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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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Local Businesses Celebrate Being Green in New Orleans by Colleen Morgan


Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes


PREPARE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE What it means for Southeast Louisiana by Colleen Morgan

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letterfrompublisher “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” ~ Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park


ust the suggestion, let alone the reality, of GMO (genetically modified organisms) Frankenfoods remind me of this line from Jurassic Park. In the movie the Malcolm character argues that the Jurassic Park scientists’ thinking was flawed by assuming they could control the forces of nature and keep laboratory dinosaurs from reproducing on their own. Nature always wins out, he counsels. In a similar fashion, Monsanto scientists have unleashed GMO crops onto an unsuspecting populace by splicing and combining different species genes to produce plants with abnormal qualities, such as resistance to certain herbicides like Roundup, manufactured by the same company. Proliferating Roundup-Ready crops depend on it. Now it turns out that nature is finding a way around this too. Farmers caught in a losing cycle report that pests and weeds are becoming resistant to the increasingly poisonous chemicals they have been using at risk to their own health, making their crops vulnerable to attack and decreasing yields. Making matters worse, when its patented seeds adulterate neighboring fields, the company sues farmers to keep them from re-planting the seeds from their own harvest. And that’s only part of this corporate monster’s horror show. More enlightened scientists from numerous leading research institutions have linked glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, to birth defects in birds and amphibians and to cancer, hormone disruption, DNA damage and reproductive damage in mammals. All are good reasons why GMO foods have been banned in a number of countries, while long-term effects of consuming GMO foods remain unknown. Consumers are increasingly wary and demanding to know what is in the foods they buy. After Vermont recently passed a law requiring labeling of GMO products in their state, Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association sued to strike it down, saying it infringes on their constitutional rights. What about consumers’ rights? Winning against this corporate Goliath is vital because the legal decision will set a precedent for the country. We can all support this small David state in its effort to maintain the rights of citizens to know what is in the foods we eat (page 13). Hopeful news is embodied by revisiting a breed of natural and organic farmers and advocates hard at work to show by example how it’s possible to choose a different path and work with nature in a more sustainable system. One that provides healthier foods, maintains the health of the land and creates a more secure food supply (page 16). This month we also begin a series of articles looking at what the National Climate Assessment can tell us about preparing for the effects of climate change in the Southeast and specifically Louisiana (page 26). The national report is a compelling read. Knowledge is power and we must know that we have the power to address challenges important to us all.

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he La Leche League of Jefferson will hold its annual Baby & Child Expo on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie. Expecting parents and young families will find a wealth of information on having a natural pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting experience. Breastfeeding counselors, doulas, massage therapists, fitness instructors, childbirth educators and more will be available. Bring the children to pet ponies from Pony Tales, paint a canvas with Once Upon a Doodle and take part in face painting and parachute play. For expecting parents and young families there will be free gift bags and door prizes throughout the four hours. The event is free and open to the public. Natural Awakenings is pleased to be a sponsor for this event. For more information on the expo or La Leche League, contact Susan Vicknair Theall at LLLJefferson@cox.net. See ad on back cover.


ranklin Hernandez and his wife, Alisson, moved to the area ten months ago with their three year old daughter, who has cerebral palsy. After moving to the area, they searched for a support group of parents who have children with physical disabilities. Their search failed to turn up a group with the kind of function and focus they wanted, and so the couple are forming a support and networking group of parents and caretakers of children with cerebral palsy or any other physical disabilities. They would like the group to meet on a regular basis. Franklin Hernandez invites parents who are interested in sharing experiences, resources and hopes with others facing similar challenges in raising a child with physical disabilities Interested families may contact Franklin Hernandez at 305-450-4375.

Creating with Mosaics Workshops


ooking for an indoor creative project this month? Two workshops on creating with mosaics will be offered by mosaic artist, Laurel True, at True Mosaics Studio, 2801 Chartres Street in the Marigny in New Orleans. No prior experience is need for either workshop. Mosaics with Glass and Light will be offered on July 19th and 20th, where participants will learn how to make a luminescent mosaic lamp using techniques for creating glass on glass mosaics. The class runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 19th and continues on the 20th from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $195. On July 20 True will lead a Mosaic Fleur de Lis workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students will create a mosaic fleur de lis. The cost is $100 and includes all materials. For more information or to sign up for a workshop contact Laurel True at Info@TrueMosaics.com.

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n May of this year, Debbi Hannan, a doctor of chiropractic, completed certification training and graduated from the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). She joins an elite group of 124 practitioners, who are among the first graduates of IFM’s Certification Program. She also holds an MS in Nutrtion. Hannan’s passion for health and wellness has been the driving force in her 29 years of service as the clinic director of Chiropractic Health Center & Holistic Wellness Services in Metairie. Having completed the program, she is one Dr. Debbi Hannan of only a few who are uniquely trained in the functional medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of chronic disease. IFM is a nonprofit institution, founded in 1991 with a mission “to serve the highest of individual health through the widespread adoption of functional medicine as the standard of care.” The stated goal of the IFM’s Functional Medicine Certification Program is to deepen and broaden the expertise and knowledge base of clinicians in the principles and practice of functional medicine. Achieving certification requires completion of seven advanced practice courses and passing a stringent written test and case study evaluations. Individuals qualified to apply for the certification program must hold a healthcare degree from an accredited medical, osteopathic, chiropractic, physician assistant, nursing, dentistry, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, pharmacy or nutrition program in the United States and Canada or equivalent programs from other countries. To learn more about the offerings at Hannan’s practice visit HannanWellness.com, and to learn more about the IFM, visit FunctionalMedicine.org. See ad on page 16.




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une marked the official opening of Community Greens, the commercial complex at Washington Avenue and Broad Street in New Orleans, that transformed blighted buildings into vibrant office spaces that house socially and environmentally responsible organizations. Moreover, the development of four buildings, parking lots and a courtyeard was designed and built using green building best practices. Green Coast Enterprises, the company behind the project, brought the idea to fruition with the help of many partners, including Capital Link; ASK Partnership; FirstNBC Bank; the Isaiah Fund of Bend the Arc, a Jewish Fund for Justice; the Louisiana Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit; NCB Capital Impact; the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority; federal and state historic tax credits and HUD tax credits. A grand opening on June 12 celebrated the completion of the last building, which is to serve as a community health center. The unveiling of this renovation took place with the backdrop of the tenants already established in the other three buildings, including a social innovation incubator, restaurants, offices and retail. The project aims to help grow the economy and revitalize the area, which once was a vital commercial corridor. More can be found about Community Greens and Green Coast Enterprises at GreenCoastEnterprises.com.

