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lease join us this month in celebrating the fifth anniversary of Natural Awakenings–Southeast Louisiana! Like many other businesses starting or rebuilding here in 2007, we have responded to the opportunity to embrace sustainable practices. Our magazine’s mission is to be your go-to resource for practical perspectives and information on living green and healthy. Revisiting just some of the many businesses and organizations that participated in our premiere issue highlights how far we’ve all come (page 27). In 2007, most of them were startups, just like us, each willing in their own way to risk contributing to recovery of the local economy. We are delighted to find them still moving forward in helping to create a more sustainable and healthier region. Just before distributing the first issue of this magazine, I attended a Natural Awakenings publishers’ meeting representing 60 markets across the country (now 85 and still growing). The inspiration and support were amazing. At the culminating dinner I received a special award for courage in starting a magazine in an area reeling from widespread disaster. The larger dynamics of risk hadn’t occurred to me because I was focused on taking a leap of faith to make a contribution for the ongoing health and well-being of our community. That leap of faith has paid off in many ways. Building green is now on our region’s radar screen. Awareness of environmental concerns continues to grow. More kinds of complementary and alternative therapies are available locally as mind-body medicine becomes integrated into mainstream health care. Did you know that the Greater New Orleans Region was named one of the country’s top 10 yoga cities last year? Seen from a bird’s-eye view, it’s proved to be a remarkable transformation in a short time. How much we have yet to do came into sharp focus as Hurricane Isaac blew in for an extended visit on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. If Katrina was a wakeup call, Isaac was a reminder not to fall asleep. While New Orleans was largely spared this time around, many of the city’s neighbors were hurt. On page 21 we list agencies now spearheading relief efforts for victims of the storm. All of them need our helping hearts and hands. Lessons from such weather events speed the urgency of vital restoration of protective wetlands and developing better ways to manage storm water. Mounting science is showing how human impacts on the environment affect weather patterns and it’s getting harder to deny that America’s stubborn dependency on fossil fuels contributes mightily to global warming as well as pollution. In Louisiana, while we keep electing officials that deny the problem altogether, millions of citizen leaders around the world are actively addressing the issue (page 22). Thank you all for your wonderful support these past five years. We look forward to many more years of faithfully working with you in awakening everyone in our region to the immediate and sustained benefits of healthier living—for people and the planet. With love and gratitude,

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h e S t . Ta m m a n y Humane Society will hold its Fall fundraiser gala, ‘Unleashed!,’ on Saturday, November 10th, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Castine Center in Mandeville. The evening promises food by the finest local restaurants, a silent auction, live music by Christian Serpas and Ghost Town, adoptable dogs and more. St. Tammany Humane Society is a no-kill animal shelter that offers low-cost veterinary care to the community and care for homeless animals. Tickets to “Unleashed!,” which may be purchased at the St. Tammany Humane Society, are $75 if purchased before October 1 and $100 after. Purchase them at 20384 Harrison Avenue, Covington or online at 6

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hat do Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower have in common? According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, these cruciferous veggies are associated with a decreased risk of colon cancer. Throw in a good measure of A’s, as in apples, and people can also reduce their risk of distal colon cancer, report researchers from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research at the University of Western Australia and Deakin University, in Victoria, Australia. The investigation examined the potential link between fruits and vegetables and three cancers in different parts of the bowel.

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ew moms that are breastfeeding should abstain from caffeine, according to an interview with Dr. Ruth Lawrence published in the Journal of Caffeine Research, a peer-reviewed publication. Lawrence says that because infants are not able to metabolize or excrete caffeine efficiently, a breastfeeding mother’s consumption of the drug may lead to caffeine accumulation and symptoms such as wakefulness and irritability in her baby.

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ctober is Breast C a n c e r Awa r e n e s s Month, and thousands of well-meaning healthcare providers will continue to recommend mammograms. However, a growing body of research suggests that X-ray mammography may not be the best screening approach, at least on an annual basis, and even the National Cancer Institute notes potential harms ranging from false results to overtreatment and radiation exposure. A 2006 study published in the British Journal of Radiobiology revealed that the type of radiation used in X-ray-based screenings is more carcinogenic than previously believed. The researchers wrote, “Recent radiobiological studies have provided compelling evidence that the lowenergy X-rays used in mammography are approximately four times—but possibly as much as six times—more likely to cause mutational damage than higher energy X-rays.” Peter Gøtzsche is director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and an author of the landmark 2001 Cochrane systematic review, Screening for Breast Cancer with Mammography, which concludes, “Currently available reliable evidence has not shown a survival benefit of mass screening for breast cancer.” In 2011, Gøtzsche stated, “It is getting more and more difficult to argue that mammography is reasonable to [use] for breast screening.”

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An out-of-the-way quagmire or boggy boondock off a lonely road might seem like just so much wasteland rather than something to be concerned about when it’s paved over for a new strip mall or big-box store. But citizens are realizing that these plots where land meets water provide a vital and valuable ecological function. In addition to nurturing essential biodiversity, wetlands purify water, produce fish, store carbon dioxide that would otherwise increase global warming and protect shorelines from floods, storm surges and erosion. “When we lose wetlands, we’re losing something we won’t recover for years,” remarks Dr. Moreno-Mateos, a wetland ecologist at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, at Stanford University. “When people develop that huge shopping mall, it will take centuries to restore the functions we had before.” After-the-fact restoration efforts yield far more limited benefits. Source:

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hronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. The exact cause of CFS is unknown. Some theories suggest that CFS may be due to the Epstein-Barr virus or human herpes virus-6, although no specific virus has yet been identified as the cause. Other suggested possibilities include inflammation within the nervous system due to a faulty immune system response, hormone imbalances, or inadequate energy production at the cellular level. An official diagnosis of CFS is based on the individual having at least four of the symptoms common to CFS for at least six months. None of the symptoms are specific to CFS, so other serious conditions must be ruled out. (See sidebar for list of symptoms common to CFS.) Unfortunately, there is currently no recognized standard medical cure for CFS, so conventional treatment is generally focused on symptom relief through the use of antidepressants and/or pain medication, as there are currently no FDA-approved medications for use in treating the disorder. Because of this, many suffering from the disorder often turn to alternative therapies such as acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, or traditional Chinese medicine in an effort to find relief – often with good results. For others, relief is found through dietary and lifestyle changes, or relaxation exercises such as qigong. Supplements such as D-ribose, L-carnitine, CoQ10, essential fatty acids, and various vitamins, minerals, and herbs may help.

Alternative treatments for CFS are often effective, but responses to various treatments varies among individuals with CFS. What works for one may not work as well for another. Furthermore, several treatments in combination may work best. It is important to work with a healthcare practitioner who is familiar with many potential treatments in order to find what fits best for each person. Although no treatment or combination of treatments, whether conventional or alternative, can guarantee any specific results, there are therapies that give hope to CFS sufferers that there may be other possibilities for relief besides a pill. Ricky Phillips is a Doctor of Nursing Practice, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. He practices at PMA Medical Treatment & Wellness Center of Louisiana in Metairie, Louisiana. He may be reached at 504-441-5555. See ad on page 12.

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hile the competitions in the Olympic Games in London this summer had the world’s attention, a bevy of small businesses around the Greater New Orleans area were gearing up for the second year of a competition of their own brand: Who can be the greenest business? Th e G u m b o G r e e n G a m e s , a sustainable business competition, had a successful run in 2011-12 with more than 40 businesses that competed for prizes in various categories, culminating in the Green Natties awards ceremony. Held at the Eiffel Society, the event was well attended and proved to be the perfect pinnacle party. The Green Games is a partnership of Natural Awakenings Magazine and Life City LLC, a business with the mission of helping businesses to improve their environmental footprint and connect with customers who share their concern for the

