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hile our feature article this month, “Less Stuff, More Joy,” is about the pleasures of a simpler lifestyle, it also got me thinking about the word joy, and how expansive and pervasive it is, yet how elusive actual joy can be. It’s such a little word with such great impact. Wikipedia defines it as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness;” Webster’s says “the emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune, or by the prospect of possessing what one desires;” the Greek dictionary cites “cheerfulness, calm delight, gladness.” Theopedia, an encyclopedia of biblical Christianity, defines it as a state of mind and an orientation of the heart: “a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope” and “something or someone that provides a source of happiness.” In fact, the word joy appears 88 times in the Old Testament in 22 books and 57 times in the New Testament in 18 books. What’s clear is that joy is an inner state of being; each of us defines and experiences it differently. Joy can be elusive when we mistake it for happiness. Joy comes when we make peace with who we are, why we are and how we are; happiness tends to be externally generated, and is centered on other people, things, places, thoughts and events. For me, joy is a choice, one that I must constantly cultivate. I guess that’s why I’m attracted like a heat-seeking missile to people who exude it. Even in a crowded room, when I spot someone across the room who is exuding joy, I’m going to make my way to meet them. I love talking with them and being in their presence, because that’s how I want to be. However, I’ve come to realize that cultivating joy requires much more than just being in the presence of joyful people. My own sense of joy depends on and is influenced by the small daily choices I make—how I spend my time, who I spend it with, how I use my resources, how meaningful these things are to me and most importantly, whether I feel I’m making a positive impact during those daily interactions. In “Less Stuff, More Joy,” Ronica O’Hara traces an unexpected effect of the pandemic: people choosing to live simpler, more sustainable and conscious lifestyles, and even moving to more restful locales. Her article opened my eyes to the fact that I must clear out some things to make more room for joy in my life! By decluttering physically, mentally and emotionally, I have more time and bandwidth to do the inner work of cultivating joy and bringing joy into the lives of others. Have you come to this realization too? If so, I challenge you to join me in checking off as many boxes as possible in the Living Lighter Checklist at the end of this article. Let’s start by checking off at least two items each month. I also hope you will be moved to action yourself or to encourage your loved ones to action by both Healing Ways articles, “Healthy Breast Basics,” and our complementary local article contributed by Dr. Bindupriya Chandrasekaran, of Texas Oncology. Although October is Breast Health Awareness month, we hope you stay vigilant on this front all year round. Finally, we trust you will be enlightened and comforted by our look at what our big three water utilities are doing to make sure we have an adequate supply of safe water to keep up with our rapidly increasing population here in North Texas. As usual, this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings is chock full of enlightening, useful information that will help you in your journey of living a healthier life on a healthy planet. Blessings until next month,

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he 10th annual Chefs For Farmers event will show off the talents of the best Dallas chefs and food artisans while celebrating the farmers that make great food possible from 2 to 6 p.m., November 7, at Dallas Heritage Village. A farm tour will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 6. More than 40 of top chefs and restaurants in North Texas are represented, highlighting the best from local farms and purveyors, local artisans, wineries, distilleries and breweries. Stroll through the park at the new Ultimate Cocktail Experience, hosted by Trigger’s Toys, featuring western cocktails with shows and activities ($25 of the ticket price goes to Trigger’s Toys). Admission is $125/VIP $ $195. Farm tour ticketed separately at ChefsFor Location: 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. Volunteers are welcome to apply by Oct.18.

he Parker University campus in Dallas was hit by a large tornado that destroyed half of its buildings in October 2019. The Skiles Group contracting firm in Richardson has now completed construction on the south building and students are able to use the state-ofthe-art technology and latest industry innovations at that location. The new features include more than 25,000 square feet of learning space filled with electronic resources, bookstore necessities, dining options and learning spaces. Once a location for offices, the south building is now a structure for students that offers a customizable learning environment offering a learning resources hub with programming, bones, models, tutoring support, collaborative study areas and much more. It includes virtual reality clinical simulations with task trainer mannequins for students to practice physical examination skills. A Force Sensing Table Technology lab has six tables for immediate and objective feedback on students’ abilities to deliver a chiropractic adjustment. For more information, visit






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Dallas College Summit on Social Responsibility


he 11th annual Dallas College Sustainability Summit on November 5 will bring together students, employees and community members to learn about social responsibility and how to cultivate civic engagement. Keynote topics include respect that improves civic engagement and civil discourse, and how to move beyond intractable wars of ideas. One goal of the summit is to provide no-cost learning opportunities in three areas of equity (people), environment (planet) and economy (prosperity). Other topics include why voting matters; how service-learning benefits both the givers and receivers; whether mindfulness and compassion training increase responsiveness and resilience to the climate crisis; how to spot misinformation online; how to have the time and energy for civic engagement; and three questions that can transform the world. Georgeann Moss, senior director of sustainability at Dallas College, states, “Civil discourse is the ability to listen to all sides of an issue and find common ground. This skill is key to developing strategies that will not only sustain our environment, but also strengthen the fabric of our society so that efforts to solve the world’s most vexing problems succeed.” Admission is free. Register at Summit2021. For more information, visit SustainanilitySummitAgenda.

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egends at AT&T Stadium and the Paul Quinn College WE Over Me Farm have partnered to produce Plant-Based Touchdown, a new culinary campaign inspiring Dallas Cowboy fans to incorporate more plants into their diet to counter diabetes and heart disease, hypertension and other chronic illnesses. Using WE Over Me organic produce grown on the Paul Quinn campus, new plant-based culinary creations developed by Legends Hospitality will be available at concessions on Dallas Cowboys game days during the current NFL season. The healthful, flavorful vegetarian recipes will also be shared with the fans at home. New plant-based menu items include Awesome Plant-Based Burger, Buffalo Chick’n Nachos, Touchdown Tots, Plant-Based Chicken Avocado Wrap and PlantBased Chopped Chicken Salad. Plant Based Touchdown recipes that include plant-based chicken and beef proteins as key ingredients include Cheesesteak Vegan Sandwich, PlantBased Buffalo Mini-Sliders, Avocado Plant-Based Chicken Wrap, Roasted Squash, Walnut and Kale Salad, Plant-Based Chicken Chopped Salad and Plant-Based Chicken & Bean Scampi Salad.

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he 22nd Texas Master Naturalist Program annual meeting will take place from October 21 through 24 at the Dallas/ Fort Worth Airport Marriott, in Irving. The format is a hybrid of online and in-person of activities and greenspace adventures. Texas Master Naturalist volunteers from around the state will participate in educational seminars and receive all their advanced training requirements for the year in one event, including field sessions, keynote speakers, training workshops, networking and more. The host site is part of the Blackland Prairie and Oakwoods and Prairies ecoregions. The airport is close to Grapevine Lake, with shoreline trails and the Bob Jones Nature Center, plus the lower Elm Fork corridor, boasting extensive preserves and the Trinity River Paddling Trail. Three 2,500-plus acre preserves are within a short drive: Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, and Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. For more information, call 979-845-7294 or email

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hile serving as senior advisor for climate change innovation during the Obama administration, journalist, author and science policy expert Bina Venkataraman had the opportunity to help communities and businesses forge partnerships to address environmental justice and climate change policies. Venkataraman will share her experience and expertise as keynote speaker for the Dallas College 2021 Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Summit, which takes place virtually November 8 and 9 with the theme “Hope for the Future.” She will give the keynote address at 9 Dr. Bina Venkataraman a.m., November 8. Venkataraman’s 2019 book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, is a collection of insights that encourage human societies to overcome an instant gratification mindset to make wiser decisions that will benefit people and the planet in the long run. Through encouraging humans to view resources such as fisheries and waterways, old growth forests and our climate as a collective inheritance that we share as a society—akin to a treasured family heirloom passed down through generations—we can influence decisionmakers to act in the interest of sustainable stewardship and preserve natural resources for future generations. Venkataraman’s many public speaking engagements include TED talks, National Public Radio programs, Aspen Ideas, CBS News, Chicago Ideas Week and MSNBC programs, among others. She also serves as director of global policy initiatives at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She’s currently the editorial page editor at The Boston Globe, where she once worked as a reporter covering metro and health/science beats. Summit topics include Social Responsibility: Cultivating Civic Engagement; Respect for Self and Others; Civil Discourse; Reflective Structured Dialogues; Why Voting Matters; Media Literacy; Meditation: Can Mindfulness Change the World?; and Three Questions that Can Transform the World. Dallas College supports the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals serve as a call to action and provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet now and into the future. Venkataraman’s keynote will focus on Sustainable Development Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. Admission is free. For more information or to register, call Lorilyn Hester at 214-273-3267, email or visit DallasSustainabilitySummit.

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Climate Change Increases Risk of Skin Disease by Liia Ramachandra


arts of the world are dryses of food and environmental ing up while others are sensitivities due to changes in experiencing sea level rise food consumption, exposure and and flooding. There are health pollen from growing seasons. The impacts to these changes, includbacterial microbiome is associing an increase in skin diseases ated with several conditions of and conditions. the skin, and every organ in the With increased ambient body may also be impacted by temperatures there is an increase climate change. in skin cancer rates because of a The warming Northern Hemidirect interaction between heat sphere is seeing an increase in the Liia Ramachandra and direct sunlight exposure, as incidence of infectious diseases well the indirect effect of spending more from the tropics and sub-tropical regions time in the sun. such as Lyme disease (caused by a bacteria), Inflammatory skin diseases like eczema hand, foot and mouth disease (caused by (atopic dermatitis) and pemphigus, an aua virus), valley fever (caused by a fungus) toimmune blistering disorder, are worsened and cutaneous leishmaniasis (caused by a by climate change. The associated increase parasite), as well as skin conditions spread by in natural disasters also exacts an emotional burden. This stress increases the risk of eczema, vitiligo, psoriasis flare-ups and other changes to the immune system. When someone is diagnosed celiac disease (an autoimmune disease of the gut), there is an association with increased risk of psoriasis (an autoimmune condition of the skin), there also appears to be an increase in diagno-

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Poor sleepers can cut their health risks by exercising more, reports a new study of 380,055 middle-age people in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Both physical inactivity and poor sleep are independently linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and death, but Australian researchers found that more exercise lowers the consequence of poor sleep. People that ate better, drank less alcohol and were more physically active also tended to sleep better. The lower the sleep score, the higher were risks of death from any cause, including cardiovascular disease and ischemic stroke. Those at the bottom of the scales with both poor sleep scores and little physical activity had a 57 percent higher risk of death from any cause. People that were younger, female, thinner or better off financially tended to have healthier sleep scores, as did those that ate more fruits and vegetables, spent less time seated, had no mental health issues, never smoked, didn't work shifts, drank less alcohol and were more physically active.

