian study of 40 hay fever sufferers found that high doses of local honey, taken along with an antihistamine, reduced sneezing and nasal decongestion more effectively than the antihistamine alone. Acupuncture: Based on established research, the American Academy of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery Foundation recommends acupuncture for hay fever patients that want to avoid pharmaceuticals.


Homeopathy: To stimulate the body’s natural healing process, homeopathy uses highly diluted doses of herbs and other substances. Although it’s best to work with a homeopath, two helpful remedies commonly found in health food stores are Allium cepa 30C, for watery eyes, sneezing and a runny or irritated nose; and Kali bichromicum 30C, for persistent sinus congestion with thick nasal discharge. Anti-Allergen Cleaning: Simple steps recommended by AANMC to lower airborne allergens include using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in the vacuum cleaner; replacing AC filters frequently; changing out of clothes and showering when coming in from the outdoors to rinse off pollen; leaving shoes outside; changing the air filter in the car; and avoiding toxic inhalants with synthetic ingredients like perfumes, body sprays, scented candles, room sprays, air fresheners and dryer sheets. Ronica O’Hara, a natural health writer, can be reached at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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The Benefits of Planting Trees More Foliage Means Lower Temperatures

Planting more trees can slow down climate change. Science magazine reports, “The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.” The Arbor Day celebrations this month make it an apt time for taking actions that benefit both urban areas and open spaces. More than 166,000 square miles of forest habitat—approximately the size of California—in the tropics and subtropics have been decimated in the last 13 years, and about 2.7 million square miles of forest worldwide remain threatened, according to a recent study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Some major ways to take action include: Avoid buying products linked to deforestation. Pressure lawmakers to make supply chains sustainable while balancing the need for regulation with the concerns of farmers and businesses. Urge policymakers to enact zero-deforestation policies and bolster the rights and control of forests for local communities and indigenous people, says the WWF. Donate spare change. By joining Plant Your Change for All (PlantYourChange. com), all debit or credit card purchases are automatically rounded up to the nearest dollar and the balance applied toward planting trees. Working together with the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) (ArborDay.org) and Eden Reforestation Projects, the initiative has already planted more than 3 million trees, offsetting 5 million miles of vehicle carbon emissions. Become a member of the ADF and receive 10 free trees, along with tree nursery discounts; help to qualify a community to receive the Tree City USA designation; or get involved with National Arbor Day, generally celebrated on the last Friday in April, but observed on different days in some states. The organization’s website includes ideas for conducting virtual celebrations if local chapters are not holding public events due to the pandemic. Also consider participating in other ADF programs such as the Alliance for Community Trees and NeighborWoods Month. Support the planting of city trees. According to a recent study from the U.S. Forest Service reported in Treehugger. com, the nation’s urban canopies, currently home to approximately 5.5 billion trees, provide roughly $18 billion in annual benefits via the removal of pollution from the air, carbon sequestration, reduced emissions and improved energy efficiency in buildings.

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Triple Bottom Line John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is Growing

Unique Partnership Addresses Water Needs While Promoting Environmental Stewardship by Sheila Julson


ration, owner of Rosewood etlands are cattle ranch, in Seagoville, nature’s original recognized the importance water filtration of wetlands. His restoration system, removing chemicals work led to 2,100 acres of and sediment from runoff seasonal wetlands located before it reaches waterways within the Trinity River that supply our municipal basin. Today, 1,840 acres of drinking water. They also that land is being used by provide native plant and the North Texas Municipal wildlife habitat, creating Water District (NTMWD) an ecosystem crucial to for the East Fork Water human and animal health. Reuse project, one of the The John Bunker Sands management strategies to Wetland Center partnership supply drinking water for combines water reuse with a rapidly growing region wetland conservation and north of Dallas. NTMWD environmental stewardship John DeFillipo partnered with the Roseprograms. wood Corporation to develop 800 of those In 1980, the late John Bunker Sands, wetland acres as the John Bunker Sands executive director of the Rosewood CorpoWetland Center, with a mission if teaching nature conservation and stewardship to adults and children. The John Bunker Sands Wetlands center is one of only three projects of its kind in the United States. The unique system incorporates the diversion of wastewater through the wetland, where it is naturally filtered and purified by native plants. The wetlands act as a sponge to absorb excess water and sediment, while naturally filtered water is eventually pumped into Lavon Lake, a major reservoir. “It is a continual indirect potable reuse system, in that the water is used, reused and then it’s put back into our system,” says Denise Hickey, water resource and public education manager for NTMWD. “It’s a long-range water project that helps meet the


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growing water supply needs in our area. It’s also drought-proof and will provide a continual flow of effluent based on the amount of water that we use within our homes for cooking, cleaning, bathing and showering.”

Education, Conservation and Recreation Programs for All

John DeFillipo has been director of the John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center for a decade. During that time, he’s seen exponential increase in wildlife diversity at the center. Reptiles, frogs, snakes, skunks, raccoons, American mink and even bald eagles make themselves at home on wetland property. More than 260 different bird species have been spotted. American mink and even bald eagles make themselves at home on wetland property. DeFillipo says the Wetlands Center promotes environmental education and advocacy to middle school, high school and college students. “We raise awareness of where their drinking water comes from,” he explains. “What they are seeing and learning about is an actual human water supply. That really opens people’s eyes and gets them thinking about water conservation and how ecosystems work.” The Wetland Ecology program lets students take an immersive walk on the boardwalk, where they collect water and soil samples to analyze and share their findings. By means of “talk and trade”, they learn about careers available in wildlife conservation and water sciences. Kids programs open to the public this spring include the Wetland Explorers, in which kids can participate in hands-on

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field experience classes. Programs for families and adults feature Before the S’Mores, a monthly open house-style program featuring a variety of themes and family activities. During the Wild Edibles workshop, Wetland Steward Bob Richie shares his passion for urban foraging. The Wetlands Center also organizes volunteer activities such as highway cleanups. The Center is a popular spot for birdwatchers, artists, photographers, hikers, trail runners and cyclists. This month, the Wetland Center will begin construction on a new facility with additional classrooms to accommodate more student groups and workshops. There will be an outdoor terrace and stage area for wedding and event rental. DeFillipo says his ultimate goal is to inspire visitors to become good stewards—and for them to spread the word. “I want them to leave and tell others about the Wetlands Center and how it inspired them. That’s truly how conservation works,” he notes. John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is located at 655 Martin Ln., in Seagoville. For more information, call 972-474-9100 or visit WetlandCenter.com.

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Healthy Home

How to Detoxify a Living Space by Yvette Hammett


s the world moves into its second year of a viral pandemic, many of us are still spending most of our time at home—working, exercising, hanging out with family and as with any other year, cooking and cleaning. There’s no better time to take stock of these surroundings and purge them of any toxins—gases, inhalants or fumes—that may be contributing to a harmful environment. Start with the air. Research shows that indoor air is two to five times more toxic than the air outside, due to inadequate ventilation. This condition, coupled with fumes from synthetic fibers, makeup, paints, cleansers or even a baby’s plastic toys, can contribute to health issues and a less environmentally beneficial abode. A straightforward solution—in addition to getting rid of the pollution-causing objects—is to open the windows and use fans to recirculate the air. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can safely remove many contaminants, but don’t spritz a commercial air freshener: A University of Washington study found that eight widely used air fresheners released an average of 18 chemicals into the air, some of them hazardous, including the likely human carcinogen acetaldehyde.


Purge plastics. Perfluorinated compounds PFAS and PFOS, known as “forever chemicals”, are found in nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, and products that resist grease, water and oil. They have been found to cause a wide range of health problems from kidney and testicular cancers to endocrine disruptions. Consider doing a clean sweep of the house to determine which of these can be replaced, paying special attention to plastics. “If you really limit plastics to a few things, you are fine,” says Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., a neuroscience and toxicology expert at North Carolina State University.


