Natural Awakenings Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex FEB 2024 Issue

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HeartHealthy Living



Managing Stress and Heart Health

North TX Holistic Dentists Weigh in

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Do Your Heart Good

ood heart health involves more than mechanics. It encompasses body, soul and mind. Our heart is not only a physical organ, but also the seat of our being, influencing our emotions, thoughts and overall wellness. To maintain good heart health, we must nourish ourselves with a variety of fuels, including physical, emotional and spiritual elements.

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From ancient literature to indigenous wisdom, we can find myriad accounts and quotations about heart health, as well as in scripture. The Bible emphasizes moderation, self-control and a balanced lifestyle, as well as love, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude—qualities that contribute to a healthy heart. Proverbs 17:22 admonishes us that a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. It is no coincidence that we celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, which is also Heart Health Month. While the origins of the holiday aren’t clear—a number of legends and traditions have influenced its celebration—the connection to heart health is. On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love—not only romantic love, but also platonic love and self-love. Love has the power to heal and strengthen our hearts, literally and figuratively. It brings us joy, connection and a sense of purpose—all of which strengthen that big muscle in the center of our bodies. Valentine’s Day reminds us to care for our heart in all its dimensions. It’s a time to reflect on our relationships with others and ourselves, making intentional efforts to nurture and cultivate them. This includes showing appreciation to our loved ones and fostering the deep connections that bring physical, emotional and mental benefits. It also includes practicing self-care using a holistic approach that incorporates positive lifestyle choices, good nutrition, regular exercise, stress-management practices and routine health assessments. Thus a resilient, vibrant heart serves as the cornerstone of a healthy, fulfilling life. There are many paths you can take to achieve better heart health. In line with our 2024 focus on holistic, integrative and functional wellness, this month’s edition of Natural Awakenings explores those modalities. We had the privilege of interviewing a number of North Texas specialists who gave us insight into the various modalities and techniques they use to address heart health holistically. From nutrition and exercise to stress management and mindfulness, they all emphasized the importance of using a well-rounded approach. We also explore the relationship between oral health and heart health. You probably know by now that unhealthy teeth and gums have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, which just goes to show the interconnectedness of our body systems. Several North Texas holistic dentists share their perspectives on this important dynamic and provide guidance on how to maintain good oral health in order to protect heart health.

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What is obvious from listening to these experts is that taking care of the heart doesn’t require a one-size-fits-all approach; instead, tuning in to our individual needs and then making conscious choices that align with our mind, body and soul. By embracing a holistic perspective and understanding the interconnectedness of the factors at play, we can create a lifestyle centered around heart health. To that end, we hope you find this month’s offerings are helpful, from mindfulness and meditation techniques to cardio-friendly exercises and heart-healthy recipes. As always, our ultimate goal is to help on your journey to living a healthier life on a healthy planet. Blessings until next month,

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Contents 18 Oral Health Tips to Prevent Heart Disease 21 North Texas Holistic Dentists Weigh-in on How Oral Health Affects the Heart 24 Mindful Breathwork 27 Strengthen Heart Health with Mindfulness 28 Holistic, Integrative and





Functional Medicine Explained 30 Heart And Homeopathy 31 Naturopathic Medicine and Heart Health


33 Plant-based Milk Alternatives and Recipes


36 Dr. Kenneth Cooper on Aerobic Exercise for Heart-healthy Benefits 37 Lowering Our Battery Footprint

10 News Briefs 14 Health Briefs 16 Global Briefs 18 Feature Story

24 Healing Ways 27 Healing Ways 28 NA Exclusive 33 Conscious Eating

36 Fit Body 37 Green Living 39 Calendars 42 Resource Guide

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How Stress Effects Your Weight, Mood, Sleep, Energy, and More. Like most women in America, you are bombarded with stress daily. Stress from work, finances, a busy family life – the list goes on and on. Not only does stress impact your mental well-being, but it can also wreak havoc on your weight and your hormones.

What happens when you are stressed?

When your body perceives a threat, such as stress, your brain sets off an alarm prompting your adrenal glands to produce cortisol to protect you. Cortisol increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream and curbs functions in the body that it deems unnecessary in a stressful situation. As a result, your immune, digestive, and reproductive systems suffer. What’s worse, under chronic or constant stress, your body cannot keep up with the demand to produce cortisol. As a result, your body will begin to steal the hormone progesterone to convert it to cortisol. When this happens, you end up with an imbalance between progesterone and estrogen, also known as estrogen dominance. When estrogen is dominant, symptoms like mood swings, headaches, anxiety, sleep issues, low energy, and weight gain are likely to occur.

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News Briefs

Air Quality Public Meeting

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has announced a new partnership with Grammy Award-winning artist Erykah Badu throughout 2024, beginning with a sweepstakes connected to Badu’s annual birthday bash. Through February 10, DART riders throughout North Texas can enter for a chance to win a oneof-a-kind experience on February 24. Four winners and their plus-ones will receive access to a VIP section, private entrance, exclusive swag and a DART monthly pass. The winners will also be among the first North Texans to see the Badu bus and rail designs that feature Badu’s artwork and images throughout North Texas until the end of the year. DART president and CEO Nadine Lee says, “As a Dallas native, Erykah Badu has inspired so many people. From her many awards and accolades to everything she’s given back to our communities, we’re honored to celebrate her many successes.” For more information and to enter, visit, 97.9 The Beat, or Majic 94.5.

A Dallas-Fort Worth Air Quality Improvement Plan workshop at the University of Texas at Arlington will take place at 9 a.m., February 15, at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Participants will hear from staff from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and other stakeholders on the development of the plan. Lunch is provided.

The agenda includes Savana Nance: Strategies for the Transportation Sector; Lori Clark: Strategies for the Energy Sector; Susan Alvarez: Strategies for the Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste/ Agriculture Sectors; Kasey Savanich: The State of Texas’ Climate Pollution Reduction Plan; and Meghna Tare: The University of Texas at Arlington’s Climate Action Plan. Lunch and Learn focus groups include Identify Community Benefits of the Plan; Setting Greenhouse Gas Targets and Goals; Exploring Corss-sector Initiatives; Recognizing the Co-benefits of Climate Planning; and Supporting Equitable Implementation— Disbenefits and Strategies. Location: 300 W. 1st St., Arlington. For more information and registration, email

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News Briefs

Environmental Group Expands Coverage

Wendel Withrow, director of Green Source DFW/Green Source Texas, says, “The environmental challenges facing all Texans bind us together on multiple levels. Whether it’s our unpredictable weather, our unpredictable state legislature or our beautiful, but vulnerable landscapes, our great state needs you to help love and protect it.” Green Source DFW is expanding its news and nature coverage to the entire state. At first, Green Source Texas will appear monthly alongside Green Source DFW articles, but will then become its own media force. Then the Lone Star State will have multiple watchdogs bringing new writers, podcasters, photographers and subjects to its audience: Green Source Texas will be their voice. For more information, visit

New Marshall Grain Store in Colleyville Organic garden center and pet supply store Marshall Grain has broken ground on a new retail space at 5311 Colleyville Boulevard, in Colleyville, and the city has awarded a $50,000 grant to help finance improvements in time for opening on March 1. The facility will include a large greenhouse, retail store, warehouse and open space for a plant nursery.

Representative Joyce Connelley says, “Marshall Grain Company is dedicated to making the organic gardener a successful gardener. We believe that means delivering personalized service across the spectrum of customer needs, from the do-it-yourselfer who’s seeking quick product advice to the customer who wants full-scale landscape installation, to the homeowner with long-term maintenance needs. “Marshall Grain was one of the first garden supply companies in North Texas to begin carrying organics, and we continue to offer unmatched experience with them. In line with the company’s history in feed products, Marshall Grain also offers quality food and supplies for dogs, cats, backyard chickens and wild birds.”

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The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will host a day of exploration and discovery from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 8, as the moon completely covers the sun, plunging the world into darkness for a few moments during the total eclipse. Docents will guide participants through the science behind the event, sharing facts about this phenomenon and answering questions. They can also explore the sanctuary and observe the wildlife that make their home there. Cost is $25 adult, $15 youth. Location: 1 Nature Place, McKinney. Get tickets at Tinyurl. com/HeardEclipse. 12

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Explore Wetlands By Canoe

Plano’s Heard Museum of Natural Science Wetland Canoe Trail program provides a unique opportunity for nature lovers to explore an amazing diversity of vegetation and wildlife while learning about the history and basics of the area’s ecology. Several dates are scheduled this year through May, beginning on March 16. The program comprises a safety and canoeing introduction, followed by a 40-minute guided trail around the Heard wetlands and free paddle time to explore. No experience is necessary, as all participants will be given an introduction to canoeing that includes basic strokes, boat safety and flatwater maneuvers. Cost is $32 for museum members and $42 for non-members. All canoe and safety equipment is provided. To register, visit



he Go Texan program has reached a milestone of 25 years as a driving force in fostering economic growth, highlighting the diversity of Texan products and championing the state’s agricultural producers. The program has connected consumers with local farmers, ranchers and producers, fostering a sense of pride and loyalty to local businesses. The Texas Department of Agriculture encourages consumers to actively participate in supporting local businesses by choosing Go Texan products. By doing so, residents can contribute to the continued success of the state’s agricultural industry and celebrate the spirit of Texas pride. The Go Texan program has grown to encompass fresh produce, meats, wines and other specialty goods. The recognizable Go Texan mark has become a symbol of quality and authenticity, signifying that a product is proudly grown or made in Texas. For more information, visit and

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Health Briefs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first gene editing treatments for sickle cell disease. Co-developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics, the exa-cel treatment uses new technology to modify a gene involved in red blood cell shape and function. It is too early to say whether the treatment will be permanent and without side effects, as only about 100 people have undergone the procedure, and they have been followed for less than two years.