EPA Plan is a Win for Louisiana


he Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a Clean Power Plan - new carbon pollution standards for power plants, specifically older plants and coal-fired facilities. The new rules are meant to protect public health, lower electricity bills, and reduce carbon emissions. The Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized by June 2015. Public comment on the proposed requirements will be accepted for 120 days after publication in the Federal Register and public hearings will take place in late July in Denver, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. The Alliance for Affordable Energy supports the new standards as a way to boost the state’s natural gas industry and protect the coast as well as improve public health. In an email distributed June 2, Chief Executive Officer Casey DeMoss Roberts said only 12 percent of Louisiana’s electricity is derived from coal, compared to 75 percent from natural gas, so the ratepayers will not see much of a change. However, the state’s natural gas providers will likely benefit from the new rules, she wrote. The rules will avoid approximately 6,600 premature deaths; prevent about 150,000 asthma attacks in children; save up to $93 billion in public health and environmental costs; reduce electricity bills by approximately eight percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand on the electric grid; and reduce carbon emissions from the sector 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, she reports. Decreasing emissions will ultimately reduce sea level rise, which threatens our coast – particularly State Highway 1 that connects Port Fourchon, a strategic oil hub, to the inland industrial centers. “The only way to keep sea levels manageable, our coast restoreable, and economy thriving is to limit the pollution causing the seas to rise,” Roberts concluded. For more information on the proposed EPA rules, logon to epa.gov or www.whitehouse. gov/climate-change; or to learn about the Alliance, visit www.allforenergy.org.

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ow New Orleanians can take a train to work – a bike train that is. Bike trains are groups of individuals who bicycle to work together, led by volunteer “conductors,” according to BikeEasy. org. The NOLA Bike Trains are a collaboration between Entergy and Bike Easy, providing weekly morning routes helping people ride to work safely. The BikeEasy website compares the trains to NOLA Bike to Work Day, but year-round. First timers and seasoned bike-to-work riders are welcome. There are currently three bike train routes: Bayou St. John to the CBD, Mid-City to UNO Lakefront Campus, and Uptown to the CBD. The train routes schedules and meetup locations, as well as mapped routes, are available at BikeEasy.org/ projects/nola-bike-train-powered-byentergy/. Riders can also sign up on the website.

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Vermont Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge spearheaded efforts for Vermont to pass the nation’s first unrestricted mandatory labeling bill for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The state legislature’s collective efforts, lasting more than a decade, led to an unprecedented, game-changing new law signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on April 23. Anticipating the current lawsuit by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Vermont has set aside $10 million for legal fees. The Organic Manufacturers Association is working to expand funding behind Vermont’s defense because the outcome could affect all 50 states. Unless legally overturned, starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9 percent GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic engineering was used. Products that contain GMOs and are labeled as such cannot also label their products as “natural”. The bill, however, does not apply to labels for milk, eggs and meat from animals fed GMOs. Donate to Vermont ’s defense fund at Tinyurl.com/ SupportGMOLabeling.

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Dr. Shailaja G. Raj, a gynecologist and reproductive endocrinology and fertility expert with a clinical practice in the greater New Orleans area, knows that for many women their greatest fear is getting breast cancer. That’s why no one could be more excited about research results published in the November 2013 Journal of Cancer – regarding a cocktail of plant compounds that killed breast cancer cells in the laboratory – unless it is her husband, Madhwa H.G. Raj PhD, who led the study at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, in collaboration with Dr.Shubha Ireland of Xavier University of Louisiana. “The ingredients in the cocktail come from foods people eat everyday, but at much higher levels than they could possibly get from their diet,” says Madhwa Raj, a research professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU’s Health Sciences Center. Dr. Shailaja Raj was a co-author in the study. What the research showed was that a combination of six known protective chemical nutrients from turmeric, soybeans, broccoli, grapes and tea were more effective against cancer cells in vitro than each would be individually. Individually they were ineffective, but in combination these natural compounds killed 100% of the sample breast cancer cells without toxic side-effects to normal cells. The researchers tested other known

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Anna Jones-Crabtree Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations.

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Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an organic orchard in memory of their son, Joraan, who died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 23. Joraan’s orchard is home to thriving, health-supporting apple, apricot, cherry and plum trees, plus native aronia berries. It also injects fresh life into the community. Each spring, the Forbords celebrate their son’s birthday by “waking up” his orchard. His mother explains: “People of all ages gather—an assortment of our friends, Joraan’s friends and their growing families, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, students and others—to keep his legacy growing. The incredible community support keeps us going.”

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Tarrant Lanier, gardening with children at the Center for Family and Community Development Tarrant Lanier, of the Center for Family and Community Development (CFCD) and Victory Teaching Farm, in Mobile, Alabama, wants all children to grow up in safe communities with access to plenty of wholesome food. After working for nearly two decades with some of South Alabama’s most vulnerable families, Lanier wanted to “provide more than a crutch.” In 2009, she established the nonprofit CFCD organization, dedicated to healthy living. Within five years, she had assembled a small, but hard-working staff that began building community and school gardens and creating collaborative partnerships. Recently, the group established the Victory Teaching Farm, the region’s first urban teaching farm and community resource center. “The farm will serve as an onsite experience for children

to learn where their food comes from and the reasons fresh, organically grown food really matters to our health,” says Lanier. However, “This is just the tip of the iceberg for us. Ultimately, we’d like to be a chemical-free community through advocating for reduction and elimination of pesticide and chemical use in schools, hospitals, households and local parks and ball fields.” Lanier aims to help improve on Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of the world, and I want future generations to enjoy it without fearing that it’s making us sick,” she says. “We are intent on having a school garden in every school, and we want to see area hospitals establish organic food gardens that support efforts to make people healthier without the use of heavy medications.” Lanier further explains: “We see our victory as reducing hunger and increasing health and wellness, environmental sustainability and repair, community development and beautification, economic development and access to locally grown food, by promoting and creating a local food system.” Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis, of Zephyros Farm and Garden, in Paonia, Colorado, grow exquisite organic flowers and vegetables for farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture members in Telluride and the Roaring Fork Valley. Recently, the couple decided to take fewer trips away from their children and homestead, and instead bring more people to their 35-acre family farm to learn from the land and develop a refreshed sense of community. From earthy farm dinners and elegant weddings to creative exploration camps for children and adults and an educational internship program, these family farmers are raising a new crop

