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eborah Bain, medicine philosophies. M.D., founder That includes being of Healthy Kids knowledgeable of which Pediatrics, has earned pharmaceuticals to use integrative medicine for certain conditions, but board certification from also knowing the natural, the American Board of holistic equivalents that Physician Specialties can achieve results. Bain (ABPS). The ABPS is specializes in treating the official certifying eczema, asthma and body of the American autoimmune diseases. Association of Physician “In conventional Specialties, Inc., and medicine, an ear infection is the third-largest might be treated with nationally recognized, antibiotics, but other multi-specialty certifying ways of treating that same Deborah Z. Bain, M.D. organization in the illness in an integrative United States. fashion would be using By achieving this high standard, Bain things like garlic oil eardrops, colloidal silver is double-board certified in pediatrics or lymphatic drainage,” Bain explains. “For and integrative medicine, a higher level severe cases, I can pull that antibiotic while of accomplishment than certification I’m also using garlic oil. It’s about having through various organizations. Bain says more tools to treat the same condition.” this board certification can help her better In addition, Healthy Kids Pediatrics serve patients by giving children the gift carries an extensive selection of nutraceutical of health they deserve. Requirements for supplements, essential oils, probiotics, board certification include knowing all facets detoxification support and homeopathic of both conventional and holistic care for remedies for the whole family. children and adults. Bain recently expanded Healthy Kids “We as physicians, along with the Pediatrics by adding an additional nurse children’s parents, need to do all that we can practitioner. As children head back to to raise the healthiest child possible so they school this fall, Bain realizes families will be have the best chances in life. From birth, concerned about the health of their children children don’t have voice—we are their during the ongoing pandemic. “We are voices. With this great responsibility, it takes expanding some of our recommendations the extensive education to back it up,” says on how to keep Bain. Having Integrative Medicine Board families well during certification also allows Bain to implement this time,” Bain new treatment protocols learned through says. “Those include the integrative medicine coursework she homeopathy and completed. an expanded list of As an integrative pediatrician, Bain protocols to help focuses on nutrition deficiencies and the keep kids well as root causes of disease. She offers specialized they go back to testing and screening for autoimmune school.” disease, food sensitivities and vitamin Because deficiencies, and to identify genetic triggers. recent research has Bain notes that integrative physicians shown that brain must know both Eastern and Western development does

not reliably reach adult levels of functioning until well into the third decade of life, The American Academy of Pediatrics identifies adolescence as up to age 21; Bain will now see her established patients through their college years up to age 23. Although Bain recently achieved this high standard of integrative medicine board certification, she’s continually expanding her knowledge by completing coursework for homeopathy certification through the Center for Education and Development of Homeopathy and will take the certification exam this summer. She is also taking a comprehensive functional immunology course through Cogence for further certification. Bain is one of few pediatricians in Texas that has achieved board certification in integrative medicine. “We physicians have such time constraints that we have to choose wisely on what our education looks like,” Bain concludes. “For the health of my patients and their families, I chose to pursue wider range of education that goes far beyond my pediatric board certification.” Bain is accepting new patients and sees people for in-person appointments and virtually through telemedicine visits and consults. Healthy Kids Pediatrics is located at 4851 Legacy Dr., Ste. 301, in Frisco. For more information, call 972-294-0808 or visit

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s we prepare for the real, official and ubiquitous reopening our world—as marked by kids going back to school in person everywhere—I have to think my green, healthy and sustainable living card would be revoked should I fail to illuminate the seismic shift in global attitudes about human and environmental health, and the growing recognition that the two might actually be related. While there’s a lot of information out there about the origins of COVID-19, and arguably not enough information about who gets it and how, and why it affects some people and not others, what’s for certain is that we’ve had a very loud, persistent year-and-a-half-long wakeup call. Universally, what makes COVID-19 so scary is all the unknowns. It’s called the “novel” coronavirus for good reason: It’s new, not known or seen before, while also not totally unexpected. In any event, there’s a dearth of information about what really makes the virus tick. But as with all things, there is some good to be found there. In this case, the good is not in the disease itself, but rather in the lessons we’ve learned, in our responses, in our changed behavior and attitudes and in our growth—personal, scientific, cultural, societal and medical. When I lived in South Florida, we would affectionately refer to some hurricanes as “saint”—as in Saint Andrew or Saint Rita—as an acknowledgment that some of the rebuilding they caused would not have happened otherwise, along with other desirable and much-needed changes. Now, in a similar way, some of us are looking for COVID’s “silver lining”, which we have been told exists in every cloud. This is hard, given that more than 600,000 souls in our country and 4 million around the world are no longer with us because of the virus—a few of whom were near and dear to me. However, I press on, remembering that our instruction manual, the Bible, tells us that our Creator works in all things for the good, to bring about His perfect will. So, here are some of my silver linings: • I’ve developed a healthy-eating lifestyle (eating less in general, and nothing processed—only fresh and natural foods), and as a result, I’ve lost 90 pounds. • I have a sense of confidence and well-being born of the knowledge that I can gain significant control over my health by being intentional about strengthening my immune system. • For any health issues I experience, I now seek out natural remedies and treatments first. • I’m consistently working out five days per week because I want to—it makes my body feel alive. • I appreciate the value of moving through life more slowly, knowing that if I don’t do everything now, I will still be OK. • I’ve grown more bold about talking to anyone I come in contact with about environmental issues and how they affect us personally. As we move toward what I hope is the end of this pandemic, or at least a tolerable new normal, I challenge you to search for your silver linings. This month’s issue will offer you insights and encouragement along the way. Start with our feature article, “Think Yourself Happy,” which shows how inextricably health, wellness and happiness are intertwined, and how to a substantial degree your happiness is up to you. And don’t miss Ronica O’Hara’s article on back-to-school wellness. We can use her tips as we head back to the office, too. As always, Natural Awakenings is full of bite-sized chunks of information, as well as in-depth pieces that will whet your appetite to learn more about living a healthier life on a healthy planet. Blessings until next month,


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Gardening for Wildlife with Native Plants


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Preserving North Texas Summer Goodness


Cool Ways to Stay Fit this Summer


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Clear the Shelters National Pet Adoption Campaign


lear the Shelters is returning for the seventh consecutive year from August 23 to September 19 to help adoptable pets find homes and raise money for North American animal shelters. This nationwide pet adoption drive has resulted in more than 551,000 pets founding their forever homes since 2015. Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer says, “It truly underscores the power of collaboration because working together, we’ve been able to save thousands of pets’ lives. It’s a great accomplishment, and I’m proud to say it all started right here in Irving, Texas.” For more information, call 972 -7212256 or visit

ix municipal governments, including the cites of Dallas, Denton and San Antonio, are participating in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Cities Challenge during the United Nations HighLevel Political Forum for Sustainable Development. Other participating cities include Atlanta, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Maui County, Hawaii, New Haven, Connecticut, and Orange County, Florida. The SDG Cities and Counties Challenge provides a experience to guide local governments in integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into government processes and programs. The collaborative, sixmonth peer knowledge sharing learn-and-do group training is designed to gain SDG expertise and align city goals with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development delivered by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), an international non-governmental organization that promotes sustainable development; the University of Texas at Arlington/RCE North Texas; and the Connected Cities Lab at the University of Melbourne, in partnership with the Brookings Institution and United Nations Association of Australia. For more information, visit


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entral Market Preston Royal has reopened following a 20-month rebuilding and restoration process after being damaged by tornados. Curbside service and expanded café area top the list of new store, The café, a neighborhood gathering spot, now has an additional seating area on the mezzanine level. The original triptych by artist Cindy Holt depicting the beauty of the surrounding neighborhoods, was re-installed. Vice President of Procurement and Merchandising Chris Bostad says, “Central Market’s organic offerings vary by season, but previously the Preston Royal store carried approximately 90 items. Now, with expansion, the store will carry approximately 150. Blue Oyster, Yellow Oyster, Lion’s Mane and Royal Trumpet Mushrooms are grown in the store using a substrate created for wood-loving varietals for seven to nine days. We harvest the mushrooms and place them on table to sell.” Other new features include self-checkout registers; larger produce, seafood and floral departments; expanded grocery, cheese and wine selections; a larger sandwich bar; and a new and improved coffee bar experience. President Stephen Butt says, “Our Preston Royal store is stronger and better.” For more information, visit

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eyond Meat, a leader in plantbased meat, today has launched its new, awarding-winning Beyond Chicken Tenders. Crafted to look, cook and taste like traditional chicken, they are breaded for a crispy outside and tender inside. Consumers can them at select restaurants across the country. The National Restaurant Association recently recognized Beyond Meat by awarding Beyond Chicken Tenders the prestigious 2021 Food and Beverage (FABI) Award, making it Beyond Meat’s fifth straight FABI win. North Texas restaurants serving Beyond Chicken Tenders include Bad Mutha Clucka, Bird Bird Biscuit, Blissful Burgers, Burger Patch, Dog Haus, JAILBIRD, Melt Bar and Grilled, Next Level Burger/Next Level Clucker, Nuno’s Tacos & Vegmex Grill, Plant-Based Pizzeria, Romeo’s Pizza, Sarpino’s Pizza, Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room, The Bar Draft House and Toppers Pizza.