According to the National Institutes of Health, sickle cell disease is a group of genetic disorders that affect hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen to the body. In sickle-cell patients, red blood cells are crescent-shaped and do not bend, instead of being disc-shaped and flexible. This anomaly can block blood flow to the body, leading to strokes, eye problems, infections, fatigue and severe pain. Until now, a bone marrow transplant was the only cure. CRISPR technology—short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats—allows scientists to strategically modify the DNA of organisms. The exa-cel treatment involves removing a patient’s bone marrow stem cells, editing them using the CRISPR technology, destroying the untreated bone marrow and re-infusing the modified cells to replicate and repopulate the body.

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A common flavanone called hesperidin found in citrus fruit may help protect against heart disease, according to a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials published in Current Developments in Nutrition. Researchers analyzed 12 studies involving 589 participants that examined the effects of hesperidin extracts on various outcomes, such as inflammatory markers, body mass index, insulin resistance and lipids. After accounting for variability across the groups of participants, researchers found that hesperidin significantly reduced both total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) in obese individuals under age 50 that consumed approximately 500 milligrams per day of hesperidin for more than six weeks. It also had a positive impact on inflammatory markers, insulin sensitivity and fasting blood glucose. Beneficial effects were not noted on other risk factors of heart disease, such as high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol), triglycerides, body mass index and blood pressure. Hesperidin can be found in oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines and grapefruit, in whole fruit or juice form and in commercially available supplements. Consuming grapefruit might interfere with certain medications for heart disease, so patients should consult with their doctor before making any dietary changes.

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CBD Products May Be Harmful to Children

In 2018, Congress legalized hemp farming and the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products as long as they contained less than 0.3 percent of delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical in cannabis plants that produces a high. As a result, companies began making CBD drinks, foods and other products, some of which may concentrate the delta-8 THC in manufacturing to levels nearing the potency of marijuana-derived delta-9 THC. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither approved nor regulated delta-8 THC, it has issued warnings about potential dangers. Oversight by states varies.

According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), semaglutide, a medication sold as Ozempic by Novo Nordisk, may be associated with heart-health improvement. For one year, the researchers followed 529 obese participants that had heart failure with ejection fraction, a condition where the heart pumps normally but is too stiff to fill properly. Half of the participants received semaglutide, and the other half received a placebo. Participants on semaglutide had almost double the heart improvement as measured by a standard heart failure questionnaire. They also experienced an average reduction of body weight of 13.3 percent (compared to a 2.5 percent reduction in the placebo group) and could walk an extra 66 feet in six minutes. In another study of semaglutide also published in NEJM, participants on the drug had a 20 percent lower risk of fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and strokes than those taking a placebo. The multi-center, double-blind, randomized trial included more than 17,600 obese participants aged 45 or older that had cardiovascular disease, but no history of diabetes. Half of the participants received the drug, while the other half were given a placebo and were followed for approximately 40 months.


A new study has uncovered details as to why exercise is beneficial for heart health and blood lipid levels at any age. The study reported in the journal Nutrients compared the physical activity and lipid levels of 45 older adults aged 60 to 80 with 63 younger adults aged 20 to 35. In addition to measuring high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol), the scientists also considered the size of the HDL particles, which provides insights into the type and functionality of HDL as it absorbs excess cholesterol from the blood and transports it back to the liver to be recycled or excreted in bile. Researchers found that, regardless of whether the individuals were younger or older, the physically active participants exhibited higher HDL, as well as more of the types of HDL that are cardio-protective, and a greater capacity to process cholesterol back to the liver, which is one of the key anti-atherosclerosis functions of HDL.

Between January 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022, national poison control centers have responded to 2,362 exposure cases of delta-8 THC-containing products, 41 percent of which involved children. Most of those childhood exposures were unintentional and 45 percent of these kids required hospitalization. During the first 11 months of 2023, poison control centers managed 2,105 cases related to CBD. The FDA cautions that the marketing of these products may be appealing to children, and parents should be wary. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911. If there is a question about what a child has ingested, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. IRA_EVVA/Fokusiert/ ChristianeVolgmann/CanvaPro

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Global Briefs Respiratory Illness in Dogs Sweeps the Nation

A respiratory illness with an unknown cause is affecting dogs across the United States. While respiratory infections are not uncommon, veterinarians are reporting very sick dogs with chronic coughs or pneumonia that last an unusually long time and do not respond to antibiotics. Common respiratory diagnostic testing for kennel cough has yielded mostly negative results. These cases have caused concern because they are at the severe end of the spectrum. While some deaths have been reported, they represent a small percentage of total cases. Efforts are underway to conduct widespread sampling of cases to diagnose the cause and implement a testing plan.

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Quantum Dots to Light Up Televisions and Tumors

The development of quantum dots has won the 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for chemists Moungi Bawendi and Louis Brus, and physicist Alexei Ekimov. Quantum dots are a new class of nanoparticles roughly a few billionths of a meter across that have significant implications. They are illuminated by light, which energizes the electrons within them. These energized electrons subsequently release energy as fluorescent light, with smaller dots appearing blue and larger dots appearing red. By using different materials or adjusting the size of quantum dots, chemists can alter their properties. Ekimov and Brus independently demonstrated the ability to precisely control the size of these nanoparticles, and Bawendi developed a method to precisely control their growth. These breakthroughs have opened up potential applications for various fields, including medicine and technology. For example, quantum dots could be used to improve the efficiency of LED lights and help surgeons identify tumors by injecting fluorescent dots into the body. The dots also have potential applications in solar cells and quantum computers.

Climate Change Leads to More Rabid Bat Exposure

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A recent study published in the journal Ecography links climate change to the spread of bat-borne diseases. By examining the common vampire bat distribution in North America over the last century, the scientists concluded that its range had expanded north in response to changes in climate, and that a rise in rabies transmission from bats to cattle in the last 50 years was related to that expansion. The research suggests that climate change could make it easier for batborne pathogens like rabies, encephalitis and severe acute respiratory syndrome to spread to animals and humans, underscoring the potential public health threats of a changing climate.

Extinct Mole Rediscovered

A blind mole thought to have been extinct since 1936 was found in the sand dunes of South Africa, where the burrowing mammal’s habitat had been decimated by diamond mining. As reported in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, researchers used environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling and specially trained border collies along the west coast of South Africa to find the elusive De Winton golden mole. Its name is derived from the iridescent gold appearance of its fur coat, which secretes oil to facilitate its movement through sand. Because the creatures rarely leave their burrows and can detect movement above ground through vibrations, scientists relied on eDNA, which locates an animal using skin cells, hair and excretions they shed as they move.

Ammonia-Powered Engine

While the world has focused on electric vehicles (EV) as part of a response to climate change, other technologies are being explored. Toyota and Chinese auto maker Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) have introduced an engine that is powered by ammonia. Similar to technology used in ships and trucks, these novel engines are said to be able to produce 161 horsepower with a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions compared to conventional fuels. Ammonia-powered cars would likely be less expensive than EVs because they eliminate the environmental, production and disposal issues related to their batteries. Using ammonia as a fuel source does introduce challenges. It is a toxic substance that can dissolve some metals, and excessive exposure in gas or liquid form can be deadly. The slow-burning fuel has about half the energy density of gasoline, making it finicky for use in cars. When it burns, ammonia is carbon-free and produces no CO2, hydrocarbons or soot, but it could release nitrogen into the atmosphere, leading to acid rain and impaired breathing. GAC claims to have reduced nitrogen emissions by increasing the combustion pressure in the engine, so a safe and convenient infrastructure would need to be built to make its use viable. Also, the energy needed to manufacture sufficient quantities of ammonia would need to be factored into any calculation of net environmental impacts.

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The discovery is the result of a two-year effort by a team of scientists from the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the University of Pretoria as part of a campaign by the charity Re:wild to search for lost animal, plant and fungi species. Among their conservation efforts, Re:wild works to halt extinction and restore the world’s rarest, most threatened species.

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Oral Health Tips to Prevent Heart Disease How Regular Trips to the Dentist Can Save a Life by Steven Masley, M.D., FAHA, FACN, CNS


such as saying goodbye to cigarettes, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, reducing alcohol intake and keeping stress at bay. Other powerful precautions relate to oral health. Left untreated, gum disease and sleep apnea have the potential to cause dire cardiovascular consequences. The good news is that treatments are available to decrease and often eradicate their threat.

Although blood pressure and cholesterol are considered major risk factors for heart disease, there is another culprit that should not be ignored: inflammation. While arterial inflammation may be the vascular response to harmful assaults such as infections or injuries, it can also arise when there is an imbalance in the gut microbiome or inflammation of the gums—also known as periodontal disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, gum disease affects 47 percent of adults aged 30 or older and 70 percent of adults by age 65. Bleeding gums are telltale signs of gingivitis, which can promote the growth of disease-causing bacteria and produce substantial, body-wide inflammation. A 2021 study published in Scientific Reports evaluated the effect that oral health problems had on all-cause, cardiovascular disease and respiratory mortality. Scientists followed almost 3,000 white and African American men and women aged 70 to 79, as well as just over 7,700 British men aged 40 to 59 for nine and 15 years, respectively. Researchers


eart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and, despite public opinion, it is just as deadly for women as it is for men. The illness was responsible for a staggering one in every four male deaths and one in every five female deaths in 2021, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And yet, it is preventable 90 percent of the time with the right lifestyle choices,

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reported that periodontal disease was associated with increased cardiovascular mortality in the American group, a finding that was consistent with a similar study of older people in Taiwan. The scientists also noted that tooth loss and cumulative oral health problems correlated with higher all-cause mortality and higher respiratory mortality, while dry mouth appeared to be related to only all-cause mortality.