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Reconsider kitchenware. Eliminate all nonstick cookware, Patisaul advises. “Use ceramic and other materials that do not have perfluorinated chemicals.” Debbie Steinbock, a nutrition counselor at Mindful Family Medical, in Boulder, Colorado, suggests replacing plastic storage containers, which can leach chemicals when heated. “Use a cast iron skillet and use glass jars and mason jars for food storage.” Chuck out toxic cleaners. Many commercial kitchen, bathroom and other cleaning products are loaded with chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption

and neurotoxicity. They can be particularly toxic for children: A recent Canadian study found that repeated use of a disinfectant reduced beneficial gut bacteria in toddlers, probably contributing to obesity. A good place to start in cleaning out the cleaners is at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website ewg.org; its Healthy Living Home Guide evaluates the health risks of 2,500 cleaning products. It also advises a simple strategy of using vinegar and water or baking soda. Get the lead out. Andrew Rooney, deputy director at the National Toxicology Program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, sees lead, which causes brain damage and other serious defects, as a major risk present in water supplies and the paint of older homes. “The thing I want to emphasize is there is no safe level of lead exposure, so eliminating exposure sources is the best protection for your health,” he says. Drinking water contamination comes from the distribution lines and plumbing fixtures, with lead leaching out from repairs or adjustments. “Having your household water tested by a certified lab is the best option to determine if you have water issues,” he says. Consult state and local health agencies for guidance on lead paint or lead in the water lines and how to remove it. Also consider a water filter: ConsumerReports.com has a comprehensive rating of models from pitchers to under-sink setups.

Top 10 Benefits of Houseplants


Improve air quality in the home by removing carbon dioxide and toxins such as benzene


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Reduce formaldehyde in the air by up to 90 percent

Stimulate physical and psychological relaxation responses Increase ambient humidity in the home by as much as 10 percent

Increase microbial activity in the home, which stimulates the immune system

Indoor plants psychologically link us to nature, adding to our sense of well-being Being around plants makes us feel more comfortable, productive and creative

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Houseplants help boost energy and reduce fatigue

Having a houseplant nearby lowers blood pressure and reduces stress Pets will also enjoy better air quality and better health

Top Plants for Air Quality Sansevieria (mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant) — super-low maintenance, grows in low light and is pet friendly Pothos — also makes an excellent hanging basket (toxic to dogs and cats) English ivy — another great hang-up plant (toxic to dogs and cats) Bamboo palm — prefers bright light, but will grow in low light and it’s pet-safe Dracaena (mass cane, corn plant) — needs bright, indirect light; this tall, upright plant is great for spaces to add height (toxic to dogs and cats)

Take it a step further. The new EWG downloadable Healthy Living app makes it easy to use a smartphone to check out 120,000 products for toxic ingredients, including cosmetics and foods. “It has a barcode scanner to scan your favorite lipstick or shampoo, and it will pop up an ingredient list and give it a score,” says Patisaul. The database includes ingredients not found on packaging and scores products on a zero to 10 scale. “It pretty much has to be water to get a zero,” she says.

Rubber tree plant — like its relative, Ficus benjamina, the rubber tree (Ficus elastica) is a bit finicky, needing just the right amount of light and water. Both varieties are toxic to dogs and cats.

Yvette Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammettHull49@gmail.com.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas) — Virtually indestructible, the ZZ plant will grow in

very low light. It’s mildly toxic to both pets and people. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) — A wide, large-leafed plant that offers a variety of variegated foliage colors. Performs best in medium light conditions. Must be kept evenly moist to avoid losing its leaves. Toxic to dogs and cats. A tip o’ the hat to Marshall Grain, located at 3525 William D. Tate Ave., in Grapevine. For more information, call 817-416-6600 or visit MarshallGrain.com.

Peperomia — Pet-friendly, it resembles an African violet with succulent leaves and stems. It needs bright but indirect light to maintain it’s vibrant foliage. African violet — Keep the plant evenly moist and always water from the bottom. Pet-friendly.

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Taking Spring Cleaning to the Next Level

nvironmental medicine looks at causes for diseases and degenerative conditions with a focus on identifying exposure to pollutants in home and work environments. Many patients heal from illness just by creating a safe, nontoxic home environment. n Good air quality inside the home is vital. Air filtration with HEPA filters is recommended, especially in the bedroom. We spend a third of our life in the bedroom, and when we sleep, our bodies go to work to clear out the chemicals and pollutants from the day’s exposure. Fragrance-free is healthier because fragranced products actually contain an average of 17 chemicals such as toluene, benzene, ethanol, camphor, acetone, methylene chloride and pinenes. These chemicals can affect the brain and nervous system, and are known to be sinus, respiratory and gastrointestinal irritants. n The use of low out-gassing materials, non-toxic cleaners, formaldehyde-free insulation, organic insect control and organic lawn care are all wise alternatives. Organic bedding without feathers, foam or latex helps lower the total body burden, as nonorganic materials are heavily sprayed with herbicides or pesticides that increase the


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risk of cancers and neurological diseases, and affect the immune system, which can lead to more infections and allergy- related conditions. Phthalates, volatile organic compounds, pesticides and herbicides also impact hormones. These xenoestrogens often look like hormones to the body, and chronic exposure has been linked to thyroid disorders, increased infertility, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, miscarriages and birth defects. n Good water filtration is important because we need good hydration to detoxify. Reverse osmosis filters remove organic compounds, chlorine, metals and bacteria, but they contain plastic material, so a carbon filter should be installed, as well. Conditions that can lead to mold growth are important because mold and mycotoxin exposure have been linked to immune disorders, chronic sinusitis and asthma, cancers, neurological diseases, and effects on the cardiovascular, endocrine, urogenital and gastrointestinal systems. People often experience chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, short-term memory loss, digestive issues, difficulty concentrating and insomnia. Periodically check for leaks in the home and check humidifiers and air conditioners for musty smells.


Clean these areas and remove any wet materials. Keep relative humidity low between 30 percent and 50 percent. Be aware that indoor plants can breed mold in the potting soil. Make sure the home is getting adequate ventilation, especially closets, bathrooms and crawlspaces. Air quality professionals can measure the home for proper ventilation, humidity and air return flow, including steps for correction. n Radio frequency (RF) radiation from cell phones, computers, internet routers, wireless and gaming devices and smart devices has been linked to insomnia, headaches, ringing of the ears, difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, palpitations, weakness, and fatigue. A low electromagnetic field (EMF) sanctuary in the home can be useful, along with a meter to measure RF, magnetic and electrical fields. Hardwiring the internet router, computers and other devices can eliminate much of this RF exposure. For more information call Dr. Stephanie McCarter at the Environmental Health Center Dallas, 214-368-4132 or visit EHCD.com.


