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perspectives “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh


ell 2014, here we are. We’ve closed out another year in our lives and we begin a new one. If you’re like me, you may feel a little tinge of excitement as the New Year takes hold and you think of all the things you want to do differently this year. For some, this is in the form of resolutions: for others, a list of intentions. For me and the New Year, it’s a commitment. I am quite certain that anyone following my letters has witnessed two things: 1) I am very hard on myself and my own worst enemy. 2) I struggled quite a bit throughout 2013. This is entirely my own doing, because the majority of my struggle has centered around my very own “personal inner critic”. I’ve been far too hard on myself and forgotten how important self-acceptance and self-love are. If I am to be brutally honest, I have never been in a space where I can say that I have loved and accepted myself. With that being said, my commitment to myself in 2014 is to love and accept myself, just as I am today. Imperfectly perfect. Through my own experience in this area of personal and spiritual development, I have witnessed that I am not the only one out there having trouble in this area of life. Yet the most important decision of our life, the one that will affect every other decision we make, is the commitment to love and accept ourselves. It directly affects the quality of our relationships, our work, our free time, our faith and our future. We are taught by society that our worth is found in the idols of our culture— technology, status, youth, sex, power, money, attractiveness and romantic relationships. But If we base our self worth on the external world, we will never be capable of self-love. Acceptance and love must come from within. We don’t have to be different to be worthy. Our worth is in our true nature, the very core of love and inner goodness. We are a beautiful light. We are love. We can bury our magnificence, but it’s impossible to destroy. Loving ourselves isn’t a one-time event. It’s an endless, moment-by-moment ongoing process. It begins with you, wrapping yourself in your own affection and appreciation. Because we are all interconnected, when I love me, I also love you. Together through our love, we can heal ourselves, each other and the world. Love is our purpose, our true calling. It begins with and within each of us. May you find your way and love yourself while doing it this year. P.S. Following through on self-love and acceptance is difficult for me, so if you are struggling as wel and are interested, send me an email requesting my list of personal commitments for 2014. I am at 21 so far and also welcome any suggestions you may have. I will update the list as I progress and share it with everyone that sends me an email directly at With Love and Gratitude,

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Life is not a problem

The Shift to Unity


little over 12 years ago, shortly after the Twin Towers collapsed, I lost a significant a company that had me set for life. It was an unexpected decline for me, not that we ever expect things like that to happen. Within six months I lost everything I had; nowhere to go from there. It was the wise words; a question, in fact, from my oldest son that set me straight and would launch me on the greatest adventure of my life. I had no idea of the shift that would occur with his simple words, “So...what are you going to open next?� I was not sure I would ever open anything again, and he reminded me promptly that it was what I did. In that moment, my world changed. Three days later, I was in Orange Beach, Alabama, setting up a coaching and hypnosis practice. On the way back to Louisiana, I picked up a copy of Natural Awakenings magazine at a coffee shop and landed here in Jacksonville four weeks later as a publisher of the Natural Awakenings Northeast Florida franchise. This year, Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation turns 20 years old. When I got here, we had a readership of approximately 400,000 and today we collectively reach approximately 4 million readers a month. There were only 19 franchises back then, and today we are 90 strong. Our publishers are a family of individuals with a common bond of their desire to shift and change the world. Collectively, we comprise the largest natural health magazine in the world by circulation. You could say that Natural Awakenings is a very large catalyst for change, with great commitment to the cause. Amazingly, it would appear that the Universe/God sets things in motion long before they are really needed. What started out as a specialty interest niche has now become mainstream because of the needs and conscious evolution of the public. No one knew about GMOs back then, or other hidden things behind food labels. We were only beginning to understand the implications of mass-produced foods, symptom-based medicine and the dangers of a runaway pharmaceutical industry. Today, are all working hard to get the truth out in a positive way. Unlike other news magazines, Natural Awakenings takes a different approach to transforming the world. Instead of harping on what is wrong and focusing on the negative, we build up what is right and what we want to see more of in our communities and the world. We support local movements and practitioners, because Natural Awakenings is all about building community in our effort to awaken individuals. No conversation or letter would be complete about Natural Awakenings without mentioning our incredible corporate support team, which does an outstanding job for all of us: our recently departed John Voell, who built Natural Awakenings as a franchise and our incredible, compassionate, leader Sharon Bruckman. You can read more about Sharon in this issue on page 26, and I invite you to do so. She is an incredible soul who deserves the accolades and should be recognized for the work she has done making a difference in so many lives. There is nothing more I can say than how very much I love and appreciate her for being such an instrumental part of my shift into unity. I guess the lesson is that although anything may look like the worst possible event and circumstance that has ever happened to you, it might just be the best thing. I bless the day that I lost everything I had except my children and friends, because that was the beginning of the greatest adventure of my life. Thank you for being part of that experience for myself and Natural Awakenings. In line with the New Year...I raise my glass to another 20 years. Happy New Year!

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~Mahatma Gandhi

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New Weight-Loss and Golf Lectures for 2014


lecture, The Secrets to Weight Loss, at 6 p.m., January 16 at the Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center, will explore the stubborn roadblocks to losing weight, which includes the relationship between the hormones produced by the thyroid, adrenals and pancreas. Guests will learn the secrets to weight loss without fad and yo-yo dieting gimmicks. Too many diet programs focus on quick-weight-loss schemes that compromise a person’s overall well-being. The goal of any weight-loss program should be focused on sustainability, ease and optimal health, longevity and aging. Admission is free Instructor Sean Ivan, LMT, will discuss Dynamic Stretching for Golfers: The Pre-Game Warm-Up, from noon to 2 p.m., January 25. Attendees will learn a new form of exercise that helps warm muscles, lubricate joints, enhance balance and help improve our golf game. This short routine will prepare joints and muscles for the repetitive action of golf. The course consists of 30 to 45 minutes of lecture, demonstration and participation. Participants will receive a small booklet to keep in their golf bag for future reference. Bring bottled water and a driver for golfing. Cost is $60. Location: 9957 Moorings Dr., Ste. 403, Jacksonville. For more information and to sign up, call 904-268-6568 or visit See ad page 27.

Health Fair Open House at Southeastern College


outheastern College (SEC) will host a public Health Fair Open House for prospective students, community partners and other interested parties as an opportunity to learn more about the programs and degrees it offers; the event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 18 at its campus in Miami Lakes Area Campus. SEC offers quality education with hands-on-training for careers in medical assisting, practical nurse, massage therapy, surgical technology, pharmacy technology and as an EMT-B Paramedic. Complimentary chair massages, blood pressure checks, interactive demonstrations, refreshments and campus tours also will be offered at the event. A gift certificate to the massage clinic on campus will be raffled off. For most programs, students can take one class at a time, for one month at a time, allowing for time management to accommodate parenting, work, entertainment and study needs. Small class sizes ensure personalized attention, practical training and accessibility to industry-experienced instructors. Address: 17395 NW 59th Ave. Miami Lakes, FL. For more information, visit or call 888-765-2148. See ad, page 13.

Re-Connect with Your Higher Self


ncovering Your Path to Peace: A Mindfulness Retreat, will be held from January 24 to 26 at the Marywood Retreat & Conference Center. Attending the retreat will support participants in discovering or re-discovering their life map and uncovering personal stepping stones along the journey in 2014. Facilitator Ruth Fishel, MEd., spiritual teacher and author of Peace in Our Hearts Peace in the World, Time for Joy and many other books, has been teaching and drawing out the truth from herself and her students for more than 20 years. Tracy Horn, MSW, a licensed clinical social worker and woman in recovery from self-limiting beliefs, teaches the art of living with addictions and having a joyful and peaceful spirit. Location: 235 Marywood Dr., St. Johns. For pricing and registration, call 904-4833843, email or visit See ad page 17

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inGreen Market, in San Marco, is now offering 100% USDA Certified Organic fruits and veggies for pick-up or delivery to homes or offices in San Marco, Downtown, Riverside or Springfield. Buy a small, medium or large bag of fruits and veggies and sign up with no membership fee. The market also offers gift certificates in any dollar amount to gift loved ones with healthy organic foods this holiday season. Produce days are every Friday, but it can be picked up any time. On a recent week, bags included Hamlin oranges (FL), ruby red grapefruit (FL), kiwifruit, green onions (JAX), kale (JAX), buttercup squash, Roma tomatoes, green bell peppers (FL), broccoli (FL), carrots with tops and garlic. Location: 1738 Kings Ave. Jacksonville. For more information, call 904-422-0402, email or visit


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ristilyn, a coach from Boulder, Colorado, is launching her personal fulfillment coach services here in Jacksonville for those looking to improve the quality of their life by transforming potential into actuality. Her coaching process is not aimed at positive thinking as much as  clarifying what actions to take that will guarantee to empower clients to accomplish their higher calling and ensure that they will achieve and experience their truest dreams. Some of Kristilyn’s skills come from overcoming her own trauma herself at an early age. She also attended nursing school and has studied with Robert Rodale. She has completed doctoral work in world religions, focusing on nature and religion and studied extensively under Tony Robbins. She also works with people in the area of finances using the Soul of Money approach. To receive a free  kickstart session, call Kristilyn at 386-336-5924. See ad page 31.