Another study published in 2013 in the Journal of the American Heart Association followed more than 400 subjects over three years and found that greater gum inflammation and higher growth of pathological bacterial species in the gums were strongly associated with increased growth of arterial plaque. The researchers concluded that an improvement in periodontal status was associated with less progression in carotid atherosclerosis, thereby emphasizing the importance of gum care as a possible preventive health measure.

Preventing Gum Inflammation

In addition to a healthy diet, exercise and stress management, taking measures to improve dental hygiene will go a long way toward reducing the risk of heart disease. A dental hygienist can easily identify gingivitis and probe for deep gum pockets—an indication of periodontal disease—while a simple saliva test can determine the presence of disease-causing gum species. The following measures are recommended: • Brush teeth for two minutes twice daily, ideally with an electric toothbrush.

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A 2012 study published in Kardiologia Polska of people with diabetes and periodontal disease showed that gum inflammation was highly correlated with increasing arterial plaque, as well as increases in markers of inflammation and blood pressure levels, suggesting a significant connection between periodontal disease and an increased risk of atherosclerosis.

• Floss and use a Waterpik every day. • Visit the dental hygienist two to four times per year for a thorough cleaning. • Have the dentist measure gum-pocket depth to check for inflammation. • Especially for those with gum disease, have saliva tested for bad bacteria at least annually.

Sleep Apnea

Considered and treated as an oral health issue, sleep apnea increases the risk for heart disease. According to the American Medical Association, approximately 30 million Americans experience sleep apnea, but only 6 million are diagnosed with the condition where breathing and air flow repeatedly stops and starts. People that suffer from this ailment are more likely to experience abnormal heart rhythms, hypertension, heart at-

tacks, strokes and diabetes, the Mayo Clinic cautions. Sleep apnea gradually worsens over time. As the airway increasingly fails to deliver air to the lungs, oxygen levels drop, causing adverse impacts on the heart and brain. Three factors decrease airflow: weight gain, aging and, for some people, genetics. When a person puts on extra weight, their neck thickens, diminishing the airway, and as we age, tissues in the neck become softer and sag. The symptoms for sleep apnea include excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, noticeable stops in breathing at night, awakening with a dry mouth and morning headaches. These symptoms should prompt a discussion with a physician or dentist to schedule an overnight sleep test to confirm a diagnosis—either in a sleep laboratory or at home, depending on the degree of symptoms.

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The mainstay of treatment for those with sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device worn over the nose or mouth to maintain pressure in the airway, keeping it open during sleep. Alternatively, a dentist can fit a patient with a mandibular device to help open the airway. The implement looks like a mouthguard that pushes the jaw forward to make the airway larger and improve airflow at night. Another technique is to tape a patient’s mouth shut while sleeping to force breathing through the nose. Continuous nose breathing helps promote nitric oxide in the bloodstream, which induces the relaxation and dilation of blood vessels and airways. Duct tape or another household tape should not be used for this, as there are specially

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designed, hypoallergenic strips that are shaped to sit directly on the lips. Some have a small vent that allows for a little mouth breathing. In a small study published in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, mouth taping led to significantly less snoring and fewer instances of lapsed breathing in 30 patients with mild sleep apnea.After starting a chosen therapy, the overnight sleep test should be repeated to confirm that the airway is open and adequate oxygenation levels are being maintained. Additional tips to reduce sleep apnea include: • Lose weight. According to the Sleep Foundation, a loss of 5 to 10 percent of total weight improves obstructive sleep apnea by 38 percent, and weight loss of more than 10 percent results in a nearly 49 percent improvement. • Avoid alcohol and sleeping medications before bedtime, which suppress breathing and cause the airway to sag. • Change from back-sleeping to side-sleeping. More than 50 percent of people with sleep apnea find that their symptoms worsen when they sleep on their backs. Steven Masley is a physician, nutritionist, trained chef, clinical professor at the University of South Florida, chief medical director of KnoWEwell and creator of health programs for public television. He is the author of The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up. Connect at

Oral Health Affects the Heart by Martin Miron


e know what we eat affects all the systems of the body, but it may seem odd that the mouth itself has a disproportionate influence on the driving mechanism of the circulatory system. Maybe not if we follow the holistic philosophy that all parts of our system must operate in harmony to maintain optimal health. We polled some of the area’s leading dentists to gain their insight.

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Designer Smiles, says, “Oral health definitely has a role with the heart and the body. We aren’t trying to treat the whole body, per se, but we do what we can to help reduce sources of oral inflammation that will eventually interact with the heart and the body. There is growing evidence that chronic gingival inflammation can negatively impact the heart and body by raising stress, raising cortisol and raising acidity in the body, as well as creating an environment that will

select for the damaging bacteria rather than the helpful good bacteria. If gingival inflammation is left untreated, it can have a cascade of effects on the body that can take years to correct.”

Preeya Genz, DDS, at The Whole Tooth, advises, “The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, acting as a reflector of overall health status and a conduit of inflammation, pathogens and toxins within the body, particularly the heart. In my practice, we work hard to connect these dots, gathering relevant information in the form of diagnostic tests, imaging, clinical evaluations and lifestyle histories. I view the treatment of the mouth as a first-line defense against heart disease and continue to grow my knowledge base and toolkit to offer the best options available to my patients. I have been trained in the BaleDoneen methodology, and believe oral health is essential for maintaining heart health.

In periodontal or gum disease, leaky gums allow for bacterial pathogens that typically inhabit the mouth to spread to the rest of the body, including the heart. These bacteria can be found in the hearts of heart attack victims. In my practice, our patients undergo salivary testing to identify high risk pathogens that are responsible for gum disease and are connected to systemic disease. We treat bone loss and inflammation very seriously; it’s more than just brushing, flossing and getting your teeth cleaned every six months. An increase in blood pressure can result when oral bacteria that assist with nitric oxide production are killed by strong antiseptic mouthwashes and chronic mouth breathing. We can measure nitric oxide levels chairside, and educate patients on the appropriate oral care products to use for their conditions. Failing root canals, chronic tooth infections and unhealed surgical sites (sequestra or cavitations) can harbor pathogens that travel to the heart, as well. We use 3-D cone beam imaging to identify these lesions and get them treated. Any condition that creates February 2024


inflammation in the mouth will stress the heart and rest of the body. Left untreated, the consequences can be catastrophic.

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aim to reduce the risk of potential systemic effects, including those on heart health. Additionally, I may emphasize lifestyle factors that contribute to both oral and cardiovascular health, such as a balanced diet low in inflammatory foods including dairy, gluten and sugar, regular exercise, and stress management. Integrating these aspects into patient care aligns with the holistic approach, promoting overall well-being beyond just the oral cavity. Dallas Designer Smiles, 8222 Douglas Ave., Ste. 810, Dallas. 214-363-7777, DallasDesigner The Whole Tooth, 3914 S. Buckner Blvd., Dallas, 214-388-4453. Natural Focus Dental, 3535 Victory Group Way, Ste.100, Frisco. 469-252-0522, Natural

Yu Ting Wang, DDS, of Natural Jill Ombrello, DDS, AIOMT, Focus Dental, shares, “Growing up in a fam- AIABDM, of Central Dentist, says, ily that valued clean eating, herbal remedies and alternative practices, my commitment to holistic dental care is deeply ingrained. Drawing from my own childhood experiences with cavity care and orthodontics, at Natural Focus Dental, our approach extends beyond conventional dentistry. We prioritize identifying the root causes of dental conditions, seamlessly integrating preventive care with carefully selected dental materials. At Natural Focus Dental, we have witnessed compelling instances where enhancing oral health had a positive effect on cardiovascular well-being. Notably, addressing periodontal inflammation and infected teeth has, in some cases, coincided with improvements in blood pressure levels. This connection underscores the intricate interplay between oral and cardiovascular health. Moreover, our commitment to comprehensive dental care revealed more than cardiovascular benefits. During routine dental Seeker rests on Machu Picchu while viewing Huayna Picchu in Peru 22

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“In my patient care approach, I prioritize a comprehensive understanding of each individual’s health. This involves considering not only their oral health but also its potential impact on their overall well-being, including heart health. I may collaborate with other healthcare professionals to ensure a holistic approach to patient care. When disease and inflammation are eliminated and stabilized in the oral cavity, patients can have a blood test to measure their C Reactive Protein [CRP], which is a measure of heart inflammation. We have consistently seen a decrease in the CRP after periodontal therapy utilizing laser therapy and ozone as adjuncts. Preventive measures, such as regular dental check-ups, professional cleanings, and education on proper oral hygiene practices, are crucial components of my approach. By addressing oral health issues promptly, we

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Mindful Breathwork Managing Stress and Heart Health by Sheila Julson


he sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are key partners in regulating heart rate, stress levels and breathing. Stressors such as traffic jams, work deadlines, financial limitations and family conflicts can disrupt this synchronized partnership and lead not just to emotional anguish, but also to high blood pressure, inflammation and increased cardiovascular events. An inquiry into how breathing relates to the nervous system begins with the vagus nerve, the largest highway within the parasympathetic nervous system. The vagus nerve runs from the brain and through the body, down to the gastrointestinal system. “It is the most complex of the cranial nerves and regulates heart rate and the body’s stress response,” says Poonacha Machaiah, CEO of The Chopra Foundation. Machaiah suggests breathwork as an effective mind-body practice to balance the nervous system and instill calm. It can serve as a pillar, along with nourishment, movement, restful sleep and connection with community and nature, toward maintaining homeostasis in the body. “Breathing is free medicine,” he asserts. “It is your anchor, and every breathwork technique starts with observing your breath and connecting with yourself and your body.” Stress or anxiousness sends the sympathetic nervous system into overdrive, affirms Meena Malhotra, M.D., a functional medicine 24