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he Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival, a celebration of music, musicians, venues and events that evoke the Great American Road Trip, will be held from October 1 through 3 in Arlington. Eighteen venues, including Levitt Pavilion and Arlington Music Hall downtown and Texas Live! in the entertainment district, will feature musical genres ranging from rock, country, and Americana to blues, jazz and Tejano. Other highlights include a classic car show, jazz in the park, an urban market at Legal Draft Beer Co., youth talent showcase and Sunday gospel brunch. For more information, visit


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exas is the nations largest selling truck market, so it is the logical place for Ford to roll out the new F-150 Lightning. It silently goes from zero to 60 in four seconds and uses zero gallons of gas doing it. The high-tech vehicle delivers 563 horsepower and 775 pounds per foot of torque with the ability to power a home for three days via a built in generator. The FordPass app provides access to charging stations and remote vehicle controls; BlueCruise offers hands-free driving on the highway and enhanced Pro Power Onboard can run job sites or campsites. Ford Truck marketing Manager, Brian Bell said Fords’ aim is to deliver the distinct but not different design that customers want. Dual in-board motors with standard four-by-four traction, the F-150 Lightning is built with Ford Tough durability and capability. Along with a high-strength, militarygrade aluminum alloy body, a new independent rear suspension delivers improved ride comfort, while an all-new frame uses the strongest steel ever put in an F-150 and supports a maximum 2,000-pound payload with up to 10,000-pound towing capacity. The all electric Ford 150 entry model starts at $39,974 MSRP before federal or state tax credits. For more information, visit

or the second consecutive year, Fort Worth has been recognized by CityHealth, a national initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, with an overall bronze medal for implementing evidence-based, health-focused policies. In the individual policy categories, Fort Worth received a gold medal for embracing a Complete Streets mentality in city planning efforts; a gold medal for tobacco policy and silver medals for smokefree indoor air and healthy food procurement efforts to earn the overall bronze. Hard work, focused effort and years of partnership between Blue Zones Project and city leaders has once again put Fort Worth on a list of the highest performing cities in America when it comes to improving the day-to-day quality of life, well-being and health of its residents.

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mart home solutions are in a prime position to meet consumer concerns about the health and safety of their children and aging loved ones, and the security of properties as 64 percent of U.S. broadband households report reconsidering aspects of home and lifestyle as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. North Texas-based Parks Associates, a woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business markets. Now celebrating its 35th year, the company’s expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics and energy management solutions. Elizabeth Parks, president, states, “Smart home device manufacturers and service providers are developing new solutions catered to the unique needs of multiple dwelling units, a key end-market segment for smart home brands.” They see the potential to generate $1.9 billion annually for additional rental features and services. For more information, visit

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Microbiome Linked to Risk of Death from Disease Certain gut microbiota can predict possible causes of mortality, reports a new study from Finland’s University of Turku. Researchers collected stool samples from 7,055 Finnish adults around 50 years old and followed them for 15 years. They found that greater numbers of bacteria from the Enterobacteria family increase the risk of death from cancer, respiratory disorders and gastrointestinal disease. “Many bacterial strains that are known to be harmful were among the Enterobacteria predicting mortality, and our lifestyle choices can have an impact on their amount in the gut,” says study co-author Teemu Niiranen.


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Eat Oily Fish to Live Longer Omega-3 fatty acids have previously been linked to better heart, brain, eye and joint health, and a new large-scale analysis published in Nature Communications suggests that omega-3s from oily fish may also extend lifespan. Researchers reviewed pooled data from 17 studies of 42,466 people that were followed an average of 16 years. Those that had the highest amount of fish-based omega3s in their blood—at the 90th percentile—had a 13 percent lower risk for death than people with omega-3 levels in the 10th percentile. The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was 15 percent lower and from cancer 11 percent lower. The blood levels of alpha-linolenic acid omega-3s obtained from plant-based sources like nuts and flaxseed did not show a conclusive link to lower mortality.


People needing a push to eat more fruits and vegetables might be motivated by two new studies from Australia’s Edith Cowan University. Studying data from 8,600 Australians between the ages of 25 and 91, researchers found people that ate at least 470 grams (about two cups) of fruits and vegetables per day had 10 percent lower stress levels compared to those that ate less than half that amount. “Vegetables and fruits contain important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and carotenoids that can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, and therefore improve mental well-being,” says lead author Simone Radavelli-Bagatini. In a second study based on 23 years of data on 50,000 Danes, researchers found that those that consumed one cup each day of the most nitrate-rich vegetables like leafy greens and beets had about a 2.5 mmHg lower systolic blood pressure and a 12 to 26 percent lower risk of peripheral artery disease, heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. Eating more than one cup daily didn’t increase the benefits, they found, and blending greens into smoothies (but not pulp-destroying juicing) is a good option for increasing intake.


Eat Produce to Lower Stress and Heart Disease

Avoid Air Pollutants to Protect Children’s Mental Health


Exposure to even moderate levels of traffic-related air pollutants during childhood results in a greater risk of mental illness by age 18, Duke University researchers report in JAMA Network Open. In the study, the psychiatric health of 2,000 twins from England and Wales followed into adulthood was compared to recorded levels of air pollution in their neighborhoods. Twenty-two and 84 percent of the twins, respectively, were found to have had exposure to nitrogen oxides and fine particulate matter that exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Higher levels produced the most symptoms, including depression and anxiety. The effect, although weak compared to family history, equals that of other neurotoxicants known to harm mental health, particularly childhood exposure to lead. Previous evidence suggests that air pollutant exposures can cause inflammation in the brain and may lead to difficulty regulating thoughts and emotions. WHO estimates that nine of 10 people worldwide are exposed to high levels of outdoor air pollutants emitted by vehicles, waste disposal, power plants, factories and other industrial processes. Studies show increased hospital admissions for many psychiatric illnesses during poor air quality days in China and India. “Because harmful exposures are so widespread around the world, outdoor air pollutants could be a significant contributor to the global burden of psychiatric disease,” says lead author Aaron Reuben.

Avoid Sugary Drinks to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk andrii

Getting teens to eat well can be an uphill battle, but new evidence shows its long-term importance. Drinking two sugary drinks per day from ages 13 to 18 increases by 32 percent the risk of colorectal cancer in women by age 50 when compared to drinking less than one such drink each week, Washington University School of Medicine researchers report in the journal Gut. The study used data from the Nurses’ Health Study II, which tracked the health of nearly 116,500 female nurses from 1991 to 2015. Other drinks, including milk and unsweetened coffee, were associated with a decreased risk. Early-onset colorectal cancer rates have risen alarmingly in the last 20 years, causing the American Cancer Society to lower its recommended age for a first colonoscopy from 50 to 45.


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Soil Regulators Soft on Pesticide Use Pesticides cause significant harm to earthworms and thousands of other vital subterranean species. These invertebrates, nematodes, bacteria and fungi filter water, recycle nutrients and help regulate the planet’s temperature. The most comprehensive review ever conducted on how pesticides affect soil health, published in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science, reveals that beneath fields of monoculture crops, a toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. The study recommends changes in how regulatory agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assess the risks posed by the nearly 850 approved pesticide ingredients. Presently, regulators ignore pesticide harm to earthworms, springtails, beetles and many other subsoil critters. The EPA relies on one insect, the European honeybee, to represent the thousands of species that live or develop underground. The ongoing escalation of pesticide-intensive agriculture and pollution are major driving factors in the precipitous decline of many soil organisms that are critical to maintaining healthy soils. This contamination has been identified as the most significant driver of soil biodiversity loss in the last decade.

Thorny Problem Cactus Poachers Are Denuding Deserts

More than 30 percent of the world’s 1,500 or so cactus species are threatened with extinction, and criminal scavengers are primarily to blame. A 2020 seizure by authorities in Italy yielded more than 1,000 of some of the rarest cactuses in the world, valued at more than $1.2 million on the black market. Some were over 100 years old. President of the Association for Biodiversity and Conservation Andrea Cattabriga helps police identify specimens taken from tourists or intercepted in the mail. He says, “Here is an organism that has evolved over millions of years to be able to survive in the harshest conditions you can find on the planet, but that finishes its life in this way, just as an object to be sold.” Trafficking can take a serious toll because many species are highly localized and often extremely slow-growing, thus quite sensitive to over-harvesting. Cactuses and other succulents have become popular on social media, promoted by indoor plant influencers for their unusual appearance and minimal care requirements. The pandemic has increased their Superfund Mine-Polluted Stream Restorations See Success popularity, with Large investments have been made to clean up acid drainage into streams and rivers polshops unable to luted by toxic metals from abandoned mining sites. A new study published in Freshwater Scikeep some species ence based on long-term monitoring data from four U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in stock. Sales of leSuperfund sites in California, Colorado, Idaho and Montana shows that cleanup efforts gally sourced plants can allow affected streams to recover to near natural conditions within 10 to 15 years after could help offset abatement work begins. illegal trade, with David Herbst, a research scientist at UC Santa Cruz and co-author of the paper, says, “The the proceeds going good news from them all is that Superfund investments can restore the water quality and directly to commuecological health of the streams.” Researchers combined data from long-term monitoring nities living alongduring periods of 20 years or more using aquatic insects and other diverse invertebrate life side the plants, such as flatworms and snails as indicators of the restoration of ecological health, with nearby creating an incentive unpolluted streams as standards for comparison. Much of the recovery occurred within the to protect them. first few years of treatment. Herbst says that the promising results suggest that even daunting environmental problems can be remedied.

