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Healthy Living Directory 2012 S.E. Louisiana Edition

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March 2012



Community Health Awareness Today At the New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St. Claude Ave., at St. Roch Saturday, March 24, 10am - 4pm

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his month Natural Awakenings’ Annual Healthy Living Guide returns filled with ever more resources and information for living well, naturally. This continuing special issue testifies to the increasing availability of integrative and complementary healthcare in our region, as well as residents’ growing awareness of the importance of living sustainably. In Southwest Louisiana, on both sides of Lake Pontchartrain, as in other parts of the country, more of us are demanding people- and planet-friendly products and services congruent with our values. We are looking for alternative healthcare, organic and sustainable grown foods, non-toxic products and services that won’t harm us or the environment, clean energy solutions, sustainable communities, and social justice for individuals and societies. We’re also big on fitness and personal development. Did you know? One in four U.S. adults is now considered part of the Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability movement, according to research reported at In this country alone, they support a $355 billion market that’s growing at 10 percent a year, according to the Natural Marketing Institute. In this issue we also report on Louisiana’s Master Coastal Plan aimed to guide regional restoration efforts. While everyone agrees that we need a plan, discussions are not without controversy. Finally, local yoga teachers take issue with a recent article in The New York Times questioning yoga’s universal benefits. These experienced mind-body practitioners explain that with proper training and guidance, not only are injuries avoidable, it may even be judiciously used in therapeutic programs. They all agree that it’s important to work with a well-trained teacher, one that can “meet you where you are,” as one teacher puts it; yoga is not a competitive sport. May this issue meet you where you are and help guide you along the path to a healthier, happier and sustained life. Natural Awakenings resources are a good place to start. Have a peaceful and productive month,

Lolita Werhan, Publisher

newsbrief corrections, February 2012 issue

We mistakenly captioned Cynthia Cashman’s photo as Cynthia Cashman, Ph.D. It should have read Cynthia Cashman, NNC, LPC-S, LAC Also, she no longer is Application Director at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. Chef Neil “Nino” Thibodaux’s phone number was wrong. The correction number to reach him for cooking parties is 985-226-093. See ad on page 17. We regret the errors. 4

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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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13 globalbriefs 18 healingways

38 healthykids 41 inspiration

42 fitbody 46 wisewords

Nourishing the Shift to Farm-Fresh Foods by Melinda Hemmelgarn


Dietary Solutions Counter Disease by Linda Sechrist


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38 PREPARING KIDS U.S. Companies Pair Scientists with Schools by April Thompson

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newsbriefs A Taste of Covington


arch 29 through April 1, 2012, the Covington Business Association will present “A Taste of Covington,” a four-day food and wine experience in historic downtown Covington. The event kicks off Thursday, March 29 with Vitners’ Dinners that will take place at seven restaurants around Covington. Each restaurant will offer a different fourcourse dinner with wine parings. The Cost is $75 per person. On Friday, March 30, there will be a cooking demonstration and wine tasting at the Covington Trailhead and a free block party on Columbia St. An artist market and gallery plus a merchant stroll , both free to the public will take place on Saturday. On Sunday, April 1st, the event culminates with a Sunday jazz brunch at Beebe’s Boston House for $25. For general or ticket information, visit For inquiries, contact Covington Business Association president Cliff Bergeron at (504) 439-2543 or email

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he New Orleans Food Cooperative opened its store located in the New Orleans Healing Center in the Fall of 2011. The co-op is a community owned enterprise that operates a full line grocery store that emphasizes fresh foods from local and regional sources. Its mission is to bring healthy and fresh foods to the community at a fair price, promote local and regional food production, keep capital and jobs in the community, practice environmental responsibility and sustainability and reflect the uniqueness and diversity of the community. The store is open to the public. Membership is not required to shop at the store. Becoming a member is to become an investor in the coop and the community. A regular membership is a one-time investment of $100. Member-owner equity accrues with each purchase. Limited income share investments are available for $25 with qualifications. The co-op offers opportunities each month for owners to be engaged in the workings of the store and as well as special discounts. In March there will be an equity drive. New owners and owners adding $25 or more to their equity will receive free co-op bags. Owner discounts will be offered all month. On March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a Produce Forum will take place with produce manger Aj Hess and the produce team. The topic will be issues related to the mission of providing healthy and affordable food to the community. The forum will be held in café Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center. The New Orleans Food Cooperative is open for business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in the New Orleans Healing Center at 2372 St. Claude Ave., in the Bywater. Contact the store at 504- 264-5579 or visit:

A “CHAT” at New Orleans Healing Center


he New Orleans Healing Center is launching a series of events titled Community Health Awareness Today (CHAT) to bring healing arts and health information to the community. The first event, on March 24, will feature presentations, demonstrations and free or low cost health screenings. In addition, local healthrelated businesses and organizations will have tables to offer information about their services and answer questions. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., at the corner of St. Roch. The purpose of the event is to help, heal, and empower individuals and neighborhoods through education about healthy living and the benefits of healing arts, and to encourage individuals to take charge of their health and their health care choices. The CHAT is sponsored by Affordable Healing Arts, LLC, Downtown Fitness Center and Optimal Wellness 55. For more information, contact Dr. Le Scott at 504-252-3139 or See ad on page 2.

Healing Within at Heart Pine Studio Sponsors Benefit for Women’s Center March 31


he Healing Within at Heart Pine Studio, lead by Sunni Shafer Anderson, is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Caring Center, a local woman’s center, on Saturday, March 31. The event will be held at Heart Pine Studio at 2800 Gause Blvd in Slidell. Due to government funding cuts, the Caring Center’s primary funder, its revenue has been reduced by $70,000. The Healing Within hopes to bring out people to this event who would like to keep the Caring Center open to continue its mission of providing safe haven for women in difficult times. The Healing Within is sponsoring this event as a way to support community programs that reach in to change the face of the community to something better, healing the world by making a difference in many lives. Sunni Shafer Anderson has a background in nursing, chiropractic studies, and massage. She has served as a certified massage therapist for the past 15 years and is certified in yoga, pilates, and Zumba. For more information, visit, email sunni or call 504-491-8169. See ad on page 11. natural awakenings

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he OCH Art Market will host a market focused entirely on health and wellness and sustainable living on March 10th. The OCH Art Market is a monthly event located in the heart of Central City on 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard at the Zeitgeist theatre.There will be yoga, information on nutrition, raw foods, meditation, metabolic typing, a creative movement class for children and more. St. Anna’s Medical Mission will provide a mobile health screening unit where they will offer blood pressure and diabetes screenings. There will be live music performances by Michelle Cunningham and Harvey Castle. NOLA Locavore’s Local Foods Café will be serving an all local ingredient arts brunch. A NOLA Food Swap will also take place, where attendees can show off and trade their culinary creations and gardening talents. Hollygrove Farm & Market boxes may be picked up at the market as well, but must be reserved online. Natural Awakenings is a sponsor for this event. The market hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information on the market or a vendor application visit See ad on page 7.


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amasté of Metairie will hold a promotional screening March 3 of the new documentary YOGAWOMAN, a groundbreaking feature film about the powerful impact of yoga on women’s health, fitness, emotional well-being, and personal growth. The documentary highlights dozens of the world’s leading yoga experts as the filmmaker explores the global phenomenon that has changed yoga forever. The screening will take place on Saturday, March 3 at 1p.m. at Namasté studio, 4413 Chastant Street in Metairie. The documentary tracks the strong and inspiring women that are radically changing people’s lives, from the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya, from the golden beaches of Australia to the serene piazzas of Italy. They are practicing and teaching the “new” yoga, which replaces the male-centered, more rigid style with a distinctly feminine practice that honors intuition, family, flow, connection, community, activism and the cyclical nature of women’s lives. For more information, visit or contact email or call 504-484-9579. See ad on page 12.


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dea Village will be presenting New Orleans Entrepreneur Week from March 10-16, when students, business experts and entrepreneurs young and old will converge on the city to celebrate the entrepreneurial boom that is occurring in the city. Idea Village provides aspiring New Orleans residents with legal, financial, marketing and other assistance if they qualify, and during the 2011-12 “entrepreneur season” the organization has nurtured 22 nascent businesses, out of 450 that applied, in their quest to fill niches in the world of technology, medicine, education, health and healing the environment. During Entrepreneur Week, these candidates will pitch their business ideas before investors and other potential supporters, for cash prizes. Among these entrepreneurs are three candidates for the Water Challenge, an Idea Village program sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation that seeks to support entrepreneurs who are starting businesses that address the city’s water-related problems. This year’s Water Challenge candidates include Tierra Resources, which has developed a methodology for calculating wetlands as carbon offsets (see related story, page X); AMPS (Aquaculture Modular Systems, Inc.), which creates soil-less urban farming systems to produce local food using less space than traditional farming; and Bayou Natives, a native plant nursery and tree farm that plans to use organic methods to grow indigenous plant material for urban stormwater management strategies and coastal restoration projects. On March 12, these companies will go before a panel of judges to get seed money for their projects.

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Carbon Credits and Wetlands

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MA Medical Treatment and Wellness Center of Louisiana has opened its second location in Metairie at 3901 Houma Blvd Plaza 1, Suite 202. PMA Medical Treatment and Wellness Center is a multi-disciplinary clinic with an integrative approach to healthcare. The new location will provide primary care in addition to testing for food intolerances, weight loss management with the Ideal Protein Diet, diabetic education and management and an individualized approach to hormone balancing. PMA’s Medical Spa at this location offers waxing, botox, LASER hair removal and Image Skincare facials and peels. For more information or to schedule a consultation with the physician, call 504-441-5555 or visit See ad on page 34.


local scientist and entrepreneur has launched the first-ever methodology for calculating carbon credits for wetlands. As the state searches for funding from the Federal government and, more recently, from BP oil spill-related fines, innovative initiatives such as this one are moving ahead to help bring resources to restore Louisiana’s disappearing coastal wetlands. Tierra Resources is a firm founded by Dr. Sarah Mack, an expert in wetlands who studied restoration opportunities as part of her PhD at Tulane University. The research was co-authored by Dr. John Day, a wetland scientist that specializes in ecology and restoration, and Dr. Robert Lane, a field scientist who directs monitoring activities, who both hail from Louisiana State University. The carbon credit is a fairly new concept which is related to the growing public awareness that excess emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere has the result of warming the planet, changing the global climate and sea level rise. Industries that emits carbon dioxide primarily include utility companies (i.e. smokestacks at power plants) but also metals, paper and chemical production, among other activities. Responding to public pressure and governmental regulation, some of these industries have installed technology to reduce their carbon emissions. Another option for these companies is to invest in technologies and strategies that help to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The most common and highly valued for a variety of reasons is tree planting projects. So far most of the carbon credits have been traded through a voluntary carbon market, which consists of several organizations that “trade” carbon credits, such as the Chicago Climate Exchange. Legislation has been proposed to set up a mandatory carbon market, which is imminent and would greatly increase the amount of companies interested in buying carbon credits. As the market develops, it will become fruitful to have the capacity to restore wetlands as well as plant trees – for the planet.

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or thousands of years the leaves, bark, fruit and rinds of the mangosteen fruit have been used in Asian herbal remedies to treat such conditions as cystitis, diarrhea, dysentery, fever, and inflammatory skin conditions. In the 1970’s mangostin, a xanthone in mangosteen was shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on rats. More recent findings reported in the October 20, 2009 issue of Nutrition Journal demonstrated that mangosteen juice worked significantly better than a placebo in reducing markers of inflammation in obese patients. According to, which provides peer-reviewed information to consumers, mangosteen “contains 50 of the 200 known xanthones; these are most likely the source of its anti-inflammatory effects.” Mangosteen fruit also contains vitamin C, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and niacin. In addition to mangosteens’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, it has antihistamine and chemoprotective effects. Dr. Mehmet Oz has recommended mangosteen as an anti-oxidant and antiinflammatory product that works. He will be the keynote speaker at the Vemma convention this year. Vemma is a natural drink that blends mangosteen, alovera, green tea, and vitamins and minerals to create a concentrated wellness drink. Recent double-blind clinical trials have supported the effectiveness of Vemma in improving immune function markers and decreasing C-reactive protein. Provided by Paul M. Hood, an Independent Representative of Vemma. For information, call 504-250-0838 or visit See ad on page 27.