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Green tea, a staple of Japanese culture now enjoyed in many American homes, contains compounds called catechins that have significant antiviral activity against influenza, report researchers from Thailand’s University of Phayao in the journal Molecules. They analyzed eight studies involving 5,048 people and found that gargling or drinking green tea reduced the risk of influenza by 33 percent in randomized controlled trials and by 48 percent in longitudinal cohort stud-


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Consider Barberry to Reduce Diabetes Markers Barberries (Berberis integerrima), the tart, red fruits that grow on bushes, have been used for centuries in traditional medicine for digestive issues, and now evidence has emerged from Iranian researchers that barberry extract can help lower Type 2 diabetes markers. For eight weeks, 30 patients were given 1,000 milligrams of barberry extract daily, along with the standard anti-diabetic medication metformin, while another 35 patients were given only metformin. Afterwards, fasting blood sugar levels were significantly lower among the barberry group as were HbA1c levels, which measure blood sugar levels for two to three months. petra kopásková/

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A new study from Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology demonstrates that strawberries increase flow in blood vessels and reduce systolic blood pressure. In the randomized, controlled, double-blind trial, overweight and obese adults with moderately high cholesterol were assigned to drink either a beverage containing 25 grams of freeze-dried strawberry powder or a similar drink without the strawberry powder twice daily for four weeks, followed by a four-week washout period. An hour after consumption, the strawberry powder improved flow-mediated dilation, indicating healthier blood pressure function; systolic blood pressure was lower even four weeks later.

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Skip Southern Food to Avoid a Heart Attack

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The fried foods, added fats, eggs, organ meats, processed meats and sugarsweetened drinks of a Southernstyle diet can have dire consequences for people’s hearts, reports the American Heart Association. A 10-year study of 21,000 people found that those that eat the Southern diet regularly have a 46 percent higher incidence of sudden cardiac death compared to those that don’t eat those foods. By contrast, people that closely follow the Mediterranean Diet­—which emphasizes vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains and legumes with little meat or dairy—have a 26 percent lower risk of sudden cardiac death.

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Early exposures to certain foods shape preferences that endure through adulthood, studies show, which is why research from the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Buffalo has raised concerns about the added sugar prominent in many baby formulas, especially cows’ milk formulas. The researchers tested 97 infants and 44 toddlers that were either breastfed or given various formulas for up to 15 months. The infants given formulas with added sugar had significant weight gain compared to infants that were breastfed or given formulas without added sugar. The sugar in formulas was found to be almost double the amount of sugar in breast milk. The researchers theorized that the added sugar not only raised the risk of weight gain, but also made it likely the children drank a greater amount. “Efforts by policymakers and pediatricians to educate mothers on lower-sugar options when breastfeeding is not feasible may enhance preventive measures of childhood obesity,” write the authors.

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A more sustainable approach for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic used in single-use beverage bottles, clothing and food packaging, has been found by BioOptimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) consortium, which includes the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the UK University of Portsmouth. A paper, “Techno-economic, life-cycle, and socioeconomic impact analysis of enzymatic recycling of poly(ethylene terephthalate),” in the journal Joule, shows that enzyme-recycled PET has potential advantages over conventional, fossil-based methods across a broad spectrum of energy and carbon impacts. The concept could lead to new opportunities for PET recycling and create a mechanism for recycling textiles and other materials also made from PET that traditionally are not recycled. PET ranks among the most abundantly produced synthetic polymers in the world; roughly 54 percent is used in the manufacture of clothing and carpet. “From all the plastics that were produced since the 1950s, less than 10 percent of it has ever been recycled,” says Avantika Singh, first author of the paper. “Most waste plastics end up in landfills.” BOTTLE is addressing plastic pollution by developing energy-efficient, cost-effective and scalable recycling and upcycling technologies; and formulating modern plastics to be recyclable by design.

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Throughout the country, land is being transferred to or co-managed by Indigenous tribes, repatriating culturally and ecologically important resources with the former occupants and local communities to accommodate their perspective and participation in the management of the land, wildlife and plants. Some tribes are using traditional knowledge of how to support wildlife, use prescribed fires and protect ancestral grounds. In California, a land trust recently transferred 1,199 acres of redwood forest and prairie to the Esselen tribe. In Maine, the Five Tribes of the Wabanaki Confederacy recently reacquired a 150-acre island with the help of land trusts. Other recent land transfers to tribes with the goal of conservation have taken place in Oregon, New York and elsewhere. Traditional Ecological Knowledge, a system of Indigenous management styles that evolved over centuries of culture immersed in nature, is increasingly seen by conservationists as synergistic with the global campaign to protect biodiversity and manage nature in a way that hedges against climate change. The Nature Conservancy has institutionalized the transfer of ecologically important land with its Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Program worldwide. Erin Myers Madeira, director of the program, says, “Indigenous people are the original stewards of all the lands and waters in North America, and there’s an extensive knowledge and management practices that date back millennia.”

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Global Industry Turns to Solar Energy

The investment bank Lazard states that production costs for solar energy dropped by 90 percent between 2009 and 2020. Today, electricity from large-scale solar plants costs an average of $.037 per kilowatt hour (kWh). New coal-powered plants cost three times as much; $.112/ kWh, with natural gas at $.059/kWh, nuclear at $.163/kWh and wind at $.04/kWh. New, more efficient solar panels 16

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will lower costs even futher. Christian Breyer, a professor of solar economy at LUT University, in Finland, says, “We’re going to see solar power plants all over the world. In some places, wind power is still a bit cheaper,” depending on available sunlight. Experts estimate that photovoltaic plants with a total capacity of around 60 million megawatts (MW) will be needed to supply the entire world with electricity. That’s 70 times more than all of today’s existing solar capacity. The industrial sector needs a lion’s share of that energy. Starting in 2022, several Bayer Group chemical plants will run on 100 percent green electricity from a 590 MW solar power plant in southern Spain. For the energy-intensive steel industry, low-cost energy availability is a decisive factor when planning the location of new mills. Aluminum plants, car factories, cement manufacturers and data centers are all powered by solar farms.

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Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), nicknamed “forever chemicals”, are a class of 9,000 ubiquitous compounds found in fracking wells, food packaging, cookware, cosmetics and dental floss. They are resistant to degrading and accumulate in the environment and our bodies. In lieu of federal regulation, the state of Maine has enacted a wide-ranging ban on the use of all PFAS by 2030 for all purposes unless considered unavoidable. Chemical & Engineering News calls this action a world first. Lawmakers hope this precedent will motivate manufacturers and others in the industry to move to safer alternatives that don’t include toxic chemicals. European countries Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden are also considering restrictions on the use of PFAS.

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Although more than 900 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) disagrees with the conclusion of the United Nations World Food Program, which tracks indicators of acute hunger across 92 countries, that the world needs more food. In a report, Driven to Waste, WWF estimates that 2.5 billion tons of food are wasted every year around the world on farms, at retail stores, restaurants, homes and during post-farm transportation, storage, manufacturing and processing. The nonprofit suggests that food waste should be viewed not only in relation to world hunger, but also in the context of climate change. Food production consumes vast amounts of land, water and energy in ways that contribute to the global climate crisis. They claim that food waste accounts for 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. More than one billion acres of land is used to grow food on farms that could be used for rewilding efforts that have been shown to mitigate the effects of climate change. Shortening long food supply chains, for example, could give farmers greater knowledge of their end markets to help estimate food production needs more accurately. Giving farmers more flexibility to negotiate with buyers could help them invest in waste-reducing training and technology.

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A UK Environmental Justice Foundation report states that countries must recognize the important role that oceans have in limiting climate change and enact policies to protect marine ecosystems. More than 50 percent of the Earth’s biological carbon is captured by animals and plants living in or around oceans, but this “blue carbon” and its associated ecosystems have been neglected in climate policy, according to a letter accompanying the report. Conservation International notes that up to 10 times more carbon is stored in coastal habitats than in tropical forests. Seagrass meadows store nearly 20 billion tons of carbon worldwide. The report states that oceans could soak up large quantities of atmospheric carbon if their ecosystems are restored and protected. Those ecosystems are threatened by rising water temperatures, acidification, overfishing and commercial shipping, and lead author Isabella Shraiman says, “There has been a tendency for policymakers to silo environmental action: conservation policy is formulated separately from decarbonization policy, to the detriment of both. What we need now is ambitious, holistic and joined-up action. Blue carbon solutions can be a low-hanging fruit within an ambitious climate mitigation policy portfolio and address the triple emergency of the climate crisis, biodiversity collapse and human rights.”

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Less Stuff, More Joy Ways to Live Simpler and Lighter on Mother Earth by Ronica O’Hara


hen holistic wellness coach and personal trainer Sergio Rojas saw his contract with a trucking company terminated by the pandemic, he and his wife Krista turned it into an opportunity to step away from a life of too much stuff and over-scheduled activities. “When life gets too complicated and there’s too much going on, you get stressed and irritated easier,” he says. “You don’t feel connected to yourself.” The couple sold their 4,200-square-foot house in Dubuque, Iowa, along with 85 percent of their belongings and spent eight months living out of suitcases exploring the southeastern United States and Latin America with their 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. “We wanted our kids to see what it’s like to downsize, to live with less,” says Rojas. After considering Vancouver and Miami, they settled in the Atlanta area in a townhouse half the size of their Iowa home


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not far from extended family. “A simpler life lets you focus on what’s important,” he says. “We have deep, deep conversations with our kids, and dinner can be a two-and-a-half-hour experience, with a game of cards and singing songs.” Not everyone moves in such dramatic fashion toward a simpler lifestyle, but thanks in part to the lessons of COVID-19, intentionally living with less is gaining currency across the country. “The pandemic gave us an uninvited sample of a more minimalist and simple life, and we have all become acutely aware of what feels good to let go of and what’s really important to us,” says minimalist blogger Ema Hidlebaugh, of According to research from the multinational consulting firm Accenture, the pandemic made consumers more mindful of purchases, more conscious of food waste and more interested in sustainable, local options. Other polls found that two out of

cups. As one woman told her, “I’ve just realized I’m working my fingers to the bone to provide a home for my furniture!”

three Americans adopted more eco-friendly habits during the pandemic, and that 52 percent are open now to living in a van. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for simpler living; each person crafts what best fits their values and needs. Three common strands have emerged: minimalist simplicity—living with less clutter and busyness; ecological simplicity—living with the sustainability of the planet as the priority; and conscious simplicity—driven by deep personal and spiritual values. The approaches can overlap, yet each has its unique flavor. None has an end stage: All are dynamic explorations and encourage continual experimentation and growth.