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UN Methane Report Faults Big Meat and Big Dairy The United Nations Environment Programme and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition have released a Global Methane Assessment of emissions from fossil fuels, agriculture and waste management. With livestock contributing 32 percent of the methane footprint, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) stresses the need to regulate and mitigate methane emissions from global meat and dairy companies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has also identified the factory farm system of hog and dairy operations with liquified manure lagoon systems as responsible for rising methane emissions related to agriculture. IATP European Director Shefali Sharma says, “Disappointingly, the assessment calls for more technological fixes such as feed additives and biodigesters to reduce agriculture’s methane footprint, rather than addressing the core of the problem. Untenable growth of animals in the food chain is spurred on by a powerful meat and dairy industry that bears no costs for this environmental debacle, but passes it on to farmers and consumers.” The report provides evidence that a new policy framework accounting for the factory farm system’s emissions and aiding a transition to more scaleappropriate agroecological systems of animal production that will be less harmful to people and the climate is needed, according to Ben Lilliston, IATP director of climate strategies.

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Textile Manufacturers Fight Climate Change Clothing makes the man or woman, but mankind makes the clothing. The Textile Exchange’s Material Change Index (MCI) has been tracking industry changes and their impacts since it was launched in partnership with GreenBiz in 2019. The MCI is the largest business-to-business comparison initiative tracking progress toward more sustainable material sourcing for apparel, footwear and home textiles. It also monitors alignment with global efforts such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the transition to a circular economy. With a goal to accelerate action, 2019 was established as a baseline year from which to track the related efforts and progress of leading corporations. The MCI is part of Textile Exchange’s Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark program, enabling companies to measure, manage and integrate a strategy for using preferred fiber and materials in their operations. With a goal of 45 percent reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030, Textile Exchange is pushing for urgent climate action. This year, they are launching an insights report, leaderboard and dashboard ( to provide a comprehensive analysis of the state of the industry and determine ways to work with the data.



THINK YOURSELF HAPPY Seven Ways to Change Your Mind and Be Happier

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hat is happiness? Aristotle pondered it, our country’s founders encouraged its pursuit, but only now—thanks to the thriving field of Positive Psychology—have we learned more precisely how to attain and sustain it. In thousands of studies in the last two decades, researchers have watched babies share crackers, put Tibetan monks in brain scanners, asked college students to do kind deeds and explored databases, among other strategies. A major finding has emerged: Happiness is, to a great degree, in our own hands—or more exactly, our own minds. “You get to choose,” says trailblazing researcher Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity and Love 2.0 and a professor at the University of North Carolina. “No matter where your river of emotions flows today, over time and with continued effort and attention, you can change its course and location to live a happier, more positive life.” Using advanced brain imaging technology, neuroscientists and psychologists have discovered that the brain is “plastic” and malleable. When we change our thinking and actions in positive ways, brain neurons start rewiring themselves to make newfound happiness settle in, especially if our practices are repetitive. “Interestingly, changes can start quite quickly,” says neuro18

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scientist Andrew Newberg, who has authored 10 books on the brain, emotions and spirituality, including Words Can Change Your Brain. “For those changes to become more fully ingrained, it can take a few months, but it does not necessarily require hours a day for many years.” A change in thinking shifted the behavior and life of John Peterson, a sales manager at a major West Coast auto retailer and editor of “I was unhappy and miserable, so I decided to give gratitude a shot,” he recalls. “It was mechanical to start, but the reactions I got turned into a domino effect.” Instead of giving cursory thanks, he praised a co-worker’s kindness in handing him a daily cup of coffee; now they chat about their families. Instead of “keeping myself to myself,” he offered to help a neighbor he barely knew to clean gutters; now they’re “barbecue besties,” he says, adding, “I was kind of blown away at the incredible effect gratitude had on my life, both in improving my mental health and boosting my relationships. It was a real revelation to me!” Positive psychologists offer two major approaches: adopting habits that encourage happiness and clearing away the mental debris that blocks it. Many books and websites offer a wide range of theories, techniques and tips. “The most effective practices for

you are the ones that you enjoy and are willing to do more often,” says Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., a Psychology Today blogger and founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. The following are researchbased methods to enhance happiness:


Aim for a three-to-one ratio of positive to negative experiences

The difference between languishing and flourishing, says Fredrickson in her book Positivity, is constructing a life in which heartfelt positive experiences outnumber the negatives by three to one. Positive experiences that flow from feelings such as gratitude, serenity, hope, awe and love can be as simple as exchanging smiles with a passerby, patting a friend on the back, joking with a cashier, picking up something that someone has dropped or planting a kiss on a son’s head. She emphasizes that the experiences must be authentic and heartfelt: acting “Pollyanna-ish” out of habit or pasting on a smile can actually make us feel worse, and positivity can turn toxic if it’s relentlessly turned on 100 percent of the time. “True happiness is not rigid and unchanging,” she says. When it comes to marriage, five positive interactions for every negative one is the “magic ratio” that makes it happy and stable, according to studies by renowned relationship psychologist John Gottman, author of What Makes Love Last. “Successful long-term relationships are created through small words, small gestures and small acts,” he writes.

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Positive reframing involves shifting misery-making thinking to see the positive side of any situation. Canadian researchers reported in a 340-person survey at APA PsycNet that during the pandemic, reframing was the most effective mental health strategy; people practicing it gradually felt better, while people that vented, distracted themselves or disengaged from others fared worse. Reframing strategies include viewing a problem as a challenge, a learning opportunity or a way to help others; finding the higher purpose or divine order in a bad situation; exploring what the unexpected benefits might be; and finding humor in a situation.

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Berating ourselves for our shortcomings is a sure route to suffering, but applying self-compassion powerfully lowers the volume. It involves three elements: treating ourselves as kindly as we would a dear friend; realizing that making mistakes is intrinsically human so we’re not alone; and non-judgmentally facing our emotions without denying or indulging them, according to its major theorist, psychologist Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. Numerous studies show that people that practice self-compassion have less selfdoubt and fewer negative thoughts, are less likely to feel anxious or depressed, enjoy better health and relationships and are more resilient and motivated to change.

Another way to handle the inner critic is to transform it by befriending and chatting with it, a method used in voice dialogue therapy and in the Internal Family Systems approach. Jackie Graybill, a Seattle songwriter and piano teacher, calls her “mean girl” inner critic Brutista Dynasticus. “I’ll find myself responding to an inner thought like, ‘You look fat. Just how much weight have you gained over COVID?!’ with a recognition like, ‘Oh, Brutista, that wasn’t very nice. I may have some extra pounds, but this healthy body has gotten me through a freaking pandemic! Show a little respect, okay?’ This quiets her down because I’ve recognized her and addressed her, and I feel an inner sense of victory because I’ve brought a positive truth to bear. It’s a very empowering practice.”


Clear away pain by questioning assumptions

Of our estimated 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, about 80 percent are negative and 95 percent are repetitive, says the National Science Foundation. Those noisy mental loops dampen our spirits by repetitively telling us that something regretful should not have happened in the past or is going to happen to blight the future. Few worries have real credence: A Cornell University study found that 85 percent of what people worry about never happens. Of the 15 percent of worries that did happen, 79 percent of people found they handled the problem better than they had expected or that they learned a valuable lesson from it. Cognitive behavioral therapists help clients to examine those beliefs and assumptions, challenge the dysfunctional ones and try out different interpretations to uncover the truth. Victor Blue, a Tampa transportation engineer, examined his difficult relationship with a tyrannical father by asking himself two questions that spiritual teacher and author Byron Katie suggests applying to any painful thought: “Is it true? Can you absolutely know it’s true?” Self-inquiring deeply, Blue realized he had a distorted view: His father had in fact loved him, but had lacked the capacity to show it with warmth or tenderness. “My father started with very little and saw a tough world and treated everyone tough,” he says. “And I came to realize that yes, I am able to father myself.”


Open the heart by deepening gratitude

Perhaps the most popular and direct approach to happiness is gratitude. Research shows that feeling and expressing thankfulness significantly boosts emotional well-being, makes us feel more connected and generous to others, and improves health and sleep quality. In one study, writing a few sentences of gratitude once per week for 10 weeks increased optimism and hope in participants; they even exercised more and had fewer doctor visits than those writing about August 2021


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Eat a happy-making diet A gut-wisdom axis may exist. People with a greater diversity of the gut microbiome—the mark of a healthy diet—had higher levels of wisdom, compassion and social support, and lower levels of loneliness than people with less diverse microbiomes, University of California San Diego scientists reported in Frontiers in Psychiatry. A study of 12,000 Australians found that the more they increased their fruit and vegetable intake over a seven-year period, the happier and more satisfied with life they became. Eating eight servings a day was as happiness-producing as going from being unemployed to employed. Exercise even a little Whether it’s lunges or sun salutations, movement lifts us up. In a review of 23 published studies involving half a million people published in The Journal of Happiness Studies, University of Michigan researchers found strong evidence that any kind of exercise increases happiness; even as little as 10 minutes a day raises spirits. People that exercise at least 30 minutes on most days are about 30 percent happier than those that don’t exercise.