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newsbriefs Yoga Dance Festival at Discovery Yoga


he Wild and Wise Women Let Your Yoga Dance Festival will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., January 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., January 25, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., January 26, at Discovery Yoga, in St. Augustine. Let Your Yoga Dance is an amazing chakra fusion—a joy-filled power dance combining yoga, the breath and user-friendly dance with fabulous music from all around the world. It is a funky, sacred, inspirational dance of the multi-dimensional self, bringing tons of fun and healing to body, mind, spirit. Seven energy centers provide the foundation for this dance of yoga. Megha-Nancy Buttenheim, MA, the president and founder of Let Your Yoga Dance: Grace in Motion, says, “We dance the yoga of the wild and woolly, the sexy and silly, the deep and delicious. We wrap ourselves in our biggest embodied self while dancing beyond our dreams. We are held in the sacred arms of Mother Earth while simultaneously honoring her. We are shaken to our core by drums and rhythms of the Earth. We dance our animal archetypes and our spirit prayers. We dance our energy, inviting it to flow upward from the base of our spine up through the crown of the head, and back down to the earth again. Result? A blissful body, joyous heart, a steady and quiet mind.” For more information, call Discovery Yoga at 904-824-7454. See ad Page 9.

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he new year is a great time to take the family and outof-town guests to Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) at Ponte Vedra Beach and Marineland. “The GTM Research Reserve encompasses over 73,000 acres of estuary and uplands, and offers great trails for brisk walking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding,” says Michael Shirley, Ph.D., director of the GTM Research Reserve. Trained volunteers give free interpretive trail walks and beach walks. Maps in the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center are available for self-guided hiking. The trails are open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. Horses and leashed pets are allowed on the Guana Ponte Vedra Beach trails. All pets must be on a six-foot leash at all times. Parking is $3 at the Ponte Vedra Beach site. To download a trail map or to book reservation for guided trail walks and other activities, visit


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ajestic Oak Kid Connections, a specialized holistic pediatric therapy practice, will hold an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m., February 6. A brain-based center specializing in the most cutting-edge neurodevelopmental treatment, their interdisciplinary team approach produces the most comprehensive, progressive and timely outcomes for the children they treat and their families. Visitors will meet the team of highly skilled professionals, including a psychologist, educational specialist, nutritionist, cross-fit trainer, yoga specialist, 8 shields mentor, therapeutic riding instructor and others. More than 15 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy has enabled Majestic Oak to help children and adults with a variety of challenges and gifts. Each child is unique and their method for pediatric evaluation is based on neurodevelopmental and scientific research of the brain. The focus is on identifying the root of the problem and developing treatment strategies which address deficits at their source. Location: 528 Majestic Oak Pkwy., St Augustine. For more information, call 904-940-5061. See ad page 15.

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iane Marie will be holding an Access Consciousness BARS class from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 18. Access Bars has assisted thousands of people to change many aspects of their body and their life, including sleep, health and weight, money, sex and relationships, anxiety, stress and more. At a minimum, BARS feels like a phenomenal massage. At best, our whole life can change into something greater with total ease. This class will teach the 32 points that hold energy and prevent us from being all we are designed to be. Participants will learn how to run BARS, giving two sessions and receiving two sessions, and will be certified to be a practitioner at the end of the day. Cost is $200 for first-time student, children up to 15 are free when accompanied by a paying adult, children 16-18 are half-price. Eight CEUs for LMT. No prerequisite required. For more information, location and details, call Diane at 904-638-5955. Spiritual Counseling, Psychic Readings, Spiritual Teaching, Metaphysical Lectures or Psychic Events

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Chariots of Fur Benefits St. Francis Animal Hospital



eep your fitness resolution and support a worthy cause at the same time by entering the 2014 Chariots of Fur 5K Beach Run and 1-Mile Fun Run and Doggie Dash Fun Run, beginning at 8:30 a.m., February 8, at Seawalk Pavilion, in Jacksonville Beach, with or without your dog. Proceeds benefit the local nonprofit St. Francis Animal Hospital. Runners and walkers will set their own pace, racing to win or walking for fun. Handmade ceramic dog bowl prizes will be awarded to the first-place overall male and female finishers and top three male and female finishers in 13 age categories. All preregistered participants will receive a souvenir T-shirt and race packet filled with goodies. Race festivities will include sponsor booths, Doga (yoga with your dog), hot chocolate, a complimentary runner’s buffet, massages and a raffle with great prizes. For more information, visit For more information about St. Francis Animal Hospital, visit see ad page 46.

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he award-winning Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Jacksonville has become The Deerwood Academy. The center has transitioned from a franchise location to an independently owned and operated facility, although ownership, staff, programs and location will remain the same. The center, owned by Lucinda Chapin since it opened in 2006, withdrew from the franchise over curriculum changes. “When I founded this center almost seven years ago, I vowed to make it the best early learning environment in Jacksonville, and I think we’ve achieved that and more,” said Chapin. “I’m dedicated to our students’ learning and development in the highest quality environment possible.” For more information, call 904-807-9550 or visit See ad page 55.

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Learn to Live in Peace with Cary Bayer


ife coach Cary Bayer will present a program, How to be at Peace with Anyone, from 7 to 9 p.m., February 7, at Discovery Yoga, in St. Augustine, to help people become at peace with anyone in their lives. Bayer will draw from his book, Relationships 101, to present a systematic, three-part written process that enables people to forgive those that have broken their hearts. Bayer has worked with Oscar-winners Alan Arkin and Pietro Scalia, Emmy-winner Judy Henderson and comedian David Steinberg In this class, students will make tremendous progress toward finishing the first of these three steps that are vital for physical, emotional and financial health, and will enable them to become at peace with anyone they’ve ever known. Cost is $30, $25 before Feb. 4. Location: 3 Davis St. For more information, call 904-824-7454 or visit See ad page 9.

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inter solstice celebrations are a special moment within the cycle of the year, and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park will host a Winter Solstice Sunrise Celebration on the beach side of the park at 7 a.m., December 21. The ancient tradition started with a fear that the fading daylight would never return unless humans kept watch and celebrated the seasonal change. Park Services Specialist Joseph Woodbury will share his unique knowledge of the myths and legends centered on the winter solstice and help visitors learn to track the movement of the sun throughout the year. Regular park entrance fees apply of $5 per vehicle up to eight people or $4 for an individual occupant. Chairs will be provided for visitors that wish to sit. For more information, call 386-446-6783 or visit

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ew HydraSonic bottled water from Aqua Novo LLC, described as “living” water, is said to enhance hydration and absorption of nutrients into the cells. 21st-century quantum water processing technology maximizes cellular hydration in this 14-stage purification and revitalization process, which takes two days to manufacture and includes micron filtration, UV light, reverse osmosis, deionization and vapor distillation. That creates molecular enhanced super-pure, pH balanced, ultramoisturizing water for deep cellular hydration. The unique technology that goes into manufacturing HydraSonic contains no preservatives or additives in the process, which is intended to re-hydrate the human body without the consequences of bloating or water sloshing around in the stomach. Proper hydration and absorption of nutrients into the cells is essential to healthy living. The average human body is composed of about 55 percent water, adult males are about 60 percent water and adult females about 50 percent water. Everyone is designed to run on water, so we need the best cellular hydration that technology has to offer. The long-term development of HydraSonic now enables anyone interested in achieving optimal well-being to make effective hydration an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular water we drink including bottled water, is large clusters of H2O molecules affected by air, heat, contaminates and civilization. HydraSonic bottled water has been optimized to smaller clusters of H2O molecules, allowing it to be absorbed more quickly than other water. Aqua Novo LLC, conducted two years of beta testing that shows HydraSonic bottled water hydrates cell membranes more easily than regular water. Dehydration begins with thirst and then progresses to more alarming symptoms as the need for water becomes more intense. Initial effects appear when the body has lost 2 percent total fluid and at 10 percent fluid loss, emergency help is needed. It is chronic shortage of water in the body that causes most diseases. Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj states, “Drinking HydraSonic daily is an investment into helping your body operate at the optimum level of performance. Regular water only irrigates your body; HydraSonic hydrates it.”

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White Resorts Go Even Greener As skiers flock to snow-covered trails this winter, more ski resorts are going greener to save energy and support the environment. Arapahoe Basin, in Colorado, recently received a National Ski Areas Association Sustainable Slopes grant for retrofitting its base area lighting that will annually slice off an estimated 53,000-plus kilowatt hours of usage. A-Basin, Vail Resorts and others in the area provide their restaurants’ used vegetable oil to outside companies for recycling into biofuels. Aspen, Vail, Copper Mountain and other Colorado resorts installed more photovoltaic solar arrays on buildings prior to the current season. Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, in Vermont, installed a 1,500-horsepower electric snowmaking air compressor last summer, replacing a diesel model. Purchased in consultation with the statewide energy utility Efficiency Vermont, it delivers more cubic feet of air per minute using less, and cleaner, energy. Since 2009, the state’s Bolton Valley ski area, plus Jiminy Peak and Berkshire East, both in Massachusetts, have all installed wind turbines to generate energy. Sarah Wojcik, director of public affairs at the Vermont Ski Areas Association, attests that resorts are doing their part to keep mountains green.

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The Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national nonprofit advocating in the public interest, works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. It confirms that actions such as signing petitions really do make a difference. For instance, the CFS cites a hard-fought campaign that pushed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to a lawsuit and remove arsenic from chicken feed. They credit the thousands of consumers that joined the effort, saying, “Together, we forced the FDA to remove arsenic ingredients in animal feed used for our nation’s chickens, turkeys and hogs, and 98 of the 101 drug approvals for arsenic-based animal drugs will be withdrawn.” More recently, CFS reports that half a million citizen phone calls and emails had a significant effect in killing an extension of the so-called “Monsanto protection act” in the Senate. Formally named the Farmer Assurance Provision, the measure undermined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to ban genetically modified crops, even if court rulings found they posed risks to human and environmental health.