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dolescents that log between six and 10 hours of sleep each night perform better in mathematics and physical education classes than those that sleep six hours or less, according to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology. The researchers, after analyzing the sleep habits of 592 students aged 12 to 19 in Seville, Spain, further observed that bedtimes and wake times did not significantly influence academic outcomes; however, they did note that students that require less than 15 minutes to fall asleep tended to achieve better marks.

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Does Our Food Control Our Genes?


he old adage, “You are what you eat,” may be literally true. Based on findings from a groundbreaking study by researchers at Nanjing University, in China, the connection between our food’s biochemistry and our own may be more intimate than we imagined. The researchers discovered that tiny RNAs (a mirror-image form of DNA), or microRNAs, usually found in plants, were circulating in human blood; one of the most common sources was rice, a staple of their native subjects’ diets. After conducting tests with mice, they found that microRNAs were capable of altering cell function and directly manipulating the expression of genes. Th e s t u d y r e s u l t s , published in the journal Cell Research, suggest that the human body is a highly integrated ecosystem and suggest that genetic changes in one species may trigger alterations in another.

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Red Meat Linked to Type 2 Diabetes


new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers finds a strong association between the consumption of red meat—particularly processed meat—and an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. They analyzed questionnaire responses from 37,083 men, spanning 20 years; 79,570 women, covering 28 years; and 87,504 women for 14 years. The researchers also conducted an updated meta-analysis that combined data from their new study with earlier ones involving more than 442,000 participants, 28,228 of which developed Type 2 diabetes. After adjusting for age, body mass index and other lifestyle and dietary risk factors, they concluded that a daily 100-gram serving of unprocessed red meat (about the size of a deck of cards) was associated with a 19 percent increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. They also found that one daily serving of half that quantity of processed meat, or 50 grams—equivalent to one hot dog or sausage or two slices of bacon—was associated with a 51 percent increased risk. According to the study, replacing red meat with healthier proteins can significantly lower the risk. The researchers concluded that the consumption of processed meats, such as hot dogs, bacon, sausage and deli meats, which usually contain high levels of sodium and nitrites, should be minimized. They recommend that people eat less unprocessed red meat and instead suggest healthier choices like nuts, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fish and beans. Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition


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il derived from the aromatic coriander plant—one of the 20 most popular essential oils worldwide—has applications beyond aromatherapy as a food additive and is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. Coriander oil’s reputed health benefits include relieving pain, easing cramps and convulsions, aiding digestion, curing nausea and fighting fungal infections. Now, researchers from the University of Beira Interior, in Portugal, have specifically found that the oil is highly effective in killing bacterial strains such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Thus, coriander oil may be useful in preventing and treating foodborne illnesses. “Coriander oil could also become a natural alternative to common antibiotics,” says study leader Dr. Fernanda Domingues.

Bee Wary

Nature’s Wake-Up Set to Snooze Bees are awakening earlier each spring, according to a Rutgers University study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists report that global warming over the past 130 years has caused several species of North American bees to emerge about 10 days earlier than they did previously, with most of the shift occurring since 1970. Scientific research known as phenology measures the timing of lifecycle events of animals and plants. “A shift in 10 days is a lot from the point of view of an insect whose lifetime is measured in weeks,” says Rutgers Entomologist Rachael Winfree, co-author of the study. Because bees are the world’s most Large Selection of important pollinators of flowers and plants, Mardi Gras, any change in this crucial relationship Fleur-De-Lis, could prove devastating. Study leader Saints & LSU Ignasi Bartomeus, Ph.D., says. “If bees 100% Quilters Cotton We sell a and plants responded differently to climate Exclusively large variety change, bees could emerge in the spring of Quilters Dream Batting before plants were flowering, in which Made 100% from Recycled Manufacturers Plastic Bottles case the bees would die because they wouldn’t have anything to eat. Or plants Check out our Website for Quilting Classes could flower before the bees emerged, Or Call 504.284.3455 in which case the plants would not be pollinated and would fail to reproduce.” Source: USA Today

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Changing the Way America Eats Nourishing the Shift to Farm-Fresh Foods by Melinda Hemmelgarn


entucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry states that in order for people to care about their food, “They have to taste it.” Tasting the difference between fresh, local, organic foods and those that travel hundreds or thousands of miles before touching our taste buds is catalyzing a healthy change across America. Consider the growth in patronage of farmers’ markets alone: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports the number of markets has soared, from 1,755 in 1994 to 7,175 in 2011. What’s driving the surge? Incentives include our appreciation of scrumptious seasonal flavor, a comforting sense of


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community and the reassurance of knowing exactly where our food comes from and who—often on a first-name basis—grew or produced it. Good, healthy food germinates in genuine relationships—between growers and consumers, and farmers and the Earth. Local markets boost hometown economies, too; the USDA predicts a record $7 billion in such food sales this year, delivering a greater proportion of food dollars directly to farmers. Regional food systems also support the biological diversity that is vital to sustainability. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, “different varieties of the same species,” have “statistically different

nutrient contents.” In other words, each variety promises a unique mix of healthprotecting compounds. Supermarkets must rely on crops and animal products that can withstand long-distance travel and also meet uniform appearance standards. Small farmers serving local markets, on the other hand, can better preserve the legacy of biologically diverse heirloom crops and heritage breeds because of the shorter distances between field and plate. An heirloom tomato picked ripe at peak flavor can’t survive a lengthy commute, but nothing tastes better when it’s plucked fresh from the vine and still warm from the sun. Planting diverse, region-specific crops also reduces the burden of weeds, pests and plant diseases—and any related chemical use—and helps provide safe nourishment for pollinators and wildlife, as well. No wonder the Organic Farming Research Foundation characterizes farmers as the largest group of ecosystem managers on Earth. Everyone can support a cause that feeds us well while caring for the planet.

Farmers’ Job Market

With 57 being the current average age of American farmers, and more than a quarter 65 or older, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition recognizes the desperate need for more young farmers. When the National Young Farmer’s Coalition recently surveyed 1,000 beginning farmers, it found that access to capital, land and health insurance presented the biggest hurdles to entering farming as a career. The Women, Food and Agriculture Network has identified access to health care as the main challenge facing females that want to farm. While city dwellers tend to idealize farming as a romantic occupation in a bucolic setting, it is actually a risky, physically demanding job. Despite the challenges, farmers say they love their work because they enjoy being outside, working with their hands, producing high-

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To consumers coping in a down economy, the cheapest price may sometimes seem like the best choice. John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, notes that, “Americans, on average, are spending only half as much of their disposable income for food today as they were in the 1960s.” However, at the same time, “The percentage spent on health care has doubled.” Scores of studies show that many of today’s chronic diseases are related to poor diet. Factor in medical costs associated with food-borne illnesses, antibioticresistant bacteria and pesticide- and hormone-contaminated food and water, and it’s easy to understand why Michael Carolan, author of The Real Cost of Cheap Food, declares, “Cheap food... is actually quite expensive.” One way for families to save money on food costs is to reduce waste. Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, says Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption, throwing away $100 billion-plus in food a year. Most of it ends up in landfills. Instead of providing incentives to agribusinesses to produce less expensive food, smarter national farm and food policies could prioritize producing higher quality food and wasting less of it. Kathy Bero, board president of NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, advocates shifting commodity payments to organic farmers. Her nonprofit educational farm promotes “food as medicine,” along with cost-saving, health-boosting consumer strategies such as learning how to garden and cook to maximize nutritional value.

improve everyone’s access to high-quality local foods. Farm to Hospital: As director of nutrition services at Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, Vermont, Registered Dietitian Diane Imrie has the power to influence the economic security and sustainability of her community and surrounding region. Imrie sources approximately 40 percent of the food served at her hospital from farms located within a day’s drive. In her work, she helps keep farmers on their land while providing higher quality food to patients and staff. The facility also supports onsite gardens, which yielded $2,000 worth of produce in 2011, despite Vermont’s short growing season. The hospital food is so popular that its café serves downtown businesspeople, further bolstering profitability and community benefits. For local maple sugar producer Bernie Comeau, Imrie’s consistent purchases provide an income he can count on every month. Imrie is glad to note that for farmers, selling their food to the hospital is “like a stamp of approval.” Marydale DeBor, who founded and led the “plow to plate” comprehensive food and disease-prevention initiative associated with Connecticut’s New Milford Hospital, maintains that, “Institutional leadership is critical.” She says that thanks to a supportive CEO that believed in bringing farm-fresh foods to hospital food services, their retail café more than doubled its revenue within two years. DeBor believes that hospital food should set an example for public health. “We need to support beginning farmers, and more food hubs and new distribution systems to facilitate access,” she says. “Consumers need to let their hospitals know they should focus on good food and nutrition.” Farm to Restaurant: Leigh Lockhart, owner of Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café and Juice Bar, in Columbia, Missouri, buys

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Regardless of occupation, many people feel a natural urge to work with the soil and witness the miracle of seeds sprouting new life. Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., a garden historian and a designated leader in sustainable food systems at the University of California–Davis, points out that home, school, community and workplace victory gardens established during World War II succeeded in producing about

40 percent of our nation’s vegetables. In both world wars, she says, our national leadership “recognized that food and health were vital national security issues.” They still are today. Melinda Hemmelgarn, a.k.a. the Food Sleuth (, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host, based in Columbia, Missouri. She co-created F.A.R.M.: Food, Art, Revolution Media – a Focus on Photography to Re-vitalize Agriculture and Strengthen Democracy to increase advocacy for organic farmers ( Learn more at Food Sleuth Radio at

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he single piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill currently contains $90 billion in taxpayer funding and significantly affects farming, conservation, energy and the quality and price of the food on our plates. When the bill comes up for renewal every five years, the public has a chance to voice support for a greener, healthier, more sustainable food and farming system. Sign up for Farm Bill updates and action alerts from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (website below), and talk with members of Congress about concerns. Marydale DeBor, who works to improve food quality in Connecticut, recommends that citizens align with farm advocacy organizations. “Advocacy is the single most important need now, around the Farm Bill and state policies,” she says.

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20 years of research have likewise led him, along with pioneers like Dr. Andrew Weil, to conclude that chronic, systemic inflammation is the root cause of many diseases. The condition has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, a t h e r o s c l e r o s i s , A l z h e i m e r ’s a n d cancer. Furthermore, in 2000, The New England Journal of Medicine published several studies showing that blood indicators of inflammation (such as homocysteine, fibrinogen and C-reactive protein) are strong predictive factors for a heart attack. These experts all point to the standard American diet as a primary culprit for setting chronic inflammation in motion, and cite an anti-inflammatory diet as helpful in counteracting the problem. Kathy Bero, founder of at NuGensis Farm, Inc., in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, attests that an anti-inflammatory diet containing many angiogenesis-inhibiting foods was a major factor in the remission of three aggressive forms of cancer that threatened her life six years ago. “Many of the diseases linked to chronic systemic inflammation also share a dependence on inappropriate blood vessel growth, which either nourishes the disease or hinders the body’s fight against it,” Bero explains. “Angiogenesis-inhibiting foods are known to assist the body in controlling the healthy growth of blood vessels.” The nonprofit NuGenesis Farm supports 35 acres dedicated to growing anti-inflammatory and angiogenesisbalancing foods with the strongest disease prevention properties, using sustainable organic agriculture practices. It offers a “food as medicine” model for global communities seeking alternative methods for naturally preventing disease. An anti-inflammatory diet recommended by family physician and nutritionist Ann Kulze, author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet, includes colorful, fresh fruits; green, leafy vegetables; low-glycemic foods such as whole grains, sweet potatoes and winter squashes; fruits such as berries, cherries, apples and pears; high-quality protein in omega-3-rich fish such as wild salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel; seeds and nuts such as walnuts; and green tea. It also calls for the vegetable-based

protein found in soy foods, beans, lentils and other legumes. Ginger and turmeric, dried or fresh, rank among recommended spices. In addition to maintaining a healthy and correct balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory diet eliminates consumption of margarine, vegetable shortening and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, all of which promote inflammation. “Anti-aging researchers believe that chronic inflammation shortens our lifespan,” remarks Jain, who recommends a prophylactic diet specific to the constitutional makeup of any of the three ayurvedic doshas—vata, pitta or kapha— as well as the annual panchakarma

detoxification program. He further emphasizes that food should be freshly prepared with fresh ingredients and loving intention. “Proper economic studies would increase our understanding of the true cost benefit of growing food for the purpose of disease prevention,” says Bero. “Many believe that incorporating anti-inflammatory and angiogenesisinhibiting foods into our daily diet will not only improve both overall health and the outcome of treatment, it will also go a long way in reducing immediate and long-term health care costs.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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udubon Acupuncture and Herbs clinic opened its practice in September, 2011. Licensed acupuncturist Ashley R. Johnson, a native of Zachary, Louisiana, graduated from the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Austin where she received her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine. Johnson is board certified by the National Acupuncture Licensure Board, National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is speciallytrained in Chinese Internal Medicine and Gynecology. The mission of the practice is to provide the neighborhood and surrounding areas of the city a clinic with a different approach to helping patients with pain and stress by using traditional Chinese treatment methods to restore the body to its natural state of good health. The application of Chinese medicine developed over thousands of years is a proven way to treat a wide range of medical conditions. The clinic treats all ages and is not limited to treating any specific ailment.

