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or me, January is like the early-morning sunshine after an evening of replenishing rain. Things are crisp, clean and clear, and all feels well. Just like I’m excited to get out into the fresh air and nature’s abundant and loving embrace, the new year beckons me with the promise of exciting opportunities to see, feel and experience things anew; to create and launch good work that helps others; to take more responsibility for how I interact with this finite environment in which we all exist; to take consistent, tiny steps that will help make the world a better place for everyone; and to show God’s love to more people every day, in every way I can. My excitement lies not only in the knowledge that I’ll have these opportunities, but also in the anticipation of how they will unfold. I get a sense of inner joy knowing that I have an important role to play in making this world go ‘round, and that I’ll be rewarded for it, too—not just through my own growth, but by the realization that I made a difference in others’ lives. It’s interesting to think about how we celebrate New Year’s. All the goals, intentions and prognostications seem to be our way of trying to gain some control over the inevitable march of time. While surveys report wildly different results for the percentage of people who make New Year’s resolutions—the number ranges from 30 to 80 percent—what is consistent from year to year and among all surveys are the most common resolutions that people make. The top five have to do with health and wellness, including financial wellness. They are 1) diet and/or lose weight; 2) get in shape; 3) save money; 4) take better care of oneself; and 5) live life to the fullest. Also consistent is that about 80 percent of such resolutions fail. I can vouch for that: my own New Year’s resolutions have landed somewhere in that 80 percent failure range, yet I continue to be an enthusiastic fan of this tradition. I’ve learned that it works best for me when I set process-oriented intentions, such as, “Get in shape by lifting weights at least x times per week, Stop eating refined sugar and use stevia instead,” or, “Evaluate nonessential purchases in terms of need versus want.” This allows me to see progress, stay excited about my goals and chalk up more wins. It is music to my ears and soul that most of the top New Year’s resolutions fall within the mission of Natural Awakenings magazine. That helps explain why we’ve seen steady growth in our readership over our 11 years of publishing—especially last year, when we saw a 40 percent increase in our digital readership (Thank-you, all). So, not to disappoint, we hope this month’s feature story on the latest trends in health and wellness will be thoughtprovoking and helpful as you set your goals and intentions for 2022. We also bring you the latest in fitness tools, the cannabis industry and pet nutrition. We explore that last subject further with one of our two local roundups, where we talk trends with North Texas manufacturers and retailers of healthy, holistic pet products. They all agree that our pets’ diets are growing undeniably similar to our own, with an emphasis on whole, natural foods. Our other local roundup is with a couple of North Texas’ most knowledgeable and influential folks as it relates to electric vehicles. One of them is Sam Pack, founder and owner one of the largest auto dealerships in Texas, who shared his enthusiasm and insights about electrification in the automobile industry. He says that it’s here to stay, it’s moving at an exponential rate, driven by technology, and it will significantly change how the industry looks. No matter what your resolutions and intentions for 2022, we hope that you will find insights and encouragement in Natural Awakenings this month and every month of the year. Our intention is to be of greater service to our North Texas community by bringing you more timely, insightful and cutting-edge information that will help you along your journey of living a healthy life on a healthier planet. Blessings until next month.


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10 Top Wellness Trends for 2022



Healthy Coffee Alternatives and Hacks


Emerging Trends with a COVID-19 Caveat



Current Trends in Wellness Tools


Moving Toward an All-EV Future this Year





What Dogs and Cats Will Eat This Year

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January 2022


news briefs

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The fifth annual Realizing the Dream Healthy Living Expo will take place January 17 at the African American Museum, in Dallas. The emphasis is on financial literacy, natural beauty, veterans, mental health and restoring our communities. Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream, and he wanted a better world. In order to live in that better world, we must be healthy mentally, physically, spiritually, financially, socially and holistically. The Expo has vendors, speakers and programming geared toward building stronger families and communities. In addition to entertainment, community activists, educators and advisors, there will be screenings, college representatives, insurance and financial planning advisors, voter registration, education booths and more to assist attendees to better their lives. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Location: 3536 Grand Ave., Dallas. For more information, call 214-941-0110.

usie Marshall, of GROW North Texas, will present a webinar from 9:30 to 11 a.m., January 30, Get Started Farming in North Texas, specifically designed for prospective farmers or those currently farming that could use additional education and support. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) definition of a farmer is anyone with the potential to make at least $1,000 from growing and selling agricultural products. The average DFW metroplex household spends $8,240 a year, but less than 1 percent of that goes to local farms. The opportunity to capture some of that annual food spending is there, but preparation is essential. The NTX Farm Success project helps local farmers establish a firm foundation. The webinar, supported by a grant from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, will address the pros and cons of farming, discuss solutions, go through many aspects of a farm operation, including the skill and knowledge needed, and provide additional resources for success. For more information, call 214-702-6655 or visit

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ort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will be held from January 14 trough February 5, at Dickies Arena (1911 Montgomery Street) featuring livestock and horse shows, a carnival midway, shopping, music and food at the Will Rogers Memorial Center (3401 West Lancaster Avenue). The show also includes an Auditorium Concert Series featuring classic rock band Kansas, country music star Clint Black, alternative country and Dallas favorite Old 97s, comedian Jeff Foxworthy, the Fort Worth Symphony and Academy and Grammy award-winning artist Ryan Bingham. More than a million guests are expected to see the 30,000 animals and a top-five professional rodeo tournament with more than $1 million in prize money, including 12,000 youth from across Texas. This is the oldest and largest public event in Fort Worth and one of the richest rodeos in the nation. Cancelled in 2021, the show returns with the theme of “Rise and Shine.” General admission (does not include rodeo) is $12 for adults , $6 for ages 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Reserved rodeo seating begins at $30, free for children under 2. For more information, call 817-877-2400 or visit


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New Approach to Obesity and Diabetes


unctional Health Network is holding Transformations-360 webinars that not only address obesity and Type 2 diabetes, but also address the underlying functional and nutritional imbalances that are the root cause of many symptoms and health conditions. As part of the Transformations-360 program, more than 1,500 food, environmental and cosmetic intolerances are pinpointed that can have a cascading effect on health and wellness. Transformations-360 is a unique program that normalizes key health markers as people eat real food without the need for meal replacements such as shakes and bars. Most importantly, participants have no hunger, cravings or low energy while on the program, and once goals are achieved, long-term success can be maintained, because it becomes a lifestyle change versus a diet that starts and stops. Due to COVID-19, it is crucial to address obesity and Type 2 diabetes. These conditions are not only why people have serious complications from a COVID infection but are the main inducers and promoters of many diseases, including Alzheimer’s, sometimes referred to as diabetes Type 3. For the first time, a program that in the past has only been available via specially trained healthcare practitioners is now accessible to the public virtually. To see the webinar, go to Learn.Transformations360/com/instant. To access more presentations on relevant health topics, visit



ichael Fletcher, a veteran media executive at equestrian network Ride TV, has joined EarthX as co-CEO with Lynn McBee to lead the environmental organization’s push into television and streaming. Fletcher will focus on expanding the EarthXTV network and video-on-demand platform, which Michael Fletcher features environmentally themed programming. Before founding Ride TV, Fletcher was president of Firestone Communications and launched the Spanish-language children’s cable TV network Sorpresa and founded Televideo, the largest video production company serving the Tejano music industry in the U.S. Fletcher says, “EarthXTV aims to serve our global community with programming that entertains, enlightens and inspires each of us to be an active part in the care of our planet.” For more information, visit

The Wheels of Progress are Turning


n Fort Worth, home to more than 100 miles of trails along the beautiful Trinity River and its tributaries, waterwheels are making a positive impact on the sustainable and environmentally friendly community. Everyone wants access to clean water and the ability to enjoy recreational activities without coming into contact with trash or stormwater pollution, and water-

wheels are a simple solution to cleaner waterways, removing tons of trash pollution in a short period of time. One waterwheel can remove more than 50,000 pounds of solid waste per day— about the size of two-and-a-half garbage trucks—or filling an 18-cubic-yard dumpster in less than two hours. Partners in this initiative are the Trinity River Water District, Streams & Valleys, Inc. and Keep Fort Worth Beautiful. Two potential sites have been selected on the Trinity River: the Purcey Street Outfall and the Henderson Street Bridge. The waterwheel and an attached conveyer belt is mounted on a floating platform where containment booms funnel floating trash and debris to a conveyer. The wheel, powered by energy from the river current and solar-powered pumps, causes the conveyer to lift trash and deposit it into a detachable dumpster that is then hauled by a service vessel to a transfer point for disposal. The entire structure is covered to protect the equipment and prevent trash from being blown by the wind. It also houses the photovoltaic (solar) panels. The entire assembly measures approximately 52 feet long and 24 feet wide, with a 14-foot-diameter, three-foot-wide wheel. Water wheels not only collect trash and litter from rivers and streams, they improve the aesthetics and the usability of waterways, improve the aquatic ecosystems for fish and wildlife, use sustainable solar power, provide an opportunities to educate the public about the problem of pollution, inspire people to become a part of the solution to end litter, provide drinking water for Fort Worth and client cities, support efforts for economic development, contribute to positive community appeal, appearance and overall quality of life for recreation. For more information and to donate to acquisition of the Water Wheels, email January 2022


health briefs

People with chronic heart failure often struggle with fatigue, making simple daily tasks difficult, but a new Iranian study suggests that lavender and valerian may help counter this symptom. Researchers divided 120 patients with heart failure into three groups that were given either a 530-milligram valerian root capsule, lavender aromatherapy or routine care. In a two-week period, people taking either of the herbal therapies reported significantly less fatigue than the control group.