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Yogic Milestone

Smithsonian Exhibit Highlights Storied History This month’s exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, comprises the museum’s first presentation of yogic art. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts and court paintings created in India more than 2,000 years ago will be on view, as well as early modern photographs, books and films. The Washington, D.C., exhibition borrows from 25 museums and private collections in India, Europe and the United States. More than 120 works, from the third to the early 20th century, illuminate yoga’s central tenets, as well as its obscured histories. Through masterpieces of Indian sculpture and paintings, the exhibition explores yoga’s goals; its Hindu, Jain and Sufi manifestations; its means of transforming body and consciousness; and its philosophical foundations. For more information, visit

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United Nations Panel Zeroes in on Sustainability The United Nations (UN) has created a new scientific advisory board under the aegis of UNESCO, mandated to advise UN executives, participating countries and other stakeholders on the use of science, technology and innovation in achieving sustainable development. The 26 international experts appointed to the board span a broad spectrum of disciplines including: basic sciences; engineering and technology; social sciences and humanities; ethics; health; and economic, behavioral and agricultural sciences, as well as the environmental sciences more commonly associated with sustainability. The board’s inaugural meeting in December focused on outcomes of the 2013 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and from other large-scale interdisciplinary processes, such as the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference, held in London, and the Future Earth 10-year international research initiative.

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Big Coal’s Big Plans to Hasten Climate Change Environmentalists are mounting an effort to stop the coal industry from exporting millions of tons of coal to China and keep the coal in the ground by halting the construction of huge new coal export terminals at ports in Oregon and Washington. The nation’s two largest coal companies want to strip-mine vast reserves in Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin, and then ship the coal by rail to the ports. “Based on our back-of-the-envelope calculation, the burning of this exported coal could have a larger climate impact than all of the oil pumped through the Keystone pipeline,” says Kimberly Larson, a spokesperson for the Power Past Coal campaign, a coalition of more than 100 environmental and community groups that oppose the coal terminals. Many U.S. coal-fired power plants still operate, but they’re being squeezed out of business by new federal standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxins that take effect in 2016. Also, the price of natural gas in America has fallen below that of coal. China already accounts for almost half of the world’s coal consumption, and demand continues to skyrocket for cheap, coal-fired electricity to power its growing industrial parks and mega-cities. Source:

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Life Threat Whale Wars

Military Exercises Threaten Sea Life During the next five years, the U.S. Navy’s war games, using live munitions in our coastal waters, will potentially kill 186 whales and dolphins off the East Coast and 155 more off Hawaii and Southern California, according to computer models. Rear Admiral Kevin Slates rationalizes the casualties by stating, “Without this realistic testing and training, our sailors can’t develop or maintain the critical skills they need or ensure the new technologies can be operated effectively.” On the upside, marine scientists are currently using mobile devices to reduce the number of whales struck and killed off California’s coast by large commercial ships. An app called Whale Spotter employs crowd-sourcing to gather data, allowing sailors, fishermen and marine scientists that spot whales to plot their locations on an interactive map. Such a network can track marine mammals in real time as they migrate. These maps are useful to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Coast Guard officials responsible for recommending changes in vessel routes. Source:

Evidence Mounts of GMO Dangers The nonprofit Non-GMO Project, committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO (genetically modified organism) products and educating consumers on such verified choices, is focusing on Bt corn and Bt soy, which make up 90 percent of America’s total crop. Its scientists explain, “These crops have genes from a bacteria called bacillus thuringiensis spliced into their natural genetic code. This causes the plant to produce Bttoxin—a pesticide that bursts the stom-

ach of insects that eat it, killing them.” Monsanto and Syngenta, which manufacture genetically engineered seeds, claim that genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops are safe for humans because the Bt-toxin is completely destroyed in the human digestive system and doesn’t have any impact on animals and humans. But Norwegian scientists’ decadelong study of rats, mice, pigs and salmon raised on GE feed published in 2012 found that due to alterations in their digestive tracts, the animals ate more, got fatter and were less able to digest proteins; they also suffered from diminished immune systems. There is also mounting evidence that the spread of such crops is responsible for the dramatic decline of the monarch butterfly, the near annihilation of bats and the spread of honeybee colony collapse syndrome. To get involved, visit NonGMOProject. com.


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Deep Conversation Accompanies Good Food The pursuit of combining good food and conversation is taking on new, more fulfilling formats. Instead of idle chit-chat or gossip over high-calorie feasts, many people are showing an appetite to fill their lives with more meaningful discussions while dining on healthy meals. The international Green Drinks phenomenon was among the first to successfully mix eco-conscious conversation with healthy beverages; now, thought-provoking initiatives are mixing regular banter with bites in ways that are both lively and nurturing. Those seeking the exotic may indulge in The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club—Monthly Conversation, Music and Recipes, by Marietta McCarty, following guidelines to immerse guests in the tastes and cultures of 12 different cities and countries. Suggested themes include saluting the present-day benefits of the work of women’s rights pioneer Jane Addams while sipping multi-bean soup (Chicago) or consuming uplifting perspectives of ancient philosopher Lao Tzu over shrimp dumplings with dipping sauce (China). Recommended discussion topics at include self-identity and self-reflection, current events and appreciating the arts. A search function for finding a local chapter complements advice on launching a new one. provides links to groups nationwide that forge connections with fellow enthusiasts, share dishes and network. It also provides information, recipes and other helpful resources. Touring experts in the preparation and benefits of raw food and vegan, plant-based diets show up everywhere from natural food restaurants and retailers to health expos and foodie Meetup events. Speakers include Brian Clement, Brenda Cobb, Paul Nison, Jenna Norwood, Karen Ranzi and David Wolfe.


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n 2008, St. Johns Riverkeeper, St. Johns County, and the city of Jacksonville legally challenged a proposed Seminole County Yankee Lake permit to remove an average of 5.5 million gallons of water a day from the St. Johns River. Despite widespread public opposition and significant environmental concerns, the permit was approved by the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD). A multi-million dollar study to consider additional water withdrawals from the St. Johns River and Ocklawaha River soon followed. Despite its major shortcomings, the St. Johns River Water Supply Impact Study (WSIS) is now being used to justify massive withdrawals to help meet Central Florida’s future water needs. The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) has just released a Draft Regional Water Supply Plan that proposes withdrawing more than 150 million gallons of surface water from the St. Johns and identifies the Ocklawaha for potentially millions more. Instead of siphoning millions of gallons of water a day from the river, Central Florida should be focused on aggressive conservation efforts. Unfortunately, the plan determined that only, “3.9 percent of the projected demand for 2035 can be eliminated by water conservation.” We know much more can be done. Conservation is simply more cost-effective and safer for our environment and water resources, and numerous proven, quantifiable strategies are available. The public has until Jan. 10 to submit comments regarding the CFWI Draft Regional Water Supply Plan. Visit to express opposition to water withdrawals from the St. Johns and Ocklawaha. Visit to learn more about the threats from surface water withdrawals and help protect the rivers. natural awakenings

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Produce Banishes the Blues


ew research from New Zealand’s University of Otago shows that consuming more whole fruits and vegetables increases peacefulness, happiness and energy in one’s daily life. Scientists discovered the strong relationship to be particularly apparent in countering winter blues. A total of 281 college-age students filled out an online food diary and mood survey for 21 consecutive days. Results showed that eating fruits and vegetables one day led to improvements in positive mood the next day, regardless of other key factors, such as body mass index. Other types of food did not produce the same uplifting effect. “After further analysis, we demonstrated that young people would need to consume approximately seven to eight total servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change,” says Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., with the university’s department of psychology. “One serving of fruit or vegetables is approximately the size that could fit in our palm, or half a cup.” Study co-author Bonnie White suggests that this can be accomplished by having vegetables comprise half of the plate at each meal and snacking on whole fruit like apples. The American Psychiatric Association acknowledges that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects, at least mildly, as many as 20 percent of Americans.

Sweets Sour Brain Power


inging on sweets and soda in an effort to bone up for exams or presentations probably has the opposite effect, according to a new animal study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers found that eating or quaffing too much fructose, like that found in cane sugar and the highfructose corn syrups permeating many processed foods, can cause unclear thinking, poor learning and impaired memory. Scientists have long known that high-fructose diets increase the risk for diabetes, obesity and fatty liver. Now the UCLA team has discovered that only six weeks of a high-fructose diet slowed the animals’ brains. The good news is that eating omega-3 fatty acids like those found in cold water fish appear to counteract the negative effects of fructose, enabling the animals to think more clearly.

Art Heartens Seniors


ust looking at a painting by Picasso, Dali or Warhol can brighten the world for seniors, according to researchers at Britain’s Newcastle University. After just three visits to a gallery, the researchers found positive changes in the participating seniors’ opinions about their life experiences and abilities in light of their ages. The gallery visits further inspired participants to become more involved with others and their communities.


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s the evidence of the harmful effects of Tylenol increases, there is a growing call for it to be removed from the market. Its active ingredient, acetaminophen, once thought to be an effective and safe pain reliever for adults and children, turns out to have dangerous effects. A related study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers leads with the fact that each year, acetaminophen causes more than 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study implicates acetaminophen poisoning in nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure in this country. When taken with alcohol or without food, the effects on the liver are multiplied. Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, reports in that regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility and hearing loss, especially in men under 50. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking acetaminophen use to three rare and sometimes fatal skin conditions. “Can you imagine if the side effects and risks associated with acetaminophen were associated with a dietary supplement?” opines Murray. “It would be yanked from the market immediately.”

