Natural Awakenings Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex May 2024 Issue

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The Unique Path to Women's Wellness

ANNE HOYT on Gluten-free Eating

And Why We Should Treat It

YOGA CAN HELP With Grief of All Kinds

GROOVING TO FITNESS How Dance Leads to Wellness CULTIVATING OUR INNER GARDEN Blooming Amid Life's Turbulence


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MCelebrating Women and Their Wellbeing

ay is a time of celebration and gratitude for the extraordinary women in our lives. As we honor mothers and mother figures this month, my thoughts turn to the mother of us all: Mother Earth. Our planet is a remarkable creation that nourishes and sustains us, much like our mothers do. As we reflect on the nurturing qualities of both human and natural mothers, let’s also appreciate the valuable lessons we can learn from them.

Women are like flowers in a garden, radiating beauty and strength amidst the challenges of life. Their resilience and nurturing spirit uplift those around them. Yet, the demands of life can sometimes leave women feeling overwhelmed. It’s crucial to prioritize self-care and establish healthy boundaries to allow women to flourish. In her article “Nourishing Our Inner Garden,” Debra Rossi shares insights on how to tend to our own well-being.

As we focus on women’s wellness, we must address key issues such as hormonal balance, sleep health, and nurturing our souls. These factors significantly impact women’s quality of life. In her article “Feminine Health: The Unique Path to Women’s Wellness,” Dr. Phyllis Gee from Willowbend Health and Wellness guides us through functional practices and therapies that can optimize feminine health and well-being.

Additionally, the Bible offers guidance on honoring our mothers and the women who have shaped our lives. It teaches us that respecting our parents, including our mothers, leads to blessings and longevity. Proverbs 31 beautifully illustrates the virtues of a wise and kind woman, highlighting her hard work and love. We should honor our mothers not only with our words but also through our actions, showing them love and gratitude for all they do—and encouraging them to do the same for themselves.

Similarly, Mother Earth sustains us throughout our lives, providing the resources we need to live and thrive. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, let’s also honor our planet by taking small steps to protect and preserve her beauty and bounty.

Here are some ways to show appreciation for Mother Earth:

- Learn about local environmental issues and support organizations addressing them.

- Share information about environmental concerns with your family, friends, and community.

- Get involved in causes you care about and advocate for positive change.

- Make your voice heard by reaching out to elected officials and signing petitions.

As you celebrate Mother’s Day, express gratitude for the women who have loved, nurtured, and supported you, including Mother Earth. Also, take a moment to nurture yourself by exploring this month’s offerings on women’s wellness, including balancing gluten-free eating—an area often impacting women as caregivers and family cooks.

We thank you, our readers, for making North Texas a better place to live. We appreciate your continued support of Natural Awakenings and hope you find valuable insights in this issue to guide you on your journey to a healthier life on a healty planet.

Wishing you a joyful and nourishing Mother’s Day.

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Departments 20 The Unique Path to Women’s Wellness 24 Menopause and Why We Should Treat It 26 Cultivating Our Inner Garden 27 Quality Sleep For Women During Hormonal Changes 28 Balancing Gluten Making Peace Witn an Oft-Maligned Ingredient 32 Anne Hoyt on Gluten-Free Eating 34 Women in the Environment 35 Clean air Action Day 2024; More Importan than Ever 36 Footloose Fitness 38 Yoga Can Help With Grief of All Kinds 10 News Briefs 13 Event Briefs 15 Kudos 16 Health Briefs 18 Global Briefs 20 Feature Story 28 Conscious Eating 32 Wise Words 36 Fit Body 38 Healing Ways 39 Calendars 42 Resource Guide 20 29 36 38 SCAN TO READ ONLINE
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Tour Real Gardens with a Master

The Dallas County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA) 2024 Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 18, exploring private home gardens and a public demonstration garden in the East Dallas/Old Lake Highlands area, near picturesque White Rock Lake, offering an inspiring celebration of nature’s beauty and an opportunity to gain valuable gardening insights.

Visitors will have the chance to interact with trained Master Gardener docents stationed at each garden. These experts will offer insights, answer questions and provide plant identification using EarthKind practices. Each location will feature expert speakers presenting lessons on a variety of topics, including propagation, gardening with shade, composting and creating habitats for pollinators and birds. Plant lists will be available at each garden, enabling attendees to replicate elements of the featured landscapes in their own backyards.

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Reiki, Natural Products, Alternative Wellness Therapies and More in Grapevine

Center of Unity Body, Mind Soul Fest, Grapevine, will Celebrate Balance, Harmony, and Clarity at their inaugural Body Mind Spirit Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 4.

Attendees can spend the day exploring the multifaceted world of holistic wellness through an array of exhibitors and lectures designed to enhance whole-body wellness. Light snacks are available for purchase from a food truck onsite.

They can discover natural products such as CBD, soaps, skincare, and high-vibrational crystals and experience transformative healing from a diverse range of alternative wellness and healing practitioners offering reiki, crystal healing, sound therapy, reflexology and chair massages.

A selection of readers, spiritual coaches and nutrition advocates offer wellness products and services for inspiration, clarity and emotional healing, including intuitive readings, psychic and tarot consultations, Vedic astrology, past-life explorations and messages from loved ones on the other side.

Admission is $7. Location: 1650 Hughes Rd., Grapevine. For more information, call 817-6904208, email or visit

A Country Estate In The Center Of The City

The Richardson Woman’s Club 2024 Garden Festival and Tour will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 4. Proceeds from the event will benefit local community grants and RISD senior scholarships. Richardson Woman’s Club nurtures gardens, cultivate knowledge and celebrates the magic of plants to create a greener, more vibrant community.

The event will feature five beautifully designed neighborhood gardens, two hidden bonus gardens showcasing native and adaptive plants, and expert speakers on topics such as propagation, shade gardening, composting, and pollinator-friendly spaces. Attendees can also engage with Master Gardener docents stationed at each garden for insights and plant identification tips.

Advance tickets are available online for $20, while day-of tickets can be purchased at the door for $25. Location: 2005 N. Cliffe Dr., Richardson. For registration and more information, visit

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2024 Conservation Wranglers


Nonprofit Texan by Nature, a conservation organization, has announced the selection of the 2024 TxN Conservation Wranglers that accelerates Texan-led conservation projects across the state, focusing on positive impacts for people, prosperity and natural resources.

The program identifies and supports outstanding conservation projects in Texas that are science-based and demonstrate a positive Return on Conservation. 2024 Conservation Wranglers will be recognized at the annual Conservation Summit on October 23 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, in Dallas.

Texan by Nature will work closely with the 2024 Conservation Wranglers providing 12 to 18 months of tailored support, including program management, strategic planning, marketing strategy, metrics capture and analysis, professional content creation and partnership development.

Families in Nature inspire families to fall in love with nature. They promote environmental education, ecological literacy and conservation-mindedness. The Park Environmental Education Project provides customized, place-based environmental education for schools, parks and green spaces in Austin and Houston to foster understanding, value and love for nature within communities.

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Forever Chemicals in Drinking Water Get the Boot

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan emphasized the urgency of addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination by instituting the first-ever national drinking water standard, stating, “Drinking water contaminated with PFAS has plagued communities across this country for too long.” These toxic compounds have been linked to deadly cancers, liver and heart impacts, and developmental damage to infants and children.

Drinking water providers nationwide must now monitor and treat water to reduce PFAS levels to almost zero. This significant step aims to safeguard public health. Approximately 100 million people will benefit from reduced PFAS exposure, preventing thousands of deaths and illnesses. The EPA is allocating nearly $1 billion to help states and territories implement PFAS testing and treatment. Private well owners will also receive support.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates $9 billion to address PFAS pollution, benefiting communities affected by these contaminants. The rule establishes maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for six notorious PFAS: PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS, PFNA and PFHxS. These limits will guide water treatment facilities in ensuring safe drinking water.

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Texas Tech Sector Receives Windfall

The U.S. Department of Commerce will award Samsung up to $6.4 billion in grants to boost Texas microchip output. Funding from the 2022 Chips and Science Act will support two chip production facilities, a research center and a packaging facility, in Taylor and expand its Austin semiconductor facility, boosting chip output for the aerospace, defense and auto industries and bolstering national security. Samsung is expected to invest roughly $45 billion in building and expanding its Texas facilities through the end of the decade.

Commerce Department Secretary Gina Raimondo says, “These investments will allow the U.S. to once again lead the world, not just in semiconductor design, which is where we do now lead, but also in manufacturing, advanced packaging, research and development.” The goal is to reduce reliance on China and Taiwan, as the U.S. share of global semiconductor manufacturing capacity has fallen from 37 percent in 1990 to 12 percent in 2020, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Lawmakers have warned that U.S. dependence on chips manufactured in Taiwan by the world’s top contract chip manufacturer, TSMC, is risky because China claims the self-governed island as its territory and has reserved the right to use force to retake it.

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Bois d’Arc Lake Opens for Recreation

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has opened its newest major reservoir, Bois d’Arc Lake, northeast of Bonham, in Fannin County and about 60 miles north of Dallas, for public access. It provides recreational opportunities such as boating,

fishing and hunting- as well as providing water to around 1.8 million people in areas including Collin County, Frisco, and Plano. Residents in these areas will soon be drinking water from Bois D’Arc Lake.

NTMWD constructed three public access areas with boat launch ramps, day-use picnic areas, and restrooms: FM 897 Boat Ramp at 740 County Road 2945, in Dodd City; South 1396 Boat Ramp at 1191 Old 1396 South, in Windom; and North 1396 Boat Ramp at 1510 Old 1396 North, in Telephone.

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Jenna Covington says, “We recognize that public access areas may be crowded in the upcoming weeks, especially during holidays and weekends. Throughout this time, we encourage patience and courtesy to fellow boaters, lake staff and law enforcement.”

As part of the environmental mitigation for this project, the Riverby Ranch property was purchased to restore the balance of nature in the area where the lake was constructed and create a habitat for wildlife.

Willow Branch Creek cuts through the

center of the ranch area, carrying more than 15 square miles of water that fall within its watershed. NTMWD restored this creek to its original healthy state, reestablishing its wavy, winding shape and healthy riverside profile. The entire creek system had been eroded down to 20 feet below the original floodplain, and in some places, the channel had been eroded as wide as 60 feet.