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“We are a small office oriented on service, so it helped us to see where we were and set goals for improvement,” she said, noting that the exercise itself brought on self-awareness. “Sometimes you get so busy that you forget what’s important. This helped us to remember what we stand for.” A number of participants saw the Green Games as an opportunity to connect with potential customers who are interested in patronizing sustainable businesses, as did La Divina Gelateria, which serves Italian-inspired food made from scratch. In addition to offering sandwiches, salads, soups and coffees, La Divina specializes in hand-crafted gelato and sorbetto made from the best local and imported ingredients, owner Katrina Turillo said. La Divina won best overall in the restaurant category. InExchange, a non-profit fair trade store on Tulane’s campus, sells work by local and global artisans. Executive Director Katie Schmidt said InExchange stayed in the game to further its own sustainability goals. She likened the competition to “an accountability system” for sustainable businesses and those striving to be greener. “The event gave us some awareness, but it was also good for the students to learn more about sustainability and to see what is going on in the community.” Demetria Christo from EcoUrban, the best overall winner in the office category in the first year, said that putting green businesses in the spotlight shows that it

is worth the effort. “It’s important for the green movement to be glamorized to gain traction in the general public,” she said recently,” noting the abundant press and exposure that was provided for the contestants. “That is particularly critical to a small green business’ success. … Plus it’s great to have an interconnected network of green businesses pushing one another to achieve new standards of green.” The green business competition welcomes more traditional businesses that want to tout their commitment to the environment as well. Will Watts from NOLA Paint and Supplies said he wanted his new business to be environmentally sustainable and the Green Games assisted in this endeavor. “I wanted my employees and customers to learn and be a part of the green movement,” he said. “The Green Games helped me to teach them what being green is all about.” The contest, which will run from November to April, will officially kick off at a November Green Drinks event. Green Drinks is open to all green-minded individuals and is usually held on the third Thursday of the month. For more details log on to www.mylifecity closer to the event. Colleen Morgan is a free-lance writer and Environmental Editor for Natural Awakenings S.E. Louisiana. She may be reached at colleen.nolahealthyliving@

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that drove this year’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The June conference brought together international heads of state, business leaders, nonprofits and activists to prioritize and strategize sustainable development. Unlike the United Nations’ annual climate change conferences, which led to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997— a legally binding treaty that set targets

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for greenhouse gas emissions the United States refused to sign—the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is held once every 20 years. The theme of Rio+20 was simple and direct: The Future We Want. Moving away from political posturing and endless negotiating, the meet-up asked businesses, governments and charities to publicly declare their specific commitments and solicited the public’s ideas for realizing sustainability, all aligned with the priorities and opportunities of the 21st century. “With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have?” queries U.N. spokeswoman Pragati Pascale. “It’s a conundrum.” Sustainable development, as defined by the U.N., includes fighting poverty, social inclusion (including advancing the status of women) and protecting the environment. Building a sustainable future for the planet, say those involved, means addressing all three simultaneously. It demands the kind of real, immediate action so evident at Rio+20.

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By the end of the Rio conference, more than 700 voluntarily secured commitments, valued at more than half a trillion dollars, were earmarked to address everything from protecting forests and reducing ocean pollution to building rapid transit bus systems and increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in the green economy. The NRDC launched to track and publicize new pledges and make them easily searchable by region or category. Some commitments are breathtaking in scope: n International development banks h ave p l e d g e d $ 1 7 5 b i l l i o n t o boost sustainable transportation in developing countries; n Bank of America promised $50 billion over 10 years to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy access; n The World Bank committed $16 billion to boost clean energy, access to electricity and cookstoves in developing nations;

n The New Partnership for Africa’s Development promised to achieve energy access for at least 60 percent of Africa’s population by 2040; n The European Bank offered $8 billion by 2015 to support energy efficiency projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; n Microsoft pledged to be carbon neutral across all its operations by the end of 2013; n The United States together with the Consumer Goods Forum (which represents more than 600 retail and manufacturing companies) committed to achieve zero net deforestation in their supply chains by 2020. “The real action, the real energy, was the 21st-century aspect [of Rio+20],” advises Scherr. “I call it the ‘network world’, recognizing the number of players today. It’s not just national governments; it’s states and cities, corporations and philanthropists. In addition to the official meetings and negotiations, between 3,000 and 4,000 other gatherings were going on between business people, mayors, civil society organizations and

others, presenting myriad opportunities to make specific commitments. We’re moving to a different dynamic.”

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The inclusive atmosphere is reflected in another new U.N.-sponsored international sharing website, FutureWe, featuring visions and videos relating to sustainability and solutions to dire environmental problems, such as turning global warming-inducing methane from China’s farms into a usable energy source; predicting periods of drought in Ethiopia to prevent humanitarian crises; and investing in solar power to bring electricity to 1.4 billion people around the world. More than 50 million people worldwide have submitted ideas for a more sustainable world, ranging from ways to increase public education to plans for stopping industrial pollution and better managing waste. “The huge public engagement in the conference is exciting,” says Pascale, “because that’s really how progress will happen. People have to force their

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State-based examples of sustainable d e ve l o p m e n t i n a c t i o n s p e a k t o widespread needs in the United States. Here are examples of five models worth replicating.

PlaNYC: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of PlaNYC, on Earth Day 2007, signaled an historic moment. The people’s vision of a cleaner,

annual milestones. Speaking at the Museum of the City of New York in 2009, Daniel Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for the Bloomberg administration, called PlaNYC “one of the most sweeping, most comprehensive blueprints for New York ever undertaken.” Most critically, all of its stated commitments are achievable (see

healthier New York City, one that could accommodate 9 million predicted residents by 2030, aims to be a model for urban sustainable development. Its original 127 initiatives leave few sustainability stones unturned, including cleaning up brownfields, building more playgrounds and parks, increasing public transportation and bike lanes, implementing aggressive recycling, enforcing green building standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Twothirds of the initial goals have already been achieved; the latest update calls for 132 initiatives, including a new set of

Evergreen Cooperative Initiative (ECI): Businesses and community groups in Cleveland, Ohio, determined that they needed to solve the problem of joblessness in low-income areas by creating living-wage jobs and then training eligible residents to fill them. They developed a new, cooperative-based economic model, based on green jobs that can inspire other cities with similar economic woes. The ECI is a community undertaking in which anchor institutions like the Cleveland Foundation, University Hospitals and the municipal government leverage their purchasing power to help create

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can be credited to Texas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard, legislation passed in 1999 that mandated construction of renewable energy, including solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and landfill gas, in addition to wind. It further mandated that utilities generate 2,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy by 2009, then 5,880 MW by 2015 and 10,000 MW by 2025. The 10-year goal was met in six years, and Texas has added many green jobs, increased tax revenues and provided security against blackouts, which is critical in the event of extreme heat or drought (see TexasStandard). Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund: Clean technology is booming despite the economic recession and attracting serious investment funds. According to a report by Clean Edge, Inc., venture capital investments in clean technologies increased 30 percent between 2010 and 2011, from $5.1 billion to $6.6 billion. New Jersey entrepreneurs are upping their state’s potential in this arena with the Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund. The program proffers loans of up to $2 million for companies, research facilities and nonprofits engaged in producing clean energy technologies, ranging from energy efficiency products such as LED lighting to solar, wind, tidal, biomass and methane capture. A condition of the loan

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Elinor Ostrom, the political economist who won a Nobel Prize in economics but passed on just before the start of the Rio conference, dedicated her last blog post to considering the event’s impact. Titled “Green from the Grassroots,” the post stressed the priority of a multifaceted approach to curbing emissions. “Decades of research demonstrate that a variety of overlapping policies at city, subnational, national and international levels is more likely to succeed than single, overarching, binding agreements,” Ostrom remarked. “Such an evolutionary approach to policy provides essential safety nets should one or more policies fail. The good news is that evolutionary policymaking is already happening organically. In the absence of effective national and international legislation to curb greenhouse gases, a growing number of city leaders are acting to protect their citizens and economies.” She reported that even in the absence of federally mandated emissions targets, 30 U.S. states have passed their own climate plans and more than 900 mayors signed a climate protection agreement essentially agreeing to reach the Kyoto

Protocol goals the federal government refused to sanction. Rio+20 built upon such bottom-up commitments and pushed states and businesses to go further than they’d ever imagined. “There was an incredible amount of energized activity,” concludes Scherr. “Many people came away feeling empowered and encouraged, because they saw that the sustainability movement is truly worldwide. That’s going to be the legacy of Rio.” B r i t a B e l l i , t h e e d i t o r o f E - Th e Environmental Magazine, reports for Natural Awakenings.

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In October 2007 Natural Awakenings Magazine – Southeast Louisiana published its premier issue. Hike For KaTreena

Monique Pilié of Hike for KaTreena had completed her 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail trek in October 2007, raising $30,000 to replant trees around New Orleans. Seven hundred trees were planted, more than she initially pledged. She continued raising money and acquiring donated trees as the organization grew and built a local volunteer base. In 2011, Connie Uddo, Director of St. Paul’s Homecoming Center, took over Hike for KaTreena, which to date has planted 13,400 trees and has a goal of 20,00 trees planted in Orleans and surrounding parishes. Visit www.

