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n this month’s issue, our feature article is about regenerative farming, our Wise Words department is about regenerative health care and the word also came up on this week’s broadcast of Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio, as we dug deep into the subject of renewable energy, and our hope is that it will be the near future of society’s energy production and consumption. I’ve heard the word over and over again in my Bible study class these last few weeks; we’ve been delving into the regeneration of Jacob, the woefully “just like us” biblical patriarch whom God chose to father and shepherd His new nation of people. Then, not to be outdone, regenerative medicine has been all over the place with the evolution of stem cell therapy. Each of these aspects of regeneration shares the root meaning of “regenerate: to regrow or replace something lost or injured; to generate or produce anew; to be reformed or reborn in a spiritual or moral sense; or, in the case of renewable energy, to generate power from natural sources that are constantly replenished.” While these are all important subjects, I suspect that we waste a lot of time and capital by failing to frame them in ways that people can immediately understand. Framing these issues more effectively requires going back to basics. This requires going back to the way our bodies and the planet were created to function. In the case of regenerative farming, Sandra Yeyati highlights and espouses “innovations” such as farming that is chemical- and pesticide-free; holistically integrates livestock; and is intended for local, rather than worldwide distribution. This is important because back in the day when these standards defined our farming system, both food and the planet were healthier and more sustainable. In the case of regenerative health care, here’s what going back to basics looks like. Our maker, in His infinite wisdom, created (in order) light; water and the atmosphere; land and oceans, vegetation and plants; the sun, moon and stars; birds and fish; land animals; and finally, when this perfectly symbiotic environment was ready, His most prized possession, humans, to thrive and survive in this nature He had created. In her interview with the founder of an organic farming research firm, Patricia Trenchak highlights how our health is improved when we eat natural, chemical-free, locally grown foods—again, back to the way we were created to eat in order to thrive. In keeping with our back-to-basics theme, we also have articles discussing the therapeutic use of plant-based medicines, specifically psychedelics and hemp-derived CBD. Research continues to show that the original symbiotic relationship between humans, health and the planet is still alive and well. This month’s issue is chock full of information designed to bring you insights and helpful, actionable information. We hope that you will find much in this issue that piques your interest, sheds new light on something you thought you knew and helps you on your journey to living a healthier life on a healthier planet. Until next month, Blessings

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lanet911 is an international call to action to youth across the world using film, arts, music and media as a way to protect the future of our planet. The Spring 2021 Planet Stewardship Challenge for youth filmmakers submission deadline is March 16. By empowering youth and creating a strong coalition of organizations and individuals, we can make dramatic reductions in our carbon footprint and change the current direction of climate change. Participants can tell their story, share their ideas and compete for cash prizes by telling their audience what they should be doing to take better care of the Earth in relation to the climate crisis in a 50-second film. Entries must be produced and submitted by individuals between 13 and 22 years old. The film should answer one of two questions: how can we protect our natural resources and the rights of the world’s citizens to live equitably; or how do we build a more environmentally just world? Identify what needs fixing, show how someone is making a positive impact and reveal how others can follow. For more information, visit Earthx.org.

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Getting an MRI or CT scan is typically not a relaxing experience, and patient discomfort, anxiety or agitation can affect the quality of the image. Taking note of businesses that use lighting to create a mood, researchers from Pepperdine University demonstrated that patient unease in imaging centers can be modified with the use of colored LED lights. In a pilot study involving 35 subjects, 43 percent found blue lighting most relaxing, while 31 percent preferred yellow. The least relaxing lighting color was red, according to 69 percent of participants, followed by yellow (17 percent) and green (11 percent). Each subject was given a handheld device to set the hue, intensity and brightness of lighting, and most chose blue. No patient preferred the standard bright, white lighting of healthcare environments. “When given the opportunity to change a single aspect of the environmental or imaging facility experience, patients feel much more in control of the otherwise unfamiliar and uncomfortable setting,” write the authors in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Ginger root (Zingiber officinale), used historically in traditional medicine to treat indigestion and nausea, may also help people with Type 2 diabetes, suggests a new study from Brazil. Researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind study of 103 people with Type 2 diabetes that were taking medications. Those taking 1.2 grams of ginger powder for 90 days experienced a significant drop in the level of fasting blood sugar, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol compared to those taking a placebo.

Use Green Tea Extract and Curcumin to Ward Off Oral Cancer Early signs of oral cancer can include white patches, sores and lumps inside the mouth, biomarkers known collectively as oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMD). To see if two natural chemopreventive agents—green tea extract and curcumin—could reverse these conditions, researchers in India tested 60 people with OPMD, splitting them into three groups. One group was given 400 milligrams (mg) of green tea extract in a capsule, as well as a gel; a second group was given 475 mg of curcumin; and the third received a combination of the first two treatments. After 12 weeks, researchers found that the supplementation had significantly reduced OPMD biomarkers in all three groups, with particularly strong results in the combination group, suggesting a synergistic effect. 12

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Improve Children’s Brain Health with Better Nutrition In a study with important implications for underfed children in lowincome countries and elsewhere, a new study in The BMJ medical journal found that six months of nutritional supplements can improve working memory and blood flow in children’s brains. Researchers from Tufts University travelled to villages in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, where they gave 1,059 children, ages 1 through 7 years, a breakfast supplement high in plant polyphenols, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and protein. They compared results with children eating the standard local breakfast of rice or a common lower-quality supplement. They found that the enhanced nutritional supplement boosted cognition and increased cerebral blood flow in children younger than 4 and raised their hemoglobin concentration if they were anemic. Children older than 4 had improved body compositions—more lean tissue and less fat. With at least 250 million children worldwide younger than 5 that are failing to reach their cognitive developmental potential, these results pose significant impacts for children’s education and national development in low-income countries, say the researchers.

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The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) has urged governments to take action to save the planet’s remaining coral reefs and their attendant fish populations, because collective human impacts are leaving fewer places untouched, with only 15 percent of the Earth’s land mass formally protected and global biodiversity declining at an unprecedented rate. To that end, a new online data platform, MERMAID (DataMermaid.org) helps scientists and management officials collect, organize and disseminate data on reef fish biomass and diversity, as well as the cover of hard corals, fleshy algae and other benthic groups—all identified by ICRI as key indicators of coral reef health, integrity and function. The newly published 5th Global Biodiversity Outlook and other sources endorsed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services clearly indicate that governments are failing to meet existing global targets for biodiversity and that critical ecosystems like coral reefs will be altered to the point that the biodiversity they harbor, and the services they provide, will be irreparably damaged. Currently, only 2.5 percent of the world’s reefs are being actively protected.

The British-owned Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC), under a license from the Bahamian government, has begun exploratory oil drilling as deep as 18,000 feet in an area southwest of Andros Island and 150 miles from South Florida. Eighteen members of the U.S. Congress, including the entire South Florida delegation, have warned Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis of the potential for severe, even catastrophic impact if a spill occurs. BPC has made assurances that the exploratory well will be sealed and never used again after it completes its exploratory drilling, and supporters of the project say that the process is closely regulated and accidents are rare. Still, Floridians remember the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico that leaked an estimated 164 million gallons of oil and caused billions of dollars in economic and environmental damage. Even a minor accident that leads to a small oil spill could cost the state millions of dollars and disrupt tourism and businesses. Casuarina McKinneyLambert, executive director of the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, says that delicate areas of the Florida Keys would be particularly vulnerable to a spill.

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Due to the ongoing decay of radioactive elements in the Earth’s core, temperatures 4,000 miles below the surface can reach 10,800° F. The molten magma we call lava carries enormous heat to the surface. But despite its enormous potential, geothermal energy supplied just 0.4 percent of U.S. electricity in 2019. In California, the perimeter of the inland Salton Sea lies several thousand feet above a mineral-rich cauldron of hot water that powers 10 geothermal plants. The state has emphasized wind and solar power while neglecting the development of geothermal plants, despite possessing our most productive geothermal fields. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimated in 2007 that releasing just 2 percent of this untapped resource in sites around the country could supply 2,000 times our overall primary energy needs without needing any improvements in drilling technology. While the first geothermal plants in the 1960s drained reservoirs of their steam or water, binary plants—a new design from the 1980s—allow operators to extract the heat while maintaining the generating potential. Between 2006 and 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy spent only $1 billion on geothermal technology due to falling coal prices, a fraction of what was spent on fossil fuels and solar investment.


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Manmade perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used in water-repellant outdoor gear and linked to birth defects, high cholesterol and increased risk of kidney and testicular cancer have been detected in snow at the top of Mount Everest, posing a risk for trekkers, climbers and residents that drink the water. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry suggests that exposure to high levels of PFAS may suppress the immune system and increase the risk of getting COVID-19. The PFAS discovery was reported by Kimberley Miner, a research assistant professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, who along with 20 co-authors published a paper, “Deposition of PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ on Mt. Everest,” in the online journal Science of the Total Environment. The PFAS pollution shows that people unknowingly shed these chemicals. Some companies that make outdoor gear are phasing them out, while others cite “technical challenges” in delaying such implementation.