Go for the doze Surveys show that getting enough sleep is the most influential factor in how people rate their daily mood, with good sleepers more likely to rate their life as happier overall. A University of California, Berkeley, study found that inadequate sleep makes our brains 60 percent more reactive to negative stimuli; in other words, being tired makes us grouchy.

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Do good deeds Performing five acts of kindness one day a week, such as helping a friend with a task, writing a thank-you email or donating blood, had a more powerful and long-lasting effect on college students’ happiness than spreading five good deeds over a week, reports University of California, Riverside, researchers. A four-year study of 13,000 retirees found that those volunteering more than two hours per week were happier, more optimistic and less lonely and depressed than people that never volunteered. Be nurtured by nature After walking in a natural setting, people ruminated less and showed increased activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that lowers depression and anxiety, Stanford researchers found. In one study, people watching five minutes of Planet Earth felt 46 percent more awe and 31 percent more gratitude than people watching the news or a comedy show. Biological diversity also matters: European scientists found that an additional 10 percent of bird species in an area increases residents’ life enjoyment as much as a 10 percent increase in their income.

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and had fewer doctor visits than those writing about aggravations. Writing a thank-you letter to someone we haven’t appreciated enough in the past can induce a sense of well-being that lasts for at least six months, a University of Pennsylvania study found.


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Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Newberg and other neuroscientists studied meditating Buddhist monks, prayerful Catholic nuns and mindfulness meditators. They found that each practice has its own distinctive pattern of brain activity, yet all three deactivate the brain regions that underlie mind chatter. That “default mode network” is constantly ruminating, nagging and making sure we avoid trouble. Sustained spiritual practices gradually turn down its everyday volume, which may explain in part the well-documented link between spiritual practices and well-being. Even brief meditations can have a quieting effect, counsels New York City psychologist and mindfulness teacher Loch Kelly, author of Shift into Freedom. In a quiet moment, he suggests, “Ask yourself, ‘What is here right now if there is no problem to solve?’”

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The more we give with a full heart, the more happiness we experience, studies show—and the benefits radiate far beyond ourselves. Following nearly 5,000 people over 20 years, Harvard researchers found that one person’s happiness triggers a chain reaction up to three degrees away, lifting the spirits not only of friends, but friends’ friends, and their friends’ friends’ friends. Effects can last up to one year. It’s a vital way to help the world, says Fredrickson. “The happiness that you experience together with others has ripple effects, both biological and behavioral, that make whole communities healthier.” Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at

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to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, these hard-working animals pollinate more than 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants and nearly 75 percent of our crops, including chocolate and coffee. Without pollinators, say biologists, neither the human race nor the Earth’s ecosystems would survive. Like many species, some pollinators are showing steady population declines, attributed in part to habitat loss and exposure to pesticides. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that grassy lawns occupy almost 2 percent of the total U.S. land mass, making grass the single largest irrigated crop in the country, which is why the way that people garden and maintain their landscapes can either harm or help pollinators.  Many people spending more time at home last year due to the pandemic did more gardening and maintaining of their own landscapes, often without realizing the significance and impact of their activities. “Now, for the first time in its history, gardening has taken on a role that transcends the needs of the gardener. Like it or not, gardeners have become important players in the management of our nation’s wildlife,” writes Douglas Tallamy, an agriculture and natural resources professor at the University of Delaware, in his book Bringing Nature Home. “Bees are what comes to mind when

most people think of pollinators, but pollinators include many other species, including some flies, moths, butterflies, wasps and beetles, as well as bats, hummingbirds and even a few mammals,” says David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. Fortunately, the same principles that make home landscapes more inviting to pollinators also make it safer and friendlier for a wide variety of wildlife.

Rethink the Perfect Landscape

“One of the main dangers for pollinators is loss of appropriate habitat,” says Andre Kessler, an ecology and evolutionary biology professor at Cornell University. “To help them, give up your idea of the perfect, manicured landscape and aim to restore their preferred habitat.” Kessler suggests leaving part of a landscape a bit untidy by including native plants and mowing less often. “An island of native vegetation usually provides flowering plants year-round and, similarly important, nesting sites for native bees,” he says. Tallamy advocates halving the total amount of space devoted to lawns in the continental U.S.—reducing water, pesticide and fertilizer use—and replacing grass with plants that sustain more animal life. Leave the leaves, sticks and debris, says Mizejewski. “Many species rely on leaf litter for food, shelter and nesting material. Many moth and butterfly caterpillars overwinter in fallen leaves before emerging in spring.”

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With so many different species of pollinators across the diverse terrain of America, few plants work for all locales. Most experts believe the best option is choosing native plants. The Pollinator Partnership ( lists plants for each zone by ZIP code, as well as the pollinators they attract. There are also native plant societies in many areas that offer specific recommendations.

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levels can be increased with lemon juice. Vegetable pickles become acidic through the addition of vinegar. Heat-sealed jars are shelf-stable if the seals remain intact. Paul Fehribach, chef and co-owner of Big Jones, a restaurant in Chicago, gives canning tips in The Big Jones Cookbook. For pickles and preserves, he recommends using a simple canning kit with a tool to lift jars in and out of boiling water, a jar rack that sits in the bottom of a stock pot and Mason jars with new canning lids to hold the food. Both Paster and Fehribach suggest using professionally tested recipes. “Go to a reliable source, whether it’s a cookbook or a website, because there are some food safety issues. Recipes have been calibrated to have the right ratio of water and vinegar to vegetables to ensure it’s acidic enough,” says Paster. “Pickles are a great place to begin because they’re really hard to mess up.”

Preserving the Harvest Classic Ways to Store Garden Bounty All Year by Julie Peterson


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hether gardening, purchasing at farmers’ markets or ordering from a community supported agriculture farm, preservation techniques capture the bounty of the harvest and ensure availability of fresh flavors year-round.

Dehydrating “Dehydrating machines can be purchased for about $50, but an oven that goes down to a temperature of 150 or less will work,” says Brekke Bounds, educator at City Grange, a garden center in Chicago. Before dehydrating, consider the end use. Peaches or cherries can be cut into bite-size pieces. Roma or cherry tomatoes, sliced or cut in half and dried, can go in winter soups and stews. “Apple chips are super-easy,” Bounds says. “Core and slice with a mandoline, dunk in a lemon solution, sprinkle with cinnamon, dehydrate and store in an airtight jar.” Foods can be seasoned or marinated before drying. “We make zucchini bacon for vegan BLTs,” says Anthony Damiano, chef proprietor at Counter Culture restaurant, in Vero Beach, Florida. Dried herbs chopped in a food processor can be stored in airtight containers and used up to a year later as a flavorful salad toppings or soup mixes.

Canning “One of my go-to methods is water bath canning,” says Emily Paster, author of The Joys of Jewish Preserving. “It’s a really safe and effective method of home preservation for highacid foods. Certain kinds of microorganisms, most specifically botulism, can’t live in a high-acid environment.” Fruits that go into jams and jellies are typically acidic enough, but 24

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The pickling process can be done without water bath canning, but the jars must remain refrigerated. The fun is in the quickness and variability of the recipes. Beyond traditional cucumber pickles, excellent pickles can be made with green beans, carrots, onions, cauliflower and green tomatoes. Brine can be dill, spicy or sweet. Damiano makes refrigerator pickles with a variety of local organic produce, including radishes, okra and other vegetables. The pickles are great for eating and can be used in salads and recipes like plant-based tostadas.

Fermenting “Fermentation is an essential part of how people everywhere make effective use of food resources,” says Sandor Ellix Katz, fermentation revivalist in Liberty, Tennessee, and author of The Art of Fermentation. “Fermentation produces alcohol, helps preserve food by producing acids and makes foods more digestible, more nutritious, more delicious and sometimes less toxic.” Cultures around the world developed fermentation techniques as a practical method to prevent food decomposition. Studies show that fermented foods and beverages provide beneficial probiotics

to the gut microbiome. Anyone can give fermentation a try with ordinary kitchen tools—a knife, cutting board, mixing bowl and a jar. “Certain ferments, such as yogurt or tempeh, require specific temperature ranges,” advises Katz.