Going Through the Void as the Brain Changes by Debra Rossi


hroughout the past year we have all been impacted with change in our lives. We’ve entered into a new world with a new set of rules. Sometimes we find ourselves feeling restless, agitated, living in this unknown state or void. Change is hard for most. We’re not taught how to pivot, move forward and get unstuck. How we crave for a sense of normalcy, clinging tightly to the past. But we can exhale and get beyond our comfort zone by choosing to believe in ourselves. Often, that’s all it takes to get started on a new pathway. Our thoughts create our lives. We have a brain that can start fresh every morning. It can change, grow constantly, and rewire itself with the input we give it. We’ve been conditioned to believe that the brain is unchange-

able after its growth period. Neuroscientists have proven that the brain changes constantly and we can get beyond the conditioning of the past. As we change from within, our outer world changes. Research has shown that 90 percent of our thoughts are the same as the day before. If we’re living life in autopilot, the same emotions influence the same thoughts and everything stays the same. In the void, the new has not yet occurred and the old hasn’t left; they coexist. This can be a pivotal turning point to get out of autopilot and live life with mindful awareness. This phase of not knowing is the perfect time to connect more deeply with our feelings. We can ask deep questions such as, “Who am I?” and, “What would I love to do with my life?” A common theme for life with

everyone is wanting to feel good and feel loved. Observing our thoughts by journaling or meditating a few minutes each day helps us understand our needs and brings clarity. Going through the void is an opportunity to consciously make new choices that are healthy for our whole being. As we grow from the inside-out, we feel empowered. Find safety within and the world feels safe. It begins by facing our fears—the unknown, unworthiness, depression, sadness, anger, shame or addiction. It might sound scary, but in doing so, we ultimately step into a new growth zone and uncover more of our authentic self. As we begin to let go of the inner sludge of stuck emotions, we can set new intentions, like something to accomplish or how to grow and evolve. These intentions will help let go of negative thinking and focus on having healthy mental pathways in our brain. Don’t fear the void, but embrace it. It provides us with new awareness and an opportunity to create thoughts, behaviors and attitudes that will help us do better in every area of life. Remember, repetitive thoughts rewire the brain. Thoughts are energy, what we think about is our choice. Choose wisely. Debra Rossi is a certified Life Coach and member of the International Coaching Federation. For more information visit Debra Rossi.com. See ad on page 10.

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Working Out with the Planet in Mind by Marlaina Donato


who was enlightened to the problems firsthand at a half-ironman distance race. “When I got to the finish line, I was given my obligatory plastic water bottle. I looked around for a recycling bin, and all I saw was an overflowing trash bin.” Founded in 2008, Rayner’s organization partners with pro-environment races like the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, recently named the most sustainable 10-miles-or-less race in the country.

rom human-powered gyms that generate electricity to Earth-friendly activewear, professional and recreational athletes alike are increasingly working out with the planet in mind. Taking a recycled yoga mat to class, nixing the plastic water bottle and going “plogging”—picking up litter while out for a run—are just a few examples of eco-fitness in motion. “We believe that movement and nature go hand-in-hand, yet the world of sports isn’t as green as it should be, with plastic bottles at events, junk food in canteens and monotonous movement in the gym,” says Saraï Pannekoek, co-founder of the Sustainable Athlete Foundation, which strives to create a sustainable sports environment through coaching, workshops and campaigns.


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Working Out Green Links between personal fitness and environmental toxicity are critical. Sixty percent of clothing is manufactured with fossil fuel-derived plastics, and activewear rates highest for eco-toxic fibers. Choosing workout clothes made from sustainable bamboo and cotton can soften the impact. With name brands like Adidas offering sustainable footwear, staying fit doesn’t need to increase the toll on the environment. Pannekoek, who hosts the Sustainable Athlete Podcast with co-founder Paul Venner in Amsterdam, emphasizes personal responsibility. “We believe that there isn’t a quick fix. It’s all about habits and conscious behavior, while still being able to peak perform.” Supplementing the usual gym routine with self-powered workouts and outdoor activities like gardening, sustainable charity races and hiking are sound choices that can help to buffer climate change. “Being eco-centric enriches life and enhances health, but while it’s personally gratifying, it also makes you keenly aware of just how far the world is from taking action sufficient to keep climate change in check. We all need to do more,” says Bruce Rayner, founder and chief green officer at Athletes for a Fit Planet, in Portland, Maine, 30

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A pillar of the eco-fitness movement is eating clean and going plant-based for the health of people and planet. “Diet is a big part of being eco-fit. The best action you can take is to support local farms, specifically organic farms,” emphasizes Rayner. To minimize global greenhouse gas emissions and water usage, eating more nutrition-packed produce, whole grains, legumes and nuts instead of animal products supports sustainability. For Adam Layzell, sports therapist, nutritionist and author of How to Train Your Vegan: The Comprehensive Guide to Plant-Based Fitness, going vegan is a win-win situation. “A vegan diet encourages fat loss, improves endurance and recovery and has plenty of all the necessary components such as protein to build strength and muscle.” Layzell underscores that the vegan diet preserves animals and their ecosystems, prevents deforestation and destruction of wild land and lowers the impact on climate change and global warming.

Athlete Engagement For Lewis Blaustein, managing editor of GreenSportsBlog.com, climate change action and sports are an ideal marriage. He recently launched EcoAthletes.org to

encourage sports figures to speak up about global warming. “Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Sport has the power to change the world.’ EcoAthletes aims to show that athletes are the agents of that change and that they, by mobilizing millions if not billions of fans, can do so on climate.” Blaustein sees a surge of climate-concerned athletes leading radical changes. “There will be many different looks—from athletes endorsing green products à la solar power, electric vehicles, etc., to athletes speaking out for environmental/ climate justice in a similar fashion to WNBA and NBA players on Black Lives Matter.” Pannekoek concurs, “All small steps taken still go a great distance. Elite athletes are role models. If they would support more conscious brands to influence the youth, we believe that they can make such a difference.” Marlaina Donato is an author and recording artist. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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Spring Cleaning the Body Simple Ways to Detox Naturally by April Thompson


s we shake off the sluggishness of winter, many of us feel an urge to “spring clean” our bodies with a detox or cleanse. Yet health experts say such programs should help jumpstart new healthy habits and not necessarily be seen as a short-term fix. “The air we breathe, the water we drink, the cosmetics we use, the materials we build with and most notably, the food that we eat, are loaded with chemicals that are toxic to our metabolism,” says Alejandro Junger, a Los Angeles cardiologist, author and founder of CleanProgram.com. “The systems in the body designed to clear toxicity are overwhelmed, and this leads to the imbalances and damage that is at the root of most diseases today.” Detoxification functions are performed by many different organs and tissues, including intestinal flora, the immune system, the nervous system and the liver, so its imbalances can manifest in diverse ways, according to Junger. “Symptoms of detox imbalance include sleep and mood disorders, anxiety, rashes, lack of energy and libido, autoimmune disorders, inflammation and cancer.” While some health professionals say that detoxes are unnecessary because the body is capable of cleansing itself, others make a compelling case for the need to help it along, given our heightened exposure to manmade toxic elements. Information of varying repute swirls around the internet, offering approaches ranging from juice cleanses to total fasts.

Simple dietary strategies can help sweep out toxins, explains Robin Foroutan, an integrative dietitian and nutritionist in New York City. She points to cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale, which promote cytochromes P450, a family of enzymes critical in helping toxins clear the body. She also recommends foods high in fiber that can bind to toxins and bile, and transport them out of the body through the stool. Berries, green tea and turmeric are also helpful for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; even water facilitates the excretion process, supports the lymphatic system and replenishes fluids lost through sweat. Using a water filter and eating organic foods when possible also reduces incoming toxins, she says. Healthy smoothies are a great way to get water, fiber and easily digestible nutrients into our body at the same time, according 32

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Everyday Toxin Cleaners

Fasting (occasionally for a prolonged period, such as three days without food) and intermittent fasting (abstaining from food for a shorter period, such as 16 hours per day on a regular basis) are great tools for deeper detoxification, says Junger. “Digestion takes energy and resources from the detox functions, so eating less, eating less often and allowing time for digestion to stop so that detox can intensify is crucial.” For a comprehensive detox, experts recommend working with a health practitioner to assess toxic burdens and develop a personalized plan. Russell Jaffe, a physician in Ashburn, Virginia, crafts a detox program based on four self-assessments, including digestive transit time, urine pH, hydration levels and vitamin C levels. Jaffe claims our bodies are burdened by excess acid, rendering them less resilient to stress and resulting in fatigue, illness and infection risks. “When we enjoy a diet rich in greens, fruits, vegetables, minerals and antioxidants, our cells become more alkaline and more resistant to everyday stress,” he states. Experts emphasize that a short-term program must be part of a longer-lasting lifestyle and diet shift. “It is not enough to do periodic detoxes if you go back to old habits. I offer these programs as a jumpstart in hopes that participants feel so much better that they never want to go back to what they were doing and eating before,” says Junger. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.