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Don Lareau of consumers that value the land, their food and the people producing it. The couple hopes to help people learn how to grow and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing the magic of their farm with children. “Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley, oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red kidney beans and edamame soybeans, along with raising livestock on about 1,400 acres. Their family farm philosophy entails looking at the world through a lens of abundance, rather than scarcity, and working in cooperation with their neighbors instead of in competition. The result has been a groundswell of thriving organic farmers and a renewed sense of community and economic strength throughout their region. The Martens switched to organic farming after Klaas experienced partial paralysis due to exposure to pesticides, compounded by concern for the health of their three children. Because the Martens work in alliance with nature, they’ve learned to ask a unique set of questions. For example, when Klaas

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Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in the Copper River and Bristol Bay fisheries. During that time, Mosness became a passionate advocate for protecting coastal communities and ecosystems. “Like farm families on land, fishing families face many risks and uncertainties,” but she believes, “political forces may be even more damaging to our livelihoods and wild fish.” For example, “We are replicating some of the worst practices of factory farming on land in our marine environment with diseases, parasites and voluminous amounts of pollution flushing into our coastal waters,” explains Mosness. She’s also concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s potential approval of genetically engineered (GMO) fish without adequate health and environmental assessments, and she works to support GMO labeling so consumers can make informed choices in the marketplace.

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Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for or g anic farmers at Enduring-Image.blogspot.com.

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James Gormley Takes On the FDA Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself by Kathleen Barnes


ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute. His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against

government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.

Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries? The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed his disgust with the unintended consequences in his 1929 book, The History of a Crime Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the

People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in 2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.

With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.

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Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study conducted since World War II. The superrefined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.

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Recognizing Sustainability in Business By Colleen Morgan


he area’s green-minded business community gathered on May15th at the Eiffel Society for the third year to once again celebrate the winners of the Green Games, the area’s sustainable business competition. More than 200 people attended to recognize a dozen organizations for their achievements in sustainable business practices over the past year. The Best Office award went to CLEAResult, the firm that runs the New Orleans’s Energy Smart program, which saved 20 million kilowatt hours of electricity last year. In the course of making multi-unit apartment buildings more energy efficient, the discarded showerheads, faucet aerators and lightbulbs became raw materials for the artists at Unique Products, where a unique chandelier was created out of the showerheads. “We’re green, but we wanted to take it a step further – do a little more than the day to day,” said Alexander Scott, the Senior Program Manager.


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ZukaBaby, a natural parenting boutique, won for Best Retail. This Magazine Street store, a veteran of the Games, carries safe and sustainable items and purchases carbon offsets for shipping. Owner Erin Pelias said these efforts have helped the bottom line, and this year, she partnered with a manufacturer of cloth diapers to implement the “Share the Love” program to provide them to families in need. “Cloth diapers are a much greener option,” she said. “This way we can help provide them to those who need them the most.” The Nattie for Best Non-Profit went to Project Lazarus, which greatly reduced energy usage in its historic stone complex in the Marigny. Replacing two HVAC systems and 41 thermostats with wireless, programmable ones allowed Facilities Manager Kathleen Welch to centralize energy use and, over six months, saved $2,800 in electricity. New Orleans Charter Math & Science High School got the top award


for Best School for its recycling program and removal of styrofoam plates from the cafeteria - together cutting the solid waste, and associated bill, by half, according to Facilities Manager Anthony Crim. He was tasked with saving money, so he researched how to reduce his big bills. And with a $10,000 grant from Keep America Beautiful, he leased a dishwasher – and dropped kitchen waste by 60 percent. Discarding everything is expensive – the new program saved $3,700 last year, Crim said. “Styrofoam is…the easiest way, but it’s not the right way.” Sarah the Pet Sitter, who won the Best Services category, admits her team was determined to win. “What we are doing is revolutionary, we wanted to set a precedent,” she said. Her team uses bicycles, recycles everything and talks to pet owners and neighbors about pet food and waste. They see it as opportunity to build up community. The new Mexican restaurant on

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Casa Borrega, took home the Innovation award for the building’s transformation from a blighted property into a gem, using many recycled architectural components. Despite some struggles to get it open, owners Linda Stone and Hugo Montero created a venue for cultural events in a neighborhood with a history of integration and architectural uniqueness, located near downtown. Additional awards went to: Café Carmo for Best Restaurant; Orleans Coffee Exchange for Best Manufacturer; and The Hotel Modern for the People’s Choice Award. Stone summed up the importance of this event to the green business community. It gives recognition to folks who work really hard to do the right thing. “That’s the most important thing for anybody who wins,” she said. “It validates what you are doing.” Colleen Morgan is Environmental Editor for Natural Awakenings Southeast Louisiana. She may be reached at Colleen. NOLAHealthyLiving.com.

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Essential Oils for Summer

Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes

Best Carriers Almost all essential oils are so strong that they must be diluted before use to prevent skin irritation. Use coldpressed oils and mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier substance. Some of the best carriers are almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot oil, cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and olive oil.

Minor Scrapes, Cuts and Blisters Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it

A breath of sweet lavender oil can quickly reduce stress. A whiff of contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works lemon oil can energize us. to prevent infection, according to a


ssential oils are not magic or folklore. There is solid science behind them,” says Elizabeth Jones, founder of the College of Botanical Healing Arts, in Santa Cruz, California. Here’s what happens after inhaling lavender, the most popular of all essential oils: The cilia— microscopic cellular fibers in the nose—transport the aroma to the olfactory bulb at the bottom of the brain, from where it proceeds to the limbic brain and

directly affects the nerves, delivering a soothing effect. “Or put it on your skin and other properties of essential oils are absorbed straight into the bloodstream,” advises Jones, author of Awaken to Healing Fragrance. Thai studies show that a whiff of lavender oil is calming and lowers blood pressure and heart rate, yet there are many more benefits attributed to the art and science of aromatherapy and essential oils. For those struggling with summer maladies, here are several simple solutions essential oils can provide.

meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia. The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some cases instead of antibiotics. Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses. “Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (RobertTisserand.com), of Ojai, California. “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”

Sunburn, Bug Bites and Poison Ivy A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises Tisserand. Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones. Undiluted lavender is also a great remedy for insect bites, says Tisserand. “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20


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seconds with a few drops.” Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite, aloe vera gel. She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy, a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.