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After 20 years away, Katie Callia, returned home after Hurricane Katrina to open a spa called My Spa By The Park in Lakeview, a devastated area. By opening a full service day spa in September 2007, she hoped to have a place for people “to escape and forget about their troubles,” as they dealt with the rebuilding of lives and homes. The day spa provides nail therapy, massage therapy, skincare therapy, yoga, a full service hair salon and a boutique. Call 504-482-2219

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Inspired by a trip to Japan, Mike Ward left his career as a chef five years ago to start New Orleans Bamboo. Initially opening on Magazine Street, New Orleans Bamboo now resides in the Art Egg Building on South Broad Street, where he continues to supply bamboo products and other renewable and recycled products. At first, Ward “drew a hard line” to only sell bamboo and cork flooring because they are made with such a rapidly renewable material, but the market changed and he adapted by carrying other related products. He also changed his business model. “We have moved from mostly residential and retail sales to wholesale and residential sales.” Ward’s next endeavor is in rain water harvesting, for which he has achieved accreditation with the National Rainwater Catchment Association. Call at 504-486-0052

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D a n i e l l e Pa c i e r a , a licensed nutritionist, InExchange opened her practice InExchange is a shop in the Levin Bernick on in early fall 2007. Center, on Tulane Universtiy campus From her current office that offers fair trade merchandise. Erica on Prytania Street she Trani, founded the nonprofit and shop treats her clients through as a venue for highlighting artists and integrated nutrition, craftsmen from New Orleans as well as a combination of dietother countries and created campus-wide related remedies, mindand community awareness about the store body treatments and and its mission to support the fair trade functional medicine. Paciera looks economy. In 2011 Katie Schmidt took over for the root causes of her clients’ ailments as director and transformed the shop to and she advocates for a balance of the feature more jewelry and clothing while physical and nonphysical, saying that they forming partnerships with artists and others interact and impact each other. In the past to educate the general public about fair five years Paciera has been called upon trade. InExchange has taken the lead role to speak to national groups, including the in organizing a fair trade fashion show on American College Health Association. She October 13 as part of NOLA Fashion Week currently is seeking collaborations with and Schmidt is working with instructors to functional medicine-based physicians who incorporate elements of fair trade into the could utilize her skills to help manage Tulane curriculum. their patients and is also working towards Call 504-314-7463 or logon to certification to teach Iyengar yoga, which she will offer to her clients. Danielle at 504-889-8771 or email

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lifetime of the bulbs, which equates to a savings of $17,141,716 and a carbon dioxide reduction of 166,572,762 pounds. The organization recently started a program called Tip the Block, which brings environmental resources to specific ninesquare-block neighborhoods and measures their impact over time. “The bigger impact,” Hoffman said, “is that we are creating the awareness among the volunteers and residents that each individual can contribute to our future.” The former musician, a native of Switzerland, said the organization has 90,000 bulbs available every year. Anyone who is in need of a change should call 504-324-2429 or email . At five years, Natural Awakenings Southeast Louisiana distributes 20,000 magazines per month to over 650 sites throughout Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes. In partnership with LifeCity LLC, Natural Awakenings founded the Gumbo Green Games in 2011, a sustainable business competition, and looking ahead, on October 12, 2013 will host the first NOLA Healthy Living & Sustainability Expo at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana.

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Banishing Wheat Belly The Drawbacks of a Wheat-Dominated Diet by Lee Walker


r. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health, is a preventive cardiologist who has gone against the grain to expose yet another genetically engineered monstrosity, shedding light on the dark side of today’s commercial wheat crops.

W h a t m a d e yo u s u s p e c t wheat’s high glycemic index. Foods made that wheat might be behind from this grain raise blood sugar higher numerous health problems? than nearly all other foods, including

When I recognized that 80 percent of the people that came to see me had diabetes or pre-diabetes, I began asking patients to consider removing all wheat from their diets. This made sense to me due to

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directives and replaced the lost calories with healthy foods such as vegetables, raw nuts, meats, eggs, avocados, olives and olive oil returned three months later with lower fasting blood sugars and lower glycohemoglobin levels, which tests how well diabetes is being controlled. Some diabetics became non-diabetics Minnesota-trained geneticist developed a hybridized strain of high-yielding dwarf wheat. By 1985, all wheat products were made from the altered dwarf strain, which now comprises 99 percent of all wheat grown worldwide. By weight, this modern wheat is approximately 70 percent carbohydrate, in a highly digestible form of a starch known as amylopectin A, which converts more easily to blood sugar than nearly all other simple or complex food carbohydrates.

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Gram-for-gram, wheat increases blood sugar and causes insulin problems to a greater degree than even potato chips or table sugar. W h e a t , wh i ch n ow t y p i c a l l y comprises 20 percent of all the calories we consume, is in hundreds of prepared foods such as instant soups, salad dressings, candy and granola. In 1970, this wasn’t true. Wheat was only in such foods as bread, rolls, cookies and cake, and it was in a natural form.

How does a wheat-dominated diet compromise health? Eating a wheat-based cereal for breakfast, wheat crackers and pretzels for snacks, two slices of whole wheat bread for lunch and whole wheat pasta for dinner results in too much exposure to amylopectin

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A, and repeated spikes in blood sugar levels. This leads to insulin resistance and cultivates the growth of visceral fat in the abdomen, which tends toward diabetes and other inflammatory responses. Even worse, the gliadin protein in wheat is an opiate that stimulates appetite and addictive eating behavior (it does not relieve pain). All this plus the direct intestinal toxic effects of the wheat germ agglutinin protein in wheat add up to a destructive ingredient that spurs acid reflux, bowel urgency and irritable bowel syndrome, and leads to inflammation in various organs.

Describe how eliminating wheat has affected you. Thirty pounds ago, I was an enthusiastic consumer of “healthy whole grains,” who relied on pots of coffee or walking and other exercise to maintain focus and energy. My cholesterol values reflected my wheat-consuming habits: HDL 27 mg/dl [milligrams per deciliter of good cholesterol] (very low), triglycerides 350 mg/dl (very high), and blood sugars in the diabetic range (161 mg/dl). I had high blood pressure of 150/90 and excess weight around my middle. Eliminating wheat from my diet reversed all of these conditions without drugs, including the struggle to maintain attention and focus. Overall, I feel better today at 54 than I felt at 30.

Are gluten-free foods the answer? Commercially produced gluten-free foods made with tapioca, cornstarch or rice starch—all poor replacements for wheat—are destructive to the body. Homemade or locally made gluten-free foods absent such ingredients are better, as are the free recipes available via Millet, quinoa and amaranth, whole grains that lack most of the undesirable properties of modern wheat, are better but not necessarily safe in unlimited quantities because most people today have spent their lives overexposed to carbohydrates. Eating only small portions of these nonwheat grains is key. For more information 30

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3021 N. Arnoult Rd., Metairie 504-888-9299 A unique tea boutique and spa with a natural approach to health and well-being. Offering a variety of whole leaf teas, herbs and tea accessories. Spa services include Massage Therapy, Infrared Sauna and Esthetics (Facials, Body Treatments and Waxing), Usui Reiki, Qi Gong and Yoga. Call and schedule an appt. Mon-Sat 10am7pm, Sun by appt only. See ad on page 2.

An urban organic farm and CSA-style co“Home of the $25 Local Produce Box” operative and retail market in the heart of Tuesday 12pm-6pm & Saturday 10am-2pm theOpen city offering local and seasonal produce as well as local dairy and meat products. Weekly CSA produce boxes available for $25 every Sat 10am-2pm and Wed 12pm6pm at main location in Carrollton. Pick-up at satellite locations available. 8301 Olive St.

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2706 Royal St., NOLA 70117 504.947.8787 Original supermarket offering great selection of organic and vegetarian healthy foods, natural pet supplies, and wellness products. Sustainably integrated, providing fresh and pickled produce, free-range eggs, and aged beef fresh from the 100% Cajun(TM) farm. See ad on page 15.


2372 St. Claude, NOLA 504-264-5579 A member owned food cooperative selling a full line of grocery products including organic and local fresh produce, grass-fed meats, local and organic dairy products, bulk food items, eco-friendly body and home care products. Open to the public. Memberships available. Store open: 9am-9pm daily

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Specializing in health-conscious custom cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for your festive occasions. Nutrition and lifestyle coaching with an emphasis on healing through Ayurveda and Yoga. Workshops available. See ad on page 11.


4113 Magazine St., NOLA Phone: 504-891-7733 New Orleans only all raw and vegan food bar! Truly delicious food prepared by a professional chef. Offering Smoothies, Teas, Snacks and Kid’s Treats, Veggie Daily Salads, Health Force Nutritionals, Probiotics, Nutritional Literature, Raw & Vegan Preparation Classes and Raw & Vegan Catering. New hours 10-6 Mon-Sat, 12-3 Sun.