Cold Storage Many fruits and vegetables freeze well, but a basement or backyard root cellar is a noelectricity, cold storage method. Items that store well in a root cellar include most root crops and firm fruits like apples and pears. “Root cellars use the natural, cool, moist conditions underground for fruit and vegetable storage. Earth-sheltered options work best for cooler climates where the ground temp is naturally cooler,” says Laurie Neverman in Denmark, Wisconsin, creator of CommonSenseHome. com. Those with no outdoor spot or cold basement room can still use cold storage. “Some crops like onions, garlic, potatoes, winter squash, apples and carrots keep well in dark, dry, cool room temperatures of about 55 degrees,” says Neverman. Food preservation methods extend the blessings of the harvest. A little preparation now will provide edible delights for months to come. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Reach out at

‘Clean the Garden’ Kimchi This easy kimchi recipe turns common garden veggies into a spicy probiotic ferment that’s loaded with good bacteria and health benefits. yield: 32 servings 4 Tbsp sea salt and 4 cups water 1 lb Chinese cabbage (napa or bok choi preferred, but other cabbage will do) 1 daikon radish or a few red radishes 1 to 2 carrots 1 to 2 (minimum) onions (or shallots or leeks) 3 to 4 (minimum) cloves garlic 3 to 4 hot red chilies to taste (seeds removed, dried is fine, nothing with preservatives) 2 to 3 Tbsp (minimum) fresh grated ginger root Prepare brine in a nonreactive container such as a glass bowl or large measuring cup. Mix water and salt, and stir thoroughly to dissolve salt. Cut up cabbage, radishes and carrots. (Add in other vegetables as an option.) Mix vegetables together and move them into fermentation vessel. Cover vegetables with brine. Use a fermentation weight or plate with a heavy object to weigh the vegetables down and keep them below the brine. (Mix more brine if needed to make sure vegetables are completely submerged.) Put a cloth over the fermentation vessel and wait for vegetables to soften (a few hours or overnight). Drain the brine from the vegetables, reserving it. Give the vegetables a taste. They should be salty, but not too salty. Sprinkle on additional salt, if needed, and mix; rinse if too salty. Mix the onion, garlic, chilies and ginger into the drained vegetables and blend well. Pack the vegetable mix into the fermentation vessel. Use the fermentation weight or plate to press it down until the brine covers the kimchi-in-progress. Add a little brine back, if needed, to make sure the vegetables are completely covered. Cover the fermentation vessel with a cloth and leave it on the counter for about a week. Taste test to check the fermentation. When happy with the flavor, the kimchi is done. Store in the refrigerator in a glass container to stop the fermentation. Recipe by Laurie Neverman at

Food Preservation Resources National Center for Home Food Preservation: Ball & Kerr recipes and products for canning: Complete Dehydrator Cookbook, by Carole Cancler The Pickled Pantry: From Apples to Zucchini, by Andrea Chesman Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables, by Mike and Nancy Bubel

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yield: about 1 quart ½ cup sugar, or more, to taste (ideally piloncillo, panela or another unrefined sugar, but any type of sugar will work) Peel and core of 1 pineapple (eat the rest of the fruit), cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces 1 cinnamon stick and/or a few whole cloves and/or other spices (optional) Dissolve the sugar in about 1 cup of water. Place the pineapple skin and core pieces and spices into the vessel. Pour the sugar water

over the pineapple, then add additional water as needed to cover the pineapple. Cover with a loose lid or cloth and stir daily. Ferment for 2 to 5 days, depending upon temperature and desired level of fermentation. It’ll get fizzy, then develop a pronounced sourness after a few days. Taste each day after the first few to evaluate developing flavor. Strain out the solids. Enjoy fresh or refrigerate for up to a couple of weeks.

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Tepache is a wonderful, effervescent, lightly fermented pineapple beverage. It’s made from the skins and core of pineapple, making use of the parts typically discarded.

Recipe is an exclusive first look from the forthcoming book, Sandor Katz’s Fermentation Journeys (Chelsea Green Publishing, October 2021).

Pickled Watermelon Radishes Wash and peel watermelon radishes. With a sharp knife or mandoline slicer, slice radishes into round discs. In a nonreactive saucepan, bring the water, white wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute or until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Remove from heat and add the garlic, ginger and peppercorns. Pour the hot liquid including the garlic and peppercorns over the radishes. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate.


1 to 2 watermelon radishes ¼ cup white wine vinegar ¼ cup rice wine vinegar ½ cup water 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt 1 tsp sugar 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1 tsp ginger, microplaned ½ tsp peppercorns, lightly crushed

Recipe by Chef Anthony Damiano at Counter Culture, in Vero Beach, Florida.

Zucchini Bacon 2 medium zucchini 2 Tbsp grape seed oil 2 Tbsp soy sauce 2 tsp maple syrup 1 tsp liquid smoke Pinch chipotle chili pepper powder Freshly ground black pepper

and toss until coated in marinade. Let sit for several hours or overnight.

In a large bowl, combine oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, chipotle chili pepper powder and season generously with black pepper. Whisk to combine. Using a vegetable peeler or mandoline, slice zucchini length-wise into thin strips. Place strips in bowl 26

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Recipe by Chef Anthony Damiano at Counter Culture, in Vero Beach, Florida.

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Place in a single layer on dehydrator trays, making sure not to overlap. Set the dehydrator to 145° F and let the strips dehydrate for 4 to 6 hours. Remove them when they are crispy. Thicker strips may take longer. Eat immediately or store in an airtight container.

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here are many choices to preserve a harvest of fresh fruit such as jelly, jam, preserves, conserves and marmalades that are jellied or thickened. Most are preserved using sugar. Their individual characteristics depend on the kind of fruit used and the way it is prepared, the proportions of different ingredients in the mixture and the method of cooking. Jellies are usually made by cooking fruit juice with sugar. A good product is clear and firm enough to hold its shape when turned out of the container, but quivers when the container is moved. When cut, it should be tender, yet retain the angle of the cut. Jelly should have a flavorful, fresh, fruity taste. Jams are thick, sweet spreads made by cooking crushed or chopped fruits with sugar. Jams tend to hold their shape, but are generally less firm than jelly. Preserves are small, whole fruit or uniform size pieces in a clear, slightly gelled, syrup. The fruit should be tender and plump. Conserves are jam-like products that may be made with a combination of fruits. They also contain nuts, raisins or coconut. Marmalades are soft fruit jellies containing small pieces of fruit or peel evenly

suspended in the transparent jelly. They often contain citrus fruit. Once we have decided on the jellied fruit product of choice, there are some essentials needed to begin the process. Fruit provides the characteristic color and flavor to the jellied product. It also furnishes at least part of the pectin and acid needed for a gel. The fruit should be just at the ripest stage for best natural color and flavor. Fruits of irregular size and shape can be used if they are good quality because they will be cut up, mashed or made into juice. Pectin is the substance that causes the fruit to gel. Some fruits have enough natural pectin to make high-quality products, while others require added pectin, especially when they are used for making jellies, which should be firm enough to hold their shape. The highest quality pectin is found in just-ripe fruit. Pectin from under-ripe or overripe fruit will not form a gel. Commercial pectin is made from apples or citrus fruit and is available in both powdered and liquid forms. It may be used with any fruit. Many consumers prefer the added pectin method for making jellied fruit products because fully ripe fruit can be used that shortens the cooking and set times. Acid is needed both for gel for-

mation and flavor. The acid content varies among fruits and is higher in under-ripe fruits. When fruits are low in acid, lemon juice or citric acid may be used. This also keeps the fruit product from turning brown, or oxidizing. Sugar is the preservative for the product, preventing the growth of microorganisms. It must be present in the proper proportion with pectin and acid to make a good gel. Sugar also contributes to the taste of the product. Never cut down on the amount of sugar a recipe calls for unless syrup is the desired result. Granulated white sugar is usually used in homemade jellied fruit products. Sweeteners such as brown sugar, sorghum and molasses are not recommended because their flavor overpowers the fruit flavor and their sweetness varies. Artificial sweeteners cannot be substituted for sugar in regular recipes because the sugar is needed for gel formation. Sugar-free jams and jellies can be made, but require a specific recipe. Look for a recipe from a reliable source like the National Center for Home Food Preservation or The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning. Sugar-free jams and jelly recipes are also available. To find recipes, tips and safe food preservation information online, visit Katie M. Sotzing is the Family and Community Health Educator for Texas A & M AgriLife Extension – Kaufman County. For more information, visit can_07/jellied_product_ingredients.html. August 2021


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hether it’s adrenaline-fueled kiteboarding or peaceful paddle boarding, getting active in the water helps to improve bone density, elevates mood and engages major muscle groups without stressing the joints. The highlight of a vacation might be rafting down a river, surfing at sunset or waterskiing on a mountain lake. Whether done regularly or occasionally, water sports offer a good workout disguised as play. While some water sports require a higher level of fitness, most are beginner-friendly and only require the willingness to try something new.

