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ne of my favorite quotes by Oprah Winfrey is “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” Full of hope, the sentiment underscores that it’s our individual choices that largely determine the character of our life and our collective choices that create the quality of our world. We don’t need to wait for a certain time of year to make desired changes. Marianne Williamson said it well, “Spiritually, every moment is a new beginning. We enter into it with either an open heart or an unloving attitude, voting with our consciousness from a slate of infinite possibilities.” It’s the infinite possibilities that I keep thinking about. So many issues call out for resolution each year, mostly personal and more than we know affecting the general welfare. How we take care of ourselves and those we love founds our ability to serve the greater good. We are thankful for the growing multitude—4 million Natural Awakenings readers among them—that have moved beyond a personal health standard that is merely the absence of disease or infirmity. We now want to optimize daily wellness, which looks different for each of us. I like this definition from the University of California-Davis: “Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental and occupational. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.” We know that conventional Western health care focuses on identifying and treating established illness rather than preventing it. Holistic health is more about preventing illnesses in the first place by promoting overall wellness and also eliminating the progression of existing conditions by countering their root causes. To make the most of the evolving integrative model that makes the most of the best of both worlds, it’s wise to assemble our own customized health and wellness team. This is the premise of Kathleen Barnes’ feature article, “Build Your Own Wellness Dream Team: Take Your Health to the Next Level.” In Lauressa Nelson’s companion piece, “A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good,” we learn how a health coach can be invaluable in sustained progress. I know my own dream team must include a massage therapist. As always, you’ll find numerous helpful wellness resources and services throughout the pages of this magazine. This month please join us, 90 Natural Awakenings publishers and our cherished readers and advertisers around the country, in celebrating 20 Years of Publishing since the magazine’s founding in Naples, Florida. CEO Sharon Bruckman began the whole odyssey simply by seeing a local need to connect members of her local natural living community. The result grew into a go-to community resource with a mission to awaken everyone to the benefits of natural living. We are indebted for her grasp of the possibilities for doing good (page 29). Let us enter the new year with hearts wide open to its infinite possibilities for good, remembering that the only obstacles to a better world for us and all life on Earth are the ones we allow. To a wondrous year,

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Architecture for the Soul


onna Accardo of Inner Design offers personal sessions, workshops and training opportunities for using energetic tools to help individuals support what they want to create in life. Accardo, a licensed architect, says her naturopathic doctor used this work with her and found it so transformative in her own life that she wanted to learn how to do it herself. Having these tools were key in enabling her to get through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with grace and peace. Now she shares those tools with others. Accardo describes what she does as a combination of morphogenetic field reprogramming and self-awareness practices. She “helps the individual identify their heart’s desire or intention and then begins to clear the issues that are in the way of that so that they can step into the life they desire.” She gives them daily practices to help be more focused, balanced and have more energy. Accardo likens this process to that of architecture design – it starts with a vision of the desired creation and then begins to build and finally the dream is realized – “architecture for the soul.” For more information on Donna Accardo’s services or to make an appointment or schedule a workshop, call 504-234-1388 or email See ad on page 33.

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r. Catherine Wilbert, a doctor of naturopathic medicine in Mandeville and owner of The Nutrition Company, will host a monthly series – “Food and Film” – that will feature provocative films related to food, nutrition and health paired with organic foods and followed by discussions. The film shown on January 9th will be Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. The film chronicles the journey two men make in order to reclaim their health. Wilbert will lead a discussion on juicing and detox following the film. The film starts at 6pm. Wilbert is a nationally recognized weight loss and wellness expert and author often speaking to groups on nutrition issues. She is a vocal opponent of genetically modified foods (GMOs) and proponent of organically and sustainably produced food ingredients. The Nutrition Company is a retail supplement store that also offers nutrition, health and wellness education services. The Vitality Juice, Java and Smoothie Bar offers functional foods and beverages, all natural smoothies, and an organic coffee and juice bar. The Nutrition Company is located at 4350 Highway 22 in Mandeville. For a consultation with Catherine Wilbert, N.D., call 985-727-3482. See add on page 16 and directory page 44.


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ind Strickland of Aviva Massage and Well-Being in Mandeville finds that letting go of tobacco is an ideal situation for support when creating a holistic health care plan. “Releasing the desire for tobacco can be supported by a multifunctional whole being approach,” she explains.Strickland offers a comprehensive program to support letting go of the desire for tobacco. The tools she utilizes allow the whole being to experience healing while releasing the desire for tobacco. Hypnotherapy helps access and address the subconscious issues while massage with reflexology helps soothe the nervous system and tissues for another level of relaxation. Reiki, an energy system, supports the letting go process, and instruction in meditation allows for continued support and deeper relaxation, grounding and centering. Along with increased movement and nutritional support these modalities form a comprehensive program. The length and overall makeup of a program is individualized – typically it’s a weeklong process with continued intermittent support as the ideal. Strickland points out that while insurance does not cover all modalities, many offer valuable healing opportunity. “We are not one dimensional and neither can our healing choices be.” Aviva Massage and Well-Being is located at 601 Lafitte Street, Mandevile. For more information or an appointment call 985727-9665 or visit See ad on page 12.

ovement Coach Kehinde Ishangi helps people to keep moving as they get older and coaches athletes and dancers to improve performance. Working with a movement coach can also enhance recovery from or reduce injuries, plus help individuals to just feel better in their own bodies. Offering one-on-one individualized sessions, using the latest advancements in bio-mechanics to re-educate the body through a marriage of art and science inherent in GYROTONIC® technology, Ishangi supports clients in discovering the optimal body alignment and placement, thus allowing the free flow of energy that supports a vital energetic life. Ishangi is a professional dancer, choreographer, dance and movement scientist and an educator, holding a master of fine arts in dance performance from Florida State University. Certified to teach GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS® and Stott Pilates, she brings a unique knowledge and experience in movement sciences to help people feel and move better. For more information on Kehinde Ishangi’s movement coaching call 504-410-7315 or email See ad on page 13.

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Get Organized at Ladies Night Out


ocal organizing guru, Stasia Cymes, will present “Get Organized with Clear the Clutter” at Ladies Night Out on Januray 14th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Raw Republic, located at 4528 Magazine St., New Orleans. Ladies Night Out is a monthly New Orleans social network for women interested in supporting female owned businesses. In addition to a networking opportunity, guests will receive expert advice and practical tips for getting organized from Cymes, a holistic professional organizer. Those in attendance who are not ready to tackle their clutter on their own can book a three to six hour New Year session at a 20% discount. Sheena Mannina, owner of Raw Republic, will also give a brief presentation on the benefits of cold pressed juices. Samples of hors d’oeuvres and wine are included. The cost to attend is $10. For more information or to RSVP contact Stasia Cymes at 504-920-1800 or visit See ad on page 32.

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four part series on nutrition will be offered every Tuesday in January at Treme Community Center, 900 N. Villere Street, New Orleans The free classes will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. beginning January 7th. The featured presenter is Akua Woolbright, who holds a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and is currently a nutrition spokesperson for Whole Foods Markets. Dr. Woolbright has an extensive background in public health, work at the National Science Foundation as well as other organizations in the role of educator. Each week a different topic will be presented: Week I – the pillars to healthy eating,; Week II – decoding food labels; Week III – combating food cravings; and Week IV – sticking to a plan.


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Wisdom and Wellness Fair will take place on Friday, January 17 at Our Lady of Wisdom, 5600 General De Gaulle Drive, New Orleans from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fair features free flu and pneumonia immunizations with approved insurance coverage, screenings, mini-massages, speakers and lots of information. The event is combined with the women’s luncheon speaker series. The topic is: Caring for the Caregiver. Luncheon cost is $10, which includes all day attendance at the fair.

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ike Casso, licensed pharmacist and owner of Casso’s Wellness Store & Gym in Metairie, embraces what he sees as a smart approach to healthcare, that is, an integration of traditional and complementary medicine. As a pharmacist he sees his role as provider of information and counseling regarding health issues and medications is critical to his clients in order for them to receive optimal benefit from their healthcare. Few people have the opportunity to have an hour counseling session wth a pharmacist to learn about their medication, it’s short and long term effects, nutritional and other health implications. Several years ago Casso opened Casso’s Wellness Store & Gym, where the combined presence of professional healthcare providers, educated in areas of nutrition, disease management counseling and skin care would be offered along with professional grade products and an abundance of qualified researched information. Casso notes that through the careful use of targeted nutritional products, he has been able to help people make positive changes in their health and wellness. The store carries a wide array of carefully selected nutrition products, as well as number of treatments using cutting edge technology, such as the 3-D Body Analyzer, the Photon Genius and the Electromuscular stimulator. Other services offered are massage therapy, hypnosis, Reiki, Body Fat Analysis, Alkaline Enhanced wellness water, the BioMat (infrared Technology) and scientific hand analysis. There is much information on the website TheWellnessStore. com and a place to ask questions of Mike Casso as well as an online store for products, including Casso’s signature Casso’s Cream.