Mammograms Carry Cancer Risk


here is growing evidence that mammograms, which are the primary screening tool for breast cancer, may cause it. Scientists have long known that radiation causes cancer, and now research published in the British Journal of Radiobiology reports that the so-called “low-energy X-rays” used in mammography are four to six times more likely to cause breast cancer than conventional high-energy X-rays because the low-energy variety causes more mutational damage to cells. Mammograms led to a 30 percent rate of over-diagnosis and overtreatment, according to a study published in the Cochrane Review. Researchers wrote in the study, “This means that for every 2,000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will have her life prolonged and 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be treated unnecessarily. Furthermore, more than 200 women will experience important psychological distress for many months because of false positive findings.” Many women and functional medicine doctors are now choosing non-invasive and radiation-free annual thermograms as a safer alternative. Those at high risk for breast cancer may choose to do periodic MRI screenings, a recommendation supported by research at Britain’s University Hospitals Birmingham.

More Bok Choy, Less Ice Cream Boosts Breast Health


howing down on cruciferous veggies reduces the risk of recurring breast cancer, say Vanderbilt University researchers, while consuming too many high-fat dairy products produces an opposite effect, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The paper on veggies presented at the American Association for Cancer Research showed that the more cruciferous vegetables a woman ate in the first two years after her breast cancer diagnosis, the lower was her risk of the cancer returning or death from the original cancer. Eating broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and cabbage worked to reduce the rate of recurring breast cancer by 35 percent and the risk of death in the following nine years by 62 percent. On the other side of the coin, the NCI study showed that women treated for early stage breast cancer that regularly ate one or more servings of high-fat milk, cheese, yogurt or ice cream increased their risk of dying of breast cancer by 44 percent and of earlier death from all causes by 64 percent.



ust 20 minutes of yoga postures, breathing and meditation are valuable tools for bolstering mental functioning. A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that a single, 20-minute hatha yoga session significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory, focus, retention and ability to absorb and use new information. Study participants didn’t get the same positive brain buzz from 20 minutes of aerobics. The study appeared in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.



aking vitamin C before engaging in physically demanding activities helps keep colds away for people that are heavy exercisers, say Finnish researchers at the University of Helsinki. While their meta-study showed that non-exercisers that took vitamin C daily gained little or no protection from colds, the story for marathoners, competitive skiers and soldiers on subarctic assignments was much different. The study, published in the Cochrane Review, found that the 598 heavy exercisers cut their risk of colds in half. natural awakenings

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Money Myths

Filmmaker Katie Teague Uncovers Our Misperceptions by Linda Sechrist


atie Teague’s inspiring documentary, Money and Life (MoneyAndLifeMovie. com), provocatively asks: Rather than disastrous, can we view economic crises as brimming with opportunities to shift our thoughts about money and thereby improve models of economic exchange?

of a perceived scarcity of money. I became curious about what role our relationship to money plays in such disconnections.

What are the effects of awaking to what money is and isn’t in our lives?

Why did you produce a documentary on the subject of money? As an in-depth psychotherapist familiar with observing humanity, I felt that I could use the simple lens of storytelling to chronicle the complexity of money and economics. Because I had no experience in economics or filmmaking, I was often brought to my knees in the crucible of all I was learning, a virtual crash Ph.D. course. In interviewing David Korten, economist, author and former professor at the Harvard Business School, he soothed my worries by pointing out that because I hadn’t been indoctrinated into the world of economics and its jargon, my language of metaphors and analogies would help lay people better recognize and understand convoluted economic concepts. As a therapist, I repeatedly see how disconnections due to eroding relationships with ourselves, our natural world and each other are wreaking havoc on people and the planet. I routinely see that money isn’t a root cause of a person’s issues, just the container for them. Most frequently the issues I hear about result from setting dreams aside “for later” and squelching the sparks of individual genius, usually because 24

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In considering this from the perspective of healing and tending the soul, asking, “Where are we most wounded in our modern world?” I had my own quantum awakening to the fact that I’m not separate from the subject matter I’m exploring: What is my own story with money? Have I given up healthy selfgovernment to the money god? What are my opportunities to reclaim my own power? I discovered that the core principle of the economy, money and currency is relationship itself, and that we’ve unwittingly disempowered ourselves by entrusting too much power to middlemen like central banks and financial consultants, but are now realizing that we don’t need them. One clear example is that more individuals are having a direct experience of the divine. Also, entire communities are investing their time, energy and money in their local economies, where they have established relationships and can see the results. I believe that the technologies supporting our emerging new economy reflect our own consciousness coming online.

Were you surprised at what you learned? I did not know that the U.S. and global economies are based on debt and scar-

city nor understand beforehand that our perceptions of scarcity and separation from one another are only illusions. While the majority of economists say that money is an exchange, Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money, states, that is what money does but not what it is. Fundamentally, money is a human agreement—a form of currency via an artifact designed, engineered and built by humans. This is something we have forgotten and it’s hurting us.

How did you approach the universally sensitive subject of money? The film is purely a starting place and a tool that individuals can use to educate themselves and spark conversations. I kept the tone of the film as non-polarizing as possible so that conservative family members could cull compelling concepts that inspire further exploration, rather than walk away feeling a need to defend their beliefs. Awareness and knowledge breeds empowerment and innovative perspectives so that we all can better participate in whatever is emerging.

Will a new economy replace or parallel the existing one? A new economy is emerging and operating in parallel. Beyond being based on gifting, alternative money, barter or other buzzwords, it’s coming online from a previously unknown place. This is one of the reasons I term the film emergent-oriented, rather than solution-oriented. A quote by Richard Buckminster Fuller, systems theorist, architect and inventor, eloquently applies: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” The fact is that the old economy, based on debt and scarcity, is designed to collapse. The more innovative we can be in participating in the emerging economy, the more conscious awareness we can bring to bear, improving the chances for increasingly positive impacts. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for recorded interviews.

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structural; biochemical; and bioenergetic, a form of psychotherapy. Ideally, he says, conventional and integrative medicine, plus complementary practitioners, work together to provide the total care an individual patient needs. “Any problem on one level affects all levels, so we assess patients on all three with whatever tools we have,” he says. While conventional medicine may be able to treat structural problems well and biochemical problems to a certain extent, it falls short on the energetic level. That’s when it’s time to expand the team, counsels Yang. “‘Know yourself’ is the watchword. Get to know what to use and when to use it. It’s the practitioner’s job to educate patients in this way.” Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned as the father of the integrative medicine movement in the U.S., has remarked, “If I’m in a car accident, don’t take me to an herbalist. If I have bacterial pneumonia, give me antibiotics. But when it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, founding director and president of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, turns to the integrative realm of ayurvedic medicine for healing and wellness. The 5,000-year-old Indian healing tradition incorporates lifestyle changes, yoga and meditation, detoxification, herbs, massage and various other individually targeted healing modalities, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

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onventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive specific, individualized answers to such burning questions as: What is the best diet for this specific problem or my body type? Which exercise will work best for me—yoga, running, tennis or something else? Why do I feel stressed so much of the time, and what can I do about it? What supplements are best for me, and which high-quality products can I trust? Complementary natural healing modalities can address all of these

“We need to understand the value of an integrative approach because no single modality treats everything,” says Dr. Michael Jingduan Yang, the Philadelphia-based founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine. By way of example, he maintains credentials as a physician, a board-certified psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on classic forms of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Integrative practitioners see the human body on three levels, Yang explains:

“Wellness is a team effort,” advises integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vijay Jain, medical director at Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing, in Salt Springs, Florida. It’s not only a matter of knowing what needs the practitioners will address at specific times, it’s also knowing who can help when the going gets tough. “Modern medicine has the edge for early detection of disease,” Jain notes. “However, Ayurveda is excellent in determining the earliest imbalances in the mind and body that eventually lead to disease.”

Health insurance may not cover the services we want, and high deductibles may pose a financial challenge in maintaining comprehensive health care, so we need a personal wellness plan. Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/ acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will be identified as treatment unfolds and the team evolves over time.

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An ayurvedic practitioner likely will begin by helping to define healthful lifestyle changes, depending on one’s dosha, or energetic temperament. Yoga and meditation would be a likely recommendation, plus specific herbs and perhaps detoxification, says Annambhotla. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture often go handin hand with Ayurveda in accordance with the view that illness and disease are caused by imbalances in the body’s energetic flow. Diagnostic techniques

employ intuition and pulses to assess and smooth blocks in energy circulation. Craniosacral therapy is another way to unlock energetic blockages caused by lifestyle stress and other factors that restrict and congest the body’s innate ability to self-correct and remain healthy, says Joyce Harader, a registered craniosacral therapist in Cave Creek, Arizona, and secretary of the board of the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America. She relied on a whole team to realize a natural way back to health after being diagnosed with lupus in 1992. “Members of my health team fluctuate, depending on what is going on in my life and where I am focusing,” comments Harader. She points out, for example, that nutrition education and general deep-tissue massage can both be helpful as part of a foundational plan toward obtaining and maintaining optimal health.

In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total well-being. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly advocates that people start by working with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can perform routine diagnostic work, but in

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Intuitive listening and observant selfknowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If you’re not interested in sex, it’s probably a sign that you need to do some investigating.” Reasons for such a decline of interest are wide-ranging says Hoppe. “For men and women, it might be due to hormonal changes,

lack of self-esteem, medications, stress, relationship issues, job, family life or lack of sleep. It means that somewhere, things are out of balance,” she says.