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practitioner and founder of Chicago-based Heal n Cure integrative clinic. The goal of breathwork, a catchall term for a variety of breathing practices, is to balance the autonomic nervous system. Many breathing techniques involve holding the breath, which stimulates the vagus nerve. “Deep breathing is the best way to stretch and stimulate the vagus nerve,” Malhotra explains. “When the vagus nerve is stimulated, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated. Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system is calming, which helps bring the body into balance.” Just like how there are various types of yoga to achieve different goals, the same holds true for breathwork. “There’s something for everyone,” notes Sandy Abrams, the Los-Angeles-based founder of The C.E.Om and author of Breathe to Succeed: Increase Workplace Productivity, Creativity, and Clarity Through the Power of Mindfulness. “Breathwork is the love language of the nervous system. Being in a state of frequent, chronic stress—even low-grade— makes it difficult to enjoy any experience. Breathwork can calm, balance or boost the nervous system. Simply by breathing in ways that calm the nervous system, you can immediately shift from stressed to calm.” Abrams recommends simple breathing practices that don’t take a lot of time. “The nervous system can become more balanced and relaxed with even just one slow, light,

nourishing breath,” she remarks. For beginners, she suggests shifting from shallow, rapid chest breaths, which can induce stress, to deeper ones that activate the diaphragm. “It helps to place one hand on the belly and feel the expansion outward as you inhale for about six seconds, tracing the breath up to the chest and then slowly exhaling for six seconds.” The popular “four-seven-eight” method involves inhaling for a count of four, holding the breath for a count of seven and exhaling for a count of eight. “Four-seven-eight is a very effective stress reduction tool,” Malhotra says. “I suggest that everyone do it while stuck in traffic or while that hourglass cursor on the laptop is spinning. Instead of checking your email or fidgeting with your phone, do a breathing exercise.” Other techniques may employ longer or shorter counts, but Abrams notes that there is no need to obsess over counting—just go by feeling. “Relaxation comes with extended exhales that are about twice as long as the inhale,” she asserts. Abrams also uses the “bumblebee” technique, which increases nitric oxide to the nasal cavity. Simply inhale lightly and deeply through the nose and during the entire exhale, make a humming sound. The hum can be amplified by gently closing the ears. The kid-friendly “lion’s breath” helps release stagnant energy. “Close your eyes and inhale through your nose. During the exhale, open your eyes wide, stick out your tongue and shake your hands. Hiss like a fierce lion,” Abrams advises. “Adding movement feels good and makes everybody laugh; laughter is breath, too.” Parents can use the lion’s breath to calm rowdy children in the car or while shopping. It can also help children learn to control their emotions. Abrams notes that her breathwork techniques are for relaxation and balancing the nervous system; those with contraindications should consult a physician. Malho-

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tra adds that there are other ways besides breathwork to stimulate the vagus nerve, but some are not safe to do at home and should be done only under the guidance of a medical doctor. “These breath tools are free and accessible to anyone,” Abrams says. “They can be used in so many different ways, at different times. I encourage everyone to play around with their curiosity about these different breath tools.” Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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editation is good for our heart health. Many of us live in a chronic state of imbalance. A tense, ready-to-go. That is bad news for our heart. But there is a simple way to restore balance in our nervous system—meditation. The authors of the article “Effect of Meditation on Autonomic Function in Healthy Individuals,” published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, state, “Meditation is known to have a positive effect on cardiorespiratory health. One of the important effects of meditation is to relieve stress. Due to this, it has been used for many medical conditions. It mainly alters the autonomic function by decreasing sym-

pathetic tone and increasing parasympathetic tone. Better balance is seen between sympathetic and parasympathetic components… This balance may be responsible for nonsignificant change in resting blood pressure and heart rate.” To meditate to improve our heart health, we must make it part of our lifestyle. Here are two approaches to integrating meditation into our life. Approach number one: Invite mindfulness into our daily routine as often as you can. As an example, as we are drinking our decaffeinated coffee, slow our breathing down, inhale, exhale and shift gears from “thinking-and-doing” mode to “feeling”

The simple mindfulness exercise of shifting the gears from doing to feeling can be an entry point to experiencing the benefits of meditation. This mindfulness approach is available anytime. When we are stuck at a long red light, take a deep breath and feel the texture of the steering wheel. When standing at the end of a long line at the grocery store checkout, feel the texture of our socks and realize just how rich and sensuous each and every passing moment is. Approach number two: Make meditation part of our routine. As with exercise, we can experience the full benefit of meditation if we make it a regular habit. Many people use meditation apps to make it work for their busy lifestyle, and that’s great, and group meditation is also worth a try, where the authentic social connections can bring us into the ventral vagal state, which allows for a deeper sense of safety and relaxation. Jiyoon Lee is the director of the Dallas Meditation Center. For more information, visit

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Strengthen Heart Health with Mindfulness by Dorsey Standish


eart Health Awareness month is a great time to start or deepen a practice of mindfulness, the research-backed practice of bringing kind and curious attention to what is happening right now. Mindfulness, which includes awareness of breath, body and sensory inputs, can be thought of as a form of mental exercise that trains attention to rest with openness in the present moment. More than four decades of research into mindfulness meditation has shown that a regular practice can yield a number of benefits, including a reduction in stress and anxiety; decreases in symptoms of pain and depression; increases in quality of life and sleep; and growth in empathy and compassion. Plus, with its ability to moderately reduce blood pressure and increase heart rate variability, mindfulness may be an important part of a heart disease prevention routine. Even for heart attack survivors or those with pre-existing heart disease conditions, adding in a regular mindfulness practice can improve quality of life and support heart health long-term. Mindfulness meditation’s heart-healthy benefits are thought to relate to the ability of mindfulness practice to reduce stress through activation of the parasympathetic, or “restand-digest” wing of the autonomic nervous system. Mindfulness has also been shown to strengthen executive areas of the brain that help regulate anxiety and challenging emo-

tional deep breath can reduce stress levels by calming the “fight-or-flight” sympathetic nervous system and stimulating the “rest-anddigest” parasympathetic nervous system. The most effective form of deep breathing is called the “nervous system sigh”, where we take a double inhale through the nose and exhale fully out the mouth. Squeeze and Release: Decrease physical tension through intentionally squeezing and releasing muscles. First, tense all the muscles by scrunching up the face, bringing the shoulders up to the ears and tightening the arms, hands, feet, legs and core. Breathe in for five seconds as while squeezing. Hold the breath and the tension for five seconds, then, exhale for five seconds and slowly release all muscular tension. Try this a few times, emphasizing squeezing and releasing different areas each time. Help and Be Helped: Boost awareness of and compassion for others by thinking of a friend or family member that is struggling with something. Write this person a text message asking them how they are feeling and offer support and kindness. Then, check back in with our own experience and notice whether our own perspective has changed at all.

tions which, without regulation, can negatively impact heart health. Mindfulness is also linked to stronger relationships that in turn support heart health and longevity. In addition to directly supporting heart health, the increases in self-awareness from beginning a mindfulness practice may also encourage other heart-healthy behaviors such as balanced nutrition intake, mindful eating and regular physical movement.

We have the power to change our state of mind and grow our heart health and brain health by taking mindful moments. Dorsey Standish, MS, is a mechanical engineer, neuroscientist and wellness expert who brings evidence-based mindfulness and emotional intelligence to clients worldwide through her company Mastermind. For more information, visit See ad, page 32.

Just one mindful meditation can work in the moment to reduce stress and improve well-being, and even a few minutes of practice per day over time can make a difference. Starting small is the best way to instill a new habit, so here are three heart-healthy mindfulness practices to do in two minutes or less: Practice A Physiological Sigh: Just one intenFebruary 2024


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Holistic, Integrative and Functional Medicine Explained by Jennifer Engels


ntegrative medicine blends conventional Western practices with complementary therapies, addressing the whole person— mind, body and spirit. Practitioners collaborate across disciplines, combining treatments such as acupuncture and nutrition. Functional medicine tackles disease by examining genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Practitioners focus on identifying imbalances, offering personalized, patient-centered care instead of merely symptom management. Holistic medicine considers physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, recognizing their interconnectedness. Practitioners emphasize lifestyle changes, nutrition and stress management for overall well-being. These approaches share a focus on the complexity of health, addressing various factors to understand and treat the whole person, often through personalized, patient-centered care for long-term well-being. By addressing imbalances and dysfunctions before they manifest as overt symptoms or diseases, functional medicine can be proactive in promoting overall health and preventing future health issues. This preventive focus aligns with the idea of maintaining wellness rather than simply treating illness.

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Functional medicine can complement conventional medical treatments. It does not necessarily reject mainstream medicine, but integrates alternative and complementary


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a team-based approach to health care. This interdisciplinary collaboration can provide a more comprehensive understanding of complex health issues. While functional medicine may not be a standalone solution for every health concern, its principles and practices can complement conventional medicine and contribute to a more integrative and holistic approach to health care. It is essential for individuals to work with health care professionals to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan for their specific needs. Integrative, functional and holistic medicine approaches are often used to address a wide range of health conditions. While these approaches may not be exclusive treatments for specific diseases, they can complement conventional medical care and may be beneficial for various conditions. Conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune disorders and chronic inflammatory conditions may benefit from a holistic approach that addresses lifestyle factors, nutrition and underlying imbalances.

therapies alongside it. This collaboration can offer a more comprehensive and well-rounded approach to patient care. Functional medicine often involves educating and empowering patients to take an active role in their health. This can include lifestyle modifications, nutritional changes and other self-care practices, fostering a sense of responsibility and control over our well-being.

Functional medicine can be particularly useful in addressing conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and other gastrointestinal issues by considering dietary factors, food sensitivities, gut health and overall wellness. Functional medicine often addresses hormonal issues, including thyroid disorders, adrenal dysfunction and reproductive hormone imbalances in conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), perimenopause or menopause.