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Scientists looking for ways to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere have increasingly focused on the aviation industry, which accounts for approximately 12 percent of transportation-related carbon dioxide emissions. Installing heavy batteries aboard aircraft is problematic, but a team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the UK and Saudi Arabia have developed a way to produce jet fuel using carbon dioxide as a main ingredient, as published in the journal Nature Communications. The process, which uses an iron catalyst with added potassium and manganese, along with hydrogen, citric acid and carbon dioxide heated to 662° F, forces the carbon atoms apart from the oxygen atoms in CO2 molecules, which then bond with hydrogen atoms to produce the kind of hydrocarbon molecules that comprise liquid jet fuel, with water as a byproduct. This is less expensive than converting hydrogen and water into fuel because it uses less electricity. Use of this fuel in aircraft would be carbon-neutral because burning it would release the same amount of carbon dioxide that was used to make it.

Honey Bees Have a Dirty Secret

Although honey bees symbolize prosperity, sustainability and environmentalism, and are vital to farmers, they also have a distressing effect on the environment—destabilizing natural ecosystems by competing with native bees. Thousands of beekeeping hobbyists and campaigns to save the bees provide honey bees much more media coverage than native pollinators. High densities of honey bee colonies increase competition with the native pollinators for forage, putting even more pressure on the wild species that are already in decline. Honey bees are extremely general foragers and monopolize floral resources, leading to exploitative competition where one species uses up a resource, not leaving enough to go around. Sheila Colla, an assistant professor and conservation biologist at Toronto’s York University, tells Scientific American, “Beekeeping is for people; it’s not a conservation practice. People mistakenly think keeping honey bees, or helping honey bees, is somehow helping the native bees, which are at risk of extinction. The focus on neonics [pesticide] and honey bees has taken a ton of resources away from conserving wild pollinators from their most important threats.” March 2021


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both work well, but when you combine the disciplines, they work even better,” advises Dr. Tammy Fogarty, dean of health and human performance. “We like to use a collaborative approach, not just in academics, but also in our on-campus clinics.” In addition to being ambitious, compassionate and energetic, students are prepared for careers as industry leaders with techniques and knowledge gained from realworld experience. Founder Dr. James Parker established a set of principles that continues to guide students on a campus that honors tradition, but encourages innovation. Parker University offers a wide variety of degree programs, including bachelor’s degrees in Integrative health, psychology, strength and human performance, as well as associate degrees in massage therapy, occupational therapy assistant and radiologic technology.


encourages students to identify the root cause of an ailment or disease, and in some instances, they need to seek treatment options outside of one field,” Fogarty says. “Our chiropractic students, while going through the chiropractic program, are eligible to enroll in any of our master’s degree programs. When they graduate, not only are they chiropractors, but they also have a master’s in a complementary field. This gives them an opportunity to provide an interdisciplinary approach to health and wellness.” Fogarty cites Parker’s neuroscience program as another example of the university’s interdisciplinary approach. The new Synapse: Human Performance Center exemplifies this approach by offering the latest in neuroscience and evidence-based therapies for patients and brings together diverse healthcare professionals to one location. This protype clinic showcases professionals from

such diverse fields as chiropractic, neurology, physiology, occupational therapy, massage therapy and nutrition, working together to provide a patient-centered, collaborative approach to care. Fogarty says that when chiropractors attend continuing education seminars, they take an hour-long class in nutrition or exercise training to earn continuing education credits, but there’s no formal education. “So, what we can offer our students is to not only graduate with a chiropractic degree, but also a master’s degree in a related field they want to specialize in.” The master’s degree in functional nutrition is an interprofessional graduate program for chiropractors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, nurse practitioners, exercise physiologists and dietitians seeking to enhance

their skills and promote nutrition education in a variety of settings at the mastery level. The program’s mission is to provide graduates with the ability to communicate the link between functional nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention with more extensive credentials. “We have chiropractors, nurses and nurse practitioners that are enrolling into the program,” Fogarty explains. “They are licensed professionals. Within their license, nutrition is included in their scope of practice, but they don’t have formal training. We’re starting to see more healthcare

practitioners that want to be able to offer nutrition to their clients, but want more than just a certification.” Parker University is also developing bridge programs that more easily allow students to gain knowledge across disciplines to better serve patients. “We offer our students a variety of degrees, so they can earn an associate’s, bachelor’s and a master’s degree in another field that supports a collaborative health approach,” Fogarty concludes. Parker University is located at 2540 Walnut Hill Ln., in Dallas; Synapse is located at 2618 Electronic Ln., Ste. 100, For more information, visit Parker.edu. See ad, back cover. Sheila Julson is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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ith its dependence on chemical pesticides and fertilizers, heavy tilling techniques, concentrated animal feeding practices and mono-crops—all designed to maximize yields—conventional farming has come at a great cost. “Conventional intensive farming practices have significant negative consequences for the land and surrounding ecosystems,” says Richard Teague, Texas A&M professor of Ecosystem Science and Management. “By disrupting the natural function of these habitats, the valuable ecosystem services they provide are compromised.”

The way we’re growing food now is not sustainable. “According to the United Nations, we only have 60 harvests left before our soil is completely depleted. Years of conventional industrial agriculture have drained the soil dry of all of the organic matter, all the microbes, that microbiome that brings nutrients to our plants and to our planet as a whole,” says Margaret Wilson, content creation and media relations specialist at the Rodale Institute. The UN also reported last year that agriculture and forestry were responsible for nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. “Agriculture is a climate-intensive process and conventional practices make that even worse because they’re fossil fuel-intensive,” Wilson says. “They require a lot of machinery to plow fields and distribute pesticides. Fertilizers 18

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are fossil fuel-based. Tillage is a huge part of conventional agriculture, where you’re turning the soil over, and that releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.” One third of the world’s land surface is considered desert, and according to Judith D. Schwartz, the Vermont author of The Reindeer Chronicles and Cows Save the Planet, most deserts are manmade. “If we look historically, we learn that most deserts

were once thriving grasslands or some other kind of ecosystem and became deserts after hundreds of years of poor grazing management or farming that was no longer putting nutrients back into the soil.” The good news is that deserts can be brought back to life. In the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, where much of the land is degraded, ingenious ranchers have figured out a way to support healthy animals and plant biodiversity. “The ranchers were earning money by managing the livestock holistically in a way that was reviving the ecological function of these lands, so there were thick grasses, birds and butterflies flourishing right next to land that looked horrible—absolute deserts with a lot of erosion, the soil so depleted that it couldn’t hold water,” recalls Schwartz, who visited the area. Regenerative organic farming holds great promise to rebuild soil, draw carbon from the atmosphere and ultimately grow healthier food. “When you take out the pesticides, fertilizers and intensive tilling, our farming systems trial concluded that regenerative organic agriculture uses 45 percent fewer fossil fuels and releases 40 percent fewer carbon emissions than conventional practices,” Wilson says, adding that a recent Rodale Institute white paper postulated that by transitioning all global crop and pastureland to regenerative management, we could sequester 100 percent of annual carbon dioxide emissions. As the founder of the Rodale Institute, J.I. Rodale, said, “Healthy soil equals healthy food equals healthy people.” Soil restoration is job one, and we know how to do this. “The goal of regenerative farming is to farm and ranch in nature’s image,” says Gabe Brown, a North Dakota farmer and author of Dirt to Soil. He offers the following six principles to create a thriving, regenerating agricultural ecosystem:

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Context: “There’s a reason bananas do not grow in North Dakota. They don’t fit the context, whereas more spring wheat is grown in North Dakota than anywhere else. You have to farm and ranch in your context.” The least amount of mechanical and chemical disturbance possible: “Nature tills with earthworms and burrowing rodents, but it certainly doesn’t till the soil like we do in farming or even in gardening. Tilling is the worst thing you can do if you want to raise nutrient-dense food. Nature aerates the soil with the use of living plants and soil aggregates. Those soil aggregates will only last about four weeks, then new ones need to be formed, and the only way to form them is by not tilling and allowing biology and fungi to secrete substances that help bind sand, silt and clay to form soil aggregates.”



Armor on the soil: “Nature always tries to cover the soil, whether it be leaves in a forest or decaying plants in a pasture or field. Nature does not like bare soil.”

Diversity: “Where in nature do you see a monoculture? Usually only where man put it or man’s actions have driven it to be a monoculture. Nature is very diverse, so hundreds of different grasses, legumes all growing in harmony. We’ve gotten away from that. Now we plant monocultures. That’s not the way nature functions.”



Livestock and insect integration: “Nature does not function properly without animals. Too many people think we have to remove the animals from the landscape. That’s the worst thing you can do. What’s going to pollinate the plants? The way our rich soils were formed was with large herds of ruminants, grazing the plants. That plant, once grazed, starts sloughing off root exudates to attract biology, to regrow, and then that plant is able to cycle more carbon out of the atmosphere.”


A living root being in the soil as long as possible throughout the year: “I go out in the spring here in North Dakota, and you’ve got crocuses coming up through the snow. That’s nature’s way of trying to take the solar energy and all of these compounds out of the atmosphere, and through photosynthesis convert it into carbon to feed soil biology.”