Use UV Rays and HEPA Filters to Kill COVID-19 Virus

Ultraviolet (UV) light in various forms has been used widely in the last century to disinfect water, air and surfaces, but its use in public spaces is increasingly common since the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, University of Colorado researchers report finding the sweet spot in the UV spectrum that is both extremely effective at killing the virus and also safer for human exposure, allowing airports and entertainment venues to disinfect even when people are 12

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present. The researchers found that while the virus was quite susceptible to UV light in general, a specific wavelength of far-ultraviolet C at 222 nanometers was particularly effective, while remaining safe for human skin and eyes. The highest disinfection rate was from krypton chloride (KrCl) excimers, a low-pressure, mercury-vapor lamp. “Of almost every pathogen we have ever studied, this virus is one of the easiest, by far, to kill with UV light,” says senior author Karl Linden, professor of environmental engineering. Also, researchers at the United Kingdom’s Addenbrooke Hospital, in Cambridge, studied the use of portable high-energy particulate air (HEPA) filters in crowded COVID-19 wards. They found that the relatively inexpensive machines effectively removed COVID-19 particles from the air—the first such evidence in a real-world setting. Researchers noted the HEPA filters also removed detectable amounts of other pathogens that cause infections in hospitals, such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Streptococcus pyogenes—a surprising finding because these pathogens are not typically considered to be airborne. image

A natural compound called fenchol, found in basil and other plants, may help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by preventing toxic proteins from accumulating in the brain, report researchers from the University of South Florida. In a new study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, researchers reported that a sensing mechanism called the FFAR2 receptor on short-chain fatty acids in the gut microbiome reduces neurotoxicity in a brain with Alzheimer’s. After screening more than 144,000 natural compounds to find those that activate that receptor, they discovered that the fenchol in basil bound to it the best. Fenchol was also found to clear harmful amyloid protein from the brain much faster than other compounds and to prevent the formation of half-dead, inflammatory “zombie cells” found in deteriorating brains. Future research will focus on on whether fenchol is best delivered through basil itself, a nasal application spray or a pill.

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adults from multiple ethnic groups and compared their diets to their levels of liver fat, which is linked to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. They found those that ate more red meat and saturated fat, and drank more coffee had higher levels of liver fat, while those that ate more fiber and produce containing vitamins C and E had lower levels of liver fat.


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Allergic rhinitis—the sneezing, runny nose and red eyes commonly called hay fever— affects one in 12 American adults and 10 to 30 percent of people worldwide. The usual treatment of antihistamines, decongestants or steroids can come with unwelcome side effects, but a simple alternative approach of ear acupressure may be as effective, suggests a new Chinese study. Researchers analyzed 11 random controlled studies that included 1,094 people with allergies. Small cow soapwort seeds or stainless steel pellets corresponding to Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians were placed with adhesive on their ears for several days. The study in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine concluded that ear acupressure reduced allergy symptoms more effectively than an antihistamine, conventional medicine, herbs or regular acupuncture.

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Glutathione is a master molecule produced by every cell in the body that performs nine vital functions: remove toxins, including heavy metals; decrease oxidative stress; increase cellular energy production; increase mental performance and clarity; increase rest and restorative sleep; optimize athletic ability and recovery; protection from the harmful effects of stress; rejuvenate your skin and youthful appearance; and slow down the aging process. It’s comprised of amino acids cysteine, glutamate and glycine and acts as an important antioxidant to combat damaging free radical molecules. Our body’s supply of glutathione decreases as we get older, and these lower levels are accompanied by poorer health associated with old age. Other factors that can lower glutathione levels include cancer, HIV/AIDS, Type 2 diabetes, hepatitis and Parkinson’s disease. Certain supplements may increase glutathione production, such as: curcumin, N-acetylcysteine, selenium, silymarin, vitamin C and vitamin E. Some foods that are high in amino acids that contain sulfur such as unprocessed meat, garlic, broccoli, asparagus, avocados and spinach may help. Supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the same way as prescription drugs. They are treated as foods and do not have to prove that they are safe or effective before being sold. The makers of GSH+, Provizion Global, headquartered in Melissa, has a goal for 1 million people to get the toxins out by putting their GSH micronutrients in by 2023. For more information, visit See ad on page 9.

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Poachers Upsetting Ecological Balance

Approximately 90 percent of the elephants in the present-day Gorongosa National Park, called one of the “last wild places” by National Geographic, were poached for ivory to finance the civil war in Mozambique from 1977 to 1992. Before the conflict, less than one-fifth of females were born without tusks. Now the number is closer to 50 percent. A study published in Science Friday reveals “smoking-gun evidence for genetic changes,” according to University of Victoria (Canada) conservation scientist Chris Darimont. He believes the study helps us understand how humans can have a major influence on evolution. The same phenomenon has also been observed in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya after periods of intense poaching. Although female and male elephants can be born with tusks, tusklessness occurs at around 2 percent in a well-protected population. Study co-author and Princeton evolutionary biologist Robert Pringle thinks the changes are reversible as the population recovers, saying, “There’s such a blizzard of depressing news about biodiversity and humans in the environment, and I think it’s important to emphasize that there are some bright spots in that picture.”

Regulation Needed Plastic is the New Coal

A new report from the advocacy group Beyond Plastics has found that emissions from the plastic industry may be greater than those from coal-fired power plants by 2029. Founder Judith Enck, a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator, says, “Plastic is intimately connected to the climate crisis. Plastic is the new coal.” The report details ways plastic contributes to global warming, beginning with its manu14

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In a paper published in Biological Conservation, researchers from the University of Adelaide and an international team of experts have concluded that illegal global wildlife trade impacts species, ecosystems and society in unsustainable ways. Co-author Dr. Oliver Stringham states, “The trade in wild vertebrates alone is estimated to involve a quarter of terrestrial species, while the trade in ocean life, invertebrates, plants and fungi remains considerably overlooked and poorly documented. As a threat to targeted species, the trade represents one of the five major drivers of biodiversity loss and extinction at global scale.” The incidental effects of wildlife harvesting include disrupted interactions between species and ecosystem structure, altering species composition, functioning and services such as seed dispersal, pollination and carbon storage. Other secondary effects are decreases in eco-tourism and increases in pandemics that originate in wildlife. Co-author and Ph.D. candidate Adam Toomes notes, “A large diversity of species are not protected by international regulation and are traded without any formal documentation process, making it incredibly difficult to evaluate the associated costs and benefits.” Tools available to curb the trade include bans, quotas, protected areas, certification, captive breeding and propagation, education and awareness. facture as petroleum products. Some of the issues are related to fracking, pipelines, toxic chemical byproducts, carcinogenic smoke, atmospheric hydrofluorocarbons and waste disposal on land and sea. The Beyond Plastics report estimates that U.S. production of plastic in 2020 caused about 210 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or the equivalent of 116 medium-sized, coal-fired power plants. Aarthi Ananthanarayanan, senior fellow at the Ocean Conservancy Plastics Initiative, says the report highlights the need for policymakers to better regulate petrochemical producers, saying, “We have to start considering plastics as part of the fossil fuel industry.”


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Honeybees Dodge Parasites with Social Distancing A study by University College London and the University of Sassari (Italy) published in Science Advances shows that honeybee colonies respond to infestation from harmful mites by varying space and interaction in the hive to increase social distance between the younger and older insects. Coauthor Dr. Alessandro Cini says, “Honeybees are a social animal, as they benefit from dividing up responsibilities and interactions such as mutual grooming, but when those social activities can increase the risk of infection, the bees appear to have evolved to balance the risks and benefits by adopting social distancing.” The study assessed the presence of the ectoparasite mite Varroa destructor, which causes harmful effects at the colony level, including virus transmission. image

For more than 20 years, a large part of the tropical North Atlantic Ocean has been warmer than usual, causing more moisture to evaporate and fueling strong hurricanes. The amount of vapor in the atmosphere has increased about 4 percent since the 1990s, and a wetter atmosphere provides extra energy and moisture for storms of all kinds. According to data from the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, midlatitude storms are feeding on the atmosphere’s extra vapor too, creating more precipitation. Although carbon dioxide is the more recognized problem, water vapor is a more impactful greenhouse gas by far because it absorbs a greater amount of the infrared energy radiated off the planet’s surface than other greenhouse gases, thus trapping more heat. A doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations alone would warm the globe approximately one degree Celsius, but feedback loops make the temperature rise twice as much. Even though disappearing sea ice may be dramatic, the extra vapor causes evaporation, which traps heat and creates even more warming, representing the strongest feedback loop in the climate system. We can reduce the effect indirectly by reducing the warming caused by emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, as well as propagating trees that absorb carbon from the air.

A review published in Frontiers in Plant Science outlines the vulnerability of coffee quality to environmental shifts. Researchers from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Montana State University looked at the effects of 10 prevalent environmental factors and management conditions associated with climate change and adaptation as detailed in 73 published articles to form this analysis. Their findings have implications for farmers’ livelihoods and consumer experiences. Coffee is grown on 12.5 million mostly small farms comprising more than 27 million acres in more than 50 countries. Some of these regions are feeling the impact of climate change, which leads to consequences for coffee’s taste, aroma, nutritional quality, yield and sustainability. Farms at higher altitudes were associated with better coffee flavor and aroma, while too much light exposure correlated with a decrease in overall quality. Coffee quality is also susceptible to changes due to water stress and increased temperatures and carbon dioxide, although more research on these specific factors is needed. Current efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change include shade management to control light exposure, selection and maintenance of climate-resilient wild coffee plants, and pest management, but innovative solutions to support bean growth at all elevations still need to be devised.

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Lead author Dr. Michelina Pusceddu says, “Their ability to adapt their social structure and reduce contact between individuals in response to a disease threat allows them to maximize the benefits of social interactions where possible and to minimize the risk of infectious disease when needed. Honeybee colonies provide an ideal model for studying social distancing and for fully understanding the value and effectiveness of this behavior.” January 2022


Health in the New Year 10 Top Wellness Trends for 2022

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very new year marks the convergence of endings and beginnings—an opportunity to assess where we’ve been and anticipate where we’re going. As this dynamic relates to our health, this year promises an intensification in the development and adoption of several trends that have been years in the making.

Plant-Based Foods Take Center Stage The consensus among researchers is that filling our plates with colorful vegetables and fruits improves health and reduces our risk of developing a number of chronic degenerative diseases. “This approach, along with eating less meat and avoiding sugar, is wonderful to control blood sugar, lower uric acid and nurture your microbiome, which is fundamentally important to reduce in16

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flammation, increase your body’s production of antioxidants and vitamins and help maintain the integrity of the gut lining so that you don’t get leaky gut and, therefore, inflammation,” says boardcertified neurologist David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain and four other New York Times bestsellers. Awareness of the devastating effects of industrialized meat production is also accelerating. “Avoiding animal products is probably the first and most important ethical choice one can make,” says Princeton University bioethics professor Peter Singer, author of the seminal Animal Liberation. “That’s going to dramatically lower your carbon footprint. You will no longer be complicit in the suffering of tens of billions of factory-farmed animals, and you won’t be contributing to the increasing risks of viruses being bred in factory farms.”