Sharon Honore, Owner/Chef 504-233-2601 or 770-864-3067 All types of catering for small to large groups. Meal delivery four nights per week within New Orleans. Menus change weekly. Low sodium, low glycemic, heart healthy and vegetarian options available. Delicious and nutritious.


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gDiapers—biodegradable cloth diaper liners that can be flushed or composted— and Greenweave recycled fabrics. But smart, sustainable design is not yet the norm, so we have to monitor our own consumption and waste habits to try limiting our support of polluting industries and contribution to ever-growing landfills. Such product assessments are challenging, because it’s not only about what happens after a cell phone, for example, is thrown into a landfill that takes an environmental toll. It also entails the chemicals used, toxins released and fossil fuels burned to manufacture and ship that phone. To help us sort out the best approaches, The Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has created the online Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA) that crunches the numbers for commonly by Brita Belli used products—from household cleaners to mattresses—to provide us with the bigger-picture impact. So, as their website very product we use has a lifecycle, we’re depleting more resources than the explains, “The effect of producing an or duration of environmental planet can replenish; hence, our personal automobile would include not only the impact. According to the State of consumption habits matter. impacts at the final assembly facility, the World 2012: Transforming Cultures In an ideal world, all the appliances, but also the impact from mining metal from Consumerism to Sustainability, furniture and electronics we use and ores, making electronic parts, forming by the Worldwatch Institute, humans later discard would be “cradle-towindows, etc., that are needed for parts collectively are consuming resources cradle,” or C2C, certified, a term to build the car.” equivalent to 1.5 Earths, or 50 percent popularized by German chemist Michael The accompanying chart, using more than is sustainable—and that’s before Braungart and American Architect the latest available EIO-LCA figures, projected population growth. In short, William McDonough for describing provides comparisons for some common products designed never to become products—from the most to the least waste. Such innovative products typically energy-intensive—as well as recycling are made of both technical components rates and suggested alternatives for that can be reused and biological keeping our own resource usage and components that decompose back into waste load to a minimum. the natural world. Current examples of products that Brita Belli is the editor of E-The have obtained C2C certification include Environmental Magazine.

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MANAGING MANGE Treatment Plans that Speed Relief by Dr. Matthew J. Heller


angy mutt” may seem a benign enough term for a sorry-looking pooch, but behind the poor appearance can lie a troublesome health condition that causes many species of domestic animals, including cats, discomfort if not properly treated. Mange is typically caused by tiny, parasitic mites that feed upon the pet for nutrition, compromising the host’s health. Some burrow under the skin to lay eggs, which hatch and restart the mite’s life cycle; others stay on the skin’s surface and feed on pet dandruff.


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Common Types of Mange

Various types of mange share common symptoms: In infected areas, hair loss, redness, itching, irritation and scabs typically occur; more seriously, a pet’s skin may harden to a scaly condition. If untreated, mange can transform a dog’s skin into an uncomfortable, leathery and brittle organ. Stay alert to such appearances and act quickly. Sarcoptic scabies mange results from microscopic, oval-shaped, light-colored mites that migrate easily between hosts. Prime real estate includes a pet’s ears, elbows, thighs, face and underside of the chest. Symptoms include severe itching and scratching that creates red bumps amidst crusty, thick skin, weight loss, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes. It takes about one week after a pet has been exposed to them for symptoms to appear. Unlike demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange can be transmitted to humans, causing a red rash similar to an insect bite. Pets that suffer from demodectic mange typically already have a weakened or compromised immune system, sometimes because of immaturity (such as puppies), malnourishment, stress associated with another illness, or even

a hereditary issue. Under a microscope, demodex mites appear cigar-shaped. Common symptoms include hair loss, balding, scabbing and sores. Dogs are more susceptible to both types than cats. Localized demodectic mange usually occurs in puppies when mites migrate from mother to pup during early nurturing. In puppies, the mange often appears on the face, creating a patchy, polka-dotted, balding appearance. Generally, pets will heal from this type of mange without treatment. Generalized demodectic mange presents a greater challenge, because it is spread across large areas of the skin. The pet may emit a horrid odor from secondary bacterial skin infections.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If a pet shows symptoms of mange, consult a holistic veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment. Once diagnosed, it is vital to implement a full treatment. For cases of sarcoptic mange, this entails replacing the pet’s bedding and collar, plus treating all animals with which the pet has been in contact.

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Conventional treatment options vary. The irritating toxicity of most antiparasitic medications, such as ivermectin or selamectin-based products, makes them effective in destroying mites over several months but also creates problems for the pet if used improperly. Thus, a vet may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication; a natural option is plantderived sterols such as beta-sitosterol, which acts like a cortisone steroid, without the immune-suppressing side effects. Antibiotics also are often prescribed to treat the secondary skin infections and ease itching. Natural antibiotics such as amoxicillin/clavulanate offer a more gentle choice than synthetics. Natural herbal ingredients further provide a safe and effective alternative to harsh chemicals. Garlic is popular for its natural repellent and antibacterial properties. Other natural insecticides, including wormwood, neem and lemongrass, help soothe irritated skin. A holistic veterinarian will address the underlying causes of poor health, especially in the case of demodectic mange. Key elements in restoring optimal wellness include proper nutrition via a well-crafted natural diet and immuneboosting probiotics, plus supplements to meet the individual pet’s needs. From a holistic standpoint, bolstering the immune system with vitamins (like vitamin C and general skin and immunesupportive pet nutraceuticals) and herbs (such as Astragalus) help. Supplementing the pet’s diet with foods or supplements high in omega-3 and omega-6 also helps; sources of both include salmon and flaxseed. As with other types of parasitic diseases, it is critical that the owner comply with a veterinarian’s treatment instructions. If the pet is prescribed an antiparasitic medication for 90 days, for example, use it for the entire period, regardless of improvements. An incomplete treatment may interrupt the mite’s life cycle but fail to sufficiently destroy the entire population to prevent re-infestation. Dr. Matthew J. Heller is an integrative veterinarian and owner of All About PetCare, in Middletown, OH.

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Solar Roundtable – 7pm. Solar roundtable sponsored by Green Grants Solar Co. Information will be presented on the impact of installing solar panels on insurance. Alliance for Affordable Energy offices, 3rd fl of the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Info: 504-208-9761.



Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (also 10/11). 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: 504293-0972. Writing for Wellness – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn and practice different writing processes from popular writing books such as “Writing as a Way of Healing” by Louise DeSalvo. Facilitated by Heal Your Life® Coaches Carolee Laffoon and Peggy BilleaudeauBueche. Free, pre-registration required. Unity Church of Baton Rouge, 15255 Jefferson Hwy. More Info: 225-302-7828. La Leche League Meeting/New Orleans – 7-8pm. LLL of New Orleans has been reactivated. Meets first Tuesday each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions, and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. More Info: Courtney Landry, LLLofneworleans@


Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (also 10/10, 10/17. 10/19). 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: 504293-0972. Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (also 10/9, 10/16). 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: 504293-0972. La Leche League Meeting/Jefferson – 6:30-7:30pm. LLL of Jefferson meets first Wednesday each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions, and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. Destination Maternity Meeting Rm, Causeway & 17th St, Metairie. More Info: 504-952-3951 or New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 7-8pm. Open House /Open Forum (3). Located at 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-5635.

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (also 10/18). 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: 504-2930972. Love Yourself, Achieve Your Dreams – 6:30-8:30pm. Facilitated by Heal Your Life® Coaches Carolee Laffoon and Peggy Billeaudeau-Bueche. Focus on 10 Ways to Love Yourself by Louise Hay. Improve every area of your life. Free, pre-registration required. Unity Church of Baton Rouge, 15255 Jefferson Hwy. More Info: 225-302-7828. Tai Chi Group Class – 7-8pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Offering an Intro program of 3 classes, valued at $59. Reserve space by 10/3. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.