Restoration put it back on its floodplain and delivered two miles of restored channel system that had been abandoned for decades, slowing the speed of water to ensure it would collect in the wetlands and support wildlife.

More than 100 species of birds have been observed on the wetlands thus far, many of which are of high conservation concern. As the thousands of acres of forest habitats mature, the bird population is anticipated to more than double, bringing more mammals such as raccoons, foxes, and bobcats.

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Cedar Hill Library in the Park

The new Traphene Hicks Library in the Park, a groundbreaking addition to its community nestled within the serene expanse of seven-acre Signature Park, includes the Hill Museum of History. More that simply a repository of books, the cultural hub celebrates both knowledge and nature.

Holistic approach: The library’s design seamlessly integrates indoor and outdoor spaces. Visitors can immerse themselves in literature while surrounded by the natural beauty of Signature Park.

Community-driven: Named “Library in a Park” by local residents, it reflects their desire for a harmonious blend of education and environmental consciousness.

Two decades in the making: The library’s journey began in 2003 with a bond referendum. Despite setbacks, including the 2008 market crash, community resilience fueled its revival. In 2017, the $20 million bond referendum was overwhelmingly approved, paving the way for this visionary project.

Sustainability features: The project adheres to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. From construc-

tion materials to energy-efficiency, every aspect was meticulously planned.

Preserving trees: Existing trees were cherished and preserved. Those removed were repurposed for infrastructure. Additionally, more than 14,000 different types of native plants and 200 trees were used in the park’s design.

Energy-efficient design: The library maximizes natural light, reducing reliance on artificial lighting. Energy-efficient HVAC systems and insulation minimize energy consumption.

Electric vehicle charging stations: There are four charging stations, as well as bike racks and bike repair stations.

Rooftop event space: The rooftop doubles as an event space, harnessing solar energy for gatherings and programs.

Nature trails: Visitors can walk, run or bike the paved 1.4-mile trail that starts off Pioneer Trail, with convenient parking available.

Native plants: As visitors walk along the pathways, they can scan QR codes on plant ID signs to learn more about specific species.

The Traphene Hicks Library in the Park is located at 450 Pioneer Trail, in Cedar Hill. For more information, visit

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The Texas A&M Forest Service has awarde6md $15.4 million through their forestry grant program. Twenty-two Texas cities, neighborhoods, nonprofit organizations and schools received funding. Grant recipients will receive funding and begin their initiatives in June DFW’s Texas Trees Foundation received $6 million for various statewide projects.

The grants will tree planting, maintenance and community forestry planning and education efforts as part of their larger, unique urban forestry solution campaigns. The program also places a key emphasis on increasing schoolyard tree canopy coverage to 30 percent of a school’s campus to create accessible community treescapes.

Texas A&M Forest Service Director Al Davis says, “These grants are critical to communities and organizations throughout the state in continuing proactive forestry practices. By investing in our communities today, we are ensuring healthy forests and communities for all to benefit from.”

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A Rise in Adult Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are not just a concern for children and can develop or worsen as we age. According to Dr. Gailen Marshall, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the prevalence of seasonal allergies among adults has increased, with about a quarter of U.S. adults reporting allergies compared to 19 percent of children.

Allergies occur when the immune system mistakenly identifies harmless substances such as pollen or grass as threats, leading to symptoms like sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. Moving to a different region with different pollen seasons can also trigger adult-onset allergies. Societal and environmental shifts such as climate change, globalization and air pollution have contributed to the increased prevalence of allergies among individuals of all ages.

While it is possible for children to outgrow their allergies, it is more challenging for adults to do so. Lifestyle changes, such as spending more time indoors or moving to another region, may help some individuals see improvement in their symptoms. Immunotherapy, which involves gradually exposing the person to small amounts of their allergen, is known to be an effective treatment for allergies regardless of when symptoms start.

Trends in Non-Alcoholic Drinking Habits

A 2023 Gallup Poll found that 62 percent of adults aged 18 to 35 say they drink alcoholic beverages, down from 72 percent two decades ago. The poll noted that young adults also drink less frequently and are less likely to drink to excess. As a result, bars like Happy Accidents, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are increasing non-alcoholic options to cater to young consumers. The bar offers five mocktails that use ingredients such as matcha, garam masala and capsaicin oils to create complex and flavorful alcohol-free alternatives.

Mingle Mocktails was created by a recovering alcoholic looking for a way to feel included during social outings while choosing not to drink alcohol. Mingle offers flavors such as Key Lime Margarita and Cucumber Melon Mojito that are available in readyto-drink cans, as well as in bottles for more premium mixing. NielsenIQ reports consistent double-digit growth in the nonalcoholic beer, wine and spirits market. The movement toward non-boozy alternatives is praised by experts for its positive impact on health and well-being, including improved sleep, energy, mental clarity, immunity and mood.

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Nature Lowers Risk of Osteoporosis

In a study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, scientists investigated the effects of green spaces on osteoporosis and bone mineral density by analyzing data held in the UK Biobank of almost 400,000 people with an average age of 56, just over half of whom were women. In addition to the participants’ bone mineral density, the researchers calculated annual average exposures to air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, based on residential postal codes. Those living closer to green spaces, natural environments and domestic gardens had greater bone mineral density and a five percent lower risk of developing osteoporosis. In addition to air pollution, the scientists noted that psychological stress and physical activity levels appeared to influence the impact of green spaces on osteoporosis risk.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of low bone mass, a precursor of osteoporosis in adults 50 and older, is 51.5 percent in women and 33.5 percent in men. Osteoporosis weakens bones; increases the risk of fractures, chronic pain, reduced mobility and disability; and reduces quality of life. It affects nearly 20 percent of women and 4.4 percent of men.

Low-Dose Calcium Supplementation in Pregnancy

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, which include preeclampsia, complicate 2 to 8 percent of pregnancies and are estimated to cause 45,000 maternal deaths annually worldwide. These disorders are also associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, the leading cause of death among children worldwide.

Calcium supplementation of 1500 to 2000 mg per day, divided into three doses, during pregnancy has been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2011 to reduce the risk of preeclampsia in populations with low dietary calcium intake. Previous trials of high-dose calcium supplementation of at least 1000 mg per day reduced the risk of preeclampsia by more than half and the risk of preterm birth by 24 percent. However, only a few countries have implemented routine high-dose calcium supplementation in pregnancy due to adherence concerns and high cost.

The findings of two independent, randomized trials conducted in India and Tanzania to compare the efficacy of low-dose calcium

Treating Fibromyalgia with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body, fatigue and sleeping difficulties. Scientists do not fully understand what causes it. In a randomized, controlled study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology involving 114 women, researchers found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was superior to educational materials alone in reducing catastrophic negative thinking associated with fibromyalgia.

CBT is a form of psychological treatment that usually involves efforts to change thinking and behavioral patterns. Strategies include facing fears instead of avoiding them, using role play to prepare for potentially problematic interactions and learning to calm the mind and relax the body.

To measure the participants’ responses to CBT, researchers used various assessment tools alongside functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures the small changes in blood flow that occur with brain activity. The participants that received eight weeks of CBT experienced a reduction on the Pain Catastrophizing Scale, compared to a smaller drop in the group that received only educational materials. Furthermore, fMRI scans indicated changes in brain patterns following CBT, suggesting its effectiveness in addressing catastrophic thoughts. By providing evidence of tangible brain changes, this research can help validate the reality of chronic pain, which is often dismissed as being “all in your head.”

supplementation (500 mg per day) to high-dose calcium supplementation (1500 mg per day) in reducing the risk of preeclampsia and preterm birth was recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine. In each trial, 11,000 first-time pregnant women were enrolled. The results indicate that low-dose calcium supplementation was as effective as the high-dose in terms of the risk of preeclampsia. The trial in India, but not the one in Tanzania, showed that the low-dose calcium supplement was as effective as the high-dose with respect to preterm birth.

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Climate Change May Expose Buried Nuclear Waste

During the Cold War, American activities caused radioactive contamination in three countries, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report about the status of these sites.

In the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the U.S. conducted 67 nuclear tests at the Bikini Atoll and Enewetak Atoll between 1946 and 1958. Rising sea levels caused by climate change could mobilize the radioactive contamination, posing risks to fresh water and food sources. According to the GAO, RMI officials (and residents) believe the U.S. Department of Energy is downplaying the current risk to human health posed by climate change-induced disturbances. Improvements in communication and environmental remediation strategies are recommended.

In Greenland (part of the Kingdom of Denmark), the contamination stems from a closed nuclear reactor that powered a U.S. military research base. Radioactive liquid is frozen in ice sheets, which Denmark is monitoring, as there is concern that climate change could release the contamination. While some studies suggest that much of the waste has decayed and will be diluted by melting ice, others highlight the presence of chemical waste such as polychlorinated biphenyls that could pose health risks.

In Spain, two U.S. defense aircraft collided in 1966, spreading radioactive debris on the town of Palomares. The countries worked together to remediate the area after the accident, but some radioactive contamination remains. Both countries signed a 2015 statement of intent to further clean up the site, but they still have not reached a final agreement.

The Lost Continent of Zealandia

According to a recent study published in Tectonics, scientists have completed the mapping of Zealandia, a largely submerged continent located below the Pacific Ocean roughly between New Caledonia and New Zealand. Zealandia covers an area of approximately 1.9 million square miles, nearly half the size of Australia. Only 5 percent of the continent is above water. The continent was first discovered seven years ago, but this study has provided a comprehensive map of its boundaries.

By analyzing rock samples and magnetic maps, researchers were able to gain insights into how Zealandia formed and separated from nearby landmasses. The granite samples collected from the northern portion of Zealandia contained zircon crystals, which hold valuable information about the continent’s geology. Through radiometric dating, scientists determined that these crystals formed around 100 million years ago, coinciding with the breakup of the supercontinent that once contained Zealandia.