Functional medicine is particularly suited for managing chronic conditions. By addressing the underlying causes and focusing on long-term solutions, it can be effective in improving the quality of life. Practitioners of functional medicine may collaborate with experts from various disciplines, fostering

Integrative and holistic approaches may complement traditional treatments for mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress. Mind-body techniques, nutritional interventions and lifestyle modifications may be incorporated. Integrative medicine can play a role in metabolic health and weight

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While not a replacement for conventional neurology, holistic approaches may be used as complementary strategies for conditions like migraines, neuropathy and certain neurodegenerative disorders. Functional medicine may be applied to autoimmune conditions by addressing immune system dysregulation, inflammation, gut dysfunction and potential triggers contributing to autoimmune responses. Integrative, functional and holistic medicine approaches should be used in collaboration with conventional medical care. The effectiveness of these approaches can vary, and individual responses may differ. Healthcare decisions should always be made in consultation with qualified health care professionals, based on individual, specific health needs and circumstances. While integrative, functional, and holistic medicine approaches can offer benefits, it is important to be aware of potential risks and considerations. One challenge is the lack of standardized practices. The field is diverse, and practitioners may have varying backgrounds and training. It is crucial to choose health care providers with appropriate credentials and a solid understanding of evidence-based practices. Relying solely on alternative or complementary therapies without proper diagnosis and treatment of serious medical conditions can lead to delays in receiving necessary care. It is important to integrate these approaches into a comprehensive health care plan that includes conventional medical assessments and treatments. Jennifer Engels M.D. is founder of We Care Frisco Functional Medicine Clinic, located at 9555 Lebanon Rd, Ste 701, Frisco, TX. She is a certified Institute of Functional Medicine Practitioner.. For more information visit

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Heart Health and Homeopathy

be produced when the heart is not functioning at its fullest capacity. Homeopathic medicines are known to help the symptoms of heart issues including atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, bradycardia, fluttering, murmuring, hypertension (high blood pressure), angina, myocarditis and more.


Several homeopathic remedies that come up consistently for heart issues include those made from the hawthorn berry, certain cactus, certain fish, certain snake venoms and even gold and common salt, and many more. Each of these, when properly potentized homeopathically, are completely nontoxic and inherently safe.

The heart is of ultimate importance to the body and must be well taken care of. If currently taking any conventional medicine for a heart condition, do not do anything regarding this medication without first consulting the prescribing doctor.

Homeopathy is a complete system of nontoxic, holistic medicine that works on an energetic basis. It will not negatively interact with anything conventional. Homeopathic medicines are specially and specifically made from plant, animal and mineral substances, getting to the individual energies these each produce. These work not just for people, but for animals, plants and even soils.

by Cathy May Lemmon aving a strong and healthy heart is central to health. Homeopathy, an effective system of medicine that has remained virtually unchanged for more than 200 years, continues to offer help to promote heart health that has remained effective all this time.

In addition to activity and healthy eating, avoid GMO foods and artificial anything, including colorants, sweeteners and preservatives. When buying foods, the fewer the ingredients the better. If what is listed as an ingredient is unknown, it is likely best to avoid it. Eat well and eat less. Drink plenty of good, whole, preferably non-chlorinated and non-fluoridated water. Know that sedentary habits do not encourage the heart to remain

constantly strong. Get up and walk around, if even just a little bit, several times through the day. Homeopathic repertories and materia medicas are key consulting books for homeopaths, each of which are generally thousands of pages long. These have many pages devoted to heart/cardiac health and symptoms that can

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Homeopathic medicine is based on principles that are thousands of years old. Its medicines, properly made, are inherently safe for infants to the elderly and even for pregnant and nursing women. There are more than 5,000 homeopathic medicines available, none of which have ever been recalled, and each being able to help the body with many different symptoms. These are general rules, as homeopathy is no cookie-cutter approach. What works for one person may or may not work for another even though they both may complain about the same issue. But there are quite likely other issues going on that must also be taken into account to guide the homeopath to the remedies most appropriate for each individual. Cathy May Lemmon, Ph.D. Hom., LCPH, BA, is the owner of Healthy Healing Arts. For more information, call 469-383-8442 or visit

Naturopathic Medicine and Heart Health

Promoting cardiovascular well-being through naturopathic medicine involves a comprehensive approach that includes both dietary recommendations and herbal remedies. A crucial aspect of heart health is maintaining a diverse and colorful diet rich in vegetables and fruits. This approach ensures a wide range of essential nutrients and antioxidants that contribute to cardiovascular health. A whole food diet emphasizing vegetables, fruits, legumes and fiber-rich proteins is instrumental in managing healthy levels of heart-friendly fats while minimizing the intake of unhealthy fats.

by Dr. Sowmya Sridharan


n naturopathic medicine, the approach to heart health is rooted in a holistic perspective that prioritizes preventive measures through the careful integration of dietary practices, lifestyle adjustments and the targeted use of herbal remedies to enhance the overall well-being of individuals. Its guiding principle revolves around the belief that manifestations of health issues such as cardiovascular concerns are indicative of underlying imbalances within the body. For instance, when confronted with a condition like high blood pressure, the objective extends beyond merely alleviating the immediate symptoms, but instead delving into a comprehensive analysis to identify and address the root cause, recognizing that the body’s intricate systems are interconnected. By uncovering and mitigating the contributing factors, the body is empowered to naturally regulate and normalize blood pressure levels. Naturopathic medicine places a strong emphasis on deciphering the body’s unique language of signs and symptoms. Whether hypertension or facial swelling, these manifestations are viewed as vital communication channels through which the body conveys its distress. By interpreting these signals and implementing tailored interventions, balance is restored to promote enduring heart health, recognizing that true wellness extends beyond mere symptom management.

regular physical activity, fostering positive social connections and incorporating moments of laughter and relaxation. These interventions aim not only to alleviate immediate stress, but also to guide the body toward activating its inherent healing mechanisms, primarily through the parasympathetic nervous system. Tailoring these recommendations to each individual can empower patients to make sustainable changes that support their overall heart health and well-being.

Lifestyle factors play a pivotal role in naturopathic approaches to heart health. Identifying and mitigating contributors such as sedentary behavior and chronic stress are crucial steps toward achieving optimal cardiovascular well-being. Similar to the persistent impact of water on rock, constant stress can erode the body’s resilience. Elevated cortisol levels, indicative of chronic stress, are associated with heightened inflammatory markers that can detrimentally affect heart health. Personalized lifestyle recommendations are integral to the healing process. Addressing the lack of exercise and stressors involves a multifaceted approach such as breath exercises, incorporating meditation into daily routines,

In addition to dietary measures, naturopathic medicine incorporates various herbs known for their cardiovascular benefits. Examples include arjuna, cactus, digitalis, hawthorn, rauwolfia, bacopa and withania, among others. These herbs are carefully chosen based on their specific properties that support heart health and overall well-being. It is crucial to acknowledge the individuality of each person’s health needs. Adopting a personalized approach is paramount in naturopathic medicine. Recognizing the unique circumstances and backgrounds of patients is vital for tailoring recommendations to their specific requirements. One size does not fit all, and the effectiveness of health strategies depends on understanding and addressing the distinct needs of each individual. Implementing practical and realistic changes means recognizing that everyone progresses at their own pace and encouraging patients February 2024


to make gradual adjustments to their lifestyle. Sometimes introducing just one change at a time can be more manageable and sustainable. Over time, these small modifications can lead to significant improvements in cardiovascular health.

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Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Benefits for People and the Planet by Carrie Jackson


hile plant-based milks have been around for centuries, they have historically played second fiddle to other dairy alternatives, but not anymore. As people are becoming more conscious of the impact their food choices have on their health and the planet, plant-based milk has turned into a mainstay in most grocery stores. Touting sustainability benefits, a creamy texture and pleasing flavors, soy, oat, almond, cashew and even macadamia nut milks are having their moment. According to the Good Food Institute, 41 percent of American households purchased plant-based milk in 2022. Most major milk brands, such as Nestlé, are offering plant-based alternatives, while specialty companies like Elmhurst 1925 and Eden Foods are continually expanding their selection.

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“Plant-based dairy is now more than 15 percent of the milk industry,” says Elysabeth Alfano, co-founder and CEO of VegTech Invest, a firm that manages the first exchange-traded fund dedicated to plant-based companies. “This is driven by the quality of the products, including oat, almond, soy, pea and hemp milks as proven options. With 65 percent of people worldwide and more than 80 percent of African Americans and more than 90 percent of Asian Americans being lactose intolerant, plant-based milk is a great alternative.”

When selecting beverage options, many consumers also weigh a company’s ethical choices. Alfano predicts the beginning of the end of traditional factory farming, saying, “People are seeing how inefficient and harmful meat production is and are making the connection between saving the environment and their lifestyle choices.” Leah Hoxie, senior vice president of innovation at Oatly North America, observes, “People opt for nondairy milk for a variety of reasons that are usually personal and nuanced. These can include allergies, nutrition, ethical and environmental concerns, and, of course, taste. Oatly makes nondairy milk alternatives that have the same creamy taste, frothy feel and functionality as cow’s milk while also generally having a lower climate impact. We’re also seeing generational differences in milk preferences, with a recent Oatly flash poll finding that 54 percent of Gen Z and 49 percent of Millennials prefer plant-based milk to cow’s milk.” Like many other plant-based companies, Oatly has expressed a commitment to creating lasting environmental change. “With roughly one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions coming from the food system, and about half of those emissions coming from the livestock or the animal-based sector, the greatest impact we at Oatly can have as a company is to convert people from dairy milk to oat milk. Our research shows that Oatly Barista sold in the U.S. has a 46 percent lower climate impact than comparable cow’s milk, supporting our February 2024


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larger mission to make it easy for people to eat better and live healthier lives without recklessly taxing the planet’s resources in the process,” explains Hoxie. While plant-based milk alternatives may tout health benefits, the specific ingredients and processing methods play a role in their nutritional value. Just because something is plant-based doesn’t automatically make it healthier. “There are misconceptions that either nondairy milks are automatically less healthy than cow milk or that they are inherently more nutritious, but the truth is it depends on what’s in the milk,” says Taylor Wolfram, a registered dietitian who specializes in vegan nutrition. 34