Core Adventures “Many lifelong skiers call waterskiing the fountain of youth. My friends who are in their 70s, 80s and even 90s that still ski are living proof,” says pro water skier Corey Vaughn, owner of Bum Pass Water Ski Club, in Bumpass, Virginia. “Waterskiing is one of the best total body workouts on the planet, yet you are having so much fun it never feels like a workout.” For Natali Zollinger, a raft guide, river surfer and whitewater stand up paddle boarder, it’s about trusting and working with 28

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the current: “Either rafting or paddling, our core has to engage way more than it would with other sports, and you’ll definitely notice the internal strength.” Based in Moab, Utah, Zollinger says that in only one week, paddling and kayaking produce noticeably more tone in the triceps and biceps, adding, “If you row boats, you’ll see the traps, shoulders and back muscles develop.” Stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga on the water, although seemingly placid, challenges the abdominals and cultivates balance. Christy Naida Linson, yoga instructor and owner of Prana Yoga Center and Aligned Flow Floating Studio, in Denville, New Jersey, says, “Paddling is excellent exercise for the core, back, shoulders, arms and legs. Postures are done in relationship to the current of the water and recruit many of the smaller stabilizing muscles.”

Getting the Feet Wet SUP yoga is accessible to both new and experienced students that can swim and are comfortable in the water. All postures can be modified to be done in positions lower to the board, such as kneeling, to make balancing easier. “A typical class is 90

minutes long and begins with instruction on land. We go through paddle strokes and safety, how to get onto the board kneeling, transition to standing when feeling stable, paddle and stop,” says Linson. “The worst thing that happens if you lose your balance is that you go for a little swim!” Fitness requirements for river rafting can vary, depending on the type of trip and location. “Usually a couple months of ‘stair-stepper’ and some squats and lunges will do the trick,” says Zollinger. When it comes to gear, commercial trips offer the most freedom, especially for beginners, she says. “Normally, commercial trips pack all the gear that you need for basic camping, and all you have to bring is your personal gear like clothes, toiletries, etc.” Waterskiing can be a challenge, but learning is easier with proper instruction, optimal equipment, an experienced, skilled boat driver and positive encouragement. “People tell me about Uncle Fred just throwing them behind the boat

with a couple of old skis, telling them to hang on tight and then gunning the boat. This is not what I would consider best practices,” says Vaughn. A typical lesson lasts about 30 minutes, involves six to eight passes up and down the lake and

includes technical guidance on body positions and timing. For optimal waterskiing, Vaughn prefers private lakes to avoid interruption in the rhythmic flow of skiing that can occur on busier lakes or bodies of saltwater due to boat traffic, winds, tides and currents. Vaughn marvels when everything comes together; “There is nothing quite like the smile of a first-time skier when they get up [on their skis] and realize they are gliding across the water.” In the end, water sports are all about embracing possibilities.“It is a genuine joy to see people who may be new or doubt their ability come away feeling empowered,” says Linson. Zollinger passes on wisdom about time on the water. “The river continuously teaches me to be in the flow and appreciating the little things.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at



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fter a year dealing with the ups and downs of pandemic-era schooling, many parents are anticipating their children’s return to school with mixed emotions. “Families indeed have had a rough time in the pandemic, resulting in increased food insecurity, weakened social skills, splintered attention spans due to constant multitasking and arguments over screen time, yet many families also feel that they grew closer together as they coped with the adversity,” says Jenifer Joy Madden, author of How To Be a Durable Human. As we wave our children off to classes, we can draw on those hard-won, deeper ties by taking steps to ensure our children’s health and well-being. Here are some suggested strategies:

Hold a family sit-down Meet as a group to talk about schedules and logistics to make sure everyone’s commitments will work together, recommends Erika Beckles Camez, Ph.D., a licensed family therapist in Temecula, California. “Talk as a family about how everyone feels about going back to school and intentionally tell your student that throughout the year if they 30

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“During the summer, bedtime tends to creep later and later. Two weeks before school starts, begin to reset bedtime by reversing the creep by 15 minutes every few nights,” suggests Amber Trueblood, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Culver City, California, and author of Stretch Marks. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 6 to 12 years of age sleep nine to 12 hours a night and teenagers 13 to 18 sleep eight to 10 hours. Getting enough sleep, it advises, leads to “improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health.” Sleep experts recommend not allowing kids to be on device screens beginning an hour before bedtime, and perhaps storing devices in another room.

Buoy them with breakfast According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, children that eat a complete breakfast have been shown to work faster, make fewer math mistakes and show improved concentration, alertness, comprehension and memory. “Get in the habit of a healthy breakfast that contains a mix of lean proteins, healthy fats and unrefined carbohydrates and fiber,” advises Amy

Children need healthy, whole-food, nutritious snacks after school to fuel both their bodies and their brain.

“Fries” cooked in an air fryer to crisp up zucchini, carrots or green beans n Veggie dips or hummus made with chickpeas, carrots, beets or spinach n Almond butter on celery sticks, or seed butter for dipping sweet peppers or apple slices n Homemade fish sticks made by heating salmon pieces in an air fryer n Granola that includes walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds n

Spindel, a functional holistic nutritionist in Plano, Texas. “That might be something like eggs scrambled with spinach in olive oil; a smoothie with greens, coconut milk, nut butter, cherries and steamed cauliflower; or a small bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with berries and almond butter alongside some turkey sausage. These types of combinations help promote stable blood sugar until lunchtime, which means your child will be able to focus on learning and social interactions instead of their tummies.”

Satisfy them with healthy snacks There’s a metabolic reason students head straight for the fridge when they get home—but it’s best if they can’t grab sweets. “Children need healthy, whole-food, nutritious snacks after school to fuel both their bodies and their brain,” says Uma Naidoo, M.D., a Harvard-based nutritional psychiatrist, professional chef and author of This Is Your Brain on Food. To support optimal brain development and help lower kids’ anxiety and hyperactivity levels, she suggests snacks rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B12 and D, and iron and folate, such as:

Take allergy precautions About one in 14 U.S. children has a food allergy. Anisha Angella, an early childhood specialist and author of Easing Allergy Anxiety in Children, recommends taking special precautions with an allergyprone child, including frequent handwashing; carrying an EpiPen for sudden, severe reactions that require an epinephrine injection; and not sharing foods. “Connect with their

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iring a life coach can be an empowering decision for people that want to understand themselves better and lead fulfilled lives. Coaches may specialize in distinct topics like business, parenting or weight loss, but, “It’s all life coaching,” says Patrick Williams, a master certified coach by the International Coach Federation, licensed psychologist and founder of the Institute for Life Coach Training. “If I hire a specialist like a wellness coach, I assume they’re going to know something about wellness, but I’m not hiring a consultant to tell me what I should do in diet and exercise. I want to be coached in living a more well life.” According to master certified coach Fran Fisher, with 30 years of experience, “Life coaching is a safe environment or sacred space of unconditional love and acceptance where learning, growth and transformation naturally occur. It’s a partnership of two experts. The client is the expert of the content: who they are, what’s important to them and what they believe, think and feel. The coach is the expert of the process. They’ve been specially trained to help the client access their deeper wisdom and make better choices that align with who they are.”

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Martha Beck, Ph.D., a Harvard-trained sociologist, renowned coach and bestselling author of The Way of Integrity, says, “Most problems can be resolved by simply talking to someone who is willing to listen compassionately and deeply to whatever is going on in their lives and to give them good feedback. A coach will get you to high levels of happiness, self-fulfillment and self-expression. Unlike therapists, coaches don’t deal with the mentally ill. They deal with the mentally well who want to maximize their performance.” “A coach helps you think and say and dream of things you hadn’t thought before,” says Williams. “I can advise myself all day long, but as soon as I have a conversation with a trained coach, I hear myself differently. I get new ideas, and that motivates me to make change. The value may come monetarily. It may improve someone’s business or money decisions, but it also may come in how you live your life. There may

Life coaching is a safe environment or sacred space of unconditional love and acceptance where learning, growth and transformation naturally occur. be value in having less stress, more time, more fun. Anybody who is motivated to make a change or maybe is in the midst of change and they don’t know what to do; that’s who benefits from coaching.”

Limiting Beliefs and Turtle Steps According to Beck, one of the most common issues a coach must address is their clients’ limiting beliefs. “It’s about freeing yourself from beliefs that are preventing you from moving forward or convincing you that you can’t have what you want, so you never try,” says Beck. “There’s something in your behavior that’s not allowing you to move forward. Let’s find the behavior, figure out why you’re doing it and change that belief. It’s good old-fashioned problem solving in partnership with the client.” Beck’s favorite tool for making changes is what she calls onedegree turns, or turtle steps, defined as the smallest steps you can take toward a goal. “Research shows that large steps tend to get discouraging,” she notes. “We could do them at the beginning of a

Finding the Right Coach The search for a coach often begins online to check credentials, training and experience, and to understand the coach’s approach and personality. “Trust your gut,” says renowned coach and author Martha Beck. “See how you feel when you’re looking at somebody’s website or when you email them and get a response.” Master certified coach Patrick Williams recommends asking for referrals from friends or through the International Coaching Federation ( and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council ( “A coach should have some level of certification. You want to ask about their training and how long they’ve been coaching,” he says. Most experts recommend interviewing at least three coaches. Many offer a free, 30-minute sample session. “There has to be a feeling of safety and rapport with that person. You want to feel seen and heard,” says master certified coach Fran Fisher. “Any coach worth their salt will help you find out that you already know your path through life, so although you may feel challenged by this person, you should also feel excited, like this could set you free. If a coach gives you a list of things that will never fail you, and it doesn’t feel like freedom to you, and you don’t feel like your real self, find someone else,” Beck says.

really passionate, goal-seeking time, but we almost never sustain it. If we go in tiny steps toward what we really believe and what we really want, we get there. The tortoise wins the race.”