Magnetic mapping was also used to provide a broader understanding of Zealandia’s shape and structure. The researchers found that highly magnetic rocks were aligned with fracture zones in the oceanic crust, indicating the stretching of the supercontinent’s crust prior to the breakup. This analysis helped confirm Zealandia’s geological connection to Antarctica and Australia.

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Hydrogen Reservoirs

A recent study published in the journal Science reveals the discovery of a large hydrogen gas deposit deep within the Bulqizë chromite mine, in Albania. The findings have sparked optimism among researchers that there may be substantial underground reservoirs of hydrogen capable of meeting global power demands for a low-carbon solution. Hydrogen can be burned without releasing greenhouse gases.

While hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, access to it on Earth has been limited, as it tends to escape into the atmosphere. The existence of natural hydrogen seepages has been known for thousands of years, but it was believed that only small amounts of hydrogen could be found underground. This perception has been challenged in recent years, when significant hydrogen gas reservoirs were discovered in Mali, Europe and South America.

The research team believes that the Bulqizë mine holds 5,000 to 50,000 tons of hydrogen—well short of the millions of tons sought by energy-focused prospectors. Nevertheless, this discovery is confirmation that hydrogen gas can be trapped effectively underground. The technological means to efficiently extract and utilize


Mexico is taking a stand to protect its ancient corn varieties from the potential contamination caused by genetically modified (GM) seeds by phasing out GM corn by 2024. The move has sparked tension with the United States. Nearly 30 percent of all U.S. corn exports went to Mexico between 2018 and 2020. U.S. officials are arguing that the ban violates the countries’ trade agreement and are demanding scientific evidence to support Mexico’s claim. There is concern among American policymakers that the ban on GM corn could lead to further restrictions in the future.

Mexicans assert that GM corn poses risks to human health and threatens their country's agricultural traditions and cultural iden-

Gray Whale Spotted in the Atlantic

The New England Aquarium reported an aerial sighting of a gray whale 30 miles off the coast of Nantucket Island. Gray whales, which lack dorsal fins, have not been seen in the Atlantic Ocean for more than 200 years, having been hunted out of existence. This is the fifth sighting in Atlantic and Mediterranean waters in the last 15 years. Scientists believe that the melting of Arctic ice caused by global warming may be at play.

According to the aquarium, “The Northwest Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific through the Arctic Ocean in Canada, has regularly been ice-free in the summertime in recent years, partly due to rising global temperatures.” Without the sea ice that usually limits the range of gray whales, they can “potentially travel the Passage in the summer, something that wouldn’t have been possible in the previous century.”

Orla O’Brien, an associate research scientist in the aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, said, “These sightings of gray whales in the Atlantic serve as a reminder of how quickly marine species respond to climate change, given the chance.”

tity. Corn originated in Mexico nearly 10,000 years ago, and the country is home to more than 59 unique varieties. These native varietals have evolved to adapt to the local environment, with some being more drought tolerant and pest resistant. GM corn poses the risk of genetic contamination, as pollen from GM crops can cross-pollinate with native varieties, altering their genetic makeup and making them less suited to their specific conditions. Some experts argue that banning GM corn alone will not be enough to protect native corn, pointing to the decline in smallscale farms as a greater threat. Conservation efforts, they assert, should focus on not only storing seeds in gene banks, but also supporting the vital contributions of traditional farmers.

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The Unique Path to Women’s Wellness

Many symptoms that women experience as they age can be related to changes in hormone production by the ovaries, but thyroid and adrenal gland hormone production and function are also very important. There are other abnormal hormone patterns that relate to and exacerbate certain gynecologic disorders such as estrogen dominance, which occurs when a woman does not have normal production and breakdown of hormones to maintain normal hormone levels and normal cycling.

We now have access to very advanced hormone testing to help optimize how hor-

mones behave. Female hormone cycling is an intricately controlled system that includes the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, adrenals, thyroid and ovarian tissues. This regulation involves negative and positive feedback loops. These tissues are all susceptible to injury or dysfunction, especially by toxic exposure and chronic inflammation, which are often related to lifestyle.

Stress is a major driver and has a profound, direct effect on adrenal function, which can then impact all other systems in the body. A highly processed diet that is high in processed grains, industrial seed oils and sugar

is likely to be a problem, as is poor gut health. Many factors impact hormone function over a woman’s lifespan, including environment, genetics, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, mindset and habits.

Hormone Therapy

There is good evidence to support the value of a comprehensive approach to optimizing feminine health, both in alleviating symptoms and improving function. While hormone therapy became very controversial more than two decades ago, there is good evidence that bioidentical hormone therapy can promote anti-aging and be cardiopro-

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tective when started soon after the onset of menopause. Hormone therapy provides chemical messages to every tissue in the body to control the actions of cells and organs. It is very effective at relieving moderate to severe menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, urinary symptoms, mood changes and decreased sex drive, while also protecting bones, and heart and brain function as women age.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is derived from plant sources and comes in various forms, dosages and formulations that can be customized when necessary. All women should consult a well-informed practitioner about these therapy, as well as integrative alternatives that may also be effective at alleviating symptoms. What should result is an individualized approach to hormone health with comprehensive hormone testing and functional blood testing, followed by a detailed discussion about the risks and benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, in light of the patient’s current health status.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder of repro ductive-aged women, but it is also associated with metabolic disorders like obesity, diabe tes, metabolic syndrome and gestational di abetes. It is predominantly characterized by irregular menstrual cycles, excessive testos terone and cystic ovarian changes on pelvic ultrasounds. Women with PCOS also often struggle with infertility, most frequently due to anovulation [the lack or absence of ovu lation]. Testosterone excess primarily results from overproduction in the ovary, which may manifest clinically as hirsutism [abnor mal growth of facial hair], acne and hair loss (androgenic alopecia), with 60 to 70 percent of those diagnosed affected.


Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the interior lining of the uterus, or endometrium, migrates and implants in areas outside the uterus, primarily in the

pelvic region. Sometimes endometrial tissue can be found in more distant locations. These implants respond to monthly fluctuations of a woman’s hormones (estrogen and progesterone) during her menstrual cycle. Estrogen stimulates these implants to grow. The implants may break down and bleed, but there is no exit route for the tissue to leave the body. This leads to painful menstruation, abdominal pain and inflammation that can lead to adhesions, scarring, internal bleeding, bowel or urinary dysfunction, bloating, constipation, painful intercourse and infertility.

Endometriosis affects 200 million women worldwide and approximately one in 10 women in the U.S. It strikes women from all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. There is no clear cause and no cure, although it is treatable. There is often a delay in diagnosis as symptoms may initially be minimized. Medical treatment focuses on

Rmanaging symptoms, with previous standard treatment being birth control pills and pain killers. Newer drug formulations target the hormonal effects of estrogen and progesterone on the implants. In severe cases, surgery may be indicated, however, it is common for it to reappear if not addressed in a fully integrative way.

A Function Approach

Functional medicine takes a more holistic view of endometriosis as an inflammatory disorder. A typical support protocol will include steps to balance female hormone levels, support hormone detoxification pathways, support the immune system, work on gut health to ensure a balanced microflora (as this directly influences the immune system), remove anything that may be contributing to inflammation (including environmental exposures) and place patients on an anti-in-

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flammatory diet and supplements. Other lifestyle measures are incorporated to manage stress and sleep and minimize toxic exposure.

Uterine fibroids are very common, affecting approximately 70 percent of women at some point. Many of these cases go undiagnosed because they are asymptomatic. Heavy bleeding or painful menses are the most common symptoms associated with these benign tumors. Women with fibroids report decreased quality of life due to symptoms of bleeding and/or pain, as well as pressure or bulk symptoms if the mass is large, contributing to urinary frequency or constipation. African American women are disproportionately affected, and often at a younger age.

From a functional medicine perspective, fibroids likely indicate some hormonal imbalance, and toxic exposure has been implicated as playing a role in the development of symptoms. Heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants and PCBs have also been correlated with uterine fibroid development. A significant, dose-dependent connection between hair relaxers and fibroid risk also suggests that some African American women may be exposed to more and different chemicals than many white women. Recent data sug gests EGCG in green tea has potential to offer

some relief of symptoms for uterine fibroids, PCOS and menopause due to its antiangiogenic, antifibrotic and antioxidant properties.


Digital mammography, a low-dose X-ray, shows the inside of the breasts and is the most widely studied and established screening tool for breast cancer. It has been evaluated in numerous clinical trials and has been shown to reduce breast cancer mortality in certain populations, but false positives may occur in approximately 10 percent of cases. Additional imaging with sonography may be necessary if breasts are very dense or breast MRI may be indicated if there

Some have recommended other screening methods due to concern about repeated radiation exposure to breast tissue over a woman’s lifetime with mammography. Breast thermography

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is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses an infrared camera to measure the heat emitted by the surface of the breasts. It is based on the idea that cancer cells tend to have a higher metabolic rate and therefore may emit more heat compared to normal cells. There are no specific recommendations for initiating or frequency of performing thermography, but it could be useful to perform between mammogram screening if that is not being done annually or for screening younger women that are at risk.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74. The decision to start screening mammography prior to age 50 should be an individual one. They have concluded that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening mammography in women aged 75 or older.

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among American women. Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than women of any other racial or ethnic group. Experts believe this is partially because one in five Black women is diagnosed with more aggressive triple-negative breast cancer.

Eighty-five percent of breast cancers occur in women that have no family history of breast cancer, and are likely preventable. Just being a woman and growing older are the two biggest risk factors for breast cancer. Those factors are difficult to change, but other risk factors such as smoking and drinking alcohol can be stopped while eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Breast cancer screening, monthly breast self-exams, an annual exam by a doctor and regular X-ray and thermographic breast imaging are important tools for breast cancer detection—especially early detection, when cancers may be more treatable.

Regular Maintenance

All women should have regular checkups and functional lab testing to be evaluated for possible nutrient deficiencies, metabolic dysfunction, inflammation, abnormal thyroid or adrenal function, or toxicity, as well as comprehensive hormone testing to identify and address any underlying imbalances and correct them. These will likely include lifestyle and dietary changes to shed any excess weight gained while rebalancing hormones.