Audubon Acupuncture and Herbs offers Acupuncture, Tui Na acupressure, cupping, and an herb pharmacy containing more than 300 Chinese herbs that include powder extracts, pills, topicals and teas. The pharmacy is unique to this region because any patient can come in with any disorder and have a customized formula made that can address multiple symptoms at once with little or no side effects. A patient who arrives at the clinic is usually suffering from pain. The acupuncture practitioner interviews or consults with the patient in a relaxing environment and performs a differential diagnosis by reading the tongue and pulse. Johnson explains that because a person coming in for the first time may have some anxiety, the acupuncturist talks, listens and then chooses the points to apply the treatment. Additionally, a customized herbal formula may be compounded to address chronic/ root symptoms. At Audubon Acupuncture and Herbs, the practitioner strives to provide a painless treatment Johnson says. Some patients arrive with a preconceived

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In working with clients I tailor traditional therapies with the latest research and techniques to deliver individualized and effective results for individuals and families. With a holistic approach I can help if you have trouble sleeping, feel overwhelmed, have trouble concentrating, or procrastinate. See ad on page 23.

Offering a holistic and patient-centered 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 26.

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From beginning to end, our dedicated spa teams ensure your journey enhances your well-being and enlivens your spirit. Over 70 massage, facial, body and nail treatment options. Special packages and group events also available. See profile on page 35 and ad on page 47.

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doula services BIRTHMARK DOULA COLLECTIVE New Orleans 504-457-8332

Birthmark Doulas are trained and experienced professionals that provide continuous support to pregnant women and their families to empower them to have positive pregnancy, birth, and parenting experiences. Group and private childbirth education classes, birth doula services, post-partum doula services, birth tubs rentals.

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ebbi Hannan has been interested in health since she can remember. But during her premed studies she began doubting that a medical degree was right for her. She was more interested in how to keep people well than how to treat conditions with drugs. She discovered chiropractic in her search for an alternative that would allow her to express her passions for wellness and helping people. It was the right fit. Since 1986 Dr. Hannan has been the Clinic Director of Chiropractic Health Center & Holistic Healthcare Services in Metairie where her mission is “to coach, equip and motivate patients to a higher level of wellness, one patient at a time, and to meet and exceed expectations.” The office offers state of the art health and wellness tools. Dr. Hannan sees body structure as the foundation of wellness. Her office offers a

full range of chiropractic treatments including the cutting edge non-surgical treatment of herniated and bulging lumbar discs with the DRX 9000 table. In addition to chiropractic services, a customized wellness or treatment program may also include nutrition consulting, detox, weight loss and aesthetics. Nutritiional consultations are based on a personalized history, blood work, functional laboratory testing and applied kinesiology that help to determine a diet and supplementation program that is right for the individual. Detox includes some combination of diet, nutrition, EB-Pro Cellular Cleanses and Far Infrared Sauna, depending on the individual’s needs. For weight loss she chooses the Ideal Protein Diet program, a muscle sparing medically designed and supervised weight loss program that reduces hyperinsulinemia. Weekly weight loss is typically 3 to 7 lbs. Many patients with metabolic syndrome are able to decrease or eliminate medications as blood sugars and lipids

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Practitioner and teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essences. Many custom blended essences available, including: Woman, Calm & Clear, Study, Detox, Travel Ease, Adolescence, Yoga, Confidence and Stress Relief. National LMT/CEU classes available. See ad on page 8.

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Offering Feng shui consultations for homes and businesses Find balance and serenity within your home .Make intentional changes in your dwellings and you will alter your life in positive wide ranging ways. Your environment will begin to assist you and you will uncover solutions to your day to day issues and life will improve. See ad on page 19.

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or Better Health Clinic, an Integrative Medical practice in New Orleans, opened in 1999 with the purpose of providing health care that treats the whole patient, not just his or her symptoms. Physicians, Kashi Rai, MD and Nancy C. Martin, MD, are committed to partnering with their patients for the goals of optimal health, self-awareness and selfempowerment. Since For Better Health Clinic was founded by Rai, the practice has grown and expanded. Martin joined the practice in 2009. Martin’s journey to Integrative Medicine is a fascinating one. As a practicing anesthesiologist for more than 20 years, Martin faced personal health challenges of fatigue and generally not feeling well. Conventional medicine could not find the cause and she was told that she was fine. She started looking for answers outside of conventional medicine and found Rai. “As a patient of Dr. Rai’s, I found out that there was another world of medicine. Integrative medicine looks for the causes. I learned about my own condition, and this renewed my interest in medicine in a new way,” says Martin. She decided to re-train and completed a fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Over a two year period, Martin transitioned from anesthesiology to an integrative medicine practice, with Rai as her mentor. Martin explains the differences between conventional medicine and integrative medicine by sharing that integrative medicine looks at the causes rather than treating the symptoms. Finding the underlying physiologic imbalances is the goal so they can be corrected. Extensive lab studies are performed to determine imbalances at the cellular level. “We look

at the full spectrum of a person’s physiology because we know that everything is connected. Traditional medicine looks at body systems as separate. We look at all systems because we know they are all connected,” says Martin. Another significant difference between conventional medicine and integrative medicine is the amount of time the physician spends with the patient. At For Better Health Clinic, new patients’ first two appointments are scheduled for 1-1/2 hours each. Martin is currently accepting new patients. The initial visit provides the opportunity for patient and physician to get to know one another. The patient is given ample time to tell his/her health story, giving the physician valuable information. “The more I know about my patient’s health, the more I can help them,” explains Martin. On the second visit, lab testing results are discussed in complete detail, so the patient understands any imbalances that are present, and a treatment plan is formulated. Martin shares, “We are empowering patients to take control of their health and for us to be a partner with them in their health. We use lab work as a guide to see if imbalances are present. In the end, we make a game plan for treatment of imbalances.” Patients come to For Better Health Clinic for a variety of challenges, from a simple desire to obtain complete wellbeing, to chronic disease states such as, hormonal imbalances, cardiovascular dysfunction, blood sugar instability, nervous system disorders and immune dysfunctions. Martin says, “We’re seeing more young people who don’t have medical issues, but want to know if they are functioning optimally. With expanded blood work, we can look at the biomarkers and look at

the inflammatory markers so patients have time to correct them. It’s much better to prevent problems than to treat problems.” In addition to lifestyle changes, medical grade nutraceutical supplements are used to correct physiological imbalances. Prescription medications are used on a limited basis. Additionally, other treatment options such as IV nutrients may be suggested. When asked about ways to maintain good health and vitality, Martin shares, “The best medicine in the world is physical exercise. Find some exercise that you like to do. The health benefits of exercise go far beyond weight loss and cardiovascular health; it has a huge impact on reducing stress.” She explains that diet is also important, and that eating clean, healthy fruits and vegetables, lean meats and natural foods are best. “If your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize the food you are eating, then you probably shouldn’t eat it,” suggests Martin. For detailed information, go to

For Better Health Clinic 824 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 210 New Orleans, 70123 504-818-2525

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Experience the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® Rich in Eastern history and tradition, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® (AOBT) is now available to the Northshore. Performed by a professional, AOBT is an effective, safe and grounding therapeutic experience.

1515 Poydras St., Ste. 1010, New Orleans 504-799-4260

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A wide variety of indepedent healing arts practitioners Affordable Shared Office Space Available. See ad on page 2.

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HEART PINE HEALING CENTER 2800 E. Gause Blvd., Slidell 985-326-0965

Heartpine Healing Center offers an array of holistic practices to meet the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. Services Include Dental Care, Massage, Reiki, Yoga, Zumba, Life Coaching, Workshops & more. See ad on page 11.


3939 Houma Blvd., Bldg 3, Ste. 15 Metairie 504-909-3723

A place of learning and multiple complementary modalities offered at one site, including Reiki, Healing Touch,Massage,Vibroacoustic Table Therapy, Mind-Body Exercises, Angelic Lightwork, Psychotherapy, and more. Class and treatment rooms for practitioners. See ad on page 37.

UPTOWN HOLISTIC CENTER 723 Hillary St., New Orleans 504-865-0966

A group of independent Holistic Practitioners committed to the highest level of Holistic Health Care. Emphasis on the whole person – body, mind & spirit – allows for a more complete process of healing and well-being.


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Bonnie Broel 2220 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-494-2220 or 504-522-2220

Call for information on the next scheduled class.

Many professionals earn continuing education credit! ie: Nurses, Social Workers, etc.

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Located in the magnificent House of Broel Mansion, the center has 4 private session rooms, a meeting room and office space for practitioners. Reasonable per use fees for practitioners. All holistic healers welcome. See profile on page 31.

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


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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 40.

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check our website for special events: energy circle, group discussion and balancing and motivational meditation

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he House of Broel has long been known as a beautiful setting for weddings and other events. Now it will also be known as a healing center, where Bonnie Broel, owner of the House of Broel Mansion, and other practitioners of the healing arts, will offer private sessions in elegantly appointed spaces. Broel is a fifteen year cancer survivor and attributes her successful remission to her study and practice of alternative healing techniques and changes in her lifestyle and diet. Her interest in sharing this information was the reason she started hosting a monthly wellness meeting held on the last Monday night of each month. The meetings at House of Broel are free and open to the public. Each month she features a different speaker talking about their field of expertise. After taking Eric Pearl’s Reconnective Healing workshop in June of 2011, Broel was inspired to transform a portion of her home into the “Healing with a Heart” Wellness Center. It was actually the

fulfillment of a long-time dream for Broel. Clients are led through the doors of the majestic mansion where they are immediately surrounded by a calming sense of history and peace. The healing space itself is filled with light and positive energy and overlooks the garden; the perfect spot for reflection and balance following one’s session. The “Healing with a Heart” Wellness Center offers four rooms for private sessions, available to practitioners very reasonably on a per use basis. There is a meeting room and office space for practitioners to use. Broel herself is now a Reconnective Healing™ Practitioner and invites other practitioners of the same and other modalities to join her in her quest to heal others through non-invasive methods. Broel recommends checking out to understand how simple and wonderful this healing modality is. Once she has all of her practitioners in place Bonnie Broel will have a “Meet

the Practitioners” event at House of Broel. Anyone interested in attending should call 504-494-2220 or e-mail info@ to be put on the guest list and also to be added to the monthly wellness meeting announcements. To contact Bonnie Broel at the Healing With a Heart Wellness Center call 504494-2220 OR 504-522-2220.

House of Broel 2220 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, 70130 504-494-2220

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Holistic Therapy/PSYCH-K 504-669-1020

PSYCH-K is a fast, safe, non-invasive, extremely effective technique that combines psychology and kinesiology that works with the subconscious mind to change negative beliefs that hold us back from having the life we want. See ad on page 30.


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Our mission is to awaken people to their own power and potential – to self-empowerment and transformation. Learn to find your power, heal yourself, and create a better life! Create more joy, love, self-esteem, selfconfidence, and raise your level of consciousness. Weekly Tuesday class. 25 years experience. Workshops, personal coaching, and Free Classes. Details on web page.

the soil of appreciation for goodness. ~Dalai Lama

Shamanic Practitioner Affordable Healing Arts LLC 2372 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 220, New Orleans 408-540-8627

Journey into the shamanic realms for self-discovery, retrieving soul-parts disassociated in trauma, clearing blocks and connecting with your essential self. Energy work, sound healing, movement integration. Workshops and individual sessions.