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Vegetable Yum Soup Soups help provide the body with nutrient- and fiber-rich vegetables in an easy-to-digest format, while soup broths help supply water for detoxification and a sense of satiety. Yield: 4 to 6 Servings 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 garlic clove, minced 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated 1 stalk lemongrass, minced ½ tsp crushed red pepper ¾ cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped 5 to 6 cups vegetable stock 1 (14-oz) can coconut milk 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 3 Tbsp cilantro or parsley, chopped Heat the oil in a large pot and sauté garlic, ginger, lemongrass and crushed red pepper. Stir in the mushrooms, sweet potatoes and bell pepper, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the stock, bring to boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add the coconut milk and soy sauce, and stir. Serve sprinkled with cilantro or parsley (optional).

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to Junger. “When using a good, clean, protein powder in addition to fruits and leafy greens, healthy fats such as nuts, and coconut or cashew milk, a smoothie can provide us the nutrients needed to support our energy for hours,” he says. Adding herbs like mint or holy basil (tulsi) and spices like turmeric and cinnamon elevate both flavor and healing. Liquids such as celery juice provide highly concentrated nutrients and hydration, but lack the fiber of a blended drink. Both juices and smoothies give overtaxed digestive systems a needed break.

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is a 30-inch-tall, blue-andmacaw. “It’s nice to come have a conversation says Joshua Luther, the avian when he was 11. Now 17 a commanding in Columbus, Wisconour dining room should be, so my wife talk or play with her.” Luther notes that the pet has a bit of a temper and can bend the bars on her $1,000 cage if she’s bored or angry. Considering the bird has a bite force of 1,800 pounds per square inch, it’s sensible to keep her happy, which could be for another 50 years.

Complex Commitment Birds follow only dogs and cats as the country’s favorite companion animals, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Lovebirds, budgies and canaries have an average lifespan of eight or more years, but can live to be 20. Typically, larger birds live longer. Because it’s common for birds to outlive their owners, the Avian Welfare Coalition, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, helps ensure these pets are included in wills and estate planning. Birds need to chew, and if they play outside their cages, must be kept away from hazardous items. Besides droppings, birds also create dander and dust. “Cleaning her cage and the room is a two-hour project every week,” says Luther. There’s also the potty mouth. Kata May learned some unsavory phrases from her previous owner. She sometimes screams, “Shut the hell up!” or, “Turn that #@%&ing thing up!” to get the TV at the desired volume. Babette de Jongh, an animal communicator and romance author in Bay Minette, Alabama, once knew a bird that routinely screamed, “Fire!” resulting in 911 calls. “Birds can be loud,” says de Jongh. “They generally try to be louder than the ambient noise in the room.” Luther agrees, saying, “You can hear my bird yell from a city block away.”

Happy and Healthy Talking birds are delightful. Some mimic human language, others understand word meanings and use them appropriately. “Birds are as intelligent as a young child and as emotionally temperamental as a toddler,” says Mary Miller, who has raised budgies and the small- to medium-sized parrots known as conures at her home in Buffalo and has worked with other birds in rescue facilities. 36

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Luther agrees that birds don’t just mimic what they hear. “They understand like a 2- to 3-year-old child. When we are cooking dinner, she will ask, ‘For me?’ or, ‘Can I have some?’” Kata May also articulates her fondness for the pizza delivery person with, “I love you!” Then, “Mmmmmm, thank you,” in anticipation of a treat. Even without words, birds are excellent companions. “If raised correctly and interacted with on a regular basis, birds can be very affectionate. They are highly intelligent and social animals, so they form deep and lasting bonds with humans,” says de Jongh. Nutrition is key to a raising a bird. Leslie Moran, a Reno-based holistic animal nutrition and care consultant, is working to end avian malnutrition through the Healthy Bird Project, which conducts nutritional research on exotic species. Traditional grain and seed mixes lack essential nutrients and contribute to unbalanced protein intake for caged and companion birds. Moran’s goal is to move the food industry toward the inclusion of more wholesome choices. “Fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased at the grocery store, but parrots need specific, high-quality, tropical bird food, which can be hard to find,” says Luther. Keeping a tropical animal healthy also requires bathing, temperature control, clean air and water, exercise and mental stimulation. Costs vary. Owning a small parakeet could include the purchase or adoption price ($12 to $65); cage ($30 and up); food; toys; and checkups (typically less than $200 a year). A large macaw might cost $500 to $5,000. Supplies, food and vet care could top $2,000 the first year.


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s we spend more time outside for pandemic safety to exercise and reduce stress, Sheryl DeVore suggests maximizing these experiences by being more aware of the wonders we see and the need to preserve them. The award-winning author of five books on science, health and nature also writes for the Birds & Blooms national magazine, the Chicago Tribune and Natural Awakenings Chicago. With degrees in writing and education from Northwestern University and Northern Illinois University, respectively, plus extensive studies in biology and botany, she assists the Illinois Audubon Society, including writing for and editing a 2019 book on the state’s endangered species.

Is climate change impacting wildlife and nature? Recent worldwide studies are showing how climate changes affect bird migration times, bloom times of plants and mammal behavior. All of this is interconnected and can harm the environment and the flora and the fauna that live within it. For example, we’re finding that the relationship between healthy oak woods and migratory birds like warblers is being affected by climate change. Warblers time their migrations to pass through regions when oaks are just starting to leaf out. Insects are attracted to the buds and the early leaves, and warblers


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are attracted to the insects. Once the leaves emerge, chemicals in the oaks deter the insects and there isn’t any food for the warblers. Climate change can cause the oaks to leaf out early, so if warblers arrive on their normal schedule, they’ll find less food and therefore have less energy to make it to their nesting grounds. Plants and animals are trying to adapt in different ways, and this can be a huge issue if climate change continues.

Are there any new trends you’ve noticed in people growing vegetables at home? Especially during the pandemic, people that have limited space are learning that they can grow their own food at home—growing vegetables and herbs in containers, both indoors and outdoors. Online classes can be helpful in teaching them to grow vegetables such as carrots, lettuce, spinach and peppers, which are great sources for antioxidants and vitamins. This trend coincides with the movement to eat healthier.

Have you seen any changes in how people observe nature during the pandemic? When I go to forest preserves, parks and nature centers, even in my neighborhood, I have noticed more people, including families with their children, outdoors. Parents can inspire their children anywhere to learn


to appreciate nature. Ask a child what kind of tree is in the yard. Maybe they can take a photo or draw a picture of it to create a memory and inspire them to want to learn more. Ask them, “What’s that bug on that plant?” or, “What is the bird that’s singing?” There’s so much for them to enjoy.

What can we do to try to protect and preserve the environment? Sometimes people think they can’t make a difference as individuals. Small things can make a difference—have a ripple effect. People volunteer to return native habitats to their past, remove non-native species, plant new ones. Volunteers are planting and restoring prairies, woodlands. In your own backyard, you can plant native species or create a butterfly garden or capture rainwater in a rain barrel to water your plants, which will conserve resources. There are so many things you can do with the family.

Why should we care about endangered species? Endangered species serve as canaries in a coal mine. When their numbers decline, that can be a signal that something is going wrong with the environment. When DDT was widely used in the U.S., the bald eagle and other species began to decline. The DDT thinned their egg shells so they weren’t able to raise their young. They showed us that DDT pollutes and harms the environment, and in turn, humans. By discovering that, by saving eagles, we helped save ourselves. By protecting endangered species, we truly are saving ourselves. We don’t know what unknown species are out there that might be useful in helping to treat diseases. Anyone who sees an endangered species knows how satisfying an experience this is, and to me, it also translates to a healthier mind and body. For more information, visit SherylDeVore.wordpress.com. Randy Kambic, in Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer.