Oneness Awakening Course – 9am-6pm. (also 10/7). Learn to transfer the gift and process of awakening by becoming a Oneness Blessing Giver. Initiation includes sacred processes to move beyond limitations of the mind. $195 More Info Visit: sara@oneness Bee Informed – 10am. Beekeeper Ralph Roshto will explain the habits of bees and show them in action in his traveling observation beehive. $5. Space limited. Northlake Nature Center, Hwy 190, across from Fontainbleau State Park. Info: 985-626-1238 or Mind-Body Skills for Stress Reduction and Healing – 10am-noon. Learn to use simple skills to reduce and relieve stress, increase resistance to disease, create optimal health. Facilitated by Heal Your Life® Coaches Carolee Laffoon and Peggy Billeaudeau-Bueche. Free, pre-registration required. Unity Church of Baton Rouge, 15255 Jefferson Hwy. More Info: 225-302-7828. 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 (two days workshop). w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356. Freret Market – Noon-5pm. 90 vendors with food, art, music, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. 4400 block of Freret St., NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589. Achieve Your Goals thru Relaxation – 1-3pm. With Brooke. $30. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. More Info: 504-484-9579. The Inside Out Cleanse – 2-5pm. 10 day cleanse to restore health and vitality to your mind, body, and home. Kickoff Meeting on 10/6 will introduce yoga practice to assist cleansing process. Cleanse 10/8 - 10/17. Hosted by Michelle Tanner Gruntz, CHHC and Becky Bazile, Yoga Teacher. More Info: or 504-655-6010.


Community Donation Yoga Class – 10-11:15am. Donations are given to a Kiva loan recipient chosen by Transform NOLA community. “Like” Transform NOLA on Facebook to vote for a person to receive the donation. Discover how the intention to give can transform your practice. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – noon. Officers meeting, 1pm Chapter Convocation Rehearsal, 2pm Chapter Convocation Ritual, 3pm Pot Luck Luncheon. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-5635. 10-Day Body & Living Space Cleanse – 2-6pm. Kickoff meeting with Michelle Tanner, Holistic Health Counselor and Becky Bazile, Yoga Teacher. Cleanse Body Clutter and Living Space Clutter from 10/8-10/17. Participants receive food guide, home cleaning suggestions, journal pages, support throughout, yoga practice to support cleanse. $150. Info: 504-655-6010 or michelletanner13@


Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm, 7:05-8:10pm, 8:15-9:30pm. New Session begins Oct 8th with Becky Bazile, 500 RYT, Certified Yoga Teacher. 6-week ongoing sessions. Studio space limited to 8 students, preregistration required. $60/session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or yogavillagenola@

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Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Jeff Teachworth will speak on The Art of Evolved Relationship. Free, open to the public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Info:


Chair Yoga & Gentle Flow – 5-6pm Chair Yoga, 6:30-7:30pm Gentle Flow. With Becky Bazile, 500 RYT, Certified Yoga Teacher. 6-week ongoing sessions. Studio space limited to 8 students, preregistration required. Chair Yoga ($45/session for Senior Adult) $60/session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or Harrison Avenue Marketplace – 5-8:30pm. Features 75 local vendors, food and music. Presented by the Beacon of Hope Resource Center. 801 Harrison Ave, parking lot of Lakeview Grocery.


Tai Chi Group Class – 9:30-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Offering an Intro program of 3 classes, valued at $59. Reserve space by 10/10. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241. Illuminate Together – 9-11am. Monthly gathering, on the second Thursday, for Spirit centered entrepreneurs to connect with other like-minded individuals, share and learn as well as create new business together. For details contact Michelle at success@ Monthly Sustainability Series – 5:30-7pm. Sponsored by Global Green, AIA and USGBC, a monthly panel presentation and discussion series on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Location: AIA New Orleans, 1000 St. Charles Ave., NOLA. Info: 504-525-8320. You Can Heal Your Life: Movie and Discussion – 6:30-9pm. Learn how Louise Hay changed the life of millions with simple messages that we all have the power to heal ourselves. Facilitated by Peggy Billeaudeau-Bueche. Pre-registration required. $10 Fee, snacks provided. Unity Church of Baton Rouge, 15255 Jefferson Hwy. More Info:


Wisdom and Wellness Fair – 9am-2pm. Opportunities to enrich fitness, wellbeing, diet and nutrition, disease prevention and healthy aging for all ages. Hourly door prizes. Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center, 5600 Gen De Gaulle Dr, NOLA. For Info: 504-304-5440. You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie & Discussion – 6:30-9pm. Learn how Louise Hay changed her life of millions with her simple message that we all have power to heal ourselves. Snacks included. $10. Facilitated by Heal Your Life® Coach Peggy Billeaudeau-Bueche. Email: bodymindandspirit@


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C.G. Jung Society Meeting – 7:30pm. “Opening Our Eyes to Psyche’s Work: Mandalas and Active Imagination” presented by Jutta von Buchholtz, PhD. An exploration of what is experienced when we allow a descent into an image. 1.5 CE hrs for LPCs. $10 (members free). Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Ave. Advanced Myofascial Deep Tissue Certification 1 – (also 10/13 &10/14). Level 1 Certification with Magnus Eklund Structural Integrator, Louisiana LAP 122, MAP 29, NCBTMB 450063-06. 25 CE hours. Swan River Yoga, New Orleans. More Info: 601-500-0337.


Gretna Art Walk – 8:30am-12:30pm. 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. Saturday Morning Massage Clinics – 9:15am & 10:30am (also 10/20). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue 10/13, NMT 10/20. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Raphael Academy Open House – 10am -noon. For middle and high school-aged students with autism spectrum disorder & other learning disabilities. Parents and caregivers only. 517 Soraparu Street, Suite 202, NOLA. Please RSVP: 504-598-3227 or Shamanic Visioning – 10am-1pm. Explore shamanic techniques to create a future that aligns to your passions and dreams. Energy work, journeying, movement, drumming. $30. New Orleans Healing Center – AHA, 2372 St. Claude Ave. More Info: Rebecca Green, Shamanic Practitioner 408-5408627 or Backyard and Winged Wildlife – 10am. Master Gardener Kathy McCrocklin teaches the best support plants for butterflies and hummingbirds in urban settings. Available at the greenhouse: trees and shrubs that attract and host birds and butterflies. Open 9am-Noon. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA. OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local arts & crafts, food, fresh juices and veggie foods from Tsai. 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. Free. Info: 985-624-7216. Art In Motion – 10am-10pm. Indoor market featuring art, crafts and fashion made by local artists. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Info:


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 2pm. Open House /Council of Solace Ritual Members and Friends invited (2,5,8), 3pm Open Forum. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-5635.

Bayou Jam Fall Concert Series – 5:30-7:30pm. (also 10/28) Bring family and friends, picnic blankets and lawn chairs for Slidell’s popular concert series in Heritage Park, Slidell. Free.


Second Degree Reiki Class – inquire for further dates/time. 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 504-376-8518. 504-388-2356 text.


La Leche League Meeting – 10:15-11:15am. LLL of Jefferson meets third Tuesday each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions, and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. Destination Maternity Meeting Rm, Corner of Causeway & 17th St, Metairie. More Info: 504-952-3951 or chaplain.k@ Tai Chi Group Class – 7-8pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Offering an Intro program of 3 classes, valued at $59. Reserve space by 10/15. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504866-2241.


Fall Karate Registration – New Fall Karate Programs for Teens and Children. Leaders aren’t born, they’re made. Enroll in our Anti-Bullying Program. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.


Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Covington – 7-8pm. Sponsored by the Holistic Center for Health and Healing Inc. Dr. Lisa Chambers Pate, a Naturopathic Physician will speak on, “The Path to Wellness is in Your Hands,” discussion follows. Free/open to public. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St, Covington. Info: 985-630-2652.


Fall Karate Registration – New Fall Karate Programs for Teens and Children. Leaders aren’t born, they’re made. Enroll in our Anti-Bullying Program. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.


Heal Your Life Workshop – 9:30-5pm. Based on the work of Louise L. Hay. Uncover the mindset that limits success in your relationships, career and spiritual paths. Facilitated by Heal Your Life® Coaches Carolee Laffoon and Peggy Billeaudeau-Bueche. Pre-registration required. $99/person, $20 discount if pre-registered by 10/13. Info: 225-302-7828. Anba Dlo Festival – Bywater’s largest annual festival. Day long community celebration to kick start the Halloween season. Includes informative panels/ lectures on water conservation noon-4pm; costume parade 5:30-7pm; live music, food, art costume contest with prizes and silent auction 7pm-2am. Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at door, $45 for Lasiren’s VIP lounge. Advance tickets at Salvation Botanica (cash only), New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. or online.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 11am TMO Home Oratory Study Group Meeting, 12:30pm Harmonization Ritual, 1pm Pronaos Convocation Rehearsal, 2pm Pronaos Convocation Ritual. Located at 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-563. The Big Easy Gluten/Allergen Free Expo – 11am4pm. Bring a non-perishable gluten free item to donate & get $2.00 off admission. Admission $10, children under 12 free. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 Saint Claude Ave. NOLA. More Info:


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.