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Brown waxes poetic when he talks about the amazing results of regenerative farming. “Healthy soil looks like dark chocolate cake. It’s full of pore spaces. Healthy soil is dark because of the amount of carbon in it. It smells good, whereas unhealthy soil is very compacted. There’s no pore spaces. Water cannot infiltrate into it. It’s a dull, pale color. You can see it, you can smell it, you can feel it.” According to Wilson, the Rodale Institute is poised to help farmers adopt these principles and make them profitable. “People say regenerative organic isn’t scalable, but through our farming systems trial, we’re proving that you can do this on a large scale. It might require customization, but that’s why we’re investing so much in providing support and research to farmers to help them navigate that, and we’re seeing that scalability is not a barrier to implementation because so many big companies like Dr. Bronner’s and Patagonia are starting to implement these practices because people are demanding it. The market finds a way to make it doable and as long as we keep up our consumer education and show people that this is a benefit to everybody, I think large-scale farmers and corporations that buy their products will respond.” Last year, Graham Christensen’s father gave him and his brother full control of a 750-acre farm in Oakland, Nebraska, that has been in the family since 1867. Over the decades, the farm has seen many changes, but the biggest transformation is still to come, as the brothers eagerly transition their once conventional operation into a regenerative organic one. The family began to incorporate a few innovations 12 years ago when they stopped tilling the land and adopted solar energy, but this year they’ll take bolder steps to eliminate their dependence on GMO seeds and chemical fertilizers and pesticides which over the years have reduced organic matter levels in the soil and led to increased and unhealthy nutrient levels in their waterways. “For the first time, we’ll be cover-cropping 612 acres and expanding habitats for wildlife, especially in some riparian areas, so we can get more roots in the soil and have better filtration and cleaner water,” Christensen explains. “We’re going to produce nutrients by building a biodiverse ecosystem and we’re incorporating animal grazing systems to help us fertilize naturally rather than having to add synthetics like nitrogen and phosphorus.” They have planted a 100-tree hazelnut orchard that they hope to expand as a tree crop. “That’s going to help us stop soil erosion, store more carbon in the ground, produce another form of income and also be able to fit right into our cropping system, virtually taking out no extra land; just creating a higher layer, so now we’re farming higher in the air.” The transition is not without its risks, Christensen adds. “Farms like ours have been heavily subsidized by the federal government to ship our grain to other countries. What we’re trying to do now is produce more small grains and hazelnuts for a regional market and reintroduce livestock to the land—not in confinement—so we can focus more on feeding people in our local community and in Omaha or Lincoln or Kansas City or Des Moines.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.


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Sedera Creates a Community of Health Care Cost Sharing by Sheila Julson


fter a career in The company sees 250,000 advertising, Leslie medical fundraising camAllen struck out on paigns per year started by her own in the employee/ individuals (gofundme.com/ individual benefit field start/medical-fundraising). offering health care plans Allen also cites a study puband supplemental benefits lished in the American Journal for consumers. After seeing of Medicine that found 60 many changes during the percent of U.S. bankruptcies nearly two decades in the result from medical bills, and business, she realizes that that 77 percent of those people one size does not fit all. had major medical insurance Leslie Allen Allen watched clients at the time. struggle with the traditional Sedera brings together healthcare model where monthly premia powerful community of individuals and ums can be prohibitive; the cost to use the families to be active and engaged participroduct was excessive due to high initial pants in their healthcare decision-making. out-of-pocket costs or surprise bills; and “The concept is simple and incredibly powconfining restrictions of networks. She erful,” Allen says. “There are no networks, came to embrace the medical cost sharing and members can seek treatment where (MCS) model of health care which has been they wish. There are no insurance cards; around since the early 20th century, based Sedera members are cash pay patients.” on a community of like-minded individu She explains that the member selects als coming together to share in each other’s an Initial Unshareable Amount (IUA) medical needs. that suits them. It could be $500, $1,000, Sedera, headquartered in Austin, was $1,500 or $2,500. This is the initial amount founded in 2014 by Dr. Tony Dale, of Great a member pays on their own prior to any Britain, is led by president and CEO Jamie amount that may be eligible for sharing. Lagarde and operates nationwide. “More than Once the IUA is met, expenses are submit1 million members have shared billions of ted to Sedera headquarters, reviewed and dollars in medical expenses across the vari- negotiated. The funds are then delivered to ous sharing ministries,” Allen says. Typically, MCS ministries require members to make a statement of belief or faith, but Sedera has removed the barriers to entry by building on a set of ethical beliefs, creating an inclusive community regardless of personal belief or faith. “The market is changing, and we’re on the precipice of huge changes in health care,” she says. “Sedera is a terrific fit for what I see for the future.”

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Hemp-Derived Cannabidiol A Primer on the Latest Research by Sandra Yeyati


ver since the Farm Bill of 2018 legalized the commercial production of hemp, U.S. sales of cannabidiol (CBD) have exploded onto the scene with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of vendors popping up around the country. CBD, a cannabinoid, is abundant in the hemp flower. “By law, hemp is defined as a variety of cannabis plant that has less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that induces a high,” says Shannon Livingston, a cannabis consultant for Florida Gulf Coast University, in Fort Myers. Proven Benefits of CBD: “The enthusiasm for CBD is soaring above the actual scientific evidence,” says Peter Grinspoon, M.D., a leading medical cannabis expert and primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. “What’s known is that it helps with childhood epilepsy, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a CBD drug for that. It is believed, and there’s good animal data and some human data to suggest, that CBD helps with chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety.”


Anxiety Under Study: A clinical trial examining a high-CBD, low-THC (the psychoactive component) sublingual custom formulation for patients with moderate to severe anxiety is being conducted by Staci Gruber, Ph.D., director of Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, Massachusetts, and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “In the open label phase of this study, we’ve seen a rather dramatic and precipitous drop in symptoms of anxiety and depression after four weeks of treatment. We’ll see if this holds in the doubleblind phase, which is underway now,” she explains.


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Entourage Effect: Gruber notes that this customized formulation is a full-spectrum, whole-plant formula, saying, “You often seem to get a bigger bang for the buck using a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum (whole plant minus THC) product, rather than just a single extracted compound.” The process she’s describing is called the entourage

effect—an assumption that all elements of the cannabis plant, working together, are most effective. “I believe there’s a significant role for terpenoids, flavonoids and other cannabinoid constituents of the plant, in addition to the big two (THC and CBD), and I have a grant to look at that very question,” she says. How to Start CBD: Experts agree that the best approach is to start low and go slow. “With experimentation, the patient will know what works for them,” Grinspoon says. “When CBD doesn’t work with my patients, the next step is to add a little bit of medical cannabis; it often takes a very little dose to help them with their sleep or their chronic pain.” Medical marijuana has been legalized in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Route of Administration: “When you smoke or vape, it’s an almost immediate onset, which is helpful for breakthrough pain, nausea and anything you want to treat immediately, but the effect is very short-lived,” Livingston explains. “For chronic pain, you might take a capsule or the patch that will last six to eight hours. If you want to fall asleep, a sublingual will work. For a skin condition, you might rub an oil on your skin. It’s really about the time of onset, how long you need it to last and what you’re treating.” Ensuring Quality Control: “Choose CBD providers that are certified for good manufacturing practices; conduct batch-specific, third-party testing on all of their products; and provide certificates of analysis directly from those labs. These tests can detect the presence of heavy metals, bacterial or microbial life, mycotoxins and pesticides, and also provide cannabinoid potency and terpene profiles,” says Grace Kaucic, senior communications and content manager at Bluebird Botanicals, a CBD company in Louisville, Colorado. Our Built-In Cannabinoids: In the mid-1990s, researchers discovered the endocannabinoid system of receptors and neurotransmitters throughout the body, which uses cannabinoids that our own bodies produce. “This system is believed to control homeostasis, the body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain normal functioning,” Grinspoon says, adding that he believes this system will become central to medicine over the next few years as more research is conducted. Research is Ongoing: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for cannabis science,” Gruber says. “There’s every reason to be optimistic about the potential of harnessing and exploiting the benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids in ways that may still surprise us, but to be cautiously optimistic. It is not a panacea. It will never be one-size-fits-all.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.