Bluebonnet Trails – Apr 1-30. 8am-6pm. Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. The bluebonnets typically peak around the 3rd week of Apr. This can vary year to year due to weather conditions and terrain. More info: 972-878-4748 or VisitEnnis.org.

Bird Song Walk – 8-10am. Learn to ID birds by their calls. Guided by Charley Amos. Free. Southwest Nature Preserve, 5201 Bowman Springs, Arlington. Tinyurl.com/6t4xf4du.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 17 Eat the Yard: FoodScaping Webinar – 10am12pm. Learn pro tips to design your landscape into a space that produces fresh food for your table and a fun project for the whole family. Will also dig into specific herbs, fruits and vegetables that can add to the colors and textures of your permanent landscape with Rooted In’s top 100 edible plants list. Free. Register: SaveDallasWater.com.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7 Online: Wood Warblers from Treetops to Forest Floor – 10-11:30am. Join Texas Nature Trackers Biologist for an introduction to the variety of wood warblers found throughout the state each spring. More info & to register: txmn. tamu.edu.

FRIDAY, APRIL 9 BRIT Brown Bag Virtual Lecture Series – 121pm. “Evolutionary Origins and Species Diversity in the Wild Blueberries (tribe Vaccinieae),” presented by Dr. Peter Fritsch of BRIT. A live lecture with Q&A broadcast on You Tube. Brit. org/events.

Frankford Prairie Tour – 10am-12pm. A guided tour of the 4-acre native prairie at the Frankford site near the historic Frankford Church and Frankford Cemetery. Frankford Prairie, 17400 Muirfield Dr, Dallas. RSVP, Brenda Catlett: btcatlett@gmail. com. FrankfordPreservationFoundation.org.


Conservation Summit 2021 – 9am-5:30pm. A unique annual gathering hosted by Texan by Nature that focuses on bringing conservation and business leaders together for rich, impactfocused dialogue and networking. Features a mix of limited in-person attendance as well as a free virtual attendance option. More info: TexanByNature.org.

Virtual: Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Hanna Mitchell, Texas state director for SUN will discuss their latest group buy programs (or solar co-ops) in cities like Plano and Houston and provide an overview of considerations for rooftop solar in Texas. Via Zoom. More info: Dallas SierraClub.org. Owl Prowl – 7:30-9:30pm. Take a night hike as we explore and learn about the owls in our ecosystem. River Legacy Living Science Center, 703

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Vegan Sunday Brunch at Spiral Diner – 9am-3pm. Vegan diner and bakery since 2002. Sunday brunch features vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, breakfast quesadillas and organic mimosas. 1314 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth & 1101 N Beckley, Dallas. SpiralDiner.com.

Gentle Waves – 9:15-10:15am. A healing meditative practice that moves very slow and intentional. Gaia Flow Yoga, 3000 Blackburn St, Ste 140B, Dallas. Register: GaiaFlowYoga.com.

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Dynamic Meditation – 10-11am. One of the active meditations compiled by Osho. Breath, jump, scream and shout, let it all go, then be in the bliss of silence and stillness. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. CosmicCafeDallas.com.


Celebration Service Live – 11am. Meditation, music and lessons on YouTube live: Unity on Greenville Dallas, TX or Cutt.ly/2tzQx4i. Love offering. Unity on Greenville, 3425 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-826-5683. DallasUnity.org. Sunday Meditation – 3:15-4:15pm. With Lynne Patterson. Class offers many meditation techniques and styles, with a focus on mindfulness and open awareness. $10. Yoga Mart, 2201 Tucker St, Ste 101, Dallas. 214-238-2433. DallasMeditates.com.

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Online: Zen to Go – 12-12:45pm. Mon-Thurs. An oasis in the middle of the day offering walking and sitting meditation followed by brief sharing. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 810 We Arapaho Rd, Ste 98, Richardson. 972-432-7871. DallasMeditationCenter.com. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. A gentle hatha yoga geared for all ages and levels with a special focus on breathing, meditation and a specific intention each sequence. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Cosmic CafeDallas.com.

Chakra Sound Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Includes chakra sounds and breathing techniques. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. CosmicCafeDallas.com. Online: Awakening Heart Meditation – 5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing. Donation

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Meditation Mondays via Zoom – 7-8pm. Meditation Mondays focuses on the practice and the experience of various forms of meditation. Free. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106. UnityDallas.org.

tuesday Online: Ananda Yoga Sadhana Practice – 5:157:30pm. Also Thurs. Time to recalibrate and center through this transformational practice based on the yoga teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-2489126. AnandaDallas.org.

YES: A Young Adults Meditation Fellowship – 7-9pm. A meditation series for young adults in their 20s and 30s. Each evening will include a beginner-friendly walking and sitting meditation, Dharma teachings and refreshments afterwards. Donation. Dallas Meditation Center, 810 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 98, Richardson. 972-432-7871. DallasMeditationCenter.com.

Online: Meditation for Everyone – 7-8:30pm. Classes are great for beginners that want to learn to meditate and great for more experienced meditators that want to expand their meditation. Must register: MeditationInTexas.org. Online: Metaphysics and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Manifestation and mysticism: 2 sides of the spiritual coin. Let us practice together, while diving more deeply into universal principles and spiritual living. Open to all. Free. A Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 115, Dallas. 972-866-9988. CSLDallas.org.

friday Online: Friday Meditation Happy Hours – 5:30-6:15pm. Sessions begin every hour. Release stress with breath and gentle movements as you withdraw from the external and begin the journey within 15-min guided meditation. $10/session. DallasMeditates.com.



Coppell Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Yearround market. 768 W Main St, Coppell. Cop pellFarmersMarket.org.

ImpactNights – More info: Inclusive-Economy. org/impactnights.

Morning Tai Chi – 8:30am. Join Tai Chi Chuan instructor George Deerfield for this interactive class in developing strength, balance, improved breathing. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. UnityDallas.org.

Online: Celebrate Recovery – 6:30pm. A safe community to find support, hope and freedom from the struggles and realities that we all face through transitions, hurt, pain, loss or addiction of any kind. Free. First United Methodist Church, 777 N Walnut Creek Dr, Mansfield. FirstMethodistMansfield.org. Dallas Vegan Drinks – 6:30pm. Meets the 2nd Thurs each month at various veg-friendly locations for fellowship. Currently postponed. Facebook.com/DallasVeganDrinks.

wednesday Hot Yoga 201 on Zoom – 6:15pm. Open to all levels. This flowing-style class links the fundamental asanas (poses) of yoga linking body, mind

Second Saturday Adoption Event – 12pm. 2nd Sat. The shelter will be open and ready to match as many critters with loving families as possible. There is no intake today, just adoptions and reclaims. All adoption fees waived with a donation of any amount to The Lucky Fund. Supporting Mansfield Animal Shelter, 407 Industrial Blvd, Mansfield. Facebook.com/ events/1028642394191608.

calendar of events THURSDAY, APRIL 1


2021 CCMGA Online Spring Plant Sale – Thru Apr 10. Annual fundraiser with curbside pickup on Apr 17 at the Show Barn in Myers Park, McKinney. ccmgatx.org.

Webinar: Waste Reduction – 6:30-8pm. Find out how to complete your own waste audit, why reducing is the most important of the 3 R’s, and some tips and strategies to help you reduce your waste and save you money. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.