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Menopause and Why We Should Treat It

Menopause is a natural and inevitable transition that all women experience in their lives. All women go through menopause, with 87 percent experiencing symptoms. According to The Menopause Society, the average duration of menopause symptoms is seven years, but for some women, it can last even longer. While most people associate menopause with hot flashes, night sweats and brain fog, numerous other symptoms such as joint pain, atrial fibrillation, heart palpitations, cognitive changes and tendinitis can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life and increase their risk for chronic disease.

The loss of hormones is associated with an increased risk of various health conditions including breast and colon cancer and osteoporosis. Women going through menopause also face a higher risk of heart failure, stroke, heart attack and dementia.

Research now shows that menopause is not just about managing symptoms, but addressing long-term health risks and increased mortality due to the loss of sex hormones. Estrogen, in particular, plays a crucial role in maintaining women’s health. It protects against cognitive decline, improves verbal memory and executive function, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

The Women’s Health Initiative

In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study raised concerns about the safety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, it is essential to understand the

limitations and inaccuracies of this study. The average age of the participants was 63, more than a decade past the typical age of menopause onset, and it excluded healthy women. More than half the women in the study were smokers, ex-smokers, overweight and had existing cardiovascular disease. The study also used high doses of oral conjugated estrogen synthetic progestin hormones, which are not the same as the body’s natural bioidentical hormones (BHRT).

Since the WHI study, numerous studies have shown that HRT can be protective when initiated closer to the onset of menopause. The 2022 Position Statement of The Menopause Society states no general rule for stopping BHRT based on age alone. For women with persistent symptoms, continuing BHRT beyond age 65 is a reasonable option. Topical

creams, gels and patches offer a distinct advantage over oral formulations. When hormones are absorbed through the skin, they bypass the liver, reducing the risk of harmful byproducts that can occur with liver biotransformation. This can lead to a more favorable safety profile and fewer potential side effects.

Recent Research

A recent large-scale study based on the records of 10 million senior Medicare women from 2007 to 2020 found that the implications of HRT use beyond age 65 vary by type, route and dose. The study concluded that compared to never-use or discontinuation of HRT before age 65, the use of estrogen monotherapy beyond age 65 was associated with significant risk reductions in mortality, breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, congestive heart failure, venous thromboembolism, atrial fibrillation, acute myocardial infarction and dementia.

The use of a combination of estrogen and synthetic progestin therapy was found to increase the risk of breast cancer slightly, but the researchers found that the risk is mitigated using low doses of transdermal or vaginal progestin. Topical progestin usage also resulted in significant risk reductions in endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure and venous thromboembolism.

Another recent study, “Menopause and Women’s Cardiovascular Health: Is It an Obvious Relationship?” published in the Archives of Medical Science in 2023, highlights

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the importance of the menopausal period as a time of increasing cardiovascular disease risk. The study emphasizes the need to monitor the health of women in their middle age, a critical time in which early intervention strategies should be implemented to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study also discusses the protective role of estrogen against cardiovascular disease, as it decreases fibrosis, stimulates angiogenesis and vasodilation, enhances mitochondrial function and reduces oxidative stress. The authors conclude that prevention of cardiovascular diseases should begin early for both men and women, and consultations during the perimenopausal and menopausal periods are an ideal opportunity to assess cardiovascular risk.

When considering BHRT, women should select a practitioner with advanced training in menopause. Even gynecologists are generally untrained in managing menopause. Current medical school guidelines for gynecology only include a few hours of training for diagnosing, managing and treating menopause. A patient should seek out practitioners that are Menopause Method certified healthcare providers.

Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life journey. By staying informed, work-

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Cultivating Our Inner Garden

Women are like flowers in a garden—beauty surrounded by life’s chaos. A flower in full bloom is radiant in color with a silky texture. A woman in full glory feels her inner beauty with a spirit of strong determination and focus. Women are creators, feeling free to create anything imaginable. By nature, they are nurturers and the support centers of our homes, children, work, clubs, activities and organizations. The highs and lows of life are inevitable as they experience life’s joy and excitement, as well as pain and anxiety. It is during the trying times in life they need to be especially mindful of their thoughts and actions.

When they feel stretched, overexposed to life’s challenges, or put other’s needs first, they struggle. Those challenges come from the influences of the outside world. By over-giving, the feel depleted, tired, and even annoyed at themselves and often turn to distractions to numb difficult emotions with the internet, eating, shopping, alcohol and staying busy. It is not selfish to put themselves first with healthy self-care practices and boundaries. It helps to pause and ask if these habits, behaviors and attitudes support them. If not, they can change behavior patterns by repeatedly sending new messages to the brain. With enough repetition, the brain grows new positive neurons and healthy mental pathways are formed. It is possible to wire the brain for what we want and what is good.

Finding simple ways to nourish ourselves will brighten our lives. Pay close attention to the sweet pleasures of life, no matter how small. Savor watching the sun rise over the horizon, no-

tice the beauty of crepe myrtles or simply feel the grass under bare feet. It can be difficult for the woman that is always doing with a mind that is always racing, to take the needed time to be alone, pray, journal, meditate or spend time in nature. There is tremendous value in enjoying these moments, which bring peace to our hearts and offer insight into our authentic selves.

Everyone is important and should not miss out on the life they deserve to live. Get back on track by resetting the mind with how we want to live and love, and what brings us joy and happiness. Practice self-awareness and begin to make needed changes in thinking, feeling and acting in life. The present—the “now”—is the only place to use the energy we have and create the life we want. The choice is ours of how to experience our life. One step at a time, one seed at a time, enables us to cultivate our inner garden and become a happier version of ourselves.

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Quality Sleep for Women During Hormonal Changes

Women and men have diverse sleep needs. Recent research reveals that women require slightly more sleep than men on average. The typical woman clocks in at eight hours and 27 minutes of nightly rest, about 11 minutes more than their male counterparts.

Understanding this distinction is crucial because sleep forms the cornerstone of overall health. It is not just about feeling rested— quality sleep plays a pivotal role in brain function, affecting memory consolidation, cognitive prowess and emotional equilibrium. It profoundly influences physical well-being, impacting metabolism, immune resilience and the risk of chronic ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Adequate sleep is the body’s time for repair, rejuvenation and psychological balance, significantly enriching our quality of life.

Our sleep patterns inevitably shift, influenced by various factors. Aging brings about changes in sleep architecture, with shifts in rapid eye movement (REM) and deep sleep phases leading to lighter and more fragmented slumber. Additionally, age-related conditions such as arthritis, acid reflux and menopause can introduce discomforts including pain or frequent urination, disrupting sleep. Sleep disorders like sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome tend to become more prevalent with age. Not to forget the impact of stress, anxiety and depression,

which, though affecting individuals of all ages, may be exacerbated during these life transitions, further hindering sleep quality.

If hormonal changes are causing disruptions in your sleep, there are steps you can take to reclaim restful nights. Establishing good sleep hygiene can make a significant difference. At the top of the list is creating a sleep environment free from toxins and stimulants, starting with an organic mattress. Stimulants can wreak havoc on sleep by keeping the central nervous system in overdrive. Here are some additional tips to enhance your sleep quality once you’ve set up a clean, organic, stimulant-free environment.

Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule: Syncing bedtime and wake-up time daily helps regulate the body’s internal clock, bolster-

ing sleep quality by reinforcing its natural rhythm.

Cultivate a Serene Environment: Dark, quiet and cool surroundings are conducive to restful sleep. Use dark shades or blackout curtains to shield against light pollution, which disrupts melatonin production, a hormone vital for sleep regulation.

Limit Screen Time Before Bed: Electronic devices emit blue light that can interfere with melatonin production. Reducing screen time at least an hour before bedtime can help the body transition into sleep mode, facilitating both falling asleep and staying asleep.

Choose a Cooling Mattress: For women experiencing hot flashes, a cooling sleep surface is paramount for uninterrupted, quality sleep devoid of night sweats.

By cultivating a healthy sleep environment and incorporating these strategies, we can significantly elevate our sleep quality. This is especially beneficial for women navigating perimenopause, menopause and postmenopausal phases, when hormonal fluctuations may intensify sleep disturbances.

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Conscious Eating

Balancing Gluten

Making Peace With an Oft-Maligned Ingredient

The rise in prevalence of celiac disease and related conditions, and shifts toward paleo, keto and other gluten-free diets, have driven the gluten-free products market from $973 million in 2014 to $6.5 billion in 2022. The market for these products is expected to reach $15.1 billion by 2032 according to The Brainy Insights, a market research company. However, switching to gluten-free products is not a one-size-fits-all decision.

Celiac disease affects an estimated 1 percent or approximately 3 million Americans, although approximately 60 to 70 percent of those have not been diagnosed, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. The illness is an autoimmune condition that results in tissue damage in the small intestine, which may be accompanied by abdominal pain, gas and bloating, cognitive impairment, constipation, diarrhea, anxiety, fatigue, anemia, skin rashes and joint pain. It is diagnosed with blood tests and confirmed by taking pictures inside of the small intestine.

The National Institutes of Health report an additional 6 percent of Americans may have a related condition known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). While some symptoms of intolerance or sensitivity to gluten are similar to those with celiac disease, NCGS does not come with intestinal damage. Symptoms of NCGS also may occur outside the intestines such as heartburn, feelings of fullness, vomiting, headaches, anxiety, depression, a foggy mind and fibromyalgia-like symptoms.

For those allergic to wheat or other grains containing gluten or that have gluten-related disorders, permanently eliminating gluten is a must. This includes inhaling it, eating it and encountering it through skin or hair.

Gluten and the Gut

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, spelt, semolina, farro, barley and rye. These grains are a source of fiber, B vitamins, trace minerals and other nutrients. Many studies have

associated whole-grain consumption with improved health outcomes. For instance, as part of a healthy diet, wheat has been found to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and weight gain.

Gluten interplays with the bacteria in the gut. The journal Nutrients published a review in 2021 of various studies that evaluated the effects of a gluten-free diet on the microbiome of healthy, celiac disease and NCGS patients. The researchers found that a gluten-free diet reduced the bacterial richness and affected gut microbiota composition of patients in all three groups. In patients with celiac disease or NCGS, the gluten-free diet created a positive effect on gastrointestinal symptoms and helped restore microbiota population by reducing the population of pro-inflammatory species. However, in healthy patients, a gluten-free diet had a negative effect on the gut by decreasing the number of beneficial species and increasing the number of bad microorganisms.