Achieving Goals and Feeling Free

When it comes to setting and achieving goals, coaches have different approaches. Williams, for example, considers himself an accountability partner. “I won’t punish you if you don’t achieve your goals,” he says. “If you report progress, we celebrate and talk about what’s next. If you say, ‘I didn’t get it done,’ then we talk about what got in the way, what needs to change. We never make the client wrong. It’s what’s true for you.” For Beck, goals take a back seat. “My clients tend to give me goals that are culturally based on what they think they should do. People move forward much more rapidly when you don’t hold them to a goal. When they have permission to do whatever they want, they actually start doing the things that all the goal setting in the world won’t allow them to do. We have such a strong response to freedom. When we feel like we’re forcing ourselves to do something, we won’t do it because it’s not free. When we’re free, we do the things that are best for us.” For more information, visit, FranFisherCoach. com and Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at August 2021


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Power Up Fido Five Ways to Strengthen Your Dog’s Immune System


by Shawn Messonnier


long, healthy life for our animal companions depends on them having resilient immune systems that can resist disease. While supporting a dog’s immunity during illness is vital, it’s also important to help it maintain natural defenses when well to help stave off disease. Adopting all five of these suggestions will help promote optimal wellness.


Minimize vaccines

Vaccinations can help prevent disease when the immune system responds appropriately to such treatments. However, when dogs are over-vaccinated, improper immune responses can cause immediate allergic reactions or chronic problems such as autoimmune disorders and even cancer. A simple and inexpensive blood antibody test called a titer can determine if and when a dog may require a vaccine after completing the first adult booster vaccination visit. Dogs with serious and chronic immune disorders should never be vaccinated. 36

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chemicals and 2Minimize medications

Overuse and misuse of chemicals and conventional medications can harm a dog’s body in numerous ways, including causing adverse effects on the immune system. Whenever a chemical product such as a flea preventive or conventional medication like a steroid or antibiotic is needed, we should ask two important questions. First, whether there is a safer, natural alternative to use—there usually is. Secondly, what the lowest dose is to

heal the patient. Usually, lower doses of many chemicals and medications can be used safely and effectively. Some doctors over-prescribe chemicals and medications because of incorrect diagnoses, a lack of knowledge of safer natural therapies and to increase their income.


Feed a great diet

No matter what else is done to keep a dog healthy, it is critical to feed a good, natural diet, either homemade or purchased from a reputable company that specializes in healthy, natural foods. Many pet foods are full of unhealthy ingredients that may not be helpful for a dog’s immune system. Animal and plant byproducts, which typically are scrap from the food processing industry, provide little if any positive health benefits and may actually be harmful to a dog. Added chemicals, flavorings and colorings have no specific wellness attributes and may harm the dog’s DNA through oxidative damage, resulting in various

immune problems such as cancers.

4Enable exercise

As with people, a sensible exercise program for a dog is important. It keeps the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems in great shape by mimicking the natural activities that a dog’s wild relatives experience every day. It also strengthens the immune system and builds and enhances the humandog bond.

5Use supplements

Dogs that receive supplements every day tend to live longer, feel better and act happier. Even when they may have serious problems like cancer from which they may not recover, they are healthier, stronger and happier while battling the disease. Good formulas contain enzymes, probiotics, glucosamine, vitamins, fatty acids and minerals to help support a normal dog’s overall constitution. Choline reduces symptoms in senior animals with cognitive disorder and reduces the chances in normal older animals of developing it. Its use is advisable for animals with liver disease or diabetes and for those with seizures. Chamomile and tryptophan reduce any type of anxiety or

phobia. They can also reduce itching in allergic patients with an obsessive component to their scratching. Olive leaf extract is not only good for immune support, but can also help animals with infections of the ears and skin, making it a good alternative to antibiotics and anti-yeast medications. A cancer and immune support supplement containing scute, cordyceps, poria, American ginseng and coix is good for any animal with an immune disease, chronic infections and especially cancer. These five easy and inexpensive steps to keeping a dog’s immune system healthy will reduce trips to the doctor and extend his life with minimal effort. Shawn Messonnier, DVM, owner of Paws & Claws Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Center, in Plano, Texas, is the author of several books on veterinary medicine. Visit

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Life Coach Helps Clients Unlock Their Potential by Sheila Julson


Dr. Jayne Gardner, a psyersonal life coach Debra chologist who developed the Rossi grew up in a lively Mindset for Success coachhousehold in Michigan. ing program that Rossi uses With five siblings and confor her clients. She trained in stant activity, she developed and became certified in the a curiosity about people at a program and is accredited young age. As a teen, she was through the International often the person her sisters Coaching Federation. Her and friends would turn to for personal life coaching practice advice about their problems. opened in 2014. “I didn’t have all the answers, Life coaching provides the but I enjoyed helping them put Debra Rossi things in a new perspective,” tools for change, she explains. “Life coaches help people she remembers. “It never felt like a burden; I loved being a support system think better and maximize their innate pofor them.” tential. Coaching helps them go beyond their As an adult, the field of human resource limitations, break down their walls of fear and remove blockages to become a higher management parlayed her passion for perversion of themselves.” sonal development into the business world. She emphasizes that life coaching is not About 11 years ago, she felt a yearning for therapy; it does not diagnose or treat, but more and began questioning aspects of her helps people focus on the present, set new life. She started exploring, praying and jourgoals and become unstuck. The Mindset for naling in an attempt to find guidance about Success program is specifically designed to the next direction to take. help people transform old, negative ways of Through her church, she learned about thinking and replace those thought patterns a six-week book study group called Find with new attitudes and positive energy. “This Your Strongest Life. “That spoke to me,” is a six-month coaching program based on Rossi says. The group was facilitated by two neuroscience and spirituality,” Rossi says. “It’s life coaches that turned out to be the catalyst a great process that initiates lasting change for change she had been seeking. Through those life coaches, Rossi met because it’s a brain-based approach that gets

your brain circuitry connected on many different levels.” Part of the program includes The Dialogues, which takes a person back to childhood to reflect on their life growing up. Clients are presented with questions to answer, followed by discussion with the life coach. The program encourages journaling. “Journaling helps a person explore their emotions and feelings surrounding the type of change they want to make in their lives moving forward,” she explains. “We lead such busy lives and easily fall into autopilot mode. The Dialogues and the journaling piece help people truly gain self-awareness, which is the first step toward emotional intelligence. Journaling helps us to pause, reflect and think about the changes we need to make in life.” When people grow spiritually, they have the tools to create positive new changes in their world. She affirms that change is not easy, and people tend to stay in their comfort zones. Life coaching focuses on step-by-step tools developed in the Mindset program to promote growth and change. Clients learn to let go of limiting beliefs, sadness or relationships that are no longer serving them. Rossi has noticed an increased demand for life coaching services during the ongoing pandemic. “COVID has affected everyone in some way. I think it caused us to pause and reflect on life. People started to ask themselves how, where and with whom do they want to spend their energy on in this everchanging world.” She shares her journey of spiritual growth in a book, Embrace the Moment: Rediscovering the Powerful Woman Within. Her life coaching workshops will resume post-pandemic. “Making a positive, longlasting difference in someone’s life is a wonderful feeling. For me, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Rossi affirms. Debra Rossi offers life coaching via phone and virtually for clients in Texas and beyond. For more information visit


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How to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay


It’s no fun fending off uninvited airborne guests at the family cookout, but bloodthirsty bugs are an inevitable part of summer. Mosquitoes aren’t just an annoyance; they can carry infectious diseases like West Nile and Zika viruses, so it’s important to know the best ways to keep them at bay. Sprays containing the chemical DEET—developed by the U.S. Army after World War II and made commercially available in 1957—have long been the go-to option for mosquito repellant. DEET sprays came under scrutiny after isolated reports of seizures; these were subsequently dismissed as involving “off label” applications such as ingesting DEET (it’s best not to drink bug juice). DEET can occasionally cause a rash or skin irritation; however, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have both deemed DEET sprays as generally safe and effective for both adults and kids as young as two months. DEET also breaks down quickly in the environment, posing minimal danger to wildlife. For outdoor lovers seeking a more natural bug repellant, one formula performs as well as DEET at stopping mosquitoes and even better at repelling ticks: products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus extract, which contains the naturally occurring compound para-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD), a byproduct of the leaves of Corymbia citriodora tree. In a study published in the Journal of Insect Science in 2015, researchers from New Mexico State University found that it deterred mosquitoes for up to six hours, unlike largely ineffective candles, bracelets and ultrasonic devices. The PMD compound differs from lemon-eucalyptus essential oil, so look

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specifically for repellents containing PMD, found at most outdoors sports stores and major retailers. Lemoneucalyptus essential oil itself is also sometimes touted as a natural mosquito deterrent, but like other essential oils like clove or citronella, the limited protection it offers is short-lived, as their volatile compounds evaporate quickly. While DIY insect repellents made from essential oils smell wonderful and are easy to make, they can also irritate the skin at higher concentrations and in some cases, such as clove oil, be toxic to pets. Products containing essential oils are also not registered by the EPA, and therefore not tested for efficacy. Products containing Picaridin, a chemical modeled on black pepper, also have proven to be as effective as DEET. Picaridin-based products are better at deterring mosquitoes from landing than DEET, and are less oily and strong-smelling. The percentage of DEET or Picaridin in a product determines how long it protects, with higher concentrations providing longer protection with fewer reapplications. Those benefits taper off at 30 percent DEET and 20 percent Picaridin. Covering up with long sleeves and spraying clothes, not just skin, with insect repellent will help keep skeeters at arm’s length and also help keep off ticks.