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Plant-based dairy alternatives have differing nutritional advantages, and it is best for consumers to make their own comparison. “Soy and pea milk—the protein superstars of plant milks—contain some fat and, when fortified, are an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D,” Wolfram explains. “Hemp has a little less protein, and oat and almond milks are very low in protein. Hemp milk is rich in ALA [alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants]. Nondairy milks may or may not contain added sugars and fats or be fortified, so it is best to check the nutrition facts panel to see what levels of nutrients each specific product contains.” Ultimately, the best plant-based dairy may be the one we love to consume. “Enjoyment and taste are highly subjective experiences,” Wolfram says. “I encourage folks to try different options and find what they like.” Carrie Jackson is an Illinois-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Soak the dates in the nondairy milk for several hours or overnight so they are very soft. Create a paste by placing the dates, soaking liquid and 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder into a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, and processing until smooth. Remove ¾ cup of the date paste and place in the refrigerator to chill; this will be the frosting. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the remaining ingredients, including 2 teaspoons of vanilla powder, into the food processor with the remaining date paste, and process until smooth. Pour the batter into a 9-inch square silicone baking pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes (a shorter baking time will produce a moister blondie). Turn the oven off and allow the pan to cool in the oven. Once the blondies are completely cool, frost with the chilled frosting. Sprinkling the cookies with reduced-fat shredded coconut is optional. Chill and cut into bars. Chef ’s Notes: White sweet potatoes are also called Hannah or Jersey yams. Japanese or Murasaki sweet potatoes, which have a purple skin and white flesh, could be used as a substitute. Orange and purple sweet potatoes are not recommended for this recipe. Millet helps mitigate the gummy texture of oats. Recipe reprinted with permission from Unprocessed 10th Anniversary Edition, by Chef AJ, ©2022 by BPC.

NO-BAKE PUMPKIN DAIRY-FREE CHEESECAKE YIELD: 6 TO 8 SERVINGS 1 packet (sleeve) graham crackers, finely ground 4 Tbsp coconut oil, gently warmed 16 oz nondairy cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup powdered sugar ⅓ cup pumpkin puree 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice ½ tsp salt In the food processor, grind the graham crackers until they are as fine as possible. Add the coconut oil and pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to an 8-inch springform pan and firmly press into an even layer, bringing the mixture about 1 inch up the sides of the pan. Transfer to the fridge to chill while making the filling. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, or using a hand beater, mix the nondairy cream cheese, powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and salt until smooth and uniform. Pour into the prepared crust and smooth into an even layer. Transfer to the fridge and chill for 3 hours, or overnight. When ready to serve, remove the outer ring of the springform pan. Slice and enjoy. Recipe courtesy of Caroline Schiff, a James Beard-nominated executive pastry chef.

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Fit Body

Aerobic Exercises for Heart-Healthy Benefits Five Fun Activities to Try

by Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., MPH


he Aerobics Point System has determined that aerobic exercise was the best form of fitness to produce beneficial changes in the respiratory and circulatory systems, improving total health. The book, Aerobics Program for Total Well-Being, defines it as an endurance activity which takes place over a relatively long period of time and depends on establishing a balance between the intake and expenditure of oxygen. In other words, the exercise is being performed with the body in a steady state. Now millions of people have joined the fitness revolution. It only takes 30 minutes of exercise five days a week or 150 minutes of aerobics activity, collective or sustained, to experience a wealth of health benefits. Here are the top five exercises that provide the maximum aerobic benefits. Cross-Country Skiing: Where it snows, cross-country skiing is the top aerobic activity because more muscles are involved with each movement. In this activity, we must use our arms and legs to propel the body forward. The more muscles we utilize, the more aerobic benefits we gain. This activity typically takes place at high altitudes in cold weather, so the body uses more energy and muscles throughout the workout. Swimming: Aquatics are an effective activity to increase heart rate and burn calories, along with getting the body into an aerobic


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state. This exercise allows for a total conditioning effect because it uses major muscle groups throughout the body as we swim. Water provides a low-impact exercise environment, ideal for those that require a joint-friendly workout. Many swimmers find that they experience fewer injuries and pressure on their bones and joints due to the buoyancy of the water. Individuals can swim up to 10 miles per day and get in excess of 1,300 aerobic points per week without any great danger of pulling a muscle or harming a joint. Running or Jogging: It is important to establish the difference between running and jogging (slower than a nine-minute mile), but they are both excellent options for aerobic conditioning. Whether running at the gym or outside, we are in control of setting the intensity of our workout. When aiming to build muscle mass, we can add more

resistance or jog at an incline, along with increasing speed. We can also build more muscle and prolong our calorie expenditure after the workout. It is also beneficial to take long strides to work muscles through a long range of motion, which helps prevent strain and tightness. To relieve pressure on joints, try using an elliptical trainer instead. Outdoor Cycling: For those that suffer from joint problems, low-impact cycling can be an ideal activity, due to a reduced pressure on the joints and muscles. In outdoor cycling, we must overcome the resistance of the bike, along with propelling our body weight. Aim for a cycling speed slightly above 15 miles per hour to receive the most aerobic benefits. A cycling workout can be customized by including outdoor scenic rides to competitive mountain biking and even biking indoors on a recumbent bike. Walking: This is the oldest, most common and popular ways to get in shape while applying minimal stress to the joints. Whether young or old, active or inactive, walking can be done by almost anyone, anywhere, and requires no special equipment. Although it can take longer to reach the same aerobic benefits from walking as opposed to running, we can make the workout more challenging by increasing the incline on a treadmill or walking up more hills outside. With any of these top five aerobic activities, make sure that workouts are not too repetitive on the joints. It is beneficial for your body to incorporate different types of aerobic activities, so try to switch up routines to avoid overtraining certain muscle groups. As we integrate aerobic activity into our fitness routine, be sure to incorporate a warm-up, cool-down and musculoskeletal conditioning through weight training and/ or calisthenics. For more information, visit CooperAerobics. com/HealthTips, or call 972-233-4832.

Green Living

Lowering Our Battery Footprint A Look at Personal Strategies and Emerging Technologies by Kelcie Ottoes


mericans love their disposable batteries. Every year, they buy and discard about 3 billion of these smallsized power sources that keep cellphones, flashlights, toys and computer accessories running. Lithium-ion and alkaline batteries dominate the market due to their efficiency and versatility. While single-use batteries significantly tax the environment, advancements in production, lifespan and recycling can lead to a greener future. It isn’t easy to create batteries. For one thing, minerals must be extracted from the Earth. Lithium-rich brine is pumped into evaporation ponds, and after the water evaporates, the concentrated brine is processed to harvest the metal. This practice can lead to the contamination of local ecosystems and water basins, toxic emissions and respiratory issues for people living nearby.

fall below federal hazardous waste standards, conscientious citizens recycle them when that option is available, as they contain dangerous elements, including lead. Button cell batteries used in watches and garage door openers contain tiny amounts of mercury and should be recycled. Rechargeable batteries should be taken to a local recycling facility that specializes in batteries.

able market, as recycled materials can be put back into production chains at a lower cost.” A broad-ranging solution is a circular battery economy: a model of production and consumption that extends the life of a battery and its components as long as possible by sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling its materials.

“Sustainability is everything for battery manufacturers, despite what a lot of people think,” says Chris Groves, manager at Groves Batteries and the proprietor of TITAN Lithium. “Recycling is imperative to a sustain-

Fourteen percent of new cars sold in 2022 were electric, up from less than 5 percent in 2020. By 2030 there will be between 145 and 230 million electric vehicles (EV) on the road. The federal government requires

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While sending any item to a landfill is problematic, batteries are especially complicated because they are made with toxic elements such as cadmium, lead, nickel and electrolytes, as well as other chemicals, all of which can leach into the soil and water system. In addition, lithium can ignite and release chemicals into the air. According to Heal The Planet, Americans create 180,000 tons of hazardous waste from batteries annually, including 86,000 tons from alkaline batteries and 160 million cellphone batteries. Although alkaline batteries may legally be thrown out in the regular trash because they

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tal impact. A report from the International Energy Agency estimates that by 2040, recycled quantities of copper, lithium, nickel and cobalt from spent EV batteries could reduce supply requirements for these minerals by about 10 percent.

manufacturers to warranty that EV batteries will maintain at least 70 percent capacity for a minimum of eight years or 100,000 miles. Because EVs are relatively new, the average life expectancy of their batteries is not yet known. However, each time an EV battery is charged and discharged, it loses some capacity and eventually will need to be replaced. Recycling old EV batteries will help keep up with demand and reduce their environmen-

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Most retired EV batteries still have some storage and energy capabilities, even if they are not at their original power levels. Alternative uses for old batteries are being explored, including solar power storage, energy for streetlights or as backup generators in homes. One study in Nature Communications predicts that short-term power grid storage demand could be met by 2030 across most regions using old EV batteries.

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Solutions for more sustainable batteries are being explored. “New chemistries are focused on using non-rare earth materials like sodium or sulfur, which we have in abundance and are a lot less damaging than lithium mines to extract,” says Groves. Iron-air batteries are currently being developed as energy storage. They are ten times cheaper than lithium batteries and use iron, one of Earth’s most abundant resources. Lithium manganese iron phosphate batteries could be the only battery a car will ever need. They have a range of more than 600 miles on a single charge and a potential

2.4-million-mile lifetime. Solid-state batteries use lithium, but they generate more power and can take up to seven times more charges in their lifetime without the risk of explosion.