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Mini-Greens, Major Nutrients Many health-conscious gardeners are drawn to sprouts and microgreens for their nutritional benefits, as they contain as much as 40 times the nutrients as their full-grown counterparts. Sprouts can easily be grown with or without soil, and are eaten before the first tiny cotyledon leaves emerge, whereas microgreens are harvested later, often just before or after the first true leaves, the second pair, pop up. “Sprouted greens grown at home are the freshest food you’ll ever eat. Being able to grow your own salads is also a lot of fun in the winter, to see the wonderful colors


here’s no need to wait until the last frost date to sow a kitchen garden. Impatient gardeners or those without outdoor space can grow almost anything indoors with a little light and creativity. “You can start many edible plants from seed on a sunny windowsill, even in late winter. You’ll be surprised how quickly everything germinates this time of year,” says Zia Allaway, the British author of Indoor Edible Garden: Creative Ways to Grow Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables in Your Home. Herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are among the many foods that can be easily grown from seed indoors, according to Allaway. Many fruiting plants that are not self-pollinating, such as cucumbers, need a boost from hand pollination if growing them indoors. Allaway adds, “When growing any plants on a windowsill, rotate them periodically so they grow evenly, as they will turn toward the light.”  While crops like garlic, beets and carrots won’t reach maturity indoors, they can still be grown inside for their tasty, nutritious leaves. To grow garlic shoots, for example, remove the papery outer case and submerge the flat end of a garlic bulb in a container of water, leaving the top exposed to air. Within a few weeks, garlicky-flavored shoots will sprout up that can be harvested and used like chives, advises Allaway. To maximize space, she suggests growing plants vertically, perhaps by hanging bushy herbs or trailing plants in a window basket. She has also used interior walls to erect a


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growing on your shelf,” says Peter Burke, the Calais, Vermont, author of Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 Days. Burke’s tried and true method is to plant a small amount of seed every day from a mix of sunflower, peas, radish, buckwheat and brassicas like broccoli or kohlrabi, providing a steady supply of his family’s daily dose of greens. While some gardeners grow sprouts or microgreens directly on paper towels or coconut coir, Burke prefers using a storebought, germination soil mix, spread up to two inches deep in reusable trays, watered once a day and grown without artificial light. Many seeds commonly found in the home pantry can be turned into sprouts and shoots, says Lina Wallentinson, the Swedish author of Sprouts, Shoots and Microgreens: Tiny Plants to Grow and Eat in Your Kitchen. “Mustard seeds from the spice shelf, whole lentils in all colors, chickpeas and yellow peas can all be easily grown for sprouts and shoots without any special equipment,” she says. Seeds can be put into wide-mouthed jars, soaked overnight, and then drained and rinsed two to three times a day. Germination of seeds into sprouts, from mung beans to quinoa, can typically take less than 24 hours with this method. Sprouts and microgreens make great toppers for salads, soups, sandwiches or smoothies, and they can also be cooked. “Newly sprouted mung and lentil seeds with a short ‘tail’ are perfect to flash-fry and season with soy, chili and a little sesame oil as an alternative to rice or pasta,” says Wallentinson. “Sprouts are also nice to bake with. Like seeds and nuts, they give a good little chew in all kind of breads.” Whether growing sprouts, microgreens or full-sized plants, Allaway advises home gardeners to make drainage holes at the bottom of the containers to avoid overwatering. “It’s better to underwater than overwater a plant, because once it starts to rot, it’s game over. There is also research showing that a little stress from occasional underwatering can trigger the plant to produce more phytochemicals, which are nutritionally beneficial,” she says. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance

Tasty, Plant-Based Recipes Noodle Soup with Coconut, Sprouts and Shoots My colleague Sofia is a true pro when it comes to developing recipes. This soup is a favorite in our home. Simple to make, it’s warming thanks to just the right amount of bite from the chili. Yield: 4 servings 1 8¾ oz pack of noodles 1 Tbsp canola oil 1 carrot 2 tsp red curry paste Canola oil, for frying 1 13½ oz can coconut milk 1 tsp tomato purée 2 Tbsp fish sauce (or Japanese soy sauce) 1 vegetable stock cube 1 tsp sugar 1¼ cups water 2 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice 1 red bell pepper About 7 oz mung bean sprouts Pea and radish shoots, for garnish Prepare the noodles according to the instructions on the package. Drain off the water, and mix the with the oil.


Peel and thinly slice the carrot. In a saucepan, cook the curry paste and carrot in some oil for about 1 minute. Add in the coconut milk, tomato purée, fish sauce, stock cube, sugar and water, and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the lime juice. Halve, seed and julienne the bell pepper; add it to the soup. Divide the noodles between the bowls, add the soup and sprinkle with sprouts and shoots.


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Green Smoothie Bowl Here’s a recipe that contains both sprouts and shoots. The buckwheat provides a little extra satiety. Top the bowl with some poppy seeds, grated coconut, nuts and berries. Yield: 2 bowls Approx. 1¼ cup mild, tender shoots such as broccoli, chia, pea or sunflower 2 frozen bananas 3½ oz frozen mango, diced 2 Tbsp buckwheat sprouts 6¾ oz mild plain yogurt (3 percent) or coconut or almond milk Hemp hearts, poppy seeds, grated coconut, nuts and frozen red and/or black currants, for topping Blend shoots, bananas, mango, sprouted buckwheat and yogurt until smooth using a countertop or immersion blender. Pour into bowls and top with hemp hearts, poppy seeds, nuts, coconut and berries.

Sprouted Hummus “Make hummus, not war!” Every Middle Eastern family has their own recipe for hummus. Naturally, there has to be a sprouted version of it, too. With a jar of hummus in the refrigerator, I can always cobble together some kind of dish for lunch or dinner. Yield: about 6.75 fluid oz (nearly 1 cup) 7 oz sprouted chickpeas (or yellow peas) 1 garlic clove 2 Tbsp tahini 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp sambal oelek ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp salt 4 Tbsp olive oil Put the sprouted peas in a small saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the water to a boil and cook the peas for 10 minutes. Pour off the water. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Mix the peas in a food processor or with an immersion blender, along with the garlic, tahini, lemon juice, sambal oelek, cumin, salt and oil. Dilute with some water if the hummus seems too thick. Option: Turmeric adds a nice yellow color to hummus. But sample the hummus as you add it in—some enjoy the taste of turmeric, others less so. Start with ½ teaspoon per recipe. Recipes excerpted from Sprouts, Shoots & Microgreens: Tiny Plants to Grow and Eat in Your Home Kitchen, by Lina Wallentinson. Photography by Lennart Weibull.

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ublic interest in horticulture is surging and business at retail plant nurseries is booming according to a recent survey of independent garden centers. It makes sense that people want to have plants around, particularly during difficult times. Plants help people concentrate better, feel more secure and more relaxed, according to research posted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. However, being around plants is not always delightful. As North Texans head outdoors, they are paying more attention to the health and welfare of their home landscapes. What they find can be worrisome. Discovering bugs on the crape myrtles and brown blisters on live oak leaves can alarm novice gardeners that may not know where to turn for good gardening advice. Internet information can be unreliable. People new to gardening may have a hard time discerning solid research-based recommendations from the unproven advice of self-proclaimed experts. Because successful gardening depends on a good understanding of local conditions and appropriate plant selection, online advice from a gardener growing bluegrass in the Northeast may not help the homeowner growing St. Augustine in Dallas. Texans with plant troubles can get free and reliable horticulture information from their local nonprofit master gardener associations, comprised of highly trained volunteer representatives of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Program coordinator Jayla Fry reports that more than 7,500 Texas master gardeners are ready and able to share their considerable knowledge. In Collin County, more than 300 master gardeners volunteer through the Collin County Master Gardeners Association (CCMGA). County residents with horticulture questions can get answers from the CCMGA Ask a Master Gardener Information Center. A form on the website provides space for plant owners to describe problems and upload pictures for review. Experienced master gardeners respond to questions and often provide helpful fact sheets and links to research-based information. They can also provide information about Earth-Kind landscape principles

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Much of the research for studying psychedelic medicine has been supported by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The 35-yearold Santa Cruz, California, nonprofit is currently backing research into psychoactive methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also referred to as ecstasy, which produces effects resembling stimulants and psychedelics, as well as a feeling of connectedness. It plans to publish the full results of phase three clinical trials for MDMA-assisted therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2022, the final stage before seeking U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval for its use as a prescription treatment. MAPS founder and Executive Director Rick Doblin, Ph.D., who spent 30 years studying how psychedelics might help heal trauma and mental illness, was trained and mentored by Stanislav Grof, M.D. A renowned psychiatrist with more than 60 years of experience researching non-ordinary states of consciousness, Grof proposes that psychedelics are to the study of the mind what microscopes are to biology and the telescope is to astronomy. When used wisely, he suggests, they can heal, inspire and perhaps save us. Researchers have found that psychedelics reduce activity in the brain’s default mode network that creates our sense of self—the equivalent of our ego—filtering all incoming information according to personal needs and priorities. When activity is reduced in the default mode network, the ego shifts from the foreground to the background, allowing us to see that we’re part of a larger field of awareness. This can be among an individual’s most important experiences, allowing for feelings of connectedness, altruism and acceptance of death.

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Johns Hopkins and NYU research has demonstrated how psilocybin can help with treatment-resistant depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and addiction. MDMA has shown positive results for depression, social anxiety in autistic adults and anxiety associated with a life-threatening illness. Johns Hopkins and NYU research has demonstrated how psilocybin can help with treatment-resistant depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and addiction. Both MDMA and psilocybin have been studied as adjuncts or catalysts to psychotherapy rather than as standalone treatments. Jennifer Phelps, M.D., who teaches for the Center for MindBody Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and practices family and integrative medicine in Georgetown, Connecticut, says that psilocybin can transform a terminally ill individual’s quality of life for the remainder of their time. “This compassionate use can presently only be prescribed by a physician with the required license issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Presently, LSD, MDMA and psilocybin can only be prescribed for research,” she says. Charley Wininger, a Brooklyn-based psychotherapist, authored Listening to Ecstasy: The Transformative Power of MDMA after experiencing its positive effects on his marriage and psyche. “For those who experiment responsibly, psychedelics can open their lives up to spiritual growth and transformation. It’s a way to learn about how connected we are to each other, to the natural world and to the world at large. When you experience this level of connection, you and your worldview are transformed,” he says. “MDMA helped me with the aging process. I keep growing and exploring consciousness in an unconventional way,” he adds, enthusing that psychedelics can be a unique, life-enhancing opportunity for healthy people across their entire adult lifespan. Wininger explains that MDMA floods the body with serotonin and oxytocin, creating a sense of safety and well-being. “It’s best to

do it with a trained psychotherapist or sitter, so that if any trauma surfaces, it can be relieved with a sense of safety. While individuals report that their relationship to trauma is altered permanently, integration groups give them opportunities to share and anchor their experiences.”