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A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto advises. Costs for tests may also be lower; plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doctors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They find that sometimes insurance will pay for certain complementary services,


including massage and nutrition education, when doctors or chiropractors prescribe them. Maintaining wellness in an environment filled with chemical, biological and mental toxins is a substantial, yet worthy, investment. It’s far better than the costly alternative of dealing with regular bouts of sickness or escalating disease. In that light, maintenance looks affordable: an ayurvedic diagnostic session starts at around $100, a consultation with a licensed naturopath at $75 and acupuncture at $100; a massage typically costs about $80 an hour. While insurance is unlikely to pay for treatments outside the realm of conventional medicine and sometimes, chiropractic, “The cost of these preventive therapies will be much less than the cost of treatment for a serious disease,” advises Loquasto. “You’re worth it.” Kathleen Barnes is author of more than a dozen natural health books. Her latest is The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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areas of their lives. If you want to feel “vitality” within livelihood, then you likely wish to feel the same way in the context of wellness and relationships. Declare your core desired feelings. Now zero in on three to five core feelings that resonate most strongly inside. Ask yourself what’s beneath each feeling. For you, perhaps “success” is really about freedom, creativity or excellence. Look up the definitions of words—every word is its own world. Which feelings do you find to be the most uplifting, positive, satisfying and compelling? Ask yourself: “What do I want to do, have or experience to create my core desired feelings?” Thus, you begin setting goals with soul. You see and make connections between how you want to feel and what will actually help you feel that way. This is where you turn your ambitions truly inside-out and right-side-up to hitch your intentions to deeper and more nurturing meaning. This is the revolutionary beginning of realizing the ongoing success of a lifetime.


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any of us have our relationship to success inside-out. We busy ourselves so much with do-or-die goals we “should” achieve that we drown out the crucial signals life is sending our way—both from our own instincts and from others that can objectively see what we truly need. According to Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, knowing how we want to feel inside yields the most potent clarity in identifying what’s critical to us. “We need to have soulcentered goals, and if we get clear on defining our core desired feelings—the way we most want to feel—then all of our goals are a means to create those feelings,” she says. “It’s that simple.” The external things we want to have and experience are secondary goals, provided they contribute to the first. LaPorte’s Desire Map process is a holistic life planning tool that helps spur our thinking about our core desired feelings and how to use them

to start creating some goals with soul. At heart, it involves the following four highly personalized steps. How do you want to feel? Engage in a stream of consciousness, allowing each query to lead to the next and letting your desired feelings flow. Do you want to, for example, feel continuously energized, connected or prosperous? Consider areas such as livelihood and lifestyle (career, money, home, travel), health and wellness (healing, fitness, leisure, mental health) and relationships and community (romance, friendship, family). Recognize patterns. Look for patterns in the desired feelings in order to distill your list to determine key, repeating words. Individuals tend to reach for the same feeling states across all

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n human health care, naturopathic doctors offer a specialty called antiaging medicine. The goal is to restore optimal health to those at midlife and older that seek to prevent or reduce the incidence of diseases often associated with aging. But when it comes to aging pets, most veterinary doctors fail to focus on the necessary specialized care. In fact, some traditional vets may decline to treat older pets at all. Often, these animals are suffering from chronic diseases and when they are treated, prescriptions may include numerous drugs. As many know, drugs can entail serious, even debilitating side effects, further deteriorating the prospects for sustained health. Owners may thus find themselves spending a lot of money maintaining their pets in a chronic state of ill health with little hope for improvement. Animals that might benefit from surgery for problems ranging from dental disease to tumors may not receive ameliorating care when the family vet simply consid-

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For an enlightened holistic vet, no pet is too old to warrant and benefit from proper health care. By instituting the correct care and focusing on anti-aging efforts, health can be improved and often restored, with the added advantages of reducing unnecessary medications and increasing their lifespan. As an example, most doctors expect larger breeds of dogs to live 10 to 12 years, but with informed care, these same dogs can typically live 15 to 16 years. Smaller dogs and cats typically have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years; using an anti-aging approach, such pets routinely live 18 to 20 years or longer, in good health and with a good quality of life.

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Beginning at 5 years of age, all pets—including dogs, cats, other small mammals, birds and reptiles—are screened via a physical examination and special blood and urine tests twice a year, with a focus on bionutritional analysis of results. Abnormal results indicating some risk, even slight ones, often ignored by mainstream medicine, are treated using vet-specified natural medicines that help return biometric values to normal and slow down the progression of problems that could, if untreated, turn into serious diseases. Dietary evaluation, including a bionutritional analysis, ensures that the pet is eating what’s most appropriate for its age, breed and health status. Potential dental and other oral issues are treated aggressively and early, because they are the most common source of infection and inflammation contributing to poor bodily health, including diabetes and diseases of the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. A review of prior medications confirms or adjusts proper use. In most cases, some of these medications can be eliminated or replaced as needed with natural therapies that have the same clinical effect, but without the possible side effects associated with chronic use of medical therapies. Natural supplements, which can benefit all pets, also are reviewed and/ or prescribed. Most older pets benefit from supplementation with phosphatidylcholine, vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, glucosamine and other elements to support thyroid and adrenal functions. Paws & Claws also favors the herbal remedy Healthy Qi to support the immune system of any ill or older pet; astragalus, green tea, gotu kola and ginseng ingredients give an extra boost toward achieving homeostasis and improved quality of life. Like human senior citizens, pets in their golden years deserve dignified specialized care that allows them to live more happily and peacefully. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.


hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “significantly increasing the client’s ability to make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-yearold retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed help with many

things in order to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Belmont, Massachusetts, identifies two primary forces that enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because someone tells them to) and confidence (they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators. Confidence in attaining ultimate success is built through positively framed experiments and experiences. “A health coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps, focus on strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a three-to-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. Mindful awareness is another essential tool; being self-aware and reflecting on what we are doing while it is happening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a non-judgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. A mindful state calms mental noise and puts reflective distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her coach over time has been the most significant factor in the improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.”

Hallmarks of a Good Health Coach by Margaret Moore In the past 10 years, approximately 10,000 health professionals have become coaches through dedicated training schools and university programs focused on life, corporate or health and wellness coaching. The selection of the right partner to help in the quest for lifelong wellness entails assessing the following qualifications. Credentials and training: A reputable health and wellness coach training program typically requires six months to two years of education, skills training and practice with clients, followed by a certification process that tests for knowledge and core competencies. Employment background: Additional desirable credentials in the medical, physical or mental health fields will likely include exercise physiology, physical therapy, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, nursing or medicine. Structured relationship: A coach should be able to explain how coaching works and why successful results are more likely with a coach. Coaching sessions are typically conducted by phone and last between 30 and 60 minutes. Coaching services are generally not covered by insurance. Personal character: Effective health coaches are good listeners, interested in clients’ unique stories. They foster self-acceptance and self-respect, pointing out personal strengths, values and desires. Coaches engage, energize and challenge clients through a positive, non-judgmental focus, while at the same time asking courageous questions. As skilled partners, they help clients become clear about personal motivations and an overall vision for life, so that they can help design a detailed, attainable plan that successfully moves them toward fulfilling their goals. Margaret Moore is CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and holds a master’s degree in business administration. Email her at or visit or

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Knowing This Number Could Save Your Life by Pierre Angier, DO


ometimes a patient can have heart disease without any of the common risk factors. This is especially disturbing when that person is younger and has lived a healthy lifestyle. Some of these patients have an elevated lipoprotein A, also known as Lp(a). This compound was discovered about 50 years ago, but has been largely ignored by the medical community. It is now thought to be the most common inherited lipid disorder. Think of lipoprotein A as the “evil twin” of LDL, although it’s probably worse than LDL, because it not only causes atherosclerosis (plaques in the lining of arteries), it also appears to increase risk of clot formation. Elevated Lp(a) is associated with heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease. To put this in perspective, women have twice the risk of developing heart disease if their Lp(a) is greater than 30. Men have almost as much risk, especially if their LDL is elevated. If you already have heart disease, an elevated Lp(a) indicates a poor prognosis. So why isn’t this test ordered more often? Many doctors just didn’t know how important the Lp(a) test is. Dr. Linus Pauling wrote about it in his “unified theory” of heart disease 20 years ago, but because some of this theory was debunked, they threw the baby out with the 36

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bathwater and decided to focus on cholesterol and LDL instead. It’s also likely the influence of big drug companies that sell statins contributed to this situation because these drugs don’t work on Lp(a). The other issue is that testing of Lp(a) was problematic. Different labs used different techniques and got different results. It was expensive and sometimes not covered by insurance. Maybe most importantly, doctors were led to believe that because that there was nothing you could do about it, so why order it? Well, things have changed. Present methods of testing are more accurate and cost less, and there are treatments that are effective. For example, niacin can dramatically lower our Lp(a). Two grams a day will usually bring it down about 25 percent. So why isn’t this recommended more often? Many doctors think niacin will damage the liver. While it can increase liver enzymes, this is rare, and they typically return to normal after stopping the niacin. Short-acting niacin can also cause flushing and headaches, but if you use a sustained release form, these side effects are uncommon. In addition to lowering Lp(a), niacin also helps reduce LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides.

For women, an effective way to lower Lp(a) is by using hormone replacement. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2008, it was found that women with very high Lp(a), had no increased risk of cardiac events if they were on estrogen. Women not on hormones with high Lp(a) had almost twice as many cardiac events. So, women that decide to receive hormone replacement should use bio-identical hormones. These are made by a compounding pharmacy with plant-based ingredients. Other ways to lower Lp(a) is to

take 81 mg of aspirin a day and if there is hypothyroidism, make sure it’s treated adequately. Also, while high-dose vitamin C doesn’t appear to directly lower Lp(a), it does have antioxidant effects and it helps to stabilize coronary plaques. High doses (two to three grams per day) are needed and this can bother the stomach unless we take an ester-C or a sustained-release vitamin C. The good news is that if our Lp(a) is low, we don’t need to measure it again, but if it’s over 30 we need to discuss our treatment options with a doctor knowledgeable in nutrition and alternative therapies. The American College for the Advancement of Medicine ( has a list of such physicians.