Allergy Relief During hay fever season, several aromatherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand. He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines. Use them separately or blended. When using a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel. He notes that a steam tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.

Sprains, Strains and Joint Pain Lessen inflammation and the pain from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand. He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot. Rosemary is particularly effective for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones. A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and antiinflammatory abilities of peppermint oil. Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain. Jones believes that essential oils have a place in everyone’s medicine chest. “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,” she remarks. “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

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Local practitioners’ favorite items to keep on hand Argentyn 23 Silver Hydrosol First Aid Gel – helps heal cuts,

scrapes, burns and bites faster. Calms inflammation to reduce swelling and pain. Great to have on hand while traveling. Apply topically. Karin Nielsen, ND The Wellness Centre of Baton Rouge WellnessCentreBR.com

Arnica Montana 30c – a homeopathic remedy wonderful for injuries

such as falls, sprains, head injuries or for pain and swelling after childbirth. Let one pellet dissolve in mouth 1-2 times daily for 1 to 3 days as needed. Irene Sebastian, M.D. Integrative Physician IreneSebastianMD.com

Clove Oil – a great topical analgesic and antiseptic for

toothaches and pain during dental work. Also an excellent mosquito repellant – great alternative to DEET. Apply topically. Danielle Paciera RD CCN Integrative Nutrition Specialist 365Vitality.com

Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath – an alkalizing bath formulated with

mustard seed and essential oils. Aids skin in eliminating impurities and can relieve aches and pain, insomnia, stress/anxiety, and the common cold. Recommend use in the evening, then drink a glass of lemon water or coconut water, then to bed. Erin Kenning, MSOM, Lac Family Acupuncture & Wellness NOLAFamilyWellness.com

Dr. Tichenor’s – an antiseptic liquid or gel great for a variety of uses, not just for mouthwash – bug bites, rashes, acne, histemic responses and a variet of other uses. Joshua Rilette, DC Upper Cervical Family Chiropractic UCFamilyChiropractiic.com

Tea Tree Oil – protocol to treat fungus on finger or toe nail. Soak

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Report Says Prepare for Climate Change What it means for Southeast Louisiana By Colleen Morgan

Sea level rise will have an impact and change the landscape along the Southeast.


n M ay 6 , a c o a l i t i o n o f more than a dozen federal scientific agencies released the government’s “flagship” report on climate change impacts and responses. The U.S. Global Change Research Program’s third climate change assessment – completed every four years – contains a plethora of information on the subject focused on the science and how each region of the country and various sectors are being affected. Th e 2 0 1 4 N a t i o n a l C l i m a t e A s s e s s m e n t ( N CA ) , i s t h e m o s t comprehensive document on climate change impacts in the U.S. to date. This iteration of the report is meant to

update the public on the latest trends and science surrounding climate change, and to that end it has been formatted into a website so the information is easily searched, downloadable and shared, both in English and Spanish, on tablets and phones as well as laptops. For Southeast Louisiana, the prospect is formidable: severe storms will intensify, and this region is extremely vulnerable to sea level rise because of coastal land loss. A trio of the report’s authors presented its primary findings on the Southeast region of the country in a webinar sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists. First and foremost, climate change is not just in the future


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– it is already happening. Communities across the country are feeling the effects now, according to Dr. Fred Lipschultz, Senior Scientist of the NCA and its Regional Coordinator. “Impacts are widespread across the country and are well documented in the report,” he said, for each region as well as the coastal areas and the oceans. Secondly, the NCA projects an increase in these impacts, especially in precipitation, drought, warming, and severe weather events. The document confirms that “human activities are the primary cause,” specifically carbon emissions, Dr. Lipschultz said. “We are in control of a lot of the future scenarios, and we can greatly influence the type of climate we are going to see.” In addition, the report discusses adaptation plans and responses that communities are taking across the country, as a way to disseminate the information for other communities facing similar challenges. “There are opportunities for changing emission levels into the future,” Dr. Lipschultz said. Paul Schramm from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a lead author of the Southeast and Caribbean chapter, said this region has not experienced the sustained warming that was predicted. The region actually cooled from around 1955 to the mid 1980’s - this “Warming Hole” is being intensely studied, he said, but the cause is currently unknown. Besides that, the last two decades had considerable warming, and 2001-2012 was warmer than the previous decade. Schramm also discussed the public health implications of increases in ground level ozone, which accompanies temperature rise. Ozone, which originates from cars and industry, is “very harmful to public health,” he said, but capping this pollution would help. “There are adaptation measures that could reduce these negative impacts,” Schramm said. Schramm presented a map identifying the areas in the Southeast that are most at risk based on the “Coastal Vulnerability Index,” which combines vulnerability to sea level rise and storms and the ability to adapt to them. Virginia Beach, areas of South Florida and the entire Louisiana and Mississippi coasts were highlighted – he showed aerials of the deteriorating wetlands surrounding Isle

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de Jean Charles, 60 miles south of New Orleans, as an example. “There is sinking land,” Schramm said, implicating four hurricanes in recent decades and oil and gas production as the primary culprits. The next slide highlights the importance of LA Highway 1 – recently elevated because of the subsidence – as the only road to Port Fourchon, which supports 18 percent of the nation’s oil and 90 percent of offshore oil and gas production. Researchers of this NCA devoted considerable attention to urban and energy infrastructure for the first time. This topic is of great importance in the Southeast, because it has experienced the most severe weather events since 1980, said Tom Wilbanks of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the lead author of that chapter. “It is very different to adapt to episodic events than to long term gradual changes,” he said. The energy section, whose lead authors were both from the private sector,

confirmed that extreme weather events are climate change related – the first time such a link has been made in an official document. Beyond impacts from coastal storms and flooding, the report describes how seasonal drought and heat waves increase electricity use in interior states – a concern for energy suppliers. Wilbanks presented a map of the worst case scenario regarding temperature increases in the interior of the region, showing a July Heat Index of 20 degrees higher than current. “If it were 20 degrees higher it would be very uncomfortable indeed,” he said. However, the energy sector is financially capable of responding to this impending crisis, and has taken strides in that direction in the past five years, Wilbanks said. He called out Entergy Gulf States as a leader in this movement, noting that the chapter on Climate Change Mitigation tells the story of industry response. “I have reason to think the energy

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POOCH 10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow by Suzi Beber


o keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results.