According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, changes in the amount or activity of good bacteria have been associat-

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ed with gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.

“Changes in your diet can alter your microbiome within one to two days,” says Dr. Tom O’Bryan, an expert on wheat-related disorders, NCGS, celiac disease and their link to autoimmune diseases. “When you go on a gluten-free diet, you remove prebiotics that feed the good bacteria in your gut. This then causes the bad bacteria to flourish and reproduce, resulting in increased inflammation in your gut, a contributor to disease.” This makes sense as 70 to 80 percent of immune cells are present in the gut.

Effective Gluten-Free Dieting

Whether a gluten-free diet is required because of a gluten-related disorder or by choice, it is essential to add prebiotic foods to replace the beneficial impacts lost when eliminating wheat and other grains. Prebiotic and probiotic supplements are a start, but consumption of vegetables is the key.

“Probiotics are most effective when they are combined with a high-fiber diet featuring a variety of vegetables,” says O’Bryan. He recommends at least one daily serving of root vegetables, such as rutabaga, turnip, parsnip, radish, carrot and sweet potato, and two daily servings of prebiotic foods like bananas, garlic, onion, asparagus, leafy green vegetables, legumes, artichoke, apples and cocoa. “I also recommend a forkful or more of fermented foods each day. Vary it up with some sauerkraut, kimchi, miso or fermented beets, or drink some kefir or kombucha.”

“If you're experiencing digestive discomfort, give a healthy, gluten-free diet a try for at least 30 days and assess how you feel,” recommends Michelle Ross, a board-certified nutrition specialist, licensed dietician and functional medicine practitioner. “My recommendation is to stay away from the gluten-free aisle. The truth is many people that switch to a gluten-free diet often turn to processed gluten-free foods. The focus

should be on consuming whole, real, unprocessed foods.”

Finding Balance

Even for those without gluten-related conditions, too much gluten can create its own health complications. In a 2015 study published in Nutrients, gliadin, a component of gluten, was administered to biopsies taken from the small intestines of healthy, celiac disease and NCGS patients. The researchers found each group experienced increases in inflammatory markers and in markers of leaky gut, with the healthy group having the greatest increase in interleukin 10, a rapidly activated pro-inflammatory cytokine that defends the body against microbial invasion.

For otherwise healthy people, finding a balance between enough gluten to feed gut probiotics but not so much that it results in gut permeability issues is important. “If you decide to continue consuming gluten, opt for whole or minimally processed einkorn wheat, rye, barley, spelt and Kamut wheat,” says Ross. “These grains have not undergone hybridization and are not typically sprayed with glyphosate before harvesting. Additionally, consider consuming sprouted or fermented forms of these grains, as they can be more digestible.”

Deborah Bevilacqua is a journalist and contributor to Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation.

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Easy Fertility Kitchari (Quinoa and Bean Stew)


2 cups dried mung beans, soaked in water for 8-12 hours

1 Tbsp coconut oil, ghee or olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

14 oz spinach, kale, collards or any other greens

2 tsp Celtic sea salt

1 13.5-oz can full-fat coconut milk

2 cups quinoa

7½ cups water

Optional: cilantro, avocado

Heat oil in a pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot); add onion, garlic and cumin. Sauté until fragrant; stir occasionally. Add greens, soaked mung beans, quinoa and water. Put the lid on, and pressure cook for 12 minutes. Once pressure has fully released, open the lid and stir in coconut milk. Top it off with fresh avocado and cilantro before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Aumatma Simmons.

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1 large yellow onion

3 sprigs fresh, flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely minced

2 lbs finely ground lean lamb or beef

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

½ tsp ground allspice

12-14 wooden or metal skewers, presoaked in water for 30-60 minutes

Preheat a grill to high, or if using an oven, preheat to 450°F.

Quarter the onion and finely mince in a food processor. Transfer the minced onions into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl and press down on the onions to remove any excess liquid. Discard the liquid and set the onions aside.

Add the parsley to the food processor and pulse to finely chop. Return the drained onions to the food processor bowl. Add the ground meat and season with the salt, pepper and allspice. Process to thoroughly blend all the ingredients, periodically pausing the processor to push the meat down and scrape it from the bottom and sides of the bowl. Transfer the meat mixture to a large mixing bowl. Hand-mix the meat mixture to make sure that all ingredients are evenly incorporated into a smooth mixture.

Making the Kafta Kabobs

Working in ⅓-cup portions, mold the meat mixture into a long, sausage-like shape, about 6 inches in length. Then, hand-roll the meat to a thickness of about 1½ inches. Using the sharp end of the skewer, pierce through one end of the kabob and slide it through the other end; the meat should be about 1 inch away from the sharp tip of the skewer. Squeeze the meat one more time to ensure that it tightly adheres to the skewer. Continue making kabobs in the same manner with the remaining meat mixture. There should be 12 to 14 skewers.

If using a grill, lightly brush it with oil. Place the kabobs on the grill over a medium flame and cook, turning them periodically so that they cook evenly, 4 to 5 minutes per side, being careful not to over-grill them.

If roasting in the oven, place the kabobs on a lightly oiled baking sheet, spacing them evenly apart, and roast on the middle rack of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, turning them over halfway through the roasting time. Serve hot.

Recipe courtesy of Anna Cabeca.

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Anne Hoyt

on Gluten-Free Eating

Anne Hoyt, along with her daughter Taylor Nicholson, founded Unrefined Bakery, a gluten-free haven where passion and purpose collide. Their journey began with personal food allergies, particularly celiac disease, and a deep appreciation for nutrition and flavor. Determined to create healthier, delicious treats, they reimagined old family recipes and crafted new ones. Unrefined Bakery takes allergen-free baking to a new level using only the finest pure and whole ingredients. Their offerings include nut-free, grain-free, sugar-free and paleo options. With a commitment to quality and nourishment, these women have left an indelible mark on the gluten-free community.

What inspired you to start Unrefined Baker, and focus on gluten-free products?

We did this as a reaction to my youngest daughter, Erin, being diagnosed with celiac disease while in her final year of premed. Taylor began making food bars, and then Anne jumped in and finally began the challenging task of baking without gluten. Gluten is the protein within wheat and rye and barley that binds the ingredients together. That in turn makes U.S. bread products act and taste and feel like the soft. spongy perfection to which we have all grown accustomed.

How do you create gluten-free products that taste great and meet dietary restrictions?

Anne is the ultimate guide to the taste and texture. We have learned others agree.

Carbs make us happy: they are a huge part of memories and celebrations within all cultures (i.e., pretzels and beer at a ball game; cakes for all types of celebrations; homemade pizza for a fun friday family game night). Carbs are an integral part of our enjoyment, and then our memories! As for the nutrition and allergen component, we simply use organic and pure ingredients, then we watch the sugar content, keeping it is as low as possible, while remembering what it is we are making. It just needs enough sugar, not over the top. That’s one component of the balance; if it isn’t tasty and doesn’t bring a smile, then we won’t make it, because people won’t eat it. Taylor is the nutrition guru. She knows her stuff.

How do you stay innovative and creative in developing new gluten-free recipes?

This has been pretty easy and has helped

us stay ahead of the trends and current knowledge. We listen to our customers! That has been a huge key to our success. Our customers are smart. They know what is happening before anyone in the news even begins to think about it, let alone write about it. So, we listen to the customers, we learn from them, as well as learn from our continued revamps of recipes. For instance, throughout the years, new recipes have less and less sugar. In order of evolution, over the years we have taken out corn, dairy, eggs, grains, sugar and then seed oils. It has been quite a time of learning and equally importantly, being open to learning.

What are the unique challenges of sourcing ingredients for gluten-free products?

The number one issue is simply be the availability of non-mainstream ingredients. Oftentimes we need more that our suppliers can provide. We have to keep multiple providers on hand because we frequently run into shortages. Another issue is the size of the available products; we still use a small can of our organic coconut cream rather than a large commercial can. Also, since COVID, prices have gone up exponentially, and sizes of commercially available products have gotten smaller. We speculate that as prices have increased and margins have gotten totally squished, fewer and fewer manufactures have been willing to stay in this highly niche market because it is simply no longer worth it. Luckily, to ward off this supply issue, we had room in our production facility to order multiple pallets at a time directly from

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the manufacturer, rather than how we did it in the beginning by buying from a food distributor one week at a time. Sometimes we order from three months to 12 months at a time.

How do you address the issue of texture in gluten-free bread?

I can only explain by saying we eat our own food; we have been undaunted in our efforts to provide the best possible taste and texture for the cleanest allergen food ever; remember, Anne won’t eat a bad carb; lastly, it has simply been a gift that fell into our hands as we serve our customers to the best of our abilities.

What are the myths and benefits of gluten-free eating?

Once you go down this whole road of eating gluten-free, you begin to read ingredient labels and then you begin to understand them. Once you understand an ingredient label, then you are nearly forced

by your mind (in a desire to be as well as possible), to eat cleaner and cleaner. Once you begin to eat more cleanly, then your body demands it. And then the cycle has become complete. Eliminate gluten, then eating it makes you sick. Eliminate dairy, then it makes you sick. Decrease sugar, then excess makes you sick. Finally, eliminate seed oils and then they make you sick. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy of ever-increasing wellness and longevity!

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Women in the Environment

Nonprofit Women in the Environment (WE) is a group of passionate professionals developing solutions to environmental challenges across Dallas-Fort Worth industries by breaking down barriers and reinventing themselves. They each bring unique skills, perspectives and experiences while serving in an organization that strengthens networking and leadership skills.

The diversity of their membership spans the fields of education, engineering, entrepreneurship, environmental law, food systems, geology, landscaping and irrigation, LEED real estate, materials management, public agencies, recycling, renewable energy, resource conservation, sustainability, water management and more.

As networkers, they encourage information sharing and collaboration among those employed in the environmental sector; educators and students in area colleges and universities; and innovators at all levels. The group regularly hosts Lunch and Learn tours of top-notch performers in the environmental space. They learned about inno-

vations put into place at the Embassy Suites Hotel at the Denton Convention Center, which has earned gold LEED certification by the Green Building Council.