Tips for Battery Care and Recycling

Everyone can help make the most of their batteries with a few simple practices. Disposable Batteries: Turn off devices and remove the batteries when they are not in use. Store batteries so they are not in contact with each other in a place that is below 72°F, but above freezing. Do not toss them out at the expiration date; this is when power starts to decline, but the battery is still usable. To recycle, batteries may be taken to a participating home-improvement store. Find nearby drop-off locations at locator or Rechargeable Batteries: Do not leave rechargeable batteries plugged in all the time and do not allow them to drain their power to zero. Power down devices to avoid extra use. On cellphones, turn off the location mode and use the lower-power mode and dim-light settings. Kelcie Ottoes is a writer for sustainable businesses and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Thursday, February 1 The History, Art and Science of Herbaria – 6:30pm. Speaker: Tiana Rehman, Director of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Herbarium. In-person and Zoom. Free. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Rose Rm, Fort Worth. chapters/north-central.

Thursday, February 8 Digging In: Soils, Site and Bed Preparation – 6-7:30pm. We’ll simplify nitty gritty terms like soil texture, structure and pH while providing tips on how to amend your site conditions for happy, healthy plants. In-person & online. Fort Worth Botanic Gar-

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Tuesday, February 13 Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7pm. Tour Nature’s Beauty with Photographer Dale Edelbaum. All welcome. Zoom.

Saturday, February 17 Grow Native: Plants For Texas – 9-10:30am. Learn how to grow our favorite native wildflowers, trees, shrubs as well as perennials. Free. Online. Register: SaveDallasWater. com.

Tuesday, February 27 Sprinkler System Spruce Up – 6-7:30pm. Learn how minor do-it-yourself repairs and simple irrigation tips can make a major impact on the health of your landscape and your water bill. Free. Zoom.

Wednesday, February 28 Digging In: Soils, Site and Bed Preparation – 6-7:30pm. We’ll simplify nitty gritty terms like soil texture, structure and pH while providing tips on how to amend your site conditions for happy, healthy plants. Free. Zoom.

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

Sunday Meditation – 3:15-4:15pm. With Lynne Patterson. Class offers many meditation techniques and styles, with a focus on mindfulness and open awareness. $10. Yoga Mart, 2201 Tucker St, Ste 101, Dallas. 214-2382433.

Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:30am. Participate in meditation, chanting and readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification; 10-11:30am, Service. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. Gentle Waves – 9:15-10:15am. A healing meditative practice that moves very slow and intentional. Gaia Flow Yoga, 3000 Blackburn St, Ste 140B, Dallas. Register: GaiaFlowYoga. com.

Wednesdays Hot Yoga 201 on Zoom – 6:15pm. Open to all levels. This flowing-style class links the fundamental asanas (poses) of yoga linking body, mind and breath with music. Yoga4Love Studio Cabin, Ovilla. Online: Awakening Heart Meditation – 5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972432-7871.


Celebration Service Live – 11am. Meditation, music and lessons on YouTube live: Unity on Greenville Dallas, TX or Love offering. Unity on Greenville, 3425 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-826-5683. Dallas Shambhala Meditation Center Weekly Meditation – 11am-1:15pm. Each Sunday, we offer a free meditation, tea and dharma talk session in-person and via Zoom. All welcome. Free. Dallas Shambhala Meditation Center, 2695 Villa Creek Dr, Ste B146, Farmers Branch. Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club – 2:30pm. 4th Sun (Jan-Sept). Each meeting includes a special speaker presentation covering many topics of interest to local gardeners. Free. North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas. 214-363-5316. gdogc. org.

adults in their 20s and 30s. Each evening will include a beginner-friendly walking and sitting meditation, Dharma teachings and refreshments afterwards. Donation. Dallas Meditation Center, 810 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 98, Richardson. 972-432-7871. DallasMedita

Online: Zen to Go – 12-12:45pm. Mon-Thurs. An oasis in the middle of the day offering walking and sitting meditation followed by brief sharing. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 810 We Arapaho Rd, Ste 98, Richardson. 972-432-7871. Meditation Mondays via Zoom – 7-8pm. Meditation Mondays focuses on the practice and the experience of various forms of meditation. Free. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106.

Tuesdays Online: Ananda Yoga Sadhana Practice – 5:15-7:30pm. Also Thurs. Time to recalibrate and center through this transformational practice based on the yoga teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

Online: Meditation for Everyone – 7-8:30pm. Classes are great for beginners that want to learn to meditate and great for more experienced meditators that want to expand their meditation. Must register: Online: Metaphysics and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Manifestation and mysticism: 2 sides of the spiritual coin. Let us practice together, while diving more deeply into universal principles and spiritual living. Open to all. Free. A Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 115, Dallas. 972-8669988.

Thursdays ImpactNights – More info: Online: Celebrate Recovery – 6:30pm. A safe community to find support, hope and freedom from the struggles and realities that we all face through transitions, hurt, pain, loss or addiction of any kind. Free. First United Methodist Church, 777 N Walnut Creek Dr, Mansfield. FirstMethodistMans

YES: A Young Adults Meditation Fellowship – 7-9pm. A meditation series for young

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

Guided Bird Walk – 7:30-10:30am. Birders of all levels welcome. Free. Details:

Thrive Nature Walk – 9-11:30am. A guided walk to connect with nature and the outdoors. All ages. Thrive Nature Park, 1951 S Valley Pkwy, Lewisville. Registration required:

Zip Line Day – 1-4pm. Guests climb a 23ft tree to our zip platform then proceed to a 487-ft Zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-registration required. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-5625566.

Saturday, February 10 Saturdays Morning Bird Walk – 7:30-8:15pm. 3rd Sat. Join Trinity River Audubon Center for a monthly bird walk and enjoy the grounds and our amazing feathered friends. $10. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. Registration required:

Early Bird Walk – 8am. With Master Naturalist Jack Chiles. Weather permitting. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. Register: Friends 2024 Annual Work Plan for The Refuge – 10am. With Paul Balkenbush, Deputy Refuge Manager. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903786-2826. Guided Trails – 10am-12pm. Experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Heard Sanctuary. Led by our trained guides, spend 45-60 mins hiking our unique landscape. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

Sunday, February 11 Coppell Farmers Market – 8am-12pm. Yearround market. 768 W Main St, Coppell. Morning Tai Chi – 8:30am. Join Tai Chi Chuan instructor George Deerfield for this interactive class in developing strength, balance, improved breathing. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. Second Saturday Guided Hike – 8:309:30am. Learn about our surrounding habitat while you enjoy a hike. All ages. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. Registration required: Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Baby Classes – 6-7pm. Classes are held virtually online lead by our top AID instructors utilizing state of the art visual aids and activities to keep it fun and engaging while presenting the latest evidenced based material on each topic. $35/class. Childbirth-Classes. com.

Meet the Meadow Introductory Trail Walk – 3-4pm. An introductory trail walk which is appropriate for families and those new to The Meadow. Led by Texas Master Naturalists and Meadow Volunteers. Free. Details:

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Friday, February 23 Collin County Home & Garden Show – Feb 23-25. Collin County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions on gardening and landscaping. Credit Union of Texas Event Center, 200 E Stacy Rd, Ste 1350 Allen.

Saturday, February 24 Tomato Workshop – 9am-12pm. Learn from a local expert about the entire tomato cultivation process. This comprehensive workshop will cover everything from preparing your soil and growing tomatoes from seeds, to tackling common diseases and pests. $15 in-person; $10 virtual. The Landing at Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 CR 166, McKinney.

Saturday, February 17 Forest Bathing – 9:30am-12pm. An immersive time spent connecting with nature in our wildlife sanctuary. Includes guided activities done while walking, standing and/ or sitting along our trails. $25. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. Heard

Moonwalk Night Hike – 6pm. Explore the thrilling sights, smells and sounds of night with Heard Trail Guides. $12/member, $14/ nonmember. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

Thursday, February 29

A Chance to Hike – 10am-12pm. Free guided nature walk for members of the Special Needs community will take place along the wide and level crushed-granite surface of the Cottonwood trail. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-2193550 or


Zip Line Day – 1-4pm. See Feb 3 listing. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-5625566.

Tour: Republic Services Recycling Center – 10:30-11:30am. Find out about how the City of Plano’s recycling partner, Republic Services, processes your recyclables for the recycling market. See the facility in action. Learn why it is important to reduce, reuse and recycle correctly. Republic Services, 4200 14th St, Plano. Register:

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Daily Grapevine Farmers Market – 9am-6pm, Sun; 8am-8pm, Mon-Sat. Eat healthy with locally-grown produce and products. 520 S Main St, Ste 203, Grapevine. 817-527-7446. Star Coyote Events – Monthly events include gong, Tibetan bowl and crystal bowl sound journeys, shamanic journey with a drum dance, kid’s energy and creativity events, and a Wed morning class series. Please see the calendar at StarCoyoteSoundTemple. com for the exact dates and times as they change each month or call 469-344-6484.

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

cational tour including how and what cows are fed, the benefits of grass-crop based feed (silage), the milking parlor, bottle feeding baby calves along with the learning the benefits of drinking raw milk vs pasteurized milk. Everyone gets samples of milk. $7/person age 2 & up. Circle N Dairy, 2074 County Road 446, Gainesville. 940-372-0343. Circle

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

Wednesdays Anu Kri Healing Service – 7-9pm. With Dr. Tricia and Dr. Rusty. Anu (God) Kri (Energy) is a new healing method for the evolution of humanity. Each week we will work with people from the audience. The healing service includes a time for everyone present to participate in healing as we address healing requests people have submitted online and in-person. Free. Entelechea Center, 1201 International Pkwy, Ste 200, Richardson. 972792-9900.

