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The magnified power of hope, faith and love abounding is infectious. This past year has brimmed with blessings and I thank God for enabling me to leap over hurdles and shimmy around obstacles with a smile on my face. Still, I sometimes despair for the overwhelming issues facing our community and world. My role as publisher of a magazine for thinking people has me often confronting information about scary challenges. Whether or not I want to know about them, I feel privileged to help do something for them by facilitating the awareness that facilitates action as Metroplex readers join hands with 3.8 million Natural Awakenings readers in 90 cities nationwide and millions of other caring citizens. Together, we rise up to counter threats posed by the likes of Monsanto, fracking companies, global warming and what I see as the biggest threat of all to the sustainability of life on Earth: our failure to embrace the Golden Rule of loving our neighbors as ourselves. God’s creation is made to be self-sustaining; all that is needed is already provided within and around us. It’s the strange, alien, unfamiliar or inappropriate junk that humans introduce into Earth’s biosphere and our own bodies that causes problems. Why do we do this? A little online research shows that at almost every turn, bad results are motivated by hunger for some personal or collective gain at the expense of someone else. Even when the ensuing harm is less deliberate than ignorant, it represents a failure to think through actions and take steps to ensure that we “first do no harm.” We hope that this month’s Awakening Humanity issue will remind us all to regularly re-commit to being more conscious of the impact of our decisions and choices and thoroughly consider the causes and laws that we support. On the local, state and national legislative scene,we can hold accountable those we elected to represent tus to make good-spirited laws and rules that help and benefit our neighbors. In this new year I am vowing to love more, be more compassionate and consider the effect of my decisions on others. Will you join me? Holiday and new year blessings from our house to yours,

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newsbriefs Alternative Fuel Expo in Irving


aking the transition to alternative fuels and technologies is crucial as Texas tries to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s national air quality standards. An Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo, to be held at the Irving Convention Center, from March 27 through 29, will provide the latest information on choices available to help reduce petroleum consumption and the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. It showcases cutting-edge technologies that include electric, natural gas, propane, biofuels, ethanol, hydrogen fuel cell and hybrids. As home to some of the largest alternative fuel fleets in the nation, North Texas has a long history of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle use. Officials say they are proud to host an event that highlights the latest alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies and brings in speakers and fleets from across the state and nation John Davis, the Emmy-award winning host and creator of MotorWeek,will be the keynote speaker. Schedule of events: March 27: propane engine fuel summit; March 28: fleet and industry conference, ride and drive and expo hall open; March 29: general programming, ride and drive and expo hall open. Conference organizers are currently accepting sponsorships and inviting vendor opportunities. For more information, call Platia Productions at 310-390-2930 or email


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Urban Acres Moves For Greater Independence


ioneering Urban Acres, one of the first local and organic food retailers in central Dallas, has relocated its headquarters from the original farm store to a new site in a former gas station next to Mama Connie’s Diner at 1605 North Beckley,in North Oak Cliff, across from Methodist Hospital. Urban Acres, which started its Co-op three years ago with 19 families, also maintains 10 farm stands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where more than 1,200 members of the co-op style operation pick up produce. Co-owner Steven Bailey says the move to a freestanding location gives the growing company space for an educational garden, a patio and its own parking lot. The store carries a selection of hard-to-find grocery items Friday through Sunday, from coconut oil to sprouted raw nuts, as well as local raw honey and low-pasteurized, non-homogenized milk. For more information, call 214-466-1260 or visit

Dallas Links to the New Natural Gas Highway


new highway of natural gas refueling infrastructure running coast-to-coast and border-to-border is being built and continues to expand, and the Dillon Clean Energy Station has opened at 4600 Irving Boulevard, in Dallas, as part of what Clean Energy calls America’s Natural Gas Highway Funded in part by a grant awarded to the North Central Texas Council of Governments and PAM Transport Inc. through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the station is operated by Clean Energy through a partnership with Dillon Transport. The station provides a convenient refueling point for public and private sector companies using natural gas to fuel their fleets for making deliveries in the region and driving across the country to bring goods to market. Frito-Lay, Central Freight Lines, FedEx Freight, Dillon Transport and PAM Transport will use the facility, among others. Public sector customers include Irving, Dallas and Dallas County. The grant is also assisting with implementation of biodiesel, ethanol and electric infrastructure, as well as electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles. For more information visit

newsbriefs Sierra Club Outing to Hagerman Refuge


Dallas Sierra Club outing on December 14 will give participants a unique opportunity to view birds and other wildlife at the Hagerman Wildlife Refuge. The tour will start in the early morning because the birds are most active in the morning, and will last until around lunchtime. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the tour. There will be an optional hike after lunch and the group should arrive back in Dallas by 5 p.m. The Friends of Hagerman are providing the guided tour of the refuge and a short tour of the new and unique Silver LEED certified visitor center. The building incorporates special features to prevent bird deaths on the large windows. Species likely to be spotted include: snow geese, pelicans, bald eagles, and lots of ducks, terns, deer, bobcats and raccoons. Cost is $25, includes transportation. For more information, email Bill Greer at Find out more about Hagerman at FWS.Gov/Refuge/Hagerman.

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he Geo-Deck in the Reunion Towerobservation deck ball, at 300 Reunion Boulevard East, in Dallas, has reopened to give visitors the amazing aerial view that allows them to see Dallas from every angle. Built in 1978 and soaring almost 500 feet into the Dallas skyline, the revolving ball is one of the city’s top 10 tourist attractions. A 30-panel digital information system called Halo provides details about Dallas landmarks and more. Dusti Groskreutz, Reunion Tower general manager, says, “Before, the deck was really focused on the view and observing, and there was really nothing to learn. Now, with the state-ofthe-art technology, you can stay for hours.” For more information, call 214-978-801 or visit


ee how Texas’ earliest residents observed holiday traditions in the late 1800s from 3 to 9 p.m., December 14 and 15, during the 42nd annual Candlelight Celebration at Dallas Heritage Village, sponsored by Baylor Health Care System. American Flyer model train exhibits, local artisans, live music on the bandstand and holiday exhibits, along with traditional carolers, carriage rides, entertainment and some of Dallas’ most popular food trucks will be on hand, as well as with seasonal décor and traditional celebrations featured throughout the Village. Victorian Texas is brought to life by characters dressed in period costumes. Guests may explore 38 historic buildings, circa 1840 to 1910, decorated by area garden clubs. Different family holiday traditions and activities are celebrated at Candlelight by interpreters. Listen to cowboys tell tales around the bonfire and stop by the Alamo saloon for a root beer and a game of dominoes, or visit St. Nicholas in the Depot and snap a photo with him. Kids may also participate in hands-on holiday crafts. All proceeds benefit museum programs at Dallas Heritage Village. Location: 1515 South Harwood, Dallas. For ticket purchase, times and more information, visit

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healthbriefs Empower Your Neti Pot


sed for centuries in Asian cultures to support nasal health and eliminate toxins from the nasal mucosa, neti pots have recently become popular in the Western world and are recognized for their value in preventing and relieving sinus infections. Typically, a mild solution of unrefined sea salt and purified or distilled water is poured from one nostril through the other to flush out unwanted mucus, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite, points to a powerful new paradigm that helps neti pot users deal even more effectively with infection: a regimen of aqueous, colloidal silver and soothing herbal and plant extracts. Frank recommends using the neti pot with a colloidal silver wash that is retained in the nostrils for several minutes. “Bacteria and fungus stick rather well to the nasal mucosa and few are flushed out with simple saline flushes,” he explains. “Most of these nasty pathogens adhere to the mucosa with what is called a biofilm. Within this slime layer, they are well protected and thrive in the warm moist sinuses, so a small saline bath once a day doesn’t bother them much. However, colloidal silver disables certain enzymes needed by anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungus, resulting in their destruction. And, unlike antibiotics, silver does not allow resistant ‘super bugs’ to develop.” He also suggests soothing the sinuses with restorative herbal decoctions. Calendula, plantain and aloe contain vital nutrients that soothe and heal, while Echinacea root and grapefruit seed extract offer antimicrobial benefits. Frank emphasizes the importance of using a neti pot safely and responsibly and warns against table salt, which can irritate nasal membranes, and tap water, which may contain contaminants. Steven Frank is an innovative herbalist and owner of For more information, call 888-465-4404. See ad, page 27.

Sprinkle Cinnamon to Avert Alzheimer’s


innamon is known as an excellent antioxidant that improves fasting blood sugar levels and prevents heart disease. Now new research offers yet another benefit and reason to add this potent spice to our daily diet. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have confirmed that cinnamon helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease. They found that the cinnamon compounds cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin help stop the formation of “tangles” of tau protein in the brain, hallmarks of the memory-robbing neurodegenerative disease. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, says these powerful antioxidants that give cinnamon its potent flavor and scent defend mental function in a unique way. “Take, for example, sunburn, a form of oxidative damage,” explains Roshni Graves, of the university’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. “If you wore a hat, you could protect your face and head from oxidation. In a sense, this cinnamaldehyde is like a cap,” protecting against tau proteins. The findings suggest that sufficient cinnamon consumption might stop the progression of Alzheimer’s or even prevent it.