Minimalist Simplicity

With time, they often merge together. In an in-depth study published in the International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, people living long-term minimalist lifestyles reported spending more time with family and friends, volunteering, engaging in pro-ecological behaviors, making sustainable and ethical purchases, and choosing to spend money on experiences rather than material objects. They described their mental space as a feeling of clear-headedness, spaciousness and lightness, and some said that stripping back to minimal possessions enabled them to strip back to their true identity. Moving toward simplicity often starts with a decision—sometimes thrust upon us—to reconsider how to spend our energy. “Whatever you own, owns you,” counselled pacifist, mystic and environmental activist Peace Pilgrim in the 1980s—a sobering thought, given that the average American household is estimated to hold 300,000 separate items, from T-shirts to coffee

Minimalism involves “owning less, practicing sufficiency and improving the quality of life by not indulging in consumerism,” says Aniruddha Pangarkar, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, whose study on the topic appeared in the Journal of Business Research. “By practicing minimalism, consumers can achieve life-goals through experiencing well-being, satisfaction, happiness and peace.” A 2019 YouGov survey reported that 17 percent of Americans describe themselves as minimalists, 23 percent would like to become one and 31 percent have no interest in the idea. Historically, minimalism in America goes back to the Quakers and Henry David Thoreau’s writings, but it gained new life in 2014 with Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She says holding each object and asking, “Does it spark joy?” If it doesn’t, thank it and toss it, she advises. After her Netflix series ran in 2019, thrift stores reported a dramatic upswing in donations. Because research suggests that clutter is linked to depression, fatigue and higher levels of stress, decluttering alone can be lifechanging. Journalist Ellen Pober Rittberg, of Brooklyn, moved into a one-room studio when she downsized from her house. “I could have chosen a one-bedroom apartment, but it would have meant more places to put things that I probably didn’t need to acquire,” she says. Asking if something “sparks joy” can also be applied to everything from friendships to jobs to food and finances, whittling away what is not essential. As millennials are discovering, renting instead of owning a home frees up weekends for fun instead of home repairs. Using Lyft or Uber and mass transit saves money otherwise spent on car loans, repairs and gas. Spurning designer brands opens up funds for trips to Yellowstone or Iceland. “Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place: a life with more time, more money and more freedom to live a more meaningful life,” advise Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus in their top-rated blog, which has 20 million followers. “Getting started is as simple as asking yourself one question: How might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions?”

Ecological Simplicity This green approach means “to choose ways of living that touch the Earth more lightly and that reduce our ecological impact on the web of life,” writes eco-activist Duane Elgin in his seminal book Voluntary Simplicity. Half a century ago, the Whole Earth Catalog kicked off the movement with its Earth-centered living strategies. Today, thousands of websites and books offer stepby-step ecological advice, recycling has become commonplace, electric cars are the hottest sellers and according to the National Retail Federation, 70 percent of American consumers value sustainability in products. October 2021


“With conscious simplicity, we can seek lives that are rich with experiences, satisfaction and learning, rather than packed with things,” writes Elgin. Sometimes passion is the driver. Alex Honnold, the renowned rock climber profiled in Free Solo, lived in a van for 10 years while scaling Yosemite’s El Capitan and other formidable peaks. He donates one-third of his income to global solar power initiatives. Millennials like him are finding stuff less enticing: The Harris Group reports that 72 percent of them say they would rather spend money on experiences than material things. A study from San Francisco State University found that the happiness of buying something new like a car or a laptop fades over time, while spending money on an experience provides joy long after the experience has ended. Deeply held values can mandate a simpler life. Ross Martinie Eiler found his calling 15 years ago when he read about the voluntary poverty of the Catholic Worker Movement, which offers hospitality to the homeless in 178 centers worldwide. “It struck me as an authentic way of living that’s true to the beauty and goodness of the religion,” he says. Today his life is built around the Bloomington, Indiana, Catholic Worker community. He, his wife Andrea and their four children live communally in four houses with other members and guests, sharing meals, belongings and easy-going conversations with the homeless. He tunes pianos part time for money, half of which he donates to the community. For fun, he pounds the keys in a rollicking boogie-woogie band. The committed communal life isn’t always easy. “Every day there’s a new challenge that needs a new approach. Against my will, I’ve been forced to become a better person,” he chuckles. “I have little money on paper—I’m probably in the bottom 10 percent—but I don’t need anything. And yeah, I feel it’s very right for me.” chinnapong/

Lowering our impact on the planet means living more simply with less. Among other strategies, this means going without household plastics or lawn chemicals; gardening and buying local produce in season to lower shipping emissions; choosing equipment and clothes made to last many years; and reducing energy consumption at home, work and on the road. Sustainable living can be as simple as using a personal mug when ordering a latte or as complex as joining a stockholders’ rebellion to force sustainable corporate policies. It also can mean returning to the simpler practices of yesteryear, such as line-drying clothes and bonding more closely with the natural world. For Barbi Gardiner, owner of The Outdoor Apothecary, in Plainfield, Connecticut, embracing a simpler, sustainable

lifestyle after leaving a high-pressure job meant “adopting a do-it-yourself attitude” that included starting a permaculture garden, composting, raising chickens, foraging and cooking wild food, and creating healing remedies from homegrown and foraged herbs. “Nature is the medicine for what ails us,” she says.

Conscious Simplicity Deeply held values, not money and possessions, shape this form of simpler living, sometimes called soulful or conscious simplicity. Its focus is on life-enhancing experiences, inner growth, spirituality, natural health, creativity, nurturing relationships and social action. Owning bling has little allure. 20

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Living Lighter Checklist Some Ways to Up Our Game in Simpler Living MINIMALIST SIMPLICITY



n Buy only what we truly need

n Eat more plants, less meat

n Spend on experiences, not stuff

n Prune clothes and books

n Grow our own food

n Minimize shopping online

n Declutter, category by category

n Compost food scraps

n Repair, don’t replace

n Go plastic-free in the house

n Detox social media accounts

n Purchase for quality, not quantity

n Conduct a home energy audit

n Scale back TV and cable

n With each new purchase, give

n Install solar for home energy

n Savor nature with a daily walk

n Use green cleaning supplies

n Plant trees locally

n Save water with toilet and

n Volunteer often

n Choose paperless receipts n Digitalize books and movies n Use a budgeting app to

lower expenses n Reduce food waste n Go slow: slow food, slow fashion n Consider moving into a

smaller space n Unsubscribe from catalogs

and retail emails n Give away clothes not worn

for a year n Re-examine social commitments n Use reusable tote bags

for shopping n Eliminate duplicates n Drive less and walk, bike and

ride mass transit more

shower eco-devices n Air-dry clothes n Switch to an electric or

hybrid vehicle n Buy quality clothes in

natural fabrics n Recycle whenever possible

n Commit to a cause n Use holistic medicine

practitioners n Take a personal growth course n Meditate or pray daily n Explore yoga, tai chi or

a martial art

n Buy pre-used items

n Take up a creative pursuit

n Use reusable bags and

n Explore the local area

food containers n Make DIY beauty products

and cleaners n Volunteer for local eco-activities n Boycott products that

endanger wildlife

n Sign petitions or organize drives n Get involved in a worthy cause n Invest to delegitimize fossil

fuels and deforestation n Donate to worthy environmental

or social causes

n Campaign for environmental

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WALK ABOUT Simple Steps to Well-Being by Laura Paisley Beck stead of drive, go for it. If you’re stuck indoors, schedule 15-to-20-minute walks in your calendar.” It’s important to put it in the calendar because, he says, “You have to make it real.” McClerkin recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of brisk walking a day to increase blood flow throughout the entire body, especially the legs.

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eople that wear a fitness watch get a little buzz on the wrist as a reminder to get more steps in each hour, but many ignore the simple opportunity that exists to exercise upright for free anytime and anywhere. “Yes, we take walking for granted,” says Alexia McClerkin, a Houston chiropractor whose clients include professional and elite athletes. “Most people only walk as far as it takes to get to their car.”

Sitting is the New Smoking According to On Your Feet America, Americans sit 10 hours or more each day, and that sedentary habit is considered hazardous to our health. It may contribute to climbing obesity rates in the U.S., currently at 44.5 percent among those ages 40 to 59. Today’s most common preventable diseases are directly linked to obesity, the key word being “preventable.” Walking briskly daily has proven to increase metabolism, lower both blood pressure and resting heart rates, and burn calories. Other benefits include improving mobility, equilibrium and stamina. Benjamin Horning, a Laguna Hills, California, chiropractor and author of A Kid’s Guide to a Healthy Spine, says, “I’m a big believer that movement is life. I recommend that if you can move, get moving. Walking is a good starting point. If you can walk in22

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In the U.S., dogs and humans face similar obesity statistics with similar obesityrelated health issues like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Taking dogs out for brisk walks helps prevent and reduce those risks. Horning says that people may not realize how walking a dog conditions their own bodies. With natural surfaces like grassy or gravel trails and dirt paths, “there are so many neurobiological adjustments you’re making,” he says. Every nature walk provides an opportunity for our bodies to practice balance and sharpen its reflexes.

Foundation Fundamentals “Proper shoes make a world of difference,” McClerkin says. They can help prevent plantar fasciitis, hammertoe and many other causes of pain and discomfort. Anya Jensen, of, a shoe review website, suffered painful foot health issues and discovered the lifechanging results of wearing “barefoot” shoes, which have a flat sole and high flexibility. Now she makes it her mission to educate others that fashion doesn’t have to compromise health. “Walking was an important part of my health journey,” she says. “The feet literally are your foundation when you’re walking. Walking in

pointed-toed shoes, you’re missing out on so many benefits for your physical health.” Jensen walks with her kids daily in nature and is proud of their mobility. “With the kids, we need a destination and we pack snacks,” she says. “I like how the world has opened up to us because we’re prepared. We’re wearing the right shoes. We can encounter hills, rocks or the right tree.”