Tea Tasting/Bodhisattva Tea Spa – 7-11pm. Taste the teas at this new tea boutique and spa. Offering whole leaf teas, herbs and tea accessories as well as massage therapy, infrared sauna, esthetics, ayurveda treatments, yoga, reiki, tai chi and qi gong. Tea Tasting Free. 3021 N. Arnoult Rd., Metairie. More Info: 504-888-9299.


ongoingevents Note: All Calendar events must be received via email by October 9 for the November issue. $10/Event Calendar or Ongoing Calendar listing. $25/Upcoming Events, $59 MarkYourCalendar. Qualified free community events are listed for free as space is available. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls please.

sunday Daily Kundalini Yoga by Donation – 9am. Also daily 5am practice and 5pm meditation. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Free. Divine Yoga, 1223 Baronne St and 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact: Enlightenment Meditation & Healing Hour – 9-10am. A non-traditional guided spiritual connection. No dogma. Free. Led by Mike Wittenbrink, MBA of Powerpath Academy. Unity Temple, 3722 St. Charles Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-339-0594. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? – 10-noon. Free in home consultations by professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. Clear the Clutter guides you through the process of creating new space & peace of mind. To schedule call (504) 920-1800.

New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 2pm Open House (2,9,10), 3pm Council of Solace Ritual (2,5,8). Located at 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. More Info: 504-472-5635.

New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – Meetings held every Sunday and Wednesday at our 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062 Location. Call 504-472-5635 for times.

Candlelight Meditation & Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Appropriate for all levels. Brief explanation of meditation techniques followed by a sitting meditation, then a restorative yoga practice designed to help you begin the weekend with a smile. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA.

Oneness Blessings – 7pm. (also Wed 7:30 and Thurs 6:30 – different locations). Experience a life changing sacred energy transfer for spiritual awakening called the Oneness Blessing beginning with a guided meditation. Donations accepted. Divine Yoga, 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Visit: sara@oneness


Giving Birth Naturally – 9-11am. 5 week class taught by Erin Majorie, CCBE, Doula. Saturdays, starting Nov 3 to Dec 8th (no class 11/24). Tulane Lakeside Hospital, 4720 I-10 Service Rd, Medical office Building, Ste #200. Info/Reg: 713-301-0882.

monday Early Bird Power Yoga & Pilates Mat. – 5:45am. Private Pilates Reformer & yoga instruction available. M-F half price. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St., Metairie. Info: 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. All Levels Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm. 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

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. ~Helen Keller

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, $40 for 4 classes.) Divine Yoga Center, 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact Odile, odilenicole@, 512-921-0464.

Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, info@ Hanna Somatics class – 7-8pm. Learn how to be more flexible and release pain and stiffness from muscles and joints. Bring mat & towel to Our Place Fitness, 338 N. Vermont in downtown Covington. $20. Call Danny Burke 504-915-7200 for more info. Yoga Diva in Harahan – 7-8pm. (also Wed 5:15). Stretch, flow, breathe and focus to awaken your inner goddess. $15 drop-in or $60/5 classes. All levels, beginners welcome. 5700 Citrus Blvd, upstairs in Curves of Elmwood. For info: Karen 504-220-5325.

tuesday Gentle Yoga for Injured, Limited & Seniors – 8am. (Tue & Thur) $5. Namaste Of Metairie. 4413 Chastant St., Metairie LA 70006. Call 504.484.9579 for more information. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9-10:15 am. Designed to open all the lines of the body, moving from simple to complex movements. You will leave feeling refreshed and renewed. Appropriate for all levels -- beginners welcome! Also held on Thursday. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., 985-640-2648. Crescent City Farmers Market/Uptown – 9am-1pm. Open air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square. Northshore Yoga – 5:30-7pm. All levels welcome to come and explore Hatha Yoga offered by Wendy McKee ERYT. Opening the body to settle the mind and connect within. Mats & Props provided $10/ class or $48/6 classes. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington Contact: Wendy McKee 985-789-0793 or Meditation, Knowledge & Sharing – 6:30pm. Free guided meditation sponsored by Art of Living. The New Orleans Healing Center, 2732 St. Claude Ave (4th Floor). Info: Call Allen 504-247-6692. Self –Empowerment & Creativity Class – 7-9pm. 4 weeks starting Oct 9. PA 101: “The Most Powerful Process to Empower You: Love Letters of Transformation, The Path to Your Ultimate Power, Creativity, Self Confidence, & a Happier Life.” Love donation. Mike Wittenbrink, MBA, Powerpath Academy. Unity Temple, 3722 St. Charles Ave., NOLA, info: 504-339-0594.

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Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. (also 7:308:30am Fridays) Meditation practice, study and discussion Tuesday evenings. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Info: or call Larry at 504-343-8378.

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. Hanna Somatics Class – 2-3pm. Learn how to be more flexible and release pain and stiffness from muscles and joints. Wear loose clothing that allows for movement. EJGH Wellness Center, 3726 Houma Blvd. $10/nonmembers. Call Danny Burke 504-9157200 for more info. 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 Edible City Gardens Open House – 4-6pm. Meet Michele Claiborne and explore gardens/urban farm. 6-7pm: workshops by Michele or guest. Topics: Kitchen pharmacy, nutrition, herbs, healthy recipes, hydroponics, growing your own food, wellness, true prosperity. Free. More Info: 504-330-8380. Northshore Yoga – 5:30pm. Gentle, challenging and relaxing classes focusing on breath and movement appropriate for beginners and seasoned students. Pleasant, stress-free environment with mats/props provided. 90 minutes @$10/class or 6 classes/$48. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Info/ Mary Ann, 200 RYT. 985-630-7242 or mboss@ Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, info@ 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. Contact: Kundalini@


New Orleans

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. 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 TriYogaNOLA/Mid-City – 6-7pm. Release, renew, and realize with relaxing, flowing movements to release tension in the body and to calm the mind. All levels. $15/class. 4436 Toulouse. For info and to register: 504-220-5325. 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.

friday Flow Wave at Wild Lotus – 9-10:30am. Flow emphasizes the practice of connecting breath and motion in a fluid style of movement. Flow-Waves classes include sequences from Kali Ray Tri-Yoga with a strong emphasis on wavelike spinal movement. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4832 Perrier St, NOLA. Info: (504) 899-0047 or Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. In this class the body is supported in gentle yoga poses using bolsters and blankets and small adjustments are offered to enhance relaxation in the pose, offering a chance to unwind from our hectic day to day lives, release muscular tension and emotional stress. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4832 Perrier St, NOLA. Info: (504) 899-0047 or Aikido of New Orleans – 7-8:15pm. The martial art of power and movement. Free introductory class for adults. 2134 Magazine St., 3d fl., New Orleans. Info: or 504-561-0123.

saturday Vietnamese Farmers Market – 6-9am. Over 20 vendors set up shop on blankets spread with produce, beyond the courtyards are shops selling Vietnamese baked goods and imported groceries. 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, New Orleans East. Crescent City Farmers Market/Downtown – 8amnoon. Open-air market with great selection of fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and freshly made pies, bedding plants, dairy products, fresh flowers. Cooking demos by some of the city’s most acclaimed chefs. Located at 700 Magazine, corner of Girod, New Orleans. German Coast Farmers Market/East Bank – 8amnoon. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie meats, fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausages, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 2nd Sat. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Rd., Destrehan. For info call 985-359-0190.

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. Gretna Farmers Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, dairy, native fruit wines and garden plants. Located in the old train depot, 300 Huey P. Long Ave, between 3rd and 4th streets, Gretna. Info: 504-362-8661. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Free parking. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery items, dairy, plants, prepared foods & hand-crafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504-3413424, x 209. Covington Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. (also 10am-2pm Wed) Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St., Covington. Mandeville Trailhead Community Market – 9am1pm. Fifty-plus vendors weekly: Gourmet foods, art, produce and plants. Tai Chi at 9:30am. Parking lot of the Mandeville Trailhead on the St. Tammany Trace off LA59. For vendor/entertainment info: Donna Beakley 985-845-4515. Sitting Meditation Group – 10-11am. Come practice zazen (sitting meditation) as well as walking meditation. Instruction and discussion also available. 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: contact Brian by email at or call 504-644-7351. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? – 10-noon. Free in home consultations by professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. Clear the Clutter guides you through the process of creating new space & peace of mind. To schedule call (504) 920-1800. Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-2pm. (also 10am-2pm Sundays & noon-6pm Tues). 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. New location at 3819 St. Claude Ave. Info: 504-872-9214 or Crossroads Arts Bazaar – 10am.-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. 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. Guided Meditation Group – 2:30-3:30pm. Free guided meditation sponsored by Art of Living. Fairgrinds Coffee House (upstairs), 3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans. Info: call Allen at 504-247-6692.