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Smiling Can Make Us Happier by Julie Peterson



smile makes the brain happy. As it turns out, it doesn’t matter if we smile at first because we’re genuinely happy or if we simply fake a smile. The brain doesn’t know the difference. When we are happy, we naturally smile. But research has shown that the act of smiling can also induce happiness. It happens because the muscles required to lift the mouth into the shape of a smile are connected to nerves that send signals to the brain. Once the brain gets the message that a smile is happening, it releases dopamine, endorphins and serotonin throughout the body. These feel-good chemicals make us feel less stressed, less pain and happier, which can effortlessly transform a fake smile into a genuine one. Platitudes through the ages have urged us to “Turn that frown upside down” and “Put on a happy face.” In 1872, Charles Darwin hypothesized that facial feedback could alter emotions and, ever since, the topic of smiling and mood has been a subject of discussion and research. Whether or not forced smiles can have a strong enough impact on our state of mind to effectively boost overall mental health is still being debated, with some research indicating that “false” smiles can lower mood if used continuously to avoid expressing certain feelings; however, there are several more positive aspects of smiling to take into consideration. Smiling is contagious. Seeing other people smile stimulates our mirror neurons, which discharge; they discharge similarly whether we’re doing an action or observing someone else do it. So, being around smiling people, seeing them smile, affects our brains as if we were doing the smiling. Smiling also provides the health benefits of reduced anxiety and lowers both blood pressure and heart rate. Over the long haul, these attributes add up to improved cardiovascular health and a measurable reduction in risk for stroke. Get more smile time by working these muscles at every opportunity. Fake it if you must until it comes naturally, watch funny shows, spend time with cheery people and when things are looking down, grin and bear it. You might just feel better right away, and better long-term health is certainly something to smile about. Julie Peterson is a Random Acts of Kindness activist ( and an advisor for Kindness Bank, a nonprofit invested in improving community health and well-being.

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sunday Carrollton Runners Club Mile + 5K – 7:30am. A low-key 5K and 1-mile race every last Sun. McInnish Park, 2335 Sandy Lake Rd, Carrollton. Carrollton

Flow Yoga, 3000 Blackburn St, Ste 140B, Dallas. Register: 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. Celebration Service Live – 11am. Meditation, music and lessons on YouTube live: Unity on Greenville Dallas, TX or Love offering. Unity on Greenville, 3425 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-826-5683.

Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:30am. Participate in meditation, chanting and readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification; 10-11:30am, Service. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. 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. Gentle Waves – 9:15-10:15am. A healing meditative practice that moves very slow and intentional. Gaia

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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 accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871. DallasMedita


Chef-tastic Cooking Series – Thru Sept 5. 11am12pm. Also Tues, Wed & Sat. See how the pros do it and sample a small bite of the fruits of their labor. Included with garden admission or membership. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. Details:

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.

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. Dallas

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.

Chakra Sound Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Includes chakra sounds and breathing techniques. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

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.

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tuesday Daily Harvest – 10-10:30am. Also Thurs. Join our horticulture team as they harvest fresh and seasonal produce in the garden. Included with garden admission or membership. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. Details: 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.

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.

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

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

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.

thursday ImpactNights – More info: Inclusive-Economy. org/impactnights. 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. Dallas Vegan Drinks – 6:30pm. Meets the 2nd Thurs each month at various veg-friendly locations for fellowship. Currently postponed.

Learn to Grow Horticulture Presentation – Thru Sept 3. 11am. Enjoy special tips and presentations on seasonal gardening. Included with garden admission or membership. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. Details: Dallas

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.

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

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Webinar: Vegetable Gardening for North Texas – 11am-12pm. Get insider tips to successful vegetable gardening in North Central Texas. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.

Starry Hike – 8-10pm. Explore the Eastern Crosstimbers and observe constellations, satellites, planets and more through the prairie glades. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 Success with Seeds – 7-9pm. Learn the secrets to successful seed sowing from contributor and seed master, Greg Holdsworth. Free. Environmental Education Vegetable Gardening for North Texas – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to set up your fall garden for maximum results, even in containers. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: 972-769-4130 or Live



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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 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. Hummingbirds – 10am. Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures that you can observe in your backyard. Bert Garcia will share information about this marvel of nature. Via Zoom & in person. Free. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. Registration required:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 Tree Care Workshop – 9am-12pm. Jeff Raska will speak on “Growing Fruit Trees in North

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daily SUNDAY, AUGUST 22 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.

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. Farmers

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:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 Night Hike – 8-10pm. Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight stroll down one of LLELA’s nature trails. Ages 5 & up. $15/person. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or

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tional 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.

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 for the exact dates and times as they change each month or call 469-344-6484. 


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.

Frisco Fresh Market – 10am-4pm. Also Sat, 8am-4pm. Frisco Fresh Market, 9215 John W Elliott Dr, Frisco. 844-776-2753. 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. 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.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 10th of the month. TERRA POWER GREENS: PLANT-BASED SUPPLEMENTS - Get Greens, Chlorophyll, Oil Blends, Electrolytes, Cleansers, Herbal Teas & More. All organic. See Special Offer for Free Samples. TerraLifeStore. com 954-459-1134.

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.

monday Dairy Farm Tours – Mon-Sat, by appt only. Experience life on a dairy farm with an educa-

saturday 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 Square Blvd, Frisco.

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Texas” and Dr Greg Church discusses “North Texas Trees: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” $15/ person. Chambersville Tree Farm, 7032 Co Rd 971, Celina. Register by Aug 18:

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. 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.

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. ~Maria Mitchell August 2021


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14330 Midway Rd, Ste 205, Farmers Branch 214-417-2260 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


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

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 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 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.


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.

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1601 South Lamar, Dallas 214-378-1824 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.

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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.


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 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.



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

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 31.



LESLIE ALLEN. 982-284-0709 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 23.


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

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, back cover..

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Dr. Jeffrey Davies 8222 Douglas Ave, Suite 810, Dallas 214-363-7777 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 9.

Dr. Philip Kozlow Dr. Josh Rowell 5050 Quorum Dr, Suite 300, Dallas 972-458-2464 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 23.


Dr. D. Brock Lynn 6190 LBJ Freeway #900, Dallas 972-934-1400 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 3.

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)

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BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE HEALTH Cabbage by seed (IN) Cauliflower by seed (IN) Okra by seed (IN)/(O) 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) Pinto Beans by seed (O) Snap Pole Beans by seed (O)

Dr. Yoon Chang 3550 Parkwood Blvd, Bldg E, Ste 101A, Frisco 972-242-2040

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Becky Coats, DDS, MAGD, LVIF, FIDIA, FAACP 2631 Ira E Woods Ave, Grapevine 817-481-6888 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.


3535 Victory Group Way, Suite 305, Frisco 972-324-3480 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 42.


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

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. See ad, page 5.


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


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.

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 13.

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 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.


Dr. Jerry Tennant MD, Medical Director 35 Veranda Lane, Ste 100, Colleyville 972-580-1156 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 4.

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Niti Shah 3365 Regent Blvd., Ste 130, Irving TX 75063 972-514-7956 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 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 4.

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

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.

RESTAURANTS CELEBRATION RESTAURANT 4503 West Lovers Lane, Dallas 214-351-5681

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6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas 214-331-8522

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 Mid-week service is Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Reverend Bryan L. Carter, Senior Pastor.

UNITY CHURCH OF SACHSE 5502 Ben Davis, Sachse 972-984-8946


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.



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.

2455 Ridge Road, Suite 151, Rockwall 972-771-8900

“Our goal is to offer our community high-quality wellness services in an exceptionally comfortable and healing environment. We know that time-honored healing traditionsMassage, Young Living Raindrop Therapy, Chiropractic, iV therapy, Juicing and Colonics work. RCW offers all of these things, come visit us and begin your journey to optimum wellness.

YOGA CRESCENT YOGA STUDIO & ECO-BOUTIQUE Dawn Harris, RYT500 306 W Ave F, Midlothian 214-817-8597

Ellis county’s premier yoga studio and eco-boutique offers a variety of weekly classes, specialty workshops, private yoga and reiki sessions as well as natural health and wellness events. Come feel your stress and tensions away. New student intro offer: 2 weeks unlimited Yoga for $20. Empowering a healthy lifestyle.

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