Volunteers needed to help pick up Be assigned a location where you can pick up trash at your convenience. Giveaways and prizes for most trash collected, most recycles collected and oddest item. Flower Mound Town Hall, 2121 Cross Timbers Rd, Flower Mound. Pre-registration required: kfmb.org/trash-off-events. 



SATURDAY, APRIL 3 Walk & Talk Bird Tour – 7-9am. Learn about the birds that live at the wetland. In this beginnerto-immediate class, learn how to use binoculars and field guides, keep a lifelist and what to look for when identifying birds. Binoculars and field guides available. John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, 655 Martin Ln, Seagoville. Register: ntmwd.com. Zip Line Day – 9am-12pm. Guests climb a 23-ft tree to our zip platform then proceed to a 487-ft Zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-registration required. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. HeardMuseum.org.


and breath with music. Yoga4Love Studio Cabin, Ovilla. Yoga4Love.com.

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Webinar: Rain Barrels 101 – 12-1pm. This webinar, geared toward first-time users, will teach you how to properly install, use and maintain your rain barrel(s). Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com. Webinar: Smart Yard Plants 2 Know – 6:307:30pm. This overview of our favorite Texas SmartScape plants will help prepare you for your next plant shopping trip. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 9 Spring Trash-Off – Apr 9-11. 9am-5pm.


LLEA Bird Walk – 7:30-10:30am. Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA’s nature trails. Ages 10 & up, no registration required. Free with entry: $5/vehicle; cash or check only. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. 972219-3550. llela.org. Go ‘n’ Grow: Garden in a Box Kits Pickup – 8-11am. Take the guesswork out of finding the right plant for the right spot with perfect plant combinations by purchasing a custom-designed, water-saving Go ‘n’ Grow Garden. Two different garden boxes available. Environmental Educa-

tion Office, 1550 S College St, Bldg D, McKinney. Order: McKinneyTexas.org/green. Hike + Write – 10am-12pm. Join us for a beginner’s class where we will discuss the elements of a journal and how to practice mindfulness in nature so that you can begin recording observations of your own. Bring own notebook or journal or purchase a spiral kraft journal for an additional $5. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Register: 972-219-3550 or llela.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17 A Chance to Hike – 10am-12pm. Free guided nature walk for members of the Special Needs community will take place along the wide and level crushed-granite surface of the Cottonwood trail. No reservations required. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. 972-219-3550. llela.org. Night Hike – 7:30pm. With Heard Trail Guides. Night hikers encouraged to sharpen their senses to be able to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard. $12/member, $14/nonmember. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972562-5566. HeardMuseum.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 24 Tentative Date for Annual Texas Trash Off – 8am. Pending COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines for gatherings. Bonnie Wenk Park, 2996 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney. McKinneyTexas.org/green. Plant Sale – Apr 24-25. 9am-5pm, Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. Offer a huge selection of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens including natives, hard-tofind herbs and well-adapted plants. Free admission. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. HeardMuseum.org. Wild Edibles: Nature’s Bounty – 10am-12pm. Wetland Steward Bob Richie will share his passion for urban foraging. Start with a quick botany lesson on how to positively identify the plants looking for. Then search out and try some of the fresh and tasty offerings. John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, 655 Martin Ln, Seagoville. Register: ntmwd.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29 Webinar: Garden Green, Keep It Clean – 121pm. Will cover a range of residential landscaping practices that promote water quality and healthy growth, including: soil amendments, responsible weed and pest control, irrigation and more. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.

planahead SATURDAY, MAY 1 Virtual: Garden Green in Plano Fair – 9am-12pm. This come-and-go virtual event is your chance to learn how to Garden Green in Plano. 9am: Soil and compost: Essential elements for every garden; 10am: Appropriate irrigation: Just the right amount of water; 11am: Garden maintenance: Tools for managing your garden plants and pests. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.

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daily Grapevine Farmers’ Market – 9am-6pm, Sun; 8am-8pm, Mon-Sat. Eat healthy with locally-grown produce and products. 520 S Main St, Ste 203, Grapevine. 817-527-7446. FarmersMarketOfGrapevine.com.

Star Coyote Events – Monthly events include gong, Tibetan bowl and crystal bowl sound journeys, shamanic journey with a drum dance, kid’s energy and creativity events, and a Wed morning class series. Please see the calendar at StarCoyoteSoundTemple.com for the exact dates and times as they change each month, or call 469-344-6484. 

sunday Sunday Celebration Service Agape Center For Spiritual Living – 10am, meditation; 10:30am, service. Noah’s Event Venue, 5280 Town Square Dr, Plano. Rev Lee Wolak: 972468-1331. AgapeSpiritualCenter.com. Sunday Worship: Unity Spiritual Center of Denton Service – 10am, coffee; 11am, service. Unity takes spiritual principles and makes them practical in your life. 6071 New Hope Rd, Krugerville. 214-453-0218. UnityOfNewHope.org. Sunday Brunch –10am-3pm. Serves up farm-to-table shared plates, 72 taps (wine & craft beer), and a welcoming atmosphere to create a unique dining experience. Craft & Vine, 310 S Oak St, Roanoke. 817-464-8181. CraftAndVine.Restaurant. Horizon UU Worship Service – 10:30am12pm. Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton. 972-4924940. Horizonuu.org.

monday Dairy Farm Tours – Mon-Sat, by appt only. Experience life on a dairy farm with an educational tour including how and what cows are fed, the benefits of grass-crop based feed (silage), the milking parlor, bottle feeding baby calves along with the learning the benefits of

drinking raw milk vs pasteurized milk. Everyone gets samples of milk. $7/person age 2 & up. Circle N Dairy, 2074 County Road 446, Gainesville. 940-372-0343. CircleNDairy.com.

tuesday Buddhist Sangha Online – 7-9pm. The meeting of Horizon’s Buddhist covenant group. Meditation and study of the 8-Fold Path. Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church: Horizonuu.org.

thursday Mystic Mandala Meditations – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided by Vijay Moksha. A non-denominational mindfulness practice to evolve consciousness; to go beyond the mind using the mind itself. MysticMandalaCenter.com.

saturday Blackland Prairie Raptor Center First Saturdays – 10am-2pm. Meet raptors up-close. Take guided prairie hikes. Kids activities. Bring a picnic lunch. Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, 1625 Brockdale Park Rd, Lucas. Erich Neupert: 972-442-7607. BPRaptorCenter.org. Frisco Rotary Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-12pm. Local growers offer fruits and vegetables. Also offered are baked breads, meat from local ranchers, honey, arts and crafts and various other products. 6048 Frisco Sq Blvd, Frisco. FriscoRotaryFarmersMarket.com.


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14330 Midway Rd, Ste 205, Farmers Branch 214-417-2260 BeachsideAcupuncture.com Named “Best Acupuncture in Texas” 2019 and “Best Acupuncture in Addison” 2019 and 2020, Beachside offers holistic treatments on a sliding scale of $45$65 for new patients and $30-$50 for follow-ups so that everyone can heal with Chinese medicine. Relax in our beachthemed clinic while the needles do their work.


Iva Peck, LAC, DOM 5924 W. Parker Rd, Suite 100, Plano 75093 972-473-9070 ICFOM.COM Over 35 years of clinical experience in TCM. Integrating functional medicine and homeopathy in women’s health and fertility; Identifying fertility issues in both male and female. Pioneer in treating fertility issues since the mid 1980’s in this area. Extensive background enables me to help with pre and postnatal care and overall maternal health.


Dr. Zhangping Lu, DC, LAc, MD (China) 425 Maplelawn Dr, Ste 101, Plano 75075 972-519-8488 DFWAcupunctureChiropractic.com


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Cereset can help your brain reset itself, restoring your brain’s rhythm naturally, enabling it to manage stress more effectively. Cereset sessions jump start the process of re-balancing your brain, and can help issues leading to trouble sleeping, restlessness and anxiety, inability to focus or lack of joy. Periodic “tune-ups” provide ongoing support, ensuring long-term brain balance. See ad on page 25.