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animal holistic medicine acupuncture ACUPUNCTURE IN NOLA COMMUNITY CLINIC 3624 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-224-1069 See ad on page 11.


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

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

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


LA Lic.# ACA.200032 3624 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-224-1069

Acupuncture is gentle and effective. Tonya offers Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in a relaxing environment. She is experienced in the treatment of pain, stress and allergies, plus many more conditions. Call to schedule an appointment.

addiction treatment ADDICTION RECOVERY RESOURCES, INC. 4933 Wabash St., Metairie 504-780-2766

Louisiana ’s leading private addiction treatment facility, providing effective care for adults struggling with addictive disorders. Our individualized programs address the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of addictive disease, including co-occurring disorders. See ad on page 22.

Zev Attias, LA Lic. #6926 319-855-3799

We offer a variety of manual therapies in a luxurious and relaxing ambiance in our convenient Metairie location. See ad on page 31.

Offering a holistic, integrative approach to healing your beloved pet through acupuncture, herbal medicine/nutritional supplements, and food therapy. We treat the patient, not the symptoms. See ad on page 34.





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

Discover the difference & feel the peace through massage/ bodywork, select spa services & energy work. Integrative, intuitive, customized approach. Aromatherapy at all sessions. LA 1479;E2445. See ad on page 31.


Dora Ochoa, L.M.T. 1800 W. Causeway Approach., Ste. 122 Mandeville 985-626-5538

Unique, painless & permanent hair removal, specializing in Brazilian bikini lines. Home of the “Slimmer You” body wrap and cellulite massage. Instant gift certificates on our website.


Danny Burke 504-915-7200

Letrice Barber-Hayes, LA Lic#5335-01 Kimberly Burrell, LA Lic#5460-01 2601 N. Hullen Ste. 241, Metairie 504-267-4662

Our goal is to tailor the client’s experience based on initial interview information, overall experience – We offer a variety of massage: traditional Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue work, Hot Stone Massage, and Reflexology. See ad on page 5.


Melissa K. Brocato, LMT, LA Lic#4861 8725 Oak St., New Orleans 504-388-1468

Can you imagine a life without pain? Clinical massage could be an addition to your pain management routine. Also offering group packages, prenatal and sports massage. Located inside Salon Alphonse on Oak Street. Outcalls available.

In nature nothing exists alone.

Somatics, an all natural way to eliminate pain, repair injury and improve sports performance through gentle, slow movements. Danny is a Somatic Educator trained in the tradition of Thomas Hanna. Northshore and Southshore appointments available. See ad on page 24.

~Rachel Carson

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UPTOWN THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Uptown Holistic Center LA Lic. # 389201 723 Hillary St., New Orleans 504-275-5923

Ken Leavitt, founder of the Uptown Holistic Center, has been studying Massage/Bodywork for over twenty years. Combining Asian,Eastern and Western modalities to provide lasting beneficial results. 90 minutes- $110.00. See ad on page 22.


Breathing Coach 3200 Lake Villa Dr., Metairie 504-453-9161 Let me guide you through a breathing experience that can release stress, fear, suppression, anxiety and create a space of healing, acceptance and physical and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go! Unique session for caregivers.


Alternative Health Consultant 504-897-9670

Stress, poor circulation, headaches, back pain, insomnia, depression, stroke, asthma, weight loss? You name it! Oxygen heals! Free one week in- home trial! See ad on page 36

chiropractic/wellness CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER


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

Rebuild, repair and renew your body today! Family wellness consultant, Dr. Joshua Rilette, helps alleviate aches and pains through specific chiropractic care and offers weight loss plans, cold laser therapy, nutrition, body cleansing, detoxification and orthopedics. See ad on page 7.


Jodi Brown 504-616-7171

I teach my clients how to Eat their way to better health quickly, easily and deliciously. Empower yourself with a food makeover, a corporate lunch and learn, or a weekend retreat. I can customize a class and demonstration for your organization or church.


A full service hair salon and makeup studio specializing in organic hair products, organic beauty & bath products. We are the exclusive retailer of Afterglow organic mineral cosmetics. Free 5 Minute Makeup Consultations available. See ad on page 22.

counseling and psychotherapy ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT

Dr. Debbi Hannan “You too can move away from the past andAttachment towards Psychotherapy 101 Clearview Pkwy.wholeness at Airline, a life of vitality, andMetairie fulfilling relationships.” 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans 504-454-2000 504-899-2686 Individual, Couples Relational Well-Being: in individuals Experience theTherapy difference! We offer & Family total wellness care: Chiropractic, deAttachment Psychotherapy / EMDR toxification, nutrition, endermologie, DRX-9000 non-surgical Andrea Scheele, LCSW, LMFT spinal de1303 Amelia Street compression, cold laser, EB-Cellular New Orleans, LA 70115 (504) 899-2686 Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad on page 26.


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and couples. Trauma Resolution (EMDR): loss, childhood neglect and abuse & other traumatic events. Alleviate Anxiety and Depression. Emotional Support for a Healthy Lifestyle: weight loss. See ad on page 9.

day spa PLANET BEACH CONTEMPO SPA RIVERBEND 701 Dante Street, New Orleans 504-865-8266

Be rejuvenated with our wellness services; a fully automated spa services without the need of an attendant. Select from weight management treatments, full body skincare treatments, relaxation needs, detoxification treatments, and overall health treatments. See ad on page 7.

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

From beginning to end, our dedicated spa teams ensure your journey enhances your well-being and enlivens your spirit. Over 70 massage, facial, body and nail treatment options. Special packages and group events also available. See ad on page 25.


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

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 33.


3901 Houma Blvd., Ste 410, Metairie 504-455-9933

We offer non-surgical alternatives to keeping your face, body and skin healthy and youthful. We specialize in lasers, filler, topicals, peels and ultrasound facial lifting to achieve our patient’s goals. See ad on page 2.

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f PSYCH-K Energy Psychology & the gentle processMediation Couples memories, 504-723-2899 what is our life’ purpose. A results oriented approach to growth mith

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& healing that is designed to restore balance & harmony to body, mind and emotions. Marylou also guides couples in conflict to peace through the gentle process of sacred mediation. See ad on page 32.


2372 St. Claude Ave., NOLA 504-208-9761

The Alliance for Affordable Energy is a nonprofit that advocates for fair, affordable, environmentally responsible, community-based energy policies for Louisiana and the nation. Founded in 1985, the Alliance watchdogs Louisiana’s regulatory bodies and Utility companies. See ad on page 8.

feng shui LIVE, LOVE AND FENG SHUI Eveline Hoffmann Feng Shui practitioner 504-861-3370

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 13.

Fitness ALL INCLUSIVE HEALTH FITNESS STUDIO 4119 Magazine St. 504-715-0397

All In – a whole health fitness studio! Exercise: personal training, running plans, group exercise classes. Eat: get a nutrition plan from our fitness nutrition specialist or schedule a medical nutrition therapy session with our registered dietician. See ad on page 2.

FISHING CHARTER POISSON ROUGE CHARTERS Inland Saltwater Fishing and Wetland Tours 504-782-4917

Enjoy a chartered fishing trip for speckled trout and redfish and stay vacation with two nights at the Rose Guesthouse B & B on historic Esplanade Ave. $600 for 2 guests. Additional guests $100 each. See ad on page 16.


Australian Bush Practitioner & Teacher 504-388-2356

Practitioner and teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essences. Many custom blended essences available, including: Detox, Calm & Clear, Stress Relief, Confidence, Cognis, Woman, Travel Ease, Adolescence, Yoga. National LMT/CEU classes available. See ad on page 15.


Live Your Passion & Purpose Create your best life. Feel fit, energized and happier. Experts show the way in Natural Awakenings’ special November issue.

holistic healing Centers AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS A Community of Healers located inside the NOHC 985-467-0900

AHA! is a beautiful, comfortable space where practitioners and clients meet. Independent practitioners find affordable shared office space in a community environment. Clients find practitioners with their best interests in mind. See ad on page 8.

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

Cindy utilizes powerful energetic healing methods to shift and balance the auric field, chakras and the cells of our body. Health, Joy, and Balance within, attracts the same externally. See ad on page 13.