Getting Informed Daniel Shankin, program director of the wellness organization Tam Integration, Align and Flow, in Fairfax, California, offers mindfulness-based coaching and mentorships to integrate psychedelics with life, education and a related career. “Having a guide, preparation coach or therapist is good,” he says. “For the transformation to be lasting, preparation work is needed. Answering questions such as—Why are you here? What are your expectations? And what makes you feel safe and comfortable?—helps to build rapport with a guide that can help you form a simple, powerful intention beforehand. “Personal growth work is invaluable to psychonauts,” says Shankin, who offers podcast interviews on TamIntegration.com, as well as replays of a 2019 Psilocybin Summit in which notable speakers explore the facets of psilocybin mushrooms and methods for creating ceremony and holding a safe space. Also discussed are traditional and indigenous use, as well as efforts to change public policy so that individuals can legally have access to psychedelic medicine. The Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies also educates the public about psychedelic medicines and trains psychotherapists to work in the expanding field of psychedelic studies. Its online programs inform the general public via podcasts about conscious medicine and the future of psychedelic-assisted therapy, which appears promising in light of the recent decriminalization of psilocybin in Oakland, Denver and Washington, D.C. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.





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Getting Pregnant Lifestyle Strategies to Boost Fertility by Ronica O’Hara

More than 7 million American women face one of life’s deepest heartbreaks: They want a newborn in their arms, but their bodies are not cooperating. Happily, the growing use of natural approaches like healthier diets, supplements and acupuncture is changing that outcome for many.


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Egg Matters A healthy pregnancy depends on a healthy egg. Chromosomal abnormalities severely hamper fertilization and account for more than half of first-trimester miscarriages. Yet, contrary to common belief, egg quality is not determined solely by a woman’s age: it can be highly influenced by her lifestyle choices and nutrients in the three-month window before an egg is fertilized, Fett advises. Based on the latest research, she offers the following recommendations for women trying to conceive naturally or through such means as in vitro fertilization (IVF): Detox the diet. To manage critically important blood sugar and insulin levels, eat low-glycemic, nutrient-rich foods and avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol. An organic, largely plant- and fish-based Mediterranean diet boosts fertility. Dutch researchers found that women following this diet before an IVF cycle had a 40 percent higher chance of becoming pregnant. Supplement correctly. Take a prenatal vitamin, vitamins C and E, ubiquinol and melatonin. For women with diagnosed low ovarian reserve, consider carefully dosed DHEA.



hen Rebecca Fett was told at age 26 that she had “incredibly low odds” of being able to conceive with her own eggs, she used her biochemistry and genetics training to plunge into research on egg quality and fertility. By taking targeted supplements, upgrading her diet and detoxing her house of harmful chemicals, the result was not only two healthy baby boys, but a book entitled It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IV. It sells at the fast clip of about 600 copies a week, showing that even amidst the traumas of the pandemic, couples fervently want to bear children. Some doula groups on the East Coast report a 30 percent rise in early 2021 births, and sperm banks are running so low that sperm from a handsome new donor posted online can be bought out within hours, reports The New York Times. “There is nothing more hopeful than the creation of a new life,” says Randine Lewis, who used acupuncture and Chinese herbs to enable a hard-won pregnancy and then wrote The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies.

Detox the house. The Bisphenol A (BPA) in many household items and the phthalates in most scented products are endocrine disrupters that increase the risk of infertility and miscarriages, numerous studies show. Exchange plastic storage containers and water bottles for glass or stainless steel ones. Steer clear of fast food and processed food. Buy milk, oil, drinks and condiments in glass bottles rather than plastic ones. In the bathroom, toss hairspray, perfume and nail polish, and be wary of scented skin care products, air fresheners and detergents. Use non-toxic cleaning products.

An Eastern Perspective Taking a different tack, “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) does not focus on forcing maximum egg production,” says Lewis. “We improve the quality and receptivity of the entire body, mind and spirit, and the reproductive physiology responds.” TCM involves identifying imbalances in the body that are creating obstacles to pregnancy and then using acupuncture, herbs and diet to restore full health. Diagnosis is typically done by an acupuncturist or Chinese medicine doctor. (To find one locally, Lewis suggests asking pointedly, “How many cases of infertility have you been successful in resolving?”) According to Lewis, self-diagnosis can also work. For example, sore breasts and irritability during ovulation can signify liver qi stagnation, and can be relieved by massaging certain acupressure points, taking black cohosh and meditating or doing yoga. General TCM strategies include: Acupuncture: Regular treatments “can stimulate the body’s hormonal system to do what it is supposed to: secrete the right hormones at the right time in a woman’s cycle,” says Lewis. Self-administered acupressure also works.

Herbs: Specific herbal concoctions and powders can target imbalances and deficiencies at key points in the menstrual cycle.

fertility improves,” says Lewis. “It is vastly wise and responds to how we live, think, act and relate.”

Stress-busters: Qigong breathing lowers stress, and nightly warm foot soaks increase blood flow to the pelvic organs.

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Guys and Infertility Although researchers have long focused on female infertility, studies now show that for 40 percent of infertile couples, the problem lies in male sperm that is too sparse, slow, damaged or misshapen. Many of the strategies that improve egg quality also improve sperm quality, researchers are learning. This includes a healthier diet with more antioxidants, supplements that include a multivitamin and ubiquinol, detoxing the home and workplace of chemicals, cutting out smoking and lowering or stopping alcohol use. Other strategies include: n Acupuncture to improve the concentration, volume and motility of sperm. n Tossing lubricants with ingredients like petroleum, propylene glycol, glycerin, parabens, silicone and Nonoxynol-9 that hamper sperm movement and viability. n Keeping cell phones out of side pockets. A Cleveland Clinic study found that pocketing cellphones more than four hours daily reduces sperm count, motility and viability. n Wearing boxer shorts instead of briefs and forgoing hot tubs to keep testes temperatures low for sperm production.

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hen I was 13, my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At 15, I was at her graveside, navigating my first experience with the other side of love: loss. Ten years later, my beloved and only brother died tragically as a result of PTSD and untreated addiction. In a word: suicide. Where my mom’s death silenced me, my brother’s death pushed me into a deep pursuit of healing. In the nine years since then, I have committed to discovering the light side of grief, to identifying and embracing the invitations that lay within its deep layers. What I’ve come to learn is that grieving is actually a renewal state—a cycle of releasing and reconnecting. The tears and sadness are, quite literally, just a more fluid connection to love. These are the four invitations I’ve found within the grief:

HEALING FROM GRIEF Four Ways to Find Peace by Jasmin Jenkins

1 The invitation to pause

When someone we love dies, our whole world changes in an instant and forever. And with this disruption, there is an opportunity for sacred inquiry that arrives as we pause and honor the absence of our loved one: the impressions they made on our lives, what we will miss about them, how we will continue to celebrate their lives and what their story taught us.

invitation to connect with our 2 The breath

With the intensity of emotions surrounding loss, breath can serve as our anchor. Simply remembering to close our eyes and breathe allows us to stay grounded in our body, mind and spirit. In the TED talk “Breathe to Heal,” Max Strom explains how certain patterns of breathing can actually change how we feel.

3 The invitation to feel

Elizabeth Kübler–Ross taught us about the five stages of grief, but since everyone’s story and process is so unique, there is ultimately no linear order of the stages. If an emotion arises, allow for it. Feelings, after all, are just information about the state of our heart. The more we can give ourselves permission to be with where we are in our grief, the more at peace we will be in our process.


4 The invitation to heal

Healing is a verb requiring action and commitment. We have to allow for the pain to heal, also remembering that in doing so, we must keep our hearts open. We have to ask for help when healing, because most of us can’t heal in isolation. Therapists who specialize in grief, online grief courses, bodywork and support groups can help us move forward. Zen Buddhism reminds us that the obstacle is the path. By exploring these invitations, we arrive at the truth that grief is actually a sacred pathway into a deeper connection within our hearts. Jasmin Jenkins is a Los Angeles-based integrative grief guide and the founder of Fall Up, which supports people navigating the spectrum of grief. Learn more at WeFallUp.com. March 2021


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North Haven Gardens Cultivating Dallas Gardens for 70 years by Sheila Julson


orth Haven Gardens was started in 1951 when Ralph and Muriel Pinkus founded the business in what was then a sparsely populated area of Dallas. What began as a small landscaping and nursery operation has blossomed into a full-service garden center, providing an array of plants, seeds, supplies and resources for indoor and outdoor gardening. It has thrived, despite being reduced to rubble after an EF3-level tornado ripped through the Dallas area on October 20, 2019. “We held a ‘survivor sale’ with any salvageable plants, pots and garden supplies that were salable. The community turned out in droves,” says North Haven Gardens General Manager Cody Hoya. During the year-plus rebuilding process, the center remained open for business, operating from tents and temporary greenhouses. “That experience gave us a rare opportunity to address longstanding issues with the property,” Hoya says. “We had a unique slope to the property—we were famous for, ‘If you let go of your shopping cart, it will roll away’— but the slope has been corrected in most areas, and we improved efficiency in the way the plants are laid out.” North Haven Gardens’ ingenuity during their rebuild has served the public during the pandemic in what Hoya describes as an “exploding” interest in gardening. “It’s uncovered how disconnected the modern consumer can be from the seasonality of fruits and vegetables in a normal growing environment.”