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hyperbaric oxygen therapy HARCH HYPERBARICS/ FAMILY PHYSCIANS CENTER 5216 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero 504-309-4948

HBOT(R), oxygen under pressure acts as a drug. Oxygen is the cleanest medicine in the world. Noninvasive & painless treatment for wounds, TBI, autism, stroke, ADHD, dementia, multiple sclerosis and many other neurological disorders. See ad on page 33.

hypnotherapy DEEP PEACE HYPNOSIS LLC Rev. David G. Harrison, CCHt. 504-228-9004

Deep Peace Hypnosis offers hypnotherapy services to help people Improve Test Scores, Quit Smoking, Lose Weight and much more. We conduct individual and group therapy sessions and we also have Custom-Made Hypnosis CD’s for sale.


Mariah Sinclair, CCHt 504-302-0131

Using compassion, intuition and the tool of hypnosis, Mariah changes clients’ lives. Specializing in: Post divorce/break-up healing, changing habits, alleviating physical ailments, birth hypnosis, reducing stress, increasing spiritual connection. Individual and group sessions available.

METHODIST HYPNOTHERAPY SERVICES Bonnie Miller, Clinical Director 985-726-9333 ext 118

Hypnosis is not magic…it is a powerful tool to transform your life, heal your body, empower your mind, and revive your spirit. Stress, Pain, Anxiety, Fear, Birthing, Forensic, PLR, IBS, FMS, Habits, Disorders, Motivation, etc. You must take the first step towards your good health and happiness. Individual, Group and Corporate Wellness Programs. Hypnosis Works!

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What’s the next step? In 1992 Dr. Paul G. Harch introduced low-pressure hyperbaric oxygen for pediatric brain injury to North America. Since then, thousands of children in New Orleans, the U.S., and worldwide have benefited. More than hope, TREATMENT

Treating adults and children with learning disabilities, post concussion syndrome, traumatic brain injury, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, stroke, MS, dementia CO poisoning, and more. We only use pharmaceutical grade hyperbaric oxygen in hard shell chambers. Non-invasive, painless, odorless 504.309.4948

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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 31.

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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 33.

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Woodhouse Day Spa

“It’s as much about the experience as the service”


n March 2012, The Woodhouse Day Spa will open its doors in Mid-City in a beautiful and inviting 5200 SQ/FT space. Owners, Stuart and Siobhan Rome, who are New Orleans natives, have a mighty mission - to provide each guest a unique and relaxing experience from the time they are greeted on arrival, to the time they exit the spa. From beginning to end, they and their experienced spa team are committed to enhancing their guest’s wellbeing and enlivening their guest’s spirits. With a history of proven business successes in the past, Rome explains, “The Woodhouse Day Spa is as much about the experience as the service itself. My wife and I are customer service driven. We’re not happy unless our guests and employees are happy. The spa is designed to provide each guest with a rejuvenating experience whether they choose a single service or an all-day package.” Rome explains that many day spas provide a service and then the guest leaves – an “in-and-out” type of service. He says, “Our guests can stay all day.” The destination spa experience along with full service amenities are the reasons, he shares. Nicely appointed female and male locker rooms with rainfall showers are available for all guests. Guests with service appointments receive a luxurious robe and sandals upon arrival. Separate “Quiet Rooms” for females and males are set up for optimum relaxation. These rooms provide comfortable chairs, reading materials, music, hot teas, and lunch for the all-day guests. Clients can spend as much time as desired in the “Quiet Room” before or after receiving services, allowing for complete relaxation and maximum benefit from services received. The space is also available for private functions, including bridal parties and corporate gatherings. All practitioners at the spa are experienced and licensed, along with

having completed additional, specialized training. There is an extensive menu of services with over 70 treatment options. Their Signature Services cover skin care, massage therapy, body treatments, foot treatments, and hand treatments. Signature services include the Minkyti facial, four-handed massage (two therapists with one guest for 80 minutes), the 110 minute Woodhouse Escape treatment, the Signature manicure and Signature pedicure. The Vichy shower is offered where guests can enjoy body treatments such as the Rainfall Refresher. Rome shares, “We tie general wellness and well-being directly to the services and experience we provide. We feel that an individual’s mental and physical well-being is dependent on their ability to unwind. We provide the opportunity to unwind, de-stress, and be reinvigorated.” In addition to the many relaxation services offered, Woodhouse Day Spa specializes in results-oriented treatments, such as corrective facials. These include a Brightening Facial, Clarifying Acne Facial, and Microdermabrasion. Corrective body treatments are offered, such as Detoxifying Seaweed Wrap, Espresso Mud Body Scrub and Body Melt Treatment. Many of these services also include the use of the Vichy shower. Packages of services such as “Spend a Day with Us,” a five hour “Woodhouse Experience” or a three hour “Organic Renewal Package” are also available. Rome shares that men, typically, don’t frequent spas as often as women do. Woodhouse Day Spa has special “For the Gentlemen” individual services, offering deep tissue massage, hot towel facial, manicure and reflexology. A full printable menu of services can be found on the web site. Certified natural and organic products are used in most services. There is a retail area where skin and body care products used can be

Stuart and Siobhan Rome found, along with gifts including their own co-branded Nike and The Woodhouse Day Spa active wear. A rewards points program is offered at no charge to the guest and there is a referral program in place. Gift cards can be purchased on-line. Booking services will also be available on-line. Rome encourages potential clients to give The Woodhouse Day Spa a try. He says, “If you haven’t had a spa experience, try ours. If you only go to a spa for a special occasion, re-think that. You can benefit from our spa treatments to reduce stress and promote relaxation in your everyday life, not just for a special occasion or when on vacation.” Believing that spa services should be a part of every person’s wellness program, Rome offers, “We’re about educating people on the benefits of regular spa visits and providing them with an experience that they can carry with them.” For complete information, go to

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ichelle Spalding, Virtual Fairy Godmother, supports Spirit-centered entrepreneurs in creating fulfilling and profitable businesses. Spalding says, “One of my favorite quotes is from Gandhi, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’ This quote has been the driving force in creating a unique coaching and consulting service that encourages entrepreneurs to follow their passion and share their gifts.” Spalding believes that much of the marketing and business advice available doesn’t resonate with spiritual entrepreneurs. She offers an individualized approach highlighting her client’s special and unique talents, allowing their gifts to shine and their practices to grow. Spalding explains that 2012 is bringing a shift in the consciousness of our society, and that more and more people will be seeking alternative services. She advises that having a strong foundation in place will enable entrepreneurs to be the valuable resource to those seeking services without compromising their integrity or values. “There truly is a lot more that goes into creating a successful business other than providing excellent service,” says Spalding. She believes that it is important for the Spirit-minded entrepreneur to create a business that attracts the type of clients with whom the entrepreneur wishes to work. Spalding explains that Spirit-minded entrepreneurs benefit from sound advice for creating a fulfilling and profitable business. Spalding listens to clients and gains an understanding of the nature of the client’s business. She provides guidance, along with information, tools and encouragement to create the success desired in ways that are consistent with the client’s values. In Spalding’s Creating a Fulfilling and Profitable Spirit-Centered Business Workshop, clients learn tools to help fulfill their goals. The next workshop will be held March 20th from 10:00 a.m.-noon at The House of Broel, 2220 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Early registration is suggested as past events have filled up quickly. Michelle Spalding has been an entrepreneur for much of her life. She offers workshops, coaching and strategy sessions in the New Orleans area and globally via Skype or phone. To learn more and receive a free audio MP3 with business and marketing ideas, contact or use the QR code below.

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Preparing Kids for Tomorrow’s Jobs

U.S. Companies Pair Scientists with Schools by April Thompson

Career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math are projected to grow 70 percent faster than other occupations—with 2.4 million job openings in those fields during the next six years.


hat’s great news for tomorrow’s job-seekers. Yet, most American youth are matriculating out of the country’s schools ill-equipped to compete for these high-tech, high-wage jobs; among developed nations, U.S. high school students currently rank 23rd in science and 31st in mathematics. Now, hundreds of schools are working to better prepare students by harnessing outside resources to reinvigorate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula in classrooms and afterschool programs. Forget rote memorization of the periodic table of the elements that

previous generations may equate with science class. Kids in STEM programs are designing video games, programming robots and building solar cars—fun, hands-on, practical projects that add zest to technical subjects. The extra excitement helps, because many STEM programs extend the school day, either as a mandatory late-day module or an optional afterschool session.

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Kids like Camerino Sanchez-Park can’t get enough. “Robotics helped me learn a lot about science and battery-powered objects and engines,” says this fifth-

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grader at Faller Elementary School, in Ridgecrest, California. “The best part was working with the cool, high-tech robots. I would definitely do it again!” Sanchez-Park is one of 87 youths psyched about science as a result of hands-on afterschool programs run by a local nonprofit, High Desert Leapin’ Lizards. It taps the brainpower of scientists and engineers from a nearby naval base to instruct in subjects like renewable energy, chemistry and robotics. Rather than focusing on abstract concepts, students create working windmills or robots capable of tackling obstacle courses. “It not only sparks an interest in science, it teaches them how to think like a scientist,” says Program Administrator Sandra Goldstein Birmingham. “For example, the kids maintain an engineering journal of the challenges they experienced, to help them troubleshoot the next time.” Leapin’ Lizards is one of 34 STEM programs nationwide awarded funding through the 2011 Ashoka Changemakers’ Partnering for Excellence competition, backed by U.S. corporate heavyweights like Google, ExxonMobil and Amgen. Many participating companies are investing in STEM school programming to fill the pipeline of homegrown talent for potential future hires.

Citizens Off the Sidelines

Another Ashoka winner, Citizen Schools, sees the challenge as a supply-anddemand problem that includes a lack of teachers trained to meet the current needs for STEM education. Consider, though, the 10 million professionals currently working in related fields, and Americans have a system-wide solution. “If we can put just 1 percent of them in the classroom, we could more than double the math and science teachers in the country,” advises Managing Director John Werner. Citizen Schools recruits corporate volunteers from the ranks of top technology, architecture, finance and other fields to lead afterschool “apprenticeships” for disadvantaged kids in public middle schools. Participating states include California, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Texas. Collaborating on real-life problems in

small groups develops more than tangible skills, attests Marianne DeModena. Her sixth grade son, Christian Deguglielmo, completed apprenticeships with Google at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and with investment advisors Cambridge Associates, both in Boston. “Christian came home a different kid,” says DeModena. “It’s brought out his leadership abilities, school pride, social skills and confidence… it’s really opened up this other side of him. He says Citizen Schools is his favorite subject.” The program’s success is more than anecdotal: A longitudinal study by Policy Studies Associates, Inc. found that kids enrolled in Citizen Schools afterschool programs significantly outperformed a comparison group on a range of indicators, including school attendance, proficiency test scores and graduation rate.

Gateway to the Stars

Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, or (MS)², taps into higher institutions of learning as another rich source of STEM prowess. Founded in 2005, the Washington, D.C., public charter school is located at the university, one of the nation’s preeminent historically black colleges. Every (MS)² classroom includes at least one undergraduate teaching a s s i s t a n t , p r ov i d i n g yo u t h s w i t h collegiate role models in STEM fields, while giving university students an opportunity to test their teaching skills. Executive Director Yohance Maqubela recognizes that not every student will end up pursuing a career in a STEM field, but that science and technology will permeate whatever discipline they choose. Above all, STEM curricula are designed to address one of the most frequently asked student questions: “Why am I learning this?” By making learning more relevant, these programs are helping kids stay motivated, think critically about their surroundings and connect the dots so they see the big picture. It’s a mindset that will serve them well, wherever life leads them. April Thompson is a freelance writer i n Wa s h i n g t o n , D. C . Co n n e c t a t

Boot Camps for the Career-Bound by April Thompson


amps specializing in STEM-related subjects are cropping up across the nation. For a period of a week or more, they give children the chance to steep themselves in a favorite subject with peers that share their passions. Hands-on projects such as sleuthing crime scenes and assessing environmental habitats give kids a taste of what it’s like to work in a particular field and stretch their brains and muscles in the process. Here are just a few of the types of STEM-oriented camps offered. Visit for a comprehensive listing. Experimenting: General science camps make it possible to sample its different branches, from astronomy to zoology, and learn how things work through fun, interactive experiments. These group-oriented camps foster leadership and teamwork, as well as curiosity and discipline; key characteristics for any career in science. Animals: Veterinary camps teach skills ranging from basic animal handling to diagnosing disease. Often co-sponsored by university animal science programs, these camps typically blend lab and classroom work with fascinating field trips. Beachcombing: Marine sciences camps help introduce kids to Earth’s precious and complex maritime and underwater ecosystems. These camps often involve enjoyable activities like tidepooling, beach surveys and canoeing, while teaching skills such as conservation principles and sampling methods. Mystery: Crime scene investigation (CSI) camps introduce youths to the field of forensic sciences. Campers learn the art and craft of evidence collection, while developing observation and problem-solving skills. They may get to practice DNA testing, ballistics analysis, autopsy techniques and other tools of the trade. Robot building: Robotics camps make the challenging field of engineering approachable for children of all ages. Students are taken step-by-step through the engineering process, from designing and building through programming and testing. The sessions often culminate in a competition in which camp robots are pitted against each other on a ball field or obstacle course.