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Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of Harvard Health Publications. They are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plantbased form of omega-3, which combats skin inflammation and improves the skin’s texture and softness, says holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith, of Tucson, Arizona.


Eggs are nutritional powerhouses containing the most bioavailable protein for dogs. Eggs have vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover. Their zinc further supports protein synthesis and cell division, necessary for wound healing, the formation of connective tissue and skin health, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Egg yolks provide a valuable source of biotin, effective in treating dry skin, seborrhea and itching associated with skin allergies, reports PetEducation. com, a website of veterinarians Dr. Race NOLAHealthyLiving.com

Foster and Dr. Marty Smith, owners of Foster and Smith, Inc. Avoid raw eggs, as they contain avidin, which interferes with the metabolism of biotin, fats, glucose and amino acids, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family of tocopherols and tocotrienols. “Deficiency of vitamin E has been implicated in the development of certain dermatological disorders in dogs,” counsels Lee Russell McDowell, Ph.D., in Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc and bioflavonoids, with a trace of omega-3. While safe in small quantities for larger dogs, whole almonds are not easily digested and can upset the stomach and create intestinal distress. Almonds are easily ground into a powder using a blender, and almond meal is also available at many grocery stores.


Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy pioneered the use of coconut in natural diets for companion animals. Raw coconut contains medium-chain, saturated fats that transform into energy and can decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation, according

to naturopathic physician Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist, doctor of naturopathy and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle.

and eight B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin.


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Carob, the fruit of the Ceratonia siliqua tree, is rich in natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Free of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate, it’s safe for dogs and its vitamin E supports skin health. Recent research published in the Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal shows that carob also has natural antibacterial properties.


A fortifying cereal low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus, oats also harbor calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber content, which also helps a dog’s gastrointestinal system to remove toxins.


Liver from grass-fed animals enhances healthy skin. Nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E

ellagic acid can prevent skin cancers. The 16th-century herbalist Henry Lyte documented their use in treating skin wounds and eczema.

Sweet Potatoes

Cooked wild salmon is ripe with omega-3 fatty acids, which along with benefiting the skin and coat, appear to boost the immune system, and may assist dogs with allergies, according to the article “10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott.

Sweet potatoes can be considered a skin superfood, because they hold a high level of betacarotene (a precursor form of vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamin E. Their vitamin C content, which increases with cooking, facilitates collagen production, contributes to photoprotection, decreases photodamage and supports wound healing, according to a report by Alexander J. Michels, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute.


Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin antioxidants, plus the phytochemical ellagic acid. “Animal experiments show that supplementation with anthocyanins effectively prevents inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage,” explains Northern California Registered Dietitian Marilyn Sterling, who also points to myriad studies of the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research,

Suzi Beber is the founder of The S m i l i n g B l u e S k i e s C a n c e r Fu n d via Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinar y College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. She also contributes to Animal Wellness magazine, from which this article was adapted and used with permission.

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Fracking Versus Food America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake by Harriet Shugarman


hat if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe and that production is secure. But hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its accompanying infrastructure threaten this. Questions must be raised and answered before the safety of our food supply is permanently impacted.

Conditions that Demand Changes n No federal funding exists for researching the impacts of chemical contamination from oil and gas drilling and infrastructure on food and food production. n No public tests are required for what contaminants to look for because many of the 500-plus chemicals used in the fracking process are categorized as proprietary. n Minimal-to-no baseline analysis is being done on air, water and soil conditions before oil and gas companies come into a new area. n No commonly agreed distances are lawfully required between farms, farmlands, rivers, streams and water supplies in relation to oil and gas wells and their infrastructure.

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Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 7/16, 24 & 31)). 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: 504293-0972.


Energy Clearing – (also 7/16) Presented by Cindy B. Daigle at Journey Into Wellness, 3939 Houma Blvd, Bldg 3, Ste 15, Metairie. For details contact Cindy at 504-931-6494.


La Leche League NOLA – 6pm. (also 7/16 @ 9am) Special Toddler Meeting 7/10. LLL Meetings are open to all women interested in breastfeeding and are a chance to learn, have questions answered, receive help and benefit from community with other breastfeeding mothers. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: LLLofNewOrleans@gmail.com. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic –6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 7/15) 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



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DIY Backyard Water Features – 9am-noon. At 10am Joan Doyle will demonstrate several do it yourself creations of backyard water features in the outdoor tent and discuss the value of water features to a garden. Tropical and semi-tropical plants for sale. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne Street, NOLA 70113. 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. Adult Brain Injury Survivors Support Group – 1-4pm. Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month in the Piccadilly Cafeteria’s private meeting room, 2609 Jefferson Hwy, Old Jefferson. Healing Touch Level 1 – 8:30am-6pm. (2-days 7/12 & 13). Intro to Healing Touch International/ Beyond borders cert. program. Allows to work in hospitals, clinics, community organizations & private practices. CEUs for Nursing, LA and MS LMT. Men & women. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs. Contact: Mary Frost ToHealth@aol.com or 228-342-1529.



Celebration of Freedom Service – 11am. Special Sunday service celebrating freedom to express ourselves as the unique creations of life we are meant to be, and because as Americans we have opportunity to choose our spiritual path, religion and way of life. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575.


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. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie − 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health & Healing, Inc. Speaker: Peggy Scott on Ortho-Bionomy, a pain-free system of bodywork – demo/some instruction. Free/open to public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd, Metairie. Info: 504-812-1332.

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Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children – 5:307:30pm. National evidence-based proven program open to professionals and any concerned adult woman wanting to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Free CEUs for NASW and NBCC. By Earnisha Lott of Hope House. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation. Info@WomensCenterForHealing.org or 985-892-8111. 2020 Moms Project – 6pm. A monthly meeting sponsored by Nola Nesting Doulas and Fussy Baby Network for new moms to discuss challenges and feelings about caring for an infant. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: Kimberly@zukababy. com

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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.

Cloth Diapers 101 – 9am. (also 7/31 at 6pm) Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, hands on demonstrations. Cost: $20. Receive a $20 coupon off a purchase of $100. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Reg: 504-596-6540 or erin@ZukaBaby.com

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Real Food Workshop – 6pm. (7/15, 22, 29 & 8/5) Learn to identify and choose real foods at the grocery store, how to overcome common obstacles (such as picky eaters and special diets), how to choose real foods on a tight budget and to truly love real foods. $90. ZukaBaby, 2121 Magazine St, NOLA. Reg/ info: caylagarcia05@yahoo.com. 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.