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

locations along LLELA’s nature trails. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or

2nd Saturday Bird Walk – Sept-June. 8-9:30am. Helps beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. Included in general admission; free/Heard Museum members. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. 1st Saturday Nature Walks – 10am-12pm. Monthly naturalist-led nature walk. Each season at LLELA is different, and we never know what we’ll find. All ages. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or

Meditation Practice – 6-6:30pm. With Dr. Tricia and Dr. Rusty. Meditation is a great way to bring more peace into your life, learn to quiet your mind and be more present. Free. Entelechea Center, 1201 International Pkwy, Ste 200, Richardson. 972-792-9900. Mystic Mandala Meditations – 6:307:30pm. Guided by Vijay Moksha. A non-denominational mindfulness practice to evolve consciousness; to go beyond the mind using the mind itself.

Fridays The Joy of Daleth Breathwork – 7-9pm. 3rd Fri. With Dr. Tricia and Dr. Rusty. Access more energy, awaken your potential, resolve stress and anxiety, deepen spiritual awareness, gain clarity of purpose and reconnect to your Divine self. $20. Entelechea Center, 1201 International Pkwy, Ste 200, Richardson. 972-792-9900.

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center First Saturdays – 10am-2pm. Meet raptors up-close. Take guided prairie hikes. Kids activities. Bring a picnic lunch. Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, 1625 Brockdale Park Rd, Lucas. Erich Neupert: 972-442-7607. BPRaptorCenter. org.


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

The Little Sit – 6am. 1st Sat. If you want to learn how to identify the birds of North Texas, the Little Sit is the perfect way to start. A group of dedicated birders meet once a month at the end of Pad H on the West side of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. Friends 2nd Saturday Bird Walk – 7:30-11:30am. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to join an expert birder as we explore prime birding

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Dr. Rusty, PhD, ND, LPC-S 1201 International Parkway. Ste 200, Richardson 972-792-9900 Dr. Barrier integrates mindbody-spirit into his psychotherapy practice. He specializes in Daleth Transformational Breathwork, Energy Healing techniques, and Hypnotherapy to assist clients in releasing old patterns and creating a better life. Dr. Barrier has been a licensed psychotherapist for 30+ years.



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


Dr. Cecilia Yu, DC, BSN. NUCCA Technique 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 170, Dallas, 75254 Dr. Yu provides precise upper cervical chiropractic care for pain relief specializing in TMJ management, migraine headaches, vertigo, neck & back pain. With calculations tailored to each individual misalignment, Dr. Yu never guesses on your health. See ad on page 12.


1033 E 15th St, Plano, 75074 214-892-2273 Cereset can help your brain reset itself, restoring your brain’s rhythm naturally, enabling it to manage stress more effectively. Cereset sessions jump start the process of re-balancing your brain, and can help issues leading to trouble sleeping, restlessness and anxiety, inability to focus or lack of joy. Periodic “tune-ups” provide ongoing support, ensuring long-term brain balance. See ad on page 11.

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

THE HOCKADAY SCHOOL 11600 Welch Road, Dallas 214- 363-6311

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


Whole-body wellness center providing chiropractic care, spinal decompression, allergy testing, NAET, IMAET, detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, wellness programs and more. All-natural healing, no medication, no surgery. See ad, page 14.




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


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

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

Serving Dallas since 1951, NHG has grown into one of the most respected horticultural Start establishments Your Victory Garden in North Texas by serving our cusfor a Lifetime of Health tomers with quality & andWellness value. Offering gardening and plant education, concierge services, DIY classes, video library, gifts and more.

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Dr. Philip Kozlow Dr. Josh Rowell 5050 Quorum Dr, Suite 300, Dallas 972-458-2464 We strive to provide healthy, green alternatives for our dental patients by providing digital X-rays, mercury safe restorative options and chemical free dental hygiene products. Committed to total body wellness while avoiding the use of toxic materials, and continuing education to ensure treatments are up to date and effective in a kind and caring environment. See ad, page 32.

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We have a network of cancer treatment centers through7700 Northaven Rd. Dallas, TX 75230 214-363-5316 out Dallas-Fort Worth, offering full range cancer-related and integrative medical services. Whether you want to learn about types of cancer, screenings, prevention, healthy living or support, Baylor is here for you. We offer the experience, expertise and technology you can trust.

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13 Locations in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex 888-286-4603 With 13 Urgent Care Centers, PrimaCare serves the medical needs of area families with courtesy, convenience and compassion. Open 7 days a week with extended hours. No appointment necessary. Most insurance accepted. Use our Call Ahead Service and wait where your want. Open: Monday– Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday–Sunday 8am–5pm.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY FLOURISH DENTAL BOUTIQUE Dr. Toni Engram 415 State St #800, Richardson 75082 469-676-2777

At Flourish Dental Boutique, we believe the best dentistry is often the least dentistry. We help your body thrive on its own with therapies that enrich and empower its natural healing processes. As a holistic and biological dental practice, we choose safe materials and treatment protocols with special attention to your nutrition and overall wellness. See ad, page 9.


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


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


Bone health revolution for detection of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Echolight bone ultrasound measures bone density – using Radiation-free technology. Non-invasive, affordable bone scanning to measure bone density, strength and potential risk for bone conditions. Three locations across the Metroplex. Call now for appointment. See ad on page 4.


1320 W. Walnut Hill Ln, Irving 18601 LBJ #501, Mesquite 972-444-0660 Trained in Asia, graduated from a Korean University, Dr. Chapa holds a Naturopathic Doctorate Degree and a PhD in Eastern Medicine specializing in Neurological issues. A former medic/nurse since 1995, this unique training has given confidence from many Physicians to refer their patients. Dr. Chapa is founder and medical director of AIMC established in 2009.


Dr. Margaret Christensen M.D. Meadow Center, 10260 N Central Expy #210, Dallas 469-729-6460 Dr. Christensen founded Carpathia Collaborative, a unique multi-specialty clinic offering personalized care for optimal health. Carpathia Clinic has the most IFMCP-certified Functional Medicine practitioners in the country, collaborating to address chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, cancer support, mood disorders, and more. Services include detox foot soak, IV vitamin therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and BEMER pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.


Dr. Elizabeth Seymour, MD 399 Melrose Dr., Suite A, Richardson 214-368-4132 EHCD.COM A nationally recognized medical facility specializing in the relationship of health and disease to environmental factors. Thorough investigation is made to determine the cause and correlation of the patent’s disease process to environmental factors. A leader in the field treating mold exposure/sensitivity; oil spill, pesticides and chemical exposure; chemical sensitivities, immune dysregulation and much more.


John D. Gonzalez DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, ANP-C 469-312-0355 As a Texas based telemedicine practice, we work to identify and treat the root cause of chronic illness. Services and conditions we treat include HIV Prep prescription, Nutrition Counseling, Integrative Health Coach sessions, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, obesity, autoimmune, hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal issues, and brain health.

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JOHNSON MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Dr. Alfred R. Johnson, D.O. 997 Hampshire Lane, Richardson 972-479-0400


Johnson Medical Associates is a state-of-the-art medical clinic offering comprehensive medical services aimed at finding the cause not just treating the symptoms. Dr. Johnson is a doctor of internal medicine with 35+ years of experience in areas of chronic illness, toxic exposures, allergies and the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to address a multitude of conditions. See ad, page 20.



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


Dr. Jennifer Engels M.D. 9555 Lebanon Rd Ste 701, Frisco 972-668-2636 Dr. Engels founded We Care Frisco, Functional Medicine Clinic, to help patients improve hormonal balance, lose weight, and replenish nutrients through personalized treatment plans including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, medically supervised weight-loss programs, and peptide therapy. With a whole-person approach, addressing various disorders & improving patients' quality of life through diet and lifestyle recommendations and hormone therapy.See ad, page 23.


Dr. Phyllis Gee, MD 4601 Old Shepard Pl, Bldg. 2, Ste. 201, Plano 469-361-4000 With 30 years of practice, empowerment and whole health are centerpieces of our care. Our goal is finding and treating the root cause of your symptoms to restore your health utilizing regenerative medical practices. We address functional wellness, sexual wellness, weight management. We do functional health testing. Call for appointment. See ad on page 11.


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Suzanne Miller, LMT, CYT, APP 670 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 12a, Richardson 972-768-2210 Thai Massage is a unique combination of stretching, acupressure, massage and energy work. Benefits include: reduced muscle tension, improved flexibility, increased circulation and relaxation. With 23 years' experience, Suzanne welcomes the opportunity to be a part of your health journey.

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

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

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


Dr. Tricia Seymour, PhD, EdD, ND, LPC-S 1201 International Parkway, Ste 200, Richardson 972-792-9900 Dr. Seymour integrates mindbody-spirit into her holistic psychotherapy practice. She utilizes rapid psychotherapy methods such as EFT, ETT, Hypnotherapy, and EMDR to assist clients in releasing old patterns and creating a better life. Dr. Seymour has been a licensed psychotherapist for 30+ years.

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CONCORD DALLAS CHURCH 6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas 214-331-8522

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

UNITY CHURCH OF SACHSE 5502 Ben Davis, Sachse 972-984-8946 We teach positive psychology based on Spiritual teachings of Jesus. Services are held Sundays at 11:30am. Join us as we share truths and principles to help along your spiritual journey. Each week’s message and all events are posted on our website for your convenience. Spiritual counseling and positive prayer available.


All symptoms have an origin story and we get to the root of yours. Using radiation-free technology we can identify your symptom’s origin story and exactly what needs to change internally and how it will remedy your symptoms. We then recommend medical grade natural products to help you heal the root cause easily and organically. See ad on page 5.

WELLNESS CENTERS ROCKWALL COMPLETE HEALING & WELLNESS 2455 Ridge Road, Suite 151, Rockwall 972-771-8900

“Our goal is to offer our community high-quality wellness services in an exceptionally comfortable and healing environment. We know that time-honored healing traditions-Massage, Young Living Raindrop Therapy, Chiropractic, iV therapy, Juicing and Colonics work. RCW offers all of these things, come visit us and begin your journey to optimum wellness. See ad, page 29.

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

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

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