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LIVE YOUR DASH by Linda Ellis


ave you ever walked through a cemetery or read an obituary and pondered that small, seemingly insignificant dash between the day someone was born and the date he or she departed? This often-overlooked little line ultimately represents every breath and step we take in life. Until an epiphany awakens us to the brevity of this dash with which we have been blessed, true appreciation of our life cannot begin.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged. When, as newborns, we take that first independent, deliberate breath, we sign an invisible contract with life that we will do everything we can to preserve, cherish and live it. By seizing and inhabiting our moments and living our dash, instead of simply existing, we are abiding by that first unspoken oath. Because success should not be measured in what you will buy, or own, but in the pride you feel in the person you’re with … when you are all alone. When we spend our time focused on problems, we subconsciously disregard all that is not a problem. In mulling over yesterday and worrying about tomorrow,

we fail to recognize the presence of today. When we postpone living until everything is running smoothly, we forfeit the minutes of our now. Instead of focusing on the next achievement or acquisition, we need to practice focusing on all the blessings around us—our loved ones and the sheer pleasure found in simply being. The poet in me writes: So live in your now; be conscious, sincere. Let your mind allow you to be in your here! For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash. Linda Ellis’ global touchstone poem, The Dash, was followed by the Live Your Dash poem, and her new book, Live Your Dash. Join the conversation at Facebook. com/LindaEllisAuthor and LiveYourDash.

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Step into Fitness Dance your way to a beautifully strong and flexible body. by Sandra Murphy


ichard Simmons grew up in the French Quarter of New Orleans where, he notes, “Lard was a food group and dessert mandatory.” Exercise studios were geared to those already in shape, not to people that wanted to lose weight. So in 1974, Simmons opened Slimmons studio, followed by his classic exercise video, Sweatin’ to the Oldies, with motivating tunes like Dancing in the Street, Summer in the City and LocoMotion; a plus—not everyone in his video

is a size 0. Simmons and others have been helping people dance their way to fitness ever since.

Making Dance a Game

In Portland, Oregon, Mara Woloshin was inspired to get a move on when she complained to her 15-year-old son, Benny, about her weight. “Benny challenged me to do some basic Wii Fitness and then Zumba Fitness,” says Woloshin. “I give myself the right to fail at most exercises and dance moves; I just keep moving and let my son give me tips, pointers and instruction.” Benny puts in his own dance fitness time, plus keeps mom on track for 30 minutes a day. The Wii video game keeps

score. “I win sometimes; mostly with yoga, while he is terrific at dance stuff,” Woloshin says. “I’ve logged more than 1,200 days with the Wii so far, and love to shake my size 14 self. I’ve lost eight pounds and have built an incredible relationship with my teenager. We dance, compete, sweat and encourage each other. “We also enjoy conversations before and after Wii time. Are they meaningful? Sometimes. Does he laugh at me? Definitely. Does he look forward to our evening dance workouts together? Absolutely.” Wii games popular around the country include Just Dance, versions one and two, and Just Dance Kids plus Gold’s Gym Dance Workout and Zumba Fitness.

Popular DVDs

In 2011, compiled a list of the best dance videos they ever reviewed. The list launches with their hands-down favorite, So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit series. Melt away calories using a variety of dance styles and fun moves via Billy Blanks’ Dance with Me Groove & Burn. Several Dancing with the Stars cast members have videos out to improve fans’ look and style. Check out Cheryl Burke Presents Disco Abs (includes Village People’s classic YMCA) or Julianne Hough’s Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom. More experienced dancers may like Dancing with the Stars Ballroom Buns and Abs.

Taking Fun Classes

“Zumba Gold is a great reentry to exercise for baby boomers” advises Sherry Lucas, a licensed Zumba instructor in St. Louis.

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“Classes are approachable, available and affordable.” Recommended workout wear includes comfortable sweat-wicking clothing and a good pair of shoes. Because of the side-to-side movements, she suggests tennis or basketball shoes, not running shoes. Community classes generally range from 45 to 90 minutes (find a local class at An hour-long regular Zumba class can burn 400 to 600 calories says Lucas, depending upon body weight, workout intensity, conditioning level and individual metabolism. As a point of reference, charts calories burned by a 155-pound person engaged in an hour of light calisthenics at 246 calories; leisurely biking, 281; and walking briskly uphill, 422. “Find a class and an instructor you like,” counsels Lucas. “Make a commitment to having some ‘you’ time. Part of exercise is being social, so it’s a chance to make new friends, too.” Doctor of Natur-opathy Kathy Gruver, Ph.D., finds that a hip-hop workout best suits her needs four to five times a week. Each 90-minute class is non-stop action and she rarely takes a break, although some class members don’t dance the entire time. Gruver works out at Rhythm Dance & Fitness Studios, near Santa Barbara, California, with choreographer Tamarr Paul. “I grew up dancing jazz, tap and ballet; nothing even close to hip-hop, and there are still moments that I can’t get a certain move or trip over my own feet. Still, it took just a few weeks to get my rhythm back and get in the groove,” says Gruver. “We run through a set of steps multiple times before we add more. Once we’ve learned a whole dance, we run it over and over to different music; some faster, some slower.” With dance, there’s something just right for everyone. Dance with the kids, the dog, while making the beds or vacuuming crumbs. Dance along with a video or take a class to learn something new and different while making new friends. In any case, breathe in the music. It all makes exercise fun. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer at



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By Linda Michurski


oga seems to be gaining popularity by leaps and bounds all over the country, perhaps even more in the Greater New Orleans area, which was chosen last Fall as one of the top 10 yoga cities in the U.S. by Yoga Journal. There certainly is no shortage of classes and styles from which to choose, but is yoga safe for everyone? Can anyone practice yoga? Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originating in Ancient India, where it was taught one-on-one. It combines exercise, breathing and meditation as a means to create harmony between the body and mind. Yoga is considered a lifestyle by many beginning with loving kindness toward one’s neighbor.

Yoga American Style In America yoga is more often practiced as a form of exercise in a group class. Students may take up yoga with a variety of expectations from losing weight to getting stronger, or calming the mind to relieve stress. The practice of yoga, however, is not all about being physically strong or being able to do impressive poses. The poses and breathing are designed to help focus the mind in preparation for meditation.

Yoga Meets You Where You Are As for whether or not yoga is safe for everyone, Laura Ates, owner of TriYoga Studio located in New Orleans and Harahan, and one of the first to bring yoga to New Orleans, puts it this way, “(yoga) meets you where you are.” Ates trains runners and triathletes who say yoga helps to prevent injuries, yet she says TriYoga is gentle enough to accommodate students with various types of pain, injuries and health issues. She currently teaches chair yoga to students with multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. Yoga gives them hope she said. The average age in one of her classes is 70 years old. She feels that yoga is not an 44

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option for the older person, but mandatory for their physical and mental health. Ates explains that many elders feel like they have been written off by medical doctors. She has an 80 year-old student who had a shoulder issue and his doctor told him there was nothing he could do but keep his arm at his side as much as possible. The man now does a 30-minute headstand each day. She doesn’t recommend this for everyone, but she points out that this just goes to show how a gentle yoga practice can help heal and strengthen injured muscles. Ate’s students are encouraged to use props to help support them where they are and get them where they need to be in order to get the most effective stretch for their body. She assesses them initially and helps them decide what kind of practice is best for them. “It’s not so much about what they are doing but how.” Using chairs and bolsters is a way to reach everybody. Beyond the physical benefits, to some, yoga is about mental and spiritual balance and even survival. Ates exclaims with fervor that “Yoga is an investment in your health,” telling how she learned that some of her students practiced yoga on their rooftops as they waited to be rescued after the flooding in New Orleans post Katrina.

Yoga as Therapy Geoffrey Roniger of Freret St. Yoga teaches a variety of yoga styles including Integrative Yoga Therapy to cancer patients at Beth Israel in New York. He uses restorative yoga techniques and breath awareness to assist them in self-healing. He was one of the teachers who taught yoga in the Superdome for displaced women of Katrina. It was a wellness program initiated by Oprah Winfrey designed to help heal victims of Katrina. There were women with varying body shapes and sizes who never dreamed they could do yoga. This program gave

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them an opportunity to see what yoga is all about and what one can accomplish by practicing yoga. Roniger recommends that students don’t try too hard or too little when practicing yoga. How does one know? “When you try too hard, you’re holding your breath. If you try too little, your mind is wandering.” Roniger aims to demystify yoga and make it accessible to all. Becky Gelatt of the Yoga School in Covington is a teacher of therapeutic yoga. She offers private yoga therapy sessions for people with a variety of health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), cancer and hemophilia. Each week she holds a yoga class for people with Parkinson’s disease. She holds an intake interview with her students before they begin the class. Some of the most important questions she asks her students is, ‘What do they have trouble doing?’ and ‘What would they like to work on?’ One of her students expressed that she wants to be able to eat at a restaurant with her friends without spilling food. “Eating and speaking are very important,” Gelatt proclaims. Gelatt offers her practical advice about foods that would be easier for her to eat and recommends that she stay away from foods that would spill easily, like soup and peas. Her students learn exercises that focus on controlling the muscles of the mouth, tongue and face, and chair exercises that use movement to help with balance and to steady their hands. They practice breathing and singing to exercise their vocal cords, choosing their own songs and singing as loud as they can. Gelatt aims to get her students to feel as normal as they can be and help others with the same condition.

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There are many different styles of yoga as well as the yogis that teach them. Consider doing research online, get a referral from a friend, or contact the teacher and ask a few questions. Yoga is not a competition. Inform the instructor before class of any injuries, or concerns, and use props when necessary. Yoga tradition begins with kindness; being a true yogi means being kind to oneself in practice. Linda Michurski is a registered yoga teacher and free-lance writer living in New Orleans. She may be reached at natural awakenings

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CHOOSING FORKS OVER KNIVES Doctors Advocate a Plant-Based Diet by Linda Sechrist


ilm Producer Brian Wendel’s concern for the many Americans suffering from multiple chronic diseases, as well as the strain this puts on our nation’s health care system and economy, sparked the idea for documenting what doctors researching the issue have to say about it. In his latest film, Forks Over Knives, these pioneering thinkers examine the claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases afflicting humanity can be controlled or reversed by avoiding the ingestion of animal-based and processed foods; more, they make a compelling case that switching to a whole-foods, plant-based diet can restore health. Much of the foundational science showing why a plant-based diet of whole foods is not only best for everyone’s health, but also for the planet, comes from noted nutrition research pioneer T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. He has summarized his results in his book, The China Study, co-authored with his son, Dr. Thomas M. Campbell. His 1980 study of 130 Chinese villages, involving 6,500 adults and their families, directly tied the consumption of animal proteinbased foods to the development of cancer and heart disease. Based on his research, Colin Campbell, teamed up with Dr. Junshi Chen, currently a senior research professor with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in Beijing, specifically characterized casein, a protein found in milk from mammals, as “the most relevant carcinogen ever