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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity more than doubled in children ages 6 to 11 and tripled in adolescents ages 12 to 19 between 1980 and 2010. Nearly one in five youths in both age groups, plus one in eight preschoolers, are now considered obese and at increased risk for consequent health problems. By 2013, the Centers for Disease Control finally showed signs of hope, with some states reporting small reversals in the trend. Positive developments might continue if parents and teachers gently coach kids to better evaluate what’s going into their mouths and bodies by understanding food labels. Despite the intimidation factor (even for adults), “Once children know how to read, they are ready to start learning how to read food labels,” advises Jolly Backer, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending, a forward-thinking company actively increasing the presence of healthy-food vending machines in schools nationwide. He says, “The more kids know about what they’re eating, the more empowered they’ll be about making healthier food choices.” Here are five basic tips to increase

knowing what food labels really say that will benefit a youngster’s health for a lifetime. Visualize serving sizes. Assemble two or three packaged food items— preferably those that the child regularly eats, like cereal, oatmeal and applesauce—plus a measuring cup. Point out the serving-size number on the package label, and let the child measure out a single serving. This visually reinforces serving sizes, the first number anyone needs to consider on a food label. Try it with a single soda or juice bottle, too, which often says, “two servings.” Important note: Most nutrition label serving sizes are based on a 2,000-calorie adult diet. For kids ages 4 to 8, portion sizes are about two-thirds of an adult portion; for preteens, portions run 80 to 90 percent of the adult amount, says Registered Dietitian Tara Dellolacono-Thies, food coach for CLIF Kid nutrient-rich organic energy snacks. Evaluate numbers. Next, discuss the numbers noted for calories, fat, sugar, fiber and cholesterol. When evaluating a packaged food for an elementary school child, DellolaconoThies suggests aiming for 175 calories or less per serving; one gram or less

saturated fat; no trans fats; no more than 13 grams of added sugars; no more than 210 milligrams sodium content; and at least two grams of fiber. She notes that cholesterol alone is less of a health risk factor for kids than saturated fats and sugars unless a child is on a specialized diet. Added bonuses: Look for high-percent daily values (shown as DV percentage) for nutrients such as calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin D, which experts generally agree most kids’ diets lack in sufficient quantities. Compare and contrast. Armed with these basic guidelines, compare, for example, the grams of sugar in a can of soda with a serving of cooked rolled oats, or the amount of calcium in a carton of milk versus a juice box. One-to-one evaluations will begin to give a child a sense of what numbers constitute “high” or “low” amounts. Check the fine print. “Artificial colors and flavors, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated anything signal that the food is likely of lower nutritional quality,” counsels Dellolacono-Thies. Make a game of sounding out

items in the ingredient list. “It’s a classic teaching moment: Unpronounceable ingredients often mean it’s a lab-created, fake, food-like item,” she says. Next, ask the youngster to read the label on an apple. Surprise! No food label means it’s a whole, real food—the best, most nutritious kind. Translate knowledge into choices. Once a child has gotten the hang of it, let him or her compare different food labels and choose which one is the healthier option. Plan a little extra time to also do it during grocery shopping. With time and practice, an educated youngster will begin to incorporate the power of reading food labels before choosing foods. “Even when children walk up to a vending machine, where they can’t read labels, you want them to know which is the healthier option,” says Backer. “With label-reading practice, they’ll become savvy shoppers who’ll readily recognize healthy food options when they see them.”

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sions, in which people “rock out” while they work out. Grace DeSimone, an ACSM spokesperson, equates specialized offerings to an à la carte menu, with individuals choosing tasty workout modes. “It’s like a buffet,” she says. While a single class can cost up to $25, there seldom are membership fees. Muscles are treated to varied workouts, even if only once a week in a “boutique” treatment. “It’s good for your body to crosstrain; if you do the same thing over and over again, your body adapts,” DeSimone advises. Unless a competitive athlete is looking to improve performances in a given sport, repeating the same exercise daily can lead to injury and lessen the desired positive impact, she says. “Your body likes change.” Spinning spin-offs like Soulcycle, Flywheel and Kinetic Cycling represent an evolution of indoor classes and oldschool outdoor cycling. Meanwhile, fitness instructors and wellness consultants note that Zumba has set the stage for dance-oriented workouts, diverging from Latin rhythms into hip-hop and other music genres. If workouts are increasingly encroaching on “social” activities like dancing, it’s because the nation—or at least the expanding population trying to live healthier lifestyles—is undergoing a broader lifestyle transformation, says Jim White, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The registered dietitian, award-winning fitness pro and national spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics observes, “There’s a shift in culture.” He says, “People are sick of ‘yo-yoing’ with fad diets and exercise routines, and they are looking for effective new approaches, whether for dieting, social life, accountability or competition.” He sees this new mindset fueling the proliferation of websites and phone apps that facilitate everything from counting calories and steps walked daily to on-the-go workouts.

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One-pot, slow-cooked hearty stews and soups—especially made with seasonal, locally grown vegetables—use less energy and need less water to wash. A slow cooker can also steam rice, make yogurt or bake simple, whole-grain breads (

Switch to public transportation or telecommuting at least twice a week to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Dave Feller, CEO of, in Redwood City, California, adds, “Slow cooking tenderizes meats and brings out flavor, even in less expensive cuts. It’s also a timesaver.” Yummly recipes detail ingredients, cooking times and nutritional values. For family snacks, Terry Walters, the Avon, Connecticut, author of Clean Food and Clean Start, advocates going untraditional. “Get closer to the green plant than the processing plant,” she advises. At least once a week, she likes to try a new food. “Roasted chick peas, kale chips or a ‘pizza’ made from a rice tortilla, pasta sauce or pesto, and veggies all make ‘clean-food’ snacks.” (Recipes at Keeping produce fresh can be a challenge, especially when the average fridge can harbor millions of bacteria, according to testing by Microban Europe, UK. The BerryBreeze in-fridge

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WHOLE FOOD Greater than the Sum of its Parts by Margie King


estern science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down. Colbin, founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, in New York City, has

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to categorize. Eggs are a whole food, but steaks are not, because they are one part of the entire animal. She includes small fish if we eat the head and bones, and small birds like quail. Whole milk is included, but not low-fat dairy. Colbin maintains that our bodies know the difference between a whole food and an aggregation of isolated nutrients. We have evolved over thousands of years to eat the food that nature presents to us, and if that food has been fragmented, the body realizes it and seeks what’s missing. For example, if we eat fragmented wheat like white bread, in which the bran and germ of the whole grain have been removed, the body will still be hungry and seek the missing part of the food, something with fiber or crunch. Likewise, health enthusiasts that devour wheat germ or wheat bran in isolation will also feel something is missing and may find themselves craving refined flour in the form of cake or other baked goods. Table sugar is another example, a fragment of sugar cane. Colbin calculates that it takes 17 feet of sugar cane to make one cup of sugar. What’s missing is mostly the cane’s water content and the result, she says, is that sugar makes you thirsty. It’s a big reason why when we drink a soda, ingesting an average equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar, we’re thirsty afterward and drink even more, creating a vicious cycle. Fruit juices are, by definition, a fragmented food. When we drink orange or grapefruit juice, all or most of the fiber from the raw fruit is obviously missing. Craving something to chew, we may reach for chips or something crunchy. Vegetable juices may yield the same result. Colbin cautions that while vitamin and mineral supplements can be helpful in treating specific conditions or deficiencies, they nevertheless comprise fragments of food at best. She notes that the body may have difficulty processing these isolated nutrients outside of the whole food. Supportive studies include Kentucky’s University of Louisville School of Medicine comparison of the effects of the spice turmeric with those of its active ingredient, curcumin. Adding the

whole food turmeric to the diet of rats reduced inflammation significantly, while curcumin alone was ineffective. Results suggested the difference may be explained by turmeric’s higher bioavailability. A Pennsylvania State University research review determined that although population studies consistently report that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables protects against cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, studies of antioxidant supplements did not show the same benefits. The difference may be that a whole foods diet naturally contains not only antioxidants, but a wide range of nutrients and compounds that may act synergistically to protect against diseases. Colbin goes further, suggesting that supplements may even make us less likely to want to eat vegetables and set us up for junk food cravings to balance out too many vitamins or minerals. Her advice is to use vitamins and supplements if medically required, but not every day and not for a lifetime. Her views are all about maintaining the natural balance in the foods that nature provides without worrying about striving for perfection or radical changes in diet. Colbin recommends aiming for 70 percent whole foods overall to keep everything in balance. Start by taking a few small changes, listen to the body to see if there’s a noticeable difference and adjust accordingly. Margie King is a former corporate attorney now working as a holistic health and nutrition coach and natural health copywriter from Philadelphia, PA. Connect via


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 New Year Meditation Retreat – 1/3-5: Fri-79pm, Sat-Sun 7am-6pm. Join Christopher Baxter in meditation practices that provide powerful, easily accessible methods to release suffering and awaken joy, compassion and kindness for the New Year. Retreat includes asana practice. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Teaching Meditation (for Yoga Teachers) – 1/36: Fri-7-9pm, Sat-Sun 7am-6pm, Mon-9am-1pm, with Christopher Baxter. Add Monday morning to the New Year Meditation Retreat, and learn how to teach meditation to others. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904824-7454.

Buddha. Learn basic meditations for relaxation and inner peace. Everyone welcome! Lunch included. $35; $20/students. Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Dr E, Atlantic Beach. 904-2228531.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 Open House – 6-7pm. Tour facility and meet Dr. Pautz, MD. Learn about the holistic philosophy of the practice. Massage and facial therapist available for five-minute consultations. Persephone Healing Arts Center, Holistic and Internal Medicine, 485 6 th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach. 904-246-3583.