Cocoa Calms Inflammation


ew can say no to a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night. “Enjoy!” say Penn State researchers. They have found that a little bit of cocoa may be a powerful diet aid in helping to control inflammation and ameliorate related diseases, including diabetes. Numerous current studies link obesity to inflammation in the body. Cocoa, although a common ingredient of chocolate, by itself has low-calorie, low-fat and high-fiber content. The researchers fed laboratory mice the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder—about four or five cups of hot cocoa—along with a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. The control group ate the same diet without the cocoa. Lead researcher Joshua Lambert, Penn State associate professor of food science, says the study results surprised the team, which did not expect the “dramatic reduction of inflammation and fatty liver disease” associated with obesity. Although the animals lost no weight, the cocoa powder supplement reduced liver triglycerides by 32 percent and plasma insulin levels by 27 percent, indicating it might be a powerful obesityfighting tool. But there is a catch: Adding sugar, an inflammatory substance in itself, to healthy cocoa will likely neutralize the benefits. Try stevia as a sweetener instead; it’s been used for decades to lower blood sugar. natural awakenings

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Intuitive Generosity Spontaneity Sparks Altruism

What makes people put “we” ahead of “me”? To find out, a group of Harvard University researchers enrolled thousands of people to play a “public good” game in which subjects were divided into small groups, given some money and the choice to keep it or contribute it to a common pool that would grow and benefit the entire group. Researchers discovered that those that made their decisions quickly were more likely to contribute to the common good. Taking it a step further, the researchers applied time pressure to the decisionmaking process. They then found that those faced with making a quick decision most often chose the “we” option, while those that spent more time deliberating ended up giving less money to the group kitty. The Massachusetts research team, which tested thousands of online worldwide participants, concluded that spontaneity and intuition guide people into rapid acts of kindness.

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he first managed, or variable, toll lanes in North Texas will open December 14. Phase 1 of the LBJ Express is from east of Preston Road to Greenville Avenue and these toll TEXpress Lanes are also the first of their kind in the country because they have a guaranteed level of service of 50 mph. Michael Morris, director of transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, says, “You should be able to go 50 mph if you want to any time of day in this corridor, as well as the other TEXPress Lanes we have throughout the region. You decide for yourself what kind of hurry you’re in.”

95 cents when they open. The pricing depends on the time of day and the direction of travel. Peak travel time is between 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Eastbound rates are peak: 30 cents to 95 cents; non-peak: 15 cents to 65 cents and westbound rates are peak: 30 cents to 75 cents; non-peak: 15 cents to 45 cents. Drivers can use any Texas Toll Tagissued by the North Texas Tollway Authority.

For the first six months, there will be a fixed price, depending on the time of day. After the trial period is over, the price will change based on realtime traffic demand to keep the TEXprss Lanes moving at least 50 miles per hour. As traffic levels and demand increase,the price goes up; as traffic volume drops, the price goes down. The first TEXpress Lanes in Dallas will cost between 15 cents to

Those that don’t have TollTags will generally pay 50 percent higher rates to cover invoice and processing costs associated with zip cash. The rate will be cut in half for drivers with more than one occupant in the vehicle, as well as motorcycles.The toll is higher for large trucks or vehicles with trailers.After six months, the preliminary pricing levels will be reviewed and could go higher or lower, depending on traffic demand. On I-35E, lanes are expected to be ready by the middle of 2014. On I-635, the lanes are mostly below ground and scheduled to be completed in late 2015 or early 2016. Ultimately, these managed toll lanes will be on Interstate


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congestion with 13.3 miles of new TEXpress Lanes and give drivers more control over their daily commute. “The TEXpress Lanes are Texas’ solution to the lack of state and federal transportation funding, because the project brings in private dollars in the form of public/private partnerships,” says David Laney, board chairman of the LBJ Express, a collaborative project of the Texas Department of Transportation and the LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC, comprised of Cintra US, Meridiam Infrastructure and the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. Morris says. “If an incident occurs on the freeway lanes, we can move people on to these express lanes.” For more information, visit LBJExpress. com or


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eople grow a lot when faced with their own mortality. As a palliative caregiver for many years, I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for personal growth. After wrestling with a variety of intense emotions, every patient I saw found their peace before they departed. When questioned about regrets or what they would have done differently, five themes emerged. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even half of their dreams and died knowing that it was due to choices they had made or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize until they no longer have it. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. Every male patient that I nursed felt they had missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. They deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. Women also spoke of this regret, but because most were from an older generation, many had not been breadwinners. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace

with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. As a result, many developed illnesses apparently related to the bitterness and resentment they carried. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Many were disappointed they had not truly realized the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks, and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip away. Many deeply regretted not giving important friendships the time and effort that they deserved. I wish that I had let myself be happier. Many did not understand until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called comfort of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others and to themselves that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh with gusto and cultivate some silliness in their life. Bronnie Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, a memoir of how people she cared for changed the way she lives. She blogs at


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hroughout the year, Santa’s good girls and boys of all ages make every effort to buy only what’s needed, plus recycle, reuse and repurpose. Then the holidays hit and discipline often gives way to indulgences. The season seems consumed by up-tempo decorating, feasting, shopping, gift-giving and merrymaking at any cost. Yet, creative green living experts show us how easy it is to tweak time-honored family traditions to align with the green way we wish to live and feel even more satisfied with festivities.

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County, Pennsylvania, Seo always has an eye out for green possibilities. “Opt for vintage pieces and re-imagine them in new and interesting ways,” he advises. For example, he likes to upcycle a vintage glass cake stand with a collection of bright ornaments for a unique holiday focal point. Michele Johansen, a lifestyle writer in Bellevue, Washington, suggests bringing in the outdoors. Instead of decorating the tree with tinsel and the home with plastic faux greenery, she suggests stringing popcorn and cranberries on the tree and decking the halls with fresh wreaths and garlands accented with boughs of holly. “Local nurseries are good sources for holiday décor that you can later mulch or put in yard waste bins,” she says. “The smells are much more authentic and festive.” Save energy by using LED lights whenever possible, suggests Sheryl Eisenberg, a writer for the National Resources Defense Council. Plug lights and electronics into a power

strip, and then unplug it when not in use to save “ghost” energy pulled by electronics that are plugged in, but not activated. Buy a live tree to later plant or recycle, Seo suggests. This supports regional Christmas tree farmers while retaining the integrity of local forests. Many communities offer recycling of holiday trees to provide mulch or habitat for aquatic life in local lakes.

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Many families enjoy giving traditional gifts to children at certain ages, like dollhouses or train sets. Re-imagine these and, when possible, buy local to save energy and support area businesses, suggests Eisenberg. Cintia Gonzalez, an Australian mom, crafted a dollhouse from an old suitcase, inventively using black chalkboard paint for the exterior, wooden shelves as floors and fast food ketchup cups as lampshades ( UpcycleDollhouse). Another mom transformed a discarded coffee table into a painted train table for her boys. Upcycle paint chip cards into colorful gift tags, suggests Seo. Plus, use gift wraps that become part of the gift itself, such as placemats swaddling a bottle of wine, fabric to encase quilting supplies or sheet music enveloping concert tickets. As a general rule, “Give experiences, not gifts,” counsels Eisenberg. “Giving loved ones experiences reduces wrapping paper, ribbon and packaging and is an easy way to be a bit more personal over the holidays. Your teenage niece may love a spa day, complete with hair styling, while your favorite aunt and uncle may be thrilled to attend a local wine tasting. If you think a young child can tolerate a few less presents in exchange for a pass to an ice show or dance class, go for it.” “It’s the holiday experience that counts,” counsels Seo. “It’s what makes memories.” Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer from Kansas City, MO.

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s Earth’s population grows to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, can our global community keep eating flesh like we’ve been doing for centuries? No, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, an international panel of sustainable resource management experts. Examining the food demands of a growing population and associated environmental and sustainability issues, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production recommends “substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” Making the case for a holistic view, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., suggests in World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony that we start to see the connections between our food choices and the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, communities and the world.

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At the center of the web of life is the food we all share to sustain our bodies. Tuttle insists that we celebrate this and regard each meal as a feast. “Food preparation is the only art that allows us to literally incorporate what we create. It is also the only art that fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this wonderful activity most by sharing our 22

cooking efforts with others, blessing the food and eating mindfully. The problem at the center of life, maintains Tuttle, is that we involve animals in our food chain, an act that “introduces suffering, whether physical, mental or emotional.” This is a truth we try to hide from, what he calls the ”cultural shadow”. “The worst examples include factory farming, but even the best methods ultimately involve killing other animals for food,” he says. One of Tuttle’s more controversial claims is that the herding culture—raising, dominating, selling, killing and owning animals—sets up a harmful physical, emotional and cultural dynamic, extolling domineering and aggressive behavior. “The herding culture requires male dominance and a mentality that might makes right,” observes Tuttle. “It also sees females as primarily breeders, not beings.” Based on contemporary research in anthropology, sociology and psychopathology, he maintains that the actions required to both dominate animals and eat their meat can lead to more aggressive and violent behavior. One recent study seems to support his claim. Dr. Neil Barnard, in his book, Foods That Fight Pain, remarks that, “Plant-based diets also help tame testosterone’s activity.” Barnard cites

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a Massachusetts male aging study of 1,552 men ages 40 to 70, which indicated that men eating more fruits and vegetables than meat were less domineering and aggressive, because the increased sex hormone-binding globulin produced by plants helps keep testosterone in check. “If we continue the meat-centric way of eating, we’re going to continue to have the problems that come with it,” says Tuttle. “The way forward is plant-based agriculture.”

Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they call “blueprint recipes”, that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach, or chard leaves in place of kale, or citrus in place of grapes. Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.” Learn more at articles.htm.

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don’t? In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 12 obese men were given one of two different milkshakes. The milkshakes had different kinds ave you ever heard of sugars—one had highsomeone say they glycemic index carbohydrates are addicted to while the other milkshakes cupcakes? What about ice had low-glycemic carbohycream or any other type of drates. They were similar in food? Well, they aren’t just Dr. David Winter every other way including using the word “addicted” calories, proteins, fat and taste. MRI scans as a figure of speech, at least according to of the participants were taken afterwards. one new study. In the high-glycemic group, they Like drugs, alcohol or nicotine, showed intense activity in nucleus accertain foods can trigger an addictive cumbens, which is a part of the brain that response in the brain similar to that of is associated with addictive behaviors other vices. I sat down with NewsRadio including drugs and gambling. 1080 KRLD to give the “skinny” on food cravings.