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identified.” With concrete evidence in hand, and accounting for other diet and lifestyle factors, the pair went on to conclude that consuming whole, plantbased foods offers the best strategy for improving health and preventing serious diseases. Other solid science presented in the film comes from Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., whose 150 scientific articles complement the 1995 publication of his peer-acclaimed book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, which summarizes the results of his long-term research on arresting and reversing

coronary artery disease through nutrition. In his two decades of global research, Esselstyn, who directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, found that wherever people ate a plantbased diet, cancer and cardiovascular diseases were rare. In many of the case histories and personal stories chronicled in Forks Over Knives, diet was used as a treatment for various diseases and cited as being more effective than prescription drugs. Anthony Yen and Evelyn Oswick, for example, attest how their lives were saved by switching to a whole-foods, plant-based diet after a lifetime of illness that included multiple heart attacks and surgeries, as well as chronic chest pain. Treatment under the care of Esselstyn succeeded in reversing advanced-stage heart disease in both cases. Today, they enjoy active lives full of friends, family and meaningful work. Social media channels such as Facebook have been vital to spreading the word about the effective solutions presented by the Forks Over Knives film and companion book (complete with recipes). Wendel reports inspiring posts such as, “Your film changed my life,” or “I no longer require diabetes medication.” Potential savings in costs to people and the planet are vast. Consider, for instance, that according to the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, if the entire U.S. population were to adopt a plant-based diet for just one day, the nation would save at least 100 billion gallons of drinking water, enough to supply every person in every home in New England for nearly four months. Wendel foresees the ForksOver website ultimately expanding into a news resource, linking people with information provided by leading experts in the wholefoods, plant-based world via various media platforms. It will also provide opportunities to blog with experts, listen to live broadcasts about food preparation and find resources to help individuals transition to a healthier, plant-based diet. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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he state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has released the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, which outlines the state’s plans for restoring and protecting Louisiana’s vanishing coastline. The agency held a series of public hearings on the plan in January and accepted public comment until Feb. 25, but the public is welcome to submit ideas and feedback as the CPRA finalizes the plan to present to the Louisiana Legislature March 26. The 50-year plan includes 145 projects that span across the coastal parishes and include strategies that range from pumping sediment to create new marsh to diversions along the Mississippi River to bring fresh water and sediment into the wetlands (see map). It requires an investment of a total of $50 billion over a 50 year period, of which $900 million is anticipated in 2013. The proposed plan is the first fiveyear revision of the master plan that was first devised by the then-new agency after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The initial version was primarily a response to the 2005 hurricanes, and therefore had the focus of strategies for storm surge protection, but also served as a framework for adaptive management of a massive, complex and expensive restoration initiative. The 2007 Master Plan called for revisions every five years. Unlike earlier planning processes, during this round the CPRA staff utilized a comprehensive, complex model that analyzed all of the coastal restoration projects that have been completed,


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designed or proposed and rated them based on a multiplicity of parameters. The model took into account the success rate in terms of land building, countering salt water intrusion and protective capacity for inland communities. Importantly, the model also was constructed so that benefits – or impacts – of the projects to users were also recognized. The users ranged from fishermen to birdwatchers to industry. According to the CPRA representatives who travelled the state to share the details of the plan with members of the public, and get their input, the model was built so that various combinations of projects could be inputted and analyzed on the basis of their land building capacity. They were also looking for synergies between and among projects – projects that, when completed in a collaborative way, within close proximity and timed appropriately, will produce greater results than if they were done in isolation. Lastly, the planning team and their model worked under the assumption that there would be limited funds available and that projects that protected the densest population centers yielded the most bang for the buck. Therefore, this plan has its critics. At the public hearing held at the University of New Orleans on January 23, representatives of several coastal parishes praised the planning team for all of the hard work, but some made it clear the plan did not address their concerns. It has been articulated throughout the planning process that various coastal communities, particularly Grand Isle and the Native American tribes

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roiled chicken, brown rice and steamed broccoli again?” When you sit down to dinner, you prefer some variety, and so does your dog, who may well inquire, “What, kibble again?” Day after day of the same mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats and veggies can hamper any appetite, human or canine. But a diet packed with different food types can make eating more enjoyable. Before concocting your own dog food blends, it helps to learn more about potential ingredients and the benefits of a varied diet, as well as how to successfully introduce new foods.

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By definition, a varied diet is dense in nutrients and changes regularly; a decided departure from the stick-to-the-same-food routine encouraged by dog food experts of the past. Dr. Sean Delaney, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist in Davis, California, says that today’s varied diet for dogs should resemble a cornucopia, filled with healthy meats,

whole grains, legumes, dairy, fruits and vegetables. “For optimum health, it’s better to have the food in a natural, unprocessed state,” he says. To start, dogs require 12 amino acids in their diets, so foods that contain all of them would provide the best quality protein for dogs, advises Dr. Rebecca Remillard, Ph.D., a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and founder of Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, in Hollister, North Carolina. “Egg and liver are of the highest protein quality because of their amino acid profiles,” she advises. A varied diet even reduces the chances of dogs developing an allergy to certain foods, like chicken or wheat, adds Delaney. “Feeding a dog food that’s not commonly used in the pet food industry—a food that he’s naïve to—reduces the potential that the animal will develop an allergic reaction to it.”

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based at the Animal Clinic and Wellness Center, in Williamsburg, Virginia, says that older theories once claimed that dogs would become picky eaters or experience indigestion on a varied diet, but that perspective has since been questioned. To the contrary, variety brings excitement and interest to the table—or the bowl. For instance, Lord points out, “If you feed your child a dinner of chicken, broccoli, brown rice and cantaloupe, you can pat yourself on the back for providing a well-balanced nutritious meal. But if you feed this same meal to your child three times a day throughout his life, you would start to see nutritional deficiencies.” Plus, no one would be surprised to hear that the child is tiring of it. The same holds true for dogs, she says. Their bodies appreciate the different sources of nutrition, while their taste buds respond to delicious change-ups. One popular type of varied diet centers on taking commercially prepared, top-quality, frozen, canned or dry foods and simply rotating them, as long as the owner provides a consistent number of calories. This approach will ensure that a dog receives the right balance of nutrients, says Remillard. She explains that, “Federally regulated, commercially prepared foods have processing methods and quality assurance programs that limit the potential for food-borne illnesses in pets and offer guarantees, a nutritional profile and bioavailability of nutrients.” Remillard further notes, however, that not all products are equal when it comes to highly desirable ingredients, so as with any other processed food, consumers must read labels. Varied diets also may be prepared at home. That’s where home chefs can get creative with different types of meats, grains and vegetables, but they should follow guidelines prepared by a trained nutritionist, Remillard cautions. “Unless properly formulated by a nutritionist, diets developed at home are not likely to be complete and balanced,” she says. “The nutritional profile of any diet— including homemade diets—depends on how the recipe was formulated, the nutrient content of the ingredients and how the owner prepares the food. Homemade diets may also contain contaminants and

food-borne microbes if the owner isn’t careful.” Sometimes, just adding a little something special to a dog’s bowl will give him the variety he’s craving. For example, “If we’re making something our dog loves, like grilled salmon or ahi, we’ll cook a little piece for her and give her a little less kibble in her dish,” relates Alyce Edmondton, who lives in Redmond,

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What’s on the Menu? by Wendy Bedwell-Wilson If you would like to incorporate a varied diet into your dog’s eating routine, here are five expert tips for doing so safely and successfully. Choose different main ingredients: If you’re primarily relying on a chicken and rice diet, switch the pooch to something completely different, like a duck and sweet potato or bison and barley diet, advises Veterinarian Sean Delaney. It’s okay to change brands: Although some food manufacturers have developed food lines designed to rotate among items, you can always try out different brands and formulas. Stick to the high-quality mixes for optimal nutrition, says Veterinarian Tracy Lord. Change the menu regularly: If you plan to rotate a dog’s commercially prepared diet, consider buying a new blend each time you shop, advises Veterinarian Rebecca Remillard. Switch slowly: For a smooth transition between foods, slowly increase the amount of new food while decreasing the old, counsels Lord. The process should take about a week. Take note of portions and calories: Delaney advises that a good way to ensure that a dog stays youthfully slim and trim is to calculate an appropriate calorie count and portions of the new foods.

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Belly Dance for Health – 6pm. A 6-wks Thurs beginners class with Iona 3/1-4/5. A fun workout specificallysuited for the female physique. Women dance for health & positive self image, intimating the dynamics of one’s unique femininity & form. $70. All ages welcome. Limited to 14 spaces. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St., Metairie. Reg. at 504-484-9579. Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (also 3/15 & 3/20). Help a student 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.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (also 3/23 & 3/30). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court. Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Detoxing with Yoga – 6:30-8:30pm. Join our monthly yoga social, with a detoxifying class of hot yoga with Maria Lemoiner followed by fellowship with your favorite yogis. Donations appreciated. Bring a mat, towel, water & snack to share. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 E. Gause Blvde, Slidell. 985-326-0965. Awaken Your Intuitive Potential – 7-8pm. Free onehour talk by Dr. Gary Arnold and Sandy Anastasi, followed by Q & A session. Community Church Unitarian Universalist of New Orleans, 316 38th St., New Orleans. Info: 504-888-1320.


Cloth 101 – 9-10am. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, the pros and cons, hands on demonstrations and handouts to take home. Zuka Baby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. $20/2 family members. Registration required: 504-596-6540.


“Awaken to your power! Get all the love you want, while raising your self-esteem and self-confidence.” Power Path Method of Self Empowerment 4-Week Course, Starting March 6 Tuesdays, 7 PM – Love Donation Led by Mike Wittenbrink, MBA Location: Unity Center 3722 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

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Awaken Your Full Intuitive Potential – 9am-5pm. One day workshop intensive with Dr. Gary Arnold and Sandy Anastasi. $87 (lunch not included). The Red Shoes Spiritual Center, 2303 Government St., Baton Rouge, Reg. at 504-888-1320 Saturday Morning Massage Clinics – 9:15am & 10:45am (also 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish on 3/10 & 3/24; Deep Tissue on 3/17; Neuromuscular therapy on 3/3 & 3/31. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from the food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. How to respond to negativity & shift your life – 10-ll:30am. Taught by Sunni Shafer. Donations accepted. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio. 2800 E. Gause Blvd., Slidell. Info: 985-326-0965. Paint & E-Waste Drop-Off/Uptown – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to Arabella Station Whole Foods Market. The Green Project’s tent is at the corner of Magazine & Joseph St. in good weather, and inside near the massage table in bad weather. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (3/3 & 3/4). w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356. Freret Market – Noon-5pm. 90 vendors with food, art, music, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. 4400 block of Freret St., NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589. Conscious Connected Breathing Workshop – 2:305pm. Facilitated by Jack Fontana. Cost is $60. One Heart Yoga Center, 2935 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge. Register/Info: 225-383-1709 or 504-453-9161.


Book Signing and Guided Meditation Featuring Michael Fischman March 19, 2012 7:00pm - 9:00pm Author and President of Art of Living North America His Latest Book, Stumbling Into Infinity, An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002

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Uptown Holistic Center Couples/Massage Workshop – Gain confidence giving massage to family and friends. Learn basic techniques, a lot of hands on opportunity to give and receive massage over the two days. Caregivers are welcome, all will benefit from the fun and learning. $175/couple. Register/ Info: or 504-275-5923.


Awaken Your Full Intuitive Potential – 9am-5pm. One day workshop intensive with Dr. Gary Arnold and Sandy Anastasi. $117 (lunch is included). Four Points Sheraton New Orleans Airport,6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. Reg. at 504-888-1320 Conscious Connected Breathing Workshop – 11am1pm. Facilitated by Jack Fontana. Cost is $54. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. Register/Info: 504-484-9579. Celtic Wisdon: Igniting the Flame of Renewal – 2:30-5pm. With Mary Meighan from Ireland. Mary has a lifetime of experience making sacred journeys in many parts fo the world and a deep passion and understanding of her own native Celtic culture. Wild Lotus Yoga-Downtown, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Info: 504-899-0047.


Master Mind Vision Group – 6:30pm-8:30pm. (also 3/19). The Mastermind “vision” group is set up to support an individual’s vision of what they want life to be like and uses the Law of Attraction. Members brainstorm ideas, verbalize wishes and desires and provide mutual support. Register/Info: Mike Wittenbrink, Power Path Academy, or 504-339-0594.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (also 3/13 & 3/27). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court. Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Tai Chi group class – 7-8pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of your life. $20. Reserve a space by 3/5. Tamashii Tai Chi center, 8132 Willow St., Uptown. Call 504-866-2241 for more information. Waldorf School of N. O. Early Childhood School Tour – Contact the school for time and to RSVP. 517 Soraparu St., New Orleans. Call 504-525-2420.