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Unveiling Hidden Mysteries within Your Body – 7-9pm. The Path to an Orgasmic Encounter with your Divine Energy, by Rosemeire Arruda, owner of Art of Touching Institute. For more information go to the “Big News” page online. Love offerings accepted. 1742 Loch Leven Ct, Orange Park.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 Guided Cultural Hike – 8:30-10:30am. Learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula during this guided hike. Meet at GTM Research Reserve Trailhead Pavilion, west of the Guana Dam. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. RSVP. Free; $3/car for parking. 904-823-4500. Healing Event – 1-3pm. Healing Event Practitioners will be practicing Reiki healing with customers. This event occurs the first Saturday of each month. Love offering. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555. New Year, Fresh Start: Purify Negative Karma, and Learn to Meditate – 10am-4pm. Free yourself from past negativity through practices taught by

Embracing Life with Joy and Laughter – 11am12pm. Join us for an engaging worship service and spiritual discussion. Free contemplation CD and spiritual guidebook. Jacksonville Eckankar Center, 6636 Arlington Rd, Jacksonville. 904725-7760. Meetup. Yoga Basic Training – 6:30-8pm. 1/7-3/25, In this eight-week course, beginning students observe demonstrations and receive step-by-step instructions for 28 postures and 4 breathing techniques. Ask questions, clarify details and practice each posture with hands-on assisting as needed. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 Marineland Beach Walk – 9-10:30am. You’ll learn more than you can imagine during this interpretive beach walk. Meet the guide at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine field office on the west side of A1A, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd, Marineland. 904-823-4500.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 2nd Annual Giant Shiitake Mushroom Festival – 9am-5pm. Four workshops include growing, cooking, processing and marketing. Also four prizes will be awarded. Free. PM High, 330-1 Sleepy Hollow Dr, Interlachen. 386-546-6554. PMHigh@yahoo. com. 2nd Saturday Trail Hike – 8:30-10:30am. Join us for this 1.5 mile walk that the whole family will enjoy. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve Trailhead Pavilion, west of the Guana Dam. 904-823-4500. Book Signing with Emily Watson – 1-5pm. Watson, author of On the Edge of Insanity, will sign copies of the book, along with readers and vendors selling consignments. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555. Psychic Fayre – 11am-3pm. We will host a variety of readers and healers. $15/20 minutes; $28/2 sessions; $40/3 sessions. The Cosmic Church of Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904-384-7268.

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Friends of the GTM Reserve Meeting – 5-6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend! Call for details. 904-823-4527.

GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture – 10-11am (plus optional field time). This month’s lecture is a mini-workshop entitled “Digital Photography 101: A Guide to Understanding the Basics of Digital Photography in Nature.” Free. GTM Research Reserve Field Office, 9741 N Oceanshore Blvd, Marineland. 904-823-4500.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 Guided Trail Walk at River to Sea Preserve – 8:3010am. Join other nature lovers for a guided walk through the wooded hammock between the ocean and the Matazas River. RSVP. Located at the south end of Marineland; turn west at River to Sea Preserve entrance and follow signs. 904-823-4500.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Blessing Circle – 7-8:30pm. We will create a healing circle to heal loved ones and to create happiness, business and bring abundance. $5 love offering. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

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The Secrets to Weight Loss – 6pm. Start the New Year off right! Learn to lower your weight and reprogram your taste buds to prefer healthier options. This lecture will explore roadblocks to weight lost including hormonal imbalances of the thyroid, adrenals and pancreas. Free. Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center, 9957 Moorings Dr, Ste 403, Jacksonville. 904-268-6568.

Spiritual Experiences Guidebook: Book Discussion – 7-8:30pm. Free book and CD provided. All are welcome! Neptune Beach Public Library, 600 3rd St, Neptune Beach. 904-725-7760.



Dances of Universal Peace – 7:30-9pm. Circle dances honoring all religious paths held monthly. Dances and songs taught in the circle. $10-$15 love offering. Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 352-870-8558 or 904-471-1414. LynDeluke@msn. com.

Open House – 6-7:30. See Jan 7 listing for details. RSVP. Persephone Healing Arts Center, Holistic and Internal Medicine, 485 6th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach. 904-246-3583.


Matanzas Inlet Guided Hike – 9-10:30am. Visit inlet shores to learn about the dynamics and movements of the sand and sea. Reservations required. Free. Meet the guide at GTM Research Reserve’s Westside parking lot on Hwy A1A, no later than 8:30am. 904-823-4500. GTMNERRMatanzashike.

Access BARSR Class – 9:30am-6pm. Learn how to change many aspects of your life quickly and with ease. Reduce stress and anxiety, and create more joy. LMT’s earn 8 CEU’s. $200; $100/ages 16-18; free/children 16 and under with paying adult. 904638-5955. Guided Beach Exploration – 8:30-10am. This is a fabulous “Beaches 101” that the whole family will enjoy! RSVP. Provide email and phone number so we can contact if needed due to inclement weather. $2/adults; $1/children 10-17; Free/10 and under; $3/ vehicle parking fee. Park at the access lot, 1798 Ponte Vedra Blvd A1A, Ponte Vedra. EEC is located 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500. Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Training – 1/18-19 with Joan Ryan. Learn hands-on Level 1 healing techniques for physical and emotional balance and personal development. Level 2 includes attunement, absent/ distant healing, healing symbols, beaming and scanning. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Understanding Dreams and Dream Journaling with Julia – 2-4pm and 7-8:30pm. Those who understand their dreams have a greater self-awareness of their personal and spiritual growth. Remember dreams, access subconscious mind, and write dreams and interpretations. $10. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.


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Retreat from Ordinary Life: Finding New Meaning in Life – 7pm-Sun 1/26. Winter retreat in the woods at Rainbow River Club, Dunnellon (near Ocala). Teaching and meditation on transforming daily conditions into spiritual lessons, with Maitreya and Parbawatiya Buddhist Centers. Everyone welcome! Register online. 904-2228531. Wild & Wise Women Let Your Yoga Dance Festival – 1/24-26. Led by Megha Buttenheim, bring girlfriends, moms, daughters, sisters, cousins and aunts to this fun-filled event for all generations of women! Together we discover what it means to be ageless. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Dynamic Stretching for Golfers: The Pre-game Warm-up – 12-2pm. Learn a new form of exercise to warm muscles, lubricate joints, enhance balance and improve your golf game. Instructed by Sean Ivan, LMT. $60. Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center, 9957 Moorings Dr, Ste 403, Jacksonville. 904-268-6568.

Mexico Beach Vacation and Workshop for Couples – 7:30pm-Feb 1 10pm. Join Richard and Diana Daffner, authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples, for this 11th annual week-long Mexican adventure. Rekindle passion, celebrate love and connect on a soul level. Held in Yelapa, Mexico. $1295/couple. Information, additional locations and brochure available. 877-282-4244. Psychic Attunement – 1:30-3pm. You will be taught how to attune your psychic abilities. This attunement increases your awareness and channels your gifts. $15. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve – 8:30-10:30am. Pull a seine net through Guana Lake while learning more than you can imagine about the Reserve’s animals and habitat. RSVP. Free with paid entrance. Meet at Docents at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra. 904-823-4500. Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training Month-long Intensive. 1/26 Sun evening, 1/27-2/27 Mon-Thurs for five weeks with Deva Parnell ERYT500+. Through this powerful, time-tested curriculum, you can become an effective, compassionate yoga teacher. RYT200 certification. Pre-registration required. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Past Life Regression with Rev. Fred Phillips – 1pm. Space is limited. Call to sign up. $20. The Cosmic Church of Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904-384-7268.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 Psychic-Mediumship Spiritual Development Class – 7-9:30pm. Designed as an ongoing class. Includes meditation, lesson, and hands-on practice to develop your personal skills. $25. Marilyn Jenquin, International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. Call for location. 407-673-9776.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 Sadhana Retreat with Christopher Baxter – 1/31- Sun 2/2. Immerse yourself in yogic practices of asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation, journaling, chanting and relaxed study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Yoga Alliance CEUs. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454.

PLAN AHEAD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 How to Make Peace with Anyone – 7-9pm. Cary Bayer draws from his book Relationships 101 to present a systematic three-part written process that enables participants to forgive those who’ve broken their hearts. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454.

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Sunday A Course in Miracles: Study Group – 9am. Explore universal spiritual themes: love, forgiveness, truth and illusion. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. Unity Church of Jacksonville – Services: 9am Contemplative; 11am Celebratory with youth education and nursery. A positive path for spiritual living. Rev. Therese Lee. Energetic healing offered after each service on 2nd and 4th Sundays. 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. Lessons In Truth – 10:30am. Lessons in Truth lecture. Love offering. The Church of Cosmic Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904-384-7268. FREE Community Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. Donations appreciated. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga. com. Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville – 10:30am. December Theme: I Embrace the Blessings of Life! Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville, Residence Inn, 10551 Deerwood Park Blvd. 904-398-4353. Unity Church for Creative Living Sunday Service – 10:30am. With Rev Mona Krane. A positive path to realize divine potential. 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center – 10:30am. Inspiring lesson and meditation. Loving fellowship. Hilton Garden Inn, 9745 Gate Pkwy, Jacksonville. Rev Betty Sikking: 904-268-5991. Youth Ministry on Sunday – 10:30am. Classes for all ages. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. Mind Body Yoga –10:45am. With Analise. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904268-8330. Mediumship Classes – 2-4pm. Mediumship potential is present in every person. Our spirit guides and loved ones on the other side want to communicate with us and help us as much as possible. $10. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555. Zumba – 4:30-5:30pm. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860.