Q: We all have foods that we crave. But is this new study saying it’s not just a craving, it’s an actual addiction? Studies show that certain foods impact the same brain pathways as drugs or gambling. In another study out of Boston Children’s Hospital, they looked at foods’ dietary glycemic index, a measure of a food’s ability to raise blood sugar levels and the effects on the brain. Foods that were higher on the index, namely refined carbohydrates, can alter brain function in similar ways to someone who is addicted to drugs/alcohol or cigarettes. Foods that are high on the glycemic index unsurprisingly are those that are high in sugar like sweets, but also foods like white break, white rice, breakfast cereals, potatoes and processed foods containing glucose, maltose and maltodextrins. Another problem with these foods, the study notes, is that consuming these foods temporarily raise blood sugar levels and can lead to a crash which leads to feelings of hunger again later. Q: How were researchers able to tell that these carbs were indeed altering the brain in ways that other foods

There have been similar studies before using MRIs but those have been questioned because they normally compare foods like vegetables against cake. This particular study compared food essentially the same in every way except for one. Q: Whether we call it a craving or addiction, when you step back, this study doesn’t really seem to be telling us anything that new. We all know we like to eat food that we’re well aware is bad for us. So what are the implications? The biggest cause of obesity is overeating—so understanding that the reason people overeat may be the same process behind addiction, which could help develop new treatments. It may not just be a lack of willpower that leads people to eat, there are biological factors at work too. Most anti-obesity drugs have ended in failure. Learning more from these studies can be a step in changing that. Dr. David Winter is the president, chairman and chief clinical officer of HealthTexas Provider Network. He is the voice of “This Week in Medicine” airing on NewsRadio 1080 KRLD.

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or California acupuncturist Daniela Freda, counseling patients that grapple with low energy during winter is routine. “They’re often concerned something is wrong, since our society expects us to feel the same way year-round,” says Freda, who maintains a private practice in San Francisco. “But in fact,” she adds, “everything is right.” According to a study published in Psychiatry Research, only 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), characterized by a predictable seasonal pattern of major depressive or bipolar disorder. For the vast majority of the population, a slight seasonal variance in mood and behavior is normal, confirms Kathryn Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburg. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast, expansive and extroverted yang energy gains momentum to peak in summer. “Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons. Who can ignore a blos-

soming spring or an abundant autumn? “Those same energetic cycles,” says Cardillo, “are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience.”

Chill Out

Although the December 21 winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, temperatures in most of the U.S. continue to fall through February. Cardillo advises embracing winter’s chill because it diverts our attention from daily activities so that we pause to consider what’s important. “The effect is similar to splashing cold water on our face,” he remarks. As the cold draws animals into hibernation and plants into dormancy, it also beckons us to enjoy extra sleep, notes Freda, as we follow the sun’s path: Earlier to bed; later to rise. She encourages her clients to incorporate restorative activities into daily routines. “Intentionally set aside time to connect with the breath and quiet the mind,” she counsels. Try gentle yoga or t’ai chi, listen to relaxing music, curl up with a cozy book or take nature walks, flush

Spring is a time for new beginnings, summer a time for growth, autumn for gathering abundance and winter for introspection. ~Joseph Cardillo

with fresh sensory experiences. Cardillo explains that slowing down naturally creates space for the contemplative and creative qualities of yin energy to rise. Meditating, visualizing and journaling promote access to one’s inner wisdom. “Winter is a perfect time to examine the myriad ideas you’ve dreamt up and assemble them into a new you,” says Cardillo. “Now you are prepared to use the robust energy of spring to scatter those ideas abroad.”

Rituals Reverse Winter’s Blues Unpleasant winter memories can affect one’s emotional experience of the season every year like clockwork, says Dr. John Sharp, a physician, psychiatrist and author of The Emotional Calendar. Fortunately, it is possible to take a personal inventory, be aware of such behaviors, innovate on traditions and create a new experience. Holistic Psychologist Joseph Cardillo goes further, suggesting that we create a “personal prescription” to mindfully manage difficult emotions during wintertime. He encourages activating the senses and combining two or more sensory experiences to amplify the effectiveness. Appealing options include:

Reflect on Water

In TCM, the element of water, symbolizing focus and purity, is closely associated with winter. Highly adaptable, water can be solid, liquid or formless vapor; it can flow over, under, around or through obstacles with ease; and it can be still and contained. Contemplating the power of water in any of its forms can help synchronize one’s consciousness with the season’s gifts. “When your mind is unstuck and flowing like water, your dreams start becoming real to you, simply because you’re in the flow, the present moment,” observes Cardillo, who also authored Be Like Water. He suggests looking to water for guidance in creating solutions, sharpening focus or moving effortlessly on to the next step.

Find Balance

Freda points out that within the strong yin energy of winter, “There are yang moments, celebratory moments, to keep us going.” An imbalance can occur when the slowness of winter is completely counteracted by too much high-energy socializing, working or

rushing through the day. “An excess of yang during the winter,” counsels Freda, “rather than a glimpse of it, can deplete us,” contributing to stress, fatigue and depression. Conversely, for those with an already predominantly yin personality (quiet, introverted, low energy) that overindulge in the yin energy of winter, an attempt at restoration and quietude can lead to lethargy and isolation. “I see this clinically,” says Freda. “Instead of embracing a little extra rest and relaxation, some people become exhausted and lose their motivation altogether. They become stuck in the yin.” Cardillo recommends that such individuals engage in mood-brightening outdoor activities to help restore balance. Roecklein agrees, noting that SAD sufferers undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (which emphasizes positive thinking and beneficial behaviors) likewise are encouraged to participate in physical and social activities that bring joy and meaning. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

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Humanity’s Eternal Quest Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson


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forcing these individuals into what Tolle describes as an intense awareness that there is only the present moment, with no more future to escape into mentally. The result is a lot less suffering. “That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were,” says Tolle. “So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.” The good news, according to Tolle, is that in order to experience this awakening, “You don’t have to wait for the diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 hours of meditation or live in an ashram for 20 years. Once you get a photo by David Ellingsen


o listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible—for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling. The problem is that when people hear the words “spiritual insight”, there’s often an assumption that it’s about something too ethereal to be practical or too elusive to be achieved in this lifetime. This is exactly the point that Tolle, one of the world’s most well-known spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed during a talk earlier this year at California’s Stanford University. “Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching,” he said. “They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” He went on to cite examples of those that have either been told they have a short time to live or have been given an exceptionally long prison sentence. In both cases, any thought of a future has been effectively dashed,

Spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. glimpse of it, you can invite it into your daily life.” For a growing number of people, it’s this understanding of the always present “spiritual you” shining through

that has led to significant improvements in their lives, not the least of which is better health. This would seem to indicate that these kinds of spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. “Spirituality and religion belong in the healing paradigm,” writes Airdre Grant, Ph.D., of Australia’s Southern Cross University, in a study published in the Journal of the Australian TraditionalMedicine Society. “They are determinants of health and they are factors in recovery, well-being and longevity.” So where do these insights come from? Is it simply a matter of wishful thinking? Or is it perhaps something more reliable, more effective than that? “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is within you,’” observes Tolle, implying that this health-inducing understanding may be a lot closer than we thought. “I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom’, he would have said, ‘dimension’. And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms, [it would be] ‘the dimension of spaciousness is within you.’” “And then Jesus said—when they asked him, ‘Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?’— he said, ‘The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it’s over there or look, it’s over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.’” How comforting it is to be reminded that the proverbial “kingdom of heaven” we’ve been hearing about for at least two millennia—this “dimension of spaciousness”, or what might be characterized as the understanding of our true spiritual identity—is “within you.” It’s within us all, here and now. All that remains is the willingness— and the humility—to put this insight into practice. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Los Altos, CA, whose articles on the link between spiritual consciousness and health appear regularly in national online publications. Connect at


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at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at SalineRecipe. Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppy-eared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week. Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic

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iven family hopes and often unrealistic expectations that everything will go perfectly, holiday gatherings can sometimes be a recipe for untoward stress. One of the best ways to keep potential ’tis-the-season tensions under control is to carve out some time for exercise, a move supported by research findings at Princeton University. Other experts suggest that from practicing a favorite Eastern modality to taking a natural spin around the neighborhood, we all have instant access to foolproof tactics for staying relaxed, healthy and more even-keeled among kin this winter. To mend nerves frayed by debates at the dinner table, slip into a nearby bedroom for a calming yoga workout. Yoga’s emphasis on controlled breathing makes it ideal for treating family dynamics straight out of Silver Linings Playbook. The Mayo Clinic reports that deep breathing increases the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream, easing headaches, muscular tension and chest tightness. Yogic breathing patterns also are shown to lower resting heart rates, which helps practitioners stay composed in the face of any intra-family disagreements or other stressors. For a quick, relaxing yoga routine, begin with a few breathing exercises


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Exercisers that prefer to stay sheltered from wintry weather entirely have a solid alternative; an indoor cardiovascular workout can mimic jogging’s mood-lifting effects. Try alternating 12 reps of jumping jacks, lunges, squats and crunches to get the heart pumping. Consider a second series for a higher intensity workout. All of it will give muscles that often go slack during holiday loafing a chance to flex. Because these moves don’t require any equipment, such electives are as portable as a travel hair dryer during holiday visits anywhere. After one or more of these solo workouts, many revelers may be ready to up the ante on family togetherness. For a healthy dose of quality time, round up the gang and enlist them in a high-energy outdoor activity like hiking, sledding or even Ultimate Frisbee. Participating in friendly family competition is healthy fun and gives everyone something else to talk about later. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at