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Community Health Awareness Today At the New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St. Claude Ave., at St. Roch Saturday, March 24, 10am – 4pm Free or low cost screenings! Free demonstrations and presentations! Free Information Sponsors: Affordable Healing Arts, Downtown Fitness Center, Optimal Wellness 55


Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (also 3/9, 3/14, 3/16, 3/21, 3/28). Help a student 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. Turn Stress to Bliss – 5:45-7:15 pm. 7-wk Phoenix rising yoga therapy group (Weds beginning 3/7), w/ Amy Archinal, explores and transforms your relationship to stress. More than a yoga class, participants learn tools for a sustained mindfulness practice to help ease thrugh life challenges and changes. Includes full day selent retreat 3/24. $200/$150 early bird. Reg. 504-400-5203. Milk Party – 7-9pm. Mother to mother breastfeeding support. Certified International Lactation consultant, Julie Holcomb answers questions from establishing a first latch to child-led weaning. Breast feeding babies and toddlers welcome. No registration required. ZukaBaby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: 504-596-6540. Adult and children Karate class - Registration. Tamashii Karate Center 8132 Willow St. Uptown. Better fitness, develop confidence and learn self defense. Call 866-2241 for more information. Waldorf School of New Orleans – Grade School Tour. This is an opportunity for parents to see what happens in a Waldorf Classroom. Contact school for time and to RSVP. Call 504-525-2420.


Gretna Art Walk – 9am-3pm. Art walk returns for fall season with more than 80 artists and craft vendors. 2nd Sat each month. 6th St. at Huey P. Long Ave., Downtown Gretna. OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local arts & crafts, food, fresh juices and raw foods from Surrey’s; even a bike repair workshop! 2nd Sat each month. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. The Madisonville Art Market – 10am-4pm. Art market featuring painting, photography, wood working, pottery, and jewelry along the Tchefuncta River on Water St. in Old Madisonville, near LA Hwy 22. Free. Info: 985-624-7216. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (3/10 & 3/11). w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356. Energy Healing Class – 1-4pm. Learn to naturally heal yourself, family, and friends. Learn how to clear and balance the chakras with pure energy and also learn distant healing. Healing is effective on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. $70. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary St, NOLA. Register/Info: Dr. Jess Tregle, 504-352-6418. Water-Wise Irrigation and Urban Rainwater Catchment – Time & Location TBA. Grow Mo Better, New Orleans Food and Farm Network. More Info: 504-483-6967.

Chi Kung Meditation and Breathing Workshop – 9:30-10:30am. Develop your internal energy (Chi) to improve your health and well-being. Create calm, centered and focused mental attitude that will carry you through any stressful situation. $20. Reserve space by 3/7. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., Uptown New Orleans. Call 504-866-2241.

When Me Becomes We: the Aquarian Age – 10:30am-1:30pm. An exploration in individual, group, and universal consciousness through Kundalini yoga and meditation. Instructor: HarlnderjeetKaur. Beginners welcome. $40advance/$45 at door. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 E. Gause Blvd, Slidell. 985-326-0865.

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (also 3/22 & 3/29). Help a student 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.

Keep It Off Weight Loss Talk – Learn to live your life so that you run your weight, your weight does not run you. Time TBA. For details contact Journey Into Wellness Center: 504-823-7186 or


C. G. Jung Society – 7:30pm. Analyst Karen Magee presents “Searching for One’s Spirit, Caring for One’s Soul” utilizing lecture, film clips, and discussion. To be followed by a workshop on Saturday morning. 2 CEUs. $10 (free for members). Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Avenue, NOLA.


Roses with Peggy St. Martin – 10am. Learn about the care and proper planting of roses and the attributes of antique roses that make them excellent choices for New Orleans from the regional “Queen” of rose gardening. Antique roses, spring annuals and companion shrubs. Gates open at 9am, close at noon, speaker at 10am. Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA. Info: 504-620-2224. C. G. Jung Society – 9am-1pm. Analyst Karen Magee leads a workshop entitled “Ethics: A Search for Light in the Shadows.” Lecture, film, discussion, and group exercises. Proceeded by a Friday night lecture. 3.5 Clinical Hours for Social Workers, 3.5 CEUs for LPCs. $45 (members $35). Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Avenue, NOLA.


Transitions in Midlife – 11:00am-1pm. March 11th to April 1st - Four sessions. Connect with your wise inner self to guide you through this passage to wholeness. Breathwork, meditation, guided shamanic journeying, writing, drumming and movement. $180. Lead by Rebecca Green, Shamanic Practitioner. Affordable Healing Arts Center LLC, NOLA. Info: Return of the Healing/Singing Crystal Bowls – 11am. Singing bowls during service. Concert to follow, $15.00/person. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, large parking lot, entrance at rear of building. Info: 504-885-7575. Bringing Biodynamics Down to Earth – 12:302:30pm. Biodynamic Agriculture has been practiced successfully since 1924. The nine biodynamic preparations are substances that are essential and unique to this ecological, sustainable farming system. Learn the practical use of “preps” and experience them in this workshop. Free/donations accepted. Hollygrove Farm 8301 Olive St. NOLA. Register/Info:


St. Patrick’s Day High Tea – 9am-6pm. (3/12-3/19, closed Sundays) Serving the Irish St. Patrick High Tea all day. Daily St Patrick’s Day lunch specials with featured desserts. Irish Breakfast Tea, Shamrock tea blend, Irish Eyes Herbal and many Green Teas. The English Tea Room, 734 Rutland St, Covington. Call 985-898-3988. NOFC Produce Forum – 7-9pm. Join New Orleans Food Coop Produce Manager Aj Hess in a dialog regarding issues related to providing healthy, affordable produce to our New Orleans community. In Café Istanbul (across the hall from NOFC), New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. More info: 504-899-0047. Intro Yoga – 6-wk courses (courses begins Mon, 3/12, Tues, 3/13, Wed, 3/14). Emphasis on strength, flexibility, balance, meditation and more with teachers Tamarin, Cissy, and Beverly. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St. and 2372 St. Claude Ave. For more info: 504-899-0047.


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. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Suzanne Even will speak about Sugar. Free, open to the public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Info:


Cloth Diapering at Harrison Ave Marketplace – 5-8:30pm. Better Bottoms Diaper Delivery will be at the Marketplace for Cloth Diapering Q&A with Demonstrations and Coupons. Better Bottoms offers a full line of Cloth Diapers and accessories. 2nd Wed each month Marketplace. 801 Harrison Avenue, NOLA. Michelle Vargas 504-731-7500.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Covington – 7-8pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc., Suzanne Evens will speak on Sugar; Holistic Insights. Discussion follows. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St, Covington. Free/open to public. Info: 985-898-0016. Second Degree Reiki Class – Time TBA. w/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 504-388-2356. Walter Luebeck Angelic Lightwork Class – 3/15 thru 3/20, internationally known writer/teacher from Germany will be in New Orleans to teach Angelic Lightwork. 3 levels of training in communicating and working with angelic realm. Contact Journey Into Wellness Center for details: 504-909-3723.


Shamrock 10K Run – 8am. Certified course through beautiful downtown Hammond sponsored by Hammond Rotary Club. Race starts at Friendship Circle on Southeastern University campus. Plenty of parking, party afterwards. Info: Ron Taylor, 985-687-3418.

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Spring Detox Yoga & Aromatherapy Retret – 9:30am-3:30pm. Celebrate Spring and self-renewal on St. Patrick’s Day at the annual Spring Equinox Detox Retreat including: all-levels detox yoga workshop, a gourmet Mediterranean lunch on the beautiful grounds, followed by an aromatherapy workshop with a free gift! $95. Bayou de Zaire Retreat, Madisonville. Pre-reg. required: 985-792-0003. Paint & E-waste Drop-Off – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Hollygrove Market & Farm, 8301 Olive St, NOLA and pick up a $25 box filled with locallygrown, fresh produce while there. Uptown Holistic Center Couples/Massage Workshop – Gain confidence giving massage to family and friends. Learn basic techniques and have a lot of hands on opportunity to give and receive massage over the two days. Caregivers are welcome, all will benefit from the fun and learning. $175/couple. Register/Info: or 504-275-5923.

March 17th

Saint Patrick’s Day in the Green Light District - 2000-2100 blocks of Magazine St. will have recycling for beads, aluminum and plastics. Sponsored by The Green Light District, an eco-conscious merchant organization in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. Partner for recycling are Arc and Phoenix Recycling.


Revival: Baptised in the Name of Love – 10:30am12:30pm. Co-founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers and Lotus Flow Yoga, Dana Trixie will offer a special vinyasa yoga experience of ecstatic expression of movement, music and community. Wild Lotus Yoga – Downtown, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Info: 504-899-0047. Kick-off Celebration for Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, NOLA Sacred Music Festival – 5:00pm African Drum Circle, 6:00pm Africa Brass Performance, 7:00pm African Film - Yeelen By Souleymane Cissie in collaboration with New Orleans Film Society. All ages welcome. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA.


Milk Party! – 9-10am. Mother to mother breastfeeding support. Certified International Lactation consultant, Julie Holcomb answers questions from establishing a first latch to child-led weaning. Breast feeding babies and toddlers welcome. No registration required. ZukaBaby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: 504-596-6540. Master Mind Vision Group – 6:30pm-8:30pm. The Mastermind “vision” group is set up to support an individual’s vision of what they want life to be like and uses the Law of Attraction. Members brainstorm ideas, verbalize wishes and desires and provide mutual support. Register/Info: Mike Wittenbrink, Power Path Academy, or 504-339-0594.


La Leche League of Jefferson – 10-11am. Meet, give and receive support from other nursing moms. Destination Maternity Meeting Room. Corner of 17th and N. Causeway, Metairie. Info: Susan Vicknair Theall, 504-455-5558.


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Creating a Fulfilling and Profitable Spirit Centered Business – 10:00am-Noon. This workshop is for all Spirit centered entrepreneurs who wish to learn how to make their practice exactly what they want it to be. $35.00. The House of Broel, 2220 St. Charles Ave, Nola. Info/Register: 504-383-4668. Women’s Safety Awareness and Self Defense – 6-7pm. Learn to recognize, avoid and eliminate dangerous situations before they occur. This workshop is a system of psychological preparation, verbal skills, and self-defense moves that take advantage of instinctive, natural body movements and reactions. $20. Reg. by 3/19. Tamashii Karate Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown New Orleans. Call 504-866-2241.


Conscious Connected Breathing Workshop – 11am-1pm. Facilitated by Jack Fontana. Cost is $54. 3200 Lake Villa Dr, Metairie. Register/Info: 504-453-9161.


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.


Teacher/Student Spring Break Specials – 3/20-3/24. The English Tea Room, 734 Rutland St, Covington. Call 985-898-3988.

Homeopathy and Nosodes – 6:30pm-9:00pm. Midwife Emmy Trammel will discuss Nosodes, a homeopathic alternative to traditional vaccinations. Free, open to public. Zuka Baby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Registration required: 504-596-6540.



Introduction to Men’s Soul Work – 7:00-8:30pm. New Orleans Men’s Center has met in retreat twice a year and discovered a path to freedom, healing and joy. Presentation will share what’s been learned along this journey. Men/women invited, free. Parker Memorial United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville, Nola. Info: 504 390-0460 or 504 669-1645. Retreat w/ Dr. Paul Levy – (3/23-3/25) Learn transformative techniques to break habitual behavior. Methods will include meditation, qigong, yoga, interfaith chants, and talks to explore inner terrain through our outer expression. Payment by donation. Flowering Lotus Retreat Center, Magnolia MS. For more info or to register call 504-905-4090or email:


Cloth 101 – 9-10am. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, the pros and cons, hands on demonstrations and handouts to take home. Zuka Baby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. $20/2 family members. Registration required: 504-596-6540. Community Health Awareness Today – 10am-4pm. Learn what you need to do for better health. Free or low cost screenings, free demos and presentations, free information. Free event at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans. Aligning with Your Inner Voice – 11am-1pm. Posture clinic encouraging practitioners to use their voice and ask questions. Suggested donation $30, but feel free to pay what you can. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 E. Gause Blvd, Slidell. Details: 985-326-0965. Yoga & Journaling w/ Amanda – 1:30-4:30pm. Combine yoga w/journaling for profound benefits: release & process unwanted emotions, inspire creativity and increase the body-mind connection. Some yoga experience helpful, but not required. $40. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. Call 504-484-9579. First Annual New Orleans Sacred Music Festival – 3/24 & 3/25. Sponsored by Wild Lotus Yoga and many others at the New Orleans Healing Center. Enjoy eight performances over two evenings by New Orleans brightest sacred music artists from a variety of traditions. Wild Lotus Yoga – Downtown, 2372 St Claude Ave – More info: 504-899-0047.