Casso’s Wellness Store & Gym is located at 3308 Cleary Avenue, Metairie. To contact the store call 504-888-3077. See ad page 47.

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avid Chernikoff will lead a retreat at the Flowering Lotus Meditation Retreat Center in Magnolia, Mississippi on January 31 through February 2. Living Fully, Loving Well: An Insight Meditation Retreat,” will explore the essential question: What does it really mean to live an awakenend life? There will be David Chernikoff practice in sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence as well as meditation instructions, dharma talks and periodic opportunities for discussion. Payment is by donation –visit the website for suggested minimum donation and other policies, as well as upcoming retreat schedules. More details at FloweringLotusMeditation. org or contact by calling 504-905-4090 or emailing Dolores Watson at See ad on page 31.

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he Wellness Centre of Baton R o u g e ’s w h o l e p e r s o n approach to health begins with a complete assessment, then an individualized wellness protocol is designed to enable and empower each client to work on prevention and optimal wellness. Karin Nielsen, a naturopathic doctor and founder of the Karin Nielsen, N.D. wellness center, says that she uses the body’s innate ability to heal itself using natural and holistic supplements and non-invasive therapies with a focus of identifying and addressing the cause of illness. “Many of our clients turn to us for preventive care before serious illness occurs,” she says. The centre offers two types of thermography – European Regulation Thermography and Digital Infared Thermal Imaging. Both are pain-free, radiation –free and non-invasive monitoring tools. Thermography can detect tumors 10 years before radiation methods. In addition lymphatic drainage therapy is also an important tool at the center, where a combination of manual lymphatic drainage therapy is aided by a special instrument called Lymphstar Pro Fusion. Nielsen says this tool is gentle, noninvasive and four to five times faster in achieving results than manual therapy alone. The lymphatic system may be slowed or blocked from a number of causes, including stress, lack of exercise, improper diet and repressed emotions which, according to Nielsen, creates a condition that promotes fatigue and ill health.

For more information or to make an appoint for an assessment, call 225-229-6107. For details on services visit WellnessCentreBR. com. See ad on page 19.

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rin Kenning suffered from severe allergies as a child, but it wasn’t until she reached college that she was introduced to acupuncture, which provided instantaneous relief from a migraine that had lasted over 48 hours. The experience Erin Kenning, MSOM, Lac inspsired her decision to study acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OM) at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Simultaneously she enrolled in a two –year program of Taoist based 5-Element Acupuncture, taught by world-renowned David Ford, Lac. Now holding a masters in Oriental Medicine and being a diplomate of Oriental Medicine with advanced training in Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, Kenning treats patients for a variety of conditions, ranging from infertility and menopause, anxiety and depression, allergies and eczema, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders and autism. Treatments of acupuncture are enhanced with Chinese herbal remedies. A list of conditions successfully treated with acupuncture and OM can be seen at On the website Kenning states: “Acupuncture is so effective in its use that it will most likely help every condition to some degree, even if it cannot cure it completely.” Family Acupuncture & Wellness is located at 9531 Jefferson Hwy in River Ridge For an appointment or information call 504-715-2317. See ad on page 23.

r. J o s h u a R i l e t t e , a chiropractor located in Lakeview sees the first goal of his practice at Upper Cervical Chiropractic as the restoration and optimization of the health of his patients through restoring and maintaining optimum communication between the spine and the nervous system, because when the spine is Dr. Joshua Rilette misaligned, the communication is poor and all cells, tissues and organs are negatively affected. Rilette points out that while patients often come in first to get some relief from pain, clients will find that he also can provide a comprehensive wellness plan, one that includes nutrition, exercise and appropriate supplements, hormone balancing, weight loss and detox, in addition to upper cervical chiropractic. Rilette specializes in Knee-Chest Upper Cervical Specific Technique (KCUCS) and is certified in Chiropractic and Blair Specific Radiology. He also offers cold laser therapy for a variety of pain, injuries and conditions as another drug-free non-invasive option. Upper Cervical Family Chiropractic treats males and females of all ages. The practice is located at 128 W. Harrison Avenue in Lakeview. For an appointment or more information call 504-488-1800. Details about services offered can be seen at See ad on page 15.

Holistic Life Coaching


aren Boudreaux is the founder and owner of Holistic Life Approach in Covington, where she offers therapeutic massage and health and wellness coaching. As a licensed massage therapist, she offers a range of massage techniques designed to improve circulation, detoxify the body, relieve tension, improve digestion, enhance muscle tone and increase mental alertness. As a health coach, certified through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she offers to clients the building blocks for the body to repair injury, heal disease and rebuild itself. Boudreaux points out that about 95% of chronic disease is caused by toxins in food, pour nutrition choices and lack of physical activity. She explains that she provides simple steps and ideas to enable clients to improve their health and find the joy of living. Boudreaux’s website offers suggested resources for learning about health and wellness. Sign up to receive a newsletter and information on classes and events at Holistic Life Approach. Holistic Life Approach is located at 107 N. Theard Street, Covington. For more information about the services offered call 985-276-8119. See ad on page 18. natural awakenings

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t Chiropractic Health Center in Metairie, local chiropractor Debbi Hannan sees body structure as the foundation of wellness. Her office offers a full range of chiropractic treatments including the cutting edge non-surgical treatment of herniated and bulging discs with the DRX 9000 table. In addition to chiropractic services, a customized wellness or treatment program may also include nutrition consulting, detox, weight loss and aesthetics. Cold laser therapies such as Endermologie and Zerona are available in conjunction with a weight loss program or as a stand alone non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Hannan says “Everybody is unique and therefore everyone requires a unique and customized wellness plan.”

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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.”

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.

Vitamin C Halves Colds in Athletes


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.

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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.



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 high-fructose 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.


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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.

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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 Bt-toxin—a pesticide that bursts the stomach 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’ decade-long 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

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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 SPA SPECIALS • RESERVATIONS • GIfT CARdS • AVAILAbLE ONLINE 24/7

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January white sales present a prime opportunity to change to organic cotton sheets and dry-fast towels to reduce energy usage. Local animal shelters welcome old towels and blankets. Homeless shelters also accept gently used clean linens, and outgrown coldweather gear. Replace family toothbrushes with eco-friendly models made from renewable castor oil plants instead of petroleum. The Naturally Clean Toothbrush is BPA-free and recyclable ( Each day, Americans use 500 million disposable straws, reports Milo Cress, founder of the Be Straw Free Campaign ( Discarded plastic straws and stirrers are on the Ocean Conservancy’s top 10 list of debris littering beaches. Cindy Schiff Slansky, CEO of GreenPaxx, in New York City, suggests using a reusable silicone straw. “The bright colors help keep track of each person’s drink. They’re in my purse for when I eat out with my kids,” she says. “We always say no to disposable straws.” Also consider paper straws that compost within 45 to 60 days.

Plug electronics into power-saving energy strips that can be turned off when machines aren’t in use. Completely shutting down computers saves more energy than using sleep mode. When it’s time for a more energyefficient fridge or freezer, call the electric company. The Appliance Recycling Centers of America work with utilities to pick up and recycle working appliances. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are accepted with a qualifying fridge or freezer. Alternatively, call a local recycling company for a curb pickup of broken appliances; even easier, confirm that the company delivering a new appliance will take away and recycle the old one.

Switch to public transportation or telecommuting at least twice a week to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Upgrade to a greener model when the need arises to change cars. California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont have pledged to speed the construction of charging stations in their states and project collectively having 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on their roads by 2025. To make clean and renewable home energy affordable and increase property values, Sunrun installs and maintains home solar power panels in 1,000 cities natural awakenings

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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.”