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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 Santa’s Helpers Toy Drive – Thru Dec 18. 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri. Participate in the WFAA toy drive program for underprivileged children in the DFW area. The toy should be unwrapped and can be for any age child of either gender. Drop Off: Lakewood Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, 1130 Beachview Rd, Ste 100, Dallas. 469-223-4430. Festive by Nature – Thru Jan. 3. 10am-5pm, MonFri; 10am-2pm, first Sat. Internationally recognized research and educational institute opens exhibit celebrating the significant role plants play in the holidays. Free. Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr. Fort Worth. Astronomy on the Meadow Night Walk – 9-11pm. Guided 1.5-mile night walk. Bring flashlight and binoculars or spotting scope. Meet at the Suncreek Park circular parking lot at 9pm sharp. Hike is not appropriate for young children. Free. Connemara Meadow Preserve, Alma & Tatum Rd, Allen. 214351-0990. Register:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 Skyline 360 Tours – 12:30-1pm. Join the Dallas Center for Architecture for a standing tour of the Dallas skyline. Free. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Reading Rm, Dallas.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Sustainable Investing & Plastic Bag Ban – 5:307:30pm. Learn about creating change through your investments. Jason Smith III of Edward Jones will be available to answer your questions on how to invest green. In addition, a representative from the Sierra Club will discuss the Fort Worth Plastic Bag Ban. Happy Hour & appetizers. Admission donation: new unwrapped toys. Blue Mesa Grill, 1600 S University Dr, Fort Worth. Joan Meeks: 817-300-6958. Meetup. com/Fort-Worth-Tarrant-County-Greenweavers. Taming the Holiday Madness with Essential Oils – 6-7:30pm. For many people, the holidays are the most wonderful yet most stressful time of the year. Learn how to use essential oils to destress and relax during the holidays. Free. Abundant Life Wellness Center, 3345 Western Center Blvd, Suite 140, Fort Worth. Groundwork Dallas: Christmas with the Killdares – 6-10pm. A concert benefitting Groundwork Dallas. Food, drinks, door prizes, raffle and live music from the Killdares. $25. The Green Elephant, 5627 Dyer St, Dallas.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Art Appreciation Series 3: “Visual Elements” – 6-7pm. Explore lines, shapes, light, texture and more. $10/per class. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. Rick Steves: The Value of Travel – 6-7pm. Sharing lessons learned from Iran to El Salvador and from India to Denmark, TV travel host and author Rick Steves tells why spending all that time and money away from home has broadened his perspective and enriched his life. $25. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St, Dallas. Film Screening: Plastic Paradise – 8:30-10pm. Journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun documents the effect of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is syphoning plastics from three distant continents. Presented by The Green Spot. $12. Angelika Dallas, 5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 Finding Your Everest – 7-8:30pm. Murad Ashurly, who recently climbed Mt Everest, will share his inspiration, training and experience. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Early Birds – 8:30-10:30 a.m. Take a leisurely hike around to see birds beginning their day. Bring binoculars and cameras to enhance your experience. $2-$5. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. Preregistration required. 817-3927410.

Film Screening: The Ordinary Radicals – 7-9pm. The film follows authors Chris Haw and Shance Claiborne on their “Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals” book tour as they challenge traditional thinking about Christianity. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W Kiest Blvd, Dallas.


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 White Rock Local Market: Holiday Extravaganza – 8am-4pm. Local artists, farmers and food artisans sell their wares. Cakewalk, raffles and music also featured. Free admission. Lakeside Baptist Church, 9150 Garland Rd, Dallas. Find Santa 5K & Fun Run – 9am. Dress in your favorite holiday attire for this run. $15-$25. Trophy Club Park, 2885 Trophy Park Dr, Trophy Club.

savethedate Saturday Morning Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Dec 7 8:30 to 11:00AM There will also be a silent Auction on Gift Baskets and a door prize. The community of Sachse is invited to enjoy the fun, food and fellowship at the Unity Church of Sachse. Suggested donation is $5 -$10 + canned goods or boxed goods for the Sachse Food Bank Unity Church of Sacshe 5502 Ben Davis, Sachse, TX 75048 For more information call 972-984-8946

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Posh Bridal Show – 12-4pm. Meet professionals representing venues, photographers, florists, wedding dresses, caterers, bakeries and even destination weddings. $12. Embassy Suites Dallas, 13131 N Central Expy, Dallas. 469-554-8803.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Coppell Senior Center Craft Corner – Thru Dec. 14. 9am-6pm. Members of the Coppell Senior Center will be showcasing their handmade goods up for sale. Free admission. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Dallas Career Fair – 11am-2pm. Multiple employers are looking to hire immediately. Bring resumes to hand out and dress to impress. Major sponsors for this event include Cinsay, Raider Express and My Computer Career. Free. Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center, 2493 N Stemmons Frwy, Dallas. 866-838-5111.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 Texas Campaign for the Environment: Recycling Wish List Fundraiser – 5:30-8pm. Susybelle Gosslee, advocacy chair for the Dallas League of Women Voters, is hosting this fundraiser for the environmental advocacy group. Event will include food from Celebration Restaurant and drinks from Salt Lick Cellars, Peticolas Brewery and Tito’s Vodka. $25 minimum. Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Learn about adding a solar energy power system to your home. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 972-699-1687.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Film Screening: Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride – 8-10pm. Film takes ski fans on an action-packed ride

to the world’s most exotic destinations, including the Alaskan Tordrillos, Switzerland’s Jungfrau, Iceland’s Troll Peninsula and beyond. $20. Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Pkwy, Dallas.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 Jazz in the Atrium: Mario Cruz Quintet – 6-8pm. Saxophonist performs with band. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 How Companies Can Profit from Sustainability – 7:30-10am. Panel will discuss how organizations define sustainability, the processes they use, the outcomes they expect to achieve and the tangible and intangible benefits of their respective sustainability strategies. Featuring Garrett Boone of The Container Store; Nathan Loftice of FedEx;  and  Nelly Rocha Andresen of eRecyclingCorps. Free. University of Dallas, Haggar University Center, 1845 E Northgate Dr, Irving.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Deck the Trails 3M & Fun Run– 7:30am. This three-mile off road challenge will take you through the new trails of the Coppell Nature Park. $15-$45. Coppell Nature Park at Wagon Wheel Park, 345 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell. White Rock Lake Cleanup – 8:15am. Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club’s adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Area is a prairie restoration area, so there are always birds and wildflowers. Gloves, trash bags, etc. provided. Brunch after. Meet at Love of the Lake office, NE corner Garland Rd and Buckner Blvd, Dallas. Carol Nash: 214-824-0244.

Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village – Thru Dec. 15. 3-8pm. The event will feature American Flyer model train exhibit, local artisans, bandstand reveal and holiday exhibits, along with traditional carolers, carriage rides, entertainment and some of Dallas’ most popular food trucks. $6-$12. Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S Harwood, Dallas.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Medicine Wheel/Drum Circle – 12-4:30pm. Gather at the Medicine Wheel to seek a place on the Earth Mother. Drum for Peace and civility for all. Love offering. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills. RSVP: 214-288-9935. Dallas Sierra Club Holiday Party – 6-9pm. Club members and guests share the holiday spirit, some great Mexican food and the company of others at this annual event. Free round of margaritas. El Fenix Restaurant, 255 Casa Linda Plaza, Dallas.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 Michael Martin Murphy’s Cowboy Christmas – 7pm. Singer-songwriter returns with his annual Christmas event, featuring poetry, music and stories. $33 and up. Bass Performance Hall, Fourth & Calhoun Sts, Fort Worth.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Meaningful Moments – 10-11am. Designed specifically for individuals with early stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants will have the chance to relax and connect with art in the galleries, share stories and gain inspiration.
Free. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. Reservations required: 214-922-1251 or

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Fort Worth Sierra Club Holiday Party – 7-9pm Annual holiday party. Bring a dessert or appetizer to share. Drinks provided. This meeting is for socializing and enjoying a break from a busy holiday schedule. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Azalea Rm, Fort Worth. Texas.SierraClub. org/FortWorth.

a professional photo taken with Father Christmas and Mother Nature. Hot beverages and treats will be available to purchase. $4-$9. Ages 2 and under free. Heard Museum, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Upgrading Trails at Cedar Ridge Preserve – 9am-1pm. Join the Dallas Sierra Club for a service project. Then walk the beautiful trails just south of Dallas. Cedar Ridge Preserve, 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas. Ginger Bradley: 469-223-7902.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 Connemara Meadow Open House – 1-5pm. Hike the 72-acre Meadow Preserve at the monthly open house. Free. Connemara Meadow Preserve, Alma & Tatum Rd, Allen. Enter at gate on east side of Alma, south of Bethany. 214-351-0990.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 Jazz in the Atrium: Freddie Jones Jazz Group – 6-8pm. Composer, producer, trumpeter performs with his group. Free admission. Food, cocktails available for purchase. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1803.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 Tai Chi Outdoors – 11am-12pm. Practice yangstyle Tai Chi and various qigongs to improve health, strength, balance, mental function and well-being in the outdoors. Beginners are welcome. Wear flat, soft-soled shoes and loose, comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Ages 15 and up. $15. Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 E Bob Jones Rd, Southlake. 817491-6333. Holiday Trail of Lights – Thru Dec. 21. 6:30-9pm. Stroll through a half-mile light display designed to enhance, not overpower, the beautiful and pristine nature sanctuary. Live music and entertainment will complement the holiday atmosphere. Have

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23 Bison Feeding Hayride – 10-11:30 am. Enjoy an old-fashioned hayride to the bison range. See the bison up close as you assist staff in feeding them range cubes. Learn about the Nature Center’s bison management practices. Preregistration required. $16. Under 3 years old free, but child must sit on adult’s lap. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Winter Treats – 10 am-12pm. Make some winter treats for your backyard birds on Christmas Eve. $2-$5. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410.