According to market oxygenation, while diaanalysis firm CB Insights, “Core concepts like being present in the moment or betics and non-diabetics taking in the other person in an empathetic way are alike employ continuous “As COVID-19 spread glucose monitoring systems across the globe, shifting rippling out into so many aspects of life.” to pinpoint how lifestyle consumer behavior and –Leslie Davenport choices like food, exercise virus outbreaks in factories and sleep affect blood sugar levels. “That is not only trending has dealt major blows to the meat supply chain, with the beef now, but will increase quite dramatically as consumers push to industry alone facing an estimated $13.6 billion in losses.” Several learn more about themselves,” Perlmutter predicts. “No longer is U.S. meat processing plants were forced to close their doors. this information going to be siloed in the doctor’s office. People In response, a growing inventory of plant-based alternative are becoming more and more empowered to learn this data about proteins is emerging, offering new products that seek to mimic themselves and act on it.” the experience of eating a juicy hamburger (Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods) or crispy chicken nugget (Simulate). Banza Learning to Improve Genetic Expression makes high-protein pasta from chickpeas. Retail sales of plantbased meals in the U.S. have grown by 25.5 percent over the “Our evolving understanding of epigenetics—how we can change past two years, and other manufacturers joining the field are our gene expression—is bringing more people on board to the Plantible Foods, Rebellyous Foods, Livekindly and InnovoPro. idea that our lifestyle choices matter,” Perlmutter says. “When A recent survey found that 36 percent of consumers intend to I went to medical school, we thought our DNA was locked in a increase their consumption of alternative protein sources in the glass case and that it would determine everything about us. Nowanear future. days, we know that the expression of more than 70 percent of our Perlmutter cautions, “Just because they’re plant-based doesn’t DNA that codes for health and longevity is under our control and give them full sanction. They may contain unfermented soy, influenced by our lifestyle choices. The food we eat, whether or which may not be non-GMO or organic, and per an article in not we slept well last night, the stress in our lives, whether or not the New York Times, their carbon footprint may be a lot higher we spent time in nature—all of these things, moment-to-moment, in production of these products than we have been led to bechange our gene expression. Holy Toledo! We now know that lieve. Do a little research on these manufactured foods and go certain lifestyle choices are good for you because they favorably for plant-based options that aren’t processed. Shop the periphchange gene expression. They teach it in med school now. It’s a ery of the grocery store.” breathtaking reality.”

Telemedicine Will Continue After the Pandemic

Harnessing the Power of Low-Level Stress

According to management consultants McKinsey and Company, when COVID-19 began, the level of telemedicine increased in America 78-fold, peaking in April 2020. Although it has been declining since then, the use of telemedicine is still at a 38-fold increase compared to pre-pandemic times. “While it has leveled off, we are going to see persisting use of telemedicine in situations that involve basic communication with a patient,” says Perlmutter, citing compelling attributes such as cost savings, convenience and a lower carbon footprint because people don’t have to commute to a doctor’s office.

Life hackers and high-performance junkies are looking to leverage something called hormesis, which involves introducing low-level stress to the body for a positive outcome, so that when the body repairs itself from that condition, it doesn’t just repair back to the previous level, but to a new one with an advantage. This includes exposing the body to a hot sauna or cold exposure through cryotherapy, as well as intermittent fasting or time-restricted eating. “People are starting to see how good things happen when we engage in things that push us in places that are perhaps a little bit uncomfortable, activating mechanisms that help with metabolic health, immunity, cognitive function and even the growth of new brain cells,” Perlmutter explains.

Wearable Devices and Home Testing Empower Patients Perlmutter also anticipates an amplification of the use of wearable devices and home testing to provide biometric data that informs people about their health status and inspires them to modify lifestyle choices. The Oura Ring records the time it takes to get to sleep, how many times the wearer awakens during the night and how much time they spend in REM and deep sleep. This information enables people to modify day-to-day activities to improve the quality and quantity of sleep. Apple Watch aficionados are increasingly relying on the device’s biofeedback features, including its newest metric, blood

Mental Health Destigmatized When U.S. gymnast Simone Biles dropped out of the 2021 Summer Olympic Games citing mental health challenges, she created an opening for other people to speak up. If a world champion could reveal her vulnerability on the global stage when the stakes were so high, certainly so could they. Her compelling story is emblematic of an emerging trend: Mental health is gradually becoming destigmatized. “It’s becoming acceptable to talk about our feelings and ask for help, and this trend is shattering unhealthy cultural myths, January 2022


like the erroneous assumption that if we talk about our emotions we’re going to fall into a pit of despair and sadness,” says Licensed Integrative Psychotherapist Leslie Davenport, the author of Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change. “There’s a boldness among younger generations that are challenging the status quo and demanding to be accepted as they are. Tucking away anything that might not be socially acceptable is a part of the past. Kids want their families and adults to accept and love them exactly as they are.” On Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, #itsoknottobeok is a popular hashtag. Mental health surveys show that eco-anxiety in particular is prevalent among the young. Late last year, scientists at the University of Bath, in England, interviewed 10,000 youth between the ages of 16 and 25 across 10 continents. In the U.S., 68 percent said that the future was frightening. Almost half admitted that they had distressing feelings related to climate change on a daily basis, 42 percent believed that the things they valued most would be destroyed and 35 percent feared that their family security would be threatened.

A Surge in Coaching According to Davenport, “In addition to therapy becoming more acceptable, I’ve seen coaching become more common as another option in which people don’t have to examine their past and can instead look forward. A coach can help them make sense of their life, set goals and hold them accountable.”

Mindfulness Becomes Ubiquitous

Therapy and Meditation Apps Abound Redefining the conventional, in-person therapy session that is 50 minutes in a quiet room, therapy apps allow people to have short phone calls, video chats or text exchanges with a therapist for a low monthly fee. Notable therapy apps include BetterHelp. com,, and For meditation,, and are dominating the field.

Virtual Experiences Are Here to Stay Many people that were devastated by isolation and loneliness during the pandemic sought social engagement via streaming and app-enabled webinars, exercise routines or art classes. Suddenly, virtual conferences attracted participants from all over the world. Davenport relishes the fact that she was able to take tap dancing classes from a renowned New York City teacher, even though she lives in Washington State. “In a surprising silver lining, we’ve come to appreciate the convenience of these virtual experiences, which we likely wouldn’t have attended in person before the pandemic.” Sandra Yeyati is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at


In a few decades, mindfulness practices have catapulted from Buddhist monasteries to corporate boardrooms and have become

a billion-dollar industry in the U.S. with an 11 percent annual growth rate. “Mindfulness has been emerging for a while, but at this point, it’s a household word,” Davenport says. “People are talking about mindful eating or mindful conversations. Core concepts like being present in the moment or taking in the other person in an empathetic way are rippling out into so many aspects of life.”


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ost Americans enjoy a daily dose of coffee, and an increasing body of research indicates it’s not a bad habit to have. Meanwhile, a growing number of people are adapting their morning drink rituals to incorporate ingredients ranging from matcha to mushrooms in search of additional health benefits. “After many years of research, we have concluded that coffee can be a fantastic additive to the diet. Coffee consumption is associated with a decrease in all-cause mortality, risk of cardiovascular death and stroke,” says Claudia Hleap, a registered dietician nutritionist in Philadelphia. Regular coffee consumption is also correlated with a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes, potentially due to its naturally containing polyphenols, which are plant compounds with protective antioxidant properties. The caffeine in coffee, as well as in tea and cocoa, can also boost short-term metabolism and brain function. As with most things in life, moderation is key; overconsumption of coffee can result in insomnia, irritability, gastrointestinal

issues and other short-lived side effects. “Caffeine intake may negatively impact sleep duration and quality, which is essential for optimal health,” says Hleap. “Coffee can also serve as a vessel for added sugars and unhealthy fats in the diet if you are adding sweeteners and artificial creamers.” Many java drinkers today are experimenting with healthy alternatives and add-ons to shake up their routine morning pickme-up. Chicory-based drinks, made from roasted ground chicory root, are a favorite for Lauren O’Connor, a Los Angeles registered dietitian nutritionist and author of Healthy Cooking for One. “Chicory is caffeine-free, acid-free and a gut-friendly alternative to coffee,” she says. “It also has a robust, roasted taste that can satisfy those who desire more than an herbal tea. Date ‘coffee’, made from date seed, also has a deep, rich flavor.” Some chicory tea blends also incorporate roasted dandelion root, which has been used by herbalists for centuries to enhance the body’s detoxifying functions, particularly of the liver. Golden milk, a traditional Indian beverage associated with Ayurvedic January 2022


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Rather than swap out coffee altogether, some java lovers are bettering their beloved beans with healthy add-ons such as powdered mushrooms, ghee and spices. medicine, is another flavorful alternative with numerous health benefits. Recipes vary, but golden milk is typically prepared by heating milk or a plant-based milk alternative along with turmeric, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, honey, vanilla and/or cardamom. “These warming spices go above a simple caffeine replacement to provide powerful anti-inflammatory benefits,” says Trista Best, a registered dietitian in Dalton, Georgia. Best also recommends matcha, a traditional Japanese drink made from powdered, young, green tea leaves whisked in water as a coffee alternative with less caffeine and other added benefits. Because the tea leaves are essentially consumed in powder form rather than just steeped in water, matcha contains more catechins, an important antioxidant, than a typical preparation of green tea. “The L-theanine, an amino acid, in matcha is known to improve brain health, which shows itself through improved memory, attention and reaction time,” notes Best.