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he Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East filed a suit this summer alleging that 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies are significantly responsible for the coastal land loss in the state and should help to pay for the impacts. The leader of that lawsuit, John Barry, spoke publicly about the case after he was ousted from the Authority and removed from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Barry’s position on the Authority was an appointment by Govenor Bobby Jindal, who has opposed the lawsuit because the Attorney General feels it is not in the best interest of the state. In a statement released soon after the suit was filed, he said a constitutional amendment relegates all future offshore tax revenue to coastal restoration and this lawsuit could undermine that effort. “We’re not going to allow a single levee board that has been hijacked by a group of trial lawyers to determine flood protection, coastal restoration and economic repercussions for the entire State of Louisiana,” Jindal said in the release. Local environmental groups have claimed that more than $1 million in industry contributions precluded Govenor Jindal from supporting the lawsuit. To support the Authority’s legal effort and increase public awareness on the issues, Barry has formed a nonprofit 501(c)(4) called Restore Louisiana Now and is calling for donations. ( The suit, filed on July 24 in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, reads that the Authority has the responsibility for protecting “millions of people and billions of dollars worth of property in Southeast Louisiana from destructive floodwaters.” An integral part of this responsibility is to “monitor the integrity of Louisiana’s coastal lands,” which help to protect all of those people and properties because they serve as a “natural protective buffer, without which the levees that protect the cities and towns…are left exposed to unabated destructive forces.” These coastal lands took nearly 6,000 years to form, the lawsuit reads, but within a century hundreds of thousands of acres have disappeared as a result of oil and gas industry activities. The U.S. Geological Survey has reported that the industry’s impacts

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account for approximately 36 percent of the land loss. Other causes of loss include the river levees, which disrupt the flow of river water into the wetlands; salt water intrusion caused by dredging of navigation canals; and consumption of wetland plants by invasive species, primarily nutria. The Authority is claiming that the oil and gas industry “reap[ed] enormous financial gain by exploiting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources” while it “ravaged Louisiana’s coastal landscape.” The primary activity in question is the industry’s dredging of access and pipeline canals - an extensive network that totals more than 10,000 miles of canals. The dredging constituted a direct impact to the wetlands and over time caused other indirect impacts by changing the hydrology and causing the marshes surrounding the canals to subside. “Unless immediate action is taken to reverse these losses and restore the region’s natural defense, many of Louisiana’s coastal communities will vanish into the sea,” the lawsuit reads.“…This case is about the future of Southeast Louisiana.” In a public interview November 21, conducted by The Lens journalist Bob Marshall, Barry shared the backstory of the lawsuit and the political backlash. In the fall of 2012, an analysis of CPRA’s financial projections for the years ahead revealed that the revenues were decreasing due to the phasing out of a major funding source – the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA). He thought, “What on earth is this state going to do?” He vowed to bring the oil and gas industry to the table – to force negotiations – and garnered support from the other Authority members, and discussed the prospect with attorneys in several major cities and environmental groups, Barry said. Although no partnerships presented themselves, a major player emerged: Gladstone Jones of Jones, Swanson, Huddell and Garrison in New Orleans. After months of research, the Authority halted the legal work after a meeting with CPRA head Garret Graves, who indicated that the Authority’s lawsuit “might interfere with” the state’s legal strategy, Barry reported. He would not reveal any details of this strategy, but Barry did say that the Authority did not see a conflict between the two: “We thought [they] would be complimentary, and help bring the industry to the table.” “We never wanted to spend 10 years in court, what we want is a solution,” he explained. “We understood it is a statewide problem. Our region has suffered less damage from the industry than other parts of the coast, but we hoped that our action would precipitate a statewide solution – someone coming to the table.” After several months of silence, the Authority resumed the legal work and eventually filed the case. Nevertheless, Barry said he and the other Authority appointees were surprised by Governor Jindal’s response to the lawsuit, which was to not reappoint Barry to the Authority – essentially, strip him of his position as leader – which, consequently, removed him as representative to the CPRA. The goal of the suit: getting the industry to restore the coast; but if it can’t be fixed, getting money to protect the coastal communities. “If the industry didn’t have any money we wouldn’t be suing them, but if they didn’t break the law we wouldn’t be suing them either,” Barry said. “They say they complied with the law at the time, but they never complied with the law. Permit language says they were to minimize any damage, and … when they finished operations they needed to go back and restore damage inflicted on the land.” The lawsuit employs an old legal concept as a key to the case: servitude of drainage – it is unlawful to engage in an activity that will increase the flow of water on another’s property, even if it is not contiguous. “The loss of the land outside the levees affected the storm surge hitting the levees, which made this a more dangerous place to live,” he concluded. Details of the lawsuit and updates may be found on the Restore Louisiana Now website at Donations are also accepted through the website. Colleen Morgan is a freelance writer, founder of Bayou Rebirth and Environmental Editor of Natural Awakenings – S.E. Louisiana. She may be reached at natural awakenings

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Louisiana Oil & Gas Association Response On December 13, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) filed suit against the Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, claiming that his approval of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority – East’s hiring of outside attorneys violated the law. The Authority hired Gladstone Jones of New Orleans last year to file suit against 97 oil and gas companies, demanding that they restore Louisiana’s wetlands or pay for the impacts of the canals they dredged. In a statement released the day of the filing, July 24, LOGA countered that the oil and gas industry’s activities is only one of “many factors” that have contributed to coastal erosion. “Yearly hurricanes and the Mississippi River changing paths many times over the decades play the majority role in erosion,” the statement reads. LOGA’s President Don Briggs called the claim “ridiculous” and said it is the result of a “sue-happy legal climate,” according to the statement. “This is just one more group seeking to extort money from the oil and gas industry.” The LOGA suit, filed in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, alleges that the state’s lead attorney “acted outside his authority in allowing the [Authority] board to hire these attorneys,” a LOGA release reads. “The resolution is vague and does not provide sufficient information to establish a ‘real necessity’ for the hire.” In addition, the claim states that the state Constitution requires that any funds from a judgment in the Authority lawsuit would go to the state treasury, not to the Authority. January 2014


Report Exposes Toxic Side of Mardi Gras Local Physician Warns Throws May Be Especially Dangerous to Young Children By Colleen Morgan


recent study has revealed that some Mardi Gras throws contain high levels of dangerous substances, including lead, flame retardants and other chemicals. Based on tests run on a sample of 87 bead necklaces, bracelets and accessories, researchers concluded that the throws of a single Carnival season – estimated at 25 million pounds - contain up to 920,000 pounds of hazardous flame retardants and 9,750 pounds of lead. The Ecology Center, a Michigan-based nonprofit that works on environmental justice issues and operates HealthyStuff.


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org, published the report “The Chemical Hazards in Mardi Gras Beads and Holiday Beaded Garlands” on December 5. The study was conducted at the behest of, and in partnership with, VerdiGras, a local nonprofit dedicated to greening Mardi Gras. “Our hope is that by having this information people will make different decisions on all different levels,” said Holly Groh of VerdiGras. “People will do a better job of taking care of each other – including the people in China making beads, our little ones here, and the Earth and water.

We don’t want [these compounds] going into our soil and landfills, which are so close to the water here. “I am hoping people take a more mindful approach,” she continued, “and krewes step up and help make [Mardi Gras] more sustainable for the community and for the Earth.” Groh, a physician, advised parents to not let their children mouth Mardi Gras beads, and recommended that pediatricians include exposure to Carnival throws in their patient questionnaires. The Ecology Center report recommends that parents have their children use germicidal wipes after parades and otherwise exercise great care when traversing along parade routes. Even though the sample size was small, the research suggests the need for “an in-depth analysis of the environmental impacts” of Carnival throws. “As long as Mardi Gras beads hang on fences or are left behind in the streets as litter, they can release these hazards into the environment over time,” the report reads. “Mardi Gras products are not regulated as children’s products, but children frequently come into contact with them.” The researchers tested the exterior coating of the beads as well as the interior of the beads, and they found “’pockets’ of heavy elements scattered throughout the material.” The inside of a bead is “similar to the elemental composition of electronic waste and plastic waste streams,” the report read. “…These results indicate that waste, flame retarded plastics from a variety of sources are likely being recycled into bead production.” Sixty percent of the items examined (56 of 87) had exterior lead levels higher than 100 parts per million (ppm), which is the limit of the amount of lead allowed in

children’s products by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). The study noted that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a limit of 40 ppm for lead. One green round bead necklace in the bunch had 29,864 ppm of lead. Lead is a known neurotoxin, which means that it affects the nervous system and can impair learning, cause liver toxicity, early puberty, and cause birth defects, premature birth and other serious health problems. Children are at greater risk as it has the most serious impact on the developing brain. Howard Mielke, a research professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Tulane University, was involved in a study released in June, looking at data from six cities including New Orleans, linking lead poisoning to violence. Fifty-eight percent of the Mardi Gras items tested (51 of 87) contained concentrations of bromine above 400 ppm, and 63 percent (55) had levels of chlorine above 3,500 ppm – these chemicals suggest the use of brominated and/or chlorinated flame retardants or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) constituted 1-2 percent of the weight (10,000-20,000 ppm) in 45 percent of the items tested. Bromine and Chlorine are known endocrine disruptors, which means they disrupt the chemistry of the body, Groh explained. Although these compounds are not regulated at this time, she said, “there is a huge amount of work going into getting rid of them.” Three accessory items were sent to an external laboratory to be tested for phthalates, a variety of compounds that have been temporarily or permanently banned by the CPSC, according to the report. One item, a Mardi Gras football, was found to have 29 percent phthalates by weight, one of which was present at a concentration of 280,000 ppm. The CPSC’s permanent ban of this component does not allow more than 0.1 percent (1,000 ppm) in children’s articles. Groh said she has been researching the “path of the bead” for several years, learning first that they were made from petroleum from the Gulf of Mexico and the Middle East that was shipped to China for production. When she saw the David Redmond documentary, “Mardi Gras Made in China,” she had concern for the female workers who made the beads