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Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic –6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 7/22 & 29). 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.


Blueberry Bliss Adventure – 4pm. Join the Unity of Metairie spiritual family for an evening of fun, fellowship and community and berry picking at a beautiful Northshore farm. $12/gallon. Buckets provided. All are welcome, kids too. Meet at Unity of Metairie spiritual center, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. Info: 504-885-7575. Friday Night Yoga Jam – 6-7:15pm. Inspiring vinyasa flow practice guided by Farah and accompanied by the live grooves of DJ Tom Harvey spinning a mix of electronic fusion, kirtan, dub & downtempo. Reg class price plus tips for DJ. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown, 4842 Perrier St, NOLA. Info: 504-899-0047.


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Journal to the Self® Workshop – 8:30am-4pm. Take a summer day to recharge with 10 journaling techniques that bring more meaning to one’s personal writing, improve mental and physical health and boost creativity. $75, includes workbook. Covington location. Contact: Erica Morgan at emorgandufrene@gmail.com or 504-583-0461.

Saturday Morning Massage Clinic – 9:15 & 10:45am. Deep Tissue Massage. Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. $30. By appt. only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. 504-293-0972. Paint Drop-Off – 10am-2pm. Drop off old latex paint to The Green Project at Hollygrove Market and Farm, 8301 Olive St, NOLA. Mosaics with Glass and Light – 10am-4pm. (continue 7/20 10am-noon) Create a gorgeous, luminescent mosaic lamp. Students will learn techniques for creating glass on glass mosaics with mosaic artist Laurel True. All levels. Beginners welcome. $195. True Mosaics Studio, 2801 Chartres St in the Marigny, NOLA. Info@TrueMosaics.com Metaphysical Fair and Healing Fair – noon-6pm. Featuring mediums, psychics, healers, astrology readings, aura photography and rune readings, crystals, Biomat, essential oils, jewelry and more. Parking in front. Free admission. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Metairie. Info 504-708-8353 Sunset at the Landing – 6-9pm. Free concert series from March through October on the 3rd Saturday. Bring chairs and refreshments. Located at the foot of Columbia St, downtown Covington. Mantra Music Concert at Wild Lotus – 7:30pm. With local artist AZitiZ (vocals – Lalita Garret; African Drummer – Andrew Wisman; and Mrdanga drummer – Sugosh Burg. $10 advance/$15 day of concert. Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown in the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave. Info: 504-899-0047.


Blueberry Sunday – 11am. A special Sunday service celebrating summer, nature and healthy eating. We’ll be sharing the harvest of freshly picked fruit from our recent blueberry picking trip. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Blvd, Metairie, behind Parran’s PoBoys. 504-885-7575. Inspired, Magical Music of Armand and Angelina – 11am. Internationally known duo Armand and Angelina will be sharing their musical fusion of world, classical and popular influences as part of the Sunday celebration at Unity of Metairie. Inspiring songs to harmonize and unite humanity. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. Native American Flute Playshop – 1-3pm. Internationally known duo Armand and Angelina will lead an afternoon of music, joy and creativity. Experience and explore the mystical, healing tones of the Native American flute. For everyone, with or without a musical background. $15. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575.

Mosaic Fleur de Lis Workshop – 1-4pm. Celebrate New Orleans with the creation of a mosaic fleur de lis with instructor Laurel True. All levels, beginners welcome. $100, includes materials. True Mosaics Studio, 2801 Chartres St, Marigny, New Orleans. Contact: Info@TrueMosaics.com


Free Tai Chi Class – 9:30am. Learn how to reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Call to reserve a space. 504-866-2241. 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.


Musical Meditation with Armand and Angelina – 6:30pm. An evening of silence, stillness and the peaceful music of duo Armand and Angelina. Experience the calming, centering effects of beautiful images, affirmative prayer and life affirming chants and journey into the sacred inner self. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575.


Healing Drumming Circle – 6:45-8pm. Led by Jamie Balser & Rick Poche. Drumming is an effective tool to raise one’s vibrational level as well as putting one in touch with natural cycles. Bring a drum, if have one. Some extra drums available. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Metairie. $10. Info: 504-812-1332.


First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day –6/7 & 8) 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. Conscious Connected Breathing Workshop – 1:304pm. Led by Jack Fontana. Experience the transformative power of the breath. Relieve stress, fear and anxiety naturally. $54. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown, 4842 Perrier St, NOLA. Info: 504-899-0047.


SoulPourri – 1-4pm. A potpourri of wellness classes for the soul. Naturopathy, acupuncture, mindfulness, Nia, medicine wheel and more. Women only. 2 sets of classes, refreshments, networking and door prizes. Attend one or both classes. $10/class. Info@ WomensCenterForHealing.org or 985-892-8111.


Free Tai Chi Class – 9:30am. Learn how to reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Call to reserve a space. 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.

ongoingevents Note: All Calendar events must be received via email or online by July 8 for the August 2014 issue. $15/Event Calendar or Ongoing Calendar listing. $30/PlanAhead Events, $69 MarkYourCalendar. Qualified, free community wide events are listed for free as space is available. Submit entries online at NOLAHealthyLiving.com or email to calendar@NOLAHealthyLiving.com. No phone calls please.

sunday New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 11am. Meetings held on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. Kenner location: 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. Call 504-472-5635 for specific dates and times and more information. Sunday Celebration Service – 11am. Unity of Metairie has an inspiring, energetic, contemporary service. Great music and powerful, heartfelt talks as we celebrate the Divine Presence in all of life. Honoring all religions, paths and lifestyles. Love offering. Jack Fowler, Spiritual Director. 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie (behind Parran’s PoBoys). 504-885-7575.