Dr. Zhangping Lu, DC, LAc, MD (China) 425 Maplelawn Dr, Ste 101, Plano 75075 972-519-8488 DFWAcupunctureChiropractic.com Whole-body wellness center providing chiropractic care, spinal decompression, allergy testing, NAET, IMAET, detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, wellness programs and more. All-natural healing, no medication, no surgery. See ad, page 7.


Whole-body wellness center providing chiropractic care, spinal decompression, allergy testing, NAET, IMAET, detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, wellness programs and more. All-natural healing, no medication, no surgery. See ad, page 7.


1033 E 15th St, Plano, 75074 214-892-2273 Plano.Cereset.com

11600 Welch Road, Dallas 214- 363-6311 Hockaday.org

Established almost 100 years ago, The Hockaday School provides a college preparatory educa-tion for girls; from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, including Boarding school for grades 8-12. With an approximate enrollment of 1,000 students and a 10:1 student teacher ratio, Hockaday students enjoy a 100% acceptance rate to college.

JESUIT COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF DALLAS 12345 Inwood Rd, Dallas 972-387-8700 JesuitCP.org

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas is a private Catholic institution for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus. Located in North Dallas, it provides a student-centered education to approximately 1,000 students, grades 9-12. Our students’ average SAT scores exceed the national average by over 200 points.


2540 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas 75229 800-637-8337/214-902-2429 AskAdmissions@parker.edu Parker.edu More patients want alternative methods of treatment that are healthy, holistic and non-invasive. Earning your degree from Parker University in Functional Nutrition, Strength and Human Performance, Integrative Health can put you in position to help them. Offering top level experience and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Council on Chiropractic Education, and the Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation. See ad, back cover.


1601 South Lamar, Dallas 214-378-1824 DCCCD.edu Dallas College has seven campuses, including El Centro, Brookhaven, Mountain View, Eastfield, Richland, Cedar Valley and Northlake. Dallas College serves the region with accredited one and two year certificates, degrees and core credit courses guaranteed to transfer to Texas colleges and universities.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss


FARMERS MARKET SAINT MICHAELS FARMERS MARKET 8011 Douglas Ave, Dallas 75225 SaintMichaelsMarket.com

Market opens every Saturday, from 8am to noon, April 17th through September 25th, plus 3rd Sat. of Oct, Nov, and Dec. Located in west parking lot of Saint Michaels Church. Local vendors and growers with 100% of products grown or made by them. Vendors adhere to CDC safety protocols. Masks provided; social distancing required. See ad, page 31.


713 County Road 610, Farmersville 972-658-0291 A Texas licensed Grade A Raw Milk Dairy providing raw cow milk, raw goat milk, kiefer, homemade chocolate milk, craft raw chocolate, coffee sauces, coffee milk, buttermilk as well as cage-free eggs, pastured chicken, and seasonal vegetables are also available. You can taste milk before buying. Follow product availability and farm happenings on our Facebook page.


3525 William D Tate Ave, Grapevine 76051 817-416-6600 MarshallGrain.com Nature’s merchant since 1946, providing organic gardening expertise and supplies, plants for our Texas climate, pet supplies including a choice of raw diets, wet meals and kibbles; landscaping design and installation, classes, unique gifts, and the best customer service this side of DFW. Check out our events and weekly promos. See ad, page 25.

NORTH HAVEN GARDENS 7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas 214-363-5316 NHG.com

Serving Dallas since 1951, NHG has grown into one of the most respected hortiStart cultural Your establishments Victory Garden in North Texas by serving for a Lifetime of Health Wellness our customers with& quality and value. Offering gardening and plant education, concierge services, DIY classes, video library, gifts and more. See ad, page 2.



13 Locations in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex 888-286-4603 PrimaCare.com

415 State St #800, Richardson 75082 Dr. Toni Engram 469-676-2777 Flourish.dental

With 13 Urgent Care Centers, PrimaCare serves the medical needs of area families with courtesy, convenience and compassion. Open 7 days a week with extended hours. No appointment necessary. Most insurance accepted. Use our Call Ahead Service and wait where your want. Open: Monday–Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday– Sunday 8am–5pm.

At Flourish Dental Boutique, we believe the best dentistry is often the least dentistry. We help your body thrive on its own with therapies that enrich and empower its natural healing processes. As a holistic and biological dental practice, we choose safe materials and treatment protocols with special attention to your nutrition and overall wellness. See ad, page 29.


LESLIE ALLEN. 982-284-0709 Sedera.community/LeslieAllen Sedera is a non-profit Medical Cost Sharing community offering an innovative non-insurance approach to managing large, unexpected health care costs. Member contributions are protected in FDICinsured accounts, members save significantly while sharing with others; people helping people is the central focus. Medical cost sharing communities have existed for 40+ years. Call now for free consultation. See ad on page 7.


Dr. Jeffrey Davies 8222 Douglas Ave, Suite 810, Dallas 214-363-7777 DallasDesignerSmiles.com Offering non-toxic, healthier, metal free, crowns, bridges and implants. Practicing biomimetic, tooth-conserving Dentistry, we can help avoid root canals and eliminate the need for crowns. Mercury filings are removed safely and we offer convenient office hours with after work appointments. Experience a pampering environment in our centrally located office. Call our concierge now to schedule an appointment. See ad, page 3.

Plant For Fall Harvest: Direct Seed Outdoors (O), Start Seeds Indoors (IN) Through August 15: Winter Squash by seed (O) Black Eyed Peas by seed (O)

HEALTH CARE August 1 - August 25: Broccoli by seed (IN)

Brussels Sprouts by seed (IN)

BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE HEALTH Cabbage by seed (IN) Cauliflower by seed (IN) CARE SYSTEM Corn by seed (O) Black Eyed Peas by seed (O) Cucumbers by seed (O) 1-800-4BAYLOR August 1 - September 15: Kohlrabi by seed (IN) BaylorHealth.com/CancerCare Pinto Beans by seed (O) Snap Pole Beans by seed (O) Southern Peas by seed (O) Okra by seed (IN)/(O)

Snap Bush Beans by seed (O)

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Yellow Bush Beans by seed (O)

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We have a network of cancer treatment centers 7700 Northaven Rd. Dallas, TX 75230 214-363-5316 throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, offering full range cancer-related and integrative medical services. Whether you want to learn about types of cancer, screenings, prevention, healthy living or support, Baylor is here for you. We offer the experience, expertise and technology you can trust.

comprehensive Open Daily 9AM-5PM. Visit NHG.com for more info.


Dr. Yoon Chang 3550 Parkwood Blvd, Bldg E, Ste 101A, Frisco 972-242-2040 ElineOrtho.com We believe all human body parts have a specific function. Our teeth and our bite are no exception. We aim at restoring the masticatory organ function so it may support life and radiate a beautiful smile. Our comprehensive orthodontic care includes conventional metal, Insignia, Damon Clear and Invisalign braces,TMJ dysfunction therapy, Sleep apnea treatment and more.


Dr. Philip Kozlow Dr. Josh Rowell 5050 Quorum Dr, Suite 300, Dallas 972-458-2464 DallasDentist.net We strive to provide healthy, green alternatives for our dental patients by providing digital x-rays, mercury safe restorative options and chemical free dental hygiene products. Committed to total body wellness while avoiding the use of toxic materials, and continuing education to ensure treatments are up to date and effective in a kind and caring environment. See ad, page 37.


Dr. D. Brock Lynn 6190 LBJ Freeway #900, Dallas 972-934-1400 LynnDentalCare.com Practicing dentistry for over 38 years, specializing in periodontics, Dr. Lynn is board-certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontics and Dental implants. He practices dentistry with a holistic approach and is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine &Toxicology as well as the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. See ad, page 4.