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Sunday, December 15th from 5:00-7:00pm for Raw Food 101

Are you ready for a new start? Want to look younger and feel better than you’ve felt in years... maybe ever? Come learn about the raw lifestyle. The class will be a discussion of the science and health benefits of the raw food lifestyle and will provide an overview of methods, techniques and demonstrations on preparing raw food. You’ll also meet our special guest Bruce B. Briggs. In October 2012 Bruce was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma and told by multiple specialist there wasn’t a cure. Bruce and his family immediately began exploring other avenues for addressing the cancer. The quest revealed that the human body is incredibly designed to heal itself, if given the right fuel. Since the diagnosis he has been “overdosing on nutrition” and today is alive and thriving thanks to the astounding ability of plants and proper nutrition to provide the necessary nutrients to heal.

You’ll learn:

• The basics of a raw diet.

• 5 quick and easy recipes anyone can make at home.

• How to lose weight without calorie counting and feeling deprived.

• How raw foods can prevent and even reverse disease.

Cost is $40 per person payable in advance and includes a light dinner. RSVP to paula@ Space is limited and on a first come basis. We look forward to seeing you on December 15th.

This class was previously scheduled for Dec. 8th.

Trading Post, 3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills. RSVP: 214-288-9935.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 Christmas Day Chinese Feast – 1:30 pm. Join the Dallas Ethnic Restaurants meetup group for a Christmas Day meal out. Royal Sichuan, 400 N Greenville Ste 6, Richardson.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 Resolution Hike – 10 am-12pm. Get an early start on that resolution of getting outside and exercising. Learn about the natural world while getting some physical activity in the process. $2-$5. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 Bison Feeding Hayride – 1-2:30 pm. Enjoy an oldfashioned hayride to the bison range. See the bison up close as you assist staff in feeding them range cubes. Learn about the Nature Center’s bison management practices. $16. Under 3 years old free, but child must sit on adult’s lap. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. Preregistration required: 817-392-7410.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30 Toadies at Billy Bobs – 9pm. Fort Worth-based alternative rock band performs. $15 and up. Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth.

Evening Stroll With a Naturalist – 6-7:30pm. Enjoy an evening stroll on the Nature Center’s trails and explore nature before nightfall. $10. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. Preregistration required: 817-392-7410.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Years Eve Bash at the Granada – 7pm. Ring in the New Year with indie rock band Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, along with Quaker City Night Hawks & the Roomsounds. $20 and up. Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 Preschool Discovery Club – 10:30-11:30am. Preschoolers, ages 3-5 and their adult companions are invited to discover the exciting world of nature. In December, learn about opossums. $10/per child with adult admission included. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth. Preregistration required: 817-392-7410.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 End of Year Ceremony – 12-4:30pm. The Many Faces People gather to say Good-bye to 2013 and hello to 2014. Drumming and singing for World Peace in the New Year. Love offering. Four Feathers

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daily Energy Blast – Exhibit tells the dynamic story of energy and alternative energy resources in North Texas, the Barnett Shale, and the innovative pioneers who continue to make energy a leading industry in the region. Ages 11 & up. Included in $14/adult, $10/ child admission. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300.

Live Animals of the World: A Conservation Exhibit – Museum houses 12 types of non-native animals, encouraging visitors to take a proactive role in conserving wild spaces. $9/adults, $6/children 3-12 & seniors, free/members & children ages 2 & under. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. The IMAX Experience: Ft Worth – Showtimes online. Features include Animalopolis; Born to Be Wild; Dolphins; The Polar Express; Rocky Mountain Express. $7/adults, $6/children 2-12 & seniors. Ft Worth Museum of Science & History, Omni Theater, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300.

Happy Hour at Bar Alto – 5-7pm, weekdays. Take $1 off selections of wine by the glass. Sit back at the bar or in the cafe and relax while you eat a bite or take it with you while you make your shopping selections. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993. WholeFoodsMarket. com/Stores/HighlandPark. Top Ten Wine Selections – 5-7pm, weekdays; 126pm, weekends. Wine tastings and, as always, you can pick up your favorite cheese pairings from a amazing selection of delicious cheeses from around the world. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993.

Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm, Tues & Thurs; 12-1pm, Wed & Fri. Drop-in Hatha Yoga Postures classes are offered four times per week. Experience dynamic relaxation through practice of the postures. Suitable for all levels of fitness. $10. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

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; finish with dance of celebration and “be” different. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

Laughing Yoga – 7-8pm. Healthy and playful experience that helps the body to move easily, freely, and genuinely laugh. Free, donations accepted. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Cosmic Dance – 7:30-9pm. Dance and disappear into deep stillness. Take your energy to a new height, be a child, reactivate your senses. Donation $5. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214521-6157. Sufi/Zen Poetry – 8pm. Readings from the esoteric masters at the Community Table. All dimensions welcome. Free. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

tuesday Kundalini Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Includes chakra sounds and breathing techniques. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Awakening Heart Meditation – 5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing and friends. Childcare provided. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871.


Zumba – 9-9:30am. Latin dance inspired exercise in a fun 30-min class. $5. Curves, 11909 Preston Rd, Ste 1486, Dallas. 213-866-0399. Aquacise – 9:30-10:15am. Low impact water aerobics for all levels. Participants must be members of the Coppell Senior and Community Center. Free. Aquatic Center & Recreation Center, 234 E Pkwy, Coppell. Lynn Dorn: 972-462-5136. Introduction to Taoist Tai Chi – 9:30-11am. Come learn an internal arts of health. $20. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-762-1661. Boozeday Tuesday – 5-7pm. Enjoy free tastings while you get your weekly shopping done. Green Grocer, 3614 Greenville Ave, Dallas.

Dance Exercise Class – 9:15-10:15am. Mon-Thurs. Easy-to-follow routines featuring Jacki Sorensen’s creative choreography and a variety of music and artists. Start anytime. 3-wk sample: $25. Cimmaron Park Rec Center in Valley Ranch, 201 Red River Tl, Irving. 972-281-3075. Additional locations: Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Learn a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support will be offered. Wear fitness shoes with good support. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Zen Lemon – 6-7pm. Yoga class for all levels. Bring a towel and water. Free. Lululemon-Galleria, 13350 Dallas Pkwy, 3080, Dallas. 972-385-2316. Lululemon. com/Dallas/DallasGalleria.

Tuesday Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Experience the silence of a gently guided meditation. All levels of experience welcome. Love offering. Unity on Greenville, 3425 Greenville Ave, The Gathering Place, Dallas. Karen Romestan: KarenRomestan@

sunday Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:15am. Spend a Sunday morning with likeminded people for meditation, chanting, an inspirational talk, readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita, and the uplifting Festival of Light. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification; 10-11:15am, Service. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

ness, 1700 Commerce St, Ste 1400, Dallas. RSVP: 214-717-6300.

Hot Yoga Community Class – 5:45-6:45pm. A combination of energetic vinyasa flow, power yoga and balance poses. Students focus on twists, holding asanas and strengthening the core muscles. Handson adjustments, enhancements and assists from the instructors. Modifications for all body types and ages. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak. Meditation Class – 6:45-7:45pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Clear the mind to gain clarity of personal goals and improve health. $5. Institute for Total Well-

Community Acupuncture – 6:30-7:45pm. Auricular (ear point) acupuncture is provided in group setting for relaxation, reduction of cravings and cleansing. $20/advance, $25/at door. White Rock Holistic Wellness Center, 718 N Buckner Blvd, Ste 416-103, Dallas. Jade: 214-642-0002. Walz.Jennifer@gmail. com. PUBlic Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adult gathering celebrating brains and brew, featuring science, history, and guests from diverse fields, presented at a local bar or restaurant. Location: 817-255-9300.

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COH Donation Yoga Class – 7-8pm. Yoga flow class for all levels. Bring own yoga mat. Free. Donations accepted benefit local missions. Community of Hope UMC, 1800 E Debbie Ln, Mansfield. 817453-2328.

Core 30 – 4-4:30pm. Core 30 is a brand new 30-minute core fitness class that will incorporate exercises to strengthen the abdominals and back. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W. Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Beginning Taoist Tai Chi Class – 7-8:30pm. Learn the 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi. Class cost includes matriculation, a shirt, 4 months of beginning classes and 1 month of continuing classes. $165/18-59 years; $100/60-plus; $245/families; $135/full-time students. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-762-1661.

Circuit Training – 5-6pm. The class will work on the cardiovascular system and all major muscle groups in a fun format. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Guided Meditation Class: Beginner Friendly – 7-9pm. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing. For beginners and more advanced practitioners who want to supplement their silent practice with guided meditations. Each month has a theme. $10-$25 donation. Limited to 12. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871. Gong/Sound Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. Gong and drum provide energetic and sonic backdrop to group meditation. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Group Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Meditate with like-minded friends to access inner peace, calmness and joy. Free. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

Read and Learn – 10:30-11:30am. Features musicians, storytellers and puppets performing for newborns to 6 yr olds. Reading activity is followed by a guest performer. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Ctrl Expy, Dallas. 214-671-1381. Breastfeeding Cafe – 1-2pm. All breastfeeding moms welcome to chat about breastfeeding at all ages and stages of nursing. The café is attended by a certified lactation counselor and/or Le Leche League Leader. Baby scale available to do before and after weights. Designed to offer support to all nursing mothers from newborn challenges to toddler strikes. Free. The Nappy Shoppe, 3253 Independence Pkwy, Plano.

Chair Massage –3-6 pm. Sign up for an appointment in advance or walk in. 10-minute minimum. $1/minute. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel


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Health Orientation Class – 6:15pm. Class on the benefits of proper spinal alignment for good health and preventing sickness. Free. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000. Dallas Organic Garden Club – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. Monthly meeting. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas.