A Better Bean Rather than swap out coffee altogether, some java lovers are bettering their beloved beans with healthy add-ons such as powdered mushrooms, ghee and spices. “A healthy addition to coffee can include coconut oil, collagen or butter. These can add some fat and protein content, which will provide more energy while also jumpstarting your metabolism at the beginning of the day,” says holistic health coach Virginia Gruhler. Ghee, a clarified butter that originated in ancient India, has been touted as a “keto-friendly” way to help neutralize the acidity of coffee while adding healthy fats and nutrients. Spices like cinnamon and cardamom have been added to coffee and black tea for centuries in the Middle East and Asia to enhance both flavor and health. Cinnamon, for example, may help lower blood sugar, in addition to having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Mushroom coffee is another popular “coffee-plus” beverage which combines the flavor and energy boost of java with the benefits of medicinal fungi like turkey tail, lion’s mane and chaga, boosting the immune system and potentially warding off serious health conditions like dementia and cancer. Because caffeine can stay in the bloodstream for up to 10 hours, staying clear of all caffeinated drinks in the later hours of the day will help ensure a better night’s sleep. When a mid-afternoon slump hits, a brisk walk followed by a cup of a flavorful herbal tea like Rooibos or lemongrass can wake up the body and the brain naturally. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at

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t’s fair to say that the cannabis industry has arrived. Recreational marijuana has now been approved in 17 states, and 37 have allowed marijuana for medical purposes. “We have CBD!” proclaim store signs selling the buzz-free cannabidiol. In 2020, more than 240,000 people worked in cannabis-related jobs. The Brightfield Group says the medical cannabis industry will reach $16 billion in annual U.S. sales by 2025. Cannabis market research firm Headset predicts this will be “a year of positive growth” for the industry. 24

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Legalization and expansion are strongly in line with public sentiment: Two-thirds of Americans believe marijuana should be legal, says the Pew Research Center. Opposition has fallen from 52 percent in 2010 to just 32 percent by the end of 2019. “Dispensaries and cannabis cafés are as commonplace as Starbucks, and ordering edibles is as easy as getting pizza,” reports marketing firm Grassfed Media. The National Retail Federation noted a 700 percent increase in the demand for CBD-based products in 2019.

Gregg Sturz, co-founder of Florida-based CBD Hemp Experts, a leading wholesale provider of cannabis-derived products, says he expects the FDA to eventually approve CBD for use in dietary supplements. “I don’t think they’re trying to shut the industry down, just come up with some clear guidelines,” he says. The legal status of THC is such a question mark that, according to Investopedia’s Marijuana Investing Guide, large banks “are currently afraid of money-laundering charges they may face if they work with these businesses … The American Bankers’ Association has been pushing for more legal clarity.” Newman, who studies the medicinal uses of CBD, notes that in some cases it’s being marketed as a topical analgesic for pain relief, when actually the other proven ingredients in analgesics—including methanol and camphor—are doing the heavy lifting. This situation has also produced FDA warning letters, because if CBD is claimed to relieve pain, then it is required to go through a new drug application process for efficacy. In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, an oral solution with CBD as an active ingredient, used for the treatment of rare and severe forms of epilepsy. While it’s the only approved product so far, studies suggest CBD might be useful for anxiety, insomnia, skin protection and addiction. McGinness sees the major growth area for cannabis-related products not in CBD, but in industrial hemp fiber. As hemp growers gear up in the Midwest after decades of federal bans, they’re likely to expand beyond cottage clothing companies into such areas as auto and industrial parts and building materials, he says. “Hemp products made in a green way create fewer emissions,” McGinness says. “And the bioplastics made from hemp are lighter-weight, which increases fuel efficiency. I expect we’ll see heartland industrial hemp grow so much it will make CBD look like a niche.” Jim Motavalli is a Connecticut-based journalist who writes about the environment, cars and music. He can be contacted via

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One caveat, however, is COVID-19. Ron Newman, a sustainable development analyst with Lee Enterprises Consulting, says the hemp/CBD business was flat during 2020 because of the pandemic. “With the economic situation, people were buying only essentials,” he says. “But we’re seeing the business start to come back now.” With COVID-19 recovery, more growth is certain, and here are some upcoming trends. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient in marijuana that gets the user high. The natural compound CBD—said to have healing and pain/anxiety relief properties—is being heavily marketed in the form of oils, edibles (including gummy bears and lollipops), oral sprays, creams and pills. The third-most popular food-related Google search term in 2018 was “CBD gummies”. CBD dietary supplements are the biggest category, followed by topical applications and third, food and beverage additives. THC is still illegal in many parts of the U.S., but CBD cultivation and sales were legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill. California offers a model for the states in regulating cannabis. Both medicinal cannabis and adult recreational use are legal, but the industry is strictly regulated by the Department of Cannabis Control to ensure that businesses operate safely and that products are free from contamination, properly labeled and kept away from children. Research into cannabis is an emerging field, with 23,000 papers published since 2010, and Grassfed believes that some future products will be based on “other cannabinoids and terpenes such as CBN, CBG, THCA and THCV.” In addition, strains labeled indica, sativa or hybrid, or with names like Gorilla Glue and Wedding Crasher, may increasingly be replaced by a scientifically supported classification system. Bar & Restaurant magazine wants its bartenders to know there might be THC-free CBD cocktails on their future bar menus. It reports that these drinks are “a legal grey area; federally they’re illegal, but some states have their own CBD-related laws.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says flatly, “It is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement,” but the agency has said it is considering relaxing this prohibition. There’s a Wild West quality to the CBD/hemp industry today. An FDA study found many CBD products to be mislabeled, with either more or less CBD than indicated. A significant number contained THC. And then there are the laws, with federal prohibitions and state regulations, that can be quite different. For instance, New York bans CBD products with more than 0.3 percent THC, and bans CBD from any alcohol or tobacco product. So determining whether any specific product is “legal” or not in different locations is complex. But marketing benefits are plain. Wynk alcohol-free seltzer says it has “2.5 milligrams of THC and 2.5 milligrams of CBD in every can.” A store locator shows pockets of availability across the country. Jody McGinness, executive director of the Hemp Industries Association, says the FDA doesn’t actually have strong enforcement powers, and that the worst thing CBD/THC legal violators can expect from the agency is a warning letter posted on the FDA website.

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WHOLE-PERSON FITNESS Current Trends in Wellness Tools by Maya Whitman


nsiders agree that the idea of fitness is changing, and this means an exciting wave of trackers and apps that go beyond achieving the ultimate six-pack abs. “So many of us want a nice exterior, but now more than ever, we realize how important it is that the interior match that exterior,” says Dominic Kennedy, a Los Angeles trainer and founder of the Dominic Effect, an app that provides fitness workouts, customized meal plans and mind-body tools like meditation, yoga and affirmations. The industry of wearable technology has been expanding since the advent of the FitBit Tracker in 2014, and the trend is not slowing down. Current fitness wearables even include rings that offer more detailed biometric data including blood pressure, heart rate, sleep and calories burned. With some smartwatches now priced under $50, it’s clear why the business marketing firm Grandview Research predicts significant annual growth for such products for the next six years.

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For this year, fitness and wellness choices will focus more on practical effectiveness within the new normal. “I see that most don’t want to spend hours in the gym. The way life is now, we do things differently: home gyms, home office, home childcare,” notes Kennedy. The world of fitness is extending beyond the gym, taking inventory of all the aspects that factor into maintaining wellness. “This year, fitness is all about making workouts work for you and your lifestyle. Whether it be wearable technology, customized online personal training apps or mindset workouts that work on getting your mind in

gear, 2022 has me excited,” says Stephanie Mansour, a Chicago-based fitness coach and host of the national PBS fitness and wellness show Step it Up with Steph. “I think we’re going to be focusing on habits and other areas of life like food, sleep and mindset that contribute to the effectiveness of workouts.” She also foresees people picking up inspiration from hardcore fitness devotees that share more of their personal daily habits such as journaling, affirmations and how they stay committed to investing in health. Bringing a water bottle to a yoga class or slipping on activewear is becoming digitalized, making it easier to target overall health. Staying hydrated based on individual needs is effortless using a Thermos app-connected hydration bottle with a smart lid that tracks daily intake. Mansour’s favorite fitness ally is clothing inlaid with resistance bands. “You can actually get in a workout while doing everyday activities with this resistance apparel. I love

how resistance bands are built into these pants so my daily walk, yoga session or washing dishes and doing laundry turns into a workout because my muscles engage and work harder,” she says.

More Support, Less Pressure Kennedy sees a sense of community taking root since the start of pandemic, especially via online forums and groups centered on health and fitness. “We spend so much time on the internet and social media, and during the pandemic, it was a huge outreach that will continue to grow since you can do it right from your computer or phone.” New Jersey-based fitness trainer Nadia Murdock sees a trend of prioritizing ourselves without all-too-common feelings of guilt. The founder of Core Program, designed to help entrepreneurial mothers take charge of their health and fitness, she warns about the possible trigger effect of digital trackers that use pop-up screens or reminders

about daily steps. “I would suggest asking yourself why you want to use a tracker. Once you have identified the reason, you can now seek out alternative options that may cause less pressure,” she says. To stay accountable without mental anguish, she suggests using a multisport watch that offers the perk of real-time audio coaching. Kennedy concurs, saying, “The point is not to cause any more anxiety and to create a safe space. We should not be obsessing about weight and putting ourselves down, but finding a space that will lift our spirits.” Despite the benefits of the latest technology and extras, Mansour reminds us to adhere to “tried and true methodologies like regular workouts that you enjoy, eating nutritious foods and taking care of your mental health through meditation, stress-reduction techniques and getting adequate sleep.” Maya Whitman writes about natural health and living a more beautiful life. Connect at


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The Electric Vehicle Revolution Moving Toward an All-EV Future this Year

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by Jim Motavalli


lmost certainly, electric cars are in everyone’s future. Not only are automakers—from General Motors and Volvo to Rolls-Royce and Bentley—pledging to stop producing gas and diesel cars, but a long list of countries in Europe and Asia plus three U.S. states are planning to ban them by 2040 or earlier, often citing climate change imperatives. This wouldn’t be happening if electrification technology was standing still. Instead, it’s made rapid progress to the point that electric vehicles (EV) are more often than not better cars than their internal combustion counterparts. A range of 300 miles or more (the top model of the luxurious Lucid Air claims 520) has become commonplace, and the inherent properties of electric motors—such as lots of low-end torque—means they’re very fast off the line. The Rimac Nevera, an EV supercar, reaches 60 mph in an incredible 1.85 seconds. But there’s more. Fuel and service costs have been dramatically reduced with EVs. A 2018 University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study pegged the average cost to operate an EV at $485 a year, compared to $1,117 for a gas-operated car, and battery packs and electric motors take up less space than engines, transmissions and radiators. This means larger passenger compartments with more legroom and no center “hump”, and storage up front (the so-called “frunk”), as well as behind. Designers are even able to ditch the grille—a feature shared by all but a few air-cooled cars on the market.