without any protection from breathing in the fumes. She later found a report that found lead in the beads, but concluded that the lead levels were acceptable. Then, on Earth Day last year, a grandmother told her a story of a child with high lead levels and no other environmental exposure besides a bowl of beads he plays with daily – and sticks into his mouth. Around the same time she found out that California does not permit Mardi Gras beads to be shipped into the state because they contain phthalates, compounds that, if ingested, are cumulative in the body and cannot be removed. These chemicals, used to make plastic more flexible, were found to disrupt the reproductive systems of laboratory animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Other reports indicate that phthalates are suspect in the rising infertility rates of men. Groh appealed to The Ecology Center to test a sample of Mardi Gras paraphernalia, and the results were worse than she expected. She also learned that the workers who take apart electronic waste in landfills in China are mostly children. “Kids are so vulnerable,” she said. “…we can take better care of ourselves and all of the citizens on the planet.” Colleen Morgan is a freelance writer and Environmental Editor of Natural Awakenings – S.E. Louisiana. She may be reached at colleen.nolahealthy

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A personal wellness program should include a lead practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a plan of care that meets the individual’s needs. 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 hand-in 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 many states they cannot,” he notes. “I recommend undergoing a physical every six months and regular bone density tests, plus colonoscopies.” Loquasto is not in favor of mammograms because of the radiation exposure associated with them,

but supports routine breast screening using ultrasound or thermography.


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 selfesteem, 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

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Soul-Full GOALS Feeling Our Way to Happiness by Susie Ruth


any of us have our relationship to success inside-out. We busy ourselves so much with door-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 soul-centered 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

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up to conscious living and connecting locally to make measurable differences in their own homes and communities. They are role models of wellness. They are eco-stars. They are visionaries that daily act on their passion for helping others live happier, healthier, more thriving lives. What started as a single print publication in Naples, Florida, in 1994, is now a growing network spearheaded by 90 local magazine publishers reaching out to share the message. Supportive media range from digital magazine editions, e-newsletters, community websites and social media releases to an iPhone app, webstore and dating website, topped by a nationwide network of local natural health practitioners. All embrace the original vision of bringing like-minded people together to help make life better. We are glad that you are joining us in celebrating 20 years together. We look forward to all the good that 2014 and beyond will bring to us all. For more information and to connect, visit

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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 forwardthinking 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 DellolaconoThies, food coach for CLIF Kid nutrientrich 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, Dellolacono-Thies 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.” Elisa Bosley is senior food editor at Delicious Living magazine.


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Money Myths

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a t i e Te a g u e ’s i n s p i r i n g documentary, Money and Life (, p r ovo c a t ive l y a s k s : R a t h e r t h a n disastrous, can we view economic crises as brimming with opportunities to shift our thoughts about money and thereby improve models of economic exchange?

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 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? 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 self-government 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

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

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This year, many Americans are set to rock the charts by turning over a new leaf and morphing from more conventional workout modes to fresh takes on fitness.

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Activities high on people’s lists these days reflect a perceived scarcity of time and money. The top picks, according to the Indianapolis-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014, will be high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and body weight training.



Both pursuits have been contenders in recent years, but are cresting the survey for the first time. A HIIT session, typically involving rapid bursts of activity interspersed with brief rest periods, usually takes less than 30 minutes. Body weight training’s appeal stems from its effectiveness and minimal need for fancy equipment or special gear.

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The survey—involving hundreds of personal trainers, gym owners and other fitness insiders—further notes an increasing diversity in fitness offerings, plus some contradictory trends. Not everyone, for instance, is cost-conscious; fitness professionals anticipate the continued rise of boutiques specializing in niche activities. Those with momentum range from ballet-inspired barre workouts to Pound and Drums Alive sessions, in which people “rock out” while they work out. G r a c e D e S i m o n e , a n AC S M 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 old-school outdoor cycling. Meanwhile, fitness instructors and wellness consultants note that Zumba has set the stage for danceoriented workouts, diverging from Latin rhythms into hip-hop and other music genres. I f wo r k o u t s a r e i n c r e a s i n g l y 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

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Interval Training: Both high- and lowintensity variations can resemble a fountain of youth for older adults, says DeSimone. These can range from integrating a few five-minute sprints to enhance a half-hour walk to engaging in formalized Asian-influenced Tabata classes and boot camps. High-intensity workouts aren’t for everyone. “HIIT is best delivered when it does not use the one-size-fits-all approach,” says Tony Ordas, a kinesiology lecturer at California State University, San Marcos. “Participants need to have an established level of cardiovascular endurance before increasing intensity.” Body Weight Training: The natural, timeless exercise approach of using our own body weight instead of equipment can, if done right, hone muscles and build core strength, often in creative ways. Personal Training, Small-Group Training and Wellness Coaching: Rising demand by individuals for support in achieving their desired results is propelling growing numbers of trainers and coaches to obtain health and fitness college degrees and postgraduate certifications. Specialized Fitness Programs: Programs geared to the needs of particular groups such as pregnant women, older adults, dog owners and those interested in losing weight remain popular. Activities vary in approach and intensity, but often emphasize “functional fitness”, focusing on building strength and balance useful in everyday life, rather than more athletic or competitive training. Yoga: This ancient mind-body workout continues to extend from East to West, building on a host of classical forms such as hatha, ashtanga, kripalu, kundalini and Vinyasa. Relatively new forms also are extensive, from power yoga, Bikram and Yogalates to emerging hybrids like the yoga/surfing combination of Yoga Board. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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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 considers them “too old” to invest in or pull through surgery.

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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.

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sunday Kundalini Yoga – 5-6am. Taught by Elizabeth Eckman. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Morning meditation follows from 6-8:30am. Free. Divine Yoga Center, 1223 Baronne St, NOLA Contact: New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 11am. Meetings held on Sundays and Wednesday evenings as listed in event calendar. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner Location. Call 504-472-5635 for times and more information. Restorative Yoga in Mandeville – 6:30-8pm. Experience deep relaxation by candlelight with long held poses supported with props. Breathing techniques to relieve stress and guided meditation. All levels. Yoga Alliance certified teacher. $13/class. Must reserve space, limit 7. Fleur de Lis Yoga, 201 Carroll St, Old Mandeville. Info & reserv: 917-756-9087 or Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free phone consultations with holistic professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. Co-create a decluttering plan of action & start the new year with new space in your home. Call 504-920-1800 for appt.

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volunteer opportunities St Tammany Humane Society – Help foster pets, many tasks for fundraising, help with animal socializing, many more. Call for wish list. Contact 985-892-7387, X 106. The Humane Society of Louisiana needs v o l u n t e e r s . To f i n d o u t h o w y o u c a n help contact Jeff Dorson at 901-268-4432 or


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monday Meditation for Moms – 9am. Learn about meditation and practice with other moms. An informal weekly gathering where moms will be supported in finding stillness. Young children welcome. Free. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: 504-596-6540 or

Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free phone consultations with holistic professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. Co-create a decluttering plan of action & start the new year with new space in your home. Call 504-920-1800 for appt.


TRX Workout – 10-11am. (also Wed 10-11am). This all core, all the time fitness class incorporates the TRX, Pilates and other functional training to work the body as a whole to prevent injuries when doing the fun stuff. All fitness levels appropriate. First class only $10. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648.

Pro-FIT Training Group Exercise – 5am. (also 6am, 12pm & 6pm) Not a typical boot camp class. Reach max potential through encouragement, nutritional tips, progress tracking, and a full body, cardiovascular, fat blasting workout. Bring a mat and towel. 3708 4th Street, Ste 102, Harvey. Sign up with Renata at

Mindfulness Meditation – noon-1pm. A guided meditation in the style of Thick Nhat Hanh led by Patricia Stout, a student the peaceful Zen master and his monastics. Donations appreciated. Women’s Healing Center, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. Info: 985-892-8111.

Crescent City Farmers Market/Uptown – 9am-1pm. Open air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square.

Yoga Classes – 4:30-5:30pm Chair Yoga, 6-7pm Gentle Yoga, 7:15-8:15pm Gentle Yoga or 8:30-9:45pm Yoga, Breathing & Meditation. Becky Bazile, 500 RYT, certified yoga teacher. 6-Week Ongoing Sessions. Space limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. $60/ session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or

Adaptive Yoga – 10am-11am. Designed for those with limited mobility. Gentle joint mobilization practices, poses adapted using props. Peaceful environment with mats/chairs/props provided. RYT 500 teacher. $5/60 min class. Yoga School, 603 Tyler St, Covington. For info contact Erin: 985-705-4110 or

Guided Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Strengthen your overall health as you are guided through meditation. Great for beginners and those experienced. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Dr. Jess Tregle 504-352-6418.