Dallas Green Drinks – 6 pm. 2nd Wed. Meet for happy hour with other eco-conscious people. No cover, buy own drinks. Location TBD.

thursday Audubon Center Third Thursday – 9am-9pm. Free admission 3rd Thurs each month. Guided hikes throughout the day; riverbend picnic site overlooking the river. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722. Tai Chi – 9:30-10:30am. Tai Chi is gentle on the muscles and effective in increasing mobility, flexibility, coordination and bone density without causing fatigue. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. FDerita@

Chill Yoga 101 – 6:45-7:45pm. No heat vinyasa flow, come and chill. Yoga is significant to everyone in a personal and unique way. To breathe, feel and let go for a moment, is the beauty of Yoga. Beginners, post-natal, all levels welcome. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak.

Vegetarian Cooking Class – 7-9pm. Gourmet Indian vegetarian cooking with master chef Manjuali Devi. $25, includes dinner. Kalachandji’s Community Hall, 5430 Gurlay Ave, Dallas. 214-662-6889.


Country and Western Dance Lessons – 7:30-9pm. 3-week, 2-step series, then 3-week waltz series. Sandunga Dance Studio, 2155 Marsh Ln, Carrollton. Info, cost: 972-418-1600.


CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with over 125 highly trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-7706872.

Introduction to Taoist Tai Chi – 9:30-11am. Come learn an internal arts of health. $20. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-762-1661.

Tarrant County Greenweavers – 11:30am12:30pm. 3rd Thurs. Networking for professionals and companies who are green-minded, eco-friendly or wishing to become more so. $1. Prudential Worldwide Realtors, 1727 Keller Pkwy, Keller. Meetup. com/DFW-Tarrant-County-Greenweavers. Baby Bounce Basics – 12:30-1pm. Activities for moms/caregivers and infants up to 24 months old with interactive music, nursery rhymes and stories. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Central Exp, Ste, Dallas. 214-671-1381. Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Learn a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support will be offered. Wear fitness shoes with good support. Free. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Kid Support – Thru Oct. 17. 6pm. A support group for children ages 4-12 who have a loved one with cancer. Sessions are led by licensed master social worker. Free. Cancer Support Community, Texas Health Resources University Bldg, 8194 Walnut Hill, Dallas. Enrollment: Kim Keely, 214-345-8230.

Aquacise – 9:30-10:15am. Low impact water aerobics for all levels. Participants must be members of the Coppell Senior and Community Center. Free. Aquatic Center & Recreation Center, 234 E Pkwy, Coppell. Lynn Dorn: 972-462-5136.

MoMe Yoga – 10:30am. Mother-child yoga and nursery rhymes, specifically for moms of infants and toddlers. Bring a mat. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Ctrl Expy, Dallas. 214671-1381.

Health Orientation Class – 12:30pm. See Thurs listing. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000. Chair Massage –3-6 pm. Sign up for an appointment in advance or walk in. 10-minute minimum. $1/minute. Coppell Senior Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136.

Urban Yoga Charity Class – 4:30-6pm. Karma flow class with all proceeds going to a local cause and/or charity. Urban Yoga, 1706 8th Ave, Ft Worth. 817-908-FLOW. ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher – 6pm-12am. 3rd Fri. All ages. Outdoor evening series featuring local bands and movies, alfresco dining, gallery tours and more. $10/adults, $7/seniors, $5/students, free/12 & under, members. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214-242-5100. Friday Night Bike Ride – 7-9pm. Twelve-mile social bicycle ride around White Rock Lake with 5 stops to keep the group together. All skill levels welcome. Helmets required and lights/water recom-

mended. Post-ride eats at Jake’s. New Dallas Bike Works Parking Lot, 4875 W Lawther Dr, Dallas.

saturday Coppell Farmer’s Market – Thru Thanksgiving. 8am-12pm. Seasonal produce for the North Texas area, natural meats and eggs, seafood, organic dairy products, honey, teas, breads, mixes, flowers, plants, and more. Coppell Farmer’s Market, 793 S Coppell Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5165. Shoreline Spruceup – 9am. 2nd Sat. Help keep White Rock Lake clean. Enjoy the company, visit with friends, paddle some kayaks, receive thanks form other lake users and collect lots of trash. Meet in the parking lot of Jackson Point on the west side of the park. Jackson Point, 4200 W Lawther Dr, Dallas. 214-669-1663.

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Nancy L. Corsaro, L.Ac 2840 Keller Springs Rd. Suite 301, Carrollton, TX 214-793-5684 Do you have pain, digestive issues or allergies? Perhaps you want to lose weight, quit smoking or find relief from stress. Acupuncture and herbs can help these and many other conditions. This ancient healing modality can also help you maintain good health and balance. Nancy Corsaro is a Texas-licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and is nationally board-certified in acupuncture (NCCAOM). Call for a free phone or office 15-minute consultation.


Beginning Taoist Tai Chi Class – 9:30-11am. Learn the 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi. Class cost includes matriculation, a shirt, 4 months of beginning classes and 1 month of continuing classes. $165/18-59 years; $100/60-plus; $245/families; $135/full-time students. Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Ln, Dallas. 214-762-1661. Target First Saturdays – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Family activities including art scavenger hunts, family tours, yoga, story time and live performances. Free. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214242-5100. Cloth Diapering 101 – 11am-12:30pm. Learn the basics of cloth diapering. Receive a gift certificate to Nappy Shoppe for $15. $15. The Nappy Shoppe, 3253 Independence Pkwy, Plano. Family Events – 1-3:30pm. Discover a new artmaking activity each month. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Family Bird Watching – 2-4pm. 1st Sat. Beginners and families with children ages 5-13. Learn basic skills in outdoor fun like camping, birding, nature journaling and more. $20/adult, $10/child. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722. Animals on the Air – 3-4pm. Live radio show explores the world of wild animals and domestic pets. Q&A on taking care of pets. Listener contests to win prizes. Hosted by Sean Greene, deputy director of the Dallas Zoo and Dr Nancy Turner, veterinarian from the Bent Tree Animal Hospital. Station KSKY 660 AM.

8350 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving 1106 N Galloway Ave, Mesquite, TX 972-444-0660 Trained in China and graduated from one of Korea’s top medical programs, Dr. Chapa is not only a doctor of Oriental medicine, he is also a board-certified herbalist and licensed acupuncturist. Through 17 years of treating patients and submersion in the 3,000-year-old practices of Eastern Medicine, he’s able to help you find relief with acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and more. Unlike Western medicine, Eastern Medicine doesn’t just focus on the disease; it cares for your whole self, holistically. Dr. Chapa is also proud to offer one of the only full herbal pharmacies offering more than 1,000 safe, organic herbal medicines. We are In-network with most insurance providers. Don’t forget to mention Natural Awakenings to receive 50% off your first visit.

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LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST & CHINESE HERBALIST Living Well Dallas Wellness Center 14330 Midway Rd, suite 121, Dallas 972-930-0260 Daniel Finley has a special passion for working with those who have suffered trauma and tragedy. He spends two days a week at an in-patient facility where he is head of the Acupuncture Department working with Veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with addiction, chronic pain and failing health. Daniel Finley brings his talents in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to Living Well Dallas three days a week with a special focus on working with those who struggle with chronic pain, athletes wanting to maximize performance and reduce injury and those who want to relieve stress, sleep better and have more energy. For a free consultation call 972-930-0260 how Acupuncture or Herbs can help you. Follow Daniel at See ad on page 24.


Ruth Bradford, Independent Distributor 214-469-8326 The Worlds’s first body contouring solution of its kind. The site-specific body contouring treatment has been in the hands of celebrities at Hollywood events and at the doorsteps of people like you all over the world— exclusively available through It Works! Global. It will change your life. Call 214469-8326 for more information. See ad on page 27.


Dr. Ray Nannis 1980 Nantucket Dr., Suite 104, Richardson 972-671-2225 Nannis Chiropractic Family Health Center is a professional but comfortable atmosphere with family style treatment rooms. Our emphasis is on patient education including workshops and demonstrations. With our high tech computer nervous system scanning we provide Subluxation Station Bio Analysis and we offer you the benefit of our advanced training in acupuncture techniques as well as post graduate training in neurology, orthopedics, headaches, TMJ, rehabilitation, sports injuries, and whiplash. Special Services offered include Spinal Decompression, BioVeda Allergy Relief Center and Free Reports. We encourage you to make preventative health and wellness a personal priority while partnering with you on your road to optimal health. We pride ourselves on discovering the cause of your health concern rather than only managing symptoms.

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Andrea Heikkinen, D.C Paul Heikkinen, D.C. Marsha Heikkinen, D.C., 820 E. Cartwright Rd, Suite 133, Mesquite, TX 972-285-3232 Our office is a family owned and operated business dedicated to helping our patients realize their natural healing abilities. We utilize chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and nutrition to effectively and gently treat the whole person. At Heikkinen Chiropractic we live to give you Back your Life. See us for Neck & back pain, Wellness care, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, Pediatric Chiropractic, Headache, Decompression Traction, Nutritional consultation Athletic physicals. See ad on page 9.


17810 Davenport Rd, Suite 108, Dallas, TX 972-380-4845 Providing colonic irrigation services in the DFW Metroplex Alazan Care creates a relaxing and enjoyable experienced for our clients. Licensed and certified therapists make sure your visit is pleasant and comfortable. Colon hydrotherapy (colonics) services help to reduce weight by removing toxins from the body; may help you feel more energized; and helps to clear up the skin and brighten your complexion. Male and female therapists available. For more information visit


12345 Inwood Rd, Dallas 972-387-8700 Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, founded in 1942 is a private Catholic institution for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus. It’s located on a 27-acre campus in North Dallas and provides a student-centered Catholic Jesuit education to approximately 1,000 students in grades 9-12 with an 11:1 student-teacher ratio. Jesuit Dallas students’ average SAT scores exceed the national average by more than 200 points.