EVs Get More Affordable The high cost of EVs has been off-putting. The Tesla Model S Plaid Edition, made in California, starts at $129,990, the Arizona-produced Lucid sells for up to $170,000, and the Croatianmade Rimac costs $2.4 million. That’s one reason EV penetration is low—accounting for 28

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only 2 percent of U.S. sales in 2020. By last year, there were almost 1.8 million EVs on American roads—three times the number of 2016—but affordable cars would make the numbers grow much faster. The federal $7,500 federal income tax credit for EVs helps, but it has a 200,000-unit sales cap, and General Motors and Tesla have already met it. Some states, and especially EVfriendly California, have generous additional incentives, and a proposed increase in the tax credit from $7,500 to $12,500 is under consideration by Congress. Battery pack costs—the key reason EVs are expensive—went down an average of 16 percent per year between 2007 and 2020, the University of Pennsylvania reports. And that has created cheaper electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt ($31,995), Hyundai Kona ($34,000), Mini Cooper SE ($30,750), Nissan Leaf ($32,620) and Tesla Model 3 ($41,190). The big news for truck fans is that the

country’s bestselling vehicle for many years, the Ford F-150 pickup, will have a battery electric variant called the Lightning on the market this spring with a price under $40,000. For some people, hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles are a better choice. They’re certainly cheaper. Toyota’s long-lived Prius (with 58 mpg city/53 highway) starts at $24,525. And there’s an appealing Ford hybrid truck, too— the Maverick—at $19,995. It went on sale late last year. These “green” trucks are undoubtedly better for the environment than their gas and diesel counterparts. Greenhouse gas production is directly tied to fuel economy, and some versions of the current F-150 pickup get only 15 mpg combined. The only emissions from its EV counterpart and battery trucks like it will be from the generation of the electricity to run them. The Maverick hybrid gets 40 mpg in city driving. In 2020, researchers in England and Holland said that driving an EV is better for the environment in 95 percent of the world—the exception would be in areas with very dirty coal-based grids. For a complete lifecycle analysis, it’s necessary to factor in the effects of manufacturing, the mining of rare earth minerals, the makeup of the local grid, endof-life recycling and other factors. EVs do have slightly higher greenhouse gas production from recycling (1.8 tons versus 2.4 tons) because of battery processing, a Chinese study says. But that same study reports that complete lifecycle emissions for EVs are 18 percent lower. The good news is that many of the factors that go into lifecycle analysis are getting better for EVs. Renewable energy is the fastestgrowing energy source, and the amount in the U.S. grid increased 100 percent between 2000 and 2018. Lithium is essential for modern EV batteries, and both General Motors and BMW have invested in more sustainable methods of extraction.

Integrating with the Home

Another EV cost is the installation of 240volt electricity for home charging. But in 2020 the International Code Council (ICC) set new voluntary guidelines for new homes that would make all of them “EV-Ready”. Installing the necessary wiring when the house is built would cost $920, compared to $3,550

for a retrofit, says the ICC. Some municipalities, such as Seattle, already require EV wiring for new homes with off-street parking. Increasingly, EVs are being equipped for two-way power, meaning they can power homes or construction sites. That’s one part of the appeal of Ford’s Lightning, which has 9.6 kilowatts of power available to keep the lights on during a power outage. It can provide full-home electricity for three days.

What to Expect

Buying an EV will require some lifestyle changes, most but not all of them positive. Passing up gas stations is a plus. Studies show that 80 percent or more of EV charging will be done at home, mostly at night. Regular servicing for tuneups and oil changes will become a distant memory, and so will the financial bite. AAA says EVs will cost on average $949 less per year to maintain. Many of today’s electric cars have range limitations, and this needs to be factored into trip planning. The 2021 Volkswagen I.D. 4 Pro can travel 260 miles on a charge, perhaps not enough to get to grandma’s house. The

2021 Nissan Leaf only has a 150-mile range, although the Leaf Plus increases that to 226. Buying used is tempting, because some EVs—such as early Nissan Leafs—are highly affordable, with good ones costing about $7,000. But its range is poor, just 73 miles. While some older Teslas have credible range, they’ve also retained their value pretty well. In general, buying new—which includes claiming the federal income tax credit—is a better idea. First-time EV buyers worry about high prices, range, finding public chargers (although the $7.5 billion allocated to build them in the recent infrastructure bill may help), the considerable time needed to recharge at home, compromised interior space and replacing the expensive battery packs. These are all legitimate concerns, but the lower-priced, roomy, fast-charging EVs coming on the market now—and a network of more than 41,000 public chargers—go a long way toward addressing them. Jim Motavalli, a Connecticut-based journalist, writes about the environment, cars and music. He can be contacted at

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The Electric Vehicle Revolution Arrives in North Texas by Sheila Julson


ccording to Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities (DFWCC) data, there are 38,438 registered electric vehicle (EV) owners in North Texas as of December 2021. Statewide, there were 104,818 (for a breakdown by county, visit evnt). As the number of EV owners continues to grow, along with a growing urgency to halt climate change, area stakeholders are stepping up. Lori Pampell Clark is the program manager and DFWCC coordinator for the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). The Clean Cities program is Lori Pampell Clark a U.S. Department of Energy initiative that comprises a national network of grassroots coalitions in local communities working on advancing energy efficiency and emissions reduction. “Everything that’s happening in Texas in regard to EVs is happening because of market forces. We don’t have top-down state regulations that are making decisions for people. These are decisions by individual citizens and fleets making their own choices,”

she says. Pampell Clark attributes the exponential growth curve in EV ownership to greater availability and a variety of makes and models, including pickup trucks and SUVs, appealing to a broader audience. 30

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The Try and Drive Alternatives program operated by DFWCC allows fleet managers and consumers to borrow clean vehicle technologies such as alternative-fuel and electric vehicles for a trial period before making an investment. DFWCC is developing a relationship with the North Texas Auto Dealers Association to offer opportunities such as electric vehicle dedicated spaces at local auto shows, so consumers can gain hands-on experience. Pampell Clark says her organization also participates in national Drive Electric Week. This past fall, DFWCC partnered with other organizations to offer a Ride and Drive event that drew 80 people participating in test drives and ride-alongs to experience EVs first-hand. They also plan to bring EVs to smaller events such as Earth Day celebrations and farmers’ markets.

Alternative Fuel Stations Coming to I-45

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2015, authorized the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) to designate highway corridors for different alternative fuels, including natural gas, propane, hydrogen and electricity. Interstate 45 is among those corridors. Pampell Clark says there are two levels of designation. “There were already enough fueling stations on the natural gas and the propane side for the corridor to be designated ‘ready’, but it was designated as ‘pending’ for electricity and hydrogen,” she explains. “We received a small planning grant from the FHA to map out how to get this corridor running with enough EV infrastructure so that it’s considered ‘ready’ under the FHA’s criteria for zero-emission vehicles.”

NCTCOG considers electrification to include hydrogen fuel electric and battery electric. “Either one is an electric drive train, so when we think about electrification, we do include both. For the consumer market, it’s really battery electric that’s available and practical in Texas.” Because so much freight traffic travels down I-45, DFWCC is placing a heavy emphasis on freight; they want to plan stations that will serve either battery electric or cell trucks with electric charging or hydrogen that can transport freight with zeroemissions. But on the consumer side, they’re researching how to build out electric vehicle charging options for the general public. Other efforts include working with cities to help identify funding support to install charging stations for cities to operate in public locations. In addition, they want to work with businesses in their communities to install EV charging stations at multifamily properties and workplaces.

Hidden Charging Options

Fueling stations abound for traditional vehicles. They feature bright, visible signage, with big canopies and often large convenience stores attached. Electric charging stations have a different model. “EV stations are often small, electric pedestals tucked away in a corner. They’re very unobtrusive,” Pampell Clark says. “We’ve gotten acclimated to the look of this big flashy thing that equals a filling station, so it requires us to change the way we think. It also requires a little more advanced planning, because we have to look for where these locations are. Often, they’re tucked around the corner of a restaurant or a store. You don’t have a piece of property whose sole purpose is providing charging.” Several smartphone apps are available that can help EV users locate charging stations. The Depart-

ment of Energy’s free Alternative Fuels Station Locator includes all alternative fuel sources, and users can filter specifically for electric charging stations. The Plug Star app compiles information from crowdsourced data. Pampell Clark affirms there are hundreds of charging stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that offer different types of charging. Consumers have to be aware of whether they need a Level 2 charging station or DC fast charge.

Auto Dealers Optimistic About the Future of Electric

Sam Pack is the founder and president of the Sam Pack Auto Group, which operates four Ford dealerships, one Chevrolet and one Subaru dealerSam Pack ship in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area. He also co-owns six dealerships in Tulsa. In the industry since 1980, Pack has seen previous efforts to introduce EVs to the public, but none have generated the momentum he’s seeing today. “It’s a completely different world and environment,” he says. “We’re excited about what’s happening with electrification. We are in the infancy stages of this transition. None of us know exactly what the future will bring, but we’re experiencing a major transition from combustion engine to electrified, and it’s coming at a very rapid pace.” As society transitions from internal combustion engines to EVs, Pack emphasizes that it’s crucial for all stakeholders to build relationships now. Those stakeholders include federal, state and local governments, auto manufacturers, industry partners and dealers. Unlike previous attempts to introduce EVs to the public, Pack notes that today’s advanced technology can be the uniting factor among all entities involved in the EV revolution. He advises, “Technology is going to continue to drive the rapid pace of this learning journey that we are all on.” Speaking as an auto dealer, Pack says it’s their responsibility to work with all stakeholders to deliver an exceptional experience

Zero-emission EVs will play a key role in improved air quality. As the country tries to wean itself off fossil fuels, Ford has chosen to electrify some of its signature models to appeal to more customers. Pack says the Mustang Mach-E SUV, introduced in 2021, has been very successful. “The demand is exceeding supply,” he says. “Ford has several products that are going to be very interesting for the industry to watch. Mustang is one of their iconic vehicles, so Ford had to make sure the Mach-EV delivered to the demands expected of a Mustang—and it has.” Ford will also introduce a

selling truck for 44 consecutive years, has been marketed and manufactured by Ford since 1948. An electric version, the F-150 Lightning, generated a buzz when President Joe Biden test drove one this past spring at Ford’s plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Pack indicates that the company has 160,000 backorders for the F-150 Lightning. “The F-150 is to me, the foundation of Ford Motor Company. When you think about electrifying vehicles and which ones to focus on, by choosing the Mustang and the F series, it shows how Ford values the products, the brand and their commitment to electrification.” Ford’s E-Transit cargo van will be available in 2022. Pack says the company is investing 30 billion dollars into EVs by 2025 to electrify their most iconic nameplates, and aims to be carbon-neutral by 2050. “Jim Farley, Ford’s CEO, has a goal to make Ford the number two EV maker in North America [behind Tesla], and eventually to be number one,” Pack says. General Motors has gone all in when it comes to electrification, and has announced a $27 billion commitment to develop and produce clean vehicle technologies. Their plan is to introduce 30 new EVs by 2035. The electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup will be

second version of an electrified Mustang in the GT series. Pack says it will be a performance vehicle. The F series pickup, America’s best-

revealed in January. Subaru’s first-ever EV, the Solterra electric compact crossover, is expected to be released in 2023. Despite the reservations of some people

to the consumer. Today, EVs are still a very small percentage of an auto dealer’s business. Because they are designed to have lower maintenance and repair costs, Pack says that will dramatically change some aspects of a dealer’s business model, and relationships with industry third-party providers such as parts manufacturers will ultimately be affected. He predicts that mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures might all be a part of the EV revolution. “Infrastructure will also play a big role in the pace and success of EVs” he notes.

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about purchasing EVs, Pack points to retail orders that suggest consumer acceptance of EVs is strong. “As always, the ‘voice of the customer’, will determine our business model of the future, and EV is no exception. Our responsibility is to deliver a truly exceptional ownership experience, and we will continue to do so,” he advises.

Charging Station Availability Grows

Blink Charging, a company headquartered in Miami Beach, was founded by Michael D. Farkas as The Car Charging Group in 2009. The company’s origins are tied to one of the earliest charge-point networks developed by Ecotality. In 2017, the company was rebranded to Blink Charging—the original name of Ecotality’s charging network. The company’s business model includes multiple revenue streams such as direct equipment sales, owners and operators of EV chargers and a leaselike subscription model for site hosts.

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While the thought-provoking title suggests that individuals might be asked to let go of a situation, possessions or a relationship, the fundamental theme running through the book is not the letting go of things themselves, but rather letting go the things that only exist in the mind—thoughts, interpretations, fixed beliefs, points of view, expectations of the future, attachments to possessions and relationships, judgements, grievances, assumptions about how things should or should not be. These things in the mind are the lens through which the things of the world are experienced. For example, looking at things through blue-tinted spectacles gives everything a blueish tinge. But the lens itself is not part of the world you see. In a similar way, the lens through which we see our world is not another thing we see. In this sense, we are letting go of the “non-things” that color our view of the world.

What led to your understanding of this? The questions “Is there another way of seeing this?” and “Could there, just possibly, be another way of seeing this?” occurred spontaneously, without an effort on my

part. With an open, curious attitude and without trying to find an answer or even assuming there was one, my inner knowing was able to shine through and reveal another more helpful way of seeing things.

What benefits have you experienced from letting go? I’m more in touch with my intuition and my feelings and less consumed by my thoughts. I feel better, experience more peace and am content. Discontent is largely self-created by thinking how things should or should not be. When discontent drops away, contentment becomes more prevalent. No one walks around wonderfully enlightened all the time. Letting go is a lifetime process. Noticing where I get caught up, pausing, coming back to the present, to what is, has a feeling of “Ahhh.” It’s a sense of coming home to my inner home. The world pulls us outward, taking us out of ourselves. When we step back from it and let go for a while, it’s like coming home to our self.

How can we better savor each moment? In just pausing and noticing what is in the present moment of experience, you’ll simply be stopping and withdrawing your interest from the thoughts that showed up when you paused. If you notice that your attention relaxes and if there is a sense of ease, a gentle sense of happiness or joy or a quality of spaciousness and clarity, savor it. Later, when it occurs to you, pause again and again. But don’t let the practice of pausing become routine or a ritual. Instead, make each pause a fresh inquiry into the moment and be curious about what it feels like, as if it were the first time, because it is the first and only time you will savor “this” moment. Linda Sechrist is the Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Connect at Linda

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Pet-Pleasing Food Trends What Dogs and Cats Will Eat This Year by Ronica O’Hara


grin Falls, Ohio. “Fancy foods, gourmet treats, even personal pet chefs have become the norm.” In a turnabout on animal testing, some companies advertise that their pet food products are tested on humans. It’s the logical outcome of an evolution in how pets are regarded, say psychologists. Only a few decades ago, most dogs slept in doghouses rather than in bedrooms, and most cats were free-range explorers of the outdoors. Today, two in three American

households have a pet, and the animals are increasingly part of the family—sometimes even more beloved than human family members. One study, for example, found young children more likely to confide in a pet than in a sibling. A mattress company survey found that 71 percent of pet owners sleep with their furry friends. The forced togetherness of the pandemic drew pets and owners even closer. “Today, pet owners want to reward


og and cat food is becoming ever more humanized in the U.S. Market researchers and veterinarians report that consumers are increasingly demanding for their pets what they want for themselves: high-quality, sustainably sourced ingredients that are free of questionable byproducts. “Organic, gluten-free and even vegan are now mainstream when it comes to Fido and Fluffy,” says integrative veterinarian Carol Osborne, of Cha-


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their pets in every way possible to let them know how grateful they are for the unconditional love and companionship they provide,” says Osborne. The urge to lovingly pamper pets starts at the food dish with many emerging trends.

Custom Tailoring According to market analyst firm Mintel, three in five U.S. pet owners are willing to pay more for foods that are customized to their pet’s specific dietary needs, a trend being eagerly met by more than 700 brands and 10,000 products. Today, a dizzying array of foods are tailored to pets’ ages, breeds and physical and emotional conditions. Obese dogs can chomp down on highprotein, low-fat foods; anxious pups can mellow out with foods that contain hemp and CBD oil; and dogs prone to kidney stones may find relief on a renal-support formula. Consumers unable to purchase pricey, specialized formulas are making kibble less boring by adding flavorful mix-ins and toppers such as shredded tuna and lamb liver flakes.

Going Plant-Based The slow but sure rise in the number of Americans that eat natural, plant-based diets has its parallel in animal diets. Organic pet food free of pesticides, antibiotics and chemicals constitute a robust, $22-billion-a-year business in the U.S., and vegan pet food sales are predicted to grow globally by 12 percent a year. Ancient grains like amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat and millet are included in gluten-free formulas to satisfy a small but growing market. To make plant-based chow more appealing, pet food makers are adding savory flavors and substituting chemical enhancers with kitchen ingredients like vinegar.

Rethinking Meat Some manufacturers are replacing chicken and beef with more adventurous, gamey proteins such as rabbit, venison, bison and

wild boar. “Products are advertising how you can bring out their inner wolf by feeding them that food, because it is more natural to their instincts,” says Heather Venkat, the acting public health veterinarian for Arizona. Revenues are predicted to nearly double from $277 million in 2018 to $525 million in 2025 for a growing favorite: raw meat in the form of freeze-dried kibble.

Ethical Buys Consumers are examining labels to find pet food that is sustainable and responsibly sourced. “‘Made in the USA’ remains a popular claim and feature that may even be increasing, along with a demand for ethical claims, sustainability concerns and cause marketing,” writes Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, editorin-chief of Petfood Industry. In a survey of U.S. dog and cat owners conducted by Packaged Facts in early 2020, 69 percent reported concern about the treatment of animals raised for use in pet food.

Cautionary Notes When buying pet food, veterinarians urge pet owners not to be overly swayed by advertising claims. “For example, the words ‘holistic’, ‘ancestral’, ‘instinctual’, ‘gourmet’ and ‘premium’ are really just marketing. On the other hand, ‘organic’, ‘natural’ and ‘human-grade’ all have specific definitions when they are applied to pet foods,” says veterinarian Jennifer Coates, of Fort Collins, Colorado, author of The Dictionary of Veterinary Terms. “Most importantly, watch how your pet does while eating a particular food. If your pet is maintaining a healthy weight and has normal digestive function (firm stools, no vomiting), good energy levels, normal amounts of shedding and that ‘glow’ of good health, the diet you’ve picked is probably a good match,” she says. Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be contacted at OHaraRonica@





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North Texas Pet Food Trends

ogs are duty-bound protectors and cats are cuddly companions—or sometimes the other way around. Whatever the case, our pets are members of the family, and we must care for them as if they are precocious children. That includes supervising grooming, play habits, medical needs and importantly—diet. What we provide or allow them to eat has a lot to do with their quality of life and even how long that will last. Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex magazine surveyed five area businesses to determine what exactly is trending in the field of pet nutrition.


acks Premium, founded by siblings

Madison and Luke Clasby, has been in the manufacturing and distribution of premium, allnatural, pet feed and treats since 2010. Luke is seeing trends continue to shift toward higherquality, human-grade, organic, holistic alternatives. whole-food, less-processed form of nutrition. “There is also expectation from consumers for ‘just-in-time’ delivery services and curbside pick-ups,” notes Madison. Jack’s Premium continues to expand its product offerings to provide a variety of choices for customers. “We realize every animal is different, and subsequently has its own unique set of needs and wants. We support many different feeding options, from raw and freeze dried to traditional kibble, and focus on many single-ingredient treats.” They were an earlier adopter of home delivery offering same day service to the entire Metro area and an easy-order smartphone app since 2010. Madison reports, “Consumers are becoming more and more educated. The speed at which information changes hands is lightening quick. Consumers can demand certain expectations, and the companies that listen and adapt to their needs will be the ones that continue to grow.” He explains that the advent of COVID has effected the supply chain supporting the pet food industry. “There have been ingredients that have become more difficult to source, as packers were short on labor and have not harvested as many animal parts as in the recent past. In addition, consumers may see changes in packaging solutions because there has been disruption in the manufacturing of paper and plastic feed sacks, as well as plastic containers. Hopefully, these disruptions will


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force the pet food industry into seeking out sustainable and more eco-friendly solutions which they have been putting off due to lower-cost solutions being readily available.” Jacks Premium, 920 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 1-833-345-2257, See ad, back cover.



aw by Canines First has been in

business for eight years. Owner Greg Raupers notes, “The pandemic brought out a lot of new buying trends. Most households are looking for longer-lasting chews or interactive toys to keep the dog busy while they are on conference calls. We like lick mats, West Paw toys and treat balls. We are also seeing people pay more attention to their pets’ diet and start to apply the same quality nutrition standards to their pets’ food that they follow on a dayto-day basis; that means less processed foods and more fresh and high-quality ingredients. Nutrition has the greatest impact on our pets’ lives, and it isn’t hard to make vast improvements without significantly increasing the time or money you spend.” Raupers observes, “RAW by Canines First is seeing a lot of customers spend more time with their pets and reflect on the types of food they choose to feed. Most of our customers who feed kibble have made the choice to include frozen or freeze dried raw food to their pet bowl to boost the palatability and nutrients. A recently published 10-year study by Helsinki University shows that including as little as 20 percent of raw food in a dog’s diet will result in the positive

attributes associated with feeding a raw diet. The most prominent attributes are less shedding, smaller stools and reduced allergies/ scratching.” He is also seeing a lot of small and elderly dogs switch to lightly cooked food. The brands RAW by Canines First carries use human-grade ingredients which are lightly cooked to improve desirability and increase digestibility. “Even adding a small portion of cooked food to the pet’s regular food will get your dog to finish their bowl as soon as you put it down,” Raupers advises. “RAW by Canines First has always focused on nutrition and finding the high quality foods that fit each price category and that will never change. What we see more and more is that people are interested in the ingredients in the bag, he says. “They want to see more of the ingredients and ingredient quality that they feed themselves in their pets’ food. It only makes sense that better nutrition leads to a better life for the owner and the pet.” RAW Canines First, 5460 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 232, Dallas. 214-350-0808,



uenster Milling, in business since

1932, is a manufacturer of Natural, Holistic Dog and Pet Food. Director of Marketing Eddie Hale thinks there is a growing trend for dog foods that are either kibble-free or kibble-mix type foods. “People are making their own foods, buying frozen fresh and freeze-dried or looking for custom blends of traditional kibble with added freeze-dried,

extra proteins and fats, and other healthy alternative ingredients.” He explains, “In our minds, freeze-drying is the most impactful, because the finished product is more like what the dog would eat in the wild. The products coming out of the process maintain nutritional integrity of the proteins, vitamins and minerals. Without the need for added carbs to hold the food together, your dog will have less inflammation and better nutrition. Freeze-dried products also have a longer shelf life and are better for carrying in your pockets for walks, or to take on trips for people who make their dogs’ food fresh every day.” Muenster is investing heavily in freezedrying single ingredient treats, complete and balanced meals, treats and toppers in an effort to fight canine obesity through better nutrition. “We are also pioneering the ability to add custom enhancements like bacon fat, salmon oil, probiotics, freeze-dried beef, chicken or elk, bone broth and more, which we then add and hand mix to your bag of Muenster dog food,” says Hale. “This means that we can mix a bag of dog food based on your dog’s unique needs. Hale feels that the kibble, or traditional dog food, has evolved as far as it can. “Many of the larger companies have focused on running what we call ‘round and brown’, and as much of it as possible. We are taking the approach of making what the dog needs, even if it takes longer and costs us more.,” He says. “Add to that the fact that a growing number of pet owners who understand their own nutritional requirements are more and more looking out for the nutritional wellbeing of their four-legged family members by pursuing foods designed to contribute to a healthier lifestyle for the animal.” Muenster Milling Company, 202 S. Main St., Muenster. 940-759-2287,


The Lucky Dog Barkery

has been in business since 2005. General Manager Benjamin Pratt says, “The most widespread trend in the natural pet food market is the expansion of gently cooked, fresh food diets, as well as the growth of the raw food category. This has been aided in part by the increase of direct-to-consumer, fresh-cooked brands and their aggressive marketing. However, it can also be attributed to a greater awareness by pet parents about the benefits of fresh, minimally processed food with high meat content over highly processed, lower-meat and higher-carbohydrate kibble diets. He reports that Lucky Dog Barkery has addressed this trend by investing heavily in employee training, as well as partnering with manufacturers to educate the staff and customers about the benefits of fresh versus processed foods. “We have also addressed the trend by focusing our inventory selection and budget toward accommodating the increasing demand of premium fresh foods. By reorganizing and removing some of our dry food shelves to make room for additional freezers, we have redesigned our food section of the store and considerably expanded our fresh raw and cooked food selection,” notes Pratt. “The most notable change over the years concerning the trending fresh and raw food categories is that the consumer is more receptive to natural food options, even if there are more steps involved (i.e., thawing the food, storage, refrigeration, etc.) and often a higher cost. There is a better acceptance of quality over convenience,” he advises. As for COVID, the thinks that the number of people with time for a pet has increased due to the increased time spent at home, which correlates to the increase in awareness of natural, fresh foods, as well as premium products and services. Lucky Dog Barkery, 8320 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas. 214-3686000,

ounded in the 1950s, Hollywood Feed is a natural and holistic pet specialty retail store with a strong focus on customer service and improving the lives of pets everywhere. President Shawn McGhee states, “We got our start as the local feed store on the corner of Hollywood Street, in Memphis, Tennessee. Over the years, we began focusing our products and services on household pets. Today, Hollywood Feed offers a wide selection of natural and holistic pet food and products. We support local rescues through regular pet adoption and community events and donate more than 100,000 pounds of pet food to area shelters annually, in addition to sponsoring several dog parks in the Dallas area. We’re proud to have more than 104 stores across 14 states, with 31 of our locations being in Texas.” He has observed that owners are exploring new options for pet food and treating, such as raw diets, grain-free, calming treats and more. “Aside from pet owners continuing to desire more holistic and natural food and treats for their beloved pets, the major change we’ve seen in pet food is the method by which pet owners shop for these items, he says. “A growing number of pet owners shop for pet food online, get it delivered or pick it up via curbside pickup service.” They stay educated about the latest innovations in pet nutrition and are able to provide sound guidance to customers. “Something that sets us apart is that our customers don’t come in just to buy dog food. They come in to get advice on how to provide their furry family members with the best nutrition and quality of life—and we’re able to provide just that, shares McGhee. “To offer the best customer service, our sales associates receive over 40 hours of training annually from veterinarians, nutritionists, vendors and behaviorists.” Shopping options include online ordering, same-day delivery via our the Hollywood Feed fleet (free for orders over $49), curbside pickup locations and in stores. Hollywood Feed, 20 North Texas locations and 1341 Warford St., Memphis, TN. January 2022



Why Words Matter


by Marlaina Donato


rom witchy incantations in Shakespeare’s Macbeth to ancient Sanskrit mantras; from the stirring speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the divinely inspired poetry of the Sufis, words have bridged the chasm between the visible and the invisible since the dawn of human language. They have the capacity to conjure change, rock the boat, manipulate mood and alter the inner landscape. According to language research center Ethnologue, there are more than 7,000 languages in the world. We use words every day to communicate, to learn, to teach, to bond with kindred souls and to win opinion wars on social media. We can use words as medicine or weapons, and we too often forget their power. Many religious texts draw attention to the spoken word, especially in creation stories and the creative capacity of deity. In the Vedanta Sutra, an ancient Vedic text, the phrase anavritti

sabdat translates to “by sound vibration, one becomes liberated.” Consider what it would be like if we each made a daily commitment to use everyday words as a conscious tool for healing—a practical form of spiritual discipline from which everyone might benefit. In our age of rapidly developing technology and jam-packed schedules, the spoken word is becoming a casualty in the daily blur of abbreviated texts and emojis. Forty percent of the world’s languages are on the threshold of extinction, and so is the language of everyday courtesy and compassion. “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” the old saying goes, but words do hurt, chipping away at our mental health in the classroom, on the checkout line at the supermarket and in our social media newsfeeds. Negativity-overwhelm has become the norm. If the mystics of old are correct regarding the energetic impact of our words, thoughts and self-talk, incredible power awaits on the tip of our tongues. With a little bit of attention and intention, there’s so much we might be able to create for ourselves and others. Words are seeds, and we can sow lifesustaining gardens for generations to follow. Consider what to plant today.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 1 Good Vibes Guided Hike – 9-10am. Start the New Year on the right (or left) foot. Join the Good Vibe Guides as we hit the trails to start 2022 out in nature. $10. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. Registration required: Burning Bowl Ritual – 12-2pm. No matter what 2021 brought or 2022 brings, we intend to meet it all with a deep spiritual conviction that we can get through anything, thrive no matter what, and stay connected to each other and Spirit through it all. Love offering. A Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 115, Dallas. 972-8669988. 1st Day Hike at Oak Cliff Nature Preserve – 2-4pm. Join TLC for a 1st Day Hike at our Oak Cliff Nature Preserve featuring “Bring Your Own Art”! We invite participants to bring their own art, and we will install it at the Logjam/Artsy Area along the trail. Recycled, upcycled and reclaimed materials welcome, including metal, wood and rock. Suggested donation $10. Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, 2875 Pierce St, Dallas. 512-507-6550.

6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. Register:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11 Virtual: Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Fix the Grid. Dave Cortez, Director of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter, will talk about working to promote development of a sustainable, reliable, and affordable U.S. electric grid for 21stcentury renewable energy. Via Zoom. More info:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 School Gardening 101 – 6-8pm. Join us online along with our knowledgeable guest Dawn Cleaves to learn tips and tricks for getting a successful school garden growing. Register:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 Morning Bird Walk – 7:30-8:15am. Enjoy the grounds and our amazing, feathered friends. $10. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. Registration required:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 Guided Nature Hike – 8:30-9:30am. A guided tour led by one of our educators. Learn about our surrounding habitat while you enjoy a hike. All ages. $10. Trinity River Audubon Center,

Virtual Nature Talk: Phenology: Natures Climate Calendar – 10-11:30am. Presentation by Jon Zeitler, from the National Weather Service. Phenology is the study of the relationship between our climate and life on Earth. Free. Register:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29 Stargazing with Astronomers – 6-7:30pm. Explore the night skies with astronomers from the Fort Worth Astronomical Society. Learn about the constellations and planets as you examine the skies with high-powered telescopes. Free. Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Rd, Mansfield.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 The Heart of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from Across the Globe – 12-1pm. Dr. Patricia A. Wilson shares a few stories from her book, The Heart of Community Engagement, to illustrate how effective change agents learn the inner art of community engagement as well as the outer art of awareness-based practice. Free. Virtual. Register:

ongoing events Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

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. Car 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. 972-2489126. Vegan Sunday Brunch at Spiral Diner – 9am3pm. Vegan diner and bakery since 2002. Sunday brunch features vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, breakfast quesadillas and organic mimosas. 1314 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth & 1101 N Beckley, Dallas.

Celebration Service Live – 11am. Meditation, music and lessons on YouTube live: Unity on Greenville Dallas, TX or Love offering. Unity on Greenville, 3425 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-826-5683. Sunday Meditation – 3:15-4:15pm. With Lynne Patterson. Class offers many meditation techniques and styles, with a focus on mindfulness and open awareness. $10. Yoga Mart, 2201 Tucker St, Ste 101, Dallas. 214-238-2433. Chakra Sound Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Includes chakra sounds and breathing techniques. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214521-6157.

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

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

monday 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. DallasMedi Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. A gentle hatha yoga geared for all ages and levels with a special focus on breathing, meditation and a specific intention each sequence. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Cosmic 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.

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:


Yoga at the Center – 8:30-9:30am. Join us for yoga led by Dallas resident and RYT, Deedre Morales. Be guided through a gentle and blissful practice that will awaken all of your senses. $15. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. Register: TrinityRiver.

Online: Awakening Heart Meditation – 5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing.

Daily Harvest – 10-10:30am. Also Thurs. Join our horticulture team as they harvest fresh and seasonal produce in the garden. Included with garden admission or membership. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. Details: Online: Ananda Yoga Sadhana Practice – 5:157:30pm. Also Thurs. Time to recalibrate and center through this transformational practice based on the yoga teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-2489126.

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

Online: Metaphysics and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Manifestation and mysticism: 2 sides of the spiritual coin. Let us practice together, while diving more deeply into universal principles and spiritual living. Open to all. Free. A Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 115, Dallas. 972-866-9988.

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

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


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

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.

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.

calendar of events MONDAY, JANUARY 3 Meet the Meadow Introductory Trail Walk – 10-11am. 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: Connemara

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5 Hiking North Texas: Where to Go, What to Know – 6:30-8:45pm. North Texas Master Naturalists meeting. A team of NTMN experienced hikers will share their knowledge and experiences. In-person & via Zoom. Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Bldg H, Rm 125, 3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch. Register:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 Bird Walk – 7:30-11:30am. Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA’s nature trails. Ages 10 & up. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area,

201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or


level crushed-granite surface of the Cottonwood trail. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or

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: Connemara

Winter Waterways Cleanup 2021 – 10am12pm. Litter ends up in our storm drains and flows directly into our creeks, then into lakes, rivers and ultimately the ocean. Join us in cleaning up and be part of the solution. Legacy Trail, off Dalrock Dr, Plano.

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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:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12 Success with Seeds – 7-9pm. Learn the secrets to successful seed sowing from contributor and seed master, Greg Holdsworth. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy. Register: Live

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 A Chance to Hike – 10am-12pm. Free guided nature walk for members of the Special Needs community will take place along the wide and

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

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McKinney. 972-562-5566. 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.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19 Vegetable Gardening for North Texas – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to set up your spring garden for maximum results even in containers. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.

ongoing events NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please.

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 Guided Trail – 2-4pm. Experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Heard Sanctuary led by our trained guides. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 Webinar: Recycling 102 – 12-1:30pm. Find out about municipal waste programs, the local landfill, the work that goes into disposing our waste and why it is important to reduce, reuse and recycle. Also held in-person, 6:30-8pm. Free. Via Zoom. Register:

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26 Webinar: Understanding Your Water Bill – 12-1:30pm Learn how your charges are calculated each month. Will also share guidance on customer resources and empowering sustainable behaviors. Also held in-person, 6-7:30pm. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Edible Gardening – 9am-12pm. Presentations given by Master Gardeners and AgriLife personnel. $20/person. The Landing in Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 CR 166, McKinney. Register:

Horizon UU Worship Service – 10:30am12pm. Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton. 972-4924940.

monday Dairy Farm Tours – Mon-Sat, by appt only. Experience life on a dairy farm with an educational tour including how and what cows are


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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.


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

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

saturday 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 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.

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


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


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


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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 5.


Dr. Zhangping Lu, DC, LAc, MD (China) 425 Maplelawn Dr, Ste 101, Plano 75075 972-519-8488 Whole-body wellness center providing chiropractic care, spinal decompression, allergy testing, NAET, IMAET, detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, wellness programs and more. All-natural healing, no medication, no surgery. See ad, page 35.

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


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


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


Whole-body wellness center providing chiropractic care, spinal decompression, allergy testing, NAET, IMAET, detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, wellness programs and more. All-natural healing, no medication, no surgery. See ad, page 35.

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

11600 Welch Road, Dallas 214- 363-6311


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 care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. ~Wendell Berry


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


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


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



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

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

At Flourish Dental Boutique, we believe the best dentistry is often the least dentistry. We help your body thrive on its own with therapies that enrich and empower its natural healing processes. As a holistic and biological dental practice, we choose safe materials and treatment protocols with special attention to your nutrition and overall wellness. See ad, page 40.



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


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

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

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Dr. Jeffrey Davies 8222 Douglas Ave, Suite 810, Dallas 214-363-7777 Offering non-toxic, healthier, metal free, crowns, bridges and implants. Practicing biomimetic, tooth-conserving Dentistry, we can help avoid root canals and eliminate the need for crowns. Mercury filings are removed safely and we offer convenient office hours with after work appointments. Experience a pampering environment in our centrally located office. Call our concierge now to schedule an appointment. See ad, page 5.

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 35.


Dr. D. Brock Lynn 6190 LBJ Freeway #900, Dallas 972-934-1400 Practicing dentistry for over 38 years, specializing in periodontics, Dr. Lynn is board-certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontics and Dental implants. He practices dentistry with a holistic approach and is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine &Toxicology as well as the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. See ad, page 50.

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

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

Brussels Sprouts by seed (IN)


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

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

Snap Bush Beans by seed (O)

Swiss Chard by seed (IN)

Yellow Bush Beans by seed (O)

Zucchini Squash by seed (O)

We believe all human body parts have a specific function. Our teeth and our bite are no exception. We aim at restoring the masticatory organ function so it may support life and radiate a beautiful smile. Our comprehensive orthodontic care includes conventional metal, Insignia, Damon Clear and Invisalign braces,TMJ dysfunction therapy, Sleep apnea treatment and more.

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

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

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The premier school of nurse coaching, offering the cutting edge of health care through the Resilience Paradigm. AHH is a nurse coaching program that meets the continuing education requirements for nurses to apply for national or international certification in nurse coaching and/or holistic nursing through the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation. See ad, page 4.


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


Homeoprophylaxis (HP), a part of Homeopathy, is a major part of Cathy Lemmon’s practice at Healthy Healing Arts. HP has been used worldwide for hundreds of years with a success rate of over 90% to help fight off disease. Lemmon uses an energetic, nontoxic means of promoting immunity in a safe and natural way. See ad, page 7.

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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


Dr. Jerry Tennant MD, Medical Director 35 Veranda Lane, Ste 100, Colleyville 972-580-1156 Providing traditional “standard-ofcare” medicine using prescription as well as complementary medicine. Recognizing that the human body is not simply a collection of independent parts but rather an integrative whole -we treat it that way. Conditions treated include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as thyroid support, adrenal support, hormone replacement. essential oil therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. See ad, page 20.

Debra Rossi 817-925-2999


Niti Shah, PT, MS, CNS, LDN 3365 Regent Blvd., Ste 130, Irving TX 75063 972-514-7956 Chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmunity have reached pandemic levels. My goal is to shift attention away from suppressing symptoms with drugs—to addressing the root cause of conditions with nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle change. As a Board-certified Clinical Nutritionist, I will show you the transformative power of a back to basics approach .


9901 Valley Ranch Pkwy East, Ste 1009 Irving 972-580-0545 We are the exclusive distributor of the patented Tennant Biomodulator® PLUS & PRO. These FDA accepted non-invasive devices are designed to offer an affordable, drug free, userfriendly option for the indicated use of symptomatic relief for chronic, severe or intractable pain; and adjunctive treatment in managing post-surgical and post-traumatic pain. See ad, page 20.

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

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


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

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Restaurant - 214-351-5681 | 4503 West Lovers Lane Dallas, Texas 75209 Catering - 214-351-2456 • Market - 214-352-0031


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.

5502 Ben Davis, Sachse 972-984-8946


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

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.

Dawn Harris, RYT500 306 W Ave F, Midlothian 214-817-8597


As Celebration continues to serve delicious, affordable and locally sourced food, we want to thank our friends and customers for your loving and loyal support!


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

The original farm-to-table restaurant in north Food You Can Texas, including catering and takeFeel Good About! out Dallas’ Market. With a full -serORIGINAL vice bar, we celebrate farm-to-table restaurant years ofFresh serving afford• Localdelicious, • Sustainable able, locally sourced food. We offer gluten free alternatives, clean water raised salmon and sustain• Local, free-range, 100% grass-fed ably raised seafood, cagebeeffree poultryRanch and 100% from Springerhill No antibiotics ever,in vegetarian grass fed beef. Come in •today, order or take-out. fed, cage-free chicken from See ad, page 29. Perdue Farms


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


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

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