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Heads Up McClerkin and Horning both ask patients to be mindful of their limitations when taking on a new physical activity and to be careful to prevent injuries when adding brisk walks to a daily routine for the first time. “Too heavy a walk on cement and other hard surfaces like roads can cause shin splints,” McClerkin says. “Walk on a track to prevent injuries from an uneven surface.” “Just be responsible,” says Horning. “Walking is so beneficial. The basics of health just can’t be ignored or taken for granted.” Humans walk upright on two feet, unlike any other animal on Earth. Walking allows us to connect with our bodies and environment in a very special way, something we can take advantage of instead of taking for granted. Let’s go for a walk.

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Fall Fruits for Savory Dishes fresh approaches to autumn flavors

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by April Thompson


ove over, summer berries and stone fruits—‘tis the season for a cornucopia of fall fruits, including crunchy apples, chewy figs and tart pomegranates. By taking a page from the playbooks of orchard chefs, home cooks can flex the unique flavors and health powers of these autumn delights with savory mains and sides. Fall fruits boast many healthful properties, from the apple’s plentiful soluble fiber and vitamin C to heart-healthy lycopene and beta-carotene found in orange-skinned persimmons. Pears are also loaded with pectin, which helps lower cholesterol, fight diabetes and promote gut health. Opting for light, savory prepara24

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tions of fruit such as seasonal salads and soups over sugary desserts makes them an even healthier choice. Healdsburg, California, restauranteur Kyle Connaughton creates dishes highlighting different fruit varieties for his restaurant’s 11-course menu, which changes daily. “This region was actually known for its heirloom apples and cider-making long before it was known for wine. We have these incredible heirloom fruits, including experimental varietals from the 1800s that no one even knows what they are. So many varietals got lost in the quest to grow fruit bigger and faster,” says Connaughton, who runs SingleThread Farms with his wife Katina. Their 25 acres include an heirloom fruit orchard, olive trees, beehives, grapevines and chicken coops that supply fresh ingredients to their three-Michelin-star restaurant. “Some pear varieties are very crisp and dense, and poach and roast well, whereas other soft-skin varieties are better pureed into drinks or sorbet,” says Connaughton. He creates dishes that celebrate all of the season’s bounty, and in California, fall brings persimmons and Dungeness crab. “Persimmons have a fibrous texture that don’t blend well into sauces and don’t freeze well for things like sorbets, which we like to make with other fall fruits like pomegranate. We prefer to use them in savory dishes, like a first course of cold steamed crab with persimmon.” The orchard also grows Asian pears, which SingleThread Farms tends to use raw, often paired with raw fish. “Asian pears are very crisp, but not incredibly sweet, with an undertone of acidity. It has the watery crunch of a jicama that makes a nice backdrop for raw fish dishes like sashimi,” says Connaughton. While the restaurant’s innovative menu focuses on small bites in curious combinations, the Connaughtons frequently have a simple family meal before the dinner service. In autumn, they will often toss together a salad featuring local goat or blue cheese; bitter chicory, frisee or radicchio greens; roasted fall hazelnuts or walnuts; and figs, persimmons or pomegranates from the orchard, served with a vinaigrette made with pomegranate molasses and macerated shallots. The pink-fleshed, mountain rose apple, an autumn specialty of the Hood River Fruit Loop region of Oregon, often makes its way into salads at the dinner table of Katrina McAlexander, a thirdgeneration farmer and owner of Grateful Vineyard, in Mount Hood. This 51-acre orchard and vineyard, brewery, winery and tasting room boasts more than 500 fruit varieties, including 150

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kinds of apples alone. Grateful Vineyard hosted the cooking competition show Top Chef this year for a Fruit Loop challenge, with competitors coming up with savory dishes such as pear risotto and scallops with an apple shallot relish. McAlexander’s fall salads often feature fennel, herbs and arugula, topped with croutons made from leftover pizza dough. Pears and apples from the orchard also get pickled, a nod to McAlexander’s Swiss heritage. One of the vineyard tasting room’s signature dishes is an orchard pear pizza, with Anjou pears, caramelized onion and other savory ingredients on a base of olive oil and a long-ferment crust. The kitchen also uses pears in a vegan ceviche, tossing them with red onion, tomato, cucumber, cilantro and lime. As the weather starts to shift, fruit adds a nice dimension to warming soups for chilly fall days. Adding cooked apples or pears to classics like puréed carrot or squash soup provides an extra dose of sweetness and fiber; sneak in fall greens like kale for even more nutrients. Fruits also help fill out hearty grain bowls alongside fall veggies like carrots, arugula and sweet potato, particularly paired with nutty grains like farro. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at

Pear and Lentil Salad Salad: A few handfuls of arugula A few handfuls of spinach ½ pear, sliced into thin slices 2 Tbsp chopped pecans ¼ cup cooked lentils ¼ cup pomegranate seeds ¼ cup feta or goat cheese Dressing: 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp maple syrup ¼ tsp cinnamon Salt and pepper Pour a desired amount of dressing onto the salad and toss. Store the rest in the fridge.

Pear Barley Salad Salad: ⅓ cup walnuts 1 cup uncooked barley 1 cup cooked chickpeas 2 green Anjou pears, divided ⅓ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes ¾ cup crumbled feta ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 1 handful baby arugula Dressing: 3 Tbsp red onion ¼ cup apple cider vinegar ⅓ cup olive oil 2 tsp maple syrup 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp pepper Cook barley according to package instructions. Drain. Toast walnuts in a small skillet. Let cool. Add minced onion in a small bowl with the vinegar and let marinate while you prep the salad. Chop 1-½ pears and save remaining half for fanning and decorating the salad. Add cooked barley, chickpeas, pear, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, parsley and feta to a large bowl. Mix the remaining remaining dressing ingredients with the vinegar and red onion, and whisk until combined. Pour dressing over salad mixture and toss to coat. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Recipe by Brittany Mullins (@eatingbirdfood), courtesy of USA Pears.

Recipe by Maria Roberts (@spinach4breakfast), courtesy of USA Pears.

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Preserving the Harvest

Fermenting and Pickling for Good Gut Health by Katie Sotzing


ne of the latest food trends is eating fermented and pickled foods. According to researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine, a diet rich in fermented foods enhances the diversity of gut microbes and decreases molecular signs of inflammation. The only drawback is watching sodium levels as pickles and fermented foods are high in sodium. There are a variety of fruits and vegetables that can be fermented. Cauliflower can be cut it into bite-sized pieces and pickled. So can baby carrots fresh from the garden or produce aisle. Choose fresh, firm vegetables or fruits free from spoilage. Canning or pickling salts are best because other salts can contain a non-caking element which will make the brine cloudy. If making sweet pickles, use white granulated and brown sugars. Other sweeteners may produce undesirable flavors. The main ingredient for fermentation is white distilled and cider vinegars of five percent acidity (50 grain). The level of acidity in a pickled product

is as important to its safety as it is to taste and texture. Do not alter vinegar, food or water proportions in a recipe or use a vinegar with unknown acidity. Use only recipes with tested proportions of ingredients. Remember, there must be a minimum, uniform level of acid throughout the mixed product to prevent the growth of toxic botulinum bacteria. Regular dill pickles and sauerkraut are fermented and cured for about three weeks. Refrigerator dills are fermented for about one week. During curing, colors and flavors change and acidity increases. Freshpack or quick-process pickles are not fermented; some are brined several hours or overnight, and then drained and covered with vinegar and seasonings. Fruit pickles usually are prepared by heating fruit in a seasoned syrup acidified with either lemon juice or vinegar. Relishes are made from chopped fruits and vegetables that are cooked with seasonings and vinegar. If a refrigerator is the method of storage, “quick pickling” may be the right method.

A cucumber salad with a simple vinegar, sugar and water mixture is refreshing. Pickled red onions, using thinly sliced onions, white vinegar, water, sugar and salt, are great as a garnish on like burgers, wraps or salads. Both are best if soaked overnight to absorb the ingredients to create that wonderful tartness. If looking for a shelf stable product, find a modern, up-to-date, kitchen-tested recipe. All pickled products to be stored out of the refrigerator must be processed in a boiling water canner for the recommended length of time according to the recipe. Talent in the kitchen is not a requirement for pickling. Just follow several simple rules for delicious, pickled products. Remember that time is what makes a great pickle. Katie Sotzing is a health educator for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Kaufman County.

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can be harvested and many plants can take advantage of a simple half-inch of top dressing, bringing needed organic matter to the feeder roots at the top of the soil.

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all is spring’s second chance to begin again, and many parts of the garden will need special attention to get them back to where they were last year. The focus should be centered on establishing plants for the cooler season, protecting them and their soil from winter’s cold, and nurturing them to prepare for new growth.

 Evaluate the landscape. Prune winter-

damaged deciduous shrubs and trees, as next month’s freezes will cause leaves to drop, making dead branches more difficult to locate. Trees impacted by heavy snow and ice causing branch-breaks and shrubs will all need attention. Leave spent flowering stalks and seed heads if considering the needs of wildlife for food and cover during the cold.

 Plant. Fruit and shade trees, and ever-

green shrubs needing replacement are great choices.

 Add in seasonal color. Winter-lasting bright color, such as that from pansies and violas, dianthus, snap dragons, cyclamen are available from local growers as temperatures cool.  Raise cool-season herbs and veg-

etables. With warm spring weather done, a great benefit of gardening in north Texas is being able to plant a second time with crops that can grow all winter-long. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cilantro, garlic and all manner of greens are just some of what can be transplanted or sown.

 Think perennials. Favorites to estab-

lish now are the many cultivars of salvia,

rudbeckia and echinacea, and these yield benefits of providing for wildlife and pollinator attraction year after year.

 Check feeding needs. Look forward to a nutritional boost in January for established fruit trees, roses and other spring-flowering shrubs for their coming annual spring shows of color. Continue to mow lawns as needed as growth slows and pick up heavier leaf fall for adding to the compost pile or beds to enrich them with humus.