11600 Welch Road, Dallas 214- 363-6311 Established almost 100 years ago, The Hockaday School provides a college preparatory education for girl; from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, including Boarding school for grades 8-12. With an enrollment of approximately 1000 students and a 10:1 student teacher ratio, Hockaday students enjoy a 100% acceptance rate to college. Notable Hockaday alumni include Barbara and Jenna Bush, Dixie Carter, and Pamela Willeford.


835 W. Davis, Dallas, TX 214-942-1030 From the Ends of the Earth is a FAIR TRADE WORLD IMPORTS store located in the exciting new Oak Cliff Arts District. We carry a large variety of items from around the world, and can’t wait to meet you when you stop in to shop. Our offerings include clothing and accessories, home décor, writing tablets and pens, music and instruments, and handmade cards. To see a sampling of our offerings go to


Locations: 3520 S. Marvin D. Love Frwy, Dallas 888-880-4276 2901 W Airport Frwy, Irving 866-807-3216 4225 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano 888-868-9915 Don Herring Mitsubishi located in Dallas, Irving, and Plano takes pride in offering the best selection of new and used vehicles to the Dallas and DFW Metroplex areas. The new Mitsubishi, all Electric Vehicle, i-MIEV is ready for immediate delivery. No money down financing is available on most new Mitsubishi’s. Visit Don Herring online or come by and see why Don Herring is the #1Mitsubishi Dealer in North Texas. We recognize your time is valuable, and strive to make your shopping experience easy and to offer you the lowest price available online. We pledge to beat any advertised offer in the Metroplex.

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801 State Hwy 114 East, Grapevine 877-858-0831 Toyota of Grapevine is currently offering a $500 Military Rebate and a $1,000 College Graduate Rebate. See website for additional information and requirements. Experience peace of mind with every new Toyota with TOYOTACARE. Toyota is devoted to safety and dependability, and proper vehicle maintenance to both. That’s why we’re including a complimentary worry=free maintenance plan and roadside assistance with the purchase or lease of every new Toyota. For 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, you and your new vehicle will be covered. It’s complimentary peace of mind, and we’re the first full-line brand to offer anything like it.


6035 Royal Lane, Dallas 214-739-3668 Foot Solutions can help you achieve the comfort you desire with a careful foot evaluation by experts and customized recommendations for stylish top quality footwear and inserts that cradle and support your feet and a variety of helpful accessories. Whether you’re on your feet all day at work, experiencing painful foot problems like bunions and heel pain, living with diabetes or arthritis, or simply looking for more comfort, Foot Solutions can help. Call 214-739-3668 for your first step to better foot health and comfort.


Mobile windshield chip repair at no cost to most customers with Full Coverage Insurance. Most Insurance Companies encourage repair over replacements. Most repairs completed in about 15 minutes. Repairs guaranteed not to spread and usually 80 to 90% better looking. Windshield chip repair is Environmentally friendly, saving your original windshield and keeps glass out of landfills. Retains the factory seal, preventing air and water leakage, stress cracks and weakening of the overall structure of your vehicle. Call 972-7048291 for immediate response and estimate.

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Debby Romick 1501 Preston Rd, Suite 501, Plano 972-248-9482 The Brain Balance Program is an individualized and comprehensive approach designed to help children struggling academically, behaviorally or socially. Our goal is bring hope to families. We specialize in a drug-free, research based, multifaceted approach to address the underlying issues of the many disorders that affect our children today. Each child has a unique combination of functional wellnesses that impact motor, sensory, immune, visual-spatial, auditory and cognitive development. Call us today to find out about our comprehensive assessment. See ad on page 13.


Dr. Latonia Smith 2701 Osler, Suite 10, Grand Prairie 972-641-2400 A different kind of dentistry where the focus is on health not disease. Our goal is to provide dentistry that enhances your overall health and improves the quality of your life. Have the smile you have always wanted with straight, white teeth. We use Invisalign instead of metal brackets and offer other services using simple and effective methods that are less invasive. We offer the most bio-compatible treatments available. Call 972-641-2400 to schedule your initial consultation. C=40 M=0 Y=0 K=0

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Tim Wallace 5217 McKinney Ave. St 208, Dallas 214-770-9596 Once thought of as a treat for the rich and famous or athletes, this alternative to many traditional methods of healing has begun to be utilized by the elderly, middle-aged, youth and even children and babies. Those seeking stress relief, the over-worked, the injured, workers suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and those in need of back pain relief have found pain relief through massage. Other benefits of massage therapy are increased circulation, headache relief, relaxation techniques, improved posture, lowered blood pressure, clear thinking and peaceful thought patterns. When you envy massage, come visit Tim Wallace, LMT, our massage therapist in Dallas near Highland Park. Call 214-770-9596 now for an appointment.


Cleanliness is not next to Godliness, but it sure makes you feel better to come home to a clean and orderly house. I have over 10 years experience in house and office cleaning and use ALL GREEN PRODUCTS- without harmful fumes. I am a Christ For The Nations graduate and former elementary school teacher. I clean your home like I want my own home to be cleaned. Please call 469953-0244 for an interview and appointment.

HOMEOPATHY Dr. Alex Bekker

5209 Heritage Ave., Suite 410, Colleyville 817-545-5100 Dr. Bekker is a physician specializing in homeopathy, which is a medicinal therapy which uses natural substances that stimulate the person’s own vitality to overcome illness, and restore health. Some of the conditions treated are Childhood Illness, Autism, Asthma, Allergies, Auto-Immune Disorders, Anxiety, Depression and many other conditions. The result of homeopathic treatment is the permanent cure of the individual and the restoration of health. .


Leslie Duong 5917 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 214-887-8325 AC Herbs and Vitamins specialLeslie Duong is a licensed Herbalist, BS Biology, and Health Nutritionist, with 14 years of experience in Chinese Natural Herbs, Leslie will sit down with you to conduct a private and personal evaluation of your health. You can assured that her many years of experience will start to help you feel better in no time. She can help with Prostate, Cancer, Hepatitis A,B,C, Detoxing, Cholesterol, Fertility, Impotency, Lupus, Thyroid, Menopause, Diabetes, Depression, Drug Detox, Skin Problems, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Weight Loss. Free Consultation Available. Call to schedule you appointment. See ad on page 17.

DR. KAREN ASBURY, MD INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Dr. Karen Asbury, MD Richardson, TX 972-479-9139

The practice of Dr. Asbury is on the cutting-edge of Integrative Medicine. We specialize in a combination of Internal Medicine and Alternative Care, using the best of both. We believe the body is a wonderfully functioning system that was designed to be self healing, if given what it needs. Are you tired of drugs and conventional medicine? Do you want to address the cause of disease and not just the symptoms? Do you want natural solutions to chronic diseases? Dr. Asbury provides all aspects of adult care including full preventive evaluations and comprehensive treatment of chronic diseases. Call 972-867-7790 for an appointment or a free Consult. See ad on page 24.



Keith Clark, LMT 11311 North Central Expressway, Suite 211, Dallas, TX 214- 315-2959

Keith Clark is a licensed massage therapist in private practice utilizing many massage modalities during sessions to promote the importance of body maintenance. Whether you need a massage to relax and reduce stress, to recharge your fatigued muscles, or to assist in alleviating chronic pain, you’ll find the style of massage, you need here. Massage can help address a number of health issues including: Low-back pain, Improve range of motion, Ease medication dependence, Enhance immunity by stimulating the body’s natural defense system, Exercise and stretch muscles, Help athletes prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts, Improve the condition of the skin, Increase joint flexibility and lessen depression and anxiety. Call or go online for an appointment. REVIVIFY.

Constantine A. Kotsanis, MD 2260 Pool Road, Grapevine, TX 817-756-1896

Dr. Constantine A. Kotsanis is an unconventional medical doctor who travels the globe in search of answers to today’s health problems. His approach is to blend modern conventional medicine with the time-tested wisdom of older disciplines, creating unique treatments for each person. Having taken the time to become a certified nutritionist himself, Dr. Kotsanis believes the foundation of any treatment is proper nutrition. He applies this belief to treating conditions ranging from autism spectrum to chronic diseases including cancer and diabetes. Come Have Lunch with the Family - The public is invited to our FREE monthly Lunch & Learns. It’s a great way to meet the staff and doctor while learning more about health. We provide a gluten-free recipe from the Kotsanis Institute’s own cookbook “Food for Thought” (available on Each month is a different topic. Find the schedule on our website See ad on page 3 .

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Norm Forbes 337-353-796 PureBox provides eco-friendly, easy to use moving boxes for residential, commercial & special event needs. Rent our reusable boxes instead of buying cardboard and we will deliver to your home or office. PureBoxes are lightweight, stackable, nest-able and perfectly designed to keep your belongings organized and secure. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your next move faster, cheaper, greener & less stressful. Stop wasting your time & money on Earth-polluting cardboard.


Dr Stephanie Golder & Mindy Fritz 10000 North Central Expressway #400, Dallas, TX 214-642-3976 Specializing in the reduction or elimination of disorders, including anxiety, depression, migraine, ADD (AD/HD), behavioral disorders, learning disability, and many others, utilizing neurofeedback and Christian counseling. Our goal is to help our clients achieve improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Neurofeedback is a proven, effective treatment that is non-invasive and does not involve medication. Call 214-6423976 for a consultation.