A few weeks earlier, a group of Texas Christian University nursing students joined a morning discussion at the Mind Your Garden and Texas Healthy Communities in east Fort Worth. On June 11, colleagues, families and friends are invited to learn about the sustainability practices at the Dallas Zoo, followed by lunch and casual tours of the animals, habitats, and exhibits.

President Linda Pavlik says, “We are extremely proud of our collaborative relationships with the University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington and Dallas College’s multiple campuses. Not too long ago, Oncor hosted an informal outreach

lunch for students seeking environmental careers across the board.”

Pavlik shares, “Never stop learning. Experience the good and the bad, and always seek to learn more about innovations in all areas of life and work. Seek to engage with people who share your interest in shaping a sustainable environment. Participate in environmental study projects. By building our membership and networks in business and academia, we strongly believe not only will we grow personally and professionally, but we will also contribute to environmental sustainability.”

WE will stage a social event in August at the Perot Museum of Science and History “Thursdays on Tap” series with the theme of N-E-T-W-O-R-K-I-N-G.

Women in the Environment is located at 1200 Summit Ave., Ste. 770, in Fort Worth. For more information, call 817-332-2972, email or visit

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Clean Air Action Day 2024 Is More Important than Ever

Clean Air Action Day 2024 on June 7 in North Texas is an annual event that holds particular significance this year due to the area’s longstanding status in federal clean air non-attainment, indicating a failure to meet the required standards for air quality set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Addressing this issue is crucial not only for environmental and public health, but also for ensuring a better quality of life for North Texans.

Health, Environmental and Economic Impacts

Poor air quality can lead to respiratory issues such as asthma and bronchitis, and exacerbate conditions like heart disease and allergies. North Texas has seen a rise in air pollution levels due to increased traffic, industrial emissions and other factors. Air pollution can harm plants, animals and entire ecosystems. In North Texas, where the natural landscape is a valuable resource, protecting air quality is essential for preserving the beauty and health of the region. Substandard air quality can lead to increased healthcare costs, as well as harm agriculture and industry by damaging crops and reducing productivity.

In 2020 alone, reductions in air pollution prevented more than 230,000 premature deaths, 200,000 heart attacks, 120,000 emergency room visits, and 17 million lost workdays. The impact of air quality on climate change cannot be underestimated. Many pollutants that contribute to poor air quality such as carbon dioxide and methane are also potent greenhouse gases.

A changing climate is expected to cause ear-

lier and longer springs and summers, warmer temperatures, precipitation changes, and higher carbon dioxide concentration. – some of which we’re already seeing. Some of these changes can increase people’s exposure to pollen and other airborne allergens, which in turn can lead to more allergy-related illnesses, such as asthma and hay fever.

In many areas of the country, climate change is expected to worsen harmful ground-level ozone, increase the potency of certain allergens like pollen, and contribute to worsening air quality and can also decrease visibility. North Texas can help mitigate the effects of climate change and work toward a more sustainable future.

Everyday Actions Can Improve Air Quality

While large-scale initiatives and policies play a significant role in improving air quality, everyday actions taken by individuals can also make a meaningful impact. North Texas residents can contribute to cleaner air by making consistent small changes in their daily lives that add up over time.

Transportation choices: One of the biggest sources of air pollution is vehicle emissions. By opting for carpooling, using public transportation, biking or walking when possible, individuals can significantly reduce their carbon footprint. Even combining errands to make fewer trips can help.

Remote work and flexible hours: For those that have the option, working from home or shifting work hours can help reduce traffic congestion during peak times, which re-

duces emissions.

Energy conservation: Simple habits such as turning off lights, appliances and electronics when not in use and using energy-efficient devices can decrease the demand for electricity that often comes from fossil fuel sources.

Use of electric or manual lawn equipment: Switching from gas-powered to electric or manual lawn tools can reduce the emissions released into the air.

Avoiding idling: Idling vehicles produce unnecessary emissions. Turning off the engine when waiting in the car for extended periods can make a difference. Some models from Volkswagen have an automatic Stop/Start idling function that accomplishes this.

How These Actions Help

People can help reduce the percentage of ground-level ozone and particulate matter in the air, two major pollutants contributing to the non-attainment status, by taking these actions. Improved air quality can lead to fewer health problems related to respiratory and cardiovascular issues, as well as economic savings and better quality of life overall.

By consistently taking small steps in their daily lives, individuals can set a positive example for others, encouraging more widespread community participation in clean air efforts. These everyday changes also help create a culture of environmental responsibility that can lead to long-term benefits for the region.

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Footloose Fitness

The Joys and Benefits of Dance Classes

Getting fit offers many health benefits, including stress management and better cardiovascular health, but stepping into a dance class can also increase levels of feel-good neurotransmitters that reduce pain and boost mood. From fusion dance to ballroom and hip hop, today’s studios provide plenty of diversity in their class offerings; a welcoming, non-judgmental approach; and encouragement for all ages to try something new.

“These days, there are many entries into dance that are non-performance-based— dancing just for the joy of it, to feel the endorphin rush that happens when moving your body to music,” says Jessica Gleason, founder and lead instructor of Seattle Dance Fitness, in Shoreline, Washington. Aside from the perks of better balance and a stronger, more supple body, dancing can help us build solid social bonds, too. “Step into a dance fitness class at a gym, studio or community center, and you will definitely meet new people, foster relationships and feel like you’re a part of a bigger community, all things that are positive for your mental health and well-being,” Gleason adds.

Kelly Peckholdt, owner and director of Positions Dance Studio in Babylon, New York, champions the “emotional regulation due to the release of serotonin when you are dancing. I personally always feel so much better after a dance class.” She reminds us that we do not need to be born with a talent to boogie. “A lot of people believe that they must be flexible or have good balance in order to try a dance class, but we dance so that we can gain those benefits. Moving your body is for anyone at any age and any shape or size.”

Benefits Abound

Taking up joyful swing or invigorating salsa can not only support muscle and joint health, but also get us to a healthier weight. A 2015 study led by Dr. Nick Smeeton, a UK lecturer at the University of Brighton Department of Sport and Exercise Science, revealed that many dance styles, including ballroom, ballet and contemporary, can burn more calories than running, cycling or swimming. The research team, which measured key biomarkers in adult dancers, found that up to 600 calories could be burned in one hour.

A 2017 meta-analysis of 18 studies involving ballroom, contemporary, jazz and cultural dance forms, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, found

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significant improvement in stamina, muscular strength and balance in older adults, as well as improved psychological well-being. According to the Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation, dance can be a boon to the skeletal system. The brain is also positively impacted by doing a little cha-cha or line dancing. Research published in 2017 in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience reports improved cerebral white matter—the part of the brain that governs thought processing and speed—through folk dancing.

Dance Class Options

“There is so much more to dance than classical ballet,” Peckholdt says. “I think that ballet, tap and jazz are very manageable for older adults, in perhaps a beginner-level class.”

Gleason recommends four branded modalities that are popular these days: Zumba, a cardio workout with Latin-inspired dance moves; Jazzercise, a high-intensity workout that blends dance with Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and strength training; REFIT, a dance class that incorporates emotionally uplifting and community-building components to keep students motivated; and WERQ, a cardio-dance workout that incorporates trending pop and hip-hop music.



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To find a class, Gleason suggests Googling “dance workout near me”. She also advises a healthy amount of patience when trying something new. “We always remind newcomers that it takes some time to learn the moves and that they aren’t supposed to look and move like the instructor. They are supposed to move and look like themselves.”

For some, taking the plunge and walking into a studio is the hardest part. Gleason inspires us when she says, “So many people tell me it took them forever to try a class because they were nervous about trying, but once they did, they wished they’d done so sooner.”

Kelly Mercedes is a narrative journalist and contributor to KnoWEwell and Natural Awakenings.

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Yoga Can Help With Grief of All Kinds

People that make yoga a priority in their overall wellness efforts are acquainted with the ways that yoga contributes to strength, flexibility and a clearer head. These gifts of yoga often come to the practitioner immediately and can be sustained over time. What is perhaps less understood are the many ways that yoga can be beneficial in times of upheaval. Particularly as an antidote to feelings of grief and loss, yoga can be one of the very best tools in our wellness toolbox.

Grief can strike anyone at any stage of life, often unexpectedly. Although we often think of grief as the result of the death of a loved one, it can manifest after a variety of life events, such as a child leaving for college, a partner developing early onset dementia, infertility or a pregnancy loss, a job loss or other financial setback. All can contribute to feelings of isolation and despondence.

Grief can manifest as sadness, fear, guilt, exhaustion and more, impacting our mental and physical well-being, but engaging in selfcare practices that help manage stress can be immensely beneficial. That is why a yoga practice that includes movement, mindfulness meditation and deep breathing exercises can contribute so positively to the feelings ex-

perienced in grief and trauma. The word yoga itself means union; the practice itself is really about seeking to restore unity and harmony to body, mind and spirit.

By embracing mindfulness, releasing physical and emotional tension, cultivating self-compassion and finding community support, yoga becomes a valuable wellness and selfcare tool that may help to guide someone grieving toward acceptance. In moments of profound sorrow, using movement and mindfulness can allow the practitioner to detach from past regrets or worries about the future while encouraging efforts to stay grounded in the present moment.

The calm mind and sense of inner peace that occur through deep breathing and meditation can transcend emotional turmoil. Through movement, bodies can gradually begin to release pent-up emotions, providing a safe space for tears, anger or even unexpected joy. When practiced in a nurturing environment with other individuals on their own grief journeys, the sense of connection, solace and understanding from the collective energy of the group can also contribute to a feeling of wellness. Thus the shared wisdom of the group may help participants to navigate the grief process with more resilience.

As an individual moves through grief, yoga can serve to empower the practitioner to emerge stronger, more resilient and more appreciative of the preciousness of life. Yoga classes specially designed to address issues of grief and loss may be an especially effective tool of self-care.

Nancy Watson is a certified compassionate bereavement care yoga instructor. For more information, email YogaForGriefDallas@gmail. com or visit

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Thursday, May 2

Insect and Native Plant Interactions – 6:308:30. With Joshua Byrne of the Fort Worth Zoo. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Rose Rm, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth.