 Make it mulch. The soil will still need to be protected from drying winds, compacting rains and the cold to come. Mulches, whether from organic materials such as bark or inorganic, like pebbles and rocks, will serve to protect the investment we make in the soil, helping it to support healthier root growth. The cooler temperatures are appreciated by the soil’s beneficial microbes, which begin to become more active during this period, acclimating new plantings, especially as they establish root growth in the ground. For more information, visit North Haven Gardens at Rusty E. Allen is education & outreach coordinator, North Haven Gardens.

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Water Scarcity Woes A Global Problem That’s Getting Worse by Jeremiah Castelo


By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in areas of water stress as people will be unable to access the water they need. Climate change, population growth, agricultural demands and mismanagement of water resources all contribute to the growing water crisis. The world’s population will rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, leaving even more people in water-stressed conditions. An estimated 60 percent of all surface water on Earth comes from river basins shared by separate nations and almost 600 aquifers cross national boundaries. In places where water is already scarce, this can lead to geopolitical conflict. Three in 10 people on Earth currently do not have access to safe and clean water. According to the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people do not have access to a safely managed water source. An estimated 263 million people must travel over 30 minutes to access water that isn’t clean, and 159 million still drink from untreated surface water sources. 28

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ater scarcity is a legitimate concern. It is true that the hydrologic cycle, the process in which the Earth circulates water throughout its ecosystems, is a closed-loop cycle that neither adds nor takes away water. In theory, the amount of water on Earth will always remain the same. But problems occur when the hydrologic cycle is disrupted, causing some regions to grow arid while others get constant floods. The human activities that disrupt that process include the building of dams, the industrial pollution of waterways, the paving of roads, excessive drilling and bottled water privatization. Here are 10 of the most alarming water scarcity facts that the world is currently facing.

One in three people worldwide does not have access to a toilet. Around 2.3 billion people lack access to even basic sanitation services, forcing them to either practice open defecation or use pit latrines and buckets. Fecal contamination in the water supply is a major cause of deadly waterborne diseases such as hepatitis A, norovirus and E. coli. Annually, 1.6 million people die from waterborne diseases. Of the 5 million people that become ill from bad water, most are children. Water privatization causes harm. When corporations site water bottling operations in developing countries like India and Bolivia, they significantly deplete supplies needed by local farmers. In the U.S., when a struggling public water or electricity utility sells their rights to a private corporation, household water and sewer services typically become, respectively, 59 percent and 63 percent more costly. In the U.S., 2.1 trillion gallons of clean water is lost each year due to poor infrastructure, including old, leaky pipes and broken water mains. David Le France, CEO of the American Water Works Association, estimates that repairing America’s water infrastructure will be a trilliondollar program. Due to divided efforts in governmental decision making, adequate policies and budgeting are often difficult to come by.

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Often, water burdens fall upon women, some of whom walk four miles a day just to fetch water that is likely contaminated. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, it takes about six hours to carry a 44-pound container of water from a source that often has the potential to make them sick, according to the Global Water Institute. One-third of the world’s largest aquifers are water-stressed. Underground aquifers are naturally replenished through rainfall and surface water, but a deficit occurs when more water is pumped out than

replenished. Eight of the biggest aquifers, including those in Saudi Arabia, northwestern India and Pakistan, are not being replenished at all. Meeting the United Nations’ sustainable development goals for the water crisis will cost $114 billion per year. Attaining these critical goals will be timeconsuming, expensive and may face political division. Yet the cost of not doing so is also high. Addressing healthcare needs due to water-related diseases and poor sanitation costs $260 billion globally each year. Water scarcity is real. To ignore it or to assume that it is only a problem of the

developing world is to be blind to the reality that the rest of the world is experiencing. Excessive water consumption and poor water management are factors that can be controlled. Supporting clean water initiatives will certainly help the movement against the global water crisis. Finally, educating ourselves and raising awareness is a task we should all take on. Jeremiah Castelo is the founder of World, which publishes information on water scarcity and purification methods. This article is excerpted and reprinted with permission.

Water Scarcity Solutions

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Save Water Limit the use of water and of washing machines. Take short showers instead of full baths. Educate Empower people to help by showing them how to prevent and mitigate water scarcity problems now and in the future.


Recycle Water Learn about and employ available technologies to recycle rainwater and other water used at home.

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Support Water Conservation Allocate money and time to help water conservation efforts around the world. Improve Farming Practices Farming and irrigation practices and technologies need to become more efficient.


Use Fewer Chemicals in Farming To ensure clean water and reduce water shortages, farmers need to decrease their use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which leads to groundwater pollution.


Improve Sewage Systems Improving sewage systems in underserved areas will help to provide clean drinking water and prevent disease and water scarcity.


Better Water Distribution Infrastructure To prevent severe water shortages in times of drought, efforts are needed to connect poor people in developing countries to public water supplies.


Support Clean Water Initiatives Donate money, time and skills to organizations worldwide that are working to bring clean water to areas that don’t have it. Source: Conserve Energy Future at

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orth Texas’ water woes are well documented; from the “Red River Smackdown” war between Texas and Oklahoma over water rights in the Red River basin to our perennial lawn watering drought-time bans and twice weekly schedules. Texas is thirsty, and if it wants to keep growing at its prodigious rate, it needs to either conserve more water or find new sources of it—or perhaps both. The state’s most recent water plan estimates it will lose 10 percent of its reserves over the next 50 years, a time when its population is projected to surge tremendously. Due to North Texas population’s sprint northward, it is estimated that by 2060, it will have grown to more than 13 million and water demands in the area will have increased by 86 percent. Even despite our recent spring rainfall, North Texas will face an estimated supply shortfall of 456 billion gallons of water by 2070. The 16-county North Texas region is expected to grow by 91 percent over the next 50 years, and North Texas depends on surface water resources for more than 90 percent of its water supply. The Texas Water Council reports that twice-weekly watering will extend the water supply, but may not be adequate for the explosive growth anticipated. Much more is needed on the supply side, such as reservoirs, as well as market-based solutions. Three North Texas water districts combined serving almost all of the population have banned together to educate and encourage water conservation via the ubiquitous Water is Awesome Campaign which is in full speed this time of year. These districts, Dallas Water Utilities, Tarrant Regional Water District and the North Texas Municipal Water District not only provide water, but they are also stewards of our water scarcity issues and challenges and the future that climate change promises. Here’s what our North Texas water management and water utility providers are doing:

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orth Central Texas is home to approximately 7.5 million people; the city of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) provides safe drinking water to approximately 2.5 million of those people in Dallas and 23 surrounding cities. The true scarcity of water is the availability of fresh water. Approximately, only 2.5 percent of the Earth’s water is fresh, and most is not in a usable form (ice, clouds, etc.). Water scarcity/availability is not a new issue and may not necessarily be solved economically. Population growth increases water demand and places additional stress on the local supply. Projected temperature increases due to climate change also pose additional challenges to the water supply via increased in evaporation. The city of Dallas has faced water availability challenges throughout its history. Droughts in 1909, 1912 and the 1950s prompted the city to expand its water supplies and plan for a 50-year horizon of


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water scarcity/availability in several ways. First, with long-range planning. By identifying future demands, the utility identifies water management strategies to meet water needs. Secondly, by implementing water management strategies that include water conservation. Dallas’ water conservation program targets business and residential customers. The program includes public education, rebates and giveaways, leak detection, main break repairs, increasing

block rate structure and outdoor watering restrictions. The city’s water conservation efforts have decreased Dallas’ per capita demand by approximately 32 percent over the past 20-years. Another water management strategy currently practiced is water reuse, which will be expanding to representing 36 percent of Dallas’ planned future supplies. Although water management strategies, including water conservation, extend Dallas’ current water supply, these alone are not enough to meet all projected future demands. The city will continue to research efforts to meet the needs of DWU customers; be good steward of this precious resource; and provide safe drinking water; a service vital to the health and safety of their customers. For more information, visit DallasCityHall. com/departments/water-utilities.


he Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) mission is to deliver a reliable, resilient supply of water to the public at the lowest cost and highest quality possible. From a system of lakes through huge pipelines, raw water is provided to more than 30 wholesale customers across 11 North Texas counties. This water is treated to drinking water standards and delivered to almost 2.5 million residents, schools and businesses. According to state water planning, TRWD’s population served is expected to almost double by the year 2070. Their long-range 50-year water supply plan mixes current strategies with innovative, forward-thinking methods to meet the needs of rapid growth impacted by potential water scarcity issues. North Texas has a semi-arid climate and is prone to drought conditions. Relying on surface water lakes exposes supplies to unpreventable water loss through evaporation that can be significant during periods of extended hot temperatures coupled with a lack of rainfall. TRWD’s George W. Shannon Wetlands Water Reuse Project reliably supplies water during dry periods. Near Richland-Chambers Reservoir, the wetlands comprise an indirect water reuse supply strategy to help extend current resources by filtering up to 95 million gallons of water

a day from the Trinity River. Plans are underway to add another wetlands facility at nearby Cedar Creek Reservoir over the next 10 years that will provide an additional 28 billion gallons of water per year when fully operational. TRWD is also looking into the feasibility of an aquifer storage and recovery project that can potentially store millions of gallons of water underground. In years with additional supply, water could be pumped underground and used later during drought and times of summer peak demands. A pilot project is planned in Tarrant County that if successful, could be the start of multiple well sites throughout the regional water supply system. TRWD is also working with regional partners to advance the first option of new supply: water conservation. Using water we have today more efficiently helps extend our existing supplies, delays expensive new projects, reduces peak demands and is the least expensive water supply strategy avail-

able overall. Collaboration with other wholesale water providers city of Dallas Water Utilities and North Texas Municipal Water District has expanded the reach of the regional public education awareness campaign, “Water is Awesome. Use it. Enjoy it. Just don’t waste it.” At, there is an opportunity to sign up for free weekly watering advice. do-it-yourself brochures and videos related to water-efficient landscaping, easy sprinkler system fixes and building a rain barrel. TRWD supports local conservation efforts at SaveTarrantWater. com with online videos, virtual classes, free sprinkler checks and more. Over the last 15 years, water conservation has had a tremendous impact on reducing water use and water waste. But because of significant population growth expected over the next 50 years and the potential for water scarcity issues, planning for additional water supply projects must occur now for the water to be available when needed. TRWD will continue to help meet the growing water demands of the region through a combination of collaboration, water conservation, traditional strategies and innovative projects. For more information, visit

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Improving Water Delivery with Lower Environmental Stress


he North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has been providing wholesale water services to communities in North Texas since 1956 with the vision of “Regional Service through Unity: meeting our region’s needs today and tomorrow.” NTMWD now serves more than 1.8 million people that live in 80 communities across 10 counties. The service area covers 2,200 square miles and includes some of the fastest-growing cities in North Texas. NTMWD uses a comprehensive strategy of water conservation, water reuse and new water supplies to ensure communities have enough water now and in the future. Water conservation and reuse will provide for nearly 30 percent of the region’s future supplies, and NTMWD is committed to local and regional water conservation awareness. They support the regional Water is Awesome campaign with two other major water providers, as well as the conservation efforts of member and customer cities, and manage a local awareness campaign, Know More. Water Less. During the hot Texas summer, up to 60 percent of water used by some homeowners is for landscaping. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

estimates that as much as 50 percent of the water used outdoors is wasted from inefficient watering methods and systems. To reduce outdoor water waste, NTMWD collaborated with Texas A&M AgriLife to create the Water My Yard tool that provides free, customized lawn watering advice based on research and local meteorological data collected by 27 weather stations. This program expanded and is now offered across the state. Homeowners can learn how to have a healthy lawn and save water at or by downloading the app.