Plant Sale & Dan Gill Workshop – 8am-Noon. With the Department of Parks and Parkways. Largest plant sale being conducted on the Gentilly site. Staff will be onsite to guide purchases. Dan Gill will be on site and give a workshop on “Color through Summer”. 2829 Gentilly Blvd, NOLA. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (3/31 & 4/1). w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356. Yoga for Artists™ Workshop w/ Emily Branden – 2:30-5pm. An inspiring mix of music, vinyasa flow, poetry, chakra meditation, voice, visualization, and writing to embrace your destiny on this planet. Wild Lotus Yoga – Downtown, 2372 St Claude Ave. More info: 504-899-0047. Jazz’n the Vines Outdoor Concert – 6:30pm9:00pm. Bring a Lawn chair, picnic dinner, flashlight, umbrella and listen to music in the vineyard. Wine/ Food for sale. No outside alcohol. $10/adult, children 17 and under free. Pontchartrain Vineyards 81250 Hwy 1082, Bush, just north of Covington. Info: 985-892-9742. Usui Reiki Level I & II – (3/31 and 4/1). Reik taught by method of The International Center for Reiki Training. A formal and in-depth course that will certify you to treat self, others, animals and long distance. Aertified and experienced teacher. Small groups for personal attention. Excellent after class support. Tianne Lastra. 504-909-3723.

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir

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sunday Daily Kundalini Yoga by Donation – 9am. Free 5am practice and 5pm meditation. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Beautiful community Space. Divine Yoga, 1223 Baronne St and 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact: Beginners Yoga Class – 9:30-10:45am. Focus is on key themes of the practice and introductory poses. Assumes little or no yoga experience. Great for beginners and those needing to refresh basics. $15 drop in/$10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-899-1142 or Spiritual, but not religious? – 11am. If you like what Wayne Dyer and Maryann Williamson have to say, you will love Unity Church of Practical Christianity in Metairie. We encourage the transformation of your life through practical spiritual principles. 3939–2A, Veterans Blvd, Metairie (2 blocks west of Cleary, rear of building). For more info call 504-885-7575. Love Life Series– noon-1:30pm. The Love Life Workshop Series is taught through Music, Dance, Theater, Poetry, Sacred Movement, Yoga, Meditation, Affirmations, Visualizing, Breathing Exercises, Journal Keeping and Sacred Sharing Circles. 6 classes lasting an hour and half each Suday. Held at The Movement Room, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. Info/Reg: 504-265-9900. Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm. Want to help the world and build a stronger connection with your own spiritual nature? Transmission Meditation is the simplest way to do both at the same time says Benjamin Creme. Free. Jefferson Hwy at Clearview. For info: call Alan 504-606-8512. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – Meetings held every Sunday at our 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062 Location. Call 504-472-5635

monday Yoga Diva/Harahan – 9:30am. Also at 1pm, 6:30 pm, & 8pm. Relax, renew and release in gentle Hatha flows at Yoga Diva ,our new studio in Harahan. (Beginners’ welcome) Yoga Diva, 5700 Citrus Blvd., Harahan 70123. For details / to register: 504-2205325 or 40-Days to Easter w/ Brooke – 10:30-11:30am. (Mon & Wed 2/22 -4/4) Science of yoga teaches it takes 40 days to create or change a habit. A 40-day commitment to change can provide the shift needed to develop a healthy habit or to drop a destructive one. $125 for 13 Classes, Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. Call 504-484-9579.

Guided Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Strengthen your overall health as you are guided through meditation. Great for beginners and those experienced. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Dr. Jess Tregle 504-352-6418. Northshore Yoga – 6 pm. Blending two practices promoting muscle-health, balance/movement, needed relaxation w/stress-free environment. Fun w/respect to levels. 1.5 hour @ $10 -mats & props provided. Yoga School, 603 South Tyler Street, Covington. Info: or 985-502-7576 Mama Mia– 11am-noon. (also Wed) A mommy & me dance, exercise and music class. This class is designed for Mothers and their toddlers to interact and have fun. $8/class. Held at The Movement Room, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. Info/Reg: 504-265-9900. Butoh Dance: Ancestral Whispers – 6-8pm. Do you hear the call to explore your deepest dance, to walk between the worlds, to go beyond human binds? ($13 drop in, $70 for 7 classes.) Divine Yoga Center, 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact Odile, 512-921-0464 Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 7:30-8:30 pm. Practice a martial art of peace whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class free, thereafter monthly membership $85 ($70 full-time students, seniors, military/ law enforcement). NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, Restorative Yoga w/ Michele – 7:30-8:30pm. General yoga class open to all levels. Poses focus on restoration, revival and soothing a tired body using supportive props and blankets to provide a safe environment to unwind. $15 drop-in. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. Info: 504-484-9579.

tuesday Yoga for Athletes – 5:45-6:45am. Tues & Thurs. Power vinyasa class led by Lauren. An accessible, challenging, flowing style of yoga designed for runners who have tight hip, backs, and/or legs. Helps all athlets to improve performance. Warm room loosens up joints. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. Call 504-484-9579. Crescent City Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Open air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square. Order Vintage Garden Soups – Order by noon Tuesday for delivery on wedneday. Fresh delicious savory soups developed by our chef. Options for special diets. Visit website on ad for soups of the week and delivery/pick-up options. Call 504-620-2495.

Sivananda Yoga w/ Becca Hebert – 11am-12:30pm. Tuesday and Thursday. By donation. Enjoy the beautiful new space, Divine Yoga Center , 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Check website in ad for more donation classes. Hollygrove Market & Farm – noon-6pm. NOLA’s only CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables from LA, MS & AL. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). Northshore Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Beginners to intermediate hatha yoga, gentle tai chi warm up, meditation, breath work. Beginners welcome. $10.00 a class or $48.00 for 6. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler, Covington. Info Pat Wren 985-276-8599. Spirit Dance – 6-7:30pm. A free form chakra based movement class, hosted by Future Vision Women, that encourages you to release your inhibitions and experience the power of your own inner spirit. $8/ class. Held at The Movement Room, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. Info/ Reg: 504-265-9900. Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:45pm. Practice a martial art of peace whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class free, thereafter monthly membership $85 ($70 full-time students, seniors, military/ law enforcement). NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, Awaken with TriYoga flows – 7pm. (also Sat 7am) Enjoy the deep meditative practice of relaxation-inaction with Laura Ates. Open to all. 4436 Toulouse, corner of N. Murat, Mid-City. For cost and other details contact: New Empowerment Class – 7-9pm. Awaken your power within. Get all the love and joy you want, while raising your self-esteem and self-confidence. Transform the subconscious mind. Learn to wipe out negative messages in your head. Led by Mike Wittenbrink, MBA, Powerpath Academy. Love donation. Unity Temple, 3722 St Charles Ave, NOLA. Details: 504-339-0594 or Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. Meditaton practice and discussion. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Info: or call Larry at 504-343-8378. HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education Classes – Registration for group or private couple classes for a calm, confident and more comfortable birthing experience. 5 classes - info and registration: Bonnie Miller @Methodist Hypnotherapy Services, Slidell, 985-726-9333/118,

wednesday Better Bottoms Merchandise Sales – 9am-3pm. Open to the public every Wed. Cloth Diapering Moms on site for questions and advice. Call to arrange for other dates or times. 1500 Edwards Ave, Ste F, Harahan, 70123. 504-731-7500. Covington Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at The Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire, Covington.

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Guided Meditation – 10:30am-noon. Meditation is an excellent way to directly connect with your true inner self and with all divine energy to receive self-healing! Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Call Dr. Jess Tregle: 504-352-6418. German Coast Farmers Market – West Bank – 3-6:30pm. 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 All Levels Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Beginners welcome and appropriate for intermediate and experienced practitioners. Asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, maybe some Sanskrit and more. $10/class or $48/6. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: 985-892-4170 or Middle-Eastern/American Cabaret Belly Dance – 6-7:15pm. Patient teacher for all ages, talent, or fitness level. Private & group classes available. Comfortable (not loose) clothing. At The Movement Room, 2nd fl, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, NOLA. 8 classes/$70, 5/$50, dropins/$12. Contact 504-669-3369 Meditation & Discussion Group – 7-8:30pm. A Vipassana (Insight) meditation group. All interested in learning to meditate are welcome. Donation based. Sponsored by Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center. Offered at The N.O. Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave (corner St. Roch), 4th fl, Info: 504-905-4090 or Kundalini Yoga w/ Steph – 7:30-9pm. By donation! Come relax into the yoga of pure awareness. Expand into yourself. Heal from within. Divine Yoga Center: 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd, Check website for more donation classes: yoga, dance, capoeira, meditation and more. Self Esteem Workshop – Fine tune your attitudes and beliefs and discover the real you while letting go of the past baggage. Info and registration: Bonnie Miller @ Methodist Hypnotherapy Services, Slidell, 985-726-9333/118,

thursday Opening Your Heart to Love – 11am-Noon. Choose to unblock the flow of love and life. For those grieving from a loss or blocked from love. 1st class free, $10 drop-in or $40 punch card for 5 classes. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 East Gause Blvd. Slidell, LA 985-326-0965 Empowerment Hour –Noon. 2nd floor, New Orleans Healing center. $5 suggested donation. Call 504-264-3292. Harpist at The English Tea Room – 12:30-2:30pm. Every Thurs. in March/April. a free live harpist concert while you enjoy the full menu at breakfast, lunch or High Tea served all day. The English Tea Room, 734 rutland St, Covington, 70433. 985-898-3988. Crescent City Farmers Market – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine.


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Self Hypnosis Classes – All ages. For your health and happiness rediscover your most powerful resource – your mind! Take control, manage stress and make your goals a reality. 3 classes $105. Info and Registration: Bonnie Miller @ Methodist Hypnotherapy Services, Slidell, 985-726-9333/118, Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:45pm. Practice a martial art of peace whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class free, thereafter monthly membership $85 ($70 full-time students, seniors, military/ law enforcement). NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Offered by Dr. Gary Arnold continuously in New Orleans since 1988. Free and open to the public. Location: Unity Church of Metairie, 3303 Richland, Ste. 2A, Metairie, LA 70002


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. Tri-Yoga/Mid-City --9am. A deep, relaxing, meditative class enjoying slow gentle flows. $15 per class or $48 per month. Triyoga New Orleans, 4436 Toulouse, Call Jennifer for info: 512-483-1127 Covington Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St., Covington.

All Levels Yoga – noon-1pm. Modifications and variations on sun salutations and standing poses are taught so that everyone can practice in a way that feels challenging but not overwhelming. Teacher: Tamar. $15/ drop in; $10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St., New Orleans. Contact: or 504-899-1142. Jam Session – 7:30pm. Musicians welcome to a jam session every Friday night. Free. Public welcome. Unity Church of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, 2 blocks West of Cleary. Parking in back. Information: 504-885-7575.

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 – 8am-noon. Openair 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. Camellia City Farmers Market – 8am.-1pm. Featuring yard eggs, Mediterranean foods, herbs, produce, baked goods, coffee and iced tea, local musicians, tastings and cooking demos. Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger and Second St, Olde Towne, Slidell. Info: 985-640-8291.

Mandeville Trailhead Community Market – 9am1pm. Fifty-plus vendors weekly: Gourmet foods, art, produce and plants. Tai Chi at 9:30am. Parking lot of the Mandeville Trailhead on the St. Tammany Trace off LA59. For vendor/entertainment info: Donna Beakley 985-845-4515. Beginners Yoga Class – 9:30-10:45am. Focus is on key themes of the practice and introductory poses. Assumes little or no yoga experience. Great for beginners and those needing to refresh basics. $15 drop in/$10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-899-1142 or Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-2pm. NOLA’s only CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables from LA, MS & AL. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). Sankofa Farmers Market - 10am-2pm. Weekly market in the Ninth Ward offering fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and plants from local farmers and fishermen. 3500 St.Claude Avenue, corner of Gallier St. Crossroads Arts Bazaar – 11am.-5pm. Indoor Art Market at the New Orleans Healing Center. Free. 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. 504-940-1130. Indoor Art Market at the New Orleans Healing Center YAHYA – 6-7:30pm. A dance class, hosted by Future Vision Women, fusing African dance styles and embraces the devine feminine thrughut the African Diaspora. $8/class. Held at The Movement Room, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. Info/Reg: 504-265-9900.

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