HARMONIOUS YOU, LLC 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 15.


Metaphysician 504-352-6418

Heal your body, mind & spirit! You will become more relaxed and peaceful and more happy, light, and uplifted! Release ALL forms of negativity from you such as stress, anger, anxiety/fear, sadness, and pain! Gain inner-peace and true freedom.

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.

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

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

Mike Wittenbrink, MBA 504-339-0594

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.


New Orleans

377 Hwy 21, Ste. 101, Madisonville 985-845-4111

Our mission is to improve health and reverse chronic disease through hormonal and energetic balancing and nutrition. A practice of preventive medicine and wellness with a holistic approach to women’s gynecological and overall health. We offer a healthy medically supervised weight loss program. See ad on page 23.


Dr. James Fambro 315 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-288-5162

Give your body what it needs to be Self-Healing. Our services include Functional Medicine Evaluation, Sports Medicine Evaluation, Intravenous Vitamin/Mineral Therapies, Food and Environmental Testing/Treatment, Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy. See ad on page 19.

indoor Environmental services HEALTHY HOME SOLUTIONS, LLC Call (985)288-5858

Healthy Home Solutions, LLC is a fully certified and insured indoor environmental consulting firm. Services include inspections, forensic investigations, consulting and design solutions for mold, corrosive drywall, lead, and many other “sick building” related problems. See ad on page 18.


Dr. Kathleen Posey, M.D.


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

Experience the difference that Homeopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine can bring to your health. The safe alternative—Less need for prescription drugs—Stimulation of your innate healing force. See ad on page 14

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

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


Certified Life Empowerment Coach 504-421-0567

Having a Life you Love to Live Starts When You Choose to Create it. I would Love to empower you to create the changes that you Desire and Deserve! Emotional Empowerment Coaching for Teens and Adults.

martial arts NOLA AIKIDO

3909 Bienville St., Ste 103 New Orleans 504-208-4861

Providing practice in a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include fitness, core training, flexibility, balance, strength, mindfulness, stress reduction, self-defense, and fun. All are welcome to our beautiful Mid-City facility! See ad page 18.


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

Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. See ad on page 16 and calendar for classes.

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

Train for an exciting, new career as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Earn an Associates degree upon completion of advanced massage training. Inquire about financial aid. See calendar for information about our $30-student massage clinic. Visit our retail shop for massage supplies: Biotone & Therapro Cremes & Oils, aromatherapy products, books & more. Monthly specials! See ad on page 28.


natural foods & supplements NATURE LOVERS HEALTH FOOD 3014 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-887-4929

Since 1985. We are your independent health food store. Our goal is to provide the knowledge you need to take responsibility for your health. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find answers. Vitamins, herbs, gluten-free products.See ad on page 36.

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

Cutting edge holistic nutrition services. Specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, therapeutic uses of foods, supplementation, vegetarian nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. See ad on page 32.


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

Plant Based PhytoBurst Chews have the same amount of vitamins and minerals as the food in this bountiful basket! Tasty Nutrition Chews help support our immune system, increased energy, & promote longevity. Free samples. Six-month money back guarantee.

personal organizer CLEAR THE CLUTTER

Stasia Cymes Professional Organizer 504-920-1800


Clear the Clutter guides you through the process of cleansing your home or office, creating new space & peace of mind. During times of transition or ready for a change. Schedule your complimentary consultation today! See ad on page 13.

Counselor*Natural Healer*Herbalist 504-330-8380

Discover Real Solutions to creating Your Better Life with even one session. Be inspired. Learn the tools to cope and heal. It can change your life. Meet Michele free every Wednesday @ EdibleCityGardens See ad on page 14.

natural Pharmacy natural baby & child BETTER BOTTOMS

Diaper Delivery 504-731-7500

Better Bottoms is an affordable cloth diaper service that has serviced hundreds of New Orleans Metro area babies!  Keep baby happy and healthy while keeping diapers out of landfills! Check our website for diaper options and accessories. See ad on page 25.


3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077

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


Your source for no salt, no chlorine pools. We offer monthly pool service, pool remodels, leak detection, pool resurfacing with 20 year warranty, eco pool filters, design & consultation for new pools. NSPF certified pool operators. See ad on page 5.

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Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356

Offering 22 years experience in Reiki – Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Reiki can be a personal tool for healing and growth, a way to give energy to family and friends, or a gentle complementary therapy in holistic medicine. See ad on page 15 and calendar for classes.


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

Certified & experienced Master Teacher offering sessions & classes to the Greater N.O. Area. Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki Drumming and Animal Reiki practitioner. Visit our website for full information. See ad on page 16.

retreat center

SOUTH COAST SOLAR, LLC 2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9

100% locally owned and operated, South Coast Solar is Louisiana’s largest solar energy company. Call or visit our website to set up a free estimate. See ad on page 6.


Baton Rouge – 225-229-6107 Lafayette – 337-298-0113

Cutting edge technology for early disease detection. No radiation – no contact – painless. Specializing in full body imaging. Best detection for breast, heart, thyroid, gallbladder disorders, cancers, etc. See ad on page 10.



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

Elegant, donation based retreat center in quaint, quiet Magnolia, MS just 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Jackson. Ongoing retreats in meditation and yoga. Ongoing meditation group in New Orleans. Vegetarian. Available for rental. Capacity for 40 people. See ad on page 17 and ongoing calendar.

3939 Houma Blvd., Bld. 3, Ste. 15 Doctors Row, Metairie 504-909-3723

A place of learning and complementary therapies and modalities are all available in our newly renovated medical complex. Treatment rooms and class space for practitioners are available to rent. Contact Tianne Lastra, Director. See ad on page 24.



The creators of Proactive are changing skin and lives with their clinically proven products for wrinkles, sun damage, acne, and sensitive skin. Call or visit website to get free personalized consultation. Business opportunities available. See ad on page 12.


New Orleans

1223 Baronne St.

Kundalini Yoga is considered to be the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, physical practice and breathing exercises. All levels of experience are welcome to all classes. See ad on page 20 and calendar for events/ classes.

NAMASTE OF METAIRIE 4413 Chastant St., Metairie 504-484-9579

Metairie’s premiere yoga, Pilates & movement studio is a cozy neighborhood community offering 25+ classes & workshops each week to bring balance, strength & clarity to your life and body. See ad on page 5.


Mia Oramous, Owner 8422 Oak St., New Orleans 985-640-2648

Experience peace and serenity in this treetop space. Yoga, Pilates, Nia and TRX workout classes are offered throughout the week; private sessions are also available. Class schedule, descriptions and more on website. See ad on page 20.


4842 Perrier St., New Orleans 504-899-0047

Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Class” eight years in a row. Over 40 ongoing classes per week for beginners and experienced taught by skilled teachers in a peaceful, positive atmosphere. Offering courses, workshops, retreats and concerts. See ad on page 20 and calendar for events/classes.

yoga teacher training YOGA SCHOOL, L.L.C.

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

Offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training with certification at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Also a state licensed Yoga Therapy training program. Visit website for more information. See ad on page 20.

yoga therapy AMY ARCHINAL, RYT, PRYT Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 504-899-6167

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy combines meditation, assisted yoga postures, breathwork and client-centered dialogue to promote self-awareness. Discover the wisdom of your body. See ad page 20.

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Casso’s Cream Anti-Bacterial • Anti-fungal Anti-Inflammatory

“No Medicine Cabinet Should Be Without It” CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY Casso’s Cream is a multi-specialty topical cream containing a proprietary compound of prescription pharmaceutical and OTC ingredients each of which has a specific targeted action. Casso’s Cream contains a broad spectrum antibacterial, highly effective in the treatment of primary and secondary bacterial infections of the skin. It also contains an anti-fungal agent, which is both fungicidal and fungistatic against a wide variety of yeast-like fungi and a weak concentration of a topical corticosteroid for the anti-inflammatory, anti-pruritic and vasoconstrictive actions. This product may treat infections that have not responded to other topical antibiotic agents. INDICATIONS AND USAGE Topical Primary Skin Infections: Impetigo contagiosa, superficial folliculitis, ecthyma, furunculosis, sycosis barbae, and pyoderma gangrenosum. Topical Secondary Skin Infections: Infectious eczematiod dermatitis, pustular acne, pustular psoriasis, infected seborrheic dermatitis, infected contact dermatitis (including poison ivy), infected excoriations, and bacterial superinfections of fungal or viral infections. It is useful in the treatment of infected skin cysts and certain other skin abscesses when preceded by incision and drainage to permit adequate contact between the antibiotic and

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