Dr. Becky Coats, DDS, MAGD, LVIF, FIDIA, FAACP 2631 Ira E Woods Ave, Grapevine 817-481-6888 TMJPlus.com Instead of focusing just on your teeth, we also look at dental issues connected with other health problems you may be having. We collaborate with Thermography, Lymphatic Drainage, and Osteopathic Medicine practitioners. Call today for TMJ Pain Relief, Sleep Apnea, Frenuloplasty(Tongue Tie), Biological Dentistry, Physiologic Orthodontics, Headache Relief, Mercury Fillings Removal, Metal Free Ceramic Implants.

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The premier school of nurse coaching, offering the cutting edge of health care through the Resilience Paradigm. AHH is a nurse coaching program that meets the continuing education requirements for nurses to apply for national or international certification in nurse coaching and/or holistic nursing through the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation. See ad, page 15.


3535 Victory Group Way, Suite 305, Frisco 972-324-3480 NaturalChoicPediatrics.com Our focus is integrative pediatrics, which we practice through a combination of traditional, complementary, alternative and holistic approaches to provide the most effective and least invasive way to treat your child. Whether your child is healthy and you’re looking to help them reach their full potential, or sick and you’re trying to find the cause, our team is here to help. See ad, page 37.

HOMEOPATHY HEALTHY HEALING ARTS/HPWWC Cathy Lemmon 469-383-8442 Cathy@HPWWC.org HealthyHealingArts.com

Homeoprophylaxis (HP), a part of Homeopathy, is a major part of Cathy Lemmon’s practice at Healthy Healing Arts. HP has been used worldwide for hundreds of years with a success rate of over 90% to help fight off disease. Lemmon uses an energetic, nontoxic means of promoting immunity in a safe and natural way. See ad, page 10.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICAL DR. DEBORAH BAIN, M.D, Healthy Kids Pediatrics 4851 Legacy Dr, Frisco 972-294-0808 HealthyKidsPediatrics.com

We bridge the gap between alternative and traditional approaches to medical treatment. Teaching principles of good nutrition and prevention of disease and offering a full range of services, including unique ways of determining how to optimize your child's health, including food sensitivity testing, allergy testing, nutritional evaluation testing, which are not offered in traditional medical practices.


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Kotsanis Institute of Functional Wellness 2260 Pool Rd, Grapevine 817-854-1655 KotsanisInstitute.com

Taking a different approach to medicine. We offer a patient-centered approach to health that combines the best of traditional and complementary functional medicine with nutrition called integrative medicine. We'll listen to your goals, draw a roadmap to help you achieve your goals, and guide your every step to a symphony of health.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CENTER DALLAS Dr. Elizabeth Seymour, MD 8345 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 220, Dallas 214-368-4132 EHCD.COM

A nationally recognized medical facility specializing in the relationship of health and disease to environmental factors. Thorough investigation is made to determine the cause and correlation of the patent’s disease process to environmental factors. A leader in the field treating mold exposure/sensitivity; oil spill, pesticides and chemical exposure; chemical sensitivities, immune dysregulation and much more.


Dr Lida Aghdam, MD 4819 State Highway 121, Ste 14, The Colony 7155 Colleyville Blvd, Ste 101, Colleyville 817-488-7878 NaturalBalanceClinic.com Offering natural treatment of common medical conditions using functional holistic, nutritional medicine. Specializing in bioidentical hormone treatment, weight gain, high cholesterol/blood pressure, thyroid issues, fibromyalgia, arthritis, constipation, IBS, leaky gut, depression, anxiety. We believe many medications are temporary relief of more in-depth medical problems that we determine and treat with serious nutritional attention. See ad, page 35.


Dr. Jerry Tennant MD, Medical Director 35 Veranda Lane, Ste 100, Colleyville 972-580-1156 TennantInstitute.us Providing traditional “standard-ofcare” medicine using prescription as well as complementary medicine. Recognizing that the human body is not simply a collection of independent parts but rather an integrative whole -we treat it that way. Conditions treated include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as thyroid support, adrenal support, hormone replacement. essential oil therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. See ad, page 46.


LIFE COACHING MINDSET FOR SUCCESS Debra Rossi 817-925-2999 DebraRossi.com

Feeling restless, disconnected from yourself, others and the world? Empowering you to find answers from within, I work with a wide range of clients helping you reach a higher level of personal and professional growth, allowing you to choose to see the world in a new way. Live life with more joy, aliveness and worthiness. See ad, page 10.


Niti Shah 3365 Regent Blvd., Ste 130, Irving TX 75063 972-514-7956 Back2BasicsFXN.com Chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmunity have reached pandemic levels. My goal is to shift our attention away from “disease management”—to addressing the root cause of these conditions with a nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle change. As your health guide I will show you the effectiveness of simple, back to basics functional medicine approach.


9901 Valley Ranch Pkwy East, Ste 1009 Irving 972-580-0545 Biomodulator@senergy.us Senergy.us We are the exclusive distributor of the patented Tennant Biomodulator® PLUS & PRO. These FDA accepted non-invasive devices are designed to offer an affordable, drug free, userfriendly option for the indicated use of symptomatic relief for chronic, severe or intractable pain; and adjunctive treatment in managing post-surgical and post-traumatic pain. See ad, page 46.

PHARMACY ABRAMS ROYAL COMPOUNDING PHARMACY 8220 Abrams Rd, Dallas 214-349-8000 4904 W. Park Blvd, Plano 972-599-7700 ARP-RX.com

Family owned and operated since 1980, with more than 135 years of combined experience. Our pharmacists work to provide proactive solutions to restore health and wellness. We work as trusted partners with physicians and patients to develop targeted treatment plans and customized wellness programs for your unique needs. Pharmacy Compounding. Accreditation Board (PACB) certified.



5502 Ben Davis, Sachse 972-984-8946 UnityOfSachse@gmail.com UnityOfSachse.com

CELEBRATION RESTAURANT 4503 West Lovers Lane, Dallas 214-351-5681 CelebrationRestaurant.com

The original farm-to-table restaurant in north Food You Can Texas, including catering and takeFeel Good About! out Dallas’ Market. With a full -serORIGINAL vice bar, we celebrate farm-to-table restaurant years ofFresh serving afford• Localdelicious, • Sustainable able, locally sourced food. We offer gluten free alternatives, clean water raised salmon and sustain• Local, free-range, 100% grass-fed ably raised seafood, cagebeeffree poultryRanch and 100% from Springerhill No antibiotics ever,in vegetarian grass fed beef. Come in •today, order or take-out. fed, cage-free chicken from

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Concord Dallas is the church that grows people. Their core values are passion for Christ, passion for people and catalyst for change. Services are Sundays at 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm and online at Streamingfaith.com. Mid-week service is Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Reverend Bryan L. Carter, Senior Pastor.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood


We teach positive psychology based on Spiritual teachings of Jesus. Services are held Sundays at 11:30am. Join us as we share truths and principles to help along your spiritual journey. Each week’s message and all events are posted on our website for your convenience. Spiritual counseling and positive prayer available.


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PAWS AND CLAWS ANIMAL HOSPITAL DR. SHAWN MESSONNIER, DVM 2145 W Park Blvd, Plano 75075 972-867-8800 PawsAndClawsAnimalHospital.com

Offering drug-free treatments, antiaging medicine, holistic anesthesia, and blood testing for early diagnosis of cancer in healthy pets. We focus on natural wellness, detoxification, and vaccine alternatives. We happily accept new patients and continue to help those referred by other doctors, especially those with "untreatable/incurable" diseases that respond well to our unique natural medicines. See ad, page 11.

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