Lessons in Meditation – 11am-noon. Beginning 1/7. Join Ellen LaRocca, CPSM, in a weekly meditation including lessons in mindfulness, mantra, visualization, chant, and labyrinth. $8 suggested donation. Body Works & Wellness Center, 200 Mariners Plaza, Mandeville. More info: 985-373-6089.

Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861,

Northshore Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Balancing combination of gentle and challenging yoga poses to rejuvenate and relax the body. Beginners to advanced students. Peaceful environment with mats/props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. RYT 500 teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Info: 985-705-4110 or

Yoga Diva/Harahan – 6:30-7:30pm. (Also Wed 5:156:15) Relax the body, focus the mind, deepen selfawareness. Learn to navigate through postures and flow by gaging flexibility, strength, concentration, breath and range of motion. All levels. Props/mats provided. Certified instructor. $60/month-4classes. 5700 Citrus Blvd, Upstairs in Curves. Call before coming: 504-220-5325. Hatha Yoga in Mandeville – 6:30-7:45pm. (also Wed) Improve strength, balance and flexibility. Strong emphasis on correct alignment & release of mental and physical tensions. All levels. Yoga Alliance certified teacher. $13/class. Must reserve space – limit 7. Fleur de Lis Yoga, 201 Carroll St, Old Mandeville. Info and reg: 917-756-9087 or Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism – 7-8:15pm. Learn how to activate your greatest potential, increase your compassion and achieve absolute happiness. Free. SGI-USA Buddhist Center, 1331 Prytania St, NOLA. Info: 504-310-2011.

Community Yoga Class – 7:30-8:45pm. Taught by graduates of Transform NOLA’s 200-hour yoga teacher training. Vinyasa flow appropriate for all levels. Suggested donation: $5-$15. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., NOLA. Contact: 985-640-2648. N.O. Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. This is a peer led group that meets for practice, study and discussion. No experience necessary. Location: 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: call Larry at 504-343-8378.

wednesday German Coast Farmers Market/West Bank – 2:306pm. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie & fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausage, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 4th Wed. Located at 12715 Highway 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Site of the old K-mart building, Luling, LA

Northshore Yoga – 5:30pm. Gentle, challenging and relaxing classes focusing on breath and movement. Appropriate for beginners and seasoned students. Pleasant, stress-free environment. Mats/props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. 500 E-RYT /CYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info/Mary Ann: 985-630-7242 or

Vinyasa/Hatha Style Yoga/Mandeville – 8-9:15am. Beginning to intermediate class with focus on building strength, energy, flexibility. Energizing class to start the weekend. Yoga Alliance certified teacher. $13/ class. Must reserve space, limit 7. Fleur de Lis Yoga, 201 Carroll St, Old Mandeville. Info and reservations: 917-756-9087 or

Yoga Classes – 6-7pm Gentle/Moderate Yoga and 7:308:30pm Restorative Yoga with Sally Meredith, 200 RYT, certified yoga teacher. 6-Week Ongoing Sessions. Studio space limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. $60/session or $12/walk-in.Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or

Crescent City Farmers Market/Downtown – 8amnoon. Open-air market with great selection of fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and freshly made pies, bedding plants, dairy products, fresh flowers. Cooking demos by some of the city’s most acclaimed chefs. Located at 700 Magazine, corner of Girod, New Orleans.

Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861,

German Coast Farmers Market/East Bank – 8amnoon. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie meats, fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausages, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 2nd Sat. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Rd., Destrehan. For info call 985-359-0190.

Hatha Yoga in Mandeville – 6:30-7:45pm. (also Mon) Improve strength, balance and flexibility. Strong emphasis on correct alignment & release of mental and physical tensions. All levels. Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher. $13/class. Must reserve space – limit 7. Fleur de Lis Yoga, 201 Carroll St, Old Mandeville. Info and reg: 917-756-9087 or Get All Wrapped Up – 6:30pm. Every 3rd Wed. Chance to try a wrap treatment that firms and tightens skin and decreases cellulite in as little as 45 minutes. $25 per section. Elite Skin Suite (inside Premier Fitness Ladies Lounge). Ask for Lessie. More Info: 504-452-6964.

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. Northshore Yoga – 6:15-7:45pm. Explore the benefits of yoga and unwind with a blend of yoga postures, breath and relaxation. All levels welcome. Mats and props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. RYT 200 & 500 teachers. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Contact Erin: 985-705-4110 or Shirley: 985-264-9252.

friday Aikido of New Orleans – 7-8:15pm. The martial art of power and movement. Free introductory class for adults. 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: or 504-561-0123. Meditative Yoga – 7-8:15pm. This candlelit class consists of a relaxed series of poses straight from India that train the body and mind to reach a flexible, strengthened state. Appropriate for yogis of all skill levels. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., NOLA 70118. Contact: 985-640-2648.


Covington Farmers Market – 8am-noon. (also 10am2pm Wed) Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St, Covington. Camellia City Farmers Market – 8am.-noon. Featuring baked goods, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, poultry, crafts, flowers, eggs, plants, soap, trees. 155 Robert St. (City Parking Lot), Olde Towne, Slidell. Info: 985-640-8291. Gretna Farmers Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, dairy, native fruit wines and garden plants. Located in the old train depot, 300 Huey P. Long Ave, between 3rd and 4th streets, Gretna. Info: 504-362-8661. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Free parking. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery items, dairy, plants, prepared foods & hand-crafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504-341-3424, x 209. Mandeville Trailhead Community Market – 9am1pm. Fifty-plus vendors weekly: Gourmet foods, art, produce and plants. Tai Chi at 9:30am. Parking lot of the Mandeville Trailhead on the St. Tammany Trace off LA59. For vendor/entertainment info: Donna Beakley 985-845-4515. Sitting Meditation Group –10-11am. Come practice zazen (sitting meditation) as well as walking meditation. Instruction and discussion also available. 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: contact Brian by email at or call 504-644-7351. Sankofa Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Weekly market in the Ninth Ward offering fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and plants from local farmers and fishermen. New location at 3819 St. Claude Ave. Info: 504872-9214 or Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-7pm Mon-Fri & 10-5pm Sat/Sun. CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables. $25 boxes of selected seasonal produce available. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters).


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Vietnamese Farmers Market – 6-9am. Over 20 vendors set up shop on blankets spread with produce, beyond the courtyards are shops selling Vietnamese baked goods and imported groceries. 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, New Orleans East.

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Paint Drop-Off/Uptown – 10am-2pm. Drop off old latex paint to Arabella Station Whole Foods Market. The Green Project’s tent is at the corner of Magazine & Joseph St in good weather and inside near the massage table in bad weather. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 1/4 & 5) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356. Freret Market – Noon-5pm. 90 vendors with food, art, music, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. 4400 block of Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589.

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New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucians – 11am. TMO Home Oratory Discussion Group; 12:30pm – Chapter Convocation Rehearsal; 1:30pm – Chapter Convocation Ritual/Open Forum. 2801 Loyola Dr, Ste 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-5635.


Lose Weight with Clean Eating – 10:30am. (also 5:30 pm) Free seminar on how to make lifestyle changes and better choices with clean eating. Learn how the presenter lost 65 lbs as a side effect of clean eating. Reservations required. Location: 1972 Ormond Blvd, Ste A, Destrehan. Contact: 504-722-3636. Free Health & Wellness Tai Chi-Chi Gong Class – 7-8 pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St. Uptown. Reserve space by 1/5. Call 504-866-2241 for more information.


WeeHands Baby Sign Language Class – 9-9:45am. (series on Tues. in Jan.) Certified WeeHands instructor will teach family members American Sign Language signs, songs and language development strategies to use with the little one. $100/4 sessions, includes course book. Geared to ages 6 mos to 3 yrs. Reg required – call 504-596-6540. Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Breathing through Pregnancy and Postpartum – 6pm. (also 1/14 & 21). A Tues. series dedicated to helping mamas develop breath awareness and cultivate a breathing practice to support them on the path of motherhood. $10/class, includes detailed handouts of lessons. Drop-ins encouraged. Info: 469-733-8966 or C. G. Jung Society Film Lecture – 7:30pm. “The Psychology of Money” by psychologist/author Aaron Kipnis, PhD. Local discussion to follow led by New Orleans analyst Karen Gibson, PhD. CEUs for LPCs. $15 (free for Jung Society members). Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans. Nutrition Series – 7:30pm. 4-part series on 1/7, 14, 21, 28). Akua Woolbright, nutrition spokesperson for Whole Foods Markets, will speak on healthy foods, food labels, food cravings and how to stick to a plan. Free, but must register. Treme Community Center, 900 N. Villere St, NOLA.