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Hoya says anyone with a bright, sunny sill can use equipment such as window greenhouses to plant seeds and start a small garden. “Seeds are one of the most efficient and economical ways of starting plants indoors,” he explains. Small transplants can also be used for certain herbs and edibles. Some Jiffy Brand windowsill gardens have plastic dishes and lids, along with a seeding tray, potting soil or peat pellets and organic fertilizer. These kits allow people to grow basic lettuce, radish sprouts and microgreens. Hoya emphasizes that a windowsill herb or edible garden is unlikely to sustain an individual or a family. “But it can bring a nice additional touch to the things you are eating. You can add microgreens to salads, smoothies or even pizza. They bring nutrition, crunch and flavor.” Culinary herbs can be grown indoors year-round. “You want bright light and a container with good drainage—a common error is to put something in a decorative pot that doesn’t have drainage. It gets waterlogged,” he explains. “You can also bring potted annual herbs like parsley indoors when the weather gets cold. Those herbs can be pinched and harvested throughout the winter.” For nonedible plants used in home décor, Hoya says that houseplants were a trend even before the pandemic. Since the pandemic, plant collectors want to green their spaces and improve air quality; a trend reminiscent of the 1970s.


“Some of the favorite plants used for purifying indoor air are what we consider ‘old school’ houseplants like pothos ivy, classic green jade and what we call the ‘goofproof ’ houseplants for beginners, because they’re very forgiving,” he says. “The snake plant, known by the genus sansevieria, include mother-in-law’s tongue. They are bright succulents good for indoor air purification.” Hoya also recommends fiddle-leaf fig, a decorative plant that’s tricky to grow, but popular for indoor décor and air quality. Outdoors, small balconies or urban yards can offer space for supplemental herbs and vegetables. When choosing gardening areas, Hoya suggests evaluating sun exposure and daylight hours. “We consider six or more hours of direct sunlight to be full sun, but lots of herbs will grow in partial sun, which is three or four hours of direct sunlight,” he says. Because the North Texas climate is so variable between hot and cold, Hoya says it’s also important to consider the time of day sunlight falls on planting space; a space that get five hours of direct sun between 1 and 6 p.m. during July can reach up to 110 degrees, whereas the hours between sunrise to noon are ideal, because it’s shaded from scorching afternoon sun. “Consider if you will, planting inground or in containers,” Hoya adds. “Modern horticulture has produced lots of varieties of classic vegetables like cucumbers and watermelons that used to take up lots of space, but we’ve developed hybrids—not GMOs—such as patio or ‘celebrity’ tomatoes that have been hybridized to remain compact and more suitable to balconies and small urban spaces.” North Haven Gardens maintains a popular online month-by-month reference planting calendar. Hoya also recommends engaging with local plant groups for advice. Located at 7700 Northaven Rd., in Dallas. For more information, call 214-363-5316 or visit NHG.com. See ad, inside front cover.



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Jeff Tkach on Regenerative Healthcare by Patricia Trenchak


or over 70 years, Rodale Institute— a pioneer of the organic food movement—has championed the concept of farming without herbicides and pesticides by funding and supporting scientific studies and education. Now entering his fifth year with Rodale Institute, Chief Impact Officer Jeff Tkach is committed to upholding the legacy of the Institute’s founder, J.I. Rodale, who believed that healthy soil equals healthy food equals healthy people. According to Tkach, farmers and healthcare professionals need to embrace a prevention-based approach to human and environmental health, and Rodale Institute is here to bridge the gap between these two industries by unlocking the transformational power of regenerative healthcare.

How did your personal journey lead you to explore regenerative healthcare? In 2016, I experienced a tremendous health collapse in my own life. I went through six conventional medical doctors and $50,000 in medical bills. I had been a highperforming businessperson up until that point, and found myself on medical leave, bedridden and unable to work. I sought out a doctor who practiced something called functional medicine, which focuses on finding the root of whatever caused the breakdown in health. After numerous 38

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tests, it was discovered that I had chronic Lyme disease. The doctor explained that there was nothing he could prescribe that was going to instantly make me better. Through my work with him, I had to look at my body as a whole system and came to realize that food is medicine. Ultimately, alternative modalities like acupuncture and IV [intravenous] therapy, as well as food healed me.

What is regenerative healthcare? It is a system in which farming and healthcare work together focused on a prevention-based approach to human and environmental health. Instead of using toxic chemicals to farm, regenerative healthcare aims to prevent disease through an organic, plant-based, whole-foods diet. Regenerative healthcare begins on farms that work in harmony with nature. At Rodale Institute, we see ourselves as a human health organization, not an agricultural organization. We use agriculture as a tool to promote human health. Our goal is to build the first brick and mortar facility in the world, called the Regenerative Health Institute, that will connect medical doctors and farmers. The facility will be a 333acre certified organic farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, that will provide innovative research on the links between farming and human health. We’re going to be doing scientific research that demonstrates the


link between soil health and the health of people, and we’re going to educate and train tomorrow’s doctors to become more literate in agriculture and to understand how they can use food as medicine.

How can we harness the power of regenerative organic farming to foster good health? The current mode of farming is systemically broken, and farmers need to move in a healthier direction. The science is showing that elements in pesticides and herbicides are known carcinogens that are wreaking havoc on our immune systems. They are ubiquitous in our air and drinking water. Farmers are no longer able to control where those chemicals land. They’re leaching into our groundwater, killing the life in the soil and causing major soil erosion. Ultimately, they’re causing imbalances in nature of mass proportion.

How can you convince people to adopt organic and consider food as medicine? We need to encourage people to get to know a farmer. There are incredible regenerative organic farmers in our own communities that oftentimes don’t have access to mainstream markets. During the pandemic, we saw a major increase in sales directly from farms to consumers. When the supply chains in the grocery stores broke down, we turned to farmers. That’s profound. As a result of the pandemic, 22 million new gardens were planted in the United States, according to the National Gardening Association. We need to keep that going. It’s very exciting to be a part of this movement as people around the world come to understand the importance of food as medicine. I truly believe that regenerative healthcare is the key to healing our planet. For more information, visit RodaleInstitute.org. Patricia Trenchak writes for KnoWEwell, a Regenerative Whole Health Community platform and a collaborative partner of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

researchers found that commuters enjoyed similar cardiorespiratory improvements regardless of whether they used an electric bicycle or a conventional, non-motorized model. With the power assist, e-bikers were able to cycle at higher speeds and climb hills more easily, which also proved to be highly motivating.

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Start slow. Get a feel for the bike’s capabilities at lower speeds before cranking it up.

The Benefits of Using Electric Bikes Gas-guzzlers are the worst of vehicles, emitting harmful pollutants and using up non-renewable natural resources. An Earth-friendlier alternative for work commutes or pleasurable neighborhood spins is the e-bike, powered by pedaling and an electric motor. Reaching maximum speeds of 20 to 28 miles per hour and costing $400 and up, an electric bicycle offers a more scenic and easier ride that gets us to our destinations without trashing the planet.

Environmental Benefits Zero emissions. Electric bikes run on clean energy, eliminating the devastat-

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ing carbon emissions associated with cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles. Long-lasting power. The batteries last for years—much longer than traditional types. They don’t contain lead and can be recycled. Easier on roads. Bikes are considerably lighter than larger vehicles and cause much less damage to infrastructure.

Health-Friendly Commuting E-bikes are a great way to bring some physical activity to an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. In a 2018 study, Swiss

Give it a brake. With the added speed and power, slowing down well ahead of stop signs, lights and road crossings is a must. Be careful on the mount and dismount. An e-bike is about 20 pounds heavier than a regular bike, so a step-through frame might make good sense, even for men. Wear a helmet. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability in bicycle-related crashes.

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CANINE OBESITY When Doggies Need Diets by Julie Peterson


year ago, Leroy became exhausted lifting his furry head. Today, he has energy to run, chase and play, thanks to his owner helping the 11-year-old Shiba Inu lose 14 pounds. Leroy was adopted last May by Peter Nguyen, a facilities coordinator in Bellevue, Washington. Back then, Leroy weighed 56.4 pounds—twice the recommended weight. Nguyen found a holistic veterinarian to provide an integrative support plan to remove him from danger. Overweight dogs are at risk for joint problems, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and more. According to a 2018 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 55.8 percent of dogs (about 50 million) in the U.S. are either overweight or obese. The APOP also reports that most of the owners of these dogs don’t realize or are in denial about this important fact.

Determining Appropriate Weight “A dog that is a perfect weight, you can feel the ribs, but not see them. And you have an abdominal tuck when you look from the side. From above, right in front of the hips, you can see the waistline,” says Leroy’s veterinarian, Jackie Sehn, at Mercy Vet, in Mercer Island, Washington. She points out that the dog must be touched to feel the amount of fat, especially in long-coat breeds. This evaluation can be done at home using the online Body Condition Score chart at PetObesityProtection.org. The American Kennel Club also has a weight chart for dozens of breeds that can help determine an initial goal weight, although ideal weight can vary among individual dogs.