Saturday, May 4

Native Plants and Prairies Day – 10am-3pm. Learn about our native prairie and wildlife. There will be a variety of walks, speakers and fun kid activities. Free. Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake, 521 E Lawther Dr, Dallas.

Thursday, May 9

Grow Native: Plants For Texas – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to grow our favorite native wildflowers, trees, shrubs as well as perennials with lush vibrant colors and textures to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth. Register:

Friday, May 10

Looking for Yucca Moths – 7pm. Guided walk through SCNP with emphasis on finding blooming glen rose yuccas and active Yucca Moths. Sheri Capehart Nature Preserve, 5201 S Bowman Springs Rd, Arlington. Facebook. com/FriendsofSCNP.

Saturday, May 11

Shred Event – 8am-12pm. Employees, customers, clients and members of the community are all welcome. No box limit. Shredding ends when truck is full. Free. The Shops at Clearfork, 5188 Monahans Ave, Fort Worth.


Lights Out Texas – Thru June 15. Help migrating birds by turning off lights from 11pm-6am during spring migration.


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

Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:30am. Participate in meditation, chanting and readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification; 10-11:30am, Service. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

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

Celebration Service Live – 11am. Meditation, music and lessons on YouTube live: Unity on Greenville Dallas, TX or Love offering. Unity on Greenville, 3425 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-826-5683. Shambhala Meditation Center Weekly Med-

World Migratory Bird Day – 8am-2pm. Guided bird walks, birding competition, bird branding demo, crafts for kids, scavenger hunt exhibits. Free admission. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas.

Tuesday, May 14

Wildlife Friendly Landscapes: Gardens That Give Back – 6-7:30pm. Learn ways to attract and provide habitat for butterflies, songbirds, hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial animals that bring your landscape to life with activity. Free. Online. Register:

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7pm. Topic: The Pesticide Dilemma. Zoom. DallasSierraClub. org.

Wednesday, May 15

Texas Tough Plants – 6-7:30pm. Learn the “top 100” landscape plants, perfect for safeguarding your landscape against even the toughest conditions. Free. Online. Register:

Saturday, May 18

Morning Bird Walk – 7:30-8:30am. Hit the trails with us to spot some birds. Free with admission. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. TrinityRiver.

Dallas Arboretum’s 4th Annual Black Heritage Celebration – May 18-19. 10am-4pm. Include chef demonstrations, live entertainment and a curated Black-owned vendor market with more than 40 businesses. $10/children, $16/adult, $14/senior. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. 214-515-6500.

2024 Garden Tour – 10am-5pm. Five residential gardens and one public garden will be showcased on the self-guided tour in East Dallas and Old Lake Highlands. Educational opportunities offered. More info & tickets:

Fusion 2024 – 12-4pm. Celebrate the many cultures of Irving with live performances, food and fun. Free. Heritage Park, 217 S Main St, Irving. 972-721-2501.

Sunday, May 19

Climate Watch: Tracking Birds Impact – 9-11am. Also June 2. Assist in identifying target bird species and record their observations. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas.

Tuesday, May 21

Texas Tough Plants – 6-7:30pm. Learn the “top 100” landscape plants, perfect for safeguarding your landscape against even the toughest conditions. Free. Online. Register:

Saturday, May 25

Pollinator Palooza – 11am-1pm. We’ll be documenting as many pollinators as possible and putting them on iNaturalist for this community Science Saturday. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas.


June 2

Climate Watch: Tracking Birds Impact –9-11am. Assist in identifying target bird species and record their observations. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas.

itation – 11am-1:15pm. Each Sunday, we offer a free meditation, tea and dharma talk session in-person and via Zoom. All welcome. Free. Dallas Shambhala Meditation Center, 2695 Villa Creek Dr, Ste B146, Farmers Branch. Dallas.

Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club –2:30pm. 4th Sun (Jan-Sept). Each meeting includes a special speaker presentation covering many topics of interest to local gardeners. Free. North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas. 214-363-5316.

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.

Online: Awakening Heart Meditation –5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-4327871.


Online: Zen to Go – 12-12:45pm. Mon-Thurs. An

oasis in the middle of the day offering walking and sitting meditation followed by brief sharing. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 810 We Arapaho Rd, Ste 98, Richardson. 972-432-7871.

Meditation Mondays via Zoom – 7-8pm. Meditation Mondays focuses on the practice and the experience of various forms of meditation. Free. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106.


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.

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. 972432-7871.

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Calendar of Events
Ongoing Events


Hot Yoga 201 on Zoom – 6:15pm. Open to all levels. This flowing-style class links the fundamental asanas (poses) of yoga linking body, mind and breath with music. Yoga4Love Studio Cabin, Ovilla.

Online: Meditation for Everyone –7-8:30pm. Classes are great for beginners that want to learn to meditate and great for more experienced meditators that want to expand their meditation. Must register:

Online: Metaphysics and Meditation –7-8:30pm. Manifestation and mysticism: 2 sides of the spiritual coin. Let us practice together, while diving more deeply into universal principles and spiritual living. Open to all. Free. A Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 115, Dallas. 972-8669988.


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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 4

1st Saturday Nature Walk – 10am-12pm. Animal tracks, deer trails, singing birds, trees with personality, we never know what we’ll find. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required:

Night Hike – 8pm. Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night with Heard Trail Guides. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney Pre-registration required: 972562-5566 or

Sunday, May 5

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

Saturday, May 11

Early Bird Walk – 8am. With Master Naturalist Jack Chiles. Weather permitting. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. Register:

Sprinkler Spruce Up – 9am-12pm. Rotate through themed stations in small groups and learn how to identify irrigation components, program your controller, make simple repairs and more. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register:

Establishing Tallgrass Prairies for Agriculture, Wildlife and Enjoyment – 10am. Ellen Melson will cover our 20+ yrs of experience establishing tallgrass prairie on our farm and utilizing it for livestock grazing and hay. Free. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. Register:

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.


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.


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

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

Morning Tai Chi – 8:30am. Join Tai Chi Chuan instructor George Deerfield for this interactive class in developing strength, balance, improved breathing. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas.

Second Saturday Guided Hike – 8:309:30am. Learn about our surrounding habitat while you enjoy a hike. All ages. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. Registration required:

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Baby Classes – 6-7pm. Classes are held virtually online lead by our top AID instructors utilizing state of the art visual aids and activities to keep it fun and engaging while presenting the latest evidenced based material on each topic. $35/class. Childbirth-Classes. com.

Community Yoga & Earth Day Clean Up –11am. Join us in the meadow for a free community yoga class followed by an Earth Day Clean-Up sponsored by Keep Nature Wild. All ages. Details: ConnemaraConservancy. org.

Guided Trails – 2-3pm. Experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Heard Sanctuary. Led by our trained guides, spend 45-60 mins hiking our unique landscape. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-5625566.

Vegetable Gardening in North Texas –3-4:30pm. Learn some tips to help your Texas vegetable garden thrive. Will discuss composting, mulching, seed selection, watering techniques and more. Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Rd, Plano. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.

Sunday, May 12

Meet the Meadow Introductory Trail Walk – 9-10am. An introductory trail walk which is appropriate for families and those new to The Meadow. Led by Texas Master Naturalists and Meadow Volunteers. Free. Details:

Tuesday, May 14

Rain Barrel & Compost Installation –7-8pm. Learn the installation basics to help you live green in Plano. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register:

Saturday, May 18

Forest Bathing – 9:30am-12pm. An immersive time spent connecting with nature in our wildlife sanctuary. Includes guided activities done while walking, standing and/

or sitting along our trails. $25. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

Sunday, May 19

Thrive Nature Walk – 9-10:30am. A guided walk to connect with nature and the outdoors. All ages. Thrive Nature Park, 1531 S Valley Pkwy, Lewisville. Registration required:

Thursday, May 23

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

Saturday, June 1

A Walk in the Park – 9am-12pm. Rain date: June 8. Wander through Earth-Kind Gardens, from perennials to vegetables and the new children’s garden. Engage with Master Gardeners, snap photos, and savor the serenity. Free. The Gardens at Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 County Rd 166, McKinney.

A Night of Improv Comedy – 8-9:40pm. Frisco Improv Players is an improvisational comedy troupe that specializes in gamebased comedic performances, similar to those seen on the syndicated television show Whose Line is it Anyway? $15. Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N Dallas Pkwy, Frisco.

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Ongoing Events

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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.


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

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

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

Sunday Brunch – 10am-3pm. Serves up farm-to-table shared plates, 72 taps (wine & craft beer), and a welcoming atmosphere to create a unique dining experience. Craft & Vine, 310 S Oak St, Roanoke. 817-464-8181. CraftAndVine.Restaurant.

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


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/per-

son age 2 & up. Circle N Dairy, 2074 County Road 446, Gainesville. 940-372-0343.


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:


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


Meditation Practice – 6-6:30pm. With Dr. Tricia and Dr. Rusty. Meditation is a great way to bring more peace into your life, learn to quiet your mind and be more present. Free. Entelechea Center, 1201 International Pkwy, Ste 200, Richardson. 972-792-9900.

Mystic Mandala Meditations – 6:307:30pm. Guided by Vijay Moksha. A non-denominational mindfulness practice to evolve consciousness; to go beyond the mind using the mind itself.


The Joy of Daleth Breathwork – 7-9pm. 3rd Fri. With Dr. Tricia and Dr. Rusty. Access more energy, awaken your potential, resolve stress and anxiety, deepen spiritual awareness, gain clarity of purpose and reconnect

to your Divine self. $20. Entelechea Center, 1201 International Pkwy, Ste 200, Richardson. 972-792-9900.


The Little Sit – 6am. 1st Sat. If you want to learn how to identify the birds of North Texas, the Little Sit is the perfect way to start. A group of dedicated birders meet once a month at the end of Pad H on the West side of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826.