Another strategy to extend existing water supplies is increasing water reuse capabilities at the East Fork Water Reuse Project. This 1,840-acre constructed wetland is one of the largest manmade wetlands that diverts and captures treated wastewater effluent flows from the east fork of the Trinity River. Sediment basins, sunlight, millions of native aquatic plants and microorganisms work together to naturally treat the water. This allows the district to reuse up to 90 million gallons per day that can then travel through a 44-mile long pipeline to Lavon Lake, the primary reservoir. See this project firsthand at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center ( To expand the system and increase available supplies, NTMWD is a building the first major reservoir in Texas in 30 years: Bois d’Arc Lake. Located in Fannin County, Bois d’Arc Lake will help meet the District’s water needs through 2040. As part of building the lake, environmental enhancements are being made to more than 17,000 acres nearby, including the creation of new wetlands, planting of about 5 million trees and making improvements to more than 70 miles of streams ( NTMWD continues to make other critical investments to water treatment facilities, pipelines and wastewater infrastructure. With population expected to double in the next 50 years, innovations are constantly being explored that improve systems and lesson stress on the environment while minimizing costs. For more information, visit


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Healthy Breast Basics Lifestyle Choices to Lower Disease Risks by Sandra Yeyati


ne in eight women in the United States develops breast cancer in the course of her lifetime. “Notably, only five to 10 percent can be blamed on inherited gene mutations, and merely 13 percent of women with breast cancer have a first-degree relative with a history of disease,” says Kristi Funk, a board-certified breast surgeon in Santa Monica, California, and medical director of “It’s empowering to realize that the causes for the vast majority of breast cancer are under our control in the choices we make every day.” “Whenever you lift fork to mouth, you move closer to cancer, or farther away,” says the author of Breasts: The Owner’s Manual—a vegan proponent. “Plants, legumes and whole grains provide nutritional armor for your cells, decreasing cancer risk. They release molecules that scavenge free radicals, eliminate carcinogens, prevent and repair DNA damage, identify and destroy harmful cells, inhibit the supply of blood to tumors, stimulate the immune system, regulate hormone metabolism and reduce inflammation.” Funk recommends regular consumption of cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, soy, ground flaxseed, berries, matcha green tea, mushrooms, turmeric, aloe vera, garlic, onion, chives and cacao. Functional doctor Elizabeth Boham, the medical director of Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, proposes a balance of animal and vegetable protein, as long as the animal sources are good, like eggs, salmon or grass-fed beef without antibiotics. “Organic, nonGMO soy like tofu or edamame may decrease a woman’s risk of breast cancer, but avoid


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bad soy that’s added to processed food, including soybean oils and soy lecithins,” she advises. “I also suggest cutting back on dairy for women at high risk of breast cancer because it naturally contains growth hormones, which may cause things to grow in our body that we don’t want to grow.” Citing a clear association between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk, Boham recommends eliminating or moderating drinks to no more than five a week. She also highlights the importance of seven to nine hours of sleep and relaxation techniques to improve stress response. Maintaining a healthy weight is also important. “Our body fat is where hormones get turned into estrogen, which has been associated with an increase in breast cancer,” Boham says, adding that 35 grams of fiber per day will feed healthy bacteria in the gut which helps eliminate used-up estrogen and other toxins. “Avoid xenoestrogens, too, which can act on the estrogen receptor, such as BPA in plastics and store receipts, parabens in skincare products and pesticides and herbicides on lawns and in non-organic foods.” Boham suggests eliminating refined and processed carbohydrates like bread, white rice and cookies, which cause blood sugar to spike and the body to produce insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar after every meal. “Over time, people develop insulin resistance, causing it to produce even more insulin to do its job. Those high levels of insulin can encourage cancer growth,” she explains. Carlos Garcia, M.D., director of the Utopia Cancer Center (, in Oldsmar, Florida, and author of Cancer is a Symptom, uses liver and gallbladder flushes, colonic irrigations and coffee enemas to help the body purge toxins. “Gut flora imbalances compromise the immune response and nutritional absorption. Yearly colonic irrigation with recolonization is essential in the prevention of disease,” he explains. Some women experience breast tenderness or pain and lumpy, bumpy breast tissue; having dense breasts can increase breast cancer risk, Boham says, noting that too much caffeine or an iodine deficiency can exacerbate these symptoms. She recommends consuming less coffee and more iodine-rich foods like nori, kelp powder or seafood. According to Boham, there isn’t enough good research to say that we should never wear underwire bras, but good lymphatic flow and circulation to the area is important and can be facilitated with daily movement, exercise and sweating to remove stuck toxins and support the detoxification system. Boham says many women find their breast cancer during a selfexam. “Know your own body. If something looks or feels different, if you feel a lump that shouldn’t be there or see a shift in the skin, a dimpling or a pulling, have it checked. It’s often nothing, but you could find the cancer early, which makes all the difference in the world.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at

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ctober is National The National Center for Breast Cancer AwareHealth Statistics reports slightly ness Month. Learn the more than 20 percent of people symptoms of breast cancer. over the age of 18 visit their Listen to the body. Advocate primary physician within three for our health when we have a months of the onset of a new concern. health symptom. The number For many of us, the pandemic declines for those over 65. Rehas turned our lives upsidesponding quickly to new sympdown. We have learned to be toms is especially important for flexible as we’ve adapted to detecting and preventing breast Bindupriya new work, home and personal cancer, the most commonly Chandrasekaran rhythms. The chances are that diagnosed form of cancer in our personal health needs have fallen low American women. When detected early on our to-do list. If we have ignored conbefore it has spread, breast cancer has a 99 cerning symptoms such a lingering rash or percent five-year survival rate. unusual swelling, many of us are delaying Women often think a lump is the singuseeing a physician about a change in health. lar sign of breast cancer, but there is more Men that can get breast cancer. In fact, men than one type, including some that present that develop breast cancer typically present unique symptoms. Others include a change with more advanced disease than women. in breast size or shape, nipple or skin

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changes and abnormal nipple discharge. A less common, but highly aggressive form of breast cancer – inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) – often doesn’t produce a well-defined lump. The primary symptom of IBC is persistent redness and swelling in and around the breast. Dimpled skin resembling orange peel may also appear. Beginning in their 20s, women should check their breasts monthly for lumps or unusual changes. Many are benign or less serious, but it needs to be checked by a physician. Helpful questions to prepare before seeing a doctor include what may have caused the symptom or lump; what next steps or tests are needed; and if they will refer to a physician specializing in breast health. Regular breast self-exams are important, but preventative, proactive screenings such as clinical breast exams and mammogram are the most effective in detecting cancer early. There is a group of high-risk patients that will benefit from additional screening such as thermography or MRI, along with screening mammogram. COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects that may impact the interpretation of results from mammograms. Texas Oncology recommends completing upcoming imaging before getting the vaccine or wait six weeks after the second COVID-19 vaccine dose. Patients needing imaging during this time should discuss with their provider ordering the imaging before proceeding. Bindupriya Chandrasekaran M.D., MRCS is a breast surgical oncologist at Texas Breast Specialists–Methodist Cancer Centers in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

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Cannabis and Canines How Cannabidiol Benefits Dogs by Caroline Coile


Topper is among the thousands of furry family members that have found relief with CBD, one of 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis (hemp) plants. Success stories abound of how CBD has helped dogs overcome anxiety, reduce seizures and even beat cancer. Cannabinoids, including CBD and the psychoactive compound THC, are substances that mimic the naturally occurring chemicals produced in all vertebrates.

Receptors for these endocannabinoids are found throughout the body, especially in the brain, nervous system and immune system, as well as the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, intestinal tract, muscles, bones and both the reproductive and circulatory systems. They act as master regulators that signal other systems when to speed up or slow down, working to stabilize the body and return it to homeostasis. Cannabinoids from the cannabis plant affect these same receptors,


truck with severe arthritis, Topper, a 7-year-old Ibizan Hound, was in such pain he could hardly walk. He had to be carried outside to eat or use the bathroom, and medication wasn’t working. On a friend’s recommendation, his owner, Christy Moore, of Florence, Arizona, gave him cannabidiol (CBD). “Within three days, he could walk on all four legs and I was crying tears of joy,” she recalls. “It was the miracle we needed.”


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each in slightly different ways. Unlike THC, which is toxic for dogs at prescribed human dosages, the most significant, documented side effects of CBD are diarrhea and changes in some liver enzyme values after several weeks. The main concern with CBD is that it inhibits cytochrome P450, a chemical in the body responsible for metabolizing most drugs. That means CBD could affect the effective potency of a prescribed drug.