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Debbie Hensel, who fosters dogs, took in a morbidly obese 13-year-old Chocolate Labrador for the Mr. Mo Project, in Cary, North Carolina. Under her care, the pet went from 108 to 81 pounds within nine months. “Since Bruce was an older dog and overweight, the first thing we did was start him on a joint supplement with turmeric and a prescription diet food. In the beginning, I withheld some of his food and used it as treats throughout the day,” says Hensel. Every four to six weeks, Hensel decreased Bruce’s food intake. She also divided up portions to feed him four times per day to help him feel full. “Portion control is important,” agrees Nguyen. “Leroy has a habit of wanting to eat more. I think he

has a hard time knowing how much food he really needs.” But the problem isn’t just eating too much. Pet owners are often feeding the wrong foods. “It is the quality sometimes more than quantity. Health doesn’t come from processed food,” says Sehn, adding that most dry kibble is essentially overprocessed junk food that lacks nutrients and contains fillers. Fortunately, refrigerated and frozen dog food has made it easier to feed organic, fresh, nutritionally balanced, raw food which is based on a dog’s ancestral diet. Raw food is also available dehydrated. Treats, if included, should satisfy the chewing instinct without adding many calories. Sehn recommends dehydrated chicken or duck feet, tendons and healthy jerkies. “Switching to a raw diet helped with Leroy’s weight, but I had no idea it would have so many other benefits,” Nguyen says. “I noticed that his coat was getting a lot softer and he smelled a lot better.”

Ease into Exercise “Bruce sounded like an elephant falling when he laid down and he couldn’t stand for long,” says Hensel. Indeed, exercise can overburden the heart and joints of an obese dog. At first, Leroy and Bruce both had a hard time just getting up off the floor, so losing weight first was crucial. As the weight began to come off, they both became more engaged and stamina slowly increased. Hensel started by walking around in the backyard and letting Bruce follow. Their initial walks were to the end of the block. They would stop and rest before going back home. “As he lost weight and his strength improved, our walks got longer,” says Hensel. Weight loss must be a healthy process. “Breaking down excess fat takes time,” says Sehn, adding that losing too fast results in muscle loss. Patience and time are key. “I think Bruce just needed less food and someone that wanted to do things with him,” says Hensel, who has adopted Bruce as her “forever foster dog”. Julie Peterson writes about health and environmental issues. Reach out at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

Pet Obesity is Preventable by Shawn Messonnier


besity is the number one nutritional disease in pets, and most of the time, it is caused by overfeeding. Diseases such as hypothyroidism, diabetes and adrenal disease may also be involved, and abdominal tumors can mimic obesity as well; testing to rule out these disorders is therefore a must. Also, obesity causes a lot of inflammation in the body which can lead to even more problems, so testing for inflammatory markers is critical. Fat is not just a cosmetic problem, but also causes stress on joints (especially problematic in arthritic pets); acts as a hormone and causes inflammation; increases the cost of surgery and affects breathing under anesthesia; and puts pressure on chest and abdominal organs, among other problems. Therefore, it’s best to prevent an overweight condition or treat it before the pet develops morbid obesity. Prevention is easy in theory, but hard in practice. Owners should work with their veterinarians to approximate the correct amount and type of diet to

feed. Meal feeding two to four times daily is typically preferred to free-choice feeding, where the bowl is always full and the pet can eat whatever and whenever it desires. Exercise is critical to prevent and treat obesity and is also good for the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, emotional well-being and to increase bonding with the pet. Dieting is critical in order to resolve obesity, and slow weight loss is preferred to crash dieting. Rarely does “feeding less” of the pet’s current diet allow us to obtain the desired weight. Holistic weight loss diets (preferred) and even non-holistic therapeutic diets (used short-term, ideally) are needed with regular weighing at the doctor’s office. Diet is controlled based upon the pet’s response and regular evaluations. When needed, natural thyroid and adrenal glandular support can be helpful for selected pets in order to help achieve desired weight loss. Work with a veterinarian to prevent and treat this common nutritional problem, and avoid many of the problems our pets face due to obesity. Shawn Messonnier DVM, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs, and Breast Choices for the Best Chances: Your Breasts, Your Life, and How YOU Can Win The Battle. See ad, page 10.

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Online: Environmental Careers Symposium – 12-2pm. An opportunity to meet and engage with professionals in the public and private sectors. For anyone looking to learn about the expansive and innovative industry of environmental sustainability. Register: Tinyurl.com/2evrmbtb.

Online: Building Your Butterfly Garden – 1011am. Join one of Fort Worth’s favorite Master Gardeners, Theresa Kay Thomas, to learn what you need to build a successful and fun butterfly garden. $20-$25. Via Zoom. Register: brit.org/events.

TUESDAY, MARCH 9 Webinar: Food Justice: When and Where I Enter – 12-1pm. The economic wealth gap contributes negatively to the total average life expectancy, ranging from lack of access to affordable health care to inadequate and poor nutrition. Register: Tinyurl.com/2s3wyfzl.

the city for our largest annual litter cleanup and beautification event. KFWB provides all volunteers with gloves and trash bags. Info & to register: FortWorthTexas.gov/CowtownCleanup.

TUESDAY, MARCH 23 Webinar: Walkability and Equity in Dallas: Neighborhood Infrastructure in My Backyard – 12-1pm. Learn the results of this SMU research project on infrastructure equity that connected DISD students with SMU graduate student researchers. Register: Tinyurl.com/4tb62jpx.

TUESDAY, MARCH 30 Online: Reimagining Resources – 12-1pm. Reimagining how we bring our plentiful resources together to deliver innovative places, resilient landscapes and natural resources, equitable access, and economic opportunities is a future that will benefit every Texan at work, at play and at home. More info & register: TexanByNature.org.

Webinar: A Soil Primer for the Urban Gardener – 12-1pm. What is soil? How is it formed? How do healthy soils interact with plants in nature? How can urban/suburban gardeners use nature as a guide to grow healthy, organic food without any chemical fertilizers and pest-control agents? Get the answers to these questions and more. Register: Tinyurl.com/4r4voydl.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13 Virtual: Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting – 7pm. Speaker: Former Dallas Sierra Club Chair, Ann Drumm. Topic: Democracy Reform: How to Achieve Aggressive Climate Action. Via Zoom. More info: DallasSierraClub.org.

Webinar: Lawn Care: Green with Envy – 1011am. Revitalize your turf with a simple, effective approach to lawn maintenance. Learn the best lawn care methods, efficient watering techniques, and more. Register: SaveDallasWater.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 20 Cowtown Cleanup – 8-11am. Join Keep Fort Worth Beautiful and thousands of volunteers across

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

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. SpiralDiner.com.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Meditation Mondays via Zoom – 7-8pm. Meditation Mondays focuses on the practice and the experience of various forms of meditation. Free. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-2337106. UnityDallas.org.

tuesday Online: Ananda Yoga Sadhana Practice – 5:157:30pm. Also Thurs. Time to recalibrate and center through this transformational practice based on the yoga teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. AnandaDallas.org.

and breath with music. Yoga4Love Studio Cabin, Ovilla. Yoga4Love.com. Online: Meditation for Everyone – 7-8:30pm. Classes are great for beginners that want to learn to meditate and great for more experienced meditators that want to expand their meditation. Must register: MeditationInTexas.org. Online: Metaphysics and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Manifestation and mysticism: 2 sides of the spiritual coin. Let us practice together, while diving more deeply into universal principles and spiritual living. Open to all. Free. A Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 115, Dallas. 972-866-9988. CSLDallas.org.

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

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

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

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

saturday Coppell Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Yearround market. 768 W Main St, Coppell. CoppellFarmersMarket.org. Morning Tai Chi – 8:30am. Join Tai Chi Chuan instructor George Deerfield for this interactive class in developing strength, balance, improved breathing. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. UnityDallas.org.

Dallas Vegan Drinks – 6:30pm. Meets the 2nd Thurs each month at various veg-friendly locations for fellowship. Currently postponed. Facebook.com/DallasVeganDrinks. Second Saturday Adoption Event – 12pm. 2nd Sat. The shelter will be open and ready to match as many critters with loving families as possible. There is no intake today, just adoptions and reclaims. All adoption fees waived with a donation of any amount to The Lucky Fund. Supporting Mansfield Animal Shelter, 407 Industrial Blvd, Mansfield. Facebook.com/ events/1028642394191608.

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

calendar of events THURSDAY, MARCH 4 Webinar: Shade Gardening – 11am-12pm or 6:30-7:30pm. When Mother Nature sends the message that even grass doesn’t want to grow in your shady yard, it’s time for a landscape update. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreen InPlano.obsres.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 6 Horsemanship Day Camp – 10am-12:30pm. Also held Feb 6, 11am-3:30pm. Ages 7 & up. Adults welcome. Get a general overview of


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the responsibilities of having a pet of this size, and get a chance to do some basic riding. Camp Tonkawa, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. 940-4408382. CampTonkawa.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10 Hike + Write – 10am-12pm. Join us for a beginner’s class where we will discuss the elements of a journal and how to practice mindfulness in nature so that you can begin recording observations of your own. Bring own notebook or journal or purchase a spiral kraft journal for an additional $5. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Register: 972219-3550 or llela.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 18 Webinar: In the Know H2O – 12-1pm. Explore simple behavior changes that can also save money. Learn how the City of Plano can help your family be water-wise indoors and outdoors all year-round. Free. Via Zoom. Register: Live GreenInPlano.obsres.com.