2nd Saturday Bird Walk – 7:30-11:30am. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations along LLELA’s nature trails. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required:

2nd Saturday Bird Walk – Sept-June. 8-9:30am. Helps beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. Included in general admission; free/Heard Museum members. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

1st Saturday Nature Walks – 10am-12pm. Monthly naturalist-led nature walk. Each season at LLELA is different, and we never know what we’ll find. All ages. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or

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

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1320 W. Walnut Hill Ln, Irving 18601 LBJ #501, Mesquite 972-444-0660

Established in 2009, our amazing team of Doctors have trained and graduated from the best Universities and Hospitals in China, S. Korea, Taiwan and Japan. We use the best of Eastern Medicine using Micro & Laser Acupuncture and herbal medicine for those that are in pain and suffering and have amazing success rates.



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

Cereset can help your brain reset itself, restoring your brain’s rhythm naturally, enabling it to manage stress more effectively. Cereset sessions jump start the process of re-balancing your brain, and can help issues leading to trouble sleeping, restlessness and anxiety, inability to focus or lack of joy. Periodic “tune-ups” provide ongoing support, ensuring long-term brain bal-



Dr. Cecilia Yu, DC, BSN. NUCCA Technique

5220 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 170, Dallas, 75254

Dr. Yu provides precise upper cervical chiropractic care for pain relief specializing in TMJ management, migraine headaches, vertigo, neck & back pain. With calculations tailored to each individual misalignment, Dr. Yu never guesses on your health. See ad on page 13.


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

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





1601 South Lamar, Dallas 214-378-1824

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


11600 Welch Road, Dallas 214- 363-6311

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


12345 Inwood Rd, Dallas 972-387-8700

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.

patterns and creating a better life. Dr. Barrier has been a licensed psychotherapist for 30+ years.

2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose 254-897-2960

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, near Glen Rose, an hour and a half from DFW, is a non-profit conservation center. It’s a haven for endangered species, housing over 1,000 animals from 50 species. Visitors embark on guided or self-guided tours across its 1,800 acres, encountering wildlife up close. Lodging, dining, and educational facilities enhance the experience.

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2540 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas 75229 800-637-8337/214-902-2429

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



7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas 214-363-5316

Start Your Victory Garden

Serving Dallas since 1951, NHG has grown into one of the most respected horticultural establishments in North Texas by serving our customers with quality and value. Offering gardening and plant education, concierge services, DIY classes, video library, gifts and more.

Northaven Rd. Dallas, TX 75230 214-363-5316 for a Lifetime of Health & Wellness

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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.


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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.



Dr. Toni Engram

415 State St #800, Richardson 75082


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


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Dr. Josh Rowell

5050 Quorum Dr, Suite 300, Dallas 972-458-2464

We strive to provide healthy, green alternatives for our dental patients by providing digital X-rays, mercury safe restorative options and chemical free dental hygiene products. Committed to total body wellness while avoiding the use of toxic materials, and continuing education to ensure treatments are up to date and effective in a kind and caring environment. See ad, page 23.


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

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



Cathy May Lemmon, Ph.D. Hom, LCPH, BA 469-383-8442

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



Bone health revolution for detection of

osteopenia and osteoporosis. Echolight bone ultrasound measures bone density – using Radiation-free technology. Non-invasive, affordable bone scanning to measure bone density, strength and potential risk for bone conditions. Three locations across the Metroplex. Call now for appointment.


1320 W. Walnut Hill Ln, Irving 18601 LBJ #501, Mesquite 972-444-0660

Trained in Asia, graduated from a Korean University, Dr. Chapa holds a Naturopathic Doctorate Degree and a PhD in Eastern Medicine specializing in Neurological issues. A former medic/nurse since 1995, this unique training has given confidence from many Physicians to refer their patients. Dr. Chapa is founder and medical director of AIMC established in 2009.


Dr. Margaret Christensen M.D. Meadow Center, 10260 N Central Expy #210, Dallas 469-729-6460

Dr. Christensen founded Carpathia Collaborative, a unique multi-specialty clinic offering personalized care for optimal health. Carpathia Clinic has the most IFMCP-certified Functional Medicine practitioners in the country, collaborating to address chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, cancer support, mood disorders, and more. Services include detox foot soak, IV vitamin therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and BEMER pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.


Dr. Elizabeth Seymour, MD 399 Melrose Dr., Suite A, Richardson 214-368-4132


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. Alfred R. Johnson, D.O. 997 Hampshire Lane, Richardson 972-479-0400

Johnson Medical Associates is a state-of-the-art medical clinic offering comprehensive medical services aimed at finding the cause not just treating the symptoms. Dr. Johnson is a doctor of internal medicine with 35+ years of experience in areas of chronic illness, toxic exposures, allergies and the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to address a multitude of conditions. See ad, page 15.

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

Providing traditional “standard-ofcare” medicine using prescription as well as complementary medicine. Recognizing that the human body is not simply a collection of independent parts but rather an integrative whole -we treat it that way. Conditions treated include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as thyroid support, adrenal support, hormone replacement. essential oil therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.


Dr. Phyllis Gee, MD 4601 Old Shepard Pl, Bldg. 2, Ste. 201, Plano 469-361-4000

With 30 years of practice, empowerment and whole health are centerpieces of our care. Our goal is finding and treating the root cause of your symptoms to restore your health utilizing regenerative medical practices. We address functional wellness, sexual wellness, weight management. We do functional health testing. Call for appointment. See ad on page 5.



Suzanne Miller, LMT, CYT, APP 670 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 12a, Richardson 972-768-2210

Thai Massage is a unique combination of stretching, acupressure, massage and energy work. Benefits include: reduced muscle tension, improved flexibility, increased circulation and relaxation. With 23 years' experience, Suzanne welcomes the opportunity to be a part of your health journey.



9901 Valley Ranch Pkwy East, Ste 1009 Irving 972-580-0545

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



8220 Abrams Rd, Dallas 214-349-8000

4904 W. Park Blvd, Plano 972-599-7700

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



Dr. Tricia Seymour, PhD, EdD, ND, LPC-S 1201 International Parkway, Ste 200, Richardson 972-792-9900

Dr. Seymour integrates mindbody-spirit into her holistic psychotherapy practice. She utilizes rapid psychotherapy methods such as EFT, ETT, Hypnotherapy, and EMDR to assist clients in releasing old patterns and creating a better life. Dr. Seymour has been a licensed psychotherapist for 30+ years.



4503 West Lovers Lane, Dallas 214-351-5681

Food You Can Feel Good About!


The original farm-to-table restaurant in north Texas, including catering and takeout Market. With a full -service bar, we celebrate years of serving delicious, affordable, locally sourced food. We offer gluten free alternatives, clean water raised salmon and sustainably raised seafood, cage free poultry and 100% grass fed beef. Come in today, order in or take-out. See ad, page 25.



6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas 214-331-8522

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


5502 Ben Davis, Sachse 972-984-8946

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


THERMOGRAPY CENTER OF DALLAS 5220 Spring Valley Rd #LL-40, Dallas 214-352-8758

All symptoms have an origin story and we get to the root of yours. Using radiation-free technology we can identify your symptom’s origin story and exactly what needs to change internally and how it will remedy your symptoms. We then recommend medical grade natural products to help you heal the root cause easily and organically. See ad on page 3.



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

“Our goal is to offer our community high-quality wellness services in an exceptionally comfortable and healing environment. We know that time-honored healing traditions-Massage, Young Living Raindrop Therapy, Chiropractic, iV therapy, Juicing and Colonics work. RCW offers all of these things, come visit us and begin your journey to optimum wellness. See ad, page 21.

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Fresh • Local • Sustainable • Local, free-range, 100% grass-fed beef from Springerhill Ranch • No antibiotics ever, vegetarian fed, cage-free chicken from Perdue Farms • Verlasso salmon raised in the clean waters of Patagonia


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

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

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We Have a Choice

In times like today, when every aspect of society seems to be in chaos, one easy response is to escape—through

drugs, alcohol, comfort food, non-stop entertainment or any other convenient mind-numbing practice Many are defaulting to this “cure” for their discomfort. Others, feeling insecure, angry, and demanding change, agitate to take society back to what they remember as the “good old days ” They may not be clear about what exactly made the past better, but are more than willing to listen to people who place the blame for current troubles anywhere but where it actually belongs: on economic inequality and injustice.

A Major Transition

Most of us forget that another choice is possible. We can create a future completely di erent from the present or the past—one that expresses our most deeply felt desires to live together in peace, happiness, and prosperity In fact, this choice is being reinforced, or perhaps stimulated, by the planetary energies now at play We are currently in the midst of a major transition between two ages moving from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius, and such transitions tend to create chaos as the energies of the two constellations involved compete with each other The energies of Pisces support individuality and devotion to separate religions or causes, while Aquarian energies promote cooperation, group e orts, synthesis, and brotherhood. As our planet moves closer to Aquarius, the

polarization and divisions among people and ideas will diminish, and we will find more common ground

So, now is the time to take advantage of the energies and to put forth visions of a world that would benefit all people—not just a few. In mundane terms, we need to expand the “Overton window”—the range of ideas that voters find acceptable—to include ideas that are not currently in the public eye—ideas that might at first be considered idealistic or even impossible to attain. For politicians to support policies outside of the window would be political suicide, as they would not be seen as legitimate options by society Therefore, since it’s politicians who will be deciding the policies that will determine our future, we need to voice our desires for the kind of world we want, to make sure they are among the available options in the public discourse

The Key: A Unified Vision of Sharing and Justice

How do we bring our ideas forward? The key is to have a unified vision, to voice it in large numbers, and to do so powerfully Fortunately, we don’t have to do this alone We have help in the form of the great spiritual teacher—Maitreya by name who is here to accompany our transition into the Aquarian age, and we will see him soon He has said that peace can be established and our societal ills transformed by simply sharing planetary resources more equitably, creating justice in every societal institution, and restoring and

preserving our environment. We can count on him to galvanize people of goodwill to champion these priorities when he appears publicly, but we can start now

We can talk about the future we want to our friends and relatives, call and write the president and our Congressional representatives on a regular basis about it, and spread the ideas through our social media outlets There is power in numbers, and the 99% of us non-wealthy are by definition the majority We just need to project our vision of sharing and justice powerfully in as unified a way as possible everywhere, and together we can create a future that works for everyone

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