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La Leche League/Jefferson – 11am-noon. LLL of Jefferson meets 2nd Wed each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. Healthy snacks to share welcome. Destination Maternity meeting room, Causeway & 17th St, Metairie. Info: 504-952-3951 or


Tai Chi Group Class – 9:30-10:20 am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve self esteem. Intro program of 3 classes for $59. Reserve space by 1/8. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St. Uptown. Call 504-866-2241 for more information. Food and Film Series – 6pm. Monthly – features a provocative film, organic foods and lively discussion. Jan. film: “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” chronicles 2 mens’ journey to reclaim health. Discussion on juicing and detox follows, led by Dr. Catherine Wilbert, N.D. The Nutrition Company, 4350 Hwy 22, Mandeville. Info: 985-727-3482. La Leche League/New Orleans – 6pm. Monthly meetings. (also 1/15 @ 9am). Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Chance to learn more, receive help and meet other breastfeeding mothers. Led by trained and accredited La Leche League leaders. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Contact: Courtney Landry at The Universal Laws – 6:30-8:30pm. (2nd & 3rd Thurs monthly) Esoteric teaching offered by Cindy Daigle, Energetic Healer and Teacher. $10 donation suggested. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs. Call for details: 504-931-6494.


Cloth Diapers 101 – 9am. (also 1/22 at 6pm) Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, the pros and cons, hands-on demo. $20 for 2 family members. Attendees receive $20 coupon towards a $100 purchase. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. To register: 504-596-6540 or Chickens and Other Urban Farm Animals – 9am-noon. Jeanne Firth of Grow Dat Youth Farm will present the merits and downfalls of urban farm animals and creating habitat for them. On sale at the greenhouse: trees, flowering shrubs, long leaf pine straw mulch. Free talk. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA. OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local artists, food and music. 2nd Sat each month with different monthly themes. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. Info: 985-250-0278. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 1/11 & 12) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.


Tai Chi & Qi Gong Course – 11am-12:30pm. 6-week intro course. Longtime practitioner and teacher Marilyn Yank offers this experiential opportunity to deepen understanding and practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Appropriate for all ages and physical capabilities. $70. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown, 4842 Perrier St, NOLA. Call 504-899-0047. Introduction to Dietary Cleansing – 2-4pm. Intro to a dietary cleansing program presented by Virginia Davis, RN and Suzanne Harper, MHealthEd, covering the benefits of cleansing, different cleansing programs and guidelines for support during the process. $10. Open to all women. Women’s Center for Healing, Abita Springs. Info: 985-892-9322 or 985-400-8933.


Registration for New Children Karate Classes – Keep children physically fit while building self confidence. Tamashii Karate &Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St. Uptown. Call 504-866-2241.


Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 1/24). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Get Organized with Clear the Clutter – 6-8pm. Holistic professional organizer Stasia Cymes offers expert advice & practical tips for women to create & maintain organization throughout the year. 20% discount for attendees on services. $10 for event, includes wine & hors d’oeuvres. Location: Raw Republic, 4528 Magazine St. Info: 504-920-1800. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 1/30). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972 Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie − 6:307:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center. Tara Faulkner, PhD will talk on Where Ancestral DNA Mapping Meets Astrology. Door prize. Discussion follows. Free/open to public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Info: 504-812-1332.


Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 1/22, 29, 31). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972 The Universal Laws – 6:30-8:30pm. (1st and 3rd Wed monthly) Esoteric teaching offered by Cindy Daigle, Energetic Healer and Teacher. $10 donation suggested. Journey into Wellness Center in Metairie. Call for details: 504-931-6494. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucians – 7-8pm. Open House/Open Forum also monthly traveling radius. Presentation week. 2801 Loyola Dr, Ste 4, Kenner. More info: 504-472-5635. Registration for New Children’s Karate Classes – Keep children physically fit while building self confidence. Tamashii Karate &Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St. Uptown. Call 504-866-2241.


Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding – 6pm. Learn about special nutrient dense foods and ways of eating practiced by traditional cultures to ensure truly healthy babies and parents. Ideal for those wanting to get pregnant or raising kids of any age. $20, includes food samples, handouts, recipes. Register: 504-596-6540 or Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 1/23). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.


Wisdom and Wellness Fair – Featuring information, speakers, resources for health, well-being, self-care and care of loved ones. Free flu and pneumonia immunizations with approved insurance coverage. $10, includes fair and luncheon with speaker on Caring for the Caregiver. Our Lady of Wisdom, 5600 Gen De Gaulle Dr, NOLA. Info: Couples Yoga Workshop w/ Sean – 7-9:30pm. Couples learn relaxing yoga assists and massage techniques to build trust, communication, joy, and intimacy through the power of compassionate touch. No yoga experience necessary. $70. Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown in the NOHC, 2372 St. Claude Ave, Pre-register: 504-899-0047.


Journal to the Self Workshop – 8:30am-4pm. Jumpstart the new year with dynamic personal reflection and therapeutic writing. Experience 10 journaling techniques that bring more meaning to one’s personal writing, improves mental and physical health and boosts creativity. $75. Northshore Pastoral Center, 6909 East Hwy 190 Service Rd, Covington. Register: 504-583-0461 or ®

Hypnosis for Hospice Class – 9am-5pm. (1/18 & 19) 2-day class for nurses and hospice care workers to learn to use hypnosis for pain relief in hospice care. Led by Conrad Adams, D.N.M., PhD. Covington location. Reg and info: 225-924-0604. Paint Drop-Off – 10am-2pm. Drop off old latex paint to The Green Project at Hollygrove Market and Farm, 8301 Olive St, NOLA. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 1/18 & 19) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356. Metaphysical Fair – noon-6pm. Psychics, mediums, tarot readers, astrology readings, healers, etc. Admission free, services $20/20minutes. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, (Bucktown) Metairie. Info: 504-708-8353. Simran & The Rebel Road – 7-9:30pm. A one woman show sharing the walk from darkness to Light with story, humor & song. Tickets $30. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs. Call 985-892-8111.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucians – 11am. Open House Discussion Group; 1pm – Council of Solace; 2pm – Pronaos Convocation Rehearsal; 2:30pm – Pronaos Convocation Ritual. 2801 Loyola Dr, Ste 4, Kenner. More info: 504-472-5635.


Second Degree Reiki Class – Inquire for further dates/ time with Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Oku Den (The Deeper Knowledge) is available for Reiki Students with 6 months experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho. For private classes and residential retreat information call 504-376-8518 or 504-388-2356 text.


Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000.


Awakening the Goddess Within/A Yoga Retreat for Women – (1/24 to1/26) Reconnect with the divine feminine within through all-level asana, meditation, journaling, chanting and more guided by Farah and AC. $375. Flowering Lotus Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS. Pre-registration required. Wild Lotus Yoga. Call 504-899-0047.


Free Health & Wellness Tai Chi-Chi Gong Class – 9-10am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Reserve space by 1/24. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St Uptown. Call 866-2241 for more information. Saturday Morning Massage Clinic − 9:15 & 10:45am. Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue massage. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Open House/Raphael Academy – 10am-noon. For parents and caregivers (only please) of middle and high school aged students and young adults with special needs. 500 Saraparu St, NOLA. RSVP to or call 504-524-5955. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 1/25 & 26) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356. Energetic Face-Lift – Learn a powerful hands-on technique that uses light touch and energy to rejuvenate the face and eliminate lines and wrinkles. Presented by Cindy Daigle, Energetic Healer and Teacher. Location: Journey Into Wellness in Metairie. Call for details and registration: 504-931-6494.


Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000.


Insight Meditation Retreat – (1/31 through 2/2). “Living Fully, Loving Well,” with David Chernikoff at the Flowering Lotus Meditation Retreat Center in Magnolia, Mississippi. Cost is by donation. To register or for information: 504-905-4090 or email Mantra Music Concert w/ Shantala – 7:30-10pm. Soulstirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation from visiting artists Shantala. $15 advance, $20 door. Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown in the NOHC, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Call: 504-899-0047.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 1/28). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.

natural awakenings

January 2014


communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.


Erin Kenning, MSOM, Dipl.OM, LAc, LA Lic.# ACA.200039, NAET specialist 9531 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 504-715-2317

Experience a Pain-free body, a Peaceful mind, and a Greater overall vitality. Take the first step to a life of ultimate wellness. Visit us on the web or call for more information. See ad on page 23.