Yoga Diva Harahan – 6:30-7:30pm. (Also Wed 6-7pm) Relax the body, focus the mind, deepen self-awareness. Navigate through postures and flow by gauging flexibility, strength, concentration, breath and range of motion. All levels. Props/mats provided. Certified instructor. July special: $60/8 classes; $15 drop-in. 5700 Citrus Blvd, Upstairs in Curves. Call before coming: 504-220-5325. 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. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free 20 min. phone consultations with holistic professional organizer Stasia Cymes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by clutter and want advice on how to get started call 504-920-1800.

tuesday Community Yoga Class – 6pm. Taught by graduates of Transform NOLA’s 200 hr yoga teacher training. Vinyasa flow appropriate for all levels. Suggested donation of $5-$15. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648.

monday Mindfulness Meditation – noon-1pm. A guided meditation in the style of Thich 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. Get Back in Shape w/ Dr. iina ester – 4:30-5:30. A small group class for those seeking to get back into shape. A gentle and fun approach that mixes stretching, light calisthenics, yoga, balance and functional training. Laugh and play outside! Location near City Park. Suggested donation $10. Info: 504-758-9192. 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, info@nolaaikido.com. Gentle Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. (Also 8-9pm) Becky Bazile, ERYT 200 & 500. Move, stretch and breathe well. Space limited. $70/6 week session or $13 walk-ins.Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-782-4432 or yogavillagestudio@gmail.com.

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Crescent City Farmers Market/Uptown – 9am1pm. 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. Adaptive Yoga – 10am-11am. Designed for those with limited mobility. Gentle joint mobilization with poses adapted using props. Peaceful environment with mats/chairs/props provided. $5/60 min class. Yoga School, 603 Tyler St, Covington. For more info contact Shirley: 985-264-9252 or yogashirl@yahoo.com 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.


Metairie Yoga Classes!

Begin your week with peace and contentment 75 minute Hatha classes -Sundays 5:00p Or Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:15p

$15 per class – all levels welcome Pontchartrain Gardens Area 5021 Fairfield in Shogun Martial Arts Studio Don Meyer, RN, RYT-200

For details: 606-4401 or YogaYat@Gmail.com July 2014


Northshore Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Combine breath with movement in a balancing combination of gentle and challenging yoga postures designed to rejuvenate and relax the body. All levels. Peaceful environment with mats/props provided. $10/90 min class or $48/6 classes. Yoga School, 603 Tyler St. Covington. Info: Shirley 985-264-9252 or yogashirl@yahoo.com Learn About BrainCore Therapy – 6:30-7:30pm. An informational session presented by Dr. Nancy Gravel on treating many brain based conditions with a form of EEG biofeedback. Discussion of such conditions as ADD/ADHD, migraines, insomnia, memory loss, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, autism, fibromyalgia. Care Chiropractic, 2201 Eleventh St, Mandeville. Call to RSVP: 985-626-4422. Where Do We Go From Here? Clearly Seeing Your Spiritual Path – 7pm. 6-week class (thru 7/22) is an opportunity for individuals to more distinctly see and define their own spiritual journey.Facilitated by Paul Martinez, M.Ed, and Brenda Aranda, LCSW. $20/class or $100/6 classes. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie (behind Parran’s PoBoys). 504-885-7575. Vinyasa Flow – 7:15pm. Build strength, balance and flexibility in body and mind. This yoga flow class is designed to open all the lines of the body, progressing from simple to complex movements.Leave feeling refreshed and renewed. All levels. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. 985-640-2648. Mat Pilates – 7:30-8:30pm. Led by Lilah Matthew, Cert. STOTT Pilates Teacher. Classes offer a challenging core workout, sometimes w/ small props, while focusing on alignment, breath, stability and flow. Space limited. $70/6-week session or $13 walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-782-4432 or yogavillagestudio@gmail.com Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free 20 min. phone consultations with holistic professional organizer Stasia Cymes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by clutter and want advice on how to get started call 504-920-1800.

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, info@nolaaikido.com. Embrace the Emptiness: Community Meditation – 6:30pm. An experience of stillness, silence, and deep connection. Ride the wavelengths of music, beautiful images and affirmative prayer into the Sacred Inner Self for healing and transformation. Led by Spiritual Director Jack Fowler. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans, Blvd. Metairie (behind Parran’s PoBoys) Contact: 504-885-7575 Learn Emotional Freedom Technique – 7:308:30pm. In a small supportive group learn EFT, often called ‘tapping,’ a technique for diminishing or clearing physical and emotional pain. $20/session. Affordable Healing Arts, New Orleans Healing Center, 2nd fl/upper, 2372 St. Claude Avenue. Call Dr. Gail Gillespie 504-442-8762 to reserve spot.

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. Guided Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Participants will learn to relax their whole being, calm the mind and feel their spirit becoming free within. Led by Dr. Jess Tregle. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary St, New Orleans. Info: 504-352-6418. Northshore Hatha Yoga – 6:15-7:45pm. Explore the benefits of yoga and unwind with a blend of yoga postures, breath and relaxation.All levels welcome. Peaceful environment with mats/props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. RYT200 teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington.Contact Shirley: 985-264-9252 or yogashirl@yahoo.com



German Coast Farmers Market/West Bank – 2:30-6pm. 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

Mindfulness Meditation – 10-11am. Marie T. O’Neil provides an overview of the benefits of mindfulness (increased concentration, awareness, self-acceptance) instruction in a variety of mindfulness practices and discussion on integrating these practices in daily life. $50/4-week session or $13/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 esplanade Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-782-4432 or yogavillagestudio@gmail.com

Get Back in Shape w/ Dr. iina ester – 4-5pm. A small group class for those seeking to get back into shape. A gentle and fun approach that mixes stretching, light calisthenics, yoga, balance and functional training. Laugh and play outside! Location near City Park. Suggested donation $10. Info: 504-758-9192. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. (Also Restorative Yoga 7:30pm-8:30pm) Sally Meredith, ERYT 200. Space limited. $70/6 week session or $13 walk-ins.Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-782-4432 or yogavillagestudio@gmail.com.


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Get Back in Shape w/ Dr. iina ester – 4:30-5:30. A small group class for those seeking to get back into shape. A gentle and fun approach that mixes stretching, light calisthenics, yoga, balance and functional training. Laugh and play outside! Location near City Park. Suggested donation $10. Info: 504-758-9192. Gentle Yoga with Meditation – 7pm. Appropriate for all levels. Unwind from the week with a short meditation followed by a restorative and gentle yoga practice. Focus on de-stressing, relaxing, and connecting mind, body and soul to start the weekend with a smile. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., NOLA 70118. 985-640-2648.


saturday 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. Crescent City Farmers Market/Downtown – 8-11am. 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. German Coast Farmers Market/East Bank – 8am-noon. 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. Covington Farmers Market – 8am-noon. (also 10am-2pm 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 & handcrafted 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. Info: 985-845-4515. Hatha Yoga –Level 2 Plus – 9:30-10:45am. Intermediate yoga class, emphasizing proper alignment in poses. students $10; drop-in $16; 5-class pass $70; 10-class pass $130; monthly unlimited pass $140. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St, NOLA. Contact/ info: Keith 504-330-0336 or kwerhan@gmail.com. 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 xernaut2@gmail.com or call 504-644-7351. . Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-7pm MonFri & 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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Erin Kenning, MSOM, Dipl.OM, LAc, LA Lic.# ACA.200039, NAET specialist 9531 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 504-715-2317 NolaFamilyWellness.com

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 14.