What Research Shows While thousands of reports on CBD’s effect on laboratory animals and humans have been published, only a few have been conducted with dogs or cats. Still, CBD seems promising for arthritis, anxiety, itchiness and possibly seizures, cancer and other maladies. ARTHRITIS: In a Cornell University study, some dogs were initially so decrepit that their owners considered euthanasia, but after just days on CBD they were trotting around and even climbing stairs. A Baylor University study found similar improvement. ITCHINESS: An Australian study found CBD reduced itchiness, inflammation and skin lesions by 51 percent after eight weeks of treatment. An American study also found CBD significantly reduced reports of itchiness. CANCER: Cannabinoids are reported to induce cancer cell death and prevent metastasis. A Cornell University study found that CBD along with a standard chemotherapy drug reduced cancer cell proliferation in vitro more than the chemotherapy drug alone. Anecdotal reports from veterinarians have claimed CBD shrunk cancer cells or put dogs into remission. BEHAVIOR: Despite those reports, no controlled study has shown CBD to be more effective than prescription medications in reducing anxiety. A University of Kentucky study found physiological measurements of anxiety in response to noise were not significantly different for CBD versus a placebo, and were worse compared to trazodone (a drug commonly prescribed for anxiety). A

University of Western Australia study found shelter dogs with aggressive tendencies exhibited less aggression toward humans after two weeks of taking CBD. SEIZURES: Many anecdotal reports hail CBD’s success in combatting seizures in dogs, but the single controlled study delivered only moderate results. A Colorado State University study found CBD only worked with some dogs, and it reduced, but didn’t eliminate, seizures. OTHER: Evidence from laboratory animals supports CBD’s effectiveness in promoting bone healing, fighting infection, treating inflammatory bowel disease, slowing degenerative myelopathy, quelling nausea and relieving pain.

Choosing Wisely Broad-spectrum products work better than isolated CBD because they use the whole cannabis plant. Choose those with thirdparty certificates of analysis of potency and testing for heavy metals, mycotoxins or pesticides. Avoid human edible products

that often contain ingredients such as xylitol that are toxic to pets. Aim for about 0.1 to 0.2 milligram per kilogram of a dog’s weight, given twice daily by mouth. Work up gradually, but beware that more is not always better with CBD, because sometimes the response is biphasic—it doesn’t work if they get too little or too much. Discuss CBD with a veterinarian, but realize that not all of them are familiar or comfortable with the subject. CBD, like many supplements and drugs designed for humans and used on canines, is not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Overall, the evidence is compelling that CBD can help some conditions. The endocannabinoid system is the largest system in the body and the least explored. CBD is not a miracle drug, but it may be the miracle our four-footed friends need. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., is an award-winning writer of 34 books, thousands of magazine and web articles, and an app, All About Dogs. Learn more at

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Online: DFW Solar Tour – 10am-4pm. Learn how your neighbors, homeowners and businesses alike, are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to save money and consume less of our natural resources. Free. Details:

Virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education – Oct 12-14. Hosted by Dallas College. GCSHE offers three full days of live content and networking, in addition to 80 days of on-demand access through Dec 31. More info: aashe. org/conference. Virtual: Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Via Zoom. More info: DallasSierra


9th Annual Round Up FUNdraising Event – 6:30-10:30pm. A fun evening under the stars at the ranch including dinner, music, dancing and silent auction. $60/adult. Paws for Reflection Ranch, 5431 Montgomery Rd, Midlothian. 972-775-8966.

Online: Pollinators & Native Plants – 6pm. Learn more about how native plants can attract pollinators to your garden. Registration not required. Free. To attend:

Online: Replacing Trees and Shrubs with Native Plants – 6-7pm. Dallas County Master Gardeners will discuss the benefits of native trees and shrubs, as well as which native greenery is best to plant. Via Zoom. Register:

ongoing events Flow Yoga, 3000 Blackburn St, Ste 140B, Dallas. Register:

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

Dynamic Meditation – 10-11am. One of the active meditations compiled by Osho. Breath, jump, scream and shout, let it all go, then be in the bliss of silence and stillness. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Celebration Service Live – 11am. Meditation, music and lessons on YouTube live: Unity on Greenville Dallas, TX or Love offering. Unity on Greenville, 3425 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-826-5683.

Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:30am. Participate in meditation, chanting and readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification; 10-11:30am, Service. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-2489126. Vegan Sunday Brunch at Spiral Diner – 9am-3pm. Vegan diner and bakery since 2002. Sunday brunch features vegan pancakes, tofu scramble, breakfast quesadillas and organic mimosas. 1314 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth & 1101 N Beckley, Dallas.

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.

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Butterfly Flutterfly – 10am-2pm. The day begins with a gossamer costume parade for kids and pets and is followed by costume and art contests, special exhibits and multiple live butterfly releases. Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St, Grapevine.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26 Identification and Lifestyles of Common Dallas Area Insects – 6-7pm. Learn more about the amazing insects and the incredible diversity in your own yard. Who are they? What are they doing? Why are they important? Free. West Irving Library, 4444 W Rochelle Rd, Irving. Register:

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. 972-432-7871. DallasMedita

monday Online: Zen to Go – 12-12:45pm. Mon-Thurs. An oasis in the middle of the day offering walking and sitting meditation followed by brief sharing. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 810 We Arapaho Rd, Ste 98, Richardson. 972-432-7871. DallasMedi

Chakra Sound Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Includes chakra sounds and breathing techniques. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214521-6157.

Gentle Waves – 9:15-10:15am. A healing meditative practice that moves very slow and intentional. Gaia



E-Waste Recycling Event – 10:30am-1:30pm. Be able to recycle computers, network and communications devices, CRTs and LCDs, point of sale equipment, wires and cables, other office equipment, consumer goods, batteries, appliances, and audio and video equipment. Free. Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus, 3030 N Dallas Ave, Lancaster. More info: Tinyurl. com/udrzkx5t.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 Online: Rain Gardens: Where Beauty Meets Functionality – 10am-12pm. Learn the basics of rain garden design and maintenance along with an overview of the flood of plant material that can thrive in these enticing garden features. Free. Register:

Hike with a Naturalist: Spooky Night Hike – 6:30-8pm. All ages. Join a naturalist for a “spooky” hike as we try to identify the sounds and sights of natural night life. $15/person. Elmer W Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Rd, Mansfield. Pre-registration required: Tinyurl. com/r63b89wp.

Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. A gentle hatha yoga geared for all ages and levels with a special focus on breathing, meditation and a specific intention each sequence. Cosmic Cafe, 2912

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

tuesday Daily Harvest – 10-10:30am. Also Thurs. Join our horticulture team as they harvest fresh and seasonal produce in the garden. Included with garden admission or membership. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. Details: Online: Ananda Yoga Sadhana Practice – 5:157:30pm. Also Thurs. Time to recalibrate and center through this transformational practice based on the yoga teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. 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. 972-432-7871.

wednesday 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. 972-866-9988.

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

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

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

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.

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calendar of events SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2


1st Saturday Nature Walks – 10am-12pm. Monthly naturalist-led nature walk. Each season at LLELA is different. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or

Calloway’s Canned Food Drive – Oct 8-17. Donate non-perishable canned goods. Collection Boxes will be located at the front of each of our stores. All donations in DFW will go directly to the North Texas Food Bank. More info:



Meet the Meadow Introductory Trail Walk – 9am. An introduction to the meadow guided trail walk led by Texas Master Naturalists and Meadow Volunteers. Free. Rowlett Creek Bridge, Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve, Alma Dr, Allen.

Bird Walk – 7:30-10:30am. Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA’s nature trails. Ages 10 & up. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-2193550 or


Zip Line Day – 9am-12pm. Guests climb a 23-ft tree to our zip platform then proceed to a 487-ft Zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-registration required. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

Webinar: Eco-friendly Shopping – 12-1:30pm. Find out about how to improve your eco-friendly shopping habits, drastically reduce your carbon footprint, food waste and decrease your grocery bill. Free. Via Zoom. Register: LiveGreenIn

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Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

2021 CCMGA Fall Plant Sale – 9am-1:30pm. Collin County Master Gardeners have carefully curated a collection of drought tolerant, locally grown perennials, ferns, shrubs, grasses, groundcovers and annuals that will perform well in your North Texas garden. The Stall Barn, Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 CR 166, McKinney. Online: Shorebirds – 10am. With Dr. Wayne Meyer. Every Spring and Autumn Hagerman NWR hosts thousands of shorebirds of 30 or more species. We’ll talk about the importance of shorebirds and the importance of NWRs to shorebirds. Free. Via Zoom. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. Registration required: Plano International Festival – 10am-5pm. Fitness and Wellness Fair: 10am-1pm. The area’s largest cultural event has food, fun and entertainment from over 100 cultures plus free flu shots and health screenings at the Wellness Fair. The Fitzone will offer interactive fitness demos. Free admission & parking. Haggard Park, 901 E 15th St, Plano. 404-626-5577.

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Denton-Collin-Grayson-Cooke counties

Global Village Frisco 2021: Multicultural Festival – 11am-6pm. Focuses on cross-cultural awareness and celebration of cultural diversity. Includes booths sharing culture along with selling world cuisines and artisan crafts. Performers will ignite the stage with energetic performances representing their culture. Free admission. Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco.

ongoing events

Butterfly Walk – 12-2pm. Join North Texas Master Naturalists and discover the winged wonders migrating through the City of Lewisville this Fall. $5/vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 A Chance to Hike – 10am-12pm. Free guided nature walk for members of the Special Needs community will take place along the wide and level crushed-granite surface of the Cottonwood trail. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or Halloween at the Heard – 6-10pm. A safe environment to experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live trail. Includes fun activities including a presentation of a family friendly movie. $15/adult, $10/age 3-12, free/ age 2 7 under. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. Tickets required: LLELA Owl Prowl – 6:30-8:30pm. Join our guides as they lead a stroll down the trail, listening for owls as we go. Ages 7 & up. $20/person. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3550 or

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 WaterWise Landscape Tour – 9am-3pm. Visit beautiful, sustainable landscapes in our community in a self-paced, self-guided program. landscapetour. Guided Trail – 2-4pm. Experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Heard Sanctuary led by our trained guides. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972562-5566.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 Arbor Day CCMGA Information Booth – 9am12pm. Come see the Master Gardeners and get questions answered on trees and more. Learn how to properly care for your new tree to get it off to a good start. Glendover Park, 1290 Scottsman, Allen.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 Zip Line Day – 1-4pm. Guests climb a 23-ft tree to our zip platform then proceed to a 487-ft Zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Preregistration required. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566.