Linda L. Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, LMT 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville 985-727-9665

Discover the difference & feel the peace through massage/bodywork, select spa services & energy work. Integrative, intuitive, customized approach. Aromatherapy at all sessions. LA 1479/E2445. See ad on page 12.


LA Lic.# ACA.200012 530 E. Rutland St., Covington 985-869-3299

Acupuncture Works! It is a safe, drug-free approach to managing many common health concerns. Specializing in herbal medicine, pain, stress, women’s health, and more.

animal holistic medicine JANICE E. POSEY, DVM

315 Lee Ln., Ste. 104, Covington 985-898-3623/504-466-9129

Offering a holistic, integrative approach to healing your beloved pet through acupuncture, herbal medicine/nutritional supplements, and food therapy. We treat the patient, not the symptoms. See ad on page 36.

Beauty & SkinCare ELITE SKIN SUITE

1909 Airline Dr. (Inside Premier Fitness) Metairie, LA 70001 504.452.6964

Holistic approach to skincare using certified organic products. Customized sessions that will address and correct your skin conditions and concerns in a relaxed atmosphere. Holistic approach to skincare using certified organic products. See ad on page 23.


New Orleans

Corey Schoff, LMT #7384 CH 504-232-3322

Intuitive Healer, Massage Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Breathwork and Intuitive Counselor – assisting you with increasing your self-awareness, breaking limiting patterns and releasing “stuck” energy in a caring, effective way to bring new life to your world.

breathwork JACK ANTHONY FONTANA Breathing Coach 3200 Lake Villa Dr., Metairie 504-453-9161

Let me guide you through a breathing experience that can release stress, fear, suppression, anxiety and create a space of healing, acceptance and physical and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go!


1515 Poydras St, Ste 1010, NOLA 70112 (504) 799-4260

The New Orleans Chamber supports local business development and growth through educational seminars and networking opportunities and more. In 2011 a Green Committee was formed to foster sustainable business development in the Greater New Orleans area. Check the website for the Chamber’s next networking event.

chiropractic/wellness ELLEN LA ROCCA, LMT#0107 200 Mariner’s Plaza, Suite 209 Mandeville, Louisiana, 70448 985-373-6089

We offer therapeutic massage (integrating many modalities of massage), aromatherapy, meditation classes, wellness lectures, and a resource for Macrobiotics and Ayurvedics. You’ll receive the highest quality care and service – soothing your mind, body and soul. See ad on page 32

HOLISTIC LIFE APPROACH, LLC Karen Boudreaux, LMT#5214, CHHC 985-276-8119

We offer a “Whole Person” Approach to Health, Wellness, Stress Reduction and Balance. Personalized massage modalities support you in Nurturing Yourself. We add result-oriented health and diet coaching, to help you reach your Goals! See ad page 18.


Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 Experience the difference! We offer total wellness care: Chiropractic, detoxification, nutrition, endermologie, DRX-9000 nonsurgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad page 3.


128 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans 504-488-1800

Rebuild, repair and renew your body today! Family wellness consultant, Dr. Joshua Rilette, helps alleviate aches and pains through specific chiropractic care and offers weight loss plans, cold laser therapy, nutrition, body cleansing, detoxification and orthopedics. See ad on page 15.

counseling and psychotherapy ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT

past andAttachment towards Psychotherapy ing relationships.” 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans


Relational Well-Being: in individuals and couples. Trauma Resolution (EMDR): loss, childhood neglect and abuse & other traumatic events. Alleviate Anxiety and Depression. Emotional Support for a Healthy Lifestyle: weight loss. See ad on page 7.

energy psychology MARYLOU SMITH

PSYCH-K & Mediation 504-723-2899

A results oriented approach to growth & healing that is designed to restore balance & harmony to body, mind and emotions. Marylou also guides couples in conflict to peace through the gentle process of sacred mediation. See ad on page 12.

THE WOODHOUSE DAY SPA 4030 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-NOLA (6652)

From beginning to end, our dedicated spa teams ensure your journey enhances your well-being and enlivens your spirit. Over 70 massage, facial, body and nail treatment options. Special packages and group events also available. See ad page 16.


Australian Bush Practitioner & Teacher 504-388-2356

Practitioner and teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essences. Many custom blended essences available, including: Detox, Calm & Clear, Stress Relief, Confidence, Cognis, Woman, Travel Ease, Adolescence, Yoga. National LMT/CEU classes available. See ad on page 2.

CYPRESS DENTAL, INC. 3138 McIlhenny Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225-248-8400

Offering services including cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation, minimally invasive dentistry, mercury safe environment, non-titanium implants, laser dentistry and treatment for complex conditions; obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, head, neck and facial pain and TMJ dysfunction. See ad on page 27.

MIKE ROBICHAUX, DDS 1101 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-641-8058

Offering a holistic and patientcentered approach to dentistry, because we believe the health of the mouth and overall health cannot be separated. We help those we serve make decisions that are in their best interests, based on their values and goals, by providing state of the art information within a trusting relationship. See ad on page 10.


health & wellness

plus: health coaches FEBRUARY

rethinking heart health plus: stress relief MARCH

plus: gluten-free foods APRIL

green living

plus: healthy home MAY

women’s wellness plus: bodywork JUNE

inspired living

plus: men’s wellness JULY

food watch

Health Coach dentist


food & garden

flower essences day spa

editorial calendar

HOLISTIC LIFE APPROACH, LLC Karen Boudreaux, LMT#5214, CHHC 985-276-8119

We offer a “Whole Person” Approach – customized to fit YOU, Your Lifestyle! One-on-One Support, Kitchen Raids, Grocery Field Trips. We support you in reaching YOUR Goals of Health, Wellness, and Balance. See ad on page 18.

plus: natural medicine cabinet AUGUST

transformative education plus: children’s health SEPTEMBER

conscious caretaking plus: yoga


sustainable communities plus: chiropractic and acupuncture NOVEMBER

herbal & Aromatherapy GREEN OAKS APOTHECARY 2259 Carey St. Slidell, La 985-285-9215 Find us on Facebook

Handmade in Olde Towne Slidell, we offer aromatherapy and herbal remedies for the body and home that are made from organic/organically raised earth origin ingredients: absolutely NO petro-chemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, or any other junk! See ad page 31.

natural awakenings

personal empowerment plus: beauty


awakening humanity plus: holiday themes

January 2014


holistic healing Centers AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS 2372 St. Claude Ave. 2nd Floor Upper, Ste. 220 985-467-0900

AHA! is a Community of Healing Arts Practitioners in a Healing Arts Center for the Professional Practice of Alternative, Complementary, Integrative, and Indigenous healing arts by independent practitioners in a shared space environment. See our website, contact a practitioner, make your appointment today! See ad on page 3.

WOMEN’S CENTER FOR HEALING & TRANSFORMATION 71667 Leveson St,. Abita Springs 985-892-8111

Non-profit center with events, classes, support groups and on-site professional appointments for women, by women. Massage, health and fitness coaching, holistic and body-based psychotherapy, spiritual consultations, and more. Large room rental for women’s workshops. See ad on page 31.

holistic/energy healing CENTER FOR ENLIGHTENED TRANSFORMATION Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area

Cindy utilizes powerful energetic healing methods to shift and balance the auric field, chakras and the cells of our body. Health, Joy, and Balance within, attracts the same externally. See ad on pages 9 and 30.


Natural Healing Specialist 504-352-6418

Dr. Jess specializes in a type of natural healing that makes you feel more relaxed, very peaceful, and much lighter! Release anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, pain, and all other negative feelings! Gain your inner-freedom back!


New Orleans


Donna Accardo 504-234-1388

Donna Accardo is a facilitator using energetic field tools and selfawareness practices to clear obstacles to your heart’s intention. Live your life with more authenticity, peace, and joy. Build the life you have been wanting. See ad page 33.

STEP’S HOLISTIC INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES L.E. “Step” Stepteaux, Jr., C.Ht. 504-236-4687

Connecting People With People and Information Around The World. I enjoy helping people to reach their goals, from around the country to around the world via the Telephone & the Internet.

integrative medicine IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D

401 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 203, Metairie 504-838-9804 Experience the difference that Homeopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine can bring to your health. The safe alternative— Less need for prescription drugs— Stimulation of your innate healing force. See ad on page 26.


Eric Royster, MD and Aaron Friedman, MD offer the most comprehensive treatment experience for patients suffering from chronic pain, from acupuncture to more invasive techniques offered exclusively at IPN. New Orleans, Chalmette, and Westbank locations. See ad on page 28.

Dr. Kathleen Posey, M.D. 377 Hwy 21, Ste. 101, Madisonville 985-845-4111

Our mission is to improve health and reverse chronic disease through hormonal and energetic balancing and nutrition. A practice of preventive medicine and wellness with a holistic approach to women’s gynecological and overall health. We offer a healthy medically supervised weight loss program. See ad on page 25.