NUTRITION Living Well Health and Wellness Center

Betty Murray, CN, HHC, Ryt 14330 Midway Rd, Suite 121, Dallas, TX 972-930-0260 Betty Murray, CN, HHC, RYT is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Betty has a knack for making the science of nutrition easy to understand and implement. Betty specializes in metabolic and digestive disorders and weight loss resistance. A master of the bio-chemistry of the body, Betty teaches clients how to utilize nutritional interventions to improve their health. Call 972-930-0260 today to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to see if nutrition counseling is right for you.

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400 North Coit Rd, Suite 1902, Richardson 972-664-1990 Everyday low prices on over 9,000 Natural health and wellness products and We specialize in speHealth supplements. cial orders. Groceries, supplements, nutrition, beauty products, Shop sports special needs nutrition, massage, detox. Located at the intersection of Coit and Roundrock. Open 7 days a week. See ad on page 21.


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ORGANIC FOODS TEXAS DAILY HARVEST Fisher Lane, Yantis, TX 903-335-1758

We are a Certified Organic Farm producing milk, cheese, yogurt, beef, pork, eggs and produce in East Texas. Our products area available in many stores in the Metroplex and in Austin, and we are now offering Neighborhood Delivery and a CSA. Please call or see our website at to sign up for Neighborhood Delivery.


CR 45, Earth, TX 214-908-2569 Providing other families with clean and great tasting dairy products made from our sustainable, organic certified, West Texas native grass pastures of contented, happy, and humanely treated cows is the mission of Three Happy Cows. Our products are free of any added hormones, antibiotics, toxic chemical pesticides or herbicides. Due to the nature of the nutritional diet of our cows, our products have a wonderful fresh taste and maintains their flavor. Three Happy Cows products can be found at Central Market, Natural Grocers, Rosemeade Market, Cupboard, and Local Yocal.


877-604-8208 ext. 702 Organic mattresses – safe, allergy-free, temperaturecontrolled sleeping system. Experience your best night’s sleep ever with revolutionary composition of lavender, swiss herbs, hi-tech materials. Our Swiss made Aven02 mattresses are 40% more durable than most existing products on the market. Organic Bedroom Inc is exclusive US retail distributor of Aven02 organic mattresses. Call for appointment.


5207 Bonita, Dallas 972-587-7835 Certified Organic Salon located in Uptown Dallas in the Knox-Henderson District. Glitz is Dallas’ premiere certified vegan Salon, using animal-cruelty-free products that have none of the toxic chemicals found in most professional color lines. Offering a full suite of organic products and services, our services include Hair Cuts, Hair Color, Hair Straightening and Real Hair Extensions. Glitz salon is unique and personable and provides a warm and welcoming environment in a beautifully renovated house in one of the Dallas’ hippest new neighborhoods. Stop by today and see what the buzz is about for yourself. Walk-ins accepted.


Jon & Laura Petersen Anna, TX 972-924-2722 Alfresco Living designs and installs outdoor improvements that make your outdoor rooms nicer. We take the time to design your Landscape Lighting to fit your lifestyle. Water Features, Mosquito Misting, Cool Fogging, Rain Water Harvesting and Christmas Lighting to take your outdoor living environment to the next level of pure enjoyment and a place where you can relax and enjoy the sound of a waterfall in a mosquito free evening while your landscape lights highlight the focal points of your yard.


4851 Legacy Dr, Suite 301, Frisco, TX 972-294-0808 Where your child’s healthy is our passion. We are an integrative holistic practice; offering a full range of pediatric services integrating conventional and natural medicine for your child’s optimal health. We believe optimal health is more than the absence of disease. It involves living the sort of lifestyle that promotes and embraces it. See ad on page 25.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~George Bernard Shaw


Dr. Nancy Bozeman 621 N. Little School Rd, Kennedale 817-572-2400 As an alternative medicine specialist, Dr. Nancy Bozeman emphasizes your pet’s entire well-being by taking a holistic approach to veterinary medicine. Offering a full range of conventional and complementary modalities including Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Laser Therapy, NAET, Nutrition Counseling and we offer Vaccination titers. Come visit our comfortable, pet-friendly, homey office environment. See ad on page 29.


Dallas, TX 214-810-1785 Energy efficient, attractive and durable Dog Doors professionally installed. Let your dogs and cats live large with the freedom they deserve by getting a professionally installed Wall pet door in any type of wall, Door dog door, Screen pet door, Dog door right in the glass, or Pet door panel insert for a sliding glass patio door. Don’t be trapped into thinking that your dog door must be installed in a door. With Lone Star Dog Doors you will benefit from our many years of remodeling experience plus we use Hale Pet Door products, representing the highest quality in the industry. Call 214-810-1785 today so we can install “Your Pet’s Doorway to Living Large” in the Dallas area.


Natural and Organic Skin and Body Care Products 1-888-524-0579 A full line of all natural and organic skin and body products and essential oils. Includes bath, body, facial, and hair products and therapeutic wellness oils. All products are certified organic and completely biodegradable and never tested on animals. Users of Bello Naturale skincare products have experienced better skin moisture retention using less product and relief from some skin conditions that had not been responsive to their prescription medication. Free sample available. Visit or call us today to find out more about our products and to order. See ad on page 7.



Stephanie Ebbesen-Stuer 214-563-5769 Green Home Residential is the first green residential real estate brokerage in North Texas to specializing in healthy, sustainable high performing real estate. Return on your green home investment can show up in increased energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality and health, decrease in waste, and reduced water consumption, among other things. Get the professionals at Green home Residential to find the shade of green that fits our real estate needs. We will customize services based on your requests and show you how to take advantage of government programs and incentives. Green living is healthy and healthy living is green. Call us for a complimentary consultation.


6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas 214-331-8522 Church that Grows people. Services are Sundays at 7:30am, 9:15am, 11:00am, 12:45am, and online at Streamingfaith. com. Mid-week service is Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Reverend Bryan L. Carter, Senior Pastor.

Nance Woods 330 Market St, Baird, TX Stress? Illness? Injury? Biofeedback could be the answer. Distance sessions available. Quantum Zen also offers Human BioAcoustic Vocal Profiling and Nance is a highly sought after Reiki Master/Teacher. Trying to sell your house but it just won’t sell? Keep getting an “unfriendly” feeling around your property? Property clearing is available. Quantum Zen is a holistic wellness center specializing in stress management located west of the metroplex on Interstate 20.


Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Suite 405, Dallas, Tx 214-352-8758 Offering full body Regulation Thermography, including the breast. It can detect abnormalities in the very earliest of stages, many times finding the underlying causes of disease. Regulation Thermography looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed giving a ‘living dynamic view.’ Consultations, further evaluation and follow up care are offered as well. See ad on page 14.


Jon & Christi Hurley 615-653-5228 Drink coffee and burn fat. Join thousands of other coffee and tea drinkers who have lost those unwanted pounds. Try the Bfit challenge today! Call Christi at 615-653-5228 and get ready for a fitter, healthier you!


Jennifer Trejo, Naturopath 3345 Western Center Blvd, Suite 140 Ft Worth, TX 817-847-0900 Services include: BioSET, which locates and corrects imbalances in the body through detoxification, enzyme therapy, homeopathy, nutrition and lifestyle recommendations; breast thermography which can detect cancer forming up to 8 years before other detection devices, with no radiation exposure or compression; saliva hormone testing and correction using homeopathic hormones; thyroid testing and balancing; metabolism testing; weight loss; IonCleanse foot Detox and oxygen steam sauna. See ad on page 16.


1651 Wall Street, Garland 972- 864-1934 Rohde’s helps you get and maintain beautiful Yards and Gardens in a chemical-free environment. We know organics better than anyone else. Organic yards and gardens require less water, have fewer insects and diseases and result in better health for you, your family and the environment. We will give you the guidance you need either in our store or at your home. Products and services include Landscaping and maintenance, natural fertilizer, natural insect control, unique garden gift items, pet food for dogs and cats, and a large selection of native and drought-tolerant plants. Call the experts today at 972-864-1934.

YOGA SYNAMIC YOGA 4 LOVE STUDIO + DRAGONFLY SPA Lisa Ware 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak, TX 469-437-1334

Dynamic Yoga and Fitness Studio by Yoga 4 Love was born from a long and fruitful yoga practice and whirlwind of a yoga teaching career from the owner and founder Lisa Ware, Registered Yoga Teacher. She and her Dynamic Team Staff along with her husband and co owner Richard Ware, decided that Red Oak was ready for something totally fresh and new. Most of our yoga classes are HOT yoga, and if you have yet to experience this wonderful practice you are in for a treat. Certified instructors will motivate you and help you set your sights high to achieve your goals, both in and out of the studio. We are Mind, Body Spirit based to nurture the whole you. We are not a gym. We are unique studio where you can commune with like- minded individuals.


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Baylor’s comprehensive cancer care – built around you. We’ve built a network of comprehensive cancer treatment centers throughout Dallas/ Fort Worth, including the new Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center and Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital. These facilities offer a full range of cancer-related services designed specifically with you in mind. In addition to comprehensive services with an experienced medical and nursing staff, many of our locations offer a calming atmosphere, chapels, outdoor healing gardens, patient education and support services, and a patient navigation program. We even have an integrative medicine program in Dallas that focuses on each patient’s concerns and needs from a holistic viewpoint. This approach incorporates complementary, ancillary and traditional medicine designed to reach the individual’s goals.     We have also expanded our cancer research program, providing you access to more groundbreaking clinical trials. For us, this represents an extraordinary dedication to cancer care. For you, it represents something far more personal: a towering source of hope.

For a physician referral or for more information about cancer care services, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit us online at Locations in: Dallas Fort Worth Garland Grapevine Irving Plano Waxahachie And now off ering services in: Carrollton & McKinney Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Centers or Baylor Health Care System. © 2013 Baylor Health Care System SAMMONS_401 _2013 NA CE 09.13


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