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

calves along with the learning the benefits of drinking raw milk vs pasteurized milk. Everyone gets samples of milk. $7/person age 2 & up. Circle N Dairy, 2074 County Road 446, Gainesville. 940-372-0343.

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

sunday Frisco Fresh Market – 10am-4pm. Also Sat, 8am-4pm. Frisco Fresh Market, 9215 John W Elliott Dr, Frisco. 844-776-2753. FriscoFresh Sunday Celebration Service Agape Center for Spiritual Living – 10am, meditation; 10:30am, service. Noah’s Event Venue, 5280 Town Square Dr, Plano. Rev Lee Wolak: 972468-1331. Sunday Worship: Unity Spiritual Center of Denton Service – 10am, coffee; 11am, service. Unity takes spiritual principles and makes them practical in your life. 6071 New Hope Rd, Krugerville. 214-453-0218. Sunday Brunch –10am-3pm. Serves up farm-to-table shared plates, 72 taps (wine & craft beer), and a welcoming atmosphere to create a unique dining experience. Craft & Vine, 310 S Oak St, Roanoke. 817-464-8181. CraftAndVine.Restaurant. Horizon UU Worship Service – 10:30am12pm. Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton. 972-4924940.

monday Dairy Farm Tours – Mon-Sat, by appt only. Experience life on a dairy farm with an educational tour including how and what cows are fed, the benefits of grass-crop based feed (silage), the milking parlor, bottle feeding baby

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

saturday Frisco Rotary Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-12pm. Local growers offer fruits and vegetables. Also offered are baked breads, meat from local ranchers, honey, arts and crafts and various other products. 6048 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. 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. Frisco Rotary Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-12pm. Local growers offer fruits and vegetables. Also offered are baked breads, meat from local ranchers, honey, arts and crafts and various other products. 6048 Frisco Sq Blvd, Frisco.


A RAY OF HOPE IN CHAOTIC TIMES By Monte Leach and Marc Gregory


ven in these chaotic and perilous times, there is reason for hope. Humanity finds itself at a major crossroads: Do we choose the path of selfish separatism and inequality based on greed and competition, leading to the destruction of ourselves and planet Earth; or the path of cooperation and sharing leading to global peace and prosperity? Here to help us make the correct choice stands a group of Teachers unparalleled in their enlightenment and wisdom, unequaled in their ability to love and to serve. They are the Masters of Wisdom. At their head stands a being of the most extraordinary compassion and insight: Maitreya, the World Teacher. As the one awaited under various names by all major religious traditions, and as a Teacher for all humanity, Maitreya is here — along with the Masters of Wisdom — to guide us safely into the future. The existence of these great Teachers was first made known in the West in the late 1800s by Helena Blavatsky, who lived among the Masters of Wisdom in the Himalayas for three years. In the early 20th century, Blavatsky’s work was continued by Alice A. Bailey, and, more recently, by British esotericist and artist Benjamin Creme. All three of these authors and educators were trained by, and worked directly with, the Masters of Wisdom. According to the Ageless Wisdom tradition, as it is known, these highly advanced Teachers have lived in the remote areas of the world through the ages, helping and guiding humanity from behind the scenes. Through his work over many years, Benjamin Creme made it known that at this critical time for humanity and the planet, the Masters of Wisdom,

headed by Maitreya, are coming forward now to live among us and teach us directly.

The path to peace and justice Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom are teachers in the broadest sense of the word. They have attained mastery over themselves, and as enlightened individuals devote all their time and energy in loving service to humanity. They are not here to establish a new religion, but to show us how to live together in peace. This is simpler than we imagine, Maitreya has said. The key is an equitable sharing of the Earth’s resources among all the world’s people. Through sharing we lessen global tensions, generate greater trust and cooperation among the nations — and begin to build a world where all have the basic necessities of life and live in balance with the environment. Unless we share the world’s resources, there will never be economic and social justice in the world. Without justice, no peace. Without peace, little hope for the future, as we have weapons that can destroy all life on Earth — weapons that almost surely would be used in any future widescale conflict. With the future of the planet at stake, what will it take for us to abandon competition, conflict and division, and begin to manifest the grand ideals of sharing, justice and peace? What’s needed is a change of attitude, a change of consciousness — above all a change of heart in humanity. It is that which Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom can inspire.

It is a monumental task to be sure. Fortunately, we have the help of monumental figures living among us now — a circumstance, according to the Ageless Wisdom tradition, that has never before taken place in recorded history. This group of enlightened teachers, as they touch the hearts of people everywhere, will galvanize us into action, helping us to lead our leaders toward the creation of a just and peaceful world. In the millions across the globe who are increasingly voicing their concerns for the health of our planet and demanding change in our political, economic and social systems, we see this needed change of mind and heart already beginning to take place. At this crossroads for humanity, the path ahead is up to us. Maitreya has said, “Sharing and Justice, Brotherhood and Freedom are not new concepts. From the dawn of time mankind has linked his aspiration to these beckoning stars. Now, my friends, shall we anchor them in the world.” For free information: 888-242-8272


DOWNLOAD! In The World Teacher for All Humanity, Benjamin Creme discusses the extraordinary ramifications of Maitreya’s appearance and teachings. Awaken to a world of infinite possibility if we’re all willing to share!

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


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


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


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Cereset can help your brain reset itself, restoring your brain’s rhythm naturally, enabling it to manage stress more effectively. Cereset sessions jump start the process of re-balancing your brain, and can help issues leading to trouble sleeping, restlessness and anxiety, inability to focus or lack of joy. Periodic “tune-ups” provide ongoing support, ensuring long-term brain balance. See ad on page 9.


Dr. Zhangping Lu, DC, LAc, MD (China) 425 Maplelawn Dr, Ste 101, Plano 75075 972-519-8488 Whole-body wellness center providing chiropractic care, spinal decompression, allergy testing, NAET, IMAET, detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, wellness programs and more. All-natural healing, no medication, no surgery. See ad, page 49.

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


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


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


Whole-body wellness center providing chiropractic care, spinal decompression, allergy testing, NAET, IMAET, detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, wellness programs and more. All-natural healing, no medication, no surgery. See ad, page 49.

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

11600 Welch Road, Dallas 214- 363-6311


1601 South Lamar, Dallas 214-378-1824 Dallas College has seven campuses, including El Centro, Brookhaven, Mountain View, Eastfield, Richland, Cedar Valley and Northlake. Dallas College serves the region with accredited one and two year certificates, degrees and core credit courses guaranteed to transfer to Texas colleges and universities. See ad, page 23.

Spread the love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. ~Mother Teresa


Market opens every Saturday, from 8am to noon, April 17th through September 25th, plus 3rd Sat. of Oct, Nov, and Dec. Located in west parking lot of Saint Michaels Church. Local vendors and growers with 100% of products grown or made by them. Vendors adhere to CDC safety protocols. Masks provided; social distancing required. See ad, page 35.


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


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



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

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

At Flourish Dental Boutique, we believe the best dentistry is often the least dentistry. We help your body thrive on its own with therapies that enrich and empower its natural healing processes. As a holistic and biological dental practice, we choose safe materials and treatment protocols with special attention to your nutrition and overall wellness. See ad, page 26.



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


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

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

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

Dr. Philip Kozlow Dr. Josh Rowell 5050 Quorum Dr, Suite 300, Dallas 972-458-2464 We strive to provide healthy, green alternatives for our dental patients by providing digital x-rays, mercury safe restorative options and chemical free dental hygiene products. Committed to total body wellness while avoiding the use of toxic materials, and continuing education to ensure treatments are up to date and effective in a kind and caring environment. See ad, page 41.


Dr. D. Brock Lynn 6190 LBJ Freeway #900, Dallas 972-934-1400 Practicing dentistry for over 38 years, specializing in periodontics, Dr. Lynn is board-certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontics and Dental implants. He practices dentistry with a holistic approach and is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine &Toxicology as well as the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. See ad, page 4.

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

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

Brussels Sprouts by seed (IN)


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

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

Snap Bush Beans by seed (O)

Swiss Chard by seed (IN)

Yellow Bush Beans by seed (O)

Zucchini Squash by seed (O)

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

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

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

October 2021




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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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


Dr. Jerry Tennant MD, Medical Director 35 Veranda Lane, Ste 100, Colleyville 972-580-1156 Providing traditional “standard-ofcare” medicine using prescription as well as complementary medicine. Recognizing that the human body is not simply a collection of independent parts but rather an integrative whole -we treat it that way. Conditions treated include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as thyroid support, adrenal support, hormone replacement. essential oil therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. See ad, page 2.

Debra Rossi 817-925-2999


Niti Shah 3365 Regent Blvd., Ste 130, Irving TX 75063 972-514-7956 Chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmunity have reached pandemic levels. My goal is to shift our attention away from “disease management”—to addressing the root cause of these conditions with a nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle change. As your health guide I will show you the effectiveness of simple, back to basics functional medicine approach. See ad, page 35.


9901 Valley Ranch Pkwy East, Ste 1009 Irving 972-580-0545 We are the exclusive distributor of the patented Tennant Biomodulator® PLUS & PRO. These FDA accepted non-invasive devices are designed to offer an affordable, drug free, userfriendly option for the indicated use of symptomatic relief for chronic, severe or intractable pain; and adjunctive treatment in managing post-surgical and post-traumatic pain. See ad, page 2.

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

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

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

The original farm-to-table restaurant in north Food You Can Texas, including catering and takeFeel Good About! out Dallas’ Market. With a full -serORIGINAL vice bar, we celebrate farm-to-table restaurant years ofFresh serving afford• Localdelicious, • Sustainable able, locally sourced food. We offer gluten free alternatives, clean water raised salmon and sustain• Local, free-range, 100% grass-fed ably raised seafood, cagebeeffree poultryRanch and 100% from Springerhill No antibiotics ever,in vegetarian grass fed beef. Come in •today, order or take-out. fed, cage-free chicken from See ad, page 27. Perdue Farms • Verlasso salmon raised in the clean waters of Patagonia

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

6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas 214-331-8522

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

UNITY CHURCH OF SACHSE 5502 Ben Davis, Sachse 972-984-8946


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



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

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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 traditionsMassage, Young Living Raindrop Therapy, Chiropractic, iV therapy, Juicing and Colonics work. RCW offers all of these things, come visit us and begin your journey to optimum wellness.

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

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

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