PMA MEDICAL TREATMENT AND WELLNESS CENTER OF LOUISIANA Kenner and Metairie Locations 504-441-5555 PMAWellness.US

Multidisciplinary, Integrative approach to healthcare, including primary care, weight loss management, food intolerance testing, allergy testing, hormone balancing (in-house laboratory) and a vast array of aesthetic services. See ad page 24.

life coach APRIL STOLF MNLP, RYT 504-982-9642

Life, Yoga, Fashion. A unique combination of services from an NLP Master Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, and Fashion Expert to support you in becoming your best Self. Overcome obstacles, regain enthusiasm, build confidence, improve overall health, and discover your personal style. See ad on page 20.

martial arts TAI CHI-QI GONG

Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St., Uptown 504-866-2241

Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. See ad on page 2 and calendar for classes.

massage schools BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE Clearview Mall, Metairie 504-293-0972

Train for an exciting, new career as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Earn an Associates degree upon completion of advanced massage training. Inquire about financial aid. See calendar for information about our $30-student massage clinic. Visit our retail shop for massage supplies: Biotone & Therapro Cremes & Oils, aromatherapy products, books & more. Monthly specials! See ad on page 12.

natural baby & child ZUKABABY

2122 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540

ZukaBaby specializes in cloth diapers, breastfeeding supplies, baby carriers, natural toys and locally made baby items. Hosting monthly community events: La Leche League, Babywearers Meetup, nutrition classes and Wee Hands baby sign language. See ad on page 22.

natural foods & supplements THE NUTRITION COMPANY 4350 Hwy 22, Ste H, Mandeville 985-727-3482

“Where Healthy Tastes Good.” Featuring organic juices, wheatgrass, all natural, sugar free smoothies, full service organic coffee bar. Also freshly prepared organic salads, soups, chilis, free range burgers and grilled sandwiches, wraps, paninis, vegetarian & vegan specialities. Delicious Swerve baked goods! Dine-in/take-out. Catering available. Open Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, closed Sun. See ad on page 16.


Jeanie Leclere 504-888-4464/504-319-3665

Nourish your body with all natural, food-sourced vitamins, minerals, glyconutrients and antioxidants. Simply mix with food or beverage without affect taste. Enjoy the benefits of energy boosting with immune system-supporting nutrition


3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077

Pharmaceutical quality nutritional products, vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural hormones. Natural hormone balancing consultations. Counseling on pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals by a registered pharmacist and clinical nutritionist. Alkaline water available as well as sessions with Photon Genius. See ad on page 47.

naturopathic doctor DR. CATHERINE WILBERT, ND

Coming Next Month

Phone: 985-727-3482

Nationally recognized weight loss & wellness expert, author of the book, Mending Your Metabolism. Stop treating symptoms and start getting well! Diabetes, blood sugar control, weight management, women’s health, detox, performance nutrition and more. Ask about out 12-week “Set on Success” Weight Loss to Wellness Program. End dieting forever!

KARIN NIELSEN, ND 225-229-6107

Offering non-invasive health assessments, Total Thermography, Lymphatic Therapy and many detox therapies. We have a high success rate using Homeopathic and Functional Medicine for men, women and children. Specializing in Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue. See ad on page 19.

nutritionist DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 5002 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-889-8771

Cutting edge holistic nutrition services. Specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, therapeutic uses of foods, supplementation, vegetarian nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. See ad on page 30.

personal Care Products CAKE FACE SOAPING


HEART HEALTH National and Local Experts Help Us Find Real Solutions

Kelsey Foreman

All natural, vegan soaps, skin care, and other thoughtful gifts made by hand and packaged in cute and quirky designed packaging, printed on tree-less paper. Born and bred in Louisiana, based in New Orleans. See ad on page 20.

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professional organizer CLEAR THE CLUTTER Stasia Cymes 504-920-1800

Guiding you through the process of decluttering, downsizing & getting your home organized. This Grade A business on Angie’s List offers 3 hour sessions & free consultations. Removal of recycling & donations included! See ad on page 32.


Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356

Offering 23 years experience in Reiki – Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Reiki can be a personal tool for healing and growth, a way to give energy to family and friends, or a gentle complementary therapy in holistic medicine. See ad on page 2 and calendar for classes.

FIVE DIRECTIONS WELLNESS Geryll Robinson-Dr. G. Love, DN Naprapath,Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner New Orleans 917-881-8507

Enter our r/Evolutionary healing space and connect to your birthright as a Universal Energetic Be-ing! We offer Usui Reiki Attunements, Community Supported Continuing Education, Spiritual/Emotional Healing, Spinal Alignment, Food/ Lifestyle Counseling, and Cross-cultural Shamanic Apprenticeships.


Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 3939 Houma Blvd., Bld. 3, Ste. 15 Metairie 504-909-3723

Certified & experienced Master Teacher offering sessions & classes to the Greater N.O. Area. Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki Drumming and Animal Reiki practitioner. Visit our website for full information. See ad on page 10.


New Orleans

retreat center DOLORES WATSON

621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090

Elegant, donation based retreat center in quaint, quiet Magnolia, MS just 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Jackson. Ongoing retreats in meditation and yoga. Ongoing meditation group in New Orleans. Vegetarian. Available for rental. Capacity for 40 people. See ad on page 31 and ongoing calendar.


2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9

Since 2007, South Coast Solar has helped more than 500 clients start saving money with solar energy using best-in-class products and installation practices. 100% locally owned and operated. See ad on page 37.

thermoGRAPHY THE WELLNESS CENTRE OF BR Dr. Karin Nielsen, ND, CCT 1528 Delplaza Dr., Ste B Baton Rouge, LA 70815 225-229-6107

Offering full body Thermography, detects abnormalities in the earliest stages, to find underlying causes of disease as it looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed. Consultations/ follow up care are offered as well. See ad on page 19.


Sue McCann, LPC-S, LMFT, LAC, RYT 504-832-4096

Insights of New Orleans, your easily accessible wellness center collaborating with each client to rejuvenate, restore, and inspire with offerings of compassionate holistic healing modalities. Metairie location.Visit our website for list of modalities. See ad on page 27.


1228 Baronne St.

Kundalini Yoga is considered to be the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, physical practice and breathing exercises. All levels of experience are welcome to all classes. See ad on page 12 and calendar for events/classes.


4842 Perrier St, Uptown 2372 St Claude Ave, Downtown 504-899-0047

Voted Best Yoga Studio 11 years. Intro Offer: 30 Days Of Yoga For $33 (first time local residents), Intro To Yoga Courses + Over 60 classes a week including Prenatal, Kids, Tweens & Teen classes. See ad page 18.

yoga teacher training TRANSFORM NOLA

Mia Oramous, RYT 500/ACE PT 8422 Oak St, New Orleans 985-640-2648

Yoga, Nia and TRX workout classes offered all week; private sessions also available. 200-hr yoga teacher training starts March 2014. Sign up on our email list and receive “7 Yoga Poses for Strength” ebook FREE! See ad on page 29.


603 S. Tyler St., Covington 985-893-8834 YogaSchoolCovingtonLA

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God is Love. Love thrives because it is a Gift from God and has the power to destroy evil. Love is so important for with love, one can defeat evil but without love, evil spreads. Love is not selfish. Love is generous, forgiving and untainted by the sin of pride. You must ask God, every day, for the Gift of Love and when you are given this, use it as your armor against hatred. Love, when present in a pure soul, attracts hatred from those souls who have banished God from their lives. They cannot bear the Light of God, which shines from the souls of those who are filled with God’s Love. Where there is love, there is the Presence of God.


Satan is incapable of love, but instead is self-obsessed with what he believes to be his power and greatness. When he infests souls, the first thing he does is to destroy love within the soul. When he achieves this, he will instill a terrible hatred in that soul and it is this hatred which causes division. Division and disagreements, inspired by hatred, can lead to desperate deeds carried out by one soul against another. These hate-filled deeds can very often lead to terrible cruelty and even murder. The sin of pride is instilled in souls, who open themselves up to the devil and this leads to ruthless ambition and greed. Go now in the knowledge that Love must be used to help the souls of all those who are in great need of God’s mercy. Please recite this Crusade Prayer for the Gift of Love.

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Crusade Prayer (129) For the Gift of Love: O God, please fill me with Your Love. Help me to share the Gift of Love with all those in need of Your Mercy. Help me to love You more. Help me to love all those in need of Your Love. Help me to love Your enemies. Allow the love You Bless me with to be used to engulf the hearts of everyone I come into contact with. With the Love, which You infuse in my soul, help me to conquer all evil, convert souls and defeat the devil and all those wicked agents of his, who try to destroy the Truth of Your Holy Word. Amen.


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