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 28.


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.

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 13.


1515 Poydras St, Ste 1010, NOLA 70112 (504) 799-4260 info@neworleanschamber.org www.NewOrleansChamber.org 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.

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CHIROPRACTIC/WELLNESS CARE CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 2201 11th Street, Mandeville 985-626-4422 CareChiropractic.us

Dr. Nancy Gravel offers pain relief and total health care to her patients. Offering BrainCore Therapy, a drugless, non-invasive approach for ADD/ADHD, Migraines, Insomnia, Memory Loss, Chronic Pain, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Autism. Accept most insurance & affordable payment plans. See ad on page 10.


Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 HannanWellness.com 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 16.


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

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 11.

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




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



Health and Fitness Coach 504-758-9192 LiveFreeLaughHardFitness.com

Exercise scientist specializing in fitness and nutrition interventions. I specialize in private outdoor and in-home training, designing a program based on your interests, goals, and barriers to being active. For group programs, see calendar section. See ad page 17.

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 17.




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, nontitanium implants, laser dentistry and treatment for complex conditions; obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, head, neck and facial pain and TMJ dysfunction. See ad on page 10.

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

HOLISTIC/ENERGY HEALING CENTER FOR ENLIGHTENED TRANSFORMATION Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area cindy@outlookdesign.com CindyDaigle.org

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 page 19. .

Australian Bush Practitioner & Teacher 504-388-2356 nolareiki@gmail.com NolaReiki.com

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 10.


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 20.

Beautiful non-profit center for women’s spirituality, ecopsychology and community building. Workshops, speakers, events, healing circles, support groups, and on-site professional mind/body/spirit services, for women, by women. Rent space for your workshop or office. See ad on page 23.

2372 St. Claude Ave. 2nd Floor Upper, Ste. 220 985-467-0900 AffordableHealingArts.com

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 29.


Natural Healing Specialist 504-352-6418 ReconnectingLife.com

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!


Donna Accardo 504-234-1388 dmaccardo@gmail.com

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 30.

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

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.


Southern Fertility Center Metairie, Chalmette & Luling 504-322-7393/985-785-5610

Dr Shailaja Raj is an American Boards Certified Clinician, offering General Gynecology, Robotic Surgery, Reproductive Endocrinology & Fertility Services. She is also the codiscoverer of a super antioxidant supplement for breast health called Breast Safeguard – Susthana. See ad on page 6.


401 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 203, Metairie 504-838-9804 IreneSebastianMD.com 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 7.


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, Westbank and Slidell locations. See ad on page 8.

DR. KATHLEEN POSEY, M.D. 377 Hwy 21, Ste. 101, Madisonville 985-845-4111 KathleenPoseyMD.com

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 21.


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 9.


Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St., Uptown 504-866-2241 KingLam1199@gmail.com

Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. KingLamtaichi-karate.com. See ad on page 13 and calendar for classes.


NATURAL FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS THE NUTRITION COMPANY 4350 Hwy 22, Ste H, Mandeville 985-727-3482 TheNutritionCompany.com

“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 Sugar-free baked goods! Dine-in/take-out. Catering available. Open MonFri 7-6, Sat 9-5, closed Sun.

NUTRIVERUS POWDER Jeanie Leclere 504-888-4464

Boost your immune system and increase energy levels with a whole-food supplement that combines a matrix of glyconutrients with organic plant and food sourced vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. An amazing product. Call for free sample.

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 21.


2122 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540 ZukaBaby.com

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.

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3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077 TheWellnessStore.com

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 39.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR DR. CATHERINE WILBERT, ND Phone: 985-727-3482 CatherineWilbert.com

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!

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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 8.

NUTRITIONIST DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 5002 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-889-8771 Danielle@365Vitality.com

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 17.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER CLEAR THE CLUTTER Stasia Cymes 504-920-1800 stasiacymes@gmail.com ClearTheClutterToday.com

Guiding you through the process of decluttering, downsizing and getting your home organized. This green award winning business takes a holistic, hands on approach to creating space and peace of mind. Free consultations, weekend sessions available! See ad on page 5.


Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356 NOLAReiki@gmail.com NOLAReiki.com

Offering 24 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 10 and calendar for classes.


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

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 27.


621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090 evolved812@aol.com FloweringLotusMeditation.org

Elegant, donation based 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 26 and ongoing calendar.


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

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 8.


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

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 14.

SOLAR ALTERNATIVES Phone: 504-267-1660 Fax: 504-267-1663 SolAlt.com

Keeping the soul in solar with a holistic approach to home and business energy management using proven clean energy technology. Visit the website to download a free Guide to Going Solar and find out how easy and fun solar can be. See ad on page 5.


2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9 SouthCoastSolar.com

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 12.


Jack Fowler, Spiritual Director 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie 504-885-7575 (behind Parran’s) UnityOfMetairie.com

Loving, energetic spiritual family honoring all religions, paths and lifestyles! Do you like what Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, and Wayne Dyer have to say? You’ll love Unity of Metairie. Relevant Spirituality for Everyday Life! Join us Sundays 11am. See ad on page 15.



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

Yoga, Nia and TRX workout classes offered all week; private sessions also available. 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training starts August 2014. Sign up on our email list and receive “7 Yoga Poses for Strength” ebook FREE! See ad on page 30.


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

Offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training with certification at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Also a state licensed Yoga Therapy training program. Visit website for more information. See ad on page 6.



Please return your hearts and lives to God. We need to remember our Health is like a four legged stool - Spiritual, Mental, Emotional & Physical; the stool’s stability is dependent on the balance of all four legs. 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. The Evil One 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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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.


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July 2014


Baby & Child Expo Saturday, July 12, 2014 10 AM– 2 PM

Lakeside Shopping Center — Center Court

Premier event for expecting parents and young families in the GNO area. Come learn how to have a natural pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting experience!

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