Monday Insight Meditation – 6:45-7:30am. Join us with Jonathan Hunt of Just Sit Jacksonville. Love offering. Sanctuary of Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.

org. Morning Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225 A1A S, Ste B8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. Yin Yoga – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Qigong for Health – 4:45-5:45pm. Relieve arthritis, anxiety and stress symptoms. Free trial. Kam Lee’s TKA, 1835-5 E W Pkwy, Fleming Island. 904-215-6111. Vinyasa Flow – 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Warmed Power Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A S South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Gentle level I with Beth Daugherty. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. Mind-Body Yoga – 6pm. With Kate. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-2688330. Free to Be AA – 6:30pm. Lesbian, gay, bi and trans 12-step group. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. Monday Night Meditation – 7-7:30pm. Singing bowls or lead meditation. Love offering. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. Bosom Buddies: A Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Providing emotional support and education for survivors of breast cancer and women at high risk. Facilitator Bobbi de Cordova-Hanks. Women’s Center of Jacksonville. 722-3000. Conscious Singles Group – 7-8:30pm. Identify and share strengths, passion and info, ideas about being single and in relationships together. The Heart Center, St Augustine. Register, Holly Levinson, LCSW: 904-471-1414. Healing Energy Group – 7-10pm. Experience divine healing energy treatments given by master energy healers. $5 love offering. 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

Kripalu Yoga Basic Practice – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Morning Meditations and Practical Buddhist Teaching – 10-11:30am. Learn to meditate and explore new possibilities. Everyone welcome! $10. Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Dr, Atlantic Beach. 904-222-8531. Prayer and Meditation Service – 10:30-11am. Guided and interactive prayer and meditation. Prayer requests encouraged. Unity Church of Jacksonville, Peace Prayer Chapel, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. T’ai Chi – 5:30-6:30pm. With Elizabeth Alexander. Beginners-intermediate. Love offering. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. Move, Meditate and Melt – 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. Prenatal Pilates – 6:30pm. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. Yoga Basic Training – 6:30-8pm Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St. St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Food Addicts Anonymous – 6:30-7:30pm. Unity of Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. Integrative Yoga: Mind-Body-Spirit – 6:307:45pm. With James P Ryan, RYT-200. Multilevel class. Ponte Vedra Bch. 280-4130. Insight Meditation – 7:30-9pm. See Monday listing for details. Love offering. Sanctuary of Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. Julia’s Dream Club – 7-8:30pm. We spend a third of our lives dreaming, and they can give many messages while consisting assisting in life’s lessons. Come share and discuss! You’re welcome to bring snacks. $5 love offering. 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

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Parent Support Group – 7-8:30pm. For parents of a child with a mental health disorder, including depression, bipolar and schizo-affective disorder. Beaches Resource Center, 700 Seagate Ave, Neptune Bch. 270-8200. Zumba – 7:15-8:15pm. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A S South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-6712860. Pilates Mat Core Class – 7:35pm. Beginner and intermediate. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904860-5392. Power Yoga Basics – 7:45pm. With Khristi. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904268-8330.

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Morning Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A S South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. La Leche League of Jacksonville – 10am. 3rd Wed. Grace Church of Avondale. Chrissy: 904389-0484. Lori: 904-485-0861. Kripalu Yoga – 10-11:30am. All levels. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. Galaxy Jax: Breastfeeding Support and Advocacy – 10:30am. 1st Wed. Come alone or bring the baby. Jacksonville Bch. 904-945-4540. Meetup. com/galaxyjax. Chair Yoga Class – 11am-12pm. Get fit where you sit with this healing, gentle seated yoga practice. Perfect for all ages. Ocean Yoga, 51 Pine St, Atlantic Bch. 904-874-4094. Mid-Week Market – 3-6pm. Featuring local, healthy, fresh and green foods. Bull Park, 716 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Bch. Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm. With Jayne Parker. Beginner and intermediate. BYO floor mat. Unity Church of Jacksonville, Sanctuary, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. T’ai Chi Gung Classes – 5:45-6:45pm. With Pat Burke for exercise, relaxation and improved health. Unity Church for Creative Living, St Johns. 904287-1505. Kripalu Yoga, Mulit-level – 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. T’ai Chi Gung Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Exercise, relaxation and improved health. Love offering. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. Warmed Power Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. Meditation and Modern Buddhism – 7-8:15pm. Led by Carol Lutker of Maitreya Center. Everyone welcome. Ananda Kula, 4154 Herschel St, Avondale. 904-222-8531. MeditationInJacksonville. org. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Unity of Jacksonville Beach, 1079 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Bch. 904-246-1300. The Quest Discussion Class – 7-8:30pm. With John Zimmerman. Discussion based on book by Richard and Mary Alice Jafolla. Love offering. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St,

Riverside. 904-355-5100. Psychic/Medium Spiritual Development Class – 7-9:30pm. One Wed per month. Marilyn Jenquin, International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. $25. Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Xwy, Jacksonville. 407-673-9776.

Thursday Insight Meditation – 6:45-7:30am. See Monday listing for details. Love offering. Sanctuary of Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. The Quest Discussion Class – 10:30am-12pm. With Brooke Stephens and Robert Freeman. Discussion based on book by Richard and Mary Alice Jafolla. Love offering. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-3555100. Yin Yoga – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Hatha Flow Yoga – 9-10:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South Ste B8, St Augustine, FL 32080 904-671-2860. Mind Body Class – 11:30am. With Alyson. Four classes $40. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-268-8330. Kripalu Yoga All Levels – 11:30-1pm and 5:307pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Yoga/Pilates for Preschool, Bendy Bodies – 2pm. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. MEDA Eating Disorder Group – 3-4pm. Mentor, empower, develop and advocate. UNF Counseling Center, Bldg 2, Jacksonville. 620-2602. Kripalu Yoga Basic Practice – 5:30-7pm Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Yoga – 6-7pm. With Jim Ernstsen. Beginner and intermediate. BYO floor mat. Love offering. Unity Church of Jacksonville, May St entrance. 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. Integrative Yoga: Mind-Body-Spirit – 6:307:45pm. With James P Ryan, RYT-200. Multilevel class. Ponte Vedra Bch. 280-4130. Free Introductory Soul Healing Workshops – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Certified Soul Teacher & Healer Geho Gold to learn powerful Soul Healing knowledge, wisdom & practices based on Master Sha’s teaching. Be Healed Within Healing Center, 20A Oriole Cir, Ormond Bch. Pre-register. 386341-6260. Tergar Meditation Community – 6:30-8pm. Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Beginners welcome. Free. Body Wise Center, 2706 Old Moultrie Rd, St Augustine. 904-687-8482. Yoga Basic Training – 6:30-8pm Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Healing Circle – 7pm. $10. The Cosmic Church of Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904-3847268 Open Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Thursday

evening each month in Orange Park with Reiki Master Clarence Zarnes. Donations graciously accepted. Spiritual Matters Book Club – Contact for time. 2nd Thursday evening each month in Orange Park with Spiritual Counselor Rev. Judy Zarnes. Donations graciously accepted. 904-477-4427. Community Yoga Class—7-8:15pm with Caryn Keshner. Free/Donation. Register at City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South Ste B8, St Augustine, FL 32080. 904-671-2860. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Reiki healing circle with Rachael Amos. $10. The Church of Cosmic Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904-3847268. Spirituality 101 – 7-8:30pm. Share questions, answers and lively discussion with like-minded people in an informal setting. The Heart Center, St Augustine. Register; Holly Levinson, LCSW: 904-471-1414. Yoga Basics – 7:45pm. With Khristi. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-2688330.

Friday Morning Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A S South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. Pilates Props and Boots – 9am. A Pilates boot camp to burn calories. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. Mommy ‘N Me Pilates – 10am. Ages 6 weeks-24 mos. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. Kripalu Yoga – 10-11:30am. All Levels. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904824-7454. Hemming Plaza Farmers’ Market – 10am-2pm. Local and fresh plants, flowers, fruit, vegetables, jewelry and live entertainment. Monroe St and N Hogan St, Jacksonville. 904-634-0303. Friday Market – 10am-2pm. Rain or shine. Featuring locally grown produce, baked goods, plants, pottery and more. Jacksonville Landing Market. 904-703-2727. Mind Body Class – 11:30am. With Alyson. $40 for four classes. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-268-8330. A Course in Miracles – 5:30-6:30pm. The Church of Cosmic Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904-384-7268. Kripalu Yoga – 5:30-7pm. All Levels. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454.

Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. The GTM Research Reserve, Trailhead Pavilion west of Guana Dam, Marineland. RSVP: 904-823-4500. Trail Hike – 8:30-10:30am. 2nd Sat. 1.5-mile guided walk. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. The GTM Research Reserve, Trailhead Pavilion west of Guana Dam, Marineland. RSVP: 904-823-4500. Power Yoga – 9-10am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225 A1A South, Ste B8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Qigong – 9-10am. Relieve stress, anxiety and pain. Gain energy, balance and strength. Free Trial. Kam Lee’s TKA, 1835-5 E W Pkwy, Fleming Island. 904-215-6111. Warmed Power Yoga – 9-10am. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. Farmer’s Market – 10am-2pm. Featuring organic produce, BBQ ribs and chicken, baked goods, prepared foods, seafood and live music. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. Kripalu Yoga Gentle – 11am-12:30pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. Free Soul Healing Miracles Daily Practice – 121pm. Receive profound soul healings for every aspect of life. Experience the power of hundreds of Divine Healing Hands Soul Healers & Divine Channels as they offer soul healing blessings for you, humanity, and Mother Earth. Global teleconference. Register 888-339-6815. free-divine-services/#s1_5. Beaches Green Market – 2-5pm. Jarboe Park, 301 Florida Blvd, Neptune Bch. 904-270-0273.

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