LLEA Bird Walk – 7:30-10:30am. Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA’s nature trails. Ages 10 & up, no registration required. Free with entry: $5/vehicle; cash or check only.

Greater Frisco Home and Garden Show – Mar 19-21. 2-5pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat; 11am-5pm, Sun. Everything you need to solve your home and garden projects under one roof. Ford Center at The Star, One Cowboys Way, Frisco. Tinyurl. com/2c8p8rmj.



Virtual: Fix-a-Leak Week Workshop – 10am12pm. Learn valuable beginner property maintenance information on toilets, faucets, shower heads and more. Learn how to identify leaky fixtures and explore DIY tips and tricks. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.

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

Dairy Farm Tours – Mon-Sat, by appt only. Experience life on a dairy farm with an educational tour including how and what cows are fed, the benefits of grass-crop based feed (silage), the milking parlor, bottle feeding baby calves along with the learning the benefits of drinking raw milk vs pasteurized milk. Everyone gets samples of milk. $7/person age 2 & up. Circle N Dairy, 2074 County Road 446, Gainesville. 940-372-0343. CircleNDairy.com.

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

THURSDAY, MARCH 25 Webinar: Smart Yards – 11am-12pm or 6:307:30pm. Choosing Texas-friendly plants that are well-adapted to our area and weather conditions makes a big difference in the success of your landscape. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenInPlano. obsres.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 27 2021 CCMGA Online Spring Plant Sale – Mar 27-Apr 10. Annual fundraiser with curbside pickup on Apr 17 at the Show Barn in Myers Park, McKinney. ccmgatx.org. Backpacking Camp – Mar 27-28. Camp Tonkawa, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. 940-440-8382. Camp Tonkawa.org.

weekly Dinosaurs Live! – 9am-5pm, Tues-Sat. Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and 9 new life-size animatronic. Included in general admission, free/Heard Museum Members. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. HeardMuseum.org.

sunday Sunday Celebration Service Agape Center For Spiritual Living – 10am, meditation; 10:30am, service. Noah’s Event Venue, 5280 Town Square Dr, Plano. Rev Lee Wolak: 972468-1331. AgapeSpiritualCenter.com.

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


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Sunday Worship: Unity Spiritual Center of Denton Service – 10am, coffee; 11am, service. Unity takes spiritual principles and makes them practical in your life. 6071 New Hope Rd, Krugerville. 214-453-0218. UnityOfNewHope.org.

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

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.


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A Chance to Hike – 10am-12pm. Free guided nature walk for members of the Special Needs community will take place along the wide and level crushed-granite surface of the Cottonwood trail. No reservations required. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. 972-219-3550. llela.org.

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

Hike Our Trails: Self-Guided – 1-5pm. Hike the trails (self-guided) through our 289-acre nature preserve. To minimize contact, general admission and membership may be purchased online in advance. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. HeardMuseum.org.

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

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Dr. Zhangping Lu, DC, LAc, MD (China) 425 Maplelawn Dr, Ste 101, Plano 75075 972-519-8488 DFWAcupunctureChiropractic.com Whole-body wellness center providing chiropractic care, spinal decompression, allergy testing, NAET, IMAET, detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, wellness programs and more. All-natural healing, no medication, no surgery. See ad, page 29.


1033 E 15th St, Plano, 75074 214-892-2273 Plano.Cereset.com 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 17.


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

We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist. ~Wendell Berry Dallas Metroplex Edition

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.

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.

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

Serving Dallas since 1951, NHG has grown THE HOCKADAY SCHOOL into one of the most 11600 Welch Road, Dallas respected horticultural 214- 363-6311 Start establishments Your Victory Garden in North Texas by serving our cusHockaday.org for a Lifetime of Health tomers with quality & andWellness value. Offering gardening Established almost 100 years ago, and plant education, concierge services, DIY classThe Hockaday School provides a es, video library, gifts and more. See ad, page 2. college preparatory educa-tion for girls; from pre-kindergarten to PlantAFor manFall may Harvest: esteem himself happy 12th grade, including Boarding Direct Seed Outdoors (O), Start Seeds Indoors (IN) school for grades 8-12. With an when that which is his food is August 1 - August 25: Through August 15: approximate enrollment of 1,000 Broccoli by seed (IN) Winter Squash by seed (O) also his medicine. Brussels Sprouts by seed (IN) Black Eyed Peas by seed (O) students and a 10:1 student teacher ratio, Hockaday Cabbage byDavid seed (IN) Southern Peas by seed (O) ~Henry Thoreau students enjoy a 100% acceptance rate to college. Okra by seed (IN)/(O) Cauliflower by seed (IN) Black Eyed Peas by seed (O)

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

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


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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.


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 29.


713 County Road 610, Farmersville 972-658-0291

We have a network of comprehensive cancer treatment centers 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.


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


LESLIE ALLEN. 982-284-0709 Sedera.community/LeslieAllen Sedera is a non-profit Medical Cost Sharing community offering an innovative noninsurance approach to managing large, unexpected health care costs. Member contributions are protected in FDIC-insured accounts, members save significantly while sharing with others; people helping people is the central focus. Medical cost sharing communities have existed for 40+ years. Call now for free consultation. See ad on page 33.


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


Dr. Yoon Chang 3550 Parkwood Blvd, Bldg E, Ste 101A, Frisco 972-242-2040 ElineOrtho.com We believe all human body parts have a specific function. Our teeth and our bite are no exception. We aim at restoring the masticatory organ function so it may support life and radiate a beautiful smile. Our comprehensive orthodontic care includes conventional metal, Insignia, Damon Clear and Invisalign braces,TMJ dysfunction therapy, Sleep apnea treatment and more. See ad on page 39.

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

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 28.


Dr. Philip Kozlow Dr. Josh Rowell 5050 Quorum Dr, Suite 300, Dallas 972-458-2464 DallasDentist.net We strive to provide healthy, green alternatives for our dental patients by providing digital x-rays, mercury safe restorative options and chemical free dental hygiene products. Committed to total body wellness while avoiding the use of toxic materials, and continuing education to ensure treatments are up to date and effective in a kind and caring environment. See ad, page 29.


Dr. D. Brock Lynn 6190 LBJ Freeway #900, Dallas 972-934-1400 LynnDentalCare.com Practicing dentistry for over 38 years, specializing in periodontics, Dr. Lynn is board-certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontics and Dental implants. He practices dentistry with a holistic approach and is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine &Toxicology as well as the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. See ad, page 5.


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



3535 Victory Group Way, Suite 305, Frisco 972-324-3480 NaturalChoicPediatrics.com Our focus is integrative pediatrics, which we practice through a combination of traditional, complementary, alternative and holistic approaches to provide the most effective and least invasive way to treat your child. Whether your child is healthy and you’re looking to help them reach their full potential, or sick and you’re trying to find the cause, our team is here to help. See ad, page 11.

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

Homeoprophylaxis (HP), a part of Homeopathy, is a major part of Cathy Lemmon’s practice at Healthy Healing Arts. HP has been used worldwide for hundreds of years with a success rate of over 90% to help fight off disease. Lemmon uses an energetic, nontoxic means of promoting immunity in a safe and natural way. See ad, page 25.

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

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 10.

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.

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


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


Dr Lida Aghdam, MD 4819 State Highway 121, Ste 14, The Colony 7155 Colleyville Blvd, Ste 101, Colleyville 817-488-7878 NaturalBalanceClinic.com Offering natural treatment of common medical conditions using functional holistic, nutritional medicine. Specializing in bioidentical hormone treatment, weight gain, high cholesterol/blood pressure, thyroid issues, fibromyalgia, arthritis, constipation, IBS, leaky gut, depression, anxiety. We believe many medications are temporary relief of more in-depth medical problems that we determine and treat with serious nutritional attention. See ad, page 27.


Dr. Carlos Chapa, ND, OMD, L.Ac, Ph.D 1320 W Walnut Hill Ln, Irving 972.444.0660 AIMC-DFW.com

Dr. Chapa is founder of Acupuncture & Integative Medical Center, which is the winner Best Acupuncture Clinic designation. He is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and a Board-Certified Herbalist & Licensed Acupuncturist.



888-546-0636 NaturesLogic.com

Grain-free done right. A full line of premium pet food, treats and nutrition. 100% natural, legume-free rich in natural taurine, with no synthetic ingredients – the way pet food should be. The goal is to provide the most nutritious and safest product that people can feel good about feeding their canine and feline family.

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

Stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, tired, confused? Searching for purpose, solutions, need a change? Coaching provides a new perspective, awareness and consciousness. Coaching is future focused and specifically for you. Coaching is, also - in many instances, life changing. Let’s design a plan for your success. Schedule a Discovery Session today by calling 972-423-9542.

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.

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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!

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

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